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No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

Will you have some extra time to hit the movies this long weekend? If so, check out Free Solo! It’s a vastly inspiring film that follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 feet high El Capitan Wall with no ropes or safety gear. 

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May It Last

May It Last

I’ve been going down an Avett Brothers rabbit hole lately.

It all started with my husband talking fervently about Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird and how the bros get together for 3 amazing hours and just shoot the breeze. So on a recent road trip I dove in and was so taken with Seth’s and Scott’s life philosophies and musings. Then I started listening to No Hard Feelings, amongst other songs on repeat and finally came full circle by watching the documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.

I’m not too surprised by this turn of events because every autumn I find myself looking for introspective music for the changing season. If you need some inspiration and thought provoking media to consume post-Labor Day, please dive in with me.

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Georgia's Hawaii

Georgia's Hawaii

"It took Georgia O’Keeffe nine days to travel the 5,000 miles between New York’s Grand Central Station and the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Although she was heralded by local newspapers upon her arrival as the “famous painter of flowers,” the impetus for her trip was a different sort of plant life.

O’Keeffe was in Hawaii to paint a pineapple.

At least, that was what Dole (then known as the “Hawaiian Pineapple Company”) hoped she would do. It had approached O’Keeffe in 1938, proposing an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii—after which time the painter would deliver the company two canvases for use in a national advertising campaign. O’Keeffe was to determine the subject of these works herself, a degree of artistic freedom that likely encouraged her to accept Dole’s invitation despite an initial ambivalence."

Read the full Abigail Cain article via Artsy that divulges the details of this artist's little known Hawaiian adventure. Also if you live on the East Coast, consider heading to the New York Botanical Garden to see Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i exhibition.

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Must See | Thomas Jackson

Must See | Thomas Jackson

We're pleased to share that Heron Arts has a new installation featuring "Tree no. 1," by Thomas Jackson. There will be an open to the public soiree Friday, June 22nd from 7 to 10pm that we'll be attending. RSVP here...

Expanding on ideas he has explored in his "Emergent Behavior" photographic series, Jackson's piece will juxtapose organic and manufactured materials to promote fresh perspectives on the complex balance between natural and manmade systems. The piece will feature a 15-foot "Sango-Kaku” (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) surrounded by floating LED grow lights and plastic take out containers. While Jackson frequently works with organic materials in outdoor settings, this will be the first time he has incorporated living flora into an indoor sculpture. The work presses the viewer not only to contemplate our dysfunctional relationship with the natural landscape, but also to envision a sustainable future in which natural and man-made systems are integrated and intertwined, and more resilient as a result. The exhibition will also feature a number of prints from the “Emergent Behavior” series.

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Must See | “They Wishin' on Me...”

Must See | “They Wishin' on Me...”

I can’t help but obsess about Drake’s new vid, God’s Plan – don’t wait, watch it now!

My hubs, always in the know about cool, of the moment Internet randomness, showed it to me based on Loyale’s random acts of kindness posts last week and I’m so glad he did. It’s an emotional and compelling portrayal of the singer giving away $996,631 (what would’ve been the budget to film the video) around Miami in the form of stacks of cash, shopping sprees, scholarships, cars and more. It’s directed by Karena Evans, a deft filmmaker who seems to have a knack for reveling in and celebrating all aspects of the human experience. Granted he’s a rich dude and has extra cash, but we don’t see this kind of altruism very often from celebrities…Drake’s goal to bring joy into people’s lives is an inspiration and his suggestion to…”just go be kind in any way you can and let's all watch the world be nice to each other even if it's for 24 hours...” is a directive we could all embrace on a daily basis. Let’s keep the random acts of kindness flowing and spark joy where we can! If you know someone that would be overjoyed to receive a Loyale tee, please tag them in our IG comments section and tomorrow morning, we’ll select a few winners at random to receive a complimentary style. 

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