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An Artist’s Gift

”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield

Bay Area Artist Mary Lonergan is a client and friend of All About Travel and we wanted to share with you a bit about her creative endeavors.

I have personally known Mary for many years. We worked together in the Bay Area in the music scene managing bands and producing live events. In fact, Mary and I have created artwork alongside one another working on our own projects, spending the day creating with music in the background. It’s definitely something I miss quite a bit. I actually worked with oils mostly until Mary introduced me to acrylics.

In fact, Mary’s first show in Florence I was going to attend with her. I had my ticket and everything. Unfortunately, a week prior to departure I broke my right foot. I still haven’t made it to Italy, but plan to and hopefully in 2013 to see Mary show some more of her work.

I shared an image of Mary’s art being shown in Times Square in June and had requests to know more about Mary and her art. That’s where this interview takes us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

AV:   Your art has been mostly shown in Europe and the Bay Area. Where in Europe have you exhibited your art pieces?

ML: My first public show was in Florence, Italy at the Biennale in 2007.   Since then I have exhibited pieces in London, Monaco and Paris.

AV:   I know you have attended some of these faraway places while your art is being shown, what has been your favorite place and why?

ML: Well, showing in Florence was absolutely amazing.  It was my first public show, so I was literally walking around the city in a daze I was so happy and nervous at the same time…. But, honestly, showing in Paris was my favorite… truly a life altering experience!  The show was at the Grand Palais and was attended by over 40 thousand people in a five day period.  I had never seen anything like it!   I kept asking the others around me….”where are they all coming from?” and they thought it was funny.  There’s a very high level of respect for art in Paris…it’s inherently part of their culture. They love it and they support it.

AV:   How long have you been showing your art?   

ML:  I’ve been showing for close to five years.  I’d love to do some shows in California and New York. I’m currently building my inventory.

AV:   How do you create your artwork? Environment? Tools? Artistic medium of choice and why that medium?

ML:  I’m very lucky that I can work out of my home studio in Oakland.  It’s a lovely room with great light and ventilation…which are key!

I use acrylics because they’re fast and easy to use; they dry much quicker than oils. I tend to get a bit impatient when I’m working if I can’t go back to an area because it’s still wet with paint. 

I enjoy working on canvas, but also work on paper and often use mixed media.  Some of my work starts as a painting, then it’s photographed and developed further on my computer to come up with a final image.  That’s what happened here with a piece called ‘pink tree ribbon’

AV:   Do you have any particular thing that inspires you to create?

ML:  Being in nature really seems to allow room for me to go deeper into myself and find a path or a doorway to my creativity.   Also, seeing/experiencing other art/artists definitely creates a spark.  I went to a live music show last weekend and the performers were so in tuned with one another, they were so in the moment, that I found it exhilarating to watch them create.  That type of energy is always inspiring.

AV:   When you are creating your pieces do you ever find yourself going in a different direction than you originally started?

ML:   Yes!  This happens quite often actually.  A piece called, ‘gloria’ started as a landscape but then as I went along, I could see a face emerging from the canvas.  I love it when this happens.  It’s always a surprise and feels like the painting is really already there just waiting to be uncovered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AV:   How long have you been creating your art pieces?

ML:   I started painting in late 2003 when I saw an advertisement for an all day painting workshop in San Francisco. This guy used to open different warehouse spaces and invite people to come in and paint.   He provided the paper, paint & supplies and you just had to show up…and you could pay him whatever you could afford, so some people gave him money and others brought him lunch or would do trades with him.  It was the day I remembered how much I LOVED to paint and knew that somehow I had to incorporate it into my life.

AV:   What was the last show you attended?

ML:   The last show I went to was at the Vessel Gallery in Oakland.  It was an event for a nonprofit called Coach Art.  It’s a really fantastic gallery and had some beautiful work.  Before that I went to the Oakland Museum of California to see the “1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach”…it was devastating.

AV:   How do you think/want other people to respond to your art?

ML:   I want people to be turned on by my art.  I want an immediate emotional reaction. Does it capture your heart, does it make you feel happy when you look at it, etc.   Or, does it make you cry… If I can get that kind of reaction from someone looking at my art, I’ve done my job.  I believe my best work has a sound and movement to it that finds its way directly to the core of the viewer and there, the connection is made.

AV:   Describe an important goal with your artwork that you have achieved?

ML:   I launched my website a little over a year ago.  Getting my art work out into the world has really made a impact on how I view myself as an artist and how I think about my art business. It was an important goal and I can’t understate how much of a difference it’s made in being able to connect with my collectors and with people in the art world who I’ve wanted to work with.  It’s a great tool.

AV:   Recently your piece, great peacemaker (Iroquois) was shown in New York City’s Times Square on a 9ft x 12ft billboard… how amazing was that?

ML:   I was so thrilled to be a part of it!  Artists Wanted is a wonderful group in New York that connects artists with opportunities & they joined up with Chashama, a not for profit that transforms vacant properties into places where artists can thrive.  Together they presented the works of nearly 5,000 artists in a huge exhibition on the billboards in Times Square.

At the time my work was shown, I couldn’t see it as the webcams weren’t functioning (I wasn’t able to be in New York), so I was a bit disappointed, but then two days later, an artist that I follow on Twitter (who lives in Africa!), posted the photo of my art work being shown on the big screen!  I was beside myself I was so happy.  I cried actually when I saw it.  It was a wonderful moment!

“Great Peacemaker (Iroquois)” by artist Mary Lonergan (left)

 

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Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

 

Travel Tidbits – Top 10 Puerto Rico experiences

Puerto Rico is rich with history and full of adventurous travel experiences, like snorkeling.

Top 10 Puerto Rico experiences
Puerto Rico is the fodder of many a Caribbean daydream for good reason… CNN

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok Essentials
Thailand’s peak season begins in November, when it’ll be prime time to enjoy beautiful weather in the country…. IndependentTraveler.com

 

 

 

 

JESSICA GLAZER / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Boats on the beach at Pui O Bay on Lantau Island, about an hour by ferry from Hong Kong. The island has hiking trails, a large monastery and a fishing village.

Peaceful camping near chaotic Hong Kong
A mix of rural and urban, East and West, and enough distance from the bustle of the city for a peaceful break, without eliminating conveniences like accessibility or indoor plumbing… Seattle Times

 

 

 

 

Oaxaca’s Marvelous Markets
Elise Loehnen leads the way through the Central de Abastos market… Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

 

 

 

© Frank Hoppe
Roll into the V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany, home of Mercedes-Benz and considered the birthplace of the gas-powered automobile. In the Car Wash room, visitors sleep in a converted 1973 Mercedes and can simulate the car-wash experience with a full-body dryer in the bathroom.

The world’s quirkiest hotels
These themed getaways offer a chance to step out of the everyday… MSN.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Rathmullan House Hotel had come recommended as child-friendly and turned out to be a twinkling gem of a place" Photo: ALAMY

The delights of Donegal
Relax, explore and play on the beach in Donegal… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
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About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Bridges Around The World

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Henderson Waves Bridge

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Tower Bridge – London, UK

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Banpo Bridge (South Korea): The Fountain Bridge

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Travel Tidbits – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ride to debut at Nickelodeon Universe

‘Relish’ these scrumptious burgers, shakes
In the past few years everyone and their brother has opened a newfangled burger joint, including countless celebrity chefs… USA Today

 

 


Early blooms for Cherry Blossom Festival
Following an unusually mild winter in the Nation’s Capital, the star attractions of the March 20-April 17 National Cherry Blossom Festival could be making an early entrance this spring… USA Today

 

 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ride to debut at Nickelodeon Universe
The interactive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thrill ride debuting at Minnesota’s Nickelodeon Universe will send riders spinning through the air like high-flying martial artists… LA Times

 

 

 

London’s Iconic Buses are Back!
London’s iconic double-decker buses have gotten an update that looks uncannily like the past… Travel and Leisure

 

 

 


Destination: Rome
The Eternal City boasts fascinating architecture and ancient sites… IndependentTraveler.com

 

 

 

 

Royal Caribbean orders another cruise ship
The second in the line’s new Sunshine class series will debut in early 2015… USA Today

 

 

 

 

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World’s 10 best cities for foodies

 

  1. London, for offal
  2. New York, for pork
  3. Portland, Oregon, for punk locavorism
  4. Singapore, for street food
  5. Shanghai, for dumplings
  6. Barcelona, for tapas
  7. Sydney, for modern Thai
  8. Melbourne, for restaurants that look like bars
  9. Naples, for pizza
  10. San Francisco, where modern eating began

To read more: World’s 10 best cities for foodies

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Unusual, Quirky, & Weird Restaurants around the world

When traveling most likely you will be eating out at a restaurant. There are some unusual restaurants you can visit and perhaps some of these you may want to add to your ‘Bucket List’? Anything from a Prison restaurant to a tree house restaurant. Being served by monkeys, children or even robots.

 

A380 In-Flight Kitchen: Taipei, Taiwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KitchenTalks.comDinner in the Skymoveable restaurant where you can eat above any famous landmark. Started in Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

Dans Le Noirin London is a restaurant where you are dining in total darkness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinderkookkafe in Netherlands, Amsterdam the staff is made up of children. Meals made and served by children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayabukiya Tavern in Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hajime Dalu Robot Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortezza Medicea Restaurant Gourmet food in prison – Volterra, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel Tidbits – Arthur Avenue, the Bronx: The real Little Italy?

New London airport ‘could be built in six years’
A new airport sited in the Thames Estuary could take as little as six years to complete .. Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

Adventure along the African coast
Namibia’s harsh coastline and desert hold mystery and beauty… MSN.com

 

 

 

 

36 Hours in Quebec City
One of the oldest cities in North America, Quebec City, with its revitalized parks and gleaming cultural centers, has emerged from the long shadow of its popular neighbor, Montreal… New York Times

 

 
Arthur Avenue, the Bronx: The real Little Italy?
Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the kind of place where you might be bribed with a cannoli… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 

Hike, bike and eat your fill of clams on Block Island
Clay Head, a 70-foot-high bluff, looks over miles and miles of open ocean on a clear summer morning. It is an ideal way to greet a day that will include hiking, biking, birding… LA Times

 

 

 

 

Get royal treatment with a kink whisperer at this Scottish spa
By far Edinburgh’s most regal respite for royal wedding guests, the hotel’s spa offers pampering on a grand scale… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Relief – Top 10 global spa trends for 2012

As a massage therapist for over 20 years I always love hearing the spa trends for the year. I am hopeful that more people will learn the health benefits of massage and not see it as a luxury item. All people from all walks of life benefit from massage.

Let’s explore some of the different spa trends for 2012:

1. Feet Focus – Reflexology – Foot Massage

On the rise are multi-treatments focused on the feet. Specific work on the foot due to high-heel pain.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas offers a Shanghai foot massage.

La Costa Spa now has a Reflexology Path at their Carlsbad Resort in San Diego.

2. Cold & Ice – Icy therapies & cold experiences are hot!

Great for inflammation and pain reduction.

QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas now has an “Arctic Ice Room”

Sparkling Hill Resort & Wellness Center offers a Cold Sauna (Cryotherapy) Treatment in Vernon, BC Canada

You might start getting facials and noticing that there are more icy masks and cold applications being used.

Austrian spa designer Thermarium is expected to launch a “snow shower” this year. You will be able to choose between a light snow, medium snowfall and a blizzard.

 

3. Wellness & Beauty Coaching – Helping people make long-term life changes

You may find that some spas will now have more “fitness coaches” available to work with you on your fitness and health.

Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa in Miami

Deerfield Spa with Dr. Brad as your life coach

 

4. Online Wellness Gaming – Gaming your way to health & wellness

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic’s “Games as Life-Changers”, Clarins “Spa Life” on Facebook and Deepak Chopra’s meditation game “Leela”

RealNetworks Data projects that Wellness gaming will generate $2 billion in revenue by 2015.

 

5. The Ultimate Connoisseur Experience -Pairing fine dining with spa experience. Healthy Hedonism.

Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo with chef Joel Robuchon, Yoga Retreat for Foodies with David Romanelli, and Ritz Carlton’s “Blokes & Beer” spa package in Toronto

 

6. Spas are picking up on “Good Vibrations” using Vibration, Sound, Music, Light and Color

QUA Baths & Spa offers Aura-Soma Color Reading

Acqualina by ESPA in Miami uses red and blue LED to repair/renew skin cells.

Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona offers the “Taiz Sensorium” with full -sensory immersion.

AlphaSphere Mind melting spa designed by Vienna artist sha

 

7. The Glam Factor – grooming and beauty – blow-dry bar

Guerlain Spa  – NYC

Hershesons – London Blow-dry bar

Blushington – Makeup and Beauty Lounge in West Hollywood

 

8. Spa Evidence – Scientific Proof of Wellness

Hospitals (e.g. UCLA Medical Center) are now offering Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.

Hospitals are starting to offer Eastern healing approaches which include massage, acupuncture, reiki, music and art therapies.

 

9. Spas are becoming a family affair – The Kinder-Spa Craze.

The Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa in Gurnee, Illinois

Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel – Israel

Klafs – Germany

Aulani Disney family spa – Hawaii’s newest Disney Resort

10. Spas going for the “WOW”

‘The Nest’ at Coqoon Spa at the Indigo Pearl in Thailand

 

 

 

New York Spa Castle 

Bota Bota Spa-Sur-L’Eau in Montreal

Amusement Park Spas, Water Park Spas, Tropical Garden Spas and spas with a full range of Classical music  and Jazz concerts. Many of the spa-parks are geared towards children and their parents. These are some of the spa experiences trending for 2012.

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Bridges to visit around the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge – St. Petersburg, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weird, Fun, and Unusual Themed Hotels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Unusual Hotels

 

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