Art-monkey writes stories. Sci-fi nerds unite!

Red Alert! Red Alert!
Science Officer Scheckler detects a space-borne thingamajig!

The obligatory official bio goes like this…

Massachusetts author-artist Gregory Scheckler crafts science fiction stories and cartoony artworks. His writings can be found at Crow’s Mirror Books, World Weaver Press, the Berkshire Eagle, the Berkshire Review for the Arts, The Mind’s Eye, and Thought & Action. Artworks were exhibited in over a hundred shows, including Ferrin Gallery, the Bennington Museum, and the National Science Foundation. When he’s not writing or artmaking, he and his wife ski and bike the Berkshires, watch their neighbor’s chickens and tend their solar-powered home.

This Scheckler guy’s both an artist and an author…

It’s true. Scheckler’s been exhibiting professionally since the early 90’s, across drawing, painting, and photography. His artworks were in exhibits with Ferrin Gallery; Kolok Gallery; Gallery 51; Metro One Gallery; Sivertson Gallery; the Soo Rye Art Gallery; Greylock Arts; as well as at museums such as the Duluth Art Institute; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; One West Art Center; the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts. Additional venues include the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Illinois State University; and the National Science Foundation. Via the Associated Press, his photos were published by the India Times, Press Enterprise, CBS News, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to writing and making art, Gregory Scheckler serves as Professor of Art at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Here’s one of his older paintings:

Field of Probability, 18×24 acrylic on panel, by Gregory Scheckler

But what’s he really like? What’s he stand for?

He’s tall. He’s dorky. He’s analytical. He’s pro-science, secular, progressive and silly. Here’s a partial list of where donations are likely to go: Center for Inquiry/Skeptical Inquirer; American Humanist Association; Milne Public Library; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Clark Art Institute; Trustees of the Reservations; Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; National Alliance on Mental Illness; the American Civil Liberties Union; Planned Parenthood; The Southern Poverty Law Center; The Science Society; and The Planetary Society.

And After All, Why Art and Writing?

Writing and artmaking are survival strategies, playgrounds, ways of thinking, and cores of our humanity. The world needs more imagination, from all walks of life, to lay waste to the nationalist, racist, greedy bullshit that is actively destroying our chances for equality, justice, collaborative thinking and sustainable futures. Not that writing and art should be propaganda, but we can examine our lives through compelling viewpoints, vivid representations, and emotional throughlines. And those qualities are inspiring. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation – either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”