Jen Walls Shares “The Art Of Illustration” In A New Illuminated Novel, ‘The Storyteller’s Apprentice’. Opening Reception And Book Signing At ArtServe On November 8th

What happens when one artist invites another artist to collaborate?  Magical malarkey! “The Storytellers’s Apprentice” is an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow, with illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls. Readers ages 6 – 99 will enjoy this book and its illustrations.   The Free Opening Reception and Book signing takes place on Thursday, November 8th.  Books and artwork will be available for purchase at ArtServe as well as on line.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This family-friendly art and literary event features paintings of adventurous characters and whimsical creatures in vibrant settings in a gallery setting, along with illustrations nestled inside a beautiful, casebound book. Mixed media illustrations, pen and ink drawings and hand carved and stamped images give viewers a peek into the world of book illustration and children’s fantasy fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I N T R O D U C I N G:

” THE     STORYTELLER’S     APPRENTICE “

 

 

 

 

 

 

M E E T      T H E      C O L L A B O R A T O R S

OPENING   RECEPTION/ BOOK   SIGNING:

THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER  8TH

6 – 8 PM

Refreshments served  

Exhibit Available  November 2 – 27, 2018

 At:   ArtServe 

 

1350 E Sunrise Blvd   Fort Lauderdale

ArtServe at 954-462-8190   Artist/illustrator Jen Walls at 704-771-9726

 

 

 

www.thestorytellersapprentice.com

 

 

Astrid in “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

The Art of Illustration:

Original illustrations from the illuminated novel, The Storyteller’s Apprentice, appear in a new exhibit at ArtServe from November 2 – 27. This family-friendly art and literary event features paintings of adventurous characters and whimsical creatures in vibrant settings in a gallery setting, along with illustrations nestled inside a beautiful, casebound book. Mixed media illustrations, pen and ink drawings and hand carved and stamped images give viewers a peek into the world of book illustration and children’s fantasy fiction.   The Storytellers’s Apprentice is an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow, with illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls. For readers ages 6 – 99. Books and art will be available for purchase at ArtServe, or visit www.thestorytellersapprentice.com to buy online.

 

 

 

Scruffy Dog from “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

 

 

 

The Storyteller’s Apprentice (An Illuminated Novel) and a New Exhibit at ArtServe:

Everything has a name. Everything has a story.

In Loden, coming of age means becoming an apprentice. Though all of the villagers expect Arella’s sister to become the storyteller’s apprentice, it is Arella who is chosen.

When Arella is forced to leave her childhood home and face her biggest fears, she follows an unexpected path of adventure, hardship, and enchantment. She learns to appreciate the power in a name and the importance of sharing stories. Along the way, Arella accepts her own talents and learns to see the beauty and the magic around her.

All she had to do was LISTEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every story begins with…another story~

This adventure began with one artist inviting another to collaborate. “I’ll paint some backgrounds; you add characters,” said Brit. “Well sure, I’d be delighted,” replied Jen. A dozen boards and a nearly a year later, Brit and Jen decided the characters needed a story. In stepped Dana, who accepted the challenge of writing a story after the illustrations were already done—a backwards process. She took over like a mad queen and convinced the illustrators to provide more illustrations because, she said, the story demanded them. The illustrators, enchanted by the stories, bowed to her requests, although the thought of stuffing the author into an attic occurred to them more than once.

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her younger days, writer Dana Kumerow was a tree-climbing, frog-catching, star-gazing book worm who acted out her favorite stories in the playhouse in her backyard. Today she lives in a tiny log cabin in the North Carolina mountains and blogs about words, books, writing, and more at writingtowardhome.com.

 

 

About the Artists:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon receiving her degree in studio art, Brittany Tate set out with a fierce determination to set the world ablaze. After completing her first landscape in 2015, she began filling her world with colorful drama, exotic places, and playful pets. She’s hardly put down her brush since!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist and illustrator Jen Walls lives in a world of malarkey. Her studio is crammed with whimsical creatures, moody queens, and soulful girls. Walls has lived a backwards life, beginning with a grown-up job and all kinds of seriousness until she was nearly old—then SHAZAM! She fell headlong into the world of art and has been playing ever since. Follow her adventures at www.jenwalls.com and at Instagram.com/jenjovanwalls.

 

 

Caravan from “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

Available for Purchase:

 

 

 

~ The Book ~

~ Backpacks ~

~ Notecards  ~

Illustrations purchased online or at the exhibit will be reserved for the buyer, and shipped November 28th, immediately following the show closing.

For more information:

www.jenwalls.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Pat Dews’ Demo And Annual Art-Related Flea Market On March 20

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a watermedia group, invites the public to a free event on Tuesday, March 20th.  Join us for our Annual Flea Market of new and used art supplies. Biggest year yet!  Fundraising with raffles and our ANNUAL FLEA MARKET supports our “Young at Art Museum” Summer Camp Program. Contemporary artist, Pat Dews will give a demo and everyone can buy new and used art supplies to benefit the Young At Art Summer Camp Program!  Donations are still coming in, so we can’t list everything here.  Stop by the Artsetrve Auditorium! The Rickie Report shares the details of the annual Flea Market which is open to non- members. We urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group

ArtServe
 1350 Sunrise Blvd,   Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Annual Flea Market Finds!

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

 

Tuesday,  March 20, 2018

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Flea Market Art Supplies!

 

A Watermedia Group Meeting & Demonstration by

Abstract artist Pat Dews starts at 7:15 – 9 pm

Paints!

Used and New Art Supplies For Sale

Art -Books & Magazines, easels, watercolors, acrylics and mediums, brushes, Illustration board, watercolor paper, colored pencils, pens, pastels, frames, mats, stencil and stamps, drawing papers, charcoal, collage materials, ETC. donations coming in weekly

Benefits  Young At Art Museum Summer Camp Program!

Stamps!

Artserve Auditorium

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304

954-560-8665

Books!

Fundraising with raffles and our ANNUAL FLEA MARKET supports the Young At Art Museum summer Camp Program.  Join us for the fun!  GCWS offers opportunities to learn, paint and sketch, workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; annual juried shows in venues such as museums and galleries; lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; paint ins with live models.

 

 

 

Please Join Us!
Meetings are held
 October through May


 3rd Tuesday of each month

 
7:00 p.m. at Artserve

 

 

For more information about GCWS and these workshops, meetings or other opportunities:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.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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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Offers Two Workshops With Soon Warren And Pat Dews

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a Watermedia Group  (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 two workshops: Soon Warren and Pat Dews, which are open to non- members.  We urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group

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

 

Two Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

 

 

“Bowl of Marbles” by Soon Warren

 

 

Soon Y Warren, AWS, NWS, TWSA

February 20, 21, 22, 2018
Member: $375
Non-member: $420

3-day workshop

A step by step instructional process will be used incorporating Soon’s reference photos and drawings for each project.

www.soonwarren.com

“Windswept” by Pat Dews

Pat Dews, AWS, NWS
March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
Member: $450
Non-member: $495

4-day workshop


Paint Better Abstracts

This workshop will focus on experimental works in watermedia on paper.

www.PatDews.com

 

How to Pay – NEW PayPal

You can reserve your seat by paying online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/
Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858 swgftl@aol.com

For more information about GCWS and these workshops, meetings or other opportunities:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.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

Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Two New Workshops Open To Members And Non-Members

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group  (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 two workshops: Soon Warren and Pat Dews.  These are open to non-members and we urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society 
A Watermedia Group
ArtServe
1350 Sunrise Blvd.   Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Meetings are held
 from October through May
 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month 
7:00 p.m. at Artserve

 

Two Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

They would make a great Holiday gift!

 

 

“Bowl of Marbles” by Soon Y Warren, AWS,NWS,TWSA

 Soon Y Warren, AWS, NWS, TWSA

February 20, 21, 22, 2018
Member: $375
Non-member: $420

3-day workshop

A step by step instructional process will be used incorporating Soon’s reference photos and drawings for each project. www.soonwarren.com

“Windswept” by Pat Dews, AWS, NWS

Pat Dews, AWS, NWS

March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
Member: $450
Non-member: $495

4-day workshop


Paint Better Abstracts: This workshop will focus on experimental works in watermedia on paper. www.PatDews.com

How to Pay – NEW PayPal

You can reserve your seat by paying online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/

Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858 swgftl@aol.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

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“Artist As Entrepreneur Institute” Offers Informational Meeting At Armory Art Center In Palm Beach County

In addition to The Broward County Cultural Division‘s grant making activities, they design and convene training programs and workshops for our area’s cultural not-for-profit organizations and local artists: including visual artists, musical arts, composers, media, theater art, and performing arts.   The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds artists that to succeed, you must have business plan!   To date, more than 680 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute.  An informational session takes place at the Armory Art Center on Monday, April 10th in the evening.  This is an opportunity for artists to learn more about the upcoming Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) and the various services the Broward Cultural Division offers to artists in the region, including funding, professional development and networking opportunities. Make your reservation for this FREE overview now!

 

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

The  ARMORY  ART  CENTER  

 

INVITES  YOU TO:

 

AN OVERVIEW OF

 

Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute

(AEI)

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

5:30  – 6:30 PM

 

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

In the Armory Library

 

This event is Free

Artists residing in ANY County are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP with EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2mg1qpo

 

 

 

 

Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations.  Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) is a course of study designed to assist individual artists, of all disciplines (visual, musicians, writers, media, theater, performing arts), by cultivating and advancing their business skills, and helping them to strengthen their operating infrastructure and expand their business. 

 

 

AEI will be presented from 9 AM – 6 PM on June 3, 10 & 17 and the Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 24th, 9 AM – 2 PM., and will offer a curriculum of 20 different class modules over the four Saturdays. The program will be presented at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The program is designed to help the artist community better understand their enterprise and markets, and strengthen the vitality of the larger urban arts and culture sector.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) program page: http://bit.ly/1nufepY

See also background on the AEI by the Miami Herald: http://bit.ly/2012Herald

 

 

For more information about the Armory Art Center meeting contact:

Jeanne Martin, Director of Communications & Marketing

Armory Art Center, (561) 832-1776 ex. 104

 jeanne.martin@armoryart.org

 

 

For more information about The Broward County Cultural Division:

James Shermer, Grants Administrator
Broward County Cultural Division
100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1829
jshermer@broward.org
954-357-7502 Desk      954-357-5769 Fax
954-790-2190 Cell
www.broward.org/arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ArtServe Offers “Beyond Small Abstracts” Workshop Featuring Award Winning Artist, Lois Perdue March 13

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop on Monday, March 13th.   Lois will instruct students on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper.  The workshop will be held at ArtServe.  The Rickie Report shares the details of how to register and some sneak peeks of Lois’ award winning artwork.

 

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.,     Ft. Lauderdale, 33304 

 

 

ArtServe Presents:

LOIS  PERDUE

“Beyond  Small Abstracts”  Workshop

Monday, March 13, 2017

10 am – 2 pm

Class size is limited so please register before Wednesday, March 8th.

To Register:  

Email Lois: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

Workshop takes place at

ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 33304

 

 

 

Lois Perdue at the easel

 

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop.  She will be teaching new methods of applying textures.  Students of all stages are welcome to this workshop, as Lois will instruct you on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper!

 

“Mountain Climbing” by Lois Perdue, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

 

Lois, who has lived in South Florida her entire life, has been recognized in National, State and Local juried art competitions.  Her colorful, abstract expressionist paintings have won many awards.   Lois regularly takes workshop classes with Nationally recognized artists who provide their expertise and enthusiasm for her to continue her passion for painting!

 

 

” Neptune’s Reef” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

 

Lois tells The Rickie Report, “After years of working in other creative fields, I discovered a passion for Abstract painting. I had briefly studied oil painting, sculpting and weaving, but entering that first abstract class was the beginning of an amazing journey. Here I could creatively use my energy, spontaneity and vision. I discovered this process is more than just painting reality. It is the opportunity to paint where nothing is ever “wrong” and there are no rules. I use feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials, concepts and design to create my own way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”.

 

“Beach” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

 

Many of Lois’ abstract paintings begin on wood panel, watercolor paper or synthetic paper called Yupo with a textural layering to create dimension. She explains, “I apply thin washes of watercolor first and many translucent glazes as the under painting. Then I use bold, vibrant acrylics and inks along with the markings of calligraphy and brush strokes. Abstract Expressionism is a technique that is generally based on free and automatic “action painting”. As I begin to paint my experimental abstracts–sometimes intuitively, sometimes instinctively–I often approach the canvas with a mix of emotions. It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers”.

 

” Moody Blues ” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

Lois is an active member of a number of art-related local, State and National art organizations including the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Societies, Weston Art Guild, Plantation Art Guilds, National League of American Pen Women/Ft. Lauderdale Branch, International Society of Experimental Artists, ArtServe and 12 Voices, an organization of professional artists.

 

 

 

 

To see more of her artwork, please visit her website at: www.loisperdue.com.

For more information about the class and cost, please contact her directly at: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

 

 

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NAWA Welcomes Public To “Well Chosen” A Free Multi Media Exhibition At ArtServe

The National Association Of Women Artists, Inc. Florida Chapter is presenting a multi-media exhibition, “Well Chosen”, which will be hosted by ArtServe located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The public is invited to a Reception on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The exhibition will be on view from February 27 through March 24, 2017.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

The National Association of Women Artists, Inc.

Florida Chapter

Presents:

 

“WELL CHOSEN”

Public Reception:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

6 pm – 8pm

Exhibit Runs: February 27th – March 24, 2017 

ArtServe
1350 East Sunrise Blvd   Fort Lauderdale 33304
Contact: Janet Gold 954-465-3033  Email: janetegold@aol.com

 

 

 

“Destruction” by Judith Carlin

 

 

Janet Gold award winning collage artist is the venue and exhibition coordinator for the event, and the N.A.W.A. Florida Chapter is very excited that abstract expressionist and galley owner Tom Rossetti hung the show and is the judge for this exhibition. Tom Rossetti is a native Floridian, born in Fort Lauderdale in 1963. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1986 with B.F.A degrees in Fine Art and Art History. His career has been divided as both professional artist and art dealer. Mr. Rossetti has directed several of the most prestigious galleries in South Florida and is the current owner and director of Rossetti Fine Art located in Pompano Beach, FL. He has sold major works of art by Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Salvador Dali. With all his experience and the talent of the N.A.W.A. artists, the exhibit will indeed be well chosen.

 

 

“Patowmack” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

N.A.W.A. is the oldest professional women’s fine arts group in the United States, and The Florida Chapter of N.A.W.A. was the first regional chapter in the country. It was founded in 1995 by Liana Moonie, of Palm Beach, a past president of the National organization and Madeline Weiss, who was the first president of the Florida Chapter. All artists wishing to join the prestigious Florida Chapter must first be juried into the Association Headquarters in New York City.

 

 

 

“Evidence” by Judith Carlin

 

 

 

ArtServe, centrally located in Fort Lauderdale, shares its 25,000 sq. ft. venue with a Broward County branch library. This multi-purpose facility provides low-cost space where artists, non-profits and the public can hold classes, workshops, performances, meetings, events, and conduct business. It is proud to be a venue for this premier fine arts organization.

 

 

“And So It Began Again”    AnnetteMargulies

 

 

For more information on the N.A.W.A. Florida Chapter please go to http://nawafl.org where the chapter is pleased that an online exhibition will be available following the opening reception.

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

GCWS logo color

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

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

 

 

 

Event Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Wild – the Art of Jen Walls

Opening Reception and Book Signing:

Dec 2, 2016

 6 – 8 pm

 

 

Free of charge, refreshments will be served

Exhibit is available from December 2-29, 2016

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

 

 

 

Blue Wild Book Cover

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Artist, Jen Walls

 

 

How the book came to be…

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

 

 

 

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

 

Greta and Gus (for Grace)

“Greta and Gus” by Jen Walls

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

www.EyeSusan.com

 

 

About Jen Walls:

 

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

 

 

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“Go Fly A Kite” by Jen Walls

 

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

 

 

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“Chloe And The Reluctant Steed” by Jen Walls

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

 

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“Yea and the Magic Blanket” by Jen Walls

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

 

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“Rabbit Malarky” by Jen Walls

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Jen Walls,
Mixed Media Art and Malarkey

Member, Ciel Gallery

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Maurizio Battifora Solo Exhibit At Art Serve Makes Its Point With Modern Interpretations

Maurizio Battifora is showing his pointillist original artworks at a SOLO Exhibit at Art Serve through the month of August.  The public is invited to a Gallery Reception on Friday, August 19th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Maurizio’s artistry brings modern themes to this art form, which we know you will enjoy.

 

 

 

ART  SERVE

1350  East  Sunrise  Blvd.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

www.ArtServe.org

 

 

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GALLERY  RECEPTION:

 

Friday,  August  19th

6 – 8 pm

Gallery Hours: M – F 9 am – 8pm; Sat. 10 am – 6 pm

 

 

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“Ladylike/Wolf”  by Maurizio Battifora

 

 

 

 

 

Art Serve welcomes the public to a SOLO Exhibition by “The Pointillist”, Maurizio Battifora which runs now through August 31st.  There will be a Free, Gallery Reception held on Friday, August 19 from 6 – 8 pm. The Gallery is located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  For questions about this event, please contact http://www.artserve.org.

 

 

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“An Afternoon With Bacco” by Maurizio Battifora

 

 

Maurizio shares with The Rickie Report, “Although I was painting anything and everything I could as a child, I always thought I wanted to become a theater director or choreographer when I grew up. My parents encouraged my talent for painting and drawing so I became an illustrator for children’s books while attending art school. Like many other artists before me, I was encouraged by my art teachers to observe and imitate the masters that I admired”.

 

 

 

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“Venus And The Men In Blue” by Maurizio Battifora

 

 

He goes on to say, “My inspiration still comes from Baroque and Renaissance painters. I was fascinated by the exaggerated motion, drama and tension of the paintings. It wasn’t until 2007 that I began searching for my own identity as an artist, and I evolved into a pointillist painter. Over 80% of my work is a result of empirical and intuitive development. My main body of work includes large dots of acrylic on canvas with a high contrast pointillist technique, not to be confused with Seurat’s pointillism. My technique is more graphic and bold”.

 

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“Dare” by Maurizio Battifora

 

 

 

“I developed a pointillist style based on 5 main colors that I mix and juxtapose. I am a nomadic person and artist. I work on a small series and then move to the next idea as easily as I go back to an old one. It may take me more than 40 hours to finish a 36″ x48″ canvas. I want to communicate directly with the viewer as if they are part of the painting and not a simple spectator”, Maurizio shares.  Rather than making statements, Maurizio listens to the opinion and appreciates those who contemplate his work. “To me, that’s when Art closes the circle. My idea touches someone else’s soul and then comes back to me with their own interpretation”.

 

 

For more information

And see more of Maurizio’s paintings

( both figurative and fauna)

please visit:

http://www.mbattifora.com

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291