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Artist Scott Lobaido celebrates 25 years of patriotic home makeovers



Artist Scott Lobaido celebrates 25 years of patriotic home makeovers

Come on summer, artist Scott LoBaido need a fairly simple palette: only red, white and blue.

For 25 years, Staten Islander has decorated homes, businesses and restaurants with American flag motifs.

“There are artists who sit and do landscapes. I’m making an American portrait, “said LoBaido, 55, who estimates he has painted around 1,000 flags on buildings – sometimes on the roof, sometimes covering the entire facade.

A few days ago, he put the finishing touches on Joan Brodick’s two-story house in Midland Beach, just in time for the Fourth of July.

LoBaido’s patriotic mission began when he had just begun in the art world in the 1990s, and he saw an exhibition at the School of the Art Institute which had a flag on the floor.

“I see disgusting hatred for all Americans. “I don’t want any part of that,” he told The Post. In the mid-90s he began painting giant flags on whatever surface he could, including cars. “People laugh at me, nobody wants it,” he said.

He would go door to door around Staten Island, begging people to let him paint, for free, their shop, house or garage with a flag motif. Finally he convinced a number of people. Then in 2001, everything changed.

Artist Scott LoBaido.
Artist Scott LoBaido.Tamara Beckwith

“Right after 9/11, everyone became patriotic. That is, ‘Get those flags!’ “Said LoBaido, who even painted Old Glory on the city’s hearth and still does not charge for his work. “Suddenly everyone wanted a flag mural. I have already ordered. “

Brodick, a 67-year-old great-grandmother, was pleased with the new flag mural that adorned her house, and said it had already attracted great attention.

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“Everybody honking – very beautiful,” Brodick said, adding that his late husband, Paul, a 50-year-old Navy veteran, would be “very proud.

“People die for this flag, they give up everything so we can have freedom. I believe and love this country, and I want people to know. “

But not everyone is a fan of LoBaido skills. He has been arrested 12 times, he said, including in 1999 when he threw horse dung in the Brooklyn Museum in protest at an exhibition in which one of the Virgin Mary’s breasts was formed from elephant dung. He was also arrested in December 2001, when he was painting a flag outside the Upper West Side school to protest the district council that kept the Pledge of Allegiance in class.

Earlier this month, he said, he was pressured to erase a statue – “two white figures and two black figures helping each other push the stairs so they could reach a sign of peace” – he had put up in front of the Borough Hall on Staten Island. LoBaido, who described it as “apolitical,” said other local artists “lost their noodles” because he was a Trump supporter and they threatened to damage his work. He also claims someone created a Facebook group titled “Exposing Staten Island Racists,” with his name and address at the top of the list.

“That is a very emotional part and I don’t want anyone to be emotionally hurt by seeing it stained,” he said of the decision to remove the statue.

But nothing, he said, would stop him from painting the flag at home.

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“The art world has snatched s-t out of me,” he said. “But my artwork is not hoity-toity. I am the worker’s artist,” he said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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