Michael Bonit’s Amazing MJ Mural’s At Karen’s Keepsakes


All Photo’s by: Karen Harlow-McClintock / Article by Karen / Karen’s Keepsakes

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. We wanted to do something bright and lively that would be uplifting to people who saw it.  In short, the murals were meant to be spirited and fun, in an area known for neon nightlife, nostalgia, and not forgetting the better things of the past.  We will be adding new images, so stay tuned! Some of your all-time favorite entertainers will be hanging out around my corner– singing, playing, and dancing in The Tower just for you!  

Karen’s Keepsakes, 802 E. Olive Ave., Fresno, CA

See More Photoshttp://www.karenmcclintockfineart.com/The-mural-art.html

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Special thanks to Jolanta / MJT for sharing this article.

Please note–these are copyrighted photos and cannot be reprinted without attribution of the photographer who took them, Karen Harlow-McClintock

Also, please credit Michael Bonit as the muralist. 

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  1. Karen McClintock February 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this piece I wrote about the Michael Bonit murals (Michael Jackson etc.) done on my store. I was delighted to read it here on your site, and see your admiration for the artist who painted them. Michael Bonit was a talented and robust muralist who had a great zest for life. Your article makes a fitting tribute to him as he recently passed away last month (Jan. 17, 2017) at the age of 59. I hope his images live forever on this corner and continue to brighten the world. I know they brightened mine.– Karen McClintock, owner, Karen’s Keepsakes, Fresno, California,

    • Bonnie Lamrock February 4, 2017 at 8:59 AM - Reply

      Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear he past away. 🙁 He was amazing and will always be amazing because his legacy lives on through his work as well as the love he showed in everything he did. ♡♡♡

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