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Community News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Left: Boy on the Dock, Right: Swirling Seas. Photo courtesy The California Art LeagueIn Her Vintage Style. Photo courtesy The California Art LeagueThe California Art League is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, “My Favorite Subject”, a juried exhibition of small works featuring originals in oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The show is sponsored by the Women’s City Club of Pasadena and can be viewed at the Historic Blinn House, 160 North Oakland, Pasadena from June 6 to September 4, 2015. All works are available for purchase.The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. with refreshments and a no-host bar. The reception is free and all members of the public are encouraged to attend.The exhibition was juried by Ilana Bloch. Ms. Bloch has over 25 years of experience as a teacher and professional artist. Her work is exhibited in galleries, cultural art centers, private and corporate collections, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times as well as other art publications.Clouds in the WaterThe California Art League (CAL) serves a membership of artists from the greater Los Angeles area as well as throughout the United States . Members are juried into the organization and work in a wide variety of media, producing works of all forms, from the abstract to more traditional fine art.The current exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Thurs til 9:00 p.m., and on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00-3:00 pm. C all (626) 796-0560 for other times and special events.*A note on the Historic Blinn House: The home was built for Edmund Blinn, an Oak Park , IL native who moved to California and made a fortune in the lumber business. In 1905 Blinn hired popular Chicago architect, George Washington Maher, to design his California home in the Midwestern Prairie School Style. The result was a stunning home featuring a wisteria vine motif throughout. This is particularly evident in the Tiffany-inspired windows, the fireplace mosaic and the stained glass of the broken arch windows.The Blinn House was designated a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1977. It has been home to the Women’s City Club since 1945 and continues to serve the Pasadena community as a meeting place for civic, cultural, and educational activities. It was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Visual Arts California Art League’s 3rd Annual Open Exhibition “My Favorite Subject” June 6 – September 4, 2015 – Sponsored by The Women’s City Club of Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 10:37 pm Make a comment Top of the News read more
A magazine called Vangardist is seeking to draw attention to HIV and AIDS with a provocative cover printed with ink containing HIV-positive blood.The special edition of the magazine features stories of “HIV heroes” at a time when the editors say too many people have grown complacent about the disease.“There’s been an 80 percent increase in HIV in the last 10 years — that’s according to the World Health Organization — and that’s pretty shocking,” said Jason Romeyko, executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland, who helped create the cover. “The reason why that’s happening is people just aren’t talking about it anymore.”Romeyko told CBS News he hopes the magazine will “reignite these conversations” — and its stark cover certainly has people talking already.Made with donated bloodVangardist, which describes itself as a progressive men’s magazine, is based in Vienna and publishes in English and German. It claims a readership of 100,000 a month, mostly online. Just 3,000 copies of this special HIV+ edition were printed.To create it, three people living with HIV donated blood. Romeyko described them as “incredible individuals” with diverse backgrounds, and they tell their stories in the magazine. One is a 26-year-old gay man from Berlin who calls himself “one of the most normal guys on the planet.”One is a heterosexual man who wished to remain anonymous as he continues to struggle with his recent diagnosis. And one is a 45-year-old woman, a mother, who got infected 20 years ago by her then-husband who didn’t tell her he had HIV.‘100 percent safe’ to touchThough the idea of touching traces of HIV-positive blood may spark a visceral reaction of fear or revulsion, the magazine assures readers that the cover itself is “100 percent safe” to handle.“Scientifically, the virus dies naturally outside the body. It takes about 30 minutes for it to decompose,” Romeyko said. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms HIV cannot survive outside its host for long.The three donors’ blood samples were taken to a lab at Austria’s University of Innsbruck, where they were pasteurized, a heat process that assures the virus is neutralized and incapable of transmission.From there, the blood was mixed into an ink solution for use in the printing press. But the magazine ran into some trouble finding a printer willing to do the job. It finally turned to a small print shop that had produced its very first issue, and the owner agreed to do it himself, not wanting to make his employees take part.Everything about the cover is imbued with meaning, Romeyko explained. “We wanted people to actually hold the magazine and just make the comparison — there’s nothing wrong with holding someone who’s HIV positive.”For those who are still squeamish, the magazine comes sealed in a clear plastic pouch. “Break the seal and help break the stigma,” it says on the label.“We decided to give people a choice,” Romeyko said, encouraging them to take an active role in confronting the issue.But he realizes not everyone is ready for the hands-on experience: “I showed it to a client and she was too scared to pick it up.”He also admits that some AIDS activist groups and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) the magazine consulted weren’t thrilled with the idea and seemed concerned that the magazine might set off a panic or backlash against people with HIV.It’s a little too early to judge the public reaction, since the issue doesn’t hit newsstands until next week. But subscribers have received their copies and Romeyko says the issue if already achieving its goal: “It’s generating conversation — conversations that need to be had.”With HIV/AIDS still the sixth-leading cause of death worldwide, claiming 1.5 million lives each year, according to the WHO, the editors felt it shouldn’t be treated as “old news” or relegated to just the occasional “awareness day” in the press.In the opening pages of the magazine, Vangardist’s publisher and CEO, Julian Wiehl, writes, “If you’re holding the ‘infected’ print edition in your hands right now, you’ll get into contact with HIV like never before…It will make you reflect on HIV and you will think differently afterward. Because now the issue is in your hands.”Once you flip past the provocative cover, there are articles spotlighting “HIV heroes” fighting the stigma of the disease, along with a few avant-garde fashion and pop culture features.The magazine will be available online for free, although the editors are asking readers to make a donation to an HIV foundation. A number of copies of the HIV+ special edition will be auctioned for charity, and another 15,000 copies will be available printed in regular ink.Those behind it are pleased with their work. “I think the cause is right and we’ve treated this very sensitively,” Romeyko said. “It makes you think. It’s very provocative, in a good way.”This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com. Magazine prints provocative cover with HIV+ blood-infused ink read more