Berndt Toast Gang Show

October 5th, 2009 | Posted in News

The last weekend of September The Lovely Anna and I went to New York in part to attend the opening of an art show of work by the Long Island chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, aka the “Berndt Toast Gang”. The show featured, among many terrific artists, the work of my long time friend Ed Steckley.

Ed is a very talented illustrator and cartoonist, as well as being one of the best live caricaturists I have ever seen… and that’s saying something as I have seen some thousands of them. He does a lot of storyboard work for commercials that you have probably seen on TV, as well as publication work including a piece in MAD some years back. For the show he did six beautifully painted watercolors of classic pin up girls but drawn in his distinctive half caricature/half realistic style. Ed was a manager for me for many years in my Six Flags parks in Missouri and in Massachusetts, and started drawing caricatures for me at Valleyfair in 1992. Ed has a recently revamped website well worth a visit.

Any time we get an excuse to visit NYC we take it… it’s a great place to go.

Here are some pictures from the show:

Me and Ed
Me and Ed Steckley

Great crowd
Great crowd at the opening

Ray Alma's work
Some great stuff by Ray Alma

More Ray
More Ray Alma work

One of Ed's watercolors
My favorite of Ed’s terrific watercolors

The Lovely Anna and the Goldbergs
The Lovely Anna and the Goldbergs

John Reiner and Bunny Hoest
The work of John Reiner and Bunny Hoest

Marty Macaluso and Don Ohrek
Caricaturist Marty Macaluso and Don Ohrek

A piece by Don Ohrek
Close up of Don Orhek’s work

Me, Ray Alma and Ed Steckley
Me, Ray Alma and Ed

Heather and Ed Steckley
Heather and Ed Steckley

Stan Goldberg!

Work by legend Stan Goldberg

Another Stan Goldberg piece
Another Stan Goldberg piece


  1. […] » Tom Richmond has posted a write-up of his attendance at the Bernt Toast Gang Show […]


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