Sip, Stroke, Socialize While Making Your Own Masterpiece

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK ­– It wasn’t so much a love of art or a love of wine that inspired Dorothy Fadell, her brother Fred and friend Rich Barton to open Pinot’s Palette, but a desire to give people a chance to create their own art in a comfortable environment.“I think it’s great to bring art to the masses,” said Fadell. “To have people who haven’t painted since the fourth grade come in and paint for the night.”Pinot’s Palette is a “paint and sip” studio where people are invited to uncork – or unscrew – their bottle of wine, pick up a paintbrush and try their hand at making art. If it sounds too daunting for some, a local artist offers step-by-step instructions to create a featured painting.The studio at 12 Broad St. offers two- and three-hour classes for the budding artist. The studio can accommodate up to 48 artists and also has a smaller room for those who want to paint the town with friends. Pinot’s Palette provides all of the art supplies needed for the class.Guests can bring their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio provides wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets.“People tell us we are their therapy,” said Fadell said, who is also a co-owner of a Pinot’s Palette franchise on Staten Island. “They have this happiness and satisfaction” when they are painting.“People say ‘I used to like art, I used to be able to paint,’ ” she said, “ ‘but it’s been 20 years.’ ”She credits Pinot Palette’s popularity to having a professional artist lead the room full of adventurous, curious and perhaps intimidated guests through the steps of creating a painting. The results usually are a lot of laughs, a bit of pride and a masterpiece of their own to bring home.And wine, she admits, can helps with inhibitions.“It’s very much a party atmosphere, as opposed to an art class in a local college,” she said.The artists Fadel hires – all from the area – share their support, tips and a bit of their skill to help the amateur painters. The featured painting that guests recreate is chosen from the Pinot’s Palette’s extensive library of more than 600 paintings. For more information, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.last_img read more

Wayling, Chargers pull off shocker at CCAA Women`s Volleyball Nationals

first_imgFormer Mount Sentinel Wildcats athlete Katie Wayling was front and center, turning back the clock at the CCAA volleyball National Championships this past weekend in the BC Provincial Capital.Wayling, who has been out of the sport of volleyball for the past six years, came on as a substitute setter to help the Camosun College Chargers to the school’s first CCAA Women’s Volleyball National silver medal.The Chargers fell 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24) to the Lakeland College Rustlers of Vermilion, Alta., in the gold medal game Saturday before a boisterous home crowd.Camosun College finished the regular season in the PACWEST in sixth spot with a 8-16 record.The team then lost in the first round of the PACWEST playoffs.Entering the eight-team tournament as the host wildcard team and seeded seventh, the Chargers began to turn the tables on the favoured schools, first knocking off second ranked Humber Hawks Thursday winning 15-13 in the final game.Wayling came on as a substitute for the Chargers against Humber. Friday, Camosun continued its red-hot play with a sweep over the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves that advanced the PACWEST squad into the school’s first ever women’s gold medal match 3-0.Lakeland, also looking for its first national crown, took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match before the Chargers showed resiliency winning the third set.Camosun then came within one point of forcing a sudden death fifth set before losing the fourth set, and match, 26-24. Comosun led at one stage of the fourth game 18-12.Once again Wayling was substituted into the game.This is Wayling’s first season with the Chargers.The 5’7” setter had a stellar high school career with the Wildcats, leading the South Slocan-based school to a pair of provincial crowns during the four years at Mount Sentinel.Wayling was part of the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball champion in 2007 and B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball winner in 2008.After high school, Wayling decided to take her skills south of the 49th parallel to play a season in in sunny Florida at Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, Florida.The daughter of Rand and Christine Wayling of Castlegar took a few years off before returning to the classroom, and the volleyball court, at the Victoria-based school.Vancouver Island Mariners, winners of the PACWEST title over Douglas College, won the bronze medal in the National Tournament by sweeping RSEQ champion Lynx d’Edouard Montpetit.It was VIU’s 17th national medal.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES CELEBRITY SWEEPSTAKES AHEAD OF 2016 CHALLENGE SERIES

first_imgThe 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in California. Celebrity Experience with Elizabeth BanksVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityTwo tickets to the exclusive A Taste of the World culinary event, one of the most highly-anticipated social events in the Thoroughbred world, on Thursday, November 3Walk the VIP purple carpet alongside high-profile celebrities and mingle with them in the exclusive Trophy LoungeWatch a race with Elizabeth Banks, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CirclePrivate tour of Warner Bros. and Universal Studios Fashion Experience with Carson KressleyVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitality$1,000 shopping spree and a custom-designed fascinator/fedora from Breeders’ Cup Official Milliner Christine MooreWatch a race with Carson Kressley, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CircleParticipate as a judge in the Longines Prize of Elegance Fashion Contest on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita.$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic Breeders’ Cup and America’s Best Racing Tap Celebrity Ambassadors to Offer Once-in-A-Lifetime Experiences at 2016 World Championships “Over the past several years, the Breeders’ Cup has established itself as not only a premier sporting event, but also as one of the world’s most prestigious lifestyle and entertainment events, and the new celebrity sweepstakes reaffirms our commitment to this vision,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We are excited to provide yet another way for our fans to engage with the sport throughout the summer leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, and to celebrate with the winners in the fall at Santa Anita. We especially thank our Ambassadors for their continued support and for helping to promote our great sport to a broader audience.” Following the sweepstakes launch participants will have the chance to win four once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships that highlight different elements of the Breeders’ Cup experience, from the excitement of world championship racing to rich fashion traditions to celebrity treatment to a culinary extravaganza. Each experience is hosted by a different celebrity ambassador and shaped by their area of expertise. The experiences include: About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Culinary Experience with Bobby FlayVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityTwo tickets to the exclusive A Taste of the World culinary event, one of the most highly-anticipated social events in the Thoroughbred world, on Thursday, November 3, hosted by Bobby FlayWatch a race with Bobby Flay, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CircleDinner for two at one of Bobby’s favorite LA restaurants (Friday or Saturday)$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic To enter the sweepstakes, visit BreedersCupVIP.com. Fans may only enter to win one of the four experiences. During the sweepstakes, fans can earn points by engaging with and sharing specific Breeders’ Cup related content. For every 100 points earned, fans receive an extra entry in the sweepstakes. Points are awarded for a variety of activities, such as liking Breeders’ Cup on social media, retweeting certain official Breeders’ Cup tweets or watching the Breeders’ Cup Challenge telecasts on NBC Sports and following the unique Sweepstakes calls-to-action that will be presented during each show. Media Contact:  Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup,212-230-9512, [email protected]reederscup.comHayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, [email protected] LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced the launch of a new multi-faceted sweepstakes with five of its most high-profile Celebrity Ambassadors, including Bobby Flay, Elizabeth Banks, Carson Kressley, Bob Baffert, and Victor Espinoza. The sweepstakes, titled Racing with Stars VIP Sweepstakes presented by America’s Best Racing, is open now through October 9, 2016. The new initiative was developed to add to the excitement of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, which is made up of 78 “Win and You’re In” races that take place in 12 countries around the world and guarantee the winning horses a starting spot in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The television and social-media driven sweepstakes will be centered around Breeders’ Cup’s nine telecasts on NBC Sports and will offer participants the chance to win one of four once-in-a-lifetime experiences hosted by the Celebrity Ambassadors at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Racing Experience with Bob BaffertVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityMorning workout viewing from the exclusive Trackside Marquee featuring meet-and-greets with famous racing personalities including Bob Baffert and Victor EspinozaPrivate backside tour to see the top contenders in the Breeders’ CupMeet and greet with NBC Sports talent Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Laffit Pincay and the voice of the Breeders’ Cup, announcer Larry CollmusWatch the Breeders’ Cup Classic from the Winner’s Circle and celebrate with the Champion as he is led into the circle for photos$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic “We are thrilled to support the Racing with the Stars VIP Sweepstakes,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “The sweepstakes perfectly aligns with America’s Best Racing’s mission to increase the profile and visibility of North America’s best Thoroughbred racing events, and we look forward to building excitement and anticipation for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships this summer.” “Breeders’ Cup weekend is marked on my calendar every year. I grew up going to the races with my dad and my love of the sport has only grown,” said Elizabeth Banks, Breeders’ Cup Ambassador. “From the racing and the fashion to the beautiful tracks and parties, Breeders’ Cup has it all.” ###last_img read more

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

first_imgBelgium midfielder De Bruyne has been one of the standout players in City’s record-breaking campaign, but he knows Guardiola was the mastermind behind their triumph.City’s top priority in the close-season will be securing the services of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief Guardiola, who also led his team to League Cup glory in February, for longer than the one year remaining on his contract.“Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is special and to be part of a group of players led by him can only help us to keep developing,” De Bruyne said.“He came in two years ago and changed the way we play. That obviously takes time to adapt to but we’ve developed together and this season is a reward for all that work.“What we want to do now is continue playing the way we have this season and become even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hopefully these can be his first trophies of many here at City.”Backed by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners, Guardiola has spent big money to bolster his squad and more reinforcements are likely to arrive before next season.But De Bruyne believes the current City squad is already well placed to build on this season’s achievements.“It’s no coincidence that the type of players brought in over the last year or two have all been of a similar age and we will look to build as a group together. The feeling amongst the squad is great,” he said.“We have enjoyed the season a lot but there is work to do if we want to achieve more in future. That can be the trickiest thing in football, to not only win but keep winning. Having such a young squad will hopefully help us to achieve that.”City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also believes the foundations are in place for sustained success.The Germany international, who had been back in his homeland watching former club Borussia Dortmund play Schalke when he learned he was a Premier League winner, said: “Although some of our players have won it before, it’s our first title as a group of players under the new manager.“We have developed together and there is a lot of potential. What we all have to do now is to work hard and believe in our ability to keep succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin de Bruyne predicts glittering future for English champions Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.last_img read more

Mars Rovers Enter New Phase of Exploration

first_imgSpirit and Opportunity both still have both spirit and opportunity.  Mission scientists said yesterday that the rovers have reached new locations that provide new targets for scientific research; it’s like starting the missions all over again, they commented.    Spirit has reached the Columbia Hills, where it hopes to climb and explore rock outcrops.  It has also discovered some of the same nodules and layering seen on the other side of the planet, and some unusual cusps called cobra hoods.  Opportunity has made tentative downhill tracks that prove it is safe to enter Endurance Crater.  It sees a geological contact ahead that looks interesting.  Both rovers, with only minor glitches, are fit as a fiddle and ready to move.Since this is a work in progress, it is premature to draw conclusions; it’s a time to enjoy the postcards from this vicarious adventure.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How to Create Great Production Design for Film & Video

first_imgProduction design is the key to creating the world in which a film exists. Let’s take a look at what it takes to develop solid production design.Top Image: JJ Abrams and Daisy Ridley on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Lucasfilm.Production design is a huge component of the filmmaking or video production process. There’s a lot that you can convey to your audience through great production design. With this in mind, we’re going to rely on the experience and knowledge of Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road), Grant Major (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Rick Carter (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and the legendary Stuart Craig (Harry Potter Series).Through each one of these Academy Award-winning Production Designers, we’ll learn what we need to do to take our productions to the next level.What Is Production Design?Production design is the process of developing and creating the “look” of a film or video environment. This includes creating the initial concepts, building sets, fabricating costumes, developing makeup effects, and working with the VFX team. In the end, all of these sections come together to present the audience with visual information that establishes a sense of place and conveys an emotional response through the background elements, costumes, and props.Who Runs the Design Team?At the head of production design is the production designer or PD. The PD will work closely with the director and cinematographer to set the overall look of the film and to bring the director’s vision to life. They also oversee all aspects of the production design from concept to construction. However, they do not do this alone; there are several key crew members that work alongside the PD.Production Design Team:Art Director (AD): works directly with the PD and oversees the draftsmen, storyboards, artists, and set decorators.Production Illustrator or Concept Artist: creates the initial sketches and designs alongside the PD and AD.VFX Coordinator or Supervisor: works with the PD to ensure CGI elements match the look of the practical set.Set Decorator: develops the look of the set through research and obtains items to fill the set.Set Dresser: arranges the items from the set decorator and ensures continuity between scenes.Costume Designer: works with the AD to develop the look of the characters, pays close attention to period and place.Makeup Artist: oversees all makeup aspects of the production, from simple adjustments to special effects makeup.Why Is Production Design so Important?As mentioned above, this is the process of building the physical look of the film. The set, costuming, and makeup design all need to be reflections of one another. If one of these aspects is off, then you run the risk of pulling your audience out of the experience.One worrisome issue that production designers face in today’s industry is they must fight to retain control over the look of the film due to the reliance on CGI visual effects, as Grant Major mentioned in 2014.You often have to fight for control of the look of the film when you have the production sub-contract out to digital companies these virtual environments. — Grant MajorIn an interview with Deadline, production designer Colin Gibson stated that PDs need to push for practical sets and effects. He mentions that audiences today are far more impressed when a set is practical and crafted by an amazing production design team, which was the approach he took when designing Mad Max: Fury Road.You still need to get the hair up on the back of people’s necks. You still need real physics. — Colin GibsonOf course, there’s no stopping the advance of digital filmmaking. While some production designers see this as a possible issue, PD Rick Carter sees it as a natural progression toward a new era of hybrid filmmaking. These are the principles he employed when designing practical and digital elements for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.There’s something that’s going on with the computer and with hybrid moviemaking… Just a lot that’s physical and a lot that’s digital, and it’s all part of the new vernacular. — Rick CarterSo, as you can see from the words of these Oscar-winning designers, production design is absolutely crucial to a film or video’s success. Let’s look at the collaborative process of designing a film or video.Production Design: the Three-Part Process1. ConceptEach production design begins with the production designer reading the script to determine the initial visual style. Once this is done, meetings with the director and cinematographer take place to solidify the design. To make this happen, concept illustrations and mock-ups are researched, produced, and sent to the director and producer for approvals. These concepts and mock-up designs cover set architecture, costumes, props, VFX design, and makeup.Here’s a video from The Gnomon Workshop that features the legendary concept designer Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens). In the video, Mead offers crucial design advice and demonstrates some of his storied talent and technique.2. PlanningOnce the designs are approved, the PD’s team moves into the planning stage. Additional research on build locations for the sets takes place. Blueprints for set construction are drafted. Also, budgets and property lists are developed to ensure that this portion of production doesn’t run beyond the funding allowed.3. FabricationOnce designs are approved and plans are finalized, the actual fabrication of the design begins. Construction crews come in and actually build the set if needed. Also, the set decorator, dresser, costume designer, and makeup artist begin the process of developing their individual parts of the production design. When this portion is done, the director, cast, and crew begin film production.Have you had experience with production design? Share your story in the comments below!last_img read more

TNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer may not have had the biggest shots of the game, but for coach Nash Racela, the Ginebra rookie made the biggest impact in Game 4 after frustrating TNT import Glen Rice Jr. early in the game.“Kevin Ferrer was the best player of the game,” Racela told reporters after Ginebra ousted TNT in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH TNT shot 15-of-16 from the charity stripe and went 30-of-62 from the two-point area, compared to Ginebra’s 23-of-33 free throw shooting and 28-of-47 clip from two. The KaTropa were also whistled for 32 fouls, against 20 for the Gin Kings. Both teams were close to even from threes, with TNT hoisting 10-of-37 and Ginebra throwing 12-of-32.That affair ended the KaTropa’s season, which saw them reach the semifinals in all three conferences and the Finals once.It wasn’t a disappointing campaign to say the least for TNT, but for Racela, there’s only one clear thing going forward: that San Miguel teams are really the hurdle that TNT needs to get through if it wants to win the championship.“I’m happy that for three conferences, we were able to advance to the playoffs. But it just so happened that in all the three conferences, we played a San Miguel team, and you know how tough it is to play a San Miguel team, so it’s really hard. But if you want to win a championship, we really have to get past a San Miguel team,” he said.“I think we need to have more players who are more aggressive. Maybe that will help us. So now, if we become more aggressive, then we force the referees to call more fouls. That’s the only thing I could think of right now,” he said. “If you study the whole series, it all boils down to who gets more free throws, who get fouled a lot. That’s something we’re trying to study. Maybe we could improve on that aspect.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Rice shoved Ferrer to the floor and threw the ball at him that led to his early ejection at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter.The KaTropa had no choice but to play all-Filipino from that point forward, fighting valiantly but eventually falling to the Gin Kings, 115-105.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrustrated with how TNT’s season came to an end, Racela struggled to explain what went wrong for his team.“I just want to congratulate Ginebra for being the more aggressive team tonight,” he slyly said. “They got a lot of free throws again, so it’s because they were more aggressive than us despite taking 15 less two-point field goals. I’m sure that what coach Tim (Cone) will say.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

U’khand govt to protect interest of entrepreneurs in rafting industry: CM

first_imgDehradun, Jun 23 (PTI) As tour operators of Uttarakhand struggle to come to terms with a recent court order banning water sports in the state, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today assured them of protecting their interests, even as all district magistrates were asked to implement the ban in their areas.”All aspects of the high court order regarding the ban on adventure tourism activities are being studied. The next step will be taken after that. The interests of entrepreneurs associated with the trade will be protected,” he said in a statement here. Rawat also directed the tourism secretary to look into all legal options available in the case and take appropriate action.He said effective steps were being taken by the state government to promote adventure tourism, “which is crucial to tourism in Uttarakhand”.Keeping in view the interests of the people involved in the trade, the chief minister said Uttarakhand Rafting, Kayaking Manual has been framed, adding that manuals for paragliding and other adventure tourism activities would be prepared soon.He said a comprehensive policy would be prepared to further promote the industry so that it strengthened the  economy of the state.Meanwhile, Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar today wrote to all district magistrates, asking them to strictly implement the high court order in their respective areas.  The Uttarakhand High Court, had on June 18, put a ban on white water river rafting, other water sports and paragliding across the state till a transparent policy was framed by the state government on adventure sports, giving the latter two weeks’ time for the purpose. advertisementDevendra Rawat, former president of Rafting Association of Uttarakhand, said the ban would affect 40,000 people associated with the trade.A total of 281 companies are associated with the rafting trade, which together own 600 rafts and transact business worth over Rs 20 crore every season. The season lasts nine months from October to June, he said.   With the ban coming at the peak of the season, there will be heavy losses, he said. Vaibhav Kala, director, Aquaterra Adventures said  majority of outfits cannot be penalised for the errors of a few.    “Rafting is currently being regulated under a Rafting Act passed by the Uttarakhand government. There is a technical and regulatory committee that grants permits and proper rafting rules are framed to ensure compliance,” he said.  “Regulation, of course, has been a challenge, but that needs to be checked stringently by the authorities concerned. Majority of outfits cannot be penalised for the errors of a few,” Kala said, adding that “rhetorical judgements” like this would harm the country’s travel industry. Kala said the state needs to weed out outfits that do not meet the global benchmark.          “We will lose many bookings in the last week. The industry losses for a week should be around Rs 4-5 crore,” he said.PTI ALM      SRY SRYlast_img read more