OSGS Presents Special Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibit

OSGS continues to stretch its wings and bring a wide variety of artwork to its walls.  The Rickie Report urges you not to miss the current exhibit of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work at this Northwood gallery.  Jimmy Lee’s paintings bring us back to a genre most would call Folk Art.  In fact, his work was prominent at the Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life.  His Alabama roots are intertwined with those of OSGS owners, Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz Smykla.  His message is universal.  Paint, create, celebrate life!  Here are the details and a sneak peek.









Presents Paintings by

Jimmy Lee Sudduth


500 Northwood Road    W.Palm Beach, FL




This Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibition is different from your previous ones.  Please tell our readers more about its significance.


We recently have had some conversations with a private art collector about a collaboration with OSGS.  The conversation went well enough that we’ve been offered three Jimmy Lee Sudduth paintings to exhibit here at OSGS. The name may not ring a bell (as there are many artists in the world) but he’s an artist that not only hits close to home for myself but also with the trending art market for ‘outsider art’, ‘folk art’, and ‘self-taught Southern artists’.  Jimmy Lee is no longer living as he passed away in 2007 (in his 90s). His connection with OSGS is that we have roots in Alabama and Jimmy Lee was born and raised in Fayette, Alabama which is where he spent his entire life.  Also, our exhibited pieces will not be for sale. 






Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "Three Boys"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Three Boys”




Art lovers will have an unexpected opportunity to see this historically significant artwork at OSGS.   Please share some of the highlights of Sudduth’s contributions to the art world


Jimmy Lee began collecting pigments from clay, earth, rocks and plants for use in his finger paintings. He used his fingers because “they never wore out.” His numerous works were typically executed on found surfaces such as plywood, doors and boards from demolished buildings. He experimented with mixing his pigments with various binders to make them adhere better, including sugar, soft drinks, instant coffee, and caulk.






Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "African Princess"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “African Princess”


Notable Exhibitions:

1968 – Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL) *first exhibition
1971 – Kentuck Festival of the Arts (Northport, AL)
1976 – Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life
*Jimmy Lee played harmonica along with exhibition
1980 – The Today Show & 60 Minutes feature
1995 – Alabama Art Award
1995 – New Orleans Museum of Art (Artist In Residence)
2005 – Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, AL)
Current Collections:
Smithsonian Institution
High Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery
Birmingham Museum of Art
House of Blues



We will reference in writing some highlights and are providing a link to the Smithsonian’s website/collection of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work: http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=5874




 Many people consider “recycling” and “up-cycling”  a recent phenomenon.  Clearly, this is not the case.


He was one of the early masters of southern self-taught art. Jimmy Lee painted with his finger which he called his brush. That ‘brush’ would never wear out and would die along with him. Although it is commonly believed that Sudduth’s early paintings were executed exclusively in mud and found pigments, such as motor oil or plant juices, in fact, his earliest known paintings contain large amounts of house paint. Anything he could find or get from his helpful neighbors right across the railroad tracks where he worked as a gardener to the Moore family. No one knew, but it was them who really supported Jimmy Lee. His next-door-neighbor, Jack Black, helped Jimmy Lee become the artist he is today through his love and commitment of Alabama art. As his fame grew, dealers advised Sudduth on ways to make his works more permanent and more colorful, and by the 1990s, no longer able to collect his own materials, he began using commercially-sold acrylic paints applied with sponge brushes onto wood panels prepared with a flat black ground.





Jimmy Lee Sudduth's, "The Barn"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s, “The Barn”



We understand there is some personal history with Jimmy Lee Sudduth.


Jimmy Lee’s roots and path are all too familiar with both Jonathon and Evelyn’s experiences over the course of 30+ years living in the state of Alabama. Meeting, studying and being a part of Alabama’s fine arts provided first hand insight into the Southern vernacular of life, art and design while engaging in direct relationships with those that were rooted in rural Alabama. The OSGS family was schooled, lived and worked in Northport, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Auburn, and Montgomery, Alabama for around 20 years.



Jonathon shares, “I was six years old when my Mom was in graduate school at the University of Alabama and she took me to meet Jimmy Lee Sudduth at his home in Fayette, Alabama. I do recall the visit well and remember the home, the dirt roads and his paintings. For me, at that age, it was an experience that was solidified because of the deeply rooted rural Alabama area where he lived and his enthusiasm about his work and our interest in his work.  We are very excited about this opportunity to share art that reflects places and experiences we hold near our hearts”.


**some information gathered from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Wikipedia.



For more information about this exhibit or other art being shown at OSGS, please contact Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla at

OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

p: 561-833-2223

e: OSGSart@hotmail.com



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Trend-Setting Ceramic Artists’ Exhibit Open to the Public with “SoFlo: On and Off the Wall” At Palm Beach State College

Fourteen ceramic artists will exhibit at Palm Beach State College art gallery in “SoFlo: On and Off the Wall”.  The public is invited to see 40 pieces of  both sculptural and functional work from these ceramic trend setters who are based on the east coast of Florida.  Artwork will be for sale.  Both the reception and exhibit are free and Open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details here with a sneak peek.

Palm Beach State College

Art Gallery


“SoFlo: On and Off the Wall”

Opening Reception:

February 18th


5:30 – 8:00 pm


Exhibit runs    2/18  through  3/21

Free and Open to the Public



3160 PGA Boulevard

 Palm Beach Gardens, FL






Fourteen south Florida artists will feature their latest ceramic works in an exhibit titled “SoFlo: On and Off the Wall” at the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College Feb. 18 to March 21. The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18.


"Fancy Teapots" by Bonnie Seeman

“Fancy Teapots” by Bonnie Seeman



The exhibit will feature 40 pieces of sculptural and functional work, each offering a perspective of current trends in south Florida. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Artwork will be available for purchase. Prices range from $200 to $6,000.




"Specimen #19" by Judith King

“Specimen #19” by Judith King



SoFlo is a group of artists and educators working at institutions from Jupiter to Miami. The exhibitors are Deborah Adornato, Shannon Calhoun, Angi Curreri, Angel Dicosola, Nazare Feliciano, Rebeca Gilling, Bryan Hiveley, Judith Berk King, Justin Lambert, Victoria Martin, Chris Riccardo, Bonnie Seeman, Gerbi Tsesarskaia and Karla Walter.



"Heart of Hearts" by Angi Curreri

“Heart of Hearts” by Angi Curreri


SoFlo: On and Off the Wall is an invitational exhibition that highlights South Florida’s thriving ceramics community. The art showcases talented ceramic artists in a wide range of sculptural and functional work, offering a perspective of current trends in South Florida. SoFlo is a group of artists and educators working at institutions from Miami to Jupiter, such as Miami International University, Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College. 


"Baby Blanket" by Nazare Feliciano

“Baby Blanket” by Nazare Feliciano

The gallery is located in the Palm Beach Gardens campus’ BB building, Room 113 and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Art Gallery Specialist Karla Walter at 561-207- 5015 or email walterk@palmbeachstate.edu.


Deborah Adornato

Deborah Adornato


Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, it offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade. 



Victoria M

Victoria Martin



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Gail Erickson Features New Work at Clay Glass Metal Stone at Friday Reception/ Pete Seeger Tribute Concert is Saturday

Gail Erickson’s sculptures will be featured at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery’s Open House this Friday.  She has been working her kiln over time to bring new pieces to this exhibit, so we can’t wait to see them!  CGMS Gallery Director, Joyce Brown has been a long time advocate and supporter of Pete Seeger.  This year’s annual concert has turned from celebration to tribute and will be held on Saturday.  The Rickie Report knows it will stir memories and hopes to see you there!  More details are in this article.





Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative



The Works of Gail Erickson

Friday, February 7

6-9 PM






Gail Erickson starts the Gallery’s February contribution to Evening on the Avenue on  Friday, February 7th, 6-9 PM with an exhibition of exquisitely crafted sculptures, both functional and decorative. Gail’s works are inspired by nature and the human form, infused with emotion and passion. Though widely varied in theme, Gail’s distinctive touch transcends all of her pieces.



“Birmaid in the Sun” ( Part of a new Birmaid Series)


Gail’s works are seen in many galleries throughout Palm Beach County, but not with the intensity of quantity Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is fortunate enough to be able to display.  The drama of her large pieces will be staged throughout the front of the gallery.  These are emotional, figurative statements from which the art lover can educe a variety of impacts.






“For You”



Throughout the gallery will be scattered works of art that are comical, utilitarian or folk-artish.  Gail provides the gardener with bird feeders, orchid tree displays and ceramic ice cream cones.  Make sure to find the Condo Bandito, a persona and work of art some will unfortunately recognize from their own communities.



Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery 


A Tribute to Pete Seeger

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2:00 PM Matinee         7:00 PM Evening Concert

 Tickets available at the Lake Worth Playhouse








Pete Seeger, the iconic singer, songwriter, and tireless worker for the environment, peace, civil liberties, and civil rights, passed away this last week.  From a Tribute to Pete, our concert now becomes a memorial.  Pete’s friends and admirers take this special occasion to honor him with a concert of songs based upon Carry It On, the annotated book of labor history through music he co-authored with Bob Reiser.  The concert will take place on Saturday, February 8, at the Lake Worth Playhouse.  Tickets are available on line (LakeWorthPlayhouse.org) and at the Playhouse box office, for the 2PM matinee and the 7PM evening concert.  Ticket prices are $20/$25 in advance and $26/$30 at the door.  The concert benefits three Lake Worth non-profit organizations.


Pete Seeger is a person who has worked and struggled all his life for peace and social justice.  He is an elder of the movement. Those who know him well, and there are many in the South Florida corridor who claim that honor, know that Pete would be the first to reject any suggestion that he is other than just one of us. He never faltered in fighting for the rights of working  women, working men, children, the environment, peace, civil liberties, and civil rights.  


Last July Pete lost his wife and life partner, Toshi Aline Ohta Seeger.  Toshi’s role, though offstage, was equally significant in the tireless, unending work they did in the world. Living in a log cabin on a hill overlooking New York’s Hudson River, Pete still chopped wood for warmth and cleared his dirt road of the stones the frosty winters heave from the ground.  


Cast Photo

Cast Photo



This concert is based upon the book Carry It On, co-authored by Bob Reiser and Pete . It is the history of the labor movement through song.  Throughout the concert you will see the words to the songs projected on the screen behind the performers. From time to time throughout the concert, you will hear Pete’s voice introducing some of the songs. To truly honor Pete, sing along with the performers at the top of your lungs.




Pete wrote and sang union songs with Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, and tens of thousands of other musicians.  Union songs have helped shape history.  When people come together and raise their voices in solidarity, extraordinary things can and do happen.  Many of the songs  in this concert gave courage to picketers and strikers who risked their lives and died to bring us the economic benefits we now enjoy. 



1950's Pete Seeger Concert

1950’s Pete Seeger Concert


We know Pete would much prefer to have tributes paid to the many causes he championed rather than to himself. But after so many decades doing for others, surely he deserves this modest honor.    


Mel and Vinnie, performing on stage during the concert, have worked for decades at the Clearwater festival founded by Toshi and Pete.  Mel coordinated the completion of the Sojourner Truth, captained the Woody Guthrie, and crewed on the Clearwater, the three sloops envisioned by Pete to help clean up the Hudson River.  Both Mel and Vinnie have been fully involved in all aspects of Clearwater’s environmental education and action work. Their friend and local performer Allan Aunapu was the first captain of the sloop Clearwater.


Pete Seeger and Maggie Kuhn

Pete Seeger and Maggie Kuhn


For many years Joyce Brown welcomed Toshi and Pete Seeger to her home whenever they were in Philadelphia. Director of Swords Into Plowshares, a folk music production company and part of the Peoples Music Network, Joyce has watched as Pete took the stage to introduce dozens of lesser-known performers to audiences who had come to see him.  She watched as Pete gave up his place on stage to others he felt needed to be heard.  Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, dropped by one day to present Pete with the Giraffe Award:  He was always sticking his neck out.


During the McCarthy era Pete Seeger, along with many other activists and performers, was blacklisted.  Their soaring careers were halted, some permanently.  Pete never gave in or gave up.  He sang in schools and at rallies.  He marched and marched and marched. He was with Paul Robeson at Peekskill.  He was with Abbie Hoffman at nuclear power plants.  He was with Peter Yarrow and Carl Sagan at the 1986 Great Peace March for Gobal Nuclear Disarmament.  He played a significant role in the Civil Rights movement, marching with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.  “We Shall Overcome,”  anthem of the civil rights movement, was copyrighted by Guy Carawan and Pete so that no one would ever have to pay royalties to sing the song.


Whatever the movement — for labor, peace, justice, anti-nuclear, clean water, gay rights, human rights, one could give Pete a call and he would be there.





Pete Seeger at Clearwater Concert

Pete Seeger at Clearwater Concert


Anne Feeney, nationally recognized labor performer joins a cast of local musicians, all recognized for their musical talent and ability to engage audiences.  The concert will be narrated by Charlie Birnbaum, deep-voiced manager of the Stonzek Movie Theater.  Sharing part of the narration will be the voice of Pete Seeger.  On the screen behind the performers will be photographs of Pete’s life and the words to all the songs, so that the audience can sing along.  Anne Feeney is best known for her performance of songs such as “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” and “Dump the Bosses off Your Back.”  Utah Phillips called her “The best labor singer in North America,” and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) has called Anne “a role model for us. She has lived her songs.”   


Grant Livingston was named one of the all-time top ten folksingers in Florida. From the shanties of early fisherman to the early rap song “Talkin’ Union,” Grant’s performance skills are engaging and dramatic.


Cerina Anderson, a dramatic actress with a beautiful acapella voice, will carry the civil rights connections of this concert and its links to the labor movement.  From her powerful rendition of “Harriet Tubman” to her moving interpretation of “Hold the Line,” Cerina exudes a mesmerizing storytelling power.



Kat Mahoney, with deep and lyrical voice, belts out anthems and ballads with skill and charisma.  A favorite on local stages and clubs, Kat brings drama and power to this concert.  Her unique vocal renditions of the songs are stirring and powerful.


Marie Nofsinger, a South Florida legend, has graced stages and the region’s top folk festivals, where she is always a favorite.  Expect quick wit and quips on stage as she has the audience engaging with songs and choruses. She can belt out a hard-hitting song then easily transition to a gentle song with quiet harmonies.


Mel and Vinnie, Lake Worth’s resident troubadours, have worked with Pete Seeger for decades.  They are sailors, organizers, and artists helping to clean up the Hudson River.  Mel and Vinnie regularly appear at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival.  Their performance tonight is a work of love created to honor the history of the labor movement and their time with Pete.


Who better than Tracy Sands to sing about the plight of Irish immigrants in the early part of the last century.  Tracy, a member of the famous Irish singing Sands clan, charms audiences with her melodic lilting voice and her pan pipe accompaniment.  Her full range of talents and language skills are successfully tested during the course of this concert.


A wine and cheese reception with the performers for both afternoon and evening concerts will be held for the audiences between concerts at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.  Those holding tickets are welcome to attend.




ClayGlassMetalStone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or JCLay6@aol.com.  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344.




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Joseph Ferris Presents Ideal Valentine’s Day Gifts at 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

The 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Original Handmade Crafts & Unique Affordable Items = Distinctive Memorable Gifts.  Joseph Ferris, a metal artist, is being featured.  The Rickie Report knows his colorful and distinctive work will make decisions tough!  More details about the Festival and Joseph’s art are in this article.



17th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival



February 1st  &  2nd , Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue

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

Free and open to the public


"Black, Red, White" by Joseph Ferris

“Black, Red, White” by Joseph Ferris


The finest crafters in the country will converge upon Downtown Delray Beach with their newest work and a wide selection of original handcrafted items, sure to entice those looking for unique Valentine’s Day gifts.  This eclectic display will feature a full spectrum of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, stained glass and much more.  The prices are set to suit all budgets. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Admission is free and open to the public.


"Primary Abstract" Framed

“Primary Abstract” Framed



The artists and crafters will line their booths along 4th Avenue, North and South of Atlantic Avenue, creating an outdoor gallery style exhibit. They will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their art and techniques as well as accept new commissions.  This annual tradition is produced by American Craft Endeavors, Florida’s largest producer of first class craft fairs. The exhibitors have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure diverse art media and quality work.


Festival 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



There will be a 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.



Wall Clock

Wall Clock


Joseph Ferris 



Joseph first began working with metal at the age of 13. His  talents were instantly recognized and his instructor encouraged him to enter a Michigan State Industrial Arts competition. He did so, placing First in the Regional Competition and went on to place Second in the State  Competition.   Joseph studied for four years under Eugeen Wolonick, master Craftsman of Metal Working Techniques. It was here that Joseph’s imagination and skill reached new and exciting levels.  He went on to Western Michigan University taking on heavy class loads of drawing and industrial design courses along with a strong emphases in physics, mathematical theory and equations which he uses daily in the creation of his art.   These early experiences and training created the foundation which led Joseph to become the successful artist that he is today.



Wall Art

Wall Art



Joseph has received numerous awards from prestigious art shows around the United States. He has been commissioned to do metal sculptures and furniture for Private Collections, Corporate Buildings and Galleries.  


"B" Framed


Joseph utilizes a variety of metals and materials to create unique and unusual metal sculptures and sculptural furniture. Living in Florida has brought to his work the use of color which he incorporates in his already exciting pieces.  Joseph’s outstanding contemporary metal art, metal wall sculptures , and metal art clocks  have won numerous awards for over 20 years.


Wall Art

Wall Art



His art studio is located in Boca Raton, FL because Joseph believes that Palm Beach County offers such beautiful areas to expand an artist creativity.  His garden art and decorative clocks add a beautiful sense of motion  to his sculptured art designs.  His contemporary metal art uses added  depth and dimension often resulting in a hanging sculpture rather than just a flat image. The addition of bright colors in his abstract metal art, artistic clocks and metal sculptures create further visual impact and make his art the perfect for any home or office. The ability to customize  the size and color of his sculptures and contemporary abstract art enable  clients to work directly with Joseph to create that perfect art piece.



For more information about Joseph’s art work, please visit  http://www.artisticweld.com/  or Call  561-451-3521 or  Cell  561-302-4330  or email him at artisticweld@yahoo.com



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 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach 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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