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2012 Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

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Recently, the winners of the 48th annual Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced.  100 photos were selected from 48,000 entries originating from 98 countries, with top prize claimed by Paul Nicklen for his image of emperor penguins (see the 2nd image in this post).

My personal favorite is Cristobal Serrano‘s . . . → Read More: 2012 Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

“Carry On” by Ferris Plock at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco

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I always look forward to seeing a new show by San Francisco artist Ferris Plock. On the one hand, I know what to expect because his signature style of modernized mischievous characters depicted in the style of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks is so unique. On the other hand, Plock always manages to add enough twists and . . . → Read More: “Carry On” by Ferris Plock at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco

Handmade masks

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In honor of that yearly holiday when we dress up, terrorize our neighbors, and consume truckloads of cheap candy, here are 4 disguises worthy of any Halloween celebrant.

1. Animal headpieces by Gladys Paulus. The Dutch artist says, “Wool’s obvious associations are with warmth, protection and comfort. When the felt starts to take shape . . . → Read More: Handmade masks

Crochet necklaces

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1. Crochet necklaces by Okapiknits. Okapiknits is the creative child of a Paris, France based fashion designer who sells her wares on her Etsy shop.

2. Chunky necklaces by Atlanta, Georgia based designer Yokoo Gibran. I first heard about her in this NY Times article. Her goods are on her Etsy Shop.

3. DIY . . . → Read More: Crochet necklaces

Octopus chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

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The Addams Family would be proud to dine under this hot-pink octopus chandelier, especially since it was inspired by Tuesday Addams’ octopus painted on the end of her bed. The skateboarder turned photographer turned chandelier maker Adam Wallacavage used ideas from books by Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams Family, to renovate a . . . → Read More: Octopus chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

An alley of empty musical bird cages in Sydney

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If you are in Sydney, you don’t have to visit a museum or gallery to enjoy art. Sydney is flush with amazing public art and sculptures. Just wander up the alleyway in Angel Place and you’ll meet “Forgotten Songs,” a public art installation which features a canopy of empty birdcages hanging in the sky.

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Photographs of life above the clouds

by Glenn Harper

by Eric Kraus

Keeping your head in the clouds might not be a bad thing if you get views that look like these images. In this collection from Abduzeedo, photographers capture images from above the clouds in different places around the world. Amazing!

by Edgar Moskopp

by Luís Riafoge

by Edgar Moskopp

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“Apperception” by Lyndi Sales at the Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco

Astronomical Seeing, 2012, paint and glitter on board, 42.1 x 61.8 x 1.6 inches

Astronomical Seeing, 2012, paint and glitter on board, 42.1 x 61.8 x 1.6 inches

Astronomical Seeing (detail), 2012, paint and glitter on board, 42.1 x 61.8 x 1.6 inches

Tragedy can propel people to change the direction of their lives, externally or internally. After South African based artist Lyndi Sales‘ father was killed . . . → Read More: “Apperception” by Lyndi Sales at the Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco

Stitched leaves by Susanna Bauer

"Aura" 9x5cm, magnolia leaf and cotton thread

“Aura” 9x5cm, magnolia leaf and cotton thread

UK based artist Susanna Bauer collects leaves and handstitches them with cotton thread. With over 16 years as a modelmaker in the television and film industry creating objects like King Arthur’s chalice and cheeses for Wallace and Gromit, Bauer has developed a keen eye for the unusual, as . . . → Read More: Stitched leaves by Susanna Bauer

San Francisco Area Event Picks for October 25 – October 31, 2012

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“Randy Beckelheimer: Black & White” New & Recent Paintings at ArtZone 461 Gallery in San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 25

Event: “MASQUERADE” National Juried Exhibition, Opening Reception When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 At 7PM Where: Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St. San Francisco CA 94103

Event: FICTILIS presents a gallery-wide installation/exhibition celebrating the art of . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for October 25 – October 31, 2012