Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Explore Palette Knife Painting At A Master Workshop With Internationally Renowned Artist, MaiYap On Saturday, May 18 At Yvette Michele Studio In Ft. Lauderdale

We’re not sure when MaiYap sleeps, because this internationally renowned artist is so prolific!  Join her on Saturday, May 18 for a Palette Knife Master Class in Fort Lauderdale.  MaiYap is available to teach or give a demonstration to your local arts group, as well as speak about her bright and vibrant artworks.  As she travels the globe ( her next exhibit is in Seoul, Korea), MaiYap always makes time to create, which in turn, inspires others!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this workshop, where to see her artwork, plus some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

“Three Pears” by MaiYap

 

Palette Knife Painting Master Workshop

$75 plus materials. Supply lists will be emailed after registration

 

Register Here!

*This workshop is for artists or people with some experience with painting, not for complete beginners.

 

Saturday May 18th, 2019

 10:00 am to 3:00pm

 

Deadline for registration is May 16th, 2019

 

At:

 Yvette Michele Studio

117 NW 5th Street    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

  Phone: 954.372.0096

 

 

Born in the Republic of Panama to Chinese parents, MaiYap has been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Within the walls of her parent’s home, she was immersed in the beauty, balance and perfection of millennial traditions passed on from one generation to another. Once outside these walls, her senses were overcome by the amazing colors, sounds and energy of the Tropics.

 

 

“Happy For You” by MaiYap

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Panama provided a bustling backdrop of exciting people, places, and music. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration to imagine and create my magnificent flowers and unique landscapes. It also gave me the courage to voice my concerns and fears about our planet’s welfare through my powerful environmental abstracts”.

 

 

“Boat at Dawn” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap asks herself: “Who am I? Where am I going? How can I help the most”?

She says, “The constant search for my true identity, my place in the world and the struggle to preserve our planet are at the heart of all my art pursuits. Painting very detailed and colorful flowers has helped me to reconcile my Chinese background with the vibrant Panamanian world. The wish to anchor myself in this rapid ever-changing world drove me to study the subject of impermanence while depicting the passing clouds and difficult atmospheres. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation I continue to grow while trying to make sense of it all.  My environmental abstracts are the answer to one of my deepest concerns and where life inquiry continues to thrive”.

 

 

“Anecdote of an Inquisitive Mind” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap has been interviewed recently:

VoyageMiami

Art Hive Magazine

 

 

MaiYap has exhibited at over 100 International Art Fairs including: Beijing and Shanghai, China, Morocco, Korea, Colombia, and Panama.  She has also exhibited nationally in museums, universities and galleries.  Her artwork can be seen at “ELEMENTS OF ART” (Pinecrest Gardens, Miami, FL), FLOW – GALLERYone at DoubleTree Suites Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and  MUJERES DE FUEGO – Galería Juan Manuel Cedeño, Panama, Panama.  She will be exhibiting at  Plastic Art Fair – Seoul, KOREA

 

 

 

 

MaiYap is represented by the following galleries:

 

Ninoska Huerta Gallery

Coral Gables, FL 33134   (305) 588-1231

 

Collectors Gallery & Framery

114 Nokomis Ave S.  Venice, FL 34285  (941) 488-302

 

Miart Space

151 NW 36 Street  Wynwood, FL 33127  (786) 406-9915

 

Botero Galleries

1998 Trade Center Way #1,  Naples, FL 34109  (239) 596-4644

 

In addition to her exhibitions, MaiYap also teaches the only class on palette knife taught in South Florida, at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  She is the Founder and Director of Palette Knife Artists of Miami, the first group of its kind in South Florida, as well as Membership Chair of National League of American Pen Women Coral Gables Branch.

 

 

For further information about this workshop, exhibits, demonstrations or classes:

Email: maiyap@bellsouth.net

Call 305.725.8630

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Caren Hackman Shares Her Passion For The Peace And Beauty Of Yoga At Palm Beach Gardens Community Center’s GardensArt Exhibit. Opening Reception Is March 22

Caren Hackman‘s passion for the peaceful and restorative aspects of yoga shows in her newest paintings!  The Palm Beach Gardens’ GardensArt Project features Caren’s “The Art of Yoga” at the Burns Road Recreation Center. The public is invited to the free Opening Reception and Meet The Artist on Friday, March 22.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This exhibit will be available until May 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YogaPainting Art Exhibit

by Caren Hackman

The peace and beauty of yoga come to life in art.

Opening Reception:

 

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Burns Road Recreation Center

4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Exhibit runs through May 14, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caren Hackman, artist

 

Caren Hackman tells The Rickie Report, “My deep spiritual connection to the yoga practice set me on the course for creating the YogaPainter works. A painful injury sidelined me for several years during which I felt angry and depressed. Yoga saved my life! As I learned more about the physical aspects of yoga, a personal evolution, a catharsis, began. Yoga practice help me recover and re-engage with life. As the spiritual essence of the practice became clear, I was drawn to share that passion through my art”.

 

 

 

 

This spiritually motivated series resists the confines of framed canvas and is hung like a classic Asian scroll. The yoga pieces are all on canvas.  Caren’s personal yoga practice helps her feel more connected to the natural world. “Creation of art work that combines challenging poses with images of the nature’s leafy growth or the eclipse comes almost instinctively to me. I hope you find inspiration from this and spread the joy of inner peace”.

 

 

 

 

YogaArt by Caren Hackman

 

 

Caren Hackman’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Florida, including the Port St. Lucie, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens City Halls, Lighthouse Artcenter, Cornell Museum of Art and History, Delray Beach; The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City; the Ritter Gallery, Boca Raton;  The Arts Center, St. Petersburg; Barrier Island Group for the Arts, Sanibel Island; and the Global Gallery, Tampa. In addition her work has been shown at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California; the Spirit Echoes Gallery, Austin, Texas; and University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama.

 

 

 

Caren Hackmans’ “Eclipse Natarajasana”

 

 

In 2010 Caren was awarded an Artist in Residence position by Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. In 2005 she was awarded the Artist in Residence position at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.  Ms. Hackman’s work is represented in numerous collections, including those of The Facial Pain Association, Gainesville, FL, Roger Dean, Palm Beach, FL, Equitable Life, West Palm Beach, FL; Northwood University, West Palm Beach, FL; Lake Wales Medical Center, Lake Wales, FL; and A.H. Fisher Diamonds, Red Bank, NJ.  She maintains a studio in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She enjoys teaching workshops and welcomes commissioned work.

 

 

 

 

Locally, Caren is well-known for her tireless dedication to numerous community projects, including founding the City of Palm Beach Gardens GardensArt program and illustrating the life of George Morikami for the Morikami Museum. Her task force and committee contributions, to name just a few, include the Norton Museum of Art, ArtServe, Armory Art Center, Boys and Girls Club Gators Galore, SunFest, and Palm Beach Community College Campus Art Gallery and founding Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

For more information about Caren’s artwork:

https://yogapainter.com

https://carenhackman.com

https://www.facebook.com/myyogapainter/

 

 

 

About GardensArt:

Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community. The rotating exhibits are loaned to the city for approximately 6 to 8 weeks and provide contact with a broad spectrum of high quality artwork through varied techniques and mediums. GardensArt has earned and maintained an exceptional reputation among professional artists and the community as a whole. The program may offer workshops, artist demonstrations, musical performances and community partnerships in order to make the program more interactive. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions and dates are subject to change.
GardensArt Logo with letters "GA" and text "Gardens Art" as one word underneath

CALL TO ARTISTS:

New GardensArt Opportunity!
Seeking Artists for Rotating Solo Exhibitions at the new Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse,
11401 Northlake Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33412
Call 561-630-1116 or email astepper@pbgfl.com

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Gin Blische Is Featured Artist At Artisans On The Ave In Lake Worth. Meet Her Fantastic Wool Felted Woodland Creatures On March 15

Wool sculptor, Gin Blische has created a community of woodland creatures who are caught off guard when a big wind sends them on an adventure!  Stop by the free Opening Reception on Friday, March 15 at Artisans On The Ave and meet Gin as well as the other artists in this gallery!  Gin’s needle-felted sculptures are one-of-a-kind and each has its own personality.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISANS   ON   THE   AVE

  PRESENTS:

 

 

“The  Briar  Wind”

 

 

 

Featuring:

 

G I N         B L I S C H E

Friday, March 15  

6:00  – 9:00  PM

 

 

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

Gallery Hours:
Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm

A community woodland creatures are caught off guard when a big wind sends them reaching for any anchor they can get their feet into!  You’re invited to a fantastical felted world created by wool sculptor, Gin Blische.  “The Briar Wind” will enchant anyone with whimsy in their heart and forest life in their soul!

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460  

info@ArtGalleryPalmbeach.com
www.artisansontheave.com

 

 

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Artist Pamela Acheson Myers Offers Tell-All Glimpse Of Life Behind The Canvas On February 22 At Via Art Project Gallery In Palm Beach

Get ready to hear artist, Pamela Acheson Myers, as she give us an entertaining peek into what life is like behind the canvas!  Come have a glass of wine and join her on Friday, February 22 at the Via Art Project Gallery in Palm Beach.  You’ll learn how she morphed from a successful publishing executive in New York City to life as an abstract artist!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Pamela’s award winning artworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480

833.842.2787

www.viaartprojects.com

 


P R E S E N T S:

 

 

Artist Pamela Acheson Myers

 

A Tell-All Glimpse of Life Behind the Canvas

Friday,  February 22, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 pm

 

Free Admission

 

Artist, Pamela Acheson Myers

 

 

 

Hear how award winning artist,  Pamela Acheson Myers morphed from a successful career as a publishing executive in New York City to life as an abstract artist.

 

Discover:

  • why she used to draw birds

  • how she switched styles from realistic to abstract

  • why she titles every work and why she is passionate about titles

  • how she gets an idea

  • how she starts a painting

  • what the scariest part of painting is to her

  • how she knows when a painting is finished

  • how she finds painting and writing require opposite processes

  • how she finds ideas in the oddest places

  • why she loves starting with a blank canvas

  • how she knows when a painting is finished

  • and much more!

 

“Little One” by Pamela Acheson Myers

 

 

 

Pamela Acheson Myers currently exhibits her work at the Via Arts Projects Gallery at 208 Sunset Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. She continues to exhibit in juried exhibits across the United States, including galleries in Chesea (NYC) and Santa Fe (NM), and for four years, the American Airline lounges at the Miami airport. Her artwork is in private collections in the US and France. She also has painted commissioned artwork. Pamela is a colorist and her art reflects her profound delight in color. She explains to The Rickie Report, “Intense color has thrilled me for as long as I can remember, whether it appears in a spectacular sunset, or a wildly wallpapered room, or a tropical bird’s brilliant rainbow of feathers. For me, my art is a celebration of the colors.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Sunrise Over St.Barts” by Pamela Acheson Myers

 

 

 

 

 

Myers’ artwork is primarily abstract, although she also paints abstract landscapes, and her works range in size from 8” x 8” to 72” x 84”. Her colors range from soft and graceful to loud and wild! Pamela graduated from Bennington College where she studied under Jules Olitski, Vincent Longo and David Smith. More recently she has studied with Harlan G. Hoffman and Miroslav Antic, both of West Palm Beach. Her photographs and articles have appeared in Caribbean Travel & Life, Florida Travel & Life, Bride’s Magazine, and Travel & Leisure; she was an executive at a major publishing house, has written and designed numerous ads and marketing tools, was a long-time contributor to Fodor’s Travel Guides, and is the author of six books, the most recent being “A Year in Palm Beach: Life in an Alternate Universe”, published in 2012, which she co-wrote with her late husband Richard B. Myers.

 

 

“Come On In” by Pamela Acheson Myers

 

 

 

 

Pamela Acheson Myers’ website is: pamachesonmyersart.com

 

All Via Arts Project events and sales benefit and builds awareness of For the Love of Art Foundation (FLOA).

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Via Art Projects

 

208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480

833.842.2787

www.viaartprojects.com

Or email:   Shannon@viaartprojects.com

 

 

 

 

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Hailed By Critics For Her “Subjective Realism” Approach, Eran Far Offers Three Abstract Painting Classes At Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

Eran Far is an Iranian/American artist whose formal training began at the Kamal El Molk Art Academy in Tehran.  Under the direction of great academics in Brussels and the Art Students League of New York, her artistry matured into a unique style which combines the abstract and expressionist movements.  Eran is offering 3 workshops ( individual or they can be combined) to students interested in exploring abstract art, at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League on February 16, February 23 and March 2.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of her exquisite artistry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS:

3 One- Day Workshops With:

                                                                                            

E R A N     F A R

 

Internationally Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist Artist

 

 

 

 

Saturdays:   February 16, February 23, and March 2, 2019

For more information and to register for a workshop:  call :     201 496-3872 or    email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      

 

Classes take place at:

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

8879 SE Bridge Road     Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 


Eran Far
 

 

 

 

Hailed by critics as “subjective realism”, Eran Far’s expressive and hypnotic style evokes thoughts that carry the mind from the reality of nature to abstract expressions of emotion.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Through my watercolors and mixed media, I want to explain beauty and harmony beyond the traditional and expected ways. My paintings reflect all the scenes and incidents that affected me deeply…sounds, lights, colors. This, together with the experience of “crossing into the world beyond’ which is inexplicable even to myself, is the main texture of my paintings”.

 

 

 

Eran attributes the creative expressions in her paintings to hard days and happy days growing up in Tehran, and to her life travels in different parts of the world. Born to older parents, Eran grew up in a largely adult world.  Encouraged to be fiercely competitive and having an appetite for singing, theater, and dance, Eran performed happily before her home audiences.  She also had an innate love for design, appreciating the depth of color and nuance.

 

 

“Summer Breeze” by Eran Far

 

 

Biographer, Fleeta E. Fox, talks about Eran: “ Her art and painting had their beginnings at Kamal el Molk Academy in Teheran.  As she studied the Masters and began painting, she felt that her own paintings were superficial and  “too copycat”.   With an unbridled need to express herself from within, Eran rejected and discarded the idea of painting altogether and “forgot art”.  Eran joined her brother in Brooklyn, NY  to continue her college studies”. 

 

Eran was  inspired by the creativity and history of the New York World’s Fair, as “lighting, scenery, and theater all impacted her and opened new horizons”.  She was energized by her nascent experiences in the bustling city. In the seventies, as Eran grieved her mother’s death, she sought reprieve by traveling to the south of France and later to Brussels.  Eran says, “The yellow lights of Brussels inspired me to try painting once again”.  But, being restricted to traditional art forms, her spirit for expression and creative form was dampened.

 

“Class Recess” by Eran Far

 

 

 

A return to New York City, brought Eran to classes at the Students Art League. In this new-found space, Eran’s love of Modern Art was finally released.  She told Fleeta E. Fox the following story.  

 

The students were assigned small spaces on a table upon which to work. They were allowed to paint on a small canvas. One day during class, an instructor approached Eran and said, “Why are you painting in this space? What are you doing? You need more space….”

Eran responded, “That’s what we’re allowed”.

She was instructed to purchase a larger canvas and work on the floor. For the very first time in her life, she was painting with large, sweeping strokes and “painting her heart out”! Inspired by her mentor who believed in her gift, she was encouraged to “excavate her soul” and paint from within. She was also inspired by a fellow art student, illustrator, and scholar who recognized and encouraged her development into a fine artist. He later became her husband.

 

 

At the prestigious Art Students League of New York, Eran studied on and off for over two decades (1990-2012) under Master artists Joseph Stapleton, Anita Steckel, and Dale Myer. Eran’s style of painting was recognized as “Subjective Realism” within abstract expressionist style.

 

For two decades and prior to relocating to Florida, Eran also served as a computer programmer and systems analyst for NCR Corporation, an international manufacturing company in both Iran and New York.  She later jointed Metropolitan Life of New York, as a financial representative.

 

“Nature’s Choreography” by Eran Far

 

 

 

Eran currently works as a private art instructor, conducting art workshops, and participating in art shows in different venues in Florida.  Her paintings speak for themselves.  They have been presented in art shows in New York, Berlin, Paris, Teheran, and Nice.  In 2015, Eran made her home in Stuart, Florida, where she shares her art with residents of the Treasure Coast, as well as “sharing her secrets” through her upcoming classes.  Her paintings are included in numerous art collections internationally.  She is available for commissions.

 

 

 

To learn more about this artist: 

Contact Eran Far

      Tel:         201 496-3872

      email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      website:  www.yessy.com/eranfar 

 

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Award Winning Watercolor Artist, Deborah Elaine, Announces Current And Future Exhibits For 2018/2019

Award winning artist Deborah Elaine uses watercolors in varied ways to bring out the soul of her subject to the viewer. Her artwork is currently on exhibit at the Osceola Street Cafe in Downtown Stuart until January 27, 2019.   She will be involved with the Core Concepts 4th Annual Give Back party in Jupiter on December 15.  Art lovers can also visit Deborah’s studio and see her artistry at the 2nd Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour, January 20 and 21, 2019.  In addition, she will participate in the Treasure Coast Wildlife Fine Arts & Wine Event on February 2, 2019.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Deborah’s commissions, murals, painted pours, and portraits are filled with color and nuance.

 

 

 

D E B O R A H      E L A I N E

 

W A T E R C O L O R     A R T I S T

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Elaine With her Artwork

 

 

 

U P C O M I N G        E V E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb tells The Rickie Report, ” I enjoy the expressiveness of the abstract and surreal nature of watercolor pouring”.  It is a unique style she developed when she was introduced to one of her mentors, Johnny Johnson. Her works are created allowing the medium to flow and become itself by utilizing the pouring technique. The painting starts out abstract in design and becomes surreal in nature by developing subject matter that is created with her imagination and her references. The method Deb uses to create her compositions is similar to laying in the plush green grass gazing into the clouds seeing the ever changing shapes that appear. Each painting is an expression and passion of hers.

 

 

 

“Parrothead Pierre” by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

She says, ” I am innately attracted to the discovery of nature, wildlife, color, and design. And I’m at peace when creating in natural settings. For I feel close to the Creator—as if His hand guides mine.  I create and share with the hope that the joy I experience is vicariously shared by others. Or at least, makes them ponder.  There are many divine mysteries in this life. And through the paths we travel, He shows us the way and the hidden and beautiful things of this world”.

 

 

 

Dog Portrait Commission by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

Deb began her watercolor career in 2003 after studying under Johnny Johnson, Gary Duquette, Joe Miller (Cheap Joe’s), and Linda Griffin. Originally part of the Fredericksburg Art Scene in Virginia for a decade, her first studio in Libertytown Artist Workshop was located at Liberty Street. She now has a home studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Horse Love” by Deborah Elaine

 

 

 

 

Deb donates a portion of her sales to charitable organizations involved with Hurricane Irma clean-up and preserving our waters and coral reefs in Florida.   She points out, “Coral reefs and rain forests absorb a majority of the carbon dioxide that causes global warming. Without them we are killing ourselves”.

 

 

Porsche” by Deborah Elaine

Do you have a special person, place, pet you would like to capture in a commissioned painting? Deb loves commissions!  She discusses format, medium, technique, and colors before getting started.  She shows her clients some of the different styles that she paints in. “From the initial meeting, brain storming, sketches, and watercolor samples we meet again and finalize the ideas before going forward.  We will decide on a size, style, colors, matting, & framing for each piece of work. Communication is KEY in creating a very special commission for someone. The more I know, the more accurate I can be with your final artwork. I delight in creating a successful piece to add to your collection or the creation of a gift for someone special in your life”, she tells us.

 

 

 

Deb’s mission:

• To Influence others through the creativity and subject of my work
• To bring joy, laughter and happiness to others
• To reflect God’s beauty or a feeling of expression that touches and moves others • To give a peace and hope to finding your own path in life
• To give back what HE has given me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about exhibits, events, classes, or commissions:

 

 

 

 

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen Is Featured Artist, Offering Demo At Wellington Art Society Meeting November 14- Open To Public

Internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen is the Featured Artist at the Wellington Art Society meeting on Wednesday, November 14th.  The public is invited to her demo and to meet all of the artists at the Wellington Community Center. A raffle of art donations will follow with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Deborah’s awe inspiring artistry.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday,  November 14, 2018

 

6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

FEATURES:

D E B O R A H      B I G E L E I S E N

 

This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

 

“Energy” by Deborah  Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Deborah  Bigeleisen grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she graduated with high honors.  Always entrepreneurial, and a risk taker,  Deborah was ahead of her time in establishing a global textile print design company in Manhattan where she served as the president and creative director for eighteen years.  

 

 

 

Deborah moved to West Palm Beach in 1998, and started painting as hobby.   Without any formal fine art education, her talent was cultivated through local art classes and master artists workshops.   She was mentored by renowned visionary Gordon Parks, whom she was proud to regard as a good friend. Within two years Bigeleisen’s paintings were accepted into fine established galleries, thus launching  her second successful career as a fine art painter.  Deborah says that she found a voice inside that she never knew she possessed.

 

“Romantic Interlude” by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Whether painting highly representational images, or more non-objective visions, Deborah Bigeleisen’s dynamic and evocative paintings of flowers stand alone in the contemporary fine art arena. Her technique is rooted in the practices of the Dutch master artists;  her conceptual work is rooted in the principles of fractals.  Never being content to stay in her comfort zone, Deborah continually pushes her vision.  She does not subscribe to rules.  “Every painting is a fresh beginning, and a new journey; and  I cherish the unpredictability.”

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen and “Fractal”

 

 

 

 

Deborah’s work has been represented by fine art galleries from Aspen; to San Francisco, to Naples, FL; to Washington, DC; to Southampton, NY, and to New York City. Her paintings have been prominently featured in international Contemporary and Fine Art Fairs.  Her work has been widely published in journals and art books ranging from Science Creative Quarterly, to Michael K. Corbin’s trilogy ‘A Collector’s Journal,’ to New Art International and Studio Visit. Her paintings have graced the covers and interior pages of international interior design publications including Florida Design, Miami Home & Décor, Art and Antiques, LUXE Magazine, and Architectural Digest. Deborah’s work is collected world-wide and enhances the corporate collections of American Airlines, Beauté Therapies Inc., The Koury Corp., and LBC Design & Construction to name just a few. Her paintings have received awards, and have been exhibited in numerous museum shows including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Platt / Bornstein Galleries at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

Untitled Diptych by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Bigeleisen enjoys sharing her knowledge by lecturing on various art related topics; conducting private tours of Art Basel and Art Miami during Miami Art Week every December; and leading private museums tours where her focus is on “looking at art through the eyes and mind of an artist.”  She has served as an artist in residence; conducts artist workshops, and is an adjunct professor of art at Palm Beach State College.

 

 

 

Deborah is a long standing member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  She served as chair person for Art and Public Places for the City of West Palm Beach for ten years.  She is an active member of Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches; and a former board member of the Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Deborah lives and works in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

 

Ms. Bigeleisen’s paintings are sold through fine art galleries, and have been prominently exhibited in international Contemporary and Fine Art fairs including the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, ArtHamptons, the Chicago International Art Show, the LA Art Show, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show and the Shanghai Art Fair. For more information, please visit  www.deborahbigeleisen.com.

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Gin Blische’s Creations Are NOT Stuffed Animals! Meet This Master Needle Felter And Her Menagerie On October 19th At Artisans On The Ave

Wool sculptor, Gin Blische has created quite the niche for herself here in Palm Beach County. Needle-felted sculpture is unique in South Florida, but she feels just fine being a big colorful fish in a small tropical pond.  Her commitment to her art is the reason she has an impressive collection of unique creations on display at Artisans On The Ave Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida. Her colorful menagerie of creatures will sometimes have you doing a double take! How did a raccoon get into the Gallery window!  Her sculptures of all things woolen have garnered the interest of collectors from here to Hollywood CA where she was commissioned by FOX TV Network to create two sculptures for a TV show set.  Meet Gin on Friday, October 19th at Artisans on the Ave for their “Fantasy & Fairy Tales” Opening Reception!   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  

 

 

 

THEY     ARE     NOT     STUFFED!  

Meet The Creations of Gin Blische

 

 

NEXT ART SHOW:

“Fantasy & Fairy Tales”

Featuring Gin Blische, Amelia Costa and Julie Naseef

Friday, October 19  

6 – 9 PM

Artisans On The Ave.  630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Florida

 (free and open to the public, refreshments)

 

 

 

 

Gin Blische

 

 

 

A multitalented individual, Gin is also a member of INHOUSE, a South Florida based band she founded with her twin Sister. INHOUSE has performed with artists like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt and Ziggy Marley among others. Recently, she is splitting her time between sculpting and preparing for the INHOUSE, 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert at the Norton Museum of Art’s, Art After Dark on February 22.

 

 

 

 

Display of Gin’s Creations at Artisans On The Ave Gallery

 

Working out of her home studio in Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, Gin surrounds herself with a palette of naturally dyed English sheep’s wool, llama wool and angora, just waiting to be turned into something fantastical!  Gin tells The Rickie Report, “I’m sure I am not alone when I say that expression can be the most important element of any sculpture or painting. When I use the term “expression,” I mean it quite literally, although people express themselves in their art no matter what their subject or medium.  I’m just not that deep with my creations. I create to create emotion, but that emotion comes from the expressions on the faces and posture of each of my sculptures.  Many people have said they see me in my work. My eyes, my expressions, no matter the creation”.

 

 

 

Another creation by Gin Blische

 

 

 

 

 

She goes on to say, “Making creations that look like Gin the bear, Gin the owl, Gin the bird. Before you start thinking of me as a narcissist, please don’t. It may happen inadvertently. I may be creating my twin sister, the woman dearest to my heart.  I’ve stared at my face my entire life without looking in the mirror. It’s no wonder my sculptures look a little like me.  When I look at them though, I see the eyes of my dog Ralph. He had the most sensitive eyes.  I loved to look into them while I pet his brow. He filled me with so much love. I try to recreate that emotion with every piece I create. Sometimes I almost get there. :)”

 

 

 

 

Gin Blische’s Pelican

 

 

 

Gin is the daughter of artist Herbert Weintraub, who is best known for his oil and acrylic cityscapes and nautical and rural American paintings. Perhaps this is why the idea of creating art as a career is not foreign to her. She spent many hours admiring her Dad, hard at work at his easel. Her youth was spent going to art shows in Greenwich Village and Central Park. She studied Fashion Design and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before embarking on a career in Fashion throughout the 1980’s. Her illustrations won over Liz Claiborne before her studies ended at the reputable school.

Gin Blische’s Bongo Bear
Gin tells The Rickie Report, “Commissions have always been challenging considering I am not a portrait artist. Most of the commission work I do, has an element of fantasy to it… almost a caricature of the subject. That style has never steered me wrong. It is my style. Truth is, there is nothing more special than a  creation of someone or something you love. As far as gifts go, it is extremely thoughtful. Which brings me to my next point. If you are looking for something original to give as a gift this holiday, walk into a local gallery. If you don’t see anything you love but you do see a style you like, commission something. Make sure you do it soon…holiday seasons get very busy for most artists”.

 

 

Holiday Pet Portrait Commissions by Gin Blische

 

Pet Portraits:  With the Holiday season around the corner, the perfect gift for someone you love may be a felted one. These collectibles are a unique addition to any home and can include anything from a 3D portrait of your pet’s face in a frame or a small full body portrait.  This is the perfect gift idea for that person who adores their pet(s).  We suggest you get your order in early for Holiday gifts. 

 

 

 

 

Classes Offered:  Gin offers classes to groups of 5 or more ages 10 and up which includes supplies. Contact Gin to book a date for your party. Day or Evening classes available. This is a great idea for Birthday, Retirement, Holiday or just plain Crafter Parties. Gin will travel and teach in your home for an extra fee.

 

 

 

Crafting is a great tool for building confidence, forming friendships, and developing focus.

 

 

 

 

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Contact: gin@blische.net
561-543-3458

 

 

 

 

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Award-Winning Artist, Lois Perdue Answers Your Questions About Abstract Art

Lois Perdue, an award-winning abstract artist, answers some questions about this exciting and sometimes challenging genre. Lois addresses issues for artists and art patrons, as The Rickie Report shares her responses and some sneak peeks at her latest works of art.

 

L O I S         P E R D U E:

 

UNDERSTANDING    ABSTRACT    ART

 

 

Lois Perdue  explains to The Rickie Report, “As an abstract expressionist, I am frequently asked the same two questions about my paintings:  ‘How do you start one of those paintings?’ And, the next one is usually: ‘How do you know when it is finished?’  Maybe for those reasons alone, buying abstract art is a challenge!  But with a better understanding of this exciting genre and its potential investment opportunities, collecting abstract art can be a win-win”.

First, What is Abstract Art?

The most important difference between abstract art and representational or subjective art is that you just cannot find a subject in an abstract painting.

It doesn’t relate to anyone or anything or try to resemble something. Instead, color and form are the subjects of the painting.

 

 

 

“Chasing The Blues Away” Mixed Media on Yupo Best Of  Show Florida Gold Coast Watercolor Society 2018, by Lois Perdue

 

What to Look for in Original Abstract Art:

New art collectors should look for vibrant colors, rich brush strokes, intriguing designs, intricate details, touchable textures and a focal point.

If the work is painted on canvas, even the smell of an original work is an experience, particularly if it is an oil painting.

But what sets original abstract artwork apart so you can begin to make wise decisions?

There are dozens of well-known abstract artists, including Picasso, Klee, Mitchell and Diebenkorn, to name a few. A quick search on the Internet will familiarize you with dozens of different artists and their techniques of painting.

 

How Do You Want to Use Your Abstract Art?

Here are some questions to ponder in order to find the best placement for your purchases.

Have you started noticing abstract artists whose work you admire? Each has a distinct style.

Have you thought about beginning to collect this type of art? Or do you simply want the paintings to complete the interior design plan of your home’s new modern/contemporary concept?

Are you working with an interior designer to find art for your yacht? Or is it for corporate use for offices, hospitals or the hospitality industries to furnish hotels or restaurants?


“Antelope Canyon” by Lois Perdue

Why Buy Original Abstract Art: An Emotion or an Investment?

A majority of art professionals (86 percent) surveyed said clients buy art and collect art for emotional reasons, but also focus on investment value, according to Deloitte’s Art & Finance Report 2017.

Wealth managers (54 percent) sell art as a way to safeguard value — up 3 percent since 2016.

And 88 percent of wealth managers surveyed (up 10 percent) think art and collection should be included as part of their investment strategies.

“People buy because they simply love the painting or it connects with them on an emotional level,” said. Linda Jerrell, co-owner of Heritage Art Galleries. “Others buy art because of its ‘worth’ or what it will be worth in the future.”

Co-owner Claudio Tomassone believes people buy abstract art because it is a matter of taste.

“Some people just prefer not to have a conventional shape or form in their artwork,” he said. “Others look at textures or the strokes in the paint, etc. And in some cases when a painting is being purchased for a public space, an abstract is preferred because it will bring ‘warmth’ to a space while keeping a ‘neutral’ feeling. Abstract art leaves more room for one’s imagination.”

 

“Pieces of 8”, Mixed Media on Yupo, “Honorable Mention” at 42nd Annual Members’ “Love Watercolor” Gold Coast Watercolor Society 2017, by Lois Perdue

 

Where to Buy Abstract Art: Directly from a Gallery?

One of the best ways to find an artist who works locally is at art galleries around the cities in which they live.

When buying from a gallery, they have done the leg work for you, vetting the artists they represent.

According to Linda, their gallery invests in local artists because it helps to support the local art and cultural communities.

“We also look for artists who stand out while always keeping trends and clients’ aesthetic desires in mind,” she said.

“Whether we are representing new or established talent, we do a great deal of research to determine if their art is marketable and a good investment. We look at their current following, pricing and level of interest in their work.”

Claudio added that they look for the most talented, accomplished artists. Heritage not only represents local artists, but their collection includes artists such as Turkey, Erte, Schluss and Treby, to name a few.  Buying from a gallery also provides services such as art restoration, framing and custom framing, according to Ian Jerrell, co-owner and head of the restorations and framing at Heritage.  “It’s not only how the framing and restoration are going to look, but the preservation of your artwork so its beauty continues to bring joy for many years.”

Or Do You Buy Directly from the Artist?

If you don’t go to a gallery, where will you find those artists whose work appeals to you?

You may find them at local art exhibits, libraries, festivals, museums and other venues.  I belong to more than half a dozen local art guilds and art societies in my area, and each of them hosts about half a dozen or more art exhibits each year at a variety of places that are free and open to the public.

Check your online local media’s weekend listings, library and museum listings, too. You will soon see the same artists appearing multiple times and you can begin tracking favorite ones on your way to buying/collecting.

Sometimes, the artists are at the venue and you can meet them in person to discuss their techniques, prices, etc.

Most of the time, they will have a business card or brochure near their artwork so you can reach them for further talks. Check out their websites and Instagram/Facebook profiles to see more of their collections.

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

Putting a Price on an Original Abstract Painting:

Whether you work with an art gallery or buy directly from the artist, it is best to set a budget first.

“A lot of factors go into the pricing of a work of art. When dealing with local artists, it is a one-on-one agreement between us and the artist,” Claudio said. “As for established and renowned artists’ originals and prints, we study the market and find out what their art is generally selling for on an international level and price accordingly,” he said.

Navigating the Cost: Sticker Shock! Crossing the Threshold Toward Buying

How do you approach an artist about the price of the work?

It is an emotional purchase. A lot of passion and hard work have gone into the artwork. Sometimes, it is difficult to put a price on an elusive emotion, but hopefully, there is a sticker attached!

The prospective buyer has to have confidence in the artist from whom they are making the purchase. The buyer can begin keeping detailed information about a favorite artist and his or her creative process; this information can most often be found on the artists’ websites along, with their resume and list of their other artistic activities.

Another confidence-builder before you go start collecting artwork is to ask for referrals from friends or associates who collect art, particularly from those who know the artists.

Does a local venue have any of the artist’s work on display? Are there any published articles about the artist and exhibits in which they have appeared?

For example, I let my clients know when and where I am going to be exhibiting on my Facebook page, Instagram and through emails — numerous times. I ask them to tell their friends and neighbors to come and see the exhibits.

I also talk about my unique techniques whenever I can, including the 10 to 15 layers of paint I use in each piece of artwork, the unusual tools I use to “paint” with, including shower squeegees and kitchen spatulas, and how and why I use certain paints.

Many of my abstract paintings begin on a plastic paper called Yupo that first has been given textural layerings to create dimension.

I apply thin washes of watercolor, many translucent glazes and then use vibrant acrylic paints, inks and nontraditional tools to create unique brush strokes and markings.

I focus on landscapes that I describe as “big, organic and intense,” reflecting my proximity to the ocean and experiences traveling worldwide.

My audience often is fascinated with the “how” and “why” and always want to hear my back story about how I wanted to paint since I was a child but didn’t pick up a paint brush (or squeeguee!) until nine years ago, when I retired!

 

 

“Time for a Cool Change” by Lois Perdue

Solving Clients’ Pay Concerns (Other Issues):

 

Clients may think that the artwork is “out of their budget” or the price too high. Remember that everyone deserves to have beauty every day in front of them!

To make it easier for some clients to buy art, some artists have credit card options or PayPal available rather taking cash or checks. Some artists will even make arrangements for credit card installment payments. Some artists lease their work on a monthly or other scheduled basis to make “beauty” more affordable in the home, workplace or on their yacht! Ask them if they have these arrangements.

And what if clients say your artwork will “clash” with their decor? Show them a similar piece with a different color palette, or offer to paint another (commissioned piece) with just the exact colors they request at the same price as the one they saw for sale at your venue. Remind them that your artwork will make the room “pop,” not the sofa!

And if a client can’t make up his or her mind, offer a gift certificate. They may not be able to select a painting or choose a color palette or whether it should be a canvas or framed painting.

By selling gift certificates in certain dollar amounts, recipients can redeem them for their preferences whenever they want. It is just smart business and oh-so-convenient!

Negotiating and/or Discounting for Art?

While these two words make most artists and gallery owners feel faint, some artists love the idea of negotiating.

I, personally, think that offering discounts devalues my work. I already have established a price based on my time, techniques, expertise, size of work, competition and uniqueness.

If I discount, then there is the notion that the price already was inflated; however, there are some artists who are ready and eager to negotiate, and you shouldn’t hesitate to inquire.

Give abstract art a look! While it is beautiful as well as mystifying, you always will find something speaking to you from within the painting if you seek it out.

This type of art should not be missed!

 

 

 

Lois Perdue is a nationally acclaimed abstract expressionist retired from communications. She is represented by Heritage Art Galleries.  Lois, who has Signature Membership in Gold Coast Watercolor Society,  has been recognized in national,  local and state juried art exhibits. She is also a member of Florida Watercolor Society, International Society for Experimental Artists, Weston and Plantation Art Guilds, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Coral Springs Museum of Art,  ArtServe, National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, XII Voices, “Voices Speaking for Art”, an organization of professional artists and Plantation Chamber of Commerce.  In 2017 Lois completed Broward County’s Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute.  Lois teaches workshops to veterans and beginning artists who want to learn how to “start and “finish” Abstract paintings throughout South Florida upon request!

 

 

For more information about Lois Perdue’s abstract art: 

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Lois Perdue 

 

 

 

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