Saturday, May 13, 2017

DEBUT at Mall of America is OPEN! Through Jimmy's Eyes - Jimmy Reagan art and merchandise AVAILABLE!


Through Jimmy's Eyes and Jimmy Reagan 
at DEBUT at the Mall of America! 
OPEN NOW!

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Check us out! Artwork, Scarves, Ties, Handbags, Onesie, Note Cards.....unique gift ideas! Open for Mother's Day shopping NOW!

We're donating a portion of proceeds to the Ann Connelly Memorial Fund at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.  Ann's fund supports the Nurses at the Masonic Cancer Center.

DEBUT is on the 1st floor of the Mall of America next to ZARA.
Former Gopher, NFL player, KFAN talent and
Minnesota Viking's Game Day announcer
Ron Johnson looking dapper in Through Jimmy's Eyes
Bow Tie and Pocket Square.  











Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Through Jimmy's Eyes - donating a percentage of sales from DEBUT at Mall of America to Ann Connelly Memorial Fund at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center



Ann Connelly April 6th, 1962 - January 5th, 2015
Jimmy Reagan designer canvas tote - "Ann - Girl in Orange Hat"


Ann Marie Connelly Memorial Fund
University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center

Ann Connelly passed away on January 5th, 2015 from colon cancer. She fought a dire diagnosis for 12 ½ years. She supported her family and friends while she quietly battled cancer. Ann spent her time on this earth living, loving and helping others. Her strength was passed onto many who encountered her including Jimmy Reagan and his family.

Jimmy’s fabrics titled “Ann-Girl in Orange Hat”  are named in honor of Ann – a true fashionista! The print is a detail from Jimmy's painting "Girl in Orange Hat."

Through Jimmy’s Eyes will be donating a percentage of all sales to Ann’s memorial fund at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center 

Opening May 12th, 2017! 

Jimmy Reagan designer 100% Silk Infinity Scarf
"Ann - Girl in Orange Hat" 

Jimmy Reagan designer "Stadium" Bag
 "Ann - Girl in Orange Hat"

Jimmy Reagan Acrylic painting "Girl in Orange Hat." 16"x20"


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jimmy's "Man with Sad Face" in CAKE!


This was a cool surprise!  About 8 months ago, I was contacted was a cake artist interested in using an image or images of Jimmy's in cake decorating. The purpose....celebration of #worldautismawarenessday on April 2, 2017. This 3D representation of Jimmy's painting "Man with Sad Face" is fantastic. We're been working with Jimmy on creating 3D versions of his paintings as well. The decorators have done a wonderful job of recreating Jimmy's color and texture. It's a terrific cake.  For more check out this link - http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/275483-man-with-sad-face-sugar-art-4-autism-2017






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Through Jimmy's Eyes and Jimmy Reagan are making their DEBUT at Mall of America's DEBUT! #DEBUTatMOA

WOW! Who would have thought that Jimmy's artwork and merchandise would be available at Mall of America? Not me, that's for sure. Thanks to Mich Berthiume for reaching out to us and making this happen.  Jimmy was thrilled to see his name and logo on the "in progress" store front. We are so fortunate to have a "village" of people who help tell Jimmy's story. Debut's Shop with Kindness collection is available from May 12th through September 10th, 2017. Each vendor will donate proceeds to their favorite organization.

Earlier today, I was remembering a story from when Jimmy was in about 6th grade.  Being the middle of 5 kids and surrounded by mainstream friends and family, Jimmy never really realized that he was different.  In 6th grade, he was at what was the beginning of an other epic health care down turn lasting 3 1/2  years.  His elementary and middle school friends were seeming to move in a different direction with social activities that no longer worked for Jimmy or his growing illness. In a moment of complete frustration and tears, he said to me "You're different from the rest, you're different from the rest!" It wasn't until this point in his life that he recognized his difference. It was heartbreaking to see this. For the next 4 or five years, especially while he was very sick, he'd repeat...."your different from the rest." I always found it hard to respond to this. Finally, it struck me after he'd had some success with this artwork. He is different and it's amazing. So, the last time I heard him say, "Your different from the rest, " was a long time ago. When he said it to me, I responded, "Yes, you are!  If you were the same as everyone else, no one would know who you are. Your art is different and you stand out among the rest." 
He clearly took comfort in those words. Me too!

 Through Jimmy's Eyes merchandise available at DEBUT. http://www.mallofamerica.com/shopping/directory/debut . We are donating a percentage of sales to the Ann Connelly Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the University of Minnesota.  Ann passed away on January 5th, 2015 from colon cancer.  She fought a dire diagnosis for 12 1/2 years.  She supported her family and friends while she quietly battled cancer. Ann spent her time on this earth living, loving, laughing and helping others.  Her strength was passed onto many who encountered her including Jimmy Reagan and his family.  Jimmy's fabrics titled, "Ann- Girl in Orange Hat" are named in honor of Ann - a true Fashionista!


 

Ron Johnson - former Gopher and NFL football player, FOX SPORTS Analyst and Viking commentator wearing Jimmy's "Italian Coast" bow tie and pocket square. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

On the Road to New York and Hong Kong

Last week, I delivered three of Jimmy's paintings to my fabulous friends at ArtServeMN. Bob Lindell and staff have been shipping Jimmy's work for years. Bob is seasoned in the art world and has taught me much over the years. He installs and ships artwork for museums, collectors and artists. I am so proud that he purchased two of Jimmy's pieces and they hang at ArtServeMN. So, lovely.

Jimmy Reagan's "Man of the World."
Jimmy's painting, "Man of the World" 
is heading to Studio 26 East Village 
where it will be processed and sent onto 
Hong Kong with the gallery 
and other artists. This will be 
Jimmy's first showing in Asia. 
We continue to learn as we go. 
















Jimmy's painting, "Man with Sad Face" 
has been well traveled after spending 3+ months in Milano, Italy for ArtExpo Milano. He has also graced the cover of TOSCA Magazine. 

Jimmy Reagan's, "Man with Sad"




Jimmy Reagan's, "Girl from France"

 "Man with Sad Face" and "Girl from France" will be part of the AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, CHELSEA in March. Hope that they are well received! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jimmy Reagan's Bow Tie and Pocket Square make their TV Debut with FOX 9 Sports personality Ron Johnson

On November 18th, 2016, I met Ron Johnson.  Ron is a former Minnesota Gopher Football player and retired NFL receiver.  He's a current KFAN radio personality, FOX 9 Vikings Gameday LIVE anchor, businessman, go getter, husband, father and all around great guy. Ron volunteered his time as a "Shoe Guy" for the U of MN FashionFest in November. This is a fundraiser for the department of Pediatrics benefiting the Masonic Children's Hospital. We've been supporters for 20 years.

As I understand the story, Ron stuck up conversation with some my Through Jimmy's Eyes models (aka my kids) at the event. He heard about Jimmy's story and liked the fashion we were presenting on the runway. Ron came up to me asking to buy one of Jimmy's pocket squares. He was also eying a bow tie. After chatting with Ron, it seemed to me that he should have both. I offered him a bow tie as a gift.  He suggested that he wear it on the run way as my 8th model. Of course, we were thrilled and he quickly made arrangements to be my 8th model.  I met him behind stage to tie his bow tie. After the runway, Ron told me that he'd like to wear Jimmy's bow tie and pocket square on air for the Vikings vs Colts game at US Bank Stadium on December 18th and he would need me to come to the game to tie his tie. No problem, I can tie a bow tie!

The models backstage at FashionFest with Jack and Ned
Tying Ron's bow tie in the KFAN suit at US Bank Stadium



So, on Sunday, December 18th, 2016,  I went to US Bank Stadium to tie Ron's bow tie. We watched the behind the scene activity and the show. Ron proudly wore Jimmy's bow tie and pocket square based on Jimmy's painting, Italian Coast."

Ron and Ben Leber LIVE
Hobie Artigue, Ron Johnson, Ben Leber and Pete Bercich



Ron signing autographs on game day

Thanks Ron! Your smile is contagious. 


Friday, December 9, 2016

Award winning Author and Speaker Caryn Sullivan writes about Jimmy Reagan




Many thanks to Caryn Sullivan for her support and interest in Jimmy.  She will be at Sunfish Cellars on December 10th to sign copies of her book "Bitter or Better".