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Misty Copeland re-creates famous Edgar Degas paintings

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Misty Copeland, who became the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre last year, has already established herself as a legend.

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Now the 33-year-old is re-creating the beauty of ballet in another art form. The March issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine will feature the ballerina in photos reminiscent of works of 19th century French artist Edgar Degas.   

In high-end fashions by designers like Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen, Copeland posed to capture scenes from Degas' famous portraits and sculptures like "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," "The Star" and "Green Dancer."

"I definitely feel like I can see myself in that sculpture—she just seems content but also reserved," Copeland told Harper's Bazaar about posing for "Little Dancer." "I was really shy and introverted at that age. I don't even have an image in my head of what I remember a ballerina being or existing before I took a ballet class. Ballet was just the one thing that brought me to life."

The photo shoot celebrates "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty," an exhibition that will debut at the New York Museum of Modern Art in March. 

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@harpersbazaarus she channels artist #EdgarDegas's most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at #MOMA, dancer @MistyOnPointe opens up about what it feels like to make history. Go to the link in our bio to read her interview from the March 2016 issue and see the full fashion shoot by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of @NYCDanceProject, styled by @Michelle_Jank. A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 6:33am PST

@harpersbazaarus As she channels artist #EdgarDegas's most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at #MOMA, dancer @MistyOnPointe opens up about what it feels like to make history. Go to the link in our bio to read her interview from the March 2016 issue and see the full fashion shoot by @KenBrowar and @DeborahOry of @NYCDanceProject, styled by @Michelle_Jank. A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 12:11pm PST

"Misty Copeland: The Art of Dance  From Harper's BAZAAR As she channels the artist Edgar Degas’s most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, dancer Misty Copeland opens up about what it feels like to make history. Video shot by Sandy Chase. Photography by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of the NYC Dance Project. To learn more visit:http://www.nycdanceproject.com #mistycopeland #harpers #beautiful" (via #RapidRepost @AppsKottage) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 6:21pm PST

Repost By @kristelyulo: "Ballet + Degas + Fashion: Trifecta! RG @harpersbazaarus - Watch #MistyOnPointe channel Edgar Degas' ballerinas. http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a14055/misty-copeland-degas-0316/" (via #RapidRepost @AppsKottage) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:47am PST

nycdanceproject One of the images from our photo shoot with Misty Copeland and Harper's Bazaar - the story is coming out in their March issue. @nycdanceproject @mistyonpointe @harpersbazaarus @instagram #edgardegas #nycdanceproject #mistycopeland #harpersbazaar #tutu #ballet #degas #moma A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 11, 2016 at 3:53pm PST

Seattle company designs invisible art revealed in rain

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A Seattle startup said it is hoping to make rainy days a little brighter for everyone after designing a product that makes rain-activated art on sidewalks and other surfaces.

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The art is made with a stencil and a superhydrophobic coating spray that keeps water from soaking into surfaces, creating different shades of color.

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The product can be used on absorbent surfaces, including concrete, wood, stone, cardboard and fabric, and is invisible on a dry and sunny day.

The idea came from Peregrine Church, who considers himself part artist, part engineer and part inventor.

Last April, he and his business partner made a video for a Kickstarter campaign and it went viral.

The product is called Rainworks, and with 690 backers and $50,000 from the Kickstarter campaign, they've been filling numerous orders via their website

For $29, customers get a bottle of “invisible spray” that covers roughly 15 square feet, a stencil to make their own Rainwork and video instructions.

“My priority isn't making money. My priority is helping people make the world a better place. So once we're off the ground and flying, it'll be a lot of fun,” said Church.

The designs generally last about four to five weeks, depending on conditions. Since it’s temporary, it’s not considered graffiti in public areas.      

Rainworks is not only making art around the city, but is also putting messages and inspirational words in public areas, such as bus stops and parks.

The company is also creating online maps of Rainworks designs the company and others have done so that people can visit and see the designs.

Misty Copeland named ABT's first-ever black principal dancer

Much beloved dancer and African American Misty Copeland has made history. The petite 32-year-old was named principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, the first-ever in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland’s promotion – after 14 years at the company – comes at a time when the woman’s growing celebrity and popularity brought her fame beyond ballet circles, the New York Times reported.

Copeland faced many obstacles in her climb to the top of the artistic world. She suffered through a high-profile custody fight with her mother, where Copeland fought to be emancipated from her, but her mother successfully regained custody.

Copeland grew up poor, one of six children in San Pedro, Calif. And she was late to the ballet world, beginning her formal dance training at age 13, about seven years later than most dancers. She was so gifted, however, that she was taken in by her ballet teacher. Besides being black, Copeland also was thought to be too short and too muscular to dance with an elite ballet company.

Copeland made her debut last week in the lead role of “Swan Lake,” considered one of the premiere roles in the ballet world.

By @juliekentofficial via @RepostWhiz app: Exciting promotions at ABT this morning!! Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer!!! ❤️ #MistyCopeland #ballerina #weloveyou (#RepostWhiz app) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:19am PDT

By @efe_04 via @RepostWhiz app: You make it look so easy!! @mistyonpointe 💖👌🏽💋What an amazing performance!!! #abt #mistycopeland #swanlake #offbucketlist #stunning #inspirational #breakingbarriers #nyc #ballet (#RepostWhiz app) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:51am PDT

Photos: 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Photos: 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Instagram artist creates surreal photos using only his iPhone

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Robert Jahns' Instagram account shows how technology and art can be combined to create breathtaking visuals. Mashable highlighted Jahns' work Tuesday morning and below is a look at some of his work.

"I love rooftop views and urban exploration. I really dig dance/people photography and landscapes as well," Jahns told Mashable. "Some edits require about 2 hours and other edits require several days."

Mashable reports Jahns uses ArtStudio, Filterstorm, PhotoForge2, VSCOcam and Snapseed  to edit his images. The photos are pictures taken by himself or collaborators.

See more of Jahn's work on his Instagram account.

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Meet the man behind those viral ‘maternity’ photos

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When Austin father-to-be Justin Sylvester came to photographer Kerri Lohmeier with an offbeat idea for a man-ternity photo shoot, she couldn’t resist the creative possibilities.

“It was too hysterical,” says Lohmeier of Harley K Photography. Sylvester’s wife didn’t think he’d do it, but he wanted to recreate some classic maternity poses — the cheesier the better.

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Sylvester’s comical photos, which poke fun at corny maternity images, blew up on social media this week, racking up more than two million views on the website Imgur. In a matter of hours, news of the goofy project, originally meant only for Sylvester’s wife, went viral with national media attention from outlets such as Cosmopolitan and MTV.

Sylvester’s photos proudly showcase his plump bare belly as he does things like eat ice cream and pose in Superman underwear while he lovingly gazes at his own gut. And you know how sweet husbands tenderly kiss their wives’ pregnant tummies? Well, Lohmeier manipulated one of the photos to show Sylvester kissing his own belly bump.

Lohmeier has been shooting traditional maternity photos for about four years but had never done a man-ternity shoot before. While her typical photo shoots are serious, she and Sylvester couldn’t keep a straight face for this one.

“We got props like ice cream, pickles, even his wife’s robe, and then used a few poses that I’ve done with women before,” Lohmeier says. “It’s awkward, of course, because he’s a man. We couldn’t stop laughing.”

The pair teamed up on a Sunday morning and knocked out the photo shoot in 30 minutes at her Central Austin home studio. “I mean, he was standing in his underwear the whole time,” she says. “It had to be funny.”

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