Dr. Edie Widder Presents “Illuminating The Deep: The Fine Art Of Exploration At Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates the mysteries of the ocean depths with a stimulating three-part exhibition which runs through March 4th. Everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception on January 5th.  “Illuminating the Deep”  showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. This lecture takes place on Saturday, January 7th and reservations must be made in advance.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In addition, guests will create their own bioluminescence experience. The Rickie Report shares the details, dates and some sneak peeks.





373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101      www.LighthouseArts.org








Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

Now through March 4, 2017



Opening Reception:

January 5, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Children Under 8 Free; Free for members; $10.00 for non-members


Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration

Lecture by Dr. Widder

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

$15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. This is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Call (561) 746-3101 to purchase tickets in advance.



Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions.  Dr. Widder will describe some of the earliest expeditions that Bostlemann illustrated and contrast them with her own experiences exploring the deep, including her breakthrough capturing the first images of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat.





Gallery Hours:

Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse ArtCenter: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
www.LighthouseArts.org or (561) 746-3101



Gallery 1: Illuminating the Deep: Explore. Learn. Act. Showcases the collaborative genius of the internationally-recognized authority on bioluminescence, Dr. Edie Widder, and the artist, Steven Bernstein, PhD, combining art and science. Their vibrant photographic images of unimagined creatures, captured in the depths of the sea by Dr. Widder’s unique cameras, accompanied by informational panels, provide a colorful and engaging introduction to the language of light (and giant squid) in our oceans.





Gallery 2: Featuring the Art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration presents a private collection of original paintings depicting the never-before-seen wonders of the deep by Else Bostlemann. Bostlemann was the expedition artist for scientist William Beebe during the world-record Bathysphere dives into the deep sea in the 1930’s. Beebe and Bostlemann introduced the world to bioluminescence. This historic artwork, on loan to the Lighthouse ArtCenter from the Bostlemann family, was created for National Geographic, and have never been publicly displayed.






Gallery 3: Google Tilt Brush Step into the cutting edge of technology with virtual reality and the newly released Tilt Brush by Google! Visitors will be immersed in the experience of bioluminescence as they paint with light in 3-D. Walk inside your “painting,” look at it from above, below, and through both sides. This astonishing new art form is sure to be popular, appointments are necessary. Your favorite digital screen shot will be emailed to you to share with your friends and family. Only $15 for a fun and mind-altering ten minutes you’ll talk about for the rest of the season! Make your virtual reality experience appointment by calling Sheri Gansz at (561) 746-3101.



“If there is a fourth part to our exhibition, it would have to be our concern for all life in our oceans,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter curator Janeen Mason. “We have seen in Florida that our lifestyles on land can have great consequences for the creatures of the sea. We hope Illuminating the Deep can also provide ways everyone can make a difference.”


“Illuminating the Deep” also sheds light on the threats faced by the ocean and its inhabitants, and what everyone can do in their everyday life to preserve and protect the planet’s largest ecosystem. A particular focus of the exhibition is a display showing the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how the waterway impacts life in the deep sea.







“This is a rare encounter with life beyond the average person’s reach,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Widder and Dr. Bernstein’s thought-provoking exhibition and striking art for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Our guests will be astonished and fascinated to view images of creatures so different from what we know.”




The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In the 1930s, another type of explorer dove into the deep in a bathysphere, a metal sphere lowered by cable a half mile deep. William Beebe became a renowned expert on creatures of the deep, because he was the first to see what sailors of old fabled – odd, large luminescent animals unlike any fish or mollusk caught and consumed nearer the surface.





Beebe described what he saw to the expedition artist, Else Bostlemann, who sketched and painted Beebe’s recollections. Her artwork from nearly a century ago, used by National Geographic Magazine to illustrate Beebe’s dramatic descriptions of the deep, will be part of Lighthouse ArtCenter’s original art installation in The Fine Art of Exploration.



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Premiere of John Bowen’s Illustrations and Book

John Bowen, a nationally known watercolorist who resides in South Florida, has compiled his drawings and experiences as an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam.  The Rickie Report is proud to announce the availability of John’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”.  Information about a special discount is in this article.  


John Bowen


“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”


Eleven Months & Nineteen Days.CVRb.04.25.13

John Bowen’s book shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam.   Since leaving the service,  John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.  He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.   It is finally ready to be published!  The Rickie Report is pleased to highlight John’s accomplishment, especially as we observe Memorial Day.


John commanded the Base Graphics Shop on a Sac Base in Texas.  Two years later, he received his orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam.   
He tells us, ‘I spent many hours in the field and back at my duty section painting and drawing, documenting airlift operations for the Air Force.  This book is my story as an Air force Illustrator in Vietnam documenting the Airlift Delivery of troops and supplies for the allies during 1968. The book is enhanced with 43 drawings to put the reader there.”
Supplying The Troops
Many of John’s drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado.  John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.

In The Field
John will have a book signing and presentation at  The Well Read Bookstore, located at 1338 S.E. 17th Street, in Ft. Lauderdale.  In addition,  limited editions of his artwork will be available.  Please call  954 467-8878 for date and time.  

A special  “Pre-Print Sale” of John’s book is available for $22.99 plus $3.00 shipping.   Send your check to:  John Bowen, 450 N.W. 87th Road, #201, Plantation, Florida 33324.

John is available to speak to local organizations about his book and his experiences. Call  954 370-2061  or email     jbowenartist@aol.com   or visit johnbowenwatercolorist.com


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420