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Vickie Pierre: Be My Herald of What’s to Come On View June 9 through September 5 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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Like the town crier in a fractured fairy tale, “Be My Herald of What’s to Come” rings in Vickie Pierre’s premiere solo museum show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Grounded in the Arts and Crafts movement, her installations have a storybook feel. A fractured fairy tale is, after all, a new twist on an old story, reimagined and restructured for a contemporary sensibility.

Just as fractured fairytales can be more subversive than the traditional fables, the playfulness and whimsical flourishes of Pierre’s assemblages are underscored by her pull towards the beautifully grotesque.

In this new exhibition, her works cast a feminine deity spell within the Museum gallery. In the installation she created in 2020, titled “Black Flowers Blossom (Hanging Tree),” the artist honors the souls of people lost to racial injustice, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others.

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Black Flowers Blossom (Hanging Tree), 2020. Created to honor George Floyd and the souls of victims of racial injustice. Hand-strung glass, plastic, and wood beads; fabric, plastic butterflies, flowers and foliage; glitter, vintage Avon perfume bottles, and wooden ship bookends. Photo by Zachary Balber.

The exhibition was curated by Kelli Bodle, the Assistant Curator of the Museum, and is on view until September 5. Vickie Pierre has also been commissioned to create two murals for the Museum’s entrance courtyard, as part of the new Sculpture Garden.

“These works proclaim that while we can acknowledge the dark, painful parts of our past, at the same time we can also express hope and light for the future,” says the Miami-based artist Vickie Pierre.

Her artworks cling to the romanticized, ornate European-based home décor of her childhood home in Brooklyn. The interior design hearkened back to France as Haiti’s the “mother country,” but one that never really was maternal.

“It’s not my history, and isn’t even really my parents’ history. All of those decorative elements I remember growing up with, the European flourishes, rococo, and Victorian, were not even part of their lives when they were in Haiti. That’s the push and pull of it. It’s a fantasy, but it’s a beautiful lie,” says Pierre. “Visually, it’s the best eye candy ever.”

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And Though I May Have Lost My Way, All Paths Lead Straight to You, 2013. Plastic wall plaques, porcelain, resin, wooden shelf sconces, Avon glass perfume bottles, silk doll hair, band-strung beads on MDF, latex paint, and vinyl lettering.

She uses vintage Avon perfume bottles shaped like idealized women in period skirts (but removes the tops of the bottles that are shaped like women’s heads and torsos); flaxen hair from dolls; galleon ships to represent the slave trade; bracelets, cuffs and jewelry ― all interconnected by long strands of glittering Goddess beads.

The color backdrops are reminiscent of French toile fabrics. Batons appear, as sails that have lost their wind. “It feels like when you are watching something decay, but know that something better will take its place,” says Pierre.

“I’ve been collecting these Avon perfume bottles for some time, using them as my muses. They’ve been deconstructed because I take their heads and torsos off. It’s a play on the idea of the Princess ― who gets to be the Princess?

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Vickie Pierre’s creative process is informed and inspired by memory, fantasy, surrealism, popular culture and the decorative and ornamental arts.

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She is best known for her wall installations that blend elements of her Caribbean heritage with contemporary culture.

 “There is always a sense of melancholy and longing in my work, it comes from the otherworldly state I put myself in when I am creating,” adds Pierre.

I Can’t Say No To You (Good Enough), 2014. Resin wall plaques, plastic leaves, Avon glass perfume bottles, wooden shelf sconces and ship bookends, jewelry, and hand-strung beads, mounted on shaped MDF panel, latex paint, and vinyl lettering.

Her exhibition includes, for the first time seen altogether, Pierre’s assemblages and freestanding sculpture that highlight her lyrical brilliance.

“This exhibition of Vickie Pierre’s assemblages is both a memorial for what has passed and a desire for what is to come,” said Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Museum.

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“Exploring how people can structure their identity, Pierre pays homage to the French and larger European architectural design that influenced Haitian culture while also subverting it. Her vignettes deal with current issues, revealing deeper truths and fractured identities, but are cloaked in charming tableaus.”

About the Artist

Artwork detail (photo by News Travels Fast)

Vickie Pierre is a multimedia artist, born and bred in Brooklyn. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997. She currently lives in Miami.

Pierre has participated in exhibitions worldwide, including: National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.); Miami Art Museum (PAMM); Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami); White Box (NY); Musee International des Arts Modestes (France); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Puerto Rico); Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland); The King Juan Carlos of Spain I Center (NY); Los Angeles Art Association; Museum of Art and Design (Miami Dade); Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami); The Deering Estate (Miami); and Locust Projects (Miami), among others. Her artworks can be found in private collections and public institutions.

The inspiration for Pierre’s work has manifested itself in years of collecting diverse materials that often serve as muses in her daily practice and as actual, physical elements within her assemblages and installations.

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Her continued focus is on the universal themes of identity with references to design and nature, alongside the interconnectivity between her Haitian heritage (including the larger Caribbean community) and global cultural mythologies, while considering feminine and historic tropes that are relative to contemporary cultural politics.

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Samsung begins pre-order deals for AI TVs in Ghana

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Samsung has announced a new era of AI TVs with the launch of its Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and OLED TVs at the Unbox & Discover event, with an amazing pre-order offer. Samsung, the Global Number 1 TV brand for 18 years, sets the benchmark for video innovation, with the ultimate embodiment of next-level AI TV technology and excellence designed to upscale every moment at home.

Imagine a world where your viewing experience is always extraordinary no matter the content! Thanks to the 2024 Samsung Neo QLED 8K AI TV powered by the NQ8 AI Gen2 Processor with built-in 8K AI Upscaling Pro Technology, the TV offers quantum leaps in performance by transforming any content into 8K resolution, even your old videos. You will see these videos transform into looking so clear and real, it is like bringing the past right into your living room with sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches.

The 2024 Neo QLED 4K AI TV comes with cutting-edge innovations and elevates the viewing experience with groundbreaking features powered by the NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor. Enhanced by Real Depth Enhancer Pro and Quantum Matrix Technology, the screen ensures impeccable contrast even in complex scenes. With the world’s first Pantone Validated display for color accuracy and Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience, Neo QLED 4K sets the bar. Neo QLED 4K will be available in sizes ranging from 55 to 85 inches.

Made for more than just watching, the 2024 Samsung OLED AI TV ensures peak performance for ultimate gaming experiences. Samsung is also introducing the world’s first glare-free OLED, eliminating unnecessary reflection while preserving deep blacks and clear images under any lighting condition. Powered by the same formidable NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor as the Neo QLED 4K lineup, Samsung’s OLED TVs boast features like the Real Depth Enhancer and OLED HDR Pro, bringing picture quality to new heights from 65 to 83 inches.

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The 2024 AI TVs will be available for pre-order with exclusive premium freebies until 27th June 2024 in all Electroland Ghana Limited and CompuGhana Limited showrooms. Pre-order a Samsung AI TV now to receive a Soundbar, Freestyle Smart Projector, and Galaxy Fit3 with free delivery and installation.

 

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Soulful Songstress Emeli Sandé Scores “Roots” for The Macallan’s Bicentennial Celebration

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Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé takes a surprising turn, crafting a stirring soundtrack titled “Roots” for the esteemed single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan. This poignant composition marks a unique collaboration as The Macallan celebrates its momentous 200th anniversary.

Sandé, known for her soulful vocals and impactful lyrics, delivers a heartfelt ode to The Macallan’s enduring legacy. Her Scottish roots lend a special resonance to the project, mirroring The Macallan’s deep connection to the land and its unwavering commitment to exceptional craftsmanship.

Just as Ghanaians cherish the rich heritage of Highlife and Afrobeats passed down through generations, The Macallan honors its meticulous craftsmanship and centuries-old legacy with the collaboration.

“Roots” perfectly captures the essence of The Macallan’s enduring spirit. Sandé’s lyrics, “Time will bring its changes, but our roots they will remain,” resonate deeply, reflecting the brand’s commitment to tradition while embracing innovation.

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According to Emeli Sandé, “Roots means legacy. You have your roots and they spread so far around the surrounding ground. You have your trunk and that’s your journey through life – the branches can go here, and there, but at the end of the day, everything is coming from the same point.”

The celebration extends beyond music. A captivating film by Jérémie Rozan accompanies the soundtrack, taking viewers on a mesmerizing journey through The Macallan’s past, present, and future. The film showcases the enduring connection that binds generations who have stewarded this iconic brand.

This unexpected collaboration between Emeli Sandé and The Macallan promises a powerful exploration of heritage,artistry, and the pursuit of excellence.

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Founding Partner and CEO of the Fearless Fund Arian Simone visits Ghana Presidency

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In a delegation led by Pan African company Ifactorylive CCO Michael Djaba with Dora Whittley managing partner of Whittley Agency.

Arian Simone had discussions about Fearless Fund and Fearless fund foundation Africa.


Fearless fund have invested over 27 million US dollars in women of color businesses,Additionally, they have Invested over $850,000 USD in African-founded businesses and provided grants in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Edward Asare Inducted into IPR Ghana and CIMG as Associate Member

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Edward Asare, a seasoned digital marketer, media expert, and PR professional, has been inducted as an associate member of both the Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR Ghana) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Edward Asare, who currently serves as Digital Marketer at UBA Ghana Ltd, has a passion for helping individuals, brands, and businesses communicate their value and build their online presence. With a background in social media community management and blogging, he has developed a unique approach that integrates marketing and communications to drive brand awareness, visibility, and engagement.

His induction into IPR Ghana and CIMG proves his expertise and commitment to excellence in the field. As an associate member, Edward will contribute to the advancement of public relations and marketing practices in Ghana, sharing his knowledge and experience with peers and professionals.

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Eye Care Tips for Different Age Groups

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Eye Care

Maintaining good eye health is essential at every stage of life. From childhood to old age, our eyes require different types of care to ensure they function properly and stay healthy. Here are some essential eye care tips tailored to different age groups:

Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Years)

  1. Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular eye exams to detect any early signs of vision problems. The first comprehensive eye exam should be done at 6 months of age.
  2. Monitor Development: Keep an eye on developmental milestones related to vision, such as tracking moving objects and recognizing familiar faces.
  3. Protect from UV Rays: Use hats and shades for babies to protect their sensitive eyes from harmful UV rays when outdoors.

Children (4-12 Years)

  1. Annual Eye Exams: Ensure children have annual eye exams to monitor their vision as they grow. Early detection of issues like myopia (nearsightedness) is crucial.
  2. Screen Time Management: Limit screen time and encourage regular breaks to reduce eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  3. Protective Eyewear: Encourage the use of protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities to prevent eye injuries. 

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Teenagers (13-19 Years)

  1. Balanced Diet: Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids to support overall eye health.
  2. Avoid Smoking: Educate teenagers about the risks of smoking, which can lead to serious eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  3. Contact Lens Hygiene: Teach proper contact lens care to prevent infections. Ensure they follow the prescribed wearing and cleaning schedule.

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Contact Lens Hygiene           

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Adults (20-39 Years)

  1. Routine Eye Exams: Schedule comprehensive eye exams every two years to check for vision changes and early signs of eye diseases.
  2. Computer Vision Syndrome: For those who spend long hours on computers, use ergonomic setups, take regular breaks, and consider blue light filtering glasses.
  3. Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays to protect eyes from sun damage, which can contribute to cataracts and other eye conditions.

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Middle Age (40-59 Years)

  1. Presbyopia Awareness: Be aware of presbyopia, a natural age-related condition that affects near vision. Consider reading glasses or multifocal lenses if needed.
  2. Monitor Health Conditions: Manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, which can affect eye health. Regular eye exams can help detect related complications early.
  3. Protect from Blue Light: Use blue light filtering glasses and reduce screen time to minimize the risk of digital eye strain and potential retinal damage.

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Seniors (60+ Years)

  1. Frequent Eye Exams: Increase the frequency of eye exams to at least once a year to monitor for age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Continue to eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support eye health.
  3. Fall Prevention: Ensure living spaces are well-lit and free of hazards to prevent falls that could lead to eye injuries.

General Eye Care Tips for All Ages

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain good eye moisture and overall health.
  • Avoid Rubbing Eyes: Rubbing can introduce germs and cause irritation or infection.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Always wash hands before touching your eyes, especially when inserting or removing contact lenses.
  • Regular Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain from prolonged screen use.

Conclusion

Eye care is a lifelong commitment that changes with each stage of life. By following age-appropriate eye care tips and scheduling regular eye exams, you can help ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains clear. Prioritizing eye health is essential for maintaining overall well-being and enjoying a high quality of life.

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Ada Senior High Tech Students Receive 600 Math Sets from UK-Based Philanthropist Stacey Rosa

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In a commendable act of generosity and commitment to education, Stacey Rosa, a renowned Ghanaian philanthropist based in the UK, has donated over 600 math sets to the students of Ada Senior High Technical School. This significant contribution is aimed at enhancing the learning experience and academic performance of the students, particularly in mathematics. (more…)

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