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(comments? | Score: 0)Frosty the snowman was a very happy soul,With a smokey pipe and a button noseand two eyes made out of coal.Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,He was made of snow but the childrenknow how he came to life one day.thumpdy thump thump,thumpdy thump thumplook at frosty gothumpdy thump thump, thumpdy thump thumpover the hills off snowMary Tyler Moore16. Darker Magic, A - Bedard, MichaelOrdered upon request, usually dispatched within 28 working daysPaperback - Published May 2000publisher Stoddart Pub.,Canada 3.99add item to basketCandidates test how many children fit into their lapsBy Ritva Korpimo in IittalaIt is a pity the poor children of Iittala need to see this: five Santa Claus candidates, all in the traditional red garb, stand on the steps of the glass museum and praise themselves. How many of you Santas are there? one suspicious little boy asks, and receives an answer from one of the participants in the contest: There are a whole bunch of us, but we are the best of the lot. The folks at the Iittala Glass Centre had not thought of it before that they could have their very own Santa as well. When the owners of the businesses came up with the idea one month ago, they immediately decided to select a Santa Claus of the Year, registered the competition, and began to attract contestants.Five showed up.Now the competition is about to begin. Despite the bone-chilling wind, a respectable number of children huddle on the hill of the Glass Centre, together with their parents and local entrepreneurs.Santas appear here and there, all over the place. One of them is carrying around a large burlap bag as if it contained true treasure: I brought some of my own paintings along. What kinds of paintings?The Santa candidate pauses for an instant, but only for appearance's sake. He then eagerly opens the mouth of the bag. But they are nude portraits! Yes, they are. These are meant primarily for male eyes. One by one, the Santas are led to the skill course, where Sirkka Reunanen already awaits them.Three of the five candidates rush first to hug Mrs. Reunanen, and she later confesses that one of them squeezed her in some of the wrong places.Each contestant also sings a reindeer call that the Iittala residents have written beforehand, sits down to test how many children can fit into his lap at the same time (the result is five), tries to throw small gifts into a giant-sized classic Aalto vase from a distance, and moves about in front of the audience in typical Santa fashion. One jumps up and down and bellows.Once the small parade to downtown Iittala is finished, the bearded competitors take a break for lunch. Eating just does not seem to work out with the extra facial hair, and neither does drinking. Finally the candidates ask waiters to bring them drinking straws.Last but not least, the Santas are interviewed. What is Santa's bathing suit like? Well, it includes suspenders, and a belt with jingle bells attached , one contestant confidently answers. Perhaps he has forgotten the honourable purpose of the competition. Each contestant named a charity beforehand that will receive a gift sack worth 1,500 euros if he wins, donated by the business owners of Iittala.Children are also allowed to ask questions. So how do you know , one shy little girl begins, but stops in mid-sentence out of embarrassment. Try it again! So how do you know if someone has been naughty or nice? The eyes , one Santa answers. You can tell from the eyes. If there are any signs of dishonesty, the child has not been good. How many needles are there on a Christmas tree? ten-year-old Laura enquires. Teemu, also ten years old, asks Santa what he wants for Christmas. Well, what? a Santa counters. I'm not saying! You tell me, since you know what all the children want for Christmas! Over the course of three hours, the jury of three adults and two children reaches its verdict. Peter Petro, 25 and a native of Hämeenlinna, is Santa Claus of the Year. His bag of gifts will be donated to a centre in Hämeenlinna that aids poor families. Petro has had a certain purpose about himself all throughout the competition, he has encouraged the children to sing, and sang so well himself that the audience was stunned.He also has plenty of experience. Every Christmas, I pose as Santa Claus in Hämeenkyrö, just like my two brothers and my uncle. My mother sells all of us. The hours between six and eight p.m. on Christmas Eve are sold out for two years in advance, my calendar is not empty until 2005. The audience begins to get ready to depart, and the losing candidates move away to deal with their disappointment. We will definitely win next year! Helsingin Sanomat / First published in print 1.12.2002Page 1 of 2.GoTo Page: 1 2 NextTop Sellers1. Sea Horses Postcard by Moskowitz2. Grilled Chicken Barbeque Apron by Wooket3. Baa-Baa Wooly Postcard by MoskowitzSee entire listSelected artistsAbout the countryThe baby's maternal grandparents are Scott and Linda Childs. Her paternal grandparents are Andy and Marie Connelly.Colorby Ruth HellerHardcover - March 2001List price: 18.45Arts & EntertainmentAutomotiveBusiness & FinanceComputers & TechnologyHealth & FitnessHome & GardenNews & SocietyReference & EducationSports Tee time: golf enthusiasts bring their love of the links from the course to their homes with a range of golf-inspired artArt Business News, June, 2003 by Maja TaratetaSave a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with Furl . Get started now. (It's free.)Whether a soothing landscape of a world-renowned green, a sculpture a favorite figure or a cartoon character stuck in a sand trap, art inspired by the sport of golf takes on many forms and feelings, encompassing the varied experiences of those who set foot on the fairway. Artists, publishers and gallery owners who include golf-themed art in their mix say it is the depictions that speak to the emotions experienced while swinging the club and negotiating the course that are selling well to collectors.Humor and HandicapsThe sentiments that arise from tee time can take on many forms. Particularly for novices, the first feeling is often frustration. It's an emotion that lends itself well to exploring the comical aspects of the sport. Everybody has a different experience playing golf, said Jerry Gladstone, president of American Royal Arts in Boca Raton, Fla., who recently moved to a golf community and is working on his game. As a golfer, you have to have a sense of humor or you'll go crazy. At American Royal Arts, golf art is the most popular theme category and often involves beloved cartoon characters, like Garfield, in poses golfers can relate to and laugh about.Artist Clifford Bailey mainly makes art about music but has also released some golf-inspired works. I have seen 'Caddyshack' many times, he said. Humor is the root--a healthy artistic experiment which qualifies and resonates with many an Arnold Palmer. Artist Michael Bedard, who readily admitted that his own limited experiences playing golf turned out poorly, said he doesn't mind people laughing at his work, including recently released pieces like Foreplay. I'm sure there are moments on the golf course where a healthy sense of humor could come in handy, he said.Serene SwingsBut while some golf-art collectors enjoy laughing at the sport's frustrations, others prefer to recall the serenity of a particular course, to remember the beautiful complexity of a particular hole or to evoke fond memories of playing at a particular club. For them, golf art that more closely resembles traditional landscape art finds favor. Golf art has a nice aesthetic value, said Butch Miller, owner of Framing Fox Art Gallery, which carries a variety of collectible art, including golf art. There's a soothing appeal to it which Miller said can engage both the women who traditionally decorate a home and make art purchases, as well as men, who participate in the sport in greater numbers. When you're a golfer, half of it is about being outside. You're hob-knobbing and chatting. There's a warm feeling of camaraderie, explained Gregory MacBain, owner of Gregory MacBain Fine Art, which sells Impressionistic views of fairways and greens in its mix. When avid golfers are not on the course, they are thinking about being on the course, which makes golf art in its many forms a desired addition to the walls of players' offices or studies.At Burchfield's Golf Gallery in Pinehurst, N.C., owners Sally and Tim Gold focus on all things golf, including antiques, limited-edition prints and original works, with price points ranging from 10 to 10,000. Tim, who tees off three or four times each week, explained the appeal of both the sport and of surrounding oneself with art that invokes it. Not only is golf cerebral, but it is spiritual in nature, he said. When you play golf, you are baring your soul. You come to understand a person's personality when you play golf with them. And you also explore your own inner psyche and the demons that are driving you at that time. A Green Golf MarketGold said his collectors primarily purchase images from three golf-art categories: courses they have played, like St. Andrews, Pinehurst or Pebble Beach; famous names in golf, like Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods; and the great matches of the world, including the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the British Open.No matter what collectors are purchasing, those who sell golf art agreed that the customer base tends to be golfers or their friends and family members. They also agreed that the number of golf-art collectors is growing alongside the number of golfers in the United States. According to a Gallup poll from spring 2000, seven percent of Americans said they play golf regularly, and 13 percent said they play golf occasionally. Meanwhile, 13 percent of men aged 18 and older said they play golf regularly, as do two percent of women. Interest in golf art has picked up in huge numbers in the last five to 10 years, said Miller. There are more people golfing, which means more interest in golf art. At American Royal Arts, Gladstone described his general customer base as 60 percent male, ages 25 to 45. For golf art he said, it's close to 80 percent. Gladstone agreed that golf-art collectors are people who golf or who know someone who golfs. But, he added, you never know who you are going to touch with it. Sometimes, one can discover art through an activity that interests them, said Bedard. For example, one might be attracted to a piece of art because its theme is about golf, but this could springboard into a broader appreciation of art that could lead to unexpected places. If an art piece is multi-layered, it doesn't matter what the initial attraction is as long as there is discovery beyond the obvious. Like the decision to carry any genre of art, gallery owners should pay attention to their marketplace and evaluate the quality of the golf art before adding it to their gallery mix, said those who sell it. Not all golf art is collectible or sellable, cautioned Miller. You have to make sure you are selling the work of good artists who have a following of people who collect them. However, the number of people who collect golf art, the varied styles found in the genre and the ability to use it as a way to move collectors into other areas, make art that depicts the frustrations of the fairway and the grandeur of the greens an appealing addition to many galleries, said publishers and artists.SOURCES* American Royal Arts, - -9449* Clifford Bailey, cliffordbailey * Burchfield's Golf Gallery, (910) 295-6842* Framing Fox Art Gallery, -237-6077* Gregory MacBain Fine Art, (615) 453-9999* OXO Fine Art, (310) 455-9569COPYRIGHT 2003 Advanstar Communications, Inc.COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale GroupFurl itPrintSendLinkSubscribeAdult Fiction (21)C / C++Lahaina Galleries 667-2152Featuring Guy Buffet, Otsuka H. and Thomas Leung, AndreaSmith, Ronald Macedo, Lau Chun, Daria Campanile, Raymond Page, Joseph Quillan, Gay Swanson, Gregory Deane, Loren Adams, AldoLuongo, Americo, Eva and A.B. Makk, Adolf Sehring, Robert Watson, Frederick Hart, and Samy Charmine.728 Front. St., Lahaina, HI 96761 667-2152,Kapalua Shops, Kapalua, HI 96761 669-0202Wailea Shopping Village, Wailea, HI 96753 879-8850Poster BedardBild & RahmenTitel: ForeplayGrossansicht: ForeplayKünstler: Michael BedardFormat: 61x76 cmStilrichtung: DelisLieferzeit: ca. 5 TageBestell-Nr. 1100297Auctionsquick ship printsFailure of CapitalismMichael Bedard27 in. x 24 in.Buy this Art PrintFramed | Mounted

 

 

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