Monday, February 22, 2010

Chautauqua art show and fund raiser

The paint below was a collaborative work by 16 artists at the show. (I painted the sides)
It was raffled off at the close of the show on Sat. and the proceeds went to the Friendship House in DeFuniak. The House provides meals and activities for people with special needs. See below for more details. Close to 1000.00 dollars was raised between donations, the painting and concession sales.

Green 14

These are the wonderful artist I sat across from for the show. They kept me laughing the whole time.

Friendship House

Located in DeFuniak Springs, the Friendship House provides a warm and caring environment during the day for adults with special needs. Respite care or full-time day care is available, with breakfast, lunch, and snacks prepared on site. Each Client has an individual Care Plan, which is developed with family input, to provide for maximum potential in cognitive, physical, and social areas. Available activities include exercise, crafts, gardening, bird watching, photography, and quiet time. A large yard with white picket fence provides a safe and attractive area for outside activities. Visitors are welcome, and with advance notice may enjoy a meal with our “family”. The daily rate of $45 includes all meals and services. An hourly rate and a full-time monthly rate are also available. The Friendship House is located at 353 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. For more information, stop by our facility or contact us by phone, fax, or e-mail. Phone: 850-892-0565 Fax: 850-520-4651 E-mail: State of Florida AHCA Adult Day Care License #9115.

Recent painting Video

Monday, February 8, 2010

Great show at Mount Dora this weekend!

The first show of the year. Time to clean up the tent and hit the road again. I had a great show to kick off the season and sold one of my favorites "Gently Down the Stream" 48 x 36. I am really going to miss this one.

Other sales of note where "Flower Truck" 16 x 20, which I had just finished and "Rapids at Anna Ruby", 30 x 30

Happy art collector posing with his new painting. What a great picture!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The winner of Ukraine's Got Talent. Very cool

I have been reading a lot about WWll, not only books by Americans , but by Italians, the British and Germans, so I was really moved by this art / video.

This video shows the winner of " Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.
The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Atlanta Dogwood Festival January Newsletter

Our Green Resolution Revolution

What's your new year's resolution? At the Atlanta Dogwood Festival our resolution is to create a revolution in the impact that festivals, like ours, have on the environment.

Last year, we took steps towards this goal by positioning recycling bins throughout Piedmont Park and using bio-diesel fuel for all of our generators. This year, we want to do more.
We have signed a partnership agreement with the US Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter, to create a Green Event Initiative for our 2010 Festival. The USGBC is a non-profit organization focused on the environmentally and socially responsible development of buildings and communities.

Through our partnership with the USGBC, our goal is to take some of the standards and principals typically reserved for buildings and apply them to the processes and functions of festivals. We want to create a system of actions that festivals across the country can use to cause a measureable reduction in their use of resources.
Through careful review of our processes, we have come up with a handful of ways that the Atlanta Dogwood Festival can be more sustainable in our activities.
Here are some of the changes we're excited to introduce for the 2010 festival:

Requiring food vendors to use only recyclable, compostable containers and supplies

The food at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is as popular as the art; however, the art goes home and the food containers – often made of Styrofoam - are left behind. This year, we are requiring food vendors to use more eco-friendly alternatives like uncoated paper, aluminum food service ware, and "bio-plastics" made from corn, potato and other plant materials.

The recyclable materials will stay out of the landfills and find new life in post-consumer products. The compostable materials will be recycled into soil amendment - a portion of which is to be returned to the Piedmont Park grounds.

Use of recycling centers, staffed by the Girl Scouts, to assist and educate people on which materials go in which containers and why

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012, the Girl Scouts are engaged in a two-year initiative called "Girl Scouts Forever Green." Their goal is to work within their schools and communities to promote sustainability and responsible use of resources.

In support of this initiative, Atlanta area Girl Scouts will be on hand at each of the recycling centers throughout the park to educate visitors about the types of materials that can be recycled, the importance of recycling and of reducing waste in landfills.

Creating a solar powered acoustic stage

This year we hope to have the biggest star of all as part of our acoustic stage – the sun. We are working with both solar suppliers and staging companies to develop the ability to power all of the stage's electrical components with the solar power collected from Atlanta's sunny, spring days.

Use of electric powered golf carts

If you've attended the festivals in the past, you may have been among the unfortunate few who have been left in our fumes as we made our way from one end of the park to the other in our gas powered golf carts. This year, we are excited to have a fleet of electric powered carts that we will use during festival hours.

Discovery centers positioned throughout the festival to educate and encourage people about sustainable practices

Sustainable practices can be applied to many areas of our day to day lives, but knowing what to do or how to begin isn't always easy. Through demonstrations and hands-on experiences, each of our discovery centers will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn simple ways in which they can take action and make their environments a little more eco-friendly.

Dedicated sponsor booths for companies whose business is green initiatives and/or products

In addition to our artists' booths, we will be creating The Green Village which will be a series of booths dedicated to those businesses that provide eco-friendly services or those who sell eco-friendly products.

We are looking forward to making these changes and reducing the impact we have on Piedmont Park and the environment overall. Our hope is to be an example for all festivals and to demonstrate that great events don't have to have a great environmental impact.

For more information or if you would like to be involved, please visit our website contact our offices at 404.817.6642

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