December 1969


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Distinction Gallery presents

Mike Bell: Of Gals & Monsters
December 10 - January 7, 2017
Opening Reception with Live Music: Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6-10pm

Distinction Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibit by painter, Mike Bell, entitled "Of Gals & Monsters".

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore - Mike Bell's art blends an aura of nostalgia and humor, combined with vivid color and a combination of influences. Japanese cartoons, classic monsters, vintage toys, punk rock, carnivalesque images, MAD magazine and Big Daddy Roth are among the cultural forces that have shaped his art. The juxtaposition of counter culture imagery with modern day influences are the blueprint for Mike's canvases. Mike's art has received global acclaim including Ripley's Believe It Or Not purchasing twenty of his matchbooks to include in various museums.

This exhibition will focus on some of Mike's favorite subjects including Frankenstein and his Bride in a series of hysterical modern day situations as well as some of our favorite pinups including Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page juxtaposed in equally peculiar settings. The show will also include some of Mike's popular matchbooks, which are clever collectibles.

His exhibition will run from December 10 through January 7, 2017. The opening reception with Mike, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Stone Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday December 10, from 6-10pm.

ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses Distinction Gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, multiple exhibition spaces featuring work by represented artists,"The Alley" featuring over 20 local artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 20 additional local artists, a teen studio featuring the work of up to 40 local teens. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork, primarily figurative, by highly skilled artists.


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