Year: 2016

Another Wednesday’s Scene: Art Competitions

December 7 / 16 Hello again. One last post involving art competitions. Here are several you can read and choose….. cred: http://www.artshow.com Unity & Peace International Art Contest Kompetes invites submissions from artists of all backgrounds, styles and mediums for its online International Art Competition. The competition is open to all artist worldwide over the age of 18. The theme is Unity and Peace and the artwork submitted must be the artists interpretation of the theme. Artists of all levels are encouraged to submit their best artwork for the chance to win cash prizes (First prize $1700, Second $800, Third $500), a feature in an international art publication and social media promotion of their artwork. Entry is free. Three winners will be selected by peer votes. Deadline: December 16, 2016. More info. Contact: email or call +44 7736 466 095.     Watercolor – Quarterly Online Group Art Competition Fusion Art announces a call to artists for a juried online art exhibition, January 15 – April 14, 2017. Worldwide publicity & promotion to winning artists. …

More Wednesday Scene: AWP Conference & Bookfair 2017 Updates…

December 7 / 16 Hey again….I’m sending info about the AWP Conference & Bookfair 2017 that’s taking place in Washington D.C. I found some information about registration. The preregistration is still open, so you still have a chance to attend. The information is all laid out here, so read on…… cred: awp 2017 Conference & Bookfair Registration Preregistration is now open! Click to register now at our discounted rates. Conference events begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The bookfair is open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. from Thursday, February 9 to Saturday, February 11, 2017. Registration includes admission to AWP’s bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions for the duration of the conference period. Meals, lodging, and travel are not included. Visit the Hotel & Travel section for information on lodging at AWP’s official conference hotels. The purchase of a bookfair table or booth includes two complimentary Exhibitor Access Badges, which will allow you full access to the conference and bookfair. Please access the Exhibit Space Management …

Shadow Spotlight: Jack Kirby

December 5 / 16 Hello and Good Morning! Again, since this month will be short, for the next few weeks, I will be cramming lots of things in. The late Jack Kirby is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. With Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and the Hulk, Kirby is pretty much a comic legend. Not only with Marvel, but also DC.  I found a documentary film about the man. It’s a five-part documentary, but this will give an insight into who this man was and how much of an influence he was and still is to the comic book world.           You can go to this site, Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center to know more about Kirby’s work. I hope you enjoyed this post. It was great to work on and I’m happy to see the results. Come back for more Wednesday. Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!                               featured images: comicbook.com

Editor’s Desk: December 2016

December 3/ 16 Volume 4 / #12 Hey! It’s been an interesting few days. If you’re wondering why this post is late, well my laptop is not working and I’m waiting to pick up my new one. Ok, this month will be short, but a lot of good stuff to pass along. The AWP Conference & Bookfair will be held in Washington D.C. February 8-11, 2017. I’ve already posted information about it and. I will getting updates so be patient. I will also provide information on Art Expo New York . April 21-24, 2017 are the dates. The late Jack Kirby is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. Other things happening…. New Music and Music Festivals in December, Winter reads, movie review….. FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) will be featured in the fashion part of the blog. The last edition of Creative Close-Up….Art Talks with Stephen Silver 31-35 will be up and running. Lastly, Shadowbox will be out of the office December 19, 2016 – January 2, 2017. Let December begin….                     …

Wednesday Scene: A Getaway & A Workshop

November 30 / 16 Good Morning! Last Wednesday for November. Not too much going on, but I did find this little gem to share with some writers….. cred: association of writers & writing program awp 24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Galloway, New Jersey, United States   January 13-16, 2017 – Atlantic City area Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 24th Annual Winter Getaway featuring Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. Early registration discounts and scholarships available – details at stockton.edu/wintergetaway This program is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.   Faculty Featured Writers Include: Stephen Dunn, Sharon Olds, James Richardson and more. Past workshop leaders include Kim Addonizio, Julianna Baggott, Christian Bauman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Mark Doty, Kathleen Graber, Tony Hoagland, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Laura McCullough, Carol Plum-Ucci, Mimi Schwartz, Patricia Smith, Terese Svoboda. Directed by Peter E. Murphy. See http://wintergetaway.com/faculty/ for this year’s faculty list and bios.   Genres Poetry, Fiction, …

Creative Close-Up: Art Talks w/Stephen Silver 26-30

November 29 / 16 Good Morning! Shadowbox is back in the office. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t eat too much. Time to get back to business. It’s time for some Art Talk with Stephen Silver 26 to 30.   Art Talk 26 Stephen Silver The Chaos of Being Creative     Art Talk 27 Stephen Silver Experiencing Frustration as an Artist   Art Talk 28 Stephen Silver The Professional Artists Hidden Secret   Art Talk 29 Stephen Silver Are your friends REAL?   Art Talk 30 Stephen Silver Difficult vs Impossible   There you have it. The last five will be posted in December, but it will be early. I clearly enjoy watching them and I hope you do to. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be blessed! http://www.silvertoons.com stephensilver.blogspot.com Stephen Silver YouTube                                   featured image: youtube.com

Have A Safe & Happy Thanksgiving…..Will Return Nov. 29

November 20/ 16 Just wanted to say to my readers to have a Blessed, Happy, and Safe Thanksgiving. Don’t eat too much, enjoy your family and loved ones!  Shadowbox is officially out of the office, but will return November 29.  P.S….you might see a few rearrangements going on the blog.                                                    featured image: wallpapers4u.org & happy diwali 2016

Film Review: I Saw the Light

November 20 / 16 “You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.” Hank Williams What word do I use to describe Hank Williams? A musical genius? A true songwriter? Lost soul? well, you could say all three. I Saw the Light is not just another biopic, but this biopic has failed in many ways than one. First I will say this, Tom Hiddleston was a great treat to see. An Englishmen playing a country crooner was a surprise. Williams’s grandson Hank III wasn’t too pleased, but who really cares. I wish he could give Hiddleston the credit for the hard work to portray such a legend in country music and what a legend. Not only did the film did touch about William’s as a great performer, but it also touched on his demons. His spinal condition called Spina bifida, caused him lifelong pain, and the fact that this was one of the cause for his abuse of drugs and alcohol didn’t make it any easier. Hiddleston’s work …