Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center Present Fine Art and Fine Crafts In “Natural Wonders of Florida” Exhibit at Okeeheelee Nature Center

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center present “Natural Wonders of Florida” a juried fine art/fine craft exhibit hosted by the Okeeheelee Nature Center. The exhibit features 67 works by 27 local artists of native plants, animals, trees and vistas. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through May 7th.  The quality and diversity of the artwork is stunning!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see both nature and art in one place.  

 

Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center

Invite You To

“Natural Wonders of Florida”

A Juried Exhibit of Fine Art and Fine Craft

Public Opening Reception:

Friday, May 1st  6 – 8:30 pm

 

"We Live In A Paradise" by Diane Cappella

“We Live In A Paradise” by Diane Cappella

 

 

Okeeheelee Nature Center

7715 Forest Hill Blvd.      West Palm Beach

Wednesday Through Friday,   1 – 4:30pm

Saturday   10am – 4:30pm

 

 

"Spirits" by Sid Walesh

“Spirits” by Sid Walesh

 

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center present “Natural Wonders of Florida” a juried fine art/fine craft exhibit hosted by the Okeeheelee Nature Center. The exhibit features 67 works by 27 local artists of native plants, animals, trees and vistas. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through May 7th.  

 

 

"Wakodahatchee Babies" by Barbara Carswell

“Wakodahatchee Babies” by Barbara Carswell

 

Works will be on display at the Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. The public may view the exhibit during Nature Center operating hours Wednesday through Friday, 1 pm to 4:30pm and Saturday 10am to 4:30pm.

 

"Gray Fox" by Robin Marsh

“Gray Fox” by Robin Marsh

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all work is for sale. The quality and variety of work is amazing!

 

"Tranquil Glade" by Pat Strum

“Tranquil Glade” by Pat Strum

 

A reception and awards presentation will be held Friday, May 1st from 6 to 8:30pm at the Nature Center. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

"Through The Sargasso Sea" by Frances Tyler

“Through The Sargasso Sea” by Frances Tyler

 

DIRECTIONS:

Okeeheelee Nature Center is located within Okeeleelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard west of West Palm Beach.

 

From I-95, exit at Forest Hill Boulevard and head west. The entrance to Okeeheelee Park is located between Jog Road and the Turnpike overpass on the north side.Turn into the park and continue straight. The entrance to the nature center is just past the entrance to Pooch Pines Dog Park on the left side of the road. Turn left and proceed to the nature center parking lot.

 

 

From U.S. Highway 441, head east on Forest Hill Boulevard. The entrance to Okeeheelee Park is located between the Turnpike overpass and Jog Road on the north side.Turn into the park and continue straight. The entrance to the nature center is just past the entrance to Pooch Pines Dog Park on the left side of the road. Turn left and proceed to the nature center parking lot.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center, Inc. is designed to promote an appreciation of our natural world to the general public through educational programs that reflect Okeeheelee Nature Center’s commitment to the stewardship of Florida’s natural resources. This is done by raising monies for the enhancement and diversification of programs, assisting staff with recruitment of volunteers, training programs, and publicity. We invite you to support the work of the center as a non-profit corporation by becoming a member. All monies collected are used to benefit the Center and its programs. Your annual tax-deductible contribution funds materials for service and management projects, exhibits, and other educational pursuits. Members receive invitations to all special happenings and a 10% discount at the gift shop.

 

 

For more information about this event or the Okeeheelee Nature Center  or other events, please  email: okeeheeleefriends@gmail.com

 

 

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Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach County!

Plein Air Artists can be spotted in Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild. However, the people of Palm Beach will soon have an opportunity to see plein air artists all together and with a magnificent display of their paintings. The Rickie Report shares the details about the  Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet and Greet

 

The Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach

County

Saturday, May 10th

2:00 – 4:00 pm

 

601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.471.2901

www.palmbeachculture.com

 

This exhibit continues through June 7th, 2014

 

 

Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday, May 10th at 2-4 PM  Plein Air Artists can be spotted occasionally in and around Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild!

 

A rare opportunity to Meet and Greet the Artists will be held on Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach on 601 Lake Ave in Lake Worth in the main exhibit hall where Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air is on exhibit. While the exhibit runs from April 11th -June 7th, 2014 and can be seen during regular hours of the Cultural Council; Tuesday  -Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, several of the artists participating in this exhibit will be at the Meet and Greet.

 

 

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County exhibit

At the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:”Art Outside the Walls: En Plein Air Exhibit”

 

 

Plein Air painting has become a ‘big deal’ in the art world over the last few years. En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and to the Impressionists. Since the advent of social media in the last decade, there has been a resurgence of plein air painting groups.

 

 

South Florida, through the Palm Beach Plein Air Artists Society has been active and involved in this delightful approach to painting, a legacy of the Impressionists.

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach Website and Artists

 

This exhibit showcases the artwork of the group co-founded by Donna Walsh & Ralph Papa, Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB). The exhibit is a joint project with the Cultural Council and Plein Air Palm Beach exhibiting the work of local area and visiting artists of all the beautiful and favored places to paint in Palm Beach County. Plein Air Palm Beach Artists painted out in the ten, different locations over the course of 10 weeks, a different location every week between December and February.

 

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Opening Night: Donna Walsh and her busband John Warren with Debbie Calabria, Membership and Special Events Manager at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Sometimes the weather did not cooperate, but that did not stop the hard core artists. If you attend this Meet and Greet you will get to hear all the behind the scene stories of the artwork on exhibit and there are many great stories. During the course of this project over 80 different artists participated and well over 200 paintings were produced.

 

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout Palm Beach County

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach began as two separate meetup groups for plein air painting. One of our contributing artists, Mary Mirarito, described her joy in finding fellow plein air painters by saying, “When I moved here and found the meetup site for Plein Air Palm Beach, I felt like I joined an art dating site and found the love of my life.”  In the spring of 2013, Ralph and Donna decided to merge the groups. Later, with help of key participants, the meetup group was formalized to become Palm Beach Plein Air.

 

 

 

On April 22, 2014 at a meeting at Delray Center for the Arts, they signed the incorporation papers to file Plein Air Palm Beach, Inc. as a not for profit corporation of Florida.

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach is for art lovers and artists at all levels who love plein air painting in and around Palm Beach County and the surrounding South Florida vicinity. The group was organized to bring artists together to paint the land, sea and cityscapes in beautiful south Florida. Plein Air Palm Beach welcomes resident artists and visiting artists at all levels to come out with us to paint and document today’s landscapes that contribute to tomorrow’s history.

 

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

 

To find out more about us, see their website at http://www.pleinairpalmbeach.com/ or checkout their meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/palmbeachartists/, where the paintouts are scheduled. If you have never painted outside, it can be a bit intimidating, but it is an enormous amount of fun when you go with a compatible group. As Donna Walsh put it, “Once people paint with us, they can’t wait to come back. We plan going to many places in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties and have a lot of fun.”

 

 

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

 

Palm Beach Plein Air Artist’s mission is to foster the education, participation, appreciation and exhibition opportunities for plein air painters in Palm Beach County. They welcome support and sponsorship from the cultural community to enhance their mission.

 

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In the Midst of Hardship, Art Continues to Give Respite

“The Show Must Go On” is normally associated with theater.  In the midst of dealing with the devastation of the Boynton Beach Flood and injury, Rolando Chang Barrero put aside an important document.  The ARTalFRESCO satellite exhibit was one the biggest efforts by Rolando to highlight the City of Boynton Beach’s art scene and was a pillar of Art Synergy’s premiere.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the document and invites everyone to gain a better understanding of the role of art in our everyday lives.  We include a number of events that you will not want to miss!

 

 

 

 

Boynton Beach Leads the Way

 

 

 RECEPTION FOR  “ELEMENTS”  EXHIBITION

 

 

February 13, 2014

Boynton Beach City Library

208 South Seacrest Blvd.

5:30  –  7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Continues Through May,  2014

 

 

 

While dealing with the devastation of the Boynton Beach Flood, a brown envelope was put aside to be opened at a later moment.  The manila envelope was stacked among the many “get to it later” correspondence that did not look like a bill.  At the time cleaning up and preparing for the ARTalFRESCO Exhibition was paramount, it was only days away–and the show must go on. The ARTalFRESCO satellite exhibit was one the biggest efforts by Rolando Chang Barrero to highlight the City of Boynton Beach’s art scene. Busy with the cleanup, the exhibit, an injury to his left hand, and fundraising for the losses incurred by the flood, the envelope remained unopened.
Damage from the Boynton Beach Flood

Damage from the Boynton Beach Flood

After all was said and done, in a moment reprieve from the madness, the letter from the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. was opened.  The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings had penned a glowing letter of recognition to local artist and arts administrator, Rolando Chang Barrero, for “The wonderful work teaching the students of Manatee Elementary the importance of recycling and showing them how to turn trash into art.” The Congressman’s letter which came as an unexpected surprise, “Brought tears to my eyes,” says Barrero.
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Rolando who is no stranger to motivating the community through his art is participating in “ELEMENTS”, a three man exhibit on the importance of safeguarding South Florida’s Eco-system.  “ELEMENTS” includes work by Greg Matthews, Rolando Chang Barrero and Anthony Burks, Sr.  at the City Library on Boynton Beach, all are invited to the reception on February 13, 2014 from 5:30-7:30.
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The South Florida ecosystem relies heavily on elements which surround our wildlife and impact our daily lives. From the aquifer to coastal waters, from everglades to beaches, from hurricanes to flash fires, we experience our environment in its natural habitat.
Greg Matthews, Rolando Barrero Chang and Anthony Burks

Greg Matthews, Rolando Chang Barrero and Anthony Burks,Sr.

In this exhibit three artists Rolando Chang Barrero, Anthony Burks Sr. and Greg Matthews highlight the importance of the environmental conversation movement in South Florida. Collectively, the artists engaged in conversations and site visits with leaders of conservatory organizations throughout South Florida.
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They observed, documented and processed their images and experiences.  The artists created three collaborative artworks which are the centerpiece of the Elements exhibition. Each artist contributed his medium to the collaborative artworks: Rolando, painting; Anthony, drawing; and Greg, photography. The collaborative artworks are not only esthetically pleasing but have great social impact. Each artist also has several individual artworks exhibited to demonstrate their medium and commitment to environmental issues.
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This exhibition supports and builds upon the City of Boynton Beach’s GREEN programs including Earthweek activities, Climate Action Plan, Galaxy E3 Elementary School, Seaborne Cove and its Old Dixie Eco Walk.  It is hoped is that visitors will have a deeper appreciation for the South Florida’s ecosystems by experiencing this exhibition.
Later this month Rolando will be joining Lori Durante, organizer of Children & Family Day, to produce a puppets and puppet show with children on the importance of fresh fruit in their daily diet.  The theme for the the annual event is ‘Apples.’  Children & Family Day is held at the Boynton Beach Women’s  Club, on February 23, 2014, noon to 4 p.m.

 

 

ART SYNERGY

at   the

INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN FINE ART FAIR 

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Preview Evening

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
First View
6-7:30pm
(by invitation)

Collectors’ Invitational
7:30-10pm
Admission with Multi-Day Pass or by invitation

Public Hours

February 5-9, 2014
Noon – 7:00 pm
(til 9pm on Friday, Feb 7)

 

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for map and directions

YOU CAN HELP WITH FLOOD RELIEF CAMPAIGN

For more information please contact Rolando Chang Barrero   ActivistArtistA   Gallery,  The Boynton Beach Art District    422 West Industrial Ave.,  Boynton Beach, FL 33426   786/521-1199  or visit:

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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