Pat Levey Has Gone to the Horse Races With Benefit Auction!

Artist Patricia Levey confirms her ability to create a wide range of artwork with her latest piece! She teamed up with Polo America and brings us a whimsical 3D polo pony and rider. The Rickie Report shares photos of the process and the finished piece, which will be auctioned off to benefit the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Kudos to Pat!

 

Pat Levey

 

Equine Art

 

 

 

 

To celebrate Polo America’s 25th Anniversary in 2014, the organization hosted an original art exhibition.  Renowned artists from around the world painted a limited number of fiberglass polo players on horseback. The statues measure 5 feet 6 inches and were displayed at a number of art exhibitions around the country.  The artists had the option of showing the horse and rider as realistic team or they could be painted at the artist’s discretion, while keeping the structural integrity of the form intact.  Patricia Levey’s agent, Jeanne Chisolm suggested Pat answer a “call for entries” for a 3D polo pony and rider.

 

 

 

 

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Pat tells The Rickie Report, ‘I answered a ‘Call to Artists’ and was accepted to paint a whimsical horse shopping on Worth Avenue and Rodeo Drive. He was shown on April 19th at a Large Polo Exhibition game and party in Wellington,FL, traveled to Georgia for 45 days, and then on to San Diego where he will be auctioned off. As an artist I get a % of the proceeds and the rest goes to the Marines “Semper Fi” charity for their wounded warriors.”

 

Pat takes The Rickie Report readers through the process of her creation:

 

Pat started planning the placement of the images she has chosen

Pat Levey starts planning the placement of the images she has chosen

 

 

 

 

 

Close-Up of Pat's design

Close-Up of Pat Levey’s design

 

Pat painted the horse gold.  The leather is copper, while the polo player ‘s skin and boots are silver.  Using bronze to accent his clothing lets the colors of the ladies  shopping and the shopping bags themselves stand out.

 

 

 

 

Close-up of the Polo Player

Close-up of the Polo Player by Pat Levey

 

 

The polo player’s helmet is a bright blue and the buttons on his clothing is gold.  Pat used red for an accent color. She integrated the clocks on Worth Avenue in her design as well.

 

 

 

Pat Levey's Polo Player

Pat Levey’s Polo Player

 

 

The Rickie Report spoke with Mr. Randy Russell, Director of Polo America. He shared, “Pat’s horse is whimsical! Her concept to use actual shopping bags from stores on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach,FL  plus Rodeo Drive in CA was brilliant. We look forward to the auction, where people from around the world will bid on all of the entries.”

 

 

Pat Levey's Polo Player on display at Augusta International Airport

Pat Levey’s Polo Player on display at Augusta International Airport

 

For more information about placing a bid on this or other entries, please visit: www.poloamerica.com or call (803) 652-1181

 

For more information about Pat Levey’s artwork and jewelry please call (561) 844-8904 or
patleveyfinearts@me.com  or visit: www.patleveyfinearts.com

 

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“Vintage Fantasy” Opens at Artisans on the Ave

See the one-of-a-kind artwork from the creative minds of Tara Mals and Linda Manganaro at Artisans on the Ave.  This boutique-like gallery has been bringing us innovative artistry since its inception.  The Opening Reception for “Vintage Fantasy” is Saturday, September 20th and is FREE and Open to The Public.  The Rickie Report encourages you to stop by and see how everything old is new again!
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Artisans On The Ave

 

Presents

“Vintage Fantasy”

 

September 20, 2014

Saturday 6 – 9 pm

630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, Fl. 33460

561-582-3300

For more info call 561-762-8162

 

Join Artisans on the Ave for a special exhibit, “Vintage Fantasies”.  The opening Reception is FREE and open to the public.  Festivities begin at  6 pm on Saturday, September 20th.  Step back in time and enjoy complimentary old favorite refreshments from the past. View a bit of nostalgia and take home a memory that will make you smile!!    Vintage items given a new twist!! See the one of a kind art from the creative minds of Tara Mals and Linda Manganaro.   They have transformed old pieces into amazing ART treasures.
Tara Mals with her display at Artisans on the Ave

Tara Mals with her display at Artisans on the Ave

Tara Mals uses unwanted pieces, trays, boxes and furniture, and then paints with a Folk art style. From the nautical world to Halloween, her pieces can once again be treasured.
Close-up of Tara Mals' baskets

Close-up of Tara Mals’ baskets

Tara, with a lifelong passion for Halloween, has never stopped creating Halloween.  Growing up near Pittsburgh PA, with an artistic family, art, antiques, and being creative were instilled early on.  Tara takes “recycling” to a new height.  Not everything is Halloween related.  She is prolific and offers many options from playful to practical.
Tara Mals and her Skel-e-mingos

Tara Mals and her Skel-e-mingos

 

 

Tara explains, ” HAUNTITURE     (hawnt-a chur)  n. 1. cleverly hand painted eerily creepy articles (such as tables, chairs, beds, trunks, etc. ) …which are necessary possessions for a room or house.  2. one-of-a-kind charmingly bizarre pieces conjured up by Tara Mals.   Each piece is unique, one of a kind because they are painted on items that have been discarded then given new life. If this obscure taste is a must for you, be warned, it can become an obsession when you are attracting all eyez!  You can never have too many, these pieces will grow on you.  It will be difficult, not letting them take over, in a haunting sense. Let’s just say, they bring new life.”
Tara Mals'  Handpainted table with map of the Caribbean

Tara Mals’ Handpainted table with map of the Caribbean

Linda Manganero

Linda Manganaro’s “I Am Not Worthy of Your Love”

Linda Manganaro sees art in the most unexpected items.  She then creates the acquired found objects into an art form.  Her assemblages are thoughtful, thought provoking and whimsical.
"Towers" by Linda Mangenaro

“Towers” by Linda Manganaro

She turns various wood pieces turned into a towering 6 foot sculpture, or an assemblage that tells a visual story to the onlooker made from wire, paper, old buttons and antique parts.  Then she leaves it up to your imagination to finish the story.
Assemblage by Linda Manganergo

Assemblage by Linda Manganaro

Linda tells The Rickie Report, ” I rescue treasures and locate homes for them!”   Interior designers and home owners alike, love Linda’s creations.

Artisans On The Ave Gallery

 

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is located at 630 Lake Avenue in the middle of downtown Lake Worth, Florida.  Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 11 AM – 6 PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM.   Our Gallery features the work of 25 local artists working in all media.  For information on becoming an artist with two or three-dimensional art in our gallery please call Betty Wilson  561-762-8162 or Linda Manganaro  561-308-7263.  Gallery phone: 561-582-3300.

 

 

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September Events at Lighthouse ArtCenter are Plentiful

September is a month filled with events at The Lighthouse ArtCenter.  From the now-famous “ArtyBras” Exhibit, Plein Air display from the Maine and Italy tours, the Fashion Show and “Go Figure”,  get out your calendars! The Rickie Report shares an outline of each program in this article.

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter

 

373 Tequesta Drive   Tequesta, FL

 

561-746-3101

 

September Overview:

 

ArtyBras

 

Plein Air Exhibit from Maine to Italy

 

“Go Figure” Exhibit

3rd Thursday Opening Reception

 

 

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September 10 to October 21, 2014

EXHIBITION: ArtyBras Exhibition

An exhibition of artist and survivor-made art bras, as well as a silent auction and fashion show to benefit the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at Jupiter Medical Center and the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Join supporters and survivors in this creative and uplifting exhibition and event!

 

 

 

Examples of ArtyBras, 2013

Examples of ArtyBras, 2013

 

 

"Go Figure"  Pastel by Barbra Broidy

“Go Figure” Pastel by Barbra Broidy

 

 

 

September 10 to October 25, 2014

 

EXHIBITION: Plein Air Display from Summer Tours to Italy and Maine

 

EXHIBITION: Go Figure: A Celebration of the Human Form

An open, juried exhibition glorifying the human figure in multiple mediums. See drawings, pastels and the work of sculptors and painters as they interpret the mass, geometry and perspective of our anatomy.

 

 

 

“The decision to present a collection of work based solely on the human form was chosen because there has not been anything of that specific or similar work shown at the ArtCenter in recent years. The ability to compare the viewpoints of different artists on how they translate the basic elements of the human body, themselves and those around them promises to be a intriguing journey. Viewers who find themselves inspired to create their own versions of the human form will find that the drawing and sculpture classes at the ArtCenter are led by some of the most skilled instructors in Florida.”

 

 

"Go Figure" Bronze by Eduardo Gomez

“Go Figure” Bronze by Eduardo Gomez

 

 3rd THURSDAY

Opening reception & Awards Presentation

 

Thursday, Sept. 18th

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

 

"Go Figure" by Manon Sander

“Go Figure” by Manon Sander

 

 

 

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information please call (561) 748-8737 or visit www.lighthousearts.org.

 

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561-537-0291

 

Call For Artwork: “Exceptions to Gravity” From Artists In Florida

Artists in Florida are putting out a Call for Entries!  The theme for this exhibit is “Exceptions to Gravity”.  The artwork will be displayed at The Plaza Theater in Manalapan during the one-man show with “Avner The Eccentric”.  Avner Eisenberg is an internationally renown performance artist, Broadway and film actor as well as a mime.   The deadline for entries is October 18th.  The Rickie Report knows that this is a special opportunity to “think out of the box” with your entries!

 

 

 

Artists in Florida

Present a Call For Entries

“Exceptions to Gravity”

 

 

  • $30 for up to 5 image entries and $5.00 for anything over 5.

 

  • Members can enter up to 5 images for free.

 

  • Anybody who wishes to join Artists in Florida for the yearly membership price of $125.00 can enter this and future calls to The Plaza Theatre for free along with other chosen venues.

Important Dates:

  • The deadline for submission is October 18
  • Drop off is October 28th

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other events Artists in Florida offer, please contact Jackee Swinson at  561. 714. 4871 or email info@artinfl.org

 

 

 

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Meet John Rachell at OSGS (BYOC*) *Bring Your Own Chair

Don’t miss the next Summer Lecture Series at Ortiz-Smykla Gallery|Studio! Their popular BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) Series continues with John Rachell.  What a great opportunity to meet this fine artist who sculpts and paints.  John will give a demonstration and answer questions.  And you’re out in plenty of time to catch dinner in any one of the Northwood eateries.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

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OSGS Gallery in Northwood

 

Summer Lecture Series

 

BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) & Free lecture

by

John Rachell 

 

 Saturday  September 13, 2014 at  7pm

 

 

500 Northwood Road         W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

OSGS Gallery is keeping the summer hopping and the arts alive with their BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) Lecture Series. OSGS Works of Art and Custom Framing (Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio) is located in the heart of Northwood Village.  This year the free lectures come in conjunction with the free Northwood Village ArtWalk Gallery Tours on the 2nd Saturday of every month.  

 

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John Rachell attended Polk Junior College (Winter Haven, Florida),  Palm Beach Junior College (Lake Worth, Florida, A.A. 1974)  and  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (B.F.A. 1977).   An accomplished artist, John has exhibited his sculpture and paintings in group and individual shows around the United States.

 

 

John Rachell's Painting

John Rachell’s “Garden Series”

 

 John Rachell is a prolific painter.  His artistry has not been diminished, even after suffering two strokes which left him paralyzed on his right side.  John states, “Life is so marvelous that no matter what the limitations are, you can expand the manifestations of the spirit.”

 

John Rachell's "Garden"

John Rachell’s “Garden”

 

 

Physical therapy three times a week is not enough for John.  He tells us, “My therapy tool is a brush”.   An artist by trade, John took stock of his strengths.  John returned to his passion of painting, teaching himself to paint with his non-dominant hand, which had not been affected by the stroke.  

John Rachell's "Organic Forms Series 1" welded Steel

John Rachell’s “Organic Forms Series 1″ Welded Steel

 

Previews of their work can be seen on the OSGS web site at www.OSGSart.com.

 

During these lectures each speaker shares their passion for the arts and their identity as an artist.  You will discover how each began their incredible artistic journey, their background, techniques, mentors, what drives and/or motivates them and where they see their work taking them into the future.  If you have not attended one of our lectures prior to now you are in for a fabulous treat and will, at the same time, learn something new in the process.

 

 

You do not have to be signed up for the Free ArtWalk tour to attend the Free Lecture.  Although it is encouraged to not miss out on the Free VIP Guided Tour through the many art spaces in Northwood Village.  If you wish to take the tour, please sign-up at http://www.northwoodartwalk.com/  The Lectures will begin at the end of the first ArtWalk tour, around 7pm. 

 

 

 

There are many fabulous restaurants in the area with many of them offering live music, so plan to have a bite to eat or enjoy a glass of wine before or after the lecture.

 

 

 

Art runs in the veins of gallery curators Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla. OSGS is the embodiment of their love of art and for sharing the work of talented artists. On any given day, a visit to their gallery sends guests crossing paths with a variety of works in many mediums that include modern-art paintings, sculptures, and functional home wares. The team also does their own creating inside the studio: custom framing is available with a large number of options for materials, glass, matting, and mounting. 

 

 

For more information about OSGS:  Visit our website for more information about the gallery visit: http://www.osgsart.com/

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla     OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223 OSGSart@hotmail.com      www.OSGSart.com        http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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Artists Association of Jupiter Presents “Our True Colors” Exhibit and Benefit

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Our True Colors”, a one of a kind collaboration between The Artists Association of Jupiter and the Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs for Heroes. The Rickie Report suggests you set aside Wednesday September 10th, from 5:30-7:30  to see the art exhibit and meet some of the “in training” pups and Veterans!  More details are here.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks and a Raffle will benefit Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs for Heroes.

 

 

 

 

Artists Association of Jupiter

Presents

“Our True Colors”

Wednesday, September 10th

Public Reception

5:30 -7:30 pm

 A Unique Art Gallery

226 Center Street  Suite #8

Jupiter, FL

 

 

 

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Pups 4 Liberty Service Dogs for Heroes

 

 

 

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Our True Colors”, a one of a kind collaboration of The Artists Association of Jupiter. This event will be held on Wednesday September 10th, from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks and a 50/50 Raffle will benefit Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs for Heroes. Meet some of the P4L teams, some “in training” pups and Veterans.  www.paws4liberty.org

 

 

 

 

“Our True Colors” will represent the essence and energy that this time in our world is all about, a united community coming together to support through the imagination a vision of peace and harmony. If we can imagine it we can create it! We invite you to join us as we share with you the reason why we create and the reason why we are a united co-op of diverse artists with one message and one goal.

 

 

 

 

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“Pups in training”

 

 

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010. The gallery is staffed and operated with the help of volunteer gallery artists. Each month on the second Wednesday, the Gallery hosts special exhibits with a wine and cheese reception. We feature one or more of our artists with a portion of all sales and a 50/50 Raffle benefiting different local not for profit charities.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com

 

 

 

 

The mission of Paws 4 Liberty

The mission of Paws 4 Liberty is to help returning soldiers with disabilities regain their independence and confidence through the assistance of highly trained service dogs.
We envision improved quality of life for veterans who have served so bravely through a loving and enduring relationship with a service dog.
With a primary focus on post 9/11 veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Paws 4 Liberty raises, trains, and places highly skilled service dogs. Paws 4 Liberty places service dogs at no cost to the recipient. To fulfill our purpose, our ongoing objectives include:
• To accept qualified rescue dogs or donated dogs for the specific purpose of training them to become service dogs
• To carefully screen and train dogs as service dogs according to the standards set by Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
• To match trained service dogs to an appropriate human “partner,” with thoughtful consideration for the client’s needs and the dog’s abilities
• To provide continuing supportive services to ensure a successful and enduring relationship between the client and dog
• We believe that many returning veterans, men and women who are used to living highly active lifestyles, have made significant sacrifices that have had a serious impact on their abilities.
• We believe that veterans in particular, because of their military training and experience working in small units, are well suited for a long term relationship with a service dog.
• We believe that a match between a service dog and a veteran is a mutually beneficial relationship that helps fulfill the needs of the human and the dog.
• We believe in the value of educating the public about the challenges facing returning veterans and the benefits of service dogs.
• We believe that our clients, our dogs, our volunteers, and all our partners deserve to be treated with the utmost kindness and respect at all times.
• Article in Seabreeze Publication:  http://www.seabreezepublications.com/papers/1407/southernexposure/index.html#p=6

 

 

Paws 4 Liberty is one of 76 nonprofit organizations featured in the third annual “Directory of Extraordinary Charities,” which is produced by Extraordinary Charities, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization designed to connect donors with outstanding and underfunded charities in the community.

 

 

 

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.com  or Heidi Spirraza, Executive Director heidi@paws4liberty.org  Paws 4 Liberty, Inc. 8939 Palomino Drive Lake Worth, FL 33467 (561) 644-6292 www.paws4liberty.org

 

 

 

 

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Three Calls to Artists for October in Lake Worth

What a great opportunity to share THREE Calls to Artists for different exhibits all happening in Lake Worth!  The Rickie Report hopes you enter these exhibits and share your artistry!  Let us know your good news when you get accepted! 

 

 

 

October in Downtown Lake Worth

Three Calls to Artists 

 

 Three Artist Events in October

 

on J Street in Downtown Lake Worth

 

J Street in Downtown Lake Worth will be the epicenter of Arts Activities throughout the month of October.  Calls are going out to artists throughout the county for two artist exhibits and a major Arts Streets Festival that will span the entire downtown J Street blocks, North and South. 

 

 

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CALL TO ARTISTS #1-  A Cat-O-Strophic Event-   (Interpretations of Cats in Any Arts Medium)  Hosted by Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.

Open to 2D and 3D Artists in all mediums.  Artists may enter up to 2 pieces of current work  (40 artists will be accepted.)  The exhibition will open on Saturday, October 4 and run through Tuesday, October 14.  It will be open during Art-Ober Fest, which draws huge crowds to the street and gallery.  5000 postcards and invitations are being  printed and distributed to every animal shop, clinic, shelter and veterinarian in the county.  Expected in attendance are cat art lovers from all over. For an application, contact Joyce@flamingoclaystudio.org or visit CGMS Gallery, 15 South J Street- Lake Worth FL 33460.   

 

 

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CALL TO ARTISTS #2- Art-Ober Fest 

This popular street arts Festival will be expanding to J Street, both North and South of Lake Avenue. Four performance areas are being planned. Affordable booth space is available for hundreds of artists.  The festival will take place on Saturday, October 11.  Contact Propaganda for an application. Booking@PropagandLW.com

 

 

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CALL TO ARTISTS #3- Day(s) of the Dead (Open to all Interpretations) Hosted by Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.

 

The Day of the Dead is celebrated annually in Mexico on November 1st, coinciding with the observation of All Saint’s Day. The Day of the Dead is a uniquely Mexican celebration, a cultural festival resembling Halloween in many ways, but with more cultural and spiritual meaning. The holiday combines elements of Catholicism with ancient Aztec symbolism, and honors the spirits of departed ancestors and loved ones who are believed to return to earth to join in the celebrations.  The  exhibit begins on Friday, October 17 and continues through November 4. Open to 2D and 3D Artists in all mediums.  Artists may enter up to 2 pieces of current work.  For an application, contact Joyce@flamingoclaystudio.org or visit CGMS Gallery, 15 South J Street- Lake Worth FL 33460.   

 

 

ClayGlassMetalStone 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 Wednesday, 10AM-4PM. Friday and Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   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

 

 

 

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Ilene Adams on the Road

There is still time for vacation!  The Rickie Report was happy to share some suggestions of art-related places for Ilene Adams to visit as she and her husband, Norm, drove north ending up in Massachusetts.  Ilene, a multi-talented artist in her own right, helps other artists market their work.  Ilene’s artwork can be found at Art on Park (Lake Park) and OSGS (Northwood). She shares her travelogue with our readers as well as some fascinating exhibits and sites.

 

 

 

Ilene Adams On The Road

 

 

Every summer, my husband drives to New Jersey to see his father.  I did that trip in reverse 22 years ago, when one daughter was 3 and I was pregnant with the other one.  I swore I would never do it again.  This year we were invited to one of my best friends son’s wedding in Massachusetts so it made sense that we would combine the trips and drive.  I did my best martyr routine and said I would bite the bullet and make the drive up with my husband. To cope with the long ride decided I would make the most of it and visit old friends, New York and some museums and Mass MoCA in the Berkshires near where the wedding was to be.

 

 

 

 

Armed with Sirius radio and a 1000+ page book on my Nook, we began the journey north on Father’s Day.  We stopped in Jacksonville for lunch to see my youngest daughter (the one I was pregnant with) and then headed up to North Carolina for our midway stop and arrived in New Jersey on Monday.  Tuesday morning I woke up early, eager to visit my old stomping grounds in NYC and took New Jersey Transit to meet my older daughter, Kayla. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art where there were several exhibitions I looked forward to seeing.  

 

 

Sculpture from "The Lost Kingdoms"

Sculpture from “The Lost Kingdoms”

 

 

Lost Kingdoms, an exhibit of Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia was one of them. There were about 160 sculptures on loan from the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia known as the “lost kingdoms”. It was an amazing collection to see and a once in a lifetime opportunity as it was never seen before in its entirety and most likely won’t be again.

 

 

 

Next stop was the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Costume Institute that examined the career of legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978. It explored James’s design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. The retrospective features approximately sixty-five of the most notable designs James produced over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978.   It was beautifully curated and used high tech analytical animations along with text, x-rays, and vintage images to tell the story of each gown’s intricate construction and history. 

 

 

 

Quote from Charles James

Quote from Charles James

 

 

 

 

 

The rooftop installation by Dan Graham is the second in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum’s Roof Garden. Comprising curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass set between ivy hedgerows, Graham’s structure is part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper facade. Viewers who enter the work are transformed into performers; in glimpsing their own reflections, they are also made acutely aware of the act of looking.

 

 

 

Dan Graham Exhibit @ Met

Dan Graham Exhibit @ Met

 

 

 

Leaving the museum we strolled through Central Park and had the chance to see Swiss artist Olaf Breuning’s Clouds at the southeast entrance of Central Park, at 5th Avenue and 60th Street. They are 35 feet tall held aloft among the trees. The six bright blue clouds are made of polished and painted aluminum.

 

 

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Olaf Breuning’s “Clouds”

 

 

After dinner in New Jersey with the family, we went back to New York on Wednesday to visit Kayla in her new apartment by Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. I had been to the New York Botanical Gardens many times but had never been to Brooklyn’s and was pleasantly  surprised by its size and beauty.

 

 

At the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

At the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

 

The Botanical Garden, called the premier horticultural attraction in the region by The New York Times, is New York City’s natural wonder, where no matter what the season, something is always in bloom. There are many different gardens with different themes including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the fragrant Cranford Rose Garden, the children’s Discovery Garden, and  the Steinhardt Conservatory, containing the world famous C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Everything was in bloom and there was a constant riot of color where ever one looked.

 

We spent a few days in New  Jersey visiting friends and then we headed to Lenox, Massachusetts to a great bed and breakfast and a fabulous meal.  After living in Florida for 11 years I was enthralled with the mountains, the trees, the winding roads the fresh air and the quaint shops and galleries. 

 

 

MassMoCa

MassMoCa

 

Saturday morning after a delicious breakfast we jumped in the car and headed to North Adams and Mass MoCA, a museum that did not exist when I lived in Massachusetts and one I have been wanting to visit. I surprised at the size of the complex and what an incredible job was done in converting the factories into a magnificent art space. The design and architecture alone is worth the trip. 

 

 

MassMoCa Tower

MassMoCa Tower

 

Mass MoCa is housed in a converted manufacturing facility that is a vast complex of 19th-century factory buildings. The site’s 26 buildings form an elaborate system of interlocking courtyards and passageways rich with historical association. Bridges, viaducts, elevated walkways, and red brick facades lend a distinct architectural ambiance to the complex. 

 

 

 

Upside Down Tree Sculpture at MassMoCa

Upside Down Tree Sculpture at MassMoCa

 

 

There were several exhibits throughout the complex as well as outside sculptures and installations. Occupying one of the large buildings, a historic mill, with three floors of work is the Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. Taking nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of some sixty-five artists and art students, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective installed the show and it will remain on view for twenty-five years.

 

 

Sol

Sol LeWitt Exhibit

 

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications. It is unbelievable to see the scope and intricacies of this work.

 

 

 

T Fernandez Exhibit

Teresita Fernandez Exhibit, “As Above So Below”

Teresita Fernández: “As Above So Below”  exhibit combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, As Above So Below is made up entirely of new works.

 

Detail of Fernandez Exhibit

Detail of Fernandez’ Exhibit “Sfumato”

 

 

 

Fernandez’s “Sfumato” (Epic), is a large-scale site-specific installation that spreads across the walls of the museum’s central galleries like an organic swarm. The work consists of over 40,000 small rocks of raw, mined graphite – each with a small, hand-drawn, graphite mark, almost like a cosmic trail – emanating from each fragment. In its entirety, “Epic” functions as a constellation. Up close, individual graphite elements and clusters become miniaturized landscapes of their own.

 

 

Darren Waterston, "Filthy Lucre"

Darren Waterston, “Filthy Lucre”

 

Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty is the painter’s D installation “Filthy Lucre” — the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. Waterston became fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its unrivaled union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego.The artist reimagines and transforms the room into one of decaying extravagance.

 

 

 

Patkin Rug

Izhar Patkin Rug from “The Wandering Veil”

 

 

 

Izhar Patkin: ” The Wandering Veil” is the long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin takes over the museum’s largest gallery. This is a fascinating exhibition of the artists works on sheer materials. 

 

 

"Dead Shoshana"

“Dead Shoshana” from The Wandering Veil Exhibit

 

 

 

Many of the works are room-sized images printed on fabrics and and are based on the poems of Agha Shahid Ali. There are several rooms wall size paintings in ink on pleated illusion (tulle curtains), 14 x 22 x 28 each.  There were also some of his sculpture and smaller paintings including Persian rugs painted on screening and other works on various fabrics. http://www.izharpatkin.com/ 

 

 

 

Izhar Patkin Sculpture

Izhar Patkin Sculpture

 

 

There were several other artists’ works shown as well including Mark Dion’s The Octagon Room, In Transit: Between Image and Object, Anselm Kiefer; The Dying of the Light; Film as Medium and Metaphor and Franz West sculptures. I have included some of the images and images of the other parts of Mass MoCa and you can go towww.MassMoCa.org to see more.

 

 

All in all , after 3400 miles, it was a great trip and I had the opportunity to see a wide variety of art , friends, family and landscapes. Maybe I won’t wait 22 years for the next trip!

 

Art-Related Links

 

 

http://www.bbg.org/ (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens)

For more information about Ilene Adams’ artwork or professional art services, please visit:

www.IleneAdamsInc.com

www.IleneAdamsFineArt.com

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September at Art on Park Offers Many, Varied Events for All Ages and Interests

The Artists of Palm Beach County start off September with a wide assortment of activities!  Get ready for art demonstrations, book readings, learn how to create a book art sculpture, poetry readings and a remarkable lecture with world renown Nancy Brown. Don’t miss coloring and collage-making for children and the  LITERARTURE Exhibit!  The Rickie Report shares the details and dates here.  All events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC!

 

 

 

 

 

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Artists of Palm Beach County Invite you to:

 

September at Art on Park

 

800 Park Avenue      Lake Park, FL

 

 

 

 

The Artists of Palm Beach County have an assortment of activities lined up for September that coordinate with their LITERARTURE EXHIBIT.  All events are being held at APBC Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave., Lake Park 33403. All events are free and open to the public.

 

 

Saturday, September 6th at 2pm:

 

Book Art Demonstration with Betty Laur and Cora Lee Palma-Hayden. Both artists will show and tell how they create book art sculpture.

 

 

 

Saturday, September 13th at 6pm:

Wine & Cheese Book Reading and Signing.

Five artists will discuss and read from their books:

 

 

Sandra Barbieri, “Cristal and the Secret of the Enchanted Forest”

“Thorn Boy”, by John Klingel

Maxine Schreiber, “The Story of Daphne the Duck”

“The Adventures of Katelyn, Gracie the Ghost, and the Magic Horse” by Linda Taylor Newton

John Vincent Palozzi, “Cook These Poems”

 

 

Friday, September 19th at 7pm:

 

 

Words, Wine & Cheese Open Poetry Reading with the Poets of the Palm Beaches. You bring the poems, we’ll bring the wine and cheese! Original work only please. Bring several poems and we will keep reading around the circle until we run out of time or words!

 

 

Saturday, September 20th at 2 pm:

 

 

SIMPLY CHINA with Nancy Brown

 

A Renowned photographer, Nancy toured China and put together a remarkable book of her travels with full color photos and words in both English and Chinese. She will tell us about her travels, answer questions and autograph her books, which are priced especially for this exhibit.

 

 

Saturday, September 27th at 1 pm:

 

Drawing and Collage – for kids from 9 to 90!

Join us for a fun afternoon of drawing and collage making. There’s only one rule: your image must represent your FAVORITE BOOK! We will provide all materials, so there’s nothing for you to bring but your ideas. Children, parents and grandparents are all welcome!

 

Please come to one or all of these special events brought to you by the LITERARTURE 2014 EXHIBIT benefiting the Friends of the Lake Park public Library at Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave. 561-345-2842

 

For more information about the Artists of Palm Beach County, these events or

any exhibits at Art on Park

please call  561- 345-2842

 or visit www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

 

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The Art of Display, Part I

Artists who create 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional work need to consider how they display their artistry.  This is part of marketing your business and can take different directions depending on the pieces being displayed, the area of your display, and your environment.  The Rickie Report looks at different aspects of displaying your work in this article, Part I of III.

 

 

The Art of Display

 

 

Easy to Read Signage

 

  • Are your signs eye catching?
  • Do not rely on hand written signs unless you are calligrapher (and we urge caution even then)
  • Avery and other companies offer labels of varying sizes which can be computer printed
  • Use an easy to read font
  • Consider that the font you pick will be read differently in print than on a computer screen 
  • Use a large type (Try different options)

                    this is 18 in Comic Sans ( great for reading an artist bio)

 
      this is 24 in Menlo
 
            this is 36 in Casual  (while it is larger than 24, it is smaller to read due to the font itself )
 
     this is 48 in Chalkboard
  • Be consistent. You can use the same font in different sizes, depending on the sign you need
  • Consider the color  you print with: yellow is difficult to see on a white background
  • Arial font, with rounded lines not only prints well but when enlarged, it is ideal for larger signs
  • 48 or 72 point font sizes are easier to read from a distance

 

 

What message do your signs convey?

 

  • Signs tell who you are and what you are selling at a quick glance
  • Patrons are more apt to stop by a display where they can easily identify what your product is
  • Your name,  your business name, and what you are selling should be easy to ascertain
  • Signs can convey messages using words as well as images
  • Will your business logo translate to an easy-to-read sign?
  • Having your logo on signage deepens the branding of your business.
  • If you are offering a % discount, have a sign with the details
  • Encourage people to sign your Guest Book.  Promise that you will not share email addresses or inundate them with mail.  The purpose of a Guest Book is to contact interested patrons  with your e-newsletter or dates of exhibition when you are back in the area.  It is also an opportunity for them to write comments about specific items you are selling.

 

Descriptions and Prices

 

  • Hand made does not mean hand written
  • Titles, medium and prices should be easy to find 
  • Without the basic information about the product, the materials and the cost, a patron may walk away rather than ask for help
  • An interesting tid-bit about your art can pique a customer’s curiosity
  • Have your business cards easily available for anyone who enters the booth
  • Have a photo album of your previous work.
  • Show your art pieces in context ( in homes, offices, yachts). It makes it easier for people to imagine in their own space. 
  • If you offer private commission art pieces, indicate that!

 

 

 

Look for The Art of Display Part II in an upcoming Rickie Report, where we will focus on other aspects of displaying your artistic creations!

 

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