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NYC Wild Bird Fund 2017

What a cool experience to work at The Wild Bird Fund in New York City in February 2017, filming for Camille Licate and Kids for Positive Change!

Kids for Positive Change strives to REACH, TEACH, and INSPIRE kids to address and take action on local, national, and global issues that are impacting their world and future generations. The Wild Bird Fund is a state and federally licensed 501(c)(3) that rehabilitates over 3000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and releases them back to the wilds of New York City.

The next episode of “Kids” was filmed in location at The Wild Bird Fund and showcases teenagers volunteering their time to help the wild birds in New York City and help raise awareness for how all kids can help wildlife whether in New York City or their own backyards! Follow Kids for Positive Change on Facebook or check out the website for more information!

 

Woodstock Sessions 2016

Woodstock Sessions with Rich Robinson and Friends in August 2016.

Rich Robinson returned to Saugerties, NY in the Summer of 2016 for his second Woodstock Sessions event.  The first in 2014 yielded the album Rich Robinson: Woodstock Sessions (Eagle Rock/Universal Music).

The Woodstock Sessions special performances are held at Applehead Studios, a boutique recording studio situated on a beautiful 17 acre farm just outside the town center of Woodstock, NY. The audience is seated before the band inside this state of the art recordings studio–creating a unique, intimate environment for fans unlike any other concert experience. The three day event featured 2 separate sets of live performances as well as dinner and audience interaction led by Rich Robinson.

Hope you enjoy some of the images captured. http://richrobinson.net/photos/albums/23189

A very special thanks to my friends Rich Robinson, Michael Birnbaum, Scott Fitzgerald, Nico Bereciatua, Sven Pipien, Joe Magistro, Matt Slocum, Marc Ford & Eddie Harsh.  So happy to be a part of 2016 recordings.

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Finding Neverland in Northern California

A tad jetlagged still, but back from my retreat to Northern California visiting San Fran, Eureka, Petaluma, Mendocino & Sausalito.  I was anxious to see the results from my trip through the Redwoods, to the coast and into the wonderful cities and small towns along the way.  I can’t help but think of the fairy tale Finding Neverland when I look at the peaceful and mystic forest.

You can visit anyone in Neverland, anytime you like, if you just go there yourself. 

How? 

By believing….  Just believe.

The rest can be told in pictures.  Sometimes words just cant describe the view or the experience. Enjoy.  Thank you D, for the inspiration.  Love.  More than any.


a light lives on…

donnyASHTABULA — On Dec. 27, 2015, the world lost Donny Taylor, a blessed and loving son, husband, brother, and friend. His touch brought light and love to all that surrounded him. To all that have had the honor to have known this precious and kind soul, we are grateful to you for your love and blessings and wish you the very best in your life.

For those who did not know him, rest assured he is finally orchestrating his finest concert of all, that being the power of bringing people together for a greater cause. Be well and know that All is not lost with the passing of this cherished being, but rather gained in enlightenment and courage. This time is not of sorrow but of hope, and this hope is greater than all of Donny’s earthbound accomplishments combined.

Donny would want you all to think of him, smile, hug a friend and sing a song – a song filled with tears of abundant joy, filling an ocean of limitless bounding possibilities. He will forever be a guiding light in our stars.

To stand by his side during his transition are his parents, Bruce and Sandy Taylor of Ashtabula; two brothers, Mike and Tim Taylor; one sister, Carrie (Curt) Lucas; several nieces and nephews; and his wife, Molly T. Taylor and their dog, Reece Ann Taylor.

 

Tall Walls 2015 presented by CWAL

Friday July 31st 2015 Donny Taylor along with other members of the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) will be a part of the annual “Tall Walls” Event, at the  Bruno Casiano Gallery 5304 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102.

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About Tall Walls

“Tall Walls” was started in collaboration with Cleveland West Art League’s Board members and former executive director Mona Gazala. CWAL worked with gallery owner Loren Naji to come up with the concept.

For the first years, it was held at Loren Naji’s Studio Gallery in Ohio City. The shows theme was “Uncensored and Unjuried.” CWAL was looking for the most outrageous and controversial art from their members. As the years went on, and CWAL grew, the location changed and members seemed to want to show their best work verses their most “controversial.”

This year, CWAL is proud to hold the annual “Tall Walls” show at the Bruno Casiano Gallery which is a gem on Detroit Ave. in Cleveland’s west side  Gordon Square Art District. Bruno is a community leader and a wonderful light within the Cleveland art scene. His space is beautiful and accessible.

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CWAL History and Mission:

CWAL was founded in September 2010 by Mona Gazala. At that time, Ms. Gazala gathered twenty artists to create an installation at Ingenuity Fest. These artists became the first members of CWAL, launching a series of exhibits and artist-led activities. In January 2011, a Board of Directors was set up and established their first permanent studio gallery at West 78th Street. Non-profit status was achieved in November 2011, and the following year CWAL expanded operations with a new series of education programs.

Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) is a volunteer-driven, regional visual arts organization. CWAL looks to promote artist exhibitions, opportunities, and creative exchange that will culturally enrich our community. CWAL is a gateway organization, where artists have opportunities to show their work, and at the same time receive support with navigating the art world.

The mission of the Cleveland West Art League is to foster an inclusive artist community in Greater Cleveland by providing exhibition and collaborative opportunities, resources and education.

After three years of leading the organization, Ms. Gazala officially resigned in October of 2013. Through a thoughtful and coordinated transition the Board of Directors fully took over the many responsibilities associated with a new organization. The current board is highly dedicated and works collaboratively to maintain and expand CWAL’s activities. The organization is run by a group of passionate individuals dedicated to CWAL and its mission.

CWAL’s 2015 Board of Directors

Sarah Harbottle
Chris Kaspar – Secretary
Stephanie Kluk – President
Jonathan McGory– Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair
Daniel Neforos – Gallery Director/Programming Committee Chair
Jeannie Oakar– Vice President
Melinda Placko

Thank you Jeannie Oakar for your help with this blog!

One Week of Joy at The Joyful Life

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Living a busy life as multimedia artists building a company from the ground up it seems we have little time for ourselves some days. I’m sure many people feel the same about their own hectic schedules. This week turns into next week in the blink of an eye and then before you know it the seasons change and new opportunities arise. Finishing up one project and starting another feels much like the change of seasons. The ebb and flow of creativity, working with your spouse and being newlyweds and trying to keep it all together is a challenge.

So, when Emily at The Joyful Life offered us the chance to work on her website and capture aspects of The Joyful Life through photography while staying a week , naturally we jumped at the chance. The Joyful Life offers Reiki,  Yoga  and Yoga Nidra in Ashtabula, Ohio.

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The greatest gift the The Joyful Life has given us is strengthening the connections we allow ourselves to make with one another and most importantly to our universal spirit worlds.  Such connections appear before us to awaken us. We CAN decide the future we would like to create by our thoughts and actions.

The power of free will guides us to create the lives we want in fine detail.  Harnessing the power of thought, while using the energy of our emotions, gives us the opportunity to bring greater meaning, love and consideration towards ourselves and to others.

We are all artists.  Mastering the art of the power of consciousness to build and create a greater vision of ourselves is a door we all have inside of us; a door that The Joyful Life has given us the key.

Read the full blog post here: http://www.thejoyfullife.net/living-on-edgewater-a-week-at-the-joyful-life/

Hold The Coffee’s Decision 2015: Harbor Perk Coffeehouse and Roasting in Ashtabula

Every week in his column “Hold the Coffee”, News-Herald Reporter Simon Husted camps out at a Northeast Ohio neighborhood coffee shops reviewing their scene, menu, location and its space functionality.

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For the highly anticipated ‘Decision 2015’, after reviewing coffee shops from areas in and around Cleveland’s Gordon Square, East 4th Street, Little Italy, Tremont, Lakewood and Willoughby he named our client, Harbor Perk as his favorite coffee shop of the year!

Husted says:

The coffee shop has an industrial flare that stands out, pride in its coffee roast blends, fun events like music nights, a vibrant staff and plenty of exposed brick. And most importantly, Harbor Perk plays a vital role in a city and neighborhood that’s digging itself out of an economic downfall and turning it around into a regional destination for arts and recreation. An exceptional coffee shop plays a big role in how I perceive a neighborhood and that isn’t any truer than Harbor Perk and Bridge Street.

Well said Simon!

rroastingWant to know more about The Perk’s famous roaster, “Steve” (yes, they named him), check out the San Franciscan Roaster blog (photos by Concept Pop).  And be sure to watch for a movie starring Steve coming soon by Concept Pop….

Tremont Art Walk

Donny Taylor will be featured at The Treehouse for September 2014 Tremont Art Walk.

TABS The Arts on Bridge Street

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The 2014 TABS Festival, July 19th and 20th 2014, will turn Bridge Street into an art lover’s delight as the area’s top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the region.  TABS will host local area artists, a juried art show, and feature live music, as well as hands-on art activities.  Bridge Street is also the home to fantastic gourmet fare from some of the city’s finest local restaurants and unique shops and boutiques.