Charles Bane Offers Specialty Classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach

Charles Bane is an alumnus of both the Bak and Dreyfoos Schools. An incredibly skilled, multimedia artist, his teaching style has gained impressive popularity with students of all ages.  He teaches classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach to not only ease students’ anxieties when they apply for the Bak or Dreyfoos Schools, but to enhance their portfolios.  The Rickie Report takes a look at some of the artwork from his classes and suggests that anyone who needs a refresher with their drawing techniques, adults included, sign up! You’ll find him at Jerry’s Artarama offering his expertise.

 

 

 

 

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BAK & DREYFOOS PREP with Charles Bane

 

The curriculum of each of these schools challenges students to achieve a high standard of artistic professionalism and academic excellence.  Charles Bane’s classes at Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach help level the playing field, as students apply for acceptance in these programs.

 

 

 

TRR: Tell our readers about your own creativity

CB:

Currently, I’m a student at FAU and plan to work at a finance firm after passing the Series 7 & 66 exams.  My artwork is really me just experimenting. Depending on the day, I’ll explore abstract… although lately I’ve been having fun with Liechtenstein-inspired paintings exploring depression in super heroes.

 

 

Painting by Charles Bane

Painting by Charles Bane

 

 

 

TRR:  Please share some details about your prep classes at Jerry’s Artarama

CB:

 My classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach are a Bak/Dreyfoos prep class. Instead of exploring the different points of the audition with an equation for the kids to follow, I push their critical thinking and abilities so the auditions seem easy.

 

 

 

Charles Bane's Prep Class at Jerry's Artarama

Charles Bane’s Prep Class at Jerry’s Artarama

 

 

 

Normally, I use massive still lives, fast paced gesture drawings, and monster paper sculptures.

 

 

 

Students in Charles Bane's Prep Class at Jerry's Artarama

Students in Charles Bane’s Prep Class at Jerry’s Artarama

 

 

TRR:  What is the main focus of the class?

CB:

 

It’s all about critical thinking and pushing problem solving skills. This way, no matter the level they’re on, they can stay in a comfort zone and move forward.

 

 

 

 

Charles Bane Prep Class, Jerry's Artarama

Charles Bane’s Prep Class, Jerry’s Artarama

 

 

The auditions are an endurance test. Most of my students stay with me from the year before their audition up until the actual audition.

 

 

 

TRR:  Do you have any help hints to share with us?

CB:

Honestly, a sketchbook can be a student’s best friend. I always tell my students to keep drawing.

 

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Art Supplies in Charles Bane’s Studio

 

 

TRR:  When do your classes take place?

CB:

 

The classes are on Saturdays. There is a $15.00 fee and all are welcome. I’ve had adults  who just needed a refresher on drawing.

 

 

 

Painting in Progress with Charles Bane

Painting in Progress with Charles Bane

 

 

 

For more information about Charles Bane’s classes, other workshops and classes and special events at Jerry’s Artarama, please visit:

http://www.westpalmbeach-jerrys.com

 

For more information about Charles Bane’s artwork, please visit:

http://blackwellbane.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

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Deborah LaFogg Docherty Offers Two Day Workshop: “Expressing Your Inner Animal in Pastel”

Deborah LaFogg has gone from an “emerging” to one of National acclaim and is now offering a local workshop for artists at Hennevelt’s Gallery!  She is a busy woman!  We don’t state that lightly.  She is teaching classes, workshops, caring for family members, keeping watch over animals who wander into her yard or noticing an unusual butterfly  –  and she is always working at her artwork.  Her Facebook posts modestly share her most recent acceptances to National Exhibits as well as Awards. She honestly seems surprised that anyone pays attention to her work – but she is very wrong.  Through Deborah’s artistry, we see the true essence of the animals she captures in pastel and paint. We are lucky! The Rickie Report shares the details and a few photos of her award-winning artworks.  Sign up for her workshop before the spaces are taken! You are in for a treat! Future workshops and exhibits are listed here as well.

 

 

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Presents

“Expressing Your Inner Animal in Pastel”

 

 

Hennevelt’s Gallery

November 8 & 9, 2014  

 9 – 5 pm  both days

 

510 Northwood Rd.    West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Pre-Registration Information:

(561) 506-4108

Email: Art@Hennevelts.com
Website: www.hennevelts.com

 

 

"Couch Potato" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Couch Potato” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

 

Class Outline:

 

 

Day one

The class will start with what it takes to make a strong pastel painting of wildlife or a pet. Important points to be covered… Composition, Color, Form, Perspective, Contrast and Textures.
Deborah will talk about the materials the class is going to use and why. Next to be covered will be how to pick the right reference and the importance of your composition.
Students will be provided with several options of reference materials to choose from or may choose to bring their own. Value sketches, color choices and perspective will be next.
Deborah will demonstrate by starting a pastel and talk about under painting. Students start their paintings if they are comfortable with their compositions and value sketches. Deborah will be available to answer questions.

 

 

Day two

Deborah will demonstrate different techniques for applying pastel.
She will also demonstrate working on black backgrounds.
Students will work on their paintings. Deborah will be available to answer questions and help them solve painting issues.

Students will be painting and she will be available to answer questions and offer each student helpful suggestions.

The last two to three hours Deborah will offer critiques of two examples of each students work.

Overview of class: Students will be taught to create pastel paintings of pets or wildlife with background if desired that have strong compositions, pleasing colors, exciting contrast and textures that hold the viewers interest.

 

 

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"Woodstorks" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Woodstorks” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

ART AWARDS:

Two Honorable Mentions in the Animal & Wildlife category of the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition held by the Pastel Journal, printed in the April 2015 issue.
First Place: Women Artists Of the West goes WILD an online exhibition of wildlife art, October 2014
Sidney Friedlander Memorial Award at the 10th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY 2014
Best in Show, Artfest on the Green, Wellington, FL January 2014
Third Place Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival, Sarasota Florida, February 2014
Third Place Crest Theatre Art Exhibit, Delray Beach Florida, February 2014

Second Place other Media in the Richeson 75 Landscapes, Seascapes and Architecture 2013 Show.

 

 

 

 

"Brice Canyon" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Brice Canyon” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty


UP COMING SOLO EXHIBITS:

 

  • Everglades National Parks Ernest Coe Galley in the visitor center November 2015.

 

  • Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge January February 2015.

 

"Flying Tiger" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Flying Tiger” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

SHOWS AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

 

  • April 2015 issue.2014 2 Animal & Wildlife category of the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition held by the Pastel Journal, April 2015 issue.
  • 2014 Finalist Richeson 75 Animals, Birds, Wildlife ONLINE Art Show 2014
  • 2014 Audubon Artists Annual Exhibit, 72nd Annual Juried National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Art Club, NYC
  • 2014 Women Artists Of the West goes WILD an online exhibition of wildlife art
  • 2014 Southeastern Pastel Society online exhibition
  • 2014 Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 21th National Juried Exhibition, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich CT.
  • 2014 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Show, Henderson Fine Arts Center, KY
  • 2014 Pastel Society Of America, National Arts Club in NYC
  • 2014 St. Augustine Nature and Wildlife Art Show, St. Augustine FL
  • 2014 Finalist on the Art Renewal Salon Center for the Arts.
  • 2014 The Bennington Art Center’s, Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington VT.
  • 2014 National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society Fall National On-line Exhibit.
  • 2014 Mainsale Fine Art Festival, St. Petersburg FL.
  • 2014 Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival, Sarasota Florida
  • 2014 Began giving pastel demos and workshops for South East Florida Art Societies

 

 

"Morning Call" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Morning Call” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Current Gallery AFFILIATION

Hennevelt’s Gallery
           510 Northwood Rd.      West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(561) 506-4108

 

 

 

"Captured Gaze" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Captured Gaze” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Member AFFILIATIONS

 

Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation
Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America
Associate Member of the Society of Animal Artists
“Member of Excellence” Southeastern Pastel Society
Degas Pastel Society
Pastel Society of North Florida
International Guild of Realism
Oil Painters of America
Audubon Artists

 

 

 

"Approaching Storm" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Approaching Storm” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Future DEMOS:

The Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
 February 16, 2015
 7:00 PM

 

 

Future Workshops :

 

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
March 6 & 7, 2015
Deborah LaFogg Docherty will be teaching, “Expressing your inner animal in pastel and oils”

 

Artists’ Workshops, Inc.
540 Barracuda Boulevard      New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Phone: 386-424-9254
 March 27-29th, 2015
 Deborah LaFogg Docherty will be teaching, “Expressing your inner animal in pastel”

 

 

For more information about Deborah’s artistry, please visit:www.lafogg.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

561-537-0291

OSGS Offers Unique Art Exhibition, Art Promenade, Specialty Jewelry Show and a Call for Artists

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla have been working hard preparing for a spectacular Autumn in Northwood Village at OSGS  Ortiz-Smykla| Gallery Studio.  Their unique art exhibition showcasing the work of folk art visionary, Jimmy Lee Sudduth continues until the end of October.  (Don’t miss it!  You’ll have to go to the Smithsonian to see his work!).   Northwood Village’s Art Promenade, which falls on Halloween, promises to be spooktacular.  Save November  7th for a “Holiday Jewels – Wearable Art” Event and their custom framing is available with a Groupon discount.  The Rickie Report shares all of this plus a CALL to ARTISTS!

 

 

 

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500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

Current Special Exhibition at OSGS Gallery:

 

 

"The Barn" by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

“The Barn” by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth Paintings. We currently have three paintings from the late Jimmy Lee (1910-2007) on loan and on exhibit through the month of October.

http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=5874

 

 

 

OSGS Mural

 

OSGS has finally been provided final approval to move forward with our Mural Project. The Mural itself will be placed on the East facing wall of OSGS Gallery (toward Dixie, along Spruce). OSGS is providing some nice incentives for the winning artist.

 

 

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Previous Murals in the Northwood Village area include:

 

 

Eduardo Mendieta

Mural by Eduardo Mendieta

 

 

 

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Amanda Valdes

Mural by Amanda Valdes

The final process will be Juried by Andrew Brown – http://www.andybrownpaintings.com/

 

 

 

 

“Holiday Jewels — Wearable Art”

Friday November 7th     6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

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Take part in a festive evening to help ease the worry of holiday shopping as OSGS presents one-of-a-kind jewelry. Enjoy one-on-one interaction with the Artists, sipping cider, and taking in light music. Featured artists are Claudia Block (New York/Florida), Meryl Lefkovich (Massachusetts) and Elayna Toby Singer (Florida).

 

 

 

 

Claudia Bloch

 

 

Necklace by Claudia Block

Necklace by Claudia Block

 

 

Claudia Bloch is an American artist known for her beaded jewelry designs. Born and raised in New York City, Claudia’s work reflects the fusion of cultures and people she was surrounded by in the invigorating city environment. Inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson, not just for her installations themselves, but for her process of walking the city streets at night, finding what others had discarded to use in the making of her own vision.

 

 

Claudia Bloch's Bracelet

Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Bracelet

 

 

Claudia Bloch's Beaded Earrings

Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that in mind, after Claudia began her designs with the goal of women wearing her pieces, she has recently amplified that idea – to a greater vision of building intriguing installations around the jewelry. Viewers can both enjoy wearing the pieces, as well is exploring the power of the material world and its influences over their identity. Claudia resides in South Florida but travels extensively showing her work in private and public venues.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich

 

Meryl is a self-taught artist/maker with a degree in art history. She has had past careers as an art consultant, gallery manager, travel consultant and interior designer, all of which, she believes, contribute to her world view in design and concept.  Her serious art career began in 1993 when she began teaching herself how to paint. She has her paintings in a number of corporate and private collections in the Boston area and around the country.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovitz' Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

In 2011, Meryl learned how to solder and there was no looking back. Jewelry design and fabrication have become her passion. Her primary influences are flora, fauna and a fascination with Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “As an art history major, ancient cultures also impact my designs; I love the look of a slightly time-worn patina, as though a long lost piece was newly discovered. Combining raw and organic with delicate and romantic, whimsy, combinations of color and gemstones – all have a place in my designs.”  She starts with a concept; a new interpretation of the natural world, then the metal takes over and informs her how each piece should develop.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Earrings and Pendant

Meryl Lefkovich’s Earrings and Pendant

 

Meryl says, ” the forms and essence of nature, a dewdrop on a leaf, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the twisted scroll of vines and the gnarled knots of trees…these are the moments I want to capture and reflect in my jewelry.”

 

 

Elayna Toby Singer

 

Elayna Toby Singer is drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. She is attracted to circles. They invite her in, are windows to the beyond; simultaneously open and whole.

 

Elayna Toby Singer's Bracelet

Elayna Toby Singer’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Connecting one object to the next, both physically and visually, energy and awareness journey between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. Twirling and dancing with the air around us, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Discarded and precious materials – vintage tools, machine parts, manufacturing remnants, garden trimmings, mineral stones and beads from around the world – are combined to create one-of-a-kind artworks.”

 

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

 

No two Elayna Toby Singer pieces are ever the same.  Elayna Toby Singer uses only “cold connections” in creating my assemblage kinetic sculptures and jewelry. No welding or soldering for me. Instead, she uses wrapping and knotting techniques, along with swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.

 

 

Custom Framing:

As an Artist, Let OSGS Custom Framing help you ready your work for exhibition(s). We have great rates and archival materials. Here’s a Groupon Coupon for savings (not valid with other offers, but a great way to save by itself!):

http://www.groupon.com/deals/osgs-ortiz-smykla-gallery-studio

 

 

 

Artists Needed!!!

West Palm Beach Art In Public Places is assembling a database of artists for future Calls To Artists. This is a great opportunity to have your name included in those opportunities. If you have a few moments, please email Phil Growick (info. below) your Name, Artistic Medium of Preference (i.e., Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, etc.), Email Address, Website Information, and any other contact information you would like to offer to:

Phil Growick
Art In Public Places (City of West Palm Beach) Board Member
Email: pgrowick@gmail.com

See Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla’s Painting

at the Palm Beach International Airport:

(All Artwork in the exhibit is for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to these local artists)

"Untitled" by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

“Untitled” by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

For more information about OSGS please contact:

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

 

 

 

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Jerry’s Artarama Offering “Wicked Excitement” Shopping Spree

Jerry’s Artarama is “The candy store for artists!” Their VIP membership is FREE and with it, you get special deals throughout the year.  But, as Halloween approaches, they are offering a treat like no other!  The Rickie Report shares the details here – deadline is October 30th at 8 pm! Winner will be announced at noon on October 31st! What better time of year to celebrate while everyone is looking for treats!

 

 

 

 

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For more information about this and other offerings at Jerry’s Artarama please visit:

 

http://www.westpalmbeach-jerrys.com/event

 

 

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Offers Classes, Activities, Shopping for the Whole Family

The 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is coming to the South Florida Fair & Expo East. The title is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this show!  The Rickie Report is giving readers a preview of this not-to-be-missed event! It’s not too early to save November 22nd and 23rd on your calendars!  Use our special coupon for discount admission.

 

 

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Presents

48th Annual

 

Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show

 

November 22nd   9 am – 6 pm

November 23rd   10 am – 5 pm

 

The South Florida Fairgrounds

 

Expo Center East 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach

 

 

 

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Jeff Slutsky, President of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches tells The Rickie Report, “We strive to provide a family oriented, culturally stimulating show each year. Proceeds from this show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year. Our show is run totally by our member volunteers.”

 

 

 

 

Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year's Show

Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year’s Show

 

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The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences. We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members. We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.

 

 

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Hunters from 2013 Event

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Hunters from 2013 Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Huge selection from beads, pearls and gemstones world wide.

 

 

 

Monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining.

 

 

 

 

Ancient Fossils

Ancient Fossils

 

 

For more information and Membership applications please visit: www.gemandmineral.cc.

 

 

 

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Zammy Migdal & Gudrun Kemsa of Lausberg Contemporary at Armory Art Center

The Armory Art Center will be hosting an opening reception for Zammy Migdal and Gudrun Kemsa on October 24th.  These distinguished artists work in very different media but share an interest in movement as a metaphor, for the deeper meanings found behind surface and appearance.  In addition, on Wednesday, October 29th, Zammy Migdal will offer an Artist Gallery Talk. The Rickie Report recommends this extraordinary exhibition: “Evocative Juxtapositions Between Two International Artists” and opportunity to meet the artists. Be sure to mark both dates in your calendar.

 

 

 

 

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Opening Reception

 

Friday,  October 24, 2014       6-8 pm

Armory Art Center

Zammy Migdal- East Gallery | Gudrun Kemsa- Greenfield Gallery

 

EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These two shows will run from October 25th until December 6th, 2014.

 1700 parker avenue           West Palm Beach, FL  33401

 (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

Artist Gallery Talk and Lecture:  

Zammy Migdal

 

 

Wednesday, October 29th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tel Aviv born artist Zammy Migdal will talk informally about his transformative metal sculptures installed in the East Gallery and in the Morris and Rose Kraft Sculpture Garden. The artist will also give a lecture in our Library. Join us for this unique opportunity to talk with the artist, learn more about his work and enjoy some wine over good conversation.

 

 

 

 

Israeli artist Zammy Migdal and German artist Gudrun Kemsa work in very different media but share an interest in movement as a metaphor for the deeper meanings found behind surface and appearance. The Armory Art Center will be hosting an opening reception for these distinguished artists on October 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The public is welcome.

 

 

 

Zammy Migdal Sculpture

Zammy Migdal Sculpture

 

 

 

❖ Zammy Migdal, a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, has created a language in metal that transforms spaces and walls into shapes, colors and shadows. In his work, energy flows to form clarity, definition, and purpose. He shapes metal into forms, but it is the emptiness inside the forms that holds the shadows. While some of his very architectural work is firmly grounded on Earth, other work has its origins in his interest to suspend objects against gravity. Such work is created by the relationships among metal foregrounds, attaching pins, spaces, light and shadows, in which hard metal resembles ribbons that flow and twist in the wind.

 

 

 

Zammy Migdal is also showing large polychrome steel sculptures from
October 25, 2014-April 30, 2015- Morris and Rose Kraft Sculpture Gardens

 

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"Las Vegas Freeway" by Gudrun Kemsa

“Las Vegas Freeway” by Gudrun Kemsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

❖ Gudrun Kemsa’s photographic works and Video Installations are depictions of space, time and movement. Her eye is focused on urban space where she documents the course of events in streets and in open public places. Her video installations are designed as large projections for indoor or outdoor spaces. In their actions and timelines, they lead the viewer to experiences of space and time. Since 2002, Kemsa has been producing video works in analogy to human vision, this is done in constant motion. Her indoor video installations at the Armory will range from works done in the Ruhr valley of her native Germany to works produced in China and the US.

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. Its vision is to be recognized as providing a premier art center for both creating and viewing art. The Armory is a high-quality visual art school and exhibition center. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more! For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

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

561-537-0291

Pen Women Present “Eclectic Collections” Art Exhibit Oct. 18-Nov. 10

Don’t miss “Eclectic Collections” by the Boca Raton Branch of National League of American Pen Women!  This exhibit will showcase a diverse mix of award winning artwork created by NLAPW members. There is an opening Reception on October 17th to which the public is invited.  The Rickie Report shares a sneak peek and the details about this exhibition. 

 

 

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BOCA RATON BRANCH

National League of American Pen Women

 presents

“ECLECTIC  COLLECTIONS”

Opening Reception ~ Friday, October 17 ~ 6 to 8 pm 

 

Exhibit continues :

Saturday, October 18 – Monday, November 10, 2014

ARMORY ART CENTER

 

  Montgomery Hall

1700 Parker Avenue           West Palm Beach

 

 

The Armory Art Center exhibit will feature the talented artistic accomplishments of the Boca Raton Branch NLAPW members. You’ll view art in most every form and medium – Oils, Watercolors, Acrylics, Collage, China painting. Fabulous life-like figures and portraits painted in the Renaissance style, Contemporary, Abstract, Realism, handcrafted Jewelry and elegant hand-painted Victorian Porcelain. 

 

 

 

Art Co-Chairs, Roberta Melman and Joni Sack are eager to share the names of the Pen Women involved in this exhibit:  Roberta Melman, Joni Sack, Bea Doone Merena, Prudence Carrico, Edythe Garber, Rhoda Hollander, Carole Kaufman, Myra Levick, Cora Lee Palma-Hayden, Mimi Paris, Karen Rose and Pat Wilson.

 

 

 

 

Joni Sack

Painting by Joni Sack

 

The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, October 18th from 6 – 8 pm.  The Exhibition continues through  Monday, November 10, 2014.  The Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Avenue in W.Palm Beach.  The exhibit takes place in Montgomery Hall.

 

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Painting by Roberta Melman

 

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award winning Artists. 

 

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Painting by Joni Sack

 

 

The National League of American Pen Women’s corporate headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. in an historic building, once the residence of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.   The Boca Raton branch of the National League of American Pen Women boasts the largest membership in the United States. Their intention is the promotion of talented women in the Arts – Art, Literature, Music.

 

 

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Painting by Roberta Melman

 

 

 

Discover more about this prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts

by visiting these websites:

 www.bocapenwomen.org             www.NLAPW.org

 

About the Armory Art Center: The mission of the Armory Art center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. Its vision is to be recognized as providing a premier art center for both creating and viewing art. The Armory is a high-quality visual art school and exhibition center. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more! For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

“Star Spangled Heroes” Honors Veterans at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation will recognize veterans residing in Palm Beach County  for their exemplary service in the US military or following their time in the service.  A special  photo display which will be part of an exhibition entitled “Star Spangled Heroes”.   The Rickie Report was pleased to be part of the “call for involvement”  last year and is ready to share the details of the completed exhibit here.

 

 

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411 Clematis Street     W. Palm Beach, FL

 

 

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For more information please call 561-822-9972

 

 

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

Call to Artists for “Artnado”- A Juried Art Show at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

The result of Jack Busa caring about art and listening to artists is a new juried art show in our area, which is partnering with the League for the Education of the Arts in Florida (LEAF).  “Artnado” will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds, featuring 2D and 3D creations November 8th and 9th, 2014.  This indoor show has a lot to offer to artists and art patrons alike.  Using high-technology, patrons will be able to see participating artists’ work in situ as well as in their exhibition areas.  Artists are highly encouraged to demonstrate their techniques, to further inform the art loving public.  The Rickie Report applauds this trend, believing that better informed art lovers become more enthusiastic art patrons.  Artnado also includes an Art Contest for all Palm Beach County middle school students.  Half of the proceeds from the profit of ticket sales will be awarded to art programs in the local schools. We want to point out that there is no connection between the presenting organization, Artistic Synergy and Art Synergy (ARTWEEK at Art Palm Beach).  The Rickie Report shares this Call to Artists and looks forward to hearing when you get accepted!  

 

 

 

 

Artnado

 

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A Juried Art Show

Sponsored by

Artistic Synergy

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November 8 and 9, 2014

South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

Highlights of Artnado for Exhibitors:

 

  • Indoor show
  • Allotted space is 10′ x  20′  (artists are ENCOURAGED to show a work in process or be working on a creation during the event)

Sheree Blum’s Glasswork Goes World-Wide

Sheree Blum started selling her unique fused glass plates at the Green Market in Wellington only a few short years ago. She used that experience to learn more about marketing and selling her work.  Anthropologie’s order of over 4,000 plates sold in the US and the UK is history.  Recently showcased in People Magazine and Epicurious Magazine, Sheree has a lot of information to share with other artists.  Watch for her new line of cake stands for the 2014 Holiday Season in Anthropologie!  The Rickie Report presents this Feature Article and interview with Sheree Blum of Kicking Glass.

 

 

 

Sheree Blum

of

Kicking Glass

 

 

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

 

 

 

TRR: How did your childhood influence your interest in art?

SB:

 

I grew up in a rural area of New York State, near the Pennsylvania border and am the oldest of 6 children.  My father showed his gifted artistry through his masonry work and my mother was busy with art projects, like ceramics, on a regular basis.  At that time in the US educational system, art played a very large part not only in the classroom, but in our community.  You at least had to try something, whether you liked it or not!

 

I enjoyed those activities but moved on to married life at 18 and then started a family.  Being a mother to my three children was my priority until I went to college at age 27.  I was lucky to attend Jamestown Community College and then St. Bonaventure University, where they provided a nurturing day care setting while I had my classes.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1990, I moved with my children to Wellington, FL. and starting working in Belle Glade.  I decided to get my Masters degree in Special Education at FAU and worked in the Pahokee Elementary School in Special Education.  I also worked within the school setting of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, with a focus on academics. I retired just two years ago.

 

Sheree Blum Begins Creating a Glass Plate

Sheree Blum Begins Creating Glass Plates

 

TRR:  How did that lead you to a career in art and specifically glass?

SB:

 

I always used art projects to teach and enhance the learning environment.  I found it helped keep my students’ attention and increase their interest in education.  During my teaching career, I  met the owners of Lee Glass Art, Wayne Taylor and Sheldon Bickford in Mt. Dora Florida.   Always fascinated by color, I convinced them to let me apprentice!  I went to Winter Harbor, Maine during my summer breaks to train in their method.

 

 

If I were a wealthy person, I always said I would own a million dishes!  I love the blending of science, experimentation and art when I work with glass.  And now that I had a lot of dishes, I decided to practice my salesmanship by being a vendor at the Wellington Green Market!

 

Epicurious Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

Epicurious Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass

 

 

 That is when a buyer from Anthropologie  saw my work.  He bought some pieces, but I had no idea who he was until several months later when I received a call from their tabletop buyer. The lady that was with him did whisper in my ear that this was my lucky day, but I had no idea what this meant.  I learned a lot!  About pricing, figuring out my timing, how to box and ship everything safely. 4,000 dishes were sold throughout the US and United Kingdom in a few months!

 

 

I applied and was accepted to be part of Howard Alan’s Crafts Shows and was able to continue making new pieces, experimenting with new techniques and selling to the public.  At this time, I am a resident artist at Art on Park Gallery, the home of the Artists of Palm Beach County; OSGS in Northwood (West Palm Beach) and Kolbo Gallery of Judaica in Brookline, MA.  I enjoy making apple and honey plates for Rosh Hashanah and Seder Plates for Passover for their catalogue.  In addition, the Iriquois Hotel on Mackinaw Island ordered special dishes they use for service and also sell in their gift shop.

 

 

People Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

People Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass available at Anthropologie

 

 

It’s been a real treat for me to see my creations highlighted by being mentioned and shown in Jennie Garth’s Tabletop Decor column, People Magazine (April 14, 2014) and a full page presentation in Epicurious Magazine’s Spring/Summer,2014 (page 52)!  I just found out that my dishes are now listed with Replacements,Ltd. as well!

 

 

 

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

TRR:  What are your favorite as well as challenging moments?

SB:

 

There is nothing like the excitement I feel when I am creating!  And I love meeting the people at the shows, knowing I am sending my creations out to new homes where they will be appreciated. The most challenging part of being a full time professional artist is marketing and selling one’s work.  But you have to do it in order to keep creating!

 

 

 

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Do you have any helpful hints for emerging artists?

SB:

 

Be brave!  Have a business plan – do your math.  Don’t just jump off the building without Plan A, Plan B and maybe even Plan C!  Don’t hesitate to take risks.  Be professional in your demeanor and behavior at all times.  Do your homework – how many dishes fit into the box safely?  Where do you get the boxes?  Don’t forget the paper slips in between each dish.  Everything you use counts, is necessary and adds to your price.  Consider your price ranges and whether you want to sell retail, wholesale or both.  Be consistent and ask for what your artwork is worth!  I hope that other artists also consider helping the community by making some donations.  I recently sent seven sets of dishes to families who lost everything from tornado damage in MS.

 

 

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

 

TRR:   What story does your art tell?

SB:

 

I bring bright color into people’s everyday world.  It may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but I hope that these dishes will conjure up happy memories and become family heirlooms.  This is a quieter voice than the one I used when I was teaching, but I believe it is the same message.  Ordinary objects can imbue happiness.

 

 

Flowers by Sheree Blum

Black Flowers by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Please take us from the beginning of an  idea to a finished piece of work.

SB:

 

 

I usually start with a big idea.  For example, I wanted to create some glass pieces with an ocean feel and incorporate coral reefs.  I find designs that meet the criterion – they could come from a piece of fabric, a photo or other objects.  My idea begins to solidify.  Then I decide on colors and move forward with a prototype to test out my theory.  Does it meet my standards?  If not, it becomes a salad dish at my house.  If it does, I make more!   Sometimes the need to meet the requirements of the marketplace influence my work – otherwise I wouldn’t have a thriving business!  And then, there are pieces I just feel I have to try…to meet my own needs.

 

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

 

 

TRR:   How do you maintain your level of creativity?

SB:

 

I let my mine wander.  I dabble in watercolors and enjoy playing Scrabble.

 

 

 

"Sea Glass" Colors by Sheree Blum

“Sea Glass” Colors by Sheree Blum

TRR:  How do you define success?

SB:

 

Success has nothing to do with money!  You are successful if you are happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

 

For more information about Sheree Blum’s glasswork please visit:

www.kickingglassbysheree.com

Her work is currently located at Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art on Park Gallery ( Lake Park,FL), OSGS in Northwood (W.Palm Beach, FL), Kolbo Gallery (Brookline, MA) and Iriquois Hotel (Mackinaw Island). Sheree is available for special orders and commissions.

 

 

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