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.

 

 

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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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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Opens Its Registry For PBC Residents In Preparation For New Exhibition And New Public Art Opportunities

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places is getting ready to launch a new exhibition opportunity and a new public art project that will be open only to Palm Beach County artists in the Fall.  If you are not yet on the registry list, this is the time to sign up. There is no charge and you will receive emails about Artist Opportunity announcements. The Rickie Report shares the details here and asks you to share this information with friends and colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioned by Palm Beach County Art in Public Places:

“Knowledge is Her Future”, mural by Andrew Reid at Belle Glade Branch Library

 

 

When Artists are part of Palm Beach County’s construction projects, our public spaces, buildings and streetscapes are enriched for all to enjoy.  Inspired by The Palm Beach’s natural beauty and diverse communities, the County’s “Public Art Places” reveal contemporary and historical local stories to create a distinct sense of place. Local, statewide and nationally acclaimed Artists compete for the opportunity to create site-specific works in communities Countywide.

 

 

Register at this link:

 http://discover.pbcgov.org/fdo/art/Pages/Artist-Registry.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this:

Elayna Toby Singer

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places

2633 Vista Parkway  West Palm Beach, FL 33411

http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ART

esinger@pbcgov.org

(561) 233-0235

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Armory Art Salon Features Dana Donaty, “From Profoundly Playful to Order + Collapse – A Time Of Transition” On November 27

The Armory Art Center brings so many opportunities not only to artists, but to art lovers. The monthly Art Salons led by Elle Schorr allow all of us to meet and better understand the creative process with internationally, nationally and locally based artists.  Meet international acclaimed, Dana Donaty on Tuesday, November 27 , as she discusses “FROM ‘PROFOUNDLY PLAYFUL’ TO ‘ORDER + COLLAPSE’ – A TIME OF TRANSITION” The public is invited.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  FYI: “Order + Collapse” is a very new work in progress, and has not yet been seen in public. She’ll be sharing it with us for the first time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org

 

AT THE ART SALON:

TUESDAY,  November 27, 2018

6:30 -8:30 pm

 

 

 

“FROM ‘PROFOUNDLY PLAYFUL’ TO ‘ORDER + COLLAPSE’ – A TIME OF TRANSITION”

PRESENTED BY

Dana  Donaty

 

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER MEDIA ROOM

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. There is a $10 donation for each salon.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

Dana Donaty is known for her “Profoundly Playful” painting and sculpture series, which comes from an interest in satirical playfulness, fragments of timeless memory where nothing is sacred, and before that, for her “Dancers” series, and for her public art. Now she’s embarked on a dramatically different series, being shown and talked about for the first time: “Order + Collapse”, which explores the artist’s studio, and also the human body, through painting, sculpture, collage and assemblage. Her work wrestles with ideas of perception and source, unconscious knowledge and cognition.

 

 

 

“Profoundly Playful” blends reality and fantasy with narrative, satire, burlesque, psychology and “a super charged palette that is like a party about to get thoroughly out of control”. Every part is a series of actions and reactions. She places virgin canvas underneath the “in-process” painting on her easel, and ‘collects’ the excess paint that is flung, splattered, scraped, spilled and off loaded.

 

 

 

 

Just like the canvas before it, the floor work is then raised to eye level. From the aggregation of Rorschach-like blots of primordial color, a fresh composition and a new group of figurative characters emerge. Their shape serves as stimulus for free association – almost any irregular free shape can spark off the associative process. This is a central part of her creative process, giving life to a cast of characters, each exhibiting the vitality of their individual freedom, each one leading to another – creating, conceptually, a visual display of memories sourced from the subconscious.

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

 

In addition to this auto-associative memory process, Dana often assimilates ideas or phrases from things people say or from books on audio that she listens to while working. She says: “My process mirrors the way in which we learn, we cannot ultimately control how information finds us or how we process it. Therefore, I regard chance as the organizing principle employed in constructing each painting.

 

 

 

 

In response to the chance convergence of memories, thoughts, sounds, emotions, and other stimuli, I attempt to control the uncontrollable through a narrative, layered with numerous subplots, that is personal, implied and universal. My work is my poetic theater of uncertainty, popular culture, universal truths, personal experiences and the modern condition. The viewer can partake in a stable set of meanings or challenge the imagery with their own sense of wonder.”

 

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

Dana grew up in New Jersey, in a family with mixed Colombian, Peruvian, Italian, Irish and American backgrounds. She has a BA in Drawing from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. After living in London for twelve years, she relocated to Florida in 2006, where she now lives and works in Miami and Delray Beach. Since 2014, she has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

Dana will be having a solo exhibition at The Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, opening Dec 5. Her work was recently on view in a solo retrospective exhibition at Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL. and has been shown at international art fairs like Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, the American International Fine Art Fair, Scope and major group shows throughout Florida. Other selected solo shows include Fordistas Gallery in Miami, Paul Fisher Gallery in Palm Beach and The Ora Sorensen Gallery in Palm Beach. Her work is in both public and private collections in the US, and Europe.

 

She has completed many award-winning public art projects, and has been featured in over 50 national and international publications. She has garnered multiple awards within the design industry, as she has been sought after to create unique commissions for high profile residential and commercial projects.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Maria Lentine Is Featured Artist At Wellington Whole Foods Market’s Public Reception May 11th

Maria Lentine is the current Wellington Art Society solo artist at the Wellington Whole Foods Market Gallery. Her exhibit features colorful batik pieces watercolors and acrylics from her black and white series.  Wellington Whole Foods Market will hold a reception on Friday, Mary 11, 2018 in her honor.  Appetizers and wine will be served and there will be live music.  Door prizes will be awarded during the evening.  The Wellington Art Society asks a $5 donation to help fund their Scholarship Awards.  Maria’s exhibit will be on display through June. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

Presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION

by

MARIA  LENTINE

 

PUBLIC RECEPTION:

Friday, May 11, 2018 

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

Exhibit Is Available Now through June, 2018

 

“Abundant Life Within” by Maria Lentine

 

 

In addition to batik and painting, Maria also creates beautiful jewelry.  She is largely self taught but has studied and learned from very gifted artists of design and watercolor. Through her art she is able to offer different parts of her personality.  Her serious adult side is shown through her watercolors and her playful child side shows in her soft batik paintings.  She feels working in acrylics brings out her philosophical side which shows in her black and white series.  

 

“Snowbirds” by Maria Lentine

 

Maria worked and traveled with Club Med for five years teaching English and found that no matter what country she was visiting, the sunrises and sunsets and the tranquility of the tropical landscape were a constant and gave her peace.  Since then she has worked with designers and clients creating hand painted fabrics, murals, commissioned paintings and directing art galleries.

 

“Awake At Dawn and Give Thanks for another day of  loving” by Maria Lentine

 

After a severe accident, Maria’s painting arm was crushed and reconstructed.  She found that painting and jewelry making served as a healing method in regaining her mobility and motor skills.  She also discovered yoga was able to aid in her rehab and it became a transformative experience.

“Yoga and art are who I am and my intention is to continue sharing this with others.”

 

“Opening to the fruits of life” by Maria Lentine

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization beginning its 37th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For more information about this exhibit, membership,other exhibit opportunities, please visit:

www.WellingtonArtSociety.org

 

 

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What Is A Book? Jaffe Center For Book Arts Offers Workshops, Classes And Tours. Make Your Own Book On April 28th

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located at Florida Atlantic University’s Wimberly Library in Boca Raton, Florida. The Rickie Report wants to thank Paula Marcus for bringing this gem to our attention. An excursion to the Center gave us a lot of food for thought: What IS a book? Director, John Cutrone, introduces visitors to a bevy of possibilities. The Rickie Report shares an overview of the Center and suggests you ( individually or with a small group) take a tour or sign up for some of the fascinating classes. Spread the word – Books are here in all shapes, sizes, materials — and beyond your imagination!  Sign up to create your own book on April 28th!  Details below – register now!

 

 

THE ESSENTIAL FOCUS OF THE COLLECTION IS ON ARTISTS’ BOOKS

777 Glades Road Boca Raton, Florida 33431   561.297.0226  

 

 

Books As Aesthetic Objects

Arthur and Mata Jaffe donated their collection of books as aesthetic objects, built for over 50 years, to FAU in 1998. Rather than being the end of something, that donation was an inspired beginning, garnering an enthusiastic group of loyal supporters that grows with each passing year. Arthur was a graduate of Penn State University and was a partner in Jaffe Department Stores (Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania) before he and Mata moved to Boca Raton in the 1980s. Mata died in 2001, soon after the Jaffe Collection opened, but Arthur continued to build the collection until his death in 2015––a task that Director John Cutrone continues to this day.

 

 

One of the many PopUp Books in the Jaffe Collection (Photo Courtesy of Candace Kahan)

 

There is great breadth to this collection. It encompasses not just artists’ books and limited editions, but also books that just appealed to the collecting sensibilities of the Jaffes. As such, there is much here that would be found in traditional libraries.

“Prayer Book” from the Jaffe Collection (Photo Courtesy of Candace Kahan)

 

There is great focus given to the artists’ book and on all aspects of the Book Arts: artists using the book as a means of artistic expression, fine bindings, limited edition printings, hand paper making and paper decoration, and indeed any of the handcrafts that artisans use to create books.

John Cutrone shows incised and hand written pages of Book (Photo courtesy of Candace Kahan)

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BOOK ARTS CLASS

BOOK ARTS 101: Vernal
Instructor John Cutrone
Saturday Afternoon, April 28, 2018
1 to 4:30 PM

Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU’s Wimberly Library
Book Arts Gallery, Letterpress Studio 351H, & Bindery 350C

Class Limit: 18 (you must register ahead of time!)
Tuition schedule: Self-determined
(Tuition is by open donation to JCBA’s Education Fund––you choose what you’d like to give.)

 

Become a book artist for a day through this three and a half hour immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We’ll begin with a screening of a 7-minute video that will introduce you to Arthur Jaffe and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and the amazing collection of artists’ books that is at its core. We’ll follow this with an in-depth viewing of some of the artists’ books in the collection––books that will entertain, inspire, and astound. And since spring is in the air, we’ll be sure to bring a few appropriately vernal books into the mix. Expect a little springtide story or two, as well, from the instructor’s cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth: perhaps the tale of the fearful ushers at St. Bernard’s and the April Fool’s Day paper cup tower at Minnie’s Diner.

 

 

 

After a leisurely break for coffee and tea and treats, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand from JCBA’s collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier in the day at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” All levels.

 

 

 

Instructor:

John Cutrone is Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also a writer and a partner in Lake Worth’s Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides (www.conviviobookworks.com). He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days blog, which explores the quirkier side of seasonal traditions, encouraging us to live the ceremony of each day (www.conviviobookworks.com/blog).

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu.

John Cutrone Shows Pages of a Book, created with heat and fire (Photo Courtesy of Rickie Leiter)

 

 

John Cutrone displays small books that have been removed from medication containers (Photo Courtesy of Candace Kahan)

 

 

John Cutrone Demonstrates Book Pages flapping – part of the story this book tells (Photo Courtesy Caren Hackman)

 

John Cutrone shows one end of symbol story book           

Arthur Jaffe holds end of symbol story book (Photos courtesy of Rickie Leiter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cutrone shows postcard book, personalized by the artist. (Photo courtesy of Candace Kahan)

 

For more information about classes or tours, please contact:

John Cutrone, Director
JCBA: Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library
777 Glades Road   Boca Raton, Florida 33431

www.jaffecollection.org     www.facebook.com/jaffecenterforbookarts
Instagram: @jaffecenterforbookarts

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Features “Best of Clubs” Finale And Upcoming 40th Annual Members Show And Sale

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Best of Clubs” offers the exhibit finale of  fine artists from 20 private communities in Palm Beach and Martin County. The gallery was filled with 428 guests that evening who celebrated this multi-media exhibit filled with brilliant artwork for the Opening Reception. The exhibition closes at 4 p.m. on March 29, 2018. HURRY!   With only a few days to take down and hang a new event, the Lighthouse ArtCenter proudly announces the 40th Annual Members Show and Sale, April 6 – 27, 2018. All members of the Lighthouse ArtCenter have been invited to show and sell their original artwork in this highly anticipated celebration of our creative community. The exhibition opens April 6th, so come early and vote for your People’s Choice Award. Join us for the Artists’ Reception and Award Ceremony on April 19th.  This is a great opportunity to become a Lighthouse ArtCenter member, if you are not already, and join this exciting creative community.  The Rickie Report shares the details of both exhibit and some sneak peeks.

 

373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101

www.LighthouseArts.org

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10-4  Saturday – 10 – 2  Sunday: Closed

Regular Admission: No charge for members, nonmembers $5

NEW: First Saturday of the month is free and open to the public

 

 

 

“Best of Clubs” Exhibit Closes March 29th at 4 PM

If you cannot attend here is a video tour to enjoy: https://youtu.be/3X4eACs5riM

 

Participating communities Include:

Admiral’s Cove ~ BallenIsles Country Club ~ Everglades Club

Frenchman’s Creek Country Club ~ Frenchman’s Reserve

Ibis Country Club CAMERA CLUB ~ Ibis Country Club

Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club ~ Jupiter Hills Country Club

Jupiter Island Sea Grape Cottage Artists ~ Jupiter Island Artists

Loblolly ~ Lost Tree Village ~ The Loxahatchee Club

Mariner Sands Country Club ~ Mirasol Country Club

PGA National Members Club ~ Riverbend Country Club

Sailfish Point ~ Tequesta Country Club ~ Turtle Creek

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter proudly announces:

40th Annual Members Show and Sale

April 6 – 27, 2018

 

 

 

Exhibition Reception:

Thursday, April 19

5:30 – 7:30 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $5

 

Artwork by Gustavo Castillio

 

 

All members of the Lighthouse ArtCenter have been invited to show and sell their original artwork in this highly anticipated celebration of our creative community. The exhibition opens April 6th, so come early and vote for your People’s Choice Award. Join us for the Artists’ Reception and Award Ceremony on April 19, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is always complimentary for members and a $5.00 donation is suggested for guests. This is a great opportunity to become a Lighthouse ArtCenter member, if you are not already, and join our exciting creative community.

 

 

 

For more information please visit

https://www.lighthousearts.org/members-show-2018.html

For information on our upcoming exhibitions, classes, workshops and events, please check out our latest catalog: https://www.lighthousearts.org/uploads/2/1/8/4/21842620/lac-late-spring-summer2018catalog-web1.pdf

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Salon Features Nadine Saitlin Discussing “Surface, Color And Form” On Tuesday, March 6

The Armory Art Center brings so many opportunities not only to artists, but to art lovers. The monthly Art Salons led by Elle Schorr allow all of us to meet and better understand the creative process with internationally, nationally and locally based artists.  Meet Nadine Saitlin on Tuesday, March 6th, as she discusses  “Surface, Color and Form” The public is invited.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!

 

 

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org

 

AT THE ART SALON:

TUESDAY,  March 6, 2018

6:30 -8:30 pm

 

 “Surface, Color and Form”

PRESENTED BY

 NADINE SAITLIN

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER LIBRARY

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. There is a $10 donation for each salon.

 

 

Nadine Saitlin’s “Idlewild Drawing Sculpture”

 

Nadine shares, “As a practicing artist my goal is to create interesting surfaces, emotional color combinations and provocative forms that involve the audience in a visual adventure. My goal is to involve the audience in making personal connections and discovering new meanings”.

 

Nadine received her undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and post graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and Michigan State University, East Lansing.  As an Arts Educator, she “created educational materials at CEMREL, Inc. a national research and development laboratory, directed a NEA Artist-In-Residence program, taught visual art at Chicago State University and was the Executive Director of the Illinois Alliance of Arts Education”.  As a Designer, she recently joined an e-commerce site where she adapts her artwork to clothing, handbags and home accessories. Visit the site with this link www.shopvida.com/collections/saitlin

 

Nadine has received many awards including the Dick Blick purchase prize, Best of Show All Florida Exhibition Boca Raton Museum of Art and Best of Show Kathryn Butler Gallery, and her work is represented in many private collections. Nadine’s artwork was on the cover of Kravis Center for the Arts’ Playbill Cover, at the Palm Beach International Airport, and her paintings were featured in A Walk Into Abstraction, ebook, Vol. #6 by Sue St. John. She has been in numerous Solo, Two Person and Special Exhibitions nationally.

 

“Prayerful Totem” by Nadine Saitlin

 

For more information please visit:  www.saitlinportfolio.net

 

 

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

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