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ArteQuesta Announces Limited Edition Art Print From Urban Artist Evan Skrederstu

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MILL VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Leading fine art investment company ArteQuesta today announced that urban artist, Evan Skrederstu, has produced an exclusive collection of 12 art prints entitled “Titanus” for ArteQuesta clients.

The prints feature a unique subject matter that Skrederstu has become famous for: painted bugs. They also include an original hand painted element making each in the series unique.

“Titanus” is a marriage of two on going projects for Skrederstu. The Painting of Paintings series shows non-existent murals being painted, while the Painted Bugs series includes three dimensional exoskeletons that act as a canvas for extremely small detailed paintings.

“This approach to painting allows me to envision the painting as if I was doing a mural, but in some ways makes it more personal and most likely longer lasting than the real thing,” said Skrederstu. “Titanus Giganteus is the largest known breed of insect on the planet so painting it much larger than life seems natural.”

The series is printed on high quality paper and mounted to a 3 quarter inch stock of bamboo making these prints are ready to hang.

About Evan Skrederstu:

Evan Skrederstu is a Los Angeles born urban artist known for his photorealism, urban murals, and surrealistic compositions. He is a member of street-art collective UGLARworks (Unified Group of Los Angeles Residents), and currently resides in Los Angeles.

About ArteQuesta:

ArteQuesta helps individuals, families, companies and institutions build investment quality art collections. We help clients discover new art and artists; get access to art not available to the public; advise on purchases and sales; provide first-class provenance services; buy and sell; keep them up to date on trends, new artists and exhibitions worldwide.

Founder Rayah Levy brings years of expertise in the art market as an advisor, curator, educator and humanitarian to bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists and foster artistic expression.

For those interested in learning more about building an investment quality art portfolio, please visit ArteQuesta’s website: http://www.artequesta.com/ .

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More than a Dozen to Perform at Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival’s SUMMER ARTS STAGE

John Yost Drum Circle

CHICAGO, Ill., July 22, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Chicago’s Northwest neighborhood, Jefferson Park, plays host to its ever-popular three-day Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. The festival boasts two stages for entertainment, The Main Stage and The Summer Arts Stage offering something wonderful for everyone to see, hear and enjoy.

New for this year’s festival is a promotion calling all those with the name “Jeff” or have “Jeff” in their name to get into the festival free with a companion on Friday, July 25th-only by presenting proper identification. The festival also is enticing fest-goers with a special Groupon offer.

“We have something going on at the festival at all times for people to experience,” said Cyd Smillie, Festival Steering Committee member and Arts Alive Chicago Founder and President. “We have so many opportunities for families and friends to enjoy all types of artists all weekend long and we encourage them to participate.”

Back by popular demand is John Yosts’ Drum Circle where everyone gets a chance to play an instrument and be a part of the rhythmic beat with Saturday and Sunday performances. Those interested can decorate their own drum to play and take home.

On Sunday, July 27 from 3-4 p.m., Aerial Dance Chicago will unveil a new spinning hoop piece with aerial fabric and trapeze artists. Following the performance, there will be an opportunity for audience members to experience aerial dance and acrobatic dance hands-on. Open to all ages.

C3 PhotoART Fest II will present 50 juried art show works of art. Fest-goers are invited to vote on their “People’s Choice” and award the artists at the show.

Musicians like Ryan Wilkins, Yoko & the Oh No’s, Zydeco Voodoo and more will create quite a buzz with their soulful music and grooves.

The festival’s Summer Arts Stage includes:
* Friday, July 25, 2014 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Field Daze | Aunteaks | Yoko & The Oh No’s

* Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Noon to 11 p.m.
Ryan Wilkins | Zydeco Voodoo | The Revelettes | John Yost Drum Circle | Tommy Tuesday | Little Egypt | Manz Media Show | More than a dozen Fringe Fest company performers

* Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Noon to 10 p.m.
Mary Macaroni | El Musical Que Planton | John Yost Drum Circle | Kathy Greenholdt & Paul Coady | Jose Cornier Trio

Jeff Fest Main Stage headliner bands include:

Friday, July 25: Shape-Shifter a Chicagoland band covering 80s, 90s and Classic Rock.

Saturday, July 26: The Bad Examples, an indie alternative pop-rock group formed by songwriter, acoustic guitarist, and vocalist Ralph Covert.

Sunday, July 27: Brushville one of the hottest rockin’ country bands, winner of the 2012 Battle for the Saddle and known to have shared the stage with the biggest names in country music.

How do I get to Jefferson Park?
Jefferson Memorial Park is located at 4822 N. Long Avenue, just west of Milwaukee Avenue. Fest-goers are encouraged to take public transportation, as the Jefferson Park Metra and CTA Blue Line transportation hub is just a block from the festival grounds. Plenty of bike racks also will be available.

Jeff Fest is presented by 45th Ward Alderman Arena, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Jefferson Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District along with media partner 93.1 WXRT Chicago.

The event is chaired by Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce Board members who volunteer their time for this community event. Proceeds from the festival support local student scholarships and Jefferson Park business-focused events. To date, 25 scholarships have been awarded to local students. Four student scholarships will be presented on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.

Road closures: Linder Avenue will be blocked off between Higgins and Lawrence Avenue for the three-day festivities.

The fee for admission is $7 per person, or $5 before 5 o’clock. Children ages 12 and under are Free. Outside food, coolers and liquor are not permitted. Festival hours are Friday, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 26 from Noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 from Noon to 10 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome.

For more information, go to http://jefffest.org/ .

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Pope Francis’s World Cup Advice Inspires Spirit of True Fraternity Banner for Gay Pride

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In response to Pope Francis’s wish for “a wonderful World Cup, played in a spirit of true fraternity,” artist Daniel Edwards depicts the pope in a “true fraternity for gay pride” banner, showing support for the pope’s aggressive efforts for human rights and equality, that will debut in St. Petersburg, Fla. this month, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).

“I wish everyone a wonderful World Cup, played in a spirit of true fraternity,” said Pope Francis last month. The pontiff also said he hoped the World Cup would mark “solidarity among peoples” who “recognize themselves as members of the unique human family.”

Pope Francis’s advice regarding solidarity and fraternity of good sportsmanship comes at a time of prevailing fan intolerance in international soccer. Openly gay players are virtually non-existent on the international level because teams either do not allow it, or teams fear the backlash of physical violence to which their players may be subjected by the xenophobic fans of opponents.

“Spirit of True Fraternity and Gay Pride,” a life-size vinyl banner, portrays the pope who said, “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” Pope Francis is depicted wearing his white zucchetto, embraced from behind by another version of his self wearing the miter. Both pope depictions display serene smiles while each give their blessings with their right hands, as an official FIFA World Cup soccer ball balances on fingers posed in the gesture of benediction.

“The timing of World Cup soccer and the Gay Pride celebrations in June and July seem appropriate, as both aspire to gain acceptance for the spirit of true fraternity,” said Cory Allen.

Other works by Edwards include “L.A. Fertility,” the nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian and the prenatal portraits of angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates,” which depicts baby North West and baby Prince George.

“Spirit of True Fraternity and Gay Pride” will be unveiled at CACA’s The Showroom in St. Petersburg, Florida this month and the African-American and Latin Gay Pride, Miami Beach Bruthaz, July 17 to 20, 2014.

For more info, contact Cory Allen at 727-365-0254 or visit http://www.cacanet.com/ .

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Bob Hurley, Founding CEO Of Hurley, to Inspire at Laguna College of Art and Design 2014 Commencement

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., April 29, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), a premier four-year art and design college, announced Bob Hurley, founder of Hurley, will speak at the college’s 2014 Commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 19 at the main campus which is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

“Bob is more than a business success story. He led a cultural phenomenon that brought the surfing lifestyle into the mainstream,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Bob organically created an empire that embraces the sport, art, music, fashion and environmental stewardship of surfing. His philosophy of hard work and nurturing great talent – many of whom are LCAD students and alumni – is significant to our new generation of graduating artists and designers.”

LCAD has the first action sports design degree program in the world, which was founded five years ago through its partnership with Hurley and his company, Hurley.

Design and Digital Media Chair Catharin Eure recalled the enthusiasm when she first pitched the idea of an action sports program to Hurley and Roger Wyett, former NIKE Vice President of Action Sports.

“Bob’s response was, ‘I’ve always liked to surround myself around talent and I see real talent here,’” Eure said. “Our partnership with Hurley and NIKE has opened the door for our students to receive experience in their chosen field and graduate with opportunities for rewarding work that utilizes their artistic design talent and skill.”

LCAD’s Design and Digital Media program was also chosen as one of the four “best design schools in the world” by NIKE, parent company of Hurley. Eure credits this honor with Hurley’s decision to support and grow the action sports design program.

“Hurley has continued to evolve as a brand and a company because we have actively welcomed and valued young, energetic talent,” Hurley said. “Our team of designers, many of whom are LCAD alumni and interns, bring so much vitality and innovation to our culture and our products. We’re excited to share our experience with these young graduates and urge them to continuously seek opportunities to grow in all aspects of their lives.”

Design and Digital Media majors working in studio and at Hurley Corporate offices, collaborate with Hurley art directors to understand industry methods and develop their own graphic lines of surf and lifestyle apparel. Hurley and NIKE employ LCAD alumni and students in their digital media, apparel and marketing departments. This year, Miranda Jaocbucci, Jessica Necor and Abram Goglanian will spend the summer interning at Hurley International.

LCAD’s class of 2014 is one of its biggest graduating classes with 90 students receiving Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. For more information about LCAD’s 2014 Commencement please visit: http://www.lcad.edu/ .

About LCAD Design and Digital Media:

The Design and Digital Media program at Laguna College of Art and Design offers an intensely creative, digitally superior, and a professionally relevant educational experience. LCAD believes designers are problem solvers who have to work in all areas of media, therefore all design students come away with a comprehensive education in print, 3D, video, motion and web design. The reputation of LCAD’s Design and Digital Media program has given graduates exclusive entry into the professional design community. More than 90 percent of Design and Digital Media graduates find employment in their selected field and LCAD students are often placed in industry positions and internships prior to graduation.

About Laguna College of Art and Design:

Laguna College of Art and Design is one of an elite number of institutions that has both regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and national accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD has grown to include five undergraduate majors and a graduate department. Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees are offered in Drawing and Painting (as well as with a Sculpture Emphasis), Illustration, Design and Digital Media, Animation, and Game Art. The graduate program awards a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and in Painting. The college has received especially high marks for the use of technology and the liberal arts in its art and design curriculum. Graduates are career-ready and receive assistance from the Office of Career Services for the college’s many contacts in art and visual industries, resulting in excellent job placement.

Download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD’s Annual Fund: http://www.lcad.edu/ – Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa .

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Care Bears Donning Jay Z’s Apparel for Barneys New York Slated for eBay

Jay Z Cares NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Artist Daniel Edwards depicts Jay Z as a Care Bear pal with Funshine Bear on the rap mogul’s shoulder wearing Leather Boxing Shorts from the Barneys New York collection, accompanied by six designer ornaments to be auctioned on eBay, with a share of the proceeds going to an organization that supports the ACLU’s policies against racial profiling. The work will be unveiled online this week, announced Cory Allen Contemporary Art.

“Jay Z cares,” said the artist, responding to Jay Z’s involvement with Barneys earlier this month to form an advisory council concerning racial profiling, as a result of the ongoing negative press surrounding Barneys’ racial profiling allegations following the release of Jay-Z’s BNY SCC: A New York Holiday Collection. “Jay Z also shared valuable insight regarding proposed guidelines for future interactions between Barneys and the NYPD,” added Edwards.

“With the Barneys controversy, I felt Jay Z was being victimized. He was the only person associated with Barneys who was being criticized for not breaking ties over their racial profiling policy, which is not fair,” said Daniel Edwards.

Edwards’s sculpture titled “Brooklyn Monument: Jay Z Cares,” depicts a smiling, Brooklyn cap-wearing Jay Z surrounded by the Care Bears in clothing from his collaboration with Barneys New York: Tenderheart Bear sits atop Jay Z’s head in a Barneys New York NYC NYC Tee; Do Your Best Bear wears the Mixed Exotics Brooklyn Cap by Just Don; Funshine Bear models En Noir Embroidered Leather Boxing Shorts; and Share Bear with Hublot Watch emblazoned belly wears The Elder Statesman Cashmere Ski Mask. The artist also created six holiday ornaments, which include a tribute to twerking, to be auctioned on eBay with a share of the proceeds going to an organization that supports the ACLU’s policies against racial profiling.

“A Brooklyn-conscious ‘celebpreneur’ hired Daniel to design a line of ornaments that Jay Z wanted to include with his collection, but Barneys New York wanted to feature only clothing,” said Cory Allen of Cory Allen Contemporary Art.

“We are still searching for an organization with which to share proceeds. We are inspired by the ACLU’s Campaign Against Racial Profiling,” said Cory Allen.

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‘Rust Revised’ at The Calumet Gallery

Calumet Gallery LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Calumet Gallery announces the opening of a new thematic fine art photography exhibition, “Rust Revised,” (October 3 – November 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-S) from Arizona photographer, Bill North. Calumet Photographic of Los Angeles will host an “open to the public” wine and cheese Artists Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m. on October 10, 2013.

Born in Tucson and raised in Arizona, Bill became interested in photography while exploring bellows cameras as a child. He deepened this interest with photography courses at MIT from internationally acclaimed photographer and professor, Minor White. “His approach presented photography as a spiritual discipline, certainly not what I had expected, and advanced the idea that the most moving photographs were both graphic and metaphorical,” says Bill. “His theory on emotional equivalents was ground breaking at the time and influenced my photography then and now.”

Like Minor White, Bill graduated with a science discipline and returned to Ariz., after many years in Calif. where he developed and managed high-tech computer projects. Today, Bill and his wife Deborah again reside in Tucson, where he pursues travel and fine art photography.

“Rust Revised” is a study of corrugated metallic surfaces, where patches of oxidation form metaphorical symbols against troubled iron and tin backgrounds. North’s exhibit of 16 images revises the surfaces digitally to bring contrast, saturation and hues that reveal an expansive range of emotions. Captured digitally, North’s technical hand presents the audience with a series of re-presentation images that are universally subjective — sometimes with a minimum of intervention, and at other times, he asks us to suspend reality and simply accept what we feel.

When asked about his work, North explains, “I struggled with White’s sense of visual spirituality. My boyhood experiences, my days with film, were all documentation. That rigor was also part of my work life for many years. Nonetheless, I began to realize, perhaps unconsciously, how to capture an image that seemed to speak beyond the dimensional surface. Intuitively I knew that photographs are not imitative representations — and yet it was only recently that I was able to get beyond this poetic epistemology. ‘Rust Revised’ is a major shift in my thinking; one that has lurked within me like a latent image on film since Minor White stood in front of my class.”

“Rust Revised” challenges Bill’s own examination of things. “Decades later, I think I am beginning to understand what my professor was trying to teach us — that the best photographs aren’t just about the ‘things.’ They are really about how we see things and how we feel about them; how the light informs them, conceals them, reveals them, or transforms them. In rare instances, the ‘thing’ itself becomes almost incidental, acting like a catalyst to reveal shapes, forms, and structures that can take on a meaning, life and dimensionality of their own.”

The “Rust Revised” exhibit balances raw perceptions of reality through recognizable symbolism against images of advanced abstraction. North delivers structural work with the purpose of seeing things beyond the classical task of categorizing and confirming. A faint sense of Arizona petroglyphs scamper across blue tin, pastels with vaporized saturation, rust trails wander along gray trails of oxidation, and splashes of metallic colors exist for — existence.

Viewers of “Rust Revised” will sense North’s attention to detail and the manner in which each image combines a sense of space and minimalism: “As a photographer, if I am quiet enough within, and respectful enough of the subject without, a kind of trust emerges, and I am allowed a momentary glimpse beyond the surface. This exhibition is a collection of some of those moments for me.”

Sabrina Valdez, Manager of Calumet Gallery, said of North’s work, “Bill’s exhibit is emblematic of our outreach efforts to find and present photographers with visual voices that matter. His work is indicative of the depth and breadth of photography exhibits that Calumet presents, and we invite the public to explore this exciting work and to meet Bill at the reception.”

Media and Public Contact:
Sabrina Valdez, Gallery Director
Calumet Photographic, 1135 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038.
+1-323-466-1238.

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American Poet Aaron Ozee Nearly Shocks The Nation

ADDISON, Ill., June 25, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Starting in February 2012, renowned author and entrepreneur Aaron Ozee compiled his poetic works into a beautifully constructed collection of boundary-breaking masterpieces that would stun literary minds across the United States. At first, Ozee believed that if even a single person were to enjoy what he had written for the world to witness, it would mean more to him than anything he has or would ever experience in his lifetime.

According to the author, Ozee hilariously underestimated what he had created and with the uprising of his first title “Celestial Inferno: Poems of Another Realm” (ISBN: 9781304103871), his name was no longer kept in the shadows of society, but recognized heroically for his youthful enthusiasm towards literature and his unique innovations in the realm of poetry.

Months following Ozee’s initial debut on the world’s leading online self-publishing market Lulu.com, he had begun working on three other titles, “Peacefully Poetic” (ISBN 9781304103956), “Scribed Asylum” (ISBN 9781304104045), and “Southern Style (ISBN 9781304104144), which eventually turned him into an overnight sensation; April 2012. Promoting his works just through a single market of strictly “print-on-demand” only through Lulu seemed to level Ozee’s aspiration a bit and encouraged him to expand his products into yet another groundbreaking arena. Introducing his titles to the eBook market would be a challenge for Ozee, especially since he desired to get his books listed with big chain retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo Books, Sony, and many others who would aid his quest in making it to the top.

Feverishly looking for the quickest solution to resolve his blocked issue, Ozee has at last stumbled upon a company called Smashwords Inc., which would inevitably turn into Ozee’s primary eBook publisher and get him listed with some of the largest bookstore chains in the world. February 2013, an entire year following the release of his first book, Ozee had at last finalized his childhood mission in achieving the impossible. Media giants would soon publish articles about his success story through websites that would eventually place Ozee on the path to a very fulfilling and profitable career.

May 2013, Ozee had released his fifth title, “Horrific Paradise” (ISBN 9781304104427), which immediately became an instant success upon its release online, both through Lulu and Smashwords.

Today, Ozee says that he “stands as one of the youngest and most successful authors in the world and continues to break literary records through tireless hard work and effortless motivation.” Ozee was interviewed by a reporter for an online journal in which he stated, “Never once did I ever think that I would become something in which I believed to be unreachable, but by telling myself to keep on trying, I was able to accomplish something in my life that changed me for the better.”

Aaron Ozee is persistently “seeking media attention to cover his latest and greatest milestones” and would appreciate any media inquiries or offers, so feel free to contact Aaron at: lumidrone@yahoo.com.

Learn more about books by Aaron Ozee at: http://www.lulu.com/aaronozee/ .

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Nude Pregnant Kim Kardashian ‘Fertility Statue’ Unveiling in L.A.

Fertility StatueLOS ANGELES, Calif., May 23, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck’ is set for L.A. exhibit. The nude statue joins the celebrity baby sculptures created recently by artist Daniel Edwards; celebrating the beauty of celebrity pregnancy. The recent work, part of the artist’s “Celebrity Baby Boomer” series that began with the 2006 controversial sculpture “Monument to Pro-Life,” which depicted a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, will be displayed at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).

The life-size full-figured nude Kardashian sculpture titled “L.A. Fertility” stands curvaceous and proud, with lactiferous breasts, protruding navel and legs akimbo, and features a voluminous belly “designed to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success,” says publicist Cory Allen.

Other works in the exhibit will include bronzes of Baby Kimye, depicted as a chubby-cheek-cherub with a swirl design pattern shaved in the hair and the Royal Baby, slumbering peacefully in the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess, cast at the Cal State foundry currently managed by Edwards. The artist’s prenatal portraits of the angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates” will also be on display.

“I was inspired by the beauty of Kim Kardashian and felt quite put-off by the media’s criticism of her weight gain during pregnancy,” said artist Daniel Edwards. “Such criticism should be off limits.”

“We live in a media-absorbed culture where anyone can access and share a celebrity’s most intimate moments,” said Cory Allen. “Daniel visually captures ‘that’ intimacy.”

An auction hosted by Google headquarters recently featured limited edition prints of the Baby Kimye sculpture printed by L.A. based Intellectual Property Prints for Venice Art Walk’s annual benefit to provide health care to families in need.

“L.A. Fertility” will debut at LAB ART Gallery, on June 5, 2013 at 11 a.m., located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or http://www.cacanet.com/ .

* Photo Caption: “Prenatal Portrait of the Royal Heir in Bronze” by Daniel Edwards will be on view with the nude Kim Kardashian sculpture “L.A. Fertility” at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles.

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MONOPOLY Game ‘Comes to Life’ in L.A. Exhibit

Park Place by ALEC MonopolyLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that L.A. street artist ALEC Monopoly will bring the game of MONOPOLY to life at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, where the artist plans to sell one of his popular pieces for MONOPOLY money and create a designer game piece with actor Adrien Brody’s ’64 Pontiac Catalina.

“Park Place,” ALEC Monopoly’s first solo show in Los Angeles, will showcase 360 of the artist’s past-to-current paintings as seen on the streets worldwide, primarily featuring the artist’s satirical use of the iconic mascot from Hasbro’s MONOPOLY board game, Monopoly Man (a.k.a. Mr. Monopoly, Rich “Uncle” Pennybags).

“MONOPOLY has always been a great way to learn how the world turns,” said the artist. “And with all games, as in life, we have the opportunity to start-over in order to succeed.”

“By using imagery from the game, I think the artist could inspire people to earn money in what is still a tough economy,” said LAB ART’s Iskander Lemseffer.

The artist plans to sell one of his popular paintings for $3 million in MONOPOLY money, which equates to 146 classic MONOPOLY board games that come currently stocked with $20,580 in MONOPOLY money.

“ALEC and LAB ART will be the first artist and gallery to make a MONOPOLY money transaction,” said publicist Cory Allen. “MONOPOLY money is no longer play money.”

Actor Adrien Brody will land on “Park Place” opening night with his 1964 Pontiac Catalina, which carries a $500,000 price tag. The Oscar®-winning actor is furnishing the collector car to be painted for the event as a real-life designer game piece by the L.A. Street Artist.

“I’m proud to support ALEC’s vision,” said Brody. “His work portrays a positive outlook in ways that reminds us that there is always a solution to a problem.”

“Park Place” will open to the public at the world’s largest street art gallery, LAB ART Gallery, owned by brother and sister duo, Iskander Lemseffer and Rachel Joelson, on March 14, 2013 at 7 p.m., located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit http://www.LabArtGallery.com/ .

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- Caption: Adrien Brody’s ’64 Pontiac Catalina.

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Circus of the Heart: 2D and 3D Converge on the Production of the Largest Contemporary Circus Photo Collection Ever

Circus of the HeartLOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Renowned photographer Wayne Schoenfeld returns to the big top in “Circus of the Heart,” the completion of his celebrated “Icons/Iconoclasts” circus trilogy, the largest contemporary photographic series of the 1930′s North American circus, February 26, at LA Circus, 6319 Eucalyptus Ave., Jarupa Valley, CA 92509.

At the LA Circus “back lot,” where the TV series “Carnivale” and the film “Water for Elephants” were shot, Schoenfeld brings 150 actors, extras and professional circus performers together, including Tai the smartest Elephant in the world and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympian, Tai Babilonia.

Shot in Schoenfeld’s “Tableaux Vivant” style, “Circus of the Heart” represents the third in his Icons/Iconoclasts series of circus photographic exhibits. Since 2007 the series has exhibited in U.S. and European museums and Festivals. Parts of the series are also included in “Cirque du Soleil’s” private collection and have been seen audiences worldwide.

“Circus of the Heart” will include a 3D film crew who will be capturing Stereoscopic footage for a future project Schoenfeld is producing, a 3D television pilot called “Sawdust.”

About Wayne Schoenfeld:
Wayne Schoenfeld was awarded several times and his art includes photography, humanitarian photo reports, 3D series and documentaries. His work is part of many collections presented across the world, namely in Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona, Rome, Seoul, Washington, Mexico, Salzburg, Ottawa and Paris.

Would you be the one who will get the chance to be on this major production?

“Wayne Schoenfeld takes pictures rather than photographs. His carefully orchestrated images are like classic paintings…” said International Herald Tribune, The New York Times.

“He creates worlds inspired by fairgrounds and gypsy fairs … you’d think his pictures are 100 years old,” said Stephane Lavoie, TOHU’s INTERNATIONAL CITY OF CIRCUS ART Director.

More information: http://wayneschoenfeld.com/ and http://newdemocracyproductions.com/ .

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Mailis Burgaud – Publicist; +1-514-568-7264.

* CAPTIONS: Photo Credits Copr. © Wayne Schoenfeld.

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New Horizons Launches Photography and Digital Arts Training

New Horizons of Southern CaliforniaANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Classes will begin on March 18 for the New Horizons Photography and Digital Arts Program. “We are now enrolling students, but seats are limited,” says Cindy Sutherland, Vice President of Career Development.

New Horizons of Southern California is a five-campus member of the largest independent IT training system in the world. The Photography and Digital Arts Program is a linear education system that meets California State Curriculum standards and eligible for Veterans Administration benefits GI Bill funding, as well as student financing.

“This program emphasizes visual WOW and the development of new visual voices,” noted Kevin Landry, New Horizons President. “We live in a content driven world and WOW is the essence of art, it is how you create and deliver emotional range, new points of view, dramatize dynamic visual stories about memory and diary, or about the unimagined imagined. The mission of the New Horizons Photography and Digital Arts Program is to develop creative leaders, creative mastery – to deliver the ‘wow’ in visual content for employers or the self-employed visual artist.”

Students who qualify can choose Certificate Programs in Wedding, Portraiture, Fine Art, Videography, and Adobe Post Production specialties. Each program requires 200-300 hours of classroom, studio lab, and real world application assignments. Certified instructors, who are recognized creative leaders in their fields, teach students foundational subjects in digital image capture, and then students progressively advance their skills in lighting, posing, narrative, character, video, post production arts in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing. In the final classes, students learn personal and business marketing applications for their chosen genre.

“The training is fun,” says David LaNeve, Digital Arts Program Director, “but it is also rigorous and market driven. Students receive intensive classroom, studio, and location instruction within a ‘hands on mentoring’ environment. Upon successful completion, students will have a professional portfolio or video reel that displays their skills and creativity, New Horizons and Adobe Certifications, and real world assignment experience for their resume.”

Interested students can learn more about the program, student financing, and entry qualifications by going to http://www.nhsocal.com/LocalWeb/CA/Southern-California/digital-ar… or contacting the New Horizons Photography and Digital Arts Program at 714-221-3121.

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‘Edge of Thought’ Exhibit Opens at the Calumet Gallery

Calumet PhotographicLOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Calumet Gallery announces “Edge of Thought,” (March 5 – April 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.) a thematic exhibition from fine art photographer James Maxwell. A native of Tennessee now residing in Pismo Beach, Calif., Maxwell is an artist who works at several levels: sculptor; innovative architect; and as a photographer who is equally at home with digital printing as well as alternative photographic processes using a traditional wet darkroom.

“Edge of Thought” is an exhibit of twenty-one diffuse, ethereal images. Using film, and recording images on the edge of the visual light spectrum, Maxwell strives to portray the subterranean content of the mind and the moment just before perception crystallizes into conscious awareness. The goal is not to document “reality” as perceived by the artist, but to evoke an awareness of multiple potential realities in the viewer.

Maxwell employs various techniques to achieve the desired effect, including a dreamlike diffusion of light, the grainy texture of the film, the choice of materials on which the images are printed, even a layered doubling of certain translucent images which are then backlit, so that a sense of mystery permeates throughout.

When asked about the how and the why of his work, Maxwell speaks of his own curiosity about how different perceptions of reality can arise from different personal histories, different spiritual beliefs, different cultural outlooks, even different neurological cognitive conditions or a deeper understanding of quantum physics.

Maxwell recalls a world altering experience of his own: “I must’ve been just shy of a year’s age when my father handed me a small blue ball, a sphere which seemed large in my infant hands. When I placed one of my hands on the far side of the ball, I suddenly and irrevocably added the third dimension to my awareness. I remember gasping from fear and delight simultaneously.” As he later stated: “Things are not necessarily what we believe we are seeing, so I try to get to a reality beyond what is visible.”

Viewers of his photographs can sense his architectural and sculptural skills at work in the manner in which each image demonstrates a deft ability with space and light: “I enjoy leading the eye of the viewer through an experience of spatial relationships and light, both in my architectural work and in my photography.”

Reception:
Marie Mazur, manager of Calumet Gallery, will host a Celebration Reception, open to the public, for the “Edge of Thought” exhibit from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 8, 2013. The artist will give a talk at 6:30.

“Maxwell’s work,” Mazur said, “is indicative of the depth and breadth of photography exhibits that Calumet presents. We invite the public to explore this exciting work and to enjoy an interesting talk with Mr. Maxwell.”

Contact Information: info@bobkillen.com.

- IMAGE Caption: The Tree in Kentucky – Copr. (c) Jim Maxwell.

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Blue Hill Troupe Presents New Production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ to Benefit the GO Project

NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd. (www.bht.org), the only musical theater group in New York City to donate its net proceeds to charity, will unveil a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” with full orchestra, April 12-20, 2013 at El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street). Proceeds from “The Mikado” will benefit the GO Project (www.goprojectnyc.org).

Considered by many to be the gem of the Gilbert & Sullivan canon, “The Mikado” is an irresistible concoction of rapturous melody, witty satire, and exotic locale, peopled with unforgettable characters. Tickets range in price from $28 to $100 and are available online at http://www.bht.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Payment in excess of $20 per ticket is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

The GO Project is committed to closing the achievement gap for families who have children struggling in New York City Public Schools. For 44 years, GO has provided essential academic and family support services to under-resourced, underperforming public school children in lower Manhattan.

The Blue Hill Troupe is currently accepting proposals for its charity partner for the 2014-2015 season. Visit http://bht.org/charityselect.php for further information.

“The Mikado” is directed by Gary Slavin, whose recent Off Broadway credits include “Show Choir! – The Musical” and the hit political revue “Bush Is Bad.” Musical direction is by Zachary Schwartzman, an assistant conductor with the American Symphony Orchestra.

Since 1924, the Blue Hill Troupe has produced a large-scale Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every spring, with lavish production values and full orchestra. Each year, the net proceeds benefit a different New York City charity, with the impressive total donated approaching $4 million. Prior charities include “I Have A Dream” Foundation(R) – New York Metro Area (2012), The Carter Burden Center for the Aging (2011), The New York Foundling (2010), and Inwood House (2009).

The all-volunteer Blue Hill Troupe has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. For fifteen years, they presented a concert in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Concerts and Lectures series, and they continue to concertize in venues around the city.

In its 89-year history, the Blue Hill Troupe has produced the entire Gilbert & Sullivan canon, including “Thespis,” the pair’s first collaboration, to which Sullivan’s score has been lost. In June 2008, the Blue Hill Troupe presented a concert version of “Thespis,” with a new score by Grammy Award-winning composer and record producer Thomas Z. Shepard. In 2005, the Blue Hill Troupe was honored with three awards at the 12th Annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, UK, for its innovative production of the G&S rarity, “The Grand Duke.”

The Blue Hill Troupe accepts applications for membership each fall. For more information, visit http://bht.org/join.php .

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2013 Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship Now Accepting Applicants

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Maple Conservatory of Dance is now accepting male and female applicants ages 7-17 for the 2013 Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship. Auditions are scheduled on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1824 Kaiser Avenue in Irvine, CA.

Dancers ages 7 to 11 will check in at 5:00 p.m.; audition 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dancers ages 12 to 17 (previous training required) check in at 6:00 p.m.; audition 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Practice clothes are required for both groups: leotards and tights for girls; t-shirts and tights for boys. Ballet slippers are required for the older group; socks are acceptable for younger dancers.

“We are looking for dancers with a natural gift for movement, musicality and the anatomical structure suited to classical dance,” said Charles Maple, artistic director and co-founder of the Conservatory. “We are committed to nurturing young talent so that no matter what field of interest they pursue, they have the discipline and confidence to take on life’s challenges.”

The Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship is available to young dancers who demonstrate the financial need for, as well as drive and commitment to classical ballet training. No previous training is necessary for dancers under the age of 12. Older dancers will be expected to have received training.

Maple Scholars will receive full or partial tuition and be placed in the appropriate classes based on level of maturity, skill and stamina. The scholarship will also cover uniforms and shoes.

The conservatory’s world-class faculty has distinguished credentials including American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Basel Ballet Switzerland, Ballet West, Ballet Magnificat and Paris Opera Ballet.

“The discipline of classical training is the foundation of our program, however we emphasize artistry and experiencing the joy of dance,” Maple added. “We have created a caring and healthy environment that challenges our students with the highest standards of excellence.”

Maple Conservatory of Dance alumni have successfully auditioned for the most selective dance programs around the world. Recent alumnus and former Newport Beach resident, Bryn Watkins, is now an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre. During her senior year at the Maple Conservatory, she was a semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar and received the honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and YoungArts Gold Level award.

The scholarship is named in honor of Maple’s father, a prominent Harvard University alumnus and Los Angeles attorney. Maple, Sr. nurtured and supported his son’s ballet training and career as a stellar, worldwide dancer.

The Maple Conservatory offers classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations and men’s technique and variations, as well as in modern, jazz, character, choreography, improvisation, acting and music.

The deadline to reserve an audition time is February 22, 2013. Maple Scholars will be announced by March 31 and may begin training any time after April 15, 2013. The Maple Conservatory will work with the recipients’ schedules. For more information please visit the scholarship page at http://www.mapleconservatory.com/ .

About the Maple Conservatory of Dance:
Founded by Charles Maple and Kathy Crade, the Maple Conservatory of Dance is committed to providing Orange County with world-class ballet training. The conservatory offers a program designed to take students from their first introduction to the art of dance, through a full course of ballet study. Its non-profit organization, The Maple Youth Ballet, is devoted to providing young dancers with the exposure, training and performance opportunities to bridge the gap between students and professional dancers, while at the same time, offering Orange County and surrounding Southern California communities with the highest quality performances at affordable prices. For more information about classes and future performances please visit www.MapleConservatory.com . Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mapleBallet or on Twitter @MapleBallet.

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Downey Jr., LiLo, and Swift Represent Celebrity Past, Present, and Future in LA Exhibit

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Street Artist XVALA, famous for invading the residential trash of celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber and tech icons Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, has set his sights on Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift for his latest exhibit “The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” at Lab Art Gallery in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).

To represent the past, present, and future of celebrity arcs based on their individual confrontation with hardship in the spotlight, XVALA has invaded the residential trash of celebrities Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift, for his latest series of paintings.

A limited edition series of paintings imbued with reflecting powder created from broken down glass that was collected and mixed from all three celebrity’s residential trash comprise the exhibit, which features a work of L.A. street art by the artist, appropriated by NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for use as the backdrop for musical guests.

“The appropriated image is the artist’s signature piece,” said Cory Allen about the chimpanzee head image with google-eyes and heart-shaped smeared lipstick, called Celebrity Chimp. “The artist is re-appropriating it from ‘The Tonight Show.’”

The paintings are stamped with the official “Tonight Show” logo.

Artist dumpster dives Hollywood to make a statement:
“Celebrities’ personal lives become talk show related material to shape ratings – my work represents celebrity downfall and how a star can rise again,” said XVALA. “Lindsay Lohan could learn from Robert Downey Jr. and Taylor Swift could learn from Lohan.”

“A celebrity’s personal life has become more entertaining than their professional work,” said Cory Allen. “Hopefully the next generation will value art over entertainment.”

The artist is dedicating his “Tonight Show” to programmer and internet activist, Aaron Swartz, in a heart-felt response to his passing. “Aaron’s legacy has had a huge influence on my art,” said XVALA.

“The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” will debut at the world’s largest street art gallery, LAB ART Gallery, on January 26, 2013 at 7 p.m., located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, Calif. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.LabArtGallery.com .

Follow CACA on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/coryallencaca .

* Note: No celebrity endorsement claimed or implied, nor endorsement or licensing of/by “The Tonight Show” or NBC claimed or implied.

* PHOTO Caption: “The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” by XVALA.

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Ely Winter Festival Celebrates 20 Years with Snow Sculptures and ArtWalk Turning City into Veritable Art Gallery

ELY, Minn., Jan. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The 20th annual Ely Winter Festival runs from February 1st through the 10th in the northern Minnesota tourist city known for its local beauty and wilderness. The volunteer Board has announced a celebratory, expanded schedule of events with something for all ages and interests taking place over the Festival’s 10-day period for 2013: snow sculptures, an historic Voyageur Encampment, a skiing/snowshoeing triathlon, a crafts fair, a dance, several food events, musical concerts, educational programs, and the annual Ely ArtWalk.

The cornerstone of the Festival is the International Snow Sculpting Symposium in the town’s Whiteside Park with 20 smaller “amateur” blocks and more than 20 large “expert” blocks, each carved by a team composed of three or more. The Symposium has reached out to all past carvers for an expanded Symposium this year.

“We’re all working hard to bring snow to the park,” said Chris Ellerbroek, co-director of the Symposium. “There’s plenty in the area, it’s just a matter of getting it in trucks and filling the forms.”

Alongside the carvers in the park is an authentic Voyageur Encampment, with the participants in historic garb camping outside over the three-day weekend.

The downtown area of the town becomes a veritable art gallery, as merchants clear their windows to display local artists’ works in the Ely ArtWalk, which runs over the 10 days of the Festival. Over 450 pieces of art by 120 artists were displayed in 2012, and this year expectations are similar.

On Thursday, January 31, 2103, the Ely Steak house hosts the Snow Carver’s Jam as local musicians jam in an entertaining evening of music.

Ely Community Resource hosts a Spaghetti Feed on Friday evening, February 1, benefiting local youth and families, followed by an Opening Ceremony Concert, which will include musical entertainment and the “passing of the paddle” to this year’s Grand Marshals, Emily Wahlberg and Barb Berglund.

During the day on Saturday, February 2, is the NLAA crafts fair, a fish fry at Veterans-on-the-Lake Resort, and the second annual Boathouse Brewpub Winter Classic Triathlon sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club. The latter involves snowshoeing, skiing and drinking (water, that is!).

Also on Saturday, Vermilion Community College holds an open house, the Dorothy Molter Museum, the Wolf Center and Bear Center are all open for visits, the Ely ArtWalk holds its Artists’ Meet and Greet, and Twin Metals Minnesota will be hosting an open house.

Saturday night is the second annual Polar Bear Dance, presented by the Ely Rotary from 8:00 PM to midnight at Amici’s Event Center. Raffle items will be available, and proceeds benefit community projects, including the Winter Festival. The dance is an adults-only event.

The Amateur Snow Carving Contest is judged on Sunday morning, February 3.

The second weekend of the Festival is packed with events as well. On Thursday evening, Jerritt Johnson, Director of Education, presents “Wolves as a Political Barometer” at the International Wolf Center. E3 will also present an Energy Symposium talk at Vermilion Community College that night.

On Friday, February 8, the Boundary Waters Blues Fest and Ely TV will host a blues concert at Amici’s Event Center. That evening the film about the campaign for clean water, “Sled Dogs to Saint Paul,” will be screened at Vermilion College.

For outdoor and history enthusiasts, on Saturday, February 9, Outward Bound guides a group by snowshoe to the Hegman Lake Native American Pictographs (snowshoes are provided). Also on Saturday, the Vermilion Law Enforcement Club hosts in an ice-fishing contest on Shagawa Lake, and the Igloo-Creek Ridge Third Annual Radar Run snowmobile event will be held on White Iron Lake.

Saturday night the Dorothy Molter Museum hosts a fundraising dinner at Grand Ely Lodge. Silent auction and raffles are offered with proceeds benefitting the Museum Foundation.

On Sunday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Washington Auditorium, the Mesabi Community Orchestra presents a celebration of Nordic music with selections by Nielsen, Sibelius, and Grieg.

Festival pins, T-shirts, beanies, brochures and information will be available during the Festival at their Headquarters, the Front Porch Coffee and Tea Co. on Sheridan Street in Ely.

Up-to-the-minute details on events and Festival news can be found on the Festival’s website ElyWinterFestival.com. Of special interest is a live web cam of the park and the snow sculptures available on the site during the Festival.

More information:
Ely Winter Festival: http://www.elywinterfestival.com .
Ely ArtWalk: http://www.elyartwalk.org .
Ely Chamber of Commerce: http://www.ely.org .

About The Ely Winter Festival:
The Ely Winter Festival is a non-profit organization funded in part by grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund), the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, the Ely Chamber of Commerce, and local merchants, organizations and individuals.

* Photo Caption: Two snow sculptures in the 2012 Ely Winter Festival. Copr. © T. Schocke Photography.

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ArteQuesta Announces Launch of Israeli Masters Collection

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ArteQuesta launched its Israeli Masters Collection, announced Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson, co-founders of ArteQuesta. This collection is the culmination of a decade of work to gather and preserve historically significant art works by Israeli Master Artists during Israel’s emergence as the Jewish state.

The collection features 30 artists, including Yaacov Agam, Reuven Rubin, Moshe Castel, Arieh Lubin, Emmanuel Mane-Katz, Menashe Kadishman, Yosl Bergner, Yohanan Simon and others to be announced. ArteQuesta collected and assembled many of these works from the families of the artists and original collectors dating from 1907-1980′s, protecting the works from being sold at auction, and preserving the provenance of each piece.

“These works are the visual documentation of the movement that revitalized and rebirthed the vibrant cultural heritage of the establishment of the state of Israel,” said Rayah Levy. “More than fine art, these are Israel’s cultural assets and portray its rich history and culture. These treasures tell the story of how the Jewish people used the arts to redefine their traditions in their homeland of Israel.”

The ArteQuesta Israeli Masters Collection is a visual record of the creation of the country and new culture of Israel through the eyes of its most prominent 20th Century Artists. ArteQuesta lends its network, personal passion and expertise in the art market to locate, identify and collect museum archival Judaic and Israeli art, with a focus on the nearly 50 years leading up to and following Israel’s emergence as a state in 1948.

“We are grateful for the influential art supporters and collectors such as Bruno Abramovitz and his son Motti Abramovitz, who have helped preserve Israeli art history by sponsoring many of these artists early in their careers and have provided us with access to their family’s museum quality collection,” said Levy.

ArteQuesta’s goal is to reach more collectors and patrons who wish to participate in the preservation of these artworks so that the provenance of each can be maintained and the heritage of Israel’s legacy can be conserved.

“Few of Israel’s masterful historic works are available anywhere,” said Levy. “Some can be found in museums, but many were purchased privately and are hidden from the public, sold at auction without provenance, or stolen during World War II. Our effort will help future generations understand the rich history and culture of Israel.”

ArteQuesta is committed to preserving cultures through the fine arts, and will put these same efforts to work for other cultures.

“ArteQuesta’s mission is to conserve cultural assets for many different cultures through building collections of historically significant art works and sharing those collections with patrons and public institutions,” said Jessica Jacobson, co-founder. “This is how we can help to promote the positive ways many cultures have impacted the world and tell our collective stories through the visual arts.”

About ArteQuesta:
ArteQuesta provides services to individual and corporate fine art collectors to build and manage art collections that deliver both short and long-term financial growth. It is recognized as a leading advisor in building investment-quality art collections for private and corporate clients including major banks and investment firms.

Launched in 2011, its founders Rayah Levy, art market and investment expert and curator, and Jessica Jacobson, education advocate and humanitarian, bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists, and cultivate self-development as an artistic expression of humankind. For more information, please visit http://www.artequesta.com/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArteQuesta .

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ArteQuesta Presents a Health-Conscious Halloween for Kids

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ArteQuesta has decided to give kids a choice with what they fill their Halloween buckets this year. Over this holiday weekend, ArteQuesta put together a Halloween party filled with outrageous costumes by kids and adults alike, music and games, and, best of all, delicious festive treats. The delightful range of goodies included not only the candy corn and tootsie rolls we all love but also a range of tasty, healthy, homemade and homegrown Halloween sweets.

This is the time of year many people indulge in holiday pleasures, which makes it inevitable that our health regimes get whacked out of balance. Whether it is through pounds of candy, reveling in numerous parties, or delighting in holiday dinners, thoughts of health usually fall to the wayside.

In a break from the norm, ArteQuesta co-founders Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson decided to give their neighborhood kids the opportunity to choose healthy alternatives with this Halloween event. From the blood-red beet and veggie infused spritzers mixed with Maple syrup to the devilish raw cacao chocolate bars topped with organic fruit and the ‘Children of the Corn’ squash and carrot cakes, there was never a shortage of scrumptious healthy alternatives.

Throughout all of the Halloween activities, Jessica Jacobson took small groups aside in order to introduce and educate the kids about these tasty delights. She provided an open platform for them to discuss and engage with each other about the ingredients rarely found in the other treats available. Jessica explains, “We are not telling them to not to eat candy, we’re just bringing awareness and giving them some alternatives. It is about finding balance and giving them the opportunity to think about their food choices.”

This is a theme that runs deep in ArteQuesta’s mission. ArteQuesta promotes well being and living life as a work of human art. These healthy choices are not limited to just art or food but to the general expression of one’s self and community as well.

About ArteQuesta:
ArteQuesta provides services to individual and corporate fine art collectors to build and manage art collections that deliver both short and long-term financial growth. It is recognized as a leading advisor in building investment-quality art collections for private and corporate clients including major banks and investment firms. Launched in 2011, its founders Rayah Levy, art market and investment expert and curator, and Jessica Jacobson, education advocate and humanitarian, bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists, and cultivate self-development as an artistic expression of humankind.

For more information, please visit http://www.artequesta.com/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArteQuesta .

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New York City Non-Profit to host Michael Alan’s ‘Living Installation’ Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Art for Progress (AFP), a NYC 501(c)3 nonprofit, is proud to announce it is hosting artist Michael Alan’s “Living Installation: Family Misfit Healing” on Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO in NYC’s Lower East Side.

The epic art performance piece which has been featured in The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Gothamist, Hyperallergic and many others, is the creative genius of artist Michael Alan. As described by Alan, “The Living Installation Project is a human activist art mission. The goal is to reinforce that humans are living installations by creating a space for people to open up and come together, and that all are equal through the process of creating art.”

After eight years of creating performance art, Michael Alan was recently severely injured and suffered major spinal damage as well as a concussion. His injuries have affected his ability to walk and perform.

Despite his physical challenges, “The Living Installation Project” will return November 9 at ABC NORIO for a special eight-hour healing show.

Family Misfit Healing: No matter how different and odd we might be, we all have the power to heal. Alan, while healing after intense spinal surgery, will team up with seven performers to create a world based on acceptance and growth. A strong and dynamic family portrait will be born, created from scratch. The eight-hour mega show, a true experience/happening, will be an escape where guests can do whatever they choose. The space will start with nothing, where Alan, seated, will build a world around him from start to finish with an eight-person tableau; nude and then dressed with everything under the sun; birthed and animated with pure emotion.

Prerecorded music collaborations with Ariel Pink, Meredith Monk, Geneva Jucuzzi, Japanther, Jello Biafra, The Krays, Japanther, Odd Nosdam, Vas Deferens Organisation, R. Stevie Moore, Walter Steding, Neke Carson, Kenny Scharf, Jeff and Jane Hudson and so many more.

It’s a happening. Come have fun, watch, get lost in the creation. Hang out, draw, write, create. Come and go as you want, and be a part of it!

Live Music by Tim” Love” Lee and Michael Alan Alien.

Performed by Michael Alan, Rose Lou, Dave Modelo, Allene La Spina, Garry E Boake, Genevieve Snow, and Tim “Love” Lee.

When: Friday, November 9 at ABC NORIO.
Where: 156 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002.
Time: 7 p.m. – Unknown.
Guests are welcome to BYOB.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance http://www.michaelalanart.com/art/upcoming-project… or at the door.

About Michael Alan:
For Michael Alan, art is a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including his own. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan’s work focuses on cross-breeding and the relationship of destruction and creation.

Alan was born in the summer of 1977, during the New York City blackout. His work has been featured in five New York solo shows and over 200 group shows. His work has been discussed in over 200 publications, books and media sources, including the New York Times, NBC’s Today Show, Marie Claire Italia, Art+Auction, the New York Post, Fox Channel 5, the Village Voice’s “Best in Show,” Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, Curbs and Stoops, and Cacao Magazine.

About Art for Progress:
Art For Progress (AFP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization committed to the cultivation and support of emerging artists working in diverse genres: the visual arts, fashion, music, film, and new media. Based in New York City, AFP seeks to increase the visibility of talented artists, to raise the awareness of the importance of arts education in public schools, and to support those same arts through its arts education program. Learn more at: http://www.artforprogress.org/ .

Comments:
“Alan’s work and style of organizing his installations and exhibits is unarguably infused with his years of work as an outsider-artist, his passion for expression, his years of promoting music, and his love of collaboration.” – Huffington Post.

“The Living Installation brings everyone from artists sketching to club kids to the wealthiest gallery owner to a kid from the projects. Much like Keith Haring drawing with chalk on the subway posters, Michael Alan’s Living Installation is all about accessibility of art.” – Crudo Magazine.

“I am Michael Alien, an alien who wants good and to exist with a twist of chaos and a big splash of toxic paint!” – Art Info.

More information: http://www.michaelalanart.com/art/upcoming-project… .

* Photo Caption: A photo from a past “Living Installation” performance. Photo by Joseph Meloy Meloy.

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ArteQuesta Creates Breakthrough Software for Investment-Grade Art Portfolios

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ArteQuesta has developed a unique software program designed to manage investment quality art portfolios, it was announced today by Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson, co-founders of ArteQuesta.

ArteQuesta Art Portfolio Management is the first program of its kind, and was developed and tested over two years by ArteQuesta founder and art investment expert Rayah Levy with help from Scott Rose of ScottWorld.

ArteQuesta Art Portfolio Management’s unique features include tracking provenance and history of artwork, history of the market of each artwork, graphs reflecting each genre’s art value profits and losses, and tables of genres with suggested recommendations. The software integrates and supports management of overall financial portfolios, bringing art collections in as overall hard assets and helping clients utilize their fine art as an asset class.

Levy will initially use the proprietary new software exclusively with ArteQuesta clients, assisting them in building, maintaining and managing art portfolios.

“The ability to trace the complete and specific ownership history of an artwork is a key element to tracking the market and values of artworks as well as maintaining it in a database over time to protect works from fraud,” said Rayah Levy, co-founder of ArteQuesta. “This is one of the most important features of our innovative new software and we are pleased to be the first to successfully develop a technology-based model that does this for the art world. We believe it will be very useful for artists and the long-term value of their artworks, as well as for clients who invest in fine art or are looking to start investing in fine art.”

Since 2007, Levy has informed investment firms, fund managers, banks as well as private collectors to purchase and maintain investment-grade collections. Her lecture series and newsletter, “Art As An Investment,” keeps her clients informed on the latest developments, sales, valuations and opportunities in the art market. She also produces a monthly newsletter, “Insight Art Review,” which has created a worldwide community of subscribers. Last year, Levy co-founded ArteQuesta, a company that unites the fine arts with the investment markets and promotes preeminent 21st century artists.

“Fine art stands the test of time as an investment and masterful fine art has always provided greater financial and intrinsic value than most other asset classes,” said Levy. “Our new program will be especially effective as investors around the world diversify their financial portfolios with fine art to maintain stability in their overall portfolio with time-honored assets that have remained recession proof over the past decades.”

ArteQuesta employs a pro-social commerce business model that brings together the fine arts and the investment world to benefit humanity while producing positive financial returns for clients of different economic backgrounds.

About ArteQuesta:
ArteQuesta provides services to individual and corporate fine art collectors to build and manage art collections that deliver both short and long-term financial growth. It is recognized as a leading advisor in building investment-quality art collections for private and corporate clients including major banks and investment firms. Launched in 2011, its founders Rayah Levy, art market and investment expert and curator and Jessica Jacobson, education advocate and humanitarian, bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists, and cultivate self-development as an artistic expression of humankind.

For more information, please visit http://www.artequesta.com/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArteQuesta/ .

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Artist Encourages Apple to ‘Think Different’ with Steve Jobs Action Figure Sculpture

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In wake of the recent Foxconn riot, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Post PC artist XVALA will debut his latest sculpture of the Apple-banned Steve Jobs action figure in an upcoming gallery show at AIS Editions in the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Complex.

“Think Different” a sculpture of Steve Jobs dressed in his traditional turtleneck and Levi’s jeans attire, with iPhone 5 presented in hand, was fabricated from M.I.C. Gadget’s Steve Jobs action figure that was discontinued after legal threats from Apple’s lawyers in 2010. In 2012, China’s toy manufacturer, In Icon, experienced the same pressure from Apple’s lawyers, canceling the production of their Steve Jobs action figure, as well.

“The production of this sculpture will continue with or without Apple’s approval,” said Cory Allen.

Coated in an “Apple White finish,” the sculpture is cast in the artist’s patented plastic porcelain, mixed with a recycled resin made up of Steve Job’s residential trash which the artist collected from the tech icon’s home several months before his death last year.

“The ‘Jobs’ sculpture represents the pros and cons in pursing the quality of life,” said Cory Allen. “Unfortunately, there are adverse effects bestowed on a global population when supporting a vision.”

Inspired by Steve Jobs’ Einstein-like achievements to ‘Think Different’ and the recent riot at Apple’s Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn; whose been known for their inhumane labor issues that has resulted in a growing number of suicidal deaths, the artist created the sleek sculpture to be mass produced in an appropriate work environment, encouraging Apple to impose the same standards on Foxconn or to completely disconnect their working relationship.

“Either waiting in line or in an assembly line, Apple is to die for,” said XVALA. “Unfortunately, Apple thinks it’s all the same.”

A limited edition series coated in Apple Black will serve as a motif for the past suicides at the Foxconn factories that continue to grow.

“It’s easy to agree to the end-user license agreement,” said XVALA. “But harder to take the time to read what agreement all entails.”

“Think Different” will debut at AIS Editions on October 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Brewery Arts Complex at 642 Moulton Ave in Los Angeles, Calif.

For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit http://www.cacanet.com/ .

All trademarks acknowledged.

-Image Caption: “Think Different” by XVALA courtesy of Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).

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ArteQuesta’s heArt Return Garden Provides Fresh Food Harvest for 3rd Street Youth Clinic

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The unique organic farm located on the grounds of ArteQuesta’s Museum of Fine Art will provide fresh produce to 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in Bayview Hunters Point, it was announced today by Rayah Levy and Jessica Jacobson, co-founders of ArteQuesta.

The partnership is the first of its kind for ArteQuesta’s division heArt Return, which donates a portion of the museum’s fine art sales in support of humanitarian efforts.

The 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic is a community based agency in San Francisco that provides local youth with medical and behavioral health services and encourages them to make positive health, safety and development decisions.

“This partnership supports our mission to provide healthy lifestyle choices to our youth,” said Sharon Papo, executive director of 3rd Street. “For so many of our youth, the only healthy meal they will eat is at our center. By showing them that fresh, locally grown produce is delicious, we are changing individual lives.”

The ArteQuesta garden will provide from its bounty of fresh lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, beets, carrots, zucchini, artichokes, lemons, limes, avocados, apples and oranges along with healthy herbs including basil, parsley, oregano, sage and thyme.

“We are looking forward to sharing our harvest with the youth and staff at 3rd Street and offering outreach to our community,” said Levy and Jacobson, co-founders of ArteQuesta. “This is a natural extension of our mission to conduct pro-social commerce in that our business reflects our support of sustainable living, as well as provides clean, healthy food to the greater community.”

About ArteQuesta:
ArteQuesta provides services to individual and corporate fine art collectors to build and manage art collections that deliver long-term financial growth. It is recognized as a leading advisor in building investment-quality art collections for private and corporate clients including major banks and investment firms. Launched in 2011, its founders Rayah Levy, art market and investment expert and curator and Jessica Jacobson, education advocate and humanitarian, bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists, and cultivate self-development as an artistic expression of humankind. For more information, please visit http://www.artequesta.com/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArteQuesta .

About 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic:
The 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic is a community based agency providing youth in the Bayview Hunters Point with medical and behavioral health services that encourage them to make decisions that support their health, safety and development. For more information please visit: http://www.3rdstyouth.org/ .

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Award-Winning Blue Hill Troupe Opens 89th Season with ‘GRAND HOTEL’ – Proceeds Benefit the GO Project

NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd. (www.bht.org), the only musical theater group in New York City to donate its net proceeds to charity, launches its 89th season with “Grand Hotel.” Inspired by Vicki Baum’s period novel of the same name, this multiple Tony Award-winning musical features music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, with additional lyrics and music by Maury Yeston, and a book by Luther Davis. “Grand Hotel” will run from November 9-17, 2012 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, New York, NY. Nathan Brewer directs, with musical direction by Isaac Harlan, and choreography by Jason Sparks.

The Blue Hill Troupe produces a musical every fall and a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every spring, and has donated over $3.5 million to local charities since its inception in 1924. Proceeds from “Grand Hotel” will benefit the GO Project http://www.goprojectnyc.org/.

WHAT: “GRAND HOTEL.”

“People come, people go….”

In 1928 Berlin, the world is between wars and the stock market is booming. The center of the action is the illustrious Grand Hotel, through whose revolving doors pass a cavalcade of desperate, ambitious characters, all yearning for one last, glorious chance at a better future. There’s the fading, but still-beautiful prima ballerina; the charming young Baron, out of money, riding on his looks; the mortally ill bookkeeper, determined to meet society before his grave; the ambitious Hollywood hopeful; the honest, hardworking father-to-be; and the doctor, whose cynical tone foreshadows the looming depression.

WHEN: Nov 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov 10, 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Nov 11 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46 Street (between 9th & 10th Aves)
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R or S train to 42nd Street/Times Square
A, C or E train to 42nd Street/Port Authority
Please note: no elevator access to the theater; stairs must be negotiated.

TICKETS: $39.50-$49.50 per person at www.bht.org or call 866-811-4111. For information about group discounts, email tickets@bht.org.

The Blue Hill Troupe is proud to partner with the GO Project for its 2012-2013 season, which will culminate in a sumptuous revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s masterpiece The Mikado, April 12-20, 2013 at El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio.

The GO Project shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life.

In its 89-year history, the Blue Hill Troupe has produced the entire Gilbert & Sullivan canon, including the long-lost “Thespis,” with a new score by Grammy(R) Award-winning composer and record producer Thomas Z. Shepard. In 2005, the Blue Hill Troupe was honored with three awards at the 12th Annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, UK, for its innovative production of the G&S rarity, “The Grand Duke.” The Blue Hill Troupe has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and appeared with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. For fifteen years, they presented a Gilbert & Sullivan concert as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Concerts and Lectures series.

For information about membership, advertising, donation, or becoming a charity partner, please visit http://www.bht.org/.

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Indie Authors: The New Face of Publishing

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Sept. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If you’ve got passion, a plan and persistence, you don’t need an agent to become a published author. Indie authors own a significant chunk of the book market, and newcomers can join their ranks with help from indie author mentor Dara Beevas, whose new book, “The Indie Author Revolution: An Insider’s Guide to Self-Publishing” (ISBN 978-1-59298-504-3), hits shelves this month.

A writer, editor, blogger, and speaker, Beevas is vice president of award-winning Beaver’s Pond Press, where she has led hundreds of indie authors through the publishing process. Her passion for the self-publishing movement also led her to launch Wise Ink, an online support community for authors.

Just as indie musicians and filmmakers carved out impressive niches, indie authors are doing the same. An increasing number of well-educated and experienced writers are choosing this route, and the book publishing industry, along with readers, are taking notice.

Beevas believes indie authors will push the publishing industry to evolve. “Legacy publishing isn’t the right answer for every author, and that’s a good thing,” she says. “Indie authors are known for catering to niche audiences overlooked by big publishers. They’re also attracting new readers through the sales of e-books.”

Beevas was inspired to write “The Indie Author Revolution” after witnessing a shift in the types of authors choosing to self-publish. “We’re seeing an astounding number of authors, including those who’ve had book deals, decide that indie publishing is the best way to reach their readers,” Beevas says. “Indie publishing can bring a book to print in under a year, and with services like editing, design, distribution, and e-book conversion, indie authors are producing quality books that do well in the market without having to wait three to five years to get them in the hands of royalty publishers.”

With traditional publishing taking a hit in print sales and fewer unknown authors scoring book deals, it’s not a surprise indie publishing is becoming more common. What is surprising, according to Beevas, is the number of indie books surpassing their traditionally published counterparts-as was seen with the hit romance “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“E.L. James, Amanda Hocking, Bella Andre, and a host of other successful indie authors are proving that readers care more about good content than about who published it,” Beevas says.

Beevas will be celebrating her new book with a release party at the Twin Cities largest independent bookstore, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Beevas currently lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Tomme.

About “The Indie Author Revolution”
* Publication Date: October 1, 2012
* Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59298-504-3
* E-Book ISBN: 978-1-59298-505-0
* Original Trade Paperback & E-book, 296 pages
* Paperback: 6 x 8
* List Price: $15.95 (Paperback), $7.99 (e-book)
* Category: Reference/Publishing
* Distributor: Beaver’s Pond Books
* Available: INGRAM, BAKER & TAYLOR, www.beaverspondbooks.com or call 800-901-3480.

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Miss America Scholarship Winners Take to Runway: Spectacular Italian Renaissance Fashion Show Welcomes Talented Titleholders

VENTURA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On October 7, Carnevale Ventura will host a day in Renaissance Italy with three fashion shows and a marketplace at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Ventura. Talented beauties from across California have signed on to model selections from forty stunning costumes of traditional Renaissance Italy and exotic Venetian carnevale.

Leading the group are Miss Ventura County Kayla Baily, Miss San Diego County Anna Mason, Miss Los Angeles County Monet Bagneris, Miss Simi Valley Shelby Herzig, Miss Ventura County Outstanding Teen Amanda Ford, and Miss Teen Simi Valley Taylor Thompson. Ventura County will also be represented by twin Princesses Alyssa and Ashley Horton.

In addition, there will be models in period dress and imaginative carnevale attire for family members of all ages. Many costumes have authentic ties to actual Renaissance characters, including the famous Borgia Family, as exhaustively researched and exquisitely sculptured by artist George Stuart. His famous Historical Figures® include more than two dozen three-dimensional portraits of the movers and shakers of the Renaissance and Reformation.

Visitors to a free-admission Marketplace will be able to talk to the charming models as well as the expert designers, who created their fabulous costumes. Vendors will offer clothing, masks, shoes and many other items to complete spectacular costumes.

“Our October 7 Fashion Show and Marketplace will prepare families to dress appropriately for the Renaissance Faire, masquerade balls, costume contests and other festivities of Carnevale Ventura in downtown Ventura on February 8, 9 and 10,” states Angel Jones, Events Director.

The titleholders will participate in all three Fashion Show performances at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for VIP seating and $15 for General Admission. Ticketing information is available at http://www.carnevaleventura.org/ .

The Carnevale Ventura is produced by the Historical Figures Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education through the art of George Stuart of Ojai, California. The Foundation maintains an extensive educational website of descriptions and images of Stuart’s 400 Historical Figures. To learn more, visit http://www.galleryhistoricalfigures.com/ .

- Photo Caption:: Lucrezia and Juan Borgia full view. Fashion show models will bring to life Lucrezia and Juan Borgia and Historical Figures by artist George Stuart.

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Art Market Expert Rayah Levy presents to TIME Financial Summit Group Meeting

MILL VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rayah Levy, a San Francisco Bay area based art investment expert, and founder of ArteQuesta, presented to the TIME Financial Summit Group Meeting on August 22.

The topic of her presentation, “Investing in Art,” addressed the growing interest among the financial community to assist high net worth clients with incorporating fine art and other hard assets into their investment profiles.

“We believe that people can strengthen their overall portfolios by investing in fine art, and we advise clients how to do so,” said Levy. “We are excited to help the banking and finance industry increase their understanding of how to utilize fine art as an investment vehicle for their clients.”

The conference was hosted by TIME Financial, A Crump Company.

Since 2007, Levy has informed investment fund managers as well as private collectors to purchase and maintain investment-grade collections. Her lecture series and newsletter, “Art As An Investment,” keeps her clients informed on the latest developments, sales, valuations and opportunities in the art market. She also produces a monthly newsletter, “Insight Art Review,” which has created a worldwide community of subscribers. Last year, Levy co-founded ArteQuesta, a company that unites the fine arts with the investment world and promotes preeminent 21st century artists.

About ArteQuesta:
ArteQuesta provides services to individual and corporate fine art collectors to build and manage art collections that deliver long-term financial growth. It is recognized as a leading advisor in building investment-quality art collections for private and corporate clients including major banks. Launched in 2011, its founders Rayah Levy, art investment expert and curator and Jessica Sandelin, education advocate and humanitarian, bring together the fine arts and the investment world, promote preeminent 21st century artists, and cultivate self-development as an artistic expression of humankind.

For more information, please visit http://www.artequesta.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArteQuesta/14391788… .

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A&I Books Pre-Paid Cards Debut at B&H

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., July 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A&I Books Pre-paid Cards, allowing purchasers to create photo books online at a discount with advance payment, are now for sale online at www.bhphotovideo.com or at the B&H Superstore in NYC.

With this brand new product, B&H Photo Video, the professional’s source for multi-media technology, is now offering photographers the opportunity to create professional quality print-on-demand photo books through A&I Books, a leading supplier of fine-art photo book printing services.

“Making high-quality photo books is easy and affordable with print-on-demand technology, and we’re excited to be working with B&H, the perfect place in New York City for photographers to jump-start the process,” said Rex Weiner, Editor/Publisher of A&I Books.

A&I Books Pre-paid Cards are priced at $30, $45, and $60, which allows the creation of 40-page photo books in 8 x 8, 8.5 x 11, and 11 x 17-inch formats, respectively. The cards are sold exclusively by B&H to customers at a discount, making the creation of print-on-demand (POD) photo books more affordable in comparison to other services such as Blurb and Lulu.

The announcement will be featured at a design and editorial workshop at the B&H Eventspace on July 26, sponsored by A&I Books in partnership with B&H Photo Video at the B&H Superstore in NYC. The next workshop is scheduled for August 9. For more information on dates and times, search “event space” at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ .

About A&I Books:
A&I Books is a leading supplier of fine art print-on-demand photo books and the sole U.S. provider of BookCreator™ (http://www.aandibooks.com/download), free online design software for customized photo books. A&I Books is based in Los Angeles, with a 30-year legacy of providing museum and gallery printing and a variety of high-end photographic services to the world’s top photographers. Allied with the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, A&I is devoted to the traditional photographic arts while leading the way to the digital imaging future, advancing the skills and increasing the personal enrichment of photographers of all experience levels and ages.

Learn more at: http://www.aandibooks.com/ .

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New York City Artist to Give Away Free Art for One Year

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the next year, Manhattan-based artist Keith Jensen will be leaving original artwork around the city and surrounding areas for community residents to stumble upon. Signs attached to the free art read, “If having this art will make your day better, then it’s yours.” As a means of giving back to the community, Jensen has vowed to not sell any art for at least 1 year and to continually produce new, original pieces that can be found and taken home for free. Most pieces of art are painted on high quality, framed canvas.

“It’s time to make strangers’ day just a little better,” says Jensen. “For such a creative and light-hearted industry, art catches a stuffy stigma. Art should be about making people feel something when they see it on their wall – and what better feeling is there than getting something valuable for free? I just hope people only take the art home if seeing it daily will truly bring a smile to their face, not just because it’s free.”

To determine locations free art will be left, Jensen has started a Twitter account (@paintpenart). So far two pieces of artwork have been left in the downtown Manhattan area and were picked up within a minute. Jensen will leave clues and sneak peeks of the art via Twitter before dropping it off so that interested parties can get a head start.

“Let’s make art fun again,” says Jensen. “I’ll hide, you can go seek.”

About the Artist:
Keith Jensen is a Manhattan-based artist and full-time creative director for a Florida health plan. Since 2004, Jensen has also been teaching night classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. In addition, he volunteers his time assisting with art classes for children living in homeless shelters around the city as part of the award-winning, nationally recognized New York City-based charity, Art Start.

Artwork, advertising, and photography by Keith Jensen can be found at http://www.clearlyk.com/ .

More information about the Art Start charity can be found at http://www.art-start.org/ .

- Photo Caption: Free art by Keith Jensen left on streets of N.Y.

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Pacific Pinball Museum Opens ‘Pinball Oddity’ – an Exhibition of Rare Pinball Machines and Oversized Pinball Art

ALAMEDA, Calif., May 31, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) proudly announces the opening of the Pinball Oddity exhibit, featuring a collection of pinball rarities and giant mural reproductions of pinball art. The exhibit represents the first in a series of scalable exhibits the museum offers for lease to institutions nationwide.

Pinball Oddity includes pinball machines that may be the last of their kind as most pinball games were simply thrown away and replaced with newer ones; machines from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s are increasingly valued for their originality and rarity. Among the machines on display (but not available for play) is the only known surviving copy of Cargo, the Bay Area-themed Sky Rocket and a Korean War-era celebration of patriotism: Paratroopers. Rip Snorter and Teacher’s Pet include the rare depiction of children in pinball art and the Thing’s almost R.Crumb-style backglass tells a story unlike any other game.

Opening receptions for the exhibit take place June 8 and July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery located at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda. The openings are free and open to the public. Pinball Oddity features rare and unusual pinball games from the museum’s collection and pinball back glass murals by Alameda-based artists d’Arci Bruno, Ed Cassel, Eric J. Kos and San Rafael-based artist Dan Fontes.

Four hand-painted large-scale acrylic reproductions of pinball back-glasses accompany the games including: Sea Ray, Jungle Princess, 2001 and Mermaid in the 1,000 square foot gallery.

“These shows are unique in that they can be scaled up or down to fit a specific venue. Our large collection of machines and murals makes it possible present exhibits on many different subjects,” said Museum Founder and Director Michael Schiess. “The show can be made interactive or non-interactive depending on the desired configuration and whether we include playable games.”

Some of the themes of the collections are:

* Machines from the 1930s – technological and design changes of the Depression era. A discussion of the history of pinball and the introduction of art into the machine.

* Art Movements in Pinball: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Cubism and others are represented and discussed.

* Science Fiction and Fantasy in Pinball – A selection of games highlighting space travel, aliens and fantastic fictional worlds.

The Pacific Pinball Museum:
PPM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to teaching science, art and history through pinball and preserving and promoting one of America’s great pastimes. More information: http://www.pacificpinball.org .

Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda, CA.

Contact: Melissa Harmon
510.205.6959
mharmon@pacificpinball.org

Photo Caption: Rare machines from 1938 are part of the unique show “Pinball Oddity” at Rhythmix “K Gallery” in Alameda, Calif.

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CITYarts Inc. is Recipient of 2012 Non-Profit PR Grants Award

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Neotrope is honored to make New York-based CITYarts Inc. one of the chosen recipients for 2012 of its annual Non-Profit PR Grant Program. With this commitment, Neotrope aligns itself with CITYarts’ mission to bring young people and professional artists together to create Public Art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers youth and connects children locally and around the world to become active participants in transforming communities.

As part of this grant program, Los Angeles-based Neotrope® is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press® Newswire service), search marketing and advertising for CITYarts Inc. (www.cityarts.org) to help raise awareness to both media and the public regarding their efforts in producing permanent artworks that address important civic, educational and social issues while beautifying the urban environment of New York City’s five boroughs.

“We’re grateful to have Neotrope aboard to assist our efforts to bridge cultural differences within diverse communities and foster cultural understanding internationally,” stated Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts. “Neotrope has done great work with many other non-profits, and I look forward to working with them in expanding the awareness of our efforts locally and internationally.”

“We’re honored in providing assistance for CITYarts Inc. as part of our grant program,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “As an artist and creative person inspired by the arts in my own youth, I highly value the importance of involving kids in the art process to open young minds to their own possibilities and potential.”

Additional information regarding the Neotrope PR Grants for U.S. charitable non-profits and other 2012 grant recipients can be found at: http://send2press.com/non-profit/index.shtml .

About CITYarts Inc.:
CITYarts, Inc. (www.cityarts.org) empowers children and youth by bringing them together with professional artists to create public art that addresses civic and social issues, impacts lives, and transforms their communities. Thinking globally and acting locally, CITYarts’ projects build bridges of cultural understanding, giving youth the opportunity to take an active role in shaping their own future. Since 1968, CITYarts has created over 284 projects that have transformed communities and impacted over 100,000 kids, collaborated with more than 500 artists, partnered with over 1,500 sponsors, and engaged over 500,000 volunteers in the process. CITYarts’ projects frequently foster community revitalization by galvanizing businesses, schools, and community organizations into developing youth programs and constructing playgrounds and gardens.

View current projects at: http://www.cityarts.org/current-projects/index.html .

“It is our responsibility as adults to open opportunities for our youth and direct their energies into positive activities. Art is vital to the life of New York’s neighborhoods and its youth in particular,” says Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts. “For that reason, CITYarts created five programs that through art, address the civic, social, and educational issues facing today’s youth. Through these programs they create murals, sculptures and mosaics that impact their lives and transform their neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful spaces for them to meet, celebrate their achievements, and bridge cultural differences.”

Thinking globally and acting locally, we most recently created the Young Minds Build Bridges program. Through this program we united the youth of New York City and their peers from around the globe around the common purposes of promoting peace and raising awareness of global warming.”

Learn more about CITYarts’ Five Programs: http://www.cityarts.org/our-five-programs/index.html .

About Neotrope:
Since 1983 Neotrope® has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online portals; is listed with GS1 for barcodes, with Bowker for ISBNs, and the RIAA for ISRC codes. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 (verifiable via archive-dot-org). Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009, and has an A+ rating with the BBB. More information: www.Neotrope.com .

The Neotrope® marketing team includes Christopher Laird Simmons, who is an award-winning designer (including a design award from Apple Inc.), photographer, musician and digital artist. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and ASCAP. Simmons has been widely interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, Chicago Post Tribune, PCWorld, Monster-com, and TrendWatch. He has been on the launch team for numerous successful companies including the second PPC company on the net, Findwhat; and the MacMall® mail-order company. He also built Oprah’s first ecommerce solution for her “Begin with Love” video series. Other team members include accredited public relations professionals, working journalists and broadcast veterans.

Neotrope’s annual Non-Profit PR Grants™ Program was originally launched in 2000 by company founders Christopher Simmons and the late Dr. JL Simmons, with the goal of providing a “better donation” for worthy U.S. charitable 501(c)3 non-profits than simply writing a small check; instead utilizing the company’s capabilities to grow awareness to media and the public, attract halo sponsors/donors, and bring together disparate resources not generally affordable to small organizations.

Past recipients of the Non-Profit PR Grant Program include Children Awaiting Parents, Girls Write Now, Paws of Life Foundation, Special Equestrians, The Bob Moog Foundation, The Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Native Voices Foundation, World Savvy, and many others.

About Send2Press:
Send2Press® (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors™ news distribution to working print and broadcast media, online and social media, and deep into search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine™ technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. Originally launched as MindsetNetwire in 1997 exclusively for Neotrope’s corporate clients, the service became Send2Press® in 2000. Learn more about Send2Press at www.Send2Press.com .

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