Lois Perdue’s Solo Art Exhibit At Artserve Now Through January 4 Celebrates A Lifetime Of Art And Giving Back. Public Reception Is Tuesday, December 7.

Celebrating Lois Perdue‘s artwork is easy because it moves viewers through her use of color and markings.  Lois’ final Solo Exhibit will take place at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, December 7th.  The exhibit is Open NOW through January 4, 2022. The public is invited to the Opening Reception with the Gold Coast Watercolor Society co-hostingSales of Lois’ artwork have and will benefit a number of charities:  PAWS, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Summer camp programs for kids, College art scholarships at Broward College, Pen Women Ft. Lauderdale Branch, to name a few. The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of her artwork, plus the details about Lois’ life and her influence on so many of us. Please join me in celebrating Lois Perdue’s legacy, as she lives her days with intention, including her tributes to many in the arts community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday  9 AM – 6 PM    Saturday   10 AM – 6 PM

 

 

“Candy Crush” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report shares, “My friend and art colleague, Lois Perdue, is closing her professional art business due to stage 4 advanced pancreatic cancer.  ARTSERVE has graciously donated its site as the host for her final exhibit with Gold Coast Watercolor Society is co-hosting the event.  To date with Lois’s generous donations from the sales of her artwork at Plunge Resort and sales for her art supplies over $6,000 has funded many worthy programs”.

 

 

 

“End of 30 x 30” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois Perdue writes, “Let me explain….I am living out the rest of my life in order to not only leave a legacy of artist appreciation, but to offer others a new opportunity to consider creating a legacy. Too many of us find ourselves in these health-related positions, and while we leave wills, telling our loved ones what to do with our possessions, somehow, that is not enough.  What about the spirit of ourselves that remains?  This is an opportunity to honor those who have helped us on the journey”.

 

 

 

“Wild Blue Yonder” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Rickie says, “It has been a personal honor to help Lois map out her vision for an ongoing $500. Cash Arts Award to a visual artist who has taken an active role and has been a mentor to a visual arts organization. Lois has faced her diagnosis like a blank canvas.  She gathered her resources and went to work! Lois has shared with me over these past months how joyous it is for her to see the fruits of her labors while she is still alive.  Lois continues to teach us to live our lives with precious strokes of thoughtfulness, good deeds, and openness.”

 

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Award

For Exceptional Contributions to the Arts Community

 

 

 

 

Lois has inaugrated a new award/program for one local visual artist each year to be awarded $500. for innovative fundraising and membership, environmental work through their art, or from helping to ‘vet’ suitable organizations to whom these groups might want to give scholarships to…and helping  fellow members who might have to shutter their studio due to ill health or moving.  The first recipient will be Tammy Seymour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lois continues, “I’ve had to shutter my studio and reduce my inventory of paintings so I don’t leave my husband, Don, and my kids with a huge portfolio of work to deal with.  I started breaking my studio down myself a few months ago, but was overwhelmed with what was involved and too emotional to be doing this alone.  I knew Tammy Seymour had helped other artists ‘break’ down their studios and I had worked closely with her as Vice President of Pen Women of Fort Lauderdale for 9 years”.  

 

 

“Jubilation” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Tammy swooped in, taking inventory of thousands of dollars’ worth of paper, substrates, brushes, Office equipment etc.  Lois’ arrangement with Tammy was that ALL supplies will be donated to Gold Coast Watercolor Society and used in their flea market for scholarship/award funding.  In the midst of all of this emotional and physical turmoil, Lois was trying to pull together her first solo exhibit in a large public venue. Tammy stepped in to help Lois create a video presentation of my life: (one for me that Don and my kids can cherish).

 

 

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Tammy who retired from NCR Corporation (her clients included:  Burger King, Disney World, Checkers, etc) is recognized as an award winning artist.  Lois’ Award serves to acknowledge  her compassionate ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to supporting local arts organizations and their goals! From inaugurating clever ideas for fundraisers, to stepping in to curate exhibits or being a top-notch graphic designer who creates eye-catching collateral materials for the groups to which she belongs, Tammy is a leader and inspirer. No task is too small or too large for her and the fact that Tammy simultaneously currently serves as President of Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Branch and Gold Coast Watercolor Society—says it all!

 

 

 

“Heartbeat” by Lois Perdue

 

The Bonnet House is also a recipient of Tammy’s vision, as she provided merchandise in the gift shop, which during Covid helped them overcome  a major budget slash. She has been providing new and gently used items either donated or purchased at estate sales for their gift shop. Through monthly raffles at Pen Women luncheons of new or gently used items, we raise on average $100 per month. The proceeds of flea market sales have gone to support Pen Women Scholarship and Gold Coast Watercolor Society Danielle Vailancourt Memorial Award. Donations to these groups have exceeded $700 since inception in March 2021.  Over time, GCWS has become the place for artists to donate art supplies from their closed studios and we’ve assisted dismantling over four full studios in the last 10 years.  

 

 

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About Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers. Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

Untitled by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois asked The Rickie Report to share this gratitude list for all those who have loved, supported and nurtured her during these many months of declining health issues. Since these are final steps of her journey, she wanted to thank those who have been by her side: 

 

  • To Rickie Leiter for her friendship, support and encouragement in all things ‘art’ and for, along with Judy Nunno, helping formulate this artist/award for Tammy Seymour.

 

  • To Heritage Art Galleries and Framing, (Tamarac, FL.), co-owners Claudio Tomassone and Ian and Linda Jerrell for believing in me and my art for the past five years, representing me as one of their featured artists, and managing the sales distribution of my giclees.

 

  • To ArtServe along with curator Sophie Bonet, operations manager Rion Birchmore and membership development coordinator Rebecca Wilkner for hosting  my solo art exhibit on December 7th and where I happily taught my abstract workshops for so many years.

 

  • To my collaborative, creative artist community especially Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Pen Women who provided the vehicles with which to share my talent benefiting the area’s young artists and summer ‘art’ campers.

 

  • To my medical support team including Dr. Sahiba Kahn (Vitas Hospice Care), Drs. C. Stone, Milana Kaplan, Willy Davila, Clark-Loesser and Robin Steinberg.

 

  • To Don’s loving fire service community for their love and support.

 

  • To special junior/high school friends who have supported and loved me through life’s challenges including raising children and for providing years of fun and companionship.

 

  • To my extraordinary loving friends including Tammy Seymour, Judy Nunno, Susan Convery, Pauline Runkle and the many others not listed here who provided love, encouragement and endless support as well.

 

  • And last to my beautiful family including my amazing children, Adam Frimet and Wendy Frimet Jacobs, special grandchildren, Eli Jacobs and Isaac Jacobs, and many first and second cousins, nieces and nephews. And to the ‘wind beneath my wings’, my best friend, my hero, my loyal and loving husband, Don Perdue.

 

 

 

 

For more about Lois Perdue’s artwork:

Loisperdue.com

 

 

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic Workshop With Lois Perdue And Tammy Seymour Friday, March 27. Registration Is Open To Public

National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch invites you to a “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic workshop on Friday, March 27. Registration is open to members and the public, so make your reservations now and see what the “pour” craze is all about!  Join two award winning artists, Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents:

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

“Pour  Your  Heart  Out”    Acrylic  Workshop

 

 

With Award-Winning Artist/Instructors

 

Lois   Perdue   &   Tammy   Seymour

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

10 am – 2 pm

Members $45.     Non- Members $55.

At

Artserve

1350 E Sunrise Blvd.      Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

 

 

 

To Register:

Call Tammy Seymour at 954-288-7972 by March 23rd

Email: tseymour53@comcast.net to reserve your spot

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

Come join two award winning artists Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.

 

Every “pour” painting is different! Even if you used the very same colors prepared exactly the same way and placed them in the same areas of the canvas, the paints would spread and mix in different ways. While you have some control over the spreading and mixing, the paint has a “mind of its own”! And, the most fantastic designs appear.  Some artists enjoy creating this type of art as a change from their usual techniques simply because they don’t have any control about the outcome! It’s always fun and a surprise!

 

Tammy and Lois will also show you the most important thing to know about a “pour”: what mediums to use, which paints give the best results, and what kind of additives to create a successful “pour” every time.

 

Supply List:

Bring 3-4 stretched canvas to pour on.

Small sizes as example: 8×10, 9×12, 12×12,11×14*** ,12×16.

Bring a table cover

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

We Supply the rest!

***   11×14 canvas will be available for purchase at class.

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Abstract Artist:

Lois Perdue has lived in Florida her entire life. She graduated from Florida International University and spent much of her career in the fields of public relations and journalism. In 2007 after retiring, she began a lifelong dream of painting.  A consistent award winner at the local, state and national levels she most recently received a first-place award at Bonnet House’s Impressions Exhibit 2019, Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s Florida Focus 2018 “Best in Show” award and signature membership. Lois also received Florida Watercolor Society’s “2018 Art Societies” award.

 

 

Several years ago, in response to a question she is most often asked, “how do you begin an abstract painting”, she responded by starting to teach a workshop course in the South Florida area to organizations, art guilds and businesses for employee therapy! She teaches all levels from traditional artists who want to learn how to paint in an abstract style to new artists. One group to which she belongs raises funds for Broward College young women’s art scholarships.

 

Lois is involved in numerous art guilds and societies whose purpose it is to educate and inform the community about art: Florida and Gold Coast Water Color Societies, Bonnet House Museum, Coral Springs, Weston, Plantation and Broward Art Guilds, International Society of Experimental Artists and National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch.

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Lois tells The Rickie Report, ” I use my feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials and concepts to design and create my unique way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”. She begins many of her paintings on a synthetic Japanese paper called Yupo that when combined with watercolor and acrylic paints explode with vibrant color. Her paintings often have between 10-15 layers of paint and collage to create depth and dimension in the landscape abstract art she creates. Often, she begins her artwork intuitively, sometimes instinctively. “It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers.”

She is represented by Heritage Gallery and Framing, Tamarac, FL.

www.loisperdue.com           runner12@bellsouth.net           954-812-1860

 

 

 

Tammy Seymour,  Watermedia Artist  Wet and Wild:

After working in corporate sales for 30 years, Tammy had time to express her passion for watermedia. Initially she was a self-taught artist with an inherited talent from her father, who was a dedicated landscape artist. Tammy developed her own style.  A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Tammy’s art reflects her environment with its incredible range of rich and sun-drenched colors and abundant wildlife.

 

 

Tammy’s prize-winning paintings are inspired by the local nature around her as well as her travels to the U.S. National Parks and abroad. She often paints using photos from her travels and will have a camera close by to capture her next subject.  Personal dedication to environmental conservation led Tammy to initially paint turtles as a major subject matter. This choice was due to their plight for survival. Tammy became known as the “Turtle Lady”!  Her fascination and love of wildlife has expanded to painting the colorful birds of Florida and majestic animals of Africa.

 

 

Tammy tells The Rickie Report,” I am an artist whom expresses the WET and WILD experiences of nature in watermedia.  I am inspired by nature, wildlife and the beauty that surrounds us.  When I paint, I seek to capture the personality and quirkiness of my animals starting with their eyes. The eyes resonate with my core and when I can bring them to life, I feel I have created a new magical creature.  Adding a splash of wild color makes everything a bit more beautiful and gives life to these wondrous creatures.  Painting with watercolors, acrylics or gouache allows me the freedom to express myself where my intuition guides me on any given day”.

 

954-288-7972          www.tamaraseymour.com            tseymour53@comcast.net

 

 

 

About the National League of American Pen Women:

The National League of American Pen Women Inc. is a non-profit organization, made up of professional women in the arts.  The object of the League is to create progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

Since its founding in 1897, the League continues to seek higher mental and intellectual development, with excellent networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.  Members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures.  Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and non-juried) and music composition competitions, conducted at all levels, branch state, and national.

Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music.

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Ft. Lauderdale Branch National League of American Pen Women Offers Lois Perdue’s Bigger (a little bit), Faster, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop Friday, January 31 At ArtServe. Open To Members And Non-Members

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s Bigger (a little bit), Faster, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop.  The Fort Lauderdale Branch of National League of American Pen Women invite members and non-members to learn new techniques to create their abstract paintings on Friday, January 31 at ArtServe.  Class size is limited, so you must register before January 23.  The Rickie Report shares the details and shares the accolades from Lois’ students.  Do this for yourself! Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music. This is a fabulous artist networking opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

P   R   E   S   E   N   T   S:

 

 

 

 

Lois Perdue’s Bigger (a little bit), Faster, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop

 

 

  10 am to 2 pm      Friday, January 31, 2020

$45.00 Members   $55.00 Non-Members 

 

 

 

 

Class size is limited so please register before Thursday, January 23rd!

Email Tammy Seymour at Tseymour53@comcast.net   or call her at 954-288-7972

 

 

 

 

 

At

 ArtServe

 

 

 

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

 

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s Bigger (a little bit), Faster, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop.

 

 

 

 

“Easy Like Sunday Morning” by Lois Perdue

 

“As a teaching tool, students will be provided with an array of carefully selected mini magazine clips based on color and composition,” said Lois. “This guides them to begin to create some of their own beautiful unique abstract designs.” 

 

 

 

 

The technique Lois uses to achieve beautiful abstract designs is the same one she uses in her popular mini abstract workshops!

Many of her students have asked to paint a bit larger and a little bit looser in her workshops.

 

 

“Ocean Fetish” by Lois Perdue

Lois tells the Rickie Report:

 

“I am bumping up the canvas size this time so students will be working on 11 x 14 formats rather than the usual mini 5 x 7 sizes,” she said.  “I’ll continue to use the same techniques that have worked so successfully for me for a number of years-using the mini 5 x 7 magazine clips for inspiration as it allows me to better visualize the design. Starting with this mini technique is not intimidating even for new abstract artists and allows them a place to start so they are not just staring at a blank canvas”, said Lois. “ Some of my returning students will build upon their techniques and experiment with paints, inks and collage (or bring old failed paintings) to create some of their own organic abstract artwork in this new looser, bigger workshop.” 

In the workshop Lois will begin on the 11 x 14 canvas with the first layers of watercolor paints, acrylics/inks, stencils and mark making to create a foundation. Then she said it would be “sealed “and many more layers would be applied to create depth. 

 A supply list will be provided upon registering. 

(Although Lois paints on watercolor paper, canvas and wood panel, she prefers the magic of a plastic paper called Yupo. It has a slick surface unlike the more absorbent watercolorcolor paper; when Yupo meets water media the colors virtually explode. She begins all her first layers with watercolor paints/inks, powdered watercolor pigments, glazes and markings to establish a ‘busy” foundation and then proceeds to acrylic paints/inks charcoal, pen for marking and collage.  She holds the first layers with polymer medium or varnish so the paint doesn’t “move”! and then begins to apply subsequent layers. Many of Lois’ finished paintings on Yupo have between 10 to 15 layers, each layer has been “set” with varnish to hold the colors. To see some of her work please visit her website at:  www.loisperdue.com)

Lois realized how much of an impact using the “small formats” technique made in her own artwork practice. Soon she began receiving awards and recognition in national, state and local competitions with her larger format works. 

In addition to the recognition, she got another bonus: Students wanted to learn how to paint abstract design techniques-from her!   She was asked to teach —something she loves to do—and for the past several years has been teaching these concepts to local students at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere at venues throughout the local area upon request!

Classes are filled with returning students who just want to “change up” their art style and artists who just want to bring some “zing” to their style through abstract art techniques. 

 

About Lois

After working in other creative fields, I discovered a passion for Abstract painting. Although I had briefly studied oil painting, sculpting and weaving, entering that first abstract class was just the beginning of an amazing journey for me. Here I could use my energy, spontaneity and vision.  I could paint where nothing is ever “wrong” and there are no “rules”. I use fantasies, feelings and my imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials, concepts and designs to create my own way of expressing myself through Abstract Art.

Lois, who has lived in South Florida her entire life, has been recognized in National, State and Local juried art competitions. Her vibrant, abstract expressionist paintings have won many awards. Lois regularly takes workshop classes with Nationally recognized artists who provide their expertise and enthusiasm for her to continue her passion for painting!

Lois is an active member of a number of business and art-related Local, State and National art organizations including the International Society of Experimental Artists, Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Weston, Plantation, Broward Art Guilds. Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Executive Club and National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch where she serves as first vice president and program chair.

 

 

About the The National League of American Pen Women Inc.

The National League of American Pen Women Inc. is a non-profit organization, made up of professional women in the arts.  The object of the League is to create progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

Since its founding in 1897, the League continues to seek higher mental and intellectual development, with excellent networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.
Members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures.  Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and non-juried) and music composition competitions, conducted at all levels, branch state, and national. 

Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music.

 

 

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by Lois Perdue

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Ft. Lauderdale Branch presents “Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop” by award winning artist, Lois Perdue.  Learn how to create your own vibrant, bold abstracts at ArtServe on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Expect to bring home at least a half dozen small artworks!  In addition, you’ll be networking with other artists, which we know is beneficial to the creative process!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Lois’ artistry.  We urge you to register now, as her classes are usually sold out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents

“Another Mini Masterpiece Abstract Workshop”

by Lois Perdue:

10 am to 2 pm

Friday January 25, 2019

At

ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.  Ft. Lauderdale 33304

Limited Class size!

Please register before Friday, January 18th

For cost and to register email Lois at: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

 

About Pen Women

 

 

Pen Women is the oldest multi-discipline arts organization for women in the US. With 135 branches throughout the country, it is a community of professional artists, writers, poets, composers and arrangers who believe in the power of words, art and music to illuminate the human experience. The national organization has more than 5,000 members; the Ft. Lauderdale branch has 50 members and affiliated Friends. The funds raised from luncheons and workshops throughout the year go toward music, art and letters scholarships for Broward College young women annually.

 

 

 

 

 

“Pink Amoeba” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

About the Workshop

 

Lois Perdue tells The Rickie Report, “This class is even for those artists who have never attempted to paint in an abstract style before. With my guidance and the easy-to-explore, non-intimidating mini-format, even those who have only worked in a realistic style can paint an abstract painting! For those who have taken my mini-abstract workshops before and want to explore larger formats, please “go for it” in this workshop.

 

Expect to go home with at least ½ dozen 5 x 7 mini abstract paintings-ready to frame!! But this class though isn’t just about abstract painting:

“It’s about learning texturing techniques, building layers of glazes and paints to create dimensions and how to use your own failed paintings as collage to make your paintings sizzle!

 

 

 

 

“My Blue Heaven” by Lois Perdue

 

 

About Lois Perdue

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers.

Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

 

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Award-Winning Artist, Lois Perdue Answers Your Questions About Abstract Art

Lois Perdue, an award-winning abstract artist, answers some questions about this exciting and sometimes challenging genre. Lois addresses issues for artists and art patrons, as The Rickie Report shares her responses and some sneak peeks at her latest works of art.

 

L O I S         P E R D U E:

 

UNDERSTANDING    ABSTRACT    ART

 

 

Lois Perdue  explains to The Rickie Report, “As an abstract expressionist, I am frequently asked the same two questions about my paintings:  ‘How do you start one of those paintings?’ And, the next one is usually: ‘How do you know when it is finished?’  Maybe for those reasons alone, buying abstract art is a challenge!  But with a better understanding of this exciting genre and its potential investment opportunities, collecting abstract art can be a win-win”.

First, What is Abstract Art?

The most important difference between abstract art and representational or subjective art is that you just cannot find a subject in an abstract painting.

It doesn’t relate to anyone or anything or try to resemble something. Instead, color and form are the subjects of the painting.

 

 

 

“Chasing The Blues Away” Mixed Media on Yupo Best Of  Show Florida Gold Coast Watercolor Society 2018, by Lois Perdue

 

What to Look for in Original Abstract Art:

New art collectors should look for vibrant colors, rich brush strokes, intriguing designs, intricate details, touchable textures and a focal point.

If the work is painted on canvas, even the smell of an original work is an experience, particularly if it is an oil painting.

But what sets original abstract artwork apart so you can begin to make wise decisions?

There are dozens of well-known abstract artists, including Picasso, Klee, Mitchell and Diebenkorn, to name a few. A quick search on the Internet will familiarize you with dozens of different artists and their techniques of painting.

 

How Do You Want to Use Your Abstract Art?

Here are some questions to ponder in order to find the best placement for your purchases.

Have you started noticing abstract artists whose work you admire? Each has a distinct style.

Have you thought about beginning to collect this type of art? Or do you simply want the paintings to complete the interior design plan of your home’s new modern/contemporary concept?

Are you working with an interior designer to find art for your yacht? Or is it for corporate use for offices, hospitals or the hospitality industries to furnish hotels or restaurants?


“Antelope Canyon” by Lois Perdue

Why Buy Original Abstract Art: An Emotion or an Investment?

A majority of art professionals (86 percent) surveyed said clients buy art and collect art for emotional reasons, but also focus on investment value, according to Deloitte’s Art & Finance Report 2017.

Wealth managers (54 percent) sell art as a way to safeguard value — up 3 percent since 2016.

And 88 percent of wealth managers surveyed (up 10 percent) think art and collection should be included as part of their investment strategies.

“People buy because they simply love the painting or it connects with them on an emotional level,” said. Linda Jerrell, co-owner of Heritage Art Galleries. “Others buy art because of its ‘worth’ or what it will be worth in the future.”

Co-owner Claudio Tomassone believes people buy abstract art because it is a matter of taste.

“Some people just prefer not to have a conventional shape or form in their artwork,” he said. “Others look at textures or the strokes in the paint, etc. And in some cases when a painting is being purchased for a public space, an abstract is preferred because it will bring ‘warmth’ to a space while keeping a ‘neutral’ feeling. Abstract art leaves more room for one’s imagination.”

 

“Pieces of 8”, Mixed Media on Yupo, “Honorable Mention” at 42nd Annual Members’ “Love Watercolor” Gold Coast Watercolor Society 2017, by Lois Perdue

 

Where to Buy Abstract Art: Directly from a Gallery?

One of the best ways to find an artist who works locally is at art galleries around the cities in which they live.

When buying from a gallery, they have done the leg work for you, vetting the artists they represent.

According to Linda, their gallery invests in local artists because it helps to support the local art and cultural communities.

“We also look for artists who stand out while always keeping trends and clients’ aesthetic desires in mind,” she said.

“Whether we are representing new or established talent, we do a great deal of research to determine if their art is marketable and a good investment. We look at their current following, pricing and level of interest in their work.”

Claudio added that they look for the most talented, accomplished artists. Heritage not only represents local artists, but their collection includes artists such as Turkey, Erte, Schluss and Treby, to name a few.  Buying from a gallery also provides services such as art restoration, framing and custom framing, according to Ian Jerrell, co-owner and head of the restorations and framing at Heritage.  “It’s not only how the framing and restoration are going to look, but the preservation of your artwork so its beauty continues to bring joy for many years.”

Or Do You Buy Directly from the Artist?

If you don’t go to a gallery, where will you find those artists whose work appeals to you?

You may find them at local art exhibits, libraries, festivals, museums and other venues.  I belong to more than half a dozen local art guilds and art societies in my area, and each of them hosts about half a dozen or more art exhibits each year at a variety of places that are free and open to the public.

Check your online local media’s weekend listings, library and museum listings, too. You will soon see the same artists appearing multiple times and you can begin tracking favorite ones on your way to buying/collecting.

Sometimes, the artists are at the venue and you can meet them in person to discuss their techniques, prices, etc.

Most of the time, they will have a business card or brochure near their artwork so you can reach them for further talks. Check out their websites and Instagram/Facebook profiles to see more of their collections.

“Blue Like Jazz” by Lois Perdue

Putting a Price on an Original Abstract Painting:

Whether you work with an art gallery or buy directly from the artist, it is best to set a budget first.

“A lot of factors go into the pricing of a work of art. When dealing with local artists, it is a one-on-one agreement between us and the artist,” Claudio said. “As for established and renowned artists’ originals and prints, we study the market and find out what their art is generally selling for on an international level and price accordingly,” he said.

Navigating the Cost: Sticker Shock! Crossing the Threshold Toward Buying

How do you approach an artist about the price of the work?

It is an emotional purchase. A lot of passion and hard work have gone into the artwork. Sometimes, it is difficult to put a price on an elusive emotion, but hopefully, there is a sticker attached!

The prospective buyer has to have confidence in the artist from whom they are making the purchase. The buyer can begin keeping detailed information about a favorite artist and his or her creative process; this information can most often be found on the artists’ websites along, with their resume and list of their other artistic activities.

Another confidence-builder before you go start collecting artwork is to ask for referrals from friends or associates who collect art, particularly from those who know the artists.

Does a local venue have any of the artist’s work on display? Are there any published articles about the artist and exhibits in which they have appeared?

For example, I let my clients know when and where I am going to be exhibiting on my Facebook page, Instagram and through emails — numerous times. I ask them to tell their friends and neighbors to come and see the exhibits.

I also talk about my unique techniques whenever I can, including the 10 to 15 layers of paint I use in each piece of artwork, the unusual tools I use to “paint” with, including shower squeegees and kitchen spatulas, and how and why I use certain paints.

Many of my abstract paintings begin on a plastic paper called Yupo that first has been given textural layerings to create dimension.

I apply thin washes of watercolor, many translucent glazes and then use vibrant acrylic paints, inks and nontraditional tools to create unique brush strokes and markings.

I focus on landscapes that I describe as “big, organic and intense,” reflecting my proximity to the ocean and experiences traveling worldwide.

My audience often is fascinated with the “how” and “why” and always want to hear my back story about how I wanted to paint since I was a child but didn’t pick up a paint brush (or squeeguee!) until nine years ago, when I retired!

 

 

“Time for a Cool Change” by Lois Perdue

Solving Clients’ Pay Concerns (Other Issues):

 

Clients may think that the artwork is “out of their budget” or the price too high. Remember that everyone deserves to have beauty every day in front of them!

To make it easier for some clients to buy art, some artists have credit card options or PayPal available rather taking cash or checks. Some artists will even make arrangements for credit card installment payments. Some artists lease their work on a monthly or other scheduled basis to make “beauty” more affordable in the home, workplace or on their yacht! Ask them if they have these arrangements.

And what if clients say your artwork will “clash” with their decor? Show them a similar piece with a different color palette, or offer to paint another (commissioned piece) with just the exact colors they request at the same price as the one they saw for sale at your venue. Remind them that your artwork will make the room “pop,” not the sofa!

And if a client can’t make up his or her mind, offer a gift certificate. They may not be able to select a painting or choose a color palette or whether it should be a canvas or framed painting.

By selling gift certificates in certain dollar amounts, recipients can redeem them for their preferences whenever they want. It is just smart business and oh-so-convenient!

Negotiating and/or Discounting for Art?

While these two words make most artists and gallery owners feel faint, some artists love the idea of negotiating.

I, personally, think that offering discounts devalues my work. I already have established a price based on my time, techniques, expertise, size of work, competition and uniqueness.

If I discount, then there is the notion that the price already was inflated; however, there are some artists who are ready and eager to negotiate, and you shouldn’t hesitate to inquire.

Give abstract art a look! While it is beautiful as well as mystifying, you always will find something speaking to you from within the painting if you seek it out.

This type of art should not be missed!

 

 

 

Lois Perdue is a nationally acclaimed abstract expressionist retired from communications. She is represented by Heritage Art Galleries.  Lois, who has Signature Membership in Gold Coast Watercolor Society,  has been recognized in national,  local and state juried art exhibits. She is also a member of Florida Watercolor Society, International Society for Experimental Artists, Weston and Plantation Art Guilds, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Coral Springs Museum of Art,  ArtServe, National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, XII Voices, “Voices Speaking for Art”, an organization of professional artists and Plantation Chamber of Commerce.  In 2017 Lois completed Broward County’s Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute.  Lois teaches workshops to veterans and beginning artists who want to learn how to “start and “finish” Abstract paintings throughout South Florida upon request!

 

 

For more information about Lois Perdue’s abstract art: 

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Lois Perdue 

 

 

 

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Plantation Art Guild Features Workshop With Lois Perdue, “Create BIG Art From Small Abstracts”

The Plantation Art Guild is offering a workshop with Lois Perdue, “Create BIG Art from Small Abstracts” on Friday, October 20th. This class will be an adventure to learn how to easily create abstract paintings beginning with a mini format! For those who have already taken Lois’ popular abstract workshops before and want to further explore abstract design, “go bigger”, experiment with a variety of mediums and/or recycle their unresolved abstract paintings, this workshop is for you!  Beyond abstract paintings, participants will learn new texturing techniques and how to use glazes and layers of paint to create dimension.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOIS PERDUE’S WORKSHOP:

“CREATE “BIG” ART FROM SMALL ABSTRACTS”

PRESENTED BY PLANTATION ART GUILD

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
(RSVP by October 15th)

9:30 am –  4:00 pm

JIM   WARD   COMMUNITY   CENTER
301 NW 46TH AVE.     PLANTATION, FL 33317

 

 

Lois Perdue tells The Rickie Report, “This class will be an adventure for those wishing to learn how to easily create abstract paintings beginning with a mini format! And, for those who have already taken my abstract workshops before and want to further explore abstract design, “go bigger”, experiment with a variety of mediums and/or recycle their unresolved abstract paintings, this workshop is for you”!

Participants will be provided with sources of inspiration to “kick start” their learning process and have an opportunity to create at least ½ dozen mini abstract paintings.

But this class isn’t just about abstract paintings:

*It is about learning new texturing techniques
*It is about building layers of glazes and paints to create dimension
*And it is about how to use your own failed paintings as collage to make your paintings sizzle!

 

“Colorado” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

Lois discovered that the technique of painting “smaller formats” has given her greater control over her painting.  This has led to her receiving awards and recognition in national, state and local competitions with her larger format works.  Although Lois paints on watercolor paper, canvas and wood panel, she prefers the magic of a plastic paper called Yupo.  It has a slick surface unlike watercolor paper and when it meets water media, colors virtually explode. She begins all her under first layers with watercolor paints, powdered watercolor pigments, watercolor inks, glazes and markings to establish a foundation and then proceeds to acrylic paints and acrylic inks, charcoal and pen for mark making, oil pastels and, of course, collage! Each of her finished paintings may have 10, 15 or more layers, all each having been “set” with varnish to hold the colors. To see some of her paintings, please visit her website at: www.loisperdue.com

 

“30 Day Challenge” by Lois Perdue

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area.  She is very active in the art community and is a member of Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers. She is also first vice president and program chair of the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, an organization comprised of artists,
writers and composers!

 

 

 

 

For cost of workshop and further information please visit: www.plantationartguild.org.

Lois can be reached at runner12@bellsouth.net.

 

The Plantation Art Guild is a small, but very active arts organization founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit. PAG, which currently has 102 members, offers workshops, four juried shows with cash awards and monthly meetings. A guest artist demonstrates different techniques at the monthly meetings which are held throughout the season that runs from September to May. PAG also holds regularly scheduled paint-ins.

Since its beginning, Plantation Art Guild has endeavored to award one or more scholarships annually to students who are residents of Plantation or attend a Plantation high school and plan to continue their education in Fine Arts.

 

PAG’s goal is to promote and support artistic and creative endeavors in an exceptionally congenial environment. Visitors are welcome to come to a meeting or a paint-in. For more information and schedules, visit PAG’s website at: www.plantationartguild.org. The first meeting of the season will be held at Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Rd., Plantation, 33317 on Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

 

 

 

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46th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Convention And Trade Show September 14-17

In preparation for the upcoming Florida Watercolor Society’s (FWS) 2017 Annual State Convention & Trade Show, The Rickie Report shares the details and opportunities to have your work critiqued, get great deals on art supplies and see artist demonstrations.  The events take place in Coral Springs, September 14 – 17th.  In conjunction with the Convention, the 2017 Florida Watercolor Society will hold its 46th Annual Opening Awards Reception/Art Exhibit on September 15th.  Special thanks to Lois Perdue, who interviewed Iain Stewart, one of the workshop presenters.  Get your calendars out and make your reservations!  The Trade Show is free and open to the public on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th.  Other instructors include watercolor artists Bev Jozwiak AWS, NWS and Sue Archer Allen AWS, NWS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.floridawatercolorsociety.org

 

 

 

2017 Florida Watercolor Society Convention & Trade Show 2017

September 14th-17th

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Hotel-Coral Springs

11775 Heron Bay Blvd,  Coral Springs, FL 33321  

954-753-5598

 

 

46th Annual Exhibition

 

Opening Awards Reception/ Art Exhibit:

Friday, September 15th

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 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL  33065

954-340-5000

Exhibit dates: Sept. 9th – Nov. 18th

 

 

Detailed information about the Convention and Trade Show as well as opportunities to register for critiques follows this interview of Iain Stewart by Lois Perdue

 

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart by Lois Perdue

Iain Stewart shares, “Painting my reality is with lines and light.”  It is not only about how the light influences his paintings, but to the award-winning watercolor artist and architectural illustrator, it’s about the lines, too.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in North Carolina and later, Alabama since the age of six, Stewart holds numerous international awards, is a signature member of the National and American Watercolor Societies and holds a degree in architecture.  For the first time, Stewart, has been invited to be one of three artists who will be teaching a four-day workshop at this year’s Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Convention & Trade Show. “I get a great deal of satisfaction teaching workshops,” he said. “I can communicate my ideas both vocally and visually in a manner that will, hopefully, remain with the artists and be repeatable by them.”

 

“6th Street Train” by Iain Stewart

 

Now 46-years-old, Stewart was fortunate to have had a head start in the field of art. He grew up familiar with renderings and architectural drawings as his father, Muir Stewart, was a Professor of Architecture at Auburn University until he retired in 1987. In addition, the senior Stewart has been a watercolorist his entire life and still continues an active career as an architectural illustrator and artist.  “There is friendly competition between us,” said Stewart.  Stewart, who will also hold one-on-one critiques during the convention weekend, said he learned some valuable lessons about critiquing art by example.

 

“My father has an uncanny ability to give scathing critiques, but they are correct,” he said. “What I do then is, if it’s fixable, I fix it, or I just start all over again” he said. “We now critique each others’ work which can become quite interesting at times.”  Stewart says, however, his own critiques are gently delivered, also productive and intended to help students learn.  “For myself, I like to use my ruined efforts to start the ‘barbeque’,” he said. “Successful paintings teach us very little. It’s the hand to the hot stove, the sting of the bee–the ruined painting that makes you look inward and seek out where you went wrong. I ask my students to create a written step-by-step process for a ruined painting—to go back and do a plan, find a point of reference of where and why they did it. Then their task is to go back and rework it and try to avoid making the same mistake twice.”

 

“Gothenburg” by Iain Stewart

 

Stewart, who has been published numerous times, most recently in Plein Air Magazine, (April/ May Issue) teaches both studio and plein air workshops on a regular basis throughout the United States and Europe. Other publications in which Stewart has been featured include Watercolor Artist, The Art of Watercolour, Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes & Gardens, The Robb Report and the French publication Pratique des Arts. He also has a three-DVD set available through northlightshop.com.  Always a watercolorist, Stewart enjoys the process of protecting light from the beginning. He admits his real struggle is to capture the initial vision.  “You have to see the works’ glow from the start,” he said.  Stewart added that he is most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. “The lion’s share of my work is accomplished alla prima,” said Stewart. “Watercolor is uniquely suited for the task of capturing light and must be preserved from the first brush strokes and protected throughout the painting process.”

 

 

Watercolor by Iain Stewart

Stewart maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama for his duo career as a fine art watercolorist alongside his 20-year career as an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Stewart says he is hired to create scenes that showcase the designer’s intentions in the best way possible. Clients have ranged from the Georgia State Capital to the Dublin Zoo. Once a year he heads to his alma mater, Auburn University, where he is an adjunct professor, to teach a course called “Architecture in Watercolor”.  “The course I teach is reviving and combining the use of watercolor presentation in the age of computer- dominated presentation techniques,” Stewart said.

 

Stewart does agree that his style has changed over the years and says it was gradual.  “I moved away from the tightness of my rendering style to a more expressive way of painting”, he said. “My work changes yearly and I noticed this when I began to focus more on my sketchbooks to bring the liveliness I experience when working in them to my studio work. It is less about accuracy and more about the feeling of being in a certain place. I have moved in a more painterly direction and continue to embrace the changes when they come. If I painted the same way year after year my personal work would become dull very quickly to me. In architectural illustration it’s all about the line work. When I paint for myself I never let a line tell me where to put my brush.”

 

 

“North Queens Ferry” by Iain Stewart

 

Stewart says he ruins more paintings when working on something new as his style changes but there is a benefit in that.  “That means I am on to something new and to follow it as far as it will take me. You would be surprised at how many people think that once you begin receiving awards, jurying, and getting into major publications that you somehow stop creating works that are not up to your idea of what constitutes a good painting,” he said.  To achieve the uniquely dramatic, sometimes moody strokes in his award-winning paintings, Stewart says he often uses imagined atmospheric and lighting conditions in his work and paints from both life and imagination.  “Watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world,” he shares.  As for his workshop teaching style, he believes that some students struggle, but Stewart takes delight in this.  “It is those times when they see the larger picture and have one of those “ah ha moments” and not just see the technical side of the demonstration,” he said.  “A light comes into their eyes and smiles appear on their faces and that is priceless to me,” he said. “It’s the moment of understanding and it’s a wonderful thing to see and be part of.”

 

Iain Stewart’s 4-Day Workshop is Mon., Sept 11-Thur., Sept. 14; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

&

Sue Archer Allen’s 1-Day Workshop is Thurs., Sept. 14; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both workshops have spaces.

Please visit FWS’s website to see about availability.

(Bev Jozwiak’s 4-day Workshop on Mon. Sept. 11 – Thurs., Sept 14 is filled.)

2017 Florida Watercolor Society State-wide

Convention & Trade Show

 

September 14th-17th

PLUS

BEST DEALS ON ART SUPPLIES AT THIS TRADE SHOW

 

Friday, September 15th

 Saturday, September 16th

9 am – 4 pm

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Hotel-Coral Springs

11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33321

954-753-5598

 

 

Free & Open to the public

 

 

 

“Exhibitors come from all over the United States as well as Europe,” said Rita Szopinski, president of FWS. “It’s a very popular event and a chance for the experienced artist as well as the beginner artist to be introduced to new and exciting products being promoted by the various vendors.”  And, the “price is right” at FWS’s trade show.  “Vendors offer “discounted” pricing to attendees so it is a great opportunity to stock up on art materials,” said Szopinski. “As you get excited about the demos and the products the workshop instructors are using, you can run to the trade show and purchase many of the items from one of the many booths. As you wander through the booths you will find a demo here and there as an added bonus. Visit the FWS website for updates on the trade show and demos.”   Many product experts will be introducing new products, holding demonstrations and answering artists’ questions throughout the weekend of Florida Watercolor Society’s 46th annual state convention.

 

 

46th Annual Awards Reception/ Art Exhibit

Friday, September 15th, 5:30 – 7:30pm  

Coral Springs Museum of Art

                                        2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, 33065

 

This year’s Opening Reception promises to be chic and will not only applaud the exceptional talents of FWS artists but will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Guests will enjoy music, fine wine and server-passed hors d’oeuvres. Ticket prices are $15 per person.  You can purchase your Reception ticket online when you register for the Convention, or when you check in at the hotel. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, September 14th.  

One-on-One Critique: Iain Stewart

Friday, September 15th

Artists who select this opportunity will be asked to submit 10 images either by e-mail or from their website in advance to the artist of their choosing, and will be scheduled for a 30 minute session. This is your chance to obtain valuable feedback so necessary to improve your painting, and increase your chances of being accepted in or receiving awards in national exhibitions. Charge is $50 per session. Scheduling will be mutually convenient.

Digital Critique by Bev Jozwiak

Friday, September 15th

Bev Jozwiak will be leading a critique of art images that have been submitted to the digital director at fws.show.entry@gmail.com specifically for this critique. All artists, members or non members, are welcome to submit up to 2 images by deadline date of September 14, 2017. Each image is $6 which can be paid in online checkout. Images should be cropped and sized according to standard submission rules of 300 DPI and longest edge 1800 pixels. You may have your images prepared for you by the digital director for $5/image, payable at checkout. The critiques will take place on Friday, September 15th.

Exhibit Review With Iain Stewart 

Saturday, September 16th

There is a $6 attendance fee to participate in the Iain Stewart review of the 2017 Annual Exhibition on Saturday, Sept 16th, as space is limited. Please pay the attendance fee with your convention registration. This is your chance to hear first hand how Iain chose this year’s images and learn what a juror may be seeking in judging such a large and competitive show.

One on One Critique: Sue Archer Allen

Saturday, September 16th

Artists who select this opportunity will be asked to submit 10 images either by e-mail or from their website in advance to the artist of their choosing, and will be scheduled for a 30 minute session. This is your chance to obtain valuable feedback so necessary to improve your painting, and increase your chances of being accepted in or receiving awards in national exhibitions. Charge is $50 per session. Scheduling will be mutually convenient, but all critiques will be held on September 16th.

For more information about membership, monthly meetings well as availability of workshops please visit:

www.floridawatercolorsociety.org

 

For media information about the FWS Convention contact Lois Perdue at 954.812.1860 or email her at : runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

 

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ArtServe Offers “Beyond Small Abstracts” Workshop Featuring Award Winning Artist, Lois Perdue March 13

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop on Monday, March 13th.   Lois will instruct students on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper.  The workshop will be held at ArtServe.  The Rickie Report shares the details of how to register and some sneak peeks of Lois’ award winning artwork.

 

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

 

 

ArtServe Presents:

LOIS  PERDUE

“Beyond  Small Abstracts”  Workshop

Monday, March 13, 2017

10 am – 2 pm

Class size is limited so please register before Wednesday, March 8th.

To Register:  

Email Lois: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

Workshop takes place at

ArtServe

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

 

 

 

Lois Perdue at the easel

 

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop.  She will be teaching new methods of applying textures.  Students of all stages are welcome to this workshop, as Lois will instruct you on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper!

 

“Mountain Climbing” by Lois Perdue, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

 

Lois, who has lived in South Florida her entire life, has been recognized in National, State and Local juried art competitions.  Her colorful, abstract expressionist paintings have won many awards.   Lois regularly takes workshop classes with Nationally recognized artists who provide their expertise and enthusiasm for her to continue her passion for painting!

 

 

” Neptune’s Reef” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

 

Lois tells The Rickie Report, “After years of working in other creative fields, I discovered a passion for Abstract painting. I had briefly studied oil painting, sculpting and weaving, but entering that first abstract class was the beginning of an amazing journey. Here I could creatively use my energy, spontaneity and vision. I discovered this process is more than just painting reality. It is the opportunity to paint where nothing is ever “wrong” and there are no rules. I use feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials, concepts and design to create my own way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”.

 

“Beach” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

 

Many of Lois’ abstract paintings begin on wood panel, watercolor paper or synthetic paper called Yupo with a textural layering to create dimension. She explains, “I apply thin washes of watercolor first and many translucent glazes as the under painting. Then I use bold, vibrant acrylics and inks along with the markings of calligraphy and brush strokes. Abstract Expressionism is a technique that is generally based on free and automatic “action painting”. As I begin to paint my experimental abstracts–sometimes intuitively, sometimes instinctively–I often approach the canvas with a mix of emotions. It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers”.

 

” Moody Blues ” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo

 

Lois is an active member of a number of art-related local, State and National art organizations including the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Societies, Weston Art Guild, Plantation Art Guilds, National League of American Pen Women/Ft. Lauderdale Branch, International Society of Experimental Artists, ArtServe and 12 Voices, an organization of professional artists.

 

 

 

 

To see more of her artwork, please visit her website at: www.loisperdue.com.

For more information about the class and cost, please contact her directly at: runner12@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio 18 Presents “Through Women’s Eyes”, Featuring National League Of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Artists

The community is invited to attend “Through Women’s Eyes,” at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines, Florida from July 22 – September 1.  An Opening Artist Reception will take place on Friday July 22. Meet the Featured Artist members of the non-profit National League of American Pen Women Ft. Lauderdale Branch, mingle with those who share an appreciation for art, and enjoy light refreshments while listening to the beautiful music of the Night Breeze Jazz trio.   In addition, three members – Susan Buzzi, Jen Walls and Phoenix – will be reading from their published works sharing experiences as seen through their eyes. The Rickie Report shares the details.  Parking and admission are free.

 

 

National League of American Pen Women,

Fort Lauderdale Branch

PRESENTS:

“Through Women’s Eyes”

 

Free, Public Opening Reception:

 

Friday, July 22, 2016

7pm

Enjoy Light Refreshments and Music

 

Studio 18

1101 Poinciana Drive  

Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

 

 

 

 

 

PenWomenFtLauderdaleStudio 18-2

 

Free Parking, Free Admission

Open to the Public

Exhibit Runs through September 1st

Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

 

 

 

The artists of “Through Women’s Eyes” work in the mediums of photography, water color, acrylics and oils. Artists: Karen Braverman, Susan Buzzi, Mary Belle Cordell, Beverly Dameron, Claudia Hafner, Elaine Kahn, Christine Landis, Valerie Lecklikner, Terry Mulrroney, Lois Perdue, Phoenix, Anabel Rub Peicher, Donna Salle, Tammy Seymour, Carol Thaw, Jen Walls and Subashini Yalamanchi, have borrowed inspiration from nature and rendered impressive art work ranging from replica to creative interpretation. The National League of American Pen Women organization is comprised of professional women dedicated to creating progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

 

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“This is a very accomplished group of professional female artists who pay special tribute and celebrate the uniqueness of South Florida’s natural beauty in this stunning Exhibition,” said Holly Bonkowski, Division Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Pembroke Pines.

 

 

 

 

 

The National League of American Pen Women-Fort Lauderdale, made up of a select group of professional women in the arts, presents: “Through Women’s Eyes.” This exhibit will showcase some of South Florida’s most accomplished artists’ latest works celebrating South Florida’s natural beauty. Working in various mediums including photography, water color, acrylics and oils, these renowned artists will each pay tribute to the beauty of South Florida’s most remarkable natural assets. The exhibit will be organized and curated by native Miami photographer Phoenix who has enjoyed a diverse career that has encompassed journalism, media relations and film-making. Phoenix’ primary studio and sanctuary are south Florida’s wetlands and the Everglades and her serene and startling scenes will be complemented in words and imagery by her fellow artists.

 

 

 

About the National League of American Pen Women:

 

 

 

Since its founding in 1897 by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue, Henry Longfellow’s niece, the League seeks to create progression and advancement in visual arts, literary work, and musical composition. As the oldest and largest women’s arts organization, members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, exhibitions, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures, fostering networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union. Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,000 scholarships to a high school senior woman who has been accepted and enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university or technical school. http://www.nlapw.org/

 

For additional information please call 954-961-6067 or visit:

 www.ppines.com/studio18

For a schedule of exhibitions, events, and workshops

 

 

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National League Of American Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Chapter Invites You To Juried Art Exhibit, “The Nature Of Women”

An opening reception to kick off the “The Nature of Women” juried Art Exhibit for the National League of American Pen Women, Ft. Lauderdale Branch (NLAPW) will be held Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Bailey Hall. It is located at 3501 Davie Road, Davie, Florida, 33314 and is Free to attend. According to Marjorie Stanbury, Events Coordinator for Bailey Hall, this reception is only the second art exhibit in the newly renovated $1.4 million performance hall and gallery facility located on Broward College’s Central Campus in Davie. 85 pieces of fine art, including water color, oil, acrylic, photography and sculpture, are on display from 19 award-winning, women artists. The exhibit runs through April 18. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is a wonderful networking organization! 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch (NLAPW)

Invites You:

 

Free Opening Reception

“The Nature of Women”

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

6 to 9 p.m.

 

 

Broward College Central Campus

Bailey Hall

3501 Davie Road       Davie, Florida, 33314

 

 

The exhibit runs through April 18, 2016

 

 

 

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Marcia Hirschy, “Along the Garden Path”

 

 

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN

 

 

The need for an organization to include women of the press at the turn of the 19th century impelled newspaper woman Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue (Henry Longfellow’s niece) to establish such a group.

 

 

She, along with 17 charter members, filed its first application for incorporation with a membership of 50 professionals including women writers, composers and artists. The League has been promoting and conducting literary, educational and charitable activities in the fields of Art, Letters and Music for the past 118 years throughout the United States.

 

 

 

The Fort Lauderdale Branch, comprise of members from the tri-county area, meets monthly for luncheons in the Broward County area from October to April each year. Artists, musicians, writers and historians present a variety of programs.

 

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Art by Norma Sumner

 

 

 

An annual art competition open to all tri-county women artists as well as additional exhibits for Arts and Letters members are presented throughout the year. Several creative programs each year attract audiences interested in jewelry making and paper making to abstract and batik art.

 

 

 

 

 

In April, the season ends with the Annual Achievement Awards program and luncheon at which time scholarship financial awards are presented to several area high school senior women who have met the Pen Women criteria and will go on to college to study in the areas of Arts, Music and/or Writing.

 

 

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Art by Carol Ann

 

 

 

 

For more information about the “The Nature of Women” exhibit

Call 954-201-6259 or visit www.nlapw-ftl.com

For more information about the National League of American Pen Women:

 http://www.nlapw.org/.

For more information on membership, contact JoAnn Culligan (jjpompano@aol.com)

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291