Vietnam Veteran John Melillo’s journey is reflected through his “Life Goes On!” Oil Painting Series, Exclusive never seen before “Original Photos” he took in Vietnam. A short behind the scenes video series will also be presented where John reflects on the the paintings to tell his unique story.
PLUS, his Oil Painting Collection of OVER 40 PIECES will be on View that were inspired growing up in historic Southampton, Watermill, and Sagaponack where his heritage goes back to the 1890’s.
Oil Painting is my Medium.
"In the final analysis, I’ve learned that you have to feel your passion and act boldly. Do NOT BE AFRAID OF FAILURE because painting is a VERY HUMBLING EXPERIENCE no matter who you are and what level you’re at.” JM
John was a MP (Military Police Officer) in Vietnam. His job was Front Line Supervision of 26 MPs 12 hours/day shifts working 6 weeks days then 6 weeks nights. He had to supervise any situation Civil or Combat in Long Binh, which was the largest Military Installation in Vietnam involving over 40,000 GIs and 60,000 Vietnamese. John Melillo is part of the historic Sherry Family of Southampton, Watermill, and Sagaponack. Their heritage goes back to the 1890s where they Farmed, had Dairies, Packing Plants, the Sea Breeze Boarding House in Sag as well as operated the Sag General Store and Post Office. From 1950, every summer and holidays John helped at the Sag Boarding house and worked the farms. With his free time even to present, he learned to be an avid fisherman on all the East End Waters. Much of his art is inspired by these experiences. He is a member of the Southampton Cultural Center, Parish Art Museum, Art League of LI, Oil Painters of America, School of Visual Arts & NY Academy of Art in NYC.
The lesson here is, “Even in the burnt forest the Grass still Grows”---meaning “LIFE GOES ON!” JM
Let’s De-quarantine & unite together on Sept 20th! See you there!
Please Follow JM on Instagram @artfeelingsjm for a preview and share with us “What’s Your Life Lesson Vietnam similar story?”
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