“Elegant Threads: Wearable Art And Surface Design” Featuring Renowned Fiber Artist Mary Fisher, Fashion Show, Suzanne Connors Demo, And More At Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery celebrates the unconventional and avant-garde in the second “Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design” exhibition, Oct. 18 –Nov. 21, 2018. One-of-a-kind wearable art made from test tubes, canvas, rubber bands, mulberry bark, and other non-traditional material rests alongside fine silks, gemstones, hand-woven textiles, as well as 3D printed shoes and accessories. Award-winning artists from around the country come together in a never-before-seen collection of contemporary color, texture, and techniques that are certain to impress the fashion conscious and the most discerning of designers. Mary Fisher, renowned fiber artist, author, and advocate will be featured in the main gallery. The Opening Reception and Artists’ Award Ceremony is Thursday, October 18th.  Make your reservations for the Runway Show and Reception on November 1st, curated by Bosha Stone.  Thursday, November 15 will feature a textile demonstration by Suzanne Connors.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design”

Opening Reception and Meet The Artists

Thursday, October 18, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Reception: Members no charge, nonmembers $10

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – First Saturday of the month no charge
Regular Admission: Members no charge, nonmembers $5.00

Exhibit runs October 18 – November 21, 2018

 

 

Vivre Canvas Couture Jellyfish Dress

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery celebrates the unconventional and avant-garde in the second Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design exhibition, Oct. 18 –Nov. 21, 2018. One-of-a-kind wearable art made from test tubes, canvas, rubber bands, mulberry bark, and other non-traditional material rests alongside fine silks, gemstones, hand-woven textiles, as well as 3D printed shoes and accessories. Award-winning artists from around the country come together in a never-before-seen collection of contemporary color, texture, and techniques that are certain to impress the fashion conscious and the most discerning of designers.

 

Cornelia Wende  “The Weavers”

 

 

 

During Elegant Threads, visitors are treated to a relaxing stroll through a timely exhibit of luxury pieces, both classic and trendsetting. Patrons, vacationers, and holiday shoppers can wrap themselves in exquisite patterns while relishing the softness of silks that are hand-painted and stitched with the greatest of care.

 

 

Mary Fisher

 

 

 

The Opening Reception and Artists’ Award Ceremony is Thursday, October 18th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This year’s special feature is the Runway Show curated by Bosha Stone on Thursday evening, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets to this fast paced event are going fast. Attendees can enjoy wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres, creative company, lively conversation, and spot the perfect holiday indulgence.

And there’s more…

The centerpiece of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design exhibition is celebrated artist, author, and advocate Mary Fisher’s magnificent textile art, on display in the Main Gallery. Launched into a career of international HIV/AIDS advocacy after giving what is widely considered one of the best American speeches of the 20th century, Fischer is also an illustrious name on the international art scene. Her work has been widely exhibited in public and private collections around the world, including the collections of President George H. W. Bush, President Gerald Ford, and President Mwanawasa of Zambia. Mary Fischer’s contemporary stylized textiles are at once elegant and evocative.

 

Nancy Politsch, Executive Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter says, “The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates our 55th year as we continue to provide exceptional art and cultural experiences for people of all ages. Our motto is ‘learn, grow, create and collect’.”

 

 

 

Plan To Go:

Thursday, October 18, Artists’ Reception and Award Ceremony  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Artists and members no charge, nonmembers $5.00

Thursday, November 1, Runway Show and Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 limited seating call (561) 746-3101

Thursday, November 15, 3rd Thursday textile demonstration with Suzanne Connors 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members no charge, nonmembers $5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery
373 Tequesta Drive   Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101   www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave Highlights “Fantasy & Fairy Tales” On October 19th, Featuring Creations By Gin Blische, Amelia Costa, and Julie Naseef

Mermaids and dragons and gremlins, oh my! Get your inner fantasy rolling when you stop by Artisans on the Ave gallery and see these creatures come to life in every form! Meet three of the talented artists from Artisans on the Ave on Friday, October 19 at the Opening Reception for “Fantasy & Fairy Tales”. Gin Blische crafts unusual creatures entirely out of raw wool – some recognizable, some pure fantasy. Amelia Costa makes a departure from her jewelry creations to create whimsical clay figures such as a head full of wiry hair perched atop an upside down metal chalice. And Julie Naseef shows how to take nature’s bounty – shells – to build creatures, functional art and true conversation pieces. Each of these artists will be on hand to chat about their art and share insight into how the artful mind goes from the ordinary to fantastical. So join the creative minds at Artisans on the Ave Gallery and let your inner child spring to life. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162

www.ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

 

Presents:

“Fantasy & Fairy Tales”

Featured Artists:

Gin Blische, Amelia Costa, Julie Naseef

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 19, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free Event, Public Welcome, Refreshments Served

 

 

Artisans on The Ave  Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week

Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm

Sunday 9am – 7pm

Artisans on The Ave

 630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460      561-762-8162

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans On The Ave Gallery shows the art of over 40 local artists who work in a variety of mediums.  

Please join us opening night to meet and support your local artists.

Artisans on the Ave boasts three showrooms with an amazing selection of exquisite art created by local artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you give a handmade piece of art to friends and loved ones created by local artists, you are also giving a gift to your community.  Artisans on the Ave boasts three showrooms with an amazing selection of exquisite art created by local artists. Your invited opening night for an evening of fun, the opportunity to meet the artists and to help support your community.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson 

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162   

www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Features Leader Of The Light Painting Movement, Jason Page At October 17th Meeting. Open to Artists and Art Lovers!

The Wellington Art Society will feature local artist Jason Page at their Wednesday, October 17, 2018 meeting at the Wellington Community Center.  Artists and art lovers are invited to the Meet and Greet, followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting.  Jason’s demonstration will be the highlight of the meeting.  Jason is best known as the leader in the light painting movement.  A raffle of art donations will follow with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Jason’s artwork!  

 

 

Wednesday,  October 17, 2018

 

6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

FEATURES:

J A S O N       P A G E

 

This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

 

Light Painting Vlog by Jason Page

 

 

 

Jason’s father was an avid photographer, who moved his family to Palm Beach when Jason was very young.  After high school he went on to study film production in college and focused his cinematography on his love of surfing.  He produced, shot and edited four feature length award winning films.  Jason tells The Rickie Report, “Light painting is its own art form, just as drawing is an art form or painting is an art form.  Calling light painting a ‘photographic technique’ would be the same thing as calling painting a canvas technique”.

 

 

Light Painting by Jason Page

 

 

 

Jason discovered light painting by accident when shooting a full moon and he bumped his camera.  When he checked the image and saw the streak that the moon left across the sky it was his epiphany and from that moment on he was a light painter!  He is widely recognized as a leader in the light painting movement and has created ground breaking images.  He uses both digital and film but prefers shooting film whenever he can.  He uses his camera as an instrument for recording light and all of his paintings are created in real time and captured on the camera in one single photographic frame.  Jason creates his images in total darkness and paints with light just as a traditional  painter would with oils or acrylics.

 

Light Painting with Janelle Monae by Jason Page

 

 

Jason Pages’s paintings have been exhibited in many cities in Europe and India as well as the United States and throughout Florida.  Light painting is created in real time, captured to the camera in one single photographic frame using the Light Painting Brushes.  

For  more information about Jason’s artistry:

Jasondpage.com

Lightpaintingphotography.com

Lightpaintingbrushes.com

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Announces Season Opening Celebrations, Art Adventures To The Venice Biennale, Series Of Curated Wearable Art Boutiques

Elayne Mordes announces the season opening of  Whitespace The Mordes Collection with a multitude of celebrations!  Opening Weekend Celebrations begin November 9th and the Museum is open to the public every  Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday through March 31st.  You will love the addition of  Zahav…Israel Land of Gold plus five curated Col-lect boutiques of wearable art and body sculpture!  Enjoy the art of Dan J. Leahy and Kristin Miller Hopkins.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Plan your calendars now so you don’t miss anything!

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Pelican Central Mosaic Arts Studio/Gallery Announces Grand Opening In Art-Friendly Fort Pierce On Saturday, October 13th

The mosaic ladies have arrived in Fort Pierce! If you’re interested in mosaics, you’ve heard of Diane Concepcion and Asia Booth! They’ve been creating/teaching mosaic art in Martin County for years. Diane and Asia have had studios in several locations, including an urban farm! Their journey has led them to Fort Pierce, which is experiencing a true renaissance.  The new studio, Pelican Central Mosaic Arts announces the Grand Opening Party on Saturday,  October 13th.  The studio is a special place that includes a gallery, plenty of classroom space, and resident artist Christine Fitzgerald of Christine’s Coastal Treasures. The new space is available for other artists to teach as well!   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Meet and greet the artists, take a look at the great studio space, ask about the classes, create a ‘Make and Take’, and share some refreshments.  While you are in Ft. Pierce, you’ll want to explore the Saturday farmers market, live music, water front, restaurants and many other art galleries in town.

 

 

 

Pelican Central Mosaic Arts

220 Orange Avenue     Ft. Pierce, Florida

Diane Concepcion    Asia Booth    Christine Fitzgerald 

 

 

 

 

Pelican Central Mosaic Arts

Announces   Its   Grand   Opening   Celebration

Saturday, October 13th

Noon – 6 pm

220 Orange Ave. Ft Pierce, FL    

 

 

Asia Booth and Diane Concepcion

 

 

Fort Pierce, the home of the A.E.Backus Museum and Florida’s beloved Highwaymen, is synonymous with art.   The city is alive with new restaurants, craft breweries, art galleries, art co-ops and all kinds of unique shops.  The long standing Saturday Farmers’ Market on the waterfront is as busy as ever. Every Saturday, not just during snowbird season-but all year long, you will find art vendors, food vendors, a green market with fresh local produce plus a big selection of artisanal food products and live music. The market has been a local tradition since 1997. Diane Concepcion and Asia Booth have both previously exhibited/sold their mosaics at the Art Connection, in the historic Arcade Building, an artist owned co-op with 30 plus artists of all types of media. Lively Fort Pierce’s downtown has an ever expanding art community and calendar of unique city events, like the Monthly Art Walk. That convinced them to stay!

 

 

 

Downtown Fort Pierce

 

 

The new studio, Pelican Central Mosaic Arts, has been open since September 1st, but the official Grand Opening party is Saturday, October 13th.  The new studio is a special place that includes a gallery, plenty of classroom space, and resident artist Christine Fitzgerald of Christine’s Coastal Treasures.  Diane, the founder of the original mosaic studio, was essentially self-taught until she retired and found time to study at the Union Square Art Cooperative in NYC. She continued working with the most highly regarded artists in the mosaic community. Diane loves mosaic garden art (stepping stones, flower pots, gazing balls) or functional art (house numbers, picture frames, table tops) but to sooth her artistic soul, it’s usually a pelican. Hence the name of the studio!

 

 

 

Pelican Mosaic by Diane Concepcion

 

 

 

Asia found her passion for mosaic art in high school. All it took was one project in a studio art class to have her hooked. From there she began to experiment with glass, and began creating stained glass mosaics in her spare time. Before she met Diane, she had been working out of her home and selling her art at fairs and shows. Now with more time and space to devote to mosaics, she loves to recreate video game characters, peacocks, and especially dragons out of glass. She also enjoys helping self- proclaimed “non-crafty” people to find their inner artist.

 

Mosaic by Asia Booth

 

 

 

Christine Fitzgerald has been a teaching artist for over 30 years. Her passion is helping her students to get their creative juices flowing…for them to enjoy creating…and not to be intimidated…all in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Christine has taught all over the world on high end cruise ships for the last 18 years. She also started an art program at a local nonprofit, teaching adults with special needs to express themselves through art. Christine recently closed her coastal store and classroom in Jensen Beach, and is now excited to have an art studio in her own community of Ft. Pierce. Her resin art classes are all the rage, and fill up quickly, so don’t miss out! Come play, learn and create with Christine.

 

 

 

 

Christine Fitzgerald with one of her resin mosaic creations

 

 

 

 

 

The creatives of Pelican Central Mosaic Arts all give one-on-one or group instruction. There are studio hours by appointment or on ‘drop in days’. They have developed several classes which they give in the studio or ‘Out and About’ at locations around Martin and St Lucie counties, such as the highly popular Mosaic Jewelry class. Another fun ‘ladies night; class is the ever popular Coastal Shapes. In a 3 hour all-inclusive class you’ll make a fun coastal wall hanging in the shape of a seahorse, turtle, pineapple, mermaid or one of the many other shapes available.  The new space in Fort Pierce is available for other artists to come and teach as well!

 

 

Mosaic Jewelry Class

 

 

Tropical Shapes Class

 

 

 

For more information:

Diane Concepcion 732 804-4715

Asia Booth  772 682-9180

Christine Fitzgerald  561 601-9157

Look for more info and upcoming classes on our Facebook page

www.facebook.com/PelicanCentral

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Presents Two Shows: November 3 & 4, 2018 Plus January 26 & 27, 2019. Youth Art Competition Entries Are Now Open For Both Shows!

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Budding Artist Competitions give young artists two golden opportunities to begin learning the rules of participating in professional art shows and exhibitions. They will be exposed to the opportunity of creating art for a living – doing something they love to do and, most importantly, how to do it! The Fall Show at the Mizner Amphitheater takes place November 3 & 4, 2018 and will feature student artists ages 5 – 13 (grades K – 8).   The January Show in Downtown Boca Raton takes place January 26 & 27, 2019 and will feature student artists ages 9 to 19 (grades 6-12).  These art shows provide unmatched learning experiences, and show students artwork they might not have otherwise seen. Young artists are encouraged to speak with the artists in the show – all professionals – and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career.  The Rickie Report shares the details for both events.  Deadline For Fall Show: October 10, 2018.  Deadline For January Show: January 3, 2019We hope you will share this and encourage children to apply!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to cash prizes, each winner receives a beautiful, colorful, two-foot-long ribbon.  The Youth Art awards are presented by Executive Producer Patty Narozny.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I begin with, ‘Thank you for submitting your Youth Art entries. Please understand that art is subjective. Even the best artists are not accepted into all the art shows they want to participate, nor do they win a prize in every show they do. For the Youth Artists who do not win, keep creating the art that you love, please do not give up. Please congratulate those who do win’.”  To date, more than 1,325 students have participated in this program.

 

 

Boca Raton is the perfect location for the two Boca Raton Fine Art shows, hosted by Hotworks.org

Come join us and see for yourself why the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is voted as one of the Top 100 art shows in America!

 

 

 

Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc.     Youth Art Competition

This is a vital art education program which encourages students to create and submit original artwork to be publicly displayed and professionally judged. $250 in cash prizes.   For more information regarding our Youth Art Competition and other art-education programs, please visit www.artsandeducationinc.org. Please consider making a donation to help keep these vital programs in existence.   The Institute for the Arts & Education is our 501c3 non-profit arm which focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education amongst youth. 

 

See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!

www.HotWorks.org
Info@HotWorks.org
Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Director
Office: 941-755-3088

 

 

 

 

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Martin Arts Council Announces Volunteer Opportunities And Chances To Plan Parties, Meet Artists, Be Cultural Ambassadors And More! Get Involved In Your Arts Community – You’ll Wonder Why You Waited So Long!

The Martin Arts Council is sharing a call for volunteers!  If you enjoy planning parties, want to be a cultural ambassador, can give a few hours a month to do light office work, have the brawn to help hang artwork, or just love being part of the creative scene: This is for you!  The depth of your involvement is up to you, as there are MANY events to help out with. The Rickie Report shares the details here and urges you ( and your friends and neighbors) to call and sign up!  Kudos to the volunteers who have helped grow this essential organization! Kudos to those who sign up to continue this important work, you will not only GIVE, but you will GET so much from these experiences!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd      Stuart, FL 34994

772-287-6676       martinarts.org

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Volunteer at the Court House Cultural Center:

Located in the historic  Court House Cultural Center  80 E Ocean Blvd Stuart, FL 34994  772-287-6676  martinarts.org

 

 

 

 

 

  • CHCC Gallery Committee: Work with Artists to help plan and executve exhibitions in the Gallery
  • Like to plan PARTIES? We need a party crew to help with set up and implementation of our many receptions, workshops and events held at the CHCC.  We bring the food, you bring the creativity! 

 

Volunteer at one of our Events and Share your Passion for the Arts in the Community!

 

 

 

  • ArtsFest© | February 9 & 10, 2019: A two-day celebration of the arts held in Memorial Park and along E Ocean Boulevard, historic downtown Stuart to celebrate the arts – music, art, dance, kids’ activities and more!   Volunteer on the steering committee to plan the event or on the days of the festival.  

 

 

  • mARTies Awards | Oct 25, 2018: Held since 2003, this event showcases and honors artists, community leaders and businesses who are responsible for the success of the arts in our community.  Volunteer committee members solicit sponsorships, help with the nomination and selection process, coordinate the show and assist with the many other duties related to producing an event.

 

 

 

 

Be a part of our Arts in Education Programs!

  • Marvin S Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show: An annual exhibition, since 1988, featuring the artwork of local high school students.  Volunteers help coordinate and install the show as well as provide assistance during the awards ceremony in April 2019. 
  • ARTS Day: Volunteers assist with coordinating student / teacher registrations, coordinate artists and on the day of work with the artists and students to maintain a student/adult ratio of approximately 3:1.  This all-day event is held in various Martin County locations with artists teaching in a variety of media including acrylics, pastels, pen & ink, photography and watercolors.  
  • Arts Education Committee: new committee being established to support our many arts education projects and outreach to the youth in our community. 

Other Committees & Activities:

  • Fund Development Committee: volunteers are responsible for on-going outreach for new members.  May include special receptions/functions and solicitation of new audiences. 
  • Cultural Ambassadors: Sign up to visit our many galleries, arts organizations, museums and performing arts venues to distribute current Arts Council information and bring back current information for our Information Center. 
  • Office Support: Volunteers are needed to assist with basic office functions, including filing, data entry, mailing invitations/newsletters, and tasks related to social media, website updating and other communications strategies.  

 

Contact us at (772) 287-6676 or info@martinarts.org to sign up today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Association of Women Artists and NAWA Florida Chapter Present Juried Exhibition “DAYDREAMING” At Coral Springs Museum Of Art. Public Reception Saturday, October 6th

The National Association of Women Artists & the National Association of Women Artists-Florida Chapter (NAWA & NAWAFL) are co-hosting , “DAYDREAMING”.  The art exhibit takes  place at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, with a Public Opening Reception on Saturday, October 6th.  This is a joint effort that promises to bring some of the finest professional women artists working in the country today to the Coral Springs arts community. It is also a rare opportunity for Florida residents to enjoy and take inspiration from the first women’s fine art organization in the country and their celebrated membership. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

AND

PRESENT:

 

“DAYDREAMING”

 

Reception and Award Presentation:

October 6, 2018

11 am – 1 pm

 

Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855 Coral Springs Drive       Coral Springs, Florida 33065

 

Exhibition Dates:  September 29 – November 17, 2018

 

 

 

 

The National Association of  Women Artists is a vibrant community of professional women artists that strive to support its members and women artists largely through exhibitions, programs and education. The history of NAWA is a testament to the strength and resilience of a group of strong women in 1889 who would not accept being shut out of the art salons, galleries and art exhibitions open to male artists during the 19th century. Despite adversity and discrimination – which many feel extends to our present day — women remain an integral and invaluable part of the arts community. NAWA members represent all areas of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, encaustic, video art, installations and mixed media.

 

Sneak peek of the gallery

 

 

Established in 1995, the Florida Chapter is proud to carry on the work of Liana Moonie, its founder, and its first president, Madeline Weiss. The Florida Chapter continues to extend the mission of our National organization by providing highly visible Florida venues, designing art education opportunities for its members and promoting art education to Florida communities. We continue to encourage the next generation of women artists to strive for even more visibility in the art world at large.  Distinguished artist and longtime NAWA member Dorothy Cochran served as the Entry Juror for the exhibition and the Juror for Awards is Florida resident Elaine Baker of the Sponder Gallery in Boca Raton.

Sneak peek of the gallery

 

 

 

 

Established in 1996, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts (a performance theater and art museum with its impressive 30,000 square foot center for the arts building) houses the equally impressiveCoral Springs Museum of Art which was incorporated in January of 1997. Their mission is “To engage our diverse communities with dynamic exhibits, exceptional art education, stimulating specialty programs and inspired events to ignite cultural enrichment “. Since their inception they have been an inspiring creative center within their Community. To read more: www.coralspringsmuseum.org

To learn more about NAWA & NAWAFL please go to:

www.thenawa.org

 www.nawafl.org

 

 

 

 

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What Is CERF+? How Can Its Resources Help You Before And After A Disaster? Here Is CERF+ A Safety Net for Artists’ Emergencies

What happens when a disaster strikes?  We see images and hear stories of people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.  We rarely see coverage of artists who have lost their studios, galleries, and income.  Today, Caren Hackman reports about CERF+, which comes to the aid of those creatives who need immediate relief.  When it was discovered that there was virtually no safety net for artists and their work, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund was established.  The Rickie Report shares the resources that CERF+ offers!  We hope that this article is just the beginning of a conversation with artists, galleries and other arts-related organizations.  How can each be involved, in a small, but powerful way?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists are one group that misses all the attention when disaster strikes. It may be fire, a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake.

 

 

Unless a museum is involved, no one seems to notice that great artworks are lost without compensation to the maker.

 

At last there is a resource with CERF+, a very unique organization that has come to the rescue of artists as a kind of safety net for their fragile careers. They know there is no way to recover from major damage to supplies and inventory.

 

When the events of life become oppressive, there is someone to help. 

 

 

 

 

As such, CERF+ advocates preparedness so that artists of all types are ready before an unforeseen event arrives. This could be a health crisis such as a personal illness or debility. Their website, CERFplus.org (https://cerfplus.org), is devoted to preserving careers through “Studio Protector” and the “Wellness for Makers” programs. Much is loaded into the comprehensive site so that artists and craftspeople can get information on grant writing, health insurance, disaster preparedness and more. New or long-term creatives can find advice on a variety of relevant topics.

 

 

A few of the artists who have been helped by CERF+

 

 

Director of Programs and Outreach, Jennifer Simon, describes the organization’s philosophy as “everything that can help the artist enjoy a sustainable and resilient career. We attempt not to duplicate information already available to artists from other worthy organizations; instead, we try to focus on ‘filling the gaps.’” She points out that the new website is actually a merging of two previous ones: CERF and Studio Protector. The result is a guide to emergency relief assistance and recovery. 

 

 

 

 

It all came about when it was discovered that there was virtually no safety net for artists and their work. Carol Sedestrom Ross, President of American Craft Enterprises in 1985 and glassblower, Josh Simpson, joined forces in the mid 80’s to establish the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. It was based on the known generosity of artists to help their community when in trouble. They formalized the former “pass the hat” tradition to an organized donation system. Lacking a website, of course, they depended on people passing through exhibitions and shows.   

 

 

 

Artists are notoriously loyal and before long, the fund grew along with the organization. They felt that “needs to be a greater presence of artists at the table when it comes to emergency assistance in general.” Artists and musicians of all callings periodically face times of dire need. And so the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response was born whose members included the Actors Fund, Music Cares, South Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. It is a tight knit group that is in constant communication to share ideas on resources and communal activities. 

 

 

 

 

Jenifer brings me up to date on the contemporary version of CERF+. “Our goal is to not only motivate artists to look at the website, but to implement some of the recommendations.” The organization likes to show different ways that artists can talk about sustaining resilient careers. Some are beneficiaries of $500 Get Ready Grants that enable artists to practice preparedness to mitigate disaster. She explains that “preparing for disasters is not an attractive topic for most artists, many of whom are focused on more immediate concerns such as earning a living, finding health insurance, and getting jobs. It is a challenge to get “preparedness” on an artist’s radar.” 

 

 

 

 

The site is apparently a work in process and is becoming more personalized and easy to navigate with tabs like “Studio Protector” and “Plan Ahead”. Artists are asked to focus on what they can ill afford to lose in a disaster. An explainer video helps visitors with its step-by-step approach to recovery including documenting artwork and avoiding health hazards. Jenifer Simon recounts a time when she had stored prints in her parents’ basement. After it flooded, the artwork was water logged. An article on CERF+ instructed her on damage control by placing the artwork in the freezer to reduce mold. 

 

 

 

Practical advice and vital information on topics often neglected by artists such as insurance populate the valuable website pages. Artists seldom stop their creative sessions to think about risk reduction and safety. They are also taught how to value their work in terms of cost of materials so that they understand their true profit after sales. With people like Jenifer at the helm, CERF+ has incredible reach and import. It is a wonderful mutual aid society that relies on consistent donations. In actuality, 62% of the donations come from artists; the rest is from grants! 

 

 

 

 

CERF+ has a clear future in coming to the aid of those who need immediate relief. The Federal budget does not include art supplies and musical instruments. With their thoughtful foresight, the founders of this worthy organization have created a legacy that will sustain artists well into the future to ensure the longevity of creative endeavor.    Jenifer Simon is currently working as CERF+’s Outreach Coordinator. For more information about CERF+’s programs, contact programs@cerfplus.org

 

 

If you would like to donate to CERF+ please visit https://cerfplus.org/donate.

Here are some helpful links:

Studio Protector

https://cerfplus.org/get-ready/studio-protector/

Crafting a Career

https://cerfplus.org/get-ready/craft-a-career/

8 Tips to Start Archiving Your Artwork

https://cerfplus.org/news/8-tips-to-start-archiving-your-artwork/

Shipping Artwork: Trial + Tribulation

https://cerfplus.org/news/shipping-artwork-trial-tribulation/

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Lake Worth Art League Announces An “Eye Catching Season Of Art” At Artist’s Eye Gallery Boutique. Now Accepting Work From ALL Artists, Emerging To Professional!

Artist’s Eye Gallery Boutique, the home of the Lake Worth Art League, announces its season kick off with the exhibit, “Feast Your Eyes”.  The Opening Reception on Friday, October 5th is free and open to the public.  The Gallery is also sending a Call to ALL artists, from emerging to professionally established, to join this encouraging environment.  In addition to eight new judged exhibits throughout the season, visitors can browse the boutique.   Meet the artists who happen to live locally, and are nationally and internationally recognized!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a peek at some of the art.  A new group of artist-leaders is bringing positive changes to Lake Worth’s art scene!

 

 

 

 

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

 

“F  e  a  s  t       Y o  u r        E   y  e  s”    

Opening  Reception:  

Friday,  October 5th

    6 – 8 PM  

Our gallery is owned and operated by the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The League is comprised of very talented artists from all disciplines.  More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show!

 

Become a member for just $75. per year and you have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each one of our 8 judged “season” exhibits. Each show is judged by a qualified judge who  is not affiliated with the League. We offer cash prizes and ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention award winners. We also have a “Peoples Choice” award where the public is the judge! Entry fee for each show is $20. For first entry and $10. For each additional piece.  Summer exhibitions continue with reduced prices for entry. The League retains 20% of all sales, which along with membership, entry fees and our volunteers, helps keep the gallery open and your work visible to the public. A reception with light refreshment is held for each show. All shows are advertised.

Membership offers meetings, discounted classes, social events and the opportunity to sell your work in our Boutique.

Still skeptical?

We offer two open shows per year, where you do not have to be a member to participate; with just a slightly higher entry fee, ($30. first entry, $15 each additional). Please go to lwartleague.org to view the rules for exhibition.

Take-in for these two open shows: “Visions” show, Mon. Oct 29 and our “Spectacle of Art” show, Mon. Feb. 25. Take-in is 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986