Sharon Koskoff Fosters Community With Innovative “Alone Together: A Corona Crises Collage”

Sharon Koskoff has created a unique art exhibit, “ALONE TOGETHER: A Corona Crises Collage” by inviting area artists to submit photos of their original works of art. The 6″ x 6″ images have been merged into a 5′ x 30 ‘ large scale mural which will be seen at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth Beach.  Available June 13 through July 18, it can be viewed virtually with an Opening Interview and Overview on Saturday, June 13 via FaceBook and Instagram.  Art lovers and patrons can purchase a print-on-demand (includes shipping) photo of their choice to benefit the PBC Artist Relief Fund.  The Rickie Report is excited to have taken part in the initial Call to Artists and cannot wait to see the finished mural! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Council Website / Artist Exhibition

 

By:

Sharon Koskoff

 

 

“Alone Together: A Coronavirus Crisis Collage”

… A Socially Distant Installation

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 13, 2020

 1:00 PM

 

 

LIVE Virtual Online Interview Opening ~ Facebook & Instagram

 

 

LIVE Facebook… https://facebook.com/palmbeachculture

LIVE Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/palmbeachculture/

 

 

 

Mural Dimensions:   30-feet wide by 5-feet tall

Collage Inclusions:   164 Six-inch Squares

Submissions by:   113 PBC Artists

 

 

Benefitting PBC Artist Relief Fund

 

 

June 13 – July 18, 2020

 

 

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Florida

 

 

 

Community Artist, Sharon Koskoff spent March, April & May 2020, COVID-19 quarantine time, creating a three-dimensional, mixed-media, mural installation. Koskoff sent out a Call to Artists online and incorporated 164 six-inch square artworks submitted by 113 artists. The works were created “during or inspired by“ their time ALONE in the pandemic crisis. She felt the need to connect with other artists and inspire creativity during this unprecedented and isolating experience. She says, “My goal is to keep all artists productive and working! I built this large-scale mural in the confines of my home, while communicating with other artists, and within the limitations of my computer, printer and ordering materials online. This undertaking has given me a great sense of sanity, in this insane world!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Koskoff tells The Rickie Report,  “While living alone with underlying health issues and a stay-at-home order in Delray Beach, I knew I had to stay connected and stay active! As a community motivator and public mural artist, I challenged other Palm Beach County artists to submit a square- sized creation of something relevant that they had made or that inspired them during quarantine. The overwhelming results have kept my creative spirits intact while giving participants a sense of pride, purpose and recognition”.

 

 

 

A is for Antibodies that fight infection

L is for always for Love

O is for keeping your Mask ON!

N is for the New Normal

E is for Education & Empathy TOGETHER 2020

 

500 Hours

164 Six-Inch Squares

139 Headlines Honoring those in Heaven

113 Artists

72 Days of Quarantine

36 Toilet Paper tubes 9 Cut-Outs

 

 

 

Prints of the individual pieces are for sale on the Council’s website, www.palmbeachculture.com

To benefit the Council’s Artist Relief Fund, which provides small grants to creative professionals in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enthusiastically, we are all connected through the internet.

 

 

Prints of the individual pieces are for sale on the Council’s website, www.palmbeachculture.com

to benefit the Council’s Artist Relief Fund, which provides small grants to creative professionals in need.

 

For more information:

Sharon Koskoff is an arts instructor of mixed media collage at Creative Arts School at Old School Square in Delray Beach and an Honorary Lifetime member of WITVA.

www.BySharon.com

www.ArtDecoPB.org

www.ArtintheAlley.org

Studio 561 276-9925    Cell 561 699-7899

Email to:  BySharon@icloud.com

Be Safe and Feel Free to connect with Sharon at BySharon@ArtDecoPB.org

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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NSVA Announces New Virtual Classes, Workshops, And Video On Demand Demos, Plus Physically Distanced Plein Air Excursions

The New Studio for the Visual Arts announces a new series of Virtual Classes, Workshops, and Demos! In addition Ted Matz will be leading physically distanced Plein Air local Excursions in the Jupiter/ Tequesta area.  All levels of students are welcome. Kudos to NSVA as they announce a new $50,000 Gift Matching Campaign!  The Rickie Report shares all of the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PLEIN         AIR

JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26

9 am – Noon

Locations will change from week to week.  You will be notified prior to the scheduled dates where the class will take place.  Physical distancing according to CDC Guidelines will be observed.

 

 

 

 

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MATCHING  GIFT   CAMPAIGN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about these classes, workshops, or events:  www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts Council Of Martin County Calls For Visual Art Entries For Annual “Members Showcase”. Deadline Is June 12, 2020

The Annual “Members Showcase” of the Arts Council of Martin County is open for entries of 2D and 3D works of art.  Eligible artists are current, renewing, and new Member artists. While an in-person gallery experience isn’t possible due to Covid19 regulations, this exhibit will be present via an on-line gallery, in fact opening it to more art patrons than ever before. The deadline to apply is June 12.  The Rickie Report shares the details.  The exhibition is available June 19 – July 31, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

  • Exhibit dates: June 19 – July 31, 2020
  • Submission deadline: June 12, 2020 
  • Virtual gallery link and promotional flyer will be sent on or before June 19th to all participating artists and shared on all media channels.

 

Want to exhibit your work? Here’s how!

 

 

  • Artist must be a Current, Renewing, or New member of the Arts Council of Martin County.
  • One (1) artwork per Member Artist
  • 2D and 3D original work in all media completed in the last 36 months and not previously exhibited at the Court House Cultural Center or any other local art exhibit within 50 miles (i.e. The Elliott Museum, Lighthouse Art Center, Backus Museum, etc.).
  • Member artists may choose to use artwork included on their current listing on our Member Artist page or submit a new image for exhibit.
  • Photos of Artwork must be taken in good lighting, cropped to image only, clear and in focus, and minimum 72dpi resolution.

 

Entry Form:

https://www.martinarts.org/programs/cultural_center_gallery/members-showcase-entry-form.html

Conditions

 

  • Artists are encouraged to price their work for sale.  Commission is 25% to the Arts Council and 75% to the artist. Artist can choose to donate all proceeds to the Arts Council’s programs.
  • Sales price does not include shipping or delivery.  This will be handled separately between the artist and buyer.
  • The Arts Council reserves the right to refuse an artwork if the work is improperly framed, wired, misrepresented by the submitted digital image, and/or any other reason.
  • The Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes.

Questions Contact Jennifer at 772.287.6676 ext 2 or jhearn@martinarts.org

 

About The Arts Council of Martin County:

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

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

  •   Promotion of arts and cultural events or opportunities;

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

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

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Art Continues As We Celebrate Kirsten Hines, Virtual Artist In Residence For May

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up are encouraged to apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Kirsten Hines, the May, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. Artists are urged to apply before the September 30, 2020 deadline to be part of this exhibition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Fine Art & Photography   Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   IN   RESIDENCE   PROGRAM

Introducing

KIRSTEN HINES

Photographer & Nature Writer

Virtual Artist in Residence, May 2020

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment.

Kirsten Hines, our Virtual Artist in Residence for May, is based in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. She is a talented and dynamic photographer, author and conservationist. You can read her blog and see the images from her global travels on her website. We present here a taste of her work: http:// www.kirstennaturetravel.com

 

 

Kirsten’s Inspiration

Kirsten tells The Rickie Report, “I have always been inspired by nature. The plants and animals in my childhood yard in the Philippines hosted many an adventure, and led me to a master’s degree in biology. But somehow important issues, stories and even the wildlife I so adored lost their magic when defined by columns of scientific numbers. I now strive to convey environmental issues and stories through my writing and photography, without sacrificing the magic“.

 

 

“Study in Stripes” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Like a human finger print, each zebra has distinctive stripes. This variation seemed most prominent to me on the tail, particularly in this grouping of zebras in a water hole at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park where each of these zebras had a bold yet unique tail pattern.

 

I seek to provide an intimate perspective on nature from around the world, reflecting wildlife, their behaviors, and habitats both in an unaltered documentary- style and in a more interpretive abstract style achieved in-camera to convey the emotional experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Glimmer of Hope” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Found only on Isla Escudo de Veraguas in Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago, Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are listed Critically Endangered. This one was asleep in a mangrove tree when we arrived by boat, looking up only momentarily as the boatman demonstrated its mating whistle.

 

Focus on the Natural World

It was two memories from my childhood in the Philippines that really transformed my love of exploring nature into a passion for environmental conservation….

The first was a bird – the kind of flamboyant bird one imagines from the tropics with bright colors and elaborate plumes. I’d never seen a bird like it in our yard before but as I raced to the window for a better view, a young stranger shot it from the tree with a slingshot. The bird was bagged and gone before my family had a chance to protest. I never saw another like it.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sunset Heron” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

As the sky outside St. Augustine, Florida blazed with sunset colors, the marsh before me glowed orange and gold. Water ripples became black lines across a scene that looked more like graphic art than a wetland. Then this Great Blue Heron emerged from the vegetation, returning the scene to nature once again.

 

The other memory wasn’t a single event but rather the progressive change in scenery along our weekly commute between Manila and our rural home in Cavite. Slowly but steadily stilt-houses in small coastal fishing villages and thatch huts in luscious rice fields succumbed to bulldozers and concrete. The last time I took the route, 25 years ago by now, the city had all but engulfed our formerly provincial compound. I could count on one hand the remaining patches of green. I mourned for the children I saw playing at the highway’s edge. They would never chase the end of a rainbow through meadows and mango orchards to find a pool of golden light at the end as I once had.

 

 

 

 

 

“Savanna Skyline” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

My day on the Serengeti was drawing to a close. A lone hartebeest stood silhouetted against the evening sky. A large, uniquely horned African antelope, the outline of a hartebeest is distinctive. This was likely a male, overseeing his territory prior to nightfall.

 

How I Get My Shots

I’ve always been an explorer…

 

I’m happiest tromping barefoot through the mud, along a stream, in a tidepool or anywhere I might find something new and exciting to experience in nature. Whether I was in a big city or some remote jungle, I was always seeking unusual plants and animals regardless of whether it was a single flower peeking from a crack in a sidewalk or a troop of howler monkeys swinging through the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Desert Elegance” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Protected within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the United Arab Emirates, this pair of mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella) peeked down at me from atop their camouflaging dune. Wary with reason given their IUCN Red-listing as Vulnerable, these Arabian Peninsula natives are extirpated across broad portions of their natural range.

 

I minimize post-processing and avoid digital manipulation.


I attempt to stay as true to the moment as possible and because nature is impressive without human intervention. With my photography and writing, I aim to lure viewers more deeply into the natural world than they might venture on their own. I aim to reflect nature and inspire conservation.

 

 

Kirsten’s Entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

I’ve been participating in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest since I first discovered it in 2015. The title alone caught my attention, and I was hooked when I realized it wasn’t just a namesake, the goal was in fact conservation.

 

 

 

 

“Texture of Life” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Skin differences between a baby and mother elephant signify aging. In the surrounding savanna, ancient baobab trees have no saplings. Elephants cannot migrate across Africa, restricted to parks for their protection. Habitats suffer without respite. Yet outside, 96 elephants a day die for ivory.

 

 

 

“Arctic Face-off” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Two iconic arctic predators – a polar bear and a gray wolf, both large males – assess one another in Manitoba, Canada. The pair circled one another, there were a couple of false charges, and ultimately, they went their separate ways. Perhaps they know, a heating planet is the true enemy.

 

 

When I looked into the non-profit being supported by the show, I realized an even deeper personal connection. I had volunteered at the Center for Great Apes https://www.centerforgreatapes.org over a decade prior with a group of friends. We’d stayed in a house alongside a baby chimpanzee who’d needed personalized care, and helped build a new boardwalk between outdoor enclosures. It is a center built from love, to provide long-term care and a family for primates that can never be returned to the wild and to try and prevent future incursions.

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography contest carries this love forward, passionately promoting endangered species and environmental conservation while creating a family of friends. I’m honored to be part of that family.

 

 

 

“Pondering” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

I wondered what this silverback Mountain Gorilla pondered as I visited its forested home in Rwanda. Perhaps it was the routine oddity of daily human visits, visits that however odd have helped protect this critically endangered species, shifting economic incentives from poaching and deforestation to tourism.

How Can Artists Help?

 

We live at a time when our environmental challenges are greater and more global than ever before. We are losing species at unprecedented rates and climate extremes are no longer regional, they’re becoming our planetary norm. We also live at a time when people are constantly inundated with words and images through the internet and social media.

 

We live in a world of competing messages and it is of utmost importance the health of the earth remains at the forefront of that messaging. Every artist who includes endangered species and conservation as part of their work is helping to keep this essential message alive.

 

Humans must learn to co-exist with nature, before we too must join the list of endangered species.

 

 

See more of Kirsten’s work at:  http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com

Kirsten’s next planned round of solo exhibitions will coincide with the release of my Wild Florida book, likely in 2022. In the interim, my studio gallery in Coconut Grove is open by appointment and I continue to participate in group exhibitions as opportunities arise. At the moment my work is on display with the Ft. Lauderdale branch of the National League of Pen Women at Broward College in Davie.

My presentation schedule has been put on hold during the pandemic, but I anticipate rescheduling several talks in the fall, hopefully including presenting my new Dry Tortugas National Park book at the Miami International Book Fair.  I will also continue teaching bird photography workshops in partnership with Tropical Audubon Society, and I will lead a multi-day workshop and trip to Dry Tortugas National Park next spring. Details will be posted on my website at www.KirstenNatureTravel.com, where people can also sign-up for my quarterly newsletter for additional news and updates.

 

 

Follow Kirsten at:
Web: http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com
Twitter: @KirstenNatTrav
Facebook: facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel
Instagram: @kirstennaturetravel

 

 

 

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php ?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED

Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

 

• Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

• Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001). We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.

There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

 

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition.

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues. We hope for the best, but must consider that resurgence of the virus could force last- minute cancellation or strict social distancing, severely limiting visitor numbers. We will make a decision mid-summer as to whether the real life exhibition will take place.

The Juried Contest to determine the winners of our $7,000 in prize money will go ahead, closing date on  September 30, 2020.

We are developing an exciting virtual exhibition to run regardless of the Covid-19 situation. This exhibition will run from November 1 to December 31, 2020. Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning. We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real life show. Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days.

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece.

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note: Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place. Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes.com by June 30th.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.

 

 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

 

 

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

• Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
• You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
• We will design an eflyer for you to send out to clients and contacts • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website

o You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.

o We will include your full bio and artist statement
o We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
o We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
o We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
o We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. Artists can only be featured once a year.

 

 

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Announces “Gallery On Demand” And “Studio 1” Artist In Residency Program

Whitespace The Mordes Collections inaugurates two new initiatives:  An Artist in Residency Program “STUDIO 1”, features Wilma Bulkin Siegel, MD., a pioneer in the integration of art and medicine. “Gallery On Demand” offers artists short term or long term art space for exhibits of 2D and 3D artworks, including wearable art and apparel.  The Rickie Report shares the details here with some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Art Synergy Aid Auction Opens Today With OneCause/BidPal Online. Supporting Local Artists, Generating Grants, And Making The World A Better Place

The Art Synergy AID Auction opens TODAY, with OneCause/BidPal (online auctions) and continues through Friday, May 22 at midnight.  Art Synergy is the unique movement of artists, businesses, and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of South Florida’s vibrant arts community.  Co-founder of Art Synergy, Rolando Chang Barrero and museum-collected artist Camilla Webster have called their respective networks to come together to deliver financial solutions to the community.  Sign up now.  It is free!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks. Start bidding!  The artists whose financial contributions to our economy in the past deserve our support NOW!  Meet the participating artists on Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART   SYNERGY   AID   AUCTION

Monday, May 18  at  8:00 am

through

Friday,  May 22  at  midnight

 

 

 

Online: https://one.bidpal.net/artsynergyaid2020/auction

 

 

Meet  the  Artists  of  Art  Synergy  on  ZOOM

 

 

May 21, 2020   6:00   PM

Contact  ArtSynergyPBC@Gmail.com  for password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction which begins TODAY at 8 am and concluded on May 22, 2020 at midnight features over 70 local artists who will be donating 50% of their sales to the Art Synergy AID Fund which will make grants of up to $500 for local artists in crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic.  

A Meet the Artists on Zoom is planned for this Thursday at 6 PM and will be broadcast Live on social media, otherwise you’ll need to contactArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com  to link and password to participate. More info will be available atwww.ArtSynergy.org

 

 

The Art Synergy AID Auction

…a benefit for Art Synergy AID Fund

 

Browse, buy, or bid today ~ help support your local art community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Request Meet and Greet Link Now at ArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com

 

To donate directly to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support these artists:

DONATE NOW

 

 

Get to know our friends and organizers:

Hindman Auctions Palm Beach

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Dave Lawrence  Jessica Ransom  Shaun Castillo


The Art Altruist


Camilla Webster  Kate List  Guy Clark  Kate Waterhouse Valeray Francisco  Kelly Luchini  Steve Watson
Who are sponsoring Art Synergy during their     Inaugural Auction | 05.29.20

Note: The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of money (and the fair market value of property other than money) contributed over the value of goods or services provided by the organization.  Art Synergy is a exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072

 

The Art Altruist is a group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation.

Follow us on Instagram: @TheArtAltruist for more information.

 

 

About Hindman:

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. Visit: hindmanauctions.com for more information.Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of  the first Altruistic Art Auction via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Partners and Supporters:

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Call For Artwork: Helping People Succeed’s Annual “Art For Living” 2021 Calendar Opens Call To Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie, And Okeechobee Counties

Helping People Succeed shares a Call to Artists for the 2021 Art For Living Calendar. HPS helps improve the community’s viability and diversity through programs that assist children to become ready for school, and adults to find and maintain employment.  The Call is open to artists in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties and 13 artworks will be chosen. You will have opportunities to sell your original artwork and meet art patrons. Subject matter should be tropical and/or local scenery (Examples: fish, birds, trees, beaches). Local scenes may include Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie or Loxahatchee Rivers, covered bridge roads, the Savannas and views of nature or historical sites. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply!   Deadline is June 13th.  

 

 

 

Helping People Succeed

1601 NE Braille Place    Jensen Beach, FL 34957

hpsfl.org  772.320.0778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HPS Director, Glenna Parris tells The Rickie Report, “We are excited to see the applications, review the artwork and coordinate the 2021 calendar project with the 13 artists who will be selected by our judges! Artists from Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties are eligible.  The artists will have opportunities to sell their original artwork and meet art patrons. Subject matter should be tropical and/or local scenery (Examples: fish, birds, trees, beaches). Local scenes may include Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie or Loxahatchee Rivers, covered bridge roads, the Savannas and views of nature or historical sites”.

 

CALENDAR GUIDELINES FOR 2021 SUBMISSIONS

Judging of submissions will be in two phases – digital jpeg submissions for the first round and actual paintings, unframed, for the second round.

Your own digital photo in high resolution may be submitted in a jpeg format, or you may have your submission scanned at Southeastern Printing. (Artists are responsible for scanning fees.)

If emailing your submission, please include the completed artist application (below). The application fee ($25) may be mailed to our office:

Helping People Succeed
1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, FL 34957

 

Specs for e-mail submissions:

• 300 dpi image, 10” wide horizontal, RGB color & jpeg format.

No frame or glass should be included.

• Include title, size of original (X” wide by X” high), medium and retail price of the submission.

Final judging will be from original artwork. Slides, photos, or other reproductions will not be considered in the second review. Artists will be notified by e-mail if their artwork is selected for the final phase of judging. Original artwork then can be delivered to the Helping People Succeed’s office.

 

Submission Guidelines:

• Open to artists in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

• Only the artist who created the original work may apply.

• Horizontal artwork format only. Calendar measures 15.5” w by 12.5” h (Paintings at 16” x 12”, 24” x 18”, etc.)
• Framed artwork no larger than 48” wide.
• Final selections are based on quality, format, suitability for reproduction and subject matter.

• Subject matter should be tropical and/or local scenery (Examples: fish, birds, trees, beaches). Local scenes may include Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie or Loxahatchee Rivers, covered bridge roads, the Savannas and views of nature or historical sites.
• Applicants to submit a 300-word biography by e-mail with the jpeg artwork.

• Original artwork to be available for sale by Helping People Succeed from the time of acceptance through December 31, 2020.
• Artwork may be submitted framed or unframed. Artists will be responsible for delivering unframed artwork to be scanned, picking up when notified, reframing, and delivering to Helping People Succeed.
• Artists not chosen for the 2021 Calendar will be notified to pick up their artwork at Helping People Succeed’s office.
• Special consideration may be made if artwork delivery schedules conflict. Helping People Succeed reserves the right to make decisions for special consideration.
• E-mailed submissions will be considered once the application and fee have been received.

 

 

ARTISTS SELECTED FOR THE 2021 CALENDAR:

Artists are required to participate in the following event:

• Our Pinot & Picasso event will be held on November 21 at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. This will be a formal reception and dinner and the calendar artists will be available that evening to autograph calendars and are invited to display a limited number of art pieces for sale.

• There may be additional event activity that will require the 2021 Art for Living Calendar Artists to be present. Notice will be given once those activities are known and/or established.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists must be more than 18 years old to submit an entry for the 2021 Art for Living Calendar.

 

 

HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED WILL:

• Insure all artwork while in its possession.
• Retain 35% commission of retail price for the sale of the selected calendar artwork as well as for any artwork sold at the Pinot & Picasso event in November 2020.
• Handle all sales and cover all costs of sales, including credit card fees, etc.

 

 

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

_____Completed application

_____Check for $25 made payable to Helping People Succeed Foundation

_____Original artwork jpeg for first review by judges

_____300 word bio in the body of the e-mail or attached as a Word document

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

• Artwork e-mailed and materials must be received by 5:00 pm, Monday, July 13, 2020.

• Selection Committee will review the first-phase selections of the artwork during the following week, with notification to artists of accepted originals by phone or email. Original paintings (unframed) will be delivered to the Helping People Succeed office during the next week. (Please label your work with all of your contact information & artwork information on the back of your original.)

• Selection Committee will decide on the final art pieces for the 2021 Art for Living Calendar from the original paintings, including identifying placement and acceptance within the calendar.

• Artists of paintings not accepted for the calendar will be notified by email or phone for pickup.

• Artists will be notified when scanning and color-correction are completed.

 

 

ARTIST APPLICATION SUBMISSION FORM

DEADLINE:   Monday, July 13, 2020

 

Name ________________________________________________________________

 

Address _________________________________City___________ ZIP ____________

 

Phone ___________________ E-mail _______________________________________

 

Title of Artwork _________________________________________________________

 

Medium _________________________ Retail Price ___________________________

 

Size of Image ______w X ______h Size of Frame ______w X _____h

 

 

I have read, understand, and agree with all of the rules for consideration for the 2021 Art for Living Calendar. Please accept my application for consideration and my non-refundable Entry Fee of $25 (per entry). The payment may be provided by check, credit card or online at www.hpsfl.org. I am also including a bio and digital art file as per the guidelines provided.

Signature of artist: _______________________________________________________

Print your name: ________________________________________________________

Date____________________

Check #__________________

Credit Card Info (VISA / MasterCard / American Express): #________________________________ Expiration

Date____________________

Security Number (3 numbers) on the back of the card ________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Mail to:

Helping People Succeed
Art for Living Calendar
1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Submit calendar entries to Glenna Parris

gparris@hpsfl.org

Questions? Contact Glenna at 772.320.0778

 

Our Mission: Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

 

 

Helping People Succeed

1601 NE Braille Place    Jensen Beach, FL 34957

 gparris@hpsfl.org

Contact Glenna at 772.320.0778

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen Offers Virtual One-On-One Painting Lessons, From Novice To Established Artists

Deborah Bigeleisen‘s artworks are in private and corporate collections around the world.  What makes her distinctive is her ability to discuss art and teach techniques in a down-to-earth manner which not only brings you into her artworld, but expands yours! Artists, from beginners to established, will not only benefit but enjoy the One-On-One Virtual Painting Lessons she is offering.  Deborah includes time to get acquainted and see your current work. She then offers half hour or hour long lessons.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of her newest works.  Have you always wanted to explore your creative voice?  Now is the time!

 

 

 

VIRTUAL    ONE-ON-ONE    PAINTING    LESSONS

 

WITH     INTERNATIONALLY     RENOWNED

 

ARTIST

 

DEBORAH     BIGELEISEN

   

 

Direct from my studio to your studio/workspace via Zoom

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen working in her studio

 

 

Have you always wanted to explore YOUR  CREATIVE  VOICE?

“CREATIVITY is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

 

 

 

Have You Wanted To TAKE Art Lessons ?

NOW is  THE TIME  !  

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen Demonstrating for one of her Group Classes

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen shares her excitement with The Rickie Report, ” I’m giving 1-on-1 painting lessons via Zoom from my studio to yours!  My approach is ideal for beginners and established artists as well.  We’ll paint together on a subject that inspires and excites you ~ if you are a serious artist or just want to have some fun being creative!  For those who are new to Zoom, I will coach you through the process, which is not intimidating.   Zoom allows you to “share”/see my monitor so that we can address specific points.

 

 

 

Here’s how the classes work:

 

 

FIRST:  We talk by phone, get acquainted,  and talk about your goals. Then we arrange a lesson time.

We’ll also talk about materials, what you have, or if you are starting from scratch.

You can use either acrylic or oil paints.

SECOND:  You will text me or email me a jpg of the image that you want to paint along with a few words as to why you like it.  If you want to work on a painting in progress, and you are stuck, tell me why.

THIRD: When the lesson goes live:

I’ll be prepared in my studio to demonstrate any number of things from how to start a painting from a blank canvas, to showing you how to effectively use different size and shaped brushes, and how to achieve many different effects whether you are working in acrylics or oils.

I also use Photoshop as a teaching tool, and will have your work already uploaded to work on.

 

Cost:

Initial complimentary 1/2hr. session to get acquainted and for you to get a feeling for how the class works.

1/2 hr session: $30 

1 hour session: $50

Classes must be booked and paid for at least 24 hrs in advance

Payment:

Payment is required in advance of the session via Zelle or PayPal  or via her web site  www.deborahbigeleisen.com

For Zelle, just download the app to your phone and follow the prompts; it is cell number driven.

 

Email: info@deborahbigeleisen.com     

    561.351.8755   

      www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

 

        Deborah Bigeleisen working in her studio

 

 

 

See all of the information on the Painting Classes Menu Tab on my website:

 www.deborahbigeleisen.com

And……..

LET’S   START   PAINTING !!!

         

Deborah Bigeleisen’s Workspace

Here’s the link to the video…

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ek2bq5JNDo2RyRc87

 

 

 

 

Deborah’s paintings are included in corporate and private collections world-wide. They have been published in fine art books, and featured in influential magazines such as Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, and Florida Design.  My work has been juried into numerous museum exhibitions including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Platt/Bornstein Galleries at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY. My paintings are sold through fine art galleries and international contemporary art fairs across the United States. Please visit my web site to see the full range of my work   www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

561.351.8755

Email: info@deborahbigeleisen.com         

Website:   www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Keep Art Alive” St.Lucie Cultural Alliance Transcends Counties, Cities Or Countries. Real Resources, New Art Activities Are Available

The newest edition of “Keep Art Alive” from the St.Lucie Cultural Alliance transcends counties, cities or countries.  Anyone can use this information to continue to bring culture to their lives, as we make our way into a new world.  Learn new art techniques, find financial forums for help, discover new art resources, enjoy art activities for adults and children.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos here.  We are proud to be a Media Sponsor of this organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP    ART    ALIVE  !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With school remaining closed, and summer coming with must of us still in quarantine, what is a better way to keep the family entertained than a creative art project?! Recycled art is an inexpensive and fun way to explore creativity. Plus, we all know, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Let’s recycle and pile up on inexpensive art supplies right from home.

In this edition of “Keep Art Alive”, we will learn recycled art tips and tricks, and how to get creative on a low budget or no budget.

 

 

 

REVEAL     YOUR     TREASURES

 

Found any treasures around the house? Let your imagination run wild! Create the most eye-opening recycled artwork and let us see it on social media using hashtags #artstlucie #stayhome #withartstlucie #keepartalive #jointhemovement #recycledart, and tag us, @artstlucie . We will repost it on all our digital platforms, including our website. 1. 2. 3. Treasure hunt

 

 

RESOURCES    FOR    ARTISTS

 

We will continue to use our platform as a hub to bring free resources, opportunities and financial relief information to you during the adversities of COVID-19.

Resources are updated weekly          Get the latest updates

 

 

 

GET INVOLVED   

STAY CONNECTED

 

We would also like to extend a private invitation to you to join our exclusive Facebook group, Join the Movement, created for our members, partners and friends. There, feel free to lead discussions about the arts, including sharing, teaching, learning, asking questions, providing feedback, making suggestions, and getting and sharing resources. Have you visited our online marketplace? Start a discussion about one of your favorite pieces in the Facebook group.

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For more information:

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Ave     Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5632

 

 

 

 

 

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