Fiber And Mixed Media Artist Andrea Huffman Announces: Exhibit That Benefits Dune Restoration, Free Family Activities, Presentation And Workshop Now Through February, 2022

Catching up with fiber and mixed media artist, Andrea Huffman means putting on your running shoes and getting out your calendar! Andrea will donate 20% of sales from her Exhibit “Listening To The Sky” at BACA (Bailey Contemporary Arts) Exhibit for the Dune Restoration Project on Pompano Beach in conjunction with South Florida Audubon (NOW through February 23, 2022). The public is invited to a docent led tour and family activity on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Space is limited! On Saturday, December 18, 2021 enjoy a FREE “Creative Making Event” at the Blanche Ely House. Andrea will host as a Guest Presenter at BACA on the evening on Thursday, January 20, 2022 for “Citizen Science: Bird Banding in Paradise” and “Planting for Life”. Create your own bird print on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at BACA.  The Rickie Report shares ALL of the details and some SNEAK PEEKS.

Andrea Huffman is intrigued with the small nuances in nature, the interdependence within every aspect of the natural world and its relationship to humanity.

 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

 

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

20% of sales from this Exhibit

Will be donated to the Dune Restoration Project on Pompano Beach

In conjunction with South Florida Audubon

 

 

 

 

The public is invited to a docent led tour on

Saturday, December 11, 2021

10-11 AM

 

 

 

 

Exhibit is NOW through February 23, 2022

 

 

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Friday  10  – 6     Saturday  10  – 4 

 

Made Possible with the support of:

 

 

 

 

“Flame” by Andrea Huffman

 

 

 

“My work draws upon both fine art and craft traditions, as well as contemporary innovations. I create works of art on fabric to connect viewers to my personal experiences and observations of my environment”. 

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of lafamialdebroward.com)

1600 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

FREE  “Creative Making Event”  &  Docent  Led  Tour

 

 

REGISTER  HERE

Space is limited!

 

 

“I seek to actively engage each viewer in a visual dialogue about our connectedness to the natural world and the desire to preserve its beauty”.

 

 Bailey Contemporary Arts

 

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Lizard Boogie Woogie” by Andrea Huffman

 

 

GUEST  PRESENTATION  BY:

 

 ANDREA  HUFFMAN

 

 

“Citizen Science: Bird Banding in Paradise”

and

“Planting for Life”

Thursday, January 20, 2022

 7 – 8 pm

 

 

 

 

Create a Bird Print with Andrea Huffman

BIRD   PRINT -A- THON

 

Saturday, February 19, 2022

 10:30 am  – 1  pm

 

 

REGISTER  HERE

 

 

 

Bird Montage by Andrea Huffman

 

 

About Andrea Huffman:

After attending the High School of Art and Design in New York City, Andrea Huffman moved to Florida, and received a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida International University.  She taught art for 31 years in Broward County Public Schools and retired from full time teaching in 2011 to pursue her own art practice.  Ms. Huffman has since exhibited locally and nationally in solo, juried, and group shows.  Receiving several awards for her work, including several Broward County Creative Investment Grants, Ms. Huffman was selected as one of only two Florida art educators for the first State Teachers Artist in Residence (STAR) program at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, awarded through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in 2011.  She continues to share her passion for art through new teaching opportunities, including The Boca Museum Art School, Bailey Contemporary Art in Pompano (where she is a resident studio artist), as well as various other guilds and art centers throughout Florida.  Ms. Huffman is a member of the Surface Design Association and a co-founder of 6 Hands Collaborative, where she creates, exhibits, curates, and teaches art in collaboration with other artists.

 

 

 

For more information about these workshops, exhibits, classes and her artwork:

www.andreahuffman.com

 

 

 

 

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View Current ENDANGERED Fine Art and Photography Exhibit Through December 31, Meet Artist-In-Resident Geraldine Simmons, Applications For 2021 Exhibit Are Now Open

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. View the current exhibit in the virtual gallery through December 31,2020. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Geraldine Simmons, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contest Winners now posted https://www.art4apes.com/blog

ENDANGERED ONLINE

Exhibit Is Open until 31 December, 2020

https://www.art4apes.com/endangered-online

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE

November 2020

 

 

Geraldine Simmons AFC

 

Animal portrait artist, traveler and conservation supporter

Signature member of Artists for Conservationand International Society of Scratchboard Artists

Based in Sydney, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s My Future?” Colored Pencil © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“I would love it if “endangered species” became a term that we didn’t hear anymore.

 

Something needs to change. Change is possible.

Change is scary and right now we really don’t have a choice… ”

Geraldine discusses her art and inspiration below. To see more of her wonderful work visit www.geraldineswildlifeart.com

 

 

 

 

Geraldine Simmons Photograph © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“During my travels in the deep jungles of Borneo, the eyes of the orangutans struck me.”

 

 

This was the catalyst for my mission to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife. At the time, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the rehabilitation centre for orangutans.

 

 

 

 

“Hanging On For Dear Life” Pastels © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I remember how heavy and steamy the air was as I walked towards one of the enclosures. The heaviness eased as my eyes met the most loving, big brown eyes I had ever seen. These eyes captivated me. The love shining from her eyes was the key to unlocking the personality and sentience that I burn to express through each of my works.

 

 

 

 

 

“Not Many Of Us” Pastels. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“When I draw, the eyes are what I notice first.

They mesmerise me.”

 

 

Once I have drawn the eyes, the rest of my work follows. I aspire to show not just an “animal” but a living, breathing being who shows intelligence and has feelings – who belongs to a family and plays an essential role within our ecology that balances our intricate web of life.

Before I start, I take time to connect with the animals and imagine being in their world – to listen to them so I can tell their story. I take all the time and care I need to perfect each mark I make. This is my way of honouring their story and respecting them at the deepest level of my being. It’s a slow and deliberate process that unfolds one stroke at a time.

 

“We are living at a tipping point for nature at this stage in our history and as a matter of urgency I feel we need to heal our broken relationship with it and treat ourselves and all living things as one big family.”

 

 

 

 

“Hold On Tight” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

I realised that when an animal looks at you or you witness them looking at each other, you can see there’s no judgement, opinions or need to compare or compete. They show us how to just “be” and that is one of the main reasons why I focus on primates as my main subjects. They teach us how to connect with our hearts. Respect, trust and connection are instinctive to them. These are the very qualities that mankind needs to embrace and stop exploiting if we are to protect and conserve the bio-diversity that sustains us all.

 

 

I feel so blessed to express myself through my wildlife portraits; to reach others through the beauty and innocence that shine from an animal’s eyes. No matter which species I draw it feels only natural to me to portray sensitivity as a common denominator; something that animals don’t hide and inspires us to re-connect.

 

 

 

 

“The Face Washer” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

When people view my work I hope they are drawn in by some quality that they admire and can connect with. For thousands of years mankind has turned to animals for inspiration, to give us strength and hope, and to lift us up. In what appears to be such a chaotic, competitive and aggressive world I hope my work some how softens that blow.

 

 

 

 

“Bear Hug” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“Conservation is so important to me because the thought and very real possibility of living on a planet that is unsustainable and devoid of the life force that nature gives us is simply not an option.”

 

 

 

Life on our planet is dependent on us respecting the perfect balance of our ecosystems that includes all of our beautiful wildlife and every single living thing; no matter how large or small, that is sustaining our web of life. We must leave them alone and give them the space they need to do their job of keeping themselves, and in the end – us alive.”

 

 

 

 

“On For The Ride” Pastels. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Why Geraldine Entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

When I open an email and learn about elephant populations plummeting even further as a result of the illegal ivory trade, rampant deforestation, wildfires, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent pangolins to make shoes, handbags or served as a delicacy, sharks losing their lives only for their fins to made into shark fin soup, or a defenceless baby chimp or orangutan ripped away from its mother to be sold as a pet – initially I feel so shocked I shut down and even feel nauseous.

 

 

 

 

“Ninety-five Percent” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

I feel like these situations have gone so far that it’s out of my depth to do anything. I take some deep breaths and realise maybe, just maybe, there is hope to turn things around. This is where exceptional organisations like the Centre for Great Apes make such a difference through the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest whose mission is to raise funds and awareness about the plight of endangered species. That’s why I support them. Knowing that all funds raised are giving rescued chimps and orangutans a peaceful and safe environment in which to live and be themselves inspires me to enter.

 

How Can Artists Help?

 

As visual artists we have a powerful platform to move and educate others on the plight of animals that are on the brink of extinction. During these times of uncertainty and change I believe we have an opportunity to raise more awareness and encourage the conversations that will inspire people into taking action to preserve these beautiful, magnificent animals and their habitats. These animals need a voice and we can be their voice.

 

 

“I know it can seem overwhelming knowing about or even witnessing the rampant environmental destruction and massive loss of species but we are needed now more than ever to reach as many people as possible!”

 

 

 

 

“Pensive” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

See more of Geraldine’s work at:www.geraldineswildlifeart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Deadline Is October 7. Join Us To Celebrate Douglas Aja Artist-In-Residence’s Sculptures

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th

 

Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  

 

MEET:  

 

 

 DOUGLAS  AJA

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE 

 

Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist

 

Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5B20c1mdNU

To see more visit:

https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife in bronze since the late 1990s.  Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant.  Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

“Playful”  © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

“Playful” depicts an orphaned elephant chasing a soccer ball. Calves are orphaned for many reasons, mostly because of poaching to feed the illegal ivory trade. The fortunate ones are brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they are cared for and eventually reintroduced into the wild, a process that takes many years.

 

 

 

 

 

“Dionysus” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Named by elephant researcher Cynthia Moss, Dionysus was one of the largest and most dominant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. This sculpture represents him in his prime at approximately 50 years of age. Dionysus has been featured in many documentaries, including the “Echo of the Elephants” films.

 

 

 

 

“Echo & Calf “© 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This sculpture is of an old matriarch known as Echo along with her one year old calf, Emily Kate. Echo is probably the world’s best known wild elephant, having been featured in the four BBC “Echo of the Elephants” films as well as “An Eye for An Elephant”.

 

 

 

Exploring Africa:

 

Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya’s culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Prized Possession” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The spotted hyena is the most successful large carnivore in Africa. They are highly adaptable and opportunistic, capable of hunting a wide variety of prey animals and will scavenge when the opportunity arises. They hunt alone, in small groups or in large packs.

 

 

“Approaching Storm” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

I was in the Maasai Mara near the end of a long drought when we were hit with high winds and heavy thunderstorms. While driving back to camp we stopped to watch a pride of lions. What caught my attention most was the males’ manes blowing in the wind. Approaching Storm depicts a young male lion gazing out onto the savanna as the strong wind and rain blow in his face.

 

 

 

 

“Brown-hooded Kingfisher” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher inhabits wooded and savanna country in southeastern and central Africa. It has a varied diet which includes insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. It only rarely eats fish. It searches for its prey from a perch, rapidly flies down to grab it with its bill then returns to its perch to eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Philanthropy:

 

Doug has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He had dedicated his time and creativity to support species in need and donates art and/or a portion of his sales to a number of charities.  

 

 

 

“Threatened” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This female cheetah is intently looking at something in the distance that could pose a threat to her cub, possibly a lion or hyena which would kill the cub if given the chance. Cheetahs are now on the endangered species list, numbering around 10,000 in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

“Watchful” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Cheetahs are constantly scanning the savanna on the lookout for prey. More importantly if it’s a female with cubs, she would also be on alert for other predators. My goal in sculpting “Watchful” was to capture this intense and focused gaze.

 

 

To see more of Doug’s work visit:

Website:https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

 

 

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest. 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.  Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year. 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days. 

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece. 

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message. 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. 

Artists can only be featured once a year. 

 

 

Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes
https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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

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Don’t Know What To Do With Your Old, Unwanted Jewelry? How About A Radical Jewelry Makeover! Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center And Resource Depot Bring Successful Project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​To South Florida During Winter/Spring Season 2020. You Can Take Part!

Lighthouse ArtCenter, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM), Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot are seeking donations of old unwanted jewelry for the community jewelry mining project happening in Tequesta, FL this coming winter 2020. RJM has been traveling nationally and internationally to communities since 2007, educating jewelers of all levels about mining and material sourcing issues involved in jewelry making through a fun, fast paced, 8 week-long project.  Jewelry students and professional jewelers from the region will transform donations into radically fresh and responsible jewelry.  The project culminates in an exhibition and sale of these wearable creations at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery March 19-April 24, 2020. The Opening Reception is on March 19, 2020The Rickie Report shares the details of how/where to donate your unwanted jewelry NOW – December 21,2019, the Kick Off Party/Symposium on January 4, 2020.  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 -March 4, 2020.  Want to get involved? It is EASY!

 

 

 

Radical   Jewelry   Makeover   –

​South   Florida

 

 

 

 

 

​​A PROJECT OF: Ethical Metalsmiths 

SUPPORTED BY:

Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot

 

 

 

 

Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings and banged up bracelets sitting at the bottom of jewelry boxes around the South Florida area are exactly what jewelry artists participating in ​Radical Jewelry Makeover – South Florida ​want to get their creative hands on. Until December 21st the non-profit, Ethical Metalsmiths and Lighthouse ArtCenter are accepting donations of old, unwanted jewelry at several Palm Beach County area locations (see complete list below). Donors will receive discount coupons to apply toward the purchase of a new piece and sales will benefit student scholarships and Ethical Metalsmiths‘ efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials.

 

 

RJM draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelry designers, reveals the stories behind our personal collections and encourages re-consideration of our habits of consumption. Currently, materials used in jewelry production are sourced from some of the poorest countries in the world, sacred lands and disputed territories. Often this sourcing comes at a great cost to the environment. In Tequesta, FL, RJM will bring together volunteer “miners,” who dig out and donate their old jewelry, with volunteer jewelers and students, working together as refiners and designers to collaborate on an exhibition of re-made jewelry. Radical Jewelry Makeover will​ ​offer an informed and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production. ​You can help by donating some of the smallest items in your home, jewelry, for reuse and recycling.

 

WHY  IS  THIS  IMPORTANT ?

 

 

Did you know Titanium is mined in the State of Florida? Heavy minerals like Titanium have been mined in Florida since 1916. Titanium can be found in the sand of many of the beaches that line our State and is used for a variety of things from paint and makeup to helicopters and spacecraft. Today, the EPA estimates that hard rock mining is the most toxic industry in the United States. Additionally, Earthworks reports that an estimated 70% of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves more than 20 tons of mine waste. Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist run non-profit organization seeks to galvanize mining reform efforts by staging an “alternative supply chain” and is working with the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center and Resource Depot to bring their successful project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​to South Florida in the Winter/Spring season 2020.

 

HOW TO DONATE YOUR JEWELRY:

 

To donate jewelry of any quality, quantity or material type please download and submit the official project donation form. It is available for download or in print at the various donation drop-off locations. Considering giving gold or silver? Consider this, if you get your jewelry appraised prior to donating, RJM can honor your donation if given with an official appraisal document at its full value as a tax-deductible donation to Ethical Metalsmiths. **** Donation Form can be found below.

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

 

PROJECT TIMELINE:

 

●  Drop-off Donations will be accepted now through December 21 (drop of locations listed below).

●  Kick off Party/Symposium January 4, 2020 from 10am – 2 pm at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

●  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 – March 4, 2020

●  The exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery will take place March 19-April 24, 2020.  There will be an Opening Reception March 19, 2020.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

 

 

●  The Lighthouse ArtCenter, 373 Tequesta Dr or 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469

●  The Armory Art Center, 811 Park Pl, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Resource Depot, 2501 Florida Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Jewelry Creations Workshop, 1400 NE 131 St. North Miami, FL 33161 (By appt.  only, call or text 305-610-6560

 

MAIL-IN DONATIONS CAN BE SENT ANYTIME​:

 

● Mail to: Lighthouse ArtCenter Attn:

Maria Tritico- RJM   373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

For More Information, please contact:

●  Lighthouse ArtCenter, Maria Tritico

373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469   (561) 746-3101 maria@lighthousearts.org

●  Armory ArtCenter

811 Park Pl.   West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 832-1776

●  Resource Depot, Chelsea Odum

2510 Florida Ave     W. Palm Beach, FL   (561) 882-0090

About Ethical MetalsmithsEthical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage social change that values jewelry made with ethically sourced materials. They do this by educating people about irresponsible mining, promoting transparency in jewelry supply chains and highlighting the collective efforts of jewelers actively changing their practices. ​Ethical Metalsmiths’ vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that protect and sustain the earth, its peoples and cultures.​ ​www.EthicalMetalsmiths.org

 

 

 

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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents Stunning Photojournalism Exhibit By Phoenix, “The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”

Bailey Contemporary Arts presents acclaimed photographer, Phoenix, as she captures the “The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”.  Located in Pompano Beach, BaCA, is proud to showcase a stunning exhibit that captures both the majesty and the frailty of the Florida Everglades. South Florida photographer, Phoenix began a year-long photojournalism journey to inspire love and respect for the essential wetlands. Now, her solo exhibit of twenty photos will be on display in the west gallery, located inside Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters.  A free opening reception takes place on Friday, August 3rd, with an Artist talk on Saturday, September 15th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  DO NOT miss this!!!! The exhibit runs from August 3 to September 28, 2018.

 

41 NE 1st Street   Pompano Beach, FL 33060

(954) 284-0141     www.baileyarts.org

PRESENTS:  

Photography by Phoenix

“The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”

 

 

 

 

Free  Opening  Reception:

Friday, August 3, 2018

6 – 9 pm

BaCA-West Gallery, located inside Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters, 

Artist  Talk:   Saturday, September 15, 2018   3 pm

Exhibit Available August 3 – September 28, 2018

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday  7:30AM – 5PM;   Saturday: 7:30AM – 3:00 PM,   Sunday: Closed

 

 

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“Before The Storm” by Phoenix

 

 

“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to slow down and enjoy the moment,” said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., BaCA’s gallery curator. “Phoenix has a great understanding of how light and timing work in photography. It’s evident that for some of the photographs exhibited, she waited for the ‘decisive moment’ to quote French humanist photographer Cartier-Bresson; working the composition in her brain and waiting for the ‘it’ that would make the photo worth the shot.”

 

“Early Morning Fog” by Phoenix

 

 

The photographer, who goes only by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. As she matured, she developed an exceptional talent and a passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Phoenix tells The Rickie Report, “Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience, like a meditation of light — color, texture, structure, pattern, and composition — it awakens an inner peace and knowingness. With each image, it is my desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with that inner peace”.

 

“Grace” by Phoenix

 

 

She says, “For me, preserving nature and wilderness areas is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit. In protecting the world’s nature and wildlife, the environment, we are really protecting the family of humanity. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.”

 

“Twilight” by Phoenix

 

 

 

About Phoenix:

Phoenix has translated her depth of experience in leadership and community engagement for large, public-sector organizations into her career as an award-winning, fine art photographer as well as leader of art organizations participating in public art. For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture to capture the soul of her subjects in her photography, her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions, showcased in solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery and Listowel, Ireland’s Olive Stack Gallery, featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and can be found in private collections in America and Europe. She is the recipient of several awards including the Broward Cultural Council’s Creative Investment Program Grant two times and Best in Landscape at the International Photography Juried Competition as well as the Olive Stack Gallery AIR. Professionally, Phoenix serves as president of National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch and Project COAT and is a principal in the Innovative Public Art Group. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

 

 

“Moon Over Marsh” by Phoenix

 

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December 17, 2018 – January 15, 2019

Art Exhibit – Pursuit of Beauty: Photographs By Phoenix at  Burns Road Recreation Center  4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

 

 

 

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Boynton Beach Is World Hub for Kinetic Events and Youth Art

Alexandre Dang, a French solar kinetic artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, will conduct a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and their parents during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Feb. 7-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach. During the one hour workshops, which will be held both days at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in downtown Boynton Beach, Dang will lead participants in constructing dancing solar butterflies that they will attach to solar mechanisms and place in the museum’s courtyard. The goal of the workshops is to teach those who take part about solar energy and how they can conserve it.  The Rickie Report shares the details and how to PRE-REGISTER for this FREE Event!  ART LOVERS and ART PATRONS:  Mark your calendars NOW for the International Kinetic Art Symposium in Boynton Beach, Fl!

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN, PARENTS CAN CREATE

SOLAR BUTTERFLIES

DURING KINETIC ART EVENT

IN BOYNTON BEACH

Alexandre Dang, a French solar kinetic artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, will conduct a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and their parents during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Feb. 7-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach. During the one hour workshops, which will be held both days at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in downtown Boynton Beach, Dang will lead participants in constructing dancing solar butterflies that they will attach to solar mechanisms and place in the museum’s courtyard. The goal of the workshops is to teach those who take part about solar energy and how they can conserve it.

 

 

PRE-REGISTER NOW!

 

To preregister for the workshops, which include instruction and a Certificate of Completion signed by Alexandre Dang, email suzanne@schoolhousemuseum.org. For those who don’t preregister but still wish to make a dancing solar butterfly, they may do so with the guidance of museum staff anytime during the event weekend. To see past workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/po2a89c. To see prior exhibitions, visit http://tinyurl.com/o7pf7qz.

 

 

Kinetic Flowers by Al

Kinetic Flowers by Alexandre Dang

Alexandre Dang comes from a scientific background. Convinced of the need to raise awareness of the potential of environmental friendly technologies (eco-technologies) and sustainable development, he developed his artistic creation often incorporating solar energy as source into his kinetic art works. Though the sun provides 10,000 times more energy to the earth than humans need, more than 1.7 billion people still do not have access to electricity. The pressing need to address this issue is the driving force of Dang’s artistic commitment, where he combines scientific approach, environmental concern and humanism. To learn more, visit solarsolidarite.org.

 

Student working on Solar Butterfly

Student working on Solar Butterfly

Dang will also conduct workshops at Galaxy E3 (Engineering, Energy, Environment) Elementary School in Boynton Beach on Friday, Feb. 6. Students there will also create dancing solar butterflies that will be added to the exhibit at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center. Both the school and the museum are excited to bring this valuable workshop to their facilities as it aligns with their S.T.E.A.M., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programming.

 

 

 

 

A Fascinated Art Lover

A Fascinated Art Lover

 

Created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program, the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is a biennial event held in downtown Boynton Beach that is free and open to the public. Its purpose is to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences. The event features both indoor and outdoor iconic works of kinetic art, educational presentations and the opportunity to meet an array of international kinetic artists. Other components for 2015 will include the first “Kinetic Connection,” a community based kinetic artwork, and a Solar Tree student kinetic art exhibition. This event is supported by Equity One, Inc., Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Buffalo Wild Wings, Boca Bearings, and Hacklab.

 

Other sponsors include Solartree Project, Coastal Star, Neighborhood Gallery, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, The Secret Garden Cafe and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Debby Coles-Dobay at (561) 742-6026.

 

 

For more information on the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, call (561) 742-6026, email ColesDobayd@bbfl.us or visit IntlKineticArtEvent.org.

 

In addition, The Rickie Report shares the results of the  “Focus on Planning” Photo Contest, which youth and adults participated.

 

 

 

MAYOR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE

“FOCUS ON PLANNING” PHOTO CONTEST

 

The winners of the Focus on Planning Photo Contest were announced by Mayor “Jerry” Taylor. The photo contest was held to commemorate National Community Planning Month and recognize urban design features within the City limits. Photographs must have captured Boynton Beach’s distinctive architecture; its urban designs, cityscapes, landmarks and/or structures.

 

 

Professional photographers and community leaders served as judges and selected finalists, based on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, depth of field, artistry/drama, degree of difficulty, technical excellence, creativity and overall impact. Five of the finalists were placed online for the public to choose “A People’s Choice Award”. Nearly 800 votes were cast from all over the world, including places as far as New Zealand and Brazil. Judges then selected the top winner in both the youth category and adult category and Mayor Taylor selected a “Special Mayor’s Award”. Winners are as follows:

 

"Boynton Ballerina" by Hope Spears

“Boynton Ballerina” by Hope Spears

 

 

People’s Choice Award: Boynton Ballerina by Hope Spears

Boynton Ballerina showcases the structures at the Promenade Park, a high level streetscape along Boynton Beach’s waterfront.

 

"Colorful Corridor" by Hope Spears

“Colorful Corridor” by Hope Spears

 

Youth Category Award: Colorful Corridor by Hope Spears

The shot captures the versatility of Las Ventanas, a unique mixed-use living environment combining livability and colorful aesthetics.

 

 

 

"Behind Casa Costas Apartments" by Felicia Houtenbrink

“Behind Casa Costas Apartments” by Felicia Houtenbrink

 

 

Adult Category Award: Behind Casa Costa by Felicia Houtenbrink

This photograph depicts a Class A resort-style condominium property and its waterfront feature, which is one of its stronger selling points.

 

 

"Galaxy E3" by Ellen Budish

“Galaxy E3 Elementary School” by Ellen Budish

 

Special Mayor’s Award: Galaxy E3ES by Ellen Budish

This picture shows Galaxy E3 Choice School, dubbed the greenest school in the galaxy, one of the buildings that best represent efficiency and sustainability in the City.

 

 

“I was impressed by the participation of both local photographers and voters, and anticipate even greater involvement next year. Our City is so fortunate to have many distinctive architectural structures; having a photo contest was a unique way to artistically capture attributes of Boynton’s built environment,” said Mike Rumpf, Director of Planning and Zoning.

 

For more information about the art events in Boynton Beach please contact:

ColesDobayd@bbfl.us

 

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