Boynton Beach Celebrates The Artistry And Vision Of Conrad Pickel, Master of Stained Glass

Who designed and created the world’s largest stained glass window?  Conrad Pickel, the resident and designer of numerous buildings in Boynton Beach, FL! Come and celebrate the legacy of Conrad Pickel on Saturday, May 23rd.  A major influence within the stained glass industry in the United States, he was a gifted painter, wood carver and mosaic artist.  The Rickie Report is excited to share the details about this event.  There will be bus tours, lectures, and demonstrations by experts in glass making and stained glass. Meet the family living in one of the homes he designed! Be part of Florida’s heritage-tourism and be proud!  These events are Free to the public, but you must register for the bus tour.

 

 

 

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Conrad Pickel (1906 – 1994) learned the art of stained glass with the renown  Mayer Studio in Munich, Germany. He opened his own studio in 1947 in Milwaukee, WI, which quickly grew into one of the leading studios in the United States. In 1956, Mr. Pickel opened a branch in Vero Beach, Florida and transferred the complete operation there in 1977. Mr. Pickel lived in Pompano Beach, FL. and moved to Boynton Beach, FL in 1956 until his death. He designed five buildings in Boynton Beach.

 

 

 

 

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The tour will depart at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. at 8 a.m. The tour, which will be narrated by City of Boynton Beach Historic Preservation Planner, Warren Adams, and President of the Boynton Beach Historical Society, Janet DeVries, will visit 5 locations that highlight Conrad Pickel’s stain glass pieces: Boynton Beach Memorial Park Mausoleum, Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Former Gallery Fantasia, and St. Mark’s Church. The tour is free. However, interested attendees must call 561.742.6066 to register.

 

On completion of the bus tour, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the program will begin at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. with a series of lectures on Conrad Pickel by Janet DeVries, President, Boynton Beach Historical Society; Shanon Materio, President, McMow Art Glass; Paul Pickel, President, Conrad Pickel Studio; Rick Eggert, Creative Director, Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts and the Jacarusos, owners of a Conrad Pickel designed house. In addition, there will be glass art demonstrations and an exhibit of Conrad Pickel’s art, vision and dreams.

 

 

 

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Conrad Pickel Mausoleum Stained Glass in Boynton Beach, FL

 

 

 

A major influence in the stained glass industry in the U.S., Pickel invented decralite block.  His appreciation for how glass could transform  simple concrete blocks can be seen at his most well-known structure in Boynton Beach, Gallery Fantasia.   He incorporated faceted glass in the blocks which were then used as structural elements in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

 

 

 

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Example of Conrad Pickel’s Decralite Block

 

Mr. Pickel’s designs to make a simple water tower a piece of public art were embraced by the City Of Boynton Beach. We share one of the images here.  Their construction was unable to be completed due to budget issues.

 

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Drawing of Conrad Pickel Water Tower Surround

 

 

Mr. Pickel, known throughout the world for his expressionistic stained-glass creations, built the Gallery Fantasia in Boynton Beach in 1974. The artistic gathering place, to which Mr. Pickel charged no admission, closed in 1983 after expenses continued to outpace donations.  The Sun Sentinel reported his quote: “When we closed it, you wouldn’t have believed the complaints,” he said at the time. “A city without art is a city without a soul.”

 

Museum of Stained Glass Concept of Conrad Pickel Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Museum of Stained Glass Concept of Conrad Pickel Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

 

 

Under the direction of Mr. Pickel’s son, Paul, the studio continues to develop new techniques and applications for stained glass and mosaic. In addition to a presentation by Paul, the community will meet the Jacaruso family, who lives in the home constructed by Conrad Pickel located in Pompano Beach, FL.

 

 

Conrad Pickel, Self Portrait. Image courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Conrad Pickel, Self Portrait. Image courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

We share an excerpt from his son, Paul, who wrote about the stained glass window in Our Lady of Lourdes:

 

 “Stained glass without light would of course be nothing. Conrad Pickel became his own master in using light and a master of controlling light to strengthen his designs. He was never afraid to use black and preached this lesson to me constantly. There is always a halation of certain colors as light passes through stained glass. Painted line work and lead lines become smaller with the halation of light. He brings out the richness of color and was aware of how light affected his line work and facial details realizing his line work would become smaller as the light passed through the glass. He selected glass that has beautiful shading and he sought out glass that was not perfect. He wanted glass that showed its handmade characteristics. He wanted glass that had natural lines and bubbles all to alter and enhance the rays of light as they passed through the glass.”

Conrad Pickel at work, Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Conrad Pickel at work, Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

 

“Wherever I go to see my father’s work, the color of glass is the key to his design, is his selection of a beautiful cobalt blue. It has a bit of gray in it, a bit of purple but it is mainly soft, peaceful and yes, spiritual. Many times it is referred to as the Pickel Blue. People generally love stained glass as the morning light pours through the colored glass but also one of the most spiritual times to appreciate a Pickel Window with its special Pickel Blues is to be by oneself, in a darkening church, as the sun is receding. As light enters through, the striking blues and darkening rich colors, that special experience of stained glass cannot help but move one’s soul.  The designs by Conrad Pickel for the stained glass windows of Our Lady of Lourdes are timeless and should undoubtedly be appreciated by many generations to come. This is the true genius and beauty of his work.”

 

 

 

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The Pickel Studio with more than a half-century of commissions to its credit, continues to create innovative stained glass, mosaic and sculpture for religious, secular and public projects throughout North America.

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The City of Boynton Beach recognizes the importance of preserving its historic resources and has adopted a preservation ordinance as the foundation for a comprehensive preservation program. The program is to include a Historic Resources Preservation Board for program oversight; a property tax exemption component; and guidelines, standards, and procedures for the maintenance and modification of historic properties.
The City has also initiated a community education campaign to inform the public of the value of historic preservation, the aforementioned tax exception program, and how historic preservation can be a tool for stabilizing aging neighborhoods, fostering community cohesiveness and furthering civic pride.

For more information, call Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Manager, at 561-742-6026 or Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner, at 561-742-6757

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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561-537-0291

Riverwalk Jazz & Art Call For Artists, Vendors and Non-Profits -Sign Up Now For New Event

There is a Jazz & Art on the Riverwalk in Jupiter on Saturday, May 30th! Come on down to the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk, just south of Harbourside Place, to experience this new event on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. The event will feature live music by local jazz groups, and local fine art and craft vendors. Enjoy delicious local foods, a glass of wine or beer, and hear some great music with the George Tandy Band. The event area has beautiful views of the intracoastal and passing boats, and is protected under the bridge from the heat and rain. There will be tables and chairs, but it is recommended that you BYOC (bring your own chair) if you want to make sure you have the best seat.  The Rickie Report shares this CALL to Artists, Vendors AND Non-Profit Organizations.  Reminder to art, music and food lovers: Mark this date on your calendar now!  Bring friends. Bring family!  

 

 

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JAZZ & ART

At Plaza Down Under

On The Riverwalk

Love 94 Smooth Jazz presents the George Tandy Band featuring a blend of smooth jazz, R & B, classic dance hits and more.

Saturday, MAY 30th

3 – 8 pm

 

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FREE   ADMISSION!

 

Artists, Fine Crafters, Vendors Welcome

Artists, Fine Crafters, Vendors Welcome

 

 

 

 

Call to Artists!

 

Local vendors who sell original art, photography, jewelry, sculpture and garden art can apply online at www.jupiter.fl.us/Riverwalk. A 10’ x 10’ booth space is only $35, free for non-profit groups. No exhibit tent is necessary, as most of the event space is in the shade of the bridge during the event. Some electricity is available. Vendors are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, but only vendors selling items that fit with the event theme will be accepted. No food trucks – we don’t have space for large food trucks at this event.

 

 

Enjoy the live music, jazz, food and atmosphere!

Enjoy the live music, jazz, food and atmosphere!

 

 Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

 

 

Walk Along Riverwalk Plaza

Walk Along Riverwalk Plaza

 

Coolers and dogs are permitted. Free admission, and free parking is available in the parking garage to the south of Indiantown Road bridge. There is also 2 hours of free parking in the Harbourside Place garage, $1.50/hour after that.

 

 

Live Jazz!

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Love 94 Smooth Jazz presents the George Tandy Band featuring a blend of smooth jazz, R & B, classic dance hits and more.

Live music will be on tap from 3-8pm.

Sit and enjoy the views, the music and the food!

The Riverwalk is a great place to spend the day.

Local artists will be selling unique and handcrafted items.

 

Bring the family!

Bring the family!

 

Visit the webpage:  www.jupiter.fl.us

 Or  

Call  561-741-2400 for more information

If you are interested in b wing a sponsor for this event, contact Jennifer Chapaaro at jenniferc@jupiter.fl.us  or     561-741-2365   cell: 561.315.0243   fax: 561.745.4244

 

 

 

 

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

First in the U.S., Kinetic Symposium in Boynton Beach Connects With Global Community

Art merges with technology at the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium in Boynton Beach, Feb.6-8, 2015. This event is FREE and open to the public. Kinetic art is a form of art that depends on movement for its effect. One of the best known kinetic art forms is the mobile. However, it includes many kinetic art forms and infinite possibilities will be showcased during the weekend, including 16 iconic outdoor art works by artists including Tom Brewitz, Lin Emery, Jeff Kahn, Paul Daniel, John King and Bill Woods that visitors can experience in a self-guided tour.  All the artwork is designed to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences, and there will be opportunities to meet many of the artists in person.  The Rickie Report shares details, sneak peeks and opportunities for everyone to get involved!

 

 

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2015 International

KINETIC ART

Symposium

The February 6-8, 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is the second FREE biennial event. This event will connect you to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

  • Tour 16 iconic kinetic artworks installed outdoor in east Boynton Beach.
  • Participate in the first Kinetic Connection, a community based created kinetic artwork.
  • Join special S.T.E.A.M. learning based youth workshops and see the Solar Tree kinetic art student exhibit!
  • Enjoy over 60 Indoor kinetic artworks and site specific installations.
  • Interact with kinetic art influenced inventions and technological innovations.
  • Attend engaging and educational presentations.
  • Meet international kinetic artists
  • In addition, the event will feature another 60 indoor kinetic artworks for which details are available by visiting http://tinyurl.com/qb255sp.

 

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium was created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach through its Art in Public Places program. It’s supported by; Equity One, Inc., Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Buffalo Wild Wings, Boca Bearings, Hacklab, Solartree Project, Coastal Star, Neighborhood Gallery, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, The Secret Garden Cafe and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. The FREE biennial event is created to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

 

"Bloomer Tree" by Edwin Cheong of Singapore

“Bloomer Tree” by Edwin Cheong of Singapore

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager, tells The Rickie Report, “This event, a first in the nation, provides a highly visible international event that nurtures an exciting contemporary art form, while stimulating the local economy, creating an important cultural destination, connecting the local cultural environment in Boynton Beach with the global community.  This unique event connects the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences. It merges art with technology stimulating cultural interaction, education and economic development”.​

 

 

 

Art Merges With Technology at Kinetic Art Event

 

 

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS:

LOCAL COMPANIES BRING REAL-WORLD INNOVATIONS TO BOYNTON BEACH KINETIC ART EXHIBIT!

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, which will be held Feb. 6-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach is designed to connect visitors and participants to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.  Contributing toward that goal will be Boynton Beach-based Boca Bearings and Flipstone Technology’s HackLab, which will each bring real-world technical innovations to the weekend event.
In addition to highlighting their line of ball bearings, roller bearings and linear bearings, which are used by kinetic artists to create their work, and educating the public on how bearings work, Boca Bearings will have multi-rotor and 3-D printing demonstrations at the event. Similar to a hybrid helicopter because it is a multi-rotor aircraft, these small, radio controlled flying machines are being used increasingly for aerial photography and surveillance. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The object is created by laying down consecutive layers of material until the entire object is created.

"Twist" by Ralfonso

“Twist” by Ralfonso

 

From Boca Bearings’ International Innovation Contest

“Bussola”  by  Jennifer Townley

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 (http://tinyurl.com/olrhtqm), Kinetic artist Jennifer Townley will exhibit her entry, “Bussola,” which is named after the Italian word for “compass,” as this three-dimensional work was inspired by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs for a compass dating from 1514. The skeleton-like structure seems to behave like a natural organism that slowly moves forward through space. 

 

Flipstone Technology’s Hacklab North Boynton:

 

Flipstone Technology’s nonprofit organization, Hacklab North Boynton, is dedicated to making the community more aware of real-world technological innovations. (http://tinyurl.com/mpysss2) In keeping with this commitment, Hacklab  North Boynton is bringing its interactive “Daft Booth” to the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. Based on the sound booth used at the 2014 Grammy Awards by by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, the “Daft Booth” is an interactive soundboard that incorporates musical samplings of the duo.  Buttons, light and sound are meshed together in such a way that anybody can use the booth to turn themselves into their own DJ.

 

Sarah Younger, a 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium “People Choice Award” winner, has partnered with Hacklab North Boynton to offer free public workshops Jan. 10 and 24, 2015, on how to work with technologies and build renewable energy art forms. Completed projects will be showcased at the International Art Exhibit and Symposium. For more information, visit www.LampInfo.org; emailLampInc@comcast.net; or on Facebook at Living Arts Meta Programs.

 

"Sun Tattler" by Paul Daniel

“Sun Tattler” by Paul Daniel

 

 MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT TO KINETIC ART:

 

The exhibit and symposium also leaves room to connect with kinetic art through educational presentations both days. Presenters include working kinetic artists and educators Paul Daniels, Behnaz Farahi, Jay Flanzbaum, Angus Forbes, Jerzy Kedziora, Cory Oliver, Ralfonso, Nancy Schiffer, and Rein Treifeldt. They will cover the historical, present and future of kinetic art.

 

Kinetic Connections

 

There will be interactive participation in many of the displays. For example, visitors are invited to meet artist Elayna Toby who has transformed an old tree into a kinetic sculpture.

 

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Meet Me At The Tree!

 

 

A compilation video about the hundreds of community contributed items that make up Kinetic-Connections will be featured adjacent to the transformed tree during the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium from February 6-8, 2015.

 

Kinetic-Connections will be a temporary piece taken down at the end of the symposium, leaving the tree in its original state, as if untouched. The strands, inspired by and generated from the community, will then be “recycled” back into the world, made available for sale as decorations for home or garden. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these strands will benefit the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program and Resource Depot.

 

Kinetic Solar Butterflies

Kinetic Solar Butterflies

 

 

Visitors can also learn about solar energy and construct dancing solar butterflies that will join hundreds of other solar butterflies on exhibit at the City’s Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. There’s an opportunity to become your own DJ by using the buttons, lights and sounds in HackLab North Boynton’s “Daft Booth,” inspired by the Grammy Award winning group Daft Punk.

 

Complementing these activities will be original projects such as an outdoor kinetic dance performance by Boytnon Beach Community High School’s dance academy. Students from Ft. Lauderdale’s Central Charter School will exhibit their maquette and marketing plans for their solar tree project.

 

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Educational component of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. 

 

Central Charter School of Boca Raton, Florida will participate in the International Solar Tree Kinetic Art Sculpture program created by International Kinetic artist Rein Triefeldt.

 

When the Arts Commission was forming their visioning plan their goal was to deliver an art event that transcended typical art fairs, brought international attention to the City of Boynton Beach, educated and engaged the public in the arts.  Ralfonso shared similar goals and was often approached by educators to speak to students about how Kinetic Art is made. Ralfonso brought his experience with kinetic art projects. He collaborated with universities in China and Sweden to integrated the creative disciplines such as sculpture, engineering, science, physics, fabrication and the environment to create dynamic kinetic art sculptures.  These have been huge successes and a learning experience for all involved.

 

Kinetic Art organization co-founder,  Rein Treifledt who has created functional solar driven kinetic art throughout the Nation and now Internationally was introduced to the collaborative.  Rein’s interdisciplinary curriculum is the exact focus for integrated based  learning that is now becoming a National standard.  He has been working with professors at Drexel University to incorporate his Kinetic Solar Art curriculum into the national school systems.

 

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The weekend concludes with an artists’ awards ceremony. For a complete schedule of events and venues, visit www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kinetic Art Events with Elayna Toby are Open to the Public and FREE

The public is invited to transform an historic tree into a kinetic sculpture! The FREE EVENTS will take place on NOVEMBER 1st, 8th, & 15th. A majestic kapok tree in east Boynton Beach will be temporarily transformed into a kinetic sculpture by led local kinetic artist Elayna Toby, and everyone is invited to participate in the creative process. Three FREE “community creating” events will be held at the Boynton Beach City Library’s program room, 208 S. Seacreast Blvd. Come by anytime between 10am and 1pm. Simply bring small objects you’d like to re-purpose into art that will hang from the tree. Everyone who participates will design a section of the sculpture with the items they bring. Elayna Toby will string together community designed sections into twirling strands that will hang from the tree.  The Rickie Report urges everyone to JUST STOP BY for this FUN, Informative activity – a different way to recycle!  Did we mention FREE? 

 

 

 

Upcoming FREE EVENTS:

 

Saturdays:  November 1st,  8th  &  15th

 

10:00 am-1:00 pm

(DROP BY ANYTIME)

Boynton Beach City Library

208 S. Seacrest Blvd.       Boynton Beach

 

 

 

 

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PUBLIC INVITED TO

TRANSFORM AN HISTORIC TREE INTO A KINETIC SCULPTURE

 FREE EVENTS NOVEMBER 1, 8, & 15

 

A majestic kapok tree in east Boynton Beach will be temporarily transformed into a kinetic sculpture by led local kinetic artist Elayna Toby, and everyone is invited to participate in the creative process.

 

 

 

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Kapok Tree

Three FREE “community creating” events will be held at the Boynton Beach City Library’s program room, 208 S. Seacreast Blvd. Come by anytime between 10am and 1pm. Simply bring small objects you’d like to re-purpose into art that will hang from the tree. Everyone who participates will design a section of the sculpture with the items they bring. Elayna Toby will string together community designed sections into twirling strands that will hang from the tree.

 

It’s easy and fun to be part of this unique community art project! Simply rummage through your shelves and junk drawers to find small items to upcycle into art such as bells, bits of hardware, old keys, machine or computer parts, gears or other baubles. Everyone is invited to participate. You need not think of yourself as creative or artistic to contribute to this kinetic sculpture.

 

 

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“I’m excited to see the special kapok tree transformed into kinetic art with the community’s discarded and found objects,” says kinetic artist Elayna Toby. “I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they realize it’s fun and not hard to create something artistic with ordinary items they have around the house.”

 

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Participants will also have the opportunity to create “video selfies” about their unique objects and the artistic compositions they create during each event. A video, showcasing the hundreds of community participants who contributed items that make up Kinetic-Connections, will be featured adjacent to the transformed tree during the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium that will be held February 6-8, 2015.

 

 

Kinetic-Connections will be a temporary installation taken down at the end of the symposium, leaving the tree in its original state, as if untouched. The strands, inspired by and generated from the community, will then be “recycled” back into the world, made available for sale as decorations for home or garden. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these strands will benefit the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program and Resource Depot. Kinetic artist Elayna Toby was commissioned by the City of Boynton Beach/Art in Public Places to create Kinetic-Connections as part of the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium.

 For more information visit www.ElaynaTobyArt.com/kinetic-connections. These workshops are part of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium – www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org.

 

 

“The most exciting part of Kinetic-Connections for us is the community involvement in creating an interactive site specific installation.” Says Debby Coles-Dobay, Boynton Beach’s Public Arts Manager and chief coordinator of the of the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium.  Kinetic-Connections is brought to you by Elayna Toby Art, in partnership with the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, the City of Boynton Beach/Art in Public Places, and Resource Depot.

 

 

 

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With a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.S. in Public Horticulture Administration and Museum Management, Elayna Toby’s interests are as varied as her artwork which is currently on exhibition at OSGS Gallery in West Palm Beach’s Northwood section. Internationally, she was invited by Habla: The Center for Language and Culture, to lead a “natural mobiles” workshop at Park Aak, an ecological park in Mexico.

 

More information about Elayna Toby and Kinetic-Connections can be found at

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

and

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart.

Or email Elayna Toby   elayna@elaynatobyart.com

 

 

Learn about our partners:

www.elaynatobyart.com | www.intlkineticartevent.org | www.boyntonbeacharts.org | www.resourcedepot.net

– See more at: http://elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections/#sthash.irBP7fkC.dpuf

 

 

 

 

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

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Offers Learning, Fun, Resources for Everyone

The Rickie Report is proud to share the details of only SOME of the MANY programs, activities and resources of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. So many children rely on the breakfast and lunch meals provided at their schools.  What happens during the summer when they cannot get to the school?   Stop by the Mandel Public Library to see. Good friends, Janet and Bob Nakushian, introduced us to this “community learning center” par excellence.  We share their Challenge as well as some varied programs available to everyone.  The Rickie Report hopes you will share this article with others.  We’re happy to share some GOOD news!  Spread the word!

 

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Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

        411 Clematis Street

        West Palm Beach, FL

 561-868-7701

  www.mycitylibrary.org

 

 

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Dog Tales ( from the Dog’s Owner)

 

Molly and I love being involved in the Dog Tales Program.  We have seen very shy children come out of their shells when reading to her.  Many of the children are repeat customers.  They love reading to Molly and they love choosing the books that they get to take home as part of the program.  You would think that we are giving them gold.  I love that we are encouraging them to read at home and to build their own small libraries. This is such a worthwhile program and we are proud to be a part of it.     ~  Kerry, volunteer and owner of Molly, a mixed breed rescue dog

 

 

 

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What does the Library Mean to You?

 

“The library is a valuable service for my entire family.  We attend children’s programs, check-out free movies and books and attend the yoga classes.  The best value in the community!”

 

 

 

“The children’s programs; summer academy, Dog Tales, story time,puppet show, movies, and homework help have been extremely helpful for my child who is struggling with learning to read.  The eBooks are a benefit I enjoy and use heavily during my long morning TriRail commute.  The library is a relaxing oasis in a busy world.”

 

 

$25,000 Nakushian Youth Services Challenge

 

Janet and Bob Nakushian created the NAKUSHIAN YOUTH SERVICES CHALLENGE with a gift of $25,000. They made this “challenge gift” to encourage others who care about the Library to provide support for the greatly needed and valued youth programs and services. From May through September, the Foundation is asking YOU to help meet their challenge. Your donation, along with the generosity of the Nakushians, will support youth programs at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. 

 

We have raised $10,550 so far
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Can Janet, Bob and The Library 
Be Able To Count On YOU to raise $25,000 or more?
To donate, go online to www.WPBLF.org/challenge
Make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401
or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.
Donors who support this challenge will be listed on the Library Foundation’s website

 

 

This Library is Not Just For Children !

 

 

Zumba Gold @ your City Library 

 

Description:  Join us for this easy to follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It’s an invigorating, dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba Gold classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. These free classes will be held in the library’s Auditorium. No registration required. For more information please call the library at 561-868-7701. 
Date:  Wednesday – July 2 2014 
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: No registration required. 

 

 

“Without the resources you provide to the community most people would be less productive…most can’t afford some of the services plus you are in a convenient location.” ~Library Patron

 

 

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News of the Week with Palm Beach Post Columnist Frank Cerabino

Description:  Join The Palm Beach Post news columnist Frank Cerabino in a discussion of the news that is sometimes funny, often unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. He will provide an insider’s look at world, national, state and local news and offer his unique perspective. FREE! Auditorium. No registration needed. Mondays June 23 to August 18, except for July 21 and Mondays October 20 to December 15, 2014. From 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. 
Date:  Monday – July 7 2014 
Time:  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: FREE. Keep current with today’s news – and enjoy it! 

 

Mandelauto buying

 

 

 

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“The library evens the playing field.  I see children here that without the library would have few options for internet, books and wholesome entertainment.  Giving the kids something positive to do will keep them out of trouble and create a better community in the long run.” ~Library Patron

 

Give Today, Help Children for a Lifetime!  

Your Donation of… 

 

$10 will buy 3 gift books for children in the “Let’s Read” or “Summer Reading” programs.

$20 will buy 1 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.

$50 will buy 10 snacks for children attending the Homework Centers.

$75 will buy 2 weeks of supplies for the Homework Centers such as poster boards, markers, construction paper, and folders.

$100 will buy 5 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.

 

 To donate online please go to www.WPBLF.org/challenge, make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.

 

 

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, obtains resources through individual donations,  naming opportunities, events, and grants.  

 

Funds raised do not offset taxpayer support. Our taxpayer identification number is #65-1068311.

 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (CH15454) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE.
REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.


Photographs of our Library patrons courtesy of Mark Haworth Photography.

 

 

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