Nina Fusco’s Paper Cut Pet Portraits Accepted into New York Gallery Exhibit!

The Rickie Report is excited to celebrate with Nina Fusco, whose artwork has just been accepted at a New York Gallery!  Less than 1% of See.Me’s International members will be displayed.  Nina is one of them!!  If you are vacationing in the New York City area or know people who will appreciate Nina’s distinctive paper cut artwork, read and share this article!

 

 

The Story of the Creative


 

The creative force is unstoppable.  It is a force of humanity, of inspiration and dedication.   It is universal.  This summer you are invited to celebrate “The Story of the Creative”.

 

Please join us for the opening reception:

Thursday, July 25th

7p through  11p

The show continues through September 10th

 

Complimentary Cocktails
Provided by Absolut Vodka

 

See.Me is proud to present a selection of our members representing over 100 different nations.  This exquisite collection of work features a diverse range of mediums, styles, influences, and inspirations.  The work displayed will include sculpture, works on paper, and the launch of our newly built digital exhibition room.

See | Exhibition Space

26-19 Jackson Ave.

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

 

See.Me is an international community of over 700,000 artists, photographers, fashion creators, musicians and more, sharing and celebrating what they love at www.see.me

 

Nina's Artwork Will Be Shown Here
Nina’s Artwork Will Be Shown Here

 

 TRR:  Tell our readers how you started focusing on pet portraits

NF:

I’m inspired by Calvin Nichols, who creates magnificent paper sculptures. His intricate animal pieces come to life as they jump out of their mat. You’re intrigued and really want to touch the softness of their fur. I really appreciate and adore his sophisticated white sculptures and talent. We have something in common, patience.  After closely studying his work, I have begun to incorporate fine details in mine. Calvin’s influence has developed my animal portraits to a totally new level. I’ve decided to utilize my paper sculptures to display the love that pet owners have for their beloved pets. They love their furry family members like children. 
The Initial Sketch

The Initial Sketch of “Riley”

I produce unique artwork that will be cherished forever. Their pet pops out in 3D as I lovingly cut the precious pet’s alluring portrait from their photo. Each piece is marvelously displayed in a 12 x 12 classy black shadow box. Prices start at $300.I’ve developed two styles of portraits, using a picture of my neighbors’ shitzu, BeeBop as a sample. My basic design is comprised of larger pieces of textured paper with limited detail. I’m interested in focusing on deluxe portraits that are very detailed, which means I may spend 15 hours just cutting alone.

Meet "Riley"

“Riley”

BeeBop has appeared in several shows. Jason Freeman saw BeeBop and he immediately knew that this was the memorial he had been looking for after loosing Weenie several months before.

"Beebop"

“Beebop”

 

Jason exclaimed, “Nina created the perfect tribute to our Weenie.  Weenie’s paper art portrait hangs in a place of honor on our living room wall and it truly feels like our Weenie is with us once again.  Friends and family, who knew Weenie, are absolutely amazed when they see the piece – its not just a dachshund, it truly captured the essence of Weenie and everyone immediately recognizes that it is her.  Every day when we pass the art piece, I smile a bit – feeling our precious Weenie looking back at us once again.”

 

"Weenie"

“Weenie”

I’m currently working with vets, animal hospitals, groomers, doggie daycare and pet cremations centers. I am member of The Association For Pet Loss And Bereavement and pet loss support.

 

 

I belong to several art associations, and was ecstatic when I receive an invitation from See.Me to exhibit up to three images of my work within the newly installed digital exhibition room of their New York City gallery. The show opens on Thursday, July 25h and will run through the Tuesday September 10th. See.Me is an international community of over 700,000 artists. Less than 1% of the membership was chosen for this show. I feel honored and excited!

 

"Nikko"

“Nikko”

For more information about Nina’s artistry, please visit: PaperPetPortraits.com    or contact Nina ninafusco47@gmail.com     561.908.3556

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Chisolm Studio Hosts Artists of Palm Beach County Monthly Meeting

The Artists of Palm Beach County welcomes you to network and meet at Chisolm’s Studio in West Palm Beach. The Artists of Palm Beach County has grown in numbers and has opened its own Gallery space, Art on Park, located in Lake Park.  The opportunities for networking, sharing, and having a space to hold classes has expanded for all the member artists.  The Rickie Report understands that sales of members’ art work has increased.  We hope you will attend this event!

 

image001-2

 Artists of Palm Beach County

Invites You

            To Their Artists Monthly Gathering

Monday, April 8, 2013

7 – 9 pm

 at

Chisolm Art Studio/Gallery

Chisolm Art Studio/Gallery     502 Palm St. Suite 3     West Palm Beach, FL 33401 

561 267 7720    www.chisolm-art.net

Chisolm I

The Artists of Palm Beach County will hold their monthly artists’ sharing gathering on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at 502 Palm Street, Suite 3, West Palm Beach, studio of Chisolm, renowned painter.

 

While attending the University of Southern Mississippi he participated in a number of art shows and represented the university in many local and regional competitions.  “Man Standing”, a figurative piece, won best in show and earned him a full scholarship to the University for the balance of his education.

 

Chisolm II

Chisolm is currently showing at DTR Modern Galleries and Liman Gallery in Palm Beach; the Studio 1608 in West Palm Beach and Philip Morton Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

 

Man Standing

 

The Artists of Palm Beach County is a diverse group of nurturing and caring art and cultural collaborators.

GALLERY 6 3-1-13 FOR LEITER

The Palm Beach County Artists’ association is a coalition created and managed by artists, for artists of all disciplines. We are dedicated to empowering individuals in the arts by reaching out to our diverse community, cultivating professional and social resources and opportunities for our members, and developing collaborative relationships.
GALLERY 11 3-1-13 FOR LEITER 1

They are offering classes and workshops at their new home, Art on Park, located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park, FL.  John Vincent Palozzi is leading a Drop-In Poetry Workshop ($10. per person) which meets each Saturday.  Everyone is expected to write and sharing is optional.  This workshop is open to anyone aged 16 years or older and all skill levels are welcome.  This is a perfect opportunity to improve your skill base and extend your comfort level.
GALLERY 7 3-1-13 FOR LEITER
 Watch the Video of the Newest Exhibit at Art on Park:

All Artists of Palm Beach County’s meetings are open to guests ( $5. fee can be put toward your annual dues of $50.) and members (free).  Please rsvp via the website if you are planning to attend this event.  For more information call: 561-345-2842 or visit: www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

Refreshments and snacks are complimentary

 

 

Directions to Chisolm Studo:

Going South on 95 take the Okeechobee East Exit.  Stay on Okeechobee to Dixie Hwy.  Turn right on to Dixie Hwy going South. Palm Street is the first right turn.  Go over railroad tracks and Chisolm Studio/Gallery is on your Left.

 

Going North on 95 take Belvedere East Exit.  Stay on Belvedere to Dixie Hwy.  Turn left on to Dixie Hwy going North.  Palm Street is the 12th turn to the left.  Go over railroad tracks and Chisolm Studio/Gallery is on your Left

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Art on Park Unveils New Exhibit this Friday!

A new exhibit is opening this week at Art on Park, home of Artists of Palm Beach County. The Rickie Report is excited about the wide variety of mediums and number of artists whose work will be shown!  Mark your calendars for this Friday, February 22  for a wonderful event!

 

image001-2

 

Artists of Palm Beach

County

Art on the Park

Friday   February 22, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

800 Park Ave      Lake Park, FL

 

How exciting to come to Art on Park, the home of Artists of Palm Beach County, and see a second exhibit in such a short period of time!
Steve Nussdorf

Steve Nussdorf

If you are an artist and not involved in an organization, Artists of Palm Beach County has a lot to offer you as a member.  Their annual membership includes not only monthly meetings but sharing opportunities.

Beverly Snow

Beverly Snow

 

Member Artists of Palm Beach County offer workshops, classes and demonstrations at Art on Park.

John Palozzi

John Palozzi

You can see the wide variety of mediums the artists use.

Betty Wilson

Betty Wilson

The artists showing at this exhibit include: Ilene Adams, Margie Agoston, Beth Baker, Lois Barton, Norman Berman, Lynne Bernay-Roman, Anthony Burks, Sr., Naomi Cordero, Cynthia Feig, Irma Friedman, Nina Fusco.

Ilene Adams

Ilene Adams

 Other exhibitors include: Caren Hackman, Neil Kilburn, Jeff Lucas, Beverly Marshall, Melinda Moore, Lynn Morgan and Debbie Mostel.

Debbie Mostel

Debbie Mostel

Additional artists exhibiting are: Ramond P. Neubert,  Steven Nussdorf, John Palozzi,  Alvaro Rojas, Brian Rosen, Maxine Schrieber, Beverly Snow, Mikki Vicoli, Janet Vilasmil, Betty Wilson and Han Young.

Raymond P. Neubert

Raymond P. Neubert

For more information about Artists of Palm Beach County stop by Art on Park!  The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300).  For more information about demonstrations, classes, exhibits and benefits of membership, visit: www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Artists of Palm Beach County Invite You to a Sharing Meeting

If you missed the Grand Opening of Art on Park, the new gallery and home of the Artists of Palm Beach County, you can see the video here on The Rickie Report.  With networking and sharing as a major focus for this group of multi-disciplined artists, their next meeting is one everyone should enjoy.  The public is welcome to attend Artists of Palm Beach County’s “sharing” meeting on February 11 at Clay Glass Metal Stone gallery in Lake Worth.  A Call for 2D and 3D Art  and some free demonstrations are being announced in this post.

image001-2

Artists of Palm Beach County

“Sharing” Meeting

Monday, February 11th, 2013         7 – 9 pm

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

605 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, FL

 

Joe Friedman, President of Artists of Palm Beach County invites artists of all disciplines to attend their February 11th meeting and bring a piece of artwork to share.  The event takes place at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth and will include a short presentation by Gallery Director, Joyce Brown.  Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is a Cooperative which focuses on 3D artwork.  APBC members are invited free and guests are asked to pay $5., which can be used toward annual membership of $50.

 

A Call For 2D and 3D art is being sent to all members of Artists of Palm Beach County with a reminder that space is limited.  Work may be delivered February 15th and 16th at 800 Park Avenue, Art on Park Gallery.  The exhibit will begin with a public reception on February 22nd from 5-8 pm.

 

If you missed the Grand Opening of Art on Park, you can view this video taken by APBC member John Vincent Palozzi.  APBC Art on the Park Gallery      http://youtu.be/jho2jpfZItQ

 Go to www.johnvincentpalozzi.com to learn more about John’s artwork.

 

 Artists of Palm Beach County’s new gallery, Art on Park, will be featuring Nina  Fusco giving a FREE  Demo Tuesday, February 19th from  6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Nina will be offering workshops in Paper Sculpture for all stages of experience.  You can also sign up for her workshop on Tuesday March 5th from 5- 8 pm ($25. plus materials). Call 561.908.3556   Nina3DPaper.com for more information.

 

Nikko

Nikko

Self-taught, Nina creates 3D paper sculptures by manipulating the flat surface of paper to give it life. She cuts, scores and bends the paper to create her 3D paper sculptures. Nina explores the contrast between light and dark shadows in her 3D paper sculptures. Numerous 3D paper sculpture creations by Nina, utilize hands to send a message of love, hope and working together to reach new heights. Nina’s awarding winning 3D paper sculpture pieces, collages, pencil drawings and photography have been exhibited in Palm Beach County galleries. 

 

The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300).  For more information about demonstrations, classes, exhibits and benefits of membership, please visit: www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Wellington Art Society Invites You to a Paper Sculpture Demo

Trying to figure out how an artist creates their specialty is often similar to understanding how a magic trick works!  The Wellington Art Society invites you to watch as Nina Fusco demonstrates her outstanding paper sculpture art pieces on Wednesday February 13th.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a photo of your favorite pet!

 Wellington Art Society

February 13, 2013

6:30- 8:30 pm

Featuring

Paper Sculpture Art Demo

By

Nina Fusco

 

 Wellington Community Center

 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

 Wellington, FL.

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available at the membership meeting if you would like to become a member.

 

The W.A.S. meeting opens with a social ½-hour at 6:30 where we will welcome ten new members and see some of their work. There will also be a raffle of art and art related items with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. 

The Wellington Art Society meets at the Wellington Community Center which is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL.  A short business meeting and refreshments will precede Nina’s talk and a practical explanation of her artistic technique.  

The Rickie Report knows what a difference being part of a networking group can make in anyone’s career.  This is an upbeat organization that not only helps fellow artists but the general community as well.

 100_2845


Doggie in the Window!  Nina is the featured artist until March 9th at The Great Frame Up in Jupiter.  (The TJ Maxx, Office Depot, Shoe Carnival Plaza)

 

Nina Fusco’s paper sculpture passion began 20 years ago. Self-taught, she creates 3D paper sculptures by manipulating the flat surface of paper to give it life. She cuts, scores and bends the paper to create her 3D paper sculptures. Nina explores the contrast between light and dark shadows in her 3D paper sculptures. Numerous 3D paper sculpture creations by Nina, utilize hands to send a message of love, hope and working together to reach new heights. Nina’s awarding winning 3D paper sculpture pieces, collages, pencil drawings and photography have been exhibited in Palm Beach County galleries. 

 

Nikko

Nikko Deluxe

Nina Fusco is no stranger to the art scene in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  She is actively involved in her community and belongs to a number of associations, including:  associations: Artists of Palm Beach County, Lighthouse ArtCenter and North County Artists Association.  Nina has been an Art Ambassador for the Lighthouse ArtCenter, donating her time for “Artist in the Window” at Gardens Mall.  She has given demonstrations of her technique at the North County Artist Association as well as Jerry’s Artarama. Local Treasures (Tequesta) and Art on Park (Lake Park) sell Nina’s work.

 

Nina is an accomplished Graphic Designer who also enjoys drawing.  Her most recent work has focused on pets, which bring joy and support to so many people.  Nina is available for commissioned pieces to portray one’s special pet in a unique type of pet portrait, using paper sculpture.

Nikko 2

Nikko Premium

In addition:
  •  Artists of Palm Beach County’s new gallery, Art on Park, will be featuring Nina giving a FREE  Demo Tuesday, February 19th from  6:30 – 8:30 pm.  The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300) www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org
  • Nina’s work will be exhibited at the Town of Jupiter’s Pet Show. The opening reception takes place on Friday, March 1st, from  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  The exhibit runs through April 26th and is located at 210 Military Trail, Jupiter by the Police station.
  •  Nina will be offering a Workshop at Jerry’s Artarama on March 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm ($25 + Materials: For details contact Jerry’s or Nina). Jerry’s  Artarama is located at 2505 Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach (561-684-7036).  westpalm.jerrysartaramastores.com
  • Art on Park Gallery, Lake Park is another venue for a workshop with Nina. ($25. plus materials) on 
    on Tues March 5th – from 6 – 8pm.    Space is limited – call 561.908.3556

    For more information about these shows, workshops, Nina’s personalized pet portraits and other artwork please visit : Nina3DPaper.com  Nina frames her 3D work, offers different price points and also makes some images available as greeting cards.

The public is invited to attend the Wellington Art Society Meetings. Guests are charged $5, which can be put toward the annual dues payment of $40. Members of WAS attend free of charge. For more information: http://www.wellingtonartsociety.org     wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com  or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.

 

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County.

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-029

‘Art on Park’ Is a Dream Come True! You’re Invited to the Opening Reception!

The Artists of Palm Beach County have found a home!  Art on Park, located on Park Avenue in Lake Park is a splendid space to view, buy or take classes. The Rickie Report was invited to a personal tour with Association President, Joe Friedman and his wife, Irma.  Come to their Grand Opening on January   25th.  Enjoy the refreshments, the vibe and bring some friends!

 

Artists of Palm Beach County

Announces the  Grand Opening Reception

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Ave in Lake Park

Friday, January 25, 2013

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The gallery is another step in establishing an art community corridor on Park Avenue.  Mo’s Art Theatre, Easel Art Supply, and dance studios already lined the avenue, and now Lake Park and the Artists of Palm Beach County can proudly boast about the new art gallery. Come to meet the artists, see their beautiful work, enjoy a glass of wine, refreshments, and live music.

IMG_0268

The current exhibition includes the work of over thirty artists whose work represents various media, among them oils, ceramic, acrylics, watercolor, and photography as well as books of poetry. The group is made up of visual artists, writers and is open to performing artists and musicians. The gallery has co-op space available on a juried basis. 

IMG_0264

The Artists of Palm Beach County include a wide array of creators.  Beside the predictable array of  painters, glass makers, sculptors, ceramicists and jewelers, this group also includes authors, poets, musical composers – and the work you will see is nothing predictable!   The poets paint, the sculptors compose and they have joined forces to offer a nurturing, supportive sense of camaraderie.

 

Irma at her easel

Irma at her easel

With over 100 members, there are currently one third of them showing their work in the gallery. Some of the artists use their space for exhibition while others have their brushes and canvases at the ready and will work here.  There is a spacious area for the artist-members to offer classes which will be open to the public. There are moveable walls and plenty of electrical outlets in the renovated space.

 

Views of the Gallery

Views of the Gallery

The Artists of Palm Beach County incorporated in 2004 as a not-for-profit group.  “Art on Park is a dream come true,” Joe Friedman tells The Rickie Report.  A committee from the Association has been in negotiations with the City of Lake Park for almost a year.  “The space will feature member artists on a rotating basis, in addition to the availability of leasing spaces of varying sizes”, he explains. There are over 25 spaces available.

IMG_0267

 

Becoming a member is $50. annually and the perks are IMG_0260tremendous! Monthly meetings include sharing your work with everyone, demonstrations and guest speakers.  We don’t think you will come only for the food, but the array is truly delectable! (Some of the member-artists take their creativity into the kitchen)…

IMG_0284

Members have the opportunity to show their work at Art on Park, teach classes to the public, become a Featured Artist and so much more.  The space already has three pottery wheels and a large kiln.  The generosity of this group will extend to the residents of Lake Park as well.  Art on Park will offer one free, two-hour class to residents once a month.

IMG_0282

The Artists of Palm Beach County is eager to welcome more artists to be involved, grow their membership and begin taking advantage of their new space.  If an artist is interested in using the space to teach, use the pottery wheels or the kiln please contact Joe Friedman, President at : 561.252.4894 or go to http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

 

IMG_0276

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

No Tkts Required. No Luggage. Just Enjoy The Art!

Local Artists in Juried Show

 at

 Palm Beach International

 Airport

“Art at the Airport” Exhibition

  February 29, 2012 through June 20, 2012

Twenty-three  Palm Beach County artists were selected by the County’s Public Art Committee based on artistic merit.  The changing exhibition program at the Palm Beach International Airport is supported by a grant from HMS Host. Selected works are exhibited for four months. All artwork is for sale and proceeds go directly to the artist.

To learn more about Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places visit www.pbcgov.com/fdo/Art.   Artists interested in receiving “Call to Artists” for  upcoming airport exhibitions and other public art projects are invited to register on the Artists Registry page of the website.

To purchase art   displayed in this exhibition, contact Palm Beach   County’s Art in Public Places (561) 233-0235.

Palm Beach County Art in Public Spaces invites you to an Artist Reception at the Palm Beach International Airport.  The event takes place on March 28th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  The reception will be on Level 2 across from Sam Snead’s Restaurant.  Please park in short term parking levels 4-7.

The Rickie Report is proud to be part of this event, as many of the artists chosen are subscribers and heard about this competition through our postsWe look forward to seeing you at the reception!

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Can Artistry Be Genetic? Mother/Son Artists

Nina Fusco

TRR:The Rickie Report brings you an exclusive interview with Nina Fusco and Alexander Mazzei, a mother and son whose artistry is not merely part of their lives, it drives their lives.  They each see art as an integral, amazing part of their journey in life.

TRR: Tell us about your early artistic influences:

Nina: I think it has something to do with heredity.  Both of my parents were very artistic.  Mom was a kindergarten teacher and was always doing arts & crafts projects with us. Dad worked in wood.  I always wanted to be an elementary school art teacher.  In high school I even worked as an intern with an art teacher to see if I really liked it and wanted to continue down that path.  I also interned with a display artist at a high-end men’s store.  I initiated both of these internships on my own.

There was a story my mom always used to tell us, “The Little Red Man”.  I wrote the story down and illustrated it and we’re publishing it as a family heirloom.  I won first place in an illustration contest for it.

Alexander Mazzei

Alexander: My parents were a big influence in my taking this artistic path.  I was surrounded by all kinds of different equipment and unique items that I used as props. Drafting tables and light boxes were part of our furniture.  Whenever I wanted to be creative, I had the proper tools to express myself right at my fingertips.

I wanted to be a scientist, testing environments and pushing limits.  Actually, I am a scientist now but in a more creative way rather than in the laboratory sense.  I had a lot of talents that I explored one at a time.  I started an entertainment company, had a costume company, and have performed magic all over the world to bring smiles to everyone.  At a young age, while my peers were struggling to figure out who they were, I knew what I wanted to do.  I love this path that I am on!

TRR:  Nina shares how she continued her art education:

Everyone kept telling me that art programs were the first programs to be cut in the school system.  They advised me to find a different career.  I wanted to go to Kean University, formally Newark State Teachers College, because it was considered one of the best colleges for teachers.  I decided to focus on art design and illustration.  When I took a commercial art course, it changed my whole view of what I could accomplish.  After graduation, I worked for Macy’s as a display artist.  It was more physical work than I expected!

When I got married, I decided to open a home studio focusing on commercial art.  I did branding, illustrating, and designed logos.  I also did typesetting and paste-up for local newspaper ads.  Having two sons gave me less time in the studio but also the opportunity to do other crafts with them.  I am celebrating my first anniversary as a Florida resident and am pursuing my art career full-time now.

TRR: What drew you to paper sculpture?

Egret by Nina

Nina:  I’ve actually been doing paper sculpture for the past 20 years.  I used to collect TV Guide covers that had interesting illustrations.  One week they had a paper sculpture of the cast of “Barney Miller”.   I thought that was so cool.  I needed to try it!  The first piece I ever did was the “Art Nouveau Girl”.  After that,  I made a portrait of my husband.

I also do pencil drawings, photography, and collages.  The latter is more rigid and realistic.  My paper sculptures have a softness and flow, so they have given me opportunities for more growth.

Alexander:  Right now I am doing videos as well as photography.   As an entertainer, I envision how I want my images to be perceived by the viewer.  It is difficult to have someone else capture what is in my own head.  I wanted to be behind the scenes and control more variables, which is why I am pursuing photography.

Image by Alexander

TRR: Alexander’s  photography is photorealism pushed beyond its boundaries.  The scenes look like they were painted.  The viewer wonders how he is able to have one shot look like a pastel and another look like a pen and ink drawing.  The tremendous texture jumps right out of the photograph.  The subject matter ranges from ethereal scenery to every day street happenings in the Himalayas.  One moment you are looking at a flag flying in the wind and another you are mesmerized by the eyes of a child looking right back at you.  And if this were not enough for this man, he is putting together a portfolio of photographs of a fashion model, which could easily have been taken from a page of a high-fashion magazine.

TRR: How do you choose the subject matter for a new piece?

Art Nouveau Lady by Nina

Nina:  I am very open, but I adore butterflies, so quite a few of my pieces are butterflies.

TRR: What is the favorite part of your art career?

Nina:  Picking the materials! I love finding new papers.  I have a passion for paper!  I also enjoy working on special commissions for individuals or offices.

Alexander:  This is what I live and breathe.  This IS my life.  I enjoy going to the most exotic places, meeting the people and eating  exotic healthy foods.  I adjust to new situations and learn from them.  I am always striving to take what I do to the next level.  I try to enjoy every moment in my life.  I design and make  adjustments as I go along.

TRR: What challenges do you encounter?

Nina:  Each piece is fun to make and the challenge is finding the right customer.  Who will pay what it is worth in terms of time and materials.  My original pieces range from $100 to $350.  In order to make my work more accessible to every budget, I have a photograph and card line which starts at $5.00.  Right now I am exploring the possibility of making glicees on canvas to bring the price point down, so  something that was originally $350 could be $250.

Often, when you enter an art show, the expectation is to only produce one type of art, in one medium.  Most artists are known for one type of art work, but I love experimenting and trying new ways to express my creativity.  I don’t want to pegged in one medium or subject.

Alexander: Since I am always traveling,  the equipment I buy is a big consideration.  I need to not only think about what I want and need, but how much it weighs, because I don’t want to have to pay a lot of extra baggage fees.  I tend to  pack small and play big.  I have a mobile studio wherever I go.

TRR: What advice would you give to a beginning artist?

Nina: Do this because you love it.  Do this for yourself.  Be aware of the realities of the art business.  Branch out and try different techniques and forms of art work. When putting a portfolio together, remember that it represents you.  Display your best work.

Alexander:  There are thousands of tutorials on the internet.  Spend time learning your craft.  It might take working for 10,000-100,000 hours before you become a master of something.  Taking a picture with a camera does not make you a photographer.  Unless you are content with self-expression, you need to continually strive to develop and perfect your craft.

Do your due diligence, homework, and research.  Look at other people’s work and then try to find your own style.  Consider location, lighting, involving a stylist or make up artist, and employing models.  When I was young, I taught myself through tutorials and just continued to absorb whatever I was learning so it became a part of who I am.  Even now, I will watch a tutorial at speeds of two to five times faster than they were filmed.

TRR: What professional associations do you belong to?

Dunes by Nina

Nina:  I belong to the Lighthouse Art Center and the North County Artists Association.  My work has been displayed in two area restaurants, The Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens and Corner Cafe in Tequesta.  Local Treasures in Tequesta also displays my work.  Being involved with other artists helps push me out of my comfort zone.  The art association will have a call to artists with a specific theme, which gives me the impetus to have something new to strive for.  I am working on a website so people can see my work on the internet.

TRR: What story does your art tell us?

Alexander:  The story of my life experiences.  I spend a lot of time with my subjects, living among them.  I couch surf so I have stayed at some amazing places.  I recently was a house guest in a palace in India for two weeks.  I like organic locations, staying with indigenous people.  Telling the story of their lives lifts my spirits.  I am able to display my memories through my photography and video productions. I try to create images that resonate with your soul.

TRR: Take our readers from the beginning of an idea to its final production.


Turtle by Nina

Nina: I sketch a design first and ultimately use that as a pattern for piecing the different cut pieces of paper together.  The real test of determination is that all of my cuts are done in reverse to what I just drew.  I use a light source box, the sun shining on my patio door, or trace sheets with darker papers.  I have a 3-D vision of what the piece is supposed to look like as I am working on it. Once the dabs of glue are dry, it is ready to be framed.

Alexander:  I like finding the locations for my photo shoots.  I also spend at least two or three days with my models to get that rapport you need to have trust in each other to work together.  I hire a stylist, a make-up artist, and a lighting expert. I may take a number of shots until I feel that I have the right one.  Then I move on to another shot.  Once I get the image I want, I don’t waste everyone’s time taking more.

I will be taking this book of photographs to agencies around the world to market my services.  I am always traveling and would like to focus on more indigenous people to tell their emotional story.  I am also a mentor to a video photographer, which is very satisfying.  We are both growing from the experience of working together.

TRR: How do you recharge your creative energy?

30-together by Nina

Nina: Being with other artists helps me a lot.  My recent challenges with breast cancer have also inspired two new pieces that I am currently working on.

Alexander: Travelling to third world countries helps snap me out of my normal consciousness.  I love being in these places and meeting the people.  I see new ways of doing things and fall in love with life all over again.

TRR: How do you define success?

Nina: Pleasing myself, feeling that I accomplished something, and getting positive feedback about my work.

Alexander: Living the lifestyle you design to the best of your abilities.  Success and failure are both temporary.  Some days you are going to feel great and other days you’re going to feel low, so just go with the flow.  Experience the world that you are creating to the best of your abilities.  There is no such thing as “trying”.  You have to live it!

TRR: Do you ever think about the commercial value of your work before you go ahead and make it?

Nina: Never! I create what moves me.

Alexander: I lived with my camera for over a year – – it was an extension of me wherever I went 24/7.  The experience helped me focus on parts of my life.

TRR: Any other thoughts you want to share with our readers?

Nina: Network!  Network!  Network!  And check out The Rickie Report for every new post to see new opportunities for artists!

TRR: Nina will be part of the North Palm Beach Arts & Crafts Fall Festival November 5th at the North Palm Beach Community Center, 1200 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, FL.  You can reach Nina at: ninafusco@hotmail.com 

TRR: This just in:  The North County Artist’s Association awarded Nina  First Place in the Jupiter Community Art Show!

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291