Gin Blische’s Creations Are NOT Stuffed Animals! Meet This Master Needle Felter And Her Menagerie On October 19th At Artisans On The Ave

Wool sculptor, Gin Blische has created quite the niche for herself here in Palm Beach County. Needle-felted sculpture is unique in South Florida, but she feels just fine being a big colorful fish in a small tropical pond.  Her commitment to her art is the reason she has an impressive collection of unique creations on display at Artisans On The Ave Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida. Her colorful menagerie of creatures will sometimes have you doing a double take! How did a raccoon get into the Gallery window!  Her sculptures of all things woolen have garnered the interest of collectors from here to Hollywood CA where she was commissioned by FOX TV Network to create two sculptures for a TV show set.  Meet Gin on Friday, October 19th at Artisans on the Ave for their “Fantasy & Fairy Tales” Opening Reception!   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  




THEY     ARE     NOT     STUFFED!  

Meet The Creations of Gin Blische




“Fantasy & Fairy Tales”

Featuring Gin Blische, Amelia Costa and Julie Naseef

Friday, October 19  

6 – 9 PM

Artisans On The Ave.  630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Florida

 (free and open to the public, refreshments)





Gin Blische




A multitalented individual, Gin is also a member of INHOUSE, a South Florida based band she founded with her twin Sister. INHOUSE has performed with artists like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt and Ziggy Marley among others. Recently, she is splitting her time between sculpting and preparing for the INHOUSE, 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert at the Norton Museum of Art’s, Art After Dark on February 22.





Display of Gin’s Creations at Artisans On The Ave Gallery


Working out of her home studio in Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, Gin surrounds herself with a palette of naturally dyed English sheep’s wool, llama wool and angora, just waiting to be turned into something fantastical!  Gin tells The Rickie Report, “I’m sure I am not alone when I say that expression can be the most important element of any sculpture or painting. When I use the term “expression,” I mean it quite literally, although people express themselves in their art no matter what their subject or medium.  I’m just not that deep with my creations. I create to create emotion, but that emotion comes from the expressions on the faces and posture of each of my sculptures.  Many people have said they see me in my work. My eyes, my expressions, no matter the creation”.




Another creation by Gin Blische






She goes on to say, “Making creations that look like Gin the bear, Gin the owl, Gin the bird. Before you start thinking of me as a narcissist, please don’t. It may happen inadvertently. I may be creating my twin sister, the woman dearest to my heart.  I’ve stared at my face my entire life without looking in the mirror. It’s no wonder my sculptures look a little like me.  When I look at them though, I see the eyes of my dog Ralph. He had the most sensitive eyes.  I loved to look into them while I pet his brow. He filled me with so much love. I try to recreate that emotion with every piece I create. Sometimes I almost get there. :)”





Gin Blische’s Pelican




Gin is the daughter of artist Herbert Weintraub, who is best known for his oil and acrylic cityscapes and nautical and rural American paintings. Perhaps this is why the idea of creating art as a career is not foreign to her. She spent many hours admiring her Dad, hard at work at his easel. Her youth was spent going to art shows in Greenwich Village and Central Park. She studied Fashion Design and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before embarking on a career in Fashion throughout the 1980’s. Her illustrations won over Liz Claiborne before her studies ended at the reputable school.

Gin Blische’s Bongo Bear
Gin tells The Rickie Report, “Commissions have always been challenging considering I am not a portrait artist. Most of the commission work I do, has an element of fantasy to it… almost a caricature of the subject. That style has never steered me wrong. It is my style. Truth is, there is nothing more special than a  creation of someone or something you love. As far as gifts go, it is extremely thoughtful. Which brings me to my next point. If you are looking for something original to give as a gift this holiday, walk into a local gallery. If you don’t see anything you love but you do see a style you like, commission something. Make sure you do it soon…holiday seasons get very busy for most artists”.



Holiday Pet Portrait Commissions by Gin Blische


Pet Portraits:  With the Holiday season around the corner, the perfect gift for someone you love may be a felted one. These collectibles are a unique addition to any home and can include anything from a 3D portrait of your pet’s face in a frame or a small full body portrait.  This is the perfect gift idea for that person who adores their pet(s).  We suggest you get your order in early for Holiday gifts. 





Classes Offered:  Gin offers classes to groups of 5 or more ages 10 and up which includes supplies. Contact Gin to book a date for your party. Day or Evening classes available. This is a great idea for Birthday, Retirement, Holiday or just plain Crafter Parties. Gin will travel and teach in your home for an extra fee.




Crafting is a great tool for building confidence, forming friendships, and developing focus.





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Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery Opens with “First Look” and “Fabulous Fibers, Art-to-Wear”

The Suzanne Connors Fine Arts Gallery announces the Grand  Opening of its new home—a  3,000-square-foot exhibition space at 544 Northwood Rd. in Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL.  To celebrate this milestone, “First Look”, is the inaugural group exhibition featuring works in diverse media by longtime gallery figures as well as new additions to the gallery.  In addition, Suzanne has put together a marvelous Fiber and Art-to-Wear exhibit, “Fabulous Fibers” by some of the country’s most masterful Fiber and Surface Design Artists.  The Rickie Report shares details in this article.





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Grand Opening Weekend


January 24 – 27, 2014

Opening Gala Friday, January 24th, 6 to 10 pm 

  live blues    hors d’oeuvres    beverages   

complimentary valet parking



On Saturday, January 25th:


Coffee with the artists 10:00 am

An Art-to-Wear Trunk Show begins at 11am

 Northwood Art X Art walks begin 6:00 pm and run every hour

Come meet the artists and enjoy special presentations


On Sunday January 26th:

The Gallery will have extended hours all events are open to the

art loving public

544 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL  





The Suzanne Connors Fine Arts Gallery is proud to announce the Grand  Opening of its new home—a street-level, 3,000-square-foot exhibition space located at 544 Northwood Rd., in Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, Florida.The Gallery’s relocation to Northwood Village contributes to the life of this burgeoning block, which has emerged as one of the most inviting, eclectic, funky and hip micro neighborhoods in South Florida.


"Low Tide"

“Low Tide”

To celebrate this milestone event, the Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present First Look, an inaugural group exhibition featuring works in diverse media by longtime gallery figures as well as new additions to the gallery during its much anticipated Grand Opening weekend; January 24-27, 2014.


Opening Gala is Friday, January 24th, 6pm to 10pm; with live blues, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and complimentary valet parking.


On Saturday, January 25th, start your day out with coffee with the artists 10:00 am, An Art-to-Wear Trunk begins at 11am and will run all weekend! Northwood Art X Art walks begin 6:00 pm and run every hour.

Cuff by

Fiber Cuff by Nancy Raasch

Come meet the artists and enjoy special presentations.  Sunday, the gallery will have extended hours all events are open to the art loving public.

Silks by Trudy Thomson

Silks by Trudy Thomson

Fabulous Fibers and Art-to-Wear    January 24th– 26th

Suzanne Connors fine Art  has put together a marvelous Fiber and Art-to-Wear exhibit by some of the countries most masterful Fiber and Surface Design Artists. The exhibit is a delightful collection of flowing shapes, striking forms, rich textures and delicious color.


Fabulous Felted Garments by Ellyn Bernstein

Suzanne says, “There comes a time when we want to wear something unique, something cut from a different cloth. That is when we look to the artist, a creative soul who can stitch and knot and sew or bead a wondrous wearable, and in donning his or her masterpiece, we become a walking work of art ourselves”.

Handmade paper necklace

Handmade paper necklace by Nancy Raasch

It is for those seekers of unique clothing and body adornments that the SuzArt Gallery has put together an Art-to-Wear Fashion Event to be held at the Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery in  Northwood Village during the ArtSynergy Weekend events January 24th– 26th.

"Urchin" by M. Ferguson

“Urchin” by Melanie Ferguson

Contemporary, sleek, eclectic and oh! so au courant, SuzArt is Palm Beach County’s newest fine art gallery and offers a captivating blend of stunning artwork and gracious hospitality.

Red Hat" by Marsh

“Red Hat” by Marsh

Gallery owner and Director, Suzanne Connors selects artists and artwork which support her vision of SuzArt as a destination Gallery.  “South FLorida has a thriving and progressive art community.  We are committed to providing exceptional fine art by professional artists in a variety of style and mediums”, says Connors.



"Dreaming of the Dream"

“Dreaming of the Dream” by Jonas

“Collectors will appreciate the level of art that we exhibit from acclaimed and emerging artists. We have a synergetic rapport with our artists and are dedicated to personally assisting every collector – whether they are a new art enthusiast or a knowledgable art connoisseur”, she tells The Rickie Report.


"Space Torch" by Joey Howell

“Space Torch” by Joey Howell

Meet the artists:

Art aficionados are invited to meet the gallery’s artists throughout the weekend.  Featured are Karen Weihs, Jane Tracy, Jeanne Bessette, Jonas Gerard, Steven Silverleaf, Sys Oppenlander, Hiromi Katayama, Chris Kling, Lynn Morgan, Quince Quaintance, Kevin Bass, Cat Manolis, Wendy Musser, Joey Howell, Ruth Ava Lyons, John Grant, Murry Handler, TW Johnson, Sherry McAdams, Wendell Myers, Marcia Moore, Lynn Morgan, Brigitte Balbonoit, Peter Vigil, Carol Joy Shannon, Jay Speetjens, James Oleson, Melanie Ferguson, Sasha Bakaric, Judith Ernst, Nancy Raasch, Elynn Bernstein, Trudy Thomson


Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  

Saturday 11:00 am-7:00 pm




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