Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

Ronnie Hughes was hooked in only two weeks and once you see his glass artistry, you’ll see why!  The Rickie Report implores you to not only see his work at the upcoming Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, but to take the time and really study each piece.  See how he brings such perfection to glass flowers.   Read this article for details about the show and how Ronnie became a world-renown Master Glass Sculptor.

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

 

  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S.

 

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Aphrodite Orchid

 

 

The Rickie Report staff appreciates a wide variety of art forms and mediums.  When we saw Ronnie Hughes’ glass work at the 2012 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, we were stunned.  The beauty of his work and its realism were truly something to behold.  We watched, mesmerized, at his video which showed some of the multiple steps in creating these fragile masterpieces.  We walked through and enjoyed the rest of the show and then came back to his booth to speak with him.

Ronnie tells us, “I was born in 1954 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I learned glassblowing with the help of a friend after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1976.   Soon after graduation, I learned the basics of flameworking from Al Lipkin and Michael Kennedy, two scientific glassblowers who showed me the infinite possibilities of working with borosilicate glass and a torch…only two weeks working with glass, I was hooked.”

 

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Vanda Scadens Orchid

“Since I had received no formal art training while getting my Bachelor’s Degree, my aptitude for glassblowing was a huge and pleasant surprise.   I originally created small works, and eventually worked with J.R.R. Tolkein “Lord of the Rings” characters and other fantasy themes.  The Tolkein flights of fantasy started my love of detail and I enjoyed creating them so much, that I decided to make glassblowing my career.  I have spent the past 36 years creating my artwork for galleries, art shows and private collections.”

 

In 1980, after walking upon a field full of hundreds of breathtaking Pink Lady Slippers on the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was inspired to change his subject matter completely.  He explains, ” I began creating native wildflowers and I haven’t stopped since. I had discovered what I felt was a most satisfying blend of subject matter with medium.  The Trademark qualities of my work have been the accuracy of the flower structures combined with a distinctive organic style with the use of free-formed glass bases I developed about 25+ years ago.  My sculptures have much more appeal to me as an artist with their own solid and continuous glass bases, though a more risky and time-consuming process.  I am able to capture the essence of the flower with more movement as it springs from these bases.”

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TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

RH: Borosilicate glass is my medium.  Using propane and oxygen-fed torches, I heat the glass to a molten state (2000-2500 degrees Fahrenheit).  At these temperatures, the glass becomes pliable enough to shape into delicate looking wildflowers.  My goal is to create original, delicate works of art while maintaining durability at the same time – a balancing act which requires diligence and careful craftsmanship.

I work by myself, employing traditional flameworking techniques to create my sculptures.  There are no molds, specialized tools, glue or paints used.  After completion, each piece is annealed at 1040 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln then cooled gradually back to room temperature. This process removes all thermal stress from the piece, making the glass as strong as it was originally.   All pieces are then examined under a polariscope which ensures that the sculpture has been properly annealed before presenting it to the public.  My glass can be repaired by flame, which is not possible with soft glass.  This means my sculptures can retain their value after the repair.

 

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TRR:  The Rickie Report understands that being an artist means spending many working hours alone, especially as you described.  How do you relieve some of that pressure and network with other artists?

RH: I am proud and honored to be affiliated with The Philharmonic Center for the Arts,  Clyde Butcher Gallery,  The Galleries – Concord, NC,  The Glass Art Society,  The American Craft Council,  The Southern Highlands Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen,  Handmade in America, Piedmont Craftsmen,  Carolina Designer Craftsmen, Lexington Art League, and North Carolina Mountain Arts Alliance.

I am grateful for the opportunity to create three “exemplary teacher awards” annually via the Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.  We are enriched also when participating with such exceptionally talented artists in the juried art shows around the country– to see beauty as well as art in its many unbelievable and various forms.

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Phrag Grand Three Orchid

In March of 2005, Hughes was a featured artist in Sunshine Artist Magazine, where one of his wildflower sculptures graced the cover.   In October 2006, his two orchid sculptures took a clean sweep of First Place Awards at the 59th National Capital Orchid Society Juried Art Show in Washington, DC:  First Place in Glass, First Place in his Art Division and Eva Campbell Memorial Award for the Best Art in the Show. In 2010 and his works were included in Bandhu Dunham’s: Contemporary Lampworking Volume III released April 2010.

 

Throughout his decades of professional work, Hughes has exhibited widely both in juried Fine Art Shows, where he has won numerous awards, and in Art Galleries which include The Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL,  NC Museum of Natural Sciences,  the Riley Gallery in Cleveland, OH,  just to name a few.  Hughes’ sculptures of wildflowers are avidly coveted by collectors, not only in the United States, but also internationally.  His work is represented in countless private collections in the US and abroad, as well as in corporate collections and in the collections of royalty, heads of state, and diplomats.

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

“I hope to show movement in each of my works”, Hughes says. “Although I often use colored glass as a focal point to highlight certain aspects of my work, clear glass is the prominent part of my sculptures for two reasons.  I believe that the purity of clear glass lends a mystical quality to the flowers, emphasizing the delicacy and fragility of our natural world. The transparent optical qualities of clear glass also challenge the observer to look more closely and to use his/her imagination to complete my creative vision”.  Please visit: www.hughesglass.net

 

For more information about the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show: info@craftsamericashows.com   General admission: $15.00. Senior Citizens $14.00 Please inquire about special group rate.

 

 

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561-537-0291

Visual, Visceral and Voluminous: Insights into Debbie Mostel’s Art

Describing someone’s artwork is a sensitive matter. While The Rickie Report is not acting as critic, asking an artist to share themselves with our readers takes trust.  We started to share Debbie Mostel’s story in a previous post when she was inducted into NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) in New York City and announced that she would be showing at Red Dot in Miami soon after. The depth of Debbie’s personality and her artwork call for this extended interview.  Debbie’s work will be shown at Solo Exhibition at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall and again in March at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.  Here, she shares her advice to artists and art lovers about maneuvering your way through sizable shows; some tips for artists to network; and some insights into her larger-than-life pieces.

Globe : "Baja Bound"

Globe : “Baja Bound”

Most of Debbie’s work has interactive qualities such as spinning VCR motors, trap doors,wind-up toys and even a pair of Slinky’s!   Tom Shadyac, director of Jim Carey movies and more recently the revered film “I Am”, was presented one of Debbie’s Globes as an appreciation for the message that both director and artist hold in getting the message that “we are all connected”.  Debbie has been a guest demonstrator at the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark, a Best of Show winner twice at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and has numerous newspaper articles written about her. She is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County

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TRR: Tell our readers about your experience as an exhibitor at Red Dot in Miami.

DM:  The experience was awesome and I was extremely proud to be part of the show.

 

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Hindu Tornadic Activity

TRR: What suggestions would you give an artist who has not done such a large show before?

DM:  First, you should scope out each show. Do your homework – this is a business, like any other business trade show.  I believe in “Go Large Or Go Home”.  Let me explain: Once you figure out what show is the best show for YOU, put everything you have into  making it successful.  Don’t skimp or try to cut corners to try to save money.  This isn’t necessarily about selling, though if you do, that is a nice perk.

 

Once you are committed to a show, you must put in your best work.  Create and print a full catalog.  Invest in good lighting and good quality signage.  I actually added more signage once I arrived at Red Dot and saw what other artists had in addition to what I had already planned.

 

During the show, have a seat.  Art show-goers don’t like to be followed around in your booth.  Let them know that if they have questions, you are there to help them.  Remember your business cards and postcards!   You have to have the right attitude and stay positive.  You are spending 6 days and long hours to promote your art!  Be professional!

 

Feeling the Squeeze

Feeling the Squeeze

TRR: What about after the show?

 

DM:  You MUST follow up with the people who signed your guest book, with other artists you networked with during the show, and gallery owners who stopped by.  This is a lot of WORK!   This year, there were over 27 shows including Red Dot, Art Miami, and Art Basel.  I felt that Red Dot seemed to focus on emerging artists.  In looking at the statistics from 2011, the number of shows has grown. I would expect 2013 to continue to grow annually.  That offers a lot of opportunities to a lot more artists.

TRR: Any advice for the show attendees?

DM:  For art lovers and buyers, you have to pace yourselves because the sheer amount of art work can be overwhelming.  You really need to plan on more than just one day and you still will not see it all!  To avoid having your eyes glaze over from seeing too much art, book a hotel.  Take a break.  Each show has different fees.  Personally, I believe it is hardest for the Gallery owners and Buyers.  They have to look at everything in consideration for their collectors and clients.

Tower of Youth

Tower of Youth

TRR:  When we first met, you were anxious to show me a science-related article.  What types of materials do you enjoy reading?

DM:  I will read anything that has to do with science.  I always read the New York Times, Scientific American and I think that Smithsonian Magazine is the best out there.  National Geographic has engrossing articles, but I also watch a lot of television!  Again, anything science-related, so obviously NOVA, PBS, Science Channel.

I have always been fascinated with how things are made and where something comes from. I enjoy visually stimulating shows like “Orangutan Island”,  underwater series, “Oddities”.  I never know when an idea will spark and where it will lead me!

 

New Monarchy

New Monarchy

TRR:  Do you ever relax?

DM:  I actually relax when I am playing golf!  I just love how beautiful nature is.  I can really take it all in when I walk my dog before sunset.  My background in landscape design has given me a better appreciation for some of the Audubon areas in Palm Beach County.

TRR: Does your son share your artistic  interests?

DM: Not really.  He loves music and plays drums in a local band, Abolish Oasis.  He wants to go to college to pursue a career in the music business.

 

Trilobite Surfing

Trilobite Surfing

TRR: What inspires you to create such a breadth of artwork?

 DM: Everything!  Really.  I can be staring a gym ceiling and an idea for a new piece of artwork will pop into my head.  We have to remember why we are artists.  We can tune into the minutia of the every-day and go and create art. The synapses in my brain flip all the time!

 

Mind Reader

Mind Reader

To see Debbie’s artwork, the public is invited to a reception at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby on January 18 from 6 – 8 pm.  The building is located at 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens 33410.  Her SOLO exhibit is called “Technology Deconstructed-Nature Reconstructed”.  The exhibit continues through February 21st.  City Hall is open from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

 

Debbie will also be at the 2013 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show from March 1st – 3rd, which takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S. www.PalmBeahFineCraftShow.com  For more details about Debbie’s work contact: 561-779-0030 or go to:www.debbieleemostel.com

 

 

 

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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

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will take place in the Palm Beach County Convention Center  March 2, 3, 4,  2012.    Crafts America presents “prestigious craft shows for discriminating consumers and distinguished craftartists. 

 

The hours are: Fri. March 2, 10 a.m. – 6:00 pm,       Sat. March 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and  Sun. March 4, 11 a.m. – 5 pm.  General admission is $15.00;, senior citizens $14.00.  Children under 12 are admitted free.  Special group rates for 12 or more people are available.  Contact the Show office (see below).

Cash awards are presented in recognition of outstanding work selected by judges in the field.   Four cash awards are presented in recognition of outstanding work selected by judges in the field:

FIRST PRIZE  AWARD

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN GLASS

AMERICASTYLE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

COLLECTORS AWARD

Bruce Helander, Editor- in-Chief, The Art Economist, West Palm Beach, FL

Paul Fisher, Paul Fisher, West Palm Beach, FL

Myrna Palley, Florida Glass Art Alliance, will judge the “Award of Excellence in Glass ”

WEEKEND LECTURES

FRIDAY 1PM “Perfectly Imperfect” – Glass artist Michael Schunke, West Grove, PA. The collaborative process and the endless search for perfection as it relates to form, design process & inspiration.

SATURDAY 3PM “Jewelry, a Sculptural Form” – Professor Leonard Urso, Rochester Institute of Technology.  In addition to being an accomplished artist, Urso holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor at RIT. The lecture will address the artist’s [Leonard Urso] relationship with sculptural forms both large scale and small. In addition the sculptural forms of prominent contemporary jewelers will be presented as visual evidence in support of this innovative art form.

SUNDAY 2PM “Studio Art Glass: a 50 Year Retrospective” – Annette Sheppard, Corning Museum of Glass.  In honor of the Golden Anniversary of studio art glass in America, Ms. Sheppard will offer a look at how it all started, and offer highlights of the first half-century of this intriguing medium.

FASHION SHOWS FRIDAY & SATURDAY.

The PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT SHOW invites you to join us for (2) FASHION  SHOWS at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Friday, MARCH  2 – 3PM & Saturday, MARCH 3 – 1PM

Models will show off the latest creations in wearable art, jewelry and fashion accessories by the more than three-dozen fashion designers and jewelry makers from 33 states across the nation whose work will be available at the show.

Guest Emcees:

 Chris Hayes, Editor, PBG Lifestyle Magazine   Tracy St. George, WRMF 97.9 FM

Fashion Shows Presented By:

 PBG Lifestyle Magazine   and    Colorist Hair Studio and Spa

For more information: Crafts America, LLC   P.O. Box 603   Greens Farms, CT 06838    203-254-0486        Email: info@craftsamericashows.com or www.craftamericashows.com

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291