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.

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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.

Kidney Exchanged for Apple iPad 2

The phrase, “that’s going to cost me an arm and a leg,” typically means something is going to cost a large sum of money. For 17-year-old Zheng, a high school freshman in China, that expression took on a more literal meaning…only a Kidney.

Zheng really wanted an iPad 2, but didn’t have enough money so he did the unthinkable and sold his kidney. I’ll repeat that. He sold his his kidney. The majority of student’s would save up for this kind of purchase but Zheng couldn’t wait. After coming in contact with a kidney-selling agent on the internet he decided that risking his life for 20,000 yen ($3K USD) was a pretty great deal. Zheng had the operation, received his money and returned home with more than one new Apple gadget.

Photo: MyChinaViews.com

His mother became very suspicious and reported her son to authorities, ultimately exposing Zheng’s secret kidney transplant.The hospital Zheng claims to have had his surgery at is denying any connection to the 17-year-old and authorities haven’t been able to contact any one involved in the organ transplant fiasco.

It seems Zheng is getting the last laugh here as he enjoys his new toys. After reading this article I wondered how many illegal organ transplants go unreported? Who are the recipients of these organs? Are the iphone mobile applications worth it? How far would you go to get what you wanted? I just hope Zheng doesn’t find another organ-selling agent online and another part of his body to sell in a year when his Apple gadgets are out of date.

The Next Web: Chinese student reportedly sells his kidney to buy an iPad 2

Facebook for Kids

A Facebook alternative for kids between the ages of 8 and 13 will be launching next week. This new social networking site, Everloop, is much like the actual Facebook site, with a few parent-friendly exceptions.

Perhaps the best thing about Everloop is that it requires parental approval to join. Parents are also able to choose to be notified about certain things that their children do on the site. Features such as instant messaging and friend suggestions can also be monitored, or even restricted by parents. Everloop contains many of the same features as Facebook such as photos, the “Like” option, groups, games, videos and even the option to change the background of your page. The site is maintained by the company to make sure that inappropriate behavior is not occurring. Everloop is even available to be used in schools because it complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a law that prohibits websites from collecting information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. Children currently using Facebook under the age of 13 are able to create an account by simply lying about their birthday.

This new social media site is ideal; it allows children to be subjected to the world of social media without compromising their safety and privacy. Children can interact with their friends without parents worrying about them being exposed to some of the racy and inappropriate content that can be found on Facebook. I do wonder what is stopping older people that could be dangerous to children from signing up. How can the site actually know you are between the age of 8 and 13? There has to be some kind of prevention of this, otherwise it could be an easy target to pedophiles. We’ll have to see how the site runs when it has been active for a little while.

Children these days are very picky about what is “cool,” especially if they learn that the site is monitored by their parents. Everloop as been successful in convincing investors and partners of its worth, but the real test is kids. It’s tough to say whether kids will catch on to it, but social media sites are addicting and if Facebook can catch on, I’m sure Everloop will soon become a tween trend.