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Jennifer HowellJennifer Howell Wins First Place

Jennifer Howell, a local writer, has won first place at the State Fair of Texas in the Texas Creative Arts contest in the Craft and paper mache category. The theme of her entry was FIELD OF DREAMS, which was her first piece in a series of headdresses she is planning to create.

The Dallas String Quartet

The Dallas String Quartet

The Dallas String Quartet, led by award winning violist Ion Zanca, takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide. Accompanied by cellist Gaston Colloca and violinists Melissa Priller and Tatiana Glava, DSQ performs as both a traditional and electrical quartet enabling them to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

This eclectic group feels right at home in a wide variety of genres. They have opened for artists such as Air Supply and Kenny G, and have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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how to drawDraw People Step By Step Home Study Review

Whenever I look at purchasing a course, no matter what it is, the first thing that I want to determine is how qualified is the creater of the course? Or in other words why should I listen to them?

When I discovered that “Draw People Step By Step” was created by Taylor Roy, my interest was immediately raised. I have big fan of his work for several years now and have even purchased his “Figure Drawing Course” that comes as a bonus with this course.

Let me tell you the “Figure Drawing Course” was absolutely amazing, and I would easily pay $47 for that alone.

Taylor Roy has this ability to take a difficult technique and demonstrate it in a way that makes it easy to understand and replicate. The importance of this skill cannot be over rated, especially when you are trying to learn.

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Learning Photography and Photo Editing

 With the advent in new technology and advances in the digital camera, more and more people are jumping off into the wonderful world pf photography. Most of the digital cameras sold today are point-and-shoot cameras and include Smartphones, IPads and Tablets.

If you asked a professional photographer what the most important thing in taking a picture is, he would probably say photo composition. But another area which is fast becoming an important aspect is photo editing. Many photographers use photo editing to impart their own style and feeling into a picture. Many of the professional use PhotoShop, but it is very expensive for the amateur photographer. All of the images displayed below were done without using PhotoShop!

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Kent Brewer ArtistsKent is a native Texan from Wichita Falls, currently residing in Waxahachie. His paintings from 1987 through 2011 were mostly watercolors but beginning in the Spring of 2012 he decided to take the plunge and try his hand at oils. “I still love watercolors but oils have ignited a new fire in me and increased my motivation tenfold. Rarely am I not in the mood to paint in oils, especially en plein air.”

The title of Kent’s artist blog Intrusions of Culture came from one of his recent posts about a plein air outing adjacent to a herd of grazing cattle in a pasture. Far from any form of culture yet there he was bringing it, in a sense, to a bunch of disinterested cows. “Intrusions of culture sounded like it could be a great name for a band so I decided to use it on my blog. When you think about its association with painting on location, it fits.”

Kent’s artwork might be described as impressionistic realism, painting how light strikes the subjects before him. "I try to look for opportunities to use contrasting hues, values, edges and shapes to carve out. I strive to paint without too much detail so that the viewer's brain can fill in the rest."

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On Saturday, April 24th, over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members from the upcoming production of  La Traviata converged on the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival.  Wearing street clothes and blending in with the crowd, the artists swung into action after the first orchestral strains of the famed "Brindisi" were piped through the market, giving a rousing, surprise performance for hundreds of delighted onlookers who were there to enjoy the Italian
delicacies and the everyday treats that the Reading Terminal Market has to offer. 

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