Photographer/Storyteller Sally Wiener Grotta Receives 6 More Art Grants in Support of her American Hands Narrative Portrait Project

(PRWEB) October 27, 2014

In the past month, Sally Wiener Grotta has received six new arts grants in support of exhibits of her American Hands narrative portrait project, and she is shortlisted for several more. That brings the total to over 40 grants plus other honors for her photographic celebration of traditional tradespeople, such as quilters, a spinner, weaver, blacksmith, glassblower, bookbinder, rug-maker and many others.

The most recent grants include support from Berks Arts Council, Bradford County Arts Council, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Galaxy and others.

About “American Hands”

“American Hands” is Sally Wiener Grotta’s award-winning visual celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that built our dynamically diverse culture and established the underpinnings of our present-day society. IAlong the way, Sally spends time in a wide variety of artisans’ workshops, often returning over the months and years, to follow the various stages of their creations.

Sally’s easy style helps artisans warm to her camera, developing personal relationships that allow her to share in intensely private and often poignant creative moments, as well as spontaneous expressions of joy. Her narrative series of portraits capture both the fascinating craft processes and the individual personalities of the craftspersons.

To date, over 350,000 individuals have attended an “American Hands” exhibit and the project has hit a resonant chord with the public, the art world and the press. Additional exhibits of “American Hands” are scheduled through 2016, with others under discussion. Sally will also be giving lectures associated with the exhibits, visiting schools, senior citizen centers, community organizations and so forth. Eventually, it will be a book. In the meantime, there are two publications: the American Hands Newsletter and the first in a series of “American Hands Journals.”

The recipient of over 40 grants and numerous other honors, “American Hands” has been adopted by the Artspire program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (one of the nation’s most respected arts organizations), under their fiscal sponsorship, which makes all donations to the project tax deductible.

Sally welcomes invitations to exhibit and lecture, as well as suggestions of traditional tradespeople to consider photographing. To sign up to receive information about “American Hands” events and publications, and/or to provides suggestions or otherwise get involved, please use the Contact Form on the website.

About Sally Wiener Grotta

Photographer, digital artist, author, columnist and lecturer, all describe what Sally Wiener Grotta does. But to truly understand who she is, one must also apply the title Storyteller to her list of accomplishments and achievements. Whether it’s a picture or an article, a workshop or a book, Sally’s primary purpose, above and beyond communicating concepts, ideas and information, is to tell a good story that will entertain, amuse and enlighten.

“A global treasure” ~ Pat Schroeder, former U.S. Congresswoman

Recognized by xRite as “one of the world’s top professional photographers,” Sally has traveled on assignment all over the world, to every continent (including Antarctica several times), plus many exotic islands (such as Papua New Guinea). In addition to various “American Hands” exhibits, other collective and one-woman exhibits of Sally’s work are scheduled through 2016. Her pictures have appeared in numerous exhibits, scores of national glossy magazines, many books and various ads. She has published eight non-fiction books (on photography and travel). Her fiction includes the novels “Jo Joe” and “The Winter Boy.”

“Every once in awhile great artists are able to transcend…. Sally’s vision is grand… [and]… reflected in the warmth she portrays, in the people she photographs and the world she captures.” ~ Steven Rosenbaum, President of SIR Communications and former Editor of “Modern Photography”

Digital Product Images by CADENAS PARTsolutions Replace Photography at Thomas & Betts

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Thomas & Betts recently solved their need for product photography by utilizing CADENAS PARTsolutions digital product image service. The solution, which is much less costly than traditional photography provided the electrical component manufacturer with highly accurate product images in a fraction of the time and cost.

The project was initiated by Janet Maroon, e-Commerce Business Analyst at Thomas & Betts, who has experience in the time and expense associated with traditional photography.

“The need arose for high quality visual content, which we could use across our entire digital ecosystem,” says Maroon. “We were on a tight deadline, and photographers can be both time consuming and expensive. Since CADENAS PARTsolutions powers our digital product models and parts catalog I contacted them to see if they could help. What they provided was an extremely simple, affordable and elegant solution.”

Formerly manufacturers would have days or weeks involved in more pulling parts from inventory, prepping and cleaning products in the booth, before beginning the tedious process of editing the photos for use.

Maroon adds, “We told CADENAS PARTsolutions what we wanted as far as product angles, image sizes, background and lighting. Next thing we knew, we had 2,000 product images sized and positioned perfectly, ready to go.”

In addition to the time and cost savings, there is a significant improvement in visual aesthetics, compared to traditional photography. By utilizing digital data, there are no longer issues with product cleanliness, finish imperfections or unwanted shadows. The digital image clarity and identity of products provides great continuity across all media platforms.

Doug Korneffel, Technical Services Director at CADENAS PARTsolutions, managed the team and the technical details for the project.

“We utilized the exact geometry which powers the Thomas & Betts online product configurator, which provided us with brilliant base to work from. We can provide much more accurate images then a camera can capture. We are able to show an entire product line from precisely the same angle with the same backdrop and lighting effects. No matter how hard a human tries they can never achieve this level of precision.”

About Thomas & Betts

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn.

About CADENAS PARTsolutions

CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D part catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D part catalog with CAD download technology to increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.


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Defense Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey Join the 2014 USO Gala and Honor Six Service Heroes for Acts of Valor

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 18, 2014

Addressing more than 1,000 guests at the annual USO Gala, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke of the many challenges and adversities that face America as a country. Hagel urged the audience of Washington dignitaries, corporate sponsors and Americans – who gathered in the ballroom at the Washington Hilton – to do their part to keep troops and their families strong. The senior leader also encouraged attendees to continue to support the good work of the USO.

“I am very proud that I have had a small part to play in helping continue to build this institution, many years ago,” said Hagel. “And I have been a strong supporter, not just as the Secretary of Defense but as a former soldier but probably more importantly as an American.”

Dr. J.D. Crouch II, USO President and CEO thanked the group for their support and reflected on his time as an American Ambassador and at the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, where he was able to witness first-hand the bravery of our men and women in uniform. It was that bravery that inspired Crouch to join the USO in its mission to support troops and military families. Crouch promised to continue the work of those who preceded him, and to sustain the USO as the “national treasure” it has become and to be always by the side of our troops.

“We say at the USO, we will be “Always by their side,” said Crouch. “What does that mean? In times of war and in times of peace, your USO has been a constant reminder to generations of troops and military families, that their country supports them. From the day they join the military, through numerous deployments and moves around the world, to going in harm’s way and transitioning home for what comes next in their lives – the USO is there.”

The annual event is more than an opportunity to honor our troops for their bravery. It is also a time to recognize those who have helped and supported them along their journey. The USO operates with the help of some tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide, who offer a warm hug when our troops feel far from home, a cup of coffee on an early morning and a reminder that no matter where they serve they are not alone. USO Chairman of the Board General Richard B. Myers acknowledged the great good that volunteers deliver on a daily basis through their selfless acts of giving and presented the first awards of the evening, the USO Volunteer of the Year Award. Previously awarded to one outstanding volunteer of the year, this year the USO recognized one stateside volunteer and one overseas volunteer for their exemplary service.

USO of Bay Area’s LeAnn Thornton was recognized for her dependability, ingenuity and unwavering support of troops and their families. Army Sergeant Geraldin “Thibaut” Lenkoue was presented the award for the countless manpower hours he has committed to the USO Warrior Center in Germany as well as for his charismatic personality and can-do attitude which helps to keep spirits high at the center frequented by troops recovering at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

In keeping with the night of recognition, USO Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff John I. Pray Jr. reflected on Spirit of the USO Award recipient country music megastar Toby Keith’s loyal and continuing support of troops and military families. Keith was presented the award in April at the 2014 American Country Music Awards in recognition of his extraordinary support of service men and women, and for exemplifying the ideals and mission of the USO.

Country music sensation and seven-time USO tour veteran Kellie Pickler captivated the crowd with renditions of some of her most popular hits, including “Tough,” “Someone Somewhere,” and “Red High Heels.” Never one to shy away from showing her support, last year the country music star hosted a special Valentine’s Day event for female troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait – shipping some of her favorite pampering products overseas and Skyping in to wish the ladies a very happy Valentine’s Day. Later that same year, Pickler set out on her seventh USO tour and celebrated the Christmas holiday with troops in the Middle East. Additionally, this year Pickler signed on as an official ambassador of the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign, a national campaign to rally Americans to show their support for troops and their families.

“Because of our servicemen and women…we get to wake up in the morning and be whoever we want to be. That’s something we should not take for granted.”

Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler emceed the evening with grace and style, and kept the audience smiling with her comedic timing. A first-timer to the USO stage, Tyler was quick to recognize the sacrifices made by troops and military families during their service.

“As someone with a deep and abiding respect for our servicemen and women,” said Tyler. “And the sacrifices that they and their families make every day on behalf of our country, it is an incredible joy for me to share this evening with you.”.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine designed the evening’s menu, which featured some of his classic fall recipes.

As the evening drew to a close, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey took the stage to address the audience and present the USO Service Member of the Year Awards. Each year the USO works with military senior leadership to recognize the bravery, loyalty and heroism of an enlisted service hero from each branch of the military. Dempsey remarked on the bravery and selflessness demonstrated in the acts of valor of each service member being honored at the 2014 gala.

“The pride of the men and women who serve is just absolutely inspiring,” said Dempsey. “And that’s why all of you who serve with the USO do what you do because you want to match their pride with your commitment.”

The 2014 USO Service Member of the Year Honorees:

USO Soldier of the Year: Sergeant Andrew J. Mahoney, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Fort Carson, CO)
USO Marine of the Year: Sergeant Matthew E. Belleci, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, Marine Corps Air Station New River (Jacksonville, NC)
USO Sailor of the Year: Petty Officer 1st Class Troy A. Cromer, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story (Virginia Beach, VA)
USO Airman of the Year: Senior Airman John C. Hamilton, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 720th Special Tactics Group, 24th Special Operations Wing (Hurlburt Field, FL)
USO Coast Guardsman of the Year: Petty Officer 3rd Class Brett R. Bates, Coast Guard Air Station Houston (Houston, TX)
USO National Guardsman of the Year: Sergeant Andrew J. Mehltretter, 1163rd Area Support Medical Company, Kentucky Army National Guard (Shelbyville, KY)

The USO is the only non-profit organization that supports troops throughout their entire journey of service, from the moment they join, while in recovery and as they transition back to their communities. For more than 70 years the USO has been hard at work helping to keep deployed troops connected to home, bringing laughter and a much-needed break to servicemen and women and their families around the world as well as providing crucial programs and services for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, troops in transition and families of the fallen. This year, the USO extends a special thank you to our 2014 Gala sponsors:

Chairman Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Vice Chairman Sponsors: | Monster and Proctor & Gamble
Four Star Sponsors: Chevron, Express Scripts Federal Pharmacy Services, Huntington Ingalls Industries, NewDay USA and UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans
Three Star Sponsors: Altria, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, DynCorp International, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Worth Linen Associates

Additionally, as part of the evening’s program the USO remembered longtime friend, USO celebrity volunteer and military supporter Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams with a photo montage from his six USO tours.

To obtain USO photos and video of tonight’s event visit

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About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

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Joseph Sywenkyj Receives $30,000 Grant from W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography for Verses from a Nation in Transition

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Joseph Sywenkyj is the recipient of its 2014 grant in humanistic photography for his project, Verses from a Nation in Transition, which takes a sensitive look at families who have been seriously impacted physically, mentally and economically by the crisis they currently endure in Ukraine. A U.S. Citizen who divides his time between New Hampshire and Ukraine, Sywenkyj has spent more than a decade documenting a country his family called home until after WWII. The $ 30,000 grant was presented to Joseph Sywenkyj during a special ceremony at the SVA Theater in New York City this evening.

Believing that photographs are unique visual poems, Sywenkyj applied different approaches to the time he spent with a family in Odesa, compared with his time covering the revolution. “One represents the formalities of domestic life, while my images from the revolution are more immediate, which is the reason I made them in 35mm,” he explained in a recent interview.

“Receiving the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is a tremendous honor. The grant will allow me to continue my long-term documentation of Ukraine at this historic time of immense transition,” he said. “The fact that the award went to a project that touches upon life in this nation will hopefully help create more awareness about the situation here and its effects on individuals and families,” Sywenkyj added.

Smith grant recipients were selected from 170 entries received from 42 countries. Past recipients of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant include Jane Evelyn Atwood, Donna Ferrato, James Nachtwey, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, and Sebastiao Salgado, to name a few. This year’s panel of judges was comprised of Jury Chair Stuart Alexander, Anne McNeill, and Dora Somosi.

Also honored last night was Moises Saman, the recipient of a $ 5,000 Fellowship from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Discordia: The Arab Spring. Through the eyes of Saman, Discordia takes the viewer on a four-year journey through Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria as these states drift from revolutionary throes to violent fallouts. Saman’s personal journey chronicles the indelible transformation of the region in this momentous period in Arab history. “I am humbled and thrilled to receive this year’s Eugene Smith Fellowship, an award that puts me in the company of so many photographers that I have deeply admired throughout my career,” Moises Saman said.

This year’s Howard Chapnick Grant was presented to Muriel Hasbun for laberinto project, a collaborative arts and lens-based media, education and cultural legacy preservation project, consisting of digital photographic archiving of artwork, documenting the histories of artists working in Central America during the Salvadoran civil war and its aftermath.

“Being the recipient of this year’s Howard Chapnick Grant is a great honor,” said Muriel Hasbun. “I wholeheartedly believe in laberinto projects, and to be supported in this way is humbling, validating and exciting,” Hasbun said. “The grant will help relate an important – and as of yet untold – story of how art gives voice to a community.”

Hasbun plans to use the Chapnick Grant to work with a group of students and colleagues at the Corcoran School of the Arts + Design in Washington, DC to populate the digital archive and implement Legacy and Memory: Mapping the Labyrinth, a pilot, lens-based engagement program planned for March 2015 at the Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador.

Award recipients presented their work on Wednesday evening to a capacity crowd at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater in New York City. Clarissa Ward, CBS News Foreign Correspondent, gave the keynote presentation. Ward is among the most intrepid and recognized international journalists working today. She has reported from every major news hotspot in the past decade and has earned numerous honors for her work from inside the civil war in Syria, as well as the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

In addition to Miss Ward’s keynote, presentations included remarks from ICP Executive Director, Mark Lubell, segments from an upcoming documentary on the life and career of W. Eugene Smith, a presentation of work from past Smith Grant recipient, Eugene Richards, and this year’s Smith Grant finalists including Mary Calvert, Ed Ou, Matt Eich, Encarni Pindado, and Majid Saeedi.

“Joseph Sywenkyj’s Verses from a Nation in Transition takes a sensitive and poignant look at how Ukranian families who are most affected by acts of war and terrorism are not even on the international community’s radar,” explains Stuart Alexander, vice president/international specialist at Christie’s, Smith Fund board member, and lead adjudicator for this year’s grant. “His images remind us that in the end it is the citizens, the communities, and the families that are always the ones who suffer most, and forces us to look at who we are as a world community to allow it to continue. His work stood out among many worthy candidates including Moises Saman who is receiving the $ 5,000 Fellowship for his project about Arab Spring,” Alexander concluded.

Now in its 35th year, the grant is a testament to W. Eugene Smith, an acknowledged pioneer in exploring the human condition with his camera. Established in 1979, the grant is intended to support and encourage photographers producing humanistic photo stories in the Smith tradition.

Financial support for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund comes from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, The Harbers Family Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. Additional Smith Fund support is provided by Anastasia Foundation, Aperture Foundation, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Open Society Foundations (OSF), Photo District News (PDN), School of Visual Arts (SVA), and Synergy Communications, Inc.

About The Smith Fund Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is presented annually to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of the compassionate dedication exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year career in photojournalism. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Portfolios from this year’s award recipients are available upon request. Please contact Lou Desiderio at lou(at)pr-synergy(dot)com

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Big Canoe Fine Art Show Open to the Public October 23 to November 2, 2014 in Northern Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

Big Canoe Realty and The Big Canoe Building Group are sponsoring a wonderful cultural event open to the public in their award winning northern Georgia gated mountain community from Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This North Georgia art show will take place in a beautiful custom home in the new Bluffs at Ridgeview neighborhood.

The Fine Art Event features a significant showing of works by 14 southeastern artists in various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, blown glass and glass sculpture. Admission is free and there will be many exquisite works for sale including art, furniture, and quilts. Come view the essential works of:

CAL BREED – a glassmaker for over 20 years with a distinctive style and nature as his inspiration. Breed designs and creates functional glass and sculptures.

RAE BREED – a self-taught potter who began her artistic career on Andros Island in the Bahamas in the 1980s. Her stoneware and raku clay works feature unique glazes.

DUTCH – originally a wood sculptor, he worked in various mediums before settling on glass, using the pate’ de verre technique, learning hot glass sand casting, and finally blown glass.

JOHN GECI – a glassblower based near the Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina. His vibrant and distinctive line of glassware is J. Geci Glass.

JONAS GERARD – a painter, primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Gerard’s work is prolific and tactile, as he creates abstracts, other genres, and works with paint, silk, sculpture and more.

PAM HAGAN – a painter using watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, her subjects range from delicate floral studies to sweeping Southern landscapes.

JANET JACOBSON – a contemporary landscape painter, Jacobson’s work reflects serenity, her love of nature, and her life in the mountains of North Carolina.

DEHANNA JONES – a glassblower who describes herself as a Glass Minimalist to describe her process. Jones’ designs are anything but minimalist, and true works of art.

CHRIS MOSEY – formally trained as a potter, Mosey creates fabulous glass objects that beg to be touched.

MULTITUDES – a Blue Ridge gallery representing over 75 artists, specializing in hand blown glass, as well as regional artists in jewelry, ceramic pottery, iron work, photography, wood working, stain glass and oil/acrylic/watercolor painting.

NNAMDI OKONKWO – a sculptor, whose fluid, simple lines and subjects often depicting the female form in action, communicates life, motion, and emotion with his work.

LORA RUST – a potter and pottery teacher who loves working with clay, Rust creates heirloom quality porcelain table and serving ware at her Atlanta area studio.

CAROL SKAPINETZ – originally an art teacher in New Jersey, Skapinetz is now a watercolorist who concentrates on floral landscapes using non-traditional techniques that give her watercolors a photographic quality.

JOHN SMITH – a landscape photographer inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains and the four distinctive seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

ERIC STRAUSS – a sculptor who uses found, forged and fabricated steel to create scenes from nature and the elements.


The North Georgia art show, held during peak leaf viewing season in the Big Canoe gated mountain community, takes place in one of The Big Canoe Building Group’s newest model homes. The breathtaking model and fall scenery make a fitting backdrop for the art show, but there are other works of art to see as well. Three other custom Big Canoe model homes in The Bluffs are available for viewing, as well as a furnished model in the Twin Creeks neighborhood.

Big Canoe covers 8,000 acres of glorious north Georgia mountain scape comprising many different neighborhoods with a lifestyle for families of all ages and sizes. The gated mountain community in the foothills of the North Georgia Appalachians is only one hour north of Atlanta. Big Canoe offers the perfect escape for a weekend home or seasonal residence, however approximately 60 percent of homeowners are year-round residents, many of whom commute to Atlanta for work, happy to return to fresh mountain air at the end of the day.

With lakes, streams, and hiking & nature trails throughout, Big Canoe is a nature lover’s dream. Outdoor sports are a huge draw, and the community has a well-developed set of amenities including 27 holes of championship golf with incredible mountain views, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, and a 17,000 square foot fitness center. Dozens of clubs, sports leagues, events, and social activities plus the serenity of the North Georgia Mountains make the established, gated mountain community of Big Canoe a home worth coming home to.

The Bluffs at Ridgeview is Big Canoe’s newest neighborhood and offers heavily wooded home sites ranging from one and one-half to two acres of spectacular mountain views at an elevation of 2,200 feet. Lots are currently priced starting from the low $ 200s and there is no time limit imposed for building your dream home. Over 30 authorized Big Canoe builders with dozens of appealing and livable floor plans are ready to build your north Georgia mountain dream home in a variety of styles including historic Adirondack and Appalachian, Craftsman, and Western Log and Timber.

Twin Creeks is an intimate, 14-home Southern Living cottage neighborhood featuring a Pavilion and hiking trail that connect to Big Canoe’s Meditation Park trail system. This new neighborhood is conveniently located near the community’s main gate and offers a choice of mountain, creek, or golf views – each as lovely as the others. The cottages, with four different floor plans, start in the mid $ 300s.

This is your perfect get-away opportunity to take in an exceptional art event and tour the newest Big Canoe model homes during one of the most beautiful times of the year in the north Georgia mountains.

For directions and more information about this North Georgia art show and the Big Canoe community, call Big Canoe Realty at 770-893-2733 or 1-866-244-2266.

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