Barry Greff Details His Interesting Journey Up The Fine Art Photography Ladder. Here’s What Happened When You Give A Kid An Instamatic And A Few Flash Cubes!

Barry Steven Greff details his journey up the Fine Art Photography ladder with plenty of name-dropping, a bit of adventure and a vision of what can happen when you give a kid an Instamatic and a few flash cubes!  The Rickie Report shares an overview from behind-the-scenes as well as his mind-blowing images

 

 

 

How     It     All     Started…..

 

Kodak Instamatic Pocket Camera with Flashcube

 

 

 

 

Barry Greff  “On Top of the World” Scene on
Glacier in British Columba reached by Helicopter ©

 

 

TRR:  Your photographs are truly awe inspiring!  How did you get started using photography as a creative medium?

BSG:

I grew up on Long Island, NY into a family that traveled a great deal. While I remember them having cameras (the old Argo which you looked down into the raised hood), it wasn’t until well after both of them had passed that I opened some of their old photo albums and realized that one of my parents, in addition to taking family photos, also took a significant amount of Landscape images. I can’t help but believe that my young impressionable self, saw them taking these photographs and subconsciously followed in their footsteps… 

 

 

 

 

“African Crowned Crane” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic with flashcubes. I remember feeling that those little cubes were so valuable, only getting four flashes per cube. While at the University of Miami I first rented professional Nikonos underwater equipment from Pro, Stephen Frink in Key Largo. He shot for magazines and National Geographic and was an early inspiration. After shooting for a while underwater, I eventually stayed top side and began shooting with Minolta equipment (7000i and 7xi film cameras, usually Fuji Velvia 50 slide film). If you fast-forward, National Geographic has recognized my work on their website.

 

TRR:  How did you transfer to digital cameras and how did you make this into your career?

BSG:

In 2004, the quality of digital cameras had finally matched or overtaken film cameras, so I purchased my first digital camera (a 6.3 mega pixel Canon Digital SLR). Digital was so liberating! I could see the images after I took them and erase what I did not like, saving on hundreds of dollars in film on each trip. While 6.3 mp was not a huge sensor, this camera took some beautiful images, many of which I can still use today. Canon Cameras USA has since licensed an image from me to sell their cameras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had always been artistic, drawing since I was very young. So, after submitting a few images to my first photo contest, I was thrilled when I not only was recognized in the contest (twice), but the Editors used my image for a ½ page Ad inside the magazine (no credit, no payment, and the magazine soon folded, but that was the catalyst for me…seeing my work published, I was hooked.  

 

 

I continued to submit what I considered good “stock” photography at the time, for magazines, books and advertising. As a result, I became widely published (interior images, covers, advertisements, travel magazines and books, wildlife, and landscapes). My images were in many of those hard cover books you find in hotels. Digital photography changed the way images were sent, too. Instead of labeling slides and sending them with a delivery memo in a plastic sheet…now image files could simply be sent online – Wow!  That was so much easier and faster! 

 

“Bent Banyan Way, Stuart, FL” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

As time went on, my desire to get more out of my photography grew. I believed that some of my best work could be considered Fine Art”. I wanted to be considered an “Artist,” understanding full well that it is a subjective title. My goal, was to be considered such… by legitimate, well respected people in the industry. I remember visiting the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO and saying to the people I was with, that I would be exhibited there. Fast forward, I have since been exhibited there six different times. 

 

TRR:  We tell our readers that artists may live “locally” but many have a national or international presence, such as yourself.  Was there a pivotal moment when you saw your career change?

BSG:

To move my career forward, I attended top-of-the-line Photography Reviews, showing my work to the best in the industry. I chose the toughest critics first, the ones that other photographers avoided for fear that they would be brutally honest, and therefore, brutal. I, on the other hand, wanted just that. I was well past hearing how good my work was from family and friends. I wanted to hear the unvarnished truth from those that were at the top of their game… and their game was the Fine Art Photography world.

 

 

Barry Steven Greff’s photography in print

 

 

 

Then, it happened! I was attending Portfolio Reviews at Photo Expo Plus in New York City. Epson Printers had a special guest, iconic photographer, Joyce Tenneson. As an artist, it is important to know the Art history in your genre and I knew that she had over 150 exhibitions and numerous Photo Books with iconic portraits of the most famous people in the world. She was selling her latest book at the time, signed for $40 at New York City’s Javits Center/Photo Expo Plus. I stood on line, eagerly waiting my turn. But when it was my turn to have her sign her book, simultaneously, I artfully pushed my book of images in front of her and asked: “what do you think of mine?” Her immediate response was “Beautiful,” then she turned the page and said, “gorgeous”….this was from a world-renowned Artist…about my work. I will never forget that feeling. Pure, unadulterated VALIDATION.

 

 

She didn’t know me… I had just walked up to buy her book… She could have said “nice” or even “very nice” which I would have translated as “OK”. But she said “beautiful,” then “gorgeous”, those were real responses about my work, independent reviews from one of the best in the world…It was like having Michael Jordan tell you that you had a “sweet jumper” (jump shot, for you non-Basketball readers). Once we were done, I proceeded to walk toward the windows of the building and stepped behind the floor to ceiling curtains, …because this 6’0, 200 plus lb. tough guy, literally got weak in the knees for the first (and only) time in my life.  It was the best $40 I’ve ever spent… Joyce is not only one of the most talented artists on the planet, but one of the most generous, and has since placed two of my images into a Gallery Exhibition (in a juried event, not knowing they were mine and has also signed another one of her books to “Barry, a great photographer”)!

 

 

 

Detail from “Beaded Web” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

TRR:  Tell us more about “Portfolio Reviews” and why they are important to building a career and a body of work ?

BSG:

These are set up like “speed dating” but you bring your portfolio of images instead of your best pick-up lines. I attended portfolio reviews in NYC, Palm Springs, CA, West Palm Beach, FL, and more.  They were reviews by major Gallery owners, curators, and well respected  photographers. Since the day I met Joyce, 9 times out of 10, I didn’t just get a favorable review, but I often “blew them away.” I’ve had some very animated responses to my 17 x 22 Hahnemuhle prints in a clam shell box (the 400 year old Hahnemuhle Paper Company has since used my work to show off their Fine Art paper). Some verbatim examples of Reviewers’ responses were: the Publishers of Photo District News (PDN), the “Bible” of photography (“something I very rarely say at these things, I’m surprised” and “strong body of work”); Chris Pichler, Publisher of the most respected Fine Art Photography books on the planet, Nazraeli Press (Michael Kenna, Lee Friedlander) (“spectacular, the images are stunning”), Chris’s review was my favorite to date.

 

 

 

 

Barry Steven Greff’s SOLO Exhibition at 25CPW, New York City

 

 

When he came to my iconic animals, Of the Wild, he got so excited that he started cursing. “Holy S_ _t”, or something along those lines. He asked me to send him two prints and he sent me a box of signed collector’s edition books. The sales manager of the Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC (he is one of the 10 most influential people in photography), which sells the Masters’ such as Ansel Adams, called my prints “magic”; David Fahey, of the famous Fahey/Klein Gallery (“if I gave him 18 more like my “Niagara,” he would give me a show”); renowned Curator/Collector WM “Bill” Hunt, formerly of the famous NYC Hasted/Hunt Gallery, actually juried “Niagara” into an exhibition in Seattle and Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Director of the Eastman Museum asked to use it in his next book; The King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s personal photographer, Harrison Funk, chose some of my work for a gallery exhibition. The late Hal Gould, (Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver, CO) was a contemporary of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. He told me a story of how Adams and Weston originally couldn’t sell their work for the asking price of $25.00. Their work now sells posthumously for as much as $500,000. Imagine, my work has hung in the gallery with that of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Sebastio Salgado, Ruth Orkin.  Iconic Photographer Robert Farber ,whose first book was with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, came to the Artist Reception at my Solo Exhibition in NYC. When asked why he was there, he stated, “why not, this work is beautiful”. Dr. Sylvia Earle, the foremost expert on Jellyfish on the planet at National Geographic called my Jellyfish “Magnificent.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Ascension” from the Series FLOW by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:   This is all quite heady stuff!

BSG:

To be very clear, I am extraordinarily grateful for all of the recognition. I don’t take any of it for granted. I worked very hard, traveled many miles on the Road Less Traveled to create the work and with similar effort and fortitude, put it in front of the right people in the industry. I try to create images that capture moments in time, never to be repeated. I seek to capture transitory conditions of light and atmosphere, subtle moments where elements collide to form moody, ethereal and dramatic scenes. Then, with my close-up, intimate portraits of Animals, I confront the dignity, personality and identity of these magnificent creatures to remind the viewer why it is so important to protect them. If that sounds like my artist statement, it is! From that first publication of an animal image (the winning photo contest entry turned 1/2 page ad)…I have since been named in Popular Photography Magazine on their Editors List of Great Wildlife Photographers. From those early publications in travel guides for AAA and others…I have also been named in Popular Photography Magazine on their Editors List of Top Travel Photographers.

 

TRR Where do you go from here?

BSG:

 

So …from that wide eyed kid with a Kodak Instamatic with flash cubes, I have since honed my craft so much that the camera company that I use (Canon Cameras USA) and the Fine Art Paper upon which I print (Hahnemuhle) have utilized my images to exhibit the quality of their products. My images have gone from my childhood bedroom (with a Raquel Welch poster from One Million Years B.C.) in Long Island’s Elmont, NY to have been published throughout the U.S., to as far away as London, England and Brisbane Australia. My work is collected from NYC to Westchester, from Portland, OR, to a yacht in Baton Rouge, LA; Pennsylvania, North Carolina; Stuart, FL, and many others. Ogilvy and Mathers, one of the largest advertising companies in the world, has licensed an image of mine for an entire wall in one of their main offices. Recently, I have sold an image for a large piece of glass in Australia and been recognized by the Houston Center of Photography for images I took of the cruise ships off Miami Beach during the Pandemic. 

 

 

 

“Five Lined Up” from Series: Ghost Ships on The Horizon by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

So far, it has been a very interesting career, but I am always looking to improve, to continue to create  images that move people. Now, again, I begin a new chapter in my photographic career. After having a Portfolio site for more than a decade where people could only email me to buy the work, I am starting a new, sales oriented Gallery site that can bring my work to more people due to new, more robust marketing efforts. And, while I will maintain the original site (www.barrystevengreff.com) and continue to sell my Signed, Limited Edition prints, this new site will offer more affordable Open Edition pieces on Print, Canvas, Metal and Acrylic. Finally, I anticipate that once we regain some normalcy in the word, I will again travel to pristine locations, to capture iconic images and share them with people around the world that care to see what exquisite beauty still exists on the planet. For my attempts at memorializing that beauty, I hope you will visit my website www.barrygreff.com.

 

 

 

“Super Storm Sandy, Coral Cove Park Tequesta, FL” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

“Neptune’s Reach” Gilbert’s House of Refuge Stuart, FL by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

Awards:

2012 FotoDC International Awards Competition, Washington DC

2011 Black & White Spider Awards; International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup

2010 Artslant, Contemporary Art Network; Black & White Spider Awards

2009 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup

2008 International Photography Awards

 

“30 Rock, Touch The Sky, NYC” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

 

 

A condensed overview of Barry’s Exhibitions / Recognitions / Publications:

2020 HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, Togethering, “Ghost Ships on the Horizon”

2019 LENSCULTURE  “Niagara”, Black & White Photography Awards 2019 Competition Gallery

2017 SILVERSHOTZ, The Contemporary Photography Magazine: Cover and 16 page feature portfolio;
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS: “Pelican’s Rest”

2016 PHOTO+, PDN’s EXPOSURE Awards; winner: Force of Nature: “Niagara”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Daily Dozen Editor’s Favorites: Flamingo Preening; PDN (Photo District News) September Print Issue: Cab Ride in the Rain; PDN Photoserve; MAGNUM PHOTOS Editor’s Awards Photos Competition Gallery: “Ascension”

2015 YourDailyPhotograph, Duncan Miller Gallery (Daniel Miller, owner/curator), Santa Monica, CA
LICC, London International Creative Competition; Series: “FLOW”

2014 Forgotten Exhibition, A Smith Gallery (Blue Mitchell, juror), Johnson City, TX; Natural World, Center for Fine Art Photography (Susan Spiritus, juror), Ft. Collins, CO; Black & White, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; (Karen E. Hass, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, juror);

2013 Solo Exhibition, 25CPW Gallery, Central Park West, NYC (Curators Beth Greenberg/Abby Verosky)

2012 FotoWeek DC (Washington, DC); Hahnemuhle Booth at PhotoPlus Expo (Javits Center, NYC); Terrain, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA (Sean Kernan, juror); Equivalents, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA (W.M. Hunt, juror); Black & White, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Susan Spiritus, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport, CA, juror)

2012 Black and White Magazine; The Big Picture (Boston.com); Featureshoot; Lenscratch; Trendhunter.com;
The Center for Fine Art Photography Portfolio Showcase No.5; PDN on-line Photo of the Day

2011  SHUTTERBUG Magazine; PDN on-line Photo of the Day; Featureshoot

2011 Portfolio Showcase Volume 5, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Chris Pichler, Publisher Nazraeli Press, juror); Dreams, Center for Fine Art Photography (Aline Smithson, juror);

2010 Art of Photography 2, Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO (Hal Gould, owner/juror); Natural World, Center for Fine Art Photography (Susan Spiritus, juror); Infocus, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL (Harrison Funk, juror); Animalia, Center for Fine Art Photography (Karen Irvine, juror);
Dennis Dean Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Joyce Tenneson, juror)

2010 COLOR Fine Art Magazine, Portfolio Edition; Photoserve, (PDN on-line), Editor’s Choice; COLOR Fine Art Magazine; Popular Photography, Editors List: Great Wildlife Photographers; Popular Photography, Editors List: Top Travel Photographers; Silvershotz Fine Art Magazine, Atlanta Showcase

2009 Black & White Magazine; Silvershotz Fine Art 2009 Portfolio Journal

2009 Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (Clive Waring-Flood, juror)

 

Barry Steven Greff is a proud member of the Jensen Beach Fine Art League, Soul Arts Society of Stuart, and Martin Artisan Guild.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Barry’s images, how to purchase them, and how to connect with Barry, please visit:

barrystevengreff@gmail.com

Fine Art Photography:  305.609.7729

Portfolio: www.BarryStevenGreff.com

Sales: www.barrygreff.com

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report Takes You On A Visit To The Art Gallery Of Delectable “Edible” Delights In Behind The Scenes Tour With Artist Stanford Slutsky And Gallery Director Kathy Slutsky

The Rickie Report takes you behind the scenes at the Stanford Slutsky Art Gallery. Need a half dozen donuts with no calories?  Stan can deliver!  Sharing a box of fancy chocolates with your sweetie?  Stan can personalize them for you! The Slutsky Gallery is now open by appointment and also offers FaceTime tours.  Welcome to the Gallery of Delectable “Edible” Delights!  Stan also demonstrates some of the proprietary techniques which he invented. Stan’s giant-sized hyper-realistic art which looks good enough to eat is sold world wide. 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

By Appointment Only

Now Offering FaceTime in the Gallery

 

 561-789-4678

 

9682 Cherry Blossom Ct.   Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

We specialize in three dimensional mixed media giant-sized hyper-realistic fine art replica sculptures of Good Humor Dessert Pops.

 

 

We’ll show you the piece of artwork you are interested in and tell you more about it ~

  www.stanfordslutsky.com 

 

 

 

Stanford Slutsky’s artwork is sold world wide, and in prestigious locales including the newest Stanford Slutsky Gallery.  His hyperrealistic sculptures remind me of my childhood and bring Pop Art to a new level!  Step into the Gallery and be transported to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory because the giant-sized hyper-realistic artworks on the walls look good enough to eat! The luscious box of chocolates is actually made of resins, plaster of Paris, rigid foam, adhesives, glitter, with Stan’s imagination and much, much more. Slutsky learned how to create these magical masterpieces by a higher power he calls “the art god”. This self-taught 78-year-old artist has been a full time working artist most of his life. Even in high school, he won many arts awards.

 

 

 

Intricate Box of Chocolates, 3D Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

 

Today Slutsky is creating three dimensional mixed media sculptures of food, one of our most basic needs. It is a flashback to earlier days of good feelings, and nostalgia with his vivid memories of childhood days. He creates art that makes us smile and have that same sense of nostalgia. Stan accomplishes this by tasting and eating what he wants to create, which will look like the hyper-realistic chocolate bars, chocolates, ice cream bars, pops, doughnuts, pizza, hamburgers, French fries, sushi and more.  He creates these artworks in his studio, which happens to be in his perfectly organized studio/garage. 

 

WELCOME    TO   THE   GALLERY!

 

 

 

What Is Pop Art?

The type of artwork that I create is Pop Art which began in the 1950s. It’s a style of art based on simple, bold images of everyday items, such as candy, ice cream dessert bars, soup cans, painted in bright colors. Pop artists created pictures of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals. Pop art  in which commonplace objects ( candy, ice cream on a stick, comic strips, soup cans, road signs, and hamburgers) were used as subject matter and were often physically incorporated in the artwork.
The Pop Art movement represented a shift in what artists considered to be important source material. It was a movement which sought to connect fine art with the masses and involved using imagery that ordinary people could recognize and relate to in their life.
 
As the successor of modern art, the contemporary genre includes art produced today and dates back to a single, iconic movement. While Pop Art began in the 1950s and was popularized in the 1960s, several iconic artists today continue to keep it alive through their exciting and widely beloved works and to name a few artists. Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Stanford Slutsky, Tom Wesselmann, Jack Newman, Milton Avery, Romero Britto, Chuck Close, Peter Blake, Steve Kaufman, Damien Hirst, Terry Frost, Charles Fazzino, Doug Bloodworth, Yuroz, Wayne Thiebaud, Alexandra Nechita, Dan Meyer, Peter Max, Sol Lewitt, Paul Kostabi, Jeff Koons.  In addition, let’s not forget Banksy,  John Chamberlain,  George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Kaws, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and many others.

 

 

 

 

Kathy Slutsky with a 3D Box of Donuts Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

HOW    DOES    HE    DO    IT?

The Rickie Report takes you behind-the-scenes at Stan’s Studio

 

 

 

Stan Shares A Proprietary Technique~

 

https://vimeo.com/440971895

 

 

 

 

Born in 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stanford has created a plethora of artworks in various mediums.  In the summer of 1957, Slutsky drove a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck, where he was known as “Stan the Good Humor Man”.   He moved from his insanely detailed abstract optical illusion works, to his life long journey with food with an emphasis on sweet things. Prior to creating, he tells The Rickie Report, “I must sample the real thing and only then I begin the process to build, construct, sculpt, sand and paint”. Stan has an innate reverence for the things we eat.  He says, “Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. We take for granted the aesthetically pleasing and seductive look of food. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise”. His sculptures bring viewers to a reminiscent state so that they can communicate with their inner selves in a more honest and direct way – all the way back to their youth. He activates the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and forces them to surrender to being nostalgic in a positive way. The sensual nature of his works stimulates basic human needs and desires that generate cravings and passion. He hopes to bring a little wistfulness to recall the sweet things in our lives.  Who is not getting just a little bit hungry while looking at these images?    

 

 

 

 

Hamburg on a Gold Bun  3D Sculpture by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about The Stanford Slutsky Art Gallery

VISIT OR  CALL:

 

VISIT: www.stanfordslutsky.com 

EMAIL: mr-food@att.net

CALL: 561-789-4678

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen Offers Virtual One-On-One Painting Lessons, From Novice To Established Artists

Deborah Bigeleisen‘s artworks are in private and corporate collections around the world.  What makes her distinctive is her ability to discuss art and teach techniques in a down-to-earth manner which not only brings you into her artworld, but expands yours! Artists, from beginners to established, will not only benefit but enjoy the One-On-One Virtual Painting Lessons she is offering.  Deborah includes time to get acquainted and see your current work. She then offers half hour or hour long lessons.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of her newest works.  Have you always wanted to explore your creative voice?  Now is the time!

 

 

 

VIRTUAL    ONE-ON-ONE    PAINTING    LESSONS

 

WITH     INTERNATIONALLY     RENOWNED

 

ARTIST

 

DEBORAH     BIGELEISEN

   

 

Direct from my studio to your studio/workspace via Zoom

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen working in her studio

 

 

Have you always wanted to explore YOUR  CREATIVE  VOICE?

“CREATIVITY is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

 

 

 

Have You Wanted To TAKE Art Lessons ?

NOW is  THE TIME  !  

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen Demonstrating for one of her Group Classes

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen shares her excitement with The Rickie Report, ” I’m giving 1-on-1 painting lessons via Zoom from my studio to yours!  My approach is ideal for beginners and established artists as well.  We’ll paint together on a subject that inspires and excites you ~ if you are a serious artist or just want to have some fun being creative!  For those who are new to Zoom, I will coach you through the process, which is not intimidating.   Zoom allows you to “share”/see my monitor so that we can address specific points.

 

 

 

Here’s how the classes work:

 

 

FIRST:  We talk by phone, get acquainted,  and talk about your goals. Then we arrange a lesson time.

We’ll also talk about materials, what you have, or if you are starting from scratch.

You can use either acrylic or oil paints.

SECOND:  You will text me or email me a jpg of the image that you want to paint along with a few words as to why you like it.  If you want to work on a painting in progress, and you are stuck, tell me why.

THIRD: When the lesson goes live:

I’ll be prepared in my studio to demonstrate any number of things from how to start a painting from a blank canvas, to showing you how to effectively use different size and shaped brushes, and how to achieve many different effects whether you are working in acrylics or oils.

I also use Photoshop as a teaching tool, and will have your work already uploaded to work on.

 

Cost:

Initial complimentary 1/2hr. session to get acquainted and for you to get a feeling for how the class works.

1/2 hr session: $30 

1 hour session: $50

Classes must be booked and paid for at least 24 hrs in advance

Payment:

Payment is required in advance of the session via Zelle or PayPal  or via her web site  www.deborahbigeleisen.com

For Zelle, just download the app to your phone and follow the prompts; it is cell number driven.

 

Email: info@deborahbigeleisen.com     

    561.351.8755   

      www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

 

        Deborah Bigeleisen working in her studio

 

 

 

See all of the information on the Painting Classes Menu Tab on my website:

 www.deborahbigeleisen.com

And……..

LET’S   START   PAINTING !!!

         

Deborah Bigeleisen’s Workspace

Here’s the link to the video…

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ek2bq5JNDo2RyRc87

 

 

 

 

Deborah’s paintings are included in corporate and private collections world-wide. They have been published in fine art books, and featured in influential magazines such as Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, and Florida Design.  My work has been juried into numerous museum exhibitions including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Platt/Bornstein Galleries at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY. My paintings are sold through fine art galleries and international contemporary art fairs across the United States. Please visit my web site to see the full range of my work   www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

561.351.8755

Email: info@deborahbigeleisen.com         

Website:   www.deborahbigeleisen.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Caryl Pomales Invites You To Free, Live Demo Thursday, April 16 With Instagram And Zoom

Caryl Pomales is presenting free, weekly painting sessions, offering creatives a place to gather!  Her next demo is Thursday, April 16.  You will be able to ask questions and have real-time interaction with Caryl, who brings us some positivity and some joy.  In addition to her abstract expressionist paintings, Caryl is offering a $50 discount on her on-line workshops!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks of Caryl’s artistry.

 

 

 

Caryl   Pomales   Fine   Art

 

 

Fine artist, Caryl Pomales

 

CREATIVE   GATHERING/ DEMO

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

2:30 pm

FREE

 

 

 

 

 

To  receive the link for zoom sign up: www.carylfineart.com/artsy-tips-inspiration

 

 

 

“Tropical Essence” by Caryl Pomales

 

 

Caryl Pomales tells The Rickie Report, “I know that our lives are feeling unsettled now, and I want to remind you that you’re not alone. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to talk, whether via this email, Instagram, or Facebook. I’m here for you!  My goal for this week is to bring you some positivity, some joy, and some resources to stay optimistic, productive, and fulfilled. I’m sharing online learning opportunities, a chance to connect live, and some of my tips for keeping a joyful attitude”!

 

Abstract Expressionist painting by Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

Caryl tells our readers, “Last week, I hosted an Instagram Live Painting Party, and this week, I’m continuing the fun! Join me on Instagram on Thursday, April 16 at 2:30 PM ET. I’ll be working on a painting of my own, so bring any of your own art supplies to paint with me, ask any questions you may have, or just watch my painting process! Let’s connect together, stay social, and enjoy some creative time together”!

 

 

 

Abstract Expressionist painting by Caryl Pomales

 

 

“It’s no secret that the world is looking a little different right now. We’re living through unprecedented times, and we’re all in the same boat: our typical routines have been upended, and we’re all finding ourselves at home with far more time to ourselves. This time can feel a little bit isolating and scary – trust me, I know how you feel! – but there is plenty that we can all do to make the most out of our personal situations, and stay in a positive headspace. I’m sharing a few of my suggestions to maintain productivity, a sense of routine, and make the most of this down time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol has a gift for you: $50.00 off the price of my online courses, with the code MARCH2020!  This offer is good through the end of April,2020.  She explains, “I’ve been taking my own share of streamed workshops and classes during this time, and have found them to be incredibly fulfilling and satisfying. Not only do I walk away feeling like I’ve accomplished something and made productive use of my time, but I really enjoy connecting with other artists in this learning setting! I’m hoping to spread some of this positivity to you by offering you this discount code. You can apply this towards Dazzling Daisies and Vibrant Tui Bird! Each of these courses include a bonus painting (of a silly sheep that stuck his tongue out at me during a trip to New Zealand!), so you get demonstration sessions for two full paintings”!

 

 

 

 

 

These courses also include one-on-one feedback time with me, as well as an invitation to the Caryl Fine Art workshop participants Facebook group to connect with other artists, if you’re craving some additional social time like I have been. This discount code will be active through the end of April, and I would love to welcome you in to one of these courses! You can get more info and sign up at www.carylfineart.com/online-workshops. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d be absolutely thrilled to have you for some painting fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Read on at www.carylfineart.com/blog for my suggestions to keep your days bright and happy, feeling productive and creative, and maintaining your smile! (Plus, I’m sharing some added fun resources for online museum tours and other entertaining activities!)

 

 

 

321.412.3490

 

 

 

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Mary Catello Offers 2 Day Workshop At Armory Art Center To Create Luminaries With Handmade Paper March 27-28

Mary Catello is a visionary artist, whose expertise has been instrumental in expanding the Armory Art Center’s Fiber Department.  Mary’s ability to show the versatility of paper as an artistic medium is well known, as her fiber artistry has been celebrated nationally and locally.  Sign up for her 2 Day “Luminaries With Handmade Paper” Workshop, March 27 – 28, 2020 and experience the excitement of papermaking!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks. Register early, as space is limited!

 

 

 

 

 

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org

 

 

 

M A R Y       C A T E L L O

PRESENTS:

“LUMINARIES    WITH   HANDMADE   PAPER”

 

 

2  DAY  WORKSHOP

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 – SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020

 

 

9:30-4:30  Both Days

Tuition $264

Lab fee $40

Please register early, limited space

 

 

 

Luminary With handmade Paper by Mary Catello

 

 

Luminaries with Handmade Paper

This two-day workshop will be an adventure into papermaking with an artistic goal. Each student will work with both cotton and abaca pulp and learn to form sheets of paper. Using reed and/or natural materials they will build a form to be covered with their newly designed paper to create a paper lantern.

This workshop offers the opportunity to experiment, learn and play.

 

 

 

While Mary Catello is predominantly a self-taught fiber artist, she has worked with and studied under some of the most successful artists in the field. Mary has received both local and national acclaim for mind-bending creations. Twice, she has had pieces selected to tour through the US with the National Basketry Association. Locally her paper jewelry, organic sculptures and installations have been juried into art venues from Miami Dade to Martin County. 

 

 

In addition to hours of studio work, Mary has been an instructor at the Armory Art Center for seven years.  As the Armory expands their scope of courses in the Fiber Department, Mary has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the study of paper as a diverse fiber with unlimited potential. Her workshops have included paper making, paper casting, paper jewelry and paper mache as a sculptural medium.

 

 

Luminary with handmade paper by Mary Catello

 

 

 

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

 

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!

 

Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.

 

For more information, please contact Mary:  Mcatello@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Celebrate The Art Of The Body With Emmanuel Gonzales On Sunday, February 23 In Live Model Painting Event

Having live models in art studios is nothing new, but Emmanuel Gonzales puts a new twist on it! He invites art lovers to experience the transformation of viewing the model as the artist translates the figure onto the canvas.  Sugar Plum Art Gallery features a Pop Up Art Show on Sunday, February 23 in Lake Worth. Emmanuel’s newest artworks will also be unveiled. The Rickie Report shares the details here. Get your tickets in advance and be automatically entered in a drawing for an original piece of artwork!  All respectful attendees, age 18+, are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Tickets Here:

https://facebook.com/events/s/emmanuel-gonzales-art-show/612778922837023/?ti=cl

All respectful attendees, age 18+, are welcome.
$5 General Admission

 

 

The Sugar Plum and Grumbling Growler Gallery of Lake Worth is presenting, for one night only, a unique and exciting pop-up art show featuring the works of Emmanuel Gonzales. Emmanuel Gonzales has had a strong presence in the South Florida art scene for many years. He has a bold and edgy style fusing together a variety of materials and mediums to create movement and energy. The resulting pieces are a balance of strong imagery and intimacy, achieved with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When You’re Smiling” by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

On this particular night, in addition to presenting brand new work, the curtain will be lifted as the audience gets to peek behind the scenes to see the artistic endeavor. For this exceptional showing, attendees will be treated to a stimulation of their senses as they observe a live nude figure pose for the artist as he translate the image to an artistic rendering on canvas. Guests will be able to mingle with the artist while contemplating newly unveiled works.

 

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales has had a strong presence in the South Florida art scene since his graduation from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 2001. He has a bold and edgy style fusing together collage, pencil, pastel, watercolor, and oils to create movement and energy. The resulting pieces are a balance of strong imagery and intimacy, achieved with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed work. His body of art explores the past and present through realism and portraiture, and includes a growing retrospective of American icons where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales and “Bowie”

 

 

Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history; the images are influential and relevant to certain ethnic or social groups. Some are intentionally foreign to non-members of a particular group or generation, creating a ‘recognition factor’ which reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of one part of society while simultaneously establishing a feeling of “otherness” in viewers on the outside. Just as members of one social circle might identify emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. Ideally, then, my work will create a juxtaposition of the viewer’s identity with the identity of others and will encourage them to consider their place as an individual part of a larger whole.”

 

 

 

Visit EmmanuelArt.com

 

 

 

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Kaitlynn Galligher Featured As Emerging Artist At ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival 2020, February 15 – 16. Meet The Artist And See A New Approach To Portrait Art

Kaitlynn Galligher paints portraits that are unique. Her classical portraits have a modern edge, allowing viewers to relate even though the person in the painting is unknown to them. To our delight, Kaitlynn has been accepted to ArtiGras 2020 as an Emerging Artist and will exhibit on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 at the international art event in Jupiter, FL! Get your tickets for ArtiGras and stop by to meet Kaitlynn at Booth 618.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 


Booth 618

 

Saturday, February 15

and

Sunday, February 16

10  AM  –  6 PM

Advance Tickets: $11     Gate Tickets: $13

Advance tickets can be purchased online, or in person at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, The Gardens Mall and the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce or Go to: artigras.org   For more information:  561.746.7111

 

Kids 12 & Under Get in Free

ArtiGras Takes Place in

Abacoa on Central Boulevard in Jupiter, FL

(Just North of Donald Ross Road and East of I-95)

 

 

 

“Open Heart” by Kaitlynn Gallagher

 

 

 

When Kaitlynn Galligher and Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report met, we knew Kaitlynn’s gift is how she captures the eyes, understanding that they have so much to tell us!  A self-taught artist, Kaitlynn specializes in portraits, hence “Katecameo Art”.  

 

 

 

 

 

“Flourish” by Kaitlynn Gallagher

 

 

 

Kaitlynn’s style combines elements from traditional art, along with modern techniques and themes. She tells us, “While I paint a broad spectrum of subjects, a large portion of my work is portraits because I believe the face has so much to tell. My goal as an artist is to capture the story, emotion, and tone of a person or scene in my work”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Divine Divide” by Kaitlynn Galligher

 

 

Kaitlynn’s passion for art started at a young age, and she was immediately drawn to portraiture which has over the years culminated in a unique style. She is heavily influenced by the Romantic era as well as Byzantine art, and these influences combined with modern technique produce a one-of-a-kind look. Her work evokes emotion and story. Whether it be the portrait of a loved one or a fine art piece, the depth is ever-present. Her work explores color and eye contact in a such a way to evoke emotion from the viewer, to connect them to the subject and their story. 

 

Kaitlynn Galligher “Katecameo Art” lives in Martin County, FL, where she is active in the Martin Artisans Guild. Kaitlynn will be showing her work at ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival in the Emerging Artists category.

 

 

 

“Scarlet Rain” by Kaitlynn Galligher

 

 

For more information about Kaitlynn’s artistry:

Instagram: @katecameoart

https://www.facebook.com/Katecameoart/

Website:  https://www.katecameoart.com

 

 

 

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Sally Cooper Is Featured Artist At Cornell Art Museum Spotlight Gallery In Delray Beach. Public Welcome To Opening Reception And Exhibit On February 7

Celebrated and published artist, Sally Cooper, will be honored with a SOLO Exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery, part of the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, FL.  The public is invited to view over 17 of Sally’s artworks at “Painting Outside the Lines” on Friday, February  7 for an Opening Reception and to meet the artist. The exhibit runs through March 1, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. We also suggest you check out Sally’s classes and workshops!

 

 

 

 

 

AT    THE     SPOTLIGHT      GALLERY  PRESENTS:

 

PAINTING  OUTSIDE  THE  LINES

BY

SALLY COOPER 

 

Sally Cooper (Photo courtesy of Angie Meyers)

 

 

Opening Reception/Meet the Artist

Friday, February 7

6 – 9 pm

Refreshments will be served

Free admission during Art Walk (First Fridays  6 – 9 pm )

Cash bar and light bites.

Exhibit is available February 7 – March 1, 2020

Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue   Delray Beach, FL 3344

561-243-7922

 

Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm; Friday:  11 am – 8 pm; Saturday:  Noon – 8 pm; Sunday:  Noon – 5 pm; Monday & Tuesday:  CLOSED

Admission:  $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans

 

 

“Bougainvillea”  by Sally Cooper

 

 

 

Sally Cooper tells The Rickie Report, “My artistic journey began at a young age.  At that time I was only interested in capturing an image or photo likeness.  A big change occurred in my work in 1980 when I was introduced to painting non-objectively in a Creative Watercolor workshop taught by Miles Batt.  A whole world opened and I was hooked.  I began to experiment in non-traditional ways with acrylics, gesso and various polymer mediums. I also became extremely interested in Asian calligraphy and sought out different books on the subject.  The powerful flying brush strokes, the splashes of fresh ink/paint and the spontaneous fluid movement have been influential and I began to incorporate my own personal calligraphy and mark-making into my paintings”.

 

 

 

“Edgewater” by Sally Cooper

 

 

It has been almost 40 years since taking that Creative Watercolor Workshop and Sally’s work today is about a creative process rather than a specific image or place.  She works intuitively and enjoys the direct experience of the art-making —the process, the spontaneity and surprise elements of painting.

 

 

“Zen Garden”  by Sally Cooper

 

 

Sally explains, “Starting with a primed large unstretched canvas or sometimes  stretched canvas I build my abstracts layer by layer.  I start by placing triadic colors (three hues, equally spaced on the color wheel), plus raw umber, white and black for tinting and shading the colors — mix a few together, grab a brush and then follow intuitive promptings and apply a big gestural linear mark or brushstroke that comes from deep within.  These intuitive promptings are like a dance.  I quickly move back and forth applying marks, keeping some, veiling over others, stepping back every so often, studying, looking, moving, deciding which marks to keep and which marks to take away.  This play or process continues until a painting evolves”.

 

 

 

“Daybreak” by Sally Cooper

 

 

 

Sally’s painting Everglades 2 was selected as one of 350 out of over 1,000 applicants for publication in Studio Visit Volumes 47 and 48 which will be out in the Summer, 2020. This is a magazine of contemporary artwork.  Sally took First Place in 2017 in The Artist’s Magazine’s National competition for Conversation in Blue which was published in the March 2018 issue.  In 2017 her work was included in the publication Art Journey Abstract Painting, A Celebration of Contemporary Art.  In 2015 Sally’s painting Blue Horizon was chosen for the cover of The Artist’s Magazine along with a feature article and her work has been featured in Acrylic Artist, Professional Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.  Sally is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of Chroma Paints Independent Teaching Program for their Atelier Interactive acrylic paints and mediums.  

 

 

 

 

Sally teaches Discovering Abstract Painting and a unique Expressive Abstract – Large Scale Painting Workshop (this workshop takes place in a 1925 Vintage Gymnasium which plenty of space to paint) at Old School Square Creative Arts School in Delray Beach.  For more information on these classes and workshops go to www.oldschoolsquare.org.

For more information about Sally’s artwork and workshops:

My websitewww.sally-cooper.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/sallycooperart/

Instagram:www.instagram.com/sallycooperart/

 

 

 

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Fran Goodman’s “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS” Blends Art History With Abstract Expressionism. Meet Fran At Jerrys Artarama On February 1 For A Demo & Sign Up For Classes In Boca Raton Now!

Fran Goodman is a powerhouse! Her paintings burst with energy and color – and her enthusiasm for teaching her students erupts!  Fran’s artworks are in private collections both nationally and internationally. She teaches “Not Your Ordinary Painting Class” where she blends art history with contemporary applications in Abstract Expressionism in various locations in Palm Beach County.  Her unique aesthetic approach, coupled with her workshops, seminars, support groups, and widespread media exposure, earned her national and international recognition. Read more about the twists in her life and how she got to this moment. The Rickie Report shares the details about her February 1st Demo at Jerrys Artarama in Deerfield Beach, as well as her classes in Boca Raton.  Fran is available for group as well as private classes and she welcomes commissions.

 

 

 

 

 

F  R  A  N       G  O  O  D  M  A  N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE  WORKSHOP:

 

“How To Give Dynamic Demos!”

Saturday, February 1

2 PM

Jerrys Artarama in Deerfield Beach

 

Hillsboro Square  

242 Federal Highway   Deerfield Beach, FL 33441  

 

 

Calling all artists who work in all genres!  If you have been itching to share your talent and skills with the world, but don’t know how to put a dynamic demo together, THIS IS THE WORKSHOP for you!  Fran Goodman will show you everything you need to know, from A – Z, including unique ways to involve your audience and give them a great takeaway!  Curiosity seekers welcome!

 

 

Fran Goodman with Student, at Art Exhibit 

 

 

CLASSES:

BEGINNER  ABSTRACT  EXPRESSIONIST  ART  CLASSES ~  “NOT  YOUR  ORDINARY  PAINTING  CLASS”

 

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4  pm

Four Week Class

211201-A2 February 5-26

211201-A3 March 4-25

201201-A4 April 1-22

 

 

Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Four Week Class

211202-A2 February 8-29

211202-A3 March 7-28

211202-A4 April 4-25

 

$150.00 Boca Raton Residents     $187.50 Non-Residents

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd. Boca Raton 33432

561-393-7807

Call and receive your ID and password and then register online.

Join our 

“NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS”

 

 

Discover the artist in you while having a ball doing it! Experiment with techniques used by famous Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollack. Learn about their lives and the lessons they can teach you. Explore elements of color and design, experiment with layering techniques, like water dripping, acrylic skins applications, and so much more. No prior drawing or painting experience necessary. Instructor: Fran Goodman.

Have the most ARTISTIC time of your life at “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS”: Blending Art History with Abstract Expressionism, Explore the lives of famous Abstract Expressionists, Learn paper towel techniques, Water dripping, Acrylic Skin applications and So Much More! 

No Prior Drawing Or Painting Experience Necessary  (Demonstrations and individual guidance is given at each class )

 

 

“Reds” by Fran Goodman

 

 

 

When asked why she teaches, Fran tells The Rickie Report, “Although I enjoy composing weekly curriculums and delivering the contents, it is not the reason I love to teach. I love to teach because of what my students give back to me…their faith and trust in me.  Their approving nods while I’m in the process of explaining something, their warm smiles when they get it, their great eagerness to absorb what I suggest to them during their process, their pride and joy in their finished painting. I saw all this yesterday when I taught my first class at the Boca Raton Community Center. Often outside of class, some students will text me an image of a painting they have started on their own to ask for my opinion, or they will contact me to tell me about a gallery show or event I may be interested in. My students never give me a hard time, challenge me, or put me on the defensive, instead, they allow me to mold our experience into one that will be memorable for both of us”.

 

 

FRAN’S STORY:

 

I was born into a family of models and physically beautiful people who put beauty on a pedestal. I was a pretty little girl with an idyllic childhood. I loved to draw and do paint by number canvases but my greatest joy was to design elaborate clothing for my paper dolls and dream about becoming a famous fashion designer who would live in Paris like my heroine Madeline from the Madeline book series. Then at puberty my life turned into a nightmare with the sudden arrested growth of my jawbone. My family shunned me and my classmates persecuted what was now my chinless face. Feeling like I had no worth as a person, I fell into a deep depression. To sooth myself I turned to my art and would draw huge cartoon characters to keep me company. Another thing I would do is pile reams of construction paper monochromatically in my closet and sit in there for hours being soothed by their color.

 

When I was fifteen, I underwent two failed operations to reconstruct my jaw (in one, I nearly died from complications). Through it all, I held onto my childhood dream of becoming a famous dress designer. I still had the dream when I graduated high school and learned I had been accepted to Chouinard Art Institute, the same school that Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer of the ‘40s, and Bob Mackie, designer for Cher and Carol Burnett had attended. Chouinard was a very progressive school with very progressive ideas. First day of orientation we eighteen-year old students were told, “If you’re here to learn anything, there’s the door.”  In my second semester I took a painting course as an elective. We didn’t have to physically paint in a classroom, only show up on the day of the critique at the end of the eight-week course.

 

 

 

Award winning “Garden of Happiness” by Fran Goodman

 

 

 

 

On that day my fellow classmates and I set our paintings on easels in a long row. I looked at the other ones in disbelief. Every one of them was covered with “displaced” lines and color, what I thought amounted to scribble scrabble a child could do, while I had slaved to make my painting resemble real objects. That day was my introduction to abstract expressionism as I soon discovered, when my professor, Robert Chuey, went from one student to another extolling their ability to elicit feelings and emotions in their paintings, which I thought was a real cop out. Instantly, I hated abstract expressionism and wanted nothing to do with it.

 

That day was also a red-letter day, as I learned from my professor, I was wasting my time in fashion, that I was born to paint. I switched majors and painted up a storm while my fellow classmates dubbed me Post Renaissance Girl. When I was in grammar school, my greatest joy was to build dimension into the visual aids that accompanied my school reports, sometimes so intricate and mammoth in size, my father would help carry them into class. At Chouinard, I chose various organic and non-organic materials to build this dimension, including spackling wall paste. As a student, I was able to get my paintings, which were quite large into furniture show rooms and galleries in the LA area; also, in a NJ gallery that my mother had found, but all at the price of taking my name off the canvas. It seemed society wasn’t happy that one showed up as a young female painter in the ‘60s. After three years of this, my father saw only a starving artist in my future and made me quit my education at Chouinard.

 

I then left the fine art world to carve out what would be a thirty-year career as spokesperson for the rights of women and their faces. I designed and disseminated seminars and support groups – concerned more with how women felt about their faces than how they actually looked — in the US and Canada and drew the National and Canadian media. Over the years I was featured on talk shows, radio, and women’s magazines and in newspaper articles including in The New York Times.  During my career, I didn’t paint. Instead, I wrote a memoir and two screenplays about my life.  In 2013, a bout with Lyme disease left me with arthritic fingers and the inability to continue to write. I became depressed, then thought to try painting again. I found that the palette knife over a paintbrush was easier to hold and I also found that abstract expressionism was a better fit for my hands. Still with a passion to build dimension and structure into my paintings, I used pastes, sands and acrylic skins, and my favorite, paper towels. In 2014, I was accepted into Larry Poons’ master class at the Art Students League in NY. Under his tutelage, my paintings were exhibited in group shows in galleries in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

 

In the same year, I designed an 8-week curriculum where I could teach my craft to beginning painters at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. The program director, finding the class “educational, inspiration and a load of fun”, took it four times!  I moved to Florida in February 2016 and joined the art world in Palm Beach County. Through the auspices of the various guilds that I joined, I was able to show my work in galleries in Southern Florida. I also designed a classroom curriculum for beginning students who wanted to learn abstract expressionism. While I was painting in Larry Poon’s class, I studied the master expressionists from the ‘40’s and ‘50s and found that they were the real teachers. When I put my class together, I decided to apply what I learned so students would have an opportunity to “know” these masters as well, not only through their bio, but through experiencing their style of painting. I called my class, “Not Your Ordinary Painting Class – blending art history with abstract expressionism.

 

“During my life I have created projects, seminars, support groups and trainings in the United States and Canada to inspire growth and self-esteem. Whether it was through my business as spokeswoman for women’s beauty rights, or through Toastmasters as a mentor to many, or as an art educator; whether I was addressing men, women or teens of all ages and all walks of life, I looked for their potential and then empowered them to be their best selves. To me, there is no greater reward than witnessing people flower and bloom.”  Fran’s Artist statement tells us, “I approach the canvas with a desire to fuse color with texture, free of intention, tradition and norms. I count on layering properties to burn a life force into even the smallest structures. My strokes, some obscure, some undefined, personify difference and sameness and how the two natures work in concert with one another.”

 

 

“Satin Nights” by Fran Goodman

 

HOW I TEACH “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS”

 

My students are usually adults who have never painted in abstract expressionism before. They don’t necessarily have any prior drawing or painting experience either.  On the first day of class, I explain to them that they are not here to “make apples to take bites out of.” In fact, there is nothing they must or should do! There are no goals, no mistakes! We paint from our hearts, not from our brains. I also stress what I learned from Larry Poons: “One stroke leads to the next stroke and so on.”  Usually for the first twenty minutes of every class the students sit together while I show a PowerPoint presentation and/or from my I-pad, the painting (style) of a particular abstract expressionist from the ‘40s and ‘50s. I talk about the artist’s life and philosophy and with the use of handouts, we discuss everything in preparation for them to begin their painting.

 

Some students start the first class skeptical about their ability and are nervous to put a single mark on a canvas (that needs to be 16” x 20”.) Then, in subsequent classes, I notice not only does their self-confidence and quality of work grow, but their desire to paint on larger canvases as well. By the end of the 4 weeks, some of the students are painting on canvases as large as 30” x 40”.  Within the context of each class are the primary lessons of color and design related to the artist. For example, after exploring the paintings of Franz Klein who primarily worked in black, white and shades of gray, the students would then work up a palette where they develop color values by adding black and white to various hues before applying the paint to their canvas.

 

At the start of the second half of the class, students are introduced to a certain medium related to the artist. In the case of Franz Kline, because his strokes were energetic, raw, action-oriented, they might try gel gloss, as its “slide” mimics that of quick, action strokes. For the most part the students use palette knives.  One thing important to me is that the students learn layering techniques and other applications that add dimension to their paintings. Some things they’ve used: tissue paper, sand, masking tape, pastes, gels, paper towels, acrylic skins and even rose petals. I may do a quick demo on a certain technique, but I don’t like to elaborate with demos, because I don’t want them to be influenced by my application.  A single painting is completed in every 2 1/2 hour class. I encourage students to develop their canvas, meaning not to consider the first layer as finished. To illustrate, I show slides of how my paintings developed.

Another thing I’m sensitive to and stress, is what I learned when I was writing a memoir years ago: the concept of “kill your darlings,” meaning, even if you love what you are writing, if it doesn’t move the story along, it needs to go. The same I find applies to painting in abstract expressionism.  During every class, I make repeated trips to each student’s canvas to check on their progress. I look for concepts (that I have taught them) — balance, values, focal point and other design elements. I give my opinions, but always allow the students the last word.  Halfway into every class, “we do the “official 4-way turn. Here, the students have the opportunity to voice their opinion as to whether each other’s paintings would “look better” going forward in another direction. And again, the artist of the painting has the final word.  I encourage group dynamics. I find the chemistry that gets produced not only allows for an active, fun class, but that the students learn from one another as well.

 

Untitled Painting by Fran Goodman’s student, Carolyn Thews

TESTIMONIES AND COMMENTS

 

At the end of each 4-weeks, Fran hands out an evaluation sheet. This is also important, as she wants to know what the students liked and disliked and what she can improve on. She also asks for comments.

Here are a few from several students:

  • “I am so happy to have met and attended Fran’s art classes.  She has touched my soul with her gentle presence, her love of art, and intelligent observations. She has brought out a new and exciting awareness of color, lines, movement and values; unknown to me before.”
  • “Fran brings out the hidden artist in all of us with demonstrations by famous artists, color, theory, observations and discussion with music and laughter.”
  • “Thank you, Fran for stirring and waking up my sleeping artistic soul.”
  • “Thanks for blowing the lids off our minds by teaching your method! Think I was at a crossroads with painting the former way.
  • “I can’t begin to tell you how much of an impact you have made on my life I came to your class expecting nothing more than a pleasant version and an outlet for my grief with your help I have discovered something I love I have so much to learn but even though the process is sometimes painful for me I am glad to have your guidance to help me along in this journey you are a wonderful teacher and a special human being I am so glad I found you.”

I have received all sorts of other accolades, small gifts, even “certificate of excellence” (straight of the internet, the kind you’d give to a child” but very precious to me. However, the greatest gift/compliment comes when my students tell me they want to sign up for more classes. Some of my advanced students have taken over 10- 4- week classes.  In all, I say I truly love my students, I love them for their enthusiasm, love them for their talent, love them for who they are as people and artists.  Last July I arranged to showcase 67 paintings by 19 students at the Center for Spiritual Living in Boca Raton .The reporter from the Sun-Sentinel came and was so taken by the quality of the work from folks who never tried abstract expressionism before — some had never even touched paint — that his article made two cover stories on August 7th, in the Boca Times and the West Boca Times. (more on my website under media)

 

 

MANY PASSIONS:

Another art-related passion is my role as Art Education Fund Chairwoman for the Delray Art League. I have held this position for four years and it has allowed me to meet and connect with the directors and administrators of very special organizations in Palm Beach County. Every year, I organize an award ceremony event where I have the privilege of doling out 10% of the Leagues profits to these organizations — a ritual the League has been engaged in since 1965, to assist in their visual arts programs. This December, the League expanded its generosity when the members chose to play Secret Santa to the Palm Beach Habilitation Center. Over 70 gifts, all holiday wrapped, were delivered to the squeals and glee of adults with special needs at their holiday party. The manager at Jerry’s Artarama in Deerfield Beach allowed me to design a Christmas bin and shoppers were encouraged to donate art supplies, Also the members of the League brought gifts to a meetup held at the Heart of Delray Gallery in Delray Beach, where the league taken space to exhibit.  Still another passion involves delivering talks on abstract expressionism, especially reciting wild tales about the masters from the ‘40’s and ‘50s, that I’ve gleaned through the years. Usually at the end of a talk I invite the participants to do a Community Canvas project where everyone gets to put a stroke (s) on one large canvas.  Additionally, I give demos on both how to work with various mediums and also how to give Dynamic Demos.

 

 

 

PRESS:

Fran’s paintings are featured in Art Guide Magazine Volume 3, distributed to galleries in the US, where she was awarded a quarter page ad to showcase one of the three.  Her artworks have been part of numerous juried exhibitions.  She earned the title, “Distinguished Toastmaster” from Toastmasters, a prestigious accomplishment.  Fran also works as an alcoholism counsellor and with other 12 step programs.

Fran is a Signature Artist of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, a member of the Art Students League in NY, the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, Art Serve, and, the Delray Art League, where she is the Arts Education Fund Chair.

She teaches “Not Your Ordinary Painting Class” where she blends art history with contemporary applications in Abstract Expressionism in various locations in Palm Beach County. Recently her classes were featured in two cover stories which can be found on her website.

 

New York Times Article https://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/07/nyregion/in-person-beauty-lessons.html

Morristown Article https://morristowngreen.com/2015/05/04/trauma-as-a-gift-a-lesson- learned-at-the-morristown-art-walk/

Sun-Sentinel: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/boca-times/fl-cn-boca-raton-not- ordinary-painting-20190807-20190802-hejvohw5wrcoviiwjb3sgf7vsa-story.html

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/delray-sun/fl-cn-delray-art-league- christmas-surprise-01082020-20200108-jfz5hvbgcfgunav5vgt6v3yr34-story.html

 

 

For more information:

Fran invites opportunities to do commissions, lectures, demos and private lessons.f you are interested in taking one, you can register on my website at franmanngoodman.com.

There you will find the dates and times as well.

Facebook page: Fran Mann Goodman’s Paintbox

Meetup.com: Not Your Ordinary Painting Class

Email: franspaintbox@yahoo.com

 

 

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Palm City Art Associates Kicks Off Their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale With Free Opening Reception On Thursday, January 30. The Exhibit Continues To February 27 At Cummings Public Library. All Are Welcome

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale at the Palm City Cummings Library.  Meet the artists at the Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, January 30.  The exhibit continues through February 27, with free admission and parking. PCAA has four venues where their artwork is sold, including Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center.  If you are looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from the 2019 Show. Palm City Art Associates provides scholarships to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALM    CITY    ART    ASSOCIATES    ART    SHOW    &    SALE

FREE     GALA     OPENING     AND     RECEPTION

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

5:30 – 7:00 PM

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

 

 

Library hours: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays  –  10 am – 5 pm
Thursdays –  Noon – 8 pm   Closed Sunday & Monday

Free admission and parking 

 

This Exhibit runs January 30 – February 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

Alice Shann, President of the Palm City Art Associates tells The Rickie Report, “We look forward to having people join us for our 31st Annual Art Show & Sale held at the Palm City Cummings Library. The Donahue Room will be filled with original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and stained glass. Everything will be for sale, to support the PCAA scholarships we give to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education”.  The Rickie Report adds that this is the perfect time to meet the artists, introduce yourself and explore this nurturing arts group.

 

 

 

 

Diane Raymond, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

Palm City Art Associates is a 501c non-profit corporation.  This exhibit is free and open to the public, with free parking available.  All artwork is available for sale through the month of February.  Bring your friends and see the newest original art images these artists have created!  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”

 

 

 

Jim Sculley, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

Alice reminds our readers that ,”PCAA also has four venues at which we sell art work: Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center”.  Monthly meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 1pm from Oct. – May at the Cummings Library, Matheson Ave., Palm City. Please stop by and introduce yourself!  Meetings feature a live, local artist demo of their creative skills and techniques in all manner of mediums. You’re invited to observe a fun demo. Our hope is after one meeting, you will want to join our friendly, active membership too.​ Annual dues are only $35 per individual / $65 per couple. Annual dues deadline is May 31 to get your contact info into our annual directory.

 

 

 

 

   Susan Clifford, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information about this exhibit, please visit:  palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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