New Studio For The Visual Arts Announces Classes And Workshops. No Membership Fee. No Registration Fee. Prorating Class Fees Are Available. Learn At Your Own Pace. Learn Your Own Style.

The New Studio for the Visual Arts shares their Fall Class Schedule (drawing, portraiture, oil painting, watercolor, pastels and photography) and events, which begin October 29 and run through December 22, 2018.  Don’t miss a special exhibition by Shawn Escott and meet internationally known artist, Paul Critchley. Enjoy Lunch and Learn with Joan Lipton, Elio Camacho‘s Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration, take Rafael Lima‘s “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”, or explore encaustic and abstract painting with Heidi Mayfield.  NSVA has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where learning is FUN!  There is No membership fee, No registration fee, and Prorating Class Fees are available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see what you create!

 

 

 

 

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

 

The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 

 

 

 

November 2018 Classes And Events

 

 

Lunch & Learn with Joan Lipton:

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

12:00 – 2:00pm

$65

“Comparing Masterpieces from the Past to the Present”

Lunch and lecture presentation will be held at the Eastpointe Country Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an independent lecturer and art historian who has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey. She has an M.A. from Hunter College, New York, with a specialization in the Renaissance and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City of New York, with a specialization in 19th and 20th-century art.

 

 

Rafael Lima “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”

November 9, 10:00 – 4:00pm

At Jonathan Dickinson State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This workshop will explore the types of memoirs—coming of age, adversity, relationship, career, and travel – as well as help you develop techniques in writing your life experiences with the finesse of fiction. Additionally the workshop will explore traditional publishing opportunities as well as the new on-line world of publishing and how to gain readership in the new self-publishing marketplace.

Rafael Lima is a Miami novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist.  Lima’s first full length play, “El Salvador,” was developed and staged at the Circle Repertory Theater in New York and published by Samuel French and Applause books.  After a successful career as a playwright Lima moved to Los Angeles where he wrote feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, Castle Rock and Desi-Lu Productions. Rafael teaches writing at the University of Miami and conducts writing seminars and workshops all over the country. His own memoir “Cuba the Trip Back” was an Amazon bestseller.    https://www.facebook.com/limafiction

 

 

Shawn Escott Exhibition:

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Exhibit Available November 5 – November 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Shawn Escott’s recent figurative and portrait drawings, studio and plein air paintings. Shawn is a master of emotional painting – a playful fusion of joy and discipline that comes through in each stroke and able to infuse life, vitality and energy that shows in subtle brush work, bold color choices, and an innate understanding of the elements that make truly memorable paintings. www.shawnescott.com

 

Meet & Greet with Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30  pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for an opportunity to talk first hand with local artist Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley, internationally acclaimed British artist from Farindola, Italy.

 

 

Elio Camacho Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration:

Monday, November 12th

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Suggested donation…$10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a painting instructor, Elio provides students with the foundation necessary to be creative. His goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way, while capturing the beauty and spontaneity of nature.   www.colorrelations.com/

Mark your calendar for his workshop: April 1 – April 3, 2019  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Evening with Paul Critchley,  Lecture:

Award winning internationally recognized English born artist from Farindola, Italy.

Thursday, November 15th

6:30 – 8:30pm

Suggested donation…$20

Learn about Paul’s creative process in the development of his unique artwork and the origins of his very unique style.  The definition of realism takes on a new meaning when the paintings are shaped in perspective because a ‘realistic’ painting in a square or rectangle relies on the acceptance by the viewer that they are looking at an illusion presented to them in an arbitrarily imposed shape. But when a painting is shaped to look like the object represented when seen in perspective, such as a painting of a door – which actually opens and closes like a real door – then the illusion of reality is intensified. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe this increased realism as ‘supra-realism’.

He presently is exhibiting with De Twee Pauwen, The Hague, The Netherlands and Bel-Air Fine Art, Miami.  Paul has shown in more than 200 Group Exhibitions, including: The 57th ‘Bienale di Venezia’, Italy, 2017 – Bel-Air Fine Art, Paris, France Maddox Gallery, London, Galerie Blondel, Paris, France, Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladikavkaz, Russia.  Paul has participated in 36 Solo Exhibitions since 1987 and Over 61 International Art Fairs since 1985. Rotterdam Contemporary, The Netherlands,, Art Karlsruhe, Germany (solo), Moniker, London, Art.Fair Cologne, Germany (Solo shows 2014 – 2015), SCOPE, Basel, Switzerland (Solo show 2013).  https://www.saatchiart.com/PaulC

 

 

Heidi Mayfield Encaustic and Abstract Painting Workshop

Encaustic:

Saturday, November 17 – 18th     9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $300

Abstract Painting:  

November 19, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $150

Heidi was born in Charlottesville, VA into a family of artists, creators and musicians. Surrounded all her growing years with the ever inspiring beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her aesthetic sensibilities became acute and her love for natural forms, shapes have been her inspiration for her art. She was first introduced to encaustic wax and oil painting when she watched her mother paint with as a child. Heidi studied pottery, at Piedmont Virginia Community College and then again at Daytona Community College before attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she studied graphic design. Her art training became invaluable in her art career working with interior designers all over South Florida creating custom, commissioned art and murals for their clients. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712

www.thenewstudiova.net

 

 

 

 

 

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A Conversation With Janeen Mason, Curator Of The Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Rickie Report shares an interview between artist, Ruth Palombo Weiss and Janeen Mason, Curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  Janeen Mason, the new curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, comes to her job with a depth of experience seldom seen. Janeen is a national award winning children’s author and illustrator; has served as Vice Chair of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; was a board member of the Citizens for Florida Arts; was a member of the Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Planning Task Force; and has also served as a board member of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County. Janeen is well steeped in most aspects of the art world where she has spent years giving of herself and making connections.  Ruth’s personal journey includes professional experience as a journalist.  We know you will enjoy this article!

 

 

 

MEETING  JANEEN  MASON

 

 

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Janeen arrived at the Lighthouse in January this year. She lives in Stuart with her husband, Kevin, two sun-loving cats and a rescued boxer named Bing. She has been a studio artist since 1989. “There was never a time I wasn’t interested in art; there was never a question of what I was going to do. I was going to grow up to be an artist, and I was going to write and illustrate children’s picture books.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Janeen has shown her fine art in solo exhibitions in museums around Florida, invitational art shows across the country, and wildlife art expos. Her art has been licensed for worldwide reproduction on puzzles, note cards, stationery, apparel and more.  Janeen has written and illustrated 14 picture books including the Ocean Commotion series. Her books (written and illustrated by her or illustrated for other authors) have garnered dozens of awards including: The Ben Franklin Award, iParenting Media Award, the Mom’s Choice Award, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award.

 

 

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“I love illustrating books either written by others or by myself.  If the idea captures my imagination I’m all in. Books were always important in our house when I was growing up. My mom, my brothers, my sisters all read for pleasure. Dad is the only one who watched television! I have early memories that involve a spectacular children’s department at the library, which was just down the street. We moved a lot when I was young, but I always had a dog to love, a good book to read, and a tattered sketchbook to record ideas,” she says.

 

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Then life got in Janeen’s way.  “I got into college early, married a man who went into the Navy, and spent time raising my children. When our kids were in elementary school, I took a trip Europe with my sisters. After being exposed to the beautiful architecture, the fabulous museums, and all of the careful attention to detail I found myself on cultural overload. I hadn’t sketched in years, but I woke up in the Netherlands, walked down the old stone steps of a friend’s house and discovered a violet growing up out of the cracks in the early morning sun. That splash of purple glowed, and I was instantly overwhelmed with the need to paint again. The promise to create children’s picture books had never left a quiet little corner of my brain, but I was always doing something else. I was just too busy. Yet on that day, no different than any other, it was very clear, ‘If not now, then when?’ The rest of my traveling companions went off to another museum, and I stayed back to paint that violet.”

 

 

 

When she got back to the states, Janeen bought a drafting table and went to work sketching again. It took twelve years from that point to get her first book in print.  About the books in her Ocean Commotion series, she says, “My dad sold boats and ran marinas. We were always on the water, which has been an integral part of my life. So when I had the opportunity to write and illustrate my own books, it was natural for me to go back to the area that holds the most fascination for me. The ocean provides subject matter that I absolutely love, and the ocean desperately needs our help. I get the chance to tell kids what I think is important with my books and perhaps, just maybe, in this way I can do my part to change the world. I have great faith in our future, because I have great faith in kids.”

 

 

 

 

Janeen’s teaching credentials are also impeccable. She has made hundreds of school visits over the past several decades where she engages students with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In her book Ocean Commotion, Caught in the Currents, she uses reader’s theater and a giant map of the world to have students recreate the events that occurred when 28,000 rubber ducks went overboard during a terrible storm on the night of June 10, 1992. Where did they go? How did they get there? Who discovered them?  How long did it take? And most importantly, why are these bathtub toys important to us?

 

 

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It is her love for teaching and ability to reach out to communities about the ocean—pardon the pun—that floats Janeen’s boat. She explains, “In 2013, we had a summer when there were dreadful discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” says the Stuart resident. “There are five watersheds in Florida, four of which are draining into Lake Okeechobee. Because the levees around the lake are old, they can’t let the water in Lake O rise. This has been an ongoing problem, but Facebook was a game changer. It called worldwide attention to the billions of gallons of toxic freshwater which is still being released daily into the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon – important salt water estuaries.”

 

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“I watched angry adults pointing fingers at each other over the heads of children and worried that if we scared our kids away from the water it wouldn’t matter how clean we made it, they wouldn’t love it. They wouldn’t grow up to take their kids to it. You only care for the things you love.”  Asking herself what she could do to make a difference, Janeen hatched a plan. “I was scheduled to speak at the Blake Library in Stuart about my latest book. Instead we created 1,000 twelve inch die-cut wooden fish that were painted black with a white skeleton silkscreened on one side, and we invited children and families to come to the library and help us “turn it around”, together we all painted the other side. We called these the Solidarity Fish. They became a monumental temporary public art installation that covered the front of buildings in Martin County for weeks at a time. The colorful art stopped traffic and turned passers-by into participants. Everyone became ambassadors of the project”.

 

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Janeen asked Cynthia Trone, Director of the Lighthouse School of Art, to help her, along with the kids and environmentalists in Stuart, make the ornaments for Florida’s Christmas tree on the Ellipse in the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The Solidarity Fish were even displayed in the White House.  The Solidarity Fish have been from the Everglades Coalition Conference in the Florida Keys to the New York Times. They’ve been to the South Florida Water Management meetings, the Big Sugar Summit, and the Governor’s office. The Sierra Club has adopted the movement and as a result this meaningful art installation has grown. “We have over 3,000 Solidarity Fish now and they’ve been used to completely cover the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. Each colorful fish represents the belief that our voices make a difference,” she says, “Alone we can do so little, together we can accomplish so much.”  

 

 

 

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When asked about her main goals as curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, she notes, “It was a tough decision to leave my full time studio work, but I turned 60 and realized that as much fun as I’ve had and the amazing people I’ve met, I didn’t have a retirement, and I wasn’t 35 any more. Here at the Lighthouse, putting together these exhibitions, I get to use my lifetime of experience in the fine arts. The entire process scratches my itch for creativity.”

 

 

 

 

“As far as goals for the future of the Lighthouse ArtCenter — the cultural beacon in Northern Palm Beach County for 53 years — we have a devoted membership base and our School of Art is bursting at the seams with students who cross all demographics – from young to young at heart, from special needs to master craftsmen, from our seasonal residents to our Florida natives. We need more space!

 

 

 

“To that end, our board of directors has identified a perfect parcel of land for acquisition and we’re developing a five-year plan to build a new facility that will accommodate all of our aspirations.  We are seeking patrons with deep pockets. What is my part in this?  On the wall in my office is an exhibition schedule that is filled into 2019. My three-year calendar includes exhibitions that serve our members, the South Florida arts community, and shows of significant international acclaim,” Janeen explains.

 

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SIZE MATTERS—an exhibition where the common denominator is only that of size–opened November 17th. Artists from Maine to Islamorada have been selected to showcase their work in all media that measures either 6’ x 6’ or 6” x 6”.  Florida Artist Hall of Fame Award Recipient, Jane Davis Doggett, is participating as well Clay Kanzler, Terre Rybovich, Skip Hartnell, Kathleen Denis, and nineteen equally talented others.

 

 

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In December, the Lighthouse will open ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: Explore. Learn. Act. (The Fine Art of Exploration).  MacArthur Award winning deep-sea explorer, Dr. Edith Widder, working in collaboration with the artist, Dr. Steven Bernstein, has created an astonishing exhibition of photographs from the deep. This exhibit comes with tons of fascinating info-graphics.

 

 

 

You may recognize Dr. Widder’s name as the scientist who captured the first photos of the giant squid featured in the Discovery Channel documentary two years ago, or you may be familiar with her four TED talks.  It’s possible you know her as the Senior Scientist of Ocean Research and Conservation Association. Added to Widder’s work is the cache of original paintings, Janeen recently discovered, which the gifted early 20th century artist, Else Bostlemann, created.  Although her name has been lost to history, Else Bostlemann’s artwork brought to life the historic discoveries of Dr. William Beebe, the first scientist to descend to 1/2 mile down in the bathysphere in the 1930s during expeditions funded by National Geographic Magazine.  National Geographic featured Bostlemann’s art in many of its publications and the originals on loan from her family have never before been publicly exhibited.

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In addition, Dr. Widder is a worldwide authority on bioluminescence, and Else Bostlemann painted bioluminescent creatures previously unimagined. In the 90 years that separated these two women, science has proven that bioluminescence is the “language” of light underwater.  “We wondered what you would say if light was your only language. So we are introducing a state-of-the-art virtual reality called the Tilt Brush. Our visitors to this exhibition, who pre-register, will be able to experience painting with light in 3D,” she says.  Oceanography Magazine, recognized worldwide as the north star of publications in the ocean realm, is publishing a feature article in their December 2016 issue about Else Bostlemann written by Dr. Widder and this historic Lighthouse ArtCenter exhibition.

 

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“Our largest annual fund raiser, D’Art for Art, has moved to the Harriet Himmel Theatre in City Place this coming January 14th, when all of our guests will enjoy the height of entertainment with fine music, delicious food and wine, and everyone takes home a piece of art of their choosing – but they have to be fast!  It’s a D’Art for Art!”

 

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The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s busy schedule continues with its 4th Annual Plein Air Festival (which has now received international acclaim), followed by the Best of the Clubs, the annual Members’ Show, the 44th Annual K-12 exhibition, and on. Janeen has two blockbuster exhibitions planned for the winter/spring seasons of 2017-18 and 2018-19, but urges everyone to stay tuned for more on them.

 

 

 

“I am continuing the fine tradition established for exhibitions in our galleries and engaging more support by ramping up the energy for future shows and by reaching into the rich cultural partnerships I’ve established from a lifetime in the fine arts.  It’s exciting work with an exceptional executive director who believes in the power of art, a board of directors who are enthusiastic and forward thinking, and it’s deeply satisfying to have the support of a well prepared staff and team of volunteers as we move into the future by playing a role in the interconnected world of the twenty-first century,” Janeen says.

 

 

For more information about Janeen Mason:   janeenmason.com

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter:  www.lighthousearts.org

 

RUTH WEISS:

Ruth graduated from Boston University as an English and fine arts major   She studied art at Montgomery College and painting workshops throughout the country over the past 30 years. Ruth worked as a writer for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She took a career break after her marriage and her three children were born. When her daughters were in high school, she worked as a feature writer for the Montgomery County Gazette Newspapers (a subsidiary of the Washington Post). At the same time, she was a freelance feature writer for both local and national magazines. Since the early 1990s, she has contributed as a writer and editor to various publications for the American Society for Training and Development (recently changed to Association for Talent Development-ATD). Currently, she is editor of ATD’s Learning Executive Briefing.  Concurrent with her writing career, Ruth has tried every form of art she could find including: painting, printmaking (monotypes, etchings), and sculpture (stone, wood and clay). She is an avid plein air painter and is a member of Plein Air Palm Beach and the Florida Plein Air Painters.

For more information about Ruth :  

ruthweissart@gmail.com   or  www.artambassador.org

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Yury Lobo Announces SOLO Exhibition and Documentary

Yury Lobo, has been dubbed “Jack The Whipper” by his fellow American artists. He was raised in a small rural town in Russia, in a conservative environment, where the signs “No Trespassing” hung on every door. By pure chance in 1959, at the age of 12, he and his mother attended the first American Exhibition in Moscow. Besides Cadillac cars and Coca Cola, Yury was particularly struck by the action painting, “Cathedral” by American abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock ( Jack The Dripper). That day changed the trajectory of his life forever. Pushing boundaries, ignoring all “No Trespassing” signs internally and externally, Yury found freedom in the United States. He has finally fully opened up to new heights of artistic expression. The race to catch up with Pollock is ongoing… The Rickie Report shares details of his SOLO Exhibition at Artworks International in West Palm Beach, FL, February 12-13thThe public is invited to this Free Exhibit and there is ample free parking.  

 

 

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Since his early childhood, Yury Slobodenuk has been fascinated with the world of wild colors and the art of collage. However, he never considered becoming a professional artist partly due to the lack of encouragement from his parents and partly due to the general disapproval of this “degenerate art” by the Soviet authorities. What stands out in his memory is a visit to the first American National Exhibition with his mother in July, 1959, featuring among others, Jackson Pollock’s “Cathedral”. Yury was shocked and amazed at the same time. He tells The Rickie Report, “Most visitors considered it a joke..in bad taste. But the impact on my subconscious at the age of 12 was life changing. That is why my interests centered later on with more avant-garde artists. I appreciate Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Shiele, Modigliani and of course, Pollock.”

 

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“Composition #2” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Kasimir Malevich

Acrylic on Canvas

48″ x 60″

 

Yury created a few paintings for close friends and family, trusting his inner instincts. Back then, in the USSR he didn’t have the courage to paint and share his passion for abstract expressionism and collage publicly. Keeping his painting mostly to himself, he pursued a career that was more economically sound. He received a Masters degree in German and English, studied the history of art and worked as a licensed multilingual guide at the majors art museums in the former USSR. He became a journalist, interpreter, German teacher, TV script writer.

 

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“Yellow Tulips after a violent snowstorm in May” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh

Acrylic on Board

24″ x 36″

 

Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, Yury first established himself in Miami and pursued his journalism career, working for several Russian-American newspapers. Later, he started one of his own, but sold it in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and now a contemporary artist. The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth – sharing his creative side publicly. His artistic name, “Lobo” is a shortened form of his long Ukrainian last name, “Slobodenyuk”, which translates to ” a free man”. “Lobo” means “wolf”, the symbol of the tireless will, yearning for freedom.

 

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“Infinity At My Fingertips” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Jackson Pollock

Acrylic on Board 27″ x 32″

 

 

 

 

Yury tells The Rickie Report, ” My fellow countryman, Kasimir Malevich once said, ‘Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!’ In this sense, I, like him, consider myself an abstract artist and a revolutionary. My battle cry is ‘Stop copying the world! Create a new one!’ Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I am not”. Furthermore, Yuri confesses, ” I know it sounds nuts, but I consider myself a kind of modern reincarnation of the late Jackson Pollock who, in his own words was a “cowboy” painter. Like him, I’m painting “from the hip”, creating huge abstract compositions within minutes, using brusque wild strokes of bold colors. Some of my colleagues (part joking, part serious) are dubbing me “Jack The Whipper” for whipping that canvas with paint instead of dripping it as Jack The Dripper (Jackson Pollock) did”.

 

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“Americana” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Elvis and Marilyn

Mixed Media on Board

29″ x 35″

 

 

 

Yury goes on to explain, “In the art of collage, I represent a completely different point of view. My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and filled with hidden ironies and sometimes tragic messages. Being a history buff, I can’t help but act as the mocking bird, laughing at the human inability to learn from history…which of course sees that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself. Every collage is a “time capsule” with a message to future generations. A true artist is about the inner energy which he or she tunnels to the public through the art. If there is no reaction at the receiving end, then the energy was either poor or lost in artistic translation”.

 

 

 

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“American Mosaic” by Yury Lobo

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21″ x 36″

 

 

Yury’s artwork is currently being featured at:

Artworks International

420 6th Street   West Palm Beach, FL

February 13 – 14th

The Singer Island Corporate Center

2655 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island, FL

and

Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL

For more information about Yury’s artwork and up coming exhibits, please email:

yuryslobo@yahoo.com

Visit Yury’s website:

www.yurylobo.com

(Currently Under Construction)

 

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The Rickie Report

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561-537-0291

Yury “Lobo” (aka Slobodenyuk) Shares His Freedom Of Expression Through Abstract Art and Collage

For Yury “Lobo” (aka Slobodenuk), “freedom of expression” is a deeply personal lesson. Raised in Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine before coming to the United States in 1991, since his early childhood, Yury has been fascinated by color and collage.  His fearless style is evident as we look at his bold colors and strokes. We see how his life experiences (he fled the USSR due to political persecution) shine through in his satirical and political collage work.  Yury appreciates the freedom to express himself and The Rickie Report is pleased to share this emerging artist’s work.  The Singer Island Corporate Center located on Singer Island, FL. is featuring Yury’s artwork and a local film production company recently purchased the rights to produce a short film about Yury and Jackson Pollock’s influence on his life and art. 

 

 

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Since his early childhood, Yury Slobodenuk has been fascinated with the world of wild colors and the art of collage.  However, he never considered becoming a professional artist partly due to the lack of encouragement from his parents and partly due to the general disapproval of this “degenerate art” by the Soviet authorities.  What stands out in his memory is a visit to the first American National Exhibition with his mother in July, 1959, featuring among others, Jackson Pollock’s “Cathedral”.  Yury was shocked and amazed at the same time.  He tells The Rickie Report, “Most visitors considered it a joke..in bad taste. But the impact on my subconscious at the age of 12 was life changing. That is why my interests centered later on with more avant-garde artists.  I appreciate Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Shiele, Modigliani and of course, Pollock.”

 

 

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“Composition #2” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Kasimir Malevich

Acrylic on Canvas

48″ x 60″

 

 

 

Yury created a few paintings for close friends and family, trusting his inner instincts.  Back then, in the USSR he didn’t have the courage to paint and share his passion for abstract expressionism and collage publicly.  Keeping his painting mostly to himself, he pursued a career that was more economically sound. He received a Masters degree in German and English, studied the history of art and worked as a licensed multilingual guide at the majors art museums in the former USSR.  He became a journalist, interpreter, German teacher, TV script writer.

 

 

 

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“Yellow Tulips after a violent snowstorm in May” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh

Acrylic on Board

24″ x 36″

 

 

 

Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, Yury first established himself in Miami and pursued his journalism career, working for several Russian-American newspapers.  Later, he started one of his own, but sold it in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and now a contemporary artist. Yury’s artwork can be seen at Art on Park Gallery, home of the Artists of Palm Beach County, located in Lake Park, FL., in Artworks Gallery located in West Palm Beach, FL., and in private collections through the world.

 

 

 

 

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“Infinity At My Fingertips” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Jackson Pollock

Acrylic on Board 27″ x 32″

 

 

The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth – sharing his creative side publicly.  His artistic name, “Lobo” is a shortened form of his long Ukrainian last name, “Slobodenyuk”, which translates to ” a free man”.  “Lobo” means “wolf”, the symbol of the tireless will, yearning for freedom.  

 

 

 

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“Americana”  by Yury Lobo

Homage to Elvis and Marilyn

Mixed Media on Board

29″ x 35″

 

 

Yury tells The Rickie Report, ” My fellow countryman, Kasimir Malevich once said, ‘Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!’  In this sense, I, like him, consider myself an abstract artist and a revolutionary.  My battle cry is ‘Stop copying the world! Create a new one!’  Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I am not”.  Furthermore, Yuri confesses, ” I know it sounds nuts, but I consider myself a kind of modern reincarnation of the late Jackson Pollock who, in his own words was a “cowboy” painter. Like him, I’m painting “from the hip”, creating huge abstract compositions within minutes, using brusque wild strokes of bold colors.  Some of my colleagues (part joking, part serious) are dubbing me “Jack The Whipper” for whipping that canvas with paint instead of dripping it as Jack The Dripper (Jackson Pollock) did”.

 

 

 

 

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“Killing Oil Fields of Florida” by Yury Lobo

Mixed Media on Board

36″ x 48″

 

 

Yury goes on to explain, “In the art of collage, I represent a completely different point of view.  My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and filled with hidden ironies and sometimes tragic messages.  Being a history buff, I can’t help but act as the mocking bird, laughing at the human inability to learn from history…which of course sees that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself.  Every collage is a “time capsule” with a message to future generations.  A true artist is about the inner energy which he or she tunnels to the public through the art. If there is no reaction at the receiving end, then the energy was either poor or lost in artistic translation”.

 

 

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“American Mosaic” by Yury Lobo

Collage

21″ x 36″

 

 

 

 

Yury’s artwork is currently being featured at:

The Singer Island Corporate Center

2655 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island, FL

and

Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Yury’s artwork and up coming exhibits, please email:

yuryslobo@yahoo.com

Visit Yury’s website:

www.yurylobo.com

(Currently Under Construction)

 

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