Armory Art Salon Features Three Views Of Ceramic Sculpture In Contemporary Art With Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej

Armory Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting.  December’s program is held in conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major National Exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11th.  This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. Meet three contemporary artists: Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej as they discuss “Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views” on Tuesday, December 15th.  The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of their creations.  We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.






Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401



Armory Art Center Presents




Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views”

Presented By:

Muriel Kaplan

Mark Walnock

Stephen Futej





There’s a $10 fee to attend.  Pay at the door.

Please share this announcement with friends. If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.



021310PBDN 2 photos Meghan McCarthy Muriel Kaplan's piece Guitte Leeb is on display at Faces of Humanity at the Armory Art Center until March 6, 2010.

“Guitte Leeb” by Muriel Kaplan  (Photo by Meghan McCarthy)




The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of Art Salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. The Art Salon is curated by Elle Schorr.





“Divided Roots” by Mark Walnock





In conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major national exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11, this Art Salon will introduce three artists who have influenced students of Ceramics and Sculpture at the Armory Art Center. Each will discuss his or her ways of working and influences, and will share images of their work. After their presentations, we will tour the Muriel Kaplan Sculpture / Ceramic Building.





“Bahia” by Stephen Futej




Muriel Kaplan began to teach sculpture at the Armory in 1978, when it was first beginning, and later served on the board of directors and initiated the Master Artists program at the school. The Armory Art Center named their sculpture/ceramics building after her to thank her for her many contributions.






US Navy Fighter Pilot, David McCampbell” by Muriel Kaplan




Muriel studied mythology with Joseph Campbell and also welding at Cornell University, where she received a BA in Psychology in 1946. She earned her Master’s degree in Sculpture and Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College in 1961. She creates drawings and paintings, in many mediums, and sculptures, both reliefs and in the round, mostly in terra-cotta and then cast in bronze. She work both on commission and “for my own pleasure when inspired by personal, philosophical or political subjects”.



“Yellow Roots” by Mark Walnock



Mark Walnock is the Director of Ceramics at the Armory. He states “My work is based on different growth processes in nature. The pieces depict imagined developing scenarios in which extensions are formed, or are in the process of being formed off of a stationary host. These living hosts can be protected by spikes or scales. Some hosts take shape as root systems or animal parts from land or the sea. The idea of protection through clustering and the persistence for survival in nature are my main themes. I admire nature’s ability to grow under any harsh conditions and to rarely be held back. My pieces begin to reflect a self portrait as the growth inside them is silent, subtle, and ongoing. I attempt to direct the viewer to focus on these generally unnoticed events in order for them to contemplate their own personal growth scenarios. Metal or bronze as an outer layer places a protective “shell” over the piece and avoids a too immediate recognition.”




Mark graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA earning a BA, with honors, in ceramics. He has worked as an instructor and studio manager for various arts organizations, and has been an artist in residence at the Long Beach Island Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited his work nationwide and at invitational shows in London and Japan.



“Vascularity” by Stephen Futej



Stephen Futej’s work combines discarded clay and degraded construction materials, he says, ” to devise a role reversal of space and form, giving a visual accounting of temporary spaces defined by curved planes. These spatial records are regarded as temporal, and can be interpreted as snapshots or fossils that allude to cycles of disintegration and reconfiguration occurring on varied scales. Ultimately they refer to the quest for understanding of the Higgs Boson and dark matter, which comprises as much as eighty percent of the universe. There is also a philosophical parallel at work; the concepts of yin and yang relate directly to the mold/positive relationship, and are essential to experiencing Tao, the all-pervading, eternally nameless underlying order.”





Stephen is the former Sculpture Department Director, Armory Art Center, where he developed curriculum in clay sculpture, welding and metals, stone carving, and glass and bronze casting and was an Armory Artist in Residence. He is now an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. stephen has also been awarded residencies at the Perkins Center for the Arts and The School at Church Farms. He received his BFA at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MFA from Florida Atlantic University.





Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.





All Salons meet in Library on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.


If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.



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Griffin Gallery Explores the Artistic Evolution of the Ancient Hydra Handle

The Griffin Gallery ‘s newest exhibit reminds us that ornamentation on every day objects was as popular in  early human history as they are today. The Hydria, primarily a pot for fetching water, derives its name from the Greek word for “water”. Hydriai were often seen on painted Greek vases, showing scenes of women carrying water from a fountain.  A hydria has two horizontal handles at the sides for lifting and a vertical handle at the back for dipping and pouring. Of all the Greek vase shapes, the hydria probably received the most artistically significant treatment in terracotta and in bronze. The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit, as we find ancient design the initial map to modernity.

Griffin Gallery

Invites you to



Thursday, April 10, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

The exhibition continues through May 07, 2014

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL


The evolution of the terracotta hydria from the 7th century B.C. to the 3rd century B.C. is well represented in the Greek collection of the Metropolitan Museum. The earliest vessels typically have a wide body and broadly rounded shoulder. Sometime before the middle of the 6th century B.C., however, the shape evolved into one with a flatter shoulder that meets the body at a sharp angle. By the end of the 6th century B.C., a variant, known as a kalpis, developed. With a continuous curve from the lip through the body of the vessel, it became the type favored by red-figure vase painters. Terracotta black-glaze hydriai of the late Classical period were sometimes decorated with a gilt wreath that was painted or applied in shallow relief around the vase’s neck. These gilt wreaths imitated actual gold funerary wreaths that were placed around bronze hydriai, examples of which have been found in Macedonian tombs. Hydriai from this later, Hellenistic, period tend to be more slender and elongated.


Greek Bronze Hydria, Roaring Lion

Greek Bronze Hydria, Roaring Lion

Bronze hydriai consist of a body, which was hammered, and a foot and handles, which were cast and decorated with figural and floral motifs. Sometimes the moldings and other decorative elements of the foot, handles, and rim were embellished with silver inlay. The green patina evident on many Greek bronze hydriai is a result of corrosion over the centuries. Originally, these vessels had a gold, copper, or brown tint, depending on the particular bronze alloy that was used. The cast vertical handles could be particularly elaborate, taking the form of human figures and powerful animals. Images of deities and other mythological figures appear on some of the more ornate vases of the Classical period. A particularly popular type of bronze hydria features a siren at the base of the vessel’s vertical handle.
Parthian Bronze Lionhead Handle

Parthian Bronze Lionhead Handle

Sirens—part beautiful woman and part bird—were mythological creatures that often had funerary connotations. Their legendary singing lured sailors off course to shipwreck and death. Frequently, sirens appear on Classical Greek gravestones as if lamenting or watching over the deceased. Perhaps their appearance on the handles of bronze hydriai signifies the vessels’ funerary function. Or, more generally, these mythological creatures may stand for female attendants. On the handles of bronze hydriai, sirens are represented with their wings open, as if in mid flight. Perhaps they are assisting in lifting the vessel and pouring out its liquid contents.
Roman Bronze

Roman Bronze

Like its terracotta counterpart, the kalpis became the most popular form of bronze hydria in the fifth century B.C. These metal vessels were used not only for water but also as cinerary urns, ballot boxes, votive offerings, and as prizes for competitions held at Greek sanctuaries. The occasional inscription on a rim describes their use as an offering to a god or as a prize for an athletic or music competition. Many well-preserved examples of these bronze vessels have been found in tombs.
Early Bronze Age Spouted Vessel

Early Bronze Age Spouted Vessel

Like many Greek vases, the hydria typically had a lid that is seldom preserved. This cover could be quite tall and taper to a point. When a hydria was used as an urn, the lid might be made of another material, such as lead, that was simply flattened over the rim of the vessel. Plaster was also used to seal the cremated remains. At other times, the lid was made of the same material as the rest of the vase.
Middle Age Bronze Juglet

Middle Age Bronze Juglet

In Hellenistic times, during the third and first half of the second centuries B.C., a new regional type of hydria developed, known as the Hadra hydria (water jar used as a cinerary urn). These vessels take their name from the Hadra cemetery of Alexandria, Egypt, where many examples were first discovered in the late nineteenth century. However, scientific analysis and research have revealed that the Hadra hydriai were made in western Crete, and exported to Egypt. They were also used for burials on Crete and have been excavated in tombs at Phaistos.
Roman Bronze

Roman Bronze

Hadra hydriai are typically decorated with black paint, and many of them bear ink inscriptions that identify the deceased and the year in which they died. In some instances, Hadra hydriai are coated with a white slip, and then decorated with polychrome paint. These particular Hadra hydriai are likely the product of local Alexandrian workshops, and they provide valuable information about the customs of Greeks living in Egypt during the reign of the Ptolemies in the Hellenistic period.
Pottery Twin Jug

Pottery Twin Jug

Colette Hemingway, Independent Scholar
Sean Hemingway, Department of Greek & Roman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431.  For more information please contact them via phone: 561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855 or visit  or email

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800    Works cited:



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Fine Art and Antique Caravan Coming: Open to the Public!

Who doesn’t love watching people bring their heirlooms and knick knacks to see what they are worth? There are television shows built around this!  The Rickie Report plans to be at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens on February 26th for their Fine Art and Antiques Caravan which will offer verbal appraisals from Bruce Kodner, of Bruce Kodner Galleries in Lake Worth, FL.  Read this article for more information and see what Mr. Kodner is interested in purchasing! This event is open to the public!


Temple Judea’s Art Committee


Fine Art and Antiques Caravan


Professional Appraisals and Offers

By Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.


Tuesday   February 26, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

( or until there is no one else in line for appraisals)

7:30 Live Auction

Decorative Mirrors and Lalique

4311  Hood Road   Palm Beach Gardens, FL

(Between Alternate A1A and Military Trail)

Bring your antiques, fine art, knick knacks, jewelry, and home furnishings to Temple Judea for a professional appraisal by Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.  Mr. Kodner and members of his appraisal team will be giving verbal appraisals of up to 3 items per family.  The $5.00 fee per item will be donated to Temple Judea’s Art Committee to underwrite their annual programming.  


If you can lift it, you can bring it!  Mr. Kodner is available to make home visits for large items or numerous items.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a good quality photo of an item to see if Mr. Kodner might be interested.  There is no charge for Mr. Kodner to come to your home.  There is only a charge if someone wants a type written appraisal. 



Interestingly Bruce Kodner married his wife Dana Charles whose late father, C.B. Charles, whose father was also an auctioneer both in Michigan and South Florida.Mr. Kodner is a third generation auctioneer whose auctioneering history dates back back to the 1920s with his grandfather, Jacob Kodner.  He began his career in Chicago under the tutelage of his late father, Albert Kodner.  His career and auction gallery business has blossomed and grown with his move to South Florida with his main gallery currently located in a 18,000 square foot building in the heart of Lake Worth.  He has been serving his loyal customer base in South Florida since 1982.


Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. represents the fourth generation of expertise in purchase, sale and appraisal of fine home furnishings and art properties.   Mr. Kodner is donating his time as well as the Live Auction items, whose value is over $100. per item.  He will conduct a Live Auction at 7:30 pm and then continue to meet with attendees for verbal appraisals.



Mr. Kodner is also interested in purchasing select items and will donate 10% of the price to Temple Judea.   Such items include :

  • All Chinese and Japanese Works of Art
  • Sterling Silver Flatware and Tea Sets
  • Bronze and Marble Figurines
  • Lalique Crystal
  • Antique Paintings
  • Ivory
  • Coral
  • Jade
  • 20th Century Modern Furniture and Metal Objects
  • Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • 10K, 14K, 18K, 22 K Gold Jewelry
  • Gold and Silver Coins
  • Paper Currency
  • Watches (Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe)
  • Tiffany
  • David Yurman
  • John Hardy
  • David Webb
  • Chimento
  • Harry Winston
  • Meissen Porcelain
  • Clocks

Each person will register and receive a numbered ticket.  The committee will begin handing out numbers at 4:00 pm.  As patrons wait in the social hall for their number to be called, there will be food and beverages available for purchase and plenty of seating.  Fresh turkey, roast beef and vegetarian wraps will come with fresh fruit salad.  Home made baked goods, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea will all be  on hand.  The Live Auction will take place at 7:30 in the social hall.  Mr. Kodner and his team will be on hand until there no longer people in line waiting for appraisals.



 The year 2009 marked another historic milestone for BKG as Bruce’s son, Jacob Kodner, joined the company as its 4th generation auctioneer following in the longtime family tradition. As well as being the company’s newest auctioneer, in 2010, Jacob Kodner became the company’s second graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. He is an accredited jewelry professional and is a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist. Mr. Kodner welcomes anyone to also have him act as auctioneer at their next charity event.


For more information about Temple Judea please call 561-799-0283 or go to:   For more information about Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. please visit:


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