Instinct Magazine: Modern Bear “Bears to Know for 2018”

Beefcake Soup graphic by Scott McGillivray

Instinct Magazine: May 4th, 2018 by Ryan Shea

2018’s Bears You Should Know: Who Made the Inspiring List?

“Modern Bear creators Travis Smith and Chris Bale have already had a busy year. It started in February with their hugely successful annual PopulArt Party held during International Bear Convergence. Thinking outside the “bear box,” the duo curated an art exhibit of local Palm Springs artists, threw in a DJ and Go-Go Bears, and suddenly, it wasn’t your average art show! They just filmed a comedic appearance in an episode of “Where The Bears Are,” and are working with Bear World TV to create new programming, something they are very excited about. Travis elaborates; “Chris and I have written several pilot scripts for different concepts, and it feels good that BWT is excited as we are in producing one of them. It would be so awesome to get a bear-related show a production deal!”


Modern Bear’s Chris Bale hosting Project Bearway at Lazy Bear
Photo by Richard Marcotte

“But they are most proud to be “Guardian Angel” sponsors of Sanctuary Palm Springs, which provides a physical and emotional environment of health, education and kindness for LGBT teens in Foster Care in the Palm Springs area. Sanctuary enables LGBT teens who have been disowned by their families, a temporary home where they can re-group and have a safe place to live while they re-build their lives. “When we heard about Sanctuary, we immediately wanted to help, so we threw a Modern Bear Tea Dance and donated all the proceeds. The dance was such a hit, we will continue to do more of them throughout the year, to continue raising funding for Sanctuary,” explains Chris.

Both Travis and Chris live busy lives in the gay Mecca Palm Springs, Chris as a Realtor specializing in Mid Century Modern properties popular in the area, and Travis is an interior designer for H3K Design, which specializes in restoring Mid Century period homes. Hmmm, sounds like a great TV show!”

Photo of Modern Bear’s Travis Smith by Kelly Peak

Modern Bear Pride Tea Dance ~ Benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

Modern Bear is excited to host our Pride Tea Dance benefiting The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs at the HOT new Palm Springs Fan Club! 4 DJs, Cocktails, and Dancing!

Tickets limited to 200. Get your tickets NOW before we sell out!  $20 online or $25 at the door. 21 and Over. Please bring ID and ticket to event!

Get your tickets now!

Round out your Pride Weekend in style AND help a local LGBT charity, Sanctuary!

DJs Baz, Bob Deck, Gant Johnson, and Matt Cornwall each spinning their brand of fun, high energy and retro lounge dance sets!

Modern Bear is proud to be a Guardian Angel sponsor of Sanctuary Palm Springs, a transitional housing placement plus foster care program for LGBT youth. Sanctuary Palm Springs is a place of safety, support and self responsibility where each foster-youth resident can learn the life skills needed to become an independent, self-sufficient adult.

L.A. Mid Century Dream Home

MCM Crush:  This eye-popping 1961 gem built by architect David Hyun, located in Los Angeles.  

“Mustard yellows, greens and oranges set the tone, and each additional pop of color matches perfectly. Every piece in the house is secondhand — nearly all bought at Southern California flea markets and swap meets. Vintage magazines rest on the tables and abstract-shaped mirrors adorn the walls. An old record player sits in the lounge next to dice-shaped ottomans and sunken chairs. Lava lamps, geometric shapes, and Hollywood memorabilia are constant surprises around each corner. It’s a bright one story “L” shaped home, with a pool glistening right outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A cabana is quietly tucked away in the corner, large-leafed green plants grow high and cast shadows. Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas ring loud through the home’s speaker system. This house is rare, stylish…. Inspiring.” – http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/peek-vintage-dream-home/?crlt.pid=camp.Yl1We48SpuW0

Photos by Melodi Meadows

Photorealism Paintings by Danny Heller

The first time we saw the work of Danny Heller Art, we thought we were looking at blown up photographs! We were amazed by Danny’s realistic painted renderings of iconic Mid Century Modern buildings, cars, and locations! You can view more of (and purchase) works by Danny on his website:
http://www.dannyhellerart.com/

 

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UPDATE from Danny Heller:

After much anticipation, I’m happy to announce my next exhibition for 2016 will open March 3rd at the George Billis Gallery’s New York City location.

Titled “Midcentury Manhattan,” this series delves deeper into my exploration of the architecture, car culture, and design aesthetic that flourished in New York City in the 1950s and 60s. At a time when the city was transitioning from WWII aftermath to Modern metropolis, a whole new vision of contemporary city life was taking shape. Brownstone buildings turned into glass skyscrapers, a simplified clean aesthetic replaced ornate details, and entire city blocks were leveled to make way for the almighty automobile. Focusing on this duality of old and new, my work captures a changing New York – the old neon signage of the neighborhood pharmacy, as well as the sleek interiors of Mies van der Rohe’s groundbreaking Seagram Building. You’ll find classic storefront windows displaying 1950’s fashion, juxtaposed with office windows of a Madison Ave skyscraper. Viewed as a whole, my series aims to take viewers to this transformative period of time – and might even remind them that many of these scenes can still be found in Manhattan today.

 

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Show Runs: March 1-26, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, March 3, 6-8pm

George Billis Gallery
525 W 26th St., Ground Floor
New York, NY 10001
212.645.2621
www.georgebillis.com