Cinergy Entertainment Partners with Upbring Amarillo

Cinergy Entertainment Hosts a Day of Fun for Local Amarillo Foster Children

This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community and bring joy to these children”

— Traci Hoey

Contact: Traci Hoey, Vice President of Marketing
Phone: (972) 895-9905

Cinergy Entertainment Hosts a Day of Fun for Local Amarillo Foster Children

Dallas, TX- DATE, 2020 Cinergy Entertainment Group, a leader in family entertainment, is hosting a free day of fun for Upbring Amarillo foster children of all ages. Last year Upbring Amarillo placed 70 children in need in safe homes. Cinergy is honored to provide a day for these children to enjoy free games, movies and attractions.

“We are so happy to welcome Upbring Amarillo children into our center to enjoy a day of worry-free fun,” says Traci Hoey, Vice President of Marketing. “This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community and bring joy to these children”.

Upbring Amarillo aims to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. They see a future guided by faith, education, and action in which communities will be free of child abuse.

Cinergy Entertainment is excited to give back to the local community, always striving to bring joy and fun to as many children and families as possible. For more information visit

About Cinergy Entertainment
As an Inc 5000 recipient, Dallas, Texas-based Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. is a visionary industry innovator and regional operator of five luxury cinema entertainment centers in Texas and Oklahoma with 51 screens, 44 lanes of bowling and 6 new axe throwing lanes. The company, which was recently named 2019 Top FEC of the World by IAAPA, has additional locations under development across the country. All Cinergy centers feature recline and dine cinemas serving alcoholic beverages and a menu of chef-inspired American favorites. In addition to upscale cinema amenities, all Cinergy locations feature a unique selection of interactive games and a variety of other amenities, including bowling, laser tag, escape rooms, Hologate VR, Triotech Dark Ride, Sky Walker, an elevated ropes course with zip lines and axe throwing lanes.

Cinergy is privately held by the Benson family. For more information, visit Cinergy at

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Converse Auctions' online-only East Meets West Auction on March 13th marries Asian objects with Western culture items

Oil on canvas portrait by Alexei Harlamoff (Russian, 1840-1925), depicting a young girl wearing traditional ethnic dress, her soulful eyes staring directly at the viewer (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Elaborately decorated gilt bronze lidded censer with beast handles, 16 ½ inches tall, with colorful accent characters, bats, flowers and tendrils on the body and lid (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Chinese huanghuali lotus cabinet, elaborately carved all over in three-dimensional designs. The three top doors lift up and slide in, and there are two drawers underneath (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Lovely carved marble torso of a female, done in a style consistent with Constantin Brancusi’s. Unauthenticated, signed on the plinth “C. Brancusi 1943” (est. $2,000-$4,000).

William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator, 80 inches tall, having a pinwheel time only escapement with grid iron pendulum (est. $5,000-$8,000).

The auction will be Internet-only but previews will be held in Converse Auctions’ new gallery located at 1 Spring Street in Paoli, just outside of Philadelphia.

The auction is packed with 579 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items – a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture.”

— Todd Converse

PAOLI, PA., UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 / — A striking oil portrait painting of a young girl by Russian artist Alexei Harlamoff, a handsome William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator clock, a pair of fine elaborate zitan folding chairs with dragon arms, and a gorgeous bronze enamel censer in a presentation box are a taste of what’s in Converse Auctions’ East Meets West Auction on Friday, March 13th at 10 am EST.

The auction will be online-only, but previews will be held in Converse Auctions’ new gallery located at 1 Spring Street in Paoli, not far off Interstate 76 and just outside of Philadelphia, north and west of the city. Previews will be held Tuesday through Thursday, March 10-12, from 10-4 Eastern time. Internet bidding will be facilitated by and People can also register and bid online at (and enjoy a lower buyer’s premium in the process).

The auction is packed with 579 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items – a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture (hence the title ‘East Meets West’). All lots have a starting bid of $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the collecting world, and old pros as well, to bid early and bid often.

Items from the East include Chinese fine furniture, bronzes, carvings, glass, paintings, jewelry, wooden boxes and brush pots, textiles, vintage Japanese textile kimonos, robes, obis and accessories, scrolls, prints, porcelain, books and cryptomeria.

Items from the West will feature fine art paintings and prints by Vlaminck, Cope, Sobossek, Burliuk, Dauchot and others, plus Mexican child portraits and Haitian paintings, a torso attributed to Brancusi, furniture and sterling silver (including a Reed & Barton service for eight).

Also offered will be clocks, European and American pottery and porcelain, Mid-Century Modern lots, art glass, decoys, insulators, African tribal artifacts, books, jewelry, vintage accessories (to include a lovely Hermés scarf), large Persian Tabriz and other rugs, and many other great items.

The oil on canvas portrait by Alexei Harlamoff (Russian, 1840-1925), depicts a young girl wearing traditional ethnic dress, her soulful eyes staring directly at the viewer as she delicately touches the flower garland that crowns her head. The 28 inch by 34 ½ inch painting is signed lower right “Harlamoff” (est. $6,000-$9,000). The William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator, 80 inches tall, has a pinwheel time only escapement with grid iron pendulum (est. $5,000-$8,000).

The elaborately decorated gilt bronze lidded censer with beast handles, 16 ½ inches tall, has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. It has colorful accent characters, bats, flowers and tendrils on the body and lid, plus a presentation box. The two zitan folding chairs boast heavily carved legs, arm rests and back, all in a dragon and cloud motif. The backsplat has a dragon carved into it and the back of the chair is carved in a ruyi with flaming pearl. The pair should finish at $3,000-$5,000.

A pair of oil on canvas portraits of young girls, each one rendered by a Mexican artist and with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, is sure to get paddles wagging. One is a rare painting by Horacio Renteria Rocha (Mexican, 1912-1972). It shows a girl elaborately dressed, holding chicks in her uplifted apron, as hens, chicks and puppies play at her feet. The other, by an unknown artist, is of a girl in fancy clothes with a toy dog. Her name is in a banner: “Nina Delores Vakao, AD 1890.”

An elaborately carved huanghuali lotus cabinet, carved all over in three-dimensional designs, is expected to change hands for $2,000-$4,000. The three top doors lift up and slide in, and there are two drawers underneath. The drawers are carved in lotus blossoms and leaves. Also, a bronze Buddha with a well-worn patina, accented in gilt bronze and bezel set turquoise stones, has an estimate of $800-$1,200. The figure is on a lotus petal and is in a custom wood presentation box.

Two very different lots share identical estimates of $2,000-$4,000. One is a large Persian Tabriz Oriental rug, 108 ½ inches by 150 inches, executed in dark reds with central flower and tendril motifs surrounded by various flower and tendril borders on blue backgrounds. The other is a lovely carved marble torso of a female, done in a style consistent with Constantin Brancusi’s stylized, simplified art. The unauthenticated piece is signed on the plinth, “C. Brancusi 1943”.

A short black silk Japanese kimono, or Haori gown robe, made around 1970 and decorated with cranes and flowers, 48 inches by 55 inches, should gavel for $100-$200. Also, a complete set of eleven The Tale of Genji books by Murasaki Shikibu, in Japanese, translated by Tanizaki jun and published in 1950, each book individually slipcased, will be offered up as one lot (est. $40-$80).

An oil on board painting of a village scene overlooking the sea by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), signed lower left but unauthenticated, unframed and measuring 17 inches by 13 ½ inches, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000; while a pastel Parisian café scene by the French artist Gabriel Dauchot (1927-2005), featuring a beautifully dressed couchette sitting at a table while a server stands behind her, undated, 22 ½ inches by 28 inches, should hit $300-$500.

A mahogany slant-top desk with two over three drawers, plus a top cupboard with an arched top and Eastlake style brasses, likely marriage, with two adjustable shelves and two drawers, has an estimate of $800-$1,200. Also, a pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish bent wood arm chairs, measuring 27 inches by 27 inches by 31 inches, will be sold as one lot (est. $500-$800).

Converse Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, you can send an e-mail to Curious about an item’s value? Bring your items (or photos) to Free Appraisal Tuesdays, every Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm at the new Paoli gallery.

For more information about Converse Auctions and the East Meets West Antiques Auction on Friday, March 13th, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

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Fine toys, dolls, figural cast iron, automata and comic character rarities to be auctioned at March 10-11 at Morphy’s

Large (14in long x 11in high) and very rare J. Chein ‘Felix Frolic’ toy with central Felix figure, two smaller Felix figures, and two red mice. Circa 1926. One of only four known examples. Ex Jeff Landes collection. Estimate $20,000-$40,000

Gustav Vichy (French) ‘End of the Century Moon’ musical automaton depicting smartly dressed Man in the Moon with papier-mache head. Ref. Pg. 68, ‘Automata – The Golden Age’ by Christian Bailly. Estimate $30,000-$60,000

Ultra-rare Japanese tinplate wind-up Mighty Robot, sparking mechanism visible through plastic chest plate. Splashy blue, red and yellow graphics. Original color pictorial box. Estimate $50,000-$75,000

Featured: Lifetime collections of Dr. Jeff Landes and industrialist Gordon Lankton

We will be auctioning a fantastic collection of automata that includes designs by the greatest 19th-century French manufacturers. A Vichy Man in the Moon is estimated at $30,000 to $60,000.”

— Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions

DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, February 28, 2020 / — Pristine toys from some of the world’s finest collections will cross the auction block at Morphy’s on March 10-11. More than 1,260 lots will be offered, including 150+ American tin toys, 100+ still and mechanical banks, a fleet of more than 150 cast-iron cars, trains, and hundreds of coveted character and Disney toys. The lineup continues with more than 1,000 fine German tin toys, as well as robots, a sensational array of antique European automata, and a broad selection of horse-drawn cast-iron, Japanese, and pressed steel toys.

Two exceptional, long-held toy collections are featured: the Dr Jeff Landes collection and the Gordon B. Lankton collection.

Jeff Landes began collecting toys in 1975 during his surgical residency in Philadelphia. His first acquisition – an “impulse buy” made while on vacation – was a Chein Handstand Clown. That purchase launched a 30-year quest for comic character toys at shows, auctions, and antique markets. Throughout his collecting odyssey, Jeff set his sights on locating the finest available examples – preferably with their original boxes – and upgrading whenever possible. Now retired, Jeff has decided to downsize and share parts of his fantastic collection with his fellow enthusiasts.

Gordon Lankton is a distinguished mechanical engineer, US Army veteran, and chairman emeritus of the plastics manufacturing company Nypro Inc. Fascinated by antiques and collectibles since childhood, Gordon stepped into the toy-collecting world with the purchase of an Arcade Model ‘T’ Ford with a rumble seat, a replica of his actual first car. With an appreciation of all sorts of toys, from vehicles to wind-ups to bell-ringers, Gordon eventually amassed a collection of well over 1,000 pieces, which will now be enjoyed by new owners bidding at Morphy’s.

Any top-notch collection of early comic character toys starts with the magical name of “Disney.” At Morphy’s March toy event, collectors can expect to encounter wall-to-wall mice – the upscale type that no one would shoo out of their kitchen. An extremely rare tin wind-up five-finger Mickey Mouse made in Germany for the English market stands an impressive 9 inches tall and has moving pie-eyes and an opening mouth. Extraordinarily rare, this irresistible treasure from the Landes collection is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

A Disney favorite that most collectors might only dream of due to its rarity, a Lionel Mickey Mouse Circus train set in its original box includes a composition Mickey Mouse “barker” figure, key-wound Lionel Lines engine, tender with Mickey Mouse “stoker,” and cars emblazoned with numerous Disney characters. Unbelievably clean and original, its cardboard segments and tickets are unpunched, and all accessories are present. One of few unpunched sets in existence, it is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Where mice play, can cats be far away? Not in a comic character collection, because it wouldn’t be complete without Felix and friends. Leading the cat-and-mouse parade in the Landes collection is a large (14in long x 11in high), very rare J. Chein “Felix Frolic” toy comprised of a wheeled platform with a central Felix figure, two smaller Felix figures, and two snouty red mice completing the entourage. It is one of only four known examples, all likely to have been made in 1926. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000

A tremendous selection of 86 mechanical banks includes many rarities in beautiful condition. A J & E Stevens “The Race Course” or “Horse Race” cast-iron mechanical bank, straight-base variation, is in all-original, near-mint condition. Its original wood factory box retains a crisp, clean illustrated label. The likely selling price is $20,000-$40,000. Another gem amongst the cast-iron mechanicals is the Kyser & Rex Roller Skating bank. In excellent condition, this ingeniously designed classic could reach $20,000-$35,000.

Five wonderful blinking-eye case clocks will be offered, including a Reclining Lion, Reclining Dog, and Gambrinus King of Beers. The highest-estimated timekeepers in the group are the Samurai Warrior marked “Paris,” and an American Bradley & Hubbard Santa. Each was made in the 1860s-’70s and carries a $5,000-$8,000 estimate.

More than 60 cast-iron horse-drawn toys will trot across the auction block, led by a hard-to-find Pratt & Letchworth cast-iron four-seat brake pulled by a four-horse team. With its driver and six passenger figures, this prized piece from the Gordon Lankton collection comes to auction with a $10,000-$16,000 estimate.

The spotlight will also be shining on the European doll and automata section, starting with an extraordinary 17½-inch Bru bebe with extra clothes, many lovely accessories and an antique round-top trunk. The lot is estimated at $10,000-$12,000. The premier selection of automata includes creations by French makers Leopold Lambert, Gustav Vichy and Jean Roullet, and an unidentified, possibly German-made organ grinder marked 1885 Philadelphia. Two of the sale’s highest-estimated lots are a Roullet “Snake Charmer” automaton depicting an exotic dancer with a serpent; and an elegantly dressed Vichy “End of the Century” Man in the Moon (ref. Pg. 68, Automata – The Golden Age by Christian Bailly). Each is estimated at $30,000-$60,000.

Some of the most elusive robots in the toy universe have passed through Morphy’s gallery doors in the past. Yet another great rarity – a Japanese wind-up Mighty Robot with original box – will soon be landing in central Pennsylvania with a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000. All but unheard of amongst collectors, the tinplate android with splashy blue, red and yellow graphics has oxygen tanks on its back and a sparking action visible through its plastic chest plate. On top of it all, it has its gorgeous original box emblazoned with a realistic depiction of the robot in full color.

Both sessions of Morphy’s March 10-11, 2020 Toy, Doll & Figural Cast Iron Auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Questions: call 877-968-8880; email Online:

Sarah Stoltzfus
Morphy Auctions
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James Lukezic Shares How to Become a Sommelier

James Lukezic Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — James Lukezic is currently the Executive Managing director of Old Slip Capital Partners and has over two decades of experience working for large financial corporations as a retirement consultant. While he spends most of his day making critical financial decisions, he doesn’t let his job distract him from his other passions. James Lukezic is also a sommelier and avid wine collector. “My family has been making and selling wine for centuries. They have owned wineries in Slovenia and the Collio region of Italy,” James says.

His family’s winery background inspired him to become a sommelier and grow his wine collection. “My favorite wines are Napa Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot noirs from Oregon’s Willamette Valley,” says James Lukezic. How did James Lukezic become a sommelier? He shares a few tips.

For those who wish to become sommeliers, James Lukezic recommends they learn as much as they can about wine. Beginners often like to start writing down notes when tasting wines since it’s one of the essential steps to becoming a sommelier. According to James Lukezic, familiarizing themselves with the most famous wine regions in the world also helps a sommelier in the making.

The French wine region remains one of the top producers in the world, even though wine production in France has gone down by 11% since 2007. James Lukezic, whose family has owned wineries in Italy, mentions Italy remains a large wine producer. Some of the primary grapes in Italy include Prosecco, Barbera, Trebbiano Toscano, and Nero d’Avola. The California one region is one of James Lukezic's favorite regions, and 99% of the wine produced in the United States comes from this area. Argentina has also recently emerged as a top wine producer in the world. Over the last few years, wine production in Argentina has seen a growth of 8%.

James Lukezic mentions traveling to the wine regions is the best way for sommeliers in the making to learn about wine, but it’s not always financially possible. Instead of traveling, potential sommeliers should read books about the major wine regions.

One of the best ways to get their training as a sommelier is by working in the industry. James Lukezic, for example, comes from a background of winemakers. There are many other ways to learn about the industry, such as working at a restaurant, tasting room, wine bar, or catering company. An overlooked skill is often learning the proper way to pour wine, which can be acquired by working in the industry.

Individuals who can to fast track their sommelier skills can enroll in a certificate program. These programs provide them with the hands-on training required to become a professional sommelier.

James Lukezic also enjoys belonging to the United States Polo Association, New York City’s Fencers Club, and the American Helicopter Society.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Breath with Danielle Jarman of Sarasota

Danielle Jarman Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — Breathing isn’t something that many people give a great deal of thought to, unless they have trouble catching their breath, Daniele Jarman of Sarasota explains. As an autonomic process, the breath occurs whether we concentrate on it or not — which is a darn good thing! When you being to practice yoga, however, you will soon find that the breath, or pranayama, is every bit as important as the poses, or asanas, themselves. In fact, many yogis consider pranayama to be the pinnacle of a yoga practice.

Teacher Danielle Jarman of Sarasota says that it’s not uncommon for beginners to feel overwhelmed by or even confused about yoga’s obsessive focus on the breath. Knowing a bit about why it’s so important can help you go with the flow! Today we’re taking a look at the benefits of good breath hygiene.

In With the Good…

You already know that if you’re upset, taking a moment to slow your breath can result in lowered heart rate and blood pressure — and ultimately, a cooler head. But there are even more science-backed benefits to controlled breathing techniques, according to Daniele Jarman of Sarasota.

Regular breath exercises can lead to better lung health, improved metabolism, and an increase in cardiovascular stamina. A study out of Harvard University described a link between breathwork and the suppression of genetic pathways related to inflammation.

Deep breathing increases the level of oxygen in your blood, giving you a boost of energy, says Danielle Jarman of Sarasota. Better concentration and a renewed clearness of mind are two other benefits of focused, mindful breathing.

…Out with the Bad

According to a paper published in the medical journal Cognition & Emotion, controlling our inhalations and exhalations can mean a 40% reduction in negative emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness. That’s not too shabby!

Lastly, there is even evidence that breathwork can affect levels of leptin in the body. What’s leptin and why should you care about its levels? Leptin is a hormone that signals the inhibition of hunger by the brain. Proper breathing can also boost the body’s ability to burn fat. In other words, if you master your breath, you could actually lose weight.

Yogic Breathing

When it comes to your breathing during a yoga class, Daniele Jarman of Sarasota says, all you really need to do at the beginning is to follow the teacher’s instructions. She or he will let you know when to inhale, whether to hold the breath for a moment, and when to exhale. Marrying the breath with your body’s movement can help you get into a pose and perform it better, prevent injury, and improve your overall experience of the practice.

As you move deeper into your exploration of yoga, you may be asked to learn certain specific types of breathwork, such as ujayii breathing, breath of fire or skull-shining breath, and alternate nostril breathing. For now, says Danielle Jarman of Sarasota, simply focusing on steady, deep breaths will be enough to help you as you begin to explore your yoga practice. Namaste!

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Brooke Horan Williams Discusses Ways to Get Your Child into the Acting Industry

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — If you’re like most kids, you’ve daydreamed about being the one up there on the big screen. With so much attention focused just on you, acting seems like a dream come true for most. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been approached,” Brooke begins. “All the moms I’ve dealt with want advice on how to get their kid into the industry.” Today, Brooke Horan Williams talks about some of the ways to get your child work as an actor.

Having your child be the star of the show might be a dream come true for some families. “It’s pretty hard work,” Brooke says. On a production set, the kids need to do everything adult actors do in addition to doing daily schoolwork. In the theater, it’s even harder since there are so many rehearsals and many production companies travel. “However, it’s not impossible,” she adds.,

Brooke Horan Williams says the first thing she’d recommend is to make sure this is something your child really wants to do. “Many times, it’s the parents who are trying to recreate their childhood,” she says. While it sounds like a lot of fun at first, this isn’t going to be sustainable in the long run for the child. “But if your kid is keen on the idea, has a tendency towards an extrovert personality, and loves to be in the spotlight; this might be something that you’d like to explore further,” she adds.

Probably one of the most famous companies for getting kids’ acting careers launched is Disney. Brooke Horan Williams says there are several things that Disney looks for when recruiting new talent for their channel. First and foremost, Brooke says, Disney looks for professionals. If you have the “triple threat” that producers are looking for, you’ll stand the best chance of getting an audition. These talents include acting, singing, and dancing, although “not all of these are mandatory to getting an audition,” she says. “However, if you’re experienced in performing and have these skills, it really helps.”

Brooke Horan Williams recommends beginning dancing lessons at an early age. “These could include jazz, tap, modern dance, or even ballet,” she says. “I’d say a combination of all of them is best.” It’s more important that your child feel comfortable in his skin, she adds. This is because dancing helps with movement, muscle training, rhythm, and other performance-based skills. The ability to sing helps as well. Brooke says that your child won’t have to be pitch-perfect; even the ability to carry a tune and perform it well will help immensely. Church choir and chorus classes in school can help with this skill. Talent contests can also help your child gain confidence and self-esteem if they’re good, she adds.

Acting lessons are probably the biggest thing you’ll need to do, Brooke says. Whether it’s private acting lessons or drama class in school, just getting out there and performing will make a huge difference. Brooke Horan Williams says to have your child join acting clubs if possible, she says. “Anywhere he’ll have a chance to perform will help your child strengthen his skills.”

While your child is working on his skills, you, as a parent, should be doing your part, such as getting your child the best headshots money can buy and helping them create a good resume. “This is where a talent agent can help,” Brooke says. “Good agents have connections that normal people don’t know about.” She suggests finding agencies that already work with Disney stars* which will help you get your foot in the door when your child is ready.

“You’ll also need to be ready to move to the big city,” she adds, “but it’s not really necessary unless your child is hired.” Brooke says keeping that in the back of your mind will help to be ready when and if that day comes. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she says. “There’s a lot of competition out there, and they’re looking for new talent all the time, so don’t give up.”

Brooke Horan Williams has been involved with theatre as long as she can remember. At the age of six, she starred in her first school play as Snow White, and ever since, she’s been passionate about the stage.
After graduating from college, Brooke began her career in stage management, pursuing her passion as soon as she was able. Brooke Horan Williams' love of acting translates to her hobbies, as she spends most of her free time taking in films and television. Brooke Horan Williams is proud to be involved with her local theatre and has recently started auditioning for film and television.

finding agencies that already work with Disney stars* –

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Artworks by Frits Thaulow, Dale Chihuly, Maqbool Hussain will headline Bruneau & Co. auction, March 14 in Cranston, R.I.

Impressionist oil on canvas painting by Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow (1847-1906), depicting a young woman by the edge of a river with her home in Norway behind (est. $15,000-$25,000).

Colorful impressionist pastel painting by the American Western landscape artist Edgar Payne (1883-1947) depicting a shapely reflective pond and lush greenery (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Watercolor painting by Maqbool Fida Hussain of a leaping white horse with open mouth draped with a green saddle blanket and carrying a flag with the image of a sun (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Bronze bust of George Washington by the French metalworker and manufacturer Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892), a naturalistic, life sized bust (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Modern ink drawing by 20th century Native American artist T.C. Cannon (1946-1978), depicting a Native American elder with a stern face formed by expressive lines (est. $1,000-$1,500).

The Impressionist oil on canvas painting by Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow (1847-1906), depicts a young woman by the edge of a river (est. $15,000-$25,000).

Spring at Bruneau & Co. is certainly starting off with a bang. Between the decorative and fine art offerings, collectors will be stomping the doors down.”

— Kevin Bruneau

CRANSTON, RI, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — An Impressionist oil on canvas painting by Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow (1847-1906), depicting a young woman by the edge of a river with her home in Norway behind her, is an expected headliner in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estates Fine Art & Antiques auction on Saturday, March 14th, online and in the Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue, at 11 am EST.

The painting, titled Woman by a River, has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000. Thaulow studied art in Copenhagen with marine specialist C. F. Sorensen before going to France where he was introduced to contemporary French realism. He applied French realism to his paintings of Norway before permanently moving to France, where he mingled with French artists and became good friends with Claude Monet, effectively becoming a main link between France and Norway.

“This promises to be another exciting auction with a collective mix of fine furnishings,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer. He added, “If you are into 19th century arts, the Frits Thaulow and Barbedienne bust of Washington should be right up your alley. It will be exciting to see what each will reach in today’s market.”

The bronze bust of George Washington by the French metalworker and manufacturer Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) is expected to change hands for $6,000-$9,000. The naturalistic, life sized bust shows Washington with a neutral expression and strong nose. It was cast after a model by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828). It’s a finely detailed casting with beautiful brown patina.

“Spring at Bruneau & Co. is certainly starting off with a bang,” said company president Kevin Bruneau. “Between the decorative and fine art offerings, collectors will be stomping the doors down. After last month’s Chihuly piece, I’m sure this Macchia vase will gain some attention.” He was referring to Chihuly’s two-piece art glass sculpture that brought $7,500 in February.

The piece by Chihuly (American, b. 1941) in the March auction is a Macchia vase, organic folded form, with earth tone brown and green splatter over a cream ground with yellow rim. It has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Chihuly is well known for his extravagant glass sculptures displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.

A watercolor painting by Maqbool Fida Hussain of a leaping white horse with open mouth draped with a green saddle blanket and carrying a flag with the image of a sun, should reach $8,000-$12,000. Dubbed the "Picasso of India," Hussain’s unique style blended folk, tribal, and mythological arts. This painting comes with a certificate of authenticity and is signed by the artists' son, Shafat Hussain.

A colorful impressionist pastel painting by the American Western landscape artist Edgar Payne (1883-1947) has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The work depicts a shapely reflective pond between areas of lush greenery. Payne was mainly a self-taught artist except for a brief stint at the Chicago Art Institute where he painted stage sets and murals before turning to landscapes.

A modern ink drawing by the important 20th century Native American artist T.C. Cannon (1946-1978), depicting a Native American elder with a stern face formed by expressive lines, is estimated at $1,000-$1,500. Cannon attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, studying with Fritz Scholder. Cannon portrayed Indians of distant past, placed in today's world.

A color screenprint on Arches paper by the German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976), titled I-S, VA 6, edition #90 of 150, should achieve $1,000-$1,500. The lithograph was published by Ives-Sillman and printed by Sirocco Screenprints (both New Haven). Albers’s work in Europe and the U.S. formed the basis of modern art education programs in the 20th Century.

Rounding out a short list of just some of the sale’s highlight lots is a large and magnificent baluster form Chinese vase with figural elephant handles decorated with a repeated geometric taotie pattern throughout. The archaic bronze vase is estimated to gavel for $2,000-$3,000.

Doors will open on auction day right at 8 am Eastern time. Online bidding will be facilitated by,, and, or by downloading the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Previews will be held on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th, from 9 am-5 pm. All times quoted are Eastern.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the March 14th Estates Fine Art & Antiques Auction, please visit Updates are posted frequently. To contact the company via e-mail, use Or, you can phone them at (401) 533-9980.

Travis Landry
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
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Mother's Day Gifts 2020

Mothers day gift ideas

Mother's Day Gifts 2020 – The Go to gifts for Mothers Day 2020

BRISTOL, UK, February 27, 2020 / — Mother's day can be incredibly hard to choose what to get your mother. You may want to give her the world but that can be hard with limited funds. You could get her a gift experience but if she's an incredibly busy women then you don't want to risk wasting your money. A photo frame is a great idea but you've probably already bought her one more than 3 times, so a different idea is always good. Sweatshirts, cardigans, sweet treats and jewellery boxes are the usual gifts that you will gift your mother, but you want something different now. You want her to feel pampered and to know you thought about her. Pampering her with fragrance gift sets, skincare or other products that she can use everyday and think of you when she uses it.

Here is some mother's day gifts ideas that we think she will love.

1. Dr. Hauschka Favourites Collection – £16.50

2. Compagnie De Provence EP Wild Rose Soft Skin Set – £28.80

3. A'kin Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit – £24.00

4. MOR Rosa Noir Eau De Parfum 100ml – £39.00

5. MOR Marshmallow Deluxe Soy Candle 266g – £28.00

6. Stop The Water While Using Me! Soap And Shower Gel Kit – £25.50

7. Stop The Water While Using Me! Lavender Sandalwood Hair Care Kit – £32.95

8. MOR Correspondence Quince Persimmon Candle 250g – £16.80

9. Niche Tea Body 15 bags 37.5g – £10.00

10. bkr Jet Water Bottle 1L – £38.00

Obviously these don't have to be mother's day gift ideas, these can also be perfect for wedding gifts, birthday gifts and valentine's day. This is our selection of best products for mother's day.

Scott Eggleton
Devlnd LTD
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Source: EIN Presswire

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers day gift ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2020 – The not so obvious ideas to give your mother this mothers day

BRISTOL, UK, February 27, 2020 / — Mothers day gifts can be incredibly hard to get, anytime you ask your mum what she want's she says nothing, how are you supposed to know what to get her? You got her a photo frame for the last couple of hears so you feel like you should switch it up and you don't have to get a tshirt, jumper or sweet treats because she won't use them. You want a unique mother's day gift but you don't know if it will be too unique. There's endless amounts of questions and it is getting harder to know what to get her. She has many keepsakes and personalized gifts from Christmas, you want something that you know she'll use at least everyday, something bestselling that is different to the normal mothers day gift ideas. You want to pamper her and with products like diffusers, skincare and makeup it's easy to get your mum the perfect mother's day gifts. You can even put them in a gift box so that it looks even fancier.

Here is our list of mothers day gifts that we think your mum will love you for;

1. A'kin Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit
2. Haeckels Hand Care Rituals Gift Set
3. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle 200g
4. Dr. Hauschka Favourites Collection
5. Compagnie De Provence EP Wild Rose Soft Skin Set
6. Dr. Hauschka Night & Active Collection
7. Compagnie De Provence Cistus Cardamom Scented Candle 190g
8. L:A BRUKET Black Oak Scented Candle 260g
9. Haeckels Botany Bay GPS Candle 270g
10. Niche Tea Body 15 bags 37.5g

These gifts are great because they don't have to be used just as mothers day presents, you can use them for wedding gifts, birthday gifts, valentine's day or even father's day gifts (these gifts are perfect for all genders). If you want to find some more products for women then you can visit our sister website for more skincare and makeup for women.

Scott Eggleton
Devlnd LTD
+44 3300883765
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Source: EIN Presswire

Justin C. Williams Laser’s Brief History of Light Gun Games

Justin C. Williams Laser reviews a timeline of light gun games’ popularity.

PARK CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2020 / — While the popularity of light gun games (games in which the player utilizes a controller shaped like a gun to shoot targets on screen) has been waning in recent years, the genre’s roots stretch back further than many people may realize, Justin C. Williams Laser notes. The first light gun game was created before even electronic video games were invented—the Seeburg Ray-O-Lite, a wooden arcade cabinet with analog moving parts released in 1936, used a light gun as its control method. In this case, the gun literally shot a ray of light, which was then picked up by light-detecting sensors located behind or within wooden cut-out targets of birds. The methods and techniques used to create light gun games since the 1930s, but the core gameplay has, unsurprisingly, remained the same: point and shoot.

As mechanical games began losing popularity, electronic games came to the forefront and the technology behind light guns changed to match: instead of shooting light, the guns were built to receive light that is displayed in a specific manner by the game when the trigger is pulled. Many would point to Nintendo’s Duck Hunt as the earliest example they can think of for a home electronic light gun game, but Justin C. Williams Laser points out there were predecessors. One of the earliest was for the Magnavox Oddysey, entitled Shooting Gallery.

The Odyssey was a primitive home game console with limited display capabilities. In fact, Justin C. Williams Laser notes, it could only display three square-shaped dots and one vertical line. The console was packaged with “overlays” for your television screen—in this case, players would place the “Shooting Gallery” overlay on top of their screen, which displayed numerous outlines of animals, and plug in the corresponding game card. The dots would light up behind the animals in predetermined sequences. The light gun for the Oddysey was a large, realistic-looking rifle (Justin C. Williams Laser mentions it even needed to be cocked after every shot). Most gun controllers released in the future would adopt a more toy-like design and coloring, for numerous somewhat obvious reasons.

As time marched on, several conventions of the light gun genre changed and became conventionalized: the popular rifle shape of the controller transitioned into a pistol, which is now ubiquitously the standard for light guns. New gameplay standards were also established over time, such as moving “through” levels as new targets pop up. More often than not, Justin C. Williams Laser mentions, the player is not in direct control of their character. This has led to the alternate naming of the genre as “on rails” or “rails shooter”, as an allusion to theme park rides.

Unfortunately, classic light gun controllers are no longer compatible with newer HD TVs, as a result of their technology making use of the manner in which older televisions refreshed their pictures. Justin C. Williams Laser points out that while modern controllers make use of infrared (such as the Wii controller), they aren’t as accurate due to input lag.

Caroline Hunter
Web Presence, LLC
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Source: EIN Presswire