Jennifer Love Gironda: Artist, Teacher, Inspirer Talks About Showing Gratitude Through Creativity

When Jennifer Love Gironda witnessed the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she felt the need to do more than provide much-needed basic supplies for daily living.  A visionary artist who brings her heart and soul to every project she touches, Jennifer also considered the survivors’ emotional state.  Using scraps of fabrics from her multiple sewing enterprises, plus beads, she created heart-shaped ornaments.   When her Lake Worth High School art students, friends on FaceBook (including me), and neighbors heard about this, everyone wanted to get involved!  The Rickie Report shares this story on Thanksgiving , to show that gratitude includes creativity and artwork from the heart. Jennifer, you bring the “heart” in ART!  

 

 

 

ON  BEING  THANKFUL:

 

heartBEAD  With Jennifer Love Gironda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last eight years, Jennifer Love Gironda has completed a piece of art every singe day, with over 2800 daily pieces as of today!  When she saw the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she decided to hand sew and bead hearts for her September, 2019 daily art project.  Feeling the need to do more, she set up a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the National Association of the Bahamas Inc to help those impacted by hurricane Dorian.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “For each donation of $25,  I created a hand-sewn heart.  Most of the front fabrics were cotton fabrics that I hand dyed, with some extra fabric pieces used for variety.  The backing fabrics are vintage kimono fabrics I purchased in Japan. Each piece includes hand beaded details, some shells.  The wings are a mix of vintage lace/bridal veil fabric and curtain sheer samples. I raised a total of $1270 in fundraiser donations, with additional donations for shipping costs and even some material donations”!

 

Jennifer received 32 separate donations from ten states (CA, FL, GA, KY, MA, NC, NY, TN, TX and VA) and ended up making a total of 60 hearts to send to her donors and contributors.  She shares, “The spirit of giving was felt by my Lake Worth High School students, who were inspired to sew their own hearts!

 

 

 

Hundreds of hand-sewn hearts

 

 

“My students completed one batch of 60 and then another batch of almost 100.  These were directly delivered to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight. My students’ handmade hearts are in the colors of the Bahamian flag and are a service learning project, not part of the fundraisers, just made directly for the people impacted by the hurricane, to let them know that they are in our thoughts”.  Jennifer Love Gironda is an art teacher at Lake Worth High School (Advanced Placement classes, 3D-1, Fashion Club). She earned her MAEd and is a National Board Certified Art Educator.  

 

 

Delivery to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight (photo courtesy of Annita McKnight)

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace Shares More Details About Private London Tour, Including Private Back Lot Visit To Auction House

Sign up NOW to visit London in style with Whitespace! The Rickie Report shares the newest details, including a private back lot visit to a London auction house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Lovers And Connoisseurs Can Book An Extraordinary Trip To London With Whitespace

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace begins season offering a new Art Adventure!  Explore London from April 23 – April 30, 2020 with other art aficionados!  The Rickie Report shares more details and registration forms here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Adventures & Whitespace Offer The Trip Of The Season! Explore London’s Art Scene In Style And With Flair!

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace begins season offering a new Art Adventure!  Explore London from April 23 – April 30, 2020 with other art aficionados!  The Rickie Report shares the details and registration forms here.

 

 

 

 

 

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World Wide Call For 2D Artworks To Benefit Youth Aliyah Rescue Programs. Deadline is September 15, 2019

Since 1934, Hadassah sponsored Youth Aliyah programs have given over 300,000 young people from 80 lands a new path to a successful future.  Hadassah fundraises for schools, dorms, clubhouses, playgrounds, emotional support systems, counseling, education, art activities, and athletics by promoting Youth Aliyah donation cards and certificates.  The organization is seeking entries for new images and has initiated a Call For Art.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We urge you to share this call! Deadline is September 15, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

HADASSAH   Youth Aliyah

 

 

CALL      FOR       ARTWORK

 

Youth Aliyah needs new certificates and invitation shells.  

Will YOUR artwork be on them?

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Aliyah, Healing Family and Community. Working in the vineyards of Mt. Carmel

 

 

 

 

Nearly a third of Israel’s children live in poverty, according to a 2014 report by the National Council for the Child in Israel. In addition, more than 450,000 children suffer from high-risk situations such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, learning disability without access to proper resources, or a lack of basic rights.

 

 

Hadassah founder, Henrietta Szold (front center) with children from a Youth Aliyah village. Courtesy Hadassah archives

 

The Hadassah-supported Meir Shfeyah, Ramat Hadassah Szold, and Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Villages serve students who have been unsuccessful in other educational frameworks and are at risk of being abandoned to the streets.  Young immigrants and at-risk native Israelis receive not only shelter and food, but counseling, education, and other supportive services in our youth villages. From Hebrew-language lessons and classes on Jewish heritage to athletics and art, Youth Aliyah students receive the help and attention they need to develop into productive members of Israeli society.

 

 

 

Members of Neurim Youth Aliyah Village Robotics team makes their mark at an international competition

 

 

 

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue continues to play a role in the absorption of young newcomers to Israel, particularly from the former Soviet Union and Africa. In addition, the organization offers a second chance to Israeli youth who have been designated ‘at risk’ by child care authorities.  Children in the care of Youth Aliyah are housed in five youth residential villages in Israel. The villages include schools, dorms, clubhouses and playgrounds, and offer emotional support, education, developmental training and extra-curricular activity.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Ziv Ababa. An Ethiopian Israeli woman harvests vegetables she planted with Youth Aliyah students, recreating an African village in the foothills of Mount Carmel. Article courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor

 

 

The children come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and often have serious emotional, psychological and behavioral difficulties. Many come from disadvantaged, low income or dysfunctional families, very often single-parent families. They are often at risk because of poverty, neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness, homelessness or delinquent behaviour. Other children suffer from cancer and need respite care, while others come from families that have been victims of terror.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Questions?  

Please email: youthaliyahcontest@hadassah.org

Visit:

   hadassah.org/YAArtContest

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore Palette Knife Painting At A Master Workshop With Internationally Renowned Artist, MaiYap On Saturday, May 18 At Yvette Michele Studio In Ft. Lauderdale

We’re not sure when MaiYap sleeps, because this internationally renowned artist is so prolific!  Join her on Saturday, May 18 for a Palette Knife Master Class in Fort Lauderdale.  MaiYap is available to teach or give a demonstration to your local arts group, as well as speak about her bright and vibrant artworks.  As she travels the globe ( her next exhibit is in Seoul, Korea), MaiYap always makes time to create, which in turn, inspires others!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this workshop, where to see her artwork, plus some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

“Three Pears” by MaiYap

 

Palette Knife Painting Master Workshop

$75 plus materials. Supply lists will be emailed after registration

 

Register Here!

*This workshop is for artists or people with some experience with painting, not for complete beginners.

 

Saturday May 18th, 2019

 10:00 am to 3:00pm

 

Deadline for registration is May 16th, 2019

 

At:

 Yvette Michele Studio

117 NW 5th Street    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

  Phone: 954.372.0096

 

 

Born in the Republic of Panama to Chinese parents, MaiYap has been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Within the walls of her parent’s home, she was immersed in the beauty, balance and perfection of millennial traditions passed on from one generation to another. Once outside these walls, her senses were overcome by the amazing colors, sounds and energy of the Tropics.

 

 

“Happy For You” by MaiYap

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Panama provided a bustling backdrop of exciting people, places, and music. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration to imagine and create my magnificent flowers and unique landscapes. It also gave me the courage to voice my concerns and fears about our planet’s welfare through my powerful environmental abstracts”.

 

 

“Boat at Dawn” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap asks herself: “Who am I? Where am I going? How can I help the most”?

She says, “The constant search for my true identity, my place in the world and the struggle to preserve our planet are at the heart of all my art pursuits. Painting very detailed and colorful flowers has helped me to reconcile my Chinese background with the vibrant Panamanian world. The wish to anchor myself in this rapid ever-changing world drove me to study the subject of impermanence while depicting the passing clouds and difficult atmospheres. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation I continue to grow while trying to make sense of it all.  My environmental abstracts are the answer to one of my deepest concerns and where life inquiry continues to thrive”.

 

 

“Anecdote of an Inquisitive Mind” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap has been interviewed recently:

VoyageMiami

Art Hive Magazine

 

 

MaiYap has exhibited at over 100 International Art Fairs including: Beijing and Shanghai, China, Morocco, Korea, Colombia, and Panama.  She has also exhibited nationally in museums, universities and galleries.  Her artwork can be seen at “ELEMENTS OF ART” (Pinecrest Gardens, Miami, FL), FLOW – GALLERYone at DoubleTree Suites Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and  MUJERES DE FUEGO – Galería Juan Manuel Cedeño, Panama, Panama.  She will be exhibiting at  Plastic Art Fair – Seoul, KOREA

 

 

 

 

MaiYap is represented by the following galleries:

 

Ninoska Huerta Gallery

Coral Gables, FL 33134   (305) 588-1231

 

Collectors Gallery & Framery

114 Nokomis Ave S.  Venice, FL 34285  (941) 488-302

 

Miart Space

151 NW 36 Street  Wynwood, FL 33127  (786) 406-9915

 

Botero Galleries

1998 Trade Center Way #1,  Naples, FL 34109  (239) 596-4644

 

In addition to her exhibitions, MaiYap also teaches the only class on palette knife taught in South Florida, at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  She is the Founder and Director of Palette Knife Artists of Miami, the first group of its kind in South Florida, as well as Membership Chair of National League of American Pen Women Coral Gables Branch.

 

 

For further information about this workshop, exhibits, demonstrations or classes:

Email: maiyap@bellsouth.net

Call 305.725.8630

 

 

 

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What’s New At The New Studio For The Visual Arts? Classes, Lectures, Workshops For All Abilities And Ages

The New Studio for the Visual Arts announces classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions happening now through the beginning of March, 2019.  Get your calendars out!  From oil painting, watercolor, plein air painting, drawing, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, figure and portraiture, encaustic wax, photography, art history, creative writing, or children’s classes – there really is something for everyone!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, EXHIBITIONS :

Now through March 1, 2019

 

 

Offering classes, workshops, lectures and exhibitions in…

  • Oil painting

  • Watercolor

  • Plein Air Painting

  • Drawing

  • Pastels

  • Acrylic

  • Mix Media

  • Figure and Portraiture

  • Encaustic Wax

  • Photography

  • Children’s Classes

  • Art History

  • Creative Writing

Visit www.thenewstudiova.net for specific scheduling of classes

 

Call now

To Register, RSVP or for additional information

 (561) 295-5712

 

 

  • No registration fees

  • No membership fees

  • Prorating available

 

 

WORKSHOPS: 

 

 

 

 

 

TED MATZ  Outside Inside: Plein Air Painting Basics

Have you always wanted to do plein air painting but don’t want to deal with the sun, heat and the bugs? Now this is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of plein air landscape painting in the comfort of the studio and without the distractions that being in nature provides?

February 9 – 10, 2019    10:00 am – 4:00 pm    $300     www.tedmatz.com

 

 

 

 

CARYL POMALES    PAWS : Painting Animals With Spirit!

February 14, 15, 16, 2019    10:00 – 4:00pm     $390.00

Learn to embrace your creative curiosity and paint fearlessly while focusing on the beloved subjects of animals and pets! Caryl Pomales will teach you the exciting method of using oil paints to paint “Alla Prima”(wet-on-wet). Concentrating on the building blocks of a dynamic painting, you’ll learn to paint boldly and freely using vibrant, luscious color.

Caryl will share her individual techniques to capture the unique personalities and nuances of animals on canvas.  Daily lectures, live demonstrations, and hands-on assistance will be included. You will leave with a fearless, creative mindset, an enhanced understanding of composition, focal point, color matching to values and painting with bold, expressive brushwork. In addition, you’ll take home a finished painting of your beloved animal!

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome! CarylFineArt.com

 

 

 

LUNCH & LEARN:

 

 

Lunch & Learn with LACY DAVISSON

“Jack the Dripper: An in-depth look at the work of Jackson Pollock”

 

 

 

 

Part 2 – Friday, March 8, 2019    12:00 pm – 2:00pm   Light lunch provided

Location TBD, please call to confirm location.   Call now to make your RSVP at (561) 295-5712

 

 

 

Lunch & Learn with JOAN LIPTON

 

 

 

 

“The Wives and Lovers of Picasso and how they influenced each of his styles”

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   12:00 – 2:00 pm    Light lunch provided

Location TBD   Call now to make our RSVP at (561) 295-5712

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS: 

 

 

EDWARD MUNOZ & DAVID DURBAK:

A Student / Teacher Collaboration

 

Photo by Edward Munoz

 

 

View the photography of David Durbak, adjunct professor of photography at Palm Beach State College and his student Edward Munoz. 

January 7 – January 31, 2019

 

 

Photo by Dave Durbak

 

 

 

 

THE NEW STUDIO: THE STUDENT SHOW

View the exciting and innovative artwork by student body of The New Studio for the Visual Arts.

February 4 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception:  February 8, 2019   6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

 

PLEIN  AIR  IN  PARIS  With  TED  MATZ

May 5 – 12, 2019

 

 

The New Studio for the Visual Arts is proud to sponsor Plein Air Paris 2019. Experience the beauty of Paris and the history of art by participating in this exciting plein air painting workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will experience all aspects of the Parisian urban landscape and culture.  With this workshop you get an actual travel experience, with the advantage of having daily painting instruction and demonstrations from a veteran plein air painter and the information, guidance and the history of Paris from a knowledgeable, English speaking tour guide. 

 

 

In this plein air painting workshop you will experience Paris with its iconic architecture, its famous cloud-piercing Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe at the end of the most famous avenue of the world, les Champs-Elysees, as well as Notre-Dame and its gargoyles, old bridges and Art Nouveau cafes that are famously part of the City.  You will experience painting in Montmartre, the epicenter of the Impressionists movement as well as other locations within the city where famous painters from history received their inspiration. 

RESERVE your space:  Contact Janet Miller 561.745.1559

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or opportunities to teach:

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 

 

 

 

No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace Goes Coast To Coast With Shows In Palm Beach And Los Angeles And Offers ARTcation In Venice, Italy

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection celebrates an international art fair on each coast: ArtPalmBeach 2019 in West Palm Beach, FL and LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show in January.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these events and an update about ARTcation in Venice, Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) Invites You To Cruise To Cuba In November! Have Fun And Continue The Legacy: 30 Years Of Scholarships To High School And College Students

Join the Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) for their 30th Anniversary FUNdraiser on a Cruise to Cuba this November, 2019!  Over the past 30 years, WITVA has given almost $400,000 in scholarships to talented and deserving high school and college students.  Can’t make the cruise?  Please consider a donation to WITVA’s 30 for 30 Scholarship Campaign.  Some cabin categories are being sold out!  Deposits are fully refundable until July, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make your plans now!  Kudos to WITVA, for supporting the visual arts by educating the next generations.  You do not have to be a member of WITVA to cruise!  A portion of the cruise price includes a tax deductible donation to WITVA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information about the cruise or the 30 for 30 please contact Sandy Ryter at 561-391-9109.

Although it is almost a year away, some cabin categories are being sold out! Deposits are fully refundable until July of 2019 ($50.00 processing fee applies).  For information about how to join Women In The Visual Arts please go to: www.WITVA.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA has given almost $400,000 in scholarships to talented and deserving high school and college students. Can’t make the cruise? Please consider donating to our 30 for 30 scholarship campaign.

 

For information about how to join Women In The Visual Arts, this event, or other programs please go to: www.WITVA.org

 

 

 

 

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Visit Venice And Milan With Whitespace’s ARTcation. Includes Venice Biennale, La Fenici Opera And Art Centric Tours

Experience the magical Venice Biennale, enjoy an evening at La Fenici Opera, and tour art centric homes and private collections with Elayne Mordes, of Whitespace.  The trip takes place from May 19-26, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information: www.whitespacecollection.com

 

 

 

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