“Environmentally Engaged” At Lighthouse ArtCenter Stimulates Conversations About Eco Awareness

“Environmentally Engaged” is an exhibition of different artists’ work that stimulates conversations to develop strategies and policies to foster awareness and positive environmental change in Florida’s ecosystem. This Lighthouse ArtCenter Exhibit is co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN) and judged by Paul Fisher.  The artists give us much to consider and will hopefully spur us to ACTION.  The Rickie Report shares the details, including the Opening Event at 3rd Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  We also highlight the creativity and thoughts of the curators.  Don’t miss this event!  The Exhibit continues through October 24th. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the family, to discuss the subjects and how everyone CAN make a difference.

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter

Presents:

“Environmentally Engaged”

3rd Thursday, September 17th

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Opening & Awards Reception and special lectures by co-curators

Co-curated by Lucy Keshavarz and Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice/BAN)

Judged by Paul Fisher

Exhibit Runs: September 10 – October 24th

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

"Environmentally Engaged" Artwork by Carol Erenrich

     “Environmentally Engaged”       Artwork by Carol Erenrich

 

 

 

Meet Diane Arrieta  and Lucy Keshavarz

 

Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. Her work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artist like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood.  Her work has been categorized as socio-eco-political and often focuses on difficult subjects. Currently, her work focuses on environmental topics.

 

"Making Connections" by Diane Arrieta

 

Diane holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture from Florida Atlantic University and a MSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. She works as the science and art outreach coordinator at FAU libraries in Jupiter, FL; as well as the research assistant for the Taras Oceanographic Foundation; studying wild dolphin populations off the Coast of Palm Beach County.  Diane (aka Birds Are Nice/BAN) is an internationally recognized artist.

 

 

 

Her latest body of work is used as a communication tool for raising awareness of biological concepts related to biodiversity, species loss, habitat degradation and the relationship of these things to human health and well-being. Having Native American roots and Taoist beliefs, this artist focuses on an ecocentric mindset that places nature and animals above humans. She utilizes materials and certain processes that are typically used for commercial and  industrial  purposes as her way of turning consumer based items into works of art that speak about the environment. Parallel to the ecological topics, much of the work of (Birds Are Nice) BAN focuses on social-political issues, mainly affecting women and children.

 

 

"Frog" by Diane Arrieta

“Frog Protection” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

 

Diane shares her insights with The Rickie Report, ” Amphibian populations have been plummeting for the following reasons: Habitat destruction, Chytridiomycosis (a fungal disease), introduction of non-native species, overexploitation, climate change, UV-B radiation from increased ozone depletion, chemical contaminants from pesticides, acidification and nitrogen based fertilizers. Second meaning…we have to kiss a lot of frogs to find our prince!  Strongly associated with the water element, the frog connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, more spiritual or energetic”.

 

 

 

"Save The Whales" by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

          “Save The Whales” by Diane Arrieta (BAN)

 

 

 

Diane shares, “Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. Unfortunately their large size and mythical aura does not protect them; seven out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, even after decades of protection. Collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear (known as bycatch) and pollution are a threat to all whales and dolphins. Shipping activity and oil development causes damaging noise that can disrupt their hearing, which disrupts critical feeding and breeding activities. Commercial whaling still kills over 1000 whales a year”.

 

 

Children are a reoccurring theme in the works of Birds Are Nice (BAN). Nietzsche said, “The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a Sacred Yes”. BAN’s work strives for the simplicity of that childhood innocence. Moreover, research shows that how children relate to the environment directly correlates to how they view nature in adulthood. The work is visually engaging and allows both adults and children to investigate social and environmental issues without feeling threatened.

 

 

"Life Or Death? Mask" by Lucy Keshavarz

                 “Living Or Death Mask” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy Keshavarz is a fifteenth generation Floridian and graduated with a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In 1987, she assisted her husband in opening Keshavarz & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and survey firm in West Palm Beach. Lucy has worked with various performing arts organizations and directed the GardensArt program in the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

 

 

 

Artwork by Lucy Keshavarz

                                                   Artwork by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

 

Lucy founded Art & Culture Group, Inc.(ACG) in 1999. Through ACG, her work has included developing and facilitating art in public places projects, curator of rotating public art programs, and managing multi-media exhibitions traveling across the US. Lucy’s work includes clay, glass and mixed-media as well as public art and EcoArt projects.

 

"Blooming" by Lucy Keshavarz

“Blooming” by Lucy Keshavarz

 

 

Lucy is acutely aware of the environmental degradation that has taken place in Florida. Through her art she promotes the cultural paradigm shifts needed to bring about healing and restoration of our environment. An example is Native Impressions™, a new series of works in clay that brings her recent EcoArt projects into the gallery. These pieces illustrate the beauty of Florida native plants species and the need to bring these back to all places in Florida.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this Exhibit, classes, lectures and art events at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, please visit:

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

Art Adventures and Whitespace Announce “Washington/Baltimore Private Collectors and their Collections”

Elayne and Marvin Mordes are offering an amazing opportunity to visit the Washington/Baltimore area to meet private art collectors in their homes and see their collections!  The Rickie Report cannot think of a better way to spend five days – and if there is a hard-to-buy-for “someone” consider an early holiday gift!  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We urge you to sign up early before the limited spaces are gone.  
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Save the dates for Whitespace Season:
  Opening on November 20, Thursday from 6-9 pm with the exhibition, 
offering 29 international Jewelry Artists who use repurposed, recycled and creative materials to sculpt body jewelry!  Perfect timing for holiday gift-giving!

This program will open Thursday, November 20th, Friday November 21st, Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd

  11 AM – 4 PM.

 

Please check our website at www.whitespacecollection.com for additional info on Whitespace programming for Season 2014-2015 beginning in August.

 

 

 

Art Adventures & Whitespace
announces
2014: Washington/Baltimore
Private: “collectors and their collections”
Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 4:30  – Sunday, November 9 in the AM.
 Highlights in Washington:
wednesday, thursday and friday
stay at the 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel for 4 nights
Visit top six collectors in their amazing homes and view their collections!
Glenstone

Glenstone

Visit to Glenstone – home and “over the top” private collection
Tour the Hirshhorn Museum exhibitions and view the newly renovated permanent collection ring with the curator.
Enjoy fabulous food for the stomach as well as the mind!
 Highlights in Baltimore:
Saturday
Visionary Art Museum

Visionary Art Museum

Tour the Visionary Art Museum with the Director/Owner – Rebecca Hoffberger –
one of the only Museums of its kind in the United States!
Baltimore Art Museum

Baltimore Art Museum

Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art’s newly renovated and beautifully reinstalled Contemporary additiion.
Tour the  internationally famous Cone Collection with the curator of this collection as our guide!
Cone Collection

Cone Collection

Visit the beautiful, unique and exciting architectural home of one of the driving forces in the
contemporary art world – a beautiful intersection of art, architecture and objects!
Visit top large scale contemporary photography collection
(Gursky, Struth, Muniz , Richter and also Meese, Munoz, etc.)
  and view this in the home of the collector – a very personal and focused collection!
Looking forward to your response:
Your ultimate tour guides:
Elayne+Marvin
itinerary subject to change
Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA
Whitespace Art Adventures
2805 N. Australian Avenue         West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131                               F:561.842.4132
E: 2805@mordes.net                    www.whitespacecollection.com
Registration form is available at   www.whitespacecollection.com

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Emily Fisher Landau’s Legacy at the Norton Museum of Art

We most often connect “legacy” with the amount of money left in a will.  Emily Fisher Landau’s legacy is one that we can share and The Norton Museum of Art is opening this special exhibit next week.  The Rickie Report is anxious to see this collection not only because of its breadth but because Landau’s foresight allows us to see the maturation of these artists over a period of time.

 

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Norton presents

Legacy,

a comprehensive overview

of iconic, contemporary art collected

by

Emily Fisher Landau

 

Exhibit Runs

 February 19 – June 2, 2013

 

The Norton Museum of Art presents the special exhibition, Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, beginning Feb. 19, 2013. Not only is it truly special because it includes remarkable contemporary artwork by American icons such as Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, but it is part of a formidable collection of more than 350 works part-time Palm Beacher Emily Fisher Landau pledged to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2010. (She is a Whitney Trustee.)

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Ed Ruscha, 2002 “Lion in Oil” Synthetic polymer on canvas with Tape
Photo by Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art.com

 

South Florida residents will be able to see an astounding array of dozens of contemporary works – paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs – that Landau presciently collected when many of these artists were still relatively unknown. Legacy runs through June 2, 2013.

“The Norton Museum of Art is grateful to Emily Fisher Landau and the Whitney Museum for bringing this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary art to Palm Beach County,” said Norton Executive Director Hope Alswang. “Ms. Landau has assembled one of the great collections of contemporary art, and museum visitors have an amazing opportunity to see very important work by significant artists of our time.”

 

Andy Warhol, 1982 "Emily Fisher Landau" Gelatin Silver Print   Photo by: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art.com

Andy Warhol, 1982                    “Emily Fisher Landau”               Gelatin Silver Print                      Photo by: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art.com

 

 

Emily Fisher Landau was first a member of the Whitney Museum’s Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions Committee in 1987 before becoming a Board member. She stated early on: “I like the fact that the Whitney isn’t afraid to expose the public to the work of young artists before they are accepted.” That approach guided her when collecting work by artists who were yet to gain wide acceptance and were sometimes pushing beyond conventional tastes. Landau summed up her enthusiasm for the untested art of our time: “Artists like Kiki Smith and Glen Ligon portray the world we are living in now … whether you like it or not is beside the point.”

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Neil Jenney, 1969 “Threat and Sanctuary” Oil on canvas
Photo by Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art.com

Collecting the work of an artist over a period of several years, if not decades, is a characteristic of Mrs. Landau’s approach. In this exhibition, three artists are seen in depth: Richard Artschwager, Jasper Johns, and Ed Ruscha. Los Angeles-based Ruscha said of Landau: “To the greatest degree, she’s the friend of the artist…. Some collectors would prefer not to meet the artist and I can understand that they don’t want to crack an illusion about somebody whose work they are collecting…. She’s different. She’s not afraid to know the artist personally.”

Ed Ruscha "Give Him Anything and he'll Sign It" 1965

Ed Ruscha “Give Him Anything and he’ll Sign It” 1965  Oil on Canvas

 

Legacy represents an historic collection of art as well as the remarkable vision of Emily Fisher Landau. It is organized by Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, and David Kiehl, the Museum’s Curator of Prints and Special Collections.

 

About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291