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The Ann Arbor Art Fair Features Four Separate Festivals - The Jewish NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
I am inspired by nature, architecture and what I’ve seen in travels around the world.”Interested in art all her life, Burge has studied at universities in Colorado and New Mexico. She grew up in Denver, has lived in Tawas for 36 years and uses a second studio in Kansas City because of all the traveling she does.“I do 12-14 fairs a year,” says Burge, who does not bring her Reform Jewish background into her projects. She works with acrylics and oil paints on canvas to come up with paintings.“I like talking to people at the fairs and the camaraderie with the artists on the road,” she explains. “I love the traveling and drive my work in a van. I feel it’s an honor to be accepted into the fairs.”Those who know Hebrew can read Aaron Miller’s first name on a necklace he wears although he does not identify as Jewish. The necklace is in recognition of Jewish heritage and family members who invite him to share religious celebrations.Miller, who lives in Beverly Hills and works out of a Detroit studio, looks forward through his art, which is digital. His projects range from large murals to decorative skateboards and T-shirts.“I take little bits from photos and combine them into large pieces,” he explains. “I studied business at Wayne State University and taught myself this kind of art. When I was young, I wanted to be a painter, but there are advantages, like being quick, with digital.”Miller, who will be experiencing his first year in Ann Arbor at the State Street Art Fair, has been doing custom work. For example, he has designed murals for Farbman Group offices.“I’ll be showing all kinds of art at the fair,” says Miller, who regularly can be accessed through the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. “I’ll have Detroit and Michigan themes as well as surreal subjects.”detailsThe Ann Arbor Art Fair, which includes four fairs in one, runs July 20-23 throughout the city.For complete information, visit theannarbortartfair.com.A Shabbat scene by Mira RamanA necklace by Ayala NaphtaliTaos Fiesta by Lisa Burge/p...
A Florist Who Refused A Gay Couple Just Lost At The Washington State Supreme Court - BuzzFeed NewsTuesday, June 27, 2017
Christians from freely exercising their faith.Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether it will consider a similar ADF case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, which turned away a same-sex couple who wanted a wedding cake.
Court rules florist discriminated against gay couple - fox4kc.comTuesday, June 13, 2017
It is not likely that the case will be ultimately be heard by the Supreme Court. None like it has, though one involving a Colorado baker is pending review. (ADF is also representing that petitioner.) Before the Colorado case, ADF tried in 2014 to get a similar appeal involving a New Mexican photography firm heard, but that too was declined review by the Supreme Court.“The Supreme Court rarely would grant a case if it is one of the first few on the issue,” explained Kristen K. Waggoner, senior vice president of legal advocacy for ADF. But as more business owners like Stutzman are “punished” for their religious views, Waggoner believes it is only a matter of time before the Court weighs in on anti-discrimination laws that “suppress freedom rather than supporting and expanding it.”Equality groups worry that those efforts, if successful, would create a dangerous slippery slope, endangering far more than LGBT people.“If a bakery, store, or restaurant were allowed to turn away gay people, it would open the floodgates to all kinds of discrimination against many different groups in all kinds of business settings, not just gay people,” wrote Jennifer Pizer, law and policy director at Lambda Legal, a gay rights group that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Stutzman case. http://fox4kc.com/2017/02/17/court-rules-florist-discriminated-against-gay-couple-tmwsp/
Growers ditch daisies for pot, florists scramble to fill orders - WPMI Local 15 NewsTuesday, May 23, 2017
In fact, the biggest gerber grower in the country now has shut down and gone strictly to marijuana," said Denson. "So, we have to get all our gerbers now from Holland and South America.""A lot of the Colorado growers, and I'm sure now that they've legalized Florida, Florida growers are going to do the same thing," said Wilkerson. "They can make more profit growing cannabis."Four different flower shops we spoke with say they had some issue getting gerber daisies this spring. Two of those we confirmed bought from the same grower in California. We reached out to that grower for comment but did not hear back.Florists say if the trend continues, it will eventually create shortages and drive the price of flowers up. http://local15tv.com/news/local/growers-ditch-daisies-for-pot-florists-scramble-to-fill-orders
Buying flowers online: Are you paying more and getting less? - Idaho StatesmanTuesday, May 23, 2017
AN EXTRA MIDDLEMANFor years, florists have relied on formal and informal networks online and by phone to get flowers to moms around the world.“Let’s say a flower shop in Colorado calls with a $70 order,” Harrigfeld said. “The customer is paying for a small relay fee and delivery charge on top of that, and that’s expected, there’s no hidden cost.”But these days, the third-party virtual florists send their customers’ orders to local florists charging a much higher fee and sometimes mucking up orders for unwitting customers and florists alike. They might promise bouquets or specials that can’t be filled.The result, say local florists: Customers can end up paying more and getting less.That sour experience is heightened because of the emotional reasons for sending flowers — sympathy, congratulations, love, appreciation, celebration.“People are just getting very frustrated, and the people who are getting blamed are the flower shops,” he said. “Flowers should be a joy. ... When someone sends flowers, you should be able to put a smile on someone’s face.”Shelley Terrill, owner of Boise At Its Best, began noticing more orders coming to her store from websites and call centers about seven or eight years ago.“In the last few years, it’s gotten particularly bad,” she said.It’s not just 1-800-Flowers, which one local florist called better than the rest because it uses a voluntary network called BloomNet. There are “probably 50” such companies, Harrigfeld said. Three major virtual florists — Ava’s Flowers, Gift Tree and From You Flowers — could not be reached or did not respond to Statesman requests for comment.Terrill said some of the virtual florists will “kind of trick people into thinking they’re spending $70 on an arrangement,” but a big chunk of that money is a fee, she said. The floral arrangement that arrives on a loved one’s doorstep ends up being a $40 bouquet — which is much smaller than the purchaser expected.One of the biggest virtual florists says its business does support local retailers.“We are proud to partner with the nation’s finest florists and actively promote and support them, as we are passionate in ensuring their businesses flourish,” said Yanique Woodall, vice president of enterprise public relations for New York-based 1-800-Flowers. “BloomNet is dedicated to helping grow the thousands of florists we work with nationwide with incremental orders that florists need to grow their local businesses.”GETTING WISE TO ITTerrill changed his store’s policy a year or two ago, in response to the hassles and unhappy customers. Now, before employees process an order from one of the many virtual florists, they go through the order to make sure they can match it and that it’s reasonably priced.When Boise At Its Best can’t afford to make the bouquet based on ... http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article147940604.html