Events in Lake Worth and exciting news from Clay Glass Metal Stone are the focus of this article. As the City of Lake Worth jumpstarts “season”, art is EVERYWHERE, with new venues popping up. For senior artists who are interested in pursuing their creativity, there is special information about scholarships. For art lovers, music lovers and performance art aficionados, get out your calendars now! J Street in Downtown Lake Worth is rapidly becoming South Florida’s Greenwich Village. The Rickie Report shares a wealth of information in this article.
Cats, Skulls, Evenings on the Avenue
Downtown Lake Worth
On South J Street, as The Bamboo Room bows out of the music community, Bamboo Shoots springs up every Saturday Evening at CGMS Gallery. As Coastars bids adieu, The Common Grounds Arts Cafe steps in with a stage for performing artists and musicians. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery can be counted on for some of the areas finest musicians at their art openings every first and third Friday. Top Five Records, a real record store and a rare and special find in any community, has the wonderful and collectable vinyls that so many prefer to today CD’s and MP3s. Callaros, one of Lake Worth’s finest bistros, is located at the corner of J Street and Lake Avenue. Excelsior!, Lake Worth’s first comic book and toy emporium plans events and hosts role playing games and collectable card playing tournaments. Poutine Hot Dogs caters to an arty crowd, and is flooded with French Canadians during season. They have the best Hotdogs and Poutine in the region.
Saturday October 4, 6-10PM, A Cat-O-Strophic Event opens at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street. The event is free, and include paintings, photographs, sculptures and jewelry of CATS in every form and variety. The exhibit continues through October 15. This is a fund-raiser for animal shelters throughout the county. Purchase a work of art, present a card from your favorite shelter, and 10% of the purchase will be contributed.
October 9-26 - The Lake Worth Playhouse presents Mame.
The Stonzek Movie Theater shows independent and rare films seen nowhere else in the county. Call 561-586-6410 for listings and schedules.
Saturday, October 11- Art-Ober Fest, sponsored by Propaganda, springs onto J Street, both north and south of Lake Avenue. An arts and music event, the streets will be filled with tents loaded with original art. The many stages will feature a wide variety of music genre. Propaganda has produced this event for the last five years.
Friday, October 17, is the soft-opening of J Street’s newest coffee house and arts venue. Common Grounds Coffee and Bagel Bar is a Creative Arts Cafe. It will house local bands in a coffee house atmosphere. Game nights will include interactive activities- TV gaming evenings with large screen TVs that increase in size with skill levels. They are building a community book shelf and herb garden.
Friday, October 17, Day(s) of the Dead opens at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery. Paintings, sculpture, photographs and jewelry are personal interpretations of this theme by many local artists. The exhibit extends through November 1st, the actual Day of the Dead. Music and demonstrations play an integral part of this exhibit.
Friday, October 17, The Creative Arts Academy will have a live, outdoor, acoustic concert. Located at 16 South J Street, these talented young people plan an evening of music, showcasing the skills they are developing.
Saturday, October 18, The Bamboo Shoots Saturday Cafe opens at 15 South J Street (CGMS Gallery.) This cafe features FREE Coffee, and specialty Vegan treats from Muffins to Ice Cream. Local acoustic musician Ben Brown will entertain. Vegan Chef, Sarah Steinberg will sell her delicacies and take specialty orders. Chain-mail artist, Ryan Delaneuville demonstrates his ancient art form, and makes fitting adjustments on purchased jewelry and chain-mail ware/wear. The Bamboo Shoots Cafe will take place every Saturday at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth.
Parking Lot Arts Happening begin in the 15 South J Street Parking Lot in October. Watch for movies on the wall, a mural to appear for Cat-O-Strophic Events, and Larger than Life Size Sculptures to adorn the lot towards the end of the month. Pop-Up sculptural events and concerts will be regular events on this parking lot.
Friday, October 31: Lake Worth Goes All Out- Holiday Events in the Plaza and on J Street.
Third Eye Productions presents- Halloween’s Lake Worth Monster Mash with a tribute to the Rocky Picture Horror Show. The fun and registration starts at Brogue’s Down Under from 7-8:30 PM. The crowd then moves to the parking lot at 15 South J Street for a viewing of the Rocky Picture Horror Show on the Parking Lot wall. – Zombie Make Up Artists will have a tent on J Street to make you into the characters you most want to be.- The crowd then moves on to South Shores Tavern for a rollicking Costume Contest.
Common Grounds Arts Cafe holds their Grand Opening on Friday the 31st with a HUGE Halloween Party. There will be face painting, a DJ with live music, and lots of free trick-or treats for everyone.
Pop-Up Swing and Contra Dancing is expected to take place on weekends throughout the month of October. Drop down to J Street on a Friday or Saturday evening and look for a chance to shake a leg or two.
CGMSGallery @ Flamingo Clay Studio
Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
15 South J Street- Lake Worth, FL 33460
Flamingo Clay Studio Building
216 South F Street- Lake Worth FL 33460
Joyce Brown tells The Rickie Report, “We’ve been working hard on the South F Street Studio space, and inspections will take place. All fire safety and building safety issues have been addressed and installed. This will allow us occupancy of the building and allow us to start putting in the kilns and equipment we have been accumulating. Our scholarship grant has been secured and an application for this scholarship with a description of what it offers is included at the end of this article.”
“We expect a grand opening of the studio mid-November. We could use some help in building tables, stocking shelves, and moving supplies and equipment in. I will be ordering an initial five tons of clay, and would like to meet with participating artists to ascertain the types of clays you will need. Some of this clay is for the scholarship artists, and the rest if for you to purchase at cost. I will be ordering supplies and would like input into this as well.”
“This studio will continue to grow in stages. Artists are welcome to come in and work. Although you will pay your dues, they will not be applied until the building officially opens. This gives you a studio for free for a while. We will be moving the electric kilns in before November. They include kilns of a variety of sizes as well as a front-loader. We have a donation of two Raku kilns and will be purchasing an initial gas reduction kiln. The rest of our gas, salt and wood kilns will be built by us. Gas service has not yet been installed but will be soon. We also have a large glass fusion kiln.”
“We have a large slab-roller, extruders and three wheels. The studio has a lot of shelf-storage and some sturdy tables on which to work. We will need room arrangement consultations. We have a separate room for those of you who work in fused glass and small metals, and an area for those jewelers who work in wax and fine metals. These areas and usages are included for all artists in the gallery and are not a separate fee.”
“The studio will be available to 30-40 artists. We are looking at an additional building next door for another 30-40 artists, once we have solidified our operation in the first building. Once we reach our limit we will be establishing a waiting list. We have funds for 10 scholarship artists. Some of this funding can be divided into partial scholarships if you are less needy. This means that two artists can share one of the scholarships and pay ½ of the fees for the month.”
For those who are not on scholarship, the fees for studio membership and usage are as follows:
- $150 a month for a cooperative member. This means a minimum of four hours of work a week in the studio/and or gallery- Gallery participation fees are $60 a month. (The gallery is an outlet for the works produced in the studio, if you so wish. Scholarship artists’ gallery fees are paid for the year).
- $250 a month if you are a snow-bird and will be using the studio part of the year. The four hour requirement remains.
- $250 a month if you are using the studio year round, bit do not want to put in the cooperative hours.
- These fees include all kiln firings. They also include the studio glazes. You must purchase your own clay, tools, specialty glazes and supplies. There will be many tools available for use as well.
- Those using the studio just for firings will either pay a flat fee of $150 a month or pay a fee each time you fire. You decide which is most economical for you.
Joyce points out, ‘We still have a lot of money to raise to bring the entire project up to the quality that we all look for in a studio. This will be an on-going process for a while. We especially look forward to those of you who are graduating from art school with no affordable facility in which to work.”
Flamingo Clay Studio/ Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
Low-Income Senior Citizen One Year Scholarship
Full Studio Access and Supplies
The Flamingo Clay Studio (dba Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), artist cooperative whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space to 3-D artists.
We have been awarded a generous, one-year grant by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. This grant will allow ten Low-Income Senior Citizen 3-D artists full access to the newly created community studio arts center at 216 South F Street in Lake Worth. A condition of the grant is that artists produce work for sale that will increase their income levels, and produce the funds, for these individual artists, that will allow them to remain members of the studio in the future.
The Studio should be available for artists to begin work in October with a grand opening in mid-November. Although chosen scholarship recipients may begin using the studio immediately, their scholarship will run from Mid-November 2014 to Mid-November 2015.
The scholarship includes full use of the studio including the clay/ceramics studio, the fused glass studio and the small metals studio.
The scholarship includes all ceramic supplies
The scholarship includes all ceramic and fused glass firings.
The scholarship includes membership in the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery for one year
Because the non-profit Flamingo Clay Studio is a cooperative organization, and as part of the requirements for scholarship, recipients will agree to:
A four hour work commitment each week
That the scholarship recipient be 55 years of age or older
That the scholarship recipient demonstrate a financial need for the offering. (Financial information will not be made public)
That the scholarship recipient be a serious and committed clay, glass and/or small metals artist.
That some of the work produced be for sale in the cooperative gallery
If you have any questions, please contact Joyce: Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org or call
(Your status as a scholarship member will be made known to the Community Foundation as part of the accountability for this funding. We will otherwise keep your identity confidential, if you wish.)
Date of Birth: ____________________________________________
Income Level: ___________________________________________
Phone: Home______________________ Cell: _____________________________
Email Address: _____________________________________________
Social Media Sites:_________________________________________________
May we use your name publicly, for publicity purposes, as a scholarship recipient?
Yes __________ No ____________
Statement: I am an artist working in __________________________. I agree to cooperatively participate in the studio and gallery, contributing at least four hours of work per week, as does every other co-op member of the non-profit organization.
Please call Joyce, 215-205-9441 to set up an appointment for an interview.
Please email five examples of your work to Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org
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