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Steps to become a private art collector in the city of Miami

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

So you live in the beautiful, sunny city of Miami Florida and you want to find something fun to do as a hobby in your spare time but also something that can be lucrative as well. Art collecting could be the perfect thing for you! Art collecting is very popular in the high society world celebrities such as Pharell Williams, George Lindemann, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Sir Elton John all have extensive collections of art. As a private art collector you have the flexibility to invest in what you want to invest in and the fun of having a hobby and something fun to do in your spare time. Being a private art collector is a great investment opportunity but only if the right steps are taken in order to properly start your collection.

The first step to starting your own private art collection is to make sure you have ample space. Art work can take up a lot of space and it is not something you can just squeeze into a corner, as it is very expensive and needs to be properly stored. The first thing you need to do is find a room in your house that you want to dedicate to just your art collection and make sure you clean it out and buy any necessary equipment or storage units that you may need in order to set up your collection.

The next step you need to take when trying to become a private art collector is to budget accordingly. Collecting art can be a very great investment; however, it is very expensive to get started. Art collections and even individual pieces can cost thousands of dollars and if you are trying to start a one of a kind collection for yourself it will not be a cheap startup cost. You need to set aside however much money you are willing to spend on your first piece of artwork and then continue to track all expenses you incur due to the art collection. After you budget, you then need to be careful not to exceed that budget or you may end up losing a lot of money and not actually ever making a profit.

The last and final step to starting your own private art collection would be to network by holding art openings and other fun social events. As an art collector you will need the company of other art collectors in order to succeed. You need to display your pieces of art by holding an art opening event and make sure to talk to as many people as you can. Collecting art is not only about the art but also about the people buying and selling the art.

SHOT Show 2018 Highlights

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Virginia Beach’s own ADS, Inc [] was front and center with their exposition booth at the recent Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show 2018. The SHOT Show as it is affectionately known, is the biggest trade show in the United States when it comes to people who work and are associated in the shooting sports along with those who work in the law enforcement industry. ADS, Inc. thrilled event goers during the three days that they exhibited during SHOT Show 2018 which was held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas on January 23rd through January 26th.

The very first day of the event seen ADS, Inc. displaying the new Sarcos Guardian S. The Sarcos Guardian S is a surveillance and inspection robot that is known for being able to go over just about any kind of terrain and also has two way video and communication features. That first day of the expo seen ADS showcase the ADAPTIV fight suit which was demonstrated with a K-9.

One of the things that made the ADS, Inc. booth so popular during SHOT Show 2018 was the Happy Hour event that they had and participated in each day. During Happy Hour, event goers could go up to the ADS, Inc. booth and get company branded poker chips. There were a couple other companies who were demonstrating and displaying their wares who were in on this promotion as well. It was at these various booths were people could win and have a chance to get their hands on some awesome new prizes.

Another big attraction with the ADS, Inc. booth at SHOT Show 2018 was their Night Vision Dark Room Demo. Here the company was showcasing the L-3 Insight Technology [] goggles and going in a limited light environment and being able to test out the new technology.

All in all, the turnout was excellent for SHOT Show 2018 and the ADS, Inc. booth was one that certainly got a lot of visits and rave reviews.

Former President, Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Books & Songs of 2017

Posted on Jan 2, 2018

Former President Barack Obama hasn’t let go of some of the traditions he adopted in the White House. One of them is sharing his favorite books and songs from the previous year, 2017 highlights he released this time on New Year’s Eve. Some of the singers — Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper and Bruce Springsteen — are no strangers to Obama, having all either worked with him or raised money for the former president in the past. Kendrick Lamar, Andra Day, Mavis Staples, French Montana, Harry Styles and Camila Cabello are also among the included artists.

As for his reading list, Obama included Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow,” with the author responding to the news on Twitter, calling it “a humbler” to make the list and writing, “what a way to start the new year.” Elizabeth Strout, whose book “Anything is Possible,” was included on the list, wrote she was “delighted” by the news. Several of the books he selected touch on economic hardship in America, like “Janesville: An American Story” by Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein, and “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond.

The list also includes a short story collection by James McBride and a memoir by the late Cory Taylor.

And showing that he hasn’t left all interest in the presidency behind, he listed biographer Ron Chernow’s latest tome, “Grant.”

Obama posted the list of 12 books and 22 songs on his verified Facebook account.

Obama’s list of the best books he read in 2017:

“The Power” by Naomi Alderman

“Grant” by Ron Chernow

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond

“Janesville: An American Story” by Amy Goldstein

“Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid

“Five-Carat Soul” by James McBride

“Anything Is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout

“Dying: A Memoir” by Cory Taylor

“A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

*Bonus for hoops fans: “Coach Wooden and Me” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and “Basketball (and Other Things)” by Shea Serrano

And his favorite songs from 2017:

“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William

“Havana” by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)

“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar

“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile

“First World Problems” by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)

“Rise Up” by Andra Day

“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)

“Family Feud” by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)

“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar

“La Dame et Ses Valises” by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)

“Unforgettable” by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)

“The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” by The National

“Chanel” by Frank Ocean

“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

“Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott

“Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

“Little Bit” by Mavis Staples

“Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

“Broken Clocks” by SZA

“Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” by U2

*Bonus: “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)


Private Art Collecting In Miami: How to Begin in 6 Steps

Posted on Oct 14, 2017

Most people in Miami and New York have some type of art in their homes, be it figurines, small reflections, or large wall pieces. Some become passionate about art and consider becoming an art collector. The following article will walk you through the steps to becoming a successful Art Collector in Miami Florida.

1. Research and Study
The first step to the world of Art is research, research, research. There are so many different artists and types of art to consider that you could spend years obsessing over styles. Study history, read books, watch movies, go to museums, galleries, and viewings. I would even suggest that you learn to paint yourself so that you can appreciate the process.

2. Budget
Passion alone isn’t enough. The best pieces cost a pretty penny so if you don’t have the proper budget don’t risk it. To build an enticing collection you must have enough capital to be able to snatch up that rare gem you might across at the yard sale or flea market.

3. Window Shopping
Always go window shopping before making a purchase. If you can view and inspect a desired piece of art take your time and be thorough. Remember this is an important investment and any give artwork can take years to see a return on so move with a Zen-like patience.

4. Accumulate Your Collection
With Budget in place, the proper knowledge acquired, and a list of coveted pieces documented, you can now begin to build your collection. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so don’t limit your collection too solely on your taste because you might miss out on a great financial opportunity.

5. Grand Opening
Once you’ve accumulated enough art for a viewing to the public and potential buyers begin a plan of attack for marketing the event. Make sure to include history about the piece and the artist to inform potential buyers.

6. Mistakes to Avoid
Don’t purchase something because there’s a buzz around the artist or you get a tip from someone. Instead, develop your own taste and style so that you can only blame yourself for your bad acquisitions.

A lot of entertainers are getting involved in art collecting as a personal passion as well as a financial investment for their future. I was pleasantly shocked by the following bonus list we compiled for you.

5 Famous Celebrities Who Are Art Collectors

1. Madonna Collects: Contemporary
2. Oprah Collects: African art
3. Cheech Marin Collects: Chicano art
4. Jay-Z Collects: Contemporary
5. George Lucas Collects: American Illustration

I remember sitting with my grandmother and watching “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS where people would bring in objects to be appraised by a specialist to see if they had antiques and collectibles or just some junk. We were often be shocked to find out how valuable some of those things turned out to be.

Currently, Miami’s climate is buzzing as a hub for art in all types of styles so if you’re interested in becoming an art collector the time is now!