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Recycled, reclaimed and reused rule at Festival of Arts fashion show – Los Angeles Times

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The 11th
annual Festival of Arts fashion show Sunday in Laguna Beach spotlighted festival exhibitors designing outfits featuring only recycled, reclaimed and reused materials.

A panel of judges including Pageant of the Masters director Diane Challis Davy, costume designer Alex Jaeger and Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk selected winners in a variety of categories.

The Festival of Arts continues daily through Aug. 31 at 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

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Art gallery sending artist from the Rock to the Emerald Isle – CBC.ca

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Philippa Jones, executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, says a partnership between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador could benefit the province’s art community. (Alex Kennedy/CBC)

A St. John’s art gallery will be sending an artist to Ireland and welcoming one in return — and it’s all thanks to its new studio space.

Philippa Jones, the gallery’s executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery, says a partnership between the gallery and Donegal art company Artlink began earlier this year, when some of Artlink’s members came to St. John’s for an art conference.

“They were wandering around trying to figure out … where the art centres were,” Jones said. “And they dropped into Eastern Edge and we said ‘hi’ and from there we just formed a really great partnership.”

A recent Eastern Edge expansion gives the gallery the room to do projects like an international residency exchange with Artlink, she said.

As part of this partnership, Eastern Edge will send one artist from Newfoundland and Labrador to Donegal, about 220 kilometres north of Dublin, for a four-week residency in their own studio. The residency is self-directed, meaning it’s up to the artist what they want to do. The artist will also receive 6,000 Euros, nearly $9,000 Cdn, for fees including travel and living costs.

An artist from Ireland will also come to Newfoundland and Labrador, and work in residency at Eastern Edge.

Jones said the residency is a great opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador to establish itself on the international art map.

“We have a really unique, vibrant arts community with a lot of independent artists making a living and a life here enriching the culture,” Jones said.

“It also then gives the opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador artists to travel to Ireland and, in the same vein, see how their art industry works and runs. But also make work over there, make connections, form friendships.”

Strengthening relations with Ireland

With WestJet cancelling its direct flights between St. John’s and Dublin last year, Jones says she hopes the art connection between the two countries can carry over to the runway.

“There’s a history of an extremely strong relationship already between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador,” Jones said.

“It would definitely be advantageous and make everyone’s life easier if the direct flights were returned. Taking 24 hours to get to Donegal is not going to be as much fun or as easy for our artists when they have to go directly.”

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After Hiatus, Trump Awards National Arts and Humanities Medals – The New York Times

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For the first time since he took office, President Trump will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal, honoring eight recipients including the actor Jon Voight, the novelist James Patterson, the musicians of the United States Military and the conservative think tank the Claremont Institute.

The medals, given annually since the 1980s, were last awarded in 2016, by President Obama, who named about a dozen honorees for each medal, as was typical in past years. This week, in a terse announcement, the administration named four winners each for the arts and the humanities. They will be honored on Thursday at the White House.

In addition to Mr. Voight and the musicians of the military, the winners of the arts medal are the bluegrass musician and singer Alison Krauss and the philanthropist Sharon Percy Rockefeller, who is also president of WETA, Washington’s public television and radio station.

The humanities honorees include Patrick O’Connell, the chef at the Inn at Little Washington, an acclaimed restaurant in Washington, Va., and Teresa Lozano Long, a philanthropist in Austin, Tex., as well as Mr. Patterson and the Claremont Institute.

The lack of awards since he came into office had underscored Mr. Trump’s uneasy relationship with the arts, and his rocky history with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which he attempted to close down shortly after his inauguration.

In 2017, all 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest after Mr. Trump made comments in defense of white nationalists after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. And for the past two years, Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, a major event on the Washington cultural calendar.

The arts and humanities medals are among the country’s most prestigious cultural honors. In 2016, the year they were last given, winners included the comedian Mel Brooks, the interviewer Terry Gross, the trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the biographer Ron Chernow and the novelist Sandra Cisneros.

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Beaux Arts Bazaar runs until Dec. 24 in Quesnel – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

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Looking for a unique, handmade gift for yourself or someone special this Christmas?

Quesnel Art Gallery member artists and artisans are selling a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items for the next five weeks during the gallery’s annual Beaux Arts Bazaar.

At least a dozen artists and artisans from Quesnel and the surrounding area are participating, selling a range of handcrafted items, including bookmarks, ornaments, pottery, carvings, felting, digital art, glass work, painting, photography, drawings, soy candles and cards.

The Beaux Arts Bazaar is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quesnel Art Gallery at 500 North Star Rd.

The show opened Saturday, Nov. 16 and runs to Tuesday, Dec. 24, and it is sponsored by KPMG and DHJ Design Studio.

For more information about the Beaux Arts Bazaar, visit quesnelartgallery.com.

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These felted mice by Marguerite are just some of the local works available at the Beaux Arts Bazaar.

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