Samedi 02 avril 2011

Artists 're-imagine' the work of Edward Hopper in a new exhibit

The artist Karen Finley finds it hard not to think about Edward Hopper when she's working. Mainly because her studio, on the second floor of Nyack's Hopper House Art Center, used to be Hopper's bedroom.

"I do have a studio there and I used to live in Upper Nyack so I have a sense of memory and place in responding to Hopper," says Finley, who now lives in Sleepy Hollow, but continues to cross the bridge to draw inspiration from the private space. The bedroom, says Finley, was the setting for some of Hopper's paintings such as "Summer Interior."

"Much of Hopper's work responds to light, the same light that I see through the glass panes, the same windows I stare out to the Hudson River," she says.

Some of Finley's work, and that of two dozen artists, makes up a new exhibit at the Edward Hopper House Art Center that opens today. "Hopper Re-Imagined," is a multi-media group show that showcases the work of Hopper, a Nyack native, uniquely interpreted or "re-imagined."

"There is an amazing range of talents included in this show and I love that we can show how Hopper's influence has moved well beyond the two-dimensional picture plane to include video and sculpture," says Carole Perry, the executive director of the Edward Hopper House Art Center.

Later in the year , the Art Center will present poetry readings, films, plays, and a site-specific light installation based on Hopper.

Randy Ford's approach seems like a very literal exploration. His oil painting "Redemption" is a reimagining of Hopper's 1942 work, "Nighthawks," possibly the most recognizable of the artist's works.

Ford, a realist painter from Mississippi, captures Hopper's moody sense of place and time, and his modern coffee-shop denizens seem as isolated of those of Hopper. But if you look closer, the man in the hat is Steve Martin; his companion is Bernadette Peters!

"You know, it wasn't based on Hopper's painting at all," says Ford. "It's actually based on a series of freeze frame images from the film 'Pennies From Heaven.' Steve Martin was a huge Hopper fan."
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Vendredi 01 avril 2011

Ongoing programs

All ongoing programs listed take place at Senior Coastsiders, located in the Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center at 535 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay.  For more information about any program.

Hot lunch

Hot lunch is served at 11:45 daily, Monday through Friday. Suggested donation for seniors is $4.

Health insurance counseling

By appointment on the first and third Fridays of each month.

Legal assistance

By appointment on third Friday of the month.

Pilates Plus

Pilates work improves overall fitness by increasing flexibility, strength, coordination and endurance. The class is held at 8:45 and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Reiki is a gentle system that utilizes touch to reduce stress. Free 15 -minute sessions available by appointment on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 10-12 p.m.

Oil painting

Learn composition, color and more about oil painting if you are 60 or older.  All levels are welcome. The class is held Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. for a fee of $5 per class and does not include supplies.

Craft class

Work on your own craft projects with a group of like-minded people at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Inner Fitness discussion group

Explore how growing older can be a rich, creative experience. Group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Rosen Method movement

Practice simple low-impact exercise set to music to help improve joint movement and flexibility. Classes are held from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Combined with the "Gentle Exercise" class at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. $5 drop-in charge. Dress comfortably.

Gentle exercise for the lighthearted

Gentle stretches and reaches. Stay seated while increasing strength and flexibility of arms and legs.  Newcomers welcome. Classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays. Combined with the Rosen Method class at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. $5 drop-in charge.

Writing workshop

If you have an interest in writing stories, poems, or memoirs, join this supportive and encouraging group of writers at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.
Par oilpaintingsupplie - 1 commentaire(s)le 01 avril 2011
Jeudi 31 mars 2011

Crude oil supplies grow by 2.9 million barrels

U.S. crude oil supplies rose last week, while gasoline supplies dropped, the government said Wednesday.

Crude supplies increased by 2.9 million barrels, or 0.8 percent, to 355.7 million barrels, which is 0.4 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report.

Analysts expected an increase of 2.2 million barrels for the week ended March 25, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

Gasoline supplies fell by 2.7 million barrels, or 1.2 percent, to 217 million barrels. That was a bigger drop than analysts expected and 3.5 percent below year-ago levels.

Demand for gasoline over the four weeks ended March 25 was 0.1 percent lower than a year earlier, averaging nearly 9 million barrels a day.

U.S. refineries ran at 84.1 percent of total capacity on average, unchanged from the prior week. Analysts expected capacity to rise to 84.5 percent.

Supplies of distillate fuel, which include diesel and heating oil, rose by 700,000 barrels to 153.3 million barrels. Analysts expected distillate stocks to shrink by 1.4 million barrels.

Crude prices fell 71 cents to $104.08 per barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Jeudi 24 mars 2011

Hawke: Spreading the wrong message

In today's world of social networking, information spreads like a wildfire and greatly influences public opinion. Through Facebook and Twitter accounts around the globe, people share news articles, undertake political and ideological conversations, and even influence news coverage in national outlets. Over the past couple months, we've witnessed this intense power as blogs, discussion boards, Facebook and Twitter have fueled uprisings across the Middle East, leading to "Egypt's Internet Revolution" and concrete military action in Libya.

On March 17, The Guardian reported on a U.S. government contract awarded for the design of software that would allow the U.S. military to do just that, "create fake online personas to influence Internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda." As reported, this new software will allow a service member, most likely a psychological operations soldier, to control up to 10 fake online identities and use those identities to promote a positive discussion of America on foreign websites and chat rooms. Target languages include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto. Of course, the government has said they will not target English language websites or U.S. citizens (such an action would be against a recently enacted California state law, where many such servers are based). But the program will reportedly target chat rooms and web discussions throughout the Middle East and Asia. As explained by General David Petraeus, the goal is simply to be "first with the truth," or at least the first with the truth the military wants to promote.

While I believe the intent behind this operation to be noble — dissuading would-be jihadists from committing acts against our soldiers, allies and interests — I cannot help but see this deceitful program as yet another example of the American government failing to live by the values we claim to promote.

In recent years, there have been numerous examples of where we have failed to live up to our own principles. Such failures run from the top to the bottom, from party to party, to the very core of our being. Whether it's a conservative Republican senator chasing same-sex tail in public bathrooms or liberal Democrats cheating on life-long partners, we can't seem to be the men and women we claim to be. We, collectively, believe in the universal right of human dignity, yet we committed the abuses at Abu Ghraib. We hold the Declaration of Independence and the rights of life and liberty in the highest regard, yet we violently stripped both from the innocent in the murderous acts at Haditha. And we build a fence along sections of our Southern border after mounting a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty that declares, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Hypocrisy is about as American as apple pie, and it is this hypocrisy that degrades our message. How can American values positively influence the world of the future if we can't even show we value them ourselves?

Benjamin Franklin once said, "It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." We often think we're great. But before we can hope to realize our potential, we must find and live by the goodness inherent in our system. The American moral standard does not, or at least should not tolerate the deceitful tactics that the proposed new software represents. Using deceptive online profiles to influence public opinion, to create an overpowering voice for Team America in any land, does not live up to the American ideal of the free exchange of ideas. We are better than that. The Internet should remain a tool for open discussion, and American military and political leaders should take a stand to end this program. We, Americans, believe in the right of free speech. And we should, for once, stand up for the ideals in which we believe.
Mardi 22 mars 2011

Arensberg Pharmacy opens in former Alban site

NEWARK — Upon entering the new Arensberg Pharmacy and Wellness Center — located in the old Sam Alban Co. furniture store, 57 W. Main St. — you will probably be greeted by Steve Harris.

As pharmacy manager, Harris was quick to give out handshakes to everyone walking through the door Monday.

It was the first day for this version of Arensberg Pharmacy, which was located at 30 N. Park Place for the past five months while renovation work was completed to change the building into a modern pharmacy.

Yet there are many reminders of the historical aspect of the building and of Newark itself, as vintage black-and-white photos grace the walls.

Harris now offers smoking cessation classes in the same building that once was home to the Newark Cigar Factory. Wide moldings, reminiscent of a bygone era, complement the bright and airy feeling of the 5,000-square-foot store. An oil painting of the original building was recently brought in by Reece Alban, current owner of the building and former Sam Alban furniture store owner.

Harris stressed that this store is more than just a pharmacy — it is also a wellness center.

"We want to get away from just emphasizing the treatment of diseases and focus on wellness, for the betterment of the customer," Harris said. "For our grand opening on April 15, we will have free diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol screening, as well as a smoking cessation class."

The new building has a conference and counseling area for these purposes. There is also a large drive-up window on the side of the building.

"In my pharmacy, we will never have a machine where you can check blood pressure. We are very hands-on here. We want to be very personable," Harris said. "We are all about service, service, and more service."

Harris is the pharmacist for the store, along with Venu Talasila. The duo also has five certified technicians and, together, they can all operate the new Script-Pro. The automated prescription dispensing machine holds up to 200 medications that it assembles and packages. A compound room in the back is where unique dosage products, not commercially available, can be mixed under the watchful eyes of the pharmacists.
Mardi 15 mars 2011

Oil Painting Techniques from Artist Daily

Loveland, Colo.: Artist Daily has announced a new free eBook with eight oil painting

techniques to help all artists with their oil painting skills. Whether artists are looking

for a tutorial in oil painting for beginners or for a way to enhance their oil painting art,

the oil painting techniques offered in this free eBook are sure to help achieve beautiful

results.  In this free oil painting demo, David A. Leffel teaches oil painting artists to

respond to light and shadow, values, edges, color, space, and texture. David explains the

abstract qualities of a picture, rather than the identity of the subject matter or the

tedious formality of rendering. These free oil painting lessons will take artists through a

conceptual approach of fine art oil painting. Through detailed oil painting instructions,

artists will explore specific descriptions of how they should approach drawing and painting.

Artist Daily put together this virtual set of free oil painting lessons for all artists to

benefit from. All artists should download their free copy today.

Free Oil Painting Lessons
When setting up a still life, posing a model for portrait or figure composition, or viewing a

landscape, the artist has the definitive task of visualizing and assigning the various

elements of the subject matter. David A. Leffel likes to use analogies to writing or

composing music in his oil painting demo: "The decision about how many characters a story

needs and what kinds of personalities those individuals should have is the same as deciding

on the colors, values, and textural changes in a painting."

Leffel also gives oil painting artists advice on how to approach their initial drawings.

Bringing attention back to the concepts celebrated in the work of such masters as Van Dyke,

Rembrandt, and Velazquez, oil painting artist Leffel explains that oil art needs to be the

product of a mind that is seeing, tasting, exploring the entire fabric of life. "Most people

begin oil art by trying to match the reality of what is in front of them," Leffel explains.

"The closer they come to achieving that match, the more they believe they have accomplished

something. But in truth, they have only copied what is outside of them. That kind of external

process doesn't lead to a fulfilling conclusion."

In this oil painting demo, artists will learn the reasoning behind color choices and brush

techniques for the convincing oil painting masterpiece. All artists should not pass-up this

opportunity to have an acclaimed oil painting artist give them expert advice on all aspects

of oil painting.
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