Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Appoints Abbey Funk As New Instructor; Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton has appointed Abbey Funk as its new pottery instructor and announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning on October 19th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up!  It is a great time to learn a new craft or to brush up on new techniques!  Membership is NOT required to participate in classes, which are open to the entire community.

 

 

 

 

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9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

 

 

Focus On Pottery:

Beginning October 19th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  Studio director Marilyn Wander notes, “Abbey Funk brings a fresh new perspective to the creative process. We are pleased she is joining the Rosen Pottery Studio as an instructor, and look forward to exploring her ideas in clay.”

 

 
The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns.

Students have access to free studio time when classes are not in session, on Sundays, and are free to stay and practice as long as they want Monday—Wednesday.

Students will learn techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced students will sharpen their skills. All levels are welcome.

 

Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

New instructor, Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

 

Marilyn Wander teaches Mondays and Wednesdays:

( Oct. 19 – Dec. 14   8-week session)

(Oct. 31 – Dec. 14  8 week session)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Funk Teaches Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Thursdays (Oct. 20 – Dec. 15   9-week session)

Tuesdays (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13   7-week session )

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Fall sessions: cost for the 7-week session is $245: cost for 8-week session is $280; cost for the 9-week session is $315 Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

 

Visit: http://levisjcc.org/culture/programs_classes/
OR
Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

“Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

Marilyn Wander

Marilyn Wander has been a potter since 1977. She specializes in stoneware and porcelain clay, and is known for her exquisite and unique glazes, which she shares with her students. It is unusual and important to note that Marilyn not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!  Marilyn took up pottery after noticing that she gravitated to the pottery exhibits at art shows (she is married to well-known Palm Beach watercolorist Gustav Wander). Very tactile, she fell in love with clay.

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

Marilyn’s students remark on her accessibility and skill as a teacher:
“When I began working with Marilyn, I did not know how to handle clay effectively. Now after 5 years, I was invited to exhibit my work at the local public library. Marilyn is a skillful teacher who inspires her students to reach beyond their limits. Through her patient coaching, she has enabled many of her students to get in touch with their creative side.”—Frances Levine

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

 

Marilyn trained at Florida Atlantic University, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, Parsons School of Design in NYC, at the 92nd St. “Y” in NYC, and at Cumberland Pottery in Teaneck, NJ. She is affiliated with the FAU Potters Guild and the NJ Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Las Olas Art Festival, University of Miami—Beaux Arts, Norton Gallery, Deerfield Beach Art and Craft Show, Vero Beach Art and Craft Show, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Garrison NY Art Festival, Bergen Museum—NJ Designers Craftsmen Show, and held a one-woman show with interior designer Pajia Wald in Tenafly, NJ.

 

 

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Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

Abbey Funk
http://www.abbeyfunk.com/

A native of Wellesley, Mass., Abbey completed a BFA in Studio Art at Florida Atlantic University in 2005, and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduation. She worked in Manhattan as a graphic artist until 2010, when she returned to South Florida to focus on studio art. Working predominantly in clay, she also creates sculptures made of metal and found objects.
Abbey joined the Palm Beach State College adjunct faculty in 2011, and quickly turned into a sought-after pottery teacher in local ceramics studios. In 2012, she opened A. Funk Studio in Delray Beach, Fla., as a founding member of the flourishing art colony Artists Alley. She began working in metal in 2014. Her artwork is well-known throughout South Florida, and she has shown in venues in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood.

 

 

New Sculpture at Abby Funk Studio

Sculpted Pottery byAbbey Funk 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey describes her approach to her art: “I am a Conceptual artist. I create with purpose and for a reason. Through my chosen mediums of Clay and Metal, I express emotions and ideas. I create tangible stories that are always ready to be shared, infinitely patient in their completion. I create environments. I show Truth. I intend for the viewer to question.  As an artist, I seek constant growth and expansion. I love the unknown. Experimentation is my answer for everything. There is beauty in creative failure and ‘mistakes’. Success is never giving up.”

 

 

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Wood-Fired Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

 

 

 

Abbey looks forward to welcoming new and returning students to the Levis JCC Pottery Studio, “I am excited and honored to be joining the teaching staff at the studio. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to share my experiences, engage with first-time students and returning potters, and explore our creativity together. I’m sure we will all grow and increase our skills as we inspire each other.”

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. Membership is not required to participate in programs. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.

www.levisjcc.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
Rickie@therickiereport.com
561-537-0291

Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning January 4th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes. Renown faculty members include Marilyn Wander and Gina Skillings. The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. The Rickie Report shares the details and some ideas for your next creations!

 

 

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The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

All levels of students,

from beginner to advanced

Winter Sessions:

 

Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 4 – March 21 (No class 2/15)
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 5 – March 22
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 6 – March 23
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 7 – March 24

 

 

 

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns. Students have access to free studio time when classes are not in session, on Sundays, and are free to stay and practice as long as they want Monday—Wednesday.

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

    Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

 

 

 

Pottery on the Wheel and Handbuilding

With Marilyn Wander

Mondays (Jan. 4 – March 21) (no class 2/15)
and
Wednesdays (Jan. 6 – March 23)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students will learn techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced students will sharpen their skills.

 

 

 

Pottery by Gina Skillings

           Sculpted Pottery by Gina Skillings

 

 

Handbuilding and Sculpting

With Gina Skillings

Tuesdays (Jan. 5 – March 22)
and
Thursdays (Jan. 7 – March 24)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Gina focuses on basic pinching, coiling, slab construction techniques for pottery and clay sculpture. Advanced students work more independently. All levels are welcome.  

 

 

Winter term: cost for the 11-week session is $383: cost for 12-week session is $420. Spring term: cost is $280 for the 8-week session. Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

 

 

Gina Skillings' "Purse"

                                         Gina Skillings’ “Purse”

 

 

 

 

Visit: http://levisjcc.org/culture/programs_classes/
OR
Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.

 

 

LEVIS JCC POTTERY GUILD EXHIBIT

April 3 – May 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1 – 4 p.m. with artists’ presentations

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

In the spring, the Levis JCC Pottery Guild presents an exhibit of utilitarian, sculptural and decorative works created by the students and their instructors in the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. This exhibit is a community favorite and draws visitors from Palm Beach and northern Broward counties.

 

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

                   Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

Marilyn Wander has been a potter since 1977. She specializes in stoneware and porcelain clay, and is known for her exquisite and unique glazes, which she shares with her students. She is also experienced in raku—oxidation and pit-firing. It is unusual and important to note that Mariyln not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!

 

 

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

                               “Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

 

Marilyn took up pottery after noticing that she gravitated to the pottery exhibits at art shows (she is married to well-known Palm Beach watercolorist Gustav Wander). Very tactile, she fell in love with clay. Marilyn notes, “I have been firing the clay in a raku process which was originally developed in Japan. I enjoy seeing the smooth melted glazes on the red-hot pots. There is a masculine drama in the black and white tones in counterpoint to the soft pastel colors and graceful feminine shapes—an exciting and artistic duality.”

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn’s students remark on her accessibility and skill as a teacher:
“When I began working with Marilyn, I did not know how to handle clay effectively. Now after 5 years, I was invited to exhibit my work at the local public library. Marilyn is a skillful teacher who inspires her students to reach beyond their limits. Through her patient coaching, she has enabled many of her students to get in touch with their creative side.”—Frances Levine

 

 

 

 

Marilyn trained at Florida Atlantic University, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, Parsons School of Design in NYC, at the 92nd St. “Y” in NYC, and at Cumberland Pottery in Teaneck, NJ. She is affiliated with the FAU Potters Guild and the NJ Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Las Olas Art Festival, University of Miami—Beaux Arts, Norton Gallery, Deerfield Beach Art and Craft Show, Vero Beach Art and Craft Show, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Garrison NY Art Festival, Bergen Museum—NJ Designers Craftsmen Show, and held a one-woman show with interior designer Pajia Wald in Tenafly, NJ.

 

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.
www.levisjcc.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

Artisans on The Ave Invites You to Preview on January 26th! Grand Opening January 31st!

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro announce the opening of their new gallery, Artisans On The Ave.  In conjunction with Lake Worth ART POP, one of the loops of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014, everyone is invited to preview on Sunday, January 26th.  Artisans on the Ave will exhibit 2D and 3D art in all mediums and invite the public to attend their Grand Opening on Sunday, January 31st!   The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article. 

 

 

 

 

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 ARTISANS on the AVE

Invite You to

 

Open House

Art Synergy/ Lake Worth ART POP

SUNDAY, January 26th

 

Noon – 9 pm

 

 630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, FL

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia Costa

 

 

 

 

Betty Wilson

Betty Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Manganaro

Linda Manganaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Manganaro and Betty Wilson are offering a new gallery setting for  2D and 3D art.  They are always interested in seeing emerging artists’ work and welcome them to join in a new gallery setting in Lake Worth, FL.   The unique setting is located in the heart of downtown Lake Worth and has various options for rental of wall, floor and shelf spaces.  Artisans On The Ave is always accepting all mediums of work.

 

The Grand Opening Reception on Friday Jan.31 6-9 pm  includes artist demonstrations with Glass Artist Wayne Smith, Wood Turner artist Teri Salamoni and Painter Annette Gellermann.

 

 

The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce some of the artists at Artisans on the Ave.  We hope you will stop by on Sunday, January 26th from Noon- 9 pm during Lake Worth ART POP and on Friday, January 31st.  There is so much to take in, you’ll need more than just one visit!

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia grew up in a large, close knit family in Peru.   She tells us, “My family emigrated to the United States, so that my siblings and I could attend University. I received a Bachelor of Science and after some time in the business world decided to pursue my interest in the arts. I attended Florida Atlantic University to study painting. I gravitated towards clay, just before graduation and stayed awhile longer to satisfy my curiosity and my growing fascination with the medium”.
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“In my work, I have combined my two interests  in illustration and clay. Most recently I moved away from color and  concentrated on the story the pieces convey. My aim is to have the pieces tell the viewer the stories that they tell me, and share the journey with me”.

 

 

Irene Jalowayski

Palm Beach Smashing Glass

 

 

Irene tells us, “I am a retired speech pathologist and Florida native, who lives in West Palm Beach.  I was always an art lover/collector and began taking fused glass classes nine years ago.  I  studied with a private teacher, took classes at McMow Art Glass Center,  Art Glass Environments,  Kay Weiner’s Glass Classes, and in several out-of-town venues. Now I have my own studio because my hobby has become my passion!”

 

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

“Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form.  I get lost in my work and experience a thrill each time I open my kiln.  I  sell my work at several galleries and am thrilled to be one of the artists at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg, Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, and  at the  OSGS Gallery in the Northwood neighborhood.  My creations have been exhibited in many juried art shows and I was featured as an Emerging Artist at ArtiGras, 2012”.  I can be reached by email at   Irene Jalowayski ijaloway@yahoo.com   or visit my website at www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com

 

Sharon Kurlychek

 

 

“I engaged with the energy of clay in the 70’s when I first learned to to throw pots on a kick wheel at art school in Cleveland, Ohio.  I took more advanced classes (David Vargo)  and the joy of clay settled into by hands.  In the 80’s, I lived in the Dominican Republic, where I taught English. Experimenting with the production of primitive pottery– digging clay deposits from riverbeds, creating glazes from the ashes I collected from a bakery’s wood-fired oven, and firing in open pits was joyful.  Back in the US, I bought an electric kiln, continued my art studies (The Cleveland Institute of Art and Andrea Gill from Alfred University) and began teaching at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood”.  
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

“When I moved to Florida, for subsequent art festivals, I created a line of tropical number tiles. My website, www.islandtiles.com shows 12 designs.  Customers can choose the tiles and colors to place an order for a custom house number tile.  I also do commission work for tile murals and signs, working with designers, HOA’s or home owners, offering color sketches and cost estimates for custom work.  I can be reached through my website or e-mail: islandtiles@bellsouth.net.”
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

” I am continually inspired by fellow clay artists (Betty Wilson and members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches).  My art career has recently spun off in a new direction.  Taking classes (Carla Golembe at the Delray Center for the Arts), spending time in the artsy town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a mixed media workshop (Dee Roper at La Fabrica Aurora) has had a big influence on the direction of my creativity!  Now I am creating mixed media pieces, acrylic paintings and collages!” 

 

John McCoy

John tells us, “I am a functional potter. In my work, I strive for qualities of simplicity, honesty and  a sense of fluidity. When making my pots, I depend on intuition and feeling, rather than upon conceptual ideas and analysis. Natural and organic objects, along with the varied and rich traditions of ceramics are the main influences of my work. I have a very classical approach to clay, even when combining and altering forms”.
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John McCoy

“During the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to put my work in  a wood fired Anagama kiln. I feel my forms have been enhanced and visually strenghthened by the warm colors of the ash deposits and the textures and patterns created by the mark of the fire. This natural process allows the viewer to share my experience  of working with clay, from the moment my hands shape and form the clay, leaving my mark, to the fluidity of the flames that leave their impression on the surface of the pot forever”.

 

If you are an artist who is interested in becoming part of the community of Artisans on the Ave,  there are many options for those who want to work as well as those who prefer not to.  Please send at least 2 jpgs of your work, a short biography and an artist statement to   potteryme@aol.com.

 

 

For more information please contact  Betty Wilson 561.762.8162 or Linda Manganaro 561.308.7263    Artisans On The Ave is located at 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth,FL 33460.  The Gallery phone is: 561-312-9924 or visit:

http://www.artisansontheave.com  

 
Irene Jalowayski

Skewed Glass Bowl by Irene Jalowayski

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