Category Archives: Events

Dr. Sketchy Philadelphia: Speakeasy

(Special thanks to my girlfriend Liz for introducing me to the Dr. Sketchy phenomenon!) And please forgive me for the terrible quality of my cell-phone photos…

I don't think this is just any old living room with a "Mr. Deadguy."

For the uninitiated, Dr. Sketchy’s is an “anti-art school” started in NYC in 2005 by art school drop-outs, its an alternative art school movement where creatively themed models in corsets, cellophane dreadlocks, drag makeup, prosthetics and pasties against corresponding backgrounds make a fun alternative to the Sketch Club’s academic nudes.  You are surrounded by artists of all backgrounds with interesting stories themselves, half naked models, and a copious supply of booze: a perfect combination to make great artwork.

Melissa Bang Bang goes vamp, literally vamp-ire.

I’ve been to two Dr. Sketchy sessions, and I’ve been nothing but impressed with the quality of the experience.  The venues are tasteful, and you can tell that the hosts put a lot of time and thought into atmosphere and props for the space.  Since a lot of the drawing session experience rests on the models, they can make or break the session, but each time they walked up the aisle towards the stage the costuming and acting made my jaw drop.  These are professionals who kick ass at their jobs!  I can’t forget to mention that the gorgeous hostess Candy always has a few fun themed prizes for the drawing contests (chocolate is a real motivator). I have no problem dropping the money for admission fee and a few bucks as tips for models. There’s a lot of thought and effort that goes into these shows.

Now MAKING artwork from these set-ups, that’s another challenge! I appreciate my academic training to be able to draw the model proportionally underneath all that extreme costuming, since I’m so used to academic nudes it can be a little tricky at times to figure out how to draw an octopus tentacle extending from the model’s arm. However, these sessions are a new way to be creative and inspire more diverse artworks.  I can’t wait to go to more of these!

Check out their website at for updates and drawing sessions.

You worry about jellyfish... SHE worried about octo-man. The Jersey shore will never be the same.

The 80s VHS jacket cover, you haven't seen this C-list horror flick?

Here’s a few drawings from the other Dr. Sketchy I attended back in September @ World Cafe Live: Cyber Revolution

Cyber girl

Escaping the technology wasteland

First Friday Activities: Raise Up Japan Charity Auction

Donated artwork from cousins Melissia and Lyndsey Grosjean

It’s nice to do something for people all the way on the other side of the world.  I donated two pieces to the Raise Up Japan Art Charity Auction in Old City, Philadelphia this First Friday, and hopefully we’ll have some sales to benefit the Japan disaster relief effort.  My lovely artistic cousin from New York City, Lyndsey Grosjean, also donated a painting for the cause.  I would also like to thank Dr. Sean Duffy of Rutgers Camden campus for his enthusiasm and commitment to putting on this event, and according to Sean, the individual event donated over $6000 for the Red Cross Japan.  I was so honored to be a part of this event and glad to do my part to help with the Japanese disaster relief.

Keep track of the upcoming Raise Up Japan events at their homepage: Raise Up Japan

Shameless Self-Promotion, Events and Notables.

That time of year is approaching again where you have buy something thoughtful for 30 people you only talk to once a year. While it’s not only the most wonderful time of the year but it is also the best time to buy beautiful, unique, creative artwork!

I’ve been busy busy busy making holiday cards and getting them consigned all around PA.  Currently you can obtain your Melissia-art through emailing me at, my various Art in the Dark venues, and at three notable locations throughout Pennsylvania:

Moore College of Art and Design Art Shop (Center City West, Philadelphia)
I have artwork for sale at my alma mater.  The ArtShop features Moore alumna and student artists and is a great place to start for your holiday cards and gifts. An added bonus:  A purchase from the ArtShop means that you’ll make some artist out there very very happy.

Slingluff Gallery (Northern Liberties, Philadelphia)
Voted BEST art gallery in Philadelphia by the Philly HotList, Slingluff Gallery has featured artists each month, as well as smaller artworks (and holiday cards!) to peruse. Check out their upcoming events.

Furever Home Adoption Center, The Crazy Cat Ladies Gift Shop (East Petersburg, PA)
Located near Lancaster, PA, all of the Crazy Cat Ladies Gift shop’s proceeds go to helping support the animal shelter, so you can feel like you’re supporting a great cause without bringing home another critter.   The shop carries dog and cat supplies, gift items, and now my holiday cards!

Also, stay tuned for the latest Art in the Dark series at Tabu Lounge tonight at 9pm.  There will be many artists, crafty-ers, graphic designers, jewelry makers, and even some musical performances.

Coming up, new for Philadelphia’s First Friday Art in the Dark will be continuing in Olde City at Lucy’s Top Hat Lounge’s craft bazaar on Market Street.  This is an exciting and fun time of year in the art world!

Butterflies take flight at the Raven Lounge

The butterflies got a first look at the outside world at the Raven Lounge in Philadelphia last Thursday night.  In addition to my work, there were body painters, live portrait artists, and lots of other beautiful art and craft items for sale, all with a pulsing beat from the DJ.  It was a wonderful experience, and I got a lot of exposure.

There will be more shows to come, stay tuned folks!

Art in the Dark: Thursday 9/2/2010 9:00PM

My lovely artist friend Nikki has invited me to show some of my newest work at the Art in the Dark Party in  Philadelphia. I’m scrambling today to make some new pieces specifically for the Party.  PLEASE come out to my first showing of my artwork in 3 years, I need the support (and the entourage). If anything, its going to be a good time with some cool artists who know how to put their drink face on.

Here is the Facebook link:!/event.php?eid=123078504408815&ref=mf

And the deets:

Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Thursday 9/2/2010, 9:00 the Party starts.

“Aside for our awesome array of visual artists and vendors, we are bringing on Body painters, live portrait artists, and possibly some other surprises that we will gladly use to blow your mind!”