Music Gift Basket by Artsphoria

Would you like to send a music lover a gift basket tailored to this special interest? An elegant handmade music lover’s pillow by Artsphoria will provide a beautiful accent in any music room, den or living room. A music box and two CDs will put a song in the gift recipient’s heart. Buy this Music Gift Basket in Artsphoria Shop now before someone else purchases this unique and memorable gift!

Check Out Artsphoria’s New Line of Gift Baskets

Are you searching for a unique and lasting gift with hand-crafted items? Would you like to give someone a memorable present that taps into their personal interests like travel? Artsphoria has launched a new line of arts-themed home decor gift baskets, which will give recipients long-term enjoyment.

Instead of gobbling up chocolates and packing on 5 pounds, they will enjoy these specialty gifts, which include useful items reflecting individual passions. From an artist gift basket and music gift basket to a gardener and birder gift basket, you will find the ideal gift in Artsphoria Shop.

Place your order for any of Artsphoria’s home decor gift baskets before April 30, 2017, to take advantage of a 10% discount. When you refer a customer who places an order, enjoy a FREE gift. Visit Artsphoria Shop to grab these one-of-a-kind artist, music, gardener and other specialty gifts now!


Block Universe to Explore Changing Political Landscape

Block Universe, London‘s annual international performance art festival, is back for the third year running from May 29 to June 4, 2017. Newly commissioned performances, UK premieres, talks and workshops are some of the festival highlights.

Taking place at renowned institutions, including the Royal Academy of Arts and Somerset House, as well as unique locations across the city, the week-long festival presents work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working in performance art today. They include Eglė Budvytytė, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Liz Magic Laser, Nicole Bachmann, Rory Pilgrim, Stina Nyberg, Will Rawls, Young In Hong, Zadie Xa and a first-time collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie.

In the context of post-Brexit Britain, this year’s performance arts festival theme will explore ideas surrounding political bodies, both personal and public, addressing identity politics and notions of nationhood set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe will champion work that questions the status quo in divisive times.

With four UK premieres and five site-specific commissions in noteworthy settings across central London, the works by international artists include choreography modeled on the Gwangju uprising taking place in the public square of the Royal Academy of Arts courtyard by Young In Hong; Stina Nyberg’s choreographic work questioning Swedish physical ideals from the 1920s through a visually described performance; Rory Pilgrim’s collaboration with a youth group exploring sci-fi robotic support systems of care set in a Quaker Hall; and Işıl Eğrikavuk’s performative dinner exploring parallels between Pluto’s demotion from our solar system with the UK’s exit from the EU, among others.

Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery will feature an exhibition of recent artworks by Santa Barbara artist, Jane Gottlieb. Titled Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens, the exhibition will launch with a private reception on Thursday, April 13, 2017, and will be open to the public from Friday, April 14 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The exhibition is free with paid admission to the Garden ($12 for adults). The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A Mission Canyon resident and long-time member of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Jane Gottlieb has journeyed to destinations throughout the world taking photographs of the natural and man-made world that creates the basis for her vibrant artworks. This new body of archival dye sublimation prints on aluminum builds on her lifelong fascination with garden environments. For this exhibit Jane combines garden-themed works from Europe and Bali with landscapes from southern California and, most recently, images created at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

As much painter as photographer, Gottlieb applied her explosive colorist skills starting 35 years ago to hand-paint layers of retouching dyes onto her Cibachrome prints, altering reality into a more romantic and fantastic world. For the last 25 years she has been scanning her one-of-a-kind, hand-painted prints and her lifetime collection of Kodachrome slides and then enhances, collages, and paints them with Photoshop to create an idyllic vision in a voice that is uniquely her own.

Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens invites viewers to experience one artist’s interpretation of our complex and evolving relationships with designed landscapes. Directly outside the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery, viewers can then apply their own interpretations to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s new Island View Garden—a collection of native plants specific to the Channel Islands planted with breath taking vistas of Santa Barbara’s skyline and, on a clear day, the Channel Islands themselves.

The 14 artworks included in this exhibition are for sale with a generous percent of proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in California.