• Art,  food,  Gift Guide,  New York

    Sweeten up Mother’s Day and show Mom how much you love her with MarieBelle Mother’s Day collection

    Give mom a gift that she will remember forever. Check out MarieBelle this year’s special mother’s day themed ganache, which was beautifully designed in a classic blue box. This Mother’s Day, MarieBelle Chocolates offers a sumptuous shopping experience for the eyes and appetite at their flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street, with lavish window displays that aim to warm the heart. 

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with MarieBelle Chocolates’ signature artisanal ganache collections like the 16-piece of Mother’s Day-themed chocolate ganache in a classic blue box with a decorative Mother’s Day sleeve.  Each ganache is decorated with a unique Mother’s Day design that tells a beautiful love story. Also available is the Mother’s Day Brownie Box.

    MarieBelle 16pc Mother’s Day Chocolate Ganache (photo credit MarieBelle Chocolates)

     Another great gift for this special spring holiday is the 25-piece Spring Heart Box. The box opens to reveal 25 handmade chocolate ganaches, each artfully highlighted with love-inspired designs that tell a story, elegantly presented in a fanciful heart-shaped box with beautifully scalloped trim in a golden sheen. For a picture-perfect presentation, a pastel ribbon is added. For little bit of everything, the Marie Spring Gift Set includes 7pc Heart Chocolate Ganache, 2oz Chinese Flower Tea, and a Tea Strainer.

    Try MarieBelle’s new 80g Cacao Market Rose Petals and Hibiscus Bar. The 80g bar collection includes four distinct chocolate bars decorated with ornate patterns and flavored with the most fresh and distinct combination of ingredients.

    Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

    For more information and to view the Mother’s Day 2022 Collection, visit: mariebelle.com/collections/mothers-day-collection

    MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

    MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 

    For more information about MarieBelle Chocolates, visit www.mariebelle.com.

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  • Art,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Tiffany Lopez is named dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

    Tiffany Lopez, visionary artist and administrator and proven champion for diversity and inclusion, has been named dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, following a nationwide search. She will assume the post on July 1.

    Lopez comes to UCI from Arizona State University, where she serves as vice provost for inclusive excellence and as a Foundation Professor in the Sidney Poitier New American Film School in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

    “UCI’s visionary founders included a school of fine arts in our academic plan so that the study and creation of art would be integral to our students’ experiences,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Tiffany Lopez’s artistic and administrative achievements and her commitment to inclusion and diversity will advance the school’s excellence and enhance its far-reaching impact across campus and in the community.”

    Hal Stern, UCI’s provost and executive vice chancellor, said: “We welcome Tiffany Lopez to UCI and look forward to engaging her exceptional talent and expertise in academic administration and the arts,” added Hal Stern, provost and executive vice chancellor. “Her experience working with faculty, staff and students to advance inclusive excellence initiatives and arts programs will benefit the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and our entire campus community.”

    Lopez was previously director of the former School of Film, Dance and Theatre at ASU. She led the film program to launch as the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, diversified faculty across the school’s programs, and increased opportunities for students to engage with regional artists and experience intergenerational mentorship.

    “I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as its next dean,” Lopez said. “What’s particularly exciting is how the school collectively embraces the call of our moment to enrich and expand pathways for 21st-century art making and to cultivate citizen-artist leaders who exemplify the role of creativity in exploration. I’m inspired by the stellar range of artists, scholars and advocates and look forward to collaborating to advance the work being done by this incredible community.”

    The granddaughter of migrant farmworkers and a first-generation college student, Lopez has dedicated her career to increasing opportunities in higher education, furthering the role of the arts and forging routes to support success through leadership.

    Prior to ASU, Lopez spent more than two decades at UC Riverside, where inclusion and community engagement were instrumental to her teaching, research and creative activity on how artists use their work to stage conversations about trauma and violence to generate paths for personal and social change. At UCR, she was a professor and the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production.

    Lopez is a founding member of the Latino Theater Alliance of Los Angeles, and she has also worked as a dramaturge with numerous theaters, including the Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater Company and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A community college transfer student, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English at California State University, Sacramento and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English at UC Santa Barbara. Lopez was also the first Cesar Chavez Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College.

    She’s the recipient of many prestigious honors – including being named an ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor (2019), a Hispanic Lifestyle Latina of Influence (2015) and a Fulbright scholar (2004) – and has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Rockefeller Foundation.

    Lopez will replace Dean Stephen Barker, who is retiring.

    “I am delighted that Dr. Tiffany Lopez will be taking over the reins of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts,” Barker said. “Her remarkable background as a researcher, teacher and community builder are perfectly suited to take the school and the campus to the next level of achievement. The many strengths she brings to UCI are a model for students, staff and faculty, as well as for the greater community.”

    About the Claire Trevor School of the Arts

    The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is UCI’s creative laboratory, exploring and presenting the arts as the essence of human experience and expression through art forms ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. CTSA has proven itself to be a national leader in training emerging artists and performers since its establishment in 1965. In 2000, the school was named in honor of Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor and her involvement with the school and its students.

    CTSA is home to the departments of art, dance, drama and music. Undergraduate and graduate degree courses include extensive studio, workshop and performance experiences; theoretical and historical studies; and arts and technology practices.

    Boasting an acclaimed, international faculty who work across a wide variety of disciplines and partner with others across campus, CTSA also provides excellent facilities to support artistic development and research. These include four theaters; a concert hall; three art galleries; the Beall Center for Art + Technology; electronic music studios; cutting-edge costume, lighting and scenic design studios; a stage production shop; digital arts labs; and a video production studio.

  • Art,  Los Angeles

    Corey Helford Gallery presents ‘Future Seasons’ by Kai & Sunny

    Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery(CHG) is proud to announce their next major solo show, entitled Future Seasons, featuring new works from London-based award-winning artist duo Kai & Sunny.

    Debuting on May 14th in Gallery 2, this new body of work from Kai & Sunny showcases their uniquely distinguishable compositions of acrylic paintings on linen canvas and archival ballpoint pen drawings on paper. The works are created by hand building thin intricate lines methodically upon each other. Featuring 17 original pieces, Future Seasons marks Kai & Sunny’s third solo at CHG (following 2020’s The Great Curve and 2019’s In The Drift) and is the duo’s most ambitious exhibition to date with the largest canvas measuring 79” x118”.
    Regarding their upcoming show, Kai & Sunny share, “Future Seasons explores the changing seasons through the yearly cycle and how our connection to this creates dynamic mood shifts within us. The collection draws on our dependence with nature, for our health and happiness, in times of future uncertainty. The space, movement, and transference of color in the works create an atmosphere of how one feels when subjected to the force whilst surrounded by nature.” Adding, “The mesmerizing lines in each piece push and pull as if caught in a state of flux, creating infinite movement and naturalistic rhythm, appearing both serene and ominous at the same time. In areas of the paintings, the lines possess a tension twisting and distorting the form, whilst in other areas, the lines are free and flowing.”
    L: “Moon Always Shinning” (acrylic painting on linen, 47″ x 47″)
    R: “Dawn Wave” (acrylic painting on linen, 32.7″ x 32.7″)
    As part of the show and to accompany the works, the pair will undertake a large wall painting inside the gallery, which will also be on display. Plus, in conjunction with the exhibition, Kai & Sunny will be releasing two limited-edition silkscreen prints and two skateboard decks (in collaboration with Element Skateboards)─available to purchase at the gallery on opening night (5/14).
    L: “Downward Force – Fall” (ballpoint pen – original on 100% cotton somerset tub sized 420gsm, 56″ x 40.5″)
    R: “Rise and Fall – Spring” (ballpoint pen – original on 100% cotton somerset tub sized 420gsm, 56″ x 40.5″)
    Future Seasons opens Saturday,May 14th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in Gallery 2, alongside an international touring group exhibition, entitled I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am, in the Main Gallery.Curated by Ink and Movement(IAM), I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am explores the concept of identity by bringing together a selection of artworks by Okuda San Miguel, Elian Chali, Franco Fasoli, Martí Sawe, Misterpiro, Nano4814, Sabek, Sixe Paredes, and Spok Brillor. Masks continue to be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.
    About Kai & Sunny:
    UK-based artist duo Kai & Sunny (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. The pair have won numerous accolades (including a D&AD Design Award in 2012 and a LIA award in 2015) and have collaborated with the likes of author David Mitchell, designer Alexander McQueen, and artist Shepard Fairey. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally (including at institutions such as Haunch of Venison), included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection, and has been acquired by Tiffany and Co. for their collection.
    In conjunction with their In The Drift exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery (September 2019), the pair collaborated with Element Skateboards on a set of new skate decks, plus they painted two murals while visiting Southern California for their show. The first mural was painted just before the opening of their CHG show at Element Skateboards HQ in Huntington Beach (click here to view) and the second larger mural was painted just after the opening at The Berrics (click here to view), the world famous skatepark based in downtown Los Angeles and owned by Steve Berra and Eric Koston. The artwork depicted on both the skate decks and murals was also featured in their show at CHG.
    Additionally, their work has been profiled by Juxtapoz, Hypebeast, Slate, VICE, and Hi-Fructose, among others. Sample of praise here:
    “The idea that such sophisticated and detailed pieces are executed by hand is mind-blowing.”
    – Shepard Fairey
    “Kai and Sunny’s abstract and mind-bending lineworks…continue to be at the forefront of wonderful op-art based paintings.”
    – Juxtapoz
    “The highly acclaimed, award-winning art duo Kai and Sunny have risen to notoriety over the past few years thanks to their beautiful and highly-detailed nature-inspired images.”
    – Hypebeast
    About Corey Helford Gallery:
    Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez), Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033, in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with visiting hours being Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.
  • Art,  Los Angeles

    2022 Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awards Event Kicks Off Venice Art Crawl (VAC) Season

    On March 17th, the Venice Art Crawl (VAC) celebrated the contribution to the arts and societal impact of its previously announced 2022 Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awards honorees: Legendary fine artist and designer Isabelle Lago; Emerging Artist film director Megan Raney Aarons; and Rising Star Award recipient, nine year-old artist Misty Srichandr.

    The benefit—sponsored by Hotel Erwin, GRAiNEY Pictures, and The Equity | Impact Center—saw previous awardees in attendance, such as Joelle Dumas (2018), Meryl Lebowitz (2018), Jules Muck (2018, who had a pop-up in the entry of Hotel Erwin), MB Boissonault (2020), and Robin Murez (2020), alongside generations of local supporters. Current Venice Art Crawl board members and original founders Edizen Stowell, Daniel Samakow, and Mike Newhouse awarded current President, Sunny Bak, with a special trophy acknowledging a Legendary Lead in the Arts and Community. Throughout the evening, artist Leah Knauer completed live painting, the Haikuists drafted on-demand poems, SCALE Fellowship awardee Sierra Sellers performed, and DJ Beth spun; both a silent auction and an Instagram auction also took place, which included a series of Andy Warhol images from various Venice artists.

    Isabelle Lago is a renowned painter, muralist and animation designer based in Los Angeles. A fine art graduate from USC, Isabelle found her groove in the grassroots art crawl scene and exhibitions of Venice Beach, which is where her iconic Isabelle Gorilla character first emerged in 2011. Today, her murals can be found on city streets, at tech start-ups, and private homes in Los Angeles and beyond, and her paintings and prints have been purchased by thousands of collectors around the world. Isabelle is also a founding partner of Nomad Blvd., an NFT project based on her work that sold out in January 2022.

    Accomplished writer/director/producer Megan Raney Aarons mashes true-life realism with a dark and magical whimsy, with plot twisting her narrative trademark. Co-founder of Venice based production company, GRAiNEY PICTURES with brother Colin K Gray, their seventh feature documentary UNZIPPED is now at festivals. On the heels of a vast library of original fare and a slew of awards, Megan continues to earn her stripes. Megan was selected for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 director mentor program. Raney wrote the scripted psychological thriller CAGES with Colin, and Guatemala’s Izabel Acevedo. Directed by Megan, the film is set in Guatemala and Texas, and is now casting. Megan is also a creator attached to direct a revisionist historical fiction series, and is currently writing her second feature, JANNERS, set in 1990’s Plymouth (UK), along with a half-hour scripted comedy series.

    Legendary Women Artists of Venice Rising Star Misty Shichandr is a two-time “My Venice Holiday Poster” contest winner and attends Coeur d’Alene Elementary school. The future is female and this award is for her.

    These awards were the second all-in-person Venice Art Crawl event since the pandemic began, and will be followed by a mixer on April 21st, from 6:00-9:00PM PDT. The mixer will be held at artist Patrizia Martiradonna’s gallery at 4059 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. Admission is $35, although those who attended the Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awards will receive admission for only $10. The first official crawl of the 2022 season will be announced shortly.

    About the Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awards

    The Legendary Women Artists of Venice Awards were first presented in 2018, founded by Sunny Bak and Lauren Doyle in honor of Women’s History Month, at the Hotel Erwin by Councilmember Mike Bonin and George Francisco, President of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. The awards have been presented in 2018 and 2020 to acknowledge Venice’s rich history with the arts, and to honor female artists whose life and work exemplifies the Venice Art Crawl’s mission of creating community through art, education, and social activism. The awards recognize achievement for its recipients and the joining of a new sisterhood in the arts.

    About the Venice Art Crawl

    The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce hosted event. The VAC’s mission is to preserve the arts in Venice, a place historically known as a vibrant and dynamic art community. Our goal is to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and live art events, and within the broader global artistic community of creators and art lovers through online events. We are an all-volunteer run non-profit organization which is a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

  • Art,  Asian,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  Vancouver,  WorldWide

    Buddha Board is the perfect way to shift from busy to still.

    Dip your paintbrush in the water and let your worries go on the reusable canvas with endless creative possibilities. Between virtual meetings and screen time, it’s easy to feel disconnected and distant. Remember to practice self-care by taking a few moments for your mind today.

    Clearing your mind is just as important if not more so than cleaning your environment! Buddha Board is here to help clear your mind with low dopamine bliss.

    Spring Clean Your Mind with This Zen-like Experience

    Has dreary winter weather, cold season illnesses, or work stress cluttered up your headspace? Learn to release the negativity and give your thoughts a spring cleaning with the help of the Buddha Board! This easy-to-use mindfulness tool is simple, screen-free, and soothing as you embark on a journey to find your inner zen.  Empty your mind by putting brush to board and painting away what’s eating up your attention and energy. Then let go of those thoughts and let them disappear alongside your evaporating brush strokes.

    Buddha Board Highlights:

    • Designed with a sleek, modern aesthetic
    • Reusable
    • Quick to set up
    • Enso and Mini fold closed for streamlined carrying
    • “Painting” with water is truly MESS FREE
    • No ink, paint, or chemicals
    • Encourages mindfulness
    • Doesn’t add to your digital footprint
    • Taps into your creative side
    • Fun for all ages
    • Helps kids explore the creative process judgment free
    • Perfect for relieving stress at home, in the office, or when traveling

    When it’s time to get your house in order, Buddha Board is here to help. To learn more visit www.buddhaboard.com

  • Art,  Asian,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  Vancouver,  WorldWide

    Taking your Buddha Board outdoors to ground yourself with nature + creativity

    Aligning your energy with nature is one of the best ways to let go; being in nature allows us to show up as our most authentic selves. Find a spot to enjoy a Buddha Board session while grounding yourself simultaneously. With your feet in the earth, where will your imagination guide you?

    Sit down, take a deep breath, and paint anything that comes to mind. When you’re done, watch it slowly fade away to reveal a new blank canvas. Repeat as needed for ultimate relaxation.

    Original Buddha Board

    Paint on the surface with water and watch your creation come to life.  As the water slowly evaporates your art will magically disappear… leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind.

    • Buddha Board “canvas” (12″ high x 9″ wide x 1/4″ thick)
    • Sturdy waterproof stand, complete with a roomy reservoir for water & separate grooves for holding both the board & brush
    • Premium bamboo paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles


    ENSO INFINITE ART gently encourages you to value the here-and-now. Simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear allowing you to create a whole new masterpiece.

    Enso (en-so) comes from Japanese word ‘circle’ and is a simple, single brush-stroke that represents infinity and the flow of life. It is an artistic ‘expression of the moment’.

    Enso is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care.

    • Enso (10″ high x 10″ wide x 1″ thick)
    • Portable Enso that folds into its own small easel stand
    • Premium refillable handle with thick, ultra-soft bristles

    Mini Buddha Board (Black)

    The Mini Buddha Board is an elegantly packaged, 5-inch square portable Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand. It has a little trough for water if desired, and comes with a small paint brush. Enjoy!

    • Mini Buddha Board (5″ high x 5″ wide x 0.5″ thick)
    • Portable Mini Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand
    • Premium mini paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles

    Buddha Board is based in Vancouver, BC Canada and was founded in 2000.

    Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment.

    Simply ‘paint’ on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care.

    Master the art of letting go, live for the moment and enjoy!