Martin Artisans Guild Members Are Offering Original Fine Art, Jewelry, And Glass Fusion Class In “Chances For Art” Raffle To Support Artists. $20 Raffle Ticket Purchase Can Be Designated To A Specific Offering. This Sale Is Open To The Public And Ends On October 25,2020

Imagine winning an original piece of fine art, handcrafted jewelry, or a fuse glass class for two with a $20 purchase!  The Martin Artisans Guild is offering a “Chances For Art” Raffle to help artists who have been adversely impacted by the Covid19 pandemic and to help defray the costs of the upcoming 2021 Martin County Open Studio Tour.   You choose which artwork you want to put your raffle ticket on!  Some of the artwork will be on view at: Gilt Complex, Kling Gallery, Palm Room, Red Barn Furniture, and Stuart Art Supply.  The drawing takes place on October 25, 2020.  Purchase tickets in person or via the MAG website.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details and sneak peeks here.  What an invigorating way to kick off the next Palm Room Art Exhibition Opening on Wednesday, September 2, 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

PURCHASE TICKETS:

https://mcost.org/chances-for-art

For more information or details contact: MalloBisset@gmail.com

 

 

ALL artwork is ready to hang.   Most artwork includes shipping!

 

 

VIEW  ARTWORKS AT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Palm Room In Stuart Features “Art In Isolation” An Exhibition of The Martin Artisans Guild. Opening Reception Wednesday, September 2 Includes 2D and 3D artworks

The Martin Artisans Guild announces the “Summer Salon” in the Palm Room. The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Over 10 member-artists will display their art, sculpture, glass, and ceramics, as well as wearable art.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to some of the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. This exhibit will be available through October 31, 2020.  All artwork is for sale.  

 

 

 

M E E T       T H E       A R T I S T S:

 

 

 

JANE   BALDRIDGE

 

“Storm Surge King Tide” by Jane Baldridge

 

I have had a fascination, maybe an obsession, with water for as long as I remember. I prefer to be in it, if not in than on and failing that let me stare at it. Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me. It was but a miniature version of what happens all around the globe.  I grew up in a small Texas fishing village that was underwater at the hint of a tropical storm, from there I moved to a North Carolina coastal fishing village that went under water with the lunar cycles. Now, much of the coastal areas of the planet have reason to watch their own erosion, subsidence and the rising tides reshape their world. I believe that those people who do not go out on the ocean and witness it’s power and beauty may not understand what happens with the rushing water borne on a storm. Currents, tides and runoff change the land, scouring some here, depositing some there. It can be beautiful or terrifying. This can manifest into the magic of an ox-bow forming in a river or a beach house undermined and falling into the ocean.

 

 

MALLO    BISSET

 

“Bahama Mama” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary, I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  I have always lived close to the sea, so water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas. When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.  The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully, my artwork makes you happy too!

 

 

CHARLIE    COTE

 

 

 

“Don’t Let Someone Dim Your Light Just Because it Shines In Their Eyes” by Charlie Cote

 

 

Cheryl Cote’ (pronounced “koh-TAY”) is a prolific, contemporary artist who lost her right eye to cancer when she was only six months old.  In 2010, Cheryl also lost a significant portion of central vision in her remaining eye to a condition known as retinal edema.  This condition prevents Cheryl from driving and reading written text requires a magnifying glass.  Cheryl is currently under the care of a well-known retinal oncologist in Miami.  She has appointments every three weeks to undergo extensive diagnostics and have an injection into her eye to preserve her vision.  Despite Cheryl’s visual impairment she recently found a way to return to her passion for art.  Cheryl hopes her artwork will bring joy to those who view it and that it encourages others struggling to overcome their own challenges in life.

 

 

LAURA    KAY   DARVILL

 

“Combo Bracelet” by Laura Kay Darvill

 

Jewelry often defines the personality and style of a person.  Jewelry By Whiticar offers you many options to explore your own “look.”.  What do you like to wear?  Are you more conservative, or do you walk on the wild side?  When you look at different selections, what catches your eye? Laura Kay is a native Floridian.  She grew up in Stuart, Florida, in a boating family.  Majoring in mathematics led to a career of teaching high school math.  After retiring, she became interested in learning sign language, and she interpreted at the Treasure Coast Deaf Church.  A traveling adventure led to an interest in designing and making jewelry.  Recently she discovered sailing (growing up was all about power boats) and is a member of two sailing clubs!! There are just not enough hours in the day!!

 

 

JAMES   J.   DEMARTIS

 

“City Scape”  by James J. DeMartis

 

 

James J. DeMartis (1926 – 1996) was an American painter of the post-World War II generation who explored a wide variety of styles and media; he is best known for his abstract expressionist works. DeMartis’ late style between the 1980s and 1990s has been characterized as “a blend of romantic realism and abstract expressionism. Landscapes, figures, still lifes and abstract works dominate his subject matter. The paint is applied in a lush impasto and lyric flowing line.”

 

 

DOT   GALFOND

 

 

“Reflections in Isolation” by Dot Galfond

 

Dot Galfond is a contemporary fused glass artist who resides in Palm City, Florida. Since childhood she has had her hands in some sort of art project; from silversmithing to stage design and construction in high school to computer graphic design and photography. Her love of glass began in 1992 with a stained glass class which eventually led her to her true artistic passion – fused glass. She loves the technological challenge and the complexity of the medium. Heating glass to its molten form; the look of fluid, moving glass. This flowing movement is evident in her body of work.

 

 

CAROL    KEPP

 

 

“Firecrackers”  by Carol Kepp

 

 

Carol Kepp was educated in advertising at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Ad School. Carol returned to fine art and is teaching art classes and workshops at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Gallery and The Artist Nook in Stuart. Working with adults that have a desire to find their hidden talent has brought me much joy.

 

 

ANGELA   KROGEN

 

 

” Hanging Out” by Angela Krogen

 

 

Art is an expression of our beings! It has always been a hidden talent since childhood, as I watched my family members display this gift as architects, graphic designers and decorators.I am inspired to paint flowers and landscape themes, as I learn about viewing colors and how beautifully light reflects upon nature creating shapes and movement.My desire in artis to convey a sense of joy through this meaningful expression of nature. It is a tool of communication with amessage that will bring a sense of balance and alignment to the viewer.Colors in art bring a sense of well being.  Whether used inRealism or Impressionistic, they are tools  to impart beauty and bring about vibrations of good mood and stability.

 

 

 

LYNN   MORGAN

 

 

“Ocean Dreams” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of.  She knew that when she retired, she would reinvent herself as an artist, and that’s what she did.  By attending classes and workshops, she learned techniques that have evolved over the years from realistic renderings to a much more abstract style.  Lynn loves to travel the world and is considered quite the adventurer by her friends.  Her works are inspired by the sights and sounds of her travels to various parts of the world.

 

 

 

BILLIE  JO  THOMPSON

 

 

“Mable” by Billie Jo Thompson

 

 

Billie is an award winning artist who was born and educated in Canada. Billie earned a diploma in fine arts at Central Technical College in Toronto majoring in 3-D. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. While raising a family, Billie continued to paint and participated in many solo and group shows and garnered a number of awards. Billie, an accomplished mural artist, also completed a number of commissions for both corporate and private clients.  In 2010 Billie became a paint coordinator in the film industry, creating the wonderful scenic worlds of notable films including “The Magicians”, “Big Eyes”, “Continuum”, “The Confirmation” and many others. Billie also painted commissioned pieces featured in two Tim Burton films, “Big Eyes” and “Miss Peregrines Home for peculiar Children”.  Billie currently splits her time between Vancouver Canada and Jensen Beach, FL. Billie’s current inspiration is the spirit of the ocean, the skies and the natural beauty of the tropics.

 

 

 

 

 

CANDY      WALSH

 

 

“Soft Places” by Candy Walsh

 

 

Candy Walsh tells The Rickie Report, “My 14 year exploration in clay has brought me here. A place where I can display my sculpture and functional ware and promote an interest in the clay arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Martin Artists Guild Offer “Blue By You” Art Exhibit From The Palm Room May 5 – June 30. View From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

For many artists being at home, spending many hours alone working on their creations, and wearing masks or other protective gear is quite normal. What they are not used to is the inability to have a reception hosting numerous people in order to show their latest art work…  Area professional artists who are members of the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) will continue their shows at the Palm Room at Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart, but a bit differently.  The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of the newest exhibit.  You can view them by private appointment or virtually from the comfort of your own home.  The exhibit includes paintings, glass, jewelry, photography, metal sculpture and ceramics all of which were created using various shades of blue. Not allowing any blue moods to take over, the artists have kept up their spirits by focusing on creating new art which they hope to share with the public through this beautiful and dramatic show. We urge you to take a look and remember that cultural arts have kept us entertained and inspired during our quarantine.

 

 

 

 


 

“BLUE   BY   YOU”

 

 

Being Exhibited At:  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

 

May 5 – June 30, 2020

 

FREE

By Appointment Only Or Virtually 

 

 

Between May 5 and the end of June, the show can be seen through the Palm Room windows or by appointment with any of the exhibiting artists. Their contact information will be posted on the doors and is available in the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour Booklet and Gallery Guide. All health precautions will be taken including face masks being worn. If restrictions are lifted before the end of June, there may be an artists’ reception held, but none are scheduled at this time.

 

 

 

 

Participating artists:

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Mallo Bisset

Cheryl Cote

Laura Kay Darvill

Diana Rell Dean

James DiMartis

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Alice Laputka

Maria Miele

Lynn Morgan

Alex Murray

Chad Periman

 

 

The exhibit will be shown on the MAG website:

 

www.mcost.org

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

 

 

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

www.mcost.org

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Tibetan Monks Visit Stuart Area February 17 – 23. Public Invited To Lectures, Children’s Activities, Mandala Rituals, And Cultural Dinner

The Martin Artisans Guild and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast will co-host a group of Tibetan Monks at The Palm Room Gallery and at the Church. From February 17 – 23, several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will provide Cultural Pageants, lectures and children’s events, including  the creation and dissolution of a mandala.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Some events require advanced registration and have limited seating, so make your plans now!

 

 

 

Martin Artisans Guild

and

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast

 

 

 PRESENT:

 

 

THE     TIBETAN    MONKS

of

DREPUNG   GOMANG   MONESTARY

 

February 17 – 23

 

 

OPENING  CEREMONY:

 

 

 Creation of the Sacred Mandala:  

Monday, February 17    11 am – 4 pm

 

 

Ongoing Creation of Mandala:

 

Tuesday, February 18                 10 am – 3pm

Wednesday February 19            10 am – 3 pm

Thursday , February 20             10 am – 5 pm

Friday, February 21                     10 am – 5 pm

Saturday February 22                 10 am – 5 pm

 

 

 

DISSOLUTION CEREMONY

 

Sunday, February 23        1 pm

 

 

ALL Located at:   

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

WORKSHOPS  THROUGHOUT  THE  WEEK:

 

 

Monday, February 17:

 

Childrens’ Coloring Tibetan Designs   4 – 5 pm

Sacred Art Tour Fire Puja house blessing  7 – 8 pm

Tuesday, February 18:

 

Mani Stone Workshop    4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, February 19:

 

Tibetan Dinner and Cultural Pageant   7 –  9 pm

 

Saturday, February 22:  

 

World Peace Puja  1 – 3 pm

 

 

ALL Located at:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast

21 SE Central Parkway    Stuart,FL 

 

 

~Registration for events is requested~

 

~Donations are appreciated~

 

Additional information and registration sites:  www.mcost.org

Or Call:  Suzanne Connors   336.693.4606

Event schedules available at the Palm Room or the Church locations

 

 

From February 17-23 several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will visit Martin County and bring their teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom. Highlighting their trip is the creation of a Sacred Sand Mandala in the Martin Artisans Guild Palm Room exhibition space. The monks will share Tibetan culture and traditions, as well as offer us universal lessons on compassion and impermanence.

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Art Tour supports the 2,000 monks in Mundgod, India, with funds for their education, healthcare and nutrition. Handcrafts by Tibetan artisans will be offered for sale. The Martian Artisans Guild is comprised of professional artists from the county who have banded together to promote the arts in Martin County. Their yearly activities include the Martin County Open Studio Tour which is held the third weekend of January, numerous exhibitions, artist seminars, a county gallery guide, and other art related opportunities for artists and the general public. Their goal is to make Martin County an arts destination.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With New Exhibition Opening Wednesday, February 5th. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, February 5.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: Mallo Bisset, Cheryl Cote, Torenzo Gann, Dot Galfond, Eduardo Gomez, and Maria G. Miele. All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists. We’ve heard rave reviews!  Artists will be offering free demos during this time.

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays: Noon to 7 pm through the month of February

 

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, February 5

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

MALLO  BISSET

 

 

Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her.  As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.  Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, it wasn’t until 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.  It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.  After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.  Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.  Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils!  She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.  Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.  Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.  Having participated in many local art shows and being very involved in community arts events, Mallo Bisset was awarded the prestigious Marties Award for Best Visual Artist for 2018 in Martin County.  As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!  

 

 

 

“Washed Up” by Mallo Bisset

 

 

 

 

Mallo tells The Rickie Report, “My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary, I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  Having always lived close to the sea, water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas.  When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often, it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.  Having tried many techniques, I now paint exclusively using oils and the palette knife.   I love the texture created with the knife.  My method is quick and definitive.  Once I commit to a painting there is not a lot of second-guessing.  I know a piece is done when the canvas is full of color. The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully my artwork makes others happy too”.   Mallo Bisset’s work can be seen at MalloBisset.com or at her own shop, Red Barn Furniture, 513 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994.  She may be contacted at mallobisset@bellsouth.net, on facebook at facebook.com/mallobisset or by phone at (772) 260-5212. 

 

 

 

CHERYL COTÉ

 

Cheryl Cote’ (pronounced “koh-TAY”) is a prolific, contemporary artist who lost her right eye to cancer when she was only six months old. In 2010, Cheryl also lost a significant portion of her central vision in her remaining eye to a condition known as retinal edema. This visual impairment changed her life forever, prohibiting her from creating the intricate, detailed artwork she was accustomed to doing on small canvasses.  Reading text now requires a magnifying glass and she is no longer able to drive.  Cheryl is currently under the care of a well-known retinal oncologist in Miami. She has appointments every three weeks to undergo extensive diagnostics and have an injection into her eye to preserve her vision.  Recently, Cheryl discovered how to compensate for her visual impairment by using larger canvasses her inspiration, instinct, and passion for creativity to fill the visual void.

 

“I C things The Struggle Is Real So Make It Beautiful” by Cheryl Coté

 

 

Cheryl tells The Rickie Report, “As a visually impaired artist, I  want my creations to represent the internal struggles so many people face daily suffering with their own physical, emotional, and psychological challenges.  I want the individual titles to reflect the inspirational roots of my artwork and draw the onlooker into my world.  The titles and visual representations enhance the connection with others, if only for a few moments, so they can share the elements that inspired my work. Moments of despair, depression, anxiety and hopelessness are things we all experience at one time or another. But, those difficult times are countered in our lives with hope, courage, persistence, triumph, and happiness. My work is intended to vividly convey these life experiences in a visual presentation and inspire others”.

 

 

DOT  GALFOND

 

Dot Galfond’s interest in glass began when, as a child sitting in church, she became fascinated watching the sunbeams dance through the stained glass windows, as their beautiful colors played on the pews and floor.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Many years later, I’m still transfixed by light shining through glass, which explains why transparent glass is so prevalent throughout most of my artwork. I love the challenge of applying modern-day science and the technology of today’s equipment and kilns to recapture this centuries-old art form. Many aspects of kiln-formed glass have stayed consistent throughout history. Every piece takes several kiln firings over many hours of firing, with temperatures reaching as high as 1460°F. This heating and cooling process typically takes several days, and I take great pride that each and every piece of art that I create is truly one-of-a-kind. The beautiful coastal area that surrounds me in Florida inspires the many shapes and colors that I utilize in my work. Beautiful ocean waves, sparkling waters, sea life, and perfect blue skies are also a constant inspiration. Often, I’m so motivated by an idea, I have to stop everything I’m doing and immediately go to my studio and begin creating. It’s an overwhelming feeling that comes over me that “I just have to do this now! My hope is that people look at my art with a curious mind. I want them to wonder how each and every piece was created. And I hope that they see the beauty and mystery that I see in glass every day”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Turquoise Glass” by Dot Galfond

 

 

Dot Galfond is a contemporary fused glass artist who resides in Palm City, Florida.  Since childhood she has had her hands in some sort of art project; from silversmithing to stage design and construction in high school to computer graphic design and photography.  Her love of glass developed at a young age where she started a stained glass class which eventually led her to her true artistic passion – fused glass.  She loves the technological challenge and the complexity of the medium. Heating glass to its molten form; the look of fluid, moving glass.  This flowing movement is evident in her body of work. Primarily self-taught, she has refined her skills and studied with some of the country’s foremost glass artists.  Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions and is represented by galleries on the east and west coasts of Florida and in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Dot spends most days in her studio doing what she loves.  She constantly seeks to expand her artistic and technical perspectives.  When she’s not in the studio, you can find her traveling with her husband, Mark.  Memberships:  Glass Art Society, National American Glass Club, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Arts Council of Martin County, and Martin Artisan Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TORENZO GANN

     
 
Torenzo’s Artist statement tells us, “I am compelled. I am driven. I must create!  I see art everywhere. On sidewalks, reflections in storefront windows, shadow designs falling on the ground or embracing the side of a building. I see clouds as moving sculptures.  I produce thousands of photographs. Some, to use as a reference for a painting… others because they tell a story or ask a question and invite me to create a painting.  As an artist, I believe I have a responsibility to also create works of art that bring attention to important societal issues such as chemicals as food additives, toxic chemicals used in the industrialized production of crops, and genetic engineering. I’m also concerned about the current trend in America to whitewash our history in order to oblige the politically correct community.
 
I feel a deep responsibility and calling to create works of art that reveal and contemplate the beauty in the everyday objects we all find around us in this amazing universe created by God.
 
Art is everywhere! If you look for it, you’ll see it!
 

I believe God has created an amazing universe! As God is the original Creator, He created everyone with the ability to create…everyone! If you’re one of the millions of people who believe they cannot create or are not creative, I challenge your belief and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and CREATE something. I believe you can do it! We all start at the beginning.  Let the fun begin!

 

 

 

 

 

“Revisionist History” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

Torenzo Gann is an internationally known, award winning fine-artist and a native of Michigan, where he majored in illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design.  After successfully completing his first year, Torenzo left Kendall to self-educate in the areas of painting, photography, and filmmaking. After twenty years of creating art, wining awards and becoming a nationally known artist, Torenzo abandoned his love of creating art to confront the crisis of his alcoholism. As a result of receiving treatment and getting sober he chose to enter the treatment field and become a certified counselor so that he could help others who have struggled with alcoholism and other drug addiction.  It would be twenty-years later that he returned to painting.  Since his return, Torenzo has exhibited in numerous national shows. In January, 2019 hos painting, “Gate Hook, Barbados” selected for inclusion in the International art fair, ArtPalmBeach,  by Eric Weiss, Curator-at-Large, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain.  In October,2019 two of Torenzo’s works, “Wall Switch” and “Obelisk, Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles” were selected by Juror Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of American University at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC and Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.  In November, 2019 Torenzo was one of only 54 artists selected from over 500 entrants to be juried into the prestigious All Florida Art Show produced by the Martin County Cultural Arts Council. Juror, Ehern Gerhard, Arts Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs, Fl. Commented on Torenzo’s piece, “The Last Roundup”, as a work bringing awareness and attention to the toxic chemicals used and found in America’s agriculture, and awarded it Honorable Mention.  Torenzo’s ceaseless quest for seeing and creating art is his unconstrained passion. He eagerly awaits to see what’s next.  Torenzo’s latest artwork will be seen at Art Synergy/ArtPalmBeach 2020 Biblio.  For more information:  Call 561.818.6259 or visit Torenzoart.com

           

 

 

 

 

MARIA  GRACE  MIELE

 

Maria tells The Rickie Report, “Bold, minimal simplicity is the creative force inspiring my newest body of work. Capturing and interpreting natural environments in an expression of color and minimal composition is so satisfying. My work is constantly evolving which is evident in the variety of subject matter and painting styles throughout the years. What stays consistent is my passion for color and bold, minimal composition. Photography has always been a vehicle for inspiration and experimentation and is the usual resource for my paintings. Being able to capture a place, or moment in time and transfer that to a 2-Dimensional surface is what I am called to do artistically. My subjects are often inspired by pop culture and my commission work is mostly the very popular selfie in paint or pet portraits. This is what keeps me busy. But my passion is still in bold composition, vibrant color or contrasts and interpretive abstractions”. 

 

 

 

“Rush Hour” by Maria G. Miele

 

 

Maria earned a BFA in Fine Art from Caldwell College and a Masters from NYU in Studio and Arts Administration.  She also attended University of Maryland School of Architecture and Parson School of Design in NY.  She continues her taking professional courses at the Summer ART Education Forum at SCAD and the TICA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Maria is a Visual Art Educator at the Pine School in Hobe Sound, FL.  Her work is part of numerous private collections and she welcomes commissions.  Visit her website to see her popular “vintage” series of paintings and photographs. Instagram: mgmoriginals_fine_art   FaceBook: Maria G Miele mgmoriginals  Call:  772-486-4229 or  Websitewww.mgmoriginals.com

 

 

 

EDUARDO   GOMEZ   ROJAS

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas was born in Colombia and moved to the USA as a young man. Eduardo graduated with a BA, in Economics, and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he started sculpting. Later, he completed his art major in sculpture at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and received a post-baccalaureate degree in sculpture.  Eduardo also studied independently under various nationally recognized sculptors.  ln 2009 a book was published about his work titled “Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages” . This book includes an introduction and artist interview by Art Historian Laura M Amrhein, Ph.D. This work is available in in e-book format at amazon.com. Eduardo has exhibited in various Museums and international juried art shows and his work is collected internationally. Eduardo has been a sculpture instructor at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida for the last 9 years. His sculpture studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida where he also teaches privately. Eduardo has completed multiple private and Public Commissions. Two of his public commissions can be appreciated locally at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas

 

 

 

 

Eduardo tells The Rickie Report, ” The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition.   Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing. Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. For me form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness. That is why I like sculpting dancers and other athletes. My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

Click Here for Video!

 

 

 

MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Galfond

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

mcost.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Friends Of Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Hosts Award Winning Fine Art Show Saturday, January 4 & Sunday, January 5th. Free Admission And Parking At Art Show In The Gardens

Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens presents their 1st annual Art Show in The Gardens on Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 2020. The show will feature 45 artists representing 2D, 3D, Jewelry and Fine Crafts from the Treasure Coast and beyond. Enjoy the wine bar, 2 food trucks and 4 specialty food vendors, plus: Florida Dance, Drum Circle, Live Radio Broadcasting, Ft. Pierce Jazz Society JAZZ Concert! The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT   OUR   PREMIER   ARTISTS:

GREG HOLD

Creator of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Faeirie Forrest

 

ANITA PRENTICE

Renown local mosaic artist who completed all of the mosaic bus benches in SLC, along with various mosaic murals in SLC and Martin County. 

KENNETH SANDLIN

Sculptor

CHARLES WALKER

The Late HIGHWAYMAN represented by his wife, Gertrude Walker

 

 

 

MEET  THE  PROFESSIONAL  ARTISTS!

 

JURORS:

Robin Lee Makowski

Roni Rottner

Patrice Scott

   ENTERTAINMENT   LINE UP:

SATURDAY  1/4/20

Florida Dance and Art Exhibition       10-Noon

Drum Circle with Kevin Beatkeeper   12-2 PM

Dance Theatre   2-3 PM

LIVE Treasure and Space Coast Radio B94.7, 93.7GYL and Ocean 92.1 – ALL DAY

SUNDAY, 1/5/20

ART Awards presented by Mayor Greg Oravec –  11:15 – Noon

Ft Pierce Jazz & Blues Society JAZZ Concert-  Noon-2 PM

WHLG Coast Radio 101.3 – ALL DAY

 

 

FOOD & BEVERAGES:

Wine and Beer Bar

Granny’s Grill and Seafood Truck,

JUGOBOSSFL Smoothies and Acai Bowls, 

The DOJOE Gourmet Coffees

Cray’s Kettle Korn

T’s Glazed Nuts

Mz Perky Cold Brew Coffee

 

Plus:

Meet more non-profit organizations and art leagues!

For more information about this event:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org

www.PSLBG.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

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

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With Premiere Exhibition Opening Wednesday, December 4. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, December 4.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: James J. DeMartis, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, Chris Kling, Lynn Morgan, Danuta Rothschild, and Carolyn Walsh at the free Opening Reception.  All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists.

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays, noon to 7 pm through the month of November

 

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, December 4

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)

 

 

MEET      THE       ARTISTS:

 

 

 

 

James J. DeMartis

 

 

“She Fell To Pieces” by James J Demartis

 

 

 

In his own words:   My work seems to have progressed from an earlier moody and somber romanticism to its present stage whatever it may be called. I enjoy doing imaginary landscapes, seascapes and still lifes in either oil or acrylic, or both.   I sold the gallery in 1989 and have been living clumsily. I am subsisting on remnants of earned monies from gallery sale and exhibitions, Social Security and a lifetime of meager earnings, also VA disability pension from WWII.  I have three fine grown children and a great aptitude for assimilating, learning and living and I’ll continue painting until there are no more surfaces to paint on.”
—James J. DeMartis

He was an abstract impressionist who liked to explore different styles and media. He gathered imagery and symbolism from his vast travels.  From the Rickie Report, “His oil paintings on canvas and paper, according to Ms. Crealy Pollack on behalf of the Eggers Partnership of Architects and Planners in NYC, “reflect the sure hand of a painter schooled in Florence, Italy, but associated with the New York and Maine School of American Artists. There is a mystical quality about his work which is strongly influenced by the history of calligraphy, both ancient and contemporary.” 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill began creating jewelry ten years ago.  She attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes, has taken several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, and has participated in several national workshops and conventions.  aura Kay is a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club,  the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  She is also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.

 

Laura Kay’s father, Curt Whiticar, an oil painter and a boat builder, was of great influence. She incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for Laura Kay. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of her work is influenced by a passion for the ocean.  

 

Laura Kay’s jewelry may be found in Geoffrey Smith Gallery in Stuart, Florida, in Geoffrey Smith Artist Studio and Gallery, and in the Emporium at the Elliott Museum.  In January 18 and 19, her studio will be stop #13 on the Open Studio Tour in Martin County.  She also publishes a newsletter “Whiticar Waves” which features her art stories and events in the area.  To join her newsletter, send your name and email to the email. Laura Kay has a studio and show room in her home.  She is open by appointment.  If you wish to  visit her studio, contact her at jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or 772-834-6202.  Her website is jewelrybywhiticar.com.

 

 

Chris Kling

 

 

“Beyond The See”  by Chris Kling

 

 

Chris Kling graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has worked as a professional artist since 1978. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the US and with the Portrait Society of America including her most recent award for her portrait of “Vala”. Chris has exhibited with the Oil Painters of America and in September 2019 she was honored to show in the American Impressionist Society’s 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. Chris works primarily in oil in a contemporary impressionistic manner. She also teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture in classes and workshops.  Chris has a gallery and studio in Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL and is represented by Palm City Art & Frame. Painting, to her, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.  You may see her work on her Facebook page Chris Kling Studio and at www.chrisklingartist.com. For more information contact her directly at cbkling@bellsouth.net or 772-285-7826. 

 

 

Lynn Morgan

 

 

“Rocky Surf” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of.  Lynn’s early art experiences were orchestrated by her mother, a former student at the Parsons School in New York.  As a pre-teen, she was allowed to ride the city bus to downtown Detroit (imagine that!) by herself.  She would browse the stationary departments at the big department stores to find drawing paper.  As a teen, she began to paint with acrylics.  

In later years, Lynn began painting with watercolors and took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis and Robbie Laird.  She took art classes at Palm Beach State College where she was introduced to pastels, her “go to” medium.  She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Jen Evenhus, Aline Ordman and Tony Allain.  Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works.

Lynn, a full-time artist, is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) and Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA).  She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits.  Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.

 

 

Danuta Rothschild

 

 

 

“Untitled” by Danuta Rothschild

 

 

Danuta Rothschild is an internationally known, respected award wining artist. A native of Poland, she has lived in the United States for many years. Danuta’s works have been shown in prestigious museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the United States.  She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Barbara, and Laguna Beach in California.  Having appeared in television shows in Poland, France, and the United States, and being interviewed and published in leading California publications and newspapers, she has become an established artist in the art world.

 

Danuta’s art is collected by numerous celebrities, politicians, and collectors around the world.  Her move to the Treasure Coast has raised the bar in the art community.  The scope of her work is widely diverse and provocative. Her works often weave a historical tapestry including her own take on the Masters. An artist of considerable breadth and stature, Danuta created several series of paintings covering a wide variety of subjects.  Her art provides social commentary and very relevant issues both spiritual and profound.  It is rare to see the intensity of emotion, scope of subject matter, and a true understanding of the human psyche and spirit as she sees it.  Danuta can take a soul-wrenching subject matter and make it palatable and magical while allowing us to ask the pertinent questions that take us deeper within ourselves to gain new understandings.  For more information please visit danutastudio.com

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Walsh

 

 

“Couple Kissing” original sculpture by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

 

Ceramic artist Carolyn Walsh was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  At a young age,  she was inspired by her Aunt Jean, a ceramic sculptor.  Even though her life took another direction, she always longed to be a working artist.  In 2003, she began working and learning at the Pottery of Carlee Weston and Friends, honing her craft for the last 17 years. Since then, she has shown her work at Molly’s House, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, the Beanie Backus Gallery Best of the Best Show, along with several other pop up shows through the Martin Artisans Guild. She has won several awards and is opening her own studio at her ranch in Palm City in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(3)C NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here: https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/become_a_member/
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.

 

 

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