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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.

 

Art and Music from Oklahoma to the Bay Area to China

On July 20, 2012 I published a story about Oklahoma’s native rocker, Tyson Meade. Tyson will be embarking on his recording journey at High Schools and Universities in China soon, as we  will be flying him to Hong Kong next week. We are looking forward to updates on his recording project to share with you.  A little more than 2 days are left on Meade’s Kickstarter page. We are happy to share that his goal has been met. However, recording an album, producing an album, and paying musicians can get costly. Any additional funding will be helpful. To be a part of this recording project, visit Meade’s Kickstarter project.

Tyson Meade by Cary Anne Photography https://www.facebook.com/Caryannephoto

On June 19, 2012 I shared with you about our client Mary Lonergan. She had her artwork splashed on a 9 foot by 12 foot billboard in Art Takes Times Square.

I will soon be publishing an interview with both Mary Lonergan and Tyson Meade.

To add to this, I recently entered some of my travel photography in a photo contest. It’s the One Life Photography Competition.  If you note the first image at the very top with the arrow, this was actually taken in the Dokumentation Center in Nuremberg.  The images include California, Oklahoma, Nova Scotia (Peggy’s Cove), and Las Vegas. To vote for my portfolio you have to be logged in and you know your vote counted when a number appears under the ‘COLLECT ME’ button.

While at the Arcadia Round Barn I took some video and will be posting about the barn with my short documentary and photos.

I will also share with you my trips to California, Las Vegas, and Canada as well. I have some great images and video to share.

Oklahoma’s native rocker, Tyson Meade Records an Album in China

Oklahoma’s native rocker, Tyson Meade of Defenestration and Chainsaw Kittens fame is recording a new album.

Meade has spent the last five years running a boarding school in Shanghai, China.

Tyson has been home, in Oklahoma, the last couple of months.  While in Oklahoma he has been performing in order to raise money for his upcoming recording project.  Tyson recently played to a packed house at The Chouse in Norman,  VZD’s in Oklahoma City, as well as Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa and brought back lots of early 1990’s memories to his friends and fans alike.

The last time his band, the Chainsaw Kittens performed was in 2009 at the first annual Norman Music Festival. The band stopped performing full-time in 1996.

From Tyson’s Kickstarter page for the project:

Meade walked away from a full-time career in the music business in 1996 (just briefly popping up here and there since that time) after feeling like his creative well had run dry. “I had lost my inspiration to write songs,” he explains. “Maybe the fire was gone. Maybe I no longer thought of the process as being inventive or mysterious. Maybe I thought I was no longer doing this for the purity of music. For whatever reason, I stopped writing music.” 

For a complete change of focus and pace, Meade began teaching grammar to international students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Meade relocated to China, a country whose culture had always fascinated him. He settled in to a college prep position teaching at a boarding school and was eventually appointed Dean of Students there. He was incredibly moved by his experience as a teacher and slowly the desire to play and write music returned. One of his students in particular, a boy called Haffijy who played violin, was especially impressed with his teacher’s musical past. “I played Haffijy some of my songs from my music days and he quickly wrote parts for them,” Meade recalls. “Not only did he write parts, he played with such love and honesty that I was touched immeasurably. Birds chirped in some sort of Far East Disney way.” 

Meade was eager to explore a further musical collaboration with Haffijy. “I became very curious as to how he might score a song still in development, one that I had no preconceived notions about, one that I had just written — though I had not written any songs in some years at that point,” Meade says. “I was now driven to write a song.” 

The result was “Stay Alone” (listen here: http://tysonmeade.bandcamp.com/), which became the catalyst for the entire China project.  Meade played the song for some of his Western music friends, including fellow Norman-based, alt-rockers the Flaming Lips (who covered the Chainsaw Kittens’ “She’s Gone Mad”), Jimmy Chamberlain of Smashing Pumpkins, Maria McKee, and Other Lives (Meade has previously collaborated with Other Lives’ Jesse Tabish and the Flaming Lips’ Derek Brown on a project called Winter Boys).  After hearing “Stay Alone,” these friends became interested in being a part of this unique, cross-cultural project and have agreed to contribute to this record as well.

Tyson Meade’s Kickstarter page (please help fund this project): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tysonmeade/tyson-meade-records-an-album-in-china?ref=live

All About Travel has teamed up with Tyson to share with you his progress while recording the new album. We hope to share with you some video and photos as the process is underway.

We will be flying him from Seattle to Hong Kong next month to start his project.

Tyson Meade @ Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa – July 19th

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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.

Steel Bridge Songfest 2012 – Four Days of Music and Discovery: June 7-10, 2012

From the Steel Bridge Songfest site:

Steel Bridge Songfest

June 7-10, 2012 

We started as a grassroots group called the S.O.B.’s (Save Our Bridge) about 11 years ago, organized to save the historic Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball. Around 2005, we grew into Citizens for Our Bridge, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit. To build public appreciation for the historic structure, we hold a week-long celebration every June at The Holiday Music Motel. Hundreds of songwriters from around the world, including Jackson Browne, Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s), James McMurtry, and others have come to this community, written their songs, and dedicated their efforts. A six-disc collection of original songs (Steel Bridge Songs, Vols.1-6) honors the spirit of our bridge and her magnificent presence. Steel Bridge SongsVol.7 will be released during SteelBridge2012.
Since 2007, thanks to assistance from the National Trust For Historic Preservation and funds raised through Steel Bridge Songfest, Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge has been protected as a national treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Her 80th birthday was celebrated last summer with completion of the long awaited rehab, including an all-new coat of paint!

Rock band Kiss to play Norwegian Cruise Line ship

By Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Fans of the rock band Kiss are getting another chance this year to set sail with the group.

Music cruise organizer Sixthman has announced plans for a second all-Kiss-all-the-time extravaganza at sea to take place this fall on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl.

The four-night Kiss Kruise II will kick off on Oct. 31 in Miami and include a call at Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. It comes just a year after the first Kruise, which took place last October.

Read More:   Rock band Kiss to play Norwegian Cruise Line ship


All About Travel

6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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405.384.3880

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.

Travel Tidbits – Civil War visitation, Doobie Brothers, ‘Soul Train’ cruises and more

100 pounder Parrott rifles at Fort Sumter (National Park Service)

Visitation hits record level where Civil War began
One of America’s most famous historic sites has again made history as a record 328,000 visitors took the tour boat last year to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor to see where the Civil War began… Fox Travel News

 

 

New paddlewheeler to offer Civil War-themed cruises (June 2011)
Beginning next summer, Civil War enthusiasts will be able to take a cruise that not only visits historic battle sites, but brings the Civil War era onboard… USA Today

 

 

 

 

By Mark Humphrey, AP

Doobie Brothers join Southern rock cruise
Doobie Brothers to play as Norwegian ramps up entertainment… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas-Based Hotel Group Receives Two Awards from Conde Nast Traveler
Readers from Conde Nast Traveler have named Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio among the best in the United States… San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

Presidents Day: 50 presidential must-sees
Presidents Day is a good time to mull what presidential places in America are worth a look-see… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first-ever Soul Train Cruise embarks Feb. 17, 2013, from Fort Lauderdale on Holland America Line's Westerdam.

‘Soul Train’ cruise to set sail in 2013
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was memorialized in Los Angeles this month , but the cruise commemorating his landmark show will sail on… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:

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6104 Northwest 63
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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.

Travel Tidbits – Love bluegrass music? This cruise is for you

Steep Canyon Rangers
By Chris Pizzello, AP

Love bluegrass music? This cruise is for you
What’s billed as the first bluegrass festival at sea will take place in early 2013… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

Is a ‘Eurovegas’ in the cards for Spain?
Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson (The Venetian, The Palazzo) is taking more steps to establish a gaming beachhead in Spain… USA Today

 

 

 

 

The Most Searched for Destinations for Summer 2012
The most searched for US destination for summer 2012 revealed … Budget Travel Online

 

 

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Lake Inle is among several areas in south or central Myanmar that welcome tourists drawn to the country’s natural beauty. ABOVE A fisherman at work.

So You Want to Go to Myanmar?
A cheat sheet on everything to know before planning a Myanmar trip… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

The pool area at Frenchy's Oasis Motel in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
(Courtesy Frenchy’s Oasis Motel)

Secret Hotels of Florida’s Gulf Coast
We searched 800 miles of coastline to bring you the best hotels on Florida’s Gulf Coast … Budget Travel Online

 

 

 

 

 

Main Square in Trier Germany

48 Hours: Trier
Germany’s oldest city is marking 500 years since the Holy Robe was brought to its cathedral. But this isn’t the only relic of note … The Independent

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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405.384.3880

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.

A Year and a Day with Bob Dylan

Celebrating Johnny Cash

It is to Arkansas, to the town of Dyess, that members Cash’s family will return on February 26th, the eightieth anniversary of his birth, to celebrate ground breaking on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project. Under the stewardship of Arkansas State University, the project is intended to be be a permanent tribute to Cash’s early life and that of his family.

In this eightieth year since his birth, Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent much of his music career, will see a new legacy from Johnny Cash, as well. It was announced recently that plans are underway for a Johnny Cash Museum, to be located on Third Avenue South, not far form the Country Music Hall of Fame and a short walk from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Rosanne Cash, herself a professional musician and songwriter, says “ This entire year we celebrate not just [my father’s] roots and history, but the breadth and depth of his artistic legacy, his spirit and authenticity, and the love and rhythm he brought to all our lives which continues to inspire millions of people around the globe.”

Read more at USA TODAY.

Johnny Cash Museum unveiled in Nashville

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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.

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880