Ruel James Sculptures are Life like Works of Art

Written & Photos by Nikki Artale
There is a master walking among us known as Ruel James who possesses exceptional skills in creating sculptures of women’s bodies. The sculptures are so real and life like and breathtaking to see and the reason for that is he uses live models. They are truly a beautiful work of art. His admiration and love for the human female body shows though in his sculptures as he creates his pieces.
This artist Ruel James, known for his beautiful paintings and sculptures, is creating a gallery that will be called “A Piece of Heaven” featuring sculptures of beautiful women. The women are posed in many interesting poses and they are all perfectly formed, as seen in the eyes of Ruel James who makes his sculptures come to life. The exhibition will be shown in his studio at 1800 Industrial Road #130E, Las Vegas NV within a few months.
I was intrigued by the sculpture of a pregnant woman and my first thought was how wonderful it would be to have a sculpture showing your baby in the stomach before birth. Many women take nude photographs and make plaster molds of their pregnant stomachs and now this real life statute of one’s own pregnancy is fabulous.
I met Ruel five years ago as I was roaming through an art gallery in a downtown art district. As I passed his studio I was drawn in by a row of scultptured heads that turned out to be the heads of the mob bosses that he was commissioned to make for the Mob Experience at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. They were real looking and eerie and I became mesmerized by the sculptures. I immediately saw Ruel’s talent in his artistry and became an instant admirer. 
I must include this poster that Ruel painted many years ago and it became the second most selling poster in the world. It proudly hangs in his gallery.  I hope one day he will re-release it so it can once again become a best seller.
If you are interested in painting, sculpting classes and private lessons you can contact Ruel James at 702 612-2016 or email him at




Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists Celebrate at the Reel Awards Convention. 
Written & Photos by Nikki Artale

The 22nd production of the Reel Awards came back once again in Las Vegas on February 22, 2016 at the Golden Nugget Hotel by the Co-Founders and Producers, Janna Joos and Alana Joos. The production started in 1989 as an awards show that starred VIP Celebrity Impersonators, Look-Alikes and Tribute Artists. The conventions brings together the best of the celebrity impersonators for the Reel Awards and to honor them for their talents. 
After a 3 year hiatus Janna & Alana Joos brought back the convention and thanked their proud sponsor “Stars in Concert” for his encouragement to bring back the show.  Producer Bernhard Kurz is a leading expert for tribute shows and he has produced Stars in Concert since 1997 in Berlin, Germany. Bernhard Kurz was a guest speaker at the seminars and you could hear a pin drop as he spoke to the attendees and shared his priceless knowledge. Bernhard received the reel award for best Director/Producer. 
Alana Joos & Janna Joos
Nikki Artale & Bernhard Kurz
Look-Alikes, Sound-Alikes and Tribute Artists from around the world attended the Red Carpet, performed on the stage in the Gordie Brown Showroom and nightly on the First Street Stage. Dee Dee Hanson as Joan Rivers, introduced everyone on the Red Carpet and did a fabulous job as Joan Rivers.
George Kane
Keith  George
Some of the winners were Best Actor: Ronnie Rodriguez as Johnny Depp Pop & Rock for Reel: Bill Pantazis as George Michael Impersonator You Love to Work With: Bettina Williams as Whoopie Goldberg. Bettina co-hosted the award presentation with Marcel Forestieri who was an excellent Donald Trump.

Outstanding performances and perfect likeness to the stars were Sandy Vee Anderson as Dolly Parton and Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga. I love both these ladies and the stars they pay tribute to.  It is truly a joy to watch these performers become the stars as our love and our hearts open up to them.
Sandy Vee Anderson
Tierney Allen
A special moment came when I discovered there were two hot Greek Men in the show and as you all know I am Greek, I was very excited to spend some time with them and have them on each side of me for the photo.
George Michael, Bill Pantazis, Nikki Artale, George Thomas
I was most impressed with Natalia Faircloth who was a Michael Jackson Impersonator. Natalia is a 12 year old girl who is so precious and sweet and a bundle of talent. She performs in many schools and is a voice for Bully Busters 702 Kids Radio, A radio show hosted by kids for kids.  Natalia is a child star who is definitely going places.
The Celebrity Impersonators Convention was a place to network, learn and attend valuable seminars by the best in the business. It is a time to recognize the outstanding individuals who pay tribute as celebrity impersonators from all over the world.

Lights! Camera! Action! See you next year at the Red Carpet and Awards Show.