Essay Short: The Art of Fashion

August 13 / 16

Something new is added to Shadowbox. Essay Short. This is where Shadowbox conducts a short essay on a subject. Today that subject is fashion.


Is fashion art? That’s not only a typical question, but it’s a good question. I wasn’t sure of this at first. I always thought of fashion as the models on catwalks wearing the latest clothes, at a ridiculous price. I never thought about how the lines create a silhouette or an illusion to make a simple fabric to create a one of a kind piece.

I didn’t think of this till several years ago. That is when you look at the illustrations from the designers. Just like artists, designers get their inspirations from all places. They come up with patterns, colors, and then once they have the illustration in place, they add the fabric and textures. Well they do have people to help them with that.


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


The art work of fashion is just as precise and detailed as a painting or sculpture. They take the time and energy to create a work of art. I can name a few designers who have created fashion that can be examined as art. The late Alexander McQueen. He’s one of the designers that I like because of the fact that his clothes evokes an era of the past, present, and future. Another designer I can think of is Valentino. There is a romanticism to the illustrations. It feels that these designs are untouchable.


Alexander McQueen



In short, I’ve learned that fashion can be art, it’s almost a creative outlet to let others to be inspired, I guess. Fashion and art go together in ways we don’t even know about. So if you still don’t consider fashion as art, that’s fine. As for me, I wouldn’t mind if a make a sketch or two, just to see if my work of art would be considered fashionable.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed!









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Scene Weekend: Late Summer Music Festivals / August 2016

Scene Weekend: Late Summer Music Festivals / August 2016

August 13 / 16

Hey…..ahhh the weekend is here. It’s time for Scene Weekend. At this point, summer will be going out soon, so I found several music festivals that will get you into the late summer mood.

(cred: music festival wizard)

Philadelphia Folk Festival 2016 Upper Salford Township, PA / August 18-21, 2016

Camp Barefoot 2016 Elkins, WV /August 18-20, 2016

Hoxeyville 2016 / Wellston, MI /August 19-21, 2016

Folks Festival 2016 / Lyons, CO /August 19-21, 2016

MAHA Music Festival 2016 /Omaha, NE /August 20, 2016

Breakaway 2016 / Columbus, OH /August 26-27, 2016

Imagine Festival 2016 / Atlanta, GA /August 26-28, 2016

FYF Fest 2016 / Los Angeles, CA /August 27-28, 2016

Psycho Las Vegas 2016 / Las Vegas, NV /August 26-28, 2016

Ohana Festival 2016 / Dana Point, CA /August 27-28, 2016

Project Pabst 2016 / Portland, OR /August 26-28, 2016

Afropunk 2016 / Brooklyn, NY /August 27-28, 2016

Burning Man 2016 / Black Rock Desert, NV /August 28- September 5, 2016


If you live in or near the area, you might want to check these music festivals out. For more information, click on the green.









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Scene Weekend: 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Scene Weekend: 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair

July 30 / 16

Hello and Good Afternoon! I did say that I will get information about the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair and this is what I’ve found so far……

(cred: Association of Writers & Writing Programs AWP)

AWP Conference

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The book fair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Washington, DC, in 2017 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.

2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Washington Convention Center
& Washington Marriott Marquis
February 8 – 11, 2017
Celebrating AWP’s 50th anniversary!

Key Dates

Social Networking

Conference Queries


Conference Events


Future Conferences

Tampa, Florida

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

Portland, Oregon

  • March 27 – 30, 2019 | Oregon Convention Center



More information will be coming soon. If your interested to register, please click on one of the sites listed to get started.









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Scene Weekend: Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

Scene Weekend: Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

July 2 / 16

Evening all. For the literary people, I just recently found this piece of information, you may be interested to read this…….

Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

Prize: $500, two cases of Dogfish Head beer, 10 copies of published manuscript

Judges: Baron Wormser, Carol Frost, Jan Beatty

Description: Annual poetry prize for fill length manuscript awarded by Dogfish Head Crafted Brew Ales. A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press and two cases of Dogfish Head beer will be given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in the Mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C.

Submit a manuscript of 48 to 78 pages between May 15 and August 15. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, c/o Broadkill River Press, P.O. Box 63, Milton, DE 19963

Linda Blaskey, contest coördinator,

Entry Fee: $0


Deadline: August 15, 2016


Again, I just found this recently, but you still have time to participate. One more thing to talk about……






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Scene Weekend: Call for Entries….Literary Awards….Workshop

Scene Weekend: Call for Entries….Literary Awards….Workshop

June 18 / 16

Hello…..just a small and short post today. Pull your pins or pencils out literary peeps, this post is just for you!


Call for entries:

2017 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and Masters Workshop

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry entries are now being accepted for the fifth annual writing competition, which offers more than $5,000 in prize money.

In addition to the cash prizes, first-thought third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the March 13-14, 2017, Masters Workshop at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The top 50 entrants are invited to attend the workshop, the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival’s presenting authors. Past faculty members have included Ann Hood, Joshua Mohr, Larry Watson, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. For more information and to submit an entry, go to the

2017 Tucson Festival of Books / March 11-12 / University of Arizona campus

If your interested, just go the the website. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be blessed










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Scene Weekend: Writers Conference & Workshop

Scene Weekend: Writers Conference & Workshop

June 4 / 16

Hey there! It’s been awhile since Shadowbox has put anything on literature, but I always find something in that department.

(cred: AWP)

Hampton Roads Writers Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

HRW’s Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference, which takes place Sept. 15 – 17, 2016 at the Virginia Beach/Norfolk Conference center, Holiday Inn Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, offers outstanding opportunities to network, improve your craft and marketing skills, and pitch work to agents.

1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling key notes, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 50 workshops during 10 breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, NO-FEE, cash-prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry, FREE 90-minute networking social with food and drink, and evening 2-hr open mic session. Optional conference features include: first 10-pages manuscript review.

Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available.

Vendor tables available.

Tuition includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, all-day beverage service both days, 90-minute networking social on Friday evening that features food, cash bar, and silent auctions, and Open Mic following the social.

Contest submission deadline July 8; 9 cash prizes totaling over $2,000

Optional 1st eight pages manuscript evaluation submission deadline July 8

1st ten lines for critique submission deadline Aug 19

AWP members may register at the HRW member rate


Featured Writers Include:

Best selling authors Robert J. Crane & Mary Burton will headline the conference, each delivering keynote addresses and leading several writing workshop, breakout sessions.

Other Faculty includes:

Fiction authors — John Robert Mack, Bria Quinlan, Jeannie Lin, Rick Eley, Ginger Marcinkowski, and others

Poets: Bunny Goodjohn and Luisa Igloria

Technical Specialists: Sgt. Mike Lovely. John Robert Mack, and Rick Eley

Literary Agents: Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency, Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary, and Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Nonfiction writer — TBD



Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Virginia Beach/Norfolk Conference center, Holiday Inn Hotel
5655 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach
Virginia, United States

SEP 15 SEP 17, 2016


TUITION / COST:Early bird until Jun 10 — $220 HRW members, $255 non-members; Jun 11 – Sept 8, $255 members, $290 non-members; Sept 9 to start of conf. $310 members & nonmembers; $150 Student (with proof of FULL TIME enrollment); $160 Fri only; $150 Sat only, $50 Thur
Partial and full scholarships are available but are need-based only and require documentation of need. Feel free to email HRW at for details.





Summer Writing Workshop

July 24 – 29, 2016 / St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota

2016 visiting faculty:

Creative nonfiction with Sven Birkerts

Fiction with Chinelo Okparanta

Poetry with Rebecca Lindenberg

Join us on Wednesday, July 27, for a special publishing pan with Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press and Joey McGarvey of Milkweed Editions.

Space is limited. Register today.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be blessed!

More Scene Weekend: Smithsonian’s 14 Annual Photo Contest

May 21 / 16

I told you I find you something great…..Do you have what it takes to create an award-winning photograph? If you do you might want to see what the Smithsonian is up to…….

(cred: Smithsonian)

An eastern screech owl….photography by Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). McGeorge was one of the winners of the 11th Annual photo contest.

Photo Contest Rules

Term:’s 14th Annual Photo Contest begins March 22, 2016, and ends November 30, 2016, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older.

Who may enter:

The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice prize, Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience and Mobile category prizes are open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. The Sustainable Travel category prize, made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies, is restricted to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Colombia. Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and employees of United Airlines, Inc. (Sponsor), its parent or affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children), and others living in their households are not eligible for any prize. The Smithsonian will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

Sponsors:  Smithsonian Institution and United Airlines

What to enter:
The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to

1.     Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.

2.     Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.

3.     People: Individuals from all walks of life.

4.     The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.

5.     Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).

6.     Mobile: The Smithsonian will award a prize to the best photograph submitted in any of the other categories that was taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

7.     The Sustainable Travel category, made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies, returns for its second year. The award for this category, the Eco-Skies Sustainable Travel Leadership Award, recognizes a photographer who demonstrates leadership and an active commitment to travel for environmentally responsible purposes, generating positive social, economic, or environmental outcomes in the local communities traveled to and ensuring the destination remains an attractive place to live, work and visit for future generations. Examples of sustainable travel projects include:

·      Environmental conservation and reforestation

·      Eco-construction and restoration projects

·      Local community enrichment and empowerment volunteering

·      Environmental awareness and education

·      Exemplary eco-conscious visitor behavior

Entries in this seventh category should address the question: What does a sustainable travel project look like to you? Entries also must be accompanied by a 100-word or less photo caption describing the photo’s content and story behind the photo.

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2014.

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images category. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for all categories. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to move the photo to Altered Images or to disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to the Smithsonian upon request. A sample model release is available here. A sample model release for the Sustainable Travel category, sponsored by United Eco-Skies, is available here.

*If you have a signed model release, please retain it in your personal files. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to submit the release at that time.

Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) may be need to obtain a release from the rights holder and provide it to the Smithsonian upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s creation. A sample art release is available here.

Photographs that have won other major photo contests, either online or in print, as determined by the Smithsonian, are not eligible for submission. If a photograph wins another major photo contest post submission, it is not eligible for a prize, but may still be recognized as an Editor’s Pick or Photo of the Day. We define winning as having won a grand prize or 1st, 2nd or 3rd place overall. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the Smithsonian in its sole discretion, are ineligible for all categories of this contest.

How to enter:

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at You may submit no more than fifteen (15) photographs per category for a contest total of ninety (90) submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Finalists will be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide. Original negatives, prints or slides will be returned to finalists.

The Smithsonian Institution reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide. Mobile photographs are exempt from this requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution.

The Smithsonian may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Smithsonian Institution (and those authorized by the Smithsonian) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Smithsonian Institution purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the magazine and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Smithsonian Institution publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Photos entered into the Sustainable Travel photo contest category also grant these rights to the category sponsor, United Airlines, Inc.

Entry deadline:

The contest begins on March 22, 2016. All entries must be received through by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30, 2016.

You have plenty of time……but don’t procrastinate too long!


Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt and overall impact, except that (i) the Eco-Skies Sustainable Travel Leadership Award judging will evaluate the photo and accompanying caption using the above criteria and (ii) the Readers’ Choice award will be determined based on which of the finalists receives the most votes.

Judging will be conducted by the editors of Smithsonian and The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 70 finalists; except that the category sponsor United Airlines will participate in the final selection of the Sustainable Travel category winner, and a Readers’ Choice winner will be selected from among the 70 finalists based on public voting. Winning photographs will be announced on in spring 2017.

The 70 finalists will be notified of their status by February 20, 2017 and will appear on our website in spring 2017. At that time, the public can vote on our website for one Readers’ Choice winner from among the 70 finalists. The Readers’ Choice winner will be revealed online in spring 2017.

The Smithsonian will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry; the Smithsonian may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Prizes: Nine prizes will be awarded, as follows:

Grand Prize: $2,500

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featured image:  Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock.

Scene Weekend: Looking to MoMA Film

Scene Weekend: Looking to MoMA Film

May 21 / 16

Hey there! I found some great things to share with you today. First off MoMA has some films you might want to see….

(cred: MoMA)


Universal Pictures: Restorations and Rediscoveries, 1928–1937
Through June 15

Founded in 1912, Universal Pictures remains among the powerhouses of the American entertainment industry. This series focuses on one segment of the studio’s rich history, Carl Laemmle, Jr., the sophisticated, ambitious, risk-taking head of production, gambled the studio’s finances on a series of challenging projects—and eventually lost. Highlights include the revival premiere of the 1930 musical King of Jazz, shown in its full-length, two-color Technicolor version.


Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Through June 6

“Straub-Huillet…are cinema’s conscience—an antidote to all the junk movies you’ve ever seen.” –J. Hoberman, The New York Times

MoMA presents the first complete North American retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, who together formed one of the most intense, challenging, and controversial collaborations in the history of cinema.


Modern Matinees: Fifteen by Otto Preminger
Through June 30

In 1944, in spite of his combative relationship with Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck, Preminger turned out the film noir classic Laura, and its success cemented his role in Hollywood for the next 40 years. MoMA has long collected Preminger’s films, with several prints donated by the director himself. Though by no means a complete retrospective, Fifteen by Otto Preminger provides a look into the depth and variety of works created by the director during his peak professional years.


Modern Mondays

Building upon the Museum’s eight-decade tradition of fostering cinematic innovation and experimentation, Modern Mondays invites artists working in the expanded field of film, video, performance, and sound to present their work in an intimate setting. On May 23, Wong Kar Wai, cinema’s reigning aesthetician, joins MoMA film curator La Frances Hui to discuss his films (along with short film clips), his process, and his partnerships with various long-term collaborators, both on and off screen.


A MoMA Double Feature on TCM
Sunday, May 22, 8:00–10:35 p.m. EST

Tune in to Turner Classic Movies on May 22 to see Rajendra Roy, MoMA’s Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, introduce a pair of MoMA restorations. At 8:00 p.m. is a 2014 restoration of the Paramount Pictures WesternTo the Last Man (1933), directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Buster Crabbe and a very young Shirley Temple. At 9:30, Roy introduces a 2011 restoration of John and Faith Hubley’s animated feature Of Stars and Men (1964).


An Auteurist History of Film
By Charles Silver

From 2009 to 2014, MoMA presented a weekly series of film screenings titled An Auteurist History of Film, featuring works from the Museum’s expansive film collection, with a particular focus on the role of the director as artistic author. Film curator Charles Silver wrote a blog post to accompany each screening. Following the end of the series’ five-year run, we collected these texts for publication, bringing together Silver’s insightful and often humorous readings in a single volume.


Film Plus Membership

An Exclusive Group for Film Lovers

Film Plus members enjoy all the benefits of regular MoMA membership—unlimited free admission, 1,500 free film screenings a year, $5 guest tickets, and more—PLUS:

+Private previews of major films

+Conversations with actors and directors

+Special film-related discounts and offers

Visit to learn more or join today!

There is more to come, so please be patient……









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