Watercolor Artist, Claudia Hafner, Is Featured At Oceanfest 2019 At Ann Kolb Nature Center November 9 And The Christmas Boutique & Craft Market At Westminster Academy November 15 & 16

Claudia Hafner will be a Featured Artist exhibiting her original sea turtle and other wildlife paintings at OCEANFEST on Saturday, November 9 at the Ann Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, FL and at the  2019 Christmas Boutique & Craft Market on Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16 at the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale.  Her paintings and large format reproductions, decorative tiles, and reproductions accomplish their mission: to arouse our environmental consciousness!  The Rickie Report shares the details and other events where you can meet Claudia.

 

 

 

 

MEET      WILDLIFE      ARTIST

 

 

C L A U D I A          H A F N E R

 

 

O  C  E  A  N  F  E  S  T     2019

 

 

Saturday,  November 9

 

10 am to 3 pm

Ann Kolb Nature Center

751 Sheridan St.   Hollywood, FL

 

 

 

 

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2019 Christmas Boutique & Craft Market

Friday, November 15    5 – 9 pm

Saturday, November 16   9 am to 4 pm

Westminster Academy

5601 N. Federal Hwy   Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Claudia Hafner with “Sea Turtle No. 11” 

 

 

Claudia Hafner, Watercolorist

 

“Painting with watercolor is like being on a roller coaster,” said Claudia Hafner, Pompano Beach- based watercolor artist tells The Rickie Report.  “It’s painting quickly, letting go of control and not really knowing if you will arrive at the destination. “And while there is excitement in this type of painting, there is also an intimate, more quiet space where one becomes one with the subject. Watercolor challenges me to capture the essence of a subject through the brush and the fluidity of the paint, adding detail at the finish,” she said.

 

HOW SHE STARTED

 

“Shore Bird” by Claudia Hafner

 

 

Claudia may have been born and raised a “city girl” in New York but it did not take long after she relocated to Atlanta in her mid-20s that she found her way “back to the land”. Her early childhood trips to the Catskill Mountains for summer vacations had left her with indelible memories and provided her with her first tastes of nature.  Years later when she first took up weaving and then watercolor painting it was only natural that she would make all kinds of animals the focus of her artwork—exotic birds, wildlife, ocean life, farm and domestic animals as well as endangered Hawaiian birds.

 

When Claudia first went to Atlanta, weaving, was her first entry into the art world. She started as a hand weaver preferring to weave loose, draping fabric full of texture and color.  “My designs here were also inspired by nature in my use of color, texture and from,” she said. Claudia soon became an award winning weaver in the Atlanta area.  “Although my desire to create fabric never stopped, my pocketbook soon needed help.” said Claudia.

 

So, while Claudia began working full-time in the corporate world in the mid-1980s she also made a decision to return to school once again. Years before moving to Atlanta she had earned a BA in Music but said she had no intention of working in that field.  “This time I decided it was time to go to art school, so I enrolled in the Art Institute of Atlanta in the mid-1990s,” she said. “Landing a dream job in a technology company, I immersed my- self in computers, graphic design, multimedia and web until layoffs hit in the dot.com era in 2011.”

 

Freed from a 9-5 job but working as a full-time contract web designer, she joined a watercolor class as well a watercolor critique group that met almost every week for many years as a pastime.  It was also during this period that she developed her unique, loose style through exposure to several noted watercolorists including John Yardley well known for his cityscapes and Jean Haines for her loose painting style that begins without a preliminary drawing.  “But it was really the late Charles Reid whose teaching technique for painting loosely presented me with the “ah-ha” moment that had such an impact in my future paintings,” said Claudia.

 

 

MOVING TO FLORIDA /  SELLING HER WORK

 

 

 

 

 

In 2013 Claudia and her husband, Doug, moved to Pompano Beach.  And it was here in South Florida that Claudia’s entrepreneurial spirit really kicked in. “When I was a kid in elementary school, I taught myself how to make pencil portraits of the Beatles and sell them,” she said.”  Discovering South Florida’s outdoor world of festivals, fairs and exhibits—all places where she could sell her watercolors is also where she found a following among people who love animals, nature and creatures.

 

“People love animals and you can see the joy on their faces when they see the menagerie of different animals in my booth at shows,” said Claudia. “It establishes an immediate connection between us.”  Claudia said that it did not take long for her to begin to interact with these people at shows, showing her art in festivals as far north as Jupiter and as far south as Hollywood.

 

But every artist needs that “identifier” and Claudia found hers a block away from her new home on the beach. “My husband, Doug and I moved one block away from the beach and sea turtles became an immediate passion.”  Turtles did not just consume her painting but aroused an environmental “consciousness”. “I have been looking after them and participating in the protection and rescue of hatchlings during the May-October nesting season each year,” she said. “It is very rewarding.”

 

 

GOING BIGGER

 

Claudia Hafner  with an Array of her Artworks  (Photo courtesy of LSDmagfl.com)

 

 

 

“It’s been very popular to reproduce my sea turtle paintings in a large format, more than 36” in length and width, printed on high quality photographic paper and mounted between an aluminum Dibond backing and 1⁄4” acrylic glass. The colors and watercolor brushwork make these large reproductions truly unique,” she said.  “People often stop in their tracks when they see the oversized turtles reproduced in this clean contemporary process.”

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

 

Through the years Claudia has been the recipient of numerous awards for her beautiful watercolor paintings including “Emerging Artist” in 2015 with Gold Coast Watercolor Society and  admission to the prestigious ArtiGras Festival in Jupiter, FL in 2016. As part of the National League of American Pen Women 2019 Skolnick Exhibit judge Beth Ravitz commented about her work.  “Her artwork brings all the important components together mastering composition and the vivid use of color balanced with the dynamic use of the white paper,” said Ravitz, a multidimensional public artist who holds a BA and MFA from the University of Miami.  While awards are nice to receive, said Claudia, they were never her goal.  “I prefer instead to develop a following through sales venues whether from original paintings or product, connecting with a wide audience of all ages.” she said.

 

OTHER ANIMALS, BIRDS

“The attraction for painting animals started with painting colorful birds,” said Claudia. “A collection of endangered Hawaiian birds became the first line of products printed from my originals that sell at the Hawaii Wildlife Center on the Big Island. Now my paintings consist of popular as well as exotic birds, wildlife, farm and domestic animals.”

 

 

“Rhino” by Claudia Hafner

 

 

INVOLVEMENT/ CLAUDIA’S AUDIENCE

 

Claudia is involved in a number of local arts organizations including the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Delray Art League; She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch and the South Florida Audubon Society.

 

Many customers up and down the East Coast have fallen in love with Claudia’s sea turtles. She believes in making sure her work is easily accessible to the broad marketplace by not only having original works available but also by having giclee’s/prints and creating a variety of merchandise. “This also gives me the opportunity to create products beyond the original paintings such as tile coasters, keepsake boxes and tote bags and more,” she said.

 

 

While her main focus of exhibiting and sales has been through outdoor art shows in South Florida, her work is also available at her website:

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/ClaudiaHafnerWatercolor

Instagram: http://Instagram.com/claudiahafnerwatercolor

Prints and merchandise: https://claudia-hafner.pixels.com/ Merchandise : http://cafepress.com/hafner
Limited edition prints: https://Etsy.com/shop/ClaudiaHafnerArt

 

 

 

 

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Deb LaFogg Docherty Demonstrates at Upcoming Wellington Art Society Meeting

Aspiring artists, emerging artists and seasoned artists are welcome to the next meeting of the Wellington Art Society, when renown wildlife artist, Deb LaFogg Docherty will demonstrate different painting techniques.  Deb works in pastels, acrylics and oils.  Her award-winning images bring us closer to nature. The Wellington Art Society meetings are wonderful opportunities for artists to not only learn, but network with a supportive group of like-minded creatives.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of Deb’s artistry.  Please note the new venue for this event!

 

 

 

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THE WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

FEATURES

Deb LaFogg Docherty

Wednesday, February 11th

6:30PM

*At the Village Park Gymnasium

11700 Pierson Road    Wellington, FL 33414     Ph: (561) 791-4005 

 

* Please note new venue 

 

"Captured Gaze" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Captured Gaze” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deb LaFogg Docherty will be the featured demonstrator at the next Wellington Art Society meeting. It will be held on February 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM at their new venue in the gymnasium at Village Park off Pierson Road in Wellington.  There will be a meet and greet, followed by a brief meeting and Deb’s demonstration.

 

"Waiting for Mom" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Waiting for Mom” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deb LaFogg grew up in Connecticut where as a child she painted woods and swamps near her house. She had no formal training until attending art college, majoring in advertising and illustration. After graduation she moved to Florida and was a free lance photographer taking pictures of Styx, Robert Plant and Steve Marriott of Humble Pie.

 

 

"Flying Tiger" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Flying Tiger” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

She presently works for a newspaper as a special sections designer.
Deb paints daily and loves going out into the field and coming face to face with natures wild animals and scenery. She works in pastels, acrylics and oils and has studied with world renowned pastel artists. In 2011 she received the Masters Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. She received second place in drawing in a National Wildlife Art competition.

 

 

"Jonah's Dream" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Jonah’s Dream” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

Deb is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of North Florida, an associate member of the Society for Animal Artists and an associate member of Audubon Artists and many other societies. Her paintings have been in many shows, galleries and museums around the country and she has been published in many magazines and newspapers.

 

"Woodstorks" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Woodstorks” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

Deb has illustrated a children’s book called “Woodrat Jill” with part of the proceeds going to preserve the habitat for the endangered Key Largo woodrat.  She teaches at the Delray Center for the Arts and is available for commissions.  Deb’s paintings are exhibited around the U.S. in National Parks.

 

 

"Morning Call" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Morning Call” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th 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 visit:

 wellingtonartsociety.org
or wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com

 

 

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Joanne Slattery in Juried Exhibit, “Contempo” at Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Contempo” is a juried exhibition displaying recently completed contemporary art of all media. With an eye toward the unexpected, visitors will see works that demonstrate innovative use of materials, unusual treatment of subject matter, unconventional mediums and edgy techniques. The goal of this exhibit is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in contemporary art that demonstrates superior technique and original concept and design…this is NOT your grandfather’s art exhibit, so leave your expectations for traditional portraits and landscapes at home! The juror was Elayne Mordes, of Whitespace Collection, a private contemporary art exhibition space located in West Palm Beach, FL.  The Rickie Report showcases Joanne Slattery’s artwork here (her exuberance is appealing!) and gives more details about the public reception for “Contempo”.  

 

JOANNE SLATTERY

AT

 Lighthouse ArtCenter’s

“Contempo”

Opening reception/Awards presentation:

Thursday, January 15th

 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Meet the Artists

 

Exhibit Continues through March 7th

Lighthouse ArtCenter  Museum & Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

"Oper Act I Interrupted" by Joanne Slattery

“Opera Act I Interrupted” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

Joanne Slattery tells The Rickie Report, ” I am inspired by places in the world that have grasped my attention.  Challenging subjects and how to accomplish their particular atmosphere intrigue me. Some subjects just cry pastel for its intensity, blending capabilities and as an abstract rendering tool, others call for a faster method as with acrylic. Both demand constant choices of brush and stroke direction to accomplish their particular action and atmosphere. With each piece I am always learning how to see and how to execute”.

 

 

"Waves" by Joanne Slattery

“Waves” by Joanne Slattery

 

“Creating is entering a fluid area where what is happening on the canvas is as important as what is in my mind. Sometimes media cannot be used in the traditional sense; I use my fingers, rub in dirt, whatever is called for.  The excitement is seeing what happens. It’s pure mind travel. Risks and Courage…”, Joanne goes on to explain.

 

"Voodoo Box" by Joanne Slattery

“Voodoo Box” by Joanne Slattery

 Note: This is the piece that was accepted in CONTEMPO

“This is one of my assemblages, which is painted and uses found objects. I did a lot of research on New Orleans White Voodoo and incorporated most of the elements that one would use in Voodoo Rituals and the many gifts to the gods”.

 

 

“I enjoy working in found objects and materials from nature plus pastels, acrylics, pencil, interference paints, dyes and powder pigments including ground minerals. You experience my pieces: you have a dialogue with them as you wander into them. They leave you feeling, wondering, wanting to be there, and wanting to know more”. 

 

 

"Marsh, St. Simons" by Joanne Slattery

“Marsh, St. Simons” by Joanne Slattery

 

Joanne received a BFA with 4 majors including Studio Art, History of Art, and Printmaking. She studied printmaking, painting, sculpture, and Art History at Marymount Manhattan College; Figure Painting at The Art Students League; Art History at The New School; and Web Design at Parsons School of the Arts and San Diego City College.

 

"Ecola Park Fog" by Joanne Slattery

“Ecola Park Fog” by Joanne Slattery  (Ecola State Park, OR)

 

In the last 10 years, Joanne has begun to paint in series. “When I am inspired by a place I execute perhaps 5-10 pieces of the subject in different mediums, techniques and views. I recently traveled to Georgia where I became enamored by the Marshes. Upon returning to Florida, I began painting them but at the same time took a look at our own unique environment of swamps and everglades and am beginning to paint them. Because I feel I am always improving and learning, I will return to subjects as I feel I have not profoundly conquered in retrospect. Also, my approach to painting is changing to a more impressionistic expression, so I need to revisit my favorite places and share this different way I am seeing things. It just never stops!”

 

 

"Dreaming Under Starry Skies" by Joanne Slattery

“Dreaming Under Starry Skies” by Joanne Slattery

Joanne did a series of “The Dreamer” which is based on Places I’d Rather Be. The Dreamer is on the beach, dreaming of Starry Skies. This is a good example of her mixed media pieces where the water is painted cellophane, the stars are painted nails, the clouds are iridescent powder pigment, she’s incorporated sand and a coral tree as well as gold-leaf cut out fish”.

 

 

"Riverbend" by Joanne Slattery

“Riverbend” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

Joanne didn’t show her fine artwork until recently and is now an award recipient from many exhibits. Her art work is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Joanne worked in Manhattan for 25 years as an Art Director for a few select companies: PBS, Scholastic and CHANEL, where she grew extensively in the fields of publishing, marketing and branding. While working she mentored college graduates in Graphic Design. She won innumerable awards during her career. 

 

ARTIST SHOWINGS:

 

  • ART in the I-ZONE* (West Palm Beach, Fl), 2008  Invitational Show
  • Jupiter Gallery of Art/ Jupiter Community Center , 2010 Juried Photography Show
  • Dixie Art LOFT*  (Lake Worth, FL) “Out on a Limb”, 2010  Juried Show
  • Dixie Art LOFT  (Lake Worth) “Heads Up”, 2011  Invitational Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta,FL) “Contempo”, 2011  Juried Art Show
  • Boca Museum of Art* (Boca Raton, FL) “60th Annual All Florida , 2011 Juried Competition and Exhibit “Best in Florida”
  • A Unique Gallery* (Jupiter, FL) “Black White and In Between”, 2011 Juried Art Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “Landscapes 2011” Juried Art Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta,FL) “Landscapes 2012” Juried Art Show – 2 pieces:  AWARD: Honorable Mention
  • Wally Findlay Gallery (Palm Beach, FL) “Masque Art”, 2013 Invitational Show
  • Richeson75 International Art (Kimberly, WI), 2013 Seascape & Architectural 2013 Juried Art Show   AWARD: Meritorious
  • Armory Art Center  (W.Palm Beach,FL) “50/50 Annual Artist Showcase”, 2013 Juried Art Show  SOLD
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “Spotlight on New Talent”, 2014 Juried Art Show – 2 pieces
  • Loxahatchee Natural Refuge (Boynton Beach, FL) October 2014 – January 2015
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “D’Art for Art”, 2014
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter (Tequesta, FL) “Contempo” 2015

 

 

For more information about Joanne’s fascinating artwork, please visit:

http://creativejoanne.com/art/

 

 

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