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Sci-Fi Valley Con is in ONE MONTH in Altoona, PA. Mark the calendar — June 17-19, 2022

Cartoons of the voice actors appearing at Sci-Fi Valley Con

Guests of Sci-Fi Valley Con 2022

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Sci-Fi Valley Con is hosting a huge voice actors reunion this June 17-19 in Altoona, PA. They have over 350 years of collective experience and 3,000+ credits.

ALTOONA, PA, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sci-Fi Valley Con is back in Altoona, PA at the Blair County Convention Center this June 17-19, 2022 for their 10th annual convention celebrating all things science fiction, horror, cartoons, pop culture, and more.

This year the show has legendary voice actors and actresses who have been in the cartoon and voice game industry for a collective experience of 350 years and over a total of 3,000 credits.

A few of these legendary voice performers are E.G. Daily, who is most notable for her role as Tommy Pickles in the Rugrats series, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, and many other live-action roles including Dottie in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Leslie in Friends, and Candy in The Devil’s Rejects.

She’s followed up by the likes of Nolan North who is widely popular for this role as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted video game series along with the voice of Desmond Miles in the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise.

Other notable guests include Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, who voice Pinky and the Brain in the cartoon show with the same name, as well as characters in the Animaniacs cartoon show and a plethora of other animated series such as Jimmy Neutron and Futurama.

Futurama lead star Billy West, the voice of the main protagonist Philip J. Fry, as well as other main characters such as Professor Farnsworth, Doctor Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan, will be in attendance all three days.

Rob Paulsen will also be appearing alongside his fellow castmates from the 1987’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series that launched a billion-dollar Ninja Turtles franchise that would span for decades and grow in popularity. They include Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, and Barry Gordon, best known as the voices behind Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo.

Lastly, Kari Wahlgren has joined the guest roster and is widely known as the voice of Jessica in the extremely popular show ‘Rick and Morty’ featured on Adult Swim and Cartoon Network, in addition to a long list of many other cartoon and anime shows.

Aside from the notable voice acting talent in attendance, Sci-Fi Valley Con also hosts nearly 300 vendors, tons of charity events, cosplay, video games, tabletop games, and open Q&A guest panels with the celebrity guests and artists.

For the complete list of events happening at Sci-Fi Valley Con on June 17-19, visit their site and review the complete event program for the schedule of panels and events, as well as pricing for autographs, photo ops, and voice recordings for all the celebrity guest talent.

Tickets are on sale now at scifivalleycon.com/tickets at a reduced price, tickets sold at the door will cost $5 more.

Doors open at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 17, and at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.

For more information, please visit: scifivalleycon.com

CASEY B BASSETT
Assett Conventions LLC
+1 814-410-7252
email us here

NEW “QUEEN OF THE GULF” MOSAIC at GRAND GALVEZ- 44-Ft by 7-Ft Italian Murano Mosaic Hand-Installed in Hotel Entryway

•	The design includes a pink and red oleander garland, accented with classic native Texas Gulf shells that surround a gold “Queen of the Gulf” banner with a nod to the 1911 founding of the hotel.

• The design includes a pink and red oleander garland, accented with classic native Texas Gulf shells that surround a gold “Queen of the Gulf” banner with a nod to the 1911 founding of the hotel.

An artist’s rendering of the soon-to-be-completed Grand Galvez mosaic

An artist’s rendering of the soon-to-be-completed Grand Galvez mosaic

The mosaic design pattern was printed out full-size and divided into numbered sections (like a sophisticated puzzle) so that an individual could lift one pattern segment at a time with the tiles attached.

The mosaic design pattern was printed out full-size and divided into numbered sections (like a sophisticated puzzle) so that an individual could lift one pattern segment at a time with the tiles attached.

Grand Mosaic Features a Pink and Red Texas Oleander Garland Accented by Native Shells Surrounding a Gold Banner Touting
“Queen of the Gulf”

We wanted to create a spectacular entrance and pay homage to our ‘Queen of the Gulf’. The Grand Galvez setting inspired us with brilliant colors and natural Texas elements in an exquisite design.”

— Mark Wyant, owner, Grand Galvez

GALVESTON, TX, UNITED STATES, May 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — • Action visuals of mosaic being hand-installed
– Tuesday May 17
– 10a-1p CT
– 3p-6p CT
– Wednesday May 18
– 10a-1p CT
– 3p-6p CT
– Thursday May 19
– 10a-3p CT
– Interviews with:
Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant (Thurs interview)
– Mosaicist Julie Richey (Tues/Wed/Thurs interviews)

NEW “QUEEN OF THE GULF” MOSAIC WELCOMES ALL TO GRAND GALVEZ

44-Feet Long by 7-Feet Tall Italian-Made Murano Glass Tile Mosaic to be Hand-Installed in Entryway of Hotel

Grand Mosaic Features a Pink and Red Oleander Garland Accented by Native Shells Surrounding a Gold Banner Touting
“Queen of the Gulf”

GALVESTON, TX (May 16, 2022)- Grand Galvez has announced that installation of the custom designed 44-feet long by 7-feet tall Italian mosaic has begun in the entryway of the resort hotel property.

Heralding the hotel’s moniker as “Queen of the Gulf”, the Murano glass mosaic was designed by Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant and his interior designer wife, Lorenda Wyant, produced by Dallas-based mosaicist Julie Richey and is being installed by Ms. Richey and Romeo de Candido of Miami. The installation, which began on May 9, is over 50% completed. The complete process should take approximately 7 to 10 days. (See timeline video and images of installation in Dropbox.)

Details:

– The design includes a pink and red oleander garland, accented with classic native Texas Gulf shells that surround a gold “Queen of the Gulf” banner with a nod to the 1911 founding of the hotel.
– The design drawing was sent to Pordenone, a town north of Venice, Italy in the Friuli region, where a family of artisans assembled tens of thousands of Murano glass tiles in close to 200 hundred colors, specific to the banner design.
– For example, the large scallop shells on either end have 11 colors of blue to project a three-dimensional look.
– The imperial red colors were the most difficult and costly to make.
– A special feature of the mosaic is the “andamento,” or path that the marble tesserae take when filling the space between flowers, leaves and shells. Visitors will note the background’s sinuous lines, as it curves around the features.
– “Elegant andamento will make a mosaic sing,” said Julie Richey, mosaicist. “The Italians are masters of this technique.”
– An image of the entire mosaic map is in the Dropbox at the end of this release.
– The pattern was then printed out full-size and divided into numbered sections (like a sophisticated puzzle) so that an individual could lift one pattern segment at a time with the tiles attached. (Images of the production are in the Dropbox at the end of this release.)
– At the studio in Italy, the tiles are laid face-down on a reverse printed paper pattern using a special water-based glue.
– The numbered pattern pieces were separated and stacked in a container for shipping to Houston and onto Galveston.
– Upon arrival at the hotel, the sectioned design is laid down in the designated, pre-pared floor area just inside the Grand Galvez revolving front doors.
– The installers carefully match the numbered pieces, carefully adhering each section to the cement floor.
– Quotes:
– Mark Wyant: “Grand Galvez is a magnificent, iconic building. We wanted to create a spectacular entrance inside the front doors and the goal was to pay homage to our ‘Queen of the Gulf’ in a majestic way. The Grand Galvez setting, which faces the Texas Gulf, inspired us to incorporate brilliant colors and natural Texas elements in an exquisite design.”
– Julie Richey, mosaicist:”It’s a mosaic brocade carpet of Texas oleanders and Gulf Coast seashells. We used marble and smalti, a kiln-fired enamel glass infused with rich colors. Thick sheets of glass are then cut using the exact same tools the Romans used. This is an artistic project that can be compared to couture stitching.”

The Grand Galvez, a 220-room resort hotel and spa, is a historic landmark property in Galveston, TX. Grand Galvez will be part of the Marriott Autograph Collection and has welcomed guests worldwide for more than 100 years. The AAA 4-Diamond property is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast and is renowned as one of the finest Galveston hotels. Hotelier Mark Wyant, owner Seawall Hospitality LLC, purchased the property from the heirs of Galveston Island-born oilman and developer George P. Mitchell in March 2021. Mr. Wyant, along with his wife, Lorenda Wyant, has instituted extensive renovations, which will embody the hotel’s beautiful architectural design while, at the same time, introducing an upgraded luxury and energy.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Wyant is an established hotel owner and developer in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. The purchase of the Hotel Galvez, now the Grand Galvez, will mark the third property Mr. Wyant has developed in Galveston. In 1999, he built the Holiday Inn Express at 1st and Seawall and then sold it in 2005. He developed the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in 2004, where the noted Capt. Jack’s once stood. In 2014, he sold it and created The Saint Hotel brand with award-winning properties in New Orleans, Key West and Charleston. In 2021, he sold The Saint Hotel New Orleans and The Saint Hotel Charleston. Mr. Wyant continues to own and operate The Saint Hotel Key West, a Marriott Autograph Collection property.

A history lover, Mr. Wyant strategically selects development properties that are in key US cities known for their history and excellent leisure, business and entertainment experiences. His primary goal is to embody and respect the city’s legacy, charm, and history in every location.

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Dropbox images courtesy of Grand Galvez/Seawall Hospitality LLC
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/caifk5xitpxsbud/AABBIPcVqfKah4qjABRjZnjwa?dl=0

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The Buzzell Company
+1 214-912-0691
bb@buzzellco.com

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World’s top digital artists adopt NFT to help Ukraine, supported by government

Stanislav Lunin, Welcome to Free Ukraine.

Stanislav Lunin, Welcome to Free Ukraine. The flagship artwork of the Avatars for Ukraine charity NFT collection. Created by the Ukrainian video game artist, it became an artistic symbol of free Ukraine around the world.

Volodymyr Bondar, We Will Not Surrender

Volodymyr Bondar, We Will Not Surrender. Artwork exclusively created for the collection by the Europe’s best science fiction illustrator, EuroCon award winner.

Anna Sova, Unbroken

Anna Sova, Unbroken. Artwork captures the daily sensations of many civilians in Ukraine, women and children, hiding in bomb shelters, from the airstrikes, vulnerable yet unbroken.

Top video game artists created a charity NFT collection to raise funds for Ukraine, announced and supported by Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

We wish there will be no more artworks created in the largest war since WWII. We wish there will be no legendary artists painting while their cities are being shelled.”

— Avatars for Ukraine team

UKRAINE, May 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A group of top video game industry professionals, credited for game hits Rainbow Six, Warframe, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and Asphalt, together with the most talented Ukrainian digital artists created a charity NFT collection to help Ukraine. The collection will be released MAY 19 2022 on http://metahistory.gallery, MetaHistory Museum, the official Ukrainian charity NFT platform that has already raised 260 ETH / $722k for Ukraine. Their initiative is supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, a government institution known for being open-minded to technological innovations, and has already raised more than 60 million for Ukraine in crypto donations. The Ministry announced this charity initiative MAY 12 2022 on its social media channels.

The charity NFT collection is named Avatars for Ukraine. The title refers to the original meaning of the word ‘avatar’, translated from Sanskrit as “incarnation”. The stunning artworks capture the incarnations of everything free Ukraine stands for: its soul, spirit, wisdom and love. The collection is uniquely different from other avatars, not only in name. The artworks emerged during 2 months of war and were created by 50 of the most talented and acclaimed Ukrainian digital artists from both game and movie industries. Europe’s best science fiction illustrator Volodymyr Bondar, prestigious EuroCon award winner, contributed with an exclusive artwork. Volodymyr can be seen as an incarnation of spirit himself: he risked his life evacuating dozens of people from heavily shelled Kharkiv. Among the curators of the collection are two women sharing the same name, Kateryna, lead artist and the art director behind an Asphalt game franchise, with a record 1 billion in downloads. One Kateryna spent days hiding from airstrikes in the subway with her cats, the other found shelter in Romania.

Many NFT collections are exclusively interested in the money aspect of it, and the speculative mentality of both buyers and sellers fuels the controversy around the market. For the ideologists behind the Avatars collection, the purpose is noble. Alexey Savchenko (UK), former business development manager for Epic and former PR manager for GSC: “We thought if we were going to do NFT to help Ukraine, we should do it in the same way we build our game universes, with high production values and the best talents around us. Epic Games, the company that will most likely be the first one to build the ‘real metaverse’, raised $150 million for Ukraine”. Dmitry Tarabanov (Canada), game designer credited for game hits Rainbow Six and Warframe“: “Both game and movie industries allow you to experience universes that cost millions to produce, but ask only a few dollars in return, somewhat the opposite to the NFT culture. The stunning art created by these artists is free for all humanity to experience. Yet unlike for traditional painters, for digital artists there was no such thing as ‘the original copy’ that they could give away for charity. We thought, if NFT had any good use, that would be supporting someone you care about, like people of the country affected by war.” All funds raised in the auction will support medical aid for the Ukrainian defenders, and will be distributed by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine from their official crypto wallet Aid For Ukraine.

MetaHistory NFT platform helped the team by shaping the NFT technology to their high standards. MetaHistory has a success record as a charity NFT platform officially approved by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, government institution that has already raised millions in crypto for Ukraine, and earlier teamed up with Elon Musk to deliver Starlink system to Ukraine. The circumstances behind this NFT collection are unprecedented. “We wish there will be no more artworks created in the largest war since WWII. We wish there will be no legendary artists painting while their cities are being shelled. We wish there will be no more than 70 items in this collection, because every day this war has been adding one more artwork. Still, these NFTs are here and now to fulfil their destiny, the noblest cause for this technology that one can think of: to help good prevail, to invest in the future we believe in, and to adopt the right direction of history”, their joint statement says.

Yani Palianytsia
MetaHistory NFT Museum
press@metahistory.gallery