Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Three Workshops, Open To Everyone

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society  (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. GCWS offers Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch; Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; An annual membership show; Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; Paint-ins with live models; Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues plus Plein air painting opportunities.  The Rickie Report shares the details of three workshops: Diane Nance (Getting a Handle on Color), Celia Buchanan ( Encaustic Mixed Media) and Laurin McCracken ( Painting Realism in Watercolor). These are open to non members and we urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society 

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd.     Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Please Join Us!

Meetings are held
October through May
3rd Tuesday of each month 
7:00 p.m. at ArtServe

 

 

Three  Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

 

 

 

DIANE  NANCE,  NWS

 

FEBRUARY  22, 2017

 

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“GETTING A HANDLE  ON COLOR”

 

 

 

CELIA BUCHANAN

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

 

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“ENCAUSTIC  MIXED  MEDIA”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAURIN  McCRACKEN, NWS, AWS

 

MARCH 20 – 23, 2017

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“PAINTING REALISM IN WATERCOLOR”

 

 

 

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For additional information contact Claudia Hafner at
membership@goldcoastwatercolor.com or visit: www.goldcoastwatercolor.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Workshop, Open To Public

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a 4 Day Workshop, March 14 -17, 2016 with Kathleen Maling, NWS, AWS. A long time resident of Florida, Kathleen enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. An award-winning artist, she has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.The Rickie Report shares the details. There is member/non-member pricing, so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Workshop

 

March 14-17, 2016

Kathleen Maling NWS, AWS

GCWS Members $395/Non-members $430

 

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd.    Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Kathleen Maling AWS, NWS, FWS is a long time resident of Florida and enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. Kathleen has received many awards for her paintings and she exhibits in several shows throughout the year. She has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.

 

 

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“Jean Marie” by Kathleen Maling ( Courtesy of her website)

 

Experience the fun of working in a series as you play with this wonderful medium called watercolor. Working from action photos you will be using your imagination to produce several miniseries. There is something about the way that the paint flows onto wet paper that is addicting when painting in watercolor.

 

For more information about Kathleen Maling:  www.kathleenmaling.com

 

Registration Form

 

Please print!

Name______________________________
Address_____________________________
City________________________________
State________________ Zip ___________
Telephone__________________________
E-mail______________________________
FEES
[ ] Kathleen Mailing $___________

 

 

RESERVATION POLICY:

ALL workshop spaces are reserved on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. If you cancel, there is a $75 cancellation fee per workshop reserved. If there are 30 days or less until the workshop, the entire fee is non-refundable unless your space is filled.

SIGNATURE:__________________________

I understand and agree to the above policy.

 

 

Please mail check and this form to:
Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc.
Workshop Chair, Teresa Kirk
16935 NW 20th St
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

 

 

 

For more information about the Gold Coast Watercolor Society please visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

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The Gold Coast Watercolor Society Presents Workshop Smorgasbord February 16 – 18th

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a Workshop Smorgasbord from February 16 – 18th!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including “Test Drive Sampler Workshop” with Mike Grecian, “Courage Looks Good” with Dianne Nance, NWS and “Water/Mixed Media Marbling Frenzy With a Blast of Brusho” with Jacquard National Artist Educator, Celia Buchanan.  There is member/non-member pricing,so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!

 

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For more information please contact:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Calls For Entries To “Apparently Watercolor” Exhibit, Open To Non-Members

Gold Coast Watercolor Society is calling for water media entries to their upcoming Exhibition, “Apparently Watercolor”.  The exhibit will be judged by Soon Y. Warren, NWS, AWS, TWSA. Cash and Merchandise Awards will be given.  This Exhibit is open to members and non-members.  Entry deadline is February 12th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply!  The Public is welcome to the Exhibit, beginning with the Opening Reception on Thursday, March 3rd.

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Call for Entries:

“Apparently Watercolor”

 

 

Public Opening Reception / Awards:

Thursday, March 3rd

 6 – 8 pm

 Exhibit  Open March 3 – 12, 2016

at

Art Serve

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.     Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

 

 

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“Apparently Watercolor”, Best In Show 2015
“The Red Veil” by Susan Hanssen

Important Dates/Exhibition Calendar

  • February 12th – Friday – Entry deadline (postmarked)
  • February 20th – Saturday – Delivery of Artwork, 10 am to Noon
  • March 3rd – Thursday – Reception & Awards, 6 –8:00 pm
  • March 12th – Saturday – Pick up, 10 am- 11 am

 

Judged by:  SOON Y. WARREN, NWS, AWS, TWSA

Since beginning her career as a full time artist in 1998, Soon has had many exhibitions and won extensive numbers of awards. With her vibrant watercolor technique she has become much sought after as a teacher and author and has published a number of instructional books and dvd’s. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of several museums, including the National Watercolor Museum, as well as in many private collections.

 

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AWARDS

Lillian Feldman- Best in Show: $ 500 First Place: $400
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Honorable Mention: Merchandise Award Judge’s Recognition: Merchandise Award Jean Moore Award: $50 (emerging artist) Member’s Choice -Award will be given at the Opening Reception.

 

 

Eligibility:

Please read entry form in its entirety

 

Florida artists and GCWS Members may enter.

Watermedia may include any combination of  watercolor, tempera, gouache, opaque watercolor, acrylic, casein, ink, charcoal, gesso, watercolor crayons, pencils and pens including metallic.

One must exclude water-soluble oils as well as any other similar substance.

Acceptable surfaces for watercolor are substrates created for watermedia. For example: paper, clay coated surfaces (Clayboard, Aquaboard, Ampersand), synthetic surfaces, (Yupo, Tiger Rag), illustration board and flat watercolor canvas.

Watercolor Collage is acceptable, but newspaper, magazine or non-watercolor material cutouts will not be accepted.

Works must be original i.e., not done under class instruction, critiqued and changed, not a copy of another artist’s work.

Work must be done by a single artist not a collaborative work.

Work must have been completed within the last three years; any submitted work must not have been previously displayed in a GCWS judged show.

Tasteful nudes will be accepted into this show.

 

 

Entry and fees:

Artists may enter one or two paintings. A non-refundable fee of $30 for GCWS members, $35 for non-members, must accompany the entry form. No changes can be made after entry is received. No refunds will be made.

 

 

Sizing and framing requirements:

All types of frames and mats are acceptable except those that are ornate or heavy.

Saw tooth hangers are not permitted.

Maximum size frame is less than 48”in any direction.

Work must be sturdily framed under Plexiglas, wired and ready for hanging.

Please cross brace large pieces. (work will be rejected if it does not comply and fees will NOT be refunded.)

 

 

Conditions and liabilities:

The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus.

 

Entry Tag 1

Attach to back of entry, upper right. Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________ Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

Entry Tag 2

Attach to back of entry, upper right. Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________ Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

 

Entry form

Please print entry and send with payment. $30 for Members or $35 for non-Members, payable to GCWS (Gold coast watercolor society). Entries must be postmarked by February 12th 2016.

Mail to: Linda Stoddard Tel. 954-584-9754
1101 S.W.74th Terrace   Plantation, FL 33317     stoddard_linda@yahoo.com

Name: ____________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________

City: _____________________________________________

State: ___________ Zip Code: ____________________

Phone: ___________________cell___________________

Email: ____________________________________________

Title 1:_______________________________________ Value: $____________

Title 2:_______________________________________ Value: $____________

Waiver of liability: The undersigned herby agrees to release and forever discharge the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc, its Directors, members and agents, and the management and staff of Art Serve, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind on all works submitted for sale or exhibition. The gold coast watercolor society reserves the right to photograph works for publicity and promotion. Insurance of artwork is the responsibility of the submitting artist.

Signature: ____________________________________________

Date: _______________________________

 

 

Who we are:

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced,. We are proud to be the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members. The Society was incorporated in February,1976 and its founder and first President was Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist. 

GCWS offers:

 ◊ Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch
◊ Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists
◊ An annual membership show
◊ Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses
◊ Paint-ins with live models
◊ Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists
◊ Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues
◊ Plein air painting opportunities

Please Join Us!

Meetings are held October through May on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304

Visit us online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com
Like us on Facebook!

 

 

 

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Adrienne Walker’s “Symphony In Color” SOLO Exhibition At Mandel JCC In Boynton Beach Is Open To The Public

Adrienne Walker has been passionate about art and music her entire life. Using oils, watercolor and acrylics or stone, as an artist she creates worlds in many dimensions. Her work is created with passion from within, allowing brushstrokes to invite the viewer into her expressionist paintings. Adrienne’s SOLO Exhibit, “Symphony in Color”  is Open to the public and Free.  The Opening Reception takes place on Tuesday, January 12th at the Mandel JCC in Boynton Beach, Fl.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details and some sneak peeks of this versatile artist!

 

 

 

 

 

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SOLO Exhibition

“Symphony In Color”

 

Meet the Artist

Opening Reception

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Mandell JCC

8500 Jog Road    Boynton Beach, FL 33472

FREE but please RSVP

RSVP: 561.712.5216 or GwildaB@JCConline.com

 

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Adrienne Walker is a native New Yorker who now resides in Boynton Beach, FL.  Music and art were an integral part of growing up with her mother, who was an artist.  Together, they were always drawing, sculpting and painting.  Adrienne’s passion for the piano began at the age of eight.  She majored  in music at Adelphi University and at Queens College.  While living in the Boston, MA  area after college, Adrienne studied music and art history at Harvard University.

 

 

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“Symphony in Color” by Adrienne Walker  Watercolor

 

 

Twelve years ago mixed media became the focus of her attention, when Adrienne started painting with Bruce Chandler in Myrtle Beach, SC. During that time she also studied art at Coastal Carolina University, SC.  Adrienne sculpted in stone at the Sculpture studio of Frank Varga, in Delray Beach, Fl and Carrara, Italy. For over the last 8 years she has sculpted in the Willy Reed Studio in Boca Raton, FL.

 

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“Gearing Up” by Adrienne Walker   Mixed Media

 

 

During the summers in New York she studies and paints with Roberta Rosenthal a Watercolor Botanist and Sumi E Master painter. After moving to Delray Beach, Florida, Adrienne studied at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School where she has taken classes in oil painting with Chris Berlini and Elizabeth Reed plus Drawing and painting from a live model with Barbara Wasserman and Susan Hanssen. She has been juried into art shows there.  Recently she began painting abstracts using watercolors and acrylics with Sally Cooper.

 

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“Orange Storm” by Adrienne Walker  Mixed Media

 

 

 

Adrienne’s work has been exhibited and received awards in many shows and galleries in New York, Florida and South Carolina including solo shows at the Delray Beach Public Library and the Rice Museum in Georgetown, South Carolina.  Using Oils, Watercolor and Acrylics or Stone, as an artist she creates worlds in many dimensions. Her work is created with passion from within, allowing brushstrokes to invite the viewer into her expressionist paintings.

 

 

 

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“Under The Sea” by Adrienne Walker  Mixed Media

 

 

Adrienne shares her passion for the arts as she volunteers for many arts-related organizations, sharing her time and expertise.  She is the Treasurer of Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS), as well as a member of The Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Women in The Visual Arts (WITVA), GoldCoast Watercolor Society, The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and Old Stone House Art Gallery (Grahamsville, NY).

 

 

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“Pose” by Adrienne Walker  Watercolor

 

 

  • Adrienne won an award at the Delray Center for the Arts January 2014
    for her mixed media piece titled “Comets”.
  • Three of her paintings won first,second and third place at the Grahamsville, NY Art Show
  • Second place award at the Delray Center for the arts for her painting “Windy” .
  • She won honorable mention at the Annual Juried show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from PBWS for her abstract painting “Fireworks”

This summer she was commissioned by two interior decorators to create paintings for their clients’ homes. One 48×60 acrylic abstract in Florida and a 60×72 in New York.

 

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“Forever Flowers” by Adrienne Walker on YUPO Paper

For more information contact:

Adrienne Walker

516.885.4199

walkertrvl@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watermedia Society Calls For Entries For “Florida Focus 2016”

All watercolorists are eligible to enter their paintings for the Gold Coast Watermedia Society’s upcoming exhibit, “Florida Focus”. The juried exhibit will take place January 18th thru February 14th. A wide variety of watermedia is encouraged, as the entries will be juried by Sue Archer, AWS, NWS, TWSA, FWS.   The exhibit will take place at the Gallery of Amazing Things, in Dania Beach, Florida. The Rickie Report shares the details and prospectus as well as some views of previous exhibitors. Deadline for this exhibit is January 7th 2016! The public is welcome to the Reception and Awards Ceremony on January 21st 6pm – 8 pm.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

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For more information Visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Invites You To Exhibit At Coral Springs Museum of Art

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society invites everyone to their Exhibit, “Members Love Watercolor”.  GCWS, one of the oldest and largest water media organizations in South Florida, is a wonderful organization for watercolor enthusiasts to meet other artists, network and learn.  The Free Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, November 4th from 3 – 5 pm at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Nessa Grainger AWS, an internationally acclaimed artist from Florida will jury the event. The Reception is Free and Open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details plus the artist statements and peeks of the 2014 award winners. We encourage art lovers to see this exhibit at this prestigious art complex! 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Invites You To:

“Members Love Watercolor”

Free Opening Reception:

Wednesday, November 4th

3 – 5 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Exhibit runs October 28-November 29, 2015

2855 Coral Springs Dr.   Coral Springs, FL 33065

954-340-5000     www.coralspringsmuseum.org

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society fosters the advancement of the art of watercolor media/painting, informs and educates the general public through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations. Gold Coast is a non-profit organization and membership is open to all persons who are interested in the art of watercolor.

 

 

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Georgia McGraw Best in Show, 2014

“Watercolor painting has been my passion for the past 30 years. People often ask, “What do you paint?” Even after all this time, I have no good answer. Imaginary landscapes? Painting for me is much like playing with a Wejee Board. After the first few brush strokes, the painting seems to have a mind of its own. The end is partly a surprise. My Bachelor of Arts Degree is from East Carolina University in Fine Arts. I was elected as a signature member of the National Watercolor Society in 2001 and the American Watercolor Society in 2004.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Chacon 1st Place, 2014

“I was always fascinated by colors and how to apply them to canvas and paper to create beautiful things. My goal is to combine colors in a way that expresses my feelings and allows the viewer to experience an emotion. Nature has inspired me with amazing shapes, lights and shadows. My other passion is painting people. It is great to capture facial expressions when nothing is spoken.”

 

 

 

 

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Judy Nunno 2nd Place, 2014

South Florida native Judy Nunno is a self taught watercolor artist who
specializes in portraits and paintings of crystal and glass. She is a
signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and a member of American, National and Southern Watercolor Societies as well as several local art guilds. She is a two-time winner in Watercolor Artist Magazine’s Annual Watercolor Media Show Case Competition and has been published in North Light Books’ Splash 16: Exploring Texture (2015) and Splash 17 (2016).

 

 

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Bunny Sheffield 3rd Place, 2014

 

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
-John Keats-

“In contrast to the current trend of content laden art, nature is where I always find myself most at home. It is the quietude, coolness of color, and peacefulness that I reflect in my paintings. I select elements of nature and paint them with distinct plays of light and shadow. Shadows have multiple colors reflected within them and are not just an uninteresting gray. This reminds us that shadows play just as important a role in paintings as light. By combining light and shadow with intriguing color, I am a value painter who truly enjoys major and subtle contrasts of the two”.

 

 

 

 

Nessa Grainger, AWS, Juror

 

Florida artist Nessa Grainger AWS, who is recognized throughout the U.S., will jury the event. Grainger is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists, Allied Artists of America, National Collage Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Her works are in the permanent collection of Zhei Ziang Museum in Hangzhow China, Elliot Museum in Stuart, FL, Libraries of the American Art in Washington, DC, as well as private collections throughout Europe and Mexico. She received a classical art education at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, Tyler School of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts and now teaches art in South Florida.

 

 

 

For more information Visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

or

call 954-812-1860

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society Kicks Off Season At Coral Springs Museum

One of the oldest and largest water media organizations in South Florida, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, will kick off the season with its first exhibit/reception, “Members Love Watercolor”. The juried event will be held from 3-5 p.m, Wednesday, November 4th at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.  Nessa Grainger AWS,  an internationally acclaimed artist from Florida will jury the event. The Reception is Free and Open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages art lovers to see this exhibit!  This is a wonderful organization for watercolor enthusiasts to meet other artists, network and learn.

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society

 

Invites You To:

 “Members Love Watercolor”

 

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, November 4th

3 – 5 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Exhibit runs October 28-November 29, 2015

This Reception is Free to the Public

 2855 Coral Springs Dr.

Coral Springs, FL 33065

954-340-5000       www.coralspringsmuseum.org

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society fosters the advancement of the art of watercolor media/painting, informs and educates the general public through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations. Gold Coast is a non-profit organization and membership is open to all persons who are interested in the art of watercolor.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida artist Nessa Grainger AWS, who is recognized throughout the U.S., will jury the event. Grainger is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists, Allied Artists of America, National Collage Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Her works are in the permanent collection of Zhei Ziang Museum in Hangzhow China, Elliot Museum in Stuart, FL, Libraries of the American Art in Washington, DC, as well as private collections throughout Europe and Mexico. She received a classical art education at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, Tyler School of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts and now teaches art in South Florida.

 

 

For more information Visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

or

call 954-812-1860

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Mark Allen Brings Us “Proper Mental Attitude”

Mark Allen is a “re-emerging” artist.  In his early years, he sculpted and used “found objects” before the term even existed. Over thirty years ago he created cartoons. When their older son, Jared, succumbed to cancer, life for Mark and his wife, Donna changed.  Mark’s art has been his therapy since then, and until recently, he was keeping it within the family. The Rickie Report is honored to share Mark Allen’s artistry and his story, which is so poignant as we approach Father’s Day.

 

 

 

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Proper Mental Attitude

 

The Arts Arena Gallery

Friday, June 19th

6 – 8:30 pm

777 E. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

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Mark Allen tells The Rickie Report, “Proper Mental Attitude illustrates ‘nobody gets out of this life untouched’ and despite the depths of grief or despair we might just find the strength to laugh, love and live. ‘We can live until we die or we can die until we die’ …..hence, Proper Mental Attitude.”

 

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“Some People Just Don’t Get It” by Mark Allen

 

 

 

Mark Allen has always been a creative person, using “found objects” before the term was even in popular vocabulary.  Until recently, Mark and Donna Allen’s creative force has been in the food industry. It seems fitting that he sold one of his favorite sculptures, “Lunch Box” to another restaurant. 

"At Least They Aren't Salted" by Mark Allen

“At Least They Aren’t Salted” by Mark Allen

 

 

Borne out of a need to create something positive while his older son succumbed to cancer, Mark’s cynical sense of humor remained raw and honest. It was during life’s most challenging moments that Mark chose to use his talents to find purpose and inspiration as a way to maintain his own sanity and pay homage to an eight year old’s life well lived and loved.

 

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Painting by Mark Allen

 

 

Life itself doesn’t have to be black and white. Vibrant moments can be experienced if you allow yourself to venture into that world.  Perhaps considered primitive or simplistic, Mark’s use of color and lack of depth are both instinctive and purposeful. The message speaks for itself as you are unwittingly, but willingly, invited into the idyllic images.

 

"Chicken Soup" by Mark Allen

“Chicken Soup” by Mark Allen

Having started to cartoon over 30 years ago, Mark shared the passion with his son, Jared.  Before succumbing to cancer, Jared drew  a satiric “Toaster Man” cartoon.  During shiva, the time of mourning immediately following death, Mark was appalled at the comments some people shared, in trying to be “comforting.”  Mark shares this life lesson with us.  “Saying “You must be relieved”, is NOT comforting.  Say nothing.  Reminisce.  Say nothing.  Hug us.”  Mark tells The Rickie Report, “That’s how the cartoons started. In black and white. No color.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 1995, Mark began working with Charles Fazzino, Master of 3D Pop Art.  As Fazzino’s techniques influenced Mark, his cartoons began to change. He incorporated more dimension.  Mark and Donna went into the restaurant business to earn a living and left the art world in the shadows.  Actually, Mark left the art in his closet and would steal away minutes of time to work on art pieces, standing in the closet!

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

Around 2010, Mark returned to using colored pencils and oil pastels and was ready to retire from the restaurant business. Max Beckman fell in love with Mark’s art and helped reconnect Mark with his inner artist.  Between 2011 -2012, increasing color seeped into Mark’s life. When we spoke recently, he shared, “Now I only see in color and composition. It is pretty much the way I see life. Color and composition is what matters.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 2013, the Allens moved from Arizona to Palm Beach County, FL.  Mark’s recent work is more defined. He is “putting the world back into order, outlining everything.”  His work is currently at the Arts Arena Gallery in Delray Beach and he is already scheduled for two SOLO Exhibitions: December 6, 2015 through January, 2016 (at the Weisman Center) and 40 pieces at the Spanish River Library in June, 2017.  Art patrons will be able to see the evolution of Mark’s artistry, which continues to evolve.

Mark graduated from the High School of Music and Art (NYC) and Hobart College (Bachelor’s in Fine Arts/Geneva, NY) . He was a member of the Students’ Art League (NY) and is now an exhibiting member of the Delray Art League (FL) and Gold Coast Watercolor Society (FL) .

For more information about Mark’s artistry, please contact:

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Call for Watermedia Entries from Gold Coast Watercolor Society

All watercolorists are eligible to enter their paintings for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s upcoming exhibit, “Apparently Watercolor”.  The juried exhibit will take place February 23rd through March 13th.  A wide variety of watermedia is encouraged, as the entries will be juried by Jeannie McGuire, AWS.  Her painting, “Kenneth” was chosen as the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection.  The exhibit will take place at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale.  The Rickie Report shares the details and application as well as some views of previous exhibitors.  Deadline for this exhibit is February 14th!  The public is welcome to the Reception and Awards Ceremony on February 26th.

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES:

 

“Apparently Watercolor”


Public Reception & Awards:

Thursday, February 26th 

6pm –8:00 pm

 

Exhibit: February 23rd – March 13th, 2015

 

Judged by: Jeannie McGuire, aws


Art Serve


1350 E. Sunrise Blvd    Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

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A Pittsburgh-based artist, Jeannie strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.  Stories and feelings are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection.  McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • February 14th – Friday- Entry deadline (postmarked)
  • February 21st – Saturday – Delivery of Artwork 10am to Noon
  • February 26th – Thursday- Reception & Awards 6pm –8:00 pm
  • March 14th – Saturday Pick up, 10 am-11am

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AWARDS

 

Lillian Feldman- Best in Show: $ 500

First Place: $400

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

Merit: Merchandise Award

Honorable Mention: Merchandise Award

Judge’s Recognition: Merchandise Award

Jean Moore Award: $50 (emerging artist)

Member’s Choice -Award will be given at the opening reception.

 

Eligibility: Please read entry form in its entirety

 

  • All Florida artist and GCWS Members may enter.

 

  • Watermedia may include any combination of watercolor, tempera, gouache, opaque watercolor, acrylic, casein, ink, charcoal, gesso, watercolor crayons, pencils and pens including metallic.

 

  • One must exclude water-soluble oils as well as any other similar substance. Acceptable surfaces for watercolor are substrates created for watermedia. For example: paper, clay coated surfaces (Clayboard, Aquaboard, Ampersand), synthetic surfaces, (Yupo, Tiger Rag), illustration board and flat watercolor canvas.

 

 

  • Watercolor Collage is acceptable, but newspaper, magazine or non-watercolor material cutouts will not be accepted.

 

 

  • Works must be original i.e., not done under class instruction, critiqued and changed, not a copy of another artist’s work.

 

 

  • Work must be done by a single artist not a collaborative work.

 

 

  • Work must have been completed within the last three years; any submitted work must not have been previously displayed in a GCWS judged show.

 

  • NO NUDES PLEASE

Entry and fees:

Artists may enter one or two paintings. A non-refundable fee of $25 for GCWS members, $30 for non-members, must accompany the entry form. No changes can be made after entry is received. No refunds will be made.

 

Sizing and framing requirements:

All types off frames and mats are acceptable except those that are ornate or heavy. Saw tooth hangers are not permitted. Maximum size frame is less than 48”in any direction. Work must be sturdily framed under Plexiglas, wired and ready for hanging. Please cross brace large pieces. (work will be rejected) if it does not comply and fees will NOT be refunded.)

 

Conditions and liabilities:

The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus.

Entry Tag 1
Attach to back of entry, upper right.

Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________

Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

 

Entry Tag 1
Attach to back of entry, upper right.

Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________

Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

 

Entry Tag 2
Attach to back of entry, upper right.

Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________

Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

 

Entry Tag 2
Attach to back of entry, upper right.

Name:_________________________________

Phone:________________________________

Title:_________________________________

Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale

 

Entry form

Please print entry and send with payment. $30 for Non-Members or $25 for Members, payable to GCWS (Gold coast watercolor society). Entries must be postmarked by February 14th , 2015.

Gold Coast Watercolor Society
1101 S.W.74th terrace
Plantation, FL 33317

Name: _______________________________________
Address: ____________________________________
City: ________________________________________
State: ___________ Zip Code: _______________
Phone: _______________________________________
Email: ________________________________________

Title 1:_______________________________________
Values: $____________for sale___ not for sale___

Title 2:_______________________________________
Values: $____________ for sale___ not for sale___

Waiver of liability: The undersigned herby agrees to release and forever discharge the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc, its Directors, members and agents, and the management and staff of ArtServe, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind on all works submitted for sale or exhibition. The gold coast watercolor society reserves the right to photograph works for publicity and promotion.

Signature: ________________________________________Date:_________

 

About the Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS):

 

 The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. We are proud to be the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members. The Society was incorporated in February,1976 and its founder and first President was Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist.

GCWS offers:
Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch
Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists
An annual membership show
Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses
Paint-ins with live models
Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists
Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues
Plein air painting opportunities

Please Join Us!
Meetings are held October through May on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

Visit us online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com
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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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