Lianna Slater Unveils New Jewelry Wearable Artworks In Time For Gift Giving And Offers Free Shipping

Lianna Slater literally grew up surrounded by jewelry, in Rhode Island, the Costume Jewelry Capital of the world.  Her instinct for design and innate curiosity drives her to create one-of-a-kind wearable art accessories that are affordable and covetable.  “Be YOU! Stand out!” is her motto.  The Rickie Report shares Lianna’s stories and some sneak peeks of her newest jewelry pieces.  Lianna is offering free shipping for holiday gift giving (which includes gifting yourself)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  How did growing up near Providence, RI influence your life?  

LMS:

LMS: I had the pleasure of growing up in the 1980’s in Warwick RI, near Providence, RI. At the time it was known as “The Costume Jewelry Capital of the World”. Providence aptly earned its reputation, having produced 80% of costume – fashion jewelry made in America at the time. My passion for jewelry began in my childhood. My supportive mother, brought me to a costume jewelry event every holiday season. We’d rummage through colorful costume jewelry, buckets of rhinestone earrings and pave encrusted brooches. Once home, she and Id critiqued which items looked best with our wardrobes!

In a way, Rhode Island’s diverse art and culture industries, influenced me to pursue my career in the arts.

 

 

 

 

TRR:  This sounds like a joyous adventure!  What did you do with your “finds”?

LMS:

In the beginning, I’d basically dismantle all my finds and essentially reinvent the components to match my outfits. During the 1980’s, iconic musical artist, Madonna, hit the music scene. Her offbeat, non-conformist, fun style influenced me then and these qualities still inspire my jewelry today!

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: How did this influence your career path?

LMS:

 

I knew at a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the fine arts. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, a four-year art college in Connecticut and studied art abroad in Florence, Italy. I became obsessed with museums, churches, historic ruins and fascinated with ancient old techniques in jewelry. Everywhere I went, I sketched.

My introduction to the jewelry industry began working for a major costume jewelry manufacturer in Providence,

Rhode Island. Excited to be exposed to casting, electroplating, stone setting and enameling techniques and soaking in every aspect of the trade. My prototypes were reproduced and sold to commercial national brand market accounts, such as; Wet Seal, Target, Charlotte Russe and many more.

 

 

 

TRR: After you left the mass market culture, what did you do?

LMS:

 

I began developing my artistry and techniques at my studio and selling at consignment shops and juried fine art fairs and markets. Simultaneously, I began teaching full- time to adults with developmental disabilities. These amazing folks had a tremendous desire to learn everything about jewelry and the business. Together we realized their dream and opened a shop located in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. It’s called Downtown Designs.

 

 

 

TRR:  How has living in FL changed your career course?

LMS:

My small business continues to evolve and my intensity, passion and enthusiasm is still ever present! My goal this year is to continue to grow my online business. I hope people think of the small businesses when they need a unique and meaningful gift for a family member or friend. I safely welcome appointments and my customers satisfaction is very important to me. I love bringing inspirations to life!

 

My personal inspirations reflect nature, culture, art and fashion.

 

 

 

 

TRR:   As a consummate believer in authentic individuality, Lianna is driven by her philosophy that jewelry should never be an overstatement but rather an exquisite expression that radiates the unique light that shines from within each and every one of us.

 

 

 

Lianna collecting inspirations~

 

 

To see more jewelry designs or contact Lianna for a commission:

Website: liannamichelledesigns.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liannamichelledesigns

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liannamichelledesign/

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Watercolor Artist, Claudia Hafner, Is Featured At Oceanfest 2019 At Ann Kolb Nature Center November 9 And The Christmas Boutique & Craft Market At Westminster Academy November 15 & 16

Claudia Hafner will be a Featured Artist exhibiting her original sea turtle and other wildlife paintings at OCEANFEST on Saturday, November 9 at the Ann Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, FL and at the  2019 Christmas Boutique & Craft Market on Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16 at the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale.  Her paintings and large format reproductions, decorative tiles, and reproductions accomplish their mission: to arouse our environmental consciousness!  The Rickie Report shares the details and other events where you can meet Claudia.

 

 

 

 

MEET      WILDLIFE      ARTIST

 

 

C L A U D I A          H A F N E R

 

 

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Saturday,  November 9

 

10 am to 3 pm

Ann Kolb Nature Center

751 Sheridan St.   Hollywood, FL

 

 

 

 

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2019 Christmas Boutique & Craft Market

Friday, November 15    5 – 9 pm

Saturday, November 16   9 am to 4 pm

Westminster Academy

5601 N. Federal Hwy   Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Claudia Hafner with “Sea Turtle No. 11” 

 

 

Claudia Hafner, Watercolorist

 

“Painting with watercolor is like being on a roller coaster,” said Claudia Hafner, Pompano Beach- based watercolor artist tells The Rickie Report.  “It’s painting quickly, letting go of control and not really knowing if you will arrive at the destination. “And while there is excitement in this type of painting, there is also an intimate, more quiet space where one becomes one with the subject. Watercolor challenges me to capture the essence of a subject through the brush and the fluidity of the paint, adding detail at the finish,” she said.

 

HOW SHE STARTED

 

“Shore Bird” by Claudia Hafner

 

 

Claudia may have been born and raised a “city girl” in New York but it did not take long after she relocated to Atlanta in her mid-20s that she found her way “back to the land”. Her early childhood trips to the Catskill Mountains for summer vacations had left her with indelible memories and provided her with her first tastes of nature.  Years later when she first took up weaving and then watercolor painting it was only natural that she would make all kinds of animals the focus of her artwork—exotic birds, wildlife, ocean life, farm and domestic animals as well as endangered Hawaiian birds.

 

When Claudia first went to Atlanta, weaving, was her first entry into the art world. She started as a hand weaver preferring to weave loose, draping fabric full of texture and color.  “My designs here were also inspired by nature in my use of color, texture and from,” she said. Claudia soon became an award winning weaver in the Atlanta area.  “Although my desire to create fabric never stopped, my pocketbook soon needed help.” said Claudia.

 

So, while Claudia began working full-time in the corporate world in the mid-1980s she also made a decision to return to school once again. Years before moving to Atlanta she had earned a BA in Music but said she had no intention of working in that field.  “This time I decided it was time to go to art school, so I enrolled in the Art Institute of Atlanta in the mid-1990s,” she said. “Landing a dream job in a technology company, I immersed my- self in computers, graphic design, multimedia and web until layoffs hit in the dot.com era in 2011.”

 

Freed from a 9-5 job but working as a full-time contract web designer, she joined a watercolor class as well a watercolor critique group that met almost every week for many years as a pastime.  It was also during this period that she developed her unique, loose style through exposure to several noted watercolorists including John Yardley well known for his cityscapes and Jean Haines for her loose painting style that begins without a preliminary drawing.  “But it was really the late Charles Reid whose teaching technique for painting loosely presented me with the “ah-ha” moment that had such an impact in my future paintings,” said Claudia.

 

 

MOVING TO FLORIDA /  SELLING HER WORK

 

 

 

 

 

In 2013 Claudia and her husband, Doug, moved to Pompano Beach.  And it was here in South Florida that Claudia’s entrepreneurial spirit really kicked in. “When I was a kid in elementary school, I taught myself how to make pencil portraits of the Beatles and sell them,” she said.”  Discovering South Florida’s outdoor world of festivals, fairs and exhibits—all places where she could sell her watercolors is also where she found a following among people who love animals, nature and creatures.

 

“People love animals and you can see the joy on their faces when they see the menagerie of different animals in my booth at shows,” said Claudia. “It establishes an immediate connection between us.”  Claudia said that it did not take long for her to begin to interact with these people at shows, showing her art in festivals as far north as Jupiter and as far south as Hollywood.

 

But every artist needs that “identifier” and Claudia found hers a block away from her new home on the beach. “My husband, Doug and I moved one block away from the beach and sea turtles became an immediate passion.”  Turtles did not just consume her painting but aroused an environmental “consciousness”. “I have been looking after them and participating in the protection and rescue of hatchlings during the May-October nesting season each year,” she said. “It is very rewarding.”

 

 

GOING BIGGER

 

Claudia Hafner  with an Array of her Artworks  (Photo courtesy of LSDmagfl.com)

 

 

 

“It’s been very popular to reproduce my sea turtle paintings in a large format, more than 36” in length and width, printed on high quality photographic paper and mounted between an aluminum Dibond backing and 1⁄4” acrylic glass. The colors and watercolor brushwork make these large reproductions truly unique,” she said.  “People often stop in their tracks when they see the oversized turtles reproduced in this clean contemporary process.”

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

 

Through the years Claudia has been the recipient of numerous awards for her beautiful watercolor paintings including “Emerging Artist” in 2015 with Gold Coast Watercolor Society and  admission to the prestigious ArtiGras Festival in Jupiter, FL in 2016. As part of the National League of American Pen Women 2019 Skolnick Exhibit judge Beth Ravitz commented about her work.  “Her artwork brings all the important components together mastering composition and the vivid use of color balanced with the dynamic use of the white paper,” said Ravitz, a multidimensional public artist who holds a BA and MFA from the University of Miami.  While awards are nice to receive, said Claudia, they were never her goal.  “I prefer instead to develop a following through sales venues whether from original paintings or product, connecting with a wide audience of all ages.” she said.

 

OTHER ANIMALS, BIRDS

“The attraction for painting animals started with painting colorful birds,” said Claudia. “A collection of endangered Hawaiian birds became the first line of products printed from my originals that sell at the Hawaii Wildlife Center on the Big Island. Now my paintings consist of popular as well as exotic birds, wildlife, farm and domestic animals.”

 

 

“Rhino” by Claudia Hafner

 

 

INVOLVEMENT/ CLAUDIA’S AUDIENCE

 

Claudia is involved in a number of local arts organizations including the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Delray Art League; She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch and the South Florida Audubon Society.

 

Many customers up and down the East Coast have fallen in love with Claudia’s sea turtles. She believes in making sure her work is easily accessible to the broad marketplace by not only having original works available but also by having giclee’s/prints and creating a variety of merchandise. “This also gives me the opportunity to create products beyond the original paintings such as tile coasters, keepsake boxes and tote bags and more,” she said.

 

 

While her main focus of exhibiting and sales has been through outdoor art shows in South Florida, her work is also available at her website:

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/ClaudiaHafnerWatercolor

Instagram: http://Instagram.com/claudiahafnerwatercolor

Prints and merchandise: https://claudia-hafner.pixels.com/ Merchandise : http://cafepress.com/hafner
Limited edition prints: https://Etsy.com/shop/ClaudiaHafnerArt

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Lynda Turek-Koehler, Jewelry Artist And Instructor, Presents Original Designs Inspired By Nature And Life

The Rickie Report celebrates the wearable artistry of jewelry designer Lynda Turek-Koehler. While she lives and works locally, her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces have been worn to the White House!  Lynda teaches jewelry making classes at the Jupiter Community Center during the school year and offers private as well as group lessons specializing in pearl stringing, silver smithing and chain making.  Lynda’s wearable art pieces are currently on display at Harbourside Place in Jupiter.  We share the details and some photos of her intricate designs.

 

 

L Y N D A   T U R E K- K O E H L E R

 

 ORIGINAL   JEWELRY   DESIGNS

INSPIRED  BY  NATURE  AND  LIFE

 

 

Now On Display:

Harbourside Place in Jupiter

Next to the Wyndham Resort and the Broken Egg Cafe Hallway

 

 

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Lynda Turek-Koehler With Her Wearable Art, Jewelry Display

 

 

Each original piece of jewelry that Lynda Turek-Koehler creates shares components found in nature, at the ocean or in a mine.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I upcycle, repurpose items and go digging for gems!  By using shells, pearls and gems, I create unusual one-of-a-kind designs”.

 

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Unique, Wearable Art Necklace by Lynda Turk-Koehler

 

Lynda’s jewelry is always fresh, elegant, fun and young! “Never repeated, my pieces have been worn to the White house and sold in my shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach”.

 

 

 

 

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Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelets by Lynda Turek-Koehler

 

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Hand Hammered and Hand Made Chain Bracelets by Lynda Turek-Koehler

 

 

Lynda is a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches as well as the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches. Join Lynda at the Jupiter Community Center for fun and inspiring classes beginning this fall where you will learn to create your own  wonderful pieces.

 

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Seashell and Charm Necklace by Lynda Turek-Koehler

 

 

Lynda provides group and private lessons. Her specialties are bridal creations.  She is well known for her Pearl stringing, beading and Pearl knotting.

 

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Reflective Labradorite, Wire Wrapped on a Beaded Necklace by Lynda Turk-Koehler

 

 

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Lynda Turk-Koehler’s Multi-Gemstone Pendant in Hand made Silver

 

 

Making her own chain and silversmithing are among Lynda’s prolific talents. In addition Lynda offers repair service and restringing for clients who do not want to do this themselves.

 

 

For more information, including pricing, commissions, classes or repairs:

Lynda Turk-Koehler   561-373-5934 

 

 

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

Studio Residents Patt Cavanagh, Susan Nash, Erica Howat, Sandra Kuba And Evan Sahlman Exhibit At Armory Annex

Art works by 2015-2016 Armory Annex Studio Residents Patt Cavanagh, Susan Nash, Erica Howat, Sandra Kuba and Evan Sahlman are on exhibit at the Armory Lake Worth Annex.  The show runs  through May 20, 2016 and deserves a visit!  These Artist Residents were selected through a rigorous process before their actual work began in October.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  The Annex Exhibit is Free and Open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays.

 

 

 

 

 

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1121 Lucerne Avenue       Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

 

 

 

Annex Studio Residents’

Collective Exhibition

 

 

Now Through May 20, 2016 

1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Annex Gallery Hours:

 Wednesday – Saturday  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

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Pat Cavanagh   “Opus 70 Round And Round”

 

 

 

Patt Cavanagh works with Acrylic paint and at times with mixed media. The pieces to be exhibited and the Annex Studio Residents’ show is abstract and minimal work inspired by nature and music. Past exhibitions include Small Works at JF Gallery in West Palm Beach FL. 2014, Small Works/Big Art and Vermont Contemporary at Gallery-in-the-Field in Brandon, VT. She has participated in juried and invitational exhibitions in Vermont, New Jersey, Chicago, and San Francisco. Patt was a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center in 1986, 1988, 1991-1995, and 1998. She attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, and State University of New York. Patt is learning to play the piano, likes to write poetry, and has an avid interest in urban design.

 

 

 

 

 

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Erica Howat “Woven Vessel”

 

 

 

Erica Howat began taking classes and workshops in 2008 to learn fiber art techniques after ending her 30-year restaurant career. Howat started her studio residency at the Annex so she could have a space to experiment with design and technique with a focus of showing her work. Drawn to organic fiber, Howat expresses her attraction to texture and form through tapestry weaving, knotting, and basket making. Materials such as yarn, paper, twine, leather, ribbon, reed and natural flora, rocks, and pods are combined into the pieces. Erica said, “Inspiration from the form, texture, and wildness of certain materials brings about a creative flow to make a piece that emphasizes the unique, natural beauty that grows around us and which may otherwise be taken for granted.”

 

 

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Sandra Kuba “Les Soeurs”

 

 

 

Sandra Kuba is a fiber and clay artist. She studies clay sculpture, hand building, and fiber art at the Armory Art Center and has traveled extensively to workshops to learn felting techniques. Sandra said, “I love how wool fibers are magically transformed, experimenting with a variety of raw wools and silks, and hand-felting by layering and building with unexpected materials.”

 

 

 

 

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Susan Nash “Seascape 2”

 

 

 

 

Susan Nash paints landscape, still life, and life-size figures. She has exhibited in numerous galleries, primarily in NYC and the east end of Long Island. Susan earned her B.A. in Art at the University of Bridgeport, CT. She studied at Academia de Belli Arte, Firenze, Italia, Art Students League, New York, NY, and National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, NY. She was a still life prize recipient from the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, NY. Susan has been featured in The New York Times and Dan’s Paper of Bridgehampton, NY. Susan said, “I am drawn to the luminosity of water and sky, be it at the water’s edge or in my mind’s eye. Both the sea and sky resonate with me in a very personal way.”

 

 

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Evan Sahlman “Self-portrait”

 

Evan Sahlman works in paint and ceramic sculpture. He earned his BFA at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He serves as an artist assistant and Annex Coordinator. Evan lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Chelsae Anne who is a portrait photographer. Together “they challenge each other to pursue a life based in and around the fine arts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Armory Art Center:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

 

 

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