“Eyes Wide Open: Camera In Hand” Opens At Lighthouse ArtCenter With Public Reception

Photography by Louis Jawitz, Jack Bates, Nancy Brown, Jenna Huttula, Don Lacy, Jane Saull, Barry Schein, Barry Seidman, and Tom Winter is the focus of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Opening Exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open: Camera In Hand”.  These nine photographers share images from around the world and are too good to be missed!  Join the 3rd Thursday Opening Reception on September 15th and meet the artists at South Florida’s critically acclaimed art gallery and education center.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.



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(561) 746-3101
Lighthouse Art Center
373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, Florida 33469


“E Y E S    W I D E    O P E N:

 C A M E R A    IN   H A N D”



Opening Reception:

September 15, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Members Free; Non-Members $10.

Exhibit available now through October 29, 2016


Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, closed

Members are admitted free; Nonmembers $5
Children (12 and under) free
Saturdays, free
3rd Thursday Events: Members free; Nonmembers $10




Firefighters, Police Officers and Active Military and their families receive free admission to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum.




“Antigua” by Louis Jawitz


The Sunrise Sculler, 10-21-07, Palm City Florida

“Sunrise Sculler” by Thomas Winter



“Plantanos” by Jenna Huttutla




Nancy has been a commercial photographer for over forty years. After working out of New York City for 25 years she now works out of her Boca Raton, Florida studio. Nancy specializes in people/lifestyle and travel photography. In the last six years, China has become her favorite place to make travel images. She has had five photography books published. Her book “Simply China” was released as a large coffee table art book with 289 pages of images with text in Chinese and English. Nancy’s travels to Myanmar (Burma) also captured her imagination, recently.  Nancy was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Teaching has always been a part of Nancy’s life and she holds one to one workshops in Florida all year long. Stock photography also is a big part of Nancy’s photography and she is continually adding people/lifestyle and travel images to Getty Images, her stock agency. www.nancybrown.com



Jenna Huttula picked up her first 35mm camera on a backpacking trip through Europe at the age of 13, and hasn’t put it down yet. After ten years as a professional portrait photographer on the Treasure Coast, she and her family traveled to Nicaragua as missionary photographers. In the rural villages they photographed families, most who had never been photographed before. Jenna Huttula’s projects have allowed her to travel to remote terrain trough exotic rainforests and the base of active volcanos. She says, “Beauty surrounds us, whether it’s in an impoverished county or our own backyard and photography allows me to immortalize an instant that can be cherished for a lifetime”.




Louis Jawitz began his life-long love affair with photography while in the US Navy. Back in civilian life, he quickly advanced his career shooting high profile campaigns for top tier advertising agencies, Fortune 500 clients, and travel and editorial assignments for internationally recognized corporations and publications.  Jawitz’s assignments and travels gave him great opportunities to shoot his personal work, primarily fine art, nature and scenic images. His photographic career, created while working out of his iconic New York City studio, included advertising work for many notable clients including Grey Advertising, Nikon, Pfizer, GM, Subaru, and American Airlines.  His editorial and assignment work has appeared in numerous magazines and publications including Nikon World, Popular Mechanics, Shutterbug, and Popular Photography+ Imaging. Mr. Jawitz’s work has been shown in Florida at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Port St. Lucie Civic Center Art Gallery, Lake Worth Art League, Jonathan Dickenson State Park, and the Coral Springs Museum of Art.




Don Lacy is a nature and wildlife photographer who moved to the Jupiter area from the suburbs outside of Philadelphia over twenty years ago. He is a self-taught photographer who has been capturing the natural beauty of the world around him for the past 10 years. While he has traveled and photographed in the American Southwest, the Colorado Roc underwater photographykies, and New Mexico most of his work celebrates Florida. He is a member of the Lighthouse Camera Club and active online as a moderator on Birdphotographers.net, one of the premier online nature photography forums. His work can be seen at witnessnature.net.


Please take a thought provoking journey into the Underwater Realm and gain an increased awareness of our precious natural resources. “Underwater photography allows me the opportunity to educate and thus protect our most valuable resource, the oceans of the world. My artistic mission is to present and reflect on the diverse colors and textures of our underwater space. I concentrate on exploring the varied underwater species in a world less populated by humans. The Underwater Realm challenges the eye and brain to perceive the familiar and unfamiliar in extraordinary ways and constantly inspires me and reinforces the miracle of synergy and harmony. My photography has been featured in national publications and awarded on local, state, national and international levels. I hold the Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders as well as the Master of Education Degree in Guidance and Counseling”.   www.janesaullphotography.com


Barry is an award winning commercial photographer, educator and photo editor. During his career he has created photography for many nationally branded Fortune 500 companies and their advertising agencies. He received an EMMY award for his work at NBC TV in New York and an Eastman Kodak Professional Photographers award. Both Nikon and the international journal Graphis have recognized his work. Barry’s photographs have been displayed at Nikon House in New York City, the Kodak Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center as well as numerous group shows in South Florida and is represented in a number of private collections.




Barry Seidman grew up in New York’s fast-paced advertising business establishing him as one of the top advertising print media photographers in the country. He works for the top international brands. Seidman now devotes his time to fine art photography, which is enthusiastically collected around the world. “My work”, Seidman says, “is more akin to a painter in a studio than a photographer making snapshots. I choose not to go out into the world and bring back what I’ve seen, but to start with a concept, pre-visualizing, executing and highlighting what I see and how I see it. The finished work is then presented larger than life, inviting the viewer to walk in the landscape of my mind’s eye. My images then create an illusion of simplicity. The exploration of my ideas is done in photographic series. At times inspiration is illusive, but then there it is – like magic – in the revelation of imagined images.”




Thomas Winter is a Florida Commercial Photographer specializing in Corporate and Industrial Photography. Tom creates compelling photography for business communications and advertising. His unique images and editorial style help tell a story, capture a moment and deliver a message. Tom’s business background and corporate experience give him a unique perspective that enhances and informs his work. He understands the importance of delivering value and being part of a creative team. His landscapes are part of his ongoing personal work that take him away from his commercial routine.


For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s exhibits, events, classes and membership, please visit http://www.lighthousearts.org



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Help in Understanding How To Proof Printed Color Material

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Today’s topic is how to proof  a color flyer.


How Do I Proof a Color Flyer?

Q: I designed a great color flyer. The printer told me that I could “soft proof” the flyer. She sent me a PDF. It looked great. When I received the flyer the colors looked different. Why is that? How can I prevent this from happening?



A: Your computer display uses a different color system than printed media. The backlit computer display on which you were reviewing the proof shows additive color or RGB. When the red, green and blue light comes together at full strength we see white. The printing ink system uses subtractive color or CMYK. With subtractive color we see the color that is reflected back to us off of the printed surface.



You cannot prevent the color shift from happening, however, you can prepare for it. Pantone offers a great set of guide books. If you can’t afford them, visit the print shop and view theirs.



Another cause of color shift is that lower cost print jobs are grouped, or gang printed. To lower printing costs for their customers, printers use the practice of grouping your job onto a large sheet with several other jobs. To insure that all jobs stay within an acceptable color range the press operator may need to make some minor adjustments.


I use this printing method to help save clients money. Knowing in advance how the job will be run helps me prepare the press ready files for the greatest degree of success.


You need to remember that every computer display shows color differently. 


Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:

rickie @therickiereport.com



Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of  a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice. www.carenhackman.com  Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork –  Caren is a talented artist in her own right!  She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.


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The Eye Behind The Camera: Barry Seidman

The Rickie Report is pleased to share a series of discussions with well known local professional photographer, Barry Seidman.  Entering Seidman’s studio, one is flooded with images of images, props, equipment, a working jukebox that plays 45’s and an instant sense of curiosity mixed with excitement.


Equipment & Entertainment

Barry’s attention to minute details has garnered him accolades as a person who has influenced American culture.  Until eight years ago, Seidman and his wife, Mary Ann, lived in the fast paced New York advertising community. 

Barry Seidman talks about his exhibit at the Harris Private Bank


Barry’s advertisements include Levi’s Jeans, Smirnoff Vodka, Panasonic, Coca Cola.  His expertise has long been sought out by movie stars and celebrities for not only print media campaigns, but videos as well. He has won every possible industry award including Clios, Tellys, Addys, and the Art Directors Club.  His generosity within the community is legendary. He served on the Board of To Make The World A Better Place ( a national photographic and literacy mentoring program).

Mary Ann and Barry Seidman

TRR:  How did you get started?

BS:  As a child, I would carefully arrange my vegetables and food around my plate.  One of my uncles would chide me and suggest I take a picture so it would last longer!  I guess I took him up on it! “I actually ended up making a living by taking pictures of food,” he says, showing us a bag of props like fake ice cubes and what looks like a puddle of newly spilled milk.

Seidman’s first job was in 1978 in an advertising firms’ mail room.  Later he moved to the mat room and soon was assistant to the art director.  One day someone came in and asked if anyone knew how to use the camera that was in the office.  Barry didn’t, but he tried and he became the internal house photographer!   While he had never worked professionally with a camera before, he was paid $75 for a photo of a soap product.  He is mostly self taught and has a collection of every shoot he has done since then.  “I love what I do!”


TRR:  How did you come to Palm Beach, FL?

BS:  Mary Ann and I needed to get away from the rat race and when we visited this area, we fell in love with it.  “The atmosphere is family-friendly and down-to-earth”.  They moved here in 2004 and not one to retire, Barry became involved in the Palm Beach Cultural Council and Lighthouse ArtCenter.  “I liked being able to work on my own terms and explore other avenues of my craft for myself”.


TRR:  You have a lot of quotes written on pieces of paper in your studio.  Can you tell us about them?
 BS:  My favorite is by Marcel  Proust:”The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes”.  My eyes have seen many landscapes, both real and engineered.  He explains that a newly poured drink in a glass can be a landscape as one watches it sweat.  Or as the lemon peel slowly drifts into the eddy as it is stirred.  Another quote Barry shares is from his high school year book, “Life takes you where you don’t expect”.


TRR:  You mentioned that you still take commercial work.  How do you find a balance?


BS:  I take less work now than I used to.  Mary Ann and I are enjoying life.  When we go on a trip, I am always bringing back artifacts and using them to create new photographs.  We came home from Sante Fe schlepping twenty-five bags of rocks.  Good thing we drove!  His geological series, “Tagged” reminds us of totems and trail markers.  Barry will not tell you what their meanings are.  That is for each individual person to decide for themselves.


“Tagged” Series

TRR:  There is a hypersensitivity in your photographs.  You make us notice the minutea as well as the bigger picture.

BS:  I tend to be methodical as I look at objects.  Each one is mesmerizing in its own right.  I try to understand relationships and I love having the ability to take stuff I find on the side of the road and see it with a different view point.  “You make a picture.  You don’t take a picture”  he explains.


TRR:  The equipment has certainly changed since you started this adventure.

BS:  I have to laugh when I think about all of the equipment I would lug around.  I still take different cameras and filters but instead of all of those rolls of film, I can take 900 photos with these small discs.  He shows us a 2″x 4″ plastic container with hard drive discs that he will be taking on his next vacation in Italy.  ” The equipment doesn’t really matter. Anything can be made into a picture. I use photo shop as a tool, just as an oil painter uses a brush to create his image on canvas”.

Archival film: A Thing of the Past

TRR: Your photos evoke so many questions: How did you catch the ice splash in that cocktail glass?  How did you make the smoke trails look like naked women modeling for you?


Inside the Studio

BS: Nothing is random. Everything is well planned. That said, imagination starts to help me see things that were never there.  I take liberties by using digital augmentation.  This permits me to enhance the truth of images.

TRR: If our readers do an Internet search of Barry Seidman, they will find television interviews where he shares his secret to making bubbles stay where he wants them in a glass of wine (a fine dropper of Dawn dish liquid). His comedic style puts everyone at ease.  Seidman can share dozens of techniques for preparing food for the camera.  We are personally taken with his Paper Bag series. 


These bubbles are not random!

TRR: What advise do you give to young people who are interested in photography?

BS: Take one good, thoughtful roll of film.  Be good at what you do and do it as perfectly as you can.  Don’t judge someone by one picture.  You may have a preconceived idea, but be open to others. Do not rely on trends.  Be true to yourself.

TRR: Barry Seidman’s current exhibit, New Eyes, at the Harris Private Bank in West Palm Beach is a compilation of his fine-art photographic series and represents the latest illustrative book, a photo biography of sorts, New Eyes.  It is a limited edition, signed and numbered book which  pulls you back to page after page of breathlessness and beautyTell us more about a photo biography:


“New Eyes” and Author/Photographer Barry Seidman

As one of the top, recognized still-life photographers in the country, Seidman’s autobiography is a compilation of photographs taken from the thousands of images he has photographed over the course of his career.  

“This book is a reflection of who I am, as an artist and a person, through my work over the last few decades,” Seidman said.

The book’s title New Eyes is inspired by Seidman’s favorite quote by Marcel Proust which reads: “The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”  Throughout the book Seidman’s masterful technique and keen eye focuses on common objects seen in his unique way.

“I want others to see the object the way I see it. The details are compelling and draw the viewer in – they become a landscape, to walk inside and examine.”


The book opens with one of my most popular series, Bloomers, which when seen in person is gallery-wrapped on canvas and more than eight feet in length.  Other series take organic subjects, and through anthropomorphism, create relationships between them. This is seen with vegetables in Hot Peppers and flowers in Anthurium.  My newest series Handscapes, magnifies images of the hand until they become ambiguous abstractions, created by the curves, shapes and textures.


“New Eyes” with Different Lenses

As one can see the development of an artist through a retrospective in a gallery, New Eyes offers the viewer the same opportunity to see Seidman’s work all in one place…at one time. It is an opportunity to explore examples of his entire body of work with “New Eyes.”   For more information please call: 561-630-5745, visit www.barryseidman.com or contact the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 561-746-3101.

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