Month: March 2024

Meg Kelley has been crafting since she was a kid learning to live with an ADHD diagnosis. Now as an adult in Anchorage, Alaska, Meg is realizing the uniqueness of her internal world helps her tap into her artistic creativity in new and inspiring ways.

In this Indie Alaska feature from @PBS and @pbsdigitalstudios hear how the art scene in Alaska is causing Meg to consider leaving her 15-year career in the medical field behind to explore her passion for fashion.

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original video content for the station’s TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she travelled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga and traveling."}” data-sheets-userformat=”{"2":15171,"3":{"1":0},"4":{"1":2,"2":16777215},"9":0,"11":4,"12":0,"14":{"1":2,"2":2236962},"15":"Verdana, system-ui, -apple-system, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", sans-serif","16":11}”Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station’s TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where

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This is an edition of the newsletter Show Notes, in which Samuel Hine reports from the front row of the global fashion week circuit. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.

At the men’s fashion shows In January, I was struck by the fact that Italy doesn’t have a deep bench of breakthrough brands. Unlike in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and even Los Angeles, Milan doesn’t have the fizzy energy of a scene led by inventive young designers. As I wrote at the time, the delightfully off-kilter label Magliano is among vanishingly few new menswear labels on the rise in the spiritual home of sprezzatura. At the Sunnei show on Friday at the women’s edition of Milan Fashion Week, I was reminded that the label’s designers Simone Rizzo and Loris Messina also deserve credit for bringing a badly-needed sense of newness to the schedule. And weirdness, in a good way, a word not normally associated with the menswear capital that I’m calling Milan’s surprise trend of the season.

(Because people keep asking why I’m back in Europe: an increasing number of designers are skipping the men’s schedule in January and June to present co-ed collections on the women’s circuit, which runs in February and September. I get it—it’s more modern and certainly more economical to hold two shows a year rather than four. But your staunch Show Notes correspondent is starting to wonder why he pays rent in NYC.)


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Rizzo and Messina understand how to make noise for their growing brand, and Sunnei shows invite audience participation and exaggerate certain dimensions of the runway show. Last season, guests were given numbered paddles and encouraged to rate each look. I can be seen in about half of the sunnei“Vogue Runway collection

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originally published: 02/27/2024

The Newark Museum of Art Announces Honorees for Art Ball 2024

(LEFT) Nancy Cantor (RIGHT) Willie Cole

(NEWARK, NJ) — Linda C. Harrison, Director and CEO of The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA), announced that Chancellor Nancy Cantor and artist Willie Cole will be the distinguished honorees at Art Ball 2024 on Saturday, May 4th. The Art Ball is an annual signature gala at NMOA honoring leaders whose visionary creativity, generosity, and advocacy have advanced the Museum and the broader community in Newark and New Jersey.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge the vision, imagination of courage this year’s honorees, who have used their incredible talents to elevate and engage our community. Nancy Cantor and Willie Cole exemplify the civic engagement that drives the greater Newark community and rests at the heart of the Museum’s mission.”

Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark and Distinguished Professor of Psychology has championed higher education’s responsibility as a civic partner and as an engine for racial equity and growth. Dr. Cantor has reenergized the university’s presence in the community and has taken a collaborative, solutions- oriented approach to integrating Rutgers with the city of Newark and embracing its people, its challenges and its considerable strengths. She is known nationally for innovation in higher education, in the field of psychology and as a noted champion for women and for inclusion and diversity.

Dr. Cantor will receive the inaugural Beatrice Winser Award. Born 50 years before women had the right to vote in the U.S., Beatrice Winser helped establish both the Newark Public Library and The Newark Museum of Art and served as a trustee of Dana College and the University of Newark – precursors to Rutgers University-Newark. Largely unsung, Winser was a pioneer in the field of library and information science and fought for greater access for women in education and public

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The Rialto Theatre Foundation’s 10th Annual Fundraising Gala, rialto-theatres-fundraising-gala/”I Want My MTV— A Totally Outrageous ’80s Party, starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

The big party is happening inside the Rialto Theatre at 318 E. Congress St. and will feature food tastings and samplings of beer, wine, spirits, and tea from local restaurants.

Plus, this is all while ’80s music fills the theatre. You’re encouraged to dress up because there’s going to be an ’80s customer party, a karaoke bar, a video arcade, and more — you’re practically stepping back in time to the era of neon colors, mullets, enormous amounts of hairspray, and synthesizers.

Tickets are $125 per person and include two drink tickets, beer/wine/liquor tastings, and a selection of food from local restaurants. Proceeds go toward maintaining the Rialto Theatre, which is celebrating its 104th birthday this year.

  • Barrio Brewing Company
  • Batch
  • Bawker Bawker Cider House
  • Catalina Brewing Company
  • Cobra Arcade Bar
  • Commoner & Co.
  • Contigo Latin Kitchen
  • Crooked Tooth Brewing Company
  • Culinary Dropout
  • Doughbird
  • Elliott’s on Congress
  • Flora’s Market Run
  • HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery
  • Kingfisher
  • Locale Neighborhood Italian
  • Obon
  • Penca
  • Playground
  • Prep & Pastry
  • Ray Ray’s Sonoran Spirit Tea
  • Sauce Pizza & Wine
  • Sidecar
  • Sonoran Wines
  • Snake & Barrel
  • Uncle Bob’s Popcorn
  • Wildflower

The ’80s MTV Dance Hits will be spun by Future Syndicate with performances by Beat Drop Kidz and MC Chach Snook. The costume contest starts at 7:45 p.m.

Also, a free parking and shuttle service will be provided from 191 Toole to the Rialto Theatre from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Rialto Theatre is located at 318 E. Congress St. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit rialtotheatre.com. If you can’t make it to the gala, there’s always the

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DR. WALLACE: I’m a teenager who likes to doodle and paint, but my father thinks it’s a waste of time. My mother is quite artistic, and she’s a fantastic decorator in our home. She has a keen and tasteful eye for decor and fashion, but my father is more rigid and less interested in the arts.

My mom recently told me painting and creating art can be beneficial for a young person. Can you confirm this? If so, I’d like to show my letter to you and your reply back to me to my dad so he might ease up on telling me I’m wasting my time. — I Like to Paint, via email

I LIKE TO PAINT: I agree with your mother that you are indeed not wasting your time. Painting can nurture brain activity, and this has been supported by research on this topic.

Think about how a child learns to use a crayon to color in a coloring book. Even the child’s first rudimentary scribbles serve an important function in advancing eye-hand coordination and cause the brain to engage in cognitive processing. Even young children who take the time to draw pictures demonstrate better concentration and focus. This benefit continues throughout life’s development, and the teen years also derive a good benefit accordingly.

Creating art has positive effects on the human body both mentally and physically. It boosts creativity, soothes anxiety and elevates self-esteem. I side decidedly with your mother on this topic.

DR. WALLACE: I’m going to be hosting a party for several of my fellow students to celebrate a special event next month. I’m not experienced as a host at all.

Since this is my event, to be held on a Saturday afternoon into the early evening, everyone else in my family

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SCLA partnered with the A-PAL in presenting this cultural event to the community, providing students with beneficial leadership experiences

Protected indoors from the swirling winds on a Saturday afternoon, Silver Creek High School welcomed residents from across Longmont to its annual Lunar New Year celebration.

From mesmerizing performances to interactive booths showcasing diverse traditions, the event served as a hub of unity, featuring the power of cultural celebration to bring communities together.

Through collaborative efforts between the Silver Creek Leadership Academy, or SCLA, and the Asian-Pacific Association of Longmont, or A-PAL, attendees were treated to an enriching experience aimed at fostering understanding and appreciation for the rich tapestry of Asian cultures within the community.

“We are excited to invite everyone to celebrate the Lunar New Year,” said Rita Liu, A-PAL founder and president. “This event serves as a platform to honor and share the rich cultural heritage of our diverse community.”

Since 2010, SCLA has partnered with the A-PAL in presenting this cultural event to the community, providing students with beneficial leadership experiences

“Through their involvement in organizing the activity booths, game areas and overall event coordination, our students have gained valuable skills,” said Carrie Adams, SCLA program director. “This collaborative effort, which involves students from across the district as well as various musical and artistic contributions, truly showcases the unity and strength of our school district and community.”

Inside the gymnasium people gathered shoulder to shoulder, their eyes fixed eagerly on the stage. Anticipation exploded in the air like dragon fire as the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association took center stage, their presence commanding attention. 

With graceful movements that seemed to defy gravity, the dragon ribbon dance unfolded before the audience’s eyes, each twist and turn synchronized with precision. As the dragon chased the ball, weaving

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Andrea Bogdan, an artist who also has a background in business and graphic design, for a longtime focused on paintings and prints. For the last few years, she has started to enter new realms with her art, and her newest endeavor has been art T-shirts based on her dream journals. 

Her first T-shirt in the collection says, “I live in a fairy tale land where I can taste the day as if it were candy.” The “Taste the Day” art T-shirts were printed by a local company called V.S. Tees. 

Bogdan keeps a dream journal by her bed and writes down what she remembers from her dreams. Many of her dreams are darker in nature. The one that the T-shirt was based on stood out because of its positive message. 

“Sometimes when I wake up, and I remember a dream, I can remember the details. I can remember the smells. I can remember every little thing I see and touch in the dream. They’re not always pleasant. Sometimes, they’re stressful. And then, all of a sudden, here’s this entry where I clearly didn’t remember the details of the dream, I just remembered the idea of the dream. And it just made me feel optimistic,” Bogdan said. “It made me happy to know that I was having that feeling, even though it was in my dreams, even though it was in my subconscious, mixed in with all of these other more apocalyptic types of dreams I was having. That stood out.” 

Like her other artwork, she used a freestyle process when creating her T-shirt design. Often with her paintings, she creates in the moment and is inspired by what is going on around her. 

“When I’m painting, and somebody walks into my studio, sometimes what they’re wearing, their cologne,

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Rooms in the just-opened Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach celebrate grand living in a contemporary-style house in SoSo, the West Palm Beach neighborhood just south of Southern Boulevard near the Intracoastal Waterway.

With interiors and outdoor spaces created by more than two-dozen design firms, the seventh-annual show house is open for tours through March 17. As many as 15,000 guests are expected to visit, organizers predict. 

The impressively scaled house’s interiors are crowned by soaring ceilings that add to the feeling of grandeur, from the generously scaled grand salon to luxuriously appointed sitting areas, from the outdoor oases envisioned for entertaining to intimate bedroom suites — all designed with luxe finishes and furnishings that might send visitors’ imaginations soaring. 

The project benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York City, where the first Kips Bay show house opened in 1973. Since then, the project has raised more than $29 million for after-school and enrichment programs for children, according to the clubs. 

The show house is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Sundays at 230 Miramar Way. General admission is $50 with advance ticket purchase and $60 at the door if available, with ticket details at KipsBayDecoratorShowHouse.org. 

The Palm Beach Daily News asked the participating designers to describe the inspiration for their rooms and outdoor areas, some of which they christened with whimsical and evocative names.

The professionals discussed what got their creative juices flowing as they approached this grandly scaled residence.

Starting on the ground level and then ascending the stairs, here’s a room-by-room tour — or perhaps phrased even more appropriately, a grand tour. 

“La Mer Pacifique,” by Tristan Harstan & Co.

With a tropical outdoor scene, a hand-painted silk wallcovering by de Gournay sets the tone for the dining room, with its soaring ceiling, at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach. The room in the house in West Palm Beach was designed by Tristan Harstan & Co.

A custom de Gournay hand-painted silk wallcovering named La Mere

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The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is proud to announce the highly anticipated opening of its latest exhibition, “The Story of Newark Fashion: Atelier to Runway,” set to debut on February 22, 2024. This landmark exhibition, in development since 2021, marks the museum’s first large-scale showcase dedicated to contemporary American fashion, celebrating the rich cultural heritage and enduring legacy of Newark’s fashion scene.

Featuring the works of 11 fashion designers with strong connections to Newark, including iconic names such as Narciso Rodriguez, Stephen Burrows, and Project Runway finalist Shavi Lewis, the exhibition pays homage to the city’s deep roots in the garment and jewelry industries. Through a curated selection of designs, archival footage, and oral histories, “The Story of Newark Fashion” highlights the city’s pivotal role in shaping the global fashion landscape.

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At the heart of the exhibition lies a simulated runway display, showcasing the groundbreaking designs of Newark-born Stephen Burrows. Renowned as one of the defining designers of disco-era fashion, Burrows’ influence reverberates through the fashion world. Nine of his garments, symbolically “walking” the runway in Paris, pay homage to his historic presentation at the Battle of Versailles in 1973, a watershed moment in fashion history.

In addition to Burrows’ contributions, the exhibition explores Newark’s rich history as a hub for creativity and innovation in the world of contemporary fashion for over 75 years. From the ateliers of trailblazing designers Wesley Tann and Emily Miles in the 1950s and 1960s to the contemporary designers shaping the industry today, Newark’s fashion legacy is celebrated and contextualized within the global fashion narrative.

Shavi Lewis Gown

Guest-curated by Kristen J. Owens, a historian of Black fashion, with Tracey “Africa” Norman serving as a curatorial advisor, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Newark’s fashion evolution. Norman, an international star of the runway and

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Sterling Heights resident Darla DeCook is the latest Sterling Heights Featured Artist. Her work is on display at the Sterling Heights Community Center.

 “Psychedelic Fire,” painted in acrylic on canvas, is an example of DeCook’s abstract works. DeCook said she took up fluid art and developed her own style.

“Psychedelic Fire,” painted in acrylic on canvas, is an example of DeCook’s abstract works. DeCook said she took up fluid art and developed her own style.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


STERLING HEIGHTS — As an artist who loves vibrant color and abstract designs, Darla DeCook is going with the flow.

She is the latest Sterling Heights Featured Artist for March and April. During those months, her work — including her fluid art paintings — will be on display on the second level of the Sterling Heights Community Center, according to Sterling Heights Community Relations Services Specialist Sue Giallombardo.

DeCook, who lives in Sterling Heights, said she wanted to show a variety of different art styles at the Community Center, and she described how it feels to display a sampling of her dozens of finished paintings and artwork.

“I just never displayed it anywhere, and now l’m getting my chance,” she said.

DeCook said she grew up loving art and remembers taking art classes as a child.

“I never stopped creating,” she said. “I grew up in a very creative house. My mom designed clothes for drag queens and musicians when I was a kid.”

DeCook said she continued her creative pursuits as an adult by drawing, painting and doing performance art with Noir Leather in Royal Oak.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020, she said she had more time to work on art, experiment and try something new: fluid art.

As a form of abstract art, the painting process while making fluid art often takes on a path of its own. While DeCook picks the colors, the applied paint is often allowed to spread

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