Southern Handcraft Society Of Boca Raton Invites You To “Seasons In The Sun” And Announces Upcoming Shows

The Southern Handcraft Society’s Boca Raton Chapter is ready for Spring!  Stop by the Counte De Hoernle Pavilion ( Train Depot) in Boca Raton on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12 for “Seasons In The Sun” Craft Show.  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks while you get your calendars to save dates for their upcoming “Holiday Harvest”, “Delray Beach Christmas Holiday Show” and Boca Raton “Christmas Holiday Show”.  The Southern Handcraft Society has many Chapters.  Crafters, artists and hobbyists are welcome to monthly meetings.  It is a wonderful way to share your love of creating with the camaraderie of others!

 

 

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SEASONS  IN  THE  SUN

Friday, March 11   5 – 8 pm

Saturday,  March 12   9 am – 2 pm

Counte De Hoernle Pavilion (Train Depot)

747 South Dixie Highway

(South of Palmetto Park on West side)

Boca Raton, FL 33432

FREE  ADMISSION

 

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Hostess Gifts, House Warming Gifts

Easter Basket Goodies and Decorations

Handmade Jewelry, Whimsical and Practical Accessories

 

 

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For more information please contact:  Snowhites2@aol.com

 

 

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New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival Returns To Downtown Delray Beach December 26 & 27

The 9th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival takes place on December 26 – 27, 2015.  Featuring 100 leading crafters from throughout the U.S. and their finest work including original handmade crafts, functional art and affordable gift items. Walk along this outdoor marketplace at the intersection of 4th Avenue & Atlantic Avenue, spanning ½ mile of 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. The artistic media include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. This event is FREE to the public and a portion of proceeds will Support the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Local Economy.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details and introduce you to three of the exhibitors: Simon Cherkasski (mixed media sculpture), Mel Hamrick (wood) and Inna Schoeler (wearable fiber art).

 

 

 

 

9th Annual Downtown Delray Beach

New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival

 

 

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December 26 – 27, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

Intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 4th Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
(North and south of Atlantic Avenue, spanning ½ mile of NE & SE 4th Avenues)

Navigational Address: 330 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Affordable Crafts – Functional Art – Unique Gift Items – Live Music

Support the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Local Economy

Free and open to the public!

 

 

 

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“Gray Goose” by Simon Cherkasski

http://www.cherkasski.com/?portfolio=about-s-cherkasski

Simon Cherasski creates artistry in numerous media, including  copper sculpture, monochromatic acrylics, felt collages plus rock and steel, as seen here.

 

 

 

 

On December 26 and 27, 2015, the 9th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival takes place. It features 100 leading crafters from throughout the U.S. and their finest work including original handmade crafts, functional art and affordable gift items. The event takes place at  the intersection of 4th Avenue & Atlantic Avenue, spanning ½ mile of 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. The artistic media include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Nature’s Way” by  Mel Hamrick

http://www.reminiscinginwood.biz

 

Mel is a Fretwork and Mixed Media Artist who creates wooden portraits on a scroll saw by hand. All  designs are her own original creations. She adds other elements to her work such as inlaid stained glass, acrylic painted backgrounds, and pyrography classifying some pieces as Mixed Media as well.

 

 

The Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival, December 26 – 27, is American Craft Endeavor’s final show of the year in South Florida. Eclectic displays of handmade crafts, functional art, and unique gift items will line N.E. & S.E. 4th Avenues, just north and south of Atlantic Boulevard, in Downtown Delray Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Solar Flare” by Inna Schoeler

 http://www.foxxychique.com/about.html

Inna creates unique handmade luxury knitwear and accessories. Her innovative approach updates the traditional techniques of knitting, crochet and weaving, while blending the finest yarns together to create distinctive twenty-first century clothing.

 

 

 

Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the work of the finest skilled crafters in the country. Prices will be set to suit all budgets and will range from as little as $3 to $3,000.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

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“Symphony” by Simon Cherkasski

http://www.cherkasski.com/?portfolio=about-s-cherkasski

American Craft Endeavors and Howard Alan Events produce many art and craft festivals in Downtown Delray Beach each year including the city’s signature Festival of the Arts which takes place in January as well as the Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival in addition to many craft shows at various locations around town.

 

 

 

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“Predator”  by Mel Hamrick

http://www.reminiscinginwood.biz/?page_id=15

 

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass  

 

 

 

 

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“Aquarius” by  Inna Schoeler

http://www.foxxychique.com/about.html

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 on the 9th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Call For Artists Who Want To Participate In A FUN Fundraiser At Armory Art Center

Every artist we’ve spoken to exclaims their delight, excitement and enthusiasm for The Armory Art Center‘s Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction!  Only 50 artists are able to participate in the 4th Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Artists publicly show off their skills by creating a work of art in front of a live audience that will be auctioned off just minutes after being completed. This unique event will give artists the chance to exhibit their work in public at one of South Florida’s most venerated cultural centers. The Rickie Report shares the Call To Artists Information and reminds Art Lovers and Art Patrons to Mark the Date on Your Calendars NOW! Artist Entry Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015.   Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event to showcase your talent and personality!

 

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1700 parker avenue         w.p.b., fl 33401

(561) 832-1776

 

 

4th Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction

Saturday, November 28, 2015

6 – 9:30 pm

 

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Artists Creating at Armory 50/50

(Photo Courtesy of Alan Schwartz)

 

 

Why participate? Exposure…

 

 

  • The event will be well promoted and well attended by art enthusiasts and collectors.
  • You can display a binder that is up to 9”x12” to showcase more examples of your work to potential buyers.
  • Each year the 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction has brought in more than 200 spectators.
  • You will have the chance to interact with attendees and distribute postcards and business cards.
  • You have the added benefit of enhancing your resume when you are accepted into this juried opportunity.
  • Your work is auctioned by a local radio personality who will promote the event on air.
  • You will keep 50% from the sale of your work.
  • The event and sale of your painting can be added to your bio and resume.
  • This is a prestigious juried event and you will be selected based on talent.
  • There is a $20 application fee.
  • Artists will be provided a 16”x20” canvas.
  • Artists must provide their own art supplies and set up their work stations.
  • Artists can use acrylic or any other non-toxic materials (no oils) but the work MUST be dry before the end of the painting session (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) and must be ready to hang, even if it includes 3-D elements.
  • The starting bid of all work will be $50. The final bid price is split 50/50 between artist and the Armory.
  • You can also choose to become a sponsoring artist and donate full proceeds for greater publicity. Learn more by going to armoryart.org/sponsoring-artist
  • The artist or a representative at the conclusion of the event must claim unsold artwork. Artwork left at the Armory will become the property of the Armory.
  • Upon acceptance to the 4th Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction, artists will receive further instructions regarding their participation.
  • Application can be found on armoryart.org/artist-opportunites
  • To apply, submit the completed application and 3 jpeg images of your work via email to suzanne.redmond@armoryart.org
  • If you are accepted by the jury, notification with details will be sent by email. For more information, please call (561) 832-1776.
  • Deadline for entry is November 13, 2015

 

Details and application are available at: http://armoryart.org/artist-opportunities

 

 

 

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Jeanne Martin Welcomes Artists/Art Patrons

Event Schedule:

 

 

5:30 – 6:30 pm Artists Set Up

6:30 pm Doors Open to the Public

6:30 – 8:30 pm Artists Create Their Work

8:15 – 8:30 pm Paintings Are Collected For the Auction

8:30 – 8:45 pm Live Auction Begins

9:30 – 10:00 pm Artists break-down

 

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Virginia Sinicki, WRMF’s popular KVJ show radio host

Is returning as emcee.

Last year Virginia livened up the crowd and every painting sold!

 

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Bidders!

 

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Painters at Armory 50/50 Event

 Onlookers Waiting to Make Their Bids

 

The Armory Art Center:

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

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

“Rock-Paper-Scissors” Exhibit at Artisans On The Ave Shows Creativity With Fiber Arts, Wire and Hand Made Paper Arts

Rock-Paper-Scissors, a childhood game comes to life through the art of three very talented artists.  See Pauline Denson‘s lapidary artistry, Del Foxton‘s hand made papers from recycled materials, and Patricia Metcalf‘s magnificent contemporary and traditional quilts.  Walk through Artisans On The Ave and reflect on the happy memories of playing this game.  You’ll see a whole new perspective of how we never lose the child within us.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit which opens on Friday, October 2nd.  See how each one of these featured artists put a different spin on the meaning of Rock-Paper-Scissors.  Come to this Free event and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Opening Reception:

“Rock- Paper- Scissors”

 

 

 

Friday, October 2, 2015

6 – 9 pm

Artisans On The Ave

 

 

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162  or  561-582-3300

 

 

 

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

Free event with refreshments 

 

 

 

 

"Papa Quilt" by Pat Metcalf

                        “Papa Quilt” by Pat Metcalf

 

 

Rock-Paper-Scissors a childhood game comes to life through the art of our three very talented artists. As you walk through the gallery and reflect on the happy memories of playing this game you will see a whole new perspective of how we never lose the child within us. See how each one of these featured artists put a different spin on the meaning of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

 

"Boba Fett" Quilt by Pat Metcalf

                 “Boba Fett” Quilt by Pat Metcalf

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Metcalf uses scissors to create beautiful one-of-a-kind quilts to enhance your home. She loved sewing as a child and carried her talent through the years as a quilter. Her fabric choices are inspired by the South Florida lifestyle she so enjoys. Pretty colors of pinks, greens, flamingos and palm trees are carefully cut by hand with scissors. She then places each fabric block in a layout to achieve her finished picture. The quilt blocks are sewn by hand or sewing machine as each stitch is made to perfection with detail and finishing. The results are amazing as each quilt comes to life when completed. She has taken a very old tradition going back hundreds of years and created a very contemporary look. Her art quilts can be hung on a wall to admire or used in a functional way in a bedroom or living area.

 

 

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Del Foxton & Betty Wilson At Artisans On The Ave

 

 

 

Del Foxton is a contemporary eco-artist making handmade paper into an art form of her own style. She is very passionate about environmental issues and delighted she can lessen her carbon footprint while indulging in this passion. Her artistry wall hangings give a totally unique, environmentally conscious look. Her process starts with a plentiful supply of exotic materials from local trees, leaves, bushes and more that she gathers in her travels. Following the circa 105 AD Chinese technique, Del creates art that can sometimes be colorfully vivid or serene like the ocean embedded with seashells and vegetation.

 

 

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Handmade Paper Eco-Art by Del Foxton

 

Del is now one of the global artisans keeping this ancient art form alive.  Del is delighted that in her small way she lessens her carbon footprint while indulging her passion for making beautiful paper that becomes sculptures and wall hangings.  Del’s works are online (delfoxton.com) and at selected South Florida Art galleries.To set an appointment or for more information on times and dates of events, contact delfoxton@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Wire Wrapped Gemstone by Pauline Denson 

 

 

Pauline Denson is a lapidary artist using natural rocks, crystals, gems, and minerals in her jewelry. She learned to identify precious stones and mineral specimens and uses her knowledge as she hunts for various rock pieces to turn into artistic wearable jewelry. She sometimes takes slabs of stone and grinds them into interesting shapes, and then polishes the different gems on finer and fine grits. She especially likes to use agates in her jewelry making.

 

 

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Handmade Jewelry By Pauline Denson

 

This is a labor-intensive process which is very satisfying when completed. Pauline uses different wires to complement her natural selection of stones and gems. The wires enhance the vivid colors and markings of each rock. Her selection includes 14-caret gold filled and sterling to copper and brass wirings that she has entwined around the precious rocks.

 

 

 

For more information about

Artisans On The Ave

please contact Betty Wilson
561-585-7744      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

Southern Handcraft Society’s Boca Raton Chapter Invites Everyone To Their Annual “Holiday Harvest”

The Rickie Report is excited to share the Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society’s upcoming “Holiday Harvest”, October 2 -3rd. This is a craft show with something for everyone …Autumn Decor, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah, General gift items, Hostess gifts, House decor as well as Wearable Art will be available. Everything is hand made and waiting to become a family heirloom. More details are in this article with some sneak peeks.  There is nothing better than purchasing a handmade item from the artist!

 

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society

30th Annual

“HOLIDAY HARVEST”

Friday, October 2, 2015

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

&

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Count De Hoernle Train Pavilion

(Boca Train Depot)

747 South Dixie Highway   Boca Raton, Florida

 

 

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The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handicraft Society is one of 6 unique chapters for all handicraft artists, including beginners to accomplished artists.  Members and Guests (all are welcome) meet the first Monday of the month (except December and holidays when the park is closed) 7:00 PM in a meeting room at Patch Reef Park, 2000 West Yamato Road (1/4 mile west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431.

 

 

 

 
All items at this event are Made in the USA by the artists at the show. Individual artists will staff their table and are eager to talk to visitors.

 

 

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LOVE to craft? WANT to learn?

Want to MEET other crafters?

Then the SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY, BOCA RATON CHAPTER, IS MEANT FOR YOU! We formed our club in 1985 and Boca is the Mother chapter with 6 other local chapters in Palm Beach and Broward counties. WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HAVE GUESTS!

 

 

 

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We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7PM at Patch Reek Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. We serve yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as have show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “Make It and Take It”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

 

 

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Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED!

 

 

 

 

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                   SHS Boca Holiday Harvest 

 

 

 

In Boca, we have 3 local, juried craft shows a year to participate in along with the other chapters offering their own shows once a year for the holiday season. All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more!

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS AND/ OR CRAFT SHOWS!

 

For more information about this Craft Fair or about the activities of the Boca Raton Chapter of SHS, please contact Cindy 561-450-5577 or email
snowhites2@aol.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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Exhibition At The Armory Art Center Features 2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization’s “The Human Image”

The Armory Art Center will feature 2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization’s ” The Human Image”. The Exhibit will explore the varying ways that artists of different cultural traditions have represented the human body and imbued it with meaning. By combining a visual spectacle with profound insight the highly recognized 2 + 3 Artists will exhibit a wide array of art, with an interconnecting theme of the human body, ranging from abstract expressionism to realism.  Mark your calendars for Friday, September 25th!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this extraordinary art event open to the public.

 

 

 

 

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Presents:

 

 

2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization: The Human Image

Opening Reception:

Friday, September 25, 2015 6 – 8 pm

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Montgomery Hall Gallery

 1700 Parker Avenue   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401  armoryart.org

 Exhibit: September 26 – October 24, 2015

 

 

 

Cézanne once theorized that all forms of nature can be reduced to the cube, the ball, and the cone – and so it is with the body as well. From lined figures to voluptuousness and every shape in between each artists’ interpretation of the human figure can differ greatly. In this exhibit, large-scale paintings and sculptures will be juxtaposed against intimate personal images and diverse artistic practices and cultural traditions will be compared and contrasted.

 

 

 

2+3 Encounters

                         “Encounters”by Joan Keinstead (Mixed Media)

 

 

As an organization, 2 + 3 is dedicated to excellence in sharing visual arts and professional development related educational programs, as well as providing enriching community outreach events in South Florida.

 

ARMORY ART CENTER:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

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

18th Annual Lauderdale By The Sea Craft Festival

Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach.  The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.  American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in Florida.  The Rickie Report introduces you to two of the exhibitors and shares the details about this show.

 

 

 

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

September 12 – 13

Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A1A and Commercial Boulevard
Navigational Address: 4400 North Ocean Drive, Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308

Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach. The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

          Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

New England wood artisan, Donald Boudreau started his life’s dream in 1992 when he and his wife Carol sold everything and moved aboard their 49 foot sailboat “Domicile” and started an around the world cruise. During their many adventures, one thing in particular captivated Don. It was the beauty and unique qualities of the tropical hardwoods, which he found in Central & South America and the South Pacific.

 

 

 

Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

                  Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

Six years and 25,000 miles later, they found themselves in New Zealand with an extensive wood collection and a yearning for shore life.  After settling in South Florida, Don started building boxes using some of the woods he encountered on their adventure.

 

Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

        Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

 

No dyes or stains are used, only the beauty of the wood is visible through the hand buffed oil and wax finish. Since box making has endless possibilities, Don is constantly searching for new and exotic woods to incorporate into new designs. Don was invited to show his work at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.  Many of Don’s boxes have won Awards at Art and Craft Shows.  Don is a member and past president of the South Florida Woodworking Guild.

For more information, please contact Donald at: Www.Boxesbyboudreau.com

 

 

Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

              Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

 

Paul Cortez tells us about his love of Bonsai.  Initially, with no previous experience, he has moved a long way from novice to professional.  His colorful stories about his experiences are reason enough to stop by his booth!  Learning from mentor, Bob Horvath, Paul is ready to share his knowledge with you.  Take a Bonsai home and enjoy!

 

 

 

Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

                Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

Cortez says, “My most important piece of advice to beginners is EDUCATE YOUR SELF ABOUT YOUR BONSAI TREE. Your going to here me say that a lot in other articles I’ve written. A tree is Alive. In my world it represents life. Treat your Bonsai with respect; it depends on you for everything”.

 

For more information please contact Paul Cortez:

http://bonsaioperations.com

 

 

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  •  Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items 
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • The exhibitors, chosen from among hundreds of applicants for their top quality work. 
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass

 

 

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 on the 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Popular Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street.  This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal.  A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek of Joni Berte’s artwork!

 

 

 

 

 18th Annual Downtown

Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 25th

&

Sunday, April 26th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore this outdoor gallery. This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal. The prices, suitable to all budgets, will range from $3 to $3,000. A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. 

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

Joni Berte tells The Rickie Report, ” My artistic interests are endless! I appreciate all forms of art; traditional, classic, deviant, outsider, you name it! It is my belief that there are many ways to express oneself and art is food for the soul. Self-expression is paramount to the artist and the drive to create is as impossible to stop as a runaway train. For the past few years I have focused on Day of the Dead art, and have developed a unique style that is the hallmark of my pieces.”

 

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

 

She continues, “While many of my Day of the Dead designs, particularly those found on my Sugar Skull masks, are typical of the genre, my execution is of the highest quality — especially in the areas of line detail and color. I am currently working on assemblage art in the form of Personal Shrines and am finding it a very versatile and rewarding medium. Additionally, I am collaborating with my father (Bill Lohnes) on Fantasy Dragonflies. My new Fire-Carved Boxes are for sale at Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, Florida.”

 

 

Day of the Dead art by Joni Berte

Day of the Dead assemblage art by Joni Berte

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,00
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

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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 on the 18th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

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

Southern Handcraft Society Pineapple Grove Chapter in Delray Beach Announces 22nd Annual Juried Art and Craft Show

The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter in Delray Beach announces its 22nd Annual Juried Art and Craft Show!  The Rickie Report happily shares the details as well as some sneak peeks, but mostly, we want to urge you to attend this fabulous event. This is a JURIED show, meaning everything is one-of-a-kind and handmade.  Visitors will see affordable items which touch their hearts and become future family heirlooms – for their own families or for the families they are gifted to!  Stop by the Vintage Gymnasium at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square Thursday, November 20th; Friday, November 21st; and Saturday, November 22nd.  The details and hours are in this article.

 

 

 Southern Handcraft Society

Pineapple Grove, Delray Beach Chapter

21st Annual Juried Craft Show

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 9am to 9pm

Friday, November 21, 2014 – 9am to 9pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 9am to 2:30pm

Vintage Gymnasium at Delray Beach Center for the Arts (Old School Square)

Admission is Free and Open to the Public

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The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach announces its 22nd Annual Art and Craft Show.It will be held at the Vintage Gymnasium at Delray Beach Center for the Arts (Old School Square). Come see our spectacular, hand-made items. All craft items are one-of-a-kind and all made right here in Florida. Be prepared to be amazed. Free admission.The Delray Beach Center for the Arts is on NE 1st Street and NE 1st Avenue in Delray Beach. Admission to the show is free and parking before 5pm in the public parking lot across the street is free.

2014 Limited Edition Tree Ornament

2014 Limited Edition Tree Ornament

Each year, there is a “limited edition” tree,  that has a special themed tree ornament. We only make 100 ornaments and each ornament has a number (from 1 to 100). Some people buy their favorite number each year for their tree as a tradition. Customers wait in line the first day of the show to make sure they get their numbers.   

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Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach Our Pineapple Grove chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society is over 20 years old. We have 60 members this year consisting of local artists and crafts people. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Senior Center at Veterans Park at 7pm.

 

 

 

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“We are a group of extremely talented and crafty people who create paintings, cards, journals, jewelry, knitted items, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. We’re friendly; we’re very funny and we always welcome new members”, they tell The Rickie Report.
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Contact Madeline Hincken at mhincken@gmail.com for more information about these events or about membership.

 

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 Offers Unique Art Exhibition, Art Promenade, Specialty Jewelry Show and a Call for Artists

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla have been working hard preparing for a spectacular Autumn in Northwood Village at OSGS  Ortiz-Smykla| Gallery Studio.  Their unique art exhibition showcasing the work of folk art visionary, Jimmy Lee Sudduth continues until the end of October.  (Don’t miss it!  You’ll have to go to the Smithsonian to see his work!).   Northwood Village’s Art Promenade, which falls on Halloween, promises to be spooktacular.  Save November  7th for a “Holiday Jewels – Wearable Art” Event and their custom framing is available with a Groupon discount.  The Rickie Report shares all of this plus a CALL to ARTISTS!

 

 

 

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OSGS

 

Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

 

 

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

Current Special Exhibition at OSGS Gallery:

 

 

"The Barn" by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

“The Barn” by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth Paintings. We currently have three paintings from the late Jimmy Lee (1910-2007) on loan and on exhibit through the month of October.

http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=5874

 

 

 

OSGS Mural

 

OSGS has finally been provided final approval to move forward with our Mural Project. The Mural itself will be placed on the East facing wall of OSGS Gallery (toward Dixie, along Spruce). OSGS is providing some nice incentives for the winning artist.

 

 

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Previous Murals in the Northwood Village area include:

 

 

Eduardo Mendieta

Mural by Eduardo Mendieta

 

 

 

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Craig McInnis

Mural by Amanda Valdes

Mural by Amanda Valdes

The final process will be Juried by Andrew Brown – http://www.andybrownpaintings.com/

 

 

 

 

“Holiday Jewels — Wearable Art”

Friday November 7th     6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

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Take part in a festive evening to help ease the worry of holiday shopping as OSGS presents one-of-a-kind jewelry. Enjoy one-on-one interaction with the Artists, sipping cider, and taking in light music. Featured artists are Claudia Block (New York/Florida), Meryl Lefkovich (Massachusetts) and Elayna Toby Singer (Florida).

 

 

 

 

Claudia Bloch

 

 

Necklace by Claudia Block

Necklace by Claudia Block

 

 

Claudia Bloch is an American artist known for her beaded jewelry designs. Born and raised in New York City, Claudia’s work reflects the fusion of cultures and people she was surrounded by in the invigorating city environment. Inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson, not just for her installations themselves, but for her process of walking the city streets at night, finding what others had discarded to use in the making of her own vision.

 

 

Claudia Bloch's Bracelet

Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Bracelet

 

 

Claudia Bloch's Beaded Earrings

Claudia Bloch’s Beaded Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that in mind, after Claudia began her designs with the goal of women wearing her pieces, she has recently amplified that idea – to a greater vision of building intriguing installations around the jewelry. Viewers can both enjoy wearing the pieces, as well is exploring the power of the material world and its influences over their identity. Claudia resides in South Florida but travels extensively showing her work in private and public venues.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich

 

Meryl is a self-taught artist/maker with a degree in art history. She has had past careers as an art consultant, gallery manager, travel consultant and interior designer, all of which, she believes, contribute to her world view in design and concept.  Her serious art career began in 1993 when she began teaching herself how to paint. She has her paintings in a number of corporate and private collections in the Boston area and around the country.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovitz' Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

In 2011, Meryl learned how to solder and there was no looking back. Jewelry design and fabrication have become her passion. Her primary influences are flora, fauna and a fascination with Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Bracelet

Meryl Lefkovich’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “As an art history major, ancient cultures also impact my designs; I love the look of a slightly time-worn patina, as though a long lost piece was newly discovered. Combining raw and organic with delicate and romantic, whimsy, combinations of color and gemstones – all have a place in my designs.”  She starts with a concept; a new interpretation of the natural world, then the metal takes over and informs her how each piece should develop.

 

 

 

Meryl Lefkovich's Earrings and Pendant

Meryl Lefkovich’s Earrings and Pendant

 

Meryl says, ” the forms and essence of nature, a dewdrop on a leaf, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the twisted scroll of vines and the gnarled knots of trees…these are the moments I want to capture and reflect in my jewelry.”

 

 

Elayna Toby Singer

 

Elayna Toby Singer is drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. She is attracted to circles. They invite her in, are windows to the beyond; simultaneously open and whole.

 

Elayna Toby Singer's Bracelet

Elayna Toby Singer’s Bracelet

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Connecting one object to the next, both physically and visually, energy and awareness journey between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. Twirling and dancing with the air around us, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Discarded and precious materials – vintage tools, machine parts, manufacturing remnants, garden trimmings, mineral stones and beads from around the world – are combined to create one-of-a-kind artworks.”

 

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

Earrings by Elayna Toby Singer

 

No two Elayna Toby Singer pieces are ever the same.  Elayna Toby Singer uses only “cold connections” in creating my assemblage kinetic sculptures and jewelry. No welding or soldering for me. Instead, she uses wrapping and knotting techniques, along with swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.

 

 

Custom Framing:

As an Artist, Let OSGS Custom Framing help you ready your work for exhibition(s). We have great rates and archival materials. Here’s a Groupon Coupon for savings (not valid with other offers, but a great way to save by itself!):

http://www.groupon.com/deals/osgs-ortiz-smykla-gallery-studio

 

 

 

Artists Needed!!!

West Palm Beach Art In Public Places is assembling a database of artists for future Calls To Artists. This is a great opportunity to have your name included in those opportunities. If you have a few moments, please email Phil Growick (info. below) your Name, Artistic Medium of Preference (i.e., Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, etc.), Email Address, Website Information, and any other contact information you would like to offer to:

Phil Growick
Art In Public Places (City of West Palm Beach) Board Member
Email: pgrowick@gmail.com

See Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla’s Painting

at the Palm Beach International Airport:

(All Artwork in the exhibit is for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to these local artists)

"Untitled" by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

“Untitled” by Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

For more information about OSGS please contact:

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