Art Salon Showcases “Sisters of the Cloth”, Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki

Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki, fiber artists and friends, will be sharing their excitement and lives of cultural activism as well as their love of artistic creativity at the upcoming Art Salon on August 5th.  The Rickie Report takes great joy in sharing this information, as each woman brings her own personality, creativity and her-story to the elements engendered by working with textiles.  This is Open to the Public, with a small fee to cover the costs of operating these Salons at the Armory Art Center, so ably accomplished by Elle Schorr.

 

 

 

AT THE ART SALON :

 

“SISTERS OF THE CLOTH”

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2014

BARBARA CHEIVES AND KIANGA JINAKI

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue  W.Palm Beach, FL

 

Barbara Cheives' Quilt

Barbara Cheives’ Quilt

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives says of her work, ” I learned to sew as a teenager and loved making clothes for myself and my friends.  In what seems like a former life, I obtained a degree in Fashion Buying & Merchandising and worked in the garment district for over 10 years.  Most of those years were spent buying and selling textiles.  When I left New York, I left that world behind until a Japanese American friend convinced me to work with him at the Houston Quilt Festival where he was selling vintage kimono to quilters….I was hooked.”

 

Barbara Cheives' Scarves and Pillows

Barbara Cheives’ Scarves and Pillows

 

 

“I have a natural affinity for the African culture and with a new appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan, Afrasia was born.  The colors and textures of the fabrics work well together to form a unique marriage of cultures that preserves vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, African inspired trims, beads, and ‘found’ items. Call it multi-cultural recycling.  I spend my days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures and I continue that work through my art. As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures.”

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives' Wall Hanging

Barbara Cheives’ Wall Hanging

 

Barbara spends her days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures, ” I continue that work through my art. You never know where life will take you. Whenever I’m asked how I got into race relations and diversity, I have a simple answer – GOD. I did not choose my current career, it chose me. The beauty of it is that now I have the best of both of my worlds. I can satisfy my social justice side through my work and my love of fabric and color through my art.”  

 

Barbara Cheives' Pillows

Barbara Cheives’ Pillows

 

 

Barbara is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting, specializing in race and ethnic relations consulting and Cultural Competency Training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes law enforcement and public safety, media, education and corporations. Barbara is a native New Yorker who has called West Palm Beach home since 1990.  Additionally, she serves on the National Board of the Institute of Community Peace in Washington, DC. She is Immediate Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter and the Co-Chair of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry. Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.

 

 

Kianga Jinaki's Wall Hanging,"The Divine One"

Kianga Jinaki’s Wall Hanging,”Divine One” (Photo Courtesy of Her Website)

 

 

Kianga Jinaki says: “My media of choice are collage, dolls, & quilts. When it is enhancing to what I am creating, the written word is also incorporated. The influences of the African diaspora which were prevalent as I grew up in Baltimore, not only shaped me but my art. The love, honor and respect that I have for my heritage permeates my work. Doll making and quilting appeal to me because they are both multi-media constructions that allow me to indulge my love of working with fabric, fibers, and embellishments.”

 

 

Kinaga Jinaki's Wall Hanging," The Left Bank"

Kianga Jinaki’s Wall Hanging,” The Left Bank”  (Photo Courtesy of her website)

 

 

“Starting with the initial idea of a piece I begin collecting the things that I want to incorporate in the final work. As the piece begins to reveal itself I add to or take away until before me is the art piece that I was reaching inside for. The inspiration for my work is everywhere and is funneled thru how I experience, see and feel things.”

 

 

 

Kinaga Janika's Doll, "From The Blacker Berry's Fairy Collection"

Kianga Janika’s Doll, “From The Blacker Berry’s Fairy Collection” (Photo Courtesy of her Website)

 

 

She goes on to explain, “Romare Bearden once said ‘It’s not what you see when you looking at a painting, but what you feel.’ In my work I am also striving to get the viewer to connect to a feeling, to deliver a message. Sometimes that message is delivered as a whisper and sometimes I’m yelling at the top of my lungs.”

 

 

Kianga Jinaki Offers Doll Workshops ( Photo Courtesy of her website)

Kianga Jinaki Offers Doll Workshops ( Photo Courtesy of her website and Simone Infantry Photography)

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is originally from Baltimore, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University.  In addition to being an artist, she is a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher, and the mother of 4 adult children.  She is a teaching artist for the Norton Museum of Art’s P.A.C.E. program, and resides in West Palm Beach.

 

For more information about Barbara Cheives please email:  afrasia1@bellsouth.net

For more information about Kianga Jinaki please visit: www.kiangajinaki.com

 

 

 

 

 


ART SALONS

 

 

The Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.

Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

NEW LOCATION: All Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 3340, in the historic Art Deco Armory building to the left of the garden.

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn right on Park Avenue. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

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The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Exhibit and Art Auction

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park presents an exhibit of nature-themed art that includes forty-four artists and almost 90 pieces of work. The Kimbell Center Gallery will host an Opening Reception Friday July 11th.   In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an art auction from June 21 – August 15th.  You can leave your bid and be assured that you’ll be able to keep track of the auction on line.  The exhibition will be up through August 15th and is open to the public with admission to the park. There will also be a People’s Choice award given at the Closing Reception on August 15th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and knows you will not want to miss this!

 Please note there have been date changes since this original article was published. This article reflects those changes.

 

 

The Friends of  Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Announces

Art Auction through August 15

In Person at the Gallery or On-Line

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Kimbell Center Gallery

16450 SE Federal Highway               Hobe Sound, FL 33455

                                             

Opening Reception:

 

                                      Friday, July 11  at 6:30PM

                      Closing Reception: Friday August 15th  6:30 pm 

 

 

 

"Belted King Fisher" Sculpture by  David Cericola

“Belted King Fisher” Sculpture by David Cericola

 

 

 

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park presents an exhibition of nature-themed art. This is sure to be a great exhibition with submission made from artists throughout the state .  Forty-four artists were selected to display their art with close to 90 pieces in the show with various media represented, including standard and creative photography, paintings, drawings, multi-media, and sculpture. The work will represent nature from parks, all created with each individual artists own interpretation.

 

"Perspective" by Ilene Adams

“Perspective” by Ilene Adams

 

Work will be exhibited at the Kimbell Center Gallery with an Opening Reception Friday July 11 at 6:30PM.  The exhibition will be up through August 15th and is open to the public with admission to the park. There will be a People’s Choice award that will be presented at the Closing Reception on August 15th at 6:30 pm.

 

"Cry of the Wild" by Wendy Somero Bello

“Cry of the Wild” by Wendy Somero Bello

 

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an auction from June 21 – August 15th. Visitors can bid on items at the center, any day between 9:00 and 5:00, or there will be bidding online at www.friendsofjdsp.com. with a catalog of all available artwork. Proceeds from the show will benefit the artists and the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, which supports programs at the park.

 

"Egret Wings Spread" by Mary Taylor

“Egret Wings Spread” by Mary Taylor

 

 

The Friends of JDSP is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization advocating for the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of the park. Its mission is to assist park management in meeting the natural and cultural resource management objectives established for the park.

"The Wave" by Gabriel Kraus

“The Wave” by Gabriel Kraus

 

The park is located at 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. For details, visit www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson , email friendsjdsp@gmail.com, or call the Kimbell Center 561-745-5551.

 

 

"Calla Lily" by Wendy Klein

“Calla Lily” by Wendy Klein

 

"The Oracle" by Steve daPonte

“The Oracle” by Steve daPonte

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Haitian Festival Offers Art, Food, Poetry, Music: Note to Artists, Vendors and Poets – still time to sign up!

There is still time for small businesses and non-profits to reserve a FREE space at the upcoming “Celebrate Life with Hope” during Haitian Heritage Month.  What a great opportunity to reach out to the community!!  In addition, Poets and Rap Artists are welcome to sign up to perform, as they honor Haitian Culture. The Rickie Report shares details for artists to promote their work AND shares details for EVERYONE to enjoy the event itself!

4th Annual

Celebrate LIFE with HOPE

 

 

Haitian Heritage Month

 

 

Saturday, May 17th

10 am – 5 pm

at:

Hand Park        

NW 5th Street and Canal Street

 Belle Glade, FL

 

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Celebrate LIFE with HOPE – Haitian Heritage Month is now a traditional way to celebrate Haitian History and Culture in the Glades. It is also an opportunity to have FUN and share Haitian Culture with all community residents.  It provides a venue for networking, coordination of services, and partnerships.  It is an occasion to bring service providers together to meet community needs, serve children and families, and communicate with community residents.

 

flyer celebrate life with hope Hand Park 2014

 

This year, the event will take place on Saturday, May 17 th at HAND PARK, in Belle Glade, FL.  Artists, small businesses, vendors and non-profits are welcome to bring their own tents, tables and chairs at no charge ( a donation is acceptable) – and lunch is included! In addition, Poets and Rappers are welcome to sign up to perform, as they honor Haitian Culture (some rules apply).  Please RSVP to Fritz at 561.502.8968, as spaces are limited.

 

At least 50 youth will earn community service hours for school. They participate and learn through story telling, cultural presentations, arts and crafts, live music, and great food. Community residents may also receive free health screenings and other services at the event.

 

Trained Haitian-Creole-speaking staff from HASC will give short presentations on Community/Business Services available in the Glades area. The interpreters also will be available to interpret for your business or organization during presentations if needed.

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HASC was founded in May, 2009 in West Palm Beach, FL by a group of socially conscious individual who wanted to make a difference in the lives of people in Palm Beach County.  The non-profit is known as the Haitian-American Solidarity Center-PBC, Inc.   For more information please contact   solidaritypbc@gmail.com  or visit www.haitianamericansolidarity.org  or call   561.502.8968.  

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SAVING The ARTS We LOVE: Finding Resources When Economic and Public Support Falter

The staff of The Rickie Report has been involved in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit world.  Certainly, it is no surprise that the economics of our own area have affected changes in behavior, affiliation and support of our cultural institutions.  Recently, we met Wendy Weiler and had a frank discussion about some of these issues.  Because The Rickie Report sees challenges as new opportunities, we are pleased to share our discussion with Wendy and hope some of the local cultural and educational institutions will call her!

 

 

             Studies Show Art Audience Declining-

The Time is Now to bring back the LOVE OF ART

            Stop the doors from closing….

Art is here for a new generations

 

 

Consultant, Wendy Weiler

Consultant, Wendy Weiler

 

The National Endowment of the Arts began documenting participation in the arts in 1982.  An article written by 

Jacqueline Trescott, June 16, 2009, of The Washington Post, indicates,

 “

Separate national surveys gauging youth and adult participation in the arts report that visits to art museums are declining.  

A study of nearly 4,000 eighth-grade students, part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, found dwindling field trips over the past decade. ‘The percentage of eighth-graders who reported that they visited an art museum or gallery with their classes dropped from 22 percent in 1997 to 16 percent in 2008,’ said Stuart Kerachsky, the acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the assessment.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts also released new data showing that fewer adults were choosing an art museum or a visual arts festival as a leisure-time destination.
  • From 1992 to 2001, 26 percent of adults reported that they visited such attractions, but the number for 2008 dropped to 23 percent. The decrease is small, but it may portend coming declines as the most loyal part of the museum audience ages.
  • The exception, the NEA said, was in the D.C. metropolitan area, where 40 percent of adults said they had visited a museum in 2008 — reflecting tourism and free admission at most major museums.
  • In addition, the agency noted sizable declines between 1982 and 2008 in almost every performing arts field.
  • It reported double-digit rates of decline for classical music, jazz, opera, musical theater, ballet and dramatic plays.
  • The NEA survey “shows that audiences for the arts are changing,” said Patrice Walker Powell, the acting NEA chairman. “While many now participate in arts activities available through electronic media, the number of American adults who are participating in live performing and visual arts events is declining. The findings underscore the need for more arts education to foster the next generation of both artists and arts enthusiasts.”

 

 

TRR:  

Dire predictions?  Looking at our local Palm Beach County cultural landscape, how many attend not-so-filled audiences of musical and theatrical events?  Do you have trouble finding a parking space at other cultural institutions and are they so filled that you wonder when might be a better, less crowded time to visit?  Wendy Weiler shares her observations, concerns and offers some solutions here in this interview.


WW:
The article written by Jacqueline Trescor, June 16, 2009, highlights a growing national problem.  Without the support of communities, individuals and the next generation of art lovers, museums and other educational/cultural institutions around the country will be forced to close their doors.  Membership numbers are down due to economic issues and the decline of art supporters.  As the Baby Boomer generation and their parents age, there needs to be a new generation that embraces and supports the public arts. 

TRR:   Given this crises,  what would you suggest as a call to action?

WW:  

A strategic plan of action is necessary to draw the public back to museums and make them community friendly.   Families, seniors, singles, children and teenagers need to feel at home when they experience art.  Creating events, classes and exhibits that speak to each niche market brings them closer to wanting to be a part of this inviting circle of patrons.  

Education is crucial for the next generation to feel involved and the best way to create that bond is by building a program with the schools and early childhood centers.  This way children grow up with the love of art and don’t look at art museums as a place where only adults go to learn.  It would be a normal part of their milieu.  Some unique programs that could be developed such as parent/child events.  This would be for young children to go to the art museum during the day with a parent, while other siblings are away at school, giving special time for a child and their parent.  Special hands on exhibits and classes would give parents and their children ways to express themselves together and see the venue as a “fun” place to be.  In addition, families with different cultural values will have the ability to connect with the tradition of venerating the arts and cultures of our past. 

TRR:  There are a number of places in Palm Beach County that do offer these types of programs.

WW:

The Art Museums that have been successful understand how to maximize their facility by giving back to their community. They have developed programs that integrate art, music, dance, food and fun and sharing all of those experiences with their members/visitors. The museum then becomes transformed into a place to be involved in culture and not a place to visit once every couple of years.  It becomes a  “happening place” where corporations, Chambers of Commerce members, visitors and the public could join and make a difference by sharing the types of exhibits and programs they would like to support.

 

TRR: Tell our readers about your experience in this field, before your recent move to Florida

 

WW:  

As one of the creators of the first privately owned convention center in the country, my background in launching and maintaining a public facility has given me a wealth of knowledge in marketing and sales strategies.  The Meadowlands Convention Center was conceived by my colleagues and I and we pitched it to Harts Mountain who then built the center.  My role was to ensure occupancy and I did so by building an aggressive marketing campaign to promoters from around the country.  We also developed in-house events and had national entertainers.  That experience and those skills have enable me to develop promising strategies to meet the needs of  the art and cultural world we’ve been discussing.  Art Museums, galleries and other attractions are just like building attendance at a convention center.  Know your market and give them what they want and build customer loyalty for renewable revenues.
TRR:  What is EduStrategies’ mission?
WW:
As founder of EduStrategies, a marketing and sales strategy consulting firm for education, our mission is to capture a larger market share for each client.  By knowing your competitors and creating your own niche market we develop a marketing plan that ties into your sales goals to ensure success.  This formula can be transformed to any industry.  Because of my passion for art and culture,  I have chosen to divert my path from education to the art world.
TRR:  If I have a venue and am interested in hearing what you have to suggest, how would we work together?
WW:
The first step is to do an evaluation of the organization’s goals and initiatives:   to see what is working and what is not. Then we would work together to create a strategic plan with milestones and deliverables.  My role could be as an out-sourced resource or I could come into the organization and take role as Director of Business Development.
TRR:  It sounds like you have a lot to offer not only to educational institutions, museums or art-related constituents.  This is a model that can be extrapolated into any business field.  Most often, artists do not see themselves as business people.  They focus on their creative energies and find consumerism difficult to deal with. The Rickie Report believes that we need to help find a balance between the two, in order to make a living at being an artist.
WW:

If you would like to learn more about turning around your art museum, gallery or art retail store then feel free to contact: Wendy Weiler – President of EduStrategies-wendylweiler@gmail.com, phone:508-320-4710.  This consulting firm can create a road map of marketing strategies to drive membership, secure corporate partnerships and build a branding campaign to create the buzz regionally as well as nationally.

 

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