SAVE THE DATE - Thursday October 24th 6:30pm til 8:30pm. You are invited to my next art opening! Community is a group show hosted at Shaw Contract in Union Square. The show is curated by Dr. Lisa Hughes and Laura Loving.
Laura's "I Love New York Collection" is on display at NRG Energy in Princeton, NJ through January 2020. A group of 12 artists are a part of NRG's art program. Tours of the facility and the show will be held in January. If you are interested in invitations to a tour, let me know.
NRG’s Princeton Headquarters has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building and its strategic energy solutions are a testament to the reliable, real-world sustainable energy solutions that are possible today.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, NRG sought to design and build a new space that could withstand the effects of a super storm and support critical 24/7 business operations. Having outgrown our former office, NRG seized the opportunity to develop a new facility that incorporates today’s cutting-edge resources & technologies that characterize and bring to life NRG’s vision to create a sustainable energy future by safely providing reliable, cleaner power that enhances people's lives and delivers value to our stakeholders.
Diverse energy mix
NRG achieved LEED Platinum through a diverse and efficient mix of energy, water and sustainable site solutions. The building integrates multiple energy sources and a comprehensive energy management system monitors and manages the energy—keeping the building, and our employees, safely running.
Solar Photovoltaic: 617 kW of solar photovoltaic on our rooftop and parking lot generates about 30 percent of the building’s energy demand annually, while providing shade for employees and visitors. And on sunny days, we regularly see our solar generation exceed 100% of our demand, causing the meter to spin backward.
Solar Thermal: A solar thermal unit on the roof uses the sun’s energy to heat water for the building’s bathroom, kitchen and fitness center facilities.
On-site Energy Generation & Storage: Our 250 kW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is capable of efficiently generating most of the building’s annual electricity demand while also reusing the thermal energy produced to meet HVAC needs. We use our CHP when the opportunity for reliability, demand response or cost warrant. Our 500 kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system further supports demand response and solar energy peak smoothing. Additionally, two back-up generators – 900 kW diesel and 400 kW natural gas – are ready to kick in if we lose power from the grid or to take advantage of PJM’s demand response program.
Rainwater Capture: Collected from many points around the building, our rainwater capture system feeds rainwater into four 15,000-gallon cisterns where the water is used for the non-potable needs of flushing toilets. This helps save approximately 150,000 gallons of local water annually.
Daylight Harvesting: All the building’s light fixtures connect to sensors that gauge the presence of natural light. On sunny days, lights near the windows are either off or dimmer than those closer to the building’s interior. This feature allows us to better manage our energy consumption and save money.
Green Roof: The building’s green roof helps with rainwater management, air quality and building insulation in summer and winter. That means less energy used by the HVAC system.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Lady Liberty is Laura Loving's most popular image. She hangs in almost every state in the U.S. and in countries all over the world. This powerful symbol of the United States has always represented a progressive intellectual worldview. Lady Liberty has been a feminist long before women had the right to vote. The poem inscribed on her very body has preached the benefits of inclusivity and acceptance even when the many of our citizens struggle to get on board.
Shop Laura's most iconic piece here!
In the words of the artist... "Hands down, my favorite image is Lady Liberty. She is the first painting I created after moving to New York in the summer of 2000, which is where I've always wanted to live. I always have felt this image is a victory painting. Sometimes, I think it is a self-portrait. There is such an optimism and magic about this painting that even I don't understand. Lady Liberty helped me launch my career as a full-time artist and she brought me my first real commercial success. I have sold Lady Liberty again and again. I have been commissioned to paint her in all sizes, in daytime settings, in nighttime settings, for both public and private collectors. One of my former art professors once asked me if I ever tired of painting her. I don't, and I continue to see her in new ways."
All Lady Liberty images are available in prints on canvas and paper, ceramic tiles, note cards and original paintings. Read about the commission process here.
Manhattan Art Gallery is my favorite frame shop in Greenwich Village! They are featuring my New York print collection this summer. Located at 7 E. 8th St. between 5th Avenue and University Place.
Thanks to everyone who came to my art show! Above video is a fun peek at our party preparation. Scroll down to see pictures from the event. We had over 100 guests! I was overwhelmed with the support from my Georgia patrons. Hope to see you all in New York some time soon.
Sharing my art for the benefit of others is important to me. I have donated work to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, T.J. Martell Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Food Fight. This year, my work will be included in the following school auctions for scholarships and special programs.
PS41 The Greenwich Village School Auction
PS452 School Auction (Upper West Side NYC)
University of Georgia Terry College of Business Alumni Awards Gala
In addition to donating one of my limited edition prints to PS41, I was in charge of my daughter's class project for the auction.
Here is what we did:
I read the kids the poem “Now We Are Six” by AA Milne. We discussed how everyone in the class was either six or had been six. Basically - they were all experts on what it means to be six. Even Mrs. Ali and each parent had also been six at one time.
We talked about how this piece of art would be a celebration of being six. We looked at the number paintings of artist Robert Indiana and my recent collage pieces.
Each child created 2 pieces of art - one focusing on many versions of the number 6 and the second was their written statements on what being six means to them (their experiences, what they love, what they want to be and in some cases the challenges they face). This folk art collage master piece is the curated result.
NOTE CARDS RULE
Sending kind words of humor, love, sympathy or thanks to friends makes you happier, more connected, healthier and more successful in life, love and business. It's a simple practice that benefits the writer and the receiver. Win/Win! How many would you like to purchase? Click HERE to shop!