Thursday, May 21, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

BRAS Breast Cancer Awareness

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BRAS FOR A CAUSE


BRAS FOR A CAUSE:
1"Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. The exhibit consists of fifty original works of art which are unique, entertaining, humorous, and beautiful to make the public aware of breast cancer, to memorialize those lost to the disease, and to honor survivors.

This exhibit will tour SC until Oct '09 at which time individual Artful Bras will be auctioned and the proceeds donated to the Best Chance Network, a program that helps women ages 40 to 64 who need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer, but do not have insurance or have insurance that only covers hospital care, and who meet certain income guidelines.

The bras come prepared for display on their own hangers and are available for exhibit across the state of South Carolina. The exhibit is available until October of 2009."


click to View all The Artfull Bras


Exhibit Schedule


May 28 Private Showing

May 29-31 Private Showing

June 1-11
8:30-5:00 daily
215 E. Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC
864-222-3500

*site may change

June 12-15 Private Showing

June 16-26
8:30-5:00 daily
Center for the Arts
121 E. Calhoun Street
Rock Hill, SC

June 27-July 8
Quilters Cottage
2571 S Ocean Hwy - Business 17
Garden City, SC 29576
10-5 Monday - Saturday
1-5 Sunday
843-651-4004

July 22 - 25
American Quilter's Society Show
Knoxville, TN

June 27-30 Private Showing

July 9-19 Private Showing

August 1-28
Artist's Guild Gallery
Main Street
Greenville, SC

September 1-12
History and Arts Museum
Gaffney, SC

September 14-15 Private Showing

September 18-21 Private Showing

September 25-27 Private Showing

September 30 - October 4
12th Annual Aunt Het Quilt Show
Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild
610 Fairview Street
Fountain, SC
9-5 Saturday
12-4 Sunday
864- 862-4675

October 5 - 12
Pieces and Patches
711 H East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072
803-359-3442

Additionally; "QSC has produced a CD/PowerPoint presentation of the ARTFULL BRA PROJECT for purchase by individuals and groups alike. A narrative of the inspiration behind the construction of each entry will provide meaningful insight and share with the viewer poignant memories of loved ones who have survived and those we have lost to breast cancer.

A minimum donation of $35.00 for each CD purchased is required. Funds go to Best Chance Network, which provides services and screenings for uninsured women who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer."

To order visit Quilters of South Carolina

1. The Artfull Bra Project

"Quilters of South Carolina began in February 1994 with a group of women with a big love of quilting. The first meeting was held in Columbia. Our first president was Helen Fairchild. We have since grown to almost 700 members from around the state as well as neighboring states."






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Friday, May 15, 2009

Statue of OverSeas Progress

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1As part of the U.S. Army's Task Force Ironhorse, the 4th Infantry Divisionwas deployed in Iraq for most of 2003, participated in the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003, and saw many of their comrades killed and wounded in the violence that followed the end of major combat operations. In mid-2003, while the 4th Infantry Division was headquartered in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Fuss, the division's top noncommissioned officer, headed up a project to commemorate the unit's dead and conceived of a memorial featuring the figure of a forlorn soldier kneeling to mourn before empty helmet, boots, and rifle — an array of objects that traditionally represents a fallen compatriot.

Needing a sculptor to carry out his vision, Sgt. Maj. Fuss and other Americans asked around for local talent, and an Iraqi contractor recommended a 27-year-old artist named Khalid Alussy to them…

As the work neared completion, Sgt. Fuss and the division's commander, Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, decided it needed a clearer connection to Iraq. The general suggested adding a small child to symbolize Iraq's new future… After four months' worth of night and weekend labor, Mr. Alussy completed his assignment, and the statues were installed in an entranceway inside the 4th Infantry Division's headquarters in Tikrit. In February 2004 the statues were flown to the 4th Infantry Division Museum at the unit's home base of Fort Hood, Texas.

2The statue arrived at Fort Hood's Robert Gray Army Airfield Feb. 16, along with the first 60 soldiers in the task force to redeploy from Iraq, said Capt. Charles Armstrong, secretary of the general staff for the rear detachment.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers donated the $18,000 to cover the cost of the statue, created by an Iraqi sculptor from the melted-down remnants of statues he had been forced to sculpt for former dictator Saddam Hussein, said Maj. Josslyn Aberle, public affairs officer for the 4th Infantry Division at its Iraq headquarters in Tikrit.

1. Snopes
2. U.S. Department of Defense

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mother's Day Shrine!

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The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.

“The "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!


Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."


From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.


Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.


In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.”
Wikipedia


Unfortunately, to date war continues perhaps as a necessary evil and has been compounded to include women, many of whom are Mothers.

“As far as Julia Ward Howe, being considered as an advocate for a national observation of Mother's Day is clearly denied by her own writing. In her "Reminiscences" Howe states that she was in great opposition to Louis Napoleon from the period of the infamous act of treachery and violence, which made him emperor. She wondered, "Why do not mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" She felt if she sent an appeal to womanhood throughout the world that the waste of human life in war could be prevented. Howe's little document referred to as "Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation" was not a proclamation about motherhood or her own mother in the sense that Mother's Day is expressed today but rather it was an anti-war movement. I see this woman dressed in black holding up a sign that reads, "Give peace a chance" as we saw during the Vietnam War.” TheHolidayspot


“In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honoring Anna's mother. Anna handed out her mother's favorite flowers, the white carnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna's hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers” Day For Mothers.com

Today carnations are still the official flower of Mother's Day.

International Mother's Day Shrine




“The Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, the Mother Church of Mothers Day, became the International Mothers Day Shrine when it was incorporated on May 15, 1962. This beautiful, historic church, built in 1873, is located on Main Street in downtown Grafton, one mile south of the junction of Routes 50 and 119. It is open April 15 through October 15, Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 3:30; closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays except by appointment. Reservations are required for tour groups.”

“Mission Statement:


"The International Mother's Day Shrine and Museum will preserve, promote and develop through education, the Spirit of Motherhood, as exemplified by the lives of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis and Anna Jarvis, and the institution of Mother's Day that they established."

The Mission of the International Mother's Day Shrine is clear: to preserve, promote and develop the Spirit of Motherhood. The over-riding goals of our organization flow from that mission statement. We are striving to launch a new awareness of the International Mother's Day Shrine and Museum and to celebrate the region's historic significance and the founding of Mother's Day as an important facet of its heritage.”



Happy Mother’s Day!











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Monday, May 04, 2009

50 Wonderful Women

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For 55 years the Newspaper published in Memphis, Tennessee and founded by (publisher of the Chicago Defender); has been “1one of the longest, continuously-published African-American papers in the United States”.

In addition to informative African-American news and having been active in the ; the Tri-State Defender also annually honors “Women of Excellence”.

2Each woman must be an African-American executive, professional, businessperson or community leader with a proven record of accomplishment. She must be a positive role model who has influenced the lives of others and demonstrated an active role in the community.”

On March 5th; Tri-State Defender published an official nomination form. By the end of the month; Tri-State Defender began their selections from numerous nominees. Then on April 24, 2009 at The Tower Room, in Memphis, Tennessee; these 50 exceptionally influential African-American Women were honored! at the Tri-State Defender Online.

served as Event Coordinator last year and for this year’s Women of Excellence High Tea honorees. Florence M. Howard “ is an entrepreneur and founder of (SSCOMM, Inc.), an 8-year-old consulting firm that offers training, event planning, public relations and market research services to businesses, nonprofit and governmental agencies.”

Anchor, hosted the event:



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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Starving Artists Controversy?

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Artists may have found a way to solve their insatiable hunger and appease ours. During the year 2005 in Miami, "visitors to an international art show were invited to place flavored strips representing paintings and photos on their palates. Visitors to Visionaire art magazine's "taste bar" were offered postage-stamp-sized strips that dissolve like film breath mints. They were developed in conjunction with artists, and the artwork paired with each flavor was displayed menu-like above the bar." read full article.

Naturally the flavored strips were as diverse and controversial as art itself can sometimes be.

"Visionaire and New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. spent about a year on this project." Now fast forward to the Today Show:


As stated in the video clip by the company's President/CEO and confirmed on their site, First Flavor was "Inspired by the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 Warner Brothers Studio)" A remarkably striking resemblance can be found in the article "Miami exhibit invites visitors to taste some art" about the "postage-stamp-sized" flavored strips:

"It's very Willy Wonka," said John Steele of Visionaire, likening the exhibit to the scene in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," where a character experiences a three-course meal in a stick of gum."

I don't know what came first the chicken or the egg, paint or canvas, or the Visionaire and New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. or First Flavor, Inc. I don't know if any or all of the companies are related, helped, or influenced the other. Notably though, in the year 2005; "First Flavor was founded by marketing entrepreneurs and innovators with over 100 years of combined experience building companies valued at over a billion dollars. Working with our strategic partners, industry leaders in the areas of flavor science and marketing".

Nevertheless; I think Artists have gotten the raw end of the deal. Seems the Artists involved in the Miami exhibit, at least helped to advance the concept of flavored strips. And so the question remains, are some Artists left to starve once again? If so, I recon they can only hope to find disposed of magazines. Perhaps inside will be First Flavor's "Peel ‘n Taste flavor strips". These "are edible film strips (similar to popular breath strips) which are flavored to the taste experience of a food or beverage brand. Each strip is packaged in easy-to-open, tamper evident foil pouches that ensure a quality product and safe trial experience."

Of course, this is to "enhance" advertising not Artists.

Note, the Peel 'n Taste Marketing System is "using patent-pending technology."