The Florida Watercolor Society’s “Creative Confinement Challenge” Online Exhibition – Original And Affordable Art For Everyone

What happens when 100 watercolor artists are cooped-up and concerned about shows, sales, and funding for not-for-profit arts organizations like the Florida Watercolor Society? FWS came up with the “Creative Confinement 64-Inch Challenge”! Members were challenged to “confine” their work to 64-square inches (8″ x 8″), creating an original water media artwork to express their feelings or experiences during the “safer-at-home mandate”. The Challenge gave the artists inspiration to create, a place to show and now, sell their work, and the entry fees raised money for the FWS Healing Arts Award for the 49th Annual Exhibition.  This virtual exhibit is showing now through August 15, 2020. The Rickie Report gives you a sneak-peek of some of the images and urges you to hurry to make a purchase! The prices are affordable and the images offer diverse subject matter! We also include information about the FWS 49th Annual Exhibition and upcoming virtual workshops, demonstrations, Convention & Trade Show. There will be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. The Rickie Report includes the details.

 

 

 

 

 

floridawatercolorsociety.org

About the Florida Watercolor Society:

 

The Florida Watercolor Society is the largest State society in the United States with nearly 1000 members. Our mission is to promote the art of watercolor and to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium while contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the state of Florida.

 

 

FWS’ Annual Awards are among the most outstanding of the major state water media organizations in the country. They are made possible by sponsors including individuals, businesses, and memorial gifts from the estates of members who have passed. The annual cash and merchandise awards usually total over $20,000, including two $1500 purchase awards. One of these is sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major sponsor and great friend of FWS. The other is the Healing Arts Award given by FWS to purchase a painting from the Annual Exhibition to be donated to a medical facility of the current President’s choosing. This year, the painting is going to Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg where the annual events were to be held before COVID-19 came into the picture. Since their live annual Fall events were canceled, FWS came up with the Creative Confinement Challenge to raise funds for the Healing Arts Award!

 

 

FWS’ main events each year are an Annual Exhibition, Convention & Trade Show every fall in various locations throughout Florida. FWS also hosts an Online Show for our Non-Signature members. At our Convention, we host two 4-day workshops and at least one 1-day workshop taught by invited internationally-known artists. During Convention weekend, demonstrations by noted artists are presented hourly, as well as critiques, silent auctions, raffles, and a host of other wonderful activities. There are Member and Non-Member rates to register for the Convention, however, the Trade Show is free and open to the public.

THE 2020 FWS ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE  SHOW GO VIRTUAL

Since the cancellation of 2020 fall events, the FWS board has been working very hard to create virtual offerings during the week the Convention & Trade Show would have taken place.  While this could never substitute for a live gathering, there will still be a Convention featuring demonstrations by noted artists, workshops, interviews, and even opportunities to purchase art supplies from our Trade Show vendors! 

There will even be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. 

The schedule is on the FWS website

Work is being accepted from FWS Members for the 49th Annual Exhibition through August 15, 2020  

 

 

 To see the Prospectus for rules and details visit the FWS website:

 

 

 

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“ENDANGERED” Features Fine Art & Photography Exhibit At Pinecrest Gardens Plus Speakers, Workshops And Young Artists Community Painting Project December 4-7

The 2019 “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, December 4 with more programs through December 7. A new venue, Pinecrest Gardens, will host, showing 2D and 3D artworks by leading artists and photographers focusing on their interpretation of “ENDANGERED”.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception, Artist Demonstrations, a Community Painting Project, Speakers, and mini-workshops. Highlighted guests includeRon Magill, Patti Ragan, Rickie Leiter, Dede Lyons, and Phoenix Marks.  Join in the celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers from all over the world!  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presents:

 

 

“ENDANGERED”

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2019

 

 

 

Fabulous Art and Photography of nature and wildlife

December 4 – 7, 2019

2  –  9 pm daily

 

 

Enjoy Miami Club Rum Cocktails & CanAPES

6 pm each evening

 

 

The Historic Entrance

Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Rd       Pinecrest, Florida 33156

 

 

Join us for an amazing exhibition in

Pinecrest Gardens!

We’d love to meet you!

 

 

 

 

 

S P E C I A L     E V E N T S:

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

6.30 – 7.30  pm

 

 

 

Ron Magill & Phantom

 

Ron Magill speaks!

From Butterflies to Penguins – the Beauty of Extremes in Nature

 

Limited seating available

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER  6

4 – 7 pm

 

Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park. Borneo. Indonesia

 

 

Meet Patti Ragan

6 pm Cocktails & Update on CGA 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  7

 

 

 

10 – 12.30  Young Artists Workshop

Young artists up to 19 years old are encouraged to take part in a community painting project.

 

 

1 -2 pm  Rickie Leiter shares her secrets!

Networking for Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – 2.30  Dede Lyons discusses 

Marketing Your Art: Creating your 30 second elevator pitch.  

Light refreshments

 

 

 

Photo by Phoenix 

 

 

5-6 pm  Intrepid nature photographer, Phoenix, presents:

How I Got That Shot!  

Limited seating available

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

 

Full Program of Events: https://www.art4apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

Proceeds:

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

 

 

With grateful thanks to our generous sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Lake Worth Art League Presents “FORM”, A Look At The Elements, And Features Lynn Peterson. Opening Reception December 6 Is Free And Open To The Public

Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique announces its 3rd judged show of the season, “FORM”.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, December 6. See the show, shop for gifts for others or for yourself in their boutique which features items made by their artists. Come and enjoy some light refreshments along with the company of other art lovers! Enjoy over 40 pieces of new art. They also have another fantastic Featured Artist, Lynn Peterson. Her work will be on exhibition in the alcove of the gallery for the duration of the show.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  If you’re looking for an artist networking opportunity, this is it! The show runs through Dec. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

An    Eye    for    Art ~  A  Look   at   the   Elements:   

“FORM”

 

 

Opening  Reception:  

 

Friday,  December 6

 

 

    6 – 8 PM  

 

 

 

Meet Featured Artist, Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

Exhibit runs December 6 – December 29, 2019

 

Would you like to show your work in our gallery?

We are proud to offer an unprecedented equal opportunity for all artists! We are unique in the fact that we accept the work of ALL artists, from emerging to professional, to show, sell and compete for awards in our Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth.

Our gallery is owned and operated by the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The league is comprised of very talented artists from all disciplines. More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show. First, become a member for just $75. per year. You then have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each one of our 8 judged “season” shows. Each show is judged by a qualified judge that is not affiliated with the league. The league offers cash prizes and ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention award winners, and a ribbon Recognition award. Entry fee for each show is $25. for first entry and $15. For the second. $10. For each each additional piece up to 5 total. Summer exhibitions continue with reduced prices for entry. The league retains 20% of all sales, which along with membership, entry fees and our volunteers, helps keep the gallery open and your work visible to the public. A reception with light refreshment is held for each show. All shows are advertised. Membership offers also offers the opportunity to sell your work in our Boutique. 

 

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

 

 

 

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“Gema The Curious Butterfly” Brings Gabriela Esquivel’s Artwork And Heartfelt Message To Children. Book Signings And Activities On August 10 And October 2

Gabriela Esquivel‘s artwork and story, “Gema The Curious Butterfly” shares universal messages of friendship, freedom, and love.  The colors will make you smile!  Meet Gabriela at a book signing event on Saturday, August 10 at Tommy Bahama on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.  Kids can color a Gema masquerade mask to take home.  On October 2, stop by the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a special program.  Gabriela is available for a children’s show, workshops, and will perform at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private children’s parties, book fairs, and art fairs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

⭐ Top100 Children’s Book on Amazon! ⭐

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK   SIGNING/  CHILDREN’S  ART  ACTIVITY

 

 

Saturday, August  10

11 am

Tommy Bahama

1002 E Las Olas  Blvd   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEMA, THE CURIOUS BUTTERFLY and WORKSHOP

Wednesday, October 2

Time to be announced: Please contact Gabriela

Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale

401 SW 2nd St.   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312  

954.713.0930

 

Free Painting Activity with Gem’s Masquerade Mask 

 

Gabriela tells The Rickie Report, “Colorful forms, lines, women’s figures and textures are combined to create art pieces that express a constant search for freedom. The paintings, video animations and music transport the viewer/listener to spaces where the skies and times are endless. The artist invites him/her to “become one with nature, the Universe and the Light”.

She continues, ” I question the systems and traditional myths and am interested in finding the Divine without necessarily practicing the rituals stated by any specific doctrine. I defy the traditional roles of women in society, writing my own story — a new story — whereby the women in my paintings travel alone and unwrapped from traditional roles…”

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel

Gabriela is available for kid’s shows and workshops and can be hire to be performed at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private kid’s parties, book fairs, etc. 

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel is a Costa Rican artist and author currently living in South Florida.  She has lived in Germany, Switzerland, United States and Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in the 2015th Florence Biennale Catalogue (Italy), Go Riverwalk Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Around Town News in Fort Lauderdale, Midtown Miami Magazine in South Florida, and in main journals in Puerto Rico.  Gabriela has participated in Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, exhibiting with ArtBox Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland)  and Contemporary Art Projects (Fort Lauderdale) during Art Basel Miami. She has also worked together with Business for the Arts of Broward and participated in their Art & Soul Annual exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Fort Lauderdale). Gabriela had a SOLO show “Soul and Mysticism” at Artserve (2018). She presented her SOLO show “Gardens of Freedom” at 33rd St. Wine Bar where she combined art+music, exhibiting paintings and performing songs of her authorship.

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel at the 2015 Florence, Italy Biennale

 

Gabriela is part of the “Open Canvas Project”, a murals project organized by ArtServe; she is also part of “Genii Loci”, a road-tattoo/street mural on Rosemary Avenue (W. Palm Beach). She was part of “La Campechada” event, organized by the Puerto Rican Art Museum; and “Casa de los Contrafuertes” Art Project in Puerto Rico. Interested in bringing together art and philanthropy,  she was one of the artists of the “Redesign Bash” organized by Salvation Army of Broward County (Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale).

 

 

 

 

She is a committee member of Salvation Army of Broward and of the Neighbors Volunteer Office from the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is the founder of “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, an artistic-musical-social project that has partnered with international musicians and organizations to help Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Gabriela earned her BFA in Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and her BA in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. When she is not painting, Gabriela studies the piano and composes her own music. Gabriela’s award winning artwork is in several permanent private and corporate collections through the United States and the Caribbean.  

 

 

For more information or to contact Gabriela:

Facebook @gabrielaesquivele

Instagram @gabrielaesquivele

www.gabrielaesquivel.com

To reserve dates for the Gema’s Kids show and Workshop

  Call  (786) 582 9042

 

 

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 Watercolor Society Offers Workshops In January And February. Learn From Tom Lynch, Bob Burridge, And Marilyn Valiente

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society announces four workshops and welcomes non-members to attend!  Tom Lynch, Bob Burridge, and Marilyn Valiente will increase your comfort level working with water media and teach you new techniques to bring your artistry to a new level!  This artist networking organization has a lot to offer!  Will your new year’s resolution include meeting more like-minded artists?  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALM BEACH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY

OFFERS

 

JANUARY / FEBRUARY  2019  WORKSHOPS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Lynch         

4 days           January 7, 8, 9 &10  2019 

Member $450.00                      Non Members $500.

Old School Square  Delray Beach, Fl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Burridge        

Wait listed

 3 days      February 12,13 &14,  2019

 Members $450.00                   Non Members  $500.

Old School Square, Delray Beach

 

 

**  Bob Burridge  TWO days Feb. 15 & 16 2019       Wait listed

Boca Community Center. Boca Raton

Members     $300.00.  non members. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARILYN VALIENTE

TWO DAYS  FEBRUARY 21 & 22.  

Boca Community Center Boca Raton

MEMBERS $190.00               NON MEMBERS $ 230.00

 

 

 

$100.00 deposit to register per workshop

 

Name of Workshop(s) __________________________

 

Name_____________________________________________ 

 

Address ________________________

City____________________________  State____ Zip code_________

Phone_________________________

Cell ______________________________

E-Mail________________________________

To use credit card or to register, phone Adrienne Walker.  NY Cell # – 516 – 885 – 4199

MAIL check made out to PBWS  & application to:
Jimmy Walker, 6442 Emerald Breeze Way, Boynton Beach, Fl. 33437

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

palmbeachwatercolorsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

Endangered Art4Apes Presents: “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2018 December 5-8 To Benefit Center For Great Apes

Endangered Art4Apes presents “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2018 from December 5 – 8th in Miami,FL.  The public is welcome to view the exhibit, partake in Master Classes, the Opening Reception, Artist Demonstrations, Musical Interludes, and Book Signings.  Join in the celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers from all over the world!  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and meeting you at the Opening Reception on December 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presents:

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2018

A celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers.

 

 

 

 

“The Golden Lion” by Jean-Paul Ritrovato © 2018. All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 5th to 8th | 2 – 9 pm daily

 

 

Dade Heritage Trust, 190 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, FL 33131, (plenty of parking nearby!)

Benefits the Center for Great Apes

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

 

Wednesday, December 5th

4 – 6 pm    PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS:

 

 

Challenges Facing Wildlife Photographers on Assignment with Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books.  Followed by book signing and discussion.

 

 

 

 

“Group Drink” by Ted Schiffman © 2018 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

6 – 9 pm   OPENING RECEPTION:

 

Meet Rickie Leiter, Founder of The Rickie Report and ENDANGERED Ambassador. View the art with flute performance by Grammy nominated flutist Susan E. Schiffman. Cocktails by Miami Club Rum and European cheese extravaganza.

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6th

 

 

6 – 9 pm   MY ART:

Cocktails with three of Florida’s most interesting emerging artists discussing their art and inspiration featuring the work of:

 

Irina Grammatina

 

 

Agata Ren

 

Linda Frost

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum and European cheese extravaganza.

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 7th

 

 

6 – 9 pm   BEHIND THE SHOT:

Cocktails with three wildlife photographers who will give an insight into how they captured their best images! Featuring the work of:

 

 

Kirsten Hines

 

 

 

Phoenix 

 

 

Ted Schiffman

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 8th

 

 

Young Artists Forum:

11 am – 2 pm:   SPIRIT ANIMALS:

Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor, Karen Kliethermes, helps  young artists draw and paint their favorite animals. Karen will be painting live throughout the exhibition.

 

 

 

1 – 2 pm:  VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

National Geographic photographer, Ted Schiffman, takes young animal lovers on a VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

 

 

4 – 6 pm:  SAFARI ADVENTURES WITH TED SCHIFFMAN

A student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books. This will be a one hour talk and discussion followed by book signing.

 

 

6 – 9 pm:  Reception

Enjoy the art with flute performance by Grammy nominated flutist Susan E. Schiffman. Cocktails by Miami Club Rum and European cheese extravaganza.

 

 

Full Program of Events: https://www.art4apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

Proceeds

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

 

Full Program of Events:    https://www.Art4Apes.com\

​Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

With grateful thanks to our generous sponsors!

 

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6th Annual “ENDANGERED” Art4Apes Fine Art And Photography Exhibition Invites Everyone December 5 – 8 During Art Basel Week

 The 6th annual ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, celebrating the beauty found in endangered and threatened species, or habitats, will return to the Dade Heritage Trust.  Part of Art Basel week, this exhibit runs  Wednesday, December 5 to Saturday, December 8. It features special programs including classes, live paintings, and discussions, as well as a showcase of the finest work entered in the contest. Proceeds from the contest and exhibit benefit the Center for Great Apes, an award-winning, Florida-based, 501(c)(3) registered sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and we look forward to seeing you at the Opening Reception! There is plenty of parking nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2018

Join us!

Wednesday, 5th – Saturday, 8th December

2 – 9 pm

For a unique exhibition focusing on all that is

ENDANGERED in the world

Have fun and help a wonderful sanctuary!

 

Hours 2 – 9pm

Dade Heritage Trust

190 SE 12 Terrace  Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multi-story car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

If you’re going to be in Miami during Art Week we’d love for you to come visit and enjoy this year’s exhibition:

  • Features work by leading wildlife and nature artists

  • Lectures by Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author

  • Seminars by leading wildlife photographers and some of Florida’s most interesting emerging artists

  • Young Artists Saturday Forum learning to draw and paint animals

  • Miami Club Rum cocktail receptions from 6-9pm each evening

 

 

Program of Special Events:

 

Wednesday, December 5th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING BIRDS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

4-6 pm

PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS: Challenges Facing Wildlife Photographers on Assignment with Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books.  Book signing and discussion.

Limited seating, RSVP to Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

6-9 pm  OPENING RECEPTION:

Meet Rickie Leiter, Judge and Founder of The Rickie Report and ENDANGERED Ambassador. Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011.

Flute performance by classically trained flautist and arts educator Susan E. Schiffman. Grammy nominated flautist and music educator, Susan Schiffman, was formally trained in music performance and education in France, Italy and New York.

Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum & European Cheese Extravaganza

 

Thursday, December 6th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING APES: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

6-9 pm  MY ART: Cocktails with three of Florida’s most interesting emerging artists discussing their art and inspiration:

Irina Grammatina

Russian-born Irina takes inspiration from her world travels to paint on silk her exquisite designs reflecting her love for nature, wildlife and wild places. Her elegant pieces of wearable art are true collectibles.

Agata Ren

German-born Agata is on a mission to create artwork depicting how human interaction brings about the endangerment of species. Her vibrant and unique work has featured in exhibitions and public installations.

Linda Frost

Linda’s paintings closely resemble photographs and are often mistaken for such, however, she hesitates to label herself as a Photorealist. She feels that it’s the combination of her subject matter, the composition of her paintings and her process that separates her from Photorealism in the literal sense.

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum  & European Cheese Extravaganza

 

Friday, December 7th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING ELEPHANTS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

6-9 pm

BEHIND THE SHOT: Cocktails with three wildlife photographers who will give an insight into how they captured their best images!

Kirsten Hines

Focused on conservation and nature travel, Kirsten is a writer, photographer, and environmental educator with an M.Sc. in biology.

Phoenix Marks

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art.

Ted Schiffman

Ted Schiffman has been a photographer for 46 years. He developed an interest and direction in color photography as a natural outlet for his many years of training and study as an artist.

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum  & European Cheese Extravaganza

 

 

Saturday, December 8th:

11 am – 2 pm  YOUNG ARTISTS FORUM – SPIRIT ANIMALS: Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor, Karen Kliethermes helps young people draw and paint their favorite animal

1 – 2 pm

National Geographic photographer, Ted Schiffman, takes young animal lovers on a VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING BIG CATS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

4-6 pm  GUEST LECTURE: Safari Adventures with Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books

Limited seating, RSVP to Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

6-9 pm   SATURDAY NIGHT RECEPTION

6:30-7pm  Flute performance by classically trained flautist and arts educator Susan E. Schiffman

Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum & European Cheese Extravaganza

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. Each submission reflects the interpretation of “endangered,” as it applies to animals, nature, the environment, and plant species, in three artistic categories: Fine Art, including sculpture, jewelry, and wearable art; Photography; and a special category exclusively for young artists. All entry fees for the contest and the proceeds from art sales during the exhibition go to the Center for Great Apes, a 4 Star Charity Navigator rated non-profit, sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

 

 

The Center for Great Apes is an extraordinary facility located in Wauchula, Florida whose mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, research, or the exotic pet trade. The sanctuary encompasses over 100 acres and is home to 21 orangutans and 28 chimpanzees. Because of the generosity of artists, sponsors, and patrons that participate in the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest exhibition, the Center’s residents can continue to live and thrive with dignity in a safe, and enriching environment.

 

 

 

About ENDANGERED: Art4Apes:

The ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest, was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. The contest receives entries from all over the world. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit https://www.Art4Apes.com.

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About Center for Great Apes:

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work.

For more information please visit www.CenterForGreatApes.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard For The Arts Announces Grand Opening For Private Working Art Studio, Gallery, Creative Space On March 31

Backyard for the Arts, a private working art studio, gallery, and creative space announces its Free, Grand Opening on Saturday, March 31st with live music, art, vendors and more!  Edrian Thomidis and Monika Stefaniak are excited to share their space with everyone who wants to be creative.  The Rickie Report shares the details of upcoming classes and workshops (next one begins March 30), including ceramics, raku, wheel throwing, networking, open studio time, jewelry making, acrylic painting, and yoga! Hear about upcoming classes with Barbara A. Powell, Mary ChristouEdrian Thomidis, and Craig McInnis.  Don’t miss Free Yoga on the Deck! Enjoy the wonderful venue.

 

 

 

Backyard for The Arts

FREE,  GRAND  OPENING!

Saturday, March 31st

 5 – 8 PM

Live Music !

Prizes !

Local Vendors !

Art !

Meet the Instructors !

11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411

 

 

 

Backyard for The Arts
11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411

 

 

 

What’s It All About?

 

 

  • ART & CRAFT CLASSES

 

We offer party craft classes and artist workshops for small groups. Our classes are painting, jewelry, glass, ceramic and more. If you would like to get access to these exclusive and unique offerings in the local West Palm Beach area, select the event you are interested in, and book your space directly on our website.  Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on future classes and workshops.

 

  • GALLERY OPENINGS & PRIVATE EVENTS  

Our gallery openings feature upcoming and established local artists. Each opening is by invitation only. To be included in our special parties please sign up for our newsletter.

  • FACILITY RENTALS

Give your event an artful twist and top it off with the outdoor rustic charm of our beautiful deck and gardens for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests. Backyard for the Arts serves as a tranquil oasis just outside of West Palm Beach, and it provides an unforgettable setting for many beautiful gatherings.

Backyard  or the Arts is the perfect spot to host a beautiful, fairytale intimate wedding. We also provide the ideal space for business luncheons, corporate retreats, and high energy cocktail parties.  Our meeting and event spaces can accommodate groups of 12 to 50 guests and offer the perfect setting for those special occasions that deserve a uniquely beautiful location, for such events as:

  • Weddings
  • Corporate events and retreats
  • Family reunions – or other festive celebrations!

 

 

  • YOGA ON THE DECK

Our deck space and studio are also available for private group classes and parties. looking for a unique birthday party option? Send us a message and we can begin the planning process.

We meet for yoga on Sunday mornings on our large outdoor deck. If you would like to participate in this free but limited seating yoga meet up, please find the event and book your space directly on our website.

We are in the process of growing our following. Please share our page with your friends and like us on Facebook  

CLASSES: 

Make Your Own Ceramic Flower Beginner Ceramic Class

2 Day Workshop:

 March 30 & March 31

 

 

 

 

Give your wall decor a make-over with your very own hand made ceramic flowers. Arrange the flowers in a loose manner and add great texture to any wall. Use a large flower as a central piece and then cluster smaller blooms of various sizes around it.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

***This is a two day workshop. Your ticket will say only one day, but you will automatically be added to the roster for the second day.

DAY 1 – (March 30th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)  Use pin rollers and clay and other tools to make 3 flowers of various sizes from 4″ to 12″ in diameter. (1.5 hrs)

DAY 2 – (March 31st 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) After flowers are Bisque underglazes are applied and a final transparent shiny glaze is added. Flowers are ready for pick up a week later after they have been fired a second time. (Workshop duration time 1.5 hr)

 $60. includes all materials and instruction for one large flower and two smaller ones, 2 kiln firings

Make Your Own Wire Jewelry Bracelet Class

Join this Wire Jewelry Class for Beginners and enjoy a relaxing pastime while mastering a skill that will give you the ability to create unique, wearable art.

Learn some of the fundamental skills of wire working as you create your one of a kind dangle bracelet! You will learn to use simple wire loops and make your own headpins and spiraled hook. Choose from a wide selection of metal charms, and many colors of glass and semi-precious stone beads.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

$40    Price does not includes all materials. A $5.00 material fee is due to instructor on the day of the class.

 

Acrylic Painting Class with Craig McInnis

 

Explore this diverse and challenging medium with an artist who has dedicated many hours to learning its ins and outs. Join this exciting acrylic painting class with Craig McInnis. Craig is a freelance artist/designer whose portfolio reflects a diverse set of knowledge displayed on many local murals and commissioned works. The class will include in depth instruction surrounding blending techniques, color theory, light and shadow, and paint/tool management, just to name a few.

Craig is a professional freelance artist with a career that balances fine and commercial art. He is multifaceted from years of taking on challenging and diverse projects of all sizes. With an emphasis on mixed media overall, but a preference for Acrylics, Craig is currently creating new work and teaching in South Florida.

2 hour class. $40 per class/session. Does not include materials.

 

Gift Cards

 

 

OUR ART STUDIO AND GALLERY IS IN THE BACKYARD

For more information:

Email: backyardforthearts@gmail.com

Phone: (561) 342-1012

Address: 11547 56th PL N, West Palm Beach FL 33411

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/backyardforthearts/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plantation Art Guild Features Workshop With Lois Perdue, “Create BIG Art From Small Abstracts”

The Plantation Art Guild is offering a workshop with Lois Perdue, “Create BIG Art from Small Abstracts” on Friday, October 20th. This class will be an adventure to learn how to easily create abstract paintings beginning with a mini format! For those who have already taken Lois’ popular abstract workshops before and want to further explore abstract design, “go bigger”, experiment with a variety of mediums and/or recycle their unresolved abstract paintings, this workshop is for you!  Beyond abstract paintings, participants will learn new texturing techniques and how to use glazes and layers of paint to create dimension.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOIS PERDUE’S WORKSHOP:

“CREATE “BIG” ART FROM SMALL ABSTRACTS”

PRESENTED BY PLANTATION ART GUILD

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
(RSVP by October 15th)

9:30 am –  4:00 pm

JIM   WARD   COMMUNITY   CENTER
301 NW 46TH AVE.     PLANTATION, FL 33317

 

 

Lois Perdue tells The Rickie Report, “This class will be an adventure for those wishing to learn how to easily create abstract paintings beginning with a mini format! And, for those who have already taken my abstract workshops before and want to further explore abstract design, “go bigger”, experiment with a variety of mediums and/or recycle their unresolved abstract paintings, this workshop is for you”!

Participants will be provided with sources of inspiration to “kick start” their learning process and have an opportunity to create at least ½ dozen mini abstract paintings.

But this class isn’t just about abstract paintings:

*It is about learning new texturing techniques
*It is about building layers of glazes and paints to create dimension
*And it is about how to use your own failed paintings as collage to make your paintings sizzle!

 

“Colorado” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

Lois discovered that the technique of painting “smaller formats” has given her greater control over her painting.  This has led to her receiving awards and recognition in national, state and local competitions with her larger format works.  Although Lois paints on watercolor paper, canvas and wood panel, she prefers the magic of a plastic paper called Yupo.  It has a slick surface unlike watercolor paper and when it meets water media, colors virtually explode. She begins all her under first layers with watercolor paints, powdered watercolor pigments, watercolor inks, glazes and markings to establish a foundation and then proceeds to acrylic paints and acrylic inks, charcoal and pen for mark making, oil pastels and, of course, collage! Each of her finished paintings may have 10, 15 or more layers, all each having been “set” with varnish to hold the colors. To see some of her paintings, please visit her website at: www.loisperdue.com

 

“30 Day Challenge” by Lois Perdue

 

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

 

 

 

 

For cost of workshop and further information please visit: www.plantationartguild.org.

Lois can be reached at runner12@bellsouth.net.

 

The Plantation Art Guild is a small, but very active arts organization founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit. PAG, which currently has 102 members, offers workshops, four juried shows with cash awards and monthly meetings. A guest artist demonstrates different techniques at the monthly meetings which are held throughout the season that runs from September to May. PAG also holds regularly scheduled paint-ins.

Since its beginning, Plantation Art Guild has endeavored to award one or more scholarships annually to students who are residents of Plantation or attend a Plantation high school and plan to continue their education in Fine Arts.

 

PAG’s goal is to promote and support artistic and creative endeavors in an exceptionally congenial environment. Visitors are welcome to come to a meeting or a paint-in. For more information and schedules, visit PAG’s website at: www.plantationartguild.org. The first meeting of the season will be held at Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Rd., Plantation, 33317 on Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

 

 

 

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Make Your Reservations For Florida Watercolor Society Annual Convention And Trade Show

The Florida Watercolor Society will be in Coral Springs this year to celebrate its 46th Annual Exhibition, Convention, and Trade Show. FWS is one of very few organizations of its kind in the country to hold an Annual Convention and Trade Show. The Convention kicks off Thursday evening, September 14th  with a two-hour painting demonstration by Iain Stewart. Many more demos, as well as critiques, raffles, silent auctions, and a Paint-Around are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 15th & 16th. All of these events are included with the $20 registration fee. Other instructors include watercolor artists Bev Jozwiak AWS, NWS and Sue Allen AWS, NWS.  The Trade Show is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Florida Watercolor Society Convention & Trade Show 2017

September 14th – 17th

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Hotel-Coral Springs

11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33321

954-753-5598

46th Annual Exhibition

Opening Awards Reception/ Art Exhibit:

Friday, September 15th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

954-340-5000

Exhibit dates: Sept. 9th – Nov. 18th

 

 

The Exhibition judge, artist Iain Stewart AWS, NWS

 

The Exhibition judge, artist Iain Stewart AWS, NWS, reviewed nearly 600 entries to select the 100 watermedia paintings that will show from September 9th through November 17th at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive in Coral Springs. Iain also selected 35 paintings from the show to travel on to two additional venues. Bonita Springs Center for the Arts will host the first stop, showing November 21st through December 28th. The second stop will be the Gadsden Art Center & Museum in Quincy, FL, from January 12th through March 24th, 2018. Both Traveling Show venues will host a reception on opening night.

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

Two workshops held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Exhibition still have space available. Iain Stewart’s four-day workshop, held September 11th -14th, 9am – 4pm still has a few spots open. Sue Allen NWS, FWS will teach a one-day workshop on September 14th from 9am-4pm. The workshops will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Resort, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. in Coral Springs.

 

 

FWS is one of very few organizations of its kind in the country to hold an Annual Convention and Trade Show. The Convention kicks off Thursday evening, September 14th from 7-9pm at the Marriott with a two-hour painting demonstration by Iain Stewart. Many more demos, as well as critiques, raffles, silent auctions, and a Paint-Around are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 15th & 16th. All of these events are included with the $20 registration fee.

 

TRADE  SHOW:

 

 

The Trade Show, held Friday and Saturday, September 15th & 16th from 9-4pm, is free and open to the public. Vendors from around the country will be selling art supplies at significant discounts. Also, vendors will be demonstrating new products and techniques on the Trade Show floor.

 

 

 

About FWS


The purpose of this society is to: Educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium. Contribute to the cultural atmosphere and standards of the State of Florida. Support and educate members of FWS and other watercolor organizations in their worthwhile endeavors in watercolor painting.

For more information, a complete schedule of events, and to register, please visit our website:

www.floridawatercolorsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

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