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Houston artist Stacy Gresell donates painting to HCA North Cypress through partnership with Bayou City Art Festival

Houston artist Stacy Gresell has been eating outdoors, 10 feet away from her husband, for months. Gresell's husband works on the front lines during the pandemic as a charge nurse around COVID-19 patients. The two have had to maintain physical distance since April, explains an HCA Houston Healthcare blog entry from July 27 . To recognize people like her husband who are making sacrifices to care for patients, Gresell has donated a piece of artwork to HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress. Q&A with Jim Brown: HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress discusses working in health care during COVID-19 She, along with seven other area artists, have contributed artwork to several HCA Houston Healthcare locations through a partnership between HCA and the Bayou City Art Festival. HCA announced the initiative, called HeART for Heroes, in a July 28 press release. The artists' work will be displayed at the hospital locations as a way to appreciate and encourage front-line health car

Art and Design KS1 / KS2 : Using different painting techniques for effect

Using a range of tools including a acrylic paints, water colours, several different sized and shaped brushes, a spatula, a sponge and a toothbrush, artist Emma Majury demonstrates some basic painting techniques, creating first a landscape and then an abstract design. She takes us through a step-by-step demonstration of how to create a landscape painting using composition sketching, colour wash and colour mixing to create moods and effects within a painting, taking inspiration from the world around us. She shows how to use different tools such as sticks and spatulas as well as brushes to apply the paint to create different textures on the paper surface, and how applying paint to wet paper can create an abstract effect such as fireworks, flowers or stars. This is from the series: Schools A&D clips

Art Van customers who feel 'robbed' may now find help

Nancy Blondale-Wagner of Novi visited the former Art Van Furniture store in Bloomfield Township last Wednesday to see whether it would honor her $688.99 purchase of a recliner in February that was nev er delivered. She was told no, but the store changed its policy later that day to honor such requests. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press) Four months since Art Van Furniture declared bankruptcy and abruptly closed all its nearly 170 stores by March 22 because of the coronavirus pandemic, some customers are still awaiting refunds for items that they paid for â€" yet never received. Many customers who used credit cards to make their purchase did eventually succeed in disputing the charges for the non-delivered furniture with their bank. But others who paid in cash have yet to be made whole. "It’s like robbery," said Robert Kemp, 59, of Toledo, who said he paid more than $3,000 cash for a dinette set, couch and a love seat that never arrived. Art

New exhibit at Virginia Beach Art Center proves less is more

I've always been the type to appreciate the little things. It's the small things in life that matter the most. During the pandemic, this mantra has become more relevant. To survive this crazy time, it has become more important to appreciate what we do have. For me, I've been grateful for my healthy family and the bonus time with my teenage children. As an art lover, I have also enjoyed the creativity that has blossomed during these stressful times with local artists. In fact, there's an upcoming exhibition showcasing how even little works of art can bring big joy to art lovers. These small compositions prove that great art comes in small packages. On Aug. 7, the Virginia Beach Art Center, home of the Artists Gallery, will be opening a new exhibition titled "Less is More." The art show will feature artwork no larger than 10 inches in height or width. There also will be a special category of miniature paintings that are smaller than 5 inc

The 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Will Go Ahead in October in London, Despite the Cancellation of Frieze

In a much-needed bit of good news for London's art market, organizers of the the contemporary African art fair 1-54 have announced that they will go ahead this fall despite the cancellation of Frieze London and Frieze Masters . A reduced number of galleries will participate in the live edition, and the fair has partnered with Christie's to produce a concurrent online iteration open to more exhibitors. Around 20 international galleries—fewer than half the number that showed last year—will take part in the in-person fair at Somerset House between October 8 through 10. The list of participating galleries will be released in September. The decision came after many of the fair's participating galleries expressed a desire to forge ahead even without the international draw of Frieze. "Many of the galleries are really engaged with the project—and really need to sell as well—so they were quite keen to have a physical experience," the fair's founding director,

Q&A with the Curators of Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s Latest Exhibit

Native Hawaiian artists Drew Broderick, Kapulani Landgraf and Ka'ili Chun tell us about "Mai ho'ohuli i ka lima i luna." By Lisa Shiroma Published: 2020.07.28 03:42 PM Editor's Note: Through our partnership with the Hawai'i State Art Museum, HONOLULU Magazine publishes a monthly blog written by Lisa Shiroma, correspondent for HiSAM. Photos: Courtesy of Hawai'i State Art Museum Mai ho'ohuli i ka lima i luna is the art exhibition we need right now as our community faces an uncertain future. The Hawai'i State Art Museum's latest exhibit focuses on contemporary art created by Native Hawaiian artists, shares a story of resilience and helps us connect with hope for the future. This special exhibition was originally meant to coincide with the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, also known as FESTPAC, which was to be held in Hawai'i for the first time this year but was postponed until 2024 because of COVID-19. Held ever

Midcoast Artists embrace heritage art rorm for Trekkers Online Art Auction

ROCKLAND – Over 20 custom-built pieces of art from artists across midcoast Maine are standing by at the Trekkers office in Rockland. They are awaiting their debut at the week-long Trekkers' Online Art Auction, opening Aug. 1 and closing with final bids on Aug. 8. Previewing the art is free and open to the public — a sneak peek is available now on the Trekkers website. Registration is free but will be required in order to bid. This heritage art form is called a Sailor's Valentine, in which 19th century sailors would bring home a multi-sided wooden box, similar to a shadow box, decorated intricately with shellcraft, trinkets and anything else they'd found along the journey. Vice President, Appraiser and Auctioneer John Bottero of Thomaston Place Auction reported on this form in an article in MaineHomes. To Executive Director Amie Hutchison, this six-sided form seemed to be a fitting canvas to represent the six-year journey that Trekkers students embark upon, from sevent

Virtual art show offers encouragement to Lakota artists

Molina Parker, a beadwork artist who lives in the town of Red Shirt on Pine Ridge, usually spends her summers traveling between Indigenous art shows, selling the work she completes during the winter. She's stuck at home this year, but said the virtual show offered some encouragement to local artists. "You have the freedom to be creative and express yourself," she said. The virtual show has also seen some commercial success, offering local artists a way to support themselves, Maxon said. But Parker said it has still been difficult to focus on her work between the news of the pandemic and having her husband and child at home all day. She has tried to heed advice her grandmother once gave her: "You need to keep busy. You always need to keep working." You must be logged in to react.Click any reaction to login. Get local news delivered to your inbox!

The Art of “Burgering” with Natural Grocers

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How to Master the Art of Cold Calling

"We're not interested." "How did you get this number?" "Take me off your list." These are just a few of the phrases thick-skinned sales reps are used to hearing when cold-calling. For them, these types of reactions are positive: receiving a hard "no" means reps can focus on other prospects. Every "no" is one step closer to a "yes." Done successfully, cold-calling can result in new business, lasting professional relationships and recurring revenue. However, it takes more nuance than dialing. "You can make 200 calls a day but if you don't have a strategy, then you are setting yourself up for failure," Shannon Heidloff, a senior strategist at DoorDash , said.  Expect plenty of rejection. A recent study from Topo said it takes an average of 18 calls to reach a buyer. Heidloff said ample research and preparation are essential to each call, and urged fellow sellers not to fall into the trap of a blank

5 most beautiful islands in Asia to surf to the end of summer

This list of the 5 most beautiful islands in Asia will be great suggestions for those who do not know where to travel this summer. Every summer, the beautiful islands have a strong attraction for travelers. Many people choose to go to the magical, cool space of the beautiful islands in Europe such as Santorini (Greece) or Ischia (Italy). If Europe is too far for you, then Asia has beautiful islands as well, ones whose names can make you want to run there and surf to the end of summer.  5 best islands in Asia for surfer this summer 1. Boracay - The jewel in the middle of the Philippine coast Boracay is a small island in Aklan Province, Philippines with a length of about 7km, less than 2km across, the total area of ​​the island is just over 10 square kilometers. Not only is the brilliant pearl in the middle of the Philippines, Boracay is also one of the 5 most beautiful islands in Asia and in the top 25 of the world. In the summer, tourists often come to Boracay to surf white

Windows Art Gallery offers safe fun for summer and beyond

The Windows Art Gallery has been a fixture on Main Street in Putnam for two years, come September. Before that, owner Theresa LaCasse ran a mobile paint party business. LeCasse is also an RN. The Windows Art Gallery has adapted safety procedures to provide safe programming during COVID. "My business has been built serving groups of people as they took classes and had fun parties in arts, crafts, sewing, leather, painting, quilting, candle and soap making," said LeCasse. Since COVID, the business has been shut down for groups. Windows Art Gallery owner Theresa LeCasse is addressing safety concerns to provide programming during COVID. LeCasse's own artwork is on display at the gallery, along with the art of others. "Currently I have the artwork up of one of our local senior citizens who lives in Tolland," she said. Gertruda Kondak "Has a fascinating story to tell of starting painting after age 80," said LeCasse.

American Artist Daniel Arsham Believes In The Power Of Collaboration In Fields Outside Of Contemporary Art

Multifaceted artist  Daniel Arsham is unafraid to branch out into various fields, working across disciplines without distinguishing among them. Ever since he cofounded Miami artist-run space, The House, in 2003, collaboration has always been fundamental to him, earning him a following far beyond the reaches of museum-going audiences. While many are skeptical and don't accept the commercial aspect of an artist's work, Arsham refused to limit his creativity and understood the power of integrating people outside of the art world, arguing that the concept of artist as brand is not new. Therefore, he has designed the costumes, lighting and sets for legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, collaborated with experimental theater impresario Robert Wilson, crafted the scenography for the dance performance Rules of the Game choreographed by Jonah Bokaer with an original score by Pharrell Williams, taken care of the artistic direction of clips and album covers

After 4 months of lockdown, our art critic returns to museums to have his mind newly blown

With the reopening of many of the region's museums, it's possible to see art again. And maybe, because of the deprivations and horrors of four pandemic months, we'll see it differently.  At least that's the way I feel after a mini-binge of museum-going, in which I caught up with two exhibitions I had planned to see this spring, along with a third that had not been on my radar. This change of perception doesn't spring from big changes in the museum experience: the new protocols of advance reservations, face masks, sanitizer stations, and one-way traffic flow to encourage social distancing.  Rather, after this forced fast, the art itself seems stranger, more alive, and deeply textured. I suppose you can lose yourself in a smartphone screen, but not as you can in a painting.  Back in March, I had been planning to review the Woodmere Art Museum's show "Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia", which opened in February (and reopens this wee

Art Bushing books available online, MC Bookstore

The two volumes of letters and journals of Art Bushing are available at bookstores online, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. They also will be stocked at the Maryville College bookstore. Lisa Soland transcribed, compiled and edited the volumes. She is senior editor of Climbing Angel Publishing. The two books are called "Art and Dotty: His Diary, Their Letters & Photographs of World War II," which is Volume I and "Art Bushing: His Diary, Letters & Photography of World War II, Volume II."

San Diego Weekend Art Events: Plays By Black Women, Outdoor Performances And 92 New Works Online

Find San Diego art and culture events beyond Comic-Con this weekend with Moxie's Dinner and a Zoom, a live outdoor front yard dance performance, the Athenauem's juried art exhibition and a livestreamed front porch concert from Berkley Hart. Speaker 1: 00:00 Lots of people will probably be busy this weekend with Comicon at home, but have Comicon. Isn't your thing. Here are some arts events and virtual offerings to fill your weekend. For instance, an outdoor front lawn socially distance dance performance plays by local black women and an annual juried exhibition that thanks to the pandemics online revolution is now able to feature digital video works, KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans is here with all the details and welcome Julia. Hi Maureen. Now there's a group putting on very intimate outdoor dance performances. Tell us about live in public. Speaker 2: 00:43 Yeah, it's a project of Anna Brown Massey and Victor Della Wente. They're both local artists and d

Bohemia art space offers frontline workers, caregivers stress relief with creative classes

Prior to the pandemic, Bohemia — an art space in North Boulder — hosted its fair share of workshops for all ages. The funky industrial locale, at 4919 North Broadway, Unit 7, opened in 2017 and has been the site of boutique pop-ups, album release soirees and various celebratory gatherings. Cindy Parker and Abby Sivy, standing, help Audrey Wilson, left, Livia Hall, top right, and Ande Bernthal, all staff members with Academy Senior Living. with a rt projects on July 16. Sivy and Parker, who own the NoBo art center Bohemia Boulder, have organized team builds and art sessions for workers of medical facilities and caregivers at nursing homes to de-stress during the pandemic. (Cliff Grassmick/ Staff Photographer From corporate team-building sessions to private art parties, the studio — brimming with oversized tissue-paper flowers, messages of positive affirmations and intriguing birdcages — was a place that offered a refuge from the ordinary. Intricate beaded mala necklaces, handc

When a 200-year-old oak tree died in Whitefish Bay, this family hired a local sculptor to turn it into art

Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide When a Whitefish Bay family’s 200-year-old oak tree died, they hired a local sculptor who carved the tree’s decaying trunk into a piece of art. “Because it was so big and it was so central in our backyard, my wife began to be uncomfortable with all the branches, and the fact that they could break off and hurt somebody,” said homeowner Morgan White.  White and his wife, Ann, searched for sculpture ideas online and in magazines. They settled on a depiction of a castle-like village surrounded by a snaking staircase.  White called his friend and art gallery owner Frank Sadler, who showcases Jeremy Wolf's art at Sadler Gallery in the Third Ward’s Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St. Buy Photo Artist Jeremy Wolf stands with the castle-like village he carved from a 200-year-old oak tree in the backyard of Ann and Morgan White's home in Whitefish Bay. Visit jer

Visual arts review: Columbus Museum of Art exhibit commemorates 50th anniversary of Stonewall

"Art After Stonewall," the largest and most significant exhibition of art marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, had barely opened at the Columbus Museum of Art when the pandemic struck. The museum and the exhibit had to close, especially disappointing during June, Pride Month. Recently, the museum reopened with mandatory masks and social distancing; the exhibit has been extended to Oct. 4. Tyler Cann, the museum's head of exhibitions and Pizzuti Family curator of contemporary art, called the reopening "incredibly timely" on the heels of Pride Month and "particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter protests." "This is an exhibition that arose from a protest movement and looks at how Stonewall was memorialized and embedded in artistic culture over two decades," he said. "It's important for us to state that art is a social agent. It can advance those protest movements in symbolic but also very real ways.&q