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Australian cave art site faces industrial expansion
SYDNEY - Their meaning is a mystery, their creators are long dead,
and no one knows how many there are. The hundreds of thousands of
engravings etched into boulders and cliffs on a remote desert peninsula
in Australia form the world's largest collection of rock art. Now
there are fears that the planned expansion of an industrial site
could destroy many of the Aboriginal engravings. The petroglyphs,
which depict human figures, abstract motifs and kangaroos, emus,
and the extinct Tasmanian tiger, are scattered across the Burrup
peninsula. They were carved in granite more than 20,000 years ago
by generations of Aboriginal hunter-gatherers attracted to the area
by plentiful game and the caves' shelter. The granite has ensured
that the art is better preserved than carvings in soft sandstone
found elsewhere in Australia. But the art shares the 12-mile peninsula
with huge natural-gas plants and iron-ore shipment facilities. The
expansion could destroy hundreds or thousands of carvings, conservationists
say, and would be cultural vandalism akin to the destruction of
Afghanistan's 1,600-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas.
correspondent sends German museum a stolen painting
LONDON - A BBC correspondent has returned a 16th century painting
he was given in the 1950s to a Berlin museum, after discovering
it was stolen in World War II, the Commission for Looted Art in
Europe said. An East German farmer gave veteran foreign affairs
reporter Charles Wheeler the portrait of Eleonora of Toledo as a
wedding present in 1952 while he worked in Berlin. The farmer told
him he had got it from a Russian soldier. Wheeler had long believed
it was a fake until he began researching the subject of missing
art for a BBC radio programme last year.
Institute of Arts buys painting for $3 million
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts says it has purchased
the Louis XV-era painting "Comtesse d'Egmont Pignatelli in
Spanish Costume" by Alexander Roslin for a little more than
$3 million. The painting, bought from the New York gallery Wildenstein
& Co. with museum funds, is the MIA's most expensive purchase
since the museum spent about $5 million in 1998 to acquire Claude
Lorrain's 1638 painting "Pastoral Landscape." While the
purchase wasn't timed to coincide with the MIA's reopening after
a $50 million expansion and renovation project, museum director
William Griswold said he's delighted it will be on view for the
June 11 public reopening. Griswold said that both the painting and
its elaborate carved-wood frame are in "perfect condition."
Museum to get new home
ST PETERSBURG - The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg welcomed
a century of art work from Spain and announced plans to build a
bigger and better museum. An exhibition called Picasso to Plensa
highlights the diversity of 20th century Spanish art. "It's
a great day for St. Petersburg," museum Director Dr. Charles
Henri Hine said. "This is a real partnership between the private
citizens who have helped manage the Dali and the city who have assured
that we have a new place, a new home and a bright future."
The state awarded $4 million for the project. Construction is set
to begin January 1, with an opening planned for 2009.
Museum Celebrates 66th Annual Meeting and Elects New Board of Trustees MIAMI
- The Historical Museum of Southern Florida elected its 2006-2007
Officers and Trustees during its 66th Annual Membership Meeting
held at the downtown Miami museum on May 4. Elected
officers include Chair Dennis Campbell of Clarke Silverglate Campbell;
Vice Chair Dr. Edmund Parnes; Secretary Dr. Michael Rosenberg; Treasurer
Carolina Rendeiro of Business Centers International; and Federal
Public Defender Faith Mesnekoff as At Large Representative. Past
Chair William Holly of Holly Real Estate recognized the Historical
Museums major accomplishments over the last two years during
his term, including: theturnaround
leadership of President/CEO Robert McCammon; designation of the
General Obligation Bond for Museum Park, a dedicated 4,000 square
on Watson Island and the addition of new employees and staff retentions.
Opera League Announces Volunteer of the year PENSACOLA
- The Pensacola Opera League held its annual meeting on Tuesday,
May 2, 2006, at Global Grill, which was presided over by Cecil Carlton,
President. Highlight of the evening was the recognition of the Volunteer
of the Year by Vaughan Hedrick, last year's honoree. The new recipient
is Diane Collins who distinguished herself in many activities including
productions, fundraising events, office assistance and artistic
and Culture Center of Hollywoods Executive Director Joy Satterlee
Receives 2006 Woman of the Year Award HOLLYWOOD
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Executive Director Joy
A. Satterlee, APR, has been named the 2006 Woman of the Year in
the Nonprofit Category by the Atlantic Chapter of Women in Communications
(AWC). Satterlee, who was hired as the Art and Culture Centers
deputy director in 2002, became its executive director in April
2005. She oversees and directs all aspects of the $1.7 million,
multi-disciplinary, nonprofit organization. The Miami native has
nearly 25 years of managerial experience both in nonprofit and for
Idol Influences Opera Competition With New Audience Voting Feature
ORLANDO Audience members of the 14th annual Heinz Rehfuss
Singing Actor Awards 2006 final competition will get to add their
voice to the outcome of the competition. A new award called Audience
Favorite determined by audience votes will be offered to one
lucky singing-actor in addition to the previously established categories.
The competition will be held Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 2 pm at the
Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, and rewards young singers
who have mastered the operatic skills of acting and singing. Preliminary
auditions are held in Philadelphia, Orlando, and New York, from
which 12 to 14 finalists are chosen to compete in Orlando.
(Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe) Announces New Venue for 2006-2007
- The WBTT has been invited to become one of the performing partners
as part of the Inaugural Season of the Historic Asolo Theatre on
the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art. It is therefore with
great pleasure that WBTT announces that its coming season will find
this highly praised performance group, the WBTT, in the newly restored
Historic ASOLO Theater at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of
Art. The Troupe is delighted to be contributing to the rich tapestry
of this beautiful theater which in the past has launched so many
of Sarasotas cultural institutions., and to have been given
the opportunity to share this magnificent space with other cultural
institutions in the area.
FRINGE FESTIVAL INCREASES NUMBERS ACROSS THE BOARD
Musicians, comedians, actors and exhibitionists alike took the stage
from May 18-29 for the most successful Orlando Fringe Festival ever.
its 15th year, the nations oldest Fringe Festival increased
ticket sales by 48 percent over 2005. Additionally, the 2,000 artists
making up the 57 performing groups took home 38 percent more money
than last year, a close to $50,000 increase. Also, the festival
sold 9,000 Fringe buttonsup 28 percent from 2005.
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month's featured artists is Ed King. Ed has made Miami his
home for over 20 years. He currently develops the artwork for the
Kaleidoscope Conspiracy universe in his home studio in North Miami
Beach. In his own words, "We each see the world differently
because we are not looking at the world only with our eyes, but
with hearts and souls as well. " Learn
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