****Date Changed To Fifth Tuesday, October 30th For Art Salon **** Meet Aurora Molina, Fiber Artist

The Armory Art Center brings so many opportunities not only to artists, but to art lovers. The monthly Art Salons led by Elle Schorr allow all of us to meet and better understand the creative process with internationally, nationally and locally based artists.  Meet figurative fiber sculpture artist, Aurora Molina on Tuesday, October 30th, as she discusses “CULTURAL PORTRAITS IN FIBER AND THREAD” The public is invited.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  Please note CHANGED DATE for this Art Salon!!!

 

 

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org

 

AT THE ART SALON:

TUESDAY,  October 30, 2018

6:30 -8:30 pm

“CULTURAL PORTRAITS

IN FIBER AND THREAD”

PRESENTED BY

Aurora  Molina

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER MEDIA ROOM

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. There is a $10 donation for each salon.

 

 

Art Installation by Aurora Molina

 

 

Aurora Molina is a figurative fiber sculpture artist, using embroidery as a drawing instrument, and fabric as a material for building large sculptural installations, tapestries, marionettes, and small wall drawings that capture people of all ages and backgrounds, and the environments in which they live. Each has its own spirit; some playful, some grotesque, others belligerent and some with a more serious side. Some contain satirical, even subversive political commentaries. Each one tells a story that appeals to our social consciousness and narrates stories, whether about childhood or aging, family, climate change or anthropoid-like creatures with animal instincts, immigration or life in one of the many cultures in which she has lived and worked. She says “The use of fabric and the obsessiveness of embroidery defines my work and honors that centuries-old legacy of women weavers and artisans.”

 

 

 

 

 

Art Installation At FAT Village by Aurora Molina

 

 

 

Photography, video, robotics and more have been utilized in the telling of her many stories. “Whereas society has slowly created “fictions” and “virtual realities” to replace the real, I instead direct the spectator’s attention to the everyday real happenings of ordinary lives.” Some works use stockings to make her creatures appear crude, more visceral, “as if the skin had been removed to reveal what’s beneath, to expose the rawness of tissue and blood”. She says “it is the grotesque nature of these pieces that is meant to invite deeper explorations into the true nature of the character, in order to seduce the spectator to reexamine his or her own psychological vulnerabilities”.

 

 

Figurative Art by Aurora Molina

 

 

 


Aurora Molina was born in La Havana, Cuba, in 1984, and emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Florida International University, specializing in Mixed Media, and her MFA in Contemporary Art at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, completed in 2009. She currently lives in Miami, where she is a resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex, and is represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. She also works as an art educator, teaching art to kids who are often from disadvantaged backgrounds or with developmental disabilities, in Miami, Oaxaca, Mexico, Yogjakarta, Indonesia, and Kota, India, often related to the aesthetics of their own cultural traditions.

 

 

 

Installation art by Aurora Molina

 

 

 

 

 

About Art Salons:

South Florida has become a vibrant center for art and artists, and ART SALONS at the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach are a gathering place for artists from throughout in the region. Each month from October to May, Art Salons offer presentations by influential professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida. Presenters show their work, talk about their influences, and explore the work of artists showing in museums and galleries, followed by stimulating discussions between all who attend. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists.

Elle Schorr, a well-known artist / photographer who spends much of her time at museums and art exhibits locally and internationally, has been facilitating the salons, hosted by the Armory Art Center, since 2012.

All are welcome to join in these timely explorations of trends in contemporary art and individual artists’ work.

 

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

All Salons meet in the Media Room of the Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, Florida 3340, in the historic Art Deco Armory building to the left of the garden.

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the new Firehouse. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the park and new Firehouse, and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

 

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Salon Features Three Views Of Ceramic Sculpture In Contemporary Art With Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej

Armory Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting.  December’s program is held in conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major National Exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11th.  This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. Meet three contemporary artists: Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej as they discuss “Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views” on Tuesday, December 15th.  The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of their creations.  We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

Armory Art Center Presents

ART SALON

 

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views”

Presented By:

Muriel Kaplan

Mark Walnock

Stephen Futej

 

 

 

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.  Pay at the door.

Please share this announcement with friends. If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.

 

 

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“Guitte Leeb” by Muriel Kaplan  (Photo by Meghan McCarthy)

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of Art Salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. The Art Salon is curated by Elle Schorr.

 

 

 

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“Divided Roots” by Mark Walnock

 

 

 

 

In conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major national exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11, this Art Salon will introduce three artists who have influenced students of Ceramics and Sculpture at the Armory Art Center. Each will discuss his or her ways of working and influences, and will share images of their work. After their presentations, we will tour the Muriel Kaplan Sculpture / Ceramic Building.

 

 

 

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“Bahia” by Stephen Futej

 

 

 

Muriel Kaplan began to teach sculpture at the Armory in 1978, when it was first beginning, and later served on the board of directors and initiated the Master Artists program at the school. The Armory Art Center named their sculpture/ceramics building after her to thank her for her many contributions.

 

 

 

 

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US Navy Fighter Pilot, David McCampbell” by Muriel Kaplan

 

 

 

Muriel studied mythology with Joseph Campbell and also welding at Cornell University, where she received a BA in Psychology in 1946. She earned her Master’s degree in Sculpture and Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College in 1961. She creates drawings and paintings, in many mediums, and sculptures, both reliefs and in the round, mostly in terra-cotta and then cast in bronze. She work both on commission and “for my own pleasure when inspired by personal, philosophical or political subjects”.

 

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“Yellow Roots” by Mark Walnock

 

 

Mark Walnock is the Director of Ceramics at the Armory. He states “My work is based on different growth processes in nature. The pieces depict imagined developing scenarios in which extensions are formed, or are in the process of being formed off of a stationary host. These living hosts can be protected by spikes or scales. Some hosts take shape as root systems or animal parts from land or the sea. The idea of protection through clustering and the persistence for survival in nature are my main themes. I admire nature’s ability to grow under any harsh conditions and to rarely be held back. My pieces begin to reflect a self portrait as the growth inside them is silent, subtle, and ongoing. I attempt to direct the viewer to focus on these generally unnoticed events in order for them to contemplate their own personal growth scenarios. Metal or bronze as an outer layer places a protective “shell” over the piece and avoids a too immediate recognition.”

 

 

 

Mark graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA earning a BA, with honors, in ceramics. He has worked as an instructor and studio manager for various arts organizations, and has been an artist in residence at the Long Beach Island Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited his work nationwide and at invitational shows in London and Japan.

 

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“Vascularity” by Stephen Futej

 

 

Stephen Futej’s work combines discarded clay and degraded construction materials, he says, ” to devise a role reversal of space and form, giving a visual accounting of temporary spaces defined by curved planes. These spatial records are regarded as temporal, and can be interpreted as snapshots or fossils that allude to cycles of disintegration and reconfiguration occurring on varied scales. Ultimately they refer to the quest for understanding of the Higgs Boson and dark matter, which comprises as much as eighty percent of the universe. There is also a philosophical parallel at work; the concepts of yin and yang relate directly to the mold/positive relationship, and are essential to experiencing Tao, the all-pervading, eternally nameless underlying order.”

 

 

 

 

Stephen is the former Sculpture Department Director, Armory Art Center, where he developed curriculum in clay sculpture, welding and metals, stone carving, and glass and bronze casting and was an Armory Artist in Residence. He is now an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. stephen has also been awarded residencies at the Perkins Center for the Arts and The School at Church Farms. He received his BFA at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MFA from Florida Atlantic University.

 

ART SALONS:

 

 

Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

 

All Salons meet in Library on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

For more information:

Please visit www.armoryart.org for more information about classes, workshops, lectures and exhibits.

 

 

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