Way back in 1994, I started a tradition in Fresno's Tower District by having a mural painted on the outer wall of my store. At the
time, there were no murals on buildings anywhere in the Tower District. Fast forward to 2009-2010, and I again needed some decorative painting on my newly repainted store walls. This time I hired artist Michael Bonit, and together, we conceived the idea of rendering well known entertainment legends, living or not, as mural subjects. Our idea was that since the Tower District is an entertainment area of Fresno, with live bands, clubs, coffee houses, live theater etc., that the "Legends" mural would resonate with the people who lived in or visited the area. He wanted to do something bright and lively that would be uplifting to the entire neighborhood.
People posed countless times with the Michael Jackson or John Lennon
images and have their pictures taken beside them. Although I
closed my store in 2014, the murals are still there today to be
enjoyed. It is my fervent hope that they will be preserved as a
memorial to my friend Michael Bonit who, sadly, passed away in 2017. These images, so rubust and full of life, came straight from Michael's
Karen's Keepsakes, Tower District, Fresno, CA
John Lennon Mural by Michael Bonit, 2009.
802 E. Olive Ave. , Fresno, California
Michael Jackson Mural by Michael Bonit, 2009.
Puppy by Michael Bonit, 2010
Stairway and Arch by B. Mercer, 1994
"Buzz" by Michael Bonit, 2010
Small arched window by Brent Mercer-1994
Michael Bonit painting his Michael Jackson mural free-hand.
Michael tapping John's shoulder.
Jimi Hendrix by Michael Bonit.
Buzz, coolest cat that ever lived.
photo by Karen McClintock,
Michael Jackson by Mike Bonit, photo by
Gene Kelly and the Little Morton Salt Girl by Michael Bonit.
Audrey Hepburn by Michael Bonit.
Dorothy & Friends by Michael Bonit, window bricks and shutters by B. Mercer, wallpaper by K. Harlow.
Photo by Karen J. McClintock
In Fond Memory of artist Michael Bonit.
Elvis, Marilyn, and puppy by Michel Bonit, archway
and stairs by Brent Mercer.