Artist – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:38:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T155134.587.png Artist – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ 32 32 “Content of Character” Student and Emerging Artist Exhibit Opens at Ocala City Hall https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/content-of-character-student-and-emerging-artist-exhibit-opens-at-ocala-city-hall/ Mon, 16 May 2022 20:59:02 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/content-of-character-student-and-emerging-artist-exhibit-opens-at-ocala-city-hall/ The Student and Emerging Artist Exhibit “Content of Character” is now open at Ocala City Hall. The exhibit is a collaboration between the City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange, and it highlights local artists with varying levels of experience. Their works are displayed in the first and second floor lobbies inside City Hall, […]]]>

The Student and Emerging Artist Exhibit “Content of Character” is now open at Ocala City Hall.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange, and it highlights local artists with varying levels of experience. Their works are displayed in the first and second floor lobbies inside City Hall, located at 110 SE Watula Avenue.

An Exhibit Opening Reception will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. At the reception, those in attendance will be treated to live music by percussionist Sean Thomas and light refreshments will be served.

An awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the first floor lobby and all contest winners will be announced. Artists compete in three divisions based on their respective years of experience, from high school students to artists with several years of active experience.

Competition prizes will include scholarships to the College of Central Florida (High School Division), Professional Artwork Review (First Place in each Division and Best of Show), Annual Membership to the Appleton Museum of Art and Marion Cultural Alliance, and a registration fee waiver for the 2022-23 First Friday Art Walk season (all winners).

The “Content of Character” exhibit is free and open to the public, and the artwork will remain on display until Friday, July 15 at City Hall.

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Pitmedden artist in residence on reuniting after motherhood https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/pitmedden-artist-in-residence-on-reuniting-after-motherhood/ Sun, 15 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/pitmedden-artist-in-residence-on-reuniting-after-motherhood/ Pitmedden artist in residence on reuniting after motherhood Schedule An icon of a desktop calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across it. Caret A right-pointing solid arrow icon. E-mail An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of Facebook’s “f” mark. Google An icon of Google’s “G” mark. Linked […]]]>




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“Cultural inspiration”: contemporary artists celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee | The Queen https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/cultural-inspiration-contemporary-artists-celebrate-the-queens-jubilee-the-queen/ Fri, 13 May 2022 12:17:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/cultural-inspiration-contemporary-artists-celebrate-the-queens-jubilee-the-queen/ Corgis and horses are out; tattoos and shades are all the rage. Portraits of the Queen by 52 contemporary artists to mark her platinum jubilee portray the monarch in a way not seen since the days of the Sex Pistols. Among the works is Queen of the Hood, by rollerball artist James Mylne, which shows […]]]>

Corgis and horses are out; tattoos and shades are all the rage. Portraits of the Queen by 52 contemporary artists to mark her platinum jubilee portray the monarch in a way not seen since the days of the Sex Pistols.

Among the works is Queen of the Hood, by rollerball artist James Mylne, which shows a “stately and breathtaking” young Elizabeth in royal Order of the Garter dresses accessorized with designer sunglasses.

Portrait of the Queen by Louisa Tebbutt. Photograph: Louisa Tebbutt/PA

Mylne said: “A key aspect of what I do is mixing classic ideals with urban styles. For this piece, I took it a step further, depicting it in a way that fits into a more modern, fashionable, and cool culture.

Another, by Louisa Tebbutt, shows the ‘never complain, never explain’ monarch with a union flag stripe over his mouth. James Vaulkhard created an image from 2p coins, while Ernesto Romano created an X-ray profile of the Queen.

Romano said: “The performance aims to convey the message of how his cultural influence during 70 years of rule can travel across borders, race, gender and social status, encompassing universal values ​​of equality. and diversity.”

Will Teather’s Queen sports a tattoo of a snake dripping with blood below the words “Skate and destroy”. Elena Cecchinato has created 200 queens in a project called Multividuality which includes a queen of angels, a queen of lovers, a queen of fathers and a queen of dreamers.

“Working with an iconic figure such as Elizabeth II made me think about how multitude and singularity are inevitably part of the same narrative for every human being,” Cecchinato said. “All humans – despite their privileges – must deal with the same rites of passage and emotions of life: birth, death, love, disappointment or sadness.”

Will Teather's portrait of the Queen
Will Teather’s portrait of the Queen. Photograph: Will Teather/PA

A 2016 image by musician and graffiti artist Goldie of the young monarch against a Union flag is included in an exhibition, Art Save the Queen, which opens at the @oxo gallery on London’s South Bank in June.

Images will also be displayed on the London Underground display sites at Victoria Station, and digital versions of the works will be released.

Dylan Roberts, who curated the exhibition for its organizers Ad Lib Gallery, said the works spanned a wide range of styles, including oil paintings, mixed media, collage and street art.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is a true icon and inspiration to people around the world. We’ve been overwhelmed by the work the arts community submits, highlighting how culturally inspirational the Queen is. »

The Sex Pistols’ anti-royalist punk record God Save the Queen, released around the time of the monarch’s Silver Jubilee, is being re-released to mark her platinum jubilee.

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Gulfport artist uses bike parts for school mascot https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/gulfport-artist-uses-bike-parts-for-school-mascot/ Wed, 11 May 2022 05:46:15 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/gulfport-artist-uses-bike-parts-for-school-mascot/ May 11, 2022 by Abby Baker Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School commissioned the creation of Gear Guy, a sculpture designed by a Gulfport artist and made entirely of recycled bicycle parts.Abby Baker The kids hadn’t even met Gear Guy before they liked him. Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary, a STEM school in St. Petersburg, unveiled a […]]]>
Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School commissioned the creation of Gear Guy, a sculpture designed by a Gulfport artist and made entirely of recycled bicycle parts.
Abby Baker

The kids hadn’t even met Gear Guy before they liked him.

Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary, a STEM school in St. Petersburg, unveiled a sculpture made entirely of recycled bicycle parts in April. Standing five feet tall and posed in a permanent wave, the sculpture is the brainchild of Gulfport metal artist Eric Folsom, who named the artwork “Gear Guy.”

“Kids watched me set it up during school hours, so a few of them have already seen it,” Folsom said at the Thursday, April 28 unveiling. “They were so excited. I made it about the size of an elementary school student.

The students huddled together near a tarp ahead of the big reveal. When the covering was ripped off and the trunk of his bicycle wheel was spun, everyone burst into cheers.

“I’ve been looking to do something like this for three years,” said Deborah Oharde, Jamerson’s magnet coordinator. The schoolyard is often the space for drum circles and student-led activities, but lacks a 3D artwork.

Oharde discovered Folsom’s work in December during the annual ArtJones Open Studio Tour. The tour takes art lovers into the working studios of Gulfport artists.

When Oharde, a math and art fanatic, walked into the artist’s studio and admired Folsom’s mechanically-inspired work, she knew her work belonged in her school.

“It fits nicely into our math and engineering theme,” Oharde said. “I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I think the kids are too. Teachers are already planning lessons and activities around this.

A metal person sculpture
Eric Folsom is the man behind the metal.
Abby Baker

Folsom is known for his recycled sculptures and metal work around St. Petersburg and Gulfport. In the case of Gear Guy, he spent weeks assembling bicycle wheels, gears and metal parts in his home studio.

“It was kind of like a puzzle, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like,” Folsom said. “I spend more time thinking about how I’m going to put it together than putting it together.”

While bike parts aren’t Folsom’s only medium, it’s an art form close to his heart. The entertainer grew up in Gulfport but spent his early 20s working as a bike courier in Washington, D.C.

He says he’s made the trip from Gulfport to the nation’s capital several times on his bike.

“I would ride my bike and sleep under the stars,” Folsom said.

For now, Gear Guy will live up to its name in the Jamerson yard, but Oharde says the kids will vote to rename the sculpture.

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Meet the engineer-turned-artist who crafts art guitars to celebrate rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/meet-the-engineer-turned-artist-who-crafts-art-guitars-to-celebrate-rock-legends-like-jimi-hendrix-buddy-holly-and-the-big-bopper/ Mon, 09 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/meet-the-engineer-turned-artist-who-crafts-art-guitars-to-celebrate-rock-legends-like-jimi-hendrix-buddy-holly-and-the-big-bopper/ He was only 50 when he was told he needed heart bypass surgery. So he and his wife Alyson sold the Sheffield business they had built and took a celebratory trip to start their retirement. But while walking through Harrods, he saw a lamp shaped like a guitar. So he went home and built his […]]]>

He was only 50 when he was told he needed heart bypass surgery. So he and his wife Alyson sold the Sheffield business they had built and took a celebratory trip to start their retirement.

But while walking through Harrods, he saw a lamp shaped like a guitar. So he went home and built his own creation, which turned out to be quite clever.

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Now, at his studio in Van Dyk Village near Clowne, he carves art guitars, featuring murals of rock legends in an eclectic style, or illuminated in vibrant colors with fiber optic strings.

Artist John Young with some of his artwork and guitars decorated to celebrate Salvador Dali and Jimi Hendrix. Photo Bruce Rollinson

It’s quite a turnaround, said the grandfather of five, from the life he always imagined.

Mr Young, now 69, said: “I didn’t wake up one day and say, ‘I’m going to make the guitars look artistic and sell them for a lot of money’. That would have been a very big failure.

“You have to have a passion. Every day I am grateful,” he added. “It’s an absolute joy to do what I do and see the finished work of art. It’s just a pleasure to do things.

“I never thought I would end up as an artist.”

Artist John Young with some of his artwork and guitars decorated to celebrate Prince, Jim Hendrix and Salvador Dali. Photo Bruce Rollinson

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Raised in Sheffield, Mr Young had worked as an engineer for 35 years in the family business which he ran with his wife Alyson.

The plan had always been to work for retirement and travel, but the health scare, for someone who had always been fit, was an eye opener.

Car shaped guitar inspired by Ferrari. Artist John Young with some of his artwork and guitars decorated to celebrate Prince, Jim Hendrix and Salvador Dali. Photo Bruce Rollinson

He said: “All my life I’ve been an engineer. All the certification, the delicate equipment needed, for something to sit on a seabed and extract oil from the ground. That’s what I did.

“I’ve always been a fit guy, and they fixed it. But I thought to myself what is going on here? I didn’t want to be in this business under pressure. We sat down and I said “I’ve had enough”.

After that fateful trip to Harrods, Mr Young asked his carpenter son for space in his factory and he carved out his first guitar.

There was one photo that stuck in his mind, of Peter Townshend of The Who smashing his guitar on stage in Monterey in 1967.

Artist John Young with some of his artwork and a guitar decorated to celebrate Salvador Dali. Photo Bruce Rollinson

So he wrote to the photographer, Henry Diltz, who said he could use it. Fiber optic cords complete the look.

Then, towards more liberal styles, with Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar, one on Jimi Hendrix, one on Salvador Dali, and finally, a trip to the United States with a friend to make a film on the Big Bopper, the one that he introduced to Buddy Holly’s niece.

“The guitars I make shouldn’t be used,” he said. “These are art guitars. I put my opinion on a guitar in particular. I like to create my own thing. Making my own guitars from scratch.

“It just gives another dimension to life. A chance to be someone else maybe. Kids take me for Mickey all the time. My son is my biggest critic.

“I just enjoy it. I love doing what I do, it’s a passion. If I see things, it comes to mind.

A lifelong photographer, Mr Young was watching a TV show in the United States when he saw a report on Jackson Pollock and said to himself, “I can throw paint on pictures.”

The show was Big Art Big Skies, featuring art critic and historian Waldemar Januszczak, and since then it has also progressed with works of art from his own photographs. He said, “I always take pictures of everything. From the guitars came the works of art.

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Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara: Dispatches from a dissident artist imprisoned in Cuba https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara-dispatches-from-a-dissident-artist-imprisoned-in-cuba/ Sat, 07 May 2022 13:16:36 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara-dispatches-from-a-dissident-artist-imprisoned-in-cuba/ Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Untitled, 2020, from the series “Puertas”. Charcoal on paper, 39 x 33 in. (Courtesy of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara). Think of these drawings as visual journal entries. Eloquence often resides in severe brevity. They are dispatches from the restless mind of a black performance artist deprived of his main platform, the […]]]>

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Untitled, 2020, from the series “Puertas”. Charcoal on paper, 39 x 33 in. (Courtesy of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara).

Think of these drawings as visual journal entries. Eloquence often resides in severe brevity.

They are dispatches from the restless mind of a black performance artist deprived of his main platform, the streets of Cuba. They witness grief and trauma. They witness an unrelenting rebellion, the tenacious grip of his pencil moving across the pages of a spiral notebook to drag these dispatches out of brutal incarceration.

Imprisoned Cuban dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara created these sixty drawings, now featured in his Miami solo exhibition, “Alcántara” at “The ArtSpace @ I’ve Been Frame” – a small gallery connected to a frame store in heart of the city’s Little Havana. There is also a smattering of photography and video. Most of the work dates from 2021 and 2020.


WHAT: “Alcántara”

WHEN: April 22 to May 8

WHERE: The ArtSpace @ I’ve Been Framed, 733 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida, 33130


Alcántara is a famous figure in the Cuban San Isidro movement. The movement, formed in 2018 to protest Cuba’s authoritarian rule, is galvanizing the island in 2021 with massive and unprecedented protests. His performance art is shared widely on social media, challenging the Cuban government’s repressive tactics and suppression of creative freedoms. In “Flag”, he carried a Cuban flag on his shoulders for thirty days, protesting laws restricting the use of the flag.

The artist has been detained in a prison in Havana since July 2021.

In September 2021, Alcántara was cited as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year by TIME magazine, praised by fellow activist artist Ai Weiwei that even in prison, “his life, behavior and expression in together are so powerful that they can withstand the aesthetic and ethical degeneration of authoritarianism.

From inside a Cuban prison, his harsh eloquence continues to resonate outside the island. On May 4 in Washington D.C., the nonprofit organization Freedom House, primarily funded by the U.S. government, presented its annual Freedom Award to Alcántara and fellow imprisoned Cuban activist Maykel Castillo Perez for their leadership in the movement. San Isidoro.

In March in New York, a blog post by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reported that Alcántara was one of twenty-two artists featured in “Umbral: A Collective Exhibition of Contemporary Cuban Art,” organized by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. and Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery. It was organized by Anamely Ramos and Claudia Genlui.

Genlui, a Cuban-born curator who moved to Miami in November 2021, has curated his current gallery show in Miami. She is also a founding member of the San Isidro Movement; his curatorial projects are supported by a residency at El Espacio 23 in Miami, created by collector and philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez.

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Untitled, 2020, from the series “Puertas”. Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 64 x 39 in. (Courtesy of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara).

According to a Spanish email from Genlui, translated by the gallery’s art consultant, since November 2020 the artist has been unable to perform in public spaces due to extreme Cuban government surveillance. Many drawings were created while he was imprisoned, a few while he was being held on a hunger strike at Calixto Garcia Hospital in Havana.

Alcántara’s international reputation is mainly based on his bold public performances. Unfortunately, even in this volatile time in the United States, when legal rights like voting and pro-choice legislation are under attack, an exhibition cannot match the explosive effect of its performance art. Meanwhile, the designs introduce a more intimate and thoughtful side to his creativity.

They reveal how this performance artist, working under severe duress, cultivated a gift for visual expression in a provocative yet modest format. Additionally, the drawings shed further light on his aesthetic of questioning the authority of the state to restrict creativity and public protest, even when working behind bars as a sequestered studio artist. .

No longer making statements of protest in the streets with his physical presence, he withdrew into himself to represent his body in torturous conditions of resistance. The drawings of doors in his “Puertas” series similarly show doors being beaten and violated – these doors can no longer fulfill their function in the service of state control of individual behavior.

The doors become a metaphor for how the Cuban government blocks individual expression; Alcántara renders the gates non-functional for government uses, just as renderings of his own body continue to defy the government.

This work demonstrates a great mastery of drawing. Although Alcántara is regularly described as lacking formal artistic training, he emerges as a self-taught, observant visual artist in his own right.

Flashes of black humor sometimes puncture his drawings. For example, a series devoted to the constant surveillance of the Cuban government features a UB694 branded camera drawn in artful and dark compositions. One of them shows her overlooking a modest vegetable garden. This intrusive camera also appears on the face of a stripped down quote from an iconic Vermeer painting, “The Girl with a Pearl Earring.”

Another shows the camera ‘face’ wearing a Covid-19 mask as he swings uneven scales of justice. These uneven scales amplify an underlying theme, evident in many of Alcántara’s works, of the establishment by authoritarian governments of severe social, racial, and gender inequalities. And the series, titled “Payasos,” features graphite and pencil portraits of an angsty, cross-dressing clown.

Striking and chilling black-and-white photographs show the artist as if he had been hanged, mortally poisoned or driven to death, documenting the artist’s performances exposing the state’s likely ability to assassinate him as a dissident and to pass off his death as a suicide. .

Alcántara seems to be part of a solid tradition of Cuban-American artists. The staged photograph of the artist falling from a window to her death recalls how Ana Mendieta fell, or more likely was pushed, to her untimely death from a New York apartment window, leaving a imprint of her body which strangely reminded her. influential art. Likewise, his self-portraits sometimes resemble self-portraits of Luis Cruz Azaceta, whose art reflects the moral indignities committed by the AIDS epidemic, terrorism and other crises.

Nobel laureate and novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has penned a starkly eloquent response to the violence of World War I that shaped George Grosz, another artist whose work exposes corruption in his native country. Published on the Tate Museum website, excerpts could describe Alcántara. Llosa writes, “Most of my work has to do with the kind of violence that is everyday life in Latin America… You feed on everything you hate.

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Artists selected for the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit project https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/artists-selected-for-the-purple-d-line-extension-transit-project/ Thu, 05 May 2022 00:36:43 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/artists-selected-for-the-purple-d-line-extension-transit-project/ Artists have been commissioned to create artwork for Purple (D Line) Extension Stations A panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the Purple Line Extension Section 2 and 3 project areas selected artists to create site-specific integrated artwork for the future Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital stations. The […]]]>

Artists have been commissioned to create artwork for Purple (D Line) Extension Stations

A panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the Purple Line Extension Section 2 and 3 project areas selected artists to create site-specific integrated artwork for the future Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital stations.

The diverse lineup of accomplished artists includes:

  • Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (Century City/Constellation Station)
  • Moses X. Ball (Westwood/UCLA station)
  • Sandow Birk (Westwood/VA Hospital Station)
  • Sarah Cain (Century City/Constellation Station)
  • Victoria Fu + Matt Rich (Westwood Hospital/VA)
  • Karen Hampton (Westwood Station/UCLA)
  • Phung Huynh (Century City/Constellation Station)
  • Oscar Magallanes (Century City/Constellation Station)
  • Yunhee Min (Westwood Station/UCLA)
  • Meleko Mokgosi (Wilshire/Rodeo Station)
  • Rigo 23 (Wilshire Station/Rodeo)
  • Porras-Kim Gala (Westwood/UCLA Station)
  • Analia Saban (Century City/Constellation Station)
  • Francesco Simeti (Westwood Hospital/VA)
  • Eloy Torrez (Westwood Hospital/VA)
  • Devon Tsuno (Wilshire Station/Rodeo)
  • Iris Yirei Hu (Westwood Station/UCLA)

Through a competitive process, the artist selection panel carefully reviewed each artist’s professional qualifications and examples of past work. Panelists included: Arthur Lewis, Creative Director, United Talent Agency Artist Space; Anna Sew Hoy, chair, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Department of Art; Cate Thurston, Associate Curator, The Skirball Cultural Center; Connie Butler, Chief Curator, The Hammer Museum at UCLA; Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, founding president, Century City Arts Council; Ken Gonzales-Day, artist; LeRonn P. Brooks, Associate Curator, The Getty Research Institute; Michael Amescua, artist; Stephanie Vahn, Chair, Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission; and Thao Nguyen, Art and Design Agent, Creative Arts Agency.

“Growing up in Los Angeles, certain images are etched in my memory – the streets lined with white flags during the 1984 Summer Olympics, the rainbow tile mosaics of the space age in the terminals of LAX and the wall portraits of the members of the LA Philharmonic who preside over the Harbor Freeway.I believe the art selected for Metro’s Purple (D Line) expansion project will have a similar effect on our community, providing resonant images that we absorb and meditate as part of our daily lives,” said Anna Sew Hoy.

“I’ve come to see each artwork concept as a portal and a presence that will welcome us, invite thought, and enliven our day as we move distances large and small. Informed by both past and present, these works of art will create something new and dynamic and shape the city of the future, which will be enriched by the recognition of our history and transformed by an imaginary of place and time and works of art that will surely stand the test of time,” said Ken Gonzales-Day.

“This project is so important and vital to preserve the ideas of our time and democratize access to art. The selected artists and their work reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our culture and communities and celebrate LA as a true world-class creative capital,” said Thao Nguyen.

“The thoughtful consideration, community insights and enthusiasm of the panelists were invaluable in selecting this phenomenal group of seventeen artists,” said Maya Emsden, Executive Director (Acting), Metro Art Program. “We’re excited about how this lineup of artists encompasses many generations and cultures, and how that will reflect in the work they create for our riders.”

The artists join nine artists selected earlier for future Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega stations: Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Mark Dean Veca, Karl Handel, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Susan Silton, Todd Gray, Mariana Castillo Deball and Soo Kim .

Stay tuned for future events and meet-the-artist activities being held for the public at cultural destinations in the Purple (D Line) Expansion Project area. Click onhereto receive information about Metro’s upcoming arts and culture programs.

Click onherefor more information on Metro’s arts program, including our popular art tours and cultural programming. You can also follow Metro Art onFacebookandinstagram.

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Tagged as: Analia Saban, Devon Tsuno, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Eloy Torrez, Francesco Simeti, Gala Porras-Kim, Iris Yirei Hu, Karen Hampton, Matt Rich, Meleko Mokgosi, Metro Art, Moses X. Ball, Oscar Magallanes, Phung Huynh , Purple Line Extension, Rigo 23, Sandow Birk, Sarah Cain, Victoria Fu, Yunhee Min

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Hawaiian artist releases brand new song written for our military under the international movement encouraging members to ‘stay golden’ in an uncertain world https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/hawaiian-artist-releases-brand-new-song-written-for-our-military-under-the-international-movement-encouraging-members-to-stay-golden-in-an-uncertain-world/ Tue, 03 May 2022 01:11:01 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/hawaiian-artist-releases-brand-new-song-written-for-our-military-under-the-international-movement-encouraging-members-to-stay-golden-in-an-uncertain-world/ Singer-songwriter Stef Mariani launched an inclusive international movement founded in Hawaii and based on his recent award-winning album Nā Hōkū Hanohano stay gold. The Stay Gold movement, named after the album’s title track, helps people move from feelings of isolation to living meaningful and meaningful lives by learning and implementing the eight pillars of the […]]]>

Singer-songwriter Stef Mariani launched an inclusive international movement founded in Hawaii and based on his recent award-winning album Nā Hōkū Hanohano stay gold. The Stay Gold movement, named after the album’s title track, helps people move from feelings of isolation to living meaningful and meaningful lives by learning and implementing the eight pillars of the principle. Stay Gold.

Multi-award-winning artist, Stef recently released his new single, “Use My Imagination (no more war)”, inspired and directed to those who send their loved ones to war, on April 29, 2022. This song is part of his latest project as part of the Stay Gold Movement.

Flow “Use My Imagination (no more war)” available on all streaming services worldwide.

“The Stay Gold principle has helped me enormously in many ways, and [illustrates] how we should show the true meaning of Aloha and the true value of community and how we should share this with the world. It helped me reframe and refocus on those core principles,” said Nicole Caccal, CEO of FORBES Ignite.

Regardless of age, race or sexual orientation, Mariani shares with over 1,000 members, from Hawaii to Kenya to Europe, how to “stay gold” or stay true to yourself in an ever-changing world. Mariani has coached the international group over the past 18 months with dramatic results that have captured the attention of the Huffington Post, Deepak Chopra and other national media. She also currently sits on the Forbes Musicians Coalition.

In line with the success of his admirable “Stay Gold” crusade, Stef is due to perform at Blue Note in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 27 and will release his latest single “Use My Imagination (no more war)” on April 29 on his Klever label. Kitty Records. Additionally, Mariani is gearing up to release her first book titled “Stay Gold – Be True to Who You Are in a Changing World” in July 2022 in both physical and audiobook form complete with full musical production. The memoir includes a detailed explanation of how precisely one can “stay golden”, revealing Mariani’s personal story and why she cares.

“It can be very difficult to ‘stay golden’ – or to remain kind and sincere in the face of life’s difficult trials,” says Mariani. “But by doing just one little thing every week, or every day, you can spread a ray of light and a reflection of universal love. I truly believe that.

In 2011, Mariani left a very controlling religious organization and marriage, forcing her to shut down completely in which she found her light was burning dangerously low. Now a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning artist, she uses her unique life experiences to help people who are shut down due to the pandemic and shows them in simple steps how to “stay golden” and start healing.

“Stay Gold” was the title track of Mariani’s album produced by three-time Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner Dave Tucciarone. stay gold earned her a win for Alternative Album of the Year in 2018, as well as a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. After her victory, people immediately started asking Mariani what “Stay Gold” meant and in 2020, when she could no longer take the stage to perform due to the pandemic, she started the Stay Gold Movement, which also became a non-profit organization based in Hawaii. helping artists like Bruddah Waltah and Starr Kalahiki pay their rent while they mentored the audience and fed the kupuna.

“Stef, she’s so genuine that she really loves what she does and she puts her whole body and soul into it,” Tucciarone said. “It’s a full body experience for her and it comes from her soul, it comes from within.”

Mariani recently returned from the Grammy Awards on April 3 where she performed a sold-out show in Las Vegas during Grammy week.

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‘An artist’ – Has Ronnie O’Sullivan made the biggest breakthrough in World Championship history at the Crucible? https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/an-artist-has-ronnie-osullivan-made-the-biggest-breakthrough-in-world-championship-history-at-the-crucible/ Sun, 01 May 2022 08:13:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/an-artist-has-ronnie-osullivan-made-the-biggest-breakthrough-in-world-championship-history-at-the-crucible/ Ronnie O’Sullivan marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most iconic breaks in World Snooker Championship history with a special break. O’Sullivan will face Judd Trump in the eighth Crucible final of his stellar 30-year career on Sunday and Monday thanks to a dominating 17-11 win over the four-time world champion. John Higgins in […]]]>

Ronnie O’Sullivan marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most iconic breaks in World Snooker Championship history with a special break.

O’Sullivan will face Judd Trump in the eighth Crucible final of his stellar 30-year career on Sunday and Monday thanks to a dominating 17-11 win over the four-time world champion. John Higgins in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.

“He was absolutely lethal among the balls,” Higgins told Eurosport. “I don’t think he missed his breaks.

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“He may have broken down when he failed to separate himself from the peloton a few times, but he was absolutely deadly.”

The world no. 1 compiled glorious breaks of 134, 121, 116, 107, 101, 99, 91, 83, 73, 70, 70, 67, 55, 55, 54 and 54 to maintain their quest for a record seventh world title at Sheffield, but the most beautiful run in the semi-final was the 82 achieved in the 18th middle on Saturday morning.

With O’Sullivan just 10-7 clear and trailing 32-22 in a tense tactical conjuncture of the contest, the six-time champion was faced with the prospect of a tricky long red and eight of the seemingly out-of-order reds, clustered at the le right side at the top of the table.

He launched into a utterly remarkable pot streak as he lightened to black with an astonishing run that had to be seen to be believed in restoring his four-frame advantage from a frame over 35 minutes and mired in the security game.

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“There are very few people born on the planet who could do what he just did there,” said the 1991 world champion. Jean Parrot on the BBC.

“Come take a look at this board, put it in your club and see how many points you score from there.”

“Just an artist with that cue ball control,” commented the seven-time winner Stephen Hendry.

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Perhaps it was fitting that O’Sullivan’s miraculous clearance at the 46th World Championship came four decades after ‘The People’s Champion’ Alex “Hurricane” Higgins compiled his iconic 69 in their 16-15 win Jimmy ‘Tourbillon’ White in the 1982 semi-finals.

Higgins had led 15-14 and 59-0 before saving the game with a daring pot-or-die compilation in the penultimate period before a closing 59 allowed the Northern Irishman to s secure a last place before winning a second world title (18 -15) against Ray Redon.

O’Sullivan’s 82 rivals the 92 he produced in the seventh frame of his 18-11 win over Ali Carter in the World Finals a decade ago – an effort he called “the best break ever” en route to a fourth triumph in 2012 – but which was arguably even more impressive for the technical difficulty.

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While his 147 built in five minutes and eight seconds at the 1997 World Championship transcends snooker, it was only achievable because all the reds were at the mercy of the icing on the cake.

It’s much harder to discover a winning formula when the odds are stacked against you. Yet somehow O’Sullivan, snooker’s GOAT, lives on.

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From audiobooks to micro-operas, Sarah Candido ’22 lends her voice to Lafayette’s soundscape – The Lafayette https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/from-audiobooks-to-micro-operas-sarah-candido-22-lends-her-voice-to-lafayettes-soundscape-the-lafayette/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 09:05:55 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/from-audiobooks-to-micro-operas-sarah-candido-22-lends-her-voice-to-lafayettes-soundscape-the-lafayette/ Sarah Candido ’22 is a jack of all trades when it comes to Lafayette choral groups. Throughout his four years at Lafayette, Candido was a member of both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers. She is also part of the Marquis Consort, a small mixed group of instrumentalists and singers covering music from the […]]]>

Sarah Candido ’22 is a jack of all trades when it comes to Lafayette choral groups.

Throughout his four years at Lafayette, Candido was a member of both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers. She is also part of the Marquis Consort, a small mixed group of instrumentalists and singers covering music from the 16th to the 18th century.

Candido’s passion for singing began when she joined a Broadway children’s choir at just six years old. From there, she goes on chorus after chorus before landing in Lafayette. She now focuses mainly on classical singing.

Double majoring in English and music, Candido originally planned to pursue music as a minor.

“I decided, ‘no, I can’t really do this. I have to be fully involved. And there were so many cool music lessons I wanted to take,'” she said.

Candido now combines its fascination with both fields to spawn a new interest: audiobook production.

“Audio book [production is] essentially editing people reading books aloud, so music technology and sound recording are combined with books,” she said.

For his senior project, Candido is currently working on a “mini-album” comprising four songs, including “Non Disperar”, an Italian tune sung by Cleopatra in “Giulio Cesare” and “On the Steps of the Palace”, by Stephen “In the woods” of Sondheim.

Candido recorded these songs live on stage at the Williams Center for the Arts. She is now putting her music technology skills into practice to complete the editing, sound mixing and crossfading for the project.

Studying at Lafayette changed the way Candido views music.

“I’ve had so many opportunities to perform and so many opportunities to be close to people who are involved in music,” she said. “I’ve definitely grown as a singer and musician since coming here, and I’ve become more confident and independent.

One such performance opportunity presented itself when Candido sang Lafayette’s alma mater at President Hurd’s inauguration in October.

Additionally, opportunities such as the Marquis Consort gave her the chance to explore types of music she never imagined.

“I got to work with all these cool people that I didn’t really know before because they play instruments and I sing, so we don’t interact as much,” Candido said of his experience with the Consort.

“We did Irish music, Spanish music, French music – we did it all,” Candido said. “It’s all the early music from different eras that isn’t as widely known.”

Next weekend, Candido will perform in a 20-minute micro-opera that Anna Zittle ’22 wrote for her graduation thesis. Candido is one of two students to sing in the performance and has been preparing with Zittle since the fall. She will then perform with the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir on Saturday, followed by the Marquis Consort on Sunday. She will also be the recipient of the John Raymond Award for Outstanding Musicality at this year’s Honorary Convocation.

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