- Our May SchmoozeFest was one of the smallest gatherings we have had but it was not lacking in creativity and energy. There may even be a new venture or two that got it’s beginning that night. Plan to attend our next get together in September…
- Our “Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One- Discovering the Dream” class kicked off a few weeks ago and already we are moving forward with some very talented creative participants. Our next term begins in mid-September…
- Amy Gaskin informs us of that her work is being exhibited at the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles show which closes June 6. She also let us know that she has been elected to the Board of Directors of that organization and she received an award in the Professional Division. We are proud of you Amy!…
- Jeff Burke had a show of his exciting new work in his studio in mid-May at the The Eclectic, South Pasadena's Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk. Also, Lorraine showed her newest piece called "Institutionally Suspicious" - “a series of rants about social ills composed of over 100 ceramic figures”…
- Ulrike Kerber, Branding Therapist and Future Visionary gave us her impressions of
FurtherFuture, a futuristic festival outside of Las Vegas. Sounded quite interesting. And she informed us about "Hello World" and the Kickstarter promise in which she “created the first two films that educate, connect kids and hopefully create a smarter, more open-hearted and tolerant world. Each film is about a country focussing on a place or cultural aspect. We debunk myths, surprise and have a blast!”
Those are the headlines. Now here are the complete stories to accompany those headlines:
- SchmoozeFest- Our May SchmoozeFest was an intimate gathering of very enthusiastic creatives. We had some very fruitful conversations about new ventures and growing businesses. Make sure you mark your calendar for Thursday, May 8 to attend our next inspiring event.
- Classes have begun at Art Center at Night for the Summer term and we have a small but mighty contingent in our "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One-Discovering the Dream" class. We are well on our way to new discoveries and it is exciting to imagine the opportunities that will evolve from the efforts of the participants. The next term for our class begins Tuesday, September 13 and quite a few people have said they intend to take the class so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Tony Luna, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 818-842-5490. You will be glad you did!
EDITORS NOTES: Notices about the following three events were sent in earlier this month and so the events have passed, but they are included here so you could know of the accomplishments of these creative people and contact them if you wish. We congratulate them all!
This event will close June 6-
Amy Gaskin, Photographer- “Dear friends, some good news to share and an invitation: Some of my work will be on display at this exhibition / reception Tuesday evening. At the beginning of the year, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and my work has received an award in the Professional Division.
The show is an incredible retrospective of current award winners from our organization who have been honored both locally and internationally as well as a wonderful gallery of work from the China News.
It is an honor to be included. The event will be a fun evening and opportunity to meet some fantastic photographers from around the world and to speak with them about their work....including Pulitzer Prize winners.
Organized by Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA) and the California Media Club, 'Just One More: US-China News Photo Exhibition' features more than 150 pictures from PPAGLA members and Chinese photojournalists including the Pulitzer and World Press Photo winning masterpieces and historical photos dating back to the 1930s.
The Opening Ceremony and Reception of '2016 Just One More: US-China News Photo Exhibition' on May 17th, 2016, at 7 pm at The China Press Exhibition Hall (2121 W. Mission Road, Alhambra, CA 91803.)"
Jeff Burke, Fine Artist- “Hi Tony. This Saturday, May 14, we're opening the studio and hosting a music stage during The Eclectic, South Pasadena's Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk. It's a casual, all-day event where can see our newest work, catch some tunes by local bands and enjoy pizza, beer and the vibe. Studio opens at 3pm and goes until 9pm or so.
Lorraine will be showing her newest piece called "Institutionally Suspicious" - a series of rants about social ills composed of over 100 ceramic figures. I'll have new work on the walls, too. We hope that you can join us. No RSVP required - just stop by.
Your pal, "
- Ulrike Kerber, Branding Therapist and Future Visionary- “Dear Tony, I was at a festival outside of Las Vegas called FurtherFuture a few weeks ago, invited by my friend Alan Macy who exhibited his breathing chair installation (which was very well visited, since breathing is much needed:)
A bit of feedback: I am not a big festival attender, I usually go to media conferences like Motionographer's F5 or BDA/Promax. Well, this ain't the BDA. It is more like Burning Man, but smaller and with a hi-tech focus. I enjoyed it 90% of the time, because I generally like unexpected encounters with unicorns and thinking of future visions. It was great to hear about the cutting edge of robots, giant robot fights or baby elephant diets. I did sense a lack of direction (just "future" as a theme might not be enough) and I think the festival would do better with a more focussed theme.
I also missed my world of animation and digital media. Where were the out-of-your-mind visual digital arts? But the surreal look of the landscape and the outfits made up for it and were amazing...a lot of silver and glitter! Female speakers were inspiring, but too few. A lot of female attendees had the vibe of being pretty accessories...mmmhhh....is that the further future? (But hey dude...what do I know, I am just a pretty accessory myself...hehe). I overall enjoyed it (90%, could have been 100%, if someone would not have driven off with parts of my tent) and I see a future there!
Just want to remind everybody... the 'Hello World' pilots, that we promised our Kickstarter supporters in December are completed and this Thursday we will celebrate, see info below. The next newsletter (I send an email 1-2 /month) will talk about our branding therapy and how to get your organization/company from story to logo/website and other touch points. This will not hurt at all...promise.
See you in the NearFuture!
Dr. Ulrike (branding therapist and future visionary)
(I know exactly how the future will look like and you better believe it.)
create. love. inspire"
creative director, Viva Design Inc.
Kickstarter and future supporters are invited to view our new film series "Hello World" (used to be titled "We Are the World" ) at a launch event at Viva Design on May 26th. We have fulfilled our Kickstarter promise and created the first two films that educate, connect kids and hopefully create a smarter, more open-hearted and tolerant world. Each film is about a country focussing on a place or cultural aspect. We debunk myths, surprise and have a blast! Come to the event and learn more about it. We are as excited as you are!
"Hello World" Launch
When: 05.26.16, 6pm
Where: At Viva Design Studios in Santa Barbara, CA
Why: to celebrate "Hello World"
Who cares: All supporters, Kickstarter and outside of Kickstarter
Viva Design Inc. was founded in 1998 by Ulrike Kerber. Based in Santa Barbara, California, it has won awards and nominations such as The Television Academy Emmy nomination, New York Festival, BDA, Omni Awards, Type Directors' Club Award, and Art Director's Club Award. In addition to its own Love to Read brand, Viva Design has produced branding for clients such as ABC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon-Noggin, Travel Channel, Warner Brothers and Oprah's OWN. For more information, please visit www.VivaDesign.com.
For any inquiries about workshops or broadcast design please contact:
Ulrike Kerber, creative director, Ulrike@vivadesign.com
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"Mastering the Business of Photography: What the Pros Do When They Are Not Taking Incredible Photos" Skyhorse/Allworth Press
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