Diane Prater’s “Intelligent Design” Inspired Treasures From The Sea Will Mesmerize You With All Of The Details In New Exhibit At Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center. Meet The Artist On Saturday, March 16

The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL will  showcase 15 new and exquisitely detailed paintings by Diane Prater.  “Intelligent Design” Inspired Treasures From the Sea  is available NOW through May 14, 2024.  The public is invited to a Free Reception to meet the artist on Saturday, March 16 and offers more public access hours throughout the week.  A Special Raffle will take place at the Artist Reception and in addition to purchasing artwork, Diane’s books are available. In contrast to her previous, large work, these are smaller (20” x 30” framed in white float frames) having the same dynamic as the larger work, but on a scale that will fit the walls of any collector desiring original work in a reduced size. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm  Beach  Gardens  Tennis  &  Pickleball  Center

5110  117th  Court N.,  Palm  Beach  Gardens,  FL  33418

   

 

 

 “Intelligent  Design”  Inspired  Treasures  From  the  Sea

 

 

by Diane Prater

 

 

 

“Nautilus Ascent” by Diane Prater

 

 

 

 

 

**Artist’s   Reception:

 

 

Saturday, March 16th 

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

**The “Artist’s Reception” will include a raffle for merchandise embellished with images of some of Diane’s most sought after original paintings.  These items are also available for purchase at the event, so if an attendee isn’t a winning recipient they may also just purchase items outright.  Small & Large Books of Diane’s Paintings are available for purchase. Diane will sign any book purchased at the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9 pm; Friday 7:30 am – 7 pm;

Saturday -Sunday: 7:30 am – 3pm

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs : NOW – May 14th 2024

 

 

 

“Like the pairing of contrasting flavors, my watercolors showcase an endless variety of saltwater seashells realistically rendered against backdrops of brilliant abstraction. Gathered from worldwide shell markets, subject specimens hail from far exotic shores to as near as coastal South Florida”. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sea Fan Dancers #3 by Diane Prater 

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach Watercolorist Diane Prater grew up in Milford, Connecticut and received her formal training at the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts in Storrs. She studied drawing, painting, design composition and color theory and her longtime love affair with watercolor began during a studio class in her junior year. From the first instructional in watercolor, it became apparent Diane had a natural affinity for the medium. “Oils and acrylics just didn’t offer me the same dynamic. I couldn’t achieve the same spontaneity or engage in that amazing controlled chaos that I experienced when painting in watercolor!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dark Passage” by Diane Prater

 

 

 

Relocating to Florida shortly after graduation, Diane began using her artistic skills to create graphics and watercolor illustrations for Palm Beach Life Magazine feature articles and nature fold-outs. It was one of those freelance assignments that fanned her fascination with seashells. She went to check out a shell reference book from the Island’s Society of the Four Arts library. During her visit to the library she also viewed an outstanding display of specimen seashells. She tells The Rickie Report, “They were not only beautiful but fascinating. Studying them through the glass enclosures, I was amazed by their unique designs and exquisite colors.”  Diane completed the assignment; her illustrations were published and the graphic won an award from the Florida Magazine Association. She eventually purchased her own copy of the classic shell compendium borrowed from the Four Arts and set about collecting many of the unique specimens showcased on its beautifully photographed color plates. “For years afterwards, I’d have colorful dreams in which I’d happen upon a wonderful ocean grotto with a trove of larger-than-life seashells. I’d wake up feeling exhilarated – like I’d found a hidden treasure!”

 

 

 

Diane’s works have been described as restorative and relaxing, as well as upbeat and energizing. In stark contrast to the negative images with which my audience is bombarded daily, my paintings offer a hope-filled view of beauty inherent in the created world, and a reminder of the Intelligence involved in its design.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sea Fan Dancers #2 ” by Diane Prater

 

 

Paintings begin with curated groupings of shells staged and photographed from various perspectives. She shares, “Then I consider abstract backgrounds with patterns reminiscent of ocean currents; tidal pools; surfaces reflecting day or night skies; clouds and other atmospheric effects as my themes.I begin by working on the background, building layer upon layer, using transparent colors that allow the underlying paper to reflect through to the surface. Transparency remains a continuing goal even when I’m creating darker backgrounds and more intense color themes. Each wash is thoroughly dried before the next is applied, ensuring a visual blending of color and depth. Backgrounds comprised of 3 to 5 layers delicately compliment or dramatically contrast with their respective subjects. Once the background washes are completely dried, work on the foreground begins. I paint each shell intentionally conscious of its “personality”, creating believable volume while retaining the crispness indicative of watercolor. Before completing work on foreground subjects, I frequently return to any background areas that appear incongruent, intentionally striving to marry these two elements”.

 

 

 

 

In 2008, following a string of serious health challenges involving family members, she engaged in a period of reflection regarding her artistic direction. A13-month journey of personal discovery ensued reviving her focus on serious painting and the compilation of a solid body of large scale work.   Diane’s large scale paintings have been exhibited in her solo shows. She has taught traditional watercolor painting at the University level; performed demonstrations and juried work for Florida Watercolor Societies. She’s also donated original art, fine art reproductions and items embellished with her original images to local non-profit charities and organizations to assist in their fund raising efforts. Diane continues to live and paint in Palm Beach County, FL.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or Diane’s artwork:

Website: dianeprater.com

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

GardensArt Of Palm Beach Gardens Art In Public Places Presents “Touched By The Sun” By Watercolorist John Bowen August 24 – November 29, 2022

GardensArt, a City of Palm Beach Gardens art in public places program, presents “Touched by the Sun”, by watercolor artist, John Bowen . The exhibition runs August 24-November 29, 2022, at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center. John’s uplifting paintings bring brightness and joy to viewers through every day scenes.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Touched    by    the    Sun”

 

 

 

“A Face in the Crowd” by John Bowen

 

 

 

 

Exhibit At 

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center

 

 

5110 117th Court N.,    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

 

 

 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am – 9  pm

Friday, 7:30 am – 7  pm

Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am – 3  pm

 

 

 

 

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” by John Bowen

 

 

 

John Bowen was born in New York City and spent the next 19 years there and in North Jersey, before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1961. He was an illustrator in the service for eight years, including a one-year tour in South Vietnam, graphically documenting Airlift Operations in 1968.

 

 

 

“Scarecrows” by John Bowen

 

 

 

John self-published an illustrated memoir in 2013. The book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, was awarded a Silver medal by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, in 2014. In 1969 Bowen left the Service, moved to South Florida, and went to work in the Advertising Art Department of the Miami Herald.

 

 

“A Stop at the Wine Shop” by John Bowen

 

 

 

He spent the next 40 years working in the newspaper advertising business, before retiring. Throughout all those years, Bowen was creating paintings in watercolor for his own pleasure. Bowen now paints full time and is a signature member the Florida Watercolor and Gold Coast Watercolor Societies.

 

 

 

 

 

“Carolina Wren” by John Bowen

 

 

Founded in 1989, GardensArt is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.

 

 

 

For more information about John Bowen’s exhibit:

Call (561) 630-1116

Email astepper@pbgfl.com,

Visit www.pbgrec.com/gardensart

 

 

 

 

For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:

 

 

Call (954) 257-1663

Email jbowenartist@aol.com

www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

Facebook

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

City of Palm Beach Gardens Calls For Artists For City Venues

The City of Palm Beach Gardens gives working artists an opportunity to showcase their artwork and share it with those that typically do not visit art galleries through the GardensArt program. The city is offering SOLO art exhibitions in four varied venues: Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby, Burns Road Community Center, Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse, and the brand-new Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds artists that there is NO residency requirement.

 

 

City   of   Palm   Beach   Gardens

Announces

Ongoing   Call   to   Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GardensArt program exists to bring artwork into public facilities within the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

The award-winning program celebrates 30 years and can boast that the exhibition experience has been very positive for over 500 artists that have participated since 1989.

 

 

The program is all about exposure and having artwork displayed in the community.

 

 

The City of Palm Beach Gardens supports the exhibition with social media, a press release, and publicity on our website at pbgrec.com.

 

 

Each venue requires certain sizes and styles. All artwork must be professionally wired, or gallery wrapped. The City will collect 15% of any sales made in connection with the show. A loan agreement will be sent upon approval of your work. Each art portfolio of images and resume will be reviewed by our committee.

 

 

 

Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby

10500 North Military Trail

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center

5110 117th Ct. N.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

 

 

 

 

Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse

9500 Sandhill Crane Dr.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33412

 

 

 

 

Burns Road Community Center

4404 Burns Road

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

For more details:

 

Call Amy Stepper at 561.630.1116

or

Email: astepper@pbgfl.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

“It Starts With Love: Chairs For Charity” Fundraiser Goes Live To Benefit Adaptive Tennis Programs

The City of Palm Beach Gardens Recreation Department presents “It Starts with Love: Chairs for Charity” Fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the City of Palm Beach Gardens Adaptive Tennis Programs. The Rickie Report shared the call for artists to design a one-of-a-kind Adirondack chair to be showcased at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center. The Chairs for Charity fundraiser runs NOW through Sunday, January 31, 2021. The highest bidder of each chair will be honored with a plaque to be placed on the chair at the Center. Each winner will receive a text notification on Monday, February 1, 2021. All chairs will remain at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center for the community to enjoy.  The Rickie Report shares the details of how to bid and some sneak peeks of the chairs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairs for Charity, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center

 

 

It   Starts   with   Love!

 

 

‘Chairs   for   Charity’  Goes Live

In Palm Beach Gardens

 

 

 

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center.

 

 

 

5110 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

 

 

To place a bid, visit our charity event page at: https://event.gives/pbglove/or 

Or  TEXT: PBGLOVE to 843-606-5995

 

 

 

 

 

Adirondack Chair, Original Design by Marine & Wildlife Artist, Amber M. Moran

 

 

 

To learn about Palm Beach Gardens Adaptive Tennis Programs, please visit the website at: https://pbgfl.com/903/Adaptive- Tennis-Programs

OR  Email recinfo@pbgfl.com

Or Call 561-630-1180

 

 

 

 

Adirondack Chair, Original Design by Lilly Pulitzer Print Studio

 

 

 

 

Thank you for making a difference by supporting Adaptive Tennis Programs!

 

 

 

 

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

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