“Multiple Perspectives” by Deborah Bigeleisen Will Exhibit at Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

The Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will exhibit the paintings of internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen from March 8 through April 30, 2015. The public is invited to the Opening Day Reception on Sunday, March 8th.  Ms. Bigeleisen will discuss her artwork and creative concepts at a special Artist Talk.  Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this Exhibition, which traces the evolution of an artist’s vision.

 

 

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Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

 Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

Presents:

“MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES”

Paintings by Deborah Bigeleisen

Sunday, March 8th   

Opening Reception  1 -4 pm

Artist Talk  1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 25th

Ms. Bigeleisen will talk on

“The Art of Buying Art” on March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The cost to attend is $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members.

Exhibit Runs March 8th through May 15th

21050 95th Avenue South    Boca Raton, FL

 

 

 

Deborah Bigelsein and "Fractal"

Deborah Bigeleisen and “Fractal”

 

The Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will exhibit the paintings of internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen from March 8 through May 15, 2015. The gallery is located at the Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. The public is invited to the Opening Day Reception from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 8. At 1:30 pm, Ms. Bigeleisen will discuss her artwork and creative concepts at a special Artist Talk.

 

 

The title of the exhibition is “MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES: the Evolution of an Artist’s Vision” which traces the path of the artist’s focus from creating Rembrandt-like portraits of white roses to her more evocative contemporary views that are an abstracted fractal of the original floral form although still suggestive of its organic roots. Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre.

 

"Energy 3" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Energy 3” by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Rosen Museum Gallery at the Sandler Center for this exhibition. Because of the Jewish Community Center’s fine reputation and extensive reach, this is an ideal opportunity to connect with a very broad and diverse audience, including children whose exposure to fine art may be minimal,” she adds. “With both the exhibition and my opening day presentation on ‘The Evolution of an Artist’s Vision,’ I’d like to initiate a dialogue that is not only about looking at art with a new curiosity, but also about looking at the world around us with a fresh perspective.”

 

"Magic" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Magic” by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

Bigeleisen hopes the MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES exhibition will encourage “everyone to take a pause from their every day routine, to shift the conversation from technology to creativity, and to discover the richness of art not only in our own backyard, but where ever we go.”

 

"Untitled" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Untitled” by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

In addition to the free Artist’s Talk on March 8, Ms. Bigeleisen will also present a talk on “The Art of Buying Art” on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members.

 

About Deborah Bigeleisen:

Flowers and nature have been the inspiration for Deborah Bigeleisen’s artistic expression since childhood, and are the common thread that weave through both her careers: first as a textile print designer and founder of her own global design company in NYC, and later as a fine artist which she began in 1998 upon moving to West Palm Beach, FL. In the early years of her painting career she was mentored by acclaimed technical master Sam Perry and guided by renowned visionary Gordon Parks. She also completed rigorous training through Master Artist Workshops.

 

Deborah Bigeleisen at the easel

Deborah Bigeleisen at the easel

 

From early on, Ms. Bigeleisen’s work gained the attention of fine art dealers across the U.S. from San Francisco and Austin to New York City and Southampton. Her paintings are collected worldwide both privately and publicly, enhancing the corporate collections of American Airlines, Beauté Therapies Inc., and LBC Design & Construction and more. Her paintings have been accepted into numerous museum exhibitions including the Society of the Four Arts, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Williamsburg [Brooklyn, NY] Historical Center; have received awards in international competitions; and have graced the covers and interior pages of publications including Michael K. Corbin’s three part series “A Collector’s Journal,” Florida Design, New Art International, and Art & Antiques. In addition, her conceptual work in fractals has been published in the prestigious journal Science Creative Quarterly.

 

 

Ms. Bigeleisen’s paintings are sold through fine art galleries, and have been prominently exhibited in international Contemporary and Fine Art fairs including the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, ArtHamptons, the Chicago International Art Show, the LA Art Show, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show and the Shanghai Art Fair. For more information, please visit  www.deborahbigeleisen.com.

 

 

For more information about these exhibitions or other activities at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center 9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428 please visit: www.levisjcc.org or call 561-558-2520.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

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561-537-0291

Durga Garcia Presents at Wellington Art Society

Durga Garcia will be the guest speaker at the Wellington Art Society on March 12th.  A Fine Art Photographer, Durga has a SOLO exhibition in New York City under the auspices of National Association of Women Artists ( NAWA).  This community-minded artist is always available to confer and nurture other artists of all mediums.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this event to network with other artists and hear Durga!

 

 

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Wellington Art Society

Presents

Durga Garcia, Fine Art Photographer

“Getting Your Artwork Out There!”

 

 

Wednesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

Wellington Community Center


12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, March 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. As always, there will be a meet and mingle beginning at 6:30pm with a raffle and fabulous art and art related prizes, with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. Also of interest is our Member Spotlight for members to show recent work and tell about their upcoming shows and artist development.  The general meeting begins at 7:00PM with the presentation and demo to follow. The evening’s events are generally over by 8:30. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.

 

 

 

Durga Garcia

Durga Garcia

 

 

 

 

Durga Garcia is a published, internationally shown, award winning and merited photographer of fine art images and portraits. Her images can be found in numerous public and private collections. She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of projects, art for artists and portraits with several long-term projects and books to her credit.

 

 

 

 

 

"Artisans" by Durga Garcia

“Artisans” by Durga Garcia

 

 

 

 

Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures with a past that has her living in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, steeplechase jockey, equine veterinary paramedic, certified art appraiser, yoga teacher and member of the U.S. International Pistol Team.

 

 

 

 

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Durga has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details. Durga teaches photography at the Armory Art Center; leads monthly photo-talk-walks at Jonathan Dickinson & MacArthur Beach State Parks; lectures on photography for Artist and Photographic groups; hosts a blog of tips and tricks of the business for photographers and is currently writing a “Your First Photography” book. 

 

 

 

 

"Last Cypress Tree" by Durga Garcia

“Last Cypress Tree” by Durga Garcia

 

 

 

Ms. Garcia states, “I strive to make an image that people want to look at closely. To notice subtle nuances, created with light and shadows. My fine art images rarely show identity, have a timeless quality, with often the unexpected, gestures, textures, emotions and are hopefully thought-provoking.”   

 

 

"As We Are" from Durga Garcia's SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City

“As We Are” from Durga Garcia’s SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City

 

Durga’s work is being highlighted in a SOLO show this March at the N.A.W.A Gallery, 80 Fifth Ave, NYC, March 5 – 28, 2014, titled “As We Are” .  More information about this exhibit is listed below.  She is also taking part  in an International Invitational show, The MALAFOCO PROJECT, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2014.

 

 

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“As We Are,” a solo show of the works of artist Durga Garcia, opened March 5, 2014 in the intimate N.A.W.A. Gallery. The show is an assemblage of Garcia’s conceptual photographic work including her earliest and memorable dark series “Until Ever After,” her ongoing Allegorical series, and a selection of recent conceptual commissioned portraits.  The connecting theme is female figures and earthy tones with subtle shades of meaning, making the images sensuous and often thought-provoking. ” 

“Garcia discloses her mastery of the photographic medium as well as versatile, playful nature. Reflecting the eerie genre of her inspiration sources, these photographs interpret one of the most elaborated themes in art.”    –Art Critic Ana Bambic Kostov, ArtAscent Magazine December 2013

 

 

 When asked how this show came about, Durga tells The Rickie Report: “I was standing in the National Association of Women Artists Gallery last November, looking at their logo, thinking I can (photographicly)  do that!   Three months later, my N.A.W.A logo inspired work is the frontis piece for my first solo show, As We Are, and it is at the       National  Association of Women Artists gallery on 5th Ave in NYC, during the National Association of Women Artists 125th anniversary year!  This really is more than I dreamed of, I am so excited!”

 

 

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Durga Garcia’s “Artisans”

Durga goes on to share, “The image has been titled “Artisans”, although in color for the frontis piece, for the fine art version, it is desaturated it for the more muted tones I enjoy.  The plans for the As We Are show after is closes in NYC, are for the show to travel to Hilton Head SC before exhibiting in Florida”

 

 

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Durga’s work can be seen locally in a current group show at the Amory Art Center, “Faculty Exhibit” Feb 21- March 22, 2014.  In addition,  50 of her portraits of working dogs will be shown at Palm Beach College, “BARK” Invitational Exhibit, Fall, 2014 . The photographer’s website is www.durgagarcia.com

 

Re: “As We Are”-  Solo Exhibition, Durga Garcia  at the  National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.) . The exhibit runs through March 28, 2014.  Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm. The Gallery is located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011.  For more information please call 212-675-1616   or e-mail: office@nawa.org

 

 

As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that WAS is involved in and to find out how to participate.

 

Currently the WAS Member Art Show at the Gallery at City Hall features 17 artists and 36 works of art. The Village and Wellington Art Society will host a “Celebrate Creativity” Artists’ Reception  on Tuesday, March 25,from 5:30 –7:00 at the Gallery at City Hall with a demo, Meet the Artists, door prizes, and refreshments. The WAS Member Art Show continues through April 30.

 

The new WAS Members’ Art Showcase beginning March 11, at the Wellington Community Center, lower level is sure to inspire people of all ages who  visit the Community Center. A wide variety of mediums and techniques reveal  the creative artistic expressions and mastery  of our members. The WAS Showcase will continue through mid-June.  Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.

 

 

WAS is 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, visit their website, www.wellingtonartsociety.org  or wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society Presents Deb LaFogg Docherty, Artist, Illustrator, Photographer

Art lovers and artists alike will want to attend the upcoming Wellington Art Society meeting on February 12th. Deb LaFogg Docherty, a world renown and award winning artist will be making a presentation. This is an opportunity to watch a master close-up and be mesmerized by Deb’s low-key approach to some truly amazing adventures! The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society

Invites You  to Meet

Deb LaFogg Docherty

Artist, Illustrator, Photographer

Wednesday, February 12

6:30  – 8:30 pm

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd    Wellington, FL

 

 

 

"Captured Gaze", Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Captured Gaze”, Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, February 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. As always, there will be a meet and mingle beginning at 6:30pm with a raffle and fabulous prizes , with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. The general meeting begins at 7:00PM with the presentation and demo to follow. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.

 

"Scorn" by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Scorn” by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deb grew up on a small farm in Connecticut exploring the woods and swamps around her house. She received no formal training till attending Art College, where she majored in advertising and illustration. She has studied with world-renowned artists; Hall of Fame/Master Pastel Artist Doug Dawson and the late Maggie Price Master Circle winner and past President of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
She is currently a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Artist for Conservation, a member of excellence with the Southeastern Pastel Society, The Pastel Society of North Florida, the International Guild of Realism, associate member of Audubon Artists and an associate member of the Oil Painters of America.

 

"Under Mom's Watchful Eye", Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Under Mom’s Watchful Eye”, Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

 

 

 

Her work has been published in many newspapers and several magazines including Wildlife Art Magazine, Wildscape Magazine located in the UK and Southwest and Wildlife art magazine online.
She has also illustrated a children’s book called ‘Woodrat Jill’ with part of the proceeds going to preserve habitat for the endangered Key Largo Woodrat and is available on Amazon.com. Its a story about an Key Largo Woodrat named Jill who bred in captivity and is set free to make a life on her own.

 

 

 

"Palmettos in Warm Light", Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Palmettos in Warm Light”, Pastel by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

Deb LaFogg Docherty will be talking about some of the basics of painting and pastels She will do demonstration in which she explores different forms of underpainting, application techniques, and illustrates how light, color, contrast, composition, texture, and especially atmosphere make any painting in any medium luminous and breath-taking.

 

 

"Waiting for Mom", Oil by Deb LaFogg Docherty

“Waiting for Mom”, Oil by Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.  Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall Gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Society’s over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.  

 

 

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Deb and a Wolf

 


The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.
Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, Fl 33414. Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.  For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury, 561.762.8654.

 

 

 

WAS is 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 : www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com .

 

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.

 

 

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

Ronn Jaffe Exhibits with (Art) Amalgamated during Art Palm Beach 2014

Ronn Jaffe is a Contemporary Artist whose work includes aspects of both Conceptual and Narrative Art.  His work combines Fine Art, Architecture and Design in its process: disciplines gleaned from his life’s work.  Ronn’s interest in multicultural myths guides him in creating his own mythological stories, minimalism, the cerebral and the narrative, and in exploring new ways of artistic expression.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by (Art) Amalgamated’s Booth #309 to experience Ronn Jaffe’s moving artwork.  More details are in this article.

 

 

 

 

ART PALM BEACH

JAN 23-27 2014

THE WORK OF PALM BEACH ARTIST

 RONN JAFFE

(Art) AMALAGATED GALLERY, NYC (Booth 309)

Featuring:

 

 JAFFE’S

MINIMALIST CHANNELS SERIES

Other noted artists at this exhibit include

 Carlos Betancourt, Ross Bleckner, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Vic Muniz, Irving Penn and Serge Strosberg.

 

 

 

"RACING VIBRATIONS FROZEN IN A CONUNDRUM" by Ronn Jaffe

“RACING VIBRATIONS FROZEN IN A CONUNDRUM” by Ronn Jaffe

 

 

Jaffe likens his CHANNELS  to Haiku;

many layers in one breath.

 

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RONN JAFFE’S JOURNEY

 

 

Ronn JaffeRonn Jaffe is a Contemporary Artist whose work includes aspects of both Conceptual and Narrative Art.  The work often combines Fine Art, Architecture and Design in its process; disciplines gleaned from his life’s work. He is interested in multicultural myths, creating his own mythological stories, minimalism, the cerebral and the narrative, and in exploring new ways of artistic expression.  Jaffe’s work additionally examines his continued interest in the relationships between positive and negative form and space, the yin and yang of conflicting energies such as good and evil, life and death, despair and elation, dark and light, love and hate, mortality and eternity. These created narratives delve into the multiple nuances of the human condition. i.e.…exploring the transcendence of creation.

 

 

SEMINAL WORK

 

 

Ronn Jaffe, born in Washington, D.C., was drawn into the world of art by destiny.  His mother Libby, concerned that as a nine year old he could not draw a straight line, enrolled Ronn at the Corcoran School of Art.  He later advanced his art studies at the Boston Museum School, the Art Student’s League, and again at the Corcoran.  Jaffe holds a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Boston University with advanced studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and on escapades throughout Europe.
Warhol-ImageAfter college, travels and a few years in Manhattan working on the inside of Wall Street, Jaffe, unfulfilled, returned to D.C., to study art at the Corcoran School of Art.  At that time he shared a downtown studio with two other artists, above a donut shop, across the street from what is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

 

 

On a visit back to NYC, Ronn attended a party at Andy Warhol’s with a beauty named Mars, who turned out to be the love of his life.  They married, moved to her home-town of Baltimore, and Jaffe turned all his efforts back to painting.   The pieces were exciting.  They were large, unframed, hard-edge, painted in vivid Day-Glo oil paint, and constructed with negative openings created in primary geometric shapes cut into the canvas, which he called ‘Portoids.’  Within the year, Jaffe was discovered and given a solo show he titled Primary Negatives at the Park Place Gallery in Baltimore.

 

 

Walter Hopps, a prominent art world figure of the day, and mentor to Robert Rauschenberg, was at that time Director of the Corcoran Museum of Art. He was impressed by Jaffe’s show and offered to put him in a Corcoran show: caveat–Jaffe would have to wait 4-5 years to show Hopps his serious intent.

 

 

"RON STATIC" by Ronn Jaffe

“RON STATIC” by Ronn Jaffe

 

 

 

RE-DEFINEMENT AND DESIGN

 

It was 1968 and even after a successful SOLO show, Jaffe realized that it was a long road to success as an artist. He would take a fork in the road, deciding not to wait for the Corcoran show, wanting a more financially viable future to support his then growing family.
He attended Harvard Graduate School of Design to study Interior Architectural Design, a venue that would also allow him to paint and produce art.  This led to the establishment of Ronn Jaffe Associates, Inc., an Interior Architectural Design Firm, in partnership with his wife Mars, specializing in corporate identity and commercial design; later including a residential division.  Over the years the firm prospered, establishing Jaffe as a designer of distinguished interiors for high-profile clients. VIP clientele/collectors of Jaffe’s art include The White House, the Sultan of Brunei, Aristotle Onassis, Ambassadors and Entrepreneurs, as well as many Fortune 500 corporations including ATT, IBM, Toyota, Thiokol, Shell Oil, US West and Kellogg…

 

 

MEDUSA CONDUIT TABLE DESK

MEDUSA CONDUIT TABLE DESK

Jaffe has appeared on television and radio, been published worldwide in over 50 magazines and newspapers, and presented many programs as a design and marketing expert, including an extremely successful eight-week design seminar for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. as well as representing the United States as keynote speaker at a thirteen nation design conference in Toulon, France.  Ronn Jaffe has been listed in Who’s Who in Corporate Executives, Who’s Who in Interior Design and The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities. And Spokespersons.  Ronn’s work has also been featured in many books such as FURNITURE …Architects’ and Designers’ Originals and the Jaffes’ own book  STYLEMATCH.

 

Ronn-and-Mars-Jaffe-at-the-SmithsonianThe Jaffes’, separately and as a team, have designed hundreds of pieces of furniture for their clients.  Ronn Jaffe continued during his renowned design career to produce and sell his art including paintings, portraits, drawings, prints, murals, sculpture, furniture, and rugs as well as hand-painted clothing, shoes, ties, pottery and glassware …and just about anything with a paintable surface.

 

 

"SLIT-EYE" by Ronn Jaffe

“SLIT-EYE” by Ronn Jaffe

RECENT WORK

Ronn retired his design firm in the mid 2000’s to devote his creative energies full time to his art.  He found his personal voice early on and continues prolifically on this journey inspired to expand the stylistic themes that characterize his work.

 

Jaffe’s work, as noted, is Contemporary, Conceptual and Narrative.  He employs his design training in many of his pieces creating complex scaled drawings for the production of intricate compositions and hand crafted stretchers for his bas-relief signature Mullticams, multi-canvas constructions, his art furniture and his sculpture.  Jaffe also works in series as a contemplative artist exploring a variety of stylistic approaches, themes and media also seen in his non-series work.

 

"A GATHERING of this indoctrinated in millennia of belief"

“A GATHERING of those indoctrinated in millennia of belief”

Jaffe’s distinctive style is recognizable in the use of his signature Multicams and his Portoids which are negative openings or holes in the canvas which Jaffe defines as portals into the unconscious or unknown  …..”perhaps intriguing droplets of DNA, I immerse into Soupault’s water from the well of the unconscious.”
Ronn Jaffe is an Artist, Furniture Designer, Interior Architectural Designer, Entrepreneur, and Poet.  The scope of his multi-disciplinary talent is diverse. It includes paintings, portraits, drawings, sculpture, products and functional art/design.  Jaffe’s design virtuosity is reflected in his transition, as an experienced Artist and Furniture Designer, from more conventional furniture to furniture as dynamic Functional Sculpture.
Ronn Jaffe considers himself a creator, a seeker, a visionary -sharing his vision employing a range of artistic expression from light hearted humor to shock.  Jaffe believes it is the Artist’s role to lead, to be an agent of change, to employ the experience of art as liberation from the daily mundane, creating  transcendence to a more aesthetic and spiritual fulfillment.

For further information visit www.ronnjaffe.com  or info@artamalgamated.com

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

David McEwen Offering Classes, Workshops and Demos

Delightful David McEwen is back in town!  He is offering a number of classes, workshops and demos while he and Sally are in Florida for a few months.  David’s teaching style is infectious – humor, wit and artistic technique all in one!  Sign up now because David’s classes are quite popular! The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.

 

 

 

David McEwen

 

 

 
Sally and David McEwen

Sally and David McEwen

 

Classes for All Levels at the home of Jean Hutchinson, 811 NW3rd Ave, Delray Beach
 
Thursday 23rd January 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 5th February 10am – 1pm
Friday 7th February 10am – 1pm
Thursday 20th Febuary 10am- 1pm
 
Phone Jean on 561-278-4479 to book your place
"Dry Dock"

“Dry Dock”

FREE demonstration workshop in drawing methods
Easel Art Supply Palm Beach – Friday 24th January 2pm – 5pm
810 Park Ave, Lake Park  
Phone Alexis on 561-844-3111 to book your place 
"January Expedition"

“January Expedition”

FREE demonstration in Watercolor Pencils
Hand’s Office and Art Supply    Saturday, January 25th  
325 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach FL
561-276-4194   or  www.HandsDelray.com
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Workshop on drawing “From 1st Sketch to Finished Work”
Easel Art Supply Palm Beach –  810 Park Ave, Lake Park  

Saturday 1st February and Saturday 22nd February – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Phone Alexis on 561-844-3111 to book your place

 

 

 

"Daughter and Grandson in the Shadows" by David McEwen

Daughter and Grandson in the Shadows” by David McEwen

 

When David and Sally moved to Southern France, they  set up a Painting Holiday Centre. David tells The Rickie Report that since then, “we’ve met people who have arranged painting and teaching trips to The Falkland Islands, teaching and exhibiting trips to San Diego and Delray Beach, painting trips to Venice, Barcelona, Jerez, Paris and, well………. basically, all over Europe.  So apart from saying I love Sal to bits; am seriously proud of my grandchildren, I think that painting is the best job in the world…”.


In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida. His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”. 

 

For more information:  http://www.paintfrance.com/   or email Sally McEwen at sally.mcewen@wanadoo.fr  

 

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Infants to Toddlers, Judy Eisinger’s Newest Artwork Will Please

Judith ‘Yudit’ Eisinger will be showing her newest artwork at the upcoming Wellington ArtFest on the Green.  The Rickie Report is giving you a sneak peek at her affordable, bright art which is perfect for a child’s room.  From infant to toddler, Judith has contemporary prints that offer a fun focus. We love the ability to personalize some!  Read more details in this article.

 

 

MEET JUDY EISINGER 

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Wellington Art Society 

8th Annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show

ArtFest on the Green

Wellington Amphitheater

12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Wellington, Florida

Saturday, January 25, 2014,    8-5 pm

Sunday, January 26, 2014,   10-4 pm

 

 

For decades, Judy Eisinger had created stunningly beautiful mixed-media paintings – mostly for others to enjoy.  With her first grandchild on the way, Judy wanted to create something for her son and daughter-in-law to enjoy-something personal, and binding, between them and the new baby, Ethan. “I just wanted to create a work of art that always reminded them of the love and joy of being parents.” she says.  Thus tinook.com was born.

 

"Tinook"

“Tinook”

 

 

As babies grow up, Judy realized that their room’s decor changes as well!  At Wellington ArtFest, she will unveil her newest artwork for children’s’ rooms.  These bold and bright prints are ready to frame and reasonably priced.

 

 

"Choo-Choo"

“Choo-Choo”

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Impressionism is not a movement; it is a philosophy of lifeMax Libermann

Judy tells The Rickie Report, “For me, art has always evolved from impressions of life, rather than a strict rendering of a given subject. In every new painting, I love the ebb and flow of line and bold colors, the power of less is more, and the ways simplicity and boldness together can magically evoke sensation”.

 

She explains, “To make these wonderful discoveries and impressions, I begin with the traditional paper and pencil emboldened by techniques using new technology. This method gives me the freedom to focus on being truly imaginative and unbounded, in my approach to the subject, in my process, in my technique”.

 

 

"Girl"

“Girl”

 

 

 

“My style of painting may have changed over the years, but my fascination with the human condition as a subject matter has not. My favorite figure painting was done in college—an aging female model wearing the scars of life. The first painting I ever sold in the early ‘70s was of a homeless man in the depth of a Cleveland winter.   I paint because it’s what I love to do, and always have.  My first painting was in third grade. My last one, thankfully, is yet to come”, Judy relates.

 

"Numbers"

“Numbers”

 

Judy attended Kent State University (Bachelor of Fine Arts/ minor in education), Cleveland Institute of Art and Cooper School of Art.  Her professional career includes: Yudit Design; Daniels & Roberts Ad Agency, Boca Raton; Lion Greeting Cards, Tel Aviv, Israel; Griswold-Eshelman Advertising, Cleveland, Ohio; and Penton Publishing, Cleveland, Ohio.   Judy is an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College, “Designing on the MAC”.

 

"Boy"

“Boy”

 

 

Judy is  the author and illustrator of ” !SEE!  Whatever I want a line to be, children’s book on creativity” and has taken awards in many exhibitions.  Judy’s work has been seen  at:  Florida Artist, Anti-Defamation League juried exhibition, ArtWorks ADL: Justice, Advocacy & Art, Whole Foods, SOLO Exhibit, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, ‘Playbill’ cover winner, City of Delray, ‘First Night’ poster winner, Wellington Art Society, poster winner, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places – Airport, Dole Foods, three 30 second ‘Bobby Banana’ TV spots, American Advertising Federation, Silver ADDYs and People Choice Award, Progressive Insurance, First place poster winner, Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, 36 painting commission,  Artist Cooperative, Cleveland, Ohio, One-Woman show and City of Cleveland Heights, Annual Report poster winner.

 

"Letters"

“Letters”

 

Judy’s artwork can be found in Private collections, United States, Israel, Sweden, Hungary; City of West Palm Beach; Palms West Hospital and Seagull Industries for the Disabled.

 

"Colors"

“Colors”

For more information please contact Judith ‘Yudit’ Eisinger  at  judy@yudit.com   Call  561.333.7850   or visit  www.yuditdesign.com

 

 

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Art and Fashion is What You’ll See at Three Art Synergy Events

The Rickie Report is taking you “behind the scenes” with FUSiON Fashion & Art, Inc.™  COO, Lilyana  Eisele.   January 22nd, 24th and 25th Fusion Fashion & Art, Inc. will be producing a series of 3 exhibits and shows for the satellite exhibits for ArtPalmBeach 2014 known as Art Synergy.  The excitement begins on January 22nd, so read the details in this article

 

 

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 Wednesday  January 22, 2014

 

 

CONTINUUM

 

 

Black Tie & Sneaker Charity Event ►●◄

 

“Anthony Building” at 312 Clematis St, WPB

 

6-11 pm

 

 

 Starting Wednesday the 22nd at 6pm Fusion Fashion & Art is producing an exhibit fashion and trunk show at the Black Tie & Sneaker VIP night at The Continuum Art District at the 312 Clematis Art Space of downtown West Palm Beach with art curators Craig McInnis & A.T.B Fine Artists & Designers LLC for the charity Faith’s Place Center for Education, Inc.

 

 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

 

ARTal’FRESCO 2014

 

BOYNTON BEACH, FL

 

7:00 pm – 1:00 am

 

 

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Friday the 24th starting at 6pm Fusion Fashion & Art is joining ARTal’FRESCO at the Boynton Beach Art District on West Industrial Aveune. ARTal’FRESCO is the kick off satellite exhibit for ArtPalmBeach 2014 and is headed up by artist and curator Rolando Chang Barrero. Along with a final open model and fashion designer casting call Fusion Fashion & Art is featuring 3 live Extreme Fashion Art exhibits by Dialtone Photography and Fashion Artist Aidana Baldassarre of Trash-Fashions.  

 

 

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

 

ArtX

 

 Northwood Art District of West Palm Beach

 

5 – 11 pm

 

 

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Saturday the 25th starting at 8pm Fusion Fashion & Art is producing 3 fashion art shows at the second satellite exhibit for ArtPalmBeach 2014 at the Northwood Art District in West Palm Beach. Show location is the area of renowned chef owned Table 427 by Roberto Villegas with wine and food tastings. Roberto has been featured in glowing reviews by several local publications like the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Sun, and Urbanspoon .

Show times are on the fashionable hour starting at 8pm until 10pm with 3 runway shows total. Several Northwood ArtX art walks will be available featuring the local art galleries between and after show times with limousine transportation available from Mega Z Limos. 

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The Northwood show is featuring celebrity couture designer Rosaura Sias-Pipenburg. She is unveiling her newest creations some of which were previewed at “The Fast and The Fashionable” fashion show produced by Fusion Fashion & Art at SuperCar Week this past Sunday on the waterfront of West Palm Beach. Formerly a tailor for Carolina Herera, La Perla, Cache, Harmond and Blaine, and BCBG, Rosaura’s label, “RSP – Rosaura Sias Pipenburg” is known for contemporary elegance and sexy yet sophisticated design. Also, in the Historic tradition of Northwood a vintage fashion show will include apparel from local vintage clothing stores Diane’s Unique Boutique and Lola’s Magic Closet.

 

 

Appearing on the runway for first time is Northwood’s very own fashion designer Buera Parnell. Her brand “Eminent by Buera” will be showcased on the spacious 50 foot runway. With progressive lines Buera creates one of a kind style focused on each woman’s uniqueness. Also a vintage fashion show by Lola’s Magic Closet and D’s Unique boutique will be showcased including art from the local galleries.

 

 

 

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Hailed as the most famous hair dresser you have never heard of Art Director David Kiningson with his crew from The David K Space located in Northwood will be the featured hairstylist and salon. His clients have included Cindy Crawford, Michael Douglas, Brooke Shields, DNKY and Tiffany & Co. His work has been seen in and featured on the covers of GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Vogue. Lead Makeup Artist Dominique Midneck and her crew of makeup artist will be in full action providing makeup artistry for all 3 fashion art shows.

 

 

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General admission is free with paid Art Palm Beach ticket. General admission and VIP reserved seating tickets are available online at www.FusionFashionAndArt.com and clicking “Tickets”.  RSVP general admission or VIP ticket is highly recommended.    For more information about Art Synergy please visit www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 

 

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Hand’s 80th Anniversary Open House: Free Demos and Kids Activities

Hand’s Annual Art Open House is January 25th and you won’t want to miss the headliners: Tristina Dietz-Elmes (mixed media techniques), David McEwen (watercolor pencils) and Paul Seaman (interactive demo with palette knife)!  As Hand’s celebrates its 80th Anniversary, children are invited to paint on the “Autism Speaks” mural – plus they can enter their own canvas board painting to win fun prizes!  This is FREE but you MUST make a RESERVATION!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including how this will benefit “Autism Speaks” in this article.

 

 

 

"Hands Art Supplies" by Jessie O'Neil

 

 

Hand’s Office and Art Supply

Welcomes You to Their Open House!

JANUARY 25th 2014

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hand’s Office & Art Supply

325 East Atlantic Avenue

(561) 276-4194

www.HandsDelray.com

Reservations are REQUIRED

 

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  2014  Highlights:

 

Come watch, learn and laugh with:

 

DAVID McEWEN, will demonstrate his talent and techniques using watercolor pencils and water soluble graphite. davidmcewen-portraitart.com

 

PAUL SEAMAN, will be leading an interactive demonstration of palette knife painting using heavy bodied acrylic paints.    Paulseamanart.com

 

TRISTINA DIETZ-ELMES, will be demonstrating mixed-media techniques using R and F Oil Pigment Sticks, handmade papers, cold wax medium, gold leaf and more. Tricks for fun, fearless, and low/no solvent oil painting.    Multimediamavenart.com

  

 

Hand’s Art and Office Supply is having its annual Open House!   Hand’s is more than an art supply store, as they also have a wonderful selection of greeting cards, locally made gift items, office furniture, supplies and so much more!  The Rickie Report suggests you take a virtual tour on their website!

 

Hand’s has been providing a wide variety of quality and hard to find Art Supplies to South Florida and Nationally recognized artists for many decades. “We pride ourselves on being able to research and locate almost any kind of special request. Our knowledgeable staff is always available to help you navigate through our rich inventory of related products. We also offer numerous Art related classes, specialized training and technique seminars”. Please check the Events Calendar for more information on upcoming pre-scheduled classes and training. Discounts on volume orders are available. Local delivery can be scheduled Monday thru Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm .

 

Call 561.276.4194 for more information and to RESERVE your SPACE for the FREE  DEMONSTRATIONS.  

 

For more information about Autism Speaks please visit:  www.autismspeaks.org

 

 

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Rolando Chang Barrero Speaks at Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society is starting 2014 off with a fabulous meeting!  Rolando Chang Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts District and Art Synergy Co-Developer will speak.  The Rickie Report knows how helpful Rolando’s expertise can be and urges all artists to attend this meeting.  More details are in this article.

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Wellington Art Society

 

Meeting January 8, 2014

 

6:30 pm  

Featuring:   Rolando Chang Barrero

Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts District and Art Synergy Co-Developer

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd       Wellington, FL

 

 

 

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The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, January 8th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. The meeting begin at 6:30pm with some time for socializing and the general meeting begins at 7:00PM. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee. There will also be a raffle with fabulous prizes and the proceeds will go to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.

Rolando Chang Barrero will be the guest speaker, talking about his life, his work and the role of the artist as an activist.   He began his career in the late 70’s as graphic designer creating T-shirts for some of the trendiest in New York City, Hollywood, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Detroit.

 

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In the late 1980’s Rolando worked as both an art’s writer and in galleries.  In 1991 he retuned home to South Beach in Florida where he established his first gallery, The Ground Level on Lincoln Road, with fellow artist Jenny Person. The early part of the 90’s were spent exhibiting his work throughout the US, and traveling through Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His career was interrupted abruptly in 1994 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

 

 

While the remainder of the 90’s and the early part of this century was spent confronting medical issues and complications in 2008 Rolando returned to the art world as a freelance photographer in Austin, Texas working on a documentary series of nightlife images. In 2009, Rolando returned to South Beach and by 2010 went moved north to Palm Beach County where he opened The ActivistArtistA Studio and Gallery and Established the Boynton Beach Art District. “Since opening my gallery, in a run-down industrial park in 2012, my dream was to develop the area into an art district and cultural center.  It has taken only 2 years to do so. Now that it has been cleaned up, repainted, and nationally branded – it’s ready to be presented to the arts world.

 

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Rolando’s most recent effort is ArtSynergy.  ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community.  With a coordinated five-day event that includes over 60 galleries, studios, non-profit art exhibition institutions and museums in six art districts throughout Palm Beach County during the five-day fair, Jan. 23-28th. He will talk about the exciting art events happening in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Rolando will discuss the symbolism behind the imagery in his work and the influences that the Art Brut movement has had on his work.  He will have some of his work available for purchase.  As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.

 

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Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Societies over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.

 

 

 

The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.

 

 

 

Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd,Wellington, Fl 33414. For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury, 561.762.8652.

 

 

 

Additionally, the Wellington Community Center has a permanent display of WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated quarterly as part of the village’s Art in Public Places program.  WAS is 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, visit their website, www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com .

 

 

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.

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

 561-537-0291

Ralfonso Delivers Powerful and Imaginative Interactive, Kinetic Public Art

In February, 2013, Boynton Beach convened the first International Kinetic Art Symposium.  With artists around the world pushing the boundaries of static art, The Rickie Report is pleased to bring you an interview with Ralfonso.  Based in West Palm Beach, FL Ralfonso travels the world installing new and innovative kinetic sculptures. This kinetic master will participate in a number of public forums during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach.  The Rickie Report urges you to hear him.  More details are in this article.

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Ralfonso

 

 

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Innovator and artist, Ralfonso brought the First International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium to Boynton Beach, FL in 2013.  The Second will take place in 2015, but in between you will have a number of opportunities to meet and hear this visionary!  The Rickie Report interviewed Ralfonso and shares his story here.

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Kinetic Art Organization Founder and International kinetic artist, Ralfonso, will  showcase his art projects and the installation of iconic artwork global. He will also review his kinetic art curriculum for several Universities in China. Kinetic artist, Rein Triefeldt, will share his Solar Tree learning base educational program that he is implementing in the Central Charter School, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Boynton Beach’s Public Art Manager, Debby Coles-Dobay, will present the videos from the 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium and review the programming for the 2015 Symposium.
  • January 24, 2014,  7:00 pm – 1:00 am at  ARTal’FRESCO, ArtPalmBeach satellite exhibition at Boynton Beach Arts District.  Preview of  2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit Symposium at the Boynton Beach Art in Public Places booth
 
  • January 26, 2014,  2:00 pm at  ArtPalmBeach, West Palm Beach Convention Center, “Kinetic Sculptures – Art in Motion” Our panelists are Rein Triefeldt, Ralfonso Gschwend and Debby Coles-Dobay.       

                      

  • January 29, 2014,  1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.  Boynton Beach Art in Public Places will present, “Kinetic Art, Year in Review” at the City Library, 208 South Seacrest Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL

 

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Meet Ralfonso

 

TRR:        Were you artistically inclined as a child?

Ralfonso:  
No, I was never good at hand drawing or painting – only with the help of the computer can I explain and translate my 3 dimensional moving (and usually fairly complex) kinetic sculptures.
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TRR:    What and who were your early influences in artistic expression?

Ralfonso:

I love the intersection of art, design and mechanics!   Perhaps being Swiss, I am drawn to clean mechanical design – and I am mostly inspired by Nature – see my Bird of Paradise, Evolution, Magic Tree, etc.
Unlike many artists, who first start with smaller sculptures, exhibit in galleries and museums and then start to create art for public places, my story is somewhat in reverse. I started with very large to monumental sculptures for public places, – and only now begin to make smaller versions for private commissions.
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TRR:   What made you come to the United States and earn a degree in finance?

Ralfonso:

I have always wanted to be an artist, but it was clear to me early on, that in my art and creative endeavors, I wanted to be free from financial pressures.  So it made sense to me to first get a business education (Wharton MBA, 1985).  Then to succeed in business, which provided the critical resources of time and money (in that order…)  and then be able to create freely, without major financial stress.
Ralfonso, "G Rings"

Ralfonso, “G Rings”

TRR:      Can you share one of your earliest designs with us?

Ralfonso:

One of the early public designs in 2001 was the Wind Rings, later renamed G-Rings, which are still being exhibited in various exhibitions.  It was recently seen in “Mouvement et Luminiere” in Marcigny, France. It functions similar to a gyroscope and rotates on multiple axis in the wind.

Ralfonso, "Early Design of G Ring"

TRR:   Many artists dream of becoming world famous.  You have not only brought fame to your artistry, but also developed a mindset of international cooperation.  How did you go about creating this synergy?

Ralfonso:

My passion in life is Kinetic Art! With this passion, as president from its inception, I co-founded the Kinetic Art Organization (KAO) www.kinetic-art.org in 2001 with a two fellow Kinetic Artist. Now, with more than 1,000 members in over 60 Countries around the world we are very proud to be the largest Kinetic Art Organization in the world.
I want to share my passion particularly with young people, so we focus a lot on STEAM, a fairly new educational approach, where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math meet.  Our 2 day Symposium in Boynton Beach in 2013 was very focused on this, with great speakers from the fields of art, engineering, architecture.  We are working on an even much more comprehensive Symposium for the 2015 Event.
To increase awareness for Kinetic Art and STEAM, I am honored to be invited to teach the very first Kinetic Art graduate course in China at the famed Tsinghua University in Beijing, China . As a kinetic artist, I work with engineering and computer science graduate students and classes around the world, such at the ETH in Switzerland, the NHL in the Netherlands, to develop “bleeding edge” interactive public art concepts, that involve communicating and changing the art via Internet, SMS and Smartphones from all around the world.
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TRR:  Can you take us through the steps from when you conceive an initial design to the sculpture being installed?

Ralfonso:

Normally an art consultant or architect, or sometimes the owner/developer approaches me for a custom and site specific commission.  This is mostly in the public realm but sometimes for a private collector. I analyze the site, materials, sight lines, and massing, wind conditions, as well as the demographics (who will see and interact with the public art, who are the stakeholders, etc.) and then design a unique – and hopefully iconic landmark specifically for this site.
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Also, sometimes I still compete in international competitions, such as the City of Orlando competition – http://seeartorlando.com/#home where I am now finishing fabrication for a large group of six 26 foot tall wind and computer light sculptures – or the State of Alaska, where I am currently a finalist for the $500,000 UAA – University of Anchorage, Alaska commission.
ExoCentric Metal #2 was commissioned for the 5 story main elevator lobby of the Union Square development in Kowloon - Hong Kong by MTR Limited. Now it is called ELEMENTS MALL.

ExoCentric Metal #2 was commissioned for the 5 story main elevator lobby of the Union Square development in Kowloon – Hong Kong by MTR Limited. Now it is called ELEMENTS MALL.

TRR: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Ralfonso:

I very strongly feel that ideally Public Art should be an interactive experience, where both viewer and the public sculpture can together determine what happens next.  

 

 

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“Ad Infinitum”

 

It should not be a passive, static and unilateral viewing of a static object, but an ever changing INTERACTIVE dialogue and dynamic experience between the art and the viewer – who now is an active participant.

 

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“Moving Up”

 

 

My recent installations of the 20 foot tall EX STRATA at Universities in both Beijing and the Netherlands are examples of such interactive Light, Internet, SMS and Sound sculptures, which change according to the actions of the viewer, locally and around the world!

 

"Ex Strata"

“Ex Strata”

Please see the short 3 minute movie about these two interactive sculptures here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OWX2_ksSwU  which we want to connect via Internet in 2014, so the students at both Universities can send Sound and Light signals to each other J

 

For more information about Ralfonso’s Kinetic, Light & Interactive Sculptures – see his website atwww.ralfonso.com or see several movies of his Art in Action at http://www.youtube.com/user/ralfonso1  and visit  http://intlkineticartevent.org/.   Ralfonso.com LLC  Kinetic, Interactive & Light Sculptures for  Public Places  301 Clematis Street, #3000  W. Palm Beach, Fl 33401, USA   T.   +1 561 655 2745.  For more information about the Kinetic Art Symposium, lectures or Boynton Beach Arts events please contact  Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts ManagerCity Manager’s Office, Art in Public Places  City of Boynton Beach  100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.  Boynton Beach, FL 33435  561-742-6026    Coles-DobayD@bbfl.us  |  www.boynton-beach.org  | www.boyntonbeacharts.org 

 

 

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