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Amanda Dolan’s “Precious Things” opening recap – Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Amanda Dolan posing with one of her pieces from Precious Things.
Amanda Dolan posing with one of her pieces from "Precious Things."

Amanda Dolans first venture in sculpting - her idea of a post-modern flower pot.
Amanda Dolan's first venture in sculpting - her idea of a "post-modern flower pot."

Mixed-media artist and AMP3 client Amanda Dolan unveiled her latest collection of artwork, titled “Precious Things” on Saturday night, October 17th, 2009 at the Ward-Nasse Gallery on Prince Street in SoHo.

Unlike Amanda’s other shows, this collection was more cheerful in theme. Each of the pieces featured a vibrant mix of bright colors like pink, blue and purple – all mixed with hearts, flowers, rainbows and more – including Amanda’s beloved French bulldog, Pearl. About half of the works from “Precious Things” sold the night of the opening. In addition, Amanda unveiled her first venture into sculpting by creating a piece that featured the bottom half of a mannequin covered in mixed media turned into what Amanda calls a “post-modern flower pot.”

Amanda was dressed to match her works of art as well, donning Betsey Johnson from head-to-toe with a black vintage Betsey Johnson dress, black Betsey tights with pink roses, and leopard print Betsey pumps.

White and red wine were served to guests in attendance, along with an array of colorful mini-cupcakes, customized M&Ms, and hard candy shaped in hearts and gem rings to match the occasion.

Amanda’s exhibit is on display until October 31st, 2009. For more information about Amanda Dolan, her work, and her private commission portrait services, visit www.AmandaDolan.com.

Grooveshark announces deal with EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing

Today, digital music service Grooveshark.com announced it has entered into agreements with major label EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing that will give Grooveshark users access to content from EMI’s roster of current and legendary catalog artists and EMI Music Publishing’s songwriters.

Grooveshark offers music fans the ability to stream songs for no fee from a vast catalog of music. Fans can enjoy Grooveshark’s music without having to download client software or register. The basic service is free to fans and supported by visual advertising. Fans who opt for a $3 per month premium service can enjoy unlimited ad-free streaming music. The site was recently named the best way to listen to music on the web by Rolling Stone, and just surpassed one million registered users.

Read some of the coverage here:
Billboard
Wired
WSJ’s All Things Digital
TechCrunch
CNET
Read Write Web
Paid Content
Download Squad
Creative Deconstruction
Digital Music News

“Precious Things” exhibit by Amanda Dolan on October 17!

The opening for Amanda Dolan’s latest installation of artwork, “Precious Things,” will be on Saturday night, October 17th. This exhibit, which is the follow-up to “Call Me Crazy” and “Heart Attack,” is different for Amanda in the sense that she hasn’t set herself to a rigid theme. Instead, she has put together a diverse collection of her most recent inspirations – including more mixed media art, doggie portraits, and even some sculpture work which she is dubbing “post-modern flower pots.”

PRECIOUS THINGS, A Series by Amanda Dolan
Ward-Nasse Gallery
178 Prince Street (between Thompson & Sullivan)
Saturday, October 17th
Media & VIP: 6pm-6:30pm
General Event: 6:30pm – 9pm
Please RSVP directly to [email protected]

*The reception will feature wine, cupcakes, music and photo opps!

chocri wins German business start-up award and announces its US launch

Customized chocolate bar company and AMP3 PR client, chocri, took home the top prize at this year’s Gründerpreis (or “Founders”) Awards, held by the weekly German business news magazine, WirtschaftsWoche. The WirtschaftsWoche holds the annual competition for innovative start-ups seeking to conquer the global market with their creative ideas and fresh use of technology.

This win comes after the announcement of chocri expanding to the United States market starting in January 2010. The concept behind chocri is to have consumers personalize their own chocolate bar by choosing a chocolate base – dark, milk, or white – and then select “toppings” of their choice to create their very own customized chocolate bar.

For up-to-date information on chocri’s USA expansion, visit www.createmychocolate.com or follow chocri on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chocridotcom. The official website (in German) can be found at www.chocri.de.