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Prodigal Son (Fall 2013)

I was invited to do a solo retrospective exhibit of my neon art. It was held in the fall of 2013 at the Hayes Center for the Arts in Tiffin Ohio, my hometown. Twenty-five artworks spanning 1992 to 2013 were exhibited. My interest in neon and art clearly began in Tiffin so it was nice being able to share this broad body of work with my townspeople and the surrounding area. See photos of the opening event and of the show. Tiffin Living published an article about the exhibit. WTSC radio interview about the show.

Sweet! (October 2012)

Last October I installed a large (22 feet long by 4 feet high) animated neon work for a candy store in the Hollywood next to Grauman's Chinese Theater.  The neon depicts the profile of a boy's face changing from pink to green and then vomiting in the colors of the rainbow.  The name of the candy store is "Sweet!" and the department for this artwork is called "Yucky!!".  It is the "disgustingly delicious!" candy store.  Sweet and Yucky opened Fall 2012.

Road Trip (October 2012)

Took a road trip in Rover...my 1957 Chevy.  Originally it was simply planned to visit my girlfriend, make a road trip and drop off a neon commission to a client in my hometown of Tiffin, Ohio.  

Then I agreed to donate a piece of my art titled Jogo to my high school. As part of the donation, a lecture series was organized. I showed images of my work and spoke to numerous art classes at Columbian HS and at Tiffin University. 

While in a planning meeting at the high school, the Mayor of Tiffin arrived to present me an official proclamation that states that October 22, 2012 was  Michael Flechtner Day in Tiffin, Ohio.  I was featured in the local newpaper, the Advertiser-Tribune.  

It was an amazing time...being honored in my hometown...and feted by friends and family.  It helped me reconnect with my roots...which is a source of my stability and creativity and has me buzzing, thinking about the future.