Jennifer Love Gironda: Artist, Teacher, Inspirer Talks About Showing Gratitude Through Creativity

When Jennifer Love Gironda witnessed the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she felt the need to do more than provide much-needed basic supplies for daily living.  A visionary artist who brings her heart and soul to every project she touches, Jennifer also considered the survivors’ emotional state.  Using scraps of fabrics from her multiple sewing enterprises, plus beads, she created heart-shaped ornaments.   When her Lake Worth High School art students, friends on FaceBook (including me), and neighbors heard about this, everyone wanted to get involved!  The Rickie Report shares this story on Thanksgiving , to show that gratitude includes creativity and artwork from the heart. Jennifer, you bring the “heart” in ART!  

 

 

 

ON  BEING  THANKFUL:

 

heartBEAD  With Jennifer Love Gironda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last eight years, Jennifer Love Gironda has completed a piece of art every singe day, with over 2800 daily pieces as of today!  When she saw the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she decided to hand sew and bead hearts for her September, 2019 daily art project.  Feeling the need to do more, she set up a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the National Association of the Bahamas Inc to help those impacted by hurricane Dorian.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “For each donation of $25,  I created a hand-sewn heart.  Most of the front fabrics were cotton fabrics that I hand dyed, with some extra fabric pieces used for variety.  The backing fabrics are vintage kimono fabrics I purchased in Japan. Each piece includes hand beaded details, some shells.  The wings are a mix of vintage lace/bridal veil fabric and curtain sheer samples. I raised a total of $1270 in fundraiser donations, with additional donations for shipping costs and even some material donations”!

 

Jennifer received 32 separate donations from ten states (CA, FL, GA, KY, MA, NC, NY, TN, TX and VA) and ended up making a total of 60 hearts to send to her donors and contributors.  She shares, “The spirit of giving was felt by my Lake Worth High School students, who were inspired to sew their own hearts!

 

 

 

Hundreds of hand-sewn hearts

 

 

“My students completed one batch of 60 and then another batch of almost 100.  These were directly delivered to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight. My students’ handmade hearts are in the colors of the Bahamian flag and are a service learning project, not part of the fundraisers, just made directly for the people impacted by the hurricane, to let them know that they are in our thoughts”.  Jennifer Love Gironda is an art teacher at Lake Worth High School (Advanced Placement classes, 3D-1, Fashion Club). She earned her MAEd and is a National Board Certified Art Educator.  

 

 

Delivery to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight (photo courtesy of Annita McKnight)

 

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Exhibition Is Open To The Public

The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members’ Exhibition at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery features original art works by the County’s art teachers and community members. The exhibit which runs now until June 13,  displaying the individual talent and creativity of area teachers and community members. The exhibition offers PBCATA an opportunity to complete their mission of supporting art education and promoting art as a means of communication for each individual.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

Artwork by Jennifer Love-Gironda

Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association

Members’ Exhibition

AT:

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street  Lake Worth, Florida

 

Show runs Now until June 13, 2018

 

“Into The Night” by Cindy Oakes

 Featured Artists:

 

Brent Bludworth

Jerilyn Brown

Barbara Brubaker

Bill Buchanan

Mary Cavaioli

Britt Feingold

Jennifer Love-Gironda

Cindy Oakes

Sharon Salansky

Linda Stevenson

Carol Walker

 

“Ginne Springs” by Britt Feingold

 

 

PBCATA MISSION:


It is the mission of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to support art education and to promote art as a means of communication for each individual. It is the right of each individual to develop his own creativity and aesthetic potential. It is our purpose to strengthen the position of art education in Palm Beach County. We support programs in art, which meet the needs, interests and abilities of each individual student. We will promote and maintain the highest quality of art education in Palm Beach County.

 

“Filled With Love” by Linda Stevenson

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach County Art Teacher’s Association Fine Art Exhibit At Center For Creative Education Is Free And Open To The Public

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education presents a Palm Beach County Art Teacher’s Association Fine Art Exhibition Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.  The exhibit is available through August 12th and is free and open for the public to enjoy.  The PBCATA gives scholarships to 2 graduating seniors who are continuing their education in the arts.  These professionals support each other as colleagues in education as well as practicing artists. Many of our current and past board members are in positions to support art educators at the state (FAEA and FAAE) and national (NAEA) levels. Dr. Nicole Crane, the current Treasurer is also the current President of FAEA.  Kudos to all of these teachers and artists!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

The Gallery at CCE
425 24th St.       West Palm Beach, FL 33407
561-805-9927

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition will run until August 12, 2017

Free and Open to the Public during regular Gallery hours:
Tuesdays through Saturdays
10:00am to 5:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members Exhibiting:

Jeanne Bootz – Teacher, Cholee Lake Elementary, Bootz Culture Camp

Jerilyn Brown – Teacher, Wellington High School

Bobbie Brubaker – PB School District, Curriculum Department Fine Arts

Bonnie Bruner – Armory Arts Teacher

Brent Bludworth – Teacher, Lake Worth High

William “Bill” Buchanan – Armory Arts Teacher

Kris Davis – Teacher, Somerset Academy (JFK)

Sarah Davis – Teacher, The Benjamin School

Britt Feingold – Teacher, Hammock Pointe Elementary

Jennifer Love Gironda – Teacher, Lake Worth High School

Astrid Mora – Teacher, Berkshire Elementary

Sharon Salansky– Media Specialist Palmetto Elementary

Rose Shaw – Teacher, U.B. Kinsey Elementary

Linda Stevenson – Teacher, North Grade Elementary

Chrisanthy Vargo – Teacher, Olympic Heights High School

Mary Kay Westhoven – Teacher, Palmetto Elementary

 

 

 

 

Along with raising money for the scholarships, PBCATA also sponsors ribbons annually for the South Florida Fair and the Palm Beach County School District Annual K-12 Student Art Shows.  We support each other as colleagues in education as well as practicing artists. It is the mission of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to support art education and to promote art as a means of communication for each individual. It is the right of each individual to develop his own creativity and aesthetic potential. It is our purpose to strengthen the position of art education in Palm Beach County. We support programs in art which meet the needs, interests and abilities of each individual student. We will promote and maintain the highest quality of art education in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite workshop/gatherings is Raku Under a Blue Moon. Many of our current and past board members are in positions to support art educators at the state (FAEA and FAAE) and national (NAEA) levels. Dr. Nicole Crane, our current Treasurer is also the current President of FAEA.

 

 

For more information about PBCATA’s events or to join:

www.pbcata.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing New Exhibit Dates At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery Through 2018 And Multiple Calls For Artists

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery announces a “A Full Season of Exhibits” 2017.   2D and 3D creations in all media are acceptable.  The Rickie Report shares the details of: “$5 Dollar, $% Dollar, $5 Dollar” (February), “Crazy Daisies” (March), “The Garment District” (March), “PEEPS” (April), “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (April), “Derby Days” (May), “Birds of a Feather” (May), “Hook Line and Sinker” (June), “Shoe Fetish/Foot Fetish” (July), “Peanuts Rising – Formerly The Male Form” (August),  ” Bread and Roses” (August), “Exotica/Erotica” (September), “The Petting Zoo” – Formerly Cat-O-Strophic (October), “Halloween, Freaky” (November), “2nd Annual Judaica Show” (November), “Set The Table” (November), “2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar” (December).  No fee for art students to apply! Art lovers can mark their calendars now for these event, as artists can see an overview of all of the opportunities to exhibit and sell their work. 

 

 

 

 

 

CLAY GLASS METAL STONE Gallery

15 South J Street Lake Worth, Florida 33460

CALL: 215-205-9441

 

Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org

 

 

“UPCOMING EXHIBITS”

ART PATRONS:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

 

 

 

February 17 to March 1:

“$5 Dollah, $% Dollah, $5 Dollah”

 

 

 

February 17 to March 1: “$5 Dollah, $% Dollah, $5 Dollah” This show is being curated by Artiste Extraordinaire, JoAnn Nava. (Your entry fee is $5). Reproduce SMALL replicas of your works on paper, sign and number them. Submit up to 10 reproductions of the same piece- 3 separate pieces or 30 small works of art. This show takes place during Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth. You become part of their collections of fine arts for affordable prices. 3-D artists will be featured in the center of the paper exhibit. Small, affordable pieces ($5). You too will be able to collect some of your favorite artists at affordable prices. No frames. paper only. This is an interactive installation.

 

March 3- March 14:

“Crazy Daisies”

Gallery View

March 3- March 14: “Crazy Daisies” This year we are partnering with Lake Worth’s newest Flower shop, AWE FLOWERS.  The gallery will be filled with floral arrangements. Apply early to assure your place in this show.

 

 

March 17-March 29-  

“The Garment District” (The Rag Trade)

 

Gallery View

 

 

March 17-March 29- A New Show with A New Theme (open to your interpretation) “The Garment District” (The Rag Trade) For all of you who create works of fashion in 2-D and 3-D, this show is for you. If you want to participate in a fashion show during the opening, with a run-way and music, please let us know and we will include you. If your paintings, photos or sculptures use costuming or clothing in any way at all, this is your show.

 

March 31-April 19:

8th Annual PEEPS Show

 

PEEPS Gallery View

 

March 31-April 19: 8th Annual PEEPS Show This annual show is open to all artists, and brought 2600 visitors to the gallery last year. It gets TV and Press coverage….and it’s just for fun. There is a $100 top prize, and four second place prizes given to artists by the PEEPS™ Company. (For those of you who don’t know, PEEPS™ are those little marshmallow candies that used to appear at Easter time, and now appear all year round.) The show is judged by local celebrities and, when he can, by Bob Born, the inventor of PEEPS™. Go to http://cgmspeeps.blogspot.com/   for pictures of the last few years of entries.

 

 

April 21-May 3:

“It’s Not Easy Being Green”


April 21-May 3: “It’s Not Easy Being Green” Earth Day occurs on April 22 this year. This show pays homage to the earth. Jump into this show if you are En Plein Air, conservationists, or activists who want to save this planet. We have invited Everglades artists to join us, as they use their works to save the Everglades. Once again, this title, as all of our titles, are totally up to your interpretation.

 

 

May 12- May 24 :

“Derby Days”

 

Gallery View

 

 

May 12- May 24 : “Derby Days”: This is our show with a “Horse” theme, re-titled. We have a number of equestrian enthusiasts who have been working in our studio, visiting our gallery and asking for works that involve horses. The show is being held earlier this year to reach the equestrian community before they leave the area for the summer.

 

 

May 26-June 7:

 “Birds of a Feather”

 

 

May 26-June 7 “Birds of a Feather”  This show is opened to photographers, painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers and all fine artists who love our feathered friends. Again, if this does not evoke “bird” in you, and you can interpret this in any other way, you works are welcome

 

 

June 23-July 5

“Hook Line and Sinker”

 

Artwork by Jennifer Love Gironda

June 23-July5 “Hook Line and Sinker”We go from the air and tree tops, to the deep blue sea with this show. Nautical themes are what we anticipate, with lots and lots of fish and sea creatures. Once again, if this does not evoke “fish” in you, you can interpret this in any other way. 

 

 

July 7- July 19:

“Shoe Fetish/ Foot Fetish”

Shoe Fetish Gallery View

 

July 7- July 19: “Shoe Fetish/ Foot Fetish” This proved to be last year’s favorite show among our patrons who purchased more works than in any other show of the year . We like adding some levity to the hot summer by introducing the foot theme into our mix. Let’s get some pictures of these works into the gallery a few weeks early so we can get some more TV coverage on this. We want to bring the shoe loving crowds into the gallery to purchase your works. Last year some retired shoe manufacturers came into the gallery to buy.

 

August 4-August 16:

“Peanuts Rising”

 

 

Artwork by Bea Doone-Merena

August 4-August 16: “Peanuts Rising” formerly known as “The Male Form” We are repeating this successful special request exhibition. As in the past, this special show came from artists who felt slighted by the creations and shows that mostly feature the female form. They wanted equal time We welcome your interpretations.

 

 

August 18 to August 30

” Bread and Roses”

 

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August 18 to August 30- ” Bread and Roses” in honor of Women’s Equality Day. The title, “Bread and Roses”, came from the 1912 Laurence Mill strike where women fought for their rights, asking for raises for bread, but for roses in their lives as well. This exhibition honors women, their contribution to the world and to art. Just being a woman in the arts (with or without a message) brings honor to the exhibit.

 

September 1-September 20th

 “Speak Their Names” Revisited: A Special Invitation Show

 


September 1-September 20th- “Speak Their Names” Revisited: A Special Invitation Show.

 

 

September 22-October 4:

“Exotica/Erotica” formerly called, “The Naked Truth”

 

Artwork by Pedro Gabriel Antonio

 

September 22-October 4: “Exotica/Erotica” formerly called, “The Naked Truth” We are always happy to repeat this show again and again, and think our new title will refresh our audience. This is a wide open topic that can be interpreted as broadly as you wish.

 

October 6- October 18:

“The Petting Zoo”

 

Artwork by Gin Blische

 

 

October 6 – October 18: “The Petting Zoo” formerly know at the Cat-O-Strophic Event: This wildly popular was all about cats, and now, all other animals. Cats of every shape, color and kind, and their brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom. We will again reach out to all of the animal rescue venues, pet shops and veterinarians as we publicize this event.

 

October 20-November 1

“Halloween, Freaky”

 

Gallery View With Artist Yury Lobo

 

 

October 20-November 1: “Halloween, Freaky” replaces the Annual “Day(s) of the Dead” Lake Worth is now doing “Day of the Dead,” so we thought we would encompass a wider range of the Halloween Scene this year. This event brought purchasing patrons into the gallery long after the exhibit was taken down.

 

November 2- November 15

2nd Annual Judaic Show

 

Gallery View

 

Thursday, November 2- Wednesday, November 15: 2nd Annual Judaic Show. We plan this show to occur over a month before Hanukkah so that works can sell in time for holiday giving. Our annual Holiday Bazaar will include Judaic works, as well. If you create Judaic works of any kind, help us build this show. Last year many congregations began to visit us. We anticipate growing numbers each year.

 

November 17 to November 29:

“Set The Table”

 

 

Friday, November 17 to November 29: “Set The Table” In time for Thanksgiving, this show will feature you interpretation of the theme, on the walls, and table settings with accoutrements in the center of the front gallery. You have a year to come up with product for the tables. We will be advertising his as a “trade” show for small coffee shops and restaurants, as well as for families who want to include tables settings as part of their businesses or homes.

 

December 1-January 3

2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar

 

Gallery View

 

 

December 1-January 3 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar: Limited to 30 Artists (Including those artists in the gallery and studio.) Gift items for the season. This show sold thousands of dollars worth of gifts in 2016.

 

 

 

And for the rest of the season, we will turn the front of the gallery back to the member artists. If you are a 3-D artist , please consider joining the gallery (and/or) our new studio. Members do not pay fees to be a part of our special exhibitions. It is part of the membership. Write for an application and we will forward it to you.

 

 

As you look over our shows, and titles, remember: The works are YOUR interpretation of the topic.

 

We have added some new shows and new ideas for 2017

 

 

Artists Applications:

 

This year our application fee is $35. If you decide to participate in three or more shows, you application fee is $25 per show.

Art Teachers: If any of your students want to participate in any of our exhibits, they may do so without any fee. We welcome your participation, as an artist, as well.

Questions? Call or email Joyce
215-205-9441
Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org

Application Form for Multiple Exhibitions

CLAY GLASS METAL STONE Gallery
15 South J Street
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
APPLICATION for“Pick Your Event(s)”
(For Early Entries- Duplicate this Form for each entry)
Phone 561 588-8344 E-MAIL cgmsgallery@flamingoclaystudio.org
or mail: CGMS Gallery 15 South J Street Lake Worth 33460
We suggest 2 entries per artist- We may accept up to 4 if less than 40 artists participate in a show:

Please PRINT legibly!
Name__________________________________________________________________________
Address________________________________________________________________________
City________________________________State_____Zip_________ Phone___________________
E-mail address ________________________________

Web address__________________________

 

 

ARTISTS, PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR SUBMITTED IMAGES CORRESPOND TO THE NUMBER BELOW

1. Title_____________________________________________________________________________
Dimensions____________________________________________Price__________________________
Description__________________________________________________________________________
2. Title_____________________________________________________________________________
Dimensions____________________________________________Price__________________________
Description__________________________________________________________________________

WAIVER of LIABILITY: Submission of my application constitutes my agreement to comply with all of the conditions and terms set forth in the prospectus.  I release and discharge Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery and its owners and employee’s from all responsibility for damage or loss of any kind on all works submitted for the exhibition named above.  Works must arrive at the gallery on the dates mentioned on each individual “call to artist” that will be sent out- Always the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the show. Works MUST be picked up on the last day of the show- All works picked up late are subject to a $5 a day storage fee.

SIGNATURE________________________________________DATE__________________

 

 

 

For more information about these events:

Email Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street Lake Worth, FL

561.588.8344 or 215-205-9441

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com  561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Continuum WPB Announces 2017 Featured Artists And Events From January 19 – 28th

CONTINUUM WPB Arts is a pop-up multi-media art fair in the downtown City of WPB during ArtPalmBeach Week exhibiting regional South Florida artists. The event is a two-week expo exploring innovative art programming for the community. The mission is to collaborate different artistic disciplines while enhancing the community. The event, which is in its fourth year, will be located at CityPlace at the former Brookstone store front.  It is in partnership with ArtPalmBeach and Art Synergy, produced by ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC.  The Rickie Report shares the details, list of artists and some sneak peeks.  Get your calendars out now!  Some events are FREE, while others benefit local charities.  See the article for ticket details.

 

 

 

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CONTINUUM WPB  2017

Located At The Former Brookstone Store

700 South Rosemary Avenue Set 120

    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

January  19 – 28,  2017

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE   OF   EVENTS:

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ArtPalmBeach VIP After Party

9:00pm-Until ???

 

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Curators: Anthony Burks Sr., Trina Slade Burks, Craig McInnis

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

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Sneakers for Auction by Jennifer Love Gironda

 

Opening:

V.I.P. Black Tie & Sneakers Fundraiser Gala

7:30 -10:00 pm

 

 

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Sneakers and Black Tie!

 

 

Friday, January 20, 2017

 

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Continuum Artwork, 2016

Celebrate the Artists

(Awards Ceremony)/Live Painting

6:00 -10:00pm

 

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Live Painting

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Young Masters of CONTINUUM WPB

(Workshops, Meet the Young Artists)

Noon – 9:00pm

Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Brunch & Lecture   11:30 am – 2:00pm

Meet the Artists     3:00 – 5:00pm

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Artists Lunch & Lecture         Noon -3:00pm
Meet the Curators                    7:00 – 9:00pm

 

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Panel Discussion

 

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gallery Open

 

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Photography by Barry Seidman

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Quarter Auction Fundraiser

7:00- 10:00pm

 

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Continuum 2016 Small works of art by Nicole Gallucio (Photo courtesy of Durga Garcia)

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Music Night

7:00- 10:00pm

 

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Music Photo Courtesy of Annette Meyer

 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Melange to Go-Fashion Meets Art

6:00- 10:00pm

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Wearable Art Accessories by Shakeera Thomas ( Photo courtesy of Durga Garcia)

 

For Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuum-wpb-arts-2017-tickets-30329032954

 

 

 

The Artists of 2017:

Adriana Ficarelli
Adriano Ficarelli
Agata Ren
Amanda Valdes
Anthony Burks Sr
Barry Seidman
Bonnie Bruner
Cangshu Gran
Carole Lebrun
Caron Bowman
Chad Steve
Craig McInnis
Diane Lublinski
Eduardo Mendieta
Emmanuel Gonzales
Erika Cespedes
Gary Kroman
Genie Fritchey
Gill Alexander
Hazel Griffiths
Hegina Rodrigues
Henriett Michel
Ilene Adams
James Rabidoux
JoAnne Berkow
Jodi Luby
Karla Walter
Kathryn Schumacher
Kristin Pavick
Lenore Robins
Leo Arbeznik
Linda Relis
Lisa Johnson
Luke Gardner
Lynn Doyal
Manon Sander
Maria Tritico
Mark Allen
Mark Walnock
Nicole Gallucio
O’real Bluntson
Orlando Chiang
Paola Gracey
Patricia Levey
Rita Boutros
Robert Moore
Ron Garrett
Sarah Knouse
Shakeera Thomas
Tony Curry
Tonya Akins
Tracy Guiteau
Tristyn Bustamante

 

For more information:

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com  561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Don’t Miss Jennifer Love Gironda’s Five Year Retrospective, “Works Of heART”

In January, 2012, Jennifer Love Gironda made a commitment to making art every day.  She hasn’t missed a day since, creating well over 1100 works!  To celebrate this achievement, Her artwork will be exhibited as a five year Retrospective “Works of heART” taking place at the Sunrise Civic Center Gallery in Sunrise, FL.  The free Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, December 3rd.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

“W O R K S   of    heART”

Featuring 

Jennifer Love Gironda

Opening Reception:

Saturday, December 3rd

6:30 pm

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday and Friday   10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday and Thursday  Noon – 7pm

Saturday  10 am – 3 pm

Sunrise Civic Center Gallery

10610 W.Oakland Park Blvd.     Sunrise, FL 33351

954.747.4646

 

 

 

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Jen tells The Rickie Report, “Life is tough and full of negative truths. In my own life I have known poverty, instability and loss of loved ones. For me, making art fills up those dark places with light and love. My goal is to put some whimsy and light out into the world, a little of my heART.  I am inspired by the female face, by fashion, by flowing hair. I love color, and texture. My favorite artists include artists from history, such as Mucha, Klimt, Chagall, Kahlo, and Gruau. I’m also influenced by artists working today in a variety of genres, from the street art of Kailua, the altered books of Teesha Moore, the mixed media works of Sunny Carvalho, the textiles of Susan Sorrell and fashion illustrations.

 

 

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Jennifer Love Gironda , “May 27, 2015”

 

 

 

“The faces I create are an ongoing narrative of the happenings of a contemporary, quirky woman who is not afraid to be happy, sad, serious or downright silly. I depict her in a variety of moods, with stretched out limbs so that she can handle her daily adventures with grace. I always opt for an exaggerated eye to maximize her expression, which is often a state of wonder at the world around her.  I explore this character through diverse styles and a variety of media within monthly themes, creating a new piece each day. Often times I will include hints of my own daily happenings, such as places I am visiting or people that I am around. While my work is spontaneous, the way in which I work- daily art within monthly themes, is very structured and organized, which gives me a sense of calm”.

 

 

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Jennifer Love Gironda “January 25, 2013”

 

 

Jen also has a side passion called  ‘Angel Dropping’. She leaves small angel paintings for people to find, often in places where she feel folks could really use an angel, like in the recovery or loss section of the book store. “The thought of people finding these angels, or looking at my art and it making them smile feels my heart with joy and love…I put that back into making more work”.

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Love Gironda “February 27, 2014”

 

 

 

“I grew up in North Carolina, where I lived pretty much my whole life except for a year in San Diego, California (…moved there on a whim…that’s a good story, too!) My husband and I came to Florida in 2009 so he could pursue a doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University. He was hired as a professor at Nova Southeastern.  My formal training is from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I received my BFA and MAEd from ECU, focusing on not only Art Education but also Textile studio. I have training in drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, and of course fibers. I feel in love with textiles my sophomore year of college when I was hand weaving a small tapestry…this led me to take five studios of weaving and also studios in Surface Design. Screen Printing, dye-work and hand embellishment/beadwork are my favorite textiles techniques but I always go back to my first loves, drawing and painting”.

 

 

 

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Jennifer Love Gironda, “Bee Hive”

 

 

 

 

Since earning my Master’s degree in 2009 I took time to focus on my teaching. I earned my National Board Teacher Certification in 2010 and became a successful grant writer to get materials and offer enriching experiences to my students. I currently teach high school art…and I love it! I am a member of the Palm Beach Art Educator’s Association and have been active on the Board of Directors for the Florida Art Educator’s Association. I’m also a contributor for Art Hive Magazine, where I write an article called, ‘Artin’ with the Muse’ and also work with Social Media.   When I am not teaching or working, I am making art…ALWAYS making art.  Maya Angelou said it best, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I believe that whole-heartedly”.

 

 

 

For more information about Jennifer Love Gironda’s artwork: jenniferlovegironda.com

 

 

 

 

 

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