• Art,  Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  San Diego

    Big shoutout to all the graduates of the Class of ‘22!

    Graduation season is here, and it’s time to celebrate your loved ones’ achievements! Thinking of graduation gifts can sometimes be tricky, but Collage.com has it covered for you.

    They offer ideal and versatile tools to capture your graduate’s favorite memories and turn them into photos. Graduation is an exciting time, but also can mean a lot of change, so there is no better gift than photos that they can take on their next adventure. Whether your graduate is staying close by or going far, photographs are the perfect reminder of home, family, and friends. With gift guides, collections, and even the option to create a customized project, Collage.com will take away any extra stress and make gift-giving easy, fun, and fast! They also offer deals for new users to save 60% off and up to 70% off various products, including free shipping!

    If you’re looking for the perfect gift for graduation, Collage.com is the best choice. With hundreds of prints, accessories, bags, blankets, etc, there is everything you need to make your loved one feel special and give them a life long gift.
  • Art,  Los Angeles

    First Art Book Documenting the Most Prolific American Painter of All Time

    Merge Records co-founder & Superchunk singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan interviews SK for Talkhouse
    “Play “Cut Your Hair” as you read…this is a great book about a great artist. His paintings sell out, but he never has…one of the season’s outstanding art books.” – Bookforum

    “This guy must be the most prolific artist of all time.” – artist Shepard Fairey

    “[Keene is an] assembly line Picasso” – TIME

    “By some measures, Mr. Keene […]
    is one of the most successful artists in the world.” –
    New York Times

    “Whether they realize it or not, most rock fans of the past 20-odd years, 
    especially indie rock fans, already know the work of artist Steve Keene.” – Variety

    “This is a wonderful book…
    it’s a real keeper, it’s a work of art itself.” – Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions

    “A ’90s icon of contemporary art in his own right, 
    Keene’s work remains revered well into the 21st century.” – Consequence

    “Warhol claimed he wanted to be a machine,
    but Keene IS a machine.” – artist Ryan McGinness

    “…slapdash yet distinctive. The brushstrokes thick, the figures he replicates en masse
    are 
    compelling and relatable.” – Brooklyn Magazine

    Last Tuesday of June 14th, The Steve Keene Art Book (#SKartBook) — the highly anticipated, first ever published collection featuring the work of one of America’s most beloved and affordable artists, Steve Keene — is out via Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam. Documenting arguably the most prolific and collected American artist of all time, the book arrives after a successful Kickstarter campaign with over 600 backers, and has seen support from Forbes, Variety, Billboard, Consequence, Sound Opinions and beyond. Nearly the same size as the LPs that Keene is so very fond of, The Steve Keene Art Book is more than simply a love letter to the prominent vinyl fan and cultural icon.

    Perhaps best-known for his deep ties to the 90s indie rock scene — thanks to work with Pavement, The Apples in stereo, The Silver Jews, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and more — Keene is a legend amongst music and art fans both for his vibrant, automated style, and his everyman prices of just $5 – $10 per painting. After producing over 300,000 hand-painted original pieces over the last 30+ years, he’s earned his reputation as the art world’s “Johnny Appleseed,” allowing thousands to become art collectors and challenging the notion that “good art” has to be expensive art along the way.

    Produced by Daniel Efram over a span of six years, The Steve Keene Art Book came to fruition from efforts to document a 2016 exhibition at legendary artist Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, but expanded to include original works sent in from dozens of Keene collectors and Kickstarter supporters. The book includes long-form essays and insight into Keene’s life, space and process from rock stars like Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Will Oldham, and members of Superchunk, as well as anecdotes and personal stories from artists like Ryan McGinness and Fairey, journalists, collectors, art-world insiders and devoted fans around the world. Alongside a dazzling collection of 277 of Keene’s works, Efram takes readers into Keene’s utilitarian chain-link “painting cage” for an all-access pass into the artist’s fascinating systemic technique.
    For more about Steve or to see some of his work, click on this video documentary playlist: https://bit.ly/3KFzebN

    Specific details of book:
    $95 // Hardcover // 264 pages
    Published by Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam
    Official Pub Date: June 14 / Available online only via Hat & Beard https://bit.ly/3IsEfCu

    From July 28 August 12, Steve Keene will also be making his return to Los Angeles for his first art show since 2019 at the newly opened Palm Grove Social (1902 S. Palm Grove Ave. Los Angeles, 90016), curated by Hat & Beard Press.

    The multi-room exhibit will include both new and old artworks from various collections, and will feature selections from the personal libraries of Efram and The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider and Eric Allen. Plus, in much the same way that the book was curated, LA locals are invited to post their Steve Keene collections on Instagram with the tag #SKartBook #SKartShow in order to be considered for having their pieces included in the show.

    Keene’s long-awaited return to Los Angeles follows the show that proved to be the inspiration behind the book: his 2016 “Modular Synthesis” month-long stay at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, where Keene sold 550 pieces on opening night and saw lines stretch out the door and around the corner in Echo Park.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Efram 
     Follow Hat & Beard: 
    Instagram | Website

    Follow Steve Keene:
    Instagram | Website

    Follow Tractor Beam:
    Twitter | Instagram | Website

  • New York

    Ann Liguori To Be Honored With The 2022 Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Winnie Palmer Award

    Ann Liguori (photo credit N. Tandy)

    Renowned Sports Radio and TV talk show host Ann Liguori will be honored with the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s (MGWA) Winnie Palmer Award at their 70th National Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The Dinner will be held in Rye, New York at Westchester Country Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. Previously announced award winners include Dottie Pepper (Gold Tee Award), Mike Davis (Paul Dillon Distinguished Service Award) and Mark Cannizzaro (Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award).

    A native of the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Brecksville, Ann has been a pioneer in the field of sports journalism for years. She was the first woman to host a call-in sports radio show on WFAN-NY, was the first female host/producer of her own weekly, prime-time show on The Golf Channel, “Conversations with Ann Liguori,” and is a published author, entrepreneur and noted philanthropist. ‘Talking Golf with Ann Liguori’ airs on WFAN-NY on Sundays, 7:00-8:00 AM, from April – September and her weekly podcast is distributed on the Morning Read/Sports Illustrated Golf Media Platform. Ann covered her 24th Masters this past April, continues to license her Sports Innerview TV series featuring interviews she’s done with top legends in sports and has received dozens of awards for her work in radio and television. Ann is also the Global Ambassador for IBKUL Athleisure Apparel.

    After losing her father to cancer while in college, followed by the loss of her brother to leukemia, Liguori created the Ann Liguori Foundation, which raises both funds and awareness for cancer research and care. The Foundation’s annual Charity Golf Classic, now in its 24th year, is played each year at a prestigious course on the East End of Long Island and raises money for organizations such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, camps, and programs for kids with cancer and numerous other cancer-related, not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Sciences of her alma mater, the University of South Florida, where she established an endowed scholarship in memory of her late brother, Jim.

    Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Committee (photo credit N. Tandy)

    “Ann loves every aspect of golf and has been an incredible ambassador for the sport. I’m not sure there is anyone in golf that works harder than Ann Liguori,” said MGWA President Brian Crowell. “She’s clearly made a mark in sports broadcasting, but the Winnie Palmer Award reminds us of her decades of service and charity. We are proud to celebrate Ann’s personal efforts and the positive impact of the Ann Liguori Foundation.”

    The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Winnie Palmer Award, named in honor of Arnold Palmer’s wife Winnie, who worked tirelessly on behalf of literacy programs and healthcare, recognizes an individual who has consistently given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to those less fortunate. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Ernie Els, and the Gary Player Foundation.

    The MGWA has celebrated the game of golf and promoted golf journalism since its inception in 1952. Each year, it honors the sport’s champions and contributors at its largest fundraiser, the National Awards Dinner. This highly anticipated event is supported by golf’s leading organizations and corporate supporters, Met Area clubs and club leaders, as well as local and national golf media. Through the Dinner and other events, the MGWA has raised millions of dollars for the Association’s beneficiaries, which include Caddie Scholarship programs in the Metropolitan New York area, the MGA Foundation, and the Dave Marr Journalism Scholarship at Columbia University.

    For more information on Ann Liguori, please visit: annliguori.com

    To purchase tickets and more information on the MGWA 70th National Awards Dinner, visit: metgolfwriters.org/metgolfwriters.org_awards_dinner

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Happy Father’s Day! Get dad a custom gift made just for him, with love from Collage.com

    What! You forgot this year’s Father’s Day gift? No worries, it is never too late to show your love to dad. Anyways he loves you. Just let him know his gift is on the way. No matter how difficult dad is to shop for, custom Father’s Day gifts are sure to hit a home run. Find meaningful gifts for dad he’ll truly enjoy. Shop customizable gifts for dad at Collage.com! Remember, it is never too late, get a gift and send him a screenshot first. Haha, that is how I always do.

    For my dad, his favorite things are my arts. Yes, he knows his daughter is an artist, he is the one who supports me all the time. I know he doesn’t need to hang my arts everywhere at home, but I know he needs blanket, mug and home decos. I can print my arts on all of these products on Collage.com. Is that cool? This year, I printed one of my newest artworks on a blanket to gift my dad. The artwork is my city – San Diego. It is a Queen size Woven Image Blanket.

    Your design is woven directly into this 100% cotton blanket with tasseled edges. This impressive blanket will be a guaranteed conversation-starter.

    If you want to print photos on blankets, you’re in the right place at Collage.com. It’s so easy to print your favorite photos on a soft, cuddly photo blanket that the brand guarantees you’ll love. Add photos from your phone, computer, Facebook, or Google Photos to make a collage photo blanket. Use the website’s professionally created templates to make something extra special. See why hundreds of thousands of customers love their Collage.com photo blankets. Design your own photo blanket today.

    Collage.com is proud to be one of the most popular places to design and order photo blankets online, with tens of thousands of satisfied customers every year. Their photo blankets have been featured as perfect gifts everywhere from “Good Morning America” and “The View” to AARP: The Magazine, Forbes, Mashable and Buzzfeed. Every photo blanket is printed in the USA and protected by their Just Right 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Make special blankets for holiday entertaining with your favorite family photos from the last year. Design an elegant blanket you can’t buy at the store with stylish custom patterns and a monogram to make sure everyone knows it’s yours. Customize a sherpa blanket in your favorite team’s colors to show your support while keeping warm at cold hockey and football games. However you design your woven image blanket, your order will be protected by Collage.com’s Just Right Satisfaction Guarantee.

    Other than blankets, there are so many different things that you can create at Collage.com, go to the website and get some ideas!

     

  • Beauty,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Give your skin the gift of beauty and health with Sciabica Olive Oil Skincare!

    You probably already know that olive oil is part of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that you don’t always have to eat it to get its benefits? ⁣

    Making extra virgin olive oil part of your beauty routine can also be incredibly beneficial because it has:

    • anti-inflammatory properties⁣
    • anti-aging properties⁣
    • antibacterial properties⁣

    Mediterranean women have long known the secret to beautiful skin – extra virgin olive oil! Promote a smooth, radiant complexion. Help maintain elasticity of skin. Heal dry, brittle nails and soften cuticles. Condition and add shine to hair. Sciabica takes their finest award-winning extra virgin olive oil and pressed it with locally harvested English Lavender, known for its gentle healing properties, to produce a sensational, delightfully fragrant, 100% all-natural Lavender Olive Oil.

    Embrace your best skin yet this Summer with just 2 natural ingredients! Sciabica presses their award-winning extra virgin olive oil with locally harvested English Lavender, known for its gentle healing properties, to produce a sensational, delightfully fragrant, 100% all-natural Lavender Olive Oil. Apply the hydrating 2-ingredient moisturizer to the face, hands, or body, or even enjoy it in lavender scones or coffee cake. Imagine how nourishing skincare that is good enough to eat will be for your skin needs!

    Mr. Sciabica (Joseph) said he would never put anything on his skin that he wouldn’t eat! Sciabica’s Lavender olive oil is made only from fresh California sun-ripened olives and succulent English Lavender. Feel free to enjoy it’s all-natural healing properties inside and out.

    Packaged in a specially designed “airless” pump bottle, which dispenses creamy small portions, you can use as much or little as needed to apply onto your hands, face and body. It is so light that your skin will promptly absorb the creamily dispensed olive oil to help give you a softer, smoother and younger-looking appearance.

  • Fashion,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Charity Bracelet 100% Supports Robb Elementary Memorial Fund

    The devastating loss of innocent lives in the recent Texas school shooting has left many of us wanting to help but feeling helpless. In an emotional and heartfelt video, sisters Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz of Connecticut shared their feelings of grief, as well as a way to financially support those affected. The founders of The Power to B jewelry collection announced that they have created a custom-designed bracelet to benefit the children and families at Robb Elementary School. The memorial fund will receive 100% of the proceeds from every purchase of the limited-edition bracelet featuring the school’s colors.

    The statement on the company’s website reads “On May 24, 19 students and 2 adults were killed in a school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In support of the victims and survivors of this tragedy, we’re donating 100% of the proceeds from our maroon and gold power word cord bracelets to The Robb School Memorial Fund. Join us in showing support for Robb Elementary School by wearing their school colors with these limited-edition power word bracelets.”

    “The money raised will be used for their back-to-school program which includes counseling that the children will need to try to get back to ‘normal’, although life will never be normal again,” said Baribault Ortiz, who co-founded The Power to B jewelry line with her sister after both struggled with infertility.

    The pair is committed to philanthropy and has designed several unique and original bracelets to benefit various charities. Previous bracelet campaigns have supported The Hope of Fertility Foundation, the Glastonbury Education Foundation and the UCONN Foundation.

    Ortiz explains The Power to B bracelets encourage everyone to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You by linking the cursive phrases with a colorful cord or chain. The commemorative Robb School Elementary bracelet features a power word in yellow gold on a maroon cord in order to give hope and strength to the wearer. The bracelet will be available for purchase for $68 on the website while supplies last.

    Baribault Ortiz is the mother of two (Scarlet & Kash, 9 and 7 years old) and Baribault Schwartz is mom to three (Eva, Zane & Raven, 5, 3, and 1 years old).

    “As a mom with young children in school, I just keep thinking of the fear every day,” adds Baribault Schwartz. “I wear my “fearless” bracelet to try to fear a little less.”

    The third-generation jewelers created the bracelets featuring powerful phrases to remind women of all ages that they are not alone. The jewelry line has forged a strong community of thousands of female customers who wear the bracelets, rings, necklaces to bolster their inner strength and resilience.

    “There is power in doing things together,” said Baribault Ortiz. “We can’t take the pain away, but we hope to make just a small difference.”

    To view the sisters’ poignant video message, click here; https://youtu.be/gb2xE1QCpZE

    About The Power to B

    Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless, B Fearless, or B You. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.