The Avatars! Cool Art by Kristine Schomaker!

The Avatars! “A Comfortable Skin” by Kristine Schomaker

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I first fell in love with Kristine Schomaker’s Avatars at the Brewery Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles last year. While touring the open studios at the bi-annual event, I chanced upon the beautiful artwork and the multimedia presentation you see in this blog.

NOTE: My pictures don’t even do them justice! They really have to be seen up close!

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The multimedia presentation, includes the Avatars, matching paintings (acrylic on canvas), an animated video projection with soundtrack, and her website and blog. The original genesis of the work comes from her experiences in the “Second Life” online virtual world.

And so last summer, when Kristine was showing three of the Avatars at the Art Party in Beverly Hills, I had to see them again in a proper “gallery setting”.

One of Kristine Schomaker's Beautiful Avatars at The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

One of Kristine Schomaker’s Beautiful Avatars at The Art Party in Beverly Hills last summer! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Avatars have been since been displayed at UCLA, at the W Hotel in Hollywood,  Downtown, and most recently at Thursday night’s DTLA ArtWalk.

One has been sold to a lucky collector.

the Art Party in Beverly Hills

Hangin’ with an Avatar at the Art Party in Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party in Beverly Hills! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel) – SOLD!

The next evolution is a photo series of the Avatars around town. City Hall, Hollywood, Barnsdell Park, the Beach, Griffith Park and more places. Do you have suggestions where she should take them?

Visit Kristine’s Website and Blog for more pictures, art, writing, cool stuff and contact info: http://www.kristineschomaker.net/blog/2014/7/11/the-avatars-around-town

Here’s a youtube link to a video about the making of the Avatars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJmEwUentc

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08-MAY-13: Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Santa Cruz (at the University of California, Santa Cruz)

Founded in 1981, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC) is a professional repertory company operating in cooperation with the Theater Arts Department in the Arts Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).  The support of the Arts Division and the work of the Theater Arts faculty, students, and staff play an important in shaping the SSC aesthetic.  Through this partnership, SSC has attained a national reputation for linking the best in contemporary scholarship with the highest artistic standards of production and the exciting possibilities of repertory performance.  In addition, SSC and the UCSC Theater Arts Department collaborate directly on two projects each season – the Shakespeare to Go touring program that brings Shakespeare to over 7000 students annually, and the annual holiday show.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1984

Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1986 Season

The 2013 Summer Season in the Glen at UCSC Performing Arts July 23 – September 1: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Tom Jones the Fringe Show!   

2013-season-slide

One for the Road/The Lover (a collaborative production with Shakespeare Santa Cruz starring Paul Whitworth, Mike Ryan and Julie James) is currently running at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Cruz. http://www.jeweltheatre.net/

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater - Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater – Santa Cruz, California

Schedule of upcoming art events at UCSC: http://arts.ucsc.edu/news_events/all_upcoming_events

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UCSC Performing Arts Map 2012

University of California, Santa Cruz Performing Arts Map 2012

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UPDATE: November 13, 2015 – Summer 2013 was the last season of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. The University foolishly decided to withdraw funding and cancel the partnership of 30+ years. A tremendous effort was made to save the program and it was renamed Santa Cruz Shakespeare an independent non-profit currently prepping it’s 3rd season. https://www.santacruzshakespeare.org



The BET EXPERIENCE at L.A. LIVE June 28-30, 2013

The BET EXPERIENCE at L.A. LIVE!

Los Angeles, June 28-30, 2013

A Celebration of Black Music, Entertainment and Culture

Staples Center, Club Nokia, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Beyonce’, Snoop Lion, R. Kelly, New Edition, The Jacksons and more.

The BET EXPERIENCE at L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, June 28-30, 2013

The BET EXPERIENCE at L.A. LIVE – Los Angeles, June 28-30, 2013

The BET AWARDS – Sunday, June 30, 2013

BET FanFest: BET Pavilion, 106 & Park Live, Late Night Afterparties, Grammy Museum, Film Fest, VIP Opportunities, and Celebrity Meet and Greets!

FOR THE FIRST TIME, VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC!

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Please email joshuawwilletttravel@gmail.com if you would like more information about this event, VIP packages, travel and hotel acommodations.