MBA student, Navy veteran shares passion for painting

first_imgCourtesy of Jacob Mazurek Mazurek said he spent 950 hours over the course of a year to complete his painting of the vaulted ceiling of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Mazurek said he started painting because of a girl from South Africa when he was in high school. There were several posters of color exercises hanging on his apartment and the girl asked if he could make her one.“I liked her, so I immediately bought a bunch of materials and asked people what type of painting should I start with, but eventually I painted something that wasn’t what she asked for at all,” he said. “I didn’t get her, but my painting life started.”Mazurek graduated from high school with a 2.0 GPA and was not able to afford university, he said. He decided instead to join the Navy where he served for 23 years, travelling to 29 countries over the course of his military career.“I brought my hobby with me on the ship,” Mazurek said. Jacob Mazurek, a second year Mendoza MBA student, stands out among his peers not only as a Navy veteran of 23 years, but also as a devoted and accomplished painter.Students may recognize him from around campus, where he can often be found painting in public spaces. His favorite spots, he said, include Modern Market in the Duncan Student Center, Starbucks in the LaFortune Student Center and the Hammes Bookstore.Mazurek completed his latest piece, a painting of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, two weeks ago. He said he spent over 950 hours painting it.“I was on the campus tour during orientation, and the moment I took the photo of Basilica, I thought it would be a good painting,” he said. “I went back over and over again to take more photos for details and get things right in their positions.” Courtesy of Jacob Mazurek Depicted is a self-portrait by Jacob Mazurek. Mazurek began painting in high school and cultivated his passion throughout his Naval career.After settling down in a base, he said he would check out local art museums, learn the culture and start to paint. Mazurek said he was stationed in Bahrain for an extended period, and cites the local art and culture as a major artistic influence.“There was the Bahrain Contemporary Art Association just across the street from my base,” he said. “I requested to hang out there, and I met some artists. In a separate room, we drank coffee, painted and talked about expressionism and local aesthetics.”One of Mazurek’s paintings, titled “The Bahrain Contemporary Art Association,” depicts the local art scene in Bahrain, showing the room with his artist friends’ paintings on the walls and floor.He also spent five years in Japan during his service, where he also engaged with the local art scene. An art museum was situated near the Starbucks where he used to paint, he said, and one day the museum staff struck up conversation with him.“I know five sentences in Japanese and they know five sentences in English, so we made the whole conversation happen,” he said. “We didn’t need to speak difficult words. I showed them the paintings. They pointed at some places and asked questions. We also shared about our backgrounds and life experiences. When they asked me where I am from, I brought up a map and pointed at the United States. Then I asked where they were from, and they turned the map around to show Japan,” he said. “The words were less important than the tone and attitude.”He even participated in an art contest there and received a prize, he said.“I was excited but when I looked around, there were 50 other people who got the prize too,” he said, laughing.Mazurek said painting helped him deal with the challenges of serving in the Navy.“My job could be stressful sometimes, so painting made me take a step back and just be myself, getting my mellow and enjoying the world in front of me,” he said.While painting helped Mazurek with his time in the Navy, his time in the Navy also helped his painting, he said.“I developed a lot of patience in the Navy,” he said. “I was a sonar operator in the beginning, and I spent hours and hours staring at the moving static. Sometimes we tried to check every area in the ocean. I gradually accepted that I might not accomplish so much work in one day. So when it came to painting, I started to admit that I had to draw without seeing it completed soon, and I need to be patient and positive with it.”Taking photos and turning them into paintings is Mazurek’s specialty. He said there is a file of photos piling up in his home that he may paint some day.Mazurek said his military training has informed his painting technique. When recreating paintings from photos, he uses a coordinate grid system to magnify the photo with correct proportions, painting objects to scale with precise detail.During his service, he said he also found time to study and completed his associate bachelor and master’s degrees, mainly through online courses.“On my first serving ship, I was taking an astronomy class,” he said. “One night, after my reading, I went to the deck and looked at the sky. When there was no light blocking me from seeing the starry night, I saw various constellations and the Milky Way. … I haven’t been in any action or hot war, and my paintings are also about the beauty of nature and humanity.”Tags: Art, Jacob Mazurek, mendoza college of business, Navy, Paintinglast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! V-Day Dates with Kevin Spacey, Laura Osnes & More

first_imgIs that a pair of tickets to a Broadway show in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?! We kid, we kid. Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day week, so rose bouquets are being delivered, chocolate heart boxes are on the shelves and love is in the air! The best way to spend a week dedicated to the power of love is to go on a date with your favorite stars. (Don’t ask them out on a real date—you’ll just get a restraining order.) Check out this week’s must-see list! Kyle Dean Massey View All (9) Sebastian Arcelus Andrew Keenan-Bolger Christopher Sieber BINGE-WATCH HOUSE OF CARDSFebruary 14 on NetflixYou can’t forget to include some self-love during Valentine’s Day, and there’s nothing more self-loathing self-loving than grabbing a party size bag of Doritos, kicking back on your couch (at least you got out of bed, right?) and streaming the second season of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is still a ruthless politician, Robin Wright is still the best ice cold b*tch and Sebastian Arcelus is still one of the good guys. Star Files FALL FOR LAURA OSNESFebruary 14 at Carnegie HallIf you thought all you wanted for Valentine’s Day was a box of chocolates and some flowers—you’re wrong! We all know that you desperately want to spend the loveliest day of the year with the loveliest person on the planet: Laura Osnes. That’s right, the Tony nominee and Downton Abbey’s smoking-hot Julian Ovenden are joining Grammy-nominated composer Michael Feinstein for a one-night-only concert of love songs. Click for tickets! View Commentscenter_img GET SEXY WITH THE FIRST-TIMERSFebruary 10 at (Le) Poisson RougeIn an evening of story and song, some of your favorite Broadway dudes and dudettes will yakkety-yak about their…ahem…first time and things could get…ahem…messy. Feels Like the First Time will include performances by Nick Blaemire, Max von Essen, Nikki M. James, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kyle Dean Massey, Julia Murney, Ben Platt, Tony Sheldon and more. Grab a seat, buy a drink and get risqué with all your faves! Click for tickets! BID MARK RYLANCE ADIEUEnds February 16 at the Belasco TheatreIs there anything more intimate than witnessing actors get dressed, do their makeup and warm up on stage before their show starts? Nope. In one of the best performances of the season, Tony winner Mark Rylance will bust your gut and break your heart as the neurotic, white-faced and quivering Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Seeing performers bring The Bard to life while at the top of their game is a rare privilege. Don’t miss this. Click for tickets! Nikki M. James PLAY NICE WITH CHRISTOPHER SIEBERFebruary 11 at 54 BelowThere’s a saying in Forest Lake, MN: “No one’s more charming than Christopher Sieber!” Don’t fact-check us on that, but it’s totally true. Before the Tony nominee becomes Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull, he’s taking a trip down memory lane in Minnesota Boy Does Well. Sieber shares his favorite B’way memories and sings the songs that made him a star, like Spamalot‘s “The Bright Side of Life” and La Cage‘s “Song on the Sand.” Click for tickets! Mark Rylance Laura Osnes Tony Sheldon Max von Essenlast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want to Get Tangled on Broadway

first_img 3. Mulan — 10% If had their way, Eponine might not be the only girl disguising herself and going off to fight. The 1998 film, which featured the voices of musical theater greats Lea Salonga and Harvey Fierstein, has the exciting setting, vibrant cast of characters and the nail-biting action sequences that would lead to all sorts of creative theatrical tricks. The choreography alone could make Mulan a hot ticket on Broadway. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” is just screaming for a dance break. Aladdin may have just celebrated its opening night on Broadway, and while that’s shining, shimmering and splendid, there are simply too many Disney movies on our shelves that we’re waiting to see make the leap to the stage. In addition to the street urchin and the genie, we’ve gotten bookworms and deformed princes, feline kings of the jungle, vine-swinging forest dwellers and underwater kingdoms. And let’s not forget about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Jungle Book and Frozen, each already reportedly in the works for Broadway adaptations. We asked readers what other Disney animated films they’d like to see come to life on the Great White Way. It was a close one, but here’s what you had to say! View Comments 1. Tangled — 22% Theater audiences are no strangers to fairy tales being retold on stage (Into the Woods, anyone?), but Tangled’s inventive take on the story of Rapunzel is just too fun to be confined to the screen. The 2010 film utilized a unique blend of CGI and traditional animation, but high heights and illuminating hair would mean groundbreaking theatrical effects as well. A smoldering Zachary Levi wouldn’t hurt, either. Hey, Donna Murphy: you in? 2. Hercules — 20% With a hunky leading man, a spunky beltress with a killer pop ballad, and some FIERCE muses, Hercules has all of the makings of a Broadway hit. Seriously, just picture your favorite Broadway diva singing “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” while backed up by a female chorus (and we wouldn’t complain if the original muses, including Lillias White, LaChanze and Roz Ryan, reprised their roles). Alan Menken’s tunes from the 1997 film are immortal in our eyes, and there’s no doubt this “Zero to Hero” tale would create a spectacle of epic proportions.last_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal Set for Sunday in the Park with George

first_img Well there are certainly worse things than this casting! Stage and screen star Jake Gyllenhaal will take on the title role in Sunday in the Park with George in a one-night-only benefit performance for New York City Center. According to the New York Times, the concert presentation is set for October 24.Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical first opened on Broadway in 1984 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. The first act tells a fictionalized account of Georges Seurat as he completes his painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and balances his artistic pursuits with the people in his life, including his mistress, model and muse, Dot. The second act follows Georges’ great-grandson—who is also an artist—as he faces criticism similar to his ancestor’s and doubts both his own work and his legacy.Gyllenhaal made his musical theater debut in last year’s Little Shop of Horrors at City Center. He has also appeared on stage in Constellations on Broadway, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet off-Broadway and This Is Our Youth in the West End. His numerous screen credits include Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar nod, Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code and Nightcrawler.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. View Comments Jake Gyllenhaal(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

GOP tax plan won’t help economy

first_imgMost financial experts agree that this GOP plan will add about $1.5 trillion to the deficit by 2027.Thirty–seven of 38 economic experts surveyed by the University of Chicago’s Initiative on Global Markets agreed that the GOP tax bill would cause the debt to increase substantially faster than the economy.Until now, there has never been a tax on the poor to benefit the wealthy.We must make our voices heard. Robert KarandyBurnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Republican tax “reform” bill is an attempt by the GOP to complete a corporate takeover of our country. Trump and his GOP minions are telling the American people that the 15 percent corporate tax cut that this plan contains will result in massive corporate investments, new jobs and middle class pay raises and tax cuts.Recently, Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan looked directly into the cameras and stated that middle-class Americans are going to see their individual incomes rise by $4,000 to $9,000 if this bill passes.All of this will create so much more tax revenue that there will be no increase in the national debt. If this all sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. It’s a GOP supply-side economics fairy tale.Trump’s economics adviser Gary Cohen asked a room full of top business executives if lower taxes would lead them to raise capital expenditures, and only five hands went up. There’s absolutely no historical evidence that cutting corporate tax rates will result in increased wages.In 1986 the corporate tax rate was cut from 46 percent to 34 percent. Do you remember receiving big pay raises in 1987 or 1988? That’s because it never happened. last_img read more

Labor’s negative gearing reforms could cause rental price hikes, multibillion-dollar dent in tax revenue

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRents could rise by 22 per cent. Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said Labor’s policy would see investors flee the market and cause housing stress for families. “The projected lost stamp duty revenue could be $2.3 billion,” she said. “This puts a big hole in the government budgets. That’s schools not funded, hospitals not funded, roads not repaired. Every taxpayer and member of the community is affected.“Renters will bear the most immediate economic cost, with rents potentially rising up 22 per cent.” John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson said the reforms would only hurt the people they were trying to help. “This plan will create downward pressure on property prices and upward pressure on rents,” he said.“It is a policy that will negatively impact those most vulnerable in our society. “Simply put, this is a lose-lose policy.” Rental price hikes could be the result of Labor’s plans to change negative gearing, according to industry experts on the Gold Coast. Photo: AAP/Glenn HuntRenters are set to bear the brunt of Labor’s plans to axe negative gearing which will be in play by early next year if Bill Shorten wins the May election. Industry experts warn the proposed reforms could cause rental price hikes of more than 20 per cent and put a multibillion-dollar dent in stamp duty revenue. Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten plans to axe negative gearing on established investment properties. Photo: AAP/Erik AndersonShadow treasurer Chris Bowen yesterday announced the plans to abolish negative gearing on established investment properties would take effect on January 1, 2020, if his party won office. Labor says the move will help young families achieve the great Australian dream of owning their own home. The changes won’t apply to newly built homes and existing investment properties. MORE NEWS: Bumper weekend of auction action for Coast agency center_img Agents say affordable rentals in Gold Coast hot spots, including South Port and Surfers Paradise, will be hard to find. Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said the reforms would have major consequences. “I’m probably one of a few real estate principals on the Gold Coast who experienced the lasttime that negative gearing was tampered with and all of the consequences that came withthose changes,” he said.“Whilst the new proposals are not as severe as the last ones in the 1980s, that ultimatelyhad to be overturned. The proposed changes to negative gearing will have a substantialimpact on the real estate market.”Mr Bell said the changes would result in fewer rental properties available in popular areas such as Southport, Labrador and Surfers Paradise. “As more investors are driven away … there won’t be rental properties available in numbers,” he said.“That will drive rents up significantly higher, driving tenants out of the suburbs and so people … will suddenly find the only rental accommodation available is in the outer regions causing hardship, distress and much longer distances to travel to their work.” The Bulletin contacted the ALP for comment. MORE NEWS: What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht?last_img read more

Bulldogs Teams Win Ripley County Championships

first_imgThe Ripley County Boys Basketball Tourney Games @ Batesville.Consolation Game:  Milan  66     Jac-Cen-Del  57Championship Game:  Batesville  68     South Ripley  47The Bulldogs win their 7th consecutive Tourney Title and 27th overall.Both feats are Tourney Records.The Batesville Boys wins The JV Crown by defeating South Ripley 47-22.The Batesville Girls win The JV Championship with a 34-25 win over Jac-Cen-Del.last_img

Ole wants me to be selfish — Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe Derby County lead Jordon Ibe chase Aston Villa avoid relegation, draw West Ham Odion Ighalo has revealed the extent of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pursuit for excellence after detailing his boss’ critical message to him after his brace against Derby.The Man United striker scored two goals in the 3-0 FA Cup fifth round win over The Rams at the iPro Stadium in March. He had shown good strength to hold off two Derby defenders to sidefoot home his side’s opener in the first half, before doubling his tally with a thumping effort late on.But Solskjaer wanted more from his frontman, and demanded he be more selfish.“I remember the Derby County game, I scored two goals but he called me and said you’re a striker you should score three goals,” Ighalo said.“There was a ball [pass] I needed to shoot but Juan Mata called me and I brought it back.”Ighalo has clearly impressed Solskjaer with his contributions however, after securing an extension to his loan deal which will keep him at Old Trafford until at least January. United feared they may lose Ighalo for their remaining fixtures of the season as his parent club Shanghai Shenhua were keen for the star to return for pre-season training.The 30-year-old always hoped to stay on at his boyhood club, and United were willing to stump up another £10.5 million in combined wages and a loan fee to retain his services.Teammate Luke Shaw, who also scored in the Derby victory, explained how the rest of the squad were delighted to hear Ighalo was staying at the club.“All the players are really happy for him,” Shaw said. “Obviously his situation was up in the air and we try not to talk about that kind of thing at training but we’re just so happy for him.“Before he arrived, a few people outside the club weren’t too sure what he was going to bring to the club, but he’s shown everyone because he’s brought goals and a different style to our other strikers. “He’s earned and deserved the chance to stay here longer. He brings happiness and a smile to the place.“He’s great in training but he’s also been really important at times during games and scored some great goals.“Now that everything’s sorted, hopefully he can relax now and settle back into doing what he was doing before football stopped.”Tags: Derby CountyMancester UnitedOidon IghaloOle Gnnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Wigan enter administration

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Derby County want Jordon Ibe Wigan Athletic have announced today that the club has been placed into administration.The Championship side have been in great form of late, with last night’s 3-0 win over Stoke City pulling them eight points clear of Huddersfield in 22nd place. Despite a takeover four weeks ago, the club says that off the pitch, coronavirus has proven to be a real challenge.A statement said Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson from Begbies Traynor had been appointed as joint administrators of the club on Wednesday.Krasner said: “Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures this season and to urgently find interested parties to save Wigan Athletic FC and the jobs of the people who work for the club.“Obviously the suspension of the Championship season due to Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the recent fortunes of the club.“Wigan Athletic has been a focal point and source of pride for the town since 1932 and anyone who is interested in buying this historic sporting institution should contact the joint administrators directly.” The English Football League said Wigan would be subject to a 12-point deduction, but that the timing of it could only be decided upon once the final Championship table is determined.Tags: AdministrationChampionshipCOVID-19English Football LeagueFinancesWigan Athleticlast_img read more

Caribbean/World champion karateka,Tashana Wong,secures third degree black belt at grading exams

first_imgTASHANA Wong became Guyana’s newest third degree karate black belt holder after topping the Guyana Karate College’s (GKC) grading examination which was held last Saturday at the St. Joseph’s High School, Woolford Avenue.According to a release, the GKC held the third of its triannual grading examinations for the year 2016, for students belonging to its dojos, and the afternoon saw Karatekas of all ages undertake testing for the various belt ranks from 9th kyu (white belts with yellow stripes) all the way to 1st kyu (brown belt).This year, the GKC is celebrating the 10th anniversary since its establishment and the grading capped off a number of activities that were held this year to coincide with this significant milestone.The Judging team was led by Guyana-born Shuseki Shihan,Frank Woon-a-Tai,Chairman and Chief Instructor of the IKD, and it includes Sensei Jeffrey Wong,a 6th Dan Karateka,who is the Senior Instructor and Vice Chairman of the College,along with 5th dan Sensei Dr. Guy Low,5th dan Sensei Lavern Jones and Sensei Aubrey Bettencourt,who is also a 5th Dan Black Belt holder.“Leading the list of promotions for these grading examinations for the GKC was the attainment of a Sandan rank or third degree black belt by Tashana Wong, a Caribbean and World Champion who has successfully represented the GKC and Guyana at many regional and international tournaments” the release stated, adding “Ms. Wong showed poise and grace as she went through her katas while displaying true grit, stamina and determination as she faced and defended herself against multiple attackers, predominantly males,who were physically sturdier and stouter than her and who were experienced martial artists.”The other successful karatekas and the ranks the attained are: Moving from 10th Kyu to 9thKyu (White to White with Yellow Stripe) – Eli Jordan, Ameer Shariff, Daniel Amos, Prosper Jacobus, Josiah Ramnarine. David Persaud.Skipping from 10th Kyu to 8th Kyu (Yellow) are Chinelo Enekwechi, Anusha Jodhan. And skipping from 10th Kyu (White) all the way to 5th Kyu (Blue) were Najuma Gibbs and Jermain Holder.Moving from 9thkyu to (White with Yellow Stripe) to 8thKyu was Rizwan Mahadeo. Moving from 7thKyu (Orange) to 6th Kyu (Green) were Rishabh Ramessar, Micaiah DePeazer, Omar Shariff, Joshua Aaron and Adisa Congreaves. Whilst skipping from 7thKyu (Orange) to 5thKyu (Blue) were Jared Bird, Daniel Gonsalves, Jadon Lee, Laurie Baptiste, Aretha Trisho Persaud, Esha Fredericks. Moving from 6thkyu (Green) to 5thKyu (Blue) were Laurence Baptiste, Angelina Campayne, Amber De Goeas, whist skipping from 6thKyu (Green) to 4thKyu (Purple) was Jose Rodrigues.Moving from 5thKyu (Blue) to 4thKyu (Purple) was Sherlock Scott while Somlata Bispat, Sophia Mittelholzer, Joshua Gibbs Grant (Sr) skipped from 5thKyu to 3rdKyu. Daniel Denny moved from 4th (Purple) Kyu to 3rdKyu (Brown), whilst Brandon Yong jumped from 4thKyu (Purple) to 2nd (Brown)Moving from 3rdKyu (Brown) to 2ndKyu Brown were Paula Louis-Grant, Jayden Jettoo-Sewnarine, Nathanael Archer, Nalini Rampersaud, whilst Javed Nurhausain skipped from 3rd Kyu (Brown) to 1st Kyu (Brown. Moving from 2nd Kyu (Brown) to 1stKyu (Brown) were Diego De Nobrega, Zaine Bispat, Jonathan Ng-A-Fook, Taissa De Nobrega, Josiah Dyall.last_img read more