Girls “Get-Aways” in Palm Beach County

Looking for a weekend “get-away”?  The Rickie Report knows that Palm Beach County is THE place to go!  This article gives an overview of the many varied activities Florida’s Cultural Capital® offers!

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Let’s go girls! We know you `just wanna have fun’ right?! Spend your next weekend getaway in Palm Beach County where shopping, pampering and adventure await you – in Florida’s Cultural Capital®  Explore venues and locales online at http://artscalendar.com/thepalmbeaches
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Want to get away? You deserve it! Spend your next weekend getaway kicking your heels up with the girls in Palm Beach County – where culture has found its place in the sun®. Leave all your cares behind by checking into one of Palm Beach County’s quaint, boutique hotels or high-end luxury resorts, with vacation packages sure to suit individual tastes and budgets. Unpack, feel the energy, and start enjoying some valued “me-time” by heading straight outdoors to the pool or beachside cabana for refreshments, local music, and just plain, `fun-in-the-sun.’
At the Beach

At the Beach

Find a cozy spot to call your own somewhere along the county’s 47-plus miles of intoxicating, gorgeous coastline to help you unwind and de-stress from busy schedules soon forgotten.  Settle in to a sandy space and relax. Florida’s Cultural Capital® provides a palette that allows you to set your pace from slow to go! So much variety makes planning a weekend getaway with the girls an occasion you can tailor to fit any style! From fun and funny, to adventurous and educational, you ladies are sure to enjoy sights, sounds and luxuries located in every corner of Palm Beach County.
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The Mall at Wellington Green

Enjoy noshing, shopping and pampering in any of the county’s quaint and trendy downtowns and small towns nestled in the cities like Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Jupiter. Plenty of local culinary treats are yours for the sampling there too, with sidewalk and beachside cafes and as many trendy hot spots as there are out-of-the-way quiet restaurants waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.
Delray Beach "On The Avenue"

Delray Beach “On The Avenue”

Whether shopping for souvenirs, gifts or fare for the everyday, shopping opportunities abound. Discover `finds’ in Boca Raton’s refined and artsy Mizner Park, home to the exquisite Boca Raton Museum of Art. Shop CityPlace’s sophisticated outdoor European shopping village in West Palm Beach then go to a show at the Kravis Center, or sample a vast variety of niche shops in beautiful The Mall at Wellington Green, just west of West Palm Beach.
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Art galleries, antique and specialty shops abound in the cultural renaissance downtown of Lake Worth. While there, let the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County help you plan your next outing. A walk through the doors of its Downtown Lake Worth home opens a world of opportunity to discover arts and cultural organizations, events, venues and adventures.
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Cultural Council of Palm Beach County – Montgomery Building

Take a leisurely stroll through this historic architectural icon that started as a 1940s movie theater – that now offers visitors galleries and changing art exhibitions. Experience one-of-a-kind shopping the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store and explore the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Cultural Information Center with an interactive, touch-screen experience to peruse venues and destination stops sure to fulfill your quest for exciting arts and cultural happenings all over the county.
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Before leaving this area, visit the shore and the newly-reconstructed Lake Worth Casino Building and renovated Beach Complex. Grab a bite and enjoy picturesque beach views and the beauty of this original 1920s architectural gem.
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Dining

With all this fun-in-the-sun, good dining and exhaustive `shopping ‘til you drop’ –  it’s time for some more R & R. Did anybody say, `spa day?!’ Grand resort and charming, boutique spas prove there is no shortage of places to release your worries and rejuvenate your spirit with massage, manis and pedis to start.
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Tiger Shark Submarine

Act like a kid with an educational journey at the all-new Palm Beach Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Play and explore with more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium and fresh- and saltwater aquariums. Open daily.
Flagler Museum

Flagler Museum

Summer days and nights are something special at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in western Delray Beach. Taiko drumming, sushi samplings and tranquil walks through magnificent gardens at sunset with a variety of seasonal events.
Artists Alley Open Studios in Pineapple Grove area of Delray Beach

Artists Alley Open Studios in Pineapple Grove area of Delray Beach

Music is the gateway to the soul and Palm Beach is culturally hip to this, offering an eclectic mix of music to listen to – from Latin and Country to Reggae and Blues! Whatever beat moves you… it’s all right here – in Palm Beach County. In Delray Beach, check out live jazz at Arts Garage, where being invited to, `bring your own whatever,’ to communal table settings is a delightful part of its ambience. Day or night, Delray’s hip Atlantic Avenue and artsy Pineapple Grove District sets the stage for an enticing, enjoyable time, whatever you choose to do.
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 If Rand McNally & USA Today dubbed Delray Beach “Most Fun Small Town in America,” in its `Best of the Road’ tour, then planning to stop there is just the right recipe for that extra special time spent away with the girls!
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City Place

Check out CityPlace and BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach for dinner and shows that will have you dancing in your seat… up on your feet….and groovin’ in no time. After dinner, walk over to Palm Beach Improv to re-discover laughter as the `best medicine.’ Long for an evening under the stars, to enjoy those warm Palm Beach Summer nights? Hear great jazz, mingle and mix outdoors at the Norton Museum of Art’s Art After Dark series, Thursdays, all summer long.
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Palm Beach Dramaworks

If live theater is more your thing, take in a  July performance of the Tony Award-winning Man of La Mancha as Palm Beach Dramaworks, in Downtown West Palm Beach, presents the full-length concert version of the celebrated, vibrant and passionate score. Dates vary. Peruse more events on-tap, visit websites and even purchase tickets by visiting:http://artscalendar.com/thepalmbeaches.
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About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visitwww.palmbeachculture.com. Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Right Here: Family-Friendly Arts & Cultural Activities at Florida’s Cultural Capital®

The Rickie Report is excited to share so many events and activities that are available here in Palm Beach County!  Family-friendly arts and cultural activities are abundant!  No need to hear “I’m bored” anymore!

 

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Explore hundreds of family-fun things to do online at http://artscalendar.com/thepalmbeaches

 

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County invites visitors to enjoy a fun variety of family-friendly activities, venues and locales taking place all over the county and discover why it’s called, Florida’s Cultural Capital®! With a colorful and diverse array of arts and cultural activities, offerings and fun, there’s sure to be something for families of varying age, taste, and budget. Check out happening events on tap, visit websites, and even purchase tickets by visiting: http://artscalendar.com/thepalmbeaches.

 

It’s all about `Outdoor Florida’ on the South end of Palm Beach County at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Nestled along AIA in Boca Raton, this venue offers visitors an expansive outdoor nature center with its Sea Turtle Garden, container garden of herbs and local flora, gopher tortoise exhibit and a butterfly nursery. Nature Craft for Father’s Day is planned to take place on June 15; 11 a.m. – Noon; ages 7 – 12; RSVP (561) 544-8615.

 

Enjoy live theater by taking the family for a “peek” ‘under the sea’ through the eyes of the Sol Children Theatre Troup’s musical play adaptation of Disney’s Broadway production, The Little Mermaid, Jr. July 4–5, Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, in Boca Raton; 561.447.8829.

 

Just north of Boca Raton in the heart of Downtown Delray Beach, visitors will find the charming and whimsical Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches. Robin Hood, by Master Puppeteer Jerry Bickel with the Bits ‘N Pieces Marionettes takes the stage 10:30 a.m., May 16, 17; and 2 p.m., May 18;

 

A short walk from the Puppetry Arts Center finds Arts Garage, home of jazz, blues, big band, live theatre, comedy and more! Dance in your seats to the popular family musical, “Footloose,” May 16 – May 19; table reservations available; show times vary. 561-450-6357, orinfo@artsgarage.org.

 

On the western end of Delray Beach visitors can experience the magical and serene setting of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. This year, its annual Sushi and Stroll event offers several dates and themes to enjoy. On June 7, from 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. `Sip while you stroll’ at the Morikami’s Sip & Stroll: An All-About-Sake Evening event. Enjoy a unique selection of sake and menu items from the Cornell Café and learn all about the appeal of this age-old Japanese spirit. www.morikami.org.

 

Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy a visit to the Sandoway House Nature Center, found along AIA in northern Delray Beach.  Sandoway is home to the largest private collection of shells in southeast Florida with 10,000 museum quality shells on display.  Shark feeding anyone? Plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. sharp, Tuesday through Sunday, to participate in this thrilling local favorite. If getting your toes in the sand is more your thing, sign up for its May 25 Beach Walk, taking place from 11 a.m. – noon. www.sandowayhouse.org.

 

For those who like to shop until they drop, explore artsy and trendy Lake Avenue in Downtown Lake Worth. At the corner of Lake and L Street, visitors will not want to miss stopping in at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to find over 1200 artist-created items for sale in its Uniquely Palm Beach Store. While there, check out its exhibitions by Palm Beach County artists: Artist as Author through May 18; and, County Contemporary: All Media Juried Show – June 14 – Sept. 7.  In the Cultural Council’s Cultural Information Center, take advantage of utilizing its interactive, touch-screen Explore Board to peruse arts and cultural venues; pick up brochures, event calendars, maps, the Winter issue ofart&culture magazine, and fill your day book or extended stay itinerary with destination stops sure to fulfill your quest for exciting arts and cultural happenings fun for the entire family – found all over the county. www.PalmBeachCulture.com

 

 

Just north of Lake Worth, in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County’s world class community youth choir, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, presents “Ubuntu”, a special 10th Anniversary performance at the Annual Spring Concert on May 19. This award winning community chorus featuring 350 of the area’s top, talented youth voices; 7 p.m.; 561-832-SHOW; 1-800-KRAVIS-1.

 

A constant nearby draw for visitors of all ages is the Palm Beach Zoo, with exciting and educational encounters available to help you get to know some of the county’s resident animals. Daily Keeper Talks and `informative feeding and enrichment’ events give visitors an up close and personal look into topics like: What makes tigers so “chuffed” (happy); how alligators and pelicans eat; and what monkeys like to do when they, `monkey around.’ Open   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. dailywww.palmbeachzoo.org.

 

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Archelon, part of the “Savage Ancient Seas” Exhibit at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

 

Hop across the street to see what’s new at the newly-expanded South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum. Celebrate with fun, interactive science 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on June 7 – “Community Opening Day.” Admission is Free. Experience the first blockbuster exhibit to fill the newly open exhibit hall, Savage Ancient SeasDinosaurs of the Deep.  Kids and adults alike will gasp in awe at Archelon, a  17-foot-wide sea turtle.  Archelon will be on display as part of the Museum’s newest traveling exhibit – Savage Ancient Seas: The Ancient Aquatic Deep -  opening to the public on Friday, May 17.   www.sfsm.org.

 

Have a budding artist in the family?  Every first Saturday of each month The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach offers, `Art on the go!’ ages Kindergarten to 5th Grade. These art workshops are designed just for kids. Dates vary; RSVP:  www.armoryart.org

 

It’s well-known that the acclaimed Norton Museum of Art, in Downtown West Palm Beach, has permanent collections and exhibitions of masterpiece works of art year-round, but did you know it also offers family-friendly hands-on activities for kids of all ages?  On June 20, the museum invites guests to Be a LEGO® Architect. Begin in the classroom and learn about types of buildings. Next, participants draw designs and take plans to the LEGO® building activity area to construct it in 3-D on a special city map. Are you a Florida Resident planning a staycation? The Norton offers free admission for Florida residents in June, July and August and free admission to Palm Beach County residents every Saturday from June 1 – Aug. 3. www.norton.org.

 

Nearby along the intracoastal waterway finds the serene and tranquil Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Gain rare insight into the life’s work of American Sculptor Ann Weaver Norton by exploring Ann’s studio, gardens, and historic home. The vast, meticulously landscaped property is adorned with Ann’s monumental sculptures. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed. through Sunday; closed in Augustwww.ansg.org.

 

A natural, outdoor setting that invites guests to set their own pace and explore nearly three acres of striking sculpture and native landscape is the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. The gardens are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. To learn more, visit www.fourarts.org/gardens.

 

North Palm Beach is home to the beautiful, tucked away John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Learn about the park’s ecosystems and history with an array of events. Enjoy a Butterfly Walk on May 25; 11 – Noon; Daily nature Walks at 10 a.m.; Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Free with Park admission. Guided two-hour Kayak tours occur daily at high tide; Turtle Walks, May 28 – July 19 with RSVP required; 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., or later, depending on the turtles. 561.624.6952.

 

North on U.S. 1 is Juno Beach’s Loggerhead MarineLife Center, filled with nature-based exhibitions to explore, and a state-of-the-art turtle rehabilitation center.  Each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. children under 5 can bring their own “hatchlings” to share and enjoy ocean-inspired stories, crafts, and more with Hatchling Tales story time. Enjoy books, music, and group activities-Free; Celebrate World Oceans Day at Loggerhead on June 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to honor the body of water which links us all and to learn ways we can all generate awareness about conserving and protecting our world’s oceans- Free. www.marinelife.org.

 

Participating cultural and arts organizations say, `Welcome to Palm Beach County” – where Culture has found its place in the sun®. For a wide preview of family fun events and other arts and cultural offerings in Palm Beach County, visit the Cultural Council’s Arts Calendar at: http://artscalendar.com/thepalmbeaches

 

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:  The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. It’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, see  www.palmbeachculture.com.  Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

 

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

Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Offers Art Work and Workshops

 When writing about a fiber artist, the images usually conjured up include “wearable art” pieces, but Leora Stewart jumps beyond that seemingly ‘ordinary genre’ and brings a new way of thinking to fiber art.  The Rickie Report is eager to share her artwork because she has so much to offer in terms of teaching workshops, leading classes and providing amazing artwork for your home, office or yacht.

 

Leora Klaymer Stewart

Fiber Artist

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Will Offer a Four Week (one day a week)

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Armory Art Center

Begins Tuesday, April  30th   10 am – 5 pm

Students will Learn basic Tapestry Weaving techniques and design and weave a finished piece. To register call 561-832-1776 and speak with the registrar.

 

 

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“Netscape”: Collaged Box with Wrapped Elements

It is the threads of our lives that bring together friendships, circumstances and family into a meaningful pattern.  Leora Klaymen Stewart  is not only adept with these skills, but she literally uses fiber to create her art pieces.

In an interview by John Nelander, a Special to the Palm Beach Daily News on November 9, 2009, it becomes clear that Leora “wove a highly successful career using threads of rich experiences from her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.”Her family’s life in the days of pre-Israel Palestine lent a certain understanding to how the underpinnings of any tapestry must begin with closely woven and strong threads. Emigrating to South Africa in 1947, her parents were in charge of an orphanage which housed 80 children.   While Leora’s family had their own apartment,  she tells Nelander ,

“In a way, I was part of the orphanage, although I attended a different school. I made friends and celebrated holidays with the kids. I ate meals with them. “My best friend was from the orphanage — her name was Storm.

“These were children between 8 and 18, kids who came from broken homes, divorces or other situations. On weekends their parents might pick them up, or an aunt. It wasn’t that they were children who were totally destitute, they were getting a good education.”

It had an emotional affect on both Leora and her parents — she being an only child, her parents as well after each suffered deep losses in the Holocaust. “Both of their families were wiped out — my father lost his entire family and my mother lost her family.

“They lived all this. Here they were, directors of this orphanage and then they find out that their families were all murdered. So the orphanage became kind of an extended family. It was a wonderful experience for me.”

http://web.archive.org/web/20100125033245/http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/2009/11/09/Profile_Stewart_1110.html

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“Intertwined Metafossil”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings

 

In the 1050′s, Leora’s family moved to Detroit. Both parents loved teaching and nurturing young people, in a time when Detroit was ripe with change and promise.  Leora reminisces about being in class with Diana Ross at the arts school, Cass Commerce.  

According to www.historicdetroit.org,  ”More than 50,000 students graduated from it, and hundreds of thousands of others walked its halls. Among the distinguished students who wandered the old Cass Tech’s halls: singer Diana Ross, comedians Lily Tomlin and David Alan Greer, auto executive John DeLorean, former Miss USAs Carol Gist and Kenya Moore, violinist Regina Carter, jazz musicians Donald Byrd and Earl Kluge, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos. Aviator Charles Lindbergh’s mother, Evangeline Lindbergh, taught chemistry at Cass from 1922 until 1942.”

 

  She shares, “On receiving my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968, I was awarded a travel grant which I used to travel to East Africa and Israel which had an important influence on further developing my artwork in Fiber as I designed rugs that were woven in Ethiopia and I designed a rug that was woven in Israel.”  She tells us it was the perfect time to travel to these exotic places, many of which were populated with idealistic Peace Corps volunteers.”   After living in an artists’ village in Israel, she returned to the U.S. to teach. 

Leora tells The Rickie Report, “Upon returning to the USA I was awarded the first of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants which gave me the time to create work and set up a studio.  I began my teaching career at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, where I established an undergraduate and a graduate program in the Fiber Arts in 1970.”

“I moved to New York City in 1974 and set up a studio where I created large scale architectural commissioned works that were installed in a number of major institutions around the country. I also had a number of one and two person exhibitions in Art Galleries and had my work placed in numerous Corporate Collections,” she explains.

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“Netscape Sea and Sky”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings

She taught a course in the Fiber Arts for 20 years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  In 2001, Leora had a 10 year retrospective exhibit at the 2/20 Gallery in New York and in 2006 she relocated to Florida.

Stewart is very quick to point out that she is not retired. And The Rickie Report can understand why.  To work on this article took a number of emails back and forth to find a good time for us to speak.  She is very busy!

One of Leora’s  strengths is networking (another component of fiber design: a fiber creation does not stand by one thread alone).  A colleague, photographer Ray Neubert, shares that ,”Leora is always interested in what other people are doing. So many artists view other people’s art through the lens of their own work. She very open-minded.” Leora’s fiber pieces have been displayed at the Palm Beach International Airport.

 

Since settling in Palm Beach, FL, Leora has been teaching a class in Fiber Arts at the Armory Art Center  located in West Palm Beach.  True to her nurturing and networking inner being, the students who have taken her course have now developed into a group which meets once a month.  They discuss and exchange ideas on different areas of the Fiber Arts and related Arts as well.  They view exhibitions, are involved in workshops, invite guest artists to present work, and further develop as individual artists.  If other fiber artists are interested, please contact  Leora at:  www.leorakstewart.com

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“Entanglements” – Natural hemp fiber, knotted and wrapped with crystal beads.  This piece was created as a site specific installation  at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL and was inspired by the intertwining of the banyan/ficus trees in the Gardens where it hung between these two majestic trees as part of EARTHDAY Celebrations, 2010.

In a recent Artist Statement, Leora tells us , “Since living in Florida my work has evolved and grown in a new direction being influenced by my surroundings, the sea and the sky and the lush vegetation. These works are based on my observations of nature and the pieces are horizontal emphasizing their relation to landscape.  I refer to them as “landscape structures”.  The pieces are created by using natural fiber threads with handmade papers and copper wire and are constructed using several textile techniques and I consider these pieces to be similar to forms and structures found in nature as one of constant growth and change.

“These abstract constructions are based on my observations of forms and structures found in nature.  Layers are the focus of my work in several ways: as components of physical structure, as elements of process, and as metaphor for constant change and growth.  The materials are natural fibers, hand-made papers, bamboo reeds, metal wires, glass beads and other found objects. I manipulate these materials using a variety of techniques to construct the pieces, which I refer to as ‘Landscape Structures.’”, she explains.

 

For more information please visit Leora’s website www.leorakstewart.com or send her an email leora@leorakstewart.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

The Curious World of Austin Manchester

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF AUSTIN MANCHESTER TO UNVEIL AT THE ANN NORTON SCULPTURE GARDENS  APRIL  4-29

Artist and part time PalmBeach resident Austin Manchester will unveil The Curious World Art of Austin Manchester in the galleries of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden April 4 through April 29 with a member and guest artist reception Wednesday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The works of Austin Manchester, created with resins and oils, radiate with their own inner energy and touch on the surreal and figurative, resulting in emotional yet serene images that possess the power to reveal the essence of spirit.

Manchester, who has exhibited throughout the world, has set up his painting studio on the north end of Palm Beach, where in addition to his surreal and figurative works, he is also exploring the landscapes and unique quality of Florida’s tropical location.  Born in the United States, Austin Manchester spent his formative years living in Kenya, France, Switzerland, Nova Scotia and New England and lives in Palm Beach and the south of France.

Growing up in a family of famous artisans, Manchester was encouraged from an early age by his mother, Carolina Casperson, to find an avenue for his own creative expression. Carolina, who is a singer-songwriter recording under the name Serah, also lives in Palm Beach.  Manchester’s sister, Grace, is also a singer-songwriter with hit records in France, where she lives in close proximity to her brother’s family in the summer months.

Living in the south of France allows Manchester to submerse himself into the deep history of painting.  “Within a small radius from where we live I can see the works of many great masters such as Courbet, Gauguin and Bazille as well as trek deep into caves and see pictographs which were painted 12,000 years ago. Studying and being inspired by life is ongoing and I love surrounding myself with the beauty and history which the Midi provides.”  Several of the paintings on exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens include Manchester’s interpretation of the pictographs, as well as inspirations from the sea while living in Palm Beach.

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Although a spirited adventurer, Manchester sought a formal education at the University of California, San Diego in the visual arts and continued with art studies in Cologne, Germany where he learned the craft necessary to create his expressive works.  Married to Carmen Manchester, the couple have three children that are being educated multi-culturally in the United States and France, carrying on the tradition of fostering self-expression.

Manchester’s work is often compared with the paintings of the great Symbolist master, Odilon Redon (1840-1914), as they share a sense of timelessness, while simultaneously capturing the mysteries of life.   Similar to Redon’s work, Austin’s paintings inspire and are not to be defined.  There are threads of similarity, as well, between his work and that of late 19th – early 20th century artist Louis Eilshemius.  Both these artists instill a lyrical element of fantasy and succeed at painting what at first glance seems the egoless character of naive art, but with longer viewing open like a door to reveal penetrating depth ofthought and layered painterly action that is deeply engaging to the viewer.

Says the artist, “I seek to gather and shape light with pigments, resins, oils and pure Higgsparticles. As well as a driving force for me, this can have a profound effect for the viewer.  My paintings incorporate smooth line counterbalanced by organic texture.  The texture adds life and movement.”  Although very strong, the paintings have no sense of guile.  They are painted with obvious enjoyment and careful attention and are easily viewed in the same manner.

Manchester’s works have exhibited at the Galerie Vidourle Prix, in Sauve France; Galerie Boutdu Monde in Saint Hippolyte du Fort, France, and throughout the U.S.and Europe in cities including New York, San Francisco, and Paris, as well as being held in numerous private collections both here and abroad.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton(1905-1982).  The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.   The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information: www.ansg.org  or call 561-832-5328.

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, 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

 

Exhibit Looks at Art and Influence of Edwina Sandys

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will present an impressive display of  an artist who made an large impact on our world and society, Edwina Sandys.

March 1st  through April 1st, The Art of Edwina Sandys: A Retrospective    There will a reception to meet the artist  March 8th, Thurs, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  open to Member & Guests

In addition, Sandys’ book, ART will be available for purchase, which chronicles wonderful photographs of her life that illustrate her famous ancestry. This book is the first and only collection of her visionary and artistic endeavors spanning over four decades.

Edwina Sandys

The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse subject matter. From the sacred to the secular, to the most essential questions about politics and society, she has tackled big ideas with panache, combining the lighthearted and the profound, at once playful and mind provoking. Her clearly recognizable style uses positive and negative images to powerful effect.

Edwina has created art of international acclaim that includes sculpture, paintings, collage and works on paper. Her work has reached a wide audience far beyond the realm of the private collector. Early in her career, for the 1979 United Nations’ Year of the Child, she created three monumental sculptures, which are now installed at UN centers in New York, Geneva and Vienna. A decade later, she used dismantled sections of the Berlin Wall to create an extraordinary sculpture, Breakthrough, now permanently sited at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Winston Churchill gave his historic “Iron Curtain” speech.
She does not focus solely on political subjects, but also explores the relationships between man and woman.  Major works include her series The States of Woman, and The Marriage Bed, which is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.   From her earliest work of social commentary, which began in London in the 1970’s with lively paintings of the vibrant world she inhabited, Edwina showed her own distinctive style, which readily translated into other materials.

Most notable of her bronzes is Christa, a female Christ figure on the cross, created in 1975.  After being on display in numerous churches, Christa was installed at Easter 1984 in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The media coverage created a worldwide furor and she experienced the double-edged sword of public debate, as both praise and outrage flooded in.

Edwina Sandys has a formidable reputation as artist and feminist, and has been working for more than 40 years in the arenas of sculpture, painting, collage, drawing and printing.  Her art is playful, witty, and profound while being deeply poetic and constantly challenging convention.  A New Yorker by choice and marriage, Edwina Sandys was born and raised in London.  Her father was Duncan Sandys, the British Cabinet Minister, and her grandfather was Winston Churchill.  It is telling that these major political figures were both talented artists.  Through her richly varied life experience, Ms. Sandys is uniquely situated to create work related to the global issues of our time.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.  The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries, and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5 and over.  For more information contact www.ansg.org  or 561-832-5328.

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Andre Masson at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

The French painter, Andre Masson (1896-1987) was classically trained at the Ecole National Superieure des beaux-Arts.  He had a number of influences and periods of art that he worked through including Andre Derrain and Cubism and is said to have been an influence on Jackson Pollack.  Masson’s work remained object related.  His desire was to turn his own vision into reality and not to “photograph the event of the day”.  The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is pleased to present Masson’s work February 3rd – 26th.

Andre Masson

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982).  The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.  The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries, and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5 and over.  For more information contact www.ansg.org  or 561-832-5328.

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561-537-0291

Ironworkers: Balance, Form, Finality – The Photographs of Dennis O’Kain

Dennis O’Kain will exhibit works from his Iron Worker Series created from 1980 – 1990.  The works originally exhibitd at the OK Harris Gallery in New York City are currently part of the photographer’s private collection.  In a bold move of support for the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Mr. O’Kain is donating 100% of all proceeds from the sale of his work.  The exhibit  runs from January 4th through january 29th.  A special member reception to meet the artist will be held on Wednesday, January 11th  from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  For more information contact: 561-832-5328.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982).  The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.  The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries, and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5 and over.  For more information contact www.ansg.org  or 561-832-5328.

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561-537-0291

Don’t Miss This Gem in Our Own Backyard!

Close-up of Toy Story Decorated by 4th Grade Rosarian Academy

When one reads about the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, it is easy to assume that the location is around or behind the Norton Art Museum.  That’s how The Rickie Report missed them the first time!  Now that we know The ANSG is located at  253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach we want to tell the world not to miss this special venue!

The Rickie Report staff arrived just at dusk for the 5th Annual Festival of Trees.  This years theme is “The Magic of the Movies”, with all the trees decorated according to a movie theme.  As you walk through the gardens, awestruck by Ann Norton’s gigantic structures (some are gates, others are people and some are left to your imagination), there are lit and decorated trees everywhere.

As you wend your way through the lit pathways of the garden, you hear music playing various movie themes that connect with the trees’ decorations.  When you arrive at the pond, there are padded seats.  Take a moment and watch the light show which is coordinated to the music.  It is truly magical.  And while we had our favorites (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wall-E), it was easy to get caught up in the other art patrons’ enthusiasm.  This is a family friendly place, no matter what time of year you come.

In Ann Norton’s actual sculpture studio, you can glimpse more decorated trees as well as her tools and some of the monolithic sculptures that she worked on. Her studio has been converted into Geppetto’s  workshop from Pinnochio. There is a gift gallery inside the Ann Norton home and in the tent near the main pond local choirs and music students share their talent while you sit and enjoy refreshments.

The Rickie Report will continue to make you aware of the events that will happen at the ANSG throughout the year.  But don’t miss this one!

The Festival of Trees continues Wednesday December 7th through Sunday, December 11th from 5:00 pm -8:30 pm.  All evening parking is at the Palm Beach Day Academy  1957 S. Flagler Drive, 1/2 mile south of Okeechobee Blvd.  The entry to Festival of Trees is at 253 Barcelona Road.   Admission fee is Adults $15 Children $5.  For information: 561-832-5328.

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Festival Of Trees Offers the Magic of the Movies!

2011 Erte, The Garden Goddess designed by Austin Hancock

The Festival of Trees is the premier holiday event for the entire community.  Enjoy the charm and joy of the holidays as you stroll through the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to view the enchanting thirty live evergreen trees.  Gentlemen of the Garden presents “Magic of the Movies” as this years theme.  The trees are created by Palm Beaches’ premier artists, decorators and community groups.  Enjoy the nightly music provided by community choirs and choral groups.  Shop in the Holiday House which has been filled with special gifts and treasures.

Community Days are Dec. 3 & 4th plus Dec. 7 – 11th from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm.   Regular hours: Dec. 8 – 12th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  General admission applies.  The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are located at 253 Barcelona Road  West Palm Beach.  All evening parking will be at Palm Beach Day Academy  1957 S. Flagler Drive  1/2 mile south of Okeechobee Blvd.  Event entry is at  253 Barcelona Road.  For more information about the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens go to www.ansg.org   or call 561-832-5328.

Sesame Street Tree

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Assemblages by Renee von Richthofen

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offer the assemblages and wall reliefs of always-flamboyant artist Renee von Richthofen from Nov 9-27.  His works are smart, amusing and at times erotic.  Richthofen’s love of all things automobile combined with all things miniature: cars, trucks, planes and found objects help to create his style of work.  The new works explore the paradoxes and contrasts that are currently associated with the automobile.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982).  The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.  The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries, and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5 and over.  For more information contact  www.ansg.org   or 561-832-5328.

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, 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