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Maine art students mourn the loss of their senior theses

Bates College art graduate works on a series of self portraits in her studio. Photo by Phyllis Graber JensenWhen Grace Smith visited colleges four years ago, she happened to show up at Bates College the day the senior thesis exhibition opened in the campus museum. She was impressed the museum showed respect to graduating seniors by displaying their work and treating them as professional artists, and decided that day to enroll. "I was so inspired by the opportunity for studio majors to show their work in the museum," she said.That's why she is so disappointed that she and her peers won't have that same experience, because of the coronavirus. Instead of a museum exhibition, they get an online exhibition, which is on view until June 7. The exhibition shows the work of 15 graduating seniors, and includes artist statements and a downloadable exhibition brochure. It's a nice online display, and Smith said she was grateful for the effort of the art department to present…

Ella Sharp Museum cancels Art, Beer, and Wine Festival

JACKSON, MI -- Jackson's annual Art, Beer and Wine Festival, hosted by the Ella Sharp Museum, has been canceled.Scheduled for Aug. 8, after being moved there from its earlier date of June 13, the museum has now announced the event is being moved to June 12, 2021.Art, Beer, Wine Festival at Ella Sharp Park rescheduled due to coronavirus"Please know the staff, board of directors, volunteers, and sponsors of the Ella have worked hard behind the scenes to make Art, Beer and Wine 2020 Festival a reality," officials said in a news release. "However, in light of the current situation we are facing, and with our commitment to provide a safe and fun experience for all guests, staff, sponsors, and volunteers, we can not (host) the 2020 festival."The Jackson County Health Department reported on May 27 that 439 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 18 more positive cases than a week prior.Beer, blue skies bring people out for Art, Beer and Wine FestivalThe museum we…

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Facing $1 million gap, program and staff cuts, Dayton Art Institute seeks help to get through ‘global crisis’

Months after celebrating its 100th birthday, the Dayton Art Institute is asking for community support to stay afloat.>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Dayton Art Institute's 100th birthday party? "This is one of the most important messages I have ever written. The DAI has been closed since mid-March and will remain closed through at least the end of June," Michael R. Roediger, the museum's director and CEO said in a letter to supporters. "As a result of this closure, and the resulting cancellation or postponement of many museum events, including Art Ball, the museum will face an unprecedented financial crisis, forcing our leadership to make tough decisions.">> After the coronavirus will the show go on Dayton?A reduction of staff, postponed programming for children and families, and the ceasing of needed museum maintenance are on the table in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.>> Dayton Art Institute threw down a challenge a…

'People need art': Phoenix's historic Celebrity Theatre looks to the future of concerts

Rebuilding America: The historic Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix has been closed for two months due to the coronavirus. Here's what it will take to reopen in September. Julie Dougherty, venue manager at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, poses for a picture outside the theater on May 13, 2020. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic)For Rich Hazelwood, the Celebrity Theatre is more than an important part of Phoenix music history.Since the music venue opened as the Star Theatre in 1964 with "South Pacific," the 2,650-capacity theater in the round has hosted such iconic artists as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Van Halen and Janelle Monae. In 2019, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places."The theater is very special to me," Hazelwood said. "I watched it being built on my paper route and thought, 'One day I’m going to own that.'"That dream came true in 2002 when he bought the Celebrity, perhaps best known for its rotating stage."My…

Art&Co. Announces the Launch of the World's Largest Online Art Auction for COVID-19

- Grab the Monet and Let's GoghLONDON, May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Art&Co. ('Art&Co.'), an initiative connecting the worlds of art, finance and support groups launches the world's largest online auction bringing relief to COVID-19 victims. It is backed by PremFina ('PremFina' or the 'Company'), the U.K.'s first venture capital backed alternative insurance premium finance company.Art&Co. addresses a stark statistic that only 3% of natural disasters are covered by Insurance. Funds raised from the online auction comprising more than 200 pieces, will support frontline charities and NGOs providing healthcare, food, medicines and guidance to those affected by the contagion.All donations will be equally distributed to ICU steps, The Care Workers Charity, Khalsa AidInternational, Painting Our World In Silver, Solace Women's Aid and Za Teb. UK charities are forecasted to lose £4 billion over April to June, due to the lockdown."We don…

Celebrity Chef Art Smith Lost 70 Pounds While In Quarantine With A Fitness Trainer

Photo credit: Getty Images/Instagram From DelishCelebrity chefs are sharing their recipes online during quarantine to inspire both new and experienced cooks to try new things in the kitchen. Chef Art Smith is inspiring people in a different way, as he is sharing his weight loss journey online for all to see. Since February, Art has lost 70 pounds all thanks to a friend who came to visit before the health crisis began.Art specializes in southern cuisine and was Oprah's personal chef until 2007. In February, before any official lockdowns were put in place in the United States, Art's friend Lucas Cancelier came to visit. Lucas is a rugby player and fitness trainer from Argentina, and while visiting he decided it was safer if he stayed with Art's family in Florida instead of flying back home during the pandemic.Since then, Lucas has been helping Art accomplish new fitness goals while in quarantine. Art has told TODAY that he has struggled with his weight in the past and b…

Turner Prize, UK art's top award, axed for 2020

© Getty Images Oscar Murillo's papier mache people were nominated for last year's prize The Turner Prize, the most high-profile award in British art, will not be given out this year because of the upheaval caused by coronavirus pandemic.Tate Britain, which has organised the prize since 1984, said it would be impossible to organise the annual nominees' exhibition.Instead, Tate will give bursaries each worth £10,000 to help 10 artists at this "exceptionally difficult time".Past winners include Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Steve McQueen.The last time it was not awarded was in 1990, after the award's sponsor went bankrupt. 'Hour of need' Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson said: "Gallery closures and social distancing measures are vitally important, but they are also causing huge disruption to the lives and livelihoods of artists."The practicalities of organising a Turner Prize exhibition are impossible in the current circumstances, so…

Biancolli: The pandemic that changed us will change art, too

Powerhouse finish to Contemporary Festival at TanglewoodProvided As we wake from our COVID-19 slumber, all of us who love the arts are craving to get back and feel the zing of a live performance shared with a group of simpatico strangers.But if we're being honest, we're all a little nervous about it. We're wondering about the crowds, the weirdness of getting back to events in three dimensions, the safety of doing so after months spent sheltering from invisible contagion.I know I am. I also know that live performances will be unforeseeably, inevitably different from pre-pandemic days, altered in scale and filled with safety protocols that venues are now sorting out. And I know that the art being made in this moment will be inevitably different, too.Because the artists making it are different. Because we're different. Because all of us have been changed by two and a half months of caution and strictures, of shutdowns and stories of loss. Because the plays being writte…

The Art World Works From Home: Artist Dan Colen Is Admiring His David Hammons Work and Harvesting Crops for Food Banks on His Farm

The art world may be on lockdown, but it certainly does not stop. During this unprecedented time, we're checking in with art-world professionals, collectors, and artists to get a glimpse into how they are working from home.We recently caught up with artist Dan Colen, who had a head start on New Yorkers fleeing the city: in 2011, he bought Sky High Farm in Columbia County as an escape from urban life.Read on to learn about how farm life is keeping Colen busy, and how his farm is mobilizing to supply food banks.HELP paintings at Dan Colen Studio, Sky High Farms. Photo by Eric Piasecki, courtesy Gagosian.Where is your new "office"?Same office as before—the studio/garden/pasture.What are you working on right now?My farm, Sky High Farm, which I founded in 2012, raises pasture-based livestock and grows organic fruits and vegetables, 100 percent for donation. We work with food pantries in the Hudson Valley as well as in New York City.Gagosian also recently featured one of my wo…

Angira Dhar on lockdown: It should not come in the way of your art

Actor Angira Dhar says getting back to work is the first thing on her mind to do once the lockdown restrictions ease out A cloud of uncertainty has engulfed those in the world of showbiz, leaving many scared or insecure about what the future holds for them. But actor Angira Dhar, who is having "virtual celebrations" on her 32nd birthday today, amid the lockdown, has a noble way to look at the situation."As an artiste, it does not and it should not (scare anyone). I don't think a lockdown should hamper people who want to do things, because they can ultimately do them even if they don't have big resources, with smaller resources. I think we will all be creating a lot of stuff," says the actor, who plans to work on a short film to be shot at her house. A cursory glance at what some of our artistes have been up to during the lockdown, validates what Dhar says, as many of them have become content creators via online shows, with music videos, songs, poems, phot…

‘The Painter and the Thief’ Review: The Art of Healing (and Vice Versa)

The Painter and the Thief, Benjamin Ree's documentary on a curious friendship, starts with a crime. The Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova is exhibiting her work in an Oslo gallery — she's recently moved to Norway to live with her husband — when two paintings are stolen. They are worth roughly 20,000 euros together; one of them, "Swan Song," is considered to be her masterpiece. Surveillance footage captures a duo entering the building through a back door and exiting with two rolled-up canvases. The culprits are later identified and caught. During a hearing, Kysilkova approaches one of the accused. His name is Karl Bertil-Nordland. Why did you pick those two particular paintings to steal, she inquires. "Because they were beautiful," he replies.Ree has said that he had come across the case when he was researching the high rate of art theft in his the Scandinavian country, and had originally envisioned doing a short piece on the what, where and why of it all. Inst…

Watch: This Crashing Wave Art Installation in South Korea Brings Seaside Tranquility to a Busy City

Salvador Dalí was one of the most famous painters of the 20th century. The Surrealist's self-promotional antics and bizarre artwork made him an international celebrity early in his career, and there are still traces of him littered throughout pop culture. References to the melting clocks in his most famous painting, The Persistence of Memory, have cropped up on everything from The Simpsons to news coverage of the 2015 New England Patriots's Deflategate scandal. His distinctive personal style is now so iconic that he has become a Halloween costume—one instantly recognizable by mustache al one.The artist's long career was full of unexpected twists, and even if you've seen his work, you probably don't know how far-reaching his influence remains today, more than a century after he was born on May 11, 1904. 1. Salvador Dalí started painting when he was just a kid. Dalí painted one of his earliest known works, Landscape of Figueres, in 1910, when was about 6 years ol…

The Art of Online Marketing: Why a Versatile Approach is Critical in the Modern Era

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Front Range art galleries opening with safety at forefront

At SmithKlein Gallery in downtown Boulder, the second-generation owners of the storied art space boarded up its windows after a neighboring business was burglarized in March.With the type of high-end fine art the gallery has in its inventory, co-owner Ann Klein said they really had no other choice.Out of wood panels, they enlisted Colorado muralist Patrick Maxcy to create a masterpiece. Among whimsical birds perched on a tree branch and butterflies and leaves floating against a vibrant pale blue sky, the words "Life," "Beauty" and "Hope" brighten up an abandoned Pearl Street pro-tem."That's been uplifting and positive," said Klein. They'll keep the boards up until June 1."We're one of the oldest and longest family-run businesses in Boulder," Klein said. SmithKlein opened on Pearl Street in 1984. "We really do need local support, especially in the next couple of months. Locally owned businesses need the community's …