Venice HVAC Company Mahle Cool Air Sponsors Sarasota Chalk Fest Artist Craig Thomas


VENICE, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mahle Cool Air and Heating returned as a sponsor for the Sarasota Chalk festival. The week long event featured artists from the across the country as well as artists from outside the United States creating large murals in colorful chalk on the streets and sidewalks of Venice island.

Known nationally and internationally, the annual Sarasota Chalk festival draws spectators in the thousands from all walks of life and from points around the globe. Originally taking place in downtown Sarasota, the festival has outgrown the parking and logistical ability of the downtown area, and has since been relocated to beautiful Venice Island where close proximity to the large amounts of space at the Venice Municipal Airport, combine with a central location and the attractions of Venice Island to make the ideal location.

Since the move, many more people have access to view the works of art before rain and weather washes the elaborate chalk paintings away. The temporary nature of the art is part of the allure that brings so many out to view the works.

Mahle Cool Air and Heating a local HVAC company, has once again taken part in this important community event by sponsoring freelance artist Craig Thomas.

A resident of Cape Girardeau Missouri, Craig Thomas as become known for his murals, chalk art and other fine art works. Thomas’s career has taken him to locations from North America to Europe and include works for private commissions, commercial projects and students.

Owner Denny Mahle offered this comment about being a sponsor of the Sarasota Chalk Festival, “This is one of the largest community events that take place in Venice each year and is a fantastic way to bring people of our community together to enjoy these amazing works of art. The artwork is always stunning, and it is really special to see the streets of Venice Island lined with these colorful and expressive artworks.”

He added, “At Mahle Cool Air we feel it is important to stay involved with our community and supporting the Chalk Festival is a great way to do that. The talented artists come from around the country and invest their hard work and time to make the festival a success which in turn brings more people to our area. The public nature of the event is also nice because many do not have the opportunity see the actual works of art, will be able to see dozens of original works all in one place at no cost.”

About Mahle Cool Air:

Mahle Cool Air and Heating is a family owned and operated HVAC company in Venice, Florida. Mahle Cool Air is a Bryant Factory Authorized dealer with technicians with over 28 years of experience. All of Mahle’s technicians are NATE Certified and specialize in residential AC repair, new unit installation and maintenance plans for residents in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties including, Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Englewood. Mahle Cool Air and Heating strives for great customer service, competitive prices, and offers a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.

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Mahle Cool Air & Heating
726 Commerce Dr., #107, Venice, FL 34292.
Venice: 941-584-6300
Englewood: 941-475-9601
Cape Haze: 941-697-1995

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Teenage Walt Disney’s Scrapbook of Original Cartoon Drawings To Be Auctioned


Walt Disney Drawings

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The only known existing scrapbook of original cartoons drawn by Walt Disney will be auctioned at Bonhams in New York City this month, Phil Sears Collectibles LLC announced today. Walt Disney was no more than 17 years old when he drew the 13 cartoon characters in the scrapbook. Two of the characters are rodents, drawn a full 10 years before he created his iconic Mickey Mouse.

The rodents are trench rats; the young Disney drew the cartoons at the close of World War One while serving as a Red Cross ambulance driver. The drawings, dated 1918, include soldiers, the German Kaiser (being kicked off a cliff by an allied soldier), non-war cartoons, and of course the two rodents. The young Disney gave the 11-inch x 14-inch scrapbook to a female friend from Chicago’s McKinley High School. Disney dropped out of high school after only one year, forging his birth date on the Red Cross application to serve in France at the age of only 16.

The Bonhams auction also features the earliest autographed photo of Walt Disney ever offered for public sale. Just 16 or 17 years old in the photo (Walt celebrated his 17th birthday while serving in France), the future entertainment mogul tries to look serious and older than his young age.

Walt Disney collectibles dealer Phil Sears ( ) consigned the items to the auction. “This is the earliest collection of original Walt Disney cartoon drawings not locked away in a museum or the Disney Company archives,” says Sears. “In terms of Walt Disney’s life story, these are the ‘cave paintings’ of his creative timeline.”

The drawings and signed photograph are two of ten lots of teenage Walt Disney artifacts, all of which are considered to be the earliest of their type ever publicly sold. They go under the gavel November 23, 2015 in New York City as part of the “Bonhams & Turner Classic Movies Presents Treasures from the Dream Factory” auction. The auction lots (including photos, details and bid estimates of Disney lots 138 through 147) are online at



* Image Caption: Rare scrapbook of original cartoon drawings and an early signed photo are among ten lots of teenage Walt Disney artifacts to be auctioned November 23, 2015.

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Excessivism is Best Kept Secret in the Art World



LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Art collectors have something to get excited about. It’s a new global art movement called “Excessivism” and its early adopters date back to the late twentieth century. The movement’s founder, American artist Kaloust Guedel, explains that Excessivism is a commentary on economic materialism.

“The art reflects and examines the excessive desire to acquire material goods beyond one’s needs and often means,” he says.

With little or no consideration for human and environmental consequences, but with incomparable contribution to economic growth, employment and prosperity, Excessivism portrays how a capitalistic society operates and communicates through various techniques and styles.

A recent exhibit, “Excessivist Initiative,” displayed works from 21 artists who examined and reflected on society’s attitude towards material values. For instance, these artists portrayed the excessively generous use of resources in contemporary circumstances.

Guedel is one of the leading voices in the space of this contemporary art movement and says that the art world should take note.

And, he’s not the only one. According to a San Diego-based art adviser, Aldis Browne, historically collectible art involves movements and the influences artists have on the successive generations.

For example, the pop art movement and specifically, the work of Jeff Koons, was part of a generation of artists who explored the meaning of art in a media-saturated era. His works sold for substantial sums of money, including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist.

Guedel says that Koons’ culturally relevant work introduced glamour into pop art and that Excessivism too delivers an important message, but with a seductive allure. We’re on the brink of an artistic revolution.”

So, who are the van Goghs or Picassos of the contemporary art world today? Excessivism may just be the movement that delivers a generation of artists who will be revered for years to come.

About the Founder:

American artist Kaloust Guedel was born in 1956. He describes himself as a “self-educated artist.” Since 1975, he has lived and worked in Los Angeles. His work explores contemporary issues and often takes a critical stand on various shortcomings present in today’s society. Despite varying styles and techniques, his work has been consistent with contemporary sensibility and has reflected the consciousness of its time.

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Alec Monopoly Brings his Street Game


Wall Street Crucifix Art

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 8, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alec Monopoly is at Guy Hepner and he’s bringing the streets with him. Who is Alec Monopoly? While his true identity remains a mystery, chances you’ve been to Los Angeles, New York, Miami or London, you’ve probably driven past the Monopoly artist’s graffiti murals featuring widely-known, wealthy pop-culture figures from childhood, like the Monopoly Man, Richie Rich or Uncle Scrooge, or his interpretations of celebrity icons such as Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn and Twiggy.

The New York graffiti artist has made his mark all over the country, painting the facade of the numerous buildings and hotels including one giant duck at the SLS Hotel, billboards, a double-decker bus, a fleet of supercars and galleries all over including here at Guy Hepner.

“I was playing Monopoly and watching the news, and I saw Bernie Madoff being arrested. And it hit me, it was like a light bulb,” says Monopoly.

The New York street artist started painting the Monopoly Man everywhere! Any empty space, billboards or advertisement posters Alec could find, he began spray painting right over it. And of course, with Alec Monopoly graffiti, there comes an Alec Monopoly price. You couldn’t even count the number of times this bad boy had run-ins with the law; he’s even gone as far as jumping down N.Y. garbage chutes to get away.

He adds, “I like painting for my own happiness. Graffiti is my true passion and I like seeing the reaction of people when they walk by my work and it inspires them.”

Alec Monopoly’s art for sale stands out for his unconventional graffiti style that is colorful, happy and positive, such as Scrooge Money Bags and Island Graffiti Girl, rather than a gritty, underground representation in a part of the art world associated with crime and vandalism. He uses spray paint, acrylic, resin and newspaper clippings from the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal for most of his work.

Having done gallery shows since 2008, Monopoly is concentrating on Asia in 2015, starting at Armani in Hong Kong during Art Basel. But don’t worry, if you’re too lazy to fill up the gas of your private jet, you can just browse online at Guy Hepner where we bring exclusive Alec Monopoly paintings and sculptures for sale to you 24 hours a day.

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Unique interactive art exhibit coming to Green Hills Memorial Park


Before I Die walls

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In today’s fast-paced world of constant communication, deadlines and the ever-present to-do list, individuals may find it easy to lose sight of their personal aspirations and dreams. A new interactive art exhibit with installations cropping up around the world – including one now being planned by Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes the weekend of October 16 – is providing a much-needed opportunity to pause for reflection.

Known as the “Before I Die” walls, this project is providing the catalyst for individuals to consider their life’s goals and then motivating them to plan and follow through on those personal dreams.

“It gets you to own what you want to get out of life,” said Chris Wendel, sales manager with Green Hills Memorial Park. “Once you write it down, you take more ownership and have more accountability.”

Before I Die has become a global art phenomenon as it has invited people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang using an abandoned house in New Orleans as an interactive motivational chalkboard of sorts after she lost someone she loved. Today, more than 1,000 “Before I Die” walls have been created in more than 70 countries, reimagining public spaces and prompting passersby to ponder their life’s goals.

Wendel and colleague Tom Frew were introduced to the concept of this thought-provoking art exhibit on a business trip to Houston. The duo was intrigued by the concept that encourages people to share and consider what want to achieve in life. Already, Green Hills’ advanced planning guide included information on creating a bucket list as a way to cope with the loss of a loved one. Therefore, the idea of the memorial park’s developing its own “Before I Die” art installation seemed a natural fit.

“We are in a unique position in our industry to see folks who lose someone begin to contemplate their own lives and what they want to achieve,” noted Wendel, who added that the wall not only encourages such individuals to consider their life’s goals, but to own the planning of them as well.

According to Wendel and to Jennifer Frew, Community Events Coordinator at Green Hills Memorial Park, offering the interactive art exhibit dovetails well with the park’s commitment to the local community and its residents.

“We are not just a cemetery,” said Jennifer Frew. “We are a beautiful memorial park, and our goal is to provide opportunities for continuing to create family memories.

“We are also about celebrating life,” added Wendel.

He added that, with its unique spirit and community event offerings, Green Hills encourages people to become more familiar with its setting and to feel more comfortable within the park. Already, the park is home to a popular fall Harvest Festival that draws thousands of local residents as well as events such as summer’s “Shakespeare in the Park.” Therefore, Green Hills Memorial Park is both a permanent resting place that is accessible to friends and family members as well as a beautiful setting for special celebrations and community events. And, celebrating life is what the “Before I Die” exhibit will be all about.

The special installation at Green Hills Memorial Park will be unique from other interactive versions of the “Before I Die” exhibits. In other settings and in other cities, the installation has taken a variety of forms: from the reimagining of a derelict building, to a moveable wall in several different locations, including a college campus.

Planned to be set near the flowing stream at the park’s entrance and near to parking, the Green Hills’ Memorial Park’s “Before I Die” exhibit will take more of a column format. The columns will be eight feet tall but hinged on the corners to allow them to be folded out to form a wall in the future as display plans allow. Such a wall could be the final format of the park’s exhibit if a more permanent setting can be found for the exhibit once the initial run closes.

The “Before I Die” installation at Green Hills is set to open October 16, 2015, just a few days after the park’s popular annual Harvest Festival where the concept will be introduced. The installation’s opening on that Friday is being planned to coincide with the offering of free flu shots as well.

Initially, there will be anywhere from three to five columns where local residents are welcome to share their lives’ aspirations. The interactive columns will be set up to invite people to share for at least the weekend following its October 16 opening.

“We believe it will get people to focus on what it is they hope to accomplish in life,” said Frew.

She herself finds she can easily be overwhelmed with the mundane tasks of daily life and work. Contemplation of the coming Before I Die installation at Green Hills Memorial Park has caused Frew to consider some of the things she ultimately wants to be sure she does in her life, including sky diving.

To learn more about the exhibit, the Harvest Festival and Green Hills Memorial Park, visit the park online at

Make plans today to stop by the park the weekend of October 16 to check out the Before I Die exhibit and consider your own life’s goals.

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Memorial Celebration in Boston to Honor African American Literary Figure Samuel Allen


Samuel Washington Allen

BOSTON, Mass., Sept. 1, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A public memorial celebration will be held Saturday, October 10, at 2 p.m. ET. at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA to celebrate the life and legacy of Samuel Washington Allen – who also wrote under the pen name of Paul Vesey. The noted poet, professor, lawyer and translator passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the age of 97 on June 27, 2015 in Norwood, Mass.

The memorial celebration will feature contributions from family members as well as fellow board member and Museum of African American History Executive Director Beverly Morgan-Welch; Whirlwind Magazine publisher, poet and protege Lamont Steptoe; Boston University Professor of African Studies Laurence Breiner, PhD and Langston Hughes Award recipient Everett Hoagland.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by email – – or phone / text – (617) 294-9889.

Samuel Allen’s collections of poetry consist of the bilingual Elfenbeinzahne (Heidelberg, 1956); Ivory Tusks (New York, 1968); Paul Vesey’s Ledger (London, 1975) and Every Round (Detroit, 1987). He translated Sartre’s “Orphee noir” essay in 1951 while in Paris and was the editor and one of the translators of Poems from Africa (Crowell, 1973).

While majoring in sociology at Nashville’s Fisk University, Allen studied writing with Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist and critic James Weldon Johnson. He graduated with high honors in 1938.

Allen then attended Harvard Law School where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1941 – later becoming deputy assistant in the New York district attorney’s office.

Samuel Allen then relocated to Paris on a GI Bill to study at the Sorbonne. There, he joined other African American ex-patriots – including Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. Wright introduced Allen into the Presence Africaine circle – where his first published poems appeared in 1949.

After returning to the United States, Samuel Allen served as an attorney with the federal government in Washington under the administrations of presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

In 1968, Allen committed himself fully to literature – teaching at Tuskegee Institute, Wesleyan and Boston University. He gave readings throughout the United States – including before the Library of Congress. He received numerous fellowships, residencies and lifetime achievement awards. On April 2, 2010 Samuel Washington Allen was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University.

“While many African-American writers have sought to incorporate African elements into their works, few have realized that goal as elegantly and powerfully as Samuel W. Allen,” stated James Manheim in Contemporary Black Biography, 2003.

A legacy giving opportunity will be announced at the memorial to benefit Fisk University.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by email – – or phone / text – (617) 294-9889.

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Virgin Mary in Bondage Causes Stir with Community in Women’s Rights Protest


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that artist and feminist Marilyn Artus is introducing her new portrait of the Virgin Mary in attempt to protest the continued infringement of women’s rights by the Catholic Church and the many prominent conservatives. The portrait of the Virgin Mary will be on tour though many galleries and events; kicking off the tour with the AKA Gallery in Oklahoma City, Okla., April 6, 2012.

“The Lady of Nazareth Chose to Play Along,” depicts the Virgin Mary, with Pope John the XXIII looking on, partially nude in provocative black panty hose and heels, but denied free will by bondage restraints that have her arms crossed and pinned. Her hands, sticking out passed curved hips, embrace the traditional aged crucifix and a wire hanger that represents the many brutal back-alley abortions that have been the unfortunate result of denied contraceptive practice.

“My image shows solidarity for the Virgin Mary, not blasphemy. I feel that as a woman she has been the submissive victim of male dominated Catholic hierarchy,” said artist Marilyn Artus. “But, I’ve already been met with a certain amount of anger with requests to not show the image coming from some of my friends and relatives who belong to the Conservative Right.”

Prominently placed over her private area is a scarlet F, marking the Catholic Church’s questionable area of focus in regard to their stances on birth control and abortion.

Lifelong congregation member Jeff Hamilton of Saint John the Baptist in the Oklahoma City area is not against the protest art. “It seems kind of sacrilegious to depict the Virginal Mother that way, but the church uses art for its message and this happens to be a case where an artist uses art to create an image the church wouldn’t agree with,” said Hamilton, adding, “As an adoptee, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel grateful to be here, but I support the artist’s right to protest the Catholic stance on birth control.”

The artist’s camp is expecting more contentious voices to emerge against the work that is set for display throughout the month. “The artist isn’t trying to anger anyone. She is simply saying the Catholic ban against modern contraception was put into place by a Pope, and it can be lifted by a Pope,” said spokesman Cory Allen.

Marilyn Artus’s past work includes “Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon and Her Stepford Friends.” The work depicting clashing conservative ideologies featured the religious icon wielding a knife and a hand grenade and was covered by the mainstream media in 2010.

The Virgin Mary portrait will be on a tour from coast to coast in the United States before going international. It will first publicly appear next Friday, April 6th, at AKA Gallery Oklahoma City, Okla., before heading to other galleries and festivals.

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Artist Dumpster Dives Kim Kardashian, Reveals Her Trash at Upcoming L.A. Event


Cory Allen Contemporary ArtLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 13, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that “Fear Google” artist XVALA will be revealing the recent dumpster dived trash of Kim Kardashian, featuring the celebrity’s collapsed basketball at a roof top event in Los Angeles this weekend.

“Slammed and Dunked,” a life-size sculpture of the basketball salvaged from the celebrity’s residential trash, was partially inspired by Kardashian’s recently failed marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries and the questioned authenticity of their acclaimed nuptials.

“Many people in this country are still very concerned with marital rights – after Kim Kardashian’s mockery of marriage, why should anyone take anything she does seriously, anymore?” asks artist XVALA.

The sculpture was created out of a ‘recycled resin’ formulated from remaining leftover garbage that was also collected from the Kardashians’ trash bin. Also, a part of the collection is candid mobile phone self-portraits of the reality star that she took for Twitter and Instagram, which are backed with aluminum, also partially recycled from her personal garbage.

“By deleting everything that reveals who she really is, Kim Kardashian actually reveals her true self,” said XVALA, “You can always learn something about someone by looking at their garbage, and Kim produces a lot of garbage.”

“I agree with Jon Hamm. Kim Kardashian should refrain from making any more reality shows,” said Cory Allen. “People aren’t too entertained by divorce and failed relationships in these economically trying times.”

Dumpster diving is nothing new to the artist or the mainstream media. Late last year, XVALA invaded the residential dumpsters of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who passed away a day after the release of his personal trash. XVALA was also responsible for reconstructing celebrity Scarlett Johansson’s nude photos for his “Fear Google” campaign, posting the two hacked images all through the streets in and around the Los Angeles area as street art.

“The Kim Kardashian Party,” curated by The Site Unscene, will be held on March 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif., on 1460 Naud Street, at the location’s roof top.

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