Beasties of the Kingdom are a Must See at 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

The 17th Annual Delray Beach Craft Festival goers will have a lot of artists to see.  John Raya’s creations, “Beasties of the Kingdom” promise to amuse and please all ages.  Previously sharing his creative genius at Disneyland and Universal Studios, John eventually struck out on his own.  Choosing a “Beastie” is probably the most difficult decision you’ll have to make!  Everything is handmade in the USA ( including the paint as well as boxes).  The Rickie Report shares the details of the full event and a glimpse of some “Beasties”.

 

 Delray CF Flyer_May

 

American Craft Endeavors Presents:

17th Annual Delray Beach Craft Festival

Saturday and Sunday: May 24 & 25

10 am – 5 pm

FREE admission

Tennis Center on Atlantic Avenue  

Delray Beach,FL

 

 

John Raya at Work on his Beasties of the Kingdom

John Raya at Work on his Beasties of the Kingdom

 

Meet John Raya

and

his Beasties of the Kingdom

 

 

Throughout his life, John Raya’s two passions have been sculpting and cartooning. As a child, John spent long hours mastering the great works … from the “Sunday funnies”, his favorite comic books, or the all-time classic “Mad Magazine.” Any piece of paper was a potential sketch pad for John to practice drawing his childhood heroes and heroines. He shares, ” I mastered anatomy and life drawing skills by the age of ten through long hours laboring over the finer points of proportion and structure … by sketching the likes of “Wonder Woman” .”

 

"Palm Beach Paulie" by John Raya

“Palm Beach Paulie” by John Raya

 

John’s talents soon found their way to Universal Studios in California where he worked summers as a cartoonist between stints at Cal State at Fullerton where he studied the “3D’s”–dating, dancing, and design. With a knack for quick-sketch caricature, John’s art drew him to Disneyland where he would sometimes sketch up to 400 people in a single day. John eventually found his way to Walt Disney World® in Florida, where as an art director, he was responsible for artists operations in the theme park.

 

 

"ZsaZsaZebra" by John Raya

“ZsaZsaZebra” by John Raya

 

In 1975, mustering his entrepreneurial spirit and with his accumulated professional experience (and a prayer), John embarked on his own business venture. Developing the “Beasties of the Kingdom” collection along the way, John fulfilled a lifelong dream and created a vehicle for his personal style and sense of humor. Starting with just six designs in his collection, John soon directed his talents to creating new and better “Beasties” to keep up with the ever-growing demand. Since then, John has increased his collection to include over sixty new “Beasties of the Kingdom” that has attracted a global family of collectors.

"Ernie Eagle" by John Raya

“Ernie Eagle” by John Raya

 

 

 

For more information about Beasties of the Kingdom, please visit www.beasties.com  or call 407-758-9891   (voice or text)

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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 561-537-0291

 

Photography With a Different Point of View

S. Aaron Hopkins stopped at the Art Synergy booth during Art Palm Beach asking how to become more involved in the local art scene, as he was new to the area.  He had come to the right place!  In this article, The Rickie Report shares his good news of being accepted into a juried photography exhibit.  He is an accomplished photographer whose work has been described as “gritty, vivid and humanistic. We urge you to stop by the “World Through the Lens” at A Unique Art Gallery  May 14 – June 6th to see Mr. Hopkins’ work!

 

S.A. Hopkins

 

“World Through The Lens”

A Unique Art Gallery

 

Opening Reception – Public Welcome!

Wednesday, May 14th

5:30-7:30 pm

226 Center Street – Suite 8       

Jupiter, Florida  33458

561-529-2748

 
 
S.A. Hopkins will be showing his photography as part of the juried exhibit, “The World Through the Lens”.  The show takes place at A Unique Art Gallery located in Jupiter, FL and is hosted by the Artists Association of Jupiter. The judge for this show is Durga Garcia.
"Savannah Morning" by S.A. Hopkins

“Savannah Morning” by S.A. Hopkins

There will be a public reception on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit will run through June 6th.  A Unique Art Gallery is located at  226 Center Street, Jupiter, Suite 8.  For more details about this exhibit please call 561.529.2748.

 

"Reading" by S.A.Hopkins

“Reading” by S.A.Hopkins

 Aaron tells The Rickie Report, “I can’t remember if there was a moment when I decided to become a photographer. I’ve been shooting since I had my first camera, a simple Kodak Instamatic. In fact, through the years, photography has been the one constant in my life.”
"Aaronnoire" by S.A. Hopkins

“Aaronnoire” by S.A. Hopkins

He goes on to share, ” I’ve spent nearly four decades walking around with my camera, taking pictures — or ‘making pictures’ as Ansel Adams once said.  Many of my photographer friends refer to my work as ‘vivid, humanistic, gritty or sublime’. I will let you be the judge.”
"Lincoln Road" by S.A.Hopkins

“Lincoln Road” by S.A.Hopkins

Some of Aaron’s favorite work includes photos he made in downtown Miami and South Beach many years ago – before the glitz and glamour.  He is fascinated by the contrast between then and now.  He says, “As a published cartoonist and illustrator, I also look for more amusing juxtapositions, especially in my street photography.”
"Window Face" by S.A. Hopkins

“Window Face” by S.A. Hopkins

“What I hope my photography captures a moment of visual poetry.  Sometimes it is a bit of irony, other times it is simply a face that catches my interest.  I shoot with intention, but I’m often pleased with the accidental or unexpected that many arise. In the end, it is my hope that these photographs will make you think, feel ….and at least put your cell phone down for a few minutes.”
"Old Man and Mannequin" by S.A.Hopkins

“Old Man and Mannequin” by S.A.Hopkins

Marianne V. is an avid follower of Aaron’s work.  She states, ”  It’s a rare occasion that you come across a photographer that really makes a difference.  I’d like you to look at the work of such a photographer, S.A. Hopkins.  I came across his work on one of the photo sharing sites and I’ve been following  his work for quite some time now. I’ve seen the impact his images have on his audience.  So what makes this photographer so unique? He doesn’t just register the world around him. He photographs with engagement, a close personal connection to his subjects, whether it’s on the streets or more personal subjects and with a passion and a keen and unique eye that makes his oeuvre so compelling… his work is subtle, humorous or gritty at times, but always has the power to evoke emotions to the viewer.”
 
 
Mr. Hopkins’ book “Faces and Places” is in the “Staff Picks” section of the Blurb Bookstore and can be found here:
 
 Blurb’s review:
“It’s hard to choose just one image from S.A. Hopkins’s collection “Faces and Places,” but this one is a real standout for us [photo of the man with hat, shown in this article]. From analog street photography to digital landscapes, the range in this book is fascinating. Though it covers 40 years, there’s a remarkable consistency to the work, but also a sense of personal innovation and exploration. Congrats on a great book!”
 

For comments, general inquiries, or on publishing / purchasing his work please contact Mr. Hopkins at: photesthesia@comcast.net or 804-901-1909  or visit photesthesia.com

To purchase prints: http://society6.com/sahopkins (or call 804-901-1909)

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291