Mardi Gras is Over But the Art Remains

Mardi Gras is over but the artwork remains.

Here are some really elaborate illustrations for the parade floats in this Mardi Gras’ Hermes Parade.

Hermes floats on Art is EverywhereThe theme was the Russian Ballet.

Hermes Float Illustrations on Art is Everywhere Hermes float illustration details on art is EverywherePerhaps this was inspired by the recent art exhibit of the same name?

Not sure, but they are beautiful.

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Where is the Best Arts District?

There are 20 city entries in the running. Once could be your favorite. You have until March 1st if you’d like to vote via USA Today’s website.

Arts District via USAToday on Art Is EverywhereOf course I’m voting for New Orleans’ Warehouse District and the Contemporary Arts Center. It’s where we were recently, along the strip with the Ogden and WWII Museums, while visiting family for Thanksgiving.

Arts District via USAToday2 on Art Is EverywhereThere are many arts worth exploring in New Orleans, which is rich with music and culinary arts as well. This link takes you to previous posts about New Orleans’ murals.

Click on the side link or here for previous posts with a New Orleans theme.

Coincidentally, at one point, Alexandria, VA was on as similar list for one of the most art friendly cities. I’m lucky to have lived in both.

 

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What to do now with all those deflated footballs?

Now that the Superbowl is over, although the mystery of the deflated footballs that lead the New England Patriots to this point still lingers, what’s going to happen with all those deflated footballs? Don’t think they are reusable?

Here are just a few ideas for football oriented art and projects — something to ponder.

You need a lot more than 11 footballs to make this wonderful sculpture. Even though it’s made with the non-American football — soccer balls — but it’s certainly worth pondering:

Ballman by Ratcliffe Fowler Design is a giant sculpture made with 3,000 footballs displayed in the atrium of the Cariton Centre shopping mall in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa commissioned by Nike.

FIFA sculpture on AIEFIFA sculpture 2 on AIEYou can always make cupcakes!

football cupcakes on Art Is EverywhereOf course if you’re looking for a functional purpose for footballs, you can certainly follow these examples with tennis balls.

Tennis balls 1 on Art Is Everywhere Tennis balls2 on Art Is Everywhere

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Adding to the Apple Bite

Apple has just opened its new store in the Jiefangbei section of the Chongqing in China. With its unveiling comes a mural, in which Apple commissioned 2 artists to produce, Navid Baraty, a US-born photographer who took the photo of Chongqing’s skyline along the River and Yangyang Pan, a Chinese artist, who added dripping paint strokes to add interesting color.

The mural is enlarged and displayed in the round, wrapping around inside the glass walls of the new retail store. The architecture in itself is pretty stunning.

Apple-Store-Jifangbei_via AppAdvice_on Art Is EverywhereAbove is a photo of the storefront without the mural and below the video story of “making the mural.”

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Wintry Mix

This is a wintry mix post that is pretty –

(not filled with all the snow & slush of recent snow storms).

Every year China puts on an elaborate and spectacular ice-sculpture festival at the Ice and Snow World in the Harbin Hellongjiang province. Here’s a recent preview and from what I’ve posted previously.

China_ice sculptures_AIEView many more pics here.

Ice Sculpture via CNN_AIEAnother out of the ordinary wintry scene is Greg Dunn’s photo that looks like winter trees with their icy roots exposed. However, it’s his painting of “Cortical Columns” using neuroscience to create such imagery.

Greg Dunn Cortical Columns painting on Art Is EverywhereMy father would be pleased to see neuroscience and art combined in such a beautiful depiction.

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Art Patrons in the News

I was glad to read about these two stories regarding well-known celebrities bringing art to communities.

Actress Viola Davis has given $1500 to Segue Institute for Learning for their campaign to paint Martin Luther King Murals for 2015. The charter-based school for at-risk, 6th – 8th grade students, is located in Central Falls, RI, where Ms. Davis is a native. She has helped to support the school since its inception in 2006.

Viola Davis via GoLocalProv on Art is EverywhereAlso in the news, Bill Gates is commissioning over 30 artists to create artwork that promotes getting vaccines. The campaign is called “The Art That Saves a Life.

Art That Saves a Life on Art is EverywhereThe Birth of Vaccines Photo by Alexa Sinclair on Art Is Everywhere Clicking on the link above will show you all the artists involved, including the Russian illustrator Evgeny Parfenov, whose portrait of Tom Yorke, of the famed Radiohead band,    that I find interesting.

Tom Yorke Portrait by Evgeny Parfenov on Art Is Everywhere

 

 

 

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When Cartoonists Come Together

Like so many around the world, I was shocked and saddened to see the brutal shootings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the executions of their editor, cartoonists and support staff unfold, leaving 12 dead and others critically wounded.

This French satirical magazine had it right. Their cartoons clearly define the radical Muslim faction. In fact, the cartoonists ominously called-out their fanatical behavior. These murderers brought these cartoons in which they were depicted to life. Their mistake is that the whole world now sees them for who they truly were. Even though the two brothers who carried out this attack have been killed, there are so many others with the same philosophy that they leave to carry on their hate crimes in their wake. However, I believe that this event and several other senseless massacres will ultimately spiral their downfall.

Here are the cartoons that caused the terrorists to inflict their rage. Their translations are explained via Slate.

Chalie Hebdo Cartoon on Art Is EverywhereWhat I’ve been most impressed with is the rallying cry, particularly among other cartoonists, illustrators and artists. Art became their weapon — as expressive response. They didn’t lay down their pens. Instead, they’ve fearlessly have come together to bring clarity to this madness and to prove that the power of the pen and freedom will endure. Just look at the number of tweets that these have been shared (prior to this posting). With social media and blogs, these messages will be a virus that will hopefully kill any support for these terrorists.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 1 on Art Is Everywhere

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 5 on Art Is Everywhere

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 3 on Art Is EverywhereCharlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 4 on Art Is EverywhereThe French most certainly can relate to this image of their beloved Liberté.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 6 on Art Is EverywhereJust as we can relate to this image of the Twin Towers recalling our 9-11 attack.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 5 on Art Is EverywhereCartoonists are a rare breed because they have to find the essence in their message to depict it with such simplicity and meaning. Knowing this and how hard it is to render a cartoon, especially when so fraught with emotion, this one below by Lucille Clerc is one of my favorites: taking something that is broken, sharpening it to a point — to bring it life again. This is art! The terrorists on the other hand, are not this clever or brilliant.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 7 on Art Is EverywhereSources:  Buzzfeed – 23 Heartbreaking Cartoons from Artists in Response, Daily Mail UK and ABC World News Tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting out with a Good and Cheap New Year

Everyone wants to start a new year fresh.

Usually getting in shape and losing weight and eating more healthfully is the goal.

Leanne Brown’s book Good & Cheap, offers some simple advice for staying on track food wise and on a budget — just  $4 a day!

We had the Cauliflower Mac and Cheese the other evening and it was tasty.Leanne Brown Good and Cheap cookbook_AIE She started her book on Kickstarter. She’s accomplished her goal and has done it artfully. The photos are enticing and the food looks delicious and simple to make. Have fun viewing the pdf.

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You can also download from her website.

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Happy New Year with New Beginnings

As previously mentioned, my son was married this past August.

I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures and what better timing than to celebrate a new year with brand new beginnings.

The wedding was beautiful and so many of details can be attributed to the time and attention taken by my daughter-in-law’s family. The many helpers and sources also contributed with their artistic talents, ranging from events, to food to photography.

All these beautiful photo credits go to Carrie Holbo, who is an exceptional photographer, with quite the artistic eye for composing and getting the right shot at the right moment — a hard thing to do at a wedding with many moving parts.

Before the festivities began, out of town guests received welcome boxes. We helped with the locally popped popcorn, maps and chocolates and assembly.

Guest welcome boxes, designed by bride's family

Guest welcome boxes, designed by bride’s family

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We used Fleurir chocolates in the Guest Welcome Boxes. They were recently featured in Energy of the City magazine by Washington Gas. They are probably the best chocolates, I’ve every had. They really are “hand grown,” miniature masterpieces.

Fleurir chocolates via Energy of the City UntitledThe Rehearsal Dinner was at the Lincoln restaurant in DC. We rode a bus there and on took a night tour of the city on the return trip, getting out at the WWII Memorial.

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Mason jar chandelier

Mason jar chandelier

Rehearsal dinner celebrants

Rehearsal dinner celebrants

Libby and Piers, bride and groom

Libby and Piers, bride and groom

World War II Memoria - Night Tour on Art Is Everywhere

World War II Memorial – Night Tour

The ceremony was beautiful. The stand-out decorations were the handmade, giant ruche / tissue-paper flowers by the bride’s family. These provided the height for a glorious backdrop that rustled in the breeze.

Ceremony venue atop the Lorien Hotel

Ceremony venue atop the Lorien Hotel

The Reverend Locher and Peter Sr officiated the service.

The Reverend Elizabeth Locher and Peter Sr officiated the service.

Jackson cited the readings

Jackson read the readings

The Reverend Cannon Spencer performed the blessing

The Reverend Cannon Spencer performed the blessing

The married couple

The married couple

The many details made all the difference:

Individual Butoniers

Individual Butoniers

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

Floral bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

And bouquets with bridesmaids

And bouquets with bridesmaids

Handmade dog bisquits

Handmade dog biscuits

Couples were asked to bring their own wedding photos to display

Couples were asked to bring their own wedding photos to display

Thank you gifts of Virginia peanuts and beer.

Thank you gifts of Virginia peanuts and beer.

The reception had many personal touches. The food was delicious and everyone was able to relax and enjoy. We brought the pictorial display from the Rehearsal Dinner with everyone’s photos of their most memorable moments of Piers or Libby individually or as a couple.

Welcome board with memory photos on Art is Everywhere

Welcome board with memory photos

A bounty of beautiful cakes from which to choose.

A bounty of beautiful, individual wedding cakes from which to choose.

mother + son dance

mother + son dance

The bride gets down

The bride gets to enjoy her party

Piers & Libby enjoy a toast

Piers & Libby enjoy a toast

The standard family and bride and groom pictures were take but somehow these seemed less rigid and more relaxed. They help to memorialize this important event, which brings everyone involved to a new stage in their life.

Bride's family

Bride’s family

Groom's family

Groom’s family

Brotherly love

Brotherly love

Libby & Piers

Libby & Piers

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Setting out on their life together

Setting out on their life together

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