Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program Is In Full Swing! Meet Carol Schiff The Third Mosaic Artist To Participate And Vote For Design #4 Learning Mosaics Is Easy And You Can Join in!

Stuart’s Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program is in full swing as mosaicist #3, Carol Schiff, works to complete her dolphin design and voting is open for the fourth mosaic artist! Project coordinators, Corina Pelloni and Diane Concepcion are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with anyone who wants to explore the world of mosaic creations.  The Rickie Report gives you some sneak peeks of Carol’s work as all we information about voting for Mosaic Artist #4 and classes.

 

Meet   Carol   Schiff

Artist   of   the   Next   Sidewalk   Mosaic

 

Carol Hayes Schiff

 

 

Carol is a very skilled and experienced oil painter. Mosaic art is a new medium for her. A pleasure to have in the studio, she has been working diligently on her winning design, and has really taken to mosaic art like a… dolphin to water. 

 

 

 

Here is Carol’s original painting shown next to her work-in-progress:

 

 

 

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Carol is a Florida oil painter who loves the coastal beaches, flora and fauna of this tropical paradise. Her second love is the Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountains area. Her art features both of these sites.

 

Her painting style is characterized by exciting brushwork, contrast, hues, and texture from palette knives. She skillfully applies these techniques to images of landscapes, still lifes and animals.

 

With a client list that includes Warner Brothers, Netflix, CBS, Disney Channel and Duke University, you may have seen one of her paintings on the screen. One painting is in the 2019 movie ‘The Joker’. A few more make appearances in popular TV shows Magnum PI and Hawaii 5-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more of her work, visit her shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolSchiffStudio

 

 

 

Carol’s mosaic will be completed in a few more sessions. Then, it will be installed near Herban Botanicals on Colorado Ave, and we’ll gather to celebrate a new piece of public art in Downtown Stuart’s Creek District of Arts and Entertainment.

 

 

 

There’s more:

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on the design for the 4th mosaic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The location for this artwork will be the sidewalk at the intersection of 5th Street and A1A near Kiwanis Park. Both finalists designs are beautiful original artworks submitted by brilliant local artists, Marian Vitale and Deborah Bottorf.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and application:  

 

thecreekdistrict.org/mosaic-program

 

 

 

Wondering  if  you’d  like  to  try  mosaic  art?

All are welcome to enter a design for consideration. When a contest is open, it will be accessible by the link above, and that’s also where information about the program can be found.

Another option is to take an intro to mosaics class. Classes are offered at Flagler Center on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. You must register in advance for a workshop. Learn more and sign-up at:https://www.missingart.space/sign-up-for-an-intro-to-mosaics-workshop/

 

 

 

 

Thank you!

Women Supporting the Arts generously awarded financial support which will serve as start-up funding for this program. MartinArts donated a half ton of beautiful glass tile. The City of Stuart is making this addition of new public art possible. Thank you, as well, to the people and businesses of The Creek District who have expressed their enthusiasm and support of this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains Bring The Everyday To Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” Exhibit Now Through March 23. Don’t Miss A Life-Size Realistic Harley Davidson, Designer Handbags, Utilitarian Tools And More All Made By Hand

Andy Warhol was an influence icon and inspiration…  And now, Ray Grossfine art hyper-realistic porcelains are being exhibited at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” extravaganza available NOW through March 23, 2022. Viewers will be wowed by Ray’s newest life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle, Amazon” boxes with motorcycle parts and “Art supplies” as Art! All of these plus Ray’s iconic tools, tool belts, paint tubes, and handbags will be available for purchase. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks – like the motorcycle in progress, but to see it finished, come to the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  This family friendly exhibit takes Pop Art to a new level! While the Warhol pieces won’t be for sale, Ray’s art is!

 

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive      Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

 

 

CELEBRATE    POP   ART !

 

 

“WARHOLWARHOLWARHOL!”

&

Ray   Gross   Pop   Art   Porcelains

NOW   thru  March 23, 2022

 

 

Free admission for members        $5  for  nonmembers

For more information: lighthousearts.org/warhol/

Gallery Hours:   

Monday-Thursday: 9  – 5   Friday: 9  – 4       Saturday: 10 – 4     Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ Pop Art Sculpture (Schorr Gallery) is a homage to Warhol’s Pop Art and includes a life-sized Harley Davidson made of porcelain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray is a celebrated ceramist who is known for his hand-built, hand-painted, hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures.  

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain Gucci shoe

 

Curator, Janeen Mason tells The Rickie Report, ” In recent years the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery has brought Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, Nick Cave’s renowned Sound Suits, and Kara Walker’s Sugar Babies. We’ve curated exhibits showing Clyde Butcher’s iconic photos of the Everglades and Edie Widder’s first photos ever takeoff a giant quid alive.  We’re keeping this trajectory of excellence with Warhol!Warhol!

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain paintbrushes and pencil

 

 

Visitors to the Spencer Gallery can see over 20 pieces of rare original Andy Warhol art on loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody and Marshall Fields’ private collections. Andy Warhol, arguably the most famous artist in the last 100 years was an artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  

 

 

 

 

Ray’s original Harley Davidson has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City, at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, FL, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, FL., and international art fairs.

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic all porcelain life-size “Orange Harley”  7’6″ x 32″x28″

 

 

 

Click to hear Ray speak about his Motorcycle in Process & watch him create one of the headlights:

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle in process

 

 

Ray’s art depicts 3D items of everyday Americana, including utilitarian art objects such as paint cans, tubes, brushes, pencils, and other artist tools that have seized the attention of collectors, and have been installed in public and corporate spaces.

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ Amazon inspired hyper-realistic porcelain boxes.  Some have motorcycle tools and others have art supplies inside.

 

A sampling of Ray Gross’ iconic hyper-realistic porcelain tools, The Series “Art Supplies As Art”

Although original Warhol pieces will not be for sale, the other “Pop Art Inspired” work on exhibit in the Schorr Gallery will be available for purchase.

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain, The Series “Art Supplies As Art”

 

 

For more information: 

Ray Gross MFA
RGFA Ray GrossFineArt
rayhgross@gmail.com
T  561-951-4749
Euro 0170-5091840

 

About Lighthouse ArtCenter:

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. The center has grown into a three-building campus consisting of a Gallery & 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Jewelry & Textile Studio. Supported by memberships, tuition, grants, and donations, Lighthouse ArtCenter serves over 20,000 visitors, 3000 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served populations.

 

For more information visit https://www.lighthousearts.org.

Facebook: @lighthousearts.org

Instagram: @lighthousearts

Twitter: @LighthouseArtC

 

 

 

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Brigitte Balbinot Presents Newest Artworks “Journey Through Medieval Italy” November 30 – December 30th, 2020

Brigitte Balbinot Art Studio presents “Journey Through Medieval Italy”, a 3D virtual gallery exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings from November 30 to December 30, 2020A VIP Reception will be held on Saturday, November 28. A Public Reception Opening will be held on Monday, November 30.The series of 10 paintings was inspired by the Northern Italian landscape and its medieval fortresses. Her art is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence.  The on-line 3D viewing room allows visitors to virtually navigate the art and experience it as if they were walking through an art gallery. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

VIP    Event

Registered  Members  of  Balbinot  Art  Studio:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Email for details:  studio@brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

 

www.brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs November 30 – December 30, 2020

 

Experience a 3D viewing room as if you are walking through an art gallery!

 

 

 

 

“Castello 1 2020” oil and cold wax on panel  

 

 

 

Brigitte Balbinot tells The Rickie Report, ” My latest body of work is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence. I find weathered surfaces and the energy that they hold most intriguing. I am particularly influenced by the Northern Italian region, its landscape, culture and history. In this series I express my deep connection and fascination for its historical edifices and the many medieval castles I was fortunate enough to visit along the way”.

 

 

Balbinot relates, “While COVID-19 has made travel and in person gathering nearly impossible this year for many, we luckily can rely on the use of technology to remain connected. For me, creating these works has helped me stay united to my beloved Italy in spirit. There is no question that we are living some challenging and trying times, and because of this, we need more than ever, to find ways to remain positive and keep looking towards brighter horizons. Art can provide reprieve from a rather bleak present, allowing for a moment of  “rêverie” while giving us the promise of a better tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

“If These Walls Could Talk” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

Balbinot’s process is extremely labor intensive and driven by the physicality of the materials. She typically works in series and will generally have many paintings going at once. She says, “Just as in life, art offers no shortcut and each piece goes through many transformative stages over the course of multiple months before it finally unfolds. Each one of my paintings is meant to carry its own history. I aim to create an object that represents the symbioses of old and new. By combining the modernism of abstracted forms and the traditionalism of carefully calibrated chosen colors and  frames on selected works, I allude to the passage of time while being in the present”.

 

 

Balbinot’s techniques such as using solvent reduction, incorporating organic materials, and aggregates like dry pigments or marble dust that are mixed directly to the paint allow her to create rich and vibrant patinas of both textures and colors. The crafting of these intricate  and complex surfaces emphasizes the physicality of the material.

 

 

Contemporary landscape artist Brigitte Balbinot grew up Switzerland. She is a full time practicing artist who now works and lives in South Florida. Having both a Swiss and Italian heritage, her solid footprint in the old continent can be observed in her work. While predominantly nature inspired, her paintings are driven by a sense of place while alluding to the nostalgia of time passed and life’s impermanence. Each year, the artist spends time in her native country of Switzerland as well as in a small medieval village situated in the northern part of Italy. 

 

 

“Winterfell 2020” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

 

Being immersed in the Italian culture and regional landscape has influenced her work over the years, and is particularly evident in her most recent body of work titled “Strutura”. These works not only reflect her passion for the Northern Italian landscape but also her love of ancient medieval villages and antique structures. In fact, Balbinot spends a great deal of her time researching and visiting ancient castles and old manors. Her work can be seen as a mixture of modernism and traditionalism, carrying a certain “European” flair and sophistication. With each painting, she aims at creating an object that is either tied to a place or to a memory. More recently, Balbinot has been introducing framing on some of her works, carefully choosing styles that reflect her thinking and reflection on the passage of time, thereby creating an orchestrated symbioses of old and new.

 

 

Balbinot is self taught. Over the years she has been perfecting her skills via numerous workshops, classes and mentorships which has resulted in an ongoing progression of her work. She has collaborated on residential and commercial commissions in Canada and in the United States and has collectors in both North America and Europe. Currently the artist shows her work in regional galleries and selected  curated exhibits. For the past few years, Balbinot has been dividing her time between her main studio in Florida and a second studio located in Montréal Québec, while also spending time in Europe yearly.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other artworks:

Contact  Balbinot Art Studio

Website:  www.brigittebalbinot.com

Email:   studio@brigittebalbinot.com

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Features Demo With Craig McInnis On November 11 At Free, Public Virtual Meeting. Don’t Miss “Artscapes” A Virtual Art Exhibit Available Now – January 4, 2021

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) will feature a demonstration by renowned artist, Craig McInnis on Wednesday, November 11. The meeting  and demonstration will take place through the WAS Zoom virtual link. The public is invited to this FREE event. The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of Craig’s artwork, and a link to Artscapes”, a virtual exhibit (available now through January 4, 2021).  RSVP to get the Zoom link!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  November 11, 2020

 7 PM

 

 

FEATURING:

C R A I G        M C I N N I S

 

 

 

All events open to members and non-members

Please RSVP to presidentofwas@gmail.com for the Zoom Link to attend

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Blind Patriotism” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

Craig is a well-known multimedia artist and creative professional local to the Palm Beach area. Originally from Connecticut, Craig was born into a family of artists and musicians including his mother, grandfather and great uncles. It was the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, however, that brought him to Florida years ago. After graduation, he quickly entered the professional art world, taking on not one, but many prominent roles. From making music and touring nationally in numerous bands to painting public and private murals, Craig diversified his talents in ways that led to new and innovative opportunities. He is also the co-founder of Art Synergy and CONTINUUM, through which Craig, along with a dedicated team of art professionals, continues to lead the promotion of local art at national and international levels and facilitates access to arts education. 

 

 

“Flight to the Pinnacle” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

 

Craig has also served as Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds for the past 15 years. In this role, he oversees horror make-up design, graphics, talent booking, casting and management, branding, set design, scenic painting, as well as getting into creative character himself. According to his website, Craig creates art as a way to maintain sanity and relative balance.

 

 

 

“Cherished” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

In addition to the virtual meeting demonstration, WAS will participate in “Artscapes”, a virtual exhibit scheduled from November 1 until January 4, 2021. This exhibit will feature 25 artists and 81 original artworks by WAS members, including stained glass, handmade paper, photography, painting, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of proceeds go towards WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. 

For more information and to view the virtual gallery, please visit the Wellington Art Society home page at www.WellingtonartSociety.org.

 

 

 

 

“Fluffy” by Craig McInnis

 

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Pompano Beach Arts Launches Virtual Workshops With Techniques Of Documenting Your Artwork & Collectibles

Pompano Beach Arts is launching its virtual workshops for both artists and collectors.  Join Sarah Michelle Rupert on Wednesday, October 28 for this FREE Zoom event.  Learn different techniques to document your artwork or collectibles on your smartphone, basic shots, and stop motion animation!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative    Documentation    Workshop

Techniques Of Documenting

Your    Artwork    &    Collectibles

Wednesday October 28

 6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 FREE

 

 

 

 

To   learn  more   and   register   visit:

 

When you register for this event, the Zoom link will be sent to you.

 

 

 

This short, informal workshop via Zoom is created with artists and collectors in mind who are looking for creative ways to document and share their work with minimal equipment.

Participants will learn different techniques and best practices to quickly capture quality photo and video of their artwork or collectibles on their smartphones.

After a review of standards of artwork documentation, the workshop will go over a basic shot list and jump into alternative documentation methods including stop motion animation, prop use and model interventions.

Participants will leave the workshop with fun photo and video documentation of their work for use in websites, social media and print.

 

 

 

Suggested Materials for Workshop:

 

• smart phone

• small 2D, small 3D and book or zine work • large desk, table or work area

• positionable lights or lamps

• Free App – ImgPlay, Apple or Google play

• Suggested: Tripod and Cell Phone attachment for tripod

• Suggested: large white paper, poster board, or portable light studio

Instructor:

 

Sarah Michelle Rupert is an artist, educator and cultural producer living and working in Miami, FL. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and animation, her creative practice revolves around consumer and mass-communication culture and its beautiful, tragic and humorous interactions within contemporary life and the environment. As a cultural producer, she works collaboratively with artists and organizations to build innovative and fun projects across artistic disciplines. She is the Director of Collections at Girls’ Club Collection, a private collection and nonprofit alternative art space in Fort Lauderdale. She is a founding co-director of SPF: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale and Tropic Bound Artist’s Book Fair, and works with artists and collectives to realize ambitious projects through program and grant development.

 

To learn about other  events and to register visit

www.pompanobeacharts.org/virtual-events.

 

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:


The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance, and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

 

 

For more information visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org or call 954-545-7800.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at  50 W Atlantic Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL  33060

 

 

 

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Martin Artisans Guild Reaches Out To Help Fellow Artist Whose Home And Studio Was Devastated By Hurricane Dorian

The Martin Artisans Guild, a group of professional, working artists is asking the public to help Kim Rody, whose home and studio was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in Hope Town, Bahamas.  Grateful that she and her husband are alive and safely regrouping in the Stuart, FL area,  we’re sharing a Call For Art Supplies.  Kim needs canvas, paints, brushes and any art supplies you can donate.  The Rickie Report shares the details for drop-off spots. Please share with your friends and neighbors – you never know who has a stash of canvas or paints they won’t be using!!!  

 

 

 

How You Can Help Kim Rody

Rebuild Her Life After Dorian’s Devastation

Kim Rody-Kopp has been a professional fine art painter since 2000, when she dropped out of the corporate world to paint full time. She began gaining a following in South Florida and the Bahama Islands by painting large, colorful and dramatic canvases of fish, turtles, palm trees, and all things tropical, and became known over the last decade as the “fishartista”.

 

“Love at First Sight” by Kim Rody

 

 

 

Living on her boat in Hope Town Harbour in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, she met and married the sailor on the next mooring, who introduced her to sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a log cabin outside of Asheville, NC. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dishes With Fishes by Kim Rody

 

 

 

 

Her work is appealing to clients looking for a dramatic, bright, and colorful feel which pulls the viewer in and under, into the world she loves best, and that few enjoy first-hand. This website showcases hundreds of images categorized by subject. In addition to original art, images are also available as limited editions on heavyweight watercolor paper, open editions on canvas, posters, note cards and holiday cards, and images kiln fired into quality bright white porcelain dinnerware.

 

 

DROP   OFF   POINTS:

1)    Martin Artisans Guild Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019      6 pm

The Palm Room     Harbor Bay Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Blvd  Sewalls Point, FL 34996

 

 

2)   Aya Fiber Studio

 4745  SE Desoto Ave Studio H,

Stuart, FL 34997    

336.693.4606

3)    Stuart Art Supply & Studio

43 SE Kindred Street

Stuart, FL 34994

772.220.4500

www.stuartartsupply.com

 

 

 

For more information about Martin Artisans Guild:

https://mcost.org

 

 

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Books & Books Bookstore In Coral Gables Presents “Small Worlds” Exhibit By Acclaimed Conservation Photographer, Phoenix

Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables announces a Solo Exhibit by award winning, acclaimed conservation photographer, Phoenix, from September 4 through September 30.  The public is invited to a free Opening Reception and to meet the artist on Friday, September 6 during Coral Gables First Night. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this awe-inspiring photography!

 

 

 

 

 

Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables

 

 

Presents

 

Small Worlds Solo Exhibit

 

By

 

Acclaimed Conservation Photographer, Phoenix

 

 

 

 

Free  Opening  Reception  &  Meet  the  Artist

Friday, September 6

7  –  10 pm

During Coral Gables Gallery Night

 

 

Exhibit Times:    SundayThursday: 9am-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 9am – Midnight

 The exhibit runs from September 4 to September 30, 2019

Books & Books Bookstore  

265 Aragon Avenue    Coral Gables, FL 33134

For more information:  3054424408

 

 

 

“Before the Storm” by Phoenix

 

 

Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables is proud to showcase “Small Worlds,” a stunning exhibit that captures the soul of nature and wildlife as seen through the eyes of acclaimed conservation photographer Phoenix. From the majesty and frailty of the Florida Everglades to the haunting beauty of Ireland, each fine art photograph shares a story of our collective small world.  Miami native and Fort Lauderdale resident Phoenix saw within many of her larger, collected works compositions that fit the popular square shape. Thus began her experiment with the “small worlds” 12 inch X 12 inch pieces. 

 

 

“Yosemite Daybreak” by Phoenix

 

 

“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and power of each small world, our world, captured in each of Phoenix’s art works,” said Mitchell Kaplan, founder and owner of Books & Books Bookstores.  Phoenix has a great sense of oneness with the natural world and understanding of composition, light and timing in photography. Very much in the manner of French humanist photographer Cartier-Bresson, she seems to capture the ‘it’ moment, the ‘decisive moment,’ that makes the photos worth the shot, said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., curator for Phoenix’s most recent solo exhibitat Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach.

 

“Ballybunion Castle” by Phoenix

 

 

 

Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. Although, she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some twenty year. Returning to photography in the digital age, she developed an exceptional talent and a passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Today she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer who was recently named an Artist in Residence at America’s most visited national park, Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

 

 

 

“Flamingo” by Phoenix

 

 

 

“Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience,” she tells The Rickie Report. “Like a meditation of light –color, texture, structure, pattern, and composition — it awakens an inner peace and knowingness. With each image, it is my desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with that inner peace. For me, preserving nature and wilderness areas is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit. In protecting the world’s nature and wildlife, the environment, we are really protecting the family of humanity. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.”

 

 

 

About Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables:

Since its founding by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982, the store has become one of the most, well-respected independent bookstores in the country. It’s a local landmark, located in an exquisite 1927 building listed in the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places, and an inspiring gathering place for writers as well as readers. The philosophy at Books & Books has remained constant throughout the years: it’s about neighbors, books, history, quality, tradition and creativity.

 

 

 

About Phoenix, The Photographer:

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture in her photography, her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions, showcased in 18 solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery, featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and can be found in private collections internationally. The featured artist for the ENDANGERED exhibition in England, Phoenix is the recipient of numerous awards including the Broward Cultural Council’s Creative Investment Program Grant two times; two artist residencies, a month in Ireland at the Olive Stack Gallery and this fall at America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and curator of eight exhibitions. Phoenix is in her fifth year serving as president of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch. She is a principal in the Innovative Public Art Group. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

 

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Sandra Encaoua, Wellington Art Society Member, Has SOLO Exhibit At Wellington Whole Foods

The Wellington Art Society and Wellington Whole Foods Market are currently showing an exhibit by internationally acclaimed artist, Sandra Encaoua. You will find her paintings beautiful and unique!  The exhibit is on display now through the end of October, with a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, October 18.  Tasty snacks and wine will be served. A donation of $5 will go to the WAS Scholarship Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON   ART   SOCIETY

Presents

 

 

A   SOLO   EXHIBITION

 

by

 

SANDRA       ENCAOUA

 

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTIST:

 

Friday, October 18

6:30 – 8 PM

 

 Open to the Public

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

Exhibit Is Available Now through end of October

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Encaoua was born in Paris and is a well known and acclaimed artist in France and many other European countries.  She began painting and drawing as a young girl, teaching herself to mix several mediums until she had the prefect effect she wanted.  She graduated from a Parisian school of art.

 

 

Sandra tells The Rickie Report, ” Sometimes I create with watercolors when I want a quick expression of the moment, but I work mainly in oils on large canvases, as I like the transparency and vibration of the oils”.   Her semi-abstract paintings reflect Sandra’s love of nature and raw elements.  Her landscapes and portraits are a mixture of flaming red with sparking white and bright turquoise.  Her paintings infer strength, vitality and gentleness.

 

“Fragile” by Sandra Encaoua

 

 

 

Sandra won the 2013 competition of Young Talent in France, was the featured 2015 “Artist of the Day” on the famous website Saatchi Art and won the 2017 French Award Arts-Sciences-Letters of the French Academy of Arts-Sciences-Letters in Paris.  She has just recently had an exhibition at the famous Kinor Gallery in Paris and will have another in Paris in July 2019. She splits her time between Paris and Miami.   

 

 

 

“Palimpsest” by Sandra Encaoua

 

 

 

Sandra’s works have been exhibited in the US, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and France, to high acclaim.  Her subject matter is prolific and she offers classes as well as “paint parties” at her studio.

 

 


FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/encaweb/
LINKEDIN : https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandra-encaoua-33695595/
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/sandraencaoua/
GOOGLE : https://plus.google.com/+SandraEncaoua

WEBSITE : http://www.encaweb.com

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 37th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. 

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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“Gema The Curious Butterfly” Brings Gabriela Esquivel’s Artwork And Heartfelt Message To Children. Book Signings And Activities On August 10 And October 2

Gabriela Esquivel‘s artwork and story, “Gema The Curious Butterfly” shares universal messages of friendship, freedom, and love.  The colors will make you smile!  Meet Gabriela at a book signing event on Saturday, August 10 at Tommy Bahama on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.  Kids can color a Gema masquerade mask to take home.  On October 2, stop by the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a special program.  Gabriela is available for a children’s show, workshops, and will perform at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private children’s parties, book fairs, and art fairs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

⭐ Top100 Children’s Book on Amazon! ⭐

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK   SIGNING/  CHILDREN’S  ART  ACTIVITY

 

 

Saturday, August  10

11 am

Tommy Bahama

1002 E Las Olas  Blvd   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEMA, THE CURIOUS BUTTERFLY and WORKSHOP

Wednesday, October 2

Time to be announced: Please contact Gabriela

Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale

401 SW 2nd St.   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312  

954.713.0930

 

Free Painting Activity with Gem’s Masquerade Mask 

 

Gabriela tells The Rickie Report, “Colorful forms, lines, women’s figures and textures are combined to create art pieces that express a constant search for freedom. The paintings, video animations and music transport the viewer/listener to spaces where the skies and times are endless. The artist invites him/her to “become one with nature, the Universe and the Light”.

She continues, ” I question the systems and traditional myths and am interested in finding the Divine without necessarily practicing the rituals stated by any specific doctrine. I defy the traditional roles of women in society, writing my own story — a new story — whereby the women in my paintings travel alone and unwrapped from traditional roles…”

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel

Gabriela is available for kid’s shows and workshops and can be hire to be performed at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private kid’s parties, book fairs, etc. 

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel is a Costa Rican artist and author currently living in South Florida.  She has lived in Germany, Switzerland, United States and Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in the 2015th Florence Biennale Catalogue (Italy), Go Riverwalk Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Around Town News in Fort Lauderdale, Midtown Miami Magazine in South Florida, and in main journals in Puerto Rico.  Gabriela has participated in Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, exhibiting with ArtBox Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland)  and Contemporary Art Projects (Fort Lauderdale) during Art Basel Miami. She has also worked together with Business for the Arts of Broward and participated in their Art & Soul Annual exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Fort Lauderdale). Gabriela had a SOLO show “Soul and Mysticism” at Artserve (2018). She presented her SOLO show “Gardens of Freedom” at 33rd St. Wine Bar where she combined art+music, exhibiting paintings and performing songs of her authorship.

 

 

 

Gabriela Esquivel at the 2015 Florence, Italy Biennale

 

Gabriela is part of the “Open Canvas Project”, a murals project organized by ArtServe; she is also part of “Genii Loci”, a road-tattoo/street mural on Rosemary Avenue (W. Palm Beach). She was part of “La Campechada” event, organized by the Puerto Rican Art Museum; and “Casa de los Contrafuertes” Art Project in Puerto Rico. Interested in bringing together art and philanthropy,  she was one of the artists of the “Redesign Bash” organized by Salvation Army of Broward County (Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale).

 

 

 

 

She is a committee member of Salvation Army of Broward and of the Neighbors Volunteer Office from the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is the founder of “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, an artistic-musical-social project that has partnered with international musicians and organizations to help Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Gabriela earned her BFA in Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and her BA in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. When she is not painting, Gabriela studies the piano and composes her own music. Gabriela’s award winning artwork is in several permanent private and corporate collections through the United States and the Caribbean.  

 

 

For more information or to contact Gabriela:

Facebook @gabrielaesquivele

Instagram @gabrielaesquivele

www.gabrielaesquivel.com

To reserve dates for the Gema’s Kids show and Workshop

  Call  (786) 582 9042

 

 

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