Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival March 7 – 15 Offers Five Days Of Activities For All Ages

This March, members of the community will have the opportunity to join 35 award-winning artists as they compete for over $15,000 in prizes and awards in The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival. The Festival takes place from March 7 – 15, starting with a Kids’ Paint Out, Painting vintage cars, a Collectors’ Party, and Battle of the Brushes contest. The Rickie Report shares all of the details here. Get your calendars out for five full days of plein air!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 7  – Sunday, March 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

Paintings displayed and for sale

at Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

 

 

 

Artists painting throughout Palm Beach

and

Martin counties

 

 

 

 Free to the public

 

 

 

Collectors’ Party

Friday, March 13, 2020

5-9 PM

$50*

*Ticket price may be used toward the purchase of a painting.

 

 

 

For all of the details and more information about the artists

 www.LighthouseArts.org or call 561-746-3101

 

 

Chris Kling at Hobe Sound Beach 2019 photo by Jennifer Chaparro

 

 

 

“Painting ‘en plein air’ is simply painting outdoors,” said Allie Snyder, the Plein Air Festival Coordinator for the ArtCenter. “The wet paintings are created from what the artist is looking at, and the paintings resonate with people because it reminds them of their favorite spots. It’s a snapshot of our area and a visual record of the history of this region.”

 

Manon Sander at Juno Beach Pier photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

The Festival incorporates five days of outdoor painting in various locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties, during which locals, visitors and art collectors can watch and interact with these world-renowned national artists, view the art at the gallery and have the opportunity to purchase these original wet paintings as they are created.

 

 

Lon Brauer Painting at Sunrise 2019 photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

 

The festival will officially begin March 7th and run through March 15th with plenty of opportunities to view and purchase the fresh paintings.  There will be a series of events, workshops and demonstrations by juried artists during the festival.

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

  • Saturday March 7th a Kids’ Paint Out will take place from 10 am – Noon at Constitution Park in Tequesta (free but registration required).
  • Saturday March 7th Teen Master Class, 1 – 3 pm  at the School of Art on Seabrook Road
  • Paint Out 9 – 2 pm (formerly known as the Quick Draw) challenge on Sunday, March 8th at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Flagler Park in West Palm Beach.
  • Monday – Friday, March 9 – 13 Five-day-long Festival Paint Out with juried artists at locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties
  • Monday – Thursday, March 1 – 12  Demos by juried artists at specific times and locations.
  • Wednesday, March 11 5:30 – 7:30 pm Artist Meet & Greet reception at the ArtCenter Gallery.
  • Friday, March 13 from 5 – 9 pm Collectors Party and Sale where the paintings produced throughout the five days will be judged and awarded. This is the first chance to purchase the award-winning paintings. 
  • Saturday, March 14  1 – 3 pm “Battle of the Brushes.” Watch three teams of five artists create paintings together.
  • Sunday, March 15 (Time TBD) Painting vintage cars on display at the ArtCenter Gallery.
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 the Gallery is open to view and purchase the full exhibition of plein air paintings.

 

“We are fortunate to have such talented artists painting here in Palm Beach and Martin counties,” says Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We are always excited to learn where these remarkable artists choose to paint in our area and how they interpret and create what we look at every day.”

The Gallery will be open free of charge to the public throughout the week of the Festival. The Collectors’ Party on Friday, March 13th, is a ticketed event where the guests will get the first choice of the paintings that the artists have reserved for judging in the contest. Tickets are $50 which includes talking one-on-one with the artists and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. The cost of the tickets can be used toward the purchase of a painting during the evening.

The Battle of the Brushes will take place on Saturday, March 14th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Gallery. Three teams of five juried artists will each have 15 minutes to paint on the same canvas, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will be available for purchase. It is captivating to watch the individual creative styles of the artists as they interpret the image onto canvas. 

The Festival has grown in the past six years into one of the premier gatherings in the country. Artists from around the country are excited to participate in the contest, with over 130 applying this past year for the 35 juried spots. 

 

 

 

Tara Will 2019 photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c(3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton, son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. In the last 56 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  

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby

 

Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

Click here to Watch the Video

“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

Click Here For Article

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

To See More “Excessories” Click here

 

 

Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

To see more bracelets Click here

 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

To See More Mobiles and Kinetic Art Click here

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

Click here to learn more

 

 

 

To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

www.elaynatobyart.com/shop

Email Elayna Toby

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart

 Instagram   @elaynatobyart

 

Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

WITVA Presents Dr. Wilma B. Siegel, Pioneer of Art and Medicine

February and March are busy months for anyone who is interested in art lectures, classes, workshops or trips.  WITVA (Women – and Men in The Visual Arts) has a full calendar of activities to choose from!  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy any or all of these options!

 

WITVA GENERAL MEETING

PRESENTATION BY WILMA B. SIEGEL:“HER ART AND INSPIRATIONS”

 

 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 

12PM, SOCIAL * 12:45PM, MEETING * 1:15PM, PROGRAM

             

SUGAR SAND PARK

300 South Military Trail

Boca Raton, Florida 

 
image-2Wilma Bulkin Siegel, M.D. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and received her medical degree in 1962 at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.   She has had a distinguished career as a prominent oncologist in New York City. In her career she was a pioneer establishing one of the first Hospices in the state of  New York and one of the first to accept AIDS patients.  
In the capacity of Medical Director of that Hospice she was asked to give her expertise on AIDS to the Presidential Commission in Washington. Following her retirement she combined medicine with her other childhood career target, painting, by attending The National Academy of Design.
Dr. Siegel has become an award-winning artist recognized nationally for her series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, The Changing Faces of AIDS (Seniors), Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless, and the Elderly. Dr. Siegel has exhibited throughout the country, particularly in connection with events involved with AIDS and Cancer. 
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She has been featured on CNN television for her AIDS series and she has been elected into Who’s Who in American Art 2001. In the year 2005, April –October, she was 
featured in a one woman exhibition “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators” at The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Her current passion is to bring art into the medical field as an educational tool and a forum for healing. In this new field of art in medicine she has been  instrumental in creating a program at U of Miami in Florida and Columbia Medical Center in NY City to bring artists to work with patients and also to teach medical students to see in a different way. She is a member of the Advisory Council of  Columbia Medical Center, New York City and the School of Nursing Drexel University, Philadelphia. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and was commencement speaker at Drexel University.
 

 
JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL AFTERNOON

 MARCH 10, 2012

1-4 PM

WITVA ART CENTER “OPEN HOUSE” PARTY 

  • DEMONSTRATIONS BY 2D & 3D ARTISTS
  • ART SUPPLIES, SCULPTURE SUPPLIES, BOOKS AND MORE FOR SALE 
  • JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED AFTERNOON
  • REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
 2960 NW BOCA RATON BLVD.(NW2nd AVENUE)
BOCA RATON, FL. ON THE EAST SIDE
 
For more information please go to our website www.WITVA.org
WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS EDUCATIONAL TRIP
MARCH 21, 2013
Our trip to Miami was a sellout, so we are planning to have another!   We will visit Palm Beach, The Society of the Four Arts, the Ann Weaver Norton Sculpture Garden and the Studio of a famous portrait artist.  All museum entry fees are included.  Lunch at TESTA’s (on your own) in Palm Beach.  You don’t have to drive! WE HAVE A BUS!  From Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. $40.00 MEMBERS/$45.00 GUESTS Your check is your reservation.  Make out to WITVA and mail to P.O. Box 880668, Boca Raton, Florida 33488-0668  ATT:  Missy.  For more information please go to our website: www.WITVA.org
 

 

WITVA CLASS SCHEDULE

OPEN STUDIO:

February 8, 22, 2013 OPEN STUDIO – 10:30 AM – 4PM
Paint From a Live Model  $15 Members/$20 Non-Members
MUST MAKE A RESERVATION.  SEND CHECK MADE OUT TO WITVA: MAIL TO:P.O. BOX  880668,  Boca Raton, Florida 33488-0668

Lola Lichman  Studio Sessions

 Monday & Wednesday
  1 – 5:00 PM
Come to Paint, Get Intensive Instruction or an Occasional Critique.  From Beginners to those who need a Space to Work.  Try New Mediums with the Help of an Experienced Instructor.  Learn the Secrets of Color Mixing & Palette Knife Painting.  Set Yourself Free!
$100 Per Month for Both Days  Call 561 394-6081  To Register
 
       

JEWELRY JUST FOR FUN

A Jewelry Class by

Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1 – 4 PM

        $25.00 per Session – $110.00/5 sessions

Experiment with many creative aspects of making jewelry, and. hopefully open your mind to new ideas.  The pieces that you created cannot be made by a machine, or found in a jewelry store or book. I will bring tools with me that will help achieve this, such as dowels, hammers and pliers, saws, etc.  I will supply Brass, Copper, NU-Gold (Silver may be purchased if desired).   If beads are desired student should bring them and/or anything they would like to include in the jewelry.  Beads and Stones will be Available  for purchase.

 Painting With Michael Graber

Saturday Morning  9:00AM- Noon

Michael believes everyone is creative, and can achieve painting and drawing skills with the right direction and philosophy.  He helps people express themselves and above all learn to see the world through the eye of a painter.    He never compares one persons skill to another, nor does he try to get an artist to paint in his style.  He encourages all to be themselves.  Register by calling 561-239-4949 or 561-852-0900  or artistgraber@comcast.net
All Classes , Meetings and Workshops Take Place at  THE WITVA ART CENTER
2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (NW 2nd Avenue) #6  Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Directions:  It is between 28th Street and Spanish River Rd. on the east side of the street.  It is next door to Gallery Seven #7

          

 If you need any further information or clarification, please contact  Phyllis C. Annunziatio at WITVA2000@aol.com

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291