North Country revitalization through the arts – Sun Community News & Printing

More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…

A group of art, history and business executives convened last week to talk about ways the arts can spur economic development in the North Country.

The panel discussion, attended by over 50 residents, was hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake on Aug. 22.

Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady, gave a presentation on ways that his theater has worked toward revitalizing the city as a whole.

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​5 For Good: Public art initiative helps to transform downtown Lynn

This is a great example of how Public Art can build a community and help change attitudes. It does a good job of exampling some of the reasons I’ve often argued for more public art, especially in otherwise dark, lonely or dreary locations. Now I wish we would get more of a move this directions INSIDE our community buildings, places like schools, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Don’t forget to treat people’s souls when you treat their bodies – it’s a full life experience each of us are craving.

His nonprofit Beyond Walls aims to respond. The first phase was a mural project. Fifteen murals, in some cases building-sized, were painted in a 10-block area of downtown Lynn. They were completed in a 10-day period by artists from around the world. The goal was to reflect the cultural makeup of Lynn. Mayor Judith Kennedy says the murals are making a big difference for the city’s economy.

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Blue Dog print to benefit schools affected by Hurricane Harvey | NOLA.com

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the popular New Orleans artist George Rodrigue created an edition of benefit prints that depicted his beloved blue dog submerged in eerie blue water. A red cross appeared on the dog’s chest and an American flag drifted in the background. The dog’s beseeching eyes were bloodshot with fatigue.

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How valuable is great exposure for free art, labor

A must read for those new to the arts industries – watch out for the “Do it for the exposure” line you will hear often.  Establish your rules and how you will handle donation of services or products now – while your career is still young.  Set your parameters up now and stick to them.  It’s much easier to say “No Thank you, but I am willing to do this…” and then explain what you would be willing to do to help, if anything.  Don’t be bullied or made to feel guilty or tricked.  Study up on the business side of your art – because you will need to understand this side to truly be successful.  Good Luck!

This time of year, artist’s inboxes fill up with requests from nonprofits looking for “local” art donations for fundraising. Phrases such as “100% Tax Deductible” and “Great Exposure” fill the introduction letters to entice artists to donate their art.Guess what? Tax law only allows an artist to deduct the cost of materials, not the value of time put into a piece. Blame Nixon. Yes, the former president – Nixon wrote-off millions of dollars for donating his own manuscripts to a library. Then Congress enacted a law with some loose enough terminology to include artists that, basically, states creators can only deduct material costs and not a donation’s fair market value.

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Stunning chair donated to Storyhouse will be enjoyed by children for years to come – Chester Chronicle

This is absolutely beautiful!!  Such craftsmanship!

A stunning, hand-sculpted reading chair has taken pride of place in the children’s library at Storyhouse , thanks to generous benefactors.

As a special gift to Storyhouse to commemorate its opening in May this year, the Friends of Chester Literature Festival commissioned award-winning local craftsman Simon O’Rourke to create a unique storytelling chair for the library.

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DC Unveils Joker-Batman Mashup, The Batman Who Laughs | Nerdist

Now this is a scary villain!!  Holy Cow – nightmares from the concept art alone!!

Earlier this month, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal #1 set up DC’s newest event and briefly teased the evil incarnations of Batman who are invading the DC Universe. Six of the evil Batmans were apparently mashups of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego with other well known heroes like the Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. However, DC held back on revealing the Batman Who Laughs until now, and we can see why!

More pics & full story here: DC Unveils Joker-Batman Mashup, The Batman Who Laughs | Nerdist

Kosice: amazing street art in Slovakia’s city of culture | Metro News

Wow – this is some seriously beautiful street art!  I really love how large some of the works are and how they make the whole street they are on feel like your in a gallery.  Absolutely stunning.

Be sure to follow through with the link at the end of this post to view all the photos and read the story.  Don’t forget to book your tickets to visit in person when you’re done! 😉

What connects an army barracks, a swimming pool and a tobacco factory?

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The Art School Survival Guide | HuffPost

This is full of what seems to be good advice.  This is the kind of info I hear from art students all the time.

An education in art can be a wonderful thing. But if we’re being real, it also fosters a weird environment, full of pretentious kids who think they’re the next Dali. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying film, writing, painting, or design, the arts attract a motley crew of people, all of whom believe they’re the real tastemaker. That being said, it can also not be a complete waste of money if you take the time to grow new creative friendships and accept that you have a lot to learn before success finds you. So if you’re about to start your first semester or heading into your next, we’ve got you covered with some helpful pointers to make your art school experience a tiny bit more bearable.

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