Artisans On The Ave Features “Fire And Wood” Artists, Nancy Bernardeau And Robert Hunter

Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth  will feature two of their over 40 artists, Nancy Bernardeau and Robert Hunter.  “Fire and Wood” will open with a Free Public Reception on Friday, January 20th.  Meet the artists as they share their creations made with Raku firing techniques and exotic woods.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Public Is Invited:

“Fire and Wood”

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, January 20, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 PM

 

 

This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Pottery Vessel by Nancy Bernardeau

 

The Magic of Raku: Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

When most potters think of raku firing, they think of what should technically be referred to as “American” or “Western” raku: a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. This raku firing process has a huge draw for many potters because of its excitement and unpredictability. Raku is perfect for potters and ceramic artists who are ready to experiment with custom glazes, or for those who have grown tired of their own tried and true glazes.

 

 

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Pottery Vessel by Nancy Bernardeau

 

Nancy Bernardeau tells us, “Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. It is so dramatic to open up a kiln when it is glowing red hot at around 1832 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course there is danger involved, making it even more exciting and adrenaline producing! So she gear’s up with her respirator, high temperature gloves, and clothing that completely covers and protects from the intense heat. Raku firing gives me the “instant gratification” of seeing my results a lot more rapidly than waiting hours for a kiln to fire and then cool down”.

 

 

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“Being directly involved in the firing and reduction process, since I place each piece in a container with combustibles, set it up in flames and put a tight cover on it so it smokes and smolders. This reduction or deprivation of oxygen is what creates the dramatic blacks and crackles, a signature of Raku pottery. The magic then continues when the pot is taken out of the container and scrubbed clean under water. The beautiful colors then reveal themselves in sometimes unexpected ways”!

The Patterns of Wood: Robert Hunter

 

 

 

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Exotic Wood Trays by Robert Hunter

 

Whether it be a cutting board or a coffee table, the grains and colors of the woods are the focus of artist Robert Hunter. He is fascinated with what causes the different patterns to occur in the woods; from wind or rain; too much or too little sun, or to the tiny insects that boar the holes that cause the streaks in Ambrosia Maple. With the exotic woods, he works with, the pieces will always be one of a kind.

 

 

 

 

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One of a Kind Candle Holder by Robert Hunter

 

 

Robert Hunter is always surprised by what he finds under the bark of a tree and how it will lend itself to the beauty of that specific creation. His unique items of wood art are seen as a contemporary artistic medium, used in traditional and modern styles.  Wood offers a fascination, beauty, and complexity in the grain.

 

 

 

Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!

 

 

 

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

Artisans On The Ave
Owners: Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro
561-762-8162 or 561-582-3300

630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

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

 

“Created By The Hands Of Man” Group Exhibition Opens June 17th At Artisans On The Ave

Artisans On The Ave presents, “Created By The Hands Of Man”, a group exhibit celebrating the artistry of its male artists, who, with determination, share the vision of their talented hands. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of creations by Robert Ben Kline, Howard Fleischer, Carl Schneider, Robert Hunter, Herbert Weintraub and EJ Morales.  What a great opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for Father’s Day, Graduations and Wedding Gifts! Stop by this Free Reception and meet the artists!

 

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300

 

You Are Invited To:

“Created by The Hands of Man”

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 17, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Meet The Artists!

This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

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

 

 

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300

 

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Hand carved Pens and Corkscrew by Howard Fleischer

 

These male artists create with the determined focus of their vision and the strength of their talented hands. A potter uses a gentle touch to form his clay and molds it into a perfectly formed vase or bowl. The piece is finished after he decides on a glazing color from a vast spectrum of choices and then goes in the kiln to be fired.

 

 

 

 

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Original Fine Art by  Herbert Weintraub

 

 

The painter is inspired by his surroundings and dreams that dance in his head in an abstract manner. He then gently or boldly holds his brush and applies the strokes to his choice of canvas, paper or other mediums. The photographer holds the camera with his hands and sees the images through his eyes and then transfers them onto a selected background.  The poet and writer grips the pen as the words flow to the paper, grabbing the reader’s attention and taking them to a distant place as their eyes read his thoughts. The pen was made by the artist’s creative hands.

 

 

 

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Photography by EJ Morales

 

The artist who makes one of a kind wearable art such as jewelry or fiber pieces  uses his hands with precision to make his art, sometimes applying jewels and gems. The powerful touch of the artist can turn steel into sculpture with the torch and fire used to sculpt raw beams into works of art. His strong hands work as he welds together heavy pieces that can also transform found objects into functional art, such as mirrors and lamps.

 

 

 

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Hand carved bowl by Carl Schneider

 

The woodworker carves works of beauty from the bare pieces of a tree limbs or trunk that was be found in the woods or given to him by friends. His hands touch the sometimes exotic patterns and grains and he foresees the object it will become. His hands grip the tools to make intricate designs. The hands of the wood-turner work combine with the wood on a lathe and the raw wood transforms into an object of beauty. The scars and lines on the artist’s hands reveal the true passion and struggles which allow each of us to enjoy and be thankful for his artistry.

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave Gallery 

Proudly Exhibits the Creations of these talented artists:

 

 

HOWARD FLEISCHER

 

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Hand carved wood pens, bottle cap removers, cork screws, letter openers

 

Howard Fleischer is passionate about his art which involves working with beautiful pieces of wood. Each piece has one of a kind grains that are visible on its surfaces. He enjoys making one of a kind exotic crafting pens, letter openers, wine stoppers and corkscrews. Each one is original and handmade. These functional pieces are sure to make great gifts to that special someone or yourself!

 

 

CARL SCHNEIDER

 

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“Peacock” Wood turned Vessel by Carl Schneider

 

Teacher of wood turning and award winning artist, Carl Schneider began woodturning in 1997. Carl is gratified by creating many types of pieces, enhancing the natural character of wood and experimenting with texturing, carving and coloring. He loves collaborating with Mother Nature to create useful and beautiful objects from wood. As someone said these objects combine the “art of nature and the nature of the artist”. Carl shares, “After trees are cut down for various reasons I extend their lives by creating useful and beautiful objects that people will enjoy forever”.

 

ROBERT HUNTER

 

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Exotic Hand made Wood cutting boards by Robert Hunter

 

 

 

As a young boy, Robert started woodworking. It was under  his father’s guidance this that he learned the disciplines of this fine craft… Not to rush the work and work with the wood. Let the wood tell you what you have to do,” Robert of  Blu Paw Woodworking, tells us.  “I still use the lessons I learned long ago and today rely heavily on grains and colors in my work. Whether it be a cutting board or a coffee table, these grains and colors are my focus. I am fascinated with what causes the different patterns to occur in the woods; from wind or rain; too much or too little sun or tiny insects that boar the holes that cause the streaks in Ambrosia Maple. With the exotic woods I work with, each piece is always one of a kind. I will always be surprised by what I find under the bark of a tree and how it will lend itself to the beauty of that creation”.

 

 

HERBERT WEINTRAUB

 

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Rural winter scene by Herbert Weintraub

 

 

 

Herbert Weintraub has built a reputation for being one of the top-rated artists in his field. His work represents New York City as it was in the middle part of the 20th century, as well as rural landscapes and seascapes of some of our country’s most beautiful surroundings. Through his use of oil and acrylics, Herbert prides himself in creating collectible original paintings. Each work draws from a rich history of his personal experiences and tours throughout the United States. Herbert Weintraub studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He holds numerous art awards. His work adorns the walls of many large well known corporate office buildings throughout the nation. His work is collected by many which include sports journalists, Hollywood actors and actresses, rock stars and politicians, among others.

 

EJ  MORALES

 

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Undersea Memorabilia, Photography by EJ Morales

 

To EJ Morales, the camera is a unique window to the world he sees; a filter, if you will…. Its magic enables him to share his vision with others. Often literal, his photography carries an abstract flavor seeking to convey emotional meaning. EJ has  been taking photographs from a very early age. His work has evolved and ranges from merely documenting the literal to more sublime pursuits. He covers subjects from wildlife both above and below the water as well as land/cityscapes, all the while endeavoring to imprint the images with his own unique artistic flavor.

 

 

ROBERT BEN KLINE

 

 

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Exotic Dog Sculpture by Robert ben Kline

 

Robert has worked in clay for nearly 20 years. His work is comical, humorous, and perhaps a tad absurd. An exotic dancing dog in a “gentleman’s club” for dogs, no less! A Harley-Davidson unicycle! A giant apple with an equally giant worm, having a rather human face! He mixes a variety of techniques, from wheel thrown to hand building to sculpture. He is forever exploring new subject matter, so that his first pieces in a subject may be straight forward… and as it evolves, his artistic voice comes through. Something will look off kilter; that strange pose… The person is part of a bicycle…Something is different… Something seems slightly odd… After all, this is art, not a mere replication of life!

 

 

 

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

Visit Artisans On The Ave for Opening Night, enjoy an evening of fun and meet the artists!!!

 

For more information please contact:

Artisans On The Ave Gallery
Owners
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

561-762-8162
561-582-3300

www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

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

18th Annual Lauderdale By The Sea Craft Festival

Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach.  The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.  American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in Florida.  The Rickie Report introduces you to two of the exhibitors and shares the details about this show.

 

 

 

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

September 12 – 13

Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A1A and Commercial Boulevard
Navigational Address: 4400 North Ocean Drive, Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308

Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach. The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

          Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

New England wood artisan, Donald Boudreau started his life’s dream in 1992 when he and his wife Carol sold everything and moved aboard their 49 foot sailboat “Domicile” and started an around the world cruise. During their many adventures, one thing in particular captivated Don. It was the beauty and unique qualities of the tropical hardwoods, which he found in Central & South America and the South Pacific.

 

 

 

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                  Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

Six years and 25,000 miles later, they found themselves in New Zealand with an extensive wood collection and a yearning for shore life.  After settling in South Florida, Don started building boxes using some of the woods he encountered on their adventure.

 

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        Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

 

No dyes or stains are used, only the beauty of the wood is visible through the hand buffed oil and wax finish. Since box making has endless possibilities, Don is constantly searching for new and exotic woods to incorporate into new designs. Don was invited to show his work at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.  Many of Don’s boxes have won Awards at Art and Craft Shows.  Don is a member and past president of the South Florida Woodworking Guild.

For more information, please contact Donald at: Www.Boxesbyboudreau.com

 

 

Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

              Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

 

Paul Cortez tells us about his love of Bonsai.  Initially, with no previous experience, he has moved a long way from novice to professional.  His colorful stories about his experiences are reason enough to stop by his booth!  Learning from mentor, Bob Horvath, Paul is ready to share his knowledge with you.  Take a Bonsai home and enjoy!

 

 

 

Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

                Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

Cortez says, “My most important piece of advice to beginners is EDUCATE YOUR SELF ABOUT YOUR BONSAI TREE. Your going to here me say that a lot in other articles I’ve written. A tree is Alive. In my world it represents life. Treat your Bonsai with respect; it depends on you for everything”.

 

For more information please contact Paul Cortez:

http://bonsaioperations.com

 

 

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

  • 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
  • The exhibitors, chosen from among hundreds of applicants for their top quality work. 
  • 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 wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass

 

 

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 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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