MAE WEST is starring as one of the "Icons of the West" in a new show in Missoula.
• • A fascinating oil painting of Mae West will be on display at the "Icons of the West" exhibition, a show that will debut at the Dana Gallery in Montana this week on 16 June 2011. The artists had been asked to create their own interpretation of a Western Icon. The artist who painted Mae's portrait is Michele Usibelli, a Seattle native.
WHEN: Opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, 16 June 2011. "Icons of the West" will run through 1 September 2011.
WHERE: Dana Gallery: 246 North Higgins Avenue Missoula, MT 59802; T. (406) 721-3154.
SHOWN: "Mae West" by Michele Usibelli [Oil on Panel, 12 x 9]; it is for sale.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • In "Klondike Annie," Victor McLaglen is Bull Brackett, a besotted ship's captain in love with Rose Carlton, Mae West's character. "You ain't no oil painting — — but you're a fascinatin' monster," Rose tells Bull.
• • According to the blog Faded-Video-Labels: Mae later admitted to Charlotte Chandler that the reason Victor McLaglen got the gig was "because I'd been eating too much... He was not only tall, but big and bulky, so he was great for the part of Bull Brackett and he made me look petite."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • In New England, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School graduates were asked to draft a speech and present it to the school administration for a chance to address the assembly at graduation. Graduating senior Samantha Mewis was chosen to deliver her speech.
• • Reporter Tracy Seelye writes from Massachusetts: Samantha Mewis's speech, “Advice,” offered her thoughts on some words to live by from well-known film slacker Ferris Bueller to Mae West and Shakespeare. Mae West had opined, “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” ...
• • Source: Article: "Graduation 2011: Class of 2011 makes its mark" written by Tracy Seelye for The Express; posted on 8 June 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1962nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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