Archive for the ‘Celebrations & Events’ Category

Another Flag Mural for Freedom

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Scott LoBaido, the flag mural artist, is up to it again — in a good way.

This time, his art covers a building that had been marred with graffiti.

Great timing for Memorial Day. Here’s to all our vets and those who enlist to protect our country!

graffiti-wall now with flag mural on Art is Everywhere

Wall with graffiti and after with flag mural

Scott LoBaido with flag mural on Art is Everywhere

Scott LoBaido in front of his flag mural

Scott LoBaido flag mural on Art is Everywhere

I like the way this one realistically unfurls and maintains the shimmer of satin.

Go to SiLive to read more.

Click here for previous posts regarding Scott LoBaido, flag murals and Memorial Day.

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The Human Rosebud

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

What a perfect topic for April showers bringing May flowers on this 1st of May.

I never knew the details about St. Mark’s Day. It’s a tradition in Venice for celebrants to form a human rosebud in St. Mark’s Square.

Over a thousand people participated to celebrate the Festa del Bocolo, translated as the Feast of the Rosebud.

There’s a romantic history behind this celebration.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

The tradition calls for Venetian men to give a red rose to their beloved on this April 25th  holiday to honor St. Mark, Venice’s patron saint, on the day he died.

Here’s an interesting site, Venezia Rivelata where I found colored photos of the above + a time lapse video.

In typical Italian style, it takes a little longer to create the flower and in fact, the video never shows the completion.

This made me smile, because that carefree lifestyle just made me long to be back in Venice.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

Other events like the famous Regata di Traghetti boat race takes place during this Venetian holiday.

Regata di Traghetti on Art Is Everywhere

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mural

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was painted in this mural at the onset of the tragedy.

Onlookers pay their respect.

Malaysia1 on Art Is Everywhere

Mural painted by Filipino artists from the Guhit Visual Arts Group in the Philipines

The mural after the announcement that the plane most likely crashed and all aboard were lost at sea.

Notice the people are gone but the children are still enjoying the mural and have incorporated it into their play time.

Malaysia2 on Art Is Everywhere

The mural serves an important purpose to commemorate those lives lost

and the hope springs eternal to be able to move past this terrible tragedy.

PS: Sorry, this was supposed to run last week but for reasons I still cannot explain, it missed it’s scheduled time.

There must be a glitch in WordPress….

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Update on Loving Vincent

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Loving Vincent film project that I previously blogged about has now been successfully funded and the donors are receiving updates. I thought you might want to know about some of these and will periodically give updates on the progress for this animated film using reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting.

Prepairing for painters' training on Art Is Everywhere

The founder of the project, Hugh Welchman, has been keeping all the patrons posted through their Kickstarter campaign with videos. In this particular one, he informs us that March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but is also a very important day in 1901 in which Vincent Van Gogh became the famous painter he is known as today.

It took 11 years, many years after he and his brother, Theo’s death. for an exhibition of Vincent’s paintings to be assembled in Paris. When it opened, Vincent became an overnight sensation.

Hugh also lets us know that the training for 30 – 50 painters for this project is now underway.

Hugh Welchman_Loving Vincent project 2 on Art Is Everywhere

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Diaphanous Gesture Gradient to Celebrate Spring

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Happy first official day of spring!

I imagine so many people are looking forward to this unusually cold winter to be over.

Personally, I wish we had gotten more snow where I’m located just to shut everything down and cover everything in a pristine white blanket. I unexpectedly got my wish this past weekend.

However, when I saw this Kickstarter campaign for Janet Echleman, an artist who creates such diaphanous sculptures as soft-gesture gradients that float in the air like giant beautiful jellyfish and counterpoint to hard-edged city surroundings, I couldn’t resist posting for the first day of spring.

Wouldn’t you like to look over head and see this?

It just opens up your world.

Click the image/ video link to learn more about this project: how her sculptures first started from adaptation, what they celebrate and where you can see it soon, as it has been funded.

Now I have another reason to go to Vancouver.

 

Her project was funded and I’ll share updates as a contributor.

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Living Tree People

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Mardi Gras has past and I had other posts that kept this one from being posted at that time but had I been in New Orleans, I wouldn’t have been able to think of a better costume than these!

I saw these wonderful photographs by Clark Vandergrift featured  in my local the Washington Post Magazine. He takes the scenic photos and combines them in Photoshop with models painted as trees that become “Living Tree People.” The models are painted by Jen Seidel, a professional body painter. The first model is Vandergrift’s son.

Tree People by Clark Vandergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

To view more inspirational photographs, go to Clark Vandergrift’s website.

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Loving Vincent

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Do you love Vincent Van Gogh? If you do, you’ll love Loving Vincent.

The Loving Vincent Van Gogh project on Kickstarter is worth your attention — if you love Van Gogh’s paintings.

It is the first feature-length animated documentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life — fully visualized and told by his paintings by Break Thru Films.

The project is by Hugh Welchman, the Oscar Award winner for his animated movie, Peter and the Wolf. The crowdsourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,620) to

“…allow us to train 40 painters who will then be able to work on the film, bringing the paintings and life of Vincent Van Gogh to swirling life on the big screen!”

At this writing, the project has been funded with £42,940 (about $71,800) by 600 backers, and I’m one!

With 8 more days to go, they are now reaching for £65,000 (about $108,673).

Get on board if you Love Art and Vincent Van Gogh!

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A Little Birthday Art

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Look what Google gave me for my birthday last week?

At first I thought, “How cool! What famous person’s birthday is Google celebrating?”

Maybe I’m new to discovering this new technology, or on the flip side, how “Big Brother” seeming Google can be,

but it helped make my birthday all the more memorable.

Happy Birthday from Google on Art Is EverywhereThank you Google and for helping to celebrate my birthday with personalized artwork and for confirming that Art Is Everywhere!

Sometimes it’s where you least expect.

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A City Sans Its Beloved Murals?

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Well, it’s very sad news that the city of Detroit is bankrupt. It’s symbolic for our downtrodden economy. And yet, a city must do what it has to do to get back on its feet. Detroit is holding a huge auction and thankfully not on the auction block is its famous Diego Rivera Murals depicting Detroit’s Industry as seen here in the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Diego Rivera Murals at Institute of Arts in Detroit_via Huffington Post on Art Is EverywhereThe murals were originally commissioned by Edsel B. Ford, head of the Ford Motor Company in 1932 for $20,800 and then donated to the city of Detroit. They cover 4,032 square feet walls of the city’s museum and are have become a part of Detroit’s culture with visitor coming from miles to see them.

Christie’s Auction House has appraised the Detroit Museums Art Collection while not including the Diego Murals from $452 million and $866 million. Although many of the works of art will not be necessarily sold, they can be leveraged against the city’s $18 billion debt.

The museum is opposing the sale and had this to say:
“Detroit needs the art now more than ever to comfort its citizens…The museum collection is a cultural resource, not a municipal asset.
What will happen remains to be seen…but it’s very sad to see a city’s art collection used as collateral.
Read more here on the Huffington Post.
Here’s a follow up story that came to my attention just this week how private benefactors may be coming to the city’s aid in pledging money to save the collection>
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Veterans & Flags

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In a belated tribute to US Veterans, here are some murals that pay tribute — to thank them for their service and to welcome them back home.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Flag Mural

via Jazz Hostels.com

Artist Scott LaBaido paints flags as a tribute to the military. He often paints murals in conjunction with actor Gary Sinise’s concerts, which also honor and offer support to the US military personnel through his foundation.

Scott LaBaido flag mural on Art Is Everywhere

via Fayetteville Observer

This is a great iconic image  with a colorful update.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Veterans Mural

via Jazz Hostels.com

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