Month: August 2016

Essay Short: The Art of Fashion

August 13 / 16 Something new is added to Shadowbox. Essay Short. This is where Shadowbox conducts a short essay on a subject. Today that subject is fashion.   Is fashion art? That’s not only a typical question, but it’s a good question. I wasn’t sure of this at first. I always thought of fashion as the models on catwalks wearing the latest clothes, at a ridiculous price. I never thought about how the lines create a silhouette or an illusion to make a simple fabric to create a one of a kind piece. I didn’t think of this till several years ago. That is when you look at the illustrations from the designers. Just like artists, designers get their inspirations from all places. They come up with patterns, colors, and then once they have the illustration in place, they add the fabric and textures. Well they do have people to help them with that.     The art work of fashion is just as precise and detailed as a painting or sculpture. They take the …

Scene Weekend: Late Summer Music Festivals / August 2016

August 13 / 16 Hey…..ahhh the weekend is here. It’s time for Scene Weekend. At this point, summer will be going out soon, so I found several music festivals that will get you into the late summer mood. (cred: music festival wizard) Philadelphia Folk Festival 2016 / Upper Salford Township, PA / August 18-21, 2016 Camp Barefoot 2016 / Elkins, WV /August 18-20, 2016 Hoxeyville 2016 / Wellston, MI /August 19-21, 2016 Folks Festival 2016 / Lyons, CO /August 19-21, 2016 MAHA Music Festival 2016 /Omaha, NE /August 20, 2016 Breakaway 2016 / Columbus, OH /August 26-27, 2016 Imagine Festival 2016 / Atlanta, GA /August 26-28, 2016 FYF Fest 2016 / Los Angeles, CA /August 27-28, 2016 Psycho Las Vegas 2016 / Las Vegas, NV /August 26-28, 2016 Ohana Festival 2016 / Dana Point, CA /August 27-28, 2016 Project Pabst 2016 / Portland, OR /August 26-28, 2016 Afropunk 2016 / Brooklyn, NY /August 27-28, 2016 Burning Man 2016 / Black Rock Desert, NV /August 28- September 5, 2016   If you live in or near the area, you might want to check these music festivals out. For more information, click on the green.                 featured …

Scene Wednesday: Hollihock Writer’s Conference & Writeaway In Italy

August 10 / 16 Good Afternoon! This week is going a bit fast and we’re in the middle of it. It’s Hump Day Wednesday and there are two things to pass along. First, Hollihock Writer’s Conference…… (cred: hollihock.org) HOLLIHOCK WRITERS CONFERENCE Write | Inspire | Educate | Network NEW BEDFORD, MA   AUGUST 26 – 28, 2016   Join the creative community of New England including published authors, educators, and industry professionals as we explore all aspects of the writing life. Over this three-day conference, take part in discussions about the literary world of creative writing, poetry, and non-fiction; attend panels to learn tips on finding an agent and writing query letters; get your hands dirty in workshops and master classes; and hear professional writers share their work. Hollihock welcomes writers in any phase of their literary life, from beginners intimidated by the blank page, to published professionals looking for a network of fellow creative thinkers to share ideas. Join us August 26-28, 2016 and immerse yourself in the creative world for a wonderful weekend of …

Film Review: Suicide Squad

August 8 / 16 What happens when you throw a team of the most dangerous people together? And you want them to save the world? Well that’s what’s Suicide Squad is all about. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) an intelligence operative, wants to assemble a team of the worst criminals for a high risk mission. You have Deadshot (Will Smith) a hitman, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) a psychopath and girlfriend of the Joker (Jared Leto), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) just a petty thief, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuaye-Agbaje) a cannibalistic monster, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) an ex-gangster with pyrokinetic powers, and Slipknot (Adam Beach) a mercenary. Last, but not least Waller recruits an archaeologist, Dr. June Moone (Cara Delevingne) who is possessed by Enchantress, a witch-goddess sorceress. Their mission: to infiltrate the city to stop a terrorist attack, but there is more to it than that…….   Suicide Squad is just like a regular comic book film should be. Filled with action, always action. Some of the villains we know, some we don’t. Margot Robbie hit the nail on the …

Shadow Spotlight: Arts Business Institute

August 8 / 16 Hello and good morning! The second week of August is here, have a few posts to put this week. First, Arts Business Institute or ABI is this month’s Creative Close-Up. (cred: arts business institute) The Arts Business Institute was founded as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2002 to serve a crucial, common need in the art- and craft-making communities – practical business education for creative entrepreneurs. The Arts Business Institute partners with art nonprofits, business development centers and art education organizations across the nation to provide specialized technical assistance and business education for studio artists, craft professionals and creative entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses to a national audience of collectors and galleries. Curriculum:  The Arts Business Institute offers a structured curriculum developed by industry experts over the past 15 years. Courses include product development, production schedules, booth design, display and lighting, gallery negotiations, event marketing, wholesaling, retailing, gallery start-up, credit, collection and sales terms, licensing, intellectual property, pricing, contracts and many other topics. Our Unique Strategy:  Many artists struggle with the day-to-day …

Scene Wednesday: Call for Artists Continues…..

Aug 3 / 16 Afternoon folks! Haven’t forgotten any of you guys, but it’s been rather slow at the office. I managed to find a few things to pass along to you. For the artists out there here is something you need to know about….. (cred: artshow.com)   PLEIN AIR COMPETITION, QUICK DRAW, FINE ART BOOTHS — The Burnet Art Festival invites artists to participate in the Plein Air Competition, Quick draw, and fine art booths September 16-17, 2016 in Burnet, Texas. $2100+ in prizes. Juror: Maren Phillips. Artists 18 years and older. $40 entry fee. Deadline: August 17, 2016. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Contact Susie Pell at info@artburnet.com or call 830-613-1055.   GAMES: FROM MARBLES TO MINECRAFT — The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center seeks works that are inspired by games and gaming culture for a juried art exhibition, October 28, 2016 – January 16, 2017 in Dowell (Solomons), MD. Jurors awards. The jury seeks works that explore the role that the visual arts have played in the invention, development, design, production, packaging, and marketing of …