John Bowen’s Artistry Transforms Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum To Preserve History And Honor To Those Who Served

The Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum will showcase the detailed artistry of well-know watercolorist, John Bowen. The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special 4th of July picnic!  Everyone is invited! John is a key team member in the Museum’s mission to preserve our history by honoring the men and women who defended our freedom, during WWI, to Korea, and WWII.  Did you know that the infamous Flight 19 departed from here?  That US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign as he trained as a torpedo/bomber pilot?  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to take a free tour!

 

 

 

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
National Register of Historic Places   .   A Florida Heritage Site  .  Home of Flight 19

4000 W. Perimeter Road, Ft. Lauderdale,Florida

(954) 359-4400

HOURS: THURSDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free Admission / Free Tours / Pay-what-you-wish tours / Free Parking / Handicap-accessible
This is an all volunteer operation. Donations are appreciated. ​

 

SPECIAL  4TH  OF JULY  PICNIC

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Outside Museum Building: A Marine Corsair and A Navy Avenger. Both planes created from concrete and painted by John Bowen, to enhance the building. Each of the planes are seven feet long.

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” Watercolor by John Bowen, took First Place Award for Watercolor Category in Veteran’s Art Exhibition.

 

John Bowen has been an artist and illustrator for more than 45 years.  He first studied commercial art at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.  After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator.  His duties in the Air Force included a year of documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, and his illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Upon establishing a residence in South Florida, John discovered the many varied landscapes of the state containing the only subtropical climate in the U.S. and the wonderful lighting that Florida’s climate affords.

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist of the highest order.  His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.  A detailed drawing eventually morphs into a relaxed style of painting.  Working with watercolors has always intrigued John, and the challenge and excitement of this medium has never left him.

 

Red tailed Mustang, created and painted by John Bowen honors an all Black WWIl group of U S Airmen. They flew in the European Theatre. Their main assignment during the war was to escort our bombers during their raids over the continent. They had an outstanding record of protecting the bombers. They had all their plane’s tails painted red so everyone would know who they were and when they were coming! The Memorial Garden, at the Museum, is for Lt. Colonel Gray of the “Red Tail” Squadron.

 

 

 

Photos from the Inauguration of the Zen Garden created by volunteer Veterans & Master Gardeners, in honor of Ray Rivera WWII & Korea Veteran, survivor of the Bunker Hill CV-17.  Original painting was created by artist & Vietnam Vet John Bowen.

John paints to keep Florida’s history alive.  “This is a passion with me,” says the artist.  “I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it.”  This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida charity art exhibitions of the Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, juried art shows for the Old Davie Schoolhouse Project, and a one-man art exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He will continue his outdoor show schedule this Fall.

Flight 19 Memorial created and painted by John Bowen is facing the Bermuda Triangle, where the plane and its crew were lost.

John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work.  Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my work.  Emphasizing the play of light and shadow as seen in nature.  Describing textures of time written in historic places.  Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space.  These are the feelings I try to express in my paintings.  Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution.  Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently, using established principles to create the final piece.  Hoping to express the beauty that inspired me”.  

 

John is a signature member with the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League.  He is available to do Home and Boat Portrait Commissions.  John Bowen can be reached at  954 370-2061.    jbowenartist@aol.com  or www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

More about the Museum:

National Register of Historic Places.  A Florida Heritage Site.
Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

 

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.  From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries. In December 1999, the building was relocated to its permanent site at 4000 West Perimeter Rd., 2 blocks west from its original location.

 

 

On Exhibit:

  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator: historic mechanical & engineering landmark.
  • Recreated Soldier’s Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • 25×7 naval aviation mural signed by President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, RADM Moffit, and Medal of Honor Vietnam Gary Littrell.
  • Original paintings, cartoons, lithographs, drawings, and photographs.
  • “Broward Goes To War”  Exhibit:  the war years of 1941-1945.
  • Flight 19: collection of letters, photos, artifacts, books, videos,  & displays.
  • Vintage ship & aircraft models, WWII artifacts, teaching props, flight gear, ship plaques, medals, insignia, uniforms representing all branches of the military.
  • Online-Only Exhibits: take a tour of our
  • John Payne Memorial Library: 3,000+ volumes from military history, personal memoirs, war diaries, aviator log books, veteran’s letters, cruise books, war postcard albums, magazines, and world war II newsletters.
  • Photography collection: 10,000+ images of aircraft, ships, people, naval history, technical manuals, photos of artworks, and a military video library.
  • Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog.  
  • Veterans History Project: WWI & WWII collection of Veteran’s Stories.
  • Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial. 
  • Take the 360 degree Google Video tour.
  • virtual exhibits.

 

The History Project:

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from World War II Veterans, with the purpose of building a lasting legacy of preserving history for generations to come. This History Project collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences. We welcome diaries, collections of letters, and photographs that tell the veteran’s story.  Maps, drawings, and other documents are also welcome. We don’t have to keep your originals as the artifacts can be scanned, or photographed, and shared this way via e-mails. This project was started in 2010, with the introduction of NASFL Museum founder Allan McElhiney, who was a sailor in World War II.  This Gallery of Veterans is not in chronological order, rather it follows a date of completion by NASFL Museum curators.  If you are interested in sharing a Veteran’s story, or your family’s military history, please go to www.nasflmuseum.com

 

You can visit Museum on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

– Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
– Business Hours: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
– Last tour is at 2:30pm (no need for reservations but it’s best to be there between 11:30 and 2pm for best timing).
– Depending on your time, and level of interest, a tour can go from 10 mins to 3 hours. It’s up to you.
– After tours, people are welcome to linger around and take photos, enjoy their time in the library, watch videos, or explore the garden areas.
– This is an all volunteer operation. For tours of more than 5 people in your party, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated (members are always free). You can also Pay-what-you-wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Bowen, Artist, Author, Illustrator, To Be Featured At Two Events In Coral Springs And Colonial Williamsburg

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will feature a SOLO Exhibition by watercolorist John Bowen.  The Exhibit runs September 12th -November 14th, with a Public Reception on Thursday, September 17th.  John is also an award – winning author and illustrator.   He will also be presenting a Book Talk on his illustrated book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, at the Museum on October 24th at 2pm and later at the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be at the Sportsplex  at 6:30 pm. The Traveling Wall will be at the Sportsplex  from October 22nd – 26th with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans.  If you are near Colonial Williamsburg,VA Oct. 3 – 4th stop by and see John at the Art Show! The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

J O H N    B O W E N

 

 

 “Touched by the Sun”

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 17th  

6PM

Book Presentation:

Saturday, October 24th

2:00 pm 

Admission Cost: $6 (Members Free)

Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Closed Sunday.

Exhibit: September 12  – November 14, 2015

Coral Springs Center For The Arts

2855 Coral Springs Dr.  Coral Springs, FL  33065

(954) 340-5000

 

"Charleston Carriage Ride" by John Bowen

        “Charleston Carriage Ride” by John Bowen

 

 

John Bowen describes his work as “realistic expressionism”.  His art is created by capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes.  His paintings place an emphasis of the play on light and shadow as seen in nature.

 

 

 

"Ladies in Waiting" by John Bowen

              “Ladies in Waiting” by John Bowen

 

John expresses a moment in history and a sense of place, which is why his paintings are popular in the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Gift Shop in Miami, FL.!  His vision of a scene transports the viewer right there, next to him!

 

 

 

 

"Vizcaya Courtyard" by John Bowen

           “Vizcaya Courtyard” by John Bowen

 

 

 

 

John combines both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb.) Arches archival watercolor paper. John’s work is meticulous.  He shares his passion and enthusiasm with each brushstroke. His reproductions are done through the Giclee process, are of the finest quality.

 

"Rainy Season" by John Bowen

                   “Rainy Season” by John Bowen

 

 

 

John has been a Commercial Artist and Fine Art Painter for more than 50 years. He first studied commercial art at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, at Newark, New Jersey. After two years of working in local advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator. His duties in the Air Force included a year of graphically documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, in 1968. Upon his discharge, John moved to South Florida, working at the Miami Herald’s Art Department. He spent the next 38 years working in newspaper advertising.

 

"Keys Nightlights" by John Bowen

                 “Keys Nightlights” by John Bowen

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist. His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.

 

 

Medal Of Honor

                                  Medal Of Honor

 

 

 

 

John Bowen has many artistic achievements, which include being an artist for the United States Air Force, a Signature Member of Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a published artist in “Watercolor Magic”, American Artist and “International Artist” Magazines, a self-published author of the illustrated book “ Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” and a Resident Artist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Florida. His work has been seen in many exhibition throughout Florida and the country.

 

 

 

 

"Sketching At The Front Gate" by John Bowen

          “Sketching At The Front Gate” by John Bowen

 

See more at:

http://coralspringsmuseum.org/john-bowen-sept-12-nov-21-2015/#sthash.qLXoo7sN.dpuf

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

 

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

Saturday, October 24th

6:30 pm 

Sportsplex

 

2700 Sportsplex Drive

(West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expressway)

 

 

johnbowenMy book

 

 

 In conjunction with the Vietnam Memorial “Traveling Wall” being in Coral Springs between October 22nd and 26th, John Bowen will  give a book presentation on Saturday, October 24th.. The wall will be on display at the Sportsplex, with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans. The Sportsplex is located at 2700 Sportsplex Drive (West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expy.).

 

 

Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

                   Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

 

The Wall is a replica of the original memorial in Washington D.C. listing the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Residents will have the opportunity leave mementos at the Wall. Items will be sent back to Washington D.C. to The Moving Wall Museum.

 

 

 

A Coral Springs resident for almost 25 years, Commissioner Lou Cimaglia served in the Army Reserve for eight years. When he heard about The Moving Wall four years ago, he made it his goal to bring it to his City. The Moving Wall is a great reminder of the loss endured in the Vietnam War. The idea behind it is to bring about healing for veterans, their families and the community.

 

 

 

 

“When I talk to veterans who lost buddies there, the tears flow,” Commissioner Cimaglia said. “The whole purpose of this is to bring the Wall to the people. They say when you go there, it’s an emotional experience.” The Veterans Coalition is sponsoring this initiative and there will be fundraisers throughout the year to raise the $5,000 needed to cover costs. Any additional funds raised will be donated to The Moving Wall and their organization to maintain The Wall. 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to get involved, e-mail lcimaglia@coralsprings.org
Anyone interested in joining the Veterans Coalition, please email vasquezw@bellsouth.net.    People interested in getting more information about the Wall events can go to the Sportsplex website or email Lou at : icimaglia@coralsprings.org

 

 

Colonial Wiliamsburg, VA Art Show:

www.aofta.org

 

For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:

www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

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Delray Beach Public Library Features Solo Exhibit of John Bowen’s Artistry

The Delray Beach Public Library will feature 25 watercolors and 8 drawings by John Bowen.  John is an award winning watercolorist, author and illustrator, who was recently one of the artists featured in the “Star Spangled Heroes” Exhibit.  John’s award winning book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” tells about his tour in Vietnam as an Air Force Illustrator.  The Rickie Report shares details and some images, but knows from personal experience, that seeing these in person is the best way to appreciate John’s artistry.  The exhibit runs from May 3rd through June 26th.

 

JOHN BOWEN, WATERCOLORIST

SOLO Art Show

Delray Beach Public Library

May 3rd to June 26th, 2015

Hours: Mon. to Wed. – 9 am to 8 pm, Thurs. to Sat. – 9 am to 5 pm, Sun. – 1 pm to 5 pm.

100 W. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL

SECOND FLOOR GALLERY

 

johnbowenJohn's Exhibit

 

 

John Bowen, an award winning watercolorist based in Florida will have a SOLO Art Show at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 W. Atlantic Avenue, from May 3rd to June 26th, 2015. There will be 25 watercolor paintings, along with 8 prints of drawings from his illustrated book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”. The Silver Medal awarded book is about his tour in Vietnam, as an Air Force Illustrator, in 1968. The Exhibition will be located on the second floor of the Library. The public is welcome during regular library hours.

 

 

 

"Dinner For Two" by John Bowen

“Dinner For Two” by John Bowen

 

John Bowen’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam. Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel. He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009. John has been traveling around Florida, presenting watercolor demonstrations to organizations and groups.

 

 

"Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" by John Bowen

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” by John Bowen

 

John commanded the Base Graphics Shop on a Sac Base in Texas. Two years later, he received his orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam.

 

"Keys Nightlights" by John Bowen

“Keys Nightlights” by John Bowen

 

In addition to writing his book, John continues to create magical watercolors, capturing landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and every day life. His watercolors are best sellers at Vizcaya, in Miami. He is their premier artist, whose works show various scenes inside and outside this national treasure.

 

"Vizcaya Courtyard" by John Bowen

“Vizcaya Courtyard” by John Bowen

 

 

Many of John’s drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado. John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.

 

 

 

"Antique Car" by John Bowen

“Antique Car” by John Bowen

 

 

For more information about John, please visit: www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com or email john@johnbownwatercolorist.com

 

 

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

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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Wellington Art Society Highlights John Bowen, Nancy Brown and Shares a Call to Artists

The Wellington Art Society is offering two opportunities to meet acclaimed artists as well as sharing a Call to Artists!  John Bowen, award winning watercolorist and author, will give a demonstration at the monthly meeting on  Wednesday, November 12th.  If you have not stopped by Whole Foods in Wellington to see Nancy Brown’s photography exhibit, do it soon!  There will be a public reception at Whole Foods on Friday, November 14th.  Meet this Nikon legend in person and hear about her travels as well as photography! In addition, there are still open spaces for artists to take part in the Annual Art Fest on the Green in the last weekend of January.  The Rickie Report shares all the details here. Did we mention $2,000. in cash prizes?

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Invites You

 

Wednesday, November 12th

 

Meet and Greet 6 – 7 pm

 

Demonstration by John Bowen 7 pm

 

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL

 

 

John Bowen's "Viscaya Bayside"

John Bowen’s “Viscaya Bayside”

 

The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, November 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Members and guests are invited to the “Meet and Greet” from 6 – 7 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a demonstration by award winning watercolor artist and author, John Bowen.  This is an opportunity to network with other artists!

 

John Bowen's "Antique Car"

John Bowen’s “Antique Car”

 

John Bowen’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam. Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel. He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.

 

John Bowen's "Ladies in Waiting"

John Bowen’s “Ladies in Waiting”

 

In addition to writing this book, John continues to create magical watercolors, capturing landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and every day life.  His watercolors are best sellers at Vizcaya, in Miami.  He is their premier artist, whose works show various scenes inside and outside this national treasure.

 

John Bowen's "Vizcaya Courtyard"

John Bowen’s “Vizcaya Courtyard”

 

John  recently was a speaker at the Mandel Public Library Foundation’s “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit, speaking about his experiences and sharing his illustrations from his book.  Recently, his memoir won 1 of three Silver Medals from Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA). 

 

 

John Bowen's "Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" published by Middle River Press

John Bowen’s “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” published by Middle River Press

 

For more information about John, please visit: www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com or email john@johnbownwatercolorist.com

 

 

 

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Present:

Artist’s Reception Honoring

Nancy Brown

Friday, November 14, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

2635 SR7       Wellington, FL

 

 

Nancy Brown's "Venice"

Nancy Brown’s “Venice”

 

The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Whole Foods to bring this show to the community. Whole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. A five-dollar donation is requested which goes to benefit the art society’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Whole Foods 561.904.4000

 

 

Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”

 

Nancy Brown has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years, specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for thirty years, she now works from Boca Raton, Florida. Nancy has had four photography books published and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency. Since her first visit to the country in 2005, China has become her favorite beauty subject.

 

 

Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”

 

Five years and five additional trips later, Nancy has released a 289-page large- sized coffee table photography book, “Simply China”. In the book’s introduction, which contains text in both Chinese and English, Nancy explains how the deep kindness of the Chinese people, their pervasive warmth to a stranger in their midst, and the glorious beauty of China’s landscape, architecture, and art continues to move her.  She also explains why, with the exception of the Forbidden City, she tends to head for the rural areas – what she calls “the real China” – where not many non-Chinese go.

 

Nancy Brown's "Suzanne Floating"

Nancy Brown’s “Suzanne Floating”

 

 

For more information visit:  www.nancybrown.com or email  nbrown50@bellsouth.net.

 

 

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS

 

Applications due DECEMBER 15, 2014

The Wellington Art Society is sending out a Call to Artists for their 9th Annual ArtFest on the Green. This outdoor show is well attended and has been the starting point for many emerging artists to take their next big step in the local and national art scene. The Rickie Report shares the information and applications – for members and non-members. Cash prizes, recognition, and networking with art patrons…we know what a terrific opportunity this is and urge you to apply!

 

ArtFest on the Green

January 31st & February 1, 2015

Wellington, Florida

 

 

  • The Wellington Art Society presents its 9th Annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, ArtFest on the Green, to be held at the Wellington Amphitheater Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from this show will go toward the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund as well as other community programs.
  • Fees to the artist include a $25 non-refundable application fee and a $175 booth fee. Artists will be judged for originality, creativity, technique, and booth design by an independent team of judges. This show will award $2,000 in cash prizes.
  • Artists will be juried in. All Fine Art and Fine Craft work must be designed and created by the artist. Prints and duplications of your original artwork will be allowed, but the majority of the booth must be original art created by the artist. Painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, photography and other mediums will be considered.
  • This show will take place at the beautiful Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, Florida during the peak Equestrian and Tourist Season and is free to the public. The Amphitheater includes an outdoor stage featuring live and recorded music throughout the event. Food vendors and a youth art activity area will also be present. Saturday morning, the City of Wellington will feature its Green Market in the adjacent parking lot.
  • Set up will occur Friday afternoon, January 30th, 2015. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. Artists will provide and set up their own 10’ x 10’ white tent, closing the sides overnight.
  • The Wellington Art Society will be advertising this event in the Palm Beach Post and the Town-Crier newspapers, as well as to over 1,200 local Chamber of Commerce members, The Rickie Report, “Where the Shows Are” and extensive social media. Artists will have the opportunity to purchase ads in the event booklet, which will be offered free to art show attendees.

 

For more information, contact Adrianne Hetherington at Tilemaker@aol.com or by calling 561-301-4498 or Leslie Pfeiffer at: mysticway1@bellsouth.net or by calling 561-632-3677

 

 

 

ArtFest on the Green

9th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Show Non-Member Application

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

SET UP is on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

TEARDOWN is on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414

Application Fee (non-refundable) – $25

Booth Fee (one 10×10 Space) – $175

REQUIREMENTS

10 x 10 Artist Tents with sides (no tent stakes; weights must be used), tables, chairs and other displays are the responsibility of the artist. Booths must look professional, and spaces are to be attended at all times. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Artist is responsible for Florida sales tax. Liability for loss/damage to any property/artwork is that of the artist. Accepted art includes but is not limited to: pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, glass, and woodworking. Refunds are not provided for accepted artists who are unable to participate in the show. Artists will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, technique, and booth design, by an independent team of judges. This show will offer $2,000 in cash prizes. One artist represented per booth. Artists notified by email of acceptance or rejection.

SUBMITTAL DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15, 2014.

 

ARTIST NAME: ______________________________________________

MEDIUM:_______________________________

BUSINESS NAME: __________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

CITY, STATE & Zip:_______________________________

PHONE#: _________________ OR _________________

EMAIL: _____________________________________________

Please include 5 photos of your art work and one photo of your set up. CD’s accepted.
Photos will be reviewed for quality of fine art, fine craft and booth presentation.
Mail this portion of form with fees payable to: Wellington Art Society, Inc.
WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 212943, ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL. 33421-2943

Please write Attention: ArtFest on the envelope.

Wellington Art Society, Inc., is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization.

 

 

Emerging artists, new residents of the area or any artist are welcome to attend the Wellington Art Society meetings. WAS offers a wide variety of venues for members to show and sell their work in the community. For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org or http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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Meet Author and Watercolorist John Bowen at Star Spangled Heroes Exhibit

The Exhibition, “Star Spangled Heroes” has many component and programs associated with it. Saluting the 100,000 plus Veterans residing in Palm Beach County and the US Military, it is presented by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  Artist, John Bowen, will be the featured speaker and presenter on Thursday, October 16th.  The Exhibit takes places from October 11 to December 7, 2014 on the 4th Floor of the Library.  The Rickie Report urges everyone to make the time to see this exhibit and participate in the many events being offered. Details are here.

 

 

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Programs

 

Meet John Bowen, Veteran, illustrator,nationally known author and watercolorist

Thursday, October 16th 5:30 to 7:00pm
Clematis Room
Presentation by John Bowen, who as an illustrator in the Air Force in Vietnam compiled his drawings and experiences for his book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, which was awarded a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s Annual Competition in the Autobiography/Memoir Category. John’s watercolors of Florida scenes are favorites at Vizcaya in Miami and he has been traveling around the state presenting watercolor demonstrations.

 

 

Film – “Taking Chance”
Friday, October 17th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium
Historic drama based on the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl as he escorted the body of a fallen young Marine, Chance Phelps, back to his hometown in Wyoming from Iraq, starring Kevin Bacon.  Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

Kids Program on Veterans
Sunday, October 19th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Hibiscus Room
Kids will be writing letters enclosed with stars from U.S. flags, to senior veterans in long term care facilities.  The kids will also sing patriotic songs and read children’s literature about soldiers and deployment. Arts, Crafts and Snacks. Led by Eileen Shapiro.

 

Remarkable Lives – Women in the Military
Friday, October 24th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium light refreshments provided
Hear about the lives of a panel of incredible women sharing their experiences in the Military and as Veterans.
Panel:
Morgan Albano (Marine)
Maxine Elizabeth Bodman (Navy)
Mary Jane Houlahan (Marine)
Kim Lindahl (Army)
Florence Elion Mascot (Air Force)
Norma Tovar (Army)
Eileen Watson (Army)
Charlotte Rebillard (Air Force)
Amber Butyn emcee

 

 

Meet Ralph Morse – WWII Photographer
Sunday, October 26th 2:30 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
Meet Ralph Morse, who when he was first hired by LIFE magazine was the magazine’s youngest war correspondent sent to photograph World War II. His pictures documented the war’s Pacific and European theatres and post-war reconstruction of Europe. Morse was the only civilian photographer at the signing of the surrender by the Germans to General Dwight Eisenhower. His photography will be on display from 1:30 to 5pm.

 

 

Meet The Vets
Sunday, November 2nd 1:00 to 4:30pm
3rd Floor Pre-Reception Gallery
One-on-one and small group discussions with US veterans from World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and other periods since the 1940’s. Former Marine Glenn Mize will present an outstanding collection of memorabilia representing all branches of the service.

 

 

Perils in Paradise – Palm Beach County and WWII
Tuesday, November 4th 6:00 to 7:30pm
Clematis Room
Hear about Palm Beach County’s fascinating involvement and response to World War II with a series of 1940’s photographs, presented by Tony Marconi, Curator of Education at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Film -” The Men”
Thursday, November 6th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
In his film debut, Marlon Brando plays a WWII lieutenant who was seriously injured in battle and must adjust to the world without the use of his limbs. Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

PTSD/PTSS and Our Veterans
Lunch and Learn Panel Presentation
Tuesday, November 18th 12:00 to 1:30pm
Auditorium
Understanding PTSD/PTSS from the perspective of those who help and those who suffer from it.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
RSVP to 561-868-7715.

 

Panel
Elizabeth Borsage, PhD – Psychologist, VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach
Major Raul Diaz, PhD – Supervisory Clinical Psychologist, Team Leader, Palm Beach Vet Center, Greenacres
Elaine Rotenberg, PhD – Clinical Director, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, West Palm Beach
Lisa Bergeron – Marine from 2004-2008 – diagnosed with PTSD
Ray Nazareth – Navy from 1979-1982 – diagnosed with PTSD

 

Film – Service: “When Women Come Marching Home”
Sunday, November 23rd 1:30 to 3:30pm
Auditorium
Documentary portraying the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. Through compelling portraits we see the horrific traumas these women faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges receiving benefits and care. Discussion will take place after the film.

 

Second ANNUAL Countywide High School Essay Contest on
“The Draft” or “U.S. Response to Our Veterans”

 

Winning Students and Their Teachers Receive Cash Awards
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
For information on the submission format and criteria go to www.wbplf.org/ssh or call 561 – 822 – 9972.  Underwritten by Alexander “Sandy” Myers

 

Sponsors to Date

*The Palm Beach Post*
*Sandy and Stanley Trockman*
*Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA*
*Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC*
*Alexander “Sandy” Myers*
*William K. Caler, Jr.*
*Dorothy and Ric Bradshaw*
*Florida Power & Light*
*Wells Fargo, NA*
*Diane Peterson McNeal*
*South Florida Neurology Associates*

Special Thanks

Sherriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw – Honorary Chairs
Lesley Hogan and Fred Storch – Co-Event Chairs
Mark Haworth Photography – Molly Tischler
Mark Cohen – Laura Cunningham – George Fisher
Ellie Hart – Madison Harr – David Knapp
Carolyn Ledewitz – Glenn Mize – Bob Morse
Maxwell Nelson – Charlotte Rebillard – Andy Reese
Greg Rydman – Jan Stein – Morley Wiener
Event Host Committee Members
Speakers and Panelists
Board of the WPBLF
Rickie and Jeff Leiter – The Rickie Report
Florida Commission on Women
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
The Vet Center in Greenacres
Vinny Ribolitta from Digital Graphics
Donors of Memorabilia
Amber Butyn – Rebecca Weiss
Chris Murray – Lisa Hathaway
Staff of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Organizations Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

*ADRC – Your Aging and Disability Resource Center*
*Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service*
*Battle of the Bulge Veterans*
*The Children’s Coalition Inc.*
*Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.*
*Combat Infantry Association*
*Department of Corrections*
*Dial 2-1-1-Veterans/Family Services & Crisis Intervention*
*Disabled American Veterans South PBC Chapter 152*
*Faith*Hope*Love*Charity*
*Friends of the Mandel Public Library of WPB*
*Historical Society of PBC*
*Jewish War Veterans Post 440*
*Korean War Veterans Chapter 17*
*Military Officers Assoc. of America-FL Council of Chapters*
*Operation Homefront*
*PBC Veterans Committee*
*PBC Democratic Veterans Caucus Foundation*
*PBC Division of Human and Veterans Services*
*PBC Veterans Court*
*POW/MIA Committee State of FL of Disabled American Vets*
*Republican Party-PBC Vets & Military Families Committee*
*Salvation Army*
*School District of Palm Beach County*
*South Florida National Cemetery*
*Southeast Florida Honor Flight*
*Stand Down*
*Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25*
*Women Veterans of South Florida*

Elected Officials Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

West Palm Beach
Mayor Jeri Muoio
Commissioner Keith James
Commissioner Shanon Materio
Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell
Commissioner Sylvia Moffett
Commissioner Isaac Robinson Jr.

Palm Beach County
Commissioner Steve Abrams
Vice Mayor Paulette Burdick
Mayor Priscilla Taylor
Commissioner Hal Valeche
Commissioner Shelley Vana
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher
Public Defender Carey Haughwout
Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits
Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon
Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio

Florida
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
State Attorney David Aronberg
Senator Jeff Clemens
Senator Maria Sachs
Representative Joseph Abruzzo
Representative Lori Berman
Representative Bill Hager
Representative Mark Pafford
Representative Bobby Powell
Representative Patrick Rooney, Jr.
Representative Irving “Irv” Slosberg

National
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Ted Deutch
Congresswoman Lois Frankel
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congressman Patrick Murphy
Congressman Tom Rooney

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation 411 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone (561) 868-7715 E-mail wpblf@mycitylibrary.org

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Middle River Press Celebrates Three National Publication Awards!

Middle River Press, a custom publishing company located in Oakland Park, FL has been awarded three silver medals from the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA).  The Rickie Report is pleased to celebrate Middle River Press’ accomplishments and share some artwork from each of the winning entries.  For authors who are looking for assistance with their books, Middle River Press is a great option! Congratulations to Middle River Press, the authors and illustrators of these books!

 

 

Judy Borich of Middle River Press

Judy Borich of Middle River Press 

 

 

Middle River Press, a custom publishing company in Oakland Park, Florida has a motto—“We do it right!”   That must be true because they just won three silver medals in the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA) President’s Book Awards competition.  

 

 

"Songs From Solitude"

“Songs From Solitude, Poetry From a Southwestern Florida Hammock”

 

The competition recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content and production in 32 categories for North American authors and publishers. This year Middle River Press was the recipient of three silver medals.

 

 

"Eleven Months and Nineteen Days"

Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

 

The winners included Eleven Months and Nineteen Days: A Vietnam Illustrator’s Memoir by John Bowen; A poetry book titled Songs From Solitude: Poetry From A Southwestern Florida Hammock by Robert H. Gore III, and, in the Coffee Table Book category, Sailin’ on the Stranahan: A Brief History of the Lauderdale Yacht Club 1938-2013, coedited by William G. Crawford and Dr. Claire Crawford.

 

"Sailin on the Stranahan"

Sailin on the Stranahan: A Brief History of the Lauderdale Yacht Club 1938 – 2013″

 

 

Middle River Press is a custom publishing company founded by Judy and Bruce Borich, in its tenth year of producing award-winning books. For more information on these and other great books, go to www.middleriverpress.com

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291