About


OgFOMK ArTS is the Constructive Technology Aggregate for Optical Graphic Fabrication of Manufactured Kinesthetics.

We present long-form meaning in short-form creations.

We specialize in the arts, technology and communication. Our team is comprised of several talented artists, essayists, researchers and industry professionals.

OgFOMK ArTS is a "Rolling Release or Distribution" which means that we are constantly updating content, creating new content or retro-publishing legacy content. Seen as an outlet for our portfolio works, desires, passions and quirks OgFOMK ArTS continues to expand. We have been in business since 1987. We have worked in publishing, construction, documentation, promotion and marketing services.

OgFOMK ArTS publishes the works of artists, poets, writers and researchers. Currently our focus is to return to the arts by the web and create honest content that is a positive influence on the world. We like to empower others to do the same. Essentially this is the cave where we paint the pictures of the hunt. We visualize the goal. We execute. For us the goal is creating new and fresh content or releasing retro-content that may in fact bring about better ideas and consciousness. A lofty goal, we know.

Our Team:
Alex Nuttall and Kim Breeding-Mercer at Baron's Portsmouth, VA
Alex Nuttall and Kim Breeding-Mercer at Baron's Portsmouth, VA



Kim Breeding-Mercer Editor and Partner

Kim has worn many hats for us in the past as editor, graphic designer, supervisor, and grammar curmudgeon for the original OgFOMK ArTS print 'zine in the late 1990s. She returns to us to instill professionalism, gooder English and thoughtful content.

Professionally, Kim has been in the graphic design, editing and publishing industries since 1998 when she graduated Old Dominion University with a BA in creative writing. She immediately dove into HTML, CSS, web development and digital graphic design. She is a jack-of-all-trades and finally knows the secret value of being master of none.

Her work is found in writing, poetry and her ongoing series, Indefinite Length

Kim Breeding-Mercer, Editor and Partner - OgFOMK ArTS
Kim Breeding-Mercer, Editor and Partner - OgFOMK ArTS




Mykel Board (Mykel Board) is an English as a Second Language teacher. He is a writer, blogger, columnist, vocalist and contrarian. His work was featured in the punk magazine Maximum Rock'n'Roll for over 30 years. He has an MA in Linguistics and a BA in Communications.  He has traveled to lots of places around the globe. His band, Artless, has toured widely as well.

Check out Mykel Board's work for yourself:
His blog is: http://mykelsblog.blogspot.com/ and his other blog is: http://mykelsdiary.blogspot.com/
His Blogger Profile is here: https://www.blogger.com/profile/05074534390555223781

Mykel Board, Contributor -- OgFOMK ArTS
Mykel Board, Contributor -- OgFOMK ArTS





Kim Cormack (Kim Cormack) is the always comedic author of the darkly twisted epic paranormal romance series, "The Children of Ankh." She worked for more than 16 years as an Early Childhood educator in preschool, daycare, and as an aid. She has M.S. and has lived most of her life on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives in the gorgeous little town of Port Alberni. She's a single mom with two awesome kids.

Her Website: http://kimcormack.com

Kim Cormack - The Children of Ankh - Author
Kim Cormack - The Children of Ankh - Author

 

Kim is also wickedly smart and published on Smashwords: ePub formats without DRM!

SMASHWORDS: Kim Cormack



Cate Major (Cate Major) Cate grew up working for her dad’s amusement company (basically a carnival, but without the negative connotation) since she could walk and now HATES funnel cake and cotton candy, but takes pride in her ability to win every carnival game.

She finds peace in the ocean and would surf with her dad whenever they had a chance to paddle out together. Cate lost her dad when she was 20 and she now sports a Batman tattoo in honor of him.

At age 24 she found herself in a physically and mentally abusive relationship that ended when she was sent to the ER and underwent urgent surgeries to repair the physical damages she endured, but the emotional repairs came later when she found an outlet through painting and writing. She puts her emotions to canvas and then writes about them and shares her experience living with PTSD in hopes that will reach others and give them the strength to seek help.

10% of all her painting sales are donated to a women’s shelter of the buyer’s choice. You can see both her painting and writing at: https://panicattackpaints.com/

If you or someone you know needs help, visit the link below for a location nearest to you:
https://www.womenslaw.org/find-help


Cate Major
Cate Major



Ghillian Porter-Smith (Ghillian Porter-Smith) would rather be reading than just about anything, but began her career in the Arts as an actor. Working with theaters throughout the country, reading in between scenes using glow tape and running lights, she and her backstage books were the best of friends. 

She hit pause on show business to be a mom to two dynamo girls and now writes reviews of those books that just won't let go. The ones that make you want to talk about them with everyone you come across. A great book can be a welcome escape, but also can be the spark that inspires engagement. Ghillian really loves that.

Ghillian Porter-Smith
Ghillian Porter-Smith





Debbie Wall (Debbie Wall) is the former drummer from the Ruggedy Annes, Wurst, and other projects. She is still playing music with her current band Gramma Llama. She is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 

Gramma Llama - Debbie Wall, Drummer
Gramma Llama - Debbie Wall, Drummer

Her band, The Ruggedy Annes,  was featured here: https://ogfomk.blogspot.com/2017/08/ruggedy-annes-casual-design-1985.html

Debbie is passionate about animal rights. As a vegan she makes the holistic connection from peace, to diet, to health and to Mother Earth.

We contacted her and asked her for some contributions. As an avid letter writer she came up with Square Peg (Unedited Letters of Debbie Wall) series. This series contains unedited letters she sends to various editors or leaders. In her own words we'll let her describe it:
"One of my strengths is writing letters to the editor.  Some do get printed and, of those, the editing can vary from a mere tweaking to a sheer gutting.  I thought it might be neat to do a spot for your 'zine and call it Unedited.  I would submit those letters in their original form.  Wouldn't mind also using letters I've written to the guv, organizations, etc." --Debbie Wall, 17 Sep. 2017



Alexander B. Nuttall (Alexander Nuttall) started this mess in 1987. It was a dream in 1986. Truth be known a friend of his created a publication using a church Xerox machine and Alex figured he could do the same.  His first 'zine was created by hand in 1987. After this experience he found an IBM Selectric typewriter.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Selectric_II.jpg
IBM Selectric II

From that point on Alex began to write like a mad man. Of course 99% of his work went into handwritten books. But as far as getting the word out he figured it was best to make it look good.

Eventually Alex enlisted others over the years and he increased his technological prowess from word processors, to desktop and laptop computers using windows 3.11 all the way to now where he uses GNU/Linux and Open Source Software.

OgFOMK ArTS Editor/Publisher: Alexander B. Nuttall
OgFOMK ArTS Editor/Publisher: Alexander B. Nuttall

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Infrequent Flyers


Lon Bennett: (Lon Bennett) joined us after an absence of 30 years! He was an original contributor to our first publication The Hounds of Bastardville. 

His work is unique, thought provoking and well worth the eye and mind space.

His first collection and series of drawings is called A Series in Red and Black.
His second collection and series of drawings is called The Black Ink Series.
His third collection and series is called Mixed Media Series.

He has clients come for miles to get work done. Contact him through the shop to schedule an appointment:

Lon Bennett, Contributor - OgFOMK ArTS
Lon Bennett, Contributor - OgFOMK ArTS


Tom Deans: (Tom Deans) lives in Poquoson, Virginia. He is a hustler. He can be found driving around, selling books, exposing musical talents and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles. Sometimes all at once. We cajoled him to write for OgFOMK ArTS because we want to see more of his work. His sense of humor, keen observations and thirst for life are contagious. He’s the type of guy you can discuss inappropriate titles for children’s books. His analysis on bands that are lame but have cool t-shirts is well worth listening to.


Tom Deans
Tom Deans


Cary B. Epes, Jr. (Cary B. Epes, Jr. ) is a long time friend and contributor of OgFOMK ArTS from as far back as 1986. He is a talented musician, poet, writer and master plumber. While many of our scene remained complacent that society was against them and they could never make it without being underground Cary was the opposite.

As a master plumber he has been able to build a loyal customer base and earn a living that allows him to take care of his family and travel. He can sometimes be found playing guitar in Cozzy's Comedy Club and Tavern in Newport News. 

His writing has previously been published in OgFOMK ArTS zine: Issue 8Issue 7, and Issue 6. Working for OgFOMK ArTS Cary has collated, stapled, distributed and sold the zine in the past. He has also worked on various projects and bands: Gutter Bubble, Manor Farm, and Mudbone Slingshot Trio. 


Cary B. Epes, Jr. at Cozzy's Comedy Club and Tavern | @vdeel Youtube
Cary B. Epes, Jr. at Cozzy's Comedy Club and Tavern | @vdeel Youtube


William Hawkes (William Hawkesis well read world traveler, writer, photographer and legal guru. He also happens to be a fantastic musician. He is a new contributor to OgFOMK ArTS. We look forward to seeing and reading more of his work.


William Hawkes
William Hawkes



David Henretta (David Henretta) started the band Sons of Godzilla in 2004. He is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the Black Wings and a guitarist and songwriter for Alpha Whale.




Toney Herndon (Toney Herndon) owns Hard Times Skate Shop in the Craddock neighborhood of Portsmouth VA. We were out looking at studio space when Toney introduced himself and offered to show us his shop.

His shop has everything you need to get your skateboarding thrills and spills. It also helps that a killer skate park is down the street. The city of Portsmouth even gave him paint so his team could spruce up the look of the park!

We look forward to Toney's insights, education and skate wisdom. Tony has a BA in Marketing from Norfolk State. We look forward to working with him on the Hard Times and OgFOMK ArTS brand strengths and recognition.


Links:

Hard Times Skate Shop
67 Afton Pkwy, Portsmouth, VA 23702
Phone: (757) 966-5813

Sat. 10:30AM–7PM
Sun. 11AM–4PM
Mon. 12–6PM
Tue. 12–7PM
Wed.   12–7PM
Thu. 12–7PM
Fri. 12–7PM




Jennifer I. (Jennifer) is an Integrative medicine specialist: Hypnotherapy/Guided Imagery services & Aligned Essence training (energy/Reiki). Her practice has been developed lately in Arizona.

Jennifer’s first teacher in this field of healing was back in 1992. She’s been studying several modalities/aspects of healing in non traditional ways for 25 years. She’s been in traditional school for 6 years but She’s studied with native elders, various shaman, etc. for over 25 yrs. She didn't develop this course of interest in only Arizona. It all started in California. 

Her Higher Conscious Healing practice offers hypnotherapy and Aligned Essence.  She offers other areas of knowledge and training. She has been going to school for the past six years to get paper certified in practices that She has learned for the most part through non traditional means. She is knowledgeable in holistic nutrition, animal communication and plant medicine/herbalism. She is working to completed the traditional/paper certification of those arts too. 

Like many professionals she is constantly in school. Currently she is working on the completion of her Animal Communication/Healing certification. She will then complete the last bit of classes for her double degree in Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition. 

Her writing will expand into many areas, not just hypnotherapy and Aligned Essence.



Jennifer I.

Jennifer I.



Gertrude Jewell (Gertrude Jewell) From Chicago, Illinois Gertrude brings to the table a lot of skill and creative energy. She is by profession an attorney. Her interests range from the arts, movies, great books and social discussion.

As an attorney she does pro bono work for veterans who are in need. She also does lectures on business law. In between that and her consultant work she can be found walking her two dogs.

Her first contribution to us comes via the muse of poetry.

Gertrude Jewell
Gertrude Jewell

Cristy Johnson Bowen (Cristy Johnson Bowen) was born in the Blues (Newport News, VA) in 1972. Cristy stumbled through life not really knowing what to do with herself. She was deep into punk rock in her high school years and ran totally off the rails when she saw her first Grateful Dead show.  

She still appreciates the entire spectrum of music and the arts. She had a couple of kids and thought the corporate life would be for her... NOPE! It was not.

Today she would much rather spend her time raising her kids and enjoying life.  She hasn't had time for writing in some years. She is looking forward to picking up the pen again with us at OgFOMK.


Cristy Johnson Bowen
Cristy Johnson Bowen

Verna Peddi (Verna Peddi)  is originally from Hampton, Virginia. She is one of the originally hands on contributors for OgFOMK ArTS, The k-9s band, Screaming Silence and other projects of the early Hampton, Virginia scene. 

She has been a hairdresser for 26 years and she does a great job. She has cut Alex Nuttall's hair more than once. Don't blame her if Alex's hair looks screwy now because she lives in Florida. 

As a Floridian she is a Florida Scout for the Florida Public Archeology Network - FPAN. We look forward to her sharing her research work. Her passion for archaeology, anthropology and the discoveries of Florida's past are fascinating.

She has been married for 15 years years to a fantastic gentleman. She has two toy poodles.


Verna Peddi
Verna Peddi


Ken Poyner (Ken Poyner) multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, work in “The Watershed Review”, “Analog Science Fiction and Fact”, “Menacing Hedge”, “Asimov’s Science Fiction”, “The Alaska Quarterly Review”, “Fear of Monkeys”, more than 100 other journals and sites.  He has given readings and/or taught workshops at Bucknell University, George Washington University, The Bethesda Writers Center, and elsewhere.

Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2017:  www.barkingmoosepress.com

Ken Poyner - Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2016:  www.barkingmoosepress.com
Ken Poyner - Barking Moose Press, LLC



Tim Skiba (Tim Skiba) is a 4 year tugboat captain who handles commercial and civil construction equipment on the water for a 100 Million Dollar firm. Before this time he worked in the Gulf for 8 years as an oilfield supply boat captain handling 185 foot vessels.  He has also owned his own successful mechanic shop for 40 years. He served in the US Air Force for 4 years as a technician fixing communication and weapon systems.  

Captain Tim has always been on the water since he was a young boy. He taught himself to sail when other boys were playing G.I. Joe. He has lived on his own yacht for many years because he'd rather float his house to places that are nice to look at.

Being ultimately curious about business, the world and boats, Tim studies everything he can.  Tim is also a hypnotherapist. Like many who are crane operators and boat captains, Tim is the first on the job and the last to leave. With this responsibility there are down times and he studies the latest and greatest things.

As a successful professional and business owner Tim would like to impart his experience to others. He's been a business partner and friend to us for over two years and now he wants to share with you some of his experience. 



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