Four Fascinating Lectures At Lighthouse ArtCenter Set The Stage For “Lunch And Learn”

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is offering “Four Fascinating Lectures” paired with a great dining experience to set the stage for delightful afternoons of “Lunching and Learning.”  Dr. Joan Lipton speaks about “Avant-garde patrons of then unknown artists” (January 23),  Lacy Davisson Doyle discusses “The Women of Abstract Expressionism” (February 23),  Bruce Helander presents “The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander” (March 22) and Kevin Calica focuses on “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art” (April 24).  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to register individually or for the series.  

 

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

The Public is Invited To:

 

 

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 Noon to 2 p.m.

Dates:

 

 

Joan Lipton:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lacy Davisson Doyle

Thursday, February 23

Bruce Helander:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kevin Calica:

Monday, April 24, 2017

 

 

Price: $75 per person with a 10% discount for Lighthouse ArtCenter members. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call Sheri at (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

“Important Avant-Garde Patrons of Then Unknown Artists”

by Joan Lipton

 

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At the outset of their careers, both Matisse and Picasso considered themselves very lucky when two sets of patrons collected an abundance of their paintings.   “Two Baltimore ladies,” as Matisse called sisters Clarabel and Etta Cone, bought his Fauve paintings that had been dismissed as wild creations by the critics. Soon they were also purchasing Picassos and other modern masters-to-be. A friend of the Cones, Gertrude Stein and her siblings, Leo and Michael, also added innumerable works by Matisse, Picasso and a host of Post-Impressionists. The gatherings in the Stein home at 27 rue de Fleurus, also known as the “Stein Studio,” brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and other dedicated attendees included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sinclair Lewis to name a few.

 
Art historian, Joan Lipton, Ph.D., will share many facts and paintings with her audience, all of which will surprise and excite you. Ms. Lipton has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The Women of Abstract Expressionism”

by Lacy Davisson Doyle

 

 

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Lacy Davisson Doyle will present an in-depth look at the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner. These three women were among the better-known women Abstract Expressionists and contributed outstanding innovation and experimentation to their creative process. Each one presents a different approach and singular vocabulary within their gestural paintings. This talk offers an opportunity to expand what you know about Abstract Expressionism and the women who exhibited alongside the men. 

 

 

 

Ms. Doyle has lectured on modern and contemporary art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Christie’s International Auction House, the Colony Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach and New York University’s Graduate Visual Arts Administration Program.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander”

by Bruce Helander

 

 

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Renowned collage artist and subject of the book “Curious Collage,” Bruce Helander, will discuss the evolution of collage from its beginnings to the fascinating application of this celebrated medium in contemporary art. Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was recently inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

 

 

Mr. Helander’s work is represented in over fifty permanent public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

 

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art”

by Kevin Calica

 

 

 

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Do you live your life by accident or design?  Designer Kevin Calica lifts his professional gaze from stores and products to focus on daily life.  In his book, “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art,”  Calica tells us to look at our life as if it were a room. Does it meet all our needs? Do we love being in it? Is it simple and clean, inviting and well-lit? Is there space in it for someone else?  After this presentation you will want to open this book to any one of its 100 fun, practical, creative ideas and redesign your life. This charming, profound and original work gives new meaning to the term “interior design.”

 

Kevin Calica is a New York designer who began his career with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Many of the world’s leading brands and designers are among his clients and he has been involved in all aspects of design and marketing.

 

For more information about this event , the current exhibition, classes, workshops and future programs please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Lesser’s “Reclaimed Abstractions” Can Be Seen at Hangar Gallery

Mark Lesser’s paintings have been exhibited around the United States and can be seen now at the Hangar Gallery in Miami. If you missed the opening during Art Basel, you still have time to see his new and courageous exhibit, “Reclaimed Abstractions”.  Mark has become relentless, by slicing up previous works in oil to deliver an unorthodox experience. This fresh work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, plus movement.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this exhibit, which continues through the end of December!

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions”

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

2235 NW 2nd Avenue

Wynwood, Miami  FL  33127

 

 

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In his most recent work, titled, “Reclaimed Abstractions” Mark became relentless and sliced up previous works in oil to deliver a fresh experience. This unorthodox work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, and movement. Mark says, ” it was risky and challenging to cut up work that I once labored over”. In Reclaimed Abstraction #1, Mark created an Oceanside feeling of tranquility, calm and soft tones. This piece captures Mark’s recent move to Ocean Ridge beach. Pieces of this painting once represented a Tennessee sunset, as Mark drove over a bridge shooting the sky through his sunroof. Another painting, Reclaimed Abstraction #2, one gets the feeling of taking route 66 from “Chicago to LA”, as Mark has done many times. A review of the painting reminds one of the American countryside, beautiful skies, old leather, wood, and layers of paint on a weathered sign.

 

 

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Growing up in Chicago, Lesser acknowledged the artistic gift his grandfather passed along to him. His grandfather, a Russian immigrant, was a tailor, poet and artist who painted beautiful ornate images using everyday stencils, such as those found on tomato cartons. Inspired by his grandfather’s work at an early age, Mark focused on challenging his images through the tensions of abstract color fields and spontaneous expression seeking to maintain a connection with realistic references infused with an emotional process.

 

 

 

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Mark’s journey began in the late eighties, when he ventured to New York City working the night shift on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and exploring art galleries by day. New York City, a jumping off point for Mark, was where he discovered himself an artist and began painting for what would be his first solo art show years later.

 

 

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Later, Mark relocated to LA where he raised his daughter, Taylor.  His travels were the focal points for his first collection, which appeared at the Warehouse Gallery and Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio in southern California. Then in a 2001 exhibit at the newly opened Fiorucci store in New York, Mark showed paintings which inspired a line of women’s scarves from his images.

 

 

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Upon moving from Los Angeles to Dallas in 2006, Lesser found inspiration for his new paintings from a very fast paced experience of driving by his new surroundings in Dallas. He used his cell phone camera to capture images– not stopping but speeding by the terrain. The experiences are brief and intense capturing the motion of “going fast.” Using these images, Lesser combined them with his spontaneity of color and composition, allowing the motion to exist in still yet another dimension of “being still,” in a meditative manner.

 

 

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From these works, the Haley Henman Gallery opened their doors with Lesser’s first solo show, “Going Fast Being Still” in 2007.  Lesser then continued to travel, slowing down slightly, as he’s collected photos of landscapes and oceanscapes of all types. These snapshot-like images have appeared in smaller works which appeared in the Haley Henman Gallery until 2012, when he moved to Florida.

 

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In 2013, his paintings built upon a body of work that sought to infuse an emotional process of luminous fields of color. He built the fields with thin, transparent floods of color over color following the school of color field abstractionists, especially inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko.

 

 

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

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For more information about Mark Lesser’s artistry please email:  mlesser64@gmail.com

or

http://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarklesser

 

 

 

 

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