Archive for January, 2015

Ronald Draper The Renaissance Man
January 22, 2015



Hiiii splashy readers it is Entrepreneur Thursday and today we are aiming the spotlight towards an amazing and talented Ron Draper. His work inspires, creates conversational pieces and has a story to learn from. You have to admire someone who is self taught, motivated and pushes the envelope to improve their craft. His perspective on each piece that he creates is a liaison for expressing yourself through art when words fail, or visualizing a thought you once had.

The process of Ron’s customizing personal artwork is amazing. It is easy for someone to say yes I am an artist and they give you what you ask for. On the other hand we have Ron who pulls inspiration, insight and background from the client so he feels as if he is knowledgeable about the story to convey it. He also caters to the vision of your customized piece by building it according to the decor of ypur home. I applaud him and wish him success many times over because he is such a great individual with a gift that everyone should admire, purchase and appreciate.

Find out what makes Ron so passionate about his art, vision and life below:

Chanel Speedy: As an artist, what matters the most to you?

Ron Draper: The joy of taking what is inside of me and creating something that resonates with people on one level or another. Working without the need to compromise my art for any reason, and having people respect me for it is probably the most important thing overall.

CS: Define the style your creative outlet exemplifies? How does your personal style of fashion influence your creativity?

RD: That’s a good question. I’m not really sure what style it exemplifies, but I know that it’s MY style. To know Ronald Alexander Draper is to know that he embraces the positive possibilities. I can’t say that my sense of fashion influences my creativity, but I will say that the place that my fashion sense comes from also gave birth to my artistic creativity.


CS: How long have you been using elements of lighting, props and delivering a connection within your artwork? Explain your favorite part of completing a piece?

RD: Light is relatively new, it was something that I played around with a few years ago and it just popped back up at the right time. As far as the connection, that is and will FOREVER be my mission. My work is made to connect with people, surely for the person that it is created for. My work is meant to tell my client’s story through my artistic mind. The best part of the process is revealing it to the owner. I am always nervous when they are seeing it for the first time, because you never know how they will react. Fortunately, I’ve had nothing but great reactions to my work.There’s nothing like watching a client react to how you have decided to tell their story.


CS: What do you believe to be your greatest piece is thus far? Explain.

RD: I have no idea. I feel as if I pick a new favorite every other week. I can give you 25 different answers for 25 different reasons. Let’s just say that my body of work speaks as a collective piece, since they are all a part of the same mission.



CS: On average, how long does it take you to complete a design?

RD: Depending on the materials used, the size, and the story behind, it can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks for finish a piece of art. Sometimes things change, new ideas come along, so the piece that I started 3 days in may not be the same piece that I finished.

For more information on Ronald A. Draper and how to inquire about customized art pieces contact him at
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View his work on Instagram: @ronalddraper_ART
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The Village Voice Choice Eats 8th Annual tasting event
January 20, 2015


The Village Voice announces its second round of restaurants for the eighth annual Choice Eats tasting event on Friday, March 13th (tickets on sale tomorrow at noon).The 7 new restaurants announced today include: Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Queens Kickshaw, and Robicelli’s.

These restaurants will join the previously announced 18 participants: 2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Awadh, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Butter & Scotch, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, MAX, No. 7, The NoMad, Spicy Pot, Thai Rock, Tuome and many more to be announced.

The event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00PM – 10:00PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

This year’s Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($65), Early Entry Preview tickets ($85) and VIP tickets ($99) – all of which are on sale now. The Voice will also offer ticket buyers access to a limited number of Choice Eats/Choice Streets combo tickets for an additional 10% off savings. GA combo tickets ($115) are available until supplies last and will offer guests tickets to Choice Eats as well as the 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck event at The Intrepid on May 5th with a sampling of 20+ of NYC’s more popular food trucks.

All Choice Eats guests will be able to enjoy unlimited sampling of the best dishes from 50+ restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Village Voice along with desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. The Early Entry Preview ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping, along with the ability to skip the line and beat the crowd. The VIPticket will grant guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP room and an exclusive VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit:

Choice Eats will be accepting volunteer applications until February 27th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice’s 4th annual “Choice Streets” food truck tasting event on May 5th. To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here:

This year marks the 7th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with. Sponsors of the 2015 Choice Eats event include: Whole Foods Market, Califia Farms and Asahi Beer.

The Village Voice’s 8th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event
DATE: Friday, March 13th 2015
VENUE: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St, Manhattan, NY
TICKETS: On sale tomorrow, here:
General Admission Ticket – $65 | Early Entry Preview Ticket – $85 | VIP Ticket – $99
TIME: VIP Hour: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Early Entry Preview: 6:30PM – 7:00PM
General Admission: 7:00PM – 10:00PM

For the latest on “Choice Eats” please have a taste here:

About Village Voice Events:

The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as the Choice Eats, Obies Awards, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Holiday Spirits, Brooklyn Pour, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides. The Voice is New York’s most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online. For more information on the Voice or its events, please visit us online at http://www.villagevoice.com

We are now accepting Press Applications for Choice Eats 2015. Press interested in receiving press credentials should fill out this form and will receive a response closer to the event:

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