Overview Of Classes, Workshops, Free Events At Art on Park Gallery: All Open To The Public

Art on Park Gallery is a busy place! Tonight is the Opening Reception for: Kenneth Earl Dempsey’s SOLO Exhibition, and there are Free classes, poetry workshops, jewelry classes, drawing classes and Art Salons as well!  The Rickie report shares all the details and reminds artists to submit for the upcoming exhibit: “Drawing and Pulled Prints”.  Art Lovers:  What a plethora of events to take advantage of!

 

 

 

800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403

561.345.2842      www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

 

APBC   Art On Park Gallery

Presents:

Kenneth Earl Dempsey

 “Across the Pond and Back Again – Positano +50”

 

 

Opening Reception:  Friday, November 10th

 5  – 8 PM

 Free Admission, Free Parking

 

 

 

NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE “DRAWING/PULLED PRINTS EXHIBIT”:

http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/eventdetail.php?289

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, November 11 at 2 PM: Open Poetry Reading

Saturday, November 25 at 2 PM: Free Collage Class

Monday, November 27 at 6 PM: Art Salon

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes and workshops please visit:

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Kenneth Earl Dempsey is Featured Artist At Art on Park Gallery

Kenneth Earl Dempsey shares his lifetime love of artistry with us as his artwork and poetry are featured at Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL.  The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy the Opening Reception on Friday, November 10th.  The exhibit continues through Nov. 24th.  In addition to his art and classical studies, Kenneth was a critical care Registered Nurse in Afghanistan and Iraq as a career Officer, bringing a new level of care to soldiers abroad fighting for our freedoms.  As we approach Veterans Day, The Rickie Report is honored to be publishing this article.  We need to see beyond the uniform and the battle to find the spark of creativity within. Here are the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403

561.345.2842      www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

 

 

 

APBC   Art On Park Gallery

 

 

Presents:

Kenneth Earl Dempsey

“Across the Pond and Back Again – Positano +50”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 10th

5  – 8 PM

Free Admission, Free Parking

 

 

 

Kenneth spent his formative years in rural and semi-rural New England, witnessing the splendor of the four seasons, occasionally drawing insects and then later people and places. Periodically, Ken would take out pen or brush and record what he observed in natural landscapes. A product of Parochial schooling, Ken had a strong foundation in the classics and in a patriotic view of America.

 

 

Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey

 

 

 

After his family moved to various parts of New York, Ken decided to attend Art School at New York Institute of Technology in Olde Westbury. In his third year, Ken decided to attend a summer session at the Positano Art Workshop on the Amalfi Coast south of Naples at age 19. This would be an artistic and emotional awakening as he travelled about Europe witnessing art and beauty everywhere, and vowing to learn those languages he was hearing, and to see more of the world! Ken is now fluent in German and very good in Italian, still reading, and now writing poetry, in these languages.

 

Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey

 

 

 

The art education was interrupted after three years by his country’s call, when he entered the U.S. Air Force in support of the War in Southeast Asia. Putting brushes aside, Ken would serve for five years, ending up in Southern Italy once more, and picking up pencils and brushes in his spare time, doing watercolors and experimenting with oils, while listening to Russian and other Classical music.  The next two decades would be marked by studies and work in Health Care, as a Respiratory Therapist then Registered Nurse in several venues including San Francisco, South Florida, Nuremberg, Germany and San Antonio, Texas. Ken studied stained glass making in Erlangen, Germany, and sketched scenes from travels in Europe.

 

 

 

After marrying and having four wonderful children, Ken resumed his military career. The Critical Care would come to the fore as Ken was commissioned in the Air Force, eventually deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany as cart of a Critical Care Air Transport Team, treating and resuscitating critically injured soldiers and marines in several parts of Asia, and creating an Intensive Care Unit in the sky, in the back of C-130, C-141 and C-17 aircraft. In down time, Ken studied Afghan faces and sketched them in graphite and conte crayon, further developing his skills in drawing portraits. In Europe and Asia and North Africa, Ken would study and record faces of people and works in galleries.

 

Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey

 

 

 

Witnessing the suffering in Central Asia, while repairing broken bodies and souls, Ken began to draw and paint, and eventually to write poetry in honor of his children and family, and to express the anguish of war. Poetry and art have become cathartic for the artist, enabling a deeper exploration of the human condition, in an attempt to understand human nature and suffering after having experienced horrific loss personally and in the wartime experiences. A book of poetry is soon to be released entitled ‘Death at 50,000 feet and other stories of war’, recounting true and personal experiences. Other volumes of poetry are in development including a personal journey through grief to hope, entitled ‘Lamentosa e Speranza . Other poems reflect upon the seasons and man’s responsibility to safeguard God’s great creation – the Earth. Ken has recently expanded to sculpture (“Wounded Warrior”) and after discovering Haiku, has begun to merge art and poetry with philosophy and nature in newer works exploring morality and meditation.

 

 

Ken continues to serve fellow veterans, after retiring from the USAF, working at a VA Medical Center, and lives with his family in Wellington, FL and part time in Maggie Valley, NC. Ken travels with wife, Karen, to Europe and other places whenever possible. Seeing the world as an essentially beautiful place, a gift from God, Ken continues to look optimistically at life and love, hoping to make a contribution to mankind while instilling respect for the environment and culture.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes and workshops please visit:

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Arturo Avila Garcia, Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Shows Work At Art On Park Gallery

Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL. will be showing  the artwork of Arturo Avila-Garcia, an award winning Colombian-American painter born in Bogotá. Chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists, Arturo’s journey of self discovery through painting brings the viewer a variety of colors and images.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Lake Park is an “art happening”!

 

 

 

ARTURO  AVILA-GARCIA

JOURNEY  THROUGH  ART

AT

ART ON  PARK  GALLERY

800 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL  33403

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

561-345-2842

 

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia spent his first years of college studying psychology which inspired him to express himself by painting. After two years of embracing the notion that “reality has no limits to examine our certainties about ourselves and our community”, he changed careers to focus on a BFA with concentration on painting. In 1992 he was chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists. Previously, he participated at an Art convocation from the Institute that promotes higher education (ICFES) and was awarded Honorable Mention for an installation that feature painting, sculpture and neon lights. The following year he had his first SOLO exhibition at the Santa Gallery, title “Idols”.

 

 

“Blues IX” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

With a BFA and a lot of expectations, he came to the US and has resided in Florida for 25 years. Over time, it became very clear that he was getting into his second journey of “self discovery”. He’s been earning a living through the construction, retail, hospitality and education industries, always keeping the concentration in developing a language and identity as a painter.  He uses various mediums such as pencil, chalk, acrylic and oil on canvas. Arturo, being true to his passion, has also taken on visual decorative and freelance custom paintings projects for companies like Bloomingdales and private collectors. In 2005 he graduated with a Masters in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and accepted an art teaching position at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida.

Custom Installation at Bloomingdales by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

Arturo has been in collective exhibitions with Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild and the Artists of Palm Beach County where he was won awards for his paintings.  He tells The Rickie Report, “The passion of how I approach the painting process gives me an outlet to communicate with people in a non-verbal level”.  He expresses himself through images and ideas relative to paint and color, to deliver a visual message of his life journey, resulting in his latest project titled “Blues”. The series is inspired by “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, a novel by Gábriel Garcia Marquez and his own personal journey.

 

“Blues V” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

He shares, ” The narrative in my paintings combines abstract realism or figurativism and magic realism or realistic fiction. I am inspired by my surroundings, elements and objects. Also by images of people and their inner sensations and sentiments. During the exploration of elements of dreams, fantasy and reality, I found the world of magic realism from García Márquez’s Macondo, where magic comes naturally, as a simple, everyday occurrence in which fantastical things are treated not just as possible, but also as realistic. Ordinary objects and events are enchanted. As the gypsy Melquíades says in the first paragraph of the Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Things have a life of their own. It’s simply a question of waking up their souls.”

 


“Grandfather Playing Violin” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

Arturo explains, “My paintings often have vibrant colors, reminiscent of the tropical colors from the equatorial location of Colombia with flowing lines like the mountain landscape, creating figures attaching the lines and forms to the composition.   This creative exploration you may think, is a contradiction between magic realism and realistic fiction.  After all, how can something be both magical and real? Magic isn’t real – or is it? In Latin America, the continent from which the genre of magical realism was cultivated, there is an attitude that anything can happen –  even miracles. My interpretation of magical realism is closely connected to my Catholic religious background, which believes in miracles and other spontaneous and indescribable abstract phenomena.  In my work this abstract element is determined by the expression and by the form”.

” Dualism has been an influence on every aspect of my artistic development, interpreting and balancing two realities. The same narrative could be applicable to the immigrant artist like myself in another country with a different culture and language… two different worlds, two realities are a continuous challenge that enriched individuality. My interest is a visual balance of realism or figurative art and abstract art”.

 

 

“Centaurs” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

Arturo’s artwork has been exhibited  end awarded at: The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, ICFES (Colombian Institution for Higher Education) , Artists of Palm Beach County, Santa Gallery, (“Idols”), University Gallery Bogotá, Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild, Artisans on the Ave., and APBC Art on Park Gallery

 

For more information please visit:

 www.avilagarciaart2ro.com

or call 561-389-9731

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

Art On Park Gallery Announces “Drawing Exhibit 2017” With Call To Artists And Public Reception

“Drawings 2017” will be an exhibit created by artists who live in Palm Beach County, FL. Hosted by the Artists of Palm Beach County at their gallery, Art on Park in Lake Park, FL, it encourages emerging and established artists to show their creativity. Art lovers: Mark Your Calendars for the Free, Opening Reception on December 1st. The Rickie Report shares the details here and hopes our readers will share this CALL for Art with others! The Deadline for submissions is November 15th. This Call for artists is open to non-members and will be juried for cash prizes by Myrtha Barris, BFA.   Check out APBC’s website for details of upcoming classes and the free events.

 

 

 

 

 

Art on Park Gallery

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403

561-345-2842

 

 

APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents

“Drawings 2017” Exhibit

 

Free, Public Open Reception:

Friday, December 1, 2017

5 – 8 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Juror:

Myrtha Barris  is known as an accomplished artist and is a resident of Juno Beach. She holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University in Studio Art. She is Founder of the Academy of Fine Art and studio. She has taught a community of artist for sixteen years. She offers abroad studies in Spain, Italy, France and China. Her work is grounded in her masterful use of color. She teaches all genre any style or drawing techniques. Come visit her Gallery and Art School in her new location 748c Park Ave. Lake Park or call 561 707 7908.

 

Details For Entering:

 

DRAWING 2017 EXHIBIT CALL TO ARTISTS

Drawings or Pulled Prints of any subject in Dry media, black & white or color. Ink pens and felt tip markers are acceptable. NO computer generated work allowed.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 11/15/2017
Notification to artists on or before Saturday, 11/18/2017
Hand delivery of artwork: Friday and Saturday, 11/24 or 11/25/2017 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Opening Reception: Friday, 12/01/2017 from 5 – 8 pm
Art Pickup: Friday, 12/29/2017, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Open to all artists who live in Palm Beach County.
Work previously displayed at APBC Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
Please do not submit work that will not be ready to hang by the drop off date.
Submissions and payments to be sent in electronically via www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org. APBC Members non-refundable entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB each) Non Members non-refundable entry fee: $35 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB each)

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale. Please price your work accordingly.
Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee
To access the submission form go to: http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/eventdetail.php?289

Please read these entire instructions before you proceed:
IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER (OR HAVE BEEN) LOG IN FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY TO ENTER.
If you want to join APBC please follow the “Become a Member” link BEFORE you enter the exhibit.
Or you can renew your membership if it has lapsed. After you pay the membership fee ($50 for one year), please make sure you complete the registration process by following the provided links and email instructions to fill in your user name/password and contact details.
Go to the “APBC Exhibitions” tab on the left side column of the Home page. Go to the DRAWING 2017 event and click on the provided link.
After you enter/edit the information fields, go to the bottom of the page to: “Exhibition Name” “Select an Exhibition Name.” Select DRAWING 2017, then click the last link: “proceed to Submit . . .”
You should have your images ready to upload (JPEG format only, no larger than 3 MB each). After you have chosen ALL your images click the UPLOAD button. You will then be asked to fill in the name, medium, size and price of each image. When this is complete you have reached the final step. Click the button. You should receive an email telling you of the successful submission.
IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THIS PROCESS or have any questions, please call John Palozzi at the Gallery for help, 561-345-2842, or email: artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Terms:

01) Work previously displayed at APBC Art on Park Gallery is not allowed. 02) Original ideas only.
03) Only original works will be accepted.
04) Maximum Size: 60″ wide x 60″ high.

05) No late entries accepted.
06) Entry fees are not refundable.
07) The decision of the jurors is final.
08) Images of works must be submitted to be juried in an electronic JPG format, no larger than 3MB each,via the link on the APBC.org website. File names should contain the name of the WORK. 09) Unframed pieces in any medium must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
10) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
11) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure.

All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
12) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work with the artist’s name and title of the work. 13) Members will receive 75% of the gross sale. Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale.  Please price your work accordingly.
14) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the APBC Art on Park Gallery, which does not extend to your artwork.
APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.

For more information about this exhibit, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

Art Salon: Monday, October 23, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM.

Free, All are welcome. Bring one piece of your original, recent art to show and tell. Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

FREE COLLAGE CLASS
Saturday, October 28th at 2 PM

 

 

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Overview Of NEW Dates For Gallery Exhibits And Calls For Artists Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control-Hurricane Irma

Pardon the inconvenience (Irma), as The Rickie Report shares NEW dates of Exhibits, Gallery presentations and Calls for art.  Many artists have experienced losses of supplies, studios, and artwork due to Irma.  As these artists’ basic needs are being taken care of by other agencies, we would like to suggest other ways to help:  Support the local art scene by showing up for events, by talking to the artists, and by purchasing their art. 

 

NEW  DATES  FOR  EXHIBITS, DEADLINES:

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter

 

 

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 21    5:30 – 7:30 pm

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/09/14/lighthouse-artcenter-faculty-ceramics-and-3d-exhibition-opens-2017-18-season/

 

 

 

Art On Park Gallery/ Artists of Palm Beach County

 

 

Opening Reception for Susan Oakes Exhibit:   Friday, September 22   5 to 8  pm

 

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/09/07/susan-oakes-is-featured-artist-at-art-on-park-gallery-with-new-images/

 

Deadline for the Portraits Exhibit has been extended to Wednesday, September 27

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/08/30/art-on-park-gallery-announces-portraits-2017-exhibition-with-call-for-art-and-free-public-reception/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans On The Ave

 

 

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22   6 – 9 pm

Vote For Your Favorite Artist. Winner gets One Month Exhibit at Gallery!

 

 

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/09/11/artist-environmentalist-activist-exhibition-awaits-your-peoples-choice-vote-on-september-15th-at-artisans-on-the-ave/

 

 

Center For Creative Education

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 23  6PM

 

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/08/23/atb-fine-arts-presents-boys-to-men-iv-at-center-for-creative-education-gallery/

 

 

 

Boca Raton Branch National League Of American Pen Women

Opening Meeting!  New members Welcome!

Thursday, October 19, 2017    12:00 Noon

Deadline for reservations: Oct. 11, 2017

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/09/13/boca-raton-branch-national-league-of-american-pen-women-invite-you-to-october-opening-luncheon/

 

 

 

 

 

Art 4 Apes  Original Art And Photography Exhibit

 

Deadline Extended to October 15th

 

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/09/16/eminent-jurors-announced-for-5th-annual-endangered-as-call-for-artists-and-photographers-continues/

 

 

 

 

 

12th Annual Juried Art Fest On The Green 

 

 

Deadline Extended to November 1st for Fine Art and Fine Craft Show

 

http://www.therickiereport.com/2017/08/09/12th-annual-art-fest-on-the-green-in-wellington-opens-applications-for-all-media-art-patrons-mark-your-calendars/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Susan Oakes Is Featured Artist At Art On Park Gallery With New Images

How does Susan Oakes create her artwork?  You are invited to meet the artist at Art on Park Gallery at the Opening Reception on Friday, September 15th.  Susan will give a short artist talk to explain her process, while unveiling her newest piece, “9/11 Steel”.  In addition to this SOLO Exhibition, Susan is offering classes in September at Palm Beach State College and at Park Vista High School in western Lake Worth.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Susan’s exuberant art.

 

 

 

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com     561-345-2842

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue        Lake Park, Florida 33403

 

 

 

 

 

APBC  ART  ON  PARK  GALLERY  PRESENTS:

A SOLO EXHIBITION :

SUSAN  OAKES

OPENING  RECEPTION

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

 5 -8  PM

Exhibition runs September 11 – 29, 2017

 

 

 

 “9/11 Steel” (Above) is a new piece, being unveiled for the first time at this Exhibition  About the 9/11 memorial in NYC, it is a collage of an illustration of a veteran who has lost a limb in war and a piece of steel from the twin towers which is displayed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC.

 

Susan tells The Rickie Report,  “In my recent collage pieces, I create composites of several photos, and sometimes vector illustrations as well. They are not only layered, but have various other effects such as painting, blending and masking to achieve a certain look. I often begin with the human form and then relate it to elements in the natural world, such as water, plant life, or landscapes. The viewer’s eye is drawn around the piece to discover both the individual elements and how they coalesce to form the whole.”

 

 

 

“Chasms” by Susan Oakes

 

 

“I am a freelance digital artist/instructor with a diverse background in psychology, business, art and technology.  Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, I’ve traveled a multi-faceted personal and vocational road of discovery. Through my work and teaching, I demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. In my digital work I blur the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustrate on to achieve my artistic vision”.

 

“Rapture” by Susan Oakes

 

 

Susan explains, “What I do is not really traditional photography, but “Photo Imaging” in which I use enhanced techniques such as layering, masking, and digital “hand painting”.  Although it originates with computer hardware and software, my work is not the result of anything “automatic”, and is developed from my original photography. There is no “formula” or automatic process; no two pieces are done in exactly the same way”.

 

“Duplicity” by Susan Oakes

 

 

Susan’s artwork has been seen in juried art exhibits throughout the State of Florida as well as in New York and Maryland. She has been a Featured Artist at numerous galleries in Southeast Florida, along with other SOLO exhibitions. Susan has been recognized with multiple awards for her innovative artistry, in addition to exhibits on-line (Art Ascent Magazine, June, 2013 and Light Space and Time www.lightspacetime.com)

 

 
“Soma Stone” by Susan Oakes

Susan is an Adjunct Instructor, Palm Beach State College, Corporate and Continuing Ed, Learning Unlimited, Summer Youth College; teaching courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Graphics and Art. She is also a Private Tutor for Photoshop and Graphics Applications, an Instructor for the School District of Palm Beach County, Adult Education.  Previously, Susan was an Adjunct Instructor, Briarcliffe College, Graphic Design, Bethpage and Patchogue, NY, Teaching courses in the Associate’s and Bachelor’s program in Graphic Design.  Susan is a member of the Broward Artists Guild, Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & Gallery Artist’s Guild, Artists of Palm Beach County, Member Kelby One (Formerly known as National Association of Photoshop Professionals).  Her formal education includes: Briarcliffe College, A.A.S., Graphic Design, Suffolk Community College, Hofstra University, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, B.A., Psychology.

 

 

 

 

Susan’s classes are starting in September at Palm Beach State College and at Park Vista High School in western Lake Worth. :

http://www.suoakesart.com/html/SouthFL_PhotoshopClasses.html

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops, graphic design or private lessons:

Susan Oakes
SuOakes Graphic Design 
www.suoakesphotoimaging.com
www.suoakesart.com
www.suoakesdesign.com
561-432-4633

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

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Art On Park Gallery Announces “Portraits 2017” Exhibition With Call For Art And Free Public Reception

“Portraits 2017” will be an exhibit of 2D and 3 D artwork in any medium, created by artists who live in Palm Beach County, FL. Hosted by the Artists of Palm Beach County at their gallery, Art on Park in Lake Park, FL, this promises to encourage emerging and established artists to show their creativity. Art lovers: Mark Your Calendars for the Free, Opening Reception on October 6th. The Rickie Report shares the details here and hopes our readers will share this CALL for Art with others! The Deadline for submissions is September 20th. This Call for artists is open to non-members and will be juried by Caron Bowman, for cash prizes. Check out APBC’s website for details of upcoming classes and the free events.

 

 

 

Art on Park Gallery

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403

561-345-2842

APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents

“Portraits 2017” Exhibit

Celebrating Portrait Artists in Palm Beach County

Free, Public Open Reception:

Friday, October 6, 2017

5 – 8 pm

 

 

 

AWARDING
* $50 for First Place * $25 for Second Place * Honorable Mentions *

Submissions should be a painting, photograph, sculpture, collage or other artistic representation of a person or animal, in which the face and its expression predominates.

An exhibition of 2D and 3D works

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 09/20/2017

This exhibition runs from October 02 to November 03, 2017

 

Our judge is Caron Bowman, who is a multi-disciplined artist who uses a diverse spectrum of mediums. She has been profiled by fashion photographer Nick Knight’s -SHOWstudio, Smithsonian American Latino Museum and Beck’s Greenbox Series, was a
featured artist in the Wynwood Miami Mix Art Fair, Art Palm Beach satellite Continuum Art Fair, was selected by Bombay Sapphire
Corporation /Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation to be included in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, and has received international recognition in various museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To access the submission form go to:

http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/eventdetail.php?288

PORTRAITS 2017 EXHIBIT CALL TO ARTISTS
Artistic representations of persons or animals, in which the face and its expression predominates.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 09/20/2017
Notification to artists on or before Saturday, 09/23/2017
Hand delivery of artwork: Friday and Saturday, 09/29 or 09/30/2017 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, 10/06/2017 from 5 – 8 pm
Art Pickup: Friday and Saturday, 11/03 or 11/04/2017, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Open to all artists who live in Palm Beach County. Multimedia, 2D and 3D work welcomed. Work previously displayed at APBC Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
Please do not submit work that will not be ready to hang by the drop off date.
Submissions and payments to be sent in electronically via www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org. APBC Members non-refundable entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB)
Non Members non-refundable entry fee: $35 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB)

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale. Please price your work accordingly.
Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee

 

 

Please read these entire instructions before you proceed:
IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER (OR HAVE BEEN) LOG IN FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY TO ENTER.
If you want to join APBC please follow the “Become a Member” link BEFORE you enter the exhibit.
Or you can renew your membership if it has lapsed. After you pay the membership fee ($50 for one year), please make sure you complete the registration process by following the provided links and email instructions to fill in your user name/password and contact details.
Go to the “APBC Exhibitions” tab on the left side column of the Home page. Go to the PORTRAITS 2017 event and click on the provided link.
After you enter/edit the information fields, go to the bottom of the page to: “Exhibition Name” “Select an Exhibition Name.” Select PORTRAITS 2017, then click the last link: “proceed to Submit . . .”
You should have your images ready to upload (JPEG format only, no larger than 3 MB each). After you have chosen ALL your images click the UPLOAD button. You will then be asked to fill in the name, medium, size and price of each image. When this is complete you have reached the final step. Click the button. You should receive an email telling you of the successful submission.
IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THIS PROCESS or have any questions, please call John Palozzi at the Gallery for help, 561-345-2842, or email: artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Terms:

01) Work previously displayed at APBC Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
02) Original ideas only.
03) Only original works will be accepted. No giclees of original work unless the original is a digital image. 04) Maximum Size: 60″ wide x 60″ high.
05) No late entries accepted.
06) Entry fees are not refundable.
07) The decision of the jurors is final.
08) Images of works must be submitted to be juried in an electronic JPG format, no larger than 3MB each,via the link on the APBC.org website. File names should contain the name of the WORK.

09) Unframed pieces in any medium must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
10) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
11) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure.

All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
12) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with the artist’s name and title of the work.
13) Members will receive 75% of the gross sale. Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale

Please price your work accordingly.
14) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the APBC Art on Park Gallery, which does not extend to your artwork.
APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Art On Park Gallery Announces Call For 2D and 3D work For “Absolutely Abstract 2017” With Juror Jean Hutchison

“Absolutely Abstract 2017” will be an Exhibit of Work, any subject, any medium, created by artists who live in Palm Beach County, FL. Hosted by the Artists of Palm Beach County at their gallery, Art on Park in Lake Park, FL, this promises to encourage emerging and established artists to show their creativity. Art lovers: Mark Your Calendars for the Free, Opening Reception on August 11th. The Rickie Report shares the details here and hopes our readers will share this CALL for Art with others! The Deadline for submissions is July 26th.  This Call for artists is open to non-members and will be juried by Jean Hutchison, for cash prizes.  Check out APBC’s website for details of upcoming classes and the free events.

 

 

 

 

Art on Park Gallery

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM
800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403      561-345-2842

 

 

APBC Art on Park Gallery

Presents

 

“ABSOLUTELY ABSTRACT” 2017 Exhibit

Free, Public Open Reception:

Friday, 08/11/2017

 

 

Abstract Work created in any medium

Exhibit shows  8/7  – 9/8/2017

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 07/26/2017

AWARDING

* $50 for First Place * $25 for Second Place * Honorable Mentions *

Our judge is: Jean Hutchison. Jean began to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon, and as a child attended the Art Institute of Chicago for summer lessons. She later graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an English major, and Art and Science minors. Her large painting, “Birds of the World”, won the $5000 Best of Show at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has been shown at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum and The West Bend Art Museum in West Bend, Wisconsin. An exhibitor in national juried shows, she has won numerous awards, and her work hangs in many public and private collections. A resident of Florida since 1986, her paintings are currently being featured in galleries, collections and museums throughout the state.

Event Description:

Entry Fee: $15 (Non-members $35) for up to 3 works of art.
Entry Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday July 26th. 2017
Notification to Artists: Saturday July 29th, 2017
Art drop off: Friday August 4th, 2017 – 12:00 pm through 5:00 PM
Art pick up: Friday September 8th, 2017 – 12:00 pm through 5:00 PM

Rules for Eligible Work:

• All Artists are eligible to submit work to this exhibition. Membership is not required.
• Work previously displayed in Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
• Original ideas only.
• Only original works will be accepted. No giclees of original work unless the original is a digital image.
• Maximum Size: 60″ wide x 60″ high.
• No late entries accepted.
• Entry fees are not refundable.
• The decision of the jurors is final.
• Images of works must be submitted to be juried in an electronic JPG format, no larger than 3MB each, via the link on the ArtistsofPalmBeachCounty.org website. File names should contain the name of the work. Make sure the file names match the names listed on the entry form.
• Any required entry fees must be paid before submissions will be accepted.
• Unframed pieces in any medium must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
• No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
• All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure. All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
• All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with artist name and title of work.

Fee Payments / Entry Forms:

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Call for “Undiscovered” Artists Ages 18 – 25 At Art On Park Gallery. All Media, Cash Prizes

“Undiscovered  Artists 2017” will be an Exhibit of Work, any subject, any medium, created by artists who are 18 to 25 years old, who live in Palm Beach County, FL.  Hosted by the Artists of Palm Beach County at their gallery, Art on Park in Lake Park, FL, this promises to encourage emerging artists to show their creativity. Art lovers: Mark Your Calendars for the Free, Opening Reception on July 21st.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and hopes our readers will share this CALL for Art with others!  The Deadline for submissions is July 5th.

 

 

800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403

561.345.2842 

www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 12 PM to 6 PM

“Undiscovered Artists 2017”  EXHIBIT

Free, OPENING RECEPTION:

Friday, July 21st

5 – 8 PM

 

APPLICATIONS DUE:  JULY 5th

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

 

Hand delivery of artwork: Friday and Saturday, 07/14 or 07/15/2017 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, 07/21/2017 from 5 – 8 pm
Art Pickup: Friday and Saturday, 08/04 or 08/05/2017, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Open to all artists who live in Palm Beach County between the ages of 18 and 25. Multimedia, 2D and 3D work welcomed.

Work previously displayed in Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.

Please do not submit work that will not be ready to hang by the drop off date.

Submissions and payments to be sent in electronically via www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org. APBC Members non-refundable entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB)
Non Members non-refundable entry fee: $35 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB)

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale. Please price your work accordingly.
Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee
To access the submission form go to: http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/eventdetail.php?284

Please read these entire instructions before you proceed:
IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER (OR HAVE BEEN) LOG IN FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY TO ENTER.
If you want to join APBC please follow the “Become a Member” link BEFORE you enter the exhibit.
Or you can renew your membership if it has lapsed. After you pay the membership fee ($50 for one year), please make sure you complete the registration process by following the provided links and email instructions to fill in your user name/password and contact details.
Go to the “APBC Exhibitions” tab on the left side column of the Home page. Go to the UNDISCOVERED ARTISTS 2017 event and click on the provided link.
After you enter/edit the information fields, go to the bottom of the page to: “Exhibition Name” “Select an Exhibition Name.” Select UNDISCOVERED ARTISTS 2017, then click the last link: “proceed to Submit . . .” You should have your images ready to upload (JPEG format only, no larger than 3 MB each). After you have chosen ALL your images click the UPLOAD button. You will then be asked to fill in the name, medium, size and price of each image. When this is complete you have reached the final step. Click the button. You should receive an email telling you of the successful submission.
IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THIS PROCESS or have any questions, please call John Palozzi at the Gallery for help, 561-345-2842, or email: artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Terms:

01) Work previously displayed in Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
02) Original ideas only.
03) Only original works will be accepted. No giclees of original work unless the original is a digital image.

04) Maximum Size: 60″ wide x 60″ high.
05) No late entries accepted.
06) Entry fees are not refundable.
07) The decision of the jurors is final.
08) Images of works must be submitted to be juried in an electronic JPG format, no larger than 3MB each, via the link on the APBC website. File names should contain the name of the WORK.

09) Unframed pieces in any medium must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
10) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
11) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure.

All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
12) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with artist name and title of work.
13) Members will receive 75% of the gross sale. Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale.  Please price your work accordingly.
14) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the Art on Park Gallery which does not extend to your artwork.

APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.

 

 

For more information about Joining APBC, Calls for Art, Exhibitions, Artists Space, Classes:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Public Invited To Norman Berman”s “My Art/ My Faith – Revisited” At Art On Park Gallery

Norman Berman, award winning and nationally known artist and photographer, considers himself a young 81! He turned 81 last October, but he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. An Exhibit of his works from the 1980’s to the present will be at the Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art On Park Gallery from May 22 until June 10.  The Public is Invited to the Free, Opening Reception on May 25th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and an interview with Norman, as well as some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

800 Park Avenue   Lake Park, FL 33403

561.345.2842   www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

Artists of Palm Beach County

Art on Park Gallery

Presents:

 

 

Norman Berman

“My Art/My Faith – Revisited”

Opening Reception:

Thursday, May 25th

5 – 8 pm

Exhibit Runs May 22 – June 10, 2017

 

Artist, Norman Berman

 

 

Berman’s subject matter ranges from Abstractions to Heritage themes.. He’s been creating artwork professionally for over 55 years.  He tells The Rickie Report, “For me, creating art is a challenge.  As I look at a work surface, I begin my conversation with it.  The surface says to me, ’Create something, I dare you!’  Therefore, my adventure begins!”  As one listens to Norman Berman share his life-stories, you must pay attention to details.  Looking at his artwork, that should be no surprise… It is these tidbits that make the whole.

 

 

“Silent Sound” by Norman Berman

 

 

TRR:  What were your early artistic influences?
NB:

My introduction to art was at age four, when I accompanied my father, a shipping clerk in a mens’ wear company, to work. The women in the office gave me a piece of paper, a red pencil, a black pencil and plopped me in a chair with the instructions to ‘draw something’.  I drew the American flag to keep myself occupied.  Over the years, I started to copy and draw comic book characters (Disney, Superman, and Batman, etc.). My father would take these drawings and hang them in his workplace and change them around – it was my first public gallery!

 

As the United States entered WWII, I was fascinated by US military aircraft, so I wrote to all of the aircraft companies for pictures.  They would send me these gorgeous lithographic prints!  My favorite was the P38, a double fuselage plane and very impressive to look at.  Around the same time, there was a kid in our neighborhood who was already in high school and must have been an art major. I would show him my airplane drawings and he showed me how to create perspective images: not linear perspective images going to a vanishing point, but looking down at buildings as if you were in an airplane.

When I was 10 years old, I broke my elbow.  It was probably the beginning of my escapades with brittle bone disease, but we didn’t know about that until much, much later. While at Israel Zion Hospital (now Maimonides), I used to draw the nurses in profile, with their little caps.  In elementary school, my art was always hanging in the classroom and the halls.

 

 

As a Junior High School student, one of my teachers recommended that I attend the High School of Music & Art. Living in Brooklyn, it was an hour and a half subway ride in the morning and evening rush hours which my parents weren’t happy about. We happened to live close to the neighborhood high school, Abraham Lincoln High School.  As a result, I ended up going to Lincoln which had a fabulous art department! That’s where I got my real training, in my approach to art.  In 10th grade, Herbert W. Yates got me interested in the importance of art history.

I started saving articles from “Life Magazine” that related to art and artists.  My father would pick up a copy at the newsstand every Saturday. I finally convinced him that it would be more convenient and less expensive to get a subscription!  After reading the entire magazine, I categorized the pictures with my own filing system into red envelopes.  My mother, a voracious reader, would buy other magazines like ‘McCall’s’ and ‘Ladies Home Journal’.  Those magazines happen to have some of the top-notched illustrators of the time.

 

“Heaven’s Gate2” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  Norman shares his “beshert” (Yiddish for “meant to be”) moment as he takes us back to 1950.

NB:
Leon Friend Chaired the Art Department and I was sitting in his Graphic Arts class – last row, second seat.   Leon says,’ DO YOU KNOW WHO SAT IN YOUR SEAT? ‘  I said, ‘No.’  Friend said, ‘Alex Steinweiss’.  This was like mentioning God!   Alex Steinweiss was an early graduate from Lincoln, who after graduating from Parsons School of Design, worked for Columbia Records. Steinweiss convinced his employers to change their marketing strategy to sell their long playing records.  Instead of wrapping the records in brown paper, they should create a book with the record inside.  Each book would have artwork on its cover.  Alex Steinweiss was responsible for the entire industry of record albums cover designs!

During my senior year, I sent my portfolio to the School Art League.  Mr. Friend comes into class and asks ‘who we think should be the happiest person in the room today’.  And then he says, ‘Norman, it’s you!  You just won the scholarship to Parsons School of Design! ‘I’m thinking…I’m following in the steps of Alex Steinweiss! I literally “fell out of my chair”! (With no cell phones), I got home and shared my good news, which my mother thought was very nice.  Then we waited until my father came home to tell him.  I’d already been accepted to tuition-free Brooklyn College.  What to do…  His father, a product of the Great Depression, didn’t want Norman to accept the scholarship.  (What if it wasn’t renewed after a year? They couldn’t afford tuition…What about the cost of supplies? They also wanted to send his brother to college in just more three years).

 

“Caves Of Qumran” by Norman Berman

 

TRR: Norman returned to tell Mr. Friend the news. This dedicated teacher stayed until 7 pm the next evening to meet with Norman’s father in an attempt to convince him, even offering an extra $100. from the “Art Squad” to help defray costs. The answer was the same.  Norman’s father understood the need to be pragmatic. Norman would go to college, become a teacher and get a job.

NB:
That summer I didn’t have a job. I walked the streets telling myself that I was going to Brooklyn College.  I psyched myself up about meeting new people and having new experiences. I had four good years at BC.

 

TRR:  Norman went back to his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School to student teach and his teaching career started in 1956. In September, 1960, Norman was set up by his brother’s fiancée on a blind date with a girl named Ethel.  The rest is history!  They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Ethel and Norman were married for almost 52 years. As Norman points out, if he had gone to Parsons, he would not have ended up being introduced to his “beshert”, Ethel.  His first date was on Ethel’s birthday. They were married for 52 years… She passed away in July of 2013.

NB:
After graduating with my BA and MA from Brooklyn College, I taught Junior High and then High School.  I taught painting as part of the curriculum, along with art history and color theory. From my own experiences, I encouraged my students to learn and research their subjects.  Research is an essential part of any good piece of artwork!  My favorite part of the curriculum was teaching painting.  I was privileged to have a number of students from the “Art Talent Classes”.  I eventually became a supervisor (Assistant Principal).  I taught in a few different schools and in 1983 was awarded the ‘Art Educator Award’ from the New York City Art Teacher’s Association/UFT and the Art Chairman’s Association in recognition of my outstanding service and commitment to art education.  I also held the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Queensborough College where I taught painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, and art history.  I retired in January, 1991.

 

“Neshama” by Norman Berman

 

 

TRR:  Tell us more about your own artwork.  On your website, you differentiate between two different types of art.
NB:
There is an interrelationship.  Some of my larger paintings incorporate Hebrew words from Jewish prayers.  The ‘Lecha Dodi’  piece that is part of my current show, welcomes the Sabbath, as a bride.  Another powerful piece of bright yellow hues titled ‘Aveenu Malkeinu’ (Our Father, Our King), comes from the High Holy Day liturgy.

During my studies at Brooklyn College, three or four faculty members really influenced me: Jimmy Ernst (son of Max), Carl Robert Holty (a disciple of Mondrian), and Harry Holtzman and Mark Rothko.  Stylistically, Jimmy showed me how calligraphy and linear work can influence a piece of artwork; how to allow just enough, without overpowering the piece.  Holty was a great “colorist”.  He taught me to take Mondrian’s rectangles and squares and change their edges from white to various tints and shades of color, allowing work to “float” in one plane over the other.  He helped me capture my creative imagination through color relationships.  Holty subscribed to Hans Hoffman’s theory of “Push and Pull”.  Holtzman, who never taught studio, explained the theory of modern art, abstract theory and how to analyze what the creative process was all about.  He was one of the people who managed to help Mondrian get into the U.S.  The faculty of Brooklyn College in the 50′s and 60′s were influential artists, bringing new ideas and changes to the art world. They were the top names in the Abstract Expressionist Movement.  Having Mark Rothko as a teacher certainly influenced me. I subscribe to the Abstract Art Movement’s credo “The act of painting is more important than the product.  As Mark Rothko says, “My paintings are made to engulf you.” There is a definitive biography of Rothko and I like one of his quotes which is “ART IS AN ADVENTURE INTO AN UNKNOWN WORLD, WHICH CAN BE EXPLORED ONLY BY THOSE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS.” Each time I start a new work, I am moving into an unknown world and taking new risks. That is what keeps me going!

At the same time as I was teaching, I was also creating and showing my own work.  I believe strongly that to be able to teach art, you must be involved in the creative process yourself!  You have to live through the agony of that blank canvas and the ecstasy of a finished piece of art.

 

 

“By The Rivers of Babylon” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  Does your art tell a story?

NB:
Good question!  Usually, my art does not tell a story because I normally don’t create narrative pieces of work. My piece, ‘Lake of Snow Moon’ is unusual in that aspect, for me. The initial little study for it (which I rarely do) was based on the weeds and reeds that I see every day from my kitchen window. When I decided to enlarge it to a full size watercolor the weeds and reeds became snow-covered pine trees. The title “The Lake of the Snow Moon” comes from the fact that the nickname for the full moon in February/March is called the “Snow Moon”. This painting took an award at the 2014 Art of Association Show at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  The toughest part of being an abstract painter is when people ask me , ‘well, what is that supposed to be?’  If my response is that I can’t tell them and they have to determine that for themselves, it sounds dismissive.  I don’t want to be that way.  The spectator has to be willing to engage and think and wonder ‘what does that look like?’ ‘what does it tell me’? I can’t do that for them.  I like the subtlety of color relationships and that shows in a majority of my work.  Even after graduation from Brooklyn College, I would go to Carl Holty’s studio and show him my work and talk about these theories.  Then I started to show my work in galleries in Greenwich Village.

 

“Gateway to the Golden Medina” by Norman Berman

 

 

TRR:  What is your favorite part of being an artist?

NB:

When the piece is ready to sign!  Once I do that, I never go back to rework the painting.  I also like to see my work in a venue other than the walls in my house. The works look totally different in a gallery. I’ve exhibited widely in the New York Metropolitan area and my work appears in numerous private collections across the country.  The Queensborough Community College Gallery has my work in its permanent collection.  My work has been displayed in libraries, synagogues and churches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York as well as the Polish Consulate in Manhattan, the GE Gallery in Schenectady, NY and the SONY Gallery in New York City.

 

TRR:  What tips would you give beginning artists?

NB:
Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!  Your images will grow and your style will develop. That is OK.  For me, selling my work is a secondary thought.  I love what I do.  But, at the same time, don’t be afraid to market yourself.  I know this is difficult because one is fearful thinking about it.  Most artists aren’t trained to sell their work.

 

“Heavens Gate1” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  Can you take us through the process of a painting?

NB:

Now I use watercolor, starting with a blank sheet of paper and add floating colors next.  Then I bring in wide calligraphic lines, getting thinner and thinner to create an intricate ‘lace-like’ network. The final effort is to come up with a title.  I rarely work from sketches or small studies. I don’t buy this notion that art is for self-enjoyment. (That is for the hobbyist who is “making pictures”). Art is a challenge and hard work. I have to let my mind and brain create images through my hand that I find pleasing, interesting and challenging.  The one thing in the 1950′s and 1960′s about theories expounding at Brooklyn College was that the act of painting was more important than the product.  If you finish the product and you like it, sign and you’re done.  Fine.  If you finish a product that you don’t like, it is also fine to rip it up and throw it away.   In fact, in Mark Rothko’s class, he would have you create a piece of art, then tear it up and reconstruct it!

 

When I am finished with a painting, I sign it and that’s it!  That’s not a “beshert” moment.  It is an “Aha !” moment.   When you look at your piece and know that it is enough, you are done.  If you’re not sure, stop painting and turn the piece facing the wall.  Turn it around and look at it in another 6 weeks.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  My best and most instant critic was Ethel…

 

“To Everything There Is A Season” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  How do you recharge your creativity?

NB:
I like read about “art” whether in fiction or non-fiction.  When I reread two of my favorite books, “My Name is Asher Lev” and “The Gift of Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, the words deeply move me. While I was not as prolific as the fictional Asher Lev, I had many of the same experiences as he did, growing up in Brooklyn and although locales were “fictionalized” I knew exactly where they were.  I also enjoy Daniel Silva whose protagonist is Gabriel Alon, an Israeli Mossad agent as well as a world famous art restorer.  I read books about artists. Their concepts and approaches to creativity help me to recharge my own creativity. As an adjunct to my paintings I am a serious amateur photographer. My approach to photography is similar to my approach to my paintings. I look for the abstract elements in the subjects that I photograph. That is a way that I am constantly aware of the visual world around which eventually can be incorporated into my works.

TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

NB:
I do have a physical limitation, which prevents me from working on large canvases, which I used to do in oils and in acrylics. I was diagnosed with ‘brittle bone disease’ (osteogenesisimperfecta). Because of my disability, I limit myself to working on full sheet or a double elephant size Arches’ Bright White 300 lb. Cold Press paper or 140 lb. Arches Bright White paper. In reading a research paper about OI, it stated that those with the disease tend to be very optimistic people, with strong motivations.  We get up.  We do.  We are positive.  I hope more people find out about the OI Foundation.www.OIF.org

 

 

For more information, please contact Norman Berman  561.434.0605
www.normanberman.com    or  normberman12@gmail.com

About Artists of Palm Beach County:

 

For more information about Joining APBC, Calls for Art, Exhibitions, Artists Space, Classes:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

 

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.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986