valkilmerofficialIt’s been a lifetime in the making and I’m finally able to lift the veil on one of my most personal projects. I will be publishing my memoir I’mYour Huckleberry with @simonbooks ! Yes, it’s quite a story and the first thing I can tell you about it is that its got an official release date - April 21, 2020. Find out more about the book and preorder your copy here: http://bit.ly/361QBPH
valkilmerofficialThe strength and courage of indigenous people is one we should all be grateful for. Native Americans have always held a deep respect for the land and for our connection to this planet. Striving to live in harmony and spiritual enlightenment. Taking only what was needed, and to thank every animal, plant or thing that was used. They were conservationists long before this became necessary. I proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with my Native American sisters and brothers. In America, I’ve been adopted by two tribes besides my own, Cherokee. I've also been blessed by two tribes with names and ceremonies in South Africa and an aboriginal family in Australia. I feel so humbled by the recognition offered me by a people who’s abuses are more and more coming to light and we all hold the prayer that the confidence in grace and honorable behavior will hold sway over the greed and corruption that has so long held sway over our better natures. One day, soon, kindness and the gentle reminding mirror that we can all learn and become better from these deeply sophisticated cultures and that future generations will bring us greater compassion and empathy.
valkilmerofficialI'm so grateful for the response to my art. I'll be returning to Lumberyard gallery on Sat to say thanks to all that joined, bought art or just wanted to get a glimpse at some of my work. I think For anyone interested, I'll bring some prints along to make the evening extra special. See you there!
valkilmerofficialBoy how time flies when you’re having fun. I can barely contain myself with the tremendous response to @helmelstudios . And the upcoming works from @hrnjakart . His ability to work so adeptly in so many different mediums is simply inspired. Through our talks he lifted the veil on a series of abstract works that knocked me off my feet and while talking about bringing these works to light he agreed to create a whole new series of abstract expressionist paintings that remind me of the mid-century modern design I’d see growing up in Southern California. The exhibit opens Oct 18. You won’t want to miss it!
valkilmerofficialIt's been wonderful to see so many people visit and enjoy the gallery the past week. To everyone that missed the opening reception, @ericnashart is going to be back in the gallery on Sunday. They are simply remarkable and you should do yourself a favor and get a glimpse before they go off to happy homes. I can't tell you how inspiring it's been to walk into @helmelstudios each day and study these. Eric's created such a pointed love letter to L.A.
valkilmerofficialIf you haven't heard, I've been invited by the good people at @drafthouse to be part of a two-night, once-in-a-lifetime experience with @drafthouseaustin .
Kicking off this Sat, with a screening of Tombstone in an old west ghost town and book-ended Sun night with Top Gun screening at Camp Mabry military instillation. The best part - they're both being shown outside under the glorious sky of the southwest.
There may still be tickets! Find 'em here - https://rollingroadshow.com
valkilmerofficialIt's all seemed to happen in a sudden, brilliant, flash. We're in the final stages of completing our gallery, having spent the past year crafting a very diverse and carefully selected gallery program at @helmelstudios . During this process I met @boskohrnjak Known for one style of art, he's been privately tinkering on a new, original series of paintings. I am just so thrilled he's agreed to bless us with. But before you get to see any of that, he's going to visit the studio and share a slideshow of photos from the Salton Sea and ghost towns of mid-century architecture. Areas he's spent considerable time documenting and researching. It's a fascinating and surreal look at the American dream and if you join us on the 24th, you've got a special invitation to the opening night reception to his exhibit in Oct. Join us, won't you!? tickets in bio
valkilmerofficialWhat a workshop!! I had the pleasure of meeting @boskohrnjak earlier this year and immediately became enchanted by his distinct works of art. So much so, I’ve convinced him to share some at @helmelstudios . Get ready LA!!
valkilmerofficialI was reminded we've gone around the sun 34 times since Real Genius was released. What a ride! The team wants to huddle in the theater here at @helmelstudios to watch it. Who wants to join? I just need to find some popcorn.
valkilmerofficialIt's been a little while. You may have seen or heard some news this past week. To say the least, I've been busy. So many wonderful projects have launched and all the planning and hard work is starting to bloom. It was such a thrill to hear all of the news coming from San Diego Comic Con. I could hear the raucous celebration all the way in NY. It would have been wonderful to be there, though my commitment and dedication to the @twainmania Foundation opened an opportunity to speak at the United Nations, where I was asked to join a group of incredibly smart and caring people to find ways to make this world better. I'm so humbled by the experience and can't thank everyone enough for their generosity and spirit. Still so much more to come. Buckle up!!
valkilmerofficialI don't want to forget to remind anyone who might be in LA on June 28, to join me in welcoming @benjihughesart to my private studios for a night of sights and sounds. Benji calls it a Benji Hughes: Art Extrabitchin and I'm not going to argue. I mean, @esquire proclaims his vocal range is like that of Julian Casablancas, Joe Pernice, Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, Rivers Cuomo, Chet Baker, Mark Oliver Everett, and Mark Sandman. And @nprmusic says no matter the song, it sounds as if Hughes decided to throw a party in the studio. And that's exactly what we plan to do!! Get tickets. Link in bio
valkilmerofficialThe past 72 hours have been some of the most intense days of my life. And here we are. Getting ready to speak at the United Nations in July, to share how @twainmania will help bring empathy, tolerance and literacy to schools throughout America. More to come!
valkilmerofficialThank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday to help bring empathy, tolerance and literacy to schools and communities across America.
I believe so strongly in the power and value of art through the learnings of Mark Twain and I appreciate @hollywoodreporter for helping us spread the good word.
Learn more and chose to donate at twainmaniafoundation.gvng.org
valkilmerofficialDo you love love? I sure do and I know another person that does, big time. @benjihughesart . And he knows how to have fun. We could all use more of both of these things. That's why I'm so happy to share he's coming to the studio to perform! If he can't put a smile on your face you might want to see a doctor. Planning this has been a blast and he's promised to bring something extra special. Paintings! The night will start with an exhibit of his latest art, which you can buy, if I don't grab it all up before you get there. This is your chance LA, don't miss it! www.valkilmer.com
valkilmerofficialI’d like to acknowledge on this Memorial Day my step father who I loved dearly, William B. Leach who was a proud member of the Air Force and fought in WW2 in the South Pacific. Ironically, from all the way across the country, my father, Eugene D. Kilmer, was conscripted into the Air Force as an officer and also served in the South Pacific.
valkilmerofficialWell, it's a late night here at the studio. All the new projects have me so happy. Thank you to everyone who has found a piece of my art suitable for your home, this weekend! Or maybe it's a gift. I hope you love looking at them as much as I did creating them. If you don't get my updates, I've got some news. Don't miss out! Link is in my bio
valkilmerofficialStaying an extra day to sight see in the greatest capital city on the planet. Not even the madman Napoleon created a city with the genius of the Lincoln memorial lined up with the Washington monument, and they are simply meaningless in photographs compared to being there in person and drinking in the Gettysburg address for example with his imposing sculpture perfectly reflecting his deep and penetrating humility. Our country is a meaningful treasure to inspire the entire planet, e en with the present almost mythic challenges we face today as a nation and around the planet. There will be no monument for this president, I’m guessing. Unless it’s made out of tears and sorrow and a shine of global embarrassment. I can see that. And it’s so hard to believe it’s not over yet.
valkilmerofficialCouple years ago already, I was privileged to be able to sing YESTERDAY with sir Paul McCartney and the lovely Rita Wilson live on stage for my dear friend Ben Donenberg’s fundraiser for his thriving La Shakespeare company. Rita and her talented husband Tom Hanks, who’s gonna make it just you watch. If he just keeps pluggin’ away he’s gonna make it. I’ve never been wrong about talent and if he keeps his head down and focuses on his strengths, is gonna make it, believe me. You heard it here first... and this sir Paul fellow has some interesting variety here and there. Lacks variety but that doesn’t matter in today’s crowded market, he can make it just bearing down one kind of idea. No need to try and be something you’re not. Sir Paul is a crooner. And lots o folk will love him for being content to just sound a certain way. It worked for Elvis...
valkilmerofficialI had @fanxsaltlake cleared out so I could take a little break. People say I’m demanding but as you can see I let the golf cart go thru to use the loo. I don’t know how these rumors get started... 🤣
valkilmerofficialKim Congdon is one of the most hilarious, beautiful, (also very naughty) comedians that are going right now. I think shes is one of the best that are apart of the younger crowd in comedy today!
There are so many brilliant and amazing friends of mine in comedy that I would never want to offend like Kristen Wiig , @lisakudrow, and I guess I can't really say that Kate Mckinnon is a friend seeing as we just met but, I told her I loved her and she told me she loved me back...🤷🏼♂️ Congrats Kim!
valkilmerofficialSpring is such a wonderful time of growth and renewal. And it's with that sentiment I'm pleased to reveal my new website - www.valkilmer.com AND the launch of the HelMel Studios page here and on Facebook - @helmelstudios. Thank you to all who have discovered these already!
I've been hard at work, creating new art, developing new projects and even making time for a few films. Though some of my best time spent is connecting with my fans, so I hope you'll join me and learn more about all the wonderful things coming up on the horizon.
valkilmerofficialI'm opening the doors to HELMEL Studios, for an intimate double-feature, screening Tombstone and Cinema Twain. Seating is limited, though the entertainment is not! I'm even planning to open the floor to a Q&A after each film. So flip a coin and choose which to join or place it on the table and go all-in. Find tickets here - valkilmer.com
valkilmerofficialIf you don’t come buy some of this priceless original never to be duplicated collaberation art by that young pupstart #kiiarens then you sir and you ma’am are a fool a fool@I say. Flowers fade and chocolates melt but heart art? HEARTART? HEARTART is eternal
valkilmerofficialThis is the spectacular wrecking ball of beauty that is @kiiarens and who I have the privilege of further colabing with this Tuesday. There will be luscious music and soothing silkscreen pillows of love perfect and original like your loved one. Please stop by Ventura Blvd Tuesday 7-9... check the invite for proper details and see you there. I believe you’ll have a chance to be filmed live with us as we collaborate into the Califate (this is a new movement which takes on the fate of California and heals it. Did you know it’s original original original Indian name was Yang-Na. I’d sure love to know what that means in the native language... see you Tuesday kids.