Webber Gallery Presents Paintings By Bill Benjamin As Part Of Gallery Walk in Lake Worth

Take your friends, neighbors and family to Lake Worth this Saturday for a special event.  The Centennial Committee of Lake Worth has planned many events for us to celebrate with this artist haven.  This Saturday, March 9th from 11 – 4,  you can take a self-guided tour beginning in Downtown Lake Worth. Participating galleries and cultural stops are offering freebies and specials.  Bruce Webber Gallery is hosting an exhibit, “Florida, Back in the Day” featuring prominent Palm Beach artist, Bill Benjamin.  The Rickie Report hopes to see you there!

 

 

Florida, Back in the Day

 

An Exhibit of Original Paintings

By Palm Beach Artist

Bill Benjamin

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       The Bruce Webber Gallery joins in the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the State of Florida and the centennial of the City of Lake Worth with an exhibit of paintings by Palm Beach artist Bill Benjamin.

 

Opening Reception with the Artist

Thursday March 7, 2013

  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

 JOIN IN THE FREE GALLERY WALK

SATURDAY MARCH 9th

11 – 4

Exhibit continues through March 23rd.

 

Bill Benjamin grew up in Palm Beach, the eldest son of William Benjamin, II, of Southampton and New York and Odette de Bruniere, of Paris, France. Bill’s mother was an accomplished artist. Besides his parents’ encouragement and his mother’s example, Bill counts his education at the Choate School and particularly the Cosnard course on the history of French art as major early influences of his lifelong interest in the Impressionist style of painting.

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After studying Fine Arts at Tulane University in New Orleans, Bill worked primarily in the marine construction industry, including a year spent in Hawaii at the Naval Base in Pearl Harbor. The Eighties saw Bill’s return to Palm Beach and his art career, which was well received within the community, with gallery shows and many private and commercial clients for both works in oil on canvas and murals, particularly featured in Jennifer Ash’s book, ‘Private Palm Beach’.

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Bill’s paintings feature prominently his interest in plein air and marine subjects with an impressionist flair. Please join us for this nostalgic exhibit of old Florida.  For more information contact:www.webbergallery.com or call 561-582-1045.

 ART WALK

Featured venues include:

  • The Lake Worth Playhouse which will be open for touring during the Art Walk from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • The Stonzek Theatre which will host an open house from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with short films and fun cartoons on screen.
  • Chafin Music will feature an exhibit of posters created specifically for Chafin Music Center by school aged children.
  • The Bruce Webber Gallery will feature an exhibit of paintings by Palm Beach Artist Bill Benjamin entitled; Florida, Back in the Day.

 Other participants include:

 

  • BAMBOO ROOM
  • CLAY GLASS METAL STONE GALLERY
  • DAVID  TORRELLA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DOWNTOWN DANCE
  • JIM M. HERTZ STUDIO
  • LAKE WORTH ART LEAGUE
  • LAKE WORTH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
  • LAKE WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • MARGOT STEIN GALLERY
  • MARYANNE WEBBER GALLERY
  • McMOW ART GLASS
  • STUDIO DANCE

 

The Art Walk is a self guided tour and will take place rain or shine. For more information contact: Maryanne Webber  at 561 585 0003        or  Webbergalleries@bellsouth.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

Lake Worth Offers FREE Art Walk!

 Lake Worth is offering a FREE Art Walk on Saturday March 9th!  What a wonderful way to begin Lake Worth’s Centennial Celebration!  The Rickie Report thinks you should take advantage of being able to see multiple galleries and studios of community-based artists, theaters, and cultural sites!

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Celebrate the Arts!

Centennial Art & Culture Walk     

 Downtown Lake Worth 

 

Saturday, March 9,  11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

   Celebrating the Arts in Lake Worth in association with Centennial of Lake Worth. Designed to showcase the galleries and many art and cultural attractions  within the downtown area.

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This free ArtWalk will begin promptly at 11:00 A.M. with an introduction at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Avenue.

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Patrons will receive an Art Walk Guide and Map with the suggested itinerary. The participating venues will have special exhibits and presentations throughout the day.

 

Featured venues include:

  • The Lake Worth Playhouse which will be open for touring during the Art Walk from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • The Stonzek Theatre which will host an open house from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with short films and fun cartoons on screen.
  • Chafin Music will feature an exhibit of posters created specifically for Chafin Music Center by school aged children.
  • The Bruce Webber Gallery will feature an exhibit of paintings by Palm Beach Artist Bill Benjamin entitled; Florida, Back in the Day.

 Other participants include:

 

  • BAMBOO ROOM
  • CLAY GLASS METAL STONE GALLERY
  • DAVID  TORRELLA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DOWNTOWN DANCE
  • JIM M. HERTZ STUDIO
  • LAKE WORTH ART LEAGUE
  • LAKE WORTH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
  • LAKE WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • MARGOT STEIN GALLERY
  • MARYANNE WEBBER GALLERY
  • McMOW ART GLASS
  • STUDIO DANCE

 

The Art Walk is a self guided tour and will take place rain or shine. For more information contact: Maryanne Webber  at 561 585 0003        or  Webbergalleries@bellsouth.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

What is LULA and How Can It Help You?

The Rickie Report spoke with LULA Cultural Renaissance Program Planner, Tracy Smith Coffey to find out what LULA does and how her efforts can help local artists and artisans.

When the organizational world has become alphabet soup, it is worthwhile to explore!  That is what The Rickie Report found during an extensive meeting with Tracy Smith Coffey.  She works out of the C.R.A. offices (Community Redevelopment Agency) in Lake Worth.

 

LULA stands for LUcerne & LAkeAvenues in Lake Worth and she is using LULA to brand the city as a destination for art and culture.  While Coffey is an artist herself, she has little time for her craft. She hasn’t painted in years but is looking at two empty canvases at the moment that are calling to her.  She prefers faux painting as well as abstracts with oils and acrylics.

 

Her passion is to raise awareness of the art community that exists in Lake Worth,FL.  She wants Lake Worth to be a center for tourism in our area.  She explains, “Lake Worth has all the components of an arts district but was never organized, so that’s what LULA is doing.  We knew the importance of having the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County here, and the C.R.A. gave them a $700,000. grant to help them rehab the building they are in now.  It all has to do with the big picture”.

 

Artist Urban Loft – Deco Building

Coffey, the Project Coordinator, developed this arts program that went with their NSP2 Federal Housing Grant.  They were awarded $23 million for housing which is overseen by the C.R.A.  For specifics about this grant and program go to: www.lakeworthnsp.org    Applications are being accepted now for a dozen urban arts lofts that are under construction.  They are looking at a February, 2013 opening and one residence has already been accepted.  You can pick up an application at the C.R.A. office  at 29 South J Street Suite 1 in Lake Worth or contact Tracy at: tcoffey@lakeworth.org   “We will be the only affordable housing, artist live/work units in FL”.

 

The Rickie Report is shocked that LULA’s website is so under utilized!  There are Calls to Artists plus a FREE  opportunity to not only be listed on their website, but to show jpgs of your work and include a description of each piece.  Plus, once you have logged into their system, you can change out these jpgs and descriptions yourself!  This is open to all artists who reside in Palm Beach County.  Once every eight weeks, an artist and a downtown merchant is featured on the website.  Do you have the URGE to EMERGE?    “The good news is that this is free.  I had an artist call me to say he got a commission piece from this website!  That is our goal”.    The listing includes all disciplines, including music and theater.  Contact Tracy now for the application form!

 

Lula holds a number of events throughout the year to support their endeavors.  A 10’x10′ booth space for events costs $25.00  Tracy put the visual arts with the performing arts together at these events, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy.  Check out Lake Worth Cultural Renaissance Program, Lake Worth Arts, or Lake Worth Centennial Event on Facebook.  Or go to: www.lakeworthcra.org   The links to the facebook pages are  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Worth-CRA-Cultural-Renaissance-Program/122468921135245?ref=hl and https://www.facebook.com/pages/LULA-Lake-Worth-Arts/248726568545868?ref=hl

 

 

Former Masonic Temple
1000 Lake Avenue Building – “The Nine Arches”

 

Save the date!  November 17, 2012 LULA will sponsor an Andy Warhol-type art factory event where the 9 arches will be painted by local mural artists, there will be stages with performing artists and other artists will be selling their work as well.  (See The Rickie Report July 15, 2012). And watch The Rickie Report for LULA’s celebration of Lake Worth’s Centennial in 2013! If you want to be part of this celebration, contact Tracy!

Tracy Smith Coffey, Project Coordinator  LULA Lake Worth Arts

29 South J Street Suite 1    Lake Worth, Fl 33460   561.493.2550

tcoffey@lakeworth.org    www.lakeworthcra.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