Jul 29

The Votes Are In: Bandages Are For Babies Wins WoundSeal/Ringling College of Art and Design Viral Video Contest


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Bandages Are For Babies/League of Manly Men by third year student Shashwat Bista is the winner of the WoundSeal short film/viral video contest with The Collaboratory and ART Network at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Bistas video, featuring a clumsy manly man who cuts his finger while washing dishes and applies WoundSeal to stop the bleeding instantly, was selected as the winner from among six promo spots featuring creative, entertaining uses of the product. Bistas video captured the most likes during a public voting period held this spring on http://www.woundseal.com to win the first place scholarship prize of $ 2,000. Second place ($ 1,000) went to George Jones for his International Professional Healers Invitational video, and Evan Mattson won third place ($ 500) for his video spoof of the William Tell legend. Over 2,000 visitors viewed the videos on the Woundseal web site, with more than 500 casting votes for their favorites.

We are delighted with Shashs ingenious use of humor to showcase WoundSeal and create a great buzz for the brand, and proud of how funny, creative, and memorable all six promo spots turned out, said Cynthia Gravino, associate vice president for collaborative enterprises at The Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design. WoundSeal is an ideal collaborative partner for our students and faculty. The wit, energy, and enthusiasm their team brought to this pilot project inspired the students to produce such imaginative and effective work. We are eagerly anticipating the next phase and cant wait to get it started this fall.

The Collaboratory, an initiative partner of The Patterson Foundation, worked with Biolife, the company that manufactures and distributes WoundSeal, to incorporate this pilot program into the Spring 2014 class curriculum as a special ART Network multidisciplinary elective. Working in a real-world, studio environment, the student team served as Biolifes advertising agency, writing, directing, editing and producing their 30-second commercials.

This project was a tremendous opportunity for our students many of whom had no prior experience in television commercial production, explained faculty facilitator and course instructor Lisa Moody. Our 4-person team worked with the client to conceive of six diverse stories, all to broaden the exposure of WoundSeal, and to add humor to a serious issue.

To view all of the videos, please visit Woundseal.com http://bit.ly/1ipTGYE:

About Biolife, LLC

Biolife, L.L.C. is a privately-owned company that manufactures and distributes a patented topical powder that stops bleeding and forms a seal over an external bleeding wound or an access site. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Biolife’s powder products are sold to leading hospitals, occupational workplaces, professional sports teams, and consumers across the country. The company’s mission is to develop and market products that improve the consumer’s quality of life.

For more detailed information on Biolife, please call toll free 1-800-722-7559 or visit http://www.woundseal.com or http://www.biolife.com.

About WoundSeal

WoundSeal is a topical powder that stops bleeding instantly. It is the only first aid product that stops bleeding by creating an instant, durable and waterproof scab/seal. The scab falls off naturally as the wound heals. The powder is used in hospitals, work sites, sports and is now available for home and on the go. It is cleared by the FDA for minor to severe bleeding and is safe for all ages. WoundSeal is available nationwide at Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy and other retailers. For specific locations, please visit http://www.woundseal.com.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor’s degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture. For more information, please visit http://www.ringling.edu.







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Jul 27

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Celebrates Natures Colorful Palette


Crested Butte, CO (PRWEB) May 16, 2014

Crested Butte not only is known for its colorful personality, the southwestern Colorado town also is highly regarded for the rainbow of hues that take over mountainsides and meadows each summer. Designated the Wildflower Capital of Colorado by the Colorado State Legislature in 1990, the town will host the 28th annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival on July 7-13.

During the week, more than 200 events showcase the lush landscapes and focus on activities that include wildflowers such as hikes, walks, jeep and van tours, garden excursions, and workshops on photography, art, gardening, edibles, butterflies, birding, medicinals and botany. Not only is there an explosion of color during Wildflower Festival, there is an abundance of other events happening at the same time, including Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational and Gunnison Cattlemens Days.

Great wildflower viewing is available much of the summer, and Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is offering an extensive schedule of 4 x 4 tours of Paradise Divide, Saturday Wildflower Walks, Friday Adventure Hikes, and Wildflower Tours of Crested Butte Mountain Resort from June 20 Aug. 15. The festival also can coordinate custom wildflower hikes, walks, garden tours, picnics and art workshops for individuals, families, groups and weddings.

Hikes & Walks

Daily hikes and walks for all ranges of strength, fitness and wildflower know-how are some of the most popular happenings on the festivals schedule. Go full-day, full-strength or half-day at a more leisurely pace. Hikes range from 1 to 12 miles and are listed with a minimum age recommendation for kids.

Jul 26

Indianapolis Museum of Art Acquires Monumental Work by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein


INDIANAPOLIS (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has acquired Five Brushstrokes, a monumental work by Roy Lichtenstein, commissioned in the early 1980s but never before assembled. The work will be unveiled in its completion for the first time this August at the IMA. The sculpture is considered to be Lichtensteins most ambitious work in his Brushstroke series. Consisting of five separate elements, the tallest of which soars 40 feet into the air, Five Brushstrokes features a striking collection of forms and colors and is one of Lichtensteins premier scatter pieces. Installed on The Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall in front of the main museum building, Five Brushstrokes will be a prominent new addition to the IMAs celebrated outdoor sculpture program and an awe-inspiring welcome to IMA visitors.

We have been working in partnership with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in New York for over a year to bring this iconic work of art to Indianapolis, said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO at the IMA. I am thrilled that with the generous help of some special donors, the IMA is able to acquire this key work by one of Americas greatest artists. I am confident it will become a beloved addition to the cultural landscape of our state similar to Robert Indianas original LOVE, which has long greeted our visitors, continued Venable.

Five Brushstrokes has been acquired through the generosity of the Lichtenstein Foundation and the late Robert and Marjorie Mann of Indianapolis, who established an acquisitions fund for contemporary sculpture through a bequest in 2011. The installation is generously being underwritten by Ersal and Izabela Ozdemir.

Roy Lichtenstein always wanted his work installed in relationship to other peer artists, so we are all delighted to have worked with the IMA to find such a great home for Five Brushstrokes in the museums gardens, says Dr. Jack Cowart, Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. He continues, It has been our pleasure, and with the appreciation of the Lichtenstein family, to facilitate this partial gift to such a remarkable museum setting. We thank the IMA and its Board and supporters for choosing this most adventurous path and for being the first institution to install Five Brushstrokes.

To celebrate the installation of Five Brushstrokes, the IMA will host an all-day party on August 29, 2014. Activities, programming and promotions will be held on the grounds, including a sculpture dedication ceremony.

About Five Brushstrokes

Five Brushstrokes was originally commissioned by the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the early 1980s. Throughout much of 1983 and 1984 Lichtenstein worked on the commission, sketching his thoughts, creating color cut outs of each element, and then making a wooden maquette of the work. However, when the final full-scale specifications were produced, the sculptures huge scale prevented its fabrication. Following Lichtensteins death in 1997, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was established with the purpose of increasing the worlds exposure to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the Foundation funded the fabrication of two examples of the Five Brushstrokes in 2012: the artist proof being acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and an edition of one that is still owned by the Foundation.

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Jul 19

Historical New Mexico Cowboy Illustrator Artist RONALD KIL shows his Award Winning Works


Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) September 28, 2013

New Mexico cowboy illustrator and artist Ronald Kil, http://www.casweckgalleries.com/index.php/santa-fe-artists/ronald-kil-western-art opens his western art show at CASWECK GALLERIES with more than a bang. His recent historical illustration work in the Palace of the Governor’s book JACK THORP’S SONGS OF THE COWBOYS is part of the 2013 announcement of Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in Santa Fe, NM. TOM LEECH, printer of the book and Director of the Press at the Palace of the Governor and Book Arts advocate, will receive that honor in October. Tom’s work and Ronald’s illustrations continue to get high honors throughout the state. The book was also the recipient of the Ralf Emerson Twitchell award for significant contribution in the field of history. The Gallery will show original pen and ink works by Ronald as well as a limited edition collection of watercolors from the book. His oil paintings will also be on exhibit, including his latest oil commissions for the state of New Mexico Parks and Recreation Department.

Ronald Kil, known for his works around our State, was commissioned to paint the 100 foot mural for the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest , located in Raton, NM. The mural won the Award of Merit for significant contributions to the preservation, protection and promotion of the Santa Fe Trail from the Santa Fe Trail Association in 2011.

Ronald will also have his collection of childrens books available, written by Marc Simmons. The Children of the West, illustrated by Ronald, is a five book series and the recipient of many awards including the New Mexico Historical Society, the Dorothy Woodward Award for Advancement in Education and a finalist in the Spur Award for Best Juvenile Book from the Western Writers of America.

As the main illustrator for New Mexico Magazine for over a decade, Ronald Kils show offers a historical look at New Mexico landscape and culture. Ronald Kil will show his latest historical oils and illustrations at Casweck Galleries located at 203 W. Water Street, Santa Fe, NM through October 13, 2013.

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Restoration By Heart is Pioneering a New Era of Street Art Restoration

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2014

Savvy art investors like movie and record company executives, progressive art gallery owners, digital and graphic artists and art speculators are purchasing Street Art from artists such as Banks, Shepherd Fairey, Invader and Mister Brainwash.

This new era of street artists and their unique materials, mediums and techniques have presented new challenges to the field of art restoration. Restoration By Heart is quickly gaining a successful reputation for restoring the works of these new icons.

Even though the art is relatively new, accidents happen, and using the new mediums to create this art sometimes present problems that are unforeseen by the artists, says Rod Hewitt, the manager of RestorationByHeart.com

Restoration By Heart, a Los Angeles Art Restoration business, is best known for being the leader in restoring Warhols as well as having a reputation for Ertes, Neimans, Nagels and Dalis. They are now acquiring a following among the owners and conservators of this new revolutionary Street Art movement.

Some of the problems that occur with the new Street Art include works on paper that suffer from creases and folds and there are also cases of acid/mold due to exposure to humidity. In some situations, the work has not been properly mounted and the pieces need to be flattened. With one Street Art sign, the undercoat and the glue were not applied in a way that kept the work stable, so it was shifting in the artwork; the lettering on the signs became unstable and needed to be restored.

These new street artists also use many of the old mediums, like silk screening their work and utilizing the lithograph process, but they also create work with Photoshop and new materials to make modern works that have very quickly come to be valued by museums and galleries as well as having a large following of collectors.

Gustavo Perez, the Master Restorer at Restoration By Heart, stated, I love the new challenges in these works; they are stretching the mediums in which they work and we are grateful for the chance to work on the cutting edge of this new art.

Perez, who is very well known for restoring priceless oil paintings, is intrigued as well as inspired by the new art. Having mastered the restoration of the works of the old masters, he has now had to learn how to restore multi-layered work that uses sophisticated and creative techniques never before used in mainstream art. This experience has fostered an understanding of the unusual technical criteria employed by the new street artists who are leading the way into the future with their unique artwork.

For more information about restoring your art treasures, please contact Rod Hewitt at Restoration By Heart at 866-635-8516.