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

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

 

 

 

How     It     All     Started…..

 

Kodak Instamatic Pocket Camera with Flashcube

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

BSG:

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

 

 

 

 

“African Crowned Crane” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

 

 

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

 

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

BSG:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

BSG:

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

 

 

Barry Steven Greff’s photography in print

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Detail from “Beaded Web” by Barry Steven Greff©

 

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

BSG:

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:   This is all quite heady stuff!

BSG:

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

 

TRR Where do you go from here?

BSG:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Awards:

2012 FotoDC International Awards Competition, Washington DC

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

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

2009 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup

2008 International Photography Awards

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

barrystevengreff@gmail.com

Fine Art Photography:  305.609.7729

Portfolio: www.BarryStevenGreff.com

Sales: www.barrygreff.com

 

 

 

 

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Art Scene Continues With “Art Night Out And Studio Tours” In Northwood Village

Northwood Village hosts “Artist Open Studios Tour” during monthly “ART NIGHT OUT” event, focusing on local artists in Northwood Industrial District.  Stop by Northwood Village for dinner, a beverage, and a whole lot of art on Friday, January 27th. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks from previous events.  This is an easy way to meet emerging and established artists who happen to call West Palm Beach, FL their home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwood Village Hosts

Artist Open Studios Tour

 

And Monthly “ART NIGHT OUT” event

 

Friday, January 27th

 

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

 

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Free Event!   Trolly Shuttles!   Free Parking!

 

 

 

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Free street parking located throughout Northwood Village.

Guests can also take the BLUE LINE trolley from the West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library or Palm Beach Outlets until 10:00 p.m

 

 

 

 

 

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The art scene continues this month in West Palm Beach when the Art Night Out event in Northwood Village hosts an artist open house in the area’s Industrial District. On the heels of the Art Palm Beach and Continuum WPB Arts fairs, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will keep the art scene alive by showcasing its burgeoning local artist studios. The Northwood Industrial District, located just a few blocks west of Northwood Village, consists of large warehouses that are working studios for several prominent local artists. Trolleys will shuttle guests from Art Night Out on the corner of Northwood Road and Broadway to the artists’ studios tour. Art Night Out will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017, on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach.

 

 

 

 

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Family Fun!

 

 

Meet The Northwood Industrial District Artists

Opening their studios to the public:

 

 

o Dave Teal, a figurative artist who is a long-time resident of Old Northwood where he both designed and built his home. Teal is  a figurative artist whose work emphasizes color, shape and the use of space to suggest images and ideas. He works in painting and drawing, as well as collage and three-dimensional forms. Teal’s work has been exhibited widely in the Northeast as well as in South Florida. For these various exhibitions his work has been selected by noteworthy curators from museums such as the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. And by curators from influential galleries in Miami including Frederic Snitzer Gallery

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Studio Of David Teal

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o Elizabeth Hutchinson, also known as Melo, was born and raised in South Florida. She attended Palm Beach State College for Graphic design in 2009. It was there that she was reintroduced to her love of the arts. In 2011 she began curating shows in order to shed light on the underground urban art and music scene. “My surroundings, love of fine art, and culture have helped shape my artistic identity. I describe my work as instinctive. Rarely do I sketch out subject matter or plan a color scheme. I love to work through the mishaps that occur when things are unplanned. Painting is a give-and-take process for me. Each piece is a problem or conversation that I’m working out on canvas”.

 

 

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“Witness Me” by Elizabeth Hutchinson

 

 

o James Sagui has been a professional woodworker, sculptor, and furniture designer/maker since the age of 15. He studied at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. After 20 years working in Boston, in 2003 he established his workshop in West Palm Beach and was one of the first artists to work in the Northwood Industrial District. His studio furniture and sculptures are collected worldwide including permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently represented by various galleries in Florida including Arthouse 429 in Northwood, James has been a woodworking Instructor at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach and currently hosts life drawing sessions at his studio three times a week. A member of the International Furniture Society, Sculptor.org as well as other professional organizations, James has also shown at Art Basel, Miami, SCOPE and Art Palm Beach.

 

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Sculpture by James Sagui

www.jsagui.com

 

 

o Liz Ghitta Segall, was born in Canada, raised in New York and spent most of her life in Paris, France. A painter since childhood, she studied with Bernard Pfreim, Richard Pousette-Dart and Julien Levy at Sarah Lawrence College and at L’ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris. She established her studio in the Northwood Industrial District along with her husband, James Sagui, over ten years ago and is represented by various Florida galleries including Arthouse 429 in Northwood Village. Currently an Instructor of Abstract Painting at the Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL and at the Jupiter Island Beach Club in Hobe Sound, her work is collected internationally and has been shown at Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, Art Palm Beach among other venues.

 

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Abstract painting by Liz Ghitta Segall

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o Sam Perry, a noted artist who grew up in Northwood and focuses on abstract and the human figure.  He is now one of the area’s most accomplished artists. He achieved success as an abstract artist in galleries in Miami, New York and elsewhere. Then, in the wake of 9/11, Sam chose to focus on the human figure. “It was a paradigm shift for me”, he explained. “I became more aware of humanity and its frailty”. Sam is an active proponent of the arts in this community. A member of the faculty of the Armory Art Center since 1987, he is now the longest-serving person there. He has taught art at Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, in addition to private lessons. As an independent curator Sam has produced exhibitions at Palm Beach Atlantic University as well as in Northwood at Harold’s Coffee Lounge and, before that, at My Coffee House. He has an uncanny knack for discovering the worthy yet overlooked artists in our midst. Sam received all of his education in Florida. ” I like to paint because it connects me to my community”. Sam added, “I think West Palm Beach can become even more significant in the arts. The Norton is growing, and so is the population of sophisticated art-lovers”.

 

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“Head Spinner” by Sam Perry

o Terre Rybovich, an artist born and raised in old Northwood known for her unconventional drawings.  She is a daughter of Tommie Rybovich, who designed and built world-renowned boats in Northwood. Rybovich herself has drawn since she could hold a crayon. Largely self-taught as an artist, she earned her degrees in politics and economics from NYU and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first career was in social justice philanthropy. “Why do I draw?” smiles Rybovich. “As the world’s great drawers will tell you, drawing is the most direct way to perceive the world around us.” The master charcoal artist continued, “I definitely don’t see drawing as just a preliminary step to a painting.” Her drawings have been exhibited throughout South Florida, receiving critical renown. Rybovich’s “…large-scale drawings are intriguing, even if difficult to decode,” wrote the Palm Beach Post. “Fantastic reveries…skillful handling of the charcoal medium.” Another Post review praised, “Mysterious pieces…hints of hieroglyphics and a strong sense of the ethereal…an artist whose work always intrigues and puzzles—in a good way.” Now working in the Northwood Industrial District Arts, Rybovich feels deep satisfaction at the sight of the neighborhood reawakening as a creative focal point.

 

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“Blue Dress” by Terre Rybovich

www.TerreRybovich.com

 

 

In addition, Jeffrey Ciociola from Art Gallery Modern, who has recently moved to become the newest tenant of the Northwood Industrial District, will be displaying over 500 original pieces of modern, contemporary and outsider art.

 

 

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“The art community in the Northwood Industrial District is growing and eager to share their work with art enthusiasts and the art movement happening in West Palm Beach,” said Jon Ward, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “The open studios tour gives the public an opportunity to discover these local artists and provides a sneak peek into their work process and environment.”

 

 

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Guests at the Northwood Village Art Night Out can enjoy local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries open late, live street-side artists and musicians, along with special features throughout the year like the Industrial District open studios tour. Residents and visitors looking for something out of the ordinary can experience an inspired evening in Northwood Village with impressive restaurants, distinctive shopping, and array of art in a laid back and hip atmosphere.

 

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For more information about Northwood Village or Art Night Out, visit www.northwoodvillage.com or call 561.822.1550 for details.

About the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency:

Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award – winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra

 

 

 

 

 

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“BLING: Art That Shines” And “Adornment” Promises To Dazzle Visitors

Delray Beach Center for the Arts announces two new exhibits at the Cornell Museum of Art. “BLING: Art That Shines” and “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” promise to dazzle visitors with contemporary paintings and mixed media works. An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th and will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet the participating artists.  “BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork in this exhibit has been seen in galleries worldwide. “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details. Note: The artwork will be more sparkly and blingy in person!  Don’t miss this!!

 

 

 

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“BLING: Art That Shines”

AND

“Adornment: A Faculty Showcase”

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, March 26th

9 – 11:30 PM

 

 

Exhibit dates are March 24-July 5, 2015

Suggested Admission is a  $5 donation

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  10am – 4:30pm

Located on the campus of Delray Beach Center for the Arts

 at  Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, FL 33444

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An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The evening will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet some of the participating artists. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

 

“BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork included in this exhibit has been shown in galleries worldwide.  Designed as a smaller companion exhibit,”Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts. Each were given the theme of “adornment” (something that decorates or is an ornament) to interpret in their works.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.

 

Meet the BLING artists:

Shonagh Adelman is a contemporary feminist artist who combines different mediums in one image. Using materials she is drawn to, her art creates cultural commentaries on different issues. Her work includes the use of crystals, and Adleman uses a crystal method which deploys thousands of colored 4mm glass and acrylic crystals on canvas. She then embeds other media – including plasticine, tablets, photographs, and plastic eyeballs – within the crystal surface. The result is an illuminated and exaggerated image. Adelman has work in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and of the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has also been exhibited at SFMOMA, The Aldrich Museum, Fuller Museum, Linda Kirkland Gallery, as well as others.

 

 

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“Chanel No.5” by Alberto Murillo

 

 

Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) creates “an overwhelming desire to believe in the transformative power of art.” Using brilliant colors that create psychedelic patterns, floral imagery, and materials such as crystals and porcupine quills, the work he creates is a combination of science, spirituality, and mysticism. The end result is an otherworldly effect for the viewer. Alvarez began his career through performances in which he “channelled” a 2,000 year old Shaman spirit named Carlos.  His has performed in front of live audiences around the world, and media broadcasts of these performances have also been viewed worldwide.  The video work was presented in 2002 at the Whitney Biennial, and has also been shown in a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York. Alvarez is internationally known, and his artwork has been shown at Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and at shows in New York and in San Francisco.

 

 

Michael Chearney grew up in Baltimore and learned to paint from his immigrant grandparents.  They inspired him to look at the world creatively, and to color outside the lines. Chearney has stated that “art is a living thing, and that the process involves mind, body, and spirit.”  His paintings have impressionistic overtones, and each one speaks a different message. In 2013, Chearney was recognized as ATOD Magazine’s Male Artist of the Year. Exhibitions include Red Dot Miami, the Palm Springs Fine Art Show, INCOGNITO 2013 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and solo shows at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles.  His work has been in nationwide group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.

 

 

"Golden Pause" by Frank Hyder

“Golden Pause” by Frank Hyder

 

 

Ben Eine is a street artist from the U.K., who was propelled into the limelight when Prime Minister David Cameron gave Barack Obama a screen print of his work to congratulate the President on his second inauguration. Eine is most noted for his bright alphabet letters that are found on shop shutters throughout London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Broadway Market areas. Although best known for his street art, Eine also does screen prints.  The mixed media that Eine uses for his creations includes spray paint, acrylic, and glitter on canvas. Google Maps has created a map of Eine’s street art throughout London.  His art can also be found throughout the streets of Tokyo, Dublin, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, and Stockholm.  His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and throughout Europe, including V1 in Copenhagen and Collette in Paris.

 

 

Bruce Helander is a prominent artist who specializes in collage and assemblage. He has had quite an interesting career. Aside from his art, he is also a prominent writer who has written extensively about contemporary art. Helander possesses a Master’s Degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, where he was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He arrived in Palm Beach by way of NYC in 1982, and has been active in the South Florida art scene ever since. His work is in over 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  His collages also appear in the magazines Jazziz, The New Yorker, Palm Beach Illustrated, as well as others.

 

"Neon Pink Poppy" by  Camomile Hixon

“Neon Pink Poppy” by Camomile Hixon

 

Damien Hirst is a prominent artist from the United Kingdom, who uses installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life, and death. Often exploring more macabre aspects, his work is certainly unique and shows the connection death has to us all. The conversation he has sparked with his works is controversial, but needs to be explored. Early in his career, Hirst was one of the main organizers of a group exhibition called Freeze at Goldsmiths College. This exhibit launched not only Hirst’s career, but also the careers of other British artists. In the 1990’s, Hirst created his most famous series, Natural History. This series features preserving animals in steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde, with the most well-known being a Tiger Shark, whose body is slowly decaying due to the formaldehyde solution. Hirst’s intriguing works have been exhibited in over 90 solo shows worldwide, and have also been included in over 260 group shows. In 2012, Hirst was recognized with a retrospective at the Tate Modern for his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades.

 

 

Camomile Hixon is a pop artist whose main medium is glitter. Based out of New York City, Hixon’s works include pop images and words on canvas that sparkle with glitter, three-dimensional supersized cellophane flower installations, as well as the worldwide interactive Missing Unicorn search. Her work has been exhibited in Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The American Textile History Museum, The Children’s Museum of The Arts in SoHo, and in Central Park, NYC. She is also internationally acclaimed, and her work has been exhibited in Europe and Japan.

 

"Dead Black Brilliant Utopia" by Damien Hirst

“Dead Black Brilliant Utopia” by Damien Hirst

 

Frank Hyder is a painter, formerly from Philadelphia, but now living in Miami. He was a member of the faculty at Moore College of Art and Design, and his career highlights include more than 150 group shows and over 80 solo exhibitions. He has exhibited worldwide, throughout the continental US, Canada, Great Britain, South America, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Melbourne, Australia. Much of Hyder’s work is influenced by his experience living in Venezuela with his family. His work is vibrant and moves across the canvas in bright colors. Aside from paintings, Hyder’s works include sculptures, luminaries, ceramics, and landscapes, among others. Hyder’s major awards include a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to Venezuela, U.S. Embassy Cultural Grants, Mid Atlantic NEA, two Pennsylvania State Council of the Arts Grants and an International Art Programming Network Partners Grant.

 

 

Ashley Longshore has said that her art is representative of the world as she sees it, and she has been recognized as “a modern Andy Warhol.”  Her art focuses on American consumerism, pop culture, and Hollywood glamour. Longshore’s work often takes a satirical approach, using fashion icons as the means to make a statement.  Her client base includes Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz. Her gallery, Longshore Studio Gallery, is located on Magazine Street in New Orleans.  She has exhibited in the US and Europe, and has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Forbes, Vogue, Marie Claire Belgium, Elle Décor Belgium, Vie Magazine, SPUR, Hollywood Reporter, and Matchbook Magazine.

 

 

Alberto Murillo is a native of Madrid, Spain, and self-taught artist. His work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism. He uses acrylic and UV polymer resin that is poured into panels in a color blocking effect, with the canvases lying on the floor as opposed to on an easel.  Murillo describes this process as creating liquid skins that are able to be manipulated in order to create his vibrant works. Murillo’s artwork has been exhibited in over 30 shows across the US and Europe, and is currently represented by seven galleries in the US. He is also featured in over 40 private collections and in several public art installations.

 

"Chanel No.5" by Jonathan Stein

“Chanel No.5” by Jonathan Stein

 

Allie Pohl is an LA-based conceptual artist.  She has exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art, Context Miami, Dallas Art Fair, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Denver International Airport, and a public sculpture show curated by Olga Viso, in which she won the People’s Choice Award. On her Twitter profile, Allie Pohl has written “Transforming the social construct of perfection,” and indeed, her art showcases this statement.  Pohl has created the Ideal Woman by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit the ideal Western society measurements of 36-24-26, and is shown in a range of media, including sculpture, video, and jewelry.  Her work challenges the meaning of perfection and creates a need to embrace imperfection. Aside from Ideal Woman, Pohl’s work includes Hot Seat, which glimpses into a woman’s most personal of moments, as well as Peacocking, which is influenced by the dating app Tinder and emphasizes the transformation of the ideal male.

 

 

 

Jonathan Stein is a conceptual artist from the Bronx whose expertise includes sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video installation. His work makes social statements all the while sparkling with hand-placed Swarovski Crystals. His influences include Andy Warhol, Judith Leiber, and John Waters, and he says of himself, “I am a lover of all things campy and kitsch.” Stein is also involved in philanthropic efforts that aid in helping pediatric cancer patients.  He has worked with Katy Perry and the Gibson Guitar Company, among others, and he serves as the Creative Director of Drops of Hope, Inc., a South Florida non-profit organization that provides specialized services to pediatric cancer patients and their low to no income families. In 2003, Stein received Best Commercial Photography Portfolio from The Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been exhibited in group shows and solo shows, both across the U.S. and internationally in Latin America and Europe.  For the past eight years, Stein’s work has been shown at Art Basel, Miami Beach.

 

 

Raul Vega’s specialty is textured canvases, using a pallet knife and numerous brushes to apply a rich mixture of layered paints.  His landscapes have been said to capture the essence of nature’s harmony and color balance.  The colors and textures of his work reinforce nature’s beauty and inspiration.  Vega’s aggressively textured surfaces and purposeful abstract patterns “created by nature and manipulated by man” create a unique balance between the abstract and reality. Vega’s art has been exhibited in a series of artists’ surveys, in Palm Beach at the Paul Fisher Gallery, “Art at the Whitney” in West Palm Beach, Bluestone Gallery in Milford, PA, and ArtHouse429 in Palm Beach.  His work has also been acquired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 

Hilary White has spent the majority of her career in Philadelphia. She loves wood work, and has incorporated this love into three dimensional painted sculpture, and installation. She has described her work as an “exploration of theology and imagination.” White is influenced by the early art of the Byzantine era through the early Gothic era when works were commissioned for religious purposes, and also by the 19th century when the movement turned to Art for the sake of Art. Her work reflects the combination of faith and fact. White has participated in various art fairs, and has been in over 36 exhibitions, including nine solo exhibitions. Her work has been shown locally and internationally in Berlin and Hong Kong.

 

 

 

Rob Wynne creates mixed-media objects, installations, drawings, and canvases.  His work uses glass, beads, silk, and glitter to create surreal and ephemeral environments. Wynne also uses text to create narratives on his pieces, which are embroidered over images, formed of glass, and painted onto objects. The chosen phrases on his pieces come from literature, television, and conversations.  Removed from their context, these phrases become their own art form. Solo gallery exhibitions include JGM Galerie in Paris, Galerie Edward Mitterand in Geneva, and Holly Solomon Gallery in New York.  Group exhibitions include Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, the McNay Art Museum in Texas, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art in New York, Long Beach Museum of Art in California, The Drawing Center in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Wynne is also featured in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, the Norton Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

 

 

Russell Young is best known for his silk screen paintings which are sprinkled with diamond or crystal dust. His work explores where the American Dream intersects with crime, addiction, and death.  Young has said that he uses the diamond dust to lure viewers in, to seduce them to look closer at the image underneath the sparkle.  His work uses historical images and images of American pop culture. Young began his career as a photographer, and he shot the cover of George Michael’s Faith album.  He has photographed such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen, Bjork, Paul Newman, and Diana Ross, and he has shot over 100 videos for MTV. Young also does charity work for The Art of Elysium, an organization that brings artists in to spend time with hospitalized children who are battling serious medical conditions.  He is very passionate about this work, and believes in giving to this community. Young has been exhibited throughout the world, including in London, Vienna, Montreal, Los Angeles, Belgium, and San Francisco.  His fan base includes Brad Pitt, President Obama, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, and numerous other celebrities, all of whom own pieces of his work.

 

About Delray Beach Center for the Arts

Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities. The historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography and writing classes and workshops. The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit DelrayArts.org.

 

 

This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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