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Artist Michael Paraskevas Exhibits at Farmingdale State

Michael Paraskevas, well known to many on Long Island for his illustrations in Dan's Paper, will exhibit at Farmingdale State College in October. In addition, Paraskevas will share his artistic insights with students, especially those from the Department of Visual Communications. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Dates: October 7 – November 1, 2013, Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall

Tuesday, October 22:

Artist's Lecture will be held in Gleeson 104 from 3:05-4:05 p.m. Animation Workshop will include a demonstration on animation and film viewing, Gleeson 102 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artist Reception will be held directly after the workshop in the Hale Memorial Gallery, 7-9 p.m.

Michael Paraskevas is an incredibly prolific artist creating well known works that range from magazine illustrations, children's books, animations for TV, and comic strips, to 6 one-man exhibitions of his paintings in East Hampton. At heart he is a true artist who still carries a sketchbook around everywhere he goes, to visually record his experiences. His sketchbooks show just how wonderfully he can capture the gesture and feel of any moment with the fewest of lines.

In 1991, Michael asked his mother, Betty, to write a children's book about the beach, which he illustrated. It was quickly published by Dial Books. This began a whirlwind of publishing for the mother and son team. Junior Kroll, Monster Beach, Hoppy and Joe, Tangerine Bear and The Ferocious Beast are some of the better known titles. Michael and Betty published 23 books in their long partnership. "Writing, which I learned from my mother, made me think more about what I was painting and not so much how I was painting," he said. "Too many artists get wrapped up in the process of painting ... They forget the painting is supposed to be about something."

Their work on The Ferocious Beast led to meeting with Brown Johnson at Nick Jr., where the book was developed by Michael and Betty into the very popular Maggie and the Ferocious Beast animated series.

Yet another book was turned into an animated series at Fox Kids. "The Kids from Room 402" was what Betty referred to as Seinfeld for Kids.

Michael attended The School of Visual Arts in New York where he received a BFA and an MFA in illustration and journalism. He worked primarily as an illustrator for many magazines, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, New York and the New York Times. He also studied set design at Montclair University.

He has been Dan's Papers' illustrator for the last 25 years. For the past 12 years, he has been writing and drawing his weekly comic strip "The Green Monkeys."

He owned and ran his own Art Gallery in Westhampton Beach for many years. Michael designed a line of men's neckties under the name Sketchbook by Michael Paraskevas in 1999.

In 2002 Michael created The Cheap Show and pitched it to a local TV station in the Hamptons as a new way to created inexpensive entertainment for the children's market. The Cheap Show ran for three years at WVVH. The short formatted episodes are currently online at www.thecheapshow.com. The show was a labor of love for Betty and Michael. They handled the writing, production and editing from Michael's studio.