Fuel Your Artistic Fire With Vicki Siegel’s Workshops And Enjoy Her New Exhibits!

Artist Vicki Siegel will fuel your artistic flames with new 2 day workshops!  Vicki Siegel invites you to join her in a frenzy of art activity. Sign up for her new 2 day workshops AND see her new paintings at one of her upcoming shows.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these Two Day Workshops at Two Locations and Shows.  Be inspired and learn new techniques!

 

 

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These fast paced workshops will get you creating and understanding how to work with acrylic paint. You will create new works and get a chance to try new materials and use ones you know in new ways. Vicki Siegel’s nurturing teaching style and in depth demonstrations will take you through these fast paced and fun workshops. Vicki has just returned from training sessions with Golden Artist Colors where she became a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP).

 

 

 

 

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“Alternate Reality”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

Working in Layers Workshops

You will learn exciting new approaches to using acrylic products for layering and creating rich and complex surfaces. Artists working in all media and any abstract or representational style will benefit from this innovative way of thinking about materials. Gels, pastes, acrylic skins, masking, stencils, image transfers, transparent and translucency will be explained. You will also learn to incorporate personal imagery. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will benefit from the information packed demonstrations. There will be a lunch hour talk and slide show on Friday; bring a bag lunch. See the registrar for a supply list. Vicki will be bringing great tools and specialty paints for you to try.

 

 

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“Behind the Smile”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

 

Layers and Expressive Acrylic Paint: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Friday/Saturday January 8 – 9, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $315, 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org
Layers and Expressive Acrylic Paint PW3.5a

 

 

 

Powerful Acrylic Paint Layers: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday January 15 -16, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon)
www.oldschoolsquare.org/events/powerful-acrylic-paint-layers/

 

 

 

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“Bubbling Up”, Acrylic by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

Working With Photographic Images Workshops

If you are a painter who wants to include photographic images into your work, or a photographer who wants to try painting, this workshop will inspire you. You will learn how to collage images, layer acrylic paints, glaze, enhance and texture your photographic images. Creating image transfers will be explained in detail. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will be inspired by the information packed demonstrations. Contact the registrar for the supply list. There will be a lunch hour lecture and slide show for people who want to bring a brown bag lunch on Friday.

 

 

Surfaces, Layers and Photographic Imagery: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday March 4-5, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon)
http://oldschoolsquare.org/events/surfaces-layers-and-photographic-imagery/

 

 

Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers and Photographic Imagery
Friday/Saturday April 1- 2, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Cost: $315  Call to register: 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org
Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers PW4.5a

 

 

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“See it Coming”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

Upcoming Shows:

 

Woman: Untitled, Group Exhibition

January 15 through March 12, 2016

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

 

 

 

Blurring Distinctions

Opening Reception: Tuesday Feb 16th 5:30-7:30pm.

February 16th – March 18th, 2016 

Vicki Siegel paintings and sculpture and Leora Stewart fiber works

Eissey Campus Art Gallery, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

 

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“Love Conquers”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

VICKI SIEGEL is a contemporary artist whose mixed media paintings, photography and sculpture explore the connection between memory and reality. She was an art director and creative director in advertising in Milan, Italy, Chicago, and South Florida. Vicki is a full time working artist who exhibits extensively. Her works can be found in many private collections. Vicki Siegel has studied towards a M.F.A. at Tyler School of Art, Rome and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. She is a passionate instructor of painting. Vicki Siegel is a Golden Artist Educator (GAEP), a member of the National Association of Women Artists, and a signature member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild among other organizations. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegel@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

Griffin Gallery Presents “Avatars Of The Divine: Women In Pre-Columbian Society”

Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art invites everyone to their Free Reception on Saturday, January 9th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.  Artifacts focusing on women in Pre-Columbian society will be featured.  Enjoy refreshments and view this gallery of magnificent ancient artifacts, folk art, contemporary art, and splendid antiques of centuries past.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and fascinating history of the role of women in Pre-Columbian society, provided by Griffin Gallery. Bring your family and learn about history in a new and fascinating setting!  In addition,  The Griffin Gallery’s gift to you with a value of $30, is a printable FREE COMPLIMENTARY PASS for The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antique Show exhibiting the weekend of February 05 – 07, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center

608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.994.0811 fax: 561.994.1855

www.griffingallery.net    griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Public Reception:

AVATARS OF THE DIVINE:
WOMEN IN PRE-COLUMBIAN SOCIETY

Saturday, January 9, 2015

2:00 pm until 4:30 pm

 

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“Women were not only daughters, wives, mothers, and grandmothers, but also healers, midwives, scribes, artists, poets, priestesses, warriors, governors, and even goddesses in pre-Columbian society,” says Dr. Judy L. Larson, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

 

 

For many years, archaeologists assumed that men monopolized the power in pre-Columbian civilizations. The discovery of women’s tombs in Zapotal, Mexico, in 1971, and San José de Moro, Peru, in 1991, challenged that assumption. These tombs gave ample testimony to the importance of women in both societies and evidence of their high social status.

 

 

 

The Peruvian tombs, among the richest ever excavated in the Americas and part of a larger suite of elite burial chambers, contained the remains of Late- (750-800 CE) and Transitional-period (850-1000 CE) Moche priestesses. Farther north, richly appointed tombs in the Mexican state of Veracruz, contained extraordinary terra-cotta figures that represent Cihuateteo, deified women who served as guides to the next world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women were not only priestesses in ancient society; they were considered goddesses, as well, by virtue of their unique reproductive role. Feminine nature, with its mysterious ability to create life, was accorded divine status. Numerous objects have been found in sculptures of wide-hipped women; clay and stone vessels depicting sexual intercourse; figurines and carvings showing women holding and nursing children, cupping their breasts and touching their genitalia—are powerful evidence for the central, supernatural role accorded fertility and birth.

 

 

 

 

In fact, religion permeated all facets of pre-Hispanic life. It was believed that every natural occurrence was an expression of the will of the gods, and every human undertaking was an attempt to obey that will. Thus, even domestic tasks like cooking, planting, gathering, and weaving, reflected a divine plan.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Columbian women practiced body adornment as a beauty and fashion aid, but also for religious and social purposes. Many objects in the exhibition, both Andean and Mesoamerican, show women with tattoos and body painting, scarification, as well as with intentional deformations of the cranium, lips, and ears. Beyond the mortal sphere, beyond the notion of women as avatars of the divine, were the goddesses worshipped by these ancient peoples.

 

 

 

 

Griffin Gallery

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

 

 

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

PRINT AND USE THIS FREE PASS

Boca Show Invite

 

The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antiques Show
February 05 – 07, 2016

The Renaissance Hotel
2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL
Friday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Saturday: Noon – 7:00 PM
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 PM

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

Works Cited: http://hispanicad.com/blog/news-article/had/art-literature/divine-and-human-women-ancient-mexico-and-peru

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Time To Submit Unusual Antiques And Ancient Artifacts To Griffin Gallery Of Ancient Art For Consignment

This summer it’s time to dust off that unique antique or ancient artifact in your home or office to see if there is a possible consignment with Griffin Gallery Ancient Art.  Please join Griffin Gallery on Saturday, August 08, 2015 for refreshments as you’ll have the opportunity to submit your unusual antiques and ancient artifacts for consignment. Please note that only accepted submissions will be provided with a retail appraisal. The Rickie Report shares the details of the August 8th event and some sneak peeks of consigned pieces here. 

 

 

 

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YOU ARE INVITED:

Saturday, August 8th

11 am – 4 pm

Accepting Consignments of

Unique Antique and Ancient Art

(Prior to the 20th Century)

Artifacts, Sculpture, Art, Jewelry, Etc.

If you are unable to attend this gala event, please submit your photographs with detailed descriptions to griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center

608 Banyan Trail  Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811    fax: 561.994.1855

 

 

 

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Various Consigned Pieces With Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

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

Stuart’s Premiere Art Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary! Free Art Giveaway Valued at $650.

Stuart’s Premier Art Festival will Celebrate its 25th Anniversary on February 21 – 22, 2015!  The 25th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival with 250 artists from the U.S. who will transform Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork. Enjoy an eclectic array of art, unique gift items, live music, and sign up for a FREE Art Giveaway featuring the photography of artist Zsuzsanna Luciano.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

25th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Saturday, February 21

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Sunday, February 22

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart, FL

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

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

ADMISSION: Free and Open to the public

 

 

 

Martin County’s premier art festival returns to historic downtown Stuart February 21 – 22, 2015 with the finest artists in the country. The eclectic exhibits with broad appeal will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and even unique gift items. Prices will be set to suit all budgets and will range from $25 handcrafted earrings to $30,000 sculptures. A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

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“Endless Summer” FREE ART GIVEAWAY by Photographer Zsuzsanna Luciano, valued at $650.

The festival winds through downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, to Haney Circle and continues to Denver Street and to Detroit Street. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and inspiration as they stroll through the vast array of quality original art. They will also be able to register to win artwork by exhibiting artist Zsuzsanna Luciano. This award-winning conservation fine art photographer specializes in giant panoramic images with as many as 80 different photographs used to capture the detail and dimension of one moment. Many of her large-scale photographs are on display in a variety of galleries throughout South Florida and in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. The giveaway prize, a 24”x 48” print of “Endless Summer”, taken while in the Florida Keys and valued at $650, will be on display at her booth where registration will also take place. The winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival. No purchase will be necessary to participate. 

 

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Zsuzsanna Luciano is a Conservation Fine Art Photographer that has trained in Europe and has graduated the New York Institute Of Photography.  She has achieved two Awards Of Merit from the NYIP. (It is worth mentioning that even one Award of Merit is difficult to achieve from the NYIP).  Under the term “conservation” many many hours, countless shots, and many weeks can be spent on site on one image as all shadow work and color matching has to be done before the button is pushed on the camera. The countless hours of paying attention to shadows and color matching is why Zsuzsanna pieces look so three dimensional and painting- like.

 

 

Zsuzsanna has two great loves, painting and photography, both which she started more than 15 years ago. She worked full time with acrylics and oils for many years but in order to preserve our quickly changing world in her own way Zsuzsanna has put down the brush and has taken up the lens as her full time passion, conservation photography. Conservation photography is one of the only art forms that lends itself to conservation as its aim it to preserve and save, not alter and or change.

 

 

 

 

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Photo by Zsuzsanna Luciano

 

Most of Zsuzsanna’s works will appear to be three dimensional or as if the viewer is looking out of a window or standing in front of a canal or in front of a vast canyon. Her art transports the viewers to the most beautiful places in the world without the use of photoshop or digital manipulation. Her art is aimed and focused at saving what nature has to offer, not altering it or changing it.

Zsuzsanna’s art is one with a true purpose, to save for many future generations what is quickly disappearing before us today.  Her specialty is to create giant panoramic images made up sometimes over 80 photographs to capture the details and dimension of the moment.  Some of her large scale (8 feet x 15 feet) photographs are on permanent exhibition in the Blue Galleries in Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach.  She also has a Florida Everglades series exhibiting and is represented at the Clyde Butcher Gallery.   http://www.zsuzsannaluciano.com

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

 

  • Free Admission
  • Original Art – Handmade in America 
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Free Art Giveaway – featuring conservation fine art photographer Zsuzsanna Luciano
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.
  • Eclectic Art Exhibits
  • Original & Functional Art
  • Unique Handcrafted Gift Items
  • Live Music 

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 25 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 North 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 25th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art Festival 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

Griffin Gallery Presents: Guardians of Society, Featuring a Senufo Wooden Bird Sculpture

The Griffin Gallery opens a fascinating exhibit to the public.  A wooden Senufo Bird Sculpture will offer visitors a look into a society of people from the Northern Ivory Coast/Mali.  Bird figures are among the many art forms associated with Poro, a society of initiated Senufo men. Poro functions as a system of governmental and economic control, preparing young men for their roles as adults and serving as a channel for the worship of ancestors and of Ancient Mother, one of the two principal Senufo deities. The Rickie Report suggests bringing the family to see the amazing objects d’art, relics and antiquities the Griffin Gallery has to offer. It is an opportunity to bring history alive.  In addition, there are contemporary works of art. We share the details here.

 

 

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GRIFFIN GALLERY

Presents

GUARDIANS OF SOCIETY:

FEATURING A SENUFO WOODEN BIRD SCULPTURE

Northern Ivory Coast / Mali
Early – Mid 20th Century
Ex: L. Greenberg collection, Florida

Opening Reception:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Exhibition continues through March 11, 2015

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M.

Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

Bird figures are among the many art forms associated with Poro, a society of initiated Senufo men. Poro functions as a system of governmental and economic control, preparing young men for their roles as adults and serving as a channel for the worship of ancestors and of Ancient Mother, one of the two principal Senufo deities.

 

 

 

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SENUFO WOODEN BIRD SCULPTURE

 

 

 

 

Within the society there is a series of grades though which groups of initiates pass at six- or seven-year intervals. Poro activities center around initiations of new members, the elevation of members to higher grades, and funerals. In some Senufo villages, the bird sculptures are kept in the sacred grove of Poro, where they stand guard protecting the members.

 

 

During initiations and some funeral rituals, they are carried in processions and are sometimes worn on the head in dramatic displays of strength. Poro and its art forms continue to play roles in Senufo society, although the bird figures have become rare. Senufo bird figures refer to both the physical and intellectual aspects of life, which together assure the continuation of the community.
The long, phallic beak touching the swollen belly suggestive of pregnancy alludes to the dual forces of male and female procreation. The yellow-casqued hornbill, one of the species found in the Senufo area, is considered the master among birds and a symbol of intellectual power. Its yellow head is equated with the red caps worn by Poro elders, who, like the bird, embody wisdom and authority.
The birds’ rectangular, outstretched wings are painted or carved in relief with geometric designs or images of snakes, lizards, other animals, or human figures. These motifs serve as didactic tools, referring the initiate to the wealth of knowledge embodied by Poro.

 

 

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre-historic Native America.

SAVE THE DATE

Boca Raton Fine Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
February 07 – 09, 2015
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL
Booth 13

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

 

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

Griffin Gallery Presents: “Nahariya To The Negev: Images Of Israel” with Paintings and Photography

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art invites you to their SECOND THURSDAY exhibition opening, December 11, 2014. This event is from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Admission is FREE and is Open to the Public.  The Rickie Report suggests bringing a friend or two. Save the Date of the SECOND THURSDAY exhibition opening each month on your calendar from October until April.  We share the details of “Nahariya to the Negev: Images of Israel”, including paintings and photography by Jonathan Kis-Lev, Eve Menes and Charles Cohen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Griffin Gallery Presents

“NAHARIYA TO THE NEGEV:

IMAGES OF ISRAEL”

 

Paintings and Photography by
Jonathan Kis-Lev, Eve Menes, & Charles Cohen

 

Free Public Reception

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

 

The exhibition continues through January 07, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

 

 

 

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Jonathan Kis-Lev was born in 1985 to Russian Jewish immigrant parents and spent his childhood years in a small village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. At the age of sixteen, Kis-Lev was granted a full scholarship to Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada where he studied painting, sculpture, etching and print making.

 

 

 

Eve Menes was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and at an early age, after the outbreak of World War II, moved with her family to Brazil and later to the United States. She grew up in New York. Eve received her B.A. in Art and Education at a time of great ferment in the New York art scene: The New York School of Abstract Expressionism had already established itself and Pop Art and Neo-Realism were in their first stages of development.

 

Charles Cohen’s interest with photography began over twenty years ago, and he set up a dark room in his home and developed his own black and white photographs. He began taking classes at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida, and he is currently continuing his studies at the Boca Raton Museum of Art where he is a member. His favorite photography is black and white, however, he does have occasion to print in color.

 

Nahariya is the northernmost coastal city in Israel. It takes its name from a stream of the Ga’aton River (Nahar in Hebrew means River.) The water source has served as a draw for settlement over thousands of years as evidenced by the ruins of a Canaanite temple which were discovered near the present day municipal beach. This temple, archaeologists believe, was dedicated to Asherath (Astarte) the Canaanite goddess of the sea and dates to approximately 1500 BCE, roughly 200 years before the Exodus of Egypt and the Children of Israel’s entry into Canaan.

 

Historians know little about the inhabitants who lived in the region during this era. The city lies on the path of the ancient trade route, the Via Maris, that linked Syria, Egypt, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia. Its proximity to Acre, a major port City, would indicate the probability that the area was continuously inhabited. A Byzantine-era church was built in what is today the heart of Nahariya. A mosaic floor of the church can still be seen, depicting flora and fauna as well as scenes of work and hunting.

 

Modern day Nahariya was conceived as an utopian model by the agronomist Dr. Selig Eugen Soskin (1873-1959). Soskin was born in Russia and studied agronomy and philosophy in Germany. By 1903 he was already one of the best known leaders of the Zionist movement. He had a good command of Russian, Yiddish, German and English, but spoke hardly any Hebrew. On one of his many trips around the world, Dr. Soskin discovered a small colony in southern Spain called Monte Algaida. The colonists intensively cultivated seven dunams each of sand dunes, on which they grew potatoes, melons, cucumbers and other vegetables, using only sunlight, underground water, and natural fertilizers produced from their animals’ manure, and compost. Each house stood on its own lot, which was just large enough to provide for the family’s needs, and to market any surplus produce. All colonists were members of various cooperatives that provided the necessary infrastructure and community services, and took care of credit and marketing the colony’s products. Soskin searched all over the world, from Latin America to China, for a suitable model for colonizing Jewish Palestine. Soskin found it in the early 1920s at the western rim of the Mediterranean. Mid-thirties Nahariya was to be mirror image of Monte Algaida on the eastern rim of the Mediterranean.
The Negev, which extends over Israel’s southern region, accounts for over half of Israel’s land area. Due to its desert character, this region is sparsely populated. Even so, the Negev has seen its share of history. Abraham built his home in Be’er Sheva, the Nabateans passed through here on caravans of camels laden with precious trade goods. Various peoples have lived in the Negev since the dawn of history: Nomads Canaanites, Philistines, Edomites, Byzantines, Nabateans, Ottomans, and of course Israelis.

 

 

The modern Israeli settlement of the Negev began about 100 years ago when a few communities were built. There were joined by another 11 settlements whose founding members built the first home in a single night. After the establishment of Israel, the new country’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, promoted the settlement of the Negev. He later moved to Sde Boker.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

 

SAVE THE DATE

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show
Miami Beach Convention Center
January 30, 2015 – February 03, 2015
Booth 3008

 

 

Boca Raton Fine Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
February 07 – 09, 2015
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL
Booth 13

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other events please contact:

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center      608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811      fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110 Boca Raton, FL  33431   (561) 750-1800

Works Cited: nahariya.info, museum.rutkin.info, goisrael.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

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Griffin Gallery Shares Southwest Artifacts and Addresses Safe Collecting Tips from Dennis Gaffney of Antique’s Roadshow

The Griffin Gallery Ancient Art proudly invites you to its newest exhibition, “The Ceramics of Our Native Land” which will offer Southwest artifacts, including some Tularosa Basin pottery pieces.  This event is FREE and Open to the Public.  Griffin Gallery also shares some safety tips for collecting artifacts, written by Dennis Gaffney (Antique’s Roadshow).  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

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“CERAMICS OF OUR NATIVE LAND”

FEATURING TULAROSA BASIN POTTERY

& OTHER SOUTHWEST ARTIFACTS

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

The exhibition continues through November 13, 2014.

 

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail

Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.994.0811

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tularosa Grouping from Griffin Gallery

Tularosa Grouping from Griffin Gallery

 

The Griffin Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

 

 

Tips of the Trade:  Safely Collecting Indian Artifacts
By Dennis Gaffney  Antique’s Roadshow    February 26, 2001

 

 

For new and seasoned collectors alike, a simple primer on the legal and ethical issues that surround Native American collecting.  Collectors with an eye for beauty and history have long been lured by the power of Native American artifacts. People have brought examples of these to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, including pre-historic objects once placed in ancient graves as burial offerings, such as Southwest Anasazi pots.

 

 

While Indian artifacts old and new are among the most sought-after collectibles on the market today, the controversial selling of funereal objects leads ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser Bruce Shackelford, an independent San Antonio appraiser and consultant who deals with Indian art and culture, to call it “a dangerous field to collect in.” That’s because laws on the books—and ethical issues brought to the fore by Native American groups—have raised important legal and moral issues about collecting Native American objects. Here we’ve put together a simple primer on the laws governing Native American collecting to help new and seasoned collectors alike navigate legally and ethically in this field.

 

 

Illegal Goods

A series of laws passed in 1906, 1966, 1979, and 1992 forbid the taking of Native American artifacts from federal land, including national forests, parks and Bureau of Land Management land, unless granted a permit to do so. Over the years, states have passed their own laws that restrict the taking of Native American objects from state land, echoing the federal laws. There are also laws that deal with pre-Columbian art and taking native works out of other countries.
Ed Wade is senior vice president at the Museum of Northern Arizona, a private institution in Flagstaff that has a repository of over 2 million Native American artifacts. Ed explains that these laws were enacted to restrict “pot hunting,” the illegal excavation and sale of Native American objects. Under these laws, those who dig up artifacts from federal or state lands can be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and can also be prosecuted and sent to jail.

If someone knowingly or even unknowingly purchases these illegally excavated objects, Ed says federal or state officials might seize them without giving any financial compensation.

 

Expensive Art Breeds Shady Sellers

Bruce says that enforcement of these laws has been stepped up in recent years because the potential to make money from these archaeological treasures has expanded. “Pieces that have once sold for $50 now sell for thousands,” Bruce says. “There’s a large market for Indian artifacts in the decorator crowd. A lot of people who grew up with little Anasazi bowls on the coffee table now want bigger bowls to fill up large Southwest-style houses.”
Ed notes that prices on Indian artifacts above $5,000 are commonplace, with some of the rarest objects selling routinely for half-a-million dollars. Unfortunately, jacked up demand for these beautiful objects has created an incentive for people to excavate them illegally.

 

Grave Robbing

Pot hunters know that they are likely to find the best objects at Indian graves. “Pieces from the graves tend to be the more spectacular ones,” Bruce says. “Native Americans buried their better pieces in graves, so they are often protected from use and tend to survive in a more complete state.” At the Austin ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Bruce saw two Anasazi pots that were between 800 and 1,200 years old. One of the pots had what is called a “kill hole,” made in a pot when it was buried in order to release the spirit from the pot. The existence of this hole in a pot indicates that it was ritually buried.

 

If artifacts such as the two Anasazi pots were to be dug up on federal lands today, under existing law, it would certainly be illegal to sell them. But even if bought prior to the 1906 passage of the first federal law restricting removal of Indian property from federal lands—as these were in the late 1800s—it should not be assumed that such artifacts are legally marketable today. In many cases they are not. Legal or illegal, moreover, buying and selling artifacts that were originally taken from burial sites also raises serious ethical issues. “All cultures have taken part in grave robbing,” Ed explains. “The question is, ‘Is it ethical?’ If we saw people digging in our family plots we’d probably be very upset.” Ed adds that by digging up the burial grounds we’re “damaging someone’s last wish” and also interfering with the Native American expectation that they will “arrive at a better place.”

 

How To Protect Yourself

Whatever one decides is ethical, collectors need to protect themselves from the law. Bruce recommends you check the laws with your local museum, if it has a major Native American collection, or with reputable dealers, scholars and appraisers before you make a purchase. Ed suggests buyers always make sure to get a letter of certification that authenticates where an object came from and when it was found.  “That way, if someone lies, you can sue them,” says Ed, who emphasizes that it is worth getting these for less expensive objects as well, because they will inevitably appreciate in value. “If your son inherits a piece and wants to sell it in 20 years,” Ed explains. “A museum won’t be able to take it if there’s no documentation.” Ed says that buying these objects blind is the equivalent of “buying a car or a house without a title.”

 

Bruce emphasizes the importance of dealing with reputable dealers. He gives the lover of Native American artifacts clear advice. “If someone can’t tell you where an object came from and how it was acquired, don’t buy it,” he says. Bruce also notes that there are plenty of beautiful—and safe—Native American materials on the market, such as clothing, or pottery made by contemporary Native American craftsmen.

 Note: This article was updated on May 30, 2003, to clarify information in the “Grave Robbing” section about burial artifacts excavated from U.S. federal land prior to 1906.

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800  

Works cited: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tips/indianartifacts.html

 

For more information about the Griffin Gallery Ancient Art located at Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431  please call: 561.994.0811  or fax: 561.994.1855  or visit www.griffingallery.net   or email: griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

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Creating a New Career with Helen Brower

The Rickie Report has written articles about people of all ages and stages of life who decided to listen to their inner creative voices and try a new medium to express themselves.  Helen Brower has traveled the world and anyone who has read various travel columns or books has probably read her words!  Until now, Helen’s “voice” has been writing for others. We are pleased to share details about Helen’s first publication of her own in this article.

 

Meeting Helen Brower

 

 

Helen Brower

Helen Brower

 

 TRR: Tell us about your background

HB:

 

I’m a native New Yorker and have had a long and successful career as a freelance writer for travel and lifestyle publications (magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, etc.).  As you’ve probably guessed, as a travel writer, I did a lot of globe-trotting, sometimes spending only enough time at home to unpack, do a load of laundry, then take off on the next trip. I lived in Amsterdam and Rome and, before moving to Delray Beach, where I now live, I spent three happy years in Key West.

 

TRR:  All of your work has been non-fiction. How did you decide to share your own “voice” with this novel?

HB:

 

 

Although I earned my living as a non-fiction writer, I had always harbored a secret desire to write fiction, especially mystery novels (as you’ve probably guessed, I’ve always been an avid reader of mystery-suspense novels). However, roadblocks such as having to find an agent, having to wait months while my book was being “shopped around,” and very likely having to make changes I didn’t really approve of, kept me from making any serious attempts at fiction writing. Until, that is, the emergence of e-books which allowed writers and would-be writers the ability to self-publish without the “help” of third parties. 

 

TRR: So, the emergence of e-books made a difference for you?

HB:

 

At about the time e-books were coming into their own,  I happened to read an article in the New York Times that described Delray Beach, where I was now living, as the “recovery capital of America” (or words to that effect). I mentioned this to my sister, who knew of my love of mystery fiction, and said, half-jokingly, “why don’t I write a  mystery set in Delray Beach and call it ‘Rehab Is Murder.'” We had a good laugh about that but before you know it, I started writing.  

 

TRR:  Understanding your need to be accurate, how did you research the material?

HB:

 

In order to be as authentic as possible, I spoke with friends who have been in recovery and I also researched  the programs and facilities of some actual recovery centers. And because I’ve always liked movies and books that feature an interesting mix of personalities, in addition to the sophisticated main characters, I created a likable young couple, an amusing senior citizen pair, and several residents of the recovery center.

TRR: Can you share an overview of the book with us?

HB:

For starters, here’s the book description that appears on my Amazon book page:

The Broadway gossip hounds are poised to expose Madeline Vaughan’s little secret–her not-so-little drinking problem.  But before they can do their worst, the glamorous stage legend escapes to South Florida’s most luxurious recovery center in the hopes that its team of experts will do what they’ve done for dozens of her fellow celebrities–cure her of her addiction and do it safely away from the prying eyes of the New York tattletales’ local spies.
The treatment seems to be working and the posh facilities and glorious  surroundings only enhance her growing sense of well-being.  But Madeline soon  discovers that beneath the sparkling Florida sunshine lie some dark secrets.  The beautiful psychiatrist who runs the center divides her affections between her movie star husband and her seductive operations manager who’s taken it upon himself to entertain the female guests.  But not everybody is amused by the sexy shenanigans. Before long, violent passions explode and someone ends up dead.

 

Rehab is Murder (2)

 

TRR:  Even a book without illustrations or pictures needs a cover.  How did you go about finding the art work?

HB:

My experiences as a travel writer sent me all over the world. During a stay in Hawaii and the Asian pacific, I became good friends of a fine artist, Craig Carl and his family.  Craig’s background is graphic and commercial art.  When he heard about my novel, he offered to help with the cover.  In fact, this image was the first he drew and we both agreed he captured just the right depiction of my novel!

 

 

There are so many people who have the words but don’t quite know where to start in pursuing their dream of writing a novel that others will read.  Helen Brower is great example of someone who made that dream happen!

 

For more information about Helen’s  e-book, “Rehab Is Murder”, it is available on Amazon’s Kindle Store site and is priced at $3.99.  To contact Helen to speak to your group, please call  561-638-1268 or email hebrower@bellsouth.net

 

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Griffin Gallery Invites You to The Dance of the Devils

While many equate wearing masks with the fun of Halloween, Mardi Gras or Purim, the origins of masks have deeper meaning. The Rickie Report hopes you will attend the Griffin Gallery’s reception on March 13th, as they feature a collection of polychrome wooden Peruvian dance masks.  More details and a sneak peek are in this article.

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Features:

A collection of Polychrome Wooden Peruvian Dance Masks

 

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 13, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

 Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431

 

561.994.0811

 

The exhibition continues through April 09, 2014

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

The Diablada or Danza de los Diablos (Dance of the Devils), is a dance characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the performers. The origins and sense of patrimonial identity of this dance is a matter of dispute between authorities and historians of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. While Peruvian and Chilean authorities claim that the dance is proper of tripartite regional identity, Bolivia’s former Culture Minister claims that the dance should solely be considered Bolivian. There is a style of dance proper of Ecuador named Diablada pillareña, and squads of Diablada were founded in other countries such as Argentina, United States, and Austria by residents from Bolivia.
Peruvian Mask

Peruvian Mask

The dance is a mixture of religious theatrical presentations brought from Spain and Andean religious ceremonies such as the Llama llama dance in honor of the Uru god Tiw (protector of mines, lakes, and rivers), and the Aymaran miner’s ritual to Anchanchu (a demon spirit of caves and other isolated places in Bolivia and Perú.) The dance represents the battle between the archangel and the seven deadly sins represented by the devil.
The Diablada was supposedly introduced in 1576 in Juli Peru to the native Lupakas people located near Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano of present-day Puno, Peru; and from there it allegedly spread to other parts of the Spanish domain in the Americas.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431. For more information please call 561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855 www.griffingallery.net  or email griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

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561-537-0291

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800   Works cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablada

Brian Keeler Invites You to Paint During an “Italy Art Sojourn” this Spring!

Art instructor, Brian Keeler is inviting artists to join him for an “Italy Art Sojourn” this Spring. This trip is for painters and others who want to immerse themselves in “a figure and landscape painting course in beautiful Italy”. The next Art Sojourn is from May 17, 2014 – June 1, 2014.  The Rickie Report shares the details with you here!  Enrollment is limited so reserve your spot soon.

 

Italy Art Sojourn

 

2014  May 17,  – June 1, 2014

 

Pennellate d’Italia- Brush Strokes of Italy

 

 

Barga 2013

 


Instructor Brian Keeler, invites you to join him for “Pennellate d’Italia – Brushstrokes of Italy”, May 17 through June 1st, 2014.  This is an art adventure 
for painters and others who want to immerse themselves in a figure and landscape painting course in beautiful Italy.

 

 

 

Students in Barga

 

 

The sojourn starts in Pisa and Luca with a tour of these medieval cities before heading to the little Tuscan hill town of Barga for a week of figure and landscape painting. During the first week the group will also go to Vernazza on the Cinque Terre for painting the picturesque views of the harbor and seascape. Then on to Florence for an inspiring weekend of art and culture in some of the best museums in the world before arriving in beautiful Umbria near Todi. The trip concludes with a weekend in Rome. During the first two weeks, we’ll make stops in Orvieto, Urbino, Prato, Spoleto and Todi to visit museums, paint and enjoy the cuisine.

 

 

 

Barga Dinner- @ Riccardo

 

 


Brian has won many awards for his painting during a productive career. He is the author of a soon-to-be released art instruction book, “Dramatic Color in the Landscape” coming out this Spring and published by North Light Books. His work has been represented at the Laura Craig Gallery in Scranton, PA and the West End Gallery in Corning, NY for over 20 years.    

 

Brian’s second one-man-show, “Luminous Nature” opens on March 2nd at Philadelphia’s Rodger Lapelle Gallery.  For more information visit rodger@rodgerlapellegalleries.com or call 215-592-0232

 

 

A free brochure is available with all of the details.  Call or email for prices and particulars. bkeeler@epix.net or 570.746.1187  or   www.briankeeler.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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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