Hailed By Critics For Her “Subjective Realism” Approach, Eran Far Offers Three Abstract Painting Classes At Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

Eran Far is an Iranian/American artist whose formal training began at the Kamal El Molk Art Academy in Tehran.  Under the direction of great academics in Brussels and the Art Students League of New York, her artistry matured into a unique style which combines the abstract and expressionist movements.  Eran is offering 3 workshops ( individual or they can be combined) to students interested in exploring abstract art, at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League on February 16, February 23 and March 2.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of her exquisite artistry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS:

3 One- Day Workshops With:

                                                                                            

E R A N     F A R

 

Internationally Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist Artist

 

 

 

 

Saturdays:   February 16, February 23, and March 2, 2019

For more information and to register for a workshop:  call :     201 496-3872 or    email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      

 

Classes take place at:

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League

8879 SE Bridge Road     Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 


Eran Far
 

 

 

 

Hailed by critics as “subjective realism”, Eran Far’s expressive and hypnotic style evokes thoughts that carry the mind from the reality of nature to abstract expressions of emotion.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Through my watercolors and mixed media, I want to explain beauty and harmony beyond the traditional and expected ways. My paintings reflect all the scenes and incidents that affected me deeply…sounds, lights, colors. This, together with the experience of “crossing into the world beyond’ which is inexplicable even to myself, is the main texture of my paintings”.

 

 

 

Eran attributes the creative expressions in her paintings to hard days and happy days growing up in Tehran, and to her life travels in different parts of the world. Born to older parents, Eran grew up in a largely adult world.  Encouraged to be fiercely competitive and having an appetite for singing, theater, and dance, Eran performed happily before her home audiences.  She also had an innate love for design, appreciating the depth of color and nuance.

 

 

“Summer Breeze” by Eran Far

 

 

Biographer, Fleeta E. Fox, talks about Eran: “ Her art and painting had their beginnings at Kamal el Molk Academy in Teheran.  As she studied the Masters and began painting, she felt that her own paintings were superficial and  “too copycat”.   With an unbridled need to express herself from within, Eran rejected and discarded the idea of painting altogether and “forgot art”.  Eran joined her brother in Brooklyn, NY  to continue her college studies”. 

 

Eran was  inspired by the creativity and history of the New York World’s Fair, as “lighting, scenery, and theater all impacted her and opened new horizons”.  She was energized by her nascent experiences in the bustling city. In the seventies, as Eran grieved her mother’s death, she sought reprieve by traveling to the south of France and later to Brussels.  Eran says, “The yellow lights of Brussels inspired me to try painting once again”.  But, being restricted to traditional art forms, her spirit for expression and creative form was dampened.

 

“Class Recess” by Eran Far

 

 

 

A return to New York City, brought Eran to classes at the Students Art League. In this new-found space, Eran’s love of Modern Art was finally released.  She told Fleeta E. Fox the following story.  

 

The students were assigned small spaces on a table upon which to work. They were allowed to paint on a small canvas. One day during class, an instructor approached Eran and said, “Why are you painting in this space? What are you doing? You need more space….”

Eran responded, “That’s what we’re allowed”.

She was instructed to purchase a larger canvas and work on the floor. For the very first time in her life, she was painting with large, sweeping strokes and “painting her heart out”! Inspired by her mentor who believed in her gift, she was encouraged to “excavate her soul” and paint from within. She was also inspired by a fellow art student, illustrator, and scholar who recognized and encouraged her development into a fine artist. He later became her husband.

 

 

At the prestigious Art Students League of New York, Eran studied on and off for over two decades (1990-2012) under Master artists Joseph Stapleton, Anita Steckel, and Dale Myer. Eran’s style of painting was recognized as “Subjective Realism” within abstract expressionist style.

 

For two decades and prior to relocating to Florida, Eran also served as a computer programmer and systems analyst for NCR Corporation, an international manufacturing company in both Iran and New York.  She later jointed Metropolitan Life of New York, as a financial representative.

 

“Nature’s Choreography” by Eran Far

 

 

 

Eran currently works as a private art instructor, conducting art workshops, and participating in art shows in different venues in Florida.  Her paintings speak for themselves.  They have been presented in art shows in New York, Berlin, Paris, Teheran, and Nice.  In 2015, Eran made her home in Stuart, Florida, where she shares her art with residents of the Treasure Coast, as well as “sharing her secrets” through her upcoming classes.  Her paintings are included in numerous art collections internationally.  She is available for commissions.

 

 

 

To learn more about this artist: 

Contact Eran Far

      Tel:         201 496-3872

      email:     eranfar31@gmail.com

      website:  www.yessy.com/eranfar 

 

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Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby

 

Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

Click here to Watch the Video

“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

Click Here For Article

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

To See More “Excessories” Click here

 

 

Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

To see more bracelets Click here

 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

To See More Mobiles and Kinetic Art Click here

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

Click here to learn more

 

 

 

To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

www.elaynatobyart.com/shop

Email Elayna Toby

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart

 Instagram   @elaynatobyart

 

Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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Helen Kagan’s Paintings Took Miami by Storm – Now Showing at Art Synergy

Helen Kagan grew up in the former USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for freedom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Having lived and worked in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY, FL, and equipped with another Masters degree, Helen spent much of her time as a social worker developing and leading programs and providing holistic services to those in need.

As both a therapist and an artist, Helen believes tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with positive energy, love, and self-expression.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Helen’s newest work during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach at 2 locations: OSGS in Northwood and Continuum at 312 Clematis Street W. Palm Beach.  The details are in this article.

 

 

Meet Helen Kagan

 

 

 

 

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Helen Kagan unveiling “Bridge To Hope”

 

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a holistic therapist and artist. Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.   Helen works mainly with oil but lately is experimenting with acrylic and mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism and mainly, expressionism. They are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive.

 

 

 

Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. She’s been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” expressing the past, present and future with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood.

 

 

"Sun Shower"

“Sun Shower”

 

 

Primarily self-taught, Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Her intention is to create a solid body of Healing Art to serve people and communities in need. She envisions her art to be placed in Hospitals, Medical Centers, Rehabilitation, Multicultural, Crisis Centers – to enhance healing and well-being. Helen believes in interconnectedness of physical, mental and spiritual. She believes her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need. Her vibrant art is a statement of her beliefs.

 

 

"Under the Bridge"

“Under the Bridge”

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Helen shares, “For many of us art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers the message of being on a spiritual Journey. My “Healing Arts” – is my unique way to integrate expressive art and the art of healing”.

 

"Stairway to Heaven" (Energy Series)

“Stairway to Heaven” (Energy Series)

                 

She goes to explain, ” I believe that art heals.  I believe that art as a powerful form of self-expression becomes a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my work delivers this message through positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color and energetically balanced composition. My canvases are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive – bridges to the past, cities in the rain, street lights, domes, music, oceans, fields of sunflowers, moons, clouds, sunsets… However, the following themes are always present in my art – being on the Journey, moving towards the Light, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course – ‘J’oie de vivre'”!

     

 

 

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“Nostalgy”

“I believe that tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with beauty, positive energy, and self-expression. This is what I communicate through my art while reflecting my own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past.    I believe in mind-body-spirit connection. I believe art can enhance healing and promote well-being in a viewer.  My passionate art is a statement of my beliefs”, Helen tells The Rickie Report. 

                       

"Hurricane" (Energy Series)

“Hurricane” (Energy Series)

 

Helen  has a vast education including:  Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC , Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies and Holistic Studies (Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner).  She is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner,   Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity Association,  MSW and  LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker).  Helen received her  MA  in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and PhD  in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

 

 

"Forever"

“Forever”

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

In the last few years, Helen participated in over 20 juried shows, was presented at City Hall of Hollywood FL, ‘Art in Public Places’ 3-months display (23 pieces), ‘Metamorphosis’ solo exhibition at ‘Osceola 32’ Gallery, Stuart (25 pieces), ‘City Vibe’ featured Artist exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery, Stuart FL (20 pieces), ‘Constellation 9/11’ featured Artist exhibition (15pieces), was juried in for 4 exhibitions of Martin County Art Council, and others.

 

"Sunset on Clematis" (Energy Series)

“Sunset on Clematis” (Energy Series)

 

Her ‘Healing Arts’ won several on-line competitions, was exhibited in the galleries, shops and private venues in VT, WI, MN, NY, and FL: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart , Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach. Currently Helen’s artwork is on display in a few galleries in South FL, including OSGS at 500 Northwood Road  West Palm Beach, FL.  Helen’s artwork will be on display during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 at OSGS  and at Continuum  312 Clematis Street.

 

 

 For more information about Continuum and Art Synergy please visit:  www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 For more information about her art exhibit:  www.OSGSart.com – www.facebook.com/OSGSart   Email – OSGSart@hotmail.com

 

 

For more information about Helen’s artistry, please visit:  www.HelenKagan.com or  www.facebook.com/helenhealingarts.  You can also explore:  http://www.saatchionline.com/HealingArts,   http://www.rawartists.org/healing ,   https://2hearts.see.me/yearinreview2013  http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/2013/11/helen-kagan-phd/  

 

To contact Helen please call  917-855-1153 or email HelenKagan@yahoo.com

 

 

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