Lighthouse ArtCenter Partners with Mother Ocean for 9 Weeks Summer Enrichment Camp

Campers with creativity and  love of Florida’s environment are invited to dive in to the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 44th Annual Summer Enrichment ArtCamp from June 9 – August 15 for a one-of-a-kind camp combining art with a love of the ocean. This summer, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is partnering with the world-wide advocacy group, Mother Ocean to provide an in-depth look at the beauty and importance of water on our blue planet. The Rickie Report shares the details week by week.  Artwork courtesy of Janeen Mason.

 

 

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“As founder of Mother Ocean, it’s exciting to see conservation and the arts come together in this innovative, creative program in Tequesta,” says Justin Riney. “Mother Ocean’s mission is to create, inspire, and empower ocean advocates worldwide, and we believe working with children at an early age provides the most effective solution to long-term change.”

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Led by Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at Lighthouse ArtCenter and volunteer Executive Director of Mother Ocean, the camps for ages 4 – 12 will welcome back Janeen Mason, the award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, as a camp educator. Janeen has been integral to the Save the Indian River Lagoon movement, and is a passionate advocate for children, the arts and the environment. “I am so grateful to be able to develop this youth curriculum at the School of Art, and combine my passions,” says Cynthia. “The Lighthouse ArtCenter is fortunate to welcome back my friend and mentor, Janeen Mason, to teach ArtCamp and lend her expertise at developing our program.”

 

 

Artwork by Janeen Mason

Artwork by Janeen Mason

 

Featuring weekly presentations from local artists and nonprofits, ArtCampers will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the most passionate, talented and dynamic people in the area. Projects throughout each themed week will be inspired by local artists, environmental consciousness, fine art techniques, classic art and multi-media creations. ArtCampers will experience sculpting, ceramics, drawing, painting, collage and more, while learning about art techniques and art history. This year’s camps are inspired by the ocean, and by the concept of embracing what is loved through art.

 

 

 

 

“Our next generation of ocean ambassadors has arrived, and at Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Summer ArtCamp in Tequesta we’re going to cultivate their curiosity, enhance their sense of wonder, and unleash their creative imaginations,” says Janeen Mason, “Art and Environmental Conservation, it’s a powerful combination!”

 

 

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Weekly Camp Themes and Topics Include:

A-B-Seas (June 9 – 13)
Cartooning, creating art books, learning about the ocean and saltwater adventures through art. Explore and create bioluminence. Painting as a way to inspire others to save what they love. Guest Artist: Pat Crowley, Illustrator and Cartoonist

 

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Lions and Tigers and (Sea) Hares, Oh My! (June 16 – 20)
Sea life explorations and creations, including presentations from local marine life experts, and portraiture based on real life marine life models. Guest Artist: Ruth Petzold, Underwater Photographer

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Imagination Invasion! Trash to Treasure (June 23 – 27)
Reclaimed, cleaned, recycled, repurposed. Learn about local Ocean Hour cleanups, how garbage and plastics affect our waterways, and make art from discarded items, in collaboration with Resource Depot. Guest Artist: Elizabeth D’Antonio, Resource Depot

 

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Big Waves and Hanging Ten (June 30 – July 3)
Surf the wave of art! Use all mediums to explore drawing and painting waves and tides. Local surf photographers and artists will present slide shows and videos. Learn to see the movement, light and motion of waves from a new perspective. Guest Artist: Tony Arruza, Surf Photographer

 

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Rain Barrels and Bean Stalks (July 7 – 11)
Plant a native Florida garden, paint masterpieces from plant-based natural paints and create a decorated rain barrel to take home. Draw on inspiration from native plants, birds and creatures to explore multi-media techniques to portray the natural world. Guest Artist from: Mounts Botanical Garden

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Tequesta Pow Wow (July 14 – 18)
Explore local Tequesta tribe folklore art, create Aboriginal American art and dream catchers, learn about the deep early connection to the Jupiter Inlet. Discover the art of the Seminole Indians and explore a treasure trove of local artifacts. Guest Artist: Brian Elkins, Solid Waste Authority Education Coordinator

 

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Florida’s Fabulous Kids! (July 21 – 25)
Create self-portraits and portraits of famous Floridians, then look back at the childhoods of our Florida leaders and artists. Embrace a sense of pride in being Floridian, and learn about the techniques of both portraiture and tropical art. Guest Artist: Robyn Halasz, Artist and Founder of Sea Angels

 

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Drawn to Discover…Nautical Charts & Maps (July 28 – August 1)
Explore the art of navigation – painting on charts, creating maps and discovering the geography of the sea. Study ancient maps and charts, and artist’s interpretations of seafaring journeys. Guest Artist: Carly Mejeurs, Florida Artist and Educator

 

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Viva Florida! (August 4 – 8)
Recreate the discovery of the Sunshine State through art! Local historians will visit and share stories; be inspired by the Highwaymen artists and learn about the Spanish influence on Florida art. Guest Artist: Paul Slater, Metal Artist

 

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Ships Ahoy and Rough Seas (August 11 – 15)
From classic paintings, create 3-D boats and ships and learn to paint the sea. Be inspired by classic Maritime Art and historic paintings of powerful ships and voyages! Guest Artist: Norma Conway, Fine Artist

Petite ArtCamps for kids aged 4 – 5 runs 9 a.m. to 12 noon., Monday through Friday. Held in the Museum Master Studio, the ArtCampers work on projects based upon each week’s theme and geared towards their developmental stage. The day is led by experienced art teachers and includes story time, artist demonstrations or guest speakers and music recitals. Snack and juice provided. Per week cost is $120 for members, or $150 for Nonmembers.

ArtCamp for kids aged 6 – 12 is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Aftercare is available until 6 p.m. ArtCampers rotate through three different types of programs including ceramics, drawing, painting and mixed media. Each class has a variety of projects, all based on the theme of the week. A snack will be provided by the camp, but campers must bring their own lunch. Per week cost is $200 for members and $230 for nonmembers. 

 

All campers receive a 10% sibling discount and scholarships may be available. Those interested in registering for ArtCamp may visit www.LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 748-8737 for more information.

 

 

 

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information please call (561) 748-8737 or visit www.lighthousearts.org.

 

ABOUT MOTHER OCEAN


Mother Ocean is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring and empowering ocean advocates throughout the world. Founded in 2012, Mother Ocean seeks to create an oceanic movement that goes beyond the traditional confinements of the coastal community, encompassing all of our planet’s waters. For more information about Mother Ocean, its impacts and involvements, visit www.motherocean.org.

 

 

 

For More information about Summer Camp activities please call 561-748-8737 or email Cynthia Trone:  cynthia@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:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Meet the Artists of Tomorrow At The Lighthouse ArtCenter Community Student Exhibit

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is the place to view paintings, photography and ceramics by some very promising artists!  The 44th annual Kindergarten through 12th Grade Community Exhibition is on view through May 21st.  The Rickie Report gives you a sneak peek, but urges you to stop by and see the entire exhibit yourself!

 

 

 

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 Lighthouse ArtCenter

44th Annual K-12th Grade

Community Student Exhibit

 

Open Monday – Friday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Saturday  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sunday- Closed

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL

 

 

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Kindergarten

Participants include students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

 

Kindergarten, 1,2,3,4,5th Grades

Kindergarten, 1 and 2 Grades

 

Art instructors from 32 public and private schools, chose the best work from each grade to be displayed in the galleries at the ArtCenter.

 

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2nd and 3rd Grades

 

Secondary school children from Martin and Palm Beach County schools have their artwork on display.

 

 

Ceramics Elementary Grades

Ceramics Elementary Grades

 

68 awards were presented this year!

 

Ceramics, Middle School

Ceramics, Middle School

 

Almost 500 pieces of art are on display.

 

Drawing

Drawing, Middle School

 

 

Various media including drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed-media, sculpture, photography and digital design.

 

 

Mixed Media

Mixed Media, Middle School

 

Each winning artist received a cash award in addition to a ribbon and a certificate.

 

 

High School

Mixed Media, High School

Awards were given by the following groups/individuals:

  • Jupiter-Tequesta Junior Woman’s Club
  • GFWC Women’s Club of Jupiter-Tequesta
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter
  • North County Art Association
  • Evelyne Bates (Creative Clay Award)
  • Ed and Darby Gorman (The Gorman Awards)
  • Ted Matz (Excellence in Painting)
  • Julie Silk-Beaumont (Silk Wildlife Awards)
  • Ruth Petzold (Marine Art Awards)
  • Pat DeAloia (Excellence in Art)

 

 

Award Winner of Show

Award Winner of Show

 

The Rickie Report hopes art lovers and gallerists will view this exhibit. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of artwork, the Lighthouse ArtCenter will contact the student on your behalf.  There are some truly talented young people in our communities.  We urge you to consider opening some gallery space to showcase these talented artists!

 

 

 

Gorman Award Winner

Gorman Award Winner

 

For more information please visit the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art located at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 or call 561-746-3101  or Visit: www.lighthousearts.org

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janeen Mason Presents at Lighthouse ArtCenter: It’s An “Ocean Commotion”!

Janeen Mason is an award-winning author, illustrator, environmental activist and member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Florida Art.  This dynamo will be the guest presenter at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum on Thursday, May 15th.  In addition, she will be interviewed on WJTW the day before at 3:30 pm.  The Rickie Report promises you will be spellbound when you meet Janeen, as she weaves her stories and artwork together. We think it is the perfect event for the entire family! All the details are here.

 

 

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Join Us for Third Thursday

 

 

May 15, 2014     5:30 – 7:30pm

 

Presentation with  Janeen Mason

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

To help us kick off our 44th Annual Summer ArtCamp season, Janeen Mason will be presenting a captivating, unforgettable experience that celebrates the connection of the arts and conservation. Engaging and inspiring, she will share the stories of her national award-winning children’s picture book series, “Ocean Commotion”.    The event takes place on Thursday, May 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Free entry for Lighthouse ArtCenter members and exhibiting artists. There is a nominal fee of $10 for nonmembers.  Enjoy hors’dourves and our wine bar.  

 

 

Janeen Mason, Coral Reef Scene

Janeen Mason, Coral Reef Scene

 

 

 

She will also share the story of her iconic fish, which began the powerful movement called Solidarity Art to Save our River, a statewide initiative to save the Indian River Lagoon.  Inspiring all ages to be aware, and to use artistic expression to make a positive change in our environment, Janeen is truly a treasure. We are very fortunate to welcome her to our outstanding staff of Summer ArtCamp instructors this summer.

 

Janeen Mason, Assorted Underwater Scenes

Janeen Mason, Assorted Underwater Scenes

 

A passionate arts advocate, Janeen served on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture where she had been appointed by two Senate Presidents. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Florida Arts and as Secretary of the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida.

 

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Janeen Mason, “Yellows”

 

 

Janeen created the position of Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Florida and served in that capacity for five years. Mason is an enthusiastic speaker at schools, workshops, and seminars. She appeared on the PBS program NOVA Science NOW with the Mac Arthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, Sr. Scientist Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA).

 

 

Janeen Mason, Birds

Janeen Mason, Birds

 

Janeen was a frequent guest on “The Art Spotlight” with Willi Miller, a South Florida NPR program, and she co-hosted a weekly radio program on the arts with Nancy Turrell, the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Award for Excellence in Communities, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the iParenting Media Award, and more.

 

 

Please visit her website to see Janeen’s breathtaking paintings, library of children’s books, exhibitions and advocacy work: www.janeenmason.com

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) 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. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $10 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

 

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

Wellington Art Society Features Ralph Papa Plus Scholarship Winners

The final meeting of their season, the Wellington Art Society will feature a presentation/demonstration by Plein Air artist, Ralph Papa.   In addition, the WAS Scholarships will be awarded.  The public is welcome to attend. The Rickie Report reminds artists that this is a outstanding opportunity to network!  We share the details here.

 

 

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Wellington Art Society

 

Invites You

 

Wednesday, May 14th

    6:30-9:00 pm

 

 

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd.    Wellington, FL

 

 

The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, May 14th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. The last meeting of our season will feature our WAS Scholarship Awards Presentation  along with a presentation/demo by guest Plein Aire Artist Ralph Papa.
The WAS Meeting social time will begin at  6:30 with time to meet the Scholarship Awards Student recipients, their parents and siblings,during our WAS Scholarship Award Reception.  Students will show examples of their work and talk with WAS members about their art and  future plans.  At 7:00 pm, we will award 5 WAS $1000.00 Scholarships  to  5 local High School Students.

 

This year’s recipients are:   Raymond Burks (Suncoast High School), Isabella Pezzulo (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Arnauld Sylvain (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Laura Gordon (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Oliver Pennanen (Dreyfoos School of the Arts).

 

This will be followed by our WAS Member Spotlight,Fabulous Raffle, Announcements, and our guest Artist- Ralph Papa and his En Plein Air Presentation at 7:30-8:30.

 

 

Ralph Papa's Gallery

Ralph Papa’s Gallery

 

Ralph Papa was born and raised in Manhattan and studied art and architecture in New York at Queens College and CCNY and at the Art Students League. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative, portraits and plein air paintings.

 

Loxahatchee Wetlands by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

Loxahatchee Wetlands by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

 

 

Many of his studio works are larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Beginning in the mid 1980′s, he painted on-location in New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island Hamptons and later in Palm Beach County Florida.

 

 

"Bennys on the Beach" by Ralph Papa, (courtesy of his website)

“Bennys on the Beach” by Ralph Papa, (courtesy of his website)

 

The subjects of his paintings are often from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends. Most recent works are plein air landscapes and studio paintings of imaginative compositions that visually link him with artists he very much admires.

 

 

"Montauk Bluffs" by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

“Montauk Bluffs” by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

 

 

Papa teaches drawing and painting at his Delray studio and at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, Past President of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of ‘Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach’. His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada and can be seen in galleries in Boynton and in Delray Beach at his studio, the Artists’ Guild Gallery and on his website at www.papagallery.com.

 

"Sunrise" by Ralph Papa - on curved wood panel (courtesy of his website)

“Sunrise” by Ralph Papa – on curved wood panel (courtesy of his website)

 

As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.

 

Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Society’s over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great  opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.

 

The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.

 

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Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, Fl 33414. For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury, 561.762.8654.  Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.

 

 

 

WAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County. For more information, visit their website, www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com .

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 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

Durga Garcia’s ABCs of Getting Your Work Out There Part II

Durga Garcia’s article, “The ABCs of Getting Your Work out There” continues in this Rickie Report.

Entering Art Shows

 

  • Read ALL information slowly and carefully AND Follow the rules

 

  • Make a Check list to ensure you have not missed anything!

 

  • Enter Shows that match your works’ theme and discipline

 

  • Online Exhibits  or Out of the area Exhibits:   If work needs to be shipped leave enough time for shipping ( and acts of nature like a snow storm or bad weather)!
  • ALL SHOWS:

 

          Can you manage the dates?

           Entry deadline date?

           Notification date?

           Delivery date (or shipping date)?

           Reception date?

          Pick up work date?  

Having someone else deliver/pick up? Have a written agreement of acceptability!

 

 

 

Portrait by Durga Garcia

Portrait by Durga Garcia

 

 The Award Ceremony

 

 

JUDGES WANT TO BE shocked or amazed, amused or educated – to see things in a way not seen  before.

 

For the amateur it’s a learning process that mimics being commissioned. You are working to a very  loose brief, but you are attempting to impress others rather than just yourself.

 

 

For the professional it is of course a chance to achieve greater exposure for your work, and  therefore generate more work, but it is also a chance to ‘commission yourself’ rather than working to a client’s directions.  Done correctly that can be creatively very liberating.

 

 

"Hardbody in Tutu" by Durga Garcia

Hardbody in Tutu” by Durga Garcia

 

Being part of an exhibit is something to be proud of, having people see your work and getting the  chance to see how people respond to your work will give you invaluable feedback in your growth as  an artist and is an important part of being an artist.

 

 

 

WINNING IMAGES have a “Wow” factor with with a story to say to be truly award-winning.

The image needs to be artfully constructed and technically well executed…beyond being something pleasurable to look at in a decorative way –— it should provoke or calm,  educate or entertain with innovation, humor or add revelation.

 

 

"As We Are" SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters by Durga Garcia

“As We Are” SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters by Durga Garcia

 

Rejections and Not Winning

 

 

  • There may be several hundred entries with only room for only 50 pieces to be exhibited.

 

  • More entered pieces are not accepted than shown

 

  • It doesn’t necessarily mean the non-accepted work is not good,  just not suitable for that exhibit, in that judges opinion, at that time or maybe needs just a little change  to be better.

 

  • Sometimes it is simply a matter of space.

 

Art is very subjective and even the most expert opinion, is just that, an opinion.

 

 

Winning, the difference between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place and honorable mentions could be so slight,  the same judge on a different day could easily pick a different order of winners. Being recognized as one of the best is an achievement.

 

 

Any Award is good and can become part of your resume. It is good practice to keep track of your  achievements.

 

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Many of Durga Garcia’s images can be found in Public and Private collections.  She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events. Durga has several long term projects and books to her credit.

 

Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures.  She has lived in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, equine veterinary paramedic, yoga teacher, member of the U.S. International Pistol Team and certified art appraiser.  She has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details in her own work. Durga maintains her Senior Fine Art Appraisal accreditations.    She lectures on photography for area groups, camera clubs and art guilds. Durga hosts a blog for photographers giving tips and tricks of the business and is writing a book for kids, “Your First Photography Book”.

 

In September, 2014 Durga will take part in Palm Beach State College’s “BARK” Invitational Exhibit (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). She has been invited to Tuscany in Spring, 2014 to lead a multi-discipline workshop plus a Photo Tour of Iceland in Fall, 2014.

 Durga is a Proud Member of these Professional Associations:

*PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS of AMERICA
*NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of WOMEN ARTISTS
*NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of PHOTOSHOP PROFESSIONALS
*FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
*PALM BEACH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD
*BOCA MUSEUM ARTISTS’ GUILD
*WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY
*ARTISTS of PALM BEACH COUNTY

For more information visit: http://durgagarcia.com/ http://durgagarcia.tumblr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/durga.garcia

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

Observations from Rickie – 2013/14 “Season”

“Season 2013/14″  is coming to a close and the barrage of Art Fairs, Opening Exhibits and Art Shows will lessen.  The Rickie Report would like to share some observations.

 

 

“2013/14 Season”: Some observations

 

 

We are particularly aware that a LOT of us stay here, year-round and therefore, sharing your creativity ( visual or performing arts) is a constant. For those who are snowbirds or snowflakes, we expect to hear from you while you are away!

 

Life and Art and Creativity Happen Year-Round!

 

What we love:

 

Emerging artists who are trying to find a path to share their work.

Artists who are eager to help others in their community without fear of ownership.

Artists who relish sharing ideas!

Artists who understand that though they may not SELL on the internet, they NEED to have a web presence (simple website, landing page or splash page)!

 

What makes us cringe:

 

An artist with no business cards.

Artists who have paid BIG money to be part of an Art Show and have no signage (but DO have a sign saying they accept credit cards).

Entering artwork that does not meet the requirements of the exhibit ( i.e. no wire to hang their painting, no price or NFS indication, work that is still wet).

 

Waiting until the week (or 2) before your event to contact us, to help with your publicity campaign.  In the real business world, we have deadlines ( just like rent and car payments).  We want to tell the world about your event, but we need your cooperation to do it in a timely way!    Contact us as soon as you are accepted.  Your event will have a publication date.  Then, you can send us your information and jpegs. (We’ll remind you).  If you’re reading this and wondering if we want to know 6 months before the event actually takes place – the answer is “yes”.  At the same time, we understand that sometimes shows “pop-up” at the last minute.  Email us and see if there is an opening for publication – you never know.

 

 

This is a good time to take stock – not just of your physical inventory.  Take a look at HOW you go about doing business.  If you are part of an art exhibit or show, if you are paying for a space and you have price tags on your work… you are running a BUSINESS.

 

 

This is the bright spot of entrepreneurism  - Palm Beach County, in particular is a GREAT place to accomplish your goals.  And just as having a home demands certain responsibilities, so does having a business. We’re sharing a short list of the necessities for you and your business to flourish.

 

1. Professionally printed business cards that are legible (fancy fonts are artistic, but once reduced to the size of a business card, are often too difficult to read).  Please include Your Name, Business Name, Phone Number, Email, Website address.

 

2.  When you are taking part in a Show or other venue, have a legible sign with your name, business name and give us a hint about what you are selling ( how can someone remember to come back to your booth later?)

 

3.  Is everything priced?  Do you have a small card explaining the product, the process?  Good practice idea: polymer clay artists show a package of clay, a slab of conditioned clay and then a project midway.  NOW your viewers can better understand that you really didn’t paint those tiny little lines – you blended and stacked and cut until your artistic creation became what you are selling in your booth.  We’re not suggesting that you give away any of your secrets, just helping educate the public so they understand the effort that went into your product!

 

 

4. Attend local artist-oriented events (Artists of Palm Beach County, Artists Association of Jupiter, Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild, Delray Beach Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Plein Air Artists of Palm Beach, Wellington Art Society just to name a few).    Go to other artists’ events.  Mingle. Network. See what is happening around you. Support other artists!

 

5. Send your name and email address to be added to the Think Tank, so you can become involved in Art Synergy and MORE  (send to Rolando Barrero:  rolandobarrero@me.com ) .   Attend a Think Tank meeting.  Meet artists of other mediums, styles and locations.  The ideas that are born there incubate into MAJOR events!

 

6. Do you have a Facebook Page? Here is the place to let everyone know your newest project or event!  Some artists show photos of newly sold artwork ( jewelry, paintings, etc) with their new owners – we LOVE this idea – it shows real people purchasing your artwork!

 

7.  Try something new.  Are you in a slump? Go to a demonstration, class or workshop that gives you the opportunity to try a new medium without making the initial investment of new materials.

 

8.   Read The Rickie Report.  Send us your suggestions for topics you’re interested in learning more about.

 

 

9. Let us know your good news – we’d love to share it!   What is the first thing you should do once you’ve been accepted to a gallery, exhibit, art show, art fair or other venue?  Send me an email with the “Who, What, Where, When”.  Let’s talk about   how you can use The Rickie Report to market you and your event.

 

10.  Not sure where to find a resource?  Send us an email.  We’ll help you network and find a solution.

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Go Figure” Call for Entries, All Mediums, Juried Exhibition

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is placing a Call for Entries for an Open, Juried exhibit, “Go Figure”.  The exhibit will glorify the human figure in multiple mediums.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to submit drawings, sculpture, paintings and pastels showing your interpretation of the mass, geometry and perspective of the human anatomy.  The deadline is Friday, August 8th.  Let us know when you get accepted so we can share your good news!

 

 

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CALL TO ARTISTS

“Go Figure: A Celebration of the Human Form”

 

Deadline:  Friday, August 8, 2014

 

Go Figue Call to Artists 2014

ENTRY INFORMATION

 

Full Name:

Address:

City:                                                State:                      Zip Code:

Phone: (1)                                                                       (2)

Email:

Payment: Credit Card #                                                                           Exp.Date

LAC Member: $25 (late $35)         Non-Member: $35  (late $45)
Title of Piece #1:

Medium:

Dimensions: H:               W:                         D:                      Retail Price*

 

 

Title of Piece #2:

Medium:

Dimensions: H:               W:                         D:                      Retail Price*

 

 

Title of Piece #3:

Medium:

Dimensions: H:               W:                         D:                      Retail Price*

 

*Please note: Artists receive 60% on sales of their work sold during the exhibition, with a 40% commission to the Lighthouse ArtCenter. IF NOT for sale, list “NFS” & Insured Value. ALL art MUST remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibit.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS: We are not responsible for entry materials lost in the mail, entry materials damaged in transportation, or malfunctions in entry materials due to human or technological error by the entrant or by Lighthouse ArtCenter staff.  Entry materials of the artists selected for the exhibition may be used by the ArtCenter for marketing, press, announcements,etc.  We are to responsible for loss or damage to the accepted artwork during the course of the exhibition.  Lighthouse ArtCenter will charge a storage fee of $5. per day on any work not picked up on the required date. After 30 days, the artwork will become the property of the Lighthouse ArtCenter and may be discarded, donated or sold.

By signing below, I agree to all terms and conditions for consideration in this exhibition.

Signature:

Date:

Please attach a completed label to the reverse of each piece of accepted artwork prior to drop off.

LABEL (one per item):

“GO FIGURE”

Full Name:

Phone (1):

Phone (2):

Email:

Title of Piece

Medium:

Dimensions: H:      W:      D:

Retail price (or NFS & Insured Value):

 

 

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter or this exhibit please call: 561-746-3101 or visit: www.lighthousearts.org

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Exhibits at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery

Fiber artist extraordinaire, Leora Klaymer Stewart will present her newest work in a SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  Leora’s  woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature.  What secrets are they holding?  What do they protect?  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this free reception on April 26th to meet the artist and explore her world of fabrications.  Here we give you details and a sneak peak, but can only hint at what promises to be the LARGEST installation of its kind in Palm Beach County!

 

 

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Please join us at the Cultural Council

 Saturday,  April 26,    3-5 P.M.

To celebrate the Opening Reception of

 

Leora Klaymer Stewart

 in the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center. 
Refreshments will be served.  
Exhibition runs: April 26 through May 24, 2014  
  
Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM  

 

601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.471.2901

www.palmbeachculture.com

 

Weaving as an metaphor is a common association and no exception with the artwork of Leora Klaymer Stewart.  The public is invited to her SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery. There will be a free reception and opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday, April 26, from 3-5 pm. The exhibit continues through May 24th. There is no charge to view the gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

Leora’s major  installation piece, “Entanglements” consists of an 8 foot high by 3 foot wide knotted construction that has been wrapped and intertwined.  She used natural hemp twine and a variety of other fibers to represent the growth and intertwining of the Banyan tree.  She collaborated with Fine Art Photographer and Master Printer, Steve Spring, of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  Images of the Banyan tree were printed on Habotai silk and silk  organza panels 40 inches wide by 96 inches high.  These panels will be installed on each side of the  knotted structure to create an environment that represents nature as a metaphor for the cycle of life.

 

 

 

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“Lifecycle Series” by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

 ”RED MICROTUBULES” is part of the Life Cycle Series.  It is a circular piece constructed with red linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrapping and glass beads. It is 16 inches in diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.

 

 

"Life Cycle 2" by Leora Klaymer Stewart

“Life Cycle 2″ by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

“LIFE CYCLE”  is a circular piece constructed with pink and orange linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrappings and glass beads.  It is 16 inches in a diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.

 

Leora tells The Rickie Report, ” All of my pieces represent the idea of the cycle of life – represented as a circle or sphere and as a container form holding mysteries.  I use ancient textile techniques ( knotting, loop-stitching, wrapping and inter-twining).”

 

 

"Virgin Bride" by Leora Klaymer Stewart

“Virgin Bride” by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

“VIRGIN BRIDE”  is an oval piece which is 12 inches wide by 24 inches high.  It is created with a loop stitch in white nylon cord. Leora incorporates hand sewn pearls and feathers.   Her woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature and can be interpreted as holders of secrets, emptiness or even generative possibilities.  Leora refers to her work as “transitional fabrications” which can also be interpreted as life cycles.

 

 

Leora graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants.  Her architectural commissions include Beckton Dickson Pharmaceuticals, Wool Bureau of America, Contintental Wheat and Grain, Prudential,Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and Knoll Showrooms.  Leora has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for 20 years and is currently teaching a fiber arts course at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is continually creating new pieces in her studio, Llama Studios, in Palm Beach, FL.

 

 

 

For more information about Leora’s art work, please visit her website:  www.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:

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Paddle Boards to Easels: Meet Lighthouse ArtCenter’s New Art School Director Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone is a familiar face at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the surrounding region.  She is well known for her creative environmental activism.  The Rickie Report met with Cynthia, the new Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art. Here, she talks about how she transitioned from paddle boards to easels and about her goals for the School of Art.  

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter  Names

 

 

Cynthia Trone

 

Director for School of Art

 

 

 

Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter has named Cynthia Trone director of its School of Art.  “New leadership means new opportunities to grow,” said Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Tequesta museum and art school, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Cynthia joined the staff of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in April, 2013, as Executive Assistant to Katie Deits. 

 

 

TRR: Please tell us about your background

CT:

 

I graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  I’m a Jersey girl who was raised with Manhattan in her backyard.  Then I spent my 20′s and early 30′s on the coast of Maine. I raised my three children in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Tequesta in 2005.  I am an artist who loves photography and  writing. 

 

 

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Jupiter Pointe Paddle Board

TRR:  Your previous experiences with environmental activism include creating platforms as educational elements for all ages.

CT:

I managed Jupiter Outdoor Center and Jupiter Pointe Paddling for six years and taught thousands of people the simple pleasure of “the glide”.  Before paddle boarding became popular, I was helping lead ecotours and teaching children and adults yoga on paddle boards!

 

 

Justin Riney, Mother Ocean

Justin Riney, Mother Ocean

 

 

I am the Operations Director of Mother Ocean and volunteer Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, a statewide conservation effort.   I grew up inspired by the sea, have a deep love of the outdoors and feel community is important.  The Mother Ocean project has been a great opportunity to bring non-profits and communities together on a State level.  It is exciting to be part of this movement, as Justin Riney brings awareness of the importance of our waterways to all parts of Florida!

 

 

 

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TRR: How does that translate to the arts?

CT:

It was thrilling to be part of the recent Arts & Conservation Summit held in Vero Beach, FL this past January.  What a phenomenal opportunity to show how using the arts to express and embrace nature, we can protect what we love!  This is a collaboration to make the world a better place and to teach future generations!

 

 

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TRR:  Which brings us to your role at the Lighthouse ArtCenter

CT:

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter is a place that is nurturing…a safe place to try new things…to breath in the creative air and to connect with the community.   The School of Art offers eight-week sessions as well as one, two, or three-day workshops.  They are the perfect occasion to try a new medium without making an 8 week commitment.  

 

 

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Jewelry with Tracey Roedl

 

 

The School encompasses classes and workshops for young children, teens and adults.  There are day and evening offerings, where you can explore painting with acrylic, oil or watercolor.  You can learn new photography techniques or create decorative/functional items with fused glass. Learn how to create your own jewelry pieces or gain skills in the newest trend such a encaustic painting ( using wax and collage techniques).  We have the largest kiln facility in the area, with 10 pottery wheels and 6 kilns, so ceramics is a big interest here.

 

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Ceramics with Cara McKinley

 

Katie Diets shares, “ Over the past year, Ms. Trone has proven her leadership abilities, first as executive assistant and now as director of the school. She also will oversee the ArtCenter’s summer camp programs.  Ms. Trone is responsible for management of the Center’s marketing, community outreach, as well as donor development, grants management and fundraising.It’s something that comes naturally for her.  We look forward to Cynthia guiding some of our relationships with other local organizations by integrating environmental themes in the art projects our students create.”

 

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Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez

 

 

TRR:  You have an exceptional faculty.  How does an artist approach LAC to be included?

CT:

 

 

I celebrate our faculty as well as our supportive Board. Our goal is to forge connections between the community, our exhibits, receptions and classes. Interested artists should email me and send an overview of jpegs of their work.  We are always recruiting.  Include your: medium, availability (day, evening, weekend), length of lessons ( 8 week class or 1,2,3 day workshop), preferred ages of students (young children, youth, adult), a brief resume and some references.  

 

 

Art Camp

Art Camp

 

Our new Session begins April 28 for 6 weeks, followed by a 10 week Summer Session starting June 9th.  There are limited classes during the day in the summer due to summer camp activities from 9 am – 3 pm, but we still have evening and weekend sessions. We’re already planning our Early Fall Session which begins September 8th.

 

“I invite everyone to stop by the School of Art, see what we do, then enroll in a class,” Ms. Trone said.   The School of Art is around the corner from the museum, at 95 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Call (561) 748-8737

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) 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. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside The Box2 Welcomes Innovative Art from 37 Artists

“Outside the Box2” is the second biennial exhibition of outdoor, site-specific art in Palm Beach County, FL. This unique and alternative format, situated at the uniquely prestigious Whitespace-The Mordes Collection, features innovative contemporary artists that will interact with the unique landscape & outdoor environment. This year’s exhibit has grown in scope with nearly double the amount of installations, and including artists from throughout Florida, from Gainesville to Tampa to Miami. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

37 Artists prepare for a whirlwind install of
Outdoor Site-specific Art in upcoming 2-Night Biennial

 

Outside the Box2 at

Whitespace – The Mordes Collection

 

Curated by Lisa Rockford

 

Whitespace – The Mordes Collection
2805 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407 T: 561.842.4131

 

Exhibition Dates: APRIL 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 & APRIL 5, 7:30 pm – 10:30

Admission: $10 per person

Free parking. No reservations required. Open to the Public

 

 

 

The exhibit involved extensive preparation on the part of the curator and artists.   Lisa Rockford, the curator, said she gave preference to installations that were “imaginative, include interactive and/or multi- sensory elements, have high aesthetic appeal, and incorporate nature, or adapt well to the site.”

 

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Site Map

Site Map

 

Attendees will walk through a maze of color, images & sounds. Visitors can use the map to ensure that they find all 37 installations. The artworks range from hand-sculpted ceramics, found object assemblage, video art, performances, and interactive installations.

 

 

 

After paying admission, visitors will immediately walk through the first artwork, a spidery mixed media arch hand- crocheted by artist Kristina Thalin. Viewers will next feel they are seeing spots, in a site-specific installation by Sylvia Riquezes, who utilized the surrounding natural elements to inspire and create her own versions of “Seeds” in the palm trees, and flora & fauna for the bushes, entitled “Bodhisattvas Emerging from the Earth” .

 

Sylvia Ruquezes

Sylvia Ruquezes

 

 

Visitors will walk through Matthew Falvey’s 20 foot long tunnel of televisions, which have sensors that change imagery and sound according to people’s movements. Then they will be confronted by the monstrous scale of Andrew Nigon’s artwork, “Oh! Oh God!” which is a colorful 12 foot elephant, made of found objects & insulation foam. The sculpture is in a continual evolution, its gestural positioning and surfaces textures changing each time it is shown, based on the artists’ changing worldview.

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Andrew Nigon “Oh, Oh God”

 

According to the artist, the elephant is an “endlessly comforting god that absorbs my uncertainties, instead of offering critical judgments.” 

 

 

 

Onlookers will be also be immediately drawn to Carmen Tiffany’s whimsical video animation, which she calls a “liquid painting”. It will be projected billboard size on the front wall, easily seen from the road.

 

Chelsea Odum

Chelsea Odum

 

 

 

Ariel Baron Robbins

Ariel Baron Robbins

 

 As viewers walk around the building, there are more intimately scaled, or quieter works that only the most observant visitors will find, like the “miniature dreamscapes” of Christine Fogel, or the installation by Martin Casuso, which is unassumingly hidden under the portico. 

 

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Other captivating artworks will force attendees to stop and look as they make their way along the tarmac toward the waterfront installations. Judy Polstra’s femme fatale sculptures are always crowd-pleasers, probably due to the sheer number of parts assembled together to make up each figure. Judy had never before thought of exhibiting her work outdoors, and had to be courted by the curator to submit a proposal. You can examine her sculptures for hours and still find something new, from teeth, to jewelry, to buttons, and toy parts.

 

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Pilar Batlle – Yarn Bombing

Many will surely want to pause for a “photo op” at the installation by Pilar Batlle. Pilar is part of the new trend of “Yarn Bombing” street art, only instead of yarn, she uses “Plarn” (plastic yarn).  Her pseudonym on the street is “The Trashy Spider.” As an environmental statement, Pilar cuts ups post consumer waste (plastic bags) to crochet doily- like decorative designs and cover objects like trees, fire hydrants, and parking meters. The durability of the plastic makes them an ideal material for outdoor use. 

 

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As part of the proposal process, artists were also encouraged to incorporate a light source into their design. One prime example of self-lit work is a dynamic piece by Mark Joseph Oliver, who just relocated to Florida last year to be an art professor at Florida Atlantic University. When Lisa Rockford asked Mark to submit a proposal, he immediately wanted to re-appropriate his sculpture “Telecommunication,” which consists of acrylic rods protruding from a working TV set. The clear rods dramatically emphasize the colorful light of the images on TV, and transform it into an ethereal work that seduces the viewer like a moth to a flame.

 

 

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Mark’s idea was to transmute the sculpture into a meteorite that has humorously just landed on a couch, that he explains is a portrayal of the way television has affected domestic life. For this event, the TV will play movies that shaped his childhood and worldview.

 

 

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As visitors weave their way along the asphalt through more sculptural interventions and projections, they will pass through a gate into the second stage of installations on the backside of the property, along the waterfront. This area will include three different live performances, ongoing throughout each night.

 

 

Mumbi O’Brien and Kaleb Durocher collaborated on a performance with precisely linked digital components. For the performative component, there will be a head-dressed character that embodies the essence of the moon. The front of their garment is a cream color and the back is black to represent the dark side of the moon. The headdress will also be circular to emphasize the cyclical nature of the moon, constructed of repurposed materials, synthetic hair, wooden reeds, and fabric. The performer will be completely covered from head to toe with their face obscured and hands painted so the emphasis is not on their identity but rather that which they are embodying. The digital component of the piece is a projection facing down towards the earth.

 

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The projector will be controlled from a laptop so that when moon character enters this particular location, an active projection will begin to encircle them, morphing and rotating with imagery of the various stages of the moon. After some time the projected circle will open up and turn off and the moon character will react by moving slowly and elegantly away from the space, either to look out over the water (as the moon controls the tides) or disappear. In some very special cases, a guest may wander upon the exact projection site, and the projection will envelope them as well, allowing them to be a part of this ritual. However, the minute they step away or someone else interferes, the projection will stop.

 

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Further down the grass, Joseph Herring will stage a performative installation entitled “Broward County Botanical Melodramatic: A Conversation between the Saw Palmetto and the Spanish Bayonet on the Pros and Cons of Obligate Pollination Mutualism vs. Indiscriminate Polyamorous Pollination involving the poetics of interaction between costumed plants and insects.”   Joseph Herring is a professor at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and has staged elaborate performance installations and interventions at a range of prestigious venues, including High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, founded by Andrea Zittel, Light Assembly, for Art Basel Miami Beach, Verge Art Miami Beach, Zeitgeist Multi- Disciplinary Arts Center, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, and the Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna.

 

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For this performance, Joseph elucidates that: “Two plants, the Saw Palmetto and the Spanish Bayonet, sit atop giant tripods and communicate back and forth using plant telepathy. Root systems hang down from both plants. The plants will interact with the insects on the ground, the Honey Bee and the Yucca Moth, through their root systems, both physically and telepathically. Physically in that the roots will move through the actions of a puppeteer, telepathically in that the puppeteer will play kit-bashed and circuit bent electronic game-instruments with the attached hanging roots.

 

 

 

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The insects will react to the sounds and respond with electronic sounds of their own, fed to radios around their necks from computers underneath the tripods. The games bent for sound will include Operation, Simon, and various Nintendo DS Lite games with interesting audio. Audio will also include the plants conversing through megaphones, and the conversation will sound like a mix of DADA poetry and the Children’s Television Workshop’s The Electric Company. The piece will refer not only to the installation and performance’s relationship to the physical environment, but also to the specific geographical location. The Saw Palmetto and The Spanish Bayonet are two plants indigenous to the area. The Saw Palmetto has played an important part in the life of Floridians since before the Spanish invasion, and this history will be explored aurally during the performance.” 

 

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As visitors continue exploring the waterfront, and look out into the water, they will notice a otherworldly, large glowing white island in the shape of a baby, by Kevin Curry. The floating sculpture was elaborately planned through computer programming and will be created in a mosaic of geometric parts using a CNC router.  The piece is titled “Lost and Found” and “addresses the innocence and potential of beginnings, as well as the sadness and regret of hindsight.”

 

 

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An installation that only the most perceptive viewers will find on the waterfront are the organic sculptures of Amalia Mermingas . Amalia was inspired by the way Andy Goldsworthy works endlessly on an earthwork sculpture only to watch it fall apart. As result, her artworks are intentionally ephemeral, made with unfired ceramics, and placed at the water’s edge, so that they dissolve and change shape over the course of the night from the erosion of the water’s tides. Amalia states that she is releasing her sculptures like a performance. The viewer can watch the clay sculptures become reclaimed by nature.

 

 

The final elaborate performance is on the opposite end of the beach, called “Kicking Comets,” by Craig Smith’s entourage, will be the most boisterous. Craig Smith is an internationally recognized artist and teaches at the University of Florida. He has been featured at a range of venues including the PS1MOMA Contemporary Art Institute, The Tate Modern, CEPA Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The George Eastman House, ARTSPACE Sydney, SCM Hong Kong, and galleries including Galerie Schuster Photo (Berlin), RARE Art (New York), Big Orbit (Buffalo), The Kent Gallery, and White Columns (New York). He has also published two books: On the Subject of the Photographic (2008: University of the Arts London) and Training Manual for Relational Art (2009: Big Orbit Gallery).

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Craig’s oeuvre consistently focuses “The Art of Sport,” and this performance will likewise be highly athletic, consisting of endless, repetitive place-kicking by the artist of footballs from the shoreline toward a boat with three other performers waiting in the water. The performers in the water will have search lights on their heads and hand-held fishing nets, zigzagging the boat, attempting to catch or capture the balls. A vintage Porsche 911 will be placed on the beach to illuminate the artist and boat with its headlights. The footballs will have reflective tape so that they look like comets sailing through the air.

 

 

There are more notable installations and site-specific interventions than can be mentioned. The Outside the Box2 Biennial is sure to become one of the most significant and indispensable celebrations of visual art in South Florida, and will clearly be a spectacle of visual delights for all who attend.

 

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OUTSIDE THE BOX2 ARTISTS:

 

Amalia Mermingas, Andrew Nigon, Ariel Baron-Robbins, Cara McKinley,  Carmen Tiffany, Caroline Collette, Cat Del Buono, Chelsea Odum, Christine Fogel, Craig Smith, Duane James, Brant Erik Kucera, Gardner Cole Miller, Ian Honore, Jacques de Beaufort, Jade Henderson, Joseph Herring, Joshua Hunter Davis, Judy Polstra,Karla Walter, Katelyn Fay, Kevin Curry, Kristina Thalin, Mark Joseph Oliver, Martin Casuso, Matthew Falvey, Mumbi O’Brien & Kaleb Durocher,  Pilar Batlle, Randy Burman, Rebeca Gilling, Regina Jestrow ,Sylvia Riquezes, TD Gillispie, Valeria Rocchiccioli ,Vanessa Diaz, Vanessa Garcia, Woody Othello.

 

 

The exhibition inside the “Box, ” called “Optic Edge,” which has been on view since December, will also be open for viewing during this event. The Whitespace gallery (indoors) features internationally recognized artists from the Mordes collection, rotating new works for every annual exhibition. “The “Outside the Box” exhibition marks the final weekend for the Optic Edge exhibition.

 

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

 

Lisa Rockford, received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lisa is an Assistant Professor at Broward College, a resident artist at Sailboat Bend artist Lofts, and founding member 1310 Gallery. Lisa began curating Contemporary art exhibitions in her position as Art Services Director of the Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University in 2000, and has curated and juried numerous group exhibitions in Broward County, collaborating with prominent art professionals as guest judges. Guest judges have included Jose E. Lopez, Director & Publisher of Art Districts Magazine, Janet Batet, Curator & Art Critic, Francie Bishop Good, Artist and Art Collector, Owner of Girls Club Art Collection, Guerra De la Paz, International Artists, Rochi Llaneza, Executive Director of Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Dan & Kathryn Mikesell, Art Collectors, Founders of Fountainhead Art Residency, Klaudio Rodriguez, Assistant Curator at The Frost Art Museum, Carol Jazzar, Owner and Director of Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, and more. As a visual artist, Lisa Rockford exhibits her artwork both nationally and internationally, has been featured on Chicago Public Radio, and covered by the Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Peel Magazine, and the Miami Herald. Lisa was awarded the Innovative Collaborative Grant through Funding Arts Broward in 2011 for her Solo show at the Art and culture Center and named as one of Gold Coast Magazine’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars.”

 

 

 

About Whitespace:

 

Whitespace is the private contemporary art exhibition space and loft-style home of Elayne and Marvin Mordes located in West Palm Beach.  The Mordes’ have been collecting Contemporary Art for over 30 years and have a unique European approach to their collection.  One of the strengths of the collection is the consistency of vision that it exhibits and, in addition, has also been characterized by its enthusiasm and focus.  Whitespace has approximately 8000 square feet of exhibition space which has partial permanent programming and a changing project space entitled “Whitebox”, which has curated exhibitions which meet a high level of competency, vision and creativity.  This is the only venue of this type in this area. We consider it an honor to establish a growing audience of Contemporary Art “Lovers”!! 

The mission of Whitespace is to expand and introduce the viewer to current trends in contemporary art by creating international exhibitions by major mid-career contemporary artists using various mediums: including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and video. Whitespace is open from December through April of each year.   The goal of Whitespace is to fund a granting program for the Arts and Art Education in Palm Beach County through Community Foundation.

This season Whitespace is proud to announce the 6th season of “Whitebox”, an artist’s project space for emerging and mid-career international artists.  There is  also a small museum shop – WhitePackage, with unique host & hostess gifts and décor designed by international artists, architects and design personalities.

 

photos courtesy of Jacek Gancarz

Proceeds benefitting the Arts and Art Education through Community Foundation

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