“Open Studios With Model” And “Portrait Studios” Being Offered At Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

Two separate “Open Studios” are being offered at Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art for their Late Spring Session.  If you are not a member, now is the time to join and take advantage of these uninstructed sessions.  Working in any medium, you have all you need to create in a convenient workspace. The Late Spring Session runs from NOW through June 3, 2017. The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks behind the scenes.  Members also receive a discount on art supplies!

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Road     Tequesta, FL

Art School:  (561) 748-8737

 

For your convenience the Lighthouse ArtCenter Art Supply Store is open:

 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Members receive a 20% discount in the Art Store.

 

ANNOUNCING:

 

“OPEN  STUDIOS”

 

 

 

 

Open Portrait Studio
Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon
$15 per three hour class

Come paint in our studio and work from a clothed model in this uninstructed session. All mediums are welcome. Each session needs a minimum of four students. Pre-registration is required at least 3 days prior to the class.

 

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Open Painting Studios
Tuesday, 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.
$10 per three hour session, no model

Take advantage of a full studio to create work in any medium.

 

 

 

All open studio sessions are available to Lighthouse ArtCenter members only. To become a member, sign up for a class or for more information, please go to LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 748-8737.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER:

Founded in 1964, 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 Gallery is located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta, FL.

For information call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.LighthouseArts.org.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, FL.

For information on classes, workshops or ArtCamp, call (561) 748-8737.

 

For more information about exhibition, memberships, bequests:

Sheila McDonald-Bell
Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101   Sheila@LighthouseArts.org  www.LighthouseArts.org

Please ask me about making a bequest. As a 501(c)(3), we are eligible to accept bequests from your estate fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

4th Annual Plein Air Festival Highlights Nationally Recognized Artists Painting At Sites In Palm Beach County

The Lighthouse ArtCenter 4th Annual Plein Air Festival takes place March 8 through March 12. Nationally recognized, award-winning artists from around the Country will paint throughout Palm Beach County, depicting scenes from the beaches and natural Florida landscapes to the quickly disappearing old Florida homes and residential areas. Known as “Paint-Outs,” the artists will be visiting seven different outdoor areas to paint the varied landscapes and cityscapes.  The Rickie Report shares the details here, as some events require reservations.

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive       Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 746-3101    www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

March 8 – 12, 2017

 

At the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 and outdoor painting locales throughout Palm Beach County.

 

 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Grand Prize Winner by George Van Hook

 

 

 

 

 

Free admission to the ArtCenter Gallery

To view the daily “wet paintings,” from 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Collectors’ Preview Party and Wet Painting Sales

 $100 per person for the Preview Party and Award Ceremony 5 – 9 pm.

Ticket price is good toward the purchase of a painting.

General Admission $25 from 6:30 – 9 pm.

 

 

 

 

The public is invited to watch the artists and purchase paintings at the Paint-Out locations. The diverse locations for the paint-outs include Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts and Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Riverbend Park, Harbourside Place and DuBois Park in Jupiter and Juno Beach Pier in Juno Beach. With over 120 artists from around the country entering the jurying process, the forty one artists that were selected represent the best of the Plein Air genre. They will be competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes.  The artists will deliver their paintings each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery for viewing by the general public. 

 

Quick Draw Painting Contest:

Sunday, March 12

Open to All Artists!

At Dubois Park in Jupiter,FL

 9 to 11 am

The art will be judged, awards will be given and the art will be available for purchase from noon to 3pm at the park.

 

Plein Air Artists, Photo Courtesy of David R. Randell

 

 

 

 

More Information:

Jennifer Chaparro, Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Staff Liaison
Jennifer@LighthouseArts.org (561) 748-8737

Lighthouse ArtsCenter
Gallery & School of Art
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101
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

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Comprehensive Overview Of ArtPalmBeach, Art Synergy ARTWEEK 2017

The Rickie Report shares a comprehensive overview of the ArtPalmBeach Art Synergy ARTWEEK events.  Future articles will focus on individual venues.  There is a superabundance of art-related events in Palm Beach and Martin Counties featuring thousands of international, national and local acclaim.  Don’t miss the emerging artists!  Get your calendars ready for a whirlwind of ART !

 

 

 

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The Art Synergy sponsored Art Palm Beach Week Events begin with the opening reception of The Art Synergy IV Exhibition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center during the gala reception and celebration of Art Palm Beach: First View and 20th Anniversary.

 

All events are produced in partnership between Art Synergy and our host Art Palm Beach and with the cooperation and support of the City of West Palm Beach, The DDA West Palm Beach,The City of Lake Worth, The City of Boynton Beach, The City of Delray Beach, and various other government and arts organizations of various cities in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

 

Websites:

Main: http://www.artsynergy.org/
Palm Beach Art Week 2017 Guide online: http://www.palmbeachartweek2017.com/
Other links are here: LIST OF EVENTS and SPONSORS   www.palmbeachartweek2017.com/

Tickets:

Art Palm Beach:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-palm-beach-2017-tickets-29704268266

Art Synergy IV Exhibition:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-synergy-at-art-palm-beach-tickets-30167044442

Art Florida 2017:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artfl2017-curators-choices-tickets-27935303244
The Box Gallery Blog: http://palmbeachfineartgallery.blogspot.com/
The Box Gallery Website: http://www.theboxgallery.info/

ULEASHED Art Fair:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unleashed-art-fair-tickets-29959637081

Continuum:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuum-wpb-arts-2017-tickets-30329032954?aff=es2
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/continuumwpb/?fref=ts

Art Palm Beach:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtPalmBeach/?fref=ts

Art Synergy

https://www.facebook.com/artsynergypbc/

Art Synergy Art Guide

https://www.facebook.com/PalmBeachArtWeek2017/

The Box Gallery

https://www.facebook.com/TheBoxGalleryFL/

UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )

https://www.facebook.com/NewArtsVenue/

 

Instagram:

Art Palm Beach
https://www.instagram.com/artpalmbeachfair/
Art Synergy
https://www.instagram.com/artsynergypbc/
The Box Gallery
https://www.instagram.com/theboxgalleryfl/
UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )
https://www.instagram.com/newartsvenue/
Continuum
https://www.instagram.com/continuumwpbarts/

Twitter:

Art Palm Beach
https://twitter.com/ArtPalmBeach
Art Synergy
https://twitter.com/artsynergypbc
The Box Gallery
https://twitter.com/TheBoxGalleryFL
UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )
https://twitter.com/NewArtsVenue
Continuum
https://twitter.com/ContinuumWPB

 

Art Synergy is a 501 (c) 3, not for profit arts organization founded in 2013. The fruit of the labors of Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis and Freddy Hennevelt grew out of the original Think Tank,. It has flourished through grassroots efforts beginning with a partnership with Art Palm Beach.  Currently, Rolando Chang Barrero, President and Ilene Gruber Adams, Vice President are managing the organization along with the support of many artists and art lovers in the community. Volunteers and board members are always welcome.

 

By March 2017, Art Synergy will have organized 6 juried exhibition that have provided Florida based artists to have their work seen, and collected by national and international collectors and art patrons. Also, Art Synergy assists nine Florida art districts organize, promote and market over 65 exhibitions in each year throughout the Palm Beach and Martin County durning Art Palm Beach week which was initiated January 2014.

 

 

The nine art districts are: Antique Row Art District,Boynton Beach Art District,Delray Art Art District,Lake ParkArt District,North Palm Beach Art District,Lake Worth Art District,Northwood Village Art District,West Palm Beach Art District,Palm Beach Art District.

 

 

In 2016 Art Synergy was classified as a 501 (c) 3 not for profit arts organization which will allow for contributions and donations to a fund currently being created to allow needy families join experiential cultural experiences. This was possible because of the generosity of David and Lee Ann Lester of Next Level Fairs who donate exhibition spaces (Booths) at 2 of the Next Level Fairs: Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton.

 

 

ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community. ART SYNERGY’s future goals include events that will happen periodically throughout the year, the addition of more participating art districts, and initiatives that help unify the many diverse art entities, and talented artists that Palm Beach County has to offer. With the help of local CRAs, Public Arts Departments, the DDA in WPB and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (to name a few), ART SYNERGY has only one place to go… onward and upward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIST OF EVENTS and SPONSORS

Highlights include:

 

WEDNESDAY JAN.18.2017

ART PALM BEACH VIP RECEPTION

ART SYNERGY IV EXHIBITION AT ART PALM BEACH

AFTER PARTY AT CITY PLACE

THURSDAY JAN.19.2017

ART PALM BEACH

ART SYNERGY IV EXHIBITION AT ART PALM BEACH

CONTINUUM: Opening: V.I.P. Black Tie & Sneakers Fundraiser

NORTON MUSEUM OF ART: A CLOSER LOOK/THE MANTLEPIECE, 1926    http://www.norton.org

THE KRAVIS CENTER: NORMANDIE  http://www.kravis.org

FRIDAY JAN.20.2017

ART PALM BEACH

ART SYNERGY IV EXHIBITION AT ART PALM BEACH

THE BOX GALLERY: ART FLORIDA 2017 THE CURATORS CHOICE

SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS: MARGUERITE  http://www.fourarts.org

SATURDAY JAN.21.2017

ART PALM BEACH

ART SYNERGY IV EXHIBITION AT ART PALM BEACH

UNLEASHED ART FAIR: THE ALTERNATIVE ART FAIR

Courtesy of New Arts Venue ( Installation: Salt Art by Giannina Coppiano Dwin )

BENZAITEN CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS: RICK EGGERT VISITING ARTISTS  www.benzaitencenter.org

LAKE WORTH ART WALK  http://www.lakewortharts.com/

MARTIN COUNTY OPEN STUDIO TOUR  http://www.mcost.org

JF GALLERY 6TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT  www.jfgallery.com

SUNDAY JAN.22.2017

 

ART PALM BEACH

ART SYNERGY IV EXHIBITION AT ART PALM BEACH

WHITESPACE COLLECTION BRUNCH AND VIEWING: XXX-PHOTO  www.whitespacecollection.com

SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS: VERONA QUARTET  www.fourarts.org

MARTIN COUNTY OPEN STUDIO TOUR http://www.mcost.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Synergy, Administrative  Office

811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach,Florida 33405

Email: ArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561.537.0291

17019 SW Sapri Way    Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Four Fascinating Lectures At Lighthouse ArtCenter Set The Stage For “Lunch And Learn”

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is offering “Four Fascinating Lectures” paired with a great dining experience to set the stage for delightful afternoons of “Lunching and Learning.”  Dr. Joan Lipton speaks about “Avant-garde patrons of then unknown artists” (January 23),  Lacy Davisson Doyle discusses “The Women of Abstract Expressionism” (February 23),  Bruce Helander presents “The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander” (March 22) and Kevin Calica focuses on “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art” (April 24).  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to register individually or for the series.  

 

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

The Public is Invited To:

 

 

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 Noon to 2 p.m.

Dates:

 

 

Joan Lipton:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lacy Davisson Doyle

Thursday, February 23

Bruce Helander:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kevin Calica:

Monday, April 24, 2017

 

 

Price: $75 per person with a 10% discount for Lighthouse ArtCenter members. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call Sheri at (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

“Important Avant-Garde Patrons of Then Unknown Artists”

by Joan Lipton

 

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At the outset of their careers, both Matisse and Picasso considered themselves very lucky when two sets of patrons collected an abundance of their paintings.   “Two Baltimore ladies,” as Matisse called sisters Clarabel and Etta Cone, bought his Fauve paintings that had been dismissed as wild creations by the critics. Soon they were also purchasing Picassos and other modern masters-to-be. A friend of the Cones, Gertrude Stein and her siblings, Leo and Michael, also added innumerable works by Matisse, Picasso and a host of Post-Impressionists. The gatherings in the Stein home at 27 rue de Fleurus, also known as the “Stein Studio,” brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and other dedicated attendees included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sinclair Lewis to name a few.

 
Art historian, Joan Lipton, Ph.D., will share many facts and paintings with her audience, all of which will surprise and excite you. Ms. Lipton has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The Women of Abstract Expressionism”

by Lacy Davisson Doyle

 

 

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Lacy Davisson Doyle will present an in-depth look at the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner. These three women were among the better-known women Abstract Expressionists and contributed outstanding innovation and experimentation to their creative process. Each one presents a different approach and singular vocabulary within their gestural paintings. This talk offers an opportunity to expand what you know about Abstract Expressionism and the women who exhibited alongside the men. 

 

 

 

Ms. Doyle has lectured on modern and contemporary art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Christie’s International Auction House, the Colony Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach and New York University’s Graduate Visual Arts Administration Program.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander”

by Bruce Helander

 

 

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Renowned collage artist and subject of the book “Curious Collage,” Bruce Helander, will discuss the evolution of collage from its beginnings to the fascinating application of this celebrated medium in contemporary art. Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was recently inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

 

 

Mr. Helander’s work is represented in over fifty permanent public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

 

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art”

by Kevin Calica

 

 

 

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Do you live your life by accident or design?  Designer Kevin Calica lifts his professional gaze from stores and products to focus on daily life.  In his book, “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art,”  Calica tells us to look at our life as if it were a room. Does it meet all our needs? Do we love being in it? Is it simple and clean, inviting and well-lit? Is there space in it for someone else?  After this presentation you will want to open this book to any one of its 100 fun, practical, creative ideas and redesign your life. This charming, profound and original work gives new meaning to the term “interior design.”

 

Kevin Calica is a New York designer who began his career with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Many of the world’s leading brands and designers are among his clients and he has been involved in all aspects of design and marketing.

 

For more information about this event , the current exhibition, classes, workshops and future programs please 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

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Dr. Edie Widder Presents “Illuminating The Deep: The Fine Art Of Exploration At Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates the mysteries of the ocean depths with a stimulating three-part exhibition which runs through March 4th. Everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception on January 5th.  “Illuminating the Deep”  showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. This lecture takes place on Saturday, January 7th and reservations must be made in advance.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In addition, guests will create their own bioluminescence experience. The Rickie Report shares the details, dates and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101      www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

Now through March 4, 2017

 

 

Opening Reception:

January 5, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Admission:

Children Under 8 Free; Free for members; $10.00 for non-members

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Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration

Lecture by Dr. Widder

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

$15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. This is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Call (561) 746-3101 to purchase tickets in advance.

 

 

Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions.  Dr. Widder will describe some of the earliest expeditions that Bostlemann illustrated and contrast them with her own experiences exploring the deep, including her breakthrough capturing the first images of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat.

 

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Gallery Hours:

Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse ArtCenter: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
www.LighthouseArts.org or (561) 746-3101

 

 

Gallery 1: Illuminating the Deep: Explore. Learn. Act. Showcases the collaborative genius of the internationally-recognized authority on bioluminescence, Dr. Edie Widder, and the artist, Steven Bernstein, PhD, combining art and science. Their vibrant photographic images of unimagined creatures, captured in the depths of the sea by Dr. Widder’s unique cameras, accompanied by informational panels, provide a colorful and engaging introduction to the language of light (and giant squid) in our oceans.

 

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Gallery 2: Featuring the Art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration presents a private collection of original paintings depicting the never-before-seen wonders of the deep by Else Bostlemann. Bostlemann was the expedition artist for scientist William Beebe during the world-record Bathysphere dives into the deep sea in the 1930’s. Beebe and Bostlemann introduced the world to bioluminescence. This historic artwork, on loan to the Lighthouse ArtCenter from the Bostlemann family, was created for National Geographic, and have never been publicly displayed.

 

 

 

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Gallery 3: Google Tilt Brush Step into the cutting edge of technology with virtual reality and the newly released Tilt Brush by Google! Visitors will be immersed in the experience of bioluminescence as they paint with light in 3-D. Walk inside your “painting,” look at it from above, below, and through both sides. This astonishing new art form is sure to be popular, appointments are necessary. Your favorite digital screen shot will be emailed to you to share with your friends and family. Only $15 for a fun and mind-altering ten minutes you’ll talk about for the rest of the season! Make your virtual reality experience appointment by calling Sheri Gansz at (561) 746-3101.

 

 

“If there is a fourth part to our exhibition, it would have to be our concern for all life in our oceans,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter curator Janeen Mason. “We have seen in Florida that our lifestyles on land can have great consequences for the creatures of the sea. We hope Illuminating the Deep can also provide ways everyone can make a difference.”

 

“Illuminating the Deep” also sheds light on the threats faced by the ocean and its inhabitants, and what everyone can do in their everyday life to preserve and protect the planet’s largest ecosystem. A particular focus of the exhibition is a display showing the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how the waterway impacts life in the deep sea.

 

 

 

 

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“This is a rare encounter with life beyond the average person’s reach,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Widder and Dr. Bernstein’s thought-provoking exhibition and striking art for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Our guests will be astonished and fascinated to view images of creatures so different from what we know.”

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In the 1930s, another type of explorer dove into the deep in a bathysphere, a metal sphere lowered by cable a half mile deep. William Beebe became a renowned expert on creatures of the deep, because he was the first to see what sailors of old fabled – odd, large luminescent animals unlike any fish or mollusk caught and consumed nearer the surface.

 

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Beebe described what he saw to the expedition artist, Else Bostlemann, who sketched and painted Beebe’s recollections. Her artwork from nearly a century ago, used by National Geographic Magazine to illustrate Beebe’s dramatic descriptions of the deep, will be part of Lighthouse ArtCenter’s original art installation in The Fine Art of Exploration.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or other events:

lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

A Conversation With Janeen Mason, Curator Of The Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Rickie Report shares an interview between artist, Ruth Palombo Weiss and Janeen Mason, Curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  Janeen Mason, the new curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, comes to her job with a depth of experience seldom seen. Janeen is a national award winning children’s author and illustrator; has served as Vice Chair of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; was a board member of the Citizens for Florida Arts; was a member of the Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Planning Task Force; and has also served as a board member of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County. Janeen is well steeped in most aspects of the art world where she has spent years giving of herself and making connections.  Ruth’s personal journey includes professional experience as a journalist.  We know you will enjoy this article!

 

 

 

MEETING  JANEEN  MASON

 

 

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Janeen arrived at the Lighthouse in January this year. She lives in Stuart with her husband, Kevin, two sun-loving cats and a rescued boxer named Bing. She has been a studio artist since 1989. “There was never a time I wasn’t interested in art; there was never a question of what I was going to do. I was going to grow up to be an artist, and I was going to write and illustrate children’s picture books.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Janeen has shown her fine art in solo exhibitions in museums around Florida, invitational art shows across the country, and wildlife art expos. Her art has been licensed for worldwide reproduction on puzzles, note cards, stationery, apparel and more.  Janeen has written and illustrated 14 picture books including the Ocean Commotion series. Her books (written and illustrated by her or illustrated for other authors) have garnered dozens of awards including: The Ben Franklin Award, iParenting Media Award, the Mom’s Choice Award, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award.

 

 

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“I love illustrating books either written by others or by myself.  If the idea captures my imagination I’m all in. Books were always important in our house when I was growing up. My mom, my brothers, my sisters all read for pleasure. Dad is the only one who watched television! I have early memories that involve a spectacular children’s department at the library, which was just down the street. We moved a lot when I was young, but I always had a dog to love, a good book to read, and a tattered sketchbook to record ideas,” she says.

 

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Then life got in Janeen’s way.  “I got into college early, married a man who went into the Navy, and spent time raising my children. When our kids were in elementary school, I took a trip Europe with my sisters. After being exposed to the beautiful architecture, the fabulous museums, and all of the careful attention to detail I found myself on cultural overload. I hadn’t sketched in years, but I woke up in the Netherlands, walked down the old stone steps of a friend’s house and discovered a violet growing up out of the cracks in the early morning sun. That splash of purple glowed, and I was instantly overwhelmed with the need to paint again. The promise to create children’s picture books had never left a quiet little corner of my brain, but I was always doing something else. I was just too busy. Yet on that day, no different than any other, it was very clear, ‘If not now, then when?’ The rest of my traveling companions went off to another museum, and I stayed back to paint that violet.”

 

 

 

When she got back to the states, Janeen bought a drafting table and went to work sketching again. It took twelve years from that point to get her first book in print.  About the books in her Ocean Commotion series, she says, “My dad sold boats and ran marinas. We were always on the water, which has been an integral part of my life. So when I had the opportunity to write and illustrate my own books, it was natural for me to go back to the area that holds the most fascination for me. The ocean provides subject matter that I absolutely love, and the ocean desperately needs our help. I get the chance to tell kids what I think is important with my books and perhaps, just maybe, in this way I can do my part to change the world. I have great faith in our future, because I have great faith in kids.”

 

 

 

 

Janeen’s teaching credentials are also impeccable. She has made hundreds of school visits over the past several decades where she engages students with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In her book Ocean Commotion, Caught in the Currents, she uses reader’s theater and a giant map of the world to have students recreate the events that occurred when 28,000 rubber ducks went overboard during a terrible storm on the night of June 10, 1992. Where did they go? How did they get there? Who discovered them?  How long did it take? And most importantly, why are these bathtub toys important to us?

 

 

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It is her love for teaching and ability to reach out to communities about the ocean—pardon the pun—that floats Janeen’s boat. She explains, “In 2013, we had a summer when there were dreadful discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” says the Stuart resident. “There are five watersheds in Florida, four of which are draining into Lake Okeechobee. Because the levees around the lake are old, they can’t let the water in Lake O rise. This has been an ongoing problem, but Facebook was a game changer. It called worldwide attention to the billions of gallons of toxic freshwater which is still being released daily into the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon – important salt water estuaries.”

 

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“I watched angry adults pointing fingers at each other over the heads of children and worried that if we scared our kids away from the water it wouldn’t matter how clean we made it, they wouldn’t love it. They wouldn’t grow up to take their kids to it. You only care for the things you love.”  Asking herself what she could do to make a difference, Janeen hatched a plan. “I was scheduled to speak at the Blake Library in Stuart about my latest book. Instead we created 1,000 twelve inch die-cut wooden fish that were painted black with a white skeleton silkscreened on one side, and we invited children and families to come to the library and help us “turn it around”, together we all painted the other side. We called these the Solidarity Fish. They became a monumental temporary public art installation that covered the front of buildings in Martin County for weeks at a time. The colorful art stopped traffic and turned passers-by into participants. Everyone became ambassadors of the project”.

 

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Janeen asked Cynthia Trone, Director of the Lighthouse School of Art, to help her, along with the kids and environmentalists in Stuart, make the ornaments for Florida’s Christmas tree on the Ellipse in the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The Solidarity Fish were even displayed in the White House.  The Solidarity Fish have been from the Everglades Coalition Conference in the Florida Keys to the New York Times. They’ve been to the South Florida Water Management meetings, the Big Sugar Summit, and the Governor’s office. The Sierra Club has adopted the movement and as a result this meaningful art installation has grown. “We have over 3,000 Solidarity Fish now and they’ve been used to completely cover the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. Each colorful fish represents the belief that our voices make a difference,” she says, “Alone we can do so little, together we can accomplish so much.”  

 

 

 

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When asked about her main goals as curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, she notes, “It was a tough decision to leave my full time studio work, but I turned 60 and realized that as much fun as I’ve had and the amazing people I’ve met, I didn’t have a retirement, and I wasn’t 35 any more. Here at the Lighthouse, putting together these exhibitions, I get to use my lifetime of experience in the fine arts. The entire process scratches my itch for creativity.”

 

 

 

 

“As far as goals for the future of the Lighthouse ArtCenter — the cultural beacon in Northern Palm Beach County for 53 years — we have a devoted membership base and our School of Art is bursting at the seams with students who cross all demographics – from young to young at heart, from special needs to master craftsmen, from our seasonal residents to our Florida natives. We need more space!

 

 

 

“To that end, our board of directors has identified a perfect parcel of land for acquisition and we’re developing a five-year plan to build a new facility that will accommodate all of our aspirations.  We are seeking patrons with deep pockets. What is my part in this?  On the wall in my office is an exhibition schedule that is filled into 2019. My three-year calendar includes exhibitions that serve our members, the South Florida arts community, and shows of significant international acclaim,” Janeen explains.

 

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SIZE MATTERS—an exhibition where the common denominator is only that of size–opened November 17th. Artists from Maine to Islamorada have been selected to showcase their work in all media that measures either 6’ x 6’ or 6” x 6”.  Florida Artist Hall of Fame Award Recipient, Jane Davis Doggett, is participating as well Clay Kanzler, Terre Rybovich, Skip Hartnell, Kathleen Denis, and nineteen equally talented others.

 

 

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In December, the Lighthouse will open ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: Explore. Learn. Act. (The Fine Art of Exploration).  MacArthur Award winning deep-sea explorer, Dr. Edith Widder, working in collaboration with the artist, Dr. Steven Bernstein, has created an astonishing exhibition of photographs from the deep. This exhibit comes with tons of fascinating info-graphics.

 

 

 

You may recognize Dr. Widder’s name as the scientist who captured the first photos of the giant squid featured in the Discovery Channel documentary two years ago, or you may be familiar with her four TED talks.  It’s possible you know her as the Senior Scientist of Ocean Research and Conservation Association. Added to Widder’s work is the cache of original paintings, Janeen recently discovered, which the gifted early 20th century artist, Else Bostlemann, created.  Although her name has been lost to history, Else Bostlemann’s artwork brought to life the historic discoveries of Dr. William Beebe, the first scientist to descend to 1/2 mile down in the bathysphere in the 1930s during expeditions funded by National Geographic Magazine.  National Geographic featured Bostlemann’s art in many of its publications and the originals on loan from her family have never before been publicly exhibited.

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In addition, Dr. Widder is a worldwide authority on bioluminescence, and Else Bostlemann painted bioluminescent creatures previously unimagined. In the 90 years that separated these two women, science has proven that bioluminescence is the “language” of light underwater.  “We wondered what you would say if light was your only language. So we are introducing a state-of-the-art virtual reality called the Tilt Brush. Our visitors to this exhibition, who pre-register, will be able to experience painting with light in 3D,” she says.  Oceanography Magazine, recognized worldwide as the north star of publications in the ocean realm, is publishing a feature article in their December 2016 issue about Else Bostlemann written by Dr. Widder and this historic Lighthouse ArtCenter exhibition.

 

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“Our largest annual fund raiser, D’Art for Art, has moved to the Harriet Himmel Theatre in City Place this coming January 14th, when all of our guests will enjoy the height of entertainment with fine music, delicious food and wine, and everyone takes home a piece of art of their choosing – but they have to be fast!  It’s a D’Art for Art!”

 

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The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s busy schedule continues with its 4th Annual Plein Air Festival (which has now received international acclaim), followed by the Best of the Clubs, the annual Members’ Show, the 44th Annual K-12 exhibition, and on. Janeen has two blockbuster exhibitions planned for the winter/spring seasons of 2017-18 and 2018-19, but urges everyone to stay tuned for more on them.

 

 

 

“I am continuing the fine tradition established for exhibitions in our galleries and engaging more support by ramping up the energy for future shows and by reaching into the rich cultural partnerships I’ve established from a lifetime in the fine arts.  It’s exciting work with an exceptional executive director who believes in the power of art, a board of directors who are enthusiastic and forward thinking, and it’s deeply satisfying to have the support of a well prepared staff and team of volunteers as we move into the future by playing a role in the interconnected world of the twenty-first century,” Janeen says.

 

 

For more information about Janeen Mason:   janeenmason.com

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter:  www.lighthousearts.org

 

RUTH WEISS:

Ruth graduated from Boston University as an English and fine arts major   She studied art at Montgomery College and painting workshops throughout the country over the past 30 years. Ruth worked as a writer for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She took a career break after her marriage and her three children were born. When her daughters were in high school, she worked as a feature writer for the Montgomery County Gazette Newspapers (a subsidiary of the Washington Post). At the same time, she was a freelance feature writer for both local and national magazines. Since the early 1990s, she has contributed as a writer and editor to various publications for the American Society for Training and Development (recently changed to Association for Talent Development-ATD). Currently, she is editor of ATD’s Learning Executive Briefing.  Concurrent with her writing career, Ruth has tried every form of art she could find including: painting, printmaking (monotypes, etchings), and sculpture (stone, wood and clay). She is an avid plein air painter and is a member of Plein Air Palm Beach and the Florida Plein Air Painters.

For more information about Ruth :  

ruthweissart@gmail.com   or  www.artambassador.org

 

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Shines Light on the Mysteries of the Deep With A Multi Media Exhibition And Speakers

The mysteries of the ocean depths will be revealed in an exciting and stimulating three-part exhibition opening at the Lighthouse ArtCenter on December 22, 2016 and running through March 4, 2017. The centerpiece of the season-long show is “Illuminating the Deep”, which showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In addition, guests will create their own bioluminescence experience.  The Rickie Report shares the details, dates and some sneak peeks. You can start making your reservations on December 15th!

 

 

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373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101   www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

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Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

December 22, 2016, through March 4, 2017

 

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Opening Reception:

January 5, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Admission:

Children Under 8 Free; Free for members;               $10.00 for non-members

 

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Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration

Lecture by Dr. Widder

 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

$15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. This is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Call (561) 746-3101 to purchase tickets in advance.

Gallery Hours:

Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse ArtCenter: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
 www.LighthouseArts.org or (561) 746-3101

 

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Gallery 1: Illuminating the Deep: Explore. Learn. Act. Showcases the collaborative genius of the internationally-recognized authority on bioluminescence, Dr. Edie Widder, and the artist, Steven Bernstein, PhD, combining art and science. Their vibrant photographic images of unimagined creatures, captured in the depths of the sea by Dr. Widder’s unique cameras, accompanied by informational panels, provide a colorful and engaging introduction to the language of light (and giant squid) in our oceans.

 

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Gallery 2: Featuring the Art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration presents a private collection of original paintings depicting the never-before-seen wonders of the deep by Else Bostlemann. Bostlemann was the expedition artist for scientist William Beebe during the world-record Bathysphere dives into the deep sea in the 1930’s. Beebe and Bostlemann introduced the world to bioluminescence. This historic artwork, on loan to the Lighthouse ArtCenter from the Bostlemann family, was created for National Geographic, and have never been publicly displayed.

 

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Gallery 3: Google Tilt Brush Step into the cutting edge of technology with virtual reality and the newly released Tilt Brush by Google! Visitors will be immersed in the experience of bioluminescence as they paint with light in 3-D. Walk inside your “painting,” look at it from above, below, and through both sides. This astonishing new art form is sure to be popular, appointments are necessary. Your favorite digital screen shot will be emailed to you to share with your friends and family. Only $15 for a fun and mind-altering ten minutes you’ll talk about for the rest of the season! Make your virtual reality experience appointment starting December 15, 2016. Call Sheri Gansz at (561) 746-3101.

 

“If there is a fourth part to our exhibition, it would have to be our concern for all life in our oceans,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter curator Janeen Mason. “We have seen in Florida that our lifestyles on land can have great consequences for the creatures of the sea. We hope Illuminating the Deep can also provide ways everyone can make a difference.”

 

 

 

In a special addition, Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions. Entitled “Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration”, in this presentation Dr. Widder will describe some of the earliest expeditions that Bostlemann illustrated and contrast them with her own experiences exploring the deep, including her breakthrough capturing the first images of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat.

 

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In” Illuminating the Deep”, Bernstein and Widder have combined art and science to share some of the bizarre and wonderful creatures from our planet’s last frontier. Together, they explore how bioluminescence plays such an important part in life deep down in the ocean, and illustrate the beauty of the marine life that inhabits the deep sea through vivid works of art. One such piece of art is a life-size image of the Giant Squid, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat by Dr. Widder. Visitors to Illuminating the Deep can even take a selfie of themselves with the Giant Squid.

 

“Illuminating the Deep” also sheds light on the threats faced by the ocean and its inhabitants, and what everyone can do in their everyday life to preserve and protect the planet’s largest ecosystem. A particular focus of the exhibition is a display showing the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how the waterway impacts life in the deep sea.

 

 

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“This is a rare encounter with life beyond the average person’s reach,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Widder and Dr. Bernstein’s thought-provoking exhibition and striking art for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Our guests will be astonished and fascinated to view images of creatures so different from what we know.”

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In the 1930s, another type of explorer dove into the deep in a bathysphere, a metal sphere lowered by cable a half mile deep. William Beebe became a renowned expert on creatures of the deep, because he was the first to see what sailors of old fabled – odd, large luminescent animals unlike any fish or mollusk caught and consumed nearer the surface.

 

 

 

Beebe described what he saw to the expedition artist, Else Bostlemann, who sketched and painted Beebe’s recollections. Her artwork from nearly a century ago, used by National Geographic Magazine to illustrate Beebe’s dramatic descriptions of the deep, will be part of Lighthouse ArtCenter’s original art installation in The Fine Art of Exploration.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or other events:

lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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See Why Size Matters At Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “The BIG And small” Exhibit

Size matters in this groundbreaking exhibition featuring a variety of media at the Lighthouse ArtCenter! Designed to stretch creative muscles, all of these inspired pieces are either 6’ x 6’ or 6” x 6”. Prepare to be astonished by artists who reach outside their comfort zone to quicken our imagination.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this Opening Reception on Thursday, November 17th.  This event is open to the public.
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373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469
(561) 746-3101

 

 

Opening Reception:

 

“Size Matters:

The BIG

and 

small

Art Exhibit”

 

 

November 17, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Refreshments will be served
 Members free; Nonmembers $10

 

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Exhibit available November 16 through December 15, 2016

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, closed

 

Admission:
Members are admitted free; Nonmembers $5
Children (12 and under) free

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s exhibits, events, classes and membership, please visit http://www.lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

 

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

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The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Celebrate Fern Samuels With Retrospective And Art Sale At Lighthouse ArtCenter

Fern Samuels was a prolific artist in varied mediums.  Always eager to take chances and experiment with media as well as subject matter, Fern’s creativity was contagious!  The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates Fern’s artistry with a five day Retrospective Exhibition and Sale beginning on Tuesday, November 8th.  A Reception will be held on Thursday, November 10th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

FERN     SAMUELS:

 

Retrospective Exhibit And Art Sale

 

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibition Dates: November 8 – 12, 2016

 

Members are free, non-members $10

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, closed

 

 

 

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A prolific artist for 50 years, Fern Samuels received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fern was one of the founders of A.R.C gallery in Chicago, one of the first women’s cooperative art galleries in the U.S.  Fern created in a number of different media, including collage, printmaking and painting.

 

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“Jazz Players” by Fern Samuels

 

 

 

She was an Associate Professor of Art at Columbia College, Chicago. Fern was also a member of the National Association of Women Artists and FLAG Florida Artists Group. She had numerous exhibits in national museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Fern Samuels taught in the university system in the Chicago area before moving to Florida where she promptly became engaged in our local arts community. 

 

 

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“Blue Man” by Fern Samuels

 

Fern was a member of FLAG (Florida Artist Guild) and the NAWA,FL (National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter). A prolific artist, she was always willing to take chances and experiment with media as well as subject matter.

 

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“Dance” by Fern Samuels

 

 

Her family, her students, her fellow creatives, and her friends all speak highly of Fern’s enthusiasm for life. The large body of work she left behind is testament to a passionate combination of curiosity and talent.

 

 

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s exhibits, events, classes and membership, please visit http://www.lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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Judge Nelson Bailey Offers Special Event At Lighthouse Art Center On October 20th

Settle in around a virtual campfire and get comfortable as Judge Nelson Bailey shares his passion for Florida’s history at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursday event on October 20th.  In conjunction with photography exhibition, “Eyes Wide Open: Camera In Hand”, this talented photographer and gifted speaker will share stories about Florida in the late 1800’s.  You won’t want to miss this authentic celebration of Florida’s multicolored quilted history!  The Rickie Report shares the details.  This event is open to the public!

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery
373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469
(561) 746-3101

www.lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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Judge Nelson Bailey

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30 – 7: 30 pm

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Members are free, non-members $10

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, closed

 

 

 

Judge Nelson Bailey is a talented photographer and gifted speaker, and he is the only judge listed with the National Directory of American Storytellers as a “Florida Cracker Storyteller”. Florida’s rich cultural history is full of remarkable tales and Judge Bailey brings them all to life. His audiences declare “Every time I’ve listened to him speak I want to cross my arms and stamp my foot and say, “Don’t stop! More!” Please join us on October 20th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss this authentic celebration of our wild and wooly past.  Hear authentic tales of Native-American mound builders, Spanish explorers, early settlers, and cattle ranchers in a rich gallery environment.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event , the current exhibition, classes, workshops and future programs please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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

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