An Inspiring Artist

The blog this week was written by Hyun Berkley, Community Participation Initiative assistant. I met Matthew Bell a few months ago. When I went to his house, I was struck by the beautiful mosaic art and number of abstract paintings on the wall. Since Matthew can’t use his hands, he holds a paint brush using his mouth. When he told me how much he loves to paint and show his work, I thought immediately of the places in the Kalamazoo Community where our partners and supporters are.

Thanks to Chris Broadbent (Outreach Coordinator at People’s Food Co-op), Matthew was able to show his paintings during the 100 Mile Market Festival where local farmers and performers come together to share their talents at the parking lot of the People’s Food Co-op. Matthew even sold a couple of his paintings while I was interviewing him for this article.

Here are few Q/A’s we exchanged during the 100 Mile Market Festival on 6/27:

Q: Why do you like to paint? A: I like colors, pretty things, and it’s a way to express myself

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? A: Life! I like nature and my inspiration comes from looking at flowers and trees.

Q: When did you start painting? A: About 5 years ago when I turned 28 years old

Q: How would you like to describe your paintings? A: Abstract, colorful and vibrant

If you would like to meet Matthew Bell and see his paintings, he will be coming back to the 100 Mile Market Festival (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo) on 8/29, 9/26 and 10/31 from 3-6pm.

You will also find Matthew Bell’s artwork at the Portage District Library (300 Library Lane, Portage) from 12/10/12 to 1/18/13.

Matthew Bell Matthew Bell painting

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