America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest “Fairy Tails” Calls For Stories And Photographs Of Your Favorite Pup

Calling all top dogs and storytellers! You are invited to enter America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest “Fairy Tails!” If you can imagine your dog as a star in a book of fairy tails, this contest is for you! One cover dog and 11 finalists will have their winning photos and stories published in America’s Top Dog Model’s book of Fairy Tails, and win an array of paw-some prizes! America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest ends April 30, 2020. There is no fee to enter!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of last year’s winner.

 

 

 

“Romeo”, Photography by Vasi Siedman

 

 

Calling all top dogs and storytellers!

You are invited to enter America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest “Fairy Tails”!

If you can imagine your dog as a star in a book of fairy tails, this contest is for you!

 

 

Fairy Tails can come true when you crack open your imagination and explore the world of “Once upon a time.” Your fairy tail should consist of a 500 – 600 word story that portrays your dog in an original life story or “retelling” of a classic fairy tale. If it is a reinventing of a story like Cinderella… “It’s like Cinderella, but with a twist.”

In addition, entrant must submit an original, “professional” quality photo of your dog that “portrays” the character that you created in your fairy tail. The setting can be real or staged. No humans or other kinds of animals may be included in the photo.

If you are entering online send only your dog’s profile, including your story and a professional quality photo. Print out and execute the remaining documents should they be requested if your dog becomes a winner or finalist. If you are sending your entry via US mail, all contest documents are required. Please be sure to read America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest rules, for complete details.

One cover dog and eleven finalists will have their winning photos and stories published in America’s Top Dog Model’s book of Fairy Tails, and win an array of paw-some prizes! America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest ends April 30. The contestant that unleashes cover-dog style, and the best fairy tail story will become America’s Top Dog Model ® 2020 national winner and receive the following paw-some prizes!

 

 

“Romeo as Prince Charming”  photography by Vasi Siedman

 

 

The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following:

 

* Winning story and cover of America’s Top Dog Model book of Fairy Tails  

* Winning photo on America’s Top Dog Model website cover page  

* Six-month Model Management and Career Coaching

* Original watercolor of winning photo from Connie Benwitt Art

* Miniature replica of their dog by Lucy Francis

* Designer Fairy Tail hat by Hayleys Hats

* Ruby Coat from Ruffina.nyc

* Six-month subscription to PetPIX Academy online photography classes

* America’s Top Dog Model ® signature accessories

* Autographed copy of How to Become a Top Dog Model

 

 

 

Finalists Prizes:

Eleven Finalists will have their winning photo and story published in America’s Top Dog Model ® book of Fairy Tails and winning contest photo featured on the website; they will also receive a six-month subscription to PetPIX Academy online photography classes, and an autographed copy of How to Become a Top Dog Model

 

“Romeo at Mad hatter’s Tea Party” Photography by Vasi Siedman

Top Dog Model YouTube Reality Series:

 

 

The canine-savvy creators of the nation’s favorite, 15th annual dog modeling competition, announces America’s Top Dog Model’s new original reality series How to Get to the Top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-OWRHCsUd4

 

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2VVGJZxrJPrI_nuf7vdqE-Gp5Xdx6ctB

The second season of the series will return in August.

 

 

  • Premiering August 7, How to Get to the Top is YouTube’s newest reality series that focuses on the lifestyles of America’s Top Dog Model ® winners and their people. 

 

  • Each week in the 5-Episode series, America’s Top Dog Model 2019 winners along with their people will reveal their journey to the top!

 

  • If you are new to America’s Top Dog Models, here’s what to expect, plus details about the winners, format, and premiere date.

 

The summer months are precisely when fans tune into beloved reality competition shows. And starting August 7, America’s Top Dog Model introduced something new to the brand’s YouTube Channel…a series that fans and dog lovers have been waiting for. 

According to Jo Jo Harder, the creator of America’s Top Dog Model competition “our new series provides an opportunity for our aspiring canine models, which include rescues and mixed breeds, to be celebrated. This is America’s Top Dog Model’s mission, to celebrate dogs that make a difference in people’s lives.”

Here’s what to expect, plus details about the winners and format. 

America’s Top Dog Model ® 2019 winners were selected for their winning style and heartwarming stories, along with star qualities, training, charities, and best thought-out photographic portrayal of the contest theme “Pup Stars.”  The stars include national “Pup Star” contest winner Moto Girl, a stunning Chihuahua from Bend, Oregon, and eleven fabulous, Pup Star finalists, including Nevada, Athena, Ryder Cole, Tucker, Bella Boo, Macie Blu, Presley, Daphne, Kekoa, Peanut, and Kronos. 

Those who want to learn more about America’s Top Dog Model reality series, can visit www.americastopdogmodel.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  For information email americastopdog@aol.com.  America’s Top Dog Model ® lifestyle brand includes an annual calendar contest, books, a TV Show, charity events, an online store and model management—proof that fun ideas can inspire millions, humans and canines alike.

 

“Romeo Announces America’s Top Dog Model 2020 Contest ‘Fairy Tails’.

Photography by Vasi Siedman

 

 

 

For more information about this or other offerings:

Jo Jo Harder, CEO/The Jo Jo Companies
Jo Jo Productions
Founder/America’s Top Dog Model (R)
Boca Raton, FL

Email:  americastopdog@aol.com

 

www.americastopdogmodel.com

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/jojostyle/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Americas-Top-Dog-Model-R/117163487267?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jojostylemaker

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americastopdogmodel/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JoJoHAR2012

 

 

 

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“ENDANGERED” Offers Fine Art & Photography Exhibit December 6th – 9th Plus Seminars And Workshops

The 2017 “ENDANGERED” Art & Photography Exhibition announces its Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 6th and continuing through December 9th.  This exhibit will feature work by leading contemporary artists and photographers focusing on the beauty of endangered species and the threats they face. It all takes place at Dade Heritage Trust  in Miami, with plenty of parking nearby.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks of this premiere art event.  Make your reservations now for some dynamic Seminars and Workshops for artists!

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2017

You are invited!

Opening Reception

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 6-9pm

 

 

Join us Wednesday, December 6th –  Saturday,December 9th

2-9pm
for a unique exhibition focusing on all that is
ENDANGERED in the world.

Dade Heritage Trust
190 SE 12 Terrace, Miami, FL 33131

Great Art, Cocktails and Appetizers

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes www.CenterForGreatApes.org

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
First Prize, Fine Art Category.
“Engraved Pacific Reef”. Schott optical crystal & colored glass by Cathy Richardson. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Plenty of parking opposite and in multistory car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

Please join us at this unique exhibition

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
Second Prize, Fine Art Category.
“Vestige”. Clay under glaze by Susan Saladino.  All Rights Reserved.

 

Program of Events

Exhibition runs Wednesday, December 6th through Saturday, December 9th

 2-9pm

Wednesday, 6th December, 6-9pm Opening Reception

Thursday, 7th December, Happy Hour Cocktails from 6pm
Followed by

Creative Laws Seminar

Thursday, December 7th from 6.00pm
Happy Hour cocktails from 6.00pm followed by a fascinating and enlightening seminar “Legal Considerations for Artists and Galleries” at 7pm by Duane Morris attorneys Karen Kline, Greg Lefkowitz and Julian Jackson-Fannin
• What are your rights as artists?
• What are the responsibilities of gallery owners?
• How can artists best protect their creative works?
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to protect yourself legally.

About Duane Morris LLP:

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 750 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

 

Limited Seating – RSVP to Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Saturday, December 9th from 6.00pm, Cocktails and Canapés
Followed by

A Walk on the Wildside with Ron Magill

Cocktails and Canapés from 6.00pm. At 6.30pm Ron Magill, Wildlife expert, TV personality, Zoo Communications & Media Relations Director Zoo Miami and Nikon Ambassador USA will be talking
about his experiences and showing his images of Africa.

Ron Magill with Phantom.
 All Rights Reserved.

Limited Seating – RSVP to Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
First Prize, Fine Art Photography Category.
“Mom’s Time Out”.  Photograph by John Barrett, Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Proceeds benefit The Center for Great Apes. The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) accredited organization providing a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees www.CenterForGreatApes.org.

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
Third Prize, Fine Art Photography Category.
“Before a Rest”. Photograph by Sébastien Meys.  All Rights Reserved.

 

Exhibition runs from
Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December, 2-9pm

Dade Heritage Trust
190 SE 12 Terrace, Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multi-story car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
Second Prize, Young Artist Category.
“Deep In Thought”. Photograph by Gavin Minard, aged 14 years.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Grateful thanks to our sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2017
Exhibition runs from
Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December, 2-9pm

Dade Heritage Trust
190 SE 12 Terrace, Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multistory car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2017.
Third Prize, Fine Art Category.
“Soulful Encounter”. Sakura micron ink on paper by Kristin Moger.
All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) accredited organization providing a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees 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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Art 4 Apes Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2017, “ENDANGERED” December 6th – 9th Plus Seminars And Workshops

The 2017 “ENDANGERED” Art & Photography Exhibition announces its Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 6th and continuing through December 9th.  This exhibit will feature work by leading contemporary artists and photographers focusing on the beauty of endangered species and the threats they face. It all takes place at Dade Heritage Trust  in Miami, with plenty of parking nearby.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks of this premiere art event.  Make your reservations now!

 

 

 

 

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2017

Join us!

Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December

2 – 9 pm

For a unique exhibition focusing on all that is

ENDANGERED in the world

Have fun and help a wonderful sanctuary!

 

 

 

 

 

Harry. Acrylic painting by Lise Yust. All Rights Reserved.

Meet Harry!

Harry is one of the orangutans given lifetime care at the Center for Great Apes, Wauchula, Florida. The Center is home to 47 orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade.
It costs more than $20,000 to care for each ape for a year. All the artists generously donate 30% of the sales price of their wonderful work which goes directly to the Center.

Please join us, enjoy the wonderful art, have fun at one of receptions and presentations and know that you are helping a wonderful sanctuary here in Florida.  The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) accredited organization providing a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees  www.CenterForGreatApes.org.

 

Exhibition runs from
Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December
Hours 2 – 9pm

Dade Heritage Trust
190 SE 12 Terrace
Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multistory car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

Robin Hood’s Major Oak. Photograph by Phoenix. All Rights Reserved.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, December 6th from 6.00pm

Cocktails and canapés
Meet the Missing Link! Dudali by Béju!
Evolution strongly suggests a direct connection between men and apes. This two-Dudali installation shows Human Dudali searching for the sacrosanct “Missing Link” which Orangutan Dudali casually holds in his hand.

The Missing Link Dudali. PVC, Stainless Steel.  Dudali by Béju. All Rights Reserved.

 

Creative Laws Seminar
Thursday, December 7th from 6.00pm

Happy Hour cocktails from 6.00pm followed by a fascinating and enlightening seminar “Legal Considerations for Artists and Galleries” at 7pm by Duane Morris attorneys Karen Kline, Greg Lefkowitz and Julian Jackson-Fannin.
• What are your rights as artists?
• What are the responsibilities of gallery owners?
• How can artists best protect their creative works?
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to protect yourself legally.

About Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 750 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

 

Queen of the Jungle. Photograph by Joseph Anthony. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

A Walk on the Wildside with Ron Magill
Saturday, December 9th from 6.00pm

 

 

Cocktails and Canapés from 6.00pm. At 6:30 pm Ron Magill, Wildlife expert, TV personality, Zoo Communications & Media Relations Director Zoo Miami and Nikon Ambassador USA will be talking about his experiences and showing his images of Africa.

 

 

 

Grateful thanks to our sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2017

Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December, 2 – 9 pm

for a unique exhibition focusing on all that is
ENDANGERED in the world.

 

Exhibition runs from
Wednesday, 6th – Saturday, 9th December
Hours 2 – 9pm

Dade Heritage Trust
190 SE 12 Terrace
Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multistory car parks in the area.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Armory Art Center Offers Summer Camp For Grades 1 Through 12 And Summer Art Academy For Career-Minded High School Students

The “Summer Art Experience” at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun and creativity for grades 1 through 12. Innovative weekly themes include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, and printmaking. Teens can discover the latest developments in 3-D printing technology with the Armory’s new 3D jewelry and ceramics printers. Activities take place June 5 through August 4th. The Armory Summer Art Experience includes public receptions showing artwork created during each session and field trips. For high schoolers wanting to make their careers in art, check out the “Summer Art Academy”. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up before spaces are filled!

 

 

 

 

811 Park Place    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-1776     armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities include:
• A week filled with high-quality art education
• Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
• Excursions to local venues
• Public art show receptions in June and August

 

 

Registering online, by phone, or walk-in is quick and easy.

• Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Some weeks fill quickly—don’t delay!
• Register for as many weeks as you like.
• A $20 discount per week is provided for multiple enrollments within the immediate family or for one camper over multiple weeks.
• Membership is not required to attend Summer Art Experience.
• By purchasing a Youth or Family Membership, Summer Art Experience students will receive a 10% discount on all 8-week studio art classes during the year of their membership.
• Extended childcare in the morning and afternoon is available for an additional fee.

– Tuition assistance may be available upon approval of the financial assistance application found on our website at http://www.armoryart.org/scholarship.

– Tuition includes all art materials and one camp T-shirt.

– Students bring a lunch, two snacks, and beverages.

REFUND POLICY: Tuition is refundable up to five business days prior to the start of your camp week minus 10% of tuition for cancellation. Please note that there is no refund for a student dismissed from camp due to behavior which endangers or disrupts camp activities.  

 

Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have had a background check. Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. We look forward to providing a safe and enriching environment for your child.

 

 

JUMPSTART Grades 1 – 2
& ADVENTURES IN ART Grades 3 – 5

$235 per week*
*Weeks 2 and 6 will have field trips and have an additional fee of $23 per camper.

WEEK 1 June 5th-9th Hola Summer – Art of Latin America

WEEK 2 June 12th-16th Da Vinci to Degas* – The Human Figure & Portraits

WEEK 3 June 19th-23rd Abstract Expressionism – Celebrating Our Independence

WEEK 4 June 26th-30th Nature as Art – Bugs, Birds, & Botanicals All Around

Friday, June 30 4:30-6:30 pm Mid-Summer Exhibition & Reception
WEEK 5 July 10th-14th Pop Art with a POW! – Superhero Stories

WEEK 6 July 17th-21st Stargazers* – Van Gogh & Beyond

WEEK 7 July 24th-28th Medieval Myths & Art -Tales of Knights & Dragons

WEEK 8 July 31st- Aug 4th Exploring African Art – A Safari of Culture & Wildlife

Friday, Aug. 4th   4:30-6:30 pm Good Bye to Summer Exhibition

 

 

DAILY SCHEDULE FOR GRADES 1-5

9:00 – 10:30 am Early morning workshops
10:30 – 10:45 am Snack
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Mid-morning workshops
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch and recess
1:15 – 2:45 pm Mid-afternoon workshops
2:45 – 3:00 pm Snack
3:00 – 4:30 pm Late afternoon workshops

 

ROCKIN’ ART WORKSHOPS Grades 6 – 12

$285 per week
Age groups are divided according to weekly enrollment.

WEEK 1 June 5th–9th

Graffiti
OR
Cartooning
OR
Sculpture: Book Art

 

WEEK 2 June 12th-16th

Painting
OR
Digital and Video
OR
Fashion Accessories: Bead and Seed Weaving OR
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and 3D Printing

 

WEEK 3 June 19th-23rd

Digital Photography
OR
Fashion: Upcycle
OR
Jewelry and 3D Printing
OR
Sculpture: Turn a Room Into Art

 

WEEK 4 June 26th-30th

Photoshop Fun With Your Photos
OR
Printmaking and Journaling
OR
Ceramics: Hand building and Raku

Friday, June 30th  4:30-6:30 pm Mid-Summer Exhibition & Reception

 

WEEK 5 July 10th-14th

Painting
OR
Photo Transfer Techniques: Cyanotype
OR
Soft Sculpture

 

WEEK 6 July 17th-21st

Digital Anime and Your Art
OR
Ceramics: Handbuilding and 3D Printing
OR
Jewelry and 3D Printing

 

WEEK 7 July 24th-28th

Digital Photography
OR
Printmaking: Block Prints and Pattern
OR
Ceramics: Glazing and Color

 

WEEK 8 July 31 – Aug 4th

Street Art
OR
Sculpture: Objects Big and Small
OR
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and 3D Printing

Friday, Aug 4th  4:30-6:30 pm Good Bye to Summer Exhibition

 

When registering for Summer Art Academy, receive a 10% discount toward any of the Summer Art Experience classes.

(Summer Art Academy is designed for rising juniors and rising seniors who are career-minded students of the visual arts)

 

Preparing for College Scholarships?

Summer Art Academy was developed to help advanced students prepare for college scholarship opportunities and propel career-minded students of the visual arts. Two classes were developed with the guidance of visual art teachers from Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Looking for a scholarship to art school?
PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO
REVIEW WORKSHOP
for Incoming Juniors

A student portfolio is a vital part of admission and scholarship decisions. This week-long workshop will assist students in the thoughtful selection and arrangement of pre-existing artwork. The instructor will make recommendations for work that needs to be added for the best outcome.
Emphasis will be placed on:
• Work process
• Technical and analytical skills
• Aesthetics
• Time management

Be prepared for the portfolio review
and admission process:
DAY 1: Introduce Yourself – As an artist, student, and visionary
Day 2: Critical Thinking – Is your portfolio complete?
Day 3: Digital Portfolio – How to clean up and post your work
Day 4: The Magical Order – What goes first, last, and in between
Day 5: Mock portfolio review session

Instructor: Amber Tutwiler

Amber is an instructor of sculpture at FAU. She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts for Visual Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University
for Mixed Media.

Workshops are offered two times:
Monday through Friday | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register for June 5-9, 2017
OR
Register for July 17-21, 2017
Tuition per workshop: $200

Be one step ahead…
INTENSIVE DRAWING & SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
for Incoming Freshmen

Rising freshmen in art school need to strengthen their two-dimensional and three-dimensional
skill sets. In this workshop young students will:
• Navigate drawing (2D) and sculpture (3D) as a powerful way to express how the artist sees
the world.
Explore drawing and sculpture materials and tools.
• Create using both imagined situations and observable nuances of the human figure and the
environment.
Sculpture……..10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn about volume, mass, and structure while building with clay.
Lunch and break 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Drawing……..1:30 – 3:30 pm

A focus will be on observational drawing such as perspective in interiors, the structure of the human body, and scale in a still life.

Sculpture Instructor: Joshua Davis

Joshua studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA. At Florida University he earned his MFA with an emphasis in painting and industrial and mechanical design.

Drawing Instructor: Vishan Seenath

Vishan is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and earned a BA in studio art at FSU. He attended West Dean College in the UK, where he earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Sussex.

Workshops are offered two times:
Monday through Friday | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register June 5-9, 2017
OR
Register July 17-21, 2017
Tuition per workshop: $200

When registering for these workshops, receive a 10% discount toward any of the Summer Art Experience studio classes, including 3D printing, digital design, ceramics, glass, fashion, and jewelry. armoryart.org/youthartcamps

For more information about these activities, classes, workshops or events for children or adults at the Armory Art Center:

armoryart.org

561.832.1776

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Makes U.S. Debut At Levis JCC In Boca Raton, Brings Wearable Art To A New Level

Renowned Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi will make his U.S. debut with a “Footwear Art” exhibit at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center and Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host three events Open to Community, as Boca Raton makes big waves in fashion this season!  The Rickie Report shares the details so you can mark your calendars!  We share some sneak peeks, for those who have not yet seen these wearable art whimsical masterpieces.  

 

 

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 21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428

Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

Presents:

FootWear   Art

  by

  Kobi   Levi

 

 

The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center will host three separate events Open to the community featuring Levi and his wearable art during his U.S. debut:

 

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Opening Reception

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017    1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details:
1:00 pm: FootWear Art gallery reception begins
2:00 pm: Kobi Levi speaks; Q&A with audience to follow
3:00 pm: Guests can touch, try on, and photograph most of the featured designs.

Representatives will be on-site for custom shoe orders; each design is limited to 20 pairs; after reaching 20, Kobi Levi retires the design. Prices of shoes range from $500 to $2,000 per pair.

 

Cost: The exhibition is free and open to the community

RSVP required to 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

Art Talk: The Art of Crafting the Shoe

 

 

Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: Following the gallery opening reception, Kobi Levi will return to the Sandler Center on Monday, January 9 for an Art Talk, which will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art.

 

Cost: $18.

Open to the community

To register, call 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

 

An Evening with Kobi Levi –

A Special Event for Young Professionals

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017    6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host a final evening with Kobi Levi.

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to 561-558-2520

 

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

 

At the “FootWear Art by Kobi Levi” gallery Opening R intriguing designseception on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Kobi Levi will reveal his newest shoes, as well as show off more than 30 pairs of his most famous and intriguing designs, share insights on what inspires him, and participate in Q&A with the audience. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

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“Cheerleader Red” by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

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“Mermaid” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

Consul General of Israel, Lior Haiat, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome brilliant Israeli designer, Kobi Levi, to dazzle American audiences on his first US exhibit. We hope it is the first of countless showcases displaying his celebration of fashion and culture.”   The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 

Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

 

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

 


The Levis JCC is the cornerstone of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community and a place for thousands to connect each year. The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, spirituality, cultural experiences, travel and social events.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Levis JCC
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The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org.

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Are You Ready For Summer Camp At The Armory Art Center? Enrollment Is Open!

It is May…Time to enroll in the Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp!  Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! The innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building. The Rickie Report shares the details and a WISH LIST of Recycled Items you can donate!

 

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

armoryart.org/youthartcamp

(561) 832-1776

 

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Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. Background checks are conducted for all faculty. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

 

Activities include:

* A week filled with art education
* Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
* Field trips to local venues
* Art show receptions in July and August

Summer Art Camp runs from June 6 until August 12, 2016

Children grades 1-12 are accepted

Children are grouped by age:

ADVENTURES IN ART Grades 3 – 5

JUMPSTART Grades 1 – 2

ROCKIN’ ART WORKSHOPS Grades 6-12.

 

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Elementary Grades

Jumpstart: 1-2 grade
Adventures in Art: 3-5 grade

WEEKLY THEME

WEEK 1: June 6th-10th

Aloha Summer: A tribute to summertime with a Hawaiian theme: luaus, surf safaris, and sand art.

WEEK 2: June 13th-17th

Sun Solstice: Explore traditional and modern rituals; celebrations and monuments to the sun.

WEEK 3: June 20th-24th

Greeks and Geeks: Inventions and art of the Golden Age: togas, telescopes, and mythology

WEEK 4: June 27th-July 1st

Freedom: Free to Be Me! and what it means through art and self-expression. *field trip

WEEK 5: July 5th-8th

Magical Mystery Tour: Discover the mysteries of magic: wizards, wands, and trickery. *4 day week (July 4th holiday)

WEEK 6: July 11th-15th
Family Tree Fun: Follow your heritage—your family’s memoirs, legends, and the folklore of your ancestors.

WEEK 7: July 18th-22nd

Houston We Have a Problem: An exploration of our solar system, cosmos, space shuttles, and extraterrestrial life. *field trip

WEEK 8: July 25th-29th

Medieval Mischief: Princesses, knights, and dragons vs pirates, rogues, and scallywags.

WEEK 9: August 1st-5th

Body Beautiful: Embrace who you are through studies of the human figure and self portraits- realism and fantasy; fashion and identity.

WEEK 10: August 8th-12th

Art Rocks: Making art with rhythm, verse and performance, creating musical instruments.

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Middle School and High School Grades 6th-11th
Rockin Art Workshops

Age groups are divided depending on weekly enrollment
to optimize the best outcome of each workshop

WEEKLY THEMES

 

Each week we offer 3-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional projects

Please pick one for each week

WEEK 1: June 6th – 10th

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing OR Jewelry: Wearable Art (limited to 10)

WEEK 2: June13th -17th

Photography and Digital Art (limited to 10) OR Soft Sculpture

WEEK 3: June 20th-24th

Ceramics: Hand Building OR Graffiti and Street Art

WEEK 4: June 27th-July 1st

Drawing: Figure and Still Life OR Intro to Glass Beading

WEEK 5: July 5th-8th
*4 day week (July 4th holiday)

Fashion and Fabric Art OR Printmaking: Monoprints (limited to 12)

WEEK 6: July 11th-15th

Sculpture: Found Objects and Mixed Media OR Drawing and Painting: Exploration of Abstract Art

WEEK 7: July 18th-22nd

Ceramics: Painting Bisqueware, Intro to Color and Glazes OR Drawing and Painting: Exploration of Color
WEEK 8: July 25th-29th

Metalsmithing in Jewelry OR Printmaking: Screen Printing (limited to 12)

WEEK 9: August 1st-5th

Photography and Alternative Printing (limited to 10) OR Fashion Upcycled

WEEK 10: August 8th-12th

Ceramics: Raku OR Mixed Media and Music

 

 

For more information about other Youth Programs throughout the year, Summer Camp, Ongoing Adult Workshops, Ongoing Adult Classes, please visit:

 armoryart.org

Call  (561) 832-1776 Or walk-in to the Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

D O N A T I O N S    N E E D E D:

Summer Art Camp is just around the corner and we are collecting materials listed below. Please stop in and place items in the appropriate bins in the registration area.  We appreciate your donations!

 

Bottle Caps  * Bottles * Cereal Boxes * Cookie Boxes * Egg Cartons *
Empty Baskets * Empty Cans (clean) * Empty Soda Bottles (clean) *  Empty Yogurt Containers (clean) * Food Storage Containers (clean) * Jelly Jars (clean) * Magazines * Newspapers *Old Cards * Old CDs * Old Toys *Paper Bags * Paper Towel Rolls * Pasta Jars *Pine Cones * Plastic Bags * Rocks * Spoons * Sticks* Toilet Paper Rolls

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

13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show Will Highlight Wearable Art Fashion Show and Interactive Dialogues With The Artists

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show returns for its 13th year at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 26th -28th in a three-day juried event highlighting the works of established master artists as well as emerging artists nationally.  Attendees will enjoy the experience of finding “latest” collections in contemporary art and design in categories including glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, mixed media, fashion and jewelry. They will have direct access to all the artists invited to showcase their original work. Some of these works are featured in private and corporate collections world-wide. The Rickie Report shares the schedule of lectures and the fashion show, ticket information and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

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13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday, February 26
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 28
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are available:

Get Tickets Here

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard W. Palm Beach, Florida

 

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Five Important Things To Know:

 

• The highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, voted Number One in the Nation by Art Fair Source Book, provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to beginning a personal collection.

 

 

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Glass Art by Kit Karbler

 

 

• 135 artists will travel from 32 States to Palm Beach County to take part in this 3-day juried event celebrating the latest innovations in fine crafts.

 

 

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“In Emerald Pools” by Marianne Hunt

 

 

 

 

• Wearable Art will be highlighted at this year’s Show during a Fashion Show with models wearing one of a kind couture style designs and exquisite jewelry which will take place on Saturday 2/27 at 1:30 p.m.

 

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Elaine Unzicker, Handbag

 

 

 

• This year’s attendees are invited to ‘Meet and Greet Jane Weitzman’, wife of a favorite shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, during an exhibit of selected “fantasy” shoes commissioned by Jane and designed by outstanding artists across America – Jane will also be signing a limited number of her book “Art & Sole’.

 

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Furniture by Michael Conti

 

 

• Palm Beach Cultural Council Director of Marketing & Government Affairs, Marilyn Bauer will moderate a lively panel discussion entitled “Art in Every Day Living; Its Subtle Beauty Surrounds Us” on Sunday 2/28 at 11:30 a.m. Panelists will include local experts Campion Platt, Lars Bolander, Nadine Kalachnikoff, and Jennifer Garrigues.

 

 

 

 

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Gilded Fire Vessel by Jennifer McCurdy  (Photo courtesy of Gary Mirando)

 

 

 

You will have direct access to all the artists invited to showcase their original work. Some of these works are featured in private and corporate collections world-wide, including the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and the Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY, as well as in private and corporate collections all over the world.

 

For more information:

www.craftsamericashows.com
Tickets are now on sale through the website.

 

 

 

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

Jewelry Trends to Consider

Look at any fashion magazine: You will see jewelry and accessories to go with the new season’s clothing.  What to create for the fashion-conscious art patron?  The Rickie Report shares some insight into Jewelry Trends.  

 

 

 

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From large, massive pieces of jewelry to a simple pair of stud earrings, it is clear that jewelry as an accessory is here to stay.  For artists who create jewelry pieces, it is important to understand the latest trends but at the same time, stay true to your own artistic self!   Thankfully, we live in an era where variety is not only accepted but embraced.  

 

 

METALS

 

  • Gold has always been the standard, but metals ( think silver, steel, bronze) are hot.  For those working with non-metallic mediums, think of these in terms of a color palette.  

 

  • Metal tubes ( check out your local hardware store or plumbing supplier)

 

  • Chains!  Even better: Multiple chains!

 

  • Watch parts and keys are still big influences

 

  • Wire – wrapped gemstones, cabachons, shells

 

  • Bent wire.  So you’re not into wire-wrapping.  A simple twist of metal is sometimes just enough to enhance a bracelet.
  • Stacked rings ( make them interchangeable, so your clients come back for more)

 

 

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  • Be Colorful!

 

  • Consider different fibers  and various textures (check out a local knitting shop) 

 

  • Embroidery floss

 

  • Love a piece of fabric?  Make a wide bracelet!   (Addition of rhinestones or other bling is optional)

 

  • Bohemian styles

 

  • Native American styles

 

  • Woven with chevrons or intricate patterns

 

  • Stop during your walk at the beach and look for shells with natural holes

 

  • Up-cycle scrabble tiles, papers, photos, bottle caps

 

 

Leather, Wood, Etc.

 

  • Think male!

 

  • Think female!

 

  • Wide cuff bracelets with or without metal accents

 

  • Wood beads on leather

 

  • Wood beads with chain

 

  • Wood beads with rubber “O” rings ( get thee to your hardware store!)

 

  • A small portion of a driftwood branch can be wire-wrapped and hang as a simple pendant

 

 

Things to consider:

 

BODY JEWELRY

 

  • Think ABOVE the elbow for bracelets

 

  • Consider the FULL FOOT instead of just the toe rings

 

  • Arm cuffs

 

  • Bib necklaces

 

  • Ankle chains with charms

 

  • Long necklaces that can be worn in front OR in back ( to highlight some of the back-baring fashions)

 

  • Pearls NEVER go out of fashion!

 

 

There is no “right” or “wrong” with jewelry design.  We point out that as concern for easing neck pain and back pain increases, lighter – weight neck pieces are going to become “hot”.  Your patrons may have metal allergies, so be prepared to offer different earring wires.  AND don’t forget those who may not have pierced ears.  It is easy to convert pierced earrings into clips.

 

The Rickie Report looks forward

to sharing

YOUR jewelry creations with our readers.

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

OSGS Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Public Reception

It’s time to celebrate the 1st anniversary of OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery Studio! For this special milestone, The Rickie Report takes a close look at what makes this gallery such a beacon for art buyers, art lovers and artists alike. In this article we celebrate the artists and the initiatives of owners Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla.  Stop by during their Open House! Details and interview are here.

 

 

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OSGS

 

Ortiz Smykla Gallery Studio

 

Invites You to Celebrate

Friday, March 28th   6-9 pm

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

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Currently on exhibit at OSGS are: Ilene Adams, Dianne Bernstein, Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Marie-Claude Desorcy, Gail Erickson, Luke Gardner, Jeff Green, Henri Louis Hirschfeld, Irene Jalowayski, Helen Kagan, Robin Kimball, Ian Levinson, Lew Mayer, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Molly Potter, John Rachell, Jim Rigg, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Elayna Toby Singer, Ebba TinWin and Steve Wallace.

 

 

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TRR:   As OSGS celebrates its first anniversary opening in Northwood, can you take us through the process from your initial thoughts to actually opening?

Evelyn:

 

It comes as a surprise to both Jonathon and me that the year has sped by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday we were contemplating the thought of a gallery and working together on the project.  Where to begin, cost, location, and business plan were all questions we posed to each other and our spouses.  This was, after all, a family affair and one that would impact us all.  Evelyn just hit retirement and Jonathon was at a crossroads with his professional outlook.  This new venture seemed to fit our paths.

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Months prior to my retirement from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals kept me very busy with the idea of a gallery.  With a masters degree in Library Science specializing in archives and conservation, I had already worked in a business library as well as corporate, special and university libraries.  I had researched the venture we would be undertaking and knew that selling art would not be easy.

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We both knew that we had something special to contribute to the world of art.  Jonathon holds the masters degree in landscape architecture from Auburn and worked with firms in Montgomery, Atlanta and West Palm Beach.  He also created his own art (painting, rock posters, screen printing and photography), exhibited in several galleries, and accepted commissions (his art even appears on race cars!).   Before becoming a librarian I earned my undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Alabama.  I painted and created fiber arts.  My knowledge of modern art is so extensive that years ago on a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art I even discovered that one of Rauschenberg’s works was hung the wrong way!

 

 

 

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Showing no fear and only enthusiasm we set forth the task of doing our research on what it takes to run a gallery in today’s market.  With tenacity, love of art, empathy, and courage mixed with fearless wonder we did our leg work.  We read such books as Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, by Brainard Carey.  We did our literature research by reading articles, looking at multiple business plans and contacting SCORE here in West Palm Beach.  We trained with a custom framer and attended workshops to learn and hone our skills in custom framing.  We visited several different locations, in particular, those that Jonathon felt had the most potential for creative arts and growth.  We joined the Chamber of Commerce and took advantage of the many workshops and lectures as well as opportunities for networking.

 

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Still, art is a hard sell, and takes a lot of creativity and working in tandem with artists and the art community.  So while we located our current location and went about the business of renovating the space, Jonathon went to work on our web page and social media.  I took on the arduous task of getting licenses, security, insurance and tax needs necessary to run a business, as well as teaching myself how to operate an online bookkeeping system.  We did our homework and researched different operating contracts for exhibiting artists before deciding on what we felt would be beneficial to both the artist and us.

 

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Art is not only a ‘hard sell’ but we opened our doors when the economy was (and is still is) suffering from the economic downturn.  The business model we developed has worked for us so far.  We are still a ‘new’ business and it will definitely take more time to establish our roots, but we are on the right path.

 

We started our space with an empty shell that needed a lot of work.  After making a number of renovations and improvements, we designed many floorplans before deciding on a one that worked best for our spatial experience.  Our end result matched our vision within the walls we had.

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Eventually we got to a point where we needed to send out ‘calls to artists’  that may want to exhibit with us.  We have been very fortunate in having talented artists approach us and allow us to exhibit incredibly excellent diverse art.

 

The Rickie Report was crucial in shining a light on our new venture with artists across the Palm Beaches.  That was really an early cornerstone of our success.  Without The Rickie Report we would not have been able to bring talented artists into our gallery in such a short period of time. Those artists provided a lot of feedback and insight that we took seriously and used to help build our vision as well.

 

 

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TRR:  How have you integrated into the community?

Jonathon:

The idea of giving back to others is not new to us because we are suddenly business owners.  Our family has always given back in many different ways.  The online art auction we sponsored in February with all proceeds benefitting Place of Hope is a recent example.  Our artists supported us and donated beautiful pieces to the auction.

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Last summer we initiated Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series (BYOC).  This initiative offers free lectures by our exhibiting artists to the community in order to learn more about art, different mediums/techniques, and what it takes to create, experiment, and have fun with art, either through educational training or self training.  Through BYOC we’ve made art more approachable and not so far fetched to the community.

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ArtSynery was another way we integrated into the community in our first year of business.  Aside from our individual artists and exhibitions, ArtSynergy allowed us to reach beyond the Northwood Village corridor.  We cannot put into words how exciting it was for us to have been a direct part of ArtPalmBeach. That our gallery and our exhibited artists were awarded a prestigious opportunity to exhibit in that art fair!  That was followed by seeing more of our artists represented in the American International Fine Art Fair.

 

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We worked very hard with the other gallery owners in Northwood to reach new goals and to establish Northwood as an art destination for West Palm Beach.   We helped establish the Second Saturday Art Walks as well as our own gallery exhibitions.  Essentially we’re not just juggling our own business affairs but also helping to see that Northwood turns the corner and becomes something better as well.

 

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TRR:  What are the most important things we should know about OSGS?

 

 

  • We are here to share the experience of beauty, creativity and wonder.
  • We hope to bring joy and pride to the community.
  • We are neighbors and friends to all that enter or pass our doors.
  • We want OSGS to be a venue where artists can exhibit their works to further their exposure.
  • We want the community to know that we Custom Frame for the Public!!!  Yes, this is a priority for us as a business because it brings in critical funding for OSGS to stay afloat.  Persons have come in for framing and walked out with art from our gallery.
  • We work hard to find new ways to bring exposure to both OSGS and Northwood Village.  We are a young business and we are trying new things, most of them for the first time.
  • We encourage any artist looking for gallery representation to contact us.  We consider every artist that approaches us.

 

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TRR: What are your goals for the coming year?

 

  •  Slow and steady is our mantra.  We know baby steps is the best way to move forward.
  •  We would like to offer more receptions, continue with our BYOC summer lecture series, continue to offer our assistance to non-profits, and expand our framing business.
  •  We want to continue to work on our gallery and be proud of what we have accomplished together as a team.  
  • We want to connect art with other businesses in Northwood.  Merging food, art, fashion and the like will be the best way to ensure positive growth — make each and every day the best day to shop and dine Northwood.

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TRR:  Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?

 

We come from a long line of service providers, dream makers, and putting others first, so keep an eye on us.

Something to keep an eye on – Our Website!  We are currently revamping our website and hope to launch the new version OSGS 2.0 within the next few weeks!  It will include all you need to know about OSGS and our exhibiting artists but we will also be offering purchasing options on all items currently on exhibit through the website.  www.OSGSart.com

 

 

As always, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow each and every step as we grow well into the future.  Stay up-to-date with all of OSGS events.
…And We Custom Frame for the Public!!

We are always looking for artists seeking representation.  Please email us if you are interested.  We have options for exhibition space and reception opportunities.

 

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223   e: OSGSart@hotmail.com    www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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

Being “Top Dog” is Bigger Than You Imagined!

On November 9, 2013, the first annual “America’s Top Dog Model®  Golden Paw Awards ™” took place at Dynamic TV Studio in Boynton Beach.  Fifteen of America’s Top Dog Models ®  National winners and finalists were selected to receive a Golden Paw Award ™.   People and pups travelled from different parts of the country.  Now, you have a chance to see that event on local television station WPTV-5 this Sunday.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks at the winners.  We know so many pet-lovers will thank Jo Jo Harder, the creative behind this!  While her book and career are inspiring,  the dogs have made such a difference in peoples’ lives.  Photographers, take note!

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This event will air on WPTV-5 (West Palm Beach) Sunday February 9, 2014 at  1 – 1: 30 PM to coincide with America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest.

Throughout history animals have played a significant role in human’s lives. In early times, people found that human-animal relationships were important to their very survival. Today, pets are considered part of the family and often reflect people’s need for intimacy, nurturance and companionship.

 

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“America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Awards ™” will air nationally on the Esquire Network (formerly the Style Network), Friday, February 28 at 5:30-6:00 AM.  The half-hour show is a “red carpet” event honoring these outstanding dogs that have made an extraordinary difference in people’s lives.  America’s Top Dog Model ® National Contest began in 2005 and included America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Award ™ recipients. 

 

Photos are available and you can view the preview by clicking this link:

http://www.americastopdogmodel.com/events.htm

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America’s Top Dog Model Golden Paw Awards  Wendy Foskey (L) holding Penny and Jo Jo Harder (R)

The show describes how Jo Jo Harder’s new book, ” How to Become a Top Dog Model”,  can take your pet from your home into the international scene.    The book is available in an E-Book and soft cover:  http://www.americastopdogmodel.com/books_page.htm.

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Eileen Neuwirth holding America’s Top Dog Model, Golden Paw Award Recipient, Riley

 

On January 15, 2014, the tenth contest was launched in search of “top dogs that make a difference.”   This is a contest with a positive mission.  Those of us who have pets, know they make us happy. But scientific research has proven that animals, particularly dogs, also help promote psychological and physical health by providing companionship, reducing stress, promoting social interaction, encouraging exercise, and providing unconditional love.

 

Not all research is focused on humans. Recent studies have proven that dogs benefit from human interaction as well, thanks to the love, care, attention, exercise and socialization they get from their people. We want to know how your canine family member is benefiting from the exchange.  America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest theme is “Healthy Paws.” This competition will focus on how people and dogs keep each other healthy.

Winners and finalist are featured in an annual calendar, in Jo Jo Harder’s books, and they also win fabulous prizes. The contest runs until April 30, and the theme  is “Healthy Paws.” Contest information is available at: http://www.americastopdogmodel.com/2014_contest.htm.

During the many years of organizing America’s Top dog Model ® competition, Jo Jo Harder received numerous emails from around the world. The #1 question: How can I get my dog into modeling?   Seeing the need, Jo Jo combined her expertise as a fashion designer, stylist, writer, and former model to create “How to Become a Top Dog Model”, the “first” complete canine modeling guide.
Over the years, America’s Top Dog Model ® contests has collaborated and supported many community events and charities in South Florida and nationwideYou may listen to this recent interview on Paw Life Radio.  
    
America's Top Dog Model

Jo Jo Harder (L) Creator of America’s Top Dog Model and Chloe Dolandis, Show host (R)

         
 
 How to Become A Top Dog Model”  E-book is currently available at eBook retailers “worldwide,” including: Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Gardners, Kobo, and Sony. The soft-cover is available on America’s Top Dog Model ® Website, Amazon.com, Baker & Taylor and selected stores nationwide.
This manual is packed with glamorous full-color photos and valuable information, including:
  • What it takes to be a top dog model
  • How to get started and stay on top
  • Expert advice on where to look for modeling job
  • Show to find an agent
  • How to create tools of the trade
  • Training information is provided so that prospective canine models can make a fabulous impression, whether strutting down a runway or being featured in a movie.
For self-respecting divas who would not think of turning down a day at the spa, a grooming section is devoted them. From a beauty parlor makeover to a pampering bath, stress relieving massage, and pedicure for pets, top dog models must always be well groomed.

 

Finally, America’s Top Dog Models ® share their career launching success stories about their journey to the top and why they are dogs that make a difference ™.

 

Readers will value the bonus section featuring 240 International resources, including: advertising agencies, model and talent agencies, canine couture, contests, training references, top dog designers, photographers, publications, spas, and organizations. 

 

Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards

Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards

 

Not only will this book benefit “aspiring” canine models, but also, advertising agencies, dog modeling agencies, dog groomers, dog trainers, pet retailers, canine fashion designers, print media and motion media producers.  

As a fashion designer, Jo Jo Harder’s clotting lines were sold in Nordstrom, Marshal Fields, Henri Bender, Fred Segal and other fine stores.  Author Jo Jo Harder has served as a consultant for many of America’s Top Dog Models ®. She has a passion for dogs and would love to hear from her readers and she will also make guest appearances. Contact the author at americastopdog@aol.com.  

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Creator/America’s Top Dog Model ®     Boca Raton, FL
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