Canvas Art Prints – Its Mardan http://itsmardan.com/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:41:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://itsmardan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/its-mardan-icon-150x150.png Canvas Art Prints – Its Mardan http://itsmardan.com/ 32 32 Tiona Nekkia McClodden is not running away | Way of life http://itsmardan.com/tiona-nekkia-mcclodden-is-not-running-away-way-of-life/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:21:00 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/tiona-nekkia-mcclodden-is-not-running-away-way-of-life/

PHILADELPHIA — Tiona Nekkia McClodden hit the shooting range on a sweltering Monday in July. The air was sticky inside the establishment, but his routine would not be denied. She shoots weekly and avoids weekends, when the range is crowded and noisy with men firing assault rifles, inviting sensory overload.

This might be a familiar activity for some Americans. Less for an artist. But McClodden, 41, a 2019 Whitney Biennale star who now has three major work showings in New York — at 52 Walker, the Shed and the Museum of Modern Art — didn’t buy guns and get his porter permit two years ago with art in mind. At least at the start.

She did it — like many other black Philadelphians, she recalls — after the pandemic emptied the streets, then George Floyd protests and counter-protests filled them with intruders and a sense of swirling violence. Security and self-defense were his concerns.

The range staff gave her a warm welcome – she trained here, which earned her a membership. She bought ammunition and paper targets with pink silhouettes or multiple oval bull’s eyes. At her hallway, she pulled out her three handguns – a Walther .22 and a 9mm Glock and Smith & Wesson – and placed them carefully in front of her.

“Every ball I load, I breathe through it,” she said. “I’m adapting to being in space. There is a protocol.

An hour later, McClodden was heading to his studio in North Philadelphia. She had concluded her shooting practice, as always, with a sequence where she drew methodically, before each shot, to break the mechanical spell of shooting without a break. It put the human issues right in his thoughts, reminding him that this is not a game.

“There is life there,” she said.

It wasn’t for the art — but the art happened anyway. The result is “Mask/Conceal/Carry,” a brooding beast of an exhibition, bathed in blue light, at 52 Walker, the David Zwirner space in Tribeca.

He finds McClodden, who emerged as a filmmaker before branching out into installations, at his broadest formal, including video, sculpture, bronzes, text, and his first series of paintings. But its theme is tight: the journey of an artist through photography to confront herself and establish her position in the world – in all the facets of her identity.

Bold, often jarring, the exhibition forms a sort of triptych this season with McClodden’s other Manhattan presentations: a life-size installation at MoMA that pays homage to Brad Johnson, a black gay poet who died in 2011, on the theme of bondage and fetishism. ; and at the Shed, an extensive program she curated on the history of black dance.

The result is three ways to meet an artist who may be America’s most essential today, a staunchly individual and startlingly candid individual about race, gender, sexuality, spiritual life and more – to better carve out a responsible role in culture. Celebrating a forgotten figure like Johnson, or a whole field like black dance, is his way of recognizing and renewing artistic lines, a kind of responsibility.

“It’s all practice not to be ignorant,” she said. “Period.”

On the wall near his desk were his talismans – a poem by Johnson, a photograph by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a dark object bristling with short vertical spikes. It was a rustic tool used to remove seeds from cotton, evoking associations with black labor.

“It’s the most painful thing in the studio,” she said. “I have it there because it’s a representation of a feeling – something that causes me immense distress but is almost invisible.”

At the top of a pile of books was “Unmasking Autism,” a new book by psychologist Devon Price. In 2001, McClodden said, a doctor suggested she was on the autism spectrum, but she dismissed the idea.

“I took it as a negative,” she said. But in 2019, she was diagnosed — it took a long time and was expensive — and she continues to embrace her ideas.

“I hid for a long time,” she said. She lived with the symptoms – overstimulation, non-verbal periods, confrontational behavior – while pursuing her art. Now he offers advice.

“I decided to match my lived experience as an autistic person, at the intersection of a lot of identities, to a constant state of discomfort,” she said. “So the work must be uncomfortable.”

Her experience with autism played a role in the alchemy of events that produced “Hide/Conceal/Wear” (and adds another layer of meaning to the title). When she started practicing shooting, the noise and action was overwhelming.

“My sensory issues sent me out of reach,” she said. “I couldn’t get the sound off my skin.”

To prepare, she took up dry-firing — shooting without ammunition — in the studio. A phone app measured data from a node on the gun, and it incorporated the information into the paintings: they are black with a few squiggles in blue, green, white, or red segments, tracing in paint the data report on a shot.

“I can feel in my body everything I see here,” she said. “It’s like a graphic score.”

In the workshop were a toaster oven and a vacuum press for making sculptures out of Kydex, a synthetic material often used for gun holsters. On the studio wall were stenciled texts on canvas, from a new series. Some read like mantras: “Train to failure”, “Hold everything together”.

“It comes from training in how to live with difference,” she explained. Other posts to herself — “Black Insanity on the Ledge of a Death Star” — had a wilder feel.

“It’s almost like the name of a punk band,” she says.

Books in his library suggest other influences on the series, including titles about trauma and race; sculptor Nancy Grossman, whose heads evoke ritual slavery; the Benin Bronzes and WEB Du Bois’s Pioneer Data Portraits of Black America.

“He is able to provide information about the dire situation of a whole group of people,” she said.

Buying targets online, McClodden discovered a world of photographs of staged scenes: a shooter behind a car, a hostage situation. They’re often used in law enforcement training, and she was intrigued by the fact that nearly all of the characters were white. She made a video where a sequence of images reveals a single dark figure beneath these figures.

But McClodden is there to observe, not to judge. Of course, she has views. She supports ‘red flag’ laws that would prevent potentially dangerous people from owning guns, opposes minors’ access to guns and ‘wouldn’t mind’ a ban on guns. assault. But this is not a show about gun politics.

“I’m not interested in articulating or taking on the grief of society at large, as a black woman,” she said. “I tell you that I sleep well at night. This is the diet I got to know this time around.

Ebony L. Haynes, director of 52 Walker, which curated the exhibit, said the show may seem timely but it’s not about the news.

“The material that Tiona is working on has a long history that is important to uncover,” Haynes said.

“If ‘social change’ even creeps into my work,” McClodden said, “I destroy it.”

McClodden has a reputation as a samurai in the art world, bolstered by her choice to stay in Philadelphia — where she has turned her studio annex into a micro-gallery and reading room called Conceptual Fade — and keep her distance. of the New York art scene. Her friends are torn between expressing their own admiration and pointing fingers at her lighter sides.

“You use thumbtacks, Tiona uses a razor blade,” Sadie Barnette, who shared residency with her in 2018 at Skowhegan School, said of her accuracy. At the same time, “he’s that person who drinks fancy whiskey, throws the best party of the summer, and is kind.”

Her fearlessness is currently on display at MoMA in ‘The Brad Johnson Tape, X – On Subjugation’, a work first produced in 2017 and recently acquired by the museum, where she filmed herself reciting Johnson’s poetry. as she was suspended by her ankles from a platform. Fetish objects, books and an avalanche of rose petals complete the exhibition.

“The work offers an extraordinary model of freedom,” said Lanka Tattersall, curator of drawings and prints at MoMA. “Understanding and expressing your sexuality and eroticism to the limits of your possible comfort is one of the greatest offerings an artist can offer.”

McClodden’s project at the Shed celebrates Dance Black America, a groundbreaking 1983 festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It includes custom dance floors, video portraits of dancers of different styles and generations, and a series of performances. One subject is Mikki Shepard, who produced the original event.

“I’m glad she found out,” Shepard said. “She’s documenting it again but through a new set of eyes.”

McClodden recalls spending long stretches during the pandemic driving around Louisiana and Mississippi, researching “Play Me Home,” his installation in the Prospect 5 triennial in 2021. It was a roots trip. She’s located relatives, seen land they hold, and other sites lost to predatory leases. She remembered that the men in her family—always men—hunted frequently and served in the military.

Knowing yourself as a shooter deepens this intimate journey. But art is a record for history.

“It’s about to be the material culture of this time,” she said. “The statement is that I am in the world, I did not try to run away from my position in this world and I wanted to be able to defend myself.

“I’m not trying to hide behind slavery or anything in the 1700s. I’m like, 2020 to 2022, that’s what I was doing.

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Thousands flock to Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair with millions going to local art industries http://itsmardan.com/thousands-flock-to-darwin-aboriginal-art-fair-with-millions-going-to-local-art-industries/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 22:53:05 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/thousands-flock-to-darwin-aboriginal-art-fair-with-millions-going-to-local-art-industries/

Pottery, paintings and pandanus mats detailing the stories of First Nations artists across the country drew large crowds at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF).

A major event for art lovers across Australia, the fair is held annually at the Darwin Convention Center and allows talented Indigenous artists to bring their unique pieces to a central location and share their stories with the public.

This year’s event is expected to bring millions of dollars to the 78 arts centers represented at the fair, boosting the economy of remote communities across the country.

Hand dyed fabrics from Anindilyakwa Arts. (ABC News: Peter Garnish)
A crowd of people walking down the aisle of an art gallery, with the words
The DAAF drew crowds over the weekend. (ABC News: Peter Garnish)

DAAF President Franchesca Cubillo said arts and culture in remote areas were “the cornerstone of any community”.

“They are the place where opportunities flourish, whether in textile and fashion design, or artists sharing the rich history of bark painting or Western Desert painting,” he said. she declared.

A smiling woman sitting and talking into a microphone as an art fair takes place in the background.
Franchesca Cubillo is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wardaman and Yanuwa woman.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)
A series of painted ceramic pots on display inside an art gallery.
Ceramics from Hermannsburg Potters – a crowd favorite.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

But the fair was not just a chance to “share our culture as a gift to the nation,” Ms Cubillo said.

It also allowed artists to earn a salary.

Two people stand at a desk to pay for an artwork, while an art fair takes place in the background.
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) has recorded sales of $11 million over the past five years.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)
Three people look at brightly colored traditional Aboriginal paintings hanging on the walls of an art gallery.
Participants admired the complexity of desert styles.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

“They are able to get an economic return, and that will allow the next generation of First Nations people to feel empowered – to start asking themselves, ‘What might a business operating out of my community look like?’ “, she added. said.

“We have remarkable artists who work in art centers, but what if we had a modeling agency operating in Gapuwiyak, for these remarkable young men who were part of our country at couture? [fashion show]?”

A woven turtle sculpture on a table, with an art fair in the background.
A woven turtle sculpture from Erub Arts.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)
A woman taps her card on a card reader held by another woman, in front of black walls adorned with Aboriginal artwork.
Art fairs provide much-needed economic opportunities in remote communities.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

Knowledge shared between cultures and generations

For Karen Rogers, an artist from the Ngukurr Arts Centre, the fair was also an opportunity to pass on skills to her family.

“We have my son right now, who is just teaching him to do lino printing, printing on material,” she said.

“He does good work, like framing paintings. I think art centers can offer a lot of things to young people, career paths.”

A smiling woman standing in front of a series of brightly colored works of art displayed on a dark wall, inside a gallery.
Karen Rogers, an artist from Ngukurr Arts.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)
A woman scans her card on a card reader held by another woman in front of Pandanus mats hung on a wall.
Eastern Arnhem Land Pandanus rug.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

Ms. Rogers said it was fascinating to learn about other Indigenous cultures through art and to find common connections.

“This one from Torres Strait, I was really interested because I speak Kriol and they speak a different Kriol,” she said.

“They have a dictionary. It was amazing to see it, because they speak a little differently to the way we speak. It was inspiring.”

Two men in traditional Torres Strait Islander costume dance in an art gallery, in front of a crowd.
The Abai Sagulau Buai dance team from Badu Island in the Torres Strait performing at the fair. (ABC News: Peter Garnish)
pandanus jewelry
Pandanus jewelry is always popular with visitors.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

Diversity in the spotlight

From the tropics to the desert, each art center has brought its own languages, styles and practices to the floor of the convention center.

Lex Namponan of the Wik and Kugu Arts Center said his father was a major inspiration.

“We [saw] our dad when we were 14, 15, doing carvings and bark painting and everything,” he said.

A man in a plaid shirt sits in front of a series of brightly colored paintings and sculptures on display in a gallery.
Lex Namponan, a sculptor with Wik and Kugu Arts. (ABC News: Peter Garnish)

“As we grew up [up] …it gave us the idea of ​​what we do, and now we are here, traveling with all our colleagues.

“I’ve got a big show coming up from this point on, back home, heading out of the country to pick up woods – milky pine, clays, white clay, red clay – from the ground.”

The art fair runs until 4 p.m. today.

A series of sculptures in the shape of dingoes lined up on the floor of an art gallery, in front of paintings hanging on the walls.
Dingo sculptures by Lex Namponan.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)
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Gallery Walk celebrates its 33rd anniversary today http://itsmardan.com/gallery-walk-celebrates-its-33rd-anniversary-today/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:20:13 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/gallery-walk-celebrates-its-33rd-anniversary-today/

Gallery Walk celebrates its 33rd anniversary with a champagne toast at 5 p.m. today at all participating galleries, according to its sponsor, the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance.

Gallery Walk has been held on the first Friday of every month since 1989 in downtown Hot Springs.

The following galleries will be open for Gallery Walk, according to the HSACA Facebook page:

All About Arkansas

610 Central Ave.

Features products from Arkansas, made in Arkansas, and related to Arkansas.

American Art Gallery and Gifts LLC

724 Central Ave.

The American Art Gallery is permanently open from the first Gallery Walk and offers a wide range of fine art and gift items, including the work of gallerist and artist G Gilbert.

“The viewer is most important in creating art, color, and memories of something that brings them joy. Born and raised in Arkansas, the beauty of the natural state gives me plenty to talk about. put on canvas. I enjoy creating landscapes and floral paintings. My work has been collected by clients all over the world,” Gilbert said in a press release.

Ernie Bolieu will be on hand to show Southwest Jewelry and discuss design and stones. Bolieu has experience making and repairing jewelry in the South West. Wall art by Jimmy Leach, Margaret Kipp and Carole Beam will also be on display.

Artist studio gallery

610-A Central Avenue

Pat Langewis and Jim Reimer, two well-known artists from Hot Springs Village, are the featured performers for August.

A press release stated that Langewis is a watercolor artist who travels the world and has lived in several countries overseas.

“This experience broadened her view of the world, people and nature. She teaches watercolor on several cruise lines,” he said. Langewis is a signature member of four watercolor societies: Southern, Mid Southern, Alabama, and Missouri. His paintings have been accepted into juried exhibitions and hung both nationally and internationally. Since 2020, his portrait, “La Palma Woodworker”, has been exhibited at the Barcelona Academy of Arts in Spain. In 2009, she won a major award from the Southern Watercolor Society for her painting “Koi” before the jury of renowned watercolourist Charles Reid.

Reimer began studying art in 1969 in California, studying under the tutelage of O. Lawrence Hansen, “a well-known American artist, for eight years. He continued to study and develop his techniques by attending seminars and studios. He enjoys painting a variety of subjects, primarily in the mediums of oil and pastel. Having lived in California for most of his life, many of his earlier landscape paintings are of the northern California coast and wine country. Reimer has regularly exhibited his work in California and Arkansas and has won numerous awards, including several Best of Show. His paintings are held in private collections throughout the country.

The featured miniature art artists for August are Pati Trippel and Jim Reimer. Call 501-623-6401 for more information. Charlie Mink will entertain visitors with tunes on his dulcimer during Gallery Walk.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday.

Circle Gallery at Emergent Arts

341-A Whittington Ave.

The opening of an exhibition of Prime Time Painters at Emergent Arts will be presented in the Circle Gallery. The Prime Time Painters are a group of painters who meet weekly to paint as a group at Emergent Arts.

Pottery of Dryden

341 Whittington Ave.

Featuring the work of Richard “Rip” Evans, who began using oil paint as a young teenager, in the showroom during Gallery Walk. He attended Detroit School of Art in the mid-1960s, then embarked on a 50-year career as a commercial artist. He continued to paint in oils along the way and today enjoys painting many different subjects ranging from still life compositions to barns and tugboats. He also worked with various printing techniques, including copperplate etching and polyester plate lithography. Due to the formal nature of his oil paintings, he signs them with his first name Richard, and all other works are signed Rip.

Esther’s Fine Arts

301 E.Broadway St.

Featured artists include Ryan Rooney, Don Watson, Angelina Hardin, Wayne Summerhill, Justin Warrick and Steve Johnson. To help celebrate 33 years of Gallery Walk, Esther’s will be expanding outside with a number of local artists and music by Dean Agus.

center of the gallery

340-A Central Ave.

Located on the first floor of the Waters Hotel, the gallery features works by Janice Polycron, Tracee Gentry-Matthews, Polly Cook, James Hayes glass, Sandy Newburg and Houston Llew Spirit Tiles.

Justus Art Gallery

827-A Central Avenue.

Celebrating its 18th anniversary in August, the Justus Gallery opened its doors on the 15th anniversary of Gallery Walk. August Gallery Walk will present a selection of works by Randall Good, Gary Simmons, Matthew Hasty, Jeri Hillis and Rebecca Thompson. The myth and stories of the personal creation of Work from Good will be presented in the anniversary exhibition. The exhibition includes selections from expert pen-and-ink works by Simmons and bright Southern Hasty landscapes, as well as collages of oil paintings by Hillis and Thompson.

Heritage Gallery

804 Central Ave.

Showcasing a variety of ever-changing artwork from local and internationally renowned artists such as Vangelis, Eva Makk, Americo Makk, Robert Lyn Nelson and Jim Pescott. August Gallery Walk will feature live painting demonstrations by Byron Taylor and new works by Patrick Cunningham.

Ozark Bath

425 Central Ave.

Jeri Hillis, who was Artist-in-Residence at Hot Springs National Park in 2021, will exhibit her work. A reception is hosted by the Friends of Hot Springs National Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rebecca Peterman Photography

801 Central Avenue, Suite 30

Located on the second floor of Spencer’s Corner, the gallery features fine art photography of the national park and downtown Hot Springs architecture. Also featured is the 50/Fifty Portrait Story Series of women over 50 and how they change as they age.

Whittington Gallery

307 Whittington Avenue

With 50 local artists showcasing their work. There will be drawings throughout the night for up to eight works of art donated by artists from the Whittington Gallery.

Gift wrapped shop

404 Central Ave.

Featuring Alison Parsons of Hot Springs, Riley Art Glass and a wide selection of gift items.

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Business Activities: North Bend Gallery closes for new outdoor adventures; Including local competition judging http://itsmardan.com/business-activities-north-bend-gallery-closes-for-new-outdoor-adventures-including-local-competition-judging/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 15:54:41 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/business-activities-north-bend-gallery-closes-for-new-outdoor-adventures-including-local-competition-judging/

In July 2021, Britt Greenland opened her gallery in North Bend. A little over a year later, the gallery closed its doors.

Greenland initially only signed a one-year lease with the idea that retail space with more visibility was in the future. She loved her gallery space and everyone she came in contact with through it. “I was able to paint more than ever and larger works, which was lovely! The downside of keeping regular hours is that it kept me from going on longer painting trips.

Now that the gallery is closed and in addition to her small home studio, Valley Church, near her home in East Renton Highlands, allows her to use a large bright space to paint and give lessons until she finds its next gallery space.

Greenland is also creating video painting courses for beginners to advanced artists. Rather than being a video you watch, she asks artists to email her completed assignments for personal feedback.

The lessons will be affordable with a built-in incentive in the form of a discount on the next one after you submit your assignment. These lessons are not ready yet but will be on the Greenland website under “Videos”. said Greenland, “Anyone interested can email me from my website and ask to be notified when it launches! The first series is about color.

At the end of September, Britt and her husband Nathan will cycle from Slovenia to Albania on a 6-week self-guided tour. Greenland will be painting outdoors along the way with a new lightweight, sleek, and sturdy experimental travel easel that she and her husband have been working on.

She plans to post time-lapse videos of the paintings on YouTube and on her website, saying, “It’ll be as close to social media participation as it gets.” You can subscribe to Adventure Painter Britt Greenland on YouTube to see them.

But before leaving Greenland, she will help judge the Snoqualmie Arts Commission Outdoor Painting Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during Snoqualmie Days (formerly Railroad Days) in historic downtown Snoqualmie.

Adult artists of all skill levels – from novice painters to long-time enthusiasts of the craft – are invited to paint “en plein air” or outdoors. This year, artists will choose from one of two venues celebrating the theme “Rivers and Railways”.

Greenland, a former Plein Air Paint out participant, when asked how it felt to be a judge compared to a participant, said: “Judging paintings and competing as a painter are similar in that I pledge to be true to my instincts as an artist in both cases. Winning a contest is important and insignificant at the same time. This is entirely subjective, whether you are a competitor or a judge.

Some might think that because her style is looser and more impressionistic, she would only choose paintings in her style. She says that is not true and that she can be moved by the work from an abstract character to a hyperrealistic one. For her, a good plein air painting elicits an emotional response, a sense of time and place.

Plein Air Paint Out by Britt Greenland ‘In the Moment’ Painting from 2021

The top three paintings will be on display from August 22 through September 2 in the Falls Compounding Drugstore at 8112 Railroad Ave for a community vote to determine first, second, and third place winning entries.

Alex Trapp’s winning outdoor painting ‘The Wheel’ of 2020

The first place winning artwork will be designated as the 2023 artwork outdoor painting poster with a $300 art purchase. Second and third place winners will receive $200 and $100 gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Supply. Posters of previous years’ winning works will be available for purchase at SnoValley’s Art Gallery at 8130 Railroad Ave SE.

Art on display at the Railroad Park Lookout
For participating artists, paintings must be returned to the Railroad Park gazebo between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Judges will select the top three paintings by 3:30 p.m. Artists must pick up unselected works by 4 p.m. The community is invited to view the work at the belvedere from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration and Requirements
Artists must register to compete. Register in advance by emailing nwiebe@snoqualmiewa.gov or on the day of the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Railroad Park Gazebo, 7971 Railroad Ave. SE (corner of Railroad Ave SE and SE King Street). Artists must register and have their blank watercolor paper or canvas stamped on the day of the event. Artists’ works must be started on the day of the event and finished by 2:30 p.m.

  • No commercial license is required.
  • Art sales are permitted, but artists must work on site throughout the day.
  • No commission taken on canvases sold on the day of the event.
  • Artists, families and art lovers are welcome at this free event.

To learn more about the event, visit snoqualmiewa.gov or email Nicole Wiebe at nwiebe@snoqualmiewa.gov.

You can view Greenland’s work by appointment at her home studio, and she will soon have a few shows in North Bend and Snoqualmie, location to be announced later.

Much of Greenland’s work can also be seen on her website. She also says:everyone is welcome to email him and ask to see his latest works that I have yet to post there.

Good luck with your new Britt adventure!

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Widdlytinks offers different types of farm signs, including Christmas ones http://itsmardan.com/widdlytinks-offers-different-types-of-farm-signs-including-christmas-ones/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 17:05:36 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/widdlytinks-offers-different-types-of-farm-signs-including-christmas-ones/

Dallas, Texas-

Widdlytinks, a company that offers custom wall signs, would like to let everyone know that they have a wide range of farmhouse signs, such as the Vintage Farmhouse Merry Christmas Sign with Santa’s Sleigh sign. With the holidays coming soon, this particular personalized wall sign can give that festive vibe to your home and is perfect as a mantel decor. It can serve as a nostalgic Merry Christmas sign that provides the much-desired rustic farmhouse vibe. It has a rustic vintage style and is a made to order wall decor that is printed on canvas and will arrive at the customer’s door ready to hang.

Amy Anderson, spokesperson for Widdlytinks, said: “Make your home cheerful and bright with a new Christmas wall decor. It’s time to gather and celebrate, so dress your home to impress while warmly welcoming all of your holiday guests. Our collection of Christmas canvas wall art will add a festive splash of color to your wall and make a delightful addition to your seasonal decor.

They have a collection of Christmas wall art panels to choose from. These include: Vintage Farmhouse Christmas Tree Farm Sign; Vintage Farmhouse Fa La La La La Christmas Holiday Sign; Vintage Victorian Illustration Merry Christmas Sign; Vintage Farmhouse Merry Christmas Sign with Santa’s Sleigh; It’s starting to look a lot like the Christmas sign; Victorian Seasons Greetings Holiday Sign; Kris Kringle & Company Vintage Style Christmas Sign Candy & Confectionery; and more.

Widdlytinks also offers a large collection of rustic farmhouse wall art signs. These include the following: farm and ranch livestock family naming sign; Modern Farm House Sign; Rustic Farm Supply Personalized Farmhouse Plaque; Factory Farm Established Family Sign; Factory Farm Established Family Sign; Modern farmhouse family bakery sign; Industrial Vintage Surname Grocery Sign; Rustic industrial established family farm sign; Modern Farm Established Homestead Family Sign; Established farm and ranch cattle surname sign; Rustic Antiques and Collectibles Sign; Modern Farm Call pig farm sign; Rustic Farmhouse Family Welcome Sign; Rustic Chic Vintage Cattle Family Sign; and more.

Custom canvas wall art offers a versatile way to make a blank wall make a huge impact on home decor. Widdlytinks offers personalized family name, Halloween wall art, large farmhouse wall art, Christmas wall signs, vintage style, rustic wall signs, personalized family name and wall signs, l valentine sign wall art, custom Christian themed wall signs, modern industrial wall signs, rustic farmhouse decor and spring and easter wall art. They offer a wide variety of unique designs in different sizes, including the large format. Every design available on Widdlytinks has been developed with care and attention to detail using the expert eye of an award-winning artist with over 20 years of design experience.

Widdlytinks illustrations are exclusive and one of a kind. Frequently used as birthday gifts, wedding gifts, housewarming gifts and more, these personalized wall art panels can be used to showcase a family name, an individual, the year of creation. a family and a number of state city customizations. These canvas wall panels offer customization alternatives for home and business environments. Widdlytinks wants to emphasize that a custom artwork printed on canvas can personalize one’s personal space and establish a focal point of interest to finish a room decoratively. They have unique farmhouse decor canvas wall art panels that they make available directly to the public through their website with shipping within all 50 states of the United States. Widdlytinks wall art panels are designed and manufactured in the USA and are only available for sale in the country. Widdlytinks offers free shipping on all orders.

Those who would like to learn more about Widdlytinks custom wall decor, such as the factory farmhouse custom family farm sign, or would like to place an order, can visit their website or contact them by phone or email. .

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For more information about Widdlytinks, contact the company here:

Widdlytinks
Amy Anderson
469-644-6447
[email protected]https://www.widdlytinks.com

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New gallery in Bellbrook showcases photography http://itsmardan.com/new-gallery-in-bellbrook-showcases-photography/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:13:12 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/new-gallery-in-bellbrook-showcases-photography/

That’s because many of the photos on display focus on the beauty of the natural world: stunning landscapes, amazing animals in their natural habitats, magnificent birds. You’ll also see spectacular still life photography and iconic views of the Miami Valley. Although good photography often captures tragic and heartbreaking images, this group of photographers chose to focus on awe-inspiring slices of life. After years of coping with a devastating pandemic, the new gallery comes at a particularly welcome time.

As well as seeing the work of 11 senior photographers who mostly live – or have roots – within a few miles of Bellbrook, the shop also plans to feature guest artists who will show their work and talk about their personal photographic journey.

These photographers have already had other careers: some have been military or civilian retirees from the DOD, others work in the health sector. There’s a teacher, a paralegal, a DP&L/LexisNexis employee, and the current owner of Oregon Printing. Their time in serious photography ranges from eight to 50 years. Almost all of them are long-time members of the Tripod Camera Club.

Afro Cuba Dance Company 101 by Judd Plattenburg. CONTRIBUTED

Credits: JUDD PLATTENBURG

Credits: JUDD PLATTENBURG

Afro Cuba Dance Company 101 by Judd Plattenburg. CONTRIBUTED

Credits: JUDD PLATTENBURG

Credits: JUDD PLATTENBURG

Stop by the gallery just to enjoy the art, to hear a lecture, or to purchase a photograph for your home or office. The gallery operates on a wall rental approach. “We don’t have employees, so our gallery is staffed by one of our photographers, which means customers buy a print from someone who understands photography, can describe the process and give advice on how to display and protect the print,” says Jeff Smith, one of four friends who became business partners when they opened the gallery. The others are Bill Welch, Bill Woody and Judd Plattenburg.

To visit

A few weeks ago, after a delicious brunch at the popular Blueberry Cafe in Bellbrook, a friend and I headed to an open house at the gallery which is currently highlighting the work of members Bill and Marty Walsh. The married couple have been photographing together for 50 years and share a passion for wildlife and wild habitats. In addition to a range of their regular work on display, the Walsh’s bald eagle images are currently featured in the lobby.

In their fascinating artistic conversation, the two shared their photographic journey. They particularly enjoy photographing birds in flight and traveled to Homer, Alaska to photograph bald eagles snatching fish from Kachemak Bay. They traveled to southern Texas and Galveston Island for the songbird migration and to British Columbia to find and photograph Great Gray Owls.

Foggy Morning kayak paddle by Judd Plattenburg. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Judd Platenburg

Foggy Morning kayak paddle by Judd Plattenburg.  CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Judd Platenburg

Foggy Morning kayak paddle by Judd Plattenburg. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Judd Platenburg

Credit: Judd Platenburg

“Nature photography is all about patience, endurance and luck,” Marty told the audience. The two have shown patience in many remote places: they traveled to Iceland in the winter and headed several hundred miles above the Arctic Circle to a wilderness refuge in the Northwest Territories from Canada. They traveled more than 600 miles on the Amazon River in Peru as well as nearly 500 miles on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks in Alaska to the Arctic Ocean and then to an island in the Beaufort Sea to photograph polar bears and the northern Lights. This month, they traveled to northwest Colorado to capture wild mustangs.

These adventures are not without risks. “In the wilderness of British Columbia, after photographing a red-tailed hawk’s nest on a very steep mountainside, we were walking around in near darkness,” says Marty. “The ground gave way under Bill’s feet and he fell, cutting his rotator cuff, hitting his head on a rock and breaking some bones in his hand. He carried a large tripod in his left hand and his camera with a 600mm lens in his right hand. It was day three of a 17 day trip and that didn’t stop Bill from continuing to photograph great gray owls and loons with chicks for the rest of the trip. He just needed help.

Meet the other photographers

Smith says the gallery seeks photographers who represent a variety of genres and interests. Here is a brief overview of the other permanent members whose work is still on display:

  • by Judd Plattenburg the subject matter ranges from river scenes to ballet dancers in Cuba.
  • Susan Willin enjoys composing different photographic images and using his imagination to create digital artwork.

Planet Dayton by Susan Willin. CONTRIBUTED

Planet Dayton by Susan Willin.  CONTRIBUTED

Planet Dayton by Susan Willin. CONTRIBUTED

  • Jeff Smith, cites studies that have shown that art can soothe those who are sick. It now has 370 prints hanging in healthcare facilities throughout the Miami Valley. Recently, the US Postal Service used one of his images in “The Mighty Mississippi” series of stamps.

English Garden, Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark No. 2 by Jeff Smith. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2019 Jeffrey M. Smi

English Garden, Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark No. 2 by Jeff Smith.  CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2019 Jeffrey M. Smi

English Garden, Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark No. 2 by Jeff Smith. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2019 Jeffrey M. Smi

Credit: Copyright © 2019 Jeffrey M. Smi

  • Beth Larsen likes to capture a part of a person’s life in a still life photograph. “I often take something ordinary, like boots or spools of thread, and embellish them.”

Beth Larsen’s Mom’s Tools. CONTRIBUTED

Beth Larsen's Mom's Tools.  CONTRIBUTED

Beth Larsen’s Mom’s Tools. CONTRIBUTED

  • Bill Woody features dancers and models in urban ruins as well as roadside photography.
  • Lloyd Green specializes in local rodeos and also travels around the world.
  • Bob Hawkin currently focuses on still life light painting.It’s technically difficult, but the results can be quite spectacular,” he explains. “Light painting is a photographic technique where the subject is “painted” with light from a portable light source (such as a small flashlight) in a darkened room during a long exposure.” He says this fine control of light increases the three-dimensional nature of the subjects.
  • Laura James photographs the landscapes of the region as well as the national parks.
  • Dan Landis creates photographs of landscape, nature and architecture “with the intention of evolving into spiritual and transcendental presence”.

Available for purchase

If you’re wondering about prices, unframed prints sell for between $35 and $120; framed prints (ready to hang) range from $80 to $800; metal prints cost between $75 and $400 depending on size.

The majority of ready to hang canvas prints available to purchase are prepared at Dayton Art Solutions in Kettering and use pigment inks with a 95 year lifespan. Metal photos are printed using a dye sublimation process.

The huge selection includes over 300 ready to hang framed prints with another 200 ready to frame prints displayed for further browsing. If you see a photo you would like in a different size, this can be arranged and custom orders are also taken. “Recently we had a request for a pelican print,” Smith explains, “We also have several clients who want to figure out what their space will look like with one of our prints on the wall. provided an image of their space, we offer them several digital renderings so that the client can make an informed choice.

The gallery is also willing to provide fine art prints on consignment to companies that may be interested in showing them.

HOW TO GET THERE:

What: The Sugarcreek Photography Gallery

Where: 15 Franklin Street West, Bellbrook

When: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visitors can also schedule a special appointment by texting or calling 937-317-0170. For more information: www.sugarcreekphotographygallery.com or 937-317-0170.

Associated programming: (free)

  • “A Celebration of Bald Eagles” at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, August 13 by Bill and Marty Walsh
  • “The Works of Jeff Smith. “Images of the Dayton skyline and local parks. Talks at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27.
  • “The Works of Skip Peterson”, photographer for the Dayton Daily News for 34 years. For the month of October, Peterson’s photographs will be exhibited at the gallery. He will share his story at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.

The Sugarcreek Photography Gallery, located at 15 W. Franklin Street, Bellbrook features the work of 11 local photographers. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2022 Jeffrey M. Smi

The Sugarcreek Photography Gallery, located at 15 W. Franklin Street, Bellbrook features the work of 11 local photographers.  CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2022 Jeffrey M. Smi

The Sugarcreek Photography Gallery, located at 15 W. Franklin Street, Bellbrook features the work of 11 local photographers. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Copyright © 2022 Jeffrey M. Smi

Credit: Copyright © 2022 Jeffrey M. Smi

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A new VR experience takes you to a museum of stolen masterpieces http://itsmardan.com/a-new-vr-experience-takes-you-to-a-museum-of-stolen-masterpieces/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 21:35:43 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/a-new-vr-experience-takes-you-to-a-museum-of-stolen-masterpieces/
The Stolen Art Gallery VR experience features five works of art that have been stolen. (image courtesy of Compass UOL)

It’s mostly dark in the stolen art gallery, with a night sky above perforated by twin skylights that passively illuminate the room. You can’t see the walls, because there are no walls. You can’t see your feet, because you don’t have feet. All you can see, apart from an orientation plaque in the middle of the gallery, is a semicircle of five paintings floating in black space. They’re not there either, of course. They were all stolen decades ago.

Reconnecting with these lost works is the premise of the Stolen Art Gallery, an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience built by Compass UOL and accessible via the MetaQuest 2 headset. Although the company boasts of being the first metaverse museum , it’s not even the first stolen virtual art gallery – but it’s certainly a refinement of previous iterations of the idea, and possibly the first that allows users to meet in metaspace while looking at stolen works of art long lost to public view.

A virtual art writer explores a twice-stolen Van Gogh via VR technology in Compass UOL’s Stolen Art Gallery. (all screenshots Sarah Rose Sharp/Hyperallergic)

The gallery presents the “Nativity with Saint Francis and Saint Lawrence” by Caravaggio (1609), stolen from an oratory in Sicily in 1969; Rembrandt’s only seascape, “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee” (1633); and Édouard Manet’s “Chez Tortoni” (circa 1875) – both taken from the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 in one of the most notorious art heists in modern history. There is also the “View of Auvers-sur-Oise” by Cézanne (1879-1880), stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; finally there is the “Poppy Flowers” (1887) by Vincent van Gogh, stolen in 1977 from the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo, found in Kuwait a decade later, then stolen again in 2010.

“We picked five relevant masterpieces of art by famous painters that had long gone out of reach,” Compass UOL CEO Alexis Rockenbach said in an email interview. The team hopes to add more works to the gallery, along with interactive features that can take users to “increasingly realistic levels of immersive experience in a metaverse.”

Here’s what you can do in the Stolen Art Gallery: customize your avatar; navigate to a board and paste your face into it (or through!); call and reject detailed labeling information without leaning on a small wall sign; listen to the overlaid audio directly in your brain via mysterious Oculus technology, which puts you on a boat at sea or in a bustling cafe, depending on what you’re watching; use a range of handy pens to write messages in the air or temporarily smudge paint; send small streams of approval emoji out of your watch-tool and into the air (presumably to attract other gallery visitors, of which there were none during the times I visited), and use a selfie stick to take pictures.

Virtual arts writer discovers Rembrandt’s lost seascape.
Another version of the same artistic writer, on a disguised visit.

Here are some things you can’t do in the stolen art gallery: get an idea of ​​the quality of the painting on canvas; overhear hilarious exchanges between children dragged to the museum during a school outing; take photos other than selfies; take notes that exist outside of the app; and appreciate the details of the brushstroke. The VR optics are stunning, and there’s an undeniably immersive quality to all experiences in this sphere (I’ve also walked around a coral reef and danced with a robot in unrelated apps) – but it doesn’t feel like a substitute activity to seeing a work of art in person, or even looking at a high-quality printed reproduction. It’s something quirky, funny and interactive, but it’s not the same thing.

Most galleries advise against putting your face through the artwork, and you almost always have to wear stockings of some kind.

“The art design of the gallery was designed to give more prominence to the works of art than to the gallery itself, so that the environment and the lighting give attention and importance only to parts, with no other distraction points,” Rockenbach said. “To represent the images of the works, we used photographs taken in high resolution so that the experience is as realistic as possible.”

It may come down to the quality of the internet connection, so it’s possible my virtual experience was less focused than it should have been, but I wasn’t able to glean the level detail offered by an in-person encounter, or even a static high-quality image. However, the point being made in this case is that you can’t see the artwork in person, so creating an immersive VR scenario is a pretty fun way to peek at some long-lost masterpieces. Granted, it’s no more or less of a departure than any number of “immersive” exhibits that are popular right now, and take advantage of light projections and audio accompaniment – although the price of a MetaQuest 2 is more prohibitive (when it is not provided by the gallery, as in my case).

The virtual art writer experiences real existential angst.

I felt that the Stolen Art Gallery is not so much a vanguard for the museum of the future, but a showcase of ways to create dynamic shared experiences in virtual reality. And of course, this has the distinct advantage of allowing an artistic writer to attend without having to wear pants, virtual or otherwise.

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AI-based art is the new trend, but the internet wonders if it’s harmful or not / World of digital information http://itsmardan.com/ai-based-art-is-the-new-trend-but-the-internet-wonders-if-its-harmful-or-not-world-of-digital-information/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 01:30:00 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/ai-based-art-is-the-new-trend-but-the-internet-wonders-if-its-harmful-or-not-world-of-digital-information/

As AI-based art grows in popularity these days, the question arises: will AI defeat artists and endanger our artistic sensibilities?

To that, my answer is: Has anyone seen the AI-based art memes floating around the internet? I really don’t think putting artists out of work seems to be the main concern of the internet these days. Of course, there’s the deep false argument: that AI-art can mimic people getting into incriminating scenarios. To that, I respond by saying that such technology has been accessible for over half a decade now, how is the art of AI the reason people are scared now? Maybe I sound unnecessarily strident in my defense of new technology (which isn’t even new technology, it’s just more accessible and fashionable these days).

The reason for this is that any new technology is immediately labeled as harmful and dangerous, as is the likely reaction of cavemen to the discovery of fire. The difference between us and cavemen, however, is that the former are supposed to have enough intuition and know-how to separate mass online hysteria from technology. Art-based AI might have issues, especially with NFT tampering becoming popular (who would have guessed?), but many of the issues people seem to be aiming for won’t necessarily be them; at least not anytime soon.

Let’s take a look at the benefits that AI art could bring to the general population. First, it turns creating art into a more accessible hobby and allows individuals to express themselves more. A Tidio survey found that 25% of respondents rated the easy conceptualization of ideas as a major asset to technology. 17% even rated AI art as a good way to enable self-expression in individuals. Naturally, people refute the arguments by stating that by allowing AI art, the actual artists are undermined and the value of knowing how to draw or paint is diminished. I myself have a few rebuttals to such arguments: first, similar arguments were made when digital art was popularized, and I don’t see anyone complaining now; second, the AI ​​can only attempt to emulate, not perfectly encapsulate, user input, which only a human mind can best adapt to; finally, AI art would still need to be printed on canvas, giving real-life painters and artists pause since their work still has merit.

The DALL-E2 and Crayon AI models were used to measure Tidio respondents’ ability to distinguish between AI and human art. The results were relatively mixed, with the sample population more or less correctly identifying human artists, but having controversial results on AI art. Crayon was immediately discovered to be non-human, with 85% of respondents identifying him as an AI. DALL-E2, however, was identified by more participants as human than the two actual human performers who were part of the study. Of course, with such a limited pool of art and non-peer-reviewed study, more work needs to be done.

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Represent the faded faces of society and inspire invaluable http://itsmardan.com/represent-the-faded-faces-of-society-and-inspire-invaluable/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:00:00 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/represent-the-faded-faces-of-society-and-inspire-invaluable/

The Canvas Gallery hosts an art exhibition featuring works by Hala Nasir and Mamoon Tahir. Entitled “Under the Sky”, the exhibition will run at the gallery until July 28.

“Sometimes when we travel, we see this side of society in our environment: the poor and the gypsy children,” Hala said in the catalog published by the gallery.

“These are the faded faces of society. Even though the world has come a long way, some faces, poor and innocent, are still an integral part of our society. My work depicts the emotions of these children and the deprivations they face.

She says she uses traditional wool as the main medium in her works to show happiness, beauty, innocence and hope in their lives.

Hailing from Gujranwala, Hala completed her BFA from College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore, majoring in Painting (2018). She also received the 2021 Anna Molka Award from the College of Art & Design. She experiments with different mediums in her practice. Working mainly with wool, she creates domestic scenes in her works. His paintings are mesmerizing, with their careful use of threads of different colors.

She has exhibited her work at Ejaz Art Gallery, Mussawir Art Gallery, Taseer Art Gallery and Al-Hamra Arts Council in Lahore, as well as Sanat Initiative in Karachi, and participated in the Art Festival of Islamabad at the Pakistan National Council of Arts.

As for Tahir, he believes in creating art that is physically beautiful and emotionally compelling. “Pure creativity will come through me if I allow it and open myself to its flow,” he explains.

“I discovered that in me, conscious thought and forced ideas often hinder my creative process, and therefore, I eliminated them as much as possible in the development of my methods, while trying to maintain a clear mind, concentrated and natural.”

This process now leads him to believe that his authentic subconscious seeps into his work. “I feel the paintings and subjects are chosen at a transcendental level of consciousness, above the mind, and I allow myself to honor the absolute truth and honesty of their expression.”

His painting is not a means to an end, and therefore he is very careful to maintain a pleasant and natural process. “I am struck by the beauty infused in many surrealist works. I try to allow my paintings to paint themselves without boundaries or themes. Her hope is still to be able to share deep joy and love through beauty in her current work. “I think it’s important to make paintings that speak of spiritual fulfillment and inspire wealth and value that cannot simply be bought or acquired with money or possessions.”

He believes that life can and should be a joyful experience, made even more so by sharing and caring. “I hope to one day communicate these elements with greater fusion in my paintings.” He says that all life is an expression of the universe. “When I paint, I participate in the process of such a beautiful performance. I try to allow it to flow through me like water, easily and effortlessly finding its natural course.

He feels that as an artist he has a uniquely privileged perspective, as he not only takes joy through the act of creation, but also joy in observing its unfolding. He often learns a lot more about himself by looking at the final painting.

“In the same way that the seed pushes a blade of grass through the hard ground and the mountains color in a display of enthusiastic creation and life, I know that the energy contained in each seed is also within me. “

He says his art and painting may be just a drop of water, but each drop of water contains the same constituents as the whole ocean, so in his eyes, creating is an act imbued with divinity. “I also changed my practice in other subtle and meaningful ways. I used to work mostly with found images, but now I spend a lot of time doing my subjects before sketching them, then painting them .

So, he goes on to explain, the creative moment was immediate in the past, but now it can last for days, weeks or even months.

Tahir hails from Lahore and has based his practice in the historic city. He graduated from the prestigious National College of Arts, where he studied fine art under the most respected and talented artists.

Interested in drawing, painting and experimentation, he is fascinated by humans, nature, the shapes and spaces that surround him. His current work is an extension of his practice of observation and imagination.

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Hawaiian Artist Who Paints With Makeup Breaks Traditional Art Rules http://itsmardan.com/hawaiian-artist-who-paints-with-makeup-breaks-traditional-art-rules/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 01:56:00 +0000 http://itsmardan.com/hawaiian-artist-who-paints-with-makeup-breaks-traditional-art-rules/

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Danielle Rush has a unique way of making her artwork stand out: she paints with cosmetics.

“It’s really amazing what makeup can do,” she said.

For 20 years, Rush lived the dream as a Hollywood makeup artist for movie and TV shows.

“I’ve worked on a lot of dance competition type shows, big, shiny, fun, crazy makeups,” she said.

Her career gave way to motherhood and a move to Hawaii that downgraded her lifestyle. It quickly opened his eyes to something new.

She says one night she dreamed of painting with makeup. This thought led her to create her signature style now known as “illuminated art”.

“I print a photo on canvas. I then apply makeup and mix it with acrylic paint. Then I paint in the highlights and shadows to give texture, movement and a three-dimensional feel to each photo,” she said.

The original style is unlike any other conventional artist. Rush uses makeup to accentuate lights and darks so it looks like clouds and water are jumping off the page.

“I’ve never really taken a fine art class or anything like that. I don’t know painting very well, but I know makeup very well,” she said.

She likes to surprise people who see her work for the very first time.

“When you see illuminated art in person, it stands out a lot more than when you see it in a photo or in a video,” she said.

View Rush’s art in person at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To see her makeup masterpieces, click here.

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