Boca Raton Museum School Of Art Announces Summer Programs And Exhibits For All Ages And Levels

Boca Raton Museum Art School is busy this summer for children, teenagers, and adults!  Weekly summer day camp starts June 4 to August 10, 2018.  Summer Camp at the Boca Raton Museum Art School is so much fun kids don’t know they’re learning! At the end of the summer all children and their families are invited to a special reception for the “Youth Summer Art Camp Exhibit” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park to celebrate each child’s first museum showing!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this and what exhibits the Boca Museum is offering. There is something for everyone! 

 

 

 

Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool

 

 

 

BOCA RATON MUSEUM ART SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP  (ages 5 to 12)

Weekly summer day camp June 4 to August 10, 2018

Summer Camp at the Boca Raton Museum Art School is so much fun kids don’t know they’re learning! 

Children explore art techniques and art concepts. Art projects are geared to age groups:  5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 12.   Different theme weeks and a wide variety of fun creative art projects stimulate children’s imaginations.  Theme weeks include: Anime & Cartooning; Making Friends with Masters; Art Around the World; Painting People, Places, and Things; 3-D Art /Sculpture; and Pop Art with a POW.   

At the end of the summer all children and their families are invited to a special reception for the “Youth Summer Art Camp Exhibit” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park to celebrate each child’s first museum showing!

$285 per week, early care and late care available. Limited financial aid is available.

TEEN SUMMER WORKSHOPS (ages 13 to 18)

June 4 to August 10, 2018

Teen workshops meet for four afternoons per week (not on Mondays). These workshops focus on different art techniques and portfolio preparation : Comics and Cartooning, Fashion Design and Sewing, Figure Drawing, Sculpture,  and Jewelry Making. These workshops meet for four afternoons per week 1pm to 3pm. Video Production and Photography workshops meet 10am to 3pm and are held at the Boca Raton Museum in Mizner Park.

 

Information about and registration is available on the website or call the Art School.

Contact: Trish Duebber, Coordinator of Youth Programs

tduebber@bocamuseum.org

561-392-2503, extension 306
artschool@bocamuseum.org

https://www.facebook.com/bocaartkids

 

For more information about these classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

 

www.bocamuseum.org

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 349862D

Boca Raton Museum Art School Announces Summer Camp For Ages 5 – 12, Teen , Adult Classes And Workshops

Boca Raton Museum Art School is busy this summer with summer camp for children, workshops for teenagers, and adult summer classes.  Weekly summer day camp takes place June 4 to August 10, 2018.  Summer Camp at the Boca Raton Museum Art School is so much fun kids don’t know they’re learning! At the end of the summer all children and their families are invited to a special reception for the “Youth Summer Art Camp Exhibit” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park to celebrate each child’s first museum showing!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to sign up now!

 

 

 

Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool

 

 

 

 

BOCA RATON MUSEUM ART SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP  (ages 5 to 12)

Weekly summer day camp June 4 to August 10, 2018

Summer Camp at the Boca Raton Museum Art School is so much fun kids don’t know they’re learning!  

Children explore art techniques and art concepts. Art projects are geared to age groups:  5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 12.   Different theme weeks and a wide variety of fun creative art projects stimulate children’s imaginations.  Theme weeks include: Anime & Cartooning; Making Friends with Masters; Art Around the World; Painting People, Places, and Things; 3-D Art /Sculpture; and Pop Art with a POW.    

At the end of the summer all children and their families are invited to a special reception for the “Youth Summer Art Camp Exhibit” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park to celebrate each child’s first museum showing!

$285 per week, early care and late care available. Limited financial aid is available.

TEEN SUMMER WORKSHOPS (ages 13 to 18)

June 4 to August 10, 2018

Teen workshops meet for four afternoons per week (not on Mondays). These workshops focus on different art techniques and portfolio preparation : Comics and Cartooning, Fashion Design and Sewing, Figure Drawing, Sculpture,  and Jewelry Making. These workshops meet for four afternoons per week 1pm to 3pm. Video Production and Photography workshops meet 10am to 3pm and are held at the Boca Raton Museum in Mizner Park. 

 

Information about and registration is available on the website or call the Art School.

Contact: Trish Duebber, Coordinator of Youth Programs

tduebber@bocamuseum.org

561-392-2503, extension 306
artschool@bocamuseum.org

https://www.facebook.com/bocaartkids

 

For more information about these classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts Announce Plans For Art Synergy 2016 During ArtPalmBeach

This article is for Art Lovers/Art Patrons and Artists/Artisans/Art Organizations. We share this call for all Lake Worth Artists & Galleries to work together on the Art Synergy2016 event.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, this mega-event takes place at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts from 2:00-9:00 PM.   Visitors will enjoy wine/beer/soda, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.  Watch glass blowing and browse professional and emerging artists & galleries in one location! World renown glass artist, Laura Donefer will demo!  Art Lovers/Art Patrons: MARK your calendars for Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00-9:00 PM.  Kudos to McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts for bringing the arts community together for this event! Artists, Galleries and Organizations will have a free 10 x 10 space to use for display. For more details, contact Anita Holmes at 561.508.7315/ aholmes@benzaitencenter.org. Deadline is January 14th. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of Laura Donefer’s amazing glass work and all of the details!

 

 

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Friday, January 22, 2016   6 -9 pm

Benzaiten Gallery Opening

 

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Saturday, January 23, 2016   2 – 9 pm

Art Synergy 2016

Meet the Artists

Laura Donefer Glass-blowing Demo

 4 – 6pm 

 

 

 

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 Laura Donefer with 2 Wall Pieces

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Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts

1105 2nd Avenue South    Lake Worth FL

 

 

The HOT New PLACE in TOWN:

 

 

The hot new place to be this season is located in an Historic FEC Train Depot building in the heart of the City of Lake Worth, Florida. The 14,000 square foot Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is attracting hundreds of interested people to its brand new hot shop. With three glory holes and two furnaces they have been scheduling back-to-back classes ever since they reopened in October.

 

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Laura Donefer, creating 

 

 

 

All throughout the Summer, Founder, JB Berkow along with Anita Holmes, Executive Director and Rick Eggert, Creative Director have worked hard to design an impressive line up of programming for the upcoming season.

 

 

 

They have four outstanding, world renowned Visiting Glass Artists coming to the center in 2016. These events will be three-day affairs. Thursday nights will be a private sit-down-dinner party where the artist will talk about their processes and inspirations. Friday nights will be a gallery opening centering around the visiting artist’s works and featuring two dimensional works by local artists.

 

 

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Laura Donefer, “Phoenix”

 

 

Finally, Saturday will be an afternoon demonstration by the visiting artist. Never before has there been this type of opportunity for Palm Beach County residents to meet and greet four of the top glass artists in the world and have the rare chance to learn about their processes, inspirations and actually see them creating. Visit the Center’s website to view the details and to register and pay for the Thursday and Friday night events.

 

 

The first of these events will coincide with the Lake Worth Art Synergy Event, which the Benzaiten Center is hosting for the second year in a row. Last year they had 32 local artists and organizations taking part in a mini-art-fair within the empty 5,000 square foot space of the building that will eventually house their fine art metal foundry. This year the highlight and kick-off to the event will be world-renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, conducting a glass-blowing demo from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, January 23. After that, will be an Art Synergy Awards Ceremony. Festivities will continue until 8pm with live music, light nibbles, wine and beer and is open to the public free of charge.

 

 

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Laura Donefer

 

They also have a stimulating series of lectures that started in December and recurs every first Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. Every second Wednesday of the month they hold a Hump of the Hump Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the evening featuring a glass blowing demo, wine, beer, and live entertainment. Besides all of that there are several fundraisers planned for the 2016 season including their signature event, ‘Glasstronomique,’ a ‘Casablanca Casino Night,’ and a cocktail party in the home of a major glass collector. They will also hold a community ‘Summer Solstice’ party in June. Again, check out our website for dates, times and registration details.
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“Grande Basket” by Laura Donefer

 

 

Besides all of this, they offer a myriad of classes for first time glass blowers plus the ability for professionals to rent studio time in the hot shop. They also offer tours of the center, team building events, school field trips and kids programming. Soon they will be offering flame working classes and rental time in a Flame Working Studio that will be built shortly thanks to a large State Cultural Facilities Grant that the center was awarded last year.

 

 

For more information about Art Synergy 2016 please visit:

Art Synergy PBC
Email: artsynergypbc@gmail.com
Web: www.artsynergypbc.com
http://artsynergypbc.blogspot.com/

 

For more information about McMow Art Glass:

www.mcmow.com

For more information about Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts:

www.benzaitencenter.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Armory Art Center Presents Image d’Or Prize-Winning Filmmaker & Lecture Plus Two Gallery Exhibits By Students

The Armory Art Center is bringing internationally acclaimed artist, Faten Safieddine to present her short film, “La Chrysalide”, and give a lecture.  She is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, having won the  Image d’Or Prize.  In addition, the public is invited to view the culmination of Armory Art Students’ work in printmaking, digital, and related arts plus drawing and painting workshops and classes.  Offering something for all ages, there are still spaces available at Summer Art Camp! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to see what a bounty of activities The Armory Art Center has to offer!  

 

 

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Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue      W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

 

 

Tuesday, June 2nd

6:30 – 7:30 pm

 Armory Art Center Library

 

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER

  FATEN SAFIEDDINE

FILM SHOWING AND LECTURE:

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Photography by Faten Safieddine

 

 

 

Internationally renown artist Faten Safieddine will show her short film “La Chrysalide” and talk about her work. This lecture is free and open to the public. In a dreamlike style, this film shows the struggle of women to extricate themselves from the yoke of the cultural and social conditioning and achieve freedom and fullness.

 

 

 

 

Born in Lebanon, Ms. Safieddine lives and works in Marrakesh and Paris. She was educated at the Sorbonne and the Université d’Abidjan and has shown her work throughout the Middle East, France and Canada.

 

Her photographic work explores the themes of the shadows, reflections and transparencies and has been the subject of several international exhibitions.  In addition to working as a photographer and film maker, Ms Safieddine is a journalist, art critic and writer focusing on culture and history. In 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned her to create a documentary on the restoration of the Minbar in the Grand Mosque of Koutoubia. The documentary received the Image d’Or prize in France.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

http://www.safieddine.org/

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faten_Safieddine

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 5th

ARMORY ART STUDENT RECEPTIONS

Exhibits Continue Through July 2nd

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

 

 

The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Printmaking, Digital, and Related Arts departments in the
Armory Art Center – Greenfield Gallery

 

 

 

The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Drawing and Painting departments.

 Armory Art Center – East Gallery

 

For further information and reception times please contact:561-832-1776

 

 

 

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Summer Art Camp

June 8th – August 14th
Ages 4½-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17

 

 

 

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.

 

 

Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

Learn more

Activities include:
A week filled with art education
Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
Field trips to local venues
Art show openings in July and August

 

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

FOR PICTURES FROM SPRING BREAK ART CAMP!

www.facebook.com/armoryartcenter

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

 

 

Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Summer Camp At The Boca Museum: Let The Fun Begin!

THE FUN STARTS June 8th and continues through August 14th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art SUMMER CAMP for youth ages 5 – 12!  The burst of color on this cover of the brochure says it all – Fun! Creativity! Summer Art for Children!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to check out the  various activities and themes. We’re sure that your children and grandchildren will thank you!  And WE thank you for nurturing the next generation!  Adults and Teens: remember that Summer Classes are available for you, too!

 

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Adults and Teens:

Summer classes start May 26, 2015

 

For more information, please contact:

Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road, Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool

www.facebook.com/bocaschool

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Call For Artists: Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center’s “Chair for Charity”

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum is looking for local artists to paint school chairs used by students who attended The Boynton School, where the Museum is housed now. This is a chance for artists to give these adorable children’s chairs their own unique style representative of the history of The Boynton School. Each painted chair will be auctioned during The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum’s Reunion Bash on Saturday, February 28. All proceeds will benefit The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach. The Rickie Report is pleased to share this Call for Artists, the applications and NEWEST details here. The deadline is January 17th!  The Rickie Report gives you the UPDATED information here.

 

 

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Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center
129 East Ocean Ave.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

 

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The Boynton School was built in 1913 and operated as a school until 1990. The building is one of the few original schoolhouses still in the business of educating children on a daily basis.  The Museum is the proud winner of South Florida Parenting Magazine’s 2014 Kid’s Crown Award for Best Museum/Theater in Palm Beach County.

 

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum is looking for local artists to paint school chairs used by students who attended The Boynton School, where the Museum is housed now.

 

This is a chance for artists to give these adorable children’s chairs their own unique style representative of the history of The Boynton School. Each painted chair will be auctioned during The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum’s Reunion Bash on Saturday, February 28. All proceeds will benefit The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

DEADLINE for submissions:  January 17, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT of Acceptance:   January 19, 2015

PICK UP CHAIRS:  January 20th

CHAIRS DUE:  February 10, 2015

EVENT:  February 28, 2015

 

PLEASE SUBMIT:

An application form along with your proposed original design, a biography of no more than 200 words, contact information, and social media handles by January 17, 2015 to:

Suzanne Ross at Suzanne@Schoolhousemuseum.org

or by mail to


129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

 

 

SELECTED ARTISTS WILL RECEIVE:

• A complimentary ticket to the event, valued at $75.
• Brief biography on the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum website. 
• Mention in our social media and e-newsletter.
• Names of participating artists may be included in press releases and/or event coverage.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

• Designs will be selected by a committee of local artists and business leaders.
• Selected artists of designs will be notified by January 19, 2015.
• Chairs may be picked up on January 20, 2015, with delivery of the  completed chair by 4 p.m. on February 10, 2015.
• The chair is considered property of the Museum and is provided in ‘as is’ condition.
• Chairs must be painted with durable paint for a wooden finish. Clear coating over paint is advised. You are free to sand the chair to paint a base coat.
• The artist’s time and resources shall be considered a donation to the Museum.
• The artist gives the Museum permission to use his or her name and likeness to promote the Reunion Bash.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Application Form

Artist name: _____________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

City / State / Zip: ______________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________

Email: ___________________________

Social media handles:

Facebook: _________________________________

Twitter: __________________________

Instagram: _________________________________

Please include:

• Your proposed original design. A rough colored sketch on a 8.5 x 11 size paper and a brief description of the design.

• A biography of no more than 200 words

• Submit by January 17, 2015 to:
Suzanne Ross at Suzanne@Schoolhousemuseum.org or by mail to -
129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.

 

More About The Schoolhouse Museum:

 

Experience South Florida’s history through two floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits

Learn art, music, the sciences and more through FREE weekly programs, affordable education classes and specialty workshops.

Celebrate a birthday or special occasion in your own private party room.

Visit the Gift Shop and chose from a unique selection of toys, games, books, crafts and signature items at complement our exhibits and programs.

Become a member TODAY and enjoy complimentary admission, discounts on purchases, events, classes and more.

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center is wheelchair accessible and accommodates people with special needs.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays

Admission Prices:

FREE – Members and children under 1
$5.00     Children over 1 & Adults 
$4.50     Seniors (ages 62 and older)
 
No adult is allowed in the Museum unaccompanied by a child with the exception of adults on official Museum business, or a scheduled Museum tour. Visitors are required to obtain a visitor’s badge.  Minors under 18 years of age cannot enter the Museum without being accompanied by an adult. 

Directions:

Exit I-95 at Boynton Beach Blvd. Travel east ¼ mile to Seacrest Blvd. Turn right (south) on Seacrest Blvd. and travel 2 blocks. Turn left (east) on Ocean Ave. The Schoolhouse is located at 129 Ocean Ave.

 

For more information about the Schoolhouse Museum please visit:  www.schoolhousemuseum.org.

or call  561-742-6784

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

MacArthur Park Art Exhibit Features Artist Jackie Brice In Honor Of Janet Heaton

How many of you know that MacArthur Beach State Park is an ART destination in Palm Beach County? The Rickie Report is eager to share their latest news, as Florida Hall of Fame artist, Jackie Brice shows her work at a special exhibit that will honor environmentalist and animal artist, Janet Heaton!  Read this Feature Story for more information about both artists and this wonder-filled area in our own backyard!

 

Florida Hall of Fame Artist

Jackie Brice to Exhibit

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To Honor

 Janet Heaton, Animal artist

and Long-Time Environmentalist

Volunteer

 

MacArthur Nature Center

MacArthur Nature Center

Nature Center

9 – 5 daily  through May 17, 2013

 

Starting April 10, 2013 MacArthur Beach State Park will be exhibiting and selling works from Florida Hall of Fame Artist, Jackie Brice.   Ms. Brice’s works will be displayed in the Nature Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily until May 17, 2013.

 

Jackie Brice

Jackie Brice

Brice’s exquisite paintings capture the essence of the beautiful Florida landscape.  She has painted landscapes in the Florida Keys to the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge and many in between.  She believes that the greatest tool for a landscape artist is painting outdoors and that the artist must take the time and effort to truly study its subject.  Ms. Brice’s subject for the past 47 years has been Florida.  She has painstakingly studied Florida’s landscape, foliage, and light and her commitment shows when the viewer is transported to the beautiful locations she has visited and painted.

 

Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

“My desire is to accomplish not only a true landscape painting but also a feeling,” says Ms. Brice.  “When a person views a scene on canvas that I’ve seen on location, I want that person to be able to place himself or herself there,” she adds.

Jackie Brice, a native Floridian, is an award winning professional artist who has been painting since 1967.  She studied for 11 years with her mentor and friend, A.E. Backus.  Prior to her work with Backus, she studied for 10 years with Vela Boss of Miami, Florida.  Her paintings appear in the permanent collections of many prominent Floridians, including Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and Mrs. Jeff Atwater, Sen. and Mrs. Bob Graham, and Rep. Clay Shaw.  

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Jackie’s paintings can also be found in the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century in Washington D.C., the U.S. Sugar Corporation, the collections of the President and Vice President of Guatemala, and in the White House Christmas Tree Ornament Collection.  On March 21, 2012,  Ms. Brice was inducted in the “Florida Artist Hall of Fame.”

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice

 

All art shows at MacArthur Beach State Park benefit the Natural Science Education Fund.  The Fund was established to ensure the sustainability of the Natural Science programs, which positively impact the lives of thousands of children and adults by providing them the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our natural world.

 

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Education Hallway

 

MacArthur Beach State Park Names

Janet Heaton 2013 Environmental Champion

 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park has announced the winner of its Environmental Champion award as part of its upcoming NatureScaping and Dark Skies Festival, Janet Heaton.  Janet received the award at the NatureScaping event on March 16, 2013.

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton

 

Janet Heaton has been involved in the animal artist community and specifically at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for more than 20 years.  Through her immense efforts and countless volunteer hours she has raised more than $250,000 for the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and established the park as a venue for animal and wildlife art exhibition and appreciation.

 

Participants at a Workshop

Participants at a Workshop

Since 1990 she has organized exhibitions in the park featuring more than 100 artists and local and international art societies. Janet was the founder of Natural Selections Art Exhibition and Sale, a 10 year biennial event at the park by the International Society of Animal Artists. She has introduced new artists to the park who have, in turn, donated many of their volunteer hours to enhancing the exhibit hall and providing high end art, jewelry and wearable art in the Gift shop.

 

Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet laughs as she tells The Rickie Report in an exclusive interview, that she started this endeavor when  Park Ranger, Leni Bane and a friend, Kim Chase wanted to generate some revenue for the young park back in 1993.  All I said was  “If you need any help let me know.”    It took her and a full committee over a  year to put together a well-thought-out juried show.   She explains, “The art was juried in New York under the auspices of the Society of Animal Artists.  We wanted to keep it as an exhibition and sale and have done our Biennial Show ever since.”  

 

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TRR:  We share Janet’s comments with our readers not only because they give us insight into the person she is, but they frame the time during which she accomplished so much with so little support which we take for granted now.

 

When Art (Carton) called to say that I had won the Environmental Award…I was stunned and very honored at the same time. I thank you for this prestigious award and I will only accept it on behalf of the multitude of people that are responsible for me standing here today.

The people that I speak of:

The Park Staff

Volunteers

Board members of the Friends…

And a very supporting Community

You now know how I became involved….well… that is when all of these tremendous people stepped up to the plate to offer their time and service.

The idea of an exhibition/sale with the Society of Animal Artists came to me when meeting with Leni and Kim Chase in 1992.  As a member of the society, I knew the artists’ work and thought to have their work represented here would be a perfect fit for the Park.  I knew that the artists would be eager to participate since there was the possibility of selling something.

I will give you an overview and a little insight (of just one year’s work) as to what it took to bring these shows to the community….always with an unknown result and there were 5 separate occasions for the Natural Selections events.

 After the Board voted to hold the event, contact was made with the Society of Animal Artist to secure a contract.

A Budget was determined for the event.  Our Board selected a General Chairman…me…

We then created committees and assigned duties. Committees consisted of : Advertising and promotion – involved contacting magazine, newspapers, radio, various organizations, TV cable networks, …one Public Srvice Announcement ran for a year after the show was over…I think because the visuals of the art work were so pleasing.  Leni had her hands full on this committee writing press releases, articles and securing volunteers to distribute flyers and posters.

Auction… me… was able to secure several pieces of Artwork for each event from the artist/exhibitors to be auctioned at the openings by a professional Auctioneer…volunteers were trained to help with auction.  The auctions proved to be successful as one year…a painting of John Felsing’s sold at auction for $25,000.

Kim Chase was actively involved with the Design and printing of invitations, posters, flyers, catalogues.  Biographies of exhibiting artists were created.

Time lines were a must not only for us but because of the artist’s schedules to submit work to be juried by the Society.  The jurors meet and decide and then inform the artist which pieces should be shipped….if they were selected to exhibit. This can take at least 6-8 weeks.. At this point…there is one other person that I could not have done without…. my girl Friday on Tuesdays…Tesa Dytrych

Logistics – responsible for hanging the show – My dear friend who passed away several years ago, Gerry Hamzik was responsible to for creating an  inviting gallery for the artists and viewers. The Exhibit room, Theatre and Lobby were dismantled to incorporate the art that arrived which involved  The Park Staff in a big way….they worked tirelessly through out the year basically with every committee – no task was too large or too small for them and always with a can do attitude. They even made pedestals for the sculpture and arranged lighting.  The Logistic committee was also in charge of the tram schedule, receiving, cataloging and shipping of art work and of all things…the physical arrangement of reception. That is a story in its self.  Receiving crates of artwork, filling out a condition report and finding a place to keep the boxes and crates of 90 – 125 art works was next to impossible but they did it  After the show, returning the work to the artist according to their specifications was a daunting task.  Ask Larry Harjehousen.  That is a story in its self.

Mailing – monumental task of creating, maintaining a mailing list and mailing of invitations…EJ at one point – in maybe the third show..said there is a company that can compile a list with address ON A COMPUTER.  It was a god send.  I believe that at the beginning we sent out 3000 invitations…

Reception – secure Caterer – worked with auctioneer, contracted entertainment, worked with logistic committee, secured volunteer greeters.

Sponsorship – searched for companies or indivduals willing to underwrite the event.

Volunteers – were involved in every aspect of the event…even husbands and wives of Board members….Don Bane knows about that.  I trained volunteers to be docents and there was NEVER an hour that there was not a volunteer in each room greeting and talking with the guest about the art that they were seeing…they were knowledgeable about the artist since books were created with their biographies and the type of work that they did and they also encouraged the visitor to purchase to benefit the park.

One big thing to remember is:  at that time in our lives…1992….we had no computers, only the latest fax machine…with thermal paper and no way to send digital images if we even had them which we didn’t…everything was snail mail and/or telephone/fax.

I have to interject this funny little story…about Leni…Half way into the year with the work that had been done…Leni said to me….Janet, what if nobody comes….I said Oh Leni, don’t worry about that…they will come.  And after the art work arrived…she said….Janet, what if nobody buys anything.  And I said, Leni don’t worry we will sell…little did she know that I had no clue either!  I just had to stay positive and happy.

Each committee reported at the monthly Board meetings…sometimes the meetings lasted over 2 hours…the last month prior to the opening…we held meetings WEEKLY for several hours…! I think the Board was ready to kill me…but they were delighted with the now transformed Nature Center into a gallery of beautiful works of art and they were eager to get the show on the road.

The first show was financially successful selling over $90,000 of art work.  Long after the show was over, visitors would often ask if we were going to have “The Art Show again”.  Since nothing succeeds like success…we took a year off to let the Park get back to normal, take a breather ourselves and then started in again on the year long planning and work ahead.  This occurred 5 times… benefiting the Park with $250,000 to begin their projects So we must draw the conclusion that this Park has never been afraid of hard work and plenty of planning…it still exists today and is what makes John D. MacArthur Beach State Park a jewel in the crown of Florida State Parks.

 

Kids Center

Kids Center

Janet is an accomplished artist and tireless volunteer who truly loves the park.  In addition to her artistic endeavors on behalf of the Park and Palm Beach County community, she has been a dedicated and creative member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and the Nature Foundation.

 

Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Florida native, Janet Heaton has been fascinated by nature all of her life. The images that dominate her artistic endeavors are birds and mammals of Africa and North America. Heaton has traveled to many parts of Africa and India to photograph, paint and research her wildlife subjects. “Given a choice of any subject in the world, I would select the African elephant without hesitation”, she says.

Samuru Elephants by Janet Heaton

Samburu Elephants by Janet Heaton

Heaton tells The Rickie Report, “I was around 40 and my children were in school.  A neighbor  who owned an art gallery invited me to come and paint.  I had no formal training and was really intimidated!  I started off with oil paintings of nighthawks and with the support of my friends and family members, I moved on to animals.  Then my work started selling.  I remember bringing two framed pieces of my elephants to Perry Como’s wife.”

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Janet enjoys using watercolor, oil and pastel to portray the animals She says, “Each medium produces different results…from the very delicate to the strongest and most powerful animal. I find that  the subject lends itself to a particular medium.”

 

 Janet tells The Rickie Report about one of her 14 trips to Africa.  She spent time there to do research as well as take photographs. At one point, a rogue male elephant tried to charge a group of photographers, which included Janet’s brother, earlier in the day.   While Janet was with her team later in the day, this same elephant began chasing them!  Her driver went zigging and zagging through the bush to try to get away, but the elephant kept coming!  Janet says, “Let me tell you that 10 minutes feels like a life time, until he just finally stopped!”

 

Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

When asked what she would like to see for the future of MacArthur Beach State Park and Nature Foundation, Janet was direct as well as philosophical.  “People cannot live without art.  It is part of our human nature.  I want people to realize that coming to MacArthur is no different than going to a museum or gallery when they want to experience art.  The gallery within the Park gives you an innate feeling of sharing art with everyone.  Come.  Look.  Open your eyes.  Art is more than entertainment.  Art is part of your life!  I want people to know that MacArthur provides an opportunity and insight to see animals in their environment.  I hope people will buy pieces of art so they live with them.  Art is more than just seeing on walls of a gallery or museum.  I believe everyone can paint – they just have to try!  I want to encourage people to get out and experience the physical world…see how a tree makes a shadow… how a branch moves as a bird take off…how the leaves blow in the wind.”

Strolling Ibis

Strolling Ibis

 

Heaton has received numerous awards and recognition for her animal art and photography and has exhibited at national and international museums. Her collectors are located throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Africa.

 

Good Grief by Janet Heaton

Good Grief by Janet Heaton

As a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, Florida Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of American and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, she has exhibited from New York City’s National Arts Club to East Africa’s Mount Kenya Safari Club. Heaton is also included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet is an environmental champion.  She knows the Real Florida. She has lived it.  By introducing others through the medium of art to the Real Florida, she is helping to preserve our heritage.

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

About John D.MacArthur Beach State Park:

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.  MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”

Looking into the Tanks

Looking into the Tanks

 

Janice Kerber tells us more about the The Nature Classroom.   “It 

is a wonderful outdoor learning experience, in an 

environment that exists nowhere else in Palm Beach County. Our programs are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through grade 12. Each program combines exploration of the area, and age-appropriate hands-on activities and may include a tour of the environmental exhibits. Our goal is to instill an understanding of and appreciation for coastal southeast Florida’s plant and animal communities.”

Janice  explains, ” So far this year we have served 3,275 children.  For the 2011-2012 school term we served 3558- we will exceed this number in mid- April with a full calendar until May 29th. “

The Rickie Report urges you to go and experience the wonders we have in our backyard.  Nature, art, environment and education.  MacArthur Beach State Park offers so much!

 

To reach Janet Heaton email  Heatonstudio@aol.com  or   www.paintingsofwildlife.com.   For more information about MacArthur State Beach Park contact:  Cheryl A. Houghtelin  Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park  561.776.7449  cheryl@macarthurbeach.org  www.macarthurbeach.org

 

 

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