The Idyllists Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:36:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Idyllists 32 32 From potter to painter, Joe Pelka is an artist who always explores Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:40:03 +0000

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WPTA21) – “I’ve been painting for about 10 years, but never had time to study painting and develop a style,” says Joe Pelka. That’s because he’s been working clay professionally for over four decades. “I feel very lucky to be making a living doing something I love,” he told ABC21 last year. “I hear about people retiring and I don’t like it. I want to work forever.

And after a trip around the sun, that didn’t change – but his medium did. Pelka was immersed in creating abstract art. His studio and gallery in Huntertown, Pelka Ceramics, are also decorated with his pots and paintings. “I love that I’m 60 now,” he said, as we caught up with him earlier this week, “and I finally have time to paint now, seriously.”

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“I have this wonderful creative burst in the latter part of my life with painting,” he added. But Pelka says he didn’t approach his abstract work haphazardly. He studied the craft and developed his own style – one he says compliments the Asian/Native American influence of his California childhood.

What is unique about his process are the canvases and tools he uses. Pelka builds most of its tools and reuses old plastic containers for its paints. You’ll see a lot of brushes on his tables, but they aren’t used often. “The way I choose to paint – I use brushes, but not as much as scrapers,” he described, “and sanders and putty knives and that sort of thing. I apply very thick paint and tools for texture that I could have used in clay.

It can take several days to complete a piece, but Pelka works with 4-5 at a time. Each requires several coats of paint and works with its tools. “It brings continuity to a lot of the work,” he explained as he finished a painting with varnish. “There are similarities, I get really comfortable with the color palette. I just change the texture and the movement.

And in terms of spontaneity, painting offers much more than his other profession. With experience, Pelka can do a lot to change his ceramics, but those options diminish the further he goes through the process, especially after firing. “The beauty behind, where the clay doesn’t give you that opportunity,” he told us, “in the middle of a painting, I can shift gears when I see something wonderful happening. I can shift gears and go in that direction.

“I had paintings that were almost 100% finished and drastically changed them,” he continued. “Not necessarily the whole canvas, but a lot of the painting has been changed.”

Impressively, his enthusiasm for the canvas is beginning to translate into sales. It is after all what puts food on the table. “I think people want to know that I’m serious about painting, and it’s not just a side hobby that I do,” Pelka said. “I think they are starting to understand the size of the paintings I do, and the number I do, and the balance with the pottery, especially in my outdoor exhibitions – I personally think they are fabulous together. ”

“I’m really thrilled that other people are enjoying it enough to buy my work,” he concluded. “It was a wonderful surprise.

You can see or buy Joe Pelka’s art in his studio Pelka ceramics here: 14529 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. You may also have the rare opportunity to see him demonstrate pottery and painting during the 2022 Falling for Art, Artist Tour October 15 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and October 16 (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Existing home sales in the United States fall for the seventh consecutive month in August and the Fed is about to inflict “a little pain” with a 75 basis point rate hike – here’s how to prepare your portfolio and your wallet Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:50:00 +0000

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Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ Lyrics Set to Raise $1 Million at Auction Wed, 21 Sep 2022 20:52:00 +0000

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Sep 21 (Reuters) – The original handwritten lyrics to Don McLean’s song ‘Vincent’, a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh, will go up for auction in November for an estimated $1million.

The lyrics to the song, which features on his best-selling album ‘American Pie’, were scribbled in pencil on green paper. The lyrics are now the star item in a collection of hundreds of personal items sold by the American singer-songwriter through Julien’s Auctions.

“I decided to really let go of a lot of things,” McLean, now 76, told Reuters. Among his treasure are 25 guitars, jewelry, stage clothes and vintage watches.

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Singer Don McLean poses for a portrait in New York, U.S., March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

First released in 1971, “Vincent” opens with the words “Starry, starry night” and is inspired by the Dutch painter’s famous work “The Starry Night”. McLean said he wrote the lyrics while looking at Van Gogh‘s painting.

“I said, damn it, I know what I’m going to do. I’m just going to look at the ‘Starry Night’ board and see if it speaks to me. Lo and behold, he almost wrote the whole song,” McLean said. .

“Vincent” is perhaps McLean’s most famous song after “American Pie,” the lyrics of which sold for $1.2 million at auction in 2015.

The auction will take place November 11-13, 2022 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online at Julien’s Auctions. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Don McLean Foundation.

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Kathrein Privatbank’s name change refers to Austrian art history Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:57:10 +0000

Kathrein Privatbank is a private bank in Austria, aiming to help its clients manage their finances better and ultimately “live their story better”. To do this, it offers a highly personalized experience through its range of products and services.

The company approached New York-based creative agency &Walsh to work on a new brand image that would position it as the country’s most accessible private bank and help it stand out from larger competitors.

&Walsh drew inspiration from the bank’s Austrian heritage for its visual identity, particularly the Vienna Secession art movement – ​​which took place in the country at the turn of the 20th century. Its members rejected “traditional” artistic styles and encouraged a move towards more unified disciplines of painting, architecture and sculpture. Founding figures included artist Gustav Klimt, architect Joseph Maria Olbrich and designer Koloman Moser.

The influence of the art movement can be seen in a series of graphic ornaments and patterns, which are complemented by a simple color palette of white and purple, allowing the designs themselves to shine. The “K” in the wordmark is an expressive, dancing letterform that matches the aesthetic, referencing the monogram of Austrian artist Friedrich König, who was a key figure in the Viennese Secession.

&Walsh’s identity reflects society’s collective revaluation of money – with many people now seeking specific values ​​and narratives, rather than just pure financial gain. Potential clients may be attracted to the fact that Kathrein Privatbank invests in “sustainable solutions, artificial intelligence and the arts”, and as such, these three areas are reflected in the marble sculptures designed by &Walsh.

“In the identity, we focused on showcasing Kathrein’s Austrian roots in combination with their deep commitment to personalization to separate them from their bigger international competitors,” says studio founder Jessica Walsh.

Predatory payday loan companies thrive amid unequal laws and stolen data | Local News Tue, 20 Sep 2022 19:46:57 +0000

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ASHEVILLE — As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. .

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States difficult to track. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, over 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB.

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Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed. A St. Louis, Missouri woman recently told BBB that over the course of her $300 loan, she paid over $1,200 and still owed an additional $1,500.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses.

Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. News reports indicate that this is not an isolated incident.

Just two weeks ago, a North Carolina man received a voicemail from a company called Document Delivery Services informing him of an ongoing civil complaint and that it was imperative that he contact the issuing company. . The phone number the scammer called from was a different phone number than the one left in voicemail. When the man called both numbers back, they were answered by the same man who said he worked for a company called Parker & Schultz. The scammer then recited much of that consumer’s personal information, but when the scammer mentioned having a debt on a credit card that the consumer never owned, he knew it was ‘a scam. Eventually the scammer became agitated and said it would be dealt with in court and hung up. Luckily, this consumer was smart enough to realize it was a scam and suffered no monetary loss.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states. Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Charitable Trust.

In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms and conditions of a payday loan — before signing anything to take out a short-term loan.

Process and control today | Bearings in small robots: thin section bearings help industrial robots adapt to small spaces Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:08:30 +0000

“Great things”, said Vincent Van Gogh, “are made by a series of small things put together.” This applies to industrial robots, which are becoming increasingly smaller and more compact, as are the companies that buy them. This is expected that Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be a major driver of the robotics market in the coming years. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director at Specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains why thin section bearings are essential to help SMBs leverage robots with improved maneuverability and precision.

Industrial robots will need to fit into smaller spaces as manufacturers become more concerned with robot “real estate” or as every square meter of factory floor space is used for production.

Smaller robots are more accessible to SMEs. Previously, the high up-front costs associated with automation kept small businesses from investing in robotics, while deterring large companies from taking the risk. Instead, more compact, versatile, and flexible robots can provide another solution by fitting more easily and cost-effectively into smaller spaces on manufacturers’ production lines.

Another argument in favor of small robots is safety. While giant robots typically operate in isolation, away from human workers, smaller robots – like cobots – can operate in open or semi-protected environments. According to a recent interview with Alex Megej, Chief Technology Officer at TE Connectivity, this combination of large and small machines will be crucial for robots to thrive in SMBs.

“In terms of collaboration between huge robots and small robots, this usually only happens in situations where smaller robots, or small cobots, in this case, pick and place material for further processing with bigger robots,” Megej said.

Expect to see a growth in smaller, faster robots that can perform more complex and precise tasks without endangering human colleagues, whether in surgical environments or warehouses. An example, reports Voice magazine, are Amazon’s Kiva robots, which follow workers around the warehouse and assist them with their tasks.

Finally, there is Industry 4.0. 2D and 3D vision systems and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the latest technologies intended to usher in a new phase of robotics. These technologies will require new levels of connectivity and controllability that fit quickly and seamlessly into the tight spaces of any production line, while being compatible with enterprise manufacturing execution systems (MES).

Speed ​​and precision

Robotic applications rely on high-precision bearings, including hybrid chrome and steel variants, as well as ceramic bearings and slewing bearings. Articulated robotic arms, for example, require robot bearings in the rotating joints.

Among SMB Bearings customers, thin section bearings are the most popular choice for robotic applications — which are particularly thin and compact as the name suggests. Thin-section bearings are essential for enabling robots to perform tasks with increased accuracy and precision. An example is EZO brand thin section ball bearings, which SMB Bearings supplies in open, shielded or sealed form in SAE52100 chrome steel or 440 stainless steel. radial loads as well as moderate axial loads in both directions.

Take, for example, Shadow Robot Company, an SME that makes deft robotic hands for academia and agile working. The customer wanted to branch out into industrial applications with its robust and reliable Smart Grasping System™, a system that relies on AI to recognize different objects and select the appropriate grip.

For the system to work, Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with very tight tolerances. Ease of installation and dimensional accuracy were also among the customers’ needs. In response, SMB Bearings recommended and supplied EZO thin type precision bearings. Every bearing that comes off the production line is always the same shape and size, which is crucial for maintaining precision and consistent overall behavior in the robot itself.

In the end, the customer reported that the bearings were very easy to install as a direct result of their quality, tolerance and consistency. This was essential for the repeated assembly of the Smart Grasping System™, but also vital for the precision of the movements of the smart gripper. With the precision afforded by thin-section bearings, the Smart Grasping System™ can grip many types of objects, reducing the need for multiple hands in a plant.

Robot bearings will be crucial in helping small businesses benefit from smaller, more compact robots and, to paraphrase Van Gogh, achieve big things by bringing together a series of small things.

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Author Rudy Ruiz has upcoming book events for the new Valley of Shadows novel Mon, 19 Sep 2022 20:55:00 +0000

Events will include bookstores in San Antonio and Austinas well as a virtual session

SAN ANTONIO, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — San Antonioauthor based, Rudy Ruizwill participate in three events dedicated to his latest novel, valley of shadowswhich should come out September 20, 2022.

valley of shadows is Ruiz’s third work of fiction. The novel explores the distinct dynamic between the US-Mexico border through a neo-Western that follows Solitario Cisneros, a Mexican sheriff from the town of Olvido who finds himself on the US side of the border after the Rio Grande River shifts. Incorporating elements of historical fiction, horror, mystery, and magical realism, the novel offers a unique perspective on isolation, collaboration, and injustice that is highly relevant today.

Ruiz will be featured at three literary events following the release of his book, including:

valley of shadows has already received critical acclaim, receiving a star-studded review from the American Library Association’s Booklist, who said, “Ruiz’s engaging tale…is immersive and atmospheric…Ruiz skillfully combines elements of romance, historical mystery , horror and magical realism to deliver a richly satisfying adventure.”

When talk about the themes of the bookand how the book can bridge cultural gaps, Ruiz said: “Ultimately, my writing is about empathy. It’s an invitation for the reader to walk in someone else’s shoes, no matter what. I hope that when a non-Latino reader immerses himself in one of my stories or novels, he will experience some of the emotions, some of the challenges, some of the aspirations of the characters whose thoughts… If we can see into each other’s world, we can find common ground and appreciation and that can lead to good things: like lasting relationships, collaboration, love and healing. “

Valley of Shadows is available for pre-order at Amazonand will be available from Barnes and Noble and other participating bookstores on September 20.

About Rudy Ruiz

Rudy Ruiz grew up in Brownville, TX. He attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy. There he also studied literature and creative writing and he received a Ford Foundation scholarship to support his writing career. His first book of fiction was a collection of short stories titled Seven for the Revolution. His second fiction book, a novel titled The resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez, was published in 2020. His debut novel won two gold medals at the 2021 International Latino Book Awards and was named one of the Top 10 Best First Novels of 2020 by the American Library Association’s Booklist. In addition to being an author, Ruiz is a contributor to CNN and other major media outlets, and is the CEO and co-founder of Interlex, an advocacy marketing agency that focuses on social issues. Ruiz currently lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children.


]]> Vale philanthropist Brian Sherman | ArtsHub Australia Mon, 19 Sep 2022 04:28:03 +0000

Philanthropist, animal activist, art collector, husband, father… and an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, Brian Sherman AM (1943-2022) died last week after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79 years old.

On his 9/11 website, his wife, a cultural philanthropist Gene Sherman wrote: “We say goodbye to our beloved Brian with fragmented hearts and souls awash in grief.

“As a husband, he was without equal. Steadfast in his support of my endeavors, fiercely protective, wise in his counsel, graceful, dignified and elegant even during the long decade when Parkinson’s disease tore his body relentlessly apart.

Sherman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. It was a private trip in those early years, but, like everything he and Gene did, the experience would go back to benefit others.

In March of this year, Walking in honey: my journey with Parkinson’s disease was published via Bookletohpia and the Sherman Center for Culture & Ideas (SCCI). Co-authored with AM Jonson, this is another Sherman legacy, providing readers with patient-centered insight into “more experimental approaches to treating Parkinson’s disease.” Candid and creative, she advocates the use of the arts, including music, art and movement, for therapy.

Remember Brian

As the Sherman family sat on Shiva last week, tributes poured in online, repeatedly remembering Sherman for his “gentle and generous soul”.

In an official statement from the Australian Museum, Director and CEO Kim McKay AO, said: “From the first time I met Brian, I knew I was with a man of integrity and substance.”

“His belief in the vision of the Australian Museum shone brightly, from the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke about the Museum to the care and passion in his heart for this extraordinary institution… He was driven by the belief that it is our ethical responsibility. do better, seek solutions and bring about positive change in the world. Brian left an incredible mark on me, on everyone he worked with and on the Australian Museum itself.

In an official statement, Professor Tim Flannery added: “Brian Sherman’s leadership and ethics have brought a fresh perspective to the operations of the Australian Museum.”

Brian was a hero, a star and an inspiration.

Dr. Gene Sherman AM

These thoughts were taken up by another institution which benefited from Sherman’s generosity. Steven Alderton, Director and CEO of the National Art School wrote: “Brian was a beacon. Highlight great causes to support animals, medical research, the Jewish community, sports, science and the arts.

“With Gene, their work through the Sherman Gallery, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and the Sherman Center for Culture and Ideas has provided true leadership in the arts with significant impact for artists, industry, and community.

“Brian had a very rare quality to care for others, invest in results and make a difference,” Alderton continued. “His legacy will live on for a long time, especially through the family. He is not anymore walk through honeybut he will continue to walk alongside all who knew him as a truly inspirational person.

On the occasion of the publication of walk through honey a few months ago, Jeffrey Masson noted: “There’s a kindness in his eyes – it’s true, it’s always been there, but now it’s even more visible.

Western Sydney Creative director Dolla S. Merrillees worked alongside Brian and Gene for many years as Associate Director of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and later as London correspondent for the Sherman Center for Culture and Ideas. She told ArtsHub: “Brian’s generosity and friendship extended to everyone who came into his orbit.

“I always look forward to seeing that sparkle in his eyes and deeply enjoyed his laconic, wry sense of humor. From his animal activism to his and Gene’s generous philanthropic support for the arts and medical science as well as other causes, he has impacted not only my life but many others. But it is his kindness, his wisdom and his determination to make a difference in the lives of others that I remember and will miss the most,” Merrillees said.

“Even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, Brian continued to be an advocate of hope,” said Australian Museum Director and Chief Executive Kim McKay.

Family was everything to Brian Sherman, here for the 2022 Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) Lifetime Achievement Award, Australian Museum. Photo Tim Levy. Picture provided.

Who was Brian Sherman?

Brian and Gene Sherman arrived in Australia in 1976, having left South Africa with little. But Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit soon saw the creation of Equitilink in 1981, founded with Gene’s cousin, Laurence Freedman.

It would become one of the largest independent fund management groups in Australia, which the Australian Financial Review described as “the first fund management company aimed specifically at offering retail investors the kind of sophisticated products sold to institutions”.

When Equitilink was sold to Aberdeen Asset Management in 2000 for $153 million, it had $5.5 billion under management, 55% of which was in the United States.

Reflecting this week, Freedman said FRG: ‘We always had this need to compete with who we were, whether against each other or competitors.’

Sherman remained Chairman and Co-Chief Executive of the EquitiLink Group from 1981 to 2000, as well as Director/Chairman of ASX-listed Aberdeen Leaders Limited, a number of US and Canadian listed investment companies.

Sherman was part of a consortium that bought Ten from Westpac in 1992 for $230 million, and “in five years he was worth $650 million”. (AFR). Sherman served as director from 1994 to 2007.

But it wasn’t all about the money. Sherman was co-CEO of Voicelesswith his daughter Ondine Sherman, founded the organization in 2004 to advocate for animal protection.

Flannery said: “Brian’s involvement in animal rights was ahead of his time and he brought a contemporary view of how the Australian Museum dealt with animal specimens.”

In an official statement this week, Gene said of the plea: ‘…his unwavering devotion to the planet’s non-human species – not just the pets loved by so many of us – but a devotion from deep within of him towards the billions of neglected and forgotten living beings who, caged and cultivated for our gastronomic pleasure, remain out of sight.

Sherman was a board member of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the 2000 Olympics and chairman of its finance committee. He was Chairman of the Australian Museum Trust from 2001 to 2009; was co-founder and chief executive of animal charity Voiceless, director of the Australia-Israel Council and Jewish Affairs, and chairman of the Rambam Israel Fellowship Program.

Brian Sherman was awarded the Order of Australia in 2004. He also received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Technology Sydney (2010) and B’nai B’rith Gold Medal. for his exceptional humanism.

In December 2020, on behalf of the NSW Government and the Australian Museum, Brian was awarded Governor Emeritus and, in 2022, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) in recognition of his contribution significant to the welfare of animals, to the advancement of science and scientific research, to his service as a philanthropist.

Unsurprisingly, Sherman was co-author of Brian’s Life: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Animal Advocate (2018), with AM Jonson (published 2018).

Sherman’s Legacy in the Arts

Many have experienced the generosity of Gene and Brian, who always opened their house after a vernissage or an event, allowing artists and collectors to share a meal together without hierarchy or air.

Brian was director of Sherman Galleries (1986-2007), the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008-2017) and the Sherman Center for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), an organization created with Gene in 2018 to facilitate discussion and generate ideas in fashion and architecture.

In a 2017 interview, Gene said ArtsHub that the Foundation has always been envisaged as a 10-year project. “I told Brian I wanted to start a family funded foundation and I figured out the cost. It was like $1 million a year to do what I wanted to do. Brian said yes but that I had to cap it – give it a deadline – so I promised to close it or turn it after 10 years.Today I have come to the end of my family contract with SCAF and I am honoring it.

Brian shared Gene’s passion for art; have been bringing together passionate collectors for more than three decades. They first began to pare down this collection in 2015, which had over 900 works of art, with a major donation to the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) – works by 20 of Asia’s most important contemporary artists .

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Other works were donated to collecting institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Melbourne and later the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum. They have also donated artwork to MoMA in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

They continue to send about ten works to auction each year, anxious and anxious not to flood the market. In May this year (2022) they auctioned another 100 works of art with Bonhams Australia.

Also last year, they donated their entire collection of moving images and virtual reality works ahead of the opening of Sydney Modern, building on their deep relationship with AGNSW. It comes after pledging $1.5 million to the fundraising campaign supporting the construction of Sydney Modern (one of the first to support the construction) – with a project gallery in the new building named Sherman Family Gallery.

At the time Director of the Art Gallery of NSW Dr. Michael Brand said: ‘Gene and Brian Sherman have played a central role in the development of the arts in Sydney, and I salute their philanthropic spirit.’

In 2020, they donated $1 million to the Australian Museum for its redevelopment, Project Discover, with the name Brian Sherman Crystal Hall.

A decade earlier (2010), they had donated $1 million to UNSW’s College of Fine Arts (CoFA) for its renovation, a decision that unfortunately ended in copyright controversy. denomination.

ArtsHub sends its condolences to the Sherman family, Gene, his children, Oscar-winning film producer Emile, fellow author and wildlife activist Ondine, their wives and six grandchildren, and the staff of the Sherman Foundation.

]]> Cash Advance Apps vs Payday Loans: Which is Better? Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:00:43 +0000

(NerdWallet) – If you were asked to imagine a payday lender, you might think of a storefront in a strip mall with green dollar signs and neon slogans like “everyday payday “. You probably wouldn’t imagine a mobile app that advertises on TikTok and sports a colorful logo.

But cash advance apps like Earnin and Dave provide advances with the same borrowing and repayment structure as payday lenders, and consumer advocates say they carry similar risks. Both are quick, no-credit-check options for closing an income gap or easing the pressure of inflation.

Neither is an ideal first choice for borrowing money quickly, but knowing their differences can help you save money and avoid hurting your finances.

Cash advance apps work like payday loans

Like most payday loans, a cash advance or paycheck app lets you borrow money without a credit check. You are also required to repay the advance, plus any fees you have agreed, on your next payday.

One payment cycle is usually not enough for borrowers to repay a payday loan, so many people fall into the habit of getting another loan to pay off the previous one, says Alex Horowitz, senior director of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

App users may find themselves in a similar cycle. A 2021 study by the Financial Health Network found that more than 70% of app users get back-to-back advances. The study doesn’t say why users re-borrow, but Horowitz says the behavior is particularly similar to payday loans.

“Direct-to-consumer payday advances share DNA with payday loans,” he says. “They’re structured the same, they have repeat borrowings, and they’re scheduled based on the borrower’s payday, which gives the lender strong collectability.”

Apps can offer more flexibility

Payday lenders and payday advance apps collect repayment directly from your bank account. If your account balance is too low when funds are withdrawn, you could incur overdraft fees, says Yasmin Farahi, senior policy adviser at the Center for Responsible Lending.

An application may try to avoid overcharging your account. Mia Alexander, Vice President of Customer Success at Dave, says the app reviews users’ bank accounts before withdrawing the refund. If the refund puts the balance close to zero or negative, the app may not withdraw the funds, she says.

However, apps typically include language in their user agreements that while they try not to overcharge your account, they aren’t liable if they do.

In states where payday loans are allowed, a payday lender is unlikely to offer a free, unsolicited payment extension, as some apps claim. Some states require payday lenders to offer extended payment plans at no cost to troubled borrowers, but a 2021 report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some lenders are misrepresenting plans or not disclosing them.

Unlike payday lenders, the apps don’t make collection calls. If a user revokes access to their bank account to avoid a refund, the app will not attempt to collect the funds. The user simply cannot get another advance until they repay the previous one.

Payday loans cost more

Payday loans tend to have high mandatory fees, unlike apps. Instead, they charge a small fee that users can accept throughout the borrowing process. These fees can add up, but they are usually lower than those charged by payday lenders.

For example, an app might charge a monthly subscription fee or a fee for instant access to funds. Most cash advance apps also ask for a tip for service.

The charges on a $375 payday loan are most often about $55 over a two-week period, Horowitz says. Since the cash advance application fee is mostly optional, you can easily keep the cost below $10.

Earnin user Sharay Jefferson says she’s used payday loans in the past, but switched to a cash advance app because it’s a cheaper way to cover bills and unexpected expenses.

“If you get a $200 payday loan, you might be paying something back three times over,” she says. “With Earnin, I’m going to have to pay that $200 back, plus whatever I decide to give them. It’s much cheaper. »

Technically, apps are not lenders

Regulators like the CFPB have not classified payday advance apps as lenders, despite their similarities to payday loans.

Earnin CEO and Founder Ram Palaniappan says the app is more like a payroll service or an ATM because it makes it easier to access your own funds. Earnin asks users to upload a timesheet showing they worked enough hours to earn the cash advance amount. Other apps scan a user’s bank account for income and expenses to determine if they qualify for an advance.

Farahi says applications should be treated like creditors, meaning they would follow the Truth in Lending Act, which requires creditors to disclose an annual percentage rate. An APR allows consumers to compare costs between financing options. For example, users can compare the APR of a cash advance app to that of a credit card and choose the most affordable.

“People still need to know what the real cost of credit is and to be able to assess it and really compare that cost with other options,” she says.

Applications should also comply with applicable state lending laws. Currently, 18 states and Washington, DC, have maximum interest rate caps that could limit application fees, she says.

Cash Advance App vs Payday Loan: Which is Better?

If you’re in dire need of cash, you may have better alternatives than payday loans and advanced apps, Farahi says.

Local charities and nonprofits can provide basic food and clothing needs. A family or friend could lend you money at no additional cost. If you have a few hours to spare, a side gig could generate as much money as a typical payday loan or cash advance application.

If you have the choice between an app and a payday loan, the app is probably the best option because:

  • It is less expensive.
  • It may not trigger overdraft charges.
  • If you don’t pay it back, the app won’t send you to collections.

A cash advance from an app is unlikely to leave you in a better financial position, Farahi says. But it may be a little less likely than a payday loan to make things worse for you.

“I always thought I would paint one day”: Trish Grabel shares her love of life and art | stonington Sun, 18 Sep 2022 00:55:00 +0000

WESTERLY — With glitter in her hair and a smile on her face, Trisha Grabel, 88, stood in the middle of the Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery on Friday night, greeting friends, fans and art lovers.

Dozens of admirers – including many from the StoneRidge elderly community in Mystic, where Grabel now makes a home – and a few others, members of Westerly Village, crowded into the small cider house to see Grabel’s eye-catching paintings – acrylic landscapes , flowers, stills and abstracts “inspired by the light, the ocean and the beautiful landscapes of Westerly and Mystic” – hung on the walls.

“Another just sold,” said a delighted Grabel, who was in the middle of opening her first solo art exhibition in 10 years, and was clearly enjoying herself. “Now I’ve sold two.”

One of the paintings was sold to John Harkey of Providence, who stood nearby, smiling, alongside his wife, Ginger.

“How can you not love your job? said John, who is writing a story about Grabel and his art for an upcoming edition of “Village Voices.” “I love it. It makes me happy.”

“She has such freedom of expression,” John added.

“She has such command,” said Mimi Desire, of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who helped Grabel hang the show and sat at a small table near the entrance to keep track of “Sold Out” stickers. “She’s a great lady.”

A great lady with a beautiful story, according to Laurie Meisner, who, assisted by her husband, Bill, and John Harkney, helped Grabel write a short biography titled “One Woman’s Story of Evolving from Mere Survival to Thriving – Despite All the obstacles”.

Grabel credits Harkey and the Meisners for encouraging her to tell her story and share her artwork, which also adorns the walls of her StoneRidge apartment, where, days before the opening reception, she spoke about her life and his art.

“I have a strong sense of color,” Grabel said as she sat in her brightly decorated flat, surrounded by plants, artwork and a huge, bright red British telephone box.

“Bought from Westerly and made in China,” Grabel said with a laugh as she stood beside the phone booth.

Her artistic work, she said, is “fuelled by my exuberance, my imagination, my intellect and my love of color and movement”.

“Nothing is realistic,” adds Grabel, citing Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh as inspiration for his expressionist art, and Warhol, Pollock and Frankenthaler as influences on his abstracts.

“I’m not a famous artist, but I celebrate my art,” the London native said. “I want my art to bring joy. One of my goals is to bring happiness to others because I’m basically a happy person and I like to spread it.”

But before art; before his escape from the Nazis in 1939 aboard the RMS Duchess of Atholl with his nanny and brothers; before her marriage to the late Dan Grabel – a New York-based reporter who made a career as a writer and reporter for the original “Today” show with Dave Garroway – before her successful career as advertising executive for home furnishings Conran; before returning to school at the College of New Rochelle to complete a bachelor’s degree; before the birth of her two sons, four grandsons and a great-grandchild, a 1-pound, 14-ounce baby named Patricia Ann Cohen, born in London to Alfred and Rita Cohen.

“My baby bonnet could fit on a tangerine,” Grabel said with a laugh. “The doctor said I wasn’t worth saving.”

“But here I am at the ripe old age of 88,” she said warmly. “I’m a survivor and a fighter and I’m fiery.”

“My nanny wrapped me in cotton, fed me with an eyedropper, and kept me in the bottom drawer of a dresser,” Grabel said. “From impossible beginnings to a high-spirited, high-spirited 88-year-old man.

“I have the fighting spirit of the Cohens,” she said. “Our motto is ‘Play hard and work hard’.”

Grabel is also an accomplished athlete who swims every day and is a senior Olympic cycling champion who has cycled in a number of competitive races, ridden from Ottawa to Quebec, through Cuba, in the Cape Mountains, to through Long Island on a “cultural hike”. and participated in the Empire Games with dozens of medals for his efforts.

Grabel’s parents also showed that fighting spirit, she said. During the Second World War, his mother served as volunteer chief civil defense officer for the Corporation of the City of London when the city “gave him a flat in the criminal court called the Old Bailey – a place which is now reserved for murderers”.

His father, manager of Court Bros. Ltd., a chain of British furniture stores, joined the Royal Air Force and spent most of the war as a squad leader in Cairo, Egypt.

“His work wasn’t always so bad,” she said. “He was a good bridge player and sometimes had to play bridge with King Farouk.”

Although she took painting lessons as a young girl in England, she says, she was constantly berated for refusing to copy what was before her.

“But I always thought that I would paint one day,” she said.

Grabel, who studied at the Sorbonne, started painting again, but not until she was in her 60s, she said.

“I became a wild woman in my sixties,” Grabel said triumphantly.

Grabel has exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. His work was also included in a tri-state exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York.

In 2004, Grabel and her late husband moved to Westerly. After her husband died nearly 10 years ago, she said, she became a member of Westerly Village, one of four villages in Rhode Island and part of the umbrella organization known as of Village Common. The group is dedicated to helping senior citizens “stay active, connected and independent in the home and community they love”.

“Westerly Village has been very, very helpful to me,” Grabel said, “not only helping me get to big social events, since I’m no longer driving, but also helping me with transportation and now …to help me share my story – to share my own life’s miracle of not only surviving, but also thriving despite all odds.

“Fame doesn’t come overnight,” Grabel joked as she sat in her StoneRidge apartment, “and it doesn’t last more than 15 minutes.

“I really enjoy painting,” Grabel said with a smile. “I am confused.”

Grabel’s exhibit will be on view at Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery, 37 High St., Westerly, through October 20.

“I hope people come to look and see and smell the flowers that can’t be picked,” Grabel joked. But they can be sold, she added, and she hopes she doesn’t have to take any back to StoneRidge with her at the end of the show.

“I would love to sell them all,” she added with a smile.