Using Copper as His Canvas, Jim McCann Shares Artistry of Nature

The Rickie Report received a phone call from Jim McCann who wondered if we might be interested in seeing his art work.  We sent a reporter and photographer to meet Jim and Donna but had no idea from his description, what a treasure was waiting to be seen! At our urging, Jim applied to ArtiGras as an “Emerging Artist” and he was accepted!  The Rickie Report wants to celebrate Jim’s artistry and knows you will be astonished at what he is making! Stop by his booth at ArtiGras and consider how many places in your home, one of his copper torch and ink paintings belong.

 

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ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

February 16-18

Abacoa Town Center,  Jupiter, FL

Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Monday 10 am – 4 pm

A former welding instructor, Jim has developed his own technique to create amazing art pieces on copper.  Having no formal art training, he used to draw Spanish Galleons and comics from “Mad Magazine” as a child.  Now he makes the copper look like the wood of those great ships, using his self-developed chemical and torch techniques.  The combinations of wood grains and patinas are limitless.  And wait until you see the stone effect he’s developed!  What a dramatic back splash in a kitchen his work would make.

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Jim is drawn to nature and is exacting when he creates a Piper or a Loggerhead.   The prismatic blues and reds jump from the copper as the sunshine changes the colorations.  Jim sometimes hand engraves areas to give even more richness to the patinas.  Right now he uses his own kitchen but is purchasing a pizza oven so he can work in larger sizes.

Loggerhead Turtle for Shower Ceiling

Loggerhead Turtle for Shower Ceiling

Walking around his yard, filled with different species of palm treees, a wild male peacock announced itself and then appeared.  It was easy to see where Jim gets his inspiration for color and detail.   His loggerhead turtle is almost finished and ready to be placed on the ceiling of his shower.  He pointed out his plans for a mermaid sitting on some rocks for over the tub and will eventually decide between one of two different fish designs for over the sink.

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Jim’s workshop is filled with potential projects.  And he keeps a small space for his reference library.  His work is precise and drawn to scale, whether he is working on a bird or a fish.  The rain did not deter from his work, though we would have seen more brilliance of color on a sunnier day.

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The Rickie Report is honored to continue to advise Jim on the next steps to further his hobby.  To contact Jim, call:  561-313-9296.  For more information about ArtiGras: www.artigras.org

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Packaging: What It Says About You

The Rickie Report recently took a survey of how purchases at art fairs are packaged.  We know that it costs a few cents for a plastic grocery store-type bag to many dollars for a corrugated box with your logo printed on it.  Does it matter?  What does this say about you and your product?

 

There are hundreds of websites and stores where one can purchase packaging materials at retail as well as wholesale prices.  We are not endorsing any particular one, but want to educate the artists and artisans in one more area of customer service that is rarely considered.

 

Let’s look at various options.  Small jewelry items such as earrings or rings, may be boxed, attached to card or placed in small bags.  We have seen websites offering custom labeling for as little as $.19 per ring box.  We do not consider zip-top type bags a good option.  It looks like you only cared about making your work and selling it, not how it goes home with the customer.  Did you remember to include ear backs to help stabilize the earings as they are being worn ( which also cuts down on lost earrings).  What if this is a gift for someone else?  There are sheer string-tied bags that definitely make a statement.  And they have room for your business card!  Larger items may also be boxed or wrapped in good quality tissue paper and placed in a medium to large shopping bag.  Bags are being sold for less than $.015 each when ordered in bulk.  We’ve seen shopping bags range from $.21-$.29  depending on size.

 

Hand made items such as small table top sculptures must be wrapped to ensure a safe trip home!  The worst possible experience is for someone to find their purchase damaged while traveling from the art show to home.  Area artists should ask if the item is going in a suitcase or will be shipped, as many of your customers don’t live nearby.   Extra packing material you provide such as bubble wrap will be remembered when the appreciative customer comes to the next show.  Larger pieces, such as paintings need to be secured properly to avoid nicks in the frame or holes in a canvas.  Flat cardboard taped and bubble wrap again meet those needs and protect the frame corners.

 

There are times when buying a greeting card, there is enough room in my handbag.  I don’t need a bag to protect it because it will be going through the postal system.  It will survive my purse!  But how do I remember who I bought that card from when their business card gets separated from my purchase?  Hopefully, the back of the greeting card has the artist’s website printed or labeled on it.  If the person receiving my card appreciates it as much as I believe they will, they could be making an order themselves!

 

When considering labels, think “clear”.  They can be printed by your computer and placed not only on a greeting card, but a plain shopping bag.  Use a nice, legible font and make sure the ink won’t smear during inclimate weather.  Use your logo to further brand your work!  Think about using one specific color of tissue or ribbon or raffia to make your branding more concrete.

 

The Rickie Report wants you to succeed in your artistry as well as your business.  We have written about your business cards and how important your display is to draw in customers.  Now that you have the customers, keep them coming back because you have offered extraordinary customer service after they made that purchase!  Package your work like you would package yourself : Professionally and Artistically!

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Rickie To Speak At Artists of Palm Beach County Meeting

The Rickie Report is always honored to be invited to meet artists at their networking events.  Rickie Leiter will be the guest speaker at the next Artists of Palm Beach County’s monthly meeting on Sept. 10th from 7:00-9:00 pm.

THE RICKIE REPORT – LEARNING/LECTURE

At ARTISTS’ SHARING GATHERING

 

 

Rickie Leiter, entrepreneur and president of The Rickie Report, an online publication that features artists and art events in South Florida, will be the guest speaker at the Artists of Palm Beach County artists’ sharing gathering in the  great room at Concordia East, 3560 S. Ocean Boulevard – 2nd floor; Palm Beach, on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm.

Before moving to FL, Rickie owned an art consulting business in Massachusetts where she and her business partner represented local and national artists.  Rickie also spearheaded the marketing focus for a local Massachusetts beading and jewelry store. She is on the National Board of Hadassah where she previously chaired the Marketing and Communication Department.  Rickie, an artist herself, enjoys creating designs jewelry with polymer clay.

Rickie will share her expertise in marketing; networking, advertising and online publishing offering helpful hints to assist artists market their art work and connect with the South Florida art community.  “Understanding the artists’ needs is central to helping them develop different marketing strategies.  One thing does not work for everyone.  That is why I love publishing The Rickie Report. I can offer a variety of ways to help artists see opportunities they have not tapped into yet.”

There will be a drawing from business cards from those in attendance for a personalized press release in The Rickie Report.  Please join us for a unique experience.

Please join us for a unique gathering experience.  Refreshments and snacks are complimentary.  Members/free; Guests/$5.00  For further information contact Jean Hutchison at 561-278-4479 or www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org    APBC is a not-for-profit organization.

 

Directions: From North I-95 to 10th Avenue; East to Dixie Highway South to Lake Avenue East.  Go over Lake Avenue bridge onto Palm Beach Island and turn right going South to 3560 (Concordia East) on left (Ocean).  From North I-95 to Boynton Beach Blvd.  (Boynton Beach) go East to Dixie Highway and turn right (South) one block to Ocean Avenue); go east over bridge onto Palm Beach Island and make left (North) on A1A (N. Ocean Boulevard) to 3560 (Concordia East) on right (Ocean).  Park in front of building and walk through garage overpass.  Lobby on left.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Ray Gross Studio Hosts Artists of Palm Beach County

The Rickie Report suggests members and artists considering joining a networking group attend this month’s Artist of Palm Beach County event on August 13th.

 

LAKE WORTH ARTIST TO DEMONSTRATE RAKU FIRING AND SHOW AWARD WINNING SCULPTURES

 

Ray Gross, artist/sculptor/jeweler, will be hosting the Artists of Palm Beach County artists’ sharing gathering at his home-studio located at 1520 South “M” Street, Lake Worth, Monday,  August 13, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

 

Ray Gross’ Harley

Ray Gross is a multi-skilled artist.  He will be lecturing and showing an assortment of his porcelain sculptures from the installations “Harley”, “The Workshop” and “The Painter’s Studio” which were on exhibit at The American Craft Museum, NYC, The Norton Museum, West Palm Beach; The Boca Museum, Boca Raton and Art In Public Places, PBIA. In addition, jewelry from his “It’s All About Metal” collection will be on display.

 

Bracelet by Ray Gross

Mr. Gross will conduct a live studio demonstration of Raku firing – red-hot pottery/sculptures will be pulled from the kilns and reduced in combustible material.  Refreshments and snacks are complimentary.  Members – free – Guests – $5.00.   For further information contact Jean Hutchison at  561-278-4479 or   www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org   APBC is a not-for-profit organization

 

Directions:  From North or South – I 95 to Lantana Road.  East to US 1 (Dixie Highway); turn left (North) proceed north and at fork bear left (4 lanes) still going north.  Turn right (East) and pass car wash – 15th Avenue South, turn RIGHT; go one block and turn right again (South) onto “M” Street.  Park anywhere on street. Ray Gross 561-951-4749.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Flying Through PBI and Enjoying The View!

The Rickie Report urges you to stop by Palm Beach International Airport to see the newest  “Art at the Airport” Exhibition!  Palm Beach County Art in Public Places showcases  great art by local artists at Palm Beach International Airport.  

 

Photographs, paintings, digital, and mixed media works selected by the County’s Public Art Committee are currently on exhibition through October 24, 2012 in the Airport’s Concession Level 2.  The show features works by twenty-one artists from Jupiter, Lake Worth, Singer Island, Palm Beach Gardens, Ocean Ridge, West Palm Beach and North Palm Beach.

 

Artists include Lynne Bernay-Roman, Jackie Brice, Juan Doncel, Mark Levy, Gayle Shoupp from Jupiter; Sharon A. Salansky from Lake Worth; Joan Z. Faber from Singer Island; Okhee Kay Nam, Carin Wagner-Brown from Palm Beach Gardens; Evelyne Mathieu-Stambouli from Ocean Ridge; Verda Bradford, Ronald Della Jacova, David Evans, Durga Garcia, Erik Kucera, Raymond P. Neubert, Lois H. O’Brien, Dalhia P. Perryman, Oscar Rojas, Erica Rukin from West Palm Beach; William “Terry” Ganaway from North Palm Beach.

 

For a virtual tour of the exhibition visit: 

http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/exhibitions/ArtAtAirport.htm

The public is invited to attend a free Artist Reception on

October 3, 2012, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

Artists interested in receiving “Calls to Artists” for upcoming airport exhibitions and other Art in Public Places projects can submit their contact information through the Artists’ Registry page of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website http://www.pbcgov.com/art/FDORegistry.aspx

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Packaging Tips – Just Like Your Clothes, It Says SomethingAbout You

The Rickie Report recently took a survey of how purchases at art fairs are packaged.  We understand that it costs anywhere from a few cents for a plastic grocery store-type bag to many dollars for a corrugated box with your logo printed on it.  Does it matter?  What does this say about you and your product?

There are hundreds of websites and stores where one can purchase packaging materials at retail as well as wholesale prices.  We are not endorsing any particular one, but want to educate the artists and artisans in one more area of customer service that is rarely considered.

Let’s look at various options.  Small jewelry items such as earrings or rings may be boxed or placed in small bags.  We have seen websites offering custom labeling for as little as $.19 per ring box.  We do not consider zip-top type bags a good option.  It looks like you only cared about making your work and selling it, not how it goes home with the customer.  And what if this is a gift for someone else?  There are sheer string-tied bags that definitely make a statement.  And they have room for your business card!  Larger items may also be boxed or wrapped in good quality tissue paper and placed in a medium to large shopping bag.  Bags are being sold for less than $.015 each when ordered in bulk.  We’ve seen shopping bags range from $.21-$.29  depending on size.

Hand made items such as small table top sculptures must be wrapped to ensure a safe trip home!  The worst possible experience is for someone to find their purchase damaged while traveling from the fair to home.  Area artists should ask if the item is going in a suitcase or will be shipped as many of your customers don’t live nearby.   Extra packing material such as bubble wrap will be remembered when the customer comes to the next fair.  Larger pieces, such as paintings need to be secured properly to avoid nicks in the frame or holes in a canvas.  Flat cardboard taped and bubble wrapped again meet those needs.

There are times when buying a greeting card, there is enough room in my handbag.  I don’t need a bag to protect it because it will be going through the postal system.  It will survive my purse!  But how do I remember who I bought that card from when their business card gets separated from my purchase?  Hopefully, the back of the greeting card has the artist’s website printed or labeled on it.  If the person receiving my card appreciates it as much as I believe they will, they could be purchasing cards for themselves!

When considering labels, think “clear”.  They can be printed by your computer and placed not only on a greeting card, but a plain shopping bag.  Use a nice, legible font and make sure the ink doesn’t smear during inclimate weather.  Use your logo to further brand your work!  Think about using one specific color of tissue or ribbon or raffia to make your branding more concrete.

The Rickie Report wants you to succeed in your artistry as well as your business.  We have written about your business cards and how important your display is to draw in customers.  Now that you have the customers, keep them coming back because you have offered extraordinary customer service after they made that purchase!  Package your work like you would package yourself !

 Click here to read the post on business cards

Click here to read the post on the art of display

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

The Art of Display

The Rickie Report has taken notes while walking through juried and non-juried shows.  It is clear that the artists’ approach to displaying their work, be it jewelry, sculpture, paintings, hand turned wooden objects, or hand made clothing makes a significant impact on the viewer and potential buyer.

We want to share some of the best ideas and some suggestions for those artists who are happy to have been accepted into a show but are overwhelmed  about displaying their creations.

1. Make your display stand out among your fellow artists.  Everyone has a white tent but yours can sport a colored flag attached to the valance.  When a customer wants to “think about” a potential purchase, it is so much easier for them to find you again in a sea of people and tents.  Better yet, have the flag show what you are selling!

2. Are your signs written in an easy-to-read font that is large enough to read at least 10 feet away?  They can be colorful and theme oriented depending on what you are selling.  Looking professional with typed or computer generated signs cannot be stressed enough!

3.  Is your space easy to access?   Bringing your display to the inner reaches of the tent will give more people space to explore your wares.  Do your shelves hamper exploration? Can you hang some items from the inside top of the tent to free up floor space?  We’ve seen hand made pillows hanging from the tent top which was quite eye-catching.  The display itself was so colorful, we stopped in to speak with the artist and hear more about her work. Clever marketing!

4. Are your walls so full of artwork, the pieces begin to blend into one another?  Choose a few key pieces for a focal point.  Move pieces around during the show.  You have an opportunity to surprise the foot traffic passing by your booth with different work. Put one piece on an easel and keep switching it out to keep your display fresh and noticeable.

5. Jewelry displays are easily purchased through many companies.  The Rickie Report, however, finds the best ideas are ones that use ordinary objects for a different purpose.  A metal colander place upside down is a great earring holder and makes your jewelry more accessible than being pinned on a wall.  We’ve seen a mesh metal wastebasket turned upside down for the same purpose.  Now you have space on top ( actually the bottom of the wastebasket) to put a sign or another display.

6. A floor mat makes your space feel more professional.  You don’t have to get fancy or expensive.  Purchase some sail cloth and use decorative duct tape to seal the edges.  Voila!  You have a “rug”.

7.  How many show attendees hang out at a tent because the vendor has a fan?  A lot!  A battery operated fan not only helps YOU keep your cool, but invites lookers to stay longer and become shoppers.

8. Florida is dog country.  Be kind to your furry friends.  Have a bowl of water nearby.  Consider wrapped hard candies for throat parched customers, too.  Put the candy bowl next to your sign-up book to capture email addresses so you can reach out to people when you are going to be back in the area.  And if you sell via the internet, you have their information so you can send them a jpg of your “newest work since the show”.

9. Is your display family-friendly?  It is understandable that no one wants children running through an exhibit with glass pieces.  How do you keep their parents there long enough to inquire and buy while the kids are itching to move on?  Show a video loop of how sand becomes a piece of glass.  Have a small box of objects available for children to touch.  They will be the future buyers.  Teach them while you entertain them in a safe manner.

10. Keep your mess outside.  Store your packing materials, extra business cards, and food in a container outside the back of your tent.

The Rickie Report is always eager to share new ideas with our readers.  If you have a great display idea, send us a jpg and a short memo about how and why you use it.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

 

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

An Inheritance to Treasure

The Rickie Report is pleased to share the solution to a mystery we were involved with over the past few months.  The following is a true story. The names and locations of the people have been changed to protect their privacy.

The Rickie Report received an email from a woman in the midwest.  It is not unusual for us to find queries about a specific artist or type of art in our mail box, but this one was particularly poignant.  Jeannie’s mother had recently died.  She and her brother were going through their mother’s home deciding what they would keep and what would be sold or given away.

Jeannie’s brother found a painting with Jeannie’s name  and “1976” written on the back in their mother’s handwriting.  What was it?

To Jeannie’s amazement, the artwork was something she had never seen in her parents’ home.  It was pretty to look at and was signed by Edna Hibel.  Having no idea who the artist was, Jeannie went to the internet.  And in her search, she found an article recently written in The Rickie Report about Edna (January 6, 2012).

We suggested that Jeannie send a photo of the art work to the Edna Hibel Museum in Jupiter, FL. to help solve the mystery of what the painting was worth.  But how did her mother get the piece and why was it never hung in their childhood home?

Jeannie and her brother remember their parents traveling to the Palm Beach, FL area once a year when the company her father worked for would give its managers an all expense paid trip to thank them for their hard work.  While the men played golf, the company would take the wives to local museums and points of interest.  While the other wives accepted a fur coat or piece of expensive jewelry, Jeannie’s mother chose a piece of artwork by Edna Hibel.  She was not a showy person.

Through a course of emails,  Jeannie’s pleasure at finding the answers to this mystery has given The Rickie Report a sense of satisfaction.  She loves Edna’s work and is hanging new found art, worth over $20,000 in her home.  A reminder of her mother’s values.  “I cherish it,” she shared.

 

 

Whitespace Offering Holiday Vendor Spots

The Rickie Report is excited to share this opportunity for artists to show and sell their work at “By Hand: Holiday and Hostess Gifts & Objects Fair”.   “By Hand”  is a hand crafted, juried Holiday and Hostess gifts & objects fair held by Whitespace, the contemporary art and exhibition space of Dr. Marvin & Elayne Mordes.

 

Jury comprised of:

Elayne & Marvin Mordes, owners and directors of Whitespace

Jane Manus – sculptor

Kristin Miller Hopkins – artist & educator

Emily Seipel – Whitespace assistant curator

 

DATE:  Saturday, December 15 and Sunday December 16, 2012 – both days are required for participation.

 

TIME:   1:00 pm – 7:00 pm each day

 

LOCATION:    Whitespace

2805 North Australian Ave

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

T: 561.842.4131

Email:      2805@mordes.net                              www.whitespacecollection.com

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

●      All entries must be original and hand-made, with a retail price maximum $400 for each item.

●      All entries will be juried from 2 actual samples submitted, with prices, that best represent the applicants work to be sold at the fair.

●      Self-addressed return labels with prepaid postage is required.  All items will be returned to the applicant with submitted prepaid labels.  If no pre-paid labels are submitted, then work will not be returned.

●      Signed Application Form.  Singing denotes your acceptance of all terms and requirements for this event.

●      Multiple entries are allowed with separate processing fees and prepaid shipping.

●      A processing fee of $15 is required for each 2 item submission.

●      All submissions must be received no later than October 5, 2012

●      Accepted applicants will be notified by October 15, 2012.

 

EVENT REQUIREMENTS:

·       Artists are required to participate and attend both days.

●      Event to take place rain or shine.  Be prepared for unexpected weather.

●      All artist tables must be set up by 12:30 pm each day and taken down along with all merchandise at the closing of each day.  Each vendor is responsible for delivery and removal of all items including set up and display materials.

●      Whitespace will not be responsible for any theft, damage or mysterious disappearance of any items, displays, set ups  or supplies.

●      Each artist must supply own display table with a black table cloth to the ground and any side walls or tents.

●      Artist will supply own lighting and power cords if applicable.

●      Each artist must accept payment directly – no commission is due to Whitespace.

●      No free food or beverage will be supplied by Whitespace.

●      Each vendor is responsible for any taxes applied or due to Palm Beach County or State of Florida for any sales.

●      Total cost to sell at both days is $200 for a 42inch table size, $300 for 72 x 42 inch table,or $400 for a table, tent or booth up to 84 inches  square

 APPLICATION:

 

DATE: _______________________________________________________________

 

NAME:_______________________________________________________________

 

BUSINESS NAME:______________________________________________________

 

SIGNATURE: (signing denotes acceptance of all terms listed on this application):

 

 

________________________________________________________________________

 

2805 North Australian Avenue       West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

T: 561.842.4131    F: 561.842.4132

E:2805@mordes.net  E:info@whitespacecollection.com

www:whitespacecollection.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Changes Are Coming to The Rickie Report – Important Read

The Rickie Report has been growing and we are excited to let you know that we will be upgrading to a new web page in June.  We’ll be adding a more comprehensive and easier search engine as well as a calendar that will show all the events covered by The Rickie Report as you click on each date.

Currently you receive posts from The Rickie Report to your email.  Soon you will receive a notice in your email of each post with the title and beginning lines of the post.  Just click thru to The Rickie Report website where you can see the entire post on our new website.  The calendar, search engine and important information will be at your fingertips!

IMPORTANT:  If you have signed up to receive emails from The Rickie Report,  you do not need to do anything else to continue to receive notification of posts.  If we do not have your email, because you are a WordPress follower who has not sent us your email, please send it to us at rickie@therickiereport.com so we can put you on our list to receive notification of posts.  As always, there is no cost to subscribe to The Rickie Report and we look forward to making it more exciting, helpful, and enjoyable for our readers.

Best,

~Rickie