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mellee fresh

A breath of intoxicatingly fresh air — that’s the effect of Mellee Fresh.

The singer-performance artist and her partner in creativity, Clive, are one dynamic duo and they electrify existence everywhere they go.

They added another Bev Hogue painting to their eclectic collection recently and I’m very happy with their choice: Disguise & Dolls, a personal favourite.

Melly poses here alongside the art, adorned in a Beluxe-Pretty Fierce singlet. I just had to share.

Thank you Mellee Fresh

I’m very happy to co-inhabit your world

Mellee Fresh with her Bev Hogue painting, Disguise & Dolls, in a Beluxe-Pretty Fierce yoga singlet, Om Sweet Om.
Mellee Fresh with her Bev Hogue painting, Disguise & Dolls, in a Beluxe-Pretty Fierce yoga singlet, Om Sweet Om.
Mellee Fresh with her Bev Hogue painting, Disguise & Dolls, in a Beluxe-Pretty Fierce yoga singlet, Om Sweet Om.

face fashion in 4 styles

New Beluxe face fashion masks are making their way into the world. Four styles — Disguise & Dolls (pictured), Boot Camp, Northern Lights and Party Animals — are available individually or in a four-pack.

These quilted designs are lightweight, comfortable and washable products that are fine for distancing but not N95 protection level.

They can be ordered at beluxe.tv

Disguise & Dolls (pictured), Party Animals, Boot Camp and Northern Lights face fashion masks are available individually or in a four-pack at Beluxe.TV
“Party Animals” Beluxe by Bev Hogue fashion mask
“Boot Camp” Beluxe by Bev Hogue fashion mask
“Northern Lights” Beluxe by Bev Hogue fashion mask
“Disguise & Dolls” Beluxe by Bev Hogue fashion mask

B&W movies were true blue

The way-back machine has been been working overtime in my studio.

Buzzkill, Deadpan Delivery and Crime of Fashion emerged from a twisted trip through 1940s movie posters.

Sea No Evil and its 3-D sister, Gillzilla vs. InstaGamera, surfaced after a voyage through B movie horror flics from the 1950s.

In the 1960s, late night TV was jammed with so much low brow content that these classics blended together as one black and white experience.

I never put much thought into it, but the B&W movies I watched might have influenced a style that emerged as blue tones in graphic contrast.

Even Mad Magazine was largely monotone. And among the regular features, none had greater impact on a young artist than two stark, silent spies.

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Biker chick accidentally drops by

Rumbling down the one-way street in front of my studio was a collection of motorcycles finishing up a day of cruising. It was twilight and the slight curve where the street turns at the base of the hill is a natural spot for gravel and sand to gather.

One of the riders skidded and dropped the bike. It was low speed, but still that’s a lot of metal to connect with pavement.

We were watching the impromptu parade from inside and saw the whole thing happen in slow motion.

The 20 or so riders dismounted to survey injury and damage. As helmets were removed, it was becoming clear that they were all women, in a casual gang of weekend riders called the “Chrome Divas” who venture out on organized runs for charity.

A bent pedal and a sprained ankle was the early diagnosis. A slightly embarrassed rider, but otherwise everyone ok.

I got her a glass of water and a chair as she waited for a paramedic, and for the auto club to haul the bike to the shop.

The “gang” sped away to the bar for a beer and left the lone biker with us to keep her company until help arrived. In the gathering darkness, it was not apparent right away, but something about this woman was familiar: a turn of phrase, a figure of speech, her laugh?

After returning to the area after a time away, every chance encounter seemed to unlock a childhood memory. Was my memory playing tricks on me?

“Marie?” I asked out of practically nowhere. “Yes”

I was surprised. She was perplexed.

This was an old neighbour and childhood chum from kindergarten who I grew up with through high school. She actually came with me when I got my driver’s license at 16.

We laughed and chatted in the dark for about an hour until her brother arrived, discussing life in the little town down the road where we grew up and all the personalities that lived there.

It was a life moment, pure accident.

The incident inspired me to paint this scene, which I just had to call “Chrome Divas.”

To help with the cause, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Chrome Divas charity fund.

Purchase painting here.

Chrome Diva
Chrome Diva was inspired by an accidental meeting with an old pal from kindergarten days who literally “dropped” by with her motorcycle.


L.A. Coaster show

“Irene” is a Bev Hogue original acrylic painting presented as a 4 in. x 4 in. special edition for Gallery 30 South’s Coaster Show that opens in Pasadena Oct. 4

The countdown is on for The Coaster Show at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, California.

Very excited to have new pieces in the show. Iris and Irene can be previewed here.

Opening night is October 4.

“Iris” is a Bev Hogue original acrylic painting presented as a 4 in. x 4 in. special edition for Gallery 30 South’s Coaster Show that opens in Pasadena Oct. 4

Bev Hogue Blue Art show with Pretty Fierce

A striking new series of Bev Hogue “Blue or Nothing” paintings and yoga gear with Pretty Fierce are featured Oct. 26 and 27 at the Oast Hayloft in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The famous blue paintings of this highly collectible Niagara artist blend fantasy and fashion in the pop surreal genre. And through her Beluxe label, this bold imagery is distributed worldwide on clothing, jewellery, shoes and accessories.

The natural next move was for Bev to partner with Canada’s own Pretty Fierce with a line of yoga pants and tops. See the latest styles at the launch in late October.

Bev Hogue Blue Art show with Pretty Fierce at the Oast Hayloft in Niagara-on-the-Lake Oct. 26 and 27

Red, Hot and Blue

Red, Hot and Blue fashion
The 1950s fashion show steps in to the Beluxe booth at the Brockville rockabilly show

We made some new friends at the Red, Hot and Blue rockabillly fest in Brockville. Nathalie, Amund, Dave, Heather, Claude, Craig, Trev and Debbie — you made us feel most welcome.

Already looking forward to next year’s show on the Thousand Islands shore.

And we are proud to announce that the Spitfire is the spot to pick up original Bev Hogue art, collectible prints, and fashion necessities  like Pretty Fierce yoga gear emblazoned with Beluxe blue femmes.

In the Brockville area, contact Nathalie Lavergne at the Spitfire Cafe, 10 Victoria Ave.

The Spitfire in Brockville is the latest spot to pick up Bev Hogue original paintings and Beluxe products

RIP George Romero: Night of the Living Deb

After several months of treatment for an all-to-common malady these days, and for which I received tremendous medical guidance and support from the Juravinksi Centre, a knock came to my door.

It was esteemed radiologist and all-round great guy Stephen Sagar and his lovely partner Christina.

The good doctor was key to zapping the unwelcome intruders out of my system and also keeping my spirits up.

He was popping in to my studio to have a look at a particular painting that we had talked about — Night of the Living Deb.

The painting was part of an effort several years back to commemorate the masterpiece film Night of the Living Dead by cult director George Romero.

The image of my painting was as part of a collection of images for a book. I kept original of course, and never planned to part with it.

It was meant to be part of Dr. Sagar’s own collection.

Then, the painting had a new life.

As a lifelong fan of Romero and his movies,  Dr. Sagar made a point of meeting the director at a Canadian ComicCon event.

He had the painting with him, all nicely framed and ready for the possibility that Romero might agree to sign.

And he did — just months before he died.

A photo is of two heroes of mine. I cherish the moment and will endure in a very meaningful way.

Night of the Living Deb
Director George Romero, left, and Dr. Stephen Sagar with Night of the Living Deb painting by Bev Hogue