Photography Call For Entries “Florida: Faces & Places” At Center For Creative Education. Open To All Ages. Deadline Is May 31

The Center For Creative Education announces an Open Call to Photographers of all ages! The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery will host “Florida: Faces & Places”, focused on how local, Florida residents spend each day of their lives.  This will be a global view of Florida which is too often related to beaches, theme parks, and other sunshine baked tourist destinations. This exhibition is an opportunity to explain what life is truly like for Florida locals, day in and day out through photography.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to enter!  We hope you will share this Call For Entries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
T: (561) 805-9927       cceflorida.org

 

 

 

PUBLIC ART CALL!

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS!!

 

 

‘Florida: Faces & Places’

Florida Farming

 

Exhibit Will Take Place

June 2019 through August 2019

At

 

The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at Center for Creative Education

425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

(561) 805-9927

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Director of In-House Operations

JonathonO@cceflorida.org

 

Miami Jai Alai

 

 

Art Call Entry:

Entries accepted NOW through May 31, 2019

 

 

The Swamp Buggy races is an annual race in Naples, Florida. There is a Swamp Buggy Parade, a Swamp Buggy Queen and general mayhem in the Swamp.

 

 

Entry Details Below:

 

 

Eligibility:

This contest is open to all ages. Photographs can be taken by a film camera and scanned, a digital camera, or digital camera that is part of another device (like a cell phone).

 

Entry Details:

Participants may submit work now and May 31, 2019. 

Photographers may submit up to 3 images for $25.00 (additional/add-on images at $5 each, maximum of 2 additional images). Payments can be made online here: https://cceflorida.org/the-gallery/

Images may be no larger than 3MB each at the time of entry and be submitted in .JPEG or .PDF format.

Entry fees are non-refundable and all images may or may not be selected depending on gallery space available and appropriateness of subject matter.

NUDES will Not Be Accepted.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image is acceptable.

We are allowing HDR but ask that it be kept in a realistic tone.

Black and white will also be accepted.

Entries submitted after the Entry period ending on May 31 will not be eligible.

Photographs must be framed and exhibition ready (wired, hangers, etc.). 

 

Please email JonathonO@cceflorida.org if you have oversized or heavy work to be considered, prior to submitting.

 

What To Enter:

‘Florida: Faces & Places’ is focused on how local, Florida residents spend each day of their lives. A global view of Florida from outside of the state often related to Beaches, Theme Parks, and other sunshine baked tourist destinations. This exhibition is an opportunity to explain what life is truly like for Florida locals, day in and day out through photography.

 

 

This exhibition will pair with a Summer, student documentary project being created with a collaboration between Center for Creative Education’s C4 Media Arts & Technology program and Blue Planet Writers’ Room.  Two local, non-profits with missions dedicated to education.  The students will be able to share their own stories that document their lives and culture in Florida.  Many of these stories will surprise people who have never been to Florida or only connect to Florida from a tourism perspective.

 

 

How To Enter:

All images must be submitted to JonathonO@cceflorida.org, including all required fields in the following format:

LastNameFirstName.EntryNumber.ArtworkTitle
(ex. DoeJohn.01.FishFarm).

Pay entry fees using above ‘Entry Payment’ and ‘Entry Add-Ons’ buttons found here: https://cceflorida.org/the-gallery/

This is a secure Authorize.net payment portal

 

 

 

 

 

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-805-9927

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or upcoming exhibits:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager

JonathonO@cceflorida.org

State Issued Photo ID Required for Visit
T: (561) 805-9927 ext. 106   F: (561) 805-9929
W: cceflorida.org 

Empowering Students to Grow Academically, Creatively and Socially Through Arts-Based Education

 

 

 

 

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Third Thursday, February 21, At Lighthouse ArtCenter Features Lecture By J. Marshall Adams And Focuses On The Life And Achievements Of A.E.Backus

The Lighthouse ArtCenter announces plans for an informative talk about the artist A.E.”Bean” Backus by J.Marshall Adams, the Executive Director of the A.E.Backus Museum & Gallery. The public is welcome to hear the lecture during the monthly 3rd Thursday reception on February 21.  Mr. Backus has a fascinating place in the history of Florida art, as the preeminent landscape painter and the teacher of Alfred Hair, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, a group of mostly self-taught artists who painted Florida landscapes starting in the 1940’s. Don’t miss the Exhibit, “Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim” available now through March 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Announces:

3rd Thursday

Thursday, February 21

 

Featuring:

J. Marshall Adams, Executive Director

 A.E. Backus Museum  & Gallery

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Reception

Free for Lighthouse ArtCenter members and $10 for non-members

 

 

 

 

A.E. “Bean” Backus painting en plein air, back country, St. Lucie County (late 1940s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Marshall will present “Part Cracker, Part Monet: A.E. Backus.” As Florida’s preeminent landscape painter, A.E. “Bean” Backus (1906-1990), brought a natural eye and self-trained mastery to present the idyllic, rugged beauty of the glades, beaches, rivers, savannas, and back country of his home state with a singular devotion and unique sense of place. Mr. Marshall invites you to discover the compelling story of this artist’s creative practice and his altruistic spirit that continues to inspire today.

 

 

 

A.E. Backus (American, 1906-1990). Spanish Bayonets on the Indian River, c. 1960. Oil on canvas, 23 x 35 inches. Collection of the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 2008.B.2.OC.2.

 

 

With a career spanning more than 70 years, Backus was the first Florida-born artist to build his professional renown by painting the landscape and scenes from daily life of his native state. He was fortunate to have known great success during his lifetime, with paintings hanging in the businesses and the private collections of many of Florida’s most prominent citizens. A renowned humanitarian who abhorred the racist attitudes and segregation that engulfed the region, Backus taught and mentored the group of entrepreneurial African American artists who became known as the Florida Highwaymen. Their inspiring story is part of the A.E. Backus legacy.

 

 

 

A.E. Backus (American, 1906-1990). Morning Light – Everglades, c. 1970. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Collection of the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 2009.B.1.OC.1.

 

 

 

J. Marshall Adams is the Executive Director of the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, Florida. Adams brings more than 20 years of museum experience to his role, and has been recognized statewide and nationally for his work. He was previously the Director of Education at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Director of Education & Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Head of School Programs at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He has a Master’s in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, and a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from Tulane University in New Orleans. The Backus Museum is a vital part of the cultural life of its community, and is well-regarded beyond for championing the history and legacy of A.E. Backus as one of the region’s most renowned artists, and as a humanitarian who felt that art was for everyone.

 

 

 

If your interest is piqued about the Highwaymen artists, the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery presents the new exhibition Artists of Color: Place, Race, and Vision of the Florida Highwaymen, featuring 50 works by original Highwaymen Harold Newton, Alfred Hair, Roy McLendon, Sam Newton, Willie Daniels, Mary Ann Carroll, Livingston Roberts, and Johnny Daniels. The exhibition demonstrates in powerful images how the Highwaymen’s search for economic independence, creative freedom, and a distinctive vision blended together in a way that transformed how we see the landscapes before us. The exhibition features works from private collections, many never exhibited before, and is curated by Roger Lightle. Artists of Color: Place, Race, and Vision of the Florida Highwaymen is on view through March 3, 2019.

 

 

 

About the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

With a recently added, multi-million dollar expansion, the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery houses the nation’s largest public presentation of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter, A.E. “Bean” Backus (1906-1990), and is home to the state’s only permanent multimedia exhibition on the Florida Highwaymen. In addition to preserving and perpetuating the artistic and humanitarian legacy of Backus, the Museum organizes and hosts changing exhibitions from artists of national and international acclaim. It was voted “Best Museum 2018” in Indian River Magazine’s annual “Best of the Treasure Coast,” where it was described as “a fabulous place to visit.” The 58th Season of exhibitions, programs, and events continues through June.

 

 

 

 

For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561)748-8737

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Celebrating The Life And Art Of Florida Highwayman, Johnny Lee Daniels

In honor of Johnny Lee Daniels, one of the Florida Highwaymen, we share his legacy with our readers today.  The Rickie Report shares a brief history of The Florida Highwaymen and some fond memories by his family and AJ Brown, whom he mentored.  The bright colors and scenes, some of which have faded into Florida’s history, remind us all of the powerful urge to create and share art!  This is the time to mentor young artists and preserve the rich inheritance of our present, for future generations!

COMMEMORATING  THE  LIFE  OF

 JOHNNY  LEE  ‘HOOK”  DANIELS

Johnny Lee ‘Hook’ Daniel  Photo Courtesy of AJ Brown

 

Florida Highwaymen:

AJ Brown tells us, “Harold Newton and Alfred Hair started a tradition of recruiting mostly friends and a few relatives, as they taught each other to paint; watching and learning from each other; then took to US Highway 1 to sell their recent productions, most times together, sometimes alone, sometimes in competition. Hair was the only painter mentored by prominent white artist, AE Backus.  Florida scenes came from the trunks of their cars while the paintings were still wet dripping with oils. Who sells wet art? Signatures scratched in with nails? The Highwaymen did! Using tree trunks as easels, Upson board for canvas, a knife or finger as a brush, crown molding for frames, 2×4’s and plywood as the assembly line. Makeshift materials served well, a means of getting by. They had to paint fast during segregated times of the Deep South as a matter of survival. They were searching for an escape, a way out living a hard life working orange groves, packing houses, and tomato fields”.

 

Florida Highwaymen Al Black, Johnny Lee Daniels, AJ Brown, Roy McLendon Photo Courtesy of AJ Brown

 

Their use of color on top of more colors, mixing and matching was eye-catching to locals and tourists, who bought their art, returned to their homes, transporting what was not yet history to far-away countries and unknown parts of the world. Twenty-five men and one female of the first Original group emerged from painters to artists. Each worked the highways which played a significant role to the development of the movement, which brought about multiple changes in the history of black culture and America. The young artists sold their paintings door to door for $15.00 – $35.00.

 

The Original Generation of Highwaymen Artists began in Fort Pierce.  These African American painters finally gained the recognition they deserved, as 26 of them were inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2004. The Original movement led to The 2nd Generation Historic movement, as a selected few African Americans were mentored by an Original, Johnny Lee Daniels. He painted for over four decades and dedicated his life to teaching and helping so many. Daniels was the “only Original investing years of mentoring protégés as one close family”: Jimmy and Johnny Stovall, Kelvin Hair, AJ Brown, and Richard Edwards. 

 

Johnny Lee Daniels:

Born on July 22, 1954 in Quincy, FL, Johnny Daniels lived his life in Fort Pierce, FL.  He was the youngest of the earliest core Originals and member of the Florida Highwaymen Art Movement. A veteran painter of over 40 years, Johnny began to paint as a young teen, during the mid 1960’s.

 

 

AJ tells us, “Daniels started by making frames for a short time. Not happy with meager earnings, Daniels learned to paint followed, by his brother Willie, by painting in his scenes when he stepped away for a break or wasn’t looking. Johnny also enjoyed watching his friend Livingston Roberts paint. Not fond of his younger brother’s habits, one day, Willie decided to take Johnny to the fields to pick oranges. He made enough money to buy his own art supplies and never stopped painting! Johnny earned his place in the world of art history and was inducted as an Original Highwaymen in the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2004”.

 

Johnny Lee Daniels  Photo Courtesy of AJ Brown

 

 

 

“Daniels’ humanitarian spirit reached above and beyond. Over time he ensured their accreditation, entitlement and success. Johnny and Kelvin were his business partners in his first gallery and he chose A J Brown in his last gallery. He was truly a history maker!  The self-taught entrepreneur, was gifted with impeccable talent, reflected his personal love for God’s nature in a lifetime of wildlife paintings! Never did he realize he’d bridge such a significant historic connection! “The Originals and the 2nd Generation”. Preservation of America’s history through art education for future generations, are essentials that Johnny understood! He is honored and remembered for his great achievements and contributions”.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of AJ Brown

 

America’s legend, Johnny Daniels died May 26, 2009 at age 54 in Ft Pierce Fl.; buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. Brown was authorized by Curly Daniels and Cultural Affairs to construct his grave-site monument. In 2011, his heirs named Brown legal representative and spokesmen of their father’s art estate.

 

AJ Brown presents an original Johnny Lee Daniels painting to President, Barak Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama

 

The Florida Highwaymen History is a collective American past-time. Their rightful place in the world of history was reaffirmed, as part of an exclusive private White House collection. The work of Johnny Lee Daniels, is owned by United States of America, having been presented to the first African American, 44th President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.   Courtesy of A J Brown.

 

For more information please contact:
A J Brown 2nd Generation Highwaymen Artist
ajbartist@yahoo.com
(772) 882-0446

  www.highwaymenajbrown.com

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

CJR Fine Arts & Frame Welcomes Public To Free Reception To The Florida Highwaymen Art Event On April 6th

CJR Fine Arts & Frame hosts the historic Florida Highwaymen Roy McLendon, Sr., Isaac Knight, Charles Walker,  AJ Brown, and Roy McLendon, Jr. on Friday, April 6th.  The Highwaymen are a group of African American artists who, against all odds, became successful selling landscape paintings in Florida when Jim Crow laws prohibited most blacks from realizing their dreams.  CJR Fine Arts & Frame will honor a part of Florida’s great history and display all of the Highwaymen’s fine art.  This is Free and Open to the Public.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

514 North State Rd 7
   Royal Palm Beach FL 33411


561-333-9472

 

 

Join CJR Fine Arts & Frame:

Meet The Florida Highwaymen

Opening Reception:

Friday, April 6th

from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Just north of Southern Blvd on State Rd 7 on the East side
mail@cjrfinearts.com

 

 

 

For more information about CJR Fine Arts & Frame:   

www.cjrfinearts.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Judge Nelson Bailey Offers Special Event At Lighthouse Art Center On October 20th

Settle in around a virtual campfire and get comfortable as Judge Nelson Bailey shares his passion for Florida’s history at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursday event on October 20th.  In conjunction with photography exhibition, “Eyes Wide Open: Camera In Hand”, this talented photographer and gifted speaker will share stories about Florida in the late 1800’s.  You won’t want to miss this authentic celebration of Florida’s multicolored quilted history!  The Rickie Report shares the details.  This event is open to the public!

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery
373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469
(561) 746-3101

www.lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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Judge Nelson Bailey

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30 – 7: 30 pm

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Members are free, non-members $10

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, closed

 

 

 

Judge Nelson Bailey is a talented photographer and gifted speaker, and he is the only judge listed with the National Directory of American Storytellers as a “Florida Cracker Storyteller”. Florida’s rich cultural history is full of remarkable tales and Judge Bailey brings them all to life. His audiences declare “Every time I’ve listened to him speak I want to cross my arms and stamp my foot and say, “Don’t stop! More!” Please join us on October 20th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss this authentic celebration of our wild and wooly past.  Hear authentic tales of Native-American mound builders, Spanish explorers, early settlers, and cattle ranchers in a rich gallery environment.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event , the current exhibition, classes, workshops and future programs please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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Mandel JCC Offers One-Of-A-Kind Tour Including Hutchinson Island, Elliot Museum, Gilbert’s Bar House Of Refuge, Fish House Art Center. Registration Now Open.

The Mandel JCC offers a one-of-a- kind tour around the historically beautiful Hutchinson Island! The day begins at the Elliot Museum, which was built by Sterling Elliot’s proud son Harmon as a tribute to his father. Travel through the mind of this creative genius, holder of over 125 patents and inventor of a critical element leading to the success of the automobile. In June of 2012, the Museum merged with the Classic Boat and Maritime Museum,offering a wonderful collection of classical boats, boat models along with appreciating local maritime history.  Visit Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge with picturesque views of the Florida coast while visiting one the oldest structures in Martin County. Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Pawnbroker. End the day at The Fish House Art Center, with glass arts, fine art painters, silk artists who create wearable art, a weaver and a nationally renown beaded jewelry artist. You can watch your future purchases be created right before your very eyes!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including bus transportation from both Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.  Don’t miss this exciting day!

 

 

 

 

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M A N D E L  J C C

of the Palm Beaches

 

CULTURAL  DAY  TRIP:

 

The Elliott Museum

Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge

The Fish House Art Center 

 

 

Thursday, February 18th

Pre-registration by Jan 27

 

 

Boynton Beach- 8:00 AM Departure/ 6:00 PM Return

Palm Beach Gardens- 8:45 AM Departure/ 5:15 PM Return


Cost: $70/Member; $82/Guest

 

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity

to visit some of Florida’s historical gems!

 

 

 

Elliot Museum

 

 

The Mandel JCC is proud to offer a one-of-a- kind tour around the historically beautiful Hutchinson Island! Our day will begin at the Elliot Museum, which was built by Sterling Elliot’s proud son Harmon as a tribute to his father. The tour will give guests time to travel through the mind of this creative genius. Sterling was a famous inventor who held more than 125 patents in his lifetime! Some of his inventions include the first knot tying machine, the Elliot addressing machine, the pneumatic tire, the unequal turning of the front wheels or the steering knuckle- which was a critical element in the success of the automobile.

 

 

In June of 2012, the museum merged with the Classic Boat and Maritime Museum. This will give patrons the opportunity to not only appreciate Elliot’s work, but to also see a wonderful collection of classical boats, boat models along with appreciating local maritime history.

 

 

After a tour of the Elliot, we will have the opportunity to visit Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge. Enjoy picturesque views of the Florida coast while visiting one the oldest structures in Martin County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the House of Refuge is one of ten houses of refuge along Florida’s east coast. These “houses” were havens for sailors and travelers who were shipwrecked along the coastline. According to the House of Refuge website, these establishments were, “run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.”

 

 

 

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Fish House Art Center

 

 

 

Following these two tours, we will have a wonderful lunch at the Prawnbroker. Then, we will end our day at The Fish House Art Center. Located in the historic fishing village of Port Salerno, this is one of the last commercial fish houses that are still in operation. Situated on the Manatee Pocket waterfront, patrons will have the opportunity to explore the work of the eight resident artists that reside at the Art Center. With glass arts, fine art painters, silk artists who create wearable art, a weaver and a nationally renown beaded jewelry artist, you can watch your future purchases be created right before your very eyes!

 

 

For more information visit the JCC’s website at www.jcconline.com.

Feel free to contact us at 561-712-5232.

The address for this event is 5221 Hood Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

You Are Invited: Art Show Benefits Center for Great Apes!

The Rickie Report urges you to attend this benefit, not only to meet some of the famous Highwaymen artists, but to see what this amazing organization is doing!  The Center for Great Apes has rescued many large primates who were used in entertainment and movies such ‘Any Which Way But Loose’,’ Ace Ventura’, and ‘Seinfeld’. Many of these apes were deserted by biomedical labs and roadside zoos or sold to exotic pet dealers when the entertainment industry could no longer use them. One of the residents is Michael Jackson’s former chimp, Bubbles.  The Center is a permanent sanctuary.

The Center for Great Apes

 

Invites You To

 

An Evening of Celebration

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

 

7 – 9 pm

 

Bear Lakes Country Club

 

1901 Village Boulevard

 

W. Palm Beach, FL

 
Center for Great Apes Event West Palm Beach

The Center provides these primates with the ability to live out the rest of their lives in peace and with dignity. With over a mile of an aerial chute travel system connecting all the outdoor play areas, the apes have the unique opportunity to explore the woods and sanctuary grounds safely as they visit other groups and different habitats.

 

 In the wild, infant orangutans and chimpanzees nurse on their mothers for five or six years and stay with their mothers for up to eight or nine years. During this time, they learn the skills needed to socialize and interact with their own species.

 

When great apes are worked in entertainment or sold as pets, infants are pulled away soon after birth and raised to be more human-like. They’re used as babies, but by the time they are six or seven (and still juveniles), young apes are incredibly strong with great intelligence and cannot be handled safely by trainers or pet owners.

 

With this working “shelf-life” of only 6-7 years and a life expectancy of over 50 years, these former stars and pets are often sent to small, unaccredited roadside zoos, biomedical labs, or breeder compounds since accredited zoos rarely can accept them. Some ex-actors and former pet chimps lead very lonely lives, never adapting to other chimpanzees because they lack the social skills they would have learned as infants from their own mothers.

 

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But with the Center for Great Apes’ mission of providing care and rehabilitation to great apes who need a permanent home or who have special psychological or physical challenges, the chimpanzees and orangutans at the sanctuary have found care with dignity and finally companionship with their own species.

 

 

Several of the former pets at the sanctuary were rescued from tiny cages in garages and basements where they had not seen sunlight for 10 to 20 years. Clyde, a 47-year-old chimpanzee was captured in Africa as an infant and sold as a pet. He was kept for more than 40 years alone in a small garage cage, never seeing another chimpanzee. Rescued by the Center just two years ago, Clyde was skeletal, atrophied, could barely walk, and had bedsores covering his body. But today, this elder chimpanzee is strolling through the chutes in the sunshine and learning how to interact and socialize with other chimpanzees.

The audience will have the opportunity to meet Founder, Patti Ragan, as well as Florida Highwaymen artist Jimmy Stovall. It will feature artwork by Nathaniel Gold, Garry Kravit, Isabel Du Toit and others.  Artwork will be for sale to benefit The Center for Great Apes.  For more information about this event, please contact Wally Baldwin at 561-667-1099 or baldwinwally@gmail.com

Bubbles, the Chimpanzee

Membership Levels & Benefits:

The sanctuary is not open to the public as an attraction or zoo. However current yearly members and supporters of the Center are invited to attend our annual Member Day in the spring.  Joining at the $50 membership  or above entitles you to a year-long membership to the Center for Great Apes, including a subscription to our e-News and PrimeApes Newsletter, and invitation(s) to our two member events per year.

 

Family Membership (with a private tour for 4)……………$250

Family Membership (for 4)…………………………………………$150
Couple Membership………………………………………………….$75
Individual Membership………………………………………………$50
Student (High School & College)…………………………………..$25

 

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Please visit their web page: http://www.centerforgreatapes.org/

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Webber Gallery Presents Paintings By Bill Benjamin As Part Of Gallery Walk in Lake Worth

Take your friends, neighbors and family to Lake Worth this Saturday for a special event.  The Centennial Committee of Lake Worth has planned many events for us to celebrate with this artist haven.  This Saturday, March 9th from 11 – 4,  you can take a self-guided tour beginning in Downtown Lake Worth. Participating galleries and cultural stops are offering freebies and specials.  Bruce Webber Gallery is hosting an exhibit, “Florida, Back in the Day” featuring prominent Palm Beach artist, Bill Benjamin.  The Rickie Report hopes to see you there!

 

 

Florida, Back in the Day

 

An Exhibit of Original Paintings

By Palm Beach Artist

Bill Benjamin

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       The Bruce Webber Gallery joins in the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the State of Florida and the centennial of the City of Lake Worth with an exhibit of paintings by Palm Beach artist Bill Benjamin.

 

Opening Reception with the Artist

Thursday March 7, 2013

  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

 JOIN IN THE FREE GALLERY WALK

SATURDAY MARCH 9th

11 – 4

Exhibit continues through March 23rd.

 

Bill Benjamin grew up in Palm Beach, the eldest son of William Benjamin, II, of Southampton and New York and Odette de Bruniere, of Paris, France. Bill’s mother was an accomplished artist. Besides his parents’ encouragement and his mother’s example, Bill counts his education at the Choate School and particularly the Cosnard course on the history of French art as major early influences of his lifelong interest in the Impressionist style of painting.

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After studying Fine Arts at Tulane University in New Orleans, Bill worked primarily in the marine construction industry, including a year spent in Hawaii at the Naval Base in Pearl Harbor. The Eighties saw Bill’s return to Palm Beach and his art career, which was well received within the community, with gallery shows and many private and commercial clients for both works in oil on canvas and murals, particularly featured in Jennifer Ash’s book, ‘Private Palm Beach’.

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Bill’s paintings feature prominently his interest in plein air and marine subjects with an impressionist flair. Please join us for this nostalgic exhibit of old Florida.  For more information contact:www.webbergallery.com or call 561-582-1045.

 ART WALK

Featured venues include:

  • The Lake Worth Playhouse which will be open for touring during the Art Walk from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • The Stonzek Theatre which will host an open house from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with short films and fun cartoons on screen.
  • Chafin Music will feature an exhibit of posters created specifically for Chafin Music Center by school aged children.
  • The Bruce Webber Gallery will feature an exhibit of paintings by Palm Beach Artist Bill Benjamin entitled; Florida, Back in the Day.

 Other participants include:

 

  • BAMBOO ROOM
  • CLAY GLASS METAL STONE GALLERY
  • DAVID  TORRELLA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DOWNTOWN DANCE
  • JIM M. HERTZ STUDIO
  • LAKE WORTH ART LEAGUE
  • LAKE WORTH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
  • LAKE WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • MARGOT STEIN GALLERY
  • MARYANNE WEBBER GALLERY
  • McMOW ART GLASS
  • STUDIO DANCE

 

The Art Walk is a self guided tour and will take place rain or shine. For more information contact: Maryanne Webber  at 561 585 0003        or  Webbergalleries@bellsouth.net 

 

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