Portland Museum of Art announces winners in first sustainability art prize — Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art on Friday announced six winners of the new Tidal Shift Award, created to recognize teens and young adults exploring climate change through their art.

About 70 artists from all over New England submitted works, including sculpture, illustration, fashion design, metalsmithing and music, the museum said. Four of the six winners are from Maine. Besides being recognized by the museum for their work, the winners in the 19-22 age group each get a $5,000 cash prize, while the winners in the 14-18 age division get $2,500.

The awards were created as a collaboration between the museum and The Climate Initiative, a Kennebunkport-based organization focused on educating and empowering youth as they work toward climate change solutions. In describing the award on the PMA’s website, the two organizations said they “believe art’s ability to inspire social change can be harnessed to fight climate change.”

Winners in the

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An Interview With Watercolour Artist David Bellamy

We caught up with internationally renowned professional watercolourist David Bellamy to find out more about his artistic methods and influences and the publication of his new book, Arabian Light.


Tell us about which artists influenced your work and how you started out as an artist.

As a youngster I had always been interested in art so when I began climbing mountains and seeing dramatic scenes, often wreathed in exciting atmospheric effects, I simply had to capture them on paper.  Watercolour was the obvious medium for rapid and easily transportable work but it’s not the easiest of mediums.  Early influences were Turner and John Sell Cotman.

Outer Siq, Petra
Outer Siq, Petra

Do you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I had no formal art training apart from evening classes in life drawing in Hampstead. There were no videos in those days but the few art books did help enormously. There was

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What You Need To Know About Macro Photography

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Macro photography is a kind of photography that involves taking close up pictures of small subjects such as bugs or flowers. Macro photography has picked the interest of many photographers and many are willing to take photography lessons on how to shoot macro photographs—owing to an increasing quantity of attractive images of tiny plants, animals, and insects available online. 

Although macro photography is not the most accessible kind of photography to learn, it is rewarding. Through these classes, one will also learn how to shoot in manual mode.

Macro photography involves photographing tiny subjects with a life-size magnification or more significant. Magnification and life-size imply that the issue needs to be the same size as your camera sensor or more minor. Also, it must fill the frame.

Some Essential Steps To Consider When Taking Macro Photos

·         Master the jargon of macro photography.

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The Cartoonist the US Right-Wing Political Establishment Loves to Hate

If you’ve been online, and especially on Twitter, then you probably know the name Eli Valley and his brushy drawings that use the grotesque and absurd to make larger points about life, culture, and politics. But it wasn’t until the Trump administration that the New York City-based cartoonist was propelled into the public spotlight. Valley was attacked by a wide range of politicians, particularly Republicans, including Meghan McCain, who called the comic he drew of her “one of the most anti-Semitic things I have even seen.” McCain is not Jewish, and Valley is, not to mention that his father is a rabbi.

In this conversation, I asked Valley to tell us about how he got his start in comics, how he builds on the long history of satire and graphic humor in the Jewish American tradition, and how he copes with the public spotlight while he struggles to survive as

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