Tom Rubin Kicks Off “Third Thursday” Meet The Artist At Modern Edge Frameworks In Port St Lucie On Thursday, June 20, 2024. Free Demo And Free Parking

Modern Edge Frameworks kicks off its “Third Thursday” Meet The Artist event on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the Tradition location in Port St. Lucie featuring Tom Rubin, a prolific painter and photographer.  Stop by to see Tom in “art action” and hear his story of becoming a creative at age six!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Many thanks to Duncan and Pam Hurd offering this opportunity to local artists.

 

Tradition Village Center

10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

772.236.3690

 

 

 

 

 

tradition@modernedgeframeworks.com

Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

www.modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

Tom Rubin started painting and drawing at the age of 6.  His father showed him a picture in a magazine, gave Tom a set of oil paints, and there was no turning back!  We can see in the image below that he already had a sense of perspective, shading, and blending colors!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom’s 7th grade teacher inspired him to focus on impressionistic art, which he has continued throughout his life. Over the years, Tom’s style has evolved to more abstract paintings with an impressionistic flair.

 

 

 

Original painting by Tom Rubin

 

 

 

Tom tells The Rickie Report, ” I never stopped painting while I worked in the picture framing industry. Now, that I am retired, I have more time to devote to my art…and more time allows more creativity. When I’m painting, I enjoy a sense of freedom to let the paint take me wherever the creative juices are flowing.”

 

 

 

“Flowers in a Garden” by Tom Rubin

 

 

 

He goes on to say, ” My paintings reflect me and what I am feeling at the time.”  Tom works with acrylic paint, showcasing mainly abstracts and impressionism. His paintings often start with a vision and it may take a day or weeks for the vision to be clear enough to put on canvas.  Sometimes, they stay as the original thoughts, but more often, they take many turns and changes as the painting evolves.

 

 

 

Original Painting by Tom Rubin

 

 

 

Tom can be sleeping and start moving his hands as if he had a brush in them. At any time of night, he may get up and begin creating the piece feeling a need to put it on canvas before if disappears.  Believing that one style is too limiting, Tom is eager to try new techniques and mediums, which are evident in his collection.  Tom is also very open to creating commission pieces.

 

 

 

“Ribbon” by Tom Rubin

 

 

Tom’s wife, Helene, is his muse and he adds a touch of yellow to every artwork to signify their bond. Tom was born in Gloversville, NY and raised in the Bronx.  He attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and achieved a Batchelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute Collage of Art, with a minor in Photography.  He worked towards his Master degree in history at Johns Hopkins University.

 

“Space” by Tom Rubin

 

To see more of Tom’s artistry:

FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/tom.rubin.735

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/TomRubin21

Email:  721.ter@gmail.com

Call:  954. 732.5456

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

Rescheduled Lecture Highlighting Curt Whiticar’s Art And Prominent History In Stuart Coincides With Martin County’s Centennial Celebration At Elliott Museum On Tuesday, May 28. Enjoy Free Admission And Parking

Curt Whiticar‘s Marine art being featured at The Elliot Museum coincides with the kick off of Martin County’s Centennial Celebration!  Both members and guests can enjoy the FREE ENTRY on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 and enjoy a Special Lecture by Curt’s daughter, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, “A Daughter’s Fond Reflections of her Dad”. Curt lived a colorful life on and off the canvas, celebrating his 106th birthday just before his passing.  His story and his paintings bring us a rich history of Stuart, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit as well as his paintings. Curt’s paintings, book, and notecards will be part of the Elliot Museum offerings

 

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

http://hsmc-fl.com

772.225.1961

 

 

 

 COME   AND   EXPLORE   THE   UNEXPLORED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY,  MAY 28  2024

Open House at the Elliott Museum

5   –  8 PM

FREE   ADMISSION   FOR   ALL

LECTURE

 

5:30 PM – 6: 30 PM

 

Remembrances

A captivating talk by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil on the life and art of her father, local icon Curt Whiticar.

 


Curt Whiticar

 

 

 

 

Born on February 13, 1911, in Fairton, New Jersey, Curt’s family spent the winters in Fairton while his dad worked on an oyster boat out from Bivalve about twelve miles southeast of the town.  During the summers, they moved to Fortescue, a remote fishing village on the Delaware Bay  where his dad had a charter fishing business.  They lived without running water or electricity on a little barge pulled up on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sailfishing off  Stuart” by Curt Whiticar

(Curt is in the boat in the background)

Curt was very active in the Stuart Sailfish Club (treasurer for many years) and designed the Sailfish pins and Sailfish Release pins for the club.  This picture was often used as publicity for the Sailfish club and the Whiticar Fleet.

 

 

HE’S IN THE PAINTING BUSINESS !

 

 

 

Most boat owners just painted over the names which were on the stern and bow of the boats. When the repainted hull was dry, they would repaint the letters.  They were not proficient at lettering and did not have proper brushes, so the result was usually pretty bad. I acquired a good red sable brush and repainted the lettering on Dad’s boats.  I did a pretty good job, especially by comparison, and soon all the boat captains paid me to reletter their boats.  Also, the hotel managers or owners hired me to paint their signs, and I put some scenes on them.  As a result, as a twelve year old boy, I was in business with painting”.

 

 

 

 

Painting by Curt Whiticar

Foundering Norwester Rescue:  This painting shows boats in the wild seas that is a depiction of a rescue.  Curt and his mate, in his boat the Gulfstream, rescued 6 people, 3 others were rescued by 2 other boats and one man drowned.  He later salvaged the boat, rebuilt it and used it for many years.

 

 

 

BUILDING A BUSINESS OF BUILDING BOATS

 

 

“In 1946, my brother wanted me to build a new boat for him.Dad had a lot next to his house where  I could build the boat, but I needed a building.Camp Murphy (now Jonathan Dickinson State Park) a former Army camp during the war auctioned off the buildings, and I bid $475 on the mess hall, $30 for an officers’ latrine, and $25 for another building.The buildings had to be removed from the property within thirty days. We marked each piece, disassembled the entire building, and reassembling it on our property.  It is still in use, having survived the big hurricane of 1949.  Without an organized crew of builders, I quit charter fishing entirely and concentrated on boat building. Since its  inception, we had built 63 boats at Whiticar Boat Works, Inc”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting by Curt Whiticar

As his boats became well known for performing well in the rolling ocean waters , he decided to open a boat building and repair business. “Whiticar Boat Basin”, then “Whiticar Boat Works” was established in 1947. It has recently been sold.

 

The company built boats that became world famous among the power boating communities. His expertise in lettering the name of the boat in gold leaf on the stern was legendary.

 

 

 

BEANIE BACKUS CONNECTION

 

 

“None of my educational classes included art; however, through the years, I have sat in on a few local art classes.  Perhaps my foremost learning experience was my contact with Bean Backus, whom I knew quite well.  He was my mentor. I had painted about 25 – 30 works of art by 1950 and all but five were destroyed in a fire. I did spend a little time painting; however, I was busy with designing and building boats until 1986. At the age of 75, I retired and had the time to do more painting.  My favorite medium is oil, and I have always favored Florida landscape and seascape scenes.  However, I also paint quite a lot of local historical scenes as well as anything I feel that people would like hanging on their walls”. 

 

 

Curt’s love of nature is shown in his Florida inland scenes.  The beauty of the trees and rivers is reflected in a variety of colors and landscapes.  He also features a variety of animals, especially birds in his paintings.  Although he always lived near the ocean, he enjoyed traveling.  And, he read National Geographic Magazine and frequently used pictures from the magazine for ideas for his paintings.

 

 

 

Sunrise Sunset Painting by Curt Whiticar

 

 

 

WHITICAR WATERWAY TALES

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT:

Email Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill fishlkd@hotmail.com

Or Call to make an appointment to visit the House With The Purple Shutters

772-834-6202

To  See  More  of  Curt  Whiticar’s  artwork:   www.curtwhiticar.com

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts (WMODA) Loves Lake Worth Beach. Join The Community Charrette To Discuss Potential Site Plan Concepts and Learn More On Wednesday, May 22 Via LiveStream

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) is one of the world’s foremost destinations for fired arts including contemporary as well as a deep historical look into creativity through the centuries.  The Rickie Report shares the initial proposal for a collaboration between WMODA, Lake Worth Beach CRA, and LULA  to create a downtown mixed-use Cultural Arts Campus anchored by WMODA!   On Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 6-8 PM, there will be a  COMMUNITY CHARRETTE to discuss potential site plan concepts and to learn more about the WMODA mix use campus meeting at The Hatch 11212 Gallery.  In person attendance is now filled to capacity, however you can livestream the meeting on Youtube.   The Rickie Report shares the details in this article, reacquaints you with the legacy of WMODA and shares access to the Community Charrette Meeting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMODA Loves Lake Worth Beach

www.wmodaloveslwb.com

 

PUBLIC   PRESENTATION

 

 

 

 

TUNE into LIVESTREAM on  YOUTUBE@LAKEWORTHCRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMODA   LOVES   LWB!

 

 

 

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) is coming to Lake Worth Beach, FL.  The special exhibitions of glass artists Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, and other living masters will heighten LWB’s cultural presence. WMODA is also renowned for its amazing collection of British pottery and porcelain with illustrious names, such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. Another major draw is contemporary ceramic art by the Ardmore Studio in South Africa.  WMODA continues to be a good steward of the arts, bringing in community groups, educational programs for all ages, and offering support for the local art scene.  For those who have seen what WMODA has to offer, we remind you that what you saw in the collection was only the tip of the iceberg!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET  THE  TEAM

 

 

 

 

THE  VISION

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFITS  OF  WMODA

 

 

 

 

 

TIME  LINE

 

 

 

 

DRIVING  PRINCIPLES

 

 

 

FOR  MORE  DETAILS

 

 

 

 

 

Previous articles in The Rickie Report highlight some of WMODA’s vast activities:

https://www.therickiereport.com/2022/04/12/wmoda/

https://www.therickiereport.com/2022/09/21/be-joyful-and-experience-a-safari-for-the-soul-at-wiener-museum-of-decorative-arts-in-dania-beach-now-through-end-of-december/

https://www.therickiereport.com/2019/11/16/wiener-museum-of-decorative-arts-in-dania-beach-invites-you-to-sparkle-shine-sunday-december-1-visit-this-treasure-trove-of-living-glass-masters-ardmore-studio-ceramics-wedgwood-and-royal/

 

 

For more information about WMODA itself please contact Louise: louise@wmoda.com

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Learn, Create And Be Inspired By Internationally Acclaimed Polymer Clay Artist Alice Stroppel On Sunday, June 2, 2024 At SouthEast Florida Polymer Clay Guild Workshop. Open To Non-Members

From jewelry and home decor to sculpting and installations, polymer clay is an exciting artist medium.  On Sunday, June 2, 2024 the South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) is bringing internationally renowned polymer clay artist, Alice Stroppel for a one-day workshop.  It is open to non-members of the Guild and will focus on “Crazy Birds & Critters” at the Kings Point Golf & Country Club Main Clubhouse Art Room in Delray Beach, FL.  The workshop fee includes a one year membership in the Guild, so you can maintain your skills and share your knowledge.  This is your chance to meet and learn from the inventor of the famous “Stroppel Cane” in person! Seats are limited!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Alice’s artistry.

 

 

SOUTH    EAST    FLORIDA    POLYMER    CLAY    GUILD

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

Internationally renowned Polymer Clay artist and instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members $90.00         Non-Members $125.00 

 

 

($125.00 Non-Member fee includes a Membership to the Guild for the remainder of the year)

 

 

 Deadline to register is May 15th

 

 

Supply list will be sent to those attending on or before May 15th.

 

 

We  will  break  for  lunch  on  our  own. 

 

 

An assortment of Alice Stroppel’s International Award winning polymer clay 

 

 

 

The Stroppel cane is a great polymer clay leftover technique. It gives a really cool rock slab effect that changes each time you do it. The technique was invented by Alice Stroppel. Alice Stroppel’s original technique was done using cane ends, but you can use any leftovers you want.

 

 

International Polymer Clay Association recognizes Alice Stroppel

 

 

Alice Stroppel tells The Rickie Report, “I have a casual approach to working with polymer clay. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to create seriously fabulous pieces. Sometimes succeeding, sometime not, but always not afraid to open that block of clay. Most of all I have to have fun, laugh while I work and hopefully share that joy with other.”

 

 

 

 

Contact for details:

Helene de Laurentis 561-221-4526

 

Mail check payable to SEFPCG to:

Helene De Laurentis

109 Seville D

Delray Beach, FL 33446

 

DIRECTIONS    TO    EVENT:

 

 

Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida

 

 

**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)

 

Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House  http://kingspointdelray.com/ (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

 

 

RESERVE    YOUR    SPOT !

 SEATS    ARE    LIMITED

 

 

 

RSVP contact phone, text and email to:

 

 

Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text

Email: helenedelaurentis@gmail.com

 

 

Visit our FaceBook page

 

 

Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other on the last Sunday of each month year round in the Kings Point Golf and Country Club Delray Main Clubhouse Art Room.  AS this is a gated community an RSVP is recommended.  Some of our projects include jewelry, home decor items/photo frames, garden decor/windchimes, seasonal decor/figurines and more!  Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  We’ve had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $40 a year. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

Carol Moon Art Studio Offers “Inner Artist Workshop” For Beginner/Intermediate Level Acrylic Painters May 11, 18, 25 At Her Studio In Zero Empty Spaces Legacy Place Palm Beach Gardens.

Carol Moon Art Studio is offering “Inner Artist Workshop” at Zero Empty Spaces located in Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, May 11, 18, 25.   Carol  has exhibited at Residence Inn, West Elm, “Whimsy & Wonder” at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Juno Beach Juried Art Show and more venues around the United States.  Beginner/Intermediate level painters are welcome to three sessions which last 2 hours each. All acrylic paint supplies will be provided. The Rickie Report shares some of Carol’s bright and colorful images as well as the details about the workshops.  These workshops are perfect if you’re looking for a special gift to share with a friend or relative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“From my perspective, life is an ongoing celebration of color. The beauty of color, and the power in connection propels this incredible journey forward, creating an ever evolving and enriching artistic exploration”.~ Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

Workshop dates :

 Saturday, May 11, 18, 25  2024

 10 AM – Noon

 Cost:  $245 (Supplies included)

  Pre-pay to reserve a spot  (Venmo, Credit Card, Cash)

 

 

Carol Moon Art Studio, Legacy Place Shops, 11300 Legacy Ave, Suite 140, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

 

 

 

 

“Bella Vista” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

Have fun tapping into your creative inside!

 

 

 

“Together Forever” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

Carol Moon tells The Rickie Report, ” My mission is to infuse life into every canvas, transcending mere visual representation by infusing vibrant color and emotion with each stroke. Color, to me, is a language capable of narrating stories, inspiring change, connecting hearts, and fostering happiness. The techniques I use illuminate the simple moments of life creating tangible, visual narratives, aiming not only to captivate the eye but to stir the soul and inspire the viewer. My goal is to brighten the world with beauty, nurturing a shared appreciation for the richness that life offers”.  Guided by her parents from childhood,  Carol developed an appreciation for God’s creation—the intricacies of a flower, the brilliance of a sunset, the serenity of a white sandy beach, the playful breeze in a tall field, and the majestic presence of the ocean. These daily treasures, abundant in colors and contrast, deeply resonate with her heart.

 

 

 

 

“I believe that at the core of what art can achieve is the profound connection and intersection between the artist, the artwork, and the viewer. It’s not just about the tools and canvas; it’s about the shared narratives, the connections forged, and the joy found in every stroke”.

 

 

 

 

“Funky Flamingos” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

 

Carol’s artistic journey has taken her through many studios, exhibitions, and events as she’s welcomed the opportunity to develop and showcase her work. She’s participated in prestigious events (Art Prize of Grand Rapids, MI). While living in Nashville, she was selected to be a monthly participant in the Germantown Art Crawl and the Franklin Art Crawl in Franklin, TN. Her work has been on display at The Art Show Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, TN, and the Juno Beach Art Festival in Juno Beach, in addition to interior decor centers and various other exhibitions and venues. Her pieces have not only found their way into countless homes across the country, but have also attracted collectors and inspired many commissioned pieces. She continues to be featured and sought out for interviews as well, most recently for feature articles in both Shoutout Miami and 123Art Magazine’s online publications.

 

 

 

 

 

Recently Carol added to her creative base an Art Therapy Certification. She has a background in psychology, and experienced her mother’s 15-year progressive Alzheimer’s Disease. These things have lead her to an interest in helping those who feel locked inside, for whatever the reason, experience freedom through artistic expression. She’s excited to see where this could lead.

 

 

 

 

 

“Manny & Tee” by Carol Moon

 

“I believe so much of creating art is about the story. Sure, my story of how a given piece comes to be. But, it’s also about the viewer’s story, what they experience in the presence of my work is so important to me. It brings me so much joy when our stories come together, and I believe that’s what art can do.

 

 

Carol is a self-taught artist, inspired by color, God’s creation, and a profound bond with her mother. She creates vibrant works celebrating the simple things in life. Carol believes that color has the power to connect hearts and lives, enriching the human experience. Two decades in a West Michigan studio group provided mentoring, exposure, and involvement in ArtPrize of Grand Rapids. Relocating to Nashville in 2012, she joined an artist group under an internationally known mentor and Florida welcomed Carol Moon Art LLC to Zero Empty Spaces Studios. She has been featured in Shoutout Miami and 123Art Magazine, exhibiting at Residence Inn, West Elm, and  “Whimsy & Wonder” at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, highlight her achievements. Carol has been a featured artist at Zero Empty Studios in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and continually looks for ways to connect with her fellow creatives and contribute to the larger Palm Beach County artistic community.

 

 

 

Her journey continues, resonating with viewers, social media followers, and collectors who appreciate the uniqueness of her artistic expression.

 

 

 

“Hummingbird of Paradise” by Carol Moon

 

 

Contact info:

 

 

Carol Moon Frazier

Email:  Carol@CarolMoonArt.com

Cell:  616-403-7882

Website:  https://www.carolmoonart.com/

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/carolmoonart/

Youtube:  @carolmoonart2383

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/carolmoonart/

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Call for Public Art Mural To All Artists Who Are Residents Of Palm Beach County , FL

This is a Public Service Announcement to share a CALL to Palm Beach County Resident artists for a Mural at the South Façade of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC).  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply by April 19, 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Application

 

PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC) requests qualifications from professional artists or professional artist teams to create an original public art mural for the back wall of its headquarters (south façade) located at 601 Lake Avenue. The theme of the mural should celebrate the concept of community: healing, unity, connections, wellness, and/or belonging. As the mural will face the Council’s new Art & Wellness Space, themes highlighting nature and tranquility are also encouraged. This call will consist of two parts: a call for qualifications followed by a selection of up to five finalists that will develop proposals for the mural.

 

 

PROJECT SITE

 

The Cultural Council serves as the county’s local arts service agency providing funding, advocacy, cultural tourism marketing, artist services, professional development, and a host of other activities and events year-round designed to support Palm Beach County creative professionals and cultural organizations. Its headquarters houses the administrative offices, three gallery spaces, a visitor information center, and the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store. Immediately behind the building is a lot owned by the Cultural Council for arts programs, concerts, and other gatherings. Through this initiative, the space will be renamed the Arts & Wellness Space, and the mural will be a significant part of this rebranding and reimagining of the space.

 

 

In 2017, through the Canvas public art festival, a mural was installed on the back wall. The mural has weathered significantly and must be replaced. The Council’s back wall is approximately 54’W x 36’H and includes a roll-up type garage door that was previously included in the mural. CCPBC requests that the garage door is not included in the new mural design of approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The existing mural will be removed, and the wall will be repaired and primed before the start of the new mural project.

 

 

PROJECT GOALS

 

The artwork is of high artistic quality.
The design is expressive and echoes the theme of the project.
The completed mural serves as a visual identifier for Lake Worth Beach, the Cultural Council, and the theme of community and/or wellness.
The proposed work is appropriate for the site in terms of scale, design, and materials.

 

 

BUDGET

 

The commissioning budget is $40,000 and is all-inclusive including: design, artist fee, materials, installation, and insurance. Proposals that exceed the commission budget will be considered non-responsive and non-qualified. Artist teams must split the allotted budget if awarded. The Cultural Council will work with the selected artist or artist team on securing rental equipment (scaffolding and/or scissor-lifts). Additional budget may be allocated for these expenses.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams age 18 and over who reside in Palm Beach County, Florida. Artists or artist teams (max two artists per team) must demonstrate their professional capacity to oversee the design and installation of a large-scale public mural.

 

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.
Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Artist or artist teams will be selected through the following process:

1. Qualification Review. CCPBC staff will preview submissions for completeness and compliance with qualification requirements. Staff may reject incomplete applications or non-qualified or non-responsive submissions.

2. Selection. A selection panel consisting of visual art professionals, board and staff representatives from the Cultural Council, and a representative from the City of Lake Worth Beach will review artists’ qualifications. No more than five (5) and no less than three (3) artists or artist teams will be selected and notified as finalists for the call.

3. Concept Creation. The finalists will create a concept for the completed mural responding to the thematic requirements. The finalists will be paid a stipend of $500 each to develop their concept proposal. Finalists will also be asked to submit a full budget and timeline for the proposed project. Concepts will be on display for two weeks at the Council’s headquarters so that the public has a chance to view and provide general feedback. The selection committee will then reconvene and select the final artist or artist team (and the mural concept). The selected artist or artist team will have approximately three months to complete the project.

 

CRITERIA:

 

Selection of the final concept proposal will be based on the project goals and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic quality: Artwork should incorporate a high level of craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
  2. Diversity: Artwork is diverse in terms of media, cultural or historical significance, innovation, and creativity.
  3. Appropriateness to site: Artwork should be innovative, engaging, and compatible with the location in terms of scale, material, and form. Artwork should be conceptually appealing to a wide audience of varied ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Artwork should exhibit originality of concept and demonstrate a strong conceptual alignment with the goals of the project.

4. Artist qualifications: The feasibility of the proposed artwork is evaluated relative to the artist’s ability to complete the work proposed. Factors to be considered include the artists or artist teams experience, past projects budget, and timeline.

5. Artwork maintenance: Artwork must be designed and constructed for durability in the South Florida climate. Consideration will be given to proposals that consider sustainable and efficient methods in the ongoing maintenance of the artwork, including UV protection.

 

OVERVIEW OF COMMISSIONED ARTIST OR ARTIST TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Develop and refine artistic concepts and designs with staff and key stake – holders working on the project. Develop final drawings, presentation materials, budget breakdown, and other visual and written items. Participate in an ongoing design review and modification process with input from City staff, designers, key stakeholders, and appropriate City committees.

Provide bi-monthly (every 2 weeks) email updates to CCPBC staff. Develop maintenance recommendations for the mural.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change due to funding, weather, or other issues)

March 25
April 19
April 26
May 31
June 28
September 30

 

CCPBC reserves the right to decline all applications submitted in response to this Call to Artists, to terminate the selection proceedings, or to combine, eliminate, or otherwise amend the commission opportunities at any time. Artists identified through this process are not guaranteed a commission or the opportunity to develop a public art project or proposal. The release of this Call to Artists in no way binds CCPBC to the commissioning of any artist, artist team, or artwork.

Application Requirements

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.

Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 471-2901         Email: info@palmbeachculture.com

Public Hours: Tuesday – Saturday | 12 – 5 p.m.

Administrative Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking: There is free, 4-hour parking along Lake Worth Beach’s Downtown streets.
There is also a public parking lot on the east side of “L” Street, adjacent to the Cultural Council’s building.

Building Accessibility: We welcome all visitors. Visitors using mobility devices and aids may gain access by using the ramp at our front entrance located on the north side of the property. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the first floor. Service animals are always welcomed; depending on the visitor’s needs, service animals may be carried or outfitted with a harness or leash. We encourage all visitors to ask for assistance from our staff, should they have an accessibility question.

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Explore “Soul Doodling” With Renowned Artist Scott Jeffries At Wellington Art Society Meeting On Wednesday, April 10 Plus Two Art Exhibits With An Opening Reception On Tuesday, April 16

The Wellington Art Society features Scott Jeffries as he speaks about “Soul Doodling” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024  at the Wellington Community Center.  Scott’s artistry comes from his heart with no specific plan of how a piece will turn out.  Enjoy his insights at his presentation after a meet and greet, member spotlight, and brief meeting . WAS does it again, with a double header of Art Exhibitions and ONE GREAT RECEPTION on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Visit  Expressive ” (now until May 21, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “ Visions ” (now until June 16, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other! The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

 

PRESENTING:  

 

 

 

 S C O T T        J E F F R I E S

 

 

Artist, Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

“S O U L       D O O D L I N G”

 

 

If you wonder how he creates his spectacular paintings, Scott Jeffries, who’s been doodling since childhood and still has his grandmother’s paintbox and brushes, will tell you “Don’t be afraid to paint outside the lines.”

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

 

That describes not just his art but his life. Jeffries has reinvented himself as a professional artist after a series of yet unbroken high school swimming records, being an All Star Division 1 athlete, having a successful legal career as a Public Defender and more.

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

Jeffries’ art begins with a total absence of sketching or planning, as it blossoms spontaneously into a beautiful melody of faces and shapes that create symphonies of color sometimes spilling over and off the canvas. And he will tell you his lack of a formal art education has allowed him freedom of artistic creativity  unencumbered by established norms. To browse his paintings and learn more about Scott Jeffries please visit www.scottyjart.com, on Instagram @scottart.

 

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society Announces

 

TWO New Exhibitions:

 

 

“Expressive” and “Visions”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Public Reception:

 

 Tuesday, April 16,2024  

5 – 7 pm

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 

 “Expressive”

(now until May 21, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL

 

&

“Visions”

 

 (now until June 16, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

Enjoy the original artwork of 19 artists with over 70 works of art. Two venues – one great night! Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy.

 

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Halyna Albanese

Emily Bergstrom

Heather Bergstrom

 Lisa Campbell

Ayesha DeLorenzo

  Cynthia George

  Jan Gmitter 

 Diane Hodges

 Erica Kyle 

Lou Ann LaBohn

 Shahen Markarian

  Ali Mendoza

 Dinah Mirson

  Susan Mosely 

Susan Oakes

 Leslie Pfeiffer

 Marion Roberts

  Raymonde Talleyrand

  Andrea Vossen

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Oakes Creates A Personalized Photo Collage For Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations And Memorials. More Than Putting Pictures On One Page, Each Reflects The Person Or Family Making It A True Heirloom

Looking for a unique gift to honor or commemorate a special occasion or life milestoneSusan Oakes creates personalized photo collages for individuals and families, focused on birthdays, holidays, celebrations, and memorials (including pets). Working together with the person or family, Susan creates artworks that reflect the occasion authentically. Your next gift can become a true family heirloom that has a distinct meaning for you and your family! The Rickie Report shares the details of how Susan goes about creating such personalized gifts and some sneak peeks. With Special Occasions coming up, we suggest you contact Susan so she has enough time to create YOUR heirloom to perfection! You do NOT have to live nearby – this is the kind of commission you can order from anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Photo Collage celebrates a First Birthday, by Susan Oakes 

 

 

 

 

“Clients send me multiple photos along with a deposit to get started. That begins a lot of back and forth between us until we arrive at the finished product. This process cannot be rushed but when it’s right we both know it!    Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Oakes tells The Rickie Report, “When I create a photo collage for someone, it is highly personal and variable but there are certain guidelines I follow. Whether it is a memorial, or a celebration such as a birthday or holiday, it has to reflect the person or family authentically”.

 

 

 

Collage commemorating his love of Nascar, Las Vegas, and Family, and more!  by Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

 

She explains that in gathering photos in the early stages, it is not a simple matter of just putting images together on a page. “It’s more like putting a puzzle together: I need more photos than I will ultimately use. Although we may love certain photos, sometimes they don’t quite work together well as a whole. It’s a highly visual thing and I typically go through multiple permutations before I’m satisfied”.

 

 

 

 

Susan’s experience and multifaceted educational/ vocational journey (degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist) all come into play as she creates a unity of design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“One thing that helps this process is creating unity in the design. I’m taking disparate photos from different places, different times, different people and I need to make them into a cohesive whole. The background of photos is very helpful in this regard. As an example, if I’m doing a collage for a child, or someone looking back on their childhood, there may be photos of playing baseball, and other photos of enjoying the beach. Both the baseball diamond and the beach have something in common: sand. I can use this motif to blend the two images from different places together”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Many times I will use a backdrop of a sky, a field, greenery, or a common color in the photos to blend the images together and more importantly, to unify the piece. Other things I use to create authenticity are hobbies, places visited, favorite things they loved doing. I have used clip art or other graphical elements, such as sports team’s logos, objects or text to tell the story”.

 

 

 

 

Example of Susan Oakes using square edged photos and creating a smooth transition

 

 

 

“I can use rectangular photos with edges, but most of the time I prefer to have no straight edges showing at all, meaning I have to blend or morph the edges of different photos to create one smooth continuous image. Or, if I cannot do this, I might put another person or object in place to hide the hard edge of a photo. All of this is done in Photoshop though a combination of masking, painting and layering. Since I’ve been teaching Photoshop for over 20 years, I show my students how to do this type of compositing”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Susan Oakes:

 

Susan is a native Long Islander (which is immediately apparent upon meeting her) who emigrated to South Florida over 18 years ago. She is married to a very tolerant and supportive husband with two grown children (and two grandchildren!) who grew up with a geek for a mother.  Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, she has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road including degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, with experience as a retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist. And she still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up!  Her work and teaching demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. Her digital work blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision.

 

 

In addition to working as a digital artist and graphic designer, she is also a graphics instructor. She teaches  InDesign and Illustrator, but most frequently, Photoshop. This behemoth of a program can be totally overwhelming for a beginner. Susan specializes in teaching new people (mostly adults) Photoshop at Palm Beach State College (in the Corporate and Continuing Ed areas) and also to private students.

 

 

One of the cornerstones of her classes is the belief that they must be tailored to the needs and goals of the students. Many adults come to these classes with tremendous variation in their experience and skills; it is Susan’s primary job to first ascertain what her students need and to help them attain their goals.

 

 

“I strive to promote a low pressure and welcoming atmosphere, geared to the needs and goals of adult students. I use discussions, demonstrations, videos, hand outs, and other materials to demystify Photoshop and help students to discover its endless creative possibilities for personal expression”.

 

 

 

Her work in “natural” or “traditional media” such as painting and drawing has a much longer history than her digital work, yet the two are inextricably bound and continue to influence each other. In Susan’s natural media work she began to experiment with alternative substrates and mediums, mostly related to watercolor and ink. Susan is an active member of the Wellington Art Society, Artists of Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Kelby One (Formerly known as National Association of Photoshop Professionals)

 

 

Selected Awards:

Wellington Art Society: Spring Bling (Virtual Exhibit) “Death of Privacy” 1st Place Spring 2022
Artists of Palm Beach County: Falling into Fall 2021, Featured Artist; “Revenge of Nature” First PlaceArtists of Palm Beach County, “The Artists Mind 2019”, Winter 2019, “Glass Portal” First Place
Lighthouse Artcenter: “40th Annual Member Show & Sale” April 2018 “Chasms” Photography Winner
Artists of Palm Beach County, “Digital Painting, 2017”, 6/12 – 7/14/17 Featured Artist; “Chasms” 2nd Place Lighthouse Artcenter: “39th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/27 – 4/27/17 “Duplicity” Photography winner Lighthouse Artcenter: “38th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/17 – 4/27/16 “Intimus” 2nd Place Photography
A Unique Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL; “World Through the Lens”, 4/15 – 6/14 “Copperleaf 2” 1st Place Winner

Solo Exhibits:

South Palm Beach City Hall, South Palm Beach, FL “Floral Passages”, 3-6/2020
Artists of Palm Beach County, Art on Park Gallery, 9/15 – 9/29/17 and “Visual Alternatives” Spring 2019 Broward Art Guild, West Regional Library in Plantation, FL, 11/2 to 12/28/17
Lake Park Library, Lake Park, FL May – 6/ 2017
Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, (with Ellen Negley),“Floral Passages” 9-10/ 2015

 

View Examples of Susan’s digital imaging and collages: 

https://www.suoakesphotoimaging.com/

View Recent examples of Susan’s natural work 

https://suoakesart.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxbow Eco-Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Earth Day With Special Call To Artists For Sustainable Art

The Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie has opened a CALL FOR ECO ART for their upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day.  This call is OPEN TO EVERYONE – regardless of your location AT NO CHARGE!  There are four divisions artists can enter as individuals or collaborative groups, the newest is the Eco Wearable Art category.  Deadline for general artwork is April 6, 2024.  Wearable Art must be delivered the day of the event, Saturday, April 20, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages all of you to enter!

5400 NE St. James Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

(772)  785-5833      Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

Hours:   Tuesday – Saturday    12 pm – 4 pm

The Oxbow Preserve trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

All St. Lucie County Preserves and trails are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

**Please note – artworks do not have to be in Dr. Seuss style.

 

 

 

The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.

 

 

 

Artwork submissions for Earth Day 2023

 

 

 

 

CLICK  HERE  TO  APPLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about the Oxbow Eco-Center:

Phone: (772)  785-5833

Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Let MartinArts Help You In Your Search For Your Next Cherished Art Piece On Saturday, March 23, 2024 With “Art Out Of The Closet” Plus A Call For Volunteers At The Court House Cultural Center In Stuart

Let MartinArts help you as you search of your next cherished piece of art!  Stop by the Courthouse Cultural Center on Saturday, March 23rd for “Art Out of the Closet” as we recycle and upcycle art, art supplies and other arts-related items. If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this annual event AND how you can volunteer with MartinArts!

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,  Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for your next cherished piece of art?

 

 

MartinArts   can   help !

 

 

“Art Out of the Closet”

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2024 

 

 

10 am – 4 pm

 

 

~  Framed  artwork

 

 

~  Unframed  artwork

 

 

~  Frames

 

 

~  Art  Supplies  AND  MORE!

 

 

If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation! Funds raised through the sale of donated items benefit the arts and cultural programming offered at the Court House Cultural Center.  

For details: Art out of the Closet“.

 

 

 

 

Adventure  into  the  Arts:  Volunteer  Today!

 

 

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of MartinArts operations and programming. Over 250+ volunteers each year contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways within the areas of guest relations, education, membership,  events, outreach, and more. Our volunteers are a major force in fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community.

 

 

~MartinArts looks for volunteers from all backgrounds throughout the year as projects arise.

 

~We welcome students who require service hours for school and community members interested in sharing their love of art with others.

 

~We’re seeking volunteers for roles such as gallery greeters, reception, and arts education program.

 

~Our volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community!

 

Volunteer Information Session | April 16, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | May 21, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | June 18 11AM

 

Click Here For More Volunteer Information~

 

 

 

For more information about upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987