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Reflections: Dream Big……

January 31 / 18

 

Enjoy the rest of your Hump Wednesday, be blessed.

 

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Wednz Scene: Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

January 31 / 18

Good morning all…last day for this month. Can you believe it? Anyhow, I have something of interest courtesy of Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. They are having their 33rd Art Competition this year. Here are the details from a press release that was sent to me…

 

33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 6, 2018
Artists from across the globe are invited to enter the 33rd Annual Chelsea International Fine Art
Competition. With a fierce dedication to promoting the arts and discovering and exposing new talent, the
CIFAC continues its tradition of honoring selected artists and awarding prizes aimed at giving artists
invaluable exposure to promote career growth and boost recognition.

“The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is one of the most established prominent
international competition today. Juried by a panel of experts in the contemporary art
world, the competition provides artists working in all media an opportunity to be seen and
to possibly be showcased in the most relevant art market in the world. Come join our
family of artists and share your work with art experts who recognize real talent when they
see it!”
-Angela Di Bello, Executive Director, Agora Gallery

This year’s competition awards are valued at over $70,000 and are designed specifically to support our
larger mission: to promote the spread of extraordinary and innovative art in our modern world and to
ensure the future productivity and enhance the careers of selected artists. Aside from cash prizes, other
awards include participation in the collective exhibition, magazine profiles, valuable PR opportunities and
an honorable mention and a complimentary entry to the 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
(Feb. 2019). A portion of the gallery’s proceeds from artwork sales will be donated to the Children’s Heart
Foundation.

“Before entering the gallery, I experienced an OMG! moment, when I saw that one of my works was
selected for the outdoor display poster. Once inside, my feelings were a little vague at first. Even standing
there, in the space, I was still trying to absorb the fact that my artwork was being exhibited in a New York
gallery. Then I felt honored, humbled, and delighted, all at the same time. I was very impressed with the
thoughtfulness in which the work was displayed. The whole show looked great!.”
-Rosanne Wolfe, United States, 2017 Selected Artist

The 2018 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition will be accepting entries February 6th –
March 12th, 2018. Results are announced on April 23rd, 2018, with the competition exhibition
scheduled for August 14–25, 2018.

Interested? Ready to seize the opportunity and take your career to the next level? Visit
http://www.agora-gallery.com/competition/ for competition details and instructions on how to enter. You can also contact us at competition@agora-gallery.com.

Creative Close-Up: DC Extended Universe is Not Dead

January 29 / 18

Question…Is the DC Extended Universe Dead? For some or most people yes, but for those like me, no. Not even. We eagerly waited for Justice League to hit theaters. We were giving the latest superhero film high hopes, but alas, that wasn’t’ the case.

I for one like the film. Don’t get me wrong, it had its share of great and funny moments. There were some scenes that we saw in the trailers didn’t make it to the film. Let’s not forget about Henry Cavill‘s CGI disastrous upper lip. My only complaint is how rushed the film was. Zack Snyder had to leave due to a personal tragedy, so Joss Wheadon finished where Snyder left off. Wheadon wrote the screenplay (along with Chris Terrio) for the film. With both director’s visions put together, what we got was a mess.

 

 

Justice League grossed $655 million worldwide, while domestically the total was $227 million. These figures are low. I would’ve expected more from both markets, but again, that’s not the case. According to Wikipedia, the film’s tone met a polarized reception. While some appreciated the lighter tone than previous DC films, others found it inconsistent. I felt the performances of all the cast were great. Then again, as I said before in my review of the film, Ben Affleck, although gave his best, I have a feeling he may not want to play the Dark Knight anytime soon.

According to another report I read by Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge, Warner Bros., and DC will minimize the interconnected DC Extended Universe for future films. Meaning that they will probably focus on stand-alone films. Wonder Woman was proof of that, but DC can do even more.

AS THE SAYING GOES…HASTE MAKES WASTE

Problem is that DC is playing catchup with Marvel. Marvel has been successful with how they handled their films. They took the time and energy to really build a roster of films that required a great deal of writing and character development. Meanwhile, DC rushed to get themselves noticed. Yes, it’s good to see what your competition is doing, but what worked for them, may not work for you. DC needs to stop worrying about Marvel is doing and focus on what they need to do. When I say focus, I mean they need to figure out what will work for them. How to create a franchise that will work for all is the task they need to focus on.

 

After the box office failure of Justice League, what’s next for DC?

 

DC’S NEXT STRATEGY

Wonder Woman is the only film that did well. Insanely well. What made the film successful? For one thing Patty Jenkins in the director’s chair, screenwriter Allen Heinberg, with Synder, Heinberg, and Jason Fuchs with writing the story, plus the strong and vulnerable performance from Gal Gadot, the film became a box office hit in all the right places. It gave a fresh direction to a heroine icon. I was really happy when Diana was introduced in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gadot has said, 

“for a long time, people didn’t know how to approach the story. When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart.” Need I say more?

I think its’ safe to say that DC’s chances of getting this right are to focus on stand-alone films. Of course, they still have a few things to iron out. For example, The Flash. Loved Ezra Miller‘s take on Barry Allen. We now know that the film will be titled as Flashpoint. The script is ready, but there have been some hiccups, trying to find the right director for the project seemed almost impossible.  Seth Grahame-Smith was the first pick, then came Rick Famuiwa, but due to creative differences with the studio, both left the project. Just recently John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct. Let’s hope this turns out well. I can only hope the studio can step back and let these two guys, along with the screenwriters and story writer’s visions come to the screen. I can also hope that the film will come soon. If not 2019, maybe 2020. Maybe it’s time for Synder to remove himself from directing and focus more on storytelling and producing. That will be the best thing for the franchise.

Warner Bros. is slowly and surely setting their roster of more films to come. I really do think that standalone films can pull DC out of its funk make the franchise successful. The extended universe is not dead. They just need to fully put their time, focus, and effort on what they are doing.

Release dates for upcoming DC films:

Aquaman: December 21, 2018

Shazam: April 5, 2019

Wonder Woman: November 1, 2019

Cyborg: April 3, 2020

Image source: Flickering Myth, Nerdist, & Inverse

 

What’s Up….

What’s Up….

January 26 / 18

Afternoon everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads up on what’s coming during the last week of this month. Is it that time already? Yes, it is.

Creative Close-Up: The DC Extended Universe is Not Dead

Reflections: Dream Big, Start Doing It

Editor’s Note February 2018

Enjoy your weekend, be blessed!

 

 

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Wednz Scene: Writer’s Digest 87th Annual Writing Competition

Wednz Scene: Writer’s Digest 87th Annual Writing Competition

January 24 / 18

Last post for today. Just discovered this competition this morning. Writer’s Digest is having their annual writing competition. Plain and simple information to pass along to those who are interested in entering. Read on…


Credit source: Writer’s Digest

 

WRITER’S DIGEST 

87TH ANNUAL 

WRITING COMPETITION

BELIEVE IN YOUR WORK & BEGIN YOUR NEXT CHAPTER

Don’t miss the competition that could transform your writing life!

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

  • $5,000

  • His or her name on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber edition)

  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

ENTER IN 1 (OR MORE!)of 9 CATAGORIES:

  • Memoir/ Personal Essay

  • Genre Short Story

  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story

  • Magazine Feature Article

  • Rhyming Poetry

  • Non-Rhyming Poetry

  • Script

  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

  • Inspirational/Spiritual

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: MAY 4, 2018

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2018

READY TO WRITER YOUR SUCCESS? IT ALL STARTS WHEN YOU ENTER TODAY!

www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

If your interested, you know exactly what to do. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

 

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Wednz Scene: Artexpo New York 2018

Wednz Scene: Artexpo New York 2018

January 24 / 18

Hello everyone! The Artexpo New York 2018 is coming and there is a lot of information that I need to give to you. Firstly, this exhibition is celebrating 40 years. This giant exhibition has showcased artists from Andy Warhol, Keith Harring, and many more. Not only to display great artwork, Artexpo has changed the way people buy and sell art.


Credit source: Artexpo New York / Redwood Media Group

 

ARTEXPO NEW YORK 2018 / APRIL 19-22, 2018

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 32,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, we’re the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers, and art and framing retailers. 

For forty years and counting, Artexpo has been changing the way people buy and sell art. Our annual, juried expo brings the biggest publishers, galleries, and collectors face to face with hundreds of established and emerging artists. In short, we’re the world’s largest fine art marketplace. 

This year, we’ll host over 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries, and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof at Pier 94.

For those of you who want to exhibit your artwork, they are taking applications. Click artexponewyork.com/exhibitor-application. If you’re interested in attending, here are some key notes to remember.

 

TRADE DAY

TRADE DAY HOURS

(Trade Attendees Only)
Thursday, April 19 | 12 – 7 PM
Friday, April 20 | 10 AM – 4 PM

TRADE DAY – FIRST PREVIEW PARTY

(Trade Attendees Only)
Thursday, April 19 | 5 – 7 PM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

OPENING NIGHT HOURS

(Trade & Public Welcome)
Friday, April 20 | 4 PM – 8 PM

MAIN SHOW HOURS

SHOW SCHEDULE

(Trade & Public Welcome)
Saturday, April 21 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, April 22 | 11 AM – 6 PM

 

SHOW TICKETS

GENERAL INQUIRIES

  • Children ages 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult

  • Discounted admission is available for seniors 60 years of age and over

  • Discounted admission is available with presentation of a valid student ID (for students in middle school through college)

  • Pets are not allowed on-site except service animals

  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use. Check in with security from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. upon arriving

  • Photography of the artwork is only allowed with the exhibitor’s permission

General inquiries for ticket refunds can be sent to tickets@redwoodmg.com.

 

TRADE REGISTRATION

TRADE, PRESS & MEDIA

Artexpo New York offers complimentary admission for trade and media professionals, including designers, architects, or gallery owners. Speed your registration process by registering online by April 12, 2018.

If you’re an industry buyer, such as a designer, architect, or gallery owner, register for your complimentary Trade Pass online.

ON-SITE PARKING

Open rooftop parking at Pier 92 is $35 for 10 hours or $40 for 24 hours. Please access Pier 92 parking via the automobile ramp at the intersection of 55th Street and the West Side Highway. All vehicles should follow signs for the NYC Passenger Ship Terminal parking. Please note that height restriction is 8’6”.

*Parking spaces are dependent upon cruise activity.

 

For tickets and all sorts of information, go to artexponewyork.com.

 

 

Image source: Artblend & Artexpo New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

90th Academy Award Nominations 2018 the Full List

January 24 / 18

It’s that time again…the 90th Academy Awards is on the rise. Some of you may have already read or heard about the Academy Award nominations. Here is the full list.


Credit source: Oscar.go.com

 

 

BEST PICTURE

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

 

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya,

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

 

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Boss Baby

Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places

Icarus

Last Men In Aleppo

Strong Island

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Edith+Eddie

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Heroin(e)

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman, Chile

The Insult, Lebanon

Loveless, Russia

On Body and Soul, Hungary

The Square, Sweden

 

 

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist

Logan

Molly’s Game

Mudbound

 

 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

ORIGINAL SONG

“Mighty River,” Mudbound

“Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name

“Remember Me,” Coco

“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall

“This is Me,” The Greatest Showman

 

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

The Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

The Shape of Water

 

 

COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria & Abdul

 

 

SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

 

SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Dear Basketball

Garden Party

Negative Space

Lou

Revolting Rhymes

 

 

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

The Silent Child

All of Us

My Nephew Emmett

 

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

 

 

FILM EDITING

Baby Driver

Dunkirk

I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

That’s it! Catch the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host. Set the date!

 

 

Image source: LA Times & Heroic Hollywood

Updates, Updates….

January 20 / 18

Updates…AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Program) Conference & Bookfair and Arts Business Institute Summit…


Credit source: AWP

 

AWP Conference & Bookfair. I’ve posted information about this event and I’m just going to give the key dates. As far as I know, nothing has changed, so is what they have so far…

2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Tampa Convention Center 
& Marriott Tampa Waterside
March 7–10, 2018

Key Dates

Materials to View/Download

Social Networking

Conference Queries

Registration
registration@awpwriter.org
301-226-9716

Conference Events
events@awpwriter.org
301-226-9711

Want to know more? Click here to register. You may or may not have time to register, but it’s always safe to check right?

 

 

 

 

 

From the Arts Business Institue…..

Go to artsbusinessinstitute.org/boston-massachusetts/ to get the information you need. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed.

 

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