David Berger At Silver Anniversary of Artfest by the Sea

 Look at the detail in the lace and notice the folds of the tablecloth.  And did you see how perfectly reflective the glass of wine is?  Move over to one of David Berger’s still life paintings and you feel like you’ve been transported back in time, gazing at an Old Master’s work.  Each one is worthy if being its own masterpiece in your home, office or yacht. The Rickie Report hope to see you at the 25th Anniversary of Art Fest by the Sea, another great show for Howard Alan Events March 9 & 10!

 

 

 

25th Annual Art Fest by the Sea

(Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL)

March 9 and 10, 2013

Saturday and Sunday  10 am – 5 pm

                   One Mile Along A1A Ocean Front                            

Marcinski Rd (Jupiter)  to Donald Ross Rd (Juno Beach)

4050 South US Highway 1  Jupiter, FL 33477

A portion of the proceeds of this show benefit Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Still Life by David Berger

Still Life by David Berger

 

Speaking with David Berger

TRR understands that you started painting later in your life. When and why did you begin painting? 
DB: The first 31 years of my life was spent searching for who I actually was, this process was slowed greatly by living in Miami FL. as a child and gravitating toward the “wrong crowd” with alcohol and drugs at age 12.  I continued this for 20 years till I was 31 and wound up in a substance abuse treatment center where I sobered up and started life over again.
I found a set of water colors while in treatment and played with them for a year or so, then took an oil painting class and fell in love with it. My first oil painting was of the bell peppers which I later titled “Bad Fruit”. Not a great piece but my teacher insisted I come back the next week and try again, which I did, hesitantly.

 

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TRR: Do you have a particular medium you prefer or does the image dictate the medium?

 

DB:  I paint in oil.

I paint utilizing old world glazing techniques, painting background to foreground, painstakingly allowing the paint to dry and glazing in the details.

 

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TRR: The lace and details of the folds of your material in your still life images are exceptional.  (Personally that is what draws us into your booth and your images).  Can you tell us more about the techniques you use to master these so beautifully?
DB:  I paint on a heavily primed and sanded canvas to where it is almost smooth as board. I actually use soft rounded synthetic filberts, realizing that I can kill a $3 brush as quickly as a $50 brush.

 

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Waterfall

TRR: What advice would you give to someone who has never thought of themselves as a painter but feels tempted to try it?

DB:   I believe that in life if you feel led to do something creative, just do it. Let go of the fear, perfectionism, what others might think of whatever you do, and most of all… if you enjoy doing it…do more of it. there are so many instances in life where we are judged by others as to what we do for a living, our political views, religion, how we raise our children, economics etc.,  I know that when I am sitting at the easel, engrossed in the work… I am at one with the universe.

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Art Fest by the Sea, ranked among the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, returns to celebrate 25 fabulous years on March 9 – 10, 2013.  The juried outdoor art show, popular among locals and tourists alike, features the work of 300 leading artists from around the country.

 

 

The wide array of fine art on display includes a variety of media with prices set to suit all budgets. The artists will line one mile of AIA starting at Marcinski Road in Jupiter Beach and continuing to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach.  All artists will be present for the duration of the festival, available to discuss their art and inspiration. Complimentary shuttle buses will be running from the Florida, Power & Light building on Universe Blvd. and Ellison-Wilson Road to the festival site each day. Parking and admission are free.

 

Partial list of participating artists:  

Kelly Allen (Jewelry, Jupiter);

AJ Brockman ( Digital Art, Palm Beach Gardens);

Scott Buccina ( Stone Sculptures, Hobe Sound);

Walter Catts (Furniture, Palmetto);

Mark Pericot (Photography, Tampa);

Herbert Weintraub ( Acrylic, Boynton Beach);

Andrew Wender ( Raku, Englewood); Accessoreez (Jewelry, St. Pete.)

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.  For additional information on the 25 Annual ArtFest by The Sea and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615. 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Their Van is Packed for the Juno Beach Show- Don’t Miss Accessoreez NEWEST Items!

The Rickie Report has noticed that Accessoreez’ following is growing!  At the Hobe Sound Art Show, there were people lined up waiting to try the jewelry on.  Now, their van is packed and ready to bring you their latest jewelry creations. Leslie continues to form incredible hand blown glass elements for her necklaces and at the same time, is creating a whole new line of jewelry!  Be at the Juno Beach Show and get there early – most of these are one-of-a-kind pieces.

 

25th Annual Art Fest by the Sea

(Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL)

March 9 and 10, 2013

Saturday and Sunday

 10 am – 5 pm

                   One Mile Along A1A Ocean Front

Marcinski Rd (Jupiter)  to Donald Ross Rd (Juno Beach)

4050 South US Highway 1  Jupiter, FL 33477

A portion of the proceeds of this show benefit Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

 

 

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Leslie Huston is the lead designer of accessoreez, a handcrafted line of contemporary art glass borosilicate jewelry. Her creative energies coalesce in the production of distinctive designs as elegant tropical hues synergistically merge with a high desert color palette of hot fired glass, fresh water pearls, turquoise, coral, hammered copper & silver, and other select materials.

 

Seahorse Necklace

Seahorse Necklace

Leslie’s art glass instruction included studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mills College in Oakland, Ca, and the University of San Diego.

 

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Today she collaborates with her sister, Shelley Harper, a noted metal worker, on unique one-of-a-kind designs. Shelley’s studies include the University of Puget Sound & a BS from the University of Southern California.

New - Cuff Design!

New – Cuff Design!

 

Coming from two dramatically different regions, Leslie and her design studios are based on Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, Florida, while Shelley can be found at her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Glass Tendril Necklace

Glass Tendril Necklace

The marketing side of accessoreez is in the able hands of John Huston, Leslie’s husband.  (We like the van design, John). For more information visit: http://www.accessoreez.com

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Manon Sander Shares Inspired Impressions of Florida With Passion

Manon Sander paints everyday scenes with brush strokes that impress the viewer. Her wonder of nature has inspired her work since her childhood.  The Rickie Report hopes you will see Manon’s work and meet her on December 14th at the Juno Beach Town Center sponsored by the Friends of the Arts of Juno Beach.  You will have another opportunity to see her work and meet her when she does a two-woman show at the Palm Beach Cultural Council in the Spring, 2013.

 

 

Juno Beach Friends of The Arts

Juno Beach Town Center

 Oil Paintings by Manon Sander

 

 Juno Beach Town Center, 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach

 

 Show runs from December 12, 2012 – February 5, 2012

Artist reception – December 14th

5:30-7:00pm

   light refreshments

 

The Circle of Life

Born in West Berlin, Germany, Manon grew up in Berlin and Bavaria. Being exposed to the best of both worlds led to Manon’s appreciation for a metropolitan city’s cultural riches but also to her intimate connection with the outdoors of  Bavaria’s beautiful lakes, mountains and quaint little villages. Her childhood days were mostly spent either drawing and painting or roaming around outside. Manon’s parents instilled the importance of never losing one’s sense of wonder to nature’s beauty.  It is easy for us to see how this translates into Manon’s attention to details.  She truly finds inspiration where ever she goes!

 

“Afterglow”

She tells The Rickie Report, “Creating art to this day never feels like a pastime but like a necessity”.  After moving to Chicago in her late twenties as a newly wed, Manon pursued her love of painting with a successful business painting murals which are represented in numerous private homes and stores in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and California.

 

In 2006, being introduced to the work of well known California impressionist painters while living near San Francisco, Manon plunged herself into plein air oil painting, supplemented by studio work.   She says, “Living in Marin County provided a unique opportunity to study with the best and to finally combine my love of the outdoors with the portability of oil paints to create on the spot. Oils quickly became my favorite medium, allowing me to have an ongoing communication with my subject”.

“Catching Up”

 

Manon studied how to make a painting that combines rich texture and vivid color while capturing the expression of her subject and the impression it left on her. Over the course of several years she learned to simplify and to paint the big shapes before going into detail. Manon learned about her new medium and the importance of value, temperature, and design. She learned how to use technique while conveying what drew her to her subject in the first place.

In 2010  Manon and her family moved to North Palm Beach where she dipped right into painting the trademarks of a tropical setting which proves to provide her with a never-ending stream of inspiration and “an almost magnetic attraction to the ocean and its surroundings”, she says.

“Surf Camp”

Manon puts down her impressions in thick succulent oil paint,  applied with verve and a palette knife.  She describes her paintings as if we are reading a colorful novel,”…the sunlight that creates lavender shadows on the white clothing of people walking by the water’s edge deep in conversation; surfers and paddle boarders catching an aquamarine wave; boats at rest and on a journey; sea creatures and birds that call Florida their home, are among the countless things that get me so excited  that I can’t wait to get out my paints, easel, and big umbrella to capture them on canvas”!

 

“Morning After at the Square Grouper”

It is that happiness and love of life  Manon hopes to share with the viewer in paintings that reflect the color, light and joy that she is surrounded by and is always grateful for.  Manon’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in California and Florida, have won awards and are in private collections in the US and abroad.  

 

Locally she has exhibited at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  We look forward to seeing Manon Sander’s work and our spirits are buoyed by her enthusiasm!  To reach Manon call: 415-606-7685, visit www.ManonDesigns.com or go to: www.facebook.com/ManonSanderArt

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Courage + Inspiration = AJ Brockman

This will not be the first time The Rickie Report has met AJ Brockman .  You will be amazed at the strong, yet delicate details of his artwork.  His artwork has been shown most recently at the Hobe Sound Art Festival as well as at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.  The Rickie Report met AJ at an artist forum sponsored by the Palm Beach Cultural Council and could see his drive to make a statement about his fine art abilities.  Don’t miss his booth at Artfest By The Sea!

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AJ Brockman has faced challenges his entire life.  He has been wheelchair bound since the age of two.  As Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disease, devastated his body he continued pursuing his art, quickly realizing it was a true passion.  He transitioned from acrylic paints to computer-generated art as he lost strength in his hands.

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Today, he creates fine art with a mouse and two fingers on his left hand.  His painstaking attention to detail is evident in each and every work of art inspired by his surroundings and his experiences as a native South Floridian.  His story is one of courage and perseverance, which he hopes, will inspire others to pursue their dreams and overcome their own obstacles.

 

AJ shares, “While registering for classes in high school, I came across a brand new elective course called Commercial Art Technology, and I thought it would be an interesting alternative to learning French or joining the volleyball team. As it turned out, the class was more than just interesting: It was a game-changer. Aided by computer software that replicates traditional painting/typesetting/layout, and fueled by my unwavering passion for all things artistic, I found I was once again able to create. I didn’t have complete use of my hands, but I learned to effectively manipulate the mouse using two fingers on my left hand. That’s all it took!”

 

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AJ welcomes you to his website  with this greeting, “Welcome to Single Handed Studio! Here you will find all of the digital painting & design of, me, AJ Brockman.  I am an award-winning artist that truly has a passion for art, design and all things that are awesome.  I also have SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), a progressive neuromuscular disease, and have been wheelchair-bound since age two. I view myself as being “differently abled” rather than “disabled” and I live life to the fullest every day”.

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A South Florida native, much of AJ’s work reflects the local natural inspiration: the ocean, landscapes, and a beachside lifestyle. However he does not limit himself to a specific genre.   AJ goes on to say, “What I would like most of all is for others to enjoy my work, inspire creativity and prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and have the drive to do so”.

AJ went on to graduate with a BFA from Digital Media Arts College, and is currently working as a professional graphic designer in South Florida. For more information about AJ Brockman :  www.singlehandedstudio.com

 

Ranked among the top art fairs in the country, Art Fest by the Sea is popular among locals and tourists alike who look forward to the wide variety of fine art on display and for sale.  The artists will line one mile of AIA starting at Marcinski Road in Jupiter Beach and continuing to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach.  All artists will be present for the duration of the show, available to discuss their art and inspiration. Complimentary shuttle buses will be running from the Florida, Power & Light building on Universe Blvd. to the festival site each day. Parking and admission are free.

The 24th Annual Art Fest by the Sea takes place  March 10 – 11, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  and will include 300 artists from 30 different states.  For more information: www.artfestival.com  or 561-746-6615.

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, 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