Armory Art Salon Features Jeanne Jaffe, Internationally Renown Sculptor, Video And Installation Artist On March 5

The Armory Art Center brings Jeanne Jaffe to the next Art Salon, led by Elle Schorr on Tuesday, March 5. The topic will be “UNRAVELING THE KNOT- REEXAMINING MYTHS, HISTORY AND NARRATIVES “.  Jeanne is an internationally renown sculptor, and video/installation artist.  The public is invited.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  The Rickie Report gives you the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos, Elle, for bringing us internationally, nationally, and locally based artists who help us better understand the creative process!






811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776
















There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. 







“Little Red Rising Hood As A Crime Scene” by Jeanne Jaffe






Jeanne Jaffe is a sculptor, video and installation artist who recently moved to Florida from Philadelphia where she is Professor Emeritus in the Fine Arts Department at the University of the Arts. She is also a visiting artist/professor at Xian Academy of Fine Arts in China each fall and is currently the coordinator of International Projects at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.




“Supplicant” Part of the T.S. Eliot Installation



Jaffe’s work is inspired by an interest in anthropology, mythology, and psychology. Her work “explores how identity is formed from early, pre-verbal, bodily experiences through the later influences of language and culture. In installations that re-examine cultural myths and stories, such as “Little Red Riding Hood as a Crime Scene” or “Eulogy for Nikola Tesla”, well known folktales, history, and poetry are re-imagined through a contemporary lens. These multi-sensory environments are composed of sculpture, videos, interactive elements, stop motion animation and sound and supply a context to question and rethink our cultural assumptions.”




“Elegy for Tesla” by Jeanne Jaffe




Ms. Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the Gottlieb Foundation for Outstanding Artistic Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic/NEA. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the Independence Foundation, CEVA Foundation, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and the Mino Artist Residency in Japan, among others.



Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such places as the Seokdang Museum of Art in Korea, the Mino-Washi Akari Museum in Japan, The Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, Scotland, Museum Rijswijk in Holland, London Craft Council Gallery in England, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum in Philadelphia, the Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, and the Michener Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. She holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred.



Details of “Four Quartets” by Jeanne Jaffe



Jeanne Jaffe will be showing her work locally at an exhibition of artist books and prints at IS Projects in FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale during March and April. She’ll have a solo exhibition of completed work and work in progress at Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach from the end of April through May.




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

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

For more information, visit or call (561) 832-1776




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Are You Ready For Summer Camp At The Armory Art Center? Enrollment Is Open!

It is May…Time to enroll in the Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp!  Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! The innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building. The Rickie Report shares the details and a WISH LIST of Recycled Items you can donate!





1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-1776






Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. Background checks are conducted for all faculty. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.


Activities include:

* A week filled with art education
* Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
* Field trips to local venues
* Art show receptions in July and August

Summer Art Camp runs from June 6 until August 12, 2016

Children grades 1-12 are accepted

Children are grouped by age:


JUMPSTART Grades 1 – 2




Elementary Grades

Jumpstart: 1-2 grade
Adventures in Art: 3-5 grade


WEEK 1: June 6th-10th

Aloha Summer: A tribute to summertime with a Hawaiian theme: luaus, surf safaris, and sand art.

WEEK 2: June 13th-17th

Sun Solstice: Explore traditional and modern rituals; celebrations and monuments to the sun.

WEEK 3: June 20th-24th

Greeks and Geeks: Inventions and art of the Golden Age: togas, telescopes, and mythology

WEEK 4: June 27th-July 1st

Freedom: Free to Be Me! and what it means through art and self-expression. *field trip

WEEK 5: July 5th-8th

Magical Mystery Tour: Discover the mysteries of magic: wizards, wands, and trickery. *4 day week (July 4th holiday)

WEEK 6: July 11th-15th
Family Tree Fun: Follow your heritage—your family’s memoirs, legends, and the folklore of your ancestors.

WEEK 7: July 18th-22nd

Houston We Have a Problem: An exploration of our solar system, cosmos, space shuttles, and extraterrestrial life. *field trip

WEEK 8: July 25th-29th

Medieval Mischief: Princesses, knights, and dragons vs pirates, rogues, and scallywags.

WEEK 9: August 1st-5th

Body Beautiful: Embrace who you are through studies of the human figure and self portraits- realism and fantasy; fashion and identity.

WEEK 10: August 8th-12th

Art Rocks: Making art with rhythm, verse and performance, creating musical instruments.



Middle School and High School Grades 6th-11th
Rockin Art Workshops

Age groups are divided depending on weekly enrollment
to optimize the best outcome of each workshop



Each week we offer 3-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional projects

Please pick one for each week

WEEK 1: June 6th – 10th

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing OR Jewelry: Wearable Art (limited to 10)

WEEK 2: June13th -17th

Photography and Digital Art (limited to 10) OR Soft Sculpture

WEEK 3: June 20th-24th

Ceramics: Hand Building OR Graffiti and Street Art

WEEK 4: June 27th-July 1st

Drawing: Figure and Still Life OR Intro to Glass Beading

WEEK 5: July 5th-8th
*4 day week (July 4th holiday)

Fashion and Fabric Art OR Printmaking: Monoprints (limited to 12)

WEEK 6: July 11th-15th

Sculpture: Found Objects and Mixed Media OR Drawing and Painting: Exploration of Abstract Art

WEEK 7: July 18th-22nd

Ceramics: Painting Bisqueware, Intro to Color and Glazes OR Drawing and Painting: Exploration of Color
WEEK 8: July 25th-29th

Metalsmithing in Jewelry OR Printmaking: Screen Printing (limited to 12)

WEEK 9: August 1st-5th

Photography and Alternative Printing (limited to 10) OR Fashion Upcycled

WEEK 10: August 8th-12th

Ceramics: Raku OR Mixed Media and Music



For more information about other Youth Programs throughout the year, Summer Camp, Ongoing Adult Workshops, Ongoing Adult Classes, please visit:

Call  (561) 832-1776 Or walk-in to the Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


D O N A T I O N S    N E E D E D:

Summer Art Camp is just around the corner and we are collecting materials listed below. Please stop in and place items in the appropriate bins in the registration area.  We appreciate your donations!


Bottle Caps  * Bottles * Cereal Boxes * Cookie Boxes * Egg Cartons *
Empty Baskets * Empty Cans (clean) * Empty Soda Bottles (clean) *  Empty Yogurt Containers (clean) * Food Storage Containers (clean) * Jelly Jars (clean) * Magazines * Newspapers *Old Cards * Old CDs * Old Toys *Paper Bags * Paper Towel Rolls * Pasta Jars *Pine Cones * Plastic Bags * Rocks * Spoons * Sticks* Toilet Paper Rolls

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International Artist, Ronn Jaffe, To Fill EmKo Gallery With Provocative, Multi-sensory Sculptures January 22 – February 14

Famed artist, Ronn Jaffe combines Art and Technology to create the astounding during “The Holloman-ex Samsara” Solo Exhibition at EMKO! An 8-foot ‘Holloman’ will tower above the 6,000 square foot gallery at EmKo on January 22.  Jaffe’s iconic Holloman figure will be brought to life in multiple, 3-D sculptures infused with video, animation, sound and light, creating a multi-sensory exhibition unlike any other.  The Exhibition launches with January 22nd Opening Reception.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek. Don’t miss this!!!





Solo Exhibit




“The Holloman-ex Samsara”


 Opening Public Reception:

Friday, January 22, 2016


 6 – 9 pm

 “The Holloman” runs through February 14



2119 South Dixie Highway     W. Palm Beach, FL 33401





Breaking Samsara by Ronn Jaffe

“Breaking Samsara” by Ronn Jaffe



Palm Beach resident Jaffe has enjoyed an internationally recognized career as a conceptual contemporary artist, noted interior architect and furniture designer. His work has long explored the relationship between reality and dimensional illusionism, and the tension between positive and negative space, but the added media elements in The Holloman-ex Samsara take his work into new territory. Inspired by Jaffe’s life-long interest in mythology and philosophy, The “Holloman – ex Samsara” represents Everyman ‘seeking the way’ to fulfill the emptiness in the flow to meaning. “It is about breaking the cycle from illusion to enlightenment”, says Jaffe.




Beginning in the late 60’s, Jaffe created and developed the “portoid” – open spaces within his pieces. These portal/void spaces allowed the normally two-dimensional work to bring the background and foregrounds integrate into each piece, creating interaction between the work and the ever-changing world around it. The “Holloman-ex Samsara” reveals the evolution of not only Jaffe’s work, but of himself as an artist – from his beginning flat pieces, to his bas relief to the evolution into full 3-D, multi-media creations.



Included in this exhibition will be a whole new series of work highlighting sculpture from Jaffe’s Holloman series: a Portrait with a Video Eye, kinetic swiveling sculpture heads as homage to Robert Rauschenberg, intriguing Hollo Animation Films, as well as, an Andy Warhol one up called ‘15 Seconds of Fame’.




Holloman” by Ronn Jaffe




Ronn Jaffe tells The Rickie Report, “I work in the flow between the conscious/unconscious, I’m at my best when emerged in the joy and passion of creation.”  Picasso invented Cubism, Calder the Mobile, and Warhol Pop Art. Ronn Jaffe made a name for himself in the 1960’s, by inventing the ‘Multicam’ and the ‘Portoid.’ Ronn’s work has been noted for receiving a wide array of prestigious awards, which span the entire course of his career in interior architecture, writing, and contemporary conceptual art. Jaffe’s work is owned by several of the top 100 collectors in the world, as well as notables like Aristotle Onassis, the Sultan of Brunei, the Countess de Quatro, to name a few.





Ronn Jaffe, born in Washington, D.C., began his art experience at age 10 at the Corcoran Museum School. Jaffe continuing his artistic pursuits, after Graduating from Boston University and Harvard Graduate School of Design, had his first solo show in 1968 at the Park Place Gallery. Famed curator Walter Hopps gave an outstanding personal review of this first show and the show was a complete sell out on opening night. Art critic Liz Whitney wrote glowingly about Ronn’s innovative and bold work. Ronn left fine art for a time, returning in early 2000 to a full time pursuit of art; bringing us to a mature body of work that has evolved into its full prime and continues to engage both the public and art connoisseur. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife, partner, and love of his life, Mars.





The “Holloman – ex Samsara” Solo exhibition by Ronn Jaffe opens at EmKo January 22 with an open reception from 6 – 9 pm at EmKo, located at 2119 S Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. The “Holloman” runs through February 14.

Please visit for information on The “Holloman Series” and other works by Ron Jaffe – representation by Mars Palm Beach Estate Holdings on

Contact 561-543-8383 .








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Armory Art Salon Features Three Views Of Ceramic Sculpture In Contemporary Art With Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej

Armory Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting.  December’s program is held in conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major National Exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11th.  This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. Meet three contemporary artists: Muriel Kaplan, Mark Walnock and Stephen Futej as they discuss “Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views” on Tuesday, December 15th.  The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of their creations.  We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.






Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401



Armory Art Center Presents




Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Ceramic Sculpture in Contemporary Art: Three Views”

Presented By:

Muriel Kaplan

Mark Walnock

Stephen Futej





There’s a $10 fee to attend.  Pay at the door.

Please share this announcement with friends. If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.



021310PBDN 2 photos Meghan McCarthy Muriel Kaplan's piece Guitte Leeb is on display at Faces of Humanity at the Armory Art Center until March 6, 2010.

“Guitte Leeb” by Muriel Kaplan  (Photo by Meghan McCarthy)




The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of Art Salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. The Art Salon is curated by Elle Schorr.





“Divided Roots” by Mark Walnock





In conjunction with “Ceramic Mind Field: Contemporary Clay & Ceramics”, a major national exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic works opening at the Armory on Friday, December 11, this Art Salon will introduce three artists who have influenced students of Ceramics and Sculpture at the Armory Art Center. Each will discuss his or her ways of working and influences, and will share images of their work. After their presentations, we will tour the Muriel Kaplan Sculpture / Ceramic Building.





“Bahia” by Stephen Futej




Muriel Kaplan began to teach sculpture at the Armory in 1978, when it was first beginning, and later served on the board of directors and initiated the Master Artists program at the school. The Armory Art Center named their sculpture/ceramics building after her to thank her for her many contributions.






US Navy Fighter Pilot, David McCampbell” by Muriel Kaplan




Muriel studied mythology with Joseph Campbell and also welding at Cornell University, where she received a BA in Psychology in 1946. She earned her Master’s degree in Sculpture and Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College in 1961. She creates drawings and paintings, in many mediums, and sculptures, both reliefs and in the round, mostly in terra-cotta and then cast in bronze. She work both on commission and “for my own pleasure when inspired by personal, philosophical or political subjects”.



“Yellow Roots” by Mark Walnock



Mark Walnock is the Director of Ceramics at the Armory. He states “My work is based on different growth processes in nature. The pieces depict imagined developing scenarios in which extensions are formed, or are in the process of being formed off of a stationary host. These living hosts can be protected by spikes or scales. Some hosts take shape as root systems or animal parts from land or the sea. The idea of protection through clustering and the persistence for survival in nature are my main themes. I admire nature’s ability to grow under any harsh conditions and to rarely be held back. My pieces begin to reflect a self portrait as the growth inside them is silent, subtle, and ongoing. I attempt to direct the viewer to focus on these generally unnoticed events in order for them to contemplate their own personal growth scenarios. Metal or bronze as an outer layer places a protective “shell” over the piece and avoids a too immediate recognition.”




Mark graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA earning a BA, with honors, in ceramics. He has worked as an instructor and studio manager for various arts organizations, and has been an artist in residence at the Long Beach Island Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited his work nationwide and at invitational shows in London and Japan.



“Vascularity” by Stephen Futej



Stephen Futej’s work combines discarded clay and degraded construction materials, he says, ” to devise a role reversal of space and form, giving a visual accounting of temporary spaces defined by curved planes. These spatial records are regarded as temporal, and can be interpreted as snapshots or fossils that allude to cycles of disintegration and reconfiguration occurring on varied scales. Ultimately they refer to the quest for understanding of the Higgs Boson and dark matter, which comprises as much as eighty percent of the universe. There is also a philosophical parallel at work; the concepts of yin and yang relate directly to the mold/positive relationship, and are essential to experiencing Tao, the all-pervading, eternally nameless underlying order.”





Stephen is the former Sculpture Department Director, Armory Art Center, where he developed curriculum in clay sculpture, welding and metals, stone carving, and glass and bronze casting and was an Armory Artist in Residence. He is now an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. stephen has also been awarded residencies at the Perkins Center for the Arts and The School at Church Farms. He received his BFA at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MFA from Florida Atlantic University.





Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.





All Salons meet in Library on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.


If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.



For more information:

Please visit for more information about classes, workshops, lectures and exhibits.



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

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