Mail art by IUOMA member liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA)

January 25, 2016 - Yesterday many mail artists were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of liketelevisionsnow aka Max Shellman. His wife Sharon Sapar Malenfant issued a statement on the Max Shellman Facebook page:

"Sharing the sad news of my husband Jeff's passing on Thursday evening, Jan. 21 after a 15 year battle with progressive muscular atrophy, a rare motor neuron disease.

"We shared a 35-year journey of love, growth and discovery that gave us the strength to carry on. Jeff was a photographer, artist and part of a huge online arts community. He loved to use other personas in his artwork and was known as Max Shellman and liketelevisionsnow to many whose work he supported and encouraged. There has been so much love and kindness expressed from his fellow artists around the world, and I am deeply appreciative. I'm also grateful for family and friends who have reached out and wrapped their loving arms around me at this time, as well as their support in recent years.

"Jeff's wishes were to be cremated and, in the spring, we will journey back to his hometown of Wakefield, Rhode Island for a celebration of his life and lay him to rest in Riverside Cemetery beside the Saugutucket River."

Sharon also wrote in another statement:

"Jeff loved all of you and the friendships he was able to have with you online. You shared his artist heart, his humor, his sense of life, and it made him a happier person. One of his greatest joys was supporting, nourishing and encouraging the creative work of others, which in turn inspired him.

"He never told any of you that he had a rare degenerative motor neuron disease called Progressive Muscular Atrophy. He was diagnosed about 15 years ago and slowly began to lose the use of his arms, and then his legs. I quit my job 5 years ago to stay home as he became bedbound, unable to walk or sit up unaided. He didn't want any of his artist friends online to know. It was irrelevant to him and not worth wasting time discussing. He was more interested in creating his art, encouraging others, publishing books and magazines, and coming up with new ideas for projects."

liketelevisionsnow was a wonderful friend online and in the mail for the last five years. His work will live on in the Eternal Network.

Here is another piece by liketelevisionsnow:

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Comment by Terry Reid on January 29, 2016 at 6:30am

These images are so good, I am greedy for more, even if they bring with them a tear.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2016 at 7:20pm

Just made a group that gives more posibilities in posting our memories.

See: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/remembering-liketelevisionsnow-...

Comment by Thom Courcelle on January 27, 2016 at 7:14pm

These stamps will go on my mailings in celebration of liketelevisionsnow/Max/Jeff. Feel free to download and use! (No real stamp value--you must use full postage rate in addition to these stamps for your mailings…) Condolences and blessings to Sharon and Jeff's family. Now the real dance begins...

Comment by Maria Consuelo Guacuto Blanco on January 27, 2016 at 3:21am

Comment by Igor Bartolech on January 26, 2016 at 7:22pm

Safe journey Max.....

Comment by Amy Irwen on January 26, 2016 at 5:32pm

A Piece I received from LTS/Max....RIP

Comment by Mado Reznik on January 26, 2016 at 1:28pm

Agradecer por la amistad y generosidad de Jeff! Se lo va a extrañar por el vecindario.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 26, 2016 at 11:35am

Peace Cranes for Jeff, he made us fly! 

ΚΑΛΟ ΤΑΧΙΔΙ!

See group: "The Peace Crane Project for Japan"

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 26, 2016 at 8:52am

Indeed, very sad news.  Thanks for letting us know.

Comment by Chorianopoulou Maria on January 26, 2016 at 8:49am

so very sad...

travel well...

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