John Maxwell spent 28 years as a set decorator in Hollywood, working on blockbuster films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Seven, Panic Room, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, As Good As It Gets, Ocean’s 13, Tropic Thunder, Bridesmaids and Apollo 13, among others.

During the making of many of those films, Maxwell would head back to his hotel at the end of the day and dive deeply into his love of collage art. The Mill Valley resident was first drawn to collage art in the mid-1970s while living in Marin, studying photography and art at the San Francisco Art Institute. He drew inspiration from the likes of Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, two of the original five psychedelic artists of the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom days.

On the heels of his retirement from Hollywood in 2014, Maxwell is set to showcase his JMX Postcards, a collection of collage-style postcards at the at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout August, with a wine reception on August 2 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission‘s First Tuesday Artwalk. The monthly celebration of local art includes a host of venues, including the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, the Mill Valley Public Library, Dolls and Dandy Salon, Terrestra, the Depot Bookstore & Café and City Hall. Receptions at each venue are Tuesday from 6–8pm. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.


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