17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival Has Broad Appeal

Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes its 17th Annual Spring craft fair, April 12 – 13, 2014.  This festival features a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable, unique gift items with broad appeal.  A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. The Rickie Report is pleased to share these details and feature artist Robert Ramaglia, a distinguished silversmith, whose work is timeless.

 

 

17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

April 12 – 13, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

 

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

 

Free and open to the public

 

 

The 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair will make the area into a full gallery of art, crafts, food and specialty garden supplies.  Osceola Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver to provide festival patrons with an ideal experience. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

 

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

 

 

 

Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Robert Ramaglia

 

Robert Ramaglia has been a silversmith for over 25 years. Silversmithing, combined with originality, technical expertise, quality workmanship and service, has been a benchmark for many years. The result is extreme the best prices and a large, loyal customer base.
Rainbow Casilica Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Rainbow Casilica Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Besides custom jewelry, Robert Ramaglia does antique restoration and repairs on: Silver, Copper, Gold, Pewter, Brass, and lamp rewiring. He is a retired consultant on eating disorders for many years in Philadelphia, PA. who currently lives in Port St. Lucie, Fl with his wife, Eileen.
Black Onyx pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Black Onyx pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Silver smithing was a hobby that just got out of control! Robert’s jewelry was so in demand he started to do it for a living. All of his jewelry pieces are original designs made with the finest sterling silver and semiprecious stones from around the world.
Chinese Happiness by Robert Ramaglia

Chinese Happiness by Robert Ramaglia

This style of silver smithing is the “olde” technique used since Paul Revere.  Robert has used his skills to fashion these artistic pieces into modern jewelry that are timeless and eternally fashionable. The result is a unique, signed piece of wearable art! – jewelry.
Kingman Turquoise pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Kingman Turquoise pendant by Robert Ramaglia

For more information please contact Robert Ramaglia at  Cell: (954) 562-6302 or Studio Phone Number: (772) 621-7825  or Email: advance100@bellsouth.net.   You can visit his website http://yeoldesilversmith.etsy.com

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

10th Coral Springs Festival of the Arts Offers FREE Art Giveaway and More

Coral Springs will Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Signature Art Festival Fine Art & Craft Exhibit with live music, literary workshops, children’s activities, a Green Market and theatrical performances!  There will also be a FREE art give away by featured artist, Christopher Morris. He turns everyday objects into extraordinary works of Alphabet Letter Art! The Rickie Report knows you’ll enjoy this event on March 15th and 16th and shares the details here.

 

 

 

10th Annual

 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts     

 

March 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm  

           

The Walk on University Drive in Coral Springs    

                          

Navigational address:  2874 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065      

                

Support the Arts, the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

The 10th Anniversary of the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is slated for March 15-16, 2014.  This annual art extravaganza is a true celebration of the arts and will once again transform The Walk on University Drive into a first class outdoor art gallery.  The festival is hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. and the city of Coral Springs, is produced by Howard Alan Events, the country’s top festival promoter. 

 

 

 

"BEACH" by Christopher Morris will be the FREE Art Giveaway!

“BEACH” by Christopher Morris will be the FREE Art Giveaway!

 

 

This two-day outdoor fair has become the city’s signature event complete with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances, literary workshops, a children’s area, a Green Market and a full line-up of live music. Partial proceeds from the festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

Additional Information At-A-Glance:

  • Juried first-class outdoor gallery showcasing local and national artists & crafters
  • Fine Art Show
  • Contemporary Craft Show
  • Hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. & the City of Coral Springs
  • Produced by Howard Alan Events
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 200 artists and crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists and crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Theatrical performances
  • Literary workshops
  • Children’s activity area
  • Full line-up of live music

 

 

 Christopher Morris Turns Everyday Objects into Extraordinary Works of Alphabet Letter Art!

Chris Morris is the photographer behind The Alpha Canvas. Though he did not set out to be a professional photographer, he has been enjoying photography professionally for a number of years. With his wife, Christa and son, Silas, the Morris family searches the countryside, looking for interesting objects that will make unique letter photographs.

"Pittsburgh"

“Pittsburgh”

In doing so, special attention is paid to make sure that no alphabet photo is staged or manipulated. Recently, with the addition of the gallery wrapped canvases, Chris has had the opportunity to showcase some of his other photography.

"Forever"

“Forever”

Taking the photographs for each of the backgrounds as well as the letters allows him to photograph and display beauty in a multitude of ways. In addition, Chris takes care and pride in the finish work of the artwork. From the printing and stretching of the canvases to the cutting of the mats and making the frames, Chris performs every aspect of this work.

"Family"

“Family”

 

With each purchase from The Alpha Canvas, 10% of sales will be used to directly support various Christian humanitarian and orphan relief agencies. The Morris family has a heart and a calling to continue to be involved in the Christian mission field and has hopes that The Alpha Canvas will be a fundraising catalyst for stateside and overseas mission trips.

 

 

 

"Hope"

“Hope”

 

 

In addition to the 10% of sales that is donated, all proceeds from the“Hope” canvas goes directly to Orphan Voice, a Christian orphan-relief ministry. The Morris family had the great joy and privilege of spending over two months in Vietnam working alongside this organization, and they hope to continue to support the work of this ministry.

 

"Love"

“Love”

For more information about Chris’ photography and mission, please visit: www.thealphacanvas.com  or email thealphacanvas@gmail.com

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.: 

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists. 

 

 

For additional information on the 10th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com, email  info@artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: February 26, 2014 at 8:16:02 PM EST
To: Malinda Ratliff <malinda@artfestival.com>
Malinda,
Attached is the image for the give away. It is a photograph printed on canvas and gallery-wrapped.  It can just be titled “Beach” & the value for the size we are giving away is $55 (size is 12″x21″).  Please let me know if any other information is needed (I’m not sure if another email was sent previously; however, this is the only one that I received after speaking with you on the phone).

Thanks a bunch.

Chris

 

 

Lauderdale by Sea is Perfect Place to Learn More About Crafts

The 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival will showcase crafts created by artists in the United States. This event takes place March 8 & 9, 2014.  We hope you take the time to explore the world of craft and especially look at Lorraine Vogel‘s jewelry which is created with polymer clay. The Rickie Report shares some background about this medium which continues to grow in popularity, produces fascinating forms and sophisticated accessories for home and body.

 

 

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

 

March 8 – 9, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

A1A and Commercial Boulevard

 

Navigational Address:  4400 North Ocean Drive,

Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308

 

To Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

The finest crafters in the country will descend upon this South Florida community when Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns March 8 – 9, 2014. The show will take place in its original location in downtown, just a short distance from the beach.  The displays, with a wide variety of original and affordable crafts, will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival

 

 

A layer of Lorraine Vogel's Polymer Clay

A layer of Lorraine Vogel’s Polymer Clay

 

 

 

Lorraine Vogel

 

One medium that is becoming more popular is polymer clay.  The color ranges are as open as your imagination!  Polymer clay is, as the name implies, a bendable polymer compound for artists and crafters. It’s not true clay (which is fine particles of silicate suspended in water) but  is pliable like clay.  Polymer clay is comprised of fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer.

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

 

 

What makes polymer clay special is its versatility. It comes in dozens of colors, and you can blend clays together like paints to make your own colors. Since the color is inherent in the particles, you can also work two or more colors together without blending them to create special effects such as cane working and marbling. The clay’s pliability and ductility let you use techniques from glasswork, textile arts, and sculpture. Because polymer clay doesn’t dry out, it can be sculpted and formed it without worrying about a time limit. It is baked to cure or harden the clay. (courtesy of www.dickblick.com)

 

Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

 

Lorraine Vogel, a fine crafter from Delray Beach, creates one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry pieces.   She tells The Rickie Report, “Because my background is in the graphic arts, my jewelry designs are clean and bold with a tropical flair.”  It is important to point out that these designs are not painted, but created through painstaking layering, shaping, cutting and melding the polymer clay strata. 

 

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel

 

Lorraine uses an ancient Japanese metalworking technique called Mokume Gane and incorporates stamping to create my pieces. Her creations have a consistent South Florida tropical feel.   Mokume Gane (pronounced moe-koo-may-GAHN-ay) is a Japanese term for “woodgrained metal”.  In polymer clay terms, it is a method of stacking, constructing and layering polymer clay, which is then impressed , or in Lorraine’s case, stamped and then cut in various ways to achieve a myriad of interesting and beautiful designs.

 

 

For more information about Lorraine’s designs please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WiredOrchidJewelry/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

 

For more information about polymer clay please contact the Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild at sefpcg.com  

 

About American Craft Endeavors: 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit   www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

 

Joseph Ferris Presents Ideal Valentine’s Day Gifts at 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

The 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Original Handmade Crafts & Unique Affordable Items = Distinctive Memorable Gifts.  Joseph Ferris, a metal artist, is being featured.  The Rickie Report knows his colorful and distinctive work will make decisions tough!  More details about the Festival and Joseph’s art are in this article.

 

 

17th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

 

 

February 1st  &  2nd , Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue

Support the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Local Economy

Free and open to the public

 

"Black, Red, White" by Joseph Ferris

“Black, Red, White” by Joseph Ferris

 

The finest crafters in the country will converge upon Downtown Delray Beach with their newest work and a wide selection of original handcrafted items, sure to entice those looking for unique Valentine’s Day gifts.  This eclectic display will feature a full spectrum of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, stained glass and much more.  The prices are set to suit all budgets. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

"Primary Abstract" Framed

“Primary Abstract” Framed

 

 

The artists and crafters will line their booths along 4th Avenue, North and South of Atlantic Avenue, creating an outdoor gallery style exhibit. They will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their art and techniques as well as accept new commissions.  This annual tradition is produced by American Craft Endeavors, Florida’s largest producer of first class craft fairs. The exhibitors have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure diverse art media and quality work.

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival

 

 

There will be a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass.

 

 

Wall Clock

Wall Clock

 

Joseph Ferris 

 

 

Joseph first began working with metal at the age of 13. His  talents were instantly recognized and his instructor encouraged him to enter a Michigan State Industrial Arts competition. He did so, placing First in the Regional Competition and went on to place Second in the State  Competition.   Joseph studied for four years under Eugeen Wolonick, master Craftsman of Metal Working Techniques. It was here that Joseph’s imagination and skill reached new and exciting levels.  He went on to Western Michigan University taking on heavy class loads of drawing and industrial design courses along with a strong emphases in physics, mathematical theory and equations which he uses daily in the creation of his art.   These early experiences and training created the foundation which led Joseph to become the successful artist that he is today.

 

 

Wall Art

Wall Art

 

 

Joseph has received numerous awards from prestigious art shows around the United States. He has been commissioned to do metal sculptures and furniture for Private Collections, Corporate Buildings and Galleries.  

 

"B" Framed

 


Joseph utilizes a variety of metals and materials to create unique and unusual metal sculptures and sculptural furniture. Living in Florida has brought to his work the use of color which he incorporates in his already exciting pieces.  Joseph’s outstanding contemporary metal art, metal wall sculptures , and metal art clocks  have won numerous awards for over 20 years.

 

Wall Art

Wall Art

 

 

His art studio is located in Boca Raton, FL because Joseph believes that Palm Beach County offers such beautiful areas to expand an artist creativity.  His garden art and decorative clocks add a beautiful sense of motion  to his sculptured art designs.  His contemporary metal art uses added  depth and dimension often resulting in a hanging sculpture rather than just a flat image. The addition of bright colors in his abstract metal art, artistic clocks and metal sculptures create further visual impact and make his art the perfect for any home or office. The ability to customize  the size and color of his sculptures and contemporary abstract art enable  clients to work directly with Joseph to create that perfect art piece.

 

 

For more information about Joseph’s art work, please visit  http://www.artisticweld.com/  or Call  561-451-3521 or  Cell  561-302-4330  or email him at artisticweld@yahoo.com

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

For additional information on the 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Linda Golden Brings Age-Old Felting Techniques to Contemporary Styles!

Look at the fashions and you know that felted accessories have been making a HUGE comeback!   This age-old technique is easy to learn (we’ve done it and love the outcome ) and the results are always inspired! For those who may find knitting too strenuous (seriously – you have to keep count of those stitches and rows), this is a terrific creative opportunity! This article details a new class at the Armory Art Center with Linda Golden.  The Rickie Report invites you to come and FELT!  No experience necessary!

 

 

Armory Art Center Logo 2012

 

 

Introduction To Nuno Felting

Level: All

Instructor:  Linda Golden        RA15.5A

Friday and Saturday October 18/19, 2013

10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuition:    One Day = $100,    Two Day = $200

Lab Fee: $55

 armory art center

1700 parker avenue w.p.b., fl 33401

 (561) 832-1776

 armoryart.org

 

The process of felting dates back to the Iron Age, and has been practiced by cultures all over the world. The United States is a relatively new country with no feltmaking tradition. In the 1980’s felting became popular as a renewed interest in the use of natural fibers took hold. Learn a brand new skill!  You will work with silk and merino wool roving and batt to create a beautiful scarf or neck wrap. All materials are provided, and instructor will have additional materials for sale. No experience is necessary. You will leave with a completed piece of wearable art.

 

 

 

Silk and Wool infinity wrap

Silk and Wool Infinity Wrap
The neck wrap in the picture above is a prototype for we will be doing in this workshop.  It is all Nuno Felting and a size that can be worked on and completed in two days.
There is an approximate 30% shrinkage factor so we start with much longer pieces of silk than we end up with. If someone does not want to join the two ends to make an infinity wrap, they can make a long scarf.  A short scarf is not such an ambitious first project, but one that always looks great so everyone is happy!

This is a medium that needs no artistic ability to do and that helps a lot of people who other wise would not sign up for this kind of workshop.

Cotton and Wool "BoHo" Scarves

Cotton and Wool “BoHo” Scarves

 

Each felted scarf is different depending on the wools you choose.  Mixing fabrics is not only in style, but a fun way to show your individuality!

 

Polly Blakney Stirling is a professional textile designer known for her contemporary approach to creating hand made felt.  Since 1990, she has been entranced with the transformations of the rich textile we know as “felt”.   According to her website, in 1994 Polly and her assistant, Sachiko Kotaka, developed the technique they termed “Nuno Felt.” She explains,” By manipulating a minimum amount of wool fiber through a fine base weave we could make a felted fabric with characteristics quite different from traditional felt.  Nuno felt is lightweight with drape and flexibility.  Courtesy of www.wildturkeyfeltmakers.com

 

 Linda Golden has extensive experience in creating art  to wear in a wide variety of mediums.  Her class will put you on the path to a new adventure!

Cashmere and Merino Large Infinity Wrap

Cashmere and Merino Large Infinity Wrap

A shawl, a collar, a scarf… So many possiblities!

 

Merino Wool and Silk Throw

Merino Wool and Silk Scarf/Throw

Please visit  lindagoldenart.com to see more of Linda’s amazing creativity (jewelry and felting). Or contact her by email at
Lgolden8147@aol.com  or call  248.705.5390

 

 

 

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

ArtiGras 2012 Behind The Scenes – ArtiGras 2013 Application

ArtiGras gets a large crowd of attendees as well as hundreds of applications from artists and artisans to be accepted into this prestigious show each year.   The Rickie Report had the opportunity to speak the judges of Artigras 2012.

Consider these numbers:

Applicants to ArtiGras 2012:  1,100  Accepted:  280

Emerging Artist Applicants:  42  Accepted: 13

The application process for ArtiGras 2013 begins in April!

The day after ArtiGras 2012 is over marks the beginning of the planning process for ArtiGras 2013.  Did you notice that this is truly a “show within a show” in many aspects?  There are the 280 artists’ tents and 13 more to include “emerging artists” ( who have not been in a professionally juried show before).  There are the food and beverage vendors and don’t forget the local non-profit organizations whose presence informs the community.

Add to this the entire local school district’s involvement in the “recycle art” program which enhances the decor of the refuse cans along the ArtiGras route.  We hope you put your coins in the boxes to vote for your favorite!   The top 10 prize winners will get monies for their school arts programs.  There were 20 participants this year, including whimsical and serious “recycle” messages.

The 2012 theme, “One of a Kind”  worked well.  The 30 committee members (all volunteers) and the 1,200 other volunteers needed to make this event happen seamlessly are the true heroes.   A post-event survey will be sent out to help form Artigras 2013 into an even better event.

The Rickie Report often hears grumbling comments about having to pay to walk into ArtiGras, when other art and craft shows on the streets of our communities are free and open. Why is Artigras different?

There is rigorous jurying involved with this event, as you can see from the number of applicants.  Professional judges are involved in the three day-long jurying process.  The Northern Palm Beach Cultural Council accepts applications from April through September.  In October, the jurors meet for an “open jurying” process.  They spend 3 days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm looking through the digital Zapplication files. 

Did you know that anyone is welcome to be present during the jurying process?  This “‘open jurying” helps artists understand the underpinnings of the heart of this show.  The jewelry applications include the highest number of applicants and can take over 3 hours to go through.  The judges are looking at digital images, one at a time, in each category.  They then record their choices through a numbering system.

If you are applying, you can see not only your work, but your competition’s!   This is a moment you might want to take advantage of…see where you stand in the line up.  Sobering yet a real life learning opportunity.  The staff will let applicants know the approximate hours and day that their category will be judged.

In addition to this exhaustive and intense jurying system, ArtiGras offers live entertainment, demonstrations by the artists, a kids area where they can make show their own budding artistry and painting classes for adults.  All of the monies generated by Artigras stay in the local community, going to schools and area non-profit groups.  The ArtiGras planners try to ensure that there is something for almost everyone, meaning price points ranging from $8.00 to beyond.  In fact, The Rickie Report was impressed with the affordability of this show’s wares.

Once an artist has been accepted to ArtiGras, their judgement days are not over!  There is a different set of judges who walk the entire show, deliberating which artist will be deemed “Best of Show” and awarded  $3,000.  Plus, First Place of each of the 13 mediums will be judged and awarded $1,000. each.

Judith Wood of West Palm Beach, FL was awarded Best in Show with her mixed media jewelry.  “Wow! That is the best adjective I can think of to describe how I feel.  Winning Best in Show was not expected so all I can really say is wow”, she shared.

Necklace by Judith Wood

The winners were selected by three judges who scored each artist and awarded a Best in Show and a first-place winner in each of the 13 categories. The following is a list of the artists who placed first in each category:

Marvin Bower of Boonsboro, MD, in Fiber – Wearable; Jayne Demarcay of Abita Springs, LA, in Jewelry; Shelagh Forrest of Gainesville, FL, in Photography; R.C. Fulwiler of Lakeland, FL, in Digital Art; Peter Gerbert of Dade City, FL, in Painting; Barrie Harding of Dunnellon, FL, in Wood; Corey Johnson of Royal Palm Beach, FL, in Mixed Media; Edward Loedding of Brandon, VT, in Drawing and Printmaking; Don McWhorter of Carrollton, GA, in Ceramics; Richard Ryan of Bourbonnais, IL, in Glass; Alex Santamarina of San Francisco, CA, in Metal; Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in Fiber – Nonwearable.

Gilded Koi by Corey Johnson

There are so many aspects to ArtiGras that  you need more than one day to walk the show, speak with the artists ( who must be at their booths unless they are relieved by an ArtiGras volunteer for a break), take in all of this creative energy, and hopefully, go home with a new piece of hand made artwork.   The artists also have an opportunity to donate a piece of their work to a children’s sale.  You will see a purple ribbon “thank you” at these artists’ tents.  (As we said, this is truly a “show within a show”).

The winners of the 2012 ArtiGras Youth Art Competition were announced  the first day of the ArtiGras Fine Art Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  More than 250 students in grades kindergarten – 12th submitted artwork for the competition in mediums ranging from pencil and crayon to chalk and paint.  Artwork was judged by local artists and art educators who had the daunting task of narrowing down the hundreds of entries to only 77  finalists then selecting a first, second and three place winner along with three honorable mentions for each school grade.

The following is a list of the first, second and third place winners along with three honorable mentions per school grade:

Place

Student Name

School

Grade

1

Audrey Libkie Jupiter   Elementary K

2

Kelly Ferrell Timber Trace   Elementary K

3

Ezekiel   Encarnacion Cypress Trails   Elementary K
HM Lexi Vryonides Palm Beach Gardens   Elementary K
HM Elani Nickles Lighthouse   Elementary K
HM Tess Kruger Elbridge Gale   Elm K

1

Michael Brand   Campbell Timber Trace   Elementary 1st

2

Aine Mullen UB Kinsey EL   School of Arts 1st

3

Selena Calix Dr. Mary Mcleod   Bethume Elementary K 1st
HM Brett Sarcia Good Shepherd   Episcopal 1st
HM Jaidyn   Houghtaling Panther Run   Elementary 1st
HM Jessica Reason Marsh Pointe   Elementary 1st

1

Jean-Luc Abito Jupiter   Elementary 2nd

2

Ali Spector Lighthouse   Elementary 2nd

3

Michelle   Williams Dr. Mary Mcleod   Bethune Elementary K 2nd
HM Trinity   Williamson Marsh Pointe   Elementary 2nd
HM Ariel Hayden Palm Beach   Gardens Elementary 2nd
HM Christopher   Benson Discovery Key   Elementary 2nd

1

Eddie Diaz Panther Run   Elementary 3rd

2

Shannon Meloy Timber Trace   Elementary 3rd

3

Tommie McCarthy Jupiter Academy 3rd
HM Alexis   Internicola Marsh Pointe   Elementary 3rd
HM Angelina   Perumal Loxahatchee   Groves Elementary 3rd
HM Tyler Mizell Poinciana Day   School 3rd

1

Meredith   Fortini Timber Trace   Elementary 4th

2

Emily Evans Jerry Thomas   Elementary 4th

3

Tessa Holt Beacon Cove   Intermediate 4th
HM Carly Coffey Northbora   Montessori Elementary 4th
HM Vyona Smith UB Kinsey EL   School of Arts 4th
HM Jamie Jerchower Panther Run   Elementary 4th

1

Morgan Grigsby Jupiter   Christian School 5th

2

Madison Root Panther Run   Elementary 5th

3

Margretanne   Frasca Good Shepherd   Episcopal 5th
HM Adiana Skye   Underwood Jupiter Academy 5th
HM Lauren   Griffiths Golden Grove   Elementary 5th
HM Corrine Irving Poinciana Day   School 5th

1

Stephanie Mino Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 6th

2

Compton Waldron Jupiter Middle   School 6th

3

David Libfeld Poinciana Day   School 6th
HM Katie Sproule Jupiter   Christian School 6th
HM Sydney Arroyo Gove Elementary 6th
HM Christina   Carlson St. Mark’s   Episcopal 6th

1

Matthew Serrano Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 7th

2

Riley Snowney Jupiter Middle   School 7th

3

Caleb Thompson Lake Park   Baptist 7th
HM Logan Moecher Jupiter   Christian School 7th
HM Isabella M   Reynolds Wellington   Christian School 7th
HM Dhivaan Salig Poinciana Day   School 7th

1

Heather Hart Jupiter Middle   School 8th

2

Summer Scherb Jupiter   Christian School 8th

3

Devin Michael   Stephens Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 8th
HM Dean Biggs St. Mark’s   Episcopal 8th
HM Lauren Burden Lake Park   Baptist School 8th
HM Kristina   Pereira Wellington   Christian School 8th

1

Sarah Ammirato Palm Beach   Central High School 9th

2

Chelsea   Pontbriand Jupiter High   School 9th

3

Megan Derleth Jupiter   Christian School 9th
HM Maham Karatela Suncoast High   School 9th
HM Angelica   Bafitis The Benjamin   School 9th

1

Gabriella   Logiudice Suncoast   Community High School 10th

2

Robyn Rosier Seminole Ridge   High School 10th

3

Beau Britt Wellington   Christian School 10th
HM Evi Seely Jupiter High School 10th
HM Riley Otowchits Jupiter   Christian School 10th
HM Tristan Torrey The Benjamin   School 10th

1

Meagan Dobson Palm Beach   Central High School 11th

2

Carmen Chaparra Suncoast High   School 11th

3

Samantha Hoek Jupiter High   School 11th
HM Samantha Smith Jupiter High   School 11th
HM Rachel   Bertolozzi Jupiter   Christian School 11th
HM Jessica Sanchez Wellington High   School 11th

1

Patricia Nicole   Serrano Seminole Ridge   High School 12th

2

Jane Jun Jupiter High   School 12th

3

Britta Smythe Wellington   Christian School 12th
HM Mary O’Connor Suncoast High   School 12th
HM Diamond Lewis Palm Beach   Central High School 12th
HM Sasha Nicole   Cornello Royal Palm   Beach High School 12th

The judges listed below decided on the cash prizes.  It took them almost a full day on Saturday to achieve their goal.  They looked not only at the artists’ work but also their displays.  The Rickie Report has written about this aspect of being in a show previously.  For the artists reading this, please consider how appealing your display is – by the time someone has reached your booth they have probably seen other booths in a similar medium.  What will make yours stand out from the rest?

Meet the jurors:

Andrea Schoen

Andrea Schoen is an accomplished Art Teacher who has now retired and returned to her passion of jewelry design and creation.  From 1988 to 2006, Andrea was a tenured Art Teacher at Spring Valley HS- Art/Comp Graphics and Studio Art.  She taught Primary through High School levels developing specialized programs in darkroom, photography, computer graphics and calligraphy. Upon retiring, she continued her studies in glass and metal work.  She has sharpened or added to her skills in fabrication, stone setting, wax, enameling, hinges, clasps, casting, lapidary, and jewelry repairs.  Andrea is currently the 2011-2012 Vice President of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths SE Chapter.

Ilene Adams

With over 25 years of professional experience in graphic design, print making, illustration, fabric design, and faux finishing, Ilene brings a wealth of information and creativity to her work.  After owning a nationally acclaimed broadcast marketing company in the Northeast for over 20 years, Ilene focused her energy and skills on the creation of wonderful, warm environments for homes and businesses from New York to Miami.  She has over 300 commissions and collections in homes and businesses from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale.  An award winning artist, Ilene has been featured in many design magazines both in the New York metropolitan area and the Palm Beaches.  Ilene’s business and art education spans Harvard University – MA, School of Visual Arts – NY, Temple University, Tyler School of Art – PA, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, ROME.

Ofra Friedman

Ofra Friedman is a sculptor who works with a unique technique of wire mesh, welded metal and mixed media.  Her sculptures are in public and private collections throughout Florida and in Canada.  In 2009 she created 3 outdoor sculptures for Tampa outdoor kinetic sculpture competition, and was awarded ‘People’s choice’ award for her sculpture.  Ofra is an experienced judge and a prolific art exhibitor throughout Florida. She brings a well rounded and diverse, global art education beginning with Wire Mesh Sculpture gained in Israel, Stone Sculpture acquired in Florida, Visual Arts and Interior Design studied in Maryland and Performing Arts and Dance in New York.  She is a member of a number of professional organizations dedicated to the women and the arts throughout Florida.

Joe Korth

A jewelry artist and metalsmith from Denver, Colorado.  Joe was born in Berkeley, CA.  His first exposure to jewelry creation was in a high school art class.  Joe continued his education at Eastern Michigan University where he earned a B.A. with a dual major in Philosophy and Literature.  After completing his degree in 2002, he moved to Denver and began to explore his love for the arts.  He enrolled in classes at the Clear Creek Academy of Jewelry and Metal Arts (formerly the Denver Jewelry Academy) and began exploring his potential as a jewelry artist.  He has devoted himself completely to jewelry since 2004.  Joe is currently working as an instructor at the Clear Creek Academy, teaching the Introduction and Intermediate level Silversmithing classes as well as a workshops in Chainmaking and Jewelry Photography.  Since 2009, Joe has been on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Metalsmithing Society.

The Rickie Report spoke to each of these jurors to get their impressions of the overall show, the artwork, and personal observations.  They all agreed they enjoyed the experience and would be interested in jurying this as well as other shows in the future.  Each judge, when interviewed, expressed amazement at how well managed ArtiGras is, considering its large scope.

TRR:  How did you prepare for this jurying process?

The Judges:  We met for the first time on Saturday at ArtiGras.  We agreed that there would be a scale from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).  We tried not to use “4” unless necessary.  Zapplications provided us with wireless computers to keep track of the scoring and make sure we saw every artist’s tent.  This process eliminated discussion among us and helps eliminate our own personal opinions.  Though there was a learning curve using the new technology, most agreed that this leveled the playing field in terms of scoring.  The computer program also gave thumbnail overviews of each artist’s work.  This turned out to be important not only to help the judges score the correct booth, but to ensure that the work the artist was initially accepted for was indeed in their booth.  Judges disqualified themselves from scoring artists with whom they had personal relationships.

TRR: Tell us about your overall impression of the work you saw this year.

The Judges: Some of it was beautifully crafted, while a large part of the wares the vendors were selling were commercially oriented.  One judge felt that 5-10% was truly fine art and considered it very well done.  The excitement of seeing an artist create a totally new medium impressed all of them.  While one judge may look for emotion, depth and originality, another is looking for craftsmanship and creativity.  There may have been many potters, the ones that stood out were trying new processes and working with new materials.  Though the jurying process was exhausting, it engendered a lot of excitement because of this creative energy.

TRR:  Do you have any suggestions for artists applying to shows such as ArtiGras?

The Judges:  An artist should develop a clear artistic style.  This does not mean they cannot grow or change, but there needs to be a common element in each of their pieces of work.  Maintain your training.  Keep sharing with other artists in your field and accept feedback.  Identifiability is necessary for success but you don’t have to confine yourself.  Consider having a well-rounded approach to what you are offering to the consumers: some semi-commercial pieces which are your “bread and butter” and some one-of-a-kind pieces as well.  Hone your business skills.  If you are not sure how to market yourself, hire someone to do that part of the business while you work on your art.   Most people attending an art show like this are looking at aesthetics and elements of design rather than technical aptitude. Do something with your tent/booth area to draw people in.

The Rickie Report thanks the judges, organizers, and artists of ArtiGras 2012 for sharing their insights.  TRR is honored to have been part of the call not only for artists but judges as well.   For more information about ArtiGras contact: Suzanne@npbchamber.com or 561-748-3945.

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