Armory Art Center Offers Dennis Aufiery Retrospective, “Chasing The Sun”

The Armory Art Center will present a Retrospective Exhibition of Dennis Aufiery’s artwork.  “Chasing The Sun” celebrates the range of work created throughout Dennis’ life.  As a community, this is a touching tribute to an artist, teacher and friend to so many.  The Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, December 10th.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dennis received his Master of Finer Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Alfred Leslie, Rackstraw Downs, Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Buchardt, among a number of New York artists influenced by Abstract Painting. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Dennis’ exhibition history includes The Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Harn Museum of Art, The Portland Museum of Art, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Museum of Florida Art, The Elliott Museum and the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. Dennis’ exhibits in New York include Leo Castelli Gallery, The Bowery Gallery, and presently The First Street Gallery. Dennis received numerous awards for his paintings including the Josef Albers Fellowship to the Skowhegan School, and Thomas Eakins prize from the Pennsylvania Academy. Dennis taught at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach until his death in July, 2015. 

 

 

About the Armory:

Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information about this event, classes, workshops and exhibits:

armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

 

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“Men And Women Inspired” At Artisans On The Ave Showcases Internationally And Nationally Acclaimed Artists Who Call Palm Beach County “Home”

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring “Men and Women Inspired”. These artists are always creating art for wonderful gifts and for the home!  Everyone is invited to the Free Opening Reception on December 16th, offering a chance to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments as you find the perfect gifts for yourself and loved ones.  The artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are exceptional in their art work.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300

 

 

 

 

 

“Men And Women Inspired”

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 16, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth, FL

(Photo courtesy of Durga Garcia)

 

 

 

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring the Men and Women artists who are creating art for wonderful personal gifts and functional art for the home! Using their strength and talents in a variety of ways, the artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are exceptional in their art work. Each has discovered the arts in a personal way in their life, sharing exciting creations with everyone. Please join us in celebrating these talented artists as they show us their art, in their own medium, and their finished one of a kind pieces!

 

 

 

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Internationally and Nationally Acclaimed Artists Make Their Home Here

(Photo Courtesy of Durga Garcia)

 

When you give a handmade piece of art to friends and loved ones created by local artists, you are also giving a gift to the artist with your purchase. Supporting local artists helps keep money in your own community!!

 

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(Photo Courtesy of Durga Garcia)

 

 

When you visit the 3 showrooms within the gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the gallery features.

 

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(Photo Courtesy of Durga Garcia)

Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!

For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call:

Artisans On The Ave
Owners: Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro
561-762-8162  or  561-582-3300
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Features Pat Weaver’s Watercolor Demonstration In December And More Workshops to Come in 2017

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society welcomes everyone to their next meeting on Thursday evening, December 8th as Pat Weaver demonstrates her watercolor techniques, following her PBWS workshop on Dec. 6th, 7th and 8th.  These monthly meetings start off with door and raffle prizes, refreshments, an opportunity to network and to socialize while enjoying the art.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this meeting as well as upcoming Workshops, which are open to non-members.  This is another artist networking organization, where artists can meet each other and art patrons can get to know the artists!

 

 

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PALM  BEACH  WATERCOLOR  SOCIETY

 

MEETING

FEATURING:

PAT  WEAVER

Thursday, December 8

5:30 pm Doors Open

6:30 pm  Meeting Begins

7:00 pm Demonstration

Boca Raton Community Center

50 Crawford Blvd.  Boca Raton, FL.

Just off Palmetto Park Road at Boca Raton Blvd.

 

 

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Watercolor by Pat Weaver

Demos will be given by the listed artists, often those who have given a workshop.

See some of their work below!

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

Dec 6,7,8, 2016: Pat Weaver watercolor
Jan 12, 2017: Jane Slivka acrylic
Jan 26, 27, 2017 Kitty Burri watercolor on prepared paper
Feb 9, 2017: David Daniels
March 9, 2017: Marilyn Liedman

 

 

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Watercolor by Kitty Burri

 

Kitty Burri, Watercolor
Thurs-Fri Jan. 26-27, Boca Raton Community Center
$160. members, 200. non members
Kitty aims to acquaint you with painting on a liftable watercolor surface, eliminating the fear of making an irreversible mistake. The first day will cover preparing the paper and some drawing considerations she uses in her painting, The second day each participant will be guided to achieve her painting goals working on their individual paintings from drawings they have prepared.

 

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Watercolors by Jane Slivka

Jane Slivka, Acrylic
Jan. 10,11,12, 2017 – Tues, Wed, Thurs.
$320. members, 350. non-members

 

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Watercolors by David Daniels

 

David Daniels, Watercolor
Feb. 6,7,8,9, 2017 – Mon. thru Thurs.
$410. members, 440. non-member

 

 

To Register for a Workshop:

To sign up for the above workshops please mail a $100.00 deposit check for each workshop, made out to Palm Beach Watercolor Society, to:

Jimmy Walker
6442 Emerald Breeze Way,   Boynton Beach, FL 33437

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MEMBERSHIP PRICE – $40.00 a year
BENEFITS – Members can exhibit their art in our shows and get workshop discounts.
Contact: Adrienne Walker 516-885-4199, to use your Credit Card

 

 

 

For more information:

palmbeachwatercolorsociety.org

 

 

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National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Invites You To “Crossing Boundaries” Exhibition

The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) knows a lot about crossing boundaries. As the oldest professional women’s fine arts group in the nation, established in 1889 to empower, support and encourage women artists, breaking down barriers was and remains the name of the game.  “Crossing Boundaries” unites NAWA National and NAWA Florida Chapter with a multi media juried exhibition.  The Free, Public Opening Reception takes place on Friday, December 9th at the Armory Art Center.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  In addition to this excellent exhibition, NAWA’s 6” x 6” Scholarship Fundraiser is being held ONLY at the Opening Reception.

 

 

 

 

 

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National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA)
Our history is our Future…Be a part of it!

 

 

 

NAWA    PRESENTS:

“CROSSING BOUNDARIES”

A Multimedia Juried Exhibition with Awards
Uniting NAWA National and NAWA Florida Chapter

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 9, 2016

6-8 pm  

Exhibit Runs Dec. 9 -29, 2016

 

At The:

 

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1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

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Lore Baer “Orbiting”

 

 

Early groundbreakers like Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and later, Louise Nevelson, Alice Neel and Judy Chicago were just some of the notables that wouldn’t accept exclusion from the male-dominated world of art and art makers. As the first regional chapter in the country, the Florida Chapter is joining forces with the National association in an exciting new juried exhibit at the Armory Art Center, Montgomery Hall, 1700 Park Avenue, in West Palm Beach, December 10th through the 29th. A reception will be held on Friday, December 9, from 6-8 pm, and Awards will be given (First Prize $100, Second Prize $75, Third Prize $50 and two Honorable Mentions $25 each).

 

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Kathryn Posh  “Mountain Dream”

By showcasing a number of mediums, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, collage and mixed media pieces, the show will be crossing boundaries in its vision and conceptual approach as well. A number of prominent local artists will be exhibiting their works. Among them are Beth Scher, the president of the Florida Chapter, as well as Carol Staub, Grace Fishenfeld, and Janice Cohen, a past president. An added benefit to the public will be an online exhibit available for viewing after the opening reception. Mark your calendars—this promises to be a memorable arts collaboration.

 

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Lee Rabb  “Approaching the Border”,  Acrylic

 

 

In addition to this excellent exhibition, NAWA’s 6” x 6” Scholarship Fundraiser is being held only at the Opening Reception on December 9th, 6 – 8 PM. Artist members and art students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts have created artworks on 6” x 6” canvases, which will go on sale for $50 each. The proceeds will benefit three young women from the 2015 Dreyfoos graduating class with college scholarships.

 

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Arline Reitman  “Eyrie”

 

 

The Florida Chapter of NAWA, established in 1995, was also comprised of exceptional women of vision. Liana Moonie of Palm Beach, a past president of the National organization and Madeline Weiss, the first president of the Florida Chapter set a high standard. Both groups, National and Florida, share the same vision. And those wishing to become part of the Florida Chapter’s continuing work must first be juried into the National organization headquartered in New York City.

 

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Caroll Atanision  “Shadows in St. Petersburg”

 

 

 

ABOUT  NAWA:

 

NAWA welcomes applications from professional women artists as well as emerging and student artists who are U.S. citizens and/or permanent U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older.

To learn more about this prestigious organization visit:

www.thenawa.org

 For more information about the Florida chapter, visitors are encouraged to go to www.nawafl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artists Judith And Jack Rosenberg Combine Art And Philanthropy With Public Reception And Exhibit

Artists Judith and Jack Rosenberg are bringing together two of their passions: philanthropy and art. On Monday, December 5th they will present a collection of their images – painting and photography. A Public, free  dessert and wine reception will be held at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. All proceeds will benefit the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a non-denominational charity, of which they have been leaders for decades. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

JUDITH AND JACK ROSENBERG

Present:

“ART  AND  PHILANTHROPY”

 

 

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Public dessert & wine reception

Monday, December 5th

7 – 9 pm

No RSVP necessary, no entry fee, free parking, open to the public

Mandel JCC

5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

 

Exhibition Runs from Dec.5 through Dec.30

For more information please contact Carolyn Yasuna   561-762-9707

Jewish Family & Children’s Service for this event:
http://www.jfcsonline.com/rosenberg-art-gala

 

 

 

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“Quartet” by Judith Rosenberg

 

 

Judith shares, “Painting and the creation of art are a great source of physical and intellectual pleasure.  Since retiring from Judith Jack, Inc., the jewelry design firm my husband, Jack and I founded, I’ve had the luxury of time to devote to a life-long love, the creation of art. Portraying women in all their diversity and drama is one of my inspirations. A merger of my original acrylic paintings and my latest interest – photography, is my newest body of work. My published writings on the subjects of historical fashion and jewelry, and the research necessary to be factual, have inspired me to portray women – bold, daring, playful or conservative – who so creatively present themselves to the world. Literature fashion, museums, architecture and nature have been influences as well”.

 

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“Manhattan Style” by Judith Rosenberg

 

 

Judith’s  recent interest has led her to incorporate photography into her paintings. “I’ve recently designed a series of “Women of the Flowers.” A sequence of steps is performed to achieve what I hope are distinctive results: I paint in acrylics, photograph the image then using the computer, alter colors, change backgrounds -just keep designing . I work on these paintings until my head and my heart say, “Enough!” They are then printed on an aluminum sheet. This media method offers drama, elegance and quality that sets them apart from any other process – complete, unique and without the need for framing, ready to adorn your home!  There are endless uses for the various mediums and tools that are available for artistic expression. I hope that the observer truly enjoys the marrying of media and the many aspects of beauty I have chosen in creating my art”.

 

 

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“Three martinis” by Jack Rosenberg

 

 

 

 

After graduating from Brooklyn College, Jack worked as a microbiologist and then as a medical supply salesman to doctors and hospitals. He tells us, “My growing interest in antique jewelry led me to become, along with my wife, Judith, co-founder and CEO of Judith Jack, Inc., a jewelry design firm with international sales. Together with the design staff, I took pleasure in putting my own ideas into play. After selling the business and retiring, my artistic side flowered. Charcoals, drawing, painting and sculpting became part of my ever-expressing means of creativity. My awareness of shapes, colors, textures and forms in their splendor impelled me to continue to investigate a variety of methods and materials”.

 

 

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“Enchanting” by Jack Rosenberg

 

 

 

 

You can hear the excitement in Jack’s voice as he shares, “Then I discovered photography! I’d found my true love! Looking through a lens helps me see and appreciate the world around me in a new and exciting manner and shuts out everything except what I see in the lens. It’s the perfect medium for me. It permits me to fully and continuously express my artistic vision and share my passion with others.  My fundamental belief is that everything in our physical surroundings can become the subject of a meaningful photograph. I try to capture and express the essence of what I see through my lens. I relish humanizing inanimate objects and creating scenes from unexpected sources.  Every photograph tells a unique story – real or imagined – and, hopefully evokes thought and pleasure in the viewer’s mind.  The photographs here reflect my ongoing labor and explorations, allowing me to share my artistic sensibilities and pleasure with a wider audience. I truly hope they are enjoyed”!

 

 

 

 

For more information about Judith’s and Jack’s artwork:

Judith’s website: www.judithimages.com
Jack’s website: www.jackrimages.com

 

 

For more information about Jewish Family & Children’s Service:
http://www.jfcsonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center Celebrates 1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival On December 2nd And 3rd

The 1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival at the Armory Art Center presented by PNC Arts Alive is a Must-Attend Event on December 3rd and 4th.  It will feature local and out-of-town artists showing and selling fine art and fine crafts, lots of live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for all ages. This Rickie Report shares the details so you don’t miss any of the action!

 

 

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue     W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

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1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival

 

Saturday, December 3

Sunday, December 4

10 am – 5 pm

 

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

Armory Art Center Campus

Parking: Dreyfoos School of the Arts/Shuttle provided www.westpalmbeachartsfestival.com

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Visit:

WestPalmBeachArtsFestival.com

For the most up-to-date information about the Festival

 

 

 

 

Festival Activities:

Fine Art
Crafts
Jewelry
Ceramics
Kid’s Activities
Food
Entertainment
Demonstrations

 

 

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Orchid City Brass Band

 

 

 

“With 158 artists from around the country applying to this juried festival, the exhibitors chosen offer great variety so the festival can serve a wide-range of tastes from youth to sophisticated art buyers,” said Liza Niles, Chief of Education and Exhibitions at the Armory and Festival judge.   “This is an ideal family weekend to enjoy quality art and music with perfect timing for holiday shopping!” said Armory Executive Director Dr. Tom Pearson.

 

The Festival presents music, demonstrations, and food trucks. Featured performers include the Roaring Kelly Band, Orchid City Brass Band, Psychic Ghost, Les Nuages with Frank Cerabino, and PB State College Jazz Quintet, Quartet, & Sextet. From 5:30-7:00 p.m. Bak Middle School of the Arts will perform their chamber concert and Holiday Gala on Saturday in Montgomery Hall.

 

 

Art demonstrations will be presented and Armory Art School instructors will run a Kid’s Zone for children from ages 5 to 10 to create holiday crafts while their parents are shopping for holiday gifts of unique art. Parking will be available at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a shuttle running to and from the Armory.

 

West Palm Beach Arts Festival T-shirts and a limited edition commemorative poster will be available at the guest services booth.

 

 

“The Armory is proud to be the recipient of the PNC Arts Alive grant. PNC’s commitment  to the arts helps our community to be a cultural destination for tourists and locals alike,” noted Ellen Vaughan, Chief of Development at the Armory Art Center. The generous support of the West Palm Beach Arts Festival by our media sponsors will ensure that this is a well-attended event. Media sponsors include The Palm Beach Post, Legend’s 100.3 FM, Jupiter Magazine, The Palm Beacher, WXEL South Florida PBS, WLRN public radio, and Palms West Monthly. The Armory is also grateful for the ongoing support of Ford Harrison, the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

 

SCHEDULE:

 

Saturday, December 3rd

10:00 Welcome

10:05 Urban Youth Impact

10:30 Palm Beach State College Jazz Quintet

11:00 Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media and Printmaking Demonstration

11:30 Roaring Kelly Band

1:00 Blacksmithing Demonstration and Enamel Demonstration

1:45 Palm Beach State College Jazz Quartet

2:30 Raku and Sandcasting Demonstration

3:00 Psychic Ghost

5:30 Bak MSOA Strings, Band, Piano Chamber Concert

Sunday, December 4th

 

11:00 Les Nuages (“The Clouds”) with Frank Cerabino

11:15 Welding Demonstration and 3-D Printing

11:30 Roaring Kelly Band

1:00 Letter Press Demonstration and Cyanotype Demonstration

2:00 Orchid City Brass Band

2:30 Glass Image Transfer Demonstration and Ceramics: Throwing Large

3:45 Palm Beach State College Sextet

 

 

About PNC Arts Alive

 

Since its debut in 2009, PNC Arts Alive has awarded $13 million in grants to enterprising cultural organizations in Columbus, Ohio, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, communities served by PNC and the PNC Foundation. PNC Arts Alive has supported new exhibitions, art festivals, pop-up theater, music performances, mobile arts vans, family arts programs, and a variety of community arts projects. This award-winning program has earned recognition from Americans for the Arts in New York City along with regional arts organizations. Grant recipients are selected by PNC and a committee composed of officials from arts and community organizations. Applications for the 2017 season will be posted in March. For more information, please visit www.pncartsalive.com

 

 

 

About The Armory Art Center:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

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Armory Art Salon Features Internationally Renown Artist And Teacher, Dorotha Grace Lemeh

ART SALONS at the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach are a gathering place for artists throughout the region. Each month from October to May, Art Salons offer presentations by professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida. Presenters show their work, talk about their influences, and explore the work of artists showing in museums and galleries. Stimulating discussions follow, led by Coordinator, Elle Shorr. The public is invited to “MEANING & METAPHOR: SEEN & UNSEEN NARRATIVES IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN”  with internationally renown artist, Dorotha Grace Lemeh on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

 

 

AT THE ART SALON:

TUESDAY, December 6, 2016

6:30 -8:30 pm

 

 

“MEANING & METAPHOR:

SEEN & UNSEEN NARRATIVES IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN”

PRESENTED BY

DOROTHA GRACE LEMEH

 

 

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER LIBRARY

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.

If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.

Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

 

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“The Gateway” by Dorotha Grace Lemeh ( Photo Courtesy of Elle Schorr)

 

Dorotha Lemeh is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Harriet L. Wilkes honors College (WHC) of Florida Atlantic University (FAU). As a visual artist, Dorotha Lemeh has to her credit over 80 exhibitions. Internationally her works of art have been exhibited in Bulgaria, Beijing & Huairou China, England, Italy, Ireland, Mali, Tlaxacala-Mexico, and Nigeria. Nationally, she continues to participate in exhibitions in New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Texas, Washington D.C., and Washington State.

 

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“Soliloquy – The Wailing Wall” by Dorotha Grace Lemeh (Photo Courtesy of Elle Schorr)

 

 

Her artworks were included in museum exhibitions at the following venues: Florida Museum for Women in the Arts in Deland, Florida, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee, Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey, Arlington Museum of Art in Texas, and Euphrat Museum in California. Reviews of Professor Lemeh’s artwork have appeared in On View Magazine 2013, The International Review of African American Art; Arts & Antiques Magazine; Crossing Boundaries & Frontiers, Bamako, Mali; Gumbo Ya Ya: An Anthology of African American Women Artists by Dr. Leslie King- Hammond; and Painting in Acrylics. Her art images are also included in catalogues Biennale Interazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy 2001 & 1999, International Triennial of Painting: Sofia Bulgaria, Black Women in the Academy II, and Celebrating Visual Traditions II.  Dorotha Lemeh received her Masters of Fine Arts in painting & drawing from The Pennsylvania State University’s School of Visual Arts (SoVA) and her Bachelor’s of Science in Studio Art from The Tennessee State University.

 

 

 

 

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“Visage de Nacre et Masque de Blanche” by Dorotha Grace Lemeh  (Photo courtesy of Elle Schorr)

 

Dorotha Lemeh states “All of my artwork explores the nature of woman in a world filled with paradoxes and contradictions regarding her/our human existence. Visually the structure of female archetypes presented in literature, mythology, and history consequently migrates through the image-laden era of popular culture is examined through both new media and the plastic arts critiqued as part of our collective history.

 

 

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“As I Dreamed It” by Dorotha Grace Lemeh ( Photo courtesy of Elle Schorr)

 

 

“My art contains images of birds, cages, flowers, as well as, umbrellas juxtaposed against and surrounded by the human form. Each form references a system of symbols used in society to construct narratives regarding (an understanding of) our bodies. These stories, depending on how we wish to understand them, either fetter us or free us from the constant onslaught of surveillance”.

 

 

 

 

 

ARMORY ART CENTER:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information visit:

www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33

 

 

ABOUT ART SALONS:

Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists. Elle Schorr, a well known artist / photographer who spends much of her time at museums and art exhibits locally and internationally, has been facilitating the salons, hosted by the Armory Art Center, since 2012. All are welcome to join in these timely explorations of trends in contemporary art and individual artists’ work.

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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Celebrate The Art Of Jen Walls In Newly Published Book, “Blue Wild” At Free Book Signing And Reception

Jen Walls is an artist who inspires so many, with her “take chances” and “try something new” attitude. Jen’s artwork has been influenced by serendipitous meetings of people and we are the beneficiaries of her openness.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Jen’s latest adventure, “Blue Wild – The Art Of Jen Walls”, which marries her artwork with poetry by Mary W. Cox.  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception at ArtServe on December 2nd.  Stop by, get your book signed and immerse yourself in Jen’s world!

 

 

 

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Blue Wild – the Art of Jen Walls

Opening Reception and Book Signing:

Dec 2, 2016

 6 – 8 pm

 

 

Free of charge, refreshments will be served

Exhibit is available from December 2-29, 2016

ArtServe
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-462-8190

 

 

 

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Paper, watercolor, ink
brushes piled in kitchen sink
notebooks stacked some miles high
glue on wings and watch them fly
furrowed brow of concentration
welcome to imajenation.

 

 

 

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Artist, Jen Walls

 

 

How the book came to be…

“I met poet, Mary W. Cox in North Carolina several years ago at a gallery crawl and we just CLICKED. She’s been creating haiku poetry in response to my art ever since.  Tiny, with sparkling eyes and a quick wit, she enchanted me. I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me. And yet our creative spirits called out to each other and then ran off to play together like lifelong friends. I believe this book was born in that first magical meeting when the universe winked at us”.

 

 

 

“We decided that creating a book together would be fun. Wouldn’t you know, a few weeks later I received a marketing email from Susan, a digital storyteller and book designer. After a brief video chat, we decided it was a perfect fit. She handled all the technology and design aspects (i.e.: we told her “oh, I wish it kinda looked like this…” and she made it happen!) and within three weeks we had a sample copy in our hands! They don’t call her the “art godmother” for no reason! Susan is amazing to work with, and she works remotely quite efficiently”.

 

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“Greta and Gus” by Jen Walls

 

 

“Here’s the blue wild,where
tiny dreamers ride beasts, speak
birdsong, hold the moon.”
(by poet Mary W. Cox)

 

 

 

 

The book was compiled by Susan Nicolai of EyeSusan. Susan’s business is digital storytelling for artists, and she specialized in books, ebooks, interactive content and videos.

 

Here’s a link to Youtube where Susan posted a video blog

 

www.EyeSusan.com

 

 

About Jen Walls:

 

Sometimes the road to an artist’s “true north” isn’t a direct or even an obvious one. Jen Walls, has lived life on her own terms and forged a path that has led her to new creative heights.  She left a career as a banking executive to focus on raising a family with her husband, Ron, and to pursue her vision as an artist.   After a friend asked her to attend an art class, Jen experienced her “ah-ha” moment.

 

 

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“Go Fly A Kite” by Jen Walls

 

“The experience was a revelation of sorts,” Jen shares. “It’s amazing what can happen when you start saying ‘yes’ to new options  and step outside of  your comfort zone.”  Jen’s’ mother is a respected traditional watercolor artist but, while her creative influence is apparent, the stylistic approach of the daughter comes from another place entirely.  “What I do could be referred to as ‘outsider art,’” Jen says. “I never preplan and I regularly break the rules. I have complete freedom.”

 

 

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“Chloe And The Reluctant Steed” by Jen Walls

Jen draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including shamanic folklore and primitive cultures. One particular trek to Portland, Oregon presented an opportunity to spend significant time with a person who drastically influenced her.  “I was attending a wedding and found that the groom was an anthropologist,” she said. “He offered to put me in touch with a Native American chief. I was very careful and respectful during our time together and I was able to learn so much about their culture…I was absolutely inspired!”

 

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“Yea and the Magic Blanket” by Jen Walls

Jen, who makes her home in Plantation,FL, believes that it is important to make time for whatever your ‘calling’ may be and to nurture it so that life can be fulfilling and free of many frustrations that can manifest when people neglect their creative urges.  Best known for her ink and watercolor work that incorporates tribal patterns, symbolism and primitive markings, the Jen teaches mark making and doodling via the Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, which offers original fine art from local artists plus workshops.

 

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“Rabbit Malarky” by Jen Walls

Jen is active in the local art scene, promoting her work through art exhibits and pop-up shows. She contributes to a Miami, Florida organization that supports the Center for Great Apes.  The group provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research or who are no longer wanted as pets.

Sources:  Phil Perry, Lincoln-Times News; Jen Wall website; Jen Wall personal interview.

 

We urge you to sign up for Jen’s Facebook page – you will find a smile every time she posts!

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or Jen’s art:

Jen Walls,
Mixed Media Art and Malarkey

Member, Ciel Gallery

www.jenwalls.weebly.com
www.artfinder.com/jen-walls
www.etsy.com/shop/imajenation
twitter.com/jenjovanwalls
instagram.com/jenjovanwalls

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition Features Two Receptions, Meet The Artists And Eco-Fashion Show

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition announces its Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 30th at the historic offices of Dade Heritage Trust.  This exhibit will feature work by leading contemporary artists and photographers focusing on the beauty of endangered species and the threats they face.  The Guest Reception with the Artists takes place on Saturday, December 3rd and includes cocktails, canapés, music and an Eco-Fashion Show.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this premiere art event.  Make your reservations now!

 

 

 

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The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition

 

Featuring work by leading contemporary artists and photographers focusing on the beauty of endangered species and the threats they face.

 

 

Wednesday, November 30th – Saturday, December 3rd
Wednesday – Friday 9am – 9pm
Saturday, 10am – 9pm

 

Opening Reception Wednesday, November 30th 6-9pm
RSVP and questions to Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Scorched Earth” by Prelena Soma Owen. All Rights Reserved
First Prize Photography ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2016

 

 

 

 

At the historic offices of Dade Heritage Trust

190 SE 12th Terrace   Miami, FL 33131

Several parking lots on the block

 

 

 

Guest Reception with the artists
Saturday, December 3rd 7-9pm
Cocktails, Canapés, DJ and Eco-Fashion Show
For tickets contact Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

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Cry Freedom Monkey by Anthony Burks. All Rights Reserved.

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Collosphaera Huxleyi, Müller DMO Trio Red.

Pendant by Sherry Cordova. All Rights Reserved.

Second Prize Wearable Art ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2016

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Early Morning Fog by Phoenix-Spirit Diva. All Rights Reserved.

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Flying Florida Native Sparrow by Agata Ren. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Help a wonderful sanctuary:

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition raises funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) Florida-based sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.

Please visit: www.CenterForGreatApes.org to see why we are supporting this amazing place.  We would like to thank all the artists taking part for donating 30% of the price of their art to the Center for Great Apes.

The Center for Great Apes is solely the beneficiary of the funds from this Contest; it has no role in the organization or management of this contest. The Center for Great Apes cannot be held responsible for any issue relating to this Contest.

Generously sponsored by:

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With thanks to Jeff and Rickie Leiter for their support and encouragement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Cheryl Phan Shares Her “Paint For Children” Initiative, Giving Children Artwork To Smile About

The Rickie Report feels that Thanksgiving Day is a most appropriate time to share Cheryl Phan’s “Paint For Children” initiative.  This new not-for-profit’s mission is to brighten a child’s world with art. Each child chosen for this project is facing challenges, many life threatening.  Painting a favorite character or theme in their room gives them a sense of pride and special comfort. We share the details here and urge our readers to share – their artistic talents, their time to help this organization, and donations.  

 

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Speaking With Cheryl Phan, Initiator of

Paint For Children:

 

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TRR:  What is the mission of Paint for Children?

 

CP:

Our mission is to make a child smile and brighten up their world through art.

 

 

 

TRR: What have you accomplished thus far?

 

CP: 
We have already created a room for a little boy and our second room makeover was for a little girl on November 19, 2016

Click On This Video!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/paintforchildren/videos/?ref=page_internal

 

TRR: How can other artists and volunteers get involved?

 

CP:  

 

We are always looking for talented people to help with our projects. We also welcome anyone that would like to help with set up, clean up, and a handyman that can help with other odds and ends that are sometimes needed.
Volunteers can email me at support@paintforchildren.org

 

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TRR: How do people apply to have their children’s rooms painted?

 

CP:

Anyone can nominate a special needs child for a makeover, just go to our website and there is a nomination page to register.

https://paintforchildren.org/nominate/

 

 

 

TRR: What other partners are you looking for?

CP:

 

We would love to partner with Best Buy, Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Benjamin Moore, to name a few. Our goal is to open chapters across the United States, so partnering with national corporations would have a tremendous impact on our mission!

 

 

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TRR:  If people aren’t able to offer their time, can they make a donation?

 

CP:

 

We appreciate every penny we receive and every hour someone can volunteer! Here are different ways you can reach us:

https://paintforchildren.org/donations/paint-for-children-donation/

PFC: Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/paintforchildren/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/nonprofitpaint

 

 

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TRR: Tell us about your own artwork.

 

CP:
I love painting and creating things; walls, ceilings furniture; you name it I’ll paint it. I started my own faux finishing and decorative painting business 14 years ago called Artzy Fartzy Creations. It has since expanded into repurposing furniture and teaching classes on refinishing out-dated furniture pieces. I also write a monthly blog “Easy Peasy DIY Projects”. People can sign up for on my website: http://artzyfartzycreations.com

 

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TRR: As there anything else you want to share with our readers?

 

CP:

We are always looking for volunteers with or without art experience. The more volunteers we have the more children we can bless. Palm Beach County is our first Chapter. As we grow we will open additional Chapters across the US. At this time, we are scheduled to do a room makeover once a quarter, that’s four per year per chapter. We would love it if we could do one per month, but we can’t do that without volunteers and donations. If you are interested in helping please contact us at support@paintforchildren.org

 

 

 

 Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/paintforchildren/

Website:
https://paintforchildren.org/

 

 

 

 

For more information about Cheryl’s Business:

 
Faux Finishing & Decorative Painting

Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary!

www.artzyfartzycreations.com

Cheryl Phan
561-385-3069

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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