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A WORK IN PROGRESS — Landon Hurley, a sophomore at Brooke High School, won $750 for improvements to the Bruins Helping Bruins clothes closet at Brooke High School through the West Virginia University Extension Service’s My Hometown is Cool contest. With Hurley, third from left, are: volunteers Char Smith and Linda Abercrombie, who run the clothes closet and a food pantry through the same program; Adam Haught, Hurley’s teacher; and Jason Rine, Brooke County WVU Extension agent. — Contributed

Imelda D. Garrett

The 90s are a hot commodity in 2024.

A decade largely known for pop culture prosperity, enormous fashion and the rise of the internet, the era serves as peak nostalgia for a trifecta of generations.

So when the Lightning Foundation needed an artist to design the puck for this week’s ’90s Night’ home game, they tapped a native of the American mecca of 90s influence: Seattle’s Chad Atkinson.

Atkinson is a Florida-based photographer, visual designer and artist out of the Pacific Northwest who found a home in Jacksonville in 2015. Ironically, that’s where he fell in love with Lightning hockey—catching games at a local sports bar—and eventually the Tampa Bay area thanks to its beaches and unique culture in places like St. Pete and Ybor City.

In his local artist spotlight, Atkinson talks Tampa’s biggest inspirations, a perpetual passion for playing music and what it was like growing up in the height of 90s culture.

The 90s Seattle music and art scene is famously influential—what was it like to experience that and did it help in your design of the 90s puck?

There was always some local music being played around the house and in the car. My mom loved Soundgarden and Nirvana, so those became staples of mine as a kid. Although 90s Seattle might be more associated with flannel and muted color palettes, there was a highly contrasting and vivid aesthetic that was popular especially in the early 90s which fit a kind of overall alternative vibe that was going on, breaking up some of the gloominess that its known for. Melvins’ ‘Houdini’ album is a good example of that, with vivid colors and quirky imagery juxtaposing with the dark and heavy music. That definitely had an influence on me, incorporating high contrasting and vivid elements in my

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TAUNTON – It’s been eight years since local artist John Barradas died at the age of 99.

The Taunton-bred sign shop owner is remembered, in part, for having designed the Taunton Green Christmas display a total of five times from the late 1940s to the late 1980s.

But it was a Weir Village wall mural he painted in 1999 – when Barradas was still a sprightly 82 – on the side of a commercial building at 13 West Water St. that to many Tauntonians became his signature piece.

The “Weir History Comes Alive” mural was intended to depict, in a fanciful and animated fashion, the look of the neighborhood’s commercial and industrial district at the turn of the 20th century.

But time, the elements and a graffiti incident in 2010 involving red spray paint all took its toll on the 30-foot-long public art display.

Phill Bourque has returned to Taunton from his home in Hollywood, CA to re-paint a vintage mural on the side of Pistol Pete's Barber Shop at the Weir Village in Taunton.

Phill Bourque has returned to Taunton from his home in Hollywood, CA to re-paint a vintage mural on the side of Pistol Pete’s Barber Shop at the Weir Village in Taunton.

Enter Phill Bourque. The Los Angeles-based, full-time working artist, who grew up in Taunton, for the past two-plus weeks has been painting a new mural based on Barradas’s original mural sketch.

“It’s pretty ambitious, but I feel pretty good about it now,” Bourque, 32, said.

Bourque says he makes a living working mainly in what’s come to be known as the “horror” genre of art – a contemporary and flamboyant style that incorporates garish, comic book imagery that’s often morbid, surreal or unsettling depending on one’s taste.

“Eighty percent of my work is in the horror community. It’s blowing up (and) it’s keeping money in my pockets,” he said.

Bourque says he travels across the country painting an average of two horror-art jobs per

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Judith Raanan and her daughter, Natalie, had been living a typical American life in the Chicago suburb of Evanston for many years before the unthinkable happened.

Judith, a 59-year-old artist, never missed a Sabbath service at her synagogue. Natalie, 17, had just graduated from Deerfield High School and hoped to work in fashion, interior design or tattooing following her summer and fall travel plans, which included visiting Italy before heading to Israel for the Jewish holidays and her grandmother’s 85th birthday, NBC Chicago reported.

It was there that Judith and Natalie were taken hostage on Oct. 7, when militants stormed kibbutz Nahal Oz where they had been staying with relatives.

The American Israeli citizens were released Friday after a nearly two-week ordeal.

“Thanks for your prayers. They have been released,” Natalie’s stepmother, Paola Raanan, posted on Facebook.

Follow live coverage from NBC News here.

Judith Raanan and Natalie Shoshana Raanan with Israel Defense Forces on Oct. 20, 2023. (Government of Israel via NBC News)

Uri Raanan, Natalie’s father and Judith’s ex-husband, said he briefly spoke to his daughter by phone after their release and she “sounded good, looks very good, and she’s very happy and waiting to come home.” She did not say anything about how they were treated during their time in captivity, he said.

Speaking to reporters in Bannockburn, Illinois, Uri Raanan, 71, said he expected them to return home in time to celebrate Natalie’s birthday Tuesday.

“I told her, ‘I love you and I miss you very much,'” Uri Raanan said.

Loved ones describe Natalie and Judith as kind women who are both talented artists in their own right and always willing to lend a helping hand.

“She would take care of elderly people who were lonely in their house and bring them food, make food for them,” Chavah Rochel Golden, Judith Raanan’s friend, said.

For months before the mother-daughter trip, Judith, who was born in Israel

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Many artists are known for having a recognizable panache both in the work they create and in their lives away from it. Salvador Dali, Louise Nevelson and Andy Warhol immediately come to mind. Use of certain colors and imagery in their art complimented by or in contrast to the garments they wear or how their hair is styled outside the studio.

Artist Zabe Bader is one of these who recognizes the desirability of both. She recently finished her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma in the School of Visual Arts and will be returning in the fall to resume studies and creating art. In April Bader’s work was included in OU’s 109th Student Art Exhibition in the Lightwell Gallery. The combination of thematic color in her work on display and individual sartorial elán at the show closing reception were both evident.

“I get a lot of my inspiration for my art from my personal expression of style,” Bader said. “What I wore at the exhibition was kind of toned down from what I usually do because my mother likes when I dress a little bit nicer for these types of events. You could consider it Goth I guess. I have a lot of black and dark clothing and do a lot of eccentric make-up. And also add a lot of blue and black into what I wear. It’s one of my favorite things to do, add blue into anything I can.”

Bader was born and raised in Broken Arrow. She was home schooled up until high school at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa where art became her focus. Bader thought long and hard about attending the Kansas City Art Institute before choosing OU.

“I realized OU was going to be a better fit for what I was looking

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Gavin Ruffy has been designing since 2014. He took Fashion Design and Merchandising at De La Salle College of St. Benilde. Gavin started designing fulltime in 2018 after working for five years in fashion retail. He was one of the 12 finalists of Ternocon 2020, a fashion design competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Bench.

When asked who inspired him to become a fashion designer, Gavin replied, “I’ve always been inclined toward the arts ever since I was young. When I was a kid, I would always read books about arts. I enjoyed watching shows about how to do crafts and then I try them myself. My favorite pastime was coloring books. I liked using my hands and doing anything creative, so being in a creative industry came naturally to me. When I was in high school, I used to watch Project Runway religiously and I’d be inspired by the show. Secretly, I would use my sister’s dolls and make mini dresses for them using my handkerchiefs. I would always sketch at the back of my notebook and my peers started noticing my talent for it. Then, maybe in third or fourth year in high school, my mother gifted me a portable sewing machine out of nowhere. I started experimenting with it and doing mini DIY projects. I enjoyed making clothes and that’s when I realized I wanted to have a career in fashion.”

In 2020, together with his business partner John Loang, he cofounded casual ready to wear (RTW) brand Studio Philippo, where he takes charge of designing and creative direction for the brand. He also expanded and started his RTW line for women named Gavin Ruffy Studio, which was launched at the Katutubo x Bench pop-up market.  Gavin shares that although he is

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More than half of American families used scholarships to pay for college last year. From merit-based to artistic-focused, there are a variety of awards available.

High school senior Grace Vaughn of Trinity, Florida, knows how to successfully secure a college scholarship. After winning the $10,000 dress grand prize in Duck brand’s Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest in 2022, Vaughn is sharing helpful tips to increase students’ odds of earning funds for college:

Research, research, research

Search databases and websites to discover award options that may be new to you. Scholarships.com, FastWeb and Bold.org are resources to help narrow down opportunities that match your interests and unique talents. Vaughn also encourages students to leverage social media, where she discovered the Stuck at Prom contest, which challenges teens to create Duck Tape prom creations for a chance to win cash scholarships.

In addition to researching national opportunities, check in with your school counselor and teachers to learn about any local or regional scholarships that are offered through the school or other nearby organizations.

Apply early and often

Federal Student Aid recommends searching for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior year, but some awards are open to teens as young as 14. Vaughn says entering Stuck at Prom early on in high school gave her an edge on the competition. When she wasn’t selected as a finalist her sophomore year, Vaughn submitted for the contest again as a junior and went on to win the $10,000 dress grand prize.

If you have the time and energy, she suggests applying for multiple awards to increase your chances of securing funds for school.

Leverage your creative side

Not all programs are focused on academics and athletics, so flex your creative side to win scholarships that will reward artistic abilities in

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