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Beacon Gallery residency features the work of photographer Cheryl Miller and culminating exhibition ‘If We Stand Tall’



BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Beacon Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Cheryl Miller: If We Stand Tall, featuring the work of longtime New York photographer Cheryl Miller, now based in the Boston area. Miller has been invited to be Beacon Gallery’s Artist-In-Residence for Summer 2023, from July 21st to August 27th, 2023. The public is invited to a culminating exhibition of the residency, entitled If We Stand Tall from August 24th to the 27th with an opening reception on August 25th, from 6 to 8 pm. 

Miller’s studio practice will be open to the public in its incubation phase prior to the official exhibition. Miller will exhibit images, audio, and text-based narratives, and guide the installation of a community-based ancestral altar. Visitors will be invited to contribute flowers, cloth, pictures, bottles of oil or liquor, coconuts, photos, and unlit candles to the altar installation on days the gallery is open to the public. Ancestral altars have a deep history in the Yoruba tradition that has many tributaries: Palo Mayombe, Voodoo, Ifa, Santeria, and even unnamed and hidden practices adopted by African Americans who survived the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to reconnect to their ancestry. The community altar will be celebrated on August 27th as part of the If We Stand Tall exhibition. 

Following the dates of Miller’s residency (July 21 – August 24), Cheryl Miller: If We Stand Tall (August 25 – 27, 2023) will officially open to the public as the culminating residency exhibition. If We Stand Tall comes from the African Proverb: “If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.” This proverb encapsulates Miller’s role as a story keeper and archivist for family and community. If We Stand Tall will feature works from Miller’s archive of Black figurative film-based photography narrating decades of culture and cultural icons. 

Multiple events are planned in conjunction with the residency and exhibition. August’s First Friday and Studio Sundays will open Miller’s residency to the public (August 4, 6, 13, and 20th). The exhibition (August 25th-27th) will offer standard gallery hours (12-6 Fri, 12-5 Sat, 11-4 Sun), and an opening on Friday, August 25th (6-8 pm), which is free and open to the public. In addition, Cheryl Miller will be joined by photographers Marilyn Nance and OJ Slaughter for a Photographer Panel, moderated by Dr. Jovonna Jones of Boston College, on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm. Free Registration for the event, generously hosted at Boston University’s School of Visual Arts (808 Commonwealth Avenue), is available via Eventbrite

Current list of open days and events:
August 4 (5-8 pm) First Friday
August 6 (11-4 pm) Studio Sunday
August 8 (6:30 pm, doors at 6) Photography Roundtable with Cheryl Miller, Marilyn Nance & OJ Slaughter @ Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 401-11
August 13 (11-4 pm) Studio Sunday
August 20 (11-4 pm) Studio Sunday
August 25 (12-6) Gallery Hours
August 25 (6-8 pm) Opening Cheryl Miller: If We Stand Tall
August 26 (12-6) Gallery Hours
August 27 (11-4 pm) Gallery Hours

For more information on the exhibition or events, email [email protected]

About Cheryl Miller

As a former City and Regional Planner, Cheryl Miller focuses on the economic, social, political, and physical development of communities, neighborhoods, and the people that make them thrive. Cheryl does this by “capturing images of African Americans viewed through a kaleidoscope of everyday experiences: the rites, rituals, social norms, mores, how people live, work, play, conduct business, raise children, build families and community, create art, educate, worship, entertain, invent…[despite] of the history of hundreds of years of enslavement, and existing racist systems that have not thwarted our efforts to flourish magnificently.” Cheryl insists that “honoring and revering our ancestors” is the catalyst for this success.

Although self-taught, Cheryl was an Adjunct Lecturer in photography at The Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University, The City University of New York, and taught in the NYC Public School System. These images have been exhibited internationally and are published in Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black PhotographersFREEDOM: A Photographic History of the African American StruggleReflections In Black – A History of Black Photographers 1840-PresentA History of New York In Images – CITYSCAPES, and Black: A Celebration of A Culture, Long Shot, and Black New York Photographers of the 20th Century. The work will be featured in ReFraming: REFLECTIONS IN BLACK by Deborah Willis in the Spring of 2023. View Cheryl’s website or follow on Instagram for more information. Currently, Miller is working on a book project, If We Stand Tall…Recollections of Spirits Past, (KMW Studio Publishing).

About Beacon Gallery 

Beacon Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Boston’s South End, providing a platform for emerging and established artists to deliver thought-provoking solo and group shows, and community-building events. As a partner to greater Boston’s artistic community, Beacon Gallery is committed to producing thoughtfully curated exhibitions that showcase original conceptual art and share compelling messages and unique perspectives. It aims to make art accessible to the general public, as well as collectors and institutions locally, nationally, and globally. For more information go to our website and follow us on Instagram

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Levenger Launches Exclusive Marilyn Monroe Collection



DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Levenger, famous for crafting and curating premium tools for readers, writers, thinkers, dreamers, and doers, has launched an exclusive new product collection celebrating one of history’s most beloved stars. The Marilyn Monroe Collection, which includes a 5-year journal, pen and keepsake box, is available only at levenger.com.

Levenger Launches Exclusive Marilyn Monroe Collection

The collection pays tribute to the iconic actress who starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest and most critically acclaimed films, from romantic comedies like “Some Like It Hot” to serious dramas like “The Misfits.” Beneath her glamorous image and mesmerizing beauty was an intelligent, thoughtful woman who was an avid reader and faithful journal keeper. Over her career, she filled notebook after notebook with her thoughts, feelings, plans, and original poetry.

“A young girl named Norma Jean Baker came to Hollywood with dreams of fame and artistic achievement, transforming herself into the international sensation who was Marilyn Monroe,” said Margaret Moraskie, CEO of Levenger. “At Levenger, we’ve always been inspired by remarkable individuals passionate about creating, sharing, and inspiring others. Our new collection pays tribute to the woman who never let go of her hopes for a more meaningful life and is meant to inspire the dreamer in all of us.”

The Marilyn Monroe Collection features pieces that can be customized with a monogram, including:

  • Dream Keeper Box: Store items and keepsakes in a luxurious case made of full-grain white leather with gold-toned hardware and soft suede lining. Within is a deep chamber to house items for safekeeping, and a removable sliding top drawer. Interior pockets can hold stamps, seals, envelopes, and writing implements, and the exquisite box comes with a sample of fine stationery.
  • 5-Year Journal: Also made of smooth, luxurious full-grain white leather, this deluxe journal inspired by the legendary actress is beautifully crafted with rich, gilded-edge paper and offers five lines per day for self-reflection.
  • Diamonds Ballpoint Pen: Conceptualized with Monroe’s iconic trademarked performances of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in mind, this glamourous pen was designed to sparkle as you record thoughts, goals, and ideas. The writing instrument is crafted in white lacquered brass with gold-plated appointments and a sparkling Swarovksi® gemstone on the cap.

To discover new ways to dream with the Marilyn Monroe Collection, visit levenger.com.

Media Contact: Nicole Haftel; [email protected]

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Pacaso Unveils Season Two of “Second Home” Podcast



SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — Pacaso, the leading technology-enabled real estate marketplace that helps people buy, co-own, and sell a luxury second home, today announces the launch of Season Two of the “Second Home” podcast, where celebrities, athletes, doctors, designers, tastemakers, and entrepreneurs reveal how they live an enriched life and the role real estate plays in it. Hosted by Pacaso’s own Lucy Wohltman, Senior Vice President of New Development, and Andreas Madsen, Chief Revenue Officer, this season promises profound insights into the transformative power of second homes. It also facilitates intimate conversations about guests’ lives, spanning from discussions with individuals boasting numerous Grand Slam trophies to hearing artist Gray Malin’s captivating account of capturing a photo while suspended from a helicopter.

A conversation with designer and entrepreneur Jenni Kayne is featured in the launch episode of Pacaso’s Second Home podcast.

In Season Two, “Second Home” hosts a diverse lineup of engaging and influential guests, including the multi-talented designer and entrepreneur, Jenni Kayne; fine art photographer, Gray Malin; Optimism Doctor, Deepika Chopra; talented interior designer and hospitality professional, Jay Jeffers; Olympic gold medalist and decorated tennis player, Bethanie Mattek-Sands; and vintner, Jean-Charles Boisset.

“The common thread from guest to guest is they all feel as if they live their best life in their second home. Whether it is a matter of having more time for hobbies or the joy of entertaining friends around the kitchen island, a retreat can translate to happiness,” said Lucy Wohltman.

“From debating pickleball versus tennis to transporting ourselves to second homes in Tahoe, Northern California’s wine country, and beyond, this season was a blast to record,” said Andreas Madsen. “Hearing the incredible range of stories, such as Jenni Kayne’s hygge expertise, and delving into topics ranging from the art of anticipation and its impact on our everyday joy, it’s fascinating to see how each individual personalizes their primary and second homes, creating the ideal setting for their cherished memories.”

Noteworthy Season One guests included actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Eva Longoria; point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers John Wall; 16-season NFL quarterback Alex Smith; fitness and wellness pioneer Tracy Anderson; athlete and motivational coach Alex Toussaint; in addition to the well-known Jordyn Woods, Montell and Kristin Jordan, and Arie Luyendyk.

“Second Home” new episodes are released bi-weekly. The podcast is available to listen on Pacaso’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts and other major podcast platforms.

About Pacaso
Pacaso® is a technology-enabled marketplace that modernizes real estate co-ownership to make a second home possible and enjoyable for more people. Pacaso curates luxury listings with premium amenities and high-end contemporary interior design, offers ⅛ to ½ ownership with integrated financing, and, after purchase, professionally manages the home and supports seamless resale. Co-founded by Austin Allison and Spencer Rascoff in 2020, Pacaso operates in 40 top second home destinations around the world. Pacaso has been certified as a Great Place to Work and is recognized as one of Glassdoor’s 2022 Best Places to Work.

Learn more about Pacaso and view listings at Pacaso.com and connect with @PacasoHomes on Instagram and Twitter.


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Paramount+ in Canada and The Shine Network Institute Announce the Indigenous Producers Budgeting Intensive



TORONTO /CNW/ — Today, Paramount+ in Canada and The Shine Network Institute (TSNI) announce the Indigenous Producers Budgeting Intensive, an online course and new resource to support the professional development and mentorship of Indigenous women in film, television and media. This first virtual course will be geared toward budgeting for film. It will be accessible on TSNI’s @Learnatshine platform and will launch on National Indigenous Peoples Day – Friday, June 21, 2024. 

Geared toward emerging and mid-level Indigenous female producers, this first intensive course of 10 x one hour modules offer students hands-on learning accompanied by Indigenous framed tutorials designed to empower students as they prepare to produce their first feature film. The course will also include candid conversations with Indigenous female producers to inspire and motivate students by giving them access to industry veterans who can dispel myths and misconceptions about producing. 

“Working with The Shine Network Institute on this course is truly the first step in our partnership,” said Doug Smith, SVP Streaming & Content Licensing Paramount Global, Canada. “After listening and consulting with Jennifer Podemski and her team over the past few months we are proud to collaborate on this online course which will provide tangible skills to those interested in line producing, one of the most important jobs on any set. It is also a project we can build on in the months and years to come to support even more of TSNI’s membership and the next generation of Indigenous producers.”

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Paramount + Canada for this course,” said Jennifer Podemski, President & CEO, The Shine Network Institute. “Partnerships like this allow TSNI to offer the highest level of training and mentorship while building capacity for Indigenous people within the screen sector. Although our mission at TSNI is to foster the careers of Indigenous women who are the least represented across the sector and experience the most disproportionate outcomes, this course, which will be offered on our @Learnatshine platform, is open to all Indigenous professionals working within Canada’s film, television and digital media space.” 

This initiative is the third partnership Paramount+ in Canada has announced that reinforces its long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Earlier this fall, the company announced a collaboration with the Black Screen Office for the Black Creators Festival Initiative; a joint venture with BIPOC TV & Film, and the National Screen Institute Partner for the new ELEVATE program; and now TSNI’s Budget Online Intensive.

These programs are intricately connected to the mission of Paramount Global’s Content for Change initiative, which seeks to counteract narratives that enable bias, stereotypes and hate using the power of our content, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything we do.

About Paramount+
Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, Italy, Ireland and South Korea. 

About The Shine Network Institute
The Shine Network Institute (TSNI) is an Indigenous not-for-profit organization providing professional development programs, advocacy and mentorship, for Indigenous women in the film, television and media sector. TSNI is committed to knowledge gathering and knowledge sharing, understanding that culturally informed research practices will deepen our understanding of the needs within the communities we serve. We are committed to dismantling systemic and structural barriers Indigenous women face in the screen sector and creating pathways to advancing Indigenous women’s careers within the screen sector while creating safer spaces for all Indigenous Peoples in the industry.

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