Art district – Balazo Gallery http://balazogallery.com/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:09:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://balazogallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Art district – Balazo Gallery http://balazogallery.com/ 32 32 Who is Linda Skeens? Mystery Woman Sweeps Virginia Kentucky District Fair, Captivating the Internet https://balazogallery.com/who-is-linda-skeens-mystery-woman-sweeps-virginia-kentucky-district-fair-captivating-the-internet/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:09:23 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/who-is-linda-skeens-mystery-woman-sweeps-virginia-kentucky-district-fair-captivating-the-internet/

In my dream, a sweetgrass breeze blows through the open door. In the background, birdsong weaves in and out of earshot, as if crossing the water. My fingers brush the red gingham tablecloth laden with homemade pickles and various jams, a perfectly yellow summer sun shimmering through the glass. I raise a hand to shield my eyes, and through the gaps in my fingers, I can just see my mistake. It’s not the sun at all; it’s Linda Skeens’ award-winning canned corn, beautiful and terrible as the dawn, and all fair attendees cower before its grandeur.

Linda Skeens’ winning canned corn, seen here in the most perfectly American photo ever taken.Emma Chandler

The Virginia Kentucky District Fair may have crowned her champion baked goods, but the internet has made her its queen.

Linda Skeens won every spot in every baked goods category at the Virginia Kentucky District Fair, and the internet is here for it.
Linda Skeens won every spot in every baked goods category at the Virginia Kentucky District Fair, and the internet is here for it.VaKy District Fair

Held annually since 1913, the Fair affectionately nicknamed VaKy draws an average of about 14,000 attendees from Wise County, Virginia and neighboring Letcher County, Kentucky. It features amusement rides, live music, bull riding, motocross, a horse show, and arts, farming, crafts, and home economics competitions. It’s unclear if she competed in the bull contest, but Skeens cleaned up in the home economics division. She won all the places in all the categories of Baked goodsmany of those of canned food, and also won the highest overall ranking in most of those categories. A true Renaissance woman for the times, she even placed herself in Embroidery and Wall Decoration. Commentaries dubbed this phenomenon a “Skeens Sweep”.

Skeens is versatile, ranking in the craft categories as well as the kitchen.
Skeens is versatile, ranking in the craft categories as well as the kitchen.Emma Chandler

The whole internet is on fire with his fandom. There are thousands of comments, memes and calls on her and Sharon, of “Thank You, Marie Callender” fame, to collaborate. There’s a whole parody Facebook group using her name, people pleading for a cookbook or an interview to find out more about how she rose to the top of her game, and more than one Linda Skeens posting that they have received dozens of messages and want to let everyone know that they are not this Linda Skeen.

A Virginia-based Linda Skeens-but-not-just-Linda-Skeens I spoke to said she received messages from Baking Queen fans from as far away as Norway and Indonesia. “Everyone has been incredibly cool and funny and fun,” she says, “(people) got the joke, and I’m having a blast.”

The fair has been over for two weeks, but if anything, the tradition is still building. “Linda Skeens is not here to make friends,” commented Maria Durbin on the original fair post, “just here to make HISTORY.”

But, in Slim Shady fashion, the real Linda Skeens has yet to rise.

I can’t really blame her; the hype must be discouraging. The comments, my god, the comments! In the absence of verifiable details, the rumor mill is collective entertainment. People wonder if she was the only attendee, or they posit that maybe everyone in Wise, Virginia is named Linda Skeens. He’s been called the “John Wick of canning,” and there are countless Chuck Norris jokes. Insinuations that she might murder her closest competitors (or be murdered by them) abound, as do mini fan-fiction dramas to rival “Game of Thrones.” In these, Linda Skeens has rescued a family from a burning house, played catering fairy godmother at a wedding leaving only the smell of fresh apple pie behind, or saved a kitten from a tree by cooking a stick ladder under it. “Linda saved me hundreds on my car insurance,” Caren Rose said.

Desperate to speak with Skeens and hopefully find out the secret to his best strawberry fudge (!), I contacted the fair to see if we could get the lean. Spokeswoman Jennifer Sturgill told me Skeens won 25 of the 29 categories she entered, and contrary to popular belief, she often wasn’t the only entrant — she’s just that good. As a fellow Southerner who knows well that craft and cooking competitions are the bread and butter (pickle) of the county fair, with fierce competition from many talented entrants, I am amazed at this achievement. Lots of commenters on social media are too, and they’re crying out for a cookbook. Is there one released every year like some fairs do, I ask Sturgill, hopefully? “I’ve definitely been asked about a cookbook, and right now, no, there isn’t, but I’m not saying it couldn’t happen in the future.”

At least that’s good news, but would Skeens talk to us? “Unfortunately Linda is declining interviews at this time,” was the response.

Like I said, I think that’s understandable; she doesn’t seem to be on social media, and that must be overwhelming for a person to handle. Sturgill said the fair employees were struggling to process publicity, and there are 15 of them. But honestly, I think I prefer mystery. As it stands, Linda Skeens could be anyone you pass on the street, slipping away to share her miracle brownies with the world, and returning unnoticed, like a Banksy bakery. So, the medium is the message: the delights still exist in these difficult and chaotic times. We can count, at least, on the immortality of a well-risen bread, or a perfect biscuit.

“Everyone needs a Linda in their life,” Katie Cortes commented on Facebook, and I believe it’s true. This explains why so much of the internet is so captivated.

I have a feeling that next year’s VaKy district fair may have a wider scope than in past years. Sturgill tells me they already have the dates set, so mark your calendars June 13-17, 2023. Legend has it that if you arrive early, when the birdsong rises and falls again with the dawn, you’ve come from You you might spot someone dropping a plate of strawberry fudge out of the corner of your eye or smell a freshly baked apple pie.

]]> New Mural in North Sacramento Celebrates Diversity https://balazogallery.com/new-mural-in-north-sacramento-celebrates-diversity/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 01:29:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/new-mural-in-north-sacramento-celebrates-diversity/ The city that boasts hundreds of murals has added a new one to its walls – this one celebrates Sacramento’s diversity. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby were at the dedication ceremony for the “Victory & Rhythm” mural on Sunday. The most recent mural adorning the city walls is in the Gardenland Northgate area. You can find him at 2630 Northgate Blvd. at SP Liquor & Market. Beth Rubel was the lead artist for the mural. She is one of 10 other lead artists to lead the City of Sacramento’s community murals pilot program that began last year. The 10 murals are set up in each of Sacramento’s eight districts. This mural is in District 3, where Council Member Jeff Harris serves. “Embracing diversity and culture through community art and murals has been a goal for Councilmember Harris, especially in historically under-invested neighborhoods such as Gardenland and Northgate,” a press release on the mural said. “This new mural from the Gardenland Northgate Neighborhood Association (GNNA) represents the confluence of what we love about the city of Sacramento, government; building neighborhoods, bringing community together, supporting our artists and creatives, and highlighting the beautiful mosaic of diversity in our city,” Steinberg said on social media. The Sunday inauguration included a free lunch for the first 100 people and a bike raffle for children.

The city that boasts hundreds of murals has added a new one to its walls – this one celebrates Sacramento’s diversity.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby were at the dedication ceremony for the “Victory & Rhythm” mural on Sunday.

The most recent mural adorning the city walls is in the Gardenland Northgate area. You can find him at 2630 Northgate Blvd. at SP Liquor & Market.

Beth Rubel was the lead artist for the mural. She is one of 10 other main performers to spearhead the city of Sacramento. Community Murals Pilot Program which started last year. The 10 murals are installed in each of the Sacramento’s Eight Wards. This mural is in District 3, where council member Jeff Harris sits.

“Embracing diversity and culture through community art and murals has been a goal for Councilmember Harris, especially in historically under-invested neighborhoods such as Gardenland and Northgate,” a press release said. on the mural.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg

“This new mural from the Gardenland Northgate Neighborhood Association (GNNA) represents the confluence of what we love about the city of Sacramento, government; building neighborhoods, bringing community together, supporting our artists and creatives, and highlighting the beautiful mosaic of diversity in our city,” Steinberg said on social media.

The Sunday inauguration included a free lunch for the first 100 people and a bike raffle for children.

]]>
‘Bringing the library to them’: Spokane County District’s new ‘branch’ is a traveling bookmobile https://balazogallery.com/bringing-the-library-to-them-spokane-county-districts-new-branch-is-a-traveling-bookmobile/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 01:09:28 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/bringing-the-library-to-them-spokane-county-districts-new-branch-is-a-traveling-bookmobile/

The Spokane County Library District’s newest site has much in common with its original location.

The district’s first library was a bookmobile, and now its 12th “branch” is a library on wheels, said district strategic project manager Amber Williams.

The 34-foot hybrid Freightliner is known as LINC, an acronym for “Libraries in Neighborhoods and Communities.” LINC, along with a new mobile service van, was made possible by voter approval of the 2019 library tax.

During the summer, LINC will make stops at Spokane County parks and free lunch sites. In the fall, LINC will have a regular schedule of stops in different communities around the county. The goal is to reach areas without nearby library branches. Scheduled stops include Latah, Elk, Spangle, and Rockford, among others.

“We want to be able to reach the farthest county limits,” Williams said. “It’s much more financially feasible than building physical libraries in outlying rural areas. Instead, we bring them the library.

LINC offers all the functionality of its physical counterparts. You can sign up for a library card, return books in the book drop, and check out new books, DVDs, or CDs. But the vehicle’s design means employees can offer so much more than a traditional bookmobile.

“We can provide programming, recovery assistance and informative events for adults and children,” said Sarah Rooney, Outreach Specialist.

In addition to borrowing materials and participating in programs, you can connect to Wi-Fi for your mobile devices, use a library computer and access the Internet at LINC, and print your files using the library mobile printing option.

“That’s as much library as we can fit into a vehicle,” Williams said.

The mobile library is also versatile.

Shelves can be removed, desks and seating added, and art supplies are stored in the risers at the rear of the vehicle. There’s even an elevator for those who can’t get through the entrance steps.

Tuesday afternoon at Valley Mission Park, guests toured the vast space. The sun filtered through the three skylights, but the LINC’s air conditioning kept everyone comfortable.

Williams said battery-powered air conditioning is 30 to 40 percent more fuel efficient than the traditional type. The new Valley Library has a garage with a charging station, but Avista is letting the district charge CLIC at one of its sites for now, she said.

Danielle Marcy, Outreach Supervisor said, “People are very excited. It causes a lot of nostalgia. They are reminiscent of the bookmobiles of the past.

]]>
How to view NFTs, from holograms to digital frames https://balazogallery.com/how-to-view-nfts-from-holograms-to-digital-frames/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:03:51 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/how-to-view-nfts-from-holograms-to-digital-frames/

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are the new assets one would want to flex and show off first and foremost. And why not? After spending millions on NFT art and building a classic NFT collection, it’s only natural that you want to display it where everyone can see it. In fact, there are several clever and creative ways to display your NFTs beyond virtual worlds.

Collectors and galleries are looking for new ways to exhibit digital art. Unlike traditional physical art like paintings and sculptures, which can be simply framed or encased and kept on top of the mantle, displaying NFT art is a bit tricky. It must show its authenticity, maintain the various determining factors and give the true feeling of digital art (whether it is video, audio or other types of artwork) while putting it on stage.

Its undeniable craze and hype is such that the methods of displaying an NFT collection are also gaining momentum. It becomes a way to experience and attract the attention of the NFT community, which helps to buy and sell NFT art.

With the rise in celebrity interest and attention from famous auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the NFT space is skyrocketing at an unfettered pace and hence the need to display and to show your NFTs also becomes quite crucial to stand out from the crowd.

Different ways to view your NFTs

Exhibitions in IRL galleries

Photo credit: Bright Moments Gallery/ @brightmomentsgallery/ Instagram

Bringing NFTs out of the digital space, there are actual art galleries around the world that have the infrastructure to display NFT art collections. These galleries have state-of-the-art digital screens that display the artworks and provide all related information.

Art galleries such as Bright Moments Gallery in Venice, Blackdove in Miami, USA, Quantus Gallery in the UK, Asia Art Center in Taiwan and Superlative Gallery in Bali’s Superlative Secret Society (SSS) host exhibitions and present artworks created by Web3 artists as well as display NFTs curated by collectors around the world.

Online gallery exhibitions

NFT display: online galleries
Image credit: ONCYBER/ @oncyber/ Instagram

Not just galleries in the real world, artwork in the digital world demands online art galleries where you can display it in style. These NFT galleries make it easy to display NFT collections, and there are a number of them.

For instance, OnCyber, an online art space, allows users to display their crypto art and create their own shows. For this, users need to connect their blockchain wallets. For this, they can choose from the three available options – Connect the Ethereum blockchain through the Metamask browser extension, Temple Wallet can grant access to the Tezos and Fantom blockchain to Solana. Users can then host an NFT Art Show to display NFT art on their registered blockchain wallet.

Other similar platforms include names like Show timewhich claims to be the Instagram of NFTs and Lazya digital venture from Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban.

Post them on your feed

Flaunt NFT: Social Media
Image credit: Screenshot/ Justin Bieber/ Twitter

One thing that is absolutely true for NFTs is “if you have them, flaunt them”. After spending millions of dollars on a funky monkey, rare memorabilia, or a cool gummy bear, it makes sense to flex your collectibles across all your social media platforms.

Get inspired by celebrities like Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton and Eminem who display their NFTs as profile pictures and share them on their Twitter and Instagram feeds. Premium and verified Twitter accounts have the privilege to upload NFTs as profile pictures and Meta will soon bring a feature to showcase and sell NFTs on Instagram as well.

Frame your memories NFT

Digital frames are perhaps one of the coolest and most stylish ways to display NFTs.

In Tokenframe products, you can print your entire NFT collection or just a few of them on digital frames equipped with anti-glare screens, speakers, rotating functions and more. Unlike other art frames, these crypto art frames also display the QR code and give all the information about an NFT and you can also switch between different ones on the same frame.

What if we said you can print videos and view them? Infinite Items Makes possible. It provides cool solutions to keep your favorite NFT closer to you by inserting the video file into a 12cm x 17cm digital frame. It then plays the video or GIF in a loop forever and doesn’t even require any software to control it.

Another example of cutting-edge technology is provided by Looking Glass Factory, which offers the most futuristic and stylish solution to display your digital assets. Mirrored Portrait allows users to convert their 3D NFTs into holograms, which was previously not possible without Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.

Other smart options include the Wall Canvas, Dragon Touch Frames or use the TokenCast app to create your own NFT gallery.

Display on the shelves of the marketplace

NFT Market
Image credit: Screenshot/OpenSea

Another lucrative way to display your NFT collection online is to list your blockchain wallet on NFT marketplaces. These marketplaces provide fun shopping experiences for NFT enthusiasts who can not only display their crypto art here, but also see what others are doing in the NFT art space.

Major markets like OpenSea, Rare, Foundation and super rare also helps you get noticed by taking your NFT collection out into the world. You can buy, sell and mint digital art as well as interact with other creators and collectors and be part of the wider NFT community.

Land on the Metaverse

Flaunt NFT: Metaverse
Image credit: Spatial

NFTs are extremely versatile, and displaying them doesn’t have to be limited to a digital frame or an NFT marketplace. Cryptographic art can be easily brought into the digital universe and displayed in the metaverse.

Metaverses like Spatial, Decentraland, Roblox, Sandbox, and many more have their own virtual worlds that provide space and platforms where collectors flock to view and showcase their NFTs. Spatial uses VR technology to bring collectors and creators closer to its art galleries, while Decentraland’s 100x Art District is a haven for digital art fanatics.

Like Decentraland, Sandbox allows users to purchase virtual land using cryptocurrencies and use it to host NFT art exhibits and display their collections. It’s a great way to interact with other creators and sell your art.

Metaverse also hosts various events like a fashion week, music concerts, and meet and greets where auctions become a big part of selling and buying NFT, which automatically is an amazing way to view your NFTs.

Art invoices and QR codes

Print NFTs
Image credit: Angela Pencheva/ @angelapencheva/ Unsplash

Thinking of displaying NFTs simpler and easier? Printing the artwork like any other normal image and placing it in a regular frame of choice is the way to go. That’s what collector Andrew Coathup shared in 2019 when he was granted the right to to print its NFTs.

The idea is why should a work of art be limited to the virtual world or live inside screens? You can smell and touch your NFTs by printing them out and then using any QR code generator to issue a QR code for the artwork URL.

If you want to make it more durable and long-lasting, you can opt for aluminum plates. Solid NFT is one such platform that provides a solution. Through a process called sublimation, the NFT is printed onto the foil with an authentication panel on the back, which contains full transaction and ownership details.

(Main and feature image credit: Maxim Hopman/ @nampoh/ Unsplash)

]]>
Events in Tallahassee starting June 21 – Tallahassee Reports https://balazogallery.com/events-in-tallahassee-starting-june-21-tallahassee-reports/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:16:12 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/events-in-tallahassee-starting-june-21-tallahassee-reports/

Star Wars Quiz Night
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Brass Tap in Midtown, 1321 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: Bring your lightsabers and the Force for Star Wars trivia night, impress your friends with your wealth of intergalactic knowledge, as you fight to be Obie “One”. Register before 6:30 p.m. and the quiz starts at 7:00 p.m. May the force be with you.

Trivia night
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022, starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Tallahassee World of Beer, 830 E Lafayette St.
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: Savor cold beers and great food while wowing your friends with your plethora of useful knowledge.

Tim Russel Live
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022, starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hurricane Grill and Wings, 6800 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No cover.
What you will get: Live music performed by Tim Russell. Enjoy cold drinks and hot wings as you perform to live tunes.

wine and the blues
Date: Friday, June 24, 2022, starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Wine House, 1355 Market St.
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: Blues Meets Girl will perform live at The Wine House. Enjoy delicious cuisine and sassy wines in a cozy atmosphere.

Soul Medicine Live Music
Date: Friday, June 24, 2022, starts at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hurricane Grill and Wings, 6800 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No cover.
What you will get: Start your weekend off right with live music performed by Soul Medicine. Savor cold drinks and hot wings as you rock to live tunes and hum.

31st Tallahassee Model Train Show and Sale
Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Rd.
Cost: $10.00
What you will get: The Big Bend Model Railroad Association celebrates its 31st Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale in Tallahassee. About 40 suppliers will present new and used model trains. Products from LGB, Aristocraft, Lionel, American Flyer, Atlas and many more will be available to bring you the best of the region in model railroading and accessories.

The band Luke Martin live
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022, starts at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hurricane Grill and Wings, 6800 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No cover.
What you will get: Live music performed by the Luke Martin Band. Enjoy cold drinks and hot wings as you perform to live tunes.

Sunset Concert at Cascades Park: The Lee Boys
Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden St.
Cost: Free
What you will get: The Lee Boys with JB’s Zydeco Zoo will perform live at a free concert at Cascades Park. Bring a blanket or chairs for the lawn and BYOB, there will also be food trucks on site for a bite to eat.

Lizards, skinks and salamanders
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022, starts at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: $4.00-$6.00
What you will get: You’ll join the park rangers as they discuss the lizards, skinks and salamanders that call Maclay Gardens home. See some creatures up close in small terrariums, then stroll through the native arboretum to learn about the habitats of these animals while searching for them in the wild. To register, call: 850-487-4556.

Tallahassee Farmers Market
Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: 2904 Kerry Forest Pkwy
Cost: Free
What you will get: The Tallahassee Farmers Market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce. It’s a year-round market with over 25 vendors with a wide selection of items for sale.

Tallahassee Downtown Market
Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Ponce de Leon Park, Downtown Tallahassee
Cost: Free
What you will get: Wake up to Tallahassee goodness this Saturday at the Downtown Tallahassee Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can buy fresh produce from the garden and fresh bread with jams, as well as unique arts and crafts handmade by local artists.

Satur-DIY Wood Workshop
Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Workshop AR Tallahassee, 1950 Thomasville Rd. Ste. J
Cost: Starts at $39.00
What you will get: Join the AR workshop to work on all the wooden DIY projects offered. Choose any project from the list on the website. Then, in the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and stain colors (non-toxic!). BYO wine or beer to sip and enjoy during the workshop. Register online.

Family craft workshop – Projects for young people and adults
Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop AR Tallahassee, 1950 Thomasville Rd. Ste. J
Cost: Starts at $30.00
What you will get: Bring the whole family and join the AR workshop to work on all the DIY wood or canvas projects on offer. Choose any project from the list on the website. Then, in the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and stain colors (non-toxic!). Register online.

31st Tallahassee Model Train Show and Sale
Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Rd.
Cost: $10.00
What you will get: The Big Bend Model Railroad Association celebrates its 31st Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale in Tallahassee. About 40 suppliers will present new and used model trains. Products from LGB, Aristocraft, Lionel, American Flyer, Atlas and more will be available to bring you the best the region has to offer in model railroading and
accessories.

Quiz @ Brass Tap Midtown
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Brass Faucet @ Midtown, 1321 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No cover.
What you will get: Enjoy an evening at the Brass Tap with great food and cold drinks, while showing off your crazy skills.

Top Gun Quiz Night
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022, starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Tallahassee World of Beer, 830 E Lafayette St.
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: Savor cold beers and great food as you impress your friends with your Top Gun movie knowledge.

Live music by Cornbread & Coconuts
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022, starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hurricane Grill and Wings, 6800 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No cover.
What you will get: Indulge in Cornbread & Coconuts while enjoying hot wings and a cold beverage at the Hurricane Grill.

Fun night at the museum
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022, starts at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S. Monroe St.
Cost: $15.00-$20.00
What you will get: Join the Florida Historic Capitol Museum for an evening of mind and body challenges. There will be trivia games, speed games, and more. Teams of five will work together to earn points and win prizes. Space is limited, so register online at the link provided above. Event fees are per team and include pizza, salad and beverages. Recommended for ages five and up.

First Friday @ Railroad Square
Date: Friday, July 1, 2022, starts at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Railroad Square Arts District, 661 Railroad Square
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: The First Friday event features live music, open galleries, games and entertainment. Additionally, food and beverages will be available for purchase at various on-site food trucks, as well as local restaurants and cafes.

Live with Live Oaks
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022, starts at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: $4.00-$6.00
What you will get: You and your family will learn about the magnificent live oak trees and the animal life they help sustain. You’ll learn how to estimate their age and where to find tall trees in Tallahassee. Then, enjoy a whimsical children’s tale about gnomes from the Living Gnome Tree in Maclay Gardens’ Living Oak. Call 850.487.4556 to register.

Dominic Milner live
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022, starts at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Tally Fish House, 6800 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: No coverage
What you will get: Sit inside or on the patio and enjoy Dominic Milner live. His tunes will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time. Enjoy great food and generous libations for purchase by Tally Fish House.

Tallahassee Farmers Market
Date: Saturday July 2, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: 2904 Kerry Forest Pkwy
Cost: Free
What you will get: The Tallahassee Farmers Market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce. It’s a year-round market with over 25 vendors with a wide selection of items for sale.

Tallahassee Downtown Market
Date: Saturday July 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Ponce de Leon Park, Downtown Tallahassee
Cost: Free
What you will get: Wake up to Tallahassee goodness this Saturday at the Downtown Tallahassee Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can buy fresh produce from the garden and fresh bread with jams, as well as unique arts and crafts handmade by local artists.

Satur-DIY Wood Workshop
Date: Saturday July 2, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Workshop AR Tallahassee, 1950 Thomasville Rd. Ste. J
Cost: Starts at $39.00
What you will get: Join the AR workshop to work on all the wooden DIY projects offered. Choose any project from the list on the website. Then, in the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and stain colors (non-toxic!). BYO wine or beer to sip and enjoy during the workshop. Register online.

death trap
Date: June 9-26, 2022
Where: Tallahassee Theater, 1861 Thomasville Rd.
Cost: $25.00
What you will get: Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, best-selling Broadway thriller writer Sidney Bruhl struggles to weather a drought that has resulted in a series of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible rift in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a seminary student he was tutoring at a nearby college. DEATHTRAP delivers twists of devilish skill and delivers sudden, hilarious shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment.

]]>
Bath Primary School receives outpouring of support following devastating fire https://balazogallery.com/bath-primary-school-receives-outpouring-of-support-following-devastating-fire/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 19:38:28 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/bath-primary-school-receives-outpouring-of-support-following-devastating-fire/

A week after an arsonist allegedly set fire to Dike Newell Elementary School, Regional School District 1 administrators are still surveying the damage to determine what repairs should be made. Meanwhile, community members have asked to contribute.

“Without a place to put the items or an exact list of what is needed, as we were unable to enter the building to take concrete inventory, it is difficult to accept donations now or to determine what our wishlist needs, etc. . wrote RSU1 Superintendent Patrick Manuel in a letter to families in the district.

The fire started around 10:30 p.m. on June 10 when Allan Thomas Vigil allegedly burst into the school and used a lighter to ignite paper in the school’s art supply cupboard. Following his arraignment at West Bath District Court on June 13, Vigil was taken to Two Bridges Prison in Wiscasset where he will await his next court appearance on August 24.

It wasn’t Vigil’s first offense, according to the Maine Department of Corrections, Vigil was convicted of three counts of arson in 2014. After his 12-year sentence was suspended, Vigil was sentenced to four years probation and undergo psychological counseling.

The state fire marshal’s office reported extensive damage to the school.

“We have worked diligently with our insurance company and are awaiting more information from them on coverage for what was lost,” Manuel said.

Shelly Daniels, a parent at Dike-Newell School, said her son cried when he learned of the fire at his school, but said the community has come together significantly.

“I am extremely impressed with the way the school is handling everything and the outpouring of support from the community. That’s why we love our city so much. They take a terrible tragedy and show what it means for a community to come together to persevere,” she said.

“We are very grateful for all offers of help and service, and will contact you soon once we have a better idea of ​​specific needs and storage locations,” said Manuel. “In the meantime, please know that the entire Dike-Newell School community can feel the support and we look forward to utilizing everyone’s help very soon in the future when we have more information.”

” Previous

]]>
Pride of the Arts District Returns https://balazogallery.com/pride-of-the-arts-district-returns/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:23:29 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/pride-of-the-arts-district-returns/

A variety of food trucks will be on hand for hungry people at Arts District Pride. (David Taffet/Voice of Dallas)

The museums offer an evening of a wide variety of entertainment options to celebrate Pride

DAVID TAFFET | Senior Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

Pride will be celebrated in the Arts District tonight (Friday, June 17) with live performances, a Nasher Garden Dance Party, film screenings, art, dancing, games, tours of galleries, drag shows and more. And if the last pre-pandemic Pride event in the Arts District was any indication, roughly the same number of people will attend tonight’s event as they did in Fair Park for the parade.

What is missing from Arts District Pride? The blazing sun. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until midnight downtown in and around the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Crowe Museum of Asian Art and along Flora and Harwood streets.

It also lacks banks, insurance companies and other companies. The list of sponsors instead includes organizations like the Texas Commission on the Arts. The North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Voice are about as commercial as the list of sponsors.

The community stage at the corner of Flora and Harwood streets will be an entertainment center. Uptown Players will take the stage at 7 p.m. with a medley of music from some of their shows. This is followed by the Abounding Prosperity set promoting the Dallas Southern Pride and Juneteenth events taking place throughout the weekend, a performance by Dezi-5, and a grand finale with Jada Pinkett Fox.

More entertainment takes place in the galleries of the DMA where Flexible Gray Theater Company will be established Bridges: Texas and Tfourth in a series of interviews featuring transgender and non-conforming actors.

Vendor booths at Arts District Pride give visitors the opportunity to interact with creators showcasing their work. (David Taffet/Voice of Dallas)

Films include Hollywood hits like Victor, Victoria at Nasher and, at DMA, No Straight Lines on the rise of five queer comics. Jeannette, presented at 10 p.m. at Horchow Auditorium, tells the story of a competitive bodybuilder and queer single mother struggling to cope with trauma after surviving a mass shooting.

Stacey Lizotte of the Dallas Museum of Art said the museums are ramping up all of their programming, including late-night events, and this year’s Art District Pride will feature both new programming and some of the most successful parties. previous events.

Museum tours will be led for the first time by members of the DMA’s Teen Advisory Council. These tours include one that explores post-war abstraction and another that visits works from the collection that include images of dogs and cats. A tour explores the unconventional materials used in various pieces from the collection of Basquiet, Rauschenberg and Bochner. Pride and self-expression gives participants an overview Lady Godiva by Anne Whitney, the tea towels of Bamana and the canvases of Monet The Water Lily PonD.

A self-guided guide to five queer artists from the DMA collection can be picked up at the Guest Services desk. It’s an interesting way to approach the museum’s massive collection by looking for specific paintings or other artistic creations rather than just going from painting to painting, room to room.

Arttitude will be back with new artists, poets, dancers and visual artists, Lizotte said. They will present a showcase of African American women speaking out on issues of identity, culture and social climate and honoring Juneteenth. B. Randall welcomes Lyrik Hunter, Haley Colbert, Lyrique Jaye, Danielle Ellis and Shukee.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Kiki Ball Resource Center,” continued Lizotte. To make it more participatory, spectators will be invited to come on stage and parade themselves.

And new artistic groups will be part of the activities. This year, the Dallas Opera joins Arts District Pride.

Librarians from the Dallas Public Library will be on hand with books and recommendations. They promise to be radical librarians who don’t believe in banning books but believe in making proper recommendations.

Although admission to the DMA is free, tickets will be required to access the current Cartier fine jewelry exhibit.

Lizotte recommended that those interested spend time admiring and examining the detail work and craftsmanship of Cartier’s masterpieces collected from around the world for the exhibition. Tickets are $25.

Visitors relax on the lawn while listening to performers at the 2019 Arts District Pride. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

At Nasher, the Pride Dance Party starts at 6 p.m. with Johnny B33. Pride After Dark begins at 8 p.m. with periodic live performances. Or if you prefer to watch the dance, Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico opens the evening on the Community Stage.
Gallery tours will be offered hourly from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and admission to Nasher is free for the evening.

The Crowe Museum partners with the University of Texas at Dallas to present a program at 7 p.m. Coming Out: Living Authentically as an LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Coming out for AAPI people “may require a different approach due to cultural norms or traditions that emphasize duty to family and community” which can make the coming out process complex to navigate .

Take pictures with Temoc, UTD’s mascot. Or participate in Xone, “a handcrafted, love-driven zine designed and curated by queer people of color.”

Outside of the Crowe, Common Ground Games will teach new board games while offering mocktails.

And visit the Crowe and Nasher collections.

Along the streets there will be food trucks, a drink station and vendors. And Abounding Prosperity and Resource Center will have their HIV and STD testing vans in front of the DMA entrances.

“You can register to vote inside and outside,” Lizotte said.

On Sunday, in conjunction with Arts District Pride, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is offering free admission to permanent and special exhibitions as well as screenings of the film Harriet.

]]>
Top Swiss collector thinks he was duped by antiquities smuggling ring that trapped Louvre director: ‘It’s scary’ https://balazogallery.com/top-swiss-collector-thinks-he-was-duped-by-antiquities-smuggling-ring-that-trapped-louvre-director-its-scary/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:19:50 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/top-swiss-collector-thinks-he-was-duped-by-antiquities-smuggling-ring-that-trapped-louvre-director-its-scary/

Swiss collector Jean-Claude Gandur has filed a criminal complaint alleging the falsified provenance of an Egyptian Fayoum portrait from the 1st at 2n/a century AD He bought it in 2014 for “nearly 1 million” from the Phoenix Ancient Art gallery in Geneva, he confirmed by phone to Artnet News while on a train to Art Basel.

Gandur filed suit on June 3 after a reporter informed him that the portrait had the same provenance as other suspicious artifacts that have recently made headlines, including the looted golden sarcophagus of the priest Nedjemankh, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art returned to Egypt in 2019.

Presented until recently at La Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in Geneva, the collector’s private foundation, the funerary portrait of a bearded man painted on a mummy fragment has traveled to museums in France and Switzerland and his image has was used by a Montreal museum for an interactive digital project.

“The whole world has seen it, and in more than eight years no one has reacted” to its dubious origins, he said, adding that he stopped buying antiques last year. “I have come to understand what is happening in this market, and there are many other [dealers and auction houses] which are not fully white [pure]. [Police] catch a few, and more will follow,” he said.

Art, Geneva.” width=”784″ height=”1024″ srcset=”https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/06/Fayum-portrait-courtesy-of-Fonation-Gandur-pour-lArt-Geneva-784×1024.jpeg 784w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/06/Fayum-portrait-courtesy-of-Fonation-Gandur-pour-lArt-Geneva-230×300.jpeg 230w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/06/Fayum-portrait-courtesy-of-Fonation-Gandur-pour-lArt-Geneva-38×50.jpeg 38w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2022/06/Fayum-portrait-courtesy-of-Fonation-Gandur-pour-lArt-Geneva.jpeg 1169w” sizes=”(max-width: 784px) 100vw, 784px”/>

A catalog entry for the Fayoum portrait. courtesy of the Foundation Gandur for Art, Geneva.

Like the looted Nedjemankh sarcophagus and a pink granite stele purchased by Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2016, the portrait is listed as having belonged to German collector Johannes Behrens and a dealer named Habib Tawadros. Gandur said he couldn’t find any evidence that Behrens existed..

The Geneva public prosecutor’s office confirmed the filing of Gandur’s complaint. The collector said he does not know who was ultimately responsible for trafficking the allegedly fake item, but the complaint ensures he has the potential to be compensated for the damages. (In Switzerland, it is possible to file a complaint against a stranger.)

The Fayoum portrait has other similarities with the allegedly looted antiquities under investigation. Two key suspects in the trafficking case, drug dealers Roben Dib and Christophe Kunicki, sold him for 355,000 at the Phoenix Ancient Art gallery in 2013, according to the art diary. A French judge, working in cooperation with the New York District Attorney’s Office, charged them with gang fraud and money laundering.

In the same case, the former director of the Louvre in Paris, Jean-Luc Martinez, was charged with complicity in organized fraud and money laundering in connection with objects which were allegedly smuggled out of Egypt. and purchased by Louvre Abu Dhabi. Through his attorneys, Martinez denied the allegations against him in a statement to Artnet News.

Gandur knows Martinez well, having worked with him at the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH), where Gandur is a board member and chair of its ethics committee. Until recently, Martinez was chairman of ALIPH’s scientific committee, but he “has gone on leave waiting to see what happens,” Gandur explained. “In my opinion, he’s a good man, and I believe he was abused, the same way I was abused,” he said.

“Hopefully this case will clean up the market, so we can breathe again,” Gandur said. “I’ve always collected ethically and I’ve been very careful. Suddenly I’ve been swept up in a situation beyond me,” he said, clearly upset. “It’s all wrong, it’s all been stolen. It’s scary, and I hope justice will prevail.

In an example of the diplomatic repercussions on the investigation, the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs temporarily suspended Martinez from his duties related to art trafficking, which were essential to his work as French Ambassador for Cooperation. international cultural heritage. He nevertheless retained his post as ambassador.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, whose acquisitions are approved by a joint commission co-chaired by the director of the Paris museum, is a powerful symbol of so-called French “soft power”. Created in 2007, the United Arab Emirates agreed to pay France 1 billion euros borrowing the brand, know-how and loans from the Louvre.

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:


Want to stay one step ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to receive breaking news, revealing interviews and incisive reviews that move the conversation forward. ]]> Leo and Steph’s pop art lovers exhibit their art at the Markowicz Gallery and in all the galleries of the world https://balazogallery.com/leo-and-stephs-pop-art-lovers-exhibit-their-art-at-the-markowicz-gallery-and-in-all-the-galleries-of-the-world/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 05:57:30 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/leo-and-stephs-pop-art-lovers-exhibit-their-art-at-the-markowicz-gallery-and-in-all-the-galleries-of-the-world/

They are Franco-Brazilian and form the new pop art star couple that is making the buzz at the moment.

Leo & Steph have already conquered Europe where they exhibit in galleries in Paris, Geneva, London and Dubai.

But they have also already conquered celebrities, from Olivier Rousting (artistic director of Balmain), to the actors of the famous Paris saint germain, to the stars, to the TV host and to the (foundation of the hospitals of Paris, hospitals e France) chaired by the first lady (FLOTUS) of France Brigitte Macron.

They arrived in the United States to show their work to American collectors and armatures.

It is in the very famous Miami gallery, (Markowicz fine art) that many of their works are already exhibited (which sold out the first weekend).

Let’s discover these artists who make pop art move with their universe and especially their sculpture the love cup and their painting with the character they created the kid cup

Leo & Steph are a couple in town like artists in art.

Léo Brasilien has been living in Paris for 12 years as a designer (graphics and interior).

He has been painting, molding and drawing since he can remember. He is one of the artistic directors of one of the largest e-commerce companies in France.

Stéphane, the Frenchy has worked in the media for more than 20 years.

He directed the programs of the NRJ and Endemol companies.

Television producer, this art lover has always wanted to create playful and colorful pieces.

How it all began…

A year ago, Leo & Steph decided together to create a first work of art called Love cup.

This astonishing work of art, a cup, almost 35 cm in solid Plexiglas, is delicately placed on a brushed gold-aluminum ingot.

This unique and exclusive work of art in the colors of the Hermès brand was sold in a few minutes during a preview in the famous Parisian art gallery “galerie championne”

Very quickly, demand increased and several works were sold.

Leo & Steph then enter the world of pop art. They shape the cups with different luxury brands, always in a unique model.

The cuts of love include galleries in Paris, including the Champop gallery, one of the pop art reference galleries is located in the Marais and Makolett, a gallery located in the chic 8th arrondissement of Paris where prestigious clients acquire these works of unique art.

Their creation that made the BUZZ: The “Kid Cup” character

However, in January 2020 the artistic adventure is gaining momentum. Leo & Steph create the character “kid cup” a faceless human being. He can be a boy or a girl. A human being who drinks life with a cup of love in his hand. A positive, caring self, a reflection of our inner child.

It is by watching the documentary on the life of OLIVIER ROUSTEING “wonder boy” (artistic director of Balmain) that the duo imagines this benevolent being.

The story of this fashion genius inspires the duo with his charisma, his genius, his benevolence and his emotions.

Unique and exclusive paintings where the character is staged and unveiled paintings in this exceptional acrylic glass finish. The children’s cup was born.

Shortly after, they decide to post it on Instagram, tag Olivier and the answer is made instantly!

Olivier Rousteing contacted them and chose the painting he posted on his IG account (of more than 6 million followers).

The public is touched and a few weeks later, dozens of paintings are sold to collectors, celebrities or pop art lovers.

The pieces incorporate famous galleries.. prestigious clients such as Luka Karabatic (psg), Cyril Hanouna (one of the most popular French animators), Ayem Nour (French television star), Magali Berdah (queen of influencers in France), Pierre jean chalencon (television star and Napoleon collector), Elsa Esnoult (famous singer), Emmanuel Rivassoux (French television star), and Gilles Luka (artist and producer), and many others fall for these paintings and creations.

Paintings with a unique acrylic glass finish that remain unique and exclusive, and that feature prestigious brands (Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Ferrari) or are also available in the Kardashian family, and recently one has been created for “the foundation” PSG NEYMAR JR and Kylian Mbappé.

Miami, Dallas and Laguna Beach in the United States, Leo & Steph have all just arrived.

They are represented by Bertille Hocquet & Frank Bondrille and are exclusive to the Markowickz gallery (BERNARD MARKOWICKZ).

Now the pieces are available at the prestigious Markowicz Fine Art Miami galleries in the famous design art district, but also in DALLAS and Laguna Beach where paintings are being prepared for major artists like Lazer, Cris Cab, Jamal Antar and many more. others.

They adorn the “signature” of Claude Baruk’s hairdresser during the Las Vegas fashion show.

The paintings will also be presented at PALM MODERN CONTEMPORARY OF MIAMI (January 7-10, 2021) and soon the goblet will become a sculpture an exclusive 50 cm sculpture.

So discover the positive and colorful art of Léo and Steph and let yourself be charmed by this extraordinary universe…

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/leo_et_steph/?hl=fr

WEBSITE: https://leoetsteph.com/

ADDRESS: Bernard Markowicz, Markowicz Art Gallery – Miami 11 NE 40TH STREET

Bertille Hiccup

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE

bertille@contact.usa.net

Telephone: 954 326 2246

The above is a sponsored article, the opinions expressed are those of the sponsor/author and do not represent the position and opinions of the Outlook editorial.

]]>
Press Releases https://balazogallery.com/press-releases/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:52:09 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/press-releases/

City hall press release

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites proposals for National Creative Places Grant

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in partnership with Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy, is the recipient of this year’s Our Town grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Photo by Rick Gardner.

June 10, 2022 — Mayor Sylvester Turner calls for Houston’s best ideas to be approved for national Our city grant program.

Run by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Our city the grant seeks projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that ultimately strengthen communities. Successful projects have advanced local, economic, physical and social outcomes in communities and lay the foundation for systemic change. Projects require a partnership between a non-profit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with minimum cost-sharing/matching equal to the grant amount.
Art is important to making Houston a resilient and equitable city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am delighted to see the creativity of our city reflected in the proposals that will be submitted for this opportunity with the NEA Our city to agree. Our artists and organizations are a testament to how far the city has come in ensuring equal access to the arts for its residents. I look forward to approving the best idea to strengthen our communities. »

The Our city The grant program supports creative place-making projects that help transform communities into vibrant, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their heart. Projects may include artist residencies, art festivals, community art co-creation, performance art, public art, cultural planning, cultural district planning, creative asset mapping, public art planning, artist/designer facilitated community planning, artist space design, cultural facility design, public space design, creative enterprise development and development of professional artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our city grant applicants per city and requires an approval letter from the mayor. Requests that meet the City’s Resilience Plan and/or Complete Communities will be the most competitive for approval.

To learn more about the Resilience Plan and Complete Communities, visit www.houstontx.gov/mayor/Resilient-Houston-20200402-double-page.pdf and www.houstontx.gov/completecommunities.

To be considered for approval, applicants must submit their concepts with confirmed artists and partners by June 28, 2022 to Cultural.Affairs@houstontx.gov.

Applicants should consult the Our city grant program website, which includes tips and resources, including case studies for developing successful projects: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

Successful applicants will receive the required endorsement letter to include in their final submission to the National Endowment for the Arts, due August 4, 2022.

To learn more about the city’s cultural programs, visit www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs and follow the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

]]>