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Wednz Scene: Opportunity Knocks…Free 30 Day Artist Jumpstart Challenge

June 28 / 17

Hey there again. Just wanted to let you know about an interesting opportunity to share with you, courtesy of ArtSquare and Artchat.


cred: artsquare & artchat.typeform.com

ArtSquare is Offering 30 Day Art Business course for free.  Geared towards teaching different strategies artists have used to sell more art.

Free 30 Day Artist Jumpstart Challenge

No fluff lessons and practical, sequential steps to grow your audience and start selling more art. PLUS, get access to our artist community to work through each day’s challenge with hundreds of other artists.

We used to sell this challenge for $45, but we want this education in the hands of as many artists as possible, so we’re offering it for FREE!

What you’ll learn:

– how to define and FIND your audience
– how to engage your audience and make it easy for them to buy
– how to set attainable goals
– how to best price your artwork
– how to know what content to create and share
– how to build and leverage an email list of fans
– how to get the most from an artist website
– how to build beneficial partnerships with other artists
– how to reach out to venues and stores to display and sell your work
– how to set up analytics to know how fans interact with your website
– AND MORE…
To sign up, go to artchat.typeform.com/to/IErXpt?source=artsquare-facebook-pageSame info, but at the bottom of the page click the button that says Download the guide. 
                                      Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!
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Wednz Scene: Fiction & Poetry Contest

June 28 / 17

Good Morning Wednesday! Literature people this is for you….


cred: awp (association of writers & writing programs)

The New Guard Contests in Fiction and Poetry

Hanover, New Hampshire, United States

 

DETAILS

Center

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 31, 2017
TUITION / COST: $20 entry fee
SCHOLARSHIP: None Available


CONTACT: Shanna McNair
EMAIL: editors@writershotel.com
WEBSITE: www.newguardreview.com

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in The New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Mark Doty will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Chris Abani will judge the Machigonne Fiction Contest. Using the online submission system, submit three poems of up to 150 lines each or no more than 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee by August 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Faculty

Featured Writers Include:

Knightville Poetry Contest judge: Mark Doty

Machigonne Fiction Contest judge: Chris Abani

Publisher: Shanna McNair

 

Genres

Poetry, Fiction

Location

The New Guard, Poetry and Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 5101
Hanover
New Hampshire, United States
03755

 


The Writer’s Hotel

TO APPLY TO THE WRITER’S HOTEL 2017, visit http://www.writershotel.com/apply.

Please note that since TWH is a part of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Writers and Writing Conferences community, TWH applicants are eligible for AWP’s Scholarship Competition for conference attendees, where three $500 conference stipend grants are awarded each year to emerging writers of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry.

TWH will also award three stipends of $500 on site in NYC, to be announced on the last day of classes. TWH stipend recipients are chosen at our sole discretion. Stipend recipients will be announced on our website.

We also are able to point applicants toward credit opportunities via our billing arm, and we can let you know about affordable hotels nearby.

Click on the links above to get the information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections: Summer Short Story

June 27 / 17

Hello, all. It’s that time again and since summer has arrived, might as well keep up with the summer theme. Found a sci-fi short story titled All Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury. It was published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I hope you like it….


cred: http://www.btboces.org

All Summer in a Day
By Ray Bradbury

“Ready ?”
“Ready.”
“Now ?”
“Soon.”
“Do the scientists really know? Will it
happen today, will it ?”
“Look, look; see for yourself !”
The children pressed to each other like so
many roses, so many weeds, intermixed,
peering out for a look at the hidden sun.
It rained.
It had been raining for seven years;
thousands upon thousands of days
compounded and filled from one end to the
other with rain, with the drum and gush of
water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers
and the concussion of storms so heavy they
were tidal waves come over the islands. A
thousand forests had been crushed under
the rain and grown up a thousand times to
be crushed again. And this was the way life
was forever on the planet Venus, and this
was the schoolroom of the children of the
rocket men and women who had come to a
raining world to set up civilization and live
out their lives.
“It’s stopping, it’s stopping !”
“Yes, yes !”
Margot stood apart from them, from these
children who could ever remember a time
when there wasn’t rain and rain and rain.
They were all nine years old, and if there
had been a day, seven years ago, when the
sun came out for an hour and showed its
face to the stunned world, they could not
recall. Sometimes, at night, she heard them
stir, in remembrance, and she knew they
were dreaming and remembering gold or a
yellow crayon or a coin large enough to buy
the world with. She knew they thought they
remembered a warmness, like a blushing in
the face, in the body, in the arms and legs
and trembling hands. But then they always
awoke to the tatting drum, the endless
shaking down of clear bead necklaces upon
the roof, the walk, the gardens, the forests,
and their dreams were gone.
All day yesterday they had read in class
about the sun. About how like a lemon it
was, and how hot. And they had written
small stories or essays or poems about it: I
think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just
one hour. That was Margot’s poem, read
in a quiet voice in the still classroom while
the rain was falling outside.
“Aw, you didn’t write that!” protested one
of the boys.
“I did,” said Margot. “I did.”
“William!” said the teacher.
But that was yesterday. Now the rain was
slackening and the children were crushed in
the great thick windows.
Where’s teacher ?”
“She’ll be back.”
“She’d better hurry, we’ll miss it !”
They turned on themselves, like a
feverish wheel, all tumbling spokes. Margot
stood alone. She was a very frail girl who
looked as if she had been lost in the rain for
years and the rain had washed out the blue
from her eyes and the red from her mouth
and the yellow from her hair. She was an old
photograph dusted from an album, whitened
away, and if she spoke at all her voice would
be a ghost. Now she stood, separate,
staring at the rain and the loud wet world
beyond the huge glass.
“What’re you looking at ?” said William.
Margot said nothing.
“Speak when you’re spoken to.”
He gave her a shove. But she did not
move; rather she let herself be moved only
by him and nothing else. They edged away
from her, they would not look at her. She felt
them go away. And this was because she
would play no games with them in the
echoing tunnels of the underground city. If
they tagged her and ran, she stood blinking
after them and did not follow. When the
class sang songs about happiness and life
and games her lips barely moved. Only
when they sang about the sun and the
summer did her lips move as she watched
the drenched windows. And then, of course,
the biggest crime of all was that she had
come here only five years ago from Earth,
and she remembered the sun and the way
the sun was and the sky was when she was
four in Ohio. And they, they had been on
Venus all their lives, and they had been only
two years old when last the sun came out
and had long since forgotten the color and
heat of it and the way it really was.
But Margot remembered.
“It’s like a penny,” she said once, eyes
closed.
“No it’s not!” the children cried.
“It’s like a fire,” she said, “in the stove.”
“You’re lying, you don’t remember !” cried
the children.
But she remembered and stood quietly
apart from all of them and watched the
patterning windows. And once, a month ago,
she had refused to shower in the school
shower rooms had clutched her hands to
her ears and over her head, screaming the
water mustn’t touch her head. So after that,
dimly, dimly, she sensed it, she was different
and they knew her difference and kept
away. There was talk that her father and
mother were taking her back to Earth next
year; it seemed vital to her that they do so,
though it would mean the loss of thousands
of dollars to her family. And so, the children
hated her for all these reasons of big and
little consequence. They hated her pale
snow face, her waiting silence, her thinness,
and her possible future.
“Get away !” The boy gave her another
push. “What’re you waiting for?”
Then, for the first time, she turned and
looked at him. And what she was waiting for
was in her eyes.
“Well, don’t wait around here !” cried the
boy savagely. “You won’t see nothing!”
Her lips moved.
“Nothing !” he cried. “It was all a joke,
wasn’t it?” He turned to the other children.
“Nothing’s happening today. Is it ?”
They all blinked at him and then,
understanding laughed and shook their
heads.
“Nothing, nothing !”
“Oh, but,” Margot whispered, her eyes
helpless. “But this is the day, the scientists
predict, they say, they know, the sun…”
“All a joke !” said the boy, and seized her
roughly. “Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a
closet before the teacher comes !”
“No,” said Margot, falling back.
They surged about her, caught her up and
bore her, protesting, and then pleading, and
then crying, back into a tunnel, a room, a
closet, where they slammed and locked the
door. They stood looking at the door and
saw it tremble from her beating and throwing
herself against it. They heard her muffled
cries. Then, smiling, he turned and went out
and back down the tunnel, just as the
teacher arrived.
“Ready, children ?” She glanced at her
watch.
“Yes !” said everyone.
“Are we all here ?”
“Yes !”
The rain slacked still more.
They crowded to the huge door.
The rain stopped.
It was as if, in the midst of a film
concerning an avalanche, a tornado, a
hurricane, a volcanic eruption, something
had, first, gone wrong with the sound
apparatus, thus muffling and finally cutting
off all noise, all of the blasts and
repercussions and thunders, and then,
second, ripped the film from the projector
and inserted in its place a beautiful tropical
slide which did not move or tremor. The
world ground to a standstill. The silence was
so immense and unbelievable that you felt
your ears had been stuffed or you had lost
your hearing altogether. The children put
their hands to their ears. They stood apart.
The door slid back and the smell of the
silent, waiting world came into them.
The sun came out.
It was the color of flaming bronze and it
was very large. And the sky around it was a
blazing blue tile color. And the jungle burned
with sunlight as the children, released from
their spell, rushed out, yelling into the
springtime.
“Now, don’t go too far,” called the teacher
after them. “You’ve only two hours, you
know. You wouldn’t want to get caught out !”
But they were running and turning their
faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on
their cheeks like a warm iron; they were
taking off their jackets and letting the sun
burn their arms.
“Oh, it’s better than the sun lamps, isn’t it
?”
“Much, much better !”
They stopped running and stood in the
great jungle that covered Venus, that grew
and never stopped growing, tumultuously,
even as you watched it. It was a nest of
octopi, clustering up great arms of flesh like
weed, wavering, flowering in this brief
spring. It was the color of rubber and ash,
this jungle, from the many years without sun.
It was the color of stones and white cheeses
and ink, and it was the color of the moon.
The children lay out, laughing, on the
jungle mattress, and heard it sigh and
squeak under them resilient and alive. They
ran among the trees, they slipped and fell,
they pushed each other, they played hide-and-seek
and tag, but most of all they
squinted at the sun until the tears ran down
their faces; they put their hands up to that
yellowness and that amazing blueness and
they breathed of the fresh, fresh air and
listened and listened to the silence which
suspended them in a blessed sea of no
sound and no motion. They looked at
everything and savored everything. Then,
wildly, like animals escaped from their
caves, they ran and ran in shouting circles.
They ran for an hour and did not stop
running.
And then –
In the midst of their running one of the
girls wailed.
Everyone stopped.
The girl, standing in the open, held out
her hand.
“Oh, look, look,” she said, trembling.
They came slowly to look at her opened
palm.
In the center of it, cupped and huge, was
a single raindrop. She began to cry, looking
at it. They glanced quietly at the sun.
“Oh. Oh.”
A few cold drops fell on their noses and
their cheeks and their mouths. The sun
faded behind a stir of mist. A wind blew cold
around them. They turned and started to
walk back toward the underground house,
their hands at their sides, their smiles
vanishing away.
A boom of thunder startled them and like
leaves before a new hurricane, they tumbled
upon each other and ran. Lightning struck
ten miles away, five miles away, a mile, a
half mile. The sky darkened into midnight in
a flash.
They stood in the doorway of the
underground for a moment until it was
raining hard. Then they closed the door and
heard the gigantic sound of the rain falling in
tons and avalanches, everywhere and
forever.
“Will it be seven more years ?”
“Yes. Seven.”
Then one of them gave a little cry.
“Margot !”
“What ?”
“She’s still in the closet where we locked
her.”
“Margot.”
They stood as if someone had driven
them, like so many stakes, into the floor.
They looked at each other and then looked
away. They glanced out at the world that
was raining now and raining and raining
steadily. They could not meet each other’s
glances. Their faces were solemn and pale.
They looked at their hands and feet, their
faces down.
“Margot.”
One of the girls said, “Well… ?”
No one moved.
“Go on,” whispered the girl.
They walked slowly down the hall in the
sound of cold rain. They turned through the
doorway to the room in the sound of the
storm and thunder, lightning on their faces,
blue and terrible. They walked over to the
closet door slowly and stood by it.
Behind the closet door was only silence.
They unlocked the door, even more
slowly, and let Margot out.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: Mrs. Russell's Classroom

Creative Close-Up: There Is Good Music….You Just Have to Look For It

June 26 / 17

I’m sure most of you are guilty of asking this question, is there any good music out there? Any great music groups, singers, rappers, etc.? Is there any good music at all? I’m guilty of this myself.

Each decade, music has evolved. At times music was good and sometimes it can be bad. We’ve nodded our heads to singers and groups we agreed with and covered our ears in disdain to those we don’t agree with.  I’ve always been one of those people who gave each genre of music a chance. So, what I’m trying to say is that there is good music out there. All you have to do is look for it.

Looking to the Past

I used to have my old records from my youth, but I don’t have them anymore. I do wish I could’ve saved them though because vinyl has slowly made its way back. I grew up during the 80s and do I miss those days. That’s when music was really interesting. I can list many of the songs I grew up with. Let’s Dance by David Bowie, Rock the Casbah by the Clash, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, New Edition….yeah I can name them and thank God for Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and other music streaming sites. Just to pull up music from the past makes it worthwhile. You start to discover music your parents grew up with. At first, you think it’s no good, but that changes when you start to listen, really listen. I’ve rediscovered Nina Simone and Doris Day. Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like We Do from Frampton Comes Alive album is one of my faves that I sometimes play over and over. Discovering songs from the past brings not only the music but the artist and songwriter who put it on the map. It brings back a fresh sound all over again.

New Blood

There are really great new artists out there that have made waves with great music. It’s like shifting through grains of sand. Your hearing all this noise of new music. There are some artists who have me hooked, like Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Disclosure, Rebecca Ferguson, the list goes on. You know that these and other artists will be here for a long time and are not going anywhere.

Yeah, even those that have pushed their talent into TV just to get discovered. If it wasn’t for American Idol, we wouldn’t know anything about Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, or Carrie Underwood. Let’s not forget The Voice. There are many opportunities for singers and musicians who want their talents known.

 

Lastly, Feuds Are Stupid…Focus On the Music

One other thing…I’ve been wanting to say this: don’t let these feuds, beefs, or rivalries or whatever get you distracted. Remy Ma vs Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry vs Taylor Swift, and so on and so on. These feuds are just plain stupid. Period. So high school. There is room for everybody. Everybody. These feuds start to look interesting, but as always, it falls flat. The music doesn’t seem interesting anymore and neither the artists. It’s a waste of time. These artists need to focus on the music and stop worrying what the other is doing. That’s my simple opinion.

So yes, there is good music out there. From the latest ad for a movie trailer, fashion show, the radio, even tv shows (thanks Halt and Catch Fire). The influence is everywhere. Like I said, you just have to find it or let it find you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: WallpaperSafari

 

Summer Reads 2017

June 24 / 17

Summer has already arrived and it’s time to pull out the latest books to drool and devour over while we are on our vacation.


 

 

Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan

 

 

 

Out Little Racket – Angelica Baker

 

 

 

 

Quiet Until the Thaw – Alexandra Fuller

 

 

 

Goodbye Vitamin – Rachel Khong

 

 

The Ready Made Thief – Augustus Rose

 

 

New People – Danzy Senna

 

 

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

 

 

Into the Water: A Novel – Paula Hawkins

 

 

13 Reason Why – Jay Asher

 

 

Fates and Furies: A Novel – Lauren Groff

 

 

The Animators – Kayla Rae Whitaker

 

 

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty 

 

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel – Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

 

The Leftovers: A Novel – Tom Perrotta

 

 

Hope you enjoy these and other summer books out there. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: WallpaperSafari, Goodreads, Amazon, & Penguin Random House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Online Fashion Degree Programs at Academy of Art University

June 21 / 17

Found this piece of information from the Academy of Art University. Online Fashion Degree Programs. For those who want to enter the fashion industry, this one of the universities that have online degrees in this category. Here is a snippet of this information.


cred: academy of art university

Online Fashion Degree Programs

Construct the styles of tomorrow. Learn from the finest creative minds working in fashion today. Students pursuing a Fashion Design degree have access to the tools and cutting-edge facilities needed for creating collections that garner accolades at New York Fashion Week and the Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco. Join us and bring your vision to life on the runway.

 

Fashion Design Online

Academy of Art University has one of the top fashion schools in the nation, with the most famous show in the industry. As the only fashion design college to show at New York Fashion Week, Academy of Art University provides students with opportunities to shine for the top talents of the fashion world. Our program provides students with a global vision that combines the design excellence of traditional European fashion with the energy and technology of the modern fashion industry. Top industry professionals teach a curriculum includes coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear, providing opportunities for graduates worldwide. Our students also develop the computer skills necessary to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating.

Studio courses hone the student’s mastery of fashion industry standards in design and construction, culminating in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio. A student’s portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy’s annual Fashion Show. Merchandising majors acquire the skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry in buying, product development, retail management, or marketing.

 

Online Degrees

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The program stresses design excellence and computer skills, preparing our graduates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. This rigorous program culminates in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio. A student’s portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy’s annual Fashion Show.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion requires completion of 132 semester units. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree can enroll in our streamlined Second Degree program, which requires completion of 66 units with no liberal arts classes or other art electives.

I did say snippet right? This is just a peek at the web page. To see the rest and to apply, go to www.academyart.edu/academics/fashion/online-degrees.

I will post Summer Reads Friday. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: WallpaperSafari

Wednz Scene: Call to Artists

June 21 / 17

Calling all artists, illustrators, and so forth….time to put your skills to good use. You want you work to be noticed? Well you have plenty of opportunities to do just that.


cred: http://www.artshow.com

49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition

Watercolor West announces a call to artists for a juried exhibition, October 14-December 17, 2017 at the City of Brea Art Gallery in Brea, CA. Approximately $20,000 in cash and merchandise awards. Juror: John Salminen. Only transparent watercolor will be accepted. 1-2 entries: $50 Members and $60 Non-members. Deadline: June 29, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 714-840-5010.

 

 

Unbound, Vol. VII – 7th Annual Book Arts Exhibit

ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, July 28 – August 26. 1st place- $300, 2nd place- $200, 3rd place- $100. Juror: Bill Hanscom. This is an exhibit of Book Arts with an emphasis on variety- from Coptic stitch to Conceptual work, Unbound allows for freedom to interpret what a book can be. Open to all 2D, 3D, installation, assemblage, film and video artists who are working in New England or New York. $30 entry fee. Deadline: June 29, 2017. More info (PDF). Contact: email or call 802-457-3500.

 

 

2017 Art Kudos International Juried Competition

All artists worldwide are invited to enter the 13th annual Art Kudos Competition, a year-long online exhibition. $4,500 in cash awards: Best of Show – $1,200; Second Place – $1,000; Third Place – $750; Founder’s Award of Distinction – $500; (3) Merit Awards – $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions – $100 each. The 2017 awards judge is Mike Calway-Fagen, an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Georgia. Open to all artists 18 or older. Eligible Media: Drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, wood, glass, ceramics, fiber art and mixed media. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art (clothing or jewelry). $35 for 3 entries. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info. (Image by: Ai-Ling Tseng, “Korben”)

 

 

6th Annual Square Foot Show

The Bismarck Art & Galleries Association (BAGA) seeks entries for the 6th Annual Square Foot Show, August 1-25, 2017 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The show is open to all artists 18 years old or older. All artwork must be completed on the 12″x12″ canvas provided by BAGA (Canvases are mailed when entry fee is received). Artwork must be signed with name printed clearly on the back. Canvases cannot be altered in size or shape and must be painted on a square grid, not angled. Artwork must be wired for hanging, no saw tooth hangers. All edges of the canvas must be painted. Artwork will be for sale at $130 each (taxes not included.) BAGA takes 30% commission. Artists may enter up to 2 pieces in any media that can be applied to a 12″x12″ canvas. $25 for one canvas /$30 for two canvases. Fee covers the cost of the canvas & shipping. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info (PDF). Enter online. Contact: email or call 701-223-5986.

 

 

The Colors of the Night

The Smithtown Township Arts Council announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, August 19 – September 30, 2017, at Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY. Awards: $1,000 Best of Show, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place. Juror: Tim Newton. This exhibition/competition will encompass all varieties of nocturnal art. Twilight/Dusk, Dawn, Urban, Interiors, Landscapes, Figures etc. are all possibilities. No subject is off limits. Juror expectations will be, among other things – originality/creativity, good design, and skillful execution within your medium. Open to USA artists age 18 or older. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. $45/3 works. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 631-862-6575.

 

 

Show Your World: Third International Juried Exhibition

RE:ARTISTE seeks entries for an international juried art exhibition. Jurors: Lawrence Wheatman, Hadieh Afshani, Rebecca Pearson, Marc Fields, Shirley Siegal, Jay Moorthy. All entries are accepted. Twenty Finalists will display original work at the “Show Your World” exhibition, New York City. The digital installation is part of our art show: artworks of all participants are projected at the gallery during the entire show. Artists of all career levels are welcome. Entries must be in JPEG format, no larger than 1400 x 1800 pixels, and under 2MB. Please remember to include your show statement – it will help the jurors and curators understand your work better. The following disciplines are accepted: Painting, Illustration, Photography, Mixed Media and 3-D Art including Ceramics and Textile, Digital Art, Installation. $35 submission fee. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info. Contact: email

 

 

Manifest Press: The International Painting Annual 8

This is a book project of Manifest Press, an extension of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, calling for submissions of original works, created within 2014-2017. Any media applicable to the practice of traditional painting including but not limited to printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, etc., are all possibly valid. There will be three cash prizes of $1200, $500, and $300 for first, second, and third place winners. Each award winner will have a brief artist’s statement included in the publication and each participating artist receives a complimentary copy of the finished book. $36 for up to 3 entries, $10 for each additional entry. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 513-861-3638.

 

Click on the links above for more information. You can apply to one, two, maybe all of these opportunities. The sky is the limit…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: artshow.com & pinterest

Weeknd Scene: Call for Photographers

June 17 / 17 

Hey again! Calling all photographers! Here are some opportunities that you cannot pass up…..


cred: artshow.com

Water | International Photography Call for Entry

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, January 12 – February 17, 2018. Juror’s Award: $400, Director’s Award: $200, Honorable Mention Awards: 1-year membership and submission to a Call for Entry. Juror: Jennifer Murray. All artist renditions on the water theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the exhibition. Our calls for entry are open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to participate. Members: $29 for the three images, Non-Members: $36 for the first three images. Deadline: June 28, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 970/224-1010.

 

 

Academy Center of the Arts Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition

The Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, September 1-30, 2017. Cash Awards over $2500, with Best in Show at $1000. Juror: Carolyn Russo. Open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Entries must be original photographs or photographically derived work. The competition will be juried from images on CD or flash drive, emailed digital images, as well as 35mm slides in standard mounts. One image per work is permitted. $35 for 3 images. Deadline: June 30, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 434-528-3256, ext. 127.

 

 

Photographic call for submission “the photographic performance 2017”

Photographers are invited to submit work for “The Photographic Performance 2017” at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. We are looking for compelling solo or cooperative exhibitions to fill our interior salon space. It can be photographic images, photography combined with mixed media or photographic installations. The entry fee is $50 for 10 to 20 images and also requires a written proposal or artist statement explaining the exhibition. Two exhibition proposals will be selected to be exhibited in the Salon from either August 25 to October 8, 2017, or from October 13 to November 19, 2017. Jurors will be Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, gallery directors. Deadline: July 10, 2017. More info. Contact: email or call 512-422-4080.

To know more about each of these exhibitions, submissions or entries, click on the links above. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: artshow.com & planwallpaper.com

More Music Festivals June 2017

June 17 / 17

Hello…the weekend is here. Have the rest of the list of music festivals for June 2017.


cred: music festival wizard

What The Festival 2017Dufur, OR /June 16-19, 2017

Rock The Garden 2017/Minneapolis, MN / July 22, 2017

ROMP Fest 2017Owensboro, KY / June 21-24, 2017

Paradiso Festival 2017George, WA / June 23-24, 2017

Moondance Jammin Country 2017Walker, MN / June 23-24, 2017

Country Fest 2017Cadott, WI / June 22-25, 2017

 

Solid Sound Festival 2017North Adams, MA / June 23-25, 2017

Mamby on the Beach 2017Chicago, IL / June 24-25, 2017

Bonanza Campout 2017Heber, Utah / June 23-25, 2017

Madsummer Meltdown 2017Schuylkill Haven, PA /June 23-25, 2017

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017Pasadena, CA / June 24-25, 2017

Kate Wolf Music Festival 2017Laytonville, CA / June 22-25, 2017

Country LakeShake 2017Chicago, IL / June 23-25, 2017

Frendly Gathering 2017Warren, VT / June 29-July 1, 2017

Electric Forest 2017Rothbury, MI / June 22-July 2, 2017

Essence Music Festival 2017New Orleans, LA / June 30-July 2, 2017

moe.down 2017Turin, NY / June 30–July 2, 2017

Highberry 2017Ozark, AR / June 29-July 2, 2017

Summerfest 2017Milwaukee, WI / June 28-July 9, 2017

Warped Tour 2017 / US Tour / June 16-August 6, 2017

 

Click on the orange links to get all the information you need and most importantly, have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: music festival wizard & pinterest

@ The Event: Sacramento, CA

June 16 / 17

Hello and Happy Friday! Our next stop is Sacramento. Little is known about the capital city of California, but let’s see what you can do there.


cred: http://www.visitsacramento.com

 

 

 

 

Crocker Art Museum

216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814 / (916) 808-7000

www.crockerart.org

 

 

Elliot Fouts Gallery

1831 P St, Sacramento, CA 95811 /  (916) 736-1429

efgallery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crest Theatre

1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 /  (916) 476-3356

www.crestsacramento.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Street Theatre

2711 B St, Sacramento, CA 95816 / (916) 443-5300

bstreettheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramento Music Festival

Took place last month in May, but you can see their website: sacmusicfest.com.

 

 

Sacramento French Film Festival: 

Winter Short Film Screening – February 25th, 2017
Film Festival – June 16th – 25th 2017. www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out www.visitsacramento.com to see more events to see and do. Enjoy your Friday, be blessed, and come back tomorrow for some Weekend Scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: Expedia, Wikipedia, Sacramento Sidetracks, sacmusicfest.com, Sacramento French Film Festival, efgallery.com, and WallpaperSafari

@ The Event: Los Angeles

April 21 / 17

Hello and Happy Friday! From San Francisco to Los Angeles, we’re taking a tour of LaLa Land. This time Shadowboxerinc is doing something different.


 

 

 

 

 

 

LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

APRIL 22
10:00 AM
USC: LOS ANGELES  / 3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles CA 90089

TOSCA

APRIL 22
12:30 PM
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION: LOS ANGELES / 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles CA 90012

PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC

APRIL 27
12:00 PM
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER: LOS ANGELES / 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90049

THE 33RD LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

APRIL 27
7:00 PM
ARATANI JAPAN AMERICA THEATER: LOS ANGELES, CA / 244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA CA 90012

DEADMAU5

APRIL 27
9:00 PM
SHRINE EXPO HALL: LOS ANGELES / 665 W Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

I hope this will help in wondering what to do in LA. If not, you can click on these websites:

www.expedia.com

www.tripadvisor.com

www.discoverlosangeles.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: SHXimaI

Spring Reads 2017

March 21 / 17

Spring is officially here. That means it’s time for Spring Read 2017. Found twelve that just may interest you….


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Child – Fiona Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amberlough: A Novel – Lara Elena Donnelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince – Mayte Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – David Yaffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life – Jonathon Gould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus – Laura Kipris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny – Michael Wallis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South & West: From a Notebook – Joan Didion

 

 

There are more books out there. You can go to GoodReads, Amazon, and other sites to find your Spring time read. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: Wallup.net, amazon.com, amazon.com.uk, & goodreads.com

 

@ The Event: Vancouver

Feb. 17 / 17

Friday, Friday, Friday….We can all agree that we’re all glad it’s Friday right? Well, Vancouver is the final stop of our tour of Canada for @ The Event. This city has lots of things to do. Here is just a peek of what they have in store…


cred: tourism vancouver

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Dates: June 1 – September 23, 2017

Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core.

 

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Dates: May 2017

A 10-day annual festival presenting Canadian and international documentaries.

 

International Jazz Festival

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

  • 295 W 7th Avenue
  • 2nd Floor
  • Vancouver, BC V5Y 1L9
  • Phone: 604.872.5200
  • www.costaljazz.ca

No dates posted yet…..

 

Theatre Under The Stars

Each summer through July and August, Theatre Under the Stars presents soaring musical theatre productions at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl.

  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
  • Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Phone: 604.734.1917
  • www.tuts.ca

No dates yet, but tickets are sold out.

 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Dates: July 14, 15, 16, 2017 / Jericho Beach Park

 

Vancouver International Film Festival

  • 1181 Seymour St
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7
  • Phone: 604.683.FILM (3456)
  • www.viff.org

Check the website above for dates

 

Other Events

February 1, 2017 – March 5, 2017

 

November 11, 2016 – June 26, 2017

 

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until April 9, 2017

 

February 3, 2017 – February 25, 2017

 

If you’re planning to visit this beautiful city, go to wwwtourismvancouver.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: DrWallpaper

Winter Reads 2017

cred: harper’s bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article: 14 Best Books You Need to Read in January by Lauren Christensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: harper's bazaar & Wallpaper Abyss 

 

 

 

@ The Event: Montreal, Canada

November 18 / 16

Hello and Good Morning! The week is coming to a close and today’s @ The Event, we’re heading over to Montreal. Lots of great things to do up there. Wanna see? Ok, let’s see what they have to offer……


cred: eventful.com

Concerts

Niykee Heaton

Nov 19 – 9:00 PM / L’Astral

FIND TICKETS

*In Flames, Hellyeah & From Ashes To New

Nov 22 – 7:00 PM / Metropolis

FIND TICKETS

Straight No Chaser

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Theatre Maisonneuve – PdA

FIND TICKETS

Festivals

*Festival Les Coups de Théâtre

Nov 1 – Nov 30 / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

VIEW DETAILS

29th ANNUAL TIBETAN CULTURAL FAIR & B…

Nov 26 – 10:00 AM / Santa Cruz Church Hall

Cirque du Soleil – Ovo

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Bell Centre

FIND TICKETS

Film

Animated Movie: La guerre des tuques …

Nov 20 – 2:00 PM / La Maison Culturelle de Montréal-Nord

Movie: Histoires À Faire Rêver, Histo…

Nov 27 – 3:00 PM / Maison De La Culture Notre Dame De Grace

Le laboratoire de l’humour

Dec 1 – 8:30 PM / Hôtel Les Trois Tilleuls

FIND TICKETS

Literary

Yoga & Books (Mile End)

Nov 24 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End

*Fun with Books (Mile End)

Dec 1 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End

VIEW DETAILS

The Magic of Books (Maisonneuve)

Dec 3 – 11:00 AM / Maisonneuve Library

Museums

Visites guidées express « spécial 5 a…

Nov 29 – 12:15 PM / Maison du développement durable

Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Oct 2 – Nov 27 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum

VIEW DETAILS

Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Dec 4 – Mar 12 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum

* Featured Events

This is what’s going on in Montreal. For more information, please go to montreal.eventful.com/events. Go to eventful.com to see what other events are going on across the globe. Read through the site to see what you’re looking for and you’ll be on your way. Come back Sunday for two more posts.

featured image: full hd pictures

@ The Event: San Antonio

September 23 / 16

Hey everyone! Friday is hear….yea! We’re stopping in San Antonio, Texas for some great events. Here’s what happening in the heart of Texas…..


cred: visit san antonio

 

MUSIC

Fright Fest Presented By Snickers

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 IH W 10, San Antonio, Texas 78257

Visit Website

Hear The Globe  / $15

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 – Saturday, Dec 17, 2016

8pm-10:30pm

Carmens de la Calle

320 North Flores, San Antonio, Texas 78205

210-281-4349 ♦   Visit Website

 

Party On The Plaza  / Free

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Tower of the Americas 4D Theater

739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205

210-223-3101    Visit Website

Party On The Tower Plaza: Free Concert Series  / Free

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 – Friday, Oct 28, 2016

7 pm – 11 pm

Tower of the Americas

739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205

Visit Website

Second Sunday Jazz At The Witte / Free With Museum Admission

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 – Sunday, Nov 13, 2016

3 – 5 PM

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway St., San Antonio, Texas 78209

210-357-1900    Visit Website

VISUAL ARTS

Alamo City Comic Con

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

900 E Market St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Visit Website

Art In The Garden – Alyson Shotz

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 – Monday, Jun 19, 2017

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Visit Website

Exhibition Opening: Carlos Merida

Friday, Jul 8, 2016 – Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 West Jones Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78215

210-978-8100    Visit Website

Girl’s Eye View  / $10 Adult, $8 Seniors And Children (6-17)

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 – Monday, Oct 31, 2016

Monday to Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm.; Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205

210-458-2300    Visit Website

FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 – Friday, Sep 30, 2016

Galleries and Exhibition Venues throughout San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

333 West Olmos Drive #103, San Antonio, Texas 78212

Visit Website

 

Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography  / $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students, Free For Members, <19 Yo, Current Military

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 – Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

the McNay Art Museum

6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209

(210) 824-5368    Visit Website

 

CLASSES & LECTURES

 

Voices Of The West: Adrienne Keene

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 – Thursday, Sep 29, 2016

6:30-7:30pm

Briscoe Western Art Museum

210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

210-299-4499    Visit Website

 

For more events happening in San Antonio, go to visitsanantonio.com/events. If you live in the area, or just visiting, see what the city has in store. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: wallpapersdesk.info

@ The Event: London

August 19 / 16

Good Morning and Happy Friday! No more @ The Museum….it is now @ The Event. Today we’re visiting across the pond in London, England. Lots of things are always happening in London…..


(cred: visitlondon.com & music festival wizard)

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY, ETC..

William Kentridge: Thick Time ♦ September 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017 / Whitechapel Art Gallery / 80-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX / +44 (0) 20 7522 7888 / www.whitechapelgallery.org

Discover the South African artist’s fascinating works with William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitechapel Gallery, his first major solo exhibition in the UK.

Known for his drawings, theatre productions and films, Kentridge also specialises in complex installations. The exhibition features six large-scale works created between 2003 and 2016, which gives an insight into the artist’s vision throughout his career

Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts ♦ September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017 / Burlington House London W1J 0BD / +44 (0) 20 7300 8000 / www.royal.academy.org.uk

Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Micheal Clark Company: New York 2016 ♦ October 6-15, 2016 / The Barbican Theatre / Silk St. London EC2Y 8DS / www.barbican.org.uk/theatre

Catch the return of Michael Clark Company at the Barbican Theatre with New Work 2016.

After opening Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last year, Michael Clark Company returns to the Barbican stage where they last performed two years ago, with a new dance production.

Wonderlab: The Satoil Gallery ♦ October 12 – January 1, 2020 / Science Museum, London / Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD / +44 870 870 4868 / www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Spark your curiosity in the Science Museum’s new permanent gallery Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.

Museums @ Night ♦ October 27-29, 2016 / museumsatnight.org.uk

Soak up some culture after dark with Museums at Night, as museums and galleries across London throw open their doors after hours during the three-day biannual festival.

With late-night exhibitions and a range of talks, guided tours and special events, Museums at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photograph From the Sir Elton John Collection @ Tate Modern ♦ November 10 – May 7, 2018 / Tate Modern / Bankside London SE1 9TG / +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 / www.tate.org.uk

See great masterpieces of modernist photography with The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection at Tate Modern.

Showcasing a selection of rare vintage prints from the 1920s to the 1950s, all collected by Sir Elton John through his lifetime, the exhibition features more than 150 photographs from 60 artists.

Design Museum Opening ♦ November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2020 / Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street Kensington London W8 6AG / +44 (020) 7940 8783 / designmuseum.org

Delve into the fascinating world of contemporary design as the Design Museum reopens in an impressive new building in Kensington.

 

FASHION

London Fashion Weekend AW16 @ Saatchi Gallery ♦ September 22-25, 2016 / Saatchi Gallery / Duke of York’s HQ Kings Road London SW3 4SQ / +44 (0) 20 7823 2363 / www.saatchigallery.com

Experience a day out as a fashion insider with the London Fashion Weekend at Saatchi Gallery.

 

MUSIC

         

Aug 28 2016 / South West Four (SW4) 2016 / London, UK

 

South West Four 2016 / London, UK /August 27-28, 2016

 

THEATRE 

Dreamgirls @ The Savoy Theatre ♦ November 19, 2016 – March 11, 2017 / The Strand London WC2R 0ET / +44 844 871 7687 / www.savoytheatre.org

Discover the revolutionary sound of 1960s America as the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, bursts onto the stage at the Savoy Theatre.

Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End début as Effie White

 

OTHER

The Lord Mayor’s Show ♦ November 12, 2016 / www.lordmayorsshow.london

Cheer on the new mayor and the spectacular procession, as they wind their way between Bank and Aldwych for The Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor.

Lots of choices, lots of activities, and a whole lotta fun too. So if you’re in London, make a stop to visit. If you want to know what’s happening in London for the next few months go to www.visitlondon.com for information.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: www.siwallpaperhd.com

Scene Wednesday: VONA Voices & Arts & Letters

February 17 / 16

Hey there again! If you have inching writing fingers this could be for you!


(cred: University of Miami and Georgia College)

VONA Voices Writing Workshop for Writers of Color

Where do writers of color go:

  • For community?
  • For support?
  • For growth?
  • For mentoring with renowned writers of color?

University of Miami’s VONA/Voices Summer Writing Workshop

Join Patricia Smith, M.Evelina Galang, Tananarive Due, Willie Perdomo, David Mura, Faith Adiele, Elmaz Abinader, Minal Hakratwala, Andrew X. Pham, and more in a week-long workshop on

June 19 – 25 & June 26 – July 2

Applications are available via our website January 1 (you still have a chance!)

For more information: www.as.miami.edu/VONA

University of Miami / College of Arts & Sciences

 


 

ANNOUNCING THE 18TH ANNUAL  ARTS & LETTERS PRIZES COMPETITION

Rumi Poetry Prize & Fiction Prize / Susan Atefat Creative Nonfiction Prize

Prizes judge include

  • Carol Frost (poetry)
  • Faith Adiele (creative nonfiction)
  • Kate Christensen (fiction)

Prize Winners receive $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters

Non-Winning entries are considered for regular publication

Submit online between February 1 and March 31

www.artsandletters.gcsu.edu

Visit us at AWP Booth 906!

 

 

 

If your interested, you know what to do…..enjoy the rest of your Wednesday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo cred: unknown, en.wikipedia.org, and www6.miami.edu

 

Shadowbox Off for the Christmas Holidays!

12.1.15

Hello again! Shadowbox will be gone for the Christmas Holidays and I wanted to make sure you guys will receive this reminder. 

These are the dates: December 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016

There will be an early Editor’s Desk posted on December 31.

Again, just to let you readers know what’s going on at Shadowbox! I always try to keep my readers up-to-date!

name canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image cred: mrwallpaper.com

Crimson Peak Fan Contest 2015 Is Closed!

August 16, 2015

In honor of Universal’s & Legendary’s upcoming film Crimson Peak, Shadowbox is holding its first fan art and writing contest! The film will premiere Friday, October 16, 2015. This contest is purely simple just follow these rules…..

Set in Cumbria, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the 19th century, young author Edith Cushing  falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe  but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home harbors ghostly, mysterious entities, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, desperately and fiercely try to hide.

The Rules

1. Watch Trailer

2. Choose by creating your art or your story! 

Fan Art: You can illustrate the characters from the film. You may use pencil, color pencil, pastel, and watercolor. Size: It can be either 8″ x 11″ or 12″ x 9″. NO DIGITAL ARTWORK! I’M ASKING FOR GOOD ‘OL OLDSCHOOL ARTWORK!

Fan Fiction:  Create your fan fiction, like short stories or poetry on the characters of the film. Word count for short stories: 1,500 or less. Poetry: Doesn’t have to be no type of line or stanza.

Eligibility: Competition is open to legal residents of the United States, 18 yrs of age and older.
Competition begins August 17, 2015 @ 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time and ends October 2, 2015 @12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. You can send the artwork and writing to my email address: illustrates2@outlook.com.
  • First Prize: 2 Gift Cards from Fandango (One for Artwork, one for Short Story or Poem) to see the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
  • Second Prize: a poster of the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
 It’s nothing too big, I just want to start small and go from there. Just simple.
Visit www.crimsonpeakmovie.com. Let the contest begin!
featured image and others courtesy of indierevolver.com and www.hitflix.com, synopsisplot: Paul Shirley, JoBlo.com. Characters are property of Legendary Pictures & Universal Studios

Summer Spotlight Artist 2015: Saulius

August 17 2015

Morning all! Saulius is this Summer’s Spotlight Artist and he is a talent to watch for. Here is the artist in his own words.


 

Hello, I’m Saulius. I’m a 25 yr-old artist from Lithuania. It all began in school, when I would get bored during class, I would start sketching. It was 5 years ago, when I drew my first sketch, which you see below.

 

My friends saw my drawings and encouraged and motivated me to give it a try. They suggested that I try tattoos, but I was never interested in that, so I started to draw portraits of people. I was surprised by how well I drew them. I made this first portrait, the first portrait I was paid for.

 

When I acquired more skills, I was interested in anamorphic and 3D illusions on paper. The first drawing I made were from my own eyes and then I would use my phone camera to correct these drawings, like this one here.

 

I was practising with photorealistic drawings, things from still life. Years later I decided to make my first color drawing, with color pencils and soft pastels. I made Super Mario in 3D on paper and I began to get a better understanding about anamorphic art. People began to really like the Mario portrait.

 

After a few weeks, I had the desire to make more anamorphic art and then I began to take that art to the streets. My routine started after work. Once I got off work, I would go home to get the materials I needed. I would take one of my drawings as a market, using only chalk and charcoal to make this drawing in the picture below.

 

It took two days to complete. A journalist from the city newspaper saw me working on the drawing and decided right away to take a photo and write a story about it. By the time I got to my job Monday, I was told about my art work near the school. They called it a “monster.” The directors of the school said that I need to clean this art from the ground, because it scared the children, but I didn’t listen. I got support from a lot of people.

 

 

A few weeks later I took to the streets again. I began to draw with colors to improve my skills and this time I chose Super Mario so that my work wouldn’t frighten the children. When summer was over, I drew my first piece of art in the shopping center and continued to improve my skills with 3D art on paper.

 

I always prefered to make art with something more mystic and scary, to attract more people. During the winter, I would work on 3D art at home. Take a look at this video to see how it’s all done:

By this point, I was drawing 3D portraits of cars, movie characters, you name it. In Summer of last year, I was getting invitations to organizations to draw with permanent colors of 3D street art and I had three jobs in the works. Again with permanent colors, I was making traditional methods as a street artist. My first job during the summer in Lithuania:

 

The same work after one week:

And here is the finished product:

Like I said before, because of my work, these organizations took notice and invited me. I just have to make everything in my style. With summer finished, I started to draw realistic art from still life. I would make time-lapse videos, improve my skills in pastoralism, and I have more ideas. I hope my 3D art will be better this summer. I have plans to make mystic 3D illusion art again to the streets, because it’s my passion.

In all, I like to try many techniques on wood, soft pastels, graphite, charcoal, simple pencils, color pencils, water-color, and markers. I’m in the middle of making my latest artwork.

Watch my videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/djdrageris/videos, follow my art. I’m still learning everyday.

I hope you liked this June edition of Spotlight Artist. I have a feeling will be hearing more about Saulius for years to come. To get to know more about him you can go to www.sauliusart.portfoliobox.me. It may show in Lithuanian, so please be sure you can translate.

Come back Wednesday for some Artscene Stuff. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

All works by Saulius Art, including featured image.