William Finlayson Announces Launch Of Primed Panels, Offering Artists Unlimited Options For Customized Artist Panels

Fine artist William Finlayson announces the launch of Primed Panels, offering artists unlimited options to use panels for a wide variety of mediums.  Using his personal understanding of the needs of visual artists and his experience in cabinet making, William created these panels for himself and now offers them to other artists. He is taking on-line orders for the panels which artists can customize.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos, William, for bringing your ingenuity to create a new product and sharing it with us! Art Lovers:  Meet William and see his artistry on Sunday, December 16 at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens from 10 – 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

W  I  L  L  I  A  M       F  I  N  L  A  Y  S  O  N

 

 

PRESENTS:

 

P R I M E D   P A N E L S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does “Custom Panels” mean to a customer?

 

It means you decide if you would like your Panel completely Raw, Primed, Primed back of panel as well as front, Primed front with Raw sides….You Decide.

 

Completely Customizable Sizes and Depths:

 

 

Customize your entire order from ordering ANY size you desire, to picking your depth of cradle (1-4 inches) and what you would like primed (front, sides, back or all of it)

 

 

That means you don’t have to stick with standard sizes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panels are made custom when you order them.

Usual completion time is 7 days but will depend on quantity of order.

Send us a message for more accurate time frame or we will let you know as soon as we confirm your order when they will be ready.

IN A RUSH? call us or write to us asap and we’d be happy to work with your deadline.

William Finlayson has been making artist panels for artists for years, but has only started taking orders online this year after launching his website: www.primedpanels.com

 

 

Contemporary abstract multicolor acrylic painting on panel by William Finlayson

“AHA MOMENT” , acrylic and neon on panel by William Finlayson

William’s background includes being a professional artist, working as a professional painter for over 20 years and working at a cabinet company/wood shop when he lived in Jacksonville Florida.  

 

 

 

 

Acrylic on reclaimed wood, “Prime Mover” by William Finlayson

 

 

His work is sold internationally and locally he exhibits at JF Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  http://www.jfgallery.com

 

 

Contemporary mixed media on panel collage, “Every Day Now” by William Finlayson

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, December 16th,  William will be participating in “Artists & Charities Hand In Hand”

An outstanding Art Show To Benefit The Constance & David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Program

 Sunday, December 16th from 10 am – 5 pm at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens 

You will be able to see how his custom made panels look in person!  Public is invited!  https://bit.ly/2yEEF7E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internationally acclaimed artist Brenda Zappitell of Brenda Zappitell Studio in Delray Beach has posted a review of William’s panels on social media:

Brenda’s abstract artworks are featured in exhibitions throughout the US and are in international private and public collections (Boca Raton Museum of Art, St. Regis Hotel NYC, Double Line Capital LA, and M.D Anderson Cancer Center Houston TX, to name a few)

 

 

 

 

Born in Tallahasee Fl, William started his artistic career as a color consultant for his family’s Design and Painting company that took on constant projects of custom painted interiors and decorating. This work of 20 yrs lead him to his fascination with textiles and paint, along with custom furniture. After creating and selling dozens of unique pieces of furniture, here began his transition from wall, to wood on furniture, to canvas. Painting on canvas was the culmination of his creative outlet. William feels that his lack of formal training in Fine Art has afforded him a freedom to paint what he envisions and feels, rather than conform to specific style or genre that he feels is limiting. Inspired by hard edge abstraction and color field art such as Kenneth Noland, Joseph Albers, Gene Davis, Frank Stella, Anne Truitt, Imi knobel. William shows his work locally and nationally and is being collected in Palm Beach Island, Washington and New York. Gallery Representation in Palm Beach, Miami, Boston and New York.

 

 

For more images of his art : https://www.decaso.com/maker/william-finlayson 

For more information about Primed Panels:

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For more information about JF Gallery

 

 

 

 

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Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) Invites Public To 30th Annual Celebration Of Giving On February 9. Enjoy Lunch, Boutique, Raffles And Auctions To Benefit Art Scholarships

Women in The Visual Arts (WITVA) invites the public to their 30th Annual Celebration of Giving on Saturday, February 9th at the Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Hotel.  Spend the day learning to design and create a special project to take home with you, enjoy an elegant luncheon, shop at the artists’ boutique filled with handcrafted works, and participate in prize raffles and auctions.  Among this year’s prizes: a Goodyear Blimp Ride for 2, a wine tasting party for 20, golf and hotel stays, and so much more!  The Rickie Report shares the details about the luncheon as well as how artists can become more involved in this worthwhile art networking organization. WITVA is a 30-year-old South Florida, all volunteer, non-profit (501(C)3) organization of professional women artists supporting visual arts in the community by sponsoring student art exhibits, awards and scholarships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU   ARE   INVITED

SATURDAY,  FEBRUARY  9, 2019

10 am – 2 pm

30th  YEAR

CELEBRATION  OF   GIVING

Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Hotel

Make your reservation:

 WITVALuncheon@gmail.com 

 

Your support to this event will enable WITVA to continue our important work to foster local talent, allowing merit and need based students to pursue their education in the Fine Arts. 

All of the proceeds of this event go to Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. a non-profit  501C3 organization, raising funds for High School and College Graduate Art Scholarships. We recognize and celebrate the important artistic work undertaken by our young art students, giving them confidence and empowerment to continue in the field of art. 

 

 

 

WITVA Art Scholarship Recipients 

 

 

 

The February 9th luncheon funds the WITVA Spring Celebration of High School Art to be held in March.  Since 1997, WITVA has invited art students from Palm Beach County public high schools to participate. The prize money and awards are funded by WITVA’s Scholarship Fund, The Irving B. Kahn Foundation, and Delray Buick GMC, and WITVA members, and private donors. An Awards Reception is held for the exhibitors and the teachers on the final day of the exhibit. WITVA recognizes that the teachers are the key to student success and thank them with appreciation certificates.

 

 

 

 

WITVA Members

 

 

 

 

In addition to our scholarship programs, Women in the Visual Arts, Inc., has been offering varied workshops and exhibits to artists of South Florida and the general community.  We donate art to non-profit organizations through our HospitalArt program.  We are always seeing new members, to add to our greater artistic abundance. Our mission is to bring art to artists and art enthusiasts while creating a warm, social space for like-minded members who share their friendship and creative lives with each other. 

 

WITVA Members HospitalArt Group

 

 

Our programs provide a network for professional and non-professional artists. These programs include: 
  • Monthly open meetings with art demonstrations and workshops
  • Social gatherings and excursions
  • Juried and non-juried member’s exhibits
  • Monthly newsletters and timely information about our artists and art happenings in South Florida
  • Fundraising and scholarship programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
Current Happenings:
  • “Artistic Inspiration” Member Show  at the Coral Springs Museum now until January 7, 2019.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Shop and Share Event at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall on December 18th. 
  • “Resolutions” Open Show at South Side Cultural Arts Center from January 12 – March 15, 2019
  • Jury Event – January 16th, 2019
  • …and much more. 
Jury information:
Juried exhibitions for our Artist Members are held in a variety of venues throughout the year. At least two of our shows are open to all South Florida artists over the age of 18, and includes both men and women. The categories are:
……Two dimensional (painting, mixed media, printmaking)
….. Three-dimensional sculpture
….. Photography
….. Jewelry / Wearables (fine arts only, no crafts)
If you would like to become a juried member and show with us, please go to our website (www.witva.org) and follow the instructions on the member tab.

 

For more information on events, membership, or supporting WITVA, please visit:

 

www.witva.org

 

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Public Invited To Art Show Benefitting Children With Special Needs On Sunday, December 16th

The season of gift giving has begun and Artists And Charities Hand In Hand has an offer we can’t refuse!  The Constance and David Blacher Childrens’ Special Needs Programs, the artists, and you art lovers will all benefit on Sunday, December 16th from a curated Fine Art Show at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.  Over 35 artists who sell nationally and internationally will be showing their works.  The $18 couvert includes catered hors d’oeuvres  and wine plus a raffle ticket for an art piece.  Kudos to Ingrid Robinson, Founder and Curator of this effort!  Kudos to everyone who participates!  The Rickie Report shares the details and we look forward to meeting you there!  Please RSVP ahead to accommodate food planning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVITES  YOU

SUNDAY,  DECEMBER 16TH

10 am – 5 pm

A R T      S HOW

   To  Benefit  The  Constance and David  Blacher Childrens’ Special Needs Programs

Suggested Donation: $18.

Easy entrance when you RSVP here:

Or send your check:  Mandel JCC  Att: Rachel Karpeles

( Please note Special Needs)

 

Mandel JCC

 5221 Hood Road   Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

 

Free parking

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS AND CHARITIES HAND IN HAND: Artists and Charities Hand in Hand brings artists and charities together.

 

https://bit.ly/2yEEF7E

 

Questions? Call Ingrid Robinson:  415-419-4292

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace’s Col-léct Boutique Is On The Move! Stop By The Boca Museum Of Art December 13-16

Whitespace Col-léct is on the move!  Elayne Mordes’ curated boutique of wearable body sculpture will be at the Boca Museum of Art on Thursday, December 13, Friday, December 14, Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16.  A portion of the sales will benefit the Boca Museum of Art.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

 

 

 

 

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by Lois Perdue

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Ft. Lauderdale Branch presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by award winning artist, Lois Perdue.  Learn how to create your own vibrant, bold abstracts at ArtServe on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Expect to bring home at least a half dozen small artworks!  In addition, you’ll be networking with other artists, which we know is beneficial to the creative process!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Lois’ artistry.  We urge you to register now, as her classes are usually sold out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents

“Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop”

by Lois Perdue:

10 am to 2 pm

Friday January 25, 2019

At

ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.  Ft. Lauderdale 33304

Limited Class size!

Please register before Friday, January 18th

For cost and to register email Lois at: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

 

About Pen Women

 

 

Pen Women is the oldest multi-discipline arts organization for women in the US. With 135 branches throughout the country, it is a community of professional artists, writers, poets, composers and arrangers who believe in the power of words, art and music to illuminate the human experience. The national organization has more than 5,000 members; the Ft. Lauderdale branch has 50 members and affiliated Friends. The funds raised from luncheons and workshops throughout the year go toward music, art and letters scholarships for Broward College young women annually.

 

 

 

 

 

“Pink Amoeba” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

About the Workshop

 

Lois Perdue tells The Rickie Report, “This class is even for those artists who have never attempted to paint in an abstract style before. With my guidance and the easy-to-explore, non-intimidating mini-format, even those who have only worked in a realistic style can paint an abstract painting! For those who have taken my mini-abstract workshops before and want to explore larger formats, please “go for it” in this workshop.

 

Expect to go home with at least ½ dozen 5 x 7 mini abstract paintings-ready to frame!! But this class though isn’t just about abstract painting:

“It’s about learning texturing techniques, building layers of glazes and paints to create dimensions and how to use your own failed paintings as collage to make your paintings sizzle!

 

 

 

 

“My Blue Heaven” by Lois Perdue

 

 

About Lois Perdue

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers.

Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

 

Visit: lauderdalepenwomen.wixsite.com/nlapw
Facebook.com/nlapwftl/

For additional information please call 954-527-0407

 

 

 

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Celebrate The Kling Gallery Wine & Decor’s First Anniversary With A Special Reception On December 13

Stop by the Kling Gallery Wine & Decor to celebrate their one-year anniversary on Thursday, December 13th.  In addition to the Special Reception, visitors can enjoy the new holiday decor items, and new custom made furniture, along with many new wines, including a Prosecco and a Champagne.  There will fabulous door prizes and raffles as well! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Kling Gallery, LLC

723 Colorado Ave,  Stuart, FL 34994

772-678-6949    www.klinggallerystuart.com

 

 

 

 

Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor

 

 

INVITES   YOU   TO   OUR

1st    ANNIVERSARY    CELEBRATION!

Thursday, December 13th

5 – 8 pm

Enjoy appetizers, wine, and some great door prizes. 

The Kling family tells The Rickie Report, “We are turning one! We cannot believe it has been a year already since we opened our doors!  The best part of our day is when customers come in looking for something new and unique. There are a lot of choices at Kling Gallery, Wine and Décor. There is something new almost every week”.

Enhance  Your  Holiday!

Peek at all the unique and creative ornaments on the 3 decorated trees!  

Shop among the homespun decor, hostess gifts, and goodies! 

Art   Exhibits:

“Crashing Rocks” by Chris Kling
On our front featured wall, Chris has a large painting called “Crashing Rocks”. It gives you the real feeling of the power of the ocean. Also, on the front wall is a new portraiture of “Carter” and his fascination with the ocean. Chris is one of the featured artists in the New Smyrna Beach Paint Out next week.

 

 

 

 

 

Presently we are featuring new work by Chris Kling that covers plain air paintings from old Stuart before the renovations downtown this summer. Over the past six months we have had three guest artists, Manon Sanders a renowned plein air artist from Jupiter Fl, Mimi McCullum a renowned artist from here in Stuart and Katie Gianni a new emerging artist also from Stuart.
“Rowboat Away” by Chris Kling

Share   The   Holiday   Cheer!

Interior View of the Gallery and Wine Bar

 

 

 

In the rest of the Gallery there is all new décor items for Christmas along with many new wines including a Prosecco and a Champagne.  Everything in the store is constantly changing. New paintings go up almost weekly. The décor changes based on the season and Holidays. Christmas is now in bloom. There are new wines monthly and change based on the seasons too. Custom made furniture has become a big demand.

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or schedule:

Kling Gallery, LLC
723 Colorado Ave.  Stuart, FL 34994
772-678-6949   www.klinggallerystuart.com

 

 

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Visit Venice And Milan With Whitespace’s ARTcation. Includes Venice Biennale, La Fenici Opera And Art Centric Tours

Experience the magical Venice Biennale, enjoy an evening at La Fenici Opera, and tour art centric homes and private collections with Elayne Mordes, of Whitespace.  The trip takes place from May 19-26, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information: www.whitespacecollection.com

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Museum Art School Announces Open House, New Classes And Exhibit. Give The Gift Of Creativity To Someone – Including Yourself!

Give the gift of learning at the Boca Raton Museum Art School!  New classes beckon, offering fresh ways to express your creativity.  Everyone is invited to the Free Open House on Sunday, December 9th, plus The Holiday Art Sale and Advanced Sogetsu Students Exhibition on December 15th.  Coming soon: Youth Art Classes and Youth Art Workshops during vacation days.  The Rickie Report shares all of these details and some sneak peeks.  Check out these classes and register now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool

ART SCHOOL OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED:   DEC. 24 – JAN. 1

 

 

BOCA RATON MUSEUM ART SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

1 – 4 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the instructors, learn about our art classes, visit our studios, and see demonstrations in Drawing, Jewelry, Pottery and Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Photography, and youth and teen art classes. Participate in a raffle sponsored by Blick Art Supplies.   It will be a fun Sunday event for the entire family and great way to meet current students and teachers at the Art School.

 

 

 

 

 

Boca Raton Museum Art School Holiday Art Sale

Saturday, December 15

Noon to 5 PM

     

 

 

Great opportunity to purchase Instructor’s work, one of a kind unique pieces, for you or that special holiday gift.

 

 

Advanced Sogetsu Ikebana Students Exhibition and Opening Reception

Saturday, December 15

4:30 to 6PM

 

 

 

 

Join us to honor and celebrate the beauty of this ancient Japanese flower sculpting technique. All arrangements on view are made by the Art School students under the guidance of Sensei Chieko Mihori.

 

 

 

 

WINTER/SPRING  TERMS

 

Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring terms.

Term 3 Adult, Youth, Teen classes starts on January 7th, 2019

https://www.bocamuseum.org/artschool 

 

 

 

 

Teens are excelling in Figure Drawing, Comics and Exploration in Art classes on Saturdays.

   

                                               

In the Youth classes students create masterpieces as they learn about color, form, and line, inspired by Matisse, Monet, or Cezanne!

     

 

 

 

Coming Soon:

Art Workshops  / MLK & Presidents Day Weekends and March 2019 

        

 

 

Figure Drawing Open Studio will resume on Saturday, January 12, 2019

1 – 3:45 PM, $15 for current art students, $20 for others. Reserve your easel space  by email: artschool@bocamuseum.org

 

 

 

Broken Plate Mosaic Workshop

 

 

 

Painting Beautiful Flowers Workshop 

 

 

 

 

Paper Beads Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about these classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

 

www.bocamuseum.org

 

 

 

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Marine And Wildlife Artist, Amber Moran, Is Featured At Wellington Art Society Meeting. Public Is Invited On December 12

Marine and wildlife artist, Amber Moran will be the featured demonstrator for the Wellington Art Society‘s meeting on Wednesday, December 12.  The public is invited to this free event to network and meet the artists.  It takes place at the Wellington Community Center  and includes a Meet and Greet, Demonstration and a unique raffle (proceeds go to the Art Scholarship Fund).  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To Wellington Art Society Meeting

Wednesday,  December 12, 2018

 

6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

FEATURES:

 

 

 MARINE AND WILDLIFE ARTIST

AMBER MORAN

 This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

 

 

“Loggerhead Taxi Service” by Amber Moran

 

 

Amber Moran was born on a farm in central New York State and learned to love the outdoors and the value of hard work. She and her brother raised and sold flowers and pumpkins which helped pay their way through college. Amber was always drawing or painting trees and animals.  Her parents were talented artisans who always encouraged her art and after her first visit to an art gallery, Amber knew that art was her calling.  Amber received an Associates Degree in Computer and Art Design from SUNY Alfred State and earned a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art at the University of Buffalo and worked toward a Masters Degree in General Education at Elmira College.

 

 

Her love of watercolors came years later when she began painting again when her children were small.  She stopped trying to be so intricate and went with the flow and had fun.  This led her to thinking outside the box and using ink to add illustrations over the layered and textured water colors.  She is influenced by the tropical setting in Florida and combines watercolor and ink creating a unique and colorful take on the coastal lifestyle. 

 

 

 

 

Arti Gras 2017 Poster by Amber Moran

 

 

 

Amber and her husband and children moved to Martin County in 2004 and are very  involved in environmental causes.  She is a member of the Bullfish Foundation with their Lionfish Program and creates and donates art for the Lionfish Roundup each year.  She works with the Association of Environmental Professionals and with different Sports Fishing Tournaments who donate to specific organizations.  She also belongs to the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and the Martin County Arts Council.  She has won many awards, is featured in local  magazines and shows her art work in many venues throughout Florida.

 

 

Amber tells The Rickie Report, “I’m in love with the vastness of the ocean, the mystery of the Florida canals and rivers and the peacefulness of the bush where the only sound is the palms blowing in the wind”.

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Mark Cohen’s SOLO Exhibit, “Mankind: What Happened” Opens At Armory Art Center December 13

The Armory Art Center invites you to a SOLO Exhibit by Faculty member, Mark Cohen.  The Opening Reception for “Mankind: What Happened” takes place on Thursday, December 13. The exhibit  makes us look at who we are and what we believe in, taking us from “what happened” to “what can each of us do to make this a better world”.   Visitors to today’s West Palm Beach Arts Festival can meet Mark at the Open House, as well as enjoy the Festival. The Rickie Report shares the details with an in depth interview with Mark Cohen and some sneak peeks of his exhibit.

 

811 Park Place   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401    

www.armoryart.org

(561) 832-1776

 

 

 

Meet the artist, Mark Cohen in the Gallery 

During the West Palm Beach Arts Festival

Today from 11 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

ARMORY  ART  CENTER

PRESENTS:

M  A  R  K        C  O  H  E  N

 SOLO  EXHIBIT :

“Mankind:  What  Happened”

Opening   Reception:

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Non-Members: $5 | Members: Free

East & Greenfield Galleries

 

Exhibit runs November 30 – December 29, 2018

 

 

An exhibition of recent paintings, drawings, intaglio, and screen prints created at the Armory Art Center by faculty member and student, Mark Cohen. The collection makes us look at who we are and what we believe in. From the genocide of humans and animals in the last 75 years, this collection is snap shots that beg the question, “what has happened?.” The artist hopes that we can all take the next step and ask ourselves “What can I do to make this a better world?”

 

 

 

 

 

“Las Vegas” by Mark Cohen

 

 

Mark Cohen tells The Rickie Report, “Five years ago, I took a walk in the woods with my friend, Rabbi Howard Shapiro. We were at his home in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. I was at a crossroads and needed help. So I asked my friend, “What does the Torah say about what I should do with the rest of my life.” He stopped walking.  And he said, “I’m retired. I’m not supposed to do this anymore.” After a brief moment or two, he said “Be Holy.” And we continued on our walk”.

 

 

 

Mark continues, “Unbeknown to Rabbi Shapiro, I had been watching him prepare for retirement for more than a year. And then he retired. I also watched Larry Bird, the basketball superstar, retire. And I watched my younger brother, Warren, retire. What they all had in common was they didn’t “retire.” I had no intention of retiring, but I did want to change my life. So, I watched the people I respected to see how they transitioned into new lives. What I learned was not to retire. You just do what you have always done, but differently. That was comforting”.

 

 

 

 

“9/11 Jumper” by Mark Cohen

 

 

Mark was ready to become a painter after a long career in advertising and marketing.  Being a painter was a life-long ambition.  “But, he says, ” I didn’t want to give up the other things that I’d always done.  So I didn’t!  I just made room for painting over a period of time and adjusted the time spent on my other activities.  I found the Armory Art Center: A place to learn how to paint, but so much more…a second family… including Board members, the Administration, faculty and students. Miroslav Antic, Jenny Day, Amber Tutwiler, Skip Measelle, Sam Perry, Bob Barra, Anthony Burks, Jr., Ron Garret and Richard Santiago are faculty members who have all contributed to my growth as an artist”. 

 

 

“I quickly found that the most difficult task in painting is choosing subject matter. I wanted to be an example for my son and daughter…that you could do something valuable later in life. That brings us back to Rabbi Shapiro’s admonition – ‘Be Holy’.  My interpretation of those words was ‘Do the Right Thing'”, Mark explains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Goodbye, Father Mike” by Mark Cohen

 

 

 

Mark clarifies, “To me, that meant paint about injustice. In a speech given at Amherst College on October 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy passionately made the case for artists entering the societal issue venue when he said “If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of this country than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

 

 

 

 

Mark Cohen feels that his purpose as an artist is to challenge our preconceived thinking about societal issues like genocide, foreign and domestic terrorism, racism, mass incarceration, police brutality, genocide of animals, mass shootings and gun violence in general, even what is art. “I hope my work makes people uncomfortable, for I believe that when people are uncomfortable it leads to the questioning of how and why these issues seem so difficult to confront and change”.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Cohen is a graduate of Florida State University with BA and MFA degrees.  After graduation, he built a marketing communications firm that specializes in health care marketing. Clients included the University of Florida Physicians, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Duke University Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospitals, Scott & White in central Texas and many regional and community hospitals from Chicago to Miami. The firm earned hundreds of awards for creative excellence.

 

 

 

About The Armory Art Center:

 

 

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

 

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