What Is Crypto Art And How Does It Work? What Effect Will This Have On Consumers Beyond The Art World?

A mega emerging marketplace has opened for artists to sell digital art online.  How does it work? What are NFTs and what does Blockchain have to do with art, music, and collectibles? How does this change artists relationships with brick and mortar galleries?  This is already producing ripples in cross-over industries. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Crypto Art, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Edlund Graham

 

 

WHAT     IS     CRYPTO     ART?

 

 

 

Crypto Art is a new market for digital artworks traded securely with blockchain technology. It’s often sold through online platforms using cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Artworks are paired in the crypto space with “non-fungible tokens” (NFTs) which authenticate each work as scarce and unique.

 

Blockchain technology is a decentralized, trustless system that provides transparent, verifiable documentation for the artist as creator and for collectors as the owners of the art, and shows provenance over time as a permanent record. It is even being used to authenticate and track physical artwork as a way to reduce fraud and increase consumer confidence. But the application of this technology actually has a vast number of uses, including financial services, security and privacy, legal applications and more.

 

 

“Rebirth of the Yesterbeasts” by Marc-O-Matic, sold for 3.75eth ($3,105) on Makers Place

 

 

 

Where does the Crypto Art market exist?  New online marketplaces such as SuperRare, Rarible, Open Sea and others have cropped up that allow digital artists to display and sell through auction or outright sale. NFTs are not always art; they can take the form of music, collectibles, and even digital real estate. This hot market has recently produced astonishing headlines and gained lots of interest from collectors, investors and others.

 

 

Marc-O-Matic is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia who entered the Crypto Art market during the last year and found it to be tremendously profitable. Marc describes his art as a compilation of illustration, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), designed to provide an immersive technology experience.

 

“Augmented Reality allows you to create an intersection between art and digital,” he says. “I fuse traditional skills with AR to present art in different engaging ways by repurposing illustrative work and augmenting it to become an experiential and engaging way to view art.”

 

 

In the immersive environment (which may be a gallery or other space) artwork is viewed through mobile phones or tablets to access the AR housed in an app he developed. The physical work acts as a QR code that triggers the animation. In the video below, Marc-O-Matic explains his work, while using AR to produce animation that mimics his facial gestures.

 

 

 

 

“The Inquisitive Hermit Crab”, by Marc-O-Matic sold for 14eth ($5,151) on SuperRare

 

 

 

His work is sold on several online platforms including SuperRare, a platform on the Ethereum blockchain which has a curatorial selection process (and a high volume of artists applying). Artists submit images and a video of their work for approval. Each sale made on SuperRare involves a 15% commission plus a charge to pay the “gas” fee charged when spending Ethereum. The artist will be paid again if and when a secondary sale is made, with 10% of the price going directly to them automatically through the blockchain—with no middle man involved.

 

 

Marc-O-Matic notes that digital art isn’t the only thing you can sell on the blockchain; you can sell physical art as well. “I’ve recently created physical painted prints,” he says. “Each artwork has a wax seal signature, embedded with NFT chips behind that seal that contain information about the art, its origin and more. When scanned, it leads to a website that shows records of the transactions of the physical art and its history of ownership. You can essentially embed NFT chips in your own artwork to authenticate ownership and value.”

 

 

That is part of the appeal of the blockchain, which eliminates the “smoke and mirrors” that can sometimes happen with brick and mortar gallery sales where artists don’t know who has purchased their work. The technology is transparent on ownership, allowing artists to benefit from royalties on their own work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Original Oculus” by Marc-O-Matic, sold for 4.4 eth ($7,103) on SuperRare 

 

 

 

 

When art as an NFT can be freely shared online, how does that affect the rights of creator and owner? Marc-O-Matic explains, “If you make a sale, the collector cannot redistribute or reproduce the work in any way, including physical copies. The artist cannot either. It’s a 1 of 1 edition. Doing so would defeat the purpose anyway, since the reasoning behind NFTs is artificial scarcity. The artist could, however, share 3D animations through social media and online, so long as they do not sell it again. And, as digital artwork that has been sold gets proliferated online and becomes popular, it actually adds value to the work. The more people who see it, the higher the perceived value.”

 

 

Why do people collect NFTs? “Everyone has their own drive when collecting,” says the artist. “Some like to buy art at a lower price, and flip it later, so that it pays off as an investment. Others are genuine collectors who see the value of digital assets. They understand that as we dive deeper into a digital world with immersive tech, having NFTs in place offers them importance as owners.”

 

Commissions are also a huge part of this space, as awareness of the investment value of digital collectibles increases. Companies are having NFTs made specifically for them that support their brand. The NBA recently dropped a series of collectible packs of player trading cards that has exploded in popularity. This opportunity to monetize is crossing industries and will increase in the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

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NFTs may have other functions included within them, above and beyond just the art. There are multiple uses, such as unlocking another world inside of a piece of art. Marc-O-Matic poses a potential use, saying “An emerging musician can create tracks with interactive visuals. Imagine purchasing a track of music as an NFT that includes an embedded interview with the artist or something else special. That may be originally purchased for $50.00 but could be worth thousands of dollars when they are famous.”

 

If an artist wanted to get involved in the Crypto Art market, how would they begin? He lays out several steps. “First, do your research in order to understand this new world, how it works, and what the value is. I recommend an article titled The NFT Bible published by Open Sea. It offers a breakdown of the history of tokens, the reasoning behind them, and what makes them so unique and special.”

 

 

The next step is to get set up. “You will need a crypto wallet, which is where you store your currencies, and how you conduct transactions,” he says. “It also is a key to unlock your account on certain platforms. So if I was going to sell a work on SuperRare, I need a wallet to unlock my account. Each wallet has a unique address, and I would use that address to distribute art on that platform. Metamask is one of the more popular wallets to use.”

 

 

Artists who want to sell would also need to acquire cryptocurrency in the form of Ethereum. This allows you to pay gas fees to process and validate transactions, and also to receive payment in the currency, to be held in your cryptocurrency wallet.

 

 

In order to find a platform to list your NFTs, you will need to evaluate those options. Some are curated, requiring a submission process and subsequent approval. Others (such as Rarible and Open Sea) do not. Then, upload your art and start trading!

 

 

 

 

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Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915

Carolyn@ArtsyShark.com

www.ArtsyShark.com

 

 

 

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Marilyn Walter Offers Sketching And Watercolor Workshops At Mounts Botanical Garden On A Weekly Basis. Be Inspired By Nature And Create With This Nationally Recognized Artist

Come and be inspired by nature on the grounds of the Mounts Botanical Garden as you sketch or paint watercolors with nationally recognized artist, Marilyn Walter.  Enjoy small group instruction and experience Florida’s plant species through an artist’s eyes.  Both classes are available on a weekly basis.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  Class registration includes admission to the Garden!

 

 

 

 

531 North Military Trail     West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Mounts Office:  (561) 233-1757

www.mounts.org

 

 

 

 

SKETCH   AND   WATERCOLOR   WORKSHOPS

 

 

WITH

 

 

MARILYN  WALTER

 

 

 

Come and be inspired by nature on the grounds of the Mounts Botanical Garden. 

 

 

 

One of the sketching sites at The Mediterranean Garden

 

 

Experience Florida’s plant species through an artist’s eyes while sketching in the different garden sites. 

 

 

 

Sketching Workshops Begin May 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy individual instructor attention with artist Marilyn Walter who will take you through the drawing process showing how your drawing explorations can be recorded and translated into a sketch.  Bring your sketchpad to find inspiration while sharing your love for art with fellow sketchers.

 

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Workshops Begin May 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy individual instructor attention with artist Marilyn Walter who will take you through the watercolor process showing how portable and rewarding watercolors are when exploring the outdoors.  Bring your watercolor pads to find inspiration while sharing your love for art with fellow painters.

 

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Artist, Marilyn Walter

 

 

Marilyn Walter has been painting and drawing for 40 years, exhibiting regularly, and an active member of the Florida Arts Community. Her figurative and landscape works have been in numerous shows in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, and New York. Marilyn grew up in Kuwait and Iran.  Her travel experiences and international upbringing continues to influence her work.  

 

 

 

 

She is most at home using multiple art mediums in many forms to create her unique portraits and landscapes.  Each piece is a visual snapshot of images she investigates, capturing and combining a personal relationship with various places, nature, personality, and energy.

 

Marilyn studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, continuing her art education pursuits by attending Bank Street/Parsons, NYC and several Summer Residency Programs at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.  In West Palm Beach, FL she has facilitated a series collaborative art projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn tells The Rickie Report, ” The act of people-watching on social media is an integral part of my creative process.  I investigate the stories and contextual information that reveals a human narrative. I am interested in how we portray ourselves in the contemporary world. These collaborative exchanges caught by my iPhone or iPad are then transformed from temporary images into permanent physical portraits.  Utilizing paint, printmaking, and mixed media, my art encompasses a unique variety of unconventional materials”.

 

 

 

For more information about these classes, Marilyn’s artwork or other workshops:

Marilyn A. Walter

www.marilynwalter.com

(917) 597-9451

marilyn@marilynwalter.com

 

 

 

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Sales From Estate Of Jane Tracy’s Original Artworks Will Benefit Armory Art Center May 14 – June 4

A magnificent, diverse collection of paintings, The Estate of Artist Jane Tracy: Exhibition & Sale, opens May 14 at the Armory Art Center. All works are for sale and proceeds will benefit the Armory.  The vibrant exhibition of original works will be on display through June 4 at the Armory Art Center’s Montgomery Hall.  The galleries are Free and Open to the Public.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this event and shares some memories of Jane’s constant creative energy and her legacy. 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

Sales  from  Estate  of  Original  Works  

 

To   benefit  Armory   Art   Center

 

By   the   late   artist   Jane   Tracy

On   View   and   For   Sale

 

 

 

Friday, May 14th

Free  Opening  Reception  and  Preview

 5:30  – 7:30  pm

 RSVP here

 

 

 

Facial coverings and temperature checks required for admission. The Armory Art Center’s galleries are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm ; Saturdays 10 am – Noon; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Exhibition and sale is available  May 14 – June 4, 2021

 

Jane’s husband Peter Tracy donated many of her paintings to charity. “As a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and children, Jane would be thrilled to know her paintings will benefit charitable organizations that serve those in need,” said Tracy.

 

 

“The knowledge that there will always be another blank surface for me to paint serves as my ultimate inspiration. To paint is to bring joy to my life.
To paint is to touch my soul, I live to paint…with a joyful soul.” – Jane Tracy

 

 

Award winning artist Jane Tracy was a creative force her entire life. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Michigan University and went on to teach art in Montpelier, Vermont. In 1968 she married Peter Tracy and continued her life’s journey as an artist. Her experiences were diverse. She worked in advertising and as a studio potter Jane created functional stoneware that was sold throughout the eastern United States. In 1972 she became a potter-in-residence at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford, Connecticut.

 

 

 

The dynamic and vibrant artist opened Curious Jane’s Restaurant in 1977 with great success through 1981. She even designed the couple’s home in Branford, Connecticut, which was featured in a variety of publications. She launched her career as a painter in 1985; her passion for color, texture and movement apparent in each of the hundreds of abstract paintings she ultimately created. Jane’s art is powerful and vivid, reflective of the joy that fueled her creative process. www.JaneTracyArt.com

 

Jane Tracy’s Artist Statement:

Making art is always a challenge. The sensory involvement and visceral stimulation needed, requires a commitment – a commitment to struggle through the process – enjoying the moments of success and triumphing over the ever-present grind of making compositional selections of color, line, value or shape.

 

Non-paintings compel me to surrender to my intuition and to trust my inner-urge to experiment. The process of continually making choices and decisions– what to add, what to keep, what to eliminate, what to repeat and ultimately, when to stop–is both daunting and exhilarating.

 

The thrill of a uniquely textured surface, the contrasting interplay of warm and cool colors, the surprise of unplanned subtleties are some of the factors in my highly personal, solitary painting experiences that inspire me each time I begin a new painting. The knowledge that there will always be another blank surface for me to paint serves as my ultimate inspiration.

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

 

 

For information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

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Call For Artists At Armory Art Center’s West Palm Beach Arts Festival Is Open. Event Takes Place December 4-5 Just In Time For Holiday Shopping

If you are an artist looking for the right mix and vibe to showcase your work just in time for the holidays, the 5th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival is where you want to be!  This spectacular, annual event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 4 – 5, 2021.  Presented by the Armory Art Center, it promises an exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, artisan demonstrations, food trucks, and family-fun activities for all ages.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this Call To Artists which brought over 6,000 visitors to its previous events!  Deadline to apply is July 2.

 

Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

5th ANNUAL

WEST   PALM   BEACH   ARTS   FESTIVAL

Saturday and Sunday, December 4 – 5, 2021

 

10 am to 5 pm

 

FREE

 

Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

Deadline to apply: July 2, 2021

 

 

 

Apply by the July 2, 2021 deadline here:

ZAPP – Event Information – West Palm Beach Arts Festival 2021 (zapplication.org)

 

 

 

 

CALL     FOR:  

2-D (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media)

 

or 3-D (ceramics, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, furniture)

 

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, July 2, 2021:   Application Deadline

Tuesday, July 2, 2021 – Friday, August 6, 2021:   Jury Dates

Monday, August 9, 2021:   Notification of acceptance

Learn more about the 5th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival:

Festival – Armory Art Center – West Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

About the West Palm Beach Art Festival:

This annual event brings in roughly 6,000 visitors and 100 artists and is well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Scheduled at the perfect time for holiday shopping, vendors will reach affluent Palm Beach and Broward County residents, plus engage our large seasonal tourist population.

The Armory’s state-of-the-art campus hosts space for up to 10’x10’ tents, socially distanced, throughout its space. Tents will be located outdoors in the sculpture garden and in the parking lot.

The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and Rosemary Square—a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, food, and activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

The Armory Art Center follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

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Gallery 526 Opens Call To Florida Based Artists For Eclectic Exhibit. Deadline Is May 28. Public Viewing Begins June 5

Barbara Ziev of Gallery 526 shares a new Call to Florida based artists for an eclectic exhibit.  This Call includes any medium, any level of artistic background, and any sized artworks!  Applicants MUST go through CAFE and may enter up to three works of art.  This juried exhibit will Open to the Public on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

526 Northwood Road     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone/Text: 610-428-3943

 

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

Or by appointment as requested.

 

FLORIDA    BASED     ARTISTS     EXHIBIT

APPLY  NOW :  

 

DEADLINE:  MAY  28, 2021

Call for All Media, All Sizes  

Florida Based Artists Only

 

 

WE   DO   NOT   accept   emailed   entries!  

Please   enter   through:   CAFE

 

Decisions complete by midnight May 29, 2021

Delivery on or before June 2,2021  

 

 

EXHIBIT  OPENS  TO  PUBLIC

 SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021

 

Barbara Ziev is opening a Call to all visual artists based in Florida!  She says,” Show us your artistic/creative talent by entering this exhibition. We are looking for any medium, any level, any size artworks by any artist who resides in Florida.This juried exhibition seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being created by Florida artists. The final selections will be made by three very qualified jurors. All accepted artists will be featured on social media and the Gallery 526 website, as well as a video clip for social media of the artist and their work. All artwork must be available upon acceptance and ready for display. Artwork must be available for sale with a 50% commission to the gallery upon the sale.

 

 

Please apply through http://www.cafe.org 

Enter up to 3 works of art for a non-refundable fee of $15

 

 

Barbara Ziev tells The Rickie Report, ” Gallery 526 will represent emerging and known artists. Our services include offering a space for building camaraderie among the artists and their clients. This is an experiential art gallery, where artists can come to work, create, meet fellow artists or clients, and provide experimental exhibits, presentations, or workshops. My goal is to be instrumental in placing our artists’ work in private and public places, including corporate and hospitality venues. We have a delightful outdoor space for limited workshops.”

 

 

For more information about this Call To Artists or placement in Gallery 526: 

Contact Barbara Ziev

526 Northwood Road     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone/Text: 610-428-3943

Email: barbara@gallery526.com 

Website:  http://www.Gallery526.com

 

 

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New Members Are Welcome To Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA): Engage In Lectures, Art Of Reading Club, Critiques, Exhibits, Community Outreach Activities And Networking

The Spirit of Togetherness is at the heart of Women In The Visual Arts!  WITVA is a strong organization that welcomes artists to grow and expand their interests and abilities in a nurturing environment.  Their ‘circle theme’ offers members a place to gather for companionship and education in a virtual setting.  Join the Art/Artist Book Club, enjoy a lecture, share ideas and inspirations with artists who work in similar mediums, enter an art challenge, or just enjoy socializing!  WITVA’s fundraising efforts support art scholarships and donate artwork to local hospitals and community centersWITVA looks forward to working with other organizations, to build a relationship that will benefit all of us. The Rickie Report shares an overview of WITVA and urges you to check out their exciting exhibit opportunities and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the nineteen eighties, Women In The Visual Arts, has been an organization for artists of South Florida as an important link for our surrounding art community including our neighboring art students. Our organization has gone through changes  but what remains is that we have always been an organization with “heart”. Our members tell us that the community knows us as, “A very friendly group of women”, Vice President Sandy Ryter tells The Rickie Report.  

She shares, “We are planning to exhibit; showing our painters, sculptures, fine crafters and decorative artists.  We have fund-raising activities, arrange group painting sessions and craft times, and create art works to donate to community centers, hospitals and other facilities”. Check out our latest newsletter for updated events and where you can see some of our members’ work (virtually for now). WITVA is looking forward learning about other organizations to build a mutually satisfying relationship that will benefit all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA’s’  “circle theme” offers a place for members to gather for companionship and education

(virtual, fun, engaging)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Circle of Artists Meetings brings artists of like disciplines together for the opportunity to share their work and ideas with each other for inspiration!

Our “The Art Of Reading Book Club” brings our members and those of Artists of Palm Beach County together to read and discuss books of fiction and non-fiction about art and artists

Our WITVA Circle Lecture Series brings members together for an evening of a presentation about art and artists.

Our WITVA Circle Art Challenges such as our Black and White Challenge and our ‘She Inspires Me Challenge’ brings members together for virtual shows.

Our New Member Social Events brings our board and new members together to greet each other and to learn about our organization and how new members can become a part of what we do.

*In addition to our many social activities, we are a 501c3 and as such, we raise funds to grant scholarships and awards to deserving art students in our area. 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about us:   WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WITVA HOSPITALART Program

 

 

WITVA’s HOSPITALART Program is unique in South Florida. WITVA Artist members create colorful paintings and donate them free-of-charge to not-for-profit organizations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Our art is anonymously created by many hands. Each canvas may be a complete painting in itself or grouped to create larger murals. A list of the many organizations served since 1999 is on our website. If you know of a deserving organization that would be interested in art work to help create a cheerful and interesting space, please contact us. Hospitals, clinics, shelters, nursing homes are examples of where we donate our HOSPITALART.  If you are interested in helping to create the art, contact us and we will contact you when we will resume our meetings.

For more information, you may contact our HOSPITALART please visit our website:  WITVA.org

 

 

 

UPCOMING      EXHIBIT      FOR      MEMBERS     ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA     AT     THE     LIGHTHOUSE     ARTCENTER

 

September 7 through October 30, 2021

 

This will mark our first, in-person exhibition following COVID. This opportunity is open to WITVA members. We invite you to join us!  For details about applying for membership and for this exhibit please visit:

 

WITVA.org

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS

Juried exhibitions for our Artist Members are held in a variety of venues throughout the year. 

Three fine art categories are considered:

1. Two Dimensional Art: This category includes drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and mixed media
2. Sculpture: This includes sculptures of stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, ceramic and fiber
3. Handmade Jewelry: This requires all jewelry pieces to be made by hand. Ready-made beads for example, are not accepted.

Application and information for download is available under the Membership tab at      WITVA.org.

RECEPTIONS  &  AWARDS

Artist Receptions are held for each event. Cash prizes and/or ribbons are awarded while attendees view the show, mingle and enjoy refreshment.

 

 

BECOMING A MEMBER:

 

 

Members shall be classified in one or five categories, namely: Artist Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Associate Member and Adjunct Member. 

1. Artist Member: A women who has met all qualifications as stated in Article II, Section 1, and whose annual dues are paid up to date. This Artist Member may apply for exhibition in all shows. The Artist Member shall have all voting rights, privileges and benefits of membership. 

2. Life Member: An Artist Member may become a Life Member by paying a lump sum, designated by the Board, in a lump sum. A Life Member may apply for exhibition in all the shows.

3. Honorary Member: Past Presidents who have served two or more years shall be Honorary Members and shall maintain all voting rights and privileges without the payment of any further dues. Honorary Members may apply for all shows.

4. Associate Member: Any woman member of the general public who is interested in supporting the aims of WITVA is an Associate Member. This Associate Member may only apply for exhibitions in large, open juried shows as determined by the Board.

5. Adjunct Member: Friends and family members, male or female, may become an Adjunct Member as a supporter. This Adjunct Member may participate in general meetings, educational seminars and lectures, artist circles and other events as deemed appropriate by the Board. The Adjunct Member does not have voting privileges and is not eligible to hold office.

 

 

 

To learn even more about us, we invite you to visit WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC-12388.  A Copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information May be Obtained from The Division of Consumer Services by Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within the State. Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval or Recommendation by the State.

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Announces Award Winners Of Current Virtual Exhibit, “Vibrance” And Will Award Scholarships At May 12 Meeting

Wellington Art Society (WAS) will present scholarships to three deserving high school seniors through its Scholarship Program at the May 12, 2021 meeting. A Meet-and-Greet, Member Spotlight, and presentation will take place via the WAS virtual Zoom link.  The public is invited to this FREE event. Over the past 2 decades WAS has awarded over $100,000 to students within our community!  WAS virtual juried art show “Vibrance” continues until June 2nd.  Featuring 20 artists and 65 original works of art by WAS members, it includes painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the Scholarship Recipients and the Award Winners of “Vibrance”, juried by Chris Kling.  

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

 

WELLINGTON  ART  SOCIETY  MEETING

 

Wednesday,  May 12, 2021

 7 PM

 

 

 

FEATURING:

 ANNUAL     SCHOLARSHIP    AWARDS

 

 

 

 

All events open to members and non-members

 

 

EMAIL:  presidentofwas@gmail.com for the FREE Zoom link. 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL GALLERY EXHIBIT:

“VIBRANCE” 

 

NOW through June 2, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

The students who will be receiving scholarships this year are Makena Vargo of American Heritage School, Olivia Cunningham of The King’s Academy and Sasha Bass of Dreyfoos School of the Arts (DSOA). The scholarships will be presented by WAS Scholarship Chair, Lynn Doyal. Each student will have the opportunity to share about their work and plans for the future. 

 

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) has been supporting the advancement of arts in the Palm Beach community since 1981 with the intent to encourage young artists to pursue art careers, provide programming that expands art in public places, and to make art accessible within the community daily. 

 

1st  Place – “l’Ingenue, 2021”, Oil and spray can on canvas by Sandra Encaoua

 

The WAS Scholarship Program was established in 2001 to provide scholarships to talented young artists for art related College and University expenses and tuition costs.  Over the past 2 decades WAS is proud to have awarded over $100,000 to students within our community. Past recipients of the WAS Scholarship have gone on to become educators, illustrators, authors, curators, artistic directors, professional artists and arts advocates. 

 

 

2nd Place – “Magnolia”, photo digital art by Mauricio Perry

 

 

To support the Scholarship Program, the WAS relies solely upon money raised from donations, membership dues, monthly raffles, artist exhibitions, annual art shows, and commissions. To make a donation, please visit www.WellingtonArtSociety.org.

 

 

3rd Place – “$35,000 Valentines”, watercolor by Jean Howard

 

WAS is currently holding a juried art show called “Vibrance” going on now until June 2nd. This exhibit features 20 artists and 65 original works of art by WAS members, including painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs.

 

 

To View “Vibrance” or to learn more about the featured artists, please visit:

 https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/wellington-art-society.

 

 

ARTIST    AWARDS:

 

On Wednesday, April 28th, the WAS hosted a special Awards Reception for “Vibrance”. Awards were presented via Zoom by distinguished judge, Chris Kling.  The winning artists are:

 

1st Place – “l’Ingenue, 2021”, Oil and spray can on canvas by Sandra Encaoua

2nd Place – “Magnolia”, photo digital art by Mauricio Perry

3rd Place – “$35,000 Valentines”, watercolor by Jean Howard

1st Honorable Mention – “Fallen”, photo imaging by Susan Oakes

2nd Honorable Mention – “Clear as Day”, stained glass by Marcia Green

3rd Honorable Mention – “Emerge”, acrylic by Laura Jaffe

 

In addition to these awards, the WAS also selected an artist at random to win a 1-hour art marketing consultation with Rickie Leiter of The Rickie Report www.TheRickieReport.com. The winner of this prize was acrylic artist, Heather Bergstrom.

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 40th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information about the Wellington Art Society:

 www.wellingtonartsociety.org

or email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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Yochi Yakir-Avin Is Featured In Art Exhibit And Interactive Art Installation In Fort Lauderdale. Public Invited To Visit Now Through May 29

Gallery Six at the Broward County Library presents “A Personal Note”, featuring Artwork and Installation by Yochi Yakir-Avin, an American Israeli visual artist, based in South Florida. Her recent oil paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism. The public is invited to take part in an interactive 3D installation that connects to Yakir-Avin’s Memory Project. This exhibition is made possible through a CIP Grant 2021.  Since no opening reception is taking place, Yochi will be happy to make an appointment to come to the gallery and meet personally with visitors. The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.

 

 

“A  PERSONAL  NOTE”

 

ART  EXHIBITION  

AND

 AN  INTERACTIVE  INSTALLATION  

AT GALLERY SIX

BROWARD COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY

 

By Yochi Yakir-Avin: L to R  “Gabby in Red” 2020, “Multitude Thoughts” 2021,  “William” 2021

 

EXHIBITION  DATES:

Now  through  May  29, 2021

 

 

To Meet Yochi Yakir-Avin at this exhibit, please email:  yochiy@gmail.com 

 

 

PUBLIC HOURS:

Mon, Wed    11 am – 7 pm

Sat, Tues, Thur  10 am – 6 pm

Friday, Sunday   CLOSED

FREE  ADMISSION

 

100 South Andrews Avenue     Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

954.357.7444

www.broward.org/library

Face coverings must be worn and guests must follow social distancing protocol

 

 

“A Personal Note”

 

In the public display Yakir-Avin exhibits a selection of recent oil on canvas artwork, mainly portraits of ordinary people, with a variety of various social backgrounds. The artists intent is to collect the feeling of the present moment by touching on human experience. Her paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism.

 

A three-dimensional interactive installation is part of the exhibition and is a new addition to Yakir-Avin Memory Project. The public is invited to take an interactive part. The installation consists of cube boxes that the audience is able to move, in order to create four different images. The Images are from the artist’s childhood album and are recreated on top of the boxes. Yakir-Avin offers her personal experience to share with a diverse audience and to demonstrate our cultural differences and similarities.

 

“A Personal Note” is curated by Marielle Plaisir, an internationally successfully French-Caribbean multimedia artist. Plaisir has exhibited in Museums in Europe and USA, as well as biennials including in Sao Paulo, Dakar, Benin, Florence and Dublin.

 

 

Born in Poland and based in South Florida since 2014, Yochi Yakir-Avin is an award-winning figurative artist. Simultaneously American and Israeli, Yakir-Avin studied fine arts in Israel and Italy and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Israel and the USA. With a focus on representation, the majority of Yakir-Avin’s works are portraits and still life painted in oil on canvas. She also creates mixed media artwork, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood and installations.

 

FUNDING STATEMENT: 

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners

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To make an appointment to meet the artist at the exhibit or for more information about her artwork:

Yochi Yakir-Avin, Visual Artist

Tel. +1-786-586-0732

Email:  yochiy@gmail.com

www.yochiyakiravin.com

 

 

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Lake Worth Art League Offers Open Call To All Artists For New Exhibit. Deadline Is May 16

The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) is excited to offer all artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork for the final exhibit of the season.  Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique will open “Art Insight” on Sunday, May 23 to the public at a Free Reception.  Mark your calendars for Take In Day on Sunday, May 16.  All 2D work and 3D work is eligible, but no jewelry for this showThe Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to apply and celebrate 80 years of this cultural treasure!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAKE  WORTH  ART  LEAGUE

 CALLS   ALL  ARTISTS

 TO  EXHIBIT  IN

“ART  INSIGHT”  SHOW

 

 

 

 

The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) is proud to offer an opportunity to all artists!  You are invited to show, sell, and compete for awards in the final show of the season, “Art Insight”.  The exhibit will be held at the Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

THE    PUBLIC    IS    INVITED:

OPENING     RECEPTION:

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2021

1 – 3   PM

 

Light refreshments at the Opening Reception

 

 

Exhibit is available May 18 thru June 26, 2021

 

 

 

OPEN SHOW DETAILS:

The Lake Worth Art League offers cash prizes and ribbons for First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention award winners, and a Ribbon Recognition award.

Non-member entry fees are $35. for first entry, $25. for the second and $20. each for third, fourth and fifth pieces.

Bring your art to the gallery on Sunday, May 16th from Noon to 4 pm.

You will fill out your entry form at the gallery.

All 2-D art must be wired for hanging, no sawtooth hangers.

The only unframed works accepted are those that are finished/painted on all sides, such as gallery wrapped canvas.

All water soluble art and photographs must be framed and have glazing.

All 2D art must have a label affixed to the back in the upper right hand corner.

The label must contain the following information: name of the artist, title of art, medium, size, price and phone number.

Very large works may not be able to be accommodated. 

3D work will be accepted for counter display, and must be tag labeled or labeled under the base.

We regret we can not accept jewelry. 

We do not accept artwork that is political, religious, social justice themed, or art that contains profanity.

Nudes in good taste may be accepted at the discretion of the Board.

The Board of Directors has the right to reject any artwork it deems inappropriate.

The gallery retains 20% of all sales, and collects sales tax.

Cash or check only accepted for entry fees. Artwork must remain for the duration of the show. 

 

ABOUT USOur gallery is operated by the members of the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The league is comprised of very talented artists from emerging to professional, working in all disciplines. More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show. First, become a member for just $75. per year. You then have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each of our 8 judged “season” shows and our remaining off season shows. Each season show is judged by a qualified judge that is not affiliated with the League. Member artists may also place small original items, jewelry, greeting cards, and prints/giclees in our boutique for sale. Please see our website www.lwartleague.org. for more information, or visit us during regular business hours.

 

 

 

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Spring Edition Of St. Lucie Art & Crafts Expo May 1-2 Offers Free Art Workshops, Fabulous Mother’s Day Shopping, And Chance To Meet The Artists As They Work

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) will greet the public at the St. Lucie Spring Edition Art & Craft Expo on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie.  Meet these 2D and 3D artists who call this area “home”, while they sell their  works around the US and the globe!  A special shout out to Latitude 88 show producer, Mike Strickland for championing the PSLAL and our cultural arts scene, as PSLAL gives back to the community!  You can participate in special FREE mini-workshopsPaint & Sip (adults 21 and older), a Vision Board, Abstract Collage ( all ages), and the Community Canvas Paint (all ages) during the Art Expo! This is the perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day and other upcoming celebrations!  The Rickie Report shares all of this information plus details about monthly meetings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At  MIDFLORIDA Credit  Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths         Live Music & Food

 

 

 

Join the Port St. Lucie Art League and feel the ENERGY!  By working together, League artists are empowering themselves to reach beyond to discover hidden talents!  Getting together at shows, zoom and League meetings, PSLAL’s busy calendar has connected its members – as one told The Rickie Report, “We are on FIRE and shining on! Our success is due to being innovative which has ignited a powerful energy within our organization. We are always trying new things which are inspiring and we thrive from all of our experiences. We are learning together and helping one another” PSLAL is grateful for the support of Mike Strickland, producer of Latitude 88 shows.   

 

 

 

ARTIST      SCHEDULE :

 

 

 

 

 

FREE      MINI-WORKSHOPS!

 

 

PAINT    &    SIP !

 

Join us this weekend for a fun time with local artist, Kevin Bryk, who will take you step by step through a featured painting!

Take home your very own masterpiece!  

Saturday, May 1st    1 – 2 pm  

Sunday, May 2nd    1 – 2 pm

 

RSVP: pslacontact@gmail.com

Visitors may also sign up at the Port St. Lucie Arts league non-profit booth located at the main entrance to the Expo.  

There will limited space for drop-ins.

Includes: 1 complimentary glass of wine.  Expo also offers a Full Bar.

 

 

 

Come, Sip & Paint with PSLAL!

 

 

Community  Canvas  Paint

 The  Midnight  Sun: 

Sunday morning, May 2    between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

 

 

 

 

Shapes & Color ~ Enjoy painting a part of the canvas using geometric shape and contrasting colors. The completed canvas panels will be joined together to create a mural installation. 

 

 

 Marcelo and Isabel Painting ( Close Up)

 

 

Abstract    Collage    or    Vision    Board:  

Saturday,  May 1     10 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

ABSTRACT  COLLLAGE:

 

Explore Forms & Colors through Collage using warm & cool colored decorative papers and geometric shapes.

 

VISION BOARD:     REFLECTION   *    FOCUS   *   LIVE   IT!

 

 

Quit looking in the rearview mirror!    Shine On! 
What inspires or motivates you?    Why do you do what you do every day?
Is it with purpose?     Are you living your PASSION?
 
Set an Intention: Choose images, words and positive affirmations to turn your dreams into Reality!
 You can Make it Happen!
All materials will be prepackaged. (NO sharing of materials).
Feel free to bring along your own treasures to embellish your creation.
 

For all art activities Covid Precautions will be followed, surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between art classes and painting.

 

 

 

Create a Vision Board with Marie

 

 

 

 

PSLAL     GIVING    BACK    TO   THE    

COMMUNITY :

PARTNERING    WITH    OUR    SCHOOLS

FREE   TO   BE!!!

FREE   TO   EXPRESS   YOURSELF!

In 2019, just before Covid hit us, the League connected with Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an art scholarship for young aspiring artist(s) to take an art class with formal instruction and to support their after-school art program. This after-school program was initially developed since the arts budgets were cut some years back, to support students who were interested to learn more about the arts and to express their creativity. At that time, PSLAL had also partnered with AC Moore to help support League art projects at the Expo as well as help Windmill Point with art supplies until AC Moore closed. 

 

 

Over one year later, PSLAL has reconnected with Windmill Point Elementary School in Port St. Lucie!  As the needs changed, the League is looking forward to creating an artist-in-residence program to facilitate a school-wide art project to kick off the school year in the fall. One of the League’s primary goals as the  benefiting organization of the PSL Arts & Crafts Expo was to give back to the community, especially to the children. PSLAL looks forward to giving a donation to Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an enriching art experience for all students in the next school year. 

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website:pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 https://www.pslartsleague.org/

 https://www.artandcraftexpo.com/

 

 

Mike Strickland         ​Latitude-88, Inc.​

Tel: 866-611-0442

​Professional ​Event Production ​C​ompanies

 

 

 

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