Award Winning Watercolor Artist, Deborah Elaine, Announces Current And Future Exhibits For 2018/2019

Award winning artist Deborah Elaine uses watercolors in varied ways to bring out the soul of her subject to the viewer. Her artwork is currently on exhibit at the Osceola Street Cafe in Downtown Stuart until January 27, 2019.   She will be involved with the Core Concepts 4th Annual Give Back party in Jupiter on December 15.  Art lovers can also visit Deborah’s studio and see her artistry at the 2nd Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour, January 20 and 21, 2019.  In addition, she will participate in the Treasure Coast Wildlife Fine Arts & Wine Event on February 2, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Deborah’s commissions, murals, painted pours, and portraits are filled with color and nuance.

 

 

 

D E B O R A H      E L A I N E

 

W A T E R C O L O R     A R T I S T

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Elaine With her Artwork

 

 

 

U P C O M I N G        E V E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb tells The Rickie Report, ” I enjoy the expressiveness of the abstract and surreal nature of watercolor pouring”.  It is a unique style she developed when she was introduced to one of her mentors, Johnny Johnson. Her works are created allowing the medium to flow and become itself by utilizing the pouring technique. The painting starts out abstract in design and becomes surreal in nature by developing subject matter that is created with her imagination and her references. The method Deb uses to create her compositions is similar to laying in the plush green grass gazing into the clouds seeing the ever changing shapes that appear. Each painting is an expression and passion of hers.

 

 

 

“Parrothead Pierre” by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

She says, ” I am innately attracted to the discovery of nature, wildlife, color, and design. And I’m at peace when creating in natural settings. For I feel close to the Creator—as if His hand guides mine.  I create and share with the hope that the joy I experience is vicariously shared by others. Or at least, makes them ponder.  There are many divine mysteries in this life. And through the paths we travel, He shows us the way and the hidden and beautiful things of this world”.

 

 

 

Dog Portrait Commission by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

Deb began her watercolor career in 2003 after studying under Johnny Johnson, Gary Duquette, Joe Miller (Cheap Joe’s), and Linda Griffin. Originally part of the Fredericksburg Art Scene in Virginia for a decade, her first studio in Libertytown Artist Workshop was located at Liberty Street. She now has a home studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Horse Love” by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

Deb donates a portion of her sales to charitable organizations involved with Hurricane Irma clean-up and preserving our waters and coral reefs in Florida.   She points out, “Coral reefs and rain forests absorb a majority of the carbon dioxide that causes global warming. Without them we are killing ourselves”.

 

 

Porsche” by Deborah Elaine

Do you have a special person, place, pet you would like to capture in a commissioned painting? Deb loves commissions!  She discusses format, medium, technique, and colors before getting started.  She shows her clients some of the different styles that she paints in. “From the initial meeting, brain storming, sketches, and watercolor samples we meet again and finalize the ideas before going forward.  We will decide on a size, style, colors, matting, & framing for each piece of work. Communication is KEY in creating a very special commission for someone. The more I know, the more accurate I can be with your final artwork. I delight in creating a successful piece to add to your collection or the creation of a gift for someone special in your life”, she tells us.

 

 

 

Deb’s mission:

• To Influence others through the creativity and subject of my work
• To bring joy, laughter and happiness to others
• To reflect God’s beauty or a feeling of expression that touches and moves others • To give a peace and hope to finding your own path in life
• To give back what HE has given me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martin Arts Council Announces Volunteer Opportunities And Chances To Plan Parties, Meet Artists, Be Cultural Ambassadors And More! Get Involved In Your Arts Community – You’ll Wonder Why You Waited So Long!

The Martin Arts Council is sharing a call for volunteers!  If you enjoy planning parties, want to be a cultural ambassador, can give a few hours a month to do light office work, have the brawn to help hang artwork, or just love being part of the creative scene: This is for you!  The depth of your involvement is up to you, as there are MANY events to help out with. The Rickie Report shares the details here and urges you ( and your friends and neighbors) to call and sign up!  Kudos to the volunteers who have helped grow this essential organization! Kudos to those who sign up to continue this important work, you will not only GIVE, but you will GET so much from these experiences!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd      Stuart, FL 34994

772-287-6676       martinarts.org

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Volunteer at the Court House Cultural Center:

Located in the historic  Court House Cultural Center  80 E Ocean Blvd Stuart, FL 34994  772-287-6676  martinarts.org

 

 

 

 

 

  • CHCC Gallery Committee: Work with Artists to help plan and executve exhibitions in the Gallery
  • Like to plan PARTIES? We need a party crew to help with set up and implementation of our many receptions, workshops and events held at the CHCC.  We bring the food, you bring the creativity! 

 

Volunteer at one of our Events and Share your Passion for the Arts in the Community!

 

 

 

  • ArtsFest© | February 9 & 10, 2019: A two-day celebration of the arts held in Memorial Park and along E Ocean Boulevard, historic downtown Stuart to celebrate the arts – music, art, dance, kids’ activities and more!   Volunteer on the steering committee to plan the event or on the days of the festival.  

 

 

  • mARTies Awards | Oct 25, 2018: Held since 2003, this event showcases and honors artists, community leaders and businesses who are responsible for the success of the arts in our community.  Volunteer committee members solicit sponsorships, help with the nomination and selection process, coordinate the show and assist with the many other duties related to producing an event.

 

 

 

 

Be a part of our Arts in Education Programs!

  • Marvin S Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show: An annual exhibition, since 1988, featuring the artwork of local high school students.  Volunteers help coordinate and install the show as well as provide assistance during the awards ceremony in April 2019. 
  • ARTS Day: Volunteers assist with coordinating student / teacher registrations, coordinate artists and on the day of work with the artists and students to maintain a student/adult ratio of approximately 3:1.  This all-day event is held in various Martin County locations with artists teaching in a variety of media including acrylics, pastels, pen & ink, photography and watercolors.  
  • Arts Education Committee: new committee being established to support our many arts education projects and outreach to the youth in our community. 

Other Committees & Activities:

  • Fund Development Committee: volunteers are responsible for on-going outreach for new members.  May include special receptions/functions and solicitation of new audiences. 
  • Cultural Ambassadors: Sign up to visit our many galleries, arts organizations, museums and performing arts venues to distribute current Arts Council information and bring back current information for our Information Center. 
  • Office Support: Volunteers are needed to assist with basic office functions, including filing, data entry, mailing invitations/newsletters, and tasks related to social media, website updating and other communications strategies.  

 

Contact us at (772) 287-6676 or info@martinarts.org to sign up today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts Council Of Martin County Presents Annual “All Florida” Contemporary Juried Arts Show. Opening On September 21st, It Highlights 67 Best Working Florida Artists And Offers Gallery Talk In Stuart

The Arts Council of Martin County presents the 28th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show focusing on contemporary artworks.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, September 21st and continues through Thursday, November 15, 2018.  The public is welcome to the exhibition which is on display at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart, Florida.  Angelica Arbelaez, who served as the juror, is a curator and arts administrator based in Miami, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.  This promises to be an energetic exhibit that you won’t want to miss!

 

 

 

 

The Arts Council of Martin County

 Presents:

 

28th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show

OPENING RECEPTION:

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 | 5:30-7PM

EXHIBIT DATES:   SEPTEMBER 21 – NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Juror’s  Talk  Led  By  Angelica  Arbelaez

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 11AM

Gallery hours:

 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday – Friday

 Saturday 11 am – 2 pm

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL

 

 

 

Photo by Liz McKinley

 

The Arts Council of Martin County presents the 28th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show.  The opening reception is Friday, September 21, 2018.  The exhibition continues through Thursday, November 15, 2018.     The exhibition will be on display at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart, Florida.  “Kicking off our season with the juried show featuring Florida artists is an annual highlight for us as the exhibition highlights some of the best artists working in Florida today. The challenge of selecting artworks was embraced by our juror Angelica Arbelaez as she curated a show from the over 300 entries to make the final selection of 67 pieces, ” Nancy K Turrell, executive director, tells The Rickie Report.

 

Miami-based curator Angelica Arbelaez will host a Juror’s Talk on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss her most recent curatorial project Between a view and a milestone and revisit some of the research that informed the conceptual framework of the exhibition. During her talk she will focus on notions of place in contemporary art and how this topic relates to the artwork selected for the 28th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show.

 

Exhibit Artists:

 

JAMES ALLEN, JUDITH ANDERSON, LINDA APRILETTI, PAMELA AYRES, RICHARD BARONE, K. BOTET, NATALIE CARLTON, MARY CATELLO, PAUL CHANGPANHUO, CARL CLARK, CONNIE COMMETTE, KATE CUMMINS, MJ DICUS, GABRIELE DITOTA, PATRICIA EDDINGTON, HEATHER FORSTER, JOHN FRAZEE, PAMELA GIARRATANA, GARY GRESKO, JAY HATFIELD, KAREN HELMERS, MARC HILTON, DAVE ISENBERG, JULIA KELLY, MARK KIRBY, WENDY KORNFIELD, TINA KRAFT, ALVARO LABANINO, ANITA LAMB, SHAW LANE, SANDY LILLIS, FRANCES LYNN, PATRICIA MAGUIRE, MAURICE MATES, LORETTA MCCARTHY, ERIN MCCULLOUGH , DAWN MILLER, JUDITH MISTOR, JOACHIM PEREZ, JONNA POLSKY, JUDY POLSTRA, MARY LOU PULTS, LINDA REYMORE, MIGUEL SALUDES, FABIANO SANTOS, KATHRYN ADELE SCHUMACHER, BONNIE SHAPIRO, NORMAN SILVA, ROBIN STABLEY, JOHN STAMOS, NANCY TART, MANDAYAM THIRUNARAYANAN, KATE WOOD

The Arts Council provides services to visual, literary and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

For more information about this exhibit and upcoming events:

website: http://www.martinarts.org/programs/cultural_center_gallery/currentupcoming-exhibitions.html

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/721883388165129/

Call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org

 

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

 

 

 

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“Court Room Sessions” Offer Contemporary Art And Music Showcase On Saturday, August 4th In Stuart, FL

For the second year, the Arts Council of Martin County‘s creative summer experience, “Court Room Sessions”, returns!  With Elise Raffa’s creative leadership and curating, this year’s installment is sure to please. The kick off party on Saturday, August 4th will be a blast – hot and full of great art and music! The event continues through August 31st. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Your support of this event and everything we do all year long, helps to keep our arts community vibrant and thriving.

P R E S E N T S:

CONTEMPORARY  ART  +  MUSIC SHOWCASE 

 

OPENING  RECEPTION:  

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 4TH

7 – 11 PM

$10 At the Door

ALL AGES

Full Service  Cash Bar 21+  

Court  House  Cultural  Center

 80 E. Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 

 

Opening night will be the official unveiling of the contemporary art exhibit of 10+ artists inside the galleries of the Court House Cultural Center as well as outdoor musical performances. There will also be a handful of pop-up art/food vendors outside as well!

ARTISTS:  

Donny  Barth

Michael  Dillow

Mark W.Forman

Dan Gorostiaga

Sharon Lee Hart

Ates Isildak

Sara Knouse

Jenny Larsson

Jennifer  Lewis 

Sarah Meeranje

Mia Lindberg

Amalia Mermingas

Amber Dawn Tutwiler

MUSIC:

Werkinmen

LAVOLA

Boston Marriage

Lindsey Mills

Gravel Kings

FOOD/ BAR :

Bottom’s Up Beverage

Tony’s Gyros

SUPPORTERS:

Snorkel Corn Entertainment

Rain Cat Recordings

Susie Hair Hero

Center State Banks

 

 

 

 

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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Arts Council Of Martin County Announces Call For 28th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show

The Arts Council of Martin County announces the 28th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. Held annually at the Court House Cultural Center Galleries in Stuart, FL, this exhibit brings a wide variety of art styles and media to one place, celebrating Florida’s talented creatives. Selected works will be exhibited from Friday, September 21 through Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  The Rickie Report will share more details for art lovers.  Here, we share the artist deadline, July 31st, and more details on how to apply.  

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t delay — be a part of this exciting Annual Exhibition of Florida artists.

28th Annual All Florida Juried Art Show

Entry Deadline Coming Soon – July 31, 2018

All Florida artists are invited to APPLY NOW at CaFE for the All Florida Juried Art Show held annually at the Court House Cultural Center Galleries in Stuart, Florida.

www.callforentry.org

 

 

Selected works will be exhibited from Friday, September 21 through Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Hurry and don’t miss this opportunity to submit your artwork!

A non-refundable entry fee of $40.00 covers three images/submitted works per artist. A maximum of three images may be submitted per artist.

Contact Jennifer at 772-287-6676 ext 2 with any questions or if you need assistance applying.

Current Arts Council of Martin County member artists receive a $5 discount – please call Jennifer Hearn, 772.287.6676, ext 2 to get the Member Artist Code when you are paying for your submissions. You may join or renew membership while applying for the show or at www.martinarts.org. Individual membership for artists is discounted to only $35 a year. Join now and support the arts!!

 

 

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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Arts Council Of Martin County’s ArtsFest 2018 Blossoms For 31st Year In Stuart, February 10 -11. Includes Visual And Performing Arts For All Ages

How do you produce one of the most successful art and music festivals in the entire southeast for 31 years running? Well, if you’re the Arts Council of Martin County you do it by tweaking and improving and listening to feedback so that ArtsFest blossoms into an event that no one on the Treasure Coast wants to miss! This year ArtsFest 2018, which takes place on February 10-11, offers innovative additions and returning favorites to ensure another blockbuster of a weekend.  The Rickie Report shares the details (Cracker, Stuart CHOPPED, wand building at the Kids Zone, Comedy, Live Music, Puppetry, Live Entertainment, and SO MUCH MORE!)

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday,  February 10 & 11

10 am – 5pm  Both Days

Memorial Park  Stuart, FL

300 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL 34994

Tickets:  ArtsFestStuart.org

“Cracker”

 

Excitement spread fast with news that Cracker will appear on February 10. The duet’s co-founders Lowery and Hickman have a quarter century’s worth of hit music and sold-out live performances. Special guests Abby Owens and Big Pine open the show at 6pm.   Advanced tickets can be purchased online at ArtsFestStuart.Eventbrite.com or at Earthtones, 43 S.W. Osceola Street in downtown Stuart.

 

 

Stuart CHOPPED, Jake Reynolds, 2017 CHOPPED Winner

 

That event with good taste, Stuart CHOPPED, returns for its fourth annual Culinary Challenge! Sponsors include The Arts Council and Paul Nunley, Financial Advisor. Chefs scheduled to appear include Jose Peralta of Chef’s Table, Jason Maldonado of Ellie’s Deli and Cody Harvey of The Gafford.  Enjoy watching these masters of cuisine compete, preparing a gourmet meal from a mystery basket of ingredients, much like the popular TV show Chopped.

The preliminary is Saturday at 11 a.m.

The final showdown Sunday at 11 a.m.

 

Kids Zone

 

The wizarding world of Harry Potter takes over PNC Community & Kids Zone, with wand-building workshops, spell classes and more.  

Also for kids of all ages, Duck in the Truck will return with puppet-making mastery.

Atlantic Classical Orchestra will also charm the young ones with instruments made from everyday items.

You’ll laugh out loud at an updated presentation of “Friends Welcome,” which was an undisputed hit last year on the Literary Village stage. “Friends Welcome,

The One with All the Boxes,” will be performed at 1 p.m. both days.

Daily performances include Florida Aerial Dance and Circus Arts, a Tai Chi workshop with Floridians Fighting Falls on Saturday, and a Poi workshop with

Spread the Flow on Sunday starting at 10:30AM.

Among the other live performers, you won’t want to miss Main Stage acts include Ben Childs and the Wails, The Melinda Elena Band, The String Assassins, and more!

Over on the Literary Village Stage, singer/songwriters Deal James, Xander James, and Summer Gill and Eliza Novella will be holding forth.

ArtsFest takes place along East Ocean Boulevard and in Memorial Park, Stuart

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on February 10-11

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate.

Call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org for more information

 

 

 

 

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Internationally Collected Artist, Guy Coheleach’s Wildlife Exhibit Coming to Court House Arts Center In Stuart

Few art exhibits offered by the Arts Council of Martin County generate such excitement and high attendance figures as those of local wildlife artist Guy Coheleach. The Court House Cultural Center is always delighted to exhibit his award-winning work, joining other prestigious showcases such as the National Collection of Fine Art, the White House, the Corcoran Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum in offering the magnificent art to the public.  The Opening Reception takes place Friday, February 2. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. When you experience the grandeur and beauty of Coheleach’s work, you’ll understand why he is honored and widely-recognized as a truly exceptional artist. The Exhibit continues through April 10, 2018.  In addition to Visual Arts Exhibits, The Arts Council of Martin County offers FREE  Sunset Concerts at the Gallery the Second Tuesday of each month from October through May at 5:30 pm.  The next one is February 13th!

 

 

 

 

 

Courthouse Cultural Art Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL

772.287.6676           www.MartinArts.org

The Arts Council of Martin County  Presents:

 

 

 

GUY   COHELEACH

WILDLIFE  ART  EXHIBIT

Opening Reception:

Friday, February 2, 2018

 

5:30 – 7 PM

A Donation of $5 in support of our exhibitions and programs is requested.

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd     Stuart, FL 34994

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday  10 am – 4 pm   Saturday  11 am – 2 pm

 

Exhibition Continues Through April 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Few art exhibits offered by the Arts Council of Martin County generate such excitement and high attendance figures as those of local wildlife artist Guy Coheleach.  Whether you’re seeing the work of Guy Coheleach for the first time or returning to enjoy the visual results of his years of experience with animals in the wild, you’ll find this one of the season’s most exciting art events.

 

 

“Not So Merry Go Round” by Guy Coheleach

Coheleach’s paintings have received the Society of Animal Artists’ Award of Excellence an impressive eight times. This prestigious honor is awarded by curators and professors of fine art from museums and universities across America.  He also received the celebrated Master Artist Medal from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 1983, one of only nine artists both living and dead so honored at the time. When you experience the grandeur and beauty of Coheleach’s work, you’ll understand why he is honored and widely-recognized as a truly exceptional artist.

 

“The Sneak” by Guy Coheleach

 

 

The Court House Cultural Center is always delighted to exhibit his award-winning work, joining other prestigious showcases such as the National Collection of Fine Art, the White House, the Corcoran Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum in offering the magnificent art to the public.  In 1995, Coheleach’s collection was hosted by the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and in 1996 by the Newark Museum.  PBS and other national television networks have aired films citing Coheleach’s work and publications such as Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife and Wildlife Arts News are just a few of the media that have discussed his talent and contributions to the world of art.

 

 

 

“Cooling Off” by Guy Coheleach

 

Coheleach is a frequent traveler to U.S. National Parks, Alaska, Europe, South America and Africa to gather visual reference for his painting. His exciting adventures include being run down by an elephant in Zambia.  Philanthropic as well as artistic, his endowment provides approximately six full scholarships to the School of Wildlife Management annually for needy students.  You will be able to personally experience the mastery of Guy Coheleach at the Court House Cultural Center from February 2-April 10, 2018. An exciting opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on February 2 will set the tone for an inspirational and compelling exhibit.

 

 

“Lion Matchbook” by Guy Coheleach

 

SUNSET  CONCERTS AT THE GALLERY:

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm    Free and Open to the Public

February 13: Treasure Coast Flute Choir  Lindsay Hagar, Director

March 13:  Treasure Coast Community Singers  Doug Jewett, Director

April 10:  Stuart School of Music  Cindy Kessler, Director

May 8:  Treasure Coast Youth Symphony   Tom Servinsky, Director

 

 

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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3 Artists Showcased At “Florida Roots” Exhibit At Courthouse Cultural Arts Center In Stuart, FL

Did you know the arts pack a punch with $27 million impact in Martin County, FL?  The ARTS really MATTER!!  Located in downtown Stuart, FL,  The Arts Council of Martin County offers a wide variety of experiences for the public and for artists.  Currently,  “Florida Roots”, an exhibit showcasing the artworks of  Diane Richmond Hall, Donald Neal, and Delford Terry is not to be missed!  It is available until January 27th, at the Courthouse Cultural Arts Center so make time to stop by!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

Courthouse Cultural Art Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL

772.287.6676           www.MartinArts.org

The Arts Council of Martin County  Presents:

“FLORIDA    ROOTS”

Exhibit is available NOW through January 27th

 

 

 

 

Diane Richmond Hall

 

 

Diane Richmond Hall shares that her first artistic piece was acknowledged at age 5 years and she has not stopped since!  Encouraged by family members and teachers, she is primarily self-taught.  At age 12 she began experimenting with oil paints.  Her late husband, Ellis (aka “Sweet”) was her biggest fan.  She says, ” He encouraged me and enabled me to study with professionals in a few workshops in DC, Boston, Sarasota and Scottsdale, to hone my skills. He was very involved with my art, making canvases and doing art shows with me. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be at the level I am today. I have a 40-minute portrait sketch from life that I did of him. After the sitting, I didn’t continue to develop the painting because it shows his essence, spirit and personality. I didn’t want to lose that. While not a fully developed piece, it is my nod to “Sweet”. It will be the first art show I have done without him in 40 years”.

 

“Sharon” by Diane Richmond Hall

 

 

Raised in Bell Glade, FL, the isolation of the location gave her the time and freedom to explore her artistic side without too many distractions that she may have had in a bigger city.  Diane works 24 – 30 hours a week at her artistry.  She tells us, ” I’ve been thrilled to have been accepted in every juried show I have ever applied for. I’ve had the honor of receiving of Best in Show, Best in Painting, Poster Awards, Purchase Awards and Awards of Distinction etc. I feel truly blessed”.  Preferring to work in oils, her work has been published in art journals and national magazines.

 

“Five Easy Pieces” by Diane Richmond Hall

 

 

Diane returns to images of people and by extension people in reflective sunglasses.  She shares, “At an art show I was once asked if I was afraid of life. I replied, “no, what makes you ask that?” They said because I painted people hidden behind sunglasses. I said, “the simple answer is it isn’t anything that deep. By painting people in sunglasses, I get to paint two pictures in one.” And by the way, I paint people without glasses too.  It’s funny how often people try to figure out the deeper psychological and philosophical reasons behind artistic decisions when the artist may have just felt it was the natural thing to do, much like adding an ingredient to a recipe”.

 

 

 

Donald Neal

 

Donald Neal remembers being praised since his early childhood for his artistic talent. He was considered an art prodigy. When he was in 10th grade, he began thinking about college…”I knew I wanted to go to school to learn to be an even better artist. So I guess it was at that time I knew I wanted that as my career”. His earliest champions were two art teachers, Emanuel Garrett and Leroy Williams, who recognized his talent. His other mentors included Beanie Backus for a brief time and Rubin Hale. “When Emanuel Garrett took me to museums and such, it opened my world”.

“Da Vinci” by Donald Neal

 

 

 

Raised in Belle Glade, FL, there were not a lot of opportunities to learn from teachers so Donald used books and did a lot of self-study.  His parents were very artistic and did art when not working.  He works 16- 25 hours a week on his artistry.  Having won a few awards at juried art shows, Donald says ” The South Florida Cultural Consortium” was influential.  His work has been published  in art journals and national magazines.

 

“Death” by Donald Neal

 

 

Donald’s preferred subjects are women, nude paintings and sculpture.  Preferring clay as his medium, he says, ” I usually just begin with an idea and I know it is going to be changing as I go along. I enjoy that process the most. My best work has come from times I’ve messed up and corrected to be better than the first way”.  How does he choose his subject? ” I start off seeing a woman whose form I admire and then I start thinking of how to pose and render her”.

 

 

Delford Terry

 

Delford Terry recalls drawing feverishly at a very early age. Tom Prestopnik and Thomas Wetzl played significant roles in his artistic development as a young artist and advancing his college education.  Raised in Mile End St. Ann Jamaica, he says, “ I was inspired by the environment. Like, the river, fruits, landscape and ships… In the early 90’s  I lived in Indiantown Florida and it was there I was influence by the artist activities in high school and making art is a way out, especially when adjusting to a new environment. However, in 2010 I return to Jamaica and my palette and medium have changed, and I found aspirations to paint about Jamaica”.

 

“Pure Virginity” by Delford Terry

 

 

 

He continuously works in his sketch book and entered the 2016 the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and made it to the semifinalist.  Delford ‘s work was featured in the Professional Artist Magazine ( December 2011 through January 2012) and Arc Magazine (Issue 4). November 2011 through January 2012 (Spotlight segment).

 

“Strange Fruit” by Delford Terry

 

 

Delford shares, “I think about the arrangements of things more often than the subject matter, because the subject is always there and I do not have to look far.  The pencil, paper, and colored dirt are what I use to lay the foundation of my work. These three basic elements bond human and cultural traditions. I feel connected to these fundamental substances. The historical radiation of these materials ground me in the resources of the past. However, I am not opposed to using other materials if they allow me to express the ideas I am exploring. With that said, I enjoy documenting my family and friends–from both Caribbean and American cultures–with common things that can be easily infused with metaphoric reference. Depicting my friends and family fills me with awe and wonder of not just the subject, but of the process. My goal is to communicate to the viewer a sense of wonder and to reveal some obscure observation to them through extreme realism in a celebratory manner. I strive to capture the emotional depth of my friends and family, and to paint them as I see them, their hopes, and their memories”.

 

Excerpts and quotes from MartinArtsMagazine Fall 2017. To read full interviews: https://issuu.com/martinarts/docs/martinarts_magazine_aug_25_issuu

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

The Arts Council 

Court House Cultural Center

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772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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