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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

“Common Threads” Explores Color, Style And Texture At GalleRE. Behind The Scenes At Resource Depot: YOUR Resource For Materials, Classes And More Than You Can Begin To Imagine!

The Resource Depot and the Conniston Middle School art department invite the public to  “Common Threads”. Displayed at Resource Depot’s GalleRE, this art exhibition represents unity and diversity through different colors, styles, and textures of fabric that were found in Resource Depot donations.  There will be a Special Workshop Open to the Public on February 11th to create Fabric Portraits.  This is just one phenomenal place to explore for yourself, your students, and organizations!  The Rickie Report shares the details about Resource Depot, one of our Community Partners.

 

 

 

2510 Florida Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 (561) 882-0090

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

F A B R I C     P O R T R A I T S    W O R K S H O P

 

Saturday, February 11th at 10 am

Resource Depot will be hosting a Fabric Portraits workshop featuring artists Lisette Cedeno and Jade Henderson, whose students have participated in the show.

 

Reserve your spot:  www.resourcedepot.net.

Cost to participate is $20 per person.

Workshop space is limited, so please register in advance.

For questions about workshops, email education@resourcedepot.net.

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS UNIFY THROUGH ART

 


Resource Depot and the Conniston Middle School art department join together for a creative project called “Common Threads”. Displayed at Resource Depot’s GalleRE, “Common Threads” is a student art exhibition representing unity and diversity through different colors, styles, and textures of fabric that were found in Resource Depot donations. Seeing all these mismatched materials and how they work together reminds us that the same is true for people.

 

 

“Common Threads” is now open through March 15th

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00

GalleRE hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am – 5 pm

Wednesdays 11 am – 7 pm, and Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm

 

 

The Resource Depot GalleRE serves as a space to not only display upcycled artwork, but also to inspire others to think about what they are throwing away and how it could benefit someone else. All art pieces exhibited in the GalleRE include some aspect of reusable materials.

 

We will be CLOSED Saturday, February 18th.
Come visit us at ArtiGras!

 

We need volunteers in the following areas at ArtiGras!

All volunteers receive free admission to the Festival.

Beer Booths
Help us serve beer to festival-goers.
Must be 21 or older to sign up. 10% of beer sales goes to Resource Depot!

Email elebrun@resourcedepot.net
for more details.

ArtiKids Area
Help us make art projects for their
Circus-themed kids area. Must be 14 or older to sign up.

Email education@resourcedepot.net
for more details

 

 

 

 


Bins and Bins and Bins!

 

OUR IMPACT

We fill minds, not landfills. We turn almost 200,000 pounds of reusable stuff a year into classroom and alternative art materials, equipping educational programs, public workshops, and the weekend tinkerer with all sorts of unusual and inspiring resources to build, make and create with in Palm Beach County.

We have one focus in mind: inspiring individuals to make a difference in our world through environmental awareness and to participate in the ripple effect of taking small, but immediate action towards making your community a better place.

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OUR HISTORY

1999
Resource Depot was founded. Members from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County,Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District and Florida Power & Light, came together to divert clean, safe, reusable materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill into the hands of people who can use them for educational and artistic purposes.

2013
After several changes of location in the intervening years, we finally found the ideal home: 2510 Florida Avenue, off Belvedere in West Palm Beach. We made our big move in the fall allowing our role in the community to expand. We are still “the teacher place” but we are also SO MUCH MORE. We couldn’t be more proud of our space, and we invite you to visit any time during our shopping hours to check it out! Please note warehouse access policies.

2016
A look at what’s coming:
Making Resource Depot a Destination Location. With additions of:
Artist GalleRe
Creation Station
Drop Stop
Tinker Lab
And more educational programs on and off site for all of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Project Ideas!   Materials!  Recycle!  Reuse!

 

 

Teaching Artists Wanted!

Send resume and photos of project samples to Chelsea at education@resourcedepot.net.

 

 

About Resource Depot:

Resource Depot is a non-profit organization in Palm Beach County that has been inspiring the masses for 17 years to reduce waste by way of creative reuse. Each year, Resource Depot rescues approximately 83 tons of waste from our landfills transforming that into supplies for classrooms, educational programs, and the weekend tinkerer. They spark imagination through their annual memberships, field trips, a summer Junk Camp, and in-house DIY workshops for all ages.

For more information visit:  www.resourcedepot.net 

 or Call 561.882.0090

 https://www.facebook.com/TheResourceDepot/
 https://twitter.com/resourcedepot
https://www.instagram.com/resourcedepot/

Shopping hours are:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 am – 5 pm,

Wednesdays 11 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Deb LaFogg Docherty Brings Us Moments in Nature

The Rickie Report is happy to highlight Deb LaFogg‘s newest CLASSES at the Delray Center for the Arts, DEMOS in different communities, WORKSHOPS, a SOLO Exhibit and a number of upcoming other ART SHOWS.  Deb’s ability to transform a moment in nature’s vastness and make it palpable is her gift to us.  Deb’s work has been published in newspapers and magazines including Wildlife Art Magazine, Wildscape Magazine (United Kingdom), Southwest and Wildlife Art magazine online. We share the details and urge anyone who ever wanted to dip their toes into painting or pastels to take advantage of these opportunities. 

 

 

 

Painting 

With

Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

"Captured Gaze" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Captured Gaze” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deb LaFogg Docherty’s art combines her great two loves: her love of nature and her love of painting. Her paintings strive to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild, raise their young, court and survive. She paints a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see. Deb’s quest to paint wildlife has taken her across the United States from the Everglades National Park in Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska. It has become an adventure she loves to share.

 

 

"Wood Storks" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Wood Storks” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Her formal training began in college with a dual major in illustration and commercial art. She has continued to advance her work through master artist workshops. It is from them that she began to not only focus on the wildlife, but on the landscape in which they live. The use of light, color, composition, texture, and atmosphere help bring the viewer into the secret world of nature. She is always learning new ways to communicate this through her work. Deb’s paintings come to life in pastels, acrylics and oils.

 

"Waiting for Mom" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Waiting for Mom” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

Deb received the Masters Circle award from the International Association of Pastel Societies, and countless other awards throughout her career. Her work has been featured in museums, national and international art shows and International magazines. Her work can be found in private collections and she has illustrated a children’s book with part of the proceeds going to save habitat critical habitat in the Florida Keys.

 

Her Membership Affiliations include:

 

  • Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists
  • Signature member of the Pastel Society of America
  • Signature member of the Artists for Conservation
  • Member of Excellence with the Southeastern Pastel Society
  • Member of the Oil Painters of America
  • Member of the International Guild of Realism
  • Pastel Society of North Florida
  • Degas Pastel Society
  • Women Artists of the West
  • Audubon Artists

 

 She has also illustrated a children’s book called ‘Woodrat Jill’ with part of the proceeds going to preserve habitat for the endangered Key Largo Woodrat and is available on Amazon.com. Its a story about an Key Largo Woodrat named Jill who bred in captivity and is set free to make a life on her own.

 

Demos

  •  Delray Center of the Arts Jan 14th from 7-8pm.
  • Wellington Art Society February 11th.

 

Classes

Delray Center of the Arts January 28th and continue on to February 4th, 18th and 25th  7 – 9:30pm.

Workshops:

Please see her website for more information.

Current SOLO Show:

J.D. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge  (Captiva, FL)

18 paintings now on display till the last week in February.

 

Upcoming SOLO Show in November:

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Everglades National Park Gallery      Homestead, Florida

 

Upcoming Exhibits and Shows:

  • Wellington Artfest – January 31 and February 1   (Wellington, FL)
  • Artfest – (Fort Myers) February show starts evening of the 6th, all day 7 and 8
  • Artigras – (Jupiter, FL)  February 14-16
  • Featured Artist at the 2015 Sarasota Rotary Art Festival February 28-March 1st (Sarasota, FL)

 

Please see her website for more information: www.lafogg.com

 

 

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

ArtiGras 2014 Celebrates Professional and Emerging Artists and an Art Recycling Challenge!

ArtiGras 2014 will celebrate all things creative!  Hundreds of  professional artists and eleven emerging artists will show and sell their work, continuing to amaze us by their creative spirit.  Kelly Tracht, a Jupiter-based artist, has been chosen for the 2014 Commemorative Poster.  The Rickie Report hopes you buy your tickets and plan on a few full days of art exploration.  There are interactive children’s art activities, a recycling art challenge, food, live music plus fine art and fine crafts from around the world!  The details about ArtiGras 2014 are in this article.

 

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Presented by

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Produced  by

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of

Commerce

February 15, 16, 17, 2014

 

Festival Hours:


Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-5:00PM

 

Abacoa,  Jupiter

 

 

 

 

The 2014 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and produced by The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will be held February 15, 16, and 17, 2014 at Abacoa in Jupiter. The outdoor arts event showcases a juried exhibition of outstanding fine art and crafts along with activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, 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 2014 expects more than 85,000 guests over the three-day period.For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests to info@artigras.org, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.

 

 

Commemorative Poster

 

 

 The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is proud to announce painter Kelly Tracht from Jupiter, FL., has been selected as this year’s commemorative artist poster artist. Tracht’s piece, title “Sailing Sailfish”, is bright, lively and uses the sailfish to reference South Florida living. The piece also pays homage to Tracht’s hometown, with the nautical letters on the flag bunting spelling out ‘Jupiter’.

 

 

ArtiGras  2014 Commemorative Poster by Kelly T

ArtiGras 2014 Commemorative Poster by Kelly Tracht

 

Kelly tells us, “Our coastal town of Jupiter has always felt a bit like an American Riviera to me, and after watching a classic movie this summer set in the Cote d’Azur, I was inspired to create an iconic painting that would express this connection”.   Tracht was an ArtiGras Emerging Artist in 2012 and has juried into the festival two times since her first show.   She shares, “I took influences from the classic posters of the French Riviera which are full of punchy color, iconic use of imagery, and coastal fun and designed a painting that would showcase the bounty of the ocean as well as a passion for boating found here in Jupiter.”

 

 

Though formally trained as an architect, Tracht’s painting career really started to blossom in 1997, when she took a year sabbatical on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Inspired by island living, Tracht painted al fresco landscapes and seascapes experimenting with an expressive, painterly style. As she started to sell her  paintings to European tourists and foreign dignitaries, her work quickly gained notoriety. Tracht was invited by the German owner of The Aquarium Club, a stylish beach side resort in Grenada, to hold a season-long exhibition of her work.

 

 

In 2006, Tracht painted the cover for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches cookbook Worth Tasting, a book that she named, helped research, write and conceptualize. Bloomingdales invited her to exhibit at their 2007 Artrageous event, and in 2012, Tracht was awarded the prestigious President’s Purchase Award at SunFest.

 

 

 

 

The 2014 ArtiGras poster will be available for purchase online at www.artigras.org or in the ArtiGras Merchandise Booth at the festival. Patrons can visit Tracht in the Merchandise Booth at ArtiGras where she will be signing posters for patrons on Saturday, February 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Monday, February 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

EMERGING ARTISTS

 

The Rickie Report encourages artists of all mediums to apply to ArtiGras as an emerging artist, if they have not experienced this type of large show before.  Only eleven emerging artists were chosen for this year’s event.  We hope you take the time to stop by each of their displays and speak with them about their artwork and creativity!  The emerging artists are:  Amber Palomres, Robin Neary, Florida Palm Fish Art, DeJaVu Glass Design, Dane Stensen, Makai Project LLC, Kristian Charnick, Larry Hughes, Robert Mayes, The Little Whale and George Darrell.

 

Amber Palomares

Amber Palomares grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.   She is an avid nature lover, enjoys gardening, exploring parks, beaches and historical towns.  This appreciation of nature began at an early age when she fished and camped on Padre Island Texas.   Amber also accompanied her mother on trips to local National Wildlife Refuges where she delighted in following nature trails and bird watching.    Her full understanding for the outdoors can be seen in her paintings.   She and her husband, John, moved from Texas to Palm Beach Gardens, FL in the mid 90s, leaving a couple of years to live on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Palm Beach Gardens is where they call home now and where Amber paints both en plein air (outdoors from life) and in her studio.  
"Bridge and Weeping Willows" by Amber Pal

“Bridge and Weeping Willows” by Amber Palomares


Amber discovered her passion for painting in her forties  and has immersed herself in studying oil and acrylic painting techniques through art courses and instructional demonstrations. 
Her paintings are light-filled, happy and can be described as being peaceful and whispy.  She works in both oils and acrylics and uses glazing and impasto techniques to create depth and a three dimensional quality to her work. 
"Shrimp Boats"

“Shrimp Boats”

Amber loves painting water, sunsets and sunrises so you will often find a  stream, marsh, seashore or even a sparkling water fountain in her artwork . She is proud to say that one of her sunset seascape paintings can be found in the guest rooms of the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort.  As an emerging artist, she is dedicated and passionate about using her gift for painting and hopes that her paintings will continue to bring joy to people.  With every visit to her easel, Amber continues to develop her own unique representational impressionist style. Amber is a member of the American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Florida.
"Sunset March" by Amber Palomares

“Sunset March” by Amber Palomares

Amber earned her B.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees and works at Palm Beach State College as a Career Advisor and Adjunct Professor.   She also serves on their Art Gallery Committee.   She enjoys teaching job development skills and helping students with their career direction.

For more information about Amber’s artwork please visit :  http://palomaresart.wordpress.com/

Blog:  www.CoastalArtPaintings.com   or  https://www.facebook.com/AmberPalomaresFineArtist

 

 

For more information about Kelly Tracht’s artwork please visit:

www.kellytracht.com

 

 

 

"Beach and Sea"

“Beach and Sea”

 

 

 

For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests to info@artigras.org, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.

 

 

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

Art in The Gardens Brings Artists and Creativity to Downtown at the Gardens! Meet Sarah LaPierre!

It’s that time of year!  Stop by Art in The Gardens and see some wonderful art and meet the artists!  This free, two-day event is sponsored by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce which also produces The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. It takes place at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.  Besides the art, there are plenty of family-fun activities and grown-up spots as well.  This Rickie Report is featuring artist Sarah LaPierre.  For more details about this Nov. 2nd -3rd event read this article!

 

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8th ANNUAL

ART IN THE GARDENS

DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS

NOVEMBER 2-3, 2013

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

FREE  and  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Art in the Gardens, presented by Downtown at the Gardens, is a free two-day event which showcases over 70 regional artists and includes family-friendly entertainment with live music, plenty of kids activities and delicious food from Downtown restaurants.
Sarah LaPierre's "Paradise"

Sarah LaPierre’s “Paradise”

The event takes place on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3  from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both days.  Downtown at the Gardens is located at   11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue   Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.    Admission is free to Art in the Gardens and complimentary parking is available onsite.
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Art in the Gardens is produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce which also produces The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. 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.

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 Sarah tells The Rickie Report, “Art making is a process and a style of living that I treasure like a member of my own family. It has always had a strong presence in my life and has become ingrained in who I am as a person. I create art because the act itself brings me happiness and fulfillment. Sharing that happiness with others through my painting is likewise an incentive to create.”

Sarah LaPierre's "Jupiter Light"

Sarah LaPierre’s “Jupiter Light”

 

 I give unique qualities to my art by using a palette knife and heavy full-bodied acrylic paints, which create the thick texture and the vibrant uplifting colors that are characteristics of my work. I am inspired by everyday life and by the beautiful sceneries throughout my home state of Florida. My late father, artist Joseph LaPierre remains the strongest influence in my work.”

 

Sarah LaPierre's "Surf Shack"

Sarah LaPierre’s “Surf Shack”

Downtown at the Gardens is among the most visited destinations in Palm Beach County averaging well over 150,000 visitors per month. Downtown appeals to the broadest demographic of any retail center in the area combining a Whole Foods Market, a 16 screen Cobb Theatres and dozens of restaurant and retail options. Additionally, no other venue in the Palm Beaches caters to families like Downtown. With numerous retail, dining and entertainment options tailored specifically to moms, dads and kids – Downtown at the Gardens is your Destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Sarah LaPierre's "Cloud Beach"

Sarah LaPierre’s “Cloud Beach”

For additional information on Art in the Gardens or ArtiGras, visit www.artigras.org or contact the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.   For more information about Sarah LaPierre’s artwork, please visit:    Facebook.com/SarahLapierreArt

 

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

Using Copper as His Canvas, Jim McCann Shares Artistry of Nature

The Rickie Report received a phone call from Jim McCann who wondered if we might be interested in seeing his art work.  We sent a reporter and photographer to meet Jim and Donna but had no idea from his description, what a treasure was waiting to be seen! At our urging, Jim applied to ArtiGras as an “Emerging Artist” and he was accepted!  The Rickie Report wants to celebrate Jim’s artistry and knows you will be astonished at what he is making! Stop by his booth at ArtiGras and consider how many places in your home, one of his copper torch and ink paintings belong.

 

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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

A former welding instructor, Jim has developed his own technique to create amazing art pieces on copper.  Having no formal art training, he used to draw Spanish Galleons and comics from “Mad Magazine” as a child.  Now he makes the copper look like the wood of those great ships, using his self-developed chemical and torch techniques.  The combinations of wood grains and patinas are limitless.  And wait until you see the stone effect he’s developed!  What a dramatic back splash in a kitchen his work would make.

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Jim is drawn to nature and is exacting when he creates a Piper or a Loggerhead.   The prismatic blues and reds jump from the copper as the sunshine changes the colorations.  Jim sometimes hand engraves areas to give even more richness to the patinas.  Right now he uses his own kitchen but is purchasing a pizza oven so he can work in larger sizes.

Loggerhead Turtle for Shower Ceiling

Loggerhead Turtle for Shower Ceiling

Walking around his yard, filled with different species of palm treees, a wild male peacock announced itself and then appeared.  It was easy to see where Jim gets his inspiration for color and detail.   His loggerhead turtle is almost finished and ready to be placed on the ceiling of his shower.  He pointed out his plans for a mermaid sitting on some rocks for over the tub and will eventually decide between one of two different fish designs for over the sink.

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Jim’s workshop is filled with potential projects.  And he keeps a small space for his reference library.  His work is precise and drawn to scale, whether he is working on a bird or a fish.  The rain did not deter from his work, though we would have seen more brilliance of color on a sunnier day.

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The Rickie Report is honored to continue to advise Jim on the next steps to further his hobby.  To contact Jim, call:  561-313-9296.  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

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