• Art,  Children's Books,  Health

    Fun-Filled Tummy Tour Teaches Kids the Importance of Gut Health

    Emily Enzyme and a host of unforgettable characters lead a little girl on an amazing journey of her digestive system in the book, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, from occupational therapist and nutrition enthusiast Jan Maximov Condon.

    Scientifically accurate without being overly detailed, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo uses colorful illustrations and giggle-inducing rhymes (“It’s our most important duty: We make things happen in your booty.”) to introduce audiences as young as 2 years old to the existence of gut microbes and their vital role in our overall health.

    “I was 55 when I learned I had a universe inside me, and that I could help myself by my food choices,” Condon said during a recent interview.

    In Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, Lulu is feeling anxious about her upcoming school science report. She falls asleep and dreams that she swallows herself! Emily Enzyme takes Lulu on an “incredible digestible” tour, first through the small intestine, where Lulu meets Abby Acidophilus and dances the Acidophilus Hula. In the colon, Lulu meets Benny Bifidus, the King of Poo, who tells her, “Here we are – we all work together. If you take care of us – we’ll help you forever!” (song: “Do the Acidophilus Hula!” on http://janmaxcon.com/)

    Condon’s second book, Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!) is a graphic novel suitable for children 8 years old and up that builds upon the concepts from the first book. Lulu How Do You? follows Lulu on another adventure during which she asks the digestive organs and microbes about their favorite and least favorite foods — and why. It’s a lesson about the effects that sugar and toxins can have on the body.

    Both stories are brought to life through brilliant and playful illustrations by Steve Ferchaud and Chris Ficken. With glossaries and pronunciation guides, Condon’s books are as educational as they are entertaining and aim to increase awareness from a young age about the importance of our gut microbiome and making healthy food choices.

    Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo

    Publisher: Bowker

    ISBN-10: ‎ 1736960849

    ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736960844

    Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!)

    Publisher: Bowker

    ISBN-10: ‎ 1736960822

    ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736960820

    Both books are available from Amazon.com.

    About the Author

    Jan Maximov Condon is a part-time occupational therapist with a keen interest in nutrition for wellness. Her passion to share her important message about gut microbes came from personal experience: the overuse of antibiotics in childhood and the problems it led to. Condon and her husband, Frank, live in Chico, California, where they enjoy brisk, long walks, yoga and the joy of being alive. Condon is 81 years young and can still stand on her head!

    For more information, visit http://janmaxcon.com/, or connect with the author on Facebook or Instagram at Janslulubooks.


  • Art,  San Diego

    Dreamers – 2022 American International Youth Art Exhibition Was Successfully Opened in US Arts Education Center, San Diego

    On October 30th, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Pacific Time in California, USA, co-hosted by US Arts, USA and Shanghai Gallery YOO, China, “Dreamers – 2022 International Youth and Children’s Art Exhibition” celebrated the exhibition opening at US Arts Education Center in San Diego, California. Both Lulu Yueming McNaught from California, USA and Flavia from Shanghai, China curated the exhibition. The exhibition was opened during the Halloween weekend, and the works on display were mainly selected from the students from the St. Didacus School, the community students from San Diego County and the students from Shanghai. These students are teenagers and children aged from 3 to 15 years old.

    The exhibition opened with a Halloween party. During the ceremony party, the American students voted for their favorite artworks. They also joined some art activities, such as making Halloween art masks and stickers. The host prepared Halloween gifts for the raffle winners. Children with different skin colors are confident, equal and friendly in front of art. American parents actively took their children to participate in this Dreamers-themed friendship exhibition between American and Chinese children. The exhibition lasts for 15 days. During the exhibition, Lulu Yueming McNaught, the executive curator of the exhibition, teachers from US Arts, and artists from California will conduct awards for this exhibition.

    List of small artists participating in the exhibition:

    Jacob Zuckerman/ Isabella Fine/ Charlie Melendez/ Cruz Gyamfi/ Kieran Maloney / Bridgette Boeh / Paul Palomare/ Tyson Boeh/ Monica Huynh/ Sophia Rodriquez/ Mia Person / Victoria Palomares / Grace Saling / Monica Huynh /Elena Demirtas / Elliot An / Harry Douglas Tian WATT/ Vito Zhang/ Chen Xuanhan/ Cao Chengming/ Veronica Gerardina Lee/ Charlotte Nicolaas Lee/ Lu Mai Duo / Cao Qichen/ Wang Shihan/ Wang Shuyi / Ling Yuanyuan/ Zhang Zihui / Charlotte Gao Peng/ Vanessa ShuXue/ Katelyn Li / Abigail Chen/ Wang Tianyi / Queenie Tong/ Harper Xu /Lyonel Chapatte / Lenardo Wu/ Harvey Xu/ Vicky Zhang/ Rebecca / KIKI / MAX/ Wen Hefan/ Wang Gengyan/ Xiang Yue/ Shen Yixin/ Chen Jiale/ Gong Zibo / Gabriel Chen/ Louisa Fu/ Ethan Liao

    The exhibition opened at the US Arts Education Center, hosted by curator and artist Lulu Yueming McNaught in San Diego, California, USA. Give out popular gifts and vote for your favorite artwork live.

    During the opening ceremony, the curator led the little artists and their parents to make Halloween masks and stickers at the party.

    The exhibition runs from October 30th to November 15th, 2022. During the exhibition, the American juries will select the various awards for the exhibition. We are looking forward to the little artists in the US and China to shine in the future.

  • Art,  Books,  New York

    Multiple-6-Figure Artist & Coach on How to Market, Price & Sell Your Own Art

    Miriam Schulman built a multiple-six-figure business selling her own art and coaches artists on how to successfully market, price and sell theirs.

    Her podcast has 332 ratings and is ranked 4.9 stars. She has 27K Facebook followers. Her art has been featured in The New York Times, What Women Create, Art of Man, and Art Journaling magazine by Stampington, as well as seen on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. It’s sold around the world and included in New York museum gift shops. Professional Artist magazine also published several full-length features on it.

    Artpreneur: The Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Sustainable Living from Your Creativity (HarperCollins Leadership; Jan. 31, 2023) breaks down the 5 fundamentals for building a successful business to achieve your goals, including plans for production, profit, prospecting, promotion and productivity. With these 5 keys in place, you’ll be able to:

    • Build an audience of raving fans who want what you’ve got and are prepared to pay top dollar
    • Draw attention to your creations by embracing your authenticity
    • Integrate creativity with family (you don’t have to choose)
    • Romance collectors by seducing them in a way that feels authentic and non-salesy
    • Price your art (or services) with courage by using a three-step process

    is the artist handbook for passion-makers who dream of evolving into passion professionals but are stuck. Schulman provides inspiring stories and proof that show that the artist’s life can be both profitable and sustainable. She urges artists to gamble on themselves, emphasizing that a confident mindset is the first step to developing a life of creative and financial freedom. Artpreneur combines a left-brain approach with traditional marketing methods that pave a clear path for success.

    There’s never been a better time to turn your creative ideas into a successful business, as the internet is pushing aside art world “gatekeepers” who used to decide what was “worthy”.

  • Art,  San Diego

    “Dreamers International Youth and Children’s Art Exhibition” in US ARTS, San Diego

    “Dreamers International Youth and Children’s Art Exhibition” is going to be hosted in US Arts Education Center from October 30th in San Diego. Coordinated by US ARTS, Galley Yoo and New Art Trend.

    This exhibition is composed of students from all around Shanghai, China. US Arts Education Center aims to showcase different art styles and influence from other cultures. The Opening ceremony will be on Sunday October 30th 11-2pm. The ceremony will include different art activities and raffle prizes. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    This exhibition will be on display at US ARTS Education Center Sunday, October 30th thru Tuesday, November 15th. Parents and students are welcome to stop by to view the artworks anytime during office hours.

  • Art,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  New York

    Designer Suzy Levian Aligns New Pink Sapphire and Diamond Jewelry Collections with Breast Cancer Advocacy

    A portion of the proceeds from each jewel sold will support breast cancer research this October.

    Born into a jewelry legacy, Suzy Levian was the youngest of five children, with an aptitude for illustrating intricate designs. Rendering sketches for the family business early on, she had her eye on entrepreneurship, envisioning a signature brand across multiple categories, with female empowerment as the cornerstone. A mother of six, Suzy Levian embraces the dualities of modern womanhood—from nurture and networking to beauty and efficiency, her collections balance wearable, useable, beautiful pieces, with embracing one’s inner power. This October, Suzy is partnering to support women diagnosed with breast cancer, through the Suzy Levian Breast Cancer Awareness Month Page on her website. Those shopping the new jewels will have a portion of the proceeds from each sale donated back to three research foundations: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, offering an opportunity to give back while accessorizing, or to gift in solidarity.

    The page features a selection of new pink and white jewels by Suzy Levian, with gemstones including: pink sapphire, diamond, morganite, cubic zirconia, pearl, and amethyst. Set in sterling silver, her Breast Cancer Awareness Collection is affordably priced, for woman to own and show camaraderie. As the most common cancer diagnosed in women, also occurring in men, breast cancer irreversibly changes lives. It is crucial to provide support for ongoing research and development.

    Each Suzy Levian jewel features a signature hidden diamond within the band, symbolizing one’s inner strength. Meaningful for this collection, cancer warriors and advocates can wear a Suzy Levian Breast Cancer Awareness Collection jewel, recognizing the journey and inner strength to keep fighting, for oneself, and for loved ones.

    “The process of going through hardship goes hand-in-hand with lifting others up,” says designer, Suzy Levian. “Breast Cancer is a battle no one should ever have to go through, and I wanted to create something that would help move us towards more solutions, while inspiring each other.”

    About Suzy Levian

    Suzy Levian is the youngest of the five children of Mr. A. LeVian, the founder of LeVian Corp. While working with her brothers at LeVian Corp., Suzy opened her own business, with the goal of empowering women through beautiful, affordable jewelry designs for all. Her signature collections are renowned for their breathtaking juxtaposition of gemstones and curves. Passionate and energizing, Suzy Levian creates provocative, elegant accessories catering to women invigorating their inner power.