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Featured Artists: Broadway’s “After Midnight”, Mark Crouthamel, Colin Matthes, and Graham Nash

The jazz age hits Downton Abbey and Broadway, find the art in the ice, a solar energy derby takes shape and a rock star reveals his first love.

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After Midnight: Broadway’s Hottest New Musical

The lights dim… The music simmers… And the theater gets ready to blast into the stratosphere—as a company of 42 top-flight singers, dancers and musicians takes the stage to create what New York Magazine calls “an apotheosis of pure joy.” It all happens at AFTER MIDNIGHT, the new Broadway phenomenon that catapults the greatest music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century. The New York Times says, “It’s hot, sweet and altogether glorious. You’ll be in seventh heaven!”

Heart-stopping vocalists, eye-blurring tappers, rule-breaking dancers and chart-topping Special Guest Star singers—led by Grammy-winner Fantasia, now through Feb. 9—join forces to create a singular theater experience. They’re all joined onstage by Emmy-winner Dulé Hill and The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, a 17-piece band hand-selected by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. As the New York Post says, “Don’t, under any circumstances, miss it!”


Mark Crouthamel

Sculpted Ice Works is a full service ice event company and has been in business for over ten years. Their experienced design and carving team takes pride in each piece created. They have full time carvers, delivery, setup, and office staff.

Their ice carvers are members of the National Ice Carving Association. Mark Crouthamel, owner, and Neil Trimper, lead carver, are award winning carvers and each have over fifteen years experience sculpting ice.

Sculpted Ice Works creates wedding ice sculptures, seafood displays, color logos in ice, ice luges, ice bars, live ice carving demonstrations for any event, team building courses, custom designs for photo shoots, fashion show backdrops, hanging sculptures, and more.

They use only clear ice manufactured in our plant to maintain high quality. Because Sculpted Ice Works makes all of their own ice they can also customize the process to make variations, including freezing in objects. Computerized technology also allows them to create detailed and specific designs.

Located in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Sculpted Ice Works serves a wide radius and travel nationally. Their delivery vehicles include refrigerated trucks. One to fifty sculptures or blocks can be delivered either to your freezer or on site at your event. Sculpted Ice Works has the capability and experience in creating larger displays using over 100 tons of ice.


Colin Matthes

For Milwaukee artist Colin Matthes, a history at county fairs and exposure to alternative energy sparked an interest to combine these worlds into a fun, interactive and thought-provoking display of destruction. It includes a mobile solar electric power generator that fuels a demolition derby made up of remote control cars. Businesses have sponsored race teams, with each team having their own driver, car, and uniform. The cars have customized wood bodies and compete on a plywood course. The video below documents the first heat of the first round that occurred on September 27, 2013 during the opening of the Mary L Nohl Fellowship exhibition.

Slideshow below: Photographs by Colin Matthes, credit Colin Matthes


Graham Nash

Graham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. One of music’s most legendary singer-songwriters and vocal harmonists, Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice—once with The Hollies in 2010 and once with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997; Nash was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. He is an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer. In 1990, his passion for photography led him to establish Nash Editions, recognized by the Smithsonian for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.

With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009). In 1990, his passion for photography led him to establish Nash Editions, which evolved out of experimentation in the late ’80s scanning and manipulating Nash’s photographs on a computer. Now one of the world’s top fine art photographic printmaking houses, Nash Editions is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing. Since 2005, its first IRIS 3047 printer and one of its first published works—Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby—have been in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.




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