Non-profit galleries – Balazo Gallery Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:15:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Non-profit galleries – Balazo Gallery 32 32 £ 15,000 grant from the John Sykes Foundation to the Whitley Aspire2 charity Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:31:05 +0000

The John Sykes Foundation presents a check for £ 15,000 to Aspire2

Submitted by the John Sykes Foundation

The John Sykes Foundation was delighted to present a check for £ 15,000 to Aspire2, based in Whitley, Berkshire, and founded in 2007.

This grant closed the financial gap in Aspire2’s long-standing ambition to rent two minibuses that will be used to transport entire classes of children to Whitley over the next five years to extracurricular activities, field trips to the beach, vacation clubs, etc. .

Aspire2 works in collaboration with 11 public schools in the Whitley Excellence Cluster, the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA), the University of Reading and other stakeholder groups.

Aspire2 President Charlie Clare explained, “Providing transportation to a variety of places such as the countryside and the beach as well as sporting and cultural events can be difficult and expensive for schools and families.

“Having the minibuses will allow schools to offer a greater variety of experiences for children in our area of ​​Reading. Visits to places such as Ufton Adventure, museums, art galleries, theaters, etc. can be transformative.

“The charity Aspire2 strives to give children these experiences and develop them so that they can aspire to do what could have been unimaginable before.

“Therefore, this generous donation will go a long way in enabling Aspire2 to continue to provide non-statutory enrichment experiences directly and indirectly (by working with other organizations) and to have a sustainable future.”

The John Sykes Foundation, founded in 2014 by John Sykes, was established to improve the lives and well-being of individuals and communities in the town of Reading, Berkshire, where there is an element of disadvantage.

The charity provides grants to nonprofit groups, other registered charities and trusts, as well as to independently assist individuals who reside in the city.

John Sykes, Founder and Chairman of the Board, said: “We are delighted to have awarded a grant of £ 15,000 to Aspire2 to help them hire two minibuses for five years and have a more sustainable future.

“Aspire2 is a fantastic and must-have Whitley-based charity that helps children access extracurricular activities and provides them with opportunities that families normally cannot access. We can’t wait to see the minibuses in and around Reading, with many happy and excited faces. “

Apply for a grant or find out more about the John Sykes Foundation here.

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Art Basel returns with galleries and collectors eager to connect Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:00:59 +0000

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“The era of the exclusively IRL art fair is over,” says Iwan Wirth, co-founder of the Hauser & Wirth global gallery. But cancel events in person at your own risk. Against all odds, Art Basel opens this week in Switzerland with 272 expected galleries – including Wirth’s – and collectors ready to come from all over the world.

Conditions are not ideal for the postponed 51st edition of the world’s most prestigious art fair. The Covid-19 pandemic has by no means gone away, with travel warnings for Switzerland from the United States, difficult or nearly banned trips outside Asia, and strict testing requirements to enter theaters from Art Basel. Before the pandemic, art professionals and buyers complained about “fairtigue” – the exhaustion of too many fairs, at too fast a rate. But now it seems exhibitors and festival-goers prefer the energy – and the high costs – of real events to none at all, regardless of the logistics.

‘Medusa’ (1936) by Lucio Fontana © Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts. Photo: Tom Carter

A white object in the shape of a rugby ball

‘Concetto Spaziale’ (1964) by Lucio Fontana © Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts

London-based Ben Brown, new to Art Basel’s main venue this year, says: “Maybe the juggernaut brands can exist without [physical] fairs, but people like me need it. So good fairs will survive. Brown has previously exhibited at The Armory Show in New York and signed up for Frieze London, Frieze Masters, the West Bund Art & Design Show in Shanghai, and Art Basel Miami Beach, all before the end of the year.

For the Swiss Fair, his gallery brings 1936-66 ceramics by the Italian modernist Lucio Fontana (100,000-4 M €). These include four pieces that were featured in the Guggenheim Bilbao retrospective in 2019, but even those items are more difficult to sell digitally than a new work by a sought-after artist, according to Brown.

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‘Best Halves Bitter Ends’ (2020) by Urs Fischer © Urs Fischer. Photo from the Urs Fischer workshop. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

New artists benefit from improved sales rates at an actual fair, suggests Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel: “Even if galleries were successful in cutting costs [by not attending art fairs], they experienced a larger drop in sales. Without fairs, you cannot fund your artists as you would under normal conditions. This is why the galleries need to come back.

Berlin dealer and collector Robert Morat, at Photo Basel this week, says it’s all about the “serendipity” of such events. “Online you find the things you are looking for; in person, you find things you didn’t know you were looking for.

Art Basel won’t have the crowded aisles of previous years but, at the time of writing, collectors were still planning to come from afar, check in and watch each other. “Art Basel is an essential part of our ecosystem in the art world and I think it is important to support it in such an unusual and difficult year,” says collector Catherine Petitgas. She will come from New York and host a dinner for the Tate International Council, which she chairs. “It’s always a pleasure to attend,” she said.

Painting of a female figure composed of purple whorls

“I am Gestein” (2019-2021) by Glenn Brown © Glenn Brown. Photo by Glenn Brown studio. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

Simon Castets, director of the nonprofit Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art in New York City, is traveling to Basel in part because of the impact of the pandemic. “Our relationships with Swiss foundations and individuals are essential to our very existence. . . We need to be there to engage our supporters, who have supported us even though they haven’t been able to make it to the United States for 18 months, ”he said.

Valerie Carberry, associated with the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, said she was “pleasantly surprised” by the number of American collectors planning to come to the fair, plus one client finding a way to come from Hong Kong. “There is no real substitute for seeing art and people physically. I have felt invigorated every time I saw a client in the gallery since the lockdown, ”she says. His gallery brings together a mix of artists, including the lavish “Arriving in Africa” by Helen Frankenthaler (1970) and a 2019 wood and fire hose work by Theaster Gates.

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“Arriving in Africa” ​​(1970) by Helen Frankenthaler © Courtesy of the Richard Gray Gallery

The prediction is that the fair will have a more local feel this time around, but it’s in an area with rich pickings. “The very success of Art Basel is due to the powerful Swiss, French and German collectors,” notes Stefan Ratibor, director of the Gagosian Gallery. “In addition, the show now has its digital presence, which protects us from an international audience. His gallery sets fire to the powder with works like “Im Gestein” by Glenn Brown (2019-21), “ubB 6” by Albert Oehlen (2020) and “Better Halves Bitter Ends” by Urs Fischer by 3.65 meters tall (2020) (all three jobs range from $ 900,000 to $ 3 million).

There is also the feeling that it is time to shake off the old ways. Fairs that have gone well this season already include The Armory Show and Independent in New York, both in new venues, and Eye of the Collector in London, a brand new fair that has dotted a range of works in a historic building rather than restrictive stands. .

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‘Shark Bait’ (2016) by Jack Whitten © Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy of Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Timothy Doyon

At the same time, Hauser & Wirth has strengthened its digital offering, including a more interactive visualization tool on its own website, a daily Art Basel Diaries vlog and a live chat function so that its sales managers can talk to anyone. , anywhere, during the show. His works for Art Basel include Zeng Fanzhi’s “Untitled (Yellow)” (2021, $ 1.8 million), Jack Whitten’s late sculpture “Shark Bait” ​​(2016, $ 3 million) and “Schweinderln (Piggies) »By Maria Lassnig (2007, € 550,000). said Wirth. “We have created a new generation” phygital ” [physical-digital] experience using invisible, intuitive and human technology, including interactive photo-real 3D.

The expectations of gallery owners and collectors are that while it will not be business as usual in Basel this week, there will be business. “I would be surprised and disappointed if I didn’t sell artwork or meet interesting people,” says Brown. As Gagosian’s Ratibor puts it, “It won’t be the same as in 2019, but it won’t go to the supermarket either. We all want Art Basel to work, so we have to keep going. “

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The 44th Annual Guild of Artists Jury Show Opens September 18 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:13:00 +0000

Ridgefield Guild of Artists is pleased to present its 44e Annual jury show from Saturday September 18 to Sunday October 17, with a vernissage on Saturday September 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the barn of the Guild antiques gallery at the bottom of the hill on Halpin Lane.

The reception will be outside on the patio with light refreshments, while visitors can watch the show in the gallery. It is free and open to everyone. Masks are mandatory inside. The prizes will be awarded between 5 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

George Billis is this year’s juror. Fairfield County is fortunate to have its new gallery here in Westport, CT. Currently, the George Billis Gallery is an exhibition space with locations in Westport and Los Angeles. His New York gallery was established in 1997 and was the twelfth gallery to open in the Chelsea Arts District. In 2004, George Billis opened a second location in the booming arts district of Culver City, Los Angeles. Its galleries feature works by emerging and established national and international artists. Due to COVID, in 2020 George moved the New York Gallery to busy Main Street in Westport, CT. Find more information at

“This show is our first exhibition every September. Now in his 44e This is our oldest tradition at the Guild, ”says Pam Stoddart. “Artists from the northeast come in every year. Over 300 works of art have been submitted for viewing and judging by George Billis this year. Ultimately, he selected 70 pieces to be part of the exhibition, including wall art in a variety of media and sculptures. Although he selected the pieces online, George visited the Guild to view the works in the gallery space and present the prizes. All works are for sale.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane. Normal gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more details and to see all of the Guild’s offerings, including classes, visit or call 203.438.8863. Now in his 47e year, RGOA is a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit arts organization. All contributions are gratefully accepted.

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Pianist Carolyn Enger to perform at BBPAC Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:16:34 +0000

The Black Box Performing Arts Center invites you to a live music concert featuring acclaimed local pianist Carolyn Enger on Sunday, September 19 at 4 p.m. Collaborating with Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, producer and director Elliott Forrest (WQXR), photographer and filmmaker Myles Aronowitz, and internationally exhibited photographer and environmental activist J Henry Fair, this cinematic experience transports listeners to a meditative space. It invites introspection on our place on the planet, inspiring actions to protect our beautiful and fragile world. Ms. Enger will accompany the film, performing music by JS Bach, John Luther Adams, Eric Satie, Oliver Messiaen, John Cage, Caroline Shaw, Wolfgang Rihm, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and Claude Debussy.

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BBPAC is a non-profit arts organization, located at 49 E Palisade Ave in Englewood, NJ. For more information on upcoming performances, please visit

Carolyn Enger, concert pianist and speaker, has received critical acclaim for her deeply felt performances and thoughtful programs informed by a strong sense of history, identity and personal connections. Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist: The New York Times selected her recording Naxos of Ned Rorem’s Intimate Miniatures, Piano Album I & Six Friends, as one of the “Best In Classical Recordings” of the diary for this year, writing “Among this year’s 90th anniversary tributes to the iconic American composer Ned Rorem, this recording particularly stands out,” while Gramophone said, “Enger takes miniatures to the next level.”

Ms. Enger’s touring schedule has taken her to places across the United States and beyond, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the National Gallery of Art in DC, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Nantucket Society for Musical Arts, the Kosciuszko Foundation and the National Gallery in Oslo. Deepening her engagement in multimedia collaborations, Ms. Enger was part of renowned illustrator and writer Maira Kalman’s exhibition “Maira Kalman Selects” at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and her recording of music by Arvo Pärt was featured in the exhibition by conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. sound and light exhibition “res.o.nant” at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts at the White Stork Synagogue in Wrocław; the Consulate General of Germany in New York; the Bach-Festival in Arnstadt; the Portuguese Synagogue Candlelight Concert Series in Amsterdam; concerts at Michaeliskirche in Erfurt, Germany; Nikolaisaal Potsdam; KunstForum Gotha; Steinway Galleries across North America; and a number of recitals in the greater New York City area, including a celebration of Ned Rorem’s work at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

Focusing on the WWII era, his multimedia project The Mischlinge Exposé combines music, literature and images that evoke the haunting memories of the Mischlinges – half-Jews and German-Jewish converts in Germany before, during and after the Holocaust – events reflected in Ms. Enger’s own experience as the child of a Holocaust survivor. Ms. Enger’s project seeks to expand knowledge about the Mischlinge and addresses her own conversions, issues of “racial purity” and identity, and how crippling discrimination is, socially and personally. For the past seven years, Ms. Enger has presented this concert-lecture in the United States and Europe, at venues such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage New York, the United States Military Academy West Point, the University of Arizona , Middle Tennessee State University, Bristol. Community College, Ramapo College, Rowan University, Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center in Providence, Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Savannah Jewish Federation, the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts initiative in Texas and White Stork Synagogue through the Bente Foundation Kahan in Poland, as well as in dozens of libraries, Jewish community centers and retirement homes. Ms. Enger contributed to a chapter of the book to be published in September 2021, Women Defying Hitler: Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Dominated Europe, 1933-1945.

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Yesterday, Art Basel and the Swiss bank UBS published Dr. Clare McAndrew’s Resilience in the Dealer Sector: Mid-Year Review 2021. The art market scholar, cultural economist and founder of Arts Economics in 2005 presented her survey of the global art dealer sector in the first half of 2021 amid the lingering challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in focusing on employment structures and sales. The analysis is based on responses from over 700 dealers operating in the art and antiques markets in 54 regions or countries. The report also presents the results of a survey of wealthy collectors (HNW) in five major art markets – the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong SAR (China), Germany and the United Kingdom. Switzerland – conducted by Arts Economics and UBS Investor Watch. .

In 2020, the effects of the pandemic on employment were a major concern for galleries and other players in the art market. However, this year, promising signs show that some of the job losses experienced in 2020 have been recovered in 2021, with the average number of people employed in the sector returning to 2019 levels after a decline in 2020. 23% of companies have reduced their staff. in 2020. However, in the first half of 2021, the share of hiring dealers (25%) exceeded that of licensees (13%). In 2021, 52% of dealerships reported having some employees working remotely, 27% doing so occasionally and 25% more regularly. 54% of those companies with remote working had introduced it in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the sector continued to support knowledge-based and gender-based jobs. In the primary market, 52% had a female founder, and women made up the majority of employees at associate level (61%) and 76% of sales and sales managers.

51% of merchants reported an increase in gallery sales in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, compared to 45% reporting a decrease and the remaining 4% at a stable level. Sales for the entire sector increased by 10%. All segments of the market over $ 1 million saw their sales improve, with dealerships with sales over $ 10 million recording the highest average change in sales (21%). Dealers with sales below $ 250,000 saw their sales fall slightly below the first half of 2020, and mid-size dealers in the revenue segment from $ 500,000 to $ 1 million saw their values ​​decrease by 3% on average. Asian dealers reported the biggest improvement in sales in the first half of 2021 – with an 18% 12-month average increase (is the pandemic the turn of the Asian century?) On average.

The switch to online sales was by no means temporary; The share of online sales for merchants at all levels remained more than double the 2019 level and this channel accounted for 33% of all sales (or 37%, including the Online Viewing Rooms art fair). While still in the minority in the first half of 2021, online sales to new buyers grew, accounting for 38% of all online sales by value. An additional 25% were from existing customers purchasing online for the first time from resellers in 2021. While they are potentially indicative of the success of digital strategies to expand the buyer base, the numbers demonstrate the difficulties in retaining customers in line.

While digital, film and video art remained a relatively lower proportion (16%) of HNWI’s collections, 48% of HNW collectors reported an interest in purchasing digital art over the past 12 years. next months. Digital art accounted for 12% of aggregate median collector spend in 2021, with the highest spending for millennials averaging $ 20,000 in the first half of 2021. However, the dealer survey showed that sales of digital art accounted for less than 0.5% of value. primary market sales in 2021, indicating that a significant portion of NFT’s digital art sales activity occurred outside of the traditional gallery setting.

Regarding global wealth and art buyers, despite the crisis, median spending by HNW collectors increased by 10% year on year in 2020, and the first half of 2021 saw a further increase of 42% on average (at $ 242,000, higher than 2019 or 2020 in just six months), illustrating the impact of HNW collectors on the market recovery. The lead was led by Millennial collectors, who had the highest overall spend ($ 378,000) – more than three times the level of their older peers. In the first half of 2021, spending for female HNW collectors increased by just over a third to $ 410,000, more than double the level of their male counterparts, whose spending only increased 9%. . Dealers and galleries were the most used buying channel, with 82% of collectors buying through a dealer in the first half of 2021. When presented with the choice of buying works through a dealer or gallery by Compared to an online market, 80% of collectors preferred dealers. Despite lingering concerns and setbacks, HNW collectors planned to attend a total of 40 events in 2021 – just one less than the average reported in 2019. Among all collectors, online platforms were used by more a third of the sample and 32% had purchased directly through Instagram.

The role of merchants in the careers of artists remains important. Wondeur AI’s exhibition data on the careers of a sample of 2,700 leading artists whose exhibition journeys began after 1985 illustrated the importance of commercial galleries throughout artists’ careers. For emerging artists, commercial galleries accounted for an equal share of the number of exhibitions as non-profit centers (36%). As the careers of artists developed, museums played a more important role; however, even at the star stage, when artists reached top 2% status, galleries accounted for 26% of all exhibitions. The analysis also showed that while the gallery sector is very heavy in terms of sales, focusing on exhibitions and supporting artists’ careers reveals a very distributed system: in the emerging phase of their careers there were 4 060 commercial galleries and 84 art fairs presenting the works of artists; these for-profit institutions accounted for almost half of those involved in organizing artists’ exhibitions, with museums accounting for 20%.

Regarding the outlook for the art market, 91% of dealers believed their sales would increase or remain stable over the next 12 months, with 9% predicting a decline. 37% of dealers predicted higher net profitability in 2021 compared to 2020, with an additional third predicting that their profits would be stable. The majority of dealers (78%) predicted that their number of jobs would remain stable, with 4% believing they would reduce their workforce further and 18% considering hiring more employees. 64% predicted that their online sales would continue to increase over the next 12 months, with just 5% predicting a decline through this channel. 66% predicted an increase in art fair sales, with 13% predicting a drop. 69% of dealers said maintaining relationships with existing collectors was their top priority in 2021, followed by online sales and exhibitions (50%) and attending art fairs (41%).

Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics, said: “Although art sales have been relatively resilient during the crisis, some of the dealer sector’s biggest fears have focused on employment. This research has revealed promising signs that some job losses have been recovered in 2021, as well as indications of transformations within the industry that will continue to affect working practices in the future. As some aspects of the job evolve, a constant in the sector is the predominance of highly skilled and gender balanced jobs. The study showed that in addition to the quality of the work and the artists they offered, dealers are especially valued by collectors for their knowledge and expertise, as well as for the long-term focus and confidence that characterize their relationships. As more and more works of art are sold online and outside the traditional framework of galleries, their essential role in establishing and managing artists ‘careers has also been highlighted.’

Christl Novakovic, CEO of UBS Europe SE and Head Wealth Management Europe and Chairman of the UBS Art Council said, inter alia: “The fallout from the pandemic offers us a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at the markets, l evolution of the role of gallery owners and dealers. and help rebuild them in a more sustainable way. Our results demonstrate that digital acceleration continues at a steady pace, bringing with it changes and challenges to traditional market structures, as well as new business opportunities. ‘

Don’t miss Art Basel 2021 from September 20 to 26 (public days only from September 24 to 26) with a selection of the biggest galleries from around the world.

The photo shows a general impression of Art Basel 2019. Photo copyright © Art Basel.

Short version of Art Basel, UBS and Dr. Clare McAndrew report added with minor edits on September 10, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. Swiss time.

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Georgia Aquarium to Reduce Emissions Footprint with Greener Life® for Georgia Natural Gas Companies Tue, 07 Sep 2021 14:38:00 +0000

Greener Life for Business demonstrates how GNG can play an important role in helping commercial and industrial customers offset emissions while maintaining day-to-day operations. Through this program, companies can significantly reduce their emissions footprint without the complications associated with building new infrastructure or replacing equipment.

“We are delighted to partner with the Georgia Aquarium, allowing them to continue to depend on natural gas for their operations while progressing towards their environmental goals,” said Mike Braswell, President and CEO of GNG. “GNG is proud to offer this program to support the work of local businesses and help reduce emissions through the use of natural gas.

“Georgia Aquarium is always on the lookout for innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Dr. Brian davis, President and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium. “Our partnership with Georgia Natural Gas and the Greener Life for Business program gives us the opportunity to reduce our emissions and promote a cleaner, healthier planet.

“GNG’s Greener Life for Business program is the latest initiative of the Southern Company Gas family that supports our mission to power a cleaner future,” said David Tisserand, Senior Vice President of External Strategy and Environmental Affairs at Southern Company Gas. “Many commercial and industrial processes rely on the unique high temperature properties of natural gas. It is often not easy – or affordable – for these companies to find alternatives. Our goal is to support the continued use of clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas products in multiple industries while helping businesses large and small reduce their environmental footprint. ”

The Greener Life program also makes it easy for consumers to reduce their emissions footprint at an affordable rate of just $ 4.99/month. For a limited time, residential customers who sign up for Greener Life will receive their first six months free.

For all participants, GNG uses Environmental Protection Agency standards to calculate the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by customers’ use of natural gas. GNG then purchases and withdraws carbon offsets to balance the impact of these customers’ emissions.

GNG purchased carbon offsets from the Wolf Creek Landfill Project in Georgia and the Doe Mountain Forest Improvement Project in Tennessee. Each quarter, GNG will withdraw enough carbon offsets on behalf of residential and commercial participants to fully offset the greenhouse gases released by their use of natural gas in the previous quarter.

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Georgia Aquarium is a premier 501 (c) (3) nonprofit located in Atlanta, Georgia, certified cruelty-free by the American Humane Association and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research around the world. The Georgia Aquarium continues its mission every day to inspire, educate and entertain its millions of guests about aquatic biodiversity around the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals in its seven main galleries. For more information, visit

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Beers Made By Walking returns to Colorado Springs for 10th anniversary hike Fri, 03 Sep 2021 17:03:28 +0000
Photo by Ryan Hannigan

Ten years ago, the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) commissioned artist Eric Steen to launch the first Beers Made By Walking – a program that invites brewers to take nature hikes and urban walks and to make new “local beers” inspired by plants. of the trail. On August 31, GOCA took BMBW back to Colorado Springs for a special 10th anniversary hike with four local brewers at Sondermann Park.

The hikers were accompanied by local craft brewers from Atrevida Brewing, Cerberus Brewing, Goat Patch Brewing, and Local Relic Artisanal Ales. After being inspired by the walk, the breweries were tasked with creating new beers inspired by the walk that will be drawn in the spring and presented at a special tasting scheduled for spring 2022 at GOCA Downtown. These local beers serve as drinkable landscape portraits of the trail.

The hike was led by the Catamount Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing environmental stewardship through education and adventure. The Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance is also participating in the project, with the aim of engaging citizens in conversations and actions that will lead to the protection and improvement of water.

For those who were unable to attend the hike but would like to sample the beers, these will be served during a special tasting event at GOCA Downtown on March 16, 2022. More information will be available soon. Visit the GOCA website for updates:

For more photos from the event, visit the Focus on the Beer website.


Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites people to go out and see where they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we’ve worked with over 200 breweries across the country and raised tens of thousands of dollars for nonprofits. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational programs for environmental institutions and organizations in the regions we serve. More information on

The UCCS Contemporary Art Galleries (GOCA) are a regional center for contemporary art, culture and conversation. By showcasing world-class artists, hosting artist and expert conferences, and independently producing and delivering meaningful events, GOCA engages students, faculty, staff and community members from the Pikes Peak area in discussions of UCCS contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary art organization with two galleries, at the Ent Center for the Arts and a downtown satellite location in the Plaza of the Rockies building, as well as an outdoor art program, Art WithOut Limits.

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Here are the fall attractions that open in September Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:02:47 +0000

With September upon us, it’s time for the weather to start cooling off and for the fun fall activities the whole family looks forward to throughout the year. Dawson County is teeming with fall attractions, and several of the county’s most popular attractions are slated to open this week and next. Here are some of the important details to know so you can start planning your fall trips.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Pumpkin Farm Road, Dawsonville, 30534

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm opens for pumpkin season on Wednesday, September 1. Burt’s has a large pumpkin farm with a large selection of pumpkins, hay walks through the farm, and a country store with baked goods and fall decorations.

The pumpkin patch and store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in September and October and the hay walks will be open weekends through September 15 and daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. after September 15.

From November 1 to 10, the pumpkin patch and store will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with November impound times to be announced.

Entrance to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and parking are free. Hayride tickets cost $ 6 per person, with free entry for children two and under. Pets and firearms are not allowed in the attraction.

For more information on Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, visit or follow the attraction on Facebook at .

Sunflowers Fausett Farms – 11336 GA-136, Dawsonville, 30534

Fausett Farms is getting ready to open its sunflower fields on Friday September 3rd. Just around the corner from Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, Fausett Farms offers hundreds of thousands of beautiful sunflowers for visitors to browse and snap photos.

The Sunflower Farm will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week, unless the weather is unsuitable for the opening of the attraction.

Admission to the sunflower field is $ 5 per person, with free admission for children under five. Professional photographers can book field sessions for $ 35 per shoot. The flowers are on sale for $ 2 each. Dogs on a leash are welcome to visit the estate with their owners.

For more information on Fausett Farms Sunflowers, visit or follow the farm on Facebook at

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – 125 Bannister Road, Dawsonville, 30534

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After months of preparation for the 2020 season, the Uncle Shucks Corn Maze is finally big enough to open to the public.
– photo of Erica Jones

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze will open for its 2021 season on Saturday, September 11.

The attraction, entering its 20th operating season, features a 15-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, jumping mat, corn cannon, wagon rides, goat walk, a bonfire with marshmallows, a children’s maze, a mountain of tires, a gem mine and refreshments for purchase, as well as a haunted trail through the corn that will be open every Friday and Saturday night from month of October.

Uncle Shucks’ September hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The hours of October are Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

November hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for the regular Corn Maze are $ 15, tickets for the Haunted Trail are $ 20, and combined tickets for both are $ 25.

For more information on Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, visit or follow Uncle Shucks on Facebook at

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Abandoned mills become massive new art space in Catskill Tue, 24 Aug 2021 14:22:28 +0000 “When it comes to development, when you do it right, it’s really a rising tide type scenario that lifts all boats,” said Stef Halmos, the artist and developer who in 2017 started to transforming three abandoned factories in the village of Catskill into an 85,000 square foot arts campus called Foreland which opened this month.

“I have the impression that the ripple effect of Foreland will be very positive just by the nature of who occupies these buildings and what is the mission of their new use.”

These three buildings, two of which are now connected by a floating glass pedestrian bridge, were built in the mid-1800s and originally used to produce uniforms for Union soldiers during the Civil War. They were empty for decades before Halmos reinvented and revitalized them to house 30 artist studios, three art galleries, two event spaces and two restaurants – an already open cafe and a restaurant that will follow.

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“The Foreland Building has been under construction by several contractors over the past 15 years,” Patrick McCulloch, chairman of the Catskill Village Planning Council, told Times Union: Hudson Valley via email. “Stef Halmos had the right vision to take over this project and see it through to completion.

Now that it’s finally over, the challenge will be to keep the whole operation afloat, especially in a small, gentle river town like Catskill. And yet, Halmos has more than high hopes. She has real estate development in her blood, an artistic vision that celebrates both the old and the new, and a vested interest in improving the village where she has rooted herself with her wife and toddler.

“It’s a complex ecosystem with a lot of things to do to bring these old buildings to life,” Halmos noted. “Multiple sources of income ensure the stability of the project. The galleries and café will give the public access to the space, bringing Foreland to life after four years of development. And this weekend, Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Foreland is teaming up with Upstate Art Weekend and New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) for an exhibition featuring artists working in the North. New York State.

Caitlin McBride was among the artists who rented one of Foreland’s 30 artist studios. “I like the historical details of the fact that this is an old mill because a lot of my paintings are about history and design, so this environment really inspires me,” she said. . Pictured is his painting, “Mill”, 2021, oil on panel, which will be included in the Foreland and NADA Art exhibition during Upstate Art Weekend.

Courtesy of Caitlin Mcbride and Zoe Fisher Projects

“There are over 70 artists exhibiting… and just by the nature of the exhibit, you will be able to walk through two of our three buildings,” said Halmos.

Visitors can also view Foreland’s inaugural exhibition in the ground floor gallery, a joint exhibition between Rachel Uffner and Mrs.

While there is certainly an element of the artistic and utopian pie in the sky vibe built into Foreland’s vision board, there is also a commercial sensibility behind the project. Those who visit the Foreland campus could potentially become future studio tenants, or they can keep Foreland in mind for future weddings and parties, or – at the very least – they could support their in-house cafe, Willa’s, by taking coffee and a snack.

Foreland’s heart and soul lies in her affordable art studios, which Halmos said were scarce when she lived in Brooklyn and sought out a workspace for her own art. Halmos’ studio work includes sculptures, photographs and objects. Although none of her works are on display at Foreland at this time, she is in the process of creating a new body of work, with a few exhibitions to come. Halmos’ Foreland Studio is a 1,500 square foot space, which is partly used for his studio work and partly used for the Foreland staff headquarters.

“The prices were so outrageous for crap [Brooklyn] studios. People were paying top notch money for [a] below average product, “Halmos said of the studios.” I was like, ‘I can do this better. I’m an artist and I want to build a studio that I want to use.’ “

As she and his wife began to spend more time in the upstate, the site of her dream studio appeared. “By pure chance, I was having an ice cream on the other side of the [what is now] Foreland and I were looking at this beautiful building, ”recalls Halmos. “I immediately fell in love with him and said, ‘This is my building. That’s it.'”

"By pure chance, I had an ice cream on the other side of the creek of [what is now] Foreland and I were looking at this beautiful building," Halmos, pictured here, recalls. "I immediately fell in love with it and said, 'This is my apartment building.  That's it."

“By pure chance, I was having an ice cream on the other side of the [what is now] Foreland and I were looking at this beautiful building, ”recalls Halmos, pictured here. “I immediately fell in love with it and said, ‘This is my building. That’s all. “

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Halmos says Foreland Studios are affordable – prices are available on request, following an application process that shows proof of work – but it is not a non-profit organization. The artists’ rent makes it possible to perpetuate the project. “My rule of thumb is that you’re going to pay 30% less for a 100% better product. You get everything with these studios – everyone has lots of light, big, beautiful, tall windows,” said Halmos.

Caitlin McBride, a painter who recently moved to Hudson and rented a studio in Foreland, agrees the new space is an upgrade.

“I spent 15 years living in Brooklyn and this studio would have been well outside my price zone there. It is large and has wide floors and exposed beams. I love the historic details due to the fact that it’s an old mill because a lot of my paintings are about history and design, so this environment really inspires me, ”she said.

Ninety percent of the studios have been rented to date by a range of artists and designers, including painter Shara Hughes, multidisciplinary artist Lyle Ashton Harris, filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh and sculptor Marc Swanson.

Since Halmos first laid eyes on the trio of buildings in 2017, she has also started a family. Now a mother of an 18-month-old, she joked, “Restoring these old buildings took longer and was more exhausting than growing up and giving birth to a human.”

Two of the 19th century buildings are connected by a floating glass pedestrian bridge.

Two of the 19th century buildings are connected by a floating glass pedestrian bridge.

Courtesy of Foreland

Although Halmos is somewhat new to Catskill and the new real estate development, his work on Foreland shows a respect for the buildings’ past. Halmos started the project with an emphasis on preservation, spending a year and a half in structural remediation, that is, dealing with all the engineering elements to stabilize buildings and improve their health, safety and longevity. His respect for the history of buildings is reflected in his artistic vision.

“We don’t skate new things to make them look old and we don’t let old things look new. We let them live together to show that there are a lot of people who have worked on this building before me. and there will be a lot here after me, “explained Halmos.” If we were to replace a beam or a floor system, we would use new wood – wide planks, tongue and groove – and we would show that it is new. compared to some of the old things. You might see such a big column of fresh wood, but the old one next to it has that patina of time. “

Obviously, Halmos is looking to build on the good bones that already exist in Foreland – and Catskill Village as well. She mentioned the kindness and support of city councils, the Ministry of Public Works and the local police throughout her project.

“It’s really bad for a city when giant footprints sit empty,” she said. “Statistically, that keeps growth stagnant. And so, from the most basic point of view, having these buildings full and increasing the number of bodies coming in and out… will be really positive. All of these people want places to eat, they want. places to go… they want to enjoy life in such a beautiful little town.

Others are also looking forward to the role Foreland will play in the community. “Foreland is the heart of our village,” said McCulloch. “We can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

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Smoke on the Horizon: Rosemarie Fiore Brings Unique Art to Penn State | City and Dress Tue, 24 Aug 2021 00:48:53 +0000 Rosemarie Fiore performs at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Space 42 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rosemarie Fiore’s artwork is truly unique.

Fiore produces works of art from the actions of mechanisms by converting popular technology. In the past, she has turned rides, cars, fireworks, polishers, lawnmowers, pinball machines, and waffle irons into painting machines. The practice is known as smoking.

Needless to say, no one can make art like Fiore.

“The first project I did was in college in Maine and I started using my car,” Fiore recalls. “I used my car to create paintings, to do a series of works generated from the movements of the car.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward to 2021 and Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Galleries are currently presenting “Rosemarie Fiore,” an exhibition of works from the last 10 years of her career. The exhibition, which will run until January 2022, features large smoke paintings, collages and tools by Fiore. The tools will be used at an upcoming show on the HUB lawn. Fiore will be at Penn State this fall for an outdoor smoke painting show. The performance, set to take place at three o’clock, will result in three large-scale murals that will be on display at the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center for two years.

“Each tool she builds creates its own brushstrokes or marks with colored smoke,” says Lindsey Landfried, curator and gallery director of HUB Robeson Galleries. “Two of the creations on display were inspired by his family’s legacy and the story of the ‘green men’ who were appointed to lead public processions, parades and festivals with a ‘fire club’ shooting sparks . “

Fiore, who resides in New York, is thrilled with her appearance at Penn State, although details of the event were still pending.

“The configuration allows me to work one mural at a time. There are a lot of tool changes… technical things to make sure the murals are done correctly, ”says Fiore. “I have done performances where there is no wall product and it is not that long. It will be a longer process. We are still trying to figure everything out.

The exhibition by artist Rosemarie Fiore, installed in the HUB gallery, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of HUB-Robeson galleries.

“The first project I did was at Maine High School and I started using my car,” Rosemarie Fiore recalls. “I used my car to create paintings, to do a series of works generated from the movements of the car.”

Fiore was selected through a competitive international call for applications. A panel of 16 jurors from Penn State and local communities selected the artist from over 150 applicants.

The date of the performance has not been announced.

“An event for the public lawn on this open campus offers direct encounters with art for a large audience and done with a team of collaborators, encourages ownership and collective action,” said Landfried. “This work celebrates the civic vitality of campus and State College.”

Fiore is no stranger to University Park. She worked with students at Penn State’s School of Visual Arts in 2020 to design and manufacture smoke drawing and painting tools. Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Galleries recently received a $ 25,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Projects Award to support a performance celebrating inclusiveness in central Pennsylvania.

From now on, a solo exhibition spanning several years and corpora of works by Fiore will be on display at the HUB gallery for all to see.

Fiore says she is thrilled to give students, faculty, staff and the general public a chance to see how her art is created.

“There are a lot of things changing and changing, but it’s going to be a good part of the day. This will give people a chance to see it between their lessons or whatever they are doing. There’s going to be a longer period of time, a bigger window, to stop, ”says Fiore.

Photo courtesy of HUB-Robeson Galleries

Because Fiore uses such creative tools to create the artwork, each piece is unique. The tools used by Fiore engage the whole body – or in some cases, the bodies of many people – to move from a fixed point. Fiore is forced to react to the physics of the tools she uses. Once the tubes and cartons are lit, Fiore’s time with each piece is limited.

“Rosemarie’s drawing processes are her own branding language,” says Landfried.

The HUB-Robeson Galleries project is one of more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $ 27 million that have been selected during this second round of artistic projects grants for fiscal year 2021.

Support for the project comes from Penn State’s Strategic Seed Grant Initiative, Student Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fiore has an impressive CV, to say the least. She has participated in residencies at Kohler Arts / Industry Program, Yaddo, Saratoga, NY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; and MacDowell, Peterborough, NH His work has been exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; and the Franklin Institute of Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reflecting on her long and illustrious career, Fiore says that one of her favorite pieces of art has come from using a Scrambler. Yes, the popular amusement park ride.

“I used it to create a 64 foot painting. It was unbelievable. It was a lot of fun, ”says Fiore. “I was working with a non-profit gallery and we got a full-size Scrambler lathe and turned it into a painting machine by taking one of the cars and fitting it with a compressor and a spring. of energy, and we were able to use it with spray paint and capture the image it created when it shot.

Chances are there aren’t any rides on the HUB lawn, but Fiore is always good for a surprise or two, so you never know.

For more information on Fiore, visit his website at

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