The Art of Mike Bell
Artist Mike Bell was born and raised at the Jersey Shore and currently lives in Northfield, New Jersey. Best known for his figurative paintings, Bell is an artist whose work is a juxtaposition of iconic pop culture subjects combined with modern day influences. He also creates painted objects, such as bowling pins and surfboards, as well as delightful palm-sized matchbook art depicting pop culture icons such as Mr. Peanut, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hendrix, Frankenstein and Humphrey Bogart. Most of his work falls into the lowbrow genre. Lowbrow art is an underground visual art movement that originated in Los Angeles in the late 70s, a populist art movement with cultural roots related to underground comics, punk music, hot-rods and surf culture. The artwork usually displays a sense of humor.
Bell attended The College of New Jersey where he received his degree in Advertising Design and minored in Illustration. He has exhibited his artwork in a number of galleries throughout the United States and internationally. Though his hometown of Atlantic City has eluded him for many years, Bell was recently invited to participate in an art project in Atlantic City where he created the first of 90 Art Boxes for the Atlantic City Arts Commission’s new Art Box Project.
Mike Bell recently created a t-shirt line, and was featured in the newly published book Edgy Cute by Mark Batty Publishing, New York. He has been the Director of Design and Production at Masterminds for four years. Bell continues making art, always learning and improving his skills by taking chances and challenging himself to step outside of his comfort zone.
Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.
Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.
Happy bday Amanda Tapping!
Vote for our panel! And a few others, too!
Every year, South BY Southwest (SXSW) brings tech companies, content providers, nonprofits and thousands of others to Austin, TX to talk about tech, content, privacy, interaction and so much more.
This year, FYC’s heidi8, along with flourish and wordplaying, have submitted a panel proposal on How Not to Irk Your Fandom. If it’s selected, they’ll be talking about interactions between fandoms and The Powers That Be - or Those Who Want To Control Fandom - where things have gone terribly wrong and where things have been reasonably right. They’ll also share some Best Practices for how to keep glitches to a minimum and develop positive fan/creator interactions. As a sociologist, a transmedia producer and an attorney, they bring three diverse perspectives to the discussion.
You can also vote for flourish - along with Henry Jenkins and theorlandojones - who have a film panel proposal at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/42402 - you do have to register to vote, but it’s easy and they don’t spam.
(And if you can reblog/share the link, we would really appreciate it!)
Other friends that have panels up for consideration:
Do a search on just the word “fan” to know why the panels on fan/producer relations are so, so important. Every other panel is on how to monetize fandom, seriously.
Time is running out to vote on panels up for consideration at South By Southwest 2015 - there are some terrific panels and sessions up for consideration linked above, and the crowdsourced votes impact what panels the SXSW programming team includes at the convention.
Endless Vincent Price Appreciation - House of Usher (1960)
"In Usher, I bleached my hair white and wore pure white makeup with black eyebrows. There was this whole extraordinary thing that he was ultra-sensitive to light and sound, so I tried to give the impression that he’d never been exposed to the light, someone who had just bleached away."
He was so beautiful as Usher. <3