2nd Street Art’s Opening Reception On Friday, April 16 Features Original Creations From 12 Artists. Put Your Name In For The Special Rickie Report Reader’s Free Raffle Drawing

Where should you look first at 2nd Street Art in Fort Pierce?  We’re not sure, but The Rickie Report knows there is a lot to look at!  The Friday Art Walk on April 16, offers you a glimpse of what Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art, offer. Check the schedule for Third Thursday (Ladies Night) as a different artist teaches a new project each month. 2nd Street Art has a classroom with a full line-up of instruction in mosaics, stained glass, painting lessons and mixed media collage. The Gallery of 12 artists has cards, jewelry and magnets for souvenir and gift shoppers.  Special Announcement: For April’s Art Walk, the Gallery invites Rickie Report readers to enter in a raffle for a painting by Joe Young, who will be joining the Gallery as the Featured Artist at the May Art Walk (May 21). April’s Art Walk includes ‘Spring Cleaning’ as the artists will provide a selection of art at reduced prices! Help make way for new art!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek from each of the artists.

 

 

 

FRIDAY     ART    WALK:

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

5 – 8 PM

Put your name in for Joe Young’s art raffle

Special  April Art  Sale!

 

 

 131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

GALLERY HOURS:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday Noon  -4 pm)

 

 

FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art  

Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  

 

 

Call:      772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art feature the work of local artists in vibrant downtown Ft Pierce. They exhibit a carefully curated mix of highly talented artists who excel in many mediums.  What can you see?  A former mouse track that looks like a mouse; collage artwork using clock faces; stained glass lamps and wall hangings; bon-mots created with mixed media collage; mosaics of all sizes; original works of art painted in acrylics and in oils; small gift items; and so much more!  

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS:

 

 

 

Danielle Biglin

 

Painting by Danielle Biglin

 

This South Florida artist has evolved her painting from watercolor landscapes to oil and gouache. Danielle Biglin now paints portraits and mundane items such as sardines, bananas and her morning cup of coffee, bringing life the ordinary.

 

 

David Bolinsky

 

 

Painting by Dave Bolinsky

 

An Oklahoma native, now a Florida flight instructor paints in oils. David’s topics are the unique local landscape and landmarks, specializing in realism.

 

 

Diane Concepcion

 

 

Commissioned mosaic by Diane Concepcion

 

Diane Concepcion is a mosaic artist who uses glass, tile, china, and other found items to make mosaic art and jewelry.  Whether it is purely for art’s sake or for functionality, she uses a variety of style and techniques in her mosaics.  Diane gives classes at 2nd Street Art and is also available for commissions.

 

 

Patsy Disney 

 

Painting by Patsy Disney

 

Patsy Disney’s multi-media artwork expresses her love of flowers. She uses vintage love letters, maps, books and other ephemera with delightful results.

 

 

Janet Bird Fuller

 

 

“Off The Hook” Steam Punk creation with recycled materials by Janet Bird Fuller

 

Janet Bird Fuller is a 3D, steam punk & industrial assemblage artist who creates all of her work from found objects  and reclaimed material (often found in curbside trash).  Her specialty is STEAMPUNK, a form of Victorian science fiction and fantasy that speculates, “What would the past look like if the future had happened sooner?”  It involves contraptions constructed from lots of gears, gadgets and gizmos.

 

 

Laura Kinnemon 

 

Collage using watch faces and other memorabilia by Laura Kinnemon

 

 

Working in collage and assemblage, Laura Kinnemon’s take on portraits and animals, using found items in such a different way, is unique. Each individual item tells a story, and contributes to the final piece.

 

Teala Krapfl 

 

 

“El Guacamole” by Teala Krapfl

 

 

Teala Krapfl paints in oils and also draws using graphite on paper. She tries to bring a nostalgic feel to her art, to give the a sense that her characters have lived. They feel familiar and inviting, but there’s some room left for the viewer to fill in their story.

 

Yolanda Luce

 

 

Scene painted by Yolanda Luce

 

 

Yolanda Luce’s art is driven by her faith, her family and love of photography, music and travel. Each painting is a moment in time, snapped in her mind’s eye.

 

 

Doc McKinney

 

Beach Scene by Doc McKinney

 

Ft. Pierce native, Doc, tells the story of his life (car racing, surfing) and of his town. The beach, the racetrack, his travels and the history of Ft Pierce are all elegantly portrayed in his paintings.

 

 

 

Sheila Parcell

 

Artwork by Sheila Parcell

 

 

Sheila Parcell is a native Floridian, who uses mixed media to reflect her deep faith in honoring the messy nature of being human and being woman. Her intent is to use her art (and humor) to lift women up.

 

 

 

Rita Polizzi

 

Painting on board by Rita Polizzi

 

 

Rita Polizzi is an acrylic painter who captures the tropical landscapes and diverse wildlife of the Treasure Coast. Working both on canvas and reclaimed wood, her paintings have a realistic style with a hint of whimsy.

 

 

 

Diane Stark Kennedy

 

 

 

Stained Glass Objects by Diane Stark Kennedy

 

Diane Stark Kennedy creates original design glass panels, lamps, suncatchers and boxes. She is ‘Naturally Inspired’ (the apropos name of her business) by the wealth of sea life and wildlife in Florida.

 

 

 

Lora Yakimov

 

 

Sculpture by Lora Yakimov

 

 

Lora Yakimov casts and welds pewter sea life into 3-D freestanding and wall sculptures. The transparency of her unique fossil figures symbolize the twin truths of outer decay and simultaneous inner renewal. “…for the things which are seen are temporal, but the unseen is eternal”

 

“Balloons in Water” by Lori Yakimov

 

Lora Yakimov uses the symbolism of playful balloons as a metaphor for life (fragile transparent spheres filled with breath, water, light and color)

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The 2nd Street Gallery

131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday 12-4 pm)

FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art 

and on Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  

CALL:    772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Danuta Rothschild And Janis Clary Announce Opening Of D&J Art Studio In Stuart. Public Opening Reception Friday, April 16

Danuta Rothschild and Janis Clary announce the opening of D&J Art Studio in Stuart, FL.  In addition to their own masterpieces, they will offer Sip & Paint events, Mixed Media with acrylic classes, Charcoal & Pastel classes and Vision Board Workshops.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Friday, April 16, 2021 (please RSVP).  The Studio remains Open by Appointment, where art lovers can browse varied artworks and can also discuss commissions.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 16, 2021

5:30 – 7:30 pm

PLEASE  RSVP:  843.283.7740

 

 

3832 SE Dixie Highway    Stuart, FL 34997

 

 

Studio Visits by Appointment

 

 

 

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS:

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) and Danuta Rothschild

 

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) tells The Rickie Report, “From childhood, the difference was evident: Just as Andrew Wyeth found a certain joy, mystery, and fulfillment in the subtleties of white, black, sepia, and brown tones, I discovered COLOR – all colors and every color! In the first grade, my teacher handed me the first “big box” of crayons I had ever seen, and the picture drawn and colored used every single color in the box – including silver!”

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild tells The Rickie Report, “While I am creating my art, I step into a space that allows me to connect with the Universe…to tap into the unknown.  My intention is that the viewer will not only see carefully chosen colors, images, shadow and light, but will step with me into the magic of the moment…that they will feel the excitement of unplanned surprised that show up on the canvas.  This is the excitement that fulfills me when I am creating.”

 

 

View of D&J Art Gallery

 

 

Janis is the last of six siblings, born in rural Greenville, SC, so competition was an everyday experience. She says, “If my siblings could do something, or even my mother, there was an absolute need to do it as well – – or better. An artistic mother served as great inspiration for everything art – color, music, style, performance, writing poetry and, finally, drawing and painting!  Serious studies began in my early twenties with private lessons from a highly educated German born artist who taught me the techniques of the Old Masters”.

 

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild with her paintings (Photo courtesy of Michael Claren)

 

Danuta Rothschild is an internationally known, respected award winning artist.  She was a Featured Artist at the most recent Palm Beach Art Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center (February,2021), and her works are included in “Celebrating 40 Years of Arts4All  Florida”,  a rigorously juried exhibition being shown at the Florida Capitol 22nd Floor Gallery in Tallahassee now through  March 26, 2021.  A native of Poland, she has lived in California and is now located in Stuart, FL.  Danuta’s works have been shown in prestigious museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the United States, where she participated in numerous exhibits in CA.  Having appeared in TV shows world wide, she has become an established artist with much respect.  Danuta’s artworks are in public and private collections throughout the world. 

 

 

 

“On the Nest” by Janis Clary

 

In the early 1980’s, Janis discovered a deep passion for painting wildlife. She continues, “This focus allowed me to assign life to each piece through the eyes of my subjects – the window to the very soul within the subject! I come to each canvas open-minded and ready to create the space with wonder and life.  There is a freedom in the flow of paints filling the canvas with the colors of life.  It is my world, my longing to be within the depths of losing myself in the process of bringing my subjects to life. My art takes the viewer on the journey through my eyes, seeing that spark that assigns life, captures its very soul, and explores the mood of the environment”.

 

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) with “Black Swan” and “Carman’s Hat”

 

 

Janis’ works drew the attention of collectors and galleries as she participated in exhibitions in Central Florida.  She says, “In 2010, my life changed as I moved to South Carolina and became involved in the world of art there, participating in classes well as private sessions in Pawleys Island, SC and Georgetown, SC where I participated in many shows at the Georgetown Cultural Council. I was featured in a Solo exhibition in Georgetown.  My works are on exhibit in private and corporate collections, both in the United States and internationally.  My medium of choice is oil painting, though acrylic is now gaining momentum”.

 

 

 

 

The scope of Danuta’s artistry is diverse and provocative, as they weave an historical tapestry, including her own take on the Masters.  An artist of considerable stature, Danuta created several series of paintings covering a wide range of subjects.  In her “Art About Art” series, she portrays her favorite painters (Cezanne, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Modigliani) combining portraits with elements of their well-known works.  Half homage, half subtle mischief, these whimsical paintings reveal more about Danuta to the viewer.  

 

 

 

Artwork by Danuta Rothschild 

 

Danuta’s art provides a sense of social commentary about relevant issues, both spiritual and profound.  It is rare to see the intensity of emotion, scope of subject matter, and true understanding of the human psyche and spirit as she sees it.  Danuta can take soul-wrenching subjects and make them palatable and magical, while allowing us to ask the pertinent questions that moves us to go deeper within ourselves, revealing new understandings.

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild:

danutastudio.com

danutastudio@yahoo.com

 772.233.6020

 

 

Janis Clary O:

 janisclary.com

janicemcgee@gmail.com  

843.283.7740

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Sharon Koskoff, “The Duchess Of Deco” Will Present At Wellington Art Society Meeting April 14. The Public Is Invited To This Free Zoom Event

The Wellington Art Society presents an art presentation by “The Duchess of Deco“, Sharon Koskoff at their Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, April 14.  The public is invited to this FREE event.  The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of this prolific muralist, artist, and author.  RSVP to get the Zoom link!

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  April 14, 2021

 7 PM

 

 

FEATURING:  

 

 

SHARON     KOSKOFF 

“Confessions of a Public Mural Artist:

Murals of the Palm Beaches… Bigger is Better!”

 

 

 

All events open to members and non-members

 

 

Please RSVP to: presidentofwas@gmail.com

for the Zoom Link to attend

 

 

 

Sharon Koskoff with Delray Beach mural

 

 

 

Sharon Koskoff, “The Duchess of Deco”, is a full-time professional artist and published author known for her Decometric Murals, graphic designs, public art installations and love of Art Deco architecture. Her love for art began when Koskoff was a young girl, playing with the sewing machines and fabric scraps in her father’s ladies’ blouse factory. When she was 14 years old, her newly married older sister asked her to paint a mural in her apartment. That was the beginning of a now 40-year long career of painting public murals.

 

 

 

Sharon Koskoff painting a mural in her book “Murals of the Palm Beaches”

 

 

Her most recent book, Murals of the Palm Beaches is the winner of a silver medal from the Florida Book Awards (FBA) in Tallahassee for Visual Arts, as well as a silver medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) in Orlando for Education. This book tells the history of large-scale murals and explores how public art has helped to revitalize downtowns and create landmarks in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Koskoff works exclusively in acrylic, water-based paints for her public murals. She also creates collage and public art installations using found objects. Koskoff says that she likes to “…collect things that I know one day will be useful to me… I can see the potential in someone else’s discards.” She draws her inspiration from teaching, embracing the challenges of new commissions and working within her community.

 

 

Sharon Koskoff’s book, “Art Deco of the Palm Beaches”

 

 

Koskoff is a Muse Award Winner for Arts Educator of the Year 2014-16 from the Cultural Council of PBC. She is a well-known tour guide and lecturer on the architecture and styling of Twentieth Century design as seen in her book, Art Deco of the Palm Beaches.  Mentored by Miami Beach’s “Queen of Art Deco”, Barbara Baer Capitman, she is the founding president of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches (ADSPB), a non-for-profit historic preservation organization established in 1987, celebrating 34 years of service.

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Announces Virtual Art Show, “Vibrance” Showcasing Over 65 Original Works Of Art. Sales Benefit Scholarship And Community Outreach Programs. Opens April 2 With Zoom Awards Reception April 28

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) presents “Vibrance”, a juried virtual art show April 2 to June 2, 2021. It features 20 artists and 65 original works of art by WAS members, including painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. Awards will be presented by distinguished judge, Chris Kling at a Zoom Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, April 28. The public is invited to this free event.  The winning artists will talk about their works, inspiration and creative process at the Awards Reception. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

ANNOUNCES 

VIRTUAL GALLERY EXHIBIT:

“VIBRANCE” 

 

April 2 through June 2, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

ZOOM  AWARDS  RECEPTION

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

 

7:00  –  8:30 pm

 

EMAIL:  presidentofwas@gmail.com for the FREE Zoom link. 

 

 

“Chance” by Heather Bergstrom

 

 

“Vibrance” Virtual Art Show is a free on-line event which will be presented through Kunstmatrix, which is a unique and innovative platform that enables artists to create beautiful and realistic 3D versions of their artwork, displayed in a sophisticated virtual exhibition space.

Visitors can view artwork one of several ways, including moving themselves around the exhibit using the arrows that appear on screen or by using the cursor.

A guided tour is also available as an option.

 

 

“Auntie Marie” by Jean Howard

 

 

PARTICIPATING     ARTISTS:

 

 

Victoria Albrecht ⋅ Heather Bergstrom ⋅ David Ciofalo ⋅ Donna Donelan ⋅ Sandra Encaoua ⋅ Del Foxton ⋅ Marcia Greene ⋅ Jean Howard ⋅ Laura Jaffe ⋅ Liza Karsai ⋅ Sharon Kleiman ⋅ Vivian Koppelman ⋅ Lou Ann LaBohn ⋅ Rachael Laub ⋅ Joanne MacLeod ⋅ Joseph Marcou ⋅ Charles Moses ⋅ Susan Oakes ⋅ Mauricio Perry ⋅ Nancy Tilles

 

 

“Magnolia” by Mauricio Perry

 

 

Awards will be presented by distinguished judge, Chris Kling at a Zoom Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 pm. The public is invited to this free event. The awards that will be given out are as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place with Honorable Mentions. In addition, there will be a special prize awarded to one of the exhibiting artists based on a random drawing: a one-hour consultation with Rickie Leiter publisher of The Rickie Report  www.TheRickieReport.com. The winning artists will talk about their works, inspiration and creative process at the Awards Reception.

 

WAS is delighted to have Chris Kling, an award-winning artist, instructor, and gallery owner as the judge for “Vibrance”. She is represented by Palm City Art and Frame, and is the owner of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor of Stuart, Florida. She is also on the faculty of the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida.

 

Chris tells The Rickie Report, “Being an artist is not just my career. It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do. I work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to evoke an emotional connection with others.  I love to paint plein air which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation of life.  Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.”

 

 

 

Images of artworks by Juror, Chris Kling

 

Chris has received numerous awards for her landscapes and portraiture through the United States and with the portrait Society of America. She has been honored with back to back “Best of Show” awards in festivals and competitions. Her commissions for oil portraits and landscapes are held in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.

 

 

Chris Kling served as one of the “Florida’s Finest Ambassadors” for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Fun Fest 2019 and was an invited artist the last three years in the New Smyrna Paint Out, Delray Plein Fun Fest 2019, and won Best Seascape in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2019.  She currently teachers Oil Portraiture, Figurative, and Plein Air Workshops through the Artist’s Nook in Stuart and the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.  She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, Martin Artisans Guild, and Plein Air Palm Beach.  Her work is in several galleries in Florida.  She is represented by Palm City Art and Frame and is the owner, along with her family, of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL. Follow her on Facebook @chrisklingstudio and visit her website at www.chrisklingartist.com.

 

 

 

 

For more information about “Vibrance”, or to learn more about the featured artists, please visit: https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/wellington-art-society.

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 40th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information about the Wellington Art Society:

 www.wellingtonartsociety.org

or email presidentofwas@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Whitespace Extends Its Exhibitions And Offers Huge Jewelry Sale March 29, 31; April 3, 5, 7, and 10

Elayne Mordes has extended the exhibition dates at Whitespace and is including a huge jewelry sale before she closes for this season.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details.  Stop by March 29, 31, April 3,5,7, and 10.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Martin Artisans Guild April/May Exhibition Opens Thursday, April 1st With Original Artworks From Over Fifteen Artists

The Martin Artisans Guild announces its April 1 – May 22, 2021 Exhibit in a new and temporary location, still within Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart, FL.  The Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, April 1 will be catered by Cafe Boonma and live music will feature Paul Hamaty. All original artwork will be for sale and will feature over 15 artists using varied media. This exhibit space is the temporary replacement of the original Palm Room across the courtyard, which the Guild has occupied with consecutive exhibits since November of 2019. The Guild is actively looking for a new gallery space to occupy so they may continue to bring quality art exhibits to the Stuart and Martin County communities.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL/ MAY,  2021    EXHIBITION

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 1

5:30 – 7:30 pm

New Temporary Location next to Cafe Boonma!

Harbour Bay Plaza       3722 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL  34996

 

 

 

“Morning School” by Craig Dietrich 

 

 

Refreshments by Cafe Boonma

Music by Paul Hamaty

 

 

“Energy” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

Normal Gallery Hours:

12 – 6 pm   Tuesdays through Saturdays until May 22

 

 

 

 

Painting by Torenzo Gann

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

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Anita Lovitt Offers Special Color Temperature Workshop Sponsored By Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Open To Members And Non-Members On April 17. Register Now As Reservations Are Being Filled

Anita Lovitt‘s watercolor teaching combines years of professional experience with a facility for imparting information and a subtle wit. Her desire is to help a student understand techniques “but not be contented with the technique itself.” She challenges both the most tentative students and those already skilled to bring out their best and develop their own unique style.  Because so many of her students have struggled to understand which colors are “warm”, which are “cool” and why, Anita created this workshop to explain it.  The Palm Beach Watercolor Society is offering Anita Lovitt’s Color Temperature Workshop on Saturday, April 17 and has opened it to non-members as well as members.  If you’ve never been clear on this topic, or would like to know how considering it can improve your work, this is the workshop to sign up for! The Rickie Report shares the details of the workshop and focuses on Anita’s own award winning artistry while giving you a glimpse at her students’ work as well.  Our interview with Anita follows the workshop details.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,  April 17, 2021

10 am – 3:30 pm

Includes 1/2 hour break for lunch and small breaks

Fee:
$110 for members PBWS $125 for non-members

REGISTRATION closes Thursday, April 15

 

 

For more details please visit: https://palmbeachws.com

To pay by credit card: call Adrienne Walker (516) 885-4199
To use PayPal: Go to PayPal and ask to pay pbws2021@gmail.com

Or mail check payable to PBWS and send application to:   Adrienne Walker  6442 Emerald Breeze Way  Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

What is a warm blue? A cold red?  Why does it matter?  Color “temperature” is about relationships.  Learn how to mix colors fearlessly and avoid mud.

 

You will complete a number of meaningful exercises and create several small paintings incorporating what you have learned. Attendees will receive a number of handouts to secure their learning. The handouts will go out a week or two beforehand. Call Anita at 561.706.3653 for details and materials list. 

 

 

 

 

PERSIMMONS IN GREEN GLASS © Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

STUDENT WORK from Anita Lovitt’s watercolor classes

“Ms. Lovitt’s artwork demonstrates an extraordinary and wide ranging understanding of graphic design and painting.She possesses a unique personal vision and demonstrates it with skill and intelligence.”—Milton Glaser, Dean, Yale School of Art

 

What Anita’s students have to say:

“One look at my work today and you can see a working process that employs a series of techniques that I could not have imagined before Anita’s teaching.  Still “my” style, just better! “
 — Linda Hurley

“Anita Lovitt has helped me to understand the mysteries of watercolor painting. Her warmth and caring comes through her presentations.” — Helen Weisberg

“I could go on and on about how Anita has helped me become a better painter. She is very patient, encouraging and supportive and gives us critiques of our work in a non judgemental way.   I have had other teachers but Anita is the BEST.”— Carol Hirsch
“I love Anita’s classes because of the variety of subjects and painting style challenges that she incorporates. Because she is flexible in presenting each lesson, it doesn’t matter how much painting experience you have. In addition, Anita’s positive teaching and coaching style creates a welcoming community of artists in which the work of all participants is appreciated.”
—Mary Martinez

 

 

TRR: You are a multi-discipline artist and visionary. Can you tell us more about your background?

AL:

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Penn State University to major in chemistry. I had always wanted to be a scientist. After taking a summer art class I decided to transfer to Philadelphia College of Art, where I majored in illustration. After graduating, I was hired by Hallmark and moved to Kansas City, MO.

 

I was assigned to an innovative department called “Special Projects.” It was exciting to meet artists from all over the country and get any supplies we wanted for free (a great way to learn about supplies), plus we got our work printed! In color! right after graduating, which could be challenging back then before digital printing. Also, while I was living in the Midwest, I got interested in quilts as an art form. In the 70’s, Hallmark was very conservative, so I did not get a real chance to shine. After a few years I left and went to study theater arts in nearby Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-up Stocking stuffer book. Illustrations ©Anita Lovitt

 

 

 

TRR: There is a theme in your life of being on a certain path and yet being open to exploring and following a new offshoot. Please tell us more!

AL:

At the University of Kansas, my primary instructor was James Gohl, who had been Master Painter for Boris Aronson, the designer of such Broadway hits as Zorba, Follies, Pacific Overtures, and many others. Jim had extremely high standards. For each project, we had to consider the script, costumes, props, history, set design, scene painting, lighting and more. He made us work hard, and I learned a lot about many different arts.

 

In 1976, I moved to New York City intending to seek theater work or illustration. One of my motives was to take Milton Glaser’s “Design and Personality” class at the School of Visual Arts. Milton had been a hero of mine since art school. I wish I could convey to you the magical sound of his voice, almost like a stringed instrument. He was brilliant and witty. After his class I thought of myself as not only an illustrator but a designer—someone capable of many types of projects. Milton particularly admired my quilted pieces—maybe because that was one thing he didn’t do!  

 

 

 

BEE PANIC ©Anita Lovitt. Cotton, fusible interfacing

 

 

Illustration was a difficult, freelance business, not as open to women in those days as it is now. Theater work usually required “paying your dues” (i.e. working for free) and had a union that was hard to get into. So in 1988, I became Graphic Design Coordinator for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City under Joseph Papp. Joe did not consider 3D art as exciting as 4D, i.e., theater. And I got to see a lot of theater. My ideas became more extra-dimensional. I was trained on a Mac Classic, and my digital career began.

 

 

With the stability of a regular art job, I was able to take classes in digital media, illumination, calligraphy, puppet making, lettering, photography, quilting, not so much painting at this time. Around then, a fellow puppeteer gave me a bunch of jewelry parts that his sister, who had passed away, had left. These little enameled metal pieces were like candy. I began constructing mobile jewelry and from the very beginning it was popular and sold in many museum shops. My gift for the small complimentary statement had translated over from greeting cards.

 

 

 

SPIRAL EARRINGS ©Anita Lovitt. Commercially baked enamel over metal

 

 

 

TRR: How did your move to Delray Beach lead you to become involved in Art In Public Places?

AL:

In 2001, I sublet my Manhattan apartment and moved to Delray Beach to spend more time with my mother. Two weeks later came 9/11. I couldn’t find work in publishing, so I stayed and started teaching watercolor painting. I started working on a calendar idea with the late Susan Keleher, program manager for Pineapple Grove Main Street, Inc. Sue had heard about a competition for a grant to do a mural at the south entrance to the Grove and persuaded me to enter. And I won!

 

 

 

DANCING PINEAPPLES ©Anita Lovitt. Mural, looking south

 

 

 

TRR: The mural is hard to miss at 137 East Atlantic and has become a destination for selfies. Its large- scale patterns, vivid colors and vibrant imagery of dancing pineapples announce to visitors that this part of town is serious about the arts. The challenge was to make the painting visible from a distance but also appreciable from close up. Using your knowledge of set design, you took a picture of the site and laid in the images with Photoshop before beginning. It was completed in October 2008 with the assistance of Benjamin Moore, who donated the paint. “It’s like a landmark,” you said. “I’m honored and happy that people like it.”

 

AL:

I had never done a mural. Nor did I have the needed equipment. My mother had recently died, and I thank my art-loving therapist Dan Lobovits who believed I could and should do this project, using my theater arts experience. Part of this mural’s appeal is that I approached it like a watercolorist: I put the light yellow down first and painted everything over it. If I had painted the darker orange first and then tried to put the yellow over it, it would not glow like it does!

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR LAKE O. Handwritten prayers on cotton. Designed by Anita Lovitt

 

 

TRR: Following a devastating hurricane season in 2005-6, you worked as a hurricane crisis counselor with Project Hope, supervising teams to create large legacy quilts documenting the effects of the hurricane experience on communities in Palm Beach County. One of the quilts you did with your team is called “Prayers for Lake O.” You tied the lake down with knotted threads and prayers so “it wouldn’t overflow.” The therapeutic effect of creating something new, after having lost one’s possessions is deeply empowering.  Once people can realize that despite their loss they still have a creative spark within them, they are reassured that life will go on.

 

AL:

These quilts now hang in public buildings in Palm Beach County, including the Emergency Operations Center.

 

I served on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach for 4 years. My “ArtFans” marketing campaign featured the artwork of other Delray Beach public artists. The wood and paper fans were wildly popular and were distributed at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach and the PAAB. They were biodegradable so I wasn’t creating more trash, but we never saw one thrown away.

 

 

 

“ARTFANS” Marketing campaign for PublicArt Advisory Board of Delray Beach

 

 

 

TRR : And you also produced a coloring book?

 

 

SHOEFIRMATIONS ©Anita Lovitt 2015 Coloring book

 

 

AL:

Yes, in 2015, I self-published my first book, “Shoefirmations,” an inspirational coloring book. Each page featured a drawing of a shoe to color and an affirmation that was somehow related. I was just ahead of the surge of adult coloring books!

 

 

 

RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER  Recycled Jewelry by Anita Lovitt

 

 

Last year I participated in the Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) project at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. This is a movement to recycle old broken and discarded jewelry—right up my alley, as my motto is “Straw into Gold”! While the opening was canceled due to COVID last March, the RJM show went up late this winter. I am honored to have some of my designs included! The show is up until March 20.

 

 

 

WATER LEAF DREAM ©Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

 

TRR: Your watercolor classes taking place on Zoom are very popular and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society just hired you to offer a Workshop in April. Tell us about your classes.

 

AL:

 

Since 2002, I have taught watercolor painting in Florida. I developed my skills in workshops with with Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Skip Lawrence and others. My classes typically consist of a demo, followed by personal attention during the class time, followed by a supportive critique by the class. I also created a Facebook page, Anita Lovitt’s Watercolor Class Student Gallery, where current and former students can interact and comment on each other’s work. This has been a welcome addition, especially during COVID.

 

 

My involvement with the Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) includes service as Publicity Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and organizer of annual Paint-Arounds. At the Member Luncheon last March, I gave a presentation comparing taste in food with taste in art which was well-received. I am a Signature Member and recently won a second-place prize at the group’s show in Patch Reef Park. For me, it is not about the competition but more about the camaraderie of spending time creating with others. The process of creating while networking professionally helps everyone involved grow.

 

Camera shot of Zoom Class Student artworks with Anita Lovitt

 

Pre-COVID, I taught at local communities and cultural centers. The pandemic forced me to begin teaching on ZOOM. Surprisingly, I found that I liked it a lot and could deliver a great class to more people, some of them living as far away as Vermont and California. Many students have told me the class was the high point of their week, providing encouragement and socialization along with instruction during a challenging period. A number of students had some trouble understanding color temperature, which resulted in this workshop designed to explain it. My current classes include retired teachers (through the United Federation of Teachers). It is deeply gratifying that these teachers enjoy my classes so much, since I was not trained to be a teacher.

 

 

TRR: We can see the depth of your knowledge and have a sense of your multiple abilities!  What else should our readers know about you?

 

AL:

I offer original and custom paintings, prints, surface design, mini-murals, workshops and classes in painting and drawing, as well as consultation and speaking about art.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Anita’s artwork, classes and availability for commissions:

 

Email:    lovittland@gmail.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/anita.lovitt

 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/anita_lovitt_art

 

Website:  anitalovitt.com

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Port St. Lucie Spring Art & Craft Expo Opens Call To Artists, Crafters, Vendors. No Fee To Apply

The Port St. Lucie Spring Art & Craft Expo has opened a Call for Artists, Crafters, and Vendors for the Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 event at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center ( formerly the Port St. Lucie Civic Center).  The two-day event offers free parking and admission for a family friendly crowd.  The Rickie Report shares the information in this article.  Don’t wait to apply!  Spaces are filling up for fine art, handcrafts, and jewelry! Remember, this is just before Mother’s Day! There is NO application fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a beautiful and high visibility setting just off U.S. HWY 1. The event is situated on white asphalt with easy load in and load out for most of the venue, and plenty of free public & exhibitor parking in the parking garage and on street parking just steps away! It also features a generally well-off financially demographic of people just before Mother’s Day weekend!

 

 

 This is a daytime event. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Set up will begin Friday 11 am to 6 pm and again Saturday morning 7 am to 10 am. There will be over-night hired, insured, armed security Friday and Saturday nights. 

A Celebration of Life,

Arts & Crafts

and

the Human Spirit

Florida Art & Craft Festivals

 

 

 

 

APPLY  NOW:

www.artandcraftexpo.com

Call for more details:

 

772.492.6105

​Professional ​Event Production ​Companies​

 

 

 

 

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Gallery 526 In Northwood Village Opens Call To Artists For “Color Field” Exhibit

Barbara Ziev‘s Gallery 526 is a dream come true not only for her, but also for the arts community, as the energy and vibe of Northwood Village shares inspiration and contagious cultural joy!  Gallery 526 represents emerging and established artists from local, national, and international locales.  The Rickie Report shares the Call To Artists for the next exhibit, “Color Field”.  Art media can include, acrylic, oil, oil pastel, mixed media, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, collage, cold wax, encaustic or creative fine art photography.  Deadline to apply is March 25, 2021.

 

 

 

 

526 Northwood Road     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone/Text: 610-428-3943

 

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

Or by appointment as requested.

 

 

 

APPLY  NOW :  

“COLOR FIELD” Exhibit

 

 

 

DEADLINE: MARCH 25, 2021

 

DELIVERY BY : MARCH 29, 2021

 

 

Barbara Ziev tells The Rickie Report, “Our goal is to be instrumental in placing our artists’ work in private and public places, including corporate and hospitality venues. Gallery 526 will represent emerging and known artists. Our services include offering a space for building camaraderie among the artists and their clients.  This is an experiential art gallery, where artists can come to work, create, meet fellow artists or clients, and provide experimental exhibits, presentations, or workshops.  We have a delightful outdoor space for limited workshops.”

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

Email: barbara@gallery526.com :

Artist Name

Address

Phone

Email  up to three (3) entries:  Jpeg image with Artist Name, Title of art, medium, size and desired retail price.

 

DETAILS:

 

  • This will be a visual art exhibit of large canvas or substrates, 36” to 60” or any combination thereof.
  • Small works will not be considered.
  • The medium can include, acrylic, oil, oil pastel, mixed media, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, collage, cold wax, encaustic or creative fine art photography.
  • All work will be selected by a small team of qualified jurors.
  • Entry fee: Art must be available for sale 50% commission to the gallery when sold. Price of work will be mutually agreed upon in advance of show.

 

 

Color field painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. Color field is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. The movement places less emphasis on gesture, brushstrokes and action in favor of an overall consistency of form and process. Color field examples include using formats of stripes, targets, simple geometric patterns and references to landscape imagery and to nature.

 

 

For more information about this Call To Artists or placement in Gallery 526: 

Contact Barbara Ziev

526 Northwood Road     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone/Text: 610-428-3943

Email: barbara@gallery526.com 

 

 

 

 

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Purchase Your Fabulous Flamingos With Blooms To Benefit Fort Pierce Art Club And Garden Club. Bidding Is Open On-Line With Finale On Saturday, March 20

On Saturday, March 20, 2021 the Garden Club of Fort Pierce will host the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Fabulous Flamingos with Blooms. Beautifully embellished yard ornament flamingos by professional and student artists from Somerset Preparatory College Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial High School will be auctioned at the event. Proceeds will fund the Club’s youth and Student Fine Art Scholarships. Information and applications for the Fine Art Scholarships will be posted on the Club’s website at the end of April. See photos of the Fabulous Flamingos online or visit the originals in downtown Fort Pierce‘s store windows and businesses. The auction bidding is now open online and closes at 4 PM on Saturday, March 20.  The Rickie Report shares the links and information to see the Fabulous Flamingo auction and more club information. Don’t miss our sneak peeks of some flamingos!

 

 

Fabulous   Flamingos   with   Blooms  

 

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

 

NOON – 4 PM

 

 

911 Parkway Drive   Fort Pierce, FL

 

 

 

PLACE    YOUR    BIDS    NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting bids on all flamingos are $15.00

Photos of the Flamingos, more Details, and Bid:

 

 

www.fortpierceartclub.org

 

 

 

“Over The Top” by Allison Divan

 

 

 

The Garden Club of Fort Pierce, 911 Parkway Drive, will host “Flamingos with Blooms” on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from Noon to 4 PM. The flamingos donated by Carl and Kathryn Hensley were enhanced by artists from the Fort Pierce Art Club and along the Treasure Coast.

 

 

“Fla-Bling-O Family” by Barbara Tarantino

 

 

 

The event will include the auction of the artistic flamingos, the sale of plants, raffle prizes and floral decor. Many of the flamingos will be for inside as well as outside. The proceeds from the sale of the plants, raffles, and floral designs will support the 70 year old Garden Club. The proceeds from the Flamingos will go to the Fort Pierce Art Club Scholarship fund which will be given out in April to local students, both in junior high to adult. Bidding for the flamingos is now online and will be available during the event starting now. Go to www.fortpierceartclub.orgto see photos of the flamingos, get more details, and bid.

 

 

 

 

“The Ballerina” by Maggie Cook

 

 

For information and to learn more, please contact Blanca Rancourt, the Garden Club of Fort Pierce at (772) 461-9725 or Jeanne Johansen, the Fort Pierce Art Club (772-579-1529). Please follow both organizations on Facebook. Both Fort Pierce clubs are 501(c)3 organizations with decades of community services.

 

 

Hibiscus Flamingo” by Bailie Cantin

 

 

Finished flamingos may be seen online at www.fortpierceartclub.org and in the following store windows and businesses downtown Fort Pierce: CenterState Bank, Chaney’s Floral Shop, Old Florida Coffee Co, SLC Chamber of Commerce Seven Gables House, the Carlton Center, 2nd Street Art Gallery, Rooster in the Garden Restaurant, and Wallflower Frame Gallery.

 

 

 

For questions about any of these events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this vibrant arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.org

 

 

 

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