Where music and art meet – Mr. Musichead Gallery in Hollywood (2013)

Most recognize music and art as being something many of our children have a naturally affinity for.

On March 23, Mr. Musichead Gallery on the legendary Sunset Blvd in Hollywood will be hosting an art reception and awareness event for artists, authors, musicians who participate with The Art of Autism collaborative. The exhibit will be on display from March 20 – April 2, World Autism Day.

Michael Tolleson "Big Suit" A tribute to David Byrne of the Talking Heads

Nineteen artists from across the United States and as far away as France and Morocco will be participating in this exhibit.

Eric Huggins "The Temptations"

Nick Guzman, a singer/songwriter on the autism spectrum, who has used music to overcome many of the challenges of autism will be playing his guitar and performing his music. Nick’s style is reminiscent of Neil Young.

Making a guest appearance at the reception will be Alex Plank, founder of wrongplanet.net. Wrongplanet.net is one of the most popular networking sites for autistic people on the internet. Alex was diagnosed with Aspergers at age nine and created the online community wrongplanet.net in his teens.

Alex and Wrong Planet have been featured by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Good Morning America. Wrong Planet has more than 70,000 registered members and its discussion forums contain millions of messages.

Dani Bowman at Comic Con

Dani Bowman, a young entrepreneur, artist, and animator will be in attendance and speak about autism awareness. Dani, also on the autism spectrum, started the company Powerlight Studios, when she was only eleven years old. She is a straight-A student at La Canada High School. Dani Bowman’s art will be on display at Mr. Musichead.

Another Southern California artist, Joel Anderson, will also be present. His new art for this exhibit will be on display.

Joel Anderson

Four parents of children on the spectrum will be available for book signings:

Debra Hosseini, author of The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions, a book featuring 77 artists and poets on the autism spectrum. She is co-founder of the Art of Autism collaborative, a collaborative project which includes over 250 artists, poets and musicians on the autism spectrum. Debra is curator of the art exhibit.

Keri Bowers, co-founder of The Art of Autism collaborative and editor of “The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions,” will also be signing the book. Her son Taylor is participating in the exhibit.

Linda Gund Anderson and her son Brett Anderson, sharing the humor of the literal mind.

and Kelly Green of the Autism.hwy, will be sharing her coloring books “Making Friends with Autism” inspired by her son Wyatt.

This is a free event. The reception will be from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 23 at 7511 West Sunset Blvd.

Mr. Musichead Gallery

Mr. Musichead Gallery is located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. Mr. Musichead boasts an international clientele and frequently ships art work to Europe and beyond. For more information about this inspiring event, contact Debra Hosseini (805) 220-6460 or email hosseini58@cox.net.

Thank you to event sponsors The City of West Hollywood Arts through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Autism Movement Therapy, and Hidden Wings. Hidden Wings will be displaying their amazing Digdigeroos and drums.

Hand painted "Didgeridoo" instrument from students of Hidden Wings

See art work of those on the spectrum in our music-themed art gallery.

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