Lois Perdue’s Solo Art Exhibit At Artserve Now Through January 4 Celebrates A Lifetime Of Art And Giving Back. Public Reception Is Tuesday, December 7.

Celebrating Lois Perdue‘s artwork is easy because it moves viewers through her use of color and markings.  Lois’ final Solo Exhibit will take place at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, December 7th.  The exhibit is Open NOW through January 4, 2022. The public is invited to the Opening Reception with the Gold Coast Watercolor Society co-hostingSales of Lois’ artwork have and will benefit a number of charities:  PAWS, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Summer camp programs for kids, College art scholarships at Broward College, Pen Women Ft. Lauderdale Branch, to name a few. The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of her artwork, plus the details about Lois’ life and her influence on so many of us. Please join me in celebrating Lois Perdue’s legacy, as she lives her days with intention, including her tributes to many in the arts community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday  9 AM – 6 PM    Saturday   10 AM – 6 PM

 

 

“Candy Crush” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report shares, “My friend and art colleague, Lois Perdue, is closing her professional art business due to stage 4 advanced pancreatic cancer.  ARTSERVE has graciously donated its site as the host for her final exhibit with Gold Coast Watercolor Society is co-hosting the event.  To date with Lois’s generous donations from the sales of her artwork at Plunge Resort and sales for her art supplies over $6,000 has funded many worthy programs”.

 

 

 

“End of 30 x 30” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois Perdue writes, “Let me explain….I am living out the rest of my life in order to not only leave a legacy of artist appreciation, but to offer others a new opportunity to consider creating a legacy. Too many of us find ourselves in these health-related positions, and while we leave wills, telling our loved ones what to do with our possessions, somehow, that is not enough.  What about the spirit of ourselves that remains?  This is an opportunity to honor those who have helped us on the journey”.

 

 

 

“Wild Blue Yonder” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Rickie says, “It has been a personal honor to help Lois map out her vision for an ongoing $500. Cash Arts Award to a visual artist who has taken an active role and has been a mentor to a visual arts organization. Lois has faced her diagnosis like a blank canvas.  She gathered her resources and went to work! Lois has shared with me over these past months how joyous it is for her to see the fruits of her labors while she is still alive.  Lois continues to teach us to live our lives with precious strokes of thoughtfulness, good deeds, and openness.”

 

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Award

For Exceptional Contributions to the Arts Community

 

 

 

 

Lois has inaugrated a new award/program for one local visual artist each year to be awarded $500. for innovative fundraising and membership, environmental work through their art, or from helping to ‘vet’ suitable organizations to whom these groups might want to give scholarships to…and helping  fellow members who might have to shutter their studio due to ill health or moving.  The first recipient will be Tammy Seymour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lois continues, “I’ve had to shutter my studio and reduce my inventory of paintings so I don’t leave my husband, Don, and my kids with a huge portfolio of work to deal with.  I started breaking my studio down myself a few months ago, but was overwhelmed with what was involved and too emotional to be doing this alone.  I knew Tammy Seymour had helped other artists ‘break’ down their studios and I had worked closely with her as Vice President of Pen Women of Fort Lauderdale for 9 years”.  

 

 

“Jubilation” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Tammy swooped in, taking inventory of thousands of dollars’ worth of paper, substrates, brushes, Office equipment etc.  Lois’ arrangement with Tammy was that ALL supplies will be donated to Gold Coast Watercolor Society and used in their flea market for scholarship/award funding.  In the midst of all of this emotional and physical turmoil, Lois was trying to pull together her first solo exhibit in a large public venue. Tammy stepped in to help Lois create a video presentation of my life: (one for me that Don and my kids can cherish).

 

 

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Tammy who retired from NCR Corporation (her clients included:  Burger King, Disney World, Checkers, etc) is recognized as an award winning artist.  Lois’ Award serves to acknowledge  her compassionate ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to supporting local arts organizations and their goals! From inaugurating clever ideas for fundraisers, to stepping in to curate exhibits or being a top-notch graphic designer who creates eye-catching collateral materials for the groups to which she belongs, Tammy is a leader and inspirer. No task is too small or too large for her and the fact that Tammy simultaneously currently serves as President of Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Branch and Gold Coast Watercolor Society—says it all!

 

 

 

“Heartbeat” by Lois Perdue

 

The Bonnet House is also a recipient of Tammy’s vision, as she provided merchandise in the gift shop, which during Covid helped them overcome  a major budget slash. She has been providing new and gently used items either donated or purchased at estate sales for their gift shop. Through monthly raffles at Pen Women luncheons of new or gently used items, we raise on average $100 per month. The proceeds of flea market sales have gone to support Pen Women Scholarship and Gold Coast Watercolor Society Danielle Vailancourt Memorial Award. Donations to these groups have exceeded $700 since inception in March 2021.  Over time, GCWS has become the place for artists to donate art supplies from their closed studios and we’ve assisted dismantling over four full studios in the last 10 years.  

 

 

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About Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers. Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

Untitled by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois asked The Rickie Report to share this gratitude list for all those who have loved, supported and nurtured her during these many months of declining health issues. Since these are final steps of her journey, she wanted to thank those who have been by her side: 

 

  • To Rickie Leiter for her friendship, support and encouragement in all things ‘art’ and for, along with Judy Nunno, helping formulate this artist/award for Tammy Seymour.

 

  • To Heritage Art Galleries and Framing, (Tamarac, FL.), co-owners Claudio Tomassone and Ian and Linda Jerrell for believing in me and my art for the past five years, representing me as one of their featured artists, and managing the sales distribution of my giclees.

 

  • To ArtServe along with curator Sophie Bonet, operations manager Rion Birchmore and membership development coordinator Rebecca Wilkner for hosting  my solo art exhibit on December 7th and where I happily taught my abstract workshops for so many years.

 

  • To my collaborative, creative artist community especially Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Pen Women who provided the vehicles with which to share my talent benefiting the area’s young artists and summer ‘art’ campers.

 

  • To my medical support team including Dr. Sahiba Kahn (Vitas Hospice Care), Drs. C. Stone, Milana Kaplan, Willy Davila, Clark-Loesser and Robin Steinberg.

 

  • To Don’s loving fire service community for their love and support.

 

  • To special junior/high school friends who have supported and loved me through life’s challenges including raising children and for providing years of fun and companionship.

 

  • To my extraordinary loving friends including Tammy Seymour, Judy Nunno, Susan Convery, Pauline Runkle and the many others not listed here who provided love, encouragement and endless support as well.

 

  • And last to my beautiful family including my amazing children, Adam Frimet and Wendy Frimet Jacobs, special grandchildren, Eli Jacobs and Isaac Jacobs, and many first and second cousins, nieces and nephews. And to the ‘wind beneath my wings’, my best friend, my hero, my loyal and loving husband, Don Perdue.

 

 

 

 

For more about Lois Perdue’s artwork:

Loisperdue.com

 

 

 

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Tammy Seymour

 Tseymour53@comcast.net   or  954-288-7972

 

 

 

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2070 Griffin Road    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday – Sunday :   11 am to 6 pm     

Tel: 954-424-0085

 

 

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Don’t Miss The “Art Explosion” Of 9 Swedish Women’s Art Group Sharing Their Artworks At History Of Ft. Lauderdale Museum November 3- 7. Free Reception On Wednesday, November 3

What happens when nine Swedish creatives who call Florida their home, get together to share their love of art?  You get an “ART EXPLOSION” of internationally and nationally acclaimed women! These members of the Swedish Women Art Group are eager to share a vast array of various mediums at their November 3- 7 Exhibit.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 3. This exhibit takes place at the History of Fort Lauderdale Museum and is Free to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! I hope you will take the time to read these biographies – how lucky are we to have this group of talent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swedish women art group is a South Florida based group. Our purpose is to inspire each other, learn from each other, and promote our Swedish culture. We promote each other’s art, share art events, tips, advice, interesting articles related to art and more.  

 

 

 

M  E  E  T           T  H  E         A  R  T  I  S  T  S:

 

 

 

Sara  Schesser  Bartra

 

 

 

I am an artist based in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been working on a variety of creative projects and have participated in many exhibitions. My artistic expression has gone through many phases over this period resulting in art with a highly personal approach and perspective. My work involves a variety of techniques and materials including traditional oil, acrylics, and mix media. I particularly enjoy mix media because I can use all my imagination and creativity utilizing materials that sometimes I buy, but most times I find and collect from the most unlikely sources. The combination of these techniques and materials produces interesting, fun and compelling pieces of art. My work is found in many private collections around the world.

 

In my recent work I am combining my scientific background into my art. Humans are visual creatures: we need to see in order to understand. My goal is to combine science and art in order to forge a deeper understanding of science in the public. 

sara_bartra@hotmail.com      @schesserbartrasara     @lvlyartdesigns    Webpage:https://www.lvlyartbysara.org/

 

 

 

 

Kerstin   Holm

 

 

I was born in Sweden and lived most of my life in the USA.  I made my first painting when 9/11 happened. My emotions took over and I painted “God saving the USA from terrorists”. It made me calm, and I dared flying a week after 9/11.  It was followed by “My daughter’s walk throw life”, “Protecting my Daughter”, “Women LeaderShip,” “Saving the Ocean”, Finding a Man”, “Staying on the Covid Boat”,  “Yellow Suns Musical Garden”, to name a few. In the past I was a co-founder of a hi-tech company in the USA. We developed the type of video that companies like Zoom uses. I am also a co-founder of SACC Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Florida and the Swedish Church in Florida. I have served on several boards, been an angle investor, mentor at SCORE, Career Source Broward and several entities in Sweden.

 

 

My life events are reflected in my paintings. Events that can happen to a lot of people, so I made pillows, cups, scarfs and so on with my art.  “Women LeaderShip” is a popular gift to motivate women. “Protected” gifts are popular to encourage someone, when they are sick or worried.  You can order the gifts with my art on at https://fineartamerica.com/My media is acrylic on canvas. Some of my original artworks are for sale at the show.  For more information:  Kerstin@kerstinofsweden.com

 

 

Agneta   Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

What color is the letter a?

I see colors everywhere, even in letters and numbers.
For a long time, I thought that everybody else did too.A figurative language and a powerful imagination have always been a strong part of my identity. I come from generations of curious creators, brave adventurers, and self-made artists from the arctic north. I was born in the Nordic light, raised with a Scandinavian touch and I grew up surrounded by historical architecture, antique art and furniture mixed by contemporary design.This mix became my origin and left a deep imprint on my signature brush stroke.

 

I used to be a co-owner of a small but very successful record label and music production company. It was crazy busy but always fun, and it gave me many creative outlet opportunities.To capture, create and develop the image of a new artist, you need to focus on the originality, personality, and quality they have, and then refine it. From the deep core within to the artistic expression. I try to do the same in my art. Capture, develop and refine, with a love for color, texture, form, and beauty in all shapes.  The inspiration from being among and around different expressions of art and people, triggers my impressions, thoughts, and experience from life as it presents itself to me and all my senses. I have a playful and experimental approach to creating art. My mediums are plentiful, but mostly I work with acrylic and mixed media.

 

….and by the way. The letter a is red.

 

 For more information:  agneta.anderson@me.com

 

 

 

Angela     Moore

 

 

 

 

A native of Sweden, I have created a variety of art and design all my life. I studied Fine Art and Graphic Art for nine years in Malmö, Sweden.  My recent work shows my broad perspective and colorful approach to portraits, mythology, animal shapes and fantasy. My art has found recognition and appreciation both in Sweden and Florida. My art has been shown in galleries in West Palm Beach over the years. My media are acrylic, water colors and etchings, etc. I have lived in Palm Beach County since 1986.  For more information: angelaofswea@yahoo.com

 

 

Mona    Tumba

 

 

Art, jewelries, and sculptures. Inspired by love, by joy, by life, the Swedish archipelago, and the sun in Florida. Color and shape are my passion! Color makes you feel, it is a vehicle that carries powerful messages. And for me, shape is the core of beauty. It tells you something, not only about the painting but of the mood and mindset of the artist. Enjoy color and shape as when you try an exceptional wine. Let it consume you and explore the details. Feel it with your heart. It is where you find the true message and beauty of things

 

I just finished writing about my life. The title in Swedish “Mona Tumba min sanning” has been well received in Sweden and I have been invited to many TV channels. It is about my life with the famous ice hockey player Sven Tumba. My art is found in many homes both in Sweden and the USA, and I have won several awards.  For more information:  Mona@tumba.comWebsite:  http://monatumbaart.com/

 

 

 

Gudrun   Andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

My paintings are about nature and things around us, but also people. I want to describe the beauty of nature and life, giving the viewer a feeling of peace, harmony, and happiness. When moving to Florida in 2000, I joined Boca Museum of Art – Artists Guild. My media have been charcoal, pen & ink, and oil, but lately I have enjoyed using acrylics and oil pastels. I love drawing, especially the black and the white tones that come from charcoals, as well as all the colors of oil pastel to describe the Everglades. My paintings have been shown in local Galleries where I have received many Awards and Sales. They can be found in many homes around United States and Sweden.  For more information: gudrunart@hotmail.com and Gudrunartgallery.com

 

 

 

Ann    Högsten    Anderson

 

 

I am from Sweden to Florida via Italy and the Virgin Islands. I have been passionate about creating as long as I can remember and have used many different media during the years. The Gnomes that I create are a reflection of how I have grown to admire and, a desire to preserve genuine craftsmanship and the use of raw materials. I have shown the Gnomes at several exhibits and they can be ordered on line at NordicGnomes.com. I followed my love of all things beautiful to Rome, Italy, where I attained a degree in fashion and textile design from Accademia di Costume e di Moda. For more information:  aannanderson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Kiki    Garber

 

 

 

 

I feel like I was born a portrait painter! I studied art in Sweden and I consider my greatest achievement to be my creation of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, portrayed in New York City a few months prior to her passing. Inspired by Mrs. J.B.K.O. personal choice….we titled my painting… ” Jackonda “. Upon submitting the image to The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, I had great satisfaction in receiving acknowledgement of their pleasure with ” Jackonda “.

My ” repertoire ” contains several other remarkable women as well, but my only muse is Jacqueline. She was the reason to engage my interests in American History, which I manifest in my portraits. Besides that, I won second prize for “The picture of a day ” by Wall Street Journal. Several famous people have bought my paintings. Ronnie Wood, Leonard Cohen, Fats Domino are some of them. Oil on canvas is my preference, but I also enjoy charcoal and watercolors. For more information:   Kikigarb@gmail.com

 

 

Marga   Meijer

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Sweden lived in Paris for several years of my adult life moved to 
USA with my French family….worked as a certified interior designer for many years.
  So design ,color , beautiful things have always been in my surroundings.
  I now create unique “One of a kind” jewelry like we all are…..  For more information  marga@consultus.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As individuals, we are members of SWEA Art, an interest group within SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) and its worldwide non-profit organization.  Nine of us formed the Swedish Women Art Group only for this event, to showcase our art in a public venue.  This show is independent of SWEA and SWEA Art. 

 

Disclaimer “SWEA Art is a privately organized network between individual Sweor and SWEA International bears no responsibility in connection with its activities. For more information please contact:  SWEA Art.

 

 

 

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Yochi Yakir-Avin Is Featured In Art Exhibit And Interactive Art Installation In Fort Lauderdale. Public Invited To Visit Now Through May 29

Gallery Six at the Broward County Library presents “A Personal Note”, featuring Artwork and Installation by Yochi Yakir-Avin, an American Israeli visual artist, based in South Florida. Her recent oil paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism. The public is invited to take part in an interactive 3D installation that connects to Yakir-Avin’s Memory Project. This exhibition is made possible through a CIP Grant 2021.  Since no opening reception is taking place, Yochi will be happy to make an appointment to come to the gallery and meet personally with visitors. The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.

 

 

“A  PERSONAL  NOTE”

 

ART  EXHIBITION  

AND

 AN  INTERACTIVE  INSTALLATION  

AT GALLERY SIX

BROWARD COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY

 

By Yochi Yakir-Avin: L to R  “Gabby in Red” 2020, “Multitude Thoughts” 2021,  “William” 2021

 

EXHIBITION  DATES:

Now  through  May  29, 2021

 

 

To Meet Yochi Yakir-Avin at this exhibit, please email:  yochiy@gmail.com 

 

 

PUBLIC HOURS:

Mon, Wed    11 am – 7 pm

Sat, Tues, Thur  10 am – 6 pm

Friday, Sunday   CLOSED

FREE  ADMISSION

 

100 South Andrews Avenue     Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

954.357.7444

www.broward.org/library

Face coverings must be worn and guests must follow social distancing protocol

 

 

“A Personal Note”

 

In the public display Yakir-Avin exhibits a selection of recent oil on canvas artwork, mainly portraits of ordinary people, with a variety of various social backgrounds. The artists intent is to collect the feeling of the present moment by touching on human experience. Her paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism.

 

A three-dimensional interactive installation is part of the exhibition and is a new addition to Yakir-Avin Memory Project. The public is invited to take an interactive part. The installation consists of cube boxes that the audience is able to move, in order to create four different images. The Images are from the artist’s childhood album and are recreated on top of the boxes. Yakir-Avin offers her personal experience to share with a diverse audience and to demonstrate our cultural differences and similarities.

 

“A Personal Note” is curated by Marielle Plaisir, an internationally successfully French-Caribbean multimedia artist. Plaisir has exhibited in Museums in Europe and USA, as well as biennials including in Sao Paulo, Dakar, Benin, Florence and Dublin.

 

 

Born in Poland and based in South Florida since 2014, Yochi Yakir-Avin is an award-winning figurative artist. Simultaneously American and Israeli, Yakir-Avin studied fine arts in Israel and Italy and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Israel and the USA. With a focus on representation, the majority of Yakir-Avin’s works are portraits and still life painted in oil on canvas. She also creates mixed media artwork, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood and installations.

 

FUNDING STATEMENT: 

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners

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To make an appointment to meet the artist at the exhibit or for more information about her artwork:

Yochi Yakir-Avin, Visual Artist

Tel. +1-786-586-0732

Email:  yochiy@gmail.com

www.yochiyakiravin.com

 

 

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Deb Yager’s Artworks Are Featured In Fort Lauderdale Venue And Online With Real Women Real Songs/Season 3

Galleryone in The Hilton in Fort Lauderdale is featuring the artworks of Deb Yager through the end of March, 2021.  The venue is open and free to the public.  While some call Deb’s artworks “whimsical and happy”, she embodies the Blind Contour style and adds vibrant colors and textures to make them pop.  From interiors to landscapes, figures, to mythical beings, her artworks makes us smile.  Deb will participate in Real Women Real Songs/ Season 3.  This annual commitment with 21 professional singer/songwriters includes only 7 visual artists. Deb’s artwork can also be found at Wild About Music Gallery in Austin, Texas. The Rickie Report shares the details about this exhibit and where to find Deb’s artwork online.

 

GALLERYone

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

~   Art  has  always  made  my  heart  sing  ~

 

954-565-3800

2670 East Sunrise Boulevard   Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304-3206

 

 

“Ladies on the Beach” by Deb Yager

 

 

Deb Yager tells The Rickie Report, “My ‘signature style’ started out exclusively as Blind Contour Drawings of musicians back when I was making my living as a singer/songwriter in Austin Texas. It’s a technique where the artist draws the subject without looking at the paper while looking only at the subject. Hence: “blind”!  My artworks are seemingly abstracts and yet, each subject has its individualistic look or “stamp” containing the “essence” of each subject. Whether it be it a guitar, a musician, local homes and most recently sea life and Mermaids. I’m going with the flow where my art takes me”.

 

 

Her artworks are being featured at the Galleryone in The Hilton in Fort Lauderdale through the end of March, 2021.  In addition, she was invited to participate as a visual artist for Real Women Real Songs/ Season 3. This annual commitment with 21 professional singer songwriters and only 7 visual artists. Each artist & songwriter produces a piece every week based on a prompt. You can find it on You Tube, Facebook and Instagram (check Deb’s FaceBook page:www.facebook.com/debyagerart?ref-hl ).

 

 

 

“Beaumont La Grange” Deb Yager

 

 

 

 

As a full time artist, Deb’s current body of work has been described as “whimsical” and “happy”. She says, “My style still embodies the Blind Contour style but I have added vibrant colors and textures to my pieces. Mostly I draw what I see. Whether it’s an interior design shot, an exterior of a home (from living in New Orleans and places I’ve been), the architecture & culture, along with the funky side of Florida and it’s beach scenes and of course I still draw musicians. And I have most recently added a series of Still Life’s, Octopi and Mermaids”.

 

 

Deb Yager leads more than one artistic and creative life! “At 37 Deb taught herself to play guitar. Then she sold all her material possessions & moved to Austin Texas, the LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL of the WORLD. When she got to Austin she sold her Mercedes Benz. Then she bought a blue Gibson Gospel guitar she nicknamed Baby Blue. She figures it was a fair trade. A former jet settin’ ad executive traded in the champagne & caviar for something more substantial, the call of her heart,” states David Gold of Texas Music Magazine.  She still plays gigs with her singer/ songwriter husband, Bo Reynolds. You can check out my music out at debyager.com. 

 

 

 

“Palm Beach Pink” by Deb Yager

 

 

Deb explains, “I bought a beautiful blue Gospel Gibson guitar in 1997 on a whim because I loved the color. Then I gave up my career in advertising and taught myself to play. I sold all my material possessions and moved to The Live Music Capital of the World with literally 3 chords and the truth as they say. That was the start of eight years as a performing singer songwriter and was the start of my life as a professional artist”. 

 

 

“Being an artist I was so inspired by the rich and uniquely vibrant music scene in Austin. I started drawing what I saw; singer songwriters. People were encouraging me to take my art to galleries and “so I just got brave”, put together a portfolio, and the first gallery I went to accepted my art on the spot! My art can still be seen at that same gallery to this day at Wild About Music in Austin, Texas. I’ve been doing my art professionally ever since”, Deb tells us. 

 

 

 

“Flowing Mermaid” by Deb Yager

 

 

Deb shares, “I took another leap of faith in 2013 with my singer/songwriter husband, sold all our material possessions (for the second time in my life), bought a motorhome and lived on the road playing music from town to town starting in Walla Walla, Washington and straight down the coast and over to south Florida. We rented a “Surf Shack” on the beach intending to stay for a month and now we are going on eight years. Just going with the flow. It’s crazy how the Universe conspires for us all to have our dreams”. 

 

 

 

See Deb’s early work from Austin: www.debyagerart.com 

See her full catalogue of work : www.pinterest.com/debyager/deb-yager-original-artwork/

Follow her on FB at www.facebook.com/debyagerart?ref-hl

and @artistdebyager on Instagram.

Contact her: 512-771-0118

 

 

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic Workshop With Lois Perdue And Tammy Seymour Friday, March 27. Registration Is Open To Public

National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch invites you to a “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic workshop on Friday, March 27. Registration is open to members and the public, so make your reservations now and see what the “pour” craze is all about!  Join two award winning artists, Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents:

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

“Pour  Your  Heart  Out”    Acrylic  Workshop

 

 

With Award-Winning Artist/Instructors

 

Lois   Perdue   &   Tammy   Seymour

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

10 am – 2 pm

Members $45.     Non- Members $55.

At

Artserve

1350 E Sunrise Blvd.      Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

 

 

 

To Register:

Call Tammy Seymour at 954-288-7972 by March 23rd

Email: tseymour53@comcast.net to reserve your spot

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

Come join two award winning artists Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.

 

Every “pour” painting is different! Even if you used the very same colors prepared exactly the same way and placed them in the same areas of the canvas, the paints would spread and mix in different ways. While you have some control over the spreading and mixing, the paint has a “mind of its own”! And, the most fantastic designs appear.  Some artists enjoy creating this type of art as a change from their usual techniques simply because they don’t have any control about the outcome! It’s always fun and a surprise!

 

Tammy and Lois will also show you the most important thing to know about a “pour”: what mediums to use, which paints give the best results, and what kind of additives to create a successful “pour” every time.

 

Supply List:

Bring 3-4 stretched canvas to pour on.

Small sizes as example: 8×10, 9×12, 12×12,11×14*** ,12×16.

Bring a table cover

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

We Supply the rest!

***   11×14 canvas will be available for purchase at class.

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Abstract Artist:

Lois Perdue has lived in Florida her entire life. She graduated from Florida International University and spent much of her career in the fields of public relations and journalism. In 2007 after retiring, she began a lifelong dream of painting.  A consistent award winner at the local, state and national levels she most recently received a first-place award at Bonnet House’s Impressions Exhibit 2019, Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s Florida Focus 2018 “Best in Show” award and signature membership. Lois also received Florida Watercolor Society’s “2018 Art Societies” award.

 

 

Several years ago, in response to a question she is most often asked, “how do you begin an abstract painting”, she responded by starting to teach a workshop course in the South Florida area to organizations, art guilds and businesses for employee therapy! She teaches all levels from traditional artists who want to learn how to paint in an abstract style to new artists. One group to which she belongs raises funds for Broward College young women’s art scholarships.

 

Lois is involved in numerous art guilds and societies whose purpose it is to educate and inform the community about art: Florida and Gold Coast Water Color Societies, Bonnet House Museum, Coral Springs, Weston, Plantation and Broward Art Guilds, International Society of Experimental Artists and National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch.

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Lois tells The Rickie Report, ” I use my feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials and concepts to design and create my unique way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”. She begins many of her paintings on a synthetic Japanese paper called Yupo that when combined with watercolor and acrylic paints explode with vibrant color. Her paintings often have between 10-15 layers of paint and collage to create depth and dimension in the landscape abstract art she creates. Often, she begins her artwork intuitively, sometimes instinctively. “It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers.”

She is represented by Heritage Gallery and Framing, Tamarac, FL.

www.loisperdue.com           runner12@bellsouth.net           954-812-1860

 

 

 

Tammy Seymour,  Watermedia Artist  Wet and Wild:

After working in corporate sales for 30 years, Tammy had time to express her passion for watermedia. Initially she was a self-taught artist with an inherited talent from her father, who was a dedicated landscape artist. Tammy developed her own style.  A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Tammy’s art reflects her environment with its incredible range of rich and sun-drenched colors and abundant wildlife.

 

 

Tammy’s prize-winning paintings are inspired by the local nature around her as well as her travels to the U.S. National Parks and abroad. She often paints using photos from her travels and will have a camera close by to capture her next subject.  Personal dedication to environmental conservation led Tammy to initially paint turtles as a major subject matter. This choice was due to their plight for survival. Tammy became known as the “Turtle Lady”!  Her fascination and love of wildlife has expanded to painting the colorful birds of Florida and majestic animals of Africa.

 

 

Tammy tells The Rickie Report,” I am an artist whom expresses the WET and WILD experiences of nature in watermedia.  I am inspired by nature, wildlife and the beauty that surrounds us.  When I paint, I seek to capture the personality and quirkiness of my animals starting with their eyes. The eyes resonate with my core and when I can bring them to life, I feel I have created a new magical creature.  Adding a splash of wild color makes everything a bit more beautiful and gives life to these wondrous creatures.  Painting with watercolors, acrylics or gouache allows me the freedom to express myself where my intuition guides me on any given day”.

 

954-288-7972          www.tamaraseymour.com            tseymour53@comcast.net

 

 

 

About the National League of American Pen Women:

The National League of American Pen Women Inc. is a non-profit organization, made up of professional women in the arts.  The object of the League is to create progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

Since its founding in 1897, the League continues to seek higher mental and intellectual development, with excellent networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.  Members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures.  Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and non-juried) and music composition competitions, conducted at all levels, branch state, and national.

Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music.

For more information:

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Fort Lauderdale Branch Of National League Of American Pen Women Opens Call To Artists At Herb Skolnick Community Center: Open To All Artists. Public Is Invited To Awards Luncheon On Friday, February 14.

The Fort Lauderdale Branch of National League of American Pen Women shares a Call for Artists for a juried exhibition of all media. The event takes place at the Herb Skolnick Community Center in Pompano Beach, FL.  The public is invited to an Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 14 (make your reservations)!   The Rickie Report shares the details and urges the artists to apply – and art patrons to visit the exhibit, which opens February 5th through March 4th 2020.  This Call for entries is open to non- member as well as members!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL  LEAGUE  OF  AMERICAN  PEN  WOMEN  FORT  LAUDERDALE  BRANCH

ANNOUNCES:

 

 

CALL    FOR    ALL    MEDIA

 

JURIED EXHIBITION

 

 

Exhibit Available February 5 – March 4, 2020

Herb Skolnick Community Center

800 SW 36th Avenue   Pompano Beach, FL 33069

954-786-4590

 

 

2019 Winner,  Beverly Dameron

 

 

Click here for Prospectus:  PenWomenFtLauderdaleskolnickprospectus final 2020

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS LUNCHEON/ARTIST DEMO:

Friday, February 14, 2020

11:30 AM

 at Herb Skolnick Center

 Lunch Catered by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza


$30

Reservations necessary !

(954) 786-4590  

Pottery Demonstration by artist Ellen Cohen-Berman

 

 

 

 

About the National League of American Pen Women:

Since its founding in 1897 by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue, Henry Longfellow’s niece, the League seeks to create progression and advancement in visual arts, literary work, and musical composition. As the oldest and largest women’s arts organization, members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, exhibitions, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures, fostering networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union. Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,000 scholarships to a high school senior woman who has been accepted and enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university or technical school.

 

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For additional information please call 954-527-0407

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

ArtServe Features “ENDANGERED Fort Lauderdale” From May 2 – 16. Free Admission And Parking. Reception On Saturday, May 11

The public is invited to ArtServe, as it features “ENDANGERED” Fort Lauderdale  from May 2 – 16.  Stop by for this special celebration of fine art and photography of endangered species, which benefits the Center for Great Apes.  The Reception takes place on Saturday, May 11, with refreshments, free admission, and free parking.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and a reminder to enter the 2019 “ENDANGERED” Exhibit, which will take place during Art Basel in Miami!   

 

 

 

 

Join us for the opening reception for 

ENDANGERED

FORT LAUDERDALE

A celebration of fine art & photography of endangered species benefitting the Center for Great Apes

 

ArtServe,  Gallery 133

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

  Saturday, May 11th 6 – 8pm

Benefits the Center for Great Apes click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy signature cocktails by award-winning Miami Club Rum and a European cheeseboard

 

 

Welcome address by Patrick A Harris,

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale & Center for Great Apes Board Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful and thought provoking exhibition features some of the best art and photography submitted to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest from around the world. 

The show focuses attention on the plight of endangered species and habitats and features work that both celebrates their beauty and documents the threats they face.

 

 

 

“Iguana Pair” June 2017   Oil on canvas by John Rachell  © 2018 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

The ENDANGERED exhibition is made possible, in part, by:

 

 

 

Exhibit is  Thursday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 16th 

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9  am – 8  pm
Saturday: 10  am – 6  pm

ArtServe galleries are free and open to the public.

Parking is FREE!  

 

 

 

This exhibition benefits the Center for Great Apes (CGA), a Florida-based 501(c)(3) registered non-profit sanctuary giving lifetime care to orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. Please click here  to learn more about the Center and the wonderful work they do. Please help us support their amazing work.  

 

 

Meet Harry  

 

 

 

 

Harry, with his beautiful long hair and round cheek-pads, is a fully-flanged adult male orangutan. Harry’s background was in the entertainment business in California for a few years, but most recently he lived in Central Florida before finding a permanent home at CGA. With his sweet and agreeable disposition, Harry is charming his new caregivers and has been particularly interested in watching the noisy chimpanzees nearby. He’s eating very well now and has started to explore the grounds in our aerial trailway chutes.

 

CGA is the ONLY accredited sanctuary for orangutans in the United States. It offers a permanent home to more than 50 orangutans and chimpanzees and receives no government funding.  

 

 

Say “hello” to Marco

 

 

 

Marco is the oldest great ape at the sanctuary and arrived here in November 2005 after living alone for 30 years in a tiny, backyard cage in South Carolina.

He was born in the wilds of Africa. When his mother was shot and killed by poachers, Marco was taken to be sold and shipped to North America. He ended up with a circus family and performed in a small traveling circus in Oklahoma. When the circus trainers bought him, he had rickets (a nutritional deficiency of vitamin D). The rickets possibly affected his development and overall size because Marco is the smallest adult male chimpanzee most people have ever seen.

At 55 years old, Marco weighs only about 80 pounds (a full-grown, adult male weighs 145 to 180 pounds in captivity). People sometimes think he looks like a miniature gorilla because Marco has a very square-shaped hip and rear end stance with a lot of silver hair on his back.

When his circus owners retired, they sold the other chimpanzees in their act, but kept Marco as a pet since he was the youngest and smallest. So, for the next 30 years, he lived alone at their home never seeing another chimpanzee. When he arrived at the Center for Great Apes, he was very nervous around the other chimps, but eventually was successfully introduced to Butch, another wild-caught, older ex-circus chimpanzee. Butch and Marco are now the best of friends and don’t like to be parted from each other.

 

 

Please do something amazing and support the Center for Great Apes. Do come to the free exhibition, we will be offering annual memberships at a discounted price or donate now and know you are making a difference in the lives of over 50 intelligent and emotionally aware residents of the Center.

 

Please DONATE NOW  

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

And don’t forget:

 

The 7th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

is now open and accepting entries!

 

 

The contest and exhibition aim to encourage artists and photographers to focus their skill and creativity on the issues facing endangered species and habitats whilst raising funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline for submission is 30th September, 2019.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

“Osprey at Sunset”  Photograph on aluminum by Sandy Scott  © 2014 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

You are invited to enter the 7th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest. This global, juried, online art contest aims to focus attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

 

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered/threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

 

Please note – species do not have to be formally listed as endangered in order to be eligible for this contest as long as an element of threat exists.  

The Categories for entry are:

 

  • Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

 

  • Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

  • Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2000)

 

We encourage creativity in interpretation and communication of the theme.  

We see photography as a form of art and are happy to receive digitally manipulated photographs. 

We regret we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.  

 

Please see the full Terms and Conditions for the specifics on how the contest will be run. You will find the Terms and Conditions in full on both the Juried Art Services website or at https://www.Art4Apes.com. Please enter jpeg images of your work through Juried Art Services website.

 

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both the Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. First Prize will receive $1,500 USD, Second Prize will receive $1,000 USD and Third Prize will receive $750 USD.

Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.  First Prize will receive $250 USD, Second Prize will receive $150 USD and Third Prize will receive $100 USD.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of other entries of significant merit will be exhibited in Miami December 4th-7th, 2019 during Art Basel Week!

Please read the contest rules in full on this website or at https://www.Art4Apes.com. 

 

 

Proceeds

All proceeds from the contest and exhibition support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.      

ALL donations, including contest entry fees, go directly to support the Center. We fund our events either through commercial sponsorship or through our own donations.

The Center for Great Apes is solely the beneficiary of the funds from this Contest; it has no role in the organization or management of this contest. The Center for Great Apes cannot be held responsible for any issue relating to this Contest.

Enter Now!

Deadline for submission is 30th September, 2019.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Premiere Of New Musical, Miriam And The Women Of The Desert, By Sheila Firestone Takes Place February 24 In Delray Beach

A new musical, Miriam and the Women of the Desert, composed by Sheila Firestone will premiere on February 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL. This fascinating Biblical story of Miriam and the women who surrounded her is told in a staged concert with a cast of talented singers. The story’s relevance references today’s  women’s movement for equality.  Sheila is an accomplished composer whose works have been played world wide.  The premiere in Delray Beach will be followed by performances at the Empire Stage Theater in Ft. Lauderdale from March 28 – April 7.   Sheila incorporates music, original visual arts, and the performing arts in her staging.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

The cast of  Miriam and the Women of the Desert” by Sheila Firestone
Shown here: “Burning Bush”© ,original artwork by Bonita Tabakin

 

 

 

The fully staged production of Sheila Firestone’s new musical, with a cast of talented singers and original artwork by Bonita Tabakin:

“Miriam and the Women of the Desert”

Sunday,  February 24, 2019
4:00  – 5:15  pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
188 South Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444

AND

Thursday, March 28 through April 7, 2019

Empire Stage Theater

  1140 N. Flagler Dr.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

 

Buy Tickets

 

 

Sheila Firestone tells The Rickie Report, “Sitting on the hilltop near Carmiel, in a small community in northern Israel, I hear the chanting of Arab evening prayers around me.  While visiting my family and firstborn grandchild, I am inspired by the beauty of the hills, the calls to prayer, the light, and the voices singing in my head.  Yearly visits to the land of Israel bring new insights and visions. I did not know then that a musical work was growing and that it would take over twenty-two years to complete.”

“After the Storm”© by Bonita Tabakin

Music Director, David Presler, says, ” Florida audiences will be the first to see and enjoy Miriam and the Women of the Desert. It tells the story of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt through the eyes of Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses and Aaron. The work takes audiences on a musical journey, exploring family relationships, aspects of love and generational heritage.  The production has a cast of seven professionally trained singers”. Costumes recreate Biblical garb, and the original art pieces of the scenic design, created by artist Bonita Tabakin, depict the mood of the desert. 

 

 

 
“The Birthing Tent”© By Bonita Tabakin

Miriam’s story of her journey through the desert, surrounded by other Biblical women – Zipporah, Yocheved and the midwives – is drawn from texts of the Torah and Midrash. “This musical is the realization of a vision started in Israel that spans many years of musical study and interest in religion, particularly regarding the role of Biblical women and their family relationships,” says Sheila Firestone.

 

Bonita Tabakin’s art is the backdrop during various scenes of this production.  She depicts woman’s struggles (stories) from The Bible and the 12 books of The Kabballah.  Her work draws  the audience into deeper connections with the singers.  Bonita’s passion has always been “G_d’s set design”. Bonita has been juried into 17 International Biennale art exhibits to represent the US with 59 other countries.  She has been awarded Best in Show by 3 international curators. Ms. Tabakin earned her MBA, MFA, and AA (design and biochemistry).

 

“The Red Sea Escape”© by Bonita Tabakin

 

 

 

Sheila Firestone is an accomplished composer who has studied musical composition since 1987.  As a Delian Society member, Sheila’s orchestral works have been performed in Seattle, WA, France, England and Japan. Her Trio and Dance composition was performed in Washington, DC.  Abraham Lincoln, a choral work, was published in Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln Commemorative Collage produced by the National League of American Pen Women. Ms. Firestone is the Music Chair of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and was Branch President from 2014 to 2018.  She was recently juried into Adding our Voices: The Jewish Torah of Women in Song, and the Kol Isha Songbook. 

 
 

To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite or www.miriamandthewomenofthedesert.com

 

Listen to South Florida Live talk show speaking about Miriam and the Women of the Desert:



For more information about Miriam and the Women of the Desert or to schedule an interview, please contact Sheila Firestone at  (561) 391-3610   

Visit Sheila’s website:  sheilafirestone.com

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by Lois Perdue

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Ft. Lauderdale Branch presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by award winning artist, Lois Perdue.  Learn how to create your own vibrant, bold abstracts at ArtServe on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Expect to bring home at least a half dozen small artworks!  In addition, you’ll be networking with other artists, which we know is beneficial to the creative process!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Lois’ artistry.  We urge you to register now, as her classes are usually sold out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents

“Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop”

by Lois Perdue:

10 am to 2 pm

Friday January 25, 2019

At

ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.  Ft. Lauderdale 33304

Limited Class size!

Please register before Friday, January 18th

For cost and to register email Lois at: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

 

About Pen Women

 

 

Pen Women is the oldest multi-discipline arts organization for women in the US. With 135 branches throughout the country, it is a community of professional artists, writers, poets, composers and arrangers who believe in the power of words, art and music to illuminate the human experience. The national organization has more than 5,000 members; the Ft. Lauderdale branch has 50 members and affiliated Friends. The funds raised from luncheons and workshops throughout the year go toward music, art and letters scholarships for Broward College young women annually.

 

 

 

 

 

“Pink Amoeba” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

About the Workshop

 

Lois Perdue tells The Rickie Report, “This class is even for those artists who have never attempted to paint in an abstract style before. With my guidance and the easy-to-explore, non-intimidating mini-format, even those who have only worked in a realistic style can paint an abstract painting! For those who have taken my mini-abstract workshops before and want to explore larger formats, please “go for it” in this workshop.

 

Expect to go home with at least ½ dozen 5 x 7 mini abstract paintings-ready to frame!! But this class though isn’t just about abstract painting:

“It’s about learning texturing techniques, building layers of glazes and paints to create dimensions and how to use your own failed paintings as collage to make your paintings sizzle!

 

 

 

 

“My Blue Heaven” by Lois Perdue

 

 

About Lois Perdue

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers.

Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

 

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Jen Walls Shares “The Art Of Illustration” In A New Illuminated Novel, ‘The Storyteller’s Apprentice’. Opening Reception And Book Signing At ArtServe On November 8th

What happens when one artist invites another artist to collaborate?  Magical malarkey! “The Storytellers’s Apprentice” is an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow, with illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls. Readers ages 6 – 99 will enjoy this book and its illustrations.   The Free Opening Reception and Book signing takes place on Thursday, November 8th.  Books and artwork will be available for purchase at ArtServe as well as on line.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This family-friendly art and literary event features paintings of adventurous characters and whimsical creatures in vibrant settings in a gallery setting, along with illustrations nestled inside a beautiful, casebound book. Mixed media illustrations, pen and ink drawings and hand carved and stamped images give viewers a peek into the world of book illustration and children’s fantasy fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I N T R O D U C I N G:

” THE     STORYTELLER’S     APPRENTICE “

 

 

 

 

 

 

M E E T      T H E      C O L L A B O R A T O R S

OPENING   RECEPTION/ BOOK   SIGNING:

THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER  8TH

6 – 8 PM

Refreshments served  

Exhibit Available  November 2 – 27, 2018

 At:   ArtServe 

 

1350 E Sunrise Blvd   Fort Lauderdale

ArtServe at 954-462-8190   Artist/illustrator Jen Walls at 704-771-9726

 

 

 

www.thestorytellersapprentice.com

 

 

Astrid in “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

The Art of Illustration:

Original illustrations from the illuminated novel, The Storyteller’s Apprentice, appear in a new exhibit at ArtServe from November 2 – 27. This family-friendly art and literary event features paintings of adventurous characters and whimsical creatures in vibrant settings in a gallery setting, along with illustrations nestled inside a beautiful, casebound book. Mixed media illustrations, pen and ink drawings and hand carved and stamped images give viewers a peek into the world of book illustration and children’s fantasy fiction.   The Storytellers’s Apprentice is an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow, with illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls. For readers ages 6 – 99. Books and art will be available for purchase at ArtServe, or visit www.thestorytellersapprentice.com to buy online.

 

 

 

Scruffy Dog from “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

 

 

 

The Storyteller’s Apprentice (An Illuminated Novel) and a New Exhibit at ArtServe:

Everything has a name. Everything has a story.

In Loden, coming of age means becoming an apprentice. Though all of the villagers expect Arella’s sister to become the storyteller’s apprentice, it is Arella who is chosen.

When Arella is forced to leave her childhood home and face her biggest fears, she follows an unexpected path of adventure, hardship, and enchantment. She learns to appreciate the power in a name and the importance of sharing stories. Along the way, Arella accepts her own talents and learns to see the beauty and the magic around her.

All she had to do was LISTEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every story begins with…another story~

This adventure began with one artist inviting another to collaborate. “I’ll paint some backgrounds; you add characters,” said Brit. “Well sure, I’d be delighted,” replied Jen. A dozen boards and a nearly a year later, Brit and Jen decided the characters needed a story. In stepped Dana, who accepted the challenge of writing a story after the illustrations were already done—a backwards process. She took over like a mad queen and convinced the illustrators to provide more illustrations because, she said, the story demanded them. The illustrators, enchanted by the stories, bowed to her requests, although the thought of stuffing the author into an attic occurred to them more than once.

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her younger days, writer Dana Kumerow was a tree-climbing, frog-catching, star-gazing book worm who acted out her favorite stories in the playhouse in her backyard. Today she lives in a tiny log cabin in the North Carolina mountains and blogs about words, books, writing, and more at writingtowardhome.com.

 

 

About the Artists:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon receiving her degree in studio art, Brittany Tate set out with a fierce determination to set the world ablaze. After completing her first landscape in 2015, she began filling her world with colorful drama, exotic places, and playful pets. She’s hardly put down her brush since!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist and illustrator Jen Walls lives in a world of malarkey. Her studio is crammed with whimsical creatures, moody queens, and soulful girls. Walls has lived a backwards life, beginning with a grown-up job and all kinds of seriousness until she was nearly old—then SHAZAM! She fell headlong into the world of art and has been playing ever since. Follow her adventures at www.jenwalls.com and at Instagram.com/jenjovanwalls.

 

 

Caravan from “The Storyteller’s Apprentice”

Available for Purchase:

 

 

 

~ The Book ~

~ Backpacks ~

~ Notecards  ~

Illustrations purchased online or at the exhibit will be reserved for the buyer, and shipped November 28th, immediately following the show closing.

For more information:

www.jenwalls.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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