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Hungry at 3pm?

According to mashable’s article, Groupon’s Ambitious Way to Change How & When We Eat, late-lunchtime or late-dinner during a long day in the studio could relieve a lot of stress on our mind, tummy, and wallet. Groupon’s coming out with Groupon Now, which is an app that will cater to independent businesses to promote local active deals.

The idea is that if we were hungry, we go to the app, and it will find out where we are and tell us if any nearby restaurants are offering deals during their slow hours (say Erica and I are out on a field measure and almost done and wanna grab a bite to eat at low prices). Nifty! Can’t wait to see how it works in real-time.

Combine this with how works and I’ll be one happy graduate, since there are so many restaurants between UMD, Hyattsville, and Brentwood…where I tend to hang out.


Coloring our Present/Colors of our Past

While skimming a few websites today, I came along a great article on how color impacts our lives, depending on our history, our upbringing, and our visual attachments. Thanks to the Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog for including the following exercepts on their blog!

Excerpted from Colors For Your Every MoodBy Leatrice Eiseman: href=””>

Color and Your Background:

Where Were You And Your Parents Raised?

If you were brought up in an area where social pressures, traditions, and rigid color rules were enforced, it may be difficult to shake those old dictums or clichés. For instance, one of the oldest of those dictatorial color taboos was that blue and green should never be used in combination; and, until the 1960¹s they rarely were. This was an especially ludicrous dictum since blue and green are so beautifully combined in natural settings-a beautiful blue sky providing a background for a lush green meadow or reflected over tropical turquoise waters. Some of the most fabulous combinations appear together in natural scenes and we never challenge Mother Nature¹s ability to use color harmony.

Although questioning where your parents grew up might seem irrelevant, it truly is not. Your parents and their parents and all of the generations before you are the products of cultures whose beliefs and color traditions, no matter how subtle, have been passed on to you. A second or third generation Japanese American might consider themselves part of the melting pot mainstream culture, yet there may still be the vestiges of traditional beliefs. They may be drawn to the same quiet neutrals with accents of rich reds, teals, and golds of their family furnishings.

A man of Spanish descent might have difficulty wearing pink even in a casual tee shirt because in that culture, from earliest infancy, pink is strictly for females. It takes a strong will, a rebellious nature or a very open mind to defy tradition. Interestingly, most men of any culture don¹t have any problem snuggling under a cushy pink blanket or looking especially healthy in the reflected rosy glow of a pink bathroom, just as long as a woman has done the decorating and shares the space.

Women are more likely than men to have pleasant color associations and men are more apt to be indifferent to many colors. Why? Color is rarely part of a man¹s education; they simply haven¹t spent enough time involved with color. Maybe now tha there are more girls than ever sliding into home plate and boys learning to cook, this will change. But it is still the case that girls spend more time dressing and coordinating their doll¹s wardrobe or decorating their doll house, while boys are involved in more active pursuits that are generally less artistic. Little girls shop with Mom, observe her making color choices and emulate her as their primary role model, while boys are busy pummeling each other in sports activities. If you are a man with many pleasant color associations, you probably have an eye for color or were encouraged (fortunately) by parents or teachers to exercise your *right brain* activities. Lucky you! Your life will certainly be enhanced by a greater appreciation of the colorful world around you, not to mention the unleashing of that creative urge that lies deep within you, as it does in,every human being, male or female.

March is National Color Therapy Month. Sherry Burton Ways of Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog writes, “Color Therapy used in our interiors teaches us how to create an aesthetically pleasing environment but also helps us feel good about ourselves. We can use color to alleviate problems we have, whether they are mental, spiritual, physical or emotional. This does not mean that we have to be ill in order to benefit from color therapeutics, but we can use it for creative and spiritual inspiration in our homes.”

Their first teleseminar series Color Healing Home: Wellness In Your Decor is coming up next next week on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It costs only $18.00 and you can register online at

artdc Gallery’s “Material World” Reception tomorrow (3/12) @ 6pm

Our neighbor, artdc Gallery, located at the Lustine Center in the 5710Creative suite, has announced its upcoming reception TOMORROW evening opening frmo 6pm to 8pm. The exhibit looks fantastic, but don’t take my word for it, visit artdc Gallery shares its space with VM Photography & Makeup, LLC. and ourselves. While you’re there, check out our studio space, hehe.

Material World An exhibit bringing together six artists using materials in unique ways

HYATTSVILLE, MD (February 22, 2010) – Material World, an exhibition at artdc Gallery from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, April 3, 2011 will feature works by Sherill Anne Gross, Michael Janis, J. T. Kirkland, Matthew Langley, Katherine Mann, and Marie Ringwald. “The commitment these artists have for their materials and craft lets their processes inform the content of the work, not overwhelm it,” notes curator Stephen Boocks. “While viewers will inevitably wonder how the works were made and will marvel at the technical prowess, the pieces selected ultimately transcend the materials used, allowing each finished object to stand on its own.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Two artists talks will be held: Michael Janis, Sherill Anne Gross, and Marie Ringwald on Saturday, March 19, and Matt Langley on Saturday, April 2. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is located at The Lustine Center, 5710 Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland. “Material World features exceptional work diverse in style and serves as a testament to the rich pool of talented artists from or with close ties to the DC area,” adds Boocks. “These six artists at varying stages of their careers all have a clear vision of what they’re trying to achieve with their preferred media. ”

Artist websites:

artdc Gallery – 5710 Baltimore Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20781
Contact the gallery for appointments here.

A version of this post is also posted on the Soulstrong Arts Blog at

An Interview with Justin Fair on

Our own Justin Fair has been featured with an interview as the February Artist of the Week with Art 4 the Masses! Art 4 the Masses is a great space to buy students’ artwork online. Affordable AND local!!!

Congratulations Justin! We’re so proud of you! Keep up the FANTASTIC work! Check out Justin’s arts blog at

Check out the interview below from Youtube:

Grow: New York New York!

Coming across photos from a visit to New York I am once again amazed. Erica and I went to New York City to visit Demont ‘Peekaso’ Pinder’s artwork at the Soho Apple Store early in January, and on our way leaving the city, we stopped by a little store called ‘Grow’ at 214 W 30th St. Immediately captured by its display of interesting pots, decorative items, and of course plants outside the shop, as well as a nifty font face above the storefront, we wandered inside. And what did we find? An amazing oasis/escape into a design studio and store for Rebecca Cole Design. What do I remember the most from the visit? A wonderful fusion of natural and man-made materials, allowing visitors to recognize how they too can merge nature and city life into their homes: Tall branches, warm accent lighting, the use of brick, and the smell of water (and wonder!). I wish we hadn’t been in such a rush, if you look at Rebecca Cole Design’s website like we did, you’ll see some great examples of green design!

Wish I had taken better photos but we barely made it the bus on time!

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Center for Green Urbanism Grand Opening Tonight! Fri. 10/15

Tonight is the Center for Green Urbanism’s Opening Reception at 3938 Benning Road NE, DC from 2pm to 8pm! The Principal of Center for Green Urbanism is a close friend, Sherry Burton Ways! Find out more at Visit the Opening Reception page on Facebook!

Also, the Tubman Mahan Gallery is having its grand opening at the Center tonight too! See “RECREATE: The Art of THE RECYCLED” on Facebook at

(Washington, DC) — On Friday, October 15, Washington, DC’s new Center for Green Urbanism welcomes you to an opening celebration for the first green-inspired business and art center east of the Anacostia River. The Center is an art-infused business incubator providing office space to small and mid-size companies, an environmentally-themed art gallery and demonstration model for homes and businesses in the heart of downtown Ward 7. The Grand Opening will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

The Center for Green Urbanism borders the National Fort Mahan Park. Its environmental ties has attracted the attention of the national organization Groundwork USA. The Center for Green Urbanism is the brainchild of environmentalist Zandra Chestnut and Dennis Chestnut, Washington community leader and Director of Groundwork Anacostia River, DC, the center’s first tenant. Join us for this monumental occasion!

Read more at… Center For Green Urbanism from Garland McLaurin on Vimeo.
Watch their Company Video at