Gilt Complex And Crescent® Collaborate In Call For “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” To Benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL

The Gilt Complex and Crescent® are collaborating in the “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” which is open to artists residing in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, and Palm Beach County.  Artists of any skill level, ages 16 years and older are welcome to enter at NO FEE.  Pick up your FREE MATERIALS and create a piece of artwork on Crescent® Mixed Media Board 2.5″ x 3.5 “. All art will be sold at a Silent Auction (date to be announced) to benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL.  Jurors from Crescent® choose the winner, who receives a $250 Gift Certificate to The Gilt Complex and bragging rights!  The Rickie Report shares this call and is excited to see what you create!  This Contest is open NOW through August 15, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125    

 www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

 

 

47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

Click Here for Video!

 

 

 

MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Galfond

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

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

 

 

 

 

47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

Click Here for Video!

 

 

 

MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Gelfand

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

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

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter Presents A Two Part Art Marketing Seminar At The Gilt Complex In Stuart Offering Strategies And Tips For A Successful Art Business

Artists who want to sell their artwork need a clear and easy business plan!  The Gilt Complex in Stuart is offering a 2-part workshop with Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report and the knowledgable staff of the Gilt Complex on February 12 and 19. Don’t miss out on this hands-on practical knowledge seminar, including how to frame and hang your work to show your best advantage!  Numerous past seminar attendees and consultation clients have been accepted into traditional galleries, juried exhibits, won awards, and made major sales at Florida venues as well as at international venues. The skills they learned through these seminars and mentoring have taken them from hopeful to successful! The Rickie Report shares the details about the next seminar here.  Advanced registration is a must.  

608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944

772.463.0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5

(Or By Appointment)

 

 

 

 

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Learn….

How to approach Galleries

Preparing a portfolio

Presenting your work

Pricing Your Work

Marketing your Work

Using Social Media

Answering Calls to Artists

and more…

Session 1: February 12th | 6 – 9 pm

Session 2: February 19th | 6 – 9 pm

$100 per person

RSVP by January 3, 2020

Reserve Your Seat  772-463-0125  

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Gilt Complex Shares Call For Artists. 2D Artworks Will Be Enlarged And Displayed For 12 Months

The Gilt Complex in Stuart, Fl has opened a Call for 2D Artists.  The four chosen artworks will be enlarged and displayed in the store window front for 12 months!  This call is open to artists everywhere.  The deadline is January 10.  The Rickie Report shares the details and peek at previous images.  We can’t wait to see when yours is chosen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

 

Soul Arts Society Invites Everyone To ArtFind 2019 Open House Event On Saturday, December 7

The Soul Arts Society invites the public to ArtFind 2019 on Saturday, December 7.  This Open House format on Stuart’s Colorado Avenue brings new discoveries at every turn!  Meet artists who live locally and sell their work nationally and internationally while browsing your favorite shops and stores.  Celebrate Stuart’s newly designated Arts and Entertainment District! The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks!

 

 

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ArtFind2019

Saturday, December 7

5 – 9 pm

FREE

 Refreshments, Demonstrations

 

The Creek District, Stuart, FL

( Colorado Avenue in Downtown Stuart)

 

 

Each participating business will host a different artist including painters, sculptors, and photographers for you to meet and see their work in-person.

Everything from traditional painting to contemporary assemblage to decorative refinishing is represented in this group of sculptors, muralists, illustrators, painters and photographers.

 

Visit the historic 555 Building for an Art Market in the Breezeway, Improv Comedy by TOAST, and more.

 

 

Participating businesses are just as varied as the artists!

 

 

 

 

Thank you and Welcome to these businesses that are hosting artists:

 

 

 

Bangz and Rhetta B Hair Salon+ Nadia Utto
PD/GO Digital Marketing Stuart – Beverly Bevis Jones +Leo J. Arbeznik
Beryl & Co. Jewelers+Mark Stall
The Crafted Keg+Chad Periman Arts
Curtain Design Studio+Jordan Silvia Art
The Gilt Complex +Katie Gianni Art, Colleen North, andMichael Shellenberger
Fruits & Roots Vegan Cafe+ Heather Ivins
Gray GardensDesign & Gallery + Patricia J Reagan
Kling Gallery Wine & Decor+Chris Kling Studio
The Lotus Room – an organic salon+Artistic Flow by Sophie
NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar+HEIDI LEE – Artist
Psychic & the Genie+Corina Pelloni
The Roasted Record+Debbie Craft Dunbar
Rosalind’s FITNESS studios+ Rosalind Neilen
Stuart Art Supply and Studio+Donald Voelker
Wave Hair Color & Design Studio+Sue Klahne, Custom Artwork
Whiskey and Pearls+ Bobbi Twohey, & Friends
Art in the Breezeway:Jennifer Ford, Rick Spisak, J.R. Ringdahl, and More.

 

 

ArtFind 2019 is hosted by Soul Arts Society

Soul Arts Society is a group of emerging artists of the Treasure Coast. Their purpose is creating mutual opportunities to improve as artists and to show and sell their work.  Their spring show, the third annual ArtLive will be held in April of 2020.

 

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/soulartssociety/

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Gilt Complex Offers Free Art Talk On May 16. Learn About Framing, Art Restoration, Conservation Services. See Diverse Mat And Frame Selections Beyond Your Expectations!

Artists, students, and art enthusiasts are invited to an Art Talk: “Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art” on Thursday, May 16 at The Gilt Complex.  This free event includes a prize drawing and will cover topics such as affordable framing options, tips on protecting and storing your art, styles & trends in displaying art, and photography frames that have a WOW impact!  The Gilt Complex will offer an Art Talk each third Thursday of the month.  We interview Duncan Hurd about this intriguing art resourceThe Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944

772.463.0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

 

Art Talk:

“Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art”

 

 

Thursday, May 16

5:30  –  8  pm

 

 

Free admission          Free parking

Free refreshments         Free prize drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rickie Report knows that art is all around us – and we just have to stop and notice!  I was checking out what was happening along Colorado Avenue, known as the “artbeart” of Stuart,  and came across a frame shop called The Gilt Complex. Intrigued, I went inside and had a fascinating conversation with Duncan Hurd, the owner.

 

 

TRR:  So, what’s with the name?

Duncan: 

Our business was founded by a gilder and art restorer in New Jersey in 1982. He has a great sense of humor and rather than call his business something like “Ye Olde Frame Shop,” he decided to have a little fun and call it “The Gilt Complex.” We took over after he retired a couple years ago, and we just love the quirkiness of the name. If nothing else, it’s a conversation starter.

 

 

An example of art restoration: You can see the more vibrant colors (left side) after this piece of artwork has been cleaned.

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers more about your business.

Duncan: 

The Gilt Complex is a custom framing and art restoration business.  We frame everything from original art painted by the masters to your child’s masterpiece. In our restoration service, we mostly remove dirt and blemishes from the painting’s surface and repair minor damage.  Although we have been known to reline and restore significantly damaged historical works of art. 

 

 

 

TRR:  I’m in love with all your frames!

Duncan: 

Thanks.  We have what we consider to be one of the most diverse collections of frames in the area.  From historical reproduction 22-karat gold leaf finished corner frames to modern unfinished corner frames.  In order to avoid mass confusion, we organize our samples by style, with room between each frame so you can distinguish one from the other.  We have traditional, ornate gold and silver, wood veneer, contemporary and eclectic, and rustic styles, among others.  We even have a bright and colorful Coastal Collection.  

 

 

The thin black liner inside the mat opening on “Blue footed Boobies” by Katie Gianni, heightens the space and distinction between the artwork and the matting. It gives the eye a space to rest and appreciate the artwork, without being too crowded.  This frame further intensifies the feather of the subject matter, while the frame’s corners capture the look of webbed feet.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What’s unique about your business?  What sets you apart?

Duncan: 

Three words: selection, service and smiles!  We have well over 2,000 frame samples in our showroom.  Beyond that, we will never compromise on quality.  We only use acid-free mats and papers, and all our glass is UV protected.  We are very careful about how we handle your art, and we take the time to fit your frame the right way.  That doesn’t mean that everything we do is expensive.  Quite the contrary.  We’re happy to work within any budget, but the quality of our work will be consistent no matter what you pay.  

TRR:  And smiles?

Duncan: 

We have a lot of fun doing what we do.  Our customers often comment about what a happy place this is.  It’s much more rewarding to establish relationships than to squeeze every nickel out of every sale.  So, we talk to you and laugh with you.  Life is too short not to enjoy what you do, and we like to share the fun we have doing it.  Thus, the smiles!

 

 

The dark mat took attention away from the art itself and the orange-toned frame was a distraction.

Now, the artwork is the main focus, bringing the blue from the art piece into the mat lining.  Look at how much brighter this piece seems!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Who else works with you?

Duncan: 

My wife Pam is an engineer and she does everything in our workshop.  She operates our computerized mat cutter, cuts the glass, assembles the frames and puts it all together.  What I love about her approach is that she spends as much time on all the little things you will never see as she does on what’s in front of you.  Katie Gianni is an accomplished artist who brings that level of creativity to designing the ideal frame for your art, whether it’s an original or a print.  Finding the perfect marriage between the art and the frame is what Katie and I most enjoy.  

 

 

TRR:  You said you’ve been around since 1982, but I didn’t even know you were here.

Duncan: 

For about a dozen years we were tucked away in a strip mall on South Dixie Highway near Port Salerno.  Last year in February we moved the store to Colorado Avenue.  We love, love, love being in downtown Stuart in what is rapidly becoming known as the arts and entertainment district.  Someone recently called it “the artbeat of Stuart.”  More and more people are finding us every day due to our more centralized location.  Just like you did!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  How else can people find you?

Duncan: 

Probably the best place is through the internet.  Our website tells our story pretty well at TheGiltComplex.com.  We are a big supporter of the Arts Council of Martin County and you can see our ad in their magazine, as well as in the Lyric Theatre’s magazine.  One of the great rewards of owning a small business is becoming an integral part of the community.  In addition to the Arts Council, we are active members of the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce.  It’s hard to go anywhere without recognizing someone, and we think that’s wonderful.  

Note the red line incised around the middle of the frame and how this accentuates the outlines in the artwork.  This and the color of the frame itself offer subtle touches that enhance the artwork. 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What framing advice can you offer our readers?

Duncan: 

An expression I often repeat when choosing a frame is, “What does the art want?”  In other words, what frame will best compliment the art and draw your attention to the painting or print?  The advantage of custom framing is having many options available to you – not only the frames, but also mats, liners and all the other components that go into creating beautiful artwork.  You can almost always find something appropriate within your budget.  But if your decision is driven by price alone, you may not even give yourself the opportunity to consider the best design solution.  

 

 

TRR:  Do you have any concluding thoughts?

Duncan: 

If you surround yourself with art, every day will be filled with joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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