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Sword Art Online Cosplay Channels Asuna's Goddess Look

Sword Art Online: Alicization might have come to an end with the final episode of the War of Underworld arc this Summer, but now one artist is channeling Asuna Yuuki's Goddess look for one stunning cosplay! The Alicization saga was the largest undertaking for the anime yet, but it was not particularly involving for Asuna. Due to Kirito being in a coma and locked within Underworld for the majority of the series, we did not get to see Asuna in action in this new virtual world until the tail end of War of Underworld's first half. It was worth the wait, however.The Asuna that did finally make her debut in Underworld was stronger than ever thanks to her using one of three special "Goddess" accounts (with the others going to Sinon and Leafa). With this new account, Asunaachieved a new levelof power as Stacia, the Goddess of Creation, and was a major factor in helping the humans continue the fight against the dark territory during War of Underworld.The Goddess Stacia look w…

Kentuck Opens Registration For In-Person October Art Night

NORTHPORT, AL. — Kentuck Art Center has opened registration for its free in-person October Art Night, which will feature its two current exhibitions in an atmosphere promoting social distancing and observing public health guidelines.The event will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 and will feature extended Gallery Shop hours and wine for Kentuck members in the courtyard. Face-coverings and social distancing will be required, and visitors will need to check in at the table outside of the Gallery Shop when they arrive.Attendees must register for the event by Oct. 1 at 12 p.m., so the center is able to have a record of who attends and to prepare appropriately for the amount of visitors.Click here to register for the event.Temperatures will be checked at the front door, hands will be sanitized, and staff will make sure each attendee is wearing a mask correctly, with organizers pointing out to cover both the nose and the mouth while attending.Stay up-to-date with everyth…

MacKenzie Art Gallery looking to return statue stolen from India in 1913

© Provided by Leader Post A piece by Divya Mehra titled While going through the MacKenzie Art Gallery's (MAG) permanent collection in preparation for her own exhibition there, Divya Mehra discovered a statue that seemed to be mislabelled.The small, stone statue had been one of the items bequeathed to the gallery by its namesake Norman MacKenzie. It showed a female figure but was identified as the Hindu god Vishnu. Knowing that Vishnu was a male deity, Winnipeg-based artist Mehra wanted to learn more.The MAG has a leather-bound book of notes and stories written by MacKenzie about the antiquities he collected, so Mehra looked up the story tied to this particular statue.John Hampton, interim CEO and executive director of the MAG, recalled the story and said MacKenzie saw the statue during a trip to India in 1913."He saw individuals worshipping three idols embedded into a shrine," said Hampton.MacKenzie was fascinated by the idols and told his guide he wanted one. His guid…

'Art of the Box' program transforms Tallahassee traffic control boxes into public art

Buy Photo Christopher Barnhart, the artist who created the Art of the Box traffic control box mural on the corner of East College Avenue and Adams Street downtown, talks about his inspiration for the piece titled "Infinite Possibilities" after it was revealed Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Photo: Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat, Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat)Before Wednesday's reveal, the city's traffic control boxes resembled big, beige four-sided lockers that few passersby would notice. They were breeding ground for tagging and graffiti. But, a new program called "Art of the Box" is bringing public art to unlikely spaces. Tallahassee is now following in the footsteps of metropolitan cities, such as New Orleans and West Palm Beach.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow Captions"Research shows that when you put art in public spaces, especially on utilitarian items like a traffic control box, that the art deters future vandals…

ART partners with Newey/Vergne-backed Extreme E team

French outfit ART Grand Prix has amassed 19 drivers' titles across the FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 support categories - including under their previous guises as GP2 and GP3.  Having contested the DTM in 2015 and '16 as a Mercedes entry, the team also returned to the German touring car championship this season to run ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica in a privateer BMW M4.  ART Grand Prix will now expand into the XE all-electric off-road SUV racing series next year in partnership with Veloce Racing, which itself has received significant investment following its August merger with sister company Veloce Esports. Adrian Newey, the chief technical officer of the Red Bull F1 team, who is listed as Veloce Racing's 'lead visionary', said: "This is a very positive partnership, Extreme E is a new series operating in very difficult areas of the world with new cars, technology and a multitude of challenges.  "To work with an extremely successful and solid '…

Q&A: House District 12 Candidate Art De La Cruz

NAME: Art De La CruzPOLITICAL PARTY: DemocraticOCCUPATION: Small business owner and PERA retireeCITY OF RESIDENCE: AlbuquerqueRELEVANT EXPERIENCE: 46 years of government experience as an employee, official, and as an elected official (county commissioner).EDUCATION: Master of Management with an emphasis in human relations and organizational behavior, University of Phoenix; Bachelor of University Studies, University of New MexicoCAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook: Art De La Cruz for State RepresentativeWhat steps should the Legislature take to ensure New Mexico has a balanced budget amid falling oil prices and an economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus outbreak?Create a balanced budget by a combination of cutting expenditures to nonessential services, and rearrange expenditures. Long term, plan for and aggressively recruit new out-of-state businesses to New Mexico, thereby bringing in new revenue and creating jobs.What more, if anything, should the Legislature do to address a court rulin…

Walt Longmire unravels art heist caper in 'Next to Last Stand'

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Cassilly Adams' 1888 painting Custer's Last Fight -- copies of which still hang in drinking establishments across the American West today -- was the inspiration for author Craig Johnson's latest Sheriff Walt Longmire adventure.His novel Next to Last Stand hits bookshelves Tuesday."The best way it has been described is the piece of art that has been critiqued by more inebriated amateur art experts than any other piece of art in the world. It's very true," Johnson told UPI in a recent phone interview. "It's in every bar, saloon and restaurant all over the West."Custer's Last Fight memorialized the brutal battle between U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and several Native American tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876.The original painting was said to be lost in a fire in 1946, but the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association cemented its popularity by giving copies to customers throughout th…

Jane Austen, Monet and Phantom of the Opera – middlebrow culture today

Culture has long been stratified as "high" or "low", or perhaps "high" and "popular" to soften the blow. But what about the in-between?The word "middlebrow" emerged into English in the 1920s as an insult. It described works that mistook mere good taste for serious art - and consumers who couldn't tell the difference.We asked almost 1500 Australians about their cultural preferences and participation, and mapped their responses on a spectrum. There is a clear divide between those who don't regularly engage with arts and culture on one side and the dedicated lovers of high or avant-garde art forms on the other.The most concentrated area of mapped data was in the middle space. This patch – filled with likes for Phantom of the Opera, Rhapsody in Blue, light classical music and jazz, TV documentaries and police shows, Monet and Ken Done, Tim Winton, Jane Austen and more – can tell us what constitutes middlebrow culture today.Read mor…

Kerry Washington’s Emmys Nail Art Is Too Good To Miss

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic. Of all the things we never thought we'd miss about the "Before Times" Emmys, it's the E! Mani Cam. Watching celebrities awkwardly fumble with their hands as they tip-toed down a miniature red carpet was exceedingly painful to watch — except for when Elisabeth Moss expertly flipped off the camera. Iconic. But there was one detailed nail look from the 2020 Emmys that deserved its own Barbie-sized red carpet moment: Kerry Washington's flower nail art. The delicate blush pink manicure featured hand-painted watercolor blooms for the star's "Little Flowers Everywhere" theme, a nod to her Emmy-nominated role as Mia Warren. The nail art perfectly matched the star's white floral Oscar de la Renta gown, but it was nearly impossible to see on the grainy Zoom feed. Luckily, Washington's nail artist Kim Truong came through and blessed us with a slideshow of close-up images. In her Instagram caption, T…

Toronto 2020: Nomads, Lovers and the Art of the Remote Film Festival

It started with a trip to the press office to pick up your badge, now conveniently located in the far corner of your living room. On the way out, you run into some fellow critics and ask about what they're excited to see, although one seems preoccupied with a bird right outside the window and the other is lazily grooming themselves before settling in for a feline nap. Then it's off to the big opening night gala event, which is taking place past the mail table but just north of your kitchen — take your shoes off before stepping on the red carpet, please, it was just vacuumed this afternoon. And, if you're lucky and the timing is right, you may be able to catch a midnight screening across town, a.k.a. right by your kid's bedroom, assuming the neighbors aren't hogging the wi-fi.For many of us, it was not the usual opening-day rush of the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off on September 10th and found a way to make the show go on for movie lovers w…

Maplewood Girl's Art Raises $500 To Help The Hungry

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Aliyah Ouedraogo, 8, of Maplewood, has raised more than $500 for local food pantries and community groups with her art, according to a recent story in TAPinto.The story said that Aliyah began making Black Lives Matter posters this summer, and realized she could use them to help the poor. Her mom, Morgan Triska, posted about the artwork on Facebook, and people donated money for the posters. The family purchased food, which they donated to the Black Panthers Pop Up Pantry in Newark and SOMA Shares, they said.Here is more information about food resources and how to find a food bank in South Orange and Maplewood. Also contact your local town hall, which may have additional resources in the time of covid.On Sept. 10, Triska wrote, "Our only goal is to inspire others. We hope kids will dream big to reach people ... We want to encourage kids to have a vision and to stay focused to accomplish their goals and be their biggest cheerleaders."Patch has partnered with Fee…

‘A boiling point’: UC Berkeley art community calls for institutional change

Amid ongoing national unrest, college communities continue to call for change by challenging institutional practices, racism and social justice issues.Over the past few months, the UC Berkeley art community has questioned the responses and actions of campus administration. In a letter sent to the faculty and administrators of UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice in June, alumni and students demanded acknowledgment of the Black Lives Matter movement and a commitment to remove white supremacy from art institutions, among other demands."There is a heavy hypocrisy in the silence and inaction of institutions that pride themselves on values of inclusivity and diversity, claim to prioritize marginalized voices, and borrow from radical decolonial practices of BIPOC," the letter states.During the same month, senior faculty from the department responded with a letter stating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and their commitment to reparative work with students…

Anderson: Sporting art leads to book of a lifetime

© Star Tribune/Star Tribune/Bob White Studio LLC/Star Tribune/TNS Bob White s Last Day waterfowl hunting painting. White s works include oil, watercolors and pencil drawings. Gush if you will about the commercial triumphs of Amazon, whose tentacles reach into nearly everyone's home, or Apple's $2 trillion market value, the American spirit lives on not in corporations, but in individuals.Which is a good thing. A great thing, actually. And never more so than now, on October's cusp, as we stiffen our backs against a pandemic that kills about 1,000 of us every day.It is true that in an increasingly urbanized world, self-reliance often kneels at the feet of institutions, whose devil's deal, forever tempting, promises comfort and security in exchange for attendance and conformity.Yet like standard-bearers, many Americans still carve their own paths."A project like this was years in the making,'' Bob White said the other day. "And, of course, we started it…

Brooklyn Museum is first in U.S. to sell art to help pay its costs

People roam around the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Aug. 29, the day it reopened to the public after shutting in mid-March. The museum is preparing for a $100 million loss this year. Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesThe pandemic has been nothing short of a disaster for many cultural institutions. Take art museums, for example: Many are facing severe budget shortfalls. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may face a deficit of over $100 million this year. Some smaller museums may have to close permanently. Next month, Brooklyn Museum will sell 12 pieces from its permanent collection, the first major museum in the United States to do so to pay for operating costs. Museums regularly sell art to acquire other art, but selling art for financial reasons? That's long been a huge no-no, said David Yermack, a professor of finance at New York University."The rationale for that was really to just keep the curators from selling off the collection to ov…

Coping through art theme of Arts Center East exhibit

VERNON — "This sculpture, made of chicken wire and piece of white fabric, is made up of thousands of names of people who have died from COVID-19," artist Harriet Winograd's statement said. "Viewers are welcome to actually (or virtually) hug the piece since the deceased were not able to be hugged before they died."The exhibit, "Coping: Responding through Art," runs through Sept. 27 and is viewable at the center and online.ACE Executive Director Jennifer Kowal said the point of the show was to showcase how artists use art to deal with a myriad issues."Obviously, everyone is affected by COVID, but there is a lot more going on in people's lives now, too," Kowal said. "It was response to natural disasters, gender inequalities, political stressors going on right now. Anything in recent history that people are dealing with and have to cope with, and they created art to do so, was applicable for this exhibit."Eighty-seven pieces from 4…