What would you do to study abroad? Read what this college student is doing to raise funds for her study abroad to France.

We all love our children and I am sure you are like me and would do anything for child, but at what point do we cut the cord. For my husband and I we pay the tuition, the car insurance and the cell phone bill and our Daughter Danielle pays for her school supplies and any living expenses she incurs. We help her if she really tells us she needs help. In January she presented this compelling letter to us with her interest in doing a study abroad for her major, we asked why this could not be done during a semester and she indicated that her major did not allow for a full semester study abroad. We explained to her that we did not have the funds to pay for this trip and thus she must seek new and creative ways to find funding for this trip if she really wanted to go. Dani was very open to taking suggestions and doing the uncomfortable and asking for help. Even if she does not raise all of the funds for this trip, the experience that she has learned from this process has been invaluable. Just because parents may have it to give to their children does this mean you give it to them without allowing them to put forth the work to carry out the goal.

Please help support this young woman…every little bit helps, even as small as $1

My name is Danielle Leggard and I am a Graphic Design major in my junior year of study at Purchase College. I would like to go to France for many different reasons but the most important is studying art in Antibes, a place where a vast amount of famous artist such as Matisse worked. When I was junior in high school I had the opportunity to spend ten days in France, six days in Paris and four in Nice. That trip was what inspired me to go on to study art in college. We visited the musée d’Orsay and the musée Rodin, both of which were awe-inspiring. When I returned home from my trip, all I could think about was returning to France once again to study more of the great artists I had come to respect and love. France is more to me than a beautiful country; it is a place of learning. This opportunity will provide me the chance to understand and delve more into the background of art that means so much to me. That first trip to France changed me into who I am today and I could not be more grateful.

Aside from the obvious love I have for the richness of the art, I have a fondness for the French language. I’ve been studying French since I was in the 7th grade and have never fully mastered the language. I firmly believe that being in an environment that immerses you in the language is one of the most helpful ways to learn, said language. Learning French is also something that would aid me in further developing my career as an artist. Art is a medium that transcends language barriers and social boundaries but if I could speak a language other than English, not only would that make me a versatile artist, it could open doors to allow me to work in other than English speaking countries.

Traveling is an expense not many can afford directly after college and the possibility of working in another country would be unbelievably exciting. This trip would be an incredible experience because even though I have been out of the country before, it was only for ten days. With the exception of my High School trip, I’ve never truly been able to see the world outside of my town and my life at college. College has shaped me and helped me grow because I have been placed out of my comfort zone and in an environment I had to adapt to. I’ve always loved who I am but I’ve grown to appreciate myself more because I’m shaping into who I’ve envisioned myself to be.Port-Vauban-Antibes-France

Antibes would be another growing experience, one I know would continue to help me develop and understand life outside my current experience. It’s a chance to learn about a culture that I’ve only glanced upon. While graphic design may not seem to directly correspond to painting, it does so in more ways then most people would know. Developing into a better graphic designer is not only based on how well we can use the tools we are given, (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), it is also contingent upon how creative we are. Creativity is a trait most designers have as well; to design something to be visually stimulating to create the impetus why someone would chose one product over the other. I am convinced that creativity derives from fantastic experiences. This trip would qualify as a great experience. I’ve learned in my past three years that for me to become a better designer I needed to study things outside my focus on graphic design. Not only does it make me a better designer to be able to weave design into my art, but it makes me a better artist as well.

People seldom think of designers as artists but we are vigorously trained just like painters and we apply similar techniques in different ways. I believe that being able to take the painting class that is offered for this study abroad will not only help define me as a designer but improve my functionality as an artist. This trip to Antibes, France has so much to offer me and I truly believe that taking this trip will structure me in a beneficial manner. I’ve dreamed of going back to France and once again feeling the terrifying exhilaration of being in the unknown but understanding that it will only affect me in a positive way.

What would you do to study abroad? Maybe you will gain some ideas from this creative College Student.

  Celebrate Black History Month in the Hamptons: “FROM AFRICA TO ABSTRACT: Journey of a People Through Art and Image” at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968, (631) 287-4377.

Jan 28 2014 – 10:30am  Mar 4 2014 – 2:30pm
Opening Reception: February 1, 2014, from 4 – 6pm.
Gallery Hours:Monday – Saturday 11 – 3pm or by appointment.

Six African-American artists are featured in a new exhibit to celebrate Black History Month at the Southampton Cultural Center. Called “From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People Through Art and Image” the works of Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott, Jacquelyn Flowers, Tina Andrews, Dianne Smith, and Danny Simmons showcase abstracts, sculptures, pastels, mixed media and representational works which together chart the African-American experience in America.

Photo courtesy: dannysimmons.net

Guest curator Tina Andrews gathered the artists from Washington, DC, Harlem, Brooklyn and East Hampton to expose their works to east end audiences. Says Andrews “It’s an exciting, soulful exhibit filled with not only works which envisage our slave past, but abstracts and photos which visualize the present and promise of a post racial future. I urge everyone to come out and see it.”

photo courtesy: www.diannesmithart.com
photo courtesy: www.diannesmithart.com

“From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People Through Art and Image” is on exhibit from January 29 through March 4, 2014. Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968, (631) 287-4377…southamptonculturalcenter.org

cover art: Brent Bailer…Courtsey www.brentbailer.com

The Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative comes to the Hamptons Doug E. Doug Known For Griffin Vesey On Cosby Sitcom, Heads To The
 Hamptons To Promote Peace And Cultural Diversity*
 November 2nd & 3rd 2013

(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

East Hampton, NY (October 24, 2013) Doug E. Doug is heading to the Hamptons
to promote cultural diversity during Artisan Festival Internationals World
Peace Initiative Hamptons. The World Cinema division will exhibit *Lessons
Of Hayti* a documentary film in which he is the narrator. Born Douglas
Bourne, Doug E. Doug is known for his roles on the *Cosby Show*, as Sanka
Coffie in *Cool Runnings* and the voice of Bernie in *Shark Tale*.

*Lessons of Hayti* is produced by award-winning filmmaker Byron Hunter,
Terry Boyd, and Edward Harris Jr.

photo credit: www.afiworldpeaceinitiative.org

The film recently won Best Documentary
Feature at the 8th Annual Harlem International Film Festival and will
screen Nov. 2nd Saturday afternoon at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York
followed by a question and answer round table discussion. This Black
History month the film will debut on various US television networks.

”American history is an important component to bridging the gap in cultural
diversity, and stories that provide an informative reference point,
especially for Black American history is how healing can take place for the
past, present, and future. We are proud of all our documentaries and have
taken the time to carefully select film works that will impact society in
the long-term,” stated Founder and multi-media talent Princess AngeliqueMonét.

Lessons of Hayti *is nominated for Best Documentary Film along with *Forget
Us Not* narrated by Ron Perlman, and *16 Acres*.

LESSONS OF HAYTI is a one hour documentary that examines the unique history of Black
self-sufficiency and political power in the United States from its origins 
just following President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 up to
the second inauguration of America’s first Black President 150 years later,
and how that power has eroded since the Civil Rights era, leaving Black
America in a current state of economic turmoil.

As told by prominent historians, scholars, former Hayti residents, and a
survivor of the Tulsa Riots of 1921, “The Lessons of Hayti,” details a
history of Black success in America. Including the creation of 100 
independent Black communities, nearly 100 Black Colleges and Universities,
and wielding massive political power in the former Confederate States, all
within 50 years of the end of slavery.

”The Lessons of Hayti” also examines the demise of these historic Black
Communities over the last 100 years due to both racial violence and
political backstabbing triggered by pivotal historic events including the
landmark case “Plessy vs. Ferguson” in the 1898, the end of World War 1 in
1918, and the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s.

For a complete line up of films please visit www.afiworldpeaceinitiative.org

158 Main Street – Guild Hall (John Drew Theatre)
Tickets can be purchased on-line through www.afiworldpeaceinitiative.org or
on-site at the Guild Hall box office.

 *Screening Blocks: $15*
*Day Pass: $35*
*Children Under 15: $10 Screening Blocks*
*Senior Citizens: $12 Screening Blocks*
*Day Pass for Senior Citizens: $30*

Artisan Festival World Peace Initiative is a New York State fiscally sponsored 501c3 organization. Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative is comprised of mini-festivals representative of the Arts (Fine Art, Film, Fashion, Music, Theater) brought together under one umbrella to promote cultural diversity through the arts. Our goal is to bring such rich culture to each community we work with and encourage as much community support as possible to facilitate an understanding that we are a cultural arts organization seeking to add to the communities we serve while simultaneously assisting with peace efforts on a global scale.

 “The mission of Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative is to bridge the gap in cultural diversity worldwide. By promoting culture other than ones own through film, art, fashion, theatre and music, one can begin to have an understanding and appreciation of others. This is the way to begin creating world peace,” stated Princess Angelique Monét, Festival Founder and Director.

For all media inquiries please email Mark Mitchell at

Photo credit: Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

“Hamptons Art” Bettina Werner, The Salt Queen, is an international acclaimed artist, born in Milan, Italy in 1965. She arrived in the United States in 1989, she was discovered as an upcoming artistic starlet by a prestigious New York Gallery in the 90’s. Bettina Werner is a pioneer who invented the first use of colorized salt as an art medium in the History of Art.

“Tripping the light fantastic”, artist Bettina Werner, is a fountainhead of creativity sprouting galaxies of light and radiance in her unique colorized salt crystal artworks. Ms Werner’s innovative salt paintings are crystallized salt textures, with brilliant colors, created with  sophisticated  movements and dynamic artistic flow. Her artworks have a radiant cosmic surface, where each grain of salt is masterly treated like facets of a diamond which reaches out for enlightenment through the power of salt.

What gave the Artist the idea of creating art with salt ?
Bettina Werner is drawn to paint and sculpt with salt resulting from its long history and intimate necessity in human life. In Italy salt represents knowledge and wisdom. This is because of the ubiquitous mineral’s vital importance to the balance of human health and the development of civilization, as well as its metaphysical and metaphorical legends. Salt is used by every culture for food preservation and cooking. Salt was more valuable than treasure. Salt figures in many marriages and religious customs. It has been a mainstay of trade all over the world, and has functioned as currency. Most of this planet is covered in salt water. There is a wonderful connection that human blood, sweat and tears are about the same salinity as the ocean.

The mystery of salt and its beautiful crystalline quality attracted the Artist while studying at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. She desired a medium capable of expressing her own unique vision, something new, not really explored yet in the art world. It came in her mind like an idea, a strong intuition. While still a student she experimented with combinations of pigments and the myriad gradations into which salt can be reduced. She developed the technique of fixing salt crystals with colors that render what is a mutable compound into a permanent surface that attracts the eye with millions of reflecting facets transmitting a single color into all possible shades.

Ocean, 1996 (4 panels, 24 x 80 inches each)
Photo credit: Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Her recent 25 Year Retrospective, at 7 World Trade Center, in a 40,000 square foot pristine space, immediately overlooked “ground zero”, represented Bettina Werner’s crowning achievement in her career with a spectacular panoramic view of New York City skyline.
View the video here: 

Bettina Werner’s plush  loft, overlooking the New York Stock Exchange, is located in the heart of the historical Wall Street, world- famous district,  she is an amazing and empowered “woman of our time” who is rocking with her magical healing salt in her crusade for uplifting human consciousness and world harmony. She is an artist with a clear mission expressing her unique salt invention as a healing spiritual and transcendental experience. History has taught us, the most successful artist are those who have a recognizable medium that one can spot from far away –  “a language of art”. Bettina Werner has truly created an entire unique luminescent world, with her textured salt technique, that is easily translated to all who encounter her artworks around the globe. Bettina Werner’s salt crystal artworks are unmistakably recognizable while synonymously profound and spaciousness creating a sense of calm and essentiality.

Her fascinating life is being born as a surviving twin, who is still spiritually connected to her unborn sister, who was found dead in her mother’s womb. Bettina Werner believes her spiritual sister guides her giving Ms. Werner artistic inspiration and intuitive messages. Through Bettina Werner’s innovative artwork, one experiences the vibrations emitted by the salt rock crystals masterly moved by her sensing and slender long hands.  She captures with the salt crystals our souls in a dialectic conversation that goes beyond our awareness.

In the year 2002, she established The Salt Queen Foundation, a non-profit educational institution. Its goals include the celebration of artists whose free imagination is uniquely expressed through the use of innovative techniques and unusual materials.

Art collectors fall in love with the radiant energy flowing in Bettina Werner’s paintings, connecting to the depth of the colors created with the salt and to  the unique concept of creating wise investments in their own homes when they acquire her distinctive innovative salt crystal paintings.

Reviews and features on her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Art in America, Elle, Architectural Digest,The Chicago Tribune,The Miami Herald, ArtNews, Elle Decor, GQ, Flash Art, Hamptons Magazine, New York Post, l’ Espresso, Il Corriere della Sera, and many more publications.
Press link: http://www.bettina-werner.com/press.html


“OCEAN”, 1996 (4 panels, 24 x 80 inches each)
© Bettina Werner 1996
Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 1980’s
Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation, New York

Photo Credit cover: BETTINA WERNER Salt Crystal Painting MONACO FLAG 18 x 24 Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 80’s © Bettina Werner 2012 All Rights Reserved Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Hamptons Art…BETTINA WERNER,The Salt Queen