Artists Of Palm Beach County Celebrate “Absolutely Abstract” With Opening Reception On Sunday, May 19 And Recap Annual Members Exhibit At Box Gallery Still Available Through April 31.

Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC) reports that Rolando Chang Barrero, The Box Gallery owner and the Judge for Awards, awarded First Place to Karla Walter for her ceramic sculpture Venus of Willendorf Soldiers, Second Place to Phyllis Simon, Honorable Mention to our Featured Artist Ayesha DeLorenzo, plus Maxine Schreiber and Jamie Rodriquez each received a Judge’s Recognition.  This Exhibit is available at The Box Gallery Now through April 31.  Save the Date for the Opening Reception of “Absolutely Abstract” taking place at the Hatch 1121 Gallery in Lake Worth Beach on Sunday, May 19, 2024.  The Featured Artist within the Exhibit is Ilene Adams  and the Awards for this exhibit will be juried by Karen H. Salup. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The   Box   Gallery

 

 

Annual   Members’   Exhibition   2024

 

 

 NOW   Through   April 31, 2024

 

 

 

811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

https://theboxgallery.info/

 

 

 

 

 

“Windswept” by Ayesha DeLorenzo

 

 

More than 200 people showed up for the Opening Reception of the Annual Members’ Exhibition which took place at the Box Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  The walls and tables are packed with the work of fifty artist members.  Rolando Chang Barrero, Gallery owner and the Judge for Awards, gave the First Place Award to Karla Walter for her ceramic sculpture Venus of Willendorf Soldiers, Second Place went to Phyllis Simon, Honorable Mention to our Featured Artist Ayesha DeLorenzo, and Maxine Schreiber and Jamie Rodriquez each received a Judge’s Recognition. The exhibition received much recognition including an article in Palm Beach Illustrated and a two page spread in Florida Weekly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HATCH 1121

1121 Lucerne Ave.  Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening  Reception  and  Awards  Ceremony

Sunday, May 19, 2024

4:00  – 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

“Hope” by Ilene Adams

 

 

Exhibit runs  May 18 – June 27, 2024

This exhibit is made possible in part by LULA Lake Worth Arts.

 

 

 

This exhibit includes both members and non-members who submitted totally abstract two dimensional works in any medium. Twenty seven artists and sixty four artworks were accepted into the show. Ilene Adams was chosen to be the featured artist. Aside from creating art, for the past 25 years or so, Ilene has had a company called The Marketing Works. She works with smaller businesses, artists and nonprofits developing marketing strategies and branding as well as creating logos, collateral materials, and websites. An award winning artist, her latest endeavor has been creating mixed media abstract works. She maintains a studio at Zero Empty Spaces in Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

“Diverted Dimension” by Lali Shankar

 

 

 

 

Karen H. Salup, renowned Abstract Expressionist and former president of Women In the Visual Arts, will be the Judge for Awards. Karen developed her talent through education at The Arts Student League, School of Visual Arts, C.W. Post University, and many years of private classes with world renowned professional artists including Jerry Okimoto. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art Speak, Newsday, Palm Beach Art & Culture, and Palm Beach Illustrated and has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in New York and Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spring Blend” by Ed Munoz

 

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Our mission is to share, inspire and promote creativity in the arts through education, exhibitions, and outreach to our community. We welcome all who would care to join us in our endeavors and in putting our mission into action!

 

 

 

Contact artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Or visit

artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org.

 

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

Carol Moon Art Studio Offers “Inner Artist Workshop” For Beginner/Intermediate Level Acrylic Painters May 11, 18, 25 At Her Studio In Zero Empty Spaces Legacy Place Palm Beach Gardens.

Carol Moon Art Studio is offering “Inner Artist Workshop” at Zero Empty Spaces located in Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, May 11, 18, 25.   Carol  has exhibited at Residence Inn, West Elm, “Whimsy & Wonder” at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Juno Beach Juried Art Show and more venues around the United States.  Beginner/Intermediate level painters are welcome to three sessions which last 2 hours each. All acrylic paint supplies will be provided. The Rickie Report shares some of Carol’s bright and colorful images as well as the details about the workshops.  These workshops are perfect if you’re looking for a special gift to share with a friend or relative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“From my perspective, life is an ongoing celebration of color. The beauty of color, and the power in connection propels this incredible journey forward, creating an ever evolving and enriching artistic exploration”.~ Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

Workshop dates :

 Saturday, May 11, 18, 25  2024

 10 AM – Noon

 Cost:  $245 (Supplies included)

  Pre-pay to reserve a spot  (Venmo, Credit Card, Cash)

 

 

Carol Moon Art Studio, Legacy Place Shops, 11300 Legacy Ave, Suite 140, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

 

 

 

 

“Bella Vista” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

Have fun tapping into your creative inside!

 

 

 

“Together Forever” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

Carol Moon tells The Rickie Report, ” My mission is to infuse life into every canvas, transcending mere visual representation by infusing vibrant color and emotion with each stroke. Color, to me, is a language capable of narrating stories, inspiring change, connecting hearts, and fostering happiness. The techniques I use illuminate the simple moments of life creating tangible, visual narratives, aiming not only to captivate the eye but to stir the soul and inspire the viewer. My goal is to brighten the world with beauty, nurturing a shared appreciation for the richness that life offers”.  Guided by her parents from childhood,  Carol developed an appreciation for God’s creation—the intricacies of a flower, the brilliance of a sunset, the serenity of a white sandy beach, the playful breeze in a tall field, and the majestic presence of the ocean. These daily treasures, abundant in colors and contrast, deeply resonate with her heart.

 

 

 

 

“I believe that at the core of what art can achieve is the profound connection and intersection between the artist, the artwork, and the viewer. It’s not just about the tools and canvas; it’s about the shared narratives, the connections forged, and the joy found in every stroke”.

 

 

 

 

“Funky Flamingos” by Carol Moon

 

 

 

 

 

Carol’s artistic journey has taken her through many studios, exhibitions, and events as she’s welcomed the opportunity to develop and showcase her work. She’s participated in prestigious events (Art Prize of Grand Rapids, MI). While living in Nashville, she was selected to be a monthly participant in the Germantown Art Crawl and the Franklin Art Crawl in Franklin, TN. Her work has been on display at The Art Show Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, TN, and the Juno Beach Art Festival in Juno Beach, in addition to interior decor centers and various other exhibitions and venues. Her pieces have not only found their way into countless homes across the country, but have also attracted collectors and inspired many commissioned pieces. She continues to be featured and sought out for interviews as well, most recently for feature articles in both Shoutout Miami and 123Art Magazine’s online publications.

 

 

 

 

 

Recently Carol added to her creative base an Art Therapy Certification. She has a background in psychology, and experienced her mother’s 15-year progressive Alzheimer’s Disease. These things have lead her to an interest in helping those who feel locked inside, for whatever the reason, experience freedom through artistic expression. She’s excited to see where this could lead.

 

 

 

 

 

“Manny & Tee” by Carol Moon

 

“I believe so much of creating art is about the story. Sure, my story of how a given piece comes to be. But, it’s also about the viewer’s story, what they experience in the presence of my work is so important to me. It brings me so much joy when our stories come together, and I believe that’s what art can do.

 

 

Carol is a self-taught artist, inspired by color, God’s creation, and a profound bond with her mother. She creates vibrant works celebrating the simple things in life. Carol believes that color has the power to connect hearts and lives, enriching the human experience. Two decades in a West Michigan studio group provided mentoring, exposure, and involvement in ArtPrize of Grand Rapids. Relocating to Nashville in 2012, she joined an artist group under an internationally known mentor and Florida welcomed Carol Moon Art LLC to Zero Empty Spaces Studios. She has been featured in Shoutout Miami and 123Art Magazine, exhibiting at Residence Inn, West Elm, and  “Whimsy & Wonder” at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, highlight her achievements. Carol has been a featured artist at Zero Empty Studios in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and continually looks for ways to connect with her fellow creatives and contribute to the larger Palm Beach County artistic community.

 

 

 

Her journey continues, resonating with viewers, social media followers, and collectors who appreciate the uniqueness of her artistic expression.

 

 

 

“Hummingbird of Paradise” by Carol Moon

 

 

Contact info:

 

 

Carol Moon Frazier

Email:  Carol@CarolMoonArt.com

Cell:  616-403-7882

Website:  https://www.carolmoonart.com/

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/carolmoonart/

Youtube:  @carolmoonart2383

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/carolmoonart/

 

 

 

 

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

Call for Public Art Mural To All Artists Who Are Residents Of Palm Beach County , FL

This is a Public Service Announcement to share a CALL to Palm Beach County Resident artists for a Mural at the South Façade of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC).  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply by April 19, 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Application

 

PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC) requests qualifications from professional artists or professional artist teams to create an original public art mural for the back wall of its headquarters (south façade) located at 601 Lake Avenue. The theme of the mural should celebrate the concept of community: healing, unity, connections, wellness, and/or belonging. As the mural will face the Council’s new Art & Wellness Space, themes highlighting nature and tranquility are also encouraged. This call will consist of two parts: a call for qualifications followed by a selection of up to five finalists that will develop proposals for the mural.

 

 

PROJECT SITE

 

The Cultural Council serves as the county’s local arts service agency providing funding, advocacy, cultural tourism marketing, artist services, professional development, and a host of other activities and events year-round designed to support Palm Beach County creative professionals and cultural organizations. Its headquarters houses the administrative offices, three gallery spaces, a visitor information center, and the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store. Immediately behind the building is a lot owned by the Cultural Council for arts programs, concerts, and other gatherings. Through this initiative, the space will be renamed the Arts & Wellness Space, and the mural will be a significant part of this rebranding and reimagining of the space.

 

 

In 2017, through the Canvas public art festival, a mural was installed on the back wall. The mural has weathered significantly and must be replaced. The Council’s back wall is approximately 54’W x 36’H and includes a roll-up type garage door that was previously included in the mural. CCPBC requests that the garage door is not included in the new mural design of approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The existing mural will be removed, and the wall will be repaired and primed before the start of the new mural project.

 

 

PROJECT GOALS

 

The artwork is of high artistic quality.
The design is expressive and echoes the theme of the project.
The completed mural serves as a visual identifier for Lake Worth Beach, the Cultural Council, and the theme of community and/or wellness.
The proposed work is appropriate for the site in terms of scale, design, and materials.

 

 

BUDGET

 

The commissioning budget is $40,000 and is all-inclusive including: design, artist fee, materials, installation, and insurance. Proposals that exceed the commission budget will be considered non-responsive and non-qualified. Artist teams must split the allotted budget if awarded. The Cultural Council will work with the selected artist or artist team on securing rental equipment (scaffolding and/or scissor-lifts). Additional budget may be allocated for these expenses.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams age 18 and over who reside in Palm Beach County, Florida. Artists or artist teams (max two artists per team) must demonstrate their professional capacity to oversee the design and installation of a large-scale public mural.

 

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.
Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Artist or artist teams will be selected through the following process:

1. Qualification Review. CCPBC staff will preview submissions for completeness and compliance with qualification requirements. Staff may reject incomplete applications or non-qualified or non-responsive submissions.

2. Selection. A selection panel consisting of visual art professionals, board and staff representatives from the Cultural Council, and a representative from the City of Lake Worth Beach will review artists’ qualifications. No more than five (5) and no less than three (3) artists or artist teams will be selected and notified as finalists for the call.

3. Concept Creation. The finalists will create a concept for the completed mural responding to the thematic requirements. The finalists will be paid a stipend of $500 each to develop their concept proposal. Finalists will also be asked to submit a full budget and timeline for the proposed project. Concepts will be on display for two weeks at the Council’s headquarters so that the public has a chance to view and provide general feedback. The selection committee will then reconvene and select the final artist or artist team (and the mural concept). The selected artist or artist team will have approximately three months to complete the project.

 

CRITERIA:

 

Selection of the final concept proposal will be based on the project goals and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic quality: Artwork should incorporate a high level of craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
  2. Diversity: Artwork is diverse in terms of media, cultural or historical significance, innovation, and creativity.
  3. Appropriateness to site: Artwork should be innovative, engaging, and compatible with the location in terms of scale, material, and form. Artwork should be conceptually appealing to a wide audience of varied ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Artwork should exhibit originality of concept and demonstrate a strong conceptual alignment with the goals of the project.

4. Artist qualifications: The feasibility of the proposed artwork is evaluated relative to the artist’s ability to complete the work proposed. Factors to be considered include the artists or artist teams experience, past projects budget, and timeline.

5. Artwork maintenance: Artwork must be designed and constructed for durability in the South Florida climate. Consideration will be given to proposals that consider sustainable and efficient methods in the ongoing maintenance of the artwork, including UV protection.

 

OVERVIEW OF COMMISSIONED ARTIST OR ARTIST TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Develop and refine artistic concepts and designs with staff and key stake – holders working on the project. Develop final drawings, presentation materials, budget breakdown, and other visual and written items. Participate in an ongoing design review and modification process with input from City staff, designers, key stakeholders, and appropriate City committees.

Provide bi-monthly (every 2 weeks) email updates to CCPBC staff. Develop maintenance recommendations for the mural.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change due to funding, weather, or other issues)

March 25
April 19
April 26
May 31
June 28
September 30

 

CCPBC reserves the right to decline all applications submitted in response to this Call to Artists, to terminate the selection proceedings, or to combine, eliminate, or otherwise amend the commission opportunities at any time. Artists identified through this process are not guaranteed a commission or the opportunity to develop a public art project or proposal. The release of this Call to Artists in no way binds CCPBC to the commissioning of any artist, artist team, or artwork.

Application Requirements

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.

Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 471-2901         Email: info@palmbeachculture.com

Public Hours: Tuesday – Saturday | 12 – 5 p.m.

Administrative Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking: There is free, 4-hour parking along Lake Worth Beach’s Downtown streets.
There is also a public parking lot on the east side of “L” Street, adjacent to the Cultural Council’s building.

Building Accessibility: We welcome all visitors. Visitors using mobility devices and aids may gain access by using the ramp at our front entrance located on the north side of the property. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the first floor. Service animals are always welcomed; depending on the visitor’s needs, service animals may be carried or outfitted with a harness or leash. We encourage all visitors to ask for assistance from our staff, should they have an accessibility question.

 

 

 

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

Explore “Soul Doodling” With Renowned Artist Scott Jeffries At Wellington Art Society Meeting On Wednesday, April 10 Plus Two Art Exhibits With An Opening Reception On Tuesday, April 16

The Wellington Art Society features Scott Jeffries as he speaks about “Soul Doodling” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024  at the Wellington Community Center.  Scott’s artistry comes from his heart with no specific plan of how a piece will turn out.  Enjoy his insights at his presentation after a meet and greet, member spotlight, and brief meeting . WAS does it again, with a double header of Art Exhibitions and ONE GREAT RECEPTION on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Visit  Expressive ” (now until May 21, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “ Visions ” (now until June 16, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other! The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

 

PRESENTING:  

 

 

 

 S C O T T        J E F F R I E S

 

 

Artist, Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

“S O U L       D O O D L I N G”

 

 

If you wonder how he creates his spectacular paintings, Scott Jeffries, who’s been doodling since childhood and still has his grandmother’s paintbox and brushes, will tell you “Don’t be afraid to paint outside the lines.”

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

 

That describes not just his art but his life. Jeffries has reinvented himself as a professional artist after a series of yet unbroken high school swimming records, being an All Star Division 1 athlete, having a successful legal career as a Public Defender and more.

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

Jeffries’ art begins with a total absence of sketching or planning, as it blossoms spontaneously into a beautiful melody of faces and shapes that create symphonies of color sometimes spilling over and off the canvas. And he will tell you his lack of a formal art education has allowed him freedom of artistic creativity  unencumbered by established norms. To browse his paintings and learn more about Scott Jeffries please visit www.scottyjart.com, on Instagram @scottart.

 

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society Announces

 

TWO New Exhibitions:

 

 

“Expressive” and “Visions”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Public Reception:

 

 Tuesday, April 16,2024  

5 – 7 pm

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 

 “Expressive”

(now until May 21, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL

 

&

“Visions”

 

 (now until June 16, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

Enjoy the original artwork of 19 artists with over 70 works of art. Two venues – one great night! Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy.

 

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Halyna Albanese

Emily Bergstrom

Heather Bergstrom

 Lisa Campbell

Ayesha DeLorenzo

  Cynthia George

  Jan Gmitter 

 Diane Hodges

 Erica Kyle 

Lou Ann LaBohn

 Shahen Markarian

  Ali Mendoza

 Dinah Mirson

  Susan Mosely 

Susan Oakes

 Leslie Pfeiffer

 Marion Roberts

  Raymonde Talleyrand

  Andrea Vossen

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Artists Of Palm Beach County Are “All Fired Up” To Invite You To Three Art Salons, Annual Members Exhibit And A Call To Artists (Non-Members Welcome) At The Box Gallery

The Artists of Palm Beach County are BUSY!  Get your calendars out and Mark these dates! Meet award winning ceramicists Karla Walter, Heather Couch & Barbara Powell on Saturday, March 16 at the RISE Community Resource Center and hear why they get “All Fired Up”! The Annual Members 2024 Exhibit will be held at The Box Gallery (the DEADLINE for entries is Thursday, March 21). On Wednesday, March 20 enjoy the Art Salon with the Palm Beach Photographic Center to hear Lali Shankar speak about “Blurred Vision”. On Saturday, March 23, you can “Unleash Your Creativity” with Maxine Schreiber. Join APBC and Urban Sketchers Palm Beach for an all-day Art Salon at an historic home in West Palm Beach on Sunday, March 24. On Saturday, March 30 enjoy the Closing Reception of “All Fired Up”. A Call for “Absolutely Abstract” to be held at the Lake Park Library is OPEN to MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS ( the DEADLINE is Wednesday, April 10). The Rickie Report shares ALL of THE DETAILS and some sneak peeks.  KUDOS to APBC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Crow Eating French Fries” by Karla Walter

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramicist, Heather Couch

 

 

 

 

“Raku Bowl” by Barbara Powell

 

 

 

 

 

 

C L O S I N G      R E C E P T I O N

 SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2024

 1 – 3  pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O P E N I N G       R E C E P T I O N:  

SATURDAY,  APRIL  6,  2024

5  – 8 pm

The Box Gallery

809 Belvedere Road  W. Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

FOR DETAILS:

  ANNUAL MEMBERS 2024 EXHIBITION.

This show for members only.

Exhibit is free and open to the public

 

 

 April 2 – April 30, 2024.

 

For the Members show, member artists are invited to submit work in all mediums – painting, photography, collage, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture, ceramics, and other 3D media as well as large works are encouraged for this juried exhibit.

 

 

 

 

Box Gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero

 

 

Visual artist, entrepreneur, and Box Gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero will be the Judge for Awards for our Members Exhibit. Winner of the 2020 Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Leadership, Barrero, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been recognized as a trailblazer and integral member of the art community.. APBC is proud to be exhibiting in The Box Gallery, Barrero’s current artistic venture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This free workshop is for anyone or everyone who wishes to strengthen self-awareness and self-expression. Led by Maxine Schreiber, artist and retired licensed mental health counselor, the workshop is designed for the seasoned artist to deepen creative pathways and to learn tools for overcoming periods of blocking or self-doubt. It is also for anyone who longs for the opportunity to unleash creative potential.

 

 

Using art therapy techniques, the process of creating will be emphasized rather than the product. Paper, crayons, and magic markers will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring in supplies for any medium they choose to use for their self-expression: sketch pads, pencils, paint, clay, newspaper, construction paper, scissors, collage materials, glue, beads, feathers, etc.  Whatever sparks your creative juices.

 

Pre-register at artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org 

or email maxine@schreiberstudio.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Awards are $100 for First Place, $75 for Second Place, and $50 for Honorable Mention.

 

 

For Absolutely Abstract both members and non-members are invited to submit totally abstract two dimensional works in any mediums.

 

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

1:30 – 3:30 pm

The Lake Park Library   529 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL

 

 

 

Apply to: ABSOLUTELY ABSTRACT  

 

Karen H. Salup, former president of Women In the Visual Arts, will be the Judge for Awards for Absolutely Abstract. She is a nationally renowned fine artist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Art Speak, NewsDay, Palm Beach Art & Culture, Palm Beach Illustrated, The Sun Sentinel, Boynton Beach Forum and has appeared in exhibits and galleries throughout America.

 

 

 

 

Karen H Salup

 

 

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Our mission is to share, inspire and promote creativity in the arts through education, exhibitions, and outreach to our community. We welcome all who would care to join us in our endeavors and in putting our mission into action!

Contact artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Or visit

artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org.

 

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

Faith Schwack And Judy Gaggero Are Featured Artists At Zero Empty Spaces In Palm Beach Gardens. “Putting Together The Pieces” Showcases Their Newest Works With A Free Opening Reception On Thursday, March 14, 2024

Meet Featured artists Faith Schwack and Judy Gaggero at the Opening Reception Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Zero Empty Spaces, a collective of 22 artists at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Celebrate with wine, refreshments  and ART as you view Putting Together the Pieces”! The space is open to the public every day from 12 – 5.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

Zero Empty Spaces

11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

 

 

Art Show Reception

Thursday, March 14, 2024

5 – 8:30  PM

 

Hors d’Oeuvres, Refreshments –

andBeautiful Art for Sale

 

 

 

 

“Putting together pieces” has many meanings. Some think there is something “broken” while others see the whole as an assembly of its parts.  

 

 

 

Artists Faith Schwack and Judy Gaggero have done just that!  

 

 

 

For Faith, it inspires her to create meaningful mosaics and for Judy, her alcohol and inks bring color to the forefront.  

 

 

 

“Violin of Hope” by Faith Schwack

 

 

 

 

Faith Schwack tells The Rickie Report, ” My work is inspired by the color and textures of the nature that surrounds me. As a mosaic artist I bring inanimate objects to life and using glass, beads, porcelain and found objects. A wide range of work is available including sea life, and wildlife. Most recently I have added a collection of Judaica to my studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Monkey In The Window” by Faith Schwack

 

 

A native Floridian, Faith has studied at the Art Institute of Ft.Lauderdale, New School of Manhattan, Mosaic Academy of Miami, and with local artists in Palm Beach County.  Mosaic art has become her passion!

 

 

 

Faith’s signature piece is the Turtle Shell – a Fiberglass shell with back lighting installed. Each has a unique pattern and color combination of her imagination or client specifications.  She uses Sea glass, Venetian glass tiles and Stained glass.  Various substrates are used to create a desired look. Materials range from recycled tiles, Orsini gold, Smalti Italian glass, Porcelain, Stained glass, Sea glass, shells, beads, and other found objects.

 

Mosaic design commissions are available upon request.

 

For more information:

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Instagram    faithschwack

Website:  Smashingpieces.com

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Gaggero tells The Rickie Report, “My joy and passion is painting with alcohol and ink. It is Magical. Seminal to my work, the beautiful patterns of light, color, and shapes, throughout the world, are awe-inspiring. The medium freely flows over the paper, but is then controlled to express my abstracted impressions of nature. The challenge is to create a piece which brings meaningful joy to the viewer”.

 

 

 

“Sand and Sea” by Judy Gaggero

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy has lived around the U.S and now calls Florida her home.  She explains, “For decades I painted in acrylic and watercolor. As a member of the West Coast Watercolor Society, I studied with world renowned Artists,(Millard Sheets, Gerald Brommer, and Morris Shubin) to name a few. In turn, my  knowledge and skill was shared by teaching many others. Art and painting has always been with me through varies careers including: Estée Lauder Cosmetics, Interior Images, Interior Design, American Airlines,Prudential Real Estate, Custom Home Program/Broker Relations, Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC.  and Owner, JAG Realty”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Fractious Fusion” by Judy Gaggero

 

 

Judy has studied oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting with many world renowned artists, and in turn has shared her skills by teaching others. With a lifetime of affiliations, and awards, she continues to develop and explore, and now focuses on painting with Alcohol/Ink.  Her involvement includes: Palm Beach Cultural Council,  Artists of the Palm Beaches, WITVA, BallenIsles Art Club Board Member, NAHB National Design Committee, MIRM Designation, National League of American Pen Women, Owner, Interior Images, Interior Design Company, West Coast Watercolor Society, Los Gatos Art Gallery/Studio, Painting Instructor, Plein Air and Studio. She has won several awards as a SOLO and Group exhibitor.

 

For more information:

 

Email: judygaggero@comcast.net

Website: Judygaggeroartist.com.

 

      Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JGAGGERO

 

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

 

 

 

 

About Zero Empty Spaces

Zero Empty Spaces is a rapidly growing affordable artist studio/vacancy management company that creates affordable artist studios in vacant spaces around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price. The concept expands the appreciation of all genres of art and helps to create a thriving cultural community in the cities surrounding each location. Current Florida locations include Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Myers, and St. Petersburg, with out-of-state locations in Natick Massachusetts and Richmond Virginia.

For more information visit www.zeroemptyspaces.com

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Your Tickets To Africa Have Arrived For African Orphan Educational Foundation’s “Taste of Africa” On Saturday, April 13, 2024. Delicious Food, Distinguished Speakers, Doing Good All In One Event

Your tickets to Africa have arrived!  Enjoy and engage in a unique social impact organization, African Orphan Educational Foundation on Saturday, April 13, 2024! AOEF is devoted to the education and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.  Through long-standing partnerships with U.S. based missions and aid agencies AOEF offers exceptional learning opportunities to young children who eagerly pass on their knowledge to others in their families and communities. Director, Kathie Kreh reached out to The Rickie Report a few years ago, looking for artists to create a “learning and encouraging” coloring book for their missions.  A special THANK YOU to Melissa Carter for this referraltogether we really CAN change the world! More than half of the images inMercy’s Magnificent Dreams” came from our call to artists!  Using this interactive educational tool, children learn English as well as their local tribal language and can dream of a future for themselves that never existed before.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of AOEF’s accomplishments.  Get YOUR tickets NOW! Read the article to find out how you can be involved – change begins with one step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker: Howard Minsky African Wildlife Photographer

Cocktail Attire

www.africanorphaneducation.org

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Get   Your  Tickets   To   Africa   NOW!

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh tells The Rickie Report ,”This intimate VIP cocktail reception at the North Palm Beach Country Club will offer a unique and memorable experience. Enjoy sights, sounds and sips that are authentically African. Rolling and thunderous drums, savory tastes from the continent, auction items, and messages from team members in Africa — all designed to “take you there” for an evening.  Guests, sponsors, supporters and friends will engage with us and each other in an intimate and meaningful way”. Sponsorship opportunities can be viewed here: Taste of Africa Sponsorships.  This is one event you won’t want to miss! Purchase your VIP Access tickets. For additional information, please reference AOEF Taste of Africa in the subject line and email: kathie@africanorphaneducation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AOEF supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Our focus on education, and our long-standing partnerships with U.S.-based mission/aid agencies in Kenya and Uganda, allow us to produce a direct, long-lasting, and multi-generational impact. We have awarded 143 annual educational sponsorships in Uganda and Kenya since our inception in 2019. We and our teams travel to the communities we serve in Africa and know every child by name. Despite big achievements, we remain a small nonprofit organization; in fact, we still pay out-of-pocket for our own travel expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We were astounded to see children sharing this book by using sign language!”  

 

 

 

Children in Nigeria using sign language to experience “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Student in Nigeria showing his favorite page of  “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Kathie says, “I am truly amazed at how one ask for illustrations became the book we dreamed of – and that it has now made its way around the world!  While we use it in Africa, there are other agencies using it around the globe to give kids an opportunity to increase their language skills and self esteem – no matter where they live!  

 

 

 

 

This book has become so popular that we are planning a series of Mercy books!  Anyone can be involved by:  donating original illustrations, purchase a book at $20 each or make a bulk purchase of 100 or more books at $10. each.  ContactKathie Kreh.

 

 

 

Artist Contributors were asked to present renderings our young learners in Africa might be able to relate to.
Not only do the illustrations appear familiar to and appeal to our readers, they dignify their village life and culture.

 

 

 

The Mercy story encourages young pupils in Africa to “dream” and reinforces the role of education in empowering them on their life journey. Students in our story, encouraged by schoolteacher Miss Birungi to dream, envision over a dozen careers our readers can ponder for their own futures. We also hoped, with 32 million Primary School age children out of school in Africa, the book might gain a small foothold in villages where students don’t attend school to assist them with English literacy.  We’ve  been presented with an opportunity by a local Councilman in the Namugongo region of Uganda to place books in 10 schools, as he declares “Mercy Literacy Week”.  With funds to print and distribute 500 additional books, this possibility can become a reality!

 

 

 

We publish and distribute a children’s literacy tool in Africa [Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams], maintain a Youth Advisory Council of college students and young professionals across Africa, and piloted From Leadership To Legacy – an international leadership curriculum we hope to publish online in the quarters ahead.

 

 

We visited 3 leper colonies, read Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams to the children in English

and in a local tribal language and asked them to draw their future for us!

 

 

 

 

 

The tall gentleman in the background, George Kizito Mubanda, is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed artist in Uganda who has become a friend of AOEF.

 

 

 

In July 2023, the real Mercy, Collin and Miss Birungi (characters in the book who are inspired by real people) were presented with their own copies of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams. Finally, one of the last people to secure a copy of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams was Mercy herself – one of our sponsored students in Uganda who inspired the character of Mercy in our story. She just graduated from high school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  ARTISTS  AND  SPONSORS

 

 

 

Thank you playing an integral role in advancing our mission and uplifting the most vulnerable among us. 

 

 

*Mukama akuwe omukisa.

 

 

 

 

Without a budget to produce Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams, we turned to the Palm Beach County art community for support. Thanks to Melissa Carter, Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report,  Artists of Palm Beach County and lead artist Lori Boyle, we were able to publish a Call To Artists, present sample illustrations to artists for direction, and secure ample work to produce the 60-page story and literacy tool. Over a dozen artists contributed illustrations, including Camilla Webster, Patrick (Jozsef) Baker, Juan B. Plaza, Jeffrey Wiener, Judith (Yudit) ​Eisinger, Gabrielle Howard, Alison Forster, Catherine Kreh, Kim Dahlheimer, Lori Boyle, and Rosie Barrig. Also included among contributing artists are 10-year-old Aidan Holcroft from Palm Beach Gardens and 17-year-old art student Kalyowa Alvin Cranmer from Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT  African Orphan Educational Foundation (AOEF):

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities: https://africanorphaneducation.org/taste-of-africa/

VIP Exclusive – First Access Tickets: https://givebutter.com/c/Gyhcu0

Awards/Recognition: Gold Seal of Transparency (Candid/GuideStar), Top-Rated Nonprofit Award (Greatnonprofits.org, 2020-2023), 2023 Hats Off Nonprofit Award nominee, Cognizant Classic/PGA Charities/Birdies For Children charity (previously Honda Classic, 3 years), Gwyn Initiative 2023 Small Nonprofit grantee, and Member of Nonprofits First.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh​​​​

African Orphan Educational Foundation, Inc.

kathie@africanorphaneducation.org

Phone: 561-262-8828

 

African Orphan Educational Foundation (EIN 84-1893311) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A copy of the official registration (CH#59939) and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352) within the state or visiting www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

 

 

 

 

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

Wellington Art Society Invites You To An Evening Of Inspiration While You Create An Abstract With Patricia Lappin On Wednesday, March 13. This Event Is Free And Open To The Public

The Wellington Art Society features Patricia Lappin and her presentation, “World Rhythmson Wednesday, March 13th Meeting at the Wellington Community Center. The event includes a meet and greet, member spotlight, brief meeting and CREATING AN ABSTRACT PAINTING OF YOUR OWN!  We remind our readers that there is still time to visit one of the municipal art exhibitions, “Thankful” (now until March 12, 2024), at the Wellington Community Center).   The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

 

PRESENTING: 

PATRICIA  LAPPIN

 

 

 

”  W O R L D     R H Y T H M S  “

 

 

 

 

Join WAS for an evening of inspiration and create a piece of abstract art to take home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting by Patricia Lappin

 

 

 

 

When Patricia Lappin is not teaching at her own studio in Boca at Zero Empty Spaces, or the New Studio for Visual Arts in Jupiter, or at art communities around Palm Beach County, Patricia Lappin may be piping music like Bach’s Cello Suite, Peter Gabriel’s African music, Yo-yo Ma’s Silk Road into her headphones feeling the colors of her next painting. Lappin’s journey from realism to abstraction began in childhood and while she doesn’t have a degree in art, she’s had “an art education worth more” thanks to five years of tutelage, in the 70s, under her mentor who shaped her eclectic love of painting into expressions of a “looser and more human expression.”  She tells The Rickie Report, “My desire to create was very strong and drawing was my refuge, my sanctuary.  It was an inner compulsion to be separate from the world sometimes.  I was content to spend hours drawing leaves, branches and bugs. A school field-trip to the St. Louis Art Museum opened my eyes – adults took painting and drawing seriously!  What a revelation!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting by Patricia Lappin

 

 

 

From age 10 to 14, I studied painting on Saturday mornings with a highschool art teacher. After highschool, I attended SMS in Springfield, Mo. for 4 semesters, taking every available art course, intro to design, color, etc., but I only wanted to learn to paint like the paintings I had seen at the St Louis Art Museum and that was not happening. I met my husband, married and became a mother. I was still painting, but unsure of the new “adult artist” me. We moved to Fairfield, CT. near NYC. There I met my teacher, . Working with only black, white, yellow ocher and burnt sienna for the first 3 years, he taught me portrait, landscape and still life painting.  We spent many hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC studying the masters. Working with Ceasar was the greatest education I could have. From 1970 to 1975, he led me from an insecure young adult struggling to believe in my artist-future to a confident artist in multiple mediums. As he was leaving for Florida to retire, I ask him “who would be my teacher now?” His answer formed my future. “Don’t you know? You are the teacher now. You have the foundation now.” When I began teaching I used my notes from the 5 years of study with Caesar. I still use them today.

 

 

 

Painting by Patricia Lappin

 

 

 

 

I opened my first studio in 1980 and began teaching and showing my work in the tri-state area. We moved to my husband’s family home in Ft. Smith, AR in 1996. Since then I have been represented by galleries in Kansas City MO, Scottsdale AZ, and Van Buren AR. I have shown my work at the Ft Smith Art Center and the Center for Art and Education many times. I teach private classes and workshops. My paintings are in many private and public collections.

 

 

 

In October, 2016 I moved to Boca Raton FL. I have joined the Plein Air Palm Beach group, exploring new scenes and making new friends, seeking out galleries and other venues for showing/selling my paintings and teaching. I took an on-line course in 2021 called CVP2021 – Creative Visionary Program 2021 with Nicholas Wilton, originator of Art2Life. This 3 month-course changed my art approach and allowed me to develop a strong abstract base of paintings that feels so good and definitely authentic me. I now have a studio at Zero Empty Spaces at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus in Boca Raton, Fl. I am also teaching workshops in AR and FL.

 

 

 

Painting by Patricia Lappin

 

 

 

 

Lappin’s work is currently on display at the Posh Gallery in Delray where she teaches once a month. She conducts monthly workshops at the Armory, and teaches at art communities and clubs like The New Studio for Visual Arts in Jupiter, Valencia Cove in Boynton Beach, and private studios in Boca Raton.

For more information on Patricia Lappin please visit https://www.patricialappin.com, and #patricialappinart on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONE  Art Exhibition:

 

 

 “THANKFUL”

 

 

 

Exhibit is free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 (now until March 12, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Hartley Barnes

Emily Bergstrom

Betty Brodie

Lisa Campbell

Kimberly Clark

Ayesha DeLorenzo 

Kim DiGiacomo

Nancy Fried

Cynthia George

Jan Gmitter

Jay Harmon

Lou Ann La Bohn

Maureen May

Dinah Mirson

Susan Mosely 

Charles Moses

Susan Oakes

Lucille Pallante

Leslie Pfeiffer

Monica Postell

Marion Roberts

Lois Spatz

Karen Stern

Carl Stoveland

Cindy Taylor

Elaine Weber

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm  Beach  Gardens  Tennis  &  Pickleball  Center

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

   

 

 

 “Intelligent  Design”  Inspired  Treasures  From  the  Sea

 

 

by Diane Prater

 

 

 

“Nautilus Ascent” by Diane Prater

 

 

 

 

 

**Artist’s   Reception:

 

 

Saturday, March 16th 

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Operation:

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

Saturday -Sunday: 7:30 am – 3pm

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs : NOW – May 14th 2024

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

“Sea Fan Dancers #3 by Diane Prater 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dark Passage” by Diane Prater

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

“Sea Fan Dancers #2 ” by Diane Prater

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Website: dianeprater.com

 

 

 

 

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

Town Of South Palm Beach Gallery Features Susan Oakes In “Evolution And Creation” With Free Opening Reception On Sunday, March 10, 2024. See How Art And Technology Can Enhance Each Other

The Town of South Palm Beach Gallery will feature the works of award-winning artist, Susan Oakes with a Free Opening Reception on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Susan has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road including degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, with experience as a retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist. (And she still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up)! Her work and teaching demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. Her digital work blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Susan Oakes:  Evolution & Creation” Exhibit

Artist Reception:

Sunday, March 10, 2024

2 to 4 PM

 

 

 

 

South Palm Beach Town Hall

3577 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

This exhibit is available during regular business hours.

 

 

 

 

“Zaha Hadid, Queen of the Curve” by Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

Susan is a native Long Islander (which is immediately apparent upon meeting her) who emigrated to South Florida over 18 years ago. She is married to a very tolerant and supportive husband with two grown children (and two grandchildren!) who grew up with a geek for a mother.  Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, she has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road including degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, with experience as a retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist. And she still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up!  Her work and teaching demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. Her digital work blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision.

 

 

 

 

“Unbridled Enthusiasm” by Susan Oakes

 

 

Susan tells The Rickie Report, ” I am a freelance digital artist/instructor with a diverse background in psychology, business, art and technology. Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, I’ve traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road of discovery. Through my work and teaching, I demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. In my digital work, I blur the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve my artistic vision.  My art continues to evolve in new directions in natural and digital media. I draw inspiration from teaching, collaboration and experimentation. In “Photo Imaging”, I reveal nuances and intricacies in subjects which are ordinary and mundane at first glance.”

 

 

 

“Orchid Decline” by Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

Susan explains further, ” What I do is not really traditional photography, but “Photo Imaging” in which I use enhanced techniques such as layering, masking, and digital “hand painting”. Although my digital work originates with computer hardware and software, my work is not the result of anything “automatic”, and is developed from my original photography. There is no “formula” or automatic process; no two pieces are done in exactly the same way. In my recent collage pieces, I create composites of several photos, and sometimes vector illustrations as well. They are not only layered, but have various other effects such as painting, blending and masking to achieve a certain look. I often begin with the human form and then relate it to elements in the natural world, such as water, plant life, or landscapes. The viewer’s eye is drawn around the piece to discover both the individual elements and how they coalesce to form the whole”.

 

 

 

“Revenge of Nature” by Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

Her work in “natural” or “traditional media” such as painting and drawing has a much longer history than her digital work, yet the two are inextricably bound and continue to influence each other. In Susan’s natural media work she began to experiment with alternative substrates and mediums, mostly related to watercolor and ink. Susan is an active member of the Wellington Art Society, Artists of Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Kelby One (Formerly known as National Association of Photoshop Professionals)

 

 

 

Selected Awards:

Wellington Art Society: Spring Bling (Virtual Exhibit) “Death of Privacy” 1st Place Spring 2022
Artists of Palm Beach County: Falling into Fall 2021, Featured Artist; “Revenge of Nature” First PlaceArtists of Palm Beach County, “The Artists Mind 2019”, Winter 2019, “Glass Portal” First Place
Lighthouse Artcenter: “40th Annual Member Show & Sale” April 2018 “Chasms” Photography Winner
Artists of Palm Beach County, “Digital Painting, 2017”, 6/12 – 7/14/17 Featured Artist; “Chasms” 2nd Place Lighthouse Artcenter: “39th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/27 – 4/27/17 “Duplicity” Photography winner Lighthouse Artcenter: “38th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/17 – 4/27/16 “Intimus” 2nd Place Photography
A Unique Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL; “World Through the Lens”, 4/15 – 6/14 “Copperleaf 2” 1st Place Winner

 

Solo Exhibits:

South Palm Beach City Hall, South Palm Beach, FL “Floral Passages”, 3-6/2020
Artists of Palm Beach County, Art on Park Gallery, 9/15 – 9/29/17 and “Visual Alternatives” Spring 2019 Broward Art Guild, West Regional Library in Plantation, FL, 11/2 to 12/28/17
Lake Park Library, Lake Park, FL May – 6/ 2017
Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, (with Ellen Negley),“Floral Passages” 9-10/ 2015

 

 

 

Examples of Susan’s digital imaging and collages can be viewed here:

https://www.suoakesphotoimaging.com/

Recent examples of Susan’s natural work may be viewed here:

https://suoakesart.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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