Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

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Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...




So what is it? and WHY should you take part?


I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.





As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.




So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.






 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.


Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.





And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....


And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....


All you have to do is email:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com

The winner is announced this Autumn!








          

Summer Walker is a Rising Star You Need to Watch Out For   

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Summer Walker is one of the breakout stars in the music industry and the Atlanta-based artist is showing no signs...
          

The Artist has turned thirteen.   

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There was something about sound, the way it fell flat, the way it lacked direction, the way it failed to achieve clarity when the early June fog smothered the beach. It consisted of dumb silence, interrupted by muted trumpets of … Continue reading
          

The Artist as a baby boy   

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There she is. There she was. There is my bowl, filled with grapes. There are my fingers, and my bowl, and there she is. Where does she go? This is my grape. My fingers pinch the grape, the grape has … Continue reading
          

Preface to an ambition beyond my means.   

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Prior to the unfortunate demise of the artist Thomas Kinkaid, I couldn’t muster a coherent moment of thought about him, beyond a fleeting annoyance that somehow there were paintings that he made, and that I probably might find them distasteful … Continue reading
          

EJ Artist Reference Studio for Daz Studio Zbrush and Others   

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EJ Artist Reference Studio is a reference image browser for Daz Studio and other software, programmed in C#, the same computer programming language that Unity uses, and most modern Windows applications.

This application allows you to look at photos, renders, drawing, or any image file while working with your 3D applications like Daz Studio or Zbrush, or any other. This allows you to do better art, as you will be looking for references and don't depend on memory, and do things like.:

  • Create custom faces or bodies looking at images of people.
  • Pose a character looking at real-life photos.
  • Replicate a scene from a picture.
  • Style a 3d hair in the way it looks in real life.
  • Just browse images that you love and get inspired by them.

There are 3 ways of using EJ Artist Reference Studio:

DAZ STUDIO INTEGRATION: Includes an Install icon that creates a menu option to run the program from Daz Studio menu. Just click the icon and the menu option will be created. Click this menu, and it will run a new window of EJ Artist Reference Studio.

ZBRUSH 4R8 / ZBRUSH 2018 INTEGRATION (64bits): The program also comes as a Zbrush plugin for Zbrush 4R8 and Zbrush 2018 (64 bits versions), that creates a button to run the program from the Plugins menu. You can take this button and place it in another part of your interface.

GENERAL USE AS A STANDALONE APPLICATION: Just install it in the folder you prefer, and run it. It is recommended that you attach it to your taskbar so you always have it at hand, as you are going to use it very much.

EJ Artist Reference Studio has an interface with multiple tabs. Each tab is an image browser in which you can load an image from a folder. Then, you use the buttons to browse to the next and previous image in the same folder. If you want to select another image, just click it and you can go to another folder or set another image at any moment. You can also open more tabs, and have up to 20 image browsers for the same or different image folders.

You can also flip the view vertically or horizontally. The actual file of the image won't be altered, so it's safe: just the view will flip. You can also resize the window by hand or use one of the buttons for quick resize to two customizable big and small sizes. There are also transparency buttons that allow you to make the window more or less transparent so you can look through without having to minimize the window.

To make you feel comfortable while working, you can change the colors of the application, choosing the dark theme, the light theme, or custom colors. The custom theme you create, as well as the transparencies and quick, resize sizes, will be remembered for the next time you open the program.

With an intuitive and easy interface, and customizable colors and functions, it is created by artists for the artist. Don't hesitate and get this application, as it will soon become one of your must-have tools for inspiration and creation!

Price: $15.95 Special Price: $7.98


          

Hexagon 2.5   

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Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create detailed 3D models ready for final render. Packed with features such as; DAZ Studio Bridge, sculpted primitives, freehand modeling brushes, micro-displacement modeling tools, comprehensive UV-mapping modules, advanced 3D paint, and instant ambient occlusion. Hexagon provides you with all the options of expensive competitor software, but at an affordable price.

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Price: $19.95 Special Price: $0.00


          

Legend Mix And Match Poses for Genesis 3 Female   

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Legend Mix and Match Poses is the pack you need to pose your characters in all kinds of fantasy scenes, while keeping versatility to be used for portraits or other themes as well. Delicate and sensual poses, absolutely loaded with all sorts of subtle variations. The combination possibilities of partial poses that are included are endless, and challenge the artist to be creative with their scenes. A must have!

Legend is pack of 30 poses for Genesis 3 Female(s), including full body poses, their mirrors, and their partial and partial mirror poses for head and neck, left arm, left hand, right arm, right hand, upper body, lower body, and reset to zero poses for full body and each body part. This makes a total of 460 poses (30 unique poses plus all their 420 derived and mirrors plus the 10 zeroes).

Mix And Match Poses allow you to use a full pose or mix several partial poses just doing slight adjustments. You can for example set a upper body pose and then choose another lower body pose, then if you don't like an arm or a hand, use the partials for each hand or arm, set the head pose, and build a different pose for each render.

Price: $16.95 Special Price: $8.48


          

Ron's Explosions   

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I'm excited to bring you this huge explosive bundle of special effects.The seven different photoshop files range from shattered glass, falling debris, spitting sparks ,flash fires,ignition charges, air bursts to dark and roaring black smoke. All the tools a artist needs to distroy most anything. Hope you enjoy.

Price: $24.95 Special Price: $12.48


          

Ron's Powder   

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Really excited to introduce this new innovative special effects package of powder Photoshop brushes also as a bonus for the first time some vectorized illustrator files of this great product. Files included PS- CS6-CC and CS and up plus for the vectors (.AI and .EPS) also a PDF of all brushes included. These are all real taken digitally in a studio.


The effects of dust filled,soft,magical,explosive,vaporous,gaseous,and turbulent small particles floating can only be achieved by this product like no other- compared to smoke, fog or mist.


You will find these tools very useful for any serious artist demanding nothing but the BEST!

Thank you and enjoy...Ron:)

Price: $24.95 Special Price: $12.48


          

Ron's Slime   

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Slimy, sticky, slobber, drool, blood, spit, snot, muck, scum, ooze; this all sounds so revolting, but to a horror special effects artist that’s what he or she needs to pull off a convincing, or believable realization. In this set I give you the tools to produce your own special effects with Photoshop layer styles and High-Resolution Photoshop brushes of real slime I created in my studio using household items and melted gummy worms, (ooh-yuk). They have a transparent look and feel of the real thing. Hope you have as much fun with these as I did creating them. Transform them, stretch them, or move them anywhere you see fit. Use just a color or use the great layer styles included; however some are really transparent, so all I suggest is duplicate the styles layer a couple of times and this seems to help it read better. Hope these help bring your illustrations to life and make your job easier. Thank you and enjoy.

Price: $12.95 Special Price: $6.48


          

Ron's Waterworks   

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I am excited to bring out these water effects that are detailed, clear and precise. If you think that just adding white to the brush is not enough, I have some really unique layer styles that will look so original and realistic that it will amaze you. I just want you to know that I create these for you: the creative artist that demands the best products for the almighty buck. Products that you can use over and over.

I Just want to thank everyone that has supported me over the years and I hope to give you that creative edge that you as designers want and need.

Enjoy and create.

Thanks.

Price: $21.95 Special Price: $10.98


          

Rons Vintage Collection   

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In this great vintage collection the old times are remembered. There are many artist tools to turn any art into a masterpiece from the past.

In this all vintage package there are old 1800's cabinet cards, Photoshop elements, overlays, distressed patterns, aged paper and beautiful seamless vintage patterns.

Must have PSD editing software

Have fun creating your own 3D renderings vision with this unique package.

Price: $29.95 Special Price: $14.98


          

SY Clothing Breast Helper Genesis 8 Female   

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Artists support many different female character and breast morphs. But not even a Daz Premier Artist can see the future & what about morphs that aren't out yet? And what about unusual combinations or auto fitted outfits?

Clothing Breast Helper provides an elegant, streamlined solution to the difficulty of breast bridging with nearly any morphs. This set contains reverse projection morphs for Genesis 8 Female. When you turn the dial on the figure, nothing happens to the figure itself, but there is an effect on the clothes. This set is specially made to facilitate any combination of breast morphs by combining the included dials. Default, small and ultra large breasts can all benefit from this set! Not only does it work with the characters you have now, it will work with characters that haven't even been made yet!

Be sure to check out the strap width and strap lifters for situations where the outfit was on a male or on base Genesis first & it can help with unwanted chest deformation on tank tops and bras!

Price: $18.95 Special Price: $9.48


          

SY Universal Breast Helpers Genesis, Genesis 2 and Genesis 3 Female(s)   

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Artists support many different female character and breast morphs. But not even a Daz Premier Artist can see the future & what about morphs that aren't out yet? And what about unusual combinations or auto fitted outfits?

Universal Breast Helper provides an elegant, streamlined solution to the difficulty of breast bridging with nearly any morphs. This set contains reverse projection morphs for Genesis, Genesis 2 Female, and Genesis 3 Female. When you turn the dial on the figure, nothing happens to the figure itself, but there is an effect on the clothes. This set is specially made to facilitate any combination of breast morphs by combining the included dials. Default, small and ultra large breasts can all benefit from this set! Not only does it work with the characters you have now, it will work with characters that haven't even been made yet!

Be sure to check out the strap width and strap lifters for situations where the outfit was on a male or on base Genesis first & it can help with unwanted chest deformation on tank tops and bras!

Don't forget to watch the instructional video!

Price: $12.95 Special Price: $6.48


          

Warrior Wet Hair for Genesis 3 Male(s)   

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This warrior is tough man used to tough ways. He has no time to care about shampoo, conditioner or hairbrush... He only fights his battles.

Warrior Wet Hair for Genesis 3 Male(s) hairstyle contains 3 different hairstyles – Base Style, Achilles Style and Taylor Style. There are Helmet Presets, Dead Warrior Presets and King wearing his Crown Presets.

Besides base Presets, there  are a lots of Wind and Motion Presets which can be mixed together in different ways. As a display, hairstyles have 26 one-click Motion Presets. In general, the product has 235 Movement and Style Morphs and it‘s also suitable for surfers on the beach, rock stars, or greasy villains.

All Shapes are perfectly supported by Autofollow.

Warrior Wet Hair for Genesis 3 Male(s) hairstyles are divided into Group A and Group B. Group A has 5 Material Zones and is for more general adjustments, Group B has 10 Material and Morph Zones for more specific and fine tuning.

With all these possibilities everyone can be an artist and create his own unique Warrior hairstyle in motion, every image can be an original.

Price: $24.95 Special Price: $12.48


          

Wound Makeup Artist for Genesis 8   

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Creativity without limits through a ready made Library of wound Iray Decals and Layered Image Editor Presets that you can reposition sliding them across your character skin using parameter sliders!

Wound Makeup Artist for Genesis 8 is a collection of layered wounds in the native Iray Decal format for the Iray render engine in Daz Studio. Unlike previous versions of the product that used the Layered Image editor and Daz Studio Geometry Shells, using Iray Decals makes loading times and the processing of the effects by the Iray engine faster.

Like Geometry Shells, Iray Decals let you slide the position of your wound effect directly in the character skin by using the HORIZONTAL OFFSET and VERTICAL OFFSET sliders of the decal in the Surface Tab. Unlike Geometry Shells you need to have the Iray Preview Mode active in viewport in order to see your wounds when editing their positioning in your character's skin.

Iray Decals are stacked as children of your figure in the Scene Tab so you can toggle on and off visibility of effects and single wounds directly on the scene tab. It also means you don't risk flattening of complex wound compositions as it happens in the Layered Image Editor.

As an extra this version also includes all effects in Layered Image Editor format for compatibility with 3Delight (Which in the previous version was a separate product.) and all the extra control that Daz Studio Layered Image editor offers. The Layered Image Editor effects are compatible with Iray when using the default textures included with Genesis 8. When using other characters like Michael, Victoria and the myriad of characters available for Genesis 8 it is advisable to use the Iray Decal Format instead as their advanced setup usually makes Layered Image Editor Effects harder to see.

Give your character a scar in the face for a tough look, a bullet wound in his forehead, an open wound in his leg where an enemy arrow has hit, a slash in his chest where a sword has grazed or burned skin where dragon fire hit. You control your wounded scene by having the ability to place your wounds in the exact spot where you need it. Bruised lips, whip marks, bloodied teeth, black eyes, scars, scratches, abrasions, several skin bruises, blood options and even full body wound cuts in several stages.

Price: $39.95 Special Price: $19.98


          

we love Bruno Mars   

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Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. After performing in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Mars began producing songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons.
After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Anchored by the worldwide number one singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade", the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.[2] He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are".
Mars' music is noted for displaying a wide variety of styles and influences, and contains elements of many different musical genres. He has worked with an assortment of artists from different genres; Mars acknowledges the influences that his collaborations have had on his own music. As a child, he was highly influenced by artists such as Little Richard,[3] Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop".[4]
Bruno Mars' is the number one selling artist worldwide for 2011 by digital sales. With three singles in the top ten including first place with 12.5 million sales the single "Just The Way You Are".[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Mars

          

Retouch Artist - Premedia - Neiman Marcus - Dallas, TX   

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For over a century, Neiman Marcus Group has served the unique needs of our discerning customers by staying true to the principles of our founders:
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Extinction Rebellion   

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Climate protesters gathered around a boat at Oxford Circus during a coordinated protest by the Extinction Rebellion group in April.






Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to compel government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action in support. — Wikipedia

The movement uses a circled hourglass, known as the extinction symbol, to serve as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. From rebellion.earth:

The Extinction Symbol was designed in 2011 by street artist ESP, who loans XR usage on the same basis: www.extinctionsymbol.info.

Since its launch, XR has quickly gained national and international following, taking it to the streets in mass demonstrations, demanding immediate action from their national parliaments and governments.

For their branding, the organization uses a custom, rounded version of Futura Condensed named Fucxed. Initially used in lowercase for the XR logo, a caps-only version is used across the globe on banners, websites and social media. In comparison to other recent peoples movements such as the (anti-)Brexit protests, or the Women’s Marches, there is a remarkably uniform and consistent branding in the messages from Extinction Rebellion in outlets from social media to worldwide demonstrations.




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Announcement for a demonstration in Hong Kong on Oct 5, 2019: “ 地球上的生命正步向被徹底摧毀的命途之上. 為物種抗爭! 為未來反抗! / Life on Earth is being annihilated. Rebel For Life!” Slogan and logo use a yet unidentified typeface.




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In June 2019, XR published an activist handbook with Penguin Books: “This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel – from organising a roadblock to facing arrest.” Note the clever use of the (suggestedly extinct) publisher’s logo penguin as a cover illustration.




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Pop-up demonstration in Australia.




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Protesters in Hong Kong.




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September 2019. A show-goer walks past Extinction Rebellion protesters as they demonstrate against London Fashion Week.




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Members of Extinction Rebellion demonstrate at the La Rural exhibition centre in Buenos Aires.




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“Climate Change = Mass Murder” – protesters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




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Murray & Jackie The K’s Golden Gassers For A Dance Party – Various Artists   

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Ultra Bodoni Extra Condensed and two styles from the Akzidenz-Grotesk series (halbfett AKA Standard Medium for the purple line, extra for the red lines) in use for a compilation released on Roulette Records in 1962. From the back cover:

Ever since New York based disc-jockey Murray Kaufman hit the airwaves (over radio station WINS) he has been known as the pied piper to countless teen-agers who happen to be within earshot. “Murray The K,” as he likes to be known to his many fans, has an uncanny knack of knowing what the record buying youngsters want to hear and he makes certain that he gives it to them. Both on his radio show and his in-person appearances he showcases the talent and the music that the younger set favors. In this album, Murray (aided by his pretty wife Jackie) has gathered together a choice collection of golden gassers for a rockin’ dance party. Every song heard in this set Is the original hit record performed by the artist who made it famous. Every song included here is an all time favorite that has been on top of all the best seller lists.




          

Lowe’s clarity, honesty highlight ‘Masterworks 2’ with superior guitarist Belinic   

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While music lovers in Spokane have been eager to get to know James Lowe, the new music director of the Spokane Symphony, we must recognize that he has been eager to learn more about us, too. The quality of a live music performance is inseparable from the quality of the audience.

Musicians will tell you they depend on the energy they feel in the house to attain levels of excellence they could never achieve in the practice room, and they can finish a performance before an appreciative audience feeling refreshed and exhilarated, while playing to an uninvolved crowd leaves them exhausted.

Lowe must have been very pleased after conducting “Masterworks 2: Garden Romance,” his second pair of concerts in the orchestra’s “Masterworks” series, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The audience who cheered his appearance onstage, after doing the same for concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, was there not to see and be seen, but because they loved music and were eager to enjoy what the evening had in store.

They applauded at every opportunity and for every musician who took a solo. They chuckled at musical jokes, murmured at especially beautiful patches of melody and rose to their feet in appreciation for what they had been given. This positive energy was more than matched by what one could sense emanating from Lowe himself.

Even when the music did not demand it, he inspired his musicians to enliven every page, every bar, with palpable vitality. The first item on the program, a set of disparate dances by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) skillfully orchestrated by Gerard McBurney and published in 1988 as “Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1,” is charming and enjoyable but certainly not great music.

The dances bear no trace of the searing passion and bleak ironies of the composer’s “Symphony No. 8” that we heard last year on the stage of the Fox so brilliantly conducted by Rei Hotoda. Lowe could certainly have merely allowed the endearing melodies and catchy rhythms of the suite to make their transitory points and move on to the more intellectually challenging parts of the program, but he did not. Instead, every clever turn of phrase, every witty interjection was delivered with point, clarity and focus.

The audience responded by roaring their approval, especially of featured players Keith Thomas (oboe), Chip Phillips (clarinet), Bruce Bodden (flute), and Steven Radcliffe and Greg Presley (pianos). Worthy of special mention was the luxury casting of accordionist Patricia Bartell, whose playing, not only in the solo passages but also in ensemble, was characterized by all the wit, imagination and elegance we have heard so often from her.

Guitarist Robert Belinic

Having enjoyed the delightful bonne bouche of the Shostakovich-McBurney, the audience was eager to hear guitar soloist Robert Belinic take on the beloved “Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)” of Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999). He proved himself to be an artist of superior technical finish and intense emotional projection, allied with a humility that allowed him to collaborate fully with his fellow musicians in bringing to life the rich sensory fabric of Rodrigo’s concerto.

Lowe carefully maintained textures in the orchestra that were light and vibrant, exactly as we heard from Belinic’s guitar. As a result, the virtuosity required to get around the technical difficulties posed by Rodrigo’s writing for orchestra and soloist dissolved, leaving the impressions of, as Rodrigo put it, “The fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds and the gushing of fountains.”

In listening to his playing and remarks from the stage in the pre-concert lecture, one was impressed by the sincerity of Belinic. The guitar is unique in its ability to convey this quality, for the reason that, unlike the case of most other string instruments, the sound we hear is the result of unmediated contact of the string with the body of the performer.

By some neurological decoding, our minds recognize a degree of intimacy in those vibrations greater than can be found in other instruments. Thus, the experience of hearing Belinic play the guitar is like seeing directly into the heart of one who seeks beauty through music and wishes to take us with him.

The intoxicating sensuality of Rodrigo gave way in the second half of the program to the exquisite but sterile beauty of Erik Satie’s (1866-1925) “Gymnopédies 1 and 2 (1888),” composed for piano but heard in these concerts in orchestral arrangements by Satie’s vastly more gifted contemporary, Claude Debussy.

Emotional engagement

A difficult and solitary figure, Satie sought to create music as much as possible without emotional affect, music that could be experienced without engaging feeling. Fortunately, the performance on Saturday night missed that mark thanks to the sensitive orchestration by Debussy and Bodden and Thomas, whose playing commands emotional engagement.

As throughout the evening, Lowe achieved an orchestral texture of amazing transparency in which every strand made its maximum effect. From music that avoids any hint of conflict and sought otherworldly perfection, we moved to music that is as intensely human and fraught with emotion as any ever written: the Symphony No. 40 in G minor K. 550 (1788) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91).

Mozart’s music is famous for its perfection of proportion and balance. In the G minor Symphony, however, that perfection is one element in a duality, the other portion of which is the disorder and suffering that inevitably come to us in time. Mozart shifts tonality throughout the piece from minor to major, and back again, to make us feel the insecurity and impermanence of earthly happiness.

In the second movement of the work, the Andante, Mozart begins to state a cheerful diatonic melody in the major only to sour it with a shrilly dissonant chromatic accompaniment that drains the melody of its cheerful energy.

The finale of the work, ordinarily a place for triumph over all of the difficulties that went before it, is in this symphony an expression of anger and disappointment, as attempts at cheerful nonchalance are interrupted by harsh dissonances and pastoral melodies in the major sour into the minor.

Lowe was uncompromising in portraying the stressful emotions of this greatest of all Mozart’s symphonies. He reduced the sweetness of the violins by having them play with little or no vibrato. He asked for bowings that sharpened the outlines of phrases rather than smoothing them over.

Most of all, the impressive clarity we noted throughout the earlier parts of the concert was maintained throughout Mozart’s far deeper and more complex musical argument, allowing us to feel every wrenching disappointment, every burst of anger as though it were our own. Lowe’s unstinting clarity and honesty of musical vision, and his ability to bring that vision to us through music, are beginning to emerge as his most outstanding qualities.


          

America’s illustrator: Norman Rockwell exhibit – with paintings, posters and magazine covers – opens at the MAC   

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“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” – Norman Rockwell

Mention the name “Norman Rockwell,” and different thoughts bubble up for different people.

The gawky New England artist charmed millions of Americans for nearly 50 years as the Saturday Evening Post’s most beloved cover illustrator and chronicler of small-town life. At the same time, many critics snubbed Rockwell as too cliché, sentimental or homogenous to be taken seriously.

“Norman Rockwell is arguably America’s most famous artist ever,” said Wes Jessup, executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, where a new exhibition, “Norman Rockwell’s America,” opened this weekend. “Who was more famous? Warhol? No. Warhol was actually a big collector of Rockwell.”

Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and died in 1978 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at age 84. He lived and worked during some of the most impactful movements in modern art history such as impressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.

But he forged his own way as an illustrator. He once said, “Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I’ve always called myself an illustrator.”

“I’m 50, and when I was in college, Rockwell was considered retrograde. He was overlooked,” Jessup said. “So I think there is a rediscovery coming from my generation and younger people.”

Last month, singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey released her new album, provocatively titled “Norman (expletive) Rockwell.” The moniker suggests that maybe everything in America is not quite so perfect after all.

There is even a term bolstering Rockwell’s lasting impact on popular culture: “Rockwellian.” It can refer to anything quaint, idealistic or sentimental such as a “Rockwellian childhood” or a “Rockwellian holiday celebration.”

‘Vivid and affectionate portraits’

No matter where one places Rockwell in the canon, his depictions of everyday life made him the most widely circulated and universally beloved American artist of the 20th century. Rockwell’s “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country” garnered him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The MAC exhibition will use Rockwell’s singular art and enduring vision of a hopeful America to chronicle the nation’s history and examine what constitutes the American spirit. “Norman Rockwell America” is a show of 22 oil paintings, seven charcoal or graphite studies, original posters and all 323 Post magazine covers spanning six decades. It’s the first solo exhibition of Rockwell’s paintings and covers to visit the Inland Northwest.

The exhibition is arranged in chronological order, making the stages of his career recognizable and his images more poignant. The original works give viewers the chance to observe Rockwell’s superb craftsmanship and attention to detail, characteristics sometimes overlooked in the more widely seen reproductions.

In a masterful style almost photograph-like, and in hyper-real detail, Rockwell painted everyday people in ordinary situations. His goal was to tell a story, in a single picture, armed only with a paintbrush.

He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, Korean War and Vietnam. But the stories he told most often were relentlessly optimistic, depicting a simpler world, one worth fighting for.

In Rockwell’s paintings, the nation’s rich tapestry is united by holiday rituals, faith and family life. Rockwell’s America is a place where honest, hard-working people endeavor to live rather than a world in which they really live. As Peter Schjedahl wrote in the New Yorker, “He didn’t illustrate Middle America. He invented Middle America.”

For example, readers of the Post delighted in Rockwell’s paintings of humorous childhood escapades. The iconic images include the illustration of the little boys running while yanking on their clothes after sneaking a dip in the local waterhole, the little girl with a black eye sitting outside the principal’s office with a huge grin spread on her face, and the young runaway chatting with a cop at the soda fountain counter with his bundle of clothes tied to a stick in full view under his barstool.

There are lots of intergenerational interactions, too: a grandfather picking up a bat to hit a few balls with the little ones, the daughter watching mom put on makeup at her vanity table and the parents putting their kids to bed. In 1955, Post readers voted the 1951 Thanksgiving issue their all-time favorite cover. The illustration depicts a woman and a young boy saying grace in a crowded restaurant as they are observed by other people at their table.

‘Extraordinary in the ordinary’

“He found the extraordinary in the ordinary moments because when you get to the truth of life, I think what we really remember is how beautiful it was to have a cup of tea with that person,” said Rockwell’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell, who conducted a phone interview from her home back East.

“Yes, you will remember the Taj Mahal after you visit, but don’t we really go back to the small moments and think, ‘Oh God, I miss having tea with that person?’”

One of the paintings hanging in the MAC exhibit is titled “The Party After the Party.” Rockwell lovingly created an intimate scene in which a granddaughter kneels on the parlor floor in front of her grandmother’s chair. The pair holds hands as the young woman, still clad in her finery, tells Grandma all that happened at the party.

“Yes, I just got chills!” said Abigail Rockwell, now the de facto historian of the family. “That is a really sweet and memorable moment. That is part of the Edison Mazda series (of advertisements Rockwell illustrated) in the 1920s. I’ve always thought it’s some of his best work.”

Abigail Rockwell, who also is a successful jazz singer, will travel to Spokane to give a talk at the MAC on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and lead a private tour. Tickets are $25. She also will sign copies of the recently re-released autobiography by her grandfather, “My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition.” Abigail Rockwell has spent much of the last several years researching and updating the book. Her goal was to bust false myths and preserve her grandfather’s legacy.

One of the biggest misconceptions she said that she finds is that her “Pop,” as she calls him, painted only white America. However, a look at some of Rockwell’s most iconic works belies that notion.

In 1961, the artist painted “The Golden Rule,” showing people of different religious faiths and ethnic backgrounds worshipping together. However, Rockwell himself once recalled being directed to paint out a black person from a group picture in the Post. The policy at the time only allowed the portrayal of African Americans in service jobs next to white people.

After leaving the Post in 1963, Rockwell appeared eager to refocus his efforts on supporting the Civil Rights movement. In 1964, he produced his iconic painting “The Problem We All Live With.” It depicts Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African American girl, on her way to an all-white public school during the New Orleans desegregation crisis. Due to threatened violence, she is being escorted by federal marshals. On the wall behind her are scrawled a racial slur and the letters “KKK.”

‘Ruining his legacy’

“Pop had the bravery to put those words on the wall,” Abigail said. “People don’t realize how controversial it was for him to do that. I saw the angry letters castigating him for ‘ruining his legacy.’ ”

One of Rockwell’s proudest moments, according to his granddaughter, was when he received a lifetime membership card to the NAACP. More than 30 years later, his portrait of Bridges was installed in the hall outside the Oval Office at the White House for several months during the Obama administration. Reproductions of this and more of Rockwell’s Civil Rights era paintings will be on display at the MAC as part of the current exhibition.

Another project Rockwell undertook after leaving the Post was a commission to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln for Spokane’s Lincoln First Federal Savings and Loan. The bank’s CEO, the late Spokane resident Donald P. Lindsay, had the idea to hire America’s most famous artist.

“My dad thought it was no big deal to write Norman Rockwell and just ask him to do it,” recalled Lindsay’s eldest daughter, Karen Warrick. “And it worked.”

For $4,000, Rockwell agreed to produce the 7-foot piece, taller even than Lincoln himself. Finished in 1965, the portrait depicts the 16th president as a young man on the farm dressed in work clothes holding an ax in one hand and a book in the other. “Lincoln the Railsplitter” was used to market the Spokane bank and all the branches throughout the state. Jar openers, golf balls, calendars and stationery all bore Rockwell’s Lincoln image.

The original painting hung for two decades in the Lincoln First Federal Bank lobby located in what is now the Lincoln building at Riverside and Lincoln. After the bank changed hands, the piece later made its way to the private collection of former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot. It was eventually sold at auction to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2006 for $1.6 million.

The MAC has gathered letters, photos, bank memorabilia and a reproduction of “Lincoln the Railsplitter” to include in the exhibition. “It’s exciting that one of the most famous paintings of Abraham Lincoln that was ever done was done by one of America’s most famous artists and that it originated right here in Spokane,” Jessup said.

Warrick said that she hopes the Rockwell exhibit accomplishes what the artist himself wanted: to rekindle the American spirit. “I just hope that a lot of people are reassured that we care for one another in this country, that we are all the things that Rockwell brings out in his paintings,” Warrick said. “You wrap that around the integrity of a Lincoln and maybe young people will be inspired and think: ‘Is that what we used to look like in this country?’ ”


          

Garth Brooks to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song   

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Country music superstar Garth Brooks has more than just friends in low places. The Library of Congress said Wednesday that the Grammy winner will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song next March for his hit “Friends in Low Places.”

Previous recipients include Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Carole King and Willie Nelson. Brooks is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His many top hits alongside “Friends in Low Places” include “The Thunder Rolls,” “The Dance,” “Shameless” and “What She’s Doing Now.”

At 57, he’ll be the youngest recipient of the Gershwin Prize. He will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will air on PBS stations in spring 2020.

“An award is only as good as the names on it,” Brooks said in a statement. “First off, for any musician, the name Gershwin says it all. Add to Ira’s and George’s names the names of the past recipients, and you have an award of the highest honor. I am truly humbled.“

Since his debut in 1989, Brooks has become a top-selling and touring musical force, bringing his brand of high energy and emotional country music to stadiums and arenas.

He is the bestselling solo artist in the United States with more than 148 million in album sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and is second only in total U.S. sales to the Beatles.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brooks combined his love of classic country music and cowboy songs with production typically seen in rock and pop acts. Seven of his albums have sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone, according to the RIAA.

In the early 2000s, he took a break from recording and touring to spend more time with his family in Oklahoma. Brooks returned to major touring and recording in 2014, had a hit headliner residency at Wynn Las Vegas and remains one of country’s most popular touring acts. He is married to fellow country star Trisha Yearwood.


          

Stream on Demand: Keep up with broadcasts on Hulu   

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What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

Cable-cutters can keep up with many primetime network series on Hulu. Among the new shows now available are legal drama “Bluff City Law” with Jimmy Smits, mystery thriller “Emergence” with Alison Tollman, serial killer drama “Prodigal Son” with Michael Sheen, comedy “Perfect Harmony” with Bradley Whitford, melting pot comedy “Sunnyside” with Kal Penn, sitcom spin-off “Mixed-ish” and Portland-set private eye drama “Stumptown” with Cobie Smulders.

You also can see more than two dozen returning shows, including “This Is Us,” “Modern Family,” “The Good Doctor,” “New Amsterdam,” “Empire,” “The Good Place,” “The Voice” and warhorses “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Episodes arrive on Hulu (with limited commercial interruption) a day after their respective network debuts.

The Politician” is a musical melodrama starring Ben Platt as a wildly ambitious high school kid running for class president of his elite private school. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange co-star in the satirical series created for Netflix by Ryan Murphy.

An underpaid spy (Manoj Bajpayee) keeps his dangerous life a secret in “The Family Man: Season 1” (India, with subtitles), an espionage thriller with a twist of workplace comedy. Ten episodes on Amazon Prime Video.

Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Judith Light carry the tunes in “Transparent: Musicale Finale,” which brings the Emmy-winning Amazon Original comedy to an end without its original star Jeffrey Tambor (who left the show after harassment allegations). On Amazon Prime Video.

Great music sustains “Yesterday” (2019, PG-13), a romantic comedy about a failed singer-songwriter (Himesh Patel) who wakes up in a world where the Beatles never existed and performs their songs as his own. Lily James and Ed Sheeran co-star, Danny Boyle directs from an original script by England’s romcom king Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”). On Cable on Demand, VOD, DVD and at Redbox.

Classic pick: Buster Keaton’s action-packed comedy “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” (1928, silent with score) is hilarious and warmhearted and features some of the most amazing stunts captured on camera. Streams free on Kanopy, free through most library systems.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Shaft” (2019, R) is a multi-generational sequel to the private eye classic with Usher joining previous “Shaft” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. Also new:

· Horror reboot “Child’s Play” (2019, R) with Aubrey Plaza and the voice of Mark Hamill;

· Luc Besson’s action film “Anna” (2019, R) with Sasha Luss as a supermodel/assassin;

· Documentary “Pavarotti” (2019, PG-13) from director Ron Howard;

· Essay film “Around India With a Movie Camera” (2018, not rated) created from archival footage of India from 1899 to independence in 1947.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “10 Minutes Gone” (2019, R) with Bruce Willis and Michael Chiklis, from direct-to-video veteran Brian A. Miller. Also new are two horror films:

· Logan Miller in “Prey” (2019, not rated) from Blumhouse;

· “The Curse of Buckout Road” (2017, not rated) co-starring Henry Czerny and Danny Glover.

Netflix

A serial killer appears for one night every nine years in “In the Shadow of the Moon” (2019, not rated), a murder mystery with a science-fiction twist. Boyd Holbrook is the cop who follows the case for decades, and Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine and Michael C. Hall co-star in the Netflix Original movie from director Jim Mickle.

Wong Kar-Wai’s romantic action drama “The Grandmaster” (China, 2013, PG-13, with subtitles) stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leong as legendary martial arts master Ip Man. Ziyi Zhang and Chang Chen co-star and Yuen Woo Ping provides the choreography, which Wong turns into something more like a dance onscreen. It was nominated for two Oscars, including one for its rich cinematography.

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in World War II mystery “Sarah’s Key” (2010, PG-13), from the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay.

The animated short feature “Sound & Fury” (2019, not rated) is a companion piece to the new album by country artist Sturgill Simpson.

True stories: The short documentary “Birders” (Mexico, 2019, with subtitles) celebrates those who monitor and protect birds that migrate across the U.S.-Mexico border.

International TV: A former spy, now teaching Shakespeare, is called back into service in the “Bard of Blood“ (India, with subtitles). Also new:

· “Skylines: Season 1” (Germany, with subtitles), a drama set in the music industry;

· Prison drama “The Inmate: Season 1” (Mexico, with subtitles) about an undercover agent posing as a prisoner.

Kid stuff: A teen social media celebrity becomes a court-ordered wilderness club leader in the live-action comedy “Team Kaylie: Season 1” (TV-PG) for teens and tweens. Also new is the animated adventure “Dragons - Rescue Riders: Season 1” for younger viewers.

Standup:Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself” (2019, not rated).

Amazon Prime Video

Fido” (2007, R), a social satire of the undead used as menial servants, is one of the best zombie comedies to date. Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker and Billy Connolly star.

International affairs: Vincent Zhao stars in Yuen Woo Ping’s over-the-top action drama “True Legend” (China, 2010, R, with subtitles), featuring appearances by Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine.

International TV:A French Village: Seasons 1-4” (France, 2009-2012, with subtitles) follows the inhabitants of a rural town during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The hit drama from France played on PBS in some American cities.

Hulu

Disney’s animated “Pocahontas” (1995, G), featuring the voices of Mel Gibson, Irene Bedard and Christian Bale, is one of the last classics of old school animation. It won Oscars for the score and original song “Colors of the Wind.”

Everywhere

American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” the eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, is streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.

HBO Now

The Lego Movie 2: The 2nd Part” (2019, PG) animates the world of interlocking toys for a new adventure involving invaders from outer space.

True stories:Buzz” (2019, TV-MA) profiles the very private Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and celebrated author Buzz Bissinger.

Available Saturday night is “Isn’t It Romantic” (2019, PG-13), a spoof of romantic comedy clichés starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth.

Other streams

The fourth season of the documentary series “The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth,” is now on all Showtime platforms. New episodes each Sunday.

The family friendly adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” (2019, PG) with Ashley Judd is now streaming on all Starz platforms.

Doc Martin: Series 9,” the hit British drama starring Martin Clunes as a prickly surgeon turned country doctor, airs exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV. New episodes arrive each Thursday, a day after their respective U.K. premieres.

Britbox celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” with the vintage comedy series “Ripping Yarns“ (1976-1979) from Michael Palin and Terry Jones and the 1980 BBC production of “The Taming of the Shrew“ starring John Cleese.

Two new series from Europe are now running on MHz Choice. “The Embassy” (Spain, with subtitles) is a drama set at the Spanish Embassy in Thailand and “Murder by the Lake” (Germany, with subtitles) is a crime drama set at Lake Constance, where a partnership of German and Austrian detectives solve crimes. New episodes arrive each Tuesday.

The Criterion Channel spotlights four German features “Directed by Christian Petzold,” including the Criterion Channel debuts of the mysterious “Yella” (2007), romantic thriller “Jerichow” (2008) and hard-hitting drama “Barbara” (2012), all starring the brilliant Nina Hoss. With subtitles.

Also on Criterion, “Directed by Lina Wertmüller” spotlights seven features by the Italian filmmaker who was the first woman ever nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, including the satirical “Love and Anarchy” (1973), battle-of-the-sexes comedy “Swept Away” (1974) and Oscar-nominated black comedy “Seven Beauties” (1975), all starring Giancarlo Giannini. With subtitles.

Free streams: Andy Serkis stars as punk rock icon Ian Dury in “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (2010, not rated). It’s now streaming on Kanopy, along with:

· “Frantz” (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), a historical drama set between the two world wars directed by François Ozon;

· “War Witch” (2013, not rated, with subtitles), a devastating drama about a child soldier in an unidentified sub-Saharan African nation;

· “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” (Japan, 2012, not rated, with subtitles), Miike Takashi’s remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s feudal drama;

· Joseph H. Lewis’ “The Big Combo” (1955), a tough film noir starring Cornel Wilde as an obsessive cop and Richard Conte as an arrogant mobster.

New on disc and at Redbox

“Yesterday,” “Shaft,” “Anna,” “Child’s Play”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com.


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