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“Time is an illusion.” 
― Albert Einstein


Daylight saving time 2019 in California will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10
Innovative yet Timeless

The innovative yet timeless drawings of Leonardo da Vinci will soon be arriving in mailboxes around the U.K., thanks to a special stamp release marking the quincentennial anniversary of the Italian artist’s death.

In tandem with the special stamp edition, twelve cultural institutions throughout the United Kingdom will be showcasing a total of 144 of da Vinci’s works in the dispersed show Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. The exhibitions opened at the beginning of February and are on view through May 6, 2019 in Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, and other U.K. cities. Stamp sets are available from Royal Mail.

Via Artnet & Laura Staugaitis 

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.” 
― Sarah Dessen
From 1931 to Today
Artist Chris Fox was tasked with repurposing two pairs of timber escalators that were first installed at Sydney’s Wynyard Station in 1931. The escalators have carried passengers for over 80 years and slowly became an iconic symbol of the city’s identity. Fox’s solution is Interloop, a twisting, accordion-like ribbon that is now suspended from the station ceiling, stitching together 244 wooden escalator treads in an otherworldly design.
Photos by Josh Raymond & Chris Cox
275th Anniversary
This year Sotheby’s will celebrate its 275th anniversary. In 2018 Sotheby’s sold $6.4 billion worth of artworks worldwide, a 16 percent increase over 2017. Sotheby’s said its 2018 performance had been bolstered by $1 billion in private sales. 
 NY Times, Scott Reyburn
Reception & Awards Ceremony
March 10, 2019
​5:00-7:00 pm

Gallery Hours
March 11 - March 23, 
Noon-5:30 pm

March 24, 2019 
Noon-3:00 pm

It's About Time...

Pennie  by Winnie Au photographer

Cone of Shame... 2019

Any person who’s been within shouting distance of a dog owner has probably heard the term “cone of shame,” a euphemism for the medically prescribed devices that dogs must sometimes wear. The cones, traditionally uncomfortable and made of stiff plastic, keeps dogs away from their post-surgery stitches or bothersome skin conditions.

Photographer and dog mom Winnie Au sought to flip the narrative on these puppy-eyes-inducing devices by showcasing dogs in a variety of delightfully frilly and fluffy cones. The photo series, Cone of Shame, complements each canine’s body type, fur, and personality with handcrafted cones by costume designer Marie-Yan Morvan.
Au has just released the “Cone of Shame” images in note card format, as part of a Kickstarter campaign that supports Animal Haven’s Recovery Road fund. $30 pledge and deliver begins July 2019 
Winnie Au Photographer
Marie-Yan Morvan Costume Designer
Darcy and Jolie by Winnie Au photographer
15th, 16th, 17th Century?

Interdisciplinary artist Suzanne Jongmans uses her skills as a sculptor and costume designer to create recycled garments from packing materials such as Styrofoam, plastic sheets, and segments of thick bubble wrap.

The costumes take the form of elaborate bonnets and high collared dresses which are then photographed on subjects in poses reminiscent of portrait styles from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries

Jongmans draws connections between contemporary disposable materials and the aesthetics of fine silks or lace, presenting creative takes on centuries-old clothing. “The idea of making something out of nothing changes our look on reality,” she explains. “…Most people throw that [foam] away. I make clothing out of it; foam is my textile.”

Be sure and take time to look at Suzanne's website. You can see many more of her portraits and garments sculpted from recycled materials and other amazingly creative pieces.

Story by Kate Sierzputowski 

Aloft Art Gallery

Lynn Slade

March - April 2019

Come meet Lynn andt many other fine artists at this coming
2nd Saturday Art Night
March 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm. 

“How did it get so late so soon?” 

― Dr. Seuss

Photo by Andy Sweet

Andy Sweet’s photographs and a new film tell the story of a vanished Jewish community on the tip of Miami Beach that gave way to a glittering American Riviera. Long before Art Deco was a movement and prior to the arrival of the youth culture of MTV and Miami Vice, South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country.

Intrigued by the small apartments, low-cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came in the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast's brutal winters. By the 1970's, these former New Yorkers were turning from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, all the while making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish.

In The Last Resort, viewers embark on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of yesterday thru the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With camera in hand, they embarked upon an ambitious 10-year project to document the aging population living in the sunburned paradise of 1970's Miami Beach and into the changing, turbulent 1980's. The result is one of the most fascinating photographic documentation's of a community ever caught on film.

It was a world that vaporized as developers poured money into South Beach, turned it into a flashy, artsy American Riviera. Friedman’s bakery is an Argentine fast-food place now. The synagogue is a museum. 

More information about the book “Shtetl in the Sun,and the documentary film, “The Last Resort.” 

Images top:  by @apbozalis.jpg  Image left & right: Giant Robot
This past December marked the 14th annual Post-It Show held by Los Angeles-based gallery Giant Robot. Each year the exhibition gathers thousands of scaled down artworks from emerging and established artists, and sells each one of the 3 x 3 inch pieces for $25. Over four hundred artists participated in this year’s exhibition,

Despite the creative takes on the exhibition’s premise, each artist starts with the same prompt and medium, and their work is sold for the same flat fee. “I think Post-its are great since they’re ubiquitous items that people doodle on and at the same time provides a great medium that confines but at the same time challenges,” Giant Robot owner Eric Nakamura
Post-It Show 14 ended earlier this month, but you can still browse works created for the exhibition on Instagram
Story by Kate Sierzputowski 
photo by Owen Buggy
This past April a massive 80-foot steel kraken was purposefully sunk into the Caribbean Sea on top of a decorated WW2 ship. The former Navy fuel barge and its monstrous passenger were placed underwater in order to jumpstart a new coral ecosystem, while also serving as a cutting-edge education center for marine researchers and local students from the surrounding British Virgin Islands. The project is titled the BVI Art Reef, and aims to use sculptures like the porous kraken as a base to grow transplanted coral.
“It’s envisioned that within just a short space of time the ship and artwork will attract a myriad of sea creatures,” said Clive Petrovic who consults on the environmental impact of the BVI Art Reef. “Everything from corals to sea sponges, sharks and turtles will live on, in, and around the wreck. 
The Kodiak Queen, formerly a Navy fuel barge, was discovered by British photographer Owen Buggy on the island of Tortola. Instead of letting the historic vessel get picked apart for scrap metal, Buggy approached former boss Sir Richard Branson about collaborating on a restorative art installation. Together with nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves, the project was established as both an eco-friendly art installation, and a philanthropic measure to rehabilitate native marine species.
We hope you enjoyed this issue of SnapShot.

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