OSGS Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Public Reception

It’s time to celebrate the 1st anniversary of OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery Studio! For this special milestone, The Rickie Report takes a close look at what makes this gallery such a beacon for art buyers, art lovers and artists alike. In this article we celebrate the artists and the initiatives of owners Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla.  Stop by during their Open House! Details and interview are here.

 

 

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OSGS

 

Ortiz Smykla Gallery Studio

 

Invites You to Celebrate

Friday, March 28th   6-9 pm

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

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Currently on exhibit at OSGS are: Ilene Adams, Dianne Bernstein, Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Marie-Claude Desorcy, Gail Erickson, Luke Gardner, Jeff Green, Henri Louis Hirschfeld, Irene Jalowayski, Helen Kagan, Robin Kimball, Ian Levinson, Lew Mayer, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Molly Potter, John Rachell, Jim Rigg, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Elayna Toby Singer, Ebba TinWin and Steve Wallace.

 

 

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TRR:   As OSGS celebrates its first anniversary opening in Northwood, can you take us through the process from your initial thoughts to actually opening?

Evelyn:

 

It comes as a surprise to both Jonathon and me that the year has sped by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday we were contemplating the thought of a gallery and working together on the project.  Where to begin, cost, location, and business plan were all questions we posed to each other and our spouses.  This was, after all, a family affair and one that would impact us all.  Evelyn just hit retirement and Jonathon was at a crossroads with his professional outlook.  This new venture seemed to fit our paths.

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Months prior to my retirement from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals kept me very busy with the idea of a gallery.  With a masters degree in Library Science specializing in archives and conservation, I had already worked in a business library as well as corporate, special and university libraries.  I had researched the venture we would be undertaking and knew that selling art would not be easy.

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We both knew that we had something special to contribute to the world of art.  Jonathon holds the masters degree in landscape architecture from Auburn and worked with firms in Montgomery, Atlanta and West Palm Beach.  He also created his own art (painting, rock posters, screen printing and photography), exhibited in several galleries, and accepted commissions (his art even appears on race cars!).   Before becoming a librarian I earned my undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Alabama.  I painted and created fiber arts.  My knowledge of modern art is so extensive that years ago on a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art I even discovered that one of Rauschenberg’s works was hung the wrong way!

 

 

 

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Showing no fear and only enthusiasm we set forth the task of doing our research on what it takes to run a gallery in today’s market.  With tenacity, love of art, empathy, and courage mixed with fearless wonder we did our leg work.  We read such books as Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, by Brainard Carey.  We did our literature research by reading articles, looking at multiple business plans and contacting SCORE here in West Palm Beach.  We trained with a custom framer and attended workshops to learn and hone our skills in custom framing.  We visited several different locations, in particular, those that Jonathon felt had the most potential for creative arts and growth.  We joined the Chamber of Commerce and took advantage of the many workshops and lectures as well as opportunities for networking.

 

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Still, art is a hard sell, and takes a lot of creativity and working in tandem with artists and the art community.  So while we located our current location and went about the business of renovating the space, Jonathon went to work on our web page and social media.  I took on the arduous task of getting licenses, security, insurance and tax needs necessary to run a business, as well as teaching myself how to operate an online bookkeeping system.  We did our homework and researched different operating contracts for exhibiting artists before deciding on what we felt would be beneficial to both the artist and us.

 

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Art is not only a ‘hard sell’ but we opened our doors when the economy was (and is still is) suffering from the economic downturn.  The business model we developed has worked for us so far.  We are still a ‘new’ business and it will definitely take more time to establish our roots, but we are on the right path.

 

We started our space with an empty shell that needed a lot of work.  After making a number of renovations and improvements, we designed many floorplans before deciding on a one that worked best for our spatial experience.  Our end result matched our vision within the walls we had.

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Eventually we got to a point where we needed to send out ‘calls to artists’  that may want to exhibit with us.  We have been very fortunate in having talented artists approach us and allow us to exhibit incredibly excellent diverse art.

 

The Rickie Report was crucial in shining a light on our new venture with artists across the Palm Beaches.  That was really an early cornerstone of our success.  Without The Rickie Report we would not have been able to bring talented artists into our gallery in such a short period of time. Those artists provided a lot of feedback and insight that we took seriously and used to help build our vision as well.

 

 

"Irish Beauty" by Diane Bernstein

 

TRR:  How have you integrated into the community?

Jonathon:

The idea of giving back to others is not new to us because we are suddenly business owners.  Our family has always given back in many different ways.  The online art auction we sponsored in February with all proceeds benefitting Place of Hope is a recent example.  Our artists supported us and donated beautiful pieces to the auction.

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Last summer we initiated Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series (BYOC).  This initiative offers free lectures by our exhibiting artists to the community in order to learn more about art, different mediums/techniques, and what it takes to create, experiment, and have fun with art, either through educational training or self training.  Through BYOC we’ve made art more approachable and not so far fetched to the community.

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ArtSynery was another way we integrated into the community in our first year of business.  Aside from our individual artists and exhibitions, ArtSynergy allowed us to reach beyond the Northwood Village corridor.  We cannot put into words how exciting it was for us to have been a direct part of ArtPalmBeach. That our gallery and our exhibited artists were awarded a prestigious opportunity to exhibit in that art fair!  That was followed by seeing more of our artists represented in the American International Fine Art Fair.

 

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We worked very hard with the other gallery owners in Northwood to reach new goals and to establish Northwood as an art destination for West Palm Beach.   We helped establish the Second Saturday Art Walks as well as our own gallery exhibitions.  Essentially we’re not just juggling our own business affairs but also helping to see that Northwood turns the corner and becomes something better as well.

 

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TRR:  What are the most important things we should know about OSGS?

 

 

  • We are here to share the experience of beauty, creativity and wonder.
  • We hope to bring joy and pride to the community.
  • We are neighbors and friends to all that enter or pass our doors.
  • We want OSGS to be a venue where artists can exhibit their works to further their exposure.
  • We want the community to know that we Custom Frame for the Public!!!  Yes, this is a priority for us as a business because it brings in critical funding for OSGS to stay afloat.  Persons have come in for framing and walked out with art from our gallery.
  • We work hard to find new ways to bring exposure to both OSGS and Northwood Village.  We are a young business and we are trying new things, most of them for the first time.
  • We encourage any artist looking for gallery representation to contact us.  We consider every artist that approaches us.

 

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TRR: What are your goals for the coming year?

 

  •  Slow and steady is our mantra.  We know baby steps is the best way to move forward.
  •  We would like to offer more receptions, continue with our BYOC summer lecture series, continue to offer our assistance to non-profits, and expand our framing business.
  •  We want to continue to work on our gallery and be proud of what we have accomplished together as a team.  
  • We want to connect art with other businesses in Northwood.  Merging food, art, fashion and the like will be the best way to ensure positive growth — make each and every day the best day to shop and dine Northwood.

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

 

We come from a long line of service providers, dream makers, and putting others first, so keep an eye on us.

Something to keep an eye on – Our Website!  We are currently revamping our website and hope to launch the new version OSGS 2.0 within the next few weeks!  It will include all you need to know about OSGS and our exhibiting artists but we will also be offering purchasing options on all items currently on exhibit through the website.  www.OSGSart.com

 

 

As always, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow each and every step as we grow well into the future.  Stay up-to-date with all of OSGS events.
…And We Custom Frame for the Public!!

We are always looking for artists seeking representation.  Please email us if you are interested.  We have options for exhibition space and reception opportunities.

 

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223   e: OSGSart@hotmail.com    www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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OSGS Grand Opening Features Multitude of Artists! Meet the Owners

Jonathon Ortiz- Smykla and Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla chose the Northwood Village as the home of their new art gallery and frame shop.  This is a vibrant area with small shops, galleries and restaurants, known as “Historically Hip”.  The Rickie Report met this mother/son team just as the space was being painted and looks forward to their Grand Opening this week! This feature not only tells their story, but those of the artists who will help debut OSGS at the next Promenade Night of the Northwood neighborhood. See YOU at OSGS  Ortiz Smykla/Gallery-Studio February 22nd!

 

(561) 833-2223 / OSGSart@hotmail.com
500 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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 OSGS | Gallery Studio

Grand Opening

Friday February 22, 2013

6 – 9 pm

OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio invites you to their Grand Opening on Friday February 22nd from 6 – 9 pm.   It coincides with Northwood Villages’ Award Winning Art & Wine Promenade, a free event open to the public.  Details about Northwood Village’s events follow in this feature story.  The Rickie Report interviewed Jonathon and Evelyn to explore their backgrounds and their agenda for their new venture.  Also included are photographs of works by artists in their Grand Opening Exhibit.

Welcome to OSGS

Welcome to OSGS!

TRR: Please tell  our readers about each of your artistic backgrounds.

Jonathon:

Into The Blue By Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

Into The Blue By Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

I grew up with art appreciation through my family’s influence.  I was exposed to other cultures and the arts at a young age which also helped shape my desire and appreciation for creating art.  I earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture, Design and Construction.

Widespread Panic Silk Screen by Jonathon

Widespread Panic Silk Screen by Jonathon

The foundation for design and spatial relationships I learned through that process has helped me further my understanding and experimentation within my own design and artwork projects.

Temple of Emperor; Photography by Jonathon

Temple of Emperor; Photography by Jonathon

My efforts in a broad range of mediums allowed me to exhibit work in a variety of galleries and juried exhibitions.

Paddle Surf Buddha by Jonathon

Paddle Surf Buddha by Jonathon

I now look forward to continuing those efforts as well as provide a space for others here at OSGS to gain exposure and further their artistic paths.

Evelyn:

Untitled Charcoal Drawing by Evelyn

Untitled Charcoal Drawing by Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla

I hold an undergraduate degree in Art History and Fine Arts and a graduate degree in Library Studies focusing on archives and conservation with an emphasis on humanities and the arts.  I worked directly with Books Art faculty and interned at both the Bryant Museum and the Hoole Library (Private Collections, archives and conservation) at the University of Alabama.

Untitled Acrylic by Evelyn

Untitled Acrylic by Evelyn

I have painted acrylic abstract landscapes, created photographic images in black and white, and am a weaver.  As a fiber artist I have exhibited my work at the Kentuck Museum in Northport, AL where I showed my mohair, silk, linen, and cotton beaded shawls (crystals, rhinestones, and pearls) scarves, place mats and napkins.

Silk and Linen Handwoven Spanish Shawl by Evelyn

Silk and Linen Handwoven Spanish Shawl by Evelyn

After completing my graduate degree my goal was to continue as an artist and open my own gallery, but, life and other responsibilities got in the way of my personal dreams and passion for the arts. My art took a back seat to life’s other demands and adventures.

Untitled Graphite Drawing by Evelyn

Untitled Graphite Drawing by Evelyn

TRR: Why did you decide to open a gallery and how did you choose Northwood Village?

The two of us started talking about opening an art gallery, studio, and custom framing business a few years ago as Evelyn got closer to retirement as a federal law librarian and Jonathon gained experience with the south Florida art scene.

Steve Wallace's "Upcycled Table"

Steve Wallace’s “Upcycled Table”

We watched local art galleries develop and grow and Jonathon was receiving important feedback from other artists and gallery owners that helped him grow as an artist.

"Sandhill Cranes" Oil/Acrylic by Ann Lawtey (Palm Beach, FL)

“Sandhill Cranes” Oil/Acrylic by Ann Lawtey (Palm Beach, FL)

Historic Northwood Village offered us what we had been looking for. The Old Northwood Historic District, the first in the city of West Palm Beach, is one of the most beautiful and friendly neighborhoods in West Palm Beach.  Its distinguished architecture, eclectic mix of residents, and friendly neighborhoods caught our imagination and entrepreneurial spirit.

"Food Chain Protocol" by Richard Halterman (,FL)Photography

“Food Chain Protocol” by Richard Halterman (Palm Beach ,FL)Abstract Digital Fine Art

The more we visited and talked with other gallery and shop owners the more we felt they supported one another.  The City’s commitment to support the monthly Art & Wine Promenade speaks volumes as to the growth in the District’s future and what that means for us as gallery owners. What more could we ask for!

"Diehard Cupie" Oil by Gillespie (Palm Beach)

“Diehard Cupie” Oil by Gillespie (Palm Beach)

The corner property we found , although it needed a lot of work,was a blessing.  Lots of elbow grease, muscle, and late nights paid off.  Residents, artists, and patrons who visit us remark on the transformation.

"Florida Girl" Glass by Irene Jalowayski (Palm Beach, FL)

“Florida Girl” Glass by Irene Jalowayski (Palm Beach, FL)

Thanks to our parallel love of art and career choices everything came together at exactly the perfect time.  So here at OSGS (Ortiz | Smykla | Gallery | StudioWorks of Art and Custom Framing) in Historic Northwood Village we share our passion for the arts and meet incredibly talented and generous artists.

"Garden" by John Rachell (Palm Beach)

“Garden” by John Rachell (Palm Beach)

TRR: What types of artwork are you showing?  

OSGS is currently showing a range of art that includes paintings (figurative and abstract), sculpture, jewelry, glass art, pottery, and prints.  We do not want to limit the type of work we exhibit.

Ceramic Pot by Ian Levinson (Delray Beach, FL)

Ceramic Pot by Ian Levinson (Delray Beach, FL)

Instead we are after quality – keep the overall body of work strong and within an intimate, open gallery setting.  We want our patrons to come in and enjoy not only the quality of work we exhibit but also the space in which it is being exhibited.

"Afterglow" Oil by Manon Sander (Palm Beach, FL)

“Afterglow” Oil by Manon Sander (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: Will the Gallery be interested in offering SOLO exhibits?  

The Gallery will be available for Solo exhibits as well as shows directed at specific areas such as figurative, landscapes, photos, 3 dimensional art, fiber arts, etc.

Claudia Bloch (New York, NY) Jewelry

Claudia Bloch (New York, NY) Jewelry

We are also planning juried shows and exhibits to encourage new expression.

"Lady Liberty" Emmanuel Gonzalez's  Oil Pastels/Watercolor (Palm Beach, FL)

“Lady Liberty” Emmanuel Gonzalez’s Oil Pastels/Watercolor (Palm Beach, FL)

Unlike some galleries we ask each artist to commit to staying with us for a 3 month period in order that we get to know them and they get to know us.

"Ruby" by Sher

“Ruby” by Sheri DuBois (Palm Beach, FL)

During this time we feel we can properly promote each artist’s talents and work through our website, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as give them the opportunity to participate in the monthly Art & Wine Promenade here in the Village and Friday Night Strolls.

"Don Quixote" Sculpture by Lew Mayer (Palm Beach, FL)

“Don Quixote” Sculpture by Lew Mayer (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: How does an artist contact you to show and sell their art?

We prefer to be contacted by email (OSGSart@hotmail.com) with a brief description of the artist and their work.  Email is a great tool to show us samples of art by attaching photos or providing their personal web addresses.

"Flotsam" Mixed media by Molly Aubry (Palm Beach, FL)

“Flotsam” Mixed media by Molly Aubry (Palm Beach, FL)

The next step is to speak in person, preferably by appointment at the Gallery with samples of their work in hand.  Not only do we get to meet, but the artist can see our space, what we have available, and experience Northwood firsthand if they have never done so.

"In Due Time" Ceramic by Gail Erickson

“In Due Time” Ceramic by Gail Erickson

TRR: How do you imagine using your gallery space to reach out to the community?  

Our Gallery is available for charitable events and private special functions.  We support individual charities of our choice and have for many years; as a result we realize the importance of having the right space for such events.

"Deep Roots in Blue" Oil/Acrylic by Julie Roberts (Palm Beach, FL)

“Deep Roots in Blue” Oil/Acrylic by Julie Roberts (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: Are you offering classes?

We plan to offer classes but not at this time.  It is an option we have thought about since we both engage in diverse art mediums.

Glass Plates by Sheree Blum (Palm Beach, FL)

Glass Plates by Sheree Blum (Palm Beach, FL)

Teaching helps to keep your skills honed and your creativity growing and emerging.  Working with others is an incredible service that brings a great deal of gratification for both the student and instructor.

"Confirmation No. 13" Mixed Media by Jeff Green (Nashville, TN)

“Confirmation No. 13” Mixed Media by Jeff Green (Nashville, TN)

TRR: Tell us more about your custom framing offerings…will you frame a diploma? Only fine art?

Cutting a Frame

Cutting a Frame

Custom framing was an idea born from the need we discovered that artists and the general public have here in the Village.  A creative venture in its own right, it was just the right fit for us.

What is great about custom framing is the ability to see a variety of items that people bring in that need to be preserved.  We are available to frame just about any item.  The process of framing is an art form which most people do not realize.

Other Mat Options

Mat Options

The design and thought that happens between framers and their clients are what help create and enhance the unframed product.  Photography, prints, posters, certificates, memorabilia, and antiquities are just samples of what we hope to enhance through our framing services.

Custom Mat Being Cut

Custom Mat Being Cut

As a special service to our customers we are also available to go to their homes and look at their décor, color scheme and room where the item or art work will be hanging to better customize their choices.

"Joy2" by Dr. Wiggls, Juan Plaza, Ink

“Joy2” by Dr. Wiggls, Juan Plaza, Ink (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: OSGS means that this will also be a studio – will Jonathon be painting here?

Yes, Jonathon plans on creating works of art in our studio space.  He recently used the studio to create a painting commissioned by a client in Coco Beach.

"Warhead" Mixed Media by Molly Potter

“Warhead” Mixed Media by Molly Potter

Presently he is working to have his screen printing materials in place to produce flat stock art prints and to further poster commissions.

TRR: Anything I didn’t ask that you want our readers to know?

We are artists and understand the constraints and demands of such a career choice.  Networking, mentoring, and assisting one another is what we are here for.  We want our artists to get plenty of exposure and help them wherever and whenever we can.

Digital Ceramics by Tammy Frand (Parkland, FL)

Digital Ceramics by Tammy Frand (Parkland, FL)

We also want to make ourselves available to those who want to learn the business of gallery owner and/or custom framer by recruiting volunteers and interns from the community colleges, universities, and private art classes.

Northwood Village Art and Wine Promenade:  On the last Friday of every month from 6-9 pm their streets are filled with people enjoying the art scene that abounds around the galleries.  It is free and open to the public. There will be over 30 street-side artist trunk shows, live bands, entertainment, complimentary wine tastings and more.  The shops will offer special discounts and this week you can stroll by and meet Mo & Sally from Kool 105.5 and much more!  There are three locations of live entertainment with a new main center stage performance area on the corner of Spruce and Northwood Road.

For more information call the Art & Wine Promenade Event Hotline at (561)822-1551. Don’t miss this FREE event! Northwood Village is located one mile north of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd on Dixie Hwy. Free and valet parking available. event parking located on 24th street, 25th street, lot on 23rd street and throughout the village!  Free Rides! Catch the Village Bus to & from the Downtown Library from 5:30-10:00pm. 

http://www.northwoodvillage.org/events/

 

For more information about OSGS|Studio Gallery call  561-833-2223 or email  OSGSart@hotmail.com and visit www.OSGSart.com.   Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291