Court House Cultural Center Features A Three Woman Perspective “Humanity Through The Artist Eye” Opening Friday, March 4. Meet Artists Cheryl Cote′, Danuta Rothschild, And Kirsten Stingle And See Their Nuanced Views Of Life. Artist Talk Tuesday, March 29

Martin Arts announces its newest Court House Cultural Center exhibition, “Humanity Through The Artist Eye – A Three Woman Perspective” featuring artists Cheryl Cote′, Danuta Rothschild, and Kirsten Stingle. This expressive show curated by Ken Hooper Capozzi and Maria Miele opens on Friday, March 4, 2022 with a Free Public Reception. The artists will give a presentation on Tuesday, March 29. The exhibit continues through April 15, 2022.  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

 Martin    Arts   Presents:

 

 

 

HUMANITY    Through    the    Artist    Eye  –

 

 

A    Three    Woman    Perspective

 

 

Gallery Hours:  

Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm   Wednesday thru Saturday  10 am – 4 pm  

Or by appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday,  March 4, 2022    

 5:30  –  7  PM

 Tuesday,  March 29  

6 pm  

Register on MartinArts.org

 

 

 

Exhibit is available March 4  – April 15, 2022

 

 

“This exemplary presentation of works exudes a cohesive flow and connects viewers to the emotions and experiences expressed by the artists’ fabulous demonstration of texture and color,” said Hooper Capozzi, exhibition curator and Gallery Committee Chair of MartinArts.  

 

 

This vibrantly expressive show, curated by Ken Hooper Capozzi and Maria Miele, presents a stunning showcase of singular expression, by three remarkable female artists. Sharing a moving stage of individual works, and an exciting variety of mediums and works, exhibiting Artists Cheryl Cote′, Danuta Rothschild, and Kirsten Stingle seamlessly invoke thought and conversation about the nuances of life. The exhibition is comprised of inspiring works that tell the story of challenges, struggles, and celebrated joys encountered along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

“Be True To Your Roots” by Cheryl Cote′

 

“We invite the community to enjoy experiencing “Humanity through the Artist Eye – A 3 Woman Perspective, in voice and celebration of the stories shared through the works of these three unique artists,” said Nancy Turrell, Executive Director, MartinArts.

 

Over her career, Cheryl Cote′s style has evolved from a very ‘fine-detail’ artist, to a broader spectrum of color and light. A visually impaired artist, her collection conveys life, with the intention to encourage people to overcome. With limited sight, and challenges faced when painting, Cote’s developed and unique style relays image on canvas, in a bold and signature display of great light, shadow and color. Through her eyes, viewers ‘see’ the souls of each figure she paints.

 

 

 

 

“Retirement” by Danuta Rothschild

 

 

Internationally respected and award-winning artist, Danuta Rothschild captures the scope of human experience from the ominous to the magically affirming. Her sculptures, globally exhibited in the United States, Poland, Bosnia, and France, are a brilliant showcase of humanity and poverty. Bold color and texture reveal the stories and struggles of her characters as they move through life. Placing figures into an endless space and vast nature, she gives the viewer a sense of dreamlike or vast perspective of the human experience. Rothchild’s vast and endless depiction of nature, reveals that ‘we’ are but a small part of the story she tells.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Shepherd” by Kirsten Stingle

 

 

 

Kirsten Stingle’s work is both bold and expressive. Her amazing images in mixed media combine unique textures, fabric, clay, and construction to give emotion to her figures. Her color palette, often dominated by sepia tones, show a somber, yet emotional character. The expressions she gives her figures are often wondrous and so detailed you feel as if they will spring to life, with details of facial expression and clothing dictating a time and place. Positioning her figures on or in unique situations, each work tells a story. Layering each sculpture with a delicate balance of technique, lends to vivid imagery, while strengthening the complexity of her expression.

 

 

About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

 

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

Martin Arts 

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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Free Admission To Martin County Open Studio Tour 2022 Features 45 Artists In 25 Studios Saturday, March 5 And Sunday, March 6

The 6th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6, 2022 will feature 45 artists in 25 studios!  Enjoy this Free event and watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN      COUNTY      OPEN      STUDIO      TOUR

 

 

Saturday,  March   5   &   Sunday,  March 6,   2022  

 

~FREE     To     ATTEND~

 

10 am – 5 pm    each   day

 

MARTIN     COUNTY,   FL

 

MCOST.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eduardo Gomez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanine Baum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daffodil Dress” by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

The  Artists:

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Chris Kling

Sue Klahne

Dinija Berkien

Mallo Bisset

Tepa Charles

Chad Periman

Chloey Griffin

Carolyn Walsh

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Maria Miele

Jordan Silvia

Renee Keil

Carol Kepp

Sheryl Levine

Sally Browning Pearson

Jim & Tess Dirks

Cheryl Coté

Diana Rell Dean

Suzanne Connors

Billie Jo Thomson

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Torenzo Ganaway

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Deborah Bottorff

Lynn Morgan

MJ Dowling

Mark Stall

Laura Kay Darvill

Angela Krogen

Curt Whiticar Collection

Danuta Rothschild

Janis Clary

Geoffrey C. Smith

Barb Bucci

James J. DeMartis Collection

Ed Douglas

Judi LeBlanc

Robin Marshall

Raymond Reiland

Debra Terrio

Cynthia Cooper

Martha Quigley

 

 

 

 

PLEASE  NOTE:  STUDIO THREE WILL NOT BE OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 

Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

A free tour booklet is provided by the Martin Artisans Guild that lists the artists and their studios with examples of their work.

 

 

Michaelann Bellerjeau

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the locations where you can get a guide book:

*Harbor Ridge*Fox Club* Club Vista Pines* Monarch Country Club* Stuart Coffee* Morningside Pools* Down to Earth Yoga* Stuart Sailing Charter* Taiyo Sushi* Rufino’s Pizza* Roma Pizza* Tivoli Pizza* Perfect Smile Dental* Gypsea* Cotton Island* One Price Cleaners* Salon Appearances* Port St. Lucie Art League* Wagnolias* Twinkles* Elle Salon* UBS Financial* Key West Diner* Circle Bay Yacht Club* Monterey Golf and Yacht Club* Palm Cove Community Center* The Butcher Shop* Harper’s Pub* Armory Art Center

 

 

 

For more information:

 

info@MCOST.org

mcost.org

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com 561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Martin Arts Presents A Noteworthy Exhibit “Floridian Flavors: Character, Culture, & Cuisine” Featuring Artistry By The Studio Art Quilt Associates January 11- February 26

“Floridian Flavors: Characters, Culture, & Cuisine” is a noteworthy exhibit of juried art quilts that celebrate the rich and varied cultures, clothing, food, holidays, languages, history, and customs of residents, visitors and native-born Floridians. Martin Arts brings members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), Florida Region to share their creativity at the Court House Cultural Center from January 11 – February 26, 2022.  (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt. CDC guidelines will be followed. A private tour can be arranged on Monday, January 10 for those who prefer to be in a small group.  The exhibit will be available in the Virtual Gallery beginning Tuesday, January 11 The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, January 14. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, January 14, 2022

5:30  –  7  PM

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ Admission is free…donations are encouraged ~

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

To arrange for a private tour on Monday, January 10 contact: Jennifer Hearn 772-287-6676 

 

Click Here:    Virtual Gallery Opens January 11

 

 

 

 

 

Take your time to notice all of the elements of these art quilts in “Floridian Flavors: Characters, Culture, & Cuisine”!!!!  This unique exhibit will hang in the Court House Cultural Center from January 11 – February 26, 2022.  This exhibit was juried by Martha Wolfe.

 

 

Members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), Florida Region, have created this collection of juried art quilts that celebrate the rich and varied cultures, clothing, food, holidays, languages, history, and customs of residents, visitors and native-born Floridians. The Sunshine State is one of diversity and inclusion, attracting people from all over the globe and these magnificent fabric masterpieces will reflect their uniqueness and lifestyles.

 

 

 

“Moon Dance” by Candace Phelon

 

 

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”  

 

 

“Fisherman’s Intent” by Doris Hulse

 

 

Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of nearly 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world whose vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. Three of the 30 artists participating are from the local area: Kim Laffont, Fort Pierce; Sharon Buck, Okeechobee; and Susan Rienzo, Vero Beach

 

 

 

“I’m OK” by Brenda Shutter

 

 

A spokesperson for SAQA shared, “We are proud our state is one of diversity and inclusion. People in Florida come from all over the globe and all walks of life. We have astronauts, mermaids, cowboys, pirates, princesses, and pioneers. (And Parrotheads!)   This collection of juried art quilts made by Florida SAQA members will celebrate the rich and varied cultures, clothing, food, holidays, languages, history, and customs of our inhabitants, visitors, and even the rare individuals who are Florida-born and lifelong residents”.  There are 8 “pods” (or chapters) in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

“Flamingo in Paradise” by Kestrel Michaud

 

 

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”  Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of nearly 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world. Our vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. With our exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, we seek to increase the public’s appreciation for the art quilt and to support our members in their artistic and professional growth.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about SAQA, visit www.saqa.com

 

 

 

 

MartinArts is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. MartinArts provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public while striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

 

For more information: 

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

Virtual Gallery: Opens Tuesday, January 11, 2022

 

 

 

MartinArts is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners as well as corporate and private contributions.

 

 

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

 

Martin Arts Invites Public To Opening Night Court Room Session IV, Showcasing Contemporary Art And Live Music On Saturday, December 4

MartinArts announces the fourth installment of “Court Room Sessions” at the Court House Cultural Center opening on Saturday, December 4.  Featured contemporary artists include: Enid Enrich Blechman, Rick Eggert, TD Gillispie, Jill Hotchkiss, Kevin Lawson, Kandy G. Lopez, Monica Lopez de Victoria and Thomas Stollar. Opening night will feature live musical performances by notable South Florida acts. Elise Raffa is curator and organizer of Court Room Sessions. This event is free and open to the public!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

7  –  11  PM

 

 

 

Artwork by Kandy Lopez

 

 

“What is most exciting to me about this exhibition is the wide range of work, concept and experience brought by each of the artists”, said Elise Raffa, curator, and organizer of Court Room Sessions.

 

 

 

Artwork by Thomas Stollar

 

 

Elise continues, “Everything spanning from film to textiles, photography, painting, mixed media, and site-specific installations will be on display”.

 

 

 

 

Artwork by TD Gillespie

 

 

 

Alongside an impressive roster of visual artists, the opening night will also feature live musical performances by notable South Florida acts American Sigh and LAVOLA, as well as the highly anticipated performance of Treasure Coast’s own, Sandman Sleeps, who formed during the quarantine of 2020, cultivating a full, energy packed, and dynamic indie/art rock sound while maintaining a sense of rawness and unpredictability in songwriting and delivery. 

 

 

 

Artwork by Enid Blechman

 

 

“It’s really nice to see Court Room Sessions happening again after the pandemic”, said Zack Jones, guitarist of Sandman Sleeps. “It feels like it’s been so long. I’m very happy to return with a new music project that I spent all my time working on while we were locked down, I’m beyond excited!”

 

 

 

Artwork by Rick Eggert

 

 

 

MartinArts is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. MartinArts provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public while striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

 

For more information: 

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

MartinArts is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners as well as corporate and private contributions.

 

 

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

Martin Arts 31st Annual All Florida Juried Art Show Spans All Media. Don’t Miss The In-Person And Virtual Exhibit Now Thru November 20 And Virtual Artist Panel Discussion Thursday, November 4

Martin Arts’ “31st Annual All Florida” Juried Art Show is open NOW through November 20, 2021. The show started as a local juried art show and has grown to encompass all Florida artists! Juror Kirk Ke Wang was impressed by the entries.  A handful of artists will join a virtual panel to discuss their works on Thursday, November 4 with Duncan Hurd of The Gilt Complex moderating 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

31   Annual   All   Florida   Juried   Arts   Show

 

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd      Stuart, FL 34994

772-287-6676

 

 

1st Place: “Backward Glance” by Julie Feldman

 

 

Artist Panel Discussion (virtual)

Thursday,  November 4     6pm

 

Free to Register on MartinArts.org

 

 

Moderated by Duncan Hurd of The Gilt Complex, the discussion will feature several of the award winning artists from the exhibition talking about their work and inspirations.

 

 

 

 

2nd Place: “It’s Not What it Seems” By Bonney Goldstein

 

Exhibit Dates Now through November 20, 2021

 

 

Gallery Hours:    Tuesday 10 am–6 pm         Wednesday–Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

 

 

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

 

*Court House Cultural Center is following current Covid-19 health and safety regulations

 

 

 

 

A 31-year legacy exhibition showcasing recent art by all Florida artists in all media. Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and serigraph from 61 artists from Tallahassee to Miami.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

3rd Place: “Sunshift Yellow Blue Yellow” by Suzanne Williamson

 

 

 

Kirk Ke Wang, Juror:

Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College and a Board Director of the Ringling Museum of Art, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, as well as an educational software developer. He was born in Shanghai, China, and received MFA degrees from the Nanjing Normal University in China and University of South Florida. Mr. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa and NYC, and he often travels back to his hometown, Shanghai.  To learn more about the juror visit: http://www.kirkkewang.com/ 

 

 

Honorable Mention 1st Place “The Passion of Daedalus” by Amy Broderick

 

 

 

Featuring Artists:

 

Laird | Robert Arbogast | Kenneth Arguinzoni* | Bruce Bain  Jane Baldridge | Steven Beverage | Barbara Bose | Thomas Boudreau | Marc Bridger* | Amy Broderick | Sea Carlson |Megan Castellon | Carl Clark | Gina Coccaro | Kimberly Engel | Julie Feldman | Christian Feneck | Janet Folsom | Dale Forbes | Bonney Goldstein | Carla Golembe | NC Hagood | Donna Haynes Marc Hilton | Jennifer Hoffman | Judy Horowitz | Ates Isildak | Etheard Joseph | Carson Kapp | Jenny Keyser | Mark Kirby | Michael Knapp | Linda Knowles | Joe Korte | Luis La Rosa  | Christopher Light* | Mia Lindberg | Ellen Lindner | George Lupo Eileen Lyons | Annette Margulies | Erin McCullough* | Lynn Morgan | Ania Moussawel | Gerald Obregon | Andy Owen | Chad Periman | Diane Powers-Harris | Amber Quimby | Galal Ramadan* | Dan Remmel | Linda Reymore | Paula Rucket | Nadine Saitlin | Alma Shoaf | Harold Silvers | Rebecca Stack | Anne Stagg | Lisa Tishman | Suzanne Williamson | Marcelle Zanetti

(*Only exhibiting in Virtual Gallery)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions 3rd Place “Gravitational Wave Sensor” by Luis La Rosa

 

 

 

 

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Div. Of Cultural  Affairs, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.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

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour Offers Free Guide To Artists’ Workspaces And Galleries Saturday, March 6 And Sunday, March 7

Meet thirty highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on March 6 & 7 , 2021.  This Free event brings art lovers to 21 different studios with a self-guided map. At the studios, watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

MARCH 6 & 7, 2021  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

 

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

MCOST.org

 

 

“Day Dream” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

A free tour booklet is provided by the Martin Artisans Guild that lists the artists and their studios with examples of their work.

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

Art Explorers can see which artist interests them the most and plan their weekend accordingly.

 

 

Ceramics by Candy Walsh

 

These booklets can be picked up in several local businesses: CourtHouse Cultural Center, Stuart Art Supply, Elliott Museum, Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor, Red Barn Furniture, Palm Room of Harbour Bay Plaza, to name only a few.  You may go to MCOST.org to see a listing of all the studios. Each studio will have extra booklets to give out.

 

 

 

Mark Stall in his photography studio

 

 

 

Laura Kay Darvil in her jewelry studio

 

 

MCOST TOUR  is held in the communities of Martin County including Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Salerno, Stuart and Jensen Beach.

 


“Simplify Your Life” by Jim and Tess Dirks

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 


Mermaid’s Box by Barbara Bucci

 

 

 

The  Artists:

Ed Douglas

Carol Kepp

Barb Bucci

James DeMartis

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Curt Whiticar

Lynne Barletta

Angela Krogen

Barry Greff

Renee Keil

Chris Kling

Sheryl Levine

Lynn Morgan

Sally Pearson

Katie Gianni

Jim Dirks

Diana Rell Dean

Billie-Jo Thomson

Eduardo Gomez

Mark Stall

Skip Hartzell

Cheryl Cote

Mallo Bisset

Candy Walsh

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Maria Miele

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Jane Baldridge

Torenzo Gann

 

 

 

For more information:

info@MCOST.org

mcost.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

 

Clyde Butcher’s “American Everglades” Exhibit Evokes The Beauty Surrounding Us. Arts Council Of Martin County Honors This Photographic Visionary Now Through March 13.

One of the country’s most honored photographers, Clyde Butcher, is being featured at the Court House Cultural Center NOW through March 13. His “America’s Everglades Exhibit”, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County, is a tribute to its 30 years of sharing art in the gallery and as a special tribute to Ansel Adams, who was featured in that first show.  The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span more than three decades of foraging into dense swampland.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY,  JANUARY 21, 2021

 

5:30 – 7 PM

 

 

 

Virtual Meet & Greet with Clyde Butcher:

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2 PM

Zoom  Registration  required: www.MartinArts.org

 

 

Exhibit  runs  NOW  through  March 13, 2021

A donation of $5 is requested to support our exhibits and programs

 

 

Court   House   Cultural   Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,   Stuart, FL

Gallery Hours:

 Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Covid-19 Safety guidelines are in place

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors, staff, and vendors must wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Disposable face masks will be available. A 6-foot distance from others must be maintained.Hand sanitizer is available and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned by staff throughout the day.

 

 

Clyde Butcher at Fakahatchee

 

 

The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span over three decades of foraging into dense swampland. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens, and sweeping landscapes bring the wonder of this mysterious part of our country to light. The scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set his photographs apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

 

Close up of Clyde Butcher’s camera and a sample of the Exhibition

 

 

This expansive wilderness collection represents the many years Butcher spent exploring the remote regions of the Everglades, experiencing its changes. Shaped and sustained by seasonally flowing shallow water, the area is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, massive flocks of wading birds, recovering populations of alligators, crocodiles, and millions of insects.

 

 

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS

 

 

 

Clyde says, “Out west they have their mountains. We have our clouds.”

 

 

On January 13, 1991 the Court House Cultural Center welcomed a collection of Ansel Adams photographs loaned by the Mitsubishi Estate Collection. To honor that landmark of 30 years ago, the Gallery Committee of the Court House Cultural Center invited revered Florida black and white landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, to exhibit at the Center.

 

Maria Miele remembers dragging her father to see that exhibit 30 years ago and how impressed she was at the prospect of such a renowned photographer on display in this small town.  She tells The Rickie Report, “As an Arts Council Board and Gallery Committee member, I am so proud to have helped to bring this Clyde Butcher exhibition to Stuart. It is a feeling of pride and personally, as an artist/photographer myself and as an art educator having taught many of our youth about Clyde’s contributions to the arts, it is so satisfying and most exciting! Clyde, known sometimes as “The Ansel Adams of the South”, has personal connection with our beautiful and fragile Florida ecosystems and waterways. I would encourage everyone to see the exhibit and drag their family and friends. This will be one for the record books.”

 

 

A Legendary Photographer and National Treasure

 

 

“Blowing Rocks”  by Clyde Butcher

 

The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

 

Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, MO. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his Ume drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal. Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.

 

 

 

 

Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals.

 

In 1971 Clyde established his second business, Eye Encounter, Inc., and began selling his photographs as wall decor to department stores such as Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penny’s, and Sears. To enhance sales, he began to use color film, and also a 5ʺx7ʺ view camera. In addition to photographing landscapes in California, he also began to take pictures in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii. Eye Encounter became a multi-million-dollar business, employing more than 200 workers. Due to the stress of the business Clyde sold it in 1977. To regroup, he built a sailboat and trailered it across the country to Florida.

 

 

Clyde says, “I’d take a gator over a tick any day”

 

 

Clyde moved with his family to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and soon moved to Ft. Myers for a slower pace of life. Clyde began selling his color photographs of the American West at Florida art festivals. After briefly looking around Florida and not seeing anything to photograph, he began producing manipulated photographs with an outer-space theme.

 

In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. It wasn’t until a visit to Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida, that Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. He says, “After strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened up for me”. Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, introduced Clyde to the “interior” of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk in to the swamp. After his immersion into the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.

 

 

 

 

Clyde Butcher says,”I hope that through my images people can see themselves in this beautiful ecosystem and understand it is worth saving.”

 

 

In 1986, after his 17 year old son Ted was killed by a drunk driver, Clyde found solace in the wilderness of the Big Cypress National Preserve, where the mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore his soul. Resolving to relinquish his use of color photography, he destroyed his color work and vowed to use only black and white film. He purchased an 8ʺx10ʺ view camera and enlarger.

 

Although Butcher will always be identified with the Everglades, he is deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world. The beauty and importance of Butcher’s photography quickly earned him widespread recognition resulting in museum exhibits in the United States, an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague celebrating the new millennium, and a request by the United Nations to photograph the mountains of Cuba to celebrate The Year of the Mountains.

 

Butcher has completed six Public broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, three of them award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books including; America the beautiful, a table top collection of his work from across the United States, Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades, Second edition, which features images from the Big Cypress Swamp where he and Niki made a home for 16 years, and celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, recreation Areas. Dedicated to the employees of the National Parks, this book showcases Clyde’s stunning black and white photographs of parks ranging from the mountains of Montana to the swamps in the Everglades.

 

 

Clyde Butcher Exhibit Sneak Peek

 

 

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The mission of the Arts Council is to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. It serves as the local arts agency in Martin County.

For more information, visit www.martinarts.org

 

 

 

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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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Internationally Renowned Artist, Robin Wolfenden, Exhibits Her Artwork At All Florida Juried Show In October And Continuum In January

Robin Wolfenden is an internationally renowned artist of various mediums.  The public is welcome to meet her and see her latest artworks at the prestigious All Florida Juried Arts Show on October 18 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart, FL.  That exhibit is available through December 19.  Robin will be one of the featured artists at Continuum from January 23- February 1 in a yet-to-be-disclosed location in West Palm Beachand won the People’s Choice award in 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss Robin’s imaginative creations!

 

 

MEET       ROBIN      WOLFENDEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

29   ANNUAL ALL-FLORIDA   JURIED ARTS SHOW

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 18    5:30-7 PM

Juror’s Talk:

Saturday, October 19     11AM

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, Florida 34994

772.287.6676

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 AM to 4 PM    Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM

Exhibit dates:  October 18 – December 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What Lies Beyond” by Robin Wolfenden

“What Lies Beyond” is her entry for the All Florida Juried Art Show- original art print on metal- 16×24

 

 

 

Robin Wolfenden tells The Rickie Report, “After a fulfilling career as a wall covering designer, I’ve continued my artistic pursuits in a variety of mediums. My style is decorative, as I’m inspired by my surroundings and personal journey, creating a look full of light, color and optimism”.

 

Robin graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She worked in New York in the garment district as a fabric designer before moving to Cleveland, Ohio with her husband to raise their family. Robin continued her career in fabric and wall covering, and by the 1980’s, she was head stylist for the high end wall covering division of Imperial Wallcoverings.

 

 

“Waterlilies” is an oil painting from Dennis Aufiery’s class- he said this was my break thru painting!

 

 

 

Robin began printing her wall coverings at a factory in Milan, Italy to insure the quality effect she desired. She says, “I travelled to Milan often to print my collections and attended design exhibitions throughout Europe. Jannelli & Volpi, an Italian wall covering company, then hired me as their stylist and North American Product Manager. In 2008, my husband and I retired to West Palm Beach, Florida, where I re-established my love for painting. I found the Armory Art Center and started taking art classes again, which I hadn’t done since college. I studied figure drawing and oil painting under Dennis Aufiery. I was introduced to the natural and intriguing qualities of mosaics. I then discovered Nihonga through Hiromi Katayama”.

 

 

 

“The Blossoming of the Gift” by Robin Wolfenden is 48×48 and hangs in the lobby of The Consulate at The Lands of the President- Nihonga

 

 

“Nihonga”, Robin explains, “is a Japanese style of painting which uses brilliant natural pigments that are made from pulverized semi precious stones which I grind by hand and mix with an animal based collagen from Japan. The pigments are applied in varying degrees of intensity and transparency. I began experimenting with them over a colorful textured acrylic base, which allows the colors to play against each other. I’ve begun adding my own pigmented and batik resist washi papers in a collage effect to add even more interest and dimension. I have had the unique opportunity to teach this process at the West Palm Beach Library”.

 

Robin Wolfenden at Continuum 2018

 

 

Robin’s journey continues as she further expand her art techniques by expressing her creativity through play. She relates, “I may dance and sing before painting to bring positive energy and excitement into my art. I have given myself the opportunity to play with color and explore new materials I hadn’t tried before.  My latest works were created as a result of a blindfolded painting experience where I painted freely with tempera paints. I created original prints from my palette, experimenting with viscosity and movement, positive and negative space, and color placement. The prints were enlarged and printed on a glossy metal to enhance their luminosity. These pieces were selected to be a part of the Continuum Art Fair in West Palm Beach in January and won the People’s Choice award”!

 

 

 

 

“Cascade” by Robin Wolfenden is a diptych- Nihonga

 

 

I believe in the beauty and power of personal expression. My artwork has been shown at the Armory Art Center, Rosenbaum Art Gallery in Boca Raton, and Armand Bolling Fine Art in Jupiter. It is included in private collections in Florida, New York, Arizona, Connecticut, and Tennessee. Currently my work can be found throughout the lobby of the Consulate at Lands of the President in West Palm Beach and in Nashville at Art & Invention Gallery and Modern Remains Design Atelier. 

 

 

For more information or to contact Robin:

rwolfenden2@aol.com

www.instagram.com/robinwolfendenartgallery/

 

 

 

 

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29 Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show Features Contemporary Artworks At Court House Cultural Center Stuart

The Arts Council of Martin County presents the 29 Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show focusing on contemporary artworks.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, October 18 and continues through Thursday, December 19, 2019.  The public is welcome to the exhibition which is on display at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart, Florida. Ehren Gerhard, who served as the juror, will offer a Juror’s Talk on Saturday, October 19. 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:

 

29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show

 

 

OPENING RECEPTION:

 

FRIDAY,  OCTOBER 18, 2019

 5:30 – 7 PM

 

 

EXHIBIT DATES:   October  18 – December 19, 2019

 

 

 

Juror’s  Talk  Led  By

Ehren Gerhard

 

Saturday, October 19

11 am

 

 

 

Ehren Gerhard, Juror

 

 

 

 

Gallery hours:

 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday – Friday

 Saturday 11 am – 2 pm

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL

 

 

Artist List:

Laird •  Ashley Aarons •  Mark Allen •  David Axelrod •  Miles Batt •  Enid Blechman     Steven Bradbury •  Evan Charney • Judith Coffman •  Lynne Cohen •  Rosemary Cotnoir   Adrienne Davis •  Christine Di Staola •  Gabriele DiTota •  Georgeta Fondos •  Lois Friel •  Dot Galfond •  William Torenzo •  Gann Ganaway •  Katie Gianni •  TD Glass •  Deborah Gooch •  John Guiseppi •  Maria Gullberg-McCadden •  Marc Hilton •  Nicholas Kalemba •  Julia Kelly •  Chris Kling •  Sarah Knouse •  Shaw Lane • Marilee Lee •  Doreen Lepore •  Mia Lindberg •  Diane Lublinski •  Gail Marcarelli •  Marielle Martinez •  Jane McIntyre •  Chad Periman•  Molly Potter •  Mary Lou Pults •  Irina Pushkareva •  Suzanne Redmond •  Linda Reymore •  Lenore Robins •  Marcella Rutledge •  Nadine Saitlin •  Russell Satterthwaite •  Robert Sena •  Norman Silva •  Harold Silvers •  Ericka Sobrack •  John Stamos •  Chad Steve •  Nancy Tart •  Robin Wolfenden •  Mai Yap

 

“Interregnum” by Linda Reymore

 

 

 

 

Juror, Ehren Gerhard | Biography

 

 

Ehren Gerhard is an arts administrator and educator who calls Cape Coral, Florida home. Since 2014, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Art at Florida Gulf Coast University, Art Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and Director of the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts from Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2013, he and his wife lived and worked in southern Spain as cultural ambassadors and language assistants for the Spanish Government.

 

Gerhard has been an arts educator for over ten years striving to increase appreciation for the arts, deepen our knowledge of their history, and place their meaning into context. In his own work as an artist, Gerhard derives inspiration from his surroundings and the natural world. “My imagery depicts an intense encounter with time and place. Working somewhere in-between scientific observation and romantic idealism, my goal is to create a living image that breathes and moves.” Gerhard lives in Southeast Cape Coral where he maintains an active studio, works on his garden and goes on primitive camping and fishing trips as often as possible.

 

In explanation to his varied selections for the exhibit, Juror Ehren Gerhard will outline the regional histories of art in Florida and imbue his deep appreciation for diverse approaches to the artistic process. Guests will be guided through a selection of artworks from the exhibit which both strengthen our foundations in the past and progress the future of art. Conclusions will be explored relating to media, style and subject matter by displaying these varied artworks side by side to create new conversations symbolic of contemporary society.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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