The Arts

Poet Laureate Candice James is Multi-Talented!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Candice James, Poet LaureateTAEM- Candice James is a great Poet and has graced our pages many times over the years. Her poems have always been inspirational and are a great benefit for all those students who look to our magazine as a learning tool in order seek knowledge and avoid the pitfalls in the path towards their careers.


TAEM interview with props and makeup artist Lisa Hansell

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Lisa and Courtney

Lisa with Courtney Peldon as Shree in Star Trek Renegades

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine knows that there are many facets to the movie making industry and it is not only actors that make a movie great, but also those behind the camera who help create the illusions and scenes that are made for it. One such team of professionals within the movie’s crew consists of those artists responsible for props and makeup.

   We have been recently interviewing the actors and music composer for the movie production Nobility and have decided to probe behind the cameras and reveal the inner working of the project for our readers. We turned our attention to ImpaQt FX , a highly skilled component for the film. This company is headed by Lisa Hansell and her husband Tim Vittetoe. We caught up with Lisa and asked her for an interview with us.

   Lisa, please tell our readers how your company started and of the skills both you and Tim possess. (more…)

NEW! Graphic Designs by Joseph O’Donnell!

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

In our April 29th issue our photographer, Joseph O’Donnell (click on to see article), announced a new venture that he was undertaking. He stated that he pitching his work in the fields of creating advertising and book cover designs. Since that time he has expanded his creations to producing DVD Covers, Logos, Web Banners, and brochures.

We are very proud of Joe’s accomplishments and we have attached some of his new design creations with this article. If you are interested in having him work up designs for your particular needs you can contact him at odonnellj85(at)yahoo(dot)com. (more…)

Our Photographer’s New Venture – Advertising Art & Book Covers!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell IV has long been a photographer and article writer for The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST. He is also one of our touted pair in our ‘J&J Movie Review’ series. He has now set his sites on an all new venture: Creating Advertising Art and Book Cover Designs.

Joe’s artistic talents have developed early in life and his knack for photography has made these magazines a success. He is also the one that developed the initial name for the magazine known as THE EERIE DIGEST. His computer skills created our original blog and has guided us to our present day publications. At present he is also developing several comic strips, one of which, The Elders, has appeared in one of our last issues. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Our publisher’s new Art Site!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has now posted his latest paintings on DeviantArt ! You can now buy a print of his work through this site.

You can find his listings at:

We hope that all our readers, along with his friends and fans, purchase prints of his work in order that he can expand our magazine site.


Exploring the Arts by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Not content to dabble in just writing I have decided to test my metal in the other areas of the Arts. Just over two years ago I had sat in a painting class with my son who also does a lot of the photography for my magazines. He was attending classes in Northern Virginia Community College and took several of these classes to earn his degree. After some prodding by him I had decided to try my hand in drawing the following semester.

With a bit of good fortune I had acquired Professor Todd Messegee (click on to see March 2013 interview) who had taught me the finer points of drawing. This went a long way in preparing me towards my goal. Todd was not only inspirational towards his students, but he gave them courage as well as instructional fortitude to reach their goals. All his students excelled in their love for art and his classes were always lively and fun. (more…)

‘The Elders’ by Joe O’Donnell

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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Interview with Comic Strip Creator Richard C. White

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

TRichard C. WhiteAEM- After our tour of The Baltimore Comic-Con The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST began to focus on graphic novel writers and illustrators so that we can introduce them to our readers. One of newest finds to interview is comic strip creator Richard C. White.

Richard, we understand that you first got started when you wrote a sports article for a local paper. Please tell us about this and the career in writing that it generated.

RCW- I had met Don Diehl, the owner/editor of the Hallsville Top, back in Hallsville, Missouri, since we both went to the same church. Even though it was a small weekly paper, I noted there wasn’t a lot of coverage of school events—probably because there were only two other people who worked for the paper. Since I played on most of the school’s sports teams back then, I offered to cover the games for him and he took me up on the offer. The first few articles I submitted were closely scrutinized before he ran them and he was a pretty thorough editor. After a few submissions, I had an idea of what he was looking for and approximately how long they needed to be and so on. (more…)

TAEM interview with GMU Screenwriting Professor Todd Messegee

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Todd-Messegee-New-YorkTAEM- On March 29th, 2013 we interviewed Professor Todd Messegee (click on to see article) who has now moved his talents to George Mason University. Professor Messegee is well versed in Art and Digital  Photography and is now teaching students at GMU all about screenwriting.  He has also written a number of stories for our publication (see our Short Stories section on the Homepage Toolbar) and his works are well read by all our readers.

Todd, writing and books are the forte of our magazine, and we have displayed many talented writers over the years. One such writer is Raymond Benson  (click on to see article for March 1, 2010), who had written six of the James Bond novels. His work has actually been made into some of the most well known films of our time. How does a screenwriter interpret a novelist’s work to incorporate it into a feature film?

TM- Hello again and thanks for having me back! The world of the fiction book writer and the screenwriter are intertwined and deeply related. Some of the most successful films in history began their journey as books. The main challenge that a screenwriter faces when interpreting a book is that there is often more story content in a book than filmmakers can ever bring to a two hour movie, so unfortunately the first step when translating a book to a movie is to distill the story down to the major narrative beats. That means cutting away anything that doesn’t move the story forward. It’s difficult work and at times is heartbreaking. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Comic Book Publisher Jason B. Crawley

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Bloke profile picTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST recently attended the Baltimore Comic-Con and discovered a number of creative writers and artists to introduce to all our readers. One such memorable meeting was with Jason B. Crawley, of the Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror.

Jason, you originally hailed from England then moved to the United States . Please tell us about this aspect of your life and the reason for moving ‘across the pond’.

JBC- I was born and raised in England and lived there for 33 years. I met Mary (my now wife) online in a chat room at the end of 2000 and after travelling to see each other for a couple of years, we got engaged and in April 2003 I made the permanent move over to the US. We were married June 20th 2003 and earlier this year, celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary. (more…)

TAEM interview with Comic book Creator Elvin Hernandez

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Elvin-Hernandez-TeachingTAEM- Recently The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST attended the Baltimore Comic-Con and came away with quite a few avenues for us to explore. Comic books are a form of graphic novels, both of which our magazines hold great interest in. These fields have a great following and many artists and writers are flocking to their front lines to demonstrate their abilities.

One attendee to the show was comic book creator Elvin Hernandez whose outstanding concepts in The Solution left us in awe. Elvin, how do you classify your work? Would it be proper to say it is a comic book or a graphic novel?

EH- As of now, it’s a continuing comic book series rather than a full on graphic novel, though the original concept does have a beginning, middle and end; this makes it a bit different than your standard superhero story which tends to be about the continuing adventures of a recurring character. (more…)

TAEM interview with Georgia State University professor Greg M. Smith

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GregProfileTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST recently attended the Baltimore Comic-Con to dive into another world of writing and art. This involves the world of graphic novels, and it is of great interest to many of our readers.

On the second day there we ran into professor Greg M. Smith from the Georgia State University, who was displaying some of his work there. Professor, we have many students of the Arts who use our publication as a learning tool. Please tell us about your formal education that prepared you for your present work.

GMS-  My college degree was in computer science, and I worked in that field for several years before deciding to go back to grad school to study film and television. At the time (the 80’s) the move from computers to film seemed to make no sense to anyone. Now it seems like a brilliant choice!  My master’s (at UNC-Chapel Hill) and Ph.D. training (at Wisconsin-Madison) were increasingly focused on narrative, and that’s been the backbone of my work. (more…)

TAEM interviews Comic Book author Steven A. Roman

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Steven A. RomanTAEM- With the recent visit to the Baltimore Comic-Con, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has delved into a brand new genre of writing for our readers to learn about, and enjoy. In our foray there we ran into the well-known author, Steven A. Roman, who has written some of the most noted works in his field. Like our publisher he was born in the Bronx, in New York City.

Steven, what first inspired you to take up your line of work, and what educational background did you pursue to do so?

SAR- Originally, it was reading comic books as a child that made me want to become a writer. To be honest, my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree hasn’t really gotten my any work, either as a writer or editor. (I was a fiction editor for ten years at a publishing house called ibooks, inc.. I was hired because at the time I was self-publishing comics and they thought that meant I knew all stages of book production. It was a learning experience for us both…) The writing has always come fairly naturally, though. Self-publishing through StarWarp Concepts came about when I couldn’t find anyone to publish my work. (more…)

TAEM interview with Prof. Todd Messegee of NVCC

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Todd-Messegee-New-YorkTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is devoted to student education. Our coverage includes articles on Authors, Music, Science, the Arts , Cinema, and more. We are fortunate to be able to present Professor Todd Messegee to all those students who utilize our magazine as a learning tool to guide them in their choice of careers.

Todd, your work and skills encompass most of the fields in liberal arts, and you teach these to students at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please tell our student readers about the education that you undertook to achieve your skills, and the schools that you attended for it.

TM- First off let me state for the record that I was not a good student in Junior High or High School! I tried to do the best I could but the standard method of lecture style teaching has never worked for me. Independently, I started reading books about artists and writers when I was about 13 years old. That information was much more interesting to me than the curriculum that I was supposed to be studying. Despite my rather average grades and respectable but not outstanding SAT’s I got into a nice Art School. I spent a year working on a photography and drawing portfolio when I finished High School and was accepted into the Photography program at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). It wasn’t until I was there at RISD that I really learned how to learn. Everyone has their own strengths when it comes to taking in information and mine is all visual. If I can attach a visual image to a piece of information, I’ll remember it. This comes in very handy as a visual artist but it made it impossible to become skilled at math since I couldn’t generate any images that went with the formulas, at least not any positive images! (more…)

TAEM interview with Prof. Peter Winant of the GMU School of Art

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Peter Winant TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine touches upon many subjects that our student readership is interested in. The subject of Art is one of many that we write about so that they look to us as a learning tool for. Art takes shape in many forms and the subject that we would like to talk about at this time is sculpture.

 At George Mason University in Northern Virginia we have found the perfect source for the answers to all our questions. Professor Peter Winant is not only an excellent teacher, but a well know artist that has created many renowned sculpture projects. Peter, please tell our student readers about your early education.

PW- I was fortunate to have a family who understood the value of and was committed to education for their children. I grew up in a college community where parents expected high standards for elementary, middle and high schools, and was fortunate to attend excellent schools. While I knew from age 10 that I wanted to make art, and sculpture in particular, my curriculum was broad based, and for its time was relatively integrated. Science was connected to language, and language to history, etc. In other words, the learning process was synthetic. One thing that was of great importance to me, and that I learned extensively from was playing sports. I loved the mix of physical exertion, tactical/critical thinking and intercommunication that is present in team sports, as well as the self-discipline. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Kavita Bali

Friday, March 29th, 2013

       2_kavita_bali__Formal_Photo__2013TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine  presents many facets of the artistic world to all our student readers who follow us to help enhance their chosen careers. We are very fortunate to be able to present a multi-talented artist, Kavita Bali, to our vast readership.

Kavita, tell us about your love for art and the education that you undertook to achieve your dreams.

KB-   My love for art is analogous to my joy for life as well as a sincere desire to share what is within me with others. Art is an expression of our emotions and the ability to tap into that intangible space where the mind is free to fly without being weighted down by rules or parameters on how to journey into the depths of our being. Art has always been a haven of peacefulness in my life. It is where I go when I wish to express the dancing of my soul. The creation of art is more a need than a desire. It is more about sharing than debating. Art has the power to unify beyond logic. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Professor Ken Elston of GMU’s Theater

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Prof. Ken Elston TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has interviewed many actors, directors, and producers over the years. Each time we have always asked how they received their start in their respective careers. Education has always been our focal point in giving our student readers a foothold towards success to achieve their dreams.

With that in mind we wanted to explore the beginnings of an actors career, and dwell on the education that they would need. Professor Ken Elston of George Mason University, located in Northern Virginia, excels in teaching students the fine art of acting and helps them hone their careers and thus realize their dreams. Ken, tell us about your own early education in this field and where you studied.

KE- I was lucky enough to have exposure to the arts early in my life. Besides a strong high school experience in theater and a family who scheduled weekends around theater and art, I began working in professional summer stock while still in middle school. I was a double major (Political Science and Theater) as an undergraduate at Temple University, a state school that gave me a scholarship support to study what I valued. Then before attending graduate school, at Ohio State, I worked in a “company system”, as an actor in repertory theater, which is something that hardly exists in the profession anymore. In many ways, that is the problem that educational theater has to solve: How do we provide experiences for our students that access the kind of journeyman learning previously available after graduation? (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! – Attention All Student Filmmakers !

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Washington Plaza Hotel    The Arts and Entertainment Magazine proudly announces the upcoming 4th Annual World Music and Independent Film Festival. The Festival will be held in Washington, DC, and this is a chance for All filmmakers to be recognized by their peers.

The event will take place from Sunday, August 18th through Saturday, August 24th, 2013. The screening of the top films will be shown at National Navy Memorial Museum 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC held at Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle NW Washington, DC. (more…)

Art and the French Revolution by author Joseph J. O’Donnell, Sr.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Self-Portrait Jacques Louis-David

Jacques Louis-David

Art has done much to describe the history of mankind, both as a culture and ultimately a species. Early art was an expression of man’s surroundings, and told much about our early stages of development. It was also a subliminal way to change our thoughts.

One of the great examples of this was the work of French artist Jacques Louis-David. His paintings and caricatures of the French revolutionary period, and the times that followed, was displayed to uphold the French Revolution and bolster the Republic that came after. In fact the Revolution that followed in the wake of the ‘Great Enlightenment’, also known as ‘The Age of Reason, that swept Europe and America some years before, changed the very basis of Western Civilization.

His artwork was displayed to the average man in France to gain popular opinion for the Revolution. His work The Death of Socrates was made to show that Socrates, who was about to sip a cup of hemlock, would rather die an honorable death as opposed to being subjected to a dishonorable life of living under the rule of the upper classes, represented by the shackles left under his bed.


“Comparing Ancient Architecture” by Joseph O’Donnell

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

For my essay I will be comparing ancient architecture of western world to revival architecture in United States of American. It is true that some of our founding fathers had traveled aboard and brought back reflections of what they had seen. This evident in the monuments and the government build across the country. Some of the most powerful examples can be seen right here in the nation’s capital, of Washington, D.C.

The Washington Monument is the city’s focal point of all the monuments that decorate the capital. Its design is based on Egyptian obelisks that were found throughout that country. The building height requirements in the capital district state that no building can be taller then twelve stories, so as not to obstruct the view of this important land mark. A fine comparison of this is the obelisk erected to Thutmose III, who ruled Egypt from 1479 to 1425. This monument was transported to Constantinople by emperor Theodosius I in 390. The similarities between this and Washington Monument is strikingly obvious.  The Egyptian obelisk is made out of stone, while the George Washington Monument is made out of Marble. The Obelisk of Theodosius stands today at 19.5 meters or 63.97638 feet, while the George Washington Monument stands at 555 feet 5 1/8 inches. (more…)