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Keahi de Aboitiz and the Art of Getting Barreled a Million Different Ways

Put aside your bias for a moment. Forget that your 5'10", 28-liter thruster is the best and only tool to use in the ocean. Simply consider style. The art of making the difficult look pristinely easy. If you do that, then you could watch Keahi de Aboitiz and appreciate his effortless grace in heaving waves – on any type of equipment. Yes he's proven himself on traditional sticks. But the ease with which he moves using any tool is what's to be honored here. And that is more than evident in his new film, Tunnel Vision. As the title suggests, he gets plenty of that, while showing off that effortlessness of his. I caught up with the newly-inked Patagonia athlete as he released his latest work to the masses.Tell us about the film.It's the culmination of what I've been working on over the last couple years after leaving the kitesurfing tour to focus more on chasing the better swells around the world. Growing up as a surfer, I've always felt that kitesurfing is th…

Art Institute Lion statue vandalized; suspect in custody

A person was arrested Thursday after allegedly vandalizing one of the iconic lion statues at the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago.The lion at the north end of the main entrance at 111 S. Michigan Ave. could be seen late Thursday with the words "inside mania" spray-painted on its base.Chicago police said officers saw a female suspect tagging in that block at 10:41 p.m. and took her into custody. They recovered three cans of spray paint.On April 30th, two men stole a face mask off the same lion statue, which had been applied as a symbolic gesture ahead of a statewide mandate requiring people to wear masks in public.Read more on crime, and track the city's homicides.

Sisters use art as activism, give back to Black and Brown communities

A group of artists called 5ive Creatives set up an affordable virtual art show, with proceeds going to organizations that help Black and Brown people.GLENN DALE, Md. — After joining the MoeChella protest in D.C., two Maryland sisters, both creatives, decided to use their art as activism.With family ties to Minneapolis, George Floyd's death and the resulting protests hit home for them."It was very empowering," Kalyne Bruce said. "It had a big impact on us."Kalyne, a videographer, and her younger sister Olivia Bruce, an artist, were moved by the protests and felt compelled to act."One quote that came to mind, especially after leaving the protest was something that Nina Simone said is that 'the artist's duty is to reflect the times,' and I just knew then we have to do something," Olivia said.The sisters partnered with other artists to form the group 5ive Creatives and set up an affordable virtual art show. It features prints of artists' p…

Art galleries reopen on July 4: here’s what you need to know

After three months of lockdown, museums are allowed to reopen from July 4. Curators all over the country are welcoming the news. Some are even tearful. For months their treasured collections have lingered, unlooked at, in locked galleries. "It's like Sleeping Beauty," as Iwona Blazwick, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery in east London, playfully puts it.Yet every institution has its own particular complications to grapple with before they can be awakened. The grade I listed building that puts staff in the old servants' quarters in the attic must, without the space for adequate social distancing, pay particular attention to bubble systems. The institution that relies on often elderly volunteer staff has to pay particular attention to their wellbeing.If more doors are

Art activism: Stories behind murals, street paintings and portraits created in protest

As thousands of Americans lend their voices to protests, artists are letting their brushes speak of racial reckoning.They're coloring streets with the words Black Lives Matter. They're spray-painting walls with memorial images in rainbow hues. They're illustrating fists, flowers and faces and sharing them on Instagram. They're acting on an urge to create, spurred by the pain of George Floyd's death and the global pandemic.Although the term that many use for this kind of work, artivism, feels new, the idea that artists also serve as activists and leaders of cultural change has a deep-rooted history."Artists have always been at the lead of protest, resistance and hope in Black communities and other marginalized communities across the country," says Aaron Bryant, the curator of photography and visual culture at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.As a collective, artists illustrate and impact history. As individuals, they have their o…

Holm Auto Good News: Event marks decade of downtown art

What began in 2011 as an ambitious project to bring public art to downtown Salina and showcase some of the most gifted sculptors in the country has now been mostly embraced by the community after several initial years of skepticism, according to Mike Hoppock, chairman of SculptureTour Salina since its inception in 2011."People are more accepting of public art now," said Hoppock, who also is Salina's current mayor. "The sculptures have inspired people and helped educate the whole community on different types of art."During its 10 years, SculptureTour Salina has exhibited nearly 200 sculptures along Santa Fe Avenue and the Lee District of downtown Salina. Sculptures are mounted along the streets each spring, where they can be viewed for a year until they are switched out for an entirely new set of artwork."It's great to see downtown transform once a year, taking on a new look because of all the sculptures," Hoppock said. "I think people look fo…

Ex-Athletics Manager Art Howe Having Antibodies Tested to Aid COVID-19 Victims

There was no better proof that former A's manager Art Howe has beaten the COVID-19 coronavirus than the fact that he and his wife, Betty, were surrounded by their kids and grandkids Sunday for a celebration of Father's Day."And there were no masks," Howe said from his Houston home Monday morning. "No masks. It's all good here."Howe, 73, appreciates his return to good health. And he'd like to see if he can assist in the effort to bring that kind of outcome to others.Later this week he's going back to the hospital. Not because he has to, but because he wants to. He's going to get tested for antibodies.Medical researchers are studying how antibodies in plasma donated by those who have recovered from COVID-19 might help those who are ill with the virus. One theory being worked on is that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors might help sick patients get better faster.Howe, having recovered, wants to make a contribution to this fight."I want …