The Gilt Complex Offers Free Art Talk On May 16. Learn About Framing, Art Restoration, Conservation Services. See Diverse Mat And Frame Selections Beyond Your Expectations!

Artists, students, and art enthusiasts are invited to an Art Talk: “Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art” on Thursday, May 16 at The Gilt Complex.  This free event includes a prize drawing and will cover topics such as affordable framing options, tips on protecting and storing your art, styles & trends in displaying art, and photography frames that have a WOW impact!  The Gilt Complex will offer an Art Talk each third Thursday of the month.  We interview Duncan Hurd about this intriguing art resourceThe Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944

772.463.0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

 

Art Talk:

“Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art”

 

 

Thursday, May 16

5:30  –  8  pm

 

 

Free admission          Free parking

Free refreshments         Free prize drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rickie Report knows that art is all around us – and we just have to stop and notice!  I was checking out what was happening along Colorado Avenue, known as the “artbeart” of Stuart,  and came across a frame shop called The Gilt Complex. Intrigued, I went inside and had a fascinating conversation with Duncan Hurd, the owner.

 

 

TRR:  So, what’s with the name?

Duncan: 

Our business was founded by a gilder and art restorer in New Jersey in 1982. He has a great sense of humor and rather than call his business something like “Ye Olde Frame Shop,” he decided to have a little fun and call it “The Gilt Complex.” We took over after he retired a couple years ago, and we just love the quirkiness of the name. If nothing else, it’s a conversation starter.

 

 

An example of art restoration: You can see the more vibrant colors (left side) after this piece of artwork has been cleaned.

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers more about your business.

Duncan: 

The Gilt Complex is a custom framing and art restoration business.  We frame everything from original art painted by the masters to your child’s masterpiece. In our restoration service, we mostly remove dirt and blemishes from the painting’s surface and repair minor damage.  Although we have been known to reline and restore significantly damaged historical works of art. 

 

 

 

TRR:  I’m in love with all your frames!

Duncan: 

Thanks.  We have what we consider to be one of the most diverse collections of frames in the area.  From historical reproduction 22-karat gold leaf finished corner frames to modern unfinished corner frames.  In order to avoid mass confusion, we organize our samples by style, with room between each frame so you can distinguish one from the other.  We have traditional, ornate gold and silver, wood veneer, contemporary and eclectic, and rustic styles, among others.  We even have a bright and colorful Coastal Collection.  

 

 

The thin black liner inside the mat opening on “Blue footed Boobies” by Katie Gianni, heightens the space and distinction between the artwork and the matting. It gives the eye a space to rest and appreciate the artwork, without being too crowded.  This frame further intensifies the feather of the subject matter, while the frame’s corners capture the look of webbed feet.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What’s unique about your business?  What sets you apart?

Duncan: 

Three words: selection, service and smiles!  We have well over 2,000 frame samples in our showroom.  Beyond that, we will never compromise on quality.  We only use acid-free mats and papers, and all our glass is UV protected.  We are very careful about how we handle your art, and we take the time to fit your frame the right way.  That doesn’t mean that everything we do is expensive.  Quite the contrary.  We’re happy to work within any budget, but the quality of our work will be consistent no matter what you pay.  

TRR:  And smiles?

Duncan: 

We have a lot of fun doing what we do.  Our customers often comment about what a happy place this is.  It’s much more rewarding to establish relationships than to squeeze every nickel out of every sale.  So, we talk to you and laugh with you.  Life is too short not to enjoy what you do, and we like to share the fun we have doing it.  Thus, the smiles!

 

 

The dark mat took attention away from the art itself and the orange-toned frame was a distraction.

Now, the artwork is the main focus, bringing the blue from the art piece into the mat lining.  Look at how much brighter this piece seems!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Who else works with you?

Duncan: 

My wife Pam is an engineer and she does everything in our workshop.  She operates our computerized mat cutter, cuts the glass, assembles the frames and puts it all together.  What I love about her approach is that she spends as much time on all the little things you will never see as she does on what’s in front of you.  Katie Gianni is an accomplished artist who brings that level of creativity to designing the ideal frame for your art, whether it’s an original or a print.  Finding the perfect marriage between the art and the frame is what Katie and I most enjoy.  

 

 

TRR:  You said you’ve been around since 1982, but I didn’t even know you were here.

Duncan: 

For about a dozen years we were tucked away in a strip mall on South Dixie Highway near Port Salerno.  Last year in February we moved the store to Colorado Avenue.  We love, love, love being in downtown Stuart in what is rapidly becoming known as the arts and entertainment district.  Someone recently called it “the artbeat of Stuart.”  More and more people are finding us every day due to our more centralized location.  Just like you did!

 

 

 

 

TRR:  How else can people find you?

Duncan: 

Probably the best place is through the internet.  Our website tells our story pretty well at TheGiltComplex.com.  We are a big supporter of the Arts Council of Martin County and you can see our ad in their magazine, as well as in the Lyric Theatre’s magazine.  One of the great rewards of owning a small business is becoming an integral part of the community.  In addition to the Arts Council, we are active members of the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce.  It’s hard to go anywhere without recognizing someone, and we think that’s wonderful.  

Note the red line incised around the middle of the frame and how this accentuates the outlines in the artwork.  This and the color of the frame itself offer subtle touches that enhance the artwork. 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What framing advice can you offer our readers?

Duncan: 

An expression I often repeat when choosing a frame is, “What does the art want?”  In other words, what frame will best compliment the art and draw your attention to the painting or print?  The advantage of custom framing is having many options available to you – not only the frames, but also mats, liners and all the other components that go into creating beautiful artwork.  You can almost always find something appropriate within your budget.  But if your decision is driven by price alone, you may not even give yourself the opportunity to consider the best design solution.  

 

 

TRR:  Do you have any concluding thoughts?

Duncan: 

If you surround yourself with art, every day will be filled with joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

New Faces And A New Generation At Well-Established Family Business, Heritage Art Galleries, Offer Original Art, Custom Framing, Art Restoration

With over three decades in the fine art & custom framing industry, Heritage Art Galleries is South Florida’s one-stop-shop for museum quality custom framing, fine art restoration, and the buying and selling of fine art. The new faces of the younger generation are ready to help, whether you are an art gallery, designer, decorator, artist, or simply looking for that perfect piece for your private collection. Visit their Tamarac, Florida gallery (minutes from Fort Lauderdale) to see why their customers refer to Heritage as “the hidden treasure.” Their extensive inventory is a treasure chest of rare and hard to find original oil and acrylic paintings, and limited edition lithographs and serigraphs at incredible prices.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

3811 N.W. 49 Street  Tamarac, FL 33309

954 -739 – 8975

 https://www.heritageart.gallery

 

 

 

Heritage Art Galleries was founded in 1982 by Sam Vitro, a master art restorer from Italy. Services quickly expanded from custom framing and art restoration to acting as a national wholesale art and framing source for design professionals and the general public alike.

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Two years ago, Sam’s family moved to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal to join his gallery and framing business. Having Claudio, Linda and Ian working full-time in the business for a couple of years prior to retirement would make the transition easier for Sam, who had been framing and restoring fine art for more than three decades. But unfortunately, Sam passed away unexpectedly and the family’s plans were accelerated.

“We were all devastated at his passing, of course,” said Claudio, “but since Sam had always envisioned passing on the business to my children as a legacy we have just continued it in his honor.” Claudio continues, “I see immense growth potential in Heritage. I still have a lot of hard work ahead of me and I am confident I will grow this business and create the legacy that Sam wanted.”

The Family:

 

 

 

Claudio Tomassone, Sam’s brother-in-law for 44 years, is a real estate broker and investor from Montreal, Canada. Through the years when he would visit his sister and Sam at their Hollywood home, he said he would spend every spare moment at the gallery. “I was always fascinated by art appraisal and restoration,” said Claudio. “Sam did amazing work and over the years I acquired a lot of knowledge about the business from art evaluation, restoration and museum quality framing.”

Joining Claudio in the business is his daughter, Linda Tomassone. The Montreal native has been involved in the artistic world her entire life; first as an actress, then in film production and screenwriting.

“I have a great deal of admiration for artists and their creative process since I have experienced these things myself,” Linda said. “I see each painting as a piece of the artist’s soul and story. When you connect to the essence of a painting the feeling is almost magical. I love experiencing that same feeling in discovering new artists and being part of the process when a customer connects to a painting themselves.” Linda handles the marketing and event planning for Heritage while also running her own business as a social media marketer.

In 2017, Linda married San Diego native Ian Jerrell. Ian has a background in the fashion industry and an eye for artistic composition, color selection and design. He worked as Sam’s apprentice to learn the art of custom framing for the past two years.

“Audrey” by MeB

 

Expansion and Services:

In addition to working with Sam and learning the nuances of the business, the family spent the past year reconfiguring the gallery and workspace.

Heritage has been newly redesigned and now includes a beautiful art gallery/showroom. “We have created an inviting space here to hold art events, lectures, openings and exhibits,” said Claudio.

Ian, who is now the main custom framer at Heritage Art Galleries, said they offer a wide variety of services including custom and museum quality framing.  “We have affordable prices on framing, offer very high-end gallery services, stretch canvas, and offer the stretching and blocking of needlepoint. We also do custom mirrors,” he said.

 

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The Art:

One of the challenges the family faced at the beginning of their journey was that through the years, Sam art collection grew into the thousands of artworks from the early 19th century till today.

“No formal inventory existed for this artwork,” said Ian, “We had to get them ready for sale and it took months to go through them.” Today, artists such as Tarkay, Erte and David Schluss, to name a few, are for sale and can be seen online on Heritage’s website and in the gallery, according to Ian.

Heritage has a big marketing effort underway according to Linda. “ We now have an Internet presence and following, and are working on building an online art shop.”

What kind of art does Heritage represent?

“We work mainly with contemporary art,” said Ian. ”Inventory includes oil, acrylic and mixed media originals and prints. When we look for new artists, we of course, look for something that speaks to us, but mostly originality.”

“Day After Mardi Gras” by Lois Perdue

Thinking Ahead:

We have been making our way throughout the South Florida arts community meeting artists, others involved in the arts, and checking out events to make sure we are always current with what’s happening.”

“The art market in South Florida seems to be booming,” said Claudio. “Everywhere you look there seems to be an art fair or exhibit. These are very exciting times for the art world. We are also looking at the Canadian market. It is full of amazing untapped talent and we are looking for originality, something new and fresh that the art world has not seen yet.”

Claudio continues to promote the business and use the sales skills he has acquired over the years in real estate to acquire new clientele for Heritage Galleries. Future plans call to open a second location or move to a larger location as soon as they outgrow the current space.

Claudio, Ian and Linda all agree that “Uncle Sam” is with them in spirit! “We feel his energy in everything we do,” said Claudio.

Linda added that it is a bonus to be able to work with her father and husband. “What an amazing experience this is,” she said. “I feel blessed. We are a great team. With our individual strengths we are an unstoppable force!”

 

 

For more information:

 https://www.heritageart.gallery

3811 N.W. 49 Street  Tamarac, FL 33309

heritageartgalleries@gmail.com

954 -739 – 8975

Mon – Fri:  9:30am –  4:30pm  ​​Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm  ​Sunday: Closed

We are referred to as “the hidden treasure” by our customers because we are on a tiny side street. We are near the corner of Commercial & 441. Let your GPS guide the way!

Unable to make it during store hours? We’d be happy to serve you by appointment. Call us to set up an appointment today!

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Wellington Art Society Features Jack Rosen And Richard Mauseth of CJR Fine Arts & Frame At March Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will feature member Jack Rosen and Richard Mauseth, Master Framer of CJR Fine Arts & Frame. They will speak about and demonstrate the importance of framing to enhance a piece of art and elevate it to a cherished heirloom. The meeting will be held on March 8, 2017.   The Free meeting is open to all members and guests. A “Meet and Greet” is followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The evening will conclude with Jack and Richard’s demo and a wonderful raffle.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is an opportunity for art lovers to meet and network with artists!

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

FEATURES:

 

Jack Rosen & Richard Mauseth

of 

CJR Fine Arts & Frame

 

 

March 8th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

 

Wellington Community Center    

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard     Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

Jack was born in the Bronx and took a circuitous route to art beginning with music and rock bands, scuba diving, sales and aircraft mechanics. After meeting his wife, Claire, the two of them worked for a world wide marketing company where he learned how to approach sales.

 

 

 

Eventually he and Claire moved to Florida where he worked at a computer manufacturing parts business. His brother who owned a market research company and was an avid art patron persuaded him to buy signed and numbered prints by Moshe Givati from eBay at $1 apiece. He resold two of them immediately and made a profit! He did this at night, but finally sold his internet business and focused on buying and selling art work. He bought art at auctions and sold it on ebay for a year, always putting his profits back into the business. Over the years he studied and learned more about art and developed an educated eye. Through networking, Jack established relationships with art publishers and began distributing artworks to galleries and dealers. He became the main supplier for Princess Cruise Line art auctions.

 

 

A little over a year ago he and Claire opened CJR Fine Arts and Frame in Royal Palm Beach and began selling directly to the public. Everyone can buy art and have it framed professionally at one location. They frame two and three dimensional objects as well as mirrors and sell one of a kind art pieces of art glass, sculpture, animation art vintage posters, books and sports memorabilia.  Jack and Richard pride themselves on their personalized customer service as their reputation is on the line!

 

For more information about CJR Fine Arts & Frame:

www.cjrfinearts.com

514 North State Rd 7
 Royal Palm Beach FL 33411


561-333-9472

 

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 36th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit WellingtonArtSociety.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

CJR Fine Arts & Frame Administers TOTAL LIQUIDATION Of Over $1 Million Fine Art!

CJR Fine Arts & Frame is administering a TOTAL LIQUIDATION of over $1 million Fine Art, Originals and Limited Editions from Princess, Norwegian, Holland America, Carnival and Costa Cruise Lines!  This event is Free and Open to the Public on Saturday, April 9th from 10 am – 4pm. Individual appointments are available before that date, but DO NOT DELAY! The Rickie Report shares the details and gives you a virtual tour.

 

 

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CJR Fine Arts & Frame

514B North State Road 7
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
 561-333-9472
Email mail@cjrfinearts.com

 

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SNEAK PEEKS OF SALE:

 

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Behrens “Shimmering Waters”

CJRLUHONG IMPLICATIONS OF GENESIS

Luhong  “Implications of Gensis”

CJRSarminsky Golf

Sarminsky “Golf” 3D

CJRPECK-TROPICAL-BEAUTY

Peck “Tropical Beauty”

CJRROCKWELLDISASTEROUS-DARING

Rockwell “Disastrous Daring”

CLICK HERE:

Virtual Tour of CJR Fine Arts & Frame

 

 

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For more information:

CJR Fine Arts & Frame

514B North State Road 7      Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
561-333-9472
Email mail@cjrfinearts.com

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Transitions In Northwood Village: Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla Takes New Role As Gallery And Events Manager At Center For Creative Education And Closes OSGS Gallery

The Rickie Report brings you the unfolding story of transition and change in Northwood Village’s Art Scene. Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla takes on a new role as Gallery and Events Manager at Center for Creative Education (CCE, Northwood Village) while Evelyn O. Smykla will be continuing the current exhibition at OSGS Gallery (Northwood Village) until October 31st. Currently OSGS is exhibiting 17 Artists from within and around Palm Beach County.  OSGS became a driving force along with the galleries in the Village to start and continue a free ArtWalk open to the public the 2nd Saturday of every month and supported the community and other merchants by being an active participant in the monthly Art Promenades and Friday Night Strolls through their tenure.  The Rickie Report shares the details and the sentiments of everyone involved:  This continues to be a journey of sharing art  and artists with the community.  Change can bring new opportunities! Kudos to Jonathon and Eveyln!

 

 

 

 

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IN THE BEGINNING…

 

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Grand Opening of OSGS

 

 

 

As of October 31 (yes, Halloween) OSGS (Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio) Works of Art and Custom Framing located in Northwood Village will be closing its doors. We have had quite an incredible run and have been witness to some wonderful artists and art. In the short time we have been open to exhibiting works of art and offering framing we have exhibited and represented over 50 artists and numerous works of art. OSGS has hosted receptions for both established and emerging artists. We have hosted a Virtual Auction for The Place of Hope and through the Collaborations and Mixed Media Event last year we supported the Center for Creative Education and their goal to educate children through the arts.

 

 

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It’s a move that unknowingly began in March, 2015, as Jonathon (OSGS Gallery) produced ‘Collaborations and Mixed Mediums’ the charitable fine art exhibition at Center for Creative Education (CCE). That group exhibition was a huge success and now the CCE has extended a full-time position to Jonathon as Gallery and Events Manager to build a thriving events calendar in and around the CCE’s Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery at Center for Creative Education. 

 

 

 

 

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Jonathon says, “We became a driving force along with the galleries in the Village to start and continue a free ArtWalk open to the public the 2nd Saturday of every month and supported the community and other merchants by being an active participant in the monthly Art Promenades and Friday Night Strolls through their tenure”.

 

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Jonathon and Evelyn

 

“Thank you goes to all of the artists who so graciously agreed to exhibit with us, the merchants of Northwood Village, Ilene Adams for her marketing expertise and, it goes without saying, Rickie and Jeff Leiter of the Rickie Report”.

 

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“We are not going away, simply moving upward and in new directions. Jonathon can be found at The Center for Creative Education (Northwood Village) as their new Gallery and Events Manager (Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery) beginning October 1 and I (Evelyn) will be going into my second retirement and choosing to use my talents volunteering as needed in the arts community and as needs arise in my own backyard in Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter/Juno areas”.

 

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Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery and Exhibition Space

 

 

 

Jonathon is creating an active exhibition schedule for the Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery at Center for Creative Education. These exhibits will look to include local artists, national artists and programming that will benefit the mission of CCE and the local arts community. Open calls to artists will arise and Jonathon is hoping to reconnect with many of the artists OSGS represented and new faces to create successful exhibitions.

 

 

You can find out much more about CCE on their website at www.cceflorida.org. Jonathon can be reached at JonathonO@cceflorida.org.

 

 

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223
e: OSGSart@hotmail.com
www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

 

 

Website: http://www.cceflorida.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cce.florida?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cceflorida

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

OSGS Offers Unique Art Exhibition, Art Promenade, Specialty Jewelry Show and a Call for Artists

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla have been working hard preparing for a spectacular Autumn in Northwood Village at OSGS  Ortiz-Smykla| Gallery Studio.  Their unique art exhibition showcasing the work of folk art visionary, Jimmy Lee Sudduth continues until the end of October.  (Don’t miss it!  You’ll have to go to the Smithsonian to see his work!).   Northwood Village’s Art Promenade, which falls on Halloween, promises to be spooktacular.  Save November  7th for a “Holiday Jewels – Wearable Art” Event and their custom framing is available with a Groupon discount.  The Rickie Report shares all of this plus a CALL to ARTISTS!

 

 

 

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OSGS

 

Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

 

 

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

Current Special Exhibition at OSGS Gallery:

 

 

"The Barn" by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

“The Barn” by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth Paintings. We currently have three paintings from the late Jimmy Lee (1910-2007) on loan and on exhibit through the month of October.

http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=5874

 

 

 

OSGS Mural

 

OSGS has finally been provided final approval to move forward with our Mural Project. The Mural itself will be placed on the East facing wall of OSGS Gallery (toward Dixie, along Spruce). OSGS is providing some nice incentives for the winning artist.

 

 

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Previous Murals in the Northwood Village area include:

 

 

Eduardo Mendieta

Mural by Eduardo Mendieta

 

 

 

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Amanda Valdes

Mural by Amanda Valdes

The final process will be Juried by Andrew Brown – http://www.andybrownpaintings.com/

 

 

 

 

“Holiday Jewels — Wearable Art”

Friday November 7th     6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

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Take part in a festive evening to help ease the worry of holiday shopping as OSGS presents one-of-a-kind jewelry. Enjoy one-on-one interaction with the Artists, sipping cider, and taking in light music. Featured artists are Claudia Block (New York/Florida), Meryl Lefkovich (Massachusetts) and Elayna Toby Singer (Florida).

 

 

 

 

Claudia Bloch

 

 

Necklace by Claudia Block

Necklace by Claudia Block

 

 

Claudia Bloch is an American artist known for her beaded jewelry designs. Born and raised in New York City, Claudia’s work reflects the fusion of cultures and people she was surrounded by in the invigorating city environment. Inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson, not just for her installations themselves, but for her process of walking the city streets at night, finding what others had discarded to use in the making of her own vision.

 

 

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Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Bracelet

 

 

Claudia Bloch's Beaded Earrings

Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that in mind, after Claudia began her designs with the goal of women wearing her pieces, she has recently amplified that idea – to a greater vision of building intriguing installations around the jewelry. Viewers can both enjoy wearing the pieces, as well is exploring the power of the material world and its influences over their identity. Claudia resides in South Florida but travels extensively showing her work in private and public venues.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich

 

Meryl is a self-taught artist/maker with a degree in art history. She has had past careers as an art consultant, gallery manager, travel consultant and interior designer, all of which, she believes, contribute to her world view in design and concept.  Her serious art career began in 1993 when she began teaching herself how to paint. She has her paintings in a number of corporate and private collections in the Boston area and around the country.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovitz' Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

In 2011, Meryl learned how to solder and there was no looking back. Jewelry design and fabrication have become her passion. Her primary influences are flora, fauna and a fascination with Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “As an art history major, ancient cultures also impact my designs; I love the look of a slightly time-worn patina, as though a long lost piece was newly discovered. Combining raw and organic with delicate and romantic, whimsy, combinations of color and gemstones – all have a place in my designs.”  She starts with a concept; a new interpretation of the natural world, then the metal takes over and informs her how each piece should develop.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Earrings and Pendant

Meryl Lefkovich’s Earrings and Pendant

 

Meryl says, ” the forms and essence of nature, a dewdrop on a leaf, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the twisted scroll of vines and the gnarled knots of trees…these are the moments I want to capture and reflect in my jewelry.”

 

 

Elayna Toby Singer

 

Elayna Toby Singer is drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. She is attracted to circles. They invite her in, are windows to the beyond; simultaneously open and whole.

 

Elayna Toby Singer's Bracelet

Elayna Toby Singer’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Connecting one object to the next, both physically and visually, energy and awareness journey between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. Twirling and dancing with the air around us, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Discarded and precious materials – vintage tools, machine parts, manufacturing remnants, garden trimmings, mineral stones and beads from around the world – are combined to create one-of-a-kind artworks.”

 

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

 

No two Elayna Toby Singer pieces are ever the same.  Elayna Toby Singer uses only “cold connections” in creating my assemblage kinetic sculptures and jewelry. No welding or soldering for me. Instead, she uses wrapping and knotting techniques, along with swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.

 

 

Custom Framing:

As an Artist, Let OSGS Custom Framing help you ready your work for exhibition(s). We have great rates and archival materials. Here’s a Groupon Coupon for savings (not valid with other offers, but a great way to save by itself!):

http://www.groupon.com/deals/osgs-ortiz-smykla-gallery-studio

 

 

 

Artists Needed!!!

West Palm Beach Art In Public Places is assembling a database of artists for future Calls To Artists. This is a great opportunity to have your name included in those opportunities. If you have a few moments, please email Phil Growick (info. below) your Name, Artistic Medium of Preference (i.e., Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, etc.), Email Address, Website Information, and any other contact information you would like to offer to:

Phil Growick
Art In Public Places (City of West Palm Beach) Board Member
Email: pgrowick@gmail.com

See Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla’s Painting

at the Palm Beach International Airport:

(All Artwork in the exhibit is for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to these local artists)

"Untitled" by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

“Untitled” by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

For more information about OSGS please contact:

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223
e: OSGSart@hotmail.com
www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

 

 

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

OSGS Gallery Offers Online Art Auction to Benefit Place of Hope

On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, FL, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope.  Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The Rickie Report urges you to go online and bid!  We share the details about the auction and an interview with SarahAnne Livoti from Place of HopeThe online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

OSGS Gallery in Northwood

Runs Online Art Auction

to

Support

Place of Hope

Virtual Auction Opens Tuesday February 4, 2014

 

 

OSGS Charity Flyer

 

 

 

 On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, Florida, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm

 

Visit the online art auction now: biddingforgood.com/PlaceofHope for an early look at art for your home and/or workplace.

 

 

Dinner Set, handmade glass

Dinner Set, handmade glass

 

 

 

Place of Hope is a unique faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care; family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services; adoption and foster care recruitment and support; and hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.

 

 

 

"Newport Coast"

“Newport Coast”

 

 

The Rickie Report spoke with Sarah Anne Livoti about Place of Hope.  It is hard to imagine this large and extensive organization grew out of the desire of Christ Fellowship Church to reach out and help just one child.  While their program is faith-based, one does not need to be a believer to get involved.  

 

 

Necklace

Necklace

 

 

 

We noticed that at “Seven Stars”, craft projects are a regular part of the routine.  Sarah was excited at the idea of local artists volunteering a few hours of their time to feature a craft or art project for a group of children.  She stressed that this does not have to be a long-term commitment  (though Place of Hope welcomes those as well).

 

 

 

"Name That Tune"

“Name That Tune”

 

 

Since the children at Place of Hope range in 5 to 18 years of age, their needs vary.  Experiencing art with a community-cased artist would give them a new, inspiring experience. In addition, volunteers can speak about how to open a bank account, how to register to vote or share a beneficial skill that will make a difference in the lives for their future.  Sharing information about your career can ignite a spark that will take a child further into a positive life situation.

 

 

"Shape Shifter" mobile

“Shape Shifter” mobile

 

 

When asked about direct donations, Sarah referred to the exciting online auction being spearheaded by Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla of OSGS Gallery.  Offers of art materials are always welcome and they are most welcome with someone to lead an activity. 

 

 

"Born to Die"

“Born to Die”

 

 

For more information about volunteering, please go to  their website and click on “contact us” or “take action”.  Everyone is welcome to attend a tour and learn more.  The Rickie Report knows that helping a child now will make our communities better places in the future.

 

 

"Night Moves"

“Night Moves”

 

Place of Hope is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.  All winning bids are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.   To learn more about Place of Hope visit http://www.PlaceofHope.com.

 

SarahAnne Livoti    Special Projects Manager  Place of Hope
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: 561.775.7195 I f: 561.775.1758 I 8www.placeofhope.com
9078 Isaiah Lane I Palm Beach Gardens I FL I 33418

“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless…” Isaiah 1:17

 

 

"Tropical Garden Scene"

“Tropical Garden Scene”

 

For more information about art and custom framing at OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio, visit their website at http://www.OSGSArt.com,http://www.facebook.com/OSGSArt.

 

 

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 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

 

You Are Invited to Robin Kimball’s Exhibit at OSGS

Robin Kimball’s paintings can best be described as “modern realism with a heavy influence of  Vermeer, Velasquez, the impressionists and contemporary realists”.  Her paintings and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are currently being featured at OSGS Gallery in Northwood Village. Robin’s artistic flair and conceptual creativity has been long-known to art lovers from New England.  We are happy to say she now has her home and studio in Palm Beach.  The public is invited to the opening reception on February 7th. The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.

 

 

 

 

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OSGS Gallery

Features

Robin Kimball

Opening Reception

Friday, February 7th

 6 – 8 pm

500 Northwood Road     W.Palm Beach, FL

561-833-2223

 

 

Robin, originally from Massachusetts, studied fine arts at Boston University and worked as a graphic designer and then as a jewelry and home accessories designer. While living in Boston, Robin studied with many well-known painters and expanded her painting career while being represented by the Richard James Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and the Charlestown Gallery in Rhode Island.

 

 

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Robin now lives in Palm Beach and maintains a studio and studies with Miroslav Antic at the Armory Art Center. She says, “ My work can best be described as modern realism and is heavily influenced by artists such as Vermeer, Velasquez, the impressionists and contemporary realists”.

 

Robin Kimball in the studio

Robin Kimball in the studio

 

 

 

 

Robin has been drawn to antiquities and often uses objects and photographs from the 1800’s through the 1950’s as painting subjects.  This theme has carried through to her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  She says, ” Both my paintings and jewelry showcase my love of color and pattern. They each rely on the reflection of light and color to achieve the results that I find most exciting! ”

 

 

Teacups by Robin Kimball

Teacups by Robin Kimball

 

 

 

Her whimsical series of paintings of vintage teacups, often juxtaposed against outdoor scenes will certainly catch your eye and are reminiscent of something from Alice in Wonderland.  Her figure paintings are nostalgic views painted from old black and white family photographs but are “colorized” with her own magic touch.

 

 

 

Painting by Robin Kimball

Painting by Robin Kimball

 

 

Robin’s jewelry, also with her vintage flair, will be on view and for sale. This is one show you won’t want to miss!  While in Northwood, you can browse through the many other galleries and shops and stop in on of the new restaurants that has arisen in historic area.

 

 

 

Bracelet by Robin Kimball

Bracelet by Robin Kimball

 

 

As for the gallery, art runs in the veins of gallery curators Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla. OSGS, is the embodiment of their love of art, and for sharing the work of talented artists. On any given day, a visit to their gallery sends guests crossing paths with a variety of works in many mediums that include modern-art paintings, sculptures, and home wares. But the team also does their own creating inside the studio: custom framing is available with a large number of options for materials, glass, matting, and mounting. The gallery also brings in guest speakers for the Bring Your Own Chair lecture series, whose dates are published on the gallery’s website. The gallery is located at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach.

 

 

For more information a hour Robin Kimball’s work please visit http://robinkimballartist.com/

 

For more information about OSGS:  Visit our website for more information about the gallery visit: http://www.osgsart.com/    Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla     OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223 OSGSart@hotmail.com      www.OSGSart.com        http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Attached are photos to accompany a Reception Announcement for Robin Kimball that is happening on Feb. 7th.
Here is a link to her website:

Next Guided Art Walk in Northwood? We’ll Go Again!

The Rickie Report staff attended the premier of Northwood’s Art Walk a few weeks ago. The next Art Walk is Saturday November 9 at 6 PM. Why pay $15. 00 to walk through galleries that are already open to the public?  The Northwood Art Walk is much more than just a “gallery walk”!  Tour guides bring Art Walk attendees through the neighborhhod.  The galleries have special exhibits, artists speaking about their work, refreshments plus special sales. Let’s not forget the goody bags (this is better than Halloween)!    There are coupons for free glasses of wine, discounts at restaurants, special offers from artists and samples of food and baked goods.  It was so enjoyable, we all agreed that we will go again!  More details about the Northwood Art Walk  are in this article.  Group size is limited. RSVP so you don’t get shut out!


Tickets for the guided tour are $15 per person. To purchase tickets, use Artwalk’s secure PayPal service on their website: www.northwoodartwalk.com

Tickets are only for sale on the website. Space is limited to 16 people.  Attendants of the guided tour will participate in lectures and demonstrations and will be offered specials at our local restaurants, boutiques and more.

 

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First Historic Northwood Village Art Walk

Big Hit!

 

Wall Hanging at CCE

Wall Hanging at CCE

A group of art-loving people gathered at the Center for Creative Education in Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, Florida for the first Historic Northwood Village Art Walk.

Sculpture Garden at Arthouse 429

Sculpture Garden at Arthouse 429

 

The Center for Creative Education uses the arts to enrich and transform a child’s educational experience. Painting, music and dance are used to increase mastery of literacy, math and science.  It’s creative and it works!  CCE is looking for children and adults to take classes in this renovated building which used to house an indoor roller skating rink.

 

Bruce Helander explaining how he designed new mural across the street

William Halliday showing small version of mural across the street from Arthouse 429

The guided tour focused on the exhibited art within a number of galleries.

 

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Mural Unveiling

 

 

All of the groups were present at the unveiling of the art fence mural from artist and gallery owner William Halliday.

Christopher Gatelock's Imagine Studios.  He is now hand embellishing some of his already amazing photography.

Christopher Gatelock’s Imagine Studios. He is now hand embellishing some of his already amazing photography.

 

They proceeded to a lecture at Christopher Gatelock’s “Imagine Studios and Art Gallery”. Christopher Gatelock spoke about how he converts his landscape, industrial and portrait photographs into his own special imaginary style. 

Jonathon Ortiz Smykla speaks about OSGS Gallery, celebrating its first anniversary in Northwood.

Jonathon Ortiz Smykla speaks about OSGS Gallery, celebrating its first anniversary in Northwood.

Eveyln and Jonathon, of OSGS spoek about some of the coomunity based artists whose work they show.  They also offer custom framing and offer discounts.

 

The four tour guides had their hands full with more than 60 people signed up for the guided tour.

 

A small area of Hennevelt' Gallery

A small area of Hennevelt’ Gallery

 

The tour guides, coordinated by Amy Weeks, started with a short intro on the history of Historic Northwood Village.  Freddy and Nicky Henenvelt’s Gallery offers a wide variety of art mediums.  They also have comic book  and drawing classes.

 

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Our guide took the group into the heart of the vibrant art district.

 

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Artist, Anthony Burks speaks about the art scene at Harold’s Coffee Shop

The aroma from Harold’s Coffee brings you inside.  After you order, walk around outside and take in the wall art!  Sit at a cafe table and relax…

 

Karen Campbell at Northwood Glass Art and Gifts

Karen Campbell at Northwood Glass Art and Gifts

 

Karen Campbell, at Northwood Glass Art and Gifts, shows us some of her own glass creations.  She also offers classes in ceramics, fused glass and mosaics.

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Suzanne Connors gallery space was still under construction, but she welcomed everyone and looks forward to being part of Northwood’s creative energy!

 

Jaboo Gallery artist and owner, Javier

Jabo Gallery artist and owner, Javier

 

 

We look forward to Paul Klov’s Bohemia AG to open soon.  Who can resist art and gelato?   Thanks to Creme de la Creme Bakery for yummy baked goods and all of the merchants for discount coupons! 

 

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Gallery 418

 

 

Gallery 418 offers signed art pieces by notable artist as well as designer sculpture and Old Masters.  There is new artwork arriving weekly!     After the Art Walk the new restaurant Garage VV offered an after party with free drinks and a DJ.

“Art X”

 

After a lot of preparations, “ArtX” , a collaboration of 11 galleries, is proud to announce the Second Saturday HistoricNorthwood Village ArtWalk.   You can sign up online at www.NorthwoodArtWalk.com.  Private group tours can be arranged by calling 561.506.4108.

ArtX presents the Historical Northwood Art Walk. ArtX is the collaboration of Galleries located in West Palm Beach’s Art District, Northwood Village. The Historic Northwood Art Walk will feature Art Galleries in Northwood Village Events with guided tours & more.

 

The Art Walk is an opportunity to see the latest in art trends and each visit is sure to offer something different and something for everyone. While you sip a taste of wine en enjoy appetizers our artists will present live demonstrations and lectures on art related topics and more. You can explore the artistic side of Historic Northwood Village by taking our guided tour or just stroll through the Village and discover the Art Walk on your own.

 


Tickets for the guided tour are $15 per person. To purchase tickets, use our secure PayPal service on our website: www.northwoodartwalk.com Tickets only for sale on the website. Space is limited to 16 people.  Attendants of the guided tour will participate in lectures and demonstrations and will be offered specials at our local restaurants, boutiques and more.

Premier Art Walk Participants:

  • CCE Building
  •  Arthouse 429
  • Bohemia AG
  • Christopher Gatelock Photoart
  • Gallery 418
  • Harold’s Coffee Lounge Art
  • Hennevelt’s Gallery
  • Northwood Glass Art and Gifts
  • OSGS
  • Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery
  • The Garage VV
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

Come to the “Mini Show”, You’ll Be Amazed!

The Rickie Report initially sent out a Call to Artists for the “Mini Show” and heard from Gallery owner, Marilee Lee, that many of you responded!  We hope you will stop by and see how a small piece of art can make a big impression! The Artist Framing Gallery in Jensen Beach has matted and framed each entry, making them unique and well-valued.  Details about the reception and show are in this article.

 

 

 

9th Annual Magnificent Mini Show! 

Show date: November 1st  –  30th

 

Reception:  Saturday, November 9th   1-4  pm

 

 

 

What is a “mini”?

  •  A Mini is a piece of art created in any medium on paper, canvas etc.
  • It  is small enough to fit in a 4 x 9 envelope
  • Measure the Height and width- add the 2 numbers- it should add up to 8  inches or less.
  • SMALLER  IS BETTER  can be as small as 1 x 1

 

Mini Show invitation
The 9th annual Magnificent Mini Show will run from November  4th – 30th.  A public reception will beheld on on Saturday Nov 9th from 1 – 4pm.   This year there are a record 55 artists participating and 150 tiny masterpieces all framed up ready to show!
"Eagle Yoga Pose"

“Eagle Yoga Pose” From Mini Show, 2010

Artists from all over have brought in or sent in the mail their unframed art to the Artist FRAMING Gallery, where each piece has been framed using double or triple mats, notched corners, raised mat, spliced mat, museum glass, or what ever it takes, without regard to cost.
Mini Show, 2012

Mini Show, 2012

Marilee tells us, “In some cases the finished art is priced less than what the framing would have normally cost.   We have artist from all levels of learning represented— artists who have never been in a show before and  high-end, well-known artists who have shown in Museum shows and Galleries.    The Artist FRAMING Gallery has a chance to show off creative framing styles and the Art lovers get an adorable art piece at a  very good price!   If the art is not sold, the Artist gets to take home their framed work.”
"Butterflies"

“Butterflies”

 

Marilee is excited to share, “This year we will be giving out ribbons.  The Jensen Beach Art League will be judging the art.  The JBAL is a group of artist that show and sell thier work the 3rd Sunday every month Nov-April at the Indian River Park in Jensen Beach.  This is going to be the best ever Mini Show of all!”
"Mermaid and Son"

“Mermaid and Son”

The show is in a Gallery in a very unusual home in Jensen Beach.  To find out more about it go to artistframinggallery.com  or call   772-225-2500  or visit:  www.Facebook.com/ArtistFramingGallery .

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