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Bailey Contemporary Arts is Proud to Introduce the 2023 / 2024 Artists in Residence

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to introduce the 2023/2024 class of the Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA). The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with the community.

This dynamic and diverse group of artists will be in residence though June, and each will be featured as an "Artist of the Month," offering them the opportunity to showcase their work and create unique programs to attract art lovers to BaCA.

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"In our second season of our reinvigorated Artists in Residence program, we are thrilled to welcome an extremely talented group of creatives who will fill our studios with an eclectic mix art including paintings, ceramics, and dance," said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. "We look forward to supporting each artist's growth during this semester, while also supplying them with additional business and marketing skills required to accelerate their careers."

Below are brief bios of our artists, which include the month, they will be featured in multiple programs and workshops. For more details about each artists visit

:: Michele Del Campo / October

At the age of twenty, Michele Del Campo began a global artistic journey, resulting in his work being exhibited in numerous international galleries. His familiarity with different cultures has fostered a visual repertoire that is a fusion of different places; mixing elements that shifts focus to stories and moods. While his portraits are more than simple individuals; instead, capturing autobiographical moments and a broader humanity. His figurative works include large-scale oil paintings and intimate charcoal drawings.

:: Alejandra Abad / November

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alejandra Abad is an interdisciplinary visual artist and educator who explores belonging and mutual compassion as key parts of collective wellness. Through layering, abstraction, and light, she creates new landscapes that relate to place, family, and community. Her playful storytelling often features fragmentation, folklore, and mythology. Abad's installation work creates environments that include sculptural elements and video projection that relate the history of anticolonial movements to international surrealism and magical realism.

:: Renée Rey / December

Renée Rey's art reflects a vision for an inclusive, just, and healthy world. In both large and intimately scaled paintings, mixed media, and assemblage artwork, she creates other-worldly ecospheres that celebrate connection and kinship among diverse people, cultures, nature, and technologies. As she considers these concepts, Rey experiments with combining abstraction, realism, and surrealism, and varied media including oil, acrylic, paper, sandpaper, pins, clay, and wood branches.

:: Walter O'Neill / January

Walter O'Neill had been a painter for over 30 years, exhibiting his oil and fresco paintings in group and solo exhibits in New York, Maine, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. In 2017, his artistic focus changed after taking a clay class and now ceramics is his primary art form. The Deerfield Beach resident has exhibited his work at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, Gallery 21 in Wilton Manors, Sugar Sand Community Park in Boca Raton, and in several venues as a member of the LGBTQ arts group ArtsUnitedFlorida.

:: T.M. Pride / February

Terrence "T.M." Pride is a multifaceted artist, with an expansive career showcasing many roles including director, choreographer, dancer, costume designer and teacher. A graduate of Florida A&M, he has choreographed over sixty pieces of work, including musicals, and commissioned ballets. T.M. is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, with Off-Broadway credits including For Colored Boyz; Regional credits in American Black Princess and American Son; along with Film/TV credits in: First Ladies, Lovecraft Country, and Underground Railroad. He currently serves as the producing artistic director for Brévo Theatre and director of the dance program at Dillard High School for the Arts.

:: Louiveste La Croix / May

Louiveste La Croix is an artist born in Haiti and currently based in South Florida. His artwork is a unique combination of multimedia techniques, gestural figures, and abstract color schemes that captivate viewers. La Croix uses his art to convey messages of spiritual awareness, unity, and consciousness through natural elements while also paying tribute to historical roots to promote conscious evolution. He believes that true artistry comes from taking risks and doing something that has never been done before, as well as expressing oneself authentically.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City's premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City's Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

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EOarts Brings Together Extraordinary International Talents From Different Creative Industries For A Show In Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- On March 18, 2023, The Espejo Organization for the Arts (EOarts) will present THE EXTRAORDINARIES, an exhibition that brings together some of the best foreign-born talents working in the American creative industry. "The goal of the show is to highlight the quality and innovation that imported talent brings to the cultural and creative landscape of the US," said Kika Espejo, Director of EOarts.

The show, which takes its title from the denomination of the visa and permanent resident status awarded to professionals of extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, includes an array of creative practices from immigrant artists from all over the world.

"Creatives who have obtained Extraordinary Ability immigration statuses have demonstrated their original contribution to their field but don't often get much visibility, nor does the wide public recognize what an important role imported talent plays in the development of our country's creative industry," Espejo explains.

This show presents a survey of the works that a selection of these professionals are currently developing, bringing together creators of many different industries to promote and bring awareness to the significance that immigrant talents play in the development of the American cultural field.

The show will count on the participation of accomplished and award-winning international artists and creative professionals. In the area of visual arts, the exhibition will present the works of Brazilian painter and illustrator Niege Borges, Japanese sand artist Naoshi, Lebanese mix media artist Hildos, Hongkongese artist and milliner Penny Chu, Iranian Illustrator Elham Ataeiazar, and Spanish painters Amaia Marzabal and Aida Miro. Macedonian visual artist Mensur Bojda, Ukranian surface and texture artist Maksym Kazarin, and Indian multidisciplinary artist Kuldeep Singh are also taking part in this show.

In the area of photography, the show will include three distinguished professionals, including the fashion and documentary photographer from Sweden, Izabella Demavlys, the Canadian fine art and wedding photographer Erica Reade, and the boudoir and fine arts photographer from Mexico, Gaspar Marquez, who is also involved in the production of the show.

Additionally, the event will include the works of exceptional creatives in the field of design, such as English graphic designer Crissy Bogusz, Chilean art director Nicolas Mardones, Indian urban designer Uttara Ramakrishnan, Spanish architectural designer Ana Avanzini, and the Czech 3D designers Johana & Maxim Kroft. In the area of fashion, the show will also count on the works of Chinese creative director Churou Wang, Japanese costume designer Saori Mitome, and Chinese bespoke tailor and designer Yuecen Cai.

Adding to the exhibition and organized with the support of Brazilian producer Roberta Fernandes, the event will also host two special performances and presentations. Spanish actor and producer Edu Diaz will present an excerpt from his successful play Fantastic Mr. S, recently presented at the United Solo Festival. The Brazilian editor and astrologist, Larissa Xavier, will also participate in the show with a presentation of her collaborative project "New York Women & The Zodiac."

"THE EXTRAORDINARIES is a one-of-its-kind event that intends to go beyond the mere experience of a traditional art show. Multidisciplinary shows have the ability to bring together works from many fields into a conversation, allowing not only to create intrinsic connections between pieces but to generate narratives that expand beyond the borders of each medium," says Colombian Guest Curator Julian Montenegro.

The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, March 18, 2023, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, at Meadow Studios (35 Meadow Street) in Brooklyn.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Contact by phone:

(810) 874-3756


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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" ( 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: or 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:


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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:

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:

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.

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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.

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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 -

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 ( ).

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 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:

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

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:

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

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


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Citrusw00d Productions is in the business of production and distribution of multimedia content targeting specialized audiences, including collectors of chess art with historical significance.

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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.

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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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