Monday, June 15, 2015

VIDEO: A Touching Art Unveiling for Cancer Patient, Leah Elliott and Her Autistic Son, Jesse



 
"Story Time" Unveiling.   
A Commission for Leah and Jesse Elliott.  

2:54min  

I met Leah Elliott through her big brother, Brad, growing up in Arizona. He and I were in the Maryvale High School Thespians together in the 80's and stayed in contact over the years, collaborating on various film and theater projects, including the founding of Planet Earth Theatre in the early 90's (where he met his wife, Lynn). I remember Leah helping with my make-up and hair on one of Brad's independent film projects after I returned home from art school in Colorado.  

Leah followed my art career over the years. A color pencil portrait of Brad as Gandalf in "The Hobbit" hung in their childhood home. Back then I was in love with watercolor and had given her brother a small landscape I had painted, inspiring Leah, herself very creative, to try her hand at the medium.

Leah, a fan of fantasy and now a professional make-up artist, reconnected with me on Facebook. Her posts at the time, which documented life with her autistic son, Jesse, were filled with images of fantastic dress-up in magickal costumes, special effects make-up and ever-changing hair colors. Those playful posts have now given way to somber images of a bald Leah, resulting from chemo and her struggle with terminal cancer.

She is understandably concerned for the future of her special needs son and is committed to making lasting memories in the remaining time they have together. This prompted Leah to reach out to me asking if I would consider painting a commission as a keep-sake for Jesse, a visual reminder of his connection with his mother and symbol of her eternal love.

Leah, in Phoenix, and I in San Diego, collaborated to create the reference for her painting. Every element holds a special meaning - the gown is reminiscent of the wedding dress Leah longed to wear when renewing her marriage vows, the storybook a memory of happy times reading to Jesse, the green security blanket is what brought Jesse comfort at night... all set in the fantasy world of hidden magick Leah so loves.

Leah followed our painting progress online, but the painting takes on a whole other dimensionality when viewed in person. Thin layers of paint were built up over a metallic under-painting and embedded with foil and glitter, with a sprinkling of foil heart confetti symbolizing the love between mother and son. The Incognito Witch trademark elements are also present, like the splash of color under the eyes and the silver stars that connect individual magick with a greater realm. I wanted her and Jesse's first live viewing to be a memorable event, honoring them both.

The unveiling took place at the May 15, 2015 opening reception at Frontal Lobe Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, during my solo exhibit. The reception was a costumed affair, with guests invited to dress as their Inner Incognito Witch or Goddess. I appear in this video as Ginger Anxiety, one of my Incognito Witch film characters and Selfie subjects.

Leah, the guest of honor, was invited to say a few words with Jesse at her side. Brad and Lynn with their two daughters, Jesse's cousins, and close friends and guests where there to show their love and support. This short video captures those moments.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

See you Friday, June 5th in Phoenix, AZ!


See you Friday, June 5th!



Head Wreaths and Glitter Welcome

Saturday, May 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2015 Artist Talk with Mollie Kellogg at Frontal Lobe Gallery, PHOENIX, AZ

Mollie Kellogg presenting her Incognito Witch Project

Talk Art with Incognito Witch creator Mollie Kellogg
First Friday Artist Talk and Q&A at Bragg’s Pie Factory Frontal Lobe Gallery
PHOENIX, AZ, May 22, 2015 – Artist and filmmaker Mollie Kellogg wraps up the solo exhibit of her Incognito Witch Project with a Closing Reception, First Friday, June 5, 2015, 6-11pm, at Frontal Lobe Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue, #2B, Phoenix, AZ.  At 7:30pm, join Mollie for an Artist Talk when she will explain her painting process, present the history and concepts of Celebrating Hidden Magick, and take questions from the audience.
Since its inception, many participants have expressed a bucket-list desire to be a part of the Incognito Witch Project as a way to promote self-empowerment and self-love, and have offered personal stories of healing that Mollie will share during her presentation. “Hopefully, instead of just making pretty pictures, I am making something that has an impact on people,” explains Kellogg.
“I see my art as a way to promote self-acceptance, laughter, play, healing, community and personal possibility,” says Kellogg. The Incognito Witch message has resonated with like-minded individuals and organizations that promote a mission to change the world through fine art and film. ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY, and the Heal One World's Awareness Film Festival, Santa Monica, CA, screened Kellogg’s Paint My Life, which also received the LGBTQAI Track Award, Nine Worlds, London.
View the Incognito Witch Project at www.incognitowitch.com.
Contact Mollie Kellogg at artist@molliekellogg.com
View artwork by appointment prior to June 5th by contacting Beatrice Moore,
Frontal Lobe Gallery at 602-391-4016 or muppetsrealmom@gmail.com.

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IMAGE:
Mollie Kellogg presenting her Incognito Witch Project. Photo by David Oleary.
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SOURCE: Mollie Kellogg  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Opening Reception Photo Highlights Part 2 - Phoenix, AZ

The May 15, 2015 opening costumed reception in Phoenix, AZ at Frontal Lobe Gallery was a wonderful celebration of magick, meeting new friends and catching up with old!


RECEPTION

Photos by Amy Daggett

 



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JOIN ME JUNE 5 for our CLOSING RECEPTION

First Friday June 5, 2015 

6-11pm, Artist Talk at 7:30pm

Frontal Lobe Gallery

1301 Grand Avenue, #2B, Phoenix, AZ


FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429223167386810/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opening Reception Photo Highlights Part 1 - Phoenix, AZ

The May 15, 2015 opening costumed reception and video shoot in Phoenix, AZ at Frontal Lobe Gallery was a blast. Despite rain, the diehard Incognitos braved the weather in a Celebration of Magick and let their Inner Witch shine! 

 

MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT

Photos by Amy Daggett


Guests were invited to come in costume, adorn themselves with makeup and flowers, then participate as extras in a music video scene shot at the event. At what was also an art gallery opening for Mollie Kellogg's Incognito Witch "Selfies," they learned the steps and performed for the camera within the same hour, while other guests looked on.
The music video features the characters Ginger Anxiety and G, the Incognito Witch, played by Kellogg. Lyrics written and composed by Mollie Kellogg and T.Collins Logan touch on the Incognito Witch themes of suppressed Magick. In this video, the emotional tension between family members when mental illness is involved is expressed in lyrics and dance. 


Participants include Amy Cormier Longwell
, Karen Stites-Singleton, Karen A. Brannan, Petra Chavez, Baron Dixon, Malerie A Kline, Sally Jo Bannow, Valerie Paxton,
Patricia Hamrick Overby, Sally Jo Bannow, Todd Cassatt as "the man" body double, Doug Brown, and Kia Tavernaro as G's body double.

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JOIN ME JUNE 5 for our CLOSING RECEPTION

First Friday June 5, 2015 

6-11pm, Artist Talk at 7:30pm

Frontal Lobe Gallery

1301 Grand Avenue, #2B, Phoenix, AZ


FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429223167386810/

Saturday, April 25, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mollie Kellogg's Incognito Witch at Frontal Lobe Gallery, PHX AZ

Mollie Kellogg's "Incognito Witch" Shows Its True Magick 
Arizona native brings the Healing Power of Art and Play to
Bragg’s Pie Factory Frontal Lobe Gallery

PHOENIX, AZ, Apr. 24, 2015 – California-based artist and film-maker Mollie Kellogg returns home for a solo exhibit of her award-winning Incognito Witch Project: Celebrating Hidden Magick, for Third Friday, May 15 and First Friday during the Grand Avenue Artwalk, June 5, 2015, 6-11pm, at Frontal Lobe Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue, #2B, Phoenix, AZ. 
Incognito Witch works reveal the subject’s hidden psyche, too often suppressed to meet society’s expectations. Mortals become magickal beings draped in mysterious fabrics, adorned with jewels and leaves, often wearing messy makeup with a signature flash of color under the eyes. These figures evoke a Mother Nature Archetype where power, strength, attraction, empathy and vulnerability are brought into focus.
The “hidden inner magick” message resonates with like-minded individuals, participants, and organizations that support a mission to change the world through art. “I see my art as a way to promote self-acceptance, laughter, play, healing, community and personal possibility,” says Kellogg.  
“My friend and amazing artist, Mollie Kellogg, helped me get in touch with my inner self again after I had struggled from a traumatic accident. I felt so empowered!” says Incognito Mindy, AZ, USA. “I want more people to feel that freedom.”
Mollie started the Project in 2009 as a series of “Inner Portrait” mixed media paintings. By 2010 the Project expanded to include a short film. In 2014, the first “Selfie” painting was conceived.
Watch Mollie Kellogg in Sibling Rivalry: www.molliekellogg.com/works/videos.html
Selfies have emerged as the perfect vehicle for all the folks who want to participate in the Project to take matters into their own hands. Submitted Selfies, shot by the subject, can be viewed at www.gingeranxiety.com. “Completely liberating!” says Selfie submitter, Incognito Amanda, New Zealand.  
“Want to have an experience that reeks of magic? Good art has a way of revealing that inner self to us. That’s the magick I’m talking about,” blogs Incognito David, NM, USA. “It was and still is one of the coolest experiences I have ever had with art.”
May 15th Third Friday Art Reception 6-11pm: Come in costume or your get your “inner witch” on at the Adornment Station. Activities include unveiling a portrait of a loving mother who is fighting cancer and her autistic child at 6:30pm. Costumed guests are invited to take part in a shoot as extras for an Incognito Witch music video from 7:30-8:30pm.
June 5th First Friday Art Reception 6-11pm: Join Mollie Kellogg for an Artist Presentation and Q&A from 7:30-8pm.
Learn more about the Incognito Witch Project at www.incognitowitch.com
 

Contact Frontal Lobe Gallery at 602-391-4016 or www.facebook.com/FontalLobeCommunitySpaceAndGallery

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What is it like to be an Incognito Witch Model? Incognito David Blogs All!

Posted by David Salcido
March 21, 2015    

Want to have an experience that reeks of magic? No, not prestidigitation or illusion. Not that Doug Henning or Harry Potter mumbo jumbo. Not carney tricks or flights of fancy. I’m talking real magic. Old world magick. The stuff that infuses the act of living with wonder.

And what about the psychological aspect? Is that where your intrigue lies? Who hasn’t given thought to the idea that the person “inside” is vastly different from the one that is presented on a daily basis? The real us. The one we like to say nobody really knows.

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Model Behavior
 
So, now I can check “become a model” off my bucket list. It was right up there next to “become a dernier cri” and “write a riveting autobiography” in the Probably Never Gonna Happen section. I’m kidding, of course. I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, “become a model” wouldn’t rate very high. I just don’t have that kind of limelight personality. The modeling thing, on the other hand? That’s true.

It isn’t the first time I’ve shed my clothing for an artist, but it has been something like three decades since I last did it. Honestly, I believed those days were behind me. Leave it to one of my favorite artists, the effervescent and enormously talented Mollie Kellogg, to shatter that assumption.

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