ArtiGras 2014 will celebrate all things creative! Hundreds of professional artists and eleven emerging artists will show and sell their work, continuing to amaze us by their creative spirit. Kelly Tracht, a Jupiter-based artist, has been chosen for the 2014 Commemorative Poster. The Rickie Report hopes you buy your tickets and plan on a few full days of art exploration. There are interactive children’s art activities, a recycling art challenge, food, live music plus fine art and fine crafts from around the world! The details about ArtiGras 2014 are in this article.
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February 15, 16, 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM
Monday, February 17th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-5:00PM
The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is proud to announce painter Kelly Tracht from Jupiter, FL., has been selected as this year’s commemorative artist poster artist. Tracht’s piece, title “Sailing Sailfish”, is bright, lively and uses the sailfish to reference South Florida living. The piece also pays homage to Tracht’s hometown, with the nautical letters on the flag bunting spelling out ‘Jupiter’.
Kelly tells us, “Our coastal town of Jupiter has always felt a bit like an American Riviera to me, and after watching a classic movie this summer set in the Cote d’Azur, I was inspired to create an iconic painting that would express this connection”. Tracht was an ArtiGras Emerging Artist in 2012 and has juried into the festival two times since her first show. She shares, “I took influences from the classic posters of the French Riviera which are full of punchy color, iconic use of imagery, and coastal fun and designed a painting that would showcase the bounty of the ocean as well as a passion for boating found here in Jupiter.”
Though formally trained as an architect, Tracht’s painting career really started to blossom in 1997, when she took a year sabbatical on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Inspired by island living, Tracht painted al fresco landscapes and seascapes experimenting with an expressive, painterly style. As she started to sell her paintings to European tourists and foreign dignitaries, her work quickly gained notoriety. Tracht was invited by the German owner of The Aquarium Club, a stylish beach side resort in Grenada, to hold a season-long exhibition of her work.
In 2006, Tracht painted the cover for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches cookbook Worth Tasting, a book that she named, helped research, write and conceptualize. Bloomingdales invited her to exhibit at their 2007 Artrageous event, and in 2012, Tracht was awarded the prestigious President’s Purchase Award at SunFest.
The 2014 ArtiGras poster will be available for purchase online at www.artigras.org or in the ArtiGras Merchandise Booth at the festival. Patrons can visit Tracht in the Merchandise Booth at ArtiGras where she will be signing posters for patrons on Saturday, February 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Monday, February 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Rickie Report encourages artists of all mediums to apply to ArtiGras as an emerging artist, if they have not experienced this type of large show before. Only eleven emerging artists were chosen for this year’s event. We hope you take the time to stop by each of their displays and speak with them about their artwork and creativity! The emerging artists are: Amber Palomres, Robin Neary, Florida Palm Fish Art, DeJaVu Glass Design, Dane Stensen, Makai Project LLC, Kristian Charnick, Larry Hughes, Robert Mayes, The Little Whale and George Darrell.
Amber discovered her passion for painting in her forties and has immersed herself in studying oil and acrylic painting techniques through art courses and instructional demonstrations. Her paintings are light-filled, happy and can be described as being peaceful and whispy. She works in both oils and acrylics and uses glazing and impasto techniques to create depth and a three dimensional quality to her work.
For more information about Amber’s artwork please visit : http://palomaresart.wordpress.com/
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For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.