Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt’s Cats Will Tickle Your Fancy At Spanish River Library & Community Center Exhibit

Award winning artist Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt has many talents and a great sense of humor! Music  and art are her passions as well as….. cats! Her charming portraits of cats playing MahJongg or eyeing a fish bowl will surely bring a smile to your face.  The public is invited to see her exhibition at the Friends Art Gallery located in the Spanish River Library & Community Center in Boca Raton starting Sunday, June 26 through August 13th. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details.  This exhibit is Free and Open to the public.  

 

 

Friends Art Gallery

Spanish River Library & Community Center

Featuring:  Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt

 

June 26 – August 13, 2016

 

 

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Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt,  “Ladybugs and Cat”

 

bocalibraryfriends.org

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.393.7852

Free Exhibit

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Meow-Jong” by Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt

 

 

Karen tells The Rickie Report, “Until about 10 years ago I was painting mostly landscapes and animals. Although I enjoyed the subject matter I needed a niche that would set my work apart. I asked myself what is it that I love to paint and never tire of. The answer was “cats”. I find them truly mesmerizing, magical creatures. I never have far to look for inspiration. Ideas come to me as I watch my own cats and just let my imagination loose as I am continually charmed by them”.

 

 

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Karen “Zuk”Rosenblatt, “Siam I Am”

 

 

Karen Rosenblatt, a former pianist and teacher, transitioned to art after a strained finger forced her from the concert stage. “I can say that the creative spark finds a way to go on… Just let it burn”. Her father, a commercial artist/illustrator, passed on and left her his supplies. She took his signature (“Zuk”) a shortened version of the family name (“Zukoff”) and began her journey.

 

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Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt  “Mouse House”

 

 

After studying various mediums she entered her first art show and won First Place in Oils. A new career was born! She also studied Advertising Art and Design at SUNY and began doing pen & ink renderings for real estate ads, magazine illustrations and pet portraits.

 

 

 

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Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt “Catotonic”

 

 

 

 

Karen has had one-woman shows, exhibits in galleries, museums, outdoor shows and online venues. She has won awards in watercolors, oils, pastels and photography and her work is in collections worldwide.  Memberships include The Delray Art League and The Artist’s Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art (Signature Member and past Executive BOD).

 

 

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Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt “Mirror Mirror On The Wall”

 

 

 

 

 

Although most of her work is realistic she enjoys adding a bit of humor (realism with a twist). Animals (especially cats) are her favorite subject, and her hope is that people who see her work will be inspired to treat them all with kindness and dignity.  “I soon realized that my love for cats was the constant evolving inspiration for most of my work. I particularly enjoy sharing their beauty, mystery and whimsical nature”.

 

 

 

 

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Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt  “Kinship”

 

In her meticulously constructed paintings, Karen presents the viewer with the zany and mischievous world of cats. While her playful perspectives are amusingly distorted, the narratives created are refreshingly familiar. Her painting demonstrates the artist’s true ability to capture exciting concepts. It strays from an adherence to the pseudo-reality of photographic work and dashes into the realm of the artist’s imagination”.

 

 

Awards:

Made In China – First Place – Artists’ Guild Gallery
Made In China – Honorable Mention – Delray Art League Autumn Showcase
Mouse House – First Place – Living Room Theater
Siam I Am – First Place – Wyndham Hotel (Boca Festival Days)
Ferret and Friends – First Place – Living Room Theater
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Second Place – Living Room Theater
Catatonic – Third Place – Delray Art League Winter Interlude
Catatonic – Honorable Mention – Boca Raton Community Center
Catatonic – Honorable Mention – Living Room Theater
Catatonic – Honorable Mention – Ocean Ridge Town Hall
Dragonfly and Cat – Third Place – Living Room Theater
Eye to Eye – Special Merit – Light Space Time Gallery
Everglades Evening – Honorable Mention – Living Room Theater
Loxahatchee Sunset – Honorable Mention – Loxahatchee Visions Art Show
Simon – Honorable Mention – Artists’ Guild Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

For More Information about Karen “Zuk” Rosenblatt’s artwork, please visit:

www.KarenZukRosenblatt.com
www.checkadvantage.com/karen-zuk-rosenblatt
www.facebook.com/ArtByZuk
www.zazzle.com/artbyzukcreations

 

 

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Jim Campbell Is Featured Artist At Spanish River Gallery

Well-known artist, Jim Campbell, will be showing his oil paintings and acrylic paintings in the Friends Art Gallery at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton. This collection will include favorites from his travels abroad and some still-life compositions completed in his studio.  This Free Exhibit is Open to The Public during regular hours from May 8th through June 25th.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine  Art  by  Jim  Campbell

 

 

May 8 – June 25, 2016

 

 

Friends Art Gallery

Spanish River Library & Community Center

bocalibraryfriends.org

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.      Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.393.7852

Free Event

 

 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m.

 

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“Italia” By Jim Campbell

 

 

 

 

A World War II Army veteran, Jim used the GI Bill to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated in 1953 and embarked upon a 30-year career as an interior decorator.  He was also a classical music radio announcer and a travel tour manager. Jim went to night school to study languages and is fluent in conversational French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

 

 

 

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“Mostar Bridge II” by Jim Campbell

 

 

 

Jim is a member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a former member of the Delray Art League, where he served three years as Membership Committee Chair. He is a former member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild, the Lake Worth Art League and the Naples Art League.

 

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“Chinese Painting” by Jim Campbell

 

 

 

 

Jim Campbell tells The Rickie Report, “Although I have done many things in my life, painting is my passion”! Jim’s style is colorful, somewhat impressionistic and reflects old world charm.

 

 

 

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“What A View” by Jim Campbell

 

 

As a result of his worldwide travels and painting “on the go,” Jim’s paintings are hanging in private homes and businesses all over the world. He has had several one-man exhibitions at the former Governors Club in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton City Hall, Science of the Mind, Sugar Sand Park Community Center, The Harid Conservatory, James A. Rutherford Community Center and the Delray Beach Library.

 

 

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“Pewter Plate” by Jim Campbell

 

 

 

 

He has also participated in various juried shows with the Boca Raton Artists’ Guild, WITVA, NLAPW and the Delray Art League.  Jim also has two paintings on permanent display at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital – one in the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute and one in the Lynn Cancer Institute.

 

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“Moulin Rouge” by Jim Campbell

 

 

For more information about Fine Art by Jim Campbell
561-213-5307 (Cell)  Jim471927@gmail.com

To see more of Jim’s paintings
Visit  www.fineartamerica.com   Click on “Artist”

 

 

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Michele Feder Is Featured Artist At Spanish River Library In Boca Raton

The Spanish River Library in Boca Raton invites you to enjoy the artistic journey of Michele Feder.  The exhibit is free, with an Opening Reception to meet the Artist on March 24th. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this Nationally acclaimed artist, whose works are collected both privately and in public settings.  Michele shares her insights as she continues to deepen and develop her artistic voice. 

 

 

 

 

 

M   I   C   H   E   L   E              F   E   D   E   R

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC, OPENING  RECEPTION:

Thursday, March 24th

5 – 7 pm

 

 

In the Friend’s Gallery on the Second Floor

Spanish River Library

1501 Spanish River Blvd.       Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-393-7852

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michele Feder  “Transition #21”

 

 

 

Michele tells The Rickie Report, “My current work is a result of my recent stay at an artist retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Before Mexico I began to sketch and brainstorm a new format for my works. Somehow they found their way onto my canvases and I feel they are quite successful. During the retreat I had this self-awareness of my entangled relationships with family, friends and peers. I realized that my emotions were enmeshed with all those who had an effect on my life and these feelings came out miraculously in my work. These paintings remind me of a web. It’s funny how subtle art can be”.

 

 

 

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Commissioned Artwork by Michele Feder

 

 

She goes on to say, “My work is a product of inner growth, just a mere artifact of life. It is also a catalogue of my emotional discovery over many years. I’ve come to realize that it is not only a study of technique and medium, but also a study of self. When viewing my work from afar I see how tightly woven my thoughts and personality are, and how they fester into obsessive works of art. I have discovered that this aspect of my character is cemented most permanently; I have come to terms that the personality is only flexible to a certain degree. I am forever fastidious and somewhat rigid. But, with that said I have begun to notice the soft subtleties and grey areas of life; the fascinating wonders missed due to polarized thinking”.

 

 

 

 

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“Bands” by Michele Feder

 

 

 

Michele says, “It is difficult to completely understand the different aspects of yourself; there are the many considerations of personality, environment, DNA, society and so forth. These different components need to be dissected to find order. For me, art has been a catalyst in this process. Abstract shapes and color reflect the newly defined and segmented areas of self-awareness”.

 

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Michele Feder  “Transition #8”

 

 

Artist Statement:

 

“I’m an abstract expressionist artist. I approach my canvases by delving into the subconscious, which is the beginning of an abstract work of art. There is no treading on light ground or the superficial, once a brush touches the canvas a world of emotions unravel, and with great effort. Sometimes the paint flows naturally and easily, but there are those moments of difficulty and frustration. When there are no objects to look at nor their tangibility to abide by, the task of art making becomes challenging. The relationship is complex, much like a marriage. There are those intermittent days that I have to look beyond the surface of the marriage to evolve through time. This is what happens with abstract expressionism, the work moves over a period of time and builds upon a fundamental infrastructure. And there are the moments of contact and connection with the subconscious that sometimes come fleetly or last long periods of time”.

 

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Michele Feder  ”  Color Study #31″

 

 

 

“After being conditioned to realism for over a period of fifteen years, I realized I was only treading the surface of life, but with abstract expressionism I’m able to touch the core of my soul, which was once found and trapped in tangible objects. I was tied to the affinity of my own outer-shell. The transition from realism to abstract works was a defying moment in my career and also my own personal growth. It required many sessions of self-discovery to lead up to the ultimate bliss of knowing my subconscious”.

 

 

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Michele Feder “Transition 14”

 

 

 

“I didn’t think such feelings of profound complexity would ever surface in my work. So concentrated and buried were my emotions that my soul burst upon arrival of layers in-between layers of paint. At one point these layers of emotions lay hidden until I became bored with my own superfluous habits – day in and day out. I still have the old habit of running on an infinite wheel, but since I have worked with abstract paintings a new persona comes forth. It shows itself with much pride and exuberance”.

 

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Michele Feder “Blue and Copper”

 

 

 

Michele is currently affiliated with:

MECOX INTERIORS, West Palm Beach
SOHO MYRIAD, Atlanta
MARILYN LAZARUS INTERIOR DESIGN, West Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

Michele’s artistic journey has taken her throughout the United States as an award winning artist.  She has shared her creative skills by teaching locally as well as in Mexico.  Her SOLO and Group Exhibits include the cities of San Francisco, Atlanta, Delray Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Houston and in North Carolina. Her list of Commissions includes Corporate and Private Collections nation-wide, including the Sagamore Hotel, world renown art collector, Marty Margulies, Florida Joint and Spine Institute, Coral Springs, FL, among many. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA), Moore College of Art, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

michelefeder.com
michelelesliefeder.blogspot.com

or Email: 
mfeder65@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Jane Tracy Is Featured Artist At Boca Raton Library Friends Gallery

Life is one big journey. Actually, award winning artist, Jane Tracy‘s journey has been a singular search for a positive and joyful existence. Throughout her life’s adventure, she’s experienced many highs and occasional lows. Now, after decades of teaching school, directing the advertising department of a high-tech start-up and maintaining a pottery production studio, Jane is delighted to acknowledge that “THE SEARCH CONTINUES….”  she shares her newest painting with us at the Friends Art Gallery at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

J A N E      T R A C Y

 

 

Join her as she continues her search…..

 

 

An Exhibit of Jane Tracy Paintings

“……the Search Continues…..”

 

 

 

FRIENDS ART GALLERY

Exhibit runs February 1-March 19

Spanish River Library
1501 NW Spanish River Blvd           Boca Raton, FL

9 AM–9 PM daily  

Free and Open to the Public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Life is one big journey. Actually, JANE TRACY’S journey has been a singular search for a positive and joyful existence. Throughout her life’s adventure, she’s experienced many highs and occasional lows. Now, after decades of teaching school, directing the advertising department of a high-tech start-up and maintaining a pottery production studio, Jane is delighted to acknowledge that THE SEARCH CONTINUES….

 

 

 

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“Mache Three” by Jane Tracy

 

 

 

For the past few years, after retiring from her ‘official working career’, an easel, paint brushes and pots of paint have been major components in Jane’s search…a continuing search for fulfillment, contentment and joy.

 

 

 

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“Under Agreement” by Jane Tracy

 

 

While studying painting in Boca Raton, New Haven, CT and Boston, MA, exhibiting throughout S. Florida and New England, Jane has appeared both online and in national publications where her work appears as a competition winner and a demonstration of various acrylic techniques.

 

 

 

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“Fallen” by Jane Tracy

 

 

Yes, Jane’s backpack is full as she continues her SEARCHING journey…..looking forward to many more miles filled with joy, contentment and paints under her nails and smeared on her jeans.

 

 

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“The Truth Lies” by Jane Tracy

 

 

Jane Tracy shares her philosophy with The Rickie Report:

“To know there will always be another surface for me
To paint serves as my ultimate inspiration.
To paint is to bring joy to my life.
To paint is to touch my soul

I live to paint….with a joyful soul”.

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“Untitled” by Jane Tracy

Jane is a member of Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art (signature member); Broward Art Guild; Creative Arts Workshop; Guilford Art League (signature member); Madison Art League; Palm Beach Watercolor Society; Florida Watercolor Society; New Haven Paint and Clay Club; International Society of Experimental Artists; Blue Moon Group (founding member); WITVA Women in the Visual Arts; International Society of Acrylic Painters; National Association of Women Artists and Connecticut Women Artists.

 

For more information about this exhibit or her paintings, please visit:

www.JaneTracyArtist.com

or email:   janetracy@gmail.com

 

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Mark Allen Brings Us “Proper Mental Attitude”

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

 

 

 

MARK ALLEN

Proper Mental Attitude

 

The Arts Arena Gallery

Friday, June 19th

6 – 8:30 pm

777 E. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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Painting by Mark Allen

 

 

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

 

"Chicken Soup" by Mark Allen

“Chicken Soup” by Mark Allen

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

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

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

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

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

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

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

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

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

propermentalattitude.com

 

 

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Carla Golembe Presents “Intention/Intuition”, An Exhibition of Newly Imagined Artistry

Carla Golembe is inviting the public to view her newest paintings, “Intuitive/Intentional”.  She has been experimenting with blending different approaches to painting and you will see how her intuition has expressed itself. Carla’s reaction to feeling stuck in an artist’s rut and trying something totally new to her comfort level is a true inspiration for anyone! The Rickie Report urges you to see this exhibit at the Friends of the Spanish River Library Gallery and hear Carla speak about her experience. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Carla Golembe

“Intention/Intuition”

 

Public Reception:

Sunday, March 8th   3-5 PM

Carla will speak about her work at 3:30

 

 

Friends Art Gallery (Second Floor)

Spanish River Library & Community Center

1501 Spanish River Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.393.7852

Free Event

Exhibit runs February 23-April 11 

M-Th 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m.

 

Intuitive/Intentional : The Blending of a Painting Approach

 

 

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Carla Golembe is an award winning acrylic painter and illustrator. Her work is included in numerous corporate collections. She has painted 5 animal sculptures for “Animals On Parade” public art projects, the “Piano of Joy” for Keys to the City and a wine label for Dos Puentes Winery. In addition to exhibiting her work throughout the U.S., Carla teaches painting at the Boca Raton Museum Art School and Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

"La Bel Canto" by Carla Golembe

“La Bel Canto” by Carla Golembe

 

 

Carla tells The Rickie Report, “Several months ago I began experimenting with Intuitive Painting, a process that involves putting down a lot of layers of color and mark making without planning or intention.  With the intuitive approach the artist basically goes on gut instinct, allowing colors, marks and, eventually, images to emerge.  Up until then my approach had been very planned out, creating several sketches until I got my composition exactly as I wanted it, planning the palette of each painting, though allowing the painting to change as it progressed.  I was beginning to feel stuck with my process and feeling low on ideas and intuitive painting seemed like a good way to move forward”.

 

"Celestial Bodies" by Carla Golembe

“Celestial Bodies” by Carla Golembe

 

 

“At first I was disoriented and kind of shocked by the approach and what was emerging on my canvas.  To be sure, this kind of play with paint was a lot of fun, but was this ME?  How was I going to reconcile these random marks with my carefully constructed, though whimsical and stylized, paintings”?

 

 

" Devi" by Carla Golembe

” Devi” by Carla Golembe

 

“Then my inner muse took over.  By that I mean, the core of who I am as an artist.  The mark making became multilayered underpainting, a freer and more complex type of underpainting than what I had worked with before. Once I built up very rich complex layers of colors I sketched my figures on top of these backgrounds with chalk.  Some canvases suggested their ideas to me while other pieces came from images I wanted to explore”.

 

"Mari" by Carla Golembe

“Mari di Sogni” by Carla Golembe

 

 

“Once my figures were in place I began to work with the interplay of image and background, under layers and over layers, taking away and adding in.  In the paintings I’ve balanced the structure and figures that I love with the spontaneity of creating marks with tools other than brushes and allowing the backgrounds to evolve around the figures. Birds, plants and other forms from nature continue to play a large part in the imagery. I’ve started using more glazing technique to create depth and richness”.

 

 

"Skyward" by Carla Golembe

“Skyward” by Carla Golembe

She explains, “My new process is a blend of intention and intuition.  It’s not a radical change, just a way to move forward and have more fun.  I’ve fallen in love with painting all over again.  I continue to paint beauty, joy and harmony because that is what I want to put out to the world”.

 

 

For more information about Carla and her artistry, please visit:

www.carlagolembe.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/carlagolembe.painterillustrator

 

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Elfrida Schragen Is Featured in Two Exhibits and Offers a Plein Air Meet Up

Elfrida Schragen’s father was a professional artist. Color, subject matter, value and design were constant topics of discussion. While her career diverted to the world of psychology and teaching, in 2007 her two worlds joined. In her home town of Victoria, the issue of the homeless was becoming a political hotbed and very visible. A new shelter was planned and ways to raise money were being sought. With the help and support of the street pastor and the volunteers in existing, rather run-down facilities, Elfrida started a project of painting portraits of the homeless. She spent time on the streets, got to know her subjects, and took photos, with their permission.  She painted 25 portraits which were sold to companies, associations, churches, and individuals. $25,000 was raised and many portraits were donated back to hang in the dinning room of “Our Place”, the new shelter.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Elfrida’s story of art, compassion and vision.  Her newest artwork will be shown in two exhibits, one locally and one across the pond, which you can visit virtually.  In addition, everyone is invited to join Elfrida for a Plein Air Meet Up on January 8th.  The details are here.

 

TWO EXHIBITS:

 

Plein Aire and Portraiture

by

Elfrida Schragen

Spanish River Library and Community Center

 Jan 5 – Feb 21, 2015

Monday  9:00am – 9:00pm

Tuesday  9:00am  – 6:00pm

Wednesday  9:00am  – 9:00pm

Thursday  9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday  9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday  9:00am – 6:00pm

 

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd       Boca Raton FL

 

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On-line at the

Green Chair Gallery

Jan 2 – Feb 5, 2015

 

GREEN CHAIR GALLERY
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 PLEIN AIRE MEET UP

 

 

Join Elfrida painting at a Meet Up to paint with the Palm Beach Plein Aire group, and take in her show at the same time on the morning of  Jan. 8, 2015

Event is 9:00 am – 12:30

FREE

Bring your own supplies

 

Check out Palm Beach Plein Aire group at:www.PleinAirPalmBeach.com

Join the meet up for painting at
http://www.meetup.com/palmbeachartists/events/219214294/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

 

 

Elfrida Schragen

Elfrida Schragen

 

 

 

A Unique Project:

 

In 2007, Elfrida’s two worlds joined. She had been retired and submerged in self-directed art studies. In her home town of Victoria, the issue of the homeless was becoming a political hotbed and very visible. A new shelter was planned and ways to raise money were being sought. With the help and support of the street pastor and the volunteers in existing, rather run down facilities, Elfrida started a project of painting portraits of the homeless. She spent time on the streets, got to know her subjects, took photos with their permission. She painted 25 portraits which were sold to companies, associations, churches, and individuals.  $25,000 was raised and many portraits were donated back to hang in the dining room of “Our Place”, the new shelter.

 

 

"The Rose" by Elfrida Schragen

“The Rose” by Elfrida Schragen

 

 

The shelter, Our Place, has been a great success story. They have helped many to get re-established in a functional independence. They have offered shelter to those wishing to get off the streets, and food, clean clothes, bathing facilities, much needed social and medical help, and links to other helpful groups.  In 2014 the shelter decided to open their doors 24/7 and another push for money was on.

 

"Nicky" by Elfrida Schragen

“Nickie” by Elfrida Schragen

 

 

At this time Elfrida was juried in to be a month long artist-in-residence at the Delta Point Harbour Inn. Artist friends stressed how important it was to have a project or focus during that month. I it was a natural to start a new series of portraits, complete 12 during the residency, and sell them to assist in keeping Our Place open 7 instead of 5 days a week. Time spent getting to know these challenged individuals, photographing, painting and writing about them.

 

 

 

 

by Elfrida Schragen

“Mounts Botanical Bridge” by Elfrida Schragen

 

Elfrida reunited with her artistic side in a casual way, in her early 40’s, taking a few courses, putting on a few shows. Her mediums included 5 years in acrylic reflecting the world of playful fantasy; 8 years in clay sculpture focusing on the human form; another 8 years exploring in portraits and landscapes through the vivid world of pastels; and finally in the last 10 years, settling down to working on plein aire and portraits with oils.

 

"Canal" by Elfrida Schragen

“Along the Canal” by Elfrida Schragen

 

 

Elfrida’s pastels and sculptures as well as her other paintings have been shown and exhibited across the globe.  A brief overview:

 

1997- Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Sculpture Show
1998- Home Show and Sale 2001! Juried Entry – Victoria Community Arts Council 2002- Juried Entry – Green Space Two Show
-Juried Entry – Sooke Fine Arts Show Studio Sale
2003- Juried Entry Sidney Fine Arts Show
2004- Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Pastel Show
– Goward House – SOLO Pastel Show
– Works displayed at Shoal Pt. Marine Gallery
2005 – Juried Entries and Sales at Sooke Fine Art Show
2006 – Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Pastel Show
2007-Victoria City Hall – Show of portraits of Homeless
– MacPherson Theater –SOLO Show – Homeless Portraits
2008- Martin Batchelor Gallery –People Pots and Places
– Juried entry – Sooke Fine Arts Show – Sidney Fine Arts Show
2009 – Group Plein Air Show in Metchosin Gallery
2010, 2011, 2012 – Group shows at Coast Collective and Goward House
2013 – SOLO show and sale at Goward House gallery
2014 – SOLO show at the Rutherford Center, Boca Raton
– Juried group shows in Palm Beach and Lake Worth

 

 

Plein Aire Painting by Elfrida Schragen

Plein Aire Painting by Elfrida Schragen

Elfrida paints portraits and plein aire works in both Victoria, BC, Canada and Delray Beach, Florida, USA. She accepts commissions for landscapes, portraits and pets.

For more information please visit: www.elfridasart.com  or  www.elfridasart.blogspot.ca

 

 

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