Samuel Spear Jr.’s Photography Is Featured At Arts Warehouse On First Friday Art Walk, February 5

Samuel Spear, Jr. shares his photography as a Featured Artist at the Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, FL. His exhibit, “Reflections” is available NOW and will be a focal stop on Friday, February 5 as part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Samuel’s love and range of travel gives him a different perspective than a typical tourist. Over time, his traveling and many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography.  What captures his eye is a fascinating insight into every-day life not only abroad, but locally.  The Gallery is FREE and open to the public with timed tickets for the Opening Night to maintain Covid-19 procedures.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of the exhibit which is available through February 27, 2021.

 

 

 

 

F E A T U R E S:  

 

 

S A M U E L     S P E A R,   J R.

 

 

FRIDAY,    FEBRUARY 5TH       6 – 9 PM

 

 

 

 

 

313  NE 3rd Street    Delray Beach, FL 33444

 

 

561.330.9614              artswarehouse.org

 

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr. 

 

 

Samuel Spear, Jr. is a former New York based computer consultant who first picked up a camera in the early 1970s.  He tells The Rickie Report, ” For many years, as soon as I saved enough, I bought a plane ticket going somewhere,” he said, describing his first love — travel.  I have always been a traveller and the photos were incidental.  I had a position that allowed me access to air travel and I took advantage of  the opportunity.  Unfortunately I have lost photos of my early trips around the country, mostly islands of the Caribbean, and South America including Bahia and Surinam.

 

Over time, the traveling and the many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography. Now, retired and living in Delray Beach, Samuel embraces life as an amateur street photographer. “I generally remain out of the picture, however there is at least one image of me everywhere…documenting that I was actually there. I really like shooting people in their natural pursuits”.  

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

“Street photography is not always pretty, not fine art, but real and generally with a story”, Samuel relates.  “This project was begun during my travels several years ago with additions as I encountered them. All the images are as photographed, with minor post-production adjustments, however with no added or deleted elements. If one looks closely, frequently my reflection can be observed in the photo as I could not move out of the scene”. 

 

 

Samuel’s photos take us beyond boundaries, and at times take us to a mirror-like  reflection, showing that which surrounds us and yet incorporates us.  “When one looks through glass, depending on lighting conditions, one is able to see a combination of the infinite and reflection”, he explains.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

Is it distortion that calls us near or the sense of disorientation that makes us look again?   Samuel’s combinations  give us the sense of not being able to place images or objects in front or behind. Move closer, because with the multiple layers of light(s) and space(s) one is motivated to  discover images, on a variety of levels and depths, encouraging revelations and reflections!

 

 

When asked about advice he gives to beginning photographers he says, ” There are all types of photography – sports, street, documentary, portrait, wedding, etc.  Choose your equipment to match. He reminds us that learning photography is a process and he has found YouTube to be a great teacher!

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

Samuel is actively involved in the Delray Beach’s arts community.  He remarks, “I am a consumer of all things Art (music, painting, performance, native and craft, graffiti, dance, everything”.  On a recent Europe trip I photographed a series on the graffiti which I thought was unique. My wife Kenya and I  love to attend exhibitions and performances  – not to just give support, but to consume for our enrichment.  I believe in the requirement of Art for a rich life, and fully appreciate and support the special talents of  artists”.

 

 

Samuel Spear Jr. has had exhibits at The Arts Garage in Delray Beach, The Spady Cultural Museum, and other exhibition spaces throughout South Florida.  He published a photo-travel table book,  “So Much to See, So Little Time” and his work recently appeared in Black + White Photography Magazine.  Because of COVID-19, his trips to far-flung destinations are currently limited. On the top of his list are trips to Fez, Morocco to attend the World Sacred Music Festival, and to a Zen Retreat in Oita, Japan to get an authentic experience in their culture.  “I have been very blessed to be able to even consider and live my life following the motto – So Much to See, So Little Time”.  As enthusiastic as he is looking forward to traveling again…So are we – to peek into his photos!

 

Get your Free, Timed Tickets!

 

 

 

For more information about Samuel Spear Jr.’s photography please visit:

https://www.instagram.com/silkmainroad/

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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Don Sarka And Mary Anne Sarka Are Featured Artists At Delray Beach Public Library’s “Artists’ Creations” Series. Free Public Opening Reception On Friday, September 6

The creative endeavors of Don Sarka and Mary Anne Sarka  will be featured in the upcoming “Artists’ Creations” Exhibit at the Delray Public Library. The exhibit is open to the public from August 24 – October 19.  Everyone is welcome to meet the artists at the free, Opening Reception on Friday, September 6. Visitors will see oil and acrylic paintings of various subject matter, including landscapes as well as beloved pets.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DELRAY    BEACH    PUBLIC    LIBRARY     

                                                                                                                                                        

PRESENTS:

 

 

 “ARTISTS’   CREATIONS”

BY

DON    &   MARY  ANNE  SARKA

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday,  September 6 

 3:00  to  4:30  pm

Meet The Artists

In the Library Program Room, 2nd floor

Light snacks will be served

 

Exhibit is available August 24 thru October  19, 2019

 

 

No reservations needed

 

100 West Atlantic Ave.                Delray Beach, Florida

Library Hours: 

Mon. – Wed 9am – 8pm:   Thurs – Sat 9 am – 5pm:  Sun (Sept – May): 1pm – 5pm

Free Parking in attached Library parking lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don and Mary Anne Sarka’s joy of creativity exudes from their faces!  Their combined love of nature has taken them to places and environments where they are continually recharging their creative batteries. Don tells The Rickie Report, “My interest in art began many years ago, when I began sketching Disney characters as a boy and using watercolors to paint them.  Starting in 1988, I began getting Instruction in oil painting from a local artist and have studied and painted on and off to the present time.  I use oil paints because it allows me to mix and blend to produce strong colors with light and shadows”.

 

 

“Majestic Sky” by Don Sarka

 

 

 

He goes on to say, “My love of nature and its magnificent creations, causes a spiritual change in me.  The many photos taken give me inspiration to paint a particular picture. We have vacationed in many states and national parks and I have become a critical photographer, capturing the beauty and splendor of nature. I paint my version of what I see and interpret it on to canvas.  I use pictures as an idea of what I want to paint and then come up with my interpretation or theme.  I am a landscape architect and the principles of design have helped me in painting with form, texture and color”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Purple” by Don Sarka

 

 

Mary Anne tells The Rickie Report, ” My enthusiasm for painting started many years ago. Since then I have taken many classes with fantastic painting professionals and it has given me the opportunity to work on composition, perspective, colors, texture, lights and dark’s.  I paint in the traditional and representational format and my paintings can be hung practically anywhere.  I prefer acrylic. My paintings vary between landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds and flowers. I love it when I get lost in the painting process. When I stand back during this time to look at my painting, I am happily surprised and delighted”.

 

 

 

 

“Florida Wetlands” by Mary Anne Sarka

 

 

She continues, “I frequent art galleries and have a collection of wonderful painting books that give me fantastic information, guidance and inspiration. Painting opened up a whole new world for me, and has given me an awareness and ability to be creative and paint using my imagination and feelings. I have taken thousands of photographs that I use as a reference when painting”.

 

 

Award winning artists, Don and Mary Anne are members of the Delray Art League which is a juried league and exhibited in most of their events, including The Crest Theater, the Delray Affair, Delray Beach City Hall, Old School Square, Veterans Park, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Armory Art Center, Arts Garage. They have previously exhibited at the Lake Worth Art League Gallery and Arts Arena Garage (Delray Beach).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Waves and Palm Trees” by Mary Anne Sarka

 

 

Generous with their time and artworks, they have donated to the local community through fundraisers, art auctions, and painted a 6’ x 20’ mural by their clubhouse pool.  They have four married children and nine grandchildren and one great child on the way. They both tell The Rickie Report, “During our family times, we are seldom without our cameras to capture family photos, scenery and nature that’s around us. Painting is one of our favorite things that we do together”.

 

 

 

 

 For more information about this exhibit or other works of art, please Call or Text Mary Anne Sarka at 561-310-5620  or  e-mail at

maryannesarka@gmail.com 

 paintingsdm@gmail.com 

 Etsy.com: PaintingByDandMSarka 

 www.paintingbydandmsarka.com 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ingrid Robinson Is Featured In Arts Garage Exhibit, “Glimpse” With Free Opening Reception On December 7th

The Arts Garage in Delray Beach announces the Opening Reception of “Glimpse” on Friday, December 7th, featuring emerging artists Ingrid Robinson and Bhavna Bhen.  The Arts Garage, connecting people in the community to the world, through the Arts, is located in downtown Delray Beach.  Ingrid’s artistry echoes this mission through her portraits, which focus on every-day life, something we can all relate to.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Please RSVP to this Free Event!  The Exhibit is available December 7 through December 30th.  

 

 

 

 

 

94 NE 2nd Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444

561.450.6357    http://artsgarage.org

 

 

GRASSROOTS   GALLERY

ARTS  GARAGE

PRESENTS:

 

 

 

“G L I M P S E”

Art Exhibit    

FEATURING:

 

 

 

 Opening  Reception:  

Friday, December 7

5 – 7 pm  

 

Grassroots Gallery at the Arts Garage

 94 NE 2nd Avenue   Delray Beach, FL 

 

“Moment in Time” by Ingrid Robinson

 

 

 

 

“GLIMPSE” is free and open to the public:

Tuesdays through Saturdays:    Noon – 6 pm

On evenings we have events, the Gallery is open until 10 pm

 

 

 

“Mother and Daughter Ballerinas” by Ingrid Robinson

 

 

Ingrid Robinson tells The Rickie Report, “After enduring painful personal hardships, including the sudden death of my only child Michelle, my tenacity and perseverance pushed me beyond the veil of depression to discover my new found passion for painting. I continue to prove that no matter what your age, you can find a new, inspiring life after pain”. 

 

 

 

“You Can’t Tell Me Who To Love!” by Ingrid Robinson

 

 

Ingrid says, “My oil paintings have charm and a sense of innocence that are easy for viewers to connect with.  After having moved to Florida, an unknown environment, I set down roots and made my new home one of creativity and comfort.  My work has won several awards.  I continue to hone my artistic skills”.

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“Washing Dishes on Saturday Night” by Ingrid Robinson
“I paint to enhance people’s lives through fun, inspiration, creativity, and self-expression,” Ingrid explains.  

Beyond her paintings, Ingrid has founded Artists And Charities Hand in Hand!  The first event takes place on Sunday, December 16th from 10 am – 5 pm at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.  Ingrid has curated over 30 fine artists, who will be selling their artwork to benefit the Constance and David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Programs.   The $18. couvert includes a raffle ticket, catered food, and wine. We urge you to register for this event Here

For more information about Ingrid Robinson’s artwork, her exhibit at Delray Arts Garage or Artists and Charities Hand In Hand:

ingrid.robinson2@yahoo.com

 

Call:  415.419.4292

 

 

 

 

 

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Delray Art League Announces Events For November, Including Free Exhibits

The Delray Art League’s members are involved in numerous exhibits in the area!  Don’t miss their “Still Life Exhibit”, The “Arts Garage Exhibit”,  The “Autumn Showcase Exhibit” and “Artists in The Park”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists who are interested in a busy networking organization to get involved!

 

 

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FINE ART EXHIBITS

DELRAY ART LEAGUE

“STILL LIFE EXHIBIT”

 

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(BY JACQUELINE MEDERIOS)

November 4th thru January 9th
At Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce

140 NE 1st Street
Delray Beach, Florida
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Admission is free.

DELRAY ART LEAGUE

“VISUAL ARTS OF DELRAY EXHIBIT”

 

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(by Colleen Bruno)

Now thru November 26th

At The Gallery at the Arts Garage

94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 to Saturday November 26th, 2016

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm & Saturday afternoons

Admission is free

 

DELRAY ART LEAGUE

“AUTUMN SHOWCASE EXHIBIT”

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(by Reed Dixon)

Now thru December 2nd
At Delray Beach City Hall Gallery

100 NW First Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Admission is free.

“ARTISTS IN THE PARK”

2016 FALL SCHEDULE

 

 

 

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Delray Art League “Artists in the Park” Fine Art Exhibitions

Award winning Artists offer a variety of original art, sculpture, photography and more. A portion of all sales are donated to an Art Education Fund to promote the development of the visual arts in the community.

Outdoor Show Schedule: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

 

2016:

Nov. 12 & 13   Veterans Park

Nov. 19 & 20   Veterans Park

Nov. 26 & 27   Veterans Park

For additional information or to sign up for our mailing list, please visit:

www.delrayartleague.com

 

 

 

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“ARTS GARAGE EXHIBIT”

 

 

Kathy Spalutto, Colleen Bruno, Lynn Doyal and Deb LaFogg Doherty have graciously donated artwork to be auctioned at the Arts Garage Tribute Gala being held November 11th at Arts Garage honoring Chuck Halberg and Bob Schmier.
 
  

Bob Birkenes is having a solo exhibit for his latest series, “Fantasies in Space” now through November 5, 2016 at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County 601 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

Deborah LaFogg Docherty’s “Flying Tiger” of Everglades National Park, FL has been accepted into The Nation’s Most Spectacular National Parks Exhibit opening to the public now through December 31st, 2016.

Joe Marcou will have about 15 paintings in a solo show now through December in the Whole Foods Gallery on state Road 7 in Wellington.

 

Romaine Kaufman has a solo show at the Boca Raton Library on Spanish River until November 19th.

Join us:

CATEGORIES FOR MEMBERSHIP:

  •  Exhibiting Member $40.00 annually
  •  Family members (exhibiting} $50.00 annually
  •  Friend membership (non-exhibiting) $20.00 annually

To become a Delray Art League exhibiting member, you must submit three pieces of your original artwork at one of our monthly general meetings. Artwork should be presented to the Jurying Committee between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. before the start of the General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled for October 10th, 2016.

Accepted Artwork: 2 D and 3 D Visual Art

Not Accepted: Crafts or commercially reproduced artwork (except fine art photography/digital). Decision is subject to the discretion of the Jurying Committee, with final determination by the Board of Directors.

Art should be signed by the artist and ready for hanging. Art done on paper should be matted and framed with Plexiglas (no glass). Canvas must be framed or gallery wrapped (no staples showing) with sides painted.

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