Wellington Art Society Invites You To City Hall Reception and Monthly Meeting

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) invites the public to the Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 13th at Wellington City Hall.  Enjoy the exhibit of 36 paintings and photographs by WAS artist members.  Lucy Keshavarz, founder of Art & Culture Group, Inc. will be the featured speaker for the Wellington Art Society meeting on October 14th, 2015 at Bootz Culture Camp in Royal Palm Beach. The meet and greet with refreshments begins at 6:30, followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. Lucy’s talk will be the highlight of the meeting. The last item on the agenda is a fabulous raffle. All artists and art lovers are welcome to join us, enjoy meeting fellow artists and learn about the Wellington Art Society.  The Rickie Report shares the details of both events and gives you a glimpse of Lucy’s artistic reach through art into the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

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CITY HALL RECEPTION

 

Open To The Public

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

5:30 – 7 pm

12300 West Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

561-791-4000    www.WellingtonFL.gov

 

The Wellington Art Society will host a reception on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 from 5:30 – 7 pm  to showcase their exciting new exhibit in the beautiful Wellington City Hall Gallery. The reception is free to the public and there will be fun door prizes for guests and light refreshments. The exhibit features thirty six paintings and photographs by thirteen of the Wellington Art Society’s artists.

 

 

MONTHLY   MEETING

Everyone Welcome!

 

Wednesday, October 14th

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Featuring  Lucy Keshavarz

 

Bootz Culture Camp

420 State Road 7         Royal Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

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“Environmentally Engaged”

 

 

Lucy Keshavarz, founder of Art & Culture Group, Inc. will be the featured speaker for the Wellington Art Society meeting on October 14th, 2015 at Bootz Culture Camp, 420 State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach. The meet and greet with refreshments begins at 6:30, followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. Lucy’s talk will be the highlight of the meeting. The last item on the agenda is a fabulous raffle. We invite all artists and art lovers to join us, enjoy meeting fellow artists and learn about the Wellington Art Society.

 

 

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“Native Impressions” by Lucy Keshavarz

Lucy Keshavarz had a vision and passion to create a connection between art and communities. This passion led to the formation of the Art & Culture Group, Inc. in 1999. Since then they have completed arts projects in Palm Beach County and throughout the country. They specialize in bringing project-specific solutions based on the needs of the client and community. This leads to authentic and original results. The group has won two awards for EcoArt projects.

 

 

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The Art & Culture Group has worked with public, private and nonprofit organizations in facilitating Art in Public Places. They design, fabricate and install Public Art and EcoArt. They promote and manage two multi-media exhibitions by artist Michael Nye, traveling the United States. Lucy has written a guide book used with “Children of Children: Portraits of Teenage Parents”, by artist Michael Nye.  Lucy says that everything she does and all that she comes in contact with, adds to her artistic reservoir that she draws from. She is compelled to capture ideas and concepts that are often overlooked. She says, “My master is our natural world and the creative spirit that resides within”.

 

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Babbling Brook Eco Art Project 

Above photo from Babbling Brook in Westgate Community Redevelopment Agency, Unincorporated Palm Beach County.  Materials: Soil, unite, Pebble Tec, recycled concrete sidewalk slabs and over 70 species of Florida native plants.  Dimensions: 500 ft. by 125 ft.  Commissioned by Westgate CRA.  Location: SW corner of Seminole Blvd & Chickamauga Ave in Westgate CRA.

 

 

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Babbling Brook Eco Art Project

 

 

This was a collaborative project with CRA, civil engineers and native plant experts. Babbling Brook is a stormwater beautification EcoArt project that creates an aesthetically pleasing dry detention area and increases stormwater quality by circulating water from the Central Lake across the street through the Babbling Brook. The remaining portion of the dry detention area is landscaped with over 70 species of native Florida plant species that provide food and shelter for migrating birds and the opportunity for hands-on science (citizen scientist) for community members. This project has received “Urban Oasis Designation” from Audubon of Florida. Recycled concrete slabs taken during sewer renovations in another area of the CRA were used as sculptural pieces to line both sides of the brook channel and create the retaining wall at the head of the brook.

 

 

 

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6 Old Dixie EcoWalk at Seabourn Cove

Materials: Custom concrete butterfly stamps, Florida cap rock boulders, custom plant ID tiles and HDL interpretive panels.  Dimensions: One quarter mile by 50 ft. – on City utility easement.  Commissioned by FM Contract Services, LLC – developers of Seabourn Cove, luxury rental apartments in Boynton Beach, FL.  Location on Old Dixie Highway two blocks north of Gulfstream Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL.

 

 

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“Native Impressions” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

 

An EcoArt project that reforests a quarter of a mile utility easement with over 60 species of Florida native plants interwoven with art elements that highlight native butterfly species. The public art elements are interspersed along the quarter of a mile pathway and include: five large rock sculptures, five small rock sculptures, five educational panels on large rock bases, fifty-five custom plant IDs on small rock bases and three butterfly watering holes. And intriguing and educational place that offer people the opportunity to reconnect with the important value natural systems bring to our urban areas. In collaboration with developer, landscape architect, three scientists and City of Boynton Beach.  For more information please visit: www.artculturegroup.com

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.
For further information visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

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

 

“Environmentally Engaged” At Lighthouse ArtCenter Stimulates Conversations About Eco Awareness

“Environmentally Engaged” is an exhibition of different artists’ work that stimulates conversations to develop strategies and policies to foster awareness and positive environmental change in Florida’s ecosystem. This Lighthouse ArtCenter Exhibit is co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN) and judged by Paul Fisher.  The artists give us much to consider and will hopefully spur us to ACTION.  The Rickie Report shares the details, including the Opening Event at 3rd Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  We also highlight the creativity and thoughts of the curators.  Don’t miss this event!  The Exhibit continues through October 24th. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the family, to discuss the subjects and how everyone CAN make a difference.

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter

Presents:

“Environmentally Engaged”

3rd Thursday, September 17th

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Opening & Awards Reception and special lectures by co-curators

Co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN)

Judged by Paul Fisher

Exhibit Runs: September 10 – October 24th

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

"Environmentally Engaged" Artwork by Carol Erenrich

     “Environmentally Engaged”       Artwork by Carol Erenrich

 

 

 

Meet Diane Arrieta  and Lucy Keshavarz

 

Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. Her work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artist like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood.  Her work has been categorized as socio-eco-political and often focuses on difficult subjects. Currently, her work focuses on environmental topics.

 

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Diane holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture from Florida Atlantic University and a MSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. She works as the science and art outreach coordinator at FAU libraries in Jupiter, FL; as well as the research assistant for the Taras Oceanographic Foundation; studying wild dolphin populations off the Coast of Palm Beach County.  Diane (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an internationally recognized artist.

 

 

 

Her latest body of work is used as a communication tool for raising awareness of biological concepts related to biodiversity, species loss, habitat degradation and the relationship of these things to human health and well-being. Having Native American roots and Taoist beliefs, this artist focuses on an ecocentric mindset that places nature and animals above humans. She utilizes materials and certain processes that are typically used for commercial and  industrial  purposes as her way of turning consumer based items into works of art that speak about the environment. Parallel to the ecological topics, much of the work of (Birds Are Nice) BAN focuses on social-political issues, mainly affecting women and children.

 

 

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“Frog Protection” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

 

Diane shares her insights with The Rickie Report, ” Amphibian populations have been plummeting for the following reasons: Habitat destruction, Chytridiomycosis (a fungal disease), introduction of non-native species, overexploitation, climate change, UV-B radiation from increased ozone depletion, chemical contaminants from pesticides, acidification and nitrogen based fertilizers. Second meaning…we have to kiss a lot of frogs to find our prince!  Strongly associated with the water element, the frog connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, more spiritual or energetic”.

 

 

 

"Save The Whales" by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

          “Save The Whales” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

Diane shares, “Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. Unfortunately their large size and mythical aura does not protect them; seven out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, even after decades of protection. Collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear (known as bycatch) and pollution are a threat to all whales and dolphins. Shipping activity and oil development causes damaging noise that can disrupt their hearing, which disrupts critical feeding and breeding activities. Commercial whaling still kills over 1000 whales a year”.

 

 

Children are a reoccurring theme in the works of Birds Are Nice (BAN). Nietzsche said, “The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a Sacred Yes”. BAN’s work strives for the simplicity of that childhood innocence. Moreover, research shows that how children relate to the environment directly correlates to how they view nature in adulthood. The work is visually engaging and allows both adults and children to investigate social and environmental issues without feeling threatened.

 

 

"Life Or Death? Mask" by Lucy Keshavarz

                 “Living Or Death Mask” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy Keshavarz is a fifteenth generation Floridian and graduated with a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In 1987, she assisted her husband in opening Keshavarz & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and survey firm in West Palm Beach. Lucy has worked with various performing arts organizations and directed the GardensArt program in the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

 

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                                                   Artwork by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

 

Lucy founded Art & Culture Group, Inc.(ACG) in 1999. Through ACG, her work has included developing and facilitating art in public places projects, curator of rotating public art programs, and managing multi-media exhibitions traveling across the US. Lucy’s work includes clay, glass and mixed-media as well as public art and EcoArt projects.

 

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“Blooming” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy is acutely aware of the environmental degradation that has taken place in Florida. Through her art she promotes the cultural paradigm shifts needed to bring about healing and restoration of our environment. An example is Native Impressions™, a new series of works in clay that brings her recent EcoArt projects into the gallery. These pieces illustrate the beauty of Florida native plants species and the need to bring these back to all places in Florida.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this Exhibit, classes, lectures and art events at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

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