Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With Premiere Exhibition Opening Wednesday, December 4. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, December 4.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: James J. DeMartis, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, Chris Kling, Lynn Morgan, Danuta Rothschild, and Carolyn Walsh at the free Opening Reception.  All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists.

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays, noon to 7 pm through the month of November

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, December 4

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

 

 

 

 

James J. DeMartis

 

 

“She Fell To Pieces” by James J Demartis

 

 

 

In his own words:   My work seems to have progressed from an earlier moody and somber romanticism to its present stage whatever it may be called. I enjoy doing imaginary landscapes, seascapes and still lifes in either oil or acrylic, or both.   I sold the gallery in 1989 and have been living clumsily. I am subsisting on remnants of earned monies from gallery sale and exhibitions, Social Security and a lifetime of meager earnings, also VA disability pension from WWII.  I have three fine grown children and a great aptitude for assimilating, learning and living and I’ll continue painting until there are no more surfaces to paint on.”
—James J. DeMartis

He was an abstract impressionist who liked to explore different styles and media. He gathered imagery and symbolism from his vast travels.  From the Rickie Report, “His oil paintings on canvas and paper, according to Ms. Crealy Pollack on behalf of the Eggers Partnership of Architects and Planners in NYC, “reflect the sure hand of a painter schooled in Florence, Italy, but associated with the New York and Maine School of American Artists. There is a mystical quality about his work which is strongly influenced by the history of calligraphy, both ancient and contemporary.” 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill began creating jewelry ten years ago.  She attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes, has taken several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, and has participated in several national workshops and conventions.  aura Kay is a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club,  the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  She is also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.

 

Laura Kay’s father, Curt Whiticar, an oil painter and a boat builder, was of great influence. She incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for Laura Kay. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of her work is influenced by a passion for the ocean.  

 

Laura Kay’s jewelry may be found in Geoffrey Smith Gallery in Stuart, Florida, in Geoffrey Smith Artist Studio and Gallery, and in the Emporium at the Elliott Museum.  In January 18 and 19, her studio will be stop #13 on the Open Studio Tour in Martin County.  She also publishes a newsletter “Whiticar Waves” which features her art stories and events in the area.  To join her newsletter, send your name and email to the email. Laura Kay has a studio and show room in her home.  She is open by appointment.  If you wish to  visit her studio, contact her at jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or 772-834-6202.  Her website is jewelrybywhiticar.com.

 

 

Chris Kling

 

 

“Beyond The See”  by Chris Kling

 

 

Chris Kling graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has worked as a professional artist since 1978. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the US and with the Portrait Society of America including her most recent award for her portrait of “Vala”. Chris has exhibited with the Oil Painters of America and in September 2019 she was honored to show in the American Impressionist Society’s 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. Chris works primarily in oil in a contemporary impressionistic manner. She also teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture in classes and workshops.  Chris has a gallery and studio in Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL and is represented by Palm City Art & Frame. Painting, to her, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.  You may see her work on her Facebook page Chris Kling Studio and at www.chrisklingartist.com. For more information contact her directly at cbkling@bellsouth.net or 772-285-7826. 

 

 

Lynn Morgan

 

 

“Rocky Surf” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of.  Lynn’s early art experiences were orchestrated by her mother, a former student at the Parsons School in New York.  As a pre-teen, she was allowed to ride the city bus to downtown Detroit (imagine that!) by herself.  She would browse the stationary departments at the big department stores to find drawing paper.  As a teen, she began to paint with acrylics.  

In later years, Lynn began painting with watercolors and took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis and Robbie Laird.  She took art classes at Palm Beach State College where she was introduced to pastels, her “go to” medium.  She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Jen Evenhus, Aline Ordman and Tony Allain.  Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works.

Lynn, a full-time artist, is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) and Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA).  She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits.  Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.

 

 

Danuta Rothschild

 

 

 

“Untitled” by Danuta Rothschild

 

 

Danuta Rothschild is an internationally known, respected award wining artist. A native of Poland, she has lived in the United States for many years. Danuta’s works have been shown in prestigious museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the United States.  She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Barbara, and Laguna Beach in California.  Having appeared in television shows in Poland, France, and the United States, and being interviewed and published in leading California publications and newspapers, she has become an established artist in the art world.

 

Danuta’s art is collected by numerous celebrities, politicians, and collectors around the world.  Her move to the Treasure Coast has raised the bar in the art community.  The scope of her work is widely diverse and provocative. Her works often weave a historical tapestry including her own take on the Masters. An artist of considerable breadth and stature, Danuta created several series of paintings covering a wide variety of subjects.  Her art provides social commentary and very relevant issues both spiritual and profound.  It is rare to see the intensity of emotion, scope of subject matter, and a true understanding of the human psyche and spirit as she sees it.  Danuta can take a soul-wrenching subject matter and make it palatable and magical while allowing us to ask the pertinent questions that take us deeper within ourselves to gain new understandings.  For more information please visit danutastudio.com

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Walsh

 

 

“Couple Kissing” original sculpture by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

 

Ceramic artist Carolyn Walsh was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  At a young age,  she was inspired by her Aunt Jean, a ceramic sculptor.  Even though her life took another direction, she always longed to be a working artist.  In 2003, she began working and learning at the Pottery of Carlee Weston and Friends, honing her craft for the last 17 years. Since then, she has shown her work at Molly’s House, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, the Beanie Backus Gallery Best of the Best Show, along with several other pop up shows through the Martin Artisans Guild. She has won several awards and is opening her own studio at her ranch in Palm City in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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Don Sarka And Mary Anne Sarka Are Featured Artists At Delray Beach Public Library’s “Artists’ Creations” Series. Free Public Opening Reception On Friday, September 6

The creative endeavors of Don Sarka and Mary Anne Sarka  will be featured in the upcoming “Artists’ Creations” Exhibit at the Delray Public Library. The exhibit is open to the public from August 24 – October 19.  Everyone is welcome to meet the artists at the free, Opening Reception on Friday, September 6. Visitors will see oil and acrylic paintings of various subject matter, including landscapes as well as beloved pets.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DELRAY    BEACH    PUBLIC    LIBRARY     

                                                                                                                                                        

PRESENTS:

 

 

 “ARTISTS’   CREATIONS”

BY

DON    &   MARY  ANNE  SARKA

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday,  September 6 

 3:00  to  4:30  pm

Meet The Artists

In the Library Program Room, 2nd floor

Light snacks will be served

 

Exhibit is available August 24 thru October  19, 2019

 

 

No reservations needed

 

100 West Atlantic Ave.                Delray Beach, Florida

Library Hours: 

Mon. – Wed 9am – 8pm:   Thurs – Sat 9 am – 5pm:  Sun (Sept – May): 1pm – 5pm

Free Parking in attached Library parking lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don and Mary Anne Sarka’s joy of creativity exudes from their faces!  Their combined love of nature has taken them to places and environments where they are continually recharging their creative batteries. Don tells The Rickie Report, “My interest in art began many years ago, when I began sketching Disney characters as a boy and using watercolors to paint them.  Starting in 1988, I began getting Instruction in oil painting from a local artist and have studied and painted on and off to the present time.  I use oil paints because it allows me to mix and blend to produce strong colors with light and shadows”.

 

 

“Majestic Sky” by Don Sarka

 

 

 

He goes on to say, “My love of nature and its magnificent creations, causes a spiritual change in me.  The many photos taken give me inspiration to paint a particular picture. We have vacationed in many states and national parks and I have become a critical photographer, capturing the beauty and splendor of nature. I paint my version of what I see and interpret it on to canvas.  I use pictures as an idea of what I want to paint and then come up with my interpretation or theme.  I am a landscape architect and the principles of design have helped me in painting with form, texture and color”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Purple” by Don Sarka

 

 

Mary Anne tells The Rickie Report, ” My enthusiasm for painting started many years ago. Since then I have taken many classes with fantastic painting professionals and it has given me the opportunity to work on composition, perspective, colors, texture, lights and dark’s.  I paint in the traditional and representational format and my paintings can be hung practically anywhere.  I prefer acrylic. My paintings vary between landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds and flowers. I love it when I get lost in the painting process. When I stand back during this time to look at my painting, I am happily surprised and delighted”.

 

 

 

 

“Florida Wetlands” by Mary Anne Sarka

 

 

She continues, “I frequent art galleries and have a collection of wonderful painting books that give me fantastic information, guidance and inspiration. Painting opened up a whole new world for me, and has given me an awareness and ability to be creative and paint using my imagination and feelings. I have taken thousands of photographs that I use as a reference when painting”.

 

 

Award winning artists, Don and Mary Anne are members of the Delray Art League which is a juried league and exhibited in most of their events, including The Crest Theater, the Delray Affair, Delray Beach City Hall, Old School Square, Veterans Park, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Armory Art Center, Arts Garage. They have previously exhibited at the Lake Worth Art League Gallery and Arts Arena Garage (Delray Beach).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Waves and Palm Trees” by Mary Anne Sarka

 

 

Generous with their time and artworks, they have donated to the local community through fundraisers, art auctions, and painted a 6’ x 20’ mural by their clubhouse pool.  They have four married children and nine grandchildren and one great child on the way. They both tell The Rickie Report, “During our family times, we are seldom without our cameras to capture family photos, scenery and nature that’s around us. Painting is one of our favorite things that we do together”.

 

 

 

 

 For more information about this exhibit or other works of art, please Call or Text Mary Anne Sarka at 561-310-5620  or  e-mail at

maryannesarka@gmail.com 

 paintingsdm@gmail.com 

 Etsy.com: PaintingByDandMSarka 

 www.paintingbydandmsarka.com 

 

 

 

 

 

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Explore Palette Knife Painting At A Master Workshop With Internationally Renowned Artist, MaiYap On Saturday, May 18 At Yvette Michele Studio In Ft. Lauderdale

We’re not sure when MaiYap sleeps, because this internationally renowned artist is so prolific!  Join her on Saturday, May 18 for a Palette Knife Master Class in Fort Lauderdale.  MaiYap is available to teach or give a demonstration to your local arts group, as well as speak about her bright and vibrant artworks.  As she travels the globe ( her next exhibit is in Seoul, Korea), MaiYap always makes time to create, which in turn, inspires others!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this workshop, where to see her artwork, plus some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

“Three Pears” by MaiYap

 

Palette Knife Painting Master Workshop

$75 plus materials. Supply lists will be emailed after registration

 

Register Here!

*This workshop is for artists or people with some experience with painting, not for complete beginners.

 

Saturday May 18th, 2019

 10:00 am to 3:00pm

 

Deadline for registration is May 16th, 2019

 

At:

 Yvette Michele Studio

117 NW 5th Street    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

  Phone: 954.372.0096

 

 

Born in the Republic of Panama to Chinese parents, MaiYap has been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Within the walls of her parent’s home, she was immersed in the beauty, balance and perfection of millennial traditions passed on from one generation to another. Once outside these walls, her senses were overcome by the amazing colors, sounds and energy of the Tropics.

 

 

“Happy For You” by MaiYap

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “Panama provided a bustling backdrop of exciting people, places, and music. Most importantly, its natural surroundings provided the perfect artistic inspiration to imagine and create my magnificent flowers and unique landscapes. It also gave me the courage to voice my concerns and fears about our planet’s welfare through my powerful environmental abstracts”.

 

 

“Boat at Dawn” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap asks herself: “Who am I? Where am I going? How can I help the most”?

She says, “The constant search for my true identity, my place in the world and the struggle to preserve our planet are at the heart of all my art pursuits. Painting very detailed and colorful flowers has helped me to reconcile my Chinese background with the vibrant Panamanian world. The wish to anchor myself in this rapid ever-changing world drove me to study the subject of impermanence while depicting the passing clouds and difficult atmospheres. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation I continue to grow while trying to make sense of it all.  My environmental abstracts are the answer to one of my deepest concerns and where life inquiry continues to thrive”.

 

 

“Anecdote of an Inquisitive Mind” by MaiYap

 

 

MaiYap has been interviewed recently:

VoyageMiami

Art Hive Magazine

 

 

MaiYap has exhibited at over 100 International Art Fairs including: Beijing and Shanghai, China, Morocco, Korea, Colombia, and Panama.  She has also exhibited nationally in museums, universities and galleries.  Her artwork can be seen at “ELEMENTS OF ART” (Pinecrest Gardens, Miami, FL), FLOW – GALLERYone at DoubleTree Suites Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and  MUJERES DE FUEGO – Galería Juan Manuel Cedeño, Panama, Panama.  She will be exhibiting at  Plastic Art Fair – Seoul, KOREA

 

 

 

 

MaiYap is represented by the following galleries:

 

Ninoska Huerta Gallery

Coral Gables, FL 33134   (305) 588-1231

 

Collectors Gallery & Framery

114 Nokomis Ave S.  Venice, FL 34285  (941) 488-302

 

Miart Space

151 NW 36 Street  Wynwood, FL 33127  (786) 406-9915

 

Botero Galleries

1998 Trade Center Way #1,  Naples, FL 34109  (239) 596-4644

 

In addition to her exhibitions, MaiYap also teaches the only class on palette knife taught in South Florida, at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  She is the Founder and Director of Palette Knife Artists of Miami, the first group of its kind in South Florida, as well as Membership Chair of National League of American Pen Women Coral Gables Branch.

 

 

For further information about this workshop, exhibits, demonstrations or classes:

Email: maiyap@bellsouth.net

Call 305.725.8630

 

 

 

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Kling Gallery Wine & Decor Features Patrice Scott. Public Invited To Free Reception On May 2

The Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor located in Stuart, FL announces the month of May’s Featured Guest Artist, Patrice Scott.  Patrice chooses pastels for their pure pigment, immediacy, and tactile nature, as they give her paintings a more intimate connection.  Her fascination with “Old Florida” not only preserves our history, but allows for the continuation of the story!  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Thursday, May 2.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, the wonderful wine boutique and meet the artists!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  In addition to wall art, browse the hand made furniture, home accessories, and the wine bar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

723 Colorado Plaza  Stuart, FL 34994

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred

772-678-6949    www.klinggallerystuart.com

 

 

 

 

Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor

 

 

MEET   PATRICE  SCOTT

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, May 2

5 – 7:30  PM  

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTIST:

 

 

“Self Portrait On the Indian River” by Patrice Scott

 

 

Patrice Scott tells The Rickie Report, “I draw and paint from life, be it figure, still life or, most favored, landscape. My paintings are an extension of my seeing but broadly interpreted and from a vantage point enriched by those artists who came before me. To them I owe a debt. Seeing their work, as a young student, I felt a kinship and a shared passion that set me on a path toward expressing my own vision of the world around me”.

 

 

 

 

Her art education laid the groundwork for forming that expression, and influencing artists such as Van Gogh, Hopper and Hockney taught Patrice how to interpret what she sees. “But ultimately, it is the act of painting that has developed my own language of expression. Each attempt in a new direction, filled with discovery.That continually renewing journey drives the desire in me to paint”.

 

 

“Garage Cafe, Micanopy” by Patrice Scott

 

 Patrice continues, “I find the hot, bright colors of South Florida a palette suited to the use of pastels in particular, and my transition from oil painting a few years ago a natural one, as I ventured outdoors more often. The pure pigment, and their immediacy and tactile nature allows a more intimate connection”.         

 

 

Most recently, Patrice’s landscapes often feature the lonely, abandoned (and rapidly disappearing) buildings of ‘old Florida’. A push back at all that is shiny and new in this part of the world and further expression of the singularity of the act of painting. She says, ” I find similar subject matter wherever I travel, throughout Florida, North Carolina, and along the Maine coast, a particular favorite. I seek to connect with and translate these landscapes that I love”.

 

 

Always drawn to art, Patrice Scott began pursuing her formal education as a teenager at the Cleveland Museum of Art, copying the Van Goghs and Rubens, and the Cleveland Institute of Art, drawing the figure. She earned her degree in studio art and art history at the University of Miami in 1971.

 

 

“Groveco” by Patrice Scott

 

 

After assisting a gallery owner on Cape Cod and running a sketch walk at Cape Cod National Seashore, Patrice opened and maintained her own gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine. She designed a line of jewelry that was sold throughout the country and was featured at Disney’s Fine Art Show in 1978.

 

 

 

“Sea King and Little Pearl” by Patrice Scott

 

 

A return to South Florida over 30 years ago marked a return to painting as well. Today she works both in her studio and outdoors for plein air landscapes, drawing and painting in charcoal, pen and ink, pastels, and oil on canvas.  Patrice organized and ran a figure drawing group, known as “LifeDraw”, for many years, bringing it eventually to the Elliott Museum where it continues today. She exhibits and sells her award-winning artwork in juried shows, galleries and other art venues in Florida and throughout the country, and regularly donates her work and expertise to a number of charities and institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor

723 Colorado Plaza   Stuart, FL34994

772-678-6949

www.klinggallerystuart.com

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred

 

 

 

 

 

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Frank Baer’s Abstract Photography Is A Show Stopper, Capturing Light And Color In The Most Imaginative Ways! Meet Him February 23 & 24 At The Stuart Art Festival

When we saw Frank Baer‘s artwork, we stopped in our tracks!  This abstract photographer captures light and color in ways in the most astonishing way!  A lifelong creator, Frank will be at the Stuart Fine Art Festival on February 23 & 24 locally.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Frank, some sneak peeks, and his schedule, as he continues to exhibit around the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M  E  E  T        T  H  E      A  R  T  I  S  T:

 

February 23 &  24            Stuart Arts Festival    Stuart, FL

March 2 & 3                      Bonita Springs National Art Festival              

                                                                                   Bonita Springs, FL

March 9 & 10                    Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival                          

                                                                                  Albuquerque, NM

March 29 – 31                    Tempe Festival of the Arts     Tempe, AZ

 

 

 

“There’s Evidence” by Frank Baer

 

 

Frank Baer tells The Rickie Report, “I am an abstract photographer based in Denver, CO.   While I started composing and selling my photographs in 2016, my career in art started much earlier.  I began creating art when I was young, selling two multicolored tie-dyed pillows when I was 6.  I sold them to my mother’s best friend and those pillows lived for years in their pool house.  Now, the pillows have been handed down to their grandchildren and they are still around.  That was just the beginning of my creative endeavors”.   

 

 

 

He explains, “I’ve always liked color and organic shapes in nature.  I loved cutting out odd and abstract shapes from colored construction paper and making collages as a youngster.  Whenever I worked with clay, I invariably assembled some oddly multi-colored coiled clay cups and bowls that reminded me of snakes.  When I was 10, I tried to learn to use a potter’s wheel and the only thing I made was a vase that resembled a coiled cobra and I made a separate head for the stopper.  My mother kept that for me, (and all my other art projects), which I still display it in my home”.   

 

 

“Ring of Fire” by Frank Baer

 

 

 

Frank speaks about the importance of exposing children to art at an early age, including visiting art museums. He was encouraged to create in school and at home. ” I started collecting coffee table art books in high school and still do.  I learned about art and art history in college for my electives.  I’ve traveled extensively all over the world and I always seek out the art museums and art attractions where ever I go.  Art has always been and will always be a large part of my life”.   Frank is inspired by a wide range of styles and mediums, including:  Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Andrew Goldsworthy, Dale Chihuly, Victor Vasarely, Rene Magritte, Yaacov Agam, Pieter Breugel, Peter Paul Rubens, and especially Hieronymus Bosch.  He says, “Don’t get me started on my favorites of classical art and architecture of France and Italy.  I appreciate all art, but the more modern and contemporary resonates with me strongly”.

 

 

 

He has worked with many types of media.  In addition to the tie dye, Frank has created through textile weavings, pottery, fused glass and painted frames embellished with polymer clay canes and stamped tiles.  He generated a 35 square foot mosaic “made to look like a river running through cracked earth in my back yard and incorporated this mosaic into a larger stone patio and into the entire back yard”.

 

 

 

“Curvaceous Undulation” by Frank Baer

 

 

 

Frank’s favorite creative medium is the camera, as it allows him to capture light and colors in a way that is unique and inspiring.  “I started taking pictures with a Kodak Instamatic with the square flash bulbs in the ’70s.  I still have some of those old pictures.  I always had a camera with me on any travels or adventures.  While I’ve always enjoyed taking landscapes and sunsets and nature shots, I most enjoy taking abstract photographs of colored lights at night.  I developed proprietary techniques using the camera to enhance what my eyes see, and this has been the focus of my passion”.  

 

 

 

The focus of Frank’s photography is all about capturing and displaying light and colors.  “I showcase the colors and movement and bring attention to various shapes and patterns that I capture in a moment of ‘color brilliance’.  The streaks and patches of color are chaotic, ordered, patterned and calming.  These images are an expression of how I see color and light.  I imagine that if my thoughts were colors, they would look like this”. 

 

 

“Wild Iris” by Frank Baer

 

 

 

 His photographs also include contrast:  the contrast of the colors, light and dark, smooth and textured, the different shapes and intensities of color, the thicknesses of the lines and the sharpness of the curves in contrast to the black background.  The continuous movement in his work, with a variety of visual texture, and flowing patterns, give his work an organic and natural feel.  The textures provide depth and movement while the color transformations are mesmerizing.  The viewer feels the energy, dynamic movement, and flow, as if he or she were part of it.  One of my early water images, ‘There’s Evidence,’ was named because I immediately knew that I was meant to develop these techniques and capture these incredible images! I now travel all over looking for sources for my images.  When I find colored lights, I am happy and when I find light reflected on water, I am ecstatic.” 

 

 

 

 

Though art has always been a part of Frank’s life,  he wasn’t expecting it to be his career.  He studied business, worked in Information Technology for 35 years, and been a part of a dynamic nonprofit organization in Denver. ” I had taken these great new photographs and I had them printed and mounted on wood.  I was excited to show them to friends and family.  While I was displaying them all over the kitchen at my mother’s house for her to see, one of her friends dropped by to say,’ hello’.  She asked if I would be interested in a one man show, introduced me to a curator, and I had my first SOLO exhibit at the Church Health Center in Memphis!  I knew then I was not going back into IT and since then I’ve shown all over the country.  My art has been on display in California at Stanford University School of Medicine, private homes, and corporations.” 

 

 

 

 

“Monet Today” by Frank Baer

 

 

 

An outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, some of Frank’s favorite activities are hiking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, fly fishing, geocaching and zip lining.  In the winter he telemark skis and snow bikes in Colorado.  He’s happy to chat about any of these activities as well as his artwork. 

 

 

Contact Frank:

Phone: 720 985-8436

Email: frankbaerphotos@gmail.com

Web: www.frankbaerphotos.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/frankbaerphotos

 

 

 

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Stan Greenfield Is Featured Wellington Art Society Member With SOLO Exhibit At Whole Foods Wellington

Wellington Art Society member, Stan Greenfield, will be the Featured Artist with a SOLO exhibition at the gallery at Wellington Whole Foods Market.  The exhibit runs from January through March.  The public is invited to three Free “Meet the Artist” events on January 22, February 21, and March 14.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Stan’s artworks. All works on display are for sale and partial proceeds will benefit the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON   ART   SOCIETY

Presents

A   SOLO   EXHIBITION

by

STAN   GREENFIELD

 

MEET  THE  ARTIST:

Tuesday, January 22

Thursday, February 21

Thursday, March 14

Free and Open to the Public

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

Exhibit Is Available Now through March, 2019

 

 

“Sand Trap” by  Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society member Stan Greenfield will have an exhibit of his paintings at the Gallery in the Wellington Whole Foods Market.  The exhibit will run from early January through March.  He will host three “Meet the Artist” events, which are free and open to the public: Tuesday, January 22, Thursday, February 21, and Thursday, March 14.  Everyone is invited to hear about what motivates Stan’s choice of subject and how he goes about creating these paintings.

 

“Siblings” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

Stan has been drawing since he was a young boy, beginning with comic strip characters.  He was admitted to the Music and Art High School in Manhattan that focused on talented students. As a teen he would sit in his father’s restaurant and draw portraits of the young men going into the military.  His father displayed them on the wall as a sort of “honor roll”.

 

 

“Resting On The Rocks” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

 

After high school, Stan continued his education at City College of New York where his interest in painting began with watercolors and oils.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in art.  He began his career in graphic arts, working for different advertising agencies and art studios.  He eventually started his own business which was highly successful with many Fortune 500 clients.

 

“Cowboy” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

After retiring and moving to Florida, Stan began painting in earnest.  His passion was ignited into landscapes, portraits and many different subjects. He now lives in Florida in the winter and the Berkshires in Massachusetts in the summer.  He hopes everyone will enjoy his work as much as he enjoyed creating it!

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 37th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. 

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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Caryl Pomales Shares The Beauty And Tranquility Of Autumn With Paintings, Musings, And A New 2019 Calendar Of Artistic Images

Caryl Pomales brings us autumn with beauty, stillness and a sense of gratitude with her vibrant acrylic paintings. Read her “Artsy Tips & Insights” (free by email) AND order her new 2019 Calendar with 12 images and inspirational quotes.  When you sign up for one of Caryl’s classes, workshops, or make a purchase, she donates a percentage to carefully selected charities that care and find loving homes for less fortunate pets.  Let’s talk about gratitude!  Let’s talk about giving back and supporting original art created locally!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos here.

Caryl   Pomales   Fine   Art

 

 

Fine artist, Caryl Pomales

Caryl Pomales tells The Rickie Report, “There is so much beauty, stillness, and gratitude to be found in the moments of serenity at my easel. When life is hectic, I find my peace while painting. Creating a work of art and sharing it with my friends and followers fills my life and my soul with calm and joy”.

 

 

“River Birch” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

She goes on, “Spreading these positive feelings with others is incredibly rewarding, as I’m able to share the serenity I find with others. Whether teaching online or in person, I find immense fulfillment in getting to know fellow artists and creatives as they embark on a journey to improve their skills and contribute to their daily joy”.

 

” Inspired by Wells” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

Caryl explains, “Painting is a form of meditation for me. Like the water in a lake, when your mind is calm, you can see the depths below; however, when your mind is disturbed, it is easy to get caught up in the waves. Brushstroke by brushstroke, I calm the waters in the lake of my mind to find peace and serenity”.

 

 

 

“Anticipating November” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

We hope you’ll join Caryl on a journey of joy through painting, whether by subscribing to her “Artsy Tips & Insights,” brightening your home with her 2019 calendar (complete with vibrant paintings and inspirational quotes), signing up for a workshop, or by commissioning an expressively painted animal portrait of one of your favorite pets.  She says, “I hope my recent paintings inspired by Autumn provide you peace as well”!

 

2019 Calendar with Caryl Pomales’ artwork – the perfect gift!

 

 

 

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For more information about Caryl’s artwork and to sign up for her  blog:

Caryl Pomales

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Mallo Bisset And Alex Murray Celebrate 30 Years With Open House, Music, Art On November 3rd At Red Barn Furniture/Gallery

Celebrate 30 years of business and artistic creativity with Mallo Bisset and her daughter, Alex Murray at Red Barn Furniture/Gallery in Stuart!  Mallo’s exuberance with all mediums of painting compliments Alex’s unlimited variations with pottery.  Stop by for free music, all kinds of art, food and door prizes.  Please RSVP so the hosts can plan AND bring a donation of cat or dog food for our local no kill rescues for an extra door prize ticket!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of artistry!

 

 

 

513 SE Monterey Rd.   Stuart, Florida 34994

772-287-1833

 

Gallery View

PLEASE   JOIN   US  for   an   OPEN   HOUSE !!!

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
3pm – 6 pm

 

 

Join us for Refreshments, Live Music, & Door Prizes!


Original  Art  by  Mallo  Bisset   &   Pottery  by  Alex

** Donate cat or dog food for local no-kill rescues for an extra door prize ticket**

Please RSVP to redbarnfurniture@bellsouth.net

OR

Call:  772-287-1833

 

 

While an RSVP is not necessary, it is helpful.

 

513 SE Monterey Road     Stuart, Florida 34994

772-287-1833

 

 

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Mallo Bisset, Winner of  mARTies Award 2018

The mARTies were created by the Arts Council of Martin County to celebrate and applaud the creative people who enrich our community. Through celebration and scholarship, the mARTies provide a venue where we gather, as a community, to applaud the artists who enrich our lives through their talents, and those who make the arts a reality through leadership and philanthropy.  Well deserved, Mallo!  Congratulations!

 

 

“Thank YOU!”

 

 

We couldn’t have done it without you.
You’re Invited to help us celebrate an amazing 30 years in business!

 

 

“Pony Express” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

The   Luscious   Knife   Paintings   of:

 

 

Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her!  As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.  Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, it wasn’t until 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.  It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.  After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.  

 

 

“Rescue Me” by Mallo Bisset

 

Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.  Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils!  She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.  Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time. Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.   As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist! 

 

 

Floral Painting by Mallo Bisset

 

Mallo tells The Rickie Report, “Specializing in the palette knife, my paintings are often highly textured and almost always full of color! In order to truly appreciate my art I recommend you come by Red Barn Furniture/Gallery to see my latest works ‘in real life’.  A photo can rarely do it justice”.  She is correct!  Mallo’s painting styles are so varied and wonder-filled, you will be amazed!  We also appreciate how she frames her pieces, which are unique to each painting.  

 

“Sisters” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

She says, “My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary, I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  I have always lived close to the sea, so water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas. When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.  The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully, my artwork makes you happy too”!

Because Mallo and Alex own the shop/gallery where they display and sell their artworks, prices reflect not having to pay a commission to show their paintings and ceramics.  Mallo’s award winning images can also be purchased as prints, greeting cards or giclees. Mallo is very involved in the Martin County arts community, as well as local animal shelters. She has recently been nominated for the coveted “mArties” Award.

RRHEHT

 

SRGGRSGRS

P O T T E R Y     B Y      A L E X

 

 

 

 

Sampling of Pottery created by Alex Murray

 

Alex Murray tells The Rickie Report, “For many years, I drove past a pottery studio near a friend’s house and I always wondered what went on inside.  I often talked about stopping by and signing up for a class.  Yet, somehow it never happened, until my 35th birthday when that friend gave me a gift certificate to enroll in a class.  Little did I know that I would instantly get hooked.  From that first class, I was enthralled and I spent many, many hours hanging out at the studio.  It became like a second home for a couple years and I learned so much in those early years from my mentor, JW Shell and my friends at the studio”. 

 

Pottery Sample by Alex Murray

 

 

Alex continues, “After learning the basics of hand building, I finally graduated to the wheel.  Who knew that I could love this craft even more. Since learning to throw I seldom (basically NEVER) handbuilt anything again. There is something magical that happens when I throw.  I can’t describe it, but if you have the same love for the wheel as I do, you would understand what I mean.  I think if I only ever threw bowls for the rest of my life, I might be okay with that.  Sadly JW retired after just a few years and later on passed away.  I will always remember his lessons and how he created such a wonderful place for potters to learn.  I have since belonged to another group studio in that same location and I can say that it is a special thing to be surrounded by others that love the same craft as you do.  While we all had different styles there was always something to learn from those around you.  I do miss those group studio days sometimes”!

 

Bowls by Alex Murray Waiting to be fired

 

 

“These days I have a studio at my home and I try to spend as much time as I can working on my craft- it is one of the things I love to do the most.  I have often described getting caught up in the work as similar to therapy (but cheaper) for the feeling it instills in me when I’m in my zone.  It is hard these days to spend as much time as I’d like to working in the studio.  Running a business (my mother and I own and operate a casual and patio furniture store) and just living life with my husband and his two teenage children takes up most of my time.  But it’s comforting to know that the studio is always there, ready and waiting when I can carve out precious time in my schedule for my creative work”, Alex shares.

 

Hand made cup by Alex Murray

 

 

From the beginning, Alex has always focused on making functional pottery with very clean designs.  “I like to keep a simple aesthetic in my designs.  I love the idea that someone would use one of my bowls for their daily meals or a mug for their morning cup of coffee. Pottery has been around since the beginning of time, and maybe it’s the feeling of making something useful (from such a basic raw good such as clay) that gives me such a feeling of accomplishment”.

 

 

 

For more information:

www.mallobisset.com

Red Barn Furniture

www.potterybyalex.com

 Facebook page here

 

 

 

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Loxahatchee Visions 9th Annual Juried Art Contest and Show At Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge announce the 9th Annual Juried Art Contest, “Loxahatchee Visions”. Cash Prizes will be awarded at the juried exhibition, which is open to all media except photography (save your photos for next year’s contest). Artists under the age of 18 may apply at no charge. The public is invited to the Opening Reception to meet the artists on Sunday, November 11th. The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see your creations!

 

 

“Lily Pads” by Martin Fitzgerald

 

 

Friends of the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

ANNOUNCE:

9th Annual Juried Art Contest and Show-“Loxahatchee Visions”

 

The Public Is Invited To:

Awards and Opening Reception:

Sunday, November 11, 2017

1:00 PM

At Visitors Center Auditorium

Meet The Artists

 

 

The Visitor Center is open 9 AM – 4 PM daily

10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach, FL 33473

Main entrance is 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, west off US 441/SR7

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline: Entries will be accepted at the Visitor Center from Sunday, October 28 through Saturday, November 3, 2018. The Visitor Center is open 9 AM – 4 PM daily.

Accepted entries will be on display in the auditorium starting Monday, November 5.

The Reception and Award Presentation will be Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Visitor Center Auditorium at 1 PM.

Loxahatchee Visions Art Contest Entry Form:

 

 

Rules: Entries that do not comply will be disqualified.

ß  The contest is open to all artists.
ß  Each artist may submit one or two original works of art.
ß  No giclees and no previous award winners will be accepted.
ß  No photography. Please enter your photographs in our photography contest next spring.
ß  The subject must be inspired by“Loxahatchee Vision.”
ß  Any media or mixed media may be used (except photographs).
ß  Each entry must be framed and ready for hanging. Wrapped canvas or painted edges are OK.
ß  Each entry can be no more than36″on a side including the frame.
ß  Please label the back with a card securely attached stating the title of the work, the media type, the artist’s name, the artist’s contact information and the sale price.
ß  Friends of Loxahatchee will use their best efforts to sell the entries and will retain 25% of the sale price as a contribution to theRefuge.
ß  Each artist will be expected to remove their art between Saturday,January 12 and Sunday,January 20,2019.

Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. Judges’ decisions are final.

ß  There are two categories-Youth/Student (through high school) and Adult(age 18 and above).
ß  Each category will be awarded a FirstPrize($250);a SecondPrize($150);and a ThirdPrize($100)
ß  Judges may designate up to 3 entries in each category as Honorable Mentions.
ß  Judges may decide not to award cash prizes if there are less than 10 entries in that category.

Entry Fee and Form: A check or money order made to the Friends of Loxahatchee must accompany the completed entry form. Place both in an envelope labeled Friends Art Contest and bring to the Visitor Center with your entry.

ß Youth (free)
ß Friends members, volunteers and Refuge staff ($10.00)
ß All others $25.

 

 

 

Name:

 

Address:

 

City:                                                                                        State:                Zip:

 

Telephone:                                                                        Mobile Phone:

E-mail:

 

Title of Entry

Medium

 

Circle One:      Youth     Adult

Sale Price
#1

#2

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that the entry is my own original work.Signature:

Date:

 

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following: I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name Signature Date

 

 

 

Questions?

Sue Rowe at sue.rowe769@yahoo.com or 207-440-0121    OR info@loxahatcheefriends.com

For more information about Loxahatchee Friends:

www.loxahatcheefriends.com

 

 

 

 

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John Bowen’s Artistry Transforms Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum To Preserve History And Honor To Those Who Served

The Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum will showcase the detailed artistry of well-know watercolorist, John Bowen. The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special 4th of July picnic!  Everyone is invited! John is a key team member in the Museum’s mission to preserve our history by honoring the men and women who defended our freedom, during WWI, to Korea, and WWII.  Did you know that the infamous Flight 19 departed from here?  That US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign as he trained as a torpedo/bomber pilot?  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to take a free tour!

 

 

 

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
National Register of Historic Places   .   A Florida Heritage Site  .  Home of Flight 19

4000 W. Perimeter Road, Ft. Lauderdale,Florida

(954) 359-4400

HOURS: THURSDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free Admission / Free Tours / Pay-what-you-wish tours / Free Parking / Handicap-accessible
This is an all volunteer operation. Donations are appreciated. ​

 

SPECIAL  4TH  OF JULY  PICNIC

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Outside Museum Building: A Marine Corsair and A Navy Avenger. Both planes created from concrete and painted by John Bowen, to enhance the building. Each of the planes are seven feet long.

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” Watercolor by John Bowen, took First Place Award for Watercolor Category in Veteran’s Art Exhibition.

 

John Bowen has been an artist and illustrator for more than 45 years.  He first studied commercial art at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.  After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator.  His duties in the Air Force included a year of documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, and his illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Upon establishing a residence in South Florida, John discovered the many varied landscapes of the state containing the only subtropical climate in the U.S. and the wonderful lighting that Florida’s climate affords.

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist of the highest order.  His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.  A detailed drawing eventually morphs into a relaxed style of painting.  Working with watercolors has always intrigued John, and the challenge and excitement of this medium has never left him.

 

Red tailed Mustang, created and painted by John Bowen honors an all Black WWIl group of U S Airmen. They flew in the European Theatre. Their main assignment during the war was to escort our bombers during their raids over the continent. They had an outstanding record of protecting the bombers. They had all their plane’s tails painted red so everyone would know who they were and when they were coming! The Memorial Garden, at the Museum, is for Lt. Colonel Gray of the “Red Tail” Squadron.

 

 

 

Photos from the Inauguration of the Zen Garden created by volunteer Veterans & Master Gardeners, in honor of Ray Rivera WWII & Korea Veteran, survivor of the Bunker Hill CV-17.  Original painting was created by artist & Vietnam Vet John Bowen.

John paints to keep Florida’s history alive.  “This is a passion with me,” says the artist.  “I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it.”  This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida charity art exhibitions of the Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, juried art shows for the Old Davie Schoolhouse Project, and a one-man art exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He will continue his outdoor show schedule this Fall.

Flight 19 Memorial created and painted by John Bowen is facing the Bermuda Triangle, where the plane and its crew were lost.

John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work.  Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my work.  Emphasizing the play of light and shadow as seen in nature.  Describing textures of time written in historic places.  Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space.  These are the feelings I try to express in my paintings.  Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution.  Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently, using established principles to create the final piece.  Hoping to express the beauty that inspired me”.  

 

John is a signature member with the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League.  He is available to do Home and Boat Portrait Commissions.  John Bowen can be reached at  954 370-2061.    jbowenartist@aol.com  or www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

More about the Museum:

National Register of Historic Places.  A Florida Heritage Site.
Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

 

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.  From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries. In December 1999, the building was relocated to its permanent site at 4000 West Perimeter Rd., 2 blocks west from its original location.

 

 

On Exhibit:

  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator: historic mechanical & engineering landmark.
  • Recreated Soldier’s Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • 25×7 naval aviation mural signed by President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, RADM Moffit, and Medal of Honor Vietnam Gary Littrell.
  • Original paintings, cartoons, lithographs, drawings, and photographs.
  • “Broward Goes To War”  Exhibit:  the war years of 1941-1945.
  • Flight 19: collection of letters, photos, artifacts, books, videos,  & displays.
  • Vintage ship & aircraft models, WWII artifacts, teaching props, flight gear, ship plaques, medals, insignia, uniforms representing all branches of the military.
  • Online-Only Exhibits: take a tour of our
  • John Payne Memorial Library: 3,000+ volumes from military history, personal memoirs, war diaries, aviator log books, veteran’s letters, cruise books, war postcard albums, magazines, and world war II newsletters.
  • Photography collection: 10,000+ images of aircraft, ships, people, naval history, technical manuals, photos of artworks, and a military video library.
  • Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog.  
  • Veterans History Project: WWI & WWII collection of Veteran’s Stories.
  • Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial. 
  • Take the 360 degree Google Video tour.
  • virtual exhibits.

 

The History Project:

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from World War II Veterans, with the purpose of building a lasting legacy of preserving history for generations to come. This History Project collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences. We welcome diaries, collections of letters, and photographs that tell the veteran’s story.  Maps, drawings, and other documents are also welcome. We don’t have to keep your originals as the artifacts can be scanned, or photographed, and shared this way via e-mails. This project was started in 2010, with the introduction of NASFL Museum founder Allan McElhiney, who was a sailor in World War II.  This Gallery of Veterans is not in chronological order, rather it follows a date of completion by NASFL Museum curators.  If you are interested in sharing a Veteran’s story, or your family’s military history, please go to www.nasflmuseum.com

 

You can visit Museum on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

– Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
– Business Hours: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
– Last tour is at 2:30pm (no need for reservations but it’s best to be there between 11:30 and 2pm for best timing).
– Depending on your time, and level of interest, a tour can go from 10 mins to 3 hours. It’s up to you.
– After tours, people are welcome to linger around and take photos, enjoy their time in the library, watch videos, or explore the garden areas.
– This is an all volunteer operation. For tours of more than 5 people in your party, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated (members are always free). You can also Pay-what-you-wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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