Art & The Blockchain Is A Reality: One Third Of Small And Medium Sized Businesses Now Take Cryptocurrency As Payment. What You Need To Know!

Blockchain is affecting the art industry, small business, and our lives in general. How will it change the way artists, galleries, and art buyers do business?  Here’s what artists and art buyers should know about this evolving technology. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Art & Blockchain, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART     &     THE      BLOCKCHAIN

 

 

Art as NFTs and the rise of the crypto art market have been all over the news lately. Headlines scream about artists earning veritable fortunes overnight, while others warn about energy usage. Some artists are clamoring to get involved with this hot new market. Others are vehemently opposed.  What is the future of NFTs and the blockchain technology behind them? I spoke with two experts to get answers and dive into big changes coming to the industry.

 

 

Why Blockchain Matters

 

 

Blockchain is a “trustless” protocol that records transactions through a transparent, verifiable ledger system which cannot be altered. The entire cryptocurrency market and a myriad of virtual tools and projects are built on blockchain platforms that provide fast, accurate and safe functionality.

 

Importantly, blockchain is a decentralized system which is disrupting the status quo. It tends to increase fairness and stability, and take power out of the hands of a small group of decision makers. In this way, blockchain mirrors the art industry itself, which has fractured and placed more control in the hands of self-determining individual artists.

 

To get to the heart of the enormous impact this will have in our everyday lives, I spoke with Shidan Gouran. He is an early blockchain investor and a serial technology entrepreneur holding degrees in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Western Ontario. Gouran is the founder of Gulf Pearl, a Canadian merchant bank focused on “financing both private and junior public companies in the information, communications and media sectors.

“Blockchain is now mainstream,” Gouran says. “Technologies come and go, and better technologies will come. The concept of universal databases that anybody can read and write to and that cannot be manipulated are very useful. Digital assets are here to stay. It just makes sense that things would move from paper to the digital world. Tracking and provenance of real world objects on the internet will become more and more common. Those are the realities.”

 

How prevalent is blockchain in our society? One-third of small and medium-sized businesses now take cryptocurrency as payment. Bitcoin can be purchased using Paypal. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are all embracing blockchain technology. It is transforming the banking and “financial industries, and is the “digital DNA” of the internet 3.0.

 

 

The Question of Energy Consumption

 

 

Blockchain is undergoing rapid evolution and improvement. Detractors cite as a major concern the high energy usage in the “mining” process that drives transactions. Bitcoin is often held up as a major example of this excess.  “Bitcoin was the “first prototype; it is not the last system in existence,” explains Gouran. “Right now it consumes more energy than the Netherlands. Each transaction burns more than 700,000 Visa transactions as far as energy goes. When you consider these things, Bitcoin is not a great system. In my opinion, if it became the world’s currency it would be highly immoral, because of the energy consumption.”

 

 

How will this problem be overcome? Bitcoin operates on a Proof of Work mechanism which is energy ineficient. The Ethereum blockchain (which powers NFTs) and other platforms are moving to Proof of Stake, which is much less energy consumptive.  Gouran adds, “There are systems like Stellar and Ripple and when released,Facebook’s Diem blockchain, which would use even less energy than Ethereum’s Proof of Stake. A transaction on the Diem blockchain doesn’t cost more than a Visa transaction.”

 

 

Think of super efficient systems underlying the technology of finance and business that remove the need for offices full of workers using energy to validate and push through transactions. What are the energy savings when you don’t have to power 100,000 square foot buildings using light and heat and computers for hundreds of workers because they aren’t needed, all due to blockchain efficiency? We could end up with an actual decrease in energy usage.

 

 

 

 

 

Art as NFTs

 

 

NFTs (art sold as non-fungible tokens) have captured the imagination of the world and produced record-breaking sales. I asked art advisor, curator and crypto expert Georg Bak about this phenomenon. He says, “NFTs are certainly not just a trend. I believe that this market has a huge growth potential, not only for art but also for any kind of collectibles in the game, fashion and sport industry. At the moment the market is a bit overheated and many buyers are only buying NFTs in order to flip them instantaneously and make profits. I believe we will see a correction towards a more consolidated and matured market. There are so many historical digital artworks which never had a market and can be discovered by a wider public.”

 

 

What does this mean for the individual artist?  Selling platforms are cropping up like wildfire, offering an opportunity to artists who want to enter the crypto art market. Over time it will shake out and mature, and providers will address some of the existing technical limitations. Right now the sky is the limit. Once we have some history in the rearview mirror, the road will become clearer.

 

Benefits of New Tech

 

 

New technologies built on blockchain and the “smart contracts” they enforce and offer a level of transparency to an often opaque art world. This is good news for artists who create both digital and physical artworks, which can be embedded and tracked.

 

Bak says, “Blockchain technology will certainly not solve the authenticity and provenance issues of the past, but it can have a strong impact on future transactions. Nevertheless the data on the blockchain is only valuable if the physical artwork can be identified and assigned clearly to the data. There are different methods to apply identifiers such as for example RFID chips or surface scanning technologies.”

 

Once embraced, chips and scanning methods can assure the authenticity, scarcity and provenance of an individual piece of art. Artists will also use blockchain technology to track inventories, collectors, shipping and sales transactions. Another huge benefit of smart contracts is automatic payment of royalties to artists when secondary sales of their work are made.

 

 

Power to the Artists

 

As decentralization continues to put more control into the hands of individual artists, they are no longer in thrall to gatekeepers or third parties. How will our industry evolve as the power centers change?

 

 

“Galleries are certainly losing their monopoly over the market as artists can reach out to collectors directly,” says Bak. “The new gatekeepers are online marketplaces, and power is shifting from galleries to platforms. Even though platforms provide an interesting new revenue stream for artists, they don’t necessarily provide the same extent of curatorial exposure and content for artists as gallerists did in the past. Quite often platforms select artists according to purely mathematical measures, such as the number of followers on Instagram. Therefore, I think that galleries or artist managers are still playing an important role in promoting the artist’s career but probably they have to reinvent their business model.”

 

 

 

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Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915

Carolyn@ArtsyShark.com

www.ArtsyShark.com

 

 

 

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What Is Crypto Art And How Does It Work? What Effect Will This Have On Consumers Beyond The Art World?

A mega emerging marketplace has opened for artists to sell digital art online.  How does it work? What are NFTs and what does Blockchain have to do with art, music, and collectibles? How does this change artists relationships with brick and mortar galleries?  This is already producing ripples in cross-over industries. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Crypto Art, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Edlund Graham

 

 

WHAT     IS     CRYPTO     ART?

 

 

 

Crypto Art is a new market for digital artworks traded securely with blockchain technology. It’s often sold through online platforms using cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Artworks are paired in the crypto space with “non-fungible tokens” (NFTs) which authenticate each work as scarce and unique.

 

Blockchain technology is a decentralized, trustless system that provides transparent, verifiable documentation for the artist as creator and for collectors as the owners of the art, and shows provenance over time as a permanent record. It is even being used to authenticate and track physical artwork as a way to reduce fraud and increase consumer confidence. But the application of this technology actually has a vast number of uses, including financial services, security and privacy, legal applications and more.

 

 

“Rebirth of the Yesterbeasts” by Marc-O-Matic, sold for 3.75eth ($3,105) on Makers Place

 

 

 

Where does the Crypto Art market exist?  New online marketplaces such as SuperRare, Rarible, Open Sea and others have cropped up that allow digital artists to display and sell through auction or outright sale. NFTs are not always art; they can take the form of music, collectibles, and even digital real estate. This hot market has recently produced astonishing headlines and gained lots of interest from collectors, investors and others.

 

 

Marc-O-Matic is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia who entered the Crypto Art market during the last year and found it to be tremendously profitable. Marc describes his art as a compilation of illustration, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), designed to provide an immersive technology experience.

 

“Augmented Reality allows you to create an intersection between art and digital,” he says. “I fuse traditional skills with AR to present art in different engaging ways by repurposing illustrative work and augmenting it to become an experiential and engaging way to view art.”

 

 

In the immersive environment (which may be a gallery or other space) artwork is viewed through mobile phones or tablets to access the AR housed in an app he developed. The physical work acts as a QR code that triggers the animation. In the video below, Marc-O-Matic explains his work, while using AR to produce animation that mimics his facial gestures.

 

 

 

 

“The Inquisitive Hermit Crab”, by Marc-O-Matic sold for 14eth ($5,151) on SuperRare

 

 

 

His work is sold on several online platforms including SuperRare, a platform on the Ethereum blockchain which has a curatorial selection process (and a high volume of artists applying). Artists submit images and a video of their work for approval. Each sale made on SuperRare involves a 15% commission plus a charge to pay the “gas” fee charged when spending Ethereum. The artist will be paid again if and when a secondary sale is made, with 10% of the price going directly to them automatically through the blockchain—with no middle man involved.

 

 

Marc-O-Matic notes that digital art isn’t the only thing you can sell on the blockchain; you can sell physical art as well. “I’ve recently created physical painted prints,” he says. “Each artwork has a wax seal signature, embedded with NFT chips behind that seal that contain information about the art, its origin and more. When scanned, it leads to a website that shows records of the transactions of the physical art and its history of ownership. You can essentially embed NFT chips in your own artwork to authenticate ownership and value.”

 

 

That is part of the appeal of the blockchain, which eliminates the “smoke and mirrors” that can sometimes happen with brick and mortar gallery sales where artists don’t know who has purchased their work. The technology is transparent on ownership, allowing artists to benefit from royalties on their own work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Original Oculus” by Marc-O-Matic, sold for 4.4 eth ($7,103) on SuperRare 

 

 

 

 

When art as an NFT can be freely shared online, how does that affect the rights of creator and owner? Marc-O-Matic explains, “If you make a sale, the collector cannot redistribute or reproduce the work in any way, including physical copies. The artist cannot either. It’s a 1 of 1 edition. Doing so would defeat the purpose anyway, since the reasoning behind NFTs is artificial scarcity. The artist could, however, share 3D animations through social media and online, so long as they do not sell it again. And, as digital artwork that has been sold gets proliferated online and becomes popular, it actually adds value to the work. The more people who see it, the higher the perceived value.”

 

 

Why do people collect NFTs? “Everyone has their own drive when collecting,” says the artist. “Some like to buy art at a lower price, and flip it later, so that it pays off as an investment. Others are genuine collectors who see the value of digital assets. They understand that as we dive deeper into a digital world with immersive tech, having NFTs in place offers them importance as owners.”

 

Commissions are also a huge part of this space, as awareness of the investment value of digital collectibles increases. Companies are having NFTs made specifically for them that support their brand. The NBA recently dropped a series of collectible packs of player trading cards that has exploded in popularity. This opportunity to monetize is crossing industries and will increase in the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

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NFTs may have other functions included within them, above and beyond just the art. There are multiple uses, such as unlocking another world inside of a piece of art. Marc-O-Matic poses a potential use, saying “An emerging musician can create tracks with interactive visuals. Imagine purchasing a track of music as an NFT that includes an embedded interview with the artist or something else special. That may be originally purchased for $50.00 but could be worth thousands of dollars when they are famous.”

 

If an artist wanted to get involved in the Crypto Art market, how would they begin? He lays out several steps. “First, do your research in order to understand this new world, how it works, and what the value is. I recommend an article titled The NFT Bible published by Open Sea. It offers a breakdown of the history of tokens, the reasoning behind them, and what makes them so unique and special.”

 

 

The next step is to get set up. “You will need a crypto wallet, which is where you store your currencies, and how you conduct transactions,” he says. “It also is a key to unlock your account on certain platforms. So if I was going to sell a work on SuperRare, I need a wallet to unlock my account. Each wallet has a unique address, and I would use that address to distribute art on that platform. Metamask is one of the more popular wallets to use.”

 

 

Artists who want to sell would also need to acquire cryptocurrency in the form of Ethereum. This allows you to pay gas fees to process and validate transactions, and also to receive payment in the currency, to be held in your cryptocurrency wallet.

 

 

In order to find a platform to list your NFTs, you will need to evaluate those options. Some are curated, requiring a submission process and subsequent approval. Others (such as Rarible and Open Sea) do not. Then, upload your art and start trading!

 

 

 

 

Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? Subscribe to twice-monthly Updates, and get a free e-book on Where to Sell Art Online right now!

Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915

Carolyn@ArtsyShark.com

www.ArtsyShark.com

 

 

 

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

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Flamingo Magazine Recognizes Carla Golembe As She Gathers A Group Of Artists On Social Media To Uplift Each Other

When Carla Golembe initiated “Socially Distanced, Connected By Art” on social media at the beginning of the Covid19 crises, she never dreamed that it would embrace and affect so many people from around the world!  The Rickie Report joined in her mission and nominated Carla as a “Ray of Light” when Flamingo Magazine was looking for visionaries.  This article shares a minuscule sampling of artists who participate in this ever-growing group, who have given The Rickie Report permission to publish their images.  We share the link to the FaceBook group (free to join!) as well as the Flamingo Magazine article.  

“Socially    Distanced,    Connected    By    Art”

 “Tikun Olam” (Heal the World) by Carla Golembe, acrylic 30″ x 30″.

 

When the galleries closed and the art shows were cancelled, Carla Golembe knew exactly what to do!  She  established herSocially distanced, connected by art Facebook page.  Though she began in mid-March as a means to stay connected with the 20–30 adult art students she teaches in Delray Beach, it’s racked up more than 1,300 members from Florida to the Philippines. Carla tells The Rickie Report, ” I am using the page to break through the isolation I feel in quarantine and I created a vehicle to connect with others feeling just as alone through art.

 

 

 

3 Artworks by Linda Botwinick 

 

 

 

And connect she did!  Sign up and see artwork from all over the world!  She states, “Be Kind and Courteous. We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect”.  The Rickie Report publisher, Rickie Leiter, is in a state ‘ever-being-awed’ as she peruses each day’s sightings of new artworks that touch the heart and soul.

 

 

“Sending Love” by Linda Winters

 

 

 

“It’s about creating an art family,” she said, “and I guess that’s what I was trying to do.” It is safe to say her art family has exploded!   Artists of all mediums including painting, photography, digital art and sculpture have taken to the Facebook page to share their creations. Comments from “This is one of those works that sings to heart” to “Miss your face!! And all them boys too!!!” can be found on nearly every post. Golembe’s favorite part, besides the shock and joy of watching the page grow, is “the joyful variety and the way people are finding to use art to deal with this new world.”

 

 

Artworks by (Left) Beth Baker  and (Right) Betty Areson

 

 

Carla’s second rule, “No Promotions or Spam.  Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, sales, spam and irrelevant links aren’t allowed” is taken seriously.  Honestly, just by looking at some of the posts, the viewer only needs to follow the link to the artist and be in touch to make a purchase.  They are sharing their passion – which leads to sales on their own sites.  As she reminds people, The intent of this page is to share our own original artwork and to feel part of a community while apart”.  Since this is a public group, with no “hard sell” intention, no hashtags are allowed.

 

Artwork by Carla Golembe
To further her vision, artists of all levels, all media from everywhere are encouraged to connect through. Carla’s mission, “Creating light, joy and community” is one that struck a chord with Rickie, which is why she nominated Carla for the Flamingo Magazine (Florida magazine) for being a “Ray of Light”.  She is one of four “rays” the magazine chose!  And, true to herself, she asked that the link to the article NOT be listed on her Socially Distanced Connected by Art FaceBook page.  
We are honored to share it here:

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Art Synergy/Art Boca Features Contemporary Artists From Broward, Martin, Palm Beach And St. Lucie Counties In International Exhibit

Art Synergy/Art Boca Raton will showcase artists from Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties for Art Forms at Art Boca Raton. This will be the third year for this unique event. Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair, March 14-18, 2018 will be held in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in cooperation with Florida Atlantic University. Showcasing contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations, the fair will offer a broad range of art to both beginning and seasoned collectors. Art Boca Raton will encompass 60-65 dealers carefully selected by a curatorial committee in order to assure dealer quality and exclusivity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges art lovers and patrons to mark their calendars!  Noor Blazekovic served as juror of this exhibit.

 

 

 

 

Art by Enido Michelini

 

 

Vernissage
To benefit the Boca Raton Museum of Art and School
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fair Dates
Thursday, Mar 15, 11 am – 7 pm
Friday, Mar 16, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, Mar 17, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, Mar 18, 11 am – 6 pm

3450 NW 8th Avenue   Boca Raton, FL 33431
At Research Park on the grounds of Florida Atlantic University

 

Open to the Public   

Art by Cynthia McCallister

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ACCEPTED ARTISTS:

Robert Catapano
Adriano Ficarelli
Jerome Glickman
Harmony Jones
Diane Lublinski
Stacey Mandell
Cynthia McCallister
Mimi McCallum
Enido Michelini
Sharon Pollak
Leon Ruiz
Jaye Wagner
Heather Sisk
Edrian Thomidis

 

 

Art Synergy invited artists from Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties to apply to the call for artists for Art Forms at Art Boca Raton. This will be the third year for this unique event and we are proud to once again to be invited by the Lester’s to exhibit.

Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair, March 14-18, 2018 to be held in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in cooperation with Florida Atlantic University. Showcasing contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations, the fair will offer a broad range of art to both beginning and seasoned collectors. Art Boca Raton will encompass 60-65 dealers carefully selected by a curatorial committee in order to assure dealer quality and exclusivity.

The International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches will include a 65,000 sq. ft. /6100 sq. meter exhibition hall, a full-service restaurant, sculpture garden and lecture hall facility. Ample parking and valet service will be available to fair attendees. 

 

 

Art by Diane Lublinski

 

 

Over 125 submissions were received including both 2D and 3D art. The juror, Noor Blazekovic, is a well-known arts advocate and founder of Irreversible Magazine and Projects, developing an extensive international platform for nontraditional exhibitions and cultural exchanges. Blazekovic is a respected art curator and project developer within the South Florida art community and beyond, her projects have taken her worldwide where she has mentored numerous emerging and mid-career artists, helping them to develop their careers and strengthen their work while building a collector base and following. Blazekovic has received numerous awards within the industry for her leadership role and continued developments within the local community.  The work submitted by all of the artists was most impressive, but due to limited space, only a small selection of artist were able to be selected.  All of their work can be seen at www.ArtSynergy.org.

DAILY  ART  DEMONSTRATIONS:

ArtSynergy will also be coordinating daily demonstrations at ArtBoca offering be a variety of techniques, styles and mediums.

The schedule will be: (artist TBA)

 March 15, 16, 17, 18 

11:45-12:15
1 – 1:30 PM
3 – 3:30 
4:30 – 5 pm 

Art by Heather Sisk

 

 

Art Synergy is the unique countywide movement of artists, businesses , and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of Palm Beach County’s and South Florida’s vibrant arts community. We strive to broaden the education and culture of our children and youth through the arts via joint parent/child experiences.  Currently, Rolando Chang Barrero, President, and Ilene Gruber Adams, Vice President are managing the organization along with the support of many artists and art lovers in the community.  Volunteers and board members are always welcome.

 

 

 

 

For more information:

www.artsynergy.org

email:  artsynergypbc@gmail.com

 

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“Outside The Box4” Biennial Exhibition At Whitespace Collection Offers Interactive Contemporary Art Installations March 9th and 10th

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace, The Mordes Collection is finishing 2017/2018 Season in grand style!  Everyone is invited to “Outside The Box4” an array of contemporary installation art, interactive art, videos and so much more! Stop by on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th.  The art installations curated by Lisa Rockford will not only entertain but help you explore art in new ways! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to bring the family and friends to share the experience!

 

For More Information:

www.whitespacecollection.com

 

 

 

 

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See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! At 9th Annual Hotworks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show ™January 27-28

The Boca Raton Fine Art Show returns to downtown Boca Raton on January 27 & 28. Produced by Hot Works, LLC, this perennial top 100 show features original work by 150 Nationally and Internationally acclaimed artists in painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor), drawing (pastels, colored pencil and pen-and-ink), photography, digital imagery, sculpture (metal and stone), clay, ceramics, wood working and carving, glass, fiber art (including batik and tapestry), art jewelry and more. The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

9th ANNUAL HOTWORKS.ORG

BOCA RATON FINE ART SHOW ™

Saturday, January 27, 2018

&

Sunday, January 28, 2018

 10 am – 5 pm Both Days

 

 

Sanborn Square Park on East Boca Raton Road and NE 1st Avenue

 

Roads close at 3pm Friday, January 26 until 10pm, Sunday, January 28

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many strengths of this show is its intimate, boutique nature which allows art lovers and collectors to engage the artists about their inspiration, process and what makes them unique within the highly-competitive realm of fine arts and fine crafts. But Executive Director Patty Narozny employs a number of other time-honored techniques to make Hot Works’ shows a positive experience both for participating artists and patrons.

 

 

First and foremost, she enlists a team of art professionals with more than 120 years of combined experience to judge the work of the hundreds of applicants who wish to participate in Hot Works’ shows. Narozny is choosey, and her interest goes well beyond digital images and paper applications. She visits many of her artists in their homes and studios to make sure that their work makes a contribution to the quality of her shows and a statement in the collections of the people who patronize them.

 

 

Left to right: Boca Council Member and CRA Chair Scott Singer; Executive Producer Patty Narozny; Sculptor Reza Pishgahi, 2017 Best of Show 1 of 2, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, Boca Council Member Robert Weinroth, Artist Judge Robin Markowitz

 

 

 

 

But Narozny also understands that most of the folks who come to her shows are far from experienced collectors. In fact, many are newbies – or have yet to take the plunge and buy their first artwork. They are still in the process of defining their tastes and have yet to figure out what they like and why is speaks to them. Which is why she builds variety into every Hot Works show. Further, she and her team strive to ensure that the work presented covers a wide range of price points. There is art for every budget. Last but not least, purchasers can buy with confidence. Because Narozny does her homework so meticulously, they know they’re not only getting an original work of art from a credentialed artist, they are getting value as well.

 

 

 

Left to Right: Executive Producer Patty Narozny; Boca Council Member and CRA Chair Scott Singer; Sculptor Robert Hyde, 2017 Best of Show 2 of 2; Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, Boca Council Member Robert Weinroth, Artist Judge Robin Markowitz

 

 

 

 

While the business side of the equation is serious work, attending a Hot Works show is a relaxing, casual experience. It’s like taking a leisurely stroll through a park filled with artwork. There’s no pressure to do anything more than look and envision what that great painting, photograph or sculpture might look like in your home or office. And if you need a little help in the latter category, all of the exhibiting artists are only too happy to bring one or more artworks to your house after hours so that you can see exactly what it looks like on your bookcase, floor or wall.

 

 

For more information:

Visit http://www.hotworks.org or email info@hotworks.org.

 

 

 

 

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Town of Jupiter Art Gallery Welcomes Public To Opening Reception Friday, November 17th

The Town of Jupiter Art Gallery Presents an Exhibition of Photography, Paintings, Handblown Glass, Handmade Jewelry, Paper Sculptures, Digital Art, and Mixed Media Collage art.   The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, November 17th.  The exhibition continues through December 15th.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  This is the perfect time to meet the artists, who live locally and sell their artwork around the US and Internationally!

 

TOWN OF JUPITER ART GALLERY

PRESENTS:

AN EXHIBITION OF:

 

ART   COMMITTEE   MEMBERS

AND

  SELECTED   ARTISTS

 

Unprecedented Collection of Photographs
Paintings ~ Blown Glass ~ Jewelry
Paper Sculpture ~ Digital Art ~ City Scapes

OPENING RECEPTION:

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Open to the Public.  Free Admission.   Children Welcome.

Free Parking.  Free Admission

 

EXHIBIT   CLOSES   DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

200 MILITARY TRAIL      JUPITER, FL

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday
For Information: 561-741-2400  or e-mail faye.schrecengost@gmail.com

 

 

ART COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

PAT BENEDETTO ~ PHOTOGRAPHY
A photographer who strives to capture images with strong
dynamic geometric configuration. As an author she strives
to capture life which often offers lines of demarcation
Both mediums provide the opportunity for the reader or
or viewer to experience unfamiliar territories historical,
personal and more.

 

 

LOU ANN BERKLEY ~ JEWELRY
A graduate of the Rhode School of Design. An award winning
jeweler and creator in design and fabricating gold and silver
jewelry and art objects. She studied in Israel and Germany
where she competed in jewelry competitions and earned
recognition for her work.

 

 

KARLA CRUZ ~ PAINTINGS
Karla Cruz is a native Costa Rican. She has been an artist for over
twenty years. Flowers are her passion. The exquisite realistic
images gives the viewer a sense of strolling through a garden
with lovely fragrances emanating from the canvases.

 

RICK EGGERT ~ ART COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Rick began working in glass in 1992. His travels to Tahiti, New
Zealand, Thailand and other parts of the world enhanced his desire
for inner growth. He earned a BFA degree in Glass Sculpture from
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York and has worked as a
technician for schools and businesses in the Eastern United States.
Rick is currently the Creative Director and Glass Studio Director of
the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts in Lake Worth.

 

NINA FUSCO – PAPER SCULPTURE
Ms. Fusco has a passion for paper. She manipulates the flat surface
of paper by cutting, scoring and bending to bring to life. Her art is
about connections and relationships. Her unique paper designs
create a fantasy that captures the imagination.

 

BRENDA NICKOLAUS ~ PAINTINGS ~ PHOTOGRAPHS
She is a teacher and naturalist whose love of nature inspires her
sensitive paintings and photographs. Her unique talent transcends
the ordinary and takes the viewer on a journey into a world of beauty.

 

PARINDA SUDDAHARA ~ PAINTINGS
Her acrylic and mixed media paintings capture the essence of
her surroundings in a variety of subjects. Delicate blooming
cherry blossoms and the beauty of elegant swans bathed in
moonlight create an atmosphere of serenity. The paintings
offer a diverse visual experience.

 

SUSAN VIRGINIA ~ PAINTINGS
A former Art History Professor who has found a medium that brings
her joy. The purpose of incorporating mirrors into my work is to reflect
that everything is connected, that humans are a part of nature and the
ever changing cosmos. She hopes it brings joy to others as well.

 

 

JUDY WOLFE ~ PAINTINGS
Judy has been a teacher and volunteer and Jupiter resident
for thirty years. Her artistic skills of drawing and painting
have encouraged many children and brought her a sense of
accomplishment. The painted landscapes and flowing rivers
are a leisurely stroll with nature.

 

ANDY WRIGHT ~ PAINTINGS
He received a BFA from Syracuse University. His profession as a
Graphics Illustrator gives his watercolor paintings that added dimension
of an illustrator. His prefers coastal scenes which capture the imagination
and are a reminder of nature’s artistry through watercolor.

 

SELECTED ARTISTS:

BRBarbara ~ DIGITAL ART
Digital art is a new and creative way of expressing art. Selection
of sources is difficult because the image has to be created in an
artistic format. It is time consuming to configure a satisfactory
image. She composes photo-collages and has portfolios in
several genre of photographic fine art. Her work has been
shown in galleries throughout the east coast of Florida and
have received critical acclaim.

 

SAMI MAKELA ~ CITYSCAPES
Mr. Makela has traveled extensively which had a profound effect
on his vision of his surroundings. He became acutely aware of
lines, shapes, textures, color. Collage paintings formed in his mind.
He collects re-cycled matt and foam boards, paper and a variety of
other framing supplies. He never sketches, just cuts, shapes and glues
on plywood. The finished pieces are an incredible palette of colors and
textures that brings the cities to life.

For Information: 561-741-2400  or e-mail faye.schrecengost@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Vicki Siegel Unveils New Works For Delray’s Artists Alley Art Walk, Announces Exhibits, Classes And Workshops

Vicki Siegel invites the public to visit her new studio and exhibit space  in Delray Beach in Artist Alley the first Friday of the each month beginning Oct. 6 and continuing Nov. 3, December 1 and into the New Year. Vicki is sharing this new space with two other artists; Brenda Gordon and Magnus Sebastian (Gordon & Magnus Gallery).  In addition, Vicki will be offering classes and workshops, combining photography and painting together.  The Rickie Report gives you all of the details, links to sign up and some sneak peeks!

“See” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

VICKI  SIEGEL  ANNOUNCES  NEW  STUDIO

And:

   FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK OCTOBER 6th

IN ARTIST ALLEY, DELRAY BEACH, FL

354 4th Ave.  Delray Beach, FL

Vicki Siegel invites the public to visit her new studio and exhibit space at 354 4th Ave. in Delray Beach in Artist Alley the first Friday of the each month beginning Oct. 6 and continuing Nov. 3, December 1 and into the New Year. Vicki is sharing this new space with two other artists; Brenda Gordon and Magnus Sebastian (Gordon & Magnus Gallery).

 

VICKI SIEGEL:

 

Vicki Siegel’s work combines painting and photography together. She creates images that unite her fascination with the world around her with the physicality of paint. Blending the two art forms is a process that results in images that are both real and imaginary. The photographers gaze allows her to observe and archive reality, while the paint flows from her subconscious to her brush in marks that are uniquely her own.  Siegel says, “In my work I ask the viewer to engage by comparing what is photographic and what is paint, but also what is personal and what is universal”. In the narrative it is her hope that they see her vision of how strange and wonderful life is, and how beautiful nature is and the necessity of preserving it.

 

 

“Share” by Vicki Siegel

CLASSES:

ONGOING CLASS:  Exploring Painting, Tues. 1:00-4:00     

Old School Square, School of Creative Arts, 51 N. Swinton Delray Beach
This class is for intermediate to advanced students, oil and acrylic preferred.  See the catalog for a description.
LINK:  http://tinyurl.com/ExploringPainting

 

Exploring Acrylics   Tues. 1:30-4:30 beginning October 31, 2017

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach,FL
To register visit armoryart.org or call the registrar 561 832-1776

 

Mixed Media Mondays in the studio!  Second Monday of the month 9:00 am- Noon

Each week is a mini workshop exploring a new mixed media painting skill. Vicki is a Golden Artist Educator and can introduce you to many new techniques. All materials are provided. $80 per class. You can choose the workshop you want to take or sign up for them all. Payment is required at time of registration as class size is limited. Contact Vicki at vickisiegelart@gmail.com to register.

 

October 9: Gelli™ plate printing and collage.
Nov 9: Painting on grounds (gels and pastes), adding textures, editing with opaque and translucent paints, using fluid paints.
Dec. 11: Reductive painting with Golden Open Paints. Learn how to paint by removing the paint and revealing the underlayers. Really fun and creative.
Jan. 8: Color, color, color. If you are having trouble understanding how to mix paint, how to use triads etc. this workshop is for you!
Feb 12: High Flow Paints over grounds and on water color paper. Magic happens here!
March 12: Tissue paper skins, iridescent and fluid paints that you can use as collage elements or paint on top of them.
April 9: Words, phrases and marks using QoR watercolor.
May 14: Image transfer and paint on Plexiglass.

 

 

“Think” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

MEET THE ARTIST

 EXHIBITIONS/ ARTIST TALKS:

 

Armory Art Center Group Show:  “Artists of Art Salon” Exhibition

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, FL

Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 2017

Closing Reception/Artist Talks:  Saturday, Jan.6, 2018

Exhibition runs from Friday December 8th, 2017  through Saturday, January 6th, 2018

 

 

Cornell Museum of Art

 51 N. Swinton Ave.  Delray Beach, FL  

Vicki Siegel will be the Featured Artist for the Month of January

 Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018   6 – 8 pm

  Artist Talk: Thursday, January 25, 2018  6:00 pm

 “Reflect” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

 

ACRYLIC PAINT LAYERS REVEALED 2-Day Workshop

Friday/Saturday December 15 -16, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm     Cost: $315
Armory Art Center,  811 Park Place  West Palm Beach
It’s all about the paint! You will learn exciting new approaches to using acrylic products for layering and creating rich and complex surfaces.
To register visit armoryart.org or call the registrar 561 832-1776

 

MASTERING ACRYLIC PAINT: Color, Mediums and Photographic Images

 2-Day Workshop

Friday/Saturday March 23 -24, 2018
9:30 am – 4:30 pm    Cost: $315
Armory Art Center,   811 Park Place  West Palm Beach
Learn to use gels, pastes and mediums. Work with transferring printed images into wet acrylic materials and create paintings loaded with color, texture, and patterns.

 

 

POWERFUL ACRYLIC PAINT LAYERS – 2 DAY WORKSHOP

Learn exciting new ways to layer acrylics to create rich and complex surfaces.
February 9 & 10, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Fee: $315
Old School Square,  51 N. Swinton Street  Delray Beach

 

 

“Peacock” by Brenda Gordon

 

 

“Penny”  by Magnus Sebastian

 

 

 

For more information about these exhibitions, events, classes or workshops:

Vicki Siegel
vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegelart@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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

 

Armory Art Center’s Adult Students’ 2D Summer Exhibition Opens June 9th With Public Reception

The mission of the Armor Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art.  The Adult Student 2D Summer Exhibition focuses on exactly that!  The public is invited to the opening Reception on Friday, June 9th.  Meet the artists and see their drawings, paintings, digital media and print making.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This event is Free.  The exhibition continues through July 8th.

 

 

 

811 Park Place     W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-1776    armoryart.org

 

Armory Art Center Presents:

 

2D Student Summer Show 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 2017

6 – 8 pm 

 

Exhibit is available June 10 – July 8, 2017

Armory Art Center’s East Gallery

 

EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm | Saturday 9 am – 4:00 pm

Herb Kishter “Gesture”

A sneak peek of artwork by Armory Art Center adult students in drawing, painting, digital media, and printmaking.

Marie Claude Desorcy “And Yet They Loved Each Other”

 

 

The Armory Art Center has provided high-quality visual arts instruction for three decades. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in 12 state-of-the-art studios with nearly 20,000 square feet of classroom space, nearly 300 courses are offered in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fiber, and sculpture. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in our three galleries.

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or studios:

811 Park Place W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-1776 | armoryart.org | registrar@armoryart.org

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Armory Art Center Offers Summer Camp For Grades 1 Through 12 And Summer Art Academy For Career-Minded High School Students

The “Summer Art Experience” at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun and creativity for grades 1 through 12. Innovative weekly themes include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, and printmaking. Teens can discover the latest developments in 3-D printing technology with the Armory’s new 3D jewelry and ceramics printers. Activities take place June 5 through August 4th. The Armory Summer Art Experience includes public receptions showing artwork created during each session and field trips. For high schoolers wanting to make their careers in art, check out the “Summer Art Academy”. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up before spaces are filled!

 

 

 

 

811 Park Place    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-1776     armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities include:
• A week filled with high-quality art education
• Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
• Excursions to local venues
• Public art show receptions in June and August

 

 

Registering online, by phone, or walk-in is quick and easy.

• Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Some weeks fill quickly—don’t delay!
• Register for as many weeks as you like.
• A $20 discount per week is provided for multiple enrollments within the immediate family or for one camper over multiple weeks.
• Membership is not required to attend Summer Art Experience.
• By purchasing a Youth or Family Membership, Summer Art Experience students will receive a 10% discount on all 8-week studio art classes during the year of their membership.
• Extended childcare in the morning and afternoon is available for an additional fee.

– Tuition assistance may be available upon approval of the financial assistance application found on our website at http://www.armoryart.org/scholarship.

– Tuition includes all art materials and one camp T-shirt.

– Students bring a lunch, two snacks, and beverages.

REFUND POLICY: Tuition is refundable up to five business days prior to the start of your camp week minus 10% of tuition for cancellation. Please note that there is no refund for a student dismissed from camp due to behavior which endangers or disrupts camp activities.  

 

Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have had a background check. Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. We look forward to providing a safe and enriching environment for your child.

 

 

JUMPSTART Grades 1 – 2
& ADVENTURES IN ART Grades 3 – 5

$235 per week*
*Weeks 2 and 6 will have field trips and have an additional fee of $23 per camper.

WEEK 1 June 5th-9th Hola Summer – Art of Latin America

WEEK 2 June 12th-16th Da Vinci to Degas* – The Human Figure & Portraits

WEEK 3 June 19th-23rd Abstract Expressionism – Celebrating Our Independence

WEEK 4 June 26th-30th Nature as Art – Bugs, Birds, & Botanicals All Around

Friday, June 30 4:30-6:30 pm Mid-Summer Exhibition & Reception
WEEK 5 July 10th-14th Pop Art with a POW! – Superhero Stories

WEEK 6 July 17th-21st Stargazers* – Van Gogh & Beyond

WEEK 7 July 24th-28th Medieval Myths & Art -Tales of Knights & Dragons

WEEK 8 July 31st- Aug 4th Exploring African Art – A Safari of Culture & Wildlife

Friday, Aug. 4th   4:30-6:30 pm Good Bye to Summer Exhibition

 

 

DAILY SCHEDULE FOR GRADES 1-5

9:00 – 10:30 am Early morning workshops
10:30 – 10:45 am Snack
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Mid-morning workshops
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch and recess
1:15 – 2:45 pm Mid-afternoon workshops
2:45 – 3:00 pm Snack
3:00 – 4:30 pm Late afternoon workshops

 

ROCKIN’ ART WORKSHOPS Grades 6 – 12

$285 per week
Age groups are divided according to weekly enrollment.

WEEK 1 June 5th–9th

Graffiti
OR
Cartooning
OR
Sculpture: Book Art

 

WEEK 2 June 12th-16th

Painting
OR
Digital and Video
OR
Fashion Accessories: Bead and Seed Weaving OR
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and 3D Printing

 

WEEK 3 June 19th-23rd

Digital Photography
OR
Fashion: Upcycle
OR
Jewelry and 3D Printing
OR
Sculpture: Turn a Room Into Art

 

WEEK 4 June 26th-30th

Photoshop Fun With Your Photos
OR
Printmaking and Journaling
OR
Ceramics: Hand building and Raku

Friday, June 30th  4:30-6:30 pm Mid-Summer Exhibition & Reception

 

WEEK 5 July 10th-14th

Painting
OR
Photo Transfer Techniques: Cyanotype
OR
Soft Sculpture

 

WEEK 6 July 17th-21st

Digital Anime and Your Art
OR
Ceramics: Handbuilding and 3D Printing
OR
Jewelry and 3D Printing

 

WEEK 7 July 24th-28th

Digital Photography
OR
Printmaking: Block Prints and Pattern
OR
Ceramics: Glazing and Color

 

WEEK 8 July 31 – Aug 4th

Street Art
OR
Sculpture: Objects Big and Small
OR
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and 3D Printing

Friday, Aug 4th  4:30-6:30 pm Good Bye to Summer Exhibition

 

When registering for Summer Art Academy, receive a 10% discount toward any of the Summer Art Experience classes.

(Summer Art Academy is designed for rising juniors and rising seniors who are career-minded students of the visual arts)

 

Preparing for College Scholarships?

Summer Art Academy was developed to help advanced students prepare for college scholarship opportunities and propel career-minded students of the visual arts. Two classes were developed with the guidance of visual art teachers from Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Looking for a scholarship to art school?
PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO
REVIEW WORKSHOP
for Incoming Juniors

A student portfolio is a vital part of admission and scholarship decisions. This week-long workshop will assist students in the thoughtful selection and arrangement of pre-existing artwork. The instructor will make recommendations for work that needs to be added for the best outcome.
Emphasis will be placed on:
• Work process
• Technical and analytical skills
• Aesthetics
• Time management

Be prepared for the portfolio review
and admission process:
DAY 1: Introduce Yourself – As an artist, student, and visionary
Day 2: Critical Thinking – Is your portfolio complete?
Day 3: Digital Portfolio – How to clean up and post your work
Day 4: The Magical Order – What goes first, last, and in between
Day 5: Mock portfolio review session

Instructor: Amber Tutwiler

Amber is an instructor of sculpture at FAU. She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts for Visual Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University
for Mixed Media.

Workshops are offered two times:
Monday through Friday | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register for June 5-9, 2017
OR
Register for July 17-21, 2017
Tuition per workshop: $200

Be one step ahead…
INTENSIVE DRAWING & SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
for Incoming Freshmen

Rising freshmen in art school need to strengthen their two-dimensional and three-dimensional
skill sets. In this workshop young students will:
• Navigate drawing (2D) and sculpture (3D) as a powerful way to express how the artist sees
the world.
Explore drawing and sculpture materials and tools.
• Create using both imagined situations and observable nuances of the human figure and the
environment.
Sculpture……..10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn about volume, mass, and structure while building with clay.
Lunch and break 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Drawing……..1:30 – 3:30 pm

A focus will be on observational drawing such as perspective in interiors, the structure of the human body, and scale in a still life.

Sculpture Instructor: Joshua Davis

Joshua studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA. At Florida University he earned his MFA with an emphasis in painting and industrial and mechanical design.

Drawing Instructor: Vishan Seenath

Vishan is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and earned a BA in studio art at FSU. He attended West Dean College in the UK, where he earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Sussex.

Workshops are offered two times:
Monday through Friday | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register June 5-9, 2017
OR
Register July 17-21, 2017
Tuition per workshop: $200

When registering for these workshops, receive a 10% discount toward any of the Summer Art Experience studio classes, including 3D printing, digital design, ceramics, glass, fashion, and jewelry. armoryart.org/youthartcamps

For more information about these activities, classes, workshops or events for children or adults at the Armory Art Center:

armoryart.org

561.832.1776

 

 

 

 

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