Arti Gras 2021 Is Open For Applications. Call For Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Printmaking, Fiber, Wearable Art, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Wood, Photography, And Sculpture. Special Consideration For Emerging Artists

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 36 edition of ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival.  ArtiGras  2021 will run Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.  Increased prize money awards will be over $20,000.  Artists can apply for jury selection in 12 fine art categories: Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable), Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood.  ArtiGras also offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists, giving mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental to selected developing artists from Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply to this prestigious show! Deadline for artists to apply online for inclusion in ArtiGras is Friday, September 25, 2020. 

 

36th  EDITION  OF

 ARTIGRAS   FINE   ARTS   FESTIVAL

 2021  ArtiGras 

 

 Saturday, February 13  &  Sunday, February 14

 

NOW ACCEPTING ARTISTS’ APPLICATIONS

 

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 25, 2020

 

 

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ArtiGras artist Russell Yerkes with his 2020 Best of Show ribbon

 

 

 

Along with the 280 onsite artists, the 36th edition of ArtiGras will feature interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, youth art and recycling art competitions among other demonstrations. For more information visit www.artigras.org.

 

 

Known as one of the nation’s top art festivals, ArtiGras annually attracts tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. The two-day outdoor festival showcases a juried exhibition of gallery-quality art and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to interact with and purchase directly from the artists.

 

ArtiGras also offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists. This program offers selected developing artists mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental. Qualifications include artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in the Palm Beach County area. Emerging Artist applicants should proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit their artwork online through zapplication.org.

 

 

 

Media contact: Rebecca Seelig, PBPR, (561) 628-5929, rebecca@pb-pr.com

Artists can email artists@artigras.org, call (561) 748-3942

or visit www.artigras.org for more information.

 

 

 

About Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce:

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce serves 10 municipalities that make up Palm Beach North. The Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. The Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, education and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership.

For more information visit: www.pbnchamber.com

 

 

 

 

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35th Edition Of ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival Opens Call To Artists. Offering More Prize Awards And 2 Day Event, Including Emerging Artist Category

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 35 edition of ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival.  New in 2020, ArtiGras will only be two days!  It will run Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.  Increased prize money awards will be over $20,000.  Artists can apply for jury selection in 12 fine art categories: Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable), Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood.  ArtiGras also offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists, giving mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental to selected developing artists from Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply to this prestigious show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

35th EDITION OF

 ARTIGRAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

New in 2020, ArtiGras will only be two days!

 

 Saturday, February 15  &  Sunday, February 16

NOW ACCEPTING ARTISTS’ APPLICATIONS

 

 

 

New in 2020:

Festival Runs 2 Days Over President’s Day Weekend

And Offer More Than $20,000 in prize money

 

Metal Category has moved into the sculpture category

 

 

 

 

Beth Garcia, ArtiGras 2019 Best of Show Artist

 

 

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is accepting artists’ applications at zapplication.org for the 35th edition of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival scheduled for February 15-16, 2020, in Jupiter. Artists can apply for jury selection in 12 fine art categories including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable), Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.

 

 

ArtiGras also offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists. This program offers selected developing artists mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental. Qualifications include artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in the Palm Beach County area. Emerging Artist applicants should proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit their artwork online through zapplication.org.

 

Deadline for artists to apply online for inclusion in ArtiGras is Wednesday, September 18

 

Ranked as one of the top 50 art shows in the United States, ArtiGras showcases a unique juried exhibition of 290 fine artists from all over the country. The 35th edition of this outdoor festival will run two-days over Presidents’ Day weekend and will feature interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, youth art and recycling art competitions among other demonstrations. For more information visit www.artigras.org.

 

 

Artists can email artists@artigras.org, call (561) 748-3942 or visit www.artigras.org for more information.

 

 

 

About Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce:

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce serves 10 municipalities that make up Palm Beach North. The Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. The Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, education and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership.

For more information visit: www.pbnchamber.com

 

 

 

 

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

Artisans on The Ave Invites You to Preview on January 26th! Grand Opening January 31st!

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro announce the opening of their new gallery, Artisans On The Ave.  In conjunction with Lake Worth ART POP, one of the loops of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014, everyone is invited to preview on Sunday, January 26th.  Artisans on the Ave will exhibit 2D and 3D art in all mediums and invite the public to attend their Grand Opening on Sunday, January 31st!   The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article. 

 

 

 

 

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 ARTISANS on the AVE

Invite You to

 

Open House

Art Synergy/ Lake Worth ART POP

SUNDAY, January 26th

 

Noon – 9 pm

 

 630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, FL

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia Costa

 

 

 

 

Betty Wilson

Betty Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Manganaro

Linda Manganaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Manganaro and Betty Wilson are offering a new gallery setting for  2D and 3D art.  They are always interested in seeing emerging artists’ work and welcome them to join in a new gallery setting in Lake Worth, FL.   The unique setting is located in the heart of downtown Lake Worth and has various options for rental of wall, floor and shelf spaces.  Artisans On The Ave is always accepting all mediums of work.

 

The Grand Opening Reception on Friday Jan.31 6-9 pm  includes artist demonstrations with Glass Artist Wayne Smith, Wood Turner artist Teri Salamoni and Painter Annette Gellermann.

 

 

The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce some of the artists at Artisans on the Ave.  We hope you will stop by on Sunday, January 26th from Noon- 9 pm during Lake Worth ART POP and on Friday, January 31st.  There is so much to take in, you’ll need more than just one visit!

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia grew up in a large, close knit family in Peru.   She tells us, “My family emigrated to the United States, so that my siblings and I could attend University. I received a Bachelor of Science and after some time in the business world decided to pursue my interest in the arts. I attended Florida Atlantic University to study painting. I gravitated towards clay, just before graduation and stayed awhile longer to satisfy my curiosity and my growing fascination with the medium”.
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“In my work, I have combined my two interests  in illustration and clay. Most recently I moved away from color and  concentrated on the story the pieces convey. My aim is to have the pieces tell the viewer the stories that they tell me, and share the journey with me”.

 

 

Irene Jalowayski

Palm Beach Smashing Glass

 

 

Irene tells us, “I am a retired speech pathologist and Florida native, who lives in West Palm Beach.  I was always an art lover/collector and began taking fused glass classes nine years ago.  I  studied with a private teacher, took classes at McMow Art Glass Center,  Art Glass Environments,  Kay Weiner’s Glass Classes, and in several out-of-town venues. Now I have my own studio because my hobby has become my passion!”

 

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

“Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form.  I get lost in my work and experience a thrill each time I open my kiln.  I  sell my work at several galleries and am thrilled to be one of the artists at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg, Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, and  at the  OSGS Gallery in the Northwood neighborhood.  My creations have been exhibited in many juried art shows and I was featured as an Emerging Artist at ArtiGras, 2012”.  I can be reached by email at   Irene Jalowayski ijaloway@yahoo.com   or visit my website at www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com

 

Sharon Kurlychek

 

 

“I engaged with the energy of clay in the 70’s when I first learned to to throw pots on a kick wheel at art school in Cleveland, Ohio.  I took more advanced classes (David Vargo)  and the joy of clay settled into by hands.  In the 80’s, I lived in the Dominican Republic, where I taught English. Experimenting with the production of primitive pottery– digging clay deposits from riverbeds, creating glazes from the ashes I collected from a bakery’s wood-fired oven, and firing in open pits was joyful.  Back in the US, I bought an electric kiln, continued my art studies (The Cleveland Institute of Art and Andrea Gill from Alfred University) and began teaching at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood”.  
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

“When I moved to Florida, for subsequent art festivals, I created a line of tropical number tiles. My website, www.islandtiles.com shows 12 designs.  Customers can choose the tiles and colors to place an order for a custom house number tile.  I also do commission work for tile murals and signs, working with designers, HOA’s or home owners, offering color sketches and cost estimates for custom work.  I can be reached through my website or e-mail: islandtiles@bellsouth.net.”
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

” I am continually inspired by fellow clay artists (Betty Wilson and members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches).  My art career has recently spun off in a new direction.  Taking classes (Carla Golembe at the Delray Center for the Arts), spending time in the artsy town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a mixed media workshop (Dee Roper at La Fabrica Aurora) has had a big influence on the direction of my creativity!  Now I am creating mixed media pieces, acrylic paintings and collages!” 

 

John McCoy

John tells us, “I am a functional potter. In my work, I strive for qualities of simplicity, honesty and  a sense of fluidity. When making my pots, I depend on intuition and feeling, rather than upon conceptual ideas and analysis. Natural and organic objects, along with the varied and rich traditions of ceramics are the main influences of my work. I have a very classical approach to clay, even when combining and altering forms”.
John McCoy

John McCoy

“During the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to put my work in  a wood fired Anagama kiln. I feel my forms have been enhanced and visually strenghthened by the warm colors of the ash deposits and the textures and patterns created by the mark of the fire. This natural process allows the viewer to share my experience  of working with clay, from the moment my hands shape and form the clay, leaving my mark, to the fluidity of the flames that leave their impression on the surface of the pot forever”.

 

If you are an artist who is interested in becoming part of the community of Artisans on the Ave,  there are many options for those who want to work as well as those who prefer not to.  Please send at least 2 jpgs of your work, a short biography and an artist statement to   potteryme@aol.com.

 

 

For more information please contact  Betty Wilson 561.762.8162 or Linda Manganaro 561.308.7263    Artisans On The Ave is located at 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth,FL 33460.  The Gallery phone is: 561-312-9924 or visit:

http://www.artisansontheave.com  

 
Irene Jalowayski

Skewed Glass Bowl by Irene Jalowayski

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OSGS Hosts Holiday Reception, Featuring Glass Artist, Irene Jalowayski

The Rickie Report has watched as people fall  in love with Irene Jalowayski’s glass art.  A relatively emerging artist, she is being featured at an open reception at OSGS in Northwood.  Irene takes her fused glass pieces and creates truly one-of-a-kind affordable jewelry, sushi dishes, menorahs, and a variety of Christmas serving pieces.  Stop by on November 22nd and then plan a nice dinner at one of the dining spots in the Northwood neighborhood!  More details are in this article.

 

 

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Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla invite everyone to their Holiday Reception on Friday, November 22nd  from 6 – 9 pm.  Ortiz-Smykla |Gallery Studio is located at 500 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL.  The Northwood neighborhood offers a wide variety of dining options for those who want to have dinner after the reception.  This reception will feature the glass art pieces created by Irene Jalowayski.

 

 

"Sailboats"

“Sailboats”

Irene Jalowayski  has always been an art lover and collector.  She began taking fused art glass classes six years ago.  

 

Bracelet with Round Silver Wave and Dichroic Glass Cabachon

Bracelet with Round Silver Wave and Dichroic Glass Cabachon

 

 

She has studied with Sidney Escowitz and taken classes at McMow Art Glass Center and at Art Glass Environments.  Irene now has her own studio and her hobby has become her passion.  

 

"Lady in Red"

“Lady in Red”

Irene was a featured, emerging artist at ArtiGras, 2013.   Working with glass has allowed her to express her creativity and love for color, shape and form. 

 

Christmas Tree Bowl

Christmas Tree Bowl

 

Irene gets lost in her work and experiences a thrill every time she opens the kiln.

 

"Green Face"

“Green Face”

Irene’s fused art glass pieces are full of color with lots of dichroic glass mixed with beautiful bright backgrounds.  Each piece is finished with a frame or stand, making it ready to show.

 

Red and Black Bowl

Red and Black Bowl

 

Some are sculptural and some functional objects for the home including large and small bowls, dishes, platters, salt and pepper shakers, olive oil bottles, sushi dishes and serving utensils.

 

"Faucet Table"

“Faucet Table”

 

Irene creates small accent tables with vintage or antique bases and art glass tops.

"Star Menorah"

“Star Menorah”

Irene also has Judaic pieces which include Shabbat sets, candlesticks, menorahs and mezuzahs.

 

Matzah Plate

Matzah Plate

 

Functional items include bowls, dishes, platters and many other fun pieces to showcase in your home.

 

"Shabbat Set"

“Shabbat Set”

 

Irene’s hand-made glass pieces make wonderful gifts.

 

Candle Holders

Candle Holders

 

For more information about OSGS:  Visit our website for more information about us:  http://www.osgsart.com/    Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla     OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223 OSGSart@hotmail.com      www.OSGSart.com       Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Taylor Loughlin Moves from Emerging Artist to SOLO Show!

The Rickie Report first met Taylor Loughlin at ArtiGras, 2013 where she was one of the emerging artists.  It was clear to us at that point, that Taylor was going to move up in the art world and indeed she has!  The Port St. Lucie Civic Center’s Art Gallery is showing Taylor’s work in a SOLO exhibition!  Make a point to go and see her earlier work as well as her current pieces!

 

Port St. Lucie Civic Center Art Gallery

Presents A

SOLO Exhibition by

Taylor Loughlin

Exhibit Runs Through June 6th

Monday through Friday  8:15 am – 4:15 pm

Free admission and Free Parking

9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, southeast corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Walton Road

 

"Pool Steps"

“Pool Steps” by Taylor Loughlin

 

The Port St. Lucie Civic Center’s Art Gallery is proud to announce the opening of its latest exhibit, featuring the work of local artist Taylor Loughlin.  This Civic Center is home to a 2,000 square foot Art Gallery, which is a beautifully-appointed exhibition space, with stately columns and classic woodwork. It offers local and regional artists a professional venue in which to display their work.  The exhibits, which rotate approximately every eight weeks, bring new life and vitality to the Art Gallery and expose visitors to new techniques, ideas and the beauty of all varieties of art. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The Civic Center is located at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, on the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Walton Road. 

Getting Ready to Hang Taylor's Show

Getting Ready to Hang Taylor’s Show

Taylor Loughlin is a figurative oil painter and emerging artist from the St. Lucie area.   She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Flagler College in 2011.  She has been a recipient of the Academic Achievement Award in Art and Design from Flagler College and John’s Island Community Service League Scholarship.  She took second place in a Student Juried Show at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in 2010 and won the “Uncle Reg – Pass It on Award” from the A.E. Backus Gallery Student Juried Show in 2006.

 

"Resting Hands"

“Resting Hands” by Taylor Loughlin

Taylor Loughlin interned with Flagler College in a restoration of paintings done by George W. Maynard.  She worked with students from the Escuela Superior de Arte del Principado de Asturias of Spain, who traveled from Aviles, Spain to restore the original ceiling paintings in the Dining Hall of Flagler College. As an intern, Loughlin worked close with the other students, on 40 foot scaffolding, to reattach falling paint and patch up spots where the paint was worn away.  Taylor also interned with the Vero Beach Art Museum summer camp programs for children interested in the arts and she has volunteered at various art programs for children in South Florida and Saint Augustine,FL.

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“Pool Side” by Taylor Loughlin

Taylor Loughlin currently works and lives in St. Lucie County where she works on her newest collection of paintings.  She focuses on highly saturated skin tones and how far the flesh in an image can be pushed to show color variation.  She is interested in how the figure is portrayed and the colors that make up the skin tones.  Her current work is a study of the figure’s interaction with water—how the form is morphed under the water and how blue tones affect the skin.

"Direct Gaze"

“Direct Gaze” by Taylor Loughlin

Taylor tells us, “The ebb and flow of water dictates how an object appears within it.  The element of water changes how an object appears below the surface and becomes an intriguing visual experience for the viewer. The image may appear broken, foreshortened, or even morphed.  This illusion creates a visual experience, forcing the eye and brain to decipher what it sees.  The fragmentation of the image interacting with water is both puzzling and beautiful.  My work involves mixing highly saturated skin tones with blue hues to illustrate the intricacies of how the flesh and water interact”.

 

To reach Taylor to discuss pricing, purchasing and commission work: www.taylorloughlinstudios.com

taylorkloughlin@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/taylor.loughlin

For more information about the Port St. Lucie Civic Center Art Gallery contact: 

Kelly A. Tiger, Recreation Manager
Port St. Lucie Civic Center
City of Port St. Lucie
(772) 807-4467

 

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

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.

 

Jim McCann

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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Smashing Glass
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

HM

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

HM

Kalliope Kaimakliotis Lighthouse Elementary

HM

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

HM

Amelia Catto Hammock Pointe Elementary

HM

Natalie Parratto Jerry Thomas Elementary

HM

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

HM

Zoe Zudans Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

HM

Katie Thyroff Jerry Thomas Elementary

HM

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

HM

Tracy Feuer Panther Run Elementary

HM

Erinlyn Tirado Jupiter Christian

HM

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

HM

Cameron Flora St. Marks Episcopal

HM

Peyton Esposito Poinciana Day School

HM

Anthony Beaudoin Elbridge Gale Elementary

5th Grade

1

Tessa Williams Marsh Pointe Elementary

2

Selah Cotton Jupiter Christian

3

Ava Kehde Beacon Cove Intermediate

HM

Regan Jones Limestone Creek Elementary

HM

Gabriella Gilliam St. Marks Episcopal

HM

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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561-537-0291

Lazaro Ruda, Emerging Artist Shares Underwater Splendors at ArtiGras

ArtiGras  Fine Arts Festival is always a highlight event for art lovers.  The Rickie Report is proud to have mentored a large number of the “Emerging Artists” for the 2013 show!  The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce produces a top-notch juried show, which is presented with the help of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  This is truly a community-wide effort, which involves hundreds of volunteers.  Here is an introduction to one of the “emerging artists”, Lazaro Ruda.

 

 

 

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ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

February 16-18

Abacoa Town Center,  Jupiter, FL

Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Monday 10 am – 4 pm

Out of the hundreds of artists who are juried into ArtiGras, the organizers recognize eleven artists who have never been involved in a juried show of this type.  These “Emerging Artists” are taken under the ArtiGras’ wings and nurtured to enable them to participate in future events with a base of understanding and experience.

 

The eleven “Emerging Artists” include:

  • 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)
  • Irene Jalowayski (Smashing Glass)
  • Jim McCann (Copper Canvas)
  • Joan Hendelman (Hendel Jewelry)

 

The Rickie Report urges you to take the time to visit each of their booths, see their work and talk to them about what they do and how they do it!  Remember, when you buy an item from an “emerging artist” you can  say  you knew them before they became famous!

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Raised in south Florida, Lazaro Ruda has been around the ocean his entire life. Through the span of over thirty years he has watched his ocean world slowly change due to human impact. With the thought that people only protect what they love, he took up the challenge of learning to photograph underwater in order to bring the ocean’s splendors to the eyes of a worldwide audience. Through his web site, TheLivingSea.com, he shares his love and passion for our ocean planet in the hopes that others will understand, cherish and protect our natural world.
An American Alligator underwater photograph
Laz Ruda’s Artist Statement begins, “Ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau wrote, “People protect what they love.”  These simple words form the foundation of why I photograph the nature of our oceans.  I use my photography and my ocean experiences to bring to light what to many is an alien world.”

His experiences as a scuba diver enhance his understanding and vision of what he wants to share via his camera.  He tells The Rickie Report, “My photography entails decades of experience as a scuba diver.  Before holding an underwater camera in my hand, it is important that I feel completely comfortable in this unique environment for my own safety and, just as important, the well-being of the creatures I photograph”.

Male Seahorse Giving Birth in Wild

Male Seahorse Giving Birth in Wild

Working underwater has its constraints regarding technical equipment.  Laz shares, “Underwater photography does not give me the liberties of using zoom lenses.  I must approach an animal well beyond its comfort zone to capture its image.  Having an intimate knowledge of the creature, it’s environment, and an enormous amount of patience is required.  Some of my photographs have taken hours to capture.  Many have taken years to perfect.”

Queen angelfish in Palm Beach, Florida
When he is asked why he chooses to work underwater, Laz is quite straightforward in sharing his philosophy. “In my decades of exploring the oceans, I have encountered untold damage to this delicate environment caused by our every day actions. I have also seen our oceans improve when ordinary citizens have cared enough to make a difference.  My hope is that my images and stories will help you understand our amazing ocean planet a little better and my passion and admiration for the natural world becomes your own.”
For more information about ArtiGras: www.artigras.org

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291