Troy Simmons at Context Art Fair

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I couldn’t be more excited for Troy Simmons and his solo show at the Context Art Fair. I met Troy some years back through his wife who is also in the TV biz and since then I’ve become more familiar with his art, and it’s just so impressive how far he has been able to take his craft through his hard work and dedication. And – early December in Miami is kind of a big deal in the art world when Art Basel sets up shop and the world’s focus on art shift to the spotlight on South Florida. Congratulations to Troy and I wish him continued success!!

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See the official press release below.

Local artist Troy Simmons has immersed himself in his latest artwork, exploring the evolution of urbanism and nature’s persistence to coexist. A consistent theme, which echoes true to his intense fascination with nature and modern Brutalist Architecture.

Under the direction of JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, Simmons will showcase his new concrete work during a solo show at CONTEXT Miami Art Fair December 2nd-7th at booth #E75. He will also have several pieces on display at SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach.

His massive, large-scale concrete canvases are a mix of acrylic paints and raw materials. At first glance, the magnitude of his work is clearly realized. Most of his pieces weigh more than 100 pounds. A rough and raw relationship often described as a cataclysmic illustration of urbanism.

Simmons calls his work a “re-incarnation of the Arte Povera genre” where the inclusion of simple natural elements, such as wood and soil takes an integral part in the creation of the art. His intended goal is to create a playful mix of the hard and soft, expressing the ideological perceptions of binary relationships.

Rochi Llaneza, Former Executive Director of Hardcore Contemporary Art, curated his first show in Miami in 2009. She says, “Creating an algorithm of inspired imagery, Simmons’ connection to his ecological charged pieces is clearly reflected in his use of re-purposed materials.”

The inspiration behind his latest collection evolved after a recent trip to Germany. He spent time with his wife’s family exploring Baden-Wurttemberg in the southern part of the country. The postwar architecture is a fragmentation of Germany’s traditional heritage mixed with simple modern construction.

Simmons currently works as a full-time artist, but his educational background is in Architecture and Environmental Science. He studied at Sam Houston State University and worked as an Environmental Lab Technician in Houston, Texas. He later went on to Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in Architectural Design.

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Simmons is a Resident Artist at the Bakehouse Artist Complex in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Sample of his current work at www.TroySimmonsStudio.com.

Birthday in the Nation’s Capitol

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I spent my (pre) birthday weekend in the U.S. Capitol with some of my best girlfriend’s. I’m not really big on making a BIG deal out of my birthday as I get up there in age…LOL, but since a few of my girls have relocated to the area and a few others willing to travel to hang out for a girl’s weekend…why not?

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My first night in town we had dinner at The Hamilton, which is not only a very tasty DC spot, but they have a great ambiance and a performance venue there as well. A couple of my fellow NFL Pro Cheer Alumni gals (Joi and Mari) came out to break bread with me, and we shared so many laughs…weekend got off to a great start.

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The next day we did some sightseeing…whenever you are in DC, a stop at 1600 Penn is a must! It was a beautiful weather over the weekend for walking around and taking in the DC sights…we squeezed in a little shopping too! 😉

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That night we enjoyed a yummy dinner at STK in Dupont Circle. Pictured above (l-r) Cat, Dara, Cherisse, Norma, me, Rene and Rohelia. I am so flattered that all these girls made time to hang out…we all get so busy in our lives that sometimes it is tough to find time, and especially as a Mom now, my social calendar revolves around their activities…it was kind of different to be around so many “grown ups!” haha

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One of the other big motivators to get to DC that weekend was to see my girl Anjelah Johnson’s show at Warner Theatre! She provided lots of laughs and I even got some one on one time with her at brucnh before we all headed home the next day.

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Fun times for sure…it was “Miami” reunited in DC!! 🙂 Love my girls!!!

Bria Kelly from NBC’s The Voice

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I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Miss Bria Kelly of NBC’s “The Voice” fame… She is a local to Hampton Roads and stopped by the show to talk about life post-The Voice. She was really sweet and I hope she continues to live out her dream of a career in music.

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Click on the player below to watch the interview…

Bria (and Chef Bob from Farm Fresh) also agreed to take part in our friendly “Fun and Games” competition for the show…first one to empty the tissue box wins!

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Click play below to who was best with the “Handy Hanky!”

Flying Proms

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I’ve been living and working in Virginia for a little more than 2 weeks now, and there’s nothing like acclimating yourself to new settings than by seeing the lay of the land. Well, I got to fly the friendly skies in a World War II era airplane…we’re talking open-air cockpit and prop engine! It was quite the experience as I got to fly high above Virginia Beach/Pungo area….and it was all so I could get a first hand preview of the “Flying Proms” event. Press play below to watch me take flight….we even used a Go Pro to get some of the in-plane footage!

And here’s a few more photos from my aviation adventure…

 

UNFILTERED – A DOCUMENTARY

UNFILTERED – A DOCUMENTARY premiered in March 2014 at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sunkissed London presents Unfiltered, a mini-documentary that captures the distinct views of a group of globally-influenced women as they craft a life for themselves in the UK. Watch as the women speak openly about the highlights and challenges of leaving their homeland to create a life anew in London.

Filmed modestly in natural light to allow the genuine authenticity of each woman to shine through, Unfiltered will leave viewers with thought-provoking insight from a global community of women living and learning in London.

Executive Produced by: Kelliann McDonald, Gabriel McKenzie, Rachel Hart; Filmed by: Ejovi Agarin; Directed by: Kelliann McDonald; Edited by: Kelliann McDonald.

Click HERE to view the premiere photo album for Unfiltered.

Kudos to Kelliann who I’m sure worked tirelessly to get this project filmed and completed, GREAT JOB!

Cruise Atlas

Last fall I embarked on a Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises…for work! The gig was actually “modeling” for still photos that could possibly be used for the company’s marketing, etc… Well, the Princess Cruises 2014-2015 Atlas for the Caribbean is out and I found some of my images in the mini-brochure from the week long shoot! Check them out below!

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In this first one you can see me seated in the red top….chatting it up with other “cruisers.”

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In the scene above I am lounging in the distance with one of my legs propped up…

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And — finally having dinner, laughing and enjoying life!

Red Hot Reporter, Part Deux

Cheerio!! It’s that time of the year when the NFL is headed to London for the International Game once again at Wembley!! Virgin Atlantic is the sponsor and last year I had the honor of being the RED HOT REPORTER they sent to cover the festivities!! Well, this year they are selecting 2 lucky peeps to enjoy the experience..and this time around they are looking for the biggest fans for the team’s that’ll be playing there this year. The St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots…

For rules and details on how to enter, go here >>> https://www.facebook.com/virginatlantic/app_403359706360567

Yeah, above..that’s me and the NFL Commish at the NFL Rally at Trafalgar Square. Overall, I had an absolutely awesome time last year, check one of my “blog” archives – Red Hot Reporter DAY 3 RECAP

And here’s a flashback look at one of my interviews while I was there at Chicago BEARS practice…talking to Charles Tillman…press play!! 🙂

So if you wanna be the next ONE (or two actually), enter today..contest goes til Oct. 15!!!

https://www.facebook.com/virginatlantic/app_403359706360567