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Clay Artist Gail Erickson Speaks at OSGS

Hearing an artist explain how a piece of artwork comes into being is fascinating.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by OSGS for their September, 14th  BYOC ( Bring Your Own Chair) to meet and hear Gail Erickson.  Gail is the recipient of the Passion for the Arts Award and Three-Dimensional Design at the Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus Gallery. Her human forms show a wide range of emotion.  Details are in this article.










Ortiz-Smykla Gallery | Studio


(Bring Your Own Chair Lecture


Meet the Artist:

Gail Erickson

Saturday, September 14th

6:00 – 7:00 pm

500 Northwood Road

West Palm Beach, FL




“My work is but a perception of a moment once reflected.”It is inspired by nature and the human form, and a product of my feelings, emotions and passion for the tactile nature of clay.  It is my desire to evoke these feelings in the viewer as well.”



Gail Erickson is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and instructor.  She was Artist in Residence at UB Kinsey School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, from 2005-2007.   Presently Ms. Erickson teaches ceramic classes as well as creating art in her home studio.  She is currently a member of Wellington Art Society, Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, and Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery.


"The Voice"

“The Voice”


An observer says of Gail’s work, “You feel that you can relate to this sculpture.  You want to touch it, feel it and at the same time, You feel like you are interacting with it. And then you remind yourself that it is a piece of sculpture. I love that!”


Gail explains, “For some works I construct a mould from an original piece.  By using multiple works this creates unity and allows me to show the same piece from different perspectives. Although my interests in clay are varied, at present I am drawn to portrait and hybrid figure/bird sculptures.   Working with clay fills my soul as well as gives me serenity and clarity.  My intent is to reveal, yet conceal; allowing the viewer to develop a personal connection to a piece.”



"I Heard"

“I Heard”


Gail is the recipient of the Passion for the Arts Award and Three-Dimensional Design at the Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus Gallery in 2005, as well as awards from The Lighthouse Art Center,  A Unique Art Gallery, and Fine Art At West Best Studio Gallery in 2012.  Publications include The Palm Beach Post,  the Lighthouse Art Center’s Multiple Sins, and  Peace On Earth 2010, and The Sun Sentinel/Live Wellington May 2012.



"I Wish"

“I Wish”



For more information about Gail’s sculpture or other events at OSGS, please contact  Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla  OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223    Find us on Facebook at 



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