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Graffiti on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Paint was daubed on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

The front of the BBC Northern Ireland building in Belfast has been daubed in paint in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

The incident happened at Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue at about 23:25 GMT on Friday.

There have been a number of pro-Palestinian protests outside the building since the war started.

Police said two suspects wearing black clothing with masks and hoods, painted graffiti onto the building.

The two people left the scene on foot a few minutes later, police said.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We regret any damage caused to BBC buildings or property.”

Several pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrations have been held in Belfast since violence erupted.

Hostages handed over

A total of 13 Israeli women and children and 11 foreign workers were released from Gaza on Friday.

They were the first hostages handed over as part of a deal brokered by Qatar.

The deal also includes a four-day truce and the release of 150 Palestinians from Israeli jails.

Hamas’s attacks on 7 October killed 1,200 people, with about 240 taken hostage.

Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory campaign


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From paintings, prints and photography to metalworks, jewelry and handmade clothing, a massive assortment of fine art was on display during the weekend for the 55th annual West Shore Art Fair.

Thousands of people attended the juried festival at Ludington’s Rotary Park, snaking their way through aisles of artists, food vendors, musicians and more during the two-day event.

The festival featured 90 jury-selected artists from throughout the region, the state and the country, and the vendors in attendance said they were happy to be there. The West Shore Art Fair is a draw, they said, because of its serene setting and the people it attracts.

Debi Dwyer of Debbie Dwyer Designs — based in Boone, North Carolina — said the art fair one of her favorite stops on a lengthy list of art fairs in the Great Lakes area.

“It’s the atmosphere,” Dwyer said. “I love Michigan people; I think they’re awesome, and Michigan shows are great in general. … I’d stay up here all summer if I could.”

Mike Kehr and his wife, Tracy, owners of Dragonfly Garage, have been coming to the art fair for 15 years, selling glass mosaics made at their business.

Kehr said the event has become a tradition for the couple because of the appreciation Ludington shows for the arts community.

“Ludington’s such a great town for art,” he said. “Not only the locals, but also the people that come in — it’s just good stuff.”

Kehr joked that he and his wife, who hail from White Cloud, are “local, without being too local,” adding that the couple plans to keep coming to the art fair, “as long as they’ll have us.”

“It’s such a great show,” he said. “We really appreciate them having us out here every year.”

Rosa Chavez and her

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Mauve expressed the slurs and verbal abuse she faced growing up as a transgender person.
Mauve expressed the slurs and verbal abuse she faced growing up as a transgender person.Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth by Tony Ferraiolo

Maeve, a 24-year-old transgender woman (who asks TODAY.com to omit her last name for privacy) calls her mother her “biggest advocate,” buying her Barbie dolls and validating her identity in other ways as a child.

At school, Maeve hung out with girls. “I was viewed as a weak boy. Being called ‘a girl’ was meant as an insult but I didn’t take offense.”

Maeve came out on three different occasions — as gay, gender fluid, and finally transgender.

At 17, Maeve contributed two drawings for Ferraiolo’s book, one of which landed on the cover of volume two.

Maeve drew the answer to “What makes you sad?” illustrating herself with long rainbow-colored hair. Behind her, people yell “Bitch,” ‘Ugly” and “Ew” in her direction.

A slur is written in bold letters on the top of the page.

“People said this to me all the time,” says Maeve. “They tried to find anything synonymous with monstrous or deserving of hate.”

Trans kids express themselves through art
Maeve, a transgender woman, explains what it’s like to grow up misunderstood.Courtesy Maeve

“The rainbow hair means ‘This is something beautiful about myself that no one can take from me,'” says Maeve.

Maeve also drew her answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” which was a mother. Her drawing of a mom hugging her child was used as the cover image for the book’s second volume.

“I simply want to be a mother of a happy family,” she wrote alongside the drawing. “I won’t be lonely and will be needed/wanted and loved.”

Now, Maeve dreams of becoming a mortician or a death doula, a person who gives emotional support to those

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Still, her career as an artist wasn’t a foregone conclusion. After leaving Heathfield School in Berkshire, she enrolled at Bristol University to study art history, but after realizing she was “really bad at writing essays,” dropped out after less than a year. Eavesdropping on a stranger’s conversation in a café about the Charles Cecil atelier in Florence turned out to be “life-changing.” She googled it, realized “this is exactly what I want to do,” and in 2015 headed to the prestigious painting school, where she spent the next four years. It’s an experience she describes as “tough, and probably a bit weird, but I loved the discipline and the complete madness of the whole thing. People would leave all the time as it was quite hard, but I just love that it really teaches you how to paint.” She left in 2019, but success was slow to follow. “Most people who go to Charles Cecil leave and do portrait commissions. But if you’re not really, really good, then you’re never going to make it. And I wasn’t very, very good,” she says matter-of-factly. It’s a statement many would disagree with, but she insists: “I was very slow, and so I found it very difficult.”

And so she went to Sierra Leone for five months and came back to Suffolk just as lockdown was about to hit. “And I just kind of gave it up. I was like, God, this is so tough, maybe I’ll do something else.” It was a year before she started painting again “just for myself,” with social media ultimately leading her back to the art world. “Everyone was on Instagram and looking at work, and that’s when people were like, ‘I really like this,’ and I actually started selling stuff.” During that time, she also

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A local group of artists debuted their first exhibit while bouncing bass and percussion echoed, glasses were filled with wine and glowing black lights lit up the SL8 gallery Friday. 

When the gallery, located at 10 E University Ave., opened its doors at 7 p.m., a constant stream of people filed through the hall and the miniature cinema to see the art made by friends, classmates and strangers.

Local artist 444 IDK chose the artists who would be featured in the show.

The 23-year-old Gainesville resident began the collective to bring creatives together to help each other achieve their individual goals. 

Nobody can do it alone, he said. 

And he didn’t. One local artist, ZZZ Zawacki, runs her own art business and even helped him create the flier for the opening. 

The 24-year-old’s work mostly focuses on clothing, tapestries and acrylic paintings. 

While sipping a 2020 Cabernet, she said it took her 1,800 days to complete the pieces in this show and feels proud to have it displayed. 

“It’s finally being viewed by other people, and it feels wonderful being able to share my other side to my creativity within my business,” she said.

The main purpose of her work is informing people about psychedelics as alternative medicine. The collective gave her that platform.

“To have an open conversation about harm reduction and drug policies as well as what we can do to expand our consciousness and be more in tune with nature, that’s why I’m here,” she said.

Carly Klingbiel, a 22-year-old Gainesville resident, also joined the collective. She’s grateful to have a space for her art, she said. 

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Klingbiel’s work focuses on the exclusion of women throughout history and the divide

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A fashion student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is designing clothes for people with autism and disabilities.

Ali Kushner is trying to create a more inclusive community through her spring collection, which used scraps and shreds from other projects to make clothes that are easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. 


“I think if we bring these thoughts to everyday fashion we’ll be able to accommodate a wider range of people,” Kushner said. “I saw a lot of reports about how disabled people were struggling to find clothing that fit them, or if they could find clothing that was made for their bodies, it was extremely expensive.”

Her clothes skip the zippers, which can be difficult to use. She keeps in mind that when you’re in a wheelchair, the rise in the back and front can feel differently than if you’re walking around. And she knows that uncomfortable fabrics can be an issue for some people with autism.

For the feature piece of her runway collection, called a monumental train, she worked with the Chicago nonprofit “Envision Unlimited” which enlists the help of developmentally disabled artists.

“The whole project took about six artists and three months and you can really tell they put all their heart and soul into this,” she said.

Kushner hopes that her work

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