Monthly Archives: December 2008

Times Square New Year’s Eve 2008

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The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is a 12 foot geodesic sphere, double the size of previous Balls, and weighs 11,875 pounds.  Covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals and powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS, the new Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

The organizers also announced that the new Ball will become a year-round attraction above Times Square in full public view January through December.

The first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square was in 1904.

For the 37th consecutive year, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009 will lead America into the New Year when Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host specials starting at 10:00 p.m., ET, Wednesday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network.

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Florida Highwaymen ~ Legends in their own time

Florida Governor Charlie Crist chose image of a painting done by one of the original Highwaymen, James Gibson of Ft. Pierce, for the governor’s holiday greeting cards this year.

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The Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee is home to 22 of James Gibson’s paintings. Gibson completed Nightscape I, the painting featured on the card, about a year ago for Crist. It depicts a palm tree on the bank of the Indian River.

In the early 1950’s through the 1980’s a group of twenty-six African-American artists painted beautiful landscapes that displayed the serene, undeveloped Florida landscape of their time.

During that time, they were sold around Florida for about $25.00 each, $35.00 tops. Today they could be worth thousands.  Many tourists as well as Florida residents purchased them.

These artists are known as the  Florida Highwaymen and because of the tranquil scenes and history involved, their original paintings are highly demanded by collectors and enthusiasts.

They used vivid and bright colors in their paintings, sometimes using house paint, I am told, to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. They painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees.

See another account Here.

The Highwaymen Winter Event will be held in Mt. Dora, Florida, on January 10, 2009, where some of the artists, including James Gibson, will be appearing.  Free admission.

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