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These Wealthy #SanFrancisco Homeowners Lost Their Private Street. Now They Might Get It Back

Michael Cheng says one could compare his controversial purchase to buying a collectible car. People might spend “a couple hundred thousand dollars and they leave it there, and maybe they don’t make any money with it,” he says. “They just like looking at it.”

via These Wealthy San Francisco Homeowners Lost Their Private Street After They Didn’t Pay Taxes. Now They Might Get It Back — TIME


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112M

Furniture and kitchenware giant Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) is acquiring augmented reality startup Outward in an all-cash deal for $112 million. The furniture mega-brand, which operates stores like Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm and others, will be using the startup’s 3D imaging tech to “enhance and extend its high-touch customer service platform.” Read…

via Williams-Sonoma, Inc. acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112M — TechCrunch


These Insanely Impressive Pumpkin Carvings Take the Art to the Next Level

Halloween is still three weeks away, but you might as well put down your pumpkin-carving knife now. As Twitter user and fantasy author Kevin Hearne shared over the weekend, his “neighbors” have gone above and beyond in their spooky decorations for the fall holiday, displaying festive, fiery pumpkin-carving skills…

via These Insanely Impressive Pumpkin Carvings Take the Art to the Next Level — TIME


Chet Zar ‘The Fear’ / Guillermo del Toro Tribute group exhibit

Chet Zar ‘The Fear’ / Guillermo del Toro Tribute group exhibit ‘Inspirations, Curiosities & Other Oddities’

  • Opening Reception: Saturday October 7 , 2017 – 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit runs October 7 – October 28, 2017
  • Copro Gallery – Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 
  • Website: www.CoproGallery.com

Chet Zar ‘Siamese Clowns’

Chet Zar ‘The Fear’

For Chet’s 8th solo show with Copro Gallery (beginning in 2006 with Addicted to the Good News) he has created a series of small oval paintings with Zar-Style custom oval frames. Chet will be present at the opening reception and will be signing his book and have special ‘The Fear’ prints available only at the reception!

“I have been fascinated with fear as far back as I can remember and that is the reason I paint monsters to this day. Going back to my childhood for some inspiration lead me to ordering a bunch of collected volumes of old horror comics from the 50’s and 60’s that I love. Perusing through them, the idea for “The Fear” came to me. I wanted to do a series of paintings that pulled no punches. While much of my work is concerned with creating a kind of empathy for monsters, I wanted these paintings to express pure fear and give people the creeps. Fear is the emotion of the times, you see it everywhere. I can’t remember another time in my life when people were so afraid, and it’s not without reason. These are scary times! By painting Fear and looking Fear in the eye, we become less afraid.

I realized about half way through painting for this show that The Fear directly correlates with my Dy5topia universe in a way that I never expected. Ever wonder what was coming out of those smokestacks in my paintings? It’s The Fear!”

Micahel Ramstead “Guillermo Del Toro 2017” 

Guillermo del Toro Tribute group exhibit ‘Inspirations, Curiosities & Other Oddities’

Artist & Curator, Chogrin, teams up with Copro Gallery to present  GUILLERMO DEL TORO: INSPIRATIONS, CURIOSITIES, & OTHER ODDITIES,  an art tribute to artist & filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro. This show will feature over 50 artists from around the world paying tribute to del Toro’s main sources of inspiration such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Insects, Kaiju, the occult, his favorite films and his own films plus much more! Chogrin and many of the artists will be present at the opening night and many prints as well as the originals will be available.

This show will be the fourth in a series of art shows that Chogrin has been putting together in tribute to del Toro since 2013′ ” Into the Labyrinth & Mind of Guillermo del Toro. ” With each one of these art shows Chogrin hopes to create & curate artworks that showcase the many layers of del Toro’s genius work.