Art in the Park, Art in our Lives!

This past weekend, I had the great opportunity to help with the social media coverage of the premiere art fair in Tecumseh, MI called Art in the Park with other volunteers. This event was hosted by the Community Arts of Tecumseh in a two day event. Our team walked around the tents of the twenty-one different artists, took pictures of their work and spoke with them for a few minutes and disseminated the content on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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I was amazed by the variety and the skills of these local artists. As I spoke with them about their art work, you could just sense their genuine love for what they do and how rewarding it was to hear compliments from the guests. Many of the artist drew their inspirations from random objects, the places they have lived and nature; others by organic shapes, simple doodles and everyday objects. Many of them have been putting their talented hands and minds to work for at least 10 years.

This was also an opportunity for children to see art on a very personal level in everyday objects. The art fair welcomed all kinds of art, such as paintings, mosaics, woodworks, jewelry, etc.

The variety of colors and designs were absolutely fantastic. Artists made art seem so simple and showed us that everyone should explore their inner artistic side. The main message of this experience for me is: “Art is about family and community”. It was beautiful to see the support from the community and the visitors appreciating the value and beauty of art.

Artwork

There is a saying: “Earth without art is eh”. – This proves to be awfully true as these artists showed how beautiful and personal the world can be through art. The pure process the artists developed to make their art works was admirable.

Among many of the artists I would like to highlight Anne Flora from Flora Works; she has a learning center in Tecumseh dedicated to fiber arts and tactile designs. Pattyg Designs makes gorgeous fused glass jewelry, I am certain you would find a perfect gift for your loved one here!

Karen Trigaux from KLT mosaics is inspired by the contemporary style. You will quickly fall in love quickly with her work. If you are looking for handbags, totes, paintings and much more check out Meant To Be Art.

Tents If you are into the artistic metal sculptures email Tim Stachlewitz from Metalcraft by Moose and if you enjoy woodworks you must look for River Raisin Woodworks. Kari Hybl Morningstar from Imagine That Originals creates custom art painted on rock, wood & more. You can reach her via email.

Although it is summer is approaching, for next winter, I strongly recommend checking the warm afghans, knit wears, scrubbies and more from Gooseberry Crafts. Looking for quality photography? Visit David Schamberger Photography for some impeccable creativity.

Thomas, 8; Josh 3 and Jake 7

Thomas, 8; Josh 3 and Jake 7

Looking for a new vase or mug? You must consider Mad Pottery Studio by Lindsay Mylek and Brent Douge. Their work is outstanding and extremely professional. Last but not least, meet Lu-c-Lu The Clown. Lucy Fundaro puts more than paint in your child’s face; she puts a smile as well.

Privacy Concerns with Instagram

Instagram’s recent changes to its privacy policy and terms of service became effective on January 19, 2013 after causing quite the stir among users who feared a breach of privacy.

Many people were lead to believe that updated terms would allow the company to sell user pictures to advertisers without their knowledge, permission or compensation. However, this is not the case. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom clarified in his blog post that “Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.”

The recent launch of Instagram web profiles also raises some concern about privacy. The new profiles feature a collage of recently shared photographs that form a header along with a profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment & like photos and edit your profile from the web.

With the new web profiles, anyone is able to view a public user’s Instagram profile online. To those who worry that their photos will now be on display for the whole world to see, have no fear. As long as your photos are set to private, your photos will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users you’ve allowed to follow you. Those who don’t want to share their photos on the Web can simply set their profiles to private.

Twitter vs. Instagram: A War on Pictures

By now most of you have heard of the ongoing feud between Instagram and Twitter, but incase you haven’t been keeping up I’ll break it down for you. It all started this spring:

April 
Facebook makes offer to purchase Instagram for $1 billion.

August
On the 14th the Office of Fair Trading approves the deal, while the Federal Trade Commission closes their investigation concerning the deal on the 22nd.

September
The deal between Instagram and Facebook officially closes on the 6th and Instagram surpasses Twitter in daily active mobile users.

November
Twitter, who attempted to purchase Instagram, announces they will be releasing their own range of photo filters in the coming months.

Now, just last week Instagram photos on Twitter were appearing oddly cropped and yesterday Instagram photos have completely disappeared, though, they can still be viewed through the URL of the original tweet. Obviously many social media users are starting to express their frustration, but it will be interesting to see how users respond in the coming months after Twitter releases their photo filters. Will people begin to choose one network over the other and how will the digital agency respond to the change?