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Master Visual Artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes Delivers Symbolic Spiral Steel Sculpture to Jamaica During the Pandemic

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- When master visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes was first appointed to create an outdoor stainless-steel sculpture for the Kingston Restoration Walking Museum Project in Jamaica, it was before Covid. The project, sponsored by the Kingston Restoration Company and the Duke Street Refurbishing Project and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund was a heartfelt assignment for Hoyes, a native of Jamaica and longtime resident of California.

The manifestation and creation of the 400 pound "Mating Dance of Hummingbirds," now standing on historical Duke Street in downtown Kingston, is a tremendous testimony to perseverance, resilience and the magnetic power of creativity. Hoyes withstood the isolation of quarantine, the scarcity of the pandemic and even his own battle with Covid to rise majestically victorious, much like the hummingbirds, the national birds of Jamaica, atop his monument.

Hoyes, best known for his vibrantly, vivid oils on canvas renditions, is no stranger to sculpture. His six-foot "Roots of Pegasus" bronze figure for a private collector and his eight-foot three-ton granite rock carving of a blue fin tuna, crafted in Fuzhou City in the Fujian Province of China, cemented the artist's ability to encapsulate life-force in a variety of mediums. "Mating Dance of Hummingbirds" maintains his legacy, with two glorious, chrome steel body and winged hummingbirds resting atop a twisted, spiral helix intertwined around a shared axis. The helical structure, like the shape of our DNA, is a symbol of eternity and life, and the foundation of sacred geometry, coded with evolution, infinite growth and longevity. Lucite rods stabilized within the wings also encase solar LED lighting offering enhanced reflective color features that add vitality to his design.

"I sequester myself when creating all the time. For me it provides a confrontation with the chosen medium and discipline I'm working with. But there is a marked difference between self-imposed isolation and an enforced quarantine. Seclusion usually provides me a safe haven, whereas the shut down during Covid created a vibration of eerie inaccessibility," explains Hoyes.

"The entire crafting experience, including me suffering through Covid, and personally packaging and delivery the work, served to intensify the intentions instilled in this art piece. A multi-dimensional metaphor evolved for me. 'Out Of Many, One People,' is Jamaica's national motto. 'The Mating Dance of Hummingbirds' speaks to the ever-evolving procreation of all species, reminding us that we all share common DNA and we are all connected in this together," shares Hoyes.

"The Duke Street Refurbishing Project/Kingston Restoration Company Limited is pleased to have commissioned the sculpture 'Mating Dance of the Hummingbirds' created by artist Bernard Hoyes. The hummingbird is a symbol of the unique biodiversity of our country. The majestic helix structure reflects the resilience and strength of our people in the face of adversity," notes Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson CD WGE, Project Manager of the Duke Street Refurbishing Project.

"This work of art is a reminder of our interdependence as a nation and the importance of understanding and preserving our history, culture and self-identity. This iconic work will serve as a symbol of the importance of continued collaboration among stakeholders and partners for the redevelopment of Kingston and the establishment of the Duke Street Legal and Financial Business District," adds Dayton Wood, Project Coordinator, Kingston Restoration Company Limited.

Born into a family rooted in Jamaica's revivalist church, Bernard Hoyes' memories of religion and rituals have influenced his artistic productivity throughout his life. His celebration of traditional African religion, spirituality and myths continues to find universal appeal, exciting audiences worldwide. Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, Natalie Cole and the National Urban League are among his collectors. Selections of Hoyes' work have been featured in several television shows including the Showtime cult classic series, "Dexter." President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work.

Hoyes' exhibition history spans over 50 years with over 100 exhibitions, 30 of them solo exhibitions, in various countries including his native Jamaica, USA, UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. Some of Hoyes' past exhibitions include "Places and Validation, Art & Progression, The Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time" in 2010; the "Art in LA 1945-1980" at CAAM in 2011; a feature in "L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980," published by the Getty Foundation, and a Multidisciplinary Production "Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance" which bought seven of Hoyes' iconic paintings from his Revival Series to life on the Ford Stage in Los Angeles in 2012.

Most recent exhibits include the "Evolving Abstraction, 3 Contemporary Artists of the African Diaspora" at the Palm Springs Art Museum in February 2015 and "The Spirit of the Land through Climate Change" at the San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA from November 2019 thru to March 2020.

"The Mating Dance of Hummingbirds" continues to soar the ever-evolving passion and visions of Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Whether sculpting or painting, as a multidisciplinary artist, Hoyes' work is imbued with spiritually that nurtures the soul.

Visit his online gallery at http://www.bernardhoyes.com/ and sit with the hummingbirds, whenever traveling to Kingston, Jamaica!

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Museum of Sex Presents ‘Erotic Content & the Mainstream, 1960 till Today’

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Museum of Sex (MoSex) proudly announces details about its summer exhibition, "Erotic Content & the Mainstream 1960 till Today." This exhibition, a presentation of media examining how erotic content has permeated mainstream culture since the 1960s, will be on view at the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) starting June 4, 2021.

Composed of four thematic sections, An Avante-Garde, Sexualized Marketing, Scandalous Scenes of Cinema, and Music: an Erotic Form, the exhibition will present a curated selection of over 60 videos. In addition to the video compilations and full screening of a selection of fine art and experimental films, the exhibition will feature vintage movie posters, historical ephemera and a timeline looking at censorship in media over the last six decades. The show will be organized chronologically offering an in-depth examination of the shifts in cultural attitudes towards sexual content in mainstream mass media.

The history of mass media is one of political and social discrimination against forms of illicit content. When the first motion pictures came out, they were attacked and deemed too titillating for the masses. Since the first films appeared in the nineteenth century, pornographic content has moved slowly but surely from the edges to the center. While sex has always been culturally relevant, the creative revolution of the 1960s inspired a more open environment in which erotic material, called "porno chic" was embraced. Today sexual material has seeped into all aspects of mainstream mass media, energizing a variety of cultural genres and sparking the sex positivity movement. This shift of erotic content from the margins to the mainstream has been part of an overall liberalization of popular culture since the 1960s.

The exhibition will feature subversive art films by Carolee Schneemann, Natalia LL, Hannah Wilke, Ximena Cuevas, Mike Kuchar, and Shawné Michaelain Holloway. It will also discuss infamous cultural figures in advertising and music such as Jimi Hendrix, Edie Adams, Donna Summers, Prince, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Fabio, Salt-N-Pepa, Rihanna and Cardi B. Iconic scenes from films like "Midnight Cowboy" (1968), "Deepthroat" (1972), "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "Moonlight" (2016) will scintillate visitors. Audiences will enjoy a nostalgic look back on the popular culture of the last six decades through the moving image and marvel at how our attitudes toward erotic content have changed.

"Erotic Content & the Mainstream 1960 till Today" was organized by Emily Shoyer, Lead Curator and Eve Arballo, Curatorial Assistant.

ABOUT MUSEUM OF SEX

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. Since opening in 2002, the museum has collaborated with world-renowned cultural institutions, artists, and academics to create exhibitions and interactive programs that explore the best in current scholarship in the arts, sciences, and humanities. From fine art to historical ephemera, its permanent collection comprises more than 15,000 sexually significant artifacts.

To learn more visit: https://www.museumofsex.com/

Facebook: @mosex | Twitter: @museumofsex

Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) New York, NY 10016; (212) 689 6337.

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London Company Building Digital Ecosystem for Creators in Sub-Sahara Africa

LONDON, U.K. -- Pioneering London-based ForeMedia Group Plc (an international company well known for its top-rated extensive media and entertainment operations in Nigeria and United Kingdom, along with delivering Afro-centric media and entertainment to audiences worldwide), is delighted to announce that it is building the first digital ecosystem for talented entertainment creators in sub-Saharan Africa.

At this juncture in time, when diversity is being met with such strong enthusiasm, the company's strategy is to support sustainable creative initiatives, thereby enabling creators to learn, produce, distribute, and monetize their work. Various elements include new media and marketplace services and products such as content production, distribution and marketing, video streaming and advertising.

Riding the Wave of Rapid Annual Growth

Data from PwC's Entertainment & Media Outlook (2017-2021), projects that Nigeria will enjoy a rapid annual growth of 12.1%, thus making it the world's fastest-growing media and entertainment market over the upcoming years. However, due to the lack of platforms around the world which cater to African audiences, there is an urgent need for a dynamic, high capacity omni media platform. To that end, the entrepreneurial Founder/CEO, and associates of the ForeMedia Group (all of whom are renowned for their expertise in Afro-centric media and entertainment), have carried out substantial groundwork to make the ForeMedia Group the number one digital ecosystem in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the core of every digital ecosystem is a platform business model, and the ForeMedia Group has built an extremely robust tech infrastructure to support its omni media platform.

Mission

"The company's strategic plan will empower one million young talents in media and entertainment in the medium/ long term and have large scale creation plans," says Hareter B. Oralusi, founder and CEO.

The ForeMedia Group provides a perfect new media and entertainment platform for young talented creators and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), thus empowering them to export and create a global market for commercially feasible afro-centric content. The company's ethos is "to use the latest cutting-edge digital technology help empower the next generation of Africans through media, entertainment, and entrepreneurship; thus, spreading the wonderful diversity of Afro-centric media and entertainment all over the world." This is set to give both African and non-African people alike, a fantastic new sphere of brilliant second to none, entertainment, and media.

ForeTVHub

ForeTVHub (one of the ForeMedia Group's platforms), is dedicated to distributing the most engaging and original content. It covers media and entertainment from both ForeMedia creators and notable third-party partners. The platform continues to delight both the creators and users in new ways.

And with innovative cutting-edge sports and entertainment videos, TV shows, top rated documentaries, music, books and podcasts, and so much breaking content from across the globe, many people and their families visit the site multiple times a day. Learn more: https://foretvhub.com/

ForeMedia Creator

ForeMedia Creator is a stimulating initiative which backs and empowers the creators who work with the ForeMedia Group. It supports creators with the essential tools for success: infrastructure, equipment, technical support, distribution, and monetization.

About the Founder and CEO

Hareter B. Oralusi M.S., is a renowned visionary, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is dedicated to spreading diversity around the world and kindling economic growth in Africa (according to African Economic Outlook 2021, "Real GDP in Africa is projected to grow by 3.4 percent in 2021"). This is substantially higher than other countries.

Oralusi has substantial business experience. He founded the ForeMedia Media Group Plc (2017). Founded the London School of Social Enterprise and Sustainable Economics (2014).

Founded the Nigerian Capital Development Fund (2010). Further, he was awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) in human resource management and organizational development from the PEF, Private University for Management, in Vienna, Austria.

Learn more at: https://foremediagroup.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact person:
Timilehin Suara
Email: info@foremediagroup.com
Telephone Number: +44 7769 345 292

Address: Accelerator, 35 Kingsland Road, London, England, E2 8AA

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Cicada Brood X Captured in Copper as Jewelry and Art

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. -- Maryland-based Nature's Creations artists are freezing moments from nature that occur once every 17 years by covering the shell casings and the remains of full formed brood X cicadas in copper. These fascinating detailed treasures are all one-of-a kind since the actual cicada specimens are still intact inside.

"We look for the most interesting cicadas that have run their cycle of life and preserve them in our unique electroforming process," says artist Dennis Ray.

These intriguing little guys are available as pins and necklaces along with other natural items at: https://www.leafpin.com/.

About Nature's Creations

Nature's Creations - The Ray Family, have been creating natural art for over 40 years. Leaves, blossoms and insects are gathered from all over the world. The process evolved from a High School Science Project in Montgomery County, Maryland. Grape vine leaves from France, Wye Oak leaves from the fallen "Gentle Giant" on the eastern shore of Maryland and leaves from Central Park in New York city are all projects they have completed.

They also can create jewelry and art pieces from your leaves, cuttings from a wedding ceremony, leaves off a memorial tree or a family farm or winery. All captured as forever keepsakes. Imagine what can be captured for you!

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The NFT Art Market Just Got Safer and Faster – VR-All-Art Integrates Solana Blockchain to Develop New Protocol

ZUG, Switzerland -- VR-All-Art, one of the leading platforms for exhibiting and acquiring art in virtual reality, today announced an integration with the Solana blockchain. The adoption of a blockchain infrastructure for virtual exhibitions is meant to ease art trade in virtual reality while bringing liquidity and regulation to the growing NFT art market. The platform will ensure that art registered on the blockchain is compatible with established regulations and copyright laws by developing the All-Art Protocol on Solana.

With the All-Art Protocol, VR-All-Art is aiming to bring constant liquidity to the world of tokenized art by creating a unique type of AMM (automated market maker) liquidity pools for NFTs. The protocol introduces a new standard, the NFT-PRO, designed for stakeholders in the art market. The NFT-PRO standard will enable artists to customize license rights for each art piece they create and embed them into NFT-PRO smart contracts. Through this mechanism, the All-Art Protocol will protect both artists and collectors, while enabling new use cases for owning, exhibiting and trading art on the blockchain.

"What we have witnessed with the latest trend in registering art as NFTs is a lack of proper infrastructure to handle the demand," said Vitomir Jevremovic, CEO and Founder of VR-All-Art. "Ethereum transactions are slow, while the fees for minting and trading NFTs are skyrocketing. The environmental impact of a single NFT mint is enormous. This is not sustainable. Artists and galleries need affordable ways to put their art on the blockchain and have real-time transactions to handle live auctions. This is why we have chosen Solana. It is the fastest and most promising blockchain with a low energy-consumption footprint. We simply need things to work when people are minting NFTs and creating virtual exhibitions."

Talking about the NFT standard currently in use, Jevremovic said, "The art market got a good introduction to what blockchain can do for it, but it was a tough lesson to learn because NFTs are just not a good enough solution." He went on to state, "With the current NFT model, you basically own a string of text in the form of a hash or a link. This is not an art piece. We need better ways to incorporate art license rights into smart contracts. We believe the global art market needs a blockchain standard in line with the regulatory framework for art. Only then can we expect the art market to expand and scale in the digital and virtual space, with more people engaging and transacting value through NFTs."

Anatoly Yakovenko, the President of the Solana Foundation said, "Fast, low-cost NFTs have the potential to bridge legal rights and digital authentication in ways never before possible. I'm delighted the All-Art Protocol is choosing to build on Solana, and look forward to their launch." VR-All-Art invites other platforms to use the All-Art Protocol and join its efforts to regulate the NFT art market and provide more liquid assets for stakeholders.

Don't miss any news about the All-Art Protocol and hot NFT topics on Twitter @allartprotocol.

About VR-All-Art

VR-All-Art is an established platform in the art and XR space. It is a platform and a marketplace for artists, galleries, museums and the general public to exhibit, explore and acquire art in virtual exhibitions. A virtual space, a metaverse of galleries and exhibition spaces with no physical boundaries, it is revolutionizing art exhibitions and art spaces by giving new power to artists as they are no longer constrained to the limitations of real world space and time.

To learn more, please visit https://vrallart.com/. To learn more about the All-Art Protocol, please visit https://allart.io/.

About Solana

Solana is a high-performance Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain focused on delivering scalability without sacrificing decentralization or security.

Until now, blockchains have been single-threaded computers, guaranteeing no two transactions conflict if executed in parallel. Solana unlocks concurrent GPU-parallelization for the first time, using Proof of History (PoH), a clock before consensus, delivering high speed, low latency, and inexpensive transactions, all at layer 1 without sharding.

Developed by a team of former Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, and Dropbox engineers, Solana is stewarded by The Solana Foundation and is advanced by a loyal community of decentralized developers around the world. To learn more, please visit https://solana.com/.

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The NFT Art Market Just Got Safer and Faster – VR-All-Art Integrates Solana Blockchain to Develop New Protocol

ZUG, Switzerland -- VR-All-Art, one of the leading platforms for exhibiting and acquiring art in virtual reality, today announced an integration with the Solana blockchain. The adoption of a blockchain infrastructure for virtual exhibitions is meant to ease art trade in virtual reality while bringing liquidity and regulation to the growing NFT art market. The platform will ensure that art registered on the blockchain is compatible with established regulations and copyright laws by developing the All-Art Protocol on Solana.

With the All-Art Protocol, VR-All-Art is aiming to bring constant liquidity to the world of tokenized art by creating a unique type of AMM (automated market maker) liquidity pools for NFTs. The protocol introduces a new standard, the NFT-PRO, designed for stakeholders in the art market. The NFT-PRO standard will enable artists to customize license rights for each art piece they create and embed them into NFT-PRO smart contracts. Through this mechanism, the All-Art Protocol will protect both artists and collectors, while enabling new use cases for owning, exhibiting and trading art on the blockchain.

"What we have witnessed with the latest trend in registering art as NFTs is a lack of proper infrastructure to handle the demand," said Vitomir Jevremovic, CEO and Founder of VR-All-Art. "Ethereum transactions are slow, while the fees for minting and trading NFTs are skyrocketing. The environmental impact of a single NFT mint is enormous. This is not sustainable. Artists and galleries need affordable ways to put their art on the blockchain and have real-time transactions to handle live auctions. This is why we have chosen Solana. It is the fastest and most promising blockchain with a low energy-consumption footprint. We simply need things to work when people are minting NFTs and creating virtual exhibitions."

Talking about the NFT standard currently in use, Jevremovic said, "The art market got a good introduction to what blockchain can do for it, but it was a tough lesson to learn because NFTs are just not a good enough solution." He went on to state, "With the current NFT model, you basically own a string of text in the form of a hash or a link. This is not an art piece. We need better ways to incorporate art license rights into smart contracts. We believe the global art market needs a blockchain standard in line with the regulatory framework for art. Only then can we expect the art market to expand and scale in the digital and virtual space, with more people engaging and transacting value through NFTs."

Anatoly Yakovenko, the President of the Solana Foundation said, "Fast, low-cost NFTs have the potential to bridge legal rights and digital authentication in ways never before possible. I'm delighted the All-Art Protocol is choosing to build on Solana, and look forward to their launch." VR-All-Art invites other platforms to use the All-Art Protocol and join its efforts to regulate the NFT art market and provide more liquid assets for stakeholders.

Don't miss any news about the All-Art Protocol and hot NFT topics on Twitter @allartprotocol.

About VR-All-Art

VR-All-Art is an established platform in the art and XR space. It is a platform and a marketplace for artists, galleries, museums and the general public to exhibit, explore and acquire art in virtual exhibitions. A virtual space, a metaverse of galleries and exhibition spaces with no physical boundaries, it is revolutionizing art exhibitions and art spaces by giving new power to artists as they are no longer constrained to the limitations of real world space and time.

To learn more, please visit https://vrallart.com/. To learn more about the All-Art Protocol, please visit https://allart.io/.

About Solana

Solana is a high-performance Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain focused on delivering scalability without sacrificing decentralization or security.

Until now, blockchains have been single-threaded computers, guaranteeing no two transactions conflict if executed in parallel. Solana unlocks concurrent GPU-parallelization for the first time, using Proof of History (PoH), a clock before consensus, delivering high speed, low latency, and inexpensive transactions, all at layer 1 without sharding.

Developed by a team of former Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, and Dropbox engineers, Solana is stewarded by The Solana Foundation and is advanced by a loyal community of decentralized developers around the world. To learn more, please visit https://solana.com/.

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Activist and Ganjapreneur Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Promotes ‘Puff & Paint’ Cannabis Creativity at The Joint of Miami

MIAMI, Fla. -- Legendary marijuana activist and ganjapreneur Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion is continuing his legacy of promoting 'puff and paint' cannabis creativity. The opening of his new marijuana lounge in Miami, The Joint of Miami in the Wynwood Art District, will be an extension of his legacy in support of 'pot art.'

The Joint of Miami, alongside NJWeedman's Joint in Trenton, NJ now both boast beautiful new outdoor wall murals painted by graffiti art master, Ayumi Chisolm aka SANOizm. In addition, NJWeedman is hosting an art themed pre-opening "Puff & Paint" event at his Miami location from May 14th, 10:00 a.m. ET to June 11th, 10:00 p.m. ET. "Puff & Paint" at The Joint of Miami is inviting artists to blaze and paint while creating artwork for the interior walls of the weed lounge! Professional artists who are looking to participate can send examples of their artwork to art director Jazz Tarver at artdirector@thejointofmiami.com for consideration and invitation details. The Joint of Miami is located at 2010 NW Miami Ct. in Miami.

NJWeedman's longstanding love for weed art dates back to his first marijuana dispensary, The Liberty Bell Temple, (see https://youtu.be/-jWnvGd-N4M ) located in Hollywood, CA. In 2008, Ayumi Chisolm aka SANOizm painted an interior canvas and mural covering the ceiling plus the front windows of that now mythical location. SANOizm (SimpleArtNiceOutlinez, StylesAllwayzNumberOne, SmokeAnotherNiceOne) is an award winning multi-disciplined urban artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He began doing graffiti art in 1983 and now travels the world creating community aerosol art murals, illustration and designs. His mark on now three of NJWeedman's businesses are important contributions to the culture of cannabis creativity. Sano maintains a small art studio in Chinatown, Los Angeles where he prints his brand, Thieveland T-shirts.

"It was important for me to have Sano leave his artistic impression on both my Trenton and Miami locations. I consider his imprint a blessing to my businesses. He has artistically documented my marijuana legacy in a way that words could not capture. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the spirit of his images is worth 10,000 words. I think my favorite is his mural outside of NJWeedman's Joint in Trenton. It's called "The Battle of Trenton 2" and is an accurate depiction of how I won my fight against the prosecutor's office in Trenton for unfair charges filed against me (see https://nj1015.com/nj-weedman-promises-to-give-prosecutor-legal-ass-whooping-after-major-bust.")

"It's no secret that marijuana and hip hop art are like first cousins," adds Sano, an avid partaker of the herb. "It has been an amazing journey to illustrate the story of NJWeedman with my art. I deeply appreciate his patronage over the years and am excited to have my work adorn both locations in Trenton and now in Miami, particularly in the Wynwood Art District which is famous for Art Basel and street art. Our work is sometimes overlooked and underrated in the contemporary art world but is an important component of our culture."

A cult figure in the marijuana legalization community, Forchion has since become one of the most vocal and controversial members of the pro-pot movement. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and has run previous campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. After decades of public persecution, Ed Forchion is finally being acknowledged for his decades of activism. He has spoken on virtual panels at Stockton and Princeton University, was featured on NBC News in New York and he is slated to appear on an upcoming segment of Vice TV and ABC-TV Nightline.

While NJWeedman's Joint in Trenton, NJ is a bustling marijuana themed eatery and smoke shop with his partner, Debi Madaio, The Joint of Miami is an extension of the NJWeedman brand, offering a more inclusive cannabis experience. The Joint of Miami, located in the Wynwood Art District, will be an art and music marijuana lounge with 'members only' access. Slated to open midsummer, The Joint of Miami will be a franchise operation and NJWeedman is already fielding inquires in other cities.

For more information about The Joint of Miami and Puff & Pass, head over to https://thejointofmiami.com/.

Take a puff with NJWeedman and read all about his adventures at https://linktr.ee/NJWeedman

Follow Ayumi Chisolm aka SANOizm at @sanoizm (https://www.instagram.com/sanoizm/) on Instagram.

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‘GROUNDED’ opens at the SLEEPCENTER Gallery

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization and The Espejo Organization for the Arts are pleased to present "GROUNDED," an art exhibition juried by award-winning visual artist Mensur Bojda that will be hosted at the SLEEPCENTER Gallery from May 10th to May 20, 2021.

"The word 'grounded' means 'well-balanced' and 'sensible,' while it also means 'prohibited from doing certain things.' During the past year, we have been forced indoors by the pandemic and the quarantine measures. But what happened to artists' mental and emotional stability and confidence? Did they feel grounded and if so, in what way?" explain curators Natalie Burtluskaya and Kika Espejo about the concept behind the art show.

"We selected artworks that appeared recently in a process of self-reflection and introspection. The artists were encouraged to submit pieces that inspect the feelings on a threshold of imbalance and sensibility. Having taken history, literature, theater, politics, science, and arts as inspiration, the artists kept creating art, and it helped them stay afloat during the unprecedented year of the limited opportunities to work, travel, or feel safe," explains Mensur Bojda, the juror of the show.

The list of selected international artists includes Jeremie Queyras, Igor Kovalov, Hildos, Aida Miro, Maksym Kazarin, Amaia Marzabal, and Kuldeep Singh.

The opening event will take place on May 13, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will follow all COVID-19 CDC guidelines. The exhibition will also be open by appointment between May 10 and May 20.

Hyperlinks:

Mensur Bojda - https://www.mensurbojda.com/

RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization - http://www.reartiste.com/

The Espejo Organization for the Arts - https://www.eoarts.com/

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Gund Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Trees,’ an Exhibition Inviting New Dialogue about Our Relationship to Our Environment

GAMBIER, Ohio -- The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College is pleased to announce "The Art of Trees," an exhibition on view at the Gund from January 22 - April 11, 2021.

"The Art of Trees" reveals the many resonances, forms, and relationships of trees. Exploring themes of restoration and destruction, community and isolation, location and identity, and fragile temporalities, the 14 artists featured in the exhibition experiment with a range of mediums from painting to digital video, and even use trees as creative collaborators to express our essential and inseparable bond with these guardians of the earth.

"The Art of Trees" invites an interdisciplinary dialogue about personal, local, and global relationships to the environment, while simultaneously drawing attention to interactions between trees themselves, the communities they form, and their resilience despite human interference.

"The sense of community that trees uniquely inspire came to life through the collaborative curatorial endeavor of Gund Associates, Gallery and College staff, and Kenyon faculty," says Dr. Jodi Kovach, curator of academic programs at the Gund Gallery and an important participant in the development of the exhibition. She continues, "By leveraging one another's experiences with nature, modes of aesthetic appreciation, and perspectives on the environmental crisis, they have realized an exhibition that shows us how art can transform our ways of living with and in the natural world."

The participating Gund Associates add, "We hope that this exhibition provokes discussion about the environment and invites a heightened collective consciousness about the intersection of community and place, near and far."

In addition, the Gund Gallery is pleased to present "Nearby Voices." This special section of "The Art of Trees" exhibition offers artistic reflections on the local landscape as a shared point of witness and imagines trees as archives of commonly held stories and experiences that branch across generations of a community. "Nearby Voices" bridges the gap between global and local environmental concerns by engaging with the art and voices of community members. It will also include the work of 2020-21 artist-in-residence Brian Harnetty, an interdisciplinary, socially and environmentally engaged artist who is working collaboratively with community members to create a "sonic map" of Gambier and surrounding Knox County.

"The Art of Trees" is curated by a committee of Gund Associates, Kenyon faculty, and Gund Gallery staff who worked together in a collaborative, multi-year process to bring this project to life.

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High-resolution digital file is available upon request. Credit line: James Balog (American, b. 1952) Giant Sequoia, Stagg, 2001. Chromogenic print on Crystal Archive. 93 x 35.75 inches. Gund Gallery Collection; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund '63, 2015.2.2.

About the Gund Gallery Associates Program:

The Gund Gallery Associate Program offers Kenyon College students an opportunity to complement their formal liberal arts education with meaningful career experiences and informal learning opportunities. Working with museum professionals, Gund Gallery Associates are able to participate in all aspects of museum work including behind-the-scenes operations, curatorial research and planning, collection maintenance, and educational outreach. An extension of the classroom, the program integrates theory with practice by building and promoting collaboration and exchange between students, faculty, and community.

About the Gund Gallery:

The Gund Gallery is located on the beautiful 1,000-acre wooded campus of Kenyon College in the village of Gambier, Ohio just 45 miles from downtown Columbus. The Gund is dedicated to presenting 20th-21st century art and visual culture that reflects and informs the interdisciplinary mission of liberal arts education. Exhibitions and all public programs at the Gallery are free and open to the public.

Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

To learn more visit http://www.thegundgallery.org/, call 740-427-5972, or email gundgallery@kenyon.edu.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Museum of Sex Presents BAD: Betty A. Dodson, A Tribute

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Museum of Sex (MoSex) proudly announces details about its winter exhibition, "BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute". This exhibition, the first museum retrospective devoted to Dodson's nearly 70-year career as an artist and educator, will be on view at the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) starting December 14, 2020.

Composed of over 50 paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, and ephemera - all reflecting Dodson's unflinching belief in sexual equality for women-the show is organized chronologically, offering an in-depth look at the progression of Dodson as artist, educator, and feminist icon. Dodson illuminates aspects of sexuality, especially women's sexuality, that many would rather ignore.

According to Carlin Ross, Dodson's business partner, Dodson's "self-love and devotion to pleasure inspired generations of women to look inward and tell the rest of the world to f**k off." The show confronts controversial subjects with an impassioned honesty that can be liberating, challenging, and beautiful.

No one believed in the emancipatory power of self-touch more than Dodson. Told through her paintings, drawings, and words, "BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute" chronicles Betty's journey from a young artist discovering her own sexuality and power in 1950s New York to an adult repressing her desires. She eventually became the well-known liberated feminist who embraced her own sexual needs, destigmatized masturbation, and mentored others-particularly women-on their own voyages in search of self-acceptance and fulfillment.

"Betty is a true feminist icon who spent her entire life fighting for women's liberation through the embrace of pleasure," says Daniel Gluck, the Museum of Sex's executive director and founder. "Betty was one of the museum's advisors and we are honored to be able to introduce our visitors to her rich history and legacy."

"BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute" was organized by Karen Eckhaus, associate curator.

ABOUT BETTY A. DODSON

Betty A. Dodson (1929-2020) achieved international recognition with several groundbreaking erotic art exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s before leaving the art world to become a feminist sex teacher. She designed and facilitated workshops that taught masturbation skills so women could explore their own sexual pleasure. In 1974 she self-published her first book, "Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove". Her book "Sex for One" was published in 1986 and became a paperback classic when it was revised in 1996. "Orgasms for Two" (2002) embraced partner sex and "Sex by Design" is a memoir that details her experiences with America's sexual revolution, the women's movement, and her feminist sexual activism. She received a Ph.D. in sexology in 1992 and has produced three videotapes that document her pioneering teaching methods. Dodson was recently named one of the top ten sexual revolutionaries by Cosmopolitan magazine and number 43 of the 100 most important people in sex by Playboy Magazine.

Learn more about her work on her website, https://dodsonandross.com/ (mature content).

ABOUT MUSEUM OF SEX

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. Since opening in 2002, the museum has collaborated with world-renowned cultural institutions, artists, and academics to create exhibitions and interactive programs that explore the best in current scholarship in the arts, sciences, and humanities. From fine art to historical ephemera, its permanent collection is comprised of more than 15,000 sexually significant artifacts.

For more information, visit: https://www.museumofsex.com/ (mature content).

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Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) New York, NY 10016; (212) 689 6337.

Press Contact: pressoffice@museumofsex.com

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