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Laura Kranz – Idea generation, surreal art, questioning normal

About Laura Kranz

Laura Kranz is a talented artist who has meticulously organized and archived all of her artwork by the year it was created. From 2008 and earlier to the present, she has compiled a vast collection of diverse and thought-provoking pieces that showcase her growth and development as an artist over the years.

Starting in 2009, Laura began applying more discipline to her art-making, transitioning from loose concept sketches to completed works on standard paper sizes. During this time, she also started experimenting with different mediums such as pen and ink, resulting in a wide range of unique and intricate designs.

As Laura continued to hone her craft, she entered a period of intense creativity in 2010, exploring various forms of expression through different mediums. This exploration led to the creation of some of her darkest but also most exceptional pieces, born out of a need to process the stresses of that particular year.

In 2011, Laura started refining her experimentation into cohesive series, including the Organic Forms series and several collections inspired by various texts. Her work became increasingly sophisticated and nuanced, reflecting her growing skill and confidence as an artist.

By 2012, Laura’s art had become a vital tool for processing complex emotions, resulting in a body of work that is both powerful and evocative. Despite the challenging circumstances surrounding its creation, much of her best work emerged from this difficult year.

From 2013 to 2015, Laura continued to produce stunning and innovative pieces while working on various projects and challenges. She remained committed to pushing the boundaries of her artistic abilities and exploring new themes and ideas.

Today, Laura’s archive serves as a comprehensive record of her journey as an artist, documenting every step of her creative evolution. Whether you prefer her early works or her latest creations, there is no denying the profound impact and influence that Laura’s art has had on those who have encountered it.

The Vein Patterns of Leaves (art series)

Leaves are often appreciated for their vibrant colors and overall shape, but have you ever taken a closer look at their vein patterns? If not, you’re missing out on some amazing natural designs. In fact, there are only nine basic types of vein patterns found in leaves! I’ve created a stunning chalk and charcoal drawing series called “The Vein Patterns of Leaves,” showcasing each of these patterns. Let’s delve into the beauty and complexity of these leaf structures.

Gallery of Leaf Vein Patterns

Here’s a quick rundown of the nine vein patterns, complete with visual examples:

  1. Arcuate Venation: Arcuate veins curve outward from the central vein, forming concentric arcs. This type of venation is typically found in dicots and is commonly accompanied by reticulate veins.

Learn more about the Arcuate Venation drawing.

  1. Dichotomous Venation: Dichotomous veins branch evenly into pairs, creating a fan-like structure without any primary veins. Ginkgo biloba leaves exhibit this unique pattern.

Learn more about the Dichotomous Venation drawing.

  1. Longitudinal Venation: Longitudinal veins run up and down the length of the leaf, sometimes interconnected by transverse veins. This pattern is common among various plant species.

Learn more about the Longitudinal Venation example.

  1. Palmate Venation: Palmate veins radiate outward from a single point, resembling fingers extending from the palm of a hand. Maple leaves are a great example of palmate venation.

Learn more about Palmate Venation.

  1. Parallel Venation: Parallel veins run alongside one another from base to tip, usually associated with monocot plants like grass, lilies, tulips, and some orchids.

Learn more about the Parallel Venation vein pattern.

  1. Pinnate Venation: Pinnate veins flare outward in a parallel formation from the central rib. Between the main pinnate veins are usually reticulated veins connecting them.

Learn more about pinnate vein patterns.

  1. Reticulated Venation: Reticulated veins create a web-like pattern seen in most leaves, often accompanying other types of venation such as pinnate, arcuate, rotate, transverse, palmate, and even some longitudinal veins.

Find out more about the Reticulated Venation drawing.

  1. Rotate Venation: Rotate veins extend outward from a location within the leaf, differing from palmate venation where veins originate at the edge of the leaf.

Check out more about Rotate Venation.

  1. Transverse Venation: Transverse veins connect large veins, creating cross-shaped structures also known as “cross veins” or “cross venulate.”

Learn more about Transverse Venation.

Bonus: Leaf Vein Art Remixed

As an added bonus, I’ve used Joe Cavazos’ Photoshop plugin, REMIXER, to create album-cover-style versions of each vein pattern. Take a look through these unique interpretations!

Explore the beauty and complexity of leaf vein patterns in this captivating chalk and charcoal drawing series, “The Vein Patterns of Leaves.” Discover how various plants utilize these intricate designs for essential functions like photosynthesis and water transportation. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply appreciate stunning visual art, this collection is sure to leave you inspired by the wonders found within the natural world.

Drawing idea: half face

The “half face” drawing is part of a series of art challenges and drawing ideas I made for creative people. Each one includes a framework: the medium of the drawing, the subject matter of the drawing, and some example drawings from me and others who have tried it out.

For this drawing idea, let’s start by talking medium.

Medium of the drawing

For this drawing idea, just use a simple #2 pencil (or whatever kind of pencil you have on hand) and any type of white paper.

I chopped a piece of sketch paper down to 5″ x 7″—about the size of a greeting card—too keep it from getting too overwhelming. In my experience, sometimes it’s nice to work with less space when using a medium that lends itself to fine detail, like a pencil.

Subject matter

You’ll be drawing a portrait of someone that you know, but here’s the catch: the drawing can’t include more than half of that person’s face. It could be the top half, bottom half, one side of the face … that’s up to each artist. You could even choose just  a sliver of the face—whatever seems most interesting to draw. But you can’t exceed half.

Examples of this drawing idea

In my drawing, I looked at a photo of the upper half of Jeffrey Kranz‘s face, and tried to get very detailed in my execution. I zoomed in to the eyes and bridge of the nose.

National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development

About National Center

The National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development is a collaboration between the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. As a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the National Center works alongside NCTSN committees, developers of evidence-based trauma treatment methods, schools of social work, and community providers. This center aims to address the critical need for high-quality trauma education among current and future social workers.

Co-Directed by Dr. Virginia Strand and Dr. Robert Abramovitz, the National Center boasts a team of experienced professionals with expertise in social work, psychiatry, research, education, and training. Both directors have made significant contributions to the field of traumatic stress studies and continue to advocate for improved trauma education.

The National Center employs several accomplished faculty members and staff, including Laura Katz, the Project Director; Dr. Marciana Popescu, the Director of Evaluation; Dr. Susan Hansen, Faculty Associate; Dr. Rachelle Kammer, Faculty Associate; Dr. Howard Robinson, Faculty Associate; Dr. Lyn Slater, Faculty Associate; Sean M. Richards, Evaluation Research Assistant; Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Communications and Research Assistant; Loriane Merone, Administrative Assistant; and Mireille Fauteux, Project Assistant. Each of these individuals brings unique skills and experiences to the table, ensuring that the National Center remains at the forefront of trauma education and workforce development.

The National Center offers numerous programs and resources designed to enhance trauma education for social workers. These initiatives include:

  1. Core Concepts Training Sessions: Led by Dr. Susan Hansen and other faculty associates, these sessions provide mental health professionals with comprehensive training on core concepts related to trauma treatment for children and adolescents.
  2. Learning Collaboratives: Under the guidance of Dr. Rachelle Kammer and Dr. Lyn Slater, these collaboratives facilitate discussions around best practices in trauma treatment and child welfare practice adaptation.
  3. Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice: Spearheaded by Dr. Lyn Slater, this initiative focuses on adapting original trauma treatment courses for child welfare audiences, promoting effective interdisciplinary collaboration to reduce child trauma in cases of abuse and neglect.
  4. Evaluation Research: Led by Dr. Marciana Popescu, evaluation research efforts focus on the effectiveness of federal funding in building organizational and community capacity, particularly in relation to intimate partner violence and women’s legal status.

Both the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College share missions dedicated to cultural diversity, human rights, social and economic justice, and promoting and enhancing human and community well-being. In line with these values, the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development continues its crucial work in addressing trauma and fostering a new generation of socially responsible and informed social workers.


Vision:  Transformed social work trauma education and enhanced and sustained trauma treatment services

Mission: To prepare the current and next generation of social workers for trauma informed and evidence-based practice

  • Enhance capacity to provide high quality evidence-based trauma treatment
  • Expand opportunities for collaborative application of trauma informed practices in schools of social work, community agencies, and consumer and professional networks

Our Work

The National Center fulfills its mission by building the capacity of:

  • Schools of social work to provide trauma-informed, evidence-based, child, adolescent, and family trauma treatment education and training;
  • Social work students to become trauma-informed, evidence-based, culturally sensitive practitioners;
  • Community agencies to provide trauma-informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment; and
  • Field instructors to supervise students in delivering trauma-informed services and evidence-based trauma treatments.

Town House of Pizza – Authentic Italian | Needham, MA

About Town House of Pizza

Welcome to Town House Pizza, where we serve the renowned “Pizza of the Year” that will leave you craving more. Our cheesy and delicious pizzas have earned us a loyal fanbase and numerous awards, making us the go-to place for pizza lovers.

At Town House Pizza, we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy great-tasting food, which is why we offer a variety of gluten-free and low-fat options that are just as delicious as our regular menu items. We pride ourselves on using only fresh and high-quality ingredients, so you can be assured that everything you order from us tastes amazing.

We understand that life can get busy, and sometimes you need to grab your food and go. That’s why we offer takeout services, allowing you to enjoy our delicious pizzas at your own convenience. If you’re planning a big gathering, we also provide catering services, ensuring that your guests are well-fed and satisfied.

Our pizzeria prioritizes comfort, and we invite you to come as you are. Whether you’re dressed casually or formally, you’ll always feel welcome at Town House Pizza. We offer ample street parking and bike parking options, making it easy for you to reach us however you prefer.

With rave reviews and top-notch ratings, Town House Pizza has become a local favorite among pizza enthusiasts. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as a trusted and reliable pizzeria. So if you’re looking for a pizza that’s truly out of this world, look no further than Town House Pizza. Give us a call or stop by today!

Classic and Specialty Pies At Awesome Prices

Go traditional, extra saucy, extra cheese or enjoy fresh toppings and meats at Town House of Pizza!

Choose from our menu below and call to order! Your pie will be fresh quickly, so you can dine in or carry out for lunch or dinner in no time.


  • Plain: $7.25 (regular), $9.25 (large)
  • Double Cheese: $11.95 (large)
  • Slice Cheese: $3.00
  • Slice Pepperoni / Sausage: $3.25
  • Always-fresh ingredients! We use only the finest sauce. Pies are baked to order.
  • Great pizza, great service. These guys are true professionals. We go there a lot. – James D.


Onion • Pepper • Broccoli • Spinach Mushroom • Black Olives • Eggplant Salami • Anchovies / Ham / [Pepperoni](http://Pepperoni) Meatball • Sausage • Bacon • Hamburg Pineapple • Garlic • Tomato and Basil • Riccota Cheese

  • Grilled Chicken: +$0.75 (1-Way Topping), +$1.65 (2-Way Toppings), +$2.25 (3-Way Toppings), +$3.00 (4-Way Toppings)

Specialty Pizzas:

  • Ultimate Philly Cheese Steak: Our blend of 4 cheese, steak, mushrooms, peppers, onions
  • Super Hawaiian: Extra lean imported ham, smoked bacon, pineapple, roasted peppers
  • Italian Cold Cuts: Imported ham, salami, pepperoni, mortadella
  • Chicken Club Ranch: Marinated grilled chicken, wood-smoked bacon, ranch dressing, our 4-cheese blend
  • Gyro: Beef & lamb gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions, French fries
  • Buffalo Chicken: Tender grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, jalapenos, our 4-cheese blend
  • Chicken Broccoli and Bacon Alfredo: Home-made alfredo sauce, marinated grilled chicken, broccoli florets
  • Chicken Kabob: Marinated grilled chicken, fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers


  • Super Steak: Shaved steak grilled with mushrooms, onions, peppers and our 4-cheese blend
  • Italian: Imported lean ham, mortadella, cooked salami, genoa salami, pepperoni, our 4-cheese blend
  • Fried Chicken and Eggplant: Marinated fried chicken, fried eggplant, marinara sauce, our 4-cheese blend
  • Create Your Own Calzone

Mediterranean Menu:

  • Mediterranean: Fresh garlic, feta cheese, spinach, our blend of kalamata green & black olives, 4-cheese blend
  • All White: 2 types of cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, American, feta cheese
  • Mykonos: Marinated grilled chicken, feta cheese, spinach
  • Super Veggie: Mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, fried eggplant
  • Super Special: Pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon, mushrooms, onions, peppers
  • Meat Lovers: Pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, salami, bacon, ham
  • Southwestern: Marinated grilled chicken, jalapenos, roasted peppers, ranch dressing
  • BBQ Chicken: Marinated chicken, green peppers, onions, bbq
  • Fried Chicken & Eggplant Parmesan
  • Santorini: Marinated grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, feta cheese
  • House Favorite: Sliced sausage, bacon, hamburger 4-cheese blend
  • Spanakopita: Our Greek spinach pie filling topped with feta cheese
  • Small: $10.75, Large: $17.50
  • Spanakopita: Our Greek spinach pie filling in a flaky home-made phyllo dough, feta cheese, 4-cheese blend
  • Super Veggie: Mushrooms, spinach, broccoli florets, onions, roasted peppers, grilled with olive oil, seasoned with salt & pepper, oregano, garlic, spices & 4-cheese blend
  • Meatballs & Sausage: Our home-made meatballs & sausages topped with marinara sauce & 4-cheese blend
  • Gyro: Our beef-lamb & chicken gyro meal with onions, diced tomatoes topped with our home-made tzatziki sauce
  • Meat Lovers: Hamburger, pepperoni, sausage, ham, salami, bacon, our 4-cheese blend
  • BBQ Cheeseburger: Angus hamburger meat with bacon, onions in a BBQ sauce with our 4-cheese blend
  • Grecian: Marinated grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, our 4-cheese blend with our home-made tzatziki sauce on the side
  • Chicken Santorini: Marinated grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers sautéed in olive oil and topped with our 4-cheese blend
  • Pastrami: Extra lean cured pastrami, grilled onions, our 4-cheese blend and choice of honey, spicy or yellow mustard for dipping
  • Chicken Ricotta: Grilled chicken, roasted peppers, ricotta and our 4-cheese blend
  • Small: $10.50, Large: $16.50
  • Special Slice: $3.75

All prices subject to change without notice. MA meal tax 7%. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness. Need to order for a lot of people? Check out our Catering Menu.


Noctium is a Coventry-based theatre company formed by graduates of Coventry University. With backing from Coventry University, the European Regional Development fund, the Belgrade Theatre and Arts Council England, Noctium has worked tirelessly in developing its company, its shows and the skills of its collaborators.

The company relies on the talents of its performers, drawing them together to form its work. Through their wide and varied experiences Noctium’s artists bring a rich artistic knowledge to each project.


Noctium at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A Month to Remember

Greetings, dear readers! Charles here, bringing you another exciting blog post about Noctium’s recent adventures. This time, we’re taking a look back at our memorable journey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which took place throughout August. Prepare yourselves for an exhilarating ride filled with captivating shows, rain, deep-fried Mars Bars, and, of course, extraordinary theater.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A Coventry Takeover

For those unfamiliar with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, picture this: a month-long celebration of arts and culture, featuring thousands of performances across various genres. This year, Noctium was proud to be part of a strong Coventry contingent, joining forces with Strictly Arts, Susie Sillett, Jen Davis, and Paul O’Donnell—all of whom helped put Coventry on the map as the City of Culture for 2021. Being surrounded by such incredible talent made us feel right at home in a city we had never truly experienced before.

Podcast Palooza

During our stay, we documented our experiences by conducting numerous podcasts with a diverse range of artists, discussing their Fringe journeys. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ellie, Sarah, Medea, Holly, Ted, Marlien, Jordan, Rob, Dan, Jen, Suzannah, Corey, and Pip for sharing their stories with us. You can revisit these enlightening conversations here.

Thank You!

We owe a debt of gratitude to the wonderful staff at C Aquila Venue for making us feel welcome during our Fringe adventure. Additionally, we would like to thank the reviewers, donors, audience members, and tweeters for their support. None of what we achieved would have been possible without each and every one of you!

Standout Shows

With over 3,500 shows to choose from, finding the perfect fit can be daunting. Here, Connor, Jessie, and myself share our top picks:

  • Connor: The Pianodrome by Sound Mirror – “A plethora of discarded pianos transformed into a unique amphitheater… My best moment of the Fringe.”
  • Jessie: Ladykiller by The Thelmas and Garry Starr Performs Everything – “Two outstanding one-person shows that stood out among the masses.”
  • Charles: (sorry) by Susie Sillett – “(sorry) beautifully encapsulates the struggles of mid-twenty-something millennials, providing a voice for a frequently misunderstood generation.”

That’s a wrap, Nocta-nauts! Our time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was nothing short of magical, thanks to the fantastic people we met and the remarkable artistry we witnessed. Until next time, keep exploring, questioning, and enjoying the wonders of theatre.