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DigitalSelf Announces Partnership with 305 Films to Sponsor Vibes Basel at Art Basel

MIAMI, Fla. -- DigitalSelf®, Gil Green and 305 Films are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 9th annual Vibes Basel. DigitalSelf is the Title Sponsor for Vibes Basel, under the creative direction of Gil Green, at Art Basel at Supercar Rooms Miami on Friday, December 2, 2022.

"DigitalSelf has been hosting and participating in several events in Miami over the past few months," said Craig Muir, founder and CEO of DigitalSelf. "These events have served as DigitalSelf's, and its Metaverse and 360-degree streaming services, formal introduction to the world. Vibes Basel will be the culmination of this fall's events, and we are delighted to begin our partnership with Gil Green and his 305 Films production company."

DigitalSelf is an immersive technology development company whose platform is aimed at creating virtual lifestyles and universal access to the Metaverse. DigitalSelf is creating immersive environments with 360/VR interactive experiences/content for a growing number businesses, brands, and tourist destinations, both domestically and internationally.

The 9th annual Vibes Basel ( https://www.vibes305.com/ ) will be held at Supercar Rooms Miami. Located in the Arts and Entertainment District Wynwood, Supercar Rooms Miami is a members-only auto gallery and gourmet dining experience. The showroom showcases one-of-a-kind vehicles, including concept cars and never seen before vehicles. This year's Vibes Basel will feature artists such as Renaissance DJs, Dutty Dex, LS One, Tom La Roc and special guests.

"I am very excited to be working with DigitalSelf," said Gil Green, 305 Films founder and creative director of Vibes Basel. "We will be combining artists with the immersive nature of VR, AR and 360 streaming. No one in the Metaverse space has done anything like this, and we look forward to our collaboration on this and other projects."

About DigitalSelf:

DigitalSelf was founded by Craig Muir. DigitalSelf is an immersive technology development company whose platform is aimed at creating virtual lifestyles and universal access to the Metaverse. In DigitalSelf, consumers will increasingly spend part of their everyday life transported into virtual environments where they will socialize, connect and engage in immersive experiences. DigitalSelf and the DigitalSelf Wallet are the first apps built to deliver our vision of a universally accessible digital representation of our lives, content and memories.

In the DigitalSelf apps, we are building an ecosystem where our users can leap into festivals, soccer matches, conferences, colleges, concerts, museums, championship sports and even medical appointments anywhere on Earth.

For more information, please visit our Website: https://digital-self.com/.

About 305 Films and Gil Green:

305 FILMS has produced over 305 music videos, commercials, and films, ranging across the United States, South America, The Caribbean, The Middle East, India, Africa, and Asia. 305 FILMS continues to expand, cultivating a new generation of stylistically creative and impactful filmmakers, such as Gil Green. Gil's first glimpse into the business stemmed in high school as a DJ in Miami's emerging Hip Hop and Dancehall Reggae scene.

Underground battles and warehouse sound clashes set the stage for a cultural explosion. At the age of 19, Gil directed his first music video for his NYU thesis project. Gil went on to direct over 300 music videos spanning across the Pop, Latin, and European markets and has been honored with multiple awards and nominations for his work in music videos.

His client roster includes multi-platinum artists such as Pitbull, Adam Levine, John Legend, Chris Brown, Akon, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Neyo, Nicki Minaj, Drake, DJ Khaled, Camila Cabello, Usher, Flo Rida, P-Diddy, Timbaland, J Balvin, Natasha Bedingfield, Robin Thicke, Nelly, 50 Cent, Romeo Santos, Matisyahu, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Wyclef, Common, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco, The Roots and Oscar award-winners Three 6 Mafia.

For more information, please visit: https://www.vibes305.com/, https://305films.com and https://gilgreen.com.

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An Innovative Approach to Bringing Historical Roots to Contemporary Art

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Over the past four decades, Kaloust Guedel has worked in diverse styles and techniques, constantly searching for the "perfect" resonance, ever aware that his search is an endless one. His next experiment was to combine a painting he had painted with a sculpture he didn't particularly like.

"I thought something was missing with it, but couldn't put my finger on it," he said. To see what would happen, he cut out the shape of the figure in hand and placed it inside the cut area, unaware that he had stumbled upon an old inlay technique.

Guedel's rediscovery of inlay through art is a pioneering achievement in contemporary painting. Guedel calls the inlay work "an investigation of immersion in painting."

The use of inlay is very widespread in decorative art. The earliest example of the inlay dates back to 2500 B.C., and it comes from Mesopotamia's Sumer civilization. There are also examples from China dating back to 400 B.C. Sculptures of inlay work are found in various periods. It was later popularized in Europe by Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732).

Guedel's prior work was based on the idea of excessivism. He was instrumental in bringing the movement to the masses. He curated the inaugural exhibition at a Los Angeles art gallery. As the movement's popularity grew around the world, other artists, fashion designers, and musicians joined in, transforming it into a global art movement in line with globalization. Even Gallero magazine went so far as to call it, "... truly a millennial movement in all senses of the word."

Guedel talks about his work with the utmost passion. "What interests me is the relationship between the elements that I find captivating for my curiosity at the moment of creation. I see my work as a body of records of ideas, thoughts, and feelings. The timeline can be traced by going back to my earlier works and determining my feelings and thoughts at the time of their creation," he said.

He adds, "To me, art is a form of communication in which you express yourself about something; you do so from the depths of your spiritual being; a place where consciousness cannot fully penetrate. I suppose that is what makes art so mysterious and so individualistic."

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Michigan business owner creates Genesee County COVID-19 Portal – App to save lives

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Jonathan McKay, operating as the Project Manager for the Genesee County COVID-19 Portal (GCCP) presented by Flint Innovative Solutions 501(c)(3) designed by Keeping Tabs, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint 501(c)(3), and Michigan United 501(c)(3). The GCCP is a curated mobile application used to offer credible information resources to the members of Flint, Michigan, and the surrounding Genesee County areas.

With help from partners at:

* The Genesee County Health Department

* The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* COVID Act Now

- The Harvard Global Health Institute

- The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University

- Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center

* The American Academy of Pediatrics

* The Genesee County Health Department

* Flint Eats App

* The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES)-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center. A partnership with Michigan State University and Flint community.

As Project Manager, McKay is joined by community leaders Jaiden Hogan, Jaden Switalski, and Jovan Slaughter to provide cutting-edge multimedia content for the GCCP project.

Marinequa

Keeping Tabs commissioned Jaiden Hogan to capture the experiences of the citizens in Genesee County. This has made it possible to utilize GCCP events and social media coverage throughout the project as a platform for community members to share things otherwise underrepresented.

Hogan has been curating Media Development Collections since 2012 traveling out of the country and documenting the breathtaking cultures and agriculture in Swaziland, Africa where Hogan aided in the construction of a church and fixed soccer fields that the kids of the community use daily. Marinequa is an emerging Media Development Agency drawing attention with intense colors, unique set design, and a personalized photo and video experience, led by Jaiden Hogan.

Slaughter

Jovan Slaughter was crucial to the development of GCCP's structure, assisting the people of Flint to better represent themselves in the media. Slaughter has been assisting the communities of Flint for over 5 years allowing opportunities for the residents to speak on an open forum of their personal endeavors. As such Slaughter has in-depth knowledge in the field of Community Advocacy and Promotion including the operations side (e.g., running day-to-day operations) and the business management side (e.g., staffing, marketing, etc.).

High Tied

Jaden Switalski was responsible for editing the footage scheduled by Jovan Slaughter after being captured by Jaiden Hogan. Switalski specializes in skills such as Video Production, Editing, Scripting, Graphic Design, Audio Engineering, and Google and YouTube SEO (Search Engine Optimization) since his beginnings in content creation in 2013.

Jonathan McKay, the founder of Keeping Tabs, started a partnership in February with Jaden Switalski, to develop digital assets and launch High Tied Productions in the Web 3 Digital Space. High Tied Production is owned and operated by Jaden Switalski. Studying the inner workings of social media marketing through its peak he became aware of the gaps in the industry that needed to be filled. High Tied Production was founded to fill those gaps in content creation.

Keeping Tabs has since premiered the first High Tied Augmented Reality Filter with technologies provided by the Meta Suite and Spark AR and began development on the first model for the High Tied Metaverse, "High Tied Island." Switalski believes that Web 3 and Blockchain Technologies will impact the future of art and creation without taking away the raw beauty and spirit of traditional art forms.

Van Der Plas

Jonathan McKay was contacted by Van Der Plas Gallery's online curation department for the exhibition, "Flight of the Butterfly," which hosts Virtual Gallery tours post-show. Van Der Plas is a core part of the contemporary and underground art scene in New York.

McKay and Switalski paired with painter Jessica Peterson, to create a 20 x 36 acrylic painting on canvas of High Tied Island. Continuing to push the boundaries of traditional media and be a driving force in the development of artists and content creation through the rise of digital curation.

Al Diaz who is well-known for his collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat on SAMO(c) was also featured in the Flight of the Butterfly.

Linnea Moritz is an artist who specialized in cubism; an art style specialized in capturing the essence and energy of an object, scene, or person, rather than focusing on the physical representation as we see it. This summer she was selected twice to exhibit at the Van Der Plas Gallery in the art exhibits "Rays of Light" and "Flight of the Butterfly" on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City.

Linnea Moritz has also collaborated directly with Model Jonathan McKay to create a multimedia art piece for the 'Art Groove' show at Bowery Art Room. The art piece was created as a testimony to highlight McKay's important role as an influence; his travels and partnerships through Flint Innovative Solutions allowed him to have a positive impact on his local community.

Upcoming

After a long history in Global Philanthropy and Fundraising Keeping Tabs and Moritz are looking to amalgamate in the presentation of a new sports-based art collection in partnership with the influence of Webster University Women's Basketball Player Jenna Gregory.

McKay also sends a special mention to Reece Mathews, Madisson Gordon, Jerin Sage and Luke Benson in their legacies.

FOR BOOKINGS AND DETAILS

Beginning Fall 2022, McKay will be accepting bookings and brand partnerships.

Contact by phone:

(810) 874-3756

Email: KTWJM@gmail.com

For brand partnerships and all inquiries involving influencer marketing, entertainment, or collaborations with other artists: ROARJMCKAY@gmail.com

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NYC Artist Andy Golub Combats Hopelessness at the 9th NYC Bodypainting Day

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- NYC-based artist and free speech activist Andy Golub announced today his 9th annual NYC Bodypainting Day will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Union Square Park at 17th Street between Broadway & Park Avenue South. Each year, Human Connection Arts (HCA) - a non-profit organization Golub founded - invites the public to witness artists from around the world paint nude models, of all shapes and sizes, at a colorful, community-based, celebration of life.

This July 24, from noon to 4 p.m., 50 everyday people of various ages and genders - will strip naked and have their bodies painted. After 4-hours of live painting, artists, models and the viewing public will join in the formation of a giant, human circle with up to 1,000 people at the north end of the park.

Activities in the Circle of Hope include a dance performance from HCA's Naked Theater, people sharing their personal fears and desires, music about circles, holding hands, and manifesting a beautiful and positive future that we can all share.

"The news cycle is more like a worry cycle. It can lead to feelings of hopelessness whether we realize it or not," said organizer Andy Golub. "So we decided to put hope at the forefront of Bodypainting Day this year."

The theme of this year's Bodypainting Day is Hope.

Fresh off the success of his Naked Theater production of Freedom Dance and live body painting at Pridefest, Golub continues to add color and joy to the streets of New York City. In 2011, he was arrested for painting nude models in Times Square. Today, he is hosting body painting events around the city, joined by other artists and models, spreading the message of free expression, empowerment, and acceptance of all people.

Following Circle of Hope, artists and models will ride a double-decker tour bus through the city and over the Manhattan Bridge, showing off their beautiful body paintings, and landing in Bushwick, Brooklyn for a private after-party.

If you are interested in joining Bodypainting Day as a model, artist or volunteer, or to learn more about the event, visit: https://humanconnectionarts.org/2022-nycbd/.

All participants must be 18 years old or older.

About Human Connections Arts:

Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people.

Learn more:

https://humanconnectionarts.org/

https://andygolub.com/

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National Nurses Week Kicks Off with Virtual Portrait Exhibition Honoring Pandemic Healthcare Workers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Producer and photographer Mariana Tosca of Blue Jasper Productions and Tosca Photography announces the launch of "Covid Courageous" (CovidCourageous.org). This unique virtual exhibition blends photographic portraiture with interviews of frontline healthcare workers, which spotlight each individual's personal pandemic experience.

The permanent virtual exhibition will open at the beginning of National Nurses Week, an annual week-long celebration which begins May 6 and ends on May 12, 2022, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who was the founder of modern nursing. This moving tribute to nurses and healthcare providers comes alive through the words and images of frontline workers who were each photographed with an item which represented their personal experience while working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher Johnson and Glenn Rossney of The Misty Falls Motion Picture Company assisted in this endeavor.

Photographer Mariana Tosca shares, "Throughout the pandemic, the collective nursing and frontline worker community has served with unparalleled courage and an unflinching commitment to duty. I wanted to offer my skills in gratitude and recognition of theirs. While the exchange of energy isn't commensurate with their sacrifice and risk, the gesture was meant to remind them that they are deeply valued and appreciated, and that what they've done in the face of an unprecedented global disaster has made all the difference."

She continues, "These remarkable people have put their lives on the line every day, under the most perilous circumstances, to save others. I wanted to take them off of the frontlines for a little while to celebrate their efforts and make them feel like the superstars that they are."

Filmmaker Christopher Johnson adds, "Imagine what it must take for someone to help people during a crisis when that very act of compassion could cost them their lives. It's daunting to consider. I have profound respect for these extraordinary people, so I am very happy to have helped showcase their stories, let them know we care, and tell them firsthand that we're grateful for all they've done and continue to do."

To learn more, visit: http://www.CovidCourageous.org or https://www.mtosca.com/ and follow @CovidCourageous @Tosca.Photography @MarianaTosca1 @chrisjohnsonfilms on Instagram and Twitter.

About Blue Jasper Productions:

Blue Jasper Productions was founded by producer Mariana Tosca as a development, production, and post-production vehicle for feature films, television, corporate promotions, commercial, marketing/product videos and other media. Learn more: https://www.toscaphotography.com/fine-art

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Ari Goldman of Choice Fine Art Opens Brentwood’s Only Fine Art Gallery with Choice Contemporary

BRENTWOOD, Calif. -- Choice Fine Art announces the grand opening of their first gallery Choice Contemporary on April 9, 2022 in Brentwood, California. This gallery marks a new development for the Choice Fine Art brand as an authority in specialized collections of contemporary art. Choice Contemporary merges the excitement of pop culture into the beauty and sophistication of fine art. The gallery will open with a solo exhibit by prolific graffiti artist, Risk Rock in a colorful, display of new and vintage art.

Ari Goldman is one of the longest-operating and most reputable vintage animation art dealers in the world and the holder of one of the largest animation archives in the world including licensing for Marvel, DC, and Disney. The space will be dedicated to contemporary art and exhibits that will showcase the fine art Goldman built the company from, including pieces from Choice Fine Art.

"In the last couple of years, we've embarked on some ambitious projects that we're extremely optimistic about, like the Choice Contemporary Gallery," says Ari Goldman, Founder of Choice Fine Art, "and are managing to do so due to an amazing pivot to digital sales, necessitated by the tragedy of COVID-19. Choice Fine Art, through both Choice Collectibles and Choice Contemporary, takes the beauty and refinement of art and makes it welcoming and accessible to everyone."

Choice Contemporary

11704 Barrington Ct.

Brentwood, CA 90049

Grand opening April 9, 2022 | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

To learn more about the grand opening of Choice Contemporary, visit: https://omniform1.com/signup/v1/622fdc77312bf97f4d39931e_622fdcdf6a872d4f91143064.html

About Choice Fine Art:

The leader in pop-culture art for 30 years, Choice Fine Art takes the beauty and refinement of art and makes it welcoming and accessible. Through the fun and excitement of elevating pop-culture icons to curating one of a kind contemporary fine art exhibits at the Choice Contemporary gallery, whether you're a new art buyer or a seasoned collector Choice is here to help. Learn more: https://choicefineart.com/.

About Ari Goldman:

Ari Goldman is a graduate of NYU and the Founder and President of Choice Fine Art. Working alongside Stan Lee for over a decade, Ari is an expert in vintage animation art and has been the premier dealer in the space for over 26 years. Under the Choice Fine Art umbrella, Ari's passion for blending pop culture with the refinement can be seen in SDCC fan-favorite Choice Collectibles and in his new contemporary art gallery Choice Contemporary opening in Brentwood in April 2022.

About Kelly "Risk" Graval:

Heralded as "one of the most important multidimensional contemporary artists of our time", RISK was the first graffiti artist to paint train cars, freeway overpasses, and billboards. His desire to put his work on dangerous, highly visible spots was called "Going to the Heavens". Over the past two decades, RISK has become a force in the international art scene as his work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Miami, and San Francisco. He has collaborated with some of the most iconic names in the music industry including Aerosmith, Bernie Taupin, Michael Jackson, Ice Cube, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bad Religion. https://www.riskrock.com/

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Cottonwood Art Festival Selects Marjolyn van der Hart as Featured Artist for May 7-8

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Cottonwood Art Festival has selected Marjolyn van der Hart as the featured artist for the 53rd semi-annual show in Richardson, Texas. A panel of jurors reviewed artwork from hundreds of artists competing in 14 categories and chose the Canadian mixed-media artist to represent the spring event set for May 7-8. Marjolyn's custom artwork is incorporated into the new poster, festival merchandise, marketing graphics and recent collection of originals that are available for purchase from her booth.

Creating captivating scenes with layers of nostalgia, Marjolyn uses history to piece together charming stories. The meticulously layered work expresses the ways that men and women cope with the world's demand for perfection. They tell the story of persistence, challenges of change, perspectives and positive attitudes.

"The last couple of years, Cottonwood Art Festival has been incredibly supportive by promoting my work online," Marjolyn van der Hart said. "These lean years of not showing in person at festivals did not deter their art loving group of loyal collectors. I'm looking forward to seeing and thanking the Cottonwood patrons in person for their generosity by sharing a new body of work that brings them a bit of nostalgia and joy."

Marjolyn's art captures the realistic need to normalize the challenges of work and home balance. Her work encourages stimulated self-esteem, promotes self-empowerment and accepts that an occasional escape from the bindings of reality is not only tranquil, but often a requirement for self-regulation.

The artist along with her family reside in Toronto and she travels extensively throughout North America showing her work at prestigious art fairs, including Cottonwood Art Festival. Marjolyn is represented by Blue Crow Gallery in Toronto and Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.

Admission, Hours, and Location Information:

Admission for Cottonwood Art Festival is free and open to the public on May 7-8. The event is held at Cottonwood Park located at 1321 W. Beltline Road in Richardson, Texas.

Hours for the 2022 Spring Festival are:

* Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

* Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival Food, Beverages and Activities:

* Within the gates guests are welcome to stroll beneath the shaded trees and meander through the rows of art. They'll also discover a Food Court, Courtyard Beer Tent, live music on stage and ArtStop area for children of all ages.

* The Food Court offers a variety of Festival favorites such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, gyros, tacos, and more. Booth and food truck vendors accept cash or credit cards.

* The Lakeside Courtyard Beer Tent includes craft beer, wine and margaritas for patrons 21 years and older with valid identification.

* Live entertainment on two stages features performances by Matthew Fiock, The Shepherds, Retrophonics, Maylee Thomas Band, and Midnight Soul. A full lineup and schedule of performances will be announced soon.

* ArtStop is where kids can learn that there's an art to having fun at Cottonwood Art Festival. These hands-on activity stations provide an introduction into weaving, painting, clay pottery, and jewelry.

Festival Parking:

Parking is available across from the festival grounds at the Richardson High School football stadium. Shuttles are provided throughout the weekend to and from the parking area.

About Cottonwood Art Festival:

Celebrating 53 years, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show ranked among the Top 10 Fine Art Shows in the country. Local artists staged the first Festival at the scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas in its humble beginnings in 1969. Cottonwood has since established itself as an internationally, award-winning, signature art event and become a tradition within the community. The Festival designed outreach programs as innovative tools to mentor students, to broaden the interest in visual arts beyond the art festival and bring the art world into classrooms.

Learn more at: https://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

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Winners Announced for Second Annual Colorado Youth Art Contest

DENVER, Colo. -- 2020 Eyes Colorado and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) announce the winners of the Second Annual Youth Art Contest. Students grades 1-12 were invited to submit 2D artwork while reflecting on the value of their eyesight through the theme, "My Future Vision." The goal of the competition was to engage Colorado students in understanding the value of their eyesight and their own eye health. The COA sponsored public health campaign, 2020 Eyes Colorado, seeks to increase eye health awareness throughout Colorado communities.

87 Colorado students submitted paintings, drawings, digital art, and photography from all over the state. Many participants shared powerful insights on vision that will inspire other students to understand the value of their own eyesight.

Lexi Jay, Pine Creek High School Senior and first-place winner of her age group says, "In this piece, I hope to express the vibrancy and beauty that color has brought into my life and how it illuminates a dark world with its everlasting elegance. In my art, I use color to express my innermost feelings, allowing the small shifts in hues to tell a story that pictures and words simply could not portray. The art I create seeks to explain this complex narrative and thus I could not do what I love most without the tools delegated to me by my eyes."

One winner from each age group was selected based on scoring from the judging panel. Prizes include a $200 donation to each winner's public school, the high school winner receives an iPad Pro, the middle school winner receives a SketchBox Premium Subscription, and the elementary winner receives a Green Kids Craft Subscription Box.

The Second Annual Youth Art Contest Winners:

Winner Grades 9-12:

Lexi Jay, Pine Creek High School

Winner Grades 6-8:

Avery Reynolds, Boltz Middle School

Winner Grades 1-5:

Bernice Tan, Willow Creek Elementary School & Artistic Fox Studio

*View artwork submissions and the complete list of winners and honorable mentions here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/art-contest/.

Entries were scored by local Colorado artists; Matthew Lit, photographer, designer and educator; Alexis Davina, fine arts and portraiture; and Dr. Matt Buchanan, a Colorado optometrist.

"The heart and imagination in the entries this year was inspiring. It's an honor to be a judge, and a privilege to witness the vision and hope these kids have for their futures," said Alexis Davina.

Matt Litt explains, "The second year of this contest saw many great entries including some particularly creative art from the younger grade students. It is a pleasure and an honor to have judged this year's contest."

Stay tuned for the Third Annual Youth Art Competition in 2022.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign titled 2020 Eyes Colorado ( https://2020eyescolorado.org/ ).

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

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Brilliant Chess Game Finale by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Has Been Added to ‘Chess Board Rapture’ NFT Collection

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A Magnus Carlsen chess brilliancy that wrapped up his successful 2016 World Chess Championship match defense has been minted by Citrusw00d Productions on the OpenSea non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace.

The latest addition to the Chess Board Rapture NFT collection depicts the concluding phase of Carlsen's final playoff game win over challenger Sergei Karjakin five years ago - culminating with a shocking queen sacrifice that has been called the most dramatic final move of any World Chess Championship since the institution originated some 135 years ago.

The 94-seconds-long film can be viewed at:

https://opensea.io/assets/0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e/63367472966475522338762630114326136861224857079812512247593168992986552336388

Like previous entries in the collection, the featured move sequence is rendered by means of sophisticated videographic technology and is accompanied by text and graphic elements that evoke the time and place where the game occurred, and by branded music synchronized to reinforce the impact of the viewing experience. Each of these practices is unique -- making Chess Board Rapture a pathbreaking project in the nascent chess NFT universe.

"Everything in this film and in the two previous ones is 100% comprehensible to any viewer who knows nothing more than the rules of play," says Coordie64, the chess playing visual artist behind the Chess Board Rapture project. "The on-board action is explained without use of chess notation or special terminology, but in under 100 everyday words that illuminate both the game's aesthetic beauty and appealing tidbits about its history."

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who will defend his title again this month in a match against Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai that begins November 24, is viewed by many as the greatest chess player ever. The 2016 championship match took place in New York City some three years after he first wrested the world title from Vishy Anand.

Although neither contestant in the latest Chess Board Rapture NFT game was American, the 2016 match was the first one-on-one battle for the world chess title held in America since 1995, and only the third since 1907. Extending this collection's tradition of designing displays that bridge chess culture with the wider world, the text page colors and typefaces that appear in the latest NFT were associated with the most visible and consequential non-chess event that coincided with the Carlsen-Karjakin chess match.

The next item slated to join the collection later in November will also extend a Chess Board Rapture tradition of honoring women's contributions to high-level chess past and present. It will feature a brilliancy by Vera Menchik, the first Women's World Chess Champion. Menchik competed against most of the world's top male players while holding the women's championship title from 1927 until 1944 when she and her family died in a German bombing raid on London.

Each Chess Board Rapture film presents a short sequence of moves that decided a historically important game, followed by a text vignette describing the context and the players. Designed for the general public and art collectors, the content contains no chess notation. Each NFT will be produced in a pre-set number of editions that carry a unique digital certificate of authenticity recorded on the Ethereum blockchain.

The collection is housed at https://opensea.io/collection/chess-board-rapture.

The project is managed by Citrusw00d Productions, a start-up enterprise that is working with members of the chess community to develop curated experiences meant to deepen public appreciation of the aesthetic beauty and historic traditions of the Royal Game.

Unlike other e-sports, chess is widely recognized as an art form as well as a competitive struggle. It is not uncommon for chess tournaments to award "brilliancy prizes" for exceptional creativity at the board. Frank Marshall, an American champion of the early 20th century, once made a move of such beauty that spectators reportedly showered him with gold coins. Marcel Duchamp, a professional-level chess player and a world-class artist, famously declared that "all chess players are artists."

Citrusw00d Productions website: https://citrusw00d.com

For technical and other details of the Chess Board Rapture project and its people, please refer to the background fact sheet linked here (PDF):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bLc1aGt9Rt1KABKhucTlgyARV010Ym13/view?usp=sharing

Please note that the company name, Citrusw00d, is spelled with zeros ("0") in place of the letter "o."

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The Sacramento SPCA’s 3rd Annual Art Fur Paws Online Auction Opens November 18!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The 3rd Annual Art Fur Paws Online Auction to benefit the Sacramento SPCA will be live at Witherell's from November 18 to December 2, 2021. Now in its third year, this two-week auction will feature artwork by many of the region's finest artists, as well as antiques, collectibles, and jewelry, all donated by Sacramento SPCA supporters.

One such piece is an original oil painting by the late Gregory Kondos titled "French Irises," created by the artist while in France. One of Northern California's best-known artists, Kondos exhibited this piece in a 2013 show at the Crocker Art Museum.

Watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, ceramics, sculptures, and handmade jewelry are among the many other artworks donated by artists including Terry Pappas, Jill Estroff, Leslie McCarron, Debra Kreck-Harnish, David Peterson, Elaine Bowers, Deladier Almeida, Jim Marxen, Cathryn Rakich, Barbara Dow, Leslie Toms, Joe and Paula Bellacera, Kathy Dana and others.

"I think bidders will be excited to see they have a chance to take home fantastic original art by many of Sacramento's renowned artists in about every medium imaginable," says Sacramento SPCA Board Vice President, Tracy Fairchild. "Since the proceeds from the auction go directly to the shelter, that means more funding for the Sacramento SPCA to provide life-saving care for animals in our community."

Managed by Witherell's auction house of Sacramento, the Art Fur Paws Online Benefit Auction is perfectly timed for holiday shopping and gift giving.

Register to bid at https://www.sspca.org/artfurpaws

As the only full-service 100% non-profit animal shelter in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento SPCA relies on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support their life-saving work. They are local, independent, and do not receive funding from state or local government agencies.

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Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 129 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

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