Anita Lovitt Offers Special Color Temperature Workshop Sponsored By Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Open To Members And Non-Members On April 17. Register Now As Reservations Are Being Filled

Anita Lovitt‘s watercolor teaching combines years of professional experience with a facility for imparting information and a subtle wit. Her desire is to help a student understand techniques “but not be contented with the technique itself.” She challenges both the most tentative students and those already skilled to bring out their best and develop their own unique style.  Because so many of her students have struggled to understand which colors are “warm”, which are “cool” and why, Anita created this workshop to explain it.  The Palm Beach Watercolor Society is offering Anita Lovitt’s Color Temperature Workshop on Saturday, April 17 and has opened it to non-members as well as members.  If you’ve never been clear on this topic, or would like to know how considering it can improve your work, this is the workshop to sign up for! The Rickie Report shares the details of the workshop and focuses on Anita’s own award winning artistry while giving you a glimpse at her students’ work as well.  Our interview with Anita follows the workshop details.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,  April 17, 2021

10 am – 3:30 pm

Includes 1/2 hour break for lunch and small breaks

Fee:
$110 for members PBWS $125 for non-members

REGISTRATION closes Thursday, April 15

 

 

For more details please visit: https://palmbeachws.com

To pay by credit card: call Adrienne Walker (516) 885-4199
To use PayPal: Go to PayPal and ask to pay pbws2021@gmail.com

Or mail check payable to PBWS and send application to:   Adrienne Walker  6442 Emerald Breeze Way  Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

What is a warm blue? A cold red?  Why does it matter?  Color “temperature” is about relationships.  Learn how to mix colors fearlessly and avoid mud.

 

You will complete a number of meaningful exercises and create several small paintings incorporating what you have learned. Attendees will receive a number of handouts to secure their learning. The handouts will go out a week or two beforehand. Call Anita at 561.706.3653 for details and materials list. 

 

 

 

 

PERSIMMONS IN GREEN GLASS © Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

STUDENT WORK from Anita Lovitt’s watercolor classes

“Ms. Lovitt’s artwork demonstrates an extraordinary and wide ranging understanding of graphic design and painting.She possesses a unique personal vision and demonstrates it with skill and intelligence.”—Milton Glaser, Dean, Yale School of Art

 

What Anita’s students have to say:

“One look at my work today and you can see a working process that employs a series of techniques that I could not have imagined before Anita’s teaching.  Still “my” style, just better! “
 — Linda Hurley

“Anita Lovitt has helped me to understand the mysteries of watercolor painting. Her warmth and caring comes through her presentations.” — Helen Weisberg

“I could go on and on about how Anita has helped me become a better painter. She is very patient, encouraging and supportive and gives us critiques of our work in a non judgemental way.   I have had other teachers but Anita is the BEST.”— Carol Hirsch
“I love Anita’s classes because of the variety of subjects and painting style challenges that she incorporates. Because she is flexible in presenting each lesson, it doesn’t matter how much painting experience you have. In addition, Anita’s positive teaching and coaching style creates a welcoming community of artists in which the work of all participants is appreciated.”
—Mary Martinez

 

 

TRR: You are a multi-discipline artist and visionary. Can you tell us more about your background?

AL:

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Penn State University to major in chemistry. I had always wanted to be a scientist. After taking a summer art class I decided to transfer to Philadelphia College of Art, where I majored in illustration. After graduating, I was hired by Hallmark and moved to Kansas City, MO.

 

I was assigned to an innovative department called “Special Projects.” It was exciting to meet artists from all over the country and get any supplies we wanted for free (a great way to learn about supplies), plus we got our work printed! In color! right after graduating, which could be challenging back then before digital printing. Also, while I was living in the Midwest, I got interested in quilts as an art form. In the 70’s, Hallmark was very conservative, so I did not get a real chance to shine. After a few years I left and went to study theater arts in nearby Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-up Stocking stuffer book. Illustrations ©Anita Lovitt

 

 

 

TRR: There is a theme in your life of being on a certain path and yet being open to exploring and following a new offshoot. Please tell us more!

AL:

At the University of Kansas, my primary instructor was James Gohl, who had been Master Painter for Boris Aronson, the designer of such Broadway hits as Zorba, Follies, Pacific Overtures, and many others. Jim had extremely high standards. For each project, we had to consider the script, costumes, props, history, set design, scene painting, lighting and more. He made us work hard, and I learned a lot about many different arts.

 

In 1976, I moved to New York City intending to seek theater work or illustration. One of my motives was to take Milton Glaser’s “Design and Personality” class at the School of Visual Arts. Milton had been a hero of mine since art school. I wish I could convey to you the magical sound of his voice, almost like a stringed instrument. He was brilliant and witty. After his class I thought of myself as not only an illustrator but a designer—someone capable of many types of projects. Milton particularly admired my quilted pieces—maybe because that was one thing he didn’t do!  

 

 

 

BEE PANIC ©Anita Lovitt. Cotton, fusible interfacing

 

 

Illustration was a difficult, freelance business, not as open to women in those days as it is now. Theater work usually required “paying your dues” (i.e. working for free) and had a union that was hard to get into. So in 1988, I became Graphic Design Coordinator for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City under Joseph Papp. Joe did not consider 3D art as exciting as 4D, i.e., theater. And I got to see a lot of theater. My ideas became more extra-dimensional. I was trained on a Mac Classic, and my digital career began.

 

 

With the stability of a regular art job, I was able to take classes in digital media, illumination, calligraphy, puppet making, lettering, photography, quilting, not so much painting at this time. Around then, a fellow puppeteer gave me a bunch of jewelry parts that his sister, who had passed away, had left. These little enameled metal pieces were like candy. I began constructing mobile jewelry and from the very beginning it was popular and sold in many museum shops. My gift for the small complimentary statement had translated over from greeting cards.

 

 

 

SPIRAL EARRINGS ©Anita Lovitt. Commercially baked enamel over metal

 

 

 

TRR: How did your move to Delray Beach lead you to become involved in Art In Public Places?

AL:

In 2001, I sublet my Manhattan apartment and moved to Delray Beach to spend more time with my mother. Two weeks later came 9/11. I couldn’t find work in publishing, so I stayed and started teaching watercolor painting. I started working on a calendar idea with the late Susan Keleher, program manager for Pineapple Grove Main Street, Inc. Sue had heard about a competition for a grant to do a mural at the south entrance to the Grove and persuaded me to enter. And I won!

 

 

 

DANCING PINEAPPLES ©Anita Lovitt. Mural, looking south

 

 

 

TRR: The mural is hard to miss at 137 East Atlantic and has become a destination for selfies. Its large- scale patterns, vivid colors and vibrant imagery of dancing pineapples announce to visitors that this part of town is serious about the arts. The challenge was to make the painting visible from a distance but also appreciable from close up. Using your knowledge of set design, you took a picture of the site and laid in the images with Photoshop before beginning. It was completed in October 2008 with the assistance of Benjamin Moore, who donated the paint. “It’s like a landmark,” you said. “I’m honored and happy that people like it.”

 

AL:

I had never done a mural. Nor did I have the needed equipment. My mother had recently died, and I thank my art-loving therapist Dan Lobovits who believed I could and should do this project, using my theater arts experience. Part of this mural’s appeal is that I approached it like a watercolorist: I put the light yellow down first and painted everything over it. If I had painted the darker orange first and then tried to put the yellow over it, it would not glow like it does!

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR LAKE O. Handwritten prayers on cotton. Designed by Anita Lovitt

 

 

TRR: Following a devastating hurricane season in 2005-6, you worked as a hurricane crisis counselor with Project Hope, supervising teams to create large legacy quilts documenting the effects of the hurricane experience on communities in Palm Beach County. One of the quilts you did with your team is called “Prayers for Lake O.” You tied the lake down with knotted threads and prayers so “it wouldn’t overflow.” The therapeutic effect of creating something new, after having lost one’s possessions is deeply empowering.  Once people can realize that despite their loss they still have a creative spark within them, they are reassured that life will go on.

 

AL:

These quilts now hang in public buildings in Palm Beach County, including the Emergency Operations Center.

 

I served on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach for 4 years. My “ArtFans” marketing campaign featured the artwork of other Delray Beach public artists. The wood and paper fans were wildly popular and were distributed at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach and the PAAB. They were biodegradable so I wasn’t creating more trash, but we never saw one thrown away.

 

 

 

“ARTFANS” Marketing campaign for PublicArt Advisory Board of Delray Beach

 

 

 

TRR : And you also produced a coloring book?

 

 

SHOEFIRMATIONS ©Anita Lovitt 2015 Coloring book

 

 

AL:

Yes, in 2015, I self-published my first book, “Shoefirmations,” an inspirational coloring book. Each page featured a drawing of a shoe to color and an affirmation that was somehow related. I was just ahead of the surge of adult coloring books!

 

 

 

RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER  Recycled Jewelry by Anita Lovitt

 

 

Last year I participated in the Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) project at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. This is a movement to recycle old broken and discarded jewelry—right up my alley, as my motto is “Straw into Gold”! While the opening was canceled due to COVID last March, the RJM show went up late this winter. I am honored to have some of my designs included! The show is up until March 20.

 

 

 

WATER LEAF DREAM ©Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

 

TRR: Your watercolor classes taking place on Zoom are very popular and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society just hired you to offer a Workshop in April. Tell us about your classes.

 

AL:

 

Since 2002, I have taught watercolor painting in Florida. I developed my skills in workshops with with Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Skip Lawrence and others. My classes typically consist of a demo, followed by personal attention during the class time, followed by a supportive critique by the class. I also created a Facebook page, Anita Lovitt’s Watercolor Class Student Gallery, where current and former students can interact and comment on each other’s work. This has been a welcome addition, especially during COVID.

 

 

My involvement with the Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) includes service as Publicity Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and organizer of annual Paint-Arounds. At the Member Luncheon last March, I gave a presentation comparing taste in food with taste in art which was well-received. I am a Signature Member and recently won a second-place prize at the group’s show in Patch Reef Park. For me, it is not about the competition but more about the camaraderie of spending time creating with others. The process of creating while networking professionally helps everyone involved grow.

 

Camera shot of Zoom Class Student artworks with Anita Lovitt

 

Pre-COVID, I taught at local communities and cultural centers. The pandemic forced me to begin teaching on ZOOM. Surprisingly, I found that I liked it a lot and could deliver a great class to more people, some of them living as far away as Vermont and California. Many students have told me the class was the high point of their week, providing encouragement and socialization along with instruction during a challenging period. A number of students had some trouble understanding color temperature, which resulted in this workshop designed to explain it. My current classes include retired teachers (through the United Federation of Teachers). It is deeply gratifying that these teachers enjoy my classes so much, since I was not trained to be a teacher.

 

 

TRR: We can see the depth of your knowledge and have a sense of your multiple abilities!  What else should our readers know about you?

 

AL:

I offer original and custom paintings, prints, surface design, mini-murals, workshops and classes in painting and drawing, as well as consultation and speaking about art.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Anita’s artwork, classes and availability for commissions:

 

Email:    lovittland@gmail.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/anita.lovitt

 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/anita_lovitt_art

 

Website:  anitalovitt.com

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

LuRu Customized Tile Designs Make A Statement! Let Your Imagination Be A Central Part Of A Tile Installation In Your Home, Office, Or Boat

LuRu‘s award winning artistry brings dream walls to a new reality! Tortuga Tile Works offers designs to suit a variety of different personalities by offering customized designs of any tile work you currently have or want to have.  The Rickie Report has watched LuRu’s esthetics grow beyond our imagination!  (It was hard choosing which tiles to share with you in this article). LuRu offers affordability and a genuine concern for bringing your vision to life.  We share her story and a sneak peek of some of her tile installations here.

 

 

 

 

 

A Wide Variety of tiles are available

 

 

 

LuRu tells The Rickie Report, “Make your dream walls a reality. Tortuga Tile Works will help you through the entire design process. Just give us a direction and dimensions and we will provide layouts and a quote to fit your needs. I will create a design that has the most impact for your budget by mixing and matching from our array of products”.

 

 

 

Atomic Sci-Fi Kitchen by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works  

64 square feet of press molded, ceramic tile with Platinum accents and contour cut mosaic

 

 

Tortuga tiles are all hand-made.  For most tiles, a low relief design is sculpted and cast in plaster, from which reproductions are pressed by hand. Then the tiles are fired and glazed. 

 

Chinese Dragon Back Splash by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

 6″ H border repeat; Press molded, ceramic tile

 

 

Tiles can be shipped individually, mounted on mesh for easy installation of multipart mosaics, or cemented and grouted on concrete board. Tortuga Tile Works does not offer installation services, but will aid your contractor with instructions and scale diagrams to insure a successful installation.

 

 

 

Star Bar by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

 6′ w x 12″ h and two side panels 4″w x 36″ h each; Press molded, ceramic contour cut mosaic

 

Based out of Hollywood Florida, artist and designer, LuRu, creates the original designs for Tortuga Tile Works. She earned her BFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University and her Masters degree in sculpture from Louisiana State University.

 

 

 

 

Diagonal Profiles Black and White by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

12″ x 12″; Press molded, ceramic tile

 

 

Alternatively, hand built pieces are created combining press molded elements with portions directly sculpted onto the slab creating one-off pieces. LuRu is attracted to tiles because they marry her love of sculpture and painting.  She loves collaborating with her clients. Often custom projects lead to unexplored territory which expands her repertoire.

 

 

 

Everything’s Coming Up Roses by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

 

What better way to brighten up your space than covering your walls in roses. From a romantic powder room to a garden wall, rose tiles bring beauty and sophistication to every surface. Various grout colors and powders make these roses one of a kind for your space!

 

 

 

Fish Tornado Back splash by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

8’w x 18″h; Press molded, ceramic, contour cut mosaic

 

Cross cultural exploration of mythology and religious imagery fuels much of LuRu’s ideation. She enjoys juxtaposing various iconic elements to create her own personal symbolic language.  Just as most myths and religions focus on explaining the cosmos and our relationship to it, her work is an attempt to work through these abstract concepts to develop her own understanding of her place in the world.

 

 

Heron Mosaics by LuRu, Tortuga Tile Works

42″ h x 42″ w each; press molded, ceramic, contour cut mosaic

 

 

LuRU was awarded the Broward County Creative Investment Program Grant, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2013, 2016 & 2017.  To make an appointment please contact LuRu, at Zero Empty Space 2021 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33020.  Her artistry can be found at SistrunKollective in the Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery  115 NW 6th St.  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

 

 

Janet LU Rudawsky
Artist/Owner  Tortuga Tile Works

954-593-9055

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Debbie Kashdan’s Lapidary And Silver Metal Creations Showcase A Lifetime Of Creativity Bringing Her Medical Background To Wearable Art. Announcing Valentine’s Day Special Plus Cabochon Clasps For Jewelry Makers

When you see Debbie Kashdan‘s one-of-a-kind silversmith or lapidary wearable-art pieces, you instinctively know that years of creative commitment are shining through!  Her fingers went from childhood designs to caring for people as a surgical Physician’s Assistant both in the US and abroad. Her jewelry seen at EarthlyTreasuresbyDK are a composite of her medical and lapidary training!  The Rickie Report shares an inspiring conversation with Debbie and some sneak peeks of her jewelry pieces.  Debbie is offering a Special for Valentine’s Day which is around the corner!  Debbie also sells cabochons and unique box clasps with stones for jewelry artists.  Custom orders are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP  NOW

 

 

 

 

One-of-A-Kind Necklaces by Debbie Kashdan using Lapidary and Silversmith techniques

 

 

TRR: Please tell us the intriguing story of childhood creativity. 

DK:

 

I have always liked to work with my hands to make things. I can recall as a small child, collecting acorns in the fall and making dolls with acorns and toothpicks. I learned from friends and relatives to knit and crochet and sew, and instead of playing with my dolls, I knit sweaters for them. I have always enjoyed being a doer rather than an observer. I began studying the flute in elementary school and, later on, I took up the cello also. Even now, though I greatly admire and enjoy musical performances, l prefer playing music to listening to it, (though generally frustrated by my inability to emulate the musicians I so admire.) And when the case cover of my cello became tattered, I became probably the only cellist in Florida with a cello case matching my kitchen upholstery!

 


One-of-A-Kind Handmade necklaces by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

TRR:  How did your medical career dovetail with this creative ingenuity?

DK:

I followed in the footsteps of my father, a physician, into the medical field and for more than 30 years worked as a physician assistant. My first position after PA School was as a surgical PA. I found that I enjoyed both the technical and intellectual skills of surgery. I subsequently got more into the internal medicine side of things, but, throughout various positions, my physician-employer almost always delegated any technical or surgical or wound care procedures to me. 

 

 

In 1994 I spent a year in Kenya as medical director at a rural outpatient clinic, with few facilities and myriad challenges. This experience, among  many other things, stretched my ability to find creative solutions to problems with only limited available resources.  

 

 

 

 

One-of-A-Kind Earrings by Debbie Kashdan


TRR:  How did you shift your interests once you retired?

DK:

 

After returning to the US in 1995, I resumed working as a PA in Florida, retiring in 2012. Needing to find creative outlets and keep my hands busy, I joined a local orchestra and I also took an introductory course in beading. The beading, again utilized some of the technical skills I learned in surgery.  Then I decided to try silversmithing and enrolled in the Boca Raton Museum Art School. Encouraged by my first teacher, the unforgettable Don Dietz, I learned not only the basic skills of a silversmith, but also learned to cut stone cabochons.  At this point I was hooked.  Since that time I have been working in my home studio and have taken additional instruction at the Armory Art School, William Holland School of Lapidary Science and Jewelry Arts in Georgia, and of course, online.  

 

One-of-A-Kind handmade Bracelets by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

 

TRR:  How do you envision ordinary objects into wearable art pieces which may come from family heirlooms?

DK:

 

 I am always working on improving my skills to come up with creative solutions.  Several years ago, looking for a cost effective source of metals, and  also to repurpose outdated materials, I created many pieces of jewelry using metal up-cycled from vintage silver plated brass or copper trays. Presently, I am working mostly with sterling silver and semiprecious stone cabochons which I cut and polish in my shop. I am trying to incorporated some precious stones and a little gold into my work now, which has necessitated my learning to fabricate the delicate settings which such work entails.  As everything, it is a work in progress! 

 

 

Although I enjoy the technical challenges in crafting jewelry, I am also fascinated by the multitudes of ways jewelry making has increased my appreciation of the beauty of the  metals and stones I have learned about and worked with. My joy is enhanced by providing people with wearable art which they feel adds a measure of beauty to their lives. Best of all is when I work collaboratively with customers to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  Creating wearable art has been a labor of love.

 

 

 

One-of-A-Kind Cabochon Clasps and Polished Cabochons

 

 

TRR:  How do you collaborate with other jewelers

DK:

 

My children joke that I have come a long way from stringing soybeans to creating unique wearable art!  In addition to fabrication of metal jewelry, I cut and polish designer cabochons for use by other jewelry artists in their work, and also make unique 3-strand  box clasps utilizing some of the stone cabochons.  

 

 

TRR:  How do you network with other creatives?  Do you offer classes?

DK:

I am a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, and have taught some introductory silver-smithing courses both at their shop in Lake Worth, and also at Betty Wilson’s Craft Gallery.  Pre-Covid, I offered one-on-one teaching in my studio.  I currently belong to several FB Jewelry and Lapidary Groups, including  Aspiring Metalsmiths, Sisterhood of Metalsmiths. 

One-of-A-Kind Rings by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

TRR:   Where can we find your one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art?  

DK:

The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach has some of my pieces. Contact Betty Wilson for gallery information: 561.762.8162.  I also sell out of my studio and take payment by credit card or PayPal.  I am more than happy to take commissions and welcome custom orders.

 

For more information about Deborah’s jewelry:

Earthlytreasuresbydk.com

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Irene Jalowayski’s “Fly Away” Is Featured At Continuum Art Palm Beach 2019 And Upcoming Classes

Irene Jalowayski‘s hand made glass creations have truly taken flight, as her newest cast glass wall art, “Fly Away” will be one of the featured artworks at Continuum / Art Palm Beach 2019.  Irene’s increasingly detailed process as a glass artist shows the degree to which she has pushed herself to stretch boundaries, and in glass work, that is challenging!  The viewer can feel the excitement of her creative process.  In addition to Continuum, Irene sells her work at Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth. She teaches at McMow Art Glass and at The Craft Gallery.  The Rickie Report brings you her most recent creations and urges everyone to stop by to see them in person or sign up for a class

 

 

 

 

 

“Fly Away” Cast Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLY   AWAY

WITH

I R E N E     J A L O W A Y S K I

 

 

AT

CONTINUUM WPB ArtsEvent

January 10-19, 2019

 

426-428 Clematis Street      West Palm Beach, FL 33401 

 

The mission is to collaborate different artistic disciplines while enhancing the community. This event will be located Downtown West Palm Beach produced by ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC in Partnership with the No More Starving Artists Foundation.

 

MEET IRENE:  

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019  7:30 – 10:00 pm    

V.I.P. Black Tie Fundraiser Gala Benefits  No More Starving Artists Foundation

 

Friday, January 11, 2019  6 -10:00 pm

           Artists Awards Ceremony and Artist Talks

ENJOY CONTINUUM 2019:

 

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019 12:00pm-9:00pm      Young Masters of CONTINUUM Day

Sunday, January 13, 2019   11:30am-2:00pm       Meet the Curators and Brunch & Lecture

Tuesday, January 15, 2019  12:00pm-2:00pm      Artists Lunch & Lecture

Thursday, January 17,2019  7:00pm-10:00pm      Quarter Auction Fundraiser

Friday, January 18, 2019  7:00pm-10:00pm          Live Music and Entertainment

Saturday, January 19, 2019 5:00pm-10:00pm       Melange presents the Body Painting                                                                             Competition & Runway Show

 

For more information about Continuum 2019:  http://nmsaf.org

 

 

 

Lace Glass Vase by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

 

Florida native, Irene Jalowayski works primarily in fused glass, cast glass, and mixed media. Her most recent cast glass creation, “Fly Away” will be one of the featured one-of-a-kind art pieces at Continuum 2019, during Art Palm Beach2019.  Her fused art glass pieces are filled with colorful dichroic glass mixed in bright, beautiful backgrounds. The viewer can feel the excitement of the creative process!

 

 

 

Rainbow Menorah by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

Irene’s abstract sculptures will enhance any decor.  Irene’s functional art pieces include cast glass jewelry boxes, bowls, vases, plates of varying sizes, and small accent tables. Her Judaica array includes mezzuzahs, candle sticks, menorahs, matzah plates, and she offers to create a unique bowl using the shards of the glass which is broken during the wedding ceremony!

 

 

 

Fused glass birds wall hanging by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

In 2013, Irene was featured as an emerging artist at ArtiGras. She studied with Sidney Escowitz and has taken classes with McMow Art Glass and Art Glass Environments, before becoming a teacher herself!  She never loses sight of the creative excitement when she open a kiln.  She shares that enthusiasm with her students.

 

 

 

 

Brass blue bracelet by Irene Jalowayski 

 

 

 

Irene’s jewelry pieces are distinctive. Her wearable art pieces include one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and cuff bracelets.  Each object is truly unique, not only due to the glass work, but because she understands the wearer’s need to own a singular adornment.

 

 

Commissioned glass bowl with blue glass shards from wedding ceremony, by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

 

Her personal glass collection in includes creations from the United States, Italy, and Sweden. Irene’s inspiration comes from nature and her own imagination, as you will see with “Fly Away”.  The process of casting glass is complicated and more difficult than that of fused glass.  First, Irene makes a clay sculpture. Over the weeks that it takes to dry, she will continue to incise, brush, and assure that the mold is exact.  Then she casts the mold in plaster.  Once the plaster is dry, the mold is filled with glass and fired to 450 degrees for 38 hours.  Once cooled, the mold is broken away from the glass, resulting in a solid piece of glass which will never be reproduced!

 

 

 

UPCOMING  CLASSES:

Introduction to Fusing

 Thursday, February 21st    10  am to Noon

All supplies and firing included.  $70 a person.  Limit of 10.

You Have Been Introduced to Glass Fusing:  Now What?

Thursday, March 14    10 am to Noon    $70 a person.  

All glass and supplies included as well as firing.

These classes take place at The Craft Gallery

5911 Dixie Highway   W.Palm Beach, FL 33405

To see more of Irene’s glass art pieces, wearable art, schedule of exhibits:http://www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com

For more information call Irene at 561.792.8788 or email to ijaloway@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas’s “Unconditional” Pays Tribute To Female Soldiers. Public Invited To Sculpture Unveiling On Sunday, June 3rd

The City of Stuart will unveil a second sculpture at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park on Sunday, June 3rd. This new sculpture, a bronze bas-relief by Eduardo Gomez Rojas, will complete the second half of the memorial monument at the entrance to the park. The Stuart Rotary Foundation contributed private funds for both. A working figurative sculptor, Eduardo has a studio located in Jensen Beach. His passion to share the deep emotions of a human figure stand out in this sculpture – a mother leaving her child as she goes to serve our country.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the event which is free and Open to the Public.  Special thanks to Eduardo for underscoring the dedication of female veterans and service people who preserve our freedoms.

 

 

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SHARES   NEWEST   SCULPTURE

“U N C O N D I T I O N A L”

 

A  TRIBUTE  TO FEMALE  VETERANS

 

Distinguished Services Memorial Park

300 SE Ocean Blvd     Stuart, FL  34994

 

Due to inclement weather the unveiling ceremony has been moved to Sunday, June 3 at 11:00 am

 

 

We asked figurative sculptor Eduardo Gomez Rojas to explain the artistic concept behind the second sculpture titled “Unconditional”; the artist commented. “A soldier leaves his home and his children to protect our children. I could not get this thought out of my head. In thinking and doing research for the second sculpture, I came upon the reality that many of the soldiers who are fighting and dying in today’s wars are women. In fact, Florida has the third largest population of female veterans in the United States. When considering these facts, it struck me that a Mom leaving her child to protect mine had to be the ultimate sacrifice. I became obsessed with this mental picture.”

 

Clay for “Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018

 

The image above shows the clay rendition which was approved for casting at the foundry. We asked Eduardo to elaborate on the idea. “To make the initial drawings for the concept I asked a female officer in active duty to consult with me. She lent me her backpack, uniform and boots which were worn by the model who had a young child. It struck me visually that the size of the backpack was overwhelming. I felt that this was a visual metaphor for the size of the burden placed upon this soldier. The soldier is in a semi kneeling pose while hugging her child. I placed the child’s face on the other side, so as not to take the focus off the soldier. It also allows the viewer to visualize their own child.  The soldier seems lost in her thoughts as if she is considering the enormity of the situation. She could be praying. She could be leaving or returning. She could be thanking God for protecting her and her child… or asking him to do so. The child can be a metaphor for our nation or for our institutions. Why is she doing this? Unconditional love for her country can be the only reason. That is why the sculpture’s title is “Unconditional” “.

 

“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018

 

The first half of the monument is located in front of the flag, but the monument plans included a second complementary half behind the flag. The bronze sculpture on the first half of the monument titled “Above and Beyond” depicts two male arms holding the folded flag against the heart. We asked Eduardo to remind us about the idea for this work of art. Eduardo Gomez Rojas, said of the first sculpture: “My artistic concept was to depict service above and beyond the call of duty. When I thought of this, it was clear to me that only love of country could bring somebody to do this. I chose the arms hugging the folded flag as the metaphor for love of country, but even further for sacrifice for country”

 

“Above and Beyond” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2017

 

This first sculpture which was unveiled on Memorial Day 2017, was very well received by the general public and veterans alike and has become an icon at the park. The purpose of the whole monument is to memorialize those local heroes who have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. Each year the names of these soldiers will be placed on the sides of the monument.

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work’s singular quality is its force and passion.  His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon.  His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas 10 years ago, where he was a cofounder of the Arkansas Sculptor’s Guild.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez

Eduardo Gomez Sculpture Studio

953 NE Industrial Blvd

Jensen Beach, Florida 34957

Website: www.eduardogomez.com
Email: eduardogomezsculpture@gmail.com
501-765-2609
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eduardogomezsculpture
Instagram: @eduardogomezsculpture
Twitter: @eduardosculptor

 

 

 

 

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For Amy Reshefsky, It’s All About The Art At THe HeART of Delray Gallery

If you like colorful, vibrant, eclectic art work you are in for a treat at Amy Reshefsky Studio & AR Gallery 🎨🎨🎨.  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ART at THe HeART of Delray Gallery in Delray Beach!  Join in the Free First Friday Art Walks and visit Amy’s Studio. The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks of Amy’s work.

 

 

 

 

 

The ❤️ Heart of Delray Art Studio
1440 N Federal Highway   Delray Beach Fl. 33483

561-289-4542

AmyReshefsky.com

 

 

 

Amy Reshefsky Studio & AR Gallery 🎨🎨🎨

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ART….

Join Us For Delray Beach First Friday Art Walks

 

 

 

June 2  ♦ July 7 ♦ August 4 ♦ September 1 ♦ October 6 

 November 3 ♦ December 1

6 – 9 pm

 

 

OPEN  GALLERIES,  OPEN STUDIOS  

MEET THE ARTISTS

 

 

Amy Reshefsky Gallery:

Reflects Artist’s Eclectic Styles and Techniques

 

 

Amy Reshefsky Gallery reflects eclectic styles and techniques.  Her career as a skilled and sought-after artist began on a whim.  After Amy moved to a town outside of Montreal with her husband, who was frequently away on business, she often found herself alone in a new country where she didn’t know many people but had an abundance of free time.  For reasons she can’t explain, Amy went out, bought a canvas, some acrylic paints and brushes, and brought them back to a room that was empty except for a few unpacked boxes.

 

Hand painted Glass Table top by Amy Reshefsky

 

Amy tells The Rickie Report, “I just started painting and I haven’t stopped,” she said.  Trying to define Amy as one kind of an artist or another is as challenging as trying to define her style of artwork.  Her work is diverse – to say the least – and about as eclectic as you’ll find anywhere.  “Some artists stick to a certain style because that’s what they’re comfortable with but I’m more comfortable being creative in all directions,” she says. “I love to try different things and different techniques. I can attack anything and enjoy the challenge.”

 

One of her pieces, commissioned for a local synagogue, tells the story of Passover on a large piece of glass in a whimsical and almost playful manner.  At the same time, most of the abstract paintings on her gallery’s walls are reflective of Amy’s mood in when she sits down to paint.  “If I’m in a good mood, the painting will be bright and cheery,” she says. “Whatever mood I’m in, I just go for it.”

 

 

“The Orange” by Amy Reshefsky

 

 

While what she’s feeling at the time drives the tone of her paintings, Amy says what the final piece of art will look like.  Always creative, Amy has never taken an art class or studied art formally. She has a fine arts degree, with her training in fashion design.

 

Her passion now is fully focused on her artwork – and on her gallery/studio , located in The Heart of Delray Gallery in Delray Beach,Florida.  “I wake up every morning wondering why I’m doing what I do,” she says. “But I have to do it. I’m driven.” Amy’s mission is to ” continually create and produce art in many mediums that reflects my inner self.  My art has a deep significance to channeling my emotions”.

 

“The Woodpecker” by Amy Reshefsky

 

 

For more information about Amy Reshefsky’s available artwork, commissions  or gallery information:

The ❤️ Heart of Delray Art Studio
1440 N Federal Highway Delray Beach Fl. 33483

561-289-4542

Website: AmyReshefsky.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TheArtofAmyReshefsky

 

 

 

 

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Spring Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart April 23 & 24, 2016

Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes back its popular Spring Craft Fair April 23 – 24, 2016. This two-day juried event takes place along Osceola Street and showcases the work of the most skilled crafters in the country. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore the exhibits. A wide array of original handmade crafts as well as unique gift items, featuring diverse media and styles, will be on display and for sale.  A Green Market will offer orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the Festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report features Debbie Johnson (Clay) and Carole Onorato (Mixed Media Jewelry).

 

 

 

 

 

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19th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 23

Sunday, April 24

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

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

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

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson – Clay

Ceramic Fairy Garden Accessories and Gift Items

 

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https://theedgewatershop.wordpress.com/about/

 

 

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Miniature Garden by Debbie Johnson 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson is an illustrator, clay artist and garden enthusiast. While growing up and living in Michigan, she was an avid gardener with two and a half acres to play with. She tells us, “When we moved to our tropical paradise I discovered a new world of gardening. Most of what I knew from my Michigan gardening adventures really did not apply here, so I began learning a little bit about bonsai and miniature gardening”.

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson 

“In 2015 my daughter inherited a kiln but it did not fit in her place and so it lives in my home studio. With a kiln here I wanted to play with clay and began making Fairy Garden Houses and Accessories. I love miniatures, doll house items, and fairy gardens! Fairy gardening is a great way to garden on a small scale. I try to design fairy garden accessories that are unique and beautiful. The items I make are safe for older children, so you can create a garden with them and allow their imaginations to soar”!

 

 

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson

 

 

“Fairy gardening is not just for children! Most of my customers love gardening but can’t garden on a large scale for many reasons. Miniature and fairy gardening is satisfying and fun and I love to create items that are sturdy and lovely. They make great and one-of-a-kind gifts for gardeners!  Each piece is handcrafted from high-fire stoneware clay, then glazed with lead-free earthy colors. No two pieces are alike. They are made with love and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them”.

 

 

Carole Onorato – Mixed Media Jewelry

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

 

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry is the premier choice for handcrafted jewelry. Designer Carole Onorato creates stunning masterpieces for an exclusive selection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings. Exquisite attention to hand sculptured details gives each piece a distinct and unique style. Most pieces are one of a kind. You can be assured of a fine selection and guaranteed quality when purchasing Pretty Wired Up Jewelry.

 

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

Carole uses many gauges and types of wire, depending on the piece, sterling silver, 14K gold filled wire, electroplated brass or copper, aluminum and more.  Some of the semi-precious stones she uses include hand painted jasper, unakite, tree agate, howlite, onyx, leopard jasper, hematite, rhondite, African jade, crazy lace agate, tigereye, snowflake obsidian, sunstone and others. Other materials may include Carole’s own handcrafted fused glass, tiles, metal and glass beads, natural stones, cubic zirconia, fabric and acrylic stones.

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

Carole custom designs jewelry to match your wardrobe. With sample colors, she can design the perfect accent piece. Remember Pretty Wired Up Jewelry for your cruise wear or other special occasion outfits. She can solve your problem of searching for the matching jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 FOR  MORE  DETAILS:

 

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/stuart-craft-fair/crafter

https://www.facebook.com/events/448275288609438/

 

Handmade Affordable Crafts –

Diverse Media & Styles –

Unique Gift Items –

Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 19th 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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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Elfrida Schragen Shares “Potpourri” of Paintings At Delray Beach Public Library

Elfrida Schragen‘s original oil paintings are vibrant!  Her “en plein air” style shows us a glimpse of the actual moments, as she captures the atmosphere as well as the subject matter, in time. For inspiration for these particular landscapes, Elfrida draws from her two homes, one in Delray Beach in the USA, and the other in Victoria, BC in Canada – two oceans, different flora and fauna, and flat land verses mountainous terrain. Her portraits are inspired by models and friends and they catch an obvious likeness to her subjects.  You can see her artwork at the Delray Beach Public Library through January 22nd.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this Free Exhibit and some sneak peeks.

 

 

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Solo Exhibit:

“Potpourri”

 

 

 

Delray Beach Public Library

100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Hours:

Mon – Wed: 9am – 8pm
Thurs. – Sat: 9am – 5pm

Exhibit runs from Now through January 22, 2016 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bridge At Mounts Botanical Gardens” by Elfrida Schragen

 

 

 

These original oils painted by “Elfrida” are comprised of vibrant portraits, still life, and works created en ”Plein Air” (a style of painting in the outdoors that aims to catch the atmosphere and general tone of a location in a short work time over one or two sessions). For inspiration for these particular landscapes, Elfrida draws from her two homes, one in Delray Beach in the USA, and the other in Victoria, BC in Canada – two oceans, different flora and fauna, and flat land verses mountainous terrain. Her portraits are inspired by models and friends and they catch an obvious likeness to her subjects.

 

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“Come Walk With Me” nay Elfrida Schragen

 

 

 

Elfrida was born in Canada into a family of artists where colour, and design were a constant dinner table subject of conversation. However she trained as a teacher and spent her professional life working with autistic, emotionally disturbed and handicapped children. Although she dabbled in art throughout her teaching career, taking the occasional course and participating in solo and group shows, it has been since her retirement that her art has really become defined. Her explorations include eight years of sculpture, five years working with pastels and finally settling into oil painting as her medium of choice.

 

 

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“Marina On Salt Spring Island, BC” by Elfrida Schragen

 

 

 

 

Elfrida Schragen has presented many SOLO shows and participated in group shows in Canada and the USA. Her paintings hang in the Americas and Europe. She enjoys painting portraits from life and photographs and is available for commissioned work. She tells The Rickie Report,” When there is that spark of life in a face, an original peaceful or intriguing design, or a certain play of color or shadow, I feel very excited about the challenge of capturing it on the canvas.”

 

 

For more information about Elfrida’s artwork please contact:

Elfrida Schragen
www.elfridasart.com
www.elfridasart.blogspot.ca
elfridaschragen@shaw.ca

561-865-5629 or 561-613-9837

 

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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

Click Here For Article

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

To See More “Excessories” Click here

 

 

Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

To see more bracelets Click here

 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

To See More Mobiles and Kinetic Art Click here

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

Click here to learn more

 

 

 

To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

www.elaynatobyart.com/shop

Email Elayna Toby

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart

 Instagram   @elaynatobyart

 

Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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