ART HIVE C REATIVE + CONS CIOUS C ULT UR E I N SO UT H F L O R ID A
ISSUE No 18
ARTIST, AUTHOR, + PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER
FAY WOLFâ€” DECLUTTERING FOR CREATIVES
GET NOTICED! CALL TO ARTISTS, GRANTS, SUBMISSIONS, and MORE!
ALEX SARIAN TURNING ARTISTS INTO ENTREPRENEURS
CREATIVE BLOCK IDEAS TO STAY
THE PRINCE OF PARODY
YANKOVIC IS NO JOKE!
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20 AVANT-GARDENING: UPCYCLED UTOPIA 42 ALEX SARIAN
Director of Lincoln Center International, a boutique department of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, talks creative entrepreneurship.
54 FAY WOLF
The artist and actress, who also happens to be a professional organizer, literally wrote the book on decluttering especially for creatives.
70 CREATIVE BLOCK
Our list to get your inspiration going this summer.
‘WEIRD AL’ YANKOVIC
The Grammy winning musician, New York Times best selling author, producer, and POP CULTURE ICON talks about life before ‘Weird Al’ and beyond. Photo by Robert Trachtenberg ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
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IN THIS ISSUE HUB 16 THE HIVE
The winner of our “Show Us Your Love” photo contest, Aimee Ortiz.
17 THE BUZZ 20 AVANT-GARDENING: UPCYCLED UTOPIA Recycled containers and unique items make for an inspiring outdoor space. Tips by gardening expert Melinda Myers
22 THE HEART OF INNOVATION
Trend-setting cities around the globe are establishing Innovation Districts and Pompano Beach is taking note!
28 DJ IRIE
The global powerhouse and highly sought after entertainer, brand ambassador, entrepreneur and philanthropist gives a few hot tips to aspiring musicians.
32 WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
The Grammy winning musician, New York Times best selling author, producer, and POP CULTURE ICON talks about life before ‘Weird Al’ and beyond.
42 ALEX SARIAN
Director of Lincoln Center International, a boutique department of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, talks creative entrepreneurship.
46 BELLA PILAR
Jennifer Love Gironda interviews popular fashion illustrator Bella Pilar and picks her brain about what it’s like to have a successful art licensing career and what it takes for other artists to follow in her footsteps.
52 THE ORGANIZED ARTIST ( or,“When I turn out the lights, everything looks fine.”) by Jon Hunt
The artist and actress, who also happens to be a professional organizer, literally wrote the book on decluttering especially for creatives.
60 POOLING OUR RESOURCES
Bruce Helander hits the streets of New York City.
64 BRIGHTLINE BROADENS HORIZONS
Your ‘backyard’ is about to get bigger and changes what it could mean for the future of travel in Florida.
70 CREATIVE BLOCK
Our list of summertime activities to reignite your creative fire!
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THIS ISSUE’S CREATIVE OBSESSIONS:
Art Hive Magazine Podcast: The rise in popularity of podcasts over the past 10 years seems like an inevitable feat. And why shouldn’t it be popular? After all, a podcast is a form of digital media that allows for easy accessibility—granting the listener the power to tune in to their favorite programs from anywhere around the worldwhen it’s convenient for them to listen, not just early mornings on the car ride to work—through any smart phone, mobile device, or computer. On top of that, there is a vast array of content, from the practical to the downright peculiar, that is available to you at this very instant. You can get your daily dose of personal inspiration from motivational coach and entrepreneur, Tony Robbins, if you’re feeling down in the dumps. In the mood for something a little more intimate? Listen in on comedian Marc Maron interview President Barak Obama— and the commotion it caused when the president showed up to record in Mark’s garage. And of course, there are the more niche topics available ranging from learning how to perfect your golf swing, arts and culture gossip, and a round table discussion about the classic 90’s teen movie, Clueless. If there’s a subject you’re devoted to, there’s probably a podcast about it. We have both been avid podcast listeners for many years now (nearly as long as the medium has been around) and have always wanted to broaden our media horizons. So, it was only a matter of time before we went and created our own podcast! We are excited to be launching the Art Hive Magazine Podcast this summer! As former educators, we have both enjoyed the process of teaching and sharing information with others, in interesting ways. The Art Hive Magazine Podcast will blend our ideas on topics covering creativity and inspiration, as well as include in-depth interviews with successful and motivational authors, artists, celebrities, and creative professionals. If you’re new to the world of podcasts, we recommend starting out on iTunes or downloading the Stitcher app. Also, an important thing to take note of is that (most) podcasts are FREE, so listen in and indulge! The Art Hive Magazine Podcast launches in August 2016—we hope you will add us to your list! Getting Organized: Being creative is not always an easy, or neat and organized, task. It often requires painstaking amounts of time and effort, which often results in neglecting your office or studio to the point of total disarray. This level of disorderliness may seem acceptable at first, even kind of cozy and comfortable. But in reality, your creative chaos ends up making more unnecessary work for you in the long run. Not being able to find your invoices for a client or running late because you can’t find your ballet slippers, all adds up to your time being wasted, and essentially, not running your business, or life, more efficiently. We hit the pavement in search of the best books we could find meant to guide disorganized individuals, such as ourselves, and found what we deem to be the holy grail of organizing publications. Two books peaked our interest: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, and New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else), by Fay Wolf. We delve deep into the subject of decluttering and organizing in this issue, with organizing tips and tricks you can try by professional organizer and artist, Fay Wolf. For more in-depth information on decluttering especially for creatives, make sure to tune into the Art Hive Magazine Podcast where we pick Fay Wolf’s brain some more, and discuss her techniques in contrast to the runaway organizing hit, the KonMari method. Re-energize and Relax: Once the snowbirds flyaway, the temperature rises above 90 degrees, and the streets are lined with kids—we know it’s officially summer in Florida. This is an easy time to become unmotivated, however, we encourage you to reignite your creativity to stay on top of your game! In this issue, we list some amazing festivals, concerts, art exhibitions and exotic places to travel to this summer throughout the state. We also shared our picks of summer reads from best sellers to motivational books that will help keep you inspired. We thank you for your continued support and hope you will stay creative everyday! XOXO, Jessie & Angela
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Aimee Ortiz is a young entrepreneur, graphic designer and artist. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she developed her artistic sensitivity through exposure to the different colors, textures and flavors that make up the island’s landscape and culture. From beautiful beaches to magnificent mountains, Puerto Rico gave Aimee the inspiration she needed to expand her creative mind. Aimee is passionate about expressing emotions through art. Her inspiration comes from her heart, feelings, nostalgic memories and spiritual awakening. Her eclectic paintings are full of vivid colors and utilize mixed media to create the desired effect. She describes her art work as “the window of my soul”. Aimee also carries her artistic vision and sensibilities into her work as a graphic designer. She strives to provide her clients with unique and innovative designs that reflect their ideals and vision, helping them to achieve their business development and marketing goals.
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Aimee Ortiz is a young entrepreneur graphic designer and artist. Born and raised in Puerto Rico (US territory), she developed her artistic sensitivity through exposure to the different colors, textures and flavors that make up the island’s landscape and culture. From beautiful beaches to magnificent mountains, Puerto Rico gave Aimee the inspiration she needed to expand her creative mind.
“Everything you can imagine is real. ”
Aimee carries her artistic vision and sensibilities into her work as a graphic designer. She strives to provide her clients with unique and innovative designs that reflect their ideals and vision, helping them to achieve their business development and marketing goals.
Aimee is passionate about expressing emotions through art. Her inspiration comes from her heart, feelings, nostalgic memories and spiritual awakening. Her eclectic paintings are full of vivid colors and utilize mixed media to create the desired effect. She describes her art work as “the window of my soul”. Wepa, 12in x 12in, Acrylic on canvas.
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LOS TROMPOS (SPINNING TOPS) MAKE FLORIDA DEBUT!
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The Waterfront will be a kaleidoscope of color and movement all summer long when “Los Trompos” (Spinning Tops), makes its Florida debut beginning Thursday, June 2, 2016 and continuing through August 28, 2016. This playful and colorful art installation that guests can take a spin on consists of 20, three-dimensional larger-than-life structures inspired by the internationally known spinning top toy. Contemporary Mexican designers, Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created this interactive installation that invites participants to engage with the individual spinning tops and collaborate together to spin the works and bring “Los Trompos” to life. Each top has a unique shape inspired by nature and traditional Latin American design, architecture and folk art. Presented by West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, this free art installation brightens the Great Lawn on the West Palm Beach Waterfront daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
RESTORE-A-SCULPTURE CAMPAIGN AT
ANN NORTON SCULPTURE GARDENS
Generous ANSG supporters make conservation work possible for three monumental sculptures
Thanks to a major gift from ANSG Board of Trustee member, Leslie Rose, the nonprofit organization was able to kick off its Restore a Sculpture Campaign and begin work in early April on one of Ann’s most recognized monumental brick sculptures, the impressive 20-foot cantilevered Gateway # 5, which sits boldly among the towering palms at the edge of the Reflection Pond. Since that effort was initiated, two more sculptures have been adopted for conservation. The Gochman Family has generously committed to restoring Gateway #3, a mysterious work that resembles a medieval tower rising over a submerged portal, surrounded by ancient cycads. Next on the schedule will be Gateway #1, which recalls the Romanesque architecture of a long-abandoned church. Gateway #1 will be restored in honor of Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, whose significant support of key ANSG initiatives, coupled with Frances’ founding of the Gardens Conservancy, has been transformative for the organization. “We are very grateful for the generosity of these supporters as they have enabled us to move forward on this critical art conservation effort,” stated Karen Steele, executive director at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “As stewards of Ann Norton’s life work and historic property, we are fulfilling her mission and vision of preserving the Gardens for the enjoyment of the community. We look forward to securing more gifts for the Restorea-Sculpture Campaign, allowing us to continue work on all of Ann’s monumental sculptures.”
ANSG Restore-a-Sculpture, Gateway #5,
According to Steele, ANSG has hired Rosa Lowinger and Associates to preserve and restore nine of Norton’s monumental sculptures, one stone and eight brick, situated among the palms and native plants of the Gardens’ tropical 1.7 acres. The
full-service conservation firm is a national leader in preservation and conservation of art and is known for their work at the Smithsonian Institution and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, among others. “These artworks are exhibiting biological growth and the general effects of their environment overall,” stated Kelly Ciociola, associate conservator at Rosa Lowinger and Associates. “We plan to get to the root of the deterioration and use materials that will hold up over time while maintaining the integrity of the pieces.” Fees to restore each sculpture range from approximately $5,000 to $37,000 with conservation details that include cleaning the sculptures, addressing corrosion of exposed rebar, investigating areas of brick loss and instability, reinstalling bricks in their original locations, sourcing new bricks to match missing bricks, and/or patching any losses in the bricks with a conservation grade restoration mortar color. The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). Located at 2051 South Flagler Drive, the 1.7 acre sanctuary is comprised of rare palm and sculpture gardens, Ann Norton’s historic home and exhibition galleries, and Norton’s own Wyeth-designed artist studio. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Gardens are also available for private events. The Restore-a-Sculpture Campaign will honor participants with naming rights at various levels. For more details on ways to assist the Sculpture Gardens in preserving these important works, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.
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PNC ARTS ALIVE! OFFERS $510,000 TO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
TOP: Cressman D. Bronson, PNC Bank Regional President-Florida East, Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar, and Earl Bosworth, Director of the Broward Cultural Division, photo by the Broward County Cultural Division.
The PNC Foundation announced it will award $510,000 dollars over three years to arts organizations in Broward, Duval and Palm Beach counties! The grants are part of PNC Arts Alive!, which has provided millions of dollars to support visual and performing arts and increase audience participation in communities served by PNC. Since its debut in 2009, PNC Arts Alive! has awarded approximately $13 million in grants to enterprising cultural organizations in three regions served by PNC,through funding delivered by the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group. PNC Arts Alive! has supported new exhibitions and festivals, pop-up theater and music performances, mobile arts vans, family arts programs and more. This award-winning program has earned recognition from Americans for the Arts in New York City along with regional arts organizations. “With a limited federal and state funding for the arts, this half million dollars can make a big difference for arts organizations of all sizes,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC Regional President for Florida East, speaking on behalf of the Foundation. “Through PNC’s generosity we have an opportunity to help fill that gap, while bringing new and exciting programs to South Florida’s already vibrant arts community.”
Arts Alive Application Submissions: May 4-July 15, 2016 Grant Requests will be awarded in Fall 2016 Grant Requests starting at $10,000
Grant applications are reviewed by a committee of local businesses, arts organizations and PNC. Recipients of the PNC Arts Alive! grants will be announced in October 2016.
Application Inquiries: Kristina West, PNC Client & Community Relations (561) 803-9203 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.pncartsalive.com
News broke about the PNC Arts Alive! grants to a packed audience at Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach, Florida. FAR RIGHT, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Randy Corinthian, photo by Capehart Photography; John Paul Goncalves, photo by Jessie Prugh; Galen Todd (Todd the Painter) and Lucian Hernandez (Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida), photo by Capehart Photography; Spoken Word artist Mike McCain, photo by Jessie Prugh.
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TOP: The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is designed to be the only regional creative institution dedicated to showcasing the immense talent in South Florida. The venue will feature its own creative collective consisting of region’s best cultural organizations and individual artists and will offer diverse multi-disciplinary programs, theater, dance, and an array of musical series and signature events, and curated art exhibitions. Lecture series, a writers’ center, cultural clubs and other creative initiatives are in the works. TOP RIGHT: Artist Diana Contreras, photo by MissTakes
ompano Beach’s cool quotient is soaring! The citywide effort to establish the town as a haven for artists, creatives, and musical icons has brought back The Pompano Beach Amphitheater and made it one of the most popular places in South Florida to go for live concerts. Rebranded as The Amp, the 3,000 seat venue is rocking loud and proud with a diverse array of concerts including a stellar summer lineup including Tommy James and The Shondells, Vince Neil, Buckcherry, Ted Nugent, and UB40. “We had a terrific season, and we going strong all summer long with an incredible lineup,” said Alyona Ushe, President & CEO of The Creatives, which programs and manages The Amp, along with Magnetic and the upcoming cultural center.
Aquarela Sabol, photo by Sandro Abate
June brings Tommy James and The Shondells whose hits include “Crimson & Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony, Mony” and more. Mötley Crüe fans will be thrilled to see Vince Neil take the stage to sing all of the band’s biggest hits, and the bad boys of Buckcherry will be rockin’ out to lots of hits we cannot put in print! In July, the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent, takes the stage and in August all the original members of UB40 unite for some “Red Red Wine.” For more information about upcoming shows, visit pompanobeacharts.com There will be no summer slowdown at Magnetic, the popular pop-up space, at The Pompano Citi Centre, that features weekly events including art exhibits and art walks, poetry slams, concerts with legendary Grammy-award winning musicians who will join the local talent at monthly jam/shed sessions, and creative clashes between artists. For event details visit thecreatives.org.
“Magnetic is a dynamic way to attract the newest wave of emerging artists along with established cultural icons and get the creative juices united in anticipation of the Pompano Cultural Center launch in early 2017”-Alyona Ushe CALLING ALL CREATIVES:
The Cultural Center of Pompano Beach is currently seeking applications from artists and non-profit organizations who wish to participate in programming opportunities. Applications can be found at www.ccpompano.org ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
AVANT-GARDENING Perk up your containers and add a bit of sparkle to your landscape with bright colors, unusual materials or a unique purpose.
ecycle items into containers or invest in some of the new planters made from galvanized metal, wooden apple crates and more. Look for new colors or personalize them to create a warm greeting for you and your guests.
Save space with sleek designs and built in trellises.You’ll be growing pole beans, tomatoes and flowering vines in a compact space. The colorful flowers and fruit will brighten a blank wall or screen a bad view.
Keep your containers healthy and productive with proper care. Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil is dry. Check pots daily and water as needed. Extend the time between watering with self-watering pots. Look for features such as weep holes that allow excess water to drain, funnels for top watering, and moisture indicators that let you know when it is time to add more water.
Add wheels to make it easier to move planters around the patio or deck. This allows you to follow the sun or make room for company at summer gatherings.
Further reduce maintenance by adding a slow release fertilizer to the potting mix at planting. Small amounts of nutrients are released over time, eliminating the need to mix and fertilize weekly. Give planters a mid-season boost or when making a second planting by sprinkling slow release fertilizer over the soil surface. Increase growing flexibility with lightweight grow bags. They now come in a variety of colors and sizes. These fabric containers fold flat for easy storage when not in use.
Use containers and elevated gardens to increase the fun factor at your summer gatherings. Start your party with a trip to the outdoor bar. Weather-resistant butcher-block with built in planting space is sure to get the conversation going. Gardener’s Supply Company is offering a new reclaimed wood outdoor bar with an integrated planter called “Plant A Bar.” Fill the planting space with some favorite cocktail herbs. Then mix up your beverage and let your guests add a bit of homegrown flavor. Include the next course by growing your own salad bar. Guests will enjoy harvesting and creating their own bed of greens to accompany the main course. Fill a pot or elevated garden with greens, radishes, onions, carrots, herbs and your other favorite salad fixings.
So take a second look at your patio, deck or front steps and move in a bit of color, fun and flavor for this growing and outdoor entertaining season. — Melinda Myers Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. More at melindamyers.com.
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! SWEET SPOT IN YOUR HEART FOR SUCCULENTS? Grow your succulent gardenwithout going broke! These amazing plants just need a little tough love. Let the beheading and cutting begin.
Prepare to propagate. Pick your victim and either behead part of your succulent by lopping off a piece or gently pluck the lower leaves off the bottom of the stem in their entirety (or do both if you’d like). Take your cuttings/leaves and put them in a safe place for a few days so the ends dry out and become callous to the touch. And we wait...
A few weeks later... you’ll begin to see the fruits of your labor. Your plucked leaves will sprout roots and blossom into new baby succulents, and your beheaded cuttings will take root as well. Even the stumps left in soil will begin to regenerate lovely new plants! Gently place sprouting leaves on top of specially formulated organic succulent soil, such as Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix. Consider planting your new cuttings into a fun recycled container like a wine glass or coffee mug.
OPPOSITE PAGE: Make use of discarded cups and saucers by recycling them into your garden. Upcycled party or holiday decorations can often make beautiful containers for plants. Photos by Jessie Prugh. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Vintage tins add character to a garden, photo by Clara S. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ legalcode); Succulents adorn a teacup, photo by Jessie Prugh; Recycled crates make perfect planters, photo by Gamene (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode); Uplcycled bike is a unique new home for air plants, photo by DavityDave (https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/2.0/legalcode); Rusted pail containing succulents, photo by Gamene (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).
Enjoy! In time you’ll have a smörgåsbord of new succulents to love—and for virtually no additional cost! For more detailed instructions and info, try these helpful sites: getbusygardening.com, succulentsandsunshine.com, needlesandleaves.net. PHOTOS © JESSIE PRUGH ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
The HeART of INNOVATION by Kay Renz
rend-setting cities around the globe are establishing Innovation Districts--- transforming forgotten areas into dynamic amalgams of corporate sophistication, startup edginess, walkable communities, trendy restaurants, hip housing and cultural clusters. While considered an emerging phenomenon, the paradigm is something Pompano Beach has already embraced. And thanks to their vibrant, expanding arts scene, the city is becoming an exciting hot spot for creative types to work, live and socialize. For years, innovation occurred in sprawling corporate campuses that were isolated. Think Silicon Valley or Research Triangle Park. But now innovation emerges from a mash-up of ideologies where people can co-invent, co-produce and stay connected to all of the dynamic energy because this is where they work, live and socialize in an urban environment. In Pompano Beach, Bailey Contemporary Arts and Ali Cultural Arts, have spurred an exciting renaissance, and have created a cultural hub that will be the center of a burgeoning new Innovation District. “Bailey and Ali are so much more than stand-alone art venues that offer exhibits, classes and innovative programming,” said Sharon McCormick, Director of Marketing and Business Attraction for RMA, the firm contracted by the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to manage the redevelopment efforts in the city. “They are the heart of a thriving new concept, the Innovation District, that is radically transforming the manner in which cities, thought leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs interrelate.” 22
RMA, based in Pompano Beach, works to reinvent cities across South Florida. For them, Pompano Beach was an especially exciting project as they envisioned this city as a new frontier for artists and makers. The “maker culture” typical includes engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics and 3-D printing, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and, mainly, its predecessor, the traditional arts and crafts. “The Bailey Hotel was a dilapidated building dating from the 20’s that was on the verge of demolition,” explained McCormick. “And The Ali building was a former barber shop and boarding house that once was a popular spot for legendary jazz musicians to stay during the segregation era. But it too was in disrepair and set for demolition.” The RMA team, however, saw past the blight ridden area and falling down buildings and imagined something amazing. Working together, RMA, the CRA and city officials, established a plan and began multimillion dollar renovations for the buildings and the surrounding area. Bailey Contemporary Arts is now a thriving arts venue that holds exciting exhibits, arts classes, performance programming like Lyrics Lab, and offers studio space to emerging artists. Some of the acclaimed artists that have shown their work at Bailey include Henning Haupt, Virginia Fifield, Colby DeGraaf, and Misoo Filan.
OPPOSITE PAGE: Galen Todd (Todd the Painter), resident artist at Bailey Contemporary Arts, paints live at and event, photo © Jessie Prugh; TOP LEFT: Pompano Beach’s transformation into an Innovation District, photo courtesy the RMA; TOP RIGHT: Amsterdam’s beautiful waterways and lush views serve as an example of an Innovation District to model a city after, photo ©istockphoto; CENTER: Musician Matthew Whitaker performing at the Ali Cultural Arts Center, photo courtesy of the Ali Cultural Arts Center.
“Bailey is a stunning venue that provides artists with three separate galleries to display their works,” said Director Sarah M. Benichou. “We are trying to bridge the gap between the developed and polished art scene, like in Miami, and the nascent creative experience emerging here in Pompano. The trick is, through the change and growth process, to maintain a strong connection to the culture and community to ensure authentic and meaningful artistic interactions, and I think we have our finger on the pulse.” Another essential part of Bailey’s mission is providing the studio spaces for their resident artists. “The residents are essential to the spirit of the Innovation District,” explained Benichou. “Each of our artists in residence are encouraged to use their time in this space to explore and develop their process. We have been very fortunate to attract artists like Jonathan Rockford who is merging fiber art with algorithms and technology, and really challenges the ideas about expression and how we look at art. Traditionally innovation and technology has been more of a solution to artistic challenges, but now it’s become the medium, itself. Our artists in residence, the majority of which are Pompano residents, have classical art backgrounds and education, but the metamorphoses happening all around us here is inspiring and influencing the dialogue they want to have through the work.” A few blocks away, Ali Cultural Arts offers a stunning flexible space and community art gallery that features works by artists who are typically earlier in their careers. Ali’s primary emphasis, however, is on performance and production arts since its historic roots tap into
the jazz world. The courtyard, which comfortably accommodates an intimate 200, boasts a world-class stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. “We have had a terrific array of acclaimed musicians play in our courtyard, ranging from the local high school band to regionally acclaimed acts such as Valerie Tyson, national Grammy award winners like Cory Henry and Shaun Martin and a most impressive and inspiring child prodigy, Matthew Whitaker,” said Director Cherolyn Davis. “ In addition, we are having monthly Jam Sessions where local talent can come ‘shed’ or practice with established musicians as a way to expand their repertoire and skills.” Ali is also focused on helping girls learn the more about the music industry by hosting the Girls Make Beats program, which teaches studio engineering concepts and DJing skills to teens and preteens. The classes are hosted by the programs’ founder, Tiffany Miranda, who is an Avid certified engineer. Tiffany, who has been a performer on “American Idol” and “X-Factor,” saw how difficult it was for women to break into the engineering side of the business, but after she achieved success working with stars like Rick Ross and DJ Khaled, she decided to help girls develop needed skills early in life so they would be able to enter this exciting field. “This is just the beginning of an exciting district featuring education, creativity, science, technology and innovative industries that will also offer waterfront co-working office space and urban residential areas over several acres,” said McCormick. “Ali and Bailey are at the forefront of what is coming to this city, and we are thrilled that the arts has lead the way for this evolution.” ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
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What is an art walk? Oh—it’s just a fun way to get in touch with your local arts scene! Art walks usually consist of an evening, once a month, in which awesome artists, galleries, food vendors, and musicians all come together to showcase and support the arts scene in their respective communities. (There’s usually wine and hors d’oeuvres involved too.) Check out an art walk near you... ARTISTS ALLEYFIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Delray Beach Artists Alley, On East Atlantic Avenue and in Pineapple Grove. 1st Friday of each month. 6:00pm to 9:00pm More info @ artistsalleydelray.com
BOYNTON BEACH ART WALK Boynton Beach 06-422 West Industrial Ave, Boynton Beach 4th Thursday of each month. 6:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ activistartista. blogspot.com
NORTHWOOD VILLAGE ART AND WINE PROMENADE West Palm Beach 400 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Last Friday of each month. 6:00pm to 9:00pm More info @ northwoodartwalk.com
EAST VILLAGE UNCORKED Pompano Beach Harbor Village Shoppes, between Harbor Drive and 28th Ave on East Atlantic Boulevard. 1st Friday of each month. 6:00pm to 9:00pm More info @ pompanobeachcra.com
FAT VILLAGE ART WALK Downtown Fort Lauderdale Four-block area, branching out from the intersection of NW Fifth Street and First Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Last Saturday of each month, (except December) 7:00pm to 11:00pm More info @ fatvillage.com
HOLLYWOOD ART WALK Downtown Hollywood, Florida 3rd Saturday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ visithollywoodfl. org/artwalk
ISLAND CITY ART WALK Wilton Manors Wilton Drive in the Wilton Manors arts & entertainment district. November through April, 3rd Friday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ islandcityartwalk.com
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BIRD ROAD ART DISTRICT Miami Centrally located just east of the Palmetto Expressway (SR-826) and south of Bird Road (SW 40 St.). Most of the studios are located just off of SW 74 & SW 75 Ave. 3rd Saturday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ thebirdroadartdistrict.com
COCONUT GROVE FASHION + ART + MUSIC NIGHT Coconut Grove Grand Avenue, Commodore Plaza, Main Highway and Fuller Street. 1st Saturday of each month, 7:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ coconutgrove. com/fashion-art-musicnight
CORAL GABLES GALLERY STROLL Coral Gables This walk is centered around Ponce Circle Park, but is fairly spread out. 1st Friday of each month. More info @ greatgables. com/CoralGables/ GalleryStroll.html
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Downtown Miami 111 SW 3 St. Downtown Miami - 33130 1st Friday of each month. 6:00pm to 10:00pm McCormickPlaceMiami
LINCOLN ROAD/ SOUTH BEACH ART WALK South Beach 800,810 and 924 Lincoln Road Mall.Art Center/South Florida on Lincoln Rd. to the CANDO Arts Co-Op Gallery by the Bass Museum of Art. 1st Saturday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm More info @ lincolnroadmall.com/ lincoln-road-art-walk
WYNWOOD ART WALK MIAMI 36th St. S. to 20th St., between NE 2nd Ave and NW 6th Ave,Miami. Just north of Downtown, south of the Design District, east of I-95, and west of Biscayne Boulevard. 2nd Saturday of each month. 6:30pm More info @wynwoodmiami. com
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Fort Lauderdale North Beach shopping and arts district along 32nd, 33rd and 34th streets off of A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard. 1st Saturday of each month. 7:00pm to 11:00pm More info @ facebook.com/ NorthBeachArtsDistrict
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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: DJ IRIE, photo by Jeremiah Lazo; Weird Al, photo by Robert Trachtenberg
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ART HIVE: What first got you interested in music, and more specifically, becoming a DJ?
and being an active part of the solution. The Irie Foundation is my way of being an active part of the solution.
All thanks to my parent’s influence on me. We didn’t have a TV room, we had a music room at our house and my father was quite the audiophile amassing an incredible collection of some of the most iconic musicians at the time. It didn’t take long for me to give in and catch the audiophile bug and willingly submersed myself into the music and also became wildly obsessed with vinyl records.
ART HIVE: You are both an artist and a businessman, which is rare to find. Do you have a preference over one? And how do you keep the balance?
ART HIVE: Tell us a bit about the motivation behind your Spin’iversity DJ training program? Spin’iversity was actually the brainchild of myself and a buddy of mine named Mark Tamis. Mark was overhauling the music/DJ program at Carnival Cruise Lines at the time and we ended up developing Spin’iversity as a comprehensive professional DJ training program to elevate the caliber of DJ roster deployed on CCL Fun Ships to the highest standards. ART HIVE: Do you have any tips for novice DJs just starting out? I have a few tips… a lot of novice DJs look at the rise of the EDM DJs and feel like anyone can do it and that the money is great for everyone. That’s not the case. No matter what genre of music you want to delve into you have to be motivated by a deep passion for the music and performing. That’s the only driving force to be really great. As a novice or even the biggest professional you can never stop learning. Remain open to be influenced and inspired by others as music and the DJ landscape is always changing, so to stay relevant you have always be on the budding edge of those changes and embrace them. Also, don’t ever be afraid to be an individual and create! Develop your own style and sound that you have the utmost confidence in. That confidence will shine through and people will take notice. ART HIVE: You are very big on giving back to the community through the Irie Foundation. What inspired you to give back in such a big way? I’ve had so many incredible people in my life and I’ve been able to witness first hand how impactful one can be to one’s community by just making the effort. Change doesn’t just occur and social issues don’t just remedy themselves. These things come about by taking action
I consider myself a businessman that just happens to be blessed with a certain talent and passion for music and performance. So it’s only natural that I pursue my appetite for business via endeavors heavily influenced by my passion for music and performance. ART HIVE: What are your thoughts on the ever-evolving music industry, where different genres are constantly merging together? One of the things I love most about the music industry is the creativity. Music is indeed constantly growing and evolving with different genres taking on influences from others and giving birth to new sounds. It’s all quite amazing and inspirational. By the time you think you fully have your finger on what you think is the current pulse, things shift in a whole other direction again. It keeps you on your toes and constantly engaged with the trends. ART HIVE: What creative projects are you working on right now?
“DON’T LET ANYONE MARGINALIZE YOUR TALENT OR ABILITY.”
I’m working on a few projects but the one I’m most excited about is a new cruise concept that’s going to be a unique combination of social media and music to create an entirely new cruise concept experience. This is going to launch next spring! In the immediate future all hands are on deck right now producing our 12th Annual Irie Weekend event benefitting the Irie Foundation coming up this summer from June 22nd through the 25th. We put so much work and effort into this event to keep it as creative and enjoyable for our guests each and every year. ART HIVE: Do you have a piece of advice for musicians just starting out that you wish you would have heard when you first began your creative career? Have faith in your sound! Don’t let anyone marginalize your talent or ability. Create based on your passion and not current trends. After all, you could end up being the trend. More at irieweekend.com
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Episode: The Originals
Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, but where do you draw the line between being influenced by someone and completely ripping them off? In this episode, we discuss the challenges creative people face when trying to curate ‘original’ works in a media saturated world.
Episode: Creative Chaos
Do artists really thrive in chaos, or is all the clutter killing your creativity? In this episode, we discuss the consequences of your disorganization and share different plans of attack to conquer your clutter. We also get hot organizing tips specially tailored to creatives from author and fellow artist, Fay Wolf, and discuss her new book, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks ( And Everyone Else ).
We also chat with the ‘Prince of Parodies’,“Weird Al” Yankovic, whose celebrated and distinctive career in the arts has been able to withstand the test of time and remain relevant for decades. The GRAMMY winner shares insights on how he has managed to stay ‘original’, all the while being creatively influenced by the different musicians he parodies.
Episode: Creative Entrepreneurship Has the Right Brain vs. Left Brain myth left you feeling ...divided?
In this episode, we discuss why the idea of the separation between your analytical mind and creative mind may be stifling your creative business. We also speak with the Director of Lincoln Center International, Alex Sarian, on his experience with merging education, business, and the arts, and why artists must be creative entrepreneurs to succeed.
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FUNNY The Grammy winning artist, New York Times best selling author, producer, and pop culture icon talks music, motivation and life before “Weird Al”. Photos by Robert Trachtenberg
Art Hive: Way back before becoming the “Weird Al” we all know and love today, you earned a degree in architecture. Was there a particular event or moment that you can recall that made you leave your formal education behind and instead pursue your creative passions? Weird Al: Well, yes and no. I specifically remember the moment I decided I’m not going to be an architect, but I didn’t then go, “I’m going to be Weird Al!”[laughs] Those two thoughts didn’t come right after each other. I remember I was in my third year of college. I went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and architecture there is a very difficult degree. It’s a great architecture school, but it’s not an easy line of study because it was “archi-torture”. The architecture students were known for wandering zombie-like through the college campus because they hadn’t slept in weeks. They would be up all night long working on projects and trying to hit deadlines—it was difficult. I remember my third year in college, it was maybe two o’clock in the morning, I was working on something on the third floor of some kind of engineering building, and I was just looking over the railing thinking, “Hmmmm...I wonder if I should jump off ?” [laughs] This was a sign that maybe I’m not enjoying this so much [laughs]. I was never suicidal, I don’t want to put that out there, but it was a brief thought that crossed my mind, which got me thinking, “Oh, I guess I’m not happy.” Maybe I don’t want to do
wasn’t really what I was all that interested in. I stopped taking lessons and I basically learned how to play by ear. I would play my Elton John albums over and over—I figured out the chord structure, the chord changes. I played the entire Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album by heart. I started trying to put bands together, and to my amazement, nobody wanted an accordion player in their band! [laughs] At that point, I realized I kinda had to find my own path in life. AH: Do you think formal education is something someone in a creative field needs to become successful? WA: Well...needs? No. It’s certainly helpful, any kind of education is helpful and the more that you know about music, the more that you have to draw from and that’s always going to be a positive thing. Certainly, there are people that are famous and well-respected in the music industry that never took a lesson in their lives. They probably just had to work a lot harder at it. I think education is certainly a good and positive thing, but do you absolutely need it? No. AH: On top of being an extremely prolific musical artist, you are also a best selling author. Can you tell us a little about how you ended up becoming an author?
I started trying to put bands together, and to my amazement, nobody wanted an accordion player in their band!
this for the rest of my life, but I still graduated. I finished my college degree, got my BA in Architecture, or is it B.S.—I’m not even sure anymore. It was about two years before I was able to acquire a record deal. In the meantime, I was working at basically minimum wage jobs anywhere that would pay for my macaroni and cheese. AH: Speaking of education, you are an exceptionally intelligent person, having graduated high school at 16 years old, and you were even class valedictorian. As far as your creative skills go— playing music, writing, singing, directing, acting— how much of your skill has been from formal education as opposed to self taught skills? WA: It’s a pretty good mix. My formal musical education was three years of accordion lessons, which I took from ages seven to ten, so that’s where I basically learned how to read and write music and learned all the elemental skills. At that point, I realized that I wasn’t really going to ever learn how to play rock and roll on the accordion. When you take accordion lessons as a child, they don’t teach you “Stairway to Heaven”, they teach you the “Beer Barrel Polka”, they teach you light classical pieces. It
WA: I enjoy writing, it’s a wonderful creative outlet and children’s literature is something that I’d always had a particular fondness for. In the back of my mind, I think most people harbor this thought “Oh, I would be really good at writing children’s books,” and very few people are given the opportunity. A number of years ago, I was approached by an editor from Harper Collins who said, “You know, I’ve been following your career and I’m a big fan of your music and I see something in your lyrics. There’s this wonderful word play in your lyrics that showed me that you would be really good at children’s literature, and if you ever want to take a stab at it, give me a call and we’d love to put something out.” I didn’t act on that immediately because I was in the middle of a tour and I had a bunch of other projects going on. About a year later I got that card out and I contacted the editor and said, “You know what, I do have a few ideas.” I pitched a number of concepts and the one that really struck a responsive chord was When I Grow Up, that wound up being my first book. AH: Who are some of your favorite creative influences, whether it be musicians, visual artists, architects and the like? ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
I realized pretty early on that there are peaks and valleys in a career. You just have to learn not to get too full of yourself at a peak, and not get too depressed when you’re in a valley, and just try to find a good common ground.
WA: Gosh, I mean, I get influences from pretty much everywhere. I try to inundate myself with as much stimulation as I can. I surf the internet constantly trying to get inspired by things. The people that inspired me musically back when I was a teenager were people that I heard on the Dr. Demento Radio Show: Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Shel Silverstein, Frank Zappa. I’m constantly inspired today by comedians and musicians, again, I hate to go on a long laundry list of people that have inspired me, but if you look at the people that I’m following on Twitter, for example, that would give you a good sense of people that I think are funny and interesting and that inspire me on a daily basis. AH: When you sit down to work on one of your creative projects, what does your work space look like? Do you like to work in a particular space and time or can you work just about anywhere? WA: I’m not always working. I mean sometimes when I’m on a deadline, I have to force myself to work. The thing about creative work is it’s deceptive to people around you. I’ve got a daughter who sometimes doesn’t understand when I’m sitting in a chair looking off into blank space, that I’m working sometimes [laughs]. I look like daddy just sitting in a chair doing nothing, but actually, I’m deep in thought. AH: With all the projects you have going on, how do you make time for your family life? Is your daughter ever involved in your creative process? WA: I can’t say that she’s helped me with lyrics, but sometimes if I’m looking for targets to parody, sometimes I ask her to keep 36
her ear to the ground of the school yard. “Are people in the 6th grade listening to Iggy Azalea yet?” AH: Is there an artist you are just dying to work with but haven’t been able to yet? WA: I hate to give you a list of people, but certainly over the years there have been a number of major artists who for one reason or another have slipped between the cracks. Either the hit didn’t come out at the right time for me or I couldn’t come up with a clever enough idea for their song. There have been a number of people that, for one reason or another, have escaped the “Weird Al treatment”. Their time is coming... they’ll have to take a number and I’ll get to them eventually. AH: I remember being so happy and surprised when I saw you on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! years ago and thought it must have been fun working with them. What are some of the more unusual creative collaborations you’ve done? WA: I love working with Tim and Eric. Tim and Eric are very odd so it doesn’t seem that odd that I would be paired up with them. We did some strange stuff, but it felt like a natural pairing. I’ve been paired with some people that other people may not feel is quite as natural. I did a duet with Kate Winslet, which maybe a lot of people don’t know about. We did a song called “I Need a Nap” for our friend Sandra Boynton’s children’s album, so I can tell you I’ve duetted with Kate Winslet. I did an entire album with Wendy Carlos, we did our version of Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals. I haven’t done a whole lot of collaborations, but I’ve done a few pairings which some people might find unusual.
The people that inspired me musically back when I was a teenager were people that I heard on the Dr. Demento Radio Show: Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Shel Silverstein, Frank Zappa.
AH: What would you say has been the highlight of your career? WA: This interview, I would have to say probably, it has all kind of been building up to this. [laughs] The odd thing is, I’ve been doing this for a very long time and it feels sort of like in the last couple of years that I’ve been peaking. I’ve got a number one album, I’m on my fourth Grammy, I’m playing the Hollywood Bowl two nights, and Radio City Music Hall. I’ve never been at this level before. It’s kind of insane to think about, so every year something more crazy happens to me. AH: You are probably one of the only celebrities out there that has absolutely no negative press. You seem like a genuinely kind and humble family man. How have you managed to keep such a genuine and squeaky clean persona after being in the spot light for over four decades? WA: I get a lot of credit. I do like to think I’m a nice guy, but people go, “Oh, Al’s the nicest guy in the world.” I think that fame just amplifies people’s perception of you. If you’re already a jerk and you become famous, people think he’s the biggest jerk in the world! If you’re a nice guy, and you’re famous, then he’s the nicest guy in the world! I never got a big head about anything. I realized pretty early on that there are peaks and valleys in a career. You just have to learn not to get too full of yourself at a peak, and not get too depressed when you’re in a valley, and just try to find a good common ground. I’ve always had friends and family around me that are a good support group. I’ve just always lived by my number one rule in life: Don’t be a jerk. AH: You have turned yourself into an American icon. If there was a piece of advice you could give to a struggling creative person, trying to make their passion into a career like yourself, what would it be? WA: The truth is you really have to follow your passion. If your passion is music, if your passion is acting, anything creative, I don’t need to tell you that it’s not an easy life. There are a lot of people that want to do it, the competition is fierce, but if that’s truly your passion, you have to do it. I’ve met a few people in my life that have said they want to be famous. That is not a 38
goal, that is an unfortunate side product. If your passion is to be famous, I don’t know what to say to you. That’s a really shallow, stupid thing to want. If you truly are passionate about art, then you have to go for it. There’s no shame in having a day job. You gotta pay the rent, you got to do what you need to do, but don’t let that die if it’s something that’s really important to you. You have to go for it. CONNECT WITH WEIRD AL: On the Web: weirdal.com On Facebook: facebook.com/weirdal On Twitter: twitter.com/alyankovic On Instagram: instagram.com/alfredyankovic On YouTube: youtube.com/user/alyankovic THE RETURN OF THE MANDATORY WORLD TOUR Experience “Weird Al” performing LIVE! Tour dates go from June 2016 through the end of September 2016. Get your tickets before they sell out at Weirdal.com. Make sure to check out the Art Hive Magazine Podcast featuring Weird Al! Visit ArtHiveMagazine.com Episode: The Originals “Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, but where do you draw the line between being influenced by someone and completely ripping them off? In this episode, we discuss the challenges creative people face when trying to curate ‘original’ works in a media saturated world. We also chat with the ‘Prince of Parodies’,“Weird Al” Yankovic, whose celebrated and distinctive career in the arts has been able to withstand the test of time and remain relevant for decades. The Grammy winner shares insights on how he has managed to stay ‘original’, all the while being creatively influenced by the different musicians he parodies.”
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ALEX SARIAN INNOVATOR + EDUCATOR A CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF LINCOLN CENTER INTERNATIONAL IN NEW YORK CITY
Art Hive: Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in your role as the Director of Lincoln Center International? Alex Sarian: The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most important performing and cultural art centers of the world. And for the past 50 years, has really built a reputation not only on high-quality arts, but also as a cultural destination. Every year, we see more than five million people walk through our campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but really, as we look towards the future, as we look towards the next 50 years, one of the big priorities is to make sure that Lincoln Center isn’t just a physical destination, but that Lincoln Center can engage with audiences as near as the Bronx, to as far away as China and New Zealand and Australia. Our purpose is to really figure what are the ways in which Lincoln Center can leave Manhattan and leave New York and leave the United States and have meaningful relationships with audiences, with other cultural institutions, with government agencies, because if we really are a world class institution, then we need to start engaging with the world in a brand-new way. AH: Not only do you work at Lincoln Center, but you are also a professor at multiple universities. Specifically at Pace University, you designed a course on managing creativity. As a potential student, what would one learn in this course? AS: That course specifically is at the Pace business school. There are a lot of really fascinating students that have either a business background and want to go into the fashion industry or the music industry or the film industry or any one of the creative industries that are booming around the world. It’s really interesting to know there can be a common vocabulary between somebody that wants to do fashion design and somebody that wants to do sound recording, for example. We really look at six principles over the course of a semester and they’re really applicable to anybody. Some people call it entrepreneurship, some people call this creative management, but really, we talk about the six pillars. The first one—you need to be able to separate the generation of ideas from the evaluation of ideas. If you’re in a room brainstorming, it needs to be a safe space, you need to be able to throw spaghetti against the wall without somebody shutting you down. Obviously evaluation and being able to dispute ideas is important but the very first step is asking if you can you throw spaghetti against the wall and will it stick? The second principle—once spaghetti is up on the wall—introduce evaluation, and you start testing assumptions. Can you define what quality looks like? Do you have industry-specific tools? You start critiquing ideas as a second phase, not as the first one. The third principle is really important, which is to avoid pattern thinking. Not just for yourself, but as an industry. If you’ve made mistakes obviously the goal is to not make them again, but also to 44
have a really good understanding of what your industry has looked like historically, so that if other people have made mistakes or other companies have made mistakes, what can you learn from them. The fourth principle is really creating new perspectives. All of a sudden, it’s about building community around new concepts, so if I had this a great idea and I come up with it and I’ve tested the assumptions and I know enough about the industry that I think it’s a unique idea, my next step is to tell you, listen, I have this really wonderful idea, can I get you excited about it? Can I open your mind to this new perspective and this new idea? It’s about building community and building advocacy around a new concept. That’s really how people define success, whether it’s ticket sales or whether it’s downloads or views, this idea of being able to inspire people to share your idea or consume it is really important. The fifth concept is the hardest to do, which is to minimize negative thinking. Are you in an environment that supports you? Are you contributing to an environment that is supportive of others? There is far too much negativity out in the world, and if you were to come up with a new product and put it out into the world or a new show, or a choreography or an app, or whatever it is that you are developing and you put out into the world, chances are, there is going to be a lot of both positive and negative feedback. What is really important is that in the development phase both for yourself and the team that you put together, if you are working as a team, that there be very little to absolutely no negative thinking. The sixth and final principle is you need to be able to take risks. If all these things have fallen into place, then you are in a very good position of taking an educated risk. Whether that means going to market or looking for producers to build a show, if you’ve gone through these five steps and you come up with an idea that other people are interested in that you’ve tested and feel confident about, then you’re in a position of taking this risk and taking this leap. AH: You have traveled the world as an educator. What are some of the more innovative teaching practices you have seen? AS: My background is in arts education and I have spent a lot of years in the education department at Lincoln Center. A lot of the work that I do internationally through Lincoln Center is about arts education and arts advocacy and about taking the importance of a well-rounded education into schools around the world. It’s really been interesting, I’ve been at Lincoln Center now for four years, traveling the world and seeing what the arts look like in schools in Singapore and schools in South America. It’s been really interesting to know that there are certain universalities about education, so no matter where I go, teachers are always overworked, a teacher’s to-do list will always be incredibly overwhelming.
In New York City, we have the largest education system in the world. The school district here alone is over 1,100 schools and serves over one million students, so from an infrastructure perspective, how can you possibly be serving everybody with the same level of detail and attention as we would when we go to a smaller district maybe in California? I’m interested in terms of the architecture of city governments and how they’re supporting education. One of the things that is fascinating to me, as we talk about whose responsible for a child’s education, is that in Singapore, for example, school principals are required to rotate schools every six years. That is really the first time I’ve ever heard of it. What that means, essentially, is that when you go to a school here in New York City, the principal, they have the final say, they inform the culture of the school, they are the culture of the school. But when you have a system where principals are rotating every six years and teachers are not required to rotate, that’s a small thing, but it’s a huge domino effect because essentially what your saying is that the teachers now have control of the school’s culture—they are the constant factor. Six years is not enough time
skill—but it’s still as competitive as math or science. The last thing you want to do is tell a 13 year old that they need to get this perfect or otherwise they need to drop out of school. It just defeats the purpose of the role that the arts should be playing. AH: What advice would you want give to someone that is maybe not naturally a business person, but aspires to be? AS: There are lots of things that are incredibly important, but I would highlight two of them. The first one is to always surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. I think mentorship as a concept has faded in education today. If you can surround yourself with that, or somebody that you look up to, you can constantly be learning from, your in a way, manufacturing a scenario of mentorship. It’s very appealing sometimes for entrepreneurs to say, “I want to start my own company, I want to be my own boss.” As ambitious and as wonderful and fulfilling as that might be, I don’t know how if your a 21 year old and you’re running own company and you’re in charge of everything and you have nobody to look up to,
AS: There is some research out there that is starting to disprove this whole left brain versus right brain. And whether you buy into it or not is irrelevant. But what I do know, and I see it here at Lincoln Center everyday, is that there’s nobody more rigorous and more disciplined than an artist. So to think that being artistic is to be messy and free, there’s a certain degree of that, but what I don’t think people understand is that normally to become an artist or to become a successful artist, takes an incredible amount of discipline, takes an incredible amount of rigor. Those are skills that I think make for successful people in general. When you go to the ballet here and you see Misty Copeland do an incredible move on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, there’s a incredible artist whose had to rehearse endlessly, whose fallen down, and has had to get up, whose had to perfect herself, who had to work with others collaboratively. This whole idea of artists being such different people, I don’t buy into it. I think leaders of Fortune 500 companies could stand to learn from that level of discipline and rigor, and they’re even saying it. Fortune 500 companies now
“It’s interesting when you have these investment banks now that are going to recruit at job fairs at the Rhode Island School of Design, instead of at MBA programs around the country.” to set up your own culture. So a principal’s job by definition, becomes supporting the teachers and doing their work, as opposed to creating their own little universe and hoping that people adhere to it. It’s small things like that, that I considered interesting. The other thing that is particularly interesting is that historically we think of arts education, whether it is music, theatre, dance or the visual arts, any arts education in the kindergarten through the 12th grade space, as being a time for kids to sort of let loose, to have a space where they can take risks and they can successfully fail. It’ s very hard in education today to build a space where students can successfully fail and learn from their failures. We’ve come to know arts education here, as being a very safe, being sort of a time when students can release from the high stakes of daily education. In South Korea, for example, where teen suicide rates are going up exponentially because there’s such high pressure in education, you would go into arts classes and you will have students that are incredibly talented skillwise—they can draw an incredible painting, they can dance beautifully and they have the
what that says about your education? I think there are ways that you can still run your own company, you can still be in charge, you can still take risks, but you need to surround yourself with people that are going to challenge you, think differently and just to become a better professional and better person. The second thing, I would say, seems obvious sometimes, is know the industry you’re working in. People throw around words like ‘innovation’ all the time or they throw around concepts like ‘think outside the box’ but the reality is, that if you don’t know what the publishing industry looks like today, you’re not going to know how to change it or if you don’t know what the film industry looks like today you’re not going to know how to change it. This idea of being business savvy, of truly understanding the industry you’re in, whether you like it or not. You need to know how to do something a certain way if you’re going to change it. Those would be my two biggest recommendations.
are saying, “We want people that are creative, we want people that are problem solving in unique ways, we want people that can hold divergent thoughts.” It’s interesting when you have these investment banks now that are going to recruit at job fairs at the Rhode Island School of Design, instead of at MBA programs around the country. I think there is a shift that is moving towards wanting to identify more creative people, and you can certainly be creative and not be an artist. But I do think that at a young age working and playing in the arts is the most direct way to tap into somebodies creativity. I think businesses are starting to believe this, I think schools are starting to believe this. That alone I think is starting to break down the barrier between this left brain versus right brain, how we are different. I don’t think we are.
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f you’ve ever dreamed of walking into a store and seeing your artwork for sale on a variety of products, then you are in luck! According to The Graphic Artists Guild,“Licensing is a 70 billion dollar industry and ‘Art Licensing’ makes up 10% of all licensing”, making art licensing a viable market for a wide variety of visual artists.(Psst... If you are interested in learning more about art licensing, I wrote an in-depth article on the process in the previous issue of Art Hive—issue number 17.) In this issue, I interviewed Bella Pilar—whose illustrations have been licensed to companies such as Papyrus, Decal Girl, and iCanvas— and she graciously shared her personal path to commercial success in order to guide other creatives on their own art licensing journey. Jennifer Love Gironda: You achieved your formal art training at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Can you share with us when art first became a part of your life? Bella Pilar: I do not remember a time when I was not doing art. I was always with pencil in hand. By age nine, my mother signed me up for art classes, and I knew I was in my element. I continued to take formal art classes continuously on weekends up until high school. It was then that studying art became more “full time” for me. I attended high school at LaGuardia High School of Mu-
sic & Art and Performing Arts (otherwise known as the “Fame” school!) in New York City. It was an amazing and unique high school experience! JLG: Your artistic style is very recognizable. How would you describe “your girls”? BP: My girls are footloose and fancy-free! They are whimsical, and have a love for life and all things pretty! They appreciate the small wonderful things, like a delicious pink cupcake, or a cute pair of polka dot shoes. JLG: Your artwork is full of fabulous fashion— do you have any favorite designers that you look to for inspiration for your illustrations? BP: I find a lot of fashion inspiration in magazines. From the fashion designers featured, as well as the advertisements and the editorial photography, the articles—everything. I love to sit with my iced latte and sketch book and flip through my stacks of Vogue’s and Elle’s and get inspired! I save them all and have heaps of back issues around my studio. I also save all of my issues of Paris Vogue Collections magazine, which is a fantastic biannual magazine featuring only runway shots of all of the major Paris, Milan, New York, and London fashion shows. JLG: Who else do you look to for inspiration in addition to the fashion industry? BP: I am most inspired by my family to create. My husband is an amazing artist and filmmaker, and he is incredibly encouraging and my biggest fan. His enthusiasm for my artwork gets me excited to create. I am also hugely inspired by two art loving creative daughters, Tallulah and Valentine. Their love and excitement for painting inspires me to keep painting too, and in turn, I hope I inspire them! JLG: Many creative people struggle when trying to find outlets to share their work and gain exposure. How did you go about marketing your artwork when you first started out as an illustrator? ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
“My girls are footloose and fancy-free!” BP: When I first started as an illustrator, I wasn’t just dreaming of art licensing only, but also pursuing other areas like editorial, publishing, and advertising. Before I was a full time illustrator, I had a career as a makeup artist in New York City. I freelanced doing makeup and found myself working with different people every day. I had a wide audience. So I used this wide audience to market my art. While other makeup artists would print business cards featuring a photo of a fashion model with a gorgeous full face of makeup, I printed cards that featured my fashion illustration! So while on photo shoots for magazines, I would give the art directors my makeup business card, and they would always be interested in the painting of the girl’s face on my card since they were so use to business cards with fashion photography on them, not fashion illustration. It was a great conversation starter, and actually lead me to my very first editorial illustration jobs because of it. To this day, even in this age of social media and websites, I spend a great deal of time creating promotional pieces that can be printed and hand held (as opposed to digital promotion). When I started it was just the interesting business card. But that grew and over the years I’ve designed and given out all sorts of promotional goodies that feature my art, like button pins, pocket mirrors, notebooks, mini calendars, and postcard series. (Why give away one when you can create a fun series of three to give to a potential client. After all, they might love one and then give the other two to a coworker or friend, and so it spreads!) From the very start I invested any extra money I could into printing things that I could give away— to clients, friends, at trade shows, events— anywhere. For me it is just about putting the art out there in the world in any way I can, and let it do its thing! JLG: You have managed to overcome the unfortunate reality of rejection and become a commercially successful artist in the extremely competitive art licensing industry—can you share some insights on how an artist should deal with possible rejection, especially if they are considering licensing their artwork? BP: I’m not sure there is a licensing artist out there that hasn’t dealt with the feeling of rejection. Its par for the course. You have to have thick skin to be an artist and handle criticism, but an even thicker skin to handle all of the pitfalls of licensing 48
and the dreaded “no’s”. When it works and it’s a good fit with a client—it’s beautiful and fantastic and exciting! But sometimes a company you really want to work with (and you so clearly envision your art on), well, they don’t feel the same. And you just have to move on. It is a huge industry, and each category (whether it be home or stationary or craft, etc.) has so many individual companies to pursue. So don’t let one rejection make you feel beaten down. Do your research and find other companies that you can approach. If you are getting more “no’s” than you can handle, don’t give up the dream—perhaps start reevaluating your portfolio. Not your style— you should always stay true to your style—but rather your presentation. Is there something about it that you can tweak to appeal more to the company you are approaching? Look at their current lines and study them carefully—the variations in each product group, the color schemes, the subject matters, the themes. You can custom tailor your portfolio themes for each company you approach to make it just the right look for their line. This isn’t a one size fits all industry. Be flexible. I also like to make it clear to potential clients that I can work beyond what they see in my portfolio, that I can custom create main images and prints and borders to suit their needs. This can open up a world of possibilities when a client knows this is possible.
“Before any of your art is out there, available to be licensed, register your artwork with the U.S. Copyright Office.”
JLG: What was it like to see your images in such a stationary giant as Papyrus for the first time? BP: Years before I was licensing, I would make my own greeting cards by hand. I would paste my illustrations on to card stock and then bring them to local stationary stores and sell those 10 at a time. I remember the first time I made a sale of my cards I was so excited. I had the dream to see my art on cards all over the world so when I got to work for Papyrus and have cards produced in that volume it was actually a “dream come true”. It felt... right. I felt my art was in its element. It was incredibly satisfying and thrilling all at once. When a new card comes out I still go to my local Papyrus with my husband and kids and we see who can spot the new card first—it’s still a huge thrill to me every time to see my work in the store. JLG: Do you have any advice for artists who are about to embark on their own art licensing journey?
BP: My number one piece of advice to any artist wanting to license—register your copyright first. Before any of your art is out there available to be licensed, register your artwork with the U.S. Copyright Office. They’ve made the online registration process easy and swift. This will protect your artwork if it falls into the wrong hands once it’s out there. When I license, I do not sell my copyright, and you do not need to sell yours in order to license. You work out a licensing agreement with the client, setting the specific terms of the usage rights for the artwork, but in the end it is you who will continue to own the actual copyright. This keeps you in charge of your own art and its destiny. In addition to this, I feel it’s important to show your copyright on the product, if possible. By this I mean the copyright symbol (letter “c” in a circle) followed by your name (and sometimes year and name). You will often see the artist’s copyright line printed in small print on the back or the bottom of the product. This tells the world that you are the owner of the art and that it cannot be copied or reused in any way without your permission. (It’s also a way for other potential clients out there to see who the artist is and find you if they love your art as well.) Another bit of advice—keep creating, and don’t stop. As a licensing artist, your job is never done. A big part of having a licensing portfolio is to continuously add to it, keep growing it. Your art licensing portfolio should always be expanding, it is never ending. You complete one collection, and then you move right on to the next. People want to see options, and they also want to see new work, 365 days a year. The minute I finish a group of paintings for one licensing collection, I immediately start planning and painting the next. As a licensing artist, you don’t ever run out of ideas, you just keep moving from one series to the next. JLG: What projects do you currently have in the works? BP: Most people are familiar with my partnership with Papyrus, but there are other categories outside of stationary that I license in, and I’m very proud of each and every one. I’ve partnered with icanvas.com, and have this fun collection of art prints with a huge assortment of images. I am super crazy excited about seeing my work on their canvas art prints. The canvases are so beautifully printed. Another partnership that I have recently added images to is my growing collection with DecalGirl. com. With them I do skins and cases for all devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and they’ve even added neoprene zippered sleeves, and they are all fantastic and
wonderful quality printing as well. This past year I joined the Etsy community, BellaPilarStudio.etsy.com, and I am currently designing and selling coffee mugs featuring my girls. I found this to be a great place for me to sell product that I am doing on my own and not licensing. Keep your eyes peeled for new Papyrus cards continuously hitting the stores and online at PapyrusOnline.com. There is something fabulously glittery and girly coming out soon! On my website at BellaPilar.com, I am always posting all of the product I currently have out, as well as other news about events and happenings. JLG: If you could say anything out there to other artists about pursuing their dreams…what would it be? BP: As an artist, when it comes to pursuing our dreams, we don’t and can’t give up. Creating is in our blood. Even if we’re not getting paid, we all just need to continue to create. We are happiest when we are creating. When I first got started in the art business, for several years I held another job while working on my illustration and licensing portfolio. I was a freelance makeup artist by day, painter at night. I appreciated having a job that paid the bills so I could take my time following my painting dream—refining my style and building up a solid portfolio to get started with, as well as painting just for the love of painting. Take your time. Don’t rush the process. Ride the wave. The cool thing is that the art licensing dream is a dream you can really follow because you can do it part time while you hold a full time job to pay the bills. Take advantage of this amazing industry that is so flexible on time and hours. I would not advise anyone to quit their day job blindly to pursue the dream of licensing, because you do not have to if you cannot afford to. Enjoy the slow ride. Enjoy the process of following the dream. Enjoy spending the evenings and weekend creating artwork that in your mind’s eye you can envision on product one day. If you love creating, you will enjoy the chase of the dream a lot more if you let it unfold slowly. And this doesn’t ever end. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years, and I am still building my portfolio slow and steady and dreaming about the next new client, the next amazing new product to get my art on. I still dream. It’s what keeps you moving forward.
“Enjoy the slow
ride. Enjoy the process of following the dream.”
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“The funny thing is, despite the maze of boxes, biking equipment, receipts, sketches, stacked paintings and art supplies, I still have a pretty good idea where everything can be found in my studio.”
The Organized Artist
(or,“When I turn out the lights, everything looks fine.”) by Jon Hunt
spend a lot of time at home in my studio slumped in an old office chair staring into the infinite hypnotic maw of my computer screen. I can tune out everything around me as I work on digital paintings or answer email queries from clients and students. This is especially true at night when that blue pool of light is the only oasis in an otherwise darkened room; a room that used to be a lot more organized than it is right now. Yup, my studio is a mess, and I hate it. Tidying up my workspace in between projects used to be an enjoyable part of my work process. The act of filing away references and wiping down my drawing table helped keep both my studio and my brain efficient and orderly. Lately however, I have been working on multiple overlapping projects with no recovery time in between. It seems like everyone’s lives are extremely busy compared to the “Old Days” and I am no exception. I have spent decades honing my obsessive work habits, yet I still need to be chaperoned through my day by a series of alarms I set on my phone as well as multiple hand-written to-do lists. Sure, pen and paper is a bit old-fashioned, but the reason I write my lists on scrap paper rather than using an electronic planner is because I have discovered that the physical act of writing actually helps me to commit the list to memory in a way typing does not. There is probably some fancy psychological terminology that explains this neurological imprinting process but I am too lazy to Google it. Despite being borderline OCD about things “being in the right place” I have learned to let a lot slide in the past few years. I simply have no choice but to turn the other cheek. Recently, my phone died. The cracked-open case and SD card are sprawled on top of my flat file like a sad little disemboweled animal waiting for me to find the time and means to upload my contact list and those last few photos. Next to it is an envelope stuffed with collectible gaming cards that I need to autograph and send back to a fan. That package is acting as a paper weight for the list of balance transfers I just made to an interest free credit card. Whoops—that reminds me! I have to make a payment on that credit card before 8pm tonight. I’ll be right back…Cool! I just crossed something off my list! FYI, here is an idea of what the rest of that list looks like: I’ve got a book cover overdue for a very patient client; I’m working up quotes for 3 more potential illustration gigs; there is a stack of Art Appreciation papers on top of my scanner that need to be graded; end-of-semester grades are due at one college; mid terms are fast approaching at another. Not to mention, I can barely keep up with the discussion threads for my online Photoshop class. I also need to prep for Free Comic Book Day when I will be selling my wares at a local comic shop. I haven’t cut my lawn in a month (This doesn’t bother me all that much but the neighbors are probably making a voodoo doll of me as I type this).
Don’t even get me started on taxes-- all of the write-offs and deductions and allowances, withholding, gross versus net income, invoices, W-2s and 1099s… I feel faint thinking about it. I gave up trying to do it myself years ago. I simply list my expenses and income and I email it all to my accountant. Even so, I still have boxes for both 2014 and 2015 stacked in the corner next to my light table. The way I write my Art Hive columns mirrors the current haphazardness of my studio. I begin by desperately throwing down partial sentences in the hopes that a cohesive structure will emerge. In this beginning stage, it looks as though a drunken game of Scrabble has thrown up all over my Word document. It’s more of a Dada chance poem or surrealist exquisite corpse than an essay. Inevitably I manage to get my act together, but there is always the nagging fear that I will end up with an impenetrably random Jackson Pollock muddle of disjointed sentences appropriate only for lining the bottom of a bird cage. The funny thing is, despite the maze of boxes, biking equipment, receipts, sketches, stacked paintings and art supplies, I still have a pretty good idea where everything can be found in my studio. That’s why I have taken the extreme measure of public self-shaming by writing this column. Today I began the tentative process of shifting stacks of papers and sweeping dust bunnies out from under my computer desk… oh cool! I just found some sketches that have been missing for the past year! I need to work on these! But before I do, let me leave you with a couple practical tips for becoming organized: • Make a list with realistic short-term goals and update it daily. • Create a simple, intuitive system for organizing all your stuff— and stick to it. • Even though it is free on Craig’s List, you don’t need it. • Choose a partner or roommate who is an obsessive compulsive clean freak and don’t get too attached to your stuff. Now about those sketches… If you don’t hear from me for a couple days— please send over a search team and a pot of coffee. Here is another illustrator’s solution to staying organized: http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2014/03/lets-get-organized-part-1of-2.html
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The musician, actor, and author shares advice from her new bookâ€” New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) on creating new habits to live a clutter free life. Photos by Rebecca Sanabria. Illustrations by Jeremy Gates. ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
7 Tips Every Creative Person Should Keep In Mind To Keep The Chaos At Bay... • Access is the most important thing to give yourself. You must literally have the clearest and easiest pathways to your creative tools. If your paintbrushes are hidden behind boxes, how likely is it that you’ll dig them out to create?
• Know there’s no right way. If you want to try the desk near the window, go ahead. If after a few weeks that location is bumming you out, try it somewhere else. Everything we do is a practice. And none of it is supposed to be perfect.
• Label those tools. For anything that could be confused with anything else -- or forgotten about -- label, label, label. This doesn’t need to be done with a fancy label maker. You can use sharpies and tape. As long as it sticks well and you can clearly read it, you’re golden.
• Allow your work to happen in small steps. If you’ve been putting off writing a novel, it’s possible that you’re overwhelmed by the scope of the project and therefore haven’t started at all. Start working on it in teeny tiny steps -- 10 or 20 minutes at a a time -- and see how that starts to feel. Progress will happen before you know it.
• Take advantage of your walls and vertical space. Hooks, shelves, and bulletin boards (which are all so affordable) can give you so much more storage space for all your tools and inspirations. 56
ABOVE: Say goodbye to old items that have served you well. Pick up Fay’s new book New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else). Illustrations by Jeremy Gates.
• If you get distracted, or tend to procrastinate, or just need a little push to start any given task (creative or otherwise), take advantage of the timer feature on your smart phone. Simply pressing start on a timer can miraculously propel us into action and shove aside other distractions so we can focus and get things done.
• Redefine your relationship with social media. Scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, etc. is often a great way to get creatively inspired. But we have to then make a point to carve out separate time to do our own work, make our own creations, and apply what we’ve learned. Then soon...someone else can scroll through and be inspired by you!
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Episode: Creative Chaos “Do artists really thrive in chaos, or is all the clutter killing your creativity? In this episode, we discuss the consequences of your disorganization and share different plans of attack to conquer your clutter. We also get hot organizing tips specially tailored to creatives from author and fellow artist, Fay Wolf, and discuss her new book, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks ( And Everyone Else ).” ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Brightline, photo courtesy of All Aboard Florida; Hot Air Ballon, illustration by JesÃºs Sanz; Doll Collection, photo by Bruce Helander
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he recent auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in Manhattan were off the mark by substantial amounts, and for the first time in recent history, major works by safe bets like Andy Warhol were passed by. These auctions, which coincided with Art New York and CONTEXT New York on Pier 94 and the Frieze art fair on Randall’s Island, were well-timed, as some of the most ambitious collectors in the world were in town, flying in for their annual spring migration. Frieze also provides a unique opportunity to see the art world flex its muscles while embracing an expensive passion to collect. The day before the official opening of Frieze to the public, the folks with clout wiggled in even before the VIP opening, like Michael Bloomberg, who reportedly came with his own personal art consultant, his decorator and several security guards, to get some quick advice for decisions that must be made rapidly and efficiently. Reportedly waiting patiently at the velvet ropes to get in were the Chairman of MoMA and mega real estate magnate Jerry Speyer, and Dasha Zhukova, the collector and publisher and wife of Roman Abramovich, the billionaire Russian oligarch. Henry Kravis, the billionaire private equity investor, and philanthropist Donald Marron were spotted trying to out distance Leonardo DiCaprio and tennis star-cum-art dealer and collector, John McEnroe. I was in town to cover some of the fairs and offer a few academic lectures in between my visits to the new Whitney Museum downtown and a special trip up to Rockefeller Center to view Van Gogh’s Ear, a sculpture installation by Elmgreen & Dragset, the same two-man team that constructed the Prada façade in Marfa, Texas. Standing on Fifth Avenue in front of a huge empty swimming pool, completely out of context (for which this artist duo is notorious), was nothing short of amazing. The installation remains a showstopper for pedestrians every minute until September, but if you can’t get to it, here’s my photograph to give you a sense of proportion and the eccentricity of its placement. While you’re uptown during the summer, check out British artist Cornelia Parker’s Psycho Barn on the roof of The Met, who built in two-thirds scale a house resembling the Bates’ home in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho. With all this money floating around and the fuss that goes with it by people who are in the business of making lots of money and spending it wisely (or foolishly, as is the case for the Jean-Michel Basquiat’s highly overrated and pretty weak painting that sold for $54 million, or the floating basketball by Jeff Koons for $15.3 million), it makes you wonder about the comparisons in values like the brilliant and remarkable Willem de Kooning’s 1986 Untitled XXIX masterpiece up for auction that was a far superior painting to Basquiat’s unresolved work, but sold for almost $40 million less. The prices reflected here certainly are not based on some aesthetic arithmetic, but by the sheer promise of future profits and exclusive bragging rights, whatever that means to you.
OPPOSITE PAGE: Elmgreen & Dragset, Van Gogh’s Ear, 2016, Steel, fiberglass, stainless steel and lights. Courtesy the artists and the K11 Art Foundation, Galerie Perrotin, Galleria Massimo De Carlo and Victoria Miro Gallery. Organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer. Photo by Bruce Helander
A group of “Bunny” paintings by Hunt Slonem, who also decorates his 30,000 square foot Brooklyn studio with wondrous objects and furnishings. Photo by Bruce Helander
A view of Hunt Slonem’s expansive Brooklyn studio. Photo by Bruce Helander 62
When I was a fresh from the Midwest art student at Rhode Island School of Design, the more sophisticated New England environment made me realize the joys of accumulating objects were perfectly obvious once you accompanied Chihuly on a buying trip to a local flea market. In addition, I had the added advantage of knowing my graduate school professor Richard Merkin, a consummate collector of vintage objects, from pins and cards to photographs and apparel that fit his penchant for eccentricity and style. As Merkin also was a regular writer for Vanity Fair, Gentleman’s Quarterly and Esquire , it made hearing the stories about his activities during the part of his week spent in Manhattan a delightful opportunity to learn about the joys of an artist who collects and how collecting can change your life in a positive way.
Colorful chalk figures in the Helander home—these were given out as prizes to the winners at traveling carnivals. Their imagery has the characteristics of pre-Pop Art and production line a la Warhol aesthetic. When a “carnie” ran out of prizes, he would simply mix up plaster and pour it into a mold, later spray painting the hardened chalk figures. Photo by Bruce Helander
Imagine for a moment, a different world entirely where all artworks were deemed worth only $100.00 each and their ultimate ‘value’ was based only on the beauty and inventiveness of the piece and not the hype, investment potential, massive advertising, recognizability and fancy catalogs that are calculated to elevate an image, even a poor example, to an artificial, perceived increase in cost. Beauty over bounty! As the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, my first priority was to evaluate an artist’s rank among the top 300 living earning artists, as well as select new artists to watch. In this position, I had the revelation that there are as many great young artists as there are famous living artists, with the caveat that emerging artists are not well known, have not been promoted by the art world machine, and accordingly, do not command anywhere near the sale prices of familiar names, although sometimes equally as good, or better. Artists often are enthusiastic collectors of objects, furnishings, and art, who generally are not impressed by a price tag, but with the sheer enjoyment of owning something that you would actually look forward to appreciating from sunrise to sunset, and I’m talking about the de Kooning, or even the beautiful, classic Philip Guston at Christie’s preview that surprisingly was underestimated at about $450,000. One of the chief collectors in Great Britain is Damien Hirst, who as one of the most financially successful artists in the world can afford to buy almost whatever he wants for pure enjoyment—not for profits. In America, the same formula holds true with Jeff Koons, who also is a big collector. Dale Chihuly, the world’s most successful glass artist, is likely the biggest collector of objects found in flea markets and secondhand stores of any artist since Andy Warhol, who was the greatest collector of art and objects of any other artist in history.
Forty years later, I find myself addicted to the excitement of foraging about at flea markets and secondhand stores with my wife, Claudia, to discover wonderful items, handmade or manufactured, which have a delightful idiosyncratic visual flavor to them and quite often have a utilitarian purpose as well, including salt & pepper shakers (600), men’s handkerchiefs (400), vintage neckties (300), restaurant ware, tea pots, ceramic heads, glass birds, naïve paintings, signs, 1950s furniture, Bakelite radios, chalk ware, and about thirty other categories. What I find amusing and no longer surprising is that many serious artist/collectors seem to enjoy their secondhand stash more than the so-called fine art that they also acquire. A method to the madness? Collecting is a lot like fishing: the more poles in the water, the more likely you’ll catch a fish, and the same philosophy succeeds for walking around a big flea market where you don’t need a pole (a large straw bag will do), but a keen watchful eye, a pretty fast pace and a second sense of where your favorite collectible species may be hiding is a must. I encourage everyone who hasn’t enjoyed this discovery channel weekend program to give collecting objects a try, as you just may find it as satisfying as procuring paintings, albeit much less expensive and without the drama and hype, but still with bragging rights! Bruce Helander is an artist who writes on art. He has written compelling essays on Willem de Kooning and Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim for The Huffington Post. He is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Rhode Island School of Design, and recently was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Helander is the guest curator for Manolis’ upcoming survey of recent works at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
Painter Hunt Slonem recently moved into a 30,000 square foot studio in Brooklyn, which not only accommodates his multiple cages of live birds and his celebrated canvases of the aforementioned birds as well as bunnies, but displays his thousands of decorative objects, from chairs to marble sculptures to bric-a-brac. Being a collector means different things to different people, but to artists, not surprisingly, there are very few limits to what they will collect and how they appreciate what they own.
Bruce in the studio, Photo Credit: ©Michael Price
BRIGHTLINE BROADENS HORIZONS New Florida train to transport passengers between Miami and Orlando with ease.
Imagine meeting a client for a possible freelance illustration job in the morning in West Palm Beach, catching up with an old friend at an art museum in Fort Lauderdale at lunchtime, and meeting up with family for dinner at a hip new restaurant in Orlando, all in one day. If the thought of driving on Florida’s highway systems all day long sends you into a mild panic attack, then you’re not alone. But what if we told you that you could do it all while sipping a glass of wine, getting sketches done, and listening to your favorite music in peace (all without freaking out or getting in an accident)! Enter the Brightline express train. In 2017, the landscape of transportation in Florida will forever be changed by making your “backyard” a whole lot bigger! Imagine expanding your accessibility to work and entertainment, with all the creature comforts you have come to rely on. We interviewed Julie Edwards, Brightline’s Chief Marketing Officer, about what we can expect from this new and exciting project.
Photos courtesy of All Aboard Florida/ Brightline
A rendering of the Brightline station in Fort Lauderdale. All Aboard Florida/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP/Zyscovich Architects
A rendering of the Brightline station in West Palm Beach. All Aboard Florida/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP/Zyscovich Architects
“By offering an alternative to driving and promoting the use of mass transit, we will be removing approximately three million cars from Florida’s congested roadways annually by 2030.” - Julie Edwards
Art Hive: What events kicked off the creation of the Brightline express, intercity train? Julie Edwards: First, we saw a need for an alternative mode of transportation here in Florida as the state is now the third largest in the country and growing at a fast rate. We also did some research and realized that more than 500 million trips are taken annually between South Florida and Orlando. Of these, 95% are taken in private cars on a road infrastructure that has not been able to keep pace with the growth. We also have the benefit to be part of an organization that dates back 120 years to Henry Flagler and the creation of the Florida East Coast railway. Today, our sister company owns the right of rail corridor and we looked at how we could leverage that rail service back to Florida. The unique factor is that we are building this express, intercity passenger railway with private funds in a way that’s not being done anywhere else in the US today. Art Hive: Traveling along Florida’s congested highway system can be frustrating and often times dangerous. What advantages do you expect Brightline to bring to everyday commuters in Florida? Julie Edwards: Brightline is bringing many benefits to travelers in Florida. Our primary advantages is that the service will be quick with reliable trip times, convenient with frequent departures, hospitable with a focus on customer service, and comfortable with large seats and reserved seating options. Additionally, travelers will be stress-free and productive, utilizing our free robust high speed internet service and convenient seating configurations. We also have a very strong focus on safety and are implementing positive train control as well as upgraded grade crossings along our entire route. Art Hive: What differences can travelers expect when riding on the Brightline versus Tri-Rail rail line? Julie Edwards: All of the above, but really Tri-Rail serves a different purpose. Brightline is meant to connect people to our three stops (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with the second phase of service going to Orlando). Tri-Rail is complementary to our service, connecting to many towns on the east coast of South Florida. Art Hive: What are some of the “creature comforts” Brightline will offer to passengers? Julie Edwards: Large, comfortable seats with reserved seating options
and different configurations; complimentary high speed robust wifi service; food and beverage selections onboard and in the stations; easy booking via the web or mobile device; pet-friendly; and easy local transit connections to get to your final destination. Art Hive: These days it seems everyone is looking to reduce their carbon footprint, in what ways will Brightline be contributing to the ‘going green’ initiative? Julie Edwards: By offering an alternative to driving and promoting the use of mass transit, we will be removing approximately three million cars from Florida’s congested roadways annually by 2030. Designed with guests and optimal efficiency in mind, the Brightline train sets are being manufactured in California by Siemens USA, the global powerhouse of innovative train-builders, at their Sacramento manufacturing plant that is powered up to 80 percent by two megawatts of solar energy. A fuel-efficient Cummins diesel-electric engine built in the heart of Indiana will power the locomotive with 16 cylinders pumping up to 4,400 horsepower for optimum reliability and consistency. The lightweight engine is certified to meet the ultra-low emissions required by EPA Tier 4 standards, with additional benefits including reduced noise and excellent response. The train sets also feature energy efficient LED lighting throughout. Brightline’s station buildings will also be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a rating earned for environmentally-friendly construction using less water, energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of Brightline’s 235-mile route will use an existing transportation corridor, minimizing the impact on wetland acreage. The mitigation for unavoidable impacts will ensure that there is no net loss of wetland function. Art Hive: In what ways are the cities (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando) preparing for the influx of new and more frequent visitors? Julie Edwards: We’ve been working closely with community leaders in each of our stations’ cities. They are all very excited for the Brightline service to commence and can clearly see the economic benefits that it will bring. This new service will allow residents and visitors to travel more easily in South Florida making the attractions and business’ more accessible. The current public transportation options (Buses, Trolley, Trains) will be complemented by the Brightline service, making it easier to travel care free and car free! More at gobrightline.com
Center: A rendering of the guest lounge in the Brightline station in Fort Lauderdale. All Aboard Florida/ CG Rendering/Rockwell Group; Julie Edwards headshot, All Aboard Florida.
Our picks of activities, events, and reads to keep your inspiration soaring this summer!
JUNE EVENTS 12th ANNUAL IRIE WEEKEND: BENEFITING THE IRIE FOUNDATION “The Irie Foundation is working year round to improve and create a positive impact on the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for successful futures. The Foundation, which is supported by remarkable sponsors and partners, also hosts numerous fundraising events, including the annual Irie Weekend, one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated events of the year. All proceeds go toward Foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national non-profit organizations.” iriefoundation.org BLUE SPRING STATE PARK “Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John’s River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring´s crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, canoeing, and boating are also enjoyed along the St. John’s River.” floridastateparks.org COLORS OF THE CARIBBEAN “A true taste of the Caribbean and a celebration of Caribbean culture. June, Caribbean American Heritage Month, gives us an opportunity to showcase all the region has to offer!” colorsofthecaribbean.com NORTHWOOD VILLAGE ART WALK “Visitors can explore the artistic side of historic Northwood Village through guided walking tours of eclectic art galleries, outdoor murals and other unique neighborhood shops, as well as demos and talks with artists. Registration is required and space is limited to 20 people per tour. Second Saturday each month.” northwoodartwalk.com SUMMER TIME MOONLIGHT SEA TURTLE WALKS- The Museum of Discovery and Science -“Invites the whole family to participate in an evening of sea turtle discovery this summer. Once again, the annual evening Turtle Walks will occur in June and July. Visitors will enjoy an entire evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. Nature permitting, participants will have a chance to watch a 300 pound Loggerhead sea turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs. A female loggerhead sea turtle may travel thousands of miles to return to the beach where she hatched as a baby to lay her own eggs as an adult.” mods.org REDLANDS SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL “This annual event showcases local agriculture, and tropical fruits. Vendor booths featuring yummy foods, and rare fruit samplings will be available.” fruitandspicepark.org SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF “A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will again host its annual “Summer Jazz on the Gulf” concert series. This will mark the 31st consecutive year of the fun, free, and family-friendly concert series, which combines festive Jazz entertainment with truly beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, extraordinary sunsets, cool breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the family-owned resort’s picturesque Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf. “Summer Jazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month June-September.” naplesbeachhotel.com LIT “The Cornell Art Museum presents illuminating contemporary art in this group exhibition. Sixteen internationally recognized artists have used light to bring their creative vision to life. Artwork in this exhibit has been featured in galleries and museums worldwide.” oldschoolsquare.org SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL “Pre-professional students and faculty artists from around the world converge on Sarasota for three weeks of coaching, master classes and performances. Join us to celebrate one of classical music’s finest teaching festivals. Choose from one of our main series, Thursday Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, or Saturday Symphonies. There are also Student Recitals, Master Classes, and Festival Lectures.” sarasotaorchestra.org
JUNE EVENTS CONTINUED
BEER PROJECT: BEER + ART LOUNGE-Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg- “Inspired liquid art. Taste beers uniquely crafted by local artisans for a night that drinks to creativity and ingenuity. Area brewing companies take on the challenge to create small batch brews that connect with works in the Museum’s collection.” mfastpete.org OLD TOWN UNTAPPED- “Pompano Beach’s first ever Craft Brew and Arts Festival! A night filled with free craft beer samples from Pompano’s own breweries, live music, food trucks,art and more! 1st Friday of every month 6-9pm. In front of Bailey Contemporary Arts.” pompanobeacharts.org SCREEN ON THE GREEN-GOOSEBUMPS: Out door film series in downtown Lake Worth- enjoy family friendly movies outside on the big screen. lakeworth.org/events ‘ILLUSTRATED: MODERN POP ART’ featuring JOSE DELBO Opening Reception- Center for Creative Education Gallery- “This exhibition features the legendary cartoonist/illustrator Jose Delbo, a 2013 InkPot Award Winner with work that spans 50+ years across DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Superheroes, and Characters we all grew up with and still love to this day. A group exhibition surrounds Jose Delbo that includes 16 area artists and works from two exclusive collections that provide a range of Pop Art, how it’s defined and how it relates to each of us.” cceflorida.org NORTHWOOD VILLAGE FOOD TRUCK ROLL-IN “A food truck invasion on the west end of Northwood Road with a variety of culinary experiences, live music, and an artist colony featuring live art and artisan vendors. Third Wednesday of each month.” northwoodvillage.com BUTTERFLY WALK “The Deering Estate is home to several rarely seen species of butterflies. Guests will walk with a Deering Estate naturalist through various habitats in search of Dina Yellow, Dingy Purplewing, and Atala butterflies, as well as others of the nearly 40 species that are onsite. Fourth Saturday of the month.” deeringestate.org/seasonal-tours KRAFT NISSAN SUNDOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ CASCADES PARK “Each concert in the series will be FREE and open to the public with a different regional band headlining each event. The concerts will feature great family friendly entertainment each month in Tallahassee’s most family friendly Downtown park. First Friday of each month through August.” tallahasseedowntown.com CITY OF JACKSONVILLE BEACH SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT SERIES “The City of Jacksonville Beach is proud to present the 15th Annual Summer Jazz Series. This two-concert series is scheduled for Sunday evenings from 5 PM until 9 PM at the Sea Walk Pavilion on June 12 and July 10. Come out and enjoy the combination of exciting music performed by national recording artists, the caress of cool sea breezes, and the rhythm of the ocean. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs.” jacksonvillebeach.org ARTIST AS AN ENTREPRENEUR INSTITUTE “A course study to assist artists of all disciplines, by cultivating and advancing their business skills.” RSVP required broward.org/arts/events TRANSCENDING FORMS: JAPANESE BAMBOO BASKETS “For thousands of years, Japanese farmers and artisans have plaited woody grasses of the bamboo family into practical containers. Utilitarian and unsigned by their maker, these containers were used for fishing, winnowing or even flower display for the refined tea ceremony. During the 1950s, a small number of bamboo artists moved beyond functional baskets to experiment with purely sculptural forms. Drawing from works in the Morikami collection, this exhibition will trace the evolution of the humble Japanese bamboo basket from its agricultural beginnings to the revolutionary bamboo expressions of avant-garde artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.” morikami.org 70
JULY/AUGUST EVENTS 24th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL “Summer in Miami can only mean one thing: mangoes, mangoes and more mangoes! Join us as we celebrate our tropical summers with the juiciest event: The International Mango Festival. Enjoy two-days of the King of Tropical Fruit. We’re offering lectures, cooking demonstrations and tips to keep your mango trees thriving, pick up a trick from local chefs at a cooking demonstration, shop artisan vendors or pick up delicious foods from local vendors.” fairchildgarden.org INTERNATIONAL HISPANIC THEATRE FESTIVAL OF MIAMI “The acclaimed International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami, presented by Teatro Avante, the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium and MDCulture, is celebrating its 30th season by presenting some of the best theatre companies from Latin America and Europe in various locations in Miami and Key Biscayne.” teatroavante.com SCREEN ON THE GREEN MINIONS & INSIDE OUT: Outdoor film series in downtown Lake Worth- enjoy family friendly movies outside on the big screen. lakeworth.org/events JOSE DELBO WORKSHOP- Center for Creative Education Gallery. “A premier opportunity to learn from a Master Illustrator and Cartoonist. The workshop will allow attendees to learn basic techniques of drawing and artistic design to character creations with the help of professional tips along the way.” cceflorida.org ROCK OF AGES On stage at the Lake Worth Playhouse—“Written by Chris D’Arienzo and nominated for five Tony Awards, this musical brings back the 1980’s, when Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flowed freely. Featuring music by Bon Jovi, Styx, Journey and Whitesnake, it tells the story of aspiring rock star Drew and small-town girl Sherri as they work in one of the Sunset Strips last legendary rock and roll venues. But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang of crazy characters save the strip and themselves before it’s too late? Join us as we revisit the 1980’s.” lakeworthplayhouse.org SUNDAY ON THE WATERFRONT Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Waterfront “Sunday on the Waterfront pays tribute to musical legends this summer and is an ideal setting for good times and great entertainment. This monthly concert series is a perfect weekend outing and a fantastic way to relax and unwind with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon.” 3rd Sunday of each month. wpb.org/events MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS “The five day Latin music and dance festival featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and award winning Latin Bands.” miamisalsacongress.com
CITY OF BOCA RATON’S-SUMMER IN THE CITY Music and movies under the stars at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. ci.boca-raton.fl.us SHADOWS OF THE FLOATING WORLDS: Paper Cuts by Hiromi Moneyhun “The Kyoto born artist Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun has developed a unique artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese art forms and the bold intensity found in contemporary graphic illustrations. Hiromi’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multistep process which produces an art that is at once lighthearted fantasy and startlingly alive. This exhibit will explore works from the artist’s Ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World) series, which celebrates the high-fashion courtesans of Japan’s 18th and 19th century pleasure quarters.” morikami.org ALL FLORIDA INVITATIONAL “The annual All Florida exhibition, which has been presented at the Boca Raton Museum of Art since 1951, has long been a hallmark for the state’s local artists. Painters, sculptors, photographers, and film and multi-media artists eagerly await the opening of the show’s submission period year after year. Now they can look forward to an invitation. Participants in this year’s All Florida will be selected by a panel of nationally-recognized Florida-based artists.” bocamuseum.org FUNCTION FASHION WEEK MIAMI BEACH “Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/ evening long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands. Designers will integrate music into their shows, many personally selecting their favorite celebrity DJs to preside over their runway spectacles.” swimfashionweek.com SCREEN ON THE GREEN- MONSTERS INC.: Outdoor film series in downtown Lake Worth- enjoy family friendly movies outside on the big screen. lakeworth.org/events FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK “This is one of the few state parks with dry (air-filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public.The Florida Cavern has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. The Chipola River and Blue Hole spring provide areas for fishing, canoeing and boating. Florida Caverns State Park is popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. The park does not rent horses, however stables are available for equestrian enthusiast.” floridastateparks.org
SUMMER READS The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza—“As editor in chief of Glossy magazine, Imogen Tate is queen of the fashion world … until Eve, her conniving twenty-something former assistant, returns from business school with plans to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and re-launch Glossy as an app. Suddenly, the Louboutin is on the other foot; Imogen may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she doesn’t know Facebook from Foursquare and once got her phone stuck in Japanese for three days. But Imogen will do anything to reclaim her kingdom—even if it means channeling her inner millennial and going head to head with a social-media monster.” theknockoffbook.com
Wool-The Graphic Novel by Hugh Howey—“Wool as you’ve never read it before: The New York Times bestselling novel now told in graphic novel format, featuring full-color illustrations by Hugo Award-nominated artist Jimmy Broxton, and as adapted by fan-favorite writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. This contemporary dystopian classic—hailed by Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, as ‘an epic feat of imagination’—will captivate readers both familiar and new. This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. This collection includes over 20 pages of bonus material: Jimmy Broxton’s sketchbook, variant covers by Darwyn Cooke, and more!” hughhowey.com
A Girls’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber- “In this powerful and uplifting novel a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined. An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, the second story in the New Beginnings series, affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.” debbiemacomber.com New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (And Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf- “Can a decluttered space fuel a creative mind? Heck yes, says organizing expert Fay Wolf, who has helped everyone from Hollywood celebrities to schoolteachers to work-from-home parents achieve a simpler, more fulfilling life. Here, Wolf outlines her basic rules for saying goodbye to the stuff crowding up your space and hello to new habits that free you up for the things you’re passionate about. And it can all be done in as little as a few minutes a day.” faywolf.com
100 Years: Wisdom From Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life by Joshua Prager & by Milton Glaser. “An extraordinary literary journey, 100 Years celebrates every age from birth to 100 with quotations from the world’s greatest writers. This literary tapestry of the human experience will delight readers of all backgrounds. Moving year by year through the words of our most beloved authors, the great sequence of life reveals itself—the wonders and confinements of childhood, the emancipations and frustrations of adolescence, the empowerments and millstones of adulthood, the recognitions and resignations of old age. This trove of wisdom—featuring immortal passages from Arthur Rimbaud, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, and Maya Angelou, among many others—reminds us that the patterns of life transcend continents, cultures, and generations. As Thomas Mann wrote of our most shared human experience: ‘It will happen to me as to them.’ Designed by the legendary Milton Glaser, 100 Years brings together color, type, and text to illuminate the ebb and flow of an entire life.” amazon.com Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool- “Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill. Peak belies both of these notions, proving that almost all of us have the seeds of excellence within us—it’s just a question of nurturing them by reducing expertise to a discrete series of attainable practices. Peak offers invaluable, often counterintuitive, advice on setting goals, getting feedback, identifying patterns, and motivating yourself. Whether you want to stand out at work, or help your kid achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to master nearly anything.” amazon.com 72
SUMMER READS You May Also Like: Taste in Age of Endless of Choice by Tom Vanderbilt—“From the best-selling author of Traffic, an enlightening and illuminating look at why we like the things we like, why we hate the things we hate, and what our preferences reveal about us. Why is showing up to work wearing the same outfit as a coworker so embarrassing? Why do we venerate so many artists who were controversial or ignored during their lifetimes? What makes an ideal cat an ideal cat, or an ideal beer an ideal beer, in the eyes of expert judges? From the tangled underpinnings of our food taste to our unsettling insecurity before unfamiliar works of art to the complex dynamics of our playlists and the pop charts, our preferences and opinions are constantly being shaped by countless forces. And in the digital age, a nonstop procession of ‘thumbs up’ and ‘likes’ and ‘stars’ is helping dictate our choices. Taste has moved online—there are more ways than ever for us, and companies, to see what and how we are consuming. If you’ve ever wondered how Netflix recommends movies, how to spot a fake Yelp review, or why books often see a sudden decline in Amazon ratings after they win a major prize, Tom Vanderbilt has answers to these questions and many more that you’ve probably never thought to ask.” tomvanderbilt.com What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler with Cynthia Littleton—“In What I Told My Daughter, entertainment executive Nina Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women—from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg—to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child.” amazon.com The Assistants by Camille Perri—“The debut novel that J. Courtney Sullivan calls ‘addictive, hilarious, and smart. It’s “9 to 5 for the student loan generation’ and Publishers Weekly describes as ‘if the characters from HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail.’ Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not. When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated.” penguinrandomhouse.com Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee from Scout to Go Set a Watchman by Charles J. Shields—“To Kill a Mockingbird―the twentieth century’s most widely read American novel―has sold thirty million copies and still sells a million yearly. Yet despite her book’s perennial popularity, its creator, Harper Lee, has become a somewhat mysterious figure. Now, after years of research, Charles J. Shields brings to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who gave us two of American literature’s most unforgettable characters―Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout. At the center of Shields’s evocative, lively book is the story of Lee’s struggle to create her famous novel, but her colorful life contains many highlights―her girlhood as a tomboy in overalls in tiny Monroeville, Alabama; the murder trial that made her beloved father’s reputation and inspired her great work; her journey to Kansas as Truman Capote’s ally and research assistant to help report the story of In Cold Blood. Mockingbird―unique, highly entertaining, filled with humor and heart―is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic portrait of a writer, her dream, and the place and people whom she made immortal.” amazon.com A Curious Mind-The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman—“From Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes the New York Times bestselling, brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly ‘curiosity conversations’ that have inspired Grazer to create some of America’s favorite and iconic movies and television shows—from 24 to A Beautiful Mind. For decades, film and TV producer Brian Grazer has scheduled a weekly “curiosity conversation” with an accomplished stranger. From scientists to spies, and adventurers to business leaders, Grazer has met with anyone willing to answer his questions for a few hours. These informal discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of Grazer’s movies and TV shows, including Splash, 24, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Arrested Development, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, Empire, and many others. A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us. Whether you’re looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner, this book—and its lessons on the power of curiosity—can change your life.” amazon.com Contagious-Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger- “Word of mouth is 10 times as effective as traditional advertising, but why do people talk about and share certain things rather than others? Why do some products catch on, some ideas diffuse, and some online content go viral? Wharton professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. In Contagious, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to services and ideas within organizations. Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese-steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.” jonahberger.com ARTHIVEMAGAZINE.COM
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