Articles by Sharee Ann Narciso-Tolentino

A writer, curator, and online marketing aficionado. But most of all, a loving mom of two amazing kids, and wife to a weirdo slash husband.
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Havana hosts ‘Fashion Art’, becomes a destination for fashion lovers and art fans alike

Fashion Art Havana is the latest event in the Fashion Art series, spearheaded by Manuel Fernandez, a Spanish designer who has traveled the world and worked with more artists than he can count. His goal is to create one-off garments that meet at the crossroads of art and fashion. In an interview, he said that "art doesn't have to always be hung on walls, it could also be on floor tiles, earrings, tights or many other places." Adding to that, a participating artist, Jorge Perugorria, also said that "fashion is also art, and this is a concept we need to start understanding here." All of the artists that participated had very positive hopes for the event, and for the objective behind it. They pray that this will help the rest of the world see Cuba as a fashion destination and an art haven, not just a mere communist territory where consumerists and capitalists can indulge as they please. ...
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Museum of Modern Art stands up against the travel ban by featuring works by artists from Muslim-majority countries

We've all heard the news. New President Donald Trump has ordered a travel ban for people (even legal US citizens) who come from Muslim-majority countries. While this is happening, massive disagreement is taking place, and MoMA is doing a silent protest in its own way. The Museum of Modern Art in NYC (merely two blocks from Manhattan's Trump Tower) changed its usual displays overnight. Now, it features and highlights works created by artists who came from Muslim-majority nations, specifically those affected by the ban. On February 2, seven art pieces were installed on the fifth floor. Next to Iraninan artist Siah Armajani's sculpture, an accompanying wall text makes it clear where they stand. The text reads: "This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout...
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Monochromatic 2D art created with computational tools and code featured in CCA exhibition

The California College of the Arts' (CCA) new Hubbell Street Galleries has recently hosted an exhibition featuring 22 commissioned works which take a closer look at the wide range of possibilities coming from computational tools without style restraints. Entitled “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation,” it is curated by CCA architecture faculty Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus, AIA, with Clayton Muhleman. The exhibition focuses on the issues of representation, and this is made possible by limiting the works to 2D and monochrome settings. Also, an essential requirement for the artists was to use code either as a generative constraint, as a language, as a cipher, or as a script. “One of the things that I didn’t necessarily plan or expect is how that even with the focused and highly constrained call that we issued to the participants, the show represents a pretty compelling cross-section through contemporary architectural...
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Various groups pushing effort to redress long-standing gender inequality in art through powerful initiative

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence will open an exhibition on March 8 until April 30 to coincide with International Women's Day. Aptly so, it will feature more relevant works from female artists in an effort to address the gender imbalance in the art world which has been around for quite a while. The initiative will be a long-term effort together with other galleries and organizations. In fact, just two weeks after their exhibition, the Pitti Palace (a sister museum of Uffizi) will showcase self-portraits by Maria Lassnig, a late Austrian feminist and artist. The two museums will be the primary headers for an "open-ended" series of female-centric exhibitions which will focus on artworks from the past and present. This series is projected to become an annual celebration. The initiative has been in part an answer to the conversation the museums' director had with the US group Guerrilla Girls, an activist collective who have been fighting for the past three decades...
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New gallery opens in Rhinebeck, gives the art community a new chance to come together and connect

The [email protected] new destination for art lovers and aficionados. Technically, it is a non-profit organization and will be available for members who have registered. On a larger scale, the gallery will serve as an economic platform to help boost the community's tourism, while adding more opportunities for business and employment for the locals. It also is a chance for weekenders to get outside, enjoy some art, and come together and connect as a community. The Gallery will feature various types of art - installations, sculptures, and paintings hung on walls. On top of this, it will also serve as a home for many other forms of art, such as spoken word, theatric plays, poetry slams, and poetry readings. Live jazz and classical music performances will also frequent the new venue, giving musicians and songwriters a new hub to flourish their talent. There will also be fashion shows, fundraisers, and other events that will benefit Rhinebeck in many ways. See some of...
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Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
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Introducing the intriguingly awesome world of styled photogrammetry

Have you ever heard of styled photogrammetry? If you have, then you're probably a whiz at different software and tools for visual arts. If you haven't, don't worry. Most of the artists who primarily condone this overly advanced way of creating art have turned out to be fans and followers of the technology. In fact, such is the case for Craig Schwartz, who has even created a Facebook group for styled photogrammetrists and fans of the artform. He invites anybody who is interested and has a passion for it to join in and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as past successes and failures. Craig says that it's completely normal to be 'scared' and intimidated by the tech, but reassures everybody who is interested that it's quite easy, in fact. It's all basic clicking of buttons, adding images, and voila - you're done. Check out some screen stills from the actual software below.  ...
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London-based company gives chocolates very impressive packaging inspired by actual architecture

Beau Cacao is a one-of-a-kind chocolate company. While most chocolate bars come modestly-wrapped with paper or plastic, with the logo of the brand and simple grooves and cuts, this London-based company looks way beyond all that austerity. Founded back in 2013, the company stands out high and proud from the crowd without breaking a sweat. As you can see in the photos below, the chocolate's packaging requires an intricate design and is unlike most others. This is thanks to Adam Gill, the American designer commissioned to work with the company. Here he creates highly graphic designs, where the chocolate square is not merely a chocolate square. We are also reminded of the Malaysian origins of the cacao beans that are used in creating these treats. With an added dash of modern design and an overall inspired work, taking hints from the country's architecture, the outcome is truly marvelous. ...
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Large-scale street sculptures hit the limelight in ‘Sculpture Walk Peoria’

Years ago, Joe Richey wanted to put large-scale sculptures on the streets of his hometown: Peoria, Illinois. The visionary owns a business, Tri-City Machine Products, located in the heart of the Warehouse District of Peoria. Because the arts had always been a big part of his passion, Richey later on modified a portion of his own facilities to create the Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as an artists' residence space. It didn't take long for him to return to his first love: large-scale street art. Suffice to say, after years of hard work and collaboration with other like-minded individuals, Richey has made his dream into a reality. This is his brainchild: Sculpture Walk Peoria, an annual exhibit that features different artists and sculptures in his hometown. This year, 16 artists will represent 9 U.S. states and one other country with their installations, which will be on display until May 2017. Check out some of the sculptures involved in the showcase below. ...
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‘Overwatch’ game character Bastion becomes a popular muse for many artists across the web

In the game Overwatch, many characters have become the subject of interest for many artists. Bastion is one of the favorite muses for many artists all around the world. Today we're lucky to enjoy the perks of interconnectedness, allowing us to revel at the beautiful pieces of art from the web. Bastion is a dynamic character, a dependable sentry who hunkers down to defend using a hail of bullets against opponents who step on a capture point. Aside from his immense skill, there is also a ton of fiction written about him. Bastion simply is this: the balance between machinery and nature. He is a programmed bot for war who is realizing his love for nature. Credit goes to the following artists, whose artwork follow below (from top to bottom): Jarold SNG, Snatti89, Wizyakuza, Quirkillicious (Drake Tsui), AyyaSAP. Feel free to visit their pages and support their work or share these to other Overwatch fans and players! ...
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David Hockney’s life’s works on display at Tate Britain, creates record-beating history

Tate Britain will house the biggest ever collection of works by David Hockney. It will be a retrospective exhibition, with more than 250 pieces of art from the artist. Hockney, who was born in Bradford, has produced many influential works during the length of his career. Most of these stayed in private collections and were kept from the public eye, until now. One of his more famous pieces is A Bigger Splash, which has inspired the movie of the same title, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. A lot of Hockney's pieces include water and swimming pools. He kept revisiting to these themes over the years. This is probably because of the influences he caught from living in Los Angeles on and off for decades. Another style he is accustomed to is the use of multi-panel paintings, often depicting scenic countrysides. You can learn more about this exhibition from Tate Britain. ...
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Artist creates sketches from lectures and performances he attends, turns them into amazing postcards

Have you ever been in a long-standing seminar, conference, meeting, or lecture that you just wanted it to end? If you have, you probably had the habit of creating doodles out of boredom. An artist from Dallas does exactly the same thing, only his doodles are more of artwork that can wow you, and he wasn't exactly bored with the lectures. Brad Ford Smith has had a fruitful career as an artist. He is known for being part of many big projects, several of which have been on shows and exhibits. In his free time, however, he is known to carry around his humble sketchbook. His friends say that wherever he goes, he takes it. And whenever he sits down, he sketches. Another thing he often does is attending readings, performances, and arts lectures. Now, Smith seemed to have found a way to combine these two loves of his. Below, you'll see his sketches done during these lectures, which he has been making for well over a year now. ...
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‘Non-conformist’ artist adorns home, studio and car with fantastical art pieces found from junkyards and antique shops

Clarke Bedford comes from Hyattsville, Maryland. As a professional, he spent his career in the Smithsonian, where he worked as a conservator of art. However, he also enjoys exploring different materials to create his own art. These materials, for most of us, can be defined as "eccentric" - to be put bluntly. He admits that he finds art in thrift shops and junkyards, and uses various pieces to decorate his home, his studio, and even his car (which actually runs on the street). Bedford says, “It’s making a whole thing that has a whole feeling out of individual parts and allowing the individual parts to still show their individuality and their histories and their feel and all that. So you get the overall and then you can start to look through it and see the things. I think that’s a modernist notion.” Peter O’Day, a neighbor of Bedford, says, "People stop all the time and they stop in the middle of the road and take pictures all the time. It’s curious, it's quite curious....
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Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
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Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist’s sketches become inspiring art exhibit in Spain

Back in the 1890s, the world didn't know as much about neuroscience as we do now. And this is all thanks to Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Spanish neuroscientist who questioned current beliefs about the brain. Originally planning to be an artist, he became a man of science as well. Back in the day, he produced a lot of sketches of the brain and its deepest, innermost structures. But because they are so striking, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis decided to organize The Beautiful Brain, a traveling exhibit of his work. According to Larry Swanson, a brain scientist at the University of Southern California, "Cajal was the founder of modern neuroscience. Most of the neuroscientists in the mid-19th century thought the nervous system was organized almost like a fishing net." But Cajal thought otherwise, and began to study more. In fact, he won the 1906 Nobel Prize because of his extensive work. Now, after years and years, an exhibition has been arranged to feature his...
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Iconic portraits by legendary artists re-imagined as LEGO paintings

Many artists have showcased their artwork using Legos in the past, but Stefano Bolcato has found yet another new way to express his creativity using the famous children's toys. He was able to re-imagine some of the most iconic paintings in history by interpreting them as Lego people. The Italian painter admits, “LEGO were always my favorite toy as a child. The fascination is a holdover from my childhood that I brought into adulthood. One day I thought about how the figures could become characters, and that they would have the ideal features to take on a story and tell it effectively.” Below, you'll see some of his interpretations, which were inspired by the following masterpieces, in chronological order: (1) Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940; (2) Andy Warhol’s Four Marilyns, 1964; (3) Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere), 1490; (4) Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of Dante, c....
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Behind the scenes: Stop-motion artist creates important advocacy film in collaboration with Lena Dunham and JJ Abrams

The world is going through a lot of issues right now, and we need - now, more than ever - to have artists and celebrities fighting the good fight. Fortunately, we are in a surplus of these good people. An Emmy-winning stop-motion animator and director, Kirsten Lepore is collaborating with dozens of actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors, and visual artists to create a short film as an advocacy for Planned Parenthood. The film raises awareness about the pro-choice movement for women, which highlights their right to be free to know, own, and control their own body. The film is a collaborative effort between Natalie Berkus, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore, and Alex Ronan. They had a lot of help from certain famous people, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, and Sasheer Zamata. The film's...
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Kickstarter campaign features candid takes from body painting photo shoots into new book project

Paul Roustan is no newbie when it comes to finding success on Kickstarter. He is now well underway in his third campaign, which will include showcasing unique photos in a new book. The images will be unplanned and unposed - in other words, candid shots. This will definitely give a fresh look into body painting as an art. Roustan is a body painter himself, as well as a professional photographer, for over a decade now. For this project, he aims to give something new and special to his followers and backers. It will be a limited (first) edition copy that will feature behind-the-scenes takes from the models and the photo shoot set. Because we're used to properly tailored photos, creating this book has been difficult, according to Roustan, mainly in terms of capturing the most natural essence of the images. Backers can pledge for a copy of the new book, or for the book plus original sketches by Roustan. ...
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Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
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Silver linings: Botched restoration of sentimental art piece boosts town’s tourism

Cecilia Giménez was once the laughing stock of the Internet community when they discovered her "botched" restoration of the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), a sentimental artwork of Jesus Christ. She is by far no artist, but she had the best intentions when she took it upon herself to restore the deteriorating fresco, a process which proved to be more arduous than she expected. Because it took her so long, she took a bit of vacation before she continued working on it. However, before she was able to take a second look at her unfinished restoration, others have already discovered and swarmed over it. It was instantly viral news, and before she could defend herself, thousands of memes about her "botched" work have flooded the web. What would have been an unfortunate story ended on a positive note. Because of the fame that the art restoration garnered, the tourism of her little town, Borja, Spain, has skyrocketed. Now, locals are finding income in making and selling various...
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Learn how to create anguished character faces in four surefire steps from this tutorial

Michelle Hoefener teaches us how to draw and create characters that have an anguished expression on their face. She tells us that in order to show believable emotions in characters' faces, there are certain elements that must be taken into consideration. These include posture, expression, setting, storytelling, color, mood, and composition. The first step is to find real human references (photos of anguished people), and you'll soon recognize that there are close similarities to physical pain (furrowed eyebrows and screwed-up eyes). In doing these faces, it's best to try your best in telling the story of why the anguish is there. The other steps are laying out the pose, adding line work, and blocking in color. Below you'll see these final three steps in photos. To read more of her tutorial, check out the original illustration post by Hoefener on Creative Bloq. Soon enough, you'll be creating realistic expressions on your characters' faces. ...
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Art Dad debuts in Fashion Week, showcases clothing that embodies responsible yet fun fatherhood

Gone are the days of the traditional dad. The dad who focuses on working during the day, watches the game at night, and gives a stern look to misbehaving kids. Now, we have Art Dad. What is Art Dad? “Art Dad is a reaction to everything being about ‘youth youth youth’. There’s something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business but still having fun.” This is how co-founder and collaborator Tremaine Emory explains the phenomenon. He says that Art Dad doesn't always have to be a dad. It's about embodying creativity, style, and a good fashion sense while harboring maturity beyond your years. At the OFF-WHITE Paris show, Art Dad opened with an oversized shearling coat, leopard print boiler suit, graphic tees and socks, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Art Dad by following Emory on Instagram or checking out his ShowStudio profile. ...
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British East India Company School of Painting’s artworks on display at The Met once again

History tells us that the British East India Company influenced the world in terms of diplomacy and governance, but many of its officers and their families were also great purveyors and supporters of the arts. Soon enough, the Company School of Painting came to be, creating art during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their art was distinguishable because of the patrons' influences: their love for European trends, for science and discovery. The artists even trained in late-Mughal painting techniques. You can see the evolution of their methods into flora, fauna, landscape, and people. Other styles include picturesque landscape views and architecture. The works from the school and its era is on display at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464, entitled "Company School Painting in India (ca. 1770–1850)" from April 10 to October 1, 2017. (This same exhibit was also on display last September 2016.) For more information, visit the official The Met website. ...
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Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
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Olga Diego brings an exhibition for all the senses in her exhibition for UC Merced Arts

As part of the UC Merced Arts Presents Artist-in-Residence Spring 2017, Olga Diego will fly in from Spain to showcase some of her best artwork. Her show will take audiences into an exhibition designed for a complete sensory experience. The art will stimulate the sight, touch, and hearing of its audiences. New technologies will also be an important part of the show. UCM Arts has been featuring artists and performers from all over the world, sharing their work with the Merced community. Diego's showcase will take place on February 10. She says that her inspirations are life and people. She claims that public participation is a huge and vital element in her art. Diego is a graduate of Fine Arts and has undergone other art-related courses, such as technology and strategy for artistic creativity and theory and practice of art performance. Find out more about her art on her blog. See the details of her UCM event on Facebook. ...
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See Bouchardon’s works in the ‘Royal Artist of the Enlightenment’ on exhibit in the Getty Museum

Very few people know the name Edmé Bouchardon. This isn't surprising, given the artist's history. Just as he was getting his name known, the bloody revolution took place, followed by the guillotine deaths of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. So it's rather reasonable for people to pay less attention to sculptors. Bouchardon was the royal sculptor to Louis XV and his successor, the then-beheaded royal. His works will be featured in the Getty Museum, and the show is entitled “Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment”. The biggest show-stealer has to be his carving, “Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club" - which he was able to finish just 12 years before his own death. His works have revolutionized how sculptures were seen and has garnered a lot of criticism - even from Voltaire himself. You can catch the show now until April 2, at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. For more information, contact (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty...
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Bone Folders’ Guild celebrates anniversary with astonishing works on exhibit this February

The Bone Folders' Guild, who got their name from the small tool they use in folding paper to make art, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The group was founded by bookmaking enthusiasts who shared a passion for literature and paper arts. It first came to life on February 2, 2001, which is James Joyce's birthday (coincidentally, the favorite author of one of the co-founders). This year, they will throw a show for their anniversary at the Overture Center for the Arts. A variety of paper works will be featured with the theme of "15". The gallery will host the show until March 5. You can visit the exhibit's opening reception at the venue, from 6 to 8 PM. It is free to the public. The group will also host "Make & Take a Book" - an event where the public can learn basic book-making from the Bone Folders' Guild. This will also take place at the Overture Center in the Wisconsin Studio for free. For more information, visit the Bone Folders' Guild Facebook page and the Overture...
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