23 posts categorized "LOCAL ARTY-FACTS!"

29 June 2013

How ART, MUSIC, and POETRY Come Full Circle With a Continuing Mission!

When Art, Music, and Poetry Come Full Circle with a Continuing Mission to Inspire Change!

Renowned Artist Neil Jones, now a featured artist on ART4GOOD, creates the visuals that gloriously define Native American History.  Now a featured artist on ART4GOOD Auctions, please enjoy and share this video of his works, underscored by the music composed by Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night; a gift, in tribute to Flying Eagle Woman.


About the Artist:  NEIL JONES

The inspiration for his paintings stems from his childhood years on a farm, which verged on the Qu'Appelle Valley near Edgeley, Saskatchewan. This rich habitat held many superb species of wildlife, which stimulated his love for conservation and his inherent artistic abilities. Since then he has travelled from the Yukon to Wyoming, exploring the wilds along the way and studying flora and fauna in its natural state.

A self-taught artist, Neil paints in oils, sometimes working in the open air to catch the essence of the world he loves. The splendour of his work portrays aspects of the natural world in a positive and effective way that reveals a deep understanding of the environment. He hopes his paintings will take viewers beyond the environmental issues and the saving of it, to a more conscious awareness of our ecosystems.

Among other prestigious awards, Neil has twice won Wildlife Artist of the Year in Saskatchewan. His work has also been indirectly involved in conservation work, being part of the Ramsar World Wildlife Fund Banquet and Show in Regina and the Canadian Nature Federation Saskatchewan Tour. His painting “Red Fox with Goose Wing” was selected by Ducks Unlimited as part of the Royal Dinner and Auction held in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh, President of the World Wildlife Fund.

Galleries currently representing Neil include the "West Lives On Gallery" in Jackson, Wyoming and the Ripplinger Art Gallery," (Henry's Café) in Regina, Saskatchewan. Neil's paintings have also appeared in many solo and group shows and they are held in both public and private collections throughout North America. He also teaches, lectures, adjudicates and mentors aspiring artists.


"Sisterhood of The Four Winds: Flying Eagle Woman Remembered"

The clink of champagne glasses
Paled only by importance of missions discussed
In this, a global reception of prominence 
This gathering room filled to the brim; aglow with brilliance. 

Only moments before
Cross legged on the floor 
in cocktail dresses
And tuxedos 
we took part
In a drum ceremony, 
authentic and fun
Our hearts were one. 

Now, dispersed into contingents
Of similar minds and interest
With purpose, readjust their focus
Set to mute
Those now on stage
Were only ghosts
And their message went unheard.
I wove through the crowd with talking papers
Fell into a trance like daze of flash back emotion
Of memories that had preceded this moment in time. 

It is the “Dances With Wolves Syndrome”
I had said to her upon meeting for the first time
Just one year ago.
A trend embraced, without awareness
Beyond exploitation of "being coolness"
She smiled and embraced me.“Let’s go!”
We filed into a meeting room
Where I was expected to speak
To a global group of experts who awaited me
To illuminate
To illustrate a mission, you see…
I sat down, not at their head table
Choosing independence; au contraire
I remained silent, waiting and deciding what to do
Of tense anticipation by others, I was unaware
I deferred my time to the Four Winds
Ingrid smiled and took my cue. 

Expressing her dilemma in leadership 
Representing the “Native Ones” that day.
Vicente Fox was to my left.
Many others were confused.
We left the room and some approached me
Curious to hear “my view”. 

Piuma Tribe was dying!
We were supplying, 
in place of drained riverbeds
We had taken from them
Without conscience or regret 
of impact on the lives
Of original Americans, of Tribes 
They deserved so much more respect!
I said.
Throughout our country, poverty exceeded
Third world countries and they needed
to command attention
From the World community
I felt a duty 
The Four Winds needed to be heard.
It was the right thing to do.

Now, back in real time,
in this celebratory atmosphere
Recurring attitude
Recurring passion 
Recalling that day
I am committed in my stand
I want their voices to be heard again.
It is OUR Mother Earth dying
They have a message to impart to all.
My eyes met those of Jane Goodall
Instinctively she knew exactly what to do
On stage she began with a loud imitation 
Of a chimpanzee; then gorilla
Loud and proud, she played her part;
Let forth a rebel yell with all her heart!
The room was still and silent
Heads turned 
New focus found.
Native Americans led us to higher ground.
My brothers and Sisters of the Four Winds
Found their voices
Above the din of champagne glasses 
and Echoes well beyond less important missions that evening.

Forum 2000 came quickly
New York buzzed with electricity 
World leaders all were there, but for a few
Honored once again
Invited by my “friend”, Mikhail Gorbachev, 
We began our early evening with a heavenly Penthouse view.

This forum’s first challenge was left to me.
Those chosen to be here were stranded, you see.
The Opening ceremony was about to begin.
Our tiny private elevator had stalled and jammed. 
We were separated from thousands waiting below. 
In gala attire, High Fashion, High heels, on a whim, 
I assuaged their anxiety; 
Lead them all down the back stairs,
Someone actually shouted “Follow Palm Springs!”

We arrive very late and into darkness disperse 
A voice shouted my name, no longer 
“Palm Springs”
My comrade and mentor from U.N.E.S.C.O was there
He had saved a seat for me
I felt at home, and much better known at last. 

Never before 
Never since
Was an opening ceremony so grand!
Imagine for a moment
A huge ballroom dark; 
Eight thousand silhouettes 
anticipating what this first night will bring.

Indigenous Rhythms echo
To one another.
First here
Then there
We are surrounded from above and beyond
The most stunning presentation
My Heart thumping now remembering.
But, where was Ingrid, Flying Eagle Woman?
Where is my sister of the Four Winds, I pondered.


This, such a wonderful night, drew to a close
Tom and I made time to bond again.
A familiar face entered the private lounge.
She gave us the news.
In Bogota, Columbia
She was kidnapped 
Gunned down with friends
Bodies thrown across the border 
Into Venezuela.
This Native American 
My friend
Was there for Peace Day. 

I could not speak.
I could not perceive 
Or believe such a loss
Of beauty 
Of heart.
i was completely broken.
Reaching for the phone
I called home.
Hours later, in my room, 
a ringing tone, and
Sleepless still, I answered
To the beat 
A tribute song entitled TRIBE!
Had been composed
An honor had been orchestrated in her memory.
Perhaps, the most important gift ever given to me 
Greenspoon, with stellar talent and compassion, 
Bestowed to me, an inspired, authentic interpretation 
My spirit soared as I felt her presence there and then.
Her story, now, will never end. 

I once danced her story of the Four Winds
Channeling her presence without rehearsal
Trance dancing on stage at the Annenberg Theatre
Of this I have no real memory
Yet, with certainty, I knew
I would always be a part of the 
Sisterhood of the Four Winds. 

Written by Wendie Busig-kohn


As described in the poem, the original soundtrack score for the video was composed by Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboard player for Three Dog Night, as a gift to Wendie Busig-Kohn, the night that she learned of the death of her friend.  

Only days later, this score was produced at American Recording Studios in Calabasas, California.

Joining Jimmy on keyboards and Wendie on handheld native percussion instruments were the late, great Joe Schermie (R.I.P), original bass guitarist for Three Dog Night, Floyd Sneed, original drummer for Three Dog Night, and a dear friend from Palm Springs, Drummer, Producer, Musician EXTRAORDINAIRE: Andrew Fraga.


ART4GOOD FOUNDATION is honored to represent the beautiful and inspiring works of Artist Neil Jones!  As a FEATURED ARTIST, Neil's works will be available as Limited Edition 30x40" Canvas reproductions in many upcoming auctions benefiting the most awesome charities on the planet, including, THIS SUMMER: 









The mission continues!


Charitable Organizations hosting on-line auction events will also be invited to consign and showcase the works of Neil Jones to raise monies for their causes too!


Neil jones SACAJAWEA













Neil's works are also FEATURED in ART4GOOD Book:  NATIVE!







24 June 2013

Coffee and fine art OK I am interested !!!!

Latteluna2This past week I had the pleasure of going to the best new locally owned coffee house in Bradenton, Fl Latte Luna. This is not your typical coffee and processed cake joint that Bradenton is use to seeing. This is a locally owned full service coffee house like you would see in big cities like Manhattan. Where people will not stand for desserts with preservatives and coffee with a paper cups.

At Latte Luna you can expect homemade baked goods, gourmet popcorn, small seasonal bites and our own exotic flavored coffees. Latte Luna makes all their desserts in their kitchen fresh and coffee to order.

Fine art well they have that too. Enjoy the stunning art work of Lena Danya ,Brandon Scott and Julie C. Jackson From beautiful realistic portraits to contemporary abstract and amazing landscapes they have all the latest and greatest.

I urge you to stop by and see what a real coffee house feels like in Bradenton.

Brandon Scott is a blogger, writer and artist

14 June 2013

Rockin' Art at the Rocklin Campus!

Sierra College Rocklin Campus Math Department Unveils a New Mural - Created by Local Mural Artist Cathy Rowe

A new mural commissioned by the Sierra College Rocklin Campus Math and Art Departments and designed by local artist Cathy Rowe will be unveiled on Monday, June 24, 2013, in the V-Building on the Rocklin Campus. Cathyrowe story

The mural has been installed on the third floor of the Kevin Ramirez, “V” building, on the Sierra College Rocklin Campus
"It has been truly exciting to create a mural for an audience with similar interests to my own, people interested in math, science, and beauty and how they fit together," says Artist Cathy Rowe

Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

Sierra College unveils a new permanent mural at the Rocklin Campus on Monday, June 24. Local artist Cathy Rowe was chosen from a large pool of applicants to create this work of art for the Sierra College Math Department to be installed in the V-Building, a Math and Technology center. The mural focuses on the beauty of mathematics in the natural world.

Artist, Cathy Rowe was born in Sacramento, California, in 1984. She is a muralist, illustrator, and gallery artist. The painting she has created for Sierra college is dominated by a spiral shape (known in the math world as a Fibonacci Spiral). The colorful images contained in the spirals are examples of how math rules the natural world (both big and small) in beautiful ways. “I have done murals for a lot of local public schools in the Roseville area, which is always a lot of fun. But it has been truly exciting to create a mural for a different audience with similar interests to my own, people interested in math, science, and beauty, and how they fit together,” says Artist Cathy Rowe. Her website cathyrowe.com highlights some of her best work in paintings, murals, and illustration.

Math Professor Jill Rafael states, “Cathy Rowe's, design combines the power and beauty of mathematics within nature. This is truly an inspiring work of art. We are certain that it will inspire for years to come."

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at: 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677. For more information regarding this project, contact Jill Rafael at: jrafael(at)sierracollege(dot)edu or Casey O’Connor at: coconnor(at)sierracollege(dot)edu.

Sierra College provides a challenging and supportive learning environment for students having diverse goals, abilities, and needs interested in transfer, career and technical training, and life long learning. The College’s programs and services encourage students to identify and to expand their potential. Sierra College students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to become engaged and contributing members of the community.

Helen K. Garber's "Venice Beach" is now available as an E-book!

Venice Beach, California Carnivale by Helen K. Garber is Now Available as an E-Book

Helen K. Garber's award winning photo-documentary about world famous Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach. This book is the official commemorative guide to the Venice Centennial, 1905 - 2005. Venice beach book

The official commemorative book of the Venice Beach Centennial

Venice, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Venice Beach, California Carnivale is now available as a downloadable E-Book. The print edition paperback was the first print-on-demand picture book sold by Barnes and Noble, was the official commemorative book of the Venice Centennial and won an International Photography Award when first published in 2005.

Venice Beach, California Carnivale captures the joyous carnival atmosphere of Ocean Front Walk at world famous Venice Beach. Helen K. Garber, internationally renowned fine art photographer, has digitally captured, color enhanced and manipulated the images to give the viewer the full surreal experience of strolling along Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach, California.    

Ms. Garber moved her fine art studio to world famous Ocean Front Walk in 2004. She lives nearby in Santa Monica and would walk to the studio along Ocean Front Walk with her Springer Spaniel, Dudley.

She decided to document and publish a book on the visually exciting Ocean Front Walk. She also wanted to embrace the monumental changes that were starting to affect both the book publishing and photographic industries.

Ms. Garber and Dudley would wait for golden light and document whatever crazy thing captured her attention while they walked together along Ocean Front Walk. She was using a dslr that Samy's Camera had lent her, capturing images on a memory card for the very first time and no longer had to worry about the huge expense of film, developing and scanning.

Ms. Garber edited the book and manipulated each image to direct the focus of the viewer. She decided to forgo trying to find a traditional publisher and was the first photographer she knew to self-publish digitally. She had planned to distribute the book by having the cover subject sell the books at a table with the other vendors on tourist-filled Ocean Front Walk.

Unfortunately Ms. Garber's cover subject left town abruptly and she ended up driving to the many west side Los Angeles book stores to sell copies of her book. The local independents loved it.

At first the manager at the local Barnes & Noble said it was against company policy to purchase print-on-demand books, but Ms. Garber persevered, contacted the regional buyer, who then purchased 200 copies directly from Xlibris. Which in turn made Venice Beach, California Carnivale the first print-on-demand picture book ever sold at the then predominant bookstore chain.

Coincidentally, the 2005 Venice Centennial festivities were in preparation and the committee chose Ms. Garber's book as the official commemorative publication of the Centennial.

Nine 1/2 years later, Ms. Garber still works out of her beautiful studio on Venice Beach, Dudley is still with her, but now at almost 16, stays at home with his younger bunk mate, Oliver, while Ms. Garber rides her bike back and forth to the studio. She still runs outside her studio to shoot when the light is wonderful, but more likely walks right past Ocean Front Walk to capture gorgeous waves, skies and wild bird life at the water's edge.

Helen K. Garber is an internationally renowned fine art photographer with work in permanent collections of museums, corporate collections and prominent personal art collections in the United States and abroad. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, Greece, England and Ireland with images published in many photographic magazines, journals and books. She teaches photography through Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

13 June 2013


Museum of the City of New York Hosts Making Room on Broadway: A Musical Theater Cabaret

Special event features Gregg Edelman, Michael McElroy, Christianne Tisdale, Natalie Toro, as well as Musical Director Christopher McGovern. Ny museum

Museum of the City of New York

Performances elegantly weave songs and stories about New York living space, inspired by the City Museum’s exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.

New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

The Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its beloved Perform! series by showcasing the best of Broadway musical cabaret featuring lead performers Gregg Edelman, Michael McElroy, Christianne Tisdale, Natalie Toro, as well as Musical Director Christopher McGovern on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Written and directed by the accomplished Michael Montel, whose Broadway work includes Inge’s Summer Brave, McCuller’s The Member of the Wedding, and Barry’s Holiday, this upcoming weekend’s performances elegantly weave songs and stories about New York living space, inspired by the City Museum’s exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers. The production will showcase popular tunes befitting the theme, such as “Blue Room” and “Dancing on the Ceiling” by Rodgers and Hart, and “Home” from The Wiz, as well as works by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter.

Mr. Montel is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Museum’s Perform! series. His off-Broadway productions include Arlene Hutton’s Last Train to Nibroc, and the American premiere of Christopher Hampton’s Treats. His York Theatre production of Darling of the Day was named by Time magazine as one of the ten best shows of 2005. Internationally his work includes Lost in Yonkers for Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre and Nibroc for the Edinburgh Festival.

What:    Making Room on Broadway: A Musical Theater Cabaret

When:     Saturday, June 15 at 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 PM

Where:    Museum of the City of New York at 1220 Fifth Avenue (btw. 103/104 Sts.)

Reservations are required. Tickets: $35 for Museum members, seniors and students; $40 for the general public. A limited number of $100 sponsor tickets – which include preferred seating - are available. For more information or to register, call (917) 492-3395 or visit https://boxoffice.mcny.org/public/

About the Museum of the City of New York

Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, call (212) 534-1672 or visit http://www.mcny.org.

Directions: By bus: M1, M3, M4, or M106 to 104th Street, M2 to 101st Street. 
By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 104th Street.

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