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Visual, Visceral and Voluminous: Insights into Debbie Mostel’s Art

Describing someone’s artwork is a sensitive matter. While The Rickie Report is not acting as critic, asking an artist to share themselves with our readers takes trust.  We started to share Debbie Mostel’s story in a previous post when she was inducted into NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) in New York City and announced that she would be showing at Red Dot in Miami soon after. The depth of Debbie’s personality and her artwork call for this extended interview.  Debbie’s work will be shown at Solo Exhibition at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall and again in March at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.  Here, she shares her advice to artists and art lovers about maneuvering your way through sizable shows; some tips for artists to network; and some insights into her larger-than-life pieces.

Globe : "Baja Bound"

Globe : “Baja Bound”

Most of Debbie’s work has interactive qualities such as spinning VCR motors, trap doors,wind-up toys and even a pair of Slinky’s!   Tom Shadyac, director of Jim Carey movies and more recently the revered film “I Am”, was presented one of Debbie’s Globes as an appreciation for the message that both director and artist hold in getting the message that “we are all connected”.  Debbie has been a guest demonstrator at the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark, a Best of Show winner twice at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and has numerous newspaper articles written about her. She is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County

 dlramr in studio 004

TRR: Tell our readers about your experience as an exhibitor at Red Dot in Miami.

DM:  The experience was awesome and I was extremely proud to be part of the show.

 

Hindu Tornadic Activity

Hindu Tornadic Activity

TRR: What suggestions would you give an artist who has not done such a large show before?

DM:  First, you should scope out each show. Do your homework – this is a business, like any other business trade show.  I believe in “Go Large Or Go Home”.  Let me explain: Once you figure out what show is the best show for YOU, put everything you have into  making it successful.  Don’t skimp or try to cut corners to try to save money.  This isn’t necessarily about selling, though if you do, that is a nice perk.

 

Once you are committed to a show, you must put in your best work.  Create and print a full catalog.  Invest in good lighting and good quality signage.  I actually added more signage once I arrived at Red Dot and saw what other artists had in addition to what I had already planned.

 

During the show, have a seat.  Art show-goers don’t like to be followed around in your booth.  Let them know that if they have questions, you are there to help them.  Remember your business cards and postcards!   You have to have the right attitude and stay positive.  You are spending 6 days and long hours to promote your art!  Be professional!

 

Feeling the Squeeze

Feeling the Squeeze

TRR: What about after the show?

 

DM:  You MUST follow up with the people who signed your guest book, with other artists you networked with during the show, and gallery owners who stopped by.  This is a lot of WORK!   This year, there were over 27 shows including Red Dot, Art Miami, and Art Basel.  I felt that Red Dot seemed to focus on emerging artists.  In looking at the statistics from 2011, the number of shows has grown. I would expect 2013 to continue to grow annually.  That offers a lot of opportunities to a lot more artists.

TRR: Any advice for the show attendees?

DM:  For art lovers and buyers, you have to pace yourselves because the sheer amount of art work can be overwhelming.  You really need to plan on more than just one day and you still will not see it all!  To avoid having your eyes glaze over from seeing too much art, book a hotel.  Take a break.  Each show has different fees.  Personally, I believe it is hardest for the Gallery owners and Buyers.  They have to look at everything in consideration for their collectors and clients.

Tower of Youth

Tower of Youth

TRR:  When we first met, you were anxious to show me a science-related article.  What types of materials do you enjoy reading?

DM:  I will read anything that has to do with science.  I always read the New York Times, Scientific American and I think that Smithsonian Magazine is the best out there.  National Geographic has engrossing articles, but I also watch a lot of television!  Again, anything science-related, so obviously NOVA, PBS, Science Channel.

I have always been fascinated with how things are made and where something comes from. I enjoy visually stimulating shows like “Orangutan Island”,  underwater series, “Oddities”.  I never know when an idea will spark and where it will lead me!

 

New Monarchy

New Monarchy

TRR:  Do you ever relax?

DM:  I actually relax when I am playing golf!  I just love how beautiful nature is.  I can really take it all in when I walk my dog before sunset.  My background in landscape design has given me a better appreciation for some of the Audubon areas in Palm Beach County.

TRR: Does your son share your artistic  interests?

DM: Not really.  He loves music and plays drums in a local band, Abolish Oasis.  He wants to go to college to pursue a career in the music business.

 

Trilobite Surfing

Trilobite Surfing

TRR: What inspires you to create such a breadth of artwork?

 DM: Everything!  Really.  I can be staring a gym ceiling and an idea for a new piece of artwork will pop into my head.  We have to remember why we are artists.  We can tune into the minutia of the every-day and go and create art. The synapses in my brain flip all the time!

 

Mind Reader

Mind Reader

To see Debbie’s artwork, the public is invited to a reception at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby on January 18 from 6 – 8 pm.  The building is located at 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens 33410.  Her SOLO exhibit is called “Technology Deconstructed-Nature Reconstructed”.  The exhibit continues through February 21st.  City Hall is open from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

 

Debbie will also be at the 2013 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show from March 1st – 3rd, which takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S. www.PalmBeahFineCraftShow.com  For more details about Debbie’s work contact: 561-779-0030 or go to:www.debbieleemostel.com

 

 

 

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Thanking Liana Mooney


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It is not often that we take the time to thank someone.  The National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter is honoring Liana Mooney, founder of the Florida Chapter.  She has been not only a pillar of the art community but a progressive thinker and inspiration to generations of women artists.  The  Rickie Report recommends you look into joining NAWA, networking with other members and being inspired by women such a Liana, whom we interviewed for this publication.

 

 

 

 

Feelings of Nature – 1971 Accepted by National Academy of Design for National Exhibition

 

 

TRR: Please tell our readers how you became involved in NAWA.

LM:  A friend of mine suggested that I apply for membership to the N.A.W.A.., which I did in October 1978, and to my surprise I was accepted. The following month, in November, I was invited to be on the Board of Directors. Wow, what a ride it has been.

I fell in love with the spirit of the five founders, Grace Fitz-Randolph, Edith M. Prellwitz, Adele Frances Bidell, Anita C. Ashley, and Elizabeth S. Cheever, who on the evening of January 31, 1889 met at Grace’s studio on Washington Square, NYC and formed
The Women’s Art Club, which later, after many transformations, became The National Association of Women Artists, Inc.  These pioneers have always been a great inspiration for me.
It was hard for women to exhibit their work in those times. They decided to do something by establishing a women’s organization where they could exhibit their work because it was GOOD. They felt that “ creative achievement need carry no sex discrimination.”
The purpose of this group was to showcase and serve women artists by promoting and encouraging growth through all appropriate means.  This purpose has been carried out strongly throughout N.A.W.A.’s 123 years of existence.

“Regata” – Watercolor

TRR: Florida is the only state with a NAWA Chapter outside of New York.  Can you comment on that?
LM:  For all these years N.A.W.A. has continually served and promoted women artists, encouraged aspiring artists and reached out to the community through art programs free of charge.
In Florida, our Chapter is a vital art environment with award winning and recognized professional artists who carry on N.A.W.A.’s purpose.
We have established a Scholarship Fund for talented and needy  high school students of the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, who plan to make the visual arts their life career.
The Florida Chapter is an enthusiastic and generous group who reaches out to the community by providing excellent exhibitions, receptions and art programs free of charge. We are hoping to establish more Chapters throughout the Country,
We look back with pride to N.A.W.A. ‘s long and rich legacy, and forward to a successful future, facing new challenges of the future with new responses, but without departing from the purpose of the past.
TRR: You began as a representational artist and have  moved toward abstract.  How did this transition occur?

LM:   I was studying water color with Edgar Whitney, an academician, to whom I am very grateful. From him I earned the most basic rules, the elements and principals of design, which made my move to the abstract style very easy.

Although I loved painting in the representational style, I felt that painting in abstract would be more challenging. I felt that the essence of things that surrounded me was more important than the objects themselves.  I strive to portray the emotional impact of the scene.  In expressing my impressions in abstract form, I am consciously freeing form and color from Nature to focus on the essential order of things as I see and feel them.
I have painted the “Feelings of Nature” series using different media from water color to oil, mixed media, black/white, pastels and collages.   In between these changes I painted monoprints and monotype, and also encaustic.  But I always seem to go back to my “Feelings of Nature” on canvas and on paper. And this is where I am now.
TRR: What advice would you give to aspiring women artists today?
LM:   BELIEVE in your goal and a higher Spirit that will guide you.  Determination, perseverance and great passion will help you
reach unthinkable aims.
Blue Oil on Canvas:

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Multi-Media Art Exhibit Presented by NAWA – “Image Makers,GardensArt”


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 The Rickie Report hopes you will come to see “Image Makers”, a multi-media art exhibition being presented by the The National Association Of Women Artists, Florida Chapter. Among them are local artists of national renown.  How exciting to have this exhibit so close by in Palm Beach Gardens!  

NAWA, FL Chapter Presents

 

IMAGE MAKERS, GardensArt


November 30, 2012 to January 10, 2013

Palm Beach Gardens City Hall

10500 N. Military Trail

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

 

Opening Reception is Open to the Public – December 7, 2012 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Gallery Viewing Hours are Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) announces their season premiere exhibition with “Image Makers, GardensArt”.  Artists have prepared 6″x6″ canvases which will be for sale during the show.  Proceeds go toward their scholarship program for high school art students.

Grace Fishenfeld’s “Caravaggio”

 

A special award has been added!  One of the artists will be chosen to have a One person show for GardensArt, which will be selected by GardensArt supervisor, Amy Stepper.  Juror, Victoria Skinner, Visual Artist and Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University will award cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Judge’s Recognition.

Betty Usdan Zwickler’s “My Father’s Threads”

The National Association Of Women Artists, (NAWA)  is the oldest professional women’s art association in the USA. The Florida Chapter is its only regional chapter in the country.  Member’s art work is juried into the association at headquarters in New York City.

Hilary Pulitzer’s “Kitchen Beauty”

MISSION STATEMENT

” The purpose of the Association is to promote culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ works, lectures, art demonstrations, scholarships, awards and other educational programs. Association shall foster public awareness of and interest in works of art with emphases on fine art created by women. It will encourage new emerging artists through all appropriate means”

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ARTISTS, FLORIDA CHAPTER INC.

On January 6, 1995, the first and only chapter of this prestigious art association was founded in Florida by Liana Moonie, of Palm Beach and Connecticut, a past president of National, along with Madeline Weiss, of West Palm Beach, the first local president of N.A.W.A. Florida Chapter. The Florida Chapter carries out the mission of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. with regional exhibitions, seminars and other educational activities as well as sponsoring annual scholarships for talented High School art students toward the college of their choice. Our exhibition venues have included the Armory Art Center, Northwood University, and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Gardensart at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, The Cornell Museum of Art and History, Delray Beach, the Capital Building Gallery in Tallahassee and various Northern Trust Banks throughout the state.

For further information, email NAWA Headquarters at office@thenawa.org or Anica Shpilberg, NAWA/FL Membership- anica@shpilberg.com or check out their website: www.thenawa.org

 

 

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561-537-0291


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