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Johannes van Neercassel

Johannes Baptista van Neercassel served as Archbishop of Utrecht from 1661 to 1686. He studied in Paris, where he joined the Oratorians, he in 1652 joined the Dutch Mission. In 1662 he in 1663 made vicar apostolic. In that role he maintained good relations with the civil authorities of the Dutch Republic, winning some degree of tolerance for Catholics. After the capture of Utrecht by the French in 1672, the French authorised Catholics to worship publicly - the Cathedral was returned to Catholic use and Van Neercassel celebrated Mass there many times. On 22 August 1673 he organised a major procession of the Holy Sacrament through the city streets, he hoped to re-establish Utrecht as an episcopal seat, but Rome showed much hesitation on the issue, the Holy See being unfavourable to the seat being restored under French protection. The liberties Catholics had gained came to an end in 1673, when the French were forced to retreat from Utrecht. Although there was little thought of reprisals by the Protestants, Van Neercassel judged it expedient to leave the Dutch Republic temporarily, continuing the Dutch Mission's work from abroad and from Leiden.

He died of complications from pneumonia. A respected figure on the international stage, with an excellent network of contacts in France and Rome, Johannes van Neercassel represented spiritualist Jansenism and had good relations with Port-Royal. In time the Jesuits succeeded in undermining his position and his theological work Amor poenitens was put on the Index of Prohibited Books after his death. De Katholieke Encyclopaedie M. Chr. M. Molenaar / G. A. M. Abbink, Dertienhonderd jaar bisdom Utrecht

Blane De St. Croix

Blane De St. Croix is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for his monumental sculptures and installations, his sculpture investigates the human relationship to the contemporary landscape and the ecological and geopolitical conflicts embedded in that relationship. His practice is founded on extensive field research and incorporates discourses on art, cultural geography and the repurposing of the landscape genre, traditionally associated with painting, into sculptural statements. De St. Croix has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors in 2009, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, The Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship in 2015, a Massachusetts College of Art and Design Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment in 2011, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Lee Krasner Award, in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, in 2019. De St. Croix earned a BFA in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

De St. Croix has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY. Additionally, his work is included in both institutional and private collections in the United States and abroad, his residencies include multiple MacDowell Colony Fellowships, Peterborough, NH. His work has been written about in publications including New York Magazine, The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Art Daily, ABC News, New Art Examiner, The Miami Herald, his work is represented by Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY. Early in his career De St. Croix was interested in ecology, nature and perception. In works like Excavation and Bed of Wicker, Bed of Straw, Bed of Clay De St. Croix brought outdoor environments indoors, initiated his work with sculptural landscape. De St. Croix began to sculpt in miniature after being employed to build scale model theater sets, which brought him to experiment with scale in his own work.

De St. Croix’s depopulated small-scale model of the topography and fence-architecture of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea observes the success of the structure and barrier while reflecting on the constructed and artificial nature of borders. Rooted in research done in West Virginia where he met the anti-mining environmental­ activist Larry Gibson, the monumental sculptural installation Mountain Strip, over forty feet long and twenty-two feet high, reconstructed topography of a section of the strip-mined Kayford Mountain Ridge top in West Virginia. De St. Croix’s 80 ft long sculpture Broken Landscape II depicts a section of the U. S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas. The art critic Jerry Saltz wrote that “Lovingly detailed with hills, rocks and fencing, it expresses the desolation and absurdity of trying to wall off one country from another, it makes both the sculpture and the policy debates seem that much more diabolical and impossible.” Mountain Views is a monumental landscape sculpture depicting an extinct mountain range, installed in New York City’s Socrates Sculpture Park.

Installed in 2011, the sculpture obstructed the New York City skyline, with the mountains acting as memorials to their own destruction caused by mountain top removal coal mining, gesturing to a major source of energy for the city. The sculpture Nomadic Landscape depicts the Mongolian Gobi Desert and was created in situ in 2012; the sculpture uses its shipping crate as a sculptural pedestal and natural materials collected from the Gobi desert. The suspended sculpture Floating Fire depicts fragmented scenes of the Florida Everglades reserve in the aftermath of encroachment and forest fires; the art historian Tami Katz-Freiman said of the sculpture that “The fragment of earth that appears in this work contains the scorched remains of plants and a pond of water. These natural vestiges seem to have been uprooted from the Sawgrass Plains in the aftermath of an ecological disaster, in order to be preserved in the museum as the last remains of a vanished world.” The sculpture Pyramiden / Permafrost was created after a research trip to the Svalbard Archipelago and takes its name from the abandoned soviet settlement of Pyramiden, a utopian arctic coal mining community founded in 1927 and abandoned in 1998.

The sculpture depicts the eponymous mountain peak overlooking the town. One side of the sculpture is a pristine representation of the snow-covered peak, the other side exposes a cross section of the mountain’s dark interior and the deep permafrost of the arctic landscape, recalling a dystopian underside of the failed community and ideology; the sculpture Dead Ice was created after De St. Croix’ research trip to the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle in 2013; the monumental sculpture features two distinct sides that divide the space in two, one human and one natural, with the sculpture itself acting as a border between the two created spaces. On one side is depicted dead-ice, or a glacier that has ceased to move and begins melting when no longer sustained by its climate.

Donyo Donev

Donyo Donev was a Bulgarian animator, art director, comics artist and cartoonist. He is best known as the "father of The Three Fools" – an animated humorous sequence whose short episodes were continuously released during the 1970s and 1980s, his biting satirical caricatures were published in the most of the Bulgarian newspapers. Donev's works are characterized with the simplified lines and at the same time plasticity of the motion and vivid expressiveness, he was the first who used deformed manner of speaking and interjections as a sound image of a second plan together with drum' and bagpipe' sounds. Donyo Donev was born on 27 June 1929 in a small town in the northwest part of Bulgaria, he enrolled at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, where he studied graphic art in 1949–1954 under the eminent Bulgarian artist Ilia Beshkov. After graduating in the academy he attended a postgraduate course in 1959 in the Moscow's Soyuzmultfilm, he worked as an artist with the Bulgarian paper "Evening News".

During the period 1956–1970 Donev was an animator and director in the department of animation in the Studio of Featured Films, Sofia. Since 1970 he was a head of a film unit in the Studio of Animated Films, Sofia where he stayed until 1993. In 1970 was released the first short episode of The Three Fools; this animated caricature became popular throughout the country. Subsequently, it were released nine more episodes in the 1980s; the sequence turned into a badge of Donev' creative works. There are not a single episode of them, not awarded at the foreign film festivals; some of his other notable works are Clever Village, De Facto and Causa Perduta. There are numerous awards he received for his other animated films through the years. In the 1990s Donev was an editor-in-chief of the satirical paper named after his famous animated characters The Three Fools, he was an editor in "Fras" – a magazine for humour and fun. As a cartoonist he took part in exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad. Donev has been a professor at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts for years, where he taught directing of animation.

He was decorated with the high government prize the Order Of Saint Saint Methodius. Donyo Donev died in 2007 at the age of 78. 1970 – The Three Fools / Trimata glupatsi 1972 – Three Fools as Hunters / Trimata glupatsi – lovtsi 1974 – The Three Fools and the Cow / Trimata glupatsi i kravata 1977 – The Three Fools and the Tree / Trimata glupatsi i darvoto 1978 – The Three Fools and the Fool Woman / Trimata glupatsi i glupachkata 1979 – Three Fools as Athletes / Trimata glupatsi – atleti 1980 – Three Fools as Pedagogues / Trimata glupatsi – pedagozi 1982 – Three Fools as Fishermen / Trimata glupatsi – ribari 1989 – The Three Fools in the Restaurant / Trimata glupatsi v restoranta 1990 – Three Fools Non-stop / Trimata glupatzi non-stop 1969 – Happy End / Hepi End 1972 – Clever Village / Umno selo 1973 – De Facto / De fakto 1977 – Causa Perduta / Kauza perduta 1985 – We Called Them Montagues and Capulets / Narekohme gi Monteki i Kapuleti 1988 – Wolf's Suite / Valcha syuita 1988 – Golden Mikeldi for Wolf's Suite – Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 1989 – Silver Dragon for Wolf's Suite – Cracow Film Festival Donyo Donev on IMDb Donyo Donev at artweek Culture and Society Forum

Ashburton Guardian

The Ashburton Guardian is a daily newspaper published in Ashburton, New Zealand according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation in New Zealand it has a readership of 11,000 and a circulation of 5,554. It was founded in 1879 and has since 1900 been owned by the Bell family According to the Newspaper Publishers Association of New Zealand the Ashburton Guardian was first published in September 1879. 11,000 editions of the Ashburton Guardian have been digitised and are available through PapersPast, a service offered by the National Library. In 2000, the Ashburton Guardian was the first newspaper in New Zealand to go to a compact format. In July 2013, the weekday editions went from broadsheet to compact; the newspaper was a member of the now defunct New Zealand Press Association. Charles Dixon and Horace Weeks started the newspaper to oppose Joseph Ivess, who had started the Evening News earlier in 1879 in support of his mayoralty campaign. In the following year, they sold the newspaper to Edward George Wright and Hugo Friedlander, the latter of whom had beaten Ivess in the mayoral election.

In 1885, they sold the Guardian to William Steward, who himself sold to Robert Bell in 1900. As of 2015, the Ashburton Guardian is still owned by the Bell family, that makes it one of the few independently-owned daily newspapers in New Zealand

Re-Entry (Big Brovaz album)

Re-Entry is the second album released by UK R&B/hip-hop collective Big Brovaz. After the album was delayed in May 2006, the band release the follow-up to "Nu Flow" on 9 April 2007. Following the first single, "Yours Fatally" and the second single "Hangin' Around", the third single from the album, "Big Bro Thang", was received a staggered download only single release in February and March 2007; the album release contain the Booty Luv hit "Boogie 2nite" as a bonus track. Track 15 is a remix by DJ Teddy-O and is now available on the maxi CD of Booty Luv's "Shine" "Big Bro Thang" "Can't Hold Me Down" "Must Be Crazy" "Scream" "Hangin' Around" "I'll Be There" "Hear Me Knockin'" "Take Me There" "Hey! Hey!" "You & I" "Duurty Music" "All I Ever Wanted" "Yours Fatally" "Breaking the Cycle" "Boogie 2nite" "Nu Flow" "Favourite Things" "Baby Boy" The album Re-Entry was released in Australia on 17 March 2008 with a bonus DVD. Big Brovaz ran a fan vote on their official site asking fans to pick their favourites.

Below are the twenty tracks listed in that fan vote with their original titles. The songs in bold are the ones that made the final album cut and the ones that are not highlighted in bold have yet to receive a release. "Hangin' Around" "Screaming Out" "Must Be Crazy" "What Ever You Need" "Can't Hold Me Down" "Hear Me Knockin'" "Hard Core" "Goin' On a Trip" "Take Me There" "Breaking The Cycle" "Go Getter" "Big Bro Thang" "Deep in Love" "Always Take You Back" "Hey Hey" "Feelin' Freaky" "Dirty Music" "All I Ever Need" "Spring Rain" "Double Trouble" Re-Entry at MusicBrainz

St Gredifael's Church, Penmynydd

St Gredifael's Church is a former Church in Wales parish church in Penmynydd, Wales. The church was constructed in the 6th century by St Gredifael for whom it was named with the current stone building being constructed in the 12th century; the church holds the tomb of Goronwy ap Tudur Hen, a member of the House of Tudor and ancestor to the Tudor Kings of England. It is a grade II* listed building; the church was first constructed on the site in the 6th century AD by Saint Gredifael with a more substantial stone building being constructed in the 12th century. The church was reconstructed in the 14th century, with the nave and chancel being built using Norman carved stone; the church was extended in the early 15th century with the inclusion of a new north chapel and new porch on the south side. Restoration work was carried out in 1848 and again in 1969 to repair the upper sections of the walls. In 2010, there were concerns that the church would close due to being unable to afford necessary repairs.

However the church was awarded a financial grant from the Welsh Assembly to allow for the repairs to be carried out and the church to remain open. The church has since closed; the church was granted grade II* listed status in 1968. The reason for it being listed was because it was a "...as a scarcely restored medieval rural church housing an exceptionally fine late C14 alabaster effigy tomb." It stated that "the church is of immense local and national historic interest for its connection with the Tudor family of Plas Penmynydd." The church is linked to the House of Tudor as it is located in the village where the dynasty was founded. Inside the church in the north chapel is the alabaster tomb of Goronwy ap Tudur Hen, the great uncle of Henry VII of England of the House of Tudor alongside his wife Myfanwy Fychan, his tomb was not installed at St Gredifael's Church. However, it was moved there from Llanfaes Friary following the Church of England Dissolution of the Monasteries by his successor Henry VIII of England.

The tombs themselves are damaged from vandalism due to pilgrims taking chips off them because of a belief that the tombs materials had healing properties. As a result of this, the effigy of Goronwy on the top of his tomb is missing its hands and the effigy on top of Mfanwy's tomb is missing its fingers; the interior design pays tribute to the Tudor lineage with Tudor Roses in the stained glass windows alongside a portcullis representing the House of Beaufort. The window has the motto "UNDEB FEL RHOSYN YW AR LAN AFONYDD AC FEL TY DUR AR BEN Y MYNYDDD" on it and fleur de lys on the ends of the pews in reference to Catherine of Valois, wife of Owen Tudor and the Tudor claim to the French throne. In 2007, the church was visited by the House of Tudor's descendant and heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, Prince of Wales. Artwork at St Gredifael's Church, Penmynydd