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Exciting Return of the Spring Masters New York

New Yorkers, and many visitors from around the world, are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Spring Masters New York. With an invitation-only preview party on Thursday, May 5 and then shows on the 6th through the 9th, The third edition of the Spring Masters is shaping up beautifully.

Spring Masters 2015

Spring Masters 2015

This year’s edition will feature 62 international exhibitors who will be showcasing fine art, design, jewelry, furniture and more. All of this will be displayed in the unique hexagonal exhibition plan created by Rafael Vinoly. As described recently on Art Daily, “The vibrant eclecticism of the range of periods on view is boldly offset by the incomparable use of the Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall through architect Rafael Viñoly’s design, creating vistas and juxtapositions unlike any other art fair in the world. The fair’s signature hexagonal booths remain the most dramatic change in the Park Avenue Armory’s fair format in three decades. The non-linear arrangement creates unexpected dialogues between painting, sculpture, and design objects, encouraging a sense of discovery and aligning with the collector’s preference of cross-collecting.”

Planned exhibitors for this year include: Abellan from New York, Cahn Intenrational from Basel, Phoenix Ancient Art from New York and Geneva with co-owners Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam, Maison d’Art from Monaco, Martin du Louvre from Paris, Rumi Galleries from Toronto and so many others.

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art

The show will take place at the Park Avenue Armory and is welcoming two new exhibitors this year with strong backgrounds in highlighting Asian-based artists to the Western world. The two galleries are Yufuku Gallery from Tokyo and Sundaram Tagore from New York. Both should add an extra touch to the international flair of the show. As Jeff Rabin, co-director of Spring Masters recently said,

“In this increasingly dynamic and competitive art market, a collector’s time is limited and his/her attention fragmented. Thus one needs to create a fair that is constantly evolving and changing each year to surprise and delight this community of dedicated collectors. Every year Michael and I travel around the world to find new exhibitors to reach further towards meeting this high bar.”

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The Trick to Healthy Frozen Dinners

You’re short on time in the afternoon and often don’t get around to making dinner. This means that you eat out or take in (both of which cost a lot) or you end up eating junk. Here is a brilliant way to make meals ahead of time, freeze them, and have healthy options exactly what you want them.

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Tatyana McFadden: A Formidable Force in Wheelchair Racing

Tatyana McFadden just won the Boston Marathon for wheelchair racing. This was her fourth victory with a time of 1:42:16. As she told People Magazine,

“It was tough and there was a headwind. I’m exhausted, but crossing the finish line definitely felt amazing. The crowd was really electric and helped carry all of us when we were tired and beaten down.”

Her win, however, is less impressive than her life story. Born with sina bifida, she spent the first six years of her life scooting around on her hands since the Russian orphanage where she lived had no wheelchairs. She wasn’t expected to survive, but she was adopted by two American women who nursed her to health and watched her become an incredible athlete.
She is the first person to ever win all four of the world’s major wheelchair racing marathons, having scooped wins in London, Boston, Chicago and New York. At the Paralympics in Rio, she will be competing in seven track and field events.

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OrCam: So The Blind Can See

OrCam MyReader is a brilliant product. It is a glasses-mounted camera that can read your text to you, describe objects and identify faces. The tiny computer is wearable and uses audio feedback to relay visual information.

Created by the Israeli technology company OrCam, it will cost about $2,500. The camera takes photos of text or signs and then uses artificial vision software to read back the information. Read more about this amazing product and amazing company.

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Payment Will Soon be a Finger-Swipe Away

fingerprint-456483_960_720The day has arrived…almost. Those who live in Japan and are visiting there will soon be able to use just their fingertip to pay for goods and services. With plans to test it this summer, Japan is gearing up to have shops use a finger process for payments. Leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese government is introducing this project to encourage visitors. Tourists will be able to opt in at the airports and share their personal information there.

Over 300 souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels have opted in to the experiment. These shops are located in tourist areas such as Hakone, Kamakura, Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture. People will place two fingers on a machine that will recognize the owner and have relevant personal details.

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Women Paving the Way in Minnesota

gooseberry-falls-347369_960_720It is always fascinating to see how much the environment in which a person grew up influences their career path and beliefs. Here are just a few examples of women from the great state of Minnesota who are making a difference in the business world based on their own personal experiences.

Judy Austin Figge, who was recently inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame is a registered nurse and CEO of Prairie River Home Care, Inc. Following her sister’s brain surgery, Figge cared for her while leading a company called In Home Health which she founded and managed until 1996. Figge and her colleagues at PRHC also cared for her father who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. These personal experiences led her to understand that patients do better and are happier in a home environment. She has built her healthcare business with this understanding, while also recognizing that certain patients do need a hospital environment for their care. PRHC specializes in the care of those with complex long term home health care needs. It is a $30 million company and provides services to nearly 1700 clients in eight branches.

Sheryl Corrigan’s views about science, government regulation, and the environment were all greatly influenced by her time growing up on the St. Croix River in Stillwater, Minnesota. As the environmental, health and safety director at Koch Industries, she has spearheaded countless projects to protect the environment and to keep employees and communities safe. As she explained, “Tipping that canoe started me on a path that led me to where I am today. It shaped my values and beliefs. People, natural resources and the environment are all connected and dynamic. We make life better for all by using our resources responsibly to make the things that we all need. That’s what environmentalism is to me.”

Finally, as a third example, Marya Hage was raised by a single mother after the death of her father when she was only two years old. The positive example set by her mother, getting an education during the Great Depression and providing for the family, set Hage on the path to become an entrepreneur and a community leader. She started Meridian Services in 1980 when she saw a lack of organizations providing assistance to people with difficulties living independently in her community. After 9/11, she provided mental health services to firefighters, police officers, search and rescue crews, and others at the request of the Pentagon!

These are just a few examples of the women in Minnesota who are having a huge impact through business. And whose upbringing and background have had a major impact on how they run their businesses and where they put their energy and their passion.

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The Resurgence of Ancient Art

Ancient art is making a comeback.  This has been happening for a while, in a variety of fields. Denver Art Museum’s newest exhibit features the ancient art of samurai, with Japanese suits of armor.  Some of the 140 objects being exhibited date back 900 years. Then there is the “Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity” which is joining the trend of bringing antiquities to modern day art.

Co-owners of antiquities art gallery Phoenix Ancient Art, Ali Aboutaam and his brother Hicham Aboutaam, have seen the resurgence of ancient art in recent times through various exhibitions. One of them was the Mnemosyne mentioned above, that as Hicham said, has sought to “cultivate an environment in which antiquities are appreciated in a modern context.”

It is not just gallery art that fuses the modern with the ancient.  Indeed, some sports have been doing that as well. Perhaps the best known one is yoga which, according to the Yoga Journal stems from the word “yug” (translated as to hitch up from Sanskrit). It is believed that it was developed by Patanjali, who lived more than 2,000 years ago and is known as the father of yoga.

Modern art collectors who are taking an interest in antiquities seem to be especially attracted to Cycladic art that come from the third millennium BC era on the Cyclades islands.  According to Antiquities specialist at Christie’s, Alexandra Olsman, “When the pieces are abstracted and have clean, more-modernist lines, the contemporary or modern art collectors are more drawn to them.”

Antiquities art is quite the financially successful investment, too.  In December of last year, Christie’s sold its Cycladic marble female figure from this time period for a staggering $87,500; a figure that was substantially above its pre-sale $50,000-$70,000 price estimation.

But how does an antiquities novice start the buying purchase?  According to archaeologist and American University of Rome president, Richard Hodges, the most important aspect is to “obtain an ironclad guarantee from the seller proving the legality of work they own.  Be sure the piece has a provenance with documentation of ownership that dates before 1970.”

Hear from Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art about the rise in interest in antiques with modern collectors.

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The Ultimate Slumber Party

alcatraz-52912_960_720The Daily Mail recently put together an awesome list of places where you can have a slumber party. And no, we don’t mean at your Aunt Sally’s house. These are amazing locations where you are actually allowed to sleep for the night. Here are a few:

If you love the idea of a night at the museum, you can actually enjoy it now. The Natural History Museum in London offers their Dino Snores event where you can sleep over and enjoy special events for guests.

If you love Chelsea football, then why not spend a night in their stadium? This is available for children aged 5-10 and the package includes a tour of the stadium including the dressing room, a chance to meet the Chelsea mascot and a chance to sleep in the Chelsea FC Museum.

If you’re not too faint of heart, you can enjoy a night on Alcatraz Island in what used to be a prison. In San Francisco, you can take a tour, enjoy dinner and then sleep in one of the D-Blocks! Interest in this activity is so high that they have a lottery process and applications are accepted each year from November 1-30 for dates the following year.

See the whole list here.

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