The Niche Market of Celebrity Art

celebrity-fragrancesMany people who collect celebrity art are interested in starting small businesses that fit into a specific niche. The niche market of celebrity art is a great way to preserve history and keep track of your favorite celebrity. This market includes the work of various actors, musicians, singers and athletes, who have taken time to create celebrity art photographs, paintings and drawings. Celebrity artists such as John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Paul McCartney as well as many different artists have created tons of outstanding works.

When collecting these works of art it is very important that you check to see if this celebrity art is authentic. You can also find the works of celebrity in some of the largest celebrity art collections in the world. Many of these art collections have the works of people such as James Dean and Frank Sinatra, who even though they are busy entertaining the world still find enough time to create works of art that show just how creative some celebrities are.

Many celebrities have made a ton of money in the niche market of art sales making as much as $50,000 on a painting or a piece of sculpture. Others have found their niche doing work in more contemporary and mainstream celebrity art genre. In some cases, art in this niche can be found at auctions, by people who take celebrity art seriously. These celebrity auctions as well as galleries in places like Las Vegas, Hawaii, New York, and Beverly Hills where celebrities live. In addition, some celebrities in a stance of goodwill may also send autographed photographs for free when they sell a piece of their artwork.

Buying celebrity art online can be done through one of the many art stores that have an online gallery or through auction sites. Artists such as Peter Falk or Marilyn Manson have art being sold at online auction. Some charity auctions are also places where celebrity art can be found. In this niche many collectors are looking for high quality, autographed celebrity art to sell to their clientele or to keep in their private collections. The celebrity art that collectors have is usually authenticated and signed by the celebrity, they ensure the quality and the originality of these pieces. You can buy these products to create your celebrity collection and be able to share them with the world by showing them in a gallery or selling them online.

Baja’s Wine Route and Valleys

There aren’t that many places in Mexico where the combination of land, altitude, seasons, time and weather come together in such a way as to give the ideal Mediterranean conditions for the growing of grape vines, olives, refreshing citrus fruits as well as the collection of honey. One such area is located between the parallels 32o35 and 31o15 North Latitude in the region known as the Wine Route; where not only the Guadalupe Valley (Valle de Guadalupe) but also San Antonio de las Minas, Santo Tomas, Calafia, San Vicente, Las Palmas, and the Tecate valleys extend perpendicular to Baja’s Pacific Coast.

Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this part of Baja offers you a number of choices for entertainment. If you choose to venture into the wine valleys, you can start from Tecate in the north, sampling the beer that bears the town’s name, the Cuauhtemoc brewery, founded more than 110 years ago, offers guided tours of their facility Monday through Saturdays, from there you can continue your journey south by highway #3 which will take fist of all to the Tanama Valley where Tanama Wines awaits with its beautiful gardens; continue on and you will reach Valle de las Palmas, there you fill find the Cavas de Don Juan where you can stop by and visit their store which offers products such as grapes, honey, olives and olive oil. To the south of Las Palmas you will find the Guadalupe Valley, also known as Calafia Valley, home of the two largest wine producing houses in the country Casa Domec and L.A. Cetto where you can sample award winning wines and enjoy a tour of the cellars and fields; this valley is also home to Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, Adobe Guadalupe, Biyaboff with its Russian heritage, Baron Balche where you might just want to take a closer look at the sand by the caves, you’ll be surprised to discover you are standing on grape seeds. Continuing the route further to the southwest, San Antonio de las Minas Valley awaits with Casa de Piedra who offers a course on wine growing, Viña de Liceaga, Viñedos Lafarga, Vitivinicola Tres Valles, Vinisterra, one of the newly established wine makers in the region, all of which offer tours and sampling; some require reservations. If you continue south, 90 km past the city of Ensenada you will arrive in San Vicente Valley home to Vides y Vinos Californianos.

Another option is to start from the south, taking the scenic route (highway #1) all the way to the third toll booth, before entering Ensenada look for the highway 3 exit (Ruta del Vino), toward Tecate, which will take you to the San Antonio de las Minas Valley. Tourist offices in Baja can provide you with a map of the wine route.

Considering that this area is home to around 50 wine producing houses from the large internationally know to the small family owned artisan wine producers, a lot of which are gaining international acceptance winning awards in Nappa Valley, Ensenada and Europe, it is impossible to list all of them and their particular qualities. The best way to experience them is to come down for a visit, along the Wine Route you will find choices of dining from family restaurants to fine cuisine, ranches for camping, artisan centers, museums, wine boutiques, art galleries, small inns and B&Bs, Viñedo Adobe Guadalupe has its own six bedroom B&B plus stables where you can go horseback riding; all of this and the beautiful natural surroundings make this a special tourist destination. Whether or not you come for the wine, the food, ranches and other recreational areas still makes the trip worth while.

The history of wine making in the Baja valleys is speculated to go all the way back to Hernan Cortes, who in 1524 was the appointed governor of the New Spain, ordered the planting of vineyards each year for 5 years, having as a result a grape that was known as criolla, and with it establishing the first wine-producing haciendas in Coahuila, Mexico. During the 16th century, the wine production was extended by the Jesuits to other parts of southern America like Argentina, Peru and Chile; by the 18th century it had extended to Baja California and parts of western United States.

The first vineyard in the peninsula was planted by Father Ugarte a few years after the Nuestra Señora de Loreto Concha mission was established in 1697 in the town of Loreto in Southern Baja. In 1888, on what was the Dominican Mission of Santo Tomas, Francisco Andonegul and Miguel Ormart started the vineyards and wineries of Santo Tomas still in operation today, making this the oldest continuously operating wine producer in Northen Baja. Around 1904 Russian molokan immigrants and their families opposing the war, fled Russia to avoid being recruited by the Czarist armies, originally settling in the Los Angeles area, they soon ended up in Guadalupe Valley, where they purchased land to cultivate their grape cuttings, along with oats, grasses, wheat and barley brought over from Europe. These Russian farmers where the first to bring wine production to a large scale within the valley; the Bibayoff winery, established in 1970 is owned by descendants of that group of immigrants continuing with the family tradition that started in the 1930’s; this winery along with Casa Domecq, established in 1972; followed by L.A. Cetto in 1974 marked the growth of the valleys into what they are today.

If you have ever requested wine with your meal while visiting Baja, chances are that you have tasted some of these wines, in case you haven’t and are unsure to make the trip, there is a closer starting point, L.A. Cetto has a facility close to downtown Tijuana, where they offer free tours of the cellars and sampling starting at 2 dollars; several cultural activities such as concerts, and plays are presented in their venue, also available for your social or business events.

Discovering the Charm and Beauty of Prague

Having emerged as one of Europe’s greatest destinations, Prague is attracting many visitors to its charming streets and interesting atmosphere each year.

Chock full of cathedrals, museums, church domes and bridges, the architecture in Prague is thought to be some of the best found in Europe, and it’s not hard to see why. The city has become a very popular destination in Central Europe, thanks to its wide range of activities and attractions.

In fact, the city centre of Prague has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is now home to around 1.2 million people. The city is also largely considered a ‘walkable’ destination, where visitors don’t have to rely too much on other forms of transportation. But as there is so much to see and do in Prague, visitors may want to take a longer stop in the city than originally planned. One of the most popular sites is Prague Castle, which rises above the city and is considered one of the biggest ancient castles in the world.

The city is divided into an Old Town and New Town, with plenty of interesting attractions on each side. The Old Town boasts a number of historic buildings including the Astronomical Clock, the Town Hall and the old Estate Theatre. The New Town is home to Wenceslas Square, which is a centre for many shops, stalls and restaurants. What’s more, the National Museum, parks and arcades can also be found on the New Town side of Prague.

Charles Bridge is also a draw in the city, as it stretches across the river and is considered one of Prague’s most beautiful attractions. The bridge is very busy during the day, where visitors can find tradesman and entertainment.

Those looking for a museum to learn more about the history of Prague and the Czech Republic won’t be disappointed: the Czech National Museum, Prague City Gallery and Czech Museum of Fine Arts are all located in Prague. And, if you are looking for something a little bit different then there are night boat tours, jazz theatres and performances to enjoy.

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