Whether you’re celebrating the birthday of your wife, girlfriend, mother or sister, finding the right gift is essential. You could spend hours traipsing through the high street trying to find a personalised item that will send the right impression to your loved one. It’s likely though this effort will be in vain, as most shops are now only able to compete by stocking standard items in a race to the bottom for both style and price. These market conditions are the reason that many are now turning to online shopping specialists such as Lazy Dog Gallery, who offer a broad range of solutions for those shopping for women, including scarves, jewellery and other fashion accessory products. Lazy Dog Gallery has established a steadfast reputation as the UK’s leader for handmade, design-lead British craft. One of the reasons behind the company’s growing reputation is the fact that they are constantly adding new services to meet their clients’ core shopping needs. For example, the company’s site integrates some of the most user-friendly search tools available anywhere on the web. These tools ensure that site visitors simply have to input the name of the product that they’re searching, and the pricing parameters they have in place and then make their product selection from the organisation’s outstanding array of available choices. And those that cannot find the product that they’re searching for when looking through the site have the ideal option to meet their distinct product needs. The company allows visitors to communicate directly with their in-house personnel. This means that when they wish to access a certain item that is not currently available within the Lazy Dog Gallery database, they simply have to open up the form on the organisation’s website and create an email to the company’s customer service staff. Once the in-house team receives the email, they will then respond to the customer with details about their request and, should they feel the demand would be high enough for such a product, will make the arrangements to integrate that specific product within their catalogue. It’s the new way to conduct personal shopping online. The company is known for their commitment to helping their customers keep up with the latest trends in fashion. This is evident throughout their product catalogue but especially within their selection of handmade scarves for women, which include some of the hottest and most sought-after items on the market today. Consider for example the scarves available for women through the company’s Helen Chatterton collection. The company’s selection includes the adaptable Helen Chatterton Tweed/Tana Lawn Skinny Scarf. Beautifully hand-made with tweed, this scarf features intricate flower pattern detailing and presents an option that would be suitable for stylish appeal during any season. And UK shoppers will be delighted to know that this item is made available with free delivery across the UK mainland, helping consumers to consolidate the cost of purchasing the very latest in women’s fashion accessories. With a catalogue of options suited to the modern online shopper and a customer service staff ready to respond to any unique purchasing needs, the team at Lazy Dog Gallery offers the best resource for those searching for handmade British crafts designed exclusively for them.
Photo had the chance to pay a visit to the eye-catching Women Changing India exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London this Sunday. For the first time presented in the UK, the exhibition focuses on the vital place that women hold in Indian society today. We suggest visiting the venue before it disseapear; this vast photographic documentary will be showing until the 29th of September, only. Across India, women are responding to change â€“ whether in the form of technology, or new jobs, or accessing public spaces â€“ with enthusiasm and excitement. To pay tribute to all Indian women, six of the Magnum Photos agencyâ€™s leading photographers: Martine Franck, Patrick Zachmann, Raghu Rai, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Webb and Olivia Arthur spent several weeks in India in order to capture the role women are playing in the upheavals that the country is currently undergoing. They all came back with amazing and impressive images showing the evolution of women in the worldâ€™s biggest democracy. All six different subjects chosen reflect the cultural and geographical diversity of life for contemporary Indian women, from young students looking to the future and women working at village level for the betterment of their communities, to those at the top of their professions, blazing a trail in a still predominantly male world. The photography examines the aspirations, opportunities and challenges that those women face, both in rural and urban spaces and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Women condition in India has long been regarded as one of the most difficult in the world. Yet, although few people are aware of it, Republic of Indiaâ€™s current president is a woman, Pratibha Patil. Her role may be mainly representative but she symbolises an underlying trend: women are increasingly holding positions of responsibility in this country. More and more women are climbing the ladder in Indian society, whether in politics, business, NGOs or the arts. They are instrumental and are participating actively in the nationâ€™s modernisation. Back in 2010, this exhibition was first presented in five Indian cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Chennai and Calcutta). In May/June 2011, this work was first showcased in Europe at Forma Galleria, Milan. Photography fans, or anyone curious of India and the role that women play in the evolution of that country may also find these works in Brussels at BELvue Museum from the 6th of Oct till the 6th of Nov 2011. This touring exhibition will then be installed in Paris, this autumn, at Petit Palais from the 21st of Oct till the 8th of January 2012. A book of photographs and essays by Indian authors also accompanies the Gallery exhibition. You can also discover several images making off on YouTube. This project was initiated by BNP Paribas to mark 150 years of the bank’s presence in India. Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of amazing diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries and museums across the world.
Gallery Player is the number one company in the world in providing high definition digital images that will transform your flat TV into a stunning showcase of fine art, sports, travel, nature, science and all other types of breathtaking photography. The main idea of Paul Brownlow, who Founded Gallery Player in 2003 and is now its current CTO, was to provide high quality digital content to the people with HDTVs and PCs. Gallery Player has an extensive library full of rights-protected, high definition imagery from world class museums, leading publishers, artists and photographers. At the moment, there are more than 150 HD image galleries, containing some of the greatest images in the world. The range of genres is quite extensive, as you will be able to find everything from fine arts to sports and science. This is due to the fact that Gallery Player has an agreement with some of the world’s best providers of imagery, including: New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Geographic, American 24/7, Art Resource, The Time Life Picture Collection and other major museums and collections. Now, the most important fact about the images from Gallery Player is that, those are not just the regular low quality files you can download from the web. Here we are talking about images with 1080P, stunningly high resolution, even on a 65-inch screen. To tell you the truth, those images look even better than the real thing. The guys at GP have also overlaid music over the images and added a very classy metadata bar that pops in and out to give you some info on the given photo. So, in addition to getting a visual experience, you also get educated. The concept of image playlists is also very interesting. You might want to have shots of nice beaches or waterfalls, or sunrises in the morning, and then switch to destinations or travel at dinner, with some nice soft music in the background. If you are having a gathering, then why not display fine arts. The technology behind Gallery Player: What’s interesting about the GP is the innovative Smart HD Display Technology, which automatically sets the size on every image displayed, depending on the TV screen. In addition to that, Gallery Player’s technology also displays some interesting info (background information, credits, music) regarding every image. The GP company has developed its own systems and tools to scan pictures, develop them, build and deliver them in High Definition format. Apart from all that, the whole technology allows for one gallery to be distributed to various different platforms, such as: -Internet – it’s easy to download galleries from the Internet, simply enter http://www.galleryplayer.com/download.html in your web browser. The system requirements for GP’s PC version are not much: Pentium 3 500MHz CPU, 256 MB of RAM, 64MB Video Card, high-speed internet connection. Of course, if you got your HDTV connected to the PC output of your Video Card, you can watch those images right on it. In 2006, GP agreed with Google to be a part of the Google Pack software offering, as a result of which, Gallery Player has been included at http://pack.google.com -DVDs and SD cards – In January 2007, Gallery Player signed an agreement with Panasonic to embed its technology into every Panasonic HDTV manufactured from 2007. This new system is called Gallery Player Ready To View and it’s integrated into an SD card inside the TV. As of July 2006, Gallery Player has been producing DVDs for the mainstream, containing separate collections from GD’s comprehensive image libraries. -Cable, satellite and private networks – Gallery Player also delivers content to certain cable TV operators in America, through its HD-VOD service on Comcast. People can buy whatever galleries they want, something like the Pay-Per-View system, but for video galleries. Gallery Player version 3.0: Version 3.0 of the GalleryPlayer software makes it easier for user to purchase, organize and export to their TVs some of the world’s most fascinating views captured on High Definition. The latest feature introduced in GP 3.0 is the ability to export to Secure Digital Memory Card, compatible on Panasonic HDTVs manufactured in 2007 or after. Something else that’s new is the Media Center Integration, allowing you to import the images you have purchased into your Windows Media Center playlist. A glimpse at the interface will let you know that there are five buttons on the menu bar: – Store – to buy and download images from the central server. Internet Connection is a must for that option. The central gallery server is constantly being updated with new images, so check it out on a regular basis – Library – to view the collections of images that you have purchased. The library also allows you to create your own playlist of images – they will go one after another without your intervention. Since all images you buy are downloaded onto the PC’s hard drive, you don’t need an Internet Connection for this feature – Account – use it to change your personal information, like address, username and pass, and CC info. – Messages – from time to time, you will receive certain informative messages – Export – for exporting galleries to a SD Memory Card. On the left side of the application window you will spot the Navigation Menu, containing expandable lists of your collections and playlists. On the top right is the List Pane with thumbnails of all the pictures from the selected collection. Bellow the List Pane is the Detail Pane featuring detailed information regarding the selected image. The Message Bar is at the very bottom of the dialog, displaying messages from the library and some system messages. Buying images from the online store: The online store allows you to buy complete collections or just certain images from the thousands of HD photos available. Be on the lookout for special promotions or free collections. To access the store, click on the Store button from the main menu or select Go -> GalleryPlayer Store. As you can guess, all images are arranged in categories which currently are: New, Featured Brands, Most Popular, Fine Art, Classic Photography, Travel, Scenic, Nature, Science and Technology, Lifestyle, Kids, Drawings and Prints, Free Images. The price for a single image varies from $.099 to $2.99, but usually there is a discount if you buy the whole collection. When you spot an image that you like and want to buy, just click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button, at the end press ‘Checkout’ and you will see the contents of your shopping cart. To purchase the items in the cart, you must have a GalleryPlayer account, hence you will prompted to use an existing one or create a new one, by providing your email address and password, and billing and payment information. Payments are made via Credit Card. Once you are satisfied with your selection, press the Submit Payment button to complete the purchase. Once you have submitted your payment details, GalleryPlayer will automatically download the selected images (you can see the progress bar on the lower right corner) and adds them your GP Library. You are free to display the images you have purchased for as long as you want, but only on the computer on which you downloaded them, you can’t copy and transfer them to other machines. To display those images at commercial establishments, like bars and restaurants, you must have a license agreement with GalleryPlayer. Viewing your images with GalleryPlayer: With GalleryPlayer you can view all the images on your Library and also customize the way they get displayed. You can view any image on demand, or set it as a screensaver, but viewing can be done only trough the GalleryPlayer. You can’t locate the images files, manipulate them, move them to different folders on your hard drive or set it as a Windows Wallpaper. This is a big drawback, but it’s done in order to protect the images from being illegally distributed. For the very same reason, you can’t print any of the images you’ve purchased. There are a number of options you can use in order to customize the viewing experience. Start by opening the settings window from Tool -> Settings. You will immediately notice the four different tabs on the left – Play, Credits, Advanced and Export. -The Play tab contains options allowing to configure the playback settingts. The Duration field allows you to specify the length of time each image appears onscreen – from 30 seconds to 25 minutes. The Shuffle Play determines whether the images in the list get displayed in random order or not. -From the Advanced you can setup and configure your advanced settings such as Cropping, Fitlers and Primary Display. The Cropping option is related to the size of the image being displayed on the screen. Often images are cropped to fill the entire screen. If you turn it off, the entire image will be shown. With the Filters menu you can filter out certain types of images, so that they don’t get shown during playback. Put a thick next to the one you wish to exclude, like Alchohol, Political Content, Violence/Weapons, Nudity. From the Primary Display option, you can set the display that should be used when viewing GalleryPlayer images. That’s of course, if your PC is connected to more than one display device. GP can display the gallery only at one monitor at a time, the rest will be blacked out.
An amazing event happened a few years ago. That event was the creation of the World Wide Web. The world has never been the same since. The world of art and artists has certainly never been the same. Never in the history of art has there been such an impact. Have you ever seen as many creative enterprises as you find on the internet? Art lovers used to go to galleries, and now the galleries come to them. Perhaps, if you’re an artist, your gallery is one of these. If not, why not? As an artist, I feel every fellow artist should have a web site, but this is a personal commitment many artists refuse to make. Perhaps, they’re scared, or perhaps they just don’t know what a powerful tool this can be. The reason I feel so strongly about this is that there is no better, cheaper, harder working entity that will help represent you and provide the creative recognition you seek. A personal web site works for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for pennies. While the internet will never replace the business of producing and selling art through conventional channels such as gallery showings, etc., think of it as a means to enhance your artistic enterprise. You must still spend time with conventional means of promotion, but with a web art site, not only will you be able to provide gallery space for your art, you will own the gallery itself. And this gallery never closes! Your web site is actually a gallery storefront and you are the proprietor waiting to greet your customers with a smile. You probably won’t sell directly from your web site (although many artists do), but indirectly as a result of your web site. You see, a web site art gallery is not just a place to show your art, it’s a promotional tool as well. Your art gallery is located on the Internet. You won’t be alone out there on this new frontier. You’ll have plenty of company. In fact, you’ll have too much company at times. It’s a bit like the stacks of neon lights in Tokyo’s Ginza district. There are so many web sites they overwhelm the senses vying for your attention. Which one do you look at first? Which is most important? Where will you go? Fortunately the internet provides some measure of order through the use of search engines and indexes such as Google or Yahoo. The trick is to make your gallery noticeable through all the electronic clutter. It’s a jungle out there. When customers browse the Internet, what they are seeking is information; a solution to a need, a desire unfulfilled. Your goal is to put yourself in the path of these seekers and offer up your wares. There are many tools you can use to help you do this such as business cards and brochures or postcards that are very basic and have been around forever. They’re all designed to get your attention. A business card may travel with a letter or brochure to introduce you to someone a distance away such as an art rep or business contact. A brochure may or may not be handed out directly and more often than not is used as a “traveling salesman” to introduce your work. These tools are often as important as your web site and will help support your web enterprise at all times. Virtually every one of these tools leads either directly or indirectly to your target market of potential customers who are in turn directed to your web site. As your art career expands, you will interact directly with people, and sometimes you will interact indirectly through people, their surrogates or virtual groups of people. Seldom, unless your art is actually present such as at an art gallery or show, will you sell or even talk directly to your customers in a personal manner. A web site though, allows you an opportunity to direct attention to your art and have the web site act as your salesperson in a very personal manner. Not only can you post pictures of your stuff, you can offer up slices of your personality in a very direct manner to every viewer. You can’t possibly talk to as many people as your web site can do for you. When you do talk about your art though, you can direct people to go visit your web art gallery and the conversation will continue, long after you’ve left the premises. The need to get noticed as an artist has never diminished and a web art gallery will help accomplish this wonderfully. A web site provides a place for your public to engage with you and your art. My eBook “How to sell Your Art on the Web” talks briefly about the mechanical process of setting up a web art gallery, but more importantly discusses the ways in which artists can promote this entity and thus promote their art. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t do this yourself. I have found that the act of creating a web site and promoting it is often as creative as the process of producing art. And it is invigorating when you get responses back from people half a world away. Whether you choose to go it alone, or join a group art site, put the power of the web to use and get it working for you. This is a powerful tool to promote and enhance your artistic career.
Worthing’s Museum and Art Gallery is located in the centre of the town, next to the Town Hall on Chapel Road and just a short walk from the Montague and Warwick Street shopping areas. It is operated by the Leisure and Cultural services department of Worthing Borough Council, entry is free and it is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Having first opened in 1908, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has just recently celebrated its centenary. The elegant Edwardian building houses the largest museum in West Sussex. With thousands of artifacts and objects in its collection, it is able to make a large number display of local and national interest. The museum has over a thousand dolls that range in date from the late eighteenth century to the 1980s. As well as dolls from famous makers, there are unusual examples such as the peddler doll that has a head made from a pickled apple and a fertility doll that is reputed to have helped an Eliza Westwood to have thirteen children in the nineteenth century. The growing collection of toys includes bears of all shapes and sizes and all sorts of Victorian toys as well as jigsaw puzzles, board and card games. A recent bequest of the Colin Mears Collection of children’s books and associated material documents the history of 20th Century Childhood. There is an excellent display of Worthing’s geological past and how the local chalk downs, Wealden clays and sandstones were formed. The fossil collection includes those that are typical of the chalk hills of the South Downs as well as the tusk and tooth of a woolly mammoth and remains of an Iguanadon. The displays take us through the archaeology of the area with finds from the oldest flint mines in the country (New Stone Age), Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon times. Amongst them are the remains of an Anglo-Saxon long boat that once ferried up to four passengers at a time across the river Arun, an ancient Egyptian glass vase with a Greek inscription, found at the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Highdown and as well as many Roman coins, the Patching hoard of gold coins. The more recent past of life on the South Downs and the development of Worthing as a popular seaside resort over the last two hundred years or so is represented in a number of displays. There are typical scenes of a Downland kitchen, a Victorian nursery and bathing in the sea as well as a large collection of objects and photographs. The costume and textile collections date from the 17th century until present day. The diverse costume collection comes from all over Britain and covers a whole range of types of clothing for different occasions. The textiles cover all aspects of needlework, domestic furnishings and pictures in wools and silks. Upstairs, the collection of fine art not only covers local artists and those linked to Sussex, but also works representing a wide range of styles which includes Bianca (1869), a painting by William Holman Hunt who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Exhibitions and themed displays of the museum’s own collections are frequently held in the Norwood Gallery. The current display celebrates the Museums centenary. Here and downstairs there are many examples of decorative art such as glass and ceramics which include local pottery and souvenir pieces. To finish the tour of the museum, there is a Sculpture Garden at the back of the building where interesting sculpture exhibitions are held three times a year.
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