Monday, July 24, 2017

Renowned African Stone Sculptor Moses Nyanhongo, Carmel Sculptors Terrie Bennett and Steven Whyte Will be doing Live Sculpture Demonstrations and Displaying their New Works at Devendorf Park and their respective Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunday, August 27th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, Gallery Sur Supports the all-volunteer Sahwira Fund, to build classrooms at the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Now Through August 31st 100% of Proceeds from their ART FOR EDUCATION COLLECTION at http://gallerysur.com/collections/63114/ Will Help 800-plus Orphans.

Carmel, CA, July 24, 2017 — Renowned African Stone Sculptor Moses Nyanhongo, Carmel Sculptors Terrie Bennett and Steven Whyte Will be doing Live Sculpture Demonstrations and Displaying their New Works at Devendorf Park and their respective Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea Sunday, August 27th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Nyanhongo is a renowned fine art stone sculptor of Zimbabawe's Shona Sculpture Movement, which has captivated art lovers and collectors the world over. Bennett is a second-generation sculptor who has been sculpting professionally for more than 30 years and exhibits at Bennett Sculpture Carmel. Whyte is an internationally renowned sculptor who specializes in massive monuments, including national memorial monuments to Bob Hope, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Steinbeck.

To celebrate the opening of “Life in Stone,” an exhibition of over 40 new stone sculptures at Gallery Sur in Carmel, the internationally celebrated Nyanhongo will demonstrate his stone-sculpting talents at the free event in Devendorf Park in downtown Carmel. Joining him that day will be Bennett, who will also conduct a live sculpting demonstration in the park.

Just a few blocks away, at his gallery on Dolores between 5th and 6th, Whyte will also be holding a live sculpting demo. Organizers of the event are encouraging people to visit all three demonstrations to see different techniques in use by each artist.

All live demos take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, and are all free and open to the public.

Moses, part of the well-known Nyanhongo family of stone sculptors, will show the various techniques used in their distinctive sculpting process and will share the deep cultural and spiritual traditions expressed in the stone.

Gallery Sur in Carmel is a North American leader in offering original, one-of-a-kind Zimbabwean stone sculpture. The new “Life in Stone” exhibition, opening Aug. 27 at Gallery Sur, includes Shona sculpture ranging from important traditional works by older, revered artists to contemporary, purely abstract works from younger, internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean artists.

“For the past 23 years, I’ve had the pleasure of representing a handful of world-class stone sculptors from Zimbabwe,” says Braden Coolidge, artist representative and curator of the show. “Each year I hand-pick a selection that focuses on the very finest quality by a select few artists. This year’s collection is truly stunning. Clearly the most diverse and dynamic body of work I have ever seen, and in 23 years I’ve seen a lot!”

Shona artists often draw inspiration intuitively from their traditional culture: the mythology, folklore, rituals and beliefs in ancestral spirits that remain strong influences in contemporary Zimbabwean life. The integral roles of women in society are also a significant source of inspiration, often expressing the importance of the mother and child relationship and the respect for the elder’s wisdom. Both the physical and spiritual relationship with nature is another important theme, reflecting the country’s deep rural roots.

Utilizing beautiful stones in various colors, unearthed by the artists from remote mines and quarries, their distinctive sculptures are hand-carved using timeworn techniques, without power tools, maintaining a close relationship to the stone.

The Shona Sculpture Movement, which first began in the 1950s, is named after the largest tribe engaged in stone sculpting in Zimbabwe. The name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word meaning “house of stone.” In the late 1960s, the new art movement born in Africa was celebrated at the famed Musee Rodin in Paris and Shona sculptors caught the attention of the art world.

Bernard Matemera, one of the founders of the Shona movement described the process of working with stone like this:

“The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit — like an orange or a banana. You don’t eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside.”

Support the Sahwira Fund at Gallery Sur:

Gallery Sur also supports the all-volunteer Sahwira Fund, to build classrooms at the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Supported by 10% of the proceeds of all sculpture sales, eight classrooms have been built and are now sheltering many of the 800-plus students at the school. Six more classrooms are planned to meet the demand.

Just announced. Gallery Sur’s “ART FOR EDUCATION" web page at http://gallerysur.com/collections/63114/, is currently offering one-off discounted fine art photographs and sculptures, of which 100% of the purchase of these selected artworks will be donated to the Sahwira Fund through Aug. 31 .

For more information on any of these works, please contact Gallery Sur at (831) 626-2615.

News Media:
Moses Nyanhongo is available for in-person and phone interviews from Aug. 9 through Aug. 19. Please set up your interview by contacting Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or by email at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

Gallery Sur
Sixth between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel, CA
(831) 626.2615
www.gallerysur.com
info@gllerysur.com

About Steven Whyte
Whyte studied at the prestigious Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture, which served as a catalyst for a remarkable career in portrait sculpture. The sculptor’s accomplishments in the field were recognized when he was elected Vice President of the Society of Portrait Sculptor.

Whyte’s accomplishments as a portrait sculptor have made him sought-after for public memorials and installations both in England and throughout the United States with subjects ranging from local miners, to soldiers and fire fighters.

He is credited with more than 40 life-size and large bronze figures in Britain and the United States including The Silverdale Mining Memorial; The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute; The Spirit of 1948; the Dr. John Roberts Monument; the sixteen figure-multi-million dollar National Military Tribute to Bob Hope for San Diego; two over life-size monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King, and a twice-life size portrait figure of 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner John David Crow for Texas A&M at College Station.

In May 2011, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department unveiled Whyte’s four-figure tribute to the fallen deputies of the sheriff's department. The year 2014 saw the unveiling of nine 110% life-size bronze figures for the Cannery Row Monument, in Monterey, a life size (11-foot) Jumbo the Elephant for Tufts University in Massachussetts, and in 2014, installed the largest single bronze sculpture for any college or university anywhere, the $1.7 million Aggie War Hymn Monument for Texas A&M University.

Whyte was awarded the Sports Artist of the Year in 2016 by The United States Academy of Sports and The American Sport Art Museum & Archives. Also in 2016, The Smithsonian Institute chose his portrait bust of U.S. Congressman John Conyers for National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.

Whyte’s edition work features the drama and evocativeness of his monuments combined with a more personal point of view.

Whyte works in an open studio gallery in the historic artist community of Carmel, California.

Steven Whyte Sculpture Studio and Gallery
Dolores Street at Sixth Avenue in Carmel
(831) 620-1917
http://www.stevenwhytesculptor.com/

About Terrie Bennett
Terrie Bennett is a second-generation sculptor who has been sculpting professional for over 30 years. She first started working in the bronze foundry business with world-renowned sculptors, father Tom Bennett and uncle Bob Bennett.

Terrie was one of the first sculptors to focus on marine mammals in the early 1980s, quickly establishing herself as one of the top marine artists in Hawaii and the Western United States. Over the years she has shown in fine art galleries in California, Hawaii and New Mexico.

Terrie has a passion to teach sculpting to others. She believes in the raw natural creative talent in everyone and especially enjoys sharing the extraordinary sculpting techniques inherited from her uncle and father. She has felt honored to help promote and support talented artists as well as connecting with art enthusiasts from around the world.

Today, her artistic focus is on composing sculptural creations that evoke a sense of connection to the divine nature of our lives as well as imbuing a sense of expanding consciousness. Through meditation and her devotional practice she is guided to create uplifting sculptures that embrace hope, peace and a deep reverence for the Earth and all of its inhabitants. She is currently exhibiting at the Bennett Sculpture Carmel Gallery.

Bennett Sculpture Carmel
San Carlos between 5th and 6th
P.O. Box 2423, Carmel, Ca. 93923
(831) 626-3054
www.BennettSculptureCarmel.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.gallerysur.com

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Concludes Extensive Renovations with Centennial Anniversary

Hyatt Carmel Highlands, the acclaimed northern California hotel overlooking the Big Sur Coast with just 48 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, announced the completion of one of the most exciting transformations in its 100-year history.

Carmel Highlands, CA, July 24, 2017 — Hyatt Carmel Highlands, the acclaimed northern California hotel overlooking the Big Sur Coast with just 48 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, announced the completion of one of the most exciting transformations in its 100-year history. Originally opened as the Highlands Inn, the hotel now features a remodeled lobby and redesigned guest rooms, restaurant and lounge. The hotel will host a celebration in late July to commemorate the historic property’s centennial anniversary.

Drawing inspiration from the hotel’s rich history and Carmel’s vibrant artistic, social and literary landscape, renovations include:

• Newly redesigned guestrooms, inclusive of 10 suites, with updated furnishings, décor, color schemes, new heating and the addition of air conditioning. The refreshed look draws upon the hotel’s upscale coastal ambience.

• The hotel’s gourmet restaurant California Market at Pacific’s Edge offers an expanded 40-seat, 1,200-square-foot patio and an exciting new menu. The addition of a glass-railed outdoor dining deck amplifies the venue’s awe-inspiring vistas. New seating arrangements include a large communal table made of a fallen Monterey cypress tree trunk and high-top tables in select areas to ensure patrons enjoy unencumbered views. The space is tailored, yet comfortable, for that casual breakfast or lunch, as well as the relaxing celebratory dinner overlooking a spectacular sunset.

• The popular Sunset Lounge has been reconfigured to provide guests with panoramic vistas of the stunning coastline. New bar menus offer delectable tapas and creative hand-crafted cocktails, while local musicians play live jazz and soul music each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

• The hotel’s lobby area features new furnishings and living room-style components, inviting private parties of more than 100 guests to now enjoy the refreshed area.

“We are excited to announce the completion of this renovation, just in time to celebrate the centennial of the hotel,” said James Cooper, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ general manager/managing director. “These upgrades offer a fresh new look, fusing modern touches with the authentic ambiance that this iconic property is known for worldwide.”

On Friday, July 28, Hyatt Carmel Highlands will kick off its centennial festivities with the exclusive Local Legends event that celebrates Monterey County's acclaimed wines and winemakers and the renowned chefs who have made the area a foodie's paradise. Limited seating will be available. For more information on this event and other winemaker dinners at the hotel, click here.

Historic, Coastal Design
The hotel’s redesigned restaurant and Sunset Lounge reflect a nod to the rugged local coastline. As guests arrive, they are greeted by sculptural elements of flying coastal birds, framing a breathtaking view of the Big Sur coast. Timber frames and metal strappings that were once used to hold back the coastal cliff sides are also represented throughout the design. Blown-glass pendant lights hang above the bar, and sleek marble countertops create a perfect nook to share crafted artisanal cocktails, award-winning wines, and great conversation.

Conscious California Cuisine at California Market at Pacific’s Edge
As part of the restaurant’s transformation, chef de cuisine Francisco Castellon has devised a tantalizing menu of American classics with a twist, including popular dishes from previous menus and a number of new selections.

A sampling of menu items includes:

Breakfast: Dungeness crab & avocado eggs benedict; maple walnut granola with Oxnard strawberries, Strauss Creamery yogurt and local honey.

Lunch: Baja fish tacos featuring fresh locally caught fish topped with shaved cabbage and chipotle aioli; chicken sofrito empanadas with Santa Barbara green olives, capers and smoked paprika aioli; and sandwich of vine ripened tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, local arugula, and California aged white cheddar.

Dinner: Appetizer of heirloom tomatoes, burrata mozzarella, opal basil blossoms and sherry vinegar; signature entrees, such as merlot-glazed short ribs with roasted baby heirloom carrots, kale and buttermilk potato puree and hook and line-caught sea bass with almond gazpacho, grapes, basil oil, and sun choke chips.

Seasonal rates at Hyatt Carmel Highlights start from $529 per night. The Bed and Breakfast package starts at $540 per night. For more information and reservations, visit www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com.

Adjacent to the property is the Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, which includes 94 one- and two-bedroom units each with wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, and ocean or garden view. For more information, visit www.hyattresidenceclub.com.

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917 as the Highland Inn, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and 5 Garden View rooms. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

Monterey Symphony's Fabulous Season 72, a Six-concert series that Begins Oct. 14-15, and Runs through May 19-20

Tickets Go On Sale August 15th

Salinas, CA, July 21, 2017 - An exceptional lineup of celebrated pianists will perform iconic works by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Mozart, de Falla and Liszt during the Monterey Symphony's fabulous Season 72, a six-concert series that begins Oct. 14-15, and runs through May 19-20. Tickets go on sale August 15th.

The season, entitled "Concert Grand," is under the direction of Maestro Max Bragado-Darman, whose guest pianists will Orion Weiss, David Jae-Weon Huh, Josu de Solaun, Juan Perez Floristan, Phillipe Bianconi, and one more to be selected by guest conductor Conner Gray Covington, who will preside over the March 17-18 program.


The symphony also will be performing pieces by Dvorak, Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, de Falla and Tchaikovsky.

All programs will be performed at the Sunset Center (Ninth Avenue, between San Carlos and Mission streets) in Carmel at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Special youth concerts, also at the Sunset Center, have been scheduled Oct. 16, March 19 and April 23, with performances at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on each date.

The Monterey Symphony's chamber players will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at All Saints Church (Ninth Avenue, between San Carlos and Monte Verde streets in Carmel).

For ticket information, call 831-646-8511, visit the website at www.montereysymphony.org, or send an email to info@montereysymphony.org.

Here's an in-depth look at the upcoming season:

Program 1: Oct. 14 and 15 (with youth concert on Oct. 16)
Pianist Orion Weiss, a favorite of Monterey Symphony fans, will lend his virtuosic skills to Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 (originally composed for the historically acclaimed Nikolai Rubinstein) in the season opener, during which the orchestra will perform Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," Op. 95.

Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Program 2: Nov. 18-19
South Korean-born David Jae-Weon Huh, silver medalist at the 2015 Santander Piano Competition, will lend his talents to Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26, in this powerful program, which also will include the Symphony's interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 ("Pastoral.)

Recognized for his sense of poetry and technical brilliance, Huh has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, and has appeared in numerous festivals, including recitals at Animato den Paris, San Francisco Music Festival, and Leipzig Euro Music Festival, among many others.

This will be his first appearance with the Monterey Symphony.

Program 3: Feb. 17-18
Josu de Solaun, first-prize winner at the 2014 Enescu Piano Competition, will join the Symphony to perform Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 103 in a concert that also will include Symphony renditions of Johannes Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2, Op. 61.

de Solaun's teachers, mentors, and musical influences have Nina Svetlanova, Horacio Gutierrez, Ricardo Roca, Ana Guijarro, Maria Teresa Naranjo, Albert and Miyoko Lotto, Joaquin Achucarro, Matti Raekallio, Edna Golandsky, and Jerome Lowenthal.

Symphony audiences will remember de Solaun for his previous solo recital, featuring Mussogorky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Program 4: March 17-18 (with youth concert on March 19)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend with the Monterey Symphony and wall-to-wall Mozart, a program that will include the overture from his beloved opera, Don Giovanni.

This concert will be performed under the baton of guest conductor Connor Gray Covington (recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony) and will include Mozart's Symphony No. 1, KV 16, and Symphony No. 41, KV 551 ("Jupiter").

Covington is currently completing his tenure as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he is being mentored by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. He recently made his debut with the Curtis Symphony at Carnegie Hall, sharing the podium with Ludovic Morlot.

A special guest pianist, to be selected by Covington, also will be part of this spectacular program.

Program 5: April 21-22 (with youth concert on April 23)
Guest pianist Juan Perez Floristan, winner at the 2015 Santander Piano Competition, will showcase his talents with a performance of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 83, in a program that also will include the Symphony's rendition of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 ("Italian") -- a piece Mendelssohn, himself, declared to be the "jolliest" he ever composed.

Regarded as a beacon among new generations of Spanish and European musicians, Perez has performed with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Malmo Symphony, Radio Television Espanola, Seville Royal Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Malaga and Cordoba Symphonies, and the Andres Segovia and Spanish National Youth Orchestras.

Program 6: May 19-20
The incomparable Phillipe Bianconi will be at the piano for the Monterey Symphony's final program of the season, performing Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Liszt perfected the art of thematic transformation and took it to an extreme level with this impassioned concerto.

French pianist Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life” (Washington Post), “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste which lent the music a freshness, immediacy and conviction one all too seldom encounters” (The London Times). After winning the Silver Medal in the Seventh Van Cliburn International Competition, Bianconi made an acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987 and, since then, has enthralled audiences and critics throughout the world.

Also featured will be Manuel de Falla's lovely Noches en los Jardines de Espana, his most impressionist-style work, which details three gardens in a setting for piano and orchestra.

Chamber Program: Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church)
The Monterey Symphony is pleased to offer a special holiday chamber music treat, featuring concertmaster Christina Mok, with selections that include Piazzolla, Beethoven, Mozart, and the Hampton String Quartet's "What if Mozart wrote 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!"
Come have fun and enjoy holiday music in a classical style with the Monterey Symphony chamber players.

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Buffet Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, Frisone Family Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Monterey County Weekly Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Music Performance Trust Fund, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Samson Foundation, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation, Alexander F. Victor Foundation, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The Arts Council of Monterey County, California Arts Council, The Berkshire Foundation, The Buffet Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, Frisone Family Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Monterey County Weekly Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Music Performance Trust Fund, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Samson Foundation, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation, Alexander F. Victor Foundation, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
http://www.montereysymphony.org

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Brief Guide to Auction Finance

Buying a property at auction is very different from doing so via conventional channels.

Leicestershire, UK, July 20, 2017 - Buying a property at auction is very different from doing so via conventional channels. Property auctions can be great for capitalising on unmissable investment opportunities. But at the same time, you’ll need to make sure you have the required capital available to complete the purchase.

Which is where auction finance comes into the equation. Similar in many respects to a bridging loan, auction finance provides the buyer with a short-term loan to cover the purchase of the property.

How It Works
If you plan to purchase a property at auction, you’ll first need to ensure you have the required 10% deposit to pay on the day. This secures the property when the winning bid has been determined, after which you’ll usually have 28 days to pay the rest of the balance.

For obvious reasons, a standard mortgage is entirely out of the question. So too is a typical personal loan, which along with being insufficient in value may take far too long to arrange. Auction property purchases move at a pace standard banks and lenders simply cannot keep up with. For this reason, an intelligent alternative solution is required.

The key difference with auction finance is that depending on who you work with, it can usually be arranged in no more than a few days. Attend the auction Monday and you could receive the money you require before the end of the working week. In most instances, a maximum of 75% of the total price of the property will be offered in the form of auction finance. Though there are instances where 90% or even higher may be offered – all determined on a case-by-case basis.

Qualification Criteria
In terms of qualification, there are essentially two means by which a borrower can qualify for auction finance.

The first of which being that they secure the loan on the property being purchased. In which case, the lender will take into accounts various considerations, including the nature of the property, its location, conditions, potential resale value and so on. Should the sum borrowed not be repaid as agreed, the lender takes ownership of the property. For these kinds of loans, it is usually necessary to have a strong credit score.

Alternatively, the loan may be secured on existing property. If the borrower already has a property valued at £200,000 for example, chances are they’ll find it easy to obtain a secured loan to the value of £100,000 to buy a property at auction. In which case, credit scores don’t come into the equation.

Repayment
Lastly, auction finance is also similar to a bridging loan when it comes to repayment periods. Specifically, auction finance is typically repaid over a much shorter period than a conventional loan – usually between six months and two years. In addition, the sum is usually paid back in one lump sum, rather than monthly instalments.

Though with much lower interest rates than a typical loan or mortgage, auction finance often represents outstanding value for money.

Before considering an auction property purchase of any kind, speak to an independent financial broker to explore all available options in full.

About Us
UK Property Finance is a Whole Of Market, financial broker established since 2003. We are fully regulated by the FCA #667602.

Address: 2 Nursery Court, Unit 2C, Kibworth Business Park, Harborough Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, LE80EX. Telephone: 0116 402 7982 Email: info@bridgingloans.co.uk Website: https://www.bridgingloans.co.uk

Contact:
Bridgingloans.co.uk
2 Nursery Court, Unit 2C
Kibworth Business Park
Kibworth Harcourt
Leicestershire LE80EX
0116 402 7982
info@bridgingloans.co.uk
https://www.bridgingloans.co.uk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monterey Museum of Art Appoints Stuart A. Chase Executive Director

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart A. Chase as its Executive Director. Chase officially assumed the role on April 24, 2017.

Monterey, CA, July 19, 2017 - The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart A. Chase as its Executive Director. Chase officially assumed the role on April 24, 2017.

"The Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Stuart to the Monterey Museum of Art,” said Kim Negri, MMA Board President. “With over 30 years of museum experience, Stuart is an accomplished, creative, community-minded leader and has the vision and knowledge to carry MMA into the future.”


As President and CEO of HistoryMiami Museum from 2013-2017, Chase led development of programs and exhibitions for expanded facilities to serve the public, including 135% growth of additional museum space.

As Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 2005 to 2011, Chase focused on community partnerships by engaging area cultural organizations, and led a $10.3 million capital campaign for physical improvements to the art museum.

“I will be focused on engaging audiences with the visual arts of California and in particular the Monterey Peninsula. The Monterey Museum of Art holds a fine reputation in the museum field,” says Chase. “I am delighted to lead MMA into the next phase of growth, and showcase this unique American art community. The Peninsula is a beautiful region, with a strong local identity — a heritage of creative people located far enough from urban centers, but close enough to nature for lively intellectual exchange.”

Originally from Palmer, Massachusetts, Chase graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His first position in the arts was as Assistant Director at Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas.

A lover of the outdoors, Chase and his wife Julie are excited to land in an area of such natural beauty.

“I love the outdoors and the natural world and this area is stunningly beautiful,” Chase says. “I'm a nature buff. I love gardening, kayaking and skiing. We also love the ocean and beaches. And I actually prefer the cooler weather.”

Chase and his wife found a home in New Monterey, which allows them to walk to the Rec Trail, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown to explore the community.

“It has a very comfortable community feel to it,” he says. “I can easily see why the Monterey area became an art colony.”

As for the “next phase of growth” for MMA, Chase said he wants to build the Museum's programs and exhibits and “reinvigorate the exhibition cycle.” But first he wants to take the pulse of the community.

“I'm a curious learner,” he says. “I want to know what the community wants and what it wants to happen with the Museum. I just want to be as open and accessible as possible."

At the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York, he managed a $10 million capital improvement campaign of the historic museum building, and led acquisitions of major American regional regional artworks.

Additionally, Chase has served with the Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, New York; and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was CEO of 1Berkshire.

In addition to his bachelor's degree, Chase participated and completed master's degree coursework in Arts Administration at Long Island University in Brookville, New York. He was a Bohlen Scholar at Attingham Summer School in England, and attended the Summer Institute in Management of Non-Profit Institutions at New York University.

About the Monterey Museum of Art
The Monterey Museum of Art expands a passion for the visual arts and inspires appreciation of California Art — past, present, and future. The Museum recently hosted the exhibit “Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist” as the opening venue, and debuted “Who Shot Monterey Pop! Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival” on June 2, 2017.

The Monterey Museum of Art connects art and community, with an emphasis on participatory experiences built around the Museum’s strong collection of California and regional art. Exhibitions and programs of the highest quality are designed to engage and inspire visitors.

The Museum was established in 1959, to uphold the artistic legacy of the region by collecting, preserving and presenting art of California and the Central Coast. Originally a chapter of the American Federation of the Arts, MMA remains the only nationally accredited museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Visit montereyart.org for additional information on the Museum's exhibitions, programming and events.

Media Inquiries: pr@montereyart.org or 831.372.5477 x101

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereyart.org/

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monterey Museum of Art Receives Highest National Recognition

Awarded re-accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

Salinas, CA, July 19, 2017 - The Monterey Museum of Art is proud to announce that it has once again been honored with the highest degree of national recognition from the American Alliance of Museums.

In a July 5, 2017 letter to museum director Stuart Chase, the Alliance announced that the Monterey Museum of Art has been granted re-accreditation -- recognition that the museum continues to meet National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museum.

"Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence," said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. "Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud."

“As the new leader of The Monterey Museum of Art, I’m very proud to work with our Board and staff to produce programs, exhibitions and build collections that meet national standards reflected by this re-accreditation,” said Stuart Chase, Executive Director Monterey Museum of Art. “We are truly one of the finest American regional art museums in the nation.”

Among an estimated 33,000 museums in the United States, only about 1,000 are currently accredited. The Monterey Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Monterey Museum of Art initially received accreditation in 1976, but all museums must undergo a re-accreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

"The Board of Trustees is pleased to receive news of the Museum's re-accreditation from AAM," said Board President Kim Negri. "We look forward to continuing to guide the Museum and support our new Executive Director, Stuart Chase, in our mission of expanding a passion for the visual arts and inspiring appreciation of California art, past, present and future."

The Monterey Museum of Art is located at 559 Pacific Street, across from historic Colton Hall, and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and Thursday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The Museum also has a second venue, at 720 Via Mirada, for special exhibitions.

Admission is $10 per adult, with no admission charge for students (18 and younger) and active military with identification, and members.

Call 831-372-5477, visit the website online at montereyart.org, or send an email to info@montereyart.org for additional information.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereyart.org/

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Netkiller is partnering with RingCentral for clients in the Bay Area

Netkiller, the company at the forefront of cloud services including cloud integration, data security, and document management, has recently announced its partnership with RingCentral for customers in the Bay Area.

San Jose, CA, July 16, 2017 - Netkiller, the company at the forefront of cloud services including cloud integration, data security, and document management, has recently announced its partnership with RingCentral for customers in the Bay Area. RingCentral, on the other hand, is an award-winning global provider of cloud unified communications and collaboration solutions.

With the two companies’ collaboration, Netkiller will become the largest Bay Area based Google and RingCentral channel partner to serve customers for cloud-based phone systems as well as PBX. With Netkiller’s over ten thousand clients, RingCentral aims to deepen its reach within the Bay Area market, where it was founded and has been headquartered since 1999.

While RingCentral’s channel continues to expand, its clients only get better quality service in return.

For example, G Suite customers can gain many benefits from integrating RingCentral with their business applications; one of the many includes the convenient phone system that RingCentral provides. Now you can integrate your business phone system into the cloud business applications you’re already using every day. RingCentral for Google provides advanced business communications capabilities that operate seamlessly across Google G Suite applications. Because G Suite users heavily rely on core services such as Gmail and Google Drive, RingCentral’s ability to integrate with a user’s Google account provides RingCentral an important edge that differentiates itself from others. Thanks to its high security, reliability, and quality of integrations with the Google Cloud ecosystem, RingCentral for Google is a trusted solution recommended for G Suite by Google Cloud.

Harry Jung, sales director of Netkiller said “Netkiller has been offering G suite from 2009 and is the preferred partner in the bay area. This partnership will synergize as I believe that RingCentral’s rich communication features will further enhance the G Suite user experience.

Due to its ability to integrate with Google, RingCentral enables users to call anyone directly within Gmail and see contacts within Gmail.This dramatically improves one’s work experience as it helps users save time and makes the calling process easier than ever.

Furthermore, not only can users make and receive calls but they can also administrate the entire phone system from anywhere, on any device. . Other benefits that RingCentral provides include how it can manage the users’ SMS conversations, allow users to listen to voicemail directly from Gmail, and view their complete communication history, including calls, texts, faxes, and voicemail. All of these great advantages can increase a G Suite user’s productivity by handling all tasks without leaving Google.

Leveraging Netkiller’s expertise in IT consulting and RingCentral’s market leading communications platform, the partnership between the two will bring value to customers seeking to improve the way they communicate, collaborate, and connect.

About Netkiller:
Netkiller is a Cloud Integration and Aggregator company providing SaaS applications on Cloud Platform and advisory services for world leading businesses. It provides services such as SSO, an easy-to-use cloud security, a business collaboration platform and barcode scanner that greatly increases workflow as well as cloud integrations. Additionally, it is a reseller of Google products such as G Suite, Chromebooks, and Chromebox for Meetings. With Netkiller, businesses are bound to be more accessible and simple, which in turn drives productivity and workflow.

Media contact:
Harry Jung
Netkiller Inc.
San Jose, CA 95129, USA
(408) 560-0556
info@netkiller.com
http://www.netkiller.com

The Clement Palo Alto Offers Unique Elopement Package, from Minister and Photography Services to Two-Night Stay and Romantic Dinner for Two

Just can't wait to get married? Want something classy, intimate and romantic, and don't want a quickie Las Vegas or city hall wedding? The luxury Clement Palo Alto may just have the perfect package for elopement-minded lovebirds.

Palo Alto, CA, July 16, 2017 — Just can't wait to get married? Want something classy, intimate and romantic, and don't want a quickie Las Vegas or city hall wedding? The luxury Clement Palo Alto may just have the perfect package for elopement-minded lovebirds.

The Clement Palo Alto, the area's first and only all-inclusive luxury hotel, is offering a special Elopement Package that will take care of all the little details so you can get married and start your new life as a happily married couple.

The Clement's package includes:

• Non-denominational minister service
• Ceremony at the hotel's rooftop pool area
• Couple’s bouquet and matching boutonniere
• Ceremony coordination services
• 1.5-hour photography service
• Two-night room accommodations for two
• Special turndown amenity
• La Belle Spa massages for two
• Romantic dinner on the rooftop for two
• All meals and drinks included


In addition, the wedding couple will be able to take advantage of all of the luxurious amenities at The Clement during their stay, including rooftop pool, whirlpool, private cabañas and fire pits, fitness center, personalized concierge services and dining at the hotel's Open Kitchen, Dining Room and 24-hour Guest Pantry.

Price starts at $10,000, reservations upon request and is based on availability. Call (650) 322-7111 to book this special package.

About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
(650) 322-7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
http://www.theclementpaloalto.com