Lake Worth is a HUB of activity this month! In addition to Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery’s October Celebrations, the Downtown Merchants are offering enticing activities for all ages. Clay Glass Metal Stone is inviting artists to take part in a new initiative which The Rickie Report believes to be most exciting! This article details so many activities and events, you will need your calendars handy as you read it!
Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery
Invites You to:
The Full Moon Blood Drive
Blood, Art, Ghouls and October Doings
Friday, October 18 5 – 10 PM
15 South J Street
Downtown Lake Worth
Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery swings into October with a full month of events geared towards the spirits soaring over Lake Worth. Not only does the gallery embrace the Evenings on the Avenue, every first and third Friday, but is participating in events that will bring hundreds to town to enjoy October fun filled days and nights.
If the zombies, ghouls and monsters fill the town, and blood has to flow, let it flow to the Red Cross Blood Mobile that will be parked outside of the gallery from 5PM to 10PM on Friday, October 18.
The gallery will be filled with Full Moon inspired works Curated by Tracy Rosof-Petersen, prolific artist, teacher and public works creator. Featured will be a new series in Black and White with a Touch of Red by Amelia Costa, ceramic artist extraordinaire. Studio Dance of Lake Worth will drop by to teach the Halloween Hustle to the memorable tune, “A Ghoul Just Wants to Have Fun.” For this special event we really want Your Vein at our ARTery. This is a Halloween Party with lots of fun and special treats for those who share their blood with others. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth. We’ll tell you our blood type if you tell us yours.
Other events that the Gallery is
Free Arts Festival
On Saturday, October 12, J Street will shut down for ARToberFest, a free arts festival involving over 50 artists. Sponsored by Clay Glass Metal Stone’s neighbor on J Street, Propaganda, this festival promises to bring the areas newest and youngest artists into the community. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery will be open amidst all the art, food and music. This will be a great time to find new and emerging artists. To apply to become an artist at this event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 19th, buses pull into Lake Worth for the A Spirited Evening Ghost Tour of Lake Worth. The buses will park at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery and the adult Trick or Treaters will spread throughout town following the Orange Brick Road. At the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery they will be treated to a wine, cheese, a dessert spread and gifts to fill their Halloween sacks. From the gallery the visitors will spread throughout town visiting all of the participating merchants. They will learn the Corpuscle Hustle at Studio Dance, Lake Worth, visit the ghosts at the Lake Worth Playhouse and fill their bellies with treats at 20 or more Lake Worth galleries, shops and bistros. Contact Barbara at 1-800-838-5931 to book your reservation.
Saturday, October 26th and just in time for Halloween, the Lake Worth Monster Mash will take place. A stop along the way will be the ghoul filled Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery at 15 South J Street. The Gallery will be serving Eyeball Punch, Wormy Delights and lots of prizes for the little Monsters who will appear in the streets from 6-8 PM and the grown-up monsters who will start their crawl after 7 PM. Registration begins at South Shores Tavern with tickets available in advance. This will be a night you can Sink Your Teeth Into at the Gallery. We want you Dead or Alive. We are Dying to Have You Come In. For additional information go to Facebook.com/lwmonstermash.
New Studio Space Announced!!!!
Open Letter to Clay Artists and Glass Artists
Our Studio Space is About to Happen
Dear Clay Artists (and Fused Glass and small metal (Jewelry) artists:
A year ago you got a survey from the Flamingo Clay Studio (Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery) describing a building that was going to become available in Lake Worth Florida. We were asked to survey to see the desirability on the part of clay artists to use this space. Over 200 of you replied.
Flamingo Clay Studio is a non-profit artists cooperative based in Lake Worth Florida. We have been incorporated since 2005 and have run a successful artists cooperative 3-D gallery for the last four years. Our mission is affordable studio and gallery space for 3-D artists.
The City of Lake Worth is about to award the building that we had looked at to a very exciting arts complex. On this site we will be able to build our kiln complex which will include gas reduction kilns, soda kilns, raku kilns, and possibly a wood kiln. Within the interior of this building will be a glass blowing studio and huge foundry. There will be lots of space for artists to work as well.
Across the alley from this new complex is one of two wonderful buildings that we are going to acquire for our purposes. We are looking at lease-purchase options. The first building that we are looking at will house everything a working clay artist could want, to create her/his works. We will put in glaze rooms and casting rooms, electric kilns, slab rollers and a group studio that will allow for 30-40 artists to begin work almost immediately. We will also put in a sculpture studio, a fused glass area and a small metals (jewelry) area. The place has a huge amount of shelving and tables already. It will need a lot of work to pull it all together, but many of us can begin work immediately as we build this.
We want to make this affordable for all artists to use on a daily basis. As a co-op, we will be asking $150 a month dues for full usage of the space and all finishing supplies and equipment. This will require a work commitment as well. For those who do not want to participate in the work commitment, the dues will be $250 a month.
This space and the facility across the alley will allow for the fullest access possible for clay, glass and metal artists to create their works in an exciting and synergistic setting. Please join us now if you want to be in at the ground floor and you want to insure your space in this working studio
We need to know immediately how many of you will be joining us in initiating and developing this project. Please contact Joyce Brown, JCLay6@aol.com or call 215-205-9441.
The MOD Squad Arrives
in Lake Worth
Merchants of Downtown :
New Merchant Movement in Lake Worth
October and the Mod Squad
In the early days of September, in the back room of Brogue’s Down Under, a new and vital organization emerged in Downtown Lake Worth. Calling themselves Merchants of Downtown (MOD), this MOD Squad hit the ground running. With freshness and enthusiasm this newly formed group has grown week by week, its members bubbling over with enthusiasm and ideas, all geared towards making Downtown Lake Worth an exciting and memorable place that neighbors and visitors will want to return to again and again. Their activities include dancing in the streets and on the sidewalks, music everywhere, block parties and special event gatherings. Mentored and led by Ella Riggs, Lake Worth Jewelers’ and a veteran of decades in downtown Lake Worth, this group is primed and ready. From a seedling group of eight they have quickly grown to over thirty participants, all eager to work together for the good of the community.
The October calendar is crowded. Each week brings additional events to the downtown. All member shops will be up and running for Evenings on the Avenue with goodies to share, musical events at their doors and sales and promotions for everyone coming through the doors. The 700 Block of Lake Avenue is a particularly active MOD Squad location. The Unknown Boutique is filled with unusual and affordable resort wear and Ramon Reyes has taken on the job of Block Captain, helping to organize the wonderful merchants and entertainment. Stop in to see Trinkets and Treasures and the Bees Knees who will be doing back alley yard sales every first Saturday of the month. The Lake Worth Playhouse and the Stonzek Theater have some of the best entertainment in the region.
The Dixie corridor is represented as well. Studio Dance Lake Worth’s dynamo Michael Puccio has offered to bring his dance and music to block parties held, starting in November, every second Friday of the month. Linda Stabile represents her many business allies at 407 South Dixie Highway with Arc Light Ink and Local Smoking Domain.
Island Water Sports of Lake Worth on the 500 Block of Lake joins Maurici’s Salon on the Avenue to liven up activities on their block. Look for a big celebration of their first anniversary at their new location.
The 600 Block of Lake has some major MOD Squad activists. Ella Riggs of Lake Worth Jeweler’s is vying for the best decorated Halloween Block with huge input from the folks at Brogue’s Down Under. Chad from the Sequel’s Boutique is involved in a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Lucerne Avenue is a big part of the mix with some very special MOD Squad members. Maurici has two businesses in town : On Lucerne his Milton’s Grooming Parlor (for pets) has been very actively bringing wonderful events to the 700 block. With the Maryanne and Bruce Webber Galleries, expect lively high-end exhibits and events on a regular basis. Maurici’s Salon on the Avenue (500 block of Lake) is also awake and raring to go.
South Shores Tavern is an anchor in town with manager Karine Albano sponsoring every community fund-raiser that comes her way. She will be organizing her block with parties, music and great food.
And then we have the MOD Squad on J Street. With the newest shop, Coconut Planet, The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, Common Ground, Poutine Dog and Coastars not to mention the extravaganzas produced by Propaganda and Bamboo Room, this street really rocks. Elvie Lerner brings the crafts from her native Philippines to her shop, Coconut Planet. She sits in her quaint little shop sewing garments, making jewelry and interacting with all of the new visitors who have found her and are entranced by her wares.
The 800 Block of Lake is waking up and beginning to stir. New merchant Eddy will be moving his shop, from Worth Avenue to the anchor shop at the head of the Avenue. ” Charity Consignments Valentinas Treasures. His charity is to help single parents with minor children achieve a better life. He is revved up and raring to go. Michelle from Carousel Antiques is the new block captain and excited to be working with the new restaurants and shops and galleries coming onto this block. Chelsea Lane juggles school and the Wallpaper and design business she and her mother Wendy so successfully run. We are looking for a re-naming, re-branding ceremony for them later this year.
The month of October is full of activity and surprises. Each block is pulling together to make the city shine. Halloween preparations are already underway. Ghouls and Monsters will be the themes of the month. On Saturday, October 12 is ARToberFest on J Street. The Full Moon Blood Drive will be held amidst Art, Music and Food at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on Friday, October 18. A Spirited Tour of Downtown Lake Worth will be held on Saturday, October 19th. The month of activities ends on Saturday, October 26 with the ever popular Monster Mash. For additional information on each of these activities contact JClay6@aol.com.
The Merchants of Downtown is a group that meets weekly to make Downtown Lake Worth a welcoming destination for neighbors and visitors alike. The MOD Squad, as they fondly refer to themselves, organizes block by block bringing activity, unity and camaraderie to the Downtown corridor. For additional information contact JClay6@aol.com .
A Season of Downtown Adventures:
Fun-Filled Tours of Lake Worth’s Unique Venues
Lake Worth Florida is a city of uniquely individual neighborhood associations and a wonderfully retro downtown, a throwback to the olden days of Florida. The 100th Anniversary of Lake Worth has inspired a series of quirky tours designed to integrate the busloads of participants into the special fabric of the town. These tours are organized The Downtown Merchant’s Club, Lake Worth’s Downtown merchant association. The tours feature the shops and cultural facilities of Lake Worth. All tours include a lunch or dinner at one of Lake Worth’s extraordinary restaurants. All tours are being coordinated by Befitting Just Your Style for LULA and the DCA. Individuals and groups may join the fun by contacting Barbara at 800-838-5931. You must have a ticket and reservations to participate.
Saturday, October 19, 2013: A “Spirit Filled” Adventure – October is the grand opening of the J Street Village, a wonderful street in Lake Worth undergoing a complete make-over and transformation. It is also the month of Halloween. All of our street corners will be decorated by the many neighborhood associations that make up the city. Each will be vying for “best Halloween Design.” Expect extraordinary exhibits of terror and ghoulishness to greet you on every corner. The tour starts on J Street and then visits all of the Haunted Lake Worth buildings. “No Tricks, Only Treats.” Dress in costume- all participants will receive a mask and a special “smoking” beverage. Trick and Treat bags for everyone for collecting your special treats from participating merchants. Refreshments served at each stop.
Thursday, November 14, 2013: Mystery, Magic & Gypsies- Wear your golden earrings and see what the future has in store for you. Fortune Tellers will be stationed throughout town offering free, 10 minute readings exclusively for those with reservations. This event includes a visit to the Lake Worth Playhouse for a behind-the-scenes tour. Transform your appearance as Lake Worth’s specialty shops accessorize you at each stop enroute. The Bees Knees, the Sunflower Room and Trinkets and Treasures have special surprises in store for you. Make sure you drop in to see them along the way.
Friday, December 13, 2013: The Victorian Tea- Step back in time on this old fashioned Victorian Stroll. Wear your favorite chapeau and dress-up for the costume contest. Afternoon Tea is served in a delightful patio setting at the South Shores Tavern including Victorian finger sandwiches, mini pastries, special desserts and an unusual selection of teas. Costumed hostesses will present a “playlet” set in 1859 as they interact with the audience and tell about the history and some of the secrets about the “language” of fans and umbrellas. The shops throughout town will take special note of your attire and vote accordingly. Win the grand prize for the best hat in the Victorian Stroll. Visit the new garden in town, a hideaway at Trinkets and Treasures, decorated in the Victorian theme for this event.
Thursday, January 9. 2014: Paint Yourself Fun- Dress in white clothes for this tour or an oversized T-Shirt. Artists will be stationed throughout town to “Paint You” as you stroll by. You will become their living canvas and go home with a one-of-a-kind wearable work of art. Starting with the artists at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on J Street, follow you map to each of the art galleries and design venues throughout Lake Worth. Special prizes and refreshments will greet you at the many locations as you become a “walking and talking” original work of art. Appropriately, lunch will be served at La Bonne Bouche, Lake Worth’s version of an arty French left bank restaurant.
Saturday, February 1, 2014: Champagne & Chocolates- Bring your favorite Valentine! Indulge in Champagne and Chocolates in all of our shops along route. Toast your friends and “special someone” at the South Shores Tavern with a special menu and luscious dessert. Remember your Valentine with a unique gift from one of the many galleries and shops in Downtown Lake Worth. Lake Worth is a one of a kind town with one of a kind finds to fit every pocketbook. Special surprises planned throughout town. This is a wonderful start for the Month of Love. Chocohalics Unite! With a bit of the bubbly too!
If you haven’t been to Clay Glass Metal Stone lately, check out this virtual tour!
ClayGlassMetalStone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 9AM-5PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 9 AM-9 PM. Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between. For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or JCLay6@aol.com. Gallery phone: 561-588-8344.
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