Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Monthly Meetings and 3 Special Workshops

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a wonderful resource for artists, both new and experienced. It is the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members and was founded by Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist. GCWS meets October through May on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale. The Rickie Report announces 3 workshops:  “Design and Personal Style” with Alex Powers, January 19-23, 2015.  Powers was most recently featured in January 2014 International Artist magazine. “Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop” with renown watercolorist, Jeannie McGuire February 16-20, 2015.  “Color and How to Use it Effectively” with Nancy Frost Begin, NWS and Susan Frost Hanssen, NWS, March 16-19, 2015. This workshop is being led by the sister-duo and National Watercolor Signature Artists. All events are open to members and non-members.  The workshop is a great gift idea, for the artist in your life or yourself!

 

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Please Join Us!

Meetings are held October through May on the

Third Tuesday of each month

at 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.   Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

 

 

 

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The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. We are proud to be the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members. Incorporated in February, 1976,  its founder and first President was Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist.

GCWS offers:

 

· Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch

· Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists

· An annual membership show

· Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses

· Paint-ins with live models

· Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists

· Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues

· Plein air painting opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

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WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

 

"Pink Lady" by

“Pink Lady” by Alex Powers

 

Alex Powers

January 19-23, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $410    Non-member Rate: $445

Design and Personal Style

This workshop is more about personal painting style and design than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and private consultations of work from home. You will receive individual critiques along with being involved in group critiques. This class is appropriate for advanced-beginners to advanced artists. There is no wrong style of painting; this class will focus on finding the correct style for you. You will work hard but have fun doing it.

 

 

Workshop at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Lecture at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Alex Powers, author of “Painting People in Watercolor”, “A Design Approach” and many articles. He was most recently featured in January 2014 International Artist magazine. He exhibits in numerous galleries. Among his many national juried exhibition awards is the Gold Medal in the 1997 American Watercolor Society Exhibition.  www.alexpowersart.com

 

 

 

"Kenneth 600" by Jeannue McGuire

“Kenneth 600” by Jeannie McGuire

 

Jeannie McGuire

February 16-20, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $410    Non-member Rate: $445

 

Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop

In this workshop, Jeannie will share many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged to be inspired by the instructor’s style rather than copy it; to find your own unique signature/style or improve upon your drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond illustration and create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ration of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks and the freedom to change one’s mind. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.  Jeannie is the winner of the 2011 Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society.  www.jeanniemcguire.com

 

 

 

 

Susan Hanssen

“Sheep Series” by Susan Frost Hanssen

"What Lies Beneath the Frost" by

“What Lies Beneath the Frost” by Nancy Frost Begin

 

 

Nancy Frost Begin, NWS and Susan Frost Hanssen, NWS

March 16-19, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $395     Non-member Rate: $430

This four-day workshop offers you the opportunity to work with not one but two National Watercolor Signature Artists. These exceptional artists will work with you in the field of color and how to use it effectively. Once a color concept is in place you find an imaginative and unique painting, which is only a collage away. Nancy and Susan working hand in hand will share with you avenues in which to take your art to a new level. You will reap the benefits of two sisters who have encouraged and supported each other on their artistic journey. This workshop is for Intermediate to Advanced students to grow in a direction that suits them individually.  www.nancyfrostbegin.net  www.susanhanssen.com

 

 

Demonstration at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Demonstration at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

 

 

For more information about the Gold Coast Watercolor Society please contact President, Tammy Seymour at tseymour53@comcast.net  or visit: www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From South Africa to the US, Berenice Michelow’s Artistry Calls to All of Us

Berenice Michelow has an unusual approach to social realism.  The tension she creates in her paintings, between the seen and the unseen, forces viewers to extrapolate and become participants in the discussion her artwork elicits.  A native of South Africa, Berenice now lives in the U.S.  She is represented by Artblend Gallery in Fort Lauderdale as well as other galleries around the country.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share her work.  Today is Veteran’s Day. A day of Remembrance.  A day of consideration for those who fought to protect our freedoms.  We hope you will spend it contemplating the “bigger picture”. Berenice gives us that opportunity.  See you at Artblend on November 15th.

 

 

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Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 15th

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

 2736 East Oakland Park Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

954-817-4893     info@artblend.com

Hours: 11am – 5pm   Monday-Friday

Saturday by Appointment   Sunday Closed    Other times by appointment

 

 

"World at War" by Berenice Michelow

“World at War” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

 

Berenice Michelow was born and educated in South Africa. She obtained her Fine Art Diploma at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, and studied further at London’s Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design. She taught for 20 years at the University of the Witwatersrand, External Studies Adult Education. Berenice currently lives and works in the United States.  her theme for 2014 is the “Strategic Moment in Time”.

 

 

 

 

"Pathways" by Berenice Michelow

“Pathways” by Berenice Michelow

 
Berenice Michelow’s emigration to the United States from her native South Africa in 2004 marked the beginning of the third phase in her career. The first featured her “protest” paintings, symbolic representations of Apartheid’s injustice. Works of the second phase were responses to the new South Africa’s evolving democracy. Her current phase features impressions of her adopted homeland and its “overwhelming patriotism.” Courtesy of http://www.blouinartinfo.com)

 

 

 

"Ladies in Waiting, The New South Africa"

“Ladies in Waiting, The New South Africa”

 

 

This overview doesn’t even hint at the versatility of Michelow’s artistry. Whether working on canvas or paper, with oils or pastels, in charcoal or 3D UV, Michelow’s technical mastery is self-evident, often evincing itself in an unfolding of photographic realism played out in the midst of otherworldly abstraction. Michelow has enjoyed decades of commercial success.

 

 

 

"Sibusisull, The New South Africa" by Berenice Michelow

“Sibusisull, The New South Africa” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

In 1979 she represented South Africa at the International Biennale in Valparaiso, Chile. To date she has had 27 private shows worldwide, and her work is held in such high-profile collections as that of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City.

 

 

"Free Spirits I" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits I” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

"Free Spirits II" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits II” by Berenice Michelow

"Free Spirits III" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits III” by Berenice Michelow

“She has an unusual approach to social realism, customized for each subject. Unconventional perspectives, the silky application of the paint, charcoal and pastel, and the deletion of orienting details are characteristic of her style.  This latter  method creates a palpable tension between what is seen and unseen, forcing the audience to extrapolate the message and participate in the act of creation.  Her works deal with a variety of modern ills, including poverty and social injustice, but do not linger in despair but rather display a hope for the future”, says Joyce Asper of the Agora Gallery in New York City.
"Leather Landscape" by Berenice Michelow

“Leather Landscape” by Berenice Michelow

“Bright transparent incandescent colors” are the starting point for Berenice Michelow’s new works. Blending photorealism with elements of emotive expressionism, Michelow paints colorful images that offer insight into the perspective of children who are free of responsibility and as yet unaware of the larger realities we all ultimately face in the “real world.” Her subjects will often be slightly blurred, as if overexposed to the light around them. But just like a photographer with an ability to manipulate exposure, she knows exactly how to pull a person or object out from its surroundings by depicting it in sharp focus against that glowing background. While bright shades dominate, the artist also demonstrates a striking ability to use shadows and an underlying sense of darkness to balance out the sunnier hues, giving her images an added degree of depth.
"Competition"  by Berenice Michelow

“Competition” by Berenice Michelow

Whether she is exploring the dynamic evolving democracy in New South Africa or her thoughts on life and patriotism in the United States, she has an impressive ability to make the world she depicts seem to shine from within.
"Flight" by Berenice Michelow

“Flight” by Berenice Michelow

 

Berenice Michelow has exhibited throughout South Africa, Europe and the United States.  Her artwork is included in a number of important private, corporate, and museum collections

 

For more information about Berenice’s artwork, please contact:

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291