What Are Artist Stamps? How Are Postal Service Stamps Created?

The Rickie Report has long been fascinated by the majestic artwork that appears on postage stamps the world over.  In this article, we bring you that information as well as a novel look at creating “artist stamps”.  Ginny Lloyd is a master of all stamp art. This Jupiter resident shares her fascination, knowledge and some examples of “artistamps” from her international collection.  What is our point?  Art is all around us to explore, if we just take the time.

 

 

 

 

GINNY LLOYD

 

Artistamps

 

 

 

"Body of Glass" by Ginny Lloyd

“Body Like Glass ” by Ginny Lloyd

 

 

• I was always making things as a kid in the more domestic areas like sewing, weaving, paper dolls, coloring, and making framed insect and butterfly pictures. For my birthday and Christmas presents, I asked for books on art by Van Gogh. In college I had an opportunity to use a darkroom and bought a Nikon from a neighbor. At the same time I enrolled in a drawing class for non-art majors and discovered I could draw. This led to a long love of photography and art.

 

 

 

Escadores Press' "Burning Man"

Pescadore “Burning Man”

• I had been collecting stamps and always wondered about the people who made them and how they were made. When I discovered photos of Fluxus artists’ stamp works I was intrigued. I later saw a magazine ad for making photo stamps and tried it out. After that in 1979 I curated an exhibit with a section made up of artistamps and was exposed to more styles. I then began to make more works of my own using a collage format. I eventually made artistamps of my photography and computer graphics.

 

Lauren Welch's "Errors"

Lauren Welch’s “Errors”

• The first artist to produce an “artist’s stamp” is open to interpretation. Fine artists were commissioned to create advertising posters in collectible stamp form from the late 1800s, but none appear to have worked with the format outside the commercial or advertising context. In 1919, Dadaist Raoul Hausmann affixed a self-portrait postage stamp to a postcard. Karl Schwesig, while a political prisoner during World War II, drew a series of pseudo-stamps on the blank, perforated margins of postage stamp sheets, using colored inks. Some historians assert that this 1941 series, which illustrated life in a concentration camp, is typically accepted as the first true set of artist’s stamps. Robert Watts, a member of the Fluxus group, became the first artist to create a full sheet of [faux] postage stamps within a fine art context when he produced a perforated block of 15 stamps combining popular and erotic imagery in 1961. Regardless of its origins hundreds of artists make artistamps today.

 

 

 

Chew Whiggins

Carl Chew , “buZoni”

 

 

How Are Postage Stamps Made Today?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnm0UwRq9cQ

• To make your own artist stamps, go online and locate groups of people making this type of art or just start sending them on your mail or trade with other artists whose work you admire. Information is so much more available and easy to find now on the Internet. Check the Wiki page too for helpful info. I curate a collection posted online. Read about the requirements and if you want to participate send in your artistamps.

 

 

 

Jasfelter "Miraur"

Jasfelter “Miraur”

 

 

 

 

 

Ginny Lloyd's "Creative Thing"

 Creative Thing’s “Ginny Lloyd”

 

 

• EXILE is a pop-up artist’s bookstore that will migrate throughout several locations in Miami, spending approximately 4-6 weeks housed in every location. The bookstore is dedicated to raising awareness about artist’s publications and will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and projects grounded in the spirit of collaboration. Now, it will pop up at the Miami Book Fair, where it will be a relaxed atmosphere where people can come and browse, relax, mingle, and enjoy some of the events we have scheduled — readings, performances, live printing. It will be a lot of fun to gather a community together and share in our passion for print culture. The works in the lounge will not be all local, and not all books.

 

 

 

Ruchin's "Artist Stamp"

Gunther Ruch “Artist Stamp”

 

 

The book fair describes the EXILE offerings as performances, lectures, and workshops revealing the “radical history and legacy of artists’ publications. Yoko Ono will provide the wish trees (on which visitors tie their written wishes); Isis Miller will jump-start the Flash Poetry Mob; and naturally, Dada and Fluxus will be discussed.

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Gina Lotta Post Artistamp Museum and Archive
P.O. Box 1424
Jupiter, FL 33468
USA

www.ginnyonline.com

http://artistampmuseum.blogspot.com
Facebook: Gina Lotta Post Artistamp Museum and Archive
Twitter: ArtistampMuseum

 

  ginnylloyd.blogspot.com interdada84.blogspot.com

artistampmuseum.blogspot.com floridafluxus.blogspot.com

ginnylloyd@ginnyonline.com

 

 

 

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Photography With a Different Point of View

S. Aaron Hopkins stopped at the Art Synergy booth during Art Palm Beach asking how to become more involved in the local art scene, as he was new to the area.  He had come to the right place!  In this article, The Rickie Report shares his good news of being accepted into a juried photography exhibit.  He is an accomplished photographer whose work has been described as “gritty, vivid and humanistic. We urge you to stop by the “World Through the Lens” at A Unique Art Gallery  May 14 – June 6th to see Mr. Hopkins’ work!

 

S.A. Hopkins

 

“World Through The Lens”

A Unique Art Gallery

 

Opening Reception – Public Welcome!

Wednesday, May 14th

5:30-7:30 pm

226 Center Street – Suite 8       

Jupiter, Florida  33458

561-529-2748

 
 
S.A. Hopkins will be showing his photography as part of the juried exhibit, “The World Through the Lens”.  The show takes place at A Unique Art Gallery located in Jupiter, FL and is hosted by the Artists Association of Jupiter. The judge for this show is Durga Garcia.
"Savannah Morning" by S.A. Hopkins

“Savannah Morning” by S.A. Hopkins

There will be a public reception on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit will run through June 6th.  A Unique Art Gallery is located at  226 Center Street, Jupiter, Suite 8.  For more details about this exhibit please call 561.529.2748.

 

"Reading" by S.A.Hopkins

“Reading” by S.A.Hopkins

 Aaron tells The Rickie Report, “I can’t remember if there was a moment when I decided to become a photographer. I’ve been shooting since I had my first camera, a simple Kodak Instamatic. In fact, through the years, photography has been the one constant in my life.”
"Aaronnoire" by S.A. Hopkins

“Aaronnoire” by S.A. Hopkins

He goes on to share, ” I’ve spent nearly four decades walking around with my camera, taking pictures — or ‘making pictures’ as Ansel Adams once said.  Many of my photographer friends refer to my work as ‘vivid, humanistic, gritty or sublime’. I will let you be the judge.”
"Lincoln Road" by S.A.Hopkins

“Lincoln Road” by S.A.Hopkins

Some of Aaron’s favorite work includes photos he made in downtown Miami and South Beach many years ago – before the glitz and glamour.  He is fascinated by the contrast between then and now.  He says, “As a published cartoonist and illustrator, I also look for more amusing juxtapositions, especially in my street photography.”
"Window Face" by S.A. Hopkins

“Window Face” by S.A. Hopkins

“What I hope my photography captures a moment of visual poetry.  Sometimes it is a bit of irony, other times it is simply a face that catches my interest.  I shoot with intention, but I’m often pleased with the accidental or unexpected that many arise. In the end, it is my hope that these photographs will make you think, feel ….and at least put your cell phone down for a few minutes.”
"Old Man and Mannequin" by S.A.Hopkins

“Old Man and Mannequin” by S.A.Hopkins

Marianne V. is an avid follower of Aaron’s work.  She states, ”  It’s a rare occasion that you come across a photographer that really makes a difference.  I’d like you to look at the work of such a photographer, S.A. Hopkins.  I came across his work on one of the photo sharing sites and I’ve been following  his work for quite some time now. I’ve seen the impact his images have on his audience.  So what makes this photographer so unique? He doesn’t just register the world around him. He photographs with engagement, a close personal connection to his subjects, whether it’s on the streets or more personal subjects and with a passion and a keen and unique eye that makes his oeuvre so compelling… his work is subtle, humorous or gritty at times, but always has the power to evoke emotions to the viewer.”
 
 
Mr. Hopkins’ book “Faces and Places” is in the “Staff Picks” section of the Blurb Bookstore and can be found here:
 
 Blurb’s review:
“It’s hard to choose just one image from S.A. Hopkins’s collection “Faces and Places,” but this one is a real standout for us [photo of the man with hat, shown in this article]. From analog street photography to digital landscapes, the range in this book is fascinating. Though it covers 40 years, there’s a remarkable consistency to the work, but also a sense of personal innovation and exploration. Congrats on a great book!”
 

For comments, general inquiries, or on publishing / purchasing his work please contact Mr. Hopkins at: photesthesia@comcast.net or 804-901-1909  or visit photesthesia.com

To purchase prints: http://society6.com/sahopkins (or call 804-901-1909)

 

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561-537-0291

Artists Association of Jupiter Presents: “The World Through The Lens”

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “The World Through the Lens” 2014, a Juried Photography Exhibition and Sale. This exhibit has been juried by Durga Garcia. The exhibition, opening reception and awards ceremony will take place at A Unique Art Gallery on May 14, 2014.  The public is welcome!  The Rickie Report shares the details (but no sneak peaks of the winners) in this article.

Artists Association of Jupiter

 

Presents:

 

“The World Through The Lens”

A Juried Photography Exhibit

 

Public Reception/Awards Ceremony

 

Wednesday, May 14th   5:30-7:30 pm

 

A Unique Gallery

 

 

226 Center Street Suite 8

Jupiter, FL  33458

 561-529-2748

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “The World Through the Lens” 2014, a Juried Photography Exhibition and Sale. This event is a juried entrance event.  The exhibition, opening reception and awards ceremony will take place at A Unique Art Gallery on May 14, 2014, 5:30-7:30.  This a free event and the public is welcome to attend.  The exhibit continues through June 5th.

 

 

 

 All accepted photographs will be on display and for sale at the Gallery through June 5th.  The artists who entered this competition could choose from different categories including:  Travel, Domestic Animals, Nature and People.

 

Durga Garcia, Certified Fine Art Appraiser and Fine Art Photographer was the Judge.  She is a well published, internationally exhibited, merited and awarded photographer of fine art images and conceptual portraits.  Ms. Garcia’s photographs are found in public and private collections.  

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter along with Juror, Durga Garcia, will announce the awards during the exhibition’s Opening Reception.  Best in Show, First Place, Second Place and Third Place winners will receive cash awards.   In addition, there will also be two Honorable Mentions awarded.  All photographs will be on exhibit and for sale through June 5, 2014.

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com

 

 

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.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:

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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Selling Your Art: More Resources To Consider

Heads up!  The United States government is involved in building/construction and buying and selling goods and services ( $500 Billion Annually )!!! The Rickie Report knows that for every building that is erected, there are walls, public spaces and a myriad of opportunities to display and sell your creative work!  In this article, we share the details of an upcoming FREE workshop that will help you through the maze of accessing any government contract.  You MUST PRE-REGISTER!  Can’t attend?  Send a representative!  The Think Tank which brought Art Synergy to reality in less than  9 months has taught us to THINK BIG!  The Rickie Report looks forward to hearing your good news and sharing it! 

 

 

 

Accessing Government Contracts

for Small Businesses

 

 

 

FREE Workshop!

Pre-Registration Required!

 

Wednesday, April 30

 

1:30 – 3:30 pm

 

Govt. Contracting

200 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL

Meeting Room  165A

 

 

Small Business owners, did you know that the federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services ( totaling more than $500 billion a year) ?

 

 

 

Did you know that all contracts under $150,000 (except those under $2,500) are set aside solely for small businesses?

 

 

 

A workshop is scheduled on Wednesday, April 30th at the Jupiter Community Center on Military Trail.  This event is being collaboratively sponsored by the Town of Jupiter, the U.S. Small Business Development Administration and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  This workshop will help small business owners access any U.S. government contract.

 

 

 

For General Information please contact: E-mail   or call (561) 741-2495 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

First Annual Plein Air Jupiter Invites Public to Events

The First Annual Plein Air Jupiter event is not just for artists!  While it is being organized by The Artists Association of Jupiter, this is a great opportunity for art lovers and those who are curious about what “plein air” is all about.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by A Unique Art Gallery on Center Street in Jupiter on March 29th from 5 – 7 pm.  You can see  and purchase “fresh off the easel” art works by painters from around the United States!  More details are here

 

 

Artists Association of Jupiter

&

A Unique Art Gallery

 

Presents:

 

Annual Plein Air Jupiter

Saturday, March 29th

5 – 7 pm

 

   AWARDS AND PURCHASE

PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS

5 – 7 pm 

 

226 Center Street, Suite 8

Jupiter, FL

 

 

Plein Air describes the act of painting outdoors and was first practiced by the Impressionist Masters Monet, Pissarro and Renoir during the mid-1800’s.  With the introduction of oil paints in tubes, painters ventured outdoors to directly study the effect of diffused light.  Today, plein air paintings are still viewed as masterpieces which capture the fleeing effects of light, shadow & passing cloud formations. Typically completed in three hours, plein air paintings are completely unique in subject, style and execution.  No longer confined to oil painters, plein air attracts artists of all mediums – acrylic, watercolor and pastel – and each type uniquely captures the essence of the moment. 

 

 

 

"St. Simons Island Salt Marsh" by Sharon Doyle

 

Artists from across the United States will be descending on Jupiter for this one-day event!  While some had already planned to be here for vacation, others ( from Ohio, Massachusetts and Oregon) decided to sign up just for this event!

 

"Lighthouse" by Hugh O'Neill (Plein Air)

 

On Saturday, March 29th, these artists will paint different areas of the Town of Jupiter from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. They will gather at A Unique Art Gallery , where esteemed juror, Hugh O’Neill will preside.  Hugh is a member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.  Born and raised in Belfast, Ireland, Hugh graduated from the University of Ulster in 1985 with extensive studies in Nante and Paris, France.  We encourage you to visit his website:  www.oneillgalleries.com.

 

 

"Morning Light, Chatham" by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)

 

Awards totaling  $2,500 in cash and merchandise will be given to the top three artists and three Honorable Mention awards.  The public is welcome to the artists reception, awards ceremony and art sale.  If you want to purchase more plein air masterpieces, don’t worry, there’s another opportunity.  The winners’ pieces will be on display at A Unique Art Gallery for the month of April.  And, up to fifty other original works will also be display.

 

 

"Caspercian Beach" by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)

“Caspercian Beach” by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)

 

Proceeds from this event will go to the participating artist and towards funding the arts in Jupiter. Best of all, the public will have an opportunity to purchase artworks directly off the artist’s easel. Look for them painting our Jupiter Lighthouse, in and around DuBois Park, out on the jetty or along the beaches and even at our historic railroad station in Sawfish Park.  Pick your favorite oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolorist.  Follow them back to A Unique Art Gallery (226 Center Street)! 

 

"The Quarters" by Sharon Boyle (Plein Air)

 

 

The First Annual Plein Air Event of Jupiter is being sponsored by the following local companies: M & M Galleries, Country Club Charters, Jerry’s Artarama and Raymond James of Jupiter.  National sponsorship is being provided by PleinAir Magazine, Gamblin Oil Paints and SourceTek Canvas Panels.

 

A Unique Art Gallery  offers both working and exhibition space. It is located at 226 Center Street, Suite 8 in Jupiter, FL. The gallery is staffed full-time by Gallery Director, Denise LeClair-Robbins  and operated with the help of volunteer gallery artists. Each month on the 2nd Wednesday, the Gallery hosts special exhibits with an opening reception which includes a raffle. A portion of all sales is donated to different local charities.  The gallery is fully equipped with work space and class room in the rear, a small kitchen and bathroom and a desk area in the front of the exhibition space.  There is ample parking space directly in front of the gallery to accomodate events and routine gallery traffic. The gallery currently represents over 20 artists and we are always seeking additional qualified artists. For more information, please contact our gallery directly via email at auniqueartgallery@comcast.net or by phone at 561-529-2748

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Artists Association of Jupiter Presents:”Clay, Glass, Wood”

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter

&

A Unique Art Gallery

Present:

Clay, Glass, Wood

A Collaboration of Mixed Media

Artists:

Pam Carman

Carolyn Austin

Bill Jones

Wednesday, March 12th

5:30-7:30 pm

 

 

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A Unique Art Gallery and Unique Glass Art, Inc.
226 Center St. A-6 and A-8
Jupiter, FL 33458
561-747-2024 



 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County, www.thelordsplace.org.  For more information please call A Unique Art Gallery at 561-529-2748 or go to www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com
Mirror by Pam Carman

Mirror by Pam Carman

 

What happens when you mix Wood, Glass and Clay???   You get an amazing, creative, new art form from three accomplished Artists.   The collaboration of this one of a kind mixed media show started out as a friendship between fellow artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones sharing ideas and admiring each other’s designs.  

They competed individually, at some of the same competitions, and won awards together. The list of their successes and their ability to teach, exhibit, and give back to the Palm Beach Art communities is commendable.   They started talking, sketching, etching, cutting, turning and gluing………!!!!!!   

 

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

 

Pamela Carman is a primarily self-taught mixed media artist. Pamela’s current body of work is in polymer clay and found objects.  She has an affinity for color that is evident in her work and gets excited just creating her color palette! The majority of her work is inspired by and based in nature. Recurring animal themes, especially of birds and fish can be seen in her most recent work. They are meant to bring a smile or chuckle.

 

 

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

 

 

Teaching polymer workshops in South Florida, Pamela has been an instructor for the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo for the last 5 years. She also offers private and group lessons in her home studio. Her award winning work can be found internationally. www.pamelacarman.com

 

 

 

"Cat" by Pam Carman

“Cat” by Pam Carman

 

 

 

Bill Jones is a local wood turner with a workshop in Jupiter; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Wood turners, a local chapter of the American Association of Wood Turners. He spends his time teaching at adult education classes, 4H youth classes and creating a limited number of turning to show at various exhibitions and galleries. Every piece he turns is mad with not only a love of the wood, but also the delight in craftsmanship of taking a log to a finished and unique artistic object. You are welcome to watch him turn wood in his shop by appointment 561-762-1031. Come and enjoy the wonderful world of wood! www.woodturningbybilljones.com 

 

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

 

 

Carolyn Austin began designing and creating glass art within the family business in 1986. She has built her reputation in the Palm Beach Community as one of the most unique glass etching artists in the area. Her showroom and studio are located in the Center Park Plaza in Jupiter.

 

Glass Art by Carolyn Austin

Glass Art by Carolyn Austin

 

 

Carolyn has lived in the Jupiter/Tequesta area since 1979 and developed an eye for the tropical Florida scenes from long legged birds to intensely detailed ocean life which in turn creates one of kind glass art. She tells us, “I love working with people and using my 25 years plus of experience to create a beautiful customized look in glass whether it be an entrance way or a free standing piece of glass art. All my designs are created by hand, an intricate detailed process to enhance each client’s home and personality. Making my glass art a personal favorite for each client is always satisfying. I take pride in my work and the exclusive following it has created.”    www.uniqueglassart.com 

 

 

THE LORD’S PLACE

 

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The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community.

 

The Lord’s Place is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 organization that has been changing the lives of homeless families and individuals in Palm Beach County for over 30-years. We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness with programs and services that include: Community Engagement, Supportive Housing, Job Training and Employment.

 

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In 2012, The Lord’s Place provided supportive housing to 434 men, women and children. By the end of the year, 92% were no longer homeless. This past year,  133 formerly homeless men and women gain job skills and 88 were placed in jobs with local employers. Our success over the years is due to an unwavering commitment to our clients and an approach that balances compassion and personal responsibility. For more information visit website www.thelordsplace.org 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com

 

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.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

 

Photography of Bill Hultz is Featured at A Unique Art Gallery!

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Photography by Bill Hultz” The event will be held on Wednesday November 13th at A Unique Art Gallery,in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Bill Hultz and the artists of AAOJ will benefit The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend the public reception to see this wonderful artwork and meet all of the artists!  More details are in this article.

 

Artists Association of Jupiter 

 

Presents

 

“Photography by Bill Hultz”

 

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

A Unique Art Gallery

 

226 Center St #8, Jupiter, FL 

 

Open to the Public

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Photography by Bill Hultz” The event will be held on Wednesday November 13, from 6:00-8:00 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Bill Hultz and the artists of AAOJ will benefit The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center.

 

Bill was born in Philadelphia, grew up on Long Island and spent most of his adult life in Vermont before moving to Florida in 2003. He has been spending summers in the mountains of North Carolina since 2009 because of its pleasant weather and its fabulous photo opportunities.

 

"Jaco Horses"

“Jaco Horses”

“I have been taking pictures most of my life. I was mostly a casual photographer taking vacation photos and the like until my first trip to North Carolina. On that trip I discovered the hundreds of waterfalls around the western part of the state and the wonderful scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These places inspired me to become more serious about taking photographs. Since that time I have taken thousands of pictures of anything that I think has something to give to the viewer.”

 

"Rhoda, Cropped"

“Rhoda, Cropped”

Bill goes on to tell us, “Photography has been called “art for left brained people”. As a confirmed left brained person landscapes, sunsets and sunrises, animals, flowers, waterfalls and buildings are all items that inspire me to create art.”

Bill is a member of the Carolina Nature Photographers Association, the Indian River Photo Club and the Indian River Photography Meetup Group.  

 

"Tower, Trees"

“Tower, Trees”

 

The mission of the Okeeheelee Nature Center is to educate people of all ages about the natural resources of our state and county through a variety of programs, exhibits and use of the facility as a living laboratory.

 

 If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center or would like more  information about its programs or volunteer  opportunities please contact Stephanie Saunders at 561-309-3908. 

 The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center (FONC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to assisting the staff of the nature center in accomplishing this mission statement.  FONC promotes and funds various educational programs for seniors, school children and toddlers.  We help maintain exhibits and provide animal feed and supplies.  FONC also sponsors Earth Day, Science for Seniors, Spooktacular, the Holiday Open House and the Nature Centers  important  involvement in the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FEMSEA) a state sanctioned program by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

 

 

The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.net

 

For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or auniqueartgallery@comcast.net

 

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

 

 

Ocean Festival at Lighthouse ArtCenter: Meet Justin Riney, Open Ceramic Studio, Family Fun Event

Justin Riney, Founder of Mother Ocean, will be at the Lighthouse ArtCenter on Sunday, May 26th!  Justin will share his adventures of circumnavigating Florida by paddle board.  In addition, there will be Open Ceramic Studio, Raku Firing,  An Ocean-themed art exhibit, Art Contest for Children, Interactive Mural Painting, Refreshments, Raffles and Music!  The Rickie Report will see you there!

 

 

 Lighthouse ArtCenter

Presents

Mother Ocean Festival, featuring Justin Riney

Mark the Arrival of Expedition Florida 500 in Tequesta

Florida Artists celebrate ocean-themed art

 

Sunday, May 26, 2013  11:30 am – 2:30 pm

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Drive, Tequesta

Free admission

 

Justin at Pavilion photo by

Justin at Pavilion (photo by Constance Mier)

The Lighthouse ArtCenter will be presenting an ocean-themed festival on Sunday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This community celebration for all ages will feature an art contest for children, open ceramic studio, interactive mural painting, raku firing, raffle, music and refreshments.

 

Justin Riney, founder of Mother Ocean, will share the tales of his adventure of circumnavigating Florida on a standup paddleboard. He will be arriving in Tequesta on Day 147 of his 365-day journey. Riney will present a slide show about Mother Ocean’s Expedition Florida 500 (“XF500”) at 1 p.m., followed by a question, discussion, photo opportunity and autograph signing.

 

The children’s art contest will be judged at 2 p.m. The grand prize winner receives a 1 week scholarship at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 42nd Annual Summer Enrichment ArtCamp. Raffle drawing for a one-of-a-kind raku-fired Florida inspired pottery created in the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s kiln will be at 2:30 p.m.

 

An invitational exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art showcases ocean- and water-inspired art created by Florida artists. The works of art highlight humanity’s deep connection to waterways in Florida, and will celebrate the arrival of Justin Riney to Tequesta.

Justin Riney

Justin Riney (Photo by Jackson Berger)

 

A signature event of VIVA Florida 500, XF500 is a modern-day exploration of Florida’s coastlines and aquatic ecosystem, as seen through the eyes of waterman Justin Riney. As founder of Mother Ocean, a non-profit foundation, Riney is “creating, inspiring and empowering ocean advocates worldwide.”

 

As Riney explores Florida on a standup paddleboard, he focuses attention around the state on environmental challenges within coastal communities, as well as honoring the local history and culture.

 

As Floridians, our lives are deeply connected to the water. It’s our need for healthy oceans for our livelihoods, recreation and inspiration that makes XF500 such a powerful project. “It is our passion that leads to action, and the desire to protect what we love and believe in,” says Riney. Follow his journey at www.facebook.com/XF500.

 

The Mother Ocean Invitational Exhibit will be spotlight select pieces in various media, including paintings by Gerri Aurre, Julie Silk Beaumont, Jackson Berger, Judith Boland-Caruso, Tony Cisek, Gwen Eyeington, Duane Hatfield, Ashton Howard, Jack Keough, Deborah Lawrence, Ted Matz, Deborah Neuhaus, Lisa Leffler Riney, Manon Sander, Randall Scott, Roseanne Williams. Also included will be mixed media works by Judy Flescher, Debbie Mostel, Paul Slater and David Willison. Photographers include Tony Arruza (surfboard art), Malcolm MacKenzie, Melinda Moore, Greg Panas, Ruth Petzold and Barry Seidman. Norman Gitzen’s famous mermaid sculpture, “The Siren,” will grace the School of Art’s front yard.

 

Justin Riney

Justin Riney (Photo by Billy King Kraus)

Justin Riney’s original Mother Ocean Tahoe standup paddleboard, which he rode from Pensacola to Key West, will be on display. The 14-foot custom paddleboard carried more than 130 pounds of gear, and shows the wear and tear of hundreds of miles of rough passage. The board features an original painting of a whale’s tale by famed ocean artist Wyland.

 

Justin and Wyland, Islamorada

Justin and Wyland, Islamorada

Children and adults will be inspired by the ocean art on display, as well as informed about Riney’s environmentally focused adventure.

 

Following the festivities at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, there will be a group paddle on kayaks and paddleboards. The public is invited to join Riney on the water, leaving from Tequesta at 3:30, and arriving at Guanabanas Restaurant, 960 A1A, Jupiter, for an early evening reception. Call Cynthia Trone regarding launch details (561) 629-3765.

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art, a member-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities.   Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, 395 Seabrook Drive, Tequesta, Fla, 33469. (561) 748-8737. www.lighthousearts.org.

 

 

 

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Lazaro Ruda, Emerging Artist Shares Underwater Splendors at ArtiGras

ArtiGras  Fine Arts Festival is always a highlight event for art lovers.  The Rickie Report is proud to have mentored a large number of the “Emerging Artists” for the 2013 show!  The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce produces a top-notch juried show, which is presented with the help of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  This is truly a community-wide effort, which involves hundreds of volunteers.  Here is an introduction to one of the “emerging artists”, Lazaro Ruda.

 

 

 

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ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

February 16-18

Abacoa Town Center,  Jupiter, FL

Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Monday 10 am – 4 pm

Out of the hundreds of artists who are juried into ArtiGras, the organizers recognize eleven artists who have never been involved in a juried show of this type.  These “Emerging Artists” are taken under the ArtiGras’ wings and nurtured to enable them to participate in future events with a base of understanding and experience.

 

The eleven “Emerging Artists” include:

  • John Cooksey
  • Jim Maddox (Eydylhands Studio)
  • Edward Grates
  • Taylor Loughlin
  • Christopher Thomas (C. Thomas Photography)
  • Lazara Ruda (The Living Sea)
  • Brent Hoosac
  • Shelly Cox (Norma Cockwell)
  • Irene Jalowayski (Smashing Glass)
  • Jim McCann (Copper Canvas)
  • Joan Hendelman (Hendel Jewelry)

 

The Rickie Report urges you to take the time to visit each of their booths, see their work and talk to them about what they do and how they do it!  Remember, when you buy an item from an “emerging artist” you can  say  you knew them before they became famous!

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Raised in south Florida, Lazaro Ruda has been around the ocean his entire life. Through the span of over thirty years he has watched his ocean world slowly change due to human impact. With the thought that people only protect what they love, he took up the challenge of learning to photograph underwater in order to bring the ocean’s splendors to the eyes of a worldwide audience. Through his web site, TheLivingSea.com, he shares his love and passion for our ocean planet in the hopes that others will understand, cherish and protect our natural world.
An American Alligator underwater photograph
Laz Ruda’s Artist Statement begins, “Ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau wrote, “People protect what they love.”  These simple words form the foundation of why I photograph the nature of our oceans.  I use my photography and my ocean experiences to bring to light what to many is an alien world.”

His experiences as a scuba diver enhance his understanding and vision of what he wants to share via his camera.  He tells The Rickie Report, “My photography entails decades of experience as a scuba diver.  Before holding an underwater camera in my hand, it is important that I feel completely comfortable in this unique environment for my own safety and, just as important, the well-being of the creatures I photograph”.

Male Seahorse Giving Birth in Wild

Male Seahorse Giving Birth in Wild

Working underwater has its constraints regarding technical equipment.  Laz shares, “Underwater photography does not give me the liberties of using zoom lenses.  I must approach an animal well beyond its comfort zone to capture its image.  Having an intimate knowledge of the creature, it’s environment, and an enormous amount of patience is required.  Some of my photographs have taken hours to capture.  Many have taken years to perfect.”

Queen angelfish in Palm Beach, Florida
When he is asked why he chooses to work underwater, Laz is quite straightforward in sharing his philosophy. “In my decades of exploring the oceans, I have encountered untold damage to this delicate environment caused by our every day actions. I have also seen our oceans improve when ordinary citizens have cared enough to make a difference.  My hope is that my images and stories will help you understand our amazing ocean planet a little better and my passion and admiration for the natural world becomes your own.”
For more information about ArtiGras: www.artigras.org

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