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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Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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. 

 

Joni Sack

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

“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

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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

in Cooperation with 

 

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.

 

 

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New Exhibit at Palm Beach International Airport: Did You Know Art is For Sale?

There will be a PUBLIC RECEPTION to honor artists whose work has been chosen for exhibit at the Palm Beach International Airport.  “Art in Public Places”  gives local artists an opportunity for their artistry to be seen by travelers, employees and greeters.  What a fabulous way to welcome people to Palm Beach County!  The Rickie Report urges you to slow down and take a look as you walk through the airport.  On September 17th, the public is invited to view notable works of photography, painting and mixed media by twenty of Palm Beach County’s finest emerging and professional artists.  This is a unique and FREE opportunity to interact with the artists while they share stories about their works and cultural inspirations.  More details and a sneak peek are in this article and remember – Art at the Airport is for sale!

 

 

 

Palm Beach County’s

Art in Public Places

 

Invites You To

 

Meet the Artists

 

Wednesday, September 17th

 

5:30 – 7 pm

 

Palm Beach International Airport

Level 2

 

 

 The exhibition runs through October 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priscilla A. Taylor, Mayor and Paulette Burdick, Vice Mayor join the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners  Hal R. Valeche, Shelley Vana,  Steven L. Abrams, Mary Lou Berger, Jess R. Santamaria and County Administrator Robert Weisman, P.E. in congratulating all of the exhibiting artists.

 

 

 

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown’s “Horsemen in Inner Mongolia”

 

After a life-changing trip to China in 2005 Boca Raton photographer Nancy Brown focused her lens on the country and its people. “Horsemen in Inner Mongolia” emerges from Brown’s desire to share her love of China with the local community. 

 

 

Navarrete's

Frank Navarrete’s, “Determination in Adversity”

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On September 17, from 5:30-7:00pm the public is invited to view notable works of photography, painting and mixed media by twenty of Palm Beach County’s finest emerging and professional artists.  This is a unique opportunity to interact with the artists while they share stories about their works and cultural inspirations. 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki's

Kianga Jinaki’s “Adowa”

 

 

Reflecting an appreciation of her heritage, West Palm Beach resident Kianga Jinaki incorporates African textiles, beads, bones, artifacts, and song verse into her work. Jinaki brings African art and cultural influences to the Palm Beach International Airport with her quilt entitled “Adowa.”

 

 

Craig McInnis' "BABA"

Craig McInnis’ “BABA”

 

Featured artists include:

 

Nancy Brown and Kandy Lopez from Boca Raton; David Bogia and Patricia Turo from Boynton Beach; Irwin Goldman and Brenda Gordon from Delray Beach; Rick Lewis from Jupiter; Armando Hernandez from Lantana; Frank Navarrete from Loxahatchee; Genie Fritchey, Jody Lane, and Betty Laur from Palm Beach Gardens; Cynthia Conley, Tracy Guiteau, Kianga Jinaki, Andrea Krausz, Craig McInnis, E.J. Morales, Ricardo Morales-Hendry, and Annie Yarensky-Seaberry from West Palm Beach.

 

 

For more information about  Art in Public Places and be placed on the list for upcoming exhibits, please contact:

 

Elayna Toby Singer,    Palm Beach County Art in Public Places
2633 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Ph (561) 233-0235   Fax (561) 233-0206
http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ART       or      esinger@pbcgov.org

Conley's "Earl"

Cynthia Conley’s “Earl”

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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OSGS + BYOC (Translation: Ortiz Smykla|Gallery Studio Presents Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series)

Irene Jalowayski will be the Featured Artist for OSGS’s second BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) lecture series.  From a glass hobbyist to an award-winning artist, Irene continues to learn and expand her repertoire in this fascinating medium.  Now is your chance to meet her, ask questions and see her newest creations right from the kiln!  Stay in the neighborhood and have a bite to eat after.  The Rickie Report already has our chairs ready to go!  For more details and a sneak peek, read this article.

 

 

 

 

 

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OSGS Gallery in Northwood

 Summer Lecture Series

BYOC* (Bring Your Own Chair)  free lectures

by Exhibiting Artists!

Meet Irene Jalowayski,

Glass Artist

Saturday, August 9th   7 pm

500 Northwood Road         W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

Irene Jalowayski's Newest Glass Necklace and Earrings

Irene Jalowayski’s Newest Glass Necklace and Earrings

 

 

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 OSGS brings you FREE lectures in conjunction with the FREE Northwood Village ArtWalk Gallery Tours on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

 

 

"What Were You Thinking?" by Irene Jalowayski

“What Were You Thinking?” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

During these lectures each speaker will share their passion for the arts and their identity as an artist.  You’ll 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.

 

 

Christmas Plate by Irene Jalowatski

Christmas Plate by Irene Jalowatski

 

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.

 

 

Irene Jalowayski's Seder Plate

Irene Jalowayski’s Seder Plate

 

Irene Jalowayski  specializes in fused glass and silver jewelery including gorgeous pendants, earrings and bracelets.  New in her line is a series of bib necklaces made from cast glass beads with matching earrings.   Irene casts these beads from ground glass in specially made molds.  The glass is fired at about 1400 degrees.  
Cobalt blue glass beads and silver beads in Necklace and Earrings by Irene Jalowayski

Cobalt blue glass beads and silver beads in Necklace and Earrings by Irene Jalowayski

Irene’s pendants and cabochon earrings are also fused and are made with a lot of dichroic glass.  The dichroic glass gives her pieces a shine and sparkle that is enhanced by the silver findings that  are used to finish them.  Each piece of Irene’s is different and one of a kind.  They make for wonderful gifts or gorgeous additions to any lady’s jewelery wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

Dichroic Glass Candlesticks by Irene jalowayski

Dichroic Glass Candlesticks by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

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 home wares. But 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. The gallery is located at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach.

 

 

For more information about OSGS:  Visit  http://www.osgsart.com/

 

Previews of their work can be seen on the OSGS web site at 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

 

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