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!

 

 

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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

 

 

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. 

(772) 485-5957  Visit her website: sueklahnecustomartwork.com 

https://www.instagram.com/suewilsonklahne/

https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Klahne-Artwork  Email: sue.klahne@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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Martin Artists Guild Offer “Blue By You” Art Exhibit From The Palm Room May 5 – June 30. View From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

For many artists being at home, spending many hours alone working on their creations, and wearing masks or other protective gear is quite normal. What they are not used to is the inability to have a reception hosting numerous people in order to show their latest art work…  Area professional artists who are members of the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) will continue their shows at the Palm Room at Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart, but a bit differently.  The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of the newest exhibit.  You can view them by private appointment or virtually from the comfort of your own home.  The exhibit includes paintings, glass, jewelry, photography, metal sculpture and ceramics all of which were created using various shades of blue. Not allowing any blue moods to take over, the artists have kept up their spirits by focusing on creating new art which they hope to share with the public through this beautiful and dramatic show. We urge you to take a look and remember that cultural arts have kept us entertained and inspired during our quarantine.

 

 

 

 


 

“BLUE   BY   YOU”

 

 

Being Exhibited At:  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

 

May 5 – June 30, 2020

 

FREE

By Appointment Only Or Virtually 

 

 

Between May 5 and the end of June, the show can be seen through the Palm Room windows or by appointment with any of the exhibiting artists. Their contact information will be posted on the doors and is available in the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour Booklet and Gallery Guide. All health precautions will be taken including face masks being worn. If restrictions are lifted before the end of June, there may be an artists’ reception held, but none are scheduled at this time.

 

 

 

 

Participating artists:

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Mallo Bisset

Cheryl Cote

Laura Kay Darvill

Diana Rell Dean

James DiMartis

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Alice Laputka

Maria Miele

Lynn Morgan

Alex Murray

Chad Periman

 

 

The exhibit will be shown on the MAG website:

 

www.mcost.org

 

 

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

 

 

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C 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.

www.mcost.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

 

 

 

Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza Invites Public To New Art Exhibit Thursday, March 5 Featuring Professional Artists Of Martin Artisan Guild

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Thursday, March 5.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase seven artists: MJ Dowling, Cristina del la Vega, Zaneta and Dan Defelici, Jim and Tess Dirks, and Mark Stall. All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a dramatic show of varied mediums!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists.  Artists will be offering free demos during this time.

 

 

 


 

 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays:

Noon to 7 pm through the month of March

 

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, March 5

5:30 – 8 pm

 

 

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

 

 

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

 

 

 

Cristina de la Vega

 

Cristina de la Vega tells The Rickie Report, “I always knew I was going to be a painter, enjoying oil as well as charcoal mediums. I love exploring wild places – uninhabited landscapes with no imprint of civilization.”  She received her BFA in Fine Arts and continued her studies with renown American landscape artist, Neil Welliver.  “My sense of space comes from actually being in the environment, which better informs me as an artist. It is one of the reasons I appreciate plein air painting”.

 

 

 

 

“Thunderstorm Coming” by Cristina de la Vega

 

 

Cristina’s award winning paintings can be found at the Geoffrey Smith Gallery in Stuart, FL and she teaches classes at the Artist Nook adjacent to Stuart Art Supply.  Available for commissions, she  is inspired to preserve the wilderness of our waterways and forests.  She works from small sketches, photographs, and memory.

 

 

 

MJ Downing

MJ Dowling merges architecture and art.  Having been instilled with a great love and wonder for the outdoors from an early age, she was inspired by her mother’s love for painting and her father’s passion for construction.  She pursued a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA. While at CMU, MJ also Minored in Art and took numerous classes in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Upon graduating in 1987, she was commissioned as an Officer in the US Air Force and began a twenty-year journey serving her country as a Registered Architect.  During this time, MJ both lived in and visited numerous countries around the world and developed a passion for both environmental and urban design.  Following her military service, MJ worked as an Architect in private practice for seven years before moving to Florida in 2015.

 

 

 

 

“Palm Beach” by MJ Dowling

 

 

 

MJ’s abstract aerial paintings explore the relationship between the built and natural environments, focusing on patterns, colors, and shapes.  Her paintings often contrast the structure of the built environment with the fluidity of the natural landscape while capturing the essence of a place through the use of color, geometry, and motion. Merging her technical skills and unique interpretation of physical environments, her paintings bring a bold new approach to capturing the “spirit” of a place in contemporary artwork.  MJ’s three decades of experience as an Architect, and passion for environmental and urban design, are clearly evident in her coastal abstract paintings.   MJ met her husband Patrick while they were both serving in the US Air Force and today “Pat” runs BluH2O Art so MJ can focus on painting.

 

 

 

 

Mark Stall

Mark Stall tells The Rickie Report, “My fine art photography career got serious in 2002 using high-end digital cameras, video cameras, and my iPhone which is always close by. I love the freedom digital offers. I use the computer and apps to enrich my images and give them new identities. My distinctive work has won many top awards at leading juried contests in Wisconsin, including The Hidden River Art Festival Eddy Award (2012), several Cedarburg Art Museum (2014, 2015, 2016) Ozaukee Annual Juried Exhibition (2016) and The Milwaukee Intercontinental Hotel (2016)”.  

 

 

“Fog on McKinley Marina” by Mark Stall

 

Mark first picked up a camera at age 11 in 1968, using traditional photographic film and darkroom processes. His passion for photography was ignited! ” My passion is composition in architecture, everything nautical and in nature. Every day I capture images and experiment with post-processing to create vibrant and compelling statements about the world around me. With the computer, I give a single photograph many lives, shifting focus, changing colors and making it tell a completely new story”.  He has owned and operated Pro Studio Supply for photographers since 1988 and continue my fine art career in Martin County.  

 

 

Zaneta and Danny Defelici – 3-D Potter

 

 

Danny Defelici is an artist, inventor, robotic engineer, and an R&D specialist.  Born in Texas, he grew up in colorful Miami. He became interested in art in his early years and received training in metal sculpting, ceramics, and glass forming in Coconut Grove.Through inspiration and self-teaching he became the primary contributor to the design and development of the new industry of 3D ceramic printing.He spends most of his time running his 3D Potter company that produces 3D ceramic printers. Creating new ceramic pieces is his form of relaxation.He lives in Palm City with his wife and a teenage son.

3D pottery by Zaneta and Dan Defelici

 

 

Danny Defelici tells The Rickie Report, ” I create my objects with a blend of digital art techniques, robotics, and clay. The objects are first created within a CAD (computer-aided design) software. The same creative process happens here as if you were manipulating the pieces manually. In reality, I actually have more freedom and potential utilizing the CAD software program”.  He explains, “After the pieces are created, they are interpreted into a computer language the 3D ceramic printer can understand. When the objects are 3D printed, the manual manipulation and hand glazing come next.  I feel the need for creating. Besides 3D printed objects, I also invented the 3D ceramic printer I use together with several other models. I enjoy the pure freedom in digital space to create the objects the way I see them in my mind”. 

 

 

Jim and Tess Dirks – Stuart Stained Glass

 

 

 

Tess and Jim Dirks of Stuart Stained Glass Inc. have been creating beautiful Art Glass at their studio on West Ocean Blvd.in  Stuart since 1982 for the Treasure Coast and beyond. Their depictions of Tropical,Fish, Flora, and Fauna as well as their signature “Art Dirko” contemporary stained leaded, carved and etched glass designs grace hundreds of homes, businesses, restaurants and churches throughout Florida as well as many other states and countries. They work hand in hand to create their unique styles and designs. If you have an idea, together they will bring it to life.

 

 

“Orchids” by Tess and Jim Dirks

 

 

Custom Designs are their specialties. Jim was born in Washington state, moved to Maryland at 10 years old and came to Florida on a three week vacation in 1977. Tess hails from the Philippines originally  and spent time in Hawaii, San Diego and later arrived in Florida where Jim and Tess met. They started dating and while visiting the shop one day she  said “That looks like fun”. Now for over thirty years they have combined their talents to create some of South Florida’s most beautiful Art Glass. 

 

 

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

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C 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.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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

 

 

Art Associates Of Martin County Invite Public To Annual 2020 Members Juried Exhibit. Meet The Artists At Opening Reception On February 28. Exhibit Is Available Through March 27

Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) invite the public to the Opening Reception on Friday, February 28 to view the 2020 Annual Art Show Exhibition. Taking place at the Treasure Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Stuart, FL, the event and exhibit are free to attend. Free parking is also available.  AAMC has been promoting excellence in the arts for over 50 years and is one of the largest associations in the area. Their monthly meetings offer an opportunity for artists to network, learn from each other, and see demonstrations by well known local artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC)

Presents:

 

 

 

2020  Annual  Art Show

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, February 28

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

Free event and parking.  Refreshments will be served

 

 

Exhibit is available through March 27, 2020

 

Gallery hours:  10 am to 3 pm Monday thru Friday

 

Treasure Coast Unitarian Universalist Congregation

21 SE Central Parkway      Stuart,FL 34994

 

 

 

 

 

AAMC’s mission is to encourage creativity in the arts for our members, local students and artists in our community by sharing and learning. AAMC has been promoting excellence in the arts for over 50 years and is one of the largest associations in the area.

 

The Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) is a non-profit welcoming group of artists sharing a strong common interest in the arts. Each month (October thru April, with a luncheon in May) members are treated to exciting meetings with demonstrations by well known local artists, opportunities to bring in art surrounding a common theme, and good conversation.  AAMC meetings are held at St Mary’s in Stuart the 3rd Monday of October thru April from 1:00 to 3:00. Each meeting includes exciting, interactive demonstrations by very well known local artists. Members also bring in artwork with a common theme and vote on the Artist Of The Month! Each meeting always brings surprises.

 

A Plein Air group often takes to the field for great adventures in painting. The AAMC also provides scholarships and art supplies to local schools as we endeavor to participate in the vibrant Treasure Coast art community.  AAMC provides for an Annual Art Show open to all members, with many awards provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event, monthly meetings, offering a demonstration, or becoming a member:

 

Website: https://www.artassociatesmartinco.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtAssociatesOfMartinCounty/

Or Call Dale Forbes: 978.872.7995

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2nd Annual Teacher/Student Exhibit Highlights Paintings Of Sally Browning Pearson And Her Students. Free Exhibit At Treasure Coast Unitarian Congregation February 2 – 23. Opening Reception February 7 Is Free And Open To The Public

The 2nd Annual Student Teacher Show with Sally Browning Pearson and her students will be held at the Treasure Coast Unitarian Congregation in Stuart.  The Public is invited to this FREE exhibit which takes place February 2nd through February 23rd.  Everyone is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, February 7.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  This is the perfect time to purchase a piece of artwork for your home or someone else! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  We feature two of Sally’s students, Linda Schoppmeyer and Nancy Bacheller.

 

 

 

 

“Royal Casino” by Sally Browning Pearson

 

 

Sally Browning Pearson’s  2nd Annual Student Teacher Show

 

Opening Reception:

 

Friday, February  7

5:30  to  7:30 PM

 

Free and Open To The Public

Treasure Coast Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stuart

21 SE Central Parkway     Stuart, FL

Exhibit runs Sunday, February 2 – Sunday, February 23, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET   SALLY   BROWNING   PEARSON   AND   HER   STUDENTS!

 

 

 

 

NANCY  BACHELLER

Nancy Bacheller began painting a few years ago after retiring from Chicago Public Schools where she worked as Counselor/Case Manager in a school for emotionally disturbed students. She splits her time between Port St Lucie and Bloomingdale, IL.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I paint for myself.  Painting calms me and grounds me. It’s therapeutic for me and brings me a sense of tranquility. In fact, I call my work ‘Serenity Watercolors’. I hope when others view my paintings they experience a sense of peace, or maybe nostalgia”.

 

 

 

“Watercolor Lilies” by Nancy Bacheller

 

 

LINDA  SCHOPPMEYER

 

Linda Schoppmeyer tells The Rickie Report, “I have always had a strong desire to create! Art has allowed me to explore that urge through jewelry making, photography, or oil and watercolor painting. Choosing a medium that best suits the subject is a wonderful part of my journey to create. Primarily an oil painter, I have delved into plein air painting and watercolor. Capturing an image of a pet in watercolor portraits gives me the most joy in expressing my art. Plein air allows me to be part of nature and participate first-hand in the Florida landscapes, as I attempt to paint images in front of me, as well as capture the atmosphere, which is forever changing.  My art is an evolution and a continuing process to expand all areas of expression.  I hope you establish an emotional connection with some of my creativity, while I share my art with you”.

 

 

Watercolor Painting by Linda Schoppmeyer

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Browning Pearson is a popular watermedia artist.  She teaches classes at:

The Artist Nook (next door to Stuart Art Supply) 43 Kindred Street Stuart, FL

Hidden Harbour Estates 4300 SE St. Lucie Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

Her Home Studio:  597 SW Kaabe Ave.  Port St. Lucie, FL

Harbour Ridge, Palm City Residents Only

For more information: sallybpearson@gmail.com       772.340.3728

Facebook, Instagram, and at http://sallyspaintings.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With New Exhibition Opening Wednesday, February 5th. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, February 5.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: Mallo Bisset, Cheryl Cote, Torenzo Gann, Dot Galfond, Eduardo Gomez, and Maria G. Miele. All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists. We’ve heard rave reviews!  Artists will be offering free demos during this time.

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays: Noon to 7 pm through the month of February

 

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, February 5

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

MALLO  BISSET

 

 

Mallo Bisset 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, it wasn’t until 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 which was 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, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.  Having participated in many local art shows and being very involved in community arts events, Mallo Bisset was awarded the prestigious Marties Award for Best Visual Artist for 2018 in Martin County.  As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!  

 

 

 

“Washed Up” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

 

 

Mallo tells The Rickie Report, “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”.   Mallo Bisset’s work can be seen at MalloBisset.com or at her own shop, Red Barn Furniture, 513 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994.  She may be contacted at mallobisset@bellsouth.net, on facebook at facebook.com/mallobisset or by phone at (772) 260-5212. 

 

 

 

CHERYL COTÉ

 

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 her central vision in her remaining eye to a condition known as retinal edema. This visual impairment changed her life forever, prohibiting her from creating the intricate, detailed artwork she was accustomed to doing on small canvasses.  Reading text now requires a magnifying glass and she is no longer able to drive.  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.  Recently, Cheryl discovered how to compensate for her visual impairment by using larger canvasses her inspiration, instinct, and passion for creativity to fill the visual void.

 

“I C things The Struggle Is Real So Make It Beautiful” by Cheryl Coté

 

 

Cheryl tells The Rickie Report, “As a visually impaired artist, I  want my creations to represent the internal struggles so many people face daily suffering with their own physical, emotional, and psychological challenges.  I want the individual titles to reflect the inspirational roots of my artwork and draw the onlooker into my world.  The titles and visual representations enhance the connection with others, if only for a few moments, so they can share the elements that inspired my work. Moments of despair, depression, anxiety and hopelessness are things we all experience at one time or another. But, those difficult times are countered in our lives with hope, courage, persistence, triumph, and happiness. My work is intended to vividly convey these life experiences in a visual presentation and inspire others”.

 

 

DOT  GALFOND

 

Dot Galfond’s interest in glass began when, as a child sitting in church, she became fascinated watching the sunbeams dance through the stained glass windows, as their beautiful colors played on the pews and floor.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Many years later, I’m still transfixed by light shining through glass, which explains why transparent glass is so prevalent throughout most of my artwork. I love the challenge of applying modern-day science and the technology of today’s equipment and kilns to recapture this centuries-old art form. Many aspects of kiln-formed glass have stayed consistent throughout history. Every piece takes several kiln firings over many hours of firing, with temperatures reaching as high as 1460°F. This heating and cooling process typically takes several days, and I take great pride that each and every piece of art that I create is truly one-of-a-kind. The beautiful coastal area that surrounds me in Florida inspires the many shapes and colors that I utilize in my work. Beautiful ocean waves, sparkling waters, sea life, and perfect blue skies are also a constant inspiration. Often, I’m so motivated by an idea, I have to stop everything I’m doing and immediately go to my studio and begin creating. It’s an overwhelming feeling that comes over me that “I just have to do this now! My hope is that people look at my art with a curious mind. I want them to wonder how each and every piece was created. And I hope that they see the beauty and mystery that I see in glass every day”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Turquoise Glass” 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 developed at a young age where she started 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. Primarily self-taught, she has refined her skills and studied with some of the country’s foremost glass artists.  Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions and is represented by galleries on the east and west coasts of Florida and in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Dot spends most days in her studio doing what she loves.  She constantly seeks to expand her artistic and technical perspectives.  When she’s not in the studio, you can find her traveling with her husband, Mark.  Memberships:  Glass Art Society, National American Glass Club, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Arts Council of Martin County, and Martin Artisan Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TORENZO GANN

     
 
Torenzo’s Artist statement tells us, “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!

 

 

 

 

 

“Revisionist History” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

Torenzo Gann is an internationally known, award winning fine-artist and a native of Michigan, where he majored in illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design.  After successfully completing his first year, Torenzo left Kendall to self-educate in the areas of painting, photography, and filmmaking. After twenty years of creating art, wining awards and becoming a nationally known artist, Torenzo abandoned his love of creating art to confront the crisis of his alcoholism. As a result of receiving treatment and getting sober he chose to enter the treatment field and become a certified counselor so that he could help others who have struggled with alcoholism and other drug addiction.  It would be twenty-years later that he returned to painting.  Since his return, Torenzo has exhibited in numerous national shows. In January, 2019 hos painting, “Gate Hook, Barbados” selected for inclusion in the International art fair, ArtPalmBeach,  by Eric Weiss, Curator-at-Large, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain.  In October,2019 two of Torenzo’s works, “Wall Switch” and “Obelisk, Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles” were selected by Juror Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of American University at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC and Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.  In November, 2019 Torenzo was one of only 54 artists selected from over 500 entrants to be juried into the prestigious All Florida Art Show produced by the Martin County Cultural Arts Council. Juror, Ehern Gerhard, Arts Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs, Fl. Commented on Torenzo’s piece, “The Last Roundup”, as a work bringing 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’s next.  Torenzo’s latest artwork will be seen at Art Synergy/ArtPalmBeach 2020 Biblio.  For more information:  Call 561.818.6259 or visit Torenzoart.com

           

 

 

 

 

MARIA  GRACE  MIELE

 

Maria tells The Rickie Report, “Bold, minimal simplicity is the creative force inspiring my newest body of work. Capturing and interpreting natural environments in an expression of color and minimal composition is so satisfying. My work is constantly evolving which is evident in the variety of subject matter and painting styles throughout the years. What stays consistent is my passion for color and bold, minimal composition. Photography has always been a vehicle for inspiration and experimentation and is the usual resource for my paintings. Being able to capture a place, or moment in time and transfer that to a 2-Dimensional surface is what I am called to do artistically. My subjects are often inspired by pop culture and my commission work is mostly the very popular selfie in paint or pet portraits. This is what keeps me busy. But my passion is still in bold composition, vibrant color or contrasts and interpretive abstractions”. 

 

 

 

“Rush Hour” by Maria G. Miele

 

 

Maria earned a BFA in Fine Art from Caldwell College and a Masters from NYU in Studio and Arts Administration.  She also attended University of Maryland School of Architecture and Parson School of Design in NY.  She continues her taking professional courses at the Summer ART Education Forum at SCAD and the TICA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Maria is a Visual Art Educator at the Pine School in Hobe Sound, FL.  Her work is part of numerous private collections and she welcomes commissions.  Visit her website to see her popular “vintage” series of paintings and photographs. Instagram: mgmoriginals_fine_art   FaceBook: Maria G Miele mgmoriginals  Call:  772-486-4229 or  Websitewww.mgmoriginals.com

 

 

 

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.  ln 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 Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas

 

 

 

 

Eduardo tells The Rickie Report, ” 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C 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.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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Palm City Art Associates Kicks Off Their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale With Free Opening Reception On Thursday, January 30. The Exhibit Continues To February 27 At Cummings Public Library. All Are Welcome

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale at the Palm City Cummings Library.  Meet the artists at the Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, January 30.  The exhibit continues through February 27, with free admission and parking. PCAA has four venues where their artwork is sold, including Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center.  If you are looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from the 2019 Show. Palm City Art Associates provides scholarships to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALM    CITY    ART    ASSOCIATES    ART    SHOW    &    SALE

FREE     GALA     OPENING     AND     RECEPTION

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

5:30 – 7:00 PM

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

 

 

Library hours: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays  –  10 am – 5 pm
Thursdays –  Noon – 8 pm   Closed Sunday & Monday

Free admission and parking 

 

This Exhibit runs January 30 – February 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

Alice Shann, President of the Palm City Art Associates tells The Rickie Report, “We look forward to having people join us for our 31st Annual Art Show & Sale held at the Palm City Cummings Library. The Donahue Room will be filled with original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and stained glass. Everything will be for sale, to support the PCAA scholarships we give to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education”.  The Rickie Report adds that this is the perfect time to meet the artists, introduce yourself and explore this nurturing arts group.

 

 

 

 

Diane Raymond, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

Palm City Art Associates is a 501c non-profit corporation.  This exhibit is free and open to the public, with free parking available.  All artwork is available for sale through the month of February.  Bring your friends and see the newest original art images these artists have created!  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”

 

 

 

Jim Sculley, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

Alice reminds our readers that ,”PCAA also has four venues at which we sell art work: Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center”.  Monthly meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 1pm from Oct. – May at the Cummings Library, Matheson Ave., Palm City. Please stop by and introduce yourself!  Meetings feature a live, local artist demo of their creative skills and techniques in all manner of mediums. You’re invited to observe a fun demo. Our hope is after one meeting, you will want to join our friendly, active membership too.​ Annual dues are only $35 per individual / $65 per couple. Annual dues deadline is May 31 to get your contact info into our annual directory.

 

 

 

 

   Susan Clifford, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information about this exhibit, please visit:  palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

 

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47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

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MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Galfond

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

mcost.org

 

 

 

 

 

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