RCK Gallery In Downtown Stuart Offers Immersive “Clay’s Florida” Exhibition. Free Public Grand Opening Reception On Friday, November 5th During The Creek Art Walk.

Robert “Clay” Kanzler’s dreams demand action, but not only for himself… Clay’s vision involves local artists and local charities, who all benefit from RCK Gallery‘s presence. Stop by  Friday, November 5 for the Grand Opening of “Clay’s Florida”.  This breathtaking exhibition of Clay’s own artistry details his personal Florida connections.  You will be intoxicated by the manuscript woven through this large body of paintings, print images, and photographsRCK Gallery highlights a local non-profit each month, which is supported with 25% of all art sales. November’s charity is House of Hope. Each month, a New Exhibit will open, so stay tuned! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Keep an eye on RCK Gallery, because you won’t want to miss a single event!

 

 

 

614 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart Fl 34994

 772-403-3153

 

 

Friday, November 5, 2021  

5 – 7 PM

 

614 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart,  FL 34994

 772-403-3153

 

 

 

 Open Every Friday  5 – 7 pm           Or By Appointment

 

 

 

Artwork by Robert “Clay” Kanzler 

 

Buckle Up!  The Grand Opening Reception of “CLAY’S FLORIDA” is a once-in-a-lifetime ride with renowned artist Robert “Clay” Kanzler. He wows us as we take a 50 year retrospective exhibiting his large body of images that are combined with his riveting story telling.

 

 

Artwork by Robert “Clay” Kanzler 

 

 

Robert “Clay” Kanzler tells The Rickie Report, ” I am so excited and blessed to have been able to open the beautiful RCK Gallery on Colorado Avenue.  My goal as artist/owner is to bring exciting art from all over the country to our beloved Stuart, while also helping our neighbors in need.”  He goes on to explain that, “RCK Gallery selects a different local charity to support each month, and we donate 25% of the gallery’s profits to them”.

 

 

 

Artwork by Robert “Clay” Kanzler 

RCK Gallery is located in the beautiful Historic area of Stuart.  The season line-up includes  9 completely different shows to entice you with, along with Clay’s usual Friday Night Out cocktail receptions, late night dances, fundraisers, lectures, and red carpet events! RCK Selects a different local charity to support each month, and donates 25% of the galleries profits to them. House of Hope is the Charity for the month of November, which is doing so much in our community to feed and take care of our friends who need our help.

 

 

Installation of Artwork by Robert “Clay” Kanzler 

 

 

 

U P C O M I N G       S C H E D U L E:

December 4, 2021 – “Stuart Then and Now”

January 7, 2022 – “Women Are From Venus”

February 4, 2022 – “Men Are From Mars”

March 4, 2022 – “God’s Light Into the Darkness”

April 15, 2022 – “Mary & Jesus”

April 22, 2022 – “Alice Murdoch”

May 6, 2022 – “Installation with Cheryl Maeder”

June 3, 2022 – “Bits and Pieces”

 

For information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits, or becoming involved with RCK Gallery please contact April Terborg, Director.  

 

RCK GALLERY

614 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart Fl 34994

 

 772-403-3153

Email: aprilterborg@gmail.com

 

 

House of Hope

 

 

2484 SE Bonita Street   Stuart, FL 34997-5004

Phone: 772-286-HOPE (4673)
Fax: 772-286-7696

info@hohmartin.org

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

The Gallery At Center for Creative Education Presents ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit

The Gallery at Center For Creative Education presents a group exhibition featuring Native, “Wild Florida” Photography November through December, 2016. The Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, November 5th.  Photographer Greg Matthews and The Gallery at CCE Manager Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla present this exhibit based on wildlife, habitats, or environmental impacts. The true art of photographs that come from within the state of Florida and are taken in the wild shares the awe, wonder and beauty of our surroundings. Exhibition will be open to the public November 5th through December 17th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

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Center For Creative Education
425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
t (561) 805 9927 ext. 160      f (561) 805 9929

www.cceflorida.org

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

 

 

 

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**Special Opening Reception for the Public**

Saturday, November 5, 2016

 6:00 – 8:30 pm

$10.00 Entry (Charitable Donation to CCE’s mission in helping children learn through the arts) –

A Table 427 Voucher will accompany each $10 entry which provides ‘$10 for you and a friend’ to be redeemed at their Vibrant eatery offering Continental fare with Mexican flavors, plus spirits & music in the heart of Northwood Village.

Food provided by Whole Foods Market, Food Trucks by Stashbox BBQ and Island Buzz, Beverages by Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, Live Animals on-site by Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

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Featured Fine Art Photographers:

 

Raymond Gehman | Chris Gillette | Paul Marcellini | Greg Matthews | David Moynahan | Mac Stone | Carlton Ward Jr. | Marina Scarr |

 

These artists have been featured in National Geographic, Popular Photography, American Museum of Natural History (NY), National Wildlife, Audubon, and Smithsonian just to name a few.

 

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Photography by Marina Scarr

 
‘Wild Florida’ ran an open call to the public for photographers to submit works which were juried in to exhibit alongside the featured artists. Photo Contest Exhibiting Photographers: *10 Artists juried into exhibition via Contest. One work from each chosen artist to be exhibited alongside the Featured Artists.

 

 

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Photography by Chris Gillette

 

 

 

Top 3 chosen images are accompanied by Cash Prizes

by Guest Juror: Clyde Butcher (Florida Artist Hall of Fame)

1st Place – Quinn Hiaasen – Lightning Over Florida Bay
2nd Place – Christopher Evans – Blue Cypress Lake
3rd Place – Peter Brannon – Embrace
4th-10th Honorable Mentions in no particular order
Joe Cruz – Fanning Split
Bruce Bain – Ghost Orchid
Tim Harrell – Anhinga
Norm Haines – One With The Universe
Melissa James – Native Green Anole
Rhett Butler – If
Jeff Waldorff

 

 

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Photography by Greg Matthews

 

 

 

 

Photo Contest Sponsors:

Local Brand, Tanks-A-Lot Aquariums, Coastal Source

Exhibition and Opening Night Sponsors:

Whole Foods Market, Accomplice Brewing

Exhibition and Opening Night Partners:

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (live animals on-site), Local Brand

Exhibition Sponsor:

Searcy Law

Night Patrol

Photography by Daniel Moynahan

‘Like’ The Gallery’s Facebook page to follow all of our happenings
https://www.facebook.com/TheGalleryatCenterforCreativeEducation/?ref=hl

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/450982158359848/

For more information about this exhibit, events, classes and workshops:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager
Center For Creative Education
425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
t (561) 805 9927 ext. 160    f (561) 805 9929
www.cceflorida.org

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

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival Offers Laid Back Vibe While Shopping Fine Crafts, Meeting Artists

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival on October 8th and 9th gives a laid back beach vibe to your shopping experience. Howard Alan Events and the Kiwanis Club bring fine artists and skilled crafters from around the country to A1A and Commercial Blvd. Free admission makes this juried show accessible to everyone.  The Rickie Report introduces you to three of the exhibitors and shares the details about this show.

 

 

 

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Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm

4400 N Ocean Dr in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

Free Admission

Support the Arts and the Local Community

 

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SPOTLIGHT   ON   THE   ARTISTS:

Barbie Pearson,  Photography
barbie.pearson@att.net

 

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Photo by Barbie Pearson

A native-born Floridian from Miami, Barbie grew up in Key Biscayne on the Matheson Estate, the historic Douglas Entrance and Coral Gables.  Barbie received her Master’s Degree in Education and certification in Gifted Education from Florida International University (FIU).   After college, Barbie pursued a teaching career.  This enabled her to travel during the summers to many exotic places and to share her photographs with students acquainting them with fascinating world cultures and teaching tolerance for other ways of life. She dreamed of joining the ranks of National Geographic, since their work had inspired a penchant for photography and life journaling.

 

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Photo by Barbie Pearson

 

 

Today, having recently retired from a 35-year teaching career, Barbie is now pursuing her other passion, photo art creating a fresh perspective. She enjoys a different way of looking at the everyday, the beauty and designs of nature, wildlife, oceans, doors, other cultures…capturing life’s art and nature’s beauty on the canvas that awaits us.  Cards, small matted prints, large matted prints, framed photo art and more are available for purchase at the Lauderdale by the Sea show or 

 

 

Mindy Gang, Jewelry

www.mindygangjewelry.com

 

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Handmade Jewelry by Mindy Gang

 

 

 

Mindy uses precious & semi-precious stones with premium metals and chains to create unique handcrafted jewelry. She likes to describe her work as raw elegance. 

 

 

 

Andrea Lopez, Painting

www.andreaartmiami.com

 

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Painting by Andrea Lopez

 

“Art has been the one constant in my life. It is a means of expression and a way for me to share my passion with others. I am very blessed to have this gift and I am grateful to those that have already made my work a part of their lives. I have always believed art to be a way to share joy and bring happiness to those around you. There is something about looking at a painting that speaks to you that is unparalleled”.

 

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Painting by Andrea Lopez

 

“My art teacher in the 9th grade was the first to put a paintbrush in my hand. A graduate of the University of Miami with a BFA and a minor in art history, I draw inspiration from the impressionists, and the flatter styles of the post-impressionists such as Gauguin and Cezanne. I combine these two distinct styles into one, creating a dynamic piece that borders on the brink of 2-D and 3-D art. I mainly work with oil paints but have created art pieces in various mediums.  My newest endeavor is painting murals for nurseries. Have your child wake up each morning to their favorite fairy princesses, animals, or any other scene you can imagine”.

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

For additional information:

 www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615

 

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Artists Association of Jupiter Presents:”Clay, Glass, Wood”

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter

&

A Unique Art Gallery

Present:

Clay, Glass, Wood

A Collaboration of Mixed Media

Artists:

Pam Carman

Carolyn Austin

Bill Jones

Wednesday, March 12th

5:30-7:30 pm

 

 

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A Unique Art Gallery and Unique Glass Art, Inc.
226 Center St. A-6 and A-8
Jupiter, FL 33458
561-747-2024 



 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County, www.thelordsplace.org.  For more information please call A Unique Art Gallery at 561-529-2748 or go to www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com
Mirror by Pam Carman

Mirror by Pam Carman

 

What happens when you mix Wood, Glass and Clay???   You get an amazing, creative, new art form from three accomplished Artists.   The collaboration of this one of a kind mixed media show started out as a friendship between fellow artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones sharing ideas and admiring each other’s designs.  

They competed individually, at some of the same competitions, and won awards together. The list of their successes and their ability to teach, exhibit, and give back to the Palm Beach Art communities is commendable.   They started talking, sketching, etching, cutting, turning and gluing………!!!!!!   

 

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

 

Pamela Carman is a primarily self-taught mixed media artist. Pamela’s current body of work is in polymer clay and found objects.  She has an affinity for color that is evident in her work and gets excited just creating her color palette! The majority of her work is inspired by and based in nature. Recurring animal themes, especially of birds and fish can be seen in her most recent work. They are meant to bring a smile or chuckle.

 

 

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

 

 

Teaching polymer workshops in South Florida, Pamela has been an instructor for the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo for the last 5 years. She also offers private and group lessons in her home studio. Her award winning work can be found internationally. www.pamelacarman.com

 

 

 

"Cat" by Pam Carman

“Cat” by Pam Carman

 

 

 

Bill Jones is a local wood turner with a workshop in Jupiter; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Wood turners, a local chapter of the American Association of Wood Turners. He spends his time teaching at adult education classes, 4H youth classes and creating a limited number of turning to show at various exhibitions and galleries. Every piece he turns is mad with not only a love of the wood, but also the delight in craftsmanship of taking a log to a finished and unique artistic object. You are welcome to watch him turn wood in his shop by appointment 561-762-1031. Come and enjoy the wonderful world of wood! www.woodturningbybilljones.com 

 

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

 

 

Carolyn Austin began designing and creating glass art within the family business in 1986. She has built her reputation in the Palm Beach Community as one of the most unique glass etching artists in the area. Her showroom and studio are located in the Center Park Plaza in Jupiter.

 

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Glass Art by Carolyn Austin

 

 

Carolyn has lived in the Jupiter/Tequesta area since 1979 and developed an eye for the tropical Florida scenes from long legged birds to intensely detailed ocean life which in turn creates one of kind glass art. She tells us, “I love working with people and using my 25 years plus of experience to create a beautiful customized look in glass whether it be an entrance way or a free standing piece of glass art. All my designs are created by hand, an intricate detailed process to enhance each client’s home and personality. Making my glass art a personal favorite for each client is always satisfying. I take pride in my work and the exclusive following it has created.”    www.uniqueglassart.com 

 

 

THE LORD’S PLACE

 

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The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community.

 

The Lord’s Place is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 organization that has been changing the lives of homeless families and individuals in Palm Beach County for over 30-years. We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness with programs and services that include: Community Engagement, Supportive Housing, Job Training and Employment.

 

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In 2012, The Lord’s Place provided supportive housing to 434 men, women and children. By the end of the year, 92% were no longer homeless. This past year,  133 formerly homeless men and women gain job skills and 88 were placed in jobs with local employers. Our success over the years is due to an unwavering commitment to our clients and an approach that balances compassion and personal responsibility. For more information visit website www.thelordsplace.org 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com

 

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.com 

 

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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Dorothea Talik Shows During Art Basel at “Endangered” Exhibit

The Rickie Report saw Dorothea Talik’s artwork and recommended she apply for the “Endangered” Exhibit, taking place in Miami during the prestigious Art Basel exhibition.  A community based artist, Dorothea has a flair for interpreting seascapes, landscapes and Florida birds.  More details about the “Endangered” exhibit and Dorothea’s artistry are in this article.  Kudos to Dorothea!!

Dorothea Talik

 

Participates in

“Endangered”

 

Miami Rum Club

December 5 – 7, 2013

2320 North Miami Avenue

(Wynwood Art District)   

Miami, FL

 

Dorothea Talik will be showing one of her oil paintings during Art Basel Week in Miami, in one of the many exhibitions that run alongside Art Basel, the grande dame of American art fairs.  The exhibition, “Endangered,”  has its focus on endangered species and the environment. This show runs from Dec. 5 to 7th in a special gallery space at Miami Club Rum, 2320 North Miami Avenue, in the Wynwood Art District. 

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“Ruffled Feathers”

 

“Ruffled Feathers”  is an oil painting on canvas of the Snowy Egret, the beautiful and delicate wading bird.  She tells The Rickie Report,   “ I chose this exquisite bird for a couple of reasons.  It is a familiar sight in my Palm Beach Gardens community, a residential development with a preserve setting that is also an Audubon Signature Gold Medallion Sanctuary.  And, along with its cousin, the Great Egret, the Snowy was on the brink of extinction in the late 1880’s, slaughtered by the millions by plume hunters who sold the brilliant white feathers to decorate ladies’ hats.  If not for the  grassroots zeal of two Boston socialites intent on saving the birds (and kick-starting conservation laws and the National Audubon Society in the process), this stunning egret would be gone.”  

 

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“A New Day”

 

 

 Dorothea goes on to explain, “I love photographing and painting birds. I’m very excited about being part of this show!   I have been painting for almost fifteen years and have transitioned from watercolors to oils.  I love oils for their vibrancy and fluidity and never tire of creating”.

 

"Riding the Waves"

“Riding the Waves”

 

 

Dorothea is a member of several Art Associations, including the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the North County Art Association.   She maintains a space at  The Village Art Studios in Tequesta at Gallery Square North,  377 Tequesta Drive.  That’s where you will find her most Thursday mornings and other days of the week from time to time.   She describes the studio as a “room of my own, a home away from home where I can fulfill my desire to create”.

 

 

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“Children of the Masa Tribe”

 

Her passion for art began as a young girl on Long Island while watching the syndicated television program “Learn to Draw”, led by the self-taught artist, John Gnagy.  She sketched whenever she had the opportunity.  Like so many other women of her generation, the ensuing years were filled with raising a family, sustaining a career, and developing as a person.  After retirement from her professional life in the dental field, Dorothea decided to take formal art classes and studied with a watercolorist in Stony Brook, NY, who not only taught but also exhibited around the United States.

 

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“Lady in Yellow”

 

“As the years passed, I needed a change and was drawn to the vibrancy and fluidity of oils.  I prefer using a variety of my photos for reference in my compositions as well as what I see in my imagination.  I love the contrast of lights and darks. Currently a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, I continue to take classes and have my own studio space in Tequesta at the Village Art Studios in Gallery Square North.  The studio is a cooperative working studio and gallery situated next  door to the Lighthouse Art Center.   I continue to be passionate about my art, looking for new avenues to challenge my need to create…,” Dorothea shares.

 

 

 

Dorothea has been featured in a number of exhibits:  

  • Miami – “Endangered”- Miami Club Rum during Art Basel Week, Wynwood Art District, December 5-7th, 2013
  • Jupiter Town Hall center –North County Art Association Show, October- November 12, 2013
  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park –  “Underwater” show, current
  • Creative Dimensions II- WITVA ( Women in the Visual Arts) January 19th – March 6th. 2013 Delray Beach Fl
  • Loxahatchee Visions Third Annual Art Contest, Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach Fl. Nov. 12th 2012– Jan. 13, 2013
  • The Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta.  All shows  2005 to present
  • Artists of Palm Beach County. Jupiter Town Hall Center  2010, 2009 and 2008
  • Coral Springs juried show sponsored by the Boca Museum, Boca Raton spring 2009
  • Artist in Residence Village Art Studios, Gallery Square North, Tequesta

 

 

For more information or to contact Dorothea, please email:  t.dorothea@yahoo.com , visit The Village Art Studios website    Thevillageartists.webs.com  or call 561- 351-1470

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

The Quiet Elegance of Quince Quaintance

Quince Quaintance is an award-winning artist who resides in Jupiter with his wife Rusty.  His work has been shown at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the New York Pastel Society, and the New York National Academy.  Quince’s favorite medium is oil, but he also works with pastel and water color, sometimes mixing mediums. 

The Rickie Report met with Quince in Tequesta at the Lighthouse Art Center and then moved to Partners on Design, where a large number of his paintings are hanging.   We urge our readers to see his work, a peaceful yet colorful look at the Florida tropics and reverent portraits.

TRR: Tell us about your early art influences:

Quince:  I was always drawing when I was a kid.  I lived in New Canaan, CT, a small town.  My older brother was in the army and I was always drawing WWII planes.   During my high school years, a local bank hung one of my pictures.  I worked in tempera and water color at that time.  After high school I entered the Navy, trained as a meteorologist, and was stationed in New Foundland.   I would see the most amazing frozen waves as I would send weather balloons with transmitters aloft.  When we were back in the barracks, I would sketch and do pencil drawings of my bunk mates’ girlfriends from photos.  The guys would send them home to their girls.

TRR:  Did you ever draw those waves?

Quince:  No, I was always interested in the people.  I came home and decided to go to art design school and attended Parsons School of Design.  I interned for an ad agency in New York City because I studied advertising art.   I ended up finding a job in California for an upscale department store, which had me work on special events for visiting dignitaries, authors, and sports stars rather than drawing.  It really put me in front of the public, which I never thought I could do.  As surprised and pleased as I was, it also gave me ulcers, so I left and came back to New York City to join the family business, Alice Maynard.  We produced needlepoint tapestries and sold knitting supplies.

TRR:   Needle point canvases can be extremely detailed.  What part of the business were you involved with?

Quince:  I was drawing the scenes for the tapestries, which made me feel like I was just a machine.  I kept drawing the same pattern over and over again.  I wanted to do original pieces!

TRR: Burt Silverman is an icon of painting the landscape of the human face, showing realism with emotion.  How did you meet Burt Silverman?

Quince: While working in New York, I wanted to continue to draw and learn more about art.  I attended the National Academy to take classes and met Burt Silverman.  I was one of 10 students taking portrait and life drawing with him.  He was and still is a huge influence on my work.  He is my idol.

TRR:  How did Burt influence your artistry?

Quince:  Mostly in my style.  I like to layer and layer puddled water color on the paper.  Then I use an almost damp brush like scratchboard or an etching technique to take some color away, so you see underneath the layers.  I am not able to do much of that technique any more because they stopped making the paper.  It was a fascinating technique.

TRR:  How did you meet Rusty?

Quince: It is ironic that Rusty also came from New Canaan, CT  but we didn’t know each other at the time.  We met through my room mate, married, and  continued keeping the business going but I burned out and was reaching age 50.

I had made a pact with myself that I would retire if at all possible at that age.  We couldn’t afford to stay in Manhattan, so we explored the tropics to see where life would lead us.  We visited Rusty’s relatives in Miami Beach quite often but didn’t want to live with all the congestion.  So, we drove north until we came to a place where there were no high rises and stopped! That was how we came to Jupiter.

TRR:  What particular medium and subject matter do you prefer?

Quince:  Drawing is my favorite pastime.  I believe that art has to tell me something.   In my estimation, an artist or painter cannot get too far if he cannot draw.  That’s why I am not an abstract  painter.

TRR:  Does that mean that only realism should be considered art?

Quince:  Not necessarily.  Sometimes that art can speak to me.   I can’t critique something I don’t understand!   If you want a piece of art just because it goes with your couch and drapes, that’s not for me.  It is just a pretty picture.

TRR: Can you take our readers from the moment of inspiration to the finished piece?

Quince:  For landscapes, I like to work fast and rarely sketch, especially if I am plein air painting.  I want to get my emotion down on the paper or canvas.  I often work on more than one canvas at a time, going back and forth to bring out a different nuance I hadn’t noticed until I had walked away for a while.  I may paint in a small tree here or there as a road map to the larger landscape.  When I am working on a portrait, I make several sketches with a broad stick of charcoal.  I rough draw the motion of the body  and then go to finer charcoal for the details.  I do a lot of research and use photos for the animal portraits. sometimes it is hard for me to decide when a painting is finished.

TRR:  What story is your work telling the viewer?

Quince:  Art must have a story to tell…to convey something to the person who is looking at my work.  I am very interested in animal conservation and the environment.  Often, I feel that I am painting history.  Who knows how much longer some of these trees and wildlife will be here?  Whatever I paint has to be of interest to me in addition to being popular with a customer.

TRR: What challenges do you face in your artistry?

Quince:  Watching a successful painting evolve is sometimes challenging.  I have to be patient.  Some paintings can take weeks and others may take years.

TRR: What do you suggest to beginning artists?

Quince:  DRAW! DRAW! DRAW!  The colors will come later!

TRR: You can contact Quince at: rustyquince@aol.com or 561-757-2360.  Quince’s work is on display at Partners on Design  385 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL.  Contact Blaine Riedel at  561-847-0355 for hours.

 

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