Fuel Your Artistic Fire With Vicki Siegel’s Workshops And Enjoy Her New Exhibits!

Artist Vicki Siegel will fuel your artistic flames with new 2 day workshops!  Vicki Siegel invites you to join her in a frenzy of art activity. Sign up for her new 2 day workshops AND see her new paintings at one of her upcoming shows.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these Two Day Workshops at Two Locations and Shows.  Be inspired and learn new techniques!

 

 

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These fast paced workshops will get you creating and understanding how to work with acrylic paint. You will create new works and get a chance to try new materials and use ones you know in new ways. Vicki Siegel’s nurturing teaching style and in depth demonstrations will take you through these fast paced and fun workshops. Vicki has just returned from training sessions with Golden Artist Colors where she became a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP).

 

 

 

 

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“Alternate Reality”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

Working in Layers Workshops

You will learn exciting new approaches to using acrylic products for layering and creating rich and complex surfaces. Artists working in all media and any abstract or representational style will benefit from this innovative way of thinking about materials. Gels, pastes, acrylic skins, masking, stencils, image transfers, transparent and translucency will be explained. You will also learn to incorporate personal imagery. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will benefit from the information packed demonstrations. There will be a lunch hour talk and slide show on Friday; bring a bag lunch. See the registrar for a supply list. Vicki will be bringing great tools and specialty paints for you to try.

 

 

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“Behind the Smile”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

 

Layers and Expressive Acrylic Paint: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Friday/Saturday January 8 – 9, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $315, 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org
Layers and Expressive Acrylic Paint PW3.5a

 

 

 

Powerful Acrylic Paint Layers: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday January 15 -16, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon)
www.oldschoolsquare.org/events/powerful-acrylic-paint-layers/

 

 

 

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“Bubbling Up”, Acrylic by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

Working With Photographic Images Workshops

If you are a painter who wants to include photographic images into your work, or a photographer who wants to try painting, this workshop will inspire you. You will learn how to collage images, layer acrylic paints, glaze, enhance and texture your photographic images. Creating image transfers will be explained in detail. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will be inspired by the information packed demonstrations. Contact the registrar for the supply list. There will be a lunch hour lecture and slide show for people who want to bring a brown bag lunch on Friday.

 

 

Surfaces, Layers and Photographic Imagery: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday March 4-5, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon)
http://oldschoolsquare.org/events/surfaces-layers-and-photographic-imagery/

 

 

Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers and Photographic Imagery
Friday/Saturday April 1- 2, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Cost: $315  Call to register: 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org
Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers PW4.5a

 

 

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“See it Coming”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

Upcoming Shows:

 

Woman: Untitled, Group Exhibition

January 15 through March 12, 2016

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

 

 

 

Blurring Distinctions

Opening Reception: Tuesday Feb 16th 5:30-7:30pm.

February 16th – March 18th, 2016 

Vicki Siegel paintings and sculpture and Leora Stewart fiber works

Eissey Campus Art Gallery, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

 

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“Love Conquers”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

VICKI SIEGEL is a contemporary artist whose mixed media paintings, photography and sculpture explore the connection between memory and reality. She was an art director and creative director in advertising in Milan, Italy, Chicago, and South Florida. Vicki is a full time working artist who exhibits extensively. Her works can be found in many private collections. Vicki Siegel has studied towards a M.F.A. at Tyler School of Art, Rome and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. She is a passionate instructor of painting. Vicki Siegel is a Golden Artist Educator (GAEP), a member of the National Association of Women Artists, and a signature member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild among other organizations. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegel@gmail.com

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Exhibits at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery

Fiber artist extraordinaire, Leora Klaymer Stewart will present her newest work in a SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  Leora’s  woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature.  What secrets are they holding?  What do they protect?  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this free reception on April 26th to meet the artist and explore her world of fabrications.  Here we give you details and a sneak peak, but can only hint at what promises to be the LARGEST installation of its kind in Palm Beach County!

 

 

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Please join us at the Cultural Council

 Saturday,  April 26,    3-5 P.M.

To celebrate the Opening Reception of

 

Leora Klaymer Stewart

 in the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center. 
Refreshments will be served.  
Exhibition runs: April 26 through May 24, 2014  
  
Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM  

 

601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.471.2901

www.palmbeachculture.com

 

Weaving as an metaphor is a common association and no exception with the artwork of Leora Klaymer Stewart.  The public is invited to her SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery. There will be a free reception and opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday, April 26, from 3-5 pm. The exhibit continues through May 24th. There is no charge to view the gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

Leora’s major  installation piece, “Entanglements” consists of an 8 foot high by 3 foot wide knotted construction that has been wrapped and intertwined.  She used natural hemp twine and a variety of other fibers to represent the growth and intertwining of the Banyan tree.  She collaborated with Fine Art Photographer and Master Printer, Steve Spring, of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  Images of the Banyan tree were printed on Habotai silk and silk  organza panels 40 inches wide by 96 inches high.  These panels will be installed on each side of the  knotted structure to create an environment that represents nature as a metaphor for the cycle of life.

 

 

 

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“Lifecycle Series” by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

 “RED MICROTUBULES” is part of the Life Cycle Series.  It is a circular piece constructed with red linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrapping and glass beads. It is 16 inches in diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.

 

 

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“Life Cycle 2” by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

“LIFE CYCLE”  is a circular piece constructed with pink and orange linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrappings and glass beads.  It is 16 inches in a diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.

 

Leora tells The Rickie Report, ” All of my pieces represent the idea of the cycle of life – represented as a circle or sphere and as a container form holding mysteries.  I use ancient textile techniques ( knotting, loop-stitching, wrapping and inter-twining).”

 

 

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“Virgin Bride” by Leora Klaymer Stewart

 

“VIRGIN BRIDE”  is an oval piece which is 12 inches wide by 24 inches high.  It is created with a loop stitch in white nylon cord. Leora incorporates hand sewn pearls and feathers.   Her woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature and can be interpreted as holders of secrets, emptiness or even generative possibilities.  Leora refers to her work as “transitional fabrications” which can also be interpreted as life cycles.

 

 

Leora graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants.  Her architectural commissions include Beckton Dickson Pharmaceuticals, Wool Bureau of America, Contintental Wheat and Grain, Prudential,Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and Knoll Showrooms.  Leora has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for 20 years and is currently teaching a fiber arts course at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is continually creating new pieces in her studio, Llama Studios, in Palm Beach, FL.

 

 

 

For more information about Leora’s art work, please visit her website:  www.leorakstewart.com

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Offers Art Work and Workshops

 When writing about a fiber artist, the images usually conjured up include “wearable art” pieces, but Leora Stewart jumps beyond that seemingly ‘ordinary genre’ and brings a new way of thinking to fiber art.  The Rickie Report is eager to share her artwork because she has so much to offer in terms of teaching workshops, leading classes and providing amazing artwork for your home, office or yacht.

 

Leora Klaymer Stewart

Fiber Artist

Tapestry

Tapestry

Will Offer a Four Week (one day a week)

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Armory Art Center

Begins Tuesday, April  30th   10 am – 5 pm

Students will Learn basic Tapestry Weaving techniques and design and weave a finished piece. To register call 561-832-1776 and speak with the registrar.

 

 

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“Netscape”: Collaged Box with Wrapped Elements

It is the threads of our lives that bring together friendships, circumstances and family into a meaningful pattern.  Leora Klaymen Stewart  is not only adept with these skills, but she literally uses fiber to create her art pieces.

In an interview by John Nelander, a Special to the Palm Beach Daily News on November 9, 2009, it becomes clear that Leora “wove a highly successful career using threads of rich experiences from her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.”Her family’s life in the days of pre-Israel Palestine lent a certain understanding to how the underpinnings of any tapestry must begin with closely woven and strong threads. Emigrating to South Africa in 1947, her parents were in charge of an orphanage which housed 80 children.   While Leora’s family had their own apartment,  she tells Nelander ,

“In a way, I was part of the orphanage, although I attended a different school. I made friends and celebrated holidays with the kids. I ate meals with them. “My best friend was from the orphanage — her name was Storm.

“These were children between 8 and 18, kids who came from broken homes, divorces or other situations. On weekends their parents might pick them up, or an aunt. It wasn’t that they were children who were totally destitute, they were getting a good education.”

It had an emotional affect on both Leora and her parents — she being an only child, her parents as well after each suffered deep losses in the Holocaust. “Both of their families were wiped out — my father lost his entire family and my mother lost her family.

“They lived all this. Here they were, directors of this orphanage and then they find out that their families were all murdered. So the orphanage became kind of an extended family. It was a wonderful experience for me.”

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“Intertwined Metafossil”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings

 

In the 1050’s, Leora’s family moved to Detroit. Both parents loved teaching and nurturing young people, in a time when Detroit was ripe with change and promise.  Leora reminisces about being in class with Diana Ross at the arts school, Cass Commerce.  

According to www.historicdetroit.org,  “More than 50,000 students graduated from it, and hundreds of thousands of others walked its halls. Among the distinguished students who wandered the old Cass Tech’s halls: singer Diana Ross, comedians Lily Tomlin and David Alan Greer, auto executive John DeLorean, former Miss USAs Carol Gist and Kenya Moore, violinist Regina Carter, jazz musicians Donald Byrd and Earl Kluge, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos. Aviator Charles Lindbergh’s mother, Evangeline Lindbergh, taught chemistry at Cass from 1922 until 1942.”

 

  She shares, “On receiving my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968, I was awarded a travel grant which I used to travel to East Africa and Israel which had an important influence on further developing my artwork in Fiber as I designed rugs that were woven in Ethiopia and I designed a rug that was woven in Israel.”  She tells us it was the perfect time to travel to these exotic places, many of which were populated with idealistic Peace Corps volunteers.”   After living in an artists’ village in Israel, she returned to the U.S. to teach. 

Leora tells The Rickie Report, “Upon returning to the USA I was awarded the first of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants which gave me the time to create work and set up a studio.  I began my teaching career at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, where I established an undergraduate and a graduate program in the Fiber Arts in 1970.”

“I moved to New York City in 1974 and set up a studio where I created large scale architectural commissioned works that were installed in a number of major institutions around the country. I also had a number of one and two person exhibitions in Art Galleries and had my work placed in numerous Corporate Collections,” she explains.

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“Netscape Sea and Sky”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings

She taught a course in the Fiber Arts for 20 years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  In 2001, Leora had a 10 year retrospective exhibit at the 2/20 Gallery in New York and in 2006 she relocated to Florida.

Stewart is very quick to point out that she is not retired. And The Rickie Report can understand why.  To work on this article took a number of emails back and forth to find a good time for us to speak.  She is very busy!

One of Leora’s  strengths is networking (another component of fiber design: a fiber creation does not stand by one thread alone).  A colleague, photographer Ray Neubert, shares that ,”Leora is always interested in what other people are doing. So many artists view other people’s art through the lens of their own work. She very open-minded.” Leora’s fiber pieces have been displayed at the Palm Beach International Airport.

 

Since settling in Palm Beach, FL, Leora has been teaching a class in Fiber Arts at the Armory Art Center  located in West Palm Beach.  True to her nurturing and networking inner being, the students who have taken her course have now developed into a group which meets once a month.  They discuss and exchange ideas on different areas of the Fiber Arts and related Arts as well.  They view exhibitions, are involved in workshops, invite guest artists to present work, and further develop as individual artists.  If other fiber artists are interested, please contact  Leora at:  www.leorakstewart.com

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“Entanglements” – Natural hemp fiber, knotted and wrapped with crystal beads.  This piece was created as a site specific installation  at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL and was inspired by the intertwining of the banyan/ficus trees in the Gardens where it hung between these two majestic trees as part of EARTHDAY Celebrations, 2010.

In a recent Artist Statement, Leora tells us , “Since living in Florida my work has evolved and grown in a new direction being influenced by my surroundings, the sea and the sky and the lush vegetation. These works are based on my observations of nature and the pieces are horizontal emphasizing their relation to landscape.  I refer to them as “landscape structures”.  The pieces are created by using natural fiber threads with handmade papers and copper wire and are constructed using several textile techniques and I consider these pieces to be similar to forms and structures found in nature as one of constant growth and change.

“These abstract constructions are based on my observations of forms and structures found in nature.  Layers are the focus of my work in several ways: as components of physical structure, as elements of process, and as metaphor for constant change and growth.  The materials are natural fibers, hand-made papers, bamboo reeds, metal wires, glass beads and other found objects. I manipulate these materials using a variety of techniques to construct the pieces, which I refer to as ‘Landscape Structures.'”, she explains.

 

For more information please visit Leora’s website www.leorakstewart.com or send her an email leora@leorakstewart.com

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291