Artwork – Artdeko BG http://artdeko-bg.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://artdeko-bg.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/artdeko-bg-icon-150x150.jpg Artwork – Artdeko BG http://artdeko-bg.com/ 32 32 The opening of the Inspired exhibition is a great success | News https://artdeko-bg.com/the-opening-of-the-inspired-exhibition-is-a-great-success-news/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/the-opening-of-the-inspired-exhibition-is-a-great-success-news/ JONESBORO — The seventh annual opening of the Inspired exhibition drew the highest attendance at the Bradbury Art Museum since the start of the pandemic with 220 people attending the reception. Thursday night’s opening reception was a big success for the museum, which is located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. “We’re […]]]>

JONESBORO — The seventh annual opening of the Inspired exhibition drew the highest attendance at the Bradbury Art Museum since the start of the pandemic with 220 people attending the reception.

Thursday night’s opening reception was a big success for the museum, which is located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

“We’re really pleased with the turnout,” BAM Education Coordinator Haley Voges said Thursday night.

A total of 17 students were chosen to receive awards this year, out of 51 students who had artwork displayed at nine different schools.

This year’s juror was legendary artist Peter Kuper, whose work can be seen in the new yorker, The nation and mad magazine.

Kuper previously said he struggled to decide which pieces to include and honor with so many worthy pieces from the nearly 150 submissions.

The students had found their inspiration in response to BAM’s ‘Legends’ exhibit last fall, after which they created artwork and wrote artist statements about how they were influenced by the artwork. exhibited at that time.

“It’s a fantastic show,” BAM educator Samantha Mitchell said Thursday night, “We’re very pleased with the turnout.”

Vivian Morgan, a 10th grade student from Harrisburg High School, won the Best in Show award with her sculpture titled “Collectively Scattered.”

“I was super surprised,” Morgan said Thursday night, laughing that she had squealed with delight when she walked in and saw her play and won. She noted that no one knew who won until they walked in.

Awards are displayed on tags next to honored works and winners include:

Best of Show

Vivian Morgan – ‘Collectively Scattered’, inspired by the works of Peter VandenBerge and Michelle Czajkowski. Media: plaster gauze, acrylic paint and fishing net. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Devin Hutchison – ‘Twelve labors and twelve exploits’, inspired the work of Peter Kuper. Media: graphite and Prismacolor. Harrisburg High School, 9th grade.

Alex Sanchez – ‘In Loving Memory, Bernardo Rodriguez’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: acrylic. Cedar Ridge High School, Grade 11.

purchase reward

Brian Holmes – ‘Kings of Duality’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: digital. Academies at Jonesboro High School, Grade 12.

A-State Department of Art + Design Purchase Award

Jegs Antonio – ‘Imagine’, inspired by the works of JooYoung Choi and Michelle Czajkowski. Media: marker. Valley View High School, Grade 11.

Jury Merit Award

Molly Bates – ‘You Tell Me’, inspired by the work of Jenny Ollikainen. Media: fabric, beads, felt, acrylic paint, glass embellishments, concrete, PVC pipe. Harrisburg High School, Grade 12.

Chandly Bradley – ‘Haphephobia’, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: paper, pencil, graphite. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Madison Brand – “Transformation”, inspired by the work of Jenny Ollikainen. Media: cardboard, grass, fake grass, acrylic paint, clay, wooden mannequin, face mould, tissue paper, construction paper, hot glue. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Ashley Brinkley – ‘Wild Thoughts’, inspired by the work of Kevin Snipes. Media: Cedar Ridge High School soft oil pastel, 12th grade.

Lance Collins – “Mr. Bones”, inspired by the work of Gustav Carlson. Media: acrylic paint. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

Kaylee Correa – “Transgression”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: wood, acrylic paint, aluminum foil. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

Nadia Farmer – ‘Urgent Care’, inspired by the work of JooYoung Choi. Media: found object, wire, acrylic paint, cardboard, lights, clay. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Maggie Hogue – ‘Self Reflection’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: mixed. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Gracey James – ‘Losing Your Reflection’, based on the work of Eric Shanower. Media: Nikon D3500 DSLR camera, Lightroom, Photoshop. Valley View High School, Grade 11.

Anh Nguyen – “Irali”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: pointed. Valley View High School, Grade 12.

Cassidy Powers – “Persona”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: sculpture; clay people, foam balls, glass, cardboard, acrylic paint. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Lillian Wilson – ‘Sonja,’ inspired by the works of Michelle Czajkowski and Peter Kuper. Media: Prismacolor pencils and graphite. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

The inspired exhibition continues until Wednesday, February 2. Admission is free and museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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Wikipedia editors vote against classifying NFTs as art, shelving issue citing ‘lack of reliable information’ https://artdeko-bg.com/wikipedia-editors-vote-against-classifying-nfts-as-art-shelving-issue-citing-lack-of-reliable-information/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:21:56 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/wikipedia-editors-vote-against-classifying-nfts-as-art-shelving-issue-citing-lack-of-reliable-information/ A group of Wikipedia editors voted against categorizing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as works of art. Due to the lack of reliable information, the question was put aside to be re-discussed later. Towards the end of December last year, a debate erupted on the online encyclopedia around the topic “the most expensive art sales by living […]]]>

A group of Wikipedia editors voted against categorizing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as works of art. Due to the lack of reliable information, the question was put aside to be re-discussed later. Towards the end of December last year, a debate erupted on the online encyclopedia around the topic “the most expensive art sales by living artists”. Now that Wikipedia is a free user-generated information website that allows anyone to edit it, the range of its editors is vast.

“Wikipedia really can’t decide what counts as art or not, which is why putting NFTs, art or not, in their own list makes things a lot easier. NFTs have their own list, which should be linked in the article, and entries generally should not be listed in both”, editor “Jonas” wrote on the survey page.

NFTs are digital representations of artwork, songs, sports moments, and video games, among others, that are stored on the blockchain network.

In October 2021, rapper Snoop Dogg purchased a Fidenza digital artwork number 938 called “God Mode” which is considered the most expensive debut NFT in industry history, priced at $8.5 million ( around Rs. 63 crore).

On Wikipedia, the discussion among editors revolved around confusion – whether an NFT represented art or if it was just a separate token from the underlying art.

Of the six editors blocking the horns, five voted against classifying NFTs as works of art.

For the time being, a consensus was reached on January 12 to remove content like Beeple’s $69 million sales (about Rs 510 crore) NFT from the top art sales list and reopen the discussion on a date later.

Since anyone can write on Wikipedia, perhaps members of the NFT community could step in and decide on a conclusion to this classification debate.

In the third quarter of 2021, NFT’s sales volume jumped to $10.7 billion (about Rs 79,820 crore), more than eight times from the previous quarter, according to data from market tracker DappRadar.

Soaring sales and high NFT prices have baffled many, but multiple growth shows little to no depreciation.

However, discussions around its classification are also taking place at broader levels.

South Korean Finance Minister Homg Nam-ki recently said that NFTs should not be classified as virtual assets.

Meanwhile, several artists are joining the NFT wagon in order to reveal their art to an international audience and also to be able to earn money from their work.


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New Àsìkò illustration published for RSC Much Ado About Nothing https://artdeko-bg.com/new-asiko-illustration-published-for-rsc-much-ado-about-nothing/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:53:22 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/new-asiko-illustration-published-for-rsc-much-ado-about-nothing/ The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) today released new illustrations for the upcoming production of A lot of noise for nothing directed by Roy Alexander Weise. The new artwork is created by Àsìkò, a UK-based Nigerian conceptual artist whose solo exhibition “Of Myth and Legend” is currently on display on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, and whose […]]]>

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) today released new illustrations for the upcoming production of A lot of noise for nothing directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

The new artwork is created by Àsìkò, a UK-based Nigerian conceptual artist whose solo exhibition “Of Myth and Legend” is currently on display on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, and whose exhibition “The Woman in the Photograph ”was recently seen at St James’s Market. .

The work presents Michael Balogun (Death of England: Delroy in the NT) and Akiya Henry (Macbeth at Almeida), who play Benedick and Beatrice, portrayed in costumes designed by Melissa Simon-Hartman, a London-based artist, fashion designer and owner of Simon-Hartman London, whose West African and Caribbean inspired designs recently featured in a powerful catalog of music videos including “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power” as part of Beyonce’s 2020 visual album: Black is king.

Àsìkò said: “For me, the image was meant to celebrate new interpretations of Shakespeare’s beloved characters using inspirations from Afrofuturism ideology. It is also a joy to bring the aesthetic of my African identity into a visual story as it celebrates my heritage and the incredible diversity that exists in the UK. Through the process of creating the work, I sought to hybridize the English and African aspects of my heritage which is a common theme that runs through my work as an artist. Working with Roy, Melissa and the creative team has been a great collaborative experience, the kind we visual artists seek on our journey.

The show will take place in the Shakespeare’s Royal Theater from February 4 to March 12, 2022.

The company includes Toyin Ayedun-Alase (Verges), Micah Balfour (Don John), Michael Balogun (Benedick), Rebecca Banatvala (Seacole), Michael Joel Bartelle (Sexton), Mensah Bediako (Antonio), Christelle Elwin (Messenger), DK Fashola (Friar), Kevin N Golding (Leonato), Akiya Henry (Beatrice), Karen Henthorn (Dogberry), Aruna Jalloh (Oatcake), Sapphire Joy (Margaret), Curtis Kemlo (Borachio), Denver-Isaac Kwashe (Conrade), Mohammed Mansaray (Claudio), Taya Ming (Hero), Ann Ogbomo (Don Pedra), Luke Wilson (Balthasar) and Adeola Yemitan (Ursula).

The production will feature set design by Jemima Robinson, lighting design by Azusa Ono, sound design by Claire Windsor, movement by DK Fashola and dramaturgy by Anthony Simpson-Pike. Costume design is by Melissa Simon-Hartman.

The production will also include an original score by the Nigerian-born British guitarist and MOBO award-nominated musician Femi Temowo whose former collaborators include Amy Winehouse, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roots and Soweto Kinch.

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Masterton’s QEII Park artwork inspired by natural symbolism https://artdeko-bg.com/mastertons-qeii-park-artwork-inspired-by-natural-symbolism/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/mastertons-qeii-park-artwork-inspired-by-natural-symbolism/ The natural world is an inspiration for Wellington-based muralist artist Sean Duffell, who has created his own symbolism to tell his stories. He collaborated with fellow artist Swiftmantis to paint a large mural on the Lawn Manager’s Hangar in Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton to showcase the area’s natural assets. It depicts a tūī nestled […]]]>

The natural world is an inspiration for Wellington-based muralist artist Sean Duffell, who has created his own symbolism to tell his stories.

He collaborated with fellow artist Swiftmantis to paint a large mural on the Lawn Manager’s Hangar in Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton to showcase the area’s natural assets.

It depicts a tūī nestled within Duffell’s traditional organic pattern work with the surrounding Tararua ranges.

This fresco by Sean Duffell decorates a long shed in Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton. He collaborated with his fellow artist Swiftmantis to complete this work.

Swiftmantis / Supplied

This fresco by Sean Duffell decorates a long shed in Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton. He collaborated with his fellow artist Swiftmantis to complete this work.

“We kept this bold graphic to grab people’s attention from the cricket pavilion, but also in great detail for more accurate visualization,” Duffell said.

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Intricate patterns and shapes in “nature’s macromonders” have inspired many of his creations.

“Like all civilizations of the past that sought inspiration for their art, nature was key. I never wanted to borrow the symbology from other cultures, so I created my own symbols and patterns.

He said graffiti and street art were his starting point for working professionally as a graphic designer for a decade, which he described as “self-motivating art forms”.

“You cannot hesitate or doubt yourself during the process. This is decisive when you are faced with a giant wall to paint.

“My graphic design background has helped me when working with clients and negotiating a brief, so both disciplines have been extremely beneficial in sustaining a career for over eight years now. “

There were some well-recognizable characteristics in Duffell’s work, but he was always eager to challenge himself and expand his range of abilities.

Duffell's Rita Angus 'Rutu' on the wall of the Bolton Hotel in Wellington.

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Duffell’s Rita Angus ‘Rutu’ on the wall of the Bolton Hotel in Wellington.

“I always go into new territories to stay excited, motivated and inspired. The Rita Angus “Rutu” wall at Bolton Hotel Wellington is the best example.

“A huge test of my ability to reproduce such an iconic painting on three floors.”

Duffell said his ultimate goal is for others to enjoy his work and he hopes it improves every environment.

“Our eyes are bombarded with enough publicity. We deserve something different in our spaces that really has a positive impact.

Masterton District Council spokesperson Steve Rendle said the park was one of the city’s best features and the mural added to people’s enjoyment.

“The historic grandstand looks great after the renovations and it made sense to spruce up the turf manager’s shed on the other side of the oval, which the grandstand overlooks.

“Hundreds of families come here every week to enjoy the playground, the green spaces and of course the renovated area around the Lake of Remembrance.”

Wellington artist Sean Duffell painted this mural in Charlie's Lane in Masterton.

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Wellington artist Sean Duffell painted this mural in Charlie’s Lane in Masterton.

Duffell was well known for his work all over New Zealand and he had another mural located in a shopping district in Masterton.

The council said it wanted to “give dynamism to the region”.

“Sean’s other mural in Charlie’s Lane works wonders in Masterton,” Rendle said.

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Berks Children Express Their Feelings About The Pandemic Through Artwork | Regional Berks News https://artdeko-bg.com/berks-children-express-their-feelings-about-the-pandemic-through-artwork-regional-berks-news/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 00:50:00 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/berks-children-express-their-feelings-about-the-pandemic-through-artwork-regional-berks-news/ WEST READING, PA – Friday night is the monthly “Second Friday” celebration in West Reading, and there’s a bit of a twist in an art gallery. COVID has changed so much this year for so many people, but especially for children. And that is why Galerie Art Plus helps them express their feelings in a […]]]>

WEST READING, PA – Friday night is the monthly “Second Friday” celebration in West Reading, and there’s a bit of a twist in an art gallery.

COVID has changed so much this year for so many people, but especially for children.

And that is why Galerie Art Plus helps them express their feelings in a very positive way. See the pandemic through the eyes of children. This is the theme of a special art exhibition.

“We helped the kids who wanted to express this, show their work and show their struggles during the pandemic and I think it’s important for everyone, especially the kids,” said Brian Clark, gallery volunteer.

Clark says the exhibit, titled “Creating During COVID-19,” tapped into what children felt during some of the pandemic’s darker days.

Children aged six to 18 at Olivet Boys and Girls Club were able to express their thoughts in ways they sometimes couldn’t put into words.

“I think it touches our subconscious a bit and something that we don’t always express in our day to day life,” Clark said.

The exhibition runs until January 31 and is free to the public.

And Clark hopes others are inspired to put their feelings about COVID into their own artwork as we look forward to better days ahead.

“That sort of thing tells me of something brighter, more promising,” Clark said.

If you want more information, you can go to the gallery website.

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‘Rainbow Six Siege’ Has Been Using Stolen Art For Years, Artist Says https://artdeko-bg.com/rainbow-six-siege-has-been-using-stolen-art-for-years-artist-says/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 09:47:04 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/rainbow-six-siege-has-been-using-stolen-art-for-years-artist-says/ Since its release, Rainbow Six: Siege reportedly included an element by artist and graphic designer Sam Blye used for the glitch effect players see when Operator Mute’s jammers are active. Blye said they haven’t received any recognition or compensation for using their work in the popular tactical shooter, which puts Ubisoft in a problematic position. […]]]>

Since its release, Rainbow Six: Siege reportedly included an element by artist and graphic designer Sam Blye used for the glitch effect players see when Operator Mute’s jammers are active. Blye said they haven’t received any recognition or compensation for using their work in the popular tactical shooter, which puts Ubisoft in a problematic position.

Last month, Blye knew that The Weather Channel had stole their same glitch effect three years ago for an informative tornado simulation. The company had neither applied for permission to use the visual nor paid it for the use of the asset, according to Blye, and the artist therefore used a reverse image search on his work. to see if it has been recycled elsewhere. Thanks to an article on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit from 2017, Ubisoft was identified as one of the culprits who nicked Blye’s artwork without permission or compensation.

This video of the effect Operator Mute’s jammers cause when a player moves within their radius is apparently Blye’s own work of art, albeit slightly edited. Check it out:

There are no two ways about it – anyone could see that there are a lot of similarities between the two images. “It’s still in the game and apparently many players have seen it countless times,” continued the artist. “Previously, I also thought that this could be my texture and a few other textures in the animated effect, but on closer inspection, the effect is entirely my texture.” It’s not a spectacular look for Ubisoft if it has nipped Blye’s glitch artwork (for a game that generates huge revenues, beware) without telling them about it for six years at the trot.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident in the industry. Stellaris: Galaxy Command, the mobile spin-off of the acclaimed PC game, used Halo artist Kenny Magnusson’s artwork as a background and forgot to remove “UNSC” and a real Warthog. At this time, Ubisoft has not released a statement on the source of the glitch effect.

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Readers’ Response: Portland Must Protect Works of Art https://artdeko-bg.com/readers-response-portland-must-protect-works-of-art/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/readers-response-portland-must-protect-works-of-art/ Over the past four years, Portland’s public works of art, mostly located in its parks, have come under increasing threats, including demolition. The first of these to be demolished is the once-elegant fountain at the southern end of the North Park Blocks in Ankeny Square. Built in the early 1920s, it was the end piece […]]]>

Over the past four years, Portland’s public works of art, mostly located in its parks, have come under increasing threats, including demolition. The first of these to be demolished is the once-elegant fountain at the southern end of the North Park Blocks in Ankeny Square. Built in the early 1920s, it was the end piece of a central courtyard flanked by two brick toilet buildings. The fountain basin was supplied with water by a large head in the shape of a satyr, embedded in the garden wall with decorative brick and cast stone balustrades. The beautiful sculpture and buildings are attributed to the talented architect Jamieson K. Parker.

Portland Parks and Recreation has not maintained this public facility. The toilets were vandalized and eventually closed. In recent years, Keith Jones, executive director of The Green Loop, called the park “abandoned” by the city, then defended moving Alder Street food carts within its perimeter, scoring 269,000 $ municipal funds in 2021 to make the changes possible. As part of the work, the century-old fountain and most of its garden wall were demolished – without review, respect for local laws or public input.

The fountain in Ankeny Square is not the last piece of public art considered for its removal and eventual demolition. The city’s policy and process for monitoring and maintaining its works of art needs to be strengthened. Any potential referral process should be open, with a strong component of public participation. Otherwise, Portland may see additional memorials for the demolished artwork.

William J. Hawkins, Portland

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KO Lewis of Owensboro using artwork to inspire others, conveys messages of social justice https://artdeko-bg.com/ko-lewis-of-owensboro-using-artwork-to-inspire-others-conveys-messages-of-social-justice/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:23:05 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/ko-lewis-of-owensboro-using-artwork-to-inspire-others-conveys-messages-of-social-justice/ KO Lewis | Photo by Jamie Alexander Owensboro resident Kenneth Oliver (KO) Lewis has been inspiring people with his art for quite some time. His works convey messages of social justice and feature personalities he admires and whom he turns to for inspiration. Born and raised in the western part of Louisville, Lewis moved to […]]]>

KO Lewis | Photo by Jamie Alexander

Owensboro resident Kenneth Oliver (KO) Lewis has been inspiring people with his art for quite some time. His works convey messages of social justice and feature personalities he admires and whom he turns to for inspiration.

Born and raised in the western part of Louisville, Lewis moved to Owensboro after high school to continue his education at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He grew up playing soccer and has always loved painting and drawing. Lewis was therefore delighted to find a school where he could pursue his playing career and nurture his passion for art.

“I wanted help going to school, but I also wanted to focus on the things I love,” Lewis said. “KWC was one of the places that had a legitimate art program and wanted me to play football. I wasn’t just another number on the team, and it was close to home.

His first big break came when duPont Manual – a magnetic art school in Jefferson County – accepted him into its program after a rigorous application process. Despite quality art and writing submissions and an intense interview, the school initially refused her acceptance. Her mother, however, had other plans.

“My three older brothers went there – they finally let me in after my mom explained how badly I wanted to be there,” he said. “It was a 45 minute bus ride, but going to this high school and participating in their programs was a huge part of my success. It reinforced my desire to continue working with art after education.

Lewis’s portraits highlight and reflect prominent figures in the social justice movement, past and present. He has recently progressed in his creative process by adding words to portraits that better convey the message of art.

KO Lewis
Painting by KO Lewis | Photo by Jamie Alexander

“When you create art, you have to do it for yourself first – it only builds the passion,” he said. “I hope others can see and be drawn to my vision and my passion. It’s my way of communicating to the viewer what inspired me and how they shaped and shaped my way of thinking about things.

One of his most beloved pieces was a large acrylic portrait of Muhammad Ali with a phrase printed several times. The real ‘aha’ moment came when NFL safety Kenny Vacarro attended an art festival where Lewis sold his work and continued to do double takes with the particular piece.

He said Vacarro wore sports clothes and had large hands; he knew he looked familiar but couldn’t determine how he knew him. He initially thought he was a boxer, but after some discussion he realized he was a star defensive back for one of his favorite teams, the Tennessee Titans.

“It was a major fanboy and starstruck moment,” Lewis said. “Having this answer to him in an artistic setting made him feel good. He was with his in-laws and my wife was soaking up everything. He ended up buying this painting for $ 4000 for his. House.

Amazed at Lewis’s ability, Vacarro then asked him to paint a portrait of famous rap artist Nipsey Hustle. Before being assassinated, Hustle was well known for his ideology of “building” and reinvesting in the neighborhood, a concept which is also dear to Lewis.

Lewis dedicates his days to being an educator, growing from the ranks of outstanding education instructor to administrator during his 13 years with Owensboro Public Schools. Growing up in an area loaded with trouble and trauma, Lewis can often connect with struggling students on a deeper level than most.

“My goal is to be a mentor and break down barriers; I want to build relationships and create ways for teachers to communicate with children, ”he said. “We need to eliminate the implicit biases, be vulnerable and figure out what is best for the child rather than dwelling on the negative. We have to approach each day with opportunities because when they leave us there may be no one else for them. “

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KO Lewis | Photo by Jamie Alexander

Lewis’ journey as an artist and educator is closely linked. He enjoys the process of getting someone to try and see a better version of themselves, much like the people he paints for him.

“I say it’s the same because I always come back to the same people that I paint – I don’t know them personally, but their words had such a strong impact on me. I use their inspiration and focus on creating a better version of myself, ”he said. “When I work with young people, I want to meet them where they are, focus on their strengths and amplify them. I want them to know that they have the capacity to be whatever they want to be regardless of obstacles.

Lewis said he was not alone on the trip, attributing much of his success to his wife, Erin. The two have a daughter together – Eva – whom he considers the source of his engine.

“We created a lifestyle and a home we could be proud of by adopting Eva; they keep me going and I love them so much, ”Lewis said. “Since I got Eva, I paid more attention to female figures and painted them more frequently. Women have had a strong impact on my life, and I want to represent it in my art. “

Some of Lewis’ most notable works include Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Muhammad Ali. He said their words and the words of many others guided him through difficult times to create the person he is today.

“We have all of these things that we run that we focus on that give us that extra boost,” said Lewis. “I love to listen to the way someone says something – it can bring out the soul of their words. You might not see it in my painting, but I hope it captures your attention and that the words will resound.

Editor’s Note: This story was written by John Kirkpatrick and originally posted here for Owensboro Living.

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In the spotlight | “I love the community”: the artistic journey of a former altar boy brings him back to the structures of the city of Cambria | News https://artdeko-bg.com/in-the-spotlight-i-love-the-community-the-artistic-journey-of-a-former-altar-boy-brings-him-back-to-the-structures-of-the-city-of-cambria-news/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:01:00 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/in-the-spotlight-i-love-the-community-the-artistic-journey-of-a-former-altar-boy-brings-him-back-to-the-structures-of-the-city-of-cambria-news/ JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Growing up, Todd Stiffler was a “bored altar boy” at SS. Roman Catholic Church Casimir and Emerich. Recently, however, he returned to the building, now known as the Casimir Cultural Center, to add a touch of his works to the historic structure, located in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown. Stiffler painted […]]]>

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Growing up, Todd Stiffler was a “bored altar boy” at SS. Roman Catholic Church Casimir and Emerich.

Recently, however, he returned to the building, now known as the Casimir Cultural Center, to add a touch of his works to the historic structure, located in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown.

Stiffler painted a work called “Passage of Time” on the pewter ceiling of the hall. The work was commissioned by Chad Pysher and Steven Biter, who own the building through their company, Stella.

“Never in my life would I have thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m going to paint these ceilings someday,'” said Stiffler, who attended West End Catholic Elementary School.

“If you spoke to me when I was a kid, I would think you were crazy.” But these guys trusted me and it’s great to work with them. Great back and forth. I never inject my artistic vision too hard into anything, just because I know it’s going to be released in public.

The work depicts a transition of the sky from morning to evening, with birds that live in Cambria City, a rainbow, the sun and a comet.

“It’s almost like looking out the window at what you would see here,” Pysher said.

Pysher described the painting as having “deeply spiritual significance, but it is not at all overtly religious”.

“In Europe a lot of churches have this,” Pysher said.

“Even in their ceiling, there can be works of art, and it’s not always super religious. There are things that are more cosmic and more related to the environment you find yourself in, not necessarily the connection with church patronage or something like that.

Other local works

Stiffler did other artwork for Stella, including Celtic designs at the Brigid’s Cross religious store and a mural at Cambria City Flowers in which large, colorful flowers appear against a black background.

He created a small garden for a statue of the Virgin Mary that was once on display at the Immaculate Conception Church and then was in storage before being acquired by Stella.

All these works are in public view near Casimir.

“You kind of have to take into account the general consensus on what people would like to see every day of their lives,” Stiffler said. “It’s pretty cool too. “

He also painted a mural of Saint Anthony of Padua in a way that resembles a stained glass window.

“They made me panic over something,” Stiffler said. “When I finished St. Anthony, they asked me, ‘What’s it going to be like to think people are going to pray for your painting? I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ It never occurred to me. It’s weird.

‘What can I do?’

Stiffler’s designs in Cambria City are part of his artistic journey that began as a child.

“I’ve always drawn, just like cartoon stuff, like a kid would,” Stiffler said. “But then after high school I started working shitty jobs. I was like, ‘I have to find something else to do. What do I like?’

“At that point, it seemed like the only thing I loved, all my life, the only thing I clung to was the drawing.”

He studied art at the University of Edinboro in Pennsylvania, worked in graphic design, and moved to several different locations before returning to Johnstown, where he now uses his artistic skills to contribute to his hometown.

His other work includes the design of the mural that was painted on the city’s public works building.

“I love the community,” Stiffler said. “I have nothing to offer. I’m not going to join the city council. I’m not going to fix the planning issues or anything. What can I do?

“I’ve found the only thing I can do to help, and I’ll do it as much as possible.”

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MACAU DAILY TIMES ”The Fringe Festival will present works of art to the public in an“ art exhibition for all ” https://artdeko-bg.com/macau-daily-times-the-fringe-festival-will-present-works-of-art-to-the-public-in-an-art-exhibition-for-all/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 00:35:50 +0000 https://artdeko-bg.com/macau-daily-times-the-fringe-festival-will-present-works-of-art-to-the-public-in-an-art-exhibition-for-all/ The The 21st Macau City Fringe Festival will be held January 12-23, with 20 programs and 15 outreach activities. This year’s festival will feature programs that will bring audiences whole new artistic experiences. The Edinburgh Fringe Showcase Sound Theater ‘Back Hoe’, presented at the former residence of General Ye Ting, is a unique participatory performance […]]]>

The The 21st Macau City Fringe Festival will be held January 12-23, with 20 programs and 15 outreach activities.

This year’s festival will feature programs that will bring audiences whole new artistic experiences. The Edinburgh Fringe Showcase Sound Theater ‘Back Hoe’, presented at the former residence of General Ye Ting, is a unique participatory performance in which the audience will play the role of characters to tell the stories, transcending the artistic boundaries of the past and demonstrating the charm of the theater.

In the show Dancing Veins, as part of the “Crème de la Fringe: Todos Fest! , The elderly will share their memories of Macau with the audience through dance, showcasing their creative flair.

Using the DanceAbility method and elements of symbiotic dance, the Body-Specific! show in “Crème de la Fringe: Todos Fest!” will allow the public to enjoy dances created with unique physical characteristics.

In addition, the audience of the Tenant show, which is part of “Cream of the Fringe: Iao Hon”, will act as tenants looking for apartments to rent, experience the stories and changes of Iao Hon himself. . The Passerby show of “Crème de la Fringe: Iao Hon” is a black box play, which will look back on the mutations of the Iao Hon while imagining its future.

Meanwhile, the “No Junk Mail” outreach activity will record Iao Hon’s appearances and stories on postcards and send them to different corners of the city. Another awareness-raising activity, “Iao Hon Pop-up Store”, will connect the whole community with a hawker stand and allow passers-by and residents of the Iao Hon neighborhood to exchange stories with second-hand items. .

Adopting the concept of ‘all around town, our stages, our patrons, our artists’, this year’s Fringe festival will continue to bring art into the community and keep the participatory ‘art exhibition for all’. to offer the public an exhibition space. their creativity and talent.

The Office of Cultural Affairs said in a statement that interested parties are welcome to submit works of art or improvise on site.

The “Art Exhibition for All” will be held in the space next to Flower City Park from January 12 to 17, then move to the Praça das Orquídeas recreation area from January 18 to 23. LV

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