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Founder reflects on 50 years of the Wyoming State High School Art Symposium

Retired art teacher Tim Collins strolled through the sea of artworks and mingled with generations of students and teachers Friday at the Casper Events Center. He took in the nearly 4,500 pieces of art on display there for the Wyoming State High School Art Symposium, the annual showcase he started five decades ago. “If we have an art show, will you show up?” he’d asked fellow teachers around the state. Students from 16 schools arrived with a few hundred artworks for first Wyoming High School Art Symposium in 1968 at Laramie High School, where he taught, Collins recalled. The Wyoming State High School Art Symposium this weekend celebrated its 50th year. Collins joined many other educators and state officials there in sharing the event’s history and growth through the decades. This year’s symposium showcased work from more than 1,500 students around Wyoming. They participated in workshops and met college recruiters while competing for ribbons, scholarships and chances to land their artwor..

Victoria art school gets eviction notice to make way for high schoolers

A post-secondary Victoria art school is being evicted by its landowner, the Greater Victoria School District, from a building it's called home for 14 years. Since 2004, the Vancouver Island School of Art has leased an old elementary school from the school district. However, due to swelling enrolment, the district says it now needs the space for students. The district's secretary-treasurer, Mark Walsh, says changes to B.C.'s class composition sizes, as well as population migration to the Island from Alberta and the Lower Mainland, have pushed enrolment well above previous projections. "Most of our sites are starting to fill up," said Walsh. "Central Middle School actually is full, and we need to find a way to make sure we can fit all the kids in this area." For now, that means increasing capacities at other schools like Lansdowne Middle School — which is just down the road from the Vancouver Island School of Art, also known as the Quadra street building. "[The Quadra str..

Estate known for hosting Santa Fe Opera parties for sale

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An estate known for its owners’ hosting of lavish Santa Fe Opera parties is for sale. The Albuquerque Journal reports the 11-acre Pueblo Revival estate in Santa Fe is on the market for $11.5 million. Current owners Bob and Miryam Knutson say the property earned its nickname while it was the home of Peggy Driscoll, a Santa Fe Opera board member and donor. She used her home to host extravagant opera gatherings. The property includes a six-bedroom main residence, three guest houses, a tennis court, a swimming pool and spa and expansive gardens. Most Read Nation & World StoriesUnlimited Digital Access: $1 for 4 weeksStephanie Duran of Barker Realty says the “Opera House” was built during the 1930s. ___ Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

The risk and reward challenges facing Irish National Opera and Wexford

Have you been following Joyce Flaherty lately? I have. The New York Times carried an interview with her earlier this month, under the title “Opera’s Miss Congeniality takes on a rare Cinderella”. The article’s mention of rare opera and the singer’s penchant for offbeat repertoire started me thinking about the international world of opera into which the new Irish National Opera company has been born. Joyce Flaherty, of course, is not known to the world by that name. The Kansas-born Irish-American mezzo soprano is famous as Joyce DiDonato, though she has drawn attention to her Irish heritage when performing at the National Concert Hall. DiDonato has been described in the Guardian as “the most critically acclaimed and popular mezzo soprano of our day”. I’ve had a niggling question in my head for years about Ireland’s musical diaspora. It’s a really simple one. Why don’t we connect with them more? The question first came to me in that way in relation to the American experimental composer ..

Opera VPN to shut down: Here are 4 alternatives

There’s some bad news for those who use the Opera VPN mobile app, namely that it’s being shut down come the end of the month. The announcement was made that the free iOS and Android apps will be permanently shuttered on April 30, just under a fortnight’s time. Those who are Opera Gold members (which was the commercial paid-for version of the product) will be given the option of having a free one-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. That’s an obvious move, as Opera VPN was built on SurfEasy’s network. Opera noted that SurfEasy Ultra is a service which has 28 regions, allows for simultaneous use on up to five devices, and has a ‘strict no-log’ policy. What about free users of Opera VPN? The company is offering a discount of 80% on SurfEasy Total VPN, which can be bagged through the latest version of the Opera VPN iOS and Android apps. Alternative paid VPNs Another consideration is that maybe you don’t want to use a free VPN anymore. While the price may be free, there could be hidden ..

7 Tips for Applying to Art School

If you can, make a visit to the campuses that interest you. While some schools hold regular open houses, tours, and information sessions, others have much more limited opportunities to experience the facilities. Look out for open houses in the fall (some, like Yale, require you to register) and public open studio days in the spring, when you can meet and see the work of current students. Both are great opportunities to better understand a program, its ethos, and its teaching methods. Pay attention to the specific departments a school has. In many cases, schools have medium-specific departments that you will have to apply to, like painting or sculpture or ceramics. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t have the opportunity to pursue more interdisciplinary work—in many cases you can. But, if you’re torn between painting and sculpture, for example, look at the faculty and former students to help you choose one over the other (though some schools, like Yale, let you apply to two pr..

How can Surprise be captured on the lens?

This is a Project of 8 photo expositions inspired by the Circle of Emotions, which includes the 8 basic feelings that determine the life and the course of the people. How do Hara, Tribulation, Love, Anime, Fear, Anger, Surprise and Shame of the Modern Greek depict? How can these feelings be inspired by an artist living in Greece? What we are happy with, what makes us sad, what we love, what saddens us, what scares us, what makes us angry, what else can surprise us and what are we embarrassed in our country today?

The aquatic world of plankton in works of art

Plankton (from the word plankton, ie wandering) is all the organisms that exist in the seas and the fresh waters and are moved drifting with the streams of water. It consists of microscopic predominantly species (<1mm), with amazing shapes, but it also includes large-sized organisms, such as jellyfish.

Listening Post: BPO’s recording of Wagner leads off new releases

ClassicalWagner, Orchestral Music from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). If you take an historical overview of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra you have to conclude that no BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has. Foss' avant-garde influence on the BPO was profound on the orchestra and the city, but the recordings he produced weren't. Michael Tilson Thomas' decision to use the BPO to record the complete music of Carl Ruggles was the BPO's most consequential recorded moment, along with its recording of Terry Rley's "In C." But you could argue that the BPO's records for Naxos have been the fulfillment of the orchestra conducted years ago by Steinberg and Krips. It's Naxos' marvelous insistence on using the BPO for "big" works with a "big" orchestral sound are making every new disc a potential wonderme..

Encore Houston, Episode 57: Ars Lyrica Houston

Ars Lyrica and guest musicians Paul Avril and Loren Tayerle in concert on New Year’s Eve, 2017.On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, Ars Lyrica celebrates the New Year with music from eighteenth-century Berlin. The theme of the concert focused on the famous musician and patron Sara Itzig Levy, and the featured pieces were either works she helped premiere or had in her own catalog. Music in this episode: CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, Concerto in E-flat major for harpsichord and fortepiano Mario Aschauer, fortepianoMatthew Dirst, harpsichordGEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN, Paris Quartet in G major Colin St. Martin, fluteElizabeth Blumenstock, violinBarrett Sills, celloMatthew Dirst, harpsichordWILHELM FRIEDMANN BACH, Flute Concerto in D major Colin St. Martin, fluteTELEMANN, Concerto in F major for two horns Paul Avril, hornLoren Tayerle, hornPerformance date: 12/31/2017Originally aired: 3/31/2018New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all..

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