Above Ground Studio Gallery Announces Opening Reception With Emmanuel Gonzales

Emmanuel Gonzales invites everyone to the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14th of his new Above Ground Studio Gallery!  Enjoy music and entertainment by Chris Blake plus edibles by “The Waffle Wagon”. See new works, works in progress and previous artwork shown in International and Regional Exhibitions.  It is Free to attend!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks this award winning artist!

 

 

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Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

He goes on to say, “They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an ”otherness” in viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales 

 

 

 

A Delray Beach native, Emmanuel’s art work is in Private Collections including The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach, FL), Friars Club (New York, NY), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a private Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).

 

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Emmanuel Gonzales’ “Keys To The City” Piano

 

 

 

His SOLO exhibits include galleries and venues in Southeast Florida, from Orlando, Winter Park, West Palm Beach, Northwood, Boynton Beach and Manalapan.  Emmanuel’s creativity has been shared through Art In Public Places at the 2015 1st Annual Back Alley Mural Festival (Jupiter, FL) and 2014 “Rock the Box” Orlando Weekly newspaper box sponsored by Rolling Rock Beer. Most notably, Emmanuel designed a piano, which was part of the highly competitive 2013 “Keys to the City”- Kretzer Piano Charity event. His piano was placed at the entrance of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel presenting Commission Painting to Senator Marco Rubio

 

Emmanuel’s Commissions include:

Respectable Street Café- Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida 2015
Senator Marco Rubio, Commissioned Portrait
27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1
Designed website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com
Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg
Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire”
Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “she is a spy too?”

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Emmanuel’s acceptance into numerous Juried Exhibitions began when he was considered an emerging artist and continued until the opening of his own Gallery. His award winning artwork has a story to share along with his remarkable creative abilities.

 

For more information please contact:

Emmanuel Gonzales
www.Emmanuelart.com
www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel
emmanuelart@gmail.com

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Wellington Art Society Features Emmanuel Gonzales’ Art at Whole Foods Gallery

There will be a reception at Wellington Whole Foods Gallery on Friday, February 20, 2015  from 6:30-8 PM for well known local artist Emmanuel Gonzalez, a member of the Wellington Art Society. The event is co-hosted by Whole Foods  and WAS with live music, delicious appetizers and wine. Emmanuel explores the past and the present through realism and portraiture depicting American icons that are influential, recognizable images. Some are relevant to specific ethnic and social groups and viewers will experience these images differently, depending on their emotional and social perceptions. He works in pencil, pastels, oils, acrylic and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large scale pieces.  The Rickie Report gives you some sneak peeks here.

 

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Join Us

 

Artist’s Reception Honoring

Emmanuel Gonzales

Friday, February 20, 2015

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

2635 SR7   Wellington, FL

 

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The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Whole Foods to bring this show to the community. Whole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. A five-dollar donation is requested which goes to benefit the art society’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Whole Foods 561.904.4000

 

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales has had a strong presence in the in the south Florida art scene since his graduation from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 2001. He has a bold and edgy style fusing together collage, pencil, pastel and oils to create strong imagery that consistently makes a statement. His work has been seen in various juried shows and galleries in Palm Beach County and Orlando. Most recently he has displayed at the Voight Gallery on Palm Beach Island, OSGS Gallery in Northwood, and currently at the Brewhouse Gallery displaying quite a few examples of his work. 

 

 

 

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

Emmanuel explores the past and present through realism and portraiture. His body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. He tells The Rickie Report, “Individually, my subjects attempt to characterize the social climate at a given moment in history. They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an ”otherness” in viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work”.

 

 

 

Emmanuel's painting at ArtPalmBeach/Art Synergy 2014

Emmanuel’s painting at ArtPalmBeach/Art Synergy 2014

 

The pop-up show “Continuum” in downtown West Palm Beach displayed a variety of his paintings during ArtPalmBeach/Art Synergy2014. Most notably, his “Keys to the Cities” piano project entitled “Waiting in Vain” graced passersby with impromptu concerts in downtown Lake Worth. Emmanuel also participated in Orlando’s “Rock the Box” where he was selected to paint a newspaper box for the Orlando weekly. Catch a glimpse of Emmanuel’s work at the Boynton Beach Arts District where he showcases some of his murals. Most recently, Emmanuel was honored by being commissioned to paint Florida State Senator Marco Rubio’s portrait to grace the Senator’s Washington office.

 

Commissioned Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

Commissioned Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

 Emmanuel’s SOLO Shows include: 2015 Whole Foods artist, 2014 Harold’s Coffee Shop (Northwood, FL), 2014 Autumn Skye Art Gallery and Custom Tattoo (W.Palm Beach, FL), 2009 Fine Art at West Best Gallery, (Downtown W.Palm Beach, FL), 2008 Zentra, Sky 60 (Downtown Orlando, FL), 2007 Redlight-Redlight (Winter Park, FL), 2007 Winter Park Public Library (Winter Park, FL), 2004 St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church (Boynton Beach, FL), 2003 The Carlisle of Palm Beach (Manalapan, FL), 2002 Governors Club of the Palm Beaches (W. Palm Beach, FL), 2002 Allan Kent Collectibles (W.Palm Beach, FL), 2001 Senior Show with Sheila Mercado (Palm Beach Atlantic University, W.Palm Beach, FL).  Emmanuel has been in over 21 juried Exhibitions, taking awards at many.

 

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

Painting by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Beside his commission for Senator Marco Rubio, Emmanuel has been commissioned to create a 27 x 4 foot mural at the W. Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1. He also designed the website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com and Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg.  Emmanuel created the Cover art for Gary Davis’ film “The Nubian Vampire” and Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “she is a spy too?”.  His work can be found in numerous Private Collections including: The Chesterfield Hotel, (Palm Beach,FL), Friars Club, New York, (N.Y.), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).  Emmanuel’s concern with the welfare of the general community is shown through his Donations of artwork to worthy non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

For more information about Emmanuel Gonzales’ artistry please visit:
www.Emmanuelart.com
www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel
emmanuelart@gmail.com

 

 

 Wellington Art Society

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available if you would like to become a member. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County.

 

 

For more information please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org, wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Emmanuel Gonzalez Shares “Keys to the Cities” and Exhibits at OSGS

Emmanuel Gonzalez has been very busy painting and the community is richer for his efforts.  We met Emmanuel as an emerging artist only two years ago and are spellbound by his achievements thus far.  In this article, The Rickie Report looks at his winning entry for “Keys to the Cities” and his exhibit at OSGS | Gallery Studio in Northwood.  Expect to see more from this young, talented creative!

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel Gonzalez presents his “Keys to the Cities” to Kathi Kretzer

 

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Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, announced the KEYS TO THE CITIES  artists, including Emmanuel Gonzalez.  After six long months of colorful creativity, a unique collaboration of sight and sound was unveiled in November, 2013.  

 

18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys

 

 

 

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Emmanuel Gonzalez and his Piano

 

Kathi Kretzer shared, “The judges and board members could not have been any more pleased with the fabulous results of choosing Emmanuel Gonzales to paint one of our pianos for the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Keys to the Cities event.  During the event,  his piano was chosen to be on display at the Palm Beach Cultural Council location in Lake Worth where it was performed on by many talented pianists including Dr. Roberta Rust, Chair of the Piano Department at Lynn Conservatory of Music and Dr. Robin Arrigo.” As many as twenty used baby grand and upright pianos were donated by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation. 

 

 

Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel's Piano

An Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel’s Piano

 

The event featured formal and impromptu concerts by professionals and passersby in an open festival of music.  After their public debut, the pianos were donated to local children’s charities and community organizations, enriching lives for years to come.  One of the pianists added, ” Emmanuel’s piano showed great creativity as well as good use of textures and colors and was a favorite of many who saw all 18 painted pianos.  His work is extraordinary.”

 

 

 

Close up of Emmanuel's Piano

Close up of Emmanuel’s Piano

 

 

Emmanuel explains, “I wanted to create a piano that had a traditional yet organic feel to it. I first sanded the entire piano to remove the high gloss finish that the piano had. Using brown paper and old music sheets, I covered the entire piano and distressed it giving it an old, weathered antique feel.  Using  gold leaf accents to create contrast and depth I coated the legs, seat and underside of the piano.  700 5×5 inch sheets of gold leaf was used for this process !  The subject matter I used was a traditional 1950’s microphone surrounded by roses to convey a jazz lounge nightclub vibe.  I drew accent lines over the paintings to give movement and life to the image. Once everything was completed I coated the piano with four coats of polyurethane varnish to protect it and give it a slick finish.”

 

 

 

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Another view of the Piano, Showing Emmanuel’s Details

 

 

 EMMANUEL’S FINE ART

 
 
Emmanuel Gonzalez’ interest in art is life long.  He began entering State-wide art competitions in the 1990’s and has shown in galleries nation-wide.  Most recently, Emmanuel’s work was included in the Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy exhibit at Continuum. 
 
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Emmanuel at Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

 

Emmanuel shares, ” I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects attempt to characterize the social climate at a given moment in history. They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently.”

 

 

"Sitting Bull" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Sitting Bull” by Emmanuel Gonzalez

 

He goes on, “The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an  “otherness” with viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work.”

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzalez' artwork at Continuum

Emmanuel Gonzalez’ artwork at Continuum, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy

 

 

This native Floridian, multi-media artist is full of energy.  From 2001 -2009, he had nine SOLO exhibits in addition to taking part in other gallery shows and competitions: DCOTA -Design Center of the Americas: “Palm Beach Collector” (Dania Beach, Florida), Catalyst Gallery (Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida),  Voight Galleries International (Palm Beach, Florida), Autumns Skye Gallery (West Palm Beach, Florida), 2013 “Endangered species” exhibit- Wynnwood Art District- Art Basel, to name a few.  

 

 

"Nevermore" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Nevermore” by Emmanuel Gonzalez

 

Emmanuel’s work can be found in private as well as corporate collections: The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach Florida), Friars Club (New York, New York), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).  He is also available for commissions: 27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1,  Designed website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com, Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg, Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire” and Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “She is a spy too?”

 

 

Sneak Peak of Emmanuel's upcoming Show at

Sneak Peak of Emmanuel’s upcoming Show at Autumns Sky Gallery in May

 

Emmanuel is currently showing his artwork at OSGS (Ortiz Smykla|Gallery-Studio at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach, FL).   For more information please contact: Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla  at OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223  e: OSGSart@hotmail.com   www.OSGSart.com

 

 

 

 

To contact Emmanuel please visit: www.Emmanuelart.com  or  www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel  or email him at: emmanuelart@gmail.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