How Federal Regulations Affect The Future Of The Art Glass Industry; Which Arts Industry Is Next?

If you’ve been following the news in the glass world, you already know that major U.S. art glass manufacturers have suspended operations.  The Rickie Report is concerned about the environment and at the same time, anxious about the situation of the manufacturers of products for the arts industry.  How will these issues affect the American-based arts industry, one of the pillars of American creativity and job security? Will oil-based paints be the next target?   We bring you an inside look with Taylor Materio of McMow Art Glass and a Call To Action to share your voice with the lawmakers who will affect the future of the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

THE  STATE OF  THE  ART GLASS  INDUSTRY,

AND HOW IT BODES FOR THE FUTURE

OF THE AMERICAN ARTS INDUSTRY

 

An Overview With Taylor Materio

 

 

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TRR:  Recently a number of art glass manufacturers in the U.S. have been stopping production or closing.  Tell us what is happening.

TM:

You may already know that Spectrum Glass is halting production and going out of business in the next few months. Uroboros Glass in Portland will be picking up production of the System 96 product line. However, the situation in Portland is growing out of control with knee jerk reactions to some sensationalist journalism not based on science, but based in fear and speculation. Production at Bullseye Glass is being suspended with the prohibition of use of the heavy metals necessary to produce colored glass. The fear hasn’t stopped with the West Coast, as Kokomo Opalescent Glass has been accused of pollution, as well.

 

What you need to know:

  •  The stained and colored glass industry is a small, but home grown American manufacturing phenomenon.

 

  • It’s unique in the world, provides steady manufacturing jobs for American workers, and is an exporting industry as well.

 

  •  This industry of just six manufacturers is facing $2.5-3.5 million of capital investment due to regulatory changes with no advance warning. This investment may prove too much for several of them to bear.

 

 

  • Government intervention is needed for them to meet the goals of the new regulations in such a short time frame.

 

 

 

  • The industry is willing to meet new regulations, but it needs reasonable time to do so.

 

 

  • The manufacturers are all owned by single individuals and their families, who work daily at their plants. They don’t have the resources of publicly traded corporations to simply pay up and move on.

 

 

  • These manufacturers supply thousands of other businesses and craftsmen who depend on their unique glass styles to complete their work. They are now at risk of being put out of work themselves.

 

 

  • The very suppliers who have created the iconic glass of the American stained glass legacy are at risk due to this situation.

 

 

  • There is currently no actual verification that the glass industry is connected to the detected toxins. EPA did moss testing, a new science, which raised public concern. They retested and found the levels to be safe.

 

  • International glass suppliers will make their products available to consumers in the U.S.  There is little or no regulation during their manufacturing process.  The public should be concerned about the possible environmental impact from these products.

 

 

TRR:  We are concerned about our environment.  How can we get this information to the public?

TM:

 

 If you’d like to learn more about the situation, there is a group on Facebook dedicated to Glass Artists for Air Quality:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/489874894517980/

 

 

TRR:  What is your perspective on how this will affect others in the arts industry?

TM:

 

Some artists’ paints contain heavy metals and other potentially hazardous toxins.   I am concerned that this is the tip of the iceberg and the EPA will be looking at other arts-related materials.  This is a wake-up call to everyone involved with the arts!  While the arts industry will be able to purchase glass manufactured elsewhere in the world, we need to be concerned about the toxicity of those materials, where there is less oversight than here in the U.S.

 

TRR:  What can people do to help  assure a safer environment and still save the U.S. art glass industry?

TM:  

They can write or email their local lawmakers to make them aware.  When the public brings it’s voices together, we can work with legislators.  Here is an example of a letter.

 

 

WHAT  CAN  YOU  DO?

  There are a handful of glass manufacturers in the US who are being forced to introduce expensive equipment into their manufacturing process without a clear and reasonable timeline for implementing these procedures. If you would like to contact your Representatives in Washington to let them know that the glass art industry is a precious part of the US economy that we don’t want to see disappear due to unreasonable regulations, a sample letter is below. Feel free to change it up.

 

To find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
To find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

 

Dear Senator or Representative,

This week Spectrum Glass in Washington announced that after 40 years of producing colored art glass they will be closing their doors in July. They are the main American manufacturer of many types of colored art glass. This affects an estimated 30,000 Stained Glass, Fused Glass and Glass Blowing Artists, Stores, Art Studios and Hobbyists across America. Fortunately, arrangements have been made for Uroboros Glass in Oregon state to take over production of some of their Art Glass Product line. But there is still a huge problem threatening the American Art Glass Community.

 

 

The entire U.S. art glass industry is now being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to potential new regulations.  Spectrum is the first to announce it’s closure, but other glass producing companies are also evaluating their options. Uroboros Glass has suspended production of two-thirds of their glass while EPA re-evaluates their standards. Long-standing interpretations of air quality regulations are being reevaluated, and if new regulations are applied to our industry, it would require substantial capital expenses. Spectrum Glass Company has operated well within existing environmental guidelines and has been the only stained glass manufacturer to employ baghouse technology on furnace exhaust. Still, they have already accrued extraordinary, unanticipated expenses since the start of the EPA evaluation and cannot withstand additional investments of an unknown scale. These business collapses will have a ripple effect across the country.
The stained and colored glass industry is a small, but home grown American manufacturing phenomenon. It’s unique in the world, provides steady manufacturing jobs for American workers, and is an exporting industry as well. This industry of just six manufacturers is facing $2.5-3.5 million of capital investment due to regulatory changes with no advance warning. This investment may prove too much for several of them to bear.
Government intervention is needed for them to meet the goals of the new regulations in such a short time frame. The industry is willing to meet new regulations, but it needs reasonable time to do so.
The manufacturers are all owned by single individuals and their families, who work daily at their plants. They don’t have the resources of publicly traded corporations to simply pay up and move on.  These manufacturers supply thousands of other businesses and craftsmen who depend on their unique glass styles to complete their work. They are now at risk of being put out of work themselves. The very suppliers who have created the iconic glass of the American stained glass legacy are at risk due to this situation. There is currently no actual verification that the glass industry is connected to the detected toxins. EPA did moss testing, a new science, which raised public concern. They retested and found the levels to be safe.

 

 

 

The current EPA review and imposed freeze of production is all based in fear not fact.  I want to protect the environment, but I do not want to crush an American Art Industry on assumed causation.

 

 

 

Please do whatever you can to prevent the loss of small businesses,  jobs and an entire art form. The American Art Glass community needs your help.

Regards,
Your Name

 

 

For more information please contact:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 x108
Fax: 561-586-2292
taylor@mcmow.com
www.mcmow.com
www.facebook.com/mcmow

 

 

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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Armory Art Salon Features Pip Brant And Duane Brant “Our Back Yard”

Featured Armory Art Salon Artists, Pip Brant and Duane Brant work independently and collaboratively on socially provocative installations and works in many media. Both grew up in the West and Mid-west and say that their experiences have profoundly influenced their work.  Armory ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. The discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of Pip and Duane’s work. We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center Presents

ART SALON

Pip Brant and Duane Brant:

“Our Back Yard”

Tuesday, November 3

6:30 -8:30 pm

$10. to Attend, Pay at the Door

Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of Art Salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries.  The Art Salon is curated by Elle Schorr.

 

 

PIP BRANT      AND     DUANE BRANT

 

 

Pip and Duane Brant work independently and collaboratively on socially provocative installations and works in many media. Both grew up in the West and Mid-west and say that experiences there have profoundly influenced their work.

 

 

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Pip Brant  “Cavalry Stitch”

 

 

Pip Brant is primarily a fiber artist, and usually works on themes regarding social and environmental issues. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her Battlefield Re-enactment Series are embroideries that she says are a stage in a process of distancing the memories of battles fought in the 19th century, and now are full of suppositions and decomposed histories.  In her Hasenblut Series, (German for rabbit blood), Pip says she is “trying to honor the rabbit’s life with images made with its life-blood to create images of longing and perhaps a memorial to the animals that lent their life to mine.”

 

 

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“The Flying Carpet” by Pip Brant and Duane Brant

 

 

Pip has a BFA from University of Montana and a MFA from University of Wyoming. Since 1999, she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University, Miami. She grew up and was educated in five different American Indian reservations, mostly Sioux, in the Dakotas and Montana, where her father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She states “They have a disconnection unlike any other place in the United States. They are vestiges of American Manifest Destiny and other bad deals”. She says “My summers on a German Immigrant Family farm, in South East North Dakota, also did their best to seek out a recreation of the connections of life and death and absurdity… Growing up there did result in a close relationship with the cycles of life. These include raising my own food. Art production and farming have been strong links in my work.”

 

 

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“Pink Lady” by Pip Brant and Duane Brant

 

 

 

Duane Brant has a BA degree in ceramics and metal smithing from the University of Montana and an MFA in printmaking, sculpture, and performance at the University of Wyoming. Duane has lived and worked in Ohio, Montana, Wyoming, and London, England, and since 1999 has been an adjunct teacher at Barry University and Florida International University, in addition to his studio time. He has exhibited nationally, and internationally. In 1993 his collaborative work was awarded a New Forms Regional Initiative program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations He’s been awarded the Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship, the Florida Follies purchase award by the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, and Fulbright fellowships to England and Japan, studying contemporary art, performance art and pedagogy. Since 2002, he has worked with bonsai trees, and designs and creates all the pots for the trees in his collection.

 

 

 

ART SALONS

 

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

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

 

All Salons meet in Library on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

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

 

For more information:

Please visit www.armoryart.org for more information about classes, workshops, lectures and exhibits.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

“Environmentally Engaged” At Lighthouse ArtCenter Stimulates Conversations About Eco Awareness

“Environmentally Engaged” is an exhibition of different artists’ work that stimulates conversations to develop strategies and policies to foster awareness and positive environmental change in Florida’s ecosystem. This Lighthouse ArtCenter Exhibit is co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN) and judged by Paul Fisher.  The artists give us much to consider and will hopefully spur us to ACTION.  The Rickie Report shares the details, including the Opening Event at 3rd Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  We also highlight the creativity and thoughts of the curators.  Don’t miss this event!  The Exhibit continues through October 24th. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the family, to discuss the subjects and how everyone CAN make a difference.

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter

Presents:

“Environmentally Engaged”

3rd Thursday, September 17th

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Opening & Awards Reception and special lectures by co-curators

Co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN)

Judged by Paul Fisher

Exhibit Runs: September 10 – October 24th

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

"Environmentally Engaged" Artwork by Carol Erenrich

     “Environmentally Engaged”       Artwork by Carol Erenrich

 

 

 

Meet Diane Arrieta  and Lucy Keshavarz

 

Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. Her work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artist like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood.  Her work has been categorized as socio-eco-political and often focuses on difficult subjects. Currently, her work focuses on environmental topics.

 

"Making Connections" by Diane Arrieta

 

Diane holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture from Florida Atlantic University and a MSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. She works as the science and art outreach coordinator at FAU libraries in Jupiter, FL; as well as the research assistant for the Taras Oceanographic Foundation; studying wild dolphin populations off the Coast of Palm Beach County.  Diane (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an internationally recognized artist.

 

 

 

Her latest body of work is used as a communication tool for raising awareness of biological concepts related to biodiversity, species loss, habitat degradation and the relationship of these things to human health and well-being. Having Native American roots and Taoist beliefs, this artist focuses on an ecocentric mindset that places nature and animals above humans. She utilizes materials and certain processes that are typically used for commercial and  industrial  purposes as her way of turning consumer based items into works of art that speak about the environment. Parallel to the ecological topics, much of the work of (Birds Are Nice) BAN focuses on social-political issues, mainly affecting women and children.

 

 

"Frog" by Diane Arrieta

“Frog Protection” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

 

Diane shares her insights with The Rickie Report, ” Amphibian populations have been plummeting for the following reasons: Habitat destruction, Chytridiomycosis (a fungal disease), introduction of non-native species, overexploitation, climate change, UV-B radiation from increased ozone depletion, chemical contaminants from pesticides, acidification and nitrogen based fertilizers. Second meaning…we have to kiss a lot of frogs to find our prince!  Strongly associated with the water element, the frog connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, more spiritual or energetic”.

 

 

 

"Save The Whales" by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

          “Save The Whales” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

Diane shares, “Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. Unfortunately their large size and mythical aura does not protect them; seven out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, even after decades of protection. Collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear (known as bycatch) and pollution are a threat to all whales and dolphins. Shipping activity and oil development causes damaging noise that can disrupt their hearing, which disrupts critical feeding and breeding activities. Commercial whaling still kills over 1000 whales a year”.

 

 

Children are a reoccurring theme in the works of Birds Are Nice (BAN). Nietzsche said, “The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a Sacred Yes”. BAN’s work strives for the simplicity of that childhood innocence. Moreover, research shows that how children relate to the environment directly correlates to how they view nature in adulthood. The work is visually engaging and allows both adults and children to investigate social and environmental issues without feeling threatened.

 

 

"Life Or Death? Mask" by Lucy Keshavarz

                 “Living Or Death Mask” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy Keshavarz is a fifteenth generation Floridian and graduated with a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In 1987, she assisted her husband in opening Keshavarz & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and survey firm in West Palm Beach. Lucy has worked with various performing arts organizations and directed the GardensArt program in the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

 

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                                                   Artwork by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

 

Lucy founded Art & Culture Group, Inc.(ACG) in 1999. Through ACG, her work has included developing and facilitating art in public places projects, curator of rotating public art programs, and managing multi-media exhibitions traveling across the US. Lucy’s work includes clay, glass and mixed-media as well as public art and EcoArt projects.

 

"Blooming" by Lucy Keshavarz

“Blooming” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy is acutely aware of the environmental degradation that has taken place in Florida. Through her art she promotes the cultural paradigm shifts needed to bring about healing and restoration of our environment. An example is Native Impressions™, a new series of works in clay that brings her recent EcoArt projects into the gallery. These pieces illustrate the beauty of Florida native plants species and the need to bring these back to all places in Florida.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this Exhibit, classes, lectures and art events at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

Vicki Siegel’s SOLO Exhibition Engages In A Dialogue About The Nature Of Connections

Vicki Siegel’s use of multiple images, using photography and painting, will intrigue and fascinate viewers at her SOLO Exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Her contemporary art works are a dialogue about the nature of connections: biological, psychological, emotional, physical and universal. Siegel’s artistry is a narrative that is informed by memories, both personal and collective. She worked as an art director and creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. Siegel works in her Delray Beach studio creating mixed media works that are both emotional and introspective. Siegel has exhibited extensively in South Florida and can be found in multiple private and corporate collections.  The Rickie Report shares a few images and the details about the SOLO Exhibit as well as an Artist Talk.  The public is welcome and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet this artist.

 

 VICKI SIEGEL

New Contemporary Paintings

SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 p.m.

Artist Lecture:

May 2nd  3 p.m.

Please RSVP for the Lecture  561.471.2901

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue        Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

 

These Events Are Open To The Public

 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

 

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd

 

A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Vicki Siegel will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015. The Artist Reception will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. For more information please visit www.palmbeachculture.com or call (561) 471-2901.  

 

 

 

"Wired" by Vicki Siegel

“Wired” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

Vicki Siegel is part of an emerging genre of artists that are transcending the boundary between painting and photography. She is a narrative artist who explores issues of identity, connectivity and the environment. Each painting unites a particular memory or moment in time with a world that is part fantasy and part reality. To achieve this, painting, drawing and image transfers of photographs can be found in each mixed media painting, creating a dreamlike atmosphere with a surreal sense of space.

 

 

 

"Transformation" by Vicki Siegel

“Transformation” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

The use of multiple images and the comparison of images has always been a theme of Vicki Siegel’s paintings and photographs. “I begin each work with an idea or a social issue that I want to narrate.” Siegel said. “Then, I work with a model and/or take photographs that I incorporate into the painting. In the studio, I begin experimenting until the vision that I have in my mind becomes a physical work of art.”

 

"Birds Of A Feather" by Vicki Siegel

“Birds Of A Feather” by Vicki Siegel

 

Fascinated by paint, acrylic paint in particular, Siegel experiments with the paint itself, utilizing unusual techniques such as acrylic encaustic, poured, dripped or paint skins. “I love experimenting with paint, pushing the boundary of what it can do in both 2 and 3 dimensions.”
“South Florida’s natural landscape has also been an influence in my work,” Siegel said. “but the human form always seems to find its way into my paintings.” The current work that will be shown at her solo show at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County explores the connectivity and boundaries between individuals in our society and nature.

 

"Nature Unbound" by Vicki Siegel

“Nature Unbound” by Vicki Siegel

 

Siegel began taking figure drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago when she was 16 years old. She got her BFA and then went on to do graduate work in Italy. She worked in advertising as an art director and then a creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. “I continued to make art while working in advertising until I finally decided to do it full time. Vicki now shows her work extensively and teaches painting at the Armory and at Delray Center for the Arts as well as holding workshops. She currently has work in “Adornment” at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach and at the Faculty Exhibit at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.
An artist talk, “Process and Method in Contemporary Painting” connected to the Cultural Council Solo show will be held at the Cultural Council building at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth on May 2, at 3 p.m. For more information, call (561) 472-3336 or go to www.palmbeachculture.com/artist-lectures to RSVP.

 

 

For more information about her artwork, please contact Vicki Siegel at:

vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegelart@gmail.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

Del Foxton’s Handmade Paper Art Brings “Recycled” to a New Level

Del Foxton is a contemporary Eco Artist whose artistry in Handmade Paper began with her belief that “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. When taking garbage to the local dump, she saw an opportunity to turn paper and garden castoffs into artistic creations. Canadian by birth and Bahamian by choice, Del’s colorful and inventive artwork is on display in a few local galleries in Southeast Florida.  The Rickie Report shares the information and gives you a preview.  The Arts Arena in Delray Beach will feature Del’s creativity at the next Open House on Friday, November 21st.  Her work can also be viewed at Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth.

 

 

 

DEL FOXTON, Featured Artist

ARTS ARENA GALLERY

Open House

Friday, November 21st

6:00 – 8:30 pm

770 East Atlantic Avenue     Delray Beach, FL

(In same plaza as Chico’s and Digs Restaurant-  plenty of parking)

 

 

 

Del Foxton's Handmade Paper Mobile

Del Foxton’s Handmade Paper Mobile

Circa 105 AD the Chinese invented an amazing process to make paper. This invention changed history and Del Foxton’s life. Now more than 2000 years later, she follows a similar process to create her artistry. Her decorative artworks are contemporary pieces designed to beautify an existing space or to start a new room that will warm the heart and hearth. 
Del believes that many homes and offices, having already addressed environmental issues, may want to consider extending their plans to the artistry hanging on their walls.

 

 

 

 

 

Del Foxton's "Elements in the Sun" Handmade Paper

Del Foxton’s “Elements in the Sun” Handmade Paper

 

 

Del describes herself as a, “contemporary Eco artist.  My artistry in Handmade Paper began with my belief in the saying that “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. When having to take our garbage to the local dump, I saw an opportunity to turn our paper and garden castoffs into artistic creations.”  In addition to Del finding her own recycled treasures, people are always dropping off leaves, plant clippings and other garden discards along with paper she can recycle.

 

 

Del Foxton's Handmade Paper "Turquoise Waters"

Del Foxton’s Handmade Paper “Turquoise Waters”

 

 

 

Del has been doodling since childhood and began her handmade paper explosion ten years ago.  Her bubbly personality compliments her outstanding, color-filled art pieces.  Some of Del’s pieces are painted while others use the “au natural” pigments  of her materials.  Her corporate background with the Sara Lee Corporation gives her the teaching skills she employs during her demonstrations and workshops.  Del is available to speak and demonstrate for local organizations.

 

 

Del Foxton's "Curiosity", Handmade Paper

Del Foxton’s “Curiosity”, Handmade Paper

 

Del tells The Rickie Report,  “For me, reusing nature is the source for my artistic inspiration. I experiment with different local leaves, flowers, seaweed and their combinations, mixed with recycled paper, to see what interesting paper will result. Being able to create a unique work of art from nature’s resources stirs my creative juices.  I feel fortunate to have entered into this broad field of handmade paper that for over 500 years was a closely guarded secret. I have found an art form that speaks to my soul.”

 

 

Del Foxton's "Pulp Fiction", Handmade Paper

Del Foxton’s “Pulp Fiction”, Handmade Paper

 

Del’s artistry can be found  at  The Arts Arena in Delray Beach and at Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth.  She welcomes the opportunity to work with you to create special artworks that reflects your commitment to the environment.  “I’ll be happy to create unique Eco friendly artworks just for you”, she tells us.  Visit her website and you will see happy art patrons and their accolades for Del’s artistry.

 

For more information please contact:

Del Foxton  at delfoxton.com   or email delfoxton@gmail.com

Please view Del’s artistry at:

Artisans on the Ave.

www.artisansontheave.com

630 Lake Avenue      Lake Worth, FL

or

The Arts Arena Gallery

 

www.theartsarenagallery.com

777 E. Atlantic    Delray Beach,FL

(In the shopping Plaza with Chico’s and Digs restaurant….just before Veteran’s Park. There is a good parking lot)

 

 

Del Foxton at Adagio Studio, Grand Bahama Island

Del Foxton at Adagio Studio, Grand Bahama Island

 

 

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

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“Red Diamonds Grey Gold” Tells of Juan Plaza’s Experiences of the Gold Rush in the Amazon rainforest

The Rickie Report has written about Juan Plaza’s extraordinary artistry as “Dr. Wiggls”.  Now we share his experiences as a young surveyor in the gold and diamond open-pit mines in the Amazon Rainforest.  From early reviews, “Red Diamonds, Grey Gold” is about Juan’s adventures as well as a stark reminder of what gold mining with mercury pollution is doing to one of the last pristine environments on the planet.  OSGS, where Juan exhibits and sells his pointillist drawings, is hosting a Public Reception/ Lecture on Saturday, November 16th.  Juan will be selling his book at this Book Release at a discount and will also be signing his book!  Details are in this article.

 

 

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Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery Studio

 

Presents

 

Juan Plaza

 

Public Reception/Book Release

 

“Red Diamonds, Grey  Gold”

 

Saturday, November 16th

4 – 6 pm

500 Northwood Road   W. Palm Beach, FL

 

Overview

Juan the Surveyor is a chronological narration of Juan B. Plaza’s adventures as a young surveyor in a gold and diamond open pit mine in the Amazon rainforest during the area gold rush of the early 80’s.

 

Book Context

The events take place in an area where the government of Venezuela was offering mining concessions to companies and/or individuals interested in exploring and exploiting gold and diamond concerns in the undeveloped southern portion of the country. Geologically speaking gold and diamonds have a very similar weight and in alluvium conditions tend to deposit in close proximity. This is why the purpose of mining in this area is to extract both minerals at the same time.

 

Red Diamonds, Grey Gold Cover-1

 

This region of the Amazon is inhabited mainly by the Pemon Indians, but in this particular sub-region some Yanomami men and women have established themselves attracted by the mining activity. Juan was assigned two members of the tribe as his guides, companions, translators and eventually invaluable teachers in the ways of the jungle.

 

 

“As it happened, one of my formal teachers at the university was tired of teaching and urban life and had decided to apply for one of these available concessions and therefore needed a surveyor to complete the legal delimitation. In a matter of weeks I was squarely in the middle of nowhere, confronted with a completely different world; a world of unlimited possibilities and countless dangers. My then recently acquired engineering knowledge and skills were quickly put to the test in an area where building materials and skilled labor were easily accessible but radically different from those I learned in college. Using only what was available in the jungle, my Yanomami assistants and I combined our knowledge and skills to design and build contraptions needed to carry out our work”, Juan shares.

 

Juan B. Plaza at the Mine Site

Juan B. Plaza at the Mine Site

 

The cover of National Geographic Magazine issue of August, 2003 is dedicated to the Hidden Tribes of the Amazon. For months, Juan lived with one of the largest tribes, the Yanomami while performing his surveying work, geological exploration and sampling.  More than once the Yanomami saved his life and once he was able to return the favor!

 

 

Juan tells us, “This book is about my adventures in a hostile environment, at 100% humidity for weeks on end; surrounded by unimaginable wealth, reflected in the thousands of raw diamonds and the pounds of gold that I was exposed to during my tenure in the mining areas.” (See Chapter 3, Gomes and the Concept of Honesty)

 

 

This book is also about the rudimentary techniques that miners are still using in this once pristine environment and how these techniques are not only polluting the Amazon but how they are slowly poisoning the Yanomami, the Pemones and the miners themselves.

 

Toribio Diver

Toribio Diver

Juan explains, “The techniques involving mercury used in the early 80’s have been “upgraded” by fly-by-night miners who are now using modern machinery to process even more quantities of material (sand) and therefore increasing exponentially the pollution. The current political climate in Venezuela has not helped the situation either. Confusion and corruption are contributing to less inspection and more informal mining than before.”

 

The situation is dire and a book raising awareness to this ever growing problem should be well received.

 

Early Reviews

 

Behind Plaza’s storyline you’re likely to find three traits merging into a compelling fusion:

 

 

First, you’ll run into the practical, resourceful and ingenious insights from his field engineering background. Then, a deep love and commitment toward the stewardship of earth’s environment; and lastly, the stimulating sense of adventure that has always been his trademark in life.

 

“Red Diamonds, Grey Gold” will transport you, with the realism of the true story it is, to the core of the day-to-day struggle of people forever adapting to the challenges of the unforgiving Amazon jungle, while at the same time facing the unscrupulous pillage and exploitation of this rich but vulnerable place.

 

Aviator, writer, explorer, astronomer, surfer, craftsman, photographer, cook, brewer, artist, child prodigy, and the list goes on. Juan Bautista Plaza has, since his youngest years, been receiving the admiring attention of world renowned intellectuals, astronauts, historians, billionaires, craftsmen, musicians, among many others in his multi-faceted life.  Juan has been called more than once a “21st Century Renaissance man”, by people who, like me, have had the luck of sharing in his always inspiring life.

Pablo K. Ramos, British Petroleum, Houston 2013

 

 

“Red Diamonds, Grey Gold” is a book about the adventures of a young surveyor in the Amazon rainforest of Venezuela but it is also a stark reminder of what gold mining with mercury pollution is doing to one of the last pristine environments on the planet.

 

Unfortunately since Juan was at the Amazon in the early 80s the situation has deteriorated significantly in this region, particularly due to rampant illegal mining, but also through the industrialization of what was then a rudimentary and artisanal process.

 

Today hundreds of professional grade barges continually pollute the rivers at an alarming rate under the apathetical eye of the authorities. Not only is mercury pollution an issue of great concern, but habitat destruction and excessively high water turbidity are a serious threat to the local ecology and the livelihood of indigenous people “.

 

Dr. Rudolf Jaffe,  George Barley Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Florida International University

 

 

Although his friends knew-and enjoyed- the extraordinary abilities of Juan Bautista Plaza as an artist, cook, craft and aircraft pilot, what we have discovered later is his second-to-none skills in the art of written narrative. In this first work, Juan Bautista delights us with his true stories in the inhospitable and savage Venezuelan Amazon, an exotic land whose everyday life is full of characters and situations that seem to emerge from a novel by García Márquez  “2.0.”. A fascinating read!

 Juan F Misle,  NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC)

 

 

 

For more information contact Juan at: juan.plaza@doctorwiggls.com   or http://www.behance.net/juanbplaza

 

 

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You’re Invited to “Evening For Earth” by Resource Depot: Support Creative REUSE!

Artists need materials to create their work and The Rickie Report knows that for many, recycling has become the norm when it comes to frames, glass and some other materials.  We hope you’re aware of Resource Depot and will check out their terrific supplies and stock.

Read this article to find out more about their services and “Evening for the Earth”.  Resource Depot’s annual silent auction/cocktail event, will be held on Friday, April 19th at the Lake Pavilion and Terrace in downtown West Palm Beach. This event directly supports Resource Depot and our mission to divert reusable materials (hundreds of thousands of pounds each year!) from Palm Beach County’s landfills to benefit students and teachers through arts and environmental education.

 

Resource Depot’s

6th Annual Evening for the Earth

 

Friday, April 19th 2013

6:00 – 9:00 pm

 

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At Resource Depot, every day is Earth Day…but there is one day in particular where they invite you to celebrate our Earth, and the ways we can all help protect it. That day is “Evening for the Earth”, taking place this year on April 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lake Pavilion in Downtown West Palm Beach.

 

Andrea Creating

Andrea Creating

You may have seen Resource Depot at events around Palm Beach County. They can be found at the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, City Place’s Free Family Fun Fest, the South Florida Fair and at events at Downtown at the Gardens, to name a few. Or you may know them because you have a teacher friend who “shops” for classroom materials there, or have a child who did a creative project during one of their field trips.

Scouts Creating, 2012

Scouts Creating, 2012

 

You may not know, though, exactly what it is Resource Depot does.  Resource Depot is a nonprofit center for creative reuse.  Resource Depot is a place where businesses and individuals can donate high-quality, unwanted materials to be reused for creative play and learning by teachers, schools and other non-profits in the local community. A place where kids, and the teachers who teach them, can go to learn techniques for creative reuse that positively impact education as well as the environment. The items they collect would normally end up in the landfill—but through creative reuse are given a second…or even third life!

 One Pager Eco Art

For the past five years, always around Earth Day, Resource Depot has held its annual fundraising event, “Evening for the Earth”, where supporters of education, the arts and the environment gather to enjoy an evening of cocktails, entertainment, and silent auction.

Volunteer with Auction item

Volunteer with Auction item

 

“Last year, nearly 200 people…city commissioners, radio personalities, local cultural organizations and individuals who support us because they believe in what we do, all came out to support Resource Depot’s Evening for the Earth,” says Executive Director Jennifer O’Brien. “This just goes to show how pervasive the belief that environmental stewardship is every sector’s responsibility has become.”

 

Guerilla ART ArtiGras, 2013

Guerilla ART ArtiGras, 2013

This year, Resource Depot hopes to win over even more people to the idea that you can take one problem…namely, the pounds of landfill waste created in Palm Beach County alone – and work towards solving that problem in a way that helps alleviate another – the number of dollars that teachers pay out of pocket each year for classroom supplies.”

 

Resource Depot’s 6th Annual Evening for the Earth is presented by Emerald Green Sponsor, The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, and sponsored by Florida Power & Light, Southern Waste Systems, Berkowitz & Huff, P.A., Ronnye Sands on behalf of Shaklee Corporation, and Paymaster, Inc.

 

The night features refreshments by Café Joshua, live entertainment, and of course, some amazing auction items…everything from a firefighter for a day to VIP event tickets, original artwork, and fun themed gift baskets. Ticket sales and more event information can be found at www.resourcedepot.net or by calling (561) 882-0090.  Or visit:  

Location: The Lake Pavilion & Terrace in Downtown West Palm Beach, site info at http://wpb.org/waterfront/lake.html

Tickets: $45.00 each or $75.00 per couple, available at http://theresourcedepot.wordpress.com/events/evening-for-the-earth/
Parking: West Palm Beach DDA parking locations can be found here http://www.westpalmbeachdda.com/parking-locations

Website: www.resourcedepot.net

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/152141154942429/

Organization Social Mediawww.facebook.com/TheResourceDepothttps://twitter.com/resourcedepot,http://pinterest.com/resourcedepot/

 

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MacArthur Park Art Exhibit Features Artist Jackie Brice In Honor Of Janet Heaton

How many of you know that MacArthur Beach State Park is an ART destination in Palm Beach County? The Rickie Report is eager to share their latest news, as Florida Hall of Fame artist, Jackie Brice shows her work at a special exhibit that will honor environmentalist and animal artist, Janet Heaton!  Read this Feature Story for more information about both artists and this wonder-filled area in our own backyard!

 

Florida Hall of Fame Artist

Jackie Brice to Exhibit

at

MacArthur Beach State Park

To Honor

 Janet Heaton, Animal artist

and Long-Time Environmentalist

Volunteer

 

MacArthur Nature Center

MacArthur Nature Center

Nature Center

9 – 5 daily  through May 17, 2013

 

Starting April 10, 2013 MacArthur Beach State Park will be exhibiting and selling works from Florida Hall of Fame Artist, Jackie Brice.   Ms. Brice’s works will be displayed in the Nature Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily until May 17, 2013.

 

Jackie Brice

Jackie Brice

Brice’s exquisite paintings capture the essence of the beautiful Florida landscape.  She has painted landscapes in the Florida Keys to the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge and many in between.  She believes that the greatest tool for a landscape artist is painting outdoors and that the artist must take the time and effort to truly study its subject.  Ms. Brice’s subject for the past 47 years has been Florida.  She has painstakingly studied Florida’s landscape, foliage, and light and her commitment shows when the viewer is transported to the beautiful locations she has visited and painted.

 

Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

“My desire is to accomplish not only a true landscape painting but also a feeling,” says Ms. Brice.  “When a person views a scene on canvas that I’ve seen on location, I want that person to be able to place himself or herself there,” she adds.

Jackie Brice, a native Floridian, is an award winning professional artist who has been painting since 1967.  She studied for 11 years with her mentor and friend, A.E. Backus.  Prior to her work with Backus, she studied for 10 years with Vela Boss of Miami, Florida.  Her paintings appear in the permanent collections of many prominent Floridians, including Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and Mrs. Jeff Atwater, Sen. and Mrs. Bob Graham, and Rep. Clay Shaw.  

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Jackie’s paintings can also be found in the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century in Washington D.C., the U.S. Sugar Corporation, the collections of the President and Vice President of Guatemala, and in the White House Christmas Tree Ornament Collection.  On March 21, 2012,  Ms. Brice was inducted in the “Florida Artist Hall of Fame.”

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice

 

All art shows at MacArthur Beach State Park benefit the Natural Science Education Fund.  The Fund was established to ensure the sustainability of the Natural Science programs, which positively impact the lives of thousands of children and adults by providing them the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our natural world.

 

Education Hallway

Education Hallway

 

MacArthur Beach State Park Names

Janet Heaton 2013 Environmental Champion

 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park has announced the winner of its Environmental Champion award as part of its upcoming NatureScaping and Dark Skies Festival, Janet Heaton.  Janet received the award at the NatureScaping event on March 16, 2013.

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton

 

Janet Heaton has been involved in the animal artist community and specifically at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for more than 20 years.  Through her immense efforts and countless volunteer hours she has raised more than $250,000 for the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and established the park as a venue for animal and wildlife art exhibition and appreciation.

 

Participants at a Workshop

Participants at a Workshop

Since 1990 she has organized exhibitions in the park featuring more than 100 artists and local and international art societies. Janet was the founder of Natural Selections Art Exhibition and Sale, a 10 year biennial event at the park by the International Society of Animal Artists. She has introduced new artists to the park who have, in turn, donated many of their volunteer hours to enhancing the exhibit hall and providing high end art, jewelry and wearable art in the Gift shop.

 

Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet laughs as she tells The Rickie Report in an exclusive interview, that she started this endeavor when  Park Ranger, Leni Bane and a friend, Kim Chase wanted to generate some revenue for the young park back in 1993.  All I said was  “If you need any help let me know.”    It took her and a full committee over a  year to put together a well-thought-out juried show.   She explains, “The art was juried in New York under the auspices of the Society of Animal Artists.  We wanted to keep it as an exhibition and sale and have done our Biennial Show ever since.”  

 

Classroom

Classroom

TRR:  We share Janet’s comments with our readers not only because they give us insight into the person she is, but they frame the time during which she accomplished so much with so little support which we take for granted now.

 

When Art (Carton) called to say that I had won the Environmental Award…I was stunned and very honored at the same time. I thank you for this prestigious award and I will only accept it on behalf of the multitude of people that are responsible for me standing here today.

The people that I speak of:

The Park Staff

Volunteers

Board members of the Friends…

And a very supporting Community

You now know how I became involved….well… that is when all of these tremendous people stepped up to the plate to offer their time and service.

The idea of an exhibition/sale with the Society of Animal Artists came to me when meeting with Leni and Kim Chase in 1992.  As a member of the society, I knew the artists’ work and thought to have their work represented here would be a perfect fit for the Park.  I knew that the artists would be eager to participate since there was the possibility of selling something.

I will give you an overview and a little insight (of just one year’s work) as to what it took to bring these shows to the community….always with an unknown result and there were 5 separate occasions for the Natural Selections events.

 After the Board voted to hold the event, contact was made with the Society of Animal Artist to secure a contract.

A Budget was determined for the event.  Our Board selected a General Chairman…me…

We then created committees and assigned duties. Committees consisted of : Advertising and promotion – involved contacting magazine, newspapers, radio, various organizations, TV cable networks, …one Public Srvice Announcement ran for a year after the show was over…I think because the visuals of the art work were so pleasing.  Leni had her hands full on this committee writing press releases, articles and securing volunteers to distribute flyers and posters.

Auction… me… was able to secure several pieces of Artwork for each event from the artist/exhibitors to be auctioned at the openings by a professional Auctioneer…volunteers were trained to help with auction.  The auctions proved to be successful as one year…a painting of John Felsing’s sold at auction for $25,000.

Kim Chase was actively involved with the Design and printing of invitations, posters, flyers, catalogues.  Biographies of exhibiting artists were created.

Time lines were a must not only for us but because of the artist’s schedules to submit work to be juried by the Society.  The jurors meet and decide and then inform the artist which pieces should be shipped….if they were selected to exhibit. This can take at least 6-8 weeks.. At this point…there is one other person that I could not have done without…. my girl Friday on Tuesdays…Tesa Dytrych

Logistics – responsible for hanging the show – My dear friend who passed away several years ago, Gerry Hamzik was responsible to for creating an  inviting gallery for the artists and viewers. The Exhibit room, Theatre and Lobby were dismantled to incorporate the art that arrived which involved  The Park Staff in a big way….they worked tirelessly through out the year basically with every committee – no task was too large or too small for them and always with a can do attitude. They even made pedestals for the sculpture and arranged lighting.  The Logistic committee was also in charge of the tram schedule, receiving, cataloging and shipping of art work and of all things…the physical arrangement of reception. That is a story in its self.  Receiving crates of artwork, filling out a condition report and finding a place to keep the boxes and crates of 90 – 125 art works was next to impossible but they did it  After the show, returning the work to the artist according to their specifications was a daunting task.  Ask Larry Harjehousen.  That is a story in its self.

Mailing – monumental task of creating, maintaining a mailing list and mailing of invitations…EJ at one point – in maybe the third show..said there is a company that can compile a list with address ON A COMPUTER.  It was a god send.  I believe that at the beginning we sent out 3000 invitations…

Reception – secure Caterer – worked with auctioneer, contracted entertainment, worked with logistic committee, secured volunteer greeters.

Sponsorship – searched for companies or indivduals willing to underwrite the event.

Volunteers – were involved in every aspect of the event…even husbands and wives of Board members….Don Bane knows about that.  I trained volunteers to be docents and there was NEVER an hour that there was not a volunteer in each room greeting and talking with the guest about the art that they were seeing…they were knowledgeable about the artist since books were created with their biographies and the type of work that they did and they also encouraged the visitor to purchase to benefit the park.

One big thing to remember is:  at that time in our lives…1992….we had no computers, only the latest fax machine…with thermal paper and no way to send digital images if we even had them which we didn’t…everything was snail mail and/or telephone/fax.

I have to interject this funny little story…about Leni…Half way into the year with the work that had been done…Leni said to me….Janet, what if nobody comes….I said Oh Leni, don’t worry about that…they will come.  And after the art work arrived…she said….Janet, what if nobody buys anything.  And I said, Leni don’t worry we will sell…little did she know that I had no clue either!  I just had to stay positive and happy.

Each committee reported at the monthly Board meetings…sometimes the meetings lasted over 2 hours…the last month prior to the opening…we held meetings WEEKLY for several hours…! I think the Board was ready to kill me…but they were delighted with the now transformed Nature Center into a gallery of beautiful works of art and they were eager to get the show on the road.

The first show was financially successful selling over $90,000 of art work.  Long after the show was over, visitors would often ask if we were going to have “The Art Show again”.  Since nothing succeeds like success…we took a year off to let the Park get back to normal, take a breather ourselves and then started in again on the year long planning and work ahead.  This occurred 5 times… benefiting the Park with $250,000 to begin their projects So we must draw the conclusion that this Park has never been afraid of hard work and plenty of planning…it still exists today and is what makes John D. MacArthur Beach State Park a jewel in the crown of Florida State Parks.

 

Kids Center

Kids Center

Janet is an accomplished artist and tireless volunteer who truly loves the park.  In addition to her artistic endeavors on behalf of the Park and Palm Beach County community, she has been a dedicated and creative member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and the Nature Foundation.

 

Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Florida native, Janet Heaton has been fascinated by nature all of her life. The images that dominate her artistic endeavors are birds and mammals of Africa and North America. Heaton has traveled to many parts of Africa and India to photograph, paint and research her wildlife subjects. “Given a choice of any subject in the world, I would select the African elephant without hesitation”, she says.

Samuru Elephants by Janet Heaton

Samburu Elephants by Janet Heaton

Heaton tells The Rickie Report, “I was around 40 and my children were in school.  A neighbor  who owned an art gallery invited me to come and paint.  I had no formal training and was really intimidated!  I started off with oil paintings of nighthawks and with the support of my friends and family members, I moved on to animals.  Then my work started selling.  I remember bringing two framed pieces of my elephants to Perry Como’s wife.”

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Janet enjoys using watercolor, oil and pastel to portray the animals She says, “Each medium produces different results…from the very delicate to the strongest and most powerful animal. I find that  the subject lends itself to a particular medium.”

 

 Janet tells The Rickie Report about one of her 14 trips to Africa.  She spent time there to do research as well as take photographs. At one point, a rogue male elephant tried to charge a group of photographers, which included Janet’s brother, earlier in the day.   While Janet was with her team later in the day, this same elephant began chasing them!  Her driver went zigging and zagging through the bush to try to get away, but the elephant kept coming!  Janet says, “Let me tell you that 10 minutes feels like a life time, until he just finally stopped!”

 

Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

When asked what she would like to see for the future of MacArthur Beach State Park and Nature Foundation, Janet was direct as well as philosophical.  “People cannot live without art.  It is part of our human nature.  I want people to realize that coming to MacArthur is no different than going to a museum or gallery when they want to experience art.  The gallery within the Park gives you an innate feeling of sharing art with everyone.  Come.  Look.  Open your eyes.  Art is more than entertainment.  Art is part of your life!  I want people to know that MacArthur provides an opportunity and insight to see animals in their environment.  I hope people will buy pieces of art so they live with them.  Art is more than just seeing on walls of a gallery or museum.  I believe everyone can paint – they just have to try!  I want to encourage people to get out and experience the physical world…see how a tree makes a shadow… how a branch moves as a bird take off…how the leaves blow in the wind.”

Strolling Ibis

Strolling Ibis

 

Heaton has received numerous awards and recognition for her animal art and photography and has exhibited at national and international museums. Her collectors are located throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Africa.

 

Good Grief by Janet Heaton

Good Grief by Janet Heaton

As a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, Florida Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of American and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, she has exhibited from New York City’s National Arts Club to East Africa’s Mount Kenya Safari Club. Heaton is also included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet is an environmental champion.  She knows the Real Florida. She has lived it.  By introducing others through the medium of art to the Real Florida, she is helping to preserve our heritage.

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

About John D.MacArthur Beach State Park:

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.  MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”

Looking into the Tanks

Looking into the Tanks

 

Janice Kerber tells us more about the The Nature Classroom.   “It 

is a wonderful outdoor learning experience, in an 

environment that exists nowhere else in Palm Beach County. Our programs are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through grade 12. Each program combines exploration of the area, and age-appropriate hands-on activities and may include a tour of the environmental exhibits. Our goal is to instill an understanding of and appreciation for coastal southeast Florida’s plant and animal communities.”

Janice  explains, ” So far this year we have served 3,275 children.  For the 2011-2012 school term we served 3558- we will exceed this number in mid- April with a full calendar until May 29th. “

The Rickie Report urges you to go and experience the wonders we have in our backyard.  Nature, art, environment and education.  MacArthur Beach State Park offers so much!

 

To reach Janet Heaton email  Heatonstudio@aol.com  or   www.paintingsofwildlife.com.   For more information about MacArthur State Beach Park contact:  Cheryl A. Houghtelin  Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park  561.776.7449  cheryl@macarthurbeach.org  www.macarthurbeach.org

 

 

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America’s Top Underwater Photographer Presents: Sharks

Chris Guglielmo, or just “Gug” for short, is widely considered America’s top underwater photographer. He was named “Environmental Photographer of the Year” in 2011.  The Rickie Report wants to see you at his gallery in Fort Lauderdale, as he discusses the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants, sharks.  Read this article for details about Gug, his important conservation work and what promises to be an amazing event!  We think this is a great family opportunity!!

 

GUG Underwater Gallery Presents:

A Benefit for:

Shark Savers

 

Saturday March 2nd  7:00 – 10:00 pm

Please RSVP by March 1st:  954-579-8096

Camera Bio Shot

Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

  • $10 suggested donation at the door goes entirely to Shark Savers
  • 20% of all art sales from the evening will also be donated to Shark Savers
  • Wine and appetizers will be served.
  • Gug will release a new shark limited edition
  • There will be a raffle away a huge 60×40 gallery wrap canvas with all proceeds going to Shark Savers.

 

The event will be held at the Gug Underwater Gallery at 1519 E Commercial Blvd in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday March 2 from 7pm until 10pm.  Dress is casual and family and friends are all welcome.

Shark in the Dark

Shark in the Dark

Chris Guglielmo, or just “Gug” for short, is widely considered America’s top underwater photographer.  He has written for and had images published in numerous publications worldwide, has been displayed in several of the world’s most prestigious museums, and has over 40 major photography awards to his credit.

 

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Gug recently opened his flagship art gallery in Fort Lauderdale to showcase his body of work, which includes images from more than 40 countries.  Gug is an active conservationist and he is always looking for ways to use his art as a teaching tool to help the public understand the importance of the oceans, and its most misunderstood inhabitants: sharks.Scaloped Hammerheads

Scaloped Hammerheads

Gug Underwater Gallery will be hosting a special event to benefit Shark Savers.  Shark Savers is a non-profit with over 25,000 members whose mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations through education, establishing sanctuaries, fighting against the shark-fin trade, and by empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks.

 

The Rickie Report sees the importance of educating everyone about the need for a balanced ecosystem, which includes sharks.    Here is a brief excerpt from their website:www.sharksavers.org    We hope you will read more about their important mission.

“OUR MISSION:

TO SAVE SHARKS AND MANTAS

Shark Savers is dedicated to saving sharks and mantas through building awareness, education, and action.

Founded in 2007 by divers with a shared passion, our mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations. Today, more than 25,000 members from 99 nations share that passion.

Focusing on action and results, Shark Savers’ programs result in more protections for sharks and mantas, locally and globally. By leveraging broad professional experience and ocean expertise, Shark Savers brings this important issue to the public in many compelling forms, motivating people to stop consuming sharks and shark fin soup, working for the creation of shark sanctuaries and improved regulations, and empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks.”

 

For more information email Suzanne miami@gugunderwater.com or call

954-579-8096.   RSVP to Suzanne at miami@gugunderwater.com by March 1.”

 

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For more information Chris Gug Fine Art Photographer of the Underwater World Gallery located at: 1519 E. Commercial Blvd.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 
Gallery: 954-579-8096  Cell: 813-368-1826
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