Barry Greff Details His Interesting Journey Up The Fine Art Photography Ladder. Here’s What Happened When You Give A Kid An Instamatic And A Few Flash Cubes!

Barry Steven Greff details his journey up the Fine Art Photography ladder with plenty of name-dropping, a bit of adventure and a vision of what can happen when you give a kid an Instamatic and a few flash cubes!  The Rickie Report shares an overview from behind-the-scenes as well as his mind-blowing images

 

 

 

How     It     All     Started…..

 

Kodak Instamatic Pocket Camera with Flashcube

 

 

 

 

Barry Greff  “On Top of the World” Scene on
Glacier in British Columba reached by Helicopter ©

 

 

TRR:  Your photographs are truly awe inspiring!  How did you get started using photography as a creative medium?

BSG:

I grew up on Long Island, NY into a family that traveled a great deal. While I remember them having cameras (the old Argo which you looked down into the raised hood), it wasn’t until well after both of them had passed that I opened some of their old photo albums and realized that one of my parents, in addition to taking family photos, also took a significant amount of Landscape images. I can’t help but believe that my young impressionable self, saw them taking these photographs and subconsciously followed in their footsteps… 

 

 

 

 

“African Crowned Crane” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic with flashcubes. I remember feeling that those little cubes were so valuable, only getting four flashes per cube. While at the University of Miami I first rented professional Nikonos underwater equipment from Pro, Stephen Frink in Key Largo. He shot for magazines and National Geographic and was an early inspiration. After shooting for a while underwater, I eventually stayed top side and began shooting with Minolta equipment (7000i and 7xi film cameras, usually Fuji Velvia 50 slide film). If you fast-forward, National Geographic has recognized my work on their website.

 

TRR:  How did you transfer to digital cameras and how did you make this into your career?

BSG:

In 2004, the quality of digital cameras had finally matched or overtaken film cameras, so I purchased my first digital camera (a 6.3 mega pixel Canon Digital SLR). Digital was so liberating! I could see the images after I took them and erase what I did not like, saving on hundreds of dollars in film on each trip. While 6.3 mp was not a huge sensor, this camera took some beautiful images, many of which I can still use today. Canon Cameras USA has since licensed an image from me to sell their cameras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had always been artistic, drawing since I was very young. So, after submitting a few images to my first photo contest, I was thrilled when I not only was recognized in the contest (twice), but the Editors used my image for a ½ page Ad inside the magazine (no credit, no payment, and the magazine soon folded, but that was the catalyst for me…seeing my work published, I was hooked.  

 

 

I continued to submit what I considered good “stock” photography at the time, for magazines, books and advertising. As a result, I became widely published (interior images, covers, advertisements, travel magazines and books, wildlife, and landscapes). My images were in many of those hard cover books you find in hotels. Digital photography changed the way images were sent, too. Instead of labeling slides and sending them with a delivery memo in a plastic sheet…now image files could simply be sent online – Wow!  That was so much easier and faster! 

 

“Bent Banyan Way, Stuart, FL” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

As time went on, my desire to get more out of my photography grew. I believed that some of my best work could be considered Fine Art”. I wanted to be considered an “Artist,” understanding full well that it is a subjective title. My goal, was to be considered such… by legitimate, well respected people in the industry. I remember visiting the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO and saying to the people I was with, that I would be exhibited there. Fast forward, I have since been exhibited there six different times. 

 

TRR:  We tell our readers that artists may live “locally” but many have a national or international presence, such as yourself.  Was there a pivotal moment when you saw your career change?

BSG:

To move my career forward, I attended top-of-the-line Photography Reviews, showing my work to the best in the industry. I chose the toughest critics first, the ones that other photographers avoided for fear that they would be brutally honest, and therefore, brutal. I, on the other hand, wanted just that. I was well past hearing how good my work was from family and friends. I wanted to hear the unvarnished truth from those that were at the top of their game… and their game was the Fine Art Photography world.

 

 

Barry Steven Greff’s photography in print

 

 

 

Then, it happened! I was attending Portfolio Reviews at Photo Expo Plus in New York City. Epson Printers had a special guest, iconic photographer, Joyce Tenneson. As an artist, it is important to know the Art history in your genre and I knew that she had over 150 exhibitions and numerous Photo Books with iconic portraits of the most famous people in the world. She was selling her latest book at the time, signed for $40 at New York City’s Javits Center/Photo Expo Plus. I stood on line, eagerly waiting my turn. But when it was my turn to have her sign her book, simultaneously, I artfully pushed my book of images in front of her and asked: “what do you think of mine?” Her immediate response was “Beautiful,” then she turned the page and said, “gorgeous”….this was from a world-renowned Artist…about my work. I will never forget that feeling. Pure, unadulterated VALIDATION.

 

 

She didn’t know me… I had just walked up to buy her book… She could have said “nice” or even “very nice” which I would have translated as “OK”. But she said “beautiful,” then “gorgeous”, those were real responses about my work, independent reviews from one of the best in the world…It was like having Michael Jordan tell you that you had a “sweet jumper” (jump shot, for you non-Basketball readers). Once we were done, I proceeded to walk toward the windows of the building and stepped behind the floor to ceiling curtains, …because this 6’0, 200 plus lb. tough guy, literally got weak in the knees for the first (and only) time in my life.  It was the best $40 I’ve ever spent… Joyce is not only one of the most talented artists on the planet, but one of the most generous, and has since placed two of my images into a Gallery Exhibition (in a juried event, not knowing they were mine and has also signed another one of her books to “Barry, a great photographer”)!

 

 

 

Detail from “Beaded Web” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

TRR:  Tell us more about “Portfolio Reviews” and why they are important to building a career and a body of work ?

BSG:

These are set up like “speed dating” but you bring your portfolio of images instead of your best pick-up lines. I attended portfolio reviews in NYC, Palm Springs, CA, West Palm Beach, FL, and more.  They were reviews by major Gallery owners, curators, and well respected  photographers. Since the day I met Joyce, 9 times out of 10, I didn’t just get a favorable review, but I often “blew them away.” I’ve had some very animated responses to my 17 x 22 Hahnemuhle prints in a clam shell box (the 400 year old Hahnemuhle Paper Company has since used my work to show off their Fine Art paper). Some verbatim examples of Reviewers’ responses were: the Publishers of Photo District News (PDN), the “Bible” of photography (“something I very rarely say at these things, I’m surprised” and “strong body of work”); Chris Pichler, Publisher of the most respected Fine Art Photography books on the planet, Nazraeli Press (Michael Kenna, Lee Friedlander) (“spectacular, the images are stunning”), Chris’s review was my favorite to date.

 

 

 

 

Barry Steven Greff’s SOLO Exhibition at 25CPW, New York City

 

 

When he came to my iconic animals, Of the Wild, he got so excited that he started cursing. “Holy S_ _t”, or something along those lines. He asked me to send him two prints and he sent me a box of signed collector’s edition books. The sales manager of the Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC (he is one of the 10 most influential people in photography), which sells the Masters’ such as Ansel Adams, called my prints “magic”; David Fahey, of the famous Fahey/Klein Gallery (“if I gave him 18 more like my “Niagara,” he would give me a show”); renowned Curator/Collector WM “Bill” Hunt, formerly of the famous NYC Hasted/Hunt Gallery, actually juried “Niagara” into an exhibition in Seattle and Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Director of the Eastman Museum asked to use it in his next book; The King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s personal photographer, Harrison Funk, chose some of my work for a gallery exhibition. The late Hal Gould, (Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver, CO) was a contemporary of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. He told me a story of how Adams and Weston originally couldn’t sell their work for the asking price of $25.00. Their work now sells posthumously for as much as $500,000. Imagine, my work has hung in the gallery with that of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Sebastio Salgado, Ruth Orkin.  Iconic Photographer Robert Farber ,whose first book was with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, came to the Artist Reception at my Solo Exhibition in NYC. When asked why he was there, he stated, “why not, this work is beautiful”. Dr. Sylvia Earle, the foremost expert on Jellyfish on the planet at National Geographic called my Jellyfish “Magnificent.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Ascension” from the Series FLOW by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:   This is all quite heady stuff!

BSG:

To be very clear, I am extraordinarily grateful for all of the recognition. I don’t take any of it for granted. I worked very hard, traveled many miles on the Road Less Traveled to create the work and with similar effort and fortitude, put it in front of the right people in the industry. I try to create images that capture moments in time, never to be repeated. I seek to capture transitory conditions of light and atmosphere, subtle moments where elements collide to form moody, ethereal and dramatic scenes. Then, with my close-up, intimate portraits of Animals, I confront the dignity, personality and identity of these magnificent creatures to remind the viewer why it is so important to protect them. If that sounds like my artist statement, it is! From that first publication of an animal image (the winning photo contest entry turned 1/2 page ad)…I have since been named in Popular Photography Magazine on their Editors List of Great Wildlife Photographers. From those early publications in travel guides for AAA and others…I have also been named in Popular Photography Magazine on their Editors List of Top Travel Photographers.

 

TRR Where do you go from here?

BSG:

 

So …from that wide eyed kid with a Kodak Instamatic with flash cubes, I have since honed my craft so much that the camera company that I use (Canon Cameras USA) and the Fine Art Paper upon which I print (Hahnemuhle) have utilized my images to exhibit the quality of their products. My images have gone from my childhood bedroom (with a Raquel Welch poster from One Million Years B.C.) in Long Island’s Elmont, NY to have been published throughout the U.S., to as far away as London, England and Brisbane Australia. My work is collected from NYC to Westchester, from Portland, OR, to a yacht in Baton Rouge, LA; Pennsylvania, North Carolina; Stuart, FL, and many others. Ogilvy and Mathers, one of the largest advertising companies in the world, has licensed an image of mine for an entire wall in one of their main offices. Recently, I have sold an image for a large piece of glass in Australia and been recognized by the Houston Center of Photography for images I took of the cruise ships off Miami Beach during the Pandemic. 

 

 

 

“Five Lined Up” from Series: Ghost Ships on The Horizon by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

So far, it has been a very interesting career, but I am always looking to improve, to continue to create  images that move people. Now, again, I begin a new chapter in my photographic career. After having a Portfolio site for more than a decade where people could only email me to buy the work, I am starting a new, sales oriented Gallery site that can bring my work to more people due to new, more robust marketing efforts. And, while I will maintain the original site (www.barrystevengreff.com) and continue to sell my Signed, Limited Edition prints, this new site will offer more affordable Open Edition pieces on Print, Canvas, Metal and Acrylic. Finally, I anticipate that once we regain some normalcy in the word, I will again travel to pristine locations, to capture iconic images and share them with people around the world that care to see what exquisite beauty still exists on the planet. For my attempts at memorializing that beauty, I hope you will visit my website www.barrygreff.com.

 

 

 

“Super Storm Sandy, Coral Cove Park Tequesta, FL” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

“Neptune’s Reach” Gilbert’s House of Refuge Stuart, FL by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

Awards:

2012 FotoDC International Awards Competition, Washington DC

2011 Black & White Spider Awards; International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup

2010 Artslant, Contemporary Art Network; Black & White Spider Awards

2009 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup

2008 International Photography Awards

 

“30 Rock, Touch The Sky, NYC” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

A condensed overview of Barry’s Exhibitions / Recognitions / Publications:

2020 HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, Togethering, “Ghost Ships on the Horizon”

2019 LENSCULTURE  “Niagara”, Black & White Photography Awards 2019 Competition Gallery

2017 SILVERSHOTZ, The Contemporary Photography Magazine: Cover and 16 page feature portfolio;
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS: “Pelican’s Rest”

2016 PHOTO+, PDN’s EXPOSURE Awards; winner: Force of Nature: “Niagara”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Daily Dozen Editor’s Favorites: Flamingo Preening; PDN (Photo District News) September Print Issue: Cab Ride in the Rain; PDN Photoserve; MAGNUM PHOTOS Editor’s Awards Photos Competition Gallery: “Ascension”

2015 YourDailyPhotograph, Duncan Miller Gallery (Daniel Miller, owner/curator), Santa Monica, CA
LICC, London International Creative Competition; Series: “FLOW”

2014 Forgotten Exhibition, A Smith Gallery (Blue Mitchell, juror), Johnson City, TX; Natural World, Center for Fine Art Photography (Susan Spiritus, juror), Ft. Collins, CO; Black & White, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; (Karen E. Hass, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, juror);

2013 Solo Exhibition, 25CPW Gallery, Central Park West, NYC (Curators Beth Greenberg/Abby Verosky)

2012 FotoWeek DC (Washington, DC); Hahnemuhle Booth at PhotoPlus Expo (Javits Center, NYC); Terrain, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA (Sean Kernan, juror); Equivalents, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA (W.M. Hunt, juror); Black & White, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Susan Spiritus, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport, CA, juror)

2012 Black and White Magazine; The Big Picture (Boston.com); Featureshoot; Lenscratch; Trendhunter.com;
The Center for Fine Art Photography Portfolio Showcase No.5; PDN on-line Photo of the Day

2011  SHUTTERBUG Magazine; PDN on-line Photo of the Day; Featureshoot

2011 Portfolio Showcase Volume 5, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Chris Pichler, Publisher Nazraeli Press, juror); Dreams, Center for Fine Art Photography (Aline Smithson, juror);

2010 Art of Photography 2, Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO (Hal Gould, owner/juror); Natural World, Center for Fine Art Photography (Susan Spiritus, juror); Infocus, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL (Harrison Funk, juror); Animalia, Center for Fine Art Photography (Karen Irvine, juror);
Dennis Dean Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Joyce Tenneson, juror)

2010 COLOR Fine Art Magazine, Portfolio Edition; Photoserve, (PDN on-line), Editor’s Choice; COLOR Fine Art Magazine; Popular Photography, Editors List: Great Wildlife Photographers; Popular Photography, Editors List: Top Travel Photographers; Silvershotz Fine Art Magazine, Atlanta Showcase

2009 Black & White Magazine; Silvershotz Fine Art 2009 Portfolio Journal

2009 Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (Clive Waring-Flood, juror)

 

Barry Steven Greff is a proud member of the Jensen Beach Fine Art League, Soul Arts Society of Stuart, and Martin Artisan Guild.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Barry’s images, how to purchase them, and how to connect with Barry, please visit:

barrystevengreff@gmail.com

Fine Art Photography:  305.609.7729

Portfolio: www.BarryStevenGreff.com

Sales: www.barrygreff.com

 

 

 

 

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Sally Cooper Is Featured Artist At Cornell Art Museum Spotlight Gallery In Delray Beach. Public Welcome To Opening Reception And Exhibit On February 7

Celebrated and published artist, Sally Cooper, will be honored with a SOLO Exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery, part of the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, FL.  The public is invited to view over 17 of Sally’s artworks at “Painting Outside the Lines” on Friday, February  7 for an Opening Reception and to meet the artist. The exhibit runs through March 1, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. We also suggest you check out Sally’s classes and workshops!

 

 

 

 

 

AT    THE     SPOTLIGHT      GALLERY  PRESENTS:

 

PAINTING  OUTSIDE  THE  LINES

BY

SALLY COOPER 

 

Sally Cooper (Photo courtesy of Angie Meyers)

 

 

Opening Reception/Meet the Artist

Friday, February 7

6 – 9 pm

Refreshments will be served

Free admission during Art Walk (First Fridays  6 – 9 pm )

Cash bar and light bites.

Exhibit is available February 7 – March 1, 2020

Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue   Delray Beach, FL 3344

561-243-7922

 

Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm; Friday:  11 am – 8 pm; Saturday:  Noon – 8 pm; Sunday:  Noon – 5 pm; Monday & Tuesday:  CLOSED

Admission:  $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans

 

 

“Bougainvillea”  by Sally Cooper

 

 

 

Sally Cooper tells The Rickie Report, “My artistic journey began at a young age.  At that time I was only interested in capturing an image or photo likeness.  A big change occurred in my work in 1980 when I was introduced to painting non-objectively in a Creative Watercolor workshop taught by Miles Batt.  A whole world opened and I was hooked.  I began to experiment in non-traditional ways with acrylics, gesso and various polymer mediums. I also became extremely interested in Asian calligraphy and sought out different books on the subject.  The powerful flying brush strokes, the splashes of fresh ink/paint and the spontaneous fluid movement have been influential and I began to incorporate my own personal calligraphy and mark-making into my paintings”.

 

 

 

“Edgewater” by Sally Cooper

 

 

It has been almost 40 years since taking that Creative Watercolor Workshop and Sally’s work today is about a creative process rather than a specific image or place.  She works intuitively and enjoys the direct experience of the art-making —the process, the spontaneity and surprise elements of painting.

 

 

“Zen Garden”  by Sally Cooper

 

 

Sally explains, “Starting with a primed large unstretched canvas or sometimes  stretched canvas I build my abstracts layer by layer.  I start by placing triadic colors (three hues, equally spaced on the color wheel), plus raw umber, white and black for tinting and shading the colors — mix a few together, grab a brush and then follow intuitive promptings and apply a big gestural linear mark or brushstroke that comes from deep within.  These intuitive promptings are like a dance.  I quickly move back and forth applying marks, keeping some, veiling over others, stepping back every so often, studying, looking, moving, deciding which marks to keep and which marks to take away.  This play or process continues until a painting evolves”.

 

 

 

“Daybreak” by Sally Cooper

 

 

 

Sally’s painting Everglades 2 was selected as one of 350 out of over 1,000 applicants for publication in Studio Visit Volumes 47 and 48 which will be out in the Summer, 2020. This is a magazine of contemporary artwork.  Sally took First Place in 2017 in The Artist’s Magazine’s National competition for Conversation in Blue which was published in the March 2018 issue.  In 2017 her work was included in the publication Art Journey Abstract Painting, A Celebration of Contemporary Art.  In 2015 Sally’s painting Blue Horizon was chosen for the cover of The Artist’s Magazine along with a feature article and her work has been featured in Acrylic Artist, Professional Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.  Sally is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of Chroma Paints Independent Teaching Program for their Atelier Interactive acrylic paints and mediums.  

 

 

 

 

Sally teaches Discovering Abstract Painting and a unique Expressive Abstract – Large Scale Painting Workshop (this workshop takes place in a 1925 Vintage Gymnasium which plenty of space to paint) at Old School Square Creative Arts School in Delray Beach.  For more information on these classes and workshops go to www.oldschoolsquare.org.

For more information about Sally’s artwork and workshops:

My websitewww.sally-cooper.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/sallycooperart/

Instagram:www.instagram.com/sallycooperart/

 

 

 

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Amber Moran’s Art. Prints. Apparel Studio Offers Special FREE Art Activities For All Ages During Martin Artisans Guild’s Open Studio Tour. Make And Take Projects, Name A New Painting On January 18 & 19

Its time to plan your route for the Martin Artisans Guild Open Studio Tour!  Stop by Amber Moran‘s Art.Print.Apparel Studio on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19.  Amber is offering visitors two once in a lifetime experiences:  You can submit your suggestion for the title of a new painting, (Whoever is chosen will win a limited edition 16×20″ signed print of that piece) and you can take one of her paintings and make it your own by extending the artwork into the mat!  Besides these FREE activities, you will enjoy appetizers and beverages while you visit her studio.  Amber is an award winning artist who happens to live in Martin County. Her artworks sell worldwide. Bealls Florida partnered with Amber to create fine art exclusively for the Bealls Florida, Art & Sol Brand for women and men’s apparel, accessories and home goods.  Everyone is invited to the Elliott Museum to preview the Tour from January 8 -12, including the Tour Taste Reception on January 10.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to stop by Studio #8!  

 

 

 

A M B E R      M O R A N

Art.Print.Apparel Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL  PREVIEW  OF   THE   TOUR:

JANUARY 8-12, 2020:

Preview Works by 42 Artists in the 2020 Martin County Studio Tour

 

JANUARY 10, 2020 Tour Taste Reception:

6 – 8 PM


AT  THE  
ELLIOTT MUSEUM

825 Northeast Ocean Boulevard    Stuart, Florida 34996
(772) 225-1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN  ARTISANS  GUILD  OPEN  STUDIO  TOUR

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

&

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

STUDIO # 8

 

 

 

 

Amber Moran Studio #8 
https://mcost.org/2020-tour-guide
https://mcost.org/map

 

 

 

  • Watch as Amber Moran works on a new piece of artwork and submit your suggestion for a title.  Whoever is chosen will win a limited edition 16 x 20″ signed print!

  • Get creative and create an art piece of your own by using one of Amber’s artworks and extending the artwork out into the mat! See why she’s called the “Watercolor & Ink Artist, ‘Thinking outside the box’~

  • Browse the home and studio galleries

  • Enjoy appetizers and drinks (wine, non alcoholic beverages) during the tour.

  • Support the local art scene by purchasing  Amber’s Fine Art, Limited Edition prints, and apparel.

 

 

 

Watch The Video:

 MARTIN COUNTY STUDIO ART TOUR

 

Amber Moran, one of the Martin Artisans Guild artists exhibiting at the Palm Room in Stuart, FL

 

 

Amber M. Moran is a watercolor and ink artist residing in Hobe Sound, Florida, home to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the state.  Her artistic style of “Thinking out of the box” creates a unique “window” and colorful take on the Florida lifestyle. She gains inspiration from the sights and sounds, including the beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages. She draws the viewer into each painting so they feel as if they are swimming in the coral with the fish, canoeing under the cypress trees, and hearing the sounds blowing through the palm trees. A regional, national and international award-winning artist, Amber’s distinct style and riotous colors share her passion for coastal conservation. “I have always felt very passionate about color and detail.” 

 

“Life Under The Dock” by Amber Moran

 

Amber attended SUNY Alfred State where she earned her Computer Art and Design degree. She continued on to the University at Buffalo and earned her Bachelors in Studio Art.  Amber then earned her Master’s degree in General Education as a Graduate Assistant at Elmira College in New York State.  In 2015 Amber was in the top five of the Next Bealls Florida Artist Competition and in 2016 she partnered with Bealls Florida and created numerous fine art designs for men and women’s apparel, home goods and accessories. She has been published many times in the Marlin International Magazine and was the Billfish Foundation 2015 Featured Artist of the Year.  She has been the featured poster artist for the juried ArtiGras Fine Art Festival, Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, the Stuart ArtsFest and the 2020 Cedar Key, Old Florida Festival of the Arts. She has created designs for well-known sport fishing tournaments such as the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, NC and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin, FL.

 

 

 

 

Viewer looking at “Inked Octo” by Amber Moran

 

 

 

 

She has designed the Annual Martin County Lionfish Round-Up designs each year from the tournaments beginning 9 years ago. Amber’s artwork hangs proudly on walls all over the United States and internationally.  Amber’s passion for coastal conservation not only enhances her art, but also encourages her and her husband’s two Florida born boys to care for and protect our wildlife and marine environment.  Amber tells The Rickie Report, “I gain inspiration every day from sights and sound, including our Florida beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages.  My goal is to draw you in as the viewer, into my art. I want to help the viewer focus in on a particular section of my artwork while seeing the whole picture. I achieve this by creating a focus that casts a “window” of color on a section of the painting with watercolor paints. I then extend my work out onto the mat with black watercolor paint and ink. I like to think of this as “thinking outside the box”. 

 

 

 

For more information:

www.AmberMMoran.com

AmberMMoran@yahoo.com

https://www.instagram.com/ambermmoran/

https://www.facebook.com/AmberMMoranCustomArt

 

 

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Two Exhibits At Pompano Beach Cultural Center, “Good Luck With The Sun” And “Botanica Animalia” Opening Reception Tomorrow. Exhibits Run Through July 5.

Stop by the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and see two exhibits “Good Luck With The Sun”, photography by internationally renown artist, Krista Steinke and “Botanica Animalia”, by Catalina Villegas, showcasing lively illustrations of the natural world.  Enjoy the free, Opening Reception and meet the artists on Friday, April 12.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  These exhibits will be available through July 5

 

 

 

50 W. Atlantic Avenue  Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954.545.7800        ccpompano.org

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

“Good  Luck  With  The  Sun”

and

 

“BOTANICA ANIMALIA”

 

 

OPENING  RECEPTION

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

7-9 PM

FREE ADMISSION

Exhibits run through July 5, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Good Luck with the Sun” showcases the photography of internationally renowned artist Krista Steinke as she explores how the natural world impacts our lives in ways both obvious and mysterious. Using pinhole cameras, homemade filters, and other experimental techniques, she draws meaning from her materials and process, often working at the intersection of abstraction and photographic recording.

 

 

Image by Krista Steinke

 

Referencing varied sources such as art and photographic history, scientific areas of study, current events, and personal experience, her work sets out to reflect on the universalities that shape the human condition while also calling attention to critical issues surrounding the environment. 

 

 

Steinke has exhibited and screened her work in museums, galleries, and film festivals across the country, as well as internationally. Her works are represented in public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, the Brauer Museum of Art, Atlanta International Airport, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and Fidelity Investments, among others. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, a grant from the Puffin Foundation, an Artist Residency at Light Work, a Promise  Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and most notably, a Fellowship in Photography from the Howard Foundation. She has participated in several photo festivals and conferences either as an exhibitor, speaker, or curator, including The International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAA), Denver Month of Photography, Fotofest, The Invision Photo Festival, and Society for Photographic Education.

 

 

Artwork by Catalina Villegas

 

 

“Botanica Animalia” by Catalina Villegas is an exhibition of lively illustrations of the natural world. Featuring buoyant images in black and white, which transition into colorful flora and fauna, her work is a vibrant homage to the living things all around us.

 

 

Villegas was born in Medellin, Colombia and was raised in Miami, Florida. She is an illustrator and surface pattern designer who grew up drawing and painting all of her favorite plants and animals. Her work focuses on exploring the vast diversity of lush flora and fauna found in Colombia and Florida. She has made her life’s purpose to be involved in creative endeavors.

 

 

 Her travels and professional adventures have given her the opportunity to work as a graphic designer for a Colombian menswear line, a freelance photographer in South Florida, and as an illustrator for clients around the world. Her work has been published in various magazines and blogs including WeTransfer.com and UPPERCASE Magazine. She licenses her art to companies that make a range of products including temporary tattoos, seed packets, home decor items, gift wrap and fabric.

 

 

Villegas studied Fine Arts at Florida International University and has completed numerous courses with renowned international art agent Lilla Rogers (Make Art That Sells) and Rachael Taylor (Make it in Design). She has a love for bass guitar, heavy metal, hula-hoops, chai lattes and chihuahuas. She plays the bass in an all-female rock band called Lilith. Catalina currently divides her time between La Ceja, Colombia, and Pompano Beach, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about these exhibits or other events:

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

 50 West Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 www.ccpompano.org

 

 

 

 

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New Studio For The Visual Arts Invites You To “Under The Sea”, An Exhibit Of Marine Life Painting By Internationally Acclaimed Artists December 5-28

The New Studio For The Visual Arts announces an Exhibition of Marine Life Paintings by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mathias, Don Ray, and Randall Scott.   The Exhibit’s Opening Reception takes place on Friday, December 7th.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. What an opportunity to meet and hear about these creatives’ adventures!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  The Exhibit is available December 5 – 28.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

PRESENTS:

 

 

“UNDER THE SEA”

An Exhibition of Marine Life Painting

By internationally acclaimed artists:

Jason Mathias
Don Ray
Randall Scott

 

 

Opening Reception:

December 7, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Exhibit runs December 5 to December 28, 2018

Proceeds of artwork sales will be donated to: Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach

 

 

 

Artwork by Randall Scott

 

MEET      THE      ARTISTS:

 

 

 

 

 

JASON     MATHIAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Floridian, Jason Mathias was born in Stuart, Florida where some of his earliest memories are of the ocean aboard his grandfather’s charter boat “Do Stay”.  As a child, Jason’s two favorite pastimes were drawing and fishing, and it wasn’t before long that he stated combining the two.  After graduating from Martin County High School as art student of the month, Jason was accepted into Ringling School of Art & Design where he majored in illustration.  He quickly became known to both fellow students and faculty as “the fish guy”.  While at Ringling, Jason began his practice of taking underwater footage to use as reference material for his growing portfolio of realistic marine life paintings.  While still a student, he launched his career creating murals, commissioned artwork and freelance illustrations for Mote Marine Laboratories – an experience that not only won him recognition for his unique talents as a marine life illustrator, but also concretized his chosen path as a marine and wildlife artist. 

 

 

 

 

Gallery View of Jason Mathias’ artistry

 

 

Within the first two years of graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design, Jason was the premier featured artist at (IGFA) International Game Fish Association Museum Hall of Fame. Jason had also been featured artist numerous times and made several print signing appearances with (CCA) Coastal Conservation Association, and has been featured in many Galleries and museums such as the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach.  Jason’s current fine art compositions in oils, acrylics and watercolors are drawn from the extensive experience and underwater digital video he takes while exploring the planet’s oceans.  You can now find Jason’s works in stores, museums and galleries throughout the world, including Europe, Egypt, Australia, Hawaii, South America, Canada and Central America.

 

 

 

 

 

DON     RAY  

 

 

 

 

Don Ray

 

 

Don Ray grew up in Ohio, where his interest in art extends as far back as he can remember.  Don learned about fresh water subjects as a boy, fishing and netting local streams and lakes.  A self-taught artist, who studied the work of masters from “The Golden Age of Illustration” such as  Wyeth and Frederick Remington, Don also learned from contemporaries like George Schelling and, in particular, Stanley Meltzoff, who personally shared his knowledge and time with Don as a mentor.  Don lives near Vero Beach.  His research methods include collecting wild specimens and diving with them in natural habitat,  including a three-quarter acre research pond on his own property.  

 

 

 

 

Artistry by Don Ray

 

 

 

 

Don joined the Society of Animal Artists in 1990, the same year, he also won its highest honor, the Award of Excellence.  Don has competed in and won a variety of state stamp and print competitions. His paintings won first place in the Florida State Lobster Stamp competition and in the Florida snook stamp competition, making him the state’s first double competition winner.  In 1995, Don again won the snook stamp and print competition.  In 1994 and 1999, he was commissioned to paint the Coastal Conservation Association stamp and print.  He was also selected to paint the Texas saltwater fishing stamp and print multiple times asa well as the Texas freshwater stamp and print.

 

 

 

Don’s paintings have been selected by the International Game Fish Association for covers of various editions of its annual publication, World Record Game Fishes.  Don’s art has also graced the covers of other books, magazines and catalogs including Big Game Fishing Journal, Cabel’s, Field & Stream, Game Fish (France), Inshore Offshore Magazine, Marlin, Marlin Magazine’s 30th anniversary cover, Outdoor Life, Penn Reels, Redbone Journal, Saltwater Sportsman, and Sporting Tales, Florida Sport Fishing.  In addition to the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, Don’s work has been juried into the Florida Wildlife Expo, Game Conservation International, Pacific Rim Wildlife Expo, and Southeastern Wildlife Expo.  Don was chosen as the featured artist for Florida’s Coastal Conservation Association 25th Anniversary.  He has been represented by Collectors Covery (Dallas, TX), Russell Jimishian Gallery  (Fairfield, CT) Redbone Gallery (Islamorada, FL) and Sportsman Edge (New York). 

 

 

RANDALL       SCOTT

 

 

 

 

Randall Scott 

 

 

 

A native Californian and an accomplished artist and diver, Randall Scott grew up exploring the Pacific Coast. Exceptionally talented and deeply committed to his subject, Scott’s passion is to communicate the beauty, mystery, and power of the sea’s aquatic citizens. Scott researches his subjects through observation and underwater photography. His travels have taken him all over the world, from his native California, to Mexico and British Columbia, Australia, the South Pacific. He is also familiar with the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, where he now currently resides with his wife Donna and their four children.

 

 

Artistry of Randall Scott

 

 

 

 

Randall has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his artistic talent. Scott was featured in the television series “Journeys of an Artist”. His work has graced covers of national art magazines and a series of textbooks produced by the National Geographic Society.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or opportunities to teach:

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 

 

 

 

No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents Stunning Photojournalism Exhibit By Phoenix, “The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”

Bailey Contemporary Arts presents acclaimed photographer, Phoenix, as she captures the “The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”.  Located in Pompano Beach, BaCA, is proud to showcase a stunning exhibit that captures both the majesty and the frailty of the Florida Everglades. South Florida photographer, Phoenix began a year-long photojournalism journey to inspire love and respect for the essential wetlands. Now, her solo exhibit of twenty photos will be on display in the west gallery, located inside Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters.  A free opening reception takes place on Friday, August 3rd, with an Artist talk on Saturday, September 15th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  DO NOT miss this!!!! The exhibit runs from August 3 to September 28, 2018.

 

41 NE 1st Street   Pompano Beach, FL 33060

(954) 284-0141     www.baileyarts.org

PRESENTS:  

Photography by Phoenix

“The Everglades: Spirit Of The Land”

 

 

 

 

Free  Opening  Reception:

Friday, August 3, 2018

6 – 9 pm

BaCA-West Gallery, located inside Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters, 

Artist  Talk:   Saturday, September 15, 2018   3 pm

Exhibit Available August 3 – September 28, 2018

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday  7:30AM – 5PM;   Saturday: 7:30AM – 3:00 PM,   Sunday: Closed

 

 

Read More &/or RSVP here

 

 

 

 

“Before The Storm” by Phoenix

 

 

“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to slow down and enjoy the moment,” said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., BaCA’s gallery curator. “Phoenix has a great understanding of how light and timing work in photography. It’s evident that for some of the photographs exhibited, she waited for the ‘decisive moment’ to quote French humanist photographer Cartier-Bresson; working the composition in her brain and waiting for the ‘it’ that would make the photo worth the shot.”

 

“Early Morning Fog” by Phoenix

 

 

The photographer, who goes only by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. As she matured, she developed an exceptional talent and a passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Phoenix tells The Rickie Report, “Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience, 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”.

 

“Grace” by Phoenix

 

 

She says, “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.”

 

“Twilight” by Phoenix

 

 

 

About Phoenix:

Phoenix has translated her depth of experience in leadership and community engagement for large, public-sector organizations into her career as an award-winning, fine art photographer as well as leader of art organizations participating in public art. 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 to capture the soul of her subjects in her photography, her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions, showcased in solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery and Listowel, Ireland’s Olive Stack Gallery, featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and can be found in private collections in America and Europe. She is the recipient of several awards including the Broward Cultural Council’s Creative Investment Program Grant two times and Best in Landscape at the International Photography Juried Competition as well as the Olive Stack Gallery AIR. Professionally, Phoenix serves as president of National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch and Project COAT and is a principal in the Innovative Public Art Group. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

 

 

“Moon Over Marsh” by Phoenix

 

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Save the Dates:

December 17, 2018 – January 15, 2019

Art Exhibit – Pursuit of Beauty: Photographs By Phoenix at  Burns Road Recreation Center  4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

 

 

 

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Walter O’Neill Retires From Boca Raton Museum Art School, Pursues Life As Full-Time Artist With Expertise In Buon Fresco

Walter O’Neill has retired from the Boca Raton Museum Art School to return to his own painting. Little did we know that the indefatigable Art School Director is an expert in the technique of buon fresco!  Before his career in managing community art schools, in New York and in Boca Raton, Walter was a full-time artist. During summers, he taught fresco painting at the famed Skowhegan School art residency in Maine.  He creates easel-size abstract frescoes as well as painted fresco murals.  The Rickie Report is excited to share some of Walter’s artistry and we wish him well on this new leg of his creative journey!


Walter O’Neill

Walter O’Neill’s Studio ( partial view)
Walter first learned the Renaissance technique of painting on fresh plaster as a student at Skowhegan and practiced and taught the technique for many years before returning to Skowhegan to teach.  This fall, an image of his one of his frescoes will appear in the 3rd edition of “Gateway to the Arts” the popular art appreciation text book that is used in colleges and advanced placement high school art history classes throughout the United States.
Fresco by Walter O’Neill
During his tenure at The Boca Raton Museum Art School Walter increased enrollment each year by enriching the quality of the programming as well as developing new classes to attract new students. He increased the number and variety of evening and Saturday classes, and sought out local artists to offer new classes such as textile classes with Andrea Huffman; colored pencil drawing and oil pastel classes taught by Genie Appel-Cohen. The ceramics department doubled in size with new faculty and additional classes for adults, teens and children.  He made the Boca Museum Art School more welcoming to people with any level of experience and background in the arts creating classes for beginners and for busy working adults.  By eliminating juried student exhibits he invited every student to participate in the monthly art gallery exhibits as well as the many off-site exhibits he organized.
Close-up of Fresco by Walter O’Neill
Walter has created fresco mural commissions in New York, Maine, and California, s well as paints portable fresco on a variety of support surfaces. His abstract oil paintings are also related to the design of visual narrative in Renaissance frescoes. His fresco classes at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture transformed the program into an integral part of the “Skowhegan experience”. He taught fresco at The Cloister, the Medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and presented fresco workshops at museums and colleges including: J.Paul Getty Museum, LA County Museum of Art, Morgan Library, Queens Art Museum, University of WI, Williams College, University of Southern California, and Adelphi University.
In addition to fresco painting, Walter  paints intimate scaled abstract paintings. We look forward to seeing Walter O’Neill’s artwork in South Florida.  He will be presenting fresco workshops concurrent with the publication of “Gateway to the Arts”.  

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Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Offers Special Workshop With Internationally Renowned Artist, Michael Story

The Hobe Sound Arts League is offering a special 3 day workshop with internationally renowned artist, Michael Story.  “Coastal Landscape: Mastering the Light in Oil or Acrylic” will enhance your skills to master landscape paintings with striking imagery and subtle details that will make your artwork stand out.  The Workshop takes place February 22 – 24th.  The DEADLINE to Register is February 9th!  This is open to non-members and the general public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is another artist networking opportunity we hope you will take advantage of!

 

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
8879 SE Bridge Road   Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 

3 Day Workshop

M I C H A E L     S T O R Y

The Coastal Landscape:

Mastering the Light in Oil or Acrylic”

 

Thursday thru Saturday, February 22-24

9:30 am- 4:30 pm

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
8879 SE Bridge Road   Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Cost is $350 

Registration deadline is Feb 9th

 

 

Coastal Landscape by Michael Story

 

Master your landscape painting and join Michael for this 3-day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. The workshop begins with an I-Pad step-by-step presentation showing a progression of Michael’s painting techniques from start to finish. You’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image.

 

“A Glimpse of Sedona” by Michael Story

 

Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work.

 

“Field of Aspens” by Michael Story

 

 

Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally know artist, Daniel Greene. Today, Michael Story is an award-
winning artist who regularly teaches pastel and oil painting, guest lectures, and juries art shows. His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including the Marriott Corporation, Progressive Energy of
Florida, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Holiday Inn, Fluor Corporation, Erving Texas, and Walt Disney World. Story has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston. His paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributed worldwide.

 

 

Click here for oil supply list   http://www.michaelstory.com\

Click here to view Michael’s step-by-step painting process

 

 

 

To sign up, or for more information, call or email:

Linda Hirvonen

 772-291-3041 (cell)
772-546-2946 (studio)
lindahirvonen@hotmail.com

 

 

About the Hobe Sound Arts League:

Our mission is to foster, assist, and encourage creative fine arts. Our membership is made up, not only of the exhibiting professional and amateur artists, but of those who appreciate art and the league’s endeavors.

Location:    The Market Place at Hobe Sound (between WinnDixie and Scooter’s restaurant)

8879 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Call  772.546.2946. Email: hobesoundartists@att.net

Demonstrations by local well known artists at each meeting, follow-up workshops, weekly art classes in drawing, colored pencils, water colors, oils and acrylics. Call gallery for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HSFAL/about

 

 

 

 

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Internationally Artist, “Murf”, Celebrates 30 Years With Howard Alan Events At Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Weekend

Marvin “Murf” Murphy is celebrating 30 consecutive years as a participating artist in Howard Alan Events (HAE). Starting with Boca Fest in 1988, the Weston resident was one of a handful of artists outside the Town Center Mall. As the HAE events grew, so did Murf’s reputation and skill. Eventually, he would quit his day job to become a full-time artist while raising four artists of his own. This month, Murf’s daughter Tyler will follow in her father’s footsteps and launch her artistic career during the 18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Festival on November 25 – 26.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

18th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival

Saturday, November 25  &  Sunday, November 26

10 -5  Both Days

Free Admission

 

Navigation address:   201 E Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, FL

 

 

 

“Fire and Ice” acrylic palette knife and brush painting by Murf

 

 

 

Back in 1988, Murf was a professional window-tint technician, working on both vehicles and commercial buildings. Naturally artistic, he began adding differing tint hues, cut into nautical shapes over the darker or lighter base tints. His tint “scenes” became a hit, and he used this technique to create art deco framed panels, which he would sell on occasion during indoor mall art shows. During the Erte era, Murf’s work quickly became highly sought, with entire yachts festooned with the young tinter’s work. When Howard Alan began producing art shows in South Florida, Murf was one of his first artists. Las Olas Art Fair, Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts – Murf was a mainstay, and his art evolved along with the shows themselves.

 

Murf Murphy’s Art At A Howard Alan Art Festival

 

 

 

Howard Alan took his art festival shows on the road during the hot summer months, touring Chicago, Ohio, Colorado and others, and Murf and his wife Rhonda toured with him. By 1990, Murf’s work evolved to 3-D creations and he was able to devote himself to his art full-time. That same year he and Rhonda had their first daughter, Alanna. Brittany was born two years later, followed by daughter Tyler in 1995 and Kelsi in 1997. Throughout that time, he and his four daughters were on the road every summer, touring with HAE from one show to the next. The Festivals gave the Murphy family the chance to see the country, meet hundreds of other artists and spend quality time together.

 

The Artistic and Creative Murphy Family

 

 

Murf’s artistic success grew over the decades and many of his designs have been added to the collections of noted musicians and public figures including Richard Elliot, Dav Koz and President Clinton. Murf was invited in 2006 to the U.N. Ambassadors Ball for a special farewell celebration in honor of then U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan. Murf’s original painting “In a Perfect World” was the feature piece for the event. He also presented the new U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with his “Earth Island” lithograph in 2010, and was thanked by Vice President Al Gore for Murf’s commitment to environmental preservation.

 

 

 

Artwork by Murf Murphy

 

All of Murf’s four daughters grew up to be talented artists themselves, with different skills in varying mediums. Daughter, Tyler, a gifted photographer and recent UF journalism school graduate, will follow in her father’s footsteps with a booth of her own during the 18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Festival. While many practice art as a hobby during non-working hours, Murf credits festivals like Howard Alan’s for giving him a lifelong career that not only supported his family, but also nurtured a love and appreciation for the artist life in the next generation.

“City of Roses” by Tyler Murphy

 

See Murf and his daughter Tyler during the 18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Festival November 25 – 26 from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Murf will also be participating in the 30th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair January 6 – 7, 2018.

 

 

Visit www.artfestival.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Lynne Pittard To Be Featured Demonstrator At Opening Of Wellington Art Society Meeting

Internationally known oil painter and teacher, Lynne Pittard, will be the featured demonstrator for the Wellington Art Society’s opening membership meeting of the year on September 13, 2017 in the Wellington Community Center. Attendees will have a Meet and greet, followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. Lynne’s demo “Tricks and Techniques for all Artists” and a wonderful raffle will finish out the evening.  Artists who are interested in learning about oil painting, networking with potential licensing agents and more should attend this event. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Lynn’s artistry.

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

FEATURES:

 

 

Lynne Pittard

 

 

Wednesday, September 13th

6:30 pm

 

 

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington, FL

 

 

Oil Painting by Lynne Pittard

 

 

Lynne Pittard was born in Augusta, Georgia but moved to Miami as a child. After high school she attended Florida Southern College. She married in 1965 and moved to Palm Beach County with her husband and three children. She spent the next twelve years caring for her family. She first began to paint in oils as a hobby in 1980 but was so gifted that she shortly began teaching at a local high school.

 

Oil Painting by Lynne Pittard

 

 

 

Within her second year of painting she was teaching oils at three local art leagues, three continuing education programs at high schools and one at Palm Beach Junior College (now Palm Beach State College). Lynne is an artist that paints with passion and versatility and her paintings have a subtle softness that created an overwhelming demand for her classes.

 

Oil Painting by Lynne Pittard

 

 

 

Her desire to share her passion for painting led to becoming an instructor on national television “Painting with Pittard” which has aired nationwide for twenty-five years. Her images are licensed and published worldwide and a favorite of collectors and she is also the author of eight books on the art of painting. Lynne shares her love of painting through workshops and seminars, traveling and teaching in over thirty states and abroad.

 

Oil Painting by Lynne Pittard

 

A true visionary and artist’s advocate, Lynne launched a revolutionary concept for television with her Visual Arts Network, a satellite and cable network with the finest art instructions and entertainment programs available worldwide through TV and IPTV.

 

 

WAS:

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 36th 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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