Mark Cohen’s SOLO Exhibit, “Mankind: What Happened” Opens At Armory Art Center December 13

The Armory Art Center invites you to a SOLO Exhibit by Faculty member, Mark Cohen.  The Opening Reception for “Mankind: What Happened” takes place on Thursday, December 13. The exhibit  makes us look at who we are and what we believe in, taking us from “what happened” to “what can each of us do to make this a better world”.   Visitors to today’s West Palm Beach Arts Festival can meet Mark at the Open House, as well as enjoy the Festival. The Rickie Report shares the details with an in depth interview with Mark Cohen and some sneak peeks of his exhibit.

 

811 Park Place   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401    

www.armoryart.org

(561) 832-1776

 

 

 

Meet the artist, Mark Cohen in the Gallery 

During the West Palm Beach Arts Festival

Today from 11 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

ARMORY  ART  CENTER

PRESENTS:

M  A  R  K        C  O  H  E  N

 SOLO  EXHIBIT :

“Mankind:  What  Happened”

Opening   Reception:

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Non-Members: $5 | Members: Free

East & Greenfield Galleries

 

Exhibit runs November 30 – December 29, 2018

 

 

An exhibition of recent paintings, drawings, intaglio, and screen prints created at the Armory Art Center by faculty member and student, Mark Cohen. The collection makes us look at who we are and what we believe in. From the genocide of humans and animals in the last 75 years, this collection is snap shots that beg the question, “what has happened?.” The artist hopes that we can all take the next step and ask ourselves “What can I do to make this a better world?”

 

 

 

 

 

“Las Vegas” by Mark Cohen

 

 

Mark Cohen tells The Rickie Report, “Five years ago, I took a walk in the woods with my friend, Rabbi Howard Shapiro. We were at his home in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. I was at a crossroads and needed help. So I asked my friend, “What does the Torah say about what I should do with the rest of my life.” He stopped walking.  And he said, “I’m retired. I’m not supposed to do this anymore.” After a brief moment or two, he said “Be Holy.” And we continued on our walk”.

 

 

 

Mark continues, “Unbeknown to Rabbi Shapiro, I had been watching him prepare for retirement for more than a year. And then he retired. I also watched Larry Bird, the basketball superstar, retire. And I watched my younger brother, Warren, retire. What they all had in common was they didn’t “retire.” I had no intention of retiring, but I did want to change my life. So, I watched the people I respected to see how they transitioned into new lives. What I learned was not to retire. You just do what you have always done, but differently. That was comforting”.

 

 

 

 

“9/11 Jumper” by Mark Cohen

 

 

Mark was ready to become a painter after a long career in advertising and marketing.  Being a painter was a life-long ambition.  “But, he says, ” I didn’t want to give up the other things that I’d always done.  So I didn’t!  I just made room for painting over a period of time and adjusted the time spent on my other activities.  I found the Armory Art Center: A place to learn how to paint, but so much more…a second family… including Board members, the Administration, faculty and students. Miroslav Antic, Jenny Day, Amber Tutwiler, Skip Measelle, Sam Perry, Bob Barra, Anthony Burks, Jr., Ron Garret and Richard Santiago are faculty members who have all contributed to my growth as an artist”. 

 

 

“I quickly found that the most difficult task in painting is choosing subject matter. I wanted to be an example for my son and daughter…that you could do something valuable later in life. That brings us back to Rabbi Shapiro’s admonition – ‘Be Holy’.  My interpretation of those words was ‘Do the Right Thing'”, Mark explains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Goodbye, Father Mike” by Mark Cohen

 

 

 

Mark clarifies, “To me, that meant paint about injustice. In a speech given at Amherst College on October 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy passionately made the case for artists entering the societal issue venue when he said “If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of this country than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

 

 

 

 

Mark Cohen feels that his purpose as an artist is to challenge our preconceived thinking about societal issues like genocide, foreign and domestic terrorism, racism, mass incarceration, police brutality, genocide of animals, mass shootings and gun violence in general, even what is art. “I hope my work makes people uncomfortable, for I believe that when people are uncomfortable it leads to the questioning of how and why these issues seem so difficult to confront and change”.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Cohen is a graduate of Florida State University with BA and MFA degrees.  After graduation, he built a marketing communications firm that specializes in health care marketing. Clients included the University of Florida Physicians, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Duke University Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospitals, Scott & White in central Texas and many regional and community hospitals from Chicago to Miami. The firm earned hundreds of awards for creative excellence.

 

 

 

About The Armory Art Center:

 

 

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

 

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Imagine a World Without Discrimination? ADL is Here to Help

The media is filled with stories of hate crimes and bullying.  For 100 years, the Anti-Defamation League has given support to victims and looked to educate the community to and would-be perpetrators.  The Florida Chapter, in partnership with the Armory Art Center, is exhibiting art works based on the ADL mission statement.  The Rickie Report was privileged to send out a Call to Artists for this exhibit.  We urge you to see this powerful art show and take part in the art sale.  If you cannot attend, you can still bid on art pieces!  There are more details in this article.

 

 

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ArtWorks is the first Florida annual art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction highlighting the mission and impact of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Presented by ADL Florida’s Wolff Leadership, ArtWorks is an art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction that will highlight the impact of ADL as seen through the eyes of today’s leading and emerging artists.

Glass by AMy Reshefsky

Glass by Amy Reshefsky

 

 

 

Each piece of art work – painting, photography, mixed media or sculpture – focuses on one or more aspects of ADL’s mission. Each artist was chosen to create a piece of art that shares their perspective on the mission of ADL. All artwork will be included in a silent auction where guests can bid on the work.   For more information, please visit Paddle 8  website http://paddle8.com/auctions/adlflorida  Bid now, before the art piece you want is sold!

Graphic by Judith Eisinger

“Lost Souls” by Judith Eisinger

The panel of judges included:  Arthur H. Jaffe, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus, Jaffe Center for Book Arts;  Talya Lerman Director of  Education, Armory Arts Center;  Ellen E. Roberts, Ph.D., Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art Norton Museum of Art.

 

Painting by Ruth Salton

“Woman with Two Children” by Ruth Salton

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BuRvfrhnsRI

 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. The League:

  • scrutinizes and exposes extremists and hate groups
  • monitors hate on the Internet
  • provides expertise on domestic and international terrorism
  • probes the roots of hatred
  • develops and delivers educational programs
  • fosters interfaith/intergroup relations
  • mobilizes communities to stand up against bigotry
  • defends the security of Israel and Jews worldwide
  • maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date Web site

Anti-Semitism, Racism And Bigotry

  • In the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism, challenges American and world leaders and the United Nations to take action against anti-Jewish bigotry and violence, and exposes and condemns attacks on Jews
  • Through a comprehensive Web site and publications, provides the knowledge and tools to counteract anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance
  • America’s prime resource for information on and responses to bigotry
  • Collects and carefully evaluates a vast amount of information on anti-Semites, racists and extremists and provides a yearly analysis of anti-Jewish activities in an annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
  • Through the polling of American and other nations’ attitudes toward Jews, remains in the forefront of gauging anti-Semitism at home and abroad

Extremism

  • Monitors, analyzes and exposes an entire range of extremists from the obscure to the more prominent.  Issues Extremism in America: A Guide, an encyclopedia of American extremists that is continually updated
  • Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network is a comprehensive, frequently updated informational resource for law enforcement personnel engaged in combating hate groups, hate crimes and hate symbols

Identifying And Combating Hate

Leading the efforts to deter and counter hate-motivated crimes, the League drafted model hate crimes legislation in 1981, covering all hate crimes.  Forty-five states have since enacted laws based on or similar to the model, which was unanimously deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.

For more than 13 years, ADL led a broad coalition of groups working in Washington, DC, to enact the federal Matthew Shepard James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), which was signed into law in October 2009.

  • As part of a joint effort, formed Partners Against Hate to provide outreach, education and training in techniques to prevent juvenile hate-related behavior
  • Maintains an extensive online visual database of extremist symbols, logos and tattoos

Education

  • Works to further the mission of combating hate through education.  Its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs provide anti-bias education and training with curriculums and materials available for pre-K through university students, community groups, corporations, civic associations, religious organizations and law enforcement agencies
  • Supports Holocaust awareness and education through its Braun Holocaust Institute and the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL®

Religious Freedom

  • Regards the separation of church and state as essential to preserving religious freedom in our increasingly pluralistic society.  Engaged in action to safeguard religious liberty throughout society, including in the workplace and classroom

Interfaith Affairs

  • Builds and maintains relationships and dialogue with international, national and local religious leaders of all faiths. Monitors and attempts to resolve interfaith issues, and helps educate non-Jewish religious leaders about Jewish history, theology and philosophy
  • Through the Bearing Witness™ program, a partnership with The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Archdiocese of Washington, provides Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach their students about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

International Affairs

  • Monitors and combats global anti-Semitism and extremism and promotes the security and well-being of Jewish communities around the world.  Provides expertise to governments and non-government institutions worldwide
  • A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias training programs exist in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Italy and the Netherlands, reaching educators, and law enforcement professionals.  Youth in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom have participated in peer-training programs
  • Maintains an office in Israel

 

Israel

  • Supports the Jewish state by advocating for Israel, and explaining political and security issues and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian/Israel-Arab conflict with U.S. policymakers, the media and the public through programs, publications and contact with officials
  • Jerusalem Office hosts fact-finding missions to Israel and provides expertise on anti-bias training for Israeli educational, military and law enforcement institutions

 

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 27 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and an office in Israel.

For more information about the event and register go to the web site: www.adl.org/FloridaArtWorksADL  or contact Patricia Gottenger 561-512-0073

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

ADL’s Art Exhibit: Imagine a World Without Hate…Be Seen. Make a STATEMENT. Make a DIFFERENCE!

As the Anti-Defimation League turns 100, the FL Chapter reached out to the entire community to create art based on its mission statement.  The Rickie Report was privileged to send out a Call to Artists for this exhibit.  In recent years, the ADL has sponsored Art Contests with a focus on Anti-Bullying as well as other discrimination issues.  This article shares the names of the 36 artists whose work has been accepted and will be auctioned off to benefit the programs ADL offers.  We hope you will learn more about ADL’s mission and read the details of this exhibit at the Armory Art Center.  This promises to be a powerful exhibit! 

ArtWorks is the first Florida annual art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction highlighting the mission and impact of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Presented by ADL Florida’s Wolff Leadership, ArtWorks is an art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction that will highlight the impact of ADL as seen through the eyes of today’s leading and emerging artists.

 Artist promo poster-1

Each piece of art work – painting, photography, mixed media or sculpture – focuses on one or more aspects of ADL’s mission. Each artist was chosen to create a piece of art that shares their perspective on the mission of ADL. All artwork will be included in a silent auction where guests can bid on the work.

 
The respectable panel of judges included:  Arthur H. Jaffe, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus, Jaffe Center for Book Arts;  Talya Lerman Director of  Education, Armory Arts Center;  Ellen E. Roberts, Ph.D., Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art Norton Museum of Art.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 27 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and an office in Israel.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BuRvfrhnsRI

 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. The League:

  • scrutinizes and exposes extremists and hate groups
  • monitors hate on the Internet
  • provides expertise on domestic and international terrorism
  • probes the roots of hatred
  • develops and delivers educational programs
  • fosters interfaith/intergroup relations
  • mobilizes communities to stand up against bigotry
  • defends the security of Israel and Jews worldwide
  • maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date Web site

Anti-Semitism, Racism And Bigotry

  • In the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism, challenges American and world leaders and the United Nations to take action against anti-Jewish bigotry and violence, and exposes and condemns attacks on Jews
  • Through a comprehensive Web site and publications, provides the knowledge and tools to counteract anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance
  • America’s prime resource for information on and responses to bigotry
  • Collects and carefully evaluates a vast amount of information on anti-Semites, racists and extremists and provides a yearly analysis of anti-Jewish activities in an annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
  • Through the polling of American and other nations’ attitudes toward Jews, remains in the forefront of gauging anti-Semitism at home and abroad

Extremism

  • Monitors, analyzes and exposes an entire range of extremists from the obscure to the more prominent.  Issues Extremism in America: A Guide, an encyclopedia of American extremists that is continually updated
  • Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network is a comprehensive, frequently updated informational resource for law enforcement personnel engaged in combating hate groups, hate crimes and hate symbols

Identifying And Combating Hate

Leading the efforts to deter and counter hate-motivated crimes, the League drafted model hate crimes legislation in 1981, covering all hate crimes.  Forty-five states have since enacted laws based on or similar to the model, which was unanimously deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.

For more than 13 years, ADL led a broad coalition of groups working in Washington, DC, to enact the federal Matthew Shepard James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), which was signed into law in October 2009.

  • As part of a joint effort, formed Partners Against Hate to provide outreach, education and training in techniques to prevent juvenile hate-related behavior
  • Maintains an extensive online visual database of extremist symbols, logos and tattoos

Education

  • Works to further the mission of combating hate through education.  Its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs provide anti-bias education and training with curriculums and materials available for pre-K through university students, community groups, corporations, civic associations, religious organizations and law enforcement agencies
  • Supports Holocaust awareness and education through its Braun Holocaust Institute and the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL®

Religious Freedom

  • Regards the separation of church and state as essential to preserving religious freedom in our increasingly pluralistic society.  Engaged in action to safeguard religious liberty throughout society, including in the workplace and classroom

Interfaith Affairs

  • Builds and maintains relationships and dialogue with international, national and local religious leaders of all faiths. Monitors and attempts to resolve interfaith issues, and helps educate non-Jewish religious leaders about Jewish history, theology and philosophy
  • Through the Bearing Witness™ program, a partnership with The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Archdiocese of Washington, provides Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach their students about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Israel

  • Supports the Jewish state by advocating for Israel, and explaining political and security issues and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian/Israel-Arab conflict with U.S. policymakers, the media and the public through programs, publications and contact with officials
  • Jerusalem Office hosts fact-finding missions to Israel and provides expertise on anti-bias training for Israeli educational, military and law enforcement institutions

International Affairs

  • Monitors and combats global anti-Semitism and extremism and promotes the security and well-being of Jewish communities around the world.  Provides expertise to governments and non-government institutions worldwide
  • A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias training programs exist in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Italy and the Netherlands, reaching educators, and law enforcement professionals.  Youth in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom have participated in peer-training programs
  • Maintains an office in Israel

 

 For more information about the event and register go to the web site: www.adl.org/FloridaArtWorksADL  or contact Patricia Gottenger 561-512-0073

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