Simon Cherkasski’s Artworks Bring Metal Sculptures Alive Through Texture, Color, And Subject. Meet Him At Hotworks Show In Boca Raton Saturday, November 6 And Sunday, November 7

Simon Cherkasski‘s artwork offers metal sculptures that evoke Mother Nature, the general life of ordinary people, Old World scenes, and cultural scenes from around the world.  He is one of the Featured Artists at the Hotworks Show in Boca Raton on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November, 7, 2021.  Admission is FREE. While some artists are easy to classify in terms of subjects or styles, what we love about Simon’s artistry is that he is continually evolving and brings us along on his journey.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks, videos, and an interview with the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10  am  –  5  pm Daily

Free Admission

590 Plaza Real    Boca Raton, FL 33432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click   Here  To  See  Simon  working

 

 

 

TRR:  Were you always creative?

SC:

I was artistic and stubborn from day one! Although my love was for Ancient history and my dream was to become to be an archeologist, drawing and painting was big part of my life and made up most of my classes. During Middle School, I took local classes from Eliad, a local artist. My father, a mechanic and welder, made metal arrangements and figurines as a side hobby, so creativity was a large part of my family life.  My school advisor encouraged me, so I took the exams to enter one of the best art schools at the time, in Haifa. I was willing to commute 1.5 hours a day to attend the Professional Art School of ORT Hana Senesh.

 

 

TRR: What kind of art medium did you initially work in ?

SC:

I painted with oils in the beginning and continued to push myself to try other mediums as well, including pottery, China ink, wood carving, and more.  My favorite was creating etched gravures.

 

 

 

 

TRR: What made you decide to try metal work?

SC:

In 2006, my primary creative medium was synthetic fabric collages, which I learned from Smadar Livne. I suffered a tragic electrical fire in  my studio which destroyed nearly 5 years of my work. As with most artists, I had no insurance.  I had been working on collection for prestigious solo show and all of my fabric collages had been stored in the studio. After that, I found mentally challenging to keep painting. The tragedy triggered my swing of media. For distraction, I started working with metal and was grateful when a friend who was a historic copper roof contractor offered me some leftovers from his job site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your style is distinctive !  What inspires you to try new sculptures?

SC:

I just can’t stop creating and exploring.  New ideas are typically born as I work on a project and I can’t wait to finish current work to start a new one!  Anything probably can trigger a new design to appear in my mind, only one thing I never do is to copy anyone else – this is taboo for me.  Honestly I have no need to grab other people’s ideas – I hope to live long enough to finish half of mine.

 

 

 

 

TRR: You have a depth of knowledge that speaks to your creativity.  Tell us more about being an illustrator, graphic designer, art director, radio jingle writer, and program director.

SC:

I would have never survived a static occupation, even with the promise of a bright future because I was always looking for innovational ways to feed my creative hunger. Graphic design is a form of art both visually and subconsciously. While it is commercial, it is still art. I worked as illustrator, graphic designer and eventually Art Director at a weekly newspaper (with about 200 pages every week). But as everything became routine, I eventually left for a radio job and enjoyed years of Jingle writing and program directing, securing myself a piece of all the visual advertisement go through my design studio at the time.

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?

SC:

I usually read about 3 books a week in Hebrew, Russian and English. I enjoy the Classics like Emil Zola and Victor Hugo as well as memoirs and history.  Science Fiction continues to be a favorite in my heart, because of unlimited fantasy and creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: Tell us more about your inventive cooking!

SC:

My father was an amazing cook (my mother was good, too) and he constantly experimented with dishes, sharing with family and friends, same way as I do now. Cooking is art in itself. Mixing and matching a spice bouquet is no different from color matching in a way. I love to trigger my taste buds and take pleasure in eating good food. It can be as simple as a baked potato with a feta or farmer cheese filling, to marinating lamb for 4 days with wine and roasted greens. I do have a special place in my heart for filled French/ Greek/Balkan (both sweet and savory puff pastry – guilty as charged).

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: Do you prefer any one type of metal or stone to work with ?

SC:

I love copper for its natural amazing and surprising color shades and flexibility. I am intrigued with the idea that it’s a core natural mineral from nature. Stones are my second love and I love them all, naturally pretty and different. Marble and granite have less of my admiration because they have been used so much commercially and they can be monotonous in small sizes. Give me limestones or flagstone which are colorful and unique in their patterns.  I can spend hours in local landscape yards to hand pick each piece.

 

 

 

TRR: Tell us more about your classes

SC:

There has been a demand for classes for some time, but I still struggle with liability insurance issues because I work with an open flame and smoldering metal. I am focusing on offering online classes on my YouTube channel, which is in the process of completion.

 

TRR:  Each creation is one-of-a-kind.  Do you offer commissions?

SC:

I am always open to creating a special piece of artwork for a client.  My creativity thrives on their enthusiasm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Simon’s artistry:

Email:  artist@cherkasski.com

FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/cherkasskiartist

Youtube:  https://youtu.be/ibGacaSaZBo
  https://youtu.be/Mnq-izBKcCY

 

 

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Stuart’s Premiere Art Festival Slated For February 27 and 28 Features Unique Handmade Fine Art And Crafts

On Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th, Stuart’s premiere art festival, produced by Howard Alan Events, Ltd. will offer a wide variety of artwork in an outdoor gallery setting.  Downtown Stuart will be transformed, as you walk the streets to see the eclectic art exhibits, meet the artists and artisans who create the functional and decorative art and enjoy live music.  This is event is Open to the Public and Free to attend.  The Rickie Report highlights Marijke Benedict (Clothing), Smadar Livne (Painting) and Lesley Reich (Pottery) and shares the details here.

 

 

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26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

February 27 – 28, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

 

On February 27 and 28, 2015, the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival takes place. Over 250 artists from the U.S. will transform Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork. Enjoy an eclectic array of art in a myriad of media and styles as well as unique gift items. 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994 – Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Festival patrons will be able to leisurely explore the exhibits set up along downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continuing on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street. The artists will all be present for the duration of the event and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work and creative process.  The exhibitors are selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse artistic media and the highest quality of original art. Only the finest local and national artists are accepted to this fine art festival.

 

 

 

 

Featured Artists:

 

Marijke Benedict – Clothing
http://www.stijltd.com

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

Marijke got her initial inspiration from her family. Her father was a Tailor in Amsterdam who suited the Queen of Holland. Her mother’s family was in show business, and Marijke remembers the awe she felt as a child for the beautiful costumes she saw.  Once Marijke’s own creative juices began to flow, combined with the technical skills she learned from her father, the seeds of Stijfselkissie were planted.

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “We always provide clothing that is comfortable, constructed with beautiful fabrics, timeless cuts, superb craftsmanship, and are totally individualized at a reasonable price. All garments are pre-washed and pre-shrunk, and they will “grow and shrink” 20 pounds with you. Most pieces can go in a washer and dryer, are great for traveling, are mix-and-matchable, easy fitting, flowing, figure flattering, and very COMFORTABLE”!

 

 

 

Smadar Livne – Painting
http://www.smadarlivne.com/main.html

 

Livne, S 061220#6, 12/20/06, 1:28 PM, 8C, 7620x11636 (792+162), 150%, bent 5 stops, 1/8 s, R21.0, G0.0, B21.0

Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

Smadar Livne, an award-winning Israeli born artist, creates unique and exciting works at her studio in Owings Mills, Maryland. Educated at Haifa University, Smadar has degrees in fine art, literature, and architecture. She has continued her education of philosophy through Baltimore Hebrew University.

 

 

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Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

 

 

Portraying scenes from her life and learning is what gives Smadar’s work an edge. The work contains short stories, poems and philosophical observations. Her works are vibrant and exciting, expressing the joy that Smadar sees in life.  Bold, bright colors in a multi-level composition with fabric, paper, and embedded photographs, create a pentimento effect that is both a visual and tactile experience. Smadar’s work incorporates historic images in a contemporary style.

 

 

Lesley Reich – Pottery
http://www.potterymountain.com/

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

 

Lesley studied with Professor Hui Ka Kwong at Douglass College and worked with Janka McClatchey, a well-known potter in Ann Arbor, MI. While her early pieces were functional stoneware, she moved on to porcelain.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Using porcelain is a lot like throwing stiff cream cheese. Many of my bowls and vessels are translucent, and they are all trimmed so they are light, thin, and well-balanced, making them a joy to use. By combining jewel-tone oxidation (electric fired) glazes and applying them on the pure white porcelain, I achieve unusual, striking combinations”.

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

“I found a way to merge my love of words (I was a journalism major at Douglass) with my love of pottery, and developed a line of wheel thrown bowls, vases, and vessels with hand-lettered inspirational messages. This led to a body of work that embraces my philosophy of life. I use my own words, as well as those of my friends, historical figures, literary and other public figures, and that great prolific author – anonymous. I also enjoy doing, and even encourage, custom work to create the perfect piece for your special person or occasion. In addition to writing in English and the romance languages, I have made special orders in Hebrew, and even Sandscrit. Finding just the right saying for each of you gives me great pleasure. Together we can create functional heirlooms to be used today and cherished forever”.

 

Lesley has exhibited and sold her work in galleries, department stores, juried shows and shops nationwide. Her pieces are part of the White House Ornament Collection and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum and numerous collections around the world.

 

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • Free Admission
  • Historic downtown Stuart – starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

For more information:

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-stuart-art-festival/artist

https://www.facebook.com/events/800429423374302/

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival 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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The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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