Delray Gets It Right! Join In Celebrating Delray Beach “Plein Fun Fest”!

Delray Beach Gets It Right!  Despite the recent trend of banning painters from capturing the local scenes on the street in cities such as St. Augustine, Winter Park, and Barcelona, Spain, the city of Delray Beach is actively supporting plein air painters!  Delray Beach understands the difference between hucksters bothering tourists in exchange for a few coins for entertainment and the artistic endeavors of artists who are capturing their town’s history in valuable works. The Rickie Report urges everyone to join in “Plein Air Fun Fest” on February 19th-21st.   On Friday, February 19th, plein air artists are welcome to stop by the tent in Old School Square for art critiques.  On Saturday, February 20th, come and watch the artists as they paint every day scenes and bring more emphasis to the “ordinary”.  Everything will be for sale at 5pm! On Sunday, February 21st, a new generation of plein air painters take center stage with mentors Ralph Papa and members of Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB).  Here are the details and some sneak peeks! No wonder that Delray Beach has twice won the all American City Award, and was recently named by the US News and World Report “the most fun small city” in America. This city gets it right!

 

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach  Invites You To: 

 

PLEIN  FUN  FEST!

Friday, February 19

 9 am – Noon

 

 

Saturday, February 20

 

8 am – 3:00 pm  Paint!

5:30 – 7:30 pm  Sale and Awards Reception!

 

 

 

Sunday, February 21  

3:30  Youth Paint Out!

 

Old School Square

 51 N. Swinton Street  Delray Beach, FL

 

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Come to Delray Beach, where more than 50 painters from around the country will capture scenes from the city in a two days event of competition, fun and education!  In addition to “Plein Air Fun Fest”, the Delray Beach Historical Society is hosting the  “Nostalgic Delray Exhibit” of more than 70 works, all painted on the streets of downtown Delray.  

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach Painters in Delray Beach, FL

PLEIN FUN FEST WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 

 

Friday, February 19th: Paint-out & Critique

There will be a Paint-out with Critique for those Artists who want to join in the FUN but not interested in competition. There is a charge of $20 which includes hospitality suite. Because of the popularity of Plein Air Palm Beach’s 1st & 3rd Tuesday paint-out with critique that is run by Manny Jomok we decided to make it part of Plein Fun Fest.

 

Registered Artists will meet at Old School Square at 9 AM and decide where to paint. Critique leaders will be available to offer assistance to those who are new to plein air. This Plein Air Paint-out allows artists the opportunity to enjoy not only painting but sharing their creativity with the public.

 

To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists’ world. One of the best parts of plein air painting is the congeniality of artists.

 

 

At Noon the artists will meet again at Old School Square Field House for an Artist Hospitality Suite. From there we will break into groups of no more than 10 for a shared art critique.

 

 

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach artists on location

 

Saturday: Plein Air Competition

Plein Air Competition: Saturday Feb 20, 2016 -Juried Artists have been selected to compete in this event that will take place in Delray Beach, FL on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Awards ceremony and reception Feb. 20 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Cash awards will be given as follows: 1st Place, 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Judges’ Recognition and Honorable Mention. Sales of paintings resulting from this exhibition are subject to a 30% commission.

 

8 to 9 AM: Artists check in at the south side of the Crest Theater at Old School Square at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL. Once participating artists have their canvases or painting surfaces stamped at check-in. Artists may have stamped as many painting surfaces as they wish but may only submit up to two artworks in the competition.

 

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach artist on location

 

 

The Plein Air Painting Locations:

After check-in artists can then begin painting at location of their choice anywhere within the boundaries Delray Beach. Each artist of will be given a map that delineates the competition boundaries and suggested painting locations for those artists unfamiliar with the area. Artists will be able to choose their own location from a thoughtfully compiled list of suggestions. Locations include marinas, historic buildings and monuments, gardens, architecture, ocean, intracoastal waterway views, small shops and much more. In case of rain, covered locations with views that artists can paint will also be identified.

 

Artists must paint within the competition boundaries and without the assistance of photographs. Any medium may be used, although photography is not acceptable in this competition.

 

3-4 PM: An area for framing and photographing artwork will be setup in the Music Room of the Crest Theater. There will also be a hospitality suite exclusively for competing artists in the Library of the Crest Theater. Competing artists can turn in up to two framed, ready to hang artworks which will be displayed from the artist easel(s) in the Ocean Breeze room and Loge Walkway of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Artworks must be completed by 3 pm and on display by 4 pm.

 

4:30 PM: Exhibit, awards and sale will take place in the Ocean Breeze room and the Loge walkway connecting to the Cornell Museum, where an exhibit of Plein Air Palm Beach Contributing artists will be ongoing.

 

5:30 – 7:30 PM Artists & Collectors Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Awards

Cash awards based on the judges selections will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, Juror’s Recognition and Honorable Mention Awards.
1st Place $1000.
2nd Place $500.
3rd Place $200.
Juror’s Recognition $150.
Honorable Mention $150.
Additional awards may be presented at the committee’s discretion.

 

 

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Bystanders watching Palm Beach Plein Artist on location

Sunday: Youth Plein Air Event

 

On Sunday, February 21 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM there will be a youth plein air paint out. A group of young artists ages 10-18 from Milagro Center, IXT Young Artists and others will have an opportunity to paint en plein air. Ralph Papa is the chairperson for this event and will be doing a demonstration to start things off. The pre-registered young artists will then paint on the ground of Old School Square. . Ralph along with artists from PAPB will be assisting the young artists in a mentoring capacity. After the paint-out the young artists and the mentors will meet back in Old School Square for and ice cream social and show and tell of the day’s paint-out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Email info@pleinairpalmbeach.com

or visit:

www.pleinairpalmbeach.com

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Bill Farran Shares Unique Linocuts: A Combined Love Of History, Geography And His Roots

Bill Farran is showing his unique linocut prints at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Biennial Juried Art Exhibit (Opening Reception Feb.11), ArtiGras in Jupiter (Feb. 13- 15) and Chabad House in Manalapan (Feb. 21)  After retiring as a history and culinary arts teacher, Bill Farran became a Florida snowbird.  With the guidance of several art teachers he pursued portraits and outdoor landscapes before he rediscovered his love of block prints. He enjoys working backward and in reverse! Combining his art with his love of history, Bill’s versatility shows as his subjects range from Pop Art to social commentary and his Jewish roots. In addition, Bill is an author and an internationally sought-after speaker.  The Rickie Report shares Bill’s story, his upcoming Exhibits and speaking engagements plus some sneak peeks.  Bill’s abundant knowledge, including more of his artwork as well videos, resources and a vast history lesson can be found on his website.  

 

 

 

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Meet The Artist:

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

“Art 2016”  Biennial Juried Art Exhibit

Public Opening Reception:

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

4:00 – 6:00 PM:

Exhibit runs through Friday, March 18, 2016

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Levis JCC Sandler Center
21050 95th Avenue S.     Boca Raton, FL 33428
(located off Glades Road at 95th Avenue S., West of the Florida Turnpike)

 

 

 

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

 


February 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Saturday 10am to 6pm


Sunday 10am to 6pm


Monday 10am to 5pm


Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida

Central Boulevard between Main Street Circle and Fredrick Small Circle & University Boulevard

 

 

 

Chabad of South Palm Beach

 

Sunday, February 21

 4-6 PM

 

 

 

Plaza Del Mar  224 S. Ocean Blvd.  

Manalapan, FL 33462

Gallery Show runs February 21st  thru March

 

 

 

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“Flowers”, Linocut by Bill Farran

 

 

It all started in 1968 with the need for a quick gift. Bill Farran made a woodcut, and framed it. After that, he created a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year. His two children were announced to the world via woodcuts. As the years passed and postage increased, Jewish New Year Cards became less frequent.

 

 

 

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“Klezmer Singer, Elizabeth Schwartz” by Bill Farran

 

 

 

Bill tells The Rickie Report, “Then in 2011 two things happened. First, I made a Jewish New Card and posted it on Youtube for my friends and family. In the past I incorporated the usual images; apples and honey, views of the Jerusalem skyline, Chassids dancing, men holding the torah or blowing the shofer. In 2012, I made a linocut Jewish New Year Card of the Gvozdetz wooden synagogue (Gwoździec, Poland is now Hvfzdets, Ukraine). It must have been fate”.

 

 

 

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Jewish New Year Linocut by Bill Farran

 

 

Bill met a group of men in Century Village who were members of the woodcarving club. They were a mixed group, liberals and conservatives, religious Jews and non-religious Jews, Americans and Canadians. “I decided to make a Jewish New Years video, as I would carve and print my linocuts with them each Tuesday morning. I never did make the video. As one thing always leads to another, before I knew it I’d created over 20 Wooden Synagogue linocuts, spent untold hours researching and learning about Eastern European history, had entered shows, and began to speak about “Lost Treasures: Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe”.

 

 

 

“My wooden synagogue series has become a labor of love. It brings together many aspects of myself. My love of history and geography, my love affair with Jewish genealogy, my love of art, and my love of my wife who helps me research and write”.

 

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Wooden Synagogue of Novyy Yarychiv, Ukraine by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR: Take us through the process of a linocut:

BF:

 

A linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

 

 

The process begins with finding a photo or drawing of a wooden synagogue. They were all destroyed by the end of World War II, and very few images have survived. We research the history of the towns or shetles, to learn about the synagogue, how the people lived and finally how the Jewish presence came to an end. We often become very emotional, but it is my way of not forgetting the past. Then I transfer the image to a linoleum block and carve. I work backwards, only “what I leave behind” prints. The next stage is to make a print from the block. I have to ink the block and place a sheet of acid free paper over it and burnish the image. All my prints are hand printed. Each print is ever so slightly different and I create limited editions.

 

 

 

 

Bill explains, “My artistic focus and inspiration flow from two sources. First, I love my medium, block printing. The feel of the wood or linoleum under the carving tools transports me to another plain. The process of working backwards and in reverse is an enjoyable challenge. In block printing one has to remove surface, leaving behind the surface that will accept the ink and print. When adding color a second block has to be carved. Hand printing in itself is an art”.

 

 

 

“Second, I love my subject love – the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe and their importance in Jewish cultural history. Depicting them as linocuts and woodcuts, began with creating a simple Jewish new year’s card has become a journey reinventing my life. Wooden synagogues are gone from Eastern Europe, victims of fire, war, old age and the Holocaust. Through art I try to bring back these wonderful Jewish wooden synagogues, to give us a glimpse of the past”.

 

 

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City View of Vitebsk, Belarus by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  How did you get started creating your art work?

 BF:

I needed a quick last minute gift for my Mom and decided to make a wood cut. I based it on Vincent Van Gogh’s Postman Joseph Roulin. Everyone said it looked like a rabbi, so I used it as a Jewish New Year Card. After that card I made a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year.

 

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Prienai,Lithuania by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  Tell us about your lectures.

 BF:

 

I use my Art to educate my audience about Jewish history is Eastern Europe from 900 AD to the present. My goal is to impart that Jews were fairly well off until the Partition of Poland, in 1772-1794.

 

Topics:
• Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania
• The Art of Wooden Synagogues, What motivates the Artist
• The Jews under the rule of the Tsars
• Rise and Fall of the Shtetl
• Yom Ha Shoah
• Kristallnacht

 

 

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Lost Souls of the Ghetto by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR: We understand that you have lectured internationally and in the US.

 BF:

 

I love the art and the knowledge that I acquired, and I have a passion to share them with people.My next lecture will be on February 21, 2016 at Chabad of South Palm Beach.

Most recently:

• November, 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “The Jews under the rule of the Tzars”
• August, 2015 Neptune Towers Co-op, Long Beach NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• August 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• April, 2015 Temple Beth Shalom, Melville NY: “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• April, 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• March, 2015 Jewish Genealogy Society of Palm Beach; Florida
• September 2014 Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek,Chester, CT “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 13, 2014 Na’amat Movement Of Working Woman And Volunteers, Valencia Lakes, Boynton Beach, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• August, 2014 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 33rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy; Boston MA “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• July, 2014 Tomek Wisniewski’s Studio Of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo Poland. “A Day of Jewish Culture. Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”.
• November, 2014 Long Beach. NY Public Library “Kristallnacht‎”
• March, 2013 Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island; NY “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• March, 2013 Adolph And Rose Levis JCC, Boca Raton, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 2013 Century Village Art Club, Boca Raton, Florida “The Art of the Wooden Synagogue”

 

 

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“Sugar” by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  Where have you exhibited your Art?

BF:

ArtiGras is my first professional Exhibition, as I am now a full-time artist.  Previously my work has been seen at:  Huntington Arts Council, “Artie Techie Show”, Huntington NY July, 2015; Huntington Arts Council “Don’t Eat This” Art Show  Huntington NY May, 2015;  Ocean Ridge Coastal Artist Exhibition, Ocean Ridge, FL March 2015;  Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Gallery, Chester, CT August-October 2014;  Anti-Defamation League of Palm Beach; Florida Artworks: “Justice, Advocacy & Art” November 14, 2013;  The Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Podlasie-European Centre for the Arts, Bialystok, Poland August 19 – September 20. 2014; The Studio of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo, Poland July 7, 2014-August 7, 2014;  Arts Arena Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida January 2013 and the Public Library, Long Beach NY October-November 2012.

 

 

 

Bill continues to write for various newsletters, including the most recent “The Towns of Our Ancestors”.  He is available for small groups, synagogues, organizations, museums and special events.

 

 

 

TRR: What sustains your creative energy?

BF:

I’m always learning and discovering new things about both block printing and Jewish history.

 

 

TRR:  What challenges you face as an emerging artist and what would you share with other emerging artists?

BF: 

It’s a challenge to find a balance between creating and marketing.  Keep working and promoting yourself!

 

 

For more information please contact:

www.billfarran.com

www.facebook.com/bill.farran

 516-869-4049

E-mail: billfarran@yahoo.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

Whitespace Art Adventures Announces New Destinations In Tuscany

Elayne Mordes, of Whitespace Collection and Art Adventures announces “Tuscany Art Travels”.  Experience Milan, Florence, Verona and the wine region, Valpolicella seeing private art collections, experiencing Museums with docent led tours and so much more!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make your reservations, as these trips sell out quickly!

 

 

 

 

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For more information please contact:

The Mordes Collection

2805 N. Australian Avenue

West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

T: 561.842.4131 F: 561.842.4132
E: info@whitespacecollection.com
W: whitespacecollection.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

Funky Sculptures Join Boynton Beach’s Historical Cultural Treasures

New artwork will be installed along the Avenue of the Arts beginning Sept. 23rd, celebrating the 9th year for the Avenue of the Arts outdoor exhibit.  While the Rickie Report shares the details about new installations of Art In Public Places, we introduce Warren Adams, the man behind the app, for Boynton’s Historic Treasures.  Kudos to Boynton Beach, “America’s Gateway to the Gulf Stream”!   The public is invited to the festivities!

 

 

 

 

B O Y N T O N     B E A C H  

A R T    IN  P U B L I C   P L A C E S

 

 

The City of Boynton Beach has many arts and cultural advocates, which is lucky for the rest of us!  Art merged with technology at the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium this past February.  Next week, the Avenue of The Arts will be lined with new works of art to intrigue us!  While innovations continue, we want to remember the roots of Boynton Beach and feature an interview with Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner.

 

 

 

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Featuring “Seed” by Steve Blackwood

 

 

 

Artists in South Florida and from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York submitted their artwork to the Arts Commission who selected the eleven for this year’s exhibit. Sculptures forms range from repurposed materials to kinetic to artwork sprouting from the ground to custom made installations. Funky names, such as Pac MAN, Alley Dudes, Seed, Invasive Species and Zig Zag Boogie Woogie will entertain visitors. For a complete listing and map of the artwork, visit the City of Boynton Beach’s website at http://bit.ly/BB15AvenueArts.

 

 

 

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                           “Alley Dudes” by Beju

 

 

An opening reception, sponsored by Desjardins Bank, will take place on Fri., Sept. 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Civic Center, 128 E. Ocean Ave., providing an opportunity to mingle with the artists and learn about how their sculptures were created. Refreshments by the Secret Garden Cafe will be provided. Cycle Party, a self-peddling vehicle, will transport people up and down the avenue to tour the new installations. The Avenue of the Arts is an easy walkable tour from the Civic Center.

 

 

 

"Invasive Species" by Garbani

                    “Invasive Species” by Garbani

 

 

 

The year round exhibit can be visited 24/7. All sites are lit and have plaques that include the artist and sculpture names, a description of the art piece, medium utilized and a QR code linked to the interactive map below where visitors can learn more information.

 

 

"Sunflower Gate" by Gallucci

                   “Sunflower Gate” by Gallucci

 

A Conversation With Warren Adams

 

“History can teach us many things, but not if it is all gone…A community that values its past is one that invests in its future”

 

TRR:  What is the role of a Historic Preservation Planner in Boynton Beach?

WA:

As Historic Preservation Planner, I’m responsible for identifying significant historic sites in the city. I encourage owners to protect their buildings and consider designation on either the Local or National Register of Historic Places. I also provide advice on the repair, restoration, re-use, and appropriate alteration of historic structures; review Certificate of Appropriateness applications; submit grant applications; undertake historic site surveys for inclusion on the Florida Master Site File; provide reports to the Historic Resources Preservation Board; prepare historic designation reports; provide advice on financial incentives; manage the Heritage Education Program; ensure the city retains its Certified Local Government certification with the State; and, provide advice on potential archaeological sites.

 

 

 

 

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            Boynton Mausoleum by Conrad Pickel

TRR:  How does one prepare for this job?

WA:

 

On finishing school, I studied Building Construction and Management in Glasgow, Scotland and then studied for a BSc in Land Economics (Property Valuation & Development) at the University of Paisley, Scotland. On completion of the BSc I passed the necessary exams and became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. My main interest being historic buildings,  I attended the University of York, England to study for the MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings). In the following years I worked for a private building archaeology company, Historic Scotland, a non-profit building preservation trust, and as a project manager disbursing grants for repairs to Victorian terraces and crescents in Weston-super-Mare, England.  I undertook work for organizations such as the National Trust for Scotland and English Heritage. In 2004, I moved to Florida and worked as the Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Delray Beach. I was then the Executive Director for the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation after which I became the Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Boynton Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                           Boynton Beach School

TRR:  Tell us more about the Historic Preservation Education Website that you developed.

WA:

 

The Historic Preservation Education website has been created entirely through non-matching grant funding provided by the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Phase 1 was the creation of the Downtown and Cemetery Heritage Trails with informational boards that contain Quick Response Code links to online site information and an interactive map. Phase 2 was the creation of the recently completed Cultural Resources Mobile Application with interactive map. I recently submitted a grant application for Phase 3 which, if funding is awarded, will create an interactive website focusing on the area formerly known as “Boynton Colored Town”. If we receive funding, the project will run from July, 2016 through June, 2017.  All of the work for the Heritage Education website has been completed in-house by city ITS and GIS staff who have done a fantastic job. The grant funding has allowed us to build the website which City staff will update and maintain in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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                                Magnuson House

TRR: What are the criteria for a site to be included?

WA:

 

The majority of the sites included on the mobile application are over 50 years old; however, there are a few interesting sites included that are less than 50 years old.  Sites should have significance in the city’s history. They are either architecturally significant due to their style, design or construction, or historically significant due to a significant event taking place there, or a significant person who lived or worked there.   The new mobile application went “live” on June 30.

 

 

 

 

 

Barton Cemetery

                                   Barton Cemetery

 

TRR:  How can our readers engage with your mission?

WA:

I would encourage readers to visit the Heritage Education website to find information on sites they may not be aware of. The new application contains information on over 170 sites. We also have a number of grant-funded brochures available that provide information on the Historic Preservation Program, the heritage trails, and significant sites in the city.

 

 

“Heritage Education” is a term used in the field. By making people aware of the heritage that surrounds them, we encourage people to find out more about historic sites. It’s also essential to help historic property owners understand what designation means. Many people wrongly assume that if you designate your property you can’t change the paint color, can’t change windows or roofs, and can’t build an addition. This is all wrong. Historic designation helps ensure this work is done appropriately and that the historic character of the building is not adversely affected. A good education program is also a way to promote the city as a heritage tourism destination. Increased visitor numbers and spending at local businesses contributes to ongoing economic development.  The city Heritage Education Program was awarded first place by the Florida League of Cities in their “Teaching Your City’s History” award category.

 

 

 

 

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                                      Amichai House

TRR: Will you come and speak to organizations who are art/cultural oriented?

WA:

 

I have spoken to a number of organizations including neighborhood associations inside and outside the city, schools, and historic and archaeological societies. Last year I gave a presentation on the success of the city Historic Preservation Program at the annual Main Street Conference which was held in Stuart. I am scheduled to give a similar presentation to the City of St. Cloud Main Street organization in January, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Boynton Hills Light

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TRR:  Please share 2 or 3 special sites or facts that most people are unaware of.

WA:

 

Conrad Pickel, a renowned stained glass artist lived and worked in Boynton Beach. He designed stained and faceted glass for over 700 churches in the USA and is credited with designing the largest stained glass window in the world located at the Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois. There are a number of Pickel buildings in Boynton Beach. We have a brochure providing information on these buildings. Their locations can also be found on the heritage trail interactive map on the Historic Preservation Education website.

 

 

 

 

Boynton Woman's Club

                               Boynton Woman’s Club

 

 

Barton Memorial Park Cemetery was first started around 1900 as an unofficial burial ground for the city’s African American community. Although only twenty grave markers remain, a recent Ground Penetrating Radar survey identified numerous underground anomalies which are almost certainly other burials. Many of the remaining grave markers were handmade and are fine examples of folk art. The site, which is listed on the Local Register of Historic Places, is located at the northwest corner of NW 5th St. and NW 12th Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

The Boynton Hills Lights are four ornamental light poles located in landscaped traffic islands on NW 1st St. between Boynton Beach Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Installed around 1925, the lights were an integral feature of the street layout in the subdivision which does not follow a regular grid pattern. The lights were manufactured by Westinghouse Electric and are made from Hollowspun concrete, a process that involves spinning concrete rapidly in a mold. The lights are listed on the Local Register of Historic Places.

 

 

 

 

Gerger House

                                        Gerger House

TRR: Boynton Beach is at the forefront of bringing world renown artists to the City and getting the public involved with art, kinetics and more.  What is your dream for Boynton Beach?

 

WA:

I would like Boynton Beach to be recognized as a city with a strong, progressive Historic Preservation Program that works effectively for all property owners and the changing needs of the city. I think we are achieving this. Like every city, Boynton Beach has its own character and feeling. Historic sites contribute greatly to this “sense of place” and local identity as they embody the spirit of age and illustrate the interaction between people and place over time. Arts and cultural events such as the Celebration of Conrad Pickel and the Kinetic Art event attract visitors who are then exposed the city’s history through the heritage trails and online information. From 2007 to 2008, the annual spending on heritage tourism in Florida was $4.13 billion. I would like Boynton Beach to receive a sizeable portion of this!

 

TRR: If a visitor had 1 hour in Boynton Beach, what would you recommend? (besides the beach)

WA:

 

I would recommend a walk along the Downtown Heritage Trail which follows Ocean Avenue from Seacrest Blvd. to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Mangrove Walk. Information boards along the route and the new mobile application provide details of historic sites.

 

 

TRR: Anything else you want our readers to know?

WA:

 

I would encourage readers to contact me for information on the Historic Preservation Program and the benefits it can offer to historic property owners and the community. If anyone believes their property may qualify for historic designation I can discuss the process with them and explain what designation entails.

 

 

For more information about Art In Public Places in Boynton Beach contact Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Manager, at 561-742-6026.

Coles-DobayD@bbfl.us

Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner
561-742-6757  AdamsW@bbfl.us

 www.boynton-beach.org

 

 

 

 

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