Be Wowed At 12th Annual Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show Art Fest On The Green In Wellington With Acclaimed Artists Who Call Wellington “Home”

The Wellington Art Society will present its 12th Annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater  Wellington, FL on Saturday, January 27th  and Sunday, January 28th. Art Fest is a celebration of art, life, and bringing art and community together in a beautiful outdoor setting. Support from Community Partners and Sponsors helps create a favorite family friendly event everyone looks forward to every year. The juried fine art and fine craft show will feature artists from around the country showing original artwork across multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, photography and more.  Don’t miss the Artist Demonstrations, Kids Art Activity Are and Live Music. Food Trucks will nourish you. Also, this year several artists will be presenting their latest art work exclusively at the Show, offering originals and limited editions for sale.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Art Fest on the Green 2018

12th Annual Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show

Saturday, January 27, 2018

 9 – 5

Sunday, January 28, 2018

10 – 4

Wellington Amphitheater

 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington  FL

Painting ~ Sculpture ~ Ceramics ~ Jewelry~  Mixed Media ~ Photography ~ More! 
Artist Demos ~ Food Trucks ~ Live Music ~ Children’s Art Activity Area

 

 

 

 

 

Art Fest Co-Chairs Leslie Pfeiffer and Toni Willey and WAS Volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors as they navigate through the fine art selection by professional and emerging artists from across the country displaying their original artwork as well as the Children’s Art Activity Area where art can be created, shared, and taken home. With a wide variety of original art for sale there is something for everyone in the Show. It is a fantastic opportunity to take home an original work of art and a have a great story to share about the artists.

 

 

Assorted colors and design, handmade glass plates by Sheree Blum

 

Children will have a great time creating their own work of art to take home at the Children’s Art Activity Area.  Live acoustic music will be performed by popular local and regional musicians during Show hours. Food Trucks will be on site offering a variety of delicious food.  Proceeds from Art Fest on the Green help fund the Wellington Art Society’s long- standing Scholarship Program and other Art Outreach Programs.  Many artists will be working on site. The 55 fine artists participating in the festival were selected for their creativity, mastery of the technique, and level of excellence.  

 

 

“Dockside At Old Key Lime House” by Manny Jomok

 

 

Manny Jomok, a plein air watercolorist, will present his recent captivating Palm Beach landscapes painted on site at popular area locations: Society of the Four Arts, Old Key Lime house, Grassy Waters Preserve, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Loxahatchee Panorama, Mounts Botanical Gardens.  Many of Manny’s paintings are done with other artists as part of meet-ups. Manny teaches watercolor and exhibits in FL and Maine.

 

“Mounts Botanical Gardens” by Manny Jomok

 

 

His artwork is found in corporate and private collections in the US, Canada, England, and Australia.  He is one of the organizers of Plein Air Palm Beach. www.PleinAirPalmBeach.com “Painting today’s culture for tomorrow’s history”.   www.mannyjart.com

 

Fluted glass vase or candleholder by Sheree Blum

 

 

Sheree Blum, Wellington, FL glass artist, will introduce her latest fabulous Palm Beach inspired glass plates, bowls, and decorative pieces.  Using a glass process that allows her to translate her ideas and designs into vibrant functional pieces she fulfills her need to create. “Why else would a glass artist get up at 4am to check the kiln to see the magic of her design work done 12 hours before? “she asks.

Her glasswork has been featured in Epicurious America’s Best Recipes,2014, “People” magazine 2014 (Jennie Garth Tabletop Décor) “Coastal Living” 201`5, “Southern Lady” 2017.  Sheree’s glass bowls, dessert plates and cake stands have been sold in Anthropologie Stores across the US, the UK and on-line. Sheree participates in many Fine Art and Fine Craft Shows throughout the country and accepts commissions for special edition pieces. www.kickingglassbysheree.com

 

Painting by Tim Gaydos

 

Tim Gaydos, top award-winning artist in several mediums, will present his recent paintings of reflections in Nature.  “In recent years I have been moving more and more toward abstracting the landscape by eliminating detail, simplifying shapes, exaggerating colors with the intent of creating stronger composition.”  Tim is a master pastelist of the Pastel Society of America since 1987. He has received over 200 awards, most notably the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal of Honor. He has had many solo exhibitions and his work is in the Public Collections at Rutgers University, Butler Institute of American Art, Metropolitan Opera, L.L. Bean Corporation and Tides Institute & Museum. www.timgaydos.com

 

Artwork by Tim Gaydos

 

 

About Wellington Art Society:

The Wellington Art Society, a 501 c 3 charitable organization, has over 100 members – artists and art enthusiasts. W.A.S. provides a platform for artists of all mediums to share their work, learn more about their craft, and serve the community through their art.

www.WellingtonArtSociety.org

For more information please contact:

Leslie Pfeiffer, mysticway1@bellsouth.net , 561-632-3677

Toni Willey, tgwilley@gmail.com , 561-389-4798

 

 

 

 

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Sheree Blum’s Glasswork Goes World-Wide

Sheree Blum started selling her unique fused glass plates at the Green Market in Wellington only a few short years ago. She used that experience to learn more about marketing and selling her work.  Anthropologie’s order of over 4,000 plates sold in the US and the UK is history.  Recently showcased in People Magazine and Epicurious Magazine, Sheree has a lot of information to share with other artists.  Watch for her new line of cake stands for the 2014 Holiday Season in Anthropologie!  The Rickie Report presents this Feature Article and interview with Sheree Blum of Kicking Glass.

 

 

 

Sheree Blum

of

Kicking Glass

 

 

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

 

 

 

TRR: How did your childhood influence your interest in art?

SB:

 

I grew up in a rural area of New York State, near the Pennsylvania border and am the oldest of 6 children.  My father showed his gifted artistry through his masonry work and my mother was busy with art projects, like ceramics, on a regular basis.  At that time in the US educational system, art played a very large part not only in the classroom, but in our community.  You at least had to try something, whether you liked it or not!

 

I enjoyed those activities but moved on to married life at 18 and then started a family.  Being a mother to my three children was my priority until I went to college at age 27.  I was lucky to attend Jamestown Community College and then St. Bonaventure University, where they provided a nurturing day care setting while I had my classes.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1990, I moved with my children to Wellington, FL. and starting working in Belle Glade.  I decided to get my Masters degree in Special Education at FAU and worked in the Pahokee Elementary School in Special Education.  I also worked within the school setting of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, with a focus on academics. I retired just two years ago.

 

Sheree Blum Begins Creating a Glass Plate

Sheree Blum Begins Creating Glass Plates

 

TRR:  How did that lead you to a career in art and specifically glass?

SB:

 

I always used art projects to teach and enhance the learning environment.  I found it helped keep my students’ attention and increase their interest in education.  During my teaching career, I  met the owners of Lee Glass Art, Wayne Taylor and Sheldon Bickford in Mt. Dora Florida.   Always fascinated by color, I convinced them to let me apprentice!  I went to Winter Harbor, Maine during my summer breaks to train in their method.

 

 

If I were a wealthy person, I always said I would own a million dishes!  I love the blending of science, experimentation and art when I work with glass.  And now that I had a lot of dishes, I decided to practice my salesmanship by being a vendor at the Wellington Green Market!

 

Epicurious Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

Epicurious Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass

 

 

 That is when a buyer from Anthropologie  saw my work.  He bought some pieces, but I had no idea who he was until several months later when I received a call from their tabletop buyer. The lady that was with him did whisper in my ear that this was my lucky day, but I had no idea what this meant.  I learned a lot!  About pricing, figuring out my timing, how to box and ship everything safely. 4,000 dishes were sold throughout the US and United Kingdom in a few months!

 

 

I applied and was accepted to be part of Howard Alan’s Crafts Shows and was able to continue making new pieces, experimenting with new techniques and selling to the public.  At this time, I am a resident artist at Art on Park Gallery, the home of the Artists of Palm Beach County; OSGS in Northwood (West Palm Beach) and Kolbo Gallery of Judaica in Brookline, MA.  I enjoy making apple and honey plates for Rosh Hashanah and Seder Plates for Passover for their catalogue.  In addition, the Iriquois Hotel on Mackinaw Island ordered special dishes they use for service and also sell in their gift shop.

 

 

People Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

People Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass available at Anthropologie

 

 

It’s been a real treat for me to see my creations highlighted by being mentioned and shown in Jennie Garth’s Tabletop Decor column, People Magazine (April 14, 2014) and a full page presentation in Epicurious Magazine’s Spring/Summer,2014 (page 52)!  I just found out that my dishes are now listed with Replacements,Ltd. as well!

 

 

 

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

TRR:  What are your favorite as well as challenging moments?

SB:

 

There is nothing like the excitement I feel when I am creating!  And I love meeting the people at the shows, knowing I am sending my creations out to new homes where they will be appreciated. The most challenging part of being a full time professional artist is marketing and selling one’s work.  But you have to do it in order to keep creating!

 

 

 

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Do you have any helpful hints for emerging artists?

SB:

 

Be brave!  Have a business plan – do your math.  Don’t just jump off the building without Plan A, Plan B and maybe even Plan C!  Don’t hesitate to take risks.  Be professional in your demeanor and behavior at all times.  Do your homework – how many dishes fit into the box safely?  Where do you get the boxes?  Don’t forget the paper slips in between each dish.  Everything you use counts, is necessary and adds to your price.  Consider your price ranges and whether you want to sell retail, wholesale or both.  Be consistent and ask for what your artwork is worth!  I hope that other artists also consider helping the community by making some donations.  I recently sent seven sets of dishes to families who lost everything from tornado damage in MS.

 

 

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

 

TRR:   What story does your art tell?

SB:

 

I bring bright color into people’s everyday world.  It may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but I hope that these dishes will conjure up happy memories and become family heirlooms.  This is a quieter voice than the one I used when I was teaching, but I believe it is the same message.  Ordinary objects can imbue happiness.

 

 

Flowers by Sheree Blum

Black Flowers by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Please take us from the beginning of an  idea to a finished piece of work.

SB:

 

 

I usually start with a big idea.  For example, I wanted to create some glass pieces with an ocean feel and incorporate coral reefs.  I find designs that meet the criterion – they could come from a piece of fabric, a photo or other objects.  My idea begins to solidify.  Then I decide on colors and move forward with a prototype to test out my theory.  Does it meet my standards?  If not, it becomes a salad dish at my house.  If it does, I make more!   Sometimes the need to meet the requirements of the marketplace influence my work – otherwise I wouldn’t have a thriving business!  And then, there are pieces I just feel I have to try…to meet my own needs.

 

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

 

 

TRR:   How do you maintain your level of creativity?

SB:

 

I let my mine wander.  I dabble in watercolors and enjoy playing Scrabble.

 

 

 

"Sea Glass" Colors by Sheree Blum

“Sea Glass” Colors by Sheree Blum

TRR:  How do you define success?

SB:

 

Success has nothing to do with money!  You are successful if you are happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

 

For more information about Sheree Blum’s glasswork please visit:

www.kickingglassbysheree.com

Her work is currently located at Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art on Park Gallery ( Lake Park,FL), OSGS in Northwood (W.Palm Beach, FL), Kolbo Gallery (Brookline, MA) and Iriquois Hotel (Mackinaw Island). Sheree is available for special orders and commissions.

 

 

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