WITVA Invites Everyone To A FUNraiser,”Art From Your Heart”

The Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) Scholarship Committee invites you to attend their annual FUNdraising event on Saturday, February 6th. Begin with a fun art project followed by an elegant sit down luncheon. Participate in a “Pick A Prize” Auction of beautiful gift baskets filled with merchandise and gift certificates, a Silent Auction of Works of Art, and a Grand Prize drawing of items valued over $15, 000.00! Be inspired by guest speaker, Ashley G. Cassens, Scholarship Award Winner of 2015. The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here.  Make your reservations now! Congratulations to Grace Fishenfeld, Scholarship Fund Honoree!

 

 

 

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Invites You To

 

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“ART FROM YOUR HEART”

 

 

 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10 am to 2 pm

 

 

 Scholarship Fund Honoree:

Grace Fishenfeld

 

 

 

Please join the very welcoming women of WITVA as we celebrate Grace, enjoy a creative day and help raise funds for aspiring young artists. Tickets are $125.00 per person.

 

 

The Boca Country Club

 

17751 Boca Club Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL 33487

 

 

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Graduate Student Scholarship Winners From Left to Right:

Diana M. Garcia; Inga Karelina; Lorna Ruth Galloway; Ashley Gilbert; Susan Maas; Ingrid Barreneche; Samantha McLean

 

 

The Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) Scholarship Committee invites you to attend their annual FUNdraising event on Saturday, February 6th. The morning begins with a fun art project followed by an elegant sit down luncheon. Throughout the afternoon guests will have the opportunity to participate in a “Pick A Prize” Auction of beautiful gift baskets filled with merchandise and gift certificates, a Silent Auction of Works of Art, and a Grand Prize drawing of items valued over $15, 000.00! You will be inspired by the words of our guest speaker, Ashley G. Cassens, a top graduate scholarship award winner of 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taylor Chalmin & Phyllis Annunziato

 

 

 

As a non-profit organization, our mission is to promote public interest in the visual arts and to provide financial support to art students attending our local Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University as well as art students attending Palm Beach County High Schools. The proceeds from this event will help us continue our mission.

 

 

Spring Celebration of High School Art (Spring, 2015)

WITVAEricaDoyle and Lynn Travis Stender

Erica Doyle and Lynn Travis Stender

 

WITVATiara Jackson

Tiara Jackson

 

 

 

This year we are proud to announce Grace Fishenfeld as our Scholarship Fund honoree. Please join the very welcoming women of WITVA as we celebrate Grace, enjoy a creative day and help raise funds for aspiring young artists. Tickets are $125.00 per person.

 

 

Please contact Myrna Rodkin, Event Coordinator at (561) 703-0554 or Email zoomf16mr@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

 

For more information about WITVA:  www.WITVA.org

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palms, Palms and More Palms! Use Palm Branches and Leaves to Create a One-of-a-Kind Basket!

The basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni  is awesome – but NOT impossible!   They will teach YOU techniques and designs that will bring branches and leaves to life again! Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December. The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!

 

 

 

 

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EarthArt Creative Baskets

 

 

maryTropical Basket Art

 

 

 

The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary and Teri

Mary and Teri

 

Mary Catello

 

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

 

 

 

"Lady" by Mary Catello

“Lady” by Mary Catello

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!
Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.

 

 

Collaboration by Mary and Teri

Collaboration by Mary and Teri

 

 

Teri Salomoni

 

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays. 
In 2002, she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.

 

 

 

Artwork by Terri Salmoni

Artwork by Teri Salomoni

In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique!

 

 

 

 

 

Currently their work is on permanent display at:

 

 

  • Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth,
  • Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St Petersburg
  • The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale.
  • Annually at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event.

 

 

Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces. Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.

 

 

For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

561 665 0092 or email mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com

http://www.earthartbymaryandteri.com

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Mary Cotello Announces Special Basketry Workshop: Palm, Palms and More Palms!

When we look at the basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni, we are in awe – of their designs and abilities to bring branches and leaves to life again!  Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December.  The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!

 

 

 

marycatelloimage001

 

 

EarthArt Creative Baskets

 

 

 

maryTropical Basket Art

 

 

A mother and daughter team that collaborate on an art “unique” to Florida.
Creativity and an over-abundance of foliage results in endless possibilities.

 

 

Mary Catello and Teri Salamoni

Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni

Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

 

 
In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!

 

 
Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.

 

 

 

Teri Salomoni

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays.

 

 
In 2002 she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.

 

 
In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique.

 

 

 

Artist Statement

The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.

 

 

 
Currently their work is on permanent display at Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth, Florida Craftsmen Gallery. St Petersburg and The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale. Annually they are featured at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event. Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces.  Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.

 

 

 

For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

 561 665 0092 or email mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com

http://www.earthartbymaryandteri.com

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291