The Creativity of Every Day Objects by Ray Gross Goes Worldwide

Ray Gross’ ceramic pieces are well-known in Palm Beach County galleries and exhibit venues. Hyper-realistic, his porcelain sculptures are often mistaken for the “real thing”.  His hand bag series has a waiting list! Everyday objects have been turned into art statements through his creative vision. The Rickie Report celebrates Ray’s imagination with a listing of upcoming exhibits, including Wiesbaden, Germany!

 

 

 

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The Creativity of Ray Gross

 

 

Painterly Ceramics by Ray Gross

Painterly Ceramics by Ray Gross

 

 

 

Ray Gross is an artist, sculptor and designer.  He was raised in South Florida in a creative home-setting, with his father who worked as a jeweler, painter and poet. His mother’s family is famous for their millinery business, designing ladies’ hats, especially in the Roaring 20’s styles.

 

 

 

 

"Louie,Louie" by Ray Gross

“Louie,Louie” by Ray Gross

 

 

After college and during his graduate studies at University of Florida, Ray worked as a graduate teaching assistant.  He established his first studio/gallery near the  famous “Homestead Hotel” near Warm Springs, VA.

 

 

 

"Camera View" by Ray Gross

“Camera View” by Ray Gross

 

 

Two years later, Ray partnered with Joan Farish to open “Clay Concepts” in West Palm Beach,FL.  and later founded Lake Avenue Gallery located in Lake Worth, FL.  Ray left the gallery in the late 1980’s to focus on his studio work.

 

 

 

Sterling Silver Sculptures by Ray Gross

Sterling Silver Sculptures by Ray Gross

 

 

Through The Buyers Market of American Crafts Council (PA) and Rosen Media (Baltimore, MD), Ray was invited to the American Craft Museum in New York City for a one-man SOLO Exhibition.  His hyper-realistic porcelain sculpture, “Harley” was an instant success and was exhibited throughout Museums on the East coast of the United States.  Many will remember seeing “Harley” at the Norton Museum, Boca Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Art in Public Place at Palm Beach International Airport.

 

 

"Fishing" by Ray Gross

“Fishing” by Ray Gross

 

 

Keeping the same theme of hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures of objects of everyday Americana, this July, Ray had his first sellout show in the Hamptons.  He is being represented by Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, NY.  His new work will be shown this season at the Binghamton Gallery as well as SCOPE Miami, Art Miami and Art Palm Beach (Whitespace’s “Collect”). Ray will be part of Whitespace Collections’s exhibits at the JCC in Palm Beach Gardens as well. His next stop on his world-wide tour is Weisbaden, Germany this Fall.

Special Show Schedule

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County  TRUNK SHOW

          Nov. 14th  6 – 9 pm   &  November 15  10 am – 3 pm

Whitespace Collection:  November 20, 21, 22, 23  www.whitespacecollection.com

Evan Lurie Gallery at RED DOT Art Fair Miami    Dec 2-7th

 

JCC Art Show :  December 11 ( Whitespace Collection)

Art Palm Beach: January, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25  (Through Whitespace Collection)

Art Wynwood Miami:  February 12 – 15

Continuously Showing:

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County www.palmbeachculture.com

Artisans on the Ave.  artisansonave.com

The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN)

A Unique Boutique (Delray Beach and Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Artist Brushes" by Ray Gross

“Artist Brushes” by Ray Gross

 

Ray is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, where his sculptures are available in the gift shop. Ray also teaches at the Armory Arts Center Complex in W. Palm Beach. His creations can also be found at Artisans on the Ave  (Lake Worth, FL), The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN), A Unique Boutique (Naples, FL and Cape Cod, MA).  Check out his new series, “Everything But the Girl”!

 

 

 

"Coco" by Ray Gross

“Coco” by Ray Gross

 

 Ray is available for small group or individual classes as well as commissions.

For more information please contact Ray at  raygross@gmail.com

 or 561- 951- 4749.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Offers FUNdraiser Raffle-Chance To Win $10,000

The Rickie Report is pleased to share an innovative event that will help raise money to support year-round activities which bring culture and the arts to people of all ages and stages of life.   The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is more than a “library” – it is more of a community center.  If you have not stopped by, we urge to do so.  Check out the multiplicity of programs (we are especially fond of Dog Tales in the Children’s area), get your FREE library card and begin taking advantage of what they offer.  This article looks at the Friends of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s newest  FUNDraiser!   When you purchase a ticket, you not only help the library, but you could win up to $10,000 yourself!  Details are here.

 

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Announcing The 500 Club 2014!

 

SPECIAL DRAWING WITH ONLY 500 TICKETS

 

We invite you to join the second annual “The 500 Club,” a very special drawing with only 500 tickets offered for a suggested donation of $100 each.  While 50% of the net proceeds from the “The 500 Club” will help the Library Foundation support the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, the remaining 50% in the Big Pot…will become the PRIZE MONEY.  Based on 500 tickets being sold a participant has a 1 in 500 chance of winning 1st prize or a 1 in 83 chance of any prize (Great Odds!!). 

Prizes will be based on actual ticket sales as follow:

PRIZE DISTRIBUTIONS WITH 500 TICKETS SOLD
MAXIMUM CASH PRIZES
1st Prize (20% of ticket sales) $10,000
2nd Prize (10% of ticket sales) $5,000
3rd Prize (8% of ticket sales) $4,000
4th Prize (6% of ticket sales) $3,000
5th Prize (4% of ticket sales) $2,000
6th Prize (2% of ticket sales) $1,000

 

 

A reception will be held Monday April 28, 2014 at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for all “The 500 Club” participants.  At 6:30 that evening the six winning tickets will be drawn.  Additional guest tickets to the event will be available for a donation of $10 per person.  While you need not be present to win, if you attended last year’s event you know you will have a great time!

 

 

Buy your tickets today at www.wpblf.org/500club

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Visit the website and you will be amazed at the offerings.  Imagine a buffet filled with the items you expect, but presented in an innovative manner.  Feast on the various items you’ve wanted to try but never took the time.  And dig into what the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has to offer!

 

If you are interested in taking part in a behind-the scenes tour, please contact  Rebecca Weiss  Development Manager  rweiss@mycitylibrary.org   or call 561-868-7704

 

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 For more information:

Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor

561-822-9972

www.wpblibraryfound.org

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Bullseye Glass Lab Today! Upcoming Online Class and More Glass Learning Opportunities

McMow Art Glass is holding a “Get to Know the Beauty of Bullseye Glass Lab” this afternoon! Register and receive a gift certificate for supplies!

The Rickie Report shares more information about McMow’s innovative “Online Education Program” plus their “Fusing February” class line up.

 

 

 

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Get to Know the Beauty of Bullseye Glass Lab

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1 – 3pm

 

 

Cost: $25.00 Call Retail at 561-585-9011 x100 or register online by clicking here

 

 

A fun way to learn about kiln-formed glass as well as McMow’s new line of Bullseye Glass & Products! This lab is a two hour watch & learn experience that  includes exciting warm glass demonstrations, tons of information about fusing, and a questions & answer session with McMow Master, Phil Materio.

 

This class is for everyone- not just fusers, and also includes a $10 gift certificate to use towards any Bullseye Glass or Product!

Here are some things that you will learn in this lab:

  • How to cut Bullseye
  • What a striker glass is and how to work with it
  • What a reactive glass is and how to work with it
  • Learn the beautiful color palette that is available from Bullseye glass
  • Cool new project ideas
  • Bullseye compatibility and functionality

 

 

 

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Visit to McMow Art Glass

Bullseye Kiln-Glass Education Online

 

Bullseye’s Kiln-Glass Education Online aims to inspire kiln-glass makers everywhere, helping them build foundational skills, acquire new techniques, and discover new forms and projects. Each 10-15 minute lesson is designed by Bullseye instructors and appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced kilnformers.

How the program works

  • A 12-month subscription is $39.
  • We add 12 new videos every year.
  • Your subscription also gives you access to our complete library of lessons – more than 35 so far with more to come!
  • View as often as you like, from any location with Internet access.
  • Each lesson includes downloadable firing schedules, product lists, and helpful links. There’s also a discussion area for connecting with other subscribers.
  • When you register through this link McMow Art Glass will receive credit for your purchase!

 

REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM BY CLICKING HERE!

 

 

Fused Tiles

Fused Tiles

 

 

Fusing One – Fusing Fundamentals!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9am – 3pm

 

 

Cost: $150.00 Register by calling Retail at 561-585-9011 x100 or online by clicking here

In this class you will learn the art of fusing glass. This includes basic kiln operation, elementary fusing terms & much more. You will gain valuable experience while working with a number of materials including frit & stringers. In this “make it & take it” class you will leave with 4 to 5 tiles as well as the knowledge to begin fusing on your own. All materials included. This class also includes a $10 gift certificate to use towards any Bullseye Glass or Product!

 

 

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Fused Glass Nightlights

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6  – 8pm

 

 

Cost: $45.00 Register by calling Retail at 561-585-9011 x100 or online by clicking here

In this class you will learn a brief description of what fused glass is and have the remainder of class to design your stained glass night lights! 2 night light kits are included in the class and will need assembled after firing; we will show you how to do it. All materials are included.

 

Slump Dishes

Slump Dishes

 

 

Fused & Slumped Glass Plates & Bowls

Wednesday February 19th from 6  –  8pm

 

Cost: $65.00 Register by calling Retail at 561-585-9011 x100 or online by clicking here

Learn a brief description of fused glass and have the remainder of the class to design your fused glass 8” square plate. Work with a variety of 90 COE frit, stringer and glass. All materials included.

 

 

 

 

Slump Dish and Sushi Dish

Slump Dish and Sushi Dish

 

 

 

 Fused & Slumped Glass Sushi Platters

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6 – 8pm

 

 

Cost: $85.00 Register by calling Retail at 561-585-9011 x100 or online byclicking here

This fun and functional The class will begin with a brief description of fused glass and have the remainder of the class to design your fused glass sushi platter. Work with a variety of Bullseye Glass 90 COE frit, stringer and glass. All materials are included.

 

 

 

For more information please contact Taylor Materio  McMow Art Glass Inc.  701 N. Dixie Highway   Lake Worth Fl 33460  taylor@mcmow.com     ph: 561-585-9011 x108    or visit http://www.mcmow.com

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291