Women In The Visual Arts’ Winter Craft Fair Is On-Line Featuring Jewelry, Accessories, Home Decor, And More

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) invites you to their “Winter Craft Fair”, perfect for the gift giving season, now through January 1, 2021!  Available on-line you can browse the fabulous items for sale including one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more.  The artists chosen may live locally, but sell their creations nationally and internationally.  This event will benefit their Art Scholarship Program.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  WITVA, promoting the Visual Arts and Women Artists in Florida, offers meaningful networking opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO   TO   THE  “SHOP” TAB:

www.witva.org

 

 

The WITVA community continues to grow as its members have joined together forming a tighter network of shared interests and social bonds. New programs including The Art of Reading Book Club, Circle of Artists,  Virtual Visions show, Critique Circle of Artists, Scholarship Fundraiser and WITVA Circle Lecture all welcome new participants.

 

 

One-of-a-kind pottery by Abbey Funk  “Awake In A Dream”

 

 

 

 

The CIRCLE OF ARTISTS brings WITVA members together through a virtual Zoom platform. Our goal is to reach out and connect those members who are in like-minded artistic disciplines and encourage group members to share artwork and provide feedback and suggestions.  You are welcome to join your group and also to explore other groups. The WITVA Circle of Artists includes:

  • Abstract Art

  • Ceramics

  • Crafters

  • Graphic Art

  • Impressionist Art

  • Jewelry

  • Mixed Media/Collage

  • Photography

  • Realistic/Representational Art

  • Sculpture

 

 

 

One-of-a-kind Polymer Cane Necklace by Lori Axelrod

 

 

One-of-a-kind Mixed Media necklace by Marsha Levey-Blandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT WITVA:

We fundraise to grant art scholarships to college graduate students to further their studies  and we support high school art with an annual competitive exhibition with awards.  We hold educational forums relating to specific forms of art and present art exhibitions and competitions. We also serve as a networking forum for our members and guests. WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits.

 

 

One-of-a-kind Handmade Doll by Mary Triba

 

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

 

www.witva.org

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace, The Mordes Collection Announces Season Opening On Saturday, November 21

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection celebrates its Season Opening on Saturday, November 21st. Enjoy “Uncrated II: Selections from the Mordes Private Collection”, meet Artist In Residence Wilma Bulkin Siegel, MD, peruse Alisa Winston’s acclaimed jewelry, and much more!  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Brigitte Balbinot Presents Newest Artworks “Journey Through Medieval Italy” November 30 – December 30th, 2020

Brigitte Balbinot Art Studio presents “Journey Through Medieval Italy”, a 3D virtual gallery exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings from November 30 to December 30, 2020A VIP Reception will be held on Saturday, November 28. A Public Reception Opening will be held on Monday, November 30.The series of 10 paintings was inspired by the Northern Italian landscape and its medieval fortresses. Her art is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence.  The on-line 3D viewing room allows visitors to virtually navigate the art and experience it as if they were walking through an art gallery. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

VIP    Event

Registered  Members  of  Balbinot  Art  Studio:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Email for details:  studio@brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

 

www.brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs November 30 – December 30, 2020

 

Experience a 3D viewing room as if you are walking through an art gallery!

 

 

 

 

“Castello 1 2020” oil and cold wax on panel  

 

 

 

Brigitte Balbinot tells The Rickie Report, ” My latest body of work is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence. I find weathered surfaces and the energy that they hold most intriguing. I am particularly influenced by the Northern Italian region, its landscape, culture and history. In this series I express my deep connection and fascination for its historical edifices and the many medieval castles I was fortunate enough to visit along the way”.

 

 

Balbinot relates, “While COVID-19 has made travel and in person gathering nearly impossible this year for many, we luckily can rely on the use of technology to remain connected. For me, creating these works has helped me stay united to my beloved Italy in spirit. There is no question that we are living some challenging and trying times, and because of this, we need more than ever, to find ways to remain positive and keep looking towards brighter horizons. Art can provide reprieve from a rather bleak present, allowing for a moment of  “rêverie” while giving us the promise of a better tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

“If These Walls Could Talk” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

Balbinot’s process is extremely labor intensive and driven by the physicality of the materials. She typically works in series and will generally have many paintings going at once. She says, “Just as in life, art offers no shortcut and each piece goes through many transformative stages over the course of multiple months before it finally unfolds. Each one of my paintings is meant to carry its own history. I aim to create an object that represents the symbioses of old and new. By combining the modernism of abstracted forms and the traditionalism of carefully calibrated chosen colors and  frames on selected works, I allude to the passage of time while being in the present”.

 

 

Balbinot’s techniques such as using solvent reduction, incorporating organic materials, and aggregates like dry pigments or marble dust that are mixed directly to the paint allow her to create rich and vibrant patinas of both textures and colors. The crafting of these intricate  and complex surfaces emphasizes the physicality of the material.

 

 

Contemporary landscape artist Brigitte Balbinot grew up Switzerland. She is a full time practicing artist who now works and lives in South Florida. Having both a Swiss and Italian heritage, her solid footprint in the old continent can be observed in her work. While predominantly nature inspired, her paintings are driven by a sense of place while alluding to the nostalgia of time passed and life’s impermanence. Each year, the artist spends time in her native country of Switzerland as well as in a small medieval village situated in the northern part of Italy. 

 

 

“Winterfell 2020” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

 

Being immersed in the Italian culture and regional landscape has influenced her work over the years, and is particularly evident in her most recent body of work titled “Strutura”. These works not only reflect her passion for the Northern Italian landscape but also her love of ancient medieval villages and antique structures. In fact, Balbinot spends a great deal of her time researching and visiting ancient castles and old manors. Her work can be seen as a mixture of modernism and traditionalism, carrying a certain “European” flair and sophistication. With each painting, she aims at creating an object that is either tied to a place or to a memory. More recently, Balbinot has been introducing framing on some of her works, carefully choosing styles that reflect her thinking and reflection on the passage of time, thereby creating an orchestrated symbioses of old and new.

 

 

Balbinot is self taught. Over the years she has been perfecting her skills via numerous workshops, classes and mentorships which has resulted in an ongoing progression of her work. She has collaborated on residential and commercial commissions in Canada and in the United States and has collectors in both North America and Europe. Currently the artist shows her work in regional galleries and selected  curated exhibits. For the past few years, Balbinot has been dividing her time between her main studio in Florida and a second studio located in Montréal Québec, while also spending time in Europe yearly.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other artworks:

Contact  Balbinot Art Studio

Website:  www.brigittebalbinot.com

Email:   studio@brigittebalbinot.com

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Presents New “Artscapes” In A Virtual Gallery Setting. Sales Benefit WAS Art Scholarship & Outreach Programs

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) is participating in “Artscapes”, a virtual exhibit scheduled from NOW through January 4, 2021. This exhibit features 25 artists and 80 original artworks by WAS members, including stained glass, handmade paper, photography, painting, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of proceeds go toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Start your holiday shopping here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

ANNOUNCES 

VIRTUAL GALLERY EXHIBIT:

“ARTSCAPES” 

 

 

 

Now through January 4, 2021

 

 

 

Click Here For the Exhibit 

 

 

 

 

“Tickled Pink” by Charles Moses

 

 

Artwork showcased in the virtual exhibit can be seen on the Wellington Art Society website through the Kunstmatrix tool. Kunstamatrix is a unique and innovative platform that enables artists to create beautiful and realistic 3D versions of their artwork, displayed in a sophisticated 3D virtual exhibition space. Visitors can view artwork one of several ways, including moving themselves around the exhibit using the arrows that appear on screen or by using the cursor. A guided tour is also available as an option.

 

 

“El Lusitano” by Hermi Zumbado

 

 

 

“The virtual exhibit is a great way to exhibit art while many galleries and other exhibit sites are still closed,” says Erica Kyle, Committee Chair of “Artscapes”. “With Kunstmatrix and their Virtual Gallery Program, WAS members can reach a broader, global audience.”

 

 

 

“Mediterranean Coast” by Marcia Greene

 

 

All artwork is for sale, and a portion of the proceeds are used in outreach initiatives such as the WAS Scholarship Program. Established in 2001, the program provides scholarships to talented young artists for art related expenses and tuition costs. Over the past decade WAS is proud to have awarded over $90,000 to more than 75 recipients within our community.

 

 

 

For more information about “Artscapes”, or to learn more about the 25 featured artists, please visit: 

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2435289/artscapes

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 39th 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 more information about WAS, visit http://www.wellingtonartsociety.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

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Original Fine Artwork Sale In Person At Paul Fisher Gallery November 14 And On Line Through December 14 To Benefit Sam Perry’s Medical Treatments

Longtime Armory Art Center instructor and artist, Sam Perry is fighting for his life after cancer surgery.  Sam’s wife, Carole Philippe launched a GoFundMe campaign and the art community has united to support Sam by donating original fine art works to sell at the Paul Fisher Gallery or via Instagram. An In Person Preview/Purchase event on Saturday, November 14 takes place at the Paul Fisher Gallery. Admission is Free, but you must RSVP. Social distancing and masks will be enforced. The sale continues on Instagram through December 14, 2020.  We urge you to look at the full exhibit and make a purchase. 100% of sales will go toward Sam’s medical bills. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the artworks (prices begin at $30).

 

 

 

 

 

IN   PERSON    PREVIEW/PURCHASE   EVENT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020

 

 

4 – 9 PM

Paul Fisher Gallery

433 Flamingo Drive, Palm Beach, FL

 

 

RSVP is required by emailingsamperrybenefit@gmail.com

 

Social distancing & masks will be enforced and attendance will be limited.

 

 

 

To purchase online, send private message:  gf.me/u/y4w2tj

Please Like and Share this Art Sale benefit Page:

 

Original Artworks by Ray Gross, Aya Bendat, Steve Brouse

 

 

VIRTUAL   ART    SALE   CONTINUES   ON

INSTAGRAM

THROUGH   DECEMBER 14, 2020

 

 

www.instagram.com/samperrybenefit

 

 

 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this year difficult for many artists. But for longtime Armory Art Center instructor and artist Sam Perry, it was a colon cancer diagnosis and not the coronavirus that has put his health and livelihood in peril. 

 

 

Perry, who has been an instructor at the Armory for more than 20 years, lacks health insurance to cover some of the costs for his cancer treatment. “Sam is one of our longest-standing instructors, who has poured his heart and soul into the Armory,” said Executive Director Tom Pearson. “It’s so important to support each other in these times, and we want to do anything we can to support Sam.”

 

 

 

Original Artworks by Vicki Siegel, Renata Rodrigues, Maxine Spector, Anthony Burks Sr.

 

 

During the event, if someone is interested in purchasing a work, they will make the donation directly to Sam’s GoFundMe page and show an event coordinator the proof of donation and they can then take the artwork. All artwork not sold that evening will still be available for purchase on Instagram.

 

Original Artworks by Cassandra Nordenbrock, Deborah Bigeleisen, Michael Blair

 

 

The art community has responded to their fellow artist’s needs like a family – with creativity and generosity. They have donated their artworks and Sam will receive 100% of the proceeds.

 

 

 

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page
 

www.gofundme.com/f/sam-s-recovery-to-cancer

Or Call Cassandra at 561-329-0024 or Heather at 615-500-8895

 

 

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Arts Council Of Martin County’s “All Florida” Juried Art Show Celebrates 30 Year Milestone Bringing Fine Artists From Around The State Together. Visit In Person Or Virtually Now Through December 12, 2020

The Arts Council of Martin County’s “All Florida” Juried Art Show turns 30 and is open now through December 12, 2020. While the show started as a local juried art show, over the years it has grown to encompass all Florida artists.  The 2020 version features 54 artists of all media and introduces some new elements to the scheduleJuried by Lisa Rockford, a handful of artists will join a virtual panel to discuss their works on Tuesday, November 17.  Instead of an Opening event, there will be a Closing Reception on Thursday, December 3.  The entire Free exhibit is being offered in a hybrid manner, both virtual and in-person at the Courthouse Cultural Arts Center in Stuart. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the top winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arts Council of Martin County

 P r e s e n t s:

 

30   Annual   All   Florida   Juried   Arts   Show

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Panel Discussion (virtual)

Tuesday,  November 17     6pm

 

Moderated by Maria Miele, the discussion will feature several of the award winning artists from the exhibition talking about their work and inspirations.

 

 

Closing Reception

Thursday, December 3

 5:30-7pm

 

 

Exhibition Dates:

Now through December 12, 2020

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, 10 AM to 6 PM  and Wednesday– Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

 

 

The exhibition showcases recent art by Florida artists in all media. Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and serigraph from 54 artists from Tallahassee to Miami.

 

Lisa Rockford served as the juror for the show and we are introducing some new elements to the schedule this year. In addition to the juror lecture, a handful of artists will join a panel to conduct a virtual discussion about their works. Instead of an opening, we decided to do a closing event in December.

 

The All Florida Juried Art Show will also be virtual, please check the website for a link to see it, if you are unable to visit the Court House Cultural Center to see it in the gallery space in person.

1st   P l a c e

 

“Protect Us” by Stephanie Cunningham

 

 

 

Related Events:

Artist Panel Discussion (virtual) | November 17th at 6pm

The Panel Discussion will be moderated by Maria Miele. The discussion will feature several of the award winning artists from the exhibition talking about their work and inspirations.

Closing Reception | December 3rd from 5:30-7pm

An in-person celebration of the exhibition with social distancing guidelines in place, including mask requirements, temperature checks and limits on number of guest in the gallery at any one time. Tables and refreshments will be set up in our outdoor courtyard.

 

 

 

 

2nd   P l a c e

 

“Dancing Crown” by Harris Wiltsher

 

 

 

 

About the Juror: Lisa Rockford

 

Lisa Rockford, founder of Rockford Projects, is an independent curator, artist, and educator. As a passionate avid arts advocate, she has organized multi-disciplinary exhibitions, public lectures, artist workshops, and interactive experiences, all designed to be accessible to a broad audience, spark dialogue, and act as a catalyst for cultural exchange.

Visit https://rockfordprojects.weebly.com/ to learn more.

 

 

 

3rd  P l a c e

 

 

 

 

“(K)not Art V” by Susan Maas

 

 

A w a r d s

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

“La Posada” by Rita Shapiro

“Australia is Burning” by Beatrice McClelland

“Assault on the Scarlet Petticoat” by Carolyn Davis

 

A r t i s t     L i s t

 

 

Laird

Miles Batt 2

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Simon Berson

Rosario Bond

Megan Castellon

Anda Chance, CPSA, CPX

Shelly Cox-Vandermeulen

Liliana Crespi

Stephanie Cunningham

Molly Curry

Carolyn Davis

Diana Rell Dean

Gianna Dibartolomeo

Michelle Drummond

Christian Feneck

Daniel Fiorda

Torenzo Gann

Bonney Goldstein

Daniel Gorostiaga

Jada Grantlin

John Guiseppi

Jay Hatfield

Gail Higginbotham

Robert Hoekstra

Rick Hurst

Luke Jenkins

Colleen Kastner

Vyd Keryx

Alice Laputka

Marilee Lee

Ellen Lindner

Barbara Lyons

Susan Maas

Patricia Maguire

Gail McCarthy

Beatrice McClelland

Rick Myers

Anne Orvieto

Cleveland Page

Chad Periman

Perlie Petrillo

Rhianna Pohlhammer

Diane Powers-Harris

Suzanne Redmond

Linda Reymore

Marcella Rutledge

Claudia Scalise

Rita Shapiro

Norman Silva

Suzanne Spahn

Yelena Sugralinova

Harris Wiltsher

Fredric Witkin

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

The Arts Council 

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Port St. Lucie Arts League Presents Free Fall Pop-Up Art Show Saturday November 14 At St Lucie Trail Golf Club

The Port St. Lucie Arts League invites you to a FREE Fall Pop-Up Art Show on Saturday, November 14.  St. Lucie Trail Golf Club will host over 20 fine artists who will sell original artwork including oil, acrylic, pastel, wire & metal sculpture, digital & graphic designs, fused glass, mixed media, jewelry, photography, textiles, hand-made items, and much more!  Michael Alexander will be painting live! PSL Arts League members have won local, national, and international awards and many are included in private collections.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this event, a sneak peek, and the upcoming calendar for more opportunities to network!  Masks and social distancing will be observed. Enjoy lunch and cocktails al fresco at the Lakeview Bar & Grille.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F A L L    POP-UP  A R T    S H O W

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020

 

 

10 am – 2 pm

 

 

Free Admission      Free Parking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many PSLAL artists have won local, national and international awards & their artwork is in many private collections.  

Metal sculpture by Greg Hold

Membership is open to all artists who create original work and to those who have an interest in or appreciation for the arts. 

Fused Glass by Barbara Warren

The Port St. Lucie Arts League is a member of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

 

 

 

“Back of the Property” by Tamara Thoma

 

The PSL Arts League is a 501C non-profit organization for artists and those who appreciate the arts. We were organized in 1993 and enjoy a membership of over 70 creative artists, who work in a myriad of creative disciplines and mediums.

 

 

 

 

 

The next PSLAL member zoom meeting will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 1-  3:00 PM. The Demonstration artist is Marsea Purdy. She will show us the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku (a form of recording fish for tournaments, by painting them, and then making an impression on rice paper).  

 

Marsea Purdy demonstrating gyotaku technique

 

If you are interested in attending the PSLAL Member Zoom Meeting, please RSVP at pslalcontact@gmail.com to receive Zoom meeting link.

 

 

 

In person member gatherings are canceled until further notice due to Covid- 19. Beginning January 2021, we hope to resume our regular PSL Arts League meetings which are scheduled on the 3rd Friday of each month, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm at the PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL.

 

For more information about this exhibit or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

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Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Features Demo With Craig McInnis On November 11 At Free, Public Virtual Meeting. Don’t Miss “Artscapes” A Virtual Art Exhibit Available Now – January 4, 2021

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) will feature a demonstration by renowned artist, Craig McInnis on Wednesday, November 11. The meeting  and demonstration will take place through the WAS Zoom virtual link. The public is invited to this FREE event. The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of Craig’s artwork, and a link to Artscapes”, a virtual exhibit (available now through January 4, 2021).  RSVP to get the Zoom link!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  November 11, 2020

 7 PM

 

 

FEATURING:

C R A I G        M C I N N I S

 

 

 

All events open to members and non-members

Please RSVP to presidentofwas@gmail.com for the Zoom Link to attend

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Blind Patriotism” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

Craig is a well-known multimedia artist and creative professional local to the Palm Beach area. Originally from Connecticut, Craig was born into a family of artists and musicians including his mother, grandfather and great uncles. It was the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, however, that brought him to Florida years ago. After graduation, he quickly entered the professional art world, taking on not one, but many prominent roles. From making music and touring nationally in numerous bands to painting public and private murals, Craig diversified his talents in ways that led to new and innovative opportunities. He is also the co-founder of Art Synergy and CONTINUUM, through which Craig, along with a dedicated team of art professionals, continues to lead the promotion of local art at national and international levels and facilitates access to arts education. 

 

 

“Flight to the Pinnacle” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

 

Craig has also served as Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds for the past 15 years. In this role, he oversees horror make-up design, graphics, talent booking, casting and management, branding, set design, scenic painting, as well as getting into creative character himself. According to his website, Craig creates art as a way to maintain sanity and relative balance.

 

 

 

“Cherished” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

In addition to the virtual meeting demonstration, WAS will participate in “Artscapes”, a virtual exhibit scheduled from November 1 until January 4, 2021. This exhibit will feature 25 artists and 81 original artworks by WAS members, including stained glass, handmade paper, photography, painting, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of proceeds go towards WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. 

For more information and to view the virtual gallery, please visit the Wellington Art Society home page at www.WellingtonartSociety.org.

 

 

 

 

“Fluffy” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

 

 

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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International ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Exhibit Opens Online Today Through December 31, 2020 With Over 400 Works Of Art

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition has moved online. Normally held in Miami during Art Basel Week, now you will be able to view “ENDANGERED Online!”.  Focusing our attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, ENDANGERED offers a Free virtual experience for the 2020 event. The Free virtual exhibit is available from November 1 through December 31, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of the Award Winners and links to view the entire  exhibition.  PLUS:  ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography 2021 Contest Opens December 1, 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Online!

 

Exhibition   details   &   Prizewinners

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

 

2021 Contest opens December 1st

 

 

International Art Exhibition Moves Online During Covid Crisis

 

Endangered Exhibit, Usually Held in Miami During Art Basel Week, Will Offer Virtual Viewing of Award-Winning Entries and More!

 

ENDANGERED Online! The annual ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, which focuses attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, will offer a virtual experience for the 2020 event. The virtual exhibit will be available from November 1 through December 31, 2020. To view the winners and exhibit, visit https://www.art4apes.com/endangered-online

 

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“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we moved the exhibition online to protect our artists, buyers, visitors and volunteers,” stated Art4Apes founder and director Lindsey Matheson, “While we will miss the thrill of showcasing these incredible works of art during Miami Art Week, we feel the benefit of being online this year will allow even more people to view the pieces and support the program.”

 

The online exhibition features the 2020 entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest. More than 400 works by almost 200 new and established artists from around the world will be available for viewing. There is no charge to view the four virtual galleries. Artists are generously donating at least 30% of the selling price of their work to help the Center for Great Apes, a Florida-based sanctuary for rescued orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.

 

 

 

 

Click HERE to see video of the Prizewinners and Highly Commended Gallery sponsored by Shechter & Associates

 

 

Congratulations to the Prizewinners

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Prizewinners.

Congratulations to them all!

Thanks to our judges Jamie Rappaport Clark, Taryn Möller and Mark Edward Harris.

Thanks to Paul Fisher and Juried Art Services for all their help.

 

 

 

Fine   Art   Category:

 

 

 

1st Prize

 Karla Mann. “Cautious Descent” Oil painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

2nd Prize

Lucy Dickens. “A Sense of Eden” Oil painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize

Robin Huffman “Leonie” Acrylic painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Fine   Art   Photography   Category

 

 

 

1st Prize:

John Hartung “The Thinker” ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize:

Amy Perlman “Anticipation”  ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize:  

Michelle Kranz “Focus” ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Young   Artists   Category

 

 

1st Prize:

Gavin Minard (17) “Sunshine and Cahaya” Pencil crayon drawing. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize:

Petra Demas (10) “Endangered Sei Whale Breaching” Pencil & marker pens. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize:

Raegan Bowser (13) “Swimming the World” Old map, colored pencil, ink. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021: Opens December 1st 2020!

 

 

 

Artists interested in entering the 2021 contest can enter online at Art4Apes.com from 1st December 2020.

Entries are accepted in three categories:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Photography

 Young Artists

Submissions should interpret “endangered,” as it applies to animals, plants, nature or the environment. Artwork should either celebrate the beauty or illustrate threats facing endangered/threatened species or habitats. Proceeds from this contest and exhibition benefit the Center for Great Apes, an award-winning, Florida-based, 501(c)(3) registered sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

 

For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest and Exhibition, visit Art4Apes.com.

About ENDANGERED: Art4Apes:

The ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest, was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. The contest receives entries from all over the world. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit https://art4apes.com

Join the Conversation:

Web: https://art4apes.com

Twitter: @art4apes

Facebook: facebook.com/art4apes

Instagram: instagram.com/art4apes

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

About the Center for Great Apes:

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit www.CenterForGreatApes.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986