Behind The Scenes With The Southern Handcraft Society: An Interview With Pam Warren

The Southern Handcraft Society (SHS) has five extremely active groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The Rickie Report asked Caren Hackman to investigate the history and current status of SHS.  We include her interview with Pam Warren, President of the Delray Beach Pineapple Grove Chapter and photos.  SHS is a wonderful arts organization to get involved with, be it the camaraderie, learning new techniques, or being able to sell your creations. SHS presents high quality crafted items, which often become family heirlooms, to be passed to the next generation.  Anyone interested in preserving, enriching, and trying creative crafts is welcome to attend a monthly meeting to see if this is the organization for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes 

Southern Handcraft Society With Caren Hackman:

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers how SHS came into being.

PW:

The Southern Handcraft Society was founded in January of 1985.  The founder, Laura Kluvo (also known as Laura “glue gun” Kluvo)* had envisioned fellow-minded crafters who would be educated through preserving and enriching creative crafts. Currently there are five groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, totaling about 190 members who meet once a month each. 

 

Rustic board and two examples of the fairy doors designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

TRR:  How did you get involved in crafting, and in particular with the Southern Handcraft Society?

 

 

PW:

Ever since I was a little kid I have enjoyed making things.  I would make paper dolls and their clothes as a gift for my younger sister.  Then, in Girl Scouts, my favorite badge to earn was “the dabbler”.  It included sewing, painting, gluing and miscellaneous other “skills”. As an adult, crafting primarily involved sewing.  I took a class at a quilt shop called “shadow quilting”.  The teacher was Laura Kluvo and she asked me to join a group of ladies she was organizing into a crafting “club”. This was 1985 and the beginning of the Southern Handcraft Society (SHS).

 

 

A woman who organized large craft shows contacted Laura. The woman needed help to run the shows. The first show was held in a model home in the newly developed Woodfield Hunt Club division in Boca Raton. We all had things (mostly Christmas ornaments) for sale in the show.  Within a couple of years that group of thirteen ladies had grown and totally assumed the running of the craft show. As it happened, I was the first chairman of our own show and by then we had moved the show to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.

 

 

Somewhere along the way I took a painting class and was totally hooked on painting. I have had a wonderful time learning and then sharing what I learned by teaching classes.  I made it a point that as each of my two grandchildren turn three years old, I would start teaching them to paint with me. This is a part of what S.H.S. is about…we want to enhance our various fields of crafts and our enthusiasm to be creative with others.

 

 

S.H.S. has grown to five chapters in the Broward and Palm Beach County areas.  Each of our chapters produces at least one large craft show annually; some have more than one show a year.  Chapter members, as well as outside artists are juried into the shows.  We are intent on presenting high quality crafted items.  Each chapter, through the shows, creates the opportunity for us to sell our crafts.  We, also enjoy social times and learning experiences at our meetings and at an annual retreat.

 

 

Witch doll and owl pot holders made by Judy Jensen; Ghosts on small gourds, designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

TRR:  Can you tell us some stories from the early days with SHS?

Pam:

 

At the  first show SHS put on, so many of the ornaments sold that member Maureen Hitch and I sat on the floor in the inventory room  making more ornaments as quickly as we could in order to keep up with the demand!

 

Delray’s Pineapple Grove, the Delray chapter, took road trips during which members would work on crafts together. About 20-25 women went on one of our early trips to a hotel in Daytona Beach. The hotel welcomed the crafters and set up tables in the lobby for them. All of the SHS members plugged in their glue guns and began to work on projects. Apparently we over-taxed the electrical system in the hotel and all of the lights went out….but the hotel took this in stride and asked us  to stagger our use of the glue guns.

 

 

 

TRR:  Do you keep up with current style trends to keep your craft items relevant to today’s home décor?

Pam:

 

Yes! As styles change, the Southern Handcraft Society keeps up with the popularity of interior and collectable trends.

 

Paintings of lighthouses and an orchid on wine bottles painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

Caren: What is trending now? 

Pam:

Items that are utilitarian. No dust collectors. People don’t want to just purchase items to decorate their home. They are looking for unique utilitarian items such as piggy banks, decorative plates…items that are practical and unique. I enjoy taking classes from other crafters to discover new creative ideas. The fun of it is hunting for new surfaces to convert to “something else.”

 

 

Many people can’t get to the beach, but like to bring the “beachy” feeling into their home. SHS keeps track of color trends. The paint company, Deco-Art Americana, offers one and two minute demonstrations of the newest trending colors being used.  

 

 

*Laura K taught a certain technique of quilting, but earned her name “glue gun” while showing how to put together ornaments. A touch of glue here, a touch of glue there and voila, the perfect ornament. She took great joy in spreading her love of crafts and hoped to share it with everyone.

 

Unfortunately, crafts “manufactured” in China are making inroads into the handcrafter work so the group makes an effort to stay one step ahead.

 

 

 

 

Nautical Santa with tree and shells created by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

 

Caren: What sort of craft items are you currently working on?

Pam:

I pretty much paint on anything that doesn’t move – wood, metal, glass and fabric. I have tried to paint on plastic, but am not happy with the current paints and how they bond to the plastic surfaces. There is such a broad spectrum of plastic compositions and not all paints work with all plastics. I’m working on items for holiday craft shows. I’m not sure how many people realize that Christmas preparation begins in April for items that sell in October and November!

 

 

Currently, I enjoy painting cigar boxes, lighthouses on wine bottles, fan blades that are painted like giraffes. I have also had a great response to decorative table-top containers that I make by painting small discarded drawers and adding feet.

 

I’ve had a great response to my painted wooden bowls. I like to add a few tiny bugs painted on the inside.  Flamingoes, nautical and beach themed items are all popular. Pam painted a 24” high Santa dressed in a rain slicker with a lobster coming out of a pocket, red crab on shoulder, holding a small X-mas tree decorated with seashells.

 

 

 

 

  Two snowmen on candlesticks crated by Judy Jensen and a Santa painted by Pam Warren

 

 

For more information about SHS activities and membership contact:

 

 

Pam Warren: pjrawarren@msn.com

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Opens Its Registry For PBC Residents In Preparation For New Exhibition And New Public Art Opportunities

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places is getting ready to launch a new exhibition opportunity and a new public art project that will be open only to Palm Beach County artists in the Fall.  If you are not yet on the registry list, this is the time to sign up. There is no charge and you will receive emails about Artist Opportunity announcements. The Rickie Report shares the details here and asks you to share this information with friends and colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioned by Palm Beach County Art in Public Places:

“Knowledge is Her Future”, mural by Andrew Reid at Belle Glade Branch Library

 

 

When Artists are part of Palm Beach County’s construction projects, our public spaces, buildings and streetscapes are enriched for all to enjoy.  Inspired by The Palm Beach’s natural beauty and diverse communities, the County’s “Public Art Places” reveal contemporary and historical local stories to create a distinct sense of place. Local, statewide and nationally acclaimed Artists compete for the opportunity to create site-specific works in communities Countywide.

 

 

Register at this link:

 http://discover.pbcgov.org/fdo/art/Pages/Artist-Registry.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this:

Elayna Toby Singer

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places

2633 Vista Parkway  West Palm Beach, FL 33411

http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ART

esinger@pbcgov.org

(561) 233-0235

 

 

 

 

 

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New Clay Pottery And Sculpture Classes For Adults With Walter O’Neill Begin Thursday, June 13 At Northeast High School In Oakland Park, FL.

Walter O’Neill is teaching Clay: Pottery and Sculpting classes for adults at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL. Beginners and intermediate students are welcome. Register now for classes which start on Thursday, June 13. Experimenting with clay is a wonderful way to spend the summer and re-energize your creativity!  Walter started claying three years ago and it is now his primary studio activity.  You can see Walter’s ceramic sculptures in the juried group exhibit, “Textured” at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the upcoming classes and some sneak peeks of Walter’s and his student’s creations.

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Mugs created by Walter O’Neill’s students

 

 

 

ADULT     POTTERY / CLAY     CLASSES

WITH  

WALTER O’NEILL

 

 

BEGIN  THURSDAY,  JUNE 13

 

 

REGISTER NOW

 

 

June 13 to August 18

Thursdays, 6pm to 9pm

8 sessions: $97

 

 

Northeast High School

700 Northeast 56th Street   Oakland Park , FL 33334

Visit the website or call the office: 754.322.1650

www.browardschools.com

 

 

 

          Ceramic Creations from Walter O’Neill’s Students

 

 

Clay:  Pottery and Sculpting Class

 

 

Have fun learning the basic techniques of making pottery or sculpture using clay. Projects include learning slab, coil, and other hand-building techniques and complete using a variety of finishing techniques. Small, relaxed, friendly class.

Intermediate students are also welcome and get advice while working on personal projects.

 

 

Note: Class uses only low-fire clay purchased in class. This is hand-building class only. Please bring basic pottery tool kit to first class, this can be purchased a local art stores or on line.

 

 

For more information about these classes:

Visit the website or call the office: 754.322.1650

www.browardschools.com

 

 

 

 

 

“Out of the Sea” by Walter O’Neill

 

 

“TEXTURED”

 

 

 

Opening reception: Thursday, June 13   6 – 8 pm

On view through June 28.

 

At:

 

Walter tells The Rickie Report, “I started working in ceramics three years ago. This year I have focused on more create aspects of ceramics and spending more time on ceramics.  There are many parallels between fresco and ceramics, the working process as well as use of natural earth as fundamental materials”.    

Walter’s ceramics are on exhibit at ArtServe, from June 13 through June 28 as part of a juried group exhibition, “Textured”. The artists in the exhibit are selected graduates of the Artists’ as Entrepreneur program of the Broward County Cultural Division.

 

 

For more information:

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique Announces A Sizzling Summer Of Exhibits! Public Is Invited To Opening Reception On June 7

At the end of season, The Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique doesn’t fizzle, they sizzle!  The public is invited to view their summer shows and attend the next Opening Reception on Friday, June 7. These talented local artists exhibit in oil, acrylic, pastel, inks, watercolors, and mixed media.  Many different artistic styles can be seen in every exhibit.  Shop in the Boutique during regular business hours, join them for the reception where you can meet the artists, and enjoy some light refreshments.  The Artists’ Eye Gallery & Boutique is located in downtown Lake Worth Beach, just steps off Lake Avenue at L Street & Lucerne.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds artists, that they are welcome to join this gallery!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALLING ALL ARTISTS 

to show your work in our gallery!

 

 

 

We are proud to offer an unprecedented equal opportunity for all artists!

We are unique in the fact that we accept the work of ALL of our member artists, from emerging to professional, to show, sell and compete for awards in our Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth.

 

 

Our gallery is owned and operated by the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The league is comprised of very talented artists from all disciplines. More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show. First, become a member for just $75. per year. You then have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each one of our 8 judged “season” shows. Each show is judged by a qualified judge that is not affiliated with the league. The league offers cash prizes and ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention award winners during season.

 

We also have a “Peoples Choice” award where the public is the judge! Low entry fee for shows. Summer exhibitions continue with reduced prices for entry. The league retains 20% of all sales, which along with membership, entry fees and our volunteers, helps keep the gallery open and your work visible to the public. A reception with light refreshment is held for each show. All shows are advertised. Membership offers meetings, discounted classes, social events and the opportunity to sell your work in our Boutique. Please see our website for more information, lwartleague.org.

 

 

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces Arts And Cultural Community Networking Mixer On May 29. Learn More About This Newly Designated Local Arts Agency

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is bringing together the arts and cultural community at a networking mixer and celebration on Wednesday, May 29. Artists, musicians, creative professionals, and business, nonprofit and civic leaders are all invited to mix, mingle, and network. St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is celebrating its recent recognition as St. Lucie County’s designated local arts agency.  Walk away with new connections and inspiration! The Rickie Report shares the details about this and other ways to connect to SLCA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INVITES  YOU:

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 29

5:30 -7:30 pm

Sunrise Theater

117 S 2nd St.    Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

 

Cost to attend: FREE for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and a guest*, $10 for non-members.

If you decide to join St. Lucie Cultural Alliance at or after the event, we will credit your ticket cost toward your new membership.

Questions? Contact Holly Theuns at (772) 462-2783, holly.theuns@artstlucie.org. 

*Call or e-mail us for details about our guest policy.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Fitz-Coy, Communications Manager, tells The Rickie Report, “St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is a young organization, so we’re really trying to build awareness among artists (and galleries and arts organizations as well), about membership and our resources. Artists, musicians, creative professionals, and business, nonprofit and civic leaders are all invited to mix, mingle, and network. St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is celebrating its recent recognition as St. Lucie County’s designated local arts agency.”

 

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For more information:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Ave  Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5632

 

Resources:

 www.ArtStLucie.org

 https://www.facebook.com/StLucieCulturalAlliance/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

The Friends Of The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Announce 1st Annual Juried Art Show. Applications Open Now For January 4 & 5, 2020

Join the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens for their first annual Art Show in The Gardens on Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 2020. The show will feature artists representing 2D, 3D, Jewelry and Fine Crafts from the Treasure Coast and beyond. Applications are due by November 1, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this Call to Artists. What a fabulous setting to see your creative artwork!!  Please note: Non-Profit Art Societies and/or Informational Resource Tables will be available at this event for a low fee. What a fabulous way to network with the community!!

 

 

 

 

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.     Port St. Lucie, FL    34952
772.337.1959       

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm  •  Sunday Noon to 4

 

Friends   of   the   Port   St.  Lucie   Botanical   Gardens,   Inc.  

 

 

PRESENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st    Annual    Art    Show    in    The    Gardens

Saturday, January 4, 2020

&

Sunday, January 5, 2020

9 – 4  Each Day 

 

 

Artists Call For:

2D, 3D, Jewelry and Fine Crafts

Applications are due by November 1, 2019  

 

 

 

 

Please note the Jury Fee for all submissions is $25 and is non-refundable. 

The Jury Fee will be applied to your show/booth fee if your are approved.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org.

You may also download and print the Artist Application, including the Complete Guidelines and Exhibitor Rules & Regulations by clicking HERE ​(it is also listed below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org.

 

 

www.PSLBG.org/artapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doug Marlowe Helps Harness The Power Of Technology For Individuals And Businesses, With A Specialty Niche For Artists. “teachITnow” Alleviates Frustration And Confusion

Doug Marlowe describes himself as “a curious sort”. His passion with art began at age 10, with the first roll of film he developed. That led him to the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Photo Science and Engineering. He pioneered many of the processes used to go from the camera to the computer and from the computer to the printing press. Doug moved to telecommunications and was a “midwife” at the birth of the public Internet. Doug’s communication skills led him to decades of engineering project management and workplace education. Who has not dealt with some type of  technology issue?  Through teachITnow,Inc., Doug can help individuals, groups, and businesses corral their technology dysfunction and move forward with a sense of confidence toward success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could   you   benefit   from   Technotherapy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the rapid development of the Internet, computers, digital cameras, and cell phones, Doug was driven to educate those who are confused and frustrated with these technologies; especially artists, whose existence revolves around communications.

 

 

 

I don’t know if anyone else – no matter how creative she might ”think” she is – doesn’t arrive at the Wall of Exasperation! “What am I missing? I need a new set of eyes!” That’s how I felt when I called Doug to walk me through some various social media platforms for my very busy real estate career. Two days later, I took all my questions, my media campaigns, branding questions and sat with my ever patient brain trust named Doug Marlowe. Whether its formatting local or global campaigns or analyzing where the “new frontier” of promotion might be, I thank Doug for opening some areas to explore.
 
 
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Toni Lee Real Estate

 

 

Doug helps to “Do it better, Do it faster, and Deliver results.”

 

 

 

 

 

Doug’s company, teachITnow, Inc. has been helping the “bewildered and confused” harness the power of their technology since 2008. 

 

 

 

Doug Marlowe has been my IT guy for ten years. His creative and patient teaching style has enabled me to feel confident in my ability to control the technologies I need to create my art. I trust Doug implicitly with many aspects of my gallery’s operations, social media, and marketing. I recommend Doug highly.

Yaacov Heller, Artist and Gallery Owner 
Gallery 22 International, Inc    

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the art community, and assistance with PC & Mac issues, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Web Sites (new and updates), Online Stores and Sales (Square, PayPal, etc.), and, of course, training.

 

 

I was in desperate need of revising my web site in time for my SOLO show and knew it needed professional help. My anxieties were dashed within days and my web site looks great at a reasonable cost.  I will continue to call on Doug for help with marketing on social media.  He was a pleasure to work with.  I highly recommend Doug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty Burri

Kitty Burri Fine Art

 

 

 

 

 

A portion of Doug’s client list includes: Ingrid Robinson, Artists and Charities Hand in Hand, Karen Lynne Gallery, Yaacov Heller Gallery 22, Kitty Burri Fine Art, Marian Kraus Photography, PC Professor, Toni Lee Real Estate, ArtsPlosure Decorating, ArtRageous Art & Frame, and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to get in touch with Doug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join Lighthouse ArtCenter And Manon Sander In Sedona, AZ For 1 Week Of Plein Air Painting, Exploration, And Relaxation September 12-19.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Manon Sander invite you to go on an exciting plein air painting adventure:  Immerse yourselves in crimson beauty when you venture out west, to Red Rock country, Sedona, AZ, from September 12 – 19, 2019. September is one of the best months to visit, when the summer heat has subsided but the temperatures are still mild. The Rickie Report shares the details about the trip and some photos.  If you have ever been, this is a place you can go back to again and again. If it is your first time, this is the perfect way to explore!

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

PLEIN    AIR    PAINT    EXCURSION   TO    SEDONA

 

 

Sedona, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff. It is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community and is surrounded by red-rock buttes, towering canyon walls and pine forests. Uptown Sedona is dense with shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park. We will be staying at a very comfortable hotel, the Arroyo Roble, with every room providing a private balcony with breathtaking views of the famous Red Rocks and two separate queen beds. The hotel is situated in walking distance from Uptown Sedona, which is the heart of town, with charming stores and galleries, restaurants and cafes.

 

 

 

 

Arroyo Roble Hotel

 

 

 

September 12th is your arrival day. You can take it easy, settle in, look around a little bit, and get organized for September 13th, our first painting day. Out of the 6 days on location we will paint 4 days. On painting days we will have breakfast at the hotel and then drive to a different picturesque location to capture the beautiful landscape on our canvases under Manon’s instruction. Demos, group critiques, and lots of individual instruction at your easel will greatly benefit your painting skills.

 

 

 

Manon Sander

 

 

 

 

 

You will have two free days so you have a chance to explore the area at your own pace. Some suggestions are touring the Red Rocks or the desert via the popular Pink Jeep Tours, you can venture out into several vortexes Sedona is known for and feel their healing energy, you can go on an invigorating hike, or take it easy by enjoying a relaxing spa day, relax by the pool, stroll through town and visit galleries and shops, go on an UFO spotting excursion, or paint some more.   The price for this incredible painting adventure is $2170.

 

 

Pink Jeep Tours

 

Included in the price are:

  • 7 nights in the hotel, price based on double occupancy. If you don’t wish to share a room there will be a $720 supplement.
  • Daily buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices
  • Transport to painting locations
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • 4 days of painting instruction
  • mineral spirits for oil painters

 

Not included in the price are:

  • Airfare and shuttle from and to airport
  • Meals other than two dinners and daily breakfast
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Expenses for activities on your two free days

 

 

Tlaquepaque Arts Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration:

 

Due to the small group size of a maximum of 10 people we expect that the workshop will fill up quickly. It will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended to reserve your space by submitting your deposit for registration early. The deadline for registration is June 9th, 2019.

A $500 deposit and a signed copy of the fine print upon reservation will hold your spot. The remaining balance will be due on June 10th, 2019. 

Reservations can be made through the Lighthouse ArtCenter by calling 561-748-8737.

If you have any questions about the trip, please don’t hesitate to send Manon an email to manondesigns@comcast.net . If you’d like to check out Manon’s credentials you can do so by visiting her website ManonSander.com.

The FINE Print:

Cancellations for any reason will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. Deposits less the administrative fee are refundable if workshop sells out and someone takes your spot.

In addition:

  • If you cancel less than 90-60 days before the trip starts you will receive all monies paid to date minus 50% of the trip cost per person unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.
  • If you cancel less than 60 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit the entire trip cost per person, unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.

Purchasing travel insurance is mandatory to protect your investment. Let’s cross our fingers, but unforeseen circumstances do happen, and it’s necessary to be prepared. Some trip insurances to consider are World Nomads (the most inexpensive and according to reviews reliable), Allianz, or Travel Guard.

Workshop Cancellation: In the unlikely event the workshop is canceled, all payments received by the Lighthouse ArtCenter will be refunded. Personal expenses like travel expenses will not be reimbursed, and are considered each individual’s own liability. 

Workshop instructor Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter will do their best to provide you with a safe and pleasant environment but cannot be held liable for illness, injury, terrorism, or natural disasters and shall not be held responsible for any damages, loss, delay, omission or irregularity which may occur, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out any of our arrangements or otherwise in connection herewith. Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter cannot be held responsible for a client’s sickness or personal accident, forces of nature, or other problems.

_________________________________________________________________Workshop Participant’s Signature   _________  Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561)748-8737

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Jeweler And Art Therapist, Maria Tritico, Is Featured At Wellington Art Society On May 8. Public Is Welcome To Meet The Artists And Learn More About WAS

The Wellington Art Society will have a demonstration by Maria Tritico of jewelry making with metal on Wednesday, May 8 at the Wellington Community Center.  A “Meet and Greet” is followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting.  The highlight of the evening will be the demonstration by Maria.  She will discuss her art journey, including her work as an art therapist, and her process from idea to finished product. Everyone is welcome to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Maria’s award-winning jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  May 8, 2019

 

6:30 pm

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

FEATURING:

 

 

MARIA    TRITICO

 

 

 This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

Metal Necklace by Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico is a native Texan who currently lives in West Palm Beach.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing/Jewelry and Photography from Texas State University and her Masters of Art in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is presently an Artist-in-Residence at the Armory Art Center, teaching lead jewelry and metalsmithing classes from introduction to metals to intermediate and advance soldering and stone setting.  She also teaches introduction to Metalsmithing and Linear Designs and Stone Setting at Lighthouse Gallery Art Center in Tequesta. She works with  people of all ages in her classes.  Maria’s award winning jewelry has been featured at Continuum 2019.

 

 

 

 

Metal Necklace by Maria Tritico

 

 

Maria draws on the life around her as inspiration for her jewelry designs using lines in nature and patterns in architecture and construction materials.  Her pieces are like line drawings, clean and simple so that the viewer’s attention is solely on the design. 

 

 

 

 

Metal necklace by Maria Tritico

 

 

 

As an Art Therapist she has worked in the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County and Healing Art in West Palm Beach.  Maria allows the client to determine what they need from therapy and tailors how she works to meet their needs, using the art materials as a baseline for conversation.  This helps the client practice creative problem solving skills that parallel skills needed in real life. 

 

 

 

 

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

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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The Gilt Complex Offers Free Art Talk On May 16. Learn About Framing, Art Restoration, Conservation Services. See Diverse Mat And Frame Selections Beyond Your Expectations!

Artists, students, and art enthusiasts are invited to an Art Talk: “Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art” on Thursday, May 16 at The Gilt Complex.  This free event includes a prize drawing and will cover topics such as affordable framing options, tips on protecting and storing your art, styles & trends in displaying art, and photography frames that have a WOW impact!  The Gilt Complex will offer an Art Talk each third Thursday of the month.  We interview Duncan Hurd about this intriguing art resourceThe Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944

772.463.0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

 

Art Talk:

“Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art”

 

 

Thursday, May 16

5:30  –  8  pm

 

 

Free admission          Free parking

Free refreshments         Free prize drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rickie Report knows that art is all around us – and we just have to stop and notice!  I was checking out what was happening along Colorado Avenue, known as the “artbeart” of Stuart,  and came across a frame shop called The Gilt Complex. Intrigued, I went inside and had a fascinating conversation with Duncan Hurd, the owner.

 

 

TRR:  So, what’s with the name?

Duncan: 

Our business was founded by a gilder and art restorer in New Jersey in 1982. He has a great sense of humor and rather than call his business something like “Ye Olde Frame Shop,” he decided to have a little fun and call it “The Gilt Complex.” We took over after he retired a couple years ago, and we just love the quirkiness of the name. If nothing else, it’s a conversation starter.

 

 

An example of art restoration: You can see the more vibrant colors (left side) after this piece of artwork has been cleaned.

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers more about your business.

Duncan: 

The Gilt Complex is a custom framing and art restoration business.  We frame everything from original art painted by the masters to your child’s masterpiece. In our restoration service, we mostly remove dirt and blemishes from the painting’s surface and repair minor damage.  Although we have been known to reline and restore significantly damaged historical works of art. 

 

 

 

TRR:  I’m in love with all your frames!

Duncan: 

Thanks.  We have what we consider to be one of the most diverse collections of frames in the area.  From historical reproduction 22-karat gold leaf finished corner frames to modern unfinished corner frames.  In order to avoid mass confusion, we organize our samples by style, with room between each frame so you can distinguish one from the other.  We have traditional, ornate gold and silver, wood veneer, contemporary and eclectic, and rustic styles, among others.  We even have a bright and colorful Coastal Collection.  

 

 

The thin black liner inside the mat opening on “Blue footed Boobies” by Katie Gianni, heightens the space and distinction between the artwork and the matting. It gives the eye a space to rest and appreciate the artwork, without being too crowded.  This frame further intensifies the feather of the subject matter, while the frame’s corners capture the look of webbed feet.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What’s unique about your business?  What sets you apart?

Duncan: 

Three words: selection, service and smiles!  We have well over 2,000 frame samples in our showroom.  Beyond that, we will never compromise on quality.  We only use acid-free mats and papers, and all our glass is UV protected.  We are very careful about how we handle your art, and we take the time to fit your frame the right way.  That doesn’t mean that everything we do is expensive.  Quite the contrary.  We’re happy to work within any budget, but the quality of our work will be consistent no matter what you pay.  

TRR:  And smiles?

Duncan: 

We have a lot of fun doing what we do.  Our customers often comment about what a happy place this is.  It’s much more rewarding to establish relationships than to squeeze every nickel out of every sale.  So, we talk to you and laugh with you.  Life is too short not to enjoy what you do, and we like to share the fun we have doing it.  Thus, the smiles!

 

 

The dark mat took attention away from the art itself and the orange-toned frame was a distraction.

Now, the artwork is the main focus, bringing the blue from the art piece into the mat lining.  Look at how much brighter this piece seems!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Who else works with you?

Duncan: 

My wife Pam is an engineer and she does everything in our workshop.  She operates our computerized mat cutter, cuts the glass, assembles the frames and puts it all together.  What I love about her approach is that she spends as much time on all the little things you will never see as she does on what’s in front of you.  Katie Gianni is an accomplished artist who brings that level of creativity to designing the ideal frame for your art, whether it’s an original or a print.  Finding the perfect marriage between the art and the frame is what Katie and I most enjoy.  

 

 

TRR:  You said you’ve been around since 1982, but I didn’t even know you were here.

Duncan: 

For about a dozen years we were tucked away in a strip mall on South Dixie Highway near Port Salerno.  Last year in February we moved the store to Colorado Avenue.  We love, love, love being in downtown Stuart in what is rapidly becoming known as the arts and entertainment district.  Someone recently called it “the artbeat of Stuart.”  More and more people are finding us every day due to our more centralized location.  Just like you did!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  How else can people find you?

Duncan: 

Probably the best place is through the internet.  Our website tells our story pretty well at TheGiltComplex.com.  We are a big supporter of the Arts Council of Martin County and you can see our ad in their magazine, as well as in the Lyric Theatre’s magazine.  One of the great rewards of owning a small business is becoming an integral part of the community.  In addition to the Arts Council, we are active members of the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce.  It’s hard to go anywhere without recognizing someone, and we think that’s wonderful.  

Note the red line incised around the middle of the frame and how this accentuates the outlines in the artwork.  This and the color of the frame itself offer subtle touches that enhance the artwork. 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What framing advice can you offer our readers?

Duncan: 

An expression I often repeat when choosing a frame is, “What does the art want?”  In other words, what frame will best compliment the art and draw your attention to the painting or print?  The advantage of custom framing is having many options available to you – not only the frames, but also mats, liners and all the other components that go into creating beautiful artwork.  You can almost always find something appropriate within your budget.  But if your decision is driven by price alone, you may not even give yourself the opportunity to consider the best design solution.  

 

 

TRR:  Do you have any concluding thoughts?

Duncan: 

If you surround yourself with art, every day will be filled with joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

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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