Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains Bring The Everyday To Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” Exhibit Now Through March 23. Don’t Miss A Life-Size Realistic Harley Davidson, Designer Handbags, Utilitarian Tools And More All Made By Hand

Andy Warhol was an influence icon and inspiration…  And now, Ray Grossfine art hyper-realistic porcelains are being exhibited at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” extravaganza available NOW through March 23, 2022. Viewers will be wowed by Ray’s newest life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle, Amazon” boxes with motorcycle parts and “Art supplies” as Art! All of these plus Ray’s iconic tools, tool belts, paint tubes, and handbags will be available for purchase. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks – like the motorcycle in progress, but to see it finished, come to the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  This family friendly exhibit takes Pop Art to a new level! While the Warhol pieces won’t be for sale, Ray’s art is!

 

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive      Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

 

 

CELEBRATE    POP   ART !

 

 

“WARHOLWARHOLWARHOL!”

&

Ray   Gross   Pop   Art   Porcelains

NOW   thru  March 23, 2022

 

 

Free admission for members        $5  for  nonmembers

For more information: lighthousearts.org/warhol/

Gallery Hours:   

Monday-Thursday: 9  – 5   Friday: 9  – 4       Saturday: 10 – 4     Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ Pop Art Sculpture (Schorr Gallery) is a homage to Warhol’s Pop Art and includes a life-sized Harley Davidson made of porcelain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray is a celebrated ceramist who is known for his hand-built, hand-painted, hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures.  

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain Gucci shoe

 

Curator, Janeen Mason tells The Rickie Report, ” In recent years the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery has brought Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, Nick Cave’s renowned Sound Suits, and Kara Walker’s Sugar Babies. We’ve curated exhibits showing Clyde Butcher’s iconic photos of the Everglades and Edie Widder’s first photos ever takeoff a giant quid alive.  We’re keeping this trajectory of excellence with Warhol!Warhol!

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain paintbrushes and pencil

 

 

Visitors to the Spencer Gallery can see over 20 pieces of rare original Andy Warhol art on loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody and Marshall Fields’ private collections. Andy Warhol, arguably the most famous artist in the last 100 years was an artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  

 

 

 

 

Ray’s original Harley Davidson has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City, at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, FL, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, FL., and international art fairs.

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic all porcelain life-size “Orange Harley”  7’6″ x 32″x28″

 

 

 

Click to hear Ray speak about his Motorcycle in Process & watch him create one of the headlights:

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle in process

 

 

Ray’s art depicts 3D items of everyday Americana, including utilitarian art objects such as paint cans, tubes, brushes, pencils, and other artist tools that have seized the attention of collectors, and have been installed in public and corporate spaces.

 

 

 

Ray Gross’ Amazon inspired hyper-realistic porcelain boxes.  Some have motorcycle tools and others have art supplies inside.

 

A sampling of Ray Gross’ iconic hyper-realistic porcelain tools, The Series “Art Supplies As Art”

Although original Warhol pieces will not be for sale, the other “Pop Art Inspired” work on exhibit in the Schorr Gallery will be available for purchase.

 

 

Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain, The Series “Art Supplies As Art”

 

 

For more information: 

Ray Gross MFA
RGFA Ray GrossFineArt
rayhgross@gmail.com
T  561-951-4749
Euro 0170-5091840

 

About Lighthouse ArtCenter:

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. The center has grown into a three-building campus consisting of a Gallery & 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Jewelry & Textile Studio. Supported by memberships, tuition, grants, and donations, Lighthouse ArtCenter serves over 20,000 visitors, 3000 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served populations.

 

For more information visit https://www.lighthousearts.org.

Facebook: @lighthousearts.org

Instagram: @lighthousearts

Twitter: @LighthouseArtC

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Presents Blockbuster Pop Art Exhibit: WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL! Of Rarely Seen Originals, Plus Hyper Realism Porcelain Sculptures By Ray Gross, A Pop Art Jewelry Sale, And James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy

The Lighthouse ArtCenter (LAC) opens 2022 with WARHOL!WARHOL!WARHOL! Open NOW through March 23, 2022. The exhibition is a celebration of pop art that includes rarely seen originals by Andy Warhol; ceramist Ray Gross‘s pop-art sculptures including a life size Harley-Davidson; a Pop Art Jewelry Show & Sale; James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy show of patented Thurmanite art; and Ethical Metalsmith’s Mini Radical Jewelry Makeover. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. We’ve always said that LAC is a prominent jewel in southeast Florida’s cultural crown. Don’t miss this!

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive      Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

 

 

CELEBRATE    POP   ART !

 

 

 WARHOLWARHOLWARHOL!

&

Ray Gross Pop Art Porcelains

 

NOW   thru  March 23, 2022 

 

 

Free admission for members        $5  for  nonmembers

For more information: lighthousearts.org/warhol/

 

 

Curator, Janeen Mason tells The Rickie Report, ” In recent years the gallery has brought Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, Nick Cave’s renowned Sound Suits, and Kara Walker’s Sugar Babies. We’ve curated exhibits showing Clyde Butcher’s iconic photos of the Everglades and Edie Widder’s first photos ever takeoff a giant quid alive.  We’re keeping this trajectory of excellence with Warhol!Warhol!Warhol!”

 

Warhol!Warhol!Warhol! (Spencer Gallery) brings over 20 pieces of rarely seen original Andy Warhol art on loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody and Marshall Fields’ private collections. Andy Warhol, arguably the most famous artist in the last 100 years was an artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  This exhibition gives locals and visitors the opportunity to view this iconic artist’s work in person.  Although original Warhol pieces will not be for sale, the other “Pop Art Inspired” work on exhibit in the Schorr Gallery will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

Ray Gross Pop Art Sculpture (Schorr Gallery) is a homage to Warhol’s Pop Art and includes a life-sized Harley Davidson made of porcelain.  Ray is a celebrated ceramist who is known for his hand-built, hand-painted, hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures.  His art depicts 3D items of everyday Americana, including utilitarian art objects such as paint cans, tubes, brushes, pencils, and other artist tools that have seized the attention of collectors, and have been installed in public and corporate spaces.

 

 

 

 

Also on display is a juried Pop Art Jewelry Show & Sale featuring over sixty one-of-a-kind Warhol-inspired necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, and broaches created by artists from across the country.

 

 

 

James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy show includes over 30 contemporary pieces of jewelry and sculptural objects by talented national and international artists.  Paper Alchemy is a traveling exhibition of artwork that utilizes Thurman’s invention of handcrafted material created entirely of layered recycled paper and eco-resin, Thurmanite.

 

 

 

A mini version of Ethical Metalsmith’s Radical Jewelry Makeover features upcycled or broken jewelry that has been repurposed and designed into unique “new” pieces of jewelry.

 

“Art is what you can get away with.”-Warhol

The meteoric rise of Warhol in brief…

Andy Warhol arrived in Manhattan in 1949, carrying a portfolio filled with artwork from his days at Carnegie Institute of Technology and it wasn’t long before a family friend introduced the 21 year old to the art director at Glamour magazine.  This shy kid with patchy skin and a slight build had artwork that was entirely unlike the polished pieces she normally used.  Tina Fredericks gave him his first freelance job creating fresh illustrations to be used in ads for I.Miller shoes.

 

Warhol grew up in WWII Pittsburgh, the steel town that considered itself the backbone of America, and given this opportunity to work with Glamour Magazine, his work ethic went into overdrive.  He bore down on his future with ink and a brush, and painted for eighteen hours a day.

 

Destined to make a name for himself in the city, Andy’s commercial art career flourished when he reliably delivered high-quality designs ahead of schedule. But, it took over ten years for him to cross over from low to high art. It was 1962, when his first gallery show displayed the 32 iconic paintings of Campbell’s Soup.  One for each flavor.  The collection originally sold for a total of $1,000, by 1987 the soup cans claimed a page in history when they were purchased by MOMA for $11.7 million.

 

At the Carnegie he’d been taught to appreciate commercial art as well as fine art.  Although Warhol did not invent the Pop Art movement, he certainly joined it in the late 50s and 60s when he made popular culture the focus in his original paintings.  During a long stretch of his career he used silk screen as an unorthodox medium to create highly controversial, yet wildly collectible prints of Marilyn, Mao, and Elizabeth.  His later provocative pieces like the Death and Disaster pictures, made the art world practically apoplectic, and the fame that resulted, coupled with his childhood obsession for movie stars, gave rise to a celebrity conscious alt-society that filled his inner circle. Luminaries, including politicians, movie stars, and more than one heiress flocked to him for attention.

 

In a recent New York Times article, Alice Cooper claimed that although he knew Warhol from the Manhattan club scene, they weren’t friends.  “Warhol’s group was too weird for me.” Cooper said.

 

In 1967 Warhol barely survived a deliberate gunshot at close range. The wounds affected his mental and physical health until his unexpected death 19 years later. By the time “Warhol” was inscribed on his headstone, at 59 years old, he had become the leader of the Pop Art movement.  His was a household name, and this fragile kid from Pittsburgh had signature work held in significant public and private art collections around the world.

 

WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL!  The art exhibition at Lighthouse ArtCenter, shows a wide selection of his evocative works, from those early I. Miller shoe illustrations to the late career experimental Oxidation Paintings made of urine and metallic pigment on canvas.  Visitors can argue over the aesthetic value of his silk screen prints of lips, or they can take a walk on the wild side, back to the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they appear stitched together in six black and white silver gelatin prints created from 1976-86.

 

About Lighthouse ArtCenter: 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. The center has grown into a three-building campus consisting of a Gallery & 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Jewelry & Textile Studio. Supported by memberships, tuition, grants, and donations, Lighthouse ArtCenter serves over 20,000 visitors, 3000 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served populations.

 

For more information visit https://www.lighthousearts.org.

Facebook: @lighthousearts.org

Instagram: @lighthousearts

Twitter: @LighthouseArtC

 

 

LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER GALLERY AND 2D STUDIO 

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm   Friday: 9 am – 4 pm   Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm    Sunday: Closed

 

3D STUDIO 

395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm   Friday: 9 am – 4 pm    Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm    Sunday: Closed

 

STUDIO 385

Jewelry and Textiles

385 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday: 2-5 pm    Tuesday: 10 am-1 pm

 

 

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Ted Matz Presents At Wellington Art Society Meeting On January 12. WAS Offers Artist Networking Opportunities And Is Open To The Public

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) features artist, instructor, and advocate for the visual arts, Ted Matz who will give a presentation on how to best represent beautiful landscapes through the medium of oil paint. The Wednesday, January 12, 2022 meeting is at the Wellington Community Center. The public is invited to this free event. Please note that CDC guidelines will be observed.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  January 12, 2022

 

5:30 pm

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

FEATURING:

 

 

T   E   D         M   A   T   Z

 

 

 

“Everybody has the ability to create art – it’s just finding the courage to try.”  Ted Matz

 

 

All events open to members and non-members

 

For more information contact: Laura Jaffe, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

Social  distancing  will  be  observed  and  masks  are  required

 

 

 

 

“On The Way To Georges” by Ted Matz

 

 

 

Ted majored in painting at Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate from Kendall College of Art and Design.  He has worked in design related positions with Jacobson’s Store, Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.  Ted is currently the President of Ted Matz Fine Art, Inc., teaching classes and workshops in both abstract and realism. He offers classes in oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, and plein air painting at Easel Art Supply in Lake Park, FL. He also conducts private mentoring sessions, in-studio classes and workshops, as well as online classes. 

 

 

 

 

“Riverbend Wrong Way Drive” by Ted Matz

 

 

 

Ted has previously taught at the Boca Museum School of Art in Boca Raton, Florida and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Domestically he has held art and design workshops in Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, and has conducted international workshops in Cortona, Farindola and Florence, Italy; Paris and Arles, France; as well as Havana, Trinidad, Vinales, and Santa Clara, Cuba.  

 

 

 

“Bees Coming Home” by Ted Matz

 

 

When asked where he draws his inspiration from, he says “I love nature and the beauty that the natural world gives to us, therefore I have a very strong desire to record as much of it as possible… for future generations.”  Ted employs various mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and acrylics. He works in both realism and abstraction. Ted enjoys being open to a range of mediums and styles, giving him the freedom to choose those that best represent the subject for each piece he creates. 

 

 

“Lowell Flat River” by Ted Matz

 

 

Ted was the co-founder and past President of The New Studio for the Visual Arts in Jupiter, Florida and previously held the position of Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse Art Center Gallery and School of Art in Tequesta, Florida. He also founded and chaired the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Plein Air Festival in Tequesta/Jupiter, Florida and acted as consultant to the 4th Annual Festival.  The event draws 35 nationally recognized juried plein air artists from across the country and Europe. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Reflections” by Ted Matz

 

 

Ted’s next exhibition will be January 4 through 31, 2022 and will show his Abstract Landscape work at the Eissey Gallery of Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. He has had his work shown in feature articles in Plein Air Magazine and is currently in the December/January issue.  

 

 

Visit www.tedmatzfineart.com to learn more about Ted Matz’s artwork and view his teaching schedule.

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 40th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org or email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Artist Debbie Mostel Turned “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture Into Major Fundraising Opportunity For Local Charities In Palm Beach County

Today, the Winter Solstice is known as “the darkest day of the year”. What better time to celebrate artist Debbie Mostel? Her “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities in Palm Beach County. Let’s celebrate the light that she brings to the community!  The Rickie Report shares the behind-the-scenes photos, details and an interview with Debbie Mostel.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s

 

 

“Hearts    of    Mirasol”    Sculpture

 

 

 

“Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture by Debbie Mostel

 

Debbie Mostel is a multi-talented artist who has won numerous awards with her sculptures and designs and whose jewelry has been worn by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, January Jones, Laverne Cox, Christie Brinkley, Patti LaBelle, Emily Blunt and many others. Yet something she always wanted to do was to turn her love of art – sculptures, in particular – into a powerful way to raise substantial funds for charitable organizations.

 

 

Debbie Mostel and Valerie Crosson

 

Valerie Crosson had a great track record for commissioning fantastic, large, highly visible sculptures that help raise millions of dollars for charitable causes. Following her previous success with the UNICEF Snowflake, which hangs in Manhattan above 5th Avenue at 57th Street, she joined The Mirasol Foundation board for 2020-21.  With guidance from the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Valerie contacted 7 regional artists – including Debbie Mostel – and issued a Request for Proposals to create a piece with “hanging hearts” to help reunite the residents of the Mirasol community, many of whom felt disconnected due to social gathering restrictions due to COVID.

 

Valerie and Debbie found a bond and similarities in their vision for the piece. Valerie recommended Debbie and the board approved. Then Debbie spent six months working on the sculpture. Debbie said she was “driven by the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid – and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed.” It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club.

 

 

The idea was to use “hanging hearts” as a centerpiece for a major fundraising effort – largely because the onset of the COVID pandemic made traditional fundraising methods impractical.

 

 

Initial Drawings for “Hearts of Mirasol” by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Putting   It   Together….

Top: Five 1’’ thick, 6’ wide, 5’ tall furniture-grade laser cut Lucite make up the “Tree/Wave”

Middle: The garden has 149 clear hand-blown glass nautilus and spheroid forms; the beginnings of all life.

Bottom: 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big M for Mirasol in the center.

The sculpture is in a state of perpetual illumination, which you can’t help but be drawn into its tranquil beauty.

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel working with glass components for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

On the finished work, each of the 850 hearts represents an individual donor and the amounts donated varied from $150 up to $5000; a total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised. Once it was unveiled, Valerie said the piece is a “great success, connecting people at a time when we couldn’t be together” and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit area charities.

 

 

Debbie Mostel working on the structure for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

 

 

 

A video on the building of the sculpture can be seen on Debbie Mostel’s website:

 https://www.debbiemosteldesigns.com/

 

 

 

 

Close-up of 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big ‘M’ for Mirasol in the center.

 

 

Q   &   A   with   Debbie   Mostel

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?

D.M.:  H.C. Westerman ( Humor and moral commentary), Frida Kahlo ( Honesty), Georgia O’Keeffe (Sensual examination of Nature), Beth Lipman (She is brave), Everything at Burning Man, and Keith Haring (Everything).

 

Q: What inspired you for your Hearts of Mirasol design?

D.M.: While talking with Valerie Crosson (director of fundraising and Chair of the Hearts of Mirasol Campaign), we spoke of the core values concerning the project, the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed. (It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club!) 

 

She just asked me to design something with 450 to 850 hearts that would represent the donors to the piece. That was it. I thought about how living in Palm Beach County we all have a connection to the ocean, our beaches, our hurricanes, the rising tides… you can’t trivialize the relationship. Then I thought about the “Tree of Life,” windblown – like on the California coast – and combining it with a wave felt utterly compelling.  The piece is a triptych.  The “Heartbeat of Mirasol” was an inspiration that took 6 months to build.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s Design in progress 

 

Q: What is your driving passion in making your art designs? Is there any reason you choose one medium over another? 

D.M.: I would have to say light and emotion. All my work has a message of humor, nature, ecology, or human experiences. I love working with ancient and futuristic components, the contrast and conversion, especially with metal and glass.

 

Q: What is a piece of art you want to make that is on your bucket list?

D.M.: I have no bucket list except to keep exploring and growing as an artist and a human…sounds corny but true.

 

Q: You clearly love the theme of water. Where did that come from and how do you communicate your passion for that in your works of art?

D.M.: Growing up on the ocean on Eastern Long Island, a crowded day you could spot 20 people as far as you could see! I would be in my p.j.’s on the beach eating cheerios. I loved the solitude. I could walk or swim for miles without seeing a soul. I was fearless (and naive). Up with the sunrise, taking note of tides and horseshoe crabs, sea glass and shells. I started making art on the beach with what washed ashore at a very young age.

 

 

Close-up of “The Garden” area of Debbie Mostel’s sculpture

 

All Photos courtesy of  Richard McConnell

 

 

 

 

About      Debbie      Mostel:

 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel at The Breakers

Debbie Lee Mostel, a longtime resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is a designer/artist who is also a science-based thinker and who sees wonder in every drop of water and every blade of grass. It is this sense of curiosity that Debbie thrives on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist. Debbie’s career has incorporated painting, contemporary fine art, sculpture, jewelry design, and kinetics! 

 

During a charmed 15-year career as a fashion jewelry designer, retailers such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom carried some of her designs and Debbie’s designs were featured in publications such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

 

 

Debbie Mostel at International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium , 2019

 

 

After Debbie took time off to raise her son the urge to create beckoned and she went back to college for landscape design and a new career. But working in the gardens pulled her back to her roots as a sculptor, painter, and jewelry design. 

 

Her national recognition is underscored by artist and writer, Bruce Helander, who said, “Mostel takes the viewer on an anything-goes journey.” Debbie’s artistry has been recognized internationally and nationally in juried exhibitions with three Best in Show awards, four First Place awards, and numerous other awards. 

 

In between these exhibits, Debbie worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach, as their Resident Artist, creating hanging light sculptures in Mar a Lago and Mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club as well as creating special environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court and Colony Hotel. The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She had been a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Artists of Palm Beach County. 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE HEARTS OF MIRASOL SCULPTURE :

  • The sculpture is one of a kind and was designed and created by Debbie Lee Mostel, with support from Globadyne Production and Design. The “Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture is 6’ wide, 16” deep and 8’ high. It features a dramatic 5’ tall tree blowing in the wind, forming the crest of a Florida ocean wave also evoking the form of The Tree of Life – thus, a cresting willow.

 

  • The Tree of Life sits in a garden where 140 hand blown nautilus shapes emerge like crocus flowers in early Spring, representing the natural landscaping of Mirasol.

 

  • The base of the sculpture features 850 hanging Svarovski and Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in the form of an EKG, the heartbeat of the community of Mirasol. Each heart represents the donors.

 

  • Although very subdued, the heartbeat forms an /M’ for The Mirasol Foundation. Scattered throughout the piece are 26 iridescent hearts which represent the higher-level donors and one very special light blue heart, which represents the management and staff of Mirasol and the Mirasol Foundation. Special recognition goes to Valerie Crosson, whose vision is an integral part of this design.

 

 

ABOUT THE MIRASOL FOUNDATION INC. : 

The Mirasol Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer charitable organization established, directed, and supported by the residents of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The mission of The Mirasol Foundation is to raise, administer and distribute funds to civic, cultural, educational, social and health-related non-profit, section 501(C)(3) organizations in Palm Beach County and surrounding communities. More information about the foundation can be found on their website, https://www.mirasolcc.com/mfi.

 

 

 

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Andrea Huffman In Palm Beach County: Exhibit At Daggerwing Nature NOW Through December 30, Holiday Boutique At Boca Art Museum December 14 & 15 Plus Sign Up For Her Workshop At Lighthouse Art Center January 22, 2022.

Fiber and mixed media artist, Andrea Huffman brings her artworks to Palm Beach County at three different venues. Don’t miss her exhibit at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton (NOW through December 30, 2021). Check out her one-of-a-kind pillows, scarves, and journals for holiday gift giving at the Boca Museum Art School Faculty Holiday Market (December 14 & 15). Sign up and take a “Sun Print with Soy Wax Batik” Workshop on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.   The Rickie Report shares more details and some SNEAK PEEKS.

Andrea Huffman tells The Rickie Report, “I am intrigued with the small nuances in nature, the interdependence within every aspect of the natural world and its relationship to humanity.  Fiber offers tactile and dimensional qualities unlike other media, while essentially maintaining a two-dimensional surface”.

 

 

OPEN  NOW THROUGH  DECEMBER 30, 2021

 


11435 Park Access Road    Boca Raton, FL 33498
561-629-8760

 

 

 

 

Andrea’s work draws upon both fine art and craft traditions, as well as contemporary innovations. She says, “I create works of art on fabric to connect viewers to my personal experiences and observations of my environment”. 

 

 

 

FACULTY   HOLIDAY    GIFT   MARKET

 

 

 



Handmade Journals by Andrea Huffman

 

 

 

12- 5  pm

Tuesday, December 14 

Wednesday, December 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-of-a-kind pillows and handbags by Andrea Huffman

 

 

Andrea integrates various media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and digital imagery, with machine and hand stitching to embellish each image in a way that will emphasize and convey to the viewer, my initial fascination with my subjects.

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter    Gallery & 2D Studio

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469       561-746-3101

 

 

 

SUN    &    SOY  WORKSHOP:

CREATE  A  SUN  PRINT  &  SOY  WAX  BATIK

ON  FABRIC

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

10 am – 4 pm

Level:  All Levels Welcome

 

 

REGISTER  HERE

 

Develop richly patterned fabrics, learn versions of traditional surface design techniques, see how textile pigments, modified soy wax “batik”, and a faux “sun-print” transforms plain fabric into original textiles that can be hung as works of art or used to create apparel, quilts, or home décor.

Apply soy wax as a resist with contemporary batik techniques (stamping, drawing, and painting), layer colors and designs with the fabric paints. Create a second piece by arranging interesting objects on fabric using fluid fabric paint. As the paint dries on the fabric, the objects will leave an impression. Completed pieces can also be further embellished with printing, stenciling, or fabric markers. Participants are encouraged to experiment and explore the versatility of both techniques.

 

 

 

 

About Andrea Huffman:

 

After attending the High School of Art and Design in New York City, Andrea Huffman moved to Florida, and received a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida International University.  She taught art for 31 years in Broward County Public Schools and retired from full time teaching in 2011 to pursue her own art practice.  Ms. Huffman has since exhibited locally and nationally in solo, juried, and group shows.  Receiving several awards for her work, including several Broward County Creative Investment Grants, Ms. Huffman was selected as one of only two Florida art educators for the first State Teachers Artist in Residence (STAR) program at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, awarded through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in 2011.  She continues to share her passion for art through new teaching opportunities, including The Boca Museum Art School, Bailey Contemporary Art in Pompano (where she is a resident studio artist), as well as various other guilds and art centers throughout Florida.  Ms. Huffman is a member of the Surface Design Association and a co-founder of 6 Hands Collaborative, where she creates, exhibits, curates, and teaches art in collaboration with other artists.

 

 

 

For more information about these workshops, exhibits, classes and her artwork:

www.andreahuffman.com

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Denis’ Solo Exhibit “Finding Joy” At Palm Beach Atlantic University Is Open Now Thru November 15. Free Public Reception Friday, October 8.

Palm Beach Atlantic University features the artwork of Kathleen Denis‘ contemporary impressionistic paintings. This exquisite SOLO Exhibit, “Finding Joy” offers us a view of everyday occurrences that are often overlooked.  The public is invited to a free, Reception on Friday, October 8, 2021. Kathleen is one of the country’s top licensed artists, with her art appearing on hundreds of home décor and gift products. Her  artwork is collected internationally.  This exhibit is open NOW through November 15, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” F I N D I N G          J O Y”

 

 

  A Solo Exhibit.     40 Paintings.     89 Days

 

 

 

 

Public Reception:

 

 

 

 

Friday,  October 8,  2021

 

 

 

 

6  –  8  pm

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach Atlantic University, Warren Building

 

 

 

 

300 Pembroke Place          W. Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibit is available Now through November 15, 2021

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

7 am – 8 pm

(call first to confirm times due to Covid)  

561-803-2425

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Denis at her easel

 

 

 

Kathleen Denis’ contemporary impressionistic style begins with a process in either plein air (outside) or in her studio, using mostly oils, reviewing and creating sketches and studies with many layers of paint.  She starts with realism and ends in creativity, with colorful brushstrokes and energetic movement, inviting the viewer to imagine being there.  

 

 

 

“Holding Onto Hope” by Kathleen Denis

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “My favorite piece in this Exhibit is  “Holding On To Hope”. It represents the isolation caused by society and our current pandemic during these times of unrest, yet the young lady is holding on to hope, depicted by a bright red flower.  Her face is unknown and hidden in darkness so that anyone can put themselves in her shoes.  

 

 

 

 

“Resting Place” by Kathleen Denis

 

 

 

Kathleen was born in Miami, grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, and spent much time in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, which greatly influenced her use of subject matter and colorful style.  Her love of art began at the age of four when taking art lessons from a fashion illustrator.  After graduating from University of Miami, with a BFA degree in Graphic Design, she continued her painting skills by studying from noted master artists.

 

 

 

“On The Bright Side” by Kathleen Denis

 

 

She began a lucrative career and has become one of the country’s top licensed artists!  Kathleen’s art appears on hundreds of home décor and gift products including wallpaper, kitchenware, bathroom collections and much more, sold through stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, HomeGoods, and Marshals.  Her art has been featured in articles in professional artist magazines and has a number of artworks have appeared in movies and tv series like Hawaii 5-O and Bloodline.  Her collectors include the producers of Titanic and Avatar, as well as known political figures.  Her original paintings can be found in Galleries, Exhibits, Plein Air Events and her website at www.kathleendenis.com.

 

 

 

 

 

“Three Dinghies” by Kathleen Denis

 

 

“Depicting sentiment through my paintings is of great importance”, Kathleen shares.  “Whether the subject matter is a timeworn cottage, a day at the beach or a sun-drenched garden, capturing the effect of light attracts me to every scene I paint. My current series of island life has been greatly influenced by growing up in South Florida, with visits to the Bahamas and Caribbean islands. with brightly painted buildings, colorful landscapes and turquoise waters. Painting chairs in many of my scenes suggests the need to take time out to rest, as I often hear, “I want to be there”.  

 

 

 

“Above and Beyond” by Kathleen Denis

 

 

 

As a faculty member at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Kathleen teaches classes and workshops there and at other art centers, in person and online.  She is a member of American Impressionist Society, National Oil and Acrylic Society, Oil Painters of America and an Official United States Coast Guard Artist.  In addition, Kathleen created a series called “A Scream For Silence” which uses elements in her paintings to reflect God’s Word bringing hope, restoration, and instruction to those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Denis offers demo on the beach Photo credit: Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops, or her artwork:

Email:  kd@kathleendenis.com

 Website:  www.kathleendenis.com

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Ted Matz Offers A Series Of Virtual And In-Person Classes For All Levels Of Experience. Individual Mentoring Also Available

Accomplished fine artist/teacher, Ted Matz is offering a series of virtual and in-person classes, where artists of all levels of experience and all mediums explore different aspects of painting and creativity in the company of other artists.  Classes begin next week. Ted also offers individual mentoring! The Rickie Report shares the details of Ted’s classes, with some sneak peeks of his artistry.  REGISTER NOW! Stay tuned for Plein Air starting in November!

 

 

 

 

“Everybody has the ability to create art – it’s just finding the courage to try.”  Ted Matz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Ted’s students have told The Rickie Report:

“I just wanted to let you know that you are one of the people I am thankful for. You are a very patient, perspicacious and encouraging teacher and a critic and you have really changed painting for me in the last few months.  Not only have I reached the point where I can be more satisfied with my results, but the whole process has become more enjoyable for me.  Thank you for being such a generous teacher!”   JB

“Ted has taught me invaluable life lessons painting together. His supportive approach and teaching style allows me to learn completely as my authentic self. He provides safety in vulnerability and constructive feedback to hone my skills. Ted has supported me to live and flourish in my art, leading to my acceptance into the art program of my choice.  Learning with Ted has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and our time together goes well beyond our lessons. He’s taught me to believe in myself and to never give up – to love how I feel when I create art and to live up to what make me, me.”  BB

 

 

I have studied Watercolor Painting with Ted several ways –  in a plein air class in Maine , and both online and in person elsewhere. He is a wonderful, thorough, comprehensive teacher, who has taken me to new levels of understanding in color theory, reflection, depth and shadows, paint handling/technique. In addition, he is generous with his vast knowledge, extremely patient and supportive of his student, and has an awesome sense of humor that puts one at ease”. BMO

ABOUT TED:

Ted calls Lake Worth, Florida, his home. He teaches workshops and online classes in watercolor, oil and acrylic, abstract, and plein air painting.  Ted was the co-founder and past President of The New School of the Visual Arts in Jupiter, Florida, and was formerly the Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse Art Center Museum and School of Art in Tequesta, Florida.

Ted has taught at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Boca Museum School of Art in Boca Raton, Florida. He has conducted classes and workshops in Michigan and Vermont, and currently does domestic and international workshops in Massachusetts, Maine, Italy, France and, recently, in Cuba. Ted majored in watercolor at Eastern Michigan University, studied at Kendall College of Art and Design, and held design-related positions with Jacobson’s Store, Inc, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor.

Ted founded and chaired the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Lighthouse Art Center’s Plein Air Festival in 2014-2016 in Tequesta/Jupiter Florida and served as a consultant to the 2017 Festival. The event drew 50 nationally and internationally recognized plein air artists who competed for over $10,000 in awards.

 

 

For more information visit

Ted Matz Fine Art 

  Website:  Ted Matz

  Email:  tedmatzfineart@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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New Members Are Welcome To Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA): Engage In Lectures, Art Of Reading Club, Critiques, Exhibits, Community Outreach Activities And Networking

The Spirit of Togetherness is at the heart of Women In The Visual Arts!  WITVA is a strong organization that welcomes artists to grow and expand their interests and abilities in a nurturing environment.  Their ‘circle theme’ offers members a place to gather for companionship and education in a virtual setting.  Join the Art/Artist Book Club, enjoy a lecture, share ideas and inspirations with artists who work in similar mediums, enter an art challenge, or just enjoy socializing!  WITVA’s fundraising efforts support art scholarships and donate artwork to local hospitals and community centersWITVA looks forward to working with other organizations, to build a relationship that will benefit all of us. The Rickie Report shares an overview of WITVA and urges you to check out their exciting exhibit opportunities and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the nineteen eighties, Women In The Visual Arts, has been an organization for artists of South Florida as an important link for our surrounding art community including our neighboring art students. Our organization has gone through changes  but what remains is that we have always been an organization with “heart”. Our members tell us that the community knows us as, “A very friendly group of women”, Vice President Sandy Ryter tells The Rickie Report.  

She shares, “We are planning to exhibit; showing our painters, sculptures, fine crafters and decorative artists.  We have fund-raising activities, arrange group painting sessions and craft times, and create art works to donate to community centers, hospitals and other facilities”. Check out our latest newsletter for updated events and where you can see some of our members’ work (virtually for now). WITVA is looking forward learning about other organizations to build a mutually satisfying relationship that will benefit all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA’s’  “circle theme” offers a place for members to gather for companionship and education

(virtual, fun, engaging)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Circle of Artists Meetings brings artists of like disciplines together for the opportunity to share their work and ideas with each other for inspiration!

Our “The Art Of Reading Book Club” brings our members and those of Artists of Palm Beach County together to read and discuss books of fiction and non-fiction about art and artists

Our WITVA Circle Lecture Series brings members together for an evening of a presentation about art and artists.

Our WITVA Circle Art Challenges such as our Black and White Challenge and our ‘She Inspires Me Challenge’ brings members together for virtual shows.

Our New Member Social Events brings our board and new members together to greet each other and to learn about our organization and how new members can become a part of what we do.

*In addition to our many social activities, we are a 501c3 and as such, we raise funds to grant scholarships and awards to deserving art students in our area. 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about us:   WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WITVA HOSPITALART Program

 

 

WITVA’s HOSPITALART Program is unique in South Florida. WITVA Artist members create colorful paintings and donate them free-of-charge to not-for-profit organizations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Our art is anonymously created by many hands. Each canvas may be a complete painting in itself or grouped to create larger murals. A list of the many organizations served since 1999 is on our website. If you know of a deserving organization that would be interested in art work to help create a cheerful and interesting space, please contact us. Hospitals, clinics, shelters, nursing homes are examples of where we donate our HOSPITALART.  If you are interested in helping to create the art, contact us and we will contact you when we will resume our meetings.

For more information, you may contact our HOSPITALART please visit our website:  WITVA.org

 

 

 

UPCOMING      EXHIBIT      FOR      MEMBERS     ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA     AT     THE     LIGHTHOUSE     ARTCENTER

 

September 7 through October 30, 2021

 

This will mark our first, in-person exhibition following COVID. This opportunity is open to WITVA members. We invite you to join us!  For details about applying for membership and for this exhibit please visit:

 

WITVA.org

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS

Juried exhibitions for our Artist Members are held in a variety of venues throughout the year. 

Three fine art categories are considered:

1. Two Dimensional Art: This category includes drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and mixed media
2. Sculpture: This includes sculptures of stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, ceramic and fiber
3. Handmade Jewelry: This requires all jewelry pieces to be made by hand. Ready-made beads for example, are not accepted.

Application and information for download is available under the Membership tab at      WITVA.org.

RECEPTIONS  &  AWARDS

Artist Receptions are held for each event. Cash prizes and/or ribbons are awarded while attendees view the show, mingle and enjoy refreshment.

 

 

BECOMING A MEMBER:

 

 

Members shall be classified in one or five categories, namely: Artist Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Associate Member and Adjunct Member. 

1. Artist Member: A women who has met all qualifications as stated in Article II, Section 1, and whose annual dues are paid up to date. This Artist Member may apply for exhibition in all shows. The Artist Member shall have all voting rights, privileges and benefits of membership. 

2. Life Member: An Artist Member may become a Life Member by paying a lump sum, designated by the Board, in a lump sum. A Life Member may apply for exhibition in all the shows.

3. Honorary Member: Past Presidents who have served two or more years shall be Honorary Members and shall maintain all voting rights and privileges without the payment of any further dues. Honorary Members may apply for all shows.

4. Associate Member: Any woman member of the general public who is interested in supporting the aims of WITVA is an Associate Member. This Associate Member may only apply for exhibitions in large, open juried shows as determined by the Board.

5. Adjunct Member: Friends and family members, male or female, may become an Adjunct Member as a supporter. This Adjunct Member may participate in general meetings, educational seminars and lectures, artist circles and other events as deemed appropriate by the Board. The Adjunct Member does not have voting privileges and is not eligible to hold office.

 

 

 

To learn even more about us, we invite you to visit WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC-12388.  A Copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information May be Obtained from The Division of Consumer Services by Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within the State. Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval or Recommendation by the State.

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Announces Virtual Art Show, “Vibrance” Showcasing Over 65 Original Works Of Art. Sales Benefit Scholarship And Community Outreach Programs. Opens April 2 With Zoom Awards Reception April 28

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) presents “Vibrance”, a juried virtual art show April 2 to June 2, 2021. It features 20 artists and 65 original works of art by WAS members, including painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. Awards will be presented by distinguished judge, Chris Kling at a Zoom Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, April 28. The public is invited to this free event.  The winning artists will talk about their works, inspiration and creative process at the Awards Reception. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

ANNOUNCES 

VIRTUAL GALLERY EXHIBIT:

“VIBRANCE” 

 

April 2 through June 2, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

ZOOM  AWARDS  RECEPTION

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

 

7:00  –  8:30 pm

 

EMAIL:  presidentofwas@gmail.com for the FREE Zoom link. 

 

 

“Chance” by Heather Bergstrom

 

 

“Vibrance” Virtual Art Show is a free on-line event which will be presented through Kunstmatrix, which is a unique and innovative platform that enables artists to create beautiful and realistic 3D versions of their artwork, displayed in a sophisticated virtual exhibition space.

Visitors can view artwork one of several ways, including moving themselves around the exhibit using the arrows that appear on screen or by using the cursor.

A guided tour is also available as an option.

 

 

“Auntie Marie” by Jean Howard

 

 

PARTICIPATING     ARTISTS:

 

 

Victoria Albrecht ⋅ Heather Bergstrom ⋅ David Ciofalo ⋅ Donna Donelan ⋅ Sandra Encaoua ⋅ Del Foxton ⋅ Marcia Greene ⋅ Jean Howard ⋅ Laura Jaffe ⋅ Liza Karsai ⋅ Sharon Kleiman ⋅ Vivian Koppelman ⋅ Lou Ann LaBohn ⋅ Rachael Laub ⋅ Joanne MacLeod ⋅ Joseph Marcou ⋅ Charles Moses ⋅ Susan Oakes ⋅ Mauricio Perry ⋅ Nancy Tilles

 

 

“Magnolia” by Mauricio Perry

 

 

Awards will be presented by distinguished judge, Chris Kling at a Zoom Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 pm. The public is invited to this free event. The awards that will be given out are as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place with Honorable Mentions. In addition, there will be a special prize awarded to one of the exhibiting artists based on a random drawing: a one-hour consultation with Rickie Leiter publisher of The Rickie Report  www.TheRickieReport.com. The winning artists will talk about their works, inspiration and creative process at the Awards Reception.

 

WAS is delighted to have Chris Kling, an award-winning artist, instructor, and gallery owner as the judge for “Vibrance”. She is represented by Palm City Art and Frame, and is the owner of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor of Stuart, Florida. She is also on the faculty of the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida.

 

Chris tells The Rickie Report, “Being an artist is not just my career. It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do. I work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to evoke an emotional connection with others.  I love to paint plein air which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation of life.  Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.”

 

 

 

Images of artworks by Juror, Chris Kling

 

Chris has received numerous awards for her landscapes and portraiture through the United States and with the portrait Society of America. She has been honored with back to back “Best of Show” awards in festivals and competitions. Her commissions for oil portraits and landscapes are held in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.

 

 

Chris Kling served as one of the “Florida’s Finest Ambassadors” for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Fun Fest 2019 and was an invited artist the last three years in the New Smyrna Paint Out, Delray Plein Fun Fest 2019, and won Best Seascape in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2019.  She currently teachers Oil Portraiture, Figurative, and Plein Air Workshops through the Artist’s Nook in Stuart and the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.  She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, Martin Artisans Guild, and Plein Air Palm Beach.  Her work is in several galleries in Florida.  She is represented by Palm City Art and Frame and is the owner, along with her family, of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL. Follow her on Facebook @chrisklingstudio and visit her website at www.chrisklingartist.com.

 

 

 

 

For more information about “Vibrance”, or to learn more about the featured artists, please visit: https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/wellington-art-society.

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 40th 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 about the Wellington Art Society:

 www.wellingtonartsociety.org

or email presidentofwas@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anita Lovitt Offers Special Color Temperature Workshop Sponsored By Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Open To Members And Non-Members On April 17. Register Now As Reservations Are Being Filled

Anita Lovitt‘s watercolor teaching combines years of professional experience with a facility for imparting information and a subtle wit. Her desire is to help a student understand techniques “but not be contented with the technique itself.” She challenges both the most tentative students and those already skilled to bring out their best and develop their own unique style.  Because so many of her students have struggled to understand which colors are “warm”, which are “cool” and why, Anita created this workshop to explain it.  The Palm Beach Watercolor Society is offering Anita Lovitt’s Color Temperature Workshop on Saturday, April 17 and has opened it to non-members as well as members.  If you’ve never been clear on this topic, or would like to know how considering it can improve your work, this is the workshop to sign up for! The Rickie Report shares the details of the workshop and focuses on Anita’s own award winning artistry while giving you a glimpse at her students’ work as well.  Our interview with Anita follows the workshop details.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,  April 17, 2021

10 am – 3:30 pm

Includes 1/2 hour break for lunch and small breaks

Fee:
$110 for members PBWS $125 for non-members

REGISTRATION closes Thursday, April 15

 

 

For more details please visit: https://palmbeachws.com

To pay by credit card: call Adrienne Walker (516) 885-4199
To use PayPal: Go to PayPal and ask to pay pbws2021@gmail.com

Or mail check payable to PBWS and send application to:   Adrienne Walker  6442 Emerald Breeze Way  Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

What is a warm blue? A cold red?  Why does it matter?  Color “temperature” is about relationships.  Learn how to mix colors fearlessly and avoid mud.

 

You will complete a number of meaningful exercises and create several small paintings incorporating what you have learned. Attendees will receive a number of handouts to secure their learning. The handouts will go out a week or two beforehand. Call Anita at 561.706.3653 for details and materials list. 

 

 

 

 

PERSIMMONS IN GREEN GLASS © Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

STUDENT WORK from Anita Lovitt’s watercolor classes

“Ms. Lovitt’s artwork demonstrates an extraordinary and wide ranging understanding of graphic design and painting.She possesses a unique personal vision and demonstrates it with skill and intelligence.”—Milton Glaser, Dean, Yale School of Art

 

What Anita’s students have to say:

“One look at my work today and you can see a working process that employs a series of techniques that I could not have imagined before Anita’s teaching.  Still “my” style, just better! “
 — Linda Hurley

“Anita Lovitt has helped me to understand the mysteries of watercolor painting. Her warmth and caring comes through her presentations.” — Helen Weisberg

“I could go on and on about how Anita has helped me become a better painter. She is very patient, encouraging and supportive and gives us critiques of our work in a non judgemental way.   I have had other teachers but Anita is the BEST.”— Carol Hirsch
“I love Anita’s classes because of the variety of subjects and painting style challenges that she incorporates. Because she is flexible in presenting each lesson, it doesn’t matter how much painting experience you have. In addition, Anita’s positive teaching and coaching style creates a welcoming community of artists in which the work of all participants is appreciated.”
—Mary Martinez

 

 

TRR: You are a multi-discipline artist and visionary. Can you tell us more about your background?

AL:

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Penn State University to major in chemistry. I had always wanted to be a scientist. After taking a summer art class I decided to transfer to Philadelphia College of Art, where I majored in illustration. After graduating, I was hired by Hallmark and moved to Kansas City, MO.

 

I was assigned to an innovative department called “Special Projects.” It was exciting to meet artists from all over the country and get any supplies we wanted for free (a great way to learn about supplies), plus we got our work printed! In color! right after graduating, which could be challenging back then before digital printing. Also, while I was living in the Midwest, I got interested in quilts as an art form. In the 70’s, Hallmark was very conservative, so I did not get a real chance to shine. After a few years I left and went to study theater arts in nearby Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-up Stocking stuffer book. Illustrations ©Anita Lovitt

 

 

 

TRR: There is a theme in your life of being on a certain path and yet being open to exploring and following a new offshoot. Please tell us more!

AL:

At the University of Kansas, my primary instructor was James Gohl, who had been Master Painter for Boris Aronson, the designer of such Broadway hits as Zorba, Follies, Pacific Overtures, and many others. Jim had extremely high standards. For each project, we had to consider the script, costumes, props, history, set design, scene painting, lighting and more. He made us work hard, and I learned a lot about many different arts.

 

In 1976, I moved to New York City intending to seek theater work or illustration. One of my motives was to take Milton Glaser’s “Design and Personality” class at the School of Visual Arts. Milton had been a hero of mine since art school. I wish I could convey to you the magical sound of his voice, almost like a stringed instrument. He was brilliant and witty. After his class I thought of myself as not only an illustrator but a designer—someone capable of many types of projects. Milton particularly admired my quilted pieces—maybe because that was one thing he didn’t do!  

 

 

 

BEE PANIC ©Anita Lovitt. Cotton, fusible interfacing

 

 

Illustration was a difficult, freelance business, not as open to women in those days as it is now. Theater work usually required “paying your dues” (i.e. working for free) and had a union that was hard to get into. So in 1988, I became Graphic Design Coordinator for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City under Joseph Papp. Joe did not consider 3D art as exciting as 4D, i.e., theater. And I got to see a lot of theater. My ideas became more extra-dimensional. I was trained on a Mac Classic, and my digital career began.

 

 

With the stability of a regular art job, I was able to take classes in digital media, illumination, calligraphy, puppet making, lettering, photography, quilting, not so much painting at this time. Around then, a fellow puppeteer gave me a bunch of jewelry parts that his sister, who had passed away, had left. These little enameled metal pieces were like candy. I began constructing mobile jewelry and from the very beginning it was popular and sold in many museum shops. My gift for the small complimentary statement had translated over from greeting cards.

 

 

 

SPIRAL EARRINGS ©Anita Lovitt. Commercially baked enamel over metal

 

 

 

TRR: How did your move to Delray Beach lead you to become involved in Art In Public Places?

AL:

In 2001, I sublet my Manhattan apartment and moved to Delray Beach to spend more time with my mother. Two weeks later came 9/11. I couldn’t find work in publishing, so I stayed and started teaching watercolor painting. I started working on a calendar idea with the late Susan Keleher, program manager for Pineapple Grove Main Street, Inc. Sue had heard about a competition for a grant to do a mural at the south entrance to the Grove and persuaded me to enter. And I won!

 

 

 

DANCING PINEAPPLES ©Anita Lovitt. Mural, looking south

 

 

 

TRR: The mural is hard to miss at 137 East Atlantic and has become a destination for selfies. Its large- scale patterns, vivid colors and vibrant imagery of dancing pineapples announce to visitors that this part of town is serious about the arts. The challenge was to make the painting visible from a distance but also appreciable from close up. Using your knowledge of set design, you took a picture of the site and laid in the images with Photoshop before beginning. It was completed in October 2008 with the assistance of Benjamin Moore, who donated the paint. “It’s like a landmark,” you said. “I’m honored and happy that people like it.”

 

AL:

I had never done a mural. Nor did I have the needed equipment. My mother had recently died, and I thank my art-loving therapist Dan Lobovits who believed I could and should do this project, using my theater arts experience. Part of this mural’s appeal is that I approached it like a watercolorist: I put the light yellow down first and painted everything over it. If I had painted the darker orange first and then tried to put the yellow over it, it would not glow like it does!

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR LAKE O. Handwritten prayers on cotton. Designed by Anita Lovitt

 

 

TRR: Following a devastating hurricane season in 2005-6, you worked as a hurricane crisis counselor with Project Hope, supervising teams to create large legacy quilts documenting the effects of the hurricane experience on communities in Palm Beach County. One of the quilts you did with your team is called “Prayers for Lake O.” You tied the lake down with knotted threads and prayers so “it wouldn’t overflow.” The therapeutic effect of creating something new, after having lost one’s possessions is deeply empowering.  Once people can realize that despite their loss they still have a creative spark within them, they are reassured that life will go on.

 

AL:

These quilts now hang in public buildings in Palm Beach County, including the Emergency Operations Center.

 

I served on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach for 4 years. My “ArtFans” marketing campaign featured the artwork of other Delray Beach public artists. The wood and paper fans were wildly popular and were distributed at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach and the PAAB. They were biodegradable so I wasn’t creating more trash, but we never saw one thrown away.

 

 

 

“ARTFANS” Marketing campaign for PublicArt Advisory Board of Delray Beach

 

 

 

TRR : And you also produced a coloring book?

 

 

SHOEFIRMATIONS ©Anita Lovitt 2015 Coloring book

 

 

AL:

Yes, in 2015, I self-published my first book, “Shoefirmations,” an inspirational coloring book. Each page featured a drawing of a shoe to color and an affirmation that was somehow related. I was just ahead of the surge of adult coloring books!

 

 

 

RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER  Recycled Jewelry by Anita Lovitt

 

 

Last year I participated in the Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) project at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. This is a movement to recycle old broken and discarded jewelry—right up my alley, as my motto is “Straw into Gold”! While the opening was canceled due to COVID last March, the RJM show went up late this winter. I am honored to have some of my designs included! The show is up until March 20.

 

 

 

WATER LEAF DREAM ©Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

 

TRR: Your watercolor classes taking place on Zoom are very popular and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society just hired you to offer a Workshop in April. Tell us about your classes.

 

AL:

 

Since 2002, I have taught watercolor painting in Florida. I developed my skills in workshops with with Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Skip Lawrence and others. My classes typically consist of a demo, followed by personal attention during the class time, followed by a supportive critique by the class. I also created a Facebook page, Anita Lovitt’s Watercolor Class Student Gallery, where current and former students can interact and comment on each other’s work. This has been a welcome addition, especially during COVID.

 

 

My involvement with the Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) includes service as Publicity Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and organizer of annual Paint-Arounds. At the Member Luncheon last March, I gave a presentation comparing taste in food with taste in art which was well-received. I am a Signature Member and recently won a second-place prize at the group’s show in Patch Reef Park. For me, it is not about the competition but more about the camaraderie of spending time creating with others. The process of creating while networking professionally helps everyone involved grow.

 

Camera shot of Zoom Class Student artworks with Anita Lovitt

 

Pre-COVID, I taught at local communities and cultural centers. The pandemic forced me to begin teaching on ZOOM. Surprisingly, I found that I liked it a lot and could deliver a great class to more people, some of them living as far away as Vermont and California. Many students have told me the class was the high point of their week, providing encouragement and socialization along with instruction during a challenging period. A number of students had some trouble understanding color temperature, which resulted in this workshop designed to explain it. My current classes include retired teachers (through the United Federation of Teachers). It is deeply gratifying that these teachers enjoy my classes so much, since I was not trained to be a teacher.

 

 

TRR: We can see the depth of your knowledge and have a sense of your multiple abilities!  What else should our readers know about you?

 

AL:

I offer original and custom paintings, prints, surface design, mini-murals, workshops and classes in painting and drawing, as well as consultation and speaking about art.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Anita’s artwork, classes and availability for commissions:

 

Email:    lovittland@gmail.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/anita.lovitt

 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/anita_lovitt_art

 

Website:  anitalovitt.com

 

 

 

 

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