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Bronze ballerinas and basking bathers decorate the southwest corner of Mizner Park in celebration of Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures, on display from Jan. 25 through April 27 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

As a French painter and sculptor in the 19th century, Edgar Degas found himself fascinated with ballerinas, racehorses and bathers, and studied their movement which he captured in his pieces. The works remained hidden with the exception of one statue that was shown during his lifetime. After his death in 1917, the wax and clay sculptures were discovered and Degas’ family made the decision to preserve the sculptures in bronze.

“The exhibition Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures is an extremely rare opportunity to view bronze casts made from all 73 sculptures by the great French impressionist master, Edgar Degas, in a single exhibition,” said Wendy Blazier, Senior Curator at the museum. “Only four complete sets of these bronzes exist in the world: in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée d'Orsay in Paris; the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen; and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil.”

The artwork shows Degas’ ability to capture gestures, the twist of a figure, and the gallop of a horse.

“Finally, the experience of seeing even just one of these sculptures – the bronze cast of Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen from 1881 – the centerpiece of the Impressionist galleries in only a handful of world museums, it is a rare opportunity for any museum to borrow and exhibit this sculpture,” said Blazier. “It is a profoundly beautiful sculpture – modern before its time, shocking in 1881, and is today one of the most beloved works of the Impressionists.”

Because the works are three-dimensional, Degas used the physics of form, mass, balance and movement in his creations. The exhibit is further expanded with the correlating artist's better-known paintings and pastels, on display from museums and private collections.

Boca Raton Museum of Art has an ongoing mission to bring major international exhibitions to the area while cultivating long-range exchanges of the visual arts with museums around the world, she said.

“The museum is committed to bringing major international exhibitions to its galleries, while developing long-range exchanges of the visual arts with museums in other countries. Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures is just such an exhibition,” she said. “Degas in Bronze at the Boca Raton Museum of Art affords us the rare opportunity to bring this masterpiece to South Florida, accompanied by 72 other posthumously cast Degas bronzes.”

Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures is on display January 25 - April 27. Boca Raton Museum of Art, In Mizner Park, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Hours: Sun., Mon. noon – 5 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed., Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed holidays. Adults, $20; seniors, $17; students, $6. 561-392-2500 or www.BocaMuseum.org


EDGAR DEGAS (French, 1834-1917), Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, conceived around 1878-1881, bronze cast in 1920’s and after from a wax sculpture. Collections of MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brasil. © 2007 Courtesy of International Arts. Photo by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzzini


EDAR DEGAS (French, 1834-1917), Horse at Trough, conceived around 1865-1868, bronze cast in 1920’s and after from a wax sculpture. Collections of MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brasil. © 2007 Courtesy of International Arts. Photo by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini

Celebrate Our Beach Bum Neighbors

Come meet Floridian inhabitants 130 million years in the making. Sea Turtles look very similar to what their species looked like in the Cretaceous Period, more than 65 million years ago. Gumbo Limbo is celebrating the indigenous creatures with their Third Annual Turtle Day March 8th 2008.

“It’s basically a day to celebrate the conservation issues and educate the public,” said Dr. Kirt Rusenko, Marine Conservationist with the Sea Turtle Program in the City of Boca Raton. “Generally it’s a family affair so children of all ages can come and learn about sea turtles and their environment.”

Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests, a species native to our coasts, hit an all time low last fall, causing great concern within the conservation community. In spite of the statistics, members of Gumbo Limbo think the turtles can make a comeback. “Last year we released a turtle that had been rehabbed, it was getting its first chance back in the wild,” he said. “Everybody mobbed over to the beach to see the turtle go.”

While Rusenko said there is no turtle to release this year, Turtle Day includes conservation organizations, special feedings at the tanks, a kids’ corner with crafts and games. The key speaker is Dan Evans from Florida-based Caribbean Conservation Corps. to talk about 50 years of sea turtle conservation, started by Archie Carr.

One issue effecting turtles and their beach habitats in the city is sky glow. Light sources visible from the beach are harmful to hatchling turtles and discourage mother turtles from creating nests. Beyond that, indirect lighting is also a problem. “Sky Glow issues are causing more and more problems on the beach,” Rusenko said. “Environmentally it’s destructive and to us it’s expensive.”

Even if you live miles inland, making the correct choices in light fixtures and bulbs can help many sea turtle and many other types of wildlife.

Third Annual Turtle Day
March 8th 2008 @ 10a.m. – 4p.m.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N. Ocean Blvd.
561.338.1473 No admission fee, suggested donation, $5 per person

Voters respond to website flash, study says

Companies are finding in a world of social networking sites, reaching their market requires a URL. Now research by Kevin Wagner, assistant professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University sets out to prove a great website gives candidates an edge in elections.

“We wanted to take a look whether Internet campaigning was having an effect on the election,” he said. “We took a look at page rankings and correlated that with outcomes in voting, with controls of money and incumbents.”

Website popularity, more specifically website rankings with leading analytical software the night before an election had a direct tie with the outcome, Wagner said.

To test the effect of online campaigning, Wagner used a compilation of turnout results, a web presence indicator and a host of controls from 86 separate races in the 2006 congressional elections (106 House candidates and 67 Senate candidates). The research indicated that web presence is a significant predictor of vote share, even when controlling for other variables in the model, such as campaign monies and incumbency.

With candidates dumping funds into web pages and guerilla marketing campaigns including viral videos and email blasts, Wagner questioned the usefulness of the pages. “It just occurred to me as someone who has done a lot of political participation studies, campaigns would put a lot into these pages,” he said. “I didn’t really have great expectations and I was surprised, the relationship was pretty significant and the final outcome was stronger.”

Wagner speculates that the use of the Internet to reach voters is the way of the future. “It says something interesting, you can’t be monolithic and need to focus on some of these new methods of campaigning,” he said.

The novelty of campaigning on the web is the interactivity. There is two-way communication through message boards, emails, live chats and other options available to contenders.

“It’s relatively inexpensive and reaches millions, sometimes through viral marketing,” Wagner said. “I don’t think you can underestimate the use of the Internet.”

The findings were presented at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting in 2007. They are also the basis for a forthcoming book, Click and Reboot: How the Internet is Revolutionizing American Politics.

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As for the winner of the presidential race, Wagner said it is still anyone’s game. “McCain gets the award for most flags per square inch, it remains to be seen if all of this effort matters,” he said. For more information, visit: www.FAU.edu

Chocoholics unite at Chocolate Decadence

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy
and you don’t need an appointment. ~ Anonymous

Local restaurants and sweet treat designers are converging at the Shops at Boca Center for the sweetest party in town, Chocolate Decadence hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton.

Attendees can expect the finest in food, drinks, gifts and the treat of the night, chocolate. At the event, the Chocolate Decadence New Member committee will present a video showcasing The JLBR 2008 Chocolate Decadence Community Sweethearts: Margaret Mary and John Shuff, Dr. Richard Auclair, MD, and Charlie Siemon.

“The Junior League of Boca Raton is honored to recognize these Community Sweethearts who have made a lasting impact on our community,” said Junior League of Boca Raton President Kristin Calder. “We invite the community to join us in celebrating their accomplishments, and enjoy an evening of decadence which will support our mission and benefit our community projects,” she added.

A special VIP tent by Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center and New Beauty includes beauty demonstrations and consultations; food and desserts of Big City Tavern, Morton’s Steakhouse, Cucina d’Angelo and Hoffman’s Chocolate; drinks from Ultimat vodka, SmartWater, PAMA, Daily's, Rosevine Winery, and Schramsberg champagne and a Goodie Bag full of exclusive gifts. The highlight of the evening will be the “Altier Diamond Drop,” where one lucky winner scores a one-carat Altier diamond, but everyone takes home a one-carat CZ.

For a full list of participants
visit www.BocaChocolate.com
All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Boca Raton

Dates & Times:
Chocolate Decadence: Seventh Annual “The Sweetest Party in Town”
Feb. 7, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Shops at Boca Center, on Military Trail, one mile north of Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton.
Tickets: in advance, $25; gate, $30; VIP, $75. VIP tickets require 21 & over only, and are limited
www.BocaChocolate.com and www.JLBR.org


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