Artist Rick Shaefer “Renders Nature” in Bellarmine Museum of Art Exhibition at Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art presents its newest exhibition, “Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature,” on view now through December 19, 2014. Connecticut-based artist Rick Shaefer is best known for his remarkable works in charcoal on vellum. Inspired directly by the textural richness of the natural world as well as the communicative power of “the line,” Shaefer gravitates towards subjects that are as visually compelling as they are intellectually engaging. Massive oak trees felled by the forces of natures and magisterial creatures, including the American Bison and Indian Rhinoceros, reflect his profound interest in the capacity of bold mark-marking to evoke the visual patterns of our lived environment. They equally speak to his stated interest in the powerful intersection of the human and the natural worlds and the resulting dialogues – historical, mythological, and anthropomorphic – to which these collisions give rise. Shaefer’s charcoal drawings will be complemented by more than a dozen of his cloud paintings, many of which have never been exhibited publicly before and several of which were painted specifically for the Bellarmine’s main gallery.

Raised primarily in Europe, Shaefer studied at Duke University, where he first engaged with painting. He continued his education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where he focused on photography. Following a successful career in commercial photography and editorial work, Shaefer – who found he was increasingly drawn to drawing and painting – decided to devote himself to these disciplines in 1994. His experience as a photographer, however, left an indelible mark on Shaefer, whose artistic sensibilities reflect a fascination with texture and line that is closely aligned with black and white photography and its privileging of tonal contrasts.

Among Shaefer’s other key sources of artistic inspiration are the etchings, engravings, and woodcuts of Northern European Old Masters, including Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) and Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). He has also been influenced by the drawings of the American illustrator and cartoonist R. Crumb (b. 1943), who – like the Old Masters – relies on a confident and bold line in his work. This same confidence resonates in the work of Shaefer, who has stated, with regard to his own oeuvre: “I tend to always come back to the line work. I find what I respond to and admire in other artists’ work, past or present, is usually the integrity of the line – whether it’s a single stroke or a mass of scribble in the shadows. If the marks are put down with validity and assurance they will resonate and the piece will vibrate. False or uneasy notes stand out and unsettle and even demoralize. A confident fluidity of movement and gesture is what is consciously and unconsciously felt and appreciated by the viewer.”

Such gestural boldness is clear in Shaefer’s works in charcoal on vellum. In these pieces, the artist very consciously refrains from stumping and smudging, relying instead on the lines themselves to create field of depth, contour, and shadow. This same audacity is apparent in his cloud studies, though the resolution of these works is entirely different. Painted in oil on linen in muted, often monochromatic tones, these pieces feature loose but determined brushstrokes. Cumulus clouds erupt across Shaefer’s canvases, dazzling the viewer with their bravura and foregrounding the sublime power of nature. The English landscape painter John Constable comes immediately to mind when one regards these pieces, including Shaefer’s mosaic of twelve 11”-by-14” studies on canvas board. Constable’s colleague and rival J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) is equally conjured by these studies, which are marked by a textural richness and a visceral impact.

Shaefer has exhibited widely throughout the greater New York City metro region and New England as well as in Louisiana and in Western Europe. His works are held in a number of private and corporate collections, including Microsoft, American Express, Prudential, Goleb Enterprises, Michael Lynne, Arthur G. Rosen, and United Yarn.

This exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay contributed by Dr. Jill Deupi, Director and Chief Curator of University Museums at Fairfield University. Several complementary events have also been planned to enhance this show, including a gallery talk by the artist October 29 at 5 p.m. In addition, a special Family Day, sponsored by Morris Media Group and inspired by Shaefer’s works, will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bellarmine Museum. This event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on “Art & Animals.” Museum galleries will be open to the general public between noon and 5 p.m. on this same Saturday.

The Bellarmine Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on select Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call the Bellarmine Museum of Art at (203) 254-4046, or visit The Bellarmine Museum of Art is located in Bellarmine Hall on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Nurses Join Charitable Forces to Bring Hope for Those with Cancer

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2014

What happens when THREE Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurses join their TWO charitable organizations together, ArtBark and On Butterflies Wings for ONE fundraising event? You get…ARTBARK DALLAS 2014!

Two THD Registered Nurses; Mandy Dalto, Adult ICU and Thao Nguyen, Neonatal ICU, created ArtBark in 2012. They each, in addition to caring for patients in their roles as nurses, love photography and want to “give back” to the community. People were invited to bring their pets to ArtBark and be photographed with Santa Claus by several local photographers who also donated their time and talent. In addition to funds raised by portrait donations, several vendors were on hand to contribute as well. Proceeds were given to local dog rescue organizations.

This year, ArtBark founders Nguyen and Dalto, decided to partner with another fellow THD Nurse, Erin Prendergast who founded On Butterflies Wings in 2010.

On Butterflies Wings is a down-to-earth organization that is all about HOPE! Prendergast, a registered nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas for over 15 years has worked at the Peggy A. Bell Women’s Diagnostic & Breast Center for the last seven. She combines her passion for gardening and compassion for her patients to bring HOPE to women with breast cancer. Since 2010, she has raised over $ 22,000 to benefit the Texas Health Resources Foundation. The funds will be used to build a healing garden outside of the new comprehensive cancer center soon to open at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.

“Support in this endeavor will provide a wonderful space for patients and their families and will symbolize the effort of many individuals and organizations that have partnered with On Butterflies Wings,” said Prendergast. “I am so excited to partner with Mandy and Thao for ArtBark this year! It’s in the spirit of nursing and the spirit of community that we hope to have a huge turnout for this year’s ArtBark event!”

ArtBark Dallas will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1-4 pm at NORTH DALLAS VETERINARY HOSPITAL at 3452 Forest Lane. The event will offer FREE pet portraits, local vendors and pet rescues. There will also be chaplains on hand to bless animals and noted Dallas psychic and fortuneteller Valentina Burton, who has been a divination practitioner for three decades, focusing on the ancient arts of astrology, tarot card reading and palmistry. “She will be there to answer all of life’s questions regarding people and their pets,” an organizer said.

Owners are encouraged to dress their pets in costumes and themselves as well for holiday pet portraits with Santa. Visitors will get to meet and greet local dog rescues and enjoy music courtesy of local DJ, Dan Beaty, also a Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas employee who works in the Operating Room as an Anesthesiology Technician.

For complete information on ArtBark participants, events and directions: visit the ArtBark Facebook page at For more information about On Butterflies Wings, visit their website at

Artists Cancer Jewelry to Benefit Joanies Sisters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Throughout their lives, sisters support each other. They encourage each other, cheer each other on, celebrate their achievements and accomplishments together, and lend helping hands. They share tears and laughter, heartache and joy.

Joanie’s Sisters in Support, a support sorority, does all of that and more for women joined together by their battles against breast and ovarian cancers – a sisterhood of survivors.

The group, which was organized in June, meets once a month at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. A budget – to pay for speakers, refreshments, T-shirts, etc. – is nonexistent. Or was, until Sue Malkoff, a local jewelry artist, offered to make and sell cancer-related jewelry and donate a portion of the proceeds to support the group.

Malkoff’s jewelry – glass and metal pendants – is ordinarily sold in galleries such as the gift shop at the Butler Institute of American Art and Trumbull Art Gallery.

A psychotherapist in private practice, Malkoff was inspired to create a special selection of cancer-related jewelry by her patients, many of whom seek her help in dealing with serious illnesses such as cancer.

Dealing with the diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness, treatments that can be extremely difficult, financial hardships that come about when a bread-winner is ill or misses work to care for a loved one are issues that affect many of the families who seek her help, Malkoff explains.

Making jewelry is a relaxing activity that enables her to regenerate her own energies, Malkoff says. Developing an exclusive jewelry line to benefit cancer patients and their families serves both her own and philanthropic purposes.

Embellished with pink ribbons, words of hope, love, survival and courage, the jewelry was introduced during a special sale outside the cafeteria at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown Aug. 7, and will be available from 8:30 a.m. until noon Sept. 26 at St. Joe’s at the Mall, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the lobby at St. Joseph Health Center Oct. 24, and at the fall craft show Nov. 21 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.


Jewelry artist Sue Malkoff, left, Kathie Marini, community liaison for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, and breast cancer survivor Diane Berardi display jewelry that will be sold to benefit Joanie’s Sisters in Support, a support sorority for women affected by breast and ovarian cancers.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners

Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is a key market of Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in Patient-Centered Medical Homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as the HMHP Foundation. Major sites are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HMHP Physician Associates, HMHP Care Network, The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, HMHP Cancer Care Centers in Warren and Boardman, Howland Surgery Center, St. Elizabeth Austintown Emergency Care, St. Joseph Andover Emergency Care, HM Home Health Services, HM Durable Medical Equipment, HM Home Pharmacy Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House and Hospice of the Valley. Learn more at


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Ringling College of Art and Design Announces Plans for New Post-Production Facility and Soundstage in Newtown, Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) September 19, 2014

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced plans to build an approximately 30,000 square foot professional Soundstage and commercial post-production complex in the Newtown neighborhood of Sarasota, Florida.

The new Soundstage and post-production complex will be located on land comprising almost a complete city block extending south from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way to 25th street and running east to west between Central and Cocoanut avenues. “This is an exciting day for Newtown and Sarasota,” said Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw. “We have long sought having a greater economic and strategic community partnership with Ringling College and we are thrilled that a project of such potential economic benefit will be located in the neighborhood. We see this as a catalyst to inspire others to develop along the MLK corridor.”

This entire public-private initiative will be a major impetus to advance the College’s academic mission and provide economic development to the City of Sarasota, the County of Sarasota and the entire region. Consulting on the project is director Roman Coppola, who was the College’s 2014 commencement speaker and is working with Ringling College students on several projects.

The innovative project was the brainchild of Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson and Semkhor’s David Shapiro, who with Ringling College co-founded the College’s Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab. Mr. Shapiro and his business partners, BHS Properties, are investing in this project and working with the College to build the complex.

Semkhor and BHS Properties, a group comprised of business professionals with long-standing and significant ties to the region – including Brad Baldwin, Eric Howell, Higgins Gayheart and JB Baldwin – are building the complex in conjunction with Ringling. The first phase of the project will be done by Ringling College, beginning with the demolition of the existing structures on the property by locally owned Ducon construction.

Construction is slated to commence in 2015.

The approximately 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art professional Soundstage and film and television post-production complex is tied to the College’s academic needs and is expected to attract a broad range of commercial production. When complete, the College will conduct filmmaking classes and the College’s students will work on any commercial productions that use the complex. David Shapiro will work with the College to operate and manage the commercial aspect of the facility, helping boost regional economic development and providing professional-level experience and connections for Ringling students who will learn by being part of those commercial productions.

The reputation of Ringling’s filmmaking program continues to grow as evidenced by the college being named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Film Schools list three times in the past four years. “This new facility significantly expands the depth and breadth of our film program while also attracting professional production opportunities that provide the real-world experience and industry engagement that has enhanced employment prospects for so many of our Ringling graduates,” said Bradley Battersby, department head for the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Program.

Ringling College’s efforts to accelerate Sarasota’s economic development as an entertainment production hub received initial support from the County with the provision of a $ 1.75-million Financial Incentive Grant originally approved in October 2010. This grant was to assist the College with the building of a professional post-production facility on the College’s campus. The Grant was reapproved by the County last spring and allowed for payment of “expenses related to the construction of a stand-alone Soundstage and post-production facility and the purchase of necessary post-production equipment.”

“We are excited to support Ringling College in bringing a professional film and television production facility to the heart of Sarasota,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason. “This symbiotic collaboration of public and private interests brings together Ringling’s proven ability to develop and generate top-tier talent with ongoing entertainment industry engagement at the highest levels.”

The new complex will include an approximately 25,000 square foot Soundstage and 5,000 square feet of space for post-production facilities such as dubbing bays, professional editing suites, and a Foley (sound effects) stage, offices, classrooms, a private screening room and data-centric storage capabilities allowing multiple personnel to work on the same production at the same time from various locations.

Mr. Shapiro first became involved with the College in 2010 with partner, Sarasota entrepreneur and Producer Sam Logan, as co-creators of the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab. The Studio Lab created a new model for film education expanding upon the College’s excellent academic focus by incorporating industry expertise through its series of filmmaker lectures, classroom experiences, and real world experience working alongside experienced filmmakers, along with providing much needed economic development to Newtown, the City, and the County.

“Because of the launch of our Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab in 2010, we have seen a significant increase in applications to the academic programs and we are attracting increased attention from the professional film industry, which offers a dynamic benefit to our student body and our community,” stated Ringling College President Larry R. Thompson. “As a result of the Studio Lab students have worked on productions with Werner Herzog, Forrest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Matt Dillon, Paul Schiff and others. The new facility will expand our ability to bring in content production opportunities from initial preproduction to final post and give our students a look and experience at real world entertainment production.”

The Soundstage and post-production facilities will provide a vital academic link to the Studio Lab with the availability of students working alongside professionals. The economic benefit will come from helping to catapult Sarasota into a viable option for film and television programming producers. Ringling’s Soundstage and post complex will be a tremendous complement to the available student and professional talent pool in our area and be a major impetus for growth and redevelopment in the Newtown community. The facility will be available for rental at costs far lower than exist in major film studio hubs such as New York or Los Angeles, providing a cost-effective alternative for film production.

According to David Shapiro: “The Sound Stage is the natural next step in the growth of the Ringling College’s Studio Lab and will allow the region to work more closely with top-tier filmmakers, entertainment talent and local artists. This will only enhance Sarasota’s thriving artistic community and help achieve long-term economic development goals.

Shapiro went on to say: “These facilities continue the experimentation of the Studio Lab’s effort to integrate real word productions with a top-tier academic setting. Central to the effort is a focus on providing a way for Ringling College students, and other residents, to have access to cutting edge technology and processes so that a large local talent pool develops – the key to creating a sustainable industry here. Working with Ringling, Dr. Thompson, and the community, has been inspiring and the reason why we are throwing ourselves into this effort. Sarasota is unique and will become a valuable part of the media and entertainment industry. We are very fortunate and thankful to be a part of this.”

Previous projects on the Ringling campus has included a post-production master class by Director Werner Herzog of “Into the Abyss,” and actor wife-husband team Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer’s CASM Films Sarasota-filmed independent film “Free Ride.” Ringling and Semkhor expect to be announcing additional post-production projects in the near future.

Soundstage Site Location

The 30,000+ square foot complex will be sited on land that virtually includes all property extending south from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way to 25th street and running east to west between Central and Cocoanut avenues, with the exception of the two city owned lots – situated on the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the east at Cocoanut and to the west at Central.


Ringling College first developed its academic filmmaking program in 2008. In collaboration with Semkhor since 2010 the College has provided enhanced learning across all disciplines by connecting industry professionals to the classroom and providing professional level experiences to our students and young graduates. “With the addition of the Soundstage/post production complex, student education will now provide an unbridled opportunity for enhanced economic development focused on the film and entertainment industries,” said Dr. Larry R. Thompson. “Every year, our most promising and well-prepared students are recruited by the top employers in the world and leave our area seeking work and professional accomplishment. The many coordinated elements of our growing academic program with the Studio Lab component and now this new complex are laying the groundwork with which to retain some of our best and brightest talent and to help us drive the entertainment production economic engine in our region.”

About Ringling College of Art and Design Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree the following disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 50 countries.

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Pasadena Is the Southlands Latest Innovation Hotspot

Pasadena, Calif. (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

Echo-Factory, a Southern California advertising agency, is moving its base of operations from Rancho Cucamonga to Pasadena. The move is part of the agency’s strategic effort to better serve their client base and prepare for a growth phase that is increasingly positioning them as a top strategic and creative resource for Southern California’s clean-tech and innovation entrepreneurs.

“We’ve called Rancho Cucamonga home for more than six years, and we will definitely miss the community we’ve created there, but we are excited about the opportunities that come with moving to this new city,” said agency creative director and co-owner Dea Goldsmith. “The Art Center, Caltech, the Norton Simon, the Rose Parade—Pasadena has such an abundance of artistic, scientific and creative energy—we can’t wait to be a part of it all. We want to be the first agency that innovators think of when launching their new product, and Pasadena is the perfect home base to make that happen.”

The new office will be located at 36 West Colorado Blvd., Suite 200, just a few yards from the Apple Store. Echo-Factory principal and co-owner Mike Schaffer says the new space is perfect for running a dynamic enterprise. “We do everything from content marketing and public relations to web design, product photography and advertising—this means we need an office where our strategists, designers, writers, photographers, account managers and executives can work together effectively. The space needs to be suitable for collaboration or contemplation depending on the needs of our staff and the project. The Pasadena office is designed to strike that balance.”

With a client list that reflects their love of diversity, and a number of launch-to-acquisition marketing successes under their belt, Echo-Factory is ready to help the Pasadena and Los Angeles entrepreneur communities thrive.

“We work with clients in industries ranging from action sports to clean energy. This variety is what makes us such effective strategists and brand builders, and we hope that area innovators will use us as a resource for achieving market success,” said Schaffer.

From a creative standpoint, Goldsmith agrees that diversity is what makes Echo-Factory special. “It’s easy to get stale when all of your clients are in a single industry. Ideas become myopic, and breakthroughs become harder to realize. As a creative agency, cross-pollination is definitely a big part of our success. It’s how our business remains relevant and it’s how we keep our clients relevant within a market that’s continually changing. Our singular goal is to help businesses reach their ultimate potential, and we can’t wait to see what Pasadena has in store for us.”

Echo-Factory will maintain its Rancho Cucamonga photo studio in order to continue servicing its Inland Empire clientele. To learn more about Echo-Factory, visit

About Echo-Factory: Echo-Factory is a full-service, creative-based advertising agency located in Pasadena, California. The agency services startups, mid-level businesses and national brands with strategy, R&D, campaign concepting, design and implementation. The company, renowned for its custom photography and graphic design, is also known for its Internet marketing services, including website development, SEO content creation and social media management. Echo-Factory’s diverse client list ranges from clean-tech to action sports to fashion. View the Echo-Factory portfolio at

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