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Happy 86th Birthday Mickey Mouse

He is one of the most well-known and beloved characters around the globe, surely surpassing the Easter bunny and Santa Clause and today we celebrate his 86th birthday! Mickey Mouse alongside Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie”.

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Mickey Mouse Turns 86 today and there is not one grey hair on him, sure he has been wearing the same outfit for decades and his falsetto voice has not changed over the years, but I am sure the audience would be surprised to know that Mickey first started out as a rabbit. Yes a Rabbit, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created by Walt Disney for film producer Charles Mintz. The resemblance is striking; although his ears were long like a rabbit and his feet were shoeless it is unmistakable that Mickey’s iconic look derived from Oswald. Being that Universal legally owned Oswald, Mintz refused to give Disney Brothers Studios more money and took ownership of the character. Adamant about not blundering again, Walt never again gave up the rights to any of his creations. Many do say it might have been a “blessing in disguise” because soon after returning to the drawing board Mickey was created. A few shorts were produced that did not get much recognition but once Steamboat Willie premiered in 1928 all that changed.


Steamboat Willie, named after Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, and inspired by the first “talkie” The Jazz Singer, was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. This was the beginning of a fad that has not ended and has also made its way into history books. Mickey did not say his first words which were “Hot dogs! Hot Dogs!” until he was 1, in 1929’s The Carnival Kid. January of 1930 the legendary “Mickey Mouse Club” was created and within a few months 60 theaters were hosting clubs across America. Two years later there were over two million members. Some Famous members include; Annette Funicell, Keri Russel, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Mickey quickly became a star; merchandise with his face on it was sold everywhere. He was a comforting character to have at home, surely the only comforting mouse in many households. In 1932 Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for creating Mickey, he won three more honorary awards including 22 competitive “typical” Oscars which makes Walt Disney a record holder for the one person whom hold the most nominations and wins, ever.

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To this day, we continue to invite Mickey Mouse into our home; the lovable cartoon rodent has had an impressive career ranging from TV, movies, books, theme parks and even video games. His biggest success is being able to warm the hearts of children ranging from all ages; even a fellow 86 year old who may be celebrating his/her birthday with Mickey today.

Here at The Dina Collection we are fortunate to have original Drawings of Mickey Mouse and many other well known Disney Characters!

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson

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It was a picture perfect day for Singer Solange Knowles and now husband, Alan Ferguson who exchanged vows at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans this Sunday. They rolled in riding white vintage bikes that matched her cream jumpsuit. During the ceremony, she wore a white gown made by her friend and collaborator; Humberto Leon for Kenzo, complementing the dress, were a statement gold cuff and a floor length cape. She ditched the traditional wedding gown and completely changed the game with all five outfits. Yes, five different outfits, all in white and all unbelievably chic. Three of the jumpsuits were designed by Stephane Rolland.

Solange broke all traditional “ideals” even further by having her court and family also wearing all white, husband Alan Ferguson was sleek and handsome in his all white suit. Her sister Beyoncé too was dressed in all white who was accompanied by Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, also in white.

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Knowles Commissioned photographer Rog Walker to take the official wedding portraits, as well as the jaw-dropping all-female family tableau that has been circulating the internet. The night appeared to be a memorable one with many highlights; one of them being an adorable choreographed dance between Solange and her ten-year-old son Daniel Julez to “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurda.

 

Auguste Rodin “Pioneer of Modern Sculpture”

French sculptor Auguste Rodin is known for creating several iconic works, he surpassed a turbulent and discouraging beginning and is now considered one of the “Pioneers” of modern sculpture .

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Because of poor vision, Rodin had trouble seeing figures drawn on the blackboard in school and struggled to follow lesson especially in the more academic courses, this excluded him greatly. Being that he was nearsighted, Rodin developed an evident talent as an artist after finding comfort in drawing. Discouraged and doubtful after receiving little validation and encouragement from instructors and classmates, his disappointed continued after being denied twice at the prestigious art school in Paris; Ecole Des Beaux-Arts. Feeling rejected and having to earn a living, Rodin began working as a decorative bricklayer.

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Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin

Two decades later, Rodin made the bold decision to embark in an artistic career. Soon after “The Vanquished”, which was later named “The Age of Bronze”, was completed. Although this piece earned Rodin some recognition, it was not until he was in his early 40’s that he was established for his distinctive style as a sculptor. A Bronze sculpture “The Brurghers of Calais,” depicting the war during the Hundred Years war between France and England was made a public monument. This was one of many commissioned pieces that Rodin made. Sadly, Rodin did not live to finish “The Gates of Hell”, an intricate monument which consisted of various figures, including “The Thinker” (1880) and “the Kiss” (1886) but he did live to see that his talents were greatly appreciated. Considered a pioneer of modern sculpture, Rodin’s work continues to be studied and admired by scholars, artist, students and the “average joe.”

Here at The Dina Collection we are fortunate to have one of his timeless pieces “The Eternal Spring”. Rodin Strongly believed in being one with nature, this philosophy can be seen through many of his works.

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“Eternal Spring”

“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.”

Happy Birthday Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly – Well known TV actress during the Golden age of Television, Golden Globe and Academy award Nominee and winner, and of course Princess would have celebrated her Birthday today!

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Her exquisite, pearl like beauty, her restrained sexuality and her regal presence helped make Grace Patricia Kelly the star that she was and continues to be. She decided at a young age that she wanted to become an Actress and moved to New York City to pursue her aspiration at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, although her affluent father did not necessarily support it.

Embarking in an acting career in the 1950’s also known as the Golden Age of Television, she was featured in over 40 episodes of live drama productions and various theatrical productions. She gained stardom once she started to make appearances on film.

Winning an Oscar for Best Actress in Mogambo, Three Golden Globes and a multitude of other nomination and wins, she was able to dazzle the heart of the Prince of Monaco who made her Princess!

Today we celebrate her radiant aristocratic ways and her serene highness. Happy Birthday Grace Kelly!

Wednesday Wisdom – Neil Young

“Rock and Roll can never die” 

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Neil Young is one of the most enigmatic, brilliant and accomplished musicians to have emerged in the mid 1960’s. Co-founder of the band Buffalo Springfield and being one the most influential song writers and guitarist of his generation, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice! “Hey Hey, My My (into the  black)” “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, Rockin’ in the Free world” and “Heart of Gold” , a Number 1 hit, are all time-transcending songs and he continues to create.

Today Neil is 69 years young, 2014 was another amazing year for him too; two albums released, a film premiered, his 2nd book published and the Crazy Horse Tour!

Although he is known to be a loner and often a dark soul there is no doubt he is a wise one. Here are a couple of wise quotes taken from his songs.

“As you go through life, you’ve got to see the valleys as well as the peaks”
“As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn’t see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more”
“The ’60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together”
“If you follow every dream, you might get lost.” – The Painter
“Respect Mother Earth and her giving ways or trade away our children’s days. – Mother Earth
‘Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real.’ –  Walk On
‘Imagination is my best friend.” –  Razor Love
“It’s going to take a lot of love to make things work out right.” – Nicolette Larson, Lotta Love