SWAT operation ends peacefully in Fruit Valley

first_imgVancouver police early Sunday arrested a 29-year-old man after a standoff in Fruit Valley.A press release from the department said Ryan J. Young was arrested for felony harassment domestic violence. The release said police responded about 4:30 a.m. to an apartment complex on Fruit Valley Road for a disturbance “caused by an ex-husband of a resident.”Officers went to Young’s residence at 2200 Simpson Road, asked him to come outside and he refused.Members of Clark County Regional SWAT were called, as well as negotiators.After a three-hour standoff, Young surrendered without incident.He was in the Clark County Jail Sunday night with bail not allowed.No other information was available.last_img

Engraving empathy with Andrea Bravo

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos 5 questions for Guatemalan artist Herssonoe 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros 7 questions for a Chilean muralist in Costa Rica Andrea Bravo, 23, is an engraving student at the University of Costa Rica who uses her personal experiences to create empathy for all kinds of women’s issues ranging from femicide to body acceptance.Born in the province of Cartago, Bravo has lived in San José for almost a year, fulfilling her dream of having her own workspace. She shares an apartment with two roommates and affectionate dog named Pati. She opened the doors to this apartment to show me more about her passion for social issues and how they take form in her art.While both her parents are interested in art, Bravo initially thought she couldn’t study plastic arts. Her mother painted when she was younger and her father, who’s from Uruguay, played a big role in teaching her about culture and music. Despite that, she had never thought of herself as an artist, much less making a career out of it.She started studying history at the University of Costa Rica, which honed her research skills, and that’s where she realized she could study plastic arts.The first thing I noticed in her apartment was an easel with some of her work.¨The one in the center is something that I have to update, but it is the list of girls who have been killed this year in femicides,” Bravo said. “The idea is to show that they exist.¨ Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesBravo is a mix of things. She’s interested in feminism, gender issues, and intersectionality. She studied engraving, lithography, silkscreen and metal engraving. She likes engraving the most because of the collage-like variety of materials she can use, but her main goal is always to create empathy.We sat at a small dining table and she told me that the first exhibition focused on questioning the acceptance and normalization of sexist phrases. Now Bravo is an Academic Residency for Emerging Central American Artists (RAPACES) art resident. RAPACES is promoted by the Spanish Cultural Center in El Salvador and Espira la Espora in Nicaragua and the one Bravo was chosen for focuses on gender issues. Residents will display their work next year.While Bravo decides what her life path will be, she is working on her degree. Iva Alvarado / The Tico Times“It is about the influence of a panoptic landscape on the image of female corporeality. The panoptic landscape is this entity or control that exists economically and socially, as a government or society,” Bravo said. “It’s that patriarchal look that sometimes controls how we see ourselves as women.“So I’m showing what those bodies would look like without that axis or control, how they would look without judgment.”Books, art, magazines, donated materials…they’re all part of the workspace. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHer creation process includes keeping notes, always. She writes down keywords of things she would like to do, research, references, and materials she experiments with. She doesn’t want to show the obvious, but instead, reveal what’s underneath.One of the most interesting donated collage materials is a script of an award-winning short film. People constantly look for her to give her materials they no longer need. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHere she’s experimenting with a mixture of poetry and collages. She would like to publish a book like this someday: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesShe says Edward Hopper is her favorite artist and that she is very proud that her collection has more books written by women than men. She also has works by artists Diana Hérnandez, Mariana Corrales, and several others in her collection. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesShe showed us a piece that needs to be well-covered and taken care of. It is a small piece but also works with larger formats: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHere are some other pieces in progress: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesThat’s Pati on the left, a pet and faithful apartment friend: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesTo engrave, Bravo needs special equipment like gouges, wood, metal, and linoleum. Iva Alvarado / The Tico Times Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesBravo wants to apply to more international programs and is happy for the Central American residency she’s a part of. But she also misses Cartago and her family. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesI hope to see your book of poetry and collages soon.Our Weekend Arts Spotlight is brought to you by the Jason Babchuk Gallery/W22 Galería.“Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at alex@ticotimes.net.Ivannia Alvarado is a communicator and inveterate traveler. Photography captured her world about a year ago; she found in this art the perfect medium to communicate, report, create awareness, but most of all, demonstrate that life’s not that bad if you can look at it. She also works in production and development of content related to culture and the city. Instagram: @ivacaminando. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Awardwinning Couture jewelry designer Erica Court

first_imgAward-winning Couture jewelry designer Erica Courtney did it again this year, taking home another glamorous accolade. Courtney’s Drop Dead Gorgeous® platinum creations were the talk of the 2009 Couture® trade show hosted in Las Vegas, NV. The delicately detailed rose-cut diamond chain was paired with a stunning platinum and diamond Queens Charm. This is the second consecutive year Courtney has been honored with PGI’s top prize in Best Red Carpet Jewelry.The stunning necklace and charm are intricately paved and the carat weight of the two components totals over 7 carats. This chic combination has already graced red carpets at A-list events, worn by celebrities such as; Dancing With the Stars’ Samantha Harris, Desperate Housewives’ Alfre Woodard, and Dexter’s’ Lauren Velez. Statement necklaces are a major trend this season, and there is no doubt you will see this Queen’s charm necklace on the red carpet again and again.Erica’s Drop Dead Gorgeous® award-wining collection has kept the jewelry industry on its toes for the past two decades. Erica set and raised the bar by designing truly captivating couture jewelry, making her a favorite choice of celebrities, stylists, and editors. Erica Courtney® jewelry rocks from the red carpet to the covers of top fashion and industry magazines. Diehard celebrity fans and collectors include Madonna, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Erica Courtney® jewelry generates top-notch press and is consistently featured on covers and in the pages of Vogue, In Style, People, Marie Claire, and The New York Times. Courtney recently launched her newest venture, a stunning bridal collection, Erica Courtney® Gorgeous & Engaged™, inspired by the marriage of her son.www.ericacourtney.comlast_img read more