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WAGE offers artists a chance for 'Reflection' in annual exhibition

By Tami Mosser Staff Writer WOOSTER — There are only so many walls, Pat Anderson believes, and so much art. Why hang it when you can wear it? An art teacher at Triway High School, Anderson's schedule is packed. "The school, the teaching," she said, "takes up most of my time." But she's also an artist, so any spare time she can call hers is most likely project time as well. Because she teaches art, Anderson is versed in all of the major media, but she says there are two that form the cornerstone of her creative endeavors: painting on silk and batique — a way of dyeing fabric using waxes. It is the painting on silk — in this case, a scarf — that Anderson has offered as one of three pieces she will display in the upcoming annual exhibit by the Wayne Artists Group Effort. This year's exhibit, "Reflection," opens Friday, Jan. 12 with an artists' reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Wayne Center for the Arts in downtown Wooster. It continues through Feb. 17. Anders..

Lawmakers propose program to give money to 'gifted' children in low-income households

Advanced learners in low-income households would be eligible for a taxpayer-funded grant for education expenses under a program proposed by three lawmakers this week. The program is proposed by Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, and Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee — who back private school vouchers and charter schools. It would be open to 2,000 families beginning in the 2018-19 school year if the bill passes and is signed by Gov. Scott Walker. “These scholarships will provide students in families with low incomes the ability to access a wide range of educational opportunities that they may currently not have the resources to participate in,” the lawmakers wrote in a memo seeking support from other lawmakers. “Who knows how many scientists, engineers, musicians, artists and community leaders we are missing out on because their family can’t afford additional educational opportunities,” Darling said in a statement. The program would provide $1,000 for each “..

Phoenix Gallery Removes Blackface Art

Phoenix Institute for Contemporary Art (a.k.a. phICA) has taken down an exhibition following public outcry over a photograph that depicts a white artist in blackface. The photograph is a self-portrait taken by New York artist Bob Carey in Brooklyn in 2004. It was shown at phICA on Friday, December 15. Curator Ted Decker chose to include the photograph in an exhibition presented by phICA in a shipping container gallery in downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row. Decker co-founded phICA in 2009 with artists Eddie Shea and Greg Esser. He organizes phICA exhibitions and other programming. Following Friday's art show, many took to social media calling for the exhibition to come down. Some suggested that Decker should resign. The controversial piece was part of a three-photograph exhibition that also included two photographs created in Phoenix in October, in collaboration with visual artist Paul S. Wilson and makeup artist Lauren Reid, according to phICA exhibition materials. It's ..

Fine Arts Investing in 2018 and Beyond

Fine Arts Investing in 2018 and Beyond $BAC, $SCHW Global managed money, US hedge funds and some of the world’s biggest banks have embraced the predictive properties of machine learning to spot patterns and guide their investment decisions. Could this branch of AI (artificial intelligence) be used to divine the vagaries of the fines arts and artificats market? A New York startup says it can. Arthena analyzes hundreds of thousands of data points on works of art: artist, style, medium, size and so forth. Adding a touch of human insight, the company picks pieces it says will generate handsome returns for investors. Arthena currently manages several funds, ranging from low-risk ones that invest in modern art to higher-risk funds that buy works from emerging artists. The NewCo is backed by Foundation Capital, Beamonte Investments and Y Combinator, recently teamed up with brokerage Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), which offers a suite of alternative investment offerings. Valuing art is inherently..

NJPAC's Arts Education to Host 2018 SPRING SEMESTER OPEN HOUSE, 1/20

Arts Education at NJPAC announces the new 2018 Spring Program with a diverse selection of classes in dance, music, theater, and visual arts with an emphasis in a creative curriculum with a variety of approaches and methodologies to aid the beginner and experienced student. Prospective students ranging in age from 10 to 18 will have the opportunity to meet members of the accomplished faculty and participate in Hip Hop and Modern Dance trial classes at the special Open House event, taking place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11am - 1pm at 24 Rector Street in Newark, NJ. Spend the day at NJPAC's Center for Arts Education, and discover the exciting opportunities in Jazz, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Filmmaking and Musical Theater. Students will develop their authentic artistic selves enabling them to build more confidence, self-expression and a passion for the arts. To register for the Open House and view the upcoming Spring Semester Classes visit: NJPAC's ..

A New Book Celebrates the Fine Art of Glass Pipes

Just like cannabis, glass pipes are not just for smoking anymore. This functional sculpture genre, once a vibrant but somewhat arcane subculture, has gone high-end, signature and artisanal. Far from $5 head shop or parking-lot blanket fare, these days the glass pipe world's best-known practitioners rival blue-chip art stars in both acclaim and prices. There's no doubt the wild proliferation and growing popularity of hand-blown glass pipes and accoutrements is related to the current trend toward mainstream acceptance of cannabis use. D..

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival to feature local and national authors, artists and experts

The third edition of this forum for "smart talk about stuff that matters" hits Downtown venues Feb. 24-March 4. The line-up, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University, was announced at a press conference this morning. The theme is Continuum: Past, Present, Future, with a focus on how ideas persist and reappear over time. CP Photo by Bill O'Driscoll From left: Rick Sebak, John Fetterman and Gisele Fetterman (with kid) The five featured events include visits from Guy Raz, host of popular NPR podcasts including the TED Radio Hour and How I Built This; PostSecret: The Show; and feminist documentarians Allison Rapson and Kassidy Brown.Other guest of these on-stage conversations, complete with audience Q&A, include such local luminaries as filmmaker Rick Sebak; X-Men and Hip Hop Family Tree cartoonist Ed Piskor; and high-profile couple John Fetterman and Gisele Fetterman, the former the mayor of Braddock and a candidate for lieut..

Community news: Business seminar for artists set

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Business seminar for artists set Applications are open for the city of Austin Small Business Program’s new business development seminar for artists called Artist Career Training. Applications are due Jan. 26. The six-week program will increase participants’ knowledge on how to make their arts business sustainable and profitable. Participants will learn about city resources, business structure, goal setting, budgeting, tax law, protecting intellectual property, marketing best practices, project proposals and gain a professional peer network. The program will culminate with a Proposal Pitch Competition with an opportunity for cash awards. For more information: — American-Statesman staff LAKEWAY Apply for Citizens Police Academy The Lakeway Police Department is reporting high enrollment for its Citizens Police Academy, a program designed to give the public a working knowledge of law enforcement and the department’s policies and op..

MAN's Gender-Neutral Generation

LONDON, United Kingdom — The MAN show is Fashion East’s incubating platform for emerging designers at the start of their careers, as well as a staple of London’s menswear schedule. That said, perhaps its name is somewhat disparate to its current incarnation as a new generation of designers take a gender-neutral stance, which is no bad thing. First up was Rottingdean Bazaar, the witty label by Luke Brooks and James Theseus Buck, which explores the banality of clothes and the absurdity of fashion. Based in Rottingdean, a small town in East Sussex near Brighton, the duo are far away from London’s notorious fashion scene. Their collection opened with one of their local neighbours, a man who walks the streets selling pamphlets and novel souvenir items. He was dressed in his own clothes, it seemed, but it set the tone for a wonderfully weird and whacky line-up. Brooks’ father, a portly man, followed in a t-shirt that exclaimed ‘We Do Big Sizes’ and ‘We Do Very Small Sizes!’ with a miniatur..

What do 50 birds hide in a new era?

Yannis Gounas and Konstantinos Sidiropoulos combine their two different worlds, one of which expresses the beginning and the other the evolution and continuity, at the exhibition "50 Haiku and New Age" to be hosted by the Cacoyannis Foundation since 23 February. Two faces of the same coin. On the one hand, with the excuse of childhood memories, a world is innocent, free and harmonious through the color palette of Yannis Gounas, while on the other, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos presents the impasse of a world that is hard and rough, fraud, lack of freedom and inhumanity.

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