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OSGS Announces New Artists plus Irene Jalowayski Presentation

How exciting that Ortiz-Smykla Gallery | Studio (OSGS) is adding new artists to their ongoing exhibit!  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy glass artist Irene Jalowayski’s presentation – and free giveaway for those who attend! (Bring your own chair – BYOC)


Saturday, June 15, 2013

You’re invited


(Bring Your Own Chair)

Lecture Series

5 pm – 7 pm

Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio

Meet Glass Artist, Irene Jalowayski


 Free Drawing for attendees:

  • Large Silver Swirl Pendant with Fused Glass ( $135. value)
  • Square Bowl with Flowers ($125. value)

Irene will be bringing an extended line of work for the lecture to discuss both her background and the process it takes to create such unique glass art.  For that evening, the pieces Irene brings with her will be provided at a special discount for attendees.


500 Northwood  Village  West Palm Beach, FL

Corner of Spruce and Northwood Road



Welcome to OSGS Gallery’s second in a series of lectures titled BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).  OSGS [Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio] is featuring one of it’s own incredible artists each month by which she/he will share a short biography, how they got started, how they decided on their medium(s), techniques used, and how their work has evolved and where they see it going.  Bring a comfortable chair, relax, and learn from the best.  We know it will be time well spent, entertaining, and inspiring.


Three Faces, Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Three Faces, Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

The current Exhibit at OSGS includes works by Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Ren Dittfield, Ursula Fernandez, Gail Erickson, Sherry DuBois, Kerby Glenn, Jeff Green, Irene Jalowayski, Lew Mayer, Ian Levinson, Helen Kagan, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Juan Plaza, Ann Lawtey, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Molly Potter, John Rachell, and Steve Wallace.

Irene Jalowayski


Irene Jalowayski is a retired speech pathologist who is a Florida native and grew up in Miami. She spent most of my adult life in California and returned to FL 8 years ago.  Always an art lover and collector, she began taking fused art glass classes seven years ago.


Red Glass Vase by Irene Jalowayski

Red Glass Vase by Irene Jalowayski

She tells us, “I studied with Sidney Escowitz and took classes at McMow Art Glass Center and at Art Glass Environments. I now have my own studio and my hobby has become my passion. Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form. I get lost in my work and experience a thrill every time I open the kiln.”



Her fused art glass pieces are full of color with lots of dichroic glass mixed with beautiful bright backgrounds. Some are sculptural and some functional objects for the home including large and small bowls, dishes, platters,salt and pepper shakers, olive oil bottles, sushi dishes and serving utensils.

Accent Piece by Irene Jalowayski

Accent Piece by Irene Jalowayski


Irene was selected as of of only 11 “Emerging Artists” at ArtiGras, 2012.  Her Judaic pieces include Shabbat sets, candlesticks, menorahs and mezuzahs. Items for the home include bowls, dishes, platters and many other fun pieces to showcase in your home. She also makes small accent tables with vintage or antique bases and art glass tops.

Accent Table with Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Accent Table with Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski


  • Annual Art Glass competition – McMow Art Glass Gallery and Studio Lake Worth FL-. 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Contempo: Pushing the Limit on Art- Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter, FL – 2011
  • Artistic Visions II- the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL- May 2012
  • Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery, Lake Worth, FL – Permanant exhibiting artist- 2012
  • Florida Craftsmen Members Exhibition-Lighthouse Arts Center, Tequesta,FL – August thru October 2012
  • Member: Florida Craftsmen
  • Member: Artists of Palm Beach County

Ren Dittfield

Ren Dittfield has been practicing the art of photography for over 20 years, using his camera as a tool in capturing a unique and enriched vision.  Not only does Ren skillfully produce fine art images, he also performs carefully crafted portrait sessions as well as fashion and commercial editorials. 

Ren Dittfield, Photography

Ren Dittfield, Photography

Ren’s photographs translate a visual language that captivate the viewer while maintaining his distinctive perception of quality.  Ren’s philosophy on digital media is authentic, allowing his expertise to transform an image to the highest standards of integrity.  Through his work with film, Ren urges the viewer to see the entirety of each composition, delivering the purest form of photography.  His collections reflect not only his versatility and commitment to creativity, but also his effortless conception of timeless beauty.


Helen Kagan

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a healer and an artist.  Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.  Helen grew up in what was then the USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for free-dom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Living in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY and now in FL, she’s spent much of her life in the USA as a holistic therapist and a social worker. Following her quest Helen studied many healing modalities, and equipped with another Master’s in Clinical Social Work she’s been ‘walking the walk’ integrating a mind-body-spirit philosophy into her personal and professional life (see



Helen Kagan

Oil Painting by Helen Kagan

Primarily self-taught Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Helen works mainly with oil, and paints with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood. While reflecting her own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past, she belives her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need.


Helen believes in the mind-body-spirit connection. These beliefs encompass her dream of developing a Healing Arts Center to reach people from different cultures, races and ethnic backgrounds.  A dream that she’s following all these years  by providing therapeutic healing services and bringing her Healing Arts to those in need.  Helen continues to follow her heart’s dream by sharing her art and personal Journey of hope through her collection of “Healing Arts”.


Carla Golembe

Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher.  Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States. Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii.  As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Carla’s children’s books include A Story of Surfing, The Story of Hula, M is for Maryland, Washington DC ABC’s, Annabelle’s Big Move and Dog Magic, all of which she wrote and illustrated. She has also illustrated Why the Sky is Far Away, The Creation, People of Corn, How Night Came from the Sea and The Woman in the Moon, Sun and Honeybees.  Carla wrote and illustrated the Zippy and Zoe series, published in Taiwan.

"Evening Doves"

“Evening Doves” by Carla Golembe

Carla has taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts.  She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She presently teaches painting, and drawing at Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art . 


She has done presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for almost  20 years.  Carla was an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.


Luke Gardner

A Junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts who is coming into our exhibit as our only current student artist.  

Luke Gardner

Luke Gardner

Luke has already gained exposure and recognition for his work regionally and nationally.  Luke has been awarded by the Regional Scholastics Art and Writing competition and has garnered top scores as judged by the College Board.  He will be exhibiting some of his pop culture, illustration and abstract work at OSGS.  Here’s a nice link to an extended look at some of Luke’s work:


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