A Look at ArtisGras 2013

We went, we walked, we chatted with artists and saw new bright work from across the country at ArtiGras 2013. Congratulations to everyone who was accepted into this prestigious show!  The Rickie Report applauds your artistic creativity and looks forward to seeing more of your work!

 

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The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is produced by The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization whose nearly 800 members represent all aspects of business and industry. Their continuing mission is to be the unified voice of business driving sustainable growth and prosperity. The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce focuses on the development and retention of businesses, taking an active role in business, providing meaningful member services and improving the quality of life for all residents in their community.

 

More than an art show, this event truly brings the larger community together in many different ways.  The local entertainment and attractions included a variety of ways to get involved.  The ArtiKids Area promised a space where  kids  got their hands dirty and experienced art!   They helped build a sculpture, sat at a pottery wheel, or made a piece of art from recycled materials to take home.  It was a place where children were able to expand their mind and their art!

 

Artist Demonstration Stage:  Participating artists from around the country  and the Lighthouse ArtCenter demonstrated their particular art technique, with attendees watching and asking questions of our resident experts.  They included: Hugh O’Neill, Cara McKinley, Jenny Constable, Esther Gordon, Tracey Roedl, Ted Matz, Melissa Wood, Lorraine Weiskamp, Patty Albin, Holly Foss, Phillipe Laine, and Rick Heard.

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The 2013 Commorative Poster was created by Palm Beach Gardens artist, Paul Seaman – and if you didn’t buy a post or t-shirt, you can check out his website at   www.paulseamanart.com and get one before they are sold out!

Charitable Affiliations: Schools and local charities benefit from ArtiGras.  The 2013 beneficiaries include the Kiwanis Club, Quantum House, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Amara Shriners, Resource Depot, and 30 local and private schools.

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Eco-Art GREEN Zone: The Resource Depot Eco-Art GREEN Zone  featured artists who work with primarily recycled or upcycled materials. These artists use natural ingredients, recycled materials and other eco-friendly approaches to art. The Resource Depot Eco-Art GREEN Zone was host of the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge. The Guerilla A.R.T. Challenge is a fun art competition between artist teams, young and old and at all ability levels, to show off their upcycling skills and create art from materials normally considered trash. Challenges were held daily .

Fine Arts Area: Showcased the talents of 300 national, regional and community-based fine artists.  The show is noted for strong art sales and is rated one of the top 50 shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.  All artists are required to be present during the show, to allow the guests to meet and get to know the artists.  Artists competed for more than $15,000 in prize and purchase awards money in the areas of ceramics, digital art, drawing/graphics/print making, emerging artists, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

 

Garden Art Area: Offered handmade craft items created with the backyard garden in mind. Patrons found unique items useful in their homes and as garden accessories. The selection was varied  and included wood, glass, sculptures, fountains and furnishings.

 

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Jim McCann’s Copper Canvas

Emerging Artist:  This area of the festival featured 11 fabulous artists from the Palm Beach area who exhibited in an outdoor art festival for the first time. These artists went through a vigorous training program with ArtiGras event staff and other artist experts over the past six months.  Patrons enjoyed and purchased art that has been created by members of their own communities!  The Rickie Report is especially proud to have urged a number of artists to apply ( and they were accepted!) to this prestigious First-Time Category!  Congratulations to Emerging Artists: Jim McCann(Copper Canvas), Irene Jalowayski (Smashing Glass), John Cooksey, Jim Maddox (Eydylhands Studio), Edward Grates, Taylor Loughlin, Christopher Thomas (C. Thomas Photography), Lazara Ruda (The Living Sea), Brent Hoosac, Shelly Cox (Norma Cockwell) and Joan Hendelman (Hendel Jewelry).

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Tiny Treasures: Children ages 3 – 13 were invited to enter this exclusive kids-only gallery where they could purchase artwork donated by the exhibiting artists. Children and their families then visited and met the artists on site.  It is a perfect way to introduce to the arts for these future art patrons.  All proceeds directly benefit the Quantum House.

Youth Art Competition: Local public and private schools, grades K-12, were invited to create art works and compete for awards and prizes.  Approximately 100 finalists in this county-wide competition were on display at ArtiGras.  Their talent was amazing!

 

 Georgia Artist Don McWhorter

Takes Home Best in Show at the 2013 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

JUPITER, Fla. — The 2013 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Don McWhorter of Carrollton, Ga., has won Best in Show for his work in ceramics.

Don McWhorter Wins Best in Show
Attached is a photograph of (l to r) ArtiGras Honorary Chair Don Kiselewski, Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce CEO Beth Kigel with Best of Show winner Don McWhorter at the 2013 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival.

“I am very flattered to be named Best in Show at ArtiGras,” said McWhorter, who has shown his ceramic work at 18 of the last 20 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festivals. “The other artists here are just phenomenal, and I honored just to be in the same show as them, let alone win an award.”

 

The winners were selected by three judges who scored each artist and awarded a Best in Show and a first-place winner in each of the 14 categories. The following is a list of the artists who placed first in each category:

 

First Last Medium Award Hometown
Don McWhorter Ceramics Best in Show Carrollton, Ga.
Robin Rodgers Ceramics First Tallahassee, Fla.
Edward Loedding Digital Art First Brandon, Vt.
Flo Kemp Drawing and Printmaking First Setauket, N.Y.
Shelly Cox Emerging Artists First Jupiter, Fla.
Jean Yao Fiber – Nonwearable First Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Leah Dziewit Fiber – Wearable First Maple City, Mich.
Richard Ryan Glass First Bourbonnais, Ill.
Michael Alexander Jewelry First New York, N.Y.
Vince Pompei Metal First St. Petersburg, Fla.
B. Corey Johnson Mixed Media First Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Danny O’Driscoll Painting First Batesburg, S.C.
Richard Auger Photography First Summerfield, Fla.
Peter Rujuwa Sculpture First Indianapolis, Ina.
Barrie Harding Wood First Dunnellon, Fla.

 

 

 

The winners of the 2013 ArtiGras Youth Art Competition were announced during the first day of the ArtiGras Fine Art Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of

Kailyn Bryant ArtiGras Youth Art Winner
Fourth grade youth art 1st place winner Kailyn Bryant from Panther Run Elementary and (back row from left to right) Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Marketing & Events Coordinator Erin Devlin, ArtiGras poster artist Paul Seaman, ArtiGras Honorary Chair Don Kiselewski and Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce CEO Beth Kigel.

Commerce. More than 174 students in grades kindergarten through 12thsubmitted artwork for the competition in mediums ranging from pencil and crayon to chalk and paint. Artwork was judged by local artists and art educators who had the daunting task of narrowing down the hundreds of entries to only 57 finalists then selecting a first, second and three place winner for each school grade.

The 2013 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival will run through Monday, February 18 at Abacoa in Jupiter. The outdoor arts event showcases a juried exhibition of outstanding fine art along with activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, adult and children’s interactive art activities, Youth Art Competition Gallery and the opportunity to meet more than 300 of the top artists from around the world. Listed as one of the top 50 festivals in the country, ArtiGras 2013 expects more than 100,000 patrons over the three-day period.For additional information on ArtiGras, visit www.artigras.org or contact the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 748-3946.

 

The following is a list of the winners per school grade:

 

Kindergarten

1

Alexandra Losquadro St. Marks

2

Eliana Diaz Panther Run Elementary

3

Carter Tran Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

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Kimora Hernandez U.B. Kinsey Elementary S.O.A.

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Kalliope Kaimakliotis Lighthouse Elementary

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Aleksander Lerner Dwight D. Eisenhower

1st Grade

1

La Fina Khan Timber Trace Elementary

2

Mia Dellobuono Gardens School of Technology Arts

3

Connor Navm Panther Run Elementary

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Amelia Catto Hammock Pointe Elementary

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Natalie Parratto Jerry Thomas Elementary

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Taleyah Ricketts U.B. Kinsey Elementary S.O.A

2nd Grade

1

Adie Daniels Gardens School of Technology

2

Will Labanz S. Marks Episcopal

3

Brandon Bedford U.B. Kinsey

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Zoe Zudans Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

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Katie Thyroff Jerry Thomas Elementary

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Lucas Roig Poinciana Day School

3rd Grade

1

Anthony Arvidson Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

2

Aeryn Meyer Poinciana Day School

3

Marcus Benson Beacon Cove

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Tracy Feuer Panther Run Elementary

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Erinlyn Tirado Jupiter Christian

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Rhianna Goodwin Limestone Creek Elementary

4th Grade

1

Kailyn Bryant Panther Run Elementary

2

Cameron Ricoca Beacon Cove

3

Romella Bellanton JFK Medical Center Charter School

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Cameron Flora St. Marks Episcopal

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Peyton Esposito Poinciana Day School

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Anthony Beaudoin Elbridge Gale Elementary

5th Grade

1

Tessa Williams Marsh Pointe Elementary

2

Selah Cotton Jupiter Christian

3

Ava Kehde Beacon Cove Intermediate

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Regan Jones Limestone Creek Elementary

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Gabriella Gilliam St. Marks Episcopal

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Jane Djajaputra JFK Medical Center Charter School

6th Grade

1

Theresa Turkowski Watson B. Duncan Middle School

2

Ashely O’Connell Jupiter Christian School

3

Conor Meyburg St. Mark’s Episcopal School

7th Grade

1

Destiny Robinson Watson B. Duncan Middle School

2

Alexi Smith Bright Futures Academy

3

Joe Sullivan Jupiter Christian School

8th Grade

1

Anibal Alvarado Watson B. Duncan Middle

2

Isabella Reynolds Wellington Christian

3

Emily Husak Jupiter Christian

9th Grade

1

Katerina “Katie” Dominguez Suncoast High School

2

Rene VanOverbeck Jupiter Christian

3

Dominique Gbedey Wellington High School

10th Grade

1

Frederick Jolowski Jupiter Community High School

2

Laura Louberti Seminole Ridge High School

3

Maria Maciejko Jupiter Christian

11th Grade

1

Julia Greene Palm Beach Central High School

2

Veena Karanan Suncoast High School

3

Robin Rosier Seminole Ridge

12th Grade

1

Britney Molina Palm Beach Central High School

2

Melanie Mroczek Jupiter Christian

3

Kayla Jean Long South Tech

 

 

 

 

For more information about ArtiGras: www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests toinfo@artigras.org.

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