1911-2011 Taliesin 100 years

2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home – a full century since the creation of what has become one of the US’ historical and architectural treasures. The Taliesin estate, located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s principal residence, workshop, and architectural laboratory; in 1976, its long, storied history and masterful design led to its designation as a National Historical Landmark. And now, nearly a century after the building of Taliesin began, visitors from across the country and around the world continue to come to Taliesin each year to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, his ideas, and his legacy.

http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/2011-centennial

Coming up… Winter Park Art Festival 2011

Mark your calendars!

MARCH 18, 19, 20, 2011

WPSAF hours:

Friday and Saturday:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday:  9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show.

This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show.The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 51st year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.

ART CATEGORIES

There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork.  Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood.

http://www.wpsaf.org/CMS/

Downtown Skyscraper for the Digital Age. (The New York Times Feb 09, 2011)

Architecture Review By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF – Published: February 9, 2011

Many New Yorkers have been following the construction of the new residential tower at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall, with a mix of awe and trepidation.

Frank Gehry, the building’s architect, has had a rough time in this city. His first commission here, years ago, was for an Upper East Side town house that was never built; his client, an oil heiress, fired him over Champagne and strawberries. A more recent foray, the massive Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, drew the ire of local activists, who depicted him as an aging liberal in bed with the devil — a New York City real estate developer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/arts/design/10beekman.html

Animated map of Tahrir Square

BBC News, February 11, 2011. “Egypt: The camp that toppled a president”

Cairo’s central Tahrir Square was the focal point for anti-Mubarak protesters during 18 days of demonstrations. As the protest neared its peak, the BBC’s Yolande Knell took a tour of the area. Explore the protesters’ camp by clicking on the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12434787