Armory Art Center Offers Shorter Class Terms To Fit Your Busy Life

The Armory Art Center is now offering shorter class terms to fit into your busy lifestyle.  For students who want some time off during the summer but also need to prepare their portfolios, a 4 day workshop is being offered!  For adults, there are a multitude of options, including a new Drawing class and a Digital Photography class. There are day, evening and weekend options.  Plus, there are still some spots open for Summer Camp!  The Rickie Report shares the highlights here and reminds you that Gift Certificates are available for all classes. 

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

 

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Summer Art Camp

June 8th – August 14th
Ages 4½-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.

 

Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

 

Portfolio Prep Class

Portfolio Prep Class

 

 

Youth Classes

College Prep: Beginning Portfolio Development for High School Students Rising Freshmen and Sophomores (New)

Instructor: Liza Niles, Director of Education
For the first time the Armory is offering a 4 day intensive workshop for high school students who plan to study art in higher education and who want to begin to develop a portfolio. There will be homework, individual/group critiques and lots of creative thinking!

June 22-25th
Monday-Thursday, 5pm-7pm | 15S-KW18.1a
Tuition $150

 

 

 

Digital and Social Media

Building a Digital Photography Foundation

Instructor: Robert Swinson
A basic thorough intermediate digital photography class for SLR, Super Zooms, and advanced compact digital cameras with automatic and manual controls.

Beginning June 22nd
Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | 15U-RA18.1a
Tuition $160

 

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Drawing the Figure

"Figure" by Dennis Aufiery

“Figure” by Dennis Aufiery

 

Instructor: Dennis Aufiery
Draw with confidence. We will focus on basic perceptual skills and see the relationship between form, volume, weight, mass, and how they relate to each other.

Beginning June 24th
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | 15U-D8.3b
Tuition $233

DENNIS AUFIERY

Dennis Aufiery has studied with Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, Janet Fish and Graham Nickson among other distinguished artists. Mr. Aufiery has exhibited in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and South Florida as well as the Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and the Portland Museum of Art. Visit Dennis’ website at www.dennisaufiery.com.

I want to get below the surface of things when I make art.
I’m after something essential – something that moves me.
It all comes from life experience and my understanding of art, past and present. I want to communicate my experience and explore what is possible.
“Creativity takes courage”, said Matisse.
Creativity can take many forms. I am the kind of artist who is willing to work in many ways. I feel the potential of human expression is boundless. It’s all a matter of taking a risk.

Dennis Aufiery

 

 

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

 

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Armory Art Center Presents Image d’Or Prize-Winning Filmmaker & Lecture Plus Two Gallery Exhibits By Students

The Armory Art Center is bringing internationally acclaimed artist, Faten Safieddine to present her short film, “La Chrysalide”, and give a lecture.  She is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, having won the  Image d’Or Prize.  In addition, the public is invited to view the culmination of Armory Art Students’ work in printmaking, digital, and related arts plus drawing and painting workshops and classes.  Offering something for all ages, there are still spaces available at Summer Art Camp! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to see what a bounty of activities The Armory Art Center has to offer!  

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue      W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

 

Tuesday, June 2nd

6:30 – 7:30 pm

 Armory Art Center Library

 

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER

  FATEN SAFIEDDINE

FILM SHOWING AND LECTURE:

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Photography by Faten Safieddine

 

 

 

Internationally renown artist Faten Safieddine will show her short film “La Chrysalide” and talk about her work. This lecture is free and open to the public. In a dreamlike style, this film shows the struggle of women to extricate themselves from the yoke of the cultural and social conditioning and achieve freedom and fullness.

 

 

 

 

Born in Lebanon, Ms. Safieddine lives and works in Marrakesh and Paris. She was educated at the Sorbonne and the Université d’Abidjan and has shown her work throughout the Middle East, France and Canada.

 

Her photographic work explores the themes of the shadows, reflections and transparencies and has been the subject of several international exhibitions.  In addition to working as a photographer and film maker, Ms Safieddine is a journalist, art critic and writer focusing on culture and history. In 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned her to create a documentary on the restoration of the Minbar in the Grand Mosque of Koutoubia. The documentary received the Image d’Or prize in France.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

http://www.safieddine.org/

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faten_Safieddine

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 5th

ARMORY ART STUDENT RECEPTIONS

Exhibits Continue Through July 2nd

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

 

 

The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Printmaking, Digital, and Related Arts departments in the
Armory Art Center – Greenfield Gallery

 

 

 

The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Drawing and Painting departments.

 Armory Art Center – East Gallery

 

For further information and reception times please contact:561-832-1776

 

 

 

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Summer Art Camp

June 8th – August 14th
Ages 4½-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17

 

 

 

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.

 

 

Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

Learn more

Activities include:
A week filled with art education
Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
Field trips to local venues
Art show openings in July and August

 

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

FOR PICTURES FROM SPRING BREAK ART CAMP!

www.facebook.com/armoryartcenter

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

 

 

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Norman Berman Exhibits “My Art, My Faith” In SOLO Show

Award winning artist, Norman Berman will be exhibiting his paintings at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach, Florida. The exhibit will run from June 1, 2015 until July 10, 2015. There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday afternoon, June 7th.  Admission is free and open to the public.  The works displayed span the years from the 1980’s to the present.  The title of the exhibit, “MY ART, MY FAITH” emerged as Norman, in making selections for this show realized that his Judaic upbringing became a somewhat consistent theme in his abstract works. The Rickie Report shares the details and a conversation with Mr. Berman about his artistry.  

 

 

 

 

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WEISMAN DELRAY COMMUNITY CENTER

Presents

NORMAN BERMAN

 

 

“MY FAITH, MY ART”

Opening Reception:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

3 – 5 pm

This Event is free and open to the public

Exhibit runs from June 1 – July 10, 2015

Hours: Mon. –Thurs.  9 am – 5 pm
Fri. 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

7901 West Atlantic Avenue      Delray Beach, FL

(561) 558-2100

 

 

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Norman Berman At The Easel

 

 

 

Although Norman Berman is primarily an abstract artist he has also created a series of representational works which he calls “My Tallis (Prayer Shawl) Series. These images were initially conceived as imagery for his personal Jewish New Year cards in his abstract paintings with such titles as “The Sabbath Bride”, “Our Father, Our King”, “Job” and “By The Rivers of Babylon” are some examples of the coalescing of his “art and his faith”.

Award winning and nationally known artist Norman Berman presents a survey of his works. Berman’s subject matter ranges from Judaic themes to abstracts. He’s been creating artwork professionally for over 55 years.  He tells The Rickie Report, “For me, creating art is a challenge.  As I look at a work surface, I begin my conversation with it.  The surface says to me, ’Create something, I dare you!’  Therefore, my adventure begins!”  As one listens to Norman Berman share some of his life-stories, you must pay attention to details.  Looking at his artwork that should be no surprise.  It is these tidbits that make the whole.

 

TRR:  What were your early artistic influences?
NB:.

 

The only artwork on our walls at home was my Bar Mitzvah portrait ( an oil on canvas that was painted by a friend of father).  My introduction to art was at age four, when I accompanied my father, a shipping clerk in a men’s’ wear company, to work. The women in the office gave me a piece of paper, a red pencil, a black pencil and plopped me in a chair with the instructions to ‘draw something’.  I drew the American flag to keep myself occupied.  Over the years, I started to copy and draw comic book characters (Disney, Superman, and Batman, etc.). My father would take these drawings and hang them in his workplace and change them around – it was my first public gallery!
As the United States entered WWII, I was fascinated by US military aircraft, so I wrote to all of the aircraft companies for pictures.  They would send me these gorgeous lithographic prints!  My favorite was the P38, a double fuselage plane and very impressive to look at.  Around the same time, there was a kid in our neighborhood who was already in high school and must have been an art major. I would show him my airplane drawings and he showed me how to create perspective images: not linear perspective images going to a vanishing point, but looking down at buildings as if you were in an airplane. 

 

 

"The River Styx" by Norman Berman

“The River Styx” by Norman Berman

 

 

When I was 10 years old, I broke my elbow.  It was probably the beginning of my escapades with brittle bone disease, but we didn’t know about that until much much later. While at Israel Zion Hospital (now Maimonides), I used to draw the nurses in profile, with their little caps.  In elementary school, my art was always hanging in the classroom and the halls.

 

"Job" by Norman Berman

“Job” by Norman Berman

As a Junior High School student, one of my teachers recommended that I attend the High School of Music & Art. Living in Brooklyn, it was an hour and a half subway ride in the morning and evening rush hours which my parents weren’t happy about. We happened to live close to the neighborhood high school, Abraham Lincoln High School.  As a result, I ended up going to Lincoln which had a fabulous art department! That’s where I got my real training, in my approach to art.  In 10th grade, Herbert W. Yates got me interested in the importance of art history.
I started saving articles from “Life Magazine” that related to art and artists.  My father would pick up a copy at the newsstand every Saturday. I finally convinced him that it would be more convenient and less expensive to get a subscription!  After reading the entire magazine, I categorized the pictures with my own filing system into red envelopes.  My mother, who was also a voracious reader, would buy other magazines like ‘McCall’s’ and ‘Ladies Home Journal’.  Those magazines happen to have some of the top-notched illustrators of the time.

 

TRR:  Norman shares his “beshert” (Yiddish for “meant to be”) moment.  He takes us back to 1950.

NB:

Leon Friend was the Chairman of the Art Department and I was sitting in his Graphic Arts class – last row, second seat.  Leon says,’ DO YOU KNOW WHO SAT IN YOUR SEAT? ‘  I said, ‘No.’  Friend said, ‘Alex Steinweiss’.  This was like mentioning God!   Alex Steinweiss was an early graduate from Lincoln, who after graduating from Parsons School of Design, worked for Columbia Records. Steinweiss convinced his employers to change their marketing strategy to sell their long playing records.  Instead of wrapping the records in brown paper, they should create a book with the record inside.  Each book would have artwork on its cover.  Alex Steinweiss was responsible for the entire industry of record albums cover designs!

 

"Silent Devotion" by Norman Berman

“Silent Devotion” by Norman Berman

 

 

 

During my senior year, I prepared a portfolio and sent it out to the School Art League.  It is now May, 1952.  Mr. Friend comes into class and asks who we think should be the happiest person in the room today.  And then he says, ‘Norman, it’s you!  You just won the scholarship to Parsons School of Design! ‘I’m thinking that I’m following in the steps of Alex Steinweiss! I literally “fell out of my chair”!  In those days, we didn’t have cell phones.  I couldn’t even go down to the office to call my mother!   When I finally got home and shared my good news, my mother thought it was very nice.  Then we waited until my father came home to tell him.  I had already been accepted to tuition-free Brooklyn College.  What to do…  His father, a product of the Great Depression, didn’t want Norman to accept the scholarship.  (What if it wasn’t renewed after a year – they couldn’t afford tuition; what about the cost of supplies; they also wanted to send his brother to college in just more three years).

 

TRR: Norman returned to school and tell Mr. Friend the news. This dedicated teacher stayed until 7 pm the next evening to meet with Norman’s father in an attempt to convince him, even offering an extra $100. from the “Art Squad” to help defray costs. The answer was the same.  Norman’s father understood the need to be pragmatic. Norman would go to college, become a teacher and get a job.
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That summer I didn’t have a job. I walked the streets telling myself that I was going to Brooklyn College.  I psyched myself up about meeting new people and having new experiences. I had four good years at BC.

 

TRR:  Norman graduated from Brooklyn College and went back to his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School to student teach.

 

"Sabbath Bride" by Norman Berman

“Sabbath Bride” by Norman Berman

 

In September, 1960, Norman was set up by his brother’s fiancée on a blind date with a girl named Ethel.  The rest is history!  They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Ethel and Norman were married for almost 52 years. She was his strength, his staunchest supporter, his severest critic and the love of his life. As Norman points out, if he had gone to Parsons, he would not have ended up being introduced to his “beshert”, Ethel.  His first date was on Ethel’s birthday. They were married for 52 years… She passed away in July of 2013.

 

 

"Neshema" by Norman Berman

“Neshema” by Norman Berman

 

NB:

After graduating with my BA and MA from Brooklyn College, I taught Junior High and moved on to High School.  I concentrated on teaching painting as part of the curriculum, along with art history and color theory. From my own experiences, I encouraged my students to learn and research their subjects.  Research is an essential part of any good piece of artwork!   My favorite part of the curriculum was teaching painting.  I was privileged to have a number of students from the “Art Talent Classes”.  These were students who took art classes five days a week and showed promise.  I continued teaching and eventually became a supervisor (Assistant Principal) .  I taught in a few different schools and in 1983 was awarded the ‘Art Educator Award’ from the New York City Art Teacher’s Association/UFT and the Art Chairman’s Association in recognition of my outstanding service and commitment to art education.  I also held the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Queensborough College where I taught painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, advertising design and art history.  I finally retired in January, 1991.

 

"Our Father Our King, Aveenu Malkainu" Oil on Canvas by Norman Berman

“Our Father Our King, Aveenu Malkainu” Oil on Canvas by Norman Berman

 

 

TRR:  Tell us more about your own artwork.  On your website, you differentiate between two different types of art.  One is the “Prayer Shawl Series” and then “the rest”.

NB:

There is an interrelationship.  Some of my larger paintings incorporate Hebrew words from Jewish prayers.  The ‘Lecha Dodi’ piece that was on the Armory Art Center invitation, is from the prayer service which welcomes the Sabbath, as a bride.  Another powerful piece of bright yellow hues titled ‘AveenuMalkeinu’ (Our Father, Our King”, comes from the High Holy Day liturgy.   I created the ‘Prayer Shawl (‘Tallis’) Series’, one for each year’s Jewish New Year’s card for my family. These watercolors are representational in style.

 

"Minyan" by Norman Berman

“Minyan” by Norman Berman

 

 

During my studies at Brooklyn College, three or four faculty members really influenced me: Jimmy Ernst (son of Max), Carl Robert Holty( a disciple of Mondrian), and Harry Holtzman.  Stylistically, Jimmy showed me how calligraphy and linear work can influence a piece of artwork; how to allow just enough, without overpowering the piece.  Holty was a great “colorist” He taught me to take Mondrian’s rectangles and squares and change their edges from white to various tints and shades of color, allowing work to “float” in one plane over the other.  He helped me capture my creative imagination through color relationships.  Holty subscribed to Hans Hoffman’s theory of “Push and Pull”.  Holtzman, who never taught studio, explained the theory of modern art, abstract theory and how to analyze what the creative process was all about.  He was one of the people who managed to help Mondrian get into the U.S.  The faculty of Brooklyn College in the 50′s and 60′s were influential artists, bringing new ideas and changes to the art world. They were the top names in the Abstract Expressionist Movement.  Having Mark Rothko as a teacher certainly influenced me. I subscribe to the Abstract Art Movement’s credo “The act of painting is more important than the product.  As Mark Rothko says, “My paintings are made to engulf you.” There is a definitive biography of Rothko and I like one of his quotes which is “ART IS AN ADVENTURE INTO AN UNKNOWN WORLD, WHICH CAN BE EXPLORED ONLY BY THOSE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS.” Each time I start a new work, I am moving into an unknown world and taking new risks. That is what keeps me going!

 

"Lake of the Snow Moon" by Norman Berman ( Art Of Association Winner, 2014 at Lighthouse ArtCenter)

“Lake of the Snow Moon” by Norman Berman ( Art Of Association Winner, 2014 at Lighthouse ArtCenter)

 

At the same time as I was teaching, I was also creating and showing my own work.  I believe strongly that to be able to teach art, you must be involved in the creative process yourself!  You have to live through the agony of that blank canvas and the ecstasy of a finished piece of art.

TRR:  Does your art tell a story?
NB:

 

Good question!  Usually, my art does not tell a story because I normally don’t create narrative pieces of work. My piece, ‘Lake of Snow Moon’ is unusual in that aspect, for me. The initial little study for it (which I rarely do) was based on the weeds and reeds that I see every day from my kitchen window. When I decided to enlarge it to a full size watercolor the weeds and reeds became snow-covered pine trees. The title “The Lake of the Snow Moon” comes from the fact that the nickname for the full moon in February/March is called the “Snow Moon”. This painting was the second place ribbon recipient at the 2014 Art of Association Show at the Lighthouse Museum.   The toughest part of being an abstract painter is when people ask me , ‘well, what is that supposed to be?’  If my response is that I cannot tell them and they have to determine that for themselves, it sounds dismissive.  I don’t want to be that way.  The spectator has to be willing to engage and think and wonder ‘what does that look like?’ ‘what does it tell me’? I cannot do that for them.  I like the subtlety of color relationships and that shows in a majority of my work.  Even after graduation from Brooklyn College, I would go to Carl Holty’s studio and show him my work and talk about these theories.  Then I started to show my work in galleries in Greenwich Village, eventually moving to galleries uptown.

 

 

"Tekiyah" by Norman Berman

“Tekiyah” by Norman Berman

 

 

TRR:  What is your favorite part of being an artist?
NB:

 

When the piece is ready to sign!  Once I do that, I never go back to rework the painting.  I also like to see my work in a venue other than the walls in my house. The works look totally different in a gallery. I’ve exhibited widely in the New York Metropolitan area and my work appears in numerous private collections across the country.  The Queensborough Community College Gallery has my work in its permanent collection.  My work has been displayed in libraries, synagogues and churches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York as well as the Polish Consulate in Manhattan, the GE Gallery in Schenectady, NY and the SONY Gallery in New York City.

 

 

"Slowly Comes The Night" by Norman Berman

“Slowly Comes The Night” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  What tips would you give beginning artists?
NB:

Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!  Your images will grow and your style will develop. That is OK.  For me, selling my work is a secondary thought.  I love what I do.  But, at the same time, don’t be afraid to market yourself.  I know this is difficult because one is fearful thinking about it.  Most artists aren’t trained to sell their work.

 

 

 

 

"Eclipse" by Norman Berman

“Eclipse” by Norman Berman

TRR:  Can you take us through the process of a painting?
NB:

 

 

"Clock-Wise-Counter-Clockwise" by Norman Berman

“Clock-Wise-Counter-Clockwise” by Norman Berman

 

 

When we relocated to Florida, I moved away from working with oils.  Now I use watercolor.  I start out with a blank sheet of paper and add floating colors next.  After that, I bring in wide calligraphic lines, getting thinner and thinner to create an intricate ‘lace-like’ network. The final effort is to come up with a title.  I rarely work from sketches or small studies.  I put up a piece of illustration board, watercolor paper or canvas). I don’t buy this notion that art is for self-enjoyment. (That is for the hobbyist who is “making pictures”). Art is a challenge and hard work. I have to let my mind and brain create images through my hand that I find pleasing, interesting and challenging.  The one thing about the 1950′s and 1960′s about theories expounding at Brooklyn College was that the act of painting was more important than the product.  If you finish the product and you like it, sign and you’re done.  Fine.  If you finish a product that you don’t like, it is also fine to rip it up and throw it away.   In fact, in Mark Rothko’s class, he would have you create a piece of art, then tear it up and reconstruct it!

 

 

When I am finished with a painting, I sign it and that’s it!  That’s not a “beshert” moment.  It is an “Aha” moment.   When you look at your piece and know that it is enough, you are done.  If you’re not sure, stop painting and turn the piece facing the wall.  Turn it around and look at it in another 6 weeks.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  My best and most instant critic was Ethel…

 

"Neilah" by Norman Berman

“Neilah” by Norman Berman

 

TRR:  How do you recharge your creativity?
NB:

I like read about “art” whether in fiction or non-fiction.  When I reread two of my favorite books, “My Name is Asher Lev” and “The Gift of Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, the words deeply move me. While I was not as prolific as the fictional Asher Lev, I had many of the same experiences as he did, growing up in Brooklyn and although locales were “fictionalized” I knew exactly where they were.  I also enjoy Daniel Silva who’s protagonist is Gabriel Alon, an Israeli Mossad agent as well as a world famous art restorer.  I read books about artists. Their concepts and approaches to creativity help me, as you put it, to recharge my own creativity. As an adjunct to my paintings I am a “serious amateur photographer. I am the president of my community photo club. My approach to photograph is similar to my approach to my paintings. I look for the abstract elements in the subjects that I photograph. That is a way that I am constantly aware of the visual world around which eventually can be incorporated into my works.

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
NB:

I do have a physical limitation, which prevents me from working on large canvases, which I used to do in oils and in acrylics. I was diagnosed with ‘brittle bone disease’ (osteogenesisimperfecta). Because of my disability, I limit myself to working on full sheet or a double elephant size Arches’ Bright White 300 lb. Cold Press paper or 140 lb. Arches Bright White paper.  In reading a research paper about OI, it stated that those with the disease tend to be very optimistic people, with strong motivations.  We get up.  We do.  We are positive.  I hope more people find out about the OI Foundation.wwwOIF.org   My granddaughter, Mira, uses art as an outlet because she cannot run around like other kids, due to this brittle bone issue.

 

 

Norman Berman's "Self Portrait, Soul's Journey"

Norman Berman’s “Self Portrait, Soul’s Journey”

TRR: In 2012, Norman served as Coordinator for the Artists of Palm Beach County’s exhibit at the Armory Art Center.  He had no idea how complex this administrative job would become.  He comments, “Being an educator gives you a multiplicity of skills”.  He is a member on the Board of Directors of the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC).

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact
Norman Berman

561.434.0605

 www.normanberman.com

or  normberman12@gmail.com

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Summer Art Camp For Kids Ages 4.5 To 17 At Armory Art Center

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Their innovative theme weeks include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry,fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.  Activities are appropriate for ages 4.5 to 17.  The Rickie Report wishes we were younger as we share the details here. Extended child care is available.

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

Summer Art Camp

 

 

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June 8-August 14, 2015

Ages 4.5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Camp Hours: 9am – 4:30pm
Drop off/Pick-up: 8:30-9:00 and 4:30-5:00

Extended care is available for $60 per child per week
Extended care hours: 8:am-8:30am and 5:00-5:30pm

 

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Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry,fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.

 

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The Armory’s camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

 

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Activities include:
• A week filled with art education
• Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
• Field trips to local venues
• Art show openings in July and August

 

 

Armory Art Center Spring Break Art Activities

Armory Art Center Spring Break Art Activities

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PICTURES FROM SPRING BREAK ART CAMP!

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Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

 

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

The “Magical” Necklace by Susan Nessel, Student At The Armory Art Center

The Rickie Report knows that this time of year is one of flux and change, as people graduate and move onto another road in life’s journey.  The “Magical Necklace” is such a wonderful way to share the legacy of the time shared together. We thank Susan Nessel, a student at the Armory Art Center, for her creativity and willingness to share this lesson of gratitude. 

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

“The Magical Necklace”

 

Susan Nessel is a jewelry designer and metalsmith from Jupiter, FL. She wanted to convey her respect and admiration for her fellow artist and long time friend, Elizabeth Kleiman of Palm Beach, FL by presenting her with a Magical Necklace at a farewell party given in her honor at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.

 

 

Susanʼs idea was to have Elizabethʼs fellow artists in the Metal, Jewelry and Glass Departments at the Armory Art Center each create an individual bead representing their unique style of work. A necklace was then designed and fabricated by Susan incorporating all of the handmade pieces.  There was so much interest in the project from all of the artists wanting to show support for their fellow artist that the necklace became very long.

 

 

Kleiman wearing her Magical necklace

Elizabeth Kleiman wearing her Magical necklace

 

The very long Magical Necklace represents not only the respect and admiration for a long time friend by her peers but the true benefit and value of community and sharing in a creative and supportive environment made possible by the Armory Art Center.  Elizabethʼs commitment to the Armory for over 15 years will be greatly missed as she retires to Boston, MA.

 

 

 

 
The contributing artists include: Susan Nessel, Janice Weisler, Joe Brandom, Rishar Miranda, Ruth Hartman, Denise Delrusso, Nikki Trammell, Kirsten Lievendag, Aliza Gerstein, Pat Levey, Lisa Johnson, Gail Brader, Shari La Brenz, Ellen Levy, Camile Perrin, Gail Leavitt, Margo Gibson.

 

For more information about The Armory Art Center please visit:

www.armoryart.org

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Four Week Classes, Special Workshops and Youth Programs Abound At Armory Art Center

The Armory Art Center is offering an extensive number of four week classes, workshops and youth programs that make us want to sign up right now!  The Rickie Report gives you some of the highlights and urges you to check out everything they are offering. The new topics and renown faculty add to the excitement. Check out the dates  – “Figure in Costume” begins tomorrow!

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue     W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

Figure in Costume: A Focus on the Fetish
Leslie Albert

Monday, 9:30-12:30 pm | May 4th DW5.1a     Tuition: $50

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Figure in Costume: A Focus on the Fetish Leslie Albert

Many artists through the ages have used the clothed figure as inspiration and a challenge. This class will focus on the figure in costume, lending a theatrical quality to drawing the model. Life models will be used while wearing different styles of dress or accessories. Contempo­rary styles of drawing including ‘fetish’ modes will be dis­cussed as well. A variety of media including black and white and color will be used. Students will have the opportunity to draw the figure and costume incorporating texture, pattern, proportion and perspective into their drawings.

 

 

Pouring Paint
Roxene Sloate

 

Wednesday, 1:30 – 4:30pm | May 6th  PW8.3b   Tuition: $50

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Pouring Paint by Roxene Sloate

 

 

Learn to pour paint like Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock. We will be using acrylic paint and exploring different ways of mark making. Build up your image with transparent washes and glazing techniques. The painting experience suggests ideas that create the final concept.

 

The Art of Metal Clay Level 1
Nzingah Oniwosan

Saturday, May 9th | 9:30 am -12:30 pm JW11.6b  Tuition: $60

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Art Clay by Nzingah Oniwosan

 

Metal Clay takes the long practiced science of powered metallurgy and reintroduces it to the world as our newest eco-friendly fine metal art. Working with metal clays gives the freedom and beauty of precious jewelry or sculpture without the cost or mechanical inhibitions of some of the more traditional metal-smithing practices. The course is primarily student-led, with attending artists deciding the specific skills to be incorporated each week. This term we’re focusing on mixed metals. Techniques include firing around fittings, metal inlay, and incorporating wire.

 

 

 

Contemporary Painting: Techniques and Abstract Compositions
Vicki Siegel

Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | May 8th PW3.5a  Tuition: $45

Vicki Siegel, Contemporary Painting

Vicki Siegel, Contemporary Painting

Learn easy techniques to create your own unique abstract composition. Students will use acrylic paint and mixed media techniques to create a painting during the workshop.

 

 

Introduction to Kumihimo   Level 1
Nzingah Oniwosan

Saturday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 9th
Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | August 8th
Tuition: $50   JW11.6a

Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. Originally used to braid lacing for the Samurais’ armor, today it is a fun and popular jewelry making technique. Students will learn how to make 8 and 16 strand round braids (Kongoh-gumi) on the Kumihimo Disk. You will learn how to read “pattern,” warp (thread) your Kumihimo Disk, and plan a project.

 

Printmaking 101

Ron Garrett

Monday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 11th RAW21.1b1    Tuition: $50 each

 

Printmaking by Ron Garrett

Printmaking by Ron Garrett

 

Students will create monotypes (painterly prints) and collagraphs (relief). Learn how to use a printing press to reproduce art prints. Everyone will discover secrets behind processes that great artists have used and that contemporary artists continue to explore.

 

Order in Chaos
Nune Astrayan

Tuesday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 12th PW3.2a1    Tuition: $45 each

Order in Chaos by Nune

Order in Chaos by Nune Astrayan

 

Develop and finish your artwork in any media. In this workshop you will have a fun, free, and intuitive process of beginning your artwork in “chaos” with color, texture, pattern, and mark making and then bring “order.”

 

 

Collage & Color
Leslie Albert

Thursday, 1:30-4:30 am | May 14th RAW5.4b  Tuition: $50

 

Collage and Color with Leslie

Collage and Color with Leslie Albert

 

Exploring the medium of collage as an art form of experimentation, flexibility, and personal language. Found objects and images, transparent and textured papers, photo transfer, block printing, paper weaving, and other experimental techniques are encouraged. Transparent and opaque color relationships are discussed as well as the use of abstract and representational imagery.

 

 

The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
Susan Wilders

Saturday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | May 16th PW35.6a1   Tuition: $50

 

 

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Chinese Brush painting with Susan Wilders

In this accelerated workshop you will learn the basic elements of Chinese Brush Painting and some of the master stroke techniques such as the flower, bird, and landscape. You can experiment with line and elaborate style on Chinese paper and on silk.

 

 

iPhoneography: Exploring Photography with a Cell Phone

Robert Swinson

 

Monday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm | May 18th   RAW6.1a  Tuition: $55

Iphoneography with Robert Swinson

Iphoneography with Robert Swinson

 

 

Not just for Apple iPhone, but also iPads and Android devices, this 3-hour workshop will cover the how-to’s of capturing, editing, and sharing photographs using the handiest of cameras, our cell phones. The class includes provided handouts and covers a variety of apps from the basics provided with your phone to many of the optional camera editing and sharing options available. Students should bring to class their camera equipped smart phone or tablet device with a charged battery and eagerness to learn this exciting new genre of photography.

 

 

FOUR WEEK CLASSES

 

*NEW*  Free-form Peyote Jewelry
Pamela Trevisan

 

Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 69.2c
Session 5: April 28 – May 19 & May 26-June 16
Tuition $160 per 4-week session | Lab fee: $40

 

 

 

Peyote Jewelry with

Peyote Jewelry with Pamela Trevisan

 

 

Free-form peyote is a blend of stitches and beading techniques with no rules! We will learn to incorporate different bead weaving stitches beyond peyote such as netting and herringbone to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. Beads and found objects of different sizes and shapes will be incorporated. I love seashells so, bring along your special found objects and let’s get creative! While the studio will supply some equipment, please see the material list provided by registration for more information.

 

Contemporary Constructions:

Fabrication Techniques in Jewelry

Betsy Lewis

 

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 15S-J24.5b
Fridays, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm 15S-J24.5b
Tuition $160 | Lab Fees: $ 32.00

Contemporary Jewelry with Betsy Lewis

Contemporary Jewelry with Betsy Lewis

The goal of this class is to carry out a variety of experiments to enhance the creative design process. Forms of jewelry that will be examined during this class are rings, pendants, and brooches. Through techniques such as metal carving, surface manipulation, sheet and wire construction, and cold connections, students will learn alternative approaches to building wearable adornment. This class requires basic sawing, filing, and soldering

 

Bead Embroidery
Pamela Trevisan

Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm |  $160 | Lab Fee $40

 

 

Bead Embroidery Bracelet with Pamela Trevisan

Bead Embroidery Bracelet with Pamela Trevisan

 

 

Learn how to create stunning jewelry using bead embroidery techniques. We will learn different ways to sew beads onto fabric and how to bezel set a cabochon using a peyote stitch. We will also learn to make a template and choose a color wave for our designs. It’s like painting with beads!

 

 

YOUTH

 

COLLEGE PREP

*NEW* Beginning Portfolio Development for High School Students: Rising Freshmen and Sophomores
Liza Niles, Director of Education

Monday-Thursday, June 22nd-25th    5pm-7pm    Tuition: $150

Portfolio Prep Class

Portfolio Prep Class

 

For the first time the Armory is offering a 5 day intensive workshop for high school students who plan to study art in higher education and who want to begin to develop a portfolio. We will explore different styles in art and artists to further develop your own identity as an artist. You will learn how to present yourself and your work in digital format in preparation for pre-college summer school, school assignments and college applications. There will be homework, individual/group critiques and lots of creative thinking!

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PREP

*NEW* Communication Arts Intensive Workshop
Mark Fetterly

Monday-Friday, June 8th-12th | 5 pm-6:30 pm  Tuition: $75

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Communication Arts

Don’t just report the news—be the news! Emphasis will be on presentation of audition components, as well as participation in a timed creative writing prompt and mock interview. This course offers all the tools to get you most prepared for the Middle School Communications audition. This includes reading from a teleprompter like a professional news reporter, preparing an ad for a magazine, using images, and writing a creative story within 15 minutes.

 

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Armory Art Salon Presents: Sensing Space Inside Out And Outside In With Carol Prusa

The Armory Art Center offers special opportunities to meet, connect, and discuss art  at the next Art Salon. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, led by Elle Schorr. Topics cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and share useful resources.  Internationally known contemporary artist, Carol Prusa,  will be the guest presenter at the next Art Salon on Tuesday, May 5th.  Please note that this is the last Art Salon for this season. Salons will resume on the first Tuesday of each month, starting in October. 

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AT THE MAY ART SALON:

TUESDAY, MAY 5th, 2015

 

Fearful Symmetry – Sensing Space Inside Out and Outside In

 

PRESENTED BY CAROL PRUSA

 

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$10. Fee to Attend

Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

"I Dreamed You" by Carol Prusa

“I Dreamed You” by Carol Prusa

 

 

 

Carol Prusa tells The Rickie Report, “Contemplating what it means to make something from nothing, I will discuss the creation of context, content and meaning through the installation of my work and the evolution of my visual language from inner space to expression in outer space.”

 

 

 

"Entanglement" by Carol Prusa

“Entanglement” by Carol Prusa

 

 

 

Galileo’s quote from Il Saggiatore that says: “[The Universe] is written in the language of mathematics and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.” Carol says, “It resonates with how I know things. I explore symmetry, infinity, the void, complexity and emergent forms as a gateway to creating my worlds.”

 

 

"Paradise" by Carol Prusa

“Paradise” by Carol Prusa

 

 

“My work references the organic nature of life and connection to geometry. Paul Valery wrote, ‘The Universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.’ I plumb that intellect for its vital beauty, attempting to visually deliver a ‘theory of everything’ as comprehensively as a physicist”, she explains.

 

 

 

"Fertile" by

“Fertile” by Carol Prusa

 

 

Internationally known for her contemporary and large scale use of silverpoint, Carol Prusa currently teaches painting as a Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. She has been in numerous exhibitions and was awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists (2002, 2008). Her work is in private and public collections worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Carol Prusa In The Studio

Carol Prusa In The Studio

 

 

 

ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.

 

 

Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr. Schedule of upcoming Art Salons and Videos of past Art Salon Presentations are now available at  http://www.elleschorrphotography.com. Upcoming Art Salons are also listed at http://www.armoryart.org/ArtSalons.

 

DIRECTIONS:

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

SOLO Exhibit At Cultural Council Of Palm Beach County Features Karen Salup’s Vibrant Paintings

As an abstract expressionist, Karen H. Salup concentrates on the action of painting as opposed to a recognizable concrete image. The brushstrokes act like vibrations of color to allow her paintings to come alive. Painting in her studio in Boynton Beach she concentrates on the canvas and works on paper “avoiding the pretty.” She invites the viewer to experience what seems to be her private interpretation into her landscapes of rhythm and imagery. Very active in the art world, she is on the board of Women in the Visual Arts and is involved with National Association of Women Artist, Florida and New York Chapters, Palm Beach Watercolor Society and is the Incoming President for Women in the Visual Arts. Salup has exhibited nationally and has won multiple awards for her work. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and details here.

 

 

 

 

KAREN SALUP

SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 pm

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

This Event Is Open To The Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd

 

 

"Blue Conversion" by Karen H Salup

“Blue Conversion” by Karen H Salup

 

 

A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Karen Salup will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The public is invited to the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015.For more information please visit www.palmbeachculture.com or call (561) 471-2901.

 

 

"Birthday Celebration" by Karen H Salup

“Birthday Celebration” by Karen H Salup

 

 

For three decades, Karen H. Salup has been intriguing audiences across the country with her paintings. A native New Yorker, Karen’s work has been featured in several galleries and exhibits throughout Florida and New York with solo shows at Viridian and Jain Marunouchi Galleries.

 

"Mountain Stream" by Karen H Salup

“Mountain Stream” by Karen H Salup

Using acrylic, watercolor, and pastels on canvas and paper, Karen H. Salup creates a world that vibrates with bold colors and bright light paired with brushstrokes that evoke a strong sense of movement and energy. Her paintings begin with a theme of nature, but invariably evolve into an imaginative creation that invites interpretation from the audience. Karen’s work is influenced from Impressionism to Deconstructionism to Abstract Expressionism.

 

 

"Untitled Landscape" by Karen H Salup

“Untitled Landscape” by Karen H Salup

 

 

Karen tells us, “As with artists of every era, I suppose I’m searching for a kind of underlying unity and order that takes into account the materials on hand, a method, and a fairly clear personal point of view. Form, space, content and especially the qualities of colour and light. As a painting evolves, I find myself making changes which when made, then reveal and suggest other possible directions. Thus, there is an ongoing shift of centers of interest, if not in the basic structure itself.  The works vibrate with color, come alive with brushstrokes, images fight to appear and references to nature seem apparent. The freshness of the gesture allows the viewer to feel the painting develop as though we were making the decisions to add, subtract, change colors and play with the space.”

 

 

"Crystallize" by Karen H Salup

“Crystallize” by Karen H Salup

 

Karen studied at CW Post and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her mentor, artist and sculptor, Jerry Okimoto, motivated her to become an “action painter”.  Her main artistic influences are Jackson Pollock and Willem de Koonig.  Karen is extremely active in the art community, serving on the Board of Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA)as Incoming President, membership in the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the Boca Raton Artist Guild Association.

 

 

"The Storm" by Karen H Salup

“The Storm” by Karen H Salup

 

Karen’s artistry has been exhibited nationwide, with many awards as well as SOLO and Group exhibitions.  Most recently, her work has been seen at “Continuum”, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy; Northwood University; Coral Springs Art Museum; Armory Art Center and ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Her artwork has been included and reviewed in numerous national as well as local publications.  Karen’s artwork is in Corporate Collections of Reynolds Metal Inc., VA; Boston Corporate Art; Merchants Bank of New York City; Amalgamated Bank of New York City;  and Paintingsdirect.com when she was selected to be involved at the beginning, of an online source of  art exposure and sales. 

 

For more information about Karen’s artwork, please visit:

http://www.karenhsalup.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:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Vicki Siegel’s SOLO Exhibition Engages In A Dialogue About The Nature Of Connections

Vicki Siegel’s use of multiple images, using photography and painting, will intrigue and fascinate viewers at her SOLO Exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Her contemporary art works are a dialogue about the nature of connections: biological, psychological, emotional, physical and universal. Siegel’s artistry is a narrative that is informed by memories, both personal and collective. She worked as an art director and creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. Siegel works in her Delray Beach studio creating mixed media works that are both emotional and introspective. Siegel has exhibited extensively in South Florida and can be found in multiple private and corporate collections.  The Rickie Report shares a few images and the details about the SOLO Exhibit as well as an Artist Talk.  The public is welcome and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet this artist.

 

 VICKI SIEGEL

New Contemporary Paintings

SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 p.m.

Artist Lecture:

May 2nd  3 p.m.

Please RSVP for the Lecture  561.471.2901

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue        Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

 

These Events Are Open To The Public

 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

 

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd

 

A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Vicki Siegel will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015. The Artist Reception will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. For more information please visit www.palmbeachculture.com or call (561) 471-2901.  

 

 

 

"Wired" by Vicki Siegel

“Wired” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

Vicki Siegel is part of an emerging genre of artists that are transcending the boundary between painting and photography. She is a narrative artist who explores issues of identity, connectivity and the environment. Each painting unites a particular memory or moment in time with a world that is part fantasy and part reality. To achieve this, painting, drawing and image transfers of photographs can be found in each mixed media painting, creating a dreamlike atmosphere with a surreal sense of space.

 

 

 

"Transformation" by Vicki Siegel

“Transformation” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

The use of multiple images and the comparison of images has always been a theme of Vicki Siegel’s paintings and photographs. “I begin each work with an idea or a social issue that I want to narrate.” Siegel said. “Then, I work with a model and/or take photographs that I incorporate into the painting. In the studio, I begin experimenting until the vision that I have in my mind becomes a physical work of art.”

 

"Birds Of A Feather" by Vicki Siegel

“Birds Of A Feather” by Vicki Siegel

 

Fascinated by paint, acrylic paint in particular, Siegel experiments with the paint itself, utilizing unusual techniques such as acrylic encaustic, poured, dripped or paint skins. “I love experimenting with paint, pushing the boundary of what it can do in both 2 and 3 dimensions.”
“South Florida’s natural landscape has also been an influence in my work,” Siegel said. “but the human form always seems to find its way into my paintings.” The current work that will be shown at her solo show at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County explores the connectivity and boundaries between individuals in our society and nature.

 

"Nature Unbound" by Vicki Siegel

“Nature Unbound” by Vicki Siegel

 

Siegel began taking figure drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago when she was 16 years old. She got her BFA and then went on to do graduate work in Italy. She worked in advertising as an art director and then a creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. “I continued to make art while working in advertising until I finally decided to do it full time. Vicki now shows her work extensively and teaches painting at the Armory and at Delray Center for the Arts as well as holding workshops. She currently has work in “Adornment” at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach and at the Faculty Exhibit at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.
An artist talk, “Process and Method in Contemporary Painting” connected to the Cultural Council Solo show will be held at the Cultural Council building at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth on May 2, at 3 p.m. For more information, call (561) 472-3336 or go to www.palmbeachculture.com/artist-lectures to RSVP.

 

 

For more information about her artwork, please contact Vicki Siegel at:

vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegelart@gmail.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:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

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Armory Art Center Announces New Classes and Workshops

The Armory Art Center’s new catalog will entice you with the varied opportunities to be inspired and learn a new artistic technique or skill. There is something here for all ages! The supportive staff is eager to help you create, from ceramics to sculpture, from jewelry to painting, from drawing to printmaking or collage. The Rickie Report highlights some particularly interesting classes and workshops. The new semester begins April 27th.  We also supply a link to the entire catalog.  Happy creating!

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

 

Class Session 5:   April 27 – June 20, 2015

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

 

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Close-up of Basket Fibers by Mary Catello

 

 

 

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

 Here are a few highlights from the Catalog that we want to share with you!

 

 

SPECIAL COURSES,

ART GROUPS,

PARTIES !

PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS

 

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“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” -Shakti Gawain

 

 

EVENING CRITIQUE SEMINAR

Wednesday, April 15th  6:00 – 8:00 pm

With Cheryl Brutvan,

Director of Curatorial Affairs / Curator of Contemporary Art, Norton Museum of Art

Inspiration isn’t easy and often artists need a push to progress. Insight from critics spark ideas that help the artists take the next leap forward with their work. We are pleased and honored to host Wednesday evening critiques given by professional and superb curators for serious artists in any medium. 8 students maximum may participate per session. Audit students are welcome. Please see registrar for more information.

Registered students: $40 per session Audit students: $10 per session

 

 

ARTISTIC VESSELS &

TRADITIONAL BASKETS

Mary Catello takes you on an adventure into basketry. Functional baskets are still being made today with the same methods that date back in time. We will explore both traditional functional design and artistic interpretations. Paper, reed, found, and harvested materials will be used. Other mediums such as paint and encaustics may be added to finish or embellish. Gourds may be incorporated as a part of the structure. Technique and creativity are encouraged so each student can experiment and design their own vessels. The workshop will strive to complete one basket from a pattern(s) and one free design. Instructor will provide a kit of supplies at the following prices: no basketry experience $40; some basketry experience $65. Supplies are provided by the instructor and fees apply per class.

Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 5: April 27th – June 15th (no class on May 25th) Tuition: $280

 

 

 

 

POP UP WORKSHOP:

FIBER DYE WORKSHOP 

 

 

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“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” -Eugéne Delacroix

 

SUMMER ART CAMP

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Pop Up Workshops – 1st Saturdays

Turn your drawings and paintings into fun. Create fantastic characters and places and learn new techniques of composition and mixing colors. Explore the world of imagination in this drawing and painting workshop. The emphasis is on creativity, technique, and free expression with Sandra Gover.

Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm  Session 5: May 2nd – June 20th
Tuition: $120 | Lab fee: $24
Session 6: June 27th – August 15th (no class on July 4th) Tuition: $105 | Lab fee: $21

 

Trust the still small voice that says “This might work and I’ll try it.” -Diane Mariechild

 

Preschool Readiness through Art

On the first Saturday of every month the Armory offers a special workshop just for kids with Beth Sloat! Children have fun learning various techniques in a variety of media and leave with a finished product at the end of each workshop. All materials are included in the cost of tuition.

This program is designed for 2 1⁄2 to 4 year olds and their parent/caregiver. Help your child prepare for preschool and kindergarten by seeing what they know and how they learn. Take part in fun activities with your children with the guidance of an artist/teacher. After each class, children will have artwork that can be displayed at home. Class size is limited to six children. The program promotes and enhances:

• Developmental skills & overcoming benchmarks • Development of motor & social skills
• Development of vocabulary
• Parent & child connections

• Creative expression, self-esteem, & stimulating imagination

COLLEGE PREP –

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

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Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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