Illustrations by George Mostoller


Though George Mostoller spends his days toiling in the interlibrary loan department of a nearby university and his weekends hunched over a table with pen and ink, his nights are spent in his band Hawk Tubley & The Ozymandians, beguiling the public with ribald tales, tragic sagas, and lusty ballads.

Periodic Photo Project by Mark Wyatt

Artist’s Statement:

The effect of street photography comes from the connection that is drawn between the viewer of an image and its subject. Photographs that effectively capture authentic human expression pave a way to empathy and even introspection, both of which are known to return positive results yet seem to be habitually in short supply. My photographs hope to be simple but compelling snapshots of humanity, ones that a viewer enjoys seeing more than once and doesn’t easily tire of.


San Francisco, USA, 2017
San Francisco, USA, 2017
Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, 1995
Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, 1995
Calcutta, India, 1980
Calcutta, India, 1980
San Francisco, USA, 2014
San Francisco, USA, 2014
San Francisco, USA, 2017
San Francisco, USA, 2017
Haikou, People’s Republic of China, 1996
Haikou, People’s Republic of China, 1996

Mark Wyatt has been photographer to the unfamous wherever he has traveled since around 1980. He posts his photographs to mwwyatt.wordpress.com, usually one or two a week. Each image faithfully reproduces what the camera saw at the moment that the shutter was tripped – they have not been cropped and are processed only to the extent that they accurately render the scene.

Paintings by Allen Forrest

Artist’s statement:

Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing a magic act. Each time I begin to paint I feel like I am walking a tightrope—sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising; leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art makes me lose all sense of time and place and go inside one long moment of creating. Whenever I feel a painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint. The colors are the message, I feel them before my mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy in your art, then you’ve found something worth holding on to.


Berlin in the 1920s Burlesque Dancer ink, 2017
Berlin in the 1920s Burlesque Dancer
ink, 2017
Blues Folks Country Guitarist ink, 2017
Blues Folks Country Guitarist
ink, 2017
Burnaby BC Winter Train oil on canvas panel, 8x10, 2016
Burnaby BC Winter Train
oil on canvas panel, 8×10, 2016
Classics Revisited: Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter ink, 2017
Classics Revisited: Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter
ink, 2017
Klassic Karz 1958 Chevrolet Impala ink, digital color, 2017
Klassic Karz 1958 Chevrolet Impala
ink, digital color, 2017
Classics Revisited: Vermeer, The Music Lesson ink, 2017
Classics Revisited: Vermeer, The Music Lesson
ink, 2017
Klassic Karz 1965 Rambler Marlin ink, digital color, 2017
Klassic Karz 1965 Rambler Marlin
ink, digital color, 2017
Klassic Karz 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado ink, digital color, 2017
Klassic Karz 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado
ink, digital color, 2017
Random Actors Street Crossing ink, 2016
Random Actors Street Crossing
ink, 2016
Surrey BC Intersection Acciden oil on canvas panelc8x10, 2017
Surrey BC Intersection Acciden
oil on canvas panelc8x10, 2017
Vancouver BC Hastings and Main oil on canvas panel 8x10
Vancouver BC Hastings and Main
oil on canvas panel 8×10
Vancouver Transit 17 ink, 2017
Vancouver Transit 17
ink, 2017

Self Portrait Ink, 2016
Self Portrait
Ink, 2016

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

Forensic Foraging Photography by William Crawford

Farm View
Farm View
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
Glory In The Morning With A Green Fly Visiting
Glory In The Morning With A Green Fly Visiting
God's Highway With Sculptures
God’s Highway With Sculptures
School Bus Storage
School Bus Storage
Shipley Family Farm, Vilas, NC.
Shipley Family Farm, Vilas, NC.
Southern Fried
Southern Fried
Swan Quarter,NC.
Swan Quarter,NC.
Thanksgiving On The Front Porch
Thanksgiving On The Front Porch

BillWilliam C. Crawford shoots the trite, trivial, & mundane using a photographic style called forensic foraging. Developed by Crawford, Sydney Lensman, and Jim Provencher, forensic foraging downplays extensive computer intervention and emphasizes composition, framing, high color saturation, and contrast. The genre flowed from the early work of Stephen Shore, especially his Amarillo postcards. The DNA of Robert Frank and Walker Evans is also evident.

Source Energy by Merrilee Challiss

Artist’s Statement:

My work is a meditation on the fact that everything going forward must be either an elegy (for what we have lost) or a celebration (of what we have left). Or both. My paintings picture my mind’s tableaux of imagined realms, abstracted from reality and real forms. The paintings are failures of my attempts to represent energy and consciousness in its various stages, respective to the subject.  What is left of our world, despite our best efforts to destroy it, is still rife with wonder and beauty, fecundity and meaning. I see all natural systems, Man, Animal, and Spirit as connected and constantly overlapping and co-existing on conscious and unconscious levels. I locate myself and my role as artist, in a meditative state, in the liminal realm between elegy and celebration, where the spirit and the unconscious trump our waking reality. 

"Death Is a Jewel Box" 15" x 15" Gouache on Paper
“Death Is a Jewel Box”
15″ x 15″
Gouache on Paper
"Uncanny Campground" 12" x 16" Gouache on Paper
“Uncanny Campground”
12″ x 16″
Gouache on Paper
meandmyshadow(self)
“Me and My Shadow(self) 32″ x 42” Gouache on Wood Panel
weaver
“Weaver” 24″ x 24″ Gouache on Wood Panel
"Source Code (after Fela Kuti)" 15" x 50" Gouache on Wood Panel
“Source Code (after Fela Kuti)”
15″ x 50″
Gouache on Wood Panel
"Plant Spirit (after Castaneda)" 15" x 50" Gouache on Wood Panel
“Plant Spirit (after Castaneda)”
15″ x 50″
Gouache on Wood Panel
"The Journey Is Oblique" 50" x 15" Gouache on Wood Panel
“The Journey Is Oblique”
50″ x 15″
Gouache on Wood Panel
"Life Cycle of the Water Witch" 32" x 42" Gouache on Wood Panel
“Life Cycle of the Water Witch”
32″ x 42″
Gouache on Wood Panel
My Therianthrope Has Synesthesia" 32" x 42" Gouache on Wood Panel
My Therianthrope Has Synesthesia”
32″ x 42″
Gouache on Wood Panel
(On Mushrooms) at the Quarry" 22" x 30" Gouache and Ink on Paper
(On Mushrooms) at the Quarry”
22″ x 30″
Gouache and Ink on Paper
"El Purgador" 12" x 12" Gouache on Paper
“El Purgador”
12″ x 12″
Gouache on Paper
"Totem" 36" x 85" Gouache on Wood Panel
“Totem”
36″ x 85″
Gouache on Wood Panel

Merrilee grew up and studied studio art in Birmingham, Alabama. After getting a BA in Studio Arts 1n 1994, she bought a one-way ticket to Europe and ended up living in Prague for almost two years, living illegally and working many odd jobs (window decorator, book & paper maker, waitress). She was the co-founder of a collective of ex-pat artists living abroad, and put together two exhibitions while she was there. Upon returning to Alabama in 1996 she began working at Studio By The Tracks, an organization that provides free art instruction to “at – risk” youth and adults with autism and schizophrenia. She worked at SBTT until she went to Philadelphia for grad school in 1998 to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA in Sculpture. She and a classmate from Germany developed a work-study program which brought Academy students together with underprivileged children, to provide to them free art instruction while their parents were in adjoining rooms meeting with various social services. The program received an official Citation and award ceremony with then Mayor McNutt. After grad school, while still in Philadelphia, Merrilee worked as an administrative assistant to four working artists, including Tom Judd, a painter, and Oswaldo Romberg, a conceptual artist and professor, and also worked as assistant to Helen Drutt, of Helen Drutt Gallery. She eventually came back to Birmingham, AL in 2002 to work once more at Studio By The Tracks, where she served as Art Director until 2006. She also co-founded a craft collective called Collarmoth, whose members showed at Renegade Craft Fairs both in Brooklyn and in Chicago. In 2006 she opened her own business, BottleTree Café, closed in the Spring of 2015, which brought musicians from all around the country (and world) to Birmingham. In 2013 Merrilee co-founded the Magic City Mural Collective, a group of artists and designers who aim to elevate the city’s aesthetic presence on the street level. Currently she is working full-time as an artist, maintaining a studio in her loft in downtown Birmingham, which she shares with three cats.

“Heading South” by David Thompson

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Cafe

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Snap Back

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Canot

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Control Your Children

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Detail Shop

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East Texas

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Faith in God

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Only Jesus Saves

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Peach

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Selma

David ThompsonDavid J. Thompson is a former prep school teacher and coach who has been traveling since October 2013. His interests include The Simpsons, minor league baseball, and jazz. His poetry and photography have appeared in a number of journals, both in print and on-line. Please visit his photo website at ninemilephoto.com.