West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director, Tami Lesser, Speaks About The Role Of The Mandel Public Library Of West Palm Beach. A Library Is More Than A Building Filled With Books

The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is truly a community center!  Our interview with Tami Lesser, West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director gives you more insight to serving 760,000 people each year! Programs at the Library are FREE to you…yet not free to the Library.  Save Saturday, April 4 for Food for ThoughtCall to reserve your spot for a Tour of the Library!  From personal visits, discussions with library staff and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation personnel, The Rickie Report shares the importance of what this library is providing and can provide in the future. Has anyone noticed their “411” address = “Information, please”?  We give you a comprehensive list of all programs available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation

BE A COMMUNITY BUILDER

 

 

“Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture.” – Russell Banks

 

TRR:  We are excited to welcome you!  Tell us more about your role .

TL:

 

As the new Executive Director of the Library Foundation, I have quickly come to understand and experience these meaningful words by celebrated American writer Russell Banks. The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is much more than a building filled with books; it is vital institution that enriches and strengthens our local community.

 

Your generous support allows us to continue to provide an educational and inspirational center where children can excel and adults can thrive. Gifts to the Foundation support these fundamental programs, services and resources for our community members who need them most.

 

TRR:  Can you give us some specific examples of what you offer beyond books?

TL:

 

Every day, I witness magical moments at the Library that showcase the difference we are making in people’s lives:

– Young adults continue their education and earn their High School diploma or earn a job thanks to our job training programs.

– Our senior community stays active with fitness classes and stays engaged by meeting friends for lectures, jazz concerts, and art classes.

– Teens receive guidance from a mentor, learn new skills in job readiness programs, get help with schoolwork from certified teachers, or just hang out with their friends in a safe and creative space.

– Children actively learn, discover and explore while doing homework or reading, and have fun with music, arts and crafts, dance and more.

– Families connect with each other and meet new friends during storytimes, baby yoga, self-lead activities and special events.

 

Dog Tales at Mandel Public Library

 

 

TRR:  Tell us more about “community building”

TL:

 

This Library is a Community Builder – the structure, the wonderful staff and the programs and resources offered are all aiding, encouraging and shaping our community programs in a remarkable and critical way!

 

The library serves over 760,000 people each year, providing our children, teens, and adults endless opportunities for learning, growth, enrichment, inspiration, entertainment and so much more.

 

The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the Library to provide the free quality programs, services and resources that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. A great public library depends on a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding from the City. Because of our generous donors, we have a gem in our community that serves as a center for learning, inspiration and creativity.

 

To express our appreciation, I am excited to share that we have launched the WPB Library Foundation Giving Society to recognize our supporters, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the Library Foundation. Our first Giving Society event will be on March 11 with celebrated columnist and author, Leslie Streeter.

Please see our newsletter below for more information about the Giving Society and the March 11 event as well as other important news. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now for our main event, Food for Thought, which takes place on Saturday evening, April 4.

If you have not yet come on a library tour, please let me know and we will make it happen. I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Teens at Mandel Public Library

 

 

Programs We Fund:



From providing technological support, to highlighting different cultures, to a vast array of programs and services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach presents many new, unique, and interesting events that are free to the public – but, of course, not really free for the Library. For example, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported programs and utilities such as:

  • Baby and toddler yoga classes
  • Equipment, so computers are fully accessible for children
  • Teen Mentoring and Support for high-risk teens
  • Get that Job Programs, preparing youth and adults for the working world
  • GED Programs so individuals obtain high school diplomas
  • Children and Teen Homework help Centers with certified teachers
  • Children’s Summer Academy with a free healthy lunch every day
  • Technology classes/ Girls Can Code classes
  • Art classes
  • Dog Tales

 

For the child inspired to read on her own after attending story time … the student who needs high-tech computer access to complete his homework assignments … the new resident seeking connections in the community … the job hunter preparing for an interview … the small business owner researching marketing techniques … or the senior who masters sending emails so they can stay in contact with friends and family across the country … the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is here to serve the entire community.

Now is the time for those with the capability to step up and lend support to ensure a strong, accessible, enriching public library for generations to come.

The following are just a few of the programs the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported at the Mandel Public Library. To find out how you can support these and other programs, call the Library Foundation at 561-868-7793.

 

 

Arts411 at Mandel Public Library

 

The After School Elementary Homework Center helps children excel in all academic programs.  Located in the heart of the Children’s Library, the center’s certified teachers use creative and interactive teaching methods to assist children.

The Teen Homework Center on the second floor in the teen section of the Library provides high-risk teens with a safe environment where they receive academic support. They have the opportunity to meet with other teens to work on projects in the arts, sciences, and math.  The Library becomes a place where teens receive help with academics while developing and building life skills.

Science Projects 101 helps low-income children achieve gains in scientific literacy.  Since many children lack support at home to complete science projects. During two-hour sessions, students and parents learn about the scientific method and receive kits which include materials needed to complete their science projects.  Pre- and post-survey results have shown that children who participate in the program substantially improve their science knowledge and grades in school.

Children’s Summer Academy minimizes or reverses “Summer Slide” for low income children.  This six-week program provides a safe, accessible learning environment which enables children to maintain and build their skills in reading, writing, science, and math.  Breakfast and lunch are provided as incentives to attend the programs and to provide the energy needed to fully engage in the learning process. 

The Summer Reading Program for preschool- and elementary-age children. This program encourages these children to complete reading logs, which track the number of books they read. Every week, children receive books to help them build their home libraries.  Books selected by the children have included Caps for Sale, A Pocket for Corduroy, Flat Stanley, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Magic Tree House series, Bad Kitty, Captain Underpants, Charlotte’s Web, and James and the Giant Peach.

Early Literacy Bilingual Computer Stations in our KidSpace strengthen the skills of preschoolers to promote school-readiness. These computer stations enable the Library to expand its outreach to young children who have limited or no access to computers at home and at school. At the Mandel Public Library, the Early Literacy Computer Stations increase the Library’s ability to meet school-readiness goals for both English and non-English speakers.

Dog Tales provides reluctant readers with opportunities to read aloud to trained therapy dogs that listen to these young readers so they can develop a love of reading and improve their reading comprehension.  With dogs present six days a week during the school year and three days a week during the summer, Dog Tales has become a treasured program.  The Library ensures that new Library Edition books are available for the children who participate in the program.

Let’s Read is a volunteer-based literacy program that improves the reading skills of children. Annually, forty volunteers trained in the art of reading aloud bring story times to 1,800 students in four academically struggling schools. This results in children developing stronger reading skills and a love for books.  Children in the program receive gift books to build their home libraries.  Children served through this program begin to develop a lifelong relationship with the value of the printed word and begin to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

Teen Mentoring builds self-esteem and provides teens with the confidence and motivation they need to be successful in life. Teens come to the Library and discover a safe haven where they will receive homework help, get advice on life’s challenges, make friends who have similar interests, and receive assistance with job readiness, GED, and college preparedness. At-risk teens acquire the skills needed to become outstanding, responsible citizens.  A variety of activities designed with their needs in mind, such as lectures, arts and crafts, poetry slams, and group technology projects, help them develop a more positive outlook on the future.

Young Adult to Senior Adult programs abound at the Library as recreational, educational, and cultural settings. The Library provides free skill-building, physically engaging, and diverse life experiences which are not found anywhere else.  Tango, swing dance, yoga, and Pilates are just a handful of the classes offered at the Library. Imaginations soar and educational opportunities thrive for tens of thousands of people every week.

Job Readiness Programs, underemployed, and unemployed young people and adults eager to find work and/or full-time positions take place through out the year.  Due to their lack of computer and job readiness skills, adults receive assistance in preparing resumes, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, gaining computer program knowledge, and improving writing skills.

Studio 411 Art Classes and Lectures   is a comprehensive studio space for the library’s popular range of arts programs, where  artistic adults can create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and even jewelry-making…with all supplies included!  This studio provides so many adults in our community an outlet to be creative, develop their talents, and learn from local artists.
 
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation supported by YOUR generous donations.

 

UPCOMING  EVENTS:

 

 

VIP Cocktail Reception with Black Widow Author Leslie Gray Streeter for Giving Society Members

Join Leslie Gray Streeter, The Palm Beach Post columnist and new author, for a discussion of her memoir,
Black Widow: A Sad/Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title 

MARCH 11, 2020  Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  VIP Cocktail Reception for WPB Library Foundation Giving Society
Meet the celebrated columnist and new author during her book launch tour.
Members will receive a signed copy of the book, and complimentary valet parking at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street.
Reserve your seat at 561-868-7715 or WPBLF@WPBCityLibrary.org.
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Black Widow Book Discussion & Signing,

FREE and open to the public

 

 

Last day to pledge:

 Wednesday, February 26 at 9 pm

 

 

Just make a donation of $20 or more to our charity page on theAmerican Honda Birdies for Childrenwebsite and then guess the total number of birdies that will be made by the entire field in the four rounds of the 2020 Honda Classic golf tournament.  To help you along, they provide you with the total number of birdies made in each of the last ten tournaments.  Best of all, 110% of your donation will benefit the WPBLF.

 

Donate here to benefit the WPBLF and make your best birdies guess:

 

 

2020 Food For Thought    Saturday, April 4, 2020

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach   411 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Complimentary Valet at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street. You’re invited to an elegant dinner party featuring notable authors and personalities leading an array of lively discussions. Choose your table host to converse, inquire, and engage with this expert, and guests of similar interest, about your favorite topic. Gain insights about varied topics including the arts, architecture, culture, current affairs, entertainment, history, literature, music, news, science, and more. Dinner will be served in the impressive ‘Grand Reading Room on the 4th Floor. Your support benefits the free quality programs, services and resources at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. Peruse the menu of great conversations and table hosts on our website www.WPBLF.org   Cocktail Attire.  The vision of the West Palm Beach Library  Foundation is to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive. After purchasing you tickets we will contact you to chose your table host our you are welcome to call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715 Sponsorship opportunities please call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715

 

 

 

For more information:

Visit www.WPBLF.org

Mail a check to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation:

411 Clematis Street  3rd Floor  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Call Tami Lesser at 561-868-7793

To join the Giving Society, contact Executive Director Tami Lesser
at 561-868-7793    Levels starting at $1,000 minimum annually.

Email:  TLesser@WPBCityLibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Three Workshops: Karen Knutson, Anne Abgott & Steve Rogers For 2020. Open To Non-Members. Register Now!

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced.  GCWS offers Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch; Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; An annual membership show; Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; Paint-Ins with live models; Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues plus Plein air painting opportunities. The Rickie Report shares the details of three workshops: Karen Knutson, Anne Abgott, and Steve Rogers.  These are open to non-members and we urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society

A Watermedia Group

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Please Join Us!

 

 

Meetings are held October through May

3rd Tuesday of each month

7 pm  at  Artserve

 

 

 

 

GCWS Workshops – 2020

Art Serve

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

 

 

 

 

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$350 for Members $395 for Non-Members

 

Karen Knutson will open your eyes to Gustav  Klimt as you delve into acrylic for the first time  or as an experienced painter. This workshop will emphasize good design with lots of tricks and techniques to push you into Klimt’s world. New to acrylic inexpensive paints may be used for the process. No drawing skills are necessary to enter this playful but expressive workshop.

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Anne Abgott AWS, NWS   February 18-20 2020

 

 

 

 

 

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$350 for Members $395 for Non-Members

Anne Abgott, in her Daring color and more! You will learn to exaggerate the possibilities of an Image. Design, photo shop, power repetition, balance, color games through mingling with a different image produced each day. One day will venture into opaques. All will be learned as you work from Anne’s photo or if you choose to work with your own photo. All Levels are welcome. You will never fear watercolor again!

 

 

 

Steve Rogers AWS, NWS  March 17-19, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$350 for Members and $395 For Non- Members

Join Steve Rogers as we discover the pure Joy of painting intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics , Watercolor Pencils and Crayons. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, depending entirely on understanding Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins. Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together.

 

 

How to Pay:

PayPal or You can reserve your seat by paying online

at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/

Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858   swgftl@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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Visit Boynton Beach, FL For Kinetic Art by The Sea: Sculptures That Move, Augmented Reality

It happens only once every two years and it’s starting now!  Visitors to Boynton Beach, FL can see large-scale kinetic sculptures, experience augmented reality, participate in sound and interactive art, and meet internationally renowned kinetic artists at the 4th Biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium!  The official opening weekend is February 2-3 and will attract art collectors from around the world.  Producer Debby Coles Dobay, Public Arts Manager for the City of Boynton Beach is to be commended!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This event is free! It features 12 outdoor iconic works of kinetic art50 indoor educational and interactive displays and the opportunity to meet international kinetic artists.

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATING    ART    IN    MOTION

 

Outdoor Exhibit:

Open 24/7    Self guided walking tour

Get your free map or app: IntlKineticArtEvent.org.  

 

Downtown Boynton

 E. Ocean Ave. from NE 1st St. to Fed. Hwy., north to Boynton Beach Blvd. east to the Boynton Harbor Marina. View the 2019 Outdoor exhibit map.

Six of the 12 outdoor installations were created especially for this exhibition!

 

 

 

Peter Pereria

 

 

2019  Indoor Kinetic Art Exhibit Tent:

Saturday, February 2      9 am – 6 pm

Sunday, February 3           11 am – 4 pm

 114 N. Federal Hwy.  Boynton Beach, FL 

Exhibition featuring kinetic artworks 

Kinetic videos

Meet kinetic artists at their artwork

Awards announcement   3 pm Sunday

 

 

 

 

A FREE biennial event that connects to one-of-a-kind kinetic art experiences such as iconic outdoor kinetic artworks, indoor kinetic artworks, interactive installations, art and technology displays and meet international artists. 

Learn more about the International Kinetic Art event

 

Tom Brewitz “Birds at Pavilion”

 

 

 

 

Weekend Art Experiences:

•    Augmented Reality project and tour
•    “Moving Towards Balance” –  a kinetic community engagement activity
•    Elayna Toby Singer’s  “Moving Toward Balance” hour-long interactive community mobile making sessions that combine movement and mindfulness to restore ones internal and environmental balance.   https://elaynatobyart.com/moving/
•    Kinetic Kanopi – a community collaborative project that demonstrates sustainable practices and kinetic influenced technological innovations
•    Solar Shimmer project, a student interactive kinetic installation
•    Sun Boxes, a solar-powered sound installation Sun Boxes
•    Never-ending nature-inspired cellular bloom kinetic sculptures JohnEdmark.com

 

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager for the City of Boynton Beach, said, “Kinetic artworks are powered by solar, water, wind, gravity and human interaction.  Each installation has an augmented reality component to deepen the experience and, in some cases, allow visitors to enter and shape the artwork.  This is art in four dimensions.”  

 

 

The outdoor installations are accessed via an easy-to-walk self-guided tour or scheduled group tours with trained docents.  In the augmented reality experience, objects appear before your eyes through an easy-to-use app. At each sculpture the kinetic artist will describe their work on your smartphone or tablet.  For app, maps and more visitIntlKineticArtEvent.org.  

 

 

 

Dude Dudali by Béju

 

EXPERIENCE  ART  IN  FOUR  DIMENSIONS

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is a biennial event in downtown Boynton Beach. The event  features 12 outdoor iconic works of kinetic art, 50 indoor educational and interactive displays and the opportunity to meet international kinetic artists. The 2019 Kinetic Art Event will include an augmented reality project and tour; Moving Toward Balance – an hour-long community mobile-making experience to promote personal balance, celebrate trees and address climate change; and Kinetic Kanopi – a community collaborative project that demonstrates sustainable practices and kinetic-influenced technological innovations.

 

Sofia Nikolaenko works on her kinetic project

 

Special opening-weekend installations include the Solar Shimmer project, a student interactive kinetic  installation; Sun Boxes, a solar powered sound installation; and never-ending nature-inspired cellular bloom kinetic sculptures.

WHAT IS KINETIC ART?

 

 

Kinetic Art ranges from optical illusions to mechanical movement. Most kinetics are interactive, made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external stimulus, such as a Solar, Water, Wind, Electricity or Viewer-Interactive. In contrast to fine art exhibits in galleries and studios, Kinetic Art is an interactive format that leads viewers to explore how it is made and how it moves. Some Kinetic Art installations are set up so that the observer can walk in, on, or become a part of, them. Kinetics communicates sensorial experiences, allows the artist to break barriers and often includes multiple disciplines. Because it is constantly evolving, Kinetic Art embraces new ways to use and even improve technology for everyday life.

 

 

2019 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium:

An international collaboration between

Anthony Castronovo and Eleonora Nicoletti

 

 

The Solar Shimmer project consists of a long screen or textile-like installation composed of recycled CDs and solar lanterns.  A unique design will be created that will be site – specific for Boynton Beach. The size of the proposed project is 6’ x 36’ and is composed of three panels. Students will participate by designing their own solar lanterns made with small, recycled plastic bottles. They will also assist with the installation of Solar Shimmer in which their artworks will be hung on the fence to create the pattern in the project.

Students will be engaged throughout the project and will be able to take their lanterns home at the end of the installation. The artists will provide materials in the form of PDFs and videos to engage students in an inspiring discussion of contemporary solar art, unique architectural applications of photovoltaics, and elements of sustainability such as material waste and reuse.

 

Close-Up of Sabeck Laudenslager’s kinetic sculpture 

 

 

 

Created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program, the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is a biennial event held in east Boynton Beach that is free and open to the public.  This event is supported by the City of Boynton Beach, Art in Public Places and Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, CODA WORX, Art Hive Magazine, Boca Bearings, and South Tech Academy.

For more information:

intlkineticartevent.org

  Learn more about the International Kinetic Art event.

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Synergy VI/ Art Palm Beach 2019 Celebrates Contemporary Art From January 16-20 At Palm Beach County Convention Center

Art Synergy VI/Art Palm Beach 2019’s exhibition includes entries from artists in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, and Broward County. One of the season highlights, it takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from January 16 – 20.  The juror, Erich Weiss, is the Curator of Contemporary Art at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Art Lovers:  Mark Your Calendars for January 16 – 20, 2019!  Visit Booths 550 and 552.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 16 -20,  2019 

 

 

Art Synergy VI Exhibition

Art Palm Beach 2019

A juried exhibition of works selected by Erich Weiss

 

 

Booths 550 and 552

 

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard  West Palm Beach, FL

ArtPalmBeach celebrates its 22nd Edition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from January 16-20, 2019.  It is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts. International galleries from around the world will be exhibiting contemporary and emerging artists. The fair also offers a full schedule of lectures, art film screenings, artists discussions, and curatorial tours. Restaurant, champagne bar, and espresso bar available.

Fair Hours:

Collector’s First View (Honoring Jeff Greene for the 2019 Visionary Award)

Wednesday, January 16

6 pm – 10 pm (admission with purchase of a multi-day ticket)

Regular Fair Hours:

January 17, Noon – 7 pm

January 18, Noon – 7 pm

January 19, Noon – 7 pm

January 20, Noon – 6 pm

Parking:

A new 9 story, 3000 space parking lot has just opened at the end of Rosemary Avenue. It can be accessed from the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard and making a right turn onto Rosemary Ave. In the event of overflow, additional parking garages can be found across the street.
Art by Suzanne Barton

The Selected Artists:

Suzanne Barton

MARY CATELLO

Michelle Drummond

John Frazee

William Torenzo

Gann Ganaway

Sibel Kocabasi

Jill Lefkowitz

DIANE LUBLINSKI

Ruth Mansmith

Louise Noakes

Aimee Perez

Linda Reymore

Thomas Schmidt

Elle Schorr

Ruth Sharton

CHAD STEVE

Betty Usdan Zwickler

Adrienne Yorinks

 

Art by Chad Steve

 

 

 

About the juror:

Erich Weiss is this year’s guest curator of the fair’s new dynamic art pavilions, Design, Art Video, and Performance Art. Weiss is currently the curator at large at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum, Rotterdam’s New Institute: Museum for Architecture, Design & Digital Culture and the Sonneveld House as well as an art critic and curator specializing in Dada and Surrealism. His recent museum exhibitions have included the works of Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Willem Oorebeek, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Picabia, Magritte, Man Ray, Duchamp as well as solo exhibitions at the Picasso Museum of the works of Rineke Kijkstra ( 2017), Arthur Cravan ( 2017), and Erwin Wurm 2018. He is also an artist known for his often-provocative performances and also for a contemporary body of work installations, film, video and photography.

 

 

 

For more information:

www.artsynergy.org

 

http://nextlevelfairs.com

 

 

 

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Annual Pen Women Membership Luncheon & Silent Auction Takes Place October 18th. New Members Welcome!

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is hosting its annual membership luncheon at the Gleneagles County Club on October 18, 2018. We’ll be kicking off our new 2018-2019 season of programs and special events. Join NLAPW and learn how the Boca Raton Pen Women can enrich your life with art, music, books, poetry, drama, and much more. Are you a writer, artist, composer or patron/lover of the arts?  You’ll find interesting and inspiring programs and events, and new friends.  Enjoy opportunities to present your creative work in public forums, network with other creatives, expand your reach in the local community, participate in national webinars that offer valuable information, and enter challenging contests.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to check out this wonderful networking organization!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual  Pen Women Membership Luncheon

& Silent Auction

 

 

 

Thursday, October 18

12:00 Noon

Gleneagles Country Club

 7667 Victory Lane    Delray Beach, FL 33446

Directions: www.gleneagles.cc  561-498-3606

 

 

 

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is hosting its annual membership luncheon at the Gleneagles County Club on October 18, 2018. We’ll be kicking off our new 2018-2019 season of programs and special events.

Join us for this annual event and learn how the Boca Raton Pen Women can enrich your life with art, music, books, poetry, drama, and much more. If you are a writer, artist, composer or patron/lover of the arts, you’ll find interesting and inspiring programs and events, and new friends.

Opportunities to present your creative work in public forums are arranged by our Art, Letters and Music Committees. You’ll network with our creative members and expand your reach in the local community. You can participate in national webinars that offer valuable information, and enter challenging contests.

You won’t want to miss this once-a-year membership event. Enjoy a lavish buffet luncheon, including soup, salad bars, omelet station, carving station, fresh breads, dessert station with fresh fruit and pastries, and beverages.

We are featuring a fabulous Silent Auction. You can bid on member art pieces, gift baskets, theater tickets, unique items and much more. Proceeds from the auction will fund our achievement awards program for high school and college women pursuing careers in the arts. Checks or Cash ONLY for auction items.

 

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women

Annual Membership Luncheon Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:00 Noon

Gleneagles Country Club – 7667 Victory Lane – Delray Beach, FL 33446 

 

 

——-CLIP COUPON AND RETURN WITH YOUR CHECK——-

Members: $28 – Non-members: $30

Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW

Send to: Elaine Hutt, 7666 Majestic Palm Drive, Boynton Beach FL 33437

Email Elaine Bossik for more information: elainebossik@yahoo.com

NAME: (Print) ____________________________________

Email ________________________

GUEST:__________________________________

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GUESTS: How did you hear about us?_______________________________________________

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF CHECKS: October 11, 2018

Note: We cannot accept checks after the deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

About The National League of American Pen Women:

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is an organization of professional women in the arts – writers, artists and musical composers. Established 43 years ago, the Boca Raton Branch is one of the largest branches in the country.

Members have opportunities to interact with other professional women and showcase their creative work in public forums. Workshops, art exhibits, lectures, music programs, competitions and special events are offered. The Branch supports the local community through outreach programs and scholarships awards.

The National League, headquartered in Washington, D.C, is the oldest women’s organization in the U.S. Throughout its 120-year-history, the NLAPW has attracted many prominent women to its rosters, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Erma Bombeck and Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, whose statue of President Lincoln stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, was an early member of the NLAPW.

From October to April, the Boca Raton Branch holds luncheon programs, featuring interesting and inspiring speakers. Guests are welcome to attend the luncheons and meet our creative members. To register for a luncheon, visit our Web site and download a reservation form.

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Two New Workshops Open To Members And Non-Members

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group  (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. GCWS offers opportunities to learn, paint and sketch; workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; an annual membership show; juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; paint-ins with live models; lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues, plus Plein air painting opportunities.  The Rickie Report shares the details of two workshops: Soon Warren and Pat Dews.  These are open to non-members and we urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society 
A Watermedia Group
ArtServe
1350 Sunrise Blvd.   Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Meetings are held
 from October through May
 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month 
7:00 p.m. at Artserve

 

Two Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

They would make a great Holiday gift!

 

 

“Bowl of Marbles” by Soon Y Warren, AWS,NWS,TWSA

 Soon Y Warren, AWS, NWS, TWSA

February 20, 21, 22, 2018
Member: $375
Non-member: $420

3-day workshop

A step by step instructional process will be used incorporating Soon’s reference photos and drawings for each project. www.soonwarren.com

“Windswept” by Pat Dews, AWS, NWS

Pat Dews, AWS, NWS

March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
Member: $450
Non-member: $495

4-day workshop


Paint Better Abstracts: This workshop will focus on experimental works in watermedia on paper. www.PatDews.com

How to Pay – NEW PayPal

You can reserve your seat by paying online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/

Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858 swgftl@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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Glass Quest 2017 Announces Speakers And Seminars As Registration Opens

Join the QUEST!  A full weekend of education and engagement. Learn from brilliant teachers and glass visionaries and network in the evolving world of art glass at Glass Quest 2017!  Taking place in West Palm Beach May 26th, May 27th and May 28th, glass hobbyists, glass professionals and glass art lovers are all welcome!  The Rickie Report shares the Speakers and Seminars plus details of how to attend!

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER:

www.Glassquest2017.eventbrite.com

For more information call:

561.585.9011   or   954.557.5589

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

Lectures & demonstrations from professional glass artists from across the Country.
An Extraordinary kiln-forming experience hosted on Sunday by: Jen Ken Kilns
Glass Gallery Exhibition with meet the artist opportunities
A Saturday evening VIP cocktail reception with live music
Opportunities to review and purchase the latest & greatest tools, supplies and equipment from select manufacturers
Participate in a series of guided roundtable discussions about the future of the art glass industry
Engage at the Legislative Action Center – and make your voice heard #savecoloredglass… and more!

 

ITINERARY-AT-A-GLANCE:

Friday
4-7pm Check-in/Registration/Exhibitor Booths
7pm Welcome Reception
Saturday
8am – Welcome Breakfast – Keynote Speaker: Maureen James
9am – Educational Sessions Begin
12pm – Lunch & Roundtables Series
1pm – 3pm Educational Sessions Continue
4pm – Panel of Speakers with special guest Moderator: Audience Q&A
5-7pm Networking: VIP Cocktail Reception hosted by: Habatat Galleries
Sunday
10am – Breakfast followed by Kiln-Forming experience hosted by Jen Ken Kilns

Would you like to be a part of this exciting opportunity?!?

Contact Taylor Materio at taylor@mcmow.com or 561-585-9011

 

 

SEMINARS  AND  WORKSHOPS:

 

Leslie Perlis

Dimensional Mosaics with Fused and Painted Glass Elements

 

 


Celebrated glass designer Leslie Perlis brings her vibrant and modern style to the timeless craft of mosaics – with a sculptural twist. Leslie’s unique approach weaves together glass fusing, kiln fired surface decorating and mosaic fabrication to create outstanding dimensional sculptures. In this presentation you will learn how Leslie thinks outside the traditional mosaic canvas to create life-size figure sculptures, musical instruments, and many other dimensional creations. Leslie will use photos, videos, and live descriptions to illustrate her complete process starting with the development of a design, through the fabrication and final cleanup of a full-size sculpture. In addition Leslie will introduce her new “Multimedia Vinyl” series that combines fused glass and vinyl record albums to great effect. As a bonus, everyone in this seminar will receive a copy of Leslie’s book Dimensional Mosaics that she will be happy to autograph for you.

 

 

Tony Glander

The Accidental Fuser or Warm Glass Trials and Tribulations

 

Glass Creation by Tony Glander

Experimentation can be an exhilarating adventure, full of thrilling highs and disappointing lows. Join glass artist Tony Glander as he escorts you down a few radical glass pathways. He will illustrate how he puts “landing gear” feet on fused bowls, describe some very cool creations made using shattered tempered glass, and explain a curious technique using molds made from glass in a kiln. Tony’s mantra is: “If you aren’t trying something new, you aren’t learning!” He’ll reveal some his most successful experiments and confess a few of his epic failures. Much of Tony’s work centers on the practice of using every glass temperature in the kiln and he is prepared to share his secret firing schedules with you. Tony’s dynamic teaching style will keep you engaged and boost your creative confidence to be experimentally innovative with your own glasswork.

 

 

 

 

Peter McGrain

The Poetry of Painted Windows:
1000 Years of Narrative Illustration in Art Glass

 

Stained Glass by Peter McGrain

 

 

For centuries the fine art of glass painting has been used to achieve sensational imagery throughout the glass medium. From the biblical storied windows of the ancient cathedrals to the cutting edge architectural work of modern times, no other technique has so effectively brought glass art to life. Peter McGrain, will lead you on a personal journey through the amazing world of painted glass. You’ll see how it has evolved over the years to become one of the most expressive art forms of our industry. Peter will share his insights into how this engaging, narrative technique has been developed and used to stir emotions in its’ viewers for a thousand years. And an examination of recent work by numerous contemporary artists, all of whom are pushing the process forward with their experimental work, will leave you more inspired and excited about glass than ever before. This event is a must for anybody who shares a deep passion for glass of any kind. And who knows?… You may even find yourself itching to dive in and start painting on glass yourself. As one of the oldest forms of glass art, it continues to maintain it’s prominent standing as the most inspirational and spectacular of all!

 

 

 

 

Lisa Vogt
Breaking Through – Make Exhibition Quality Glass Art

 

 

 

Lisa Vogt Glass Sink Class ( Photo Courtesy of Lisa Vogt website)

 

Ordinary to extraordinary! Take charge of your artistic future! Striking glass artwork is intoxicating. You know the type of pieces I mean. The spectacular beauties you admire in galleries and magazines, the ones that haunt the back of your mind until you figure out how they were made, or give up in frustration. Creating your own stunning emotive art, that engages the viewer to the point of blissful distraction, is within your reach. Join veteran glass artist Lisa Vogt in this in-depth workshop focused on developing methods for making exhibition quality artwork and you’ll learn how to take your thriving glass talent and catapult it forward. Learn how to design thoughtful compositions, how to mix colors to create drama, how to get noticed with pattern, how to stimulate with texture, and how to combine abstract techniques for innovative works of fused glass art. You’ll gain a clear understanding of how to build complex standout art, through the inclusion of various fused glass components. It’s your turn to shine, to break through and create thought provoking, blissfully distracting artwork that is all your own.

 

 

 

Dawndae HK Hamilton

Art Into Architecture:
Collaborating with Artists, Studios, Architects and Designers from Around the World to Create Kiln-Glass for the Built Environment

Bullseye Specialty Glass, “FLORAdia” Created for McMow Art Glass

 

 

Bullseye Studio’s Development Manager, Dawndae HK Hamilton, will present the history, explorations and projects that have established Bullseye Glass Company as a world leader in the use of kiln-glass for art, architecture, and design. Dawndae will emphasize the possibilities for artists and studios to “scale-up” to larger works. Kiln-glass is especially rich territory due to the enormous range of working methods, from drawing and painting to printmaking, all executable on an architectural scale. This presentation will be an eye-opening and eye- popping experience.

 

 

 

Phil Materio

Lost Clay Glass Casting

 

 

 

 

In this exciting session attendees will learn how easy this efficient and economical method of glass casting can be. Learn how to create sculptural glass pieces that are indistinguishable from sand-casted or hot glass casting. This technique has become one of the most visible, and saleable forms of sculptural glass at art shows across the world.

 

 

 

Randy & Carole Wardell

Introducing The Glass Tattoo Stencil System to Instantly Enhance Your Work with Intricate Designs

Randy & Carole Wardell have developed an exceptional technique that enables anyone to add stencil designs to their work. Using their special 1/8” thick Tattoo Stencil boards and the Tattoo Goo that is combined with frit powder to create a paste-like mixture. The stencil spaces can be filled with multiple colors of Tattoo Goo in a single session while maintaining clean, crisp lines between the design elements. This demonstration will open up a world of ideas and possibilities.

 

 

 

Jenny Mesirow

Making Our Voice Heard: Advocating for the Art Glass Industry in Washington D.C.

Today information travels fast, opinions are developed even faster, and the facts are sometimes lost in between. No industry knows this better than the Art Glass Industry. In the last year our industry has faced increasing scrutiny that in some instances has inhibited our ability to do business. It is time now to be pro-active as a community and industry. Join us for a discussion about the role elected officials can play in helping and hindering our business, and how our industry can position itself to prevent our elected representatives and governing agencies from doing us harm.

 

Mike Glotfelty

Jen Ken Kiln’s Cane Pulling Experience

Sunday morning Breakfast & Canes hosted by Jen Ken Kilns. We will have multiple Vitragraph kilns set-up and cooking up some beautiful color mixes and each conference participant will have an opportunity to pull your own multi-colored cane to take home. In addition we have invited 3 multi-media artists to create 3 artworks live on our stage, using a selection of the actual canes that we will make during the Cane Pulling session

 

 

Jason LeVan

Armory Art Center’s Hot Glass Sand Casting Demonstration

 

Art Glass by Jason LeVan

 

The Armory Art Center of West Palm Beach will be conducting a live demonstration of casting hot glass into a sand mold. Observe as the artist makes a hand-print into the sand then fills the space will molten hot glass to create a one-of-a-kind paperweight. This is a great introduction to the hot glass process that enables glass artists to create unique tabletop accessories such as coasters and paperweights.

 

 

McMow Art Glass & Wardell Publications
Organizer of GLASS QUEST 2017

McMow Art Glass offers the best in stained glass windows and beveled art glass, as well as beautiful designs in carved, etched and faceted glass. Located in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1976 McMow Art Glass maintains an excellent working relationship with top builders, architects and designers and regularly ships their work throughout the US, Europe and South America.  With our experienced staff of glass craftsmen and designers, McMow Art Glass is able to take every client’s concept and create a clearly outstanding work of art for any residence, commercial building or place of worship.
Visit us at: www.mcmow.com

Wardell Publications Inc. was founded in 1983 by Randy Wardell. In 1977 Randy opened a full service stained glass studio offering everything from Suncatchers to Cathedral windows (well maybe church windows is a more apt description). The studio also offered glass craft instruction and sold the related tools, glass & materials. The name of the company was Sandpiper Studios and it was (and still is) located in Belleville, a small city in eastern Ontario, Canada with a population of 38,000, so the axiom “anything [in glass] for a buck” wasn’t too far off.

Randy’s stained glass students would often ask for the pattern to make of one the custom designed lampshades on display in the Sandpiper Studios’ showroom. Encouraged by these requests he conducted a little market research that revealed a need for reliable, full-size pattern books. So in 1983 he formed Wardell Publications and released his first lampshade pattern book. Since then he has personally written 12 additional books and Wardell Publications Inc has released more than 50 products since it began.

Visit us at: http://www.wardellpublications.com/

 

GLASS QUEST 2017 SPONSORS:

 

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Exciting Updates At “Glass Quest 2017” Bringing Brilliant Teachers And Glass Visionaries To West Palm Beach

The Rickie Report shares updates for Glass Quest 2017, taking place May 26, 27,28, 2017.  Wardell Productions and McMow Art Glass are bringing world renown glass visionaries, educators, publishers, teachers and creators to West Palm Beach, FL for what promises to be a full weekend of education and engagement!  Read the details here, including how to sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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******UPDATES  FOR  GLASS  QUEST  2017******

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER:

www.Glassquest2017.eventbrite.com

For more information call:  561.585.9011 or 954.557.5589

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE Biennial 2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, February 3rd – 5th

The 2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, February 3-5, is a FREE Biennial event taking place in Boynton Beach, FL.  Kinetic art is art that moves with the help of wind, light, water or other elements.  This event will connect attendees to one-of-a-kind visual art experiences, 12 iconic outdoor kinetic artworks, over 60 indoor kinetic artworks, interactive installations, symposium presentations, art and technology displays, kinetic entertainment and international artists.  This is a Not-To-Be-Missed International event happening right in our own backyard!  Award-Winning artist, Elayna Toby Singer will unveil Kinetic Art “Room” suspended among trees February 4-5.  The public is invited to be part of interactive temporary tree art installation “Kinetic Intentions”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org

 

 

 

 

2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

 

 

February 3 – 5,  2017

Friday,  Feb. 3

Opening Reception 6-8pm  

 

Saturday Feb. 4

9 am – 6 pm

Sunday, Feb. 5

10am – 6 pm

FREE   TO   THE   PUBLIC

100 East Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

561-742-6010

Contact: Debby Coles-Dobay   ColesDobayD@bbfl.us

For Full Schedule:

 IntlKineticArtEvent.org

 BoyntonBeachArts.org

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Cultural District – E. Ocean Ave. from Seacrest Blvd. to Fed. Hwy.
Self-guided tour featuring 16 outdoor kinetic sculptures

ASL Interpreted tours begin at 10 am & 2 pm, at Exhibition Tent on the corner of E. Ocean Ave. & Seacrest Blvd.

Vote on your favorite kinetic artwork

Kinetic – Intentions by Elayna Toby Singer

 

 

 

 

 

High school students at Boynton Beach Community High School create mini-mobile kinetic art project

 

 

 

 The students created the mobiles in visual art instructor Ms. Gwenn Seuling’s class. The mobiles, along with participant’s written intentions, will cover four downtown trees to create a curtained outdoor “room” with positive messages that will blow in the wind. The project gave high school students enrolled in visual arts, earth science and computer classes an opportunity to participate in a community project and to learn about kinetic art. 

 

 

Award-Winning Artist Elayna Toby Singer

Unveils Kinetic Art “Room”

Suspended Among Trees

February 4-5

 

Public invited to be part of interactive temporary tree art installation “Kinetic Intentions” 

 

 


“Kinetic Intentions” is commissioned by the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places. Visit www.elaynatobyart.com/kineticintentions for more info about this community creation. For more info about the International Kinetic Art Festival please visit www.intlkineticartevent.org.

 

Elayna Toby Singer

 

The temporary site specific art installation Kinetic Intentions is the brainchild of Elayna Toby Singer, last year’s International Kinetic Art “People’s Choice” winner. Over two days, February 4-5, Kinetic Intentions will “come to life” in the park just east of Boynton’s Civic Center, as thousands of festival attendees create and attach Intention Ribbons, and mini-Mahogany mobiles (or select from hundreds on display from community workshops) to recycled washers on the 150 six-foot kinetic strands.  Visitors to the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium will be drawn to walk in and around the magical outdoor “room” made of twirling strands adorned with mirrors, bells, found washers, community created mini-mahogany mobiles and intention ribbons; all which animate the wind.

 

 

 

Kinetic Intentions Workshop

 

 

“Kinetic Intentions is a community ‘moving meditation’ for manifesting personal and environmental balance,” says Singer. “With every breath, positive thought (intention) and movement we are ‘mobilized’ to take better care of ourselves and the environment which sustains us.”   Central to this environmental community art project are thousands of Florida Native Mahogany seed pods Singer collected locally from shade trees along neighborhood streets and parking lots throughout Palm Beach County.

 

 

Kinetic Intentions Workshop

 

 

Singer chose the Mahogany seed pod specifically due to its threatened status in its native habitat from over harvesting for furniture. She sees the recycled pods as a symbol of the delicate balance between us and our environment. The challenge of sustaining balance becomes tangible as the public uses the recycled Mahogany pods to create a balanced mobile.

 

KineticIntentions Workshop

 

 

ABOUT KINETIC INTENTIONS:

 


Following the success of the February 2015 Kinetic-Connections, which won the People’s Choice Award for the transformation of an historic kapok tree into living kinetic art, artist Elayna Toby Singer created Kinetic Intentions. The multi-phase community project included six county-wide, free workshops that explored “the Art, Science & Soul of Making Mobiles” under the direction of Singer. Each mini-mobile is constructed using fishing line and recycled seed pods from Florida’s Mahogany trees which are threatened to extinction in the wild. Participants experienced the centering, meditative process of mobile making while pondering their intentions for personal and environmental balance. Those intentions were written onto cloth ribbons which will be affixed, along with the mobiles to an outdoor, kinetic “room” during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium February 2017. Ms. Singer creates the outdoor, kinetic “room” with 150 six-foot long twirling strands adorned with mirrors, bells, found washers, community created mini-mahogany mobiles and intention ribbons suspended among four trees in Boynton Beach, FL during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. Attendees to the Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium are invited to create their own mini-mobile and intention ribbon, or to select ones from the workshops and add them to each strand, bringing the tree art installation to “life.” Kinetic Intentions is commissioned by Boynton Beach Art in Public Places.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ART OF ELAYNA TOBY SINGER:

Elayna Toby Singer has been creating kinetic art sculpture and jewelry since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. Locally, her commissioned works and exhibitions have been shown in Palm Beach and Broward Counties for more than six years. In 2015 her temporary site specific community creation “Kinetic-Connections” received the People’s Choice Award for magically transforming an historic Kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture with upcycled objects from the community. In 2009, Elayna Toby was invited by Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida Mexico, to lead her first “Natural Mobiles” workshop. With a BS in Cultural Anthropology and an MS in Public Horticulture and Museum Management, Ms. Singer’s career in creative place-making began in the early 1990’s when she spent fifteen years in some of the nation’s leading public gardens and arboreta creating experiences that engaged the public in the art, science and heritage of plants and the essential role they play in our lives.

 

For more information, please visit:

elaynatobyart.com/kineticintentions

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Edie Widder Presents “Illuminating The Deep: The Fine Art Of Exploration At Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates the mysteries of the ocean depths with a stimulating three-part exhibition which runs through March 4th. Everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception on January 5th.  “Illuminating the Deep”  showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. This lecture takes place on Saturday, January 7th and reservations must be made in advance.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In addition, guests will create their own bioluminescence experience. The Rickie Report shares the details, dates and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101      www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

Now through March 4, 2017

 

 

Opening Reception:

January 5, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Admission:

Children Under 8 Free; Free for members; $10.00 for non-members

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Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration

Lecture by Dr. Widder

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

$15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. This is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Call (561) 746-3101 to purchase tickets in advance.

 

 

Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions.  Dr. Widder will describe some of the earliest expeditions that Bostlemann illustrated and contrast them with her own experiences exploring the deep, including her breakthrough capturing the first images of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat.

 

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Gallery Hours:

Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse ArtCenter: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
www.LighthouseArts.org or (561) 746-3101

 

 

Gallery 1: Illuminating the Deep: Explore. Learn. Act. Showcases the collaborative genius of the internationally-recognized authority on bioluminescence, Dr. Edie Widder, and the artist, Steven Bernstein, PhD, combining art and science. Their vibrant photographic images of unimagined creatures, captured in the depths of the sea by Dr. Widder’s unique cameras, accompanied by informational panels, provide a colorful and engaging introduction to the language of light (and giant squid) in our oceans.

 

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Gallery 2: Featuring the Art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration presents a private collection of original paintings depicting the never-before-seen wonders of the deep by Else Bostlemann. Bostlemann was the expedition artist for scientist William Beebe during the world-record Bathysphere dives into the deep sea in the 1930’s. Beebe and Bostlemann introduced the world to bioluminescence. This historic artwork, on loan to the Lighthouse ArtCenter from the Bostlemann family, was created for National Geographic, and have never been publicly displayed.

 

 

 

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Gallery 3: Google Tilt Brush Step into the cutting edge of technology with virtual reality and the newly released Tilt Brush by Google! Visitors will be immersed in the experience of bioluminescence as they paint with light in 3-D. Walk inside your “painting,” look at it from above, below, and through both sides. This astonishing new art form is sure to be popular, appointments are necessary. Your favorite digital screen shot will be emailed to you to share with your friends and family. Only $15 for a fun and mind-altering ten minutes you’ll talk about for the rest of the season! Make your virtual reality experience appointment by calling Sheri Gansz at (561) 746-3101.

 

 

“If there is a fourth part to our exhibition, it would have to be our concern for all life in our oceans,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter curator Janeen Mason. “We have seen in Florida that our lifestyles on land can have great consequences for the creatures of the sea. We hope Illuminating the Deep can also provide ways everyone can make a difference.”

 

“Illuminating the Deep” also sheds light on the threats faced by the ocean and its inhabitants, and what everyone can do in their everyday life to preserve and protect the planet’s largest ecosystem. A particular focus of the exhibition is a display showing the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how the waterway impacts life in the deep sea.

 

 

 

 

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“This is a rare encounter with life beyond the average person’s reach,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Widder and Dr. Bernstein’s thought-provoking exhibition and striking art for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Our guests will be astonished and fascinated to view images of creatures so different from what we know.”

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In the 1930s, another type of explorer dove into the deep in a bathysphere, a metal sphere lowered by cable a half mile deep. William Beebe became a renowned expert on creatures of the deep, because he was the first to see what sailors of old fabled – odd, large luminescent animals unlike any fish or mollusk caught and consumed nearer the surface.

 

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Beebe described what he saw to the expedition artist, Else Bostlemann, who sketched and painted Beebe’s recollections. Her artwork from nearly a century ago, used by National Geographic Magazine to illustrate Beebe’s dramatic descriptions of the deep, will be part of Lighthouse ArtCenter’s original art installation in The Fine Art of Exploration.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or other events:

lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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