Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With New Exhibition Opening Wednesday, February 5th. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, February 5.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: Mallo Bisset, Cheryl Cote, Torenzo Gann, Dot Galfond, Eduardo Gomez, and Maria G. Miele. All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists. We’ve heard rave reviews!  Artists will be offering free demos during this time.

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays: Noon to 7 pm through the month of February

 

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, February 5

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

MALLO  BISSET

 

 

Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her.  As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.  Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, it wasn’t until 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.  It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.  After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.  Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.  Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils!  She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.  Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.  Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.  Having participated in many local art shows and being very involved in community arts events, Mallo Bisset was awarded the prestigious Marties Award for Best Visual Artist for 2018 in Martin County.  As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!  

 

 

 

“Washed Up” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

 

 

Mallo tells The Rickie Report, “My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary, I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  Having always lived close to the sea, water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas.  When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often, it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.  Having tried many techniques, I now paint exclusively using oils and the palette knife.   I love the texture created with the knife.  My method is quick and definitive.  Once I commit to a painting there is not a lot of second-guessing.  I know a piece is done when the canvas is full of color. The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully my artwork makes others happy too”.   Mallo Bisset’s work can be seen at MalloBisset.com or at her own shop, Red Barn Furniture, 513 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994.  She may be contacted at mallobisset@bellsouth.net, on facebook at facebook.com/mallobisset or by phone at (772) 260-5212. 

 

 

 

CHERYL COTÉ

 

Cheryl Cote’ (pronounced “koh-TAY”) is a prolific, contemporary artist who lost her right eye to cancer when she was only six months old. In 2010, Cheryl also lost a significant portion of her central vision in her remaining eye to a condition known as retinal edema. This visual impairment changed her life forever, prohibiting her from creating the intricate, detailed artwork she was accustomed to doing on small canvasses.  Reading text now requires a magnifying glass and she is no longer able to drive.  Cheryl is currently under the care of a well-known retinal oncologist in Miami. She has appointments every three weeks to undergo extensive diagnostics and have an injection into her eye to preserve her vision.  Recently, Cheryl discovered how to compensate for her visual impairment by using larger canvasses her inspiration, instinct, and passion for creativity to fill the visual void.

 

“I C things The Struggle Is Real So Make It Beautiful” by Cheryl Coté

 

 

Cheryl tells The Rickie Report, “As a visually impaired artist, I  want my creations to represent the internal struggles so many people face daily suffering with their own physical, emotional, and psychological challenges.  I want the individual titles to reflect the inspirational roots of my artwork and draw the onlooker into my world.  The titles and visual representations enhance the connection with others, if only for a few moments, so they can share the elements that inspired my work. Moments of despair, depression, anxiety and hopelessness are things we all experience at one time or another. But, those difficult times are countered in our lives with hope, courage, persistence, triumph, and happiness. My work is intended to vividly convey these life experiences in a visual presentation and inspire others”.

 

 

DOT  GALFOND

 

Dot Galfond’s interest in glass began when, as a child sitting in church, she became fascinated watching the sunbeams dance through the stained glass windows, as their beautiful colors played on the pews and floor.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Many years later, I’m still transfixed by light shining through glass, which explains why transparent glass is so prevalent throughout most of my artwork. I love the challenge of applying modern-day science and the technology of today’s equipment and kilns to recapture this centuries-old art form. Many aspects of kiln-formed glass have stayed consistent throughout history. Every piece takes several kiln firings over many hours of firing, with temperatures reaching as high as 1460°F. This heating and cooling process typically takes several days, and I take great pride that each and every piece of art that I create is truly one-of-a-kind. The beautiful coastal area that surrounds me in Florida inspires the many shapes and colors that I utilize in my work. Beautiful ocean waves, sparkling waters, sea life, and perfect blue skies are also a constant inspiration. Often, I’m so motivated by an idea, I have to stop everything I’m doing and immediately go to my studio and begin creating. It’s an overwhelming feeling that comes over me that “I just have to do this now! My hope is that people look at my art with a curious mind. I want them to wonder how each and every piece was created. And I hope that they see the beauty and mystery that I see in glass every day”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Turquoise Glass” by Dot Galfond

 

 

Dot Galfond is a contemporary fused glass artist who resides in Palm City, Florida.  Since childhood she has had her hands in some sort of art project; from silversmithing to stage design and construction in high school to computer graphic design and photography.  Her love of glass developed at a young age where she started a stained glass class which eventually led her to her true artistic passion – fused glass.  She loves the technological challenge and the complexity of the medium. Heating glass to its molten form; the look of fluid, moving glass.  This flowing movement is evident in her body of work. Primarily self-taught, she has refined her skills and studied with some of the country’s foremost glass artists.  Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions and is represented by galleries on the east and west coasts of Florida and in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Dot spends most days in her studio doing what she loves.  She constantly seeks to expand her artistic and technical perspectives.  When she’s not in the studio, you can find her traveling with her husband, Mark.  Memberships:  Glass Art Society, National American Glass Club, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Arts Council of Martin County, and Martin Artisan Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TORENZO GANN

     
 
Torenzo’s Artist statement tells us, “I am compelled. I am driven. I must create!  I see art everywhere. On sidewalks, reflections in storefront windows, shadow designs falling on the ground or embracing the side of a building. I see clouds as moving sculptures.  I produce thousands of photographs. Some, to use as a reference for a painting… others because they tell a story or ask a question and invite me to create a painting.  As an artist, I believe I have a responsibility to also create works of art that bring attention to important societal issues such as chemicals as food additives, toxic chemicals used in the industrialized production of crops, and genetic engineering. I’m also concerned about the current trend in America to whitewash our history in order to oblige the politically correct community.
 
I feel a deep responsibility and calling to create works of art that reveal and contemplate the beauty in the everyday objects we all find around us in this amazing universe created by God.
 
Art is everywhere! If you look for it, you’ll see it!
 

I believe God has created an amazing universe! As God is the original Creator, He created everyone with the ability to create…everyone! If you’re one of the millions of people who believe they cannot create or are not creative, I challenge your belief and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and CREATE something. I believe you can do it! We all start at the beginning.  Let the fun begin!

 

 

 

 

 

“Revisionist History” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

Torenzo Gann is an internationally known, award winning fine-artist and a native of Michigan, where he majored in illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design.  After successfully completing his first year, Torenzo left Kendall to self-educate in the areas of painting, photography, and filmmaking. After twenty years of creating art, wining awards and becoming a nationally known artist, Torenzo abandoned his love of creating art to confront the crisis of his alcoholism. As a result of receiving treatment and getting sober he chose to enter the treatment field and become a certified counselor so that he could help others who have struggled with alcoholism and other drug addiction.  It would be twenty-years later that he returned to painting.  Since his return, Torenzo has exhibited in numerous national shows. In January, 2019 hos painting, “Gate Hook, Barbados” selected for inclusion in the International art fair, ArtPalmBeach,  by Eric Weiss, Curator-at-Large, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain.  In October,2019 two of Torenzo’s works, “Wall Switch” and “Obelisk, Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles” were selected by Juror Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of American University at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC and Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.  In November, 2019 Torenzo was one of only 54 artists selected from over 500 entrants to be juried into the prestigious All Florida Art Show produced by the Martin County Cultural Arts Council. Juror, Ehern Gerhard, Arts Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs, Fl. Commented on Torenzo’s piece, “The Last Roundup”, as a work bringing awareness and attention to the toxic chemicals used and found in America’s agriculture, and awarded it Honorable Mention.  Torenzo’s ceaseless quest for seeing and creating art is his unconstrained passion. He eagerly awaits to see what’s next.  Torenzo’s latest artwork will be seen at Art Synergy/ArtPalmBeach 2020 Biblio.  For more information:  Call 561.818.6259 or visit Torenzoart.com

           

 

 

 

 

MARIA  GRACE  MIELE

 

Maria tells The Rickie Report, “Bold, minimal simplicity is the creative force inspiring my newest body of work. Capturing and interpreting natural environments in an expression of color and minimal composition is so satisfying. My work is constantly evolving which is evident in the variety of subject matter and painting styles throughout the years. What stays consistent is my passion for color and bold, minimal composition. Photography has always been a vehicle for inspiration and experimentation and is the usual resource for my paintings. Being able to capture a place, or moment in time and transfer that to a 2-Dimensional surface is what I am called to do artistically. My subjects are often inspired by pop culture and my commission work is mostly the very popular selfie in paint or pet portraits. This is what keeps me busy. But my passion is still in bold composition, vibrant color or contrasts and interpretive abstractions”. 

 

 

 

“Rush Hour” by Maria G. Miele

 

 

Maria earned a BFA in Fine Art from Caldwell College and a Masters from NYU in Studio and Arts Administration.  She also attended University of Maryland School of Architecture and Parson School of Design in NY.  She continues her taking professional courses at the Summer ART Education Forum at SCAD and the TICA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Maria is a Visual Art Educator at the Pine School in Hobe Sound, FL.  Her work is part of numerous private collections and she welcomes commissions.  Visit her website to see her popular “vintage” series of paintings and photographs. Instagram: mgmoriginals_fine_art   FaceBook: Maria G Miele mgmoriginals  Call:  772-486-4229 or  Websitewww.mgmoriginals.com

 

 

 

EDUARDO   GOMEZ   ROJAS

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas was born in Colombia and moved to the USA as a young man. Eduardo graduated with a BA, in Economics, and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he started sculpting. Later, he completed his art major in sculpture at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and received a post-baccalaureate degree in sculpture.  Eduardo also studied independently under various nationally recognized sculptors.  ln 2009 a book was published about his work titled “Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages” . This book includes an introduction and artist interview by Art Historian Laura M Amrhein, Ph.D. This work is available in in e-book format at amazon.com. Eduardo has exhibited in various Museums and international juried art shows and his work is collected internationally. Eduardo has been a sculpture instructor at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida for the last 9 years. His sculpture studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida where he also teaches privately. Eduardo has completed multiple private and Public Commissions. Two of his public commissions can be appreciated locally at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas

 

 

 

 

Eduardo tells The Rickie Report, ” The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition.   Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing. Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. For me form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness. That is why I like sculpting dancers and other athletes. My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C 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.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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See, Hear, Taste & Celebrate The Arts At ArtsFest 2020 Featuring New Corning Museum Of Glass Mobile Hot Shop, 1st Annual Plein Air Paint Out, Chopped Competition, Urban Art/Mural Competition And More February 8 & 9 In Downtown Stuart

One of the most diverse and creative cultural celebrations in the region will enliven Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart with a vivid spectrum of visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts and live music that uniquely cater to all five senses and all agesArtsFest 2020, presented by The Arts Foundation for Martin County, enters its 33rd year on February 8 and 9, showcasing traditional and contemporary art harmoniously in family- friendly environment while unveiling new bold and daring artistic endeavors. The event was once again named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society for the fifth year in a row.  There is still time to sign up for the 1st Annual Plein Air Paint Out Competition on Sunday, February 9!  Get your Early Bird Tickets!  Don’t miss the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot ShopStuart Chopped CompetitionOff the Wall Urban Art CompetitionARTivity Zone, Instrument Petting Zoo, Native Wildlife exhibitGames and activitiesFace painting and temporary tattoos, and SO MUCH MORE! The Rickie Report shares the detailed schedule, some peeks from last year and information about buying tickets.  Children 18 and younger are free.  Early bird buy-one-get-one tickets are available through January 31. Each ticket includes one raffle entry to win a Corning Museum of Glass custom piece of art glass!  What Do The Arts Create In Martin County?  Economic Activity: $27,200,000  Full-Time Equivalent Jobs: 752  Household Income To Local Residents: $14,400,000!  

 

 

 

 

 

See, Hear, Taste & Celebrate at ArtsFest 2020

Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart

100 Southeast Ocean Boulevard    Stuart, FL

 

 

 

 

General admission tickets are $10. VIP tickets are $50. Children 18 and under are free.

Early bird, buy-one-get-one-free tickets are available from January 2 – 31 at Seacoast Bank branches.

Every ticket includes one raffle entry to win a Corning Museum of Glass custom piece of glass art.

 

 

 

 

NEW !!!     NEW!!!      NEW !!! 

 

Featuring  NEW  CORNING  MUSEUM  OF  GLASS  MOBILE  HOT  SHOP

 

Photo Credit: Stephen Ironside for The Corning Museum of Glass

 

 

“We’ve set out to create an immersive event that invites attendees to experience the arts—with all its broad expressions and possibilities—in ways not typically considered,” says Nancy Turrell, executive director of The Arts Council of Martin County. “Each year we aim to add something memorable and we’re confident we’ve pulled that off this year. Even still, we chase this goal with a commitment to never stray from the traditional appeals that have made ArtsFest one of the longest-running and most successful art shows in the region.”

 

For the first time ever this year, ArtsFest will feature the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop, a 46-foot-long, 50,000-pound mobile glass art studio that can sculpt 2,300 °F sand into stunning works of art. This live glassmaking experience brings the artistry and education of glassmaking beyond the walls of the Corning Museum of Glass. The Mobile Hot Shop recreates a state-of-the-art studio environment and demonstrates complex hot glassmaking techniques in an immersive, narrating experience with some of the world’s top professional glassmakers, many of whom have been featured on the Netflix original show, “Blown Away”, the first-ever glass blowing competition show that pushes contestants to creative extremes in search of the “Best in Blow”.

 

“The Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop delivers a premium experience as guests get an inside look and our impressive mobile station and internal heating chambers to watch how the material of glass unfolds into an art form,” said Eric Meek, senior manager of Corning’s Hot Glass Programs. “We are very excited to be a part of ArtsFest 2020 as this is the only Florida location where our Mobile Hot Shop will travel this season.”

Corning will be performing hot glass demos both days during ArtsFest. All admission tickets include a chance to win a stunning piece of custom glass art made by the Corning glassblowers.

 

 

NEW – 1st  ANNUAL  PLEIN  AIR  PAINT  OUT  COMPETITION

 

 

New to this year’s festival is the Plein Air Paint Out Competition debuting on Sunday, February 9. In this outdoor competition, artists are challenged to paint in the Plein air tradition of painting on site from real life. Plein air painting leaves behind the four walls of a studio and allows artists to experience painting and drawing in the landscape as festivalgoers look on. Artists are allowed to enroll in the competition up until the day of and can click here to apply. Completed works will be available for purchase after the competition closes.

 

Join the fun at ArtsFest 2020 on Sunday, February 9

Check in begins at 8 AM

Painting is from 8:30 AM – Noon

Prizes will be awarded in the afternoon

1st – $300, 2nd – $200 & 3rd $100

Paintings available for sale after judging

(see details on the Arts Foundation for Martin County website or call Neil at Stuart Art Supply 772.220.4500)

Pre-registration allows you to visit the ArtFest on Saturday to either enjoy the festival or scout out the perfect location!

SIGN UP ONLINE

PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT COMPETITORS (at publication time):  Pamela J Ayres, Manon Sander, Liza Karsai, Barbara Z Lyons

*Artists are allowed to apply up until the day of the competition

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR  FAVORITE  ARTSFEST  EXPERIENCES  RETURN:

 

  •   ArtsFest 2020 maintains the tradition of featuring international, national and local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture and jewelry, each selected according to workmanship, originality, and artistic conception in our Artisan Experience.
  •   Back to tickle your culinary senses is the beloved Stuart Chopped Competition – modeled after the Food Network’s hit show- where pitting chefs from local, favorite restaurants engage in a two-day cooking battle royale. The intensity grips onlookers who gather for a whiff – and even a taste – of what these culinary artists cook up. The two-day competition narrows from six chefs to three before crowning a winner.
  •   Back for a second year, the Off the Wall Urban Art Competition brings artists from around the state to compete in a format that mixes graffiti roots with the polished aesthetics of modern murals. The all-day contest unfolding in front of festivalgoers will test who can best transform massive, wall-sized canvases into masterpieces conveying themes of unity, diversity and the spirit of world culture.
  •   The ARTivity Zone ensures that there’s something for everyone in the family to participate in! This area provides a host of creative projects and arts interactivity for kids—in formats both expert-facilitated and freestyle. Face painting, temporary tattoos, a petting zoo, wildlife exhibit and more will keep young art lovers entertained and educated. Families can also gather information from community partners including Martin County Parks & Recreation, Stuart Friends of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Students For H20, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society, and more! Free for children 12 and under.
  •   Performing arts lovers will delight in music and dance performances taking on two stages- Memorial Stage and Banyan Stage – all weekend with performances that promise to cater to every musical taste. See full schedule of performances below.
  •   Festivalgoers looking for an elegant encounter with the arts can enjoy shaded seating in the VIP Lounge—which includes two drink tickets, catered lunch by Carrabba’s and afternoon snack bar—for $50 per ticket, per day. (Children 3 and older require a ticket.) The posh atmosphere created by Life Beautifier is inspired by Bollywood and packed with several surprise perks (along with the air-conditioned bathrooms).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTSFEST  2020  LIST  OF  ARTISTS,  PERFORMERS,  AND  DETAILED  SCHEDULE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOPPED   COMPETITION:

 

2 day competition begins Saturday at 11:30AM inside the #CHOPPEDArena narrowing six chefs…

to three for the final showdown on Sunday at 11:30AM~~~

Who will win the cash prize and who will get CHOPPED?!

*Chefs from additional restaurants TBA

The Gafford, Ellie’s Deli, Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, Lost City Golf Club, Spritz City Bistro

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT   EXPERIENCE:

We’ve teamed up with Snorkel Corn Entertainment again this year with promise to cater to every musical taste all weekend long!

MEMORIAL STAGE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

12:35  –  1:45PM  Robbins Music
2 PM-2:30PM Wings to Fly Dance Company
3 PM – 3:30PM Florida Arts and Dance Company
5 – 7 PM JM and The Sweets

 

 

BANYAN STAGE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

10:15 -11 AM, Sweet Butter Joe
12:45 – 1:30 PM, Bashaum Stewart Music (Solo)
4 PM- 4:45 PM, Two Dad Doodad

 

MEMORIAL STAGE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

12:30 – 1:45PM, Lara Hope’s Gold Hope Duo
2:30 – 3:30PM, Milly Marzipan
4 –  5 PM, The Little Things

 

BANYAN STAGE: SUNDAY, FEB 9

10:15 – 11 AM, Michael Robbins
12:30 – 1:30PM, Xander James
3  –  3:45 PM Bashaum Stewart Music(Trio)

 

 

 

ARTSFEST   #OFFTHEWALL   MURAL   COMPETITION

 

 

ArtsFest #OFFTHEWALL competition returns Saturday in a format that mixes graffiti roots with the polished aesthetics of modern murals. The all-day contest tests who can best transform massive, wall-sized canvases into masterpieces!

2020 Competitors:

Tiffany Beasi, Stefan Bernard, Gregory Dirr, Dan Gorostiaga, Taylor Komara, Louichyz Art,Brent Mcahern, James Muldoon, Sam Nagel Art

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES

 

  •   Bridges Montessori – Henna hands using the scratch foam printmaking process

  •   Martin County Parks & Recreation – Games and activities including hula-hoops, jumprope, etc.

  •   Pattycake Art – Face painting and temporary tattoos

  •   Stuart Friends of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra – instrument petting zoo

  •   Students 4H2O – sustainable development goals paper chains

  •   Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society – guitar petting zoo

  •   Treasure Coast Wildlife Center – native wildlife exhibit

  •   Women Supporting the Arts

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  +  ARTIVITIY ZONE:

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

11AM – 6  PM Florida Aerial Dance & Circus Arts

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY  9

11 AM – 5 PM  Florida Aerial Dance & Circus Arts

 

LOCAL  +  EMERGING  ARTIST  TENT

 

Stop by and greet these emerging artists:

Cheryl Rosenzweig, Clodagh Hendy, Susan Darienzo, Catherien Duffield, Robert Johnstone, Pam Panella, Mary Lou Pults, Sunny Walker, Jordan Silvia

HIGH  SCHOOL  ART  BOOTHS

 

Clark Advanced Learning Center, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, The Pine School, Jensen Beach High School

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit www.ArtsFestStuart.org.

About The Arts Council of Martin County:

A private, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, The Arts Council of Martin County is supported in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners and private contributions. Its activities include:

  •   Cultural assessment and planning services to arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and the communities the local arts agency represents;

  •   Promotion of arts and cultural events or opportunities;

  •   Collaborations that benefit the community at large and provide greater quality and access to arts and cultural programs and opportunities;

  •   Programs, projects, or initiatives such as arts in education, lifelong learning, art in public places, marketing and community outreach.

 

 

 

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Palm City Art Associates Kicks Off Their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale With Free Opening Reception On Thursday, January 30. The Exhibit Continues To February 27 At Cummings Public Library. All Are Welcome

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale at the Palm City Cummings Library.  Meet the artists at the Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, January 30.  The exhibit continues through February 27, with free admission and parking. PCAA has four venues where their artwork is sold, including Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center.  If you are looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from the 2019 Show. Palm City Art Associates provides scholarships to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALM    CITY    ART    ASSOCIATES    ART    SHOW    &    SALE

FREE     GALA     OPENING     AND     RECEPTION

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

5:30 – 7:00 PM

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

 

 

Library hours: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays  –  10 am – 5 pm
Thursdays –  Noon – 8 pm   Closed Sunday & Monday

Free admission and parking 

 

This Exhibit runs January 30 – February 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

Alice Shann, President of the Palm City Art Associates tells The Rickie Report, “We look forward to having people join us for our 31st Annual Art Show & Sale held at the Palm City Cummings Library. The Donahue Room will be filled with original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and stained glass. Everything will be for sale, to support the PCAA scholarships we give to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education”.  The Rickie Report adds that this is the perfect time to meet the artists, introduce yourself and explore this nurturing arts group.

 

 

 

 

Diane Raymond, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

Palm City Art Associates is a 501c non-profit corporation.  This exhibit is free and open to the public, with free parking available.  All artwork is available for sale through the month of February.  Bring your friends and see the newest original art images these artists have created!  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”

 

 

 

Jim Sculley, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

Alice reminds our readers that ,”PCAA also has four venues at which we sell art work: Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center”.  Monthly meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 1pm from Oct. – May at the Cummings Library, Matheson Ave., Palm City. Please stop by and introduce yourself!  Meetings feature a live, local artist demo of their creative skills and techniques in all manner of mediums. You’re invited to observe a fun demo. Our hope is after one meeting, you will want to join our friendly, active membership too.​ Annual dues are only $35 per individual / $65 per couple. Annual dues deadline is May 31 to get your contact info into our annual directory.

 

 

 

 

   Susan Clifford, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information about this exhibit, please visit:  palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

 

Caryl Pomales Reminds Us To Stay In Touch With Our Imagination And Curiosity! See Her Newest Artworks, Take An On-Line Workshop, Sign Up For Palette Knife Workshop In March

Caryl Pomales understands that an artist’s journey is equal parts studying technique and reawakening our childlike wonder and imagination. She reminds us to strip away the bricks of self-judgment, self-censorship, and “practicality” that build walls preventing us from coloring outside of the lines and seeing the world in a different light.  Caryl offers on-line workshops and will offer a palette knife painting workshop at the New Studio of the Visual Arts March 26/27.   The Rickie Report shares her newest abstract paintings and reminds you to sign up for her artsy newsletter! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her original paintings are donated to carefully selected charities that care and support our environment and animals in need.

 

 

 

Caryl   Pomales   Fine   Art

 

 

Fine artist, Caryl Pomales

 

 

I M A G I N A T I O N

 

“Everyone starts off as an artist. The trick is remaining that way.” – Pablo Picasso

 

 

“An Ocean Of Mighty Mystery” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

Do you remember playing pretend as a child? The entire world was an adventure. Any backyard could become a magical realm, with each dewy blade of grass a possible home for a fairy; each towering oak tree a hideout for elves and dwarves; every last gust of wind the breath of a dragon. Our younger selves embraced the imaginative, without self-censoring and bringing ourselves “back to earth.” Somewhere in the process of growing older, we trade in this spirit of creative curiosity for strict practicality, and all too often, the infinite colors and dimensions seen by young eyes dim and fade.

 

 

“Celebrating Joy” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

An artist’s journey is equal parts studying technique and reawakening this childlike wonder and imagination. We have to strip away the bricks of self-judgment, self-censorship, and “practicality” that build walls preventing us from coloring outside of the lines and seeing the world in a different light.

 

 

“The Tropical Garden Parfait” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

Imagination is a beautiful thing, and I try to exercise mine every day! Though I often paint subjects that are based on my natural tropical surroundings, I use my imagination to capture the essence and feeling of these items in a dynamic and vibrant way that is more abstract than “realistic” in the standard sense of the word. I give myself permission to see the world around me in different colors that spark a feeling. Does a child coloring question every crayon he or she picks up, wondering if that’s the most realistic shade? Most often, no! He or she picks the color that gets the mind and heart going, whirring with creativity and the feeling the drawing ignites.

 

 

 

 

“No Sun Outlasts It’s Sunset” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

We spend too much time stifling our own imaginations. Today, I ask you to let yours soar. Give yourself the opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes, and return to that magic. Remember: you were born with imagination and creativity, and as Picasso says, you started off as an artist. Today, try your hardest to hold on to that. You may enjoy seeing your backyard return to that magical realm once again!

 

PALETTE KNIFE WORKSHOP

March 26/27 , 2020

The New Studio of the Visual Arts     

1615 S Cypress Dr.    Jupiter, FL 33469

 

 

321.412.3490

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

mARTies Awards Recognizes Talented People In Martin County Who Make The Local Arts Scene So Vibrant. Meet The Recipients And Be Assured That The Cultural Arts Are Alive And Well!

This year’s mARTies Awards recognized and congratulated the talented people that make the local Martin County arts scene so vibrant and dynamic.  The mARTies Awards, which is a signature event produced by the Arts Foundation for Martin County to support the Arts Council, Inc., sported a new look this year with the awards ceremony taking place at the historic Lyric Theatre. Event co-chairs Lisa Renee Ludlum and Marney McKee planned an outstanding evening, celebrating student and adult leaders. Some recipients were named in advance of the evening itself and other recipients were announced as the event took place.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos.  You won’t want to miss it next year! The categories were selected by the founding committee of the mARTies to recognize key elements that make an arts community vibrant and sustainable. The named awards represent a legacy of commitment to things such as arts education, corporate leadership and philanthropy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATES     THE     ARTS     WITH:

 

mARTies 2019 Recipients

 

 

The 2019 Named Award Recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Guy Coheleach
Philanthropy in the Arts – Jerome and Phyllis Rappaport
Corporate Leadership in the Arts – PNC Bank for the Arts Alive! program
Excellence in Arts Education – Cindy Kessler
Arts Leadership – Karen L. Barnes
Arts Service – Mary Ann Loomis
Special Recognition – Martin County High School Visual Arts Teachers Amanda Jones and Bryan Johnson and business owner Kim Jones for the Martin County Historical mural at the Prescription Shoppe in downtown Stuart

 

 

 

 

 Guy Coheleach, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts recipient (left) with  Neil Capozzi

 

 

 

 

 

The Special Recognition Award went to MCHS Visual Arts Team and Kim Jones, owner of thePrescription Shoppe in downtown Stuart. Pictured are MCHS Team member Bryan Johnson; Nancy Turrell, executive director of the Arts Council of MC; MCHS Team member Amanda Jones; Kim Jones and Marney McKee, mARTies 2019 co-chair.

 

 

 

2019 mARTies Award Recipients:

Adult Literary : Betty Jo Buro

Adult Performing : Tasha Shirley

Adult Visual: Suzanne Connors

Student Performing Music: Brandon Gunter

Student Performing Theatre : Eliza Levy

Student Visual: Isabella Gallese

 

 

Adult VisualArts Award recipient Suzanne Connors and Lisa Renee Ludlum

 

 

 

 

 

Student Visual Award Recipient Isabella Gallese and Marney McKee

 

 

 

Since 2003, the mARTies have been the premier celebration of the arts – performing and visual, and the people who help make them alive in our community. It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers and leaders weaving together that gives the community a more vibrant, rich and colorful texture.

Beyond the nominees, the Arts Council and the mARTies committee also has several awards that are announced and named in advance of the ceremony. The categories were selected by the founding committee of the mARTies to recognize key elements that make an arts community vibrant and sustainable. The named awards represent a legacy of commitment to things such as arts education, corporate leadership and philanthropy. Visit our blog (martinarts.blog) to see past recipients of all the awards – a legacy that has grown to over 140 award recipients!

The mARTies are a signature event of the Arts Council of Martin County honoring outstanding artistic, voluntary and philanthropic achievement in Martin County which inspire a passion for and participation in the arts in our community. The event could not be possible without hours of volunteer time from our dedicated committee members and with the financial support of our sponsors.

 

 

Our website: https://www.martinarts.org/arts-foundation/news_events/marties-awards/

 

 

Contact us at (772) 287-6676 or info@martinarts.org today!

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

 

 

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

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

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