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Other artwork from previous Second Saturday events

Some of the art that has been featured during Second Saturday on May 11 this year include the Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum and paintings by Abigail VanCannon and Mark Fox. Abigail recently moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area and displays her paintings based on photography at the Sacramento Art Complex. She likes learning about a city’s nostalgia when she visits new places, which is why one of her paintings depicts the sign of the original Tower Records at the Tower Theatre on 16th and Broadway. Mark Fox, whose painting is shown at the top of this article, has lived in Sacramento all his life and is heavily influenced by Appalachian folk art and tribal scenery that expresses community harmony.

Different types of art are included in this archive, such as woodwork by Ted “The Turner” Young, who makes attractive gifts out of recycled wood from the region. Another theme that this gallery section highlights is community spirit, which includes Midtown shops that help raise awareness or funds for the community. PeraDice Cards and Gifts, for example, raised money through a raffle this past Second Saturday for Mustard Seed School, while provides shelter for homeless children. Co-owners Steven Pera and Jim Wagner were interviewed by SacTV explaining that homelessness is not a crime and kids should be given the help they need.

Other artwork from previous Second Saturday events include the vibrant soul healing paintings of John Huerta, the communal farmers market paintings by Robert LaNeau, the car theme paintings by Pete Conine, the happy animal paintings by Karen Dukes, various art at Little Relics and the portraits of legendary African Americans including President Obama by Lawrence Sullivan. The art of photography is showcased in this second with the natural colorful scenery of Yosemite, shot by Jason Branz.

The May 11 Second Saturday was quiet in the early evening but festive later in the evening possibly because of earlier hot temperatures, a contrast with Second Saturday on April 13, which was somewhat quiet due to cold temperatures. Many of these artists, curators and owners display art every Second Saturday with different art each time. According to Mark Fox, he has created over one thousand paintings and has sold about 500 over the past decade at various exhibits throughout the state. Little Relics owner Susan Rabinovitz says she sold some art in April to a visitor who found her video interview on SacTV.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports joined the “Glenn Younes Show” on Monday night to give an update on the owners meetings in Boston. First up was RG3 and fans purchasing wedding gifts for him. “If people want to do that for him god speed, if people want to buy him a set of salt and pepper shakers to make him happy, god speed brother. Nobody is hurt they are all happy, nobody has an issue with it.”

Next up was the possibility of the league shifting the league year and moving the draft and combine back. Jason states that the NFL can do whatever they like with the draft and combine. He believes that the draft will be moved to May 15th.  “The reality is it will probably stay there for a couple of years after that”. Jason even suggests that the NFL can move on to regional combines and make it sort of a reality show.

The famous jewelry brand has worked on a new project

The luxury jeweller Chopard has teamed up with Livia Firth, creative director of EcoAge and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, to create some environmentally friendly pieces for the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.

Caroline Scheufele, the artistic director and co-president of Chopard, was in Cannes with Livia and Colin Firth and actress and activist Jane Fonda for a glamorous eco-friendly jewelry launch.

The famous jewelry brand has worked on a new project titled ‘The Journey’ with ARM to create a handcrafted diamond bracelet and earrings.

The gold comes from South American mines with ‘Fairmined’ certification — this includes strict requirements for “labor conditions, social development and environmental protection in mining communities and is developed in close collaboration with miners, local partners and actors of the supply chain.” The diamonds were sourced by IGC Group and meet the high standards of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

As part of ‘The Journey’ Chopard will also guide and support two mining communities in Colombia and Ecuador as they are helped to achieve Fairmined certification. A lot of things can happen in 12 months. In the world of Andrew Jamieson, it can mean leaving a stable role as General Manager Asia-Pacific for a listed American company to start a new business and tackle the highs and lows of the first year in a new industry.

Together with his wife Kelly, who is the founder of award winning online gift business Edible Blooms, last year Jamieson launched plant gift business Green Thumb Gifts from their farm in country South Australia.

The new business provides a more sustainable alternative to cut flower delivery, offering potted trees, herbs, succulents, flowers and various other growing plant gifts. All items, in addition to making striking indoor plants, can be planted in the garden to provide lasting memories of the gifting occasion.

Green Thumb Gifts launched ahead of Mother’s Day 2012 – one of the biggest annual gifting periods in the flower delivery industry – with key marketing partnerships playing a large role in getting the new brand in front of their target audience to ace their first peak sales event.

But as soon as the unique plant gifts started moving out the door, their biggest driver became word of mouth, with returning customers and referrals making up the largest portion of their customer base.

“We get lots of customers contacting us after delivery, just to let us know how much of a hit their gift was and to say thank you” says Jamieson.

One such customer was Sondra Parish, who emailed Jamieson to thank him for the variety of “very unique and very beautiful” products he offers, admitting to now actively looking for occasions to send Green Thumb Gifts as they are “much more practical than bunches of flowers!”

After just 12 months in business, Jamieson and his team were overwhelmed by the response this month to their second Mother’s Day. With sales up over 500% on last year and the team working around the clock to meet demand, he chalks the increase up to their customer advocates and the fact that they have more than doubled their range of plants and flowers online since launch.