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Etch Sketch Artist Jeff Gagliardi Wizard Oz

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Etch a Sketch artwork by the Etch a Sketchist Jeff Gagliardi created on the Ohio Art, quote, toy. Gagliardi's Etch-a-Sketch art include interpretations of the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's Starry Night, Wizard of Oz characters, the Taj Mahal, playing cards, and Salvador's Deli (complete with deli lunch meats).
Gagliardi is considered one of the original Etch-A-Sketch artists with about 35 years experience. His works have been displayed at the Denver Art Museum, Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts and galleries nationwide, and Gagliardi continues to create art today.
Gagliardi didn't grow up with an Etch-A-Sketch. His first serious foray into Etch-A-Sketch artwork was as a college student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he played on his nephew's Etch-A-Sketch.
“I did a drawing of the Taj Mahal complete with reflecting pools," says Gagliari. "Quite frankly, I didn’t think it was a big deal, but my family wouldn’t let me erase it. From that point on it became apparent that I had some sort of gift for drawing on this silly little toy — people would walk past the serious work I was doing as a painter and want to see the Etch-A-Sketches”.
Gagliardi and his Etch-A-Sketch artwork have been featured in national print and television media including People Magazine, USA Today, Omni Magazine and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He's been interviewed by NBC, CBS and ABC News with a brief spot on Good Morning America.

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