Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Call For “Wallflower” Exhibit , Including 2D and 3D Art Relating To Flowers, Plants, Gardening At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth opens a CALL for 2D and 3D art for the upcoming “Wallflower” Exhibit.  There will be cash and ribbon prizes.  Art Lovers: Mark your calendars for the Opening Reception on Friday, March 2nd.  You’ll be able to purchase fine art, fine crafts, planters, pots, garden decor and so much more!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

CLAY GLASS METAL STONE Gallery

15 South J Street   Lake Worth, Florida 33460

 

ANNOUNCES:

 

Free, Public Opening Reception:

Friday, March 2

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery will again be holding a series of Exhibitions throughout the year. Contact us for a full list. This year our application fee is $35. A per show discount is offered to artists committing to participate in three or more shows.

 

The “WallFlower” show will award a $100 prize for first place.  There will be 2nd & 3rd place ribbons awarded.

March 2- March 13: “The Wallflower” (Hidden Secrets of Floral Artists) For those of you who paint flowers, there is a huge market in Lake Worth for your works. For those of you who make pots and planter, the more unusual they are, and the more versatile their use, the more marketable they are to our patrons. This is a flower-loving community and we want to make sure that every home collects floral works.

March 23-April 2:
9th Annual PEEPS Show This annual show is open to all artists, and regularly brings 2500 visitors to the gallery each year. It often gets TV and Press coverage….and it’s just for fun. There is a $100 top prize, and four second place prizes given to artists by the PEEPS Company. (For those of you who don’t know, PEEPS are those little marshmallow candies).

Art Teachers: If any of your students want to participate in any of our exhibits, they may do so without any fee. We welcome your participation, as an artist, as well.

 

Questions? Call or email Joyce 215-205-9441 Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org

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CLAY GLASS METAL STONE Gallery 15 South J Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460
APPLICATION for“The WallFlower” (Hidden Secrets of Floral Artists)

Deliver works to Gallery Wednesday February 28 – Show opens Friday, March 2 until Tuesday March 13
Phone 215-205-9441 E-MAIL cgmsgallery@flamingoclaystudio.org
or mail: CGMS Gallery 15 South J Street Lake Worth 33460

All shows are open to all media: 2-D and 3-D. We want to give each of you the opportunity to add a gallery show to your resume. This year our application fee is $35. If you decide to participate in three or more shows, you application fee is $25 per show. Checks made out to Flamingo Clay Studio

2-D Works MUST be able to be hung-Each Piece must have name, title, price taped to lower right corner

We suggest 2 entries per artist- We may accept up to 4 if less than 40 artists participate in a show:

Please PRINT legibly!

Name______________________________________________________________________________
Address____________________________________________________________________________
City________________________________State_____Zip_________ Phone_____________________
E-mail address ________________________________Web address__________________________

ARTISTS, PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR SUBMITTED IMAGES CORRESPOND TO THE NUMBER BELOW

Add additional sheets for additional entries
1-4 List addtional works on other side
. Title_____________________________________________________________________________
Dimensions____________________________________________Price__________________________
Description__________________________________________________________________________
WAIVER of LIABILITY: Submission of my application constitutes my agreement to comply with all of the conditions and terms set forth in the prospectus.  I release and discharge Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery and its owners and employee’s from all responsibility for damage or loss of any kind on all works submitted for the exhibition named above.  Works must arrive at the gallery on the dates mentioned on each individual “call to artist” that will be sent out- Always the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the show. Works MUST be picked up on the last day of the show- All works picked up late are subject to a $5 a day storage fee.

SIGNATURE________________________________________DATE__________________

 

 

Questions? Call or email Joyce 215-205-9441 Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org

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Purchase Artfully Crafted Tableware & Feed the Hungry At The Same Time At The Ceramic League’s “La Mesa” Exhibit

The Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches (CLPB), in collaboration with Artisans on the Ave Gallery, presents “La Mesa Exhibition and Bazaar”. The annual show of La Mesa (translation: The Table) features beautiful tableware created by CLPB artisans. The free, opening festivities start on Friday, November 17th.  The Exhibition runs through Sunday, November 26th.  You’ll be amazed at their talent as you view tables colorfully adorned with complete place settings, bowls, mugs, pitchers, cups and saucers, platters, cheese plates, salt and pepper shakers, napkin rings, candlesticks and much more. The beauty of La Mesa is that a portion of sales help feed the hungry in Palm Beach County. What better way is there to share than to purchase a beautiful handcrafted gift by a local artist that helps support the hungry in our area?  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

PRESENTING:

La Mesa Exhibition & Bazaar

Purchase Artfully Crafted Tableware

&

Feed the Hungry at the Same Time!

 

 

 

Free, OPENING RECEPTION:

Friday, November 17, 2017,    6-9 pm

Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 26, 2017

 

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

 

Gallery Hours: 

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

 

 

 

 

When you visit the 3 showrooms within our gallery, you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the gallery features.

Visit this opening night for an evening fun.

Meet the artists!!!

Celebrate our wonderful Gallery and enjoy yourself!

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460

www.artisansontheave.com

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Put A Spring In your Step At Artisans On The Ave’s New Exhibit Featuring Original Art And Handmade Crafts

Spring into Artisans On The Ave before summer!  Spring is here and Artisans on the Ave is blooming. Artists are invigorated and ‘New Works of Art’ are sprouting up all over the gallery. Stop in Friday night April 21st to view and celebrate all these fresh new creations!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 


630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Florida 33460
561-762-8162, 561-582-3300
www.ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

 

Spring In Before Summer!

Celebrating Fresh New Creations

Opening Reception:

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free Event, Public Welcome, Refreshments Served

 

Gallery Hours:

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

 Handmade Jewelry

Artisans On The Ave Gallery shows the art of over 40 local artists who work in a variety of mediums

Functional Art Pieces

 

Decorative Art Pieces 

 

When you give a handmade piece of art to friends and loved ones created by local artists, you are also giving a gift to the artist.

Whimsical Collectibles

Infuse your community with pride by supporting local artists!

Hand Crafted Tiles Make Great House Gifts

Please join us opening night to celebrate the Arts and support your local artists.

One of A Kind Original Art Pieces

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561762-8162

A cooperative gallery of Palm Beach County Artists
630 Lake Ave.     Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-762-8162  or   561-582-3300
www.ArtisansOnTheAve.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Faculty Exhibit And Specialty Workshops Abound At Boca Museum School Of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Art School is offering WORKSHOPS 
open for beginning to experienced artists. Each workshop can be an excellent introduction to a new medium to enrich your artwork, refresh your skills or reignite your creativity. The workshops are conducted by accomplished artist-instructors of the Art School. Explore Painting Abstracts, Making Masks, Ikebana vessels and Black Coral jewelry. The Rickie Report shares the details about these and the Faculty Art Exhibit which is opening in the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park, January 31 to February 28. 

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

 

Stand Up To Paint Abstracts!

 

 

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Oil Painting by Walter O’Neill

 

 

 

Paint in a vertical format in this workshop by hanging your canvas on the wall. This ensures that you use your entire body in the process of painting instead of only using your hand and wrist. Working on large canvases with big brushes, students explore composition, mark making, personal symbols, and layering. Re-energize your painting by being completely intuitive and spontaneous.  Whether your style is loud and energizing or calm and relaxed, learn to trust your own artistic urges while taking risks to create powerful art. This 2-day atelier is for expanding your reach, experimenting, and discovering. (45 minute lunch break)

Sunday / Monday, January 15 and 16
10 AM to 5 PM
Instructor: Eydi Lampasona
  Tuition: $185, Material Fee: $20

 

 

Masks: Many Faces, Many Selves

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The human need to mask reveals a desire to take on other identities, transcend limitations, and be renewed, or protected. Creating masks can be an outrageously fun way to find hidden aspects of oneself. Create a mask to affirm your inner spirit or take on a new identity. Your completed mask can be worn, displayed as a work of art, or used as your private talisman. (45 minute lunch break)

Monday, January 15, 10 AM to 3 PM 
Instructor: Genie Appel-Cohen
Tuition: $60, Material Fee: $15

 

 

 

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Ikebana Ceramics Vessel


 

Using the basic slab method of creating with clay, construct one or two containers/vases for ikebana flower arranging. Containers will be fired, glazed and ready for use in ten days.

Monday, January 15, 10 AM to 1 PM 
Instructor: Catalina Aguirre Hoffman and Abbey Funk
Tuition: $60, Lab Fee: $15

 

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Florida Black Coral Jewelry


 

Join expert Jeweler Don Dietz in this exciting workshop in which you create your own unique jewelry using Florida black coral. The workshop includes how to collect coral, smoothing and polishing, forming it into shapes, and assembling it with sterling silver findings. Material Fee $30

Instructor: Don Dietz
Saturday, January 21, NOON – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $110

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT

“Faculty exhibit / 5 by 5”

 

 

 

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“Moon Song” by Andrea Huffman

 

This year The Boca Museum Art School is starting something different. Rather than the usual one artwork by each faculty member, this year five faculty artists have been invited to exhibit five artworks. This provides the viewer a broader understanding of the artist work. The artists in this first ‘selections’ exhibit are: Andrea Huffman, Teresa Kirk, Miles Laventhall, Allan Pierce, and Roxene Sloate. The Exhibition runs January 31 to March 12, 2017  in the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park.

 

 

For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibits and other events please visit:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486
561-392-2503

bocamuseum.org/theartschool
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Celebrate The New Year At Las Olas Outdoor Art Showcase January 7 & 8, 2017

Start the year off in style and join the show that put Howard Alan Events on the map! Now considered a South Florida tradition in its 29th year on Las Olas Boulevard, the Howard Alan Events art festival is nationally recognized as one of the top events in America. Over the years, this Las Olas Boulevard festival has become a premiere & must see event in South Florida. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

 

Saturday, January 7

&

Sunday, January 8

 

 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Free and open to the Public

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

 

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Las Olas Association

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

Celebrate The New Years Eve Weekend At The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival

The Delray Marketplace is a shopping, dining, and entertainment hub in West Delray Beach. The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival will take place on Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve). Over 100 fine artists and crafters will line the streets in a gallery-style outdoor festival.  Come visit this booming location to shop unique handcrafted art and craft items from a collection of the top crafters in the country. This is a “Can’t Miss” event and it is a great way to celebrate the New Year. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks with three artists: Santiago Perez, Edward Werb, Michael & Cynthia Smith.

 

 

 

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The Delray Marketplace New Year’s Art & Craft Festival

 

Friday, December 30, 2016

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 31, 2016

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

14851 Lyons Road in Delray Beach, FL

Free Admission

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

 

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

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS:

 

Santiago Perez
Painting

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Painting by Santiago Perez

 

 

Santiago Perez is a representational visual artist depicting the beauty, drama, and tragedy of life using primarily narrative figurative art. He strives to depict emotion, romanticism and realism in different mediums but primarily oil. His works aim to tell a story of inspiration and hope.
  The richness and translucency of colors achieved through multi-layered glazing techniques is what gives his works captivating and life like qualities.     http://www.santiagoperezart.com

 

 

 

 

Edward Werb
Jewelry
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Edward’s handmade dichroic glass jewelry pieces are one of kind. Items are fused 3 times in a kiln and cold worked to ensure the highest quality possible. No casts, molds, kits, or decals are utilized.
Contact Edward at ewerb7@yahoo.com for more details and information on his jewelry.

 

 

Michael & Cynthia Smith
Mixed Media

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From bottles to a Botanical by Michael & Cynthia Smith

 

 

Recycled art! Tropical decor fashioned from recycled fence posts and wood, beautiful botanicals created from recycled plastic bottles. Totally GREEN!  For more details and information email Michael & Cynthia Smith at
bottlestobotanicals@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

For additional information on the Delray Marketplace New Year’s Weekend Art & Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com      561-537-0291

 

 

Port Salerno Mosaic Studio Moves To Larger Location In Stuart, Offering Special Workshops And Classes

Port Salerno Mosaic Studio, previously located in the Fish House Art Center has moved to bigger headquarters in Downtown Stuart. Diane Concepcion, owner/artist and other instructors will offer classes and specialty workshops, including a Special 2 Day Workshop with Martin Cheek  in February.  Not interested in “making”?  This is the place for you!  Functional as well decorative items are for sale, or can be ordered for commissions. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos.  It is not too early to make your reservations.   It’s amazing what can be mosaicked!

 

 

 

 

 

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PORT  SALERNO  MOSAIC  STUDIO

 

208 West Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, Fl

732.804.4715

Diane Concepcion 

Asia Booth

Francesco Delorme

 

 

 

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Studio Space for Classes, Workshops and Working On Your Own

 

Shortly after moving in, Diane and Asia threw a ‘Grand Opening celebration” the highlight was a student art show. The many students that enjoy working in the studio over the last three years brought and displayed their artwork . There was plenty of art (purely for art’s sake) but the functional mosaic art…coasters, trays, lazy susans, house numbers…wow! The variety of mosaic art that has been created in the studio over the last 4 years is amazing!

 

Functional Mosaic Artwork

Diane has enhanced her mosaic self-education at the Union Square Art Cooperative in NYC and at the Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley CA. She has attended workshops with Martin Cheek, Mireille Swinnen, Michelle Petno and Jeff Halverson (some of the best known local and international mosaic artists). Diane’s portfolio is as varied as the application of mosaic art can be.  She is experienced in stained glass, smelt and picassiette. Diane has applied her art to garden items, upcycled art (mosaicking found items to give them new life), commissions for clients (address plaques, store signs), and has often explored her mosaic artistic voice. 

 

 

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“Not A Transformer” Mosaic by Asia Booth

 

 

 

 

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 “Dragon In A Teacup” by Asia Booth, 3D Mosaic Art

 

 

 

 

Also instructing at the studio is Asia Booth, an award winning mosaic artist of tremendous talent. An avid ‘gamer’, Asia specializes in video game themed art, most of her work features extremely tiny pieces (all hand cut). Asia’s passion for drawing and unique mosaic design is reflected in her art. Her gamer pieces were featured in “A Fractured Perspective” a gallery showing by Luna Mosaics of Orlando. Asia teaches “Intro to Mosaic” and is available during studio hours for students. Asia and Diane recently both placed in the highly competitive Annual McMow Art Glass completion.

 

 

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Mosaic Jewelry Pendants by Francesca Delorme

 

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Mosaic Portrait by Francesca Delorme

Mosaic artist Francesca Delorme is the third resident artist instructor. Francesca, an accomplished art instructor from the Burke Mountain Academy in VT, has a strong background in graphic design, jewelry design and creation, plus the whole gambit of glass arts, including all forms of mosaic. Francesca rounds out the studio’s staff specializing in ‘picasiette’, the art of making mosaic from broken dishes, china and other found items. Francesca will be presenting a series of classes in picasiette and mosaic techniques (such as andamento and opus) this Fall and Winter.

 

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“Pelican” by Diane Concepcion

In the studio you can buy art, order a custom commission or take classes. The very popular ‘Intro to Mosaic’ day-long workshop provides the basics in mosaic techniques and you go home with your 8”x8’ mosaic wall art. ‘Intro workshop’s are conducted several times a month.  You can also take advantage of the ‘Studio Hours’ where you can work on projects at your own pace. There is a reasonable fee for studio hours (which includes use of the tools and materials in the studio).

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“Peacock” by Martin Cheek

VISITING   INSTRUCTORS:

The highlight of the 2017 season will be a 2 day workshop by Martin Cheek, an internationally known mosaic artist. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is the author of several bestselling books. Martin Cheek incorporates his own glass fusions into his mosaic art and will share that process during the 11-12 February workshop at the studio. Details on this workshop can be found on the studio’s Facebook page or by calling Diane.

 

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Special classes by mosaic artists and artists of other disciplines are being scheduled for 2017. Francesca will be presenting an ‘Opus and Andamento Workshop’. Opus and andamento are time honored techniques used in traditional mosaics. Francesca will review traditional applications and introduce a modern approach, discuss tessellation, patterns, negative/positive space and the student will put this instruction into practice on their own project under Francesca’s guidance. This is an excellent opportunity for advanced beginners or intermediate mosaic artists to delve into some of the more advanced techniques of the art.
The studio will be participating in the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds on October 22-23. They are particularly excited to be featured as the “Artist in Residence” at the Ground Floor Farm of Stuart, where their art will be featured for the months of December and January. The studio will present a special stepping stone workshop during their residency.

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Contact Diane dtc148@yahoo.com

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You can usually find Diane and Asia in the studio Tuesday through Friday from 10:30-4:30pm or every other Saturday (calling in advance is recommended).

Call:  732 804-4715

Check out the studio Facebook page for a look at the artwork being created by Diane, Asia and their students. https://www.facebook.com/PSMosaicStudio

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Opening Reception:

“Rock- Paper- Scissors”

 

 

 

Friday, October 2, 2015

6 – 9 pm

Artisans On The Ave

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

Free event with refreshments 

 

 

 

 

"Papa Quilt" by Pat Metcalf

                        “Papa Quilt” by Pat Metcalf

 

 

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

 

"Boba Fett" Quilt by Pat Metcalf

                 “Boba Fett” Quilt by Pat Metcalf

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Del Foxton & Betty Wilson At Artisans On The Ave

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Handmade Paper Eco-Art by Del Foxton

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Wire Wrapped Gemstone by Pauline Denson 

 

 

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

 

 

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Handmade Jewelry By Pauline Denson

 

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

 

 

 

For more information about

Artisans On The Ave

please contact Betty Wilson
561-585-7744      www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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