“Down The Rabbit Hole” Showcases Imagination And Fantasy At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery creates a Magical, Fantastical Family Wonderland with “Down The Rabbit Hole” inside the gallery from mid-December through the New Year. Beginning December 18th, Step through a huge Rabbit Hole into a land of wonder, filled with well known creatures, as well as those who have just emerged from the Magical Minds of gallery artists Vandy and Sara. Parents, grandparents and children can hunt through this land for tokens to keep; tokens that will transport them into an alternate universe. This event is free to the public with lots of free parking.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

CLAY GLASS METAL STONE GALLERY

PRESENTS:

“Down The Rabbit Hole”

Featuring:

Vandy and Sara

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 18th  6 – 10 pm

Exhibit runs through January 6th

Gallery Hours:

 Sunday thru Tuesday: 10AM-5PM Wednesday thru Saturday: 10AM-10PM

Gallery Openings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between

 

15 South J Street  Lake Worth, FL
(215)205-9441

 

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Gallery owner, Joyce Brown tells The Rickie Report, “Rather than try to compete with all of the holiday commercialism going on all around, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery has decided to create a space in the gallery for families to come to visit that will be fun, stoke the imagination and allow them to share fantasy through interaction with the arts. “Down the Rabbit Hole” is our way of thanking the community and friends for their kindness,  support, and passing the arts on to our next generations”.

 

 

 

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“The Rabbit Hole Grows Cold” by Vandy

 

Are you looking for a Tea Party? There may be one, if you take the right path. Artists throughout the gallery will be contributing to the Majik of this event with many big and little surprises. As always, there will be foods and beverages befitting the event; mouthwatering enough to tickle your palate.

 

 

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“Apkalu” by Vandy

 

 

 

 Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth. Call ahead if you are bringing a group.

 

 

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“Along Came A Spider” by Vandy

 

 
Alice had no idea what she birthed when she took a header down that rabbit hole. She inspired hundreds of artists to run with the images she conjured up through her ramblings in Wonderland. Vandy and Sara explore areas of this land never before seen; the nooks and crannies of a land far beyond where Alice’s travels took her. Giant birds’ nests, alien critters, “Drink Me” vials and “Eat Me’ plates will be present.

 

 

 

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“Universe” by Vandy

Vandy, a leading Folk Artist for decades, has gained recognition for her Papier Mache works, whimsical and colorful. Collectors say they rival the finest works found in New York Galleries. In past lives, she air-brushed motorcycles, painted (and still paints) finely rendered renditions of her imagination, and has been part of a life sized puppetry ensemble. With commissioned works through the gallery, to sales, of her already Majikal creations, Vandy has long been recognized as a leader in the South Florida Avant Garde arts cadre. 

 

 

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“Crystal Ball Cat” by Vandy

 

 

 

Vandy tells The Rickie Report, “My common thread is color and light. I work with all mediums and styles. I‘ve been creating since my earliest days. I have shown in galleries in the three County area and done commission work for private collections in eight states.  There is nothing I won’t paint… walls, furniture, plants..even the cats if they hold still long enough. I create art that has practical uses as well as being decorative. Evoking emotion with color is my definition of art”.

 

 

 

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“Nest” created by Sara McLennand will be human-sized

Sara McLennand has gained fame as a fine arts quilter with photographs of her works published in prominent art books and magazines. Her love for the natural realm has long inspired creations of large, encaustic coated, frond and seed tableaus, and mixed media paintings. Her largest pieces now hang in the homes of prominent collectors. Teaming with Vandy on this Majikal journey, Sara will be producing an number of enormous natural works; ones that could ONLY be found around the entrance of the Rabbit Hole.

 

 

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“Three Seeds” by Sara McLennand

 

 

 

Sara tells The Rickie Report, “The inspiration for my work is all around me, and within me. The foundation for this body of work is recycled from nature, and usually reflective of the beauty and elegance of women. These graceful shapes cast a seductive message inviting the viewer to look a little closer; and stop for a minute; get to know me”.

 

 

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“Flat Top” by Sara McLennand

“Plant material is gathered, manipulated, dried and coated with encaustic medium, a mixture of beeswax and Damar resin. The plant material is paired with elements of photography, wire, text, found objects and occasionally pieces of children’s art. The encaustic medium adds another dimension to the existing shapes and rich colors in the plant material, giving it leather-like appearance and smoothness. I love the way it coats and pools on the piece. The found objects add a bit of fun or commentary”, Sara explains.  The pieces in this body of work vary in size from 5 inches square to over 4 feet in height. The largest works are also 18” deep.

 

 

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“Milkweed” by Sara McLennand

 
Sara’s background is filled with a passion for fiber and textiles. As a previous quilt artist, her work has been published, included in the Library of Congress, and won awards from the American Quilters Society, and Land’s End.  She tells us, “I am currently exploring encaustic wax and mixed media, and the endless possibilities. Although I will always have a love & connection for plant material, future works will also explore elements of photography and manipulation with encaustic”.

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information contact Joyce Brown, Joyce@Flamingoclaystudio.org

ClayGlassMetalStone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.

The Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.

 

The Studio is located at 216 South F Street with studio opportunities and workspace for 3-D Artists

Call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or email: JCLay6@aol.com Gallery phone: 561-588-8344 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

49th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Will Offer Delights For All Ages

The 49th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this two-day indoor event!  On November 21st and 22nd, the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will be transformed into the largest culturally stimulating event ALL AGES can enjoy. Over 80 dealers will offer gems, jewelry, loose beads, specimen collections, geodes,rocks, tools, fossils and more than we can list!  The Rickie Report highlights the Show here and reminds you that the Society holds monthly meetings.  We’re giving you a discount coupon plus some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

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GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY

 

The Gem and Mineral Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

  • We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.
  • Classes in lapidary
  • Classes in jewelry making for adults
  • Classes in jewelry making for children.

 

Our monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining. Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show. Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site: www.gemandmineralsociety.org.

 

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Raffle item (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Our show is run totally by our member volunteers, who are eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone! Proceeds from the show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year.

 

 

 

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Fine Jewelry (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Seeing actual fossils, touching gem stones and finding the rocks where they are found is an exciting experience!

 

 

 

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Fossils (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Sluicing at the Mine and Junior Rockhound Activities 

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

 

 

Jewelry makers will find loose beads, strands, pearls, gemstones, glass, wood, semi-precious stones and findings.

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

 

For more information about this Show or the activities of the Gem and Mineral Society of The Palm Beaches, please visit: www.gemandmineralsociety.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

First Encounters With Art – Part Two

Welcome to Part II of “First Encounters With Art”, as we continue to look at ways to teach and be role models for future art appreciators and future artists!   The Rickie Report invited Caren Hackman to investigate how to best introduce young people to art experiences and at what age. This is the second section of a two part article, for which Caren consulted with three experts. We are grateful to Glenn Tomlinson and Lyda Barrera and Christina Barrera for taking the time to share their experiences with our readers. Caren Hackman is a fine artist, graphic designer and author of “Graphic Design Exposed”. We hope you will share these articles with friends, family and neighbors. Let’s Keep The Arts Alive!

 

 

First Encounters With Art

Part II

 

Glenn Tomlinson has served as the William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art since January, 2001. (www.norton.org) Prior to that time he worked in museum education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He lives in Jupiter with his family. 
Lyda Barrera has taught elementary school art in the Palm Beach County School District for 25 years. She and her daughter, Christina Barrera, also work privately with students to prepare them for auditions at Bak Middle School of the Arts (http://www.bakmsoa.com) and Dreyfoos School of the Arts (http://www.awdsoa.org).

 

Christina Barrera, a professional artist, is an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (http://www.sva.edu). She spent two years working as a Museum Educator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland (https://www.thewalters.org).

 

 

CH: What kind of programs does the Norton Museum have for young children?

GT: Every Saturday, from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Norton Museum of Art now offers a program called Family Studio http://www.norton.org/familystudio. Children, ages 5-12, and accompanying grown-ups participate in a gallery tour and a related art workshop. Because of demand for the 25 spaces in each week’s class, pre-registration on our website is required www.norton.org, but Museum admission is free to all Palm Beach County residents every Saturday.  The expansion of Family Studio and Free Saturdays are made possible thanks to the generosity of Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.

At particular times throughout the year – especially during the summer months and during school breaks – we offer DIY Art Projects at Art After Dark http://www.norton.org/artafterdark .  These programs, on select Thursdays from 6-8 pm are drop-in art projects related to special exhibitions and collection themes.  On Thursday nights during the summer we have served over 100 children in these programs!  Similar projects with a Chinese theme are offered at our Moon Festival and Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Like Family Studio programs we want DIYs to be an opportunity for children to explore, play, make and learn with their elders who visit the Museum with them, whether they are parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, whomever.  We find that the intergenerational activity is a very special part of the process.

For families that visit at other times, we offer ArtCards  in English and Spanish that suggest simple looking activities that children and accompanying adults can enjoy together.  Prompts can be about finding certain animals in the Chinese art galleries and learning why they are important, or looking across the collections for works that “tell stories,” “look like a dream,” “use warm or cool colors,” or “make you smile.”  Simple prompts like these can inspire closer looking and great conversations among family members.

Beyond our family programs, we also serve school and summer camp audiences http://www.norton.org/school-tours  or http://www.norton.org/summercamp . These begin with children as young as 5 (kindergarten age).  While the majority of school programs are single visits, the Museum hosts Norton School Partnerships that introduce young students to art through multiple visit programs.

Our PACE program http://www.norton.org/pace serves children as young as 5 as well.  Through this program we work with community organizations in underserved neighborhoods around Palm Beach County to provide quality arts education to hundreds of children year ‘round.

 

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Young visitors examine Stuart Davis’ painting at the Norton Museum of Art Photo Courtesy of LILA

 

 

 

CH: At what age do you believe that it is appropriate to introduce young people to art?

GT: The sooner the better!  Young children delight in discovering new things and art has so much to offer in this regard.  Their great capacity for imagination can also spur terrific conversations with just a single question or prompt from an older person. And when parents or caretakers stay engaged with the child’s responses, a really memorable experience can take shape.  The validation and encouragement of an older person can turn a single Museum visit into a lifelong interest.

 

 

CH: How do you approach the introduction to art? Example: through gallery shows and explanations or through hands on projects?

GT: Both of these avenues can be exciting and creative. Through tours we strive to make the experience an interactive one (for all ages) so rather than having staff and docents “explain” the art on view, the children discover the works, describe what they see and what they think about what they see.  These age-appropriate conversations about artworks are much more fulfilling and impactful than just passive listening. Our talented Museum docents guide the conversation and add important information about the work or artist as appropriate to the goals of the lesson and the students’ age and interest.

 

 

CH: Are there basic principles to which beginners should always be introduced as a first exposure or lesson? Or do you work with exhibits that are available in the galleries?

GT: There are so many points of entry into art.  One of the ways that we like to work is by developing literacy skills and critical thinking skills.  Exploring the elements of art (line, color, shape/form, space, texture) is a good way to help develop a vocabulary for looking at art (and everything else, by the way!).  Then, by discussing how the elements of art work together to create composition, for example, you exercise a child’s critical thinking skills.  Take it one level further, by looking at a second artwork, and comparing the second to the first… learning can happen in such meaningful ways through this kind of process.  And we can use a wide variety of artworks for these lessons, so we do use special exhibitions and the collection.

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/. Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

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