Digital, Free Hand Painting, Stitched Fiber Arts And Beading Takes Lynn Doyal’s Artistry To New Dimensions In “Joined Together: Spiritual And Artistic Directions” Now Exhibiting At Palm Beach Atlantic University Through August 10, 2022

Artist Lynn Doyal‘s technique of combining various media such as digital photography, painting, fiber hand stitching, and beading is exclusive to her creative process. Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library Gallery features Lynn’s artistry now through August 10, 2022. While the Library is open to the public, we suggest you contact Lynn to schedule a free tour of the exhibit so you can ask questions of the artist herself ! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is a perfect art event for all ages to get their own creative juices flowing!

 

 

 

 

 

Palm    Beach    Atlantic    University    – Warren    Library    Gallery

 

 

 

L y n n    D o y a l    in   a   S o l o    E x h i b i t i o n !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit Dates:

NOW  through August  10, 2022

While the Library is open to the public, we suggest you contact Lynn for a free tour of the exhibit so you can ask questions of the artist herself ! 

Gallery  Hours  are  from  8 am to 6 pm   Daily

Closed Weekends

Call to confirm times 561-803-2425

 

 

 

 

Contact   Lynn   for   a   Free   Tour:

LynnMDoyal@gmail.com

 

 

 

  Warren Library

 

 

Palm Beach Atlantic University

300 Pembroke Place          W. Palm Beach, FL

561-803-2226

“This marriage of image, technique and materials is distinctive and causes people to talk about what they are seeing because there is nothing else like it.”  Lynn Doyal

 

 

 

“Hannah” by Lynn Doyal

 

 

From realistic to representational to abstract, these artworks are a splendid fusion of contemporary design with a reverence for the techniques of the past.  Lynn Doyal’s technique of combining various media such as digital photography, painting, fiber hand stitching, and beading are exclusive to her creative process, resulting in artworks that engage the viewer on multiple levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Neon Shells” by Lynn Doyal 

 

 

 

 

Due to the intricate number of details in each painting, Lynn’s work is best viewed up close in order to appreciate the fine workmanship. Many of her works are scanned, enlarged and digitalized allowing for a more abstract and dramatic experience. She delights in the different impact the same image can have when size is introduced as an additional element.

 

 

 

 

 

“Enter By The Narrow Gate” by Lynn Doyal 

 

 

Lynn tells The Rickie Report, “All my work is initially created on canvas incorporating a digital image and/or “free-hand” painting.  I go back into the image using hand stitched fiber threads and beading to bring a textural element to the artwork.  This canvas is then photographed in high definition and digitized so that the image can be output on a variety of surfaces including glass, metal, canvas, tile, and vinyl – which allows for SCALE to become an essential element in the visual experience.  The unique way in which the artwork is photographed and digitized yield 2-D images that look 3-D.  Seeing the detailed hand crafting and brush strokes is an experience that most every viewer describes as “Cool!” because it fools the eye.  There is nothing else like it!

 

 

 

 

 

“Dew From Heaven” by Lynn Doyal

 

 

While it is natural to try and visually link the Biblical artwork titles with the image, the artwork titles follow my spiritual direction, whereas my visual imagery is reflective of my artistic direction”. Lynn Doyal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Glorious  Things Are Spoken” by Lynn Doyal 

 

 

 

As an established studio artist, Lynn’s interest to create Public Art began in 2016 when she became a volunteer for Palm Beach County Art in Public Places program.  “Simultaneously, I started an apprenticeship with a professional Public Artist. These opportunities afforded a wealth of information into the public art realm. I have since received several public art commissions and am advancing my career in this industry”.

 

 

 

 

“Hibiscus” by Lynn Doyal 

 

 

 

 

Lynn’s artistry has been seen at galleries and exhibitions in Florida, New York City, and countless places in between.  She is a member of Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), Wellington Art Society, Wellington, FL.  A native Floridian, born in Miami, Lynn resides in Boca Raton.

 

 

For more information contact Lynn Doyal 

Email:           LynnMDoyal@gmail.com

Instagram:  @MixedMediaByLynn

Website:   www.MixedMediaByLynn.com

Phone:         561-251-0806

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist Debbie Mostel Turned “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture Into Major Fundraising Opportunity For Local Charities In Palm Beach County

Today, the Winter Solstice is known as “the darkest day of the year”. What better time to celebrate artist Debbie Mostel? Her “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities in Palm Beach County. Let’s celebrate the light that she brings to the community!  The Rickie Report shares the behind-the-scenes photos, details and an interview with Debbie Mostel.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s

 

 

“Hearts    of    Mirasol”    Sculpture

 

 

 

“Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture by Debbie Mostel

 

Debbie Mostel is a multi-talented artist who has won numerous awards with her sculptures and designs and whose jewelry has been worn by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, January Jones, Laverne Cox, Christie Brinkley, Patti LaBelle, Emily Blunt and many others. Yet something she always wanted to do was to turn her love of art – sculptures, in particular – into a powerful way to raise substantial funds for charitable organizations.

 

 

Debbie Mostel and Valerie Crosson

 

Valerie Crosson had a great track record for commissioning fantastic, large, highly visible sculptures that help raise millions of dollars for charitable causes. Following her previous success with the UNICEF Snowflake, which hangs in Manhattan above 5th Avenue at 57th Street, she joined The Mirasol Foundation board for 2020-21.  With guidance from the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Valerie contacted 7 regional artists – including Debbie Mostel – and issued a Request for Proposals to create a piece with “hanging hearts” to help reunite the residents of the Mirasol community, many of whom felt disconnected due to social gathering restrictions due to COVID.

 

Valerie and Debbie found a bond and similarities in their vision for the piece. Valerie recommended Debbie and the board approved. Then Debbie spent six months working on the sculpture. Debbie said she was “driven by the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid – and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed.” It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club.

 

 

The idea was to use “hanging hearts” as a centerpiece for a major fundraising effort – largely because the onset of the COVID pandemic made traditional fundraising methods impractical.

 

 

Initial Drawings for “Hearts of Mirasol” by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Putting   It   Together….

Top: Five 1’’ thick, 6’ wide, 5’ tall furniture-grade laser cut Lucite make up the “Tree/Wave”

Middle: The garden has 149 clear hand-blown glass nautilus and spheroid forms; the beginnings of all life.

Bottom: 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big M for Mirasol in the center.

The sculpture is in a state of perpetual illumination, which you can’t help but be drawn into its tranquil beauty.

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel working with glass components for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

On the finished work, each of the 850 hearts represents an individual donor and the amounts donated varied from $150 up to $5000; a total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised. Once it was unveiled, Valerie said the piece is a “great success, connecting people at a time when we couldn’t be together” and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit area charities.

 

 

Debbie Mostel working on the structure for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

 

 

 

A video on the building of the sculpture can be seen on Debbie Mostel’s website:

 https://www.debbiemosteldesigns.com/

 

 

 

 

Close-up of 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big ‘M’ for Mirasol in the center.

 

 

Q   &   A   with   Debbie   Mostel

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?

D.M.:  H.C. Westerman ( Humor and moral commentary), Frida Kahlo ( Honesty), Georgia O’Keeffe (Sensual examination of Nature), Beth Lipman (She is brave), Everything at Burning Man, and Keith Haring (Everything).

 

Q: What inspired you for your Hearts of Mirasol design?

D.M.: While talking with Valerie Crosson (director of fundraising and Chair of the Hearts of Mirasol Campaign), we spoke of the core values concerning the project, the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed. (It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club!) 

 

She just asked me to design something with 450 to 850 hearts that would represent the donors to the piece. That was it. I thought about how living in Palm Beach County we all have a connection to the ocean, our beaches, our hurricanes, the rising tides… you can’t trivialize the relationship. Then I thought about the “Tree of Life,” windblown – like on the California coast – and combining it with a wave felt utterly compelling.  The piece is a triptych.  The “Heartbeat of Mirasol” was an inspiration that took 6 months to build.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s Design in progress 

 

Q: What is your driving passion in making your art designs? Is there any reason you choose one medium over another? 

D.M.: I would have to say light and emotion. All my work has a message of humor, nature, ecology, or human experiences. I love working with ancient and futuristic components, the contrast and conversion, especially with metal and glass.

 

Q: What is a piece of art you want to make that is on your bucket list?

D.M.: I have no bucket list except to keep exploring and growing as an artist and a human…sounds corny but true.

 

Q: You clearly love the theme of water. Where did that come from and how do you communicate your passion for that in your works of art?

D.M.: Growing up on the ocean on Eastern Long Island, a crowded day you could spot 20 people as far as you could see! I would be in my p.j.’s on the beach eating cheerios. I loved the solitude. I could walk or swim for miles without seeing a soul. I was fearless (and naive). Up with the sunrise, taking note of tides and horseshoe crabs, sea glass and shells. I started making art on the beach with what washed ashore at a very young age.

 

 

Close-up of “The Garden” area of Debbie Mostel’s sculpture

 

All Photos courtesy of  Richard McConnell

 

 

 

 

About      Debbie      Mostel:

 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel at The Breakers

Debbie Lee Mostel, a longtime resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is a designer/artist who is also a science-based thinker and who sees wonder in every drop of water and every blade of grass. It is this sense of curiosity that Debbie thrives on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist. Debbie’s career has incorporated painting, contemporary fine art, sculpture, jewelry design, and kinetics! 

 

During a charmed 15-year career as a fashion jewelry designer, retailers such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom carried some of her designs and Debbie’s designs were featured in publications such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

 

 

Debbie Mostel at International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium , 2019

 

 

After Debbie took time off to raise her son the urge to create beckoned and she went back to college for landscape design and a new career. But working in the gardens pulled her back to her roots as a sculptor, painter, and jewelry design. 

 

Her national recognition is underscored by artist and writer, Bruce Helander, who said, “Mostel takes the viewer on an anything-goes journey.” Debbie’s artistry has been recognized internationally and nationally in juried exhibitions with three Best in Show awards, four First Place awards, and numerous other awards. 

 

In between these exhibits, Debbie worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach, as their Resident Artist, creating hanging light sculptures in Mar a Lago and Mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club as well as creating special environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court and Colony Hotel. The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She had been a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Artists of Palm Beach County. 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE HEARTS OF MIRASOL SCULPTURE :

  • The sculpture is one of a kind and was designed and created by Debbie Lee Mostel, with support from Globadyne Production and Design. The “Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture is 6’ wide, 16” deep and 8’ high. It features a dramatic 5’ tall tree blowing in the wind, forming the crest of a Florida ocean wave also evoking the form of The Tree of Life – thus, a cresting willow.

 

  • The Tree of Life sits in a garden where 140 hand blown nautilus shapes emerge like crocus flowers in early Spring, representing the natural landscaping of Mirasol.

 

  • The base of the sculpture features 850 hanging Svarovski and Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in the form of an EKG, the heartbeat of the community of Mirasol. Each heart represents the donors.

 

  • Although very subdued, the heartbeat forms an /M’ for The Mirasol Foundation. Scattered throughout the piece are 26 iridescent hearts which represent the higher-level donors and one very special light blue heart, which represents the management and staff of Mirasol and the Mirasol Foundation. Special recognition goes to Valerie Crosson, whose vision is an integral part of this design.

 

 

ABOUT THE MIRASOL FOUNDATION INC. : 

The Mirasol Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer charitable organization established, directed, and supported by the residents of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The mission of The Mirasol Foundation is to raise, administer and distribute funds to civic, cultural, educational, social and health-related non-profit, section 501(C)(3) organizations in Palm Beach County and surrounding communities. More information about the foundation can be found on their website, https://www.mirasolcc.com/mfi.

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Offers Public Art Workshop With Debby Coles-Dobay On August 3. Free To Members And Open To The Public

Preparing an application for a public art project can be a daunting task. The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance offers a Public Art Workshop with Debby Coles-Dobay on Tuesday, August 3. Learn about the basics of Public Art Programs including tips, best practices, and resources. Reservations are required. This seminar is free to St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and is open to non-members for a small fee. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Register soon as space is limited!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T U E S D A Y,    A U G U S T  3,  2 0 2 1  

10 – 11 AM

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd   Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Phone: 772-337-1959     www.pslbg.org

 

 

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions and explore best practices to assist you in reviewing and developing a quality response to a Call for Artists (Request for Qualifications or Request for Proposals).

 

This 1-hour session will take place at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, on Tuesday, August 3, 10 – 11 AM, and cover the following:

 

 

  • Basics of Public Art Programs

  • How to prepare a Call-to-artist RFQ

  • What are RFQ and RFP?

  • Tips to become a public artist

  • Public art best practices and resources

 

Intro to Public Art is FREE for Cultural Alliance Members and City of Port St. Lucie residents click here to register: https://bit.ly/3kDbf2c

 

 

 

 and ONLY $25 for all other artists:  https://bit.ly/3xfYwpz

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is on a mission!The organization is determined to empower its artists to achieve their highest potential.And nothing is going to stop them.  On August 3, the Cultural Alliance will present another powerful professional development workshop:Introduction to Public Art. Presented in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie Public Arts, the workshop will address critical components of successfully responding to a call to artists.

 

 

Pattie Tobin  Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie

 

 

“I would encourage all local artists to take advantage of this workshop,” said Pattie Tobin, Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie, and who manages Public Art for the city. “It will help them prepare for any call to artists that local governments, like Port St. Lucie, will send out to solicit public art.The responses to our call to artists in the past have included some great entries and some not-so-great entries.It’s important to have a thorough and responsive application to get your art selected.”

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay

 

The workshop is sponsored in part by the City of Port St. Lucie to educate and encourage local artists to apply and be selected. “One of the main priorities for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to empower our members with useful tools to be successful,” said Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance’s Executive Director.“For Intro To Public Art,” we engaged one of the region’s top public art professional, Debby Coles-Dobay.”

 

 

 

As founder of Art Moves You, Debby Coles-Dobay applies her professional skills to create and cultivate public art projects, exhibits, and programs in the Arts & Culture sector. Debby served 13 years as a public art professional for the City of Boynton Beach. During that time, she realized over 80 public art projects, created and implemented the biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit. Before public art, Debby’s career included marketing and advertising for international corporations, as well as her own company. To learn more about Debby and her company visit Art Moves You.

 

For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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~   Art  has  always  made  my  heart  sing  ~

 

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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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Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Deadline Is October 7. Join Us To Celebrate Douglas Aja Artist-In-Residence’s Sculptures

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th

 

Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  

 

MEET:  

 

 

 DOUGLAS  AJA

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE 

 

Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist

 

Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5B20c1mdNU

To see more visit:

https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife in bronze since the late 1990s.  Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant.  Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

“Playful”  © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

“Playful” depicts an orphaned elephant chasing a soccer ball. Calves are orphaned for many reasons, mostly because of poaching to feed the illegal ivory trade. The fortunate ones are brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they are cared for and eventually reintroduced into the wild, a process that takes many years.

 

 

 

 

 

“Dionysus” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Named by elephant researcher Cynthia Moss, Dionysus was one of the largest and most dominant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. This sculpture represents him in his prime at approximately 50 years of age. Dionysus has been featured in many documentaries, including the “Echo of the Elephants” films.

 

 

 

 

“Echo & Calf “© 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This sculpture is of an old matriarch known as Echo along with her one year old calf, Emily Kate. Echo is probably the world’s best known wild elephant, having been featured in the four BBC “Echo of the Elephants” films as well as “An Eye for An Elephant”.

 

 

 

Exploring Africa:

 

Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya’s culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Prized Possession” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The spotted hyena is the most successful large carnivore in Africa. They are highly adaptable and opportunistic, capable of hunting a wide variety of prey animals and will scavenge when the opportunity arises. They hunt alone, in small groups or in large packs.

 

 

“Approaching Storm” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

I was in the Maasai Mara near the end of a long drought when we were hit with high winds and heavy thunderstorms. While driving back to camp we stopped to watch a pride of lions. What caught my attention most was the males’ manes blowing in the wind. Approaching Storm depicts a young male lion gazing out onto the savanna as the strong wind and rain blow in his face.

 

 

 

 

“Brown-hooded Kingfisher” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher inhabits wooded and savanna country in southeastern and central Africa. It has a varied diet which includes insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. It only rarely eats fish. It searches for its prey from a perch, rapidly flies down to grab it with its bill then returns to its perch to eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Philanthropy:

 

Doug has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He had dedicated his time and creativity to support species in need and donates art and/or a portion of his sales to a number of charities.  

 

 

 

“Threatened” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This female cheetah is intently looking at something in the distance that could pose a threat to her cub, possibly a lion or hyena which would kill the cub if given the chance. Cheetahs are now on the endangered species list, numbering around 10,000 in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

“Watchful” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Cheetahs are constantly scanning the savanna on the lookout for prey. More importantly if it’s a female with cubs, she would also be on alert for other predators. My goal in sculpting “Watchful” was to capture this intense and focused gaze.

 

 

To see more of Doug’s work visit:

Website:https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

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

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

 

 

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest. 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.  Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year. 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days. 

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece. 

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message. 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. 

Artists can only be featured once a year. 

 

 

Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes
https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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Why pARTnership Matters: How YOU Can Benefit From The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance speaks with The Rickie Report about how the public (art lovers and artists alike) can benefit from pARTnering together.  The promise of new initiatives will bring the sectors of visual arts, performing arts, musical art, and literature in the Treasure Coast together, creating a Cultural Mecca!  Every consumer wonders “What’s In It For Me” and this interview will answer your question!  Rickie Report READERS: Get a SPECIAL DISCOUNT on membership rates NOW through October 15, 2020!  Be pART of the ART SCENE!

 

 

 

 

 

772.462.2783

artstlucie.org

2300 Virginia Avenue     Ft.Pierce, FL 34982       

 

 

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has taken flight from under the radar to star performer!  Executive Director, Alyona Ushe, tells The Rickie Report, “We are developing new initiatives for every arts discipline, looking toward monthly meetings  as well as collaborative efforts.  We are building an army of individual artists, arts organizations, businesses, and the public to make the Treasure Coast a Cultural Mecca”.  SLCA is supported by monies from the County, Membership dues, and Private donations.

 

 

DON’T  MISS  A  THING!

Subscribe to get the FREE SLCA Newsletter via email!!

 

 

TRR:  What is currently on the SLCA “Wish List”?

AU:  Our Top 5:

1.We need writers!

2.We want to arm artists, empower them, and offer exhibitions and performance venues for all disciplines and genres of art.

3.We’re looking to businesses with vacant spaces to share those with the arts community and therefore the public.  Collaboration and pARTnership go hand in hand – and benefit everyone!

4. We are looking for people who are advertising savvy, to look for more opportunities for SLCA to pARTner with other businesses whose interests dovetail into ours.

5. Volunteers to help with events and researchers can help us continue to illuminate our arts base their needs, other resources, and data.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: What kind of programs are already in place?

AU: There are many events taking place now and more are opening up, as this is being read!

Made in St. Lucie & Starving Artists Online auction is our next big initiative.  The Alliance will use all of our resources to encourage patrons to buy local art for the holidays.  The next Cultural Alliance Art Guild Exhibition is planned for early November and we are organizing musical performances in collaboration with Mid Florida Event Center starting in November as well!  In addition, galleries, museums, live music venues, performing arts, nature & science, and festivals are all making plans for the 2020/2021 Season.  Our website  lists specific events and directs you to the relevant information.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What are the benefits of SLCA membership?

AU: We are developing benefits that actually empower our cultural community!  We’re developing powerful partnerships with businesses to assist our members with their specific needs.

From exhibition & performing venues, to spotlighting every member, and assisting with marketing and business development needs, we are here for you.  I urge your readers to reach out to us and let us know how we can help them specifically and the creative community in general.

 You no NOT have to be a County resident to be a member!

 

 

 

 

We are offering a SPECIAL PRICE for Rickie Report readers:  

NOW thru October 15, 2020

 

 

EMAIL:  info@artslucie.org to receive these benefits!

 

 

 

Members are listed under different categories:

Artists:https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=artists

Arts Organizations: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=arts-organizations

Businesses: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=businesses

Individuals: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=individuals

 

 

 

BENEFITS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: We are fascinated by the diversity of arts and artists St. Lucie County is in touch with. Can you tell us more about how you choose someone to be written up for the weekly “Member Spotlight”?

AU: Our artists continue to fly under the radar.  “Member Spotlight” is designed to let the public know the creative vision of each artist.

 

Our members actually write the feature, which also builds their relationship and creates community!  If any of your readers have public relations backgrounds and are interested in getting to know other artists personally, this is a perfect project for them!  The most enthusiastic landing spot is our “Member Spotlight” which focuses on a creative in each of the sectors we include ( Festivals, Galleries & Museums, Live music, Nature & Science, Performing arts, Writing, and Visual arts).

 

MEMBER  SPOTLIGHT:

 

Get more information about the Member Spotlight

 

 

Art in Public Places:  At St. Lucie County Utilities Office, “Elvis” by Stephen DePirro, made from recycled cans

Center Left: Mark Satterlee, AICP  Deputy County Administrator,  St Lucie County Board of Commissioners and Board Liaison to SLCA  To Mark’s Right: Alyona Ushe, Executive Director St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and Jeanne Johansen, Cultural Alliance Board Member and President of the Fort Pierce Art Club.

 

 

TRR: Is there a place for volunteers or people who would just like to receive emails to stay up-to-date?

AU: We have a current and ever-changing list of volunteer opportunities!

Our current (and ever-changing) list of volunteers opportunities include:

  • Writers
  • Graphic designers
  • Greeters at Receptions
  • College Ambassadors
  • Student Internships
     

 

 

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER:

    https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/projectList.jsp

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link for our Free newsletter sign up:

 

TRR: Can you tell us about an easy way to help SLCA fundraise?

AU: YES!

The State of Florida has a multitude of license plate options, which benefit specific non-profit groups, as well as U.S Military Service branches and Education centers.  When you register with the Arts license plate, SLCA gets a portion of the fee!  It is heartening to see the large number of cars sporting these, and when I see one, I feel a kindred spirit is driving and announcing “I Support The Arts”!

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: The SLCA website has an extensive list of Resources.  Can you tell us more?

AU:  A comprehensive list of Covid 19 assistance grants and general funding opportunities are available on our website: https://artstlucie.org/news/covid-19-resources-for-artists.

I have exciting news to share with your readers!  We are getting ready to announce a mini-grants program.  Anyone who is interested should be a member of SLCA and contact us.  Sign up for our newsletters to be the first to know!

I would love for your readers to reach out to me directly!  The Alliance is here to serve the community and I want to know what we can do better.  My email is alyona@artstlucie.org and I want to hear from everyone!  We are building a community and their input is critical.

 

For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vero Beach Art Club Offers Weekly Virtual Art Classes For All Levels On Thursdays. Learn With Judy Burgarella On Thursday, July 9. Non-Members Welcome!

The Vero Beach Art Club invites art students of all levels (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) to learn new tips and explore new techniques in their Virtual Art Classes on Thursdays.  Non-members are welcome! On Thursday, July 9, Judy Burgarella will take your artistry to new heights as she works with light and shadows, skin tones, painting clothing, mixing colors, and more tips than we can mention here! The Rickie Report shares the details about this class and about the Vero Beach Art Club. We urge you to review their offerings and point out, that since these are virtual classes… anyone can attend!  What a fabulous group to network with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERO  BEACH  ART  CLUB  

VIRTUAL  CLASSES  

OPEN  TO  EVERYONE  – WORLD WIDE!

 

Judy Burgarella Teaches a Virtual Art Class

 

 

JUDY      BURGARELLA

THURSDAY     JULY, 9, 2020

1 – 4 PM

REGISTER:  www.verobeachartclub.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Burgarella spends a lot of time designing her class so that people will not fail.  When they sign up, she sends them a lined pattern, and in class she shows them how to get that pattern onto the canvas.  She explains, “This is not a drawing class, it’s a painting class. Drawing takes years to learn.  Even if some of them do not have a “masterpiece,” they will have learned a lot of tips and tricks to add to their knowledge of painting”.  Many of her students have said that they have learned more in her class than any other class they have taken.  “For 3 hours, I never shut up.  I am hoping to get many other artists onboard to teach this class so that we have diversity and variety to offer”.

 

 

 

“Portrait on Palette” Private Commission by Judy Burgarella

 

 

 

Judy Burgarella tells The Rickie Report, “My career in business involved mostly administration/ secretarial work, and printing and editing. As my passion to pursue art became stronger I began writing and designing for arts & crafts magazines, in addition to running my own secretarial service. I eventually started an art club, the “Shoreline Plein Air Painters” in Connecticut”. 

 

 

 

“View From A Cottage Window” by Judy Burgarella

A view from through the window of an historic house in Rockport, Massachusetts.  In one of the graves rests the actual builder of the house who was the son of the founder of Rockport. 

 

 

 

In 2005, Judy and her husband Bob moved to Florida, and she soon joined the Vero Beach Art Club and other local arts organizations, where she became very active, helping out with shows and wherever her skills were needed. In 2012 her daughter Robin and family moved to Sebastian, and Judy currently helps her with her real estate business staging homes and using her own paintings in the décor.

 

 

“Heritage Center” by Judy Burgarella In A Private Collection

 

 

 

Judy has studied under renowned artists in Connecticut and Florida, and has taught painting and drawing for over 20 years. She currently teaches portrait painting at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, general art at Indian River Estates, and does free-lance classes and demonstrations for groups and individuals. Judy is constantly on the lookout for new creative opportunities, and ways to give back to the community.

 

 

MORE       CLASSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Vero Beach Art Club:

 

The Vero Beach Art Club, formed in 1936, is an independent, non-profit organization serving its members and the Vero Beach art community through, education, exhibitions, social events and monthly meetings with special programs and guest artists.

The public is always welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

Our Events are free to attend and open to the public.

They feature many of our talented artists.

Also be sure to see our Artists Gallery with artwork for sale by our members.

 

 

Click HERE for more Information ~

 

 

The Art Club Annex

1791 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL.

Annex Phone Number: 772-217-3345

 

 


 

 

For information about classes, workshops, virtual events, exhibits, membership opportunities please visit:

www.verobeachartclub.org

 

 

 

 

 

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See Where Creativity Takes Flight At Palm Beach International Airport’s Art In Public Places Gallery. Free Public Reception February 20 To Meet The Artists

We’ll see you at the airport on Thursday, February 20! The Rickie Report shares the details of the next Artist Reception which is free and open to the public. There’s no need to buy a ticket  because the Art at the Airport Exhibit will take you on journeys without packing a bag! The Palm Beach International Airport is one of the most popular art galleries in the County.  ATTENTION ART LOVERS and TRAVELERS: We promise you a more enlightened experience than you’d have rushing to your gate, sitting and waiting for your flight.  This is a great teaching moment for families waiting for loved ones to arrive.  Walk by the artwork and talk about what the children see! Kudos, Elayna Toby Singer for updating and rejuvenating this program! All artwork is for sale and artists receive 100% of sale price!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS  RECEPTION

THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 20, 2020

5:30 – 7 PM

Free admission,  Live music, Lite Bites

 

 

 

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS:

 

 

Sue Archer

Sandra Douglas

Lorin Duckman

Carol Erenrich

Sandy Friedkin

Nicole Galluccio

Patricia Magna

Sally Painter

Candace Platz

Sharon Pollak

Suzanne Redmond

Lori Royce

Holly Rutchey

Barry Seidman

Janet Siegel Rogers

 

To place your name on the registry:

www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/

For more information about Art at the Airport please contact:

Elayna Toby Singer

2633 Vista Parkway     West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5603
(561) 233-0235    Fax: (561) 233-0206

Email: esinger@pbcgov.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With Premiere Exhibition Opening Wednesday, November 6. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces the premiere fine art exhibition on Wednesday, November 6.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: Jane Baldridge, Lorrie Goss, Helen Kagan, Carol Kepp, Mia Lindberg, and Amber Moran at the free Opening Reception.  All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists.  The Palm Room will be open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours.

 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays, noon to 7 pm through the month of November

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, November 6

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

 

 

Jane Baldridge

 

 

Jane Baldridge with her Artworks

 

Jane Baldridge’s breadth of artistry has brought her works to Lincoln Center, Times Square, Louvre Museum in Paris, Mint Museum, the Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper in Slovenia, and the Library of Congress.  Her newest art focuses on erosion and alchemy.  She has created in 3D, using found objects, clay, sculpture, and stained glass as well as in 2D with drawing, painting, and groundbreaking digital media.

 

 

Jane tells The Rickie Report, “Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless.  Unafraid to make something new and so different that no one understands what it is”.  She is a licensed boat captain and has lived on a boat with her husband and dog.  Now settled in on land in Stuart, she portrays her profound respect for water through her art pieces.  She shares, “I am passionate about the planet, especially about the ocean, rivers, and bays. I have profound respect  for the power of water and wind”.

 

 

 

 

Lorrie Goss

 

Dog Bowl by Lorrie Goss

 

 

Lorrie Goss creates original and custom interior water fountain art perfectly suitable for a home or professional office décor.  The water vessels as well as the interior sculptural pieces are hand sculpted from stoneware clay.  Each is designed to complement and enhance the color and theme of the base fountain.  Many pieces include hand crafted copper elements and a subtle light that adds even more interest for the functional water flow design.  All pieces are original and no two are alike.

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “I am inspired by the beauty of nature with both aquatic as well as terrestrial influences. I didn’t set out to be an environmental artist, however, my work focuses on the natural matter of the earth encompassing the characteristics of clay, water, chemical elements  and how they transform into vibrant colors through the fire within the kiln”.

 

 

Helen Kagan

 

“New York, NY” by Helen Kagan

 

 

Helen Kagan PhD is a holistic therapist/artist and one of the originators in creating art with an intention to heal. For over 20 years, she has been developing er unique concept ©”Healing Arts” based on her beliefs in the mind-body-spirit connection, and art as a catalyst for healing individuals, society, and the environment. Her exhibits span the globe.

Helen tells The Rickie Report, “I believe art heals.  I believe now, more than ever, our World needs these positive energy and spiritually-based intentions, beliefs, and values.  I believe my vibrant and passionate art can enhance healing to those in need and make a difference in people’s lives”.

 

Carol Kepp

 

“New Ocean” by Carol Kepp

 

 

Carol Kepp was educated in advertising at the Cleveland Institute of Art and returned to fine art with a strong desire to help adults find their hidden talent creating paintings.  Her impressionist style artworks have won numerous awards both regionally and nationally. The colors of the ocean inspire Carol to create mesmerizing seascapes, where viewers can find serenity among the waves.

 

 

 

 

Mia Lindburg

 

Untitled Sculpture by Mia Lindberg

 

 

 

Mia Lindberg tells The Rickie Report, “Freedom is my guide when traditional theologies are questioned, and ethereal paths are chosen.  My work ‘Bridges’ the space between life and impermanence through vessels and sculpture on my wonder filled journey”.

 

Over 50 years ago, Mia’s ;eve of art was nurtured on her farm in rural Pennsylvania.  Although clay had always been one of her interests, her focus was Horticulture, applied plant sciences.  Her search for just the right vessels/pottery to nurture her projects landed Mia in the Ceramics Lab.  She realized that the plants were just a road leading her back to her true passion! Mia’s metal sculptures compliment her ceramics, offering art lovers a variety of mediums.

 

 

Amber Moran

 

 

Amber Moran with her Artworks

 

Amber Moran is a watercolor and ink artist whose artistic style of “thinking out of the box” creates a unique “window” and colorful take on the Florida lifestyle.  She draws the viewer into each painting so they feel as if they are swimming in the coral with the fish, canoeing under the cypress trees, and hearing the sounds blowing through the palm trees.  A regional, national and international award-winning artist, Amber’s distinct style and riotous colors share her passion for coastal conservation.I have always felt extremely passionate about color and detail.

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “I gain inspiration every day from sights and sounds, including our Florida beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages. My goal is to draw you as the viewer ,into my art. I want to help the viewer focus in on a particular section of my artwork while seeing the whole picture. I achieve this by creating a focus that casts a “window” of color on a section of the painting with watercolor paints. I then extend my work out onto the mat with black watercolor paint and ink. I like to this of this as “thinking outside the box”.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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