Thursday, May 31, 2012

ABOUT Insigne de Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Mérite?




The Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) is an Order of State awarded by the President of the French Republic. It was founded on 3 December 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. The reason of the Order’s establishment was twofold: to replace the large number of ministerial Orders previously awarded by the ministries; and to create an award that can be awarded at a lower level than the Legion of Honour, which is generally reserved for French citizens.
French nationals as well as nationals of foreign countries, men and women, can be received into the Order, for distinguished civil and military achievements, though of a lesser level than that required for the conferment of the Legion of Honour. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order and appoints all other members of the Order, by convention, on the advice of the Government. The Order has a common Chancellor and Chancery with the Legion of Honour. Every Prime Minister of France is made a grand cross of the order after six months of service..

Grades

The Order has five classes, the same as the Légion d’honneur:
  • Grand'croix (grand cross) - wears the badge on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the star on the left chest;
  • Grand officier (grand officer) - wears the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest, plus the star on the right chest;
  • Commandeur (commander) - wears the badge on a necklet;
  • Officier (officer) - wears the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest;
  • Chevalier (knight) - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.

SOURCE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordre_national_du_Mérite

Sunday, May 27, 2012

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Friday, May 25, 2012

quoi de neuf a Pari?



Mark Hachem a le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de la première exposition solo de Michael Timsit "Interprétations Visuelles" à la galerie Mark Hachem, 28 place des Vosges 75003, le mardi 29 mai à partir de 18h30. Ses nouvelles œuvres cinétique seront présentées autour des thèmes de ses voyages dans les pays orientaux, la capture du son, ainsi que l'interprétation volante d'éléments terrestres.

Respectant l’Op’art et les mouvements de l’art Cinétique des années 1960, Timsit a créé des dessins uniques dans un monde actuel en perpétuel mouvement, où l’on peut trouver l’harmonie à travers des contrastes dynamiques.

« Découvrez le concept d'un objet en mouvement à travers l'œil humain dans des images. »

Les oeuvres de Timsit rappellent des couleurs vivantes, lignes palpitantes, formes géométriques, qui évoquent l’art du POP. Son travail n’est pas conduit par une énergie artificielle, mais par la personne qui l’observe, le plaçant dans un univers d’intense créativité à la fois sophistiqué et ludique. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interesting : ...Humans of New York...

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/


ABOUT...Humans of New York began as one man’s effort to construct a photographic census of the city of New York. Over three thousand street portraits have been gathered toward this purpose. As they are collected, the portraits are plotted on an interactive map of the city. Though hundreds of portraits have been gathered from all five boroughs, only Manhattan is currently viewable. The remaining boroughs will be added as they are filled in.
Along the way, Humans of New York has grown into a vibrant blog. Every day new photos are added of people from every neighborhood. Taken together, these portraits cover the entire spectrum of New York’s population. The site also contains a collection of stories written about the project’s most fascinating subjects. HONY is constantly evolving. Feel free to follow along. If you wish to participate, Humans of New York has a very active Facebook group where the most recent content is discussed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ABOUT,,,ZE candidats


1ère circonscription

- 1. Karel VEREYCKEN
- 2. Antoine TREUILLE
- 3. Emile SERVAN-SCHREIBER
- 4. Louis LE GUYADER
- 5. Claire SAVREUX
- 6. Jean-Michel VERNOCHET
- 7. Mike REMONDEAU
- 8. Frédéric LEFEBVRE
- 9. Raphael CLAYETTE
- 10. Rob TEMEME
- 11. Céline CLEMENT
- 12. Stéphanie BOWRING
- 13. Carole GRANADE
- 14. Gérard MICHON
- 15. Julien BALKANY
- 16. Philippe MANTEAU
- 17. Corinne NARASSIGUIN
- 18. Christophe NAVEL

plus aucune bonne raison de ne pas voter


Le vote électronique pour les législatives française en Amérique du Nord
sera ouvert depuis le petit matin du mercredi 23 mai jusqu’au petit matin
 du mardi 29 mai (à 6 h du matin, heure de New-York).
Nous voterons à l'urne le samedi 2 juin.
C’est officiel depuis le 14 mai : pas moins de 18 candidats vont briguer
l’unique siège, nouvellement créé, de député des Français
 d’Amérique du Nord (Etats-Unis et Canada).


Elections 2012 - Votez à l’étranger

Elections des députés 

par les Français de l’étranger en 2012

La révision constitutionnelle du 23 juillet 2008 introduit la représentation
 à l’Assemblée nationaledes Français établis hors de France. 
En 2012, pour la première fois, onze députés seront élus par les Français de l’étranger.
La loi organique relative à l’élection des députés et sénateurs a été publiée au Journal officiel du 19 avril dernier, après que le Conseil constitutionnel l’ait déclarée conforme à la Constitution. Il convient de relever que le choix fait par l’électeur de voter en France ou à l’étranger vaut dorénavant pour tous les scrutins dont la loi électorale prévoit qu’ils se déroulent également àl’étranger (élections présidentielles, référendums, élections législatives), sans panachage de lieu possible. L’électeur qui choisit de voter à l’étranger pour ces scrutins conserve la possibilité de voter en France pour les élections locales (municipales, cantonales et régionales).
Outre le vote à l’urne en personne et par procuration (modalités en vigueur pour l’élection du président de la République et les référendums), les Français établis hors de France pourront, pour l’élection des députés, également voter par voie électronique/Internet ou s’ils le souhaitent par correspondance sous pli fermé.
infos
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/les-francais-etrange
r_1296/elections-2012-votez-etranger_20721/elections-
deputes-par-les-francais-etranger-2012_91742.html

on view @ Sperone Westwater Lower east Side


William Wegman: Artists Including Me
4 May 2012 through 16 June 2012
New York
William Wegman: Artists Including Me 
7 April 2012

New York, NY: - Sperone Westwater is pleased to present Artists Including Me, a solo exhibition by William Wegman of recent postcard paintings that feature imagery from secondhand souvenirs, imaginary landscapes, and art about art. This is the artist’s fifth solo show at the gallery.

readmore http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/articles/record.html?record=821

Friday, May 18, 2012

News from the Neuberger Museum of Art


WELCOME 
PAOLA MORSIANI APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART, PURCHASE COLLEGE


Paola Morsiani appointed Director of Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College: Morsiani becomes the seventh director of the Museum, the tenth largest university art museum in the nation

AND..


Check online before going...

We are pleased to announce that The State University of New York has allotted capital improvement funds to renovate and upgrade the Museum's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.  A stable environment is crucial for the proper maintenance of works of art.
Therefore, the Neuberger Museum of Art will be on hiatus as follows: the special exhibition galleries on the first floor will close on May 7, 2012.  The two permanent collection galleries on the first and second floors will remain open until June 24, 2012.
The entire Museum will be on hiatus for approximately 24 weeks beginning June 25.
In the interim, there will be special events off-site.  Subscribe to our e-blast newsletter for monthly updates and more information.

Monday, May 14, 2012

FANNY?


La Fanny

la fameuse fanny - la boule bleue
Don't be fooled! Kissing Fanny is no reward (although that might depend on the Fanny...!). Kissing Fanny is a punishment for losing a game without scoring a single point! It would appear that this tradition started in France's Savoy region, far from the sunny South! The first Fanny was a waitress at the café de Grand-Lemps, just after World War I. As legend would have it, she was so kindhearte that she would allow customers who had lost a game of boules without scoring a single point to kiss her... on the cheek. This went on until one day the village mayor lost a game and came to collect his "prize". No one knows whether Fanny had a grudge against hime and wanted to humiliate him, but we do know that she stepped up onto a chair, lifted her skirt and offered him... her fanny! The mayor was up to the challenge though, and less than a second later, two loud kisses resounded through the café. This was the beginning of a longstanding tradition...
la fameuse fanny - la boule bleue
The problem with this charming ritual is that players don't always have a Fanny to hand. That is, a Fanny who is willing to bare her backside in public. This is why, everywhere boules is played, a fake fanny is proudly displayed. The unhappy losers are obliged to kiss, in public, the generous cheeks of a Fanny whether in a painting, or made of pottery or as a sculpture. Thus, the consolation prize has become the ultimate humiliation for boules players everywhere. You will find a Fanny in our La Boule Bleue catalog... for use by your opponents who weren't wise enough use our boules, of course!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

53rd Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour:


The 53rd Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour:
Sunday, May 20, noon to 5 p.m.

What will you see at this year’s house tour of the North Slope? Here are some highlights:
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Corinthian columns divide the parlor at a stunning 1889 Queen Anne home
Corinthian columns divide the parlor at a stunning 1889 Queen Anne home
The formal, terraced garden of the 1889 Queen Anne home
The formal, terraced garden of the 1889 Queen Anne home
A handsome kitchen in an 1887 Renaissance Revival
A handsome kitchen in an 1887 Renaissance Revival
The large-windowed dining room of a late-1870s Italianate home
The large-windowed dining room of a late-1870s Italianate home
On top of this 1882 Neo-Grec brownstone is a marvelous roof deck
On top of this 1882 Neo-Grec brownstone is a marvelous roof deck

  • In this late-1870s Italianate home, a major renovation and extension has resulted in an open, sleek contemporary kitchen and large-windowed dining room with an inviting deck where roses and lilies grow. Highlights of this home include beautiful cherry cabinetry in the kitchen, living green wall art, and a collection of colorful wall-mounted lizards from Mexico. Don’t miss the unusual Sumo Wrestling ranking poster in the corner of the front parlor.
  • Step into the Victorian era on the parlor floor of this 1870 Late Italianate brownstone, which features a beautiful chandelier designed for both gas and electricity and Chinese prints. Framed indentures for the purchase of a servant hang on the walls. The lovely kitchen showcases botanical tiles, an oven created out of the former dumbwaiter and large windows looking out to a deck. Upstairs, the handsome library, which boasts a grave rubbing and another beautiful chandelier, invites you to curl up with a book.
  • This 1882 Neo-Grec brownstone, a work in progress, is being renovated by the owner and his architect father. Features include a handsome, recently renovated kitchen with a fine butcher block table, a lightwell rising up through the middle of each floor, lovely parquet flooring and redwood trim throughout. Herbs grow on a roof deck with marvelous views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Stunning plasterwork and an elaborate mantelpiece greet you as you enter the parlor of this 1887 Renaissance Revival. A working gas chandelier and lovely parquet floors complete the picture. In the handsome kitchen, once this home’s library, is beautiful woodwork, a huge mirror and lovely mantelpiece; the dumbwaiter is now used for storage. A deck adjacent to the kitchen overlooks a garden where a birch tree grows. Upstairs hangs a painting of the Carroll Street Bridge by EllaYang, who works mostly in Brooklyn.
  • The only original features of this stunning 1889 Queen Anne home are the handsome staircase and the foyer doorway — the dramatic molding and other details are architectural foam. Corinthian columns divide the parlor, with its beautiful furnishings, lovely mantelpiece and painting by Cobble Hill artist Kyle Staver, from the dining room, with its interesting wall clock, another lovely mantelpiece and South African prints. The inviting kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counter and Shaker-style cabinetry. Leaded glass doors divide the kitchen from the study, which features charming Japanese prints. The formal, terraced garden, designed by the owner, includes a fountain and an espaliered Blue Atlas Cedar. Don’t miss the magnificent bathroom upstairs.
  • Light floods through the windows of this serenely elegant 1867 Italianate. A lovely powder room has a blue china sink purchased on eBay. Beautiful doors, with etched and carved glass, divide the parlor from the dining room, where a charming portrait of the owner’s mother-in-law hangs. French doors, custom-made in Carolina, lead to the deck.
  • A highlight of this 1883-84 Neo-Grec is the black walnut woodwork with burl inlay thoughout the parlor floor. Lovely ceiling plasterwork, a handsome fireplace with English firescreen, a collection of prints and fine parquet floors are also on view. Don’t miss the charming silhouettes at the base of the stairway.

 Learn more about this year’s House Tour here.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

save the date Message from Pauline Galiana


Dear friends

I am pleased to invite you, on Saturday, May 19th at 2:30 P.M., to view my work, "Shredded: Off the Grid," at the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 40th Street, the latest in a series curated by Arezoo Moseni entitled "Art in the Windows." 
The work is on view day and night.
I am honored that Marisa Kayyem, the art historian and director of Art Education at Christies, will animate a discussion at 2:30, on the 6th Floor of the Library, after a short film by Sofia Rosenzweig, the filmmaker.

Arezoo, Marisa, Sofia and I look forward to seeing you there.


Friday, May 11, 2012

THIS WEEK END...Message from Jeannette


Dear Friends

For the eighth time in nine years, Matko and I are opening our home and garden over Mother's Day weekend to lovers of art, music and joie de vivre. 

The participating regional artists, who are well-established in their fields, make themselves available throughout the weekend, while musicians from the tri-state region provide an ambiance of relaxation and joyfulness. What better way to spend Mother's Day or stop by Friday and Saturday to select beautiful art and jewelry for mom or sit for a 1/2 hour portrait.

Friday night's benefit in support of Hope's Door, a save haven for victims of domestic violence, will again be catered by Chef Philippe Rayer.

If you'd like to reconnect or just spend a relaxing hour in Ossining, we'd be delighted to see you.
Best,
Jeannette



p.s. my apologies if you receive this email more than once. Feel free to forward it to your friends and family members or reply to me to let me know if you'd rather be excluded from invitations to this event in future. I'll do my best to keep the list updated.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

save the date:


On View: June 8 – August 11, 2012

Opening Reception: Thrusday, June 7,  6-8:30pm

Fish Tales Around Westchester marries art and science to create a memorable exhibition that will engage visitors and inspire action.
Curated by La Benida Hui

MORE INFO http://www.artswestchester.org/fish-tales/