FAIRFIELD, CALIF., July 1, 2011 – In honor of the return of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans® made by Jelly Belly and in anticipation of the release of this summer’s blockbuster movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: – Part 2, Jelly Belly commissioned Martinez, Calif., artist Kristen Cumings to create a portrait of Harry Potter made from 14,000 Jelly Belly beans.
The portrait will be on display at the Jelly Belly booth # 1207 during the Fancy Food Show from July 10th through the 13th. Come and get lost in the thousands of beans used to create one of literature’s now most well known faces.
Known for her works of art made completely from Jelly Belly jelly beans, Cumings was recently commissioned by Jelly Belly Candy Company to produce eight new pieces of bean art for a collection entitled Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Confectionary Art, which debuted and is currently on exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. The collection replicates world-famous paintings like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
Jelly Belly Candy Company has over 100 pieces of Jelly Belly Bean Art in their private collection, many of which can be seen on the company’s factory tour in Fairfield, Calif. The most recent subjects for the sweet art include Marilyn Monroe and Ronald Reagan.
About the Artist
Painter and illustrator Kristen Cumings lives in Martinez, California. Her portraits, inspired by people she meets in her daily life, are shown in Bay Area art galleries and are in several corporate and private collections. When she is not painting, Cumings is a teacher’s assistant in a special education classroom in the East Bay.
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