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Uptown Art: Week of May 6 – 12

May 15, 2012

This week we’ve been working on getting our newest show up in the gallery – a show featuring our very own employees! There’s a wide variety of pieces, from lithography to digital illustration to metals to paintings to photography. Come in sometime and check it out!

Scene Around at the Umbrella Market.

Don’t forget that the Umbrella Market is at 5 Points Plaza at Evans and 5th st every Wednesday from 5pm-8pm. Come see the local art, jewelry, food, music and more!

Mother’s Day Payback: “My wife has devised a solid method for ensuring that her maternal qualities are fully recognized and appreciated on Mother’s Day. She leaves town. This time, Sharon’s sister, a co-conspirator, flew down from Ohio. The two of them lit out Thursday morning for a girls’ weekend at the beach, leaving me to meet the ongoing needs of three daughters. Let me just say that I have never been one of those dads who leaves the bulk of childrearing responsibility to his wife. That was my father’s generation. My dear mother not only worked full time as a teacher, she took care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry and homework headaches, too. Mom actually lived that old Peggy Lee song, “I’m a Woman,” in which the singer boasts of keeping her husband comfortable while balancing a long list of household duties and a full social agenda. Incidentally, it took two men to write, “I’m a Woman.” The song is memorable mostly because a variation of it was used in a perfume commercial during the 1970s. “I can bring home the bacon,” a sultry woman sang. “Fry it up in a pan. And never, ever let you forget you’re a man…” I’m surprised my mother never threw a skillet at the TV during that commercial.

Innovative Educational Program ‘Hi Art!’ Immerses Little Kids In High Art: “Most educational programs, even those with solid art programs, portray art as a reprieve from homework and arithmetic. Frivolous and fun, art is a way to decorate the realities of learning, growing up and living. But not this program. “Hi Art!” exposes kids to opera and other forms of high art starting at toddlerdom. A bold mission, it’s true, but a hugely successful one thus far. In its 15 years of running the program has become one of the most talked-about in New York. Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, “Hi Art!”s founder and director, said, “Great art transmits something that is essentially human.” It doesn’t just color our lives, it has the power to be at the core of how we live. Although when I think of opera we tend to think of a stodgy, elderly woman with teeny binoculars and white gloves, at its core opera is pure human expression. The words, the costumes, the sets, all take the back seat to an indescribable momentum and feeling. What is more accessible than that?”

The Art Of Motherhood: The Best Representation Of Mothers In Art: “HuffPost Arts would like to officially thank moms everywhere for their countless gifts of strength and inspiration. What better way is there to express our eternal gratitude than to celebrate motherhood through our favorite images of mothers in art, starting with Whistler’s beloved matriarch.”

‘The Ideas That Changed Graphic Design’: Teen Magazines, Drugs And Other Lasting Influences: “On bus stops, in magazines, and on TV: they’re color schemes and shapes and ideas that we’re exposed to every day. We take them for granted, these images, because they seem so commonplace. But someone created them. In the new book “100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design” by Steven Heller and design critic Veronique Vienne, some of the most unique and game-changing images are featured and discussed. As more and more options pop up for the art of graphic design — doesn’t it seem like every other person you meet these days calls themselves a “graphic designer?” — the book breaks down the origins and inspirations for some of the design world’s classiest and most ubiquitous tricks.”

Ignition Print Balances Commerce, Creativity In Cutthroat Movie Poster Graphic Design World: “When the marketing executives at Warner Brothers Pictures asked Ignition Print to pitch ideas for movie posters to promote Tim Burton’s remake of “Dark Shadows,” the only mandate was that posters feature the face of the movie’s star, Johnny Depp. But other than that, Ignition was allowed to “go crazy,” said Jacky Shu, the Ignition account executive assigned to “Dark Shadows.” Competition for such projects is usually fierce. Even small, independent movie outfits usually ask at least two graphic design firms to mock up designs. For a major tent-pole like “Dark Shadows,” it’s not unusual for a studio to solicit ideas from 10 firms in the first round.”

Defining Contemporary Art From The Past 25 Years: “The discipline of conventional history has attempted over the years to classify the trajectory of the art world into neatly constructed movements and cleanly articulated themes. But in reality, the advancement of art has been multidirectional and disconnected, with disparate artists and movements coexisting as Matisse and Seurat, or Ingres and Delacroix.”

Kehinde Wiley On ‘Economy Of Grace,’ His First Exhibition Featuring Women: “Kehinde Wiley is known for his bombastic portraits of black men as hip-hop aristocracy, dressed in their own street garb and crowned with Wiley’s ornate patterns and golden frame. His photorealistic paintings show a portrait’s historical ability to empower the disenfranchised, endowing a royal importance and street cred with his distinctive aesthetic.”

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