“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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Coral Springs Museum Of Art Features “From OP To POP” With Stanford Slutsky

The Board of Directors of the Coral Springs Museum of Art invites the public to an Artist Reception honoring Stanford Slutsky on Thursday, March 23rd.  After 30 years focusing on and perfecting his Op Art and geometric art techniques, Stanford Slutsky moved into this new territory of Pop Art. Combining the depth of his artistic knowledge with his life long journey with food and eating food, he creates giant size realistic sculptures that are one-of- a- kind larger than life food items with the emphasis on sweet things.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This exhibition continues through May 20, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive   Coral Springs, Fl 33065
(954)340-5000
www.coralspringsmuseum.org

 

 

 

 

The Board of Directors of the
Coral Springs Museum of Art

 

invites you to an artist reception honoring

 

STANFORD SLUTSKY

“From OP to POP”

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

6:30pm

Celebration Includes

Light hors d’oeuvres & wine bar
Complimentary Admission

Exhibition runs through May 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

After 30 years focusing on and perfecting his Op Art, short for optical illusion art and geometric art techniques, Stanford Slutsky moved into this new territory of Pop Art as he recalled driving a Good Humor Ice cream Truck in the summer of 1957. Combining the depth of his artistic knowledge with his life long journey with food and eating food, he creates giant size realistic sculptures that are one- of- a- kind larger than life food items with the emphasis on sweet things.

 

Bigger than life-size food sculptures by Stanford Slutsky

 

The American Artist and Sculptor was born in 1941  in Pittsburgh, PA.  Now residing in Boynton beach, FL, he tells The Rickie Report, “When I was a child, there was something about the illusions magicians created that captured my imagination. I want that same vivid sense of illusions to be central in all of my artwork. Today, all of my new works of food are creations of colorful, playful and appetizing-yet calorie free”.

 

“Four Spheres” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

At a young age, Slutsky unearthed clay to made sculptures. In High school he won many awards in jewelry design and creation.  He moved to Florida 34 years ago where he became a full time working and professional artist. These past years he has had numerous SOLO exhibits including the  Young at Art Museum in Davie, Fl, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Art Institute,  and Nathan D. Rosen Museum.

 

 

“Radiance” by Stanford Slutsky

 

“Math, admits Slutsky, wasn’t exactly my best subject in high school”.  But since embracing his fascination, a wide variety of geometric-inspired artwork appears to pop off the canvas. “I am a geometric abstract, optical illusion artist,” he explains. “My work creates the illusion of movement and three-dimensionality. Some shapes of color may seem to advance and then recede and others appear to pulsate in waves.”

 

“Round Candy Box” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

When you bring the art work of Stanford Slutsky to your home or office, you automatically invite joy and whimsy to your walls and space! His artwork is precise yet spontaneous. His perceptions of the world will bring a smile to your heart and engage all of your visitors. Mr. Slutsky’s pieces are original one of a kind optical illusion acrylic on canvas and his food sculptures are larger than life with the emphasis on sweet things. Slutsky says, ”  I am chasing the sweet things in life.”

“Candy Dots on Paper” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibition or Stanford’s artwork:

 

www.stanfordslutsky.com

mr-food@att.net

561-865-1285

 

“Taffy Apples” by Stanford Slutsky

 

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13th Annual Coral Springs Festival Of Arts and Crafts Returns March 18 – 19

A celebration of every medium of art is taking place March 18 – 19 during the 13th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Crafts. Held in conjunction with the Coral Springs Art Festival Committee and the City of Coral Springs, the Festival of the Arts and Crafts features life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and more during the free, outdoor event. This Howard Alan produced Festival also includes a separate Craft Festival with a full Green Market as well as live cultural entertainment.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Crafts

Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19

 

10 am to 5 pm

The Walk of Coral Springs

Navigational Address: 2874 N. University Drive, FL 33065

Free and open to the public

 

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Crafts

 

Presented by Howard Alan Events (HAE), producer of the nation’s finest juried art shows, and American Craft Endeavors, the 13th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Crafts represents original artwork, handmade in America and selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants. HAE’s careful vetting process also ensures a wide array of mediums and price ranges will be offered during the Festival. Visitors will have the chance to meet with the artists and artisans and discover the process and inspiration behind each handmade piece. Family friendly, the outdoor event also welcomes friendly pets on leashes.

 

 

 

Debra Baraoidan’s mixed-media mosaic “Barnacle Turtles”

 

 

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

• Juried, first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
• Vetted, affordable craft items
• Original handmade artwork
• More than 150 artists and artisans from 30 different states
• Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
• Craft festival featuring greenmarket
• Pets on leashes welcome
• Free parking and live entertainment

 

Antwan Ramar’s “Glistening River”


 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:
Howard Alan Events, Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 33-years established company has overseen art festivals in such noted cities as Alexandria, VA; Aspen, CO; Sarasota, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL and 40 other destination markets in the nation.

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:
American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Downtown Dunedin Art and Craft Festivals (Dunedin, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 13th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Crafts and other Howard Alan Events art shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Las Olas Art Fair Part II Returns March 4th And 5th With Over 200 Artists From 30 States

The 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Part 2) returns to Las Olas Boulevard March 4 – 5.  Over 200 national and international artists from over 30 states will display stunning creations during this free, two day juried showcase.  Presented by Howard Alan Events, producer of the nation’s top outdoor art festivals, Las Olas Art Fair is considered an annual tradition in South Florida.  Meet the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation. The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Part II)

Saturday, March 4

Sunday, March 5

 10 am to 5 pm both days

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
          

Navigational Address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Free and open to the public

 

 

Join local residents and visitor as you peruse the outdoor gallery of over 200 artists representing 30 different states, countries and dozens of diverse mediums. They will line the center of Las Olas Boulevard. Sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, wearable art and more are displayed, gallery-style, for the enjoyment of art appreciators, collectors, shoppers and pedestrians alike. One of the signature art fairs in the country, demand by both artists and the patrons led Howard Alan Events to expand the showcase across multiple months.

 

 

EVENT AT-A-GLANCE:

• Juried, first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
• Original Artwork Handmade in America
• More than 200 artists from 30 different states
• Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $40,000
• Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning arts and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year.  

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society 

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd.     Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Please Join Us!

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

 

 

Three  Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

 

 

 

DIANE  NANCE,  NWS

 

FEBRUARY  22, 2017

 

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“GETTING A HANDLE  ON COLOR”

 

 

 

CELIA BUCHANAN

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

 

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“ENCAUSTIC  MIXED  MEDIA”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAURIN  McCRACKEN, NWS, AWS

 

MARCH 20 – 23, 2017

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“PAINTING REALISM IN WATERCOLOR”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Vivid Arts App Offers Free Details For Three Florida Art Fairs And Festivals

Vivid Arts will offer a free App experience for three South Florida Events in January.  The culturally curious will now have the digital tools to enjoy Art Synergy at Art Palm Beach Week 2017, Continuum West Palm Beach and Art Fort Lauderdale with the upcoming update in the Vivid Arts iOS app.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Discover | Share | Grow
Empowering The Culturally Curious Through Technology

 

 

Here’s the link: Vivid Arts on the App Store

 

 

Vivid Arts, a digital platform focused on growing the arts and culture community through a connected and unified platform, recently launched an update to their iOS app that integrates events and enhances the user experience. The updated ‘Live Events’ features will act as a digital tour guide and give users the info and tools to know what’s going on at each event. Users will be able to get Google Maps directions directly to the event, see each event’s show lineup as well as the event’s participating artists, and share their photos taken from the Vivid Arts app directly to social media or to their friends.

 

“We’re excited just to be part of these fantastic upcoming South Florida art events,” Edgar Garcia, Founder of Vivid Arts, said. “Vivid Arts is extremely proud to simplify the experience from start to finish for attendees.”

 

 

 

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  • Art Synergy at Art Palm Beach Week 2017 will produce more than 65 exhibitions throughout the nine Palm Beach County Art Districts in January 2017 during Art Palm Beach week. The nine art districts are: Antique Row, Artists Alley, Boynton Beach Art District, Lake Park and North Palm Beach Art District, Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, and Worth Ave.

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  • Continuum West Palm Beach’s mission is to collaborate different artistic disciplines while enhancing the community. This event will be located in CityPlace at the former Brookstone store and is in partnership with ArtPalmBeach and Art Synergy, produced by ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC.

 

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  • Art Fort Lauderdale is a revolutionary art fair hosted at properties on the intracoastal waterways in Fort Lauderdale – incorporating a different approach to view, interact and purchase art. It will be an outlet that will give artists the opportunity to showcase their work whether they are independent or being represented by a gallery.

 

In addition, Vivid Arts is proud to announce it has brought on a Digital Advertising Specialist and a marketing intern to their team, Omer Usta and Deanna Campbell, respectively.  Mr. Usta has a B.A. in Business Administration from Yeditepe University in Istanbul  Turkey, and twelve years of work experience in digital marketing. Most recently, Omer has worked with the Turkish power comparison platform, Seçelektrik, and Ram Marketing Group in Coconut Creek, Fla.  Ms. Campbell has a B.A. in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. She will take take on some project management and digital marketing responsibilities.

 

 

For more information:

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate The New Year At Las Olas Outdoor Art Showcase January 7 & 8, 2017

Start the year off in style and join the show that put Howard Alan Events on the map! Now considered a South Florida tradition in its 29th year on Las Olas Boulevard, the Howard Alan Events art festival is nationally recognized as one of the top events in America. Over the years, this Las Olas Boulevard festival has become a premiere & must see event in South Florida. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

 

Saturday, January 7

&

Sunday, January 8

 

 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Free and open to the Public

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

 

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Las Olas Association

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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
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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!”

 

Yepa and the Magic Blanket

“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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