Technologist-Turned-Artist Carla Thomson Design Presents Premier Collection of Original Oil Paintings

Artist and Entrepreneur

The Unforgettable Blooms Collection is an Exclusive Collection of Original Floral Themed Oil Paintings and Fine Art Archival Prints for Home and Office Decor

GLOCESTER, RI, UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018 / — GLOCESTER, RI, UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018, / — Rhode Island artist Carla Thomson is thrilled to reveal the launch of her newest collection of original oil paintings and fine art prints, the Unforgettable Blooms Collection. Recently exhibited at the prestigious Wickford Art festival in Rhode Island, this exclusive collection of original art features fifteen unique oil paintings of colorful flower arrangements. Fine art archival prints of the original works are also included in the collection, reproduced on the client’s choice of canvas or archival quality paper.
The inspiration for the Unforgettable Blooms Collection is the artist’s sincere joy in experiencing each new season. As a gardener and painter, Carla delights in seeing her garden flowers grow and blossom. She finds personal meaning in the imagery of flowers: new starts, children growing, and life developing into a fullness of beauty, worthy of celebration.
The motto of Carla’s art business is, “Surround yourself with beauty.” With her vibrantly colored paintings of single and grouped flowers, the artist brings nature indoors. With floral-themed art as a mainstay of classic home and office décor, the Unforgettable Blooms Collection promises to brighten up any room in the home or office with the colorful splendor of summer flowers.
About the Artist:
In January 2018, after twenty years of working in financial services technology, artist Carla Thomson took a leap of faith and left the corporate world to start her own business. Amidst a corporate restructuring, she saw her chance to live her dream career as an artist – rather than continue dreaming of it.
As a mother of three, Carla felt compelled to follow the advice she had so often given to her own children: “Do what you love.” Motivated by the opportunity to inspire her son, two daughters, and eleven nieces and nephews, Carla chose to pursue the independent path of an artist and self-employed businesswoman.
About her life-changing career choice, Carla says, “I am grateful for the business and tech skills I’ve acquired throughout my career. Unconsciously, I’ve been preparing for this moment for years and to gratify my own internal voice, it’s time I take my own advice and follow my dream. I intend to succeed as an artist and entrepreneur not only for myself but also to be a role model worthy of the children whom I love so dearly.”
The Unforgettable Blooms Collection will be revealed online on August 1, 2018, on the artist’s website at:
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Carla Thomson
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Intermountain Healthcare Donates 6,000 Books to Utah Children

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, July 17, 2018 / — Intermountain Healthcare is donating 6,000 books to at-risk children. The donation supports organizations in Utah dedicated to childhood literacy and development, including the Salt Lake County Health Department and the Reach Out and Read program.

“Community organizations will receive books, as will our pediatric clinics and newborn intensive care units, so we can encourage reading to children right from the beginning,” said Mikelle Moore, Intermountain senior vice president of Community Health.

Intermountain’s Community Giving program provided funding for nearly four thousand books, while Intermountain leaders from across the system contributed an additional 2,100 books. Donations included familiar titles such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, and Where the Wild Things Are. Nearly 30 percent of all donated titles were printed in languages other than English.

The Salt Lake County Health Department received books in support of their home visitation programs. “We provide approximately 4,500 visits per year,” said Kami Peterson, assistant division director of Family Health. “A lot of the families that we visit…in Salt Lake County are low-income families and don’t have access to books. Being able to give them a book and talk about literacy is really important.”

Caroline Moreno, education program manager with Salt Lake County Human Services, was optimistic about the impact the donation will have on the community. “Reading to a kid when they’re just born, when they’re five years old, when they’re 10 years old, is super important for brain development,” she said.

The research agrees with her. A 2016 study found that 3-year-olds whose parents read to them from an early age were significantly less likely to be aggressive or hyperactive. Follow up research determined the positive effects persisted as those children were entering kindergarten. Children whose families continued to read to them were less likely to have behavioral problems or experience trouble with concentration, key indicators of success in school.

Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care, will also receive supplies. The organization’s 34 Utah locations, roughly half of which operate out of Intermountain clinics, serve about 41,000 children annually.

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit

Daron Cowley
Intermountain Healthcare
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Samsung Cross Bosphorus Swim – Competing Without the Plastic Footprint

Swimmers Take to the Water in the Bosphorus

Credit: Turkish Olympic Committee

Swimmers Cross the Bosphorus in Istanbul

Credit: Turkish Olympic Committee

30th Anniversary of the Samsung Cross Bosphorus Swim

The Samsung Cross Bosphorus Swim, run by the Turkish Olympic Committee, is the first global sports event to use the PDP Sport program to reduce plastic waste.

We are excited to be part of the PDP Sport Program for the event's 30th Anniversary, and to be the first sporting event in Turkey to be fully engaged on the topic of plastic pollution reduction.”

— Mr. Nihat Usta, Vice President Turkish Olympic Committee

ISTANBUL, ALABAMA, TURKEY, July 18, 2018 / — The Samsung Cross Bosphorus Continental Swim, organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee, is proud to be the first large global swim race, and the first sports event in Turkey, to have adopted the PDP Sport methodology for reducing plastic waste at an event. PDP Sport is based on the Plastic Disclosure Project, which is a program for companies and institutions to measure their baseline use of plastic, how much they recover or recycle, or how much recycled content they use. Swimming and sports are a great conduit for creating broader public awareness and understanding about the importance and value of waste reduction, recycling, and waste-prevention management. With such a high-profile event as the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim, the event is excited to be able to reach thousands of athletes, families and visitors to Turkey to share in the leadership and engagement in reducing plastic waste in order to improve the environment we all love to train, compete and recreate in.

PDP Sport was created by the NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, which does global work on plastic pollution reduction and creating solutions for companies, communities and events, so that we have a collectively reduced plastic footprint. PDP Sport provides guidelines to assist event organizers in planning for waste reduction and recycling programs, before the event has even taken place. This includes a checklist, and a scorecard to help evaluate progress towards certification as a PDP Sport event.

Plastic is a useful and valuable resource, especially to sports event organizers. However, plastic needs to be managed properly, and doing so can be an easy, but significant, step towards a more sustainable event. Plastic is often highly visible to event participants and those that use the location afterwards, so brands and events want to be careful about the image they leave behind, and also demonstrate that they are responsible and effective event organizers and supporters. In addition, plastic is a valuable commodity, and there are often strong economic reasons for ensuring it is not wasted. Plastic pollution can take hundreds of years to fully degrade, and in the mean time can cause ecosystem and health impacts. This is now what we want to see in our sporting environments, or our communities, and much of the waste created at events is avoidable if planned and managed well in terms of reducing and recovering what is recyclable.

“We are excited to be part of the PDP Sport program, and to be the first sporting event in Turkey to be fully engaged on this topic of plastic waste reduction, particularly given that this is our 30th anniversary of the event”, said Mr. Nihat Usta, the President of the Bosphorus Committee of Turkish Olympic Committee.

“Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim is one of the world’s leading open water swim races, and the organizer the Turkish Olympic Committee have shown great pride and leadership in wanting to work with the PDP Sport program as a showcase and model for others to follow,” said Doug Woodring, Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, and a VIP swimmer in the event last year as well.

About Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race (İstanbul-Turkey):

Two continents one race. – For 29 years, thousands of athletes from around the world and Turkey have been getting together in Istanbul for friendship, to compete, to challenge and discover their limits. The pleasure of swimming from Asia to Europe, to experience the exquisite beauties of the Bosphorus and witnessing the passion of the fans all combine to create this unique event.

Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race is organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee under large social and corporate support. Thanks to the increasing interest year by year, this adventure which began with the participation of 4 female and 64 male athletes in 1989, has grown to become an important part of the Turkish sports tradition. Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race goes beyond a competition and invites you to a festival, a jubilation, to sports and health.

About Ocean Recovery Alliance:

Ocean Recovery Alliance is focused on bringing together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to help to improve our ocean environment. It launched two projects with the Clinton Global Initiative focused on the reduction of plastic pollution, and is one of the only NGOs in have worked with both United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans. The group also organizes the Plasticity Forum, focused on plastic sustainability and the circular economy, and has recently won the Prince’s Award for Innovative Philanthropy from Prince Albert of Monaco. It is a non-profit organization, based in Hong Kong and California.

Kai Smith
Ocean Recovery Alliance
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Artworks attributed to some of the biggest names in art history will be in In the Manner Of's next auction on July 26th

Signed tempera and gouache on paper done in the manner of Vincent van Gogh (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Untitled oil on canvas painting done in the manner of Jean-Michel Basquiat (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Oil on canvas work titled Cubist Still Life attributed to Pablo Picasso (est. $15,000-$25,000).

Graphite and acrylic drawing attributed to Andy Warhol, titled Yellow Cow (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Untitled (Avatar) oil on canvas painting done in the manner of Cy Twombly (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Market-fresh paintings and drawings from private collections in Europe and the Americas will come up for bid — 205 lots in all — online and in Franklin, Mass.

We’re pleasantly surprised by the response to our new auction program. Collectors are embracing the opportunity to both buy and sell at attractive prices. ”

— Bruce Wood

FRANKLIN, MASS., UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018 / — FRANKLIN, Mass. – Rare, market-fresh paintings and drawings from private collections in Europe and the Americas – to include decorative artworks in the styles of, and attributed to, master artists such as Warhol, Basquiat, Monet, Klein, de Kooning, Renoir, Matisse, van Gogh, Picasso and others – will be sold at the next In the Manner Of auction on Thursday, July 26th.

Other prime works include sketches and paintings attributed to Wifredo Lam, Gustav Klimt, Cy Twombly, Joan Miro, Arshile Gorky, Franz Marc, Antoni Tapies and many others. It will be just the third auction for the young firm that deals exclusively in antique and vintage artworks done in the styles of master artists (hence the name In the Manner Of) and only its second gallery sale.

Like the previous auction in late June, this one will have a live component. The preview and live event will be held in the recently opened 500 Gallery, at 500 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. Preview days and times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 10-3. Internet bidding will be provided by the website, plus

“We’re pleasantly surprised by the response to our new auction program,” said Bruce Wood, co-owner of In the Manner Of. “Collectors are embracing the opportunity to both buy and sell at attractive prices.” The July 26th auction, officially titled Impressionist & Modern Paintings and Drawings, starts promptly at 5:30 pm Eastern time. The full catalog can be viewed online now.

The 205-lot auction is packed with decorative artworks in the styles of, and attributed to, master artists. A strong candidate for top lot of the sale is a signed tempera and gouache on paper done in the manner of Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), titled Portrait of a Man Wearing a Hat, with a certificate of authenticity from van Hassel Galleri in Rotterdam (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Also expected to realize $20,000-$30,000 is an unframed, untitled oil on canvas painting done in the manner of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Am., 1960-1988), signed and dated (1983) lower right. The canvas measures 36 ¼ inches by 29 inches and is typical of Basquiat’s raw, Neo-Expressionist style. Basquiat’s work had an ‘unstudied’ appearance, but he produced stunning visual collages.

Basquiat’s good friend and contemporary Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987) will be represented in the sale by a graphite and acrylic drawing attributed to him titled Yellow Cow, unframed, verso signed and stamped and marked with the Arthur Tooth Gallery in London (est. $8,000-$12,000). Also, an untitled (Avatar) oil on canvas done in the manner of Cy Twombly (Am., 1928-2011), signed lower right, measuring 19 ¾ inches by 20 ½ inches framed, should bring $8,000-$12,000.

Pablo Picasso (Sp., 1881-1973) will make multiple appearances in the sale, to include an oil on canvas Cubist Still Life attribution, measuring 23 inches by 23 ¼ inches in the frame and signed and dated (“’61”), with inscriptions and a wax collection stamp verso (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a signed 18 inch by 15 inch oil painting done in the manner of the artist (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Picasso isn’t the only Spanish artist in the auction. An oil on canvas painting done in the manner of painter-sculptor-art theorist Antoni Tapies (Sp., 1923-2012), signed, 22 inches by 19 inches framed, should reach $5,000-$8,000; and an oil on painting attributed to Joan Miro (Sp., 1893-1983), signed, 21 ¾ inches by 18 inches, with a gallery label on verso, should hit $3,000-$5,000.

An unsigned, framed oil on canvas from the School of Hilma af Klint (Swedish, 1862-1944), one of the earliest abstract expressionists, 22 ¼ inches by 19 ½ inches in the frame, has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Also, an oil on paper executed in the manner of Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918), titled Female Portrait with Red Hat, signed and unframed, should garner $5,000-$8,000.

An oil on canvas painting attributed to the 20th century Fauvuist master Henri Matisse (Fr., 1869-1954), signed bottom left and measuring 16 ¼ inches by 20 ¾ inches, has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000; and an oil on canvas attributed to the Armenian-American abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), signed, 20 inches by 22 inches framed, should fetch $5,000-$8,000.

A pair of Franzes round out the brief list of the auction’s expected top earners. An untitled oil on paper abstract composition done in the manner of Franz Kline (Am., 1910-1962), signed lower right, 11 ¾ inches by 16 ½ inches (sight) should make $3,000-$5,000; while a gouache on paper attributed to Franz Mark (German, 1880-1916), titled Blue Horse, should realize $1,000-$1,500.

In the Manner Of makes it clear that all the artworks in this and all future sales are created in the styles of, after, or attributed to, master artists. Its mission is to offer fine artworks for collectors with sophisticated aesthetics. The pieces come with no provenance, no guarantees and no pedigrees. They are, like the name states, ‘In the Manner of.’ The firm accepts cryptocurrency.

“So many consignors have come to us with great paintings that were undocumented originals, tribute pieces or copies that we decided to feature them in their own auctions,” said Bruce Wood, who founded the firm with partner William Janosco. “That’s how this auction house was born.”

In the Manner Of is actively seeking artworks that are created in the style of, after or attributed to master artists. The firm encourages potential sellers who have been turned away from other auction houses because their artwork lacked provenance or did not fit perfectly into so-called “blue chip” auction houses to call (508) 533-6277 or send an e-mail to

To learn more about In the Manner Of and the firm’s live and internet sale now online and ending July 26th, please visit

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Bruce Wood
In the Manner Of
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The World’s Friendliest Assassins launch a brand new website

Red Herring Games New Website

Red Herring Games New Website

Red Herring Games LTD

Red Herring Games LTD

Brink Media

Brink Media

The multi-award winning firm Red Herring Games LTD is inviting visitors to explore their new-look website.

GRIMSBY, N.E. LINCS, UK, July 17, 2018 / — The multi-award winning firm Red Herring Games LTD is inviting visitors to explore their new-look website.

The quirky murder mystery firm who specialises in international assassinations recently began working with Brink Media web design to deliver a refresh of their website to improve user experience and international responsiveness.

“We’re the only firm in the world which offers the full spectrum of murder mystery entertainment, from off the shelf kits to full bespoke event management.” Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games said, “It’s been quite a challenge to find a web design firm who understands all aspects of our business and who can present each aspect in an easy to use way.”

Red Herring Games LTD runs an e-commerce shop, event management service, ticket sales and custom designs. While it might seem any firm could handle the build, it wasn’t as simple as that as Jo Smedley explained.

“Our website has nearly as much functionality as your large on-line retailers like Amazon – with physical products and downloadable ones, but what we sell isn’t as easily understandable, and just showing an image of the product isn’t enough. We need to provide our customers with lots of help and support every step of the way. We need to show our products and explain them – so they know what it is they are buying and whether it’s the “right fit” for them.”

“We aren’t a “one size fits all” company – we offer bespoke creation, customisations and specially tailored products as well. And then there’s the event side. Until now no firm has really grasped the full scope of our business or been able to design a website to show the firm’s full breadth.”

The new website has been designed by Brink Media to offer the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality which allows customers to see the full services Red Herring Games can offer.

“At Brink Media, we were all very excited to be chosen to work on this project for Jo and the team at Red Herring Games.” Said Alex McCranor, Managing Director of Brink Media. “Having worked with Red Herring Games for a number of years on video production, photography, interactive games and social media it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to build the new Red Herring Games Website.”

“The Brink Media web design team put in a lot of hard work and are really pleased with the result.”

“Red Herring Games is not your average business and a simple e-commerce online shop wasn’t going to cut it. They have hundreds of digital and physical products along with services and event tickets. They also serve products to business owners and the general public. All of this running from one website was a challenge to make quick and simple to use. Making it easy for the customers to find exactly what they are looking for. I think we have managed to achieve something special and I am very proud of the work the team produced.”

“At Brink Media, our goal is simple to understand our clients business and make it simple and easy for them to get more business online. We are excited to see Red Herring Games sales already increase and people start booking the new services we’ve been able to add to the website."

The website launch is the first step in a much larger project to enter the global market and support franchisees overseas. With a 5 year plan to open an office in the USA, Red Herring Games clearly have their eye on the future.
Created with the user experience in mind, the site includes many new features to help users to quickly and easily navigate the site and find the services or off the shelf product they want.

The new design by Brink Media has allowed Red Herring Games to place their full portfolio on the website while still allowing customers to be able to easily navigate to what they need.

The new website launch is just the first step in the partnership between Red Herring Games and Brink Media. With new products and services, and new overseas franchises launching over the next few months, not to mention the ongoing requirements for SEO and digital marketing the Brink Media team will be kept very busy.

Mrs Joanne Smedley
Red Herring Games LTD
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Award-winning Canadian Artist Cory M. Coons Releases New Single With Platinum Producer Ron Nevison

Cory M. Coons’ New Album Produced By Ron Nevison

Canadian artist Cory M. Coons has released his new single, "Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough," produced by multi-platinum producer Ron Nevison.

I've known Cory for several years, and it's been a real pleasure watching his career develop. Cory has a real gift for melody and the ability to deliver a message to his listeners.”

— Michael Stover, President of MTS Management Group

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (ON), CANADA, July 17, 2018 / — Growing up in Eastern Ontario (South of Ottawa), Canada, Cory M. Coons has been performing, writing and recording music since age 13. In 2015, he was nominated at the "Producer's Choice Honors", (formerly Los Angeles Music Awards), in the "Rock Artist Of The Year" category. In 2014, Coons won the Producer's Choice Honor for "Studio Album Of The Year" for his Independent EP "Share A Little Time." Coons also received nominations for "Male Singer/Songwriter" and "Record Of The Year."

Now, Cory M. Coons returns with a brand new melodic rock album, "The Long Road Home", which includes his latest single, "Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough." As with Coon's previously mentioned EP, Multi-Gold and Platinum veteran music producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger) returned to produce the project. MTS Management Group has been brought in to promote the single release.

"I've known Cory for several years, and it's been a real pleasure watching his career develop," said Michael Stover, President of MTS. "Cory has a real gift for melody and the ability to deliver a message to his listeners, in a way that doesn't knock them over the head. We're really looking forward to finally getting to work with him."

Cory's eclectic influences include a collection of genres like Melodic Rock and Roots-Rock, blended with hints of Country-Rock. He is a respected freelance guitar instructor in the local St. Lawrence Seaway Valley and at Rock My House Music Centre in Kemptville, ON. Cory has opened and performed alongside internationally recognized Canadian artists like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger & David Wilcox.


Michael Stover
MTS Management Group
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Promo Video For “The Long Road Home” Album

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Krystal Marshayla Duckett Explains the Importance of Art in Today’s World

Krystal Marshayla Duckett is an advocate of keeping that expression alive by sharing the importance of art in today’s culture.

SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, July 16, 2018 / — Art is all around us. When most think of art, they imagine the Louvre or some other museum. Yet, art is not confined to the walls of a man-made building. Art is woven into the fabric of human expression and existence. Its majesty is a constant power. Art is inherent in humanity, as much as our blood. Art is inherent in our minds. It's a desire that humanity has always felt a need to feed.

Krystal Marshayla Duckett wholeheartedly believes in the power of art. Thus, Duckett advocates keeping the importance of art alive. Appreciation of art holds a meaning that surpasses the simple surmising of the artist’s intent. Art is a snapshot of history and should be protected and revered as such.

Art Transcends Language Barriers

Language is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. However, with art, instead of depicting meaning, it evokes feelings. So, in whatever language and background two people have, the art will convey a similar experience. Art can help people understand one another on a fundamental level.

Krystal Marshayla Duckett says that art incites communication that is otherwise impossible. The connection through art made between admirers is strong. Yet, there’s also an intimate understanding of the artist portrayed through art. Language doesn't limit art.

Art Reveals Historical Importance

The expression of art gives humanity a snapshot of the past. It gives a visual to what people wore and enlightens people with a perspective straight from the past. Without art, modern people wouldn’t understand the depth of humanity’s progression.

Historians garner a lot of other information from art. Studying techniques and supplies art history is illustrated. The artist creates a profile of themselves through their art. The substance the art is created on, the colors used, and the specific dyes all play a role. A painting will tell historians where the artist lived, their social stature, and the time they lived in.

Therefore, it isn’t simply the art that’s important, it’s the history and implications of that art. Art has a place in this world, because of the historical significance it holds.

Art is Primal Behavior

In addition to looking nice and holding significance, art is also a primal human behavior. Cavemen created art and every human society since has felt the need to create art. Since art isn’t significant to physical survival, the drive to create must be inherent in the human soul.

Therefore, the validity of it is essential to our preservation. To dismiss the power of art in our modern world, according to Duckett, is a folly of the highest degree. Humanity needs art because the ambition to create is a vivacious part of a human being.

To close, Krystal Marshayla Duckett is a proud art enthusiast. In this fast-paced world, people often fail to appreciate the beauty of life. Art is a large factor in that beauty. Duckett is steadfast in keeping that fact in the forefront of humanity’s considerations.

Eric Ash
Web Presence, LLC
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Holabird Western Americana Collections' massive 3,600-lot June 22-26 auction in Reno, Nevada grosses just under $500,000

Five-ounce Chinese ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin, one of only 99 minted and in proof condition ($32,535)

The Con-Virginia, Dayton Consolidated collection of more than 250 ore specimens and samples, all labeled and from Nevada ($15,625).

Rare onion skin Green Mountain Mining (Ontonagon Cty., Mich.) stock certificate, issued in 1862 for 25 shares ($2,250).

Framed print of the fabled Pacific Coast Borax 20-mule team, pulling wagons through Death Valley, Calif. ($2,928).

Circa 1900 World War I military campaign hat, Western style, with acorn ties and an upturned wreath with a “3” at the center ($594).

A Chinese ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin sold for $32,535 to take top lot honors. The runner-up was an ore specimen collection from Nevada’s mining past ($15,625).

We had two superb collections — the Gottschalk Aurora, Nevada collection, many with visible gold, and the Con-Virginia, Dayton Consolidated ore collection.”

— Fred Holabird

RENO, NEV., UNITED STATES, July 16, 2018 / — RENO, Nev. – Who says there’s no such things as unicorns? A five-ounce Chinese ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin sold for $32,535 to take top lot honors at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day June Treasures from Pacific Shores auction held June 22-26 in Reno. The runner-up lot was an astounding ore specimen collection from Nevada’s mining past ($15,625).

The auction was loaded with nearly 3,600 lots covering many categories, including numismatics, mining, minerals, general Americana, railroad, tokens, antique bottles, gaming, firearms and weaponry, Wells Fargo and Express collectibles and more. The event, which grossed $489,500, was held online and in Holabird’s gallery, located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno.

The ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin, which is legal tender in the People’s Republic of China, was one of only 99 minted and was graded in proof condition. It came housed in a lovely presentation case and had a .999 gold composition. The mirror back obverse featured a design of two unicorns (a standing adult and resting offspring) with the word “UNICORN” in print and a currency mark.

The June 23rd session contained 158 lots of minerals and ore specimens and 531 lots of mining collectibles, to include lamps, candlesticks and hard goods. “We had two superb collections,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, “the Gottschalk Aurora, Nevada collection, many with visible gold, and the Con-Virginia, Dayton Consolidated ore collection.”

The latter collection, of more than 250 ore specimens and samples, all labeled, proved to be the more attractive of the two to bidders. “We decided to keep the Con-Virginia collection together, since it represented a complete group of minerals and ore from producing Western mines in the 1920s and ‘30s and before,” Mr. Holabird said. “But both collections were unique and valuable.”

The highlight of the Gottschalk Collection was a high-grade gold specimen from the Florence Mine at Goldfield, Nev. The cut face specimen, 3 inches by 2 inches, with original label, brought $1,750. Also from the Gottschalk Collection, a pair of gold-silver specimens out of the Cortez Mine in Aurora, Nev. – considered one of the original rich mines – sold as one lot for $1,062.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding was provided by,, eBay Live and About 3,700 people registered to bid across all the platforms. They placed 3,155 live bids and 1,843 absentee bids. Phone bids were also accepted. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

A Chinese silver Liang (Tael) coin, minted in 1908 in the Hunan Province and issued by the Ta Ch’ing Government Bank, with the obverse showing three lines of two characters each and the reverse two lines of three characters each, garnered $8,438. Also, a W. Conklin IOU token good for 12 ½ cents in trade, issued in Sabrine Pass, Texas and in good condition, commanded $1,875.

A rare onion skin Green Mountain Mining (Ontonagon County, Mich.) stock certificate issued in 1862 in the amount of 25 shares to a Mr. Oliver Severance, signed by the company president and secretary, realized $2,250; while a Peoples Ice Company (Boca, Calif.) stock certificate for 45 shares, issued to “Thompson” in 1875, also signed by the president and secretary, made $438.

A framed print of the fabled Pacific Coast Borax 20-mule team, pulling wagons through Death Valley, Calif., measuring 16 inches by 42 inches (in the frame) breezed to $2,928. Also, a circa 1900 World War I-era military campaign hat, Western style, with acorn ties and an upturned wreath with the number “3” at the center, issued to staff non-commissioned officers, hit $594.

Great deals were to be had for bidders savvy enough to score them. A black tin box filled with Bassick Gold Mine (Querida, Colo.) company records from 1899-1901 – thousands of checks and invoices – went for just $1,000, and a beautifully refinished early 1900s Mason player piano, a fixtured in early honky-tonk bars and saloons, with stool and 300 music rolls, fetched $938.

Some lots sold for a ridiculously low $12.50 each, believe it or not. They included the following:

• 1950s early Knott’s Berry Farm (Disneyland) ephemera, to include a color booklet with mailing envelope, chicken dinner restaurant menu and Disneyland Hotel unused postcard.
• Set of eight 20th century tobacco company stock certificates, including ones for Liggett & Myers, Burley Tobacco Co., Pumpelly-Howe Tobacco Co., and Continental Tobacco Co.
• Collection of over 40 Wells Fargo and American Express envelopes, most addressed to Stupp Floral Company of St. Joseph, Mo., and postmarked Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas.

Holabird Western Americana Collections’ next big event will be an Americana auction sometime in August (dates and times to be announced), followed by an auction that will coincide with the National Token Collectors Association annual token auction on Friday, Aug. 31, in Sandy, Utah.

Anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels extensively throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. Last year it visited Boston, Florida, Seattle and New York.

Holabird Western Americana Collections is always seeking bottle, advertising, Americana and coin consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, e-mail him at To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, please visit

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Fred Holabird
Holabird Western Americana, LLC
(775) 851-1859
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Source: EIN Presswire

Luxury for a Cause: Introducing Atelier’s No Finning Shark Skin Minimalist Wallet ~鮫風~

No finning Shark Leather Wallet for Minimalist

Our project has started to help long-term reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Our project has started to help long-term reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Our project has started to help long-term reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Atelier Shark Japan LLC has launched its 100% Made in Japan, no finning and zero waste minimalist shark leather ~鮫風~ exclusively on Kickstarter.

KOBE, HYOGO, JAPAN, July 16, 2018 / — KOBE, Japan, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Focused on reviving the economy and supporting the long-term restoration in Kesennuma, Atelier Shark Japan LLC has designed premium shark leather Pass Wallets for the global market. These 100% Made in Japan, zero waste, cruelty-free minimalist wallets are now available on Kickstarter.

Atelier uses sharkskin sourced specifically from Kesennuma to produce these 100% handmade shark leather wallets. Soft, smooth, bright, shiny, and fine textured, these vibrant shark leather wallets use all-natural botanical dyes. Apart from their minimalist sophisticated design and surprising detail, these Pass Wallets are also water resistant and durable. Extremely functional and convenient to use, you only need one hand to access your cards. These shark leather wallets also store coins and bills easily.

"We came across this amazing shark skin material while volunteering in Kesennnuma after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. That's when we decided to make people aware of the fact that this amazing material can be used to make excellent leather products," said Yuki Tokii, founder of Atelier Shark Japan LLC.

Highly skilled local Japanese craftsmen chosen for their masterful leather sewing, dyeing and tanning make each shark leather wallet one by one. They measure the dimensions of each individual product to ensure the correct edge thickness and maintain an error-free production process. Kesennuma strictly follows a "no finning" and "zero waste" policy. Recognizing the potential sustainability problem, Atelier controls and limits its production volume. There is no mass production of these products.

Kesennuma, one of the biggest fishing ports in Tohoku, was the scene of deadly devastation in 2011. The once flourishing fishing industry is yet to recover in the aftermath of the tsunami. Atelier hopes to restore social and financial prosperity to Kesennuma and reduce the region's dependency on charitable organizations.

"By using shark skin from Kesennuma, we hope to help with the long-term reconstruction," said Yuki Tokii, co-founder of Atelier Shark Japan LLC. "We are striving to help increase employment and bring economic prosperity to this region that suffered immensely due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami of 2011 through this project."

Featuring premium Japanese craftsmanship, Atelier's 100% Made in Japan, zero waste minimalist Pass Wallets can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter.

Media Contact:

Name: Ippei Watanabe


About Atelier Shark Japan LLC:

Established in 2013 by Yuki Toki and Takao Bessho, Atelier Shark Japan LLC produces a variety of premium 100% Made in Japan shark leather products and accessories like bangles, business card holders, pen cases and a diverse selection of wallets. The company's motto is to help people in earthquake-damaged regions through long-term reconstruction by showcasing local products and introducing their story to the world.

Ippei Watanabe
Atelier Shark
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No finning Shark Leather Wallet for Minimalist

Source: EIN Presswire

Booty Bands Launch Beta Back End To Select Members and Clients

booty bands launched new backend for members and clients

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2018 / — San Diego, California – The initial launch of the Beta version of the new Booty Bands Member’s Portal has met with fantastic reviews. In an effort to make the experience both effortless and more enjoyable, Booty Bands management had been working tirelessly to come up with a solution that gave their loving community members an experience they’ve never had before.

Throughout this period, the focus was to improve the entire esthetics of the portal and after almost spending 5 – 6 months of countless hours, the renovation has been completed. The beta version of the back end has now been made available to only a select few members with the full version expected to be released after a short while.

The original Members Portal was a convenient location for Booty Bands Members to go and find program workout and diet plans, as well as various videos from Danita Young, Co-Founder of Booty Bands.

Danita was inspired to take on a complete overhaul to give the community what they wanted and were asking for. Change Your Mind, Change Your Body, Change Your Life is more than a catchy phrase to Danita. She has integrated these ideas from conceptualization to near completion to make the Booty Bands Member’s Portal a complete head to toe experience.

The Beta version is the first phase in the new release of content and material. Realizing that there is no one size fits all for fitness goals, Danita has designed two separate plans for her members. Tone and Slim, that will focus on losing weight, and Enhance and Grow that will put emphasis on helping to build curves.

One of the community members that was chosen to have access to the Beta version of the members portal was really impressed with the entire upgrade and really loved the idea of having everything in one place.

“It’s amazing. Everything I need is in one place.” She said. “I can’t believe how much is now in the portal. I can do everything from workout, meditate, to meal plan. It has everything.”

Another member who reviewed the Beta version of the members portal had nothing but good things to say.

“I had memberships to three different coaches before to get all that is now in the new membership portal. Needless to say, I’ve cancelled those other plans. I love it!”

However, the Beta version has only been released for testing purposes with the full version expected to be released later this month. Striving for excellence, Booty Bands management promises that there is more to come.

Danita Young
Booty Bands
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Source: EIN Presswire