Author: Suzanne James

Rudin Prize at the Norton Museum of Art

The four artists featured, Clare Benson, Elizabeth Bick, Alexandra Hunts, and Wesley Stringer, were nominated by more established senior contemporary photographers Arno Minkkinen, Shirin Neshat, Rineke Dijkstra, and Michael Kenna, respectively. Curated by Tim B. Wride, the Norton Museum of Art’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, the exhibition unwittingly provides an illustrated manifesto on the relationship between sociological inquiry and image-making among young artists today in terms of the work featured and the subject-matter of photos shown. Make no mistake, this show is a cold demonstration of art as concept that drives the production of image-making....

Read More

Ocala Pastor Roland Scroggins Is Helping Alzheimer’s Patients With His Beautiful Hand-Made “Fidget” Quilts

Sometimes it’s the little things and the little gestures that make a difference. Ocala, Florida Pastor Roland Scroggins brings comfort and even happiness to local Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia patients by giving them gifts of his hand-crafted “fidget” quilts. The quilts are colorful and comfortable lap quilts complete with zippers, buttons, frillies and other interesting textural items sewn on the surface to help keep the hands of his elderly friends busy. Studies have show that by manual manipulation of objects, Alzheimer’s patients can reduce stress and suffering caused by their debilitating disease. “Most of the people who get these...

Read More

Kristen Bell and Friends Get Stranded In a Hotel Thanks to Hurricane Irma: A Good Time Ensues

Getting stuck in a hotel force to wait out a hurricane may not be your idea of a good time but getting stuck with Kristen Bell? Well, let’s say that the star of Spartan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen proved to be a treat for the many elderly and other folks stranded during Hurricane Irma. Here is a clip of her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Here is her new friend John serenading her, from her Instagram:   Dear @daxshepard, this is john. He’s my side piece here in Orlando. I hope you understand. I’m powerless over...

Read More

The 20 Year Odyssey of Tulip Fever As Told By Its Writer, Deborah Moggach

Tulip Fever is getting lots of advance praise for it’s period details, steamy eroticism, and big-hearted dramatic love story. The movie, starring Alicia Vikander, looks to be a sure-fire arthouse hit that transcends the intimate confines of fringe appeal and makes its way into the theaters and hearts of film-goers across the globe. Tulip Fever had an an interesting genesis in its evolution from screenplay to release this week. The screenwriter and author Deborah Moggach recently detailed some of the travails involved in getting the film produced after 20 long years of waiting: The moment I’d finished writing my...

Read More