30th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival Of The Arts Makes Atlantic Avenue One Large Gallery Of Over 300 Artists

Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach celebrates a 30-year tradition of free access to fine art and fine craft in an outdoor setting, with Howard Alan Events.  Over 300 local, national, and international artists will display their works in all mediums and price points on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

Saturday & Sunday, January 19 – 20

10 am – 5 pm Both Days

East Atlantic Avenue from US 1 to A1A

Free and Open to the Public

 

 

 

 

 

CT fiber artist Jeanne Melillo creates one of a kind sculptural table art construction incorporating black and white tweed, flat stones and metal rings.

 

 

 

Presented by the nation’s largest art festival producer, Howard Alan Events (HAE), the pet-friendly event features a fully vetted, juried selection of fine art. The Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, consistently ranked as one of the best art affairs in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine, blends long-time favorites with the most buzz-worthy names on the contemporary arts scene and offers the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent piece.

 

 

 

GA mixed-media artist Diane Ahrens incorporates forged glass, palette knife, oil, metal and leaf to create stunning, three-dimensional wall art.

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

Free Admission

Produced by Howard Alan Events

Juried outdoor art showcase

Original Art Handmade in America

300+ exhibitors

Prices set to suit all budgets

All artists are on site for duration of festival

Pet friendly  – leashed pets 

Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

Carol Adams of Lake Worth designs and hand-shapes each original piece of jewelry.

 

 

 

 

As investment in the arts transformed downtown Delray Beach from blight to beauty, and crime-ridden to #1 All American City, the annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts has been a part of that transformation. This year, Atlantic Avenue celebrates three decades of the award-winning, free event during the 30th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. More than 300 local, national and international artists will display their works across all mediums in a prestigious show encompassing life-sized sculpture, fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Taking place January 19 – 20 from 10 am to 5 pm both days, residents and visitors are invited to take a stroll in the beautiful Florida winter weather and enjoy eye-popping art. Whether your passions run to sparkling jewels and one-of-a-kind paintings, exquisitely crafted glasswork or an art deco sculpture, you are sure to find it during the free, two-day event.

 

 

 

WI painter Marc Anderson uses old-world techniques for each impressionistic piece.

 

 

“The Downtown Delray Festival of the Arts has become what the Las Olas Art Fair is to downtown Fort Lauderdale – iconic,” says founder and producer Alan. “Artists plan their years around this event, and visitors will schedule their vacations around it as well. We are so grateful to have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the local economy and to the Downtown Development Authority, because they have helped us produce a nationally recognized show while supporting the lives of the artists and the local store owners for thirty years,” continues Alan. “It is an honor to be a part of the growth and prosperity of beautiful downtown Delray Beach.”

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning art and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year.

For additional information on the 30th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival Of The Arts Features 250+ Artists To Line Dixie Highway February 3 -4, 2018

Hobe Sound will welcome the nation’s top artists and skilled artisans for the 17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts on February 3 and 4th.  The free outdoor exhibit features hundreds of gallery-style booths filled with every medium of fine art lining Dixie Highway.  This juried art fair and vetted craft fair brings over 250 artists for the weekend event.  Hobe Sound’s very own watercolor award winning artist, Amber M. Moran has created a unique and original painting for the annual Commemorative Poster.  This event is presented by the Martin Health System, hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and produced by Howard Alan Events.The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

Saturday, February 3rd

&

Sunday, February 4th

 

10 am – 5 pm Both Days

 

11954 SE Dixie Highway  Hobe Sound, FL 33445

Free and open to the public

 Josh Fradis’ Handblown Glass Undersea Creatures

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • Free Admission

  • Produced by Howard Alan Events

  • Juried outdoor showcase

  • Original Art

  • Handmade in America

  • 250+ exhibitors from throughout Florida and the United States

  • Prices set to suit all budgets

  • All artists are on site for duration of festival

  • Friendly, well-behaved pets on leashes welcome

  • Green Market

  • Free Parking and trolly available at Pine School 12350 SE Federal Highway 

  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 “Ladies” by NYC Artist John Cheng

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:

Howard Alan Events, Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 33-years established company has overseen art festivals in such noted cities as Alexandria, VA; Aspen, CO; Sarasota, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL and 40 other destination markets in the nation.

Please visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

Handcrafted earrings by Marilyn Hodges

 

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

CORRECTION Delray Marketplace Event December 30 & 31, 2016 CANCELLED

The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival has been cancelled for Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve).

Watch for The Rickie Report’s article about the upcoming Downtown Delray Beach Art Festival which will take place on January 21 & 22, 2017.  

We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

 

 

Howard Alan Events Kicks Off 2016 With Las Olas Art Fair Part I January 9th & 10th

Howard Alan Events kicks off the New Year with the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I on January 9th & 10th. Over 250 local & national artists will share their original art in a wide variety of media and styles.  There will be a Free Art Giveaway of a 2016 signed and framed Art Fair Poster featuring the work of Pendragon Miranda. Admission is free and open to the public. Located in Fort Lauderdale,  Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery. The Rickie Report shares the details and introduces artists Larry Brown, Julie Keaten-Reed and Timothy Sullivan. Stay tuned for Olas Art Fair Part II has been scheduled for April 2 – 3, 2016 as part of an exciting spring line-up of festivals produced by Howard Alan Events.

 

 

 

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28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

Saturday, January 9

&

Sunday, January 10

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Las Olas Association

Free and open to the public

 

 

On January 9 – 10, 2016, 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I takes place. Las Olas Boulevard, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 250 artists from the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a free art giveaway.  Free and open to the public.  

 

 

 

The 2016 Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition poster featuring the work of Pendragon Miranda will be available for purchase at the art show. The painting titled “Welcome to Las Olas” that inspired this year’s poster was selected from dozens of submissions. Miranda, a native of El Salvador, used bold colors and a mix of Naif and Fauvism to bring to life his interpretation of Las Olas Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to win a signed framed copy of the poster by registering for the giveaway; no purchase will be necessary to participate. The poster will also be available for purchase onsite at the booth located across from the Cheesecake Factory on S.E. 6th Avenue and will be priced at $10.

 

 

LARRY BROWN

 

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Elegantly sculpted wood lamps with handmade shades

http://thelarrybrownstudio.com/page10348.htm

 

 

 

Larry Brown shares, “Combining function with artistic expression has always had an attraction for me. My profound love and connection with nature has always influenced my work. As a child, my favorite experiences happened out in the woods. I remember climbing high up in swaying trees and just hanging in the branches, moving in the wind. At home watching my father make items in his wood shop, and then trying to emulate him, influenced my desire to become a craftsman and creator. My objective is to create heirloom pieces which will be around for generations”.

 

 

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Elegantly sculpted wood lamps with handmade shades

http://thelarrybrownstudio.com/page10348.htm

 

 

Art enthusiasts will be able to leisurely stroll through the exhibits and engage the artists to gain a better understanding of the artistic process and the inspiration for the unique works of art on display and for sale. The artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. In addition, casual shoppers will find a variety of unique handmade gift items and functional art.

 

 

JULIE KEATEN-REED

 

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Julie Keaten-Reed
http://www.juliekeatenreed.com/Asset.asp?AssetID=15913&AKey=ABQTA3LR

 

Julie Keaten-Reed’s journey to her art was unconventional, and her paintings show the unique combination of Western and Asian design elements. She shares, “My art education began at an early age, being surrounded by my grandmother’s works, Carley Craig.  She was a lifelong artist and a master of diverse media and genres.Growing up immersed in this creative milieu I developed a sensitivity to aesthetics and an appreciation of form, color and line.  The conflicting impulses of following the Asian art aesthetic which I admire so much and the desire to explore themes from my Western art heritage led to a blend of styles and techniques I use today”.

 

 

 

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Julie Keaten-Reed
http://www.juliekeatenreed.com/Asset.asp?AssetID=15913&AKey=ABQTA3LR

 

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists
  • Among the largest and most popular outdoor art festivals in South Florida
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Commemorative Festival Posters ($10) & T-shirts ($15) for sale at booth located across from Cheesecake Factory
  • Free Art Giveaway – featuring a signed framed festival poster
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Las Olas Association

 

 

 

TIMOTHY SULLIVAN

 

 

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Timothy Sullivan
http://www.creeksidepottery.com/about/

 

 

 

Timothy Sullivan shares, “I received my BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in ceramics and painting in 1972, and my MFA in ceramics from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1975. The 2001 Great Gulfcoast Art Festival was the first festival I attended, and the first time that I had shown work of any kind since the late 1970s. After graduation I had part-time jobs and maintained various studios working with mixed-media sculpture, wood, or clay. From 1983 to late 2000, I stopped working as an artist or craftsman and was entirely focused on a career in IT, holding jobs as varied as typewriter repairman, computer sales, manager, ComputerLand franchisee, network engineer, and IT executive. In October of 2000, I made the decision to return to clay, and pursue a full time career as a potter”.

 

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Timothy Sullivan
http://www.creeksidepottery.com/about/

 

 

 

 

 

“I have no regrets over the years that I spent in business. Much of that time was exciting and rewarding, and I learned many things which I believe have helped me significantly as a potter/designer craftsman. I learned to appreciate an elegant solution to a complex problem, and how to approach the technical hurdles that are so frequent in ceramics, and I learned patience. While the financial benefits from Corporate America can be significant, this work that I do now provides me with a different set of rewards, which feel more lasting and more meaningful. I am continually delighted when I see my customers and they tell me how much the work means to them, or how much they have enjoyed having it in their lives. It’s not enough to simply make work and put it in a corner, it must be shared”.

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

Howard Alan Event page:
http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair-part-I
https://www.facebook.com/events/576831645794396/

 

 

 

 

For additional information on the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I and other Howard Alan Events art and 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

26th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts Offers FREE Art Giveaway and Over 300 Artists

The 26th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts returns January 17-18, 2015.  One mile along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 300 artists from the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a FREE art giveaway. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Rickie Report gives you the details and more information about the FREE Art Giveaway by Steven Lloyd.

 

 

 

26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

Original Art – Unique Gift Items – Live Music – Free Art Giveaway

Saturday, January 17

and

Sunday, January 18,

10 am – 5 pm

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

(US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)

Navigational address:

1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

 To Support the Arts and the Local Community

 Free and open to the public

 

 Festival promoter Howard Alan Events returns to Downtown Delray Beach with the city’s premier Festival of the Arts January 17-18, 2015. This nationally ranked outdoor gallery style exhibit is the largest art affair in South Florida, spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean. The festival features 300 of the finest artists in the country from more than 30 states as well as top local and regional artists. The exhibitors are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure quality and diversity. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

"Eruption" by Steven lloyd is the FREE Art Giveawy

“Eruption” by Steven lloyd is the FREE Art Giveaway

 

 

Festival patrons will be able to explore the vast array of original art and learn more about the artists and their creative process. They will also have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of exhibiting artist Steven Lloyd. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show.

 

"Copper" by Steven Lloyd

“Copper” by Steven Lloyd

 

 

STEVEN LLOYD

 

Steven tells The Rickie Report, “I started out doing custom paint work on motorcycles and vehicles and everything else in between. I attended an airbrush seminar in Charlotte back in 2004 and noticed an aluminum panel that someone had pinstriped. It caught my eye and I inquired about it and one thing has just led to another. The possibilites are just endless what you can do with this style of art”.

 

"Time2Burn" by Steven Lloyd

“Time2Burn” by Steven Lloyd

 

“One of the things that I notice that I feel separates me from other artists is my finish work. People look at my art and they think that it’s glass, but its actually clear coated metal. When you spend hours polishing a work of art to the point where someone thinks that it is glass, I know I have done what I set to accomplish!”

 

 

"Job" by Steven Lloyd

“Job” by Steven Lloyd

 

About the FREE Art Giveaway piece:


“This piece features aluminum grade sheeting that has been hand ground into several different background patterns. The colored portions of the art have been through a process that I designed called “pigment flotation” in which the coloring is floated in a flamable solvent and set on fire. Once the chemicals have burned off you are left with a one of a kind unique design! Other highlights are then added to create depth. The art is then clear coated and polished to perfection”.

 

Festival Information At – A -Glance:

  • 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts
  • January 17 – 18, 2015 – Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Location: Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)
  • Navigational address: 1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
  • Free and open to the public
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Consistently ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Largest art affair in South Florida spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 300 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Free Art Giveaway

 

 

"Modern Spectrum" by Steven Lloyd

“Modern Spectrum” by Steven Lloyd

 

Steve goes on to explain, “I call this type of work “Ground Metal Art”. It is a very rare and unique style of art, and is made up of aluminum grade sheeting and automotive urethane paint materials. Each work of art is a true one of a kind. My paintings are full of energetic flowing lines that love the reflection of light to create that ultra modern feel. The colored artwork is created using a transparent urethane paint system that resembles the look of a hologram. In the past recent months I have discovered a new style that I call “pigment flotation” in which I float the colored pigments and then set them on fire to create a very unique burnt effect on the panels. These pieces have become very popular and are best viewed up close to see the hidden details. Most of the art is clear coated several times for maximum protection”.

 

For more information about Steven Lloyd’s Artwork please visit:

http://www.stevenlloydmetalart.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Lloyd-Metal-Art-Design/102238493168034

or call (804)712-8871

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

For additional information on the 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call561-746-6615.

 

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

Sheree Blum’s Glasswork Goes World-Wide

Sheree Blum started selling her unique fused glass plates at the Green Market in Wellington only a few short years ago. She used that experience to learn more about marketing and selling her work.  Anthropologie’s order of over 4,000 plates sold in the US and the UK is history.  Recently showcased in People Magazine and Epicurious Magazine, Sheree has a lot of information to share with other artists.  Watch for her new line of cake stands for the 2014 Holiday Season in Anthropologie!  The Rickie Report presents this Feature Article and interview with Sheree Blum of Kicking Glass.

 

 

 

Sheree Blum

of

Kicking Glass

 

 

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

 

 

 

TRR: How did your childhood influence your interest in art?

SB:

 

I grew up in a rural area of New York State, near the Pennsylvania border and am the oldest of 6 children.  My father showed his gifted artistry through his masonry work and my mother was busy with art projects, like ceramics, on a regular basis.  At that time in the US educational system, art played a very large part not only in the classroom, but in our community.  You at least had to try something, whether you liked it or not!

 

I enjoyed those activities but moved on to married life at 18 and then started a family.  Being a mother to my three children was my priority until I went to college at age 27.  I was lucky to attend Jamestown Community College and then St. Bonaventure University, where they provided a nurturing day care setting while I had my classes.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1990, I moved with my children to Wellington, FL. and starting working in Belle Glade.  I decided to get my Masters degree in Special Education at FAU and worked in the Pahokee Elementary School in Special Education.  I also worked within the school setting of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, with a focus on academics. I retired just two years ago.

 

Sheree Blum Begins Creating a Glass Plate

Sheree Blum Begins Creating Glass Plates

 

TRR:  How did that lead you to a career in art and specifically glass?

SB:

 

I always used art projects to teach and enhance the learning environment.  I found it helped keep my students’ attention and increase their interest in education.  During my teaching career, I  met the owners of Lee Glass Art, Wayne Taylor and Sheldon Bickford in Mt. Dora Florida.   Always fascinated by color, I convinced them to let me apprentice!  I went to Winter Harbor, Maine during my summer breaks to train in their method.

 

 

If I were a wealthy person, I always said I would own a million dishes!  I love the blending of science, experimentation and art when I work with glass.  And now that I had a lot of dishes, I decided to practice my salesmanship by being a vendor at the Wellington Green Market!

 

Epicurious Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

Epicurious Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass

 

 

 That is when a buyer from Anthropologie  saw my work.  He bought some pieces, but I had no idea who he was until several months later when I received a call from their tabletop buyer. The lady that was with him did whisper in my ear that this was my lucky day, but I had no idea what this meant.  I learned a lot!  About pricing, figuring out my timing, how to box and ship everything safely. 4,000 dishes were sold throughout the US and United Kingdom in a few months!

 

 

I applied and was accepted to be part of Howard Alan’s Crafts Shows and was able to continue making new pieces, experimenting with new techniques and selling to the public.  At this time, I am a resident artist at Art on Park Gallery, the home of the Artists of Palm Beach County; OSGS in Northwood (West Palm Beach) and Kolbo Gallery of Judaica in Brookline, MA.  I enjoy making apple and honey plates for Rosh Hashanah and Seder Plates for Passover for their catalogue.  In addition, the Iriquois Hotel on Mackinaw Island ordered special dishes they use for service and also sell in their gift shop.

 

 

People Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

People Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass available at Anthropologie

 

 

It’s been a real treat for me to see my creations highlighted by being mentioned and shown in Jennie Garth’s Tabletop Decor column, People Magazine (April 14, 2014) and a full page presentation in Epicurious Magazine’s Spring/Summer,2014 (page 52)!  I just found out that my dishes are now listed with Replacements,Ltd. as well!

 

 

 

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

TRR:  What are your favorite as well as challenging moments?

SB:

 

There is nothing like the excitement I feel when I am creating!  And I love meeting the people at the shows, knowing I am sending my creations out to new homes where they will be appreciated. The most challenging part of being a full time professional artist is marketing and selling one’s work.  But you have to do it in order to keep creating!

 

 

 

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Do you have any helpful hints for emerging artists?

SB:

 

Be brave!  Have a business plan – do your math.  Don’t just jump off the building without Plan A, Plan B and maybe even Plan C!  Don’t hesitate to take risks.  Be professional in your demeanor and behavior at all times.  Do your homework – how many dishes fit into the box safely?  Where do you get the boxes?  Don’t forget the paper slips in between each dish.  Everything you use counts, is necessary and adds to your price.  Consider your price ranges and whether you want to sell retail, wholesale or both.  Be consistent and ask for what your artwork is worth!  I hope that other artists also consider helping the community by making some donations.  I recently sent seven sets of dishes to families who lost everything from tornado damage in MS.

 

 

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

 

TRR:   What story does your art tell?

SB:

 

I bring bright color into people’s everyday world.  It may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but I hope that these dishes will conjure up happy memories and become family heirlooms.  This is a quieter voice than the one I used when I was teaching, but I believe it is the same message.  Ordinary objects can imbue happiness.

 

 

Flowers by Sheree Blum

Black Flowers by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Please take us from the beginning of an  idea to a finished piece of work.

SB:

 

 

I usually start with a big idea.  For example, I wanted to create some glass pieces with an ocean feel and incorporate coral reefs.  I find designs that meet the criterion – they could come from a piece of fabric, a photo or other objects.  My idea begins to solidify.  Then I decide on colors and move forward with a prototype to test out my theory.  Does it meet my standards?  If not, it becomes a salad dish at my house.  If it does, I make more!   Sometimes the need to meet the requirements of the marketplace influence my work – otherwise I wouldn’t have a thriving business!  And then, there are pieces I just feel I have to try…to meet my own needs.

 

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

 

 

TRR:   How do you maintain your level of creativity?

SB:

 

I let my mine wander.  I dabble in watercolors and enjoy playing Scrabble.

 

 

 

"Sea Glass" Colors by Sheree Blum

“Sea Glass” Colors by Sheree Blum

TRR:  How do you define success?

SB:

 

Success has nothing to do with money!  You are successful if you are happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

 

For more information about Sheree Blum’s glasswork please visit:

www.kickingglassbysheree.com

Her work is currently located at Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art on Park Gallery ( Lake Park,FL), OSGS in Northwood (W.Palm Beach, FL), Kolbo Gallery (Brookline, MA) and Iriquois Hotel (Mackinaw Island). Sheree is available for special orders and commissions.

 

 

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

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Pat Kaufman Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Her Studio with Special Offers

Pat Kaufman’s paintings are full of color and lively – just like she is!  This article celebrates the 1st Anniversary of her studio in Artists’ Alley.  In addition to special discounts, Pat is also offering some fun craft classes for adults and children.   What a great idea for a small group or a party!  The Rickie Report shares the details and congratulates Pat on this milestone.

 

 

 

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Celebrating 1st Anniversary

at Artists’ Alley

Open House

Thursday, July 17th

6 – 9 pm

 

20% discount on all sales

 

Delray Beach, FL

 

 

 

This third Thursday is Pat Kaufman’s one year aniversary at Artists’ Alley.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I can not believe it is one year already. I would like to invite everyone to come help me celebrate. I’m offering a 20% discount on all sales of my artwork this week and there will be wine and goodies. Some of my new pieces will be unveiled at this opening.  It will be fun!”

 

"Joyful Morning" by Pat Kaufman

“Joyful Morning” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

An award winning watercolor artist, Pat is known for her bright tropical, Key West style of paintings. She lives in a renovated cottage, built in the 1930s, in Pineapple Grove one of the historical districts of Delray Beach, with her son Trey, a disabled veteran.  In 2014, Pat was Featured Artist at the 25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. One of her paintings was offered as the free give-away, a promotion by Howard Alan Events.

 

 

 

"Sea Cottage V" by Pat Kaufman

“Sea Cottage V” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

In addition to a special 20% discount on purchases to celebrate her anniversary, Pat offers fun craft classes for adults and children running all summer.  They are on different days and times.  She tells us that in her most recent class, “We are doing fish and mermaids.  All of my classes are small.  We have no more than 6 in a class.  This is a perfect place to bring a group of friends together or have some creative time with children.  Painting and embellishing is always fun!”  Contact Pat for more information and booking arrangements.

 

 

 

"Sea Window" by Pat Kaufman

“Sea Window” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

Pat tells us, “I am inspired by the wonder of color. The transparency and spontaneity of watercolors gives life to my paintings. Here in Florida and other places I have visited, there is so much color all around you. When I observe the trees blowing in the breeze, the sunlight dancing off the leaves or the light shining through blossom petals, it inspires me to paint them and see if I can capture this dance of light.”   We love seeing her work on pillows, cutting boards, tiles and table tops as well as on walls!

 

 

Summer Crafts with Pat Kaufman

Summer Crafts with Pat Kaufman

 

 

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY as Pat Vincent, Pat relocated to Florida in 1976. Pat is an accomplished artist whose works has been displayed at Delray Beach City Hall, American Orchid Society, Cadillac Headquarters and Cornell Museum. She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Delray Art League, Artists of Palm Beach County and the Wellington Art Society.

 

 

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ARTISTS ALLEY is an independent group of accomplished artists collaborating to establish a grass roots working colony with a vibrant marketplace for “Art created in Delray Beach”. This exciting new, warehouse arts area is in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Check out our new website- ArtistsAlleyDelray.com

 

LOCATION – The alley runs north and south between NE 3rd and 4th Streets, east of 3rd Avenue and west of the RR tracks.

EASY DIRECTIONS – From Atlantic Ave. go north on Federal Hwy., go west on NE 4th St., cross the RR tracks, go 80 feet and make a left into Artists Alley. Make your second or third left into the warehouses. You can print a map at www.CacaceArt.com

FREE PARKING – in the city lot on NE 3rd Avenue just south of NE 4th St. This is the best parking for our events. It’s a well lit parking lot a half a block away.

 

 

To make arrangements for Pat’s small summer classes

 please contact her at:

   pakaufman@earthlink.net or call  561-271-0128

 

 You can read more about Pat at www.patkaufmanart.com.

 

 

 

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Pat Kaufman is Wellington Art Society Featured Artist at Whole Foods

Congratulations to Pat Kaufman, Wellington Art Society member whose work has been featured in a SOLO exhibition at Whole Foods!  Pat’s award- winning, vibrant, tropical  artwork will be the focus of  an Artist’s Reception, hosted by the Wellington Art Society and Whole Foods on Friday, February 7th.  The Rickie Report shares the details with you and looks forward to honoring Pat Kaufman for  her creativity and beautiful artwork.

 

 

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Artist’s Reception Honoring

 

Pat Kaufman

 

Friday, February 7, 2014

 

6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Whole Foods Market cafe

2635 SR7     Wellington, FL

 

 

The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks.  A five-dollar donation is requested which goes to benefit the art society’s scholarship fund.    RSVP to Whole Foods  561.904.4000

 

 

 

"Cottages  South Swinton Avenue" by Pat Kaufman

Pat Kaufman’s cottage scene was featured at 25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, 2014

 

 

 

 

An award winning, self-taught watercolor artist, Pat is known for her bright tropical, Key West style of paintings. She lives in a renovated cottage, built in the 1930s, in Pineapple Grove one of the historical districts of Delray Beach, with her son Trey, a disabled veteran.  Most recently, Pat was Featured Artist at the 25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. One of her paintings was offered as the free give-away, a promotion by Howard Alan Events.

 

 

"Cottage by the Sea" Pillow

“Cottage by the Sea” 

 

 

Pat tells us, “I am inspired by the wonder of color. The transparency and spontaneity of watercolors gives life to my paintings. Here in Florida and other places I have visited, there is so much color all around you. When I observe the trees blowing in the breeze, the sunlight dancing off the leaves or the light shining through blossom petals, it inspires me to paint them and see if I can capture this dance of light.”   We love seeing her work on pillows, cutting boards, tiles and table tops as well as on walls!

 

 

"Bananas Bananas"

“Bananas Bananas”

 

 

 

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY as Pat Vincent, Pat relocated to Florida in 1976. Pat is an accomplished artist whose works has been displayed at Delray Beach City Hall, American Orchid Society, Cadillac Headquarters and Cornell Museum. She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Delray Art League, Artists of Palm Beach County and the Wellington Art Society.

 

 

 

"Fish,Fish,Fish"

“Fish,Fish,Fish”

 

 

 

 

Pat also has a studio at Artists Alley in Delray Beach where she creates her work and teaches. You can read more about Pat and see some of her work at www.patkaufmanart.com.

 

 

 

"Flamingoe Bliss"

“Flamingoe Bliss”

 

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available if you would like to become a member.  A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County.

 

 

For more information  please visit  www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com .or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-632-3677.

 

 

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25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts Features Free Art Giveaway and More

The Delray Beach Festival of the Arts celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary this year, when it returns January 18 – 19, 2014.  Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of Delray Beach resident and watercolor artist Pat Kaufman.  The 28”x40” framed Gicleé of the watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” will be on display in Pat’s booth where registration will also take place.  No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.  Kudos to Pat, whom we’ve written about in previous articles!

 

 

 

25th Anniversary

 

 

Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

 

January 18 – 19, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

 

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)

Navigational address:  1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

   

One mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US 1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 300 artists from the U.S.   Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a free art giveaway from Pat Kaufman of Delray Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This event is free to the public.

 

 

 

Festival promoter Howard Alan Events is thrilled to announce this Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, has been ranked the 65th top art fair in the United States by Sunshine Artist, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows.   “This is a wildly popular event,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.  “It truly is a wonderful honor and distinction as it was selected from among more than 10,000 festivals in the country.”

 

 

 

"Cottages  South Swinton Avenue" by Pat Kaufman

“Cottages South Swinton Avenue” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

The show will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary this year, when it returns January 18 – 19, 2014.  Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of Delray Beach resident and watercolor artist Pat Kaufman.  The 28”x40” framed Gicleé of the watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” will be on display in Pat’s booth where registration will also take place.  No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  Visit Pat’s website to learn more about her work and explore her online gallery.

 

Festival Information At – A -Glance:

 

  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Consistently ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Largest art affair in South Florida spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 300 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

Free Art Giveaway:  28” x 40” framed Gicleé of watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” by Delray Beach resident and exhibitor Pat Kaufman.  Pat has painted many of the wonderful homes in Delray along with many historic buildings.  She enjoys doing commission paintings as well.   Pat offers watercolor classes on Tuesdays  from 1-4 and 6-9.  Reservations are needed.  Pat’s studio/gallery “Tropical Watercolors” is located in Artists’ Alley.

Visit Pat’s website to learn more about her work   www.patkaufmanart.com

 

 

Meet Jeweler, Carol Adams

 

Pendant by Carol Adams

Pendant by Carol Adams

Carol Adams has been a full time metal smith for the past 30 years.   She tells The Rickie Report, ” Self taught as a jeweler, I have a painting and sculpture background from my studies at The Art Institute of Chicago  (B.F.A. 1974).  All of my pieces are one of a kind and fabricated in precious metals”.  
Earrings by Carol Adams

Earrings by Carol Adams

Carol incorporates a variety of techniques including but not limited to forging, fusing, reticulation, chasing, and piercing.  She goes on to share, ” The work that you are viewing is not from a production studio.  It is fabricated by me from start to finish.  I have no helpers, assistants or apprentices.  In a world full of mass produced objects, I hope that you will find my work refreshing and exciting”.  

For more information contact Carol at www.caroladamsjewelry.com

 

 

Earrings by Carol Adams

Earrings by Carol Adams

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 25th Anniversary Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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Lori Hlavsa’s Artwork Featured at 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival

The streets of Stuart will be happily packed with art lovers and The Rickie Report hopes you will be among them!   The 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival on Oct. 12 and 13 brings familiar artists and new emerging artists together in one great venue with Howard Alan Events. A great way to begin the autumn craft festival season, we are highlighting one of the artists, Lori  Hlavsa, in this article.

 

 

 

 

  14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

October 12 – 13, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart –

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola

Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Free and open to the public

 

The Downtown Stuart Craft Fair, October 12 – 13, 2013, marks the beginning of the Fall Season.  This juried festival features the work of 100 of the finest crafters in the country. An eclectic mix of original affordable crafts including a wide variety of gift items with prices set to suit all budgets and tastes will be on display along Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs.  

 

 

American Craft Endeavors, the producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring a number of festivals to historic Downtown Stuart each year. These highly anticipated art events are popular because of the vast array of quality handmade items and art on display as well as the number of leading national artists and crafters showcased at each festival.

 

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

  • 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
  • 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, stained glass

 

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

Lori Hlavsa  started drawing as a child when she was watching cartoons and reading Sunday comics.  One of her favorites was the {Love is…) comic strip in the late 1960’s.   ART began to be a life long hobby.
Lori Hlavsa

Lori Hlavsa

She tells The Rickie Report, “Lately, I paint with acrylics and airbrush. I use watery layers with paint brush and airbrush for blending and fading. People say it’s “dream-like”, which is a perfect expression.”
"Leading the Way"

“Leading the Way”

“Some of my paintings have papers as texture. I still like to use handmade papers, since my paper sculptures called “Paperpeple” were the beginning of my art show career with Debbie and Howard Alan, back in the 80’s.
Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture

Like most creative people, I know……We are grateful to express ourselves through arts and crafts. It’s always something that resonates with our souls, and collectively, we share it in different ways.”
"Hibiscus and Fairy"

“Hibiscus and Fairy”

Lori Hlavsa writes this about her artwork, dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and Research efforts:

 

“Peace in nature .
 A place for contemplation,
 compasssion,
and embracing
something
 so gentle, as real strength.”

 

"Pink Back"

“Pink Back”

For more information about Lori’s artwork, please visit Artbylori.com

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 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit   www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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