Armory Art Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Public Reception

The public is invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Armory Art Center on Monday, November 21st!  Join in a cocktail party atmosphere with a short program, a special Arts Festival poster unveiling, and champagne toast. This is a Free Open to the public event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some historic photos. The Armory Art Center is one of the jewels in the cultural crown of Palm Beach County – let’s celebrate! 

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue   West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

 

30th Anniversary of the Armory Art Center Celebration

Monday, November 21, 2016

6:00-8:00 pm

East Gallery  

Free and Open To The Public

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Deco Building circa 1987

 

 

 

About the Armory:

Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

 

 

Our Mission and Vision:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches

 

Our History:

When the Norton Museum closed its art school in 1986, a dedicated group of artists, art teachers, and community activists formed the Armory Art Center to ensure the continuation of practical art instruction in Palm Beach County. In seeking a new home for the art school, they looked to the neglected Armory building constructed in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in an Art Deco style and designed by William Manley King. The building was a National Guard Armory from 1939 to 1982. By the late 1980s, after a period of multiple community uses including high school dances, the building was scheduled for demolition when the art activists and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council came together to convince the City of West Palm Beach to spare the building from demolition and allow it to be transformed into an art center.

 

 

The Armory Art Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization on November 21, 1986, after the art group renovated the abandoned Art Deco structure into a vibrant space for art classes and art exhibitions. The center opened its doors to the public in July 1987 as a result of generous contributions from its many supporters, most notably Robert and Mary Montgomery and the Historic Preservation and Cultural Facilities Grants of the State of Florida. In 1992 the Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Over the past three decades the Armory has taught art classes to thousands of emerging artists of all ages and cultures, exhibited art in hundreds of shows, given workshops taught by national and international visiting master artists, provided summer art camp for thousands of young people, and given over 47 artists-in-residence from around the United States and abroad the opportunity to hone their craft while teaching classes. The Armory looks to a long future of enhancing artistic life in the Palm Beaches.

 

 

 

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For more information about this event, classes, workshops and exhibits:

armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center Announces “New & Now”, An Opening Reception Plus An Evening Of Artist Talks

“New & Now”: Work by New Faculty Fall 2016 is an exciting multi-media exhibition at the Armory Art Center’s East and Greenfield Galleries featuring works by new faculty members joining the Armory Art Center this fall. The new faculty, including the 2016–2017 artists-in-residence, will expand the Armory’s offerings, techniques, and disciplines to engage students of all levels.  The Rickie Report shares the details of two events related to “New & Now”.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, September 2nd and an Evening of Artist Talks takes place on Thursday , October 6th.  Stop by, meet the faculty and get a 10% discount when you sign up for classes!

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-1776

 

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Opening Reception:

Friday, September 2, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

Evening of Artists Talks:

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

East and Greenfield Galleries

Exhibition Dates: September 3 – November 26, 2016

EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to meet the artists, see their work, and learn about our new classes which are offered at a 10% discount during the opening reception. In addition to the opening reception on September 2, 2016, there will also be an evening featuring talks from the artists themselves on October 6, 2016.

New faculty includes Rosario Alborta, Judith Bert King, Jason LeVan, George Mesa, Ryan Parente from Infinite 3D Printers, Aimee Schulz, Vishan Seenath, Stacy Sollisch, Anna Torlen, Julia Townsend, Terry Widner, and Betty Wilson.

Of the new faculty, five are new 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence. They come from across the country and were individually selected for this highly competitive program.

 

 

Our New Artists-in-Residence:

 

 

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“Chains” , Bracelet by Alicia Boswell

Alicia Boswell received her MFA in metalsmithing/jewelry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in functional design at Murray State University in Kentucky. She has attained positions of visiting professor, sabbatical replacement, adjunct faculty, studio assistant/technician, artist-in-residence, and visiting workshop instructor at arts/crafts education centers around the United States and internationally. 

 

 

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“Upwelling”, Cloth by Jennifer Day

Jenny Day earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Arizona, a BFA in painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a BA in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a painter who has divided her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona. She paints a fragmented space, examining human demand and the effects of environmental degradation on an understanding of place. 

 

 

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“Series of Dreams” , Porcelain by  Andy Denton

Andy Denton earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from East Carolina University. He is a figurative sculptor whose processes involve casting and welding metal to ceramics and pottery.

 

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“Sketchbook Wall Tile” by Chad Steve

Chad Steve was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2009 he moved to Hawaii and received his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. While living there, he worked at the University as an adjunct professor and a lab technician. Chad has instructed at a variety of institutions such as Hawaii Potter’s Guild, Honolulu Art Museum, Montana University, and Western Montana University. 

 

 

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“I Can Hear Your Breath”, Oil by Spence Townsend

Spence Townsend earned his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia. He works primarily with oil painting and screen printing and also explores the possibilities between art, music, and animation. He previously taught painting and drawing courses at the University of Georgia. 

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291