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

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……




Write | Inspire | Educate | Network



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 education and inspiration surrounded by a community of New Englanders with a passion for writing.

Lots of activities going on during the conference like Panel Discussions, Workshops, Readings, Networking, Critiques, and more.

For more information about the conference and how to register, go to


(cred: awp)

Writeaway in Italy

Tuscany, Italy


SEP 16 – SEP 23, 2016


$100 discount for AWP members.

CONTACT:Mimi Herman

How do you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be? It takes a villa.

During this weeklong writing retreat in Tuscany, you’ll find the stories you’ve been longing to tell and poems you’ve always wanted to write. Conferences with John and Mimi will help you shape your writing project and improve your technique, transforming your writing so it becomes as compelling on the page as it is in your imagination. In your free time, enjoy an Italian cooking class, a chat with friends new and old, or a wander through Florence or the Tuscan countryside.

Three meals a day provided, with wine and after dinner drinks each evening. From aperitivo to tiramisu, you’ll enjoy an extraordinary array of bruschetta, risotto, pastas, salads, and local vegetables, followed by homemade desserts, and accompanied by Italian wines. After dinner, enjoy relaxing conversation with your fellow writers over limoncello or Vin Santo. Finish the evening with a quiet walk or hours spent scribbling – the choice is yours.


Featured Writers Include:

Mimi Herman & John Yewell


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Children’s literature




Writeaways – Writing Getaways and Workshops

Sometimes writers just need to get away.

We created Writeaways to help you do that. We provide writing instruction designed to help writers at all levels, fabulous food and company in beautiful places, and a safe place for you to take a writing vacation with your muse, and maybe a good friend.

For any writer who has been in a writer’s workshop, where fellow writers critique your work with the idea that “we know how to fix it,” this is not that workshop. In Writeaways, you’ll get the support you’ve always needed as a writer – and be able to share that support with others.


You know what to do, just click on the sites above and go from there. Enjoy your Wednesday and be blessed!









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Scene Wednesday: Call for Artists Continues…..

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…..


  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 or call 830-613-1055.


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 games. All media welcome; small to large-scale installations; new media encouraged; indoor and outdoor works accepted. $25 entry fee. Deadline: August 18, 2016. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Contact Melissa Langley or Jessalyn Walters at or call 410-326-4640.


LACDA 2016 INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION — Enter the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art’s juried competition for digital art and photography. Curators: Nancy Meyer – LACMA, Walker Art Center; Rex Bruce – L.A. Center for Digital Art, Artists Television Access. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. $35/3 images. Winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery, Sep 8-Oct 1, 2016. Ten second place winners will also be exhibited. Deadline: August 22, 2016. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Please contact Rex Bruce at


A SHOW OF HEADS SlowArt Productions seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, October 20 – November 19, 2016 at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. Publication Awards. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. Deadline: August 31, 2016. $35 entry fee. Visit website for prospectus, or send a SASE to: SlowArt Productions, 123 Warren St, Hudson, NY, 12534. Questions? Contact Tim Slowinski at or call 518-828-2343.


There will be more added soon. If your interested, just go to the sites listed. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!








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Scene Wednesday: Literature Opportunities

Scene Wednesday: Literature Opportunities

July 27 / 16

Morning all! Just one post today….short and to the point. Have a few things going on in the literary department. Just some literary opportunities to share with you…..


Sponsored by RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU: Open to authors of a published full-length poetry collection. $1,000 award and book publication, with distribution by MSU Press. Original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English, minimum 64 pages. $25 reading fee.

Postmark deadline: October 1, 2016. Complete guidelines:



Sponsored by the University of Louisville. For a short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final Judge for 2016: Jonathan Lethem, award-winning acclaimed novelist. 1st prize, $1,500 plus publication in the Salt Hill Journal. 2nd Prize, $300. 1st place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville.

Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15, 2016. Details:



Currently there are no open submissions, but keep reading……you still have chance if you just click the site below.

Prize: $1,000, publication, and twenty-five copies

Description: We’re accepting book-length poetry manuscripts only. Original collection of fifty to one hundred pages of poetry, excluding cover page, contents, acknowledgments, etc. Submit singe sided, single spaced, and paginated manuscripts (we prefer no more than one poem per page) online:

Use the title of your collection for the file name, and include two title pages: one with your name, address, and phone number, and one with your title only. Include a cover letter.

  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Deadline: August 1, 2016 

    There are presently no open calls for submissions.

    Between August 1st and November 1st, we accept entries in our poetry book contest.

    You still can go to the site listed and see for open submissions.

That is it for today, but more will be coming soon this weekend. Enjoy your Hump Wednesday, be always blessed.









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Scene Wednesday: Autumn/Winter 2016 Fashion Shows

Scene Wednesday: Autumn/Winter 2016 Fashion Shows

July 13 / 16

Remember I said that fashion is being added to the site? Well, today is the day. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, fashion is also a part of creativity. The designers create modern, eye-catching, and sharp designs for the fashion conscience folks. The autumn/winter fashion shows have already passed through, but if you missed it, I got it here for you to catch up. Here are some of the highlights…..

(cred: Vogue)

I can only wish to clean out my closet to get the latest fashion trends… day it will happen. The autumn/winter collections for this year have already passed by and now I’m giving you an up close look at what some of the designers have put together.











ELIE SAAB (my favorite!)

Cute how he adds the little girls into the runway!










Great designs, great patterns, embellishments, and the flair for the dramatic. Creativity indeed. That’s what fashion is all about. More to come in fashion soon!









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Scene Wednesday: Workshops, Workshops, Workshops

Scene Wednesday: Workshops, Workshops, Workshops

July 6 / 16

Hey! Hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day July 4th weekend. It’s back to business at Shadowbox and it’s workshops…..all workshops.


Plein Air Pastel Painting in Southern France – August 23 – September 2, 2016
Click here to learn more about this painting workshop in Southern France!     Join Terri Ford for 10 fun and educational days of painting in the Lot & Dordogne regions of Southern France. Based at the idyllic Domaine du Haut Baran, the trip will include day trips to charming nearby villages, vineyards & many picturesque, historical locations. Terri will demonstrate techniques that she uses to create her award winning paintings. We will paint at Domain du Haut Baran (indoor studio and French easels available), and travel to neighboring villages and other locations on alternate days. Work closely with Terri or at your own pace and leisure. Enjoy delicious meals and wine along the way. Terri, an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor. View details.


“Art Makers Denver – An Urban Art Retreat”, Denver, CO – September 18-20, 2016
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Washington!    Whether you want to discover your inner artist, hone existing art skills, or stretch your artistic muscles in a new direction, Art Makers Denver is for you! Join us for three days of artistic discovery with our hand-picked panel of dynamic instructors from around the country, teaching over 30 workshops. Whether it is jewelry making, hand-lettering, intuitive painting, illustration, digital oil painting or surface pattern design (and more!), our dedicated instructors bring innovative techniques and tools to the table – all you need is the insatiable desire to create! Art Makers Denver is an urban art retreat located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. Visit our website at to learn more!


“Coastal Colored Pencil” – October 3-7, 2016 in Bernard (Acadia National Park), ME
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Maine!   Come and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Mount Desert Island on coastal Maine while learning the gorgeous art of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch guides the class through techniques for both “traditional” (wax-based or vegetable oil-based) colored pencils and water-soluble colored pencils. Kristy also provides numerous demonstrations, a supportive, informative atmosphere, and very generous take-home samples of products. She is an experienced workshop instructor,is the featured artist in 4 DVDs, and is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Cost: $625. Visit or contact Gail Ribas; 207-244-9742.


Equine Drawing/Painting Workshop at The Kentucky Horse Park, Sept. 5-9, 2016
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Maine!   Sponsored by The American Academy of Equine Art. Open to artists working in oil, acrylic or pastel with basic competence in their medium. Instructor Lynn Maderich is a multi award-winning oil painter who is an Associate Member of the Society of Animal Artists and a Juried Member of The American Academy of Equine Art. Visit Lynn’s web site at for a detailed description of her workshop. Whether your style is loose or tight, she will improve your realistic depictions of the horse using classic methods taught at The Atelier art school where she teaches ( Cost: $500. Register at

If your interested to participate in these workshops, go to the websites listed above. Enjoy your Wednesday and have a blessed one.









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Scene Wednesday: Competitions, Contests, & Exhibitions……

Scene Wednesday: Competitions, Contests, & Exhibitions……

June 29 / 16

Hello! The last Wednesday for June has arrived and I have a few things to get your artistic skills set…..

(cred: art show)

 “HEAVY METAL”  — The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, WV announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, August 31-October 1, 2016. Projected prizes $600. Juror: Michael Doig. “Heavy Metal” is a juried exhibit of railroad Art that is open nationally to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media. We seek to present an exhibit of artworks in a wide range of media and techniques that celebrates the diverse rail heritage in the United States. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works. Digital art or work that originates as photographs must be described as such. $25/2 works; $10 ea for additional works up to total of 4. Deadline: July 18, 2016. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Contact Rip Smith or call 304-620-7277.


SUMMER BREEZE JURIED ONLINE ART COMPETITION  — Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery seeks entries for an upcoming exhibition, August 1-31, 2016. Awards for Best of Show, 1st-2nd Place all media, Special Recognition, Special Merit. Open to all Professional, Non-Professional, Emerging Artists. $15 for 3 images, $25 for 5 images. Deadline: July 18, 2016. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Merchant at or call 520-572-0677.


NEWS 15TH BIENNIAL NORTH AMERICAN OPEN SHOW  — The New England Watercolor Society seeks entries for a juried exhibition, September 25 – October 29 2016 at the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA. Over $7,000 in awards. Juror: Mary Whyte. Open to any artist residing in North America, age 18 or older. Complete guideline and regulations are available in the online prospectus. Entry fee: $20 to $40 depending on membership status and number of paintings. Deadline: July 19, 2016.


2016 PORTRAITS ART EXHIBITION  — Artist Portfolio Magazine is seeking entries for its 2016 Portraits Art Exhibition. Open to all artists worldwide regardless of your standing in the art world. We receive entries from artists who are just starting out (we’ve even featured some on our past covers) to artists who make a living in the art world. All visual art mediums are acceptable. Awards: 1st $500 plus cover, 2nd $250 plus 4 page spread, 3rd $100 plus 4 page spread, 20 Honorable Mentions featured in Artist Portfolio Magazine. $25 entry fee. Deadline: July 20, 2016. Visit website for prospectus.


There will be more coming soon. In the meantime, if your interested please go to the websites listed and remember the deadlines. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!









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Scene Wednesday: Calgary International Film Festival 2016

Scene Wednesday: Calgary International Film Festival 2016

June 22 / 16

Good Morning everyone! Just one post so far…..I’ve been digging to post in the film department and I found one: Calgary International Film Festival. Here’s what I got so far…..

(cred: Calgary International Film Festival or CIFF)


September 21 – October 2, 2016

The Calgary International Film Festival is a 12-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.


General Admission – $15

Student and Senior – $13  (With valid ID, seniors 65+)

Ticket packages and passes – Starting at $115

Doc Soup Subscriptions $68

*All prices include GST and service charges. Group ticket sales available – contact With a ticket, seating is guaranteed up to 15 minutes before the start of a film. There will be no entry 15 minutes after show time. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets. Times and locations are subject to change.



Main Festival Venues
Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Cinemas – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Globe Cinema – 617 8 Avenue SW




#207, 214 – 11TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB T2G 0X8 | 403.283.1490 | |


One more to post……








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Scene Wednesday: Music Workshops Summer 2016

Scene Wednesday: Music Workshops Summer 2016

June 8 / 16

Hey! I just have one post for you guys today so let’s see what’s going on with these music workshops……

(cred: SMU Meadows School of the Arts)

Orff Schulwerk Master Class
June 20-24
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
Noncredit Cost: $500
Housing: $300 for single; $250 for double (No meals are included.)
Faculty: Christa Coogan and Werner Beidinger

Orff Schulwerk, Levels I, II, And III
June 20 – July 1
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
Noncredit Cost: $800
Housing: $800 for single; $600 for double (No meals are included.)
Faculty: Dena Byers, Michael Chandler, Paul Cribari, Andrew Ellingsen, Amy Fenton, Paul Hallsted, Richard Layton, Beth Melin Nelson, Jacqueline Schrader, Meg Tietz, and Paul Weller

The Art of Teaching Music: A Workshop for Band Directors
June 20-22
Directors: Brian Merrill and Matthew McInturf
For further information, visit here.

Kodály Certification Training Levels I, II, III and Choral Track Levels I, II, and III
July 5-July 21
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
Presented in conjunction with the Plano ISD Kodály Certification Program
Noncredit Cost: $900
Housing: $1,300 for single; $900 for double (includes breakfast each morning)
Faculty: Kenny Allen, Janell Bjorkland, Gay deMontel, László Durányik, Lenke Igo, Brenda Keen, Kathy Kuddes, Kristin Moore, and Lori Wagner

Advanced Choral Conducting
July 6-8
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Noncredit Cost: $350
Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, visit here.
Instructors: Pam Elrod Huffman and Robert Bode

SMU Institute for Young Pianists
July 10-16
Co-Directors: Cathy Lysinger and Kevin Gunter,
For more information, or for registration, visit here.

The Art of Teaching Orchestra
July 17-July 19
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday and Tuesday, as well as nightly off-campus events
Cost: $150
Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, visit here.
Director: Deborah Perkins

Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Rhythm Flowing Inside You
July 25-29
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
Noncredit Cost: $500
Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, visit here.
Instructor: David Frego


Register and Contact Us

Register now for SMU Educators Workshops.For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops, or to register for one of these classes, visit here; or contact Julie Scott or 214-768-3717; or call the SMU Music Office at 214-768-1951.

For those living in the area, if you are interested, please go to the websites listed to get the information you need. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!








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