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Bristol To Be Featured By Number One iPhone Photography App


The Bristol Sign — Jennifer Wilson
December 08, 2010
Congratulations to Bristol's very own Jennifer Wilson!

Zimbabwe. Venice. Toronto. Hong Kong. Bristol. At first blush, these locations may not seem in any way connected. However, the recent surge in popularity of an iPhone app called Hipstamatic has brought these locales together in a global photography project, Adventures in Hipstaland.

The most recent installation to the project will be “Jennifer’s Bristol,” a snapshot of life in the twin cities by Bristol photographer, Jennifer Molley Wilson. Bristol will be the first U.S. city featured.

Hipstamatic is a popular iPhone application that replicates a retro plastic camera. Hipstamatic is characterized by vignettes, blurring, over saturation, discolored images, and Hipstaprints have a casual, and seemingly fortuitous, snapshot feel.

Wilson has used Hipstamatic exclusively in the production of her personal art, since being introduced to the app in August 2010.

“Through the selective pairing of both virtual lenses and film, I remain in complete creative control of the image I shoot, and the mood I choose to convey,” Wilson said. “And I find the square format a creative challenge for composition,” she added. Wilson’s photographs are neither edited nor manipulated in post processing.

Wilson’s Hipstamatic photos caught the attention of the creators of the app, who extended the invitation to participate in their adventures.

“Adventures in Hipstaland is a nine image ‘story’ that we are asking a very select group from our community to be a part of. It’s a way of documenting the world one personal image story at a time,” said Mario Estrada, Community Director for Hipstamatic. "Adventures in HipstaLand is a journey around the globe, with our adventurers documenting the world through their favorite Hipstamatic lenses,” Estrada added.

Wilson, who is the Director of Communications for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce/Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau, perhaps has an inside track when it comes to photographing Bristol, but that didn’t make the task any easier.

“How best to tell the story of Bristol in nine images? It is such a unique location, by virtue of its duality, heritage and resources,” she said. “I think the images I chose are true to my artistic vision, yet will leave those outside of the area intrigued about what remains to be seen in our cities.”

Over the course of three days beginning November 30, “Jennifer’s Bristol” will be shared on Hipstamatic’s Facebook page, facebook.com/hipstamatic, which has nearly 30,000 fans. Wilson will also post three additional galleries from the Bristol series on her Facebook page, The HipstaChick, to run concurrently with Adventures in Hipstaland.

In addition to Adventures in Hipstaland, Wilson recently participated in a research study for Cornell University regarding use of the Hipstamatic iPhone app, and the social communities that have developed around the popularity of iPhone photography.

Hipstamatic, marking its one-year anniversary in December, is currently the number one iPhone Photography App, and ranks number thirty overall out of the 300,000 apps currently available in the App store. Mobile future, sponsor of the Mashable Awards’ Best Mobile App Category, recently chose Hipstamatic as one of the “Three Magnificent Mobile Apps That Ruled 2010.” The Hipstamatic can be downloaded to any iPhone running OS 3.1 or beyond. Additional lenses, film, and flash options can be added within the app.

Selections from Wilson’s Hipstamatic galleries can also be viewed online at http://www.thehipstachick.com, facebook.com/thehipstachick, and locally at the 606 State Street Gallery in historic downtown Bristol.

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Christmas Crunch Camp at Theatre Bristol!

December 20, 2010
Kids out of school and underfoot? Trying to get shopping, wrapping and packing done? Theatre Bristol has what you need! Christmas Crunch Camp is a special holiday camp December 20, 21 and 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily culminating with performances on December 22nd. Cost is $75 per camper (please pack a lunch, snacks will be provided). Theme: select scenes from a variety of holiday shows including Scrooge and The Gifts of the Magi.
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A BRANSON CHRISTMAS at the Paramount Center for the Arts

December 14, 2010
What do you get when you bring together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, beautiful rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and country Christmas, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music? Only one answer Branson On The Road — Christmas Style is coming to the Paramount Center in downtown Bristol, TN on Tuesday, December 14 @ 7:30PM.
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11th ANNUAL JOURNEY'S END

December 14, 2010
On Tuesday, December 14th (inclement weather date is Thursday, December 16th) at 6:30 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol, starting at the Downtown Center and ending at the Bristol Train Station. Journey’s End is our local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging. The final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.
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Bristol Ballet to host "Les Patineurs" — Christmas Illuminations

December 11, 2010
A ballet in two acts. “Les Patineurs” (The Skaters), opens the show. This charming ballet shows people in the 19th century enjoying an afternoon of skating in an outdoor park. First done by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1939, it has enjoyed popularity in the United States but has not been produced in the Tri-Cities in over a decade. “Cool Christmas” is the second act of the show, which is a collection of dances to Christmas music arranged in a “cool”, contemporary fashion. The production includes local dancers from Bristol Ballet and special guest dancer Fernando Moraga. Originally from Santiago, Chile. Mr. Moraga was a soloist for Ballet de Santiago and has been a soloist for Houston Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre and Ballet Florida. $15 Adults, $5 Children , $8 Student /Seniors.

Soup & Cider — Holiday Pottery Reception

December 10, 2010
Welcome the holiday season with a soup and cider holiday reception! Come to blowfish emporiumon Friday, December 12th, purchase a beautiful handmade bowl and choose from a delicious selection of soups. Drop in between 6-8 pm and shop from amongst select pieces from local potter Aleta Chandler.
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Have a RENEWed Christmas and New Year from Renew Body!

December 08, 2010
BUY TWO GIFT CARDS GET ONE FREE for any amount up to $75! No expiration! Keep 'em for yourself or give 'em all away! :0)
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Happy Holiday's from The White Dog Papery!

December 08, 2010
Christmas Cards — We offer a selection of Smudge Ink and Crane & Co. Christmas Cards. If you are interested in a custom photo card, select your photos and come pick out the design you would like...time is running out fast!
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"Ghosts of Christmas Past" Holiday Ghost and History Tours

December 08, 2010
The Christmas holiday season brings with it a chance for local residents and regional travelers to get out of the house and avoid "cabin fever", get some fresh air and exercise with the benefits of working off some of those holiday calories, and learn some great seasonal as well as cultural history.
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Check Out and Download Digital Books Free with Your Library Card.

December 08, 2010
The Regional e-Book and Audio Book Download System (R.E.A.D.S.) allows all Bristol Public Library patrons to download digital versions of print books and digital audio books to their home computers, audio players, phones, and e-Book readers. To access these materials, patrons need a valid library card, internet access, and a computer or portable device for the e-book. The R.E.A.D.S system software is provided free of charge from your library’s website at http://www.bristol-library.org/resources/ebooks-audiobooks.
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Santa Calling — Bristol VA Parks & Recreation Department

December 08, 2010
SANTA CALLING! Santa has lined up help with the department and the Bristol Optimist Club to aid in calling children ages 2 — 7 on Tuesday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. To reserve a call phone 276 — 645 — 7275 beginning in December. This is a FREE service!

Support our local economy Bristol — Believe in Bristol to help promote the 3/50 Project!

December 08, 2010
Marketing students at Virginia Intermont College have partnered with Believe in Bristol and The Tombras Group, a TriCities advertising firm, on a project to benefit the merchants and local economy of Bristol.
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday Day Pottery at One of a Kind Gallery

November 10 - December 08, 2010

Pottery for Youth Class at One of a Kind Gallery

November 10 - December 08, 2010

Wednesday Day Pottery class

November 10 - December 08, 2010

Wednesday Daytime Pastel Drawing at One of a Kind Gallery

November 10 - December 08, 2010

Thursday Pottery for Youth class at One of a Kind Gallery

November 11 - December 09, 2010

Thursday Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

November 11 - December 09, 2010

Thursday Workshop 2: Precious Metal Clay Jewelry at One of a Kind Gallery

December 02 - 09, 2010

The Rocky Horror Show

December 03 - 18, 2010

Scholatsic Book Sale at the Bristol Public Library

December 06 - 10, 2010

Teen Book Club

December 08, 2010

Warner on Your Corner

December 08, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

December 08, 2010

Rex Montgomery at Machiavelli's

December 09, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

December 09, 2010

Ribon Cutting at Burger Bar

December 09, 2010

Reception at Blowfish emporium

December 10, 2010

Geneology Workshops at Bristol Public Library

December 11, 2010

Bristol Ballet presents "Christmas Illuminations"

December 11, 2010

Breakfast with Santa at KP Duty

December 11, 2010

King's Grass Performing at 606 State Street Gallery

December 11, 2010

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

December 11, 2010

Efren to perform at Machiavelli's

December 11, 2010

Afternoons with the Brat Pack

December 12, 2010

Bristol Ballet presents "Christmas Illuminations"

December 12, 2010

2nd Annual Seed Swap

December 12, 2010

Children's Storytime at bristol Public Library

December 13, 2010

East High School Band And Chorus Christmas Concert

December 13, 2010

Journey's End

December 14, 2010

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

December 14, 2010

Children's storytime at Bristol Public Library

December 14, 2010

"A Bristol Christmas" Branson on the Road at The Paramount

December 14, 2010

Nevermore Book Club

December 14, 2010

Bristol Bright Sparks Electronics Club

December 15, 2010

Teen Book Club

December 15, 2010

Santa's Workshop

December 15, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

December 15, 2010

Brim Leal to perform at Machiavelli's

December 16, 2010

Senior Show Choir to ring in the holidays with new Christmas Show

December 16, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

December 16, 2010

Him for Her to perform at Machiavelli's

December 17, 2010

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

December 17, 2010

Adult and Child art journaling at blowfish emporium

December 17, 2010

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