Gin Blische’s Creations Are NOT Stuffed Animals! Meet This Master Needle Felter And Her Menagerie On October 19th At Artisans On The Ave

Wool sculptor, Gin Blische has created quite the niche for herself here in Palm Beach County. Needle-felted sculpture is unique in South Florida, but she feels just fine being a big colorful fish in a small tropical pond.  Her commitment to her art is the reason she has an impressive collection of unique creations on display at Artisans On The Ave Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida. Her colorful menagerie of creatures will sometimes have you doing a double take! How did a raccoon get into the Gallery window!  Her sculptures of all things woolen have garnered the interest of collectors from here to Hollywood CA where she was commissioned by FOX TV Network to create two sculptures for a TV show set.  Meet Gin on Friday, October 19th at Artisans on the Ave for their “Fantasy & Fairy Tales” Opening Reception!   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  

 

 

 

THEY     ARE     NOT     STUFFED!  

Meet The Creations of Gin Blische

 

 

NEXT ART SHOW:

“Fantasy & Fairy Tales”

Featuring Gin Blische, Amelia Costa and Julie Naseef

Friday, October 19  

6 – 9 PM

Artisans On The Ave.  630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Florida

 (free and open to the public, refreshments)

 

 

 

 

Gin Blische

 

 

 

A multitalented individual, Gin is also a member of INHOUSE, a South Florida based band she founded with her twin Sister. INHOUSE has performed with artists like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt and Ziggy Marley among others. Recently, she is splitting her time between sculpting and preparing for the INHOUSE, 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert at the Norton Museum of Art’s, Art After Dark on February 22.

 

 

 

 

Display of Gin’s Creations at Artisans On The Ave Gallery

 

Working out of her home studio in Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, Gin surrounds herself with a palette of naturally dyed English sheep’s wool, llama wool and angora, just waiting to be turned into something fantastical!  Gin tells The Rickie Report, “I’m sure I am not alone when I say that expression can be the most important element of any sculpture or painting. When I use the term “expression,” I mean it quite literally, although people express themselves in their art no matter what their subject or medium.  I’m just not that deep with my creations. I create to create emotion, but that emotion comes from the expressions on the faces and posture of each of my sculptures.  Many people have said they see me in my work. My eyes, my expressions, no matter the creation”.

 

 

 

Another creation by Gin Blische

 

 

 

 

 

She goes on to say, “Making creations that look like Gin the bear, Gin the owl, Gin the bird. Before you start thinking of me as a narcissist, please don’t. It may happen inadvertently. I may be creating my twin sister, the woman dearest to my heart.  I’ve stared at my face my entire life without looking in the mirror. It’s no wonder my sculptures look a little like me.  When I look at them though, I see the eyes of my dog Ralph. He had the most sensitive eyes.  I loved to look into them while I pet his brow. He filled me with so much love. I try to recreate that emotion with every piece I create. Sometimes I almost get there. :)”

 

 

 

 

Gin Blische’s Pelican

 

 

 

Gin is the daughter of artist Herbert Weintraub, who is best known for his oil and acrylic cityscapes and nautical and rural American paintings. Perhaps this is why the idea of creating art as a career is not foreign to her. She spent many hours admiring her Dad, hard at work at his easel. Her youth was spent going to art shows in Greenwich Village and Central Park. She studied Fashion Design and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before embarking on a career in Fashion throughout the 1980’s. Her illustrations won over Liz Claiborne before her studies ended at the reputable school.

Gin Blische’s Bongo Bear
Gin tells The Rickie Report, “Commissions have always been challenging considering I am not a portrait artist. Most of the commission work I do, has an element of fantasy to it… almost a caricature of the subject. That style has never steered me wrong. It is my style. Truth is, there is nothing more special than a  creation of someone or something you love. As far as gifts go, it is extremely thoughtful. Which brings me to my next point. If you are looking for something original to give as a gift this holiday, walk into a local gallery. If you don’t see anything you love but you do see a style you like, commission something. Make sure you do it soon…holiday seasons get very busy for most artists”.

 

 

Holiday Pet Portrait Commissions by Gin Blische

 

Pet Portraits:  With the Holiday season around the corner, the perfect gift for someone you love may be a felted one. These collectibles are a unique addition to any home and can include anything from a 3D portrait of your pet’s face in a frame or a small full body portrait.  This is the perfect gift idea for that person who adores their pet(s).  We suggest you get your order in early for Holiday gifts. 

 

 

 

 

Classes Offered:  Gin offers classes to groups of 5 or more ages 10 and up which includes supplies. Contact Gin to book a date for your party. Day or Evening classes available. This is a great idea for Birthday, Retirement, Holiday or just plain Crafter Parties. Gin will travel and teach in your home for an extra fee.

 

 

 

Crafting is a great tool for building confidence, forming friendships, and developing focus.

 

 

 

 

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Contact: gin@blische.net
561-543-3458

 

 

 

 

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Street Art Revolution Brings Hip Hop Counter Culture To Norton Museum’s “Art After Dark” On July 6th

Street Art Revolution is a mural arts /public art collective initiative. The ‘revolution’ is to change the paradigm of what is considered art in this community. Beauty comes in many different forms and uses endless mediums. On Thursday, July 6th, Museum visitors can expect a panel discussion, an interactive mural workshop, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues as well as participate in a guided tour of selected museum works.  Street Art Revolution has created several public art commissions in the City of West Palm Beach.  This collaboration with the Norton Museum is aided by The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Do you Basel?, and other local artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this free event.  Kudos to Caron Bowman, Curator for Street Art Revolution!

 

 

 

N O R TO N  MU S E U M  O F  AR T
1451 S. OLIVE AVE., WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401

www.norton.org

 

 

‘ART    AFTER    DARK’

PRESENTS:

 

STREET   ART   REVOLUTION

Thursday, July 6, 2017

5:00  – 9:00 pm

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Spotlight Talk

5:30 PM / Les Soeurs Chevalme’s In Dog We Trust, Arouna

5:45 PM / Erika Stone’s A Nap on a Paris Bench, France

6 PM / Sylvie Fleury’s Skin Crime 6

6:15 PM / Jose Bedia’s Si Se Pudiera (If Only I Could)

6:30 PM / Panel Discussion
Local arts organization Street Art Revolution discusses their previous and current public art projects as well as the impact of public art in the city of West Palm Beach.

6 – 8 PM / Do-It-Yourself
Collaborate in a mural project directed by the local artist and muralist known as Bulks.

7:30 PM / Music and Spoken Word
Calvin and Arsimmer Early from Spoken Word Exchange, a Miami-based creative writing project, perform spoken word poetry and R&B music.

Until 8:30 Happy Hour in the Central Courtyard

*Schedule subject to change.

Free Admission

 

 

  • Caron Bowman curator for Street Art Revolution said, “Street Art is becoming the face of public art in the City due to its raw energy and authenticity. The Norton is expanding and diversifying its reach by hosting this program”.  There are many elements to this “Art After Dark” for all ages and art interested to take part in.

 

  • Artist Panel Discussion will be moderated by Derin Young, Senior Producer at ‘Do you Basel?’. The panel includes Curator Caron Bowman, Co-Curator Dalhia Perryman, Collective Member and featured muralist Anthony Hernandez and Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

 

  • The interactive mural workshop will be conducted by prolific muralist and Instructor Mark “Bulks” Rupprecht, known for his hyper-realistic larger than life, imaginative images.

 

  • Entertainment for the night will be provided by The Spoken Word Exchange featuring Calvin and Arsimmer Early. The spoken word poetry/rhythm and blues duo has performed and led workshops throughout the US, the UK, and the UAE.

 

  • Derin Young is a Content Developer, Independent Producer and Performance Artist. She has worked as a producer and interviewer / reporter with Black Art In America™ (BAIA) and also is a Producer with Do You Basel ?™

 

 

 

 

 

StreetArtRevolutionGroup photo Unveiling  Letting Go”mural by Bulks and Mayling Pao

 

Moderator Biography

Derin Young

Content Developer, Independent Producer and Performance Artist

Derin Young is a Producer, songwriter, sound designer and vocalist. Derin’s dei 7 free range music project has featured guest musicians from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and the United States performing at numerous venues. As a principal producer for nonradioMusic (NRM), Derin continues to develop digital, exhibition, discussion and performance content for various institutions, projects and organizations. Derin has worked as a producer and interviewer / reporter with Black Art In America™ (BAIA) and also is a Producer with Do You Basel ?™. Derin is currently being featured as a member of Rodeo Caldonia High Fidelity Performance Theater in We Wanted A Revolution : Black Radical Women 1965 – 1985, currently on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.  www.doyoubasel.miami    www.facebook.com/doyoubasel

 

“The Jam” Mural by Bulks, Anthony Hernandez, EMO, PHD, and, Mayling Pao 

 

Artist Panel Biographies

Caron Bowman
Street Art Revolution Curator and Public Artist

Caron Bowman is a multi-disciplined artist and her work spans many techniques. Rapper Kendrick Lamar in association with Creative Allies showcased her artwork in NYC at the Galapagos Art Space. She emerged as a semi-finalist for the 2012 Beck’s Green Box augmented reality series – which featured the bestemerging artists around the globe. In addition to other honors, she has also been profiled by Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, The American Latino Museum, the 2015 and 2013 Los Angeles African American Heritage Guide, fashion photographer Nick Knight’s – SHOWstudio, and the Tom Joyner Foundation. Her interactive Neon Planes mural puzzle was featured in CODAWORX’s interactive art magazine.   http://karonbowman.webs.com

Dalhia Perryman

Street Art Revolution Co-Curator , Visual Artist and Muralist,

Dalhia Perryman is an activist, an internationally shown and nationally sold multidisciplinary artist, grant winner, orator and intellectual. She holds memberships in American Mensa and the International High IQ Society and has shown work on the show CBS Sunday morning. She was published in the African American National Biography, the largest scholarly reference on blacks of the diaspora in the world and has contributed 5600 lifetime hours of community service including rebuilding homes in St Bernard Parrish, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. She most recently became a contender for a Guinness World Record with an international panel of artists for completing the largest street painting in the world.  www.blackdalhiaarts.com

Anthony Hernandez

Street Art Revolution, Visual Artist and Muralist

Anthony Hernandez was born in Havana Cuba. His love and passion for art influenced his life as a young child. Anthony was fascinated by works of artists from his birthplace including Amelia Pelaez, Mario Carreno and Rene Portocarreo. At the age of 12, he immigrated to Chicago and now resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. He works predominantly in the mediums of oil and acrylic to create paintings on canvas and murals.  www.anthonyhernandezart.com

Raphael Clemente, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority, has been contributing to the improvement and renewal of the Downtown District since 2006. A self-described “urbanist”, Mr. Clemente is a dedicated advocate for the community who works hand in hand with stakeholders to address wide ranging issues affecting the Downtown.  Mr. Clemente holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Raphael has been a pioneer in using art and creative instigations as tools to improve and enhance the public realm. These projects and programs have resulted in positive outcomes for the community and improved perceptions of the city’s urban core.  http://www.downtownwpb.com/

 

Interactive Mural Workshop

Bulks
Street Art Revolution Pool Artist and Muralist

I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My mother owned an art gallery for 25 plus years. Growing up in that kind of environment, I was introduced to many different kinds of art. We moved to south Florida in 2000, where I began to pursue my passion for graffiti art at the age of 14 and I have not stopped since. I’m always looking for new ways to create and push my work to new levels.  https://www.instagram.com/bulk_styles/

 


Street Art Revolution’s  Art Palm Beach/ Art Synergy 2017  Installation

 

Performance

The Spoken Word Exchange is a grassroots, creative writing initiative, providing groups of artists and spectators from around the world the opportunity to experience and learn about each other’s culture through the art of poetry. The project is powered by a combination of international travel, performances and workshops and has been facilitated in the US, the UK, and the UAE.ce www.thespokenwordexchange.com

 

 

About Street Art Revolution

Street Art Revolution is an artist collective consisting of Anthony Hernandez, Eduardo Mendieta, Dalhia Perryman and Caron Bowman. The collective invites and works with artists seasonally to create murals and art installations. Our ‘revolution’, is to change the paradigm of what is considered art in this community. Beauty comes in many different forms and uses endless mediums. Our groundbreaking take on blurring the lines between fine art and street art has led to much recognition. Our work has been profiled in The Huffington Post, WPTV News Channel 5, Channel 25, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Beat, CBS 12, Music on Walls, Channel 18, the Palm Beach Shiny Sheet, Art District Magazine, Arthive Magazine and most recently our Northwood Village project “Kaleidoscope” was recognized by the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. www.facebook.com/streetartrevolution1

 

 

About Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art is an art museum located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its collection includes over 7,000 works, with a concentration in European, American, and Chinese art as well as in contemporary art and photography. The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O’Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. The Museum presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children throughout the year.  www.norton.org

Street Art Revolution Sponsors:

About Subculture Group

Opened in 1987 Respectable Street 518 Clematis was the first location and the concept behind the Subculture Group. Built in an old Salvation Army building circa 1923 Respectable Street has hosted over 1000 live acts ranging from the first performing avant garde act Chris and Cosey to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and legends like the Damned, The Misfits. Indie newcomers Surfer Blood have honed their talents at Respectable Street and have gone on to National acclaim. Respectable Street has become an institution in South Florida and is considered one of the premier live music venues in the country.   sub-culture.org/

About the Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special convening of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit downtownwpb.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

 

 

 

For more information contact: Caron Bowman

http://streetartrevolution.webs.com

www.facebook.com/streetartrevolution1

bowmanga@hotmail.com

Venue Contact Information:

N O R TO N  MU S E U M  O F  AR T
1451 S. OLIVE AVE., WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401

www.norton.org

http://www.norton.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Events.Details&content_id=3383

 

 

 

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Norton Museum Collaborates with Andy Warhol Museum in Premiere Exhibit “Baby” Jane Holzer

Palm Beach native Jane Holzer was Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate.  She offers a singular insight into understanding  Warhol as a “prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality”.  The Norton Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, will present the first exhibit to focus on the relationship between the artist and his muse.  A special “Warhol and Film” panel discussion takes place on February 2nd.  The Rickie Report shares more details in this article.

 

 

 

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The Norton Museum of Art

 

Presents a Major Exhibition

 

on  

 

Andy Warhol’s First Superstar, “Baby” Jane Holzer

 

Warhol and Film panel discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

 

Art 101 mini-course, Warhol’s ‘60s:  Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12

To Jane, Love Andy Curator’s Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Exhibit will be on view  Feb. 2 – May 25, 2014

 

 

 

The Norton Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, is presenting the first exhibition to focus on the relationship between artist Andy Warhol and his muse Jane Holzer – popularly known as “Baby Jane.” To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, will be on view Feb. 2 – May 25, 2014 and explores the Holzer’s rise as well as Warhol’s art, emphasizing the period of 1962-1965.  The exhibition will include films featuring Holzer, paintings, sculpture, and prints, as well as rarely seen material from Warhol’s own “Time Capsules.”  A Warhol and Film panel discussion is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, featuring Holzer and prominent curators familiar with Warhol’s films.

 

 

Jane Holzer - Warhol film still

Jane Holzer – Warhol film still

 

“As Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate, Jane Holzer offers singular insight into understanding  Warhol as a prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality,” said Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Norton. “The Norton is delighted to celebrate Jane Holzer who is a Palm Beach native and continues to have close associations with the community.”

 

 

 

The exhibition examines the rise of “Baby Jane,” a nickname given to Holzer by a Women’s Wear Daily columnist in 1962. Through fashions Holzer wore during the height of her modeling career for Vogue (among other publications), fashion layouts, and photographs of Holzer, her  early, independent identity and associations with the fashion world will be explored. The frenzied attention paid to Holzer prompted author Tom Wolfe to profile her in his 1964 essay, “The Girl of the Year.”

 

 

 

Holzer’s entry into Warhol’s circle and her role as a member and muse who contributed to the early years of his New York studio, The Factory, is seen through Warhol’s art and, especially his films which were of primary concern to him at the time.  Warhol created many of his iconic works, including the various series of paintings titled, Flowers, Jackie, and Death and Disasters during Holzer’s association with the studio from approximately 1962-1965. He also produced many films during this time with Holzer’s participation, including Kiss (1963-1964), Soap Opera (1964), Batman and Dracula (1964), and eight Screen Tests (1964-1966), among others.

 

 

 

“Holzer provides a significant counterpoint to many of the other visitors to Warhol’s studio,” Brutvan said. “She entered The Factory as an established, successful model. Warhol benefitted from her ‘it’ girl status and social connections. Holzer, in turn, benefitted from Warhol’s filmmaking, which fulfilled her early ambition to be in movies.”

 

 

 

“Andy Warhol and Baby Jane Holzer hold a special place in American pop culture,” said Norton Museum Executive Director Hope Alswang. “He was the epitome of the avant-garde and she was the epitome of style. The Norton is honored that Jane entrusted the Museum to draw back the curtain on this very public, yet intimate friendship to better understand this rich period in Warhol’s life and in American art.”

 

 

 

With updated technology by The Andy Warhol Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own “Screen Test” while experiencing one of the challenges Warhol’s stars faced – sit for three minutes without blinking. Each visitor’s screen test will be posted on a custom web page where it can be shared with various social media outlets.

 

Exhibition-related programs include:

 

Warhol and Film panel discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014: The panel features distinguished museum curators familiar with Warhol’s contributions to film, including Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art; Claire K. Henry, Senior Curatorial Assistant, The Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.  Jane Holzer is the panel’s special guest. The program is free with Museum admission.

 

 

Art 101 mini-course, Warhol’s ‘60s: This three-part course looks at the heyday of Warhol’s Factory, and other contemporary approaches to art that continue to resonate today; gallery discussions and power-point presentations led by Museum staff, 1 to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays: Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12. Registration is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Call (561) 832-5196, x 1113.

 

 

 

To Jane, Love Andy Curator’s Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: Organizing curator for the exhibition, Cheryl Brutvan, leads a discussion of the exhibition during Art After Dark.

 

 

 

Cinema of the ‘60s series, beginning 6:30 p.m. March 20, 2014: Film scholar, author, and former Palm Beach Post Books Editor Scott Eyman screens cutting-edge films by some of the most daring filmmakers working in New York during the 1960s. Each screening will be followed by a discussion. The series opens during Art After Dark with D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back, a documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK concert tour, and closes on April 17 with films by Warhol. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of the Gayle and Paul Gross Education Endowment Fund.

 

 

About the Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Admission is half-price for all on Thursdays. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit   www.norton.org.

 

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