WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts) Starts Season Off With Zoom Seminar Focused On Good Business Practices For Artists Featuring Rickie Leiter

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) announces their kick off meeting on Friday, September 25 via Zoom.  Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will present two topics: “Why You Need An Artist Statement” and “Marketing During A Pandemic”.  There will time for questions and answers from participants.  This event is Free but you must RSVP by September 22 to receive the Zoom link information.  WITVA grants art scholarships, holds an annual competitive exhibition with awards, offers educational forums relating to specific forms of art,  presents art exhibitions and competitions, and serves as a networking forum for members and guests.  WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits. Join WITVA today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter,  Publisher of The Rickie Report 

Presents:

 

 

“Why You Need An Artist Statement”

&

“Marketing Art During A Pandemic”

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

1:00 pm

Via Zoom

 

RSVP to get the Zoom link:  KGHENKE@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new Florida home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011. This free online publication features artist stories, helpful tips for marketing, a calendar of upcoming art events, and calls to artists/artisans for both juried and non-juried shows. Rickie’s goal is to help artists, galleries, and visual arts-related organizations achieve their potential by connecting with other artists, art lovers, and patrons. Rickie’s mission is to help emerging artists achieve meaningful careers and to guide professional artists in finding their niches. She has juried exhibits, offered Art Marketing Seminars, and been a featured speaker at many art-related events. Rickie is an active member of numerous art coalitions in southeast Florida. She is always looking for a way to connect emerging artists, established artists, art promoters, and art patrons together, sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

 

 

 

Rickie earned an MSW and worked as a psychiatric social worker before changing professional paths as an art consultant. While her own creativity includes a successful career as a jewelry artist and a mosaicist, she is open to new knowledge, growth and experiences. Rickie has served as a long-time volunteer in national and international non-profits, providing her with a solid on-the-ground education for marketing, communication and leadership training. She and her husband, Jeff, publish The Rickie Report while enjoying the cultural bounties around them. Being involved with her community is important to Rickie, as she volunteers with the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society and co-chaired a juried art show in PGA Village Verano. She previously worked in Development with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a long- standing leader with Hadassah.

 

 

 

 

For more information on events, membership, or supporting WITVA, Inc. please visit:

 

www.witva.org

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

The Rickie Report Takes You On A Visit To The Art Gallery Of Delectable “Edible” Delights In Behind The Scenes Tour With Artist Stanford Slutsky And Gallery Director Kathy Slutsky

The Rickie Report takes you behind the scenes at the Stanford Slutsky Art Gallery. Need a half dozen donuts with no calories?  Stan can deliver!  Sharing a box of fancy chocolates with your sweetie?  Stan can personalize them for you! The Slutsky Gallery is now open by appointment and also offers FaceTime tours.  Welcome to the Gallery of Delectable “Edible” Delights!  Stan also demonstrates some of the proprietary techniques which he invented. Stan’s giant-sized hyper-realistic art which looks good enough to eat is sold world wide. 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

By Appointment Only

Now Offering FaceTime in the Gallery

 

 561-789-4678

 

9682 Cherry Blossom Ct.   Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

We specialize in three dimensional mixed media giant-sized hyper-realistic fine art replica sculptures of Good Humor Dessert Pops.

 

 

We’ll show you the piece of artwork you are interested in and tell you more about it ~

  www.stanfordslutsky.com 

 

 

 

Stanford Slutsky’s artwork is sold world wide, and in prestigious locales including the newest Stanford Slutsky Gallery.  His hyperrealistic sculptures remind me of my childhood and bring Pop Art to a new level!  Step into the Gallery and be transported to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory because the giant-sized hyper-realistic artworks on the walls look good enough to eat! The luscious box of chocolates is actually made of resins, plaster of Paris, rigid foam, adhesives, glitter, with Stan’s imagination and much, much more. Slutsky learned how to create these magical masterpieces by a higher power he calls “the art god”. This self-taught 78-year-old artist has been a full time working artist most of his life. Even in high school, he won many arts awards.

 

 

 

Intricate Box of Chocolates, 3D Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

 

Today Slutsky is creating three dimensional mixed media sculptures of food, one of our most basic needs. It is a flashback to earlier days of good feelings, and nostalgia with his vivid memories of childhood days. He creates art that makes us smile and have that same sense of nostalgia. Stan accomplishes this by tasting and eating what he wants to create, which will look like the hyper-realistic chocolate bars, chocolates, ice cream bars, pops, doughnuts, pizza, hamburgers, French fries, sushi and more.  He creates these artworks in his studio, which happens to be in his perfectly organized studio/garage. 

 

WELCOME    TO   THE   GALLERY!

 

 

 

What Is Pop Art?

The type of artwork that I create is Pop Art which began in the 1950s. It’s a style of art based on simple, bold images of everyday items, such as candy, ice cream dessert bars, soup cans, painted in bright colors. Pop artists created pictures of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals. Pop art  in which commonplace objects ( candy, ice cream on a stick, comic strips, soup cans, road signs, and hamburgers) were used as subject matter and were often physically incorporated in the artwork.
The Pop Art movement represented a shift in what artists considered to be important source material. It was a movement which sought to connect fine art with the masses and involved using imagery that ordinary people could recognize and relate to in their life.
 
As the successor of modern art, the contemporary genre includes art produced today and dates back to a single, iconic movement. While Pop Art began in the 1950s and was popularized in the 1960s, several iconic artists today continue to keep it alive through their exciting and widely beloved works and to name a few artists. Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Stanford Slutsky, Tom Wesselmann, Jack Newman, Milton Avery, Romero Britto, Chuck Close, Peter Blake, Steve Kaufman, Damien Hirst, Terry Frost, Charles Fazzino, Doug Bloodworth, Yuroz, Wayne Thiebaud, Alexandra Nechita, Dan Meyer, Peter Max, Sol Lewitt, Paul Kostabi, Jeff Koons.  In addition, let’s not forget Banksy,  John Chamberlain,  George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Kaws, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and many others.

 

 

 

 

Kathy Slutsky with a 3D Box of Donuts Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

HOW    DOES    HE    DO    IT?

The Rickie Report takes you behind-the-scenes at Stan’s Studio

 

 

 

Stan Shares A Proprietary Technique~

 

https://vimeo.com/440971895

 

 

 

 

Born in 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stanford has created a plethora of artworks in various mediums.  In the summer of 1957, Slutsky drove a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck, where he was known as “Stan the Good Humor Man”.   He moved from his insanely detailed abstract optical illusion works, to his life long journey with food with an emphasis on sweet things. Prior to creating, he tells The Rickie Report, “I must sample the real thing and only then I begin the process to build, construct, sculpt, sand and paint”. Stan has an innate reverence for the things we eat.  He says, “Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. We take for granted the aesthetically pleasing and seductive look of food. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise”. His sculptures bring viewers to a reminiscent state so that they can communicate with their inner selves in a more honest and direct way – all the way back to their youth. He activates the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and forces them to surrender to being nostalgic in a positive way. The sensual nature of his works stimulates basic human needs and desires that generate cravings and passion. He hopes to bring a little wistfulness to recall the sweet things in our lives.  Who is not getting just a little bit hungry while looking at these images?    

 

 

 

 

Hamburg on a Gold Bun  3D Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about The Stanford Slutsky Art Gallery

VISIT OR  CALL:

 

VISIT: www.stanfordslutsky.com 

EMAIL: mr-food@att.net

CALL: 561-789-4678

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces Extension Through October 7. New On-Line Format Will Feature Every Entry And Is 2 Months Long!

The Rickie Report shares 4 Special Announcements about “ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020!  Due to storms and wildfires in the USA over the past few weeks deadline has been extended to October 7th.  Due to the Covid-19 situation it will be an online exhibition only throughout November and December. More people will see the exhibit AND EVERY ENTRY will be featured. The Virtual Artist in Residence program will run to the end of the year. Would YOU like to take part?  We give you the details here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

2020 DEADLINE EXTENSION TO

Wednesday October 7th midnight PST

 

ONLINE  EXHIBITION:

 

November 1st to December 31st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owing to storms and wildfires in the USA over the past few weeks we are extending our deadline.

The Virtual Artist in Residence program will run to the end of the year

Would YOU like to take part?

Due to the Covid-19 situation we will be moving to an online exhibition only throughout November and December.

Every entry will be featured!

 

 

Full details below:

 

Enter Now! Deadline Extended to 7th October

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php? content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either

Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001). We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http:// www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

 

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Exciting Online Exhibition November 1st – December 31st

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues. It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers. Such a last-minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors. Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year.

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020. Prizewinners and Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will get the best positions. We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2- month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show. Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days.

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece.

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

 

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

 

Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website

 

o You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.

o We will include your full bio and artist statement

o We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work

o We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.

o We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.

o We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website  (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes).

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. Artists can only be featured once a year.

 

 

Presenting the work of the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes

VIRTUAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

 

 

 

“Strength and Wisdom”. ©2020 Deborah Knowlson. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Savanna Skyline” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved. http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com

 

 

 

“Scratching Post” © 2020 Bud Root-Michels. All Rights Reserved.

https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

“Soaking Up the Last Few Rays” © 2020 Katie Murray. All Rights Reserved. https://greeneyedgirl.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Martin Artisans Guild Members Are Offering Original Fine Art, Jewelry, And Glass Fusion Class In “Chances For Art” Raffle To Support Artists. $20 Raffle Ticket Purchase Can Be Designated To A Specific Offering. This Sale Is Open To The Public And Ends On October 25,2020

Imagine winning an original piece of fine art, handcrafted jewelry, or a fuse glass class for two with a $20 purchase!  The Martin Artisans Guild is offering a “Chances For Art” Raffle to help artists who have been adversely impacted by the Covid19 pandemic and to help defray the costs of the upcoming 2021 Martin County Open Studio Tour.   You choose which artwork you want to put your raffle ticket on!  Some of the artwork will be on view at: Gilt Complex, Kling Gallery, Palm Room, Red Barn Furniture, and Stuart Art Supply.  The drawing takes place on October 25, 2020.  Purchase tickets in person or via the MAG website.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details and sneak peeks here.  What an invigorating way to kick off the next Palm Room Art Exhibition Opening on Wednesday, September 2, 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

PURCHASE TICKETS:

https://mcost.org/chances-for-art

For more information or details contact: MalloBisset@gmail.com

 

 

ALL artwork is ready to hang.   Most artwork includes shipping!

 

 

VIEW  ARTWORKS AT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Palm Room In Stuart Features “Art In Isolation” An Exhibition of The Martin Artisans Guild. Opening Reception Wednesday, September 2 Includes 2D and 3D artworks

The Martin Artisans Guild announces the “Summer Salon” in the Palm Room. The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Over 10 member-artists will display their art, sculpture, glass, and ceramics, as well as wearable art.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to some of the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. This exhibit will be available through October 31, 2020.  All artwork is for sale.  

 

 

 

M E E T       T H E       A R T I S T S:

 

 

 

JANE   BALDRIDGE

 

“Storm Surge King Tide” by Jane Baldridge

 

I have had a fascination, maybe an obsession, with water for as long as I remember. I prefer to be in it, if not in than on and failing that let me stare at it. Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me. It was but a miniature version of what happens all around the globe.  I grew up in a small Texas fishing village that was underwater at the hint of a tropical storm, from there I moved to a North Carolina coastal fishing village that went under water with the lunar cycles. Now, much of the coastal areas of the planet have reason to watch their own erosion, subsidence and the rising tides reshape their world. I believe that those people who do not go out on the ocean and witness it’s power and beauty may not understand what happens with the rushing water borne on a storm. Currents, tides and runoff change the land, scouring some here, depositing some there. It can be beautiful or terrifying. This can manifest into the magic of an ox-bow forming in a river or a beach house undermined and falling into the ocean.

 

 

MALLO    BISSET

 

“Bahama Mama” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary, I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  I have always lived close to the sea, so water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas. When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.  The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully, my artwork makes you happy too!

 

 

CHARLIE    COTE

 

 

 

“Don’t Let Someone Dim Your Light Just Because it Shines In Their Eyes” by Charlie Cote

 

 

Cheryl Cote’ (pronounced “koh-TAY”) is a prolific, contemporary artist who lost her right eye to cancer when she was only six months old.  In 2010, Cheryl also lost a significant portion of central vision in her remaining eye to a condition known as retinal edema.  This condition prevents Cheryl from driving and reading written text requires a magnifying glass.  Cheryl is currently under the care of a well-known retinal oncologist in Miami.  She has appointments every three weeks to undergo extensive diagnostics and have an injection into her eye to preserve her vision.  Despite Cheryl’s visual impairment she recently found a way to return to her passion for art.  Cheryl hopes her artwork will bring joy to those who view it and that it encourages others struggling to overcome their own challenges in life.

 

 

LAURA    KAY   DARVILL

 

“Combo Bracelet” by Laura Kay Darvill

 

Jewelry often defines the personality and style of a person.  Jewelry By Whiticar offers you many options to explore your own “look.”.  What do you like to wear?  Are you more conservative, or do you walk on the wild side?  When you look at different selections, what catches your eye? Laura Kay is a native Floridian.  She grew up in Stuart, Florida, in a boating family.  Majoring in mathematics led to a career of teaching high school math.  After retiring, she became interested in learning sign language, and she interpreted at the Treasure Coast Deaf Church.  A traveling adventure led to an interest in designing and making jewelry.  Recently she discovered sailing (growing up was all about power boats) and is a member of two sailing clubs!! There are just not enough hours in the day!!

 

 

JAMES   J.   DEMARTIS

 

“City Scape”  by James J. DeMartis

 

 

James J. DeMartis (1926 – 1996) was an American painter of the post-World War II generation who explored a wide variety of styles and media; he is best known for his abstract expressionist works. DeMartis’ late style between the 1980s and 1990s has been characterized as “a blend of romantic realism and abstract expressionism. Landscapes, figures, still lifes and abstract works dominate his subject matter. The paint is applied in a lush impasto and lyric flowing line.”

 

 

DOT   GALFOND

 

 

“Reflections in Isolation” by Dot Galfond

 

Dot Galfond is a contemporary fused glass artist who resides in Palm City, Florida. Since childhood she has had her hands in some sort of art project; from silversmithing to stage design and construction in high school to computer graphic design and photography. Her love of glass began in 1992 with a stained glass class which eventually led her to her true artistic passion – fused glass. She loves the technological challenge and the complexity of the medium. Heating glass to its molten form; the look of fluid, moving glass. This flowing movement is evident in her body of work.

 

 

CAROL    KEPP

 

 

“Firecrackers”  by Carol Kepp

 

 

Carol Kepp was educated in advertising at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Ad School. Carol returned to fine art and is teaching art classes and workshops at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Gallery and The Artist Nook in Stuart. Working with adults that have a desire to find their hidden talent has brought me much joy.

 

 

ANGELA   KROGEN

 

 

” Hanging Out” by Angela Krogen

 

 

Art is an expression of our beings! It has always been a hidden talent since childhood, as I watched my family members display this gift as architects, graphic designers and decorators.I am inspired to paint flowers and landscape themes, as I learn about viewing colors and how beautifully light reflects upon nature creating shapes and movement.My desire in artis to convey a sense of joy through this meaningful expression of nature. It is a tool of communication with amessage that will bring a sense of balance and alignment to the viewer.Colors in art bring a sense of well being.  Whether used inRealism or Impressionistic, they are tools  to impart beauty and bring about vibrations of good mood and stability.

 

 

 

LYNN   MORGAN

 

 

“Ocean Dreams” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of.  She knew that when she retired, she would reinvent herself as an artist, and that’s what she did.  By attending classes and workshops, she learned techniques that have evolved over the years from realistic renderings to a much more abstract style.  Lynn loves to travel the world and is considered quite the adventurer by her friends.  Her works are inspired by the sights and sounds of her travels to various parts of the world.

 

 

 

BILLIE  JO  THOMPSON

 

 

“Mable” by Billie Jo Thompson

 

 

Billie is an award winning artist who was born and educated in Canada. Billie earned a diploma in fine arts at Central Technical College in Toronto majoring in 3-D. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. While raising a family, Billie continued to paint and participated in many solo and group shows and garnered a number of awards. Billie, an accomplished mural artist, also completed a number of commissions for both corporate and private clients.  In 2010 Billie became a paint coordinator in the film industry, creating the wonderful scenic worlds of notable films including “The Magicians”, “Big Eyes”, “Continuum”, “The Confirmation” and many others. Billie also painted commissioned pieces featured in two Tim Burton films, “Big Eyes” and “Miss Peregrines Home for peculiar Children”.  Billie currently splits her time between Vancouver Canada and Jensen Beach, FL. Billie’s current inspiration is the spirit of the ocean, the skies and the natural beauty of the tropics.

 

 

 

 

 

CANDY      WALSH

 

 

“Soft Places” by Candy Walsh

 

 

Candy Walsh tells The Rickie Report, “My 14 year exploration in clay has brought me here. A place where I can display my sculpture and functional ware and promote an interest in the clay arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Entries Continues As We Celebrate Bud Root-Michels, Virtual Artist In Residence For July

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up are encouraged to apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Bud Root-Michelsthe July, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. Artists are urged to apply before the September 30, 2020 deadline to be part of this exhibition!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Fine Art & Photography   Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   In   RESIDENCE  

 July, 2020

We are delighted to introduce you to

 BUD   ROOT-MICHELS

 

Multitalented artist, traveler, conservationist and dreamer

“I touched the face of Mother Nature while keeping my hand intact.”

 

 

“I Will Always Have Your Back”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, Sculpted Bas-Relief background and 23K Gold Leaf.  

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

We present here a taster of Bud’s work. To see more visit  https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

 

“I believe that the natural landscape is the fingerprint of God”

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Bud Root-Michels – In His Own Words

 

Since my youth in Michigan and Colorado and subsequent travels, I have filled my senses with the rawness, beauty and power of our natural world. I was always outdoors near water and in woods. My first eleven years in Alaska, I lived in the wilderness where I raised my children. I touched the face of Mother Nature while keeping my hand intact. I learned to abide by nature’s rules or suffer the consequences. 

 

 

 

“Scratching Post”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

My fascination, respect and understanding of wild animal and bird behavior deepened. I observed how each species acts within its family group, and has predictable behavior with other species because they, too, abide by nature’s rules.

 

 

 

“A Key Moment”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I am deeply saddened so many magnificent species are endangered and die prematurely on our watch. This moved me to paint rare blue herons, egrets, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and eagles, followed by a series of polar bears, snow leopards, cheetahs, and hummingbirds with their protective goddesses.

 

 

“River Crossing”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

As a lifelong artist my work evolves and yet contains elements I discovered 40 years ago. I used to be rigorous about working with one medium at a time; be it gouache, acrylic, oil, ink, scratchboard, watercolor or colored pencils. Currently I explore mixed mediums pushing each to and occasionally over the limit.   Removing this restriction gifts me with new knowledge, deep creative joy, freedom and ease.

 

 

 

“Nectar of Gold”  Acrylic, Sumi Ink, Sculpted Bas-Relief

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

In Japan I was exposed to Sumi Calligraphy and the subtle colors used by Japanese artists.  I was intrigued then and now by the harmony of their minimalism.  In Italy and France I saw the reflective beauty of gold leaf in early icons and medieval paintings and the charcoal and terracotta under painting of the Renaissance painters.

 

In my latest Southwest Series I use graphite, or Sumi ink and charcoal, and 23K gold leaf on a sculpted background to celebrate the energetic habits of wild mustangs, elks, swans, Arabian horses, bobcats, coyote, deer, egrets, red tailed hawks, owls, quail, ravens, raccoons and wolves. ​

 

 

“Water’s Edge”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Bud’s Inspiration

 

Animals and conservation are important to me for several reasons, I have lived in Alaska, in the past, for over 22 years. Eleven of those years, I lived in the wilderness. I got to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. I got to see the changes of seasons happen before my eyes; Long summers with 24 hours of sunshine. Being “dog tired” at 4am because I forgot to go to bed.  Short crisp Fall days happened with a rapidly decreasing sun each successive day. Rain and snow flurries putting a real urgency in having everything necessary done before you were wintered in.  If you were not prepared for winter, you would not be allowed to see another spring (Mother Nature’s Rule). 

Winter was a quiet time except for the sound of some trees “cracking” when their sap froze.

 

 

 

“Discovery”  Graphite, Sumi Ink and 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

A mournful howl of a hungry wolf. Coyotes verbally keeping in touch with their hunting parties. Howling winds and blizzards.  Everything was bathed in indigo blue.

I got to live as a free human animal. I got to build a shelter, store food, raise offspring, defend my turf.  It was good to be at the top of earth’s food chain.

All living creatures require our respect, for their being here, and having their place here, and it is our responsibility “as top dog Humans” to care for and to be an advocate at all times for them.  

 

 

 

“Red Tailed Hawk”   Charcoal, Graphite, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Why Enter the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest?

 

 

In 2016 I was included in Art4Apes group show that was held in Miami FL.  My wife and I spent a very lovely Basel week at the daily Gallery functions that were provided for the artists’ continuing education on doing the business side of their art. 

The inclusion of my oil painting “Great Egret” was a real honor for me.  Because of being included in ENDANGERED Art4Apes show, my fine art career has flourished more and more each year since then.  I now have three quality art galleries representing my work. In the past two years they have sold 23 paintings between them. 

 

 

 

“Bosque Great Egret”  Oil on canvas.  

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

This year I have entered the 2020 art4apes contest. I hope to be able to give back now. 

If you are serious about being a professional artist I recommend that you enter this contest.

Having been chosen to exhibit in 2016, finally gave gallery owners validity in my work because

“I was invited to show at Basel Week”.

 

 

 

“I Saw You First”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink with 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

How Can Artists Help?

 

Why do we have Threatened and Endangered species? 

Habitat loss?  Changing climate? Exploitation?  

These are mainly “Top dog human” causes.

We all have some special talent or abilities to be responsible, good tenants of this Earth and to our fellow roommates.

I am an artist.  This is the talent I was given and nurtured. I am capable of producing images that are worth 1000 words now.  I choose to do my part (as a good roommate) to show many of our planet’s diverse creatures, in their free state of being, so that maybe those that see my images will get the picture on what it needs to be, not what it is right now.

 

 

 

“Misty Morning”   Charcoal, Sumi Ink with 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

See more of Bud’s work at:  https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 

 

 

Enter Now!  

 

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Deadline for submission 30th September, 2020.

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats
  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) 

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  (We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.  

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org. 

Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made. 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. 

Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  We hope for the best but must consider that resurgence of the virus could force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  We will make a decision mid-summer as to whether the real-life exhibition will take place. 

The Juried Contest to determine the winners of our $7,000 in prize money will go ahead, closing date 30th September.  

We are developing an exciting virtual exhibition to run regardless of the Covid-19 situation.  This exhibition will run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.  Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days.  

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece.  

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

 

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th.  

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.  

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an eflyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website 
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.  
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report. 
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes. 

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment.  

Artists can only be featured once a year.  

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

Enter Now!  

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Deadline for submission 30th September, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yochi Yakir-Avin Showcases “IN Between” At The Frank Gallery In Pembroke Pines. A Stirring Retrospective Includes In-Person Tours, Virtual Tours & Image Transfer Workshop With Yochi And Original Music By Lisa Yves

Broward County Cultural Division has not only awarded Yochi Yakir-Avin a grant, but allows the world to see and experience her artwork both in-person and virtually.  The exhibition, “IN Between” is at the Frank Gallery in Pembroke Pines, FL. Her multi-cultural background and European education (in Israel and Italy) is reflected in her paintings, as she focuses on simplicity and abstraction. A multidisciplinary figurative artist, she uses of restricted colors and monochromatic backgrounds to bring us on her journey. *Private, in-person, small group tours  are limited. All physical distancing and health precautions will be observed*. The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit, how to reserve an in-person visit, and some sneak peeks.  Come on this journey with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery Presents

“In Between”

By Yochi Yakir–Avin 

A Bi-Level Solo Show

*Private small group tours (in-person) at The Frank gallery, are limited.

All physical distancing and health precautions will be observed.

 

Visits must be coordinated by email:   yochiy@gmail.com

 

 

Due to safety restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the bi-level solo show will be experienced through a 360 degree interactive tour accompanied by virtual programminghttps://www.thefrankgallery.org/p/virtual-tour

 

Public Hours:   Tues – Sat 11am-5pm      Sun – Mon closed

 

 

The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and exhibition Hall

601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, Florida

954.392.2120    www.thefrankgallery.org

Exhibition Dates:

June 25 – August 8, 2020

 

Related Programs:

*Image Transfer Workshop by Yochi Yakir-Avin    Virtual video tutorial

*Musical Performance by American vocalist Lisa Yves  Virtual performance of selected original songs

 

 

 

 

Watch Yochi speak about a Self Portrait

 

 

 

Yochi Yakir-Avin tells The Rickie Report, “I am a Visual Artist. I was born in Poland, raised in Israel, traveled to Italy to receive my BFA in sculpture and painting from the Academy of Arts “Brera” in Milan. My work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries, and I have participated in art events in Italy, Israel and the United States.  My works is featured in various public and private collections around the world. In 2014 I relocated to South Florida and established my studio, where I create and teach”. 

 

“Truth And Beauty” by Yochi Yakir-Avin

 

 

 

She continues, “I usually work in series creating more than one version of my subjects, focusing on simplicity and abstraction, and using both traditional and mixed media techniques. My work is my journey to connect with my history, my story and past, and to move forward. Every painting is part of my memories and feelings arsenal, often quiet and thought provoking and I’m always looking to improve by pushing myself further. While underlining my subjects most intriguing characteristics, I connect with them emotionally, striving to bring my personal point of view, as well as creating a meaningful engaging experience for the viewers”.

 

 

“IN Between” is a retrospective presenting select works created by Yakir-Avin between 2015-2020. The exhibition reflects her technical education in Israel and Italy, and displays Yakir-Avin’s ability to communicate clearly through both figuration and abstraction. Her command of multiple media and techniques is demonstrated through oil paintings on canvas, mixed media works on paper and wood, and sculptural pieces that walk the line between art object and everyday furnishings.

 

 

 

“Under Blue Skies” by Yochi Yakir-Avin

 

 

Conveyed via a masterfully limited palette, her subjects are framed against swaths of monochromatic color and emphasize notions of mood, place and implied narrative. Within her intimate mixed media pieces on paper and wood, the artist draws creative inspiration from her past and allows her memories to weave together to drive her practice forward. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each of her works, the artist aims to offer hope, comfort and peace to the viewer – resulting in a subtle message of optimism that is necessary at all times, particularly now.

 

 

 

Yochi paints realistic series of portraits and still life in oil colors, creates mixed media wall sculptures, and elaborated transfer techniques pieces on paper and wood. Throughout her work is noticeable her restricted choice of colors, as well as monochromatic backgrounds, that serve to sustain and frame her subjects, to reflect particular mood, and as a reminder of places and stories. Her work is a journey to connect with her story and past, and to move forward. She also creates mixed media wall sculptures, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood.

 

View of Yochi Yakir-Avin’s Exhibition at the Frank Gallery

 

 

Lisa Yves is a professional musician and vocalist with a career spanning over 35 years. She graduated from New York University with a degree in vocal jazz performance. She is a recording artist, composer, performer and vocal coach. A well-known and active musician in Boston, MA, Yves is also Yochi Yakir-Avin’s sister.

 

 

 

 

“Place Inside”  by Yochi Yakir-Avin

 

 

 

Yochi Yakir-Avin received a BFA (Academy of Fine Art “Brera” Milan, Italy), Specialization in sculpture (Beer-Shiva Art Center, Israel), and continued studies at Ein-Hod Art Institute and Haifa University, Israel.  Among her numerous awards are: 1990 American Israeli Cultural Award and Scholarship, 2015 Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL., 2016  Best in Show, WITVA, Armory Art Center, WPB, FL., 2018  Awarded 3rd  place “Equality Wall”, Claudia Castillo Gallery, 2018  Awarded artist, Leaves & Petals, Fusion Art, International show, 2018  Honorable Mention, Face & Figure, Fusion Art, 2019  Awarded  3rd place at the Bailey Hall, WAG South FL., 2020  Honorable Mention, Portrait show, Art Room online Gallery, 2020  CIP Grant from The Broward County Cultural Division, funding “In Between”, a Solo exhibition, at The Frank Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL, Recent Exhibition 2020  “In Between”, a Bi-Level solo show, The Frank Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL., 2020  BACA, “The Space Between Us”, Pompano Beach, FL., 2020  Solo show, Broward County Main Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., (postponed due to Covid-19), 2019   Blanco+1, Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach, FL., 2019   “Figuratively Speaking”, Salmagundi Club, N.Y.C., 2019   “Inspired By”, Coral Springs Museum of Art, FL., 2019  Solo show, SFSO, Wilton Manors, FL., 2018  Spectrum Miami- Miami Art Week, Miami, FL., 2018 Guest artist Claudia Castillo Art Gallery, Wilton Manors, FL., 2018  52nd Founders Exhibition, Naples Art Association, Naples, FL., 2017 9th Annual Figurative Painting Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery Selinsgrove, PA., 2017  “Abstraction” The Box Gallery, WPB, FL., 2016  Armory Art Center, WITVA, WPB, FL., 2016   “Florida Flora and Fauna”, The Box Gallery, WPB, FL., and 2015   “Summer Heat” VI, Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, Wilton Manor, FL.

 

 

Articles about Yochi’s artistry have appeared in Miami Niche, online magazine, “In Between”, at The Frank Gallery (2020), Unique perspectives, Shoutout Miami and Voyage Group Magazine (2020), and Meet the artist, Local Stories, VoyageMia Group magazine (2018).

 

Yochi Yakir-Avin is a member of  Allied Artist of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club (CLWAC), Portrait Society of America, Florida Portrait Society of America, and WAG South Florida.

 

FUNDING STATEMENT

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. This comprehensive Solo exhibition is made possible through a CIP Grant awarded to Yochi Yakir-Avin by The Broward County Cultural Division. Additional support is provided by the exhibition host venue, The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery in Pembroke Pines, Florida. 

 

 

For more information, to reserve an in-person visit, or to see more of her artwork:  

Yochi Yakir-Avin, Visual Artist

Tel. +1-786-586-0732

www.yochiyakiravin.com

https://instagram.com/yochiyakiravin

https://www.artscalendar.com/event/in-between-solo-exhibition/

Call or email to make an appointment:

Studio 10

Studio 18 in The Pines

1101 Poinciana Dr.  Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

Email yochiy@gmail.com or phone

Tel. +1-786-586-0732

 

 

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The Florida Watercolor Society’s “Creative Confinement Challenge” Online Exhibition – Original And Affordable Art For Everyone

What happens when 100 watercolor artists are cooped-up and concerned about shows, sales, and funding for not-for-profit arts organizations like the Florida Watercolor Society? FWS came up with the “Creative Confinement 64-Inch Challenge”! Members were challenged to “confine” their work to 64-square inches (8″ x 8″), creating an original water media artwork to express their feelings or experiences during the “safer-at-home mandate”. The Challenge gave the artists inspiration to create, a place to show and now, sell their work, and the entry fees raised money for the FWS Healing Arts Award for the 49th Annual Exhibition.  This virtual exhibit is showing now through August 15, 2020. The Rickie Report gives you a sneak-peek of some of the images and urges you to hurry to make a purchase! The prices are affordable and the images offer diverse subject matter! We also include information about the FWS 49th Annual Exhibition and upcoming virtual workshops, demonstrations, Convention & Trade Show. There will be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. The Rickie Report includes the details.

 

 

 

 

 

floridawatercolorsociety.org

About the Florida Watercolor Society:

 

The Florida Watercolor Society is the largest State society in the United States with nearly 1000 members. Our mission is to promote the art of watercolor and to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium while contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the state of Florida.

 

 

FWS’ Annual Awards are among the most outstanding of the major state water media organizations in the country. They are made possible by sponsors including individuals, businesses, and memorial gifts from the estates of members who have passed. The annual cash and merchandise awards usually total over $20,000, including two $1500 purchase awards. One of these is sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major sponsor and great friend of FWS. The other is the Healing Arts Award given by FWS to purchase a painting from the Annual Exhibition to be donated to a medical facility of the current President’s choosing. This year, the painting is going to Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg where the annual events were to be held before COVID-19 came into the picture. Since their live annual Fall events were canceled, FWS came up with the Creative Confinement Challenge to raise funds for the Healing Arts Award!

 

 

FWS’ main events each year are an Annual Exhibition, Convention & Trade Show every fall in various locations throughout Florida. FWS also hosts an Online Show for our Non-Signature members. At our Convention, we host two 4-day workshops and at least one 1-day workshop taught by invited internationally-known artists. During Convention weekend, demonstrations by noted artists are presented hourly, as well as critiques, silent auctions, raffles, and a host of other wonderful activities. There are Member and Non-Member rates to register for the Convention, however, the Trade Show is free and open to the public.

THE 2020 FWS ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE  SHOW GO VIRTUAL

Since the cancellation of 2020 fall events, the FWS board has been working very hard to create virtual offerings during the week the Convention & Trade Show would have taken place.  While this could never substitute for a live gathering, there will still be a Convention featuring demonstrations by noted artists, workshops, interviews, and even opportunities to purchase art supplies from our Trade Show vendors! 

There will even be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. 

The schedule is on the FWS website

Work is being accepted from FWS Members for the 49th Annual Exhibition through August 15, 2020  

 

 

 To see the Prospectus for rules and details visit the FWS website:

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Artists Guild Gallery Offers 20% Off All Art Now Through July 18, 2020 As Gallery Closes

The Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild Gallery is hosting a final exhibition now through July 18, 2020.  All art purchases will be discounted 20%.  The Artists Guild continues to work toward finding a new space and looks forward to greeting the public soon.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  (In Elegance Plaza)

bocamuseum.org       guild@bocamuseum.org

Gallery Hours:  WED – SAT: 11AM – 5PM      SUN: 1 – 4 PM

561.278.7877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For detailed information about this event, future exhibits, and membership, please visit:

 

bocamuseum.org

bocamuseum.org/artistsguild

For more information:

Steve Nash:  spnash@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Martin Artisans Guild Announces “Summer Salon” At The Palm Room. Opening Reception Is Wednesday, July 1

The Martin Artisans Guild announces the “Summer Salon” in the Palm Room. The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 1. Over 20 member artists will display their art, sculpture, glass, and ceramics, as well as wearable art.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to some of the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. This exhibit will be up through August 29, 2020.  All artwork is for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS!

 

 

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge, ASMA

Jane studied art at High School for Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, TX), California Institute of Art (Valencia, CA) and the Alfred G. Glassell Museum School (Houston, TX). “Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.” Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, to never repeat what has been done – to do new art. Arthur Turner taught her to try multiple mediums, to keep the creative ideas flowing. Her artwork has been exhibited in Solo and juried shows including Times Square, The Musée du Louvre, Lincoln Center, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and her 911 tribute, “We the People,” in the Library of Congress. She has won competitions at both local and international levels.

 

 

“I Can’t Stop The Rain” by Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

Jane’s new work is represented in the Reflection, Erosion and Alchemy series. Although she has painted moving water for decades using various media, her current paintings are the closest she has come to eliciting the paint to tell her story. Jane uses a mixture of pencil, charcoal, acrylics, latex, glazes, inks, watercolor and digital.  She now combines all of that experience into rich visual stories. 

 

“I’m passionate about the planet, especially the ocean, rivers, and bays. I have a profound respect for the power of water and wind.  Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me. It was but a miniature version of what happens all around the globe.  I grew up in a small Texas fishing village that was underwater at the hint of a tropical storm, from there I moved to a North Carolina coastal fishing village that went under water with the lunar cycles. Now, much of the coastal areas of the planet have reason to watch their own erosion, subsidence and the rising tides reshape their world. Jane is a licensed boat captain and lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where she now has a beautiful studio. She has an obsession for water and watches how it moves and how it sculpts shorelines.

 

MalloBisset

Mallo might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her.   As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.   Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, in, 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter, that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.   It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.    After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.   Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.   Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils !  She signed up for classes at a studio located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.   Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.  Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.    As it turns out, that little girl in  Finland  really did grow up to be an artist!  

 

 

 

“Social Distancing” by Mallo Bisset

 

“My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary,  I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  Having always lived close to the sea, water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas.  When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.    Having tried many techniques, I now paint exclusively using oils and the palette knife.   I love the texture created with the knife.  My method is quick and definitive.  Once I commit to a painting there is not a lot of second-guessing.  I know a piece is done when the canvas is full of color.    The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully my artwork makes others happy too.  The studio tour is my FAVORITE event of the year!”  Mallo Bisset  resides in Palm City, Florida http://www.mallobisset.com

 

 

Wire wrapped Circle Pendant by Laura Kay Darvil

 

James Joseph DeMartis

James Joseph DeMartis (1926 – 1996) was an American painter of the post-World War II generation who explored a wide variety of styles and media; but he is best known for his abstract expressionist works.  He was born in Corona, Queens, New York, to working-class Italian immigrants. He received the Purple Heart in World War II for injuries incurred in Belgium leading up to the Battle of the Bulge. During his rehabilitation he began taking art classes. After being discharged, he attended the War Veteran Art Center at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1946-47 and took classes at the Art Students League of New York. After traveling across the US, DeMartis trained for two years at the California School of Fine Arts in Santa Monica, California. A stint in Pacific in the Merchant Marines came next then, DeMartis devoted himself full-time to painting. With funding from the G.I. Bill he left for Europe in 1950, traveling to France and settling in Florence, Italy. He studied painting and art restoration at L’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze from 1950-54. He participated in several group shows and one-man shows in Italy and Switzerland. 

 

 

Untitled by James J. DeMartis

 

Mr. DeMartis returned to New York in 1956, at the height of the Abstract Expressionist art movement that had New York City as its center. He first settled with his new family in Corona and then moved to Brooklyn, New York. He had a steady stream of grass-roots storefront galleries opened with fellow artists, before opening the Armory Gallery and studio in Manhattan where he worked and exhibited his paintings. He also exhibited in other lower Manhattan galleries and at the National Arts Club. In 1962, he was awarded the prestigious Emily Lowe Award for Painting. Following that with shows at the Ward Egglestone Gallery, ROKO Gallery, Pierantonio Gallery, Artemis East Gallery and Hicks Street Gallery from 1962-68.  He opened the Brownstone Gallery in Brooklyn, exhibiting his and others’ works, while doing framing and restoration until 1988.  Following several one-man shows in Tokyo, DeMartis sold the Brownstone Gallery. He is now represented by his children. 

 

 

Ed Douglas

“I am an eighth generation Floridian. The Florida of my youth was much different than today. Being raised in relative poverty, I was drawn to the outdoors for entertainment. In my free time, I explored the woods, lakes, streams and beaches of Florida. As a young man, I spent countless days and nights fishing the Florida Keys by boat and shore.  Thirty years of corporate life was spent as an executive in insurance claims management. Work took me all around the country and to some parts of Canada but it was really vacation travel that planted the seeds of art appreciation. Visiting the Canadian Maritimes, for example, exposed me to marine settings that were very different from those of Florida. My wife and I were fortunate enough to also travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  While England, Scotland and Ireland were initially on my radar for golf excursions, they also gave me exposure to the unique and moody landscapes of that part of the world. In France I visited the Louvre, Versailles, Monet’s country home in Giverny and many of the museums and cathedrals of Paris. It was my travels through Italy that gave me a chance to study the works of the great masters that are abundantly displayed in the churches, cathedrals and public spaces. All of these experiences helped to shape my perspective as human being and, eventually, as an artist.

 

“Blue Herons” by Ed Douglas

 

 

 

After retirement, I quickly became burned out on 3-4 weekly golf games and was drawn back to my love and appreciation of art. I spent a few years of formal study and work with some highly experienced local artists and teachers. My travels also continued to be my teacher. I spent six months traveling the central coast of California studying the sunsets, seascapes and quaint villages of that part of the country, but now as a fully committed artist. I gradually began to develop my own style. I have found that my creative expression is very much informed by the natural environment of my youth and by my travels later in life.  My work, consequently, tends toward maritime settings and rustic landscapes. My goal is to produce art that is easy to look at, captures the imagination and draws your eyes back time after time. 

 

 

 

“Red Murrini” by Dot Galfond

 

 

 

Torenzo Ganaway

Artist’s Statement :

I am compelled.   I am driven.    I must create!     I see art everywhere. On sidewalks, reflections in storefront windows, shadow designs falling on the ground or embracing the side of a building. I see clouds as moving sculptures.

I produce thousands of photographs. Some, to use as a reference for a painting… others because they tell a story or ask a question and invite me to create a painting.

As an artist, I believe I have a responsibility to also create works of art that bring attention to important societal issues such as chemicals as food additives, toxic chemicals used in the industrialized production of crops, and genetic engineering. I’m also concerned about the current trend in America to whitewash our history in order to oblige the politically correct community.

I feel a deep responsibility and calling to create works of art that reveal and contemplate the beauty in the everyday objects we all find around us in this amazing universe created by God.

Art is everywhere! If you look for it, you’ll see it!

I believe God has created an amazing universe! As God is the original Creator, He created EVERYONE with the ability to create…everyone! If you’re one of the millions of people who believe they cannot create or are not creative, I challenge your belief and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and CREATE something. I believe you can do it! We all start at the beginning. Let the fun begin! Soon…you’ll be seeing art everywhere.

 

 

 

“Summer Breeze” by Torenzo Ganaway

 

 

Torenzo is an internationally known, award winning fine-artist, photographer, and commercial art film producer. A native of Michigan, he majored in illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design. He pursued his own studies in the areas of painting, photography, and filmmaking.After 20 years of creating art, Torenzo abandoned it to confront a personal crisis caused by his alcoholism. As a result of his experience receiving treatment and getting sober, he chose to become a certified counselor so that he could help others who struggle with alcoholism and other drug addictions. When he was able to help a patient achieve a major breakthrough, it was an exhilarating moment! He recalls “nothing I’ve ever created has given me such satisfaction and joy!” It would be another twenty years before he returned to the world of physically creating art.Torenzo has exhibited in national and international shows. In January of 2019, he was selected for the prestigious ArtSynergy/ArtPalmBeach International Art Fair, by Eric Weiss, Curator of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain.In September 2019, two recent works, “Wall Switch, St. Petersburg” and “Obelisk, Bonaire” selected by Jack Rasmussen, Director of the Katzen Gallery, American University (Washington, D.C.) for the Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art.In November 2019, Torenzo was one of 54 artists selected from over 500 entrants to be juried into the prestigious All Florida Art Show by the Martin County Cultural Arts Council. Juror, Ehern Gerhard, Arts Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts in Bonita Springs, FL commented on Torenzo’s piece, “The Last Roundup”, as a work that brings awareness and attention to the toxic chemicals used and found in America’s agriculture, and awarded it Honorable Mention. Torenzo’s ceaseless quest for seeing and creating art is his unconstrained passion. He eagerly awaits to see what the universe offers.

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas

“The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it, I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition.  Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing. Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. For me form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness. That is why I like sculpting dancers and other athletes”.  

 

My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

“Sitting Nude” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas was born in Colombia and moved to the USA as a young man. Eduardo graduated with a BA, in Economics, and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he started sculpting. Later, he completed his art major in sculpture at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and received a post-baccalaureate degree in sculpture.  Eduardo also studied independently under various nationally recognized sculptors.  In 2009 a book was published about his work titled “Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages”.  This book includes an introduction and artist interview by Art Historian Laura M. Amrhein, Ph.D. This work is available in in e-book format at amazon.com. Eduardo has exhibited in various Museums and international juried art shows and his work is collected internationally. Eduardo has been a sculpture instructor at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida for the last 9 years. His sculpture studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida where he also teaches privately. Eduardo has completed multiple private and Public Commissions. Two of his public commissions can be appreciated locally at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart, FL. 

 

 

Carol Kepp

“Many years ago, I was given a choice, “Music or Art”, and I chose Art!  More than 30 years later, I am still painting. I work in oils with brush and sometimes palette knife to create seascapes, landscapes and florals. My passion is to paint the blues and greens of the sea and I love the peace it gives me. Monet is my inspiration”.

 

 

 

“Seascape” by Carol Kepp

 

 

Carol studied art at the Cleveland Institute Of Art and Cleveland Ad School.  She returned to fine art and is teaching art classes and workshops at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Gallery and The Artist Nook in Stuart. “Working with adults that have a desire to find their hidden talent has brought me much joy”.  She studied with Ted Goerschner, a professional artist and teacher, who  influenced her to paint in the impressionist style. The colors of the ocean inspired her to paint seascapes. 

Carol worked on “The Holy Trinity” painted in oil on canvas from 2006 to 2008 for St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Jensen Beach, FL. The painting is 30’ by 9.5’ and was installed above the altar. Five more paintings were done of Saints and the Holy Family completed by 2013. Each of these five paintings were 10ft x 9.5 ft. “This was a project of love for my church”.   Helping People Succeed chose several pieces of her art work for their Florida calendars.   She sells her artworks to collectors in Canada, Italy and the US.  Carol has exhibited in the Abbot Tract Artist Gallery (St. Augustine, FL), Backus Gallery ( Ft. Pierce, FL), The Elliot Art Museum ( Stuart, FL), and the Florida State Capitol Gallery (Tallahassee, FL).  Her work can be seen at Hobe Sound Fine Art League Gallery, and Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, FL.

Sue Klahne 

Sue is an ocean inspired artist who currently enjoys exploring the many techniques associated with fluid art. Acrylic and resin are her primary mediums used to create aerial views of the ocean.  Much of her work is abstract in nature; however, the ocean, the ebb and flow of tides, wave formation and the many shades of blue associated with the sea can be seen throughout Sue’s body of work.  “I love all things blue and find my inspiration in nature and travel, whether it be to the cold waters of Alaska or the warm waters of the Caribbean. It is my desire that the viewer of my work, experience the calm and serenity that the creative process affords me”.

 

 

“Waves of Hope” by Sue Klahne

 

Raised in Connecticut and relocated to Florida with her family in her early twenties, she is a retired graphic designer, who, prior to raising two children, worked as an Art Director at a local advertising agency. Sue holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design. Although trained in a variety of mediums, she loves the chemistry involved in working with acrylic and silicone, which along with paint density and manipulation create interesting abstract pieces.  Working with tinted epoxy resin and a torch, she creates beautiful aerial views of the ocean which rival that of Mother Nature. In addition to fine art, Sue’s creations can be found on her “functional art” which range from ocean inspired furniture to charcuterie boards. Her paintings are largely inspired by the beautiful blue hues of the ocean which appeal to her senses and influence her creativity. Sue finds inspiration in nature and traveling, whether to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the turquoise icebergs of Alaska or cruising the Caribbean.

 

 

Sue has sold her work internationally, in addition to exhibiting locally in festivals, museums, businesses, pop-up shows and gallery settings as well as opening her home studio for the Martin County Open Studio Tour. She is an active member in several local art organizations, including the Martin Artisan’s Guild, Soul Arts Society, and Arts Council of Martin County. Sue is an advocate for Mental Health and Addiction Awareness and aims to break the stigma associated with both. She uses art to maintain personal wellness and often donates percentages of her sales to non-profits such as American Federation for Suicide Prevention or NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Sue believes God has called her to use the talent He has given her to help encourage and inspire others and give back to organizations which she is so passionate about.  She creates unique pieces of fine art as well as commission work. 

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Chris Kling 

 

“Being an artist is not just my career.  It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do reflecting my interest in boats, water, nature, and the human figure.  I work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to connect to others.  I love to paint plein air (on location) landscapes which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation from life.  In my portraiture work, I strive to show not only their appearance but also a part of their personality and when I do this I know it is a successful painting that a family can cherish for years to come. Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us and life around us”.

 

 

“Boy Voyager” by Chris Kling

 

Chris has received numerous awards from shows for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the U.S. and with the Portrait Society of America. She has received hundreds of commissions for oil portraits and landscapes and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the U.S. as well as in international collections. She served as one of the “Florida’s Finest Ambassadors” for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (2018), and was an Invited Artist in the New Smyrna Paint Out (2018), Delray Plein Fun Fest (2019), and won Best Seascape in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival (2019). Chris was juried into the AIS 20th Annual National Exhibition 2019 at the Salmagundi Club in NYC , the NOAPS Small Works National Exhibition, OPA Eastern Regional 2019, and the OPA National Exhibition 2020.  She currently teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture workshops at The Artist’s Nook in Stuart,FL. 

 

Chris is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and Plein Air Palm Beach. Chris has work in several galleries in Florida and you may see her work on Facebook, at Chris Kling Studio and at her website. Locally she is represented by Palm City Art and Frame and is owner of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor of Stuart, FL. www.chrisklingartist.com .Email:  cbkling@bellsouth.net, or call 772-678-6949 (gallery), or 772-285-7826 (cell).

 

Sophie Ledemé

Sophie is a French artist born in Martinique, raised in France, and lives in Stuart, FL.Her traditional visual arts training includes several art studios as well as extensive studies at the School of the Museum of the Louvre in Paris, France. These studies profoundly enriched Sophie’s artistic and cultural knowledge and encouraged her travel from prehistoric times to modern times all over the world discovering a vast array of fascinating artistic, cultural, historical, and religious movements.  She owned a professional photography studio focusing primarily on outdoor candid portraits where light and movement played an essential role. Today, Sophie is back to painting with an abstract expressionist bent, bringing a vision of the world that is very colorful, vibrant, animated, sensual, complex and simple at the same time. Her creativity is expressed through the power of instinctive imagination guided by a spiritual connection.

 

 

 

“Ocean Life Happiness” by Sophie Ledemé

 

 

“In the process, I have discovered the pleasure of energies flowing freely.My paintings represent these vibrations of energies, emotions, and the connectedness with all that surrounds us. Colors flow evoking a dance connecting all elements of nature through their vibrations. Even though my art is mostly abstract, it easily brings to mind specific images of underwater scenes, plants and flowers, and the spiritual realm where all things physical originate. The flow of colors and their shapes speak to the soul and takes us to another dimension”.

 

I know a painting is finished when it brings me serenity, harmony and joy because then I am connected to the universe with all its energetic, complex, and sensual glory. Sophie uses mostly fluid media like inks to convey the dance of colors, elements, and feelings that are in perpetual movement. She includes metallics (mostly gold) to highlight the flickering of energies and she uses acrylics and textures for the dimension they add. Matisse and Kandinsky are two of her favorite painters for their colors, shapes, movement, and the overall energy that is so powerful in their work.  Sophie is exhibiting her work in France and in Florida and has sold paintings internationally.  E-mail : soledeme@gmail.com Tel : 772.263.0230   Instagram : @sophieledeme     Website : www.sophieledeme.com

 

 

Sheryl Levine 

 

Sheryl Levine works as a Mixed Media Artist. Her works are of the Landscape, Narratives and Intuitive Art. She is  the owner/designer of Orchid Art & Jewelry Design.  “My artwork is a fusion of traditional media, experimental mixed media, digital images and photography, which has all become a narrative of my life’s journey expressed through my art making. I intentionally allow the viewer to see my creative process. My finished paintings and 3D  works have evidence of layers of transformation with exposed underpainting, drawing and collage. I use mostly earthy hues, and those of nature, with contrast created by the juxtaposition of texture and media. My art is both abstract and representational. The two styles have supported each other like a dance where each takes a turn to lead”.

 

 

“Santa Fe” by Sheryl Levine

 

 

Sheryl most recently participated in the Martin County Open Studio Tour at the Palm Room in January, 2020. She has actively exhibited her work in New York City: American Artists Professional League and Salmagundi Club, Westchester and Putnam County, New York: Paramount Center for the Arts, Gallerie JJENTH, Garrison Art Center, Putnam Arts Council, Brush, Chisel & Lens and Hudson Valley Art Association’s 64th and 65th Annual Exhibitions. In Florida, Sheryl exhibited at the Kennedy Gallery in Key West, Masterpiece Gallery in Boca Raton, Women in the Visual Arts, Artists Showplace Cooperative Inc. and the Lake Worth Art League, Lake Worth. Sheryl also exhibited her work in a two-person show at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville, NY.

 

Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has won awards nationally. In addition to studying at numerous art schools in New York City and abroad, Sheryl graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hunter College. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Education from Manhattanville College. Sheryl retired from teaching art in Brewster, NY and was named the NY State Art Teachers Association’s Region 7 Art Educator of the Year. She continued to teach children and adults at the Katonah Art Center (Goldens Bridge, NY) where she also acted as Gallery Director of the Anderson Chase Gallery from 2016-2017.

 

Lynn Morgan

“Before I begin a painting, I already have an idea in my head about the subject matter, which is often inspired by photos taken on one of my adventures”.  Lynn begins with a loose sketch using a dark hard pastel, blocks in dark and light shapes with hard pastels, and then washes  over the entire underpainting with denatured alcohol which creates the lovely drips, splashes and patterns that she incorporates into the finished painting. “When I think the painting is complete, I leave it on the easel until the next day, when I will undoubtedly see adjustments that need to be made.  I ask myself a series of questions about design and composition.  Does the work convey the emotion I felt when I saw the scene in person?  Does it convey the emotion I felt when I imagined the idea?  Depending upon my response to these questions, I will then make further adjustments or declare it complete and sign it”.

 

For Lynn, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies. By attending classes and workshops, she learned techniques that have evolved from realistic renderings to a much more abstract style.  Lynn loves to travel the world and is considered quite the adventurer by her friends.  Her works are inspired by the sights and sounds of her travels to various parts of the world.

 

 

“Palm Pods” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.  She tried flying a plane, playing guitar and piano, playing golf, SCUBA diving and sailing, but she always came back to painting. Lynn took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis, and Robbie Laird.  An instructor at Palm Beach State College introduced her to pastels.  She was hooked on the look of the pastel sticks, the feel of the medium in her hand with no brush as a go-between, and the brilliant color that clings to the tooth of the paper. In her studies with Margaret Dyer, her style evolved into a looser, more abstract one.  As her travels increased, Lynn began painting landscapes.  She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Aline Ordman, Jen Evenhus and Tony Allain.  Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works. 

 

Lynn is a full-time artist and a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida Artists Group (FLAG), Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), Martin Artisans Guild, and is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits.  Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. 

 

 

Sally Browning Pearson  

“When I saw my first watercolor Painting I was hooked.  Several years of watercolor painting and acceptance in juried shows, brought success and confidence. People then ask me to teach, which terrified me, but the terror soon disappeared and I discovered my second love. Satisfaction and reward come from watching my students “get it” while composing and painting.  Those small “Oh…I see” moments are wonderful.Art is the love of my life.  Watercolor painting is how I express myself.   It is a demanding medium, challenging me one moment and delighting me the next. I love it. Sally has been teaching adults from her home studios, art leagues and condo complexes since 1995.  She has taught workshops at the J.C. Cambbell Folk School (NC), Pocohauntaus Art League (WV) and Greenbrier Artists League (WV).

 

 

“Frangi Pangi” by Sally Browning Pearson

 

 

Sally’s most influential teacher was Eloise Gardner Giles, Dunellen, Florida.  Eloise was taught by Edgar Whitney, (one of the greatest watercolor teachers of our time).  She took lessons from her for two years before she went out on her own to sell her artwork.  Sally’s artwork has been in many galleries in FL and you can only find her on line.  Sally teaches the principals and elements of design as well as the techniques of painting with watercolor.  Sally is a great teacher because she loves what she does and nothing pleases her more that to see you succeed with watercolor!

 

Currently she spends most of her time teaching, but you can make an appointment to buy any of her art work by calling her.  Sally resides in Port St. Lucie, FL.  Email her at sallybpearson@gmail.com772-340-3728  or information about Sally can be found on Facebook, Instagram or on her Blog: sallyspaintings.blogspot.com/. On the blog you will find many photos of her studios and her students working and many of her demos.  Call or email for an appointment or for her teaching schedule.

 

Chad Periman

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Chad has been practicing automotive repair and refinishing from the age of 15 and developed an appreciation of the beauty in things we think of as damaged or broken.  “My contemporary art includes recycled and repurposed sculpture, mixed media assemblage, and photography. The medium is the subject, which speaks as a visual meditation through a mantra of shapes and colors to convey its truth. Subjects are chosen or repurposed with a sense of movement and action, to heighten the awareness of the potential that exists in every object, just as in every person”.

 

“Themes of creation, destruction, loss and redemption resonate with the intimacies of the human existence to explore inspirations including the foundations of western thought, our world today, and visions of the near future. When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. I desire a similar response from viewers of my work to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world”.

 

 

 

“Post in Blue” by Chad Periman

 

 

A professionally trained automotive collision repair and custom refinish technician with over 30 years’ experience, Chad attended Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI), 2016. His professional artistry has grown in scope as well as in garnering attention from around the U.S.  He is a member of  Martin County Artists Guild,  Martin County Arts Society, ArtServe (Ft Lauderdale, FL) and is a Founding Member of the Soul Arts Society, Stuart, FL.

Chad’s Solo, group and other juried exhibitions include prestigious venues around the U.S.: The Martin Artisans Guild Summer Salon, Elliot Museum (Stuart, FL), Zolla – Lieberman Gallery (Chicago, IL), University of Indiana (Richmond, IN), Palm Room (Stuart,FL), Continuum 2019 and 2020 (WPB, FL), All Florida Juried Arts Show (Stuart, FL), Blanco +1 at Arts Warehouse (Delray Beach, FL),  Summer Salon 2018 and 2019 (Stuart, FL), Chetola Lake Sculpture walk (NC), The Box Gallery (WPB, FL),  ArtSpace (Port St Lucie, FL), ArtLive 2018 and 2019 (Stuart, FL), Contemporary Visions of the Industrial, The Frank (Pembroke Pines, FL),  ArtFind! (Stuart, FL),  Art exhibition, (Lake Worth, FL),  Art of Association at Lighthouse Art Center (Tequesta, FL),  Avant Garde exhibition at ArtServe (Ft Lauderdale, FL), Reflect exhibition at Art Serve (Ft. Lauderdale,FL) Free On The Inside exhibition at Arts Warehouse (Delray Beach, FL), Notes Music Room – SOLO photography show (Stuart, FL), Evening on Antique Row (WPB, FL), Art Synergy’s  Solar Lawn Art Show (Delray Beach, FL),  Martin County Open Studio Tour (Stuart, FL), Red Eye Untamed Arts Festival, Ft. Lauderdale Art Bravo at Art Serve Gallery (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Art Florida II: Abstractions at The Box Gallery, (WPB,FL), Oxbow Nature Center (Port St. Lucie, FL), and Nest Gen 2016 Bi-annual in Miami, FL.

Contact Chad at:  Perimanart.com    FB: chad Periman (arts) IG: chad_periman Phone/text 352-316-5551

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild 

Danuta tells us, ” While I am creating my art, I step in a space that allows me to connect to the Universe; to tap into the unknown. My intention is that the viewer will not only see carefully chosen colors, images, shadow and light, but will step with me into the magic of the moment, that they will feel excitement of unplanned surprises that show up on the canvas. The excitement that fulfills me when I am creating”. 

“Connection” by Danuta Rothschild

 

 

Billie-Jo Thomson

 

Billie is an award winning artist who was born and educated in Canada. Billie earned a diploma in fine arts at Central Technical College in Toronto majoring in 3-D. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. While raising a family, Billie continued to paint and participated in many solo and group shows and garnered a number of awards. Billie, an accomplished mural artist, also completed a number of commissions for both corporate and private clients.

 

In 2010 Billie became a paint coordinator in the film industry, creating the wonderful scenic worlds of notable films including “The Magicians”, “Big Eyes”, “Continuum”, “The Confirmation” and many others. Billie also painted commissioned pieces featured in two Tim Burton films, “Big Eyes” and “Miss Peregrines Home for peculiar Children”.  Billie currently splits her time between Vancouver Canada and Jensen Beach, FL. Billie’s current inspiration is the spirit of the ocean, the skies and the natural beauty of the tropics.

 

“Palm” by Billie-Jo Thompson

 

 

 

Billie shares, ” My life journey has always been about making art. From bronze sculptures and ceramic work to mural painting and visual commissions in the film industry, I have filled my life with art. This process has validated itself for me by earning a number of awards and commissions throughout my career. I am a classically trained visual artist, having completed numerous courses in various institutions in the 1980’s. I now immerse myself in the medium of oil painting as a way to express my vision in a variety of subject matter. My life search has left me in a place where painting elevates my spirit daily and I am able to translate my life experiences onto the canvas in new and uplifting ways”.

 

 Carolyn Walsh

Ceramic artist Carolyn Walsh was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  At a young age,  she was inspired by her Aunt Jean, a ceramic sculptor.  Even though her life took another direction, she always longed to be a working artist.  She became a Pediatric Physical Therapist and a devoted mother of three.  In 2003, she was able to pursue her dream, after all her children went off to college.  She began working and learning at the Pottery of Carlee Weston and Friends, honing her craft for the last 17 years. 

 

“Faces” by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

As a studio trained artist, she taught hand building and began to show her work.  She showed her work at Molly’s House winning a 3rd place ribbon in mixed media and at the Lighthouse Arts Center juried show where she won a 2nd place ribbon in ceramics.  She has also shown her work at the Beanie Backus Gallery Best of the Best Show, Spring Pop Up Show with the Martin Artisan Guild, Summer Salon at the Martin Arts Council,  the Fall Pop Up Show  and most recently the December Art Exhibit at the Palm Room with the Martin Artisan Guild. Carolyn has recently opened her own ceramic studio, My Little Pottery, in Palm City Farms. 

 

 

 

“The Gold Coast” by Curt Whitcar

 

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