FED Publishing Releases New Book, “Love’s Lone Ranger” by Ben Korgen

Love’s Lone Ranger, by Ben Korgen, weaves a crazy, zany tale of love, lust and Umptiscratch University football.

Hope Valley, RI, USA — Ben Korgen’s Love’s Lone Ranger sets as its undersized hero one Rudy Tripp. At age eleven, Rudy Tripp decides to become the greatest football coach ever. After a miraculous turn of events young Rudy becomes the successful interim coach of his football team and is offered a full coaching scholarship by the Athletic Director at Umptiscratch University (UU).

When Rudy arrives at school early to find housing he meets his gloriously beautiful landlady Clara, a six foot two inch recent graduate of Umptiscratch. She lives with her equally beautiful five foot six inch widowed mother Claudia, a wealthy former circus acrobat, Umptiscratch U. cheerleader and soon to be obvious reason behind the “room for one male student only”.

When things start to heat up Rudy finds himself in a difficult and painful situation. To extricate himself Rudy begins down an adventurous path which finds him unexpectedly a matchmaker for the attractive widow or as the Umptiscratch librarian calls him “Love’s Lone Ranger.” The stumbling and ludicrous effort to help find and then help choose between the widow’s prospective mates will leave you in stitches.

Author Ben Korgen has had a highly varied career. He served in the US Navy, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then coached high school football, earned a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State University and had a long and rewarding career in Oceanography at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Keywords – Athletics, Football, Love, Matchmaker, Short Guys, Big Girls, Idea Person, Movie Star

The ebook version of Love’s Lone Ranger ISBN 9781622877935, published by First Edition Design Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com), is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold.

Media Contact:
Ben Korgen
+1(941)921-2607
korgen2@cox.net

Volunteer Firefighter Alliance Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results.

Knoxville, TN, USA — Volunteer Firefighter Alliance (http://www.supportvfa.org) today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight changes Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation like overhead ratios.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Alan Bohms, Executive Director, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media.”

To reach the Platinum level, Volunteer Firefighter Alliance added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Volunteer Firefighter Alliance has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.

“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Bohms. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale.”

Media Contact:
Alan Bohms
Volunteer Firefighter Alliance
423-999-7333
info@supportvfa.org
http://www.supportvfa.org

First Edition Design Publishing Releases New Book, “Love in the Crisis Mode” by Ben Korgen

Love in the Crisis Mode, by Ben Korgen, is the fourth book in the five-part Sorghum series of quirky hero, Rudy Tripp.

Providence, RI, USA — Ben Korgen’s Love in the Crisis Mode is inspired by the people and events at University of Minnesota – Duluth where Korgen played college football. Korgen takes from school football the myths and foibles, facts and fictions, to weave a quirky tale of romance around his unlikely hero – Rudy.

“Great book I highly recommend you read this I thoroughly enjoyed it”

As seniors, Kara and Connie were excellent students who applied for admission to three prestigious universities and were rejected by all three. Their attempts to apply for late admission failed because acceptance depended on spring semester grades that fell badly because of Rudy’s discussion club expansion demands. As the finesse-loving Sorghum High head football coach, Rudy resigned in mid-season and was replaced by a “guts football” head coach using methods that made Don play like a robot, killing talent scout interest in offering him the scholarship he needed to go to college. Sorghum High Principal Horace Dowd, Kara’s very large and influential father, was convinced Rudy prevented his son-in-law from getting a scholarship by resigning in mid-season and venting his wrath in an incredibly violent act.

Ben Korgen has had a highly varied career. He served in the US Navy, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then coached high school football, earned a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State University and had a long and rewarding career in Oceanography at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Keywords – discussion, clubs, rejection, blame, talent, charge, disfigures, police, cell, blood

The ebook version of Love in the Crisis Mode ISBN 9781506904023, published by First Edition Design Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com), is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold.

Media Contact:
Ben Korgen
+1(941)921-2607
korgen2@cox.net

U.S. Senate Candidate Daryl Guberman Ignites Call For The Defunding Of NIST In Visit To Capital Hill

The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC) calls for lawmakers to immediately defund the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST).

Washington, D.C. (USA), July 28th, 2017 — Daryl Guberman (http://www.darylguberman.com), candidate for U.S. Senate (I-CT) recently visited Capital Hill to call for federal authorities and lawmakers to investigate an accreditation scheme involving government-corporate collusion between the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and affiliated organizations. Guberman’s Washington’s visit came weeks after the FTC received complaints of anti-competitive practices and collusion between NIST, ANAB and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Guberman intended to meet with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide documentation with evidence of alleged collusion, violation of antitrust laws, and corporate fraud involving an anti-competitive accreditation scheme that is misleading U.S. businesses.

While in Washington, Guberman called for investigation of several individuals allegedly behind the scheme, including Randy Dougherty, the former Vice President of ANAB (http://aboac.org/accreditation-myths) and previous Chairman of IAF; Erik Puskar, the accreditation director for NIST and the Vice-Chair for ANSI Committee on Education (COE); Peter Unger, the Former President of American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), Lonnie Spires present CEO of A2LA; and S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Guberman said NIST, ANSI, ANAB and IAF are colluding to restrain competition by utilizing Government power and influence to promote an anti-competitive accreditation scheme operated primarily by privately owned ANAB and its sister operation IAF while both entities remained under the leadership of Mr. Dougherty. More details on the collusion can be found on Guberman’s company website at http://dguberman.com/the-story-of-corporations-and-consumers-being-hoodwinked-by-iso/

“As a measurement standards laboratory, and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce, NIST is abusing its power and influence by colluding with The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), which is owned by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) & The American Society of Quality (ASQ),” said Guberman. He added, “Under no circumstances should  our government be engaging in monopolistic conduct, condoning anti-competitive business practices, or conspiring with privately-owned entities to restrain competition.”

Guberman’s Washington trip was accompanied by Donald LaBelle, Chairman of ABAC – The American Board of Accredited Certifications (http://www.aboac.org), a leading independent accreditation body in the United States. LaBelle said businesses are being hoodwinked into an accreditation racket without an alternative choice because the government (NIST) is putting its nose where it does not belong. “The NIST-ANSI-ANAB accreditation scheme is crony capitalism in its most disturbing form, a well-oiled international money grab that is funneling millions of dollars from taxpayers into the greedy pockets of government perpetrators and their corporate accomplices behind the accreditation sham,” said LaBelle

Guberman has recently launched a series of videos on Youtube unmasking the NIST-ANSI-ANAB-IAF accreditation scheme and the department heads behind the racket. In one video, Guberman discusses the anti-competitive practices of NIST and its conspiracies in restraint of trade by setting discriminative requirements thereby forcing businesses to utilize ISO registrars over-seen by entities belonging to the ANSI-ANAB-IAF monopoly. The video can be found at https://youtu.be/nbUsU5qv7gw


Daryl Guberman Visits FTC

Press & Media Contact:
Henry Kroger, Media Relations
American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC)
41 Madison Avenue, 31st Floor, Manhattan
New York, NY 10010-2202 – USA
+1 212-726-2320
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The 2017 Monterey County Fair Opens with a Bang on Thursday, Aug. 31

The 81st annual Monterey County Fair kicks off with a bang Thursday. Aug. 31, with the great Oakland funk ‘n’ soul band Tower of Power.

Monterey, CA, July 28, 2017 — The 81st annual Monterey County Fair kicks off with a bang Thursday. Aug. 31, with the great Oakland funk ‘n’ soul band Tower of Power.

Having the band open for this year’s fair is appropriate too, since the theme this year is “Fair Fun in the Summer of Love,” a 50th anniversary tribute to 1967’s Summer of Love. The band was formed just a year later in 1968 in Oakland, when tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka. Both are still in the band.

In addition to Tower of Power, Grammy-nominated country artist John Michael Montgomery and Beatles tribute band Paperback Writer will perform on the Garden Stage during the five-day run of the fair. All performances are free with paid admission to the fair.

Tower of Power will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31; John Michael Montgomery performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1; and Paperback Writer — The Beatles Experience plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Fair promises no shortage of fun for the entire family, including thrilling carnival rides for kids of all ages, 4-H livestock competitions and auction, great food, an all-star line-up of musical entertainment, and countless other fair exhibits.

The Fair also includes a wide variety of exhibits and displays, both livestock and non-livestock (from agricultural sciences and horticulture to agriculture mechanics and food preservation) from Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

Advance adult (ages 13-61) is only $8, $2 off the regular admission price. Advance child’s (6-12) admission is $4, also $2 off regular admission, and advance senior admission is $8, $1 off the regular admission. Advance Carnival Fun Pack Coupon for unlimited rides on any one day, are $25 in advance (Fair admission is not included, but is required), which is $5 off the regular price. Advance Fair tickets can also be purchased at the Salinas and Sand City Costco stores.

Ride Monterey-Salinas Transit FREE from any stop. Just show your online ticket or park for $10 at the Monterey Pines Golf Course Thursday-Saturday and $5 to park at Monterey Peninsula College Saturday-Monday with a FREE shuttle to the Fair provided by MST.

The 2017 Monterey County Fair takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 4.

Visit www.montereycountyfair.com for Fair and presale discount ticket information.

Contact:

Marci Br

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

http://www.montereycountyfair.com

Royal Griffin Publishing Releases New Book Titled, “Better to Best: Novel Ideas to Improve Government, Economies, and Societies”

Authors Duke Johnson and Ting Tsu Yu offer readers original concepts with transformative potential to improve modern culture, including: Creator Currency Octaves, Compassionate Meritocracy, and xCents.

New York, NY, USA — This collection of articles is intended to plant seeds of creativity that spark consideration, discussion, action, and support.

Available in Amazon’s eBooks Marketplace and Kindle Unlimited; the stand alone articles and more can be found at Royal Griffin Publishing’s profile page on Scribd.com.

“The financial knowledge contained within the article CurrentSea X-Change by Ting Tsu Yu is simply priceless, these precious pearls of wisdom should be revered and shared for generations.” -Duke Johnson

“Negating all arguments against Universal Basic Income, Creative Currency Octaves offers money users a fresh and fair capital market with an apparatus to balance monetary supply and demand that can’t be claimed as unfair.” -Ting Tsu Yu

Be inspired with witty commentary, creative liberty, and eyebrow-raising quotations that keep the material light, memorable, and fast paced.

This short read will keep people engaged in meaningful discussion on how to upgrade the system until Better becomes Best.

Author’s Twitter page: http://twitter.com/dukejohnson899.

Media Contact:
Duke Johnson
213-537-7183
duke.t.james@gmail.com

Variations on the Same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry Curated by Mariavelia Savino

Contemporary Art Projects USA/Gallery presents “Variations on the same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry” hosted by ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery curated by Mariavelia Savino.

Miami, FL, USA — Contemporary Art Projects USA/Gallery presents “Variations on the same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry” hosted by ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery curated by Mariavelia Savino. The show includes twenty-one contemporary emerging and career artists, widely exhibited in the US and abroad, unique and excellent in technique and artistic proposal. Each artist will display one or more artworks according to size, subject and suitability for the concept of the show. The curatorial goal focus in uniqueness and quality, in order that each artist should present his/her point of view in subjects like nature, human beings, abstract and/or geometric art.

We are honored to present the extraordinary art by Adriana Dorta, Alicia H. Torres, Amalia Brujis, Anica Shpilberg, Anrika Rupp, Artiom Grishaev, Brian Blount, Chris Delias, Gloria Cohen, Henrik Welle, Hugo Diaz, Juan Luis Perez, Kelly Fischer, Lolo Loren, Luz Maria Charlita, Michele A. Utley-Voigt, Nataly Schloser, Richard Conti, Rozsa Perez, Romel Orta, Terry Arroyo Mulrooney.

The exhibition will take place from August 19 – September 13, 2017.
Monday thru Thursday 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free Admission

Opening Reception | August 19 | during Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk
6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.

Venue
ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery
One Young Circle, Hollywood, Florida 33020.

About Contemporary Art Projects USA (http://www.contemporaryartprojectsusa.com)
Headquartered in Miami, Contemporary Art Projects USA is dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists and curators. Their mission is focused on promoting art appreciation within the international community, to inspire and assist with the process of the art collection, and to generate resources that support artists’ creative endeavors through art awareness, artist promotion and art procurement.

They work with the best minds in the industry and share their experience and passion for marketing the arts, culture, and entertainment. From Biennials and gala auctions to exhibitions and major international art fairs. Contemporary Art Projects USA has the experience, innovation, and creativity to engage audiences through inspired campaigns.

For more information, contact:
Tata Fernandez, Director
Mariavelia Savino, Curator
Contemporary Art Projects USA
13899 Biscayne Blvd. Suite #302
North Miami Beach, FL 33181
786-262-5886
info@contemporaryartprojectsusa.com
http://www.contemporaryartprojectsusa.com

Call for Art – 7th Annual “Open” (No Theme) Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for art for the gallery’s 7th Annual “Open” (No Theme) Online Juried Art Competition for the month of August 2017.

Jupiter, FL, USA — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for art for the gallery’s 7th Annual “Open” (No Theme) Online Juried Art Competition for the month of August 2017. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photographers) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery’s September 2017 online group art exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. We suggest they submit their best representational or abstract art on whatever subject matter that they wish. The deadline to apply to this art competition is August 27, 2017.

Overall Category winning artists of the “Open” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity by having their winning art presented on Artsy.net. The LST Artsy.net page will feature the artist’s art, an excerpt of their artists statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.

In addition, the winning artists will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 1000+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. Our goal is to make the art world aware of the exhibition and in particular, the winning artists’ accomplishments. Links back to each artist’s website is included as part of this award package.

Artists will also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, Press Releases and “Leveraging Your Success” marketing materials if they place in this exhibition. Interested artists should provide their best art now or before the deadline. For further information: http://www.lightspacetime.art/2017-open-no-theme-online-art-competition.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly themed art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.art.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530
info@lightspacetime.art
http://www.lightspacetime.art

10 G Suite Security Features to Protect Users Data

There is a reason for G Suite’s growing popularity among business owners. The answer is the security that Google provides for its users.

San Jose, CA, July 26, 2017 – There is a reason for G Suite’s growing popularity among business owners. The answer is the security that Google provides for its users. In this modern age full of advanced technology with constant news of information leaking, Google stays ahead of the curve due to the highly secure, reliable, and compliant environment that it is able to offer. This blog aims to introduce the ten important security benefits that G Suite, a package of cloud-based services for businesses, provides.

1. Password Protection

G Suite provides 2-step verification, a tool that greatly reduced the risk of unauthorized access by asking users for additional proof of identity when signing in. This offers another layer of security for user login by requiring a physical key. They key sends an encrypted signature and works only with the sites that it’s supposed to, which in turn helps to guard against phishing. Additionally, G Suite administrators can easily deploy, monitor, and manage the security keys from within the administrator console without needing to download any software.

2. Spam Detection

G Suite also provides spam detection, adding another layer of security for G Suite users. Gmail achieved 99.9% accuracy in spam detection and block phishing messages due to the advances in machine learning. Less than 0.1% of email in the average Gmail inbox is spam.

3. Malware Detection

Another similar function to spam detection is malware detection. To prevent malware, Google automatically scans every attachment for viruses prior to a user downloading it. In fact, even Gmail checks for viruses in attachments queued for dispatch, which protects Gmail users and the spread of viruses.

4. DKIM/DMARC

Likewise, DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) is another method that verifies the content of messages are trustworthy, meaning that they were not altered from the moment the message left the initial mail server. An important security component is the phishing prevention that follows DMARC standard by utilizing machine learning. Furthermore, by following the DMARC standard, domain owners can decide how Gmail and other participating email providers handle unauthenticated emails coming from the domain, which protect users’ and organization’s reputation.

5. Single Sign On

G Suite offers a security feature called SSO, or single sign-on, which enables unified access to other enterprise cloud applications. Google’s identity and access management services allows administrators to conveniently manage all user credentials and cloud applications access in one place.

6. Mobile Security

In addition, Google provides mobile device management, another security feature, that continuously monitors systems and alerts users to suspicious device activity. Administrators can enforce mobile policies, encrypt data on devices, lock lost or stolen mobile devices, and remotely wipe devices.

7. Google Vault

Google Vault supports organization’s needs by allowing users to retain, hold, search, and export data. Vault also supports Email messages, Google Hangout, Google Groups, and files in Google Drive and Team Drives. Some usages of Vault include archiving to control how long data is retained before being removed from user’s accounts, legal holds, and searching domain’s data.

8. Advanced Drive Auditing

Advanced Drive auditing and reports is another security feature provided by G Suite. G suite allows administrators to track user actions across multiple spans of Admin Console, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Groups, mobile, and third-party application authorization. For example, if a file containing the word “confidential” is downloaded or shared outside the organization, administrators can be notified.

9. Data Loss Prevention

There is a critical function of G Suite called DLP (data loss prevention) to protect sensitive information within Gmail and Drive. In addition, the setup for DLP is easy due to the provided predefined content detectors. Once the DLP policy is created, Gmail can automatically check all outgoing email for sensitive information and take action to prevent data leakage. Also, DLP for Drive makes it easy for administrators to audit files containing sensitive content and create rules that warn and prevent users from sharing confidential information with external parties.

10. Email Encryption

At last, the tenth security benefit is the Email encryption (S/MIME) function. Google encrypts content as it moves between multiple servers and those of other companies and prevents retroactive decryption of HTTPS sessions by an adversary. Furthermore, every single sent email that the client sends or receives is encrypted while moving between Google’s data centers. By doing this, the messages are safe not only when they move between Google’s servers, but also as they move internally within Google. To further protect users’ privacy, Google doubled its RSA encryption key length to 2048 bits and started changing them every few weeks.

To find out more and to customize app with Google APIs, contact Netkiller, a partner of G Suite that will provide more information and services, at https://www.netkiller.com/

Contact:

Harry Jung

Netkiller Inc.

4320 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste 211

San Jose, CA 95129, USA

(408) 641-0114

info@netkiller.com

http://www.netkiller.com

Renowned African Stone Sculptor Moses Nyanhongo, Carmel Sculptors Terrie Bennett and Steven Whyte Will be doing Live Sculpture Demonstrations and Displaying their New Works at Devendorf Park and their respective Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunday, August 27th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, Gallery Sur Supports the all-volunteer Sahwira Fund, to build classrooms at the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Now Through August 31st 100% of Proceeds from their ART FOR EDUCATION COLLECTION at http://gallerysur.com/collections/63114/ Will Help 800-plus Orphans.

Carmel, CA, July 24, 2017 — Renowned African Stone Sculptor Moses Nyanhongo, Carmel Sculptors Terrie Bennett and Steven Whyte Will be doing Live Sculpture Demonstrations and Displaying their New Works at Devendorf Park and their respective Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunday, August 27th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Nyanhongo is a renowned fine art stone sculptor of Zimbabawe’s Shona Sculpture Movement, which has captivated art lovers and collectors the world over. Bennett is a second-generation sculptor who has been sculpting professionally for more than 30 years and exhibits at Bennett Sculpture Carmel. Whyte is an internationally renowned sculptor who specializes in massive monuments, including national memorial monuments to Bob Hope, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Steinbeck.

To celebrate the opening of “Life in Stone,” an exhibition of over 40 new stone sculptures at Gallery Sur in Carmel, the internationally celebrated Nyanhongo will demonstrate his stone-sculpting talents at the free event in Devendorf Park in downtown Carmel. Joining him that day will be Bennett, who will also conduct a live sculpting demonstration in the park.

Just a few blocks away, at his gallery on Dolores between 5th and 6th, Whyte will also be holding a live sculpting demo. Organizers of the event are encouraging people to visit all three demonstrations to see different techniques in use by each artist.

All live demos take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, and are all free and open to the public.

Moses, part of the well-known Nyanhongo family of stone sculptors, will show the various techniques used in their distinctive sculpting process and will share the deep cultural and spiritual traditions expressed in the stone.

Gallery Sur in Carmel is a North American leader in offering original, one-of-a-kind Zimbabwean stone sculpture. The new “Life in Stone” exhibition, opening Aug. 27 at Gallery Sur, includes Shona sculpture ranging from important traditional works by older, revered artists to contemporary, purely abstract works from younger, internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean artists.

“For the past 23 years, I’ve had the pleasure of representing a handful of world-class stone sculptors from Zimbabwe,” says Braden Coolidge, artist representative and curator of the show. “Each year I hand-pick a selection that focuses on the very finest quality by a select few artists. This year’s collection is truly stunning. Clearly the most diverse and dynamic body of work I have ever seen, and in 23 years I’ve seen a lot!”

Shona artists often draw inspiration intuitively from their traditional culture: the mythology, folklore, rituals and beliefs in ancestral spirits that remain strong influences in contemporary Zimbabwean life. The integral roles of women in society are also a significant source of inspiration, often expressing the importance of the mother and child relationship and the respect for the elder’s wisdom. Both the physical and spiritual relationship with nature is another important theme, reflecting the country’s deep rural roots.

Utilizing beautiful stones in various colors, unearthed by the artists from remote mines and quarries, their distinctive sculptures are hand-carved using timeworn techniques, without power tools, maintaining a close relationship to the stone.

The Shona Sculpture Movement, which first began in the 1950s, is named after the largest tribe engaged in stone sculpting in Zimbabwe. The name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word meaning “house of stone.” In the late 1960s, the new art movement born in Africa was celebrated at the famed Musee Rodin in Paris and Shona sculptors caught the attention of the art world.

Bernard Matemera, one of the founders of the Shona movement described the process of working with stone like this:

“The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit — like an orange or a banana. You don’t eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside.”

Support the Sahwira Fund at Gallery Sur:

Gallery Sur also supports the all-volunteer Sahwira Fund, to build classrooms at the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Supported by 10% of the proceeds of all sculpture sales, eight classrooms have been built and are now sheltering many of the 800-plus students at the school. Six more classrooms are planned to meet the demand.

Just announced. Gallery Sur’s “ART FOR EDUCATION” web page at http://gallerysur.com/collections/63114/, is currently offering one-off discounted fine art photographs and sculptures, of which 100% of the purchase of these selected artworks will be donated to the Sahwira Fund through Aug. 31 .

For more information on any of these works, please contact Gallery Sur at (831) 626-2615.

News Media:

Moses Nyanhongo is available for in-person and phone interviews from Aug. 9 through Aug. 19. Please set up your interview by contacting Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or by email at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

Gallery Sur

Sixth between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel, CA

(831) 626.2615

www.gallerysur.com

info@gllerysur.com

About Steven Whyte

Whyte studied at the prestigious Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture, which served as a catalyst for a remarkable career in portrait sculpture. The sculptor’s accomplishments in the field were recognized when he was elected Vice President of the Society of Portrait Sculptor.

Whyte’s accomplishments as a portrait sculptor have made him sought-after for public memorials and installations both in England and throughout the United States with subjects ranging from local miners, to soldiers and fire fighters.

He is credited with more than 40 life-size and large bronze figures in Britain and the United States including The Silverdale Mining Memorial; The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute; The Spirit of 1948; the Dr. John Roberts Monument; the sixteen figure-multi-million dollar National Military Tribute to Bob Hope for San Diego; two over life-size monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King, and a twice-life size portrait figure of 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner John David Crow for Texas A&M at College Station.

In May 2011, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department unveiled Whyte’s four-figure tribute to the fallen deputies of the sheriff’s department. The year 2014 saw the unveiling of nine 110% life-size bronze figures for the Cannery Row Monument, in Monterey, a life size (11-foot) Jumbo the Elephant for Tufts University in Massachussetts, and in 2014, installed the largest single bronze sculpture for any college or university anywhere, the $1.7 million Aggie War Hymn Monument for Texas A&M University.

Whyte was awarded the Sports Artist of the Year in 2016 by The United States Academy of Sports and The American Sport Art Museum & Archives. Also in 2016, The Smithsonian Institute chose his portrait bust of U.S. Congressman John Conyers for National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

Whyte’s edition work features the drama and evocativeness of his monuments combined with a more personal point of view.

Whyte works in an open studio gallery in the historic artist community of Carmel, California.

Steven Whyte Sculpture Studio and Gallery

Dolores Street at Sixth Avenue in Carmel

(831) 620-1917

http://www.stevenwhytesculptor.com/

About Terrie Bennett

Terrie Bennett is a second-generation sculptor who has been sculpting professional for over 30 years. She first started working in the bronze foundry business with world-renowned sculptors, father Tom Bennett and uncle Bob Bennett.

Terrie was one of the first sculptors to focus on marine mammals in the early 1980s, quickly establishing herself as one of the top marine artists in Hawaii and the Western United States. Over the years she has shown in fine art galleries in California, Hawaii and New Mexico.

Terrie has a passion to teach sculpting to others. She believes in the raw natural creative talent in everyone and especially enjoys sharing the extraordinary sculpting techniques inherited from her uncle and father. She has felt honored to help promote and support talented artists as well as connecting with art enthusiasts from around the world.

Today, her artistic focus is on composing sculptural creations that evoke a sense of connection to the divine nature of our lives as well as imbuing a sense of expanding consciousness. Through meditation and her devotional practice she is guided to create uplifting sculptures that embrace hope, peace and a deep reverence for the Earth and all of its inhabitants. She is currently exhibiting at the Bennett Sculpture Carmel Gallery.

Bennett Sculpture Carmel

San Carlos between 5th and 6th

P.O. Box 2423, Carmel, Ca. 93923

(831) 626-3054

www.BennettSculptureCarmel.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

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