Armory Art Salon Features Three Views Of Ceramic Sculpture In Contemporary Art With Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej

Armory Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting.  December’s program is held in conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major National Exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11th.  This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. Meet three contemporary artists: Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej as they discuss “Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views” on Tuesday, December 15th.  The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of their creations.  We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

Armory Art Center Presents

ART SALON

 

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views”

Presented By:

Muriel Kaplan

Mark Walnock

Stephen Futej

 

 

 

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.  Pay at the door.

Please share this announcement with friends. If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.

 

 

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“Guitte Leeb” by Muriel Kaplan  (Photo by Meghan McCarthy)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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“Divided Roots” by Mark Walnock

 

 

 

 

In conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major national exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11, this Art Salon will introduce three artists who have influenced students of Ceramics and Sculpture at the Armory Art Center. Each will discuss his or her ways of working and influences, and will share images of their work. After their presentations, we will tour the Muriel Kaplan Sculpture / Ceramic Building.

 

 

 

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“Bahia” by Stephen Futej

 

 

 

Muriel Kaplan began to teach sculpture at the Armory in 1978, when it was first beginning, and later served on the board of directors and initiated the Master Artists program at the school. The Armory Art Center named their sculpture/ceramics building after her to thank her for her many contributions.

 

 

 

 

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US Navy Fighter Pilot, David McCampbell” by Muriel Kaplan

 

 

 

Muriel studied mythology with Joseph Campbell and also welding at Cornell University, where she received a BA in Psychology in 1946. She earned her Master’s degree in Sculpture and Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College in 1961. She creates drawings and paintings, in many mediums, and sculptures, both reliefs and in the round, mostly in terra-cotta and then cast in bronze. She work both on commission and “for my own pleasure when inspired by personal, philosophical or political subjects”.

 

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“Yellow Roots” by Mark Walnock

 

 

Mark Walnock is the Director of Ceramics at the Armory. He states “My work is based on different growth processes in nature. The pieces depict imagined developing scenarios in which extensions are formed, or are in the process of being formed off of a stationary host. These living hosts can be protected by spikes or scales. Some hosts take shape as root systems or animal parts from land or the sea. The idea of protection through clustering and the persistence for survival in nature are my main themes. I admire nature’s ability to grow under any harsh conditions and to rarely be held back. My pieces begin to reflect a self portrait as the growth inside them is silent, subtle, and ongoing. I attempt to direct the viewer to focus on these generally unnoticed events in order for them to contemplate their own personal growth scenarios. Metal or bronze as an outer layer places a protective “shell” over the piece and avoids a too immediate recognition.”

 

 

 

Mark graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA earning a BA, with honors, in ceramics. He has worked as an instructor and studio manager for various arts organizations, and has been an artist in residence at the Long Beach Island Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited his work nationwide and at invitational shows in London and Japan.

 

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“Vascularity” by Stephen Futej

 

 

Stephen Futej’s work combines discarded clay and degraded construction materials, he says, ” to devise a role reversal of space and form, giving a visual accounting of temporary spaces defined by curved planes. These spatial records are regarded as temporal, and can be interpreted as snapshots or fossils that allude to cycles of disintegration and reconfiguration occurring on varied scales. Ultimately they refer to the quest for understanding of the Higgs Boson and dark matter, which comprises as much as eighty percent of the universe. There is also a philosophical parallel at work; the concepts of yin and yang relate directly to the mold/positive relationship, and are essential to experiencing Tao, the all-pervading, eternally nameless underlying order.”

 

 

 

 

Stephen is the former Sculpture Department Director, Armory Art Center, where he developed curriculum in clay sculpture, welding and metals, stone carving, and glass and bronze casting and was an Armory Artist in Residence. He is now an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. stephen has also been awarded residencies at the Perkins Center for the Arts and The School at Church Farms. He received his BFA at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MFA from Florida Atlantic University.

 

ART SALONS:

 

 

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

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

 

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

 

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

 

 

For more information:

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

 

 

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

 

John McCoy, “Renaissance Potter” Is Featured At Artisans On The Ave

On Saturday, December 5th, Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth, FL will feature John McCoy, “Renaissance Potter” and welcomes everyone to the Public Reception.   John has a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. For many years he oversaw and taught as the head professor of the ceramics department at Florida Atlantic University. As a master potter and ceramicist John specializes in functional work throwing on a potter’s wheel. He specializes in mixing and creating his own glazes for work that includes functional teapots, cups, bowls, covered jars, plates, casseroles among many more one of a kind pieces. John’s pottery is classically inspired, elegant with a contemporary twist.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks at John’s creations.  We urge you to stop by and pick his pieces up – they are lightweight, which is not what you expect!  This Free event includes refreshments and a chance to meet many of the artists in this boutique/gallery.

 

 

 

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ARTISANS  ON  THE  AVE

FEATURES:

“Renaissance Potter”

John McCoy 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162     561-582-3300

 

www.ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

 

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Covered Casserole by John McCoy

 

 

John McCoy is an established potter who started his journey at the age of seventeen. John has a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. For many years he oversaw and taught as the head professor of the ceramics department at Florida Atlantic University. John has witnessed the growth and flourishing of his students, many of whom continued their studies in prestigious graduate programs around the country and because of the admiration they have for John many of his former students still keep in touch with him. John retired after 36 years as a professor, but he was not ready to retire from the world of pottery.

 

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Functional Pottery by John McCoy

 

 

 

 

As a master potter and ceramicist John specializes in functional work throwing on a potter’s wheel. He transforms clay into many beautiful works of art and specializes in mixing and creating his own glazes. His work includes functional teapots, cups, bowls, covered jars, plates, casseroles among many more one of a kind pieces.

 

 

 

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One-Of-A-Kind Pottery by John McCoy

 

John’s pottery is classically inspired, elegant with a contemporary twist. As John says” I like to make pottery that will get used every day. A piece can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but it comes alive when it is a part of our daily life.” People are starting to appreciate handmade objects once again. They realize that a beautifully cooked meal is enhanced by being served on a handmade plate or serving dish. Every day should be a special occasion.” 

 

 

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Creamer, Sugar Bowl and Mug by John McCoy

 

 
John works every day from his home studio that overlooks pines and fruit trees and shows his work at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth.

 

 

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Functional Ceramic Teapot With Bamboo Handle by John McCoy

 

For more information about Artisans On The Ave please contact Linda Manganero or Betty Wilson and visit: www.ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

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