USTORM Mantis Auction

USTORM Mantis Art Auction

The USTORM Foundation was founded in Chicago in the spring of 2006 with the intention of raising funds for music and art educational programs for children and young adults. In less than 3 years, USTORM has donated over $40,000 to various charities, including The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, The Off the Street Club, and Snow City Arts at Children's Memorial Hospital.

USTORM is now very excited to team up with Umphrey's McGee in celebration of the release of their highly anticipated new album, Mantis. In conjunction with this great event, USTORM is pleased to announce a ONE OF KIND AUCTION, featuring a beautiful piece of art created by Florida based artist Mark Blanchette.

When in search of someone to do the album artwork for Mantis, Umphrey's McGee went through countless artists' and photographers' work. When the band came across the unique work of Mark Blanchette, who shoots in black and white film, using a conventional darkroom to combine images, with all photos developed by hand, the choice was clear. The image used for the cover of Mantis came from an inspiration that Mark had after listening to the album numerous times. And if you too listen closely to Mantis, you may be able to figure out just which lyrics brought to life this powerful image.

This hand created photomontage is number 1 in an edition of only 10 original works. It is titled, signed and numbered by the artist and the only piece in the edition that is also autographed by all 6 members of Umphrey's McGee.

This one of a kind artwork is archivally printed on Ilford fiber photographic paper, double matted and framed to a size of 24" x 36", ready for hanging.

The auction is going on now through 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 25.


Bid here.

Be sure to check out our exclusive feature/interview on Mantis with Umphrey's McGee here.

[Published on: 1/21/09]

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elBerto starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 08:38AM
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Will bonus mp3s be released as the current bid goes up?

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 10:36AM
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no, u need to of pre-ordered, but im not really sure about the auctions

rainydaywomen420 Wed 1/21/2009 08:16PM
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heard the album is no good, havent heard it myself yet but im not expecting too much

gr8deadphish Mon 1/26/2009 06:39AM
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"i heard the album is no good" haha. sweet, dont listen to it. in fact, i heard they were no good live so dont go to their shows either. this will leave more room for me to noodle around! OR, keep an open mind and give the record a chance before nay-sayin it on the internet. Mantis shows how far brendan has come with his guitar style and how well he and jake share the work load on guitar. plus there are a few killer tracks i cannot wait to see performed live. umphreys '09 seems promising!