Armory Art Salon Presents: Sensing Space Inside Out And Outside In With Carol Prusa

The Armory Art Center offers special opportunities to meet, connect, and discuss art  at the next Art Salon. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, led by Elle Schorr. Topics cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and share useful resources.  Internationally known contemporary artist, Carol Prusa,  will be the guest presenter at the next Art Salon on Tuesday, May 5th.  Please note that this is the last Art Salon for this season. Salons will resume on the first Tuesday of each month, starting in October. 

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AT THE MAY ART SALON:

TUESDAY, MAY 5th, 2015

 

Fearful Symmetry – Sensing Space Inside Out and Outside In

 

PRESENTED BY CAROL PRUSA

 

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$10. Fee to Attend

Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

"I Dreamed You" by Carol Prusa

“I Dreamed You” by Carol Prusa

 

 

 

Carol Prusa tells The Rickie Report, “Contemplating what it means to make something from nothing, I will discuss the creation of context, content and meaning through the installation of my work and the evolution of my visual language from inner space to expression in outer space.”

 

 

 

"Entanglement" by Carol Prusa

“Entanglement” by Carol Prusa

 

 

 

Galileo’s quote from Il Saggiatore that says: “[The Universe] is written in the language of mathematics and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.” Carol says, “It resonates with how I know things. I explore symmetry, infinity, the void, complexity and emergent forms as a gateway to creating my worlds.”

 

 

"Paradise" by Carol Prusa

“Paradise” by Carol Prusa

 

 

“My work references the organic nature of life and connection to geometry. Paul Valery wrote, ‘The Universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.’ I plumb that intellect for its vital beauty, attempting to visually deliver a ‘theory of everything’ as comprehensively as a physicist”, she explains.

 

 

 

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“Fertile” by Carol Prusa

 

 

Internationally known for her contemporary and large scale use of silverpoint, Carol Prusa currently teaches painting as a Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. She has been in numerous exhibitions and was awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists (2002, 2008). Her work is in private and public collections worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Carol Prusa In The Studio

Carol Prusa In The Studio

 

 

 

ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.

 

 

Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr. Schedule of upcoming Art Salons and Videos of past Art Salon Presentations are now available at  http://www.elleschorrphotography.com. Upcoming Art Salons are also listed at http://www.armoryart.org/ArtSalons.

 

DIRECTIONS:

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Riverwalk Jazz & Art Call For Artists, Vendors and Non-Profits -Sign Up Now For New Event

There is a Jazz & Art on the Riverwalk in Jupiter on Saturday, May 30th! Come on down to the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk, just south of Harbourside Place, to experience this new event on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. The event will feature live music by local jazz groups, and local fine art and craft vendors. Enjoy delicious local foods, a glass of wine or beer, and hear some great music with the George Tandy Band. The event area has beautiful views of the intracoastal and passing boats, and is protected under the bridge from the heat and rain. There will be tables and chairs, but it is recommended that you BYOC (bring your own chair) if you want to make sure you have the best seat.  The Rickie Report shares this CALL to Artists, Vendors AND Non-Profit Organizations.  Reminder to art, music and food lovers: Mark this date on your calendar now!  Bring friends. Bring family!  

 

 

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JAZZ & ART

At Plaza Down Under

On The Riverwalk

Love 94 Smooth Jazz presents the George Tandy Band featuring a blend of smooth jazz, R & B, classic dance hits and more.

Saturday, MAY 30th

3 – 8 pm

 

Jupiter, FL

FREE   ADMISSION!

 

Artists, Fine Crafters, Vendors Welcome

Artists, Fine Crafters, Vendors Welcome

 

 

 

 

Call to Artists!

 

Local vendors who sell original art, photography, jewelry, sculpture and garden art can apply online at www.jupiter.fl.us/Riverwalk. A 10’ x 10’ booth space is only $35, free for non-profit groups. No exhibit tent is necessary, as most of the event space is in the shade of the bridge during the event. Some electricity is available. Vendors are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, but only vendors selling items that fit with the event theme will be accepted. No food trucks – we don’t have space for large food trucks at this event.

 

 

Enjoy the live music, jazz, food and atmosphere!

Enjoy the live music, jazz, food and atmosphere!

 

 Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

 

 

Walk Along Riverwalk Plaza

Walk Along Riverwalk Plaza

 

Coolers and dogs are permitted. Free admission, and free parking is available in the parking garage to the south of Indiantown Road bridge. There is also 2 hours of free parking in the Harbourside Place garage, $1.50/hour after that.

 

 

Live Jazz!

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Love 94 Smooth Jazz presents the George Tandy Band featuring a blend of smooth jazz, R & B, classic dance hits and more.

Live music will be on tap from 3-8pm.

Sit and enjoy the views, the music and the food!

The Riverwalk is a great place to spend the day.

Local artists will be selling unique and handcrafted items.

 

Bring the family!

Bring the family!

 

Visit the webpage:  www.jupiter.fl.us

 Or  

Call  561-741-2400 for more information

If you are interested in b wing a sponsor for this event, contact Jennifer Chapaaro at jenniferc@jupiter.fl.us  or     561-741-2365   cell: 561.315.0243   fax: 561.745.4244

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center Present Fine Art and Fine Crafts In “Natural Wonders of Florida” Exhibit at Okeeheelee Nature Center

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center present “Natural Wonders of Florida” a juried fine art/fine craft exhibit hosted by the Okeeheelee Nature Center. The exhibit features 67 works by 27 local artists of native plants, animals, trees and vistas. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through May 7th.  The quality and diversity of the artwork is stunning!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see both nature and art in one place.  

 

Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center

Invite You To

“Natural Wonders of Florida”

A Juried Exhibit of Fine Art and Fine Craft

Public Opening Reception:

Friday, May 1st  6 – 8:30 pm

 

"We Live In A Paradise" by Diane Cappella

“We Live In A Paradise” by Diane Cappella

 

 

Okeeheelee Nature Center

7715 Forest Hill Blvd.      West Palm Beach

Wednesday Through Friday,   1 – 4:30pm

Saturday   10am – 4:30pm

 

 

"Spirits" by Sid Walesh

“Spirits” by Sid Walesh

 

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center present “Natural Wonders of Florida” a juried fine art/fine craft exhibit hosted by the Okeeheelee Nature Center. The exhibit features 67 works by 27 local artists of native plants, animals, trees and vistas. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through May 7th.  

 

 

"Wakodahatchee Babies" by Barbara Carswell

“Wakodahatchee Babies” by Barbara Carswell

 

Works will be on display at the Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. The public may view the exhibit during Nature Center operating hours Wednesday through Friday, 1 pm to 4:30pm and Saturday 10am to 4:30pm.

 

"Gray Fox" by Robin Marsh

“Gray Fox” by Robin Marsh

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all work is for sale. The quality and variety of work is amazing!

 

"Tranquil Glade" by Pat Strum

“Tranquil Glade” by Pat Strum

 

A reception and awards presentation will be held Friday, May 1st from 6 to 8:30pm at the Nature Center. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

"Through The Sargasso Sea" by Frances Tyler

“Through The Sargasso Sea” by Frances Tyler

 

DIRECTIONS:

Okeeheelee Nature Center is located within Okeeleelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard west of West Palm Beach.

 

From I-95, exit at Forest Hill Boulevard and head west. The entrance to Okeeheelee Park is located between Jog Road and the Turnpike overpass on the north side.Turn into the park and continue straight. The entrance to the nature center is just past the entrance to Pooch Pines Dog Park on the left side of the road. Turn left and proceed to the nature center parking lot.

 

 

From U.S. Highway 441, head east on Forest Hill Boulevard. The entrance to Okeeheelee Park is located between the Turnpike overpass and Jog Road on the north side.Turn into the park and continue straight. The entrance to the nature center is just past the entrance to Pooch Pines Dog Park on the left side of the road. Turn left and proceed to the nature center parking lot.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center, Inc. is designed to promote an appreciation of our natural world to the general public through educational programs that reflect Okeeheelee Nature Center’s commitment to the stewardship of Florida’s natural resources. This is done by raising monies for the enhancement and diversification of programs, assisting staff with recruitment of volunteers, training programs, and publicity. We invite you to support the work of the center as a non-profit corporation by becoming a member. All monies collected are used to benefit the Center and its programs. Your annual tax-deductible contribution funds materials for service and management projects, exhibits, and other educational pursuits. Members receive invitations to all special happenings and a 10% discount at the gift shop.

 

 

For more information about this event or the Okeeheelee Nature Center  or other events, please  email: okeeheeleefriends@gmail.com

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Brewhouse Gallery Expands Space, Menu, Events! Celebrate 1st Anniversary In May!

The Brewhouse Gallery has a LOT going on!  Sip a home brewed coffee or specialty beer while perusing the new artwork.  Explore the expanded space and check out the skateboards! Take part in Trivia Night, Open Mic, sit back and enjoy the live music or just relax with a coffee or beer brewed just for you! A new artist will be featured the last Thursday of each month. Artwork has already been going to homes or offices since being hung last month, but more arrived! Stop by now to see what is available. Meet the artists and see their portfolios. And, it is time to mark your calendars for May 16th’s ONE Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of the new space! The Rickie Report shares the details here. We want to remind you that since the Brewhouse is closed on Mondays, it is the perfect venue to rent for daytime or evening parties, meetings and get-togethers!

 

 

 

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HOURS:

TUESDAY – SUNDAY
12:00PM – 12:00AM

The Brewhouse Gallery

720 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403

 

Art is on the Walls!

Art is on the Walls!

 

Stop by for our next monthly artist Open House:

Thursday, April 30th!

Art, art, and more art! Whether it’s our incredible visual artists or our talented performing artists –

MEET OUR NEW GALLERY ARTISTS:

Ed Trujilo,  Mark Sotak,  Danny Albertson,  James Hook,  Phil Fung,   Christanthy Vargo,  Kevin Goff, Craig McInnis,  Emmanuel Gonzales,  EJ Morales,  Cristina Ferreira,  Derek LaRosa,  Jeff Biege,  Jay Hatfield,  Sue Gaumer,  Jason Pfeiffer, Maria Grace Lurescia.

NEW MENU

 

Tacos Don Pepe

Tacos Don Pepe

 

 

AJ Brockman tells The Rickie Report, “The first week of our “soft opening” was a success! Please bear with us as we continue to go through some growing pains and implementing some changes. We’ve rolled out our new menu from Tacos don Pepe earlier than anticipated and will therefore no longer be allowing outside food to be brought in. We understand this was a big part of our atmosphere but we are only trying to make things better and offer more options. The entire menu is literally prepared from scratch with authentic Mexican recipes passed down through the generations. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available + over 6 homemade sangria’s. All you have to do is try it and you will see why we have decided to offer this exclusively!!”

 

Here’s The LineUp*

 

Tuesday – Musicians Showcase “In the Round” : 7 to 10 : $2 off draft & specialty wine. Bringing you a little bit of Nashville to Lake Park. Hosted by Bill Hartmann, this event is part storytelling, part jam session, and all out acoustic. Original music at its finest!

 

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Live Music

Wednesday – Trivia Night, 7 to 9. Brought to you by Think and Drink Trivia! Now with our new expansion we can accommodate an additional 40 people with a direct speaker output you can hear throughout the entire space for those of you that have been requesting it. This was just listed in the top 50 favorite things to do in all of Palm Beach County by The Palm Beach Post.

 

Trivia!

Trivia!

Thursday – : Open Mic Night : 8 to 11 : With new host & professional comedian Jordan Garnett. Thursday’s now have an all new energy with a killer lineup of songwriters, musicians, comedians and more.

 

 

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night

Friday – *FEATURED* : Live Music : 8 to 11 : Zack Jones, Front man of the the Gravel Kings, is completely reinventing what it means to be a one-man band. With his take on traditional folk music and much more… He will have the house rocking! Also, Happy Hour Poker (Texas hold ’em) starting at 6:30 PM. Food Truck: Unto These Grills

 

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Saturday – *FEATURED* : Live Music : 8 to 11 : A down south, knee slapping good time with The Mobile Homies & special guests THE SAWGRASS KIN. All 3 sets will most likely feature guest appearances by members of the different bands, friends, family, neighbors, hell, Sasquatch and the Yeti are even rumored to be cookin’ up a few songs as a duo. If you miss this one, it’s a damn shame! Food Truck: Eats and Sweets Catering.

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Sunday – *FEATURED* : 7 to 10 : We are happy to have Nicholas Caputo every other Sunday for the next few months! He is one of the premier Accordion players in all of Florida and will be bringing his traditional (and not so traditional) french vibes. Art + Beer + Accordion = WINNING.

 

Tacos Don Pepe

Tacos Don Pepe

* Please check the Brewhouse Gallery Website as dates, events and performers are subject to change.

 

!!!!!!!ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!!!!!!

 

Join us as we celebrate our one-year anniversary of being in business. It will be an entire day of Art, Live Music, Craft Beer and Food Trucks. Sponsored by Purehoney Magazine. We will have live music every hour from noon until midnight. There will also be extremely rare limited release craft beer tapping throughout the day. We will be highlighting a bunch of our local artists with live painting demos as well as local businesses! Check out below for more information.

 

*This will also be the grand opening of our expansion next door*

 

PERFORMING BANDS
· Victoria Leigh – 12:30 to 1:20
· The Whiskey Wasps – 1:35 to 2:25
· The Psymatics – 2:40 to 3:30
· Fireside Prophets – 3:45 to 4:45
· The Inverted – 5:00 to 6:00
· Smith Sundy – 6:15 to 7:15
· Shotgun Betty – 7:30 to 8:30
· Sweet Bronco – 8:45 to 9:45
· Raggy Monster – 10:00 to 11:00
· Speaking Volumes – 11:15 to Close

FOOD TRUCKS
· Diner Dogs Inc. (12 noon)
· Parabas Grill (7 PM)

VENDORS
· Purehoney Magazine
· Vintage Iron Club
· Autumn Skye – Art Gallery & Custom Tattoo
· South Florida Cornhole
· Lugnut Customs Service Station
· Black Coral Rum
· Live painting from airbrush artist Paul
· Live painting from Craig McInnis
· Live painting from Kevin Goff

(If you would like to be one of our vendors please get in touch, space is limited)

BREWERIES (Tap’n somethin special every hour)
· Funky Buddha Brewery
· Cigar City Brewing
· Civil Society Brewing

 

 

Live Music

Live Music

 

For up-to-the-minute listings of events please visit:

www.brewhousegallery.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBrewhouseGallery

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Invites All Campers To An 
“Adventurous Tour Through The World’s Greatest Art Museums!”

 The most widely-known summer camp in northern Palm Beach County is going global this year with the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 45th Annual Art Enrichment Summer Camp from June 9 to August 15. Each themed week takes campers on a virtual journey through the world’s greatest art museums, and explores the most famous pieces of art while revealing the history, customs and cultures of each country. ArtCampers will create their own masterpieces in ceramics, drawings, mixed-media, painting and sculpture. Each adventurous week ends with a special “music Friday” featuring the native sounds and songs of that week’s country.   The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up before spots are closed out!  Special Note: Teen Internship opportunities are available, apply online at www.LighthouseArts.org, with mandatory orientation in May.

 

 

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45th Annual Art Enrichment Summer Camps

Feature themed weeks of

ceramics, drawing, mixed media and more

June 8 – August 14

 

 

 

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The camps for ages 4 – 12 host weekly presentations from local artists and nonprofits, giving ArtCampers an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the most passionate, talented and dynamic people in the area. Whether it is a visit to the ancient citadel of the Acropolis in Greece, the mysterious “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre in France, or 5,000 years of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum in Taipei – each week will be a fabulous adventure of artistic discovery and wild creativity.

 

 

 

Themed weeks include:


June 8 – 12 Meet the MET (NYC!)


June 15 – 19  LA LA LOUVRE (France)


June 22 – 26 Ah….Acropolis (Greece)


June 29 – July 3 Go and GETTY! (California)


July 6 – 10 NATIONAL Treasure (Taiwan) 


July 13 – 17  Can you say D’ORSAY?! (France)


July 20 – 24 Adventures in the Smithsonian (DC)


July 27 – 31 YA! VASA (Sweden…ships)


August 3 – 7  Not Prada, Yes Prado! (Italy)


August 10 – 14 MOMA Mia! (NYC)
“We are looking forward to the endless possibilities and fun that will evolve with our young artists this summer! Having just returned from Paris, I am excited to share that breathtaking thrill of discovering foreign cultures and world-class art with our local children,” says Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art.

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Summer Camp Activity 2014

Lighthouse ArtCenter Summer Camp Activity 2014

 The Young Artists program for ArtCampers ages 4 and 5 runs from 9 to noon. Price is $120 per week for ArtCenter members and $150 per week for non-members. ArtCamp for ages 6 – 12 runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $200 per week for members and $230 per week for non-members. Before and after care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is available. ArtCampers receive a 10% sibling discount and scholarships are available, based upon financial need. Teen internship opportunities are available, apply online at www.LighthouseArts.org, with mandatory orientation in May. Those interested in registering for ArtCamp or learning more about each themed week may visit www.LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 748-8737 for more information.

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Summer Camp Artwork, 2014

Lighthouse ArtCenter Summer Camp Artwork, 2014

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, FL.

For information please call (561) 748-8737 or visit www.lighthousearts.org.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Popular Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street.  This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal.  A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek of Joni Berte’s artwork!

 

 

 

 

 18th Annual Downtown

Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 25th

&

Sunday, April 26th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore this outdoor gallery. This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal. The prices, suitable to all budgets, will range from $3 to $3,000. A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. 

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

Joni Berte tells The Rickie Report, ” My artistic interests are endless! I appreciate all forms of art; traditional, classic, deviant, outsider, you name it! It is my belief that there are many ways to express oneself and art is food for the soul. Self-expression is paramount to the artist and the drive to create is as impossible to stop as a runaway train. For the past few years I have focused on Day of the Dead art, and have developed a unique style that is the hallmark of my pieces.”

 

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

 

She continues, “While many of my Day of the Dead designs, particularly those found on my Sugar Skull masks, are typical of the genre, my execution is of the highest quality — especially in the areas of line detail and color. I am currently working on assemblage art in the form of Personal Shrines and am finding it a very versatile and rewarding medium. Additionally, I am collaborating with my father (Bill Lohnes) on Fantasy Dragonflies. My new Fire-Carved Boxes are for sale at Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, Florida.”

 

 

Day of the Dead art by Joni Berte

Day of the Dead assemblage art by Joni Berte

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,00
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

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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 Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, 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 18th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Artists In Florida Partner With Tropical World Nursery For Benefit Art And Plant Sale

On Saturday, April 25th, the Artists In Florida will partner with Tropical World Nursery for a Plant Sale and Art Benefit.  Enjoy a B-R-B-Q lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs with  beer, wine and soda to wash them down. There will be raffles and entertainment. The Nursery will have exotic plants for sale. Purchase a piece of art from professional artists and help the cause, as funds are raised. Artists in Florida will be partnering with Tropical World Nursery to help raise funds for the Journey Church Mexico Mission trip 2015.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sees this as a “win-win-win-win”: You get the chance to purchase plants and art, the artists sell their work and the nursery sells plants, the charity raises money, the four families in need of housing will get their homes!

 

Artists In Florida

Invites You 

Saturday,  April 25,2015

10 am to 4 pm

Plant Sale and Art Sale

Charitable Benefit 

Tropical World Nursery

7401 Tropical Hagen Ranch       Boynton Beach, Fl 33437

 

 

Artists in Florida will be partnering with Tropical World Nursery to help raise funds for the Journey Church Mexico Mission trip 2015.  The monies collected will help the missionaries to work and serve at an orphanage along with help in a destitute area of Ensenada, Mexico.  In addition, homes will be constructed for 4 families in dire need.
Enjoy a Barbecue lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs with beer, wine and soda to wash them down. There will also be raffles and entertainment. Enjoy the exotic plants the nursery has to offer for sale. Purchase a piece of art from professional artists and help our cause.

 

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For more information please contact Jackee Swinson:

info@artinfl.org
www.artinfl.org
561-714-4871

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

FREE Creative Airbrush Demo At Jerry’s Artarama West Palm Beach

Merill “Lucky” Noel is back by popular demand!  After almost a quarter century, he remains the at the top of his field in Airbrush design. Located in Fort Lauderdale, he will be giving a FREE Demo at Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach on Saturday, April 25th. The Rickie Report shares the details and suggests you RSVP because this event has limited seating!

 

 

 

JERRY’S ARTARAMA

 

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2505 Okeechobee Boulevard ( Suite Q)

West Palm Beach, FL 33409

561-684-7036

http://westpalm.jerrysartaramastores.com

 

 

 

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For more information about this event, classes or special offers please visit:

http://westpalm.jerrysartaramastores.com

Please call our store directly at (561) 684-7036

to register for any of our classes!

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

How A Museum Can Lift Our Spirits And Share Common History Through Art-The Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews

The Rickie Report shares our visit to the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, through the eyes of artist and art patrons. We went to recapture part of our heritage, before WWII, and to support the educational efforts to teach acceptance and tolerance of “the other”.  This article will focus on two main features: the role of architecture of this edifice and the highlight of the Core Exhibit itself.  While we publish on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we celebrate this visit because it is a museum of life, rich in culture, ready to be shared.

 

 

Welcome to the Museum!

 

 

 

Outside the Museum Plaza

Outside the Museum Plaza

 

The Museum of The History of the Polish Jews

 

 

The architecture of every building tells a story.  What can we learn as we visit this museum?   The Museum is situated on the ruins of a prewar Jewish neighborhood, where the Germans established the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.  It faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, commemorating how Jews died.  The Museum memorializes how they lived among their Polish neighbors.

 

Museum, Outside View, Left of the Entrance

Museum, Outside View, Left of the Entrance

 

From the outside, we can see the overriding chasm coming together with an inner bridge, the undulating walls and massive panes of glass.  Like art itself, the interpretations are left to the viewer.  We overhear other guests, ” Is it the splitting of the Red Sea?”  ” Is it breaking with the past and moving toward the future?”  “Is it the chasm caused by WWII, when 90% of Polish Jews perished?”  What does it mean?  There is one, clear glass corner of the building on the first floor, where we can see colorful chairs. The bright colors hint at what we will find inside.

 

 

Etched Glass Columns

Etched Glass Columns Of the Museum Facade

 

 

Before we even enter, we notice the Latin letters “Polin” and their Hebrew counterparts, silk screened on the vertical glass and copper columns.  The word, “Polin” in Hebrew means “Rest Here”.  The Museum serves as a common meeting place for a diverse public, an opportunity to learn, discuss, and grow continued tolerance.

 

 

 

Walking Up the Ramp into The Museum

Walking Up the Ramp into The Museum (Courtesy of Museum of History of Polish Jews)

 

As we enter, we walk up the ramp toward the naturally lit interior.  The  light that fills this space is magical, as shadows dance around the smoothed, rolling walls. We are met by a Museum Intern, Iwona Oleszczuk and walk into the space.

 

Museum Interior Walls

Museum Interior Walls

 

Chief Architect, Rainer Mahlamäki says, “This place called for light; a natural radiance that would illuminate the surroundings”. The building, a postmodern structure in glass, copper, and concrete, was designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma. A plaque tells us that “Since the museum presents the whole history of Jews in Poland, not only the period under German occupation, the designer wanted to avoid similarities to existing Holocaust museums which had austere concrete structures. The architects kept the museum in the colors of sand, giving it a more approachable feeling.  They won the 2008 International Architecture Award in recognition of their bold and innovative design”.

 

Rear View of Museum

Rear View of Museum (Courtesy of Museum of History of Polish Jews)

 

 

 

Children twirl to their own tunes and adults speak in soft voices. Outside, at the back of the museum through an all glass wall, we can see a large grass lawn, with people sitting and enjoying the sunshine.  From this vantage point, we can also see the top of the wooden synagogue, plain and bear wood planks meeting at the roof top.  We cannot see into the Core Exhibit, but it beckons.  This is like peeling an onion, layer by layer. We look at some explanatory signage and are anxious to see where the next step will take us.

 

 

 

Roof Beams from the Core Exhibit synagogue below

Roof Beams from the Core Exhibit Synagogue below

 

Visitors are brought into the time and place  of the story itself.  The exquisite painted ceiling and timber framed roof of the 17th century wooden Gwozdziec Synagogue is the highlight of this visit. Over 400 volunteers from all over the world recreated it over a period of 10 years at 85% scale.  They used old drawings by Alois Breir to paint the interior.  To construct and assemble the wood beams, they recreated the same tools used to build the original structure.  

 

Welcome to the Core

 

We are greeted by Curator, Eva Malkowska-Bienick, who brings us down to the Core Exhibit.  At the time, we are the only visitors because the Museum had not officially opened yet.  Walking off the elevator into the basement level of the museum, I was unprepared. We stepped into a replica of the Gwozdziec Synagogue.  I have never seen such bright colors on a synagogue ceiling, or any ceiling. I had to catch my breath!  There are zodiac symbols, depictions of animals (real and mystical) , quotations form Hebrew liturgy and images recalling the Jewish calendar. Each had been painstakingly painted on the ceiling and upper walls.  

 

 

 

Close-Up of Gwozdziec Synagogue Ceiling

Close-Up of Gwozdziec Synagogue Ceiling (Courtesy of Museum of History of Polish Jews)

 

 

The Core Exhibition is a journey through 1000 years of the history of Polish Jews – from the Middle Ages until today.  Eva explained, “The Core Exhibition is a narrative: visitors will be drawn into a story told by artifacts, paintings, interactive installations, reconstructions and models, video projections, sounds and words. Our focus is on life, therefore at each stage of the journey we strive to remain close to life by letting people speak – Jewish merchants, scholars or artists from a given era, rabbis, housewives, politicians, chroniclers and revolutionaries. We give the floor to those who perished and to those who survived.  We present 1000 years of Polish-Jewish coexistence, speak of cooperation, rivalry and conflicts, autonomy, integration and assimilation. While seeking to confront thorny issues, we also bring attention to bright chapters in our common history”.

 

 

Close-Up of G Synagogue Ceiling

Close-Up of Gwozdziec Synagogue Ceiling (Courtesy of Museum of History of Polish Jews)

 

According to the Museum website, “The Core Exhibition was developed by a team of international scholars and curators under the direction of Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. The design was created by Event Communications, a London-based company, and by Nizio Design International from Warsaw. Thanks to these teams, the Core Exhibition employs reliable methods as well as cutting-edge multimedia solutions”.

 

 

 

Synagogue Bimah (Courtesy of M. Starowieyska D. Golnik Museum of History of Polish Jews)

Synagogue Bimah (Courtesy of M. Starowieyska D. Golnik Museum of History of Polish Jews)

 

 

While many of the Eight Galleries were not ready for visitors,  we were able to interact with some of the technicians who were tweaking the final stages of one interactive module.   We asked about the general public’s reaction to this facility.  One said, ” We have a curiosity of Jews before the Holocaust and this is a place which shows commonality, not just catastrophe.”  This echoes the Musuem’s Vision Statement, “To make the Museum of the History of Polish Jews an important and innovative center of research, education and culture – a platform for social change, offering a profound, transformative experience and promoting new standards of narrating history.”

 

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Model of Gwozdziec Synagogue

 

An explanatory sign tells us, “This model of the wooden synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec was created in workshops organized by Handshouse Studio for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  The model is based on the research of Kärol Maszoswki, Alois Breier, Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka, and Thomas Hubka.  Rick and Laura Brown, directors of Handshouse Studios donated this model to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews”.

 

The Rickie Report thanks our Museum guides and the Museum website for technical information used in this article.

 

To learn more about the Museum:

 

http://www.polin.pl/en

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Art And Kimono Exhibit Will Offer Lectures And Sales Of Wearable Art

The kimono is a simple garment with a complex history of weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques reflecting the cultural changes of Japan. Barbara Cheives of Afrasia Design Studio and Anthony and Trina Burks of ATB Fine Art are bringing  an Art and Kimono Exhibit and Sale to Palm Beach County.  This exhibit and shopping event includes vintage kimono, haori jackets, and obi along with décor items, and wearable art created from vintage Japanese textiles.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the fascinating story of kimono while learning to wear and decorate with the garments and the textiles.  World renown kimono researcher and merchant, Les Kozuki will be on hand!  The Rickie Report knows this will appeal to history buffs, Asian art lovers, textile junkies and fabric hounds.  Bring your Fabric Guild and Quilting Buddies! We share a few sneak peeks and suggest you mark your calendars now for Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th!  Ronald Shaffer Interiors will host this event.

 

 

 

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Art & Kimono Exhibit & Sale

History of Kimono & Japanese Textiles Lectures

Hosted by

The Paint Store at Ronald Shaffer Interiors

1800 Upland Road   West Palm Beach, FL

SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 15th

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Opening Night Celebration
Be among the first to experience a unique blend of
the Asian experience with the contemporary art

 

Saturday, May 16th

Interactive Lectures
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – “The Evolution of Kimono: Cracking the Kimono Code”
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – “Kimono Redux: Modern Adaptations”

The Exhibit is open 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

6:00 – 8:00 Jazz at the Gallery with the Unorthodox Duo – SAMM with Jamie Ousley

 

 

Sunday, May 17th

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Interactive Student Lecture
“What the Heck is Kimono? A Colorful Conversation about Vintage Japanese Garments as Art”

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Sunday Afternoon at the Exhibit

 

10% of all sales will be donated to the following local nonprofit organizations: Community Partners, U.B. Kinsey Education & Community Center, YWCA of Palm Beach County

 

 

 

 

"Uchikake"

“Uchikake”

 

 

Vintage Kimono has fascinated Leslie Kozuki for most of his adult life. This fascination has lead him to spend most of the last 30 years actively selling and researching Vintage Kimono, Obi, as well as other Asian textiles and Art.

 

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Les Kozuki, World Renown Kimono Expert

 

 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Les was immersed in multi-culturalism.  Being Japanese American, kimono were easily accessible. His research began with questioning his parents and older family members, then extended to books, and participation in cultural interest groups. Les considers himself a merchant/researcher and is perhaps the most widely travelled Kimono salesman in the USA. His trunk show and lecture circuit has ranged throughout the United States Mainland. For the past six years, his focus has been in Hawaii, including the islands of Kauai, Maui and Oahu. He is tracking the evolution of the Kimono and its fabric, right here in the United States. 

 

 

Barbara Cheives, of Afrasia Design Studio

Barbara Cheives, of Afrasia Design Studio

 

Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Back in the 90’s I accompanied Les to several of his shows, most notably the Houston International Quilt Festival. Through Les’ tutelage I developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan. I also have a natural affinity for the African culture and discovered that many of the colors and textures of the African textiles formed a beautiful “marriage” with Japanese textiles. This union resulted in the birth of my artist’s moniker – “Afrasia”.

 

"Krazy Kimono" by Barbara Cheives

“Krazy Kimono” by Barbara Cheives

“Though the Japanese garments are vintage and no longer being worn, the beauty of the textiles are timeless. It seems natural to re-purpose these fabrics into wearable art – scarves and purses and decorative art – pillows, runners and wall hangings. Not wanting to lose an inch of the silks, I make use of the scraps to design small collages and greeting cards. Embellished with African & Asian inspired trims, beads, and “found” items my art is a form of ‘Multi-cultural Recycling’!”

 

 

"Sancha McBurnie" by Anthony Burks

“Sancha McBurnie” by Anthony Burks

 

Completing and complimenting the theme of multiculturalism, Anthony Burks will be exhibiting his mixed media paintings.  He is one of the most unique conceptual artists in America. His paintings mix colored pencils, watercolor, pen, and ink, and are characterized by his unusual choice of colors. Whether depicting birds, animals, or people, Anthony is able to convey the intertwining of their beauty and their strength. He chooses his subjects because of what they mean to him, and he tells their stories through his combination of realistic forms, bright colors, and abstract images.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Anthony has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for over twenty years. His painting “Freedom 2001” can be found in the Cornell Museum Permanent Collection.  Anthony mentors fellow artists young and old, teaching them his techniques and encouraging them to pursue their own creative talents. He is also the co-founder of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers where he curates shows for other artists and promotes the local arts scene. He is presently working on a coffee table book of his paintings and drawings.

 

"Never Along" by Anthony Burks

“Never Along” by Anthony Burks

 

 

Anthony tells The Rickie Report,My works result from the blending of my mind and heart. It is a gift from God that I love and cherish immensely. Whether choosing a bird, animal or beautiful woman as my subject, I achieve diversity by incorporating into my art bright colors and abstract images. I want my audience to be as free in viewing my work as I am in creating it. Change is a challenge for many artists, but I have learned to embrace it. I am constantly inspired by the artists that I mentor and the shows that I curate. My artwork evolves as I create new collections that tell new stories. I am eager to tackle the next stage of my artistic journey.”

 

For more information about this event please contact Barbara Cheives at:   barbara@convergeandassociates.com

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291