Abstracts 2015 Art Exhibition Results Announced by Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its June 2015 art exhibition, the 6th Annual "Abstracts" Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online.

Jupiter, FL, USA (June 1, 2015) -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its June 2015 art exhibition, the 6th Annual "Abstracts" Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online. The theme for this art exhibition is abstracts and artists were asked to submit their best nonobjective or nonrepresentational art for this competition.

An international art competition was held in May 2015 which determined the art for this exhibition. The gallery received submissions from 23 different countries and also received entries from 35 different states. Overall, 760 entries were judged for this art competition.

Congratulations to the artists who have been designated as this month's category winners, along with the winning Special Merit and Special Recognition artists. The gallery commends all of the winning artists for their artistic skill and their creativity, as this online art exhibition is indicative of their creativity.

To proceed to the galleries 6th Annual "Abstracts" online art exhibition follow this link: http://www.lightspacetime.com/abstracts-art-exhibition-june-2015.

Each month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts themed online art competitions for 2D and 3D artists. All participating winners of each competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery to thousands of visitors each month. If you know of a talented artists who may benefit from the exposure and the publicity that the gallery can provide to them, please forward this press release to them.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

Love Locks on Paris Bridges to be Removed This Week

'The Glow of Paris- The Bridges of Paris at Night' author says "It's about time."

Paris, France (June 1, 2015) -- Napoleon's final battle is in its final throes and it looks like it will be a victory. The love locks on Paris's Pont des Arts Bridge, which Napoleon commissioned in 1807 will be removed from bridge beginning next week.

"It's about time," says Paris Bridge Photographer Gary Zuercher, "The problems of the locks has become an urban nuisance and they are defacing some of the most beautiful architecture in the world." How long would we as American tolerate thousands of 'love locks' on our national monuments, say at the Golden Gate Bridge or at Gettysburg? Not long."

Love Locks are padlocks that 'lovers' attach to bridges, then the key is tossed into the Seine River to embody their affection. Now Paris fed up and will remove the locks.

Zuercher spent five years photographing the bridges of Paris at night and another year in historical research for his book.

The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night is an eclectic collection of extraordinary gelatin-silver photographic prints of the 35 bridges of Paris - nighttime images that are breathtaking. (ISBN 978-0-9906309-0-6, Marcorp Editions, 2014, 208 pages, $49.95 available on Amazon and at: http://www.marcorp-editions.com).

The London Book Festival and The Los Angeles Book Festival recently proclaimed his book The Glow of Paris- The Bridges of Paris at Night one of the best books in the photography/art category in the 2015 competitions. Last week in NYC, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) bestowed a Gold Medal First Place award.

These awards come on the heels of the accolades by Kirkus Reviews who called The Glow of Paris one of "Nine Best Books Out This Week." (Jan 20) and named it "This Week's Book to Discover." (May 14) Kirkus further stated:

"A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore." - Kirkus Reviews

"For the most part Parisians take these architectural wonders for granted, relying on their functionality to get them where they want to go each day," says author Zuercher. "They don't appreciate the beauty because most don't see the glow of the bridges at night. And most have forgotten that from Julius Caesar to Princess Diana, the bridges of Paris have played in important role in world history."

The fascinating narrative that accompanies the artistic black and white photos includes historical facts and little known tidbits about the bridge, such as:

The history of these bridges precede the birth of Christ. In 52 BC Julius Caesar conquered Paris; the earliest recorded mention of the bridges is found in Caesar's Gallic War commentaries. Most of the later history evolves from around the time of the Middle Ages and thereafter.

On the morning of October 3, 1943, an aircraft hit the Pont de Tolbiac Bridge and crashed into the Seine, killing the four Frenchmen on board. The four were members of the Free French Air Force who had flown from an airfield in England to participate in the allied bombing of a power station outside of Paris.

Bridges constructed prior to the late eighteenth century normally had houses and shops built directly on them. Floods, ice floes, fires, boat collisions, and structural failures frequently destroyed the bridges. The collapsing bridges took the houses and shops down with them, and often their occupants as well. In 1769 Louis XV finally outlawed the construction of houses on the bridges, but it took until 1808 for the last building to be removed.

The Pont des Arts seems to have the densest proliferation of locks, perhaps because of the French adage that roughly translates as "a lock on the Pont des Arts is your commitment for life and a lock on the Pont de l'ArchevĂȘchĂ© is your commitment to your lover." It is estimated that more than 250,000 are attached to the Pont des Arts. According to the newspaper Le Figaro, the weight of the locks is 300 kilos per lineal meter. That equals 205,207 pounds, a considerable weight for the bridge to bear. From time to time the guardrail fence starts to fail under the weight and has to be replaced, at which point the locks are simply thrown away.

Early on, the Pont Neuf was the center of a permanent fair, a meeting point for all the sophisticated as well as the vulgar pleasures of the capital. At any moment you would find street performers-acrobats, fire-eaters, and musicians- charlatans and quacks, as well as hustlers and pickpockets, not to mention a lively trade in prostitution. Among the many businesses were several famous "tooth pullers."

"This information will be of great interest to not only tourists and historians but also to Parisians who have limited knowledge of the 35 bridges in their city and are surprised at the number of islands in the Seine," says Zuercher. "There is a great deal of truth in the words of author Monique Marty who wrote of the bridges - 'They are the extension of the streets, the hyphens between the two river banks. We cross them on foot, by car, by Metro. We see them without looking at them and that's a shame'."

Zuercher, an artist in the darkroom as well as behind the lens, lives half a year in Paris and the other half in Washington, D.C. He develops the film into negatives in Paris and then makes the prints in the D.C. darkroom. Often he would make 20 to 30 prints before coming up with just the right photo for his book. The results of his work prove what was written by Ansel Adams, "The negative is like the score of the music and the print is like the performance."

The stories related to the project are rich enough to fill another book, such as the time he was refused access to a church roof to photograph an aerial shot because he could not be there while the nuns were sleeping. Or when he had to use mountain climbing equipment and the aid of city firefighters to climb to the top of city hall to shoot seven bridges from the air. Or when young thugs threatened him while Zuercher was working at night but were defused when he offered to take their pictures and email it to them.

Limited Edition: Along with a signed copy of the book, a gelatin silver photographic print of the "Seven Bridges" featured on the book's cover, hand made to museum archival standards, will be available in limited quantity, signed by Gary Zuercher, mounted on 16" x 20" acid free mat board and ready for framing. For more information visit http://www.marcorp-editions.com.

Media Contact: For a review copy of The Glow of Paris or to arrange an interview with Gary Zuercher contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or at 734-667-2090.

For more information about the Love Lock problem check out this article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/paris-says-aux-armes-against-love-lock-plague-1432903474.

Westwind Balloon Company Announces An Experience Gift That Tops All Others

Give Dad an Experience Gift This Father's Day- a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Michigan.

Plymouth, MI, USA (June 1, 2015) -- This Father's Day give Dad a gift he'll never forget, a hot air balloon ride over Michigan.

"A balloon flight is the perfect gift for most dads because a balloon flight is an 'experience' gift, says Scott Lorenz, President and Chief Pilot of Westwind Balloon Company of Plymouth, Michigan."

"The main reason 'experience' gifts are so popular is that in the end all we have are memories and the balloon ride provides a vivid and lasting memory. I have noticed that people really want to make special occasions 'special' so they are more interested in collecting experiences than knick-knacks to put on a shelf," says Lorenz, "and a balloon flight is the perfect experience gift that both dad and mom can enjoy together because each flight is for two people."

"Nobody forgets their first balloon flight. It is truly an experience that cannot compare to anything else. The sensation of flying over trees, lakes and streams, spotting deer and other wildlife is unique and inspiring. When a gift touches someone both emotionally and on a multi-sensory level people remember who gave it to them. If you really want to make a lasting impression," says Lorenz, "a hot air balloon ride over Michigan is the ultimate 'unforgettable' gift."

Flights cost $695 for a private ride which is two passengers and the pilot. All flights are pre-paid. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and PayPal are accepted. Gift certificates are available.

To really appreciate all the beautiful scenery Michigan has to offer, call a balloonist and schedule a flight today, the view is really better from above!

Westwind Balloon Company- Plymouth, MI, Flying over Kensington Park, Brighton, South Lyon and Milford. (Scott Lorenz, Pilot and Owner | 734-667-2098 | http://www.WestwindCos.com/Balloon)

About Scott Lorenz
Scott Lorenz, a commercial balloon pilot since 1982, has logged 1,650 + hours in-flight. He has flown over Niagara Falls, The Great Wall of China, Disney World, the Olympics, Austria, Japan, Spain, Red Rock Canyon NM. He co-piloted a Guinness World Record flight to 19,000' and a 20 hour-Gas Balloon flight from MI to KY. Westwind has been featured by FOX-2 Detroit, WDIV, WJR, NPR, The Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Hour Detroit Magazine to name a few and was named "most creative date" by It's Just Lunch. In 2012, Westwind was name one of America's Most Romantic companies for the balloon engagement flights. Scott's Westwind Balloon Company offers unforgettable rides over Michigan's breathtaking countryside. Balloon rides make terrific gifts for Moms, Dads, Grads, the Boss and anybody who wants to enjoy life!! Call 734-667-2098 or visit: http://www.PureMichiganBalloon.com.