Old School Square announces a powerful, new exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum. “Wild” is a group show of contemporary artwork by 12 internationally recognized artists who are inspired by nature and use their talents to show the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Artists were invited because of their respect for nature, their fascination with animals and their attention to the beauty of this natural world. Artwork featured in this exhibition has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. The Rickie Report shares the details and some images here and urges you to see this exhibit! “Wild” also features paintings by more than 20 Plein Air Palm Beach artists, who are inspired by and have captured the beauty of South Florida’s lush landscapes. Make note of Special Events taking place in conjunction with “Wild”. A portion of proceeds from the sale of artwork in the show goes to The Watering Hole Foundation in support of conservation efforts.
Meet some of the artists, see the exhibit and enjoy wine and light bites.
Thursday, January 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Next 1st Friday Art Walk:
February 5th 6-9 pm
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm; closed Monday and major holidays. $5 suggested donation.
Cornell Museum of Art
51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, Florida 33444
Ellen Jewitt “Strange and Gentle”, Sculpture
“The idea for a show centered on the natural world came to me a while ago after I discovered Alex Beard’s work. I thought it was amazing that one man could honestly make a difference in the world through use of his artwork,” says curator, Melanie Johanson. “I find it inspiring to think that if everyone used their talents to support a cause, great or small, what a huge difference could be made.” A portion of proceeds from the sale of artwork in the show goes to The Watering Hole Foundation http://www.wateringholefoundation.org), created by Alex Beard in support of conservation efforts. The foundation is dedicated to saving endangered wildlife and preserving the earth’s remaining wilderness.
“Nidus Factio,” mixed media,by Caitlin McCormack
About the “WILD” Artists:
Pottery by Ronald Shaw
Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are nice)
Diane Arrieta works as the art/science outreach coordinator at Jupiter library at Florida Atlantic University. Her latest body of work deals with the relationships humans have with the environment. Often much of her work deals with social issues relating to women and children.
New Orleans-based Alex Beard is a painter and illustrator, adventurer, best-selling author, world traveler, animal conservationist and now filmmaker. He has emerged as one of his generations most creative, prolific and accomplished artists.
Ellen was born in Markham Ontario. She took to shaping three dimensional forms naturally at a young age. In 2007 Ellen completed her post-secondary honors degree in Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University. By the time she presented her thesis, Ellen’s academic and artistic interests in the biological where intrinsically interwoven. Her sculptures are being featured in public and private collections worldwide.
From the Artist Statement: “…Beauty is subjective, and perfection in nature is frequently surprising. My work isn’t beautiful in a traditional sense. It has its own unique beauty, which may seem dark, but it isn’t without humor. My connection to nature, the earth, the beauty and grimness of the world are some of the topics of my studio conversations. In nature, there is no sentimentality about life and death; life is temporal and fragile. My work exists in the same place, in that I attempt to create objects that are both vulnerable and powerful. “
Mixed media by Ernesto Kunde
Miami has long been a complex, tangled landscape which continues to intrigue and beguile over four generations of visual artists. For Brazilian-born Ernesto Kunde, transforming the mangroves, wild birds, and crackled Deco architecture into a physically viable format is a simple process. He displays a keen eye for interpreting his tropical surroundings maintaining a colloquial tone: the vital elements of Miami as a natural and urban biosphere are omnipresent for Kunde, appearing on cuts of canvas, found wood and corrugated aluminum. He infuses his work with a Pop Art sensibility, choosing highly saturated, contrasting tones with completely opaque shadow.
From the Artist Statement: “The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string utilized in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by implementing media and practices inherited from my relatives, both living and deceased, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains. The material out of which my work is composed acts as an alchemical conduit between the garment and the clothesline; it acknowledges the latter as a symbol of the ancestry and familiar bonds which have greatly informed my work…”
From the Artist Statement: “I use mannequins in most of my work as they tend to be an idealized expression of the human form. I fill them with innards made of the cast off pieces of technology that we take for granted and discard every day. In so doing I try to show that we are becoming soulless as we rampantly ingest technology – we still look human but have taken on a colder, more mechanized persona…”
Ronald Shaw received his BA from UCF. He relocated to South Florida and began working at Rare Earth Gallery. Ron maintains two distinct bodies of work, a functional soda or wood fire line of pottery and a sculptural line combining multiple clay bodies and firing methods coupled with various living and organic elements.
“The Wave,” painting by Alex Beard
Jonathan is a conceptual artist from the Bronx whose expertise includes sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video installation. His work makes social statements all the while sparkling with hand-placed Swarovski Crystals. His influences include Andy Warhol, Judith Leiber, and John Waters, and he says of himself, “I am a lover of all things campy and kitsch.”
From the Artist Statement: “…My ceramic surfaces are intended to look as though they had been well used and then abandoned. Worn, chipped, and saturated with stains the visual aesthetic of my sculptures have a patina of apparent use that serves to unify the overall aesthetic of a moment captured in time, arriving at a feeling of nostalgia. My work celebrates the questioning of objects and the rediscovering of moments in the past. As an artist I am driven by a desire to evoke meaningful and significant memories, wonder, and curiosity within all my viewers.”
Carlton Scott Sturgill
Brooklyn based Scott Sturgill is best known for his painting, paint chip mosaics, and floral sculptures. From the Artist Statement: “Inspired by the bedroom communities of the Midwest, my work examines the conflict between our need to push our individual sexual boundaries and our desire to appear as ambassadors of a white-picket-fence America… My paintings, sculptures and mosaics use the vernacular of the American heartland to scratch the surface of suburban pretense, exploring the compulsion to veil ourselves behind the facade of a commoditized version of the American Dream.”
Carin Wagner is an award-winning South Florida artist, born in Norfolk, Virginia. Wagner works predominately in oil on canvas, with a message of environmental protection at its core. She has exhibited throughout the U.S., including shows at the Sherry French Gallery, the Silvia Wald, Po Kim Gallery in New York, the Lawrence Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, and the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Museum shows include the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
“Juxtapose in Black” by Karla Walter, Sculpture
From the Artist Statement: “As an artist, it is important to recognize a message and seize that moment. Crows are messengers, omens for change. Several personal encounters with crows have compelled me to express my personal creativity through this messenger. This body of work explores the similarities between the social interactions among crows and that of humans. To know the crow is to know ourselves…”
Old School Square:
Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Celebrating 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (formerly known as the Vintage Gymnasium, c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The Creative Arts School (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. Old School Square also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit OldSchoolSquare.org.
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