Southern Handcraft Society’s Boca Raton Chapter Invites Everyone To Their Annual “Holiday Harvest”

The Rickie Report is excited to share the Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society’s upcoming “Holiday Harvest”, October 2 -3rd. This is a craft show with something for everyone …Autumn Decor, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah, General gift items, Hostess gifts, House decor as well as Wearable Art will be available. Everything is hand made and waiting to become a family heirloom. More details are in this article with some sneak peeks.  There is nothing better than purchasing a handmade item from the artist!

 

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society

30th Annual

“HOLIDAY HARVEST”

Friday, October 2, 2015

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

&

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Count De Hoernle Train Pavilion

(Boca Train Depot)

747 South Dixie Highway   Boca Raton, Florida

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

                           SHS Boca Holiday Harvest 

The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handicraft Society is one of 6 unique chapters for all handicraft artists, including beginners to accomplished artists.  Members and Guests (all are welcome) meet the first Monday of the month (except December and holidays when the park is closed) 7:00 PM in a meeting room at Patch Reef Park, 2000 West Yamato Road (1/4 mile west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431.

 

 

 

 
All items at this event are Made in the USA by the artists at the show. Individual artists will staff their table and are eager to talk to visitors.

 

 

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LOVE to craft? WANT to learn?

Want to MEET other crafters?

Then the SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY, BOCA RATON CHAPTER, IS MEANT FOR YOU! We formed our club in 1985 and Boca is the Mother chapter with 6 other local chapters in Palm Beach and Broward counties. WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HAVE GUESTS!

 

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

                        SHS Boca Holiday Harvest

 

 

We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7PM at Patch Reek Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. We serve yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as have show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “Make It and Take It”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

                           SHS Boca Holiday Harvest

 

 

 

Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED!

 

 

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

                   SHS Boca Holiday Harvest 

 

 

 

In Boca, we have 3 local, juried craft shows a year to participate in along with the other chapters offering their own shows once a year for the holiday season. All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more!

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS AND/ OR CRAFT SHOWS!

 

For more information about this Craft Fair or about the activities of the Boca Raton Chapter of SHS, please contact Cindy 561-450-5577 or email
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Mark Allen Brings Us “Proper Mental Attitude”

Mark Allen is a “re-emerging” artist.  In his early years, he sculpted and used “found objects” before the term even existed. Over thirty years ago he created cartoons. When their older son, Jared, succumbed to cancer, life for Mark and his wife, Donna changed.  Mark’s art has been his therapy since then, and until recently, he was keeping it within the family. The Rickie Report is honored to share Mark Allen’s artistry and his story, which is so poignant as we approach Father’s Day.

 

 

 

MARK ALLEN

Proper Mental Attitude

 

The Arts Arena Gallery

Friday, June 19th

6 – 8:30 pm

777 E. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

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Mark Allen tells The Rickie Report, “Proper Mental Attitude illustrates ‘nobody gets out of this life untouched’ and despite the depths of grief or despair we might just find the strength to laugh, love and live. ‘We can live until we die or we can die until we die’ …..hence, Proper Mental Attitude.”

 

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“Some People Just Don’t Get It” by Mark Allen

 

 

 

Mark Allen has always been a creative person, using “found objects” before the term was even in popular vocabulary.  Until recently, Mark and Donna Allen’s creative force has been in the food industry. It seems fitting that he sold one of his favorite sculptures, “Lunch Box” to another restaurant. 

"At Least They Aren't Salted" by Mark Allen

“At Least They Aren’t Salted” by Mark Allen

 

 

Borne out of a need to create something positive while his older son succumbed to cancer, Mark’s cynical sense of humor remained raw and honest. It was during life’s most challenging moments that Mark chose to use his talents to find purpose and inspiration as a way to maintain his own sanity and pay homage to an eight year old’s life well lived and loved.

 

Image by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

 

 

Life itself doesn’t have to be black and white. Vibrant moments can be experienced if you allow yourself to venture into that world.  Perhaps considered primitive or simplistic, Mark’s use of color and lack of depth are both instinctive and purposeful. The message speaks for itself as you are unwittingly, but willingly, invited into the idyllic images.

 

"Chicken Soup" by Mark Allen

“Chicken Soup” by Mark Allen

Having started to cartoon over 30 years ago, Mark shared the passion with his son, Jared.  Before succumbing to cancer, Jared drew  a satiric “Toaster Man” cartoon.  During shiva, the time of mourning immediately following death, Mark was appalled at the comments some people shared, in trying to be “comforting.”  Mark shares this life lesson with us.  “Saying “You must be relieved”, is NOT comforting.  Say nothing.  Reminisce.  Say nothing.  Hug us.”  Mark tells The Rickie Report, “That’s how the cartoons started. In black and white. No color.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 1995, Mark began working with Charles Fazzino, Master of 3D Pop Art.  As Fazzino’s techniques influenced Mark, his cartoons began to change. He incorporated more dimension.  Mark and Donna went into the restaurant business to earn a living and left the art world in the shadows.  Actually, Mark left the art in his closet and would steal away minutes of time to work on art pieces, standing in the closet!

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

Around 2010, Mark returned to using colored pencils and oil pastels and was ready to retire from the restaurant business. Max Beckman fell in love with Mark’s art and helped reconnect Mark with his inner artist.  Between 2011 -2012, increasing color seeped into Mark’s life. When we spoke recently, he shared, “Now I only see in color and composition. It is pretty much the way I see life. Color and composition is what matters.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 2013, the Allens moved from Arizona to Palm Beach County, FL.  Mark’s recent work is more defined. He is “putting the world back into order, outlining everything.”  His work is currently at the Arts Arena Gallery in Delray Beach and he is already scheduled for two SOLO Exhibitions: December 6, 2015 through January, 2016 (at the Weisman Center) and 40 pieces at the Spanish River Library in June, 2017.  Art patrons will be able to see the evolution of Mark’s artistry, which continues to evolve.

Mark graduated from the High School of Music and Art (NYC) and Hobart College (Bachelor’s in Fine Arts/Geneva, NY) . He was a member of the Students’ Art League (NY) and is now an exhibiting member of the Delray Art League (FL) and Gold Coast Watercolor Society (FL) .

For more information about Mark’s artistry, please contact:

propermentalattitude.com

 

 

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Anita Lovitt Art Classes: Illumination, Gouache, Florals, Essential Watercolor Techniques and Drawing

This summer, painter, designer and public artist Anita Lovitt  has a busy schedule! She will offer some new classes at new places, some just for a few weeks.  Don’t miss these opportunities to study with such a talented and versatile artist! Each venue has different supplies, prices, and duration of classes.  Private lessons are also available.  Anita is a popular teacher who makes learning watercolor fun and easy, while challenging you to constantly stretch your abilities! Bring your friends and learn as a group!  The Rickie Report shares the details of her classes at The Society for the Four Arts.

 

 

 

Classes With Anita Lovitt

 

Anita Lovitt

Anita Lovitt

 

Anita Lovitt graduated from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) with top honors and a degree in illustration. She studied design and painting with legendary teachers including Milton Glaser, Charles Reid, and Mel Stabin. Her award-winning illustrations, paintings and designs have appeared in children’s books, greeting cards and designs for the home and gift industry. Anita has taught drawing and painting for many years, and is also a talented digital artist.
Anita is a gifted teacher with a keen understanding of how language and image work together. In 2006, Anita worked with a team of “Project Hope” counselors to produce a series of illustrative quilts documenting the impacts of Hurricane Wilma. She also created the large “Dancing Pineapples” mural which graces the entrance to Pineapple Grove in downtown Delray Beach, as well as numerous private and public commissions.

SOCIETY FOR THE FOUR ARTS

2   4 Arts Plaza           Palm Beach, FL  
561-655-7227
"Illuminated 'S'" by Anita Lovitt

“Illuminated ‘S'” by Anita Lovitt

Introduction to Illumination with Anita Lovitt
10 AM-12 PM, Tuesdays, 6 weeks, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 
The Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building
$150  Materials included

Illuminations are small, highly detailed paintings that accompany text or calligraphy. They often have a sacred component and are very powerful despite their small size. In this course you will learn to create illuminated letters and words using modern materials such as watercolor and gouache paint, pen and ink or small magic markers, and colored pencils. The effect of gold leaf will be simulated with gold paint markers.  Elements and principles of lettering will be explained to help students achieve a pleasing result. You can work in a traditional style or something more modern.

 

 

"Apples with Core" Gouache/Opaque by Anita Lovitt

“Apples with Core” Gouache/Opaque by Anita Lovitt

Painting with Gouache with Anita Lovitt
2:00-400 PM  Tuesdays, 6 weeks, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 
The Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building
$150  Materials included

What is gouache (pronounced gwash)? It is a form of brilliant, opaque watercolor that is favored by artists for detailed work such as greeting cards and book illustrations, as well as fabric and wallpaper designs. It handles like watercolor and may be thinned, lifted off or painted over, and is also easy to correct. It is highly suitable for quick outdoor sketching or art journaling. If you enjoy watercolor, this class will further expand your painting horizons. Through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations you will learn how to make the most of this versatile medium. Each student will receive encouraging personal attention to develop a powerful, small painting. (Note: Please also see Introduction to Illumination, which is a series of classes including gouache painting to complement this workshop.)

 
"Modern Illuminated Gouache" by Anita Lovitt

Modern Illuminated Gouache” by Anita Lovitt

Due to limited space, reservations are required for all Campus on the Lake workshops and classes. For more information please call (561) 805-8562 or email campus@fourarts.org.

"Larkspur" by Anita Lovitt

“Larkspur” by Anita Lovitt

"Apple" by Anita Lovitt

“Apple” by Anita Lovitt

 
"Four Lighthouses" by Anita Lovitt

“Four Lighthouses” by Anita Lovitt

           
 
"Alstromer" by Anita Lovitt

“Alstromer” by Anita Lovitt

Call contact numbers for more information or call Anita directly. 561 706 3653.  You can see her work at her website  anitalovitt.com  or email: info@anitalovitt.com

 

 

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Nina Fusco in SOLO Exhibit!

For those who have already been to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, you  probably noticed Nina Fusco’s entry for Arty Bras.  If you  haven’t – don’t miss the smiling doggie!  Nina’s artwork continues to evolve, as she strives to make peoples’ pets into a piece of artwork that becomes a family heirloom.  In addition to her pet portraits made from sculpted and cut paper, she brings world peace, brotherhood, and conquering cancer to a new level of artistry.  The Rickie Report hopes you will stop  in to visit Nina at her SOLO Exhibit at the Institute for Jewish Living in Jupiter.  The details are in this article.

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The Institute for Jewish Living

Presents

An Evening with

Artist, Nina Fusco

Wednesday, October 23rd

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 2581 Jupiter Park Drive    Suite E-18

Jupiter, FL. 33458

 561.372.6188

Public is Invited

 

The Institute for Jewish Living ( IJL) recently opened its office located in Jupiter, FL.  Individuals, students and families wanting to connect with the Jewish world can do so through local events as well as virtual activities.  The  Executive Director, Cantor Bruce Benson, looks forward to sharing the walls of the IJL office with local artists.

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One of the talented artists chosen for the Institute’s premier exhibit is Nina Fusco.  This Jupiter resident is active in a number of community organizations, including the Artists of Palm Beach County.  Nina has shown her work in many venues in Palm Beach County.

 

We love Nina’s upbeat approach to life!  

"Best in Show", Arty Bras entry for the Lighthouse ArtCenter

“Best in Show”, Arty Bras entry for the Lighthouse ArtCenter

 

 

Her sensitivity to the world condition is evident.

 

"Circle of Peace"

“Circle of Peace”

 

 

Her faith is strong.

 

"Hands"

“Hands”

 

Nina’s greeting cards are always a favorite for people looking for a stocking stuffer or house gift.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”

 

 

   

"Dream" in sign language

“Dream” in sign language


"Let's Go Fishing"

“Let’s Go Fishing”

Nina’s Drawings and Photographs are intense and detailed

Stop by and meet Nina!  If you are interested in one of her pet portraits, be sure to bring a photo of your favorite furry friend.  Nina’s portraits become family heirlooms.

For more information about Nina’s work please contact:  Nina3DPaper.com  or email ninafusco47@gmail.com  or visit  Zazzle.com/Nina3DPaper   or call   561.908.3556

 

If you have any questions, please call  561-372-6188.  For more information about the Institute for Jewish Living please visit:  www.InstituteforJewishLiving.com

 

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Carla Golembe SOLO Exhibit at Delray Beach Library

The Rickie Report knows your senses will be intoxicated when you see Carla Golembe’s vibrant artwork.  She is an award-winning artist whose work has been seen in galleries throughout the United States. Her illustrations fill dozens of children’s books and her work hangs in corporate collections around the globe.  She will have a SOLO exhibit at the Delray Beach Library that you won’t want to miss!

 

Carla Golembe

SOLO EXHIBIT

 “Passionate About Beauty”

April 1- May 31, 2013

Delray Beach Public Library, 2nd floor

 100 W Atlantic Ave  Delray Beach, FL

 

 

Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher.  Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States. Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii.  As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.

 

"Evening Doves"

“Evening Doves”

Carla wrote and illustrated several children’s books: A Story of Surfing, The Story of Hula, M is for Maryland, Washington DC ABC’s, Annabelle’s Big Move and Dog Magic. She illustrated Why the Sky is Far Away, The Creation, People of Corn, How Night Came from the Sea and The Woman in the Moon, Sun and Honeybees.  She also wrote and illustrated the Zippy and Zoe series, published in Taiwan.

 

Carla’s other illustration work includes greeting cards, fine illustration stock images for Artville/Getty Images and Imagezoo, educational and medical projects for children and magazine work. She has received awards for her children’s books from the New York Times, Parent’s Choice, The American Folklore Society and PMA, the Independent Book Publisher’s Association to name a few.

"Forever Friends"

“Forever Friends”

Carla taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts (Tequesta,FL).  She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She now teaches painting and drawing at Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art .  She’s been doing presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for almost  20 years.  Carla has been an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.

 

Carla tells The Rickie Report, “We live on an increasingly small planet in dangerous times.  The state of our world is impossible to ignore.  Some artists choose to chronicle the specific time in which we live, to reflect our history at this moment.  I choose to paint imagery that transcends the moment.  It is human and universal.  My intention is to create a visual haven that encourages viewers to enter my personal vision, to relax, smile and breathe.”

 

"Tuscan

“Tuscan Days VIII”

Carla goes on to explain, “My paintings are the product of my dreams and experiences.  They speak of hope and love, of mystery and delight.    My work expresses the harmony between individuals, between people and animals, people and nature, within a person’s soul.  They are colorful and sensual, reflecting the tropical beauty of my home and travels. The full spectrum of positive emotion echoes through my work.   Although the pieces express an optimistic attitude they are not naïve, rather they come from an understanding that pain and anxiety are part of life but joy is a more desirable place to dwell…. there is no gravity in my visual world. The figures often inhabit ambiguous spaces, places where earth, sky and water flow into one another and where light and darkness merge.  They are frequently caught in a moment of being or becoming, for it is in that moment that all dreams are possible.”

 

"Valentine"

“Valentine”

Color brings life to Carla’s imagery.  She works in acrylic, building layer upon layer of color.  With this layering technique  she is able to achieve a simple but complex depth. The process is always unfolding, always revealing more.  Strong color, shape and composition give impact to the imagery.  Her influences come from both traditional Western art and folk art.  The result is a blend and balance that is her own unique style.

 

Educated at Bennington College, Bennington, VT. BA in Art (1972) and Instituto Allende, Mexico MFA in Painting, Cum Laude. Assistantships in Printmaking (1979), Carla’s work is part of numerous Corporate Collections, including: Bessamer Venture Partners, McCormack and Dodge, Peabody and Brown, DeVries Direct Marketing Assistance Corp., Ingalls Quinn and Johnson, Goldstein and Manello, Kutak, Rock and Campbell, Boston Public Library, Hyatt Corporation, Fundacion Centro Cultural, Altos de Chavon , Worcester Art Museum ,Lotus Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Buck Law Group,  JFK Library, Washington, DC, University College, University of Maryland and Montgomery County MD Art in Public Places.

 

The Rickie Report knows that local organizations are often looking for speakers and would recommend contacting Carla.  Her art work and previous presentations across the US and abroad promise a fascinating program!  Her work is currently available at: Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA       Kolbo, Brookline, MA  and Gallery Galleon , Vieques, PR.  To contact Carla Golembe call   561 498-9185 , visit her  website: www.carlagolembe.com  or email   carlagolembe@gmail.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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291