Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The Landscape Of Light” Presents Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Hugh O’Neill At Next Artists Association Of Jupiter Exhibit

Noted European artist Hugh O’Neill is a modest man but his work speaks for itself in grand visual concertos of timeless skill.  The Artists Association of Jupiter invites you to meet Hugh and see his artistry, “The Landscape of Light” on  Wednesday, May 13th at a Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of artwork will benefit Quantum House.  The Rickie Report applauds AAOJ for sharing Hugh’s treasures and always thinking of others.  The details are here for this must see exhibition and a chance to meet the artist who is considered by some as one of the best living artists in the world.

 

 

Artists Association of Jupiter

&

A Unique Art Gallery

Present:

“The Landscape of Light”

The Artistry of Hugh O’Neill,

The Master Of Color

 

Public Reception

Wednesday, May 13th

  5:30- 7:30pm

A Portion of Sales Benefits:

Quantum House

226 Center Street  Suite #8   Jupiter, FL 33458

561-529-2748

 

 

 

Hugh O’Neill, Master of Color, will show his work at an Exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter.  A Public Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of artwork created by Hugh O’Neill and the artists of AAOJ will benefit The Quantum House http://www.quantumhouse.org

 

 

"Four Views Tequesta Drive" by Hugh O'Neill

“Four Views Tequesta Drive” by Hugh O’Neill

 

 

Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1959. He studied painting in Belfast Ireland from 1981-1985 spending some of that time studying in Nante and Paris, France. O’Neill’s approach to his oil painting is direct, bold and figurative. He is a visual musician who is forever searching for the ultimate melody on canvas, an artistic pioneer and a man who survived through brutal conflict growing up in war torn Northern Ireland. Hugh O’Neill has been a modest man all his life but his work speaks for itself in grand visual concertos of timeless skill. The poet of the day and the eyes of a truly gifted artist, he continues to work in silent hues of robust color for all to see. His work is alive and worth seeking out as its energy is best felt up close.

 

 

Hugh O’Neill owns a prominent place in art history, as an important modern master who has influenced countless others. Always ahead of his time, he first pioneered the En Plein Air teaching tradition into several leading art institutions including The Society of the Four Arts and the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum.  As one art writer once said, “Claude Monet himself would have admired the continued strength of O’Neill’s work”.  Hugh’s first U.S. one-man show on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, in 1995 saw a complete sell out in the first night of the show, with collectors from New York to Paris.

 

"Lighthouse" by Hugh O'Neill

“Lighthouse” by Hugh O’Neill

 

This is a must see exhibition and a chance to meet the artist who is considered by some as one of the best living artists in the world. O’Neill’s work is represented in corporate, and gallery collections. Collectors of his work include former CEO of APPLE Computers,Bank of America (Palm Beach) and two former US Ambassadors.

 

 

AAOJHugh O'Neill Bio

 

 

To contact Hugh O’Neill directly visit website:  www.oneillgalleries.com

 

Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.  Quantum House opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through a most difficult time. The House continues to be where hope has a home® for more than 500 family members every year. The House is the only hospital hospitality house serving children and their families this way between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. Over the years, the House has proudly served families from every state and nearly two dozen countries around the world. http://www.quantumhouse.org.

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A. Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010. Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website: www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.com

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291