“Down The Rabbit Hole” Showcases Imagination And Fantasy At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery creates a Magical, Fantastical Family Wonderland with “Down The Rabbit Hole” inside the gallery from mid-December through the New Year. Beginning December 18th, Step through a huge Rabbit Hole into a land of wonder, filled with well known creatures, as well as those who have just emerged from the Magical Minds of gallery artists Vandy and Sara. Parents, grandparents and children can hunt through this land for tokens to keep; tokens that will transport them into an alternate universe. This event is free to the public with lots of free parking.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  






“Down The Rabbit Hole”


Vandy and Sara

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 18th  6 – 10 pm

Exhibit runs through January 6th

Gallery Hours:

 Sunday thru Tuesday: 10AM-5PM Wednesday thru Saturday: 10AM-10PM

Gallery Openings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between


15 South J Street  Lake Worth, FL


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Gallery owner, Joyce Brown tells The Rickie Report, “Rather than try to compete with all of the holiday commercialism going on all around, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery has decided to create a space in the gallery for families to come to visit that will be fun, stoke the imagination and allow them to share fantasy through interaction with the arts. “Down the Rabbit Hole” is our way of thanking the community and friends for their kindness,  support, and passing the arts on to our next generations”.




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“The Rabbit Hole Grows Cold” by Vandy


Are you looking for a Tea Party? There may be one, if you take the right path. Artists throughout the gallery will be contributing to the Majik of this event with many big and little surprises. As always, there will be foods and beverages befitting the event; mouthwatering enough to tickle your palate.



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“Apkalu” by Vandy




 Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth. Call ahead if you are bringing a group.




“Along Came A Spider” by Vandy


Alice had no idea what she birthed when she took a header down that rabbit hole. She inspired hundreds of artists to run with the images she conjured up through her ramblings in Wonderland. Vandy and Sara explore areas of this land never before seen; the nooks and crannies of a land far beyond where Alice’s travels took her. Giant birds’ nests, alien critters, “Drink Me” vials and “Eat Me’ plates will be present.




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“Universe” by Vandy

Vandy, a leading Folk Artist for decades, has gained recognition for her Papier Mache works, whimsical and colorful. Collectors say they rival the finest works found in New York Galleries. In past lives, she air-brushed motorcycles, painted (and still paints) finely rendered renditions of her imagination, and has been part of a life sized puppetry ensemble. With commissioned works through the gallery, to sales, of her already Majikal creations, Vandy has long been recognized as a leader in the South Florida Avant Garde arts cadre. 



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“Crystal Ball Cat” by Vandy




Vandy tells The Rickie Report, “My common thread is color and light. I work with all mediums and styles. I‘ve been creating since my earliest days. I have shown in galleries in the three County area and done commission work for private collections in eight states.  There is nothing I won’t paint… walls, furniture, plants..even the cats if they hold still long enough. I create art that has practical uses as well as being decorative. Evoking emotion with color is my definition of art”.




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“Nest” created by Sara McLennand will be human-sized

Sara McLennand has gained fame as a fine arts quilter with photographs of her works published in prominent art books and magazines. Her love for the natural realm has long inspired creations of large, encaustic coated, frond and seed tableaus, and mixed media paintings. Her largest pieces now hang in the homes of prominent collectors. Teaming with Vandy on this Majikal journey, Sara will be producing an number of enormous natural works; ones that could ONLY be found around the entrance of the Rabbit Hole.




“Three Seeds” by Sara McLennand




Sara tells The Rickie Report, “The inspiration for my work is all around me, and within me. The foundation for this body of work is recycled from nature, and usually reflective of the beauty and elegance of women. These graceful shapes cast a seductive message inviting the viewer to look a little closer; and stop for a minute; get to know me”.




“Flat Top” by Sara McLennand

“Plant material is gathered, manipulated, dried and coated with encaustic medium, a mixture of beeswax and Damar resin. The plant material is paired with elements of photography, wire, text, found objects and occasionally pieces of children’s art. The encaustic medium adds another dimension to the existing shapes and rich colors in the plant material, giving it leather-like appearance and smoothness. I love the way it coats and pools on the piece. The found objects add a bit of fun or commentary”, Sara explains.  The pieces in this body of work vary in size from 5 inches square to over 4 feet in height. The largest works are also 18” deep.




“Milkweed” by Sara McLennand

Sara’s background is filled with a passion for fiber and textiles. As a previous quilt artist, her work has been published, included in the Library of Congress, and won awards from the American Quilters Society, and Land’s End.  She tells us, “I am currently exploring encaustic wax and mixed media, and the endless possibilities. Although I will always have a love & connection for plant material, future works will also explore elements of photography and manipulation with encaustic”.






For additional information contact Joyce Brown, Joyce@Flamingoclaystudio.org

ClayGlassMetalStone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.

The Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.


The Studio is located at 216 South F Street with studio opportunities and workspace for 3-D Artists

Call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or email: JCLay6@aol.com Gallery phone: 561-588-8344 







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Bruce Webber Gallery Collaborates with Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION

The Bruce Webber Gallery in Lake Worth has collaborated with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION to produce an inspiring exhibit of Fine Art photography by five South Florida artists.  The Rickie Report was able to preview the exhibit and meet with three of the principles who brought this event to fruition.  Don’t miss this exhibit, which runs through February 7th!


Bruce Webber Gallery

in collaboration with

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION

Presents Fine Art Photography by:

   Steve Spring                 Tom McCartney

            Durga Garcia                  Stephane Vercruysse

    Wayne Becker


Exhibit Runs Through February 7, 2013


 705 Lucerne Avenue     Lake Worth, FL      561-582-1045

Monday – Friday  9-5        Saturday  10-4



Bruce and Maryanne Webber have been involved with the art scene in Southern Florida for a long period of time.  Located on Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth, they are extremely involved in their local community and supportive of many of the art events that happen there.

A little history will help set the stage because The Rickie Report wants to remind you that Lake Worth is celebrating its 100th Anniversary!  Originally begun in 1956 as Jennings Art Shop, Dick and Lucy Purnell purchased the business in 1960 and changed the name to The Art Shop. At that time the business operated out of one small storefront in part of its present location.



In 1970, Bruce Webber wandered into the cluttered little store and noticed the stack of boxes blocking the front door.  Offering to help out, Bruce started his apprenticeship the next day and a few years later purchased the business from the Purnells. The Purnells’ focus had been picture framing, art supplies, and a few prints. Bruce wanted to expand his business into a true fine art gallery and created the Bruce Webber Gallery.


In 1989 Bruce met Maryanne whose own gallery, on an adjacent street, specialized in handmade American Crafts by artists from around the USA. They married later that year and decided to combine their businesses. Maryanne relocated her shop next to the Bruce Webber Gallery and became Maryanne Webber Gallery. The Art Shop/ Bruce and Maryanne Webber Galleries continue to attract a variety of customers, new and old, to their unique stores.

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Most recently, the Bruce Webber Gallery collaborated with The Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION located in West Palm Beach, to bring five South Florida artists together.  The exhibit includes the work of Wayne Becker, Durga Garcia, Tom McCartney, Steve Spring and Stephane Vercruysse.


Each artist brings their own sense of creativity to their subject matter, be it landscape, seascape, portrait or mixed media of encaustic with photography and hand embellished paint.    Wayne Becker is a former professional illustrator and animator who worked with the Disney organization.  He currently is an important and valued volunteer and teacher at The Palm Beach Photographic Centre.


Durga Garcia’s work has been seen at many galleries and juried exhibits, including Lighthouse ArtCenter and Palm Beach International Airport Art in Public Spaces.  She curates and designs all of The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s Museum as well as Gallery Exhibitions.

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Tom McCartney is a retired veterinarian and a longstanding artist.  He teaches locally and had the very good fortune to meet and study with Ansel Adams and Minor White.

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Steve Spring is a volunteer and Master Printer at The Palm Beach Photographic Centre. He is Lead Photographer at Durga Garcia studios, where the focus is fine art female forms and Florida land & waterscapes.



 Stephane Vercruysse is a member of The Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  He exhibits his photographic images and also uses them to create three dimensional encaustic works of art with hand painted embellishments.


The Bruce Webber and Maryanne Webber Galleries are located at 705 Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 – 5 and Saturdays from 10 – 4.  For more information call: 561-582-1045 or visit: www.webbergallery.com

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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