Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)


Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)

Remembering liketelevisionsnow.

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.

(by De Villo Sloan - USA)

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 11, 2016 at 5:35pm

March 11, 2011...remembering Japan, too.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 11, 2016 at 5:33pm


Today...five years ago, yes,

we were making Peace Cranes for Japan with Jeff,

1000 Peace Cranes! 

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on March 6, 2016 at 10:45pm

We're approaching the 5-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami devastation that struck Japan in March 2011. One of the largest collaborative projects organized by liketelevisionsnow was the "Thousand Peace Cranes for Japan" group here on IUOMA. He said there's a story told in Japan that if you make a thousand origami Peace Cranes, you or someone you love will be healed. This was his effort to offer healing for the people of Japan.

So many artists responded with beautiful and creative cranes along with collages and other kind wishes for the Japanese people. Our local library hosted an event where the cranes were strung together, and then they were boxed and shipped to Hiroshima. There, they were dedicated dedicated at the Children's Peace Monument, the statue that was built in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a junior high school girl who died in 1955 of the "A-bomb" disease.

Here is a photo of the cranes being dedicated before they were hung outside with so many others as the wind carries their wishes for peace across the land. You can see lots of the great artwork and contributions here on the group page: A Thousand Peace Cranes for Japan.

Comment by Carina on March 3, 2016 at 10:45am

"Studio Corner Alterations", postcard collaboration, liketelevisonsnow and Carina.

Comment by Keith S. Chambers on March 2, 2016 at 9:28pm

Today, listening in to liketelevisionsnow's soundcloud posting . . .

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I think you have to have an account, but it's free and worth the listen.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

...from an open "Peace Crane" that Jeff sent, our "collab" work:

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 14, 2016 at 10:53pm

"Restore Kunst" (2014) by liketelevisionsnow

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 11, 2016 at 7:05pm

Two more of liketelevisionsnow's submissions to the Ray Johnson Add and Return to project.

"Hand of Diminishing Returns"


Comment by Carina on February 9, 2016 at 1:38pm

"Man Overboard". A collaboration with liketelevisionsnow, December 2015-January 2016. So happy he asked me to collaborate!


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