Sheryl Hughes is Featured at 34th Annual Festival of Arts in Deerfield Beach

Sheryl Hughes has been taking photographs for many years and uses those pictures as inspiration for her art work.  You will find her at the 24th Annual Festival of the Arts in Deerfield Beach January 25 & 26th.  Sheryl’s colorful acrylic painting was chosen as the 2014 Festival Poster art! The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.

 

 

 

The Art of

 

Sheryl Hughes

 

 

 

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Sheryl Hughes’  favorite hobbies are scuba diving and photography. She especially enjoys taking pictures of Florida’s wildlife.  When you look at her paintings, what truly amazes are the small details…the eyelashes of the elephant,  the whisped veining of the egret feathers, the brightness of the birds and the eyes of the jungle cats.

 

Sheryl Hughes is a native Californian who has in recent years relocated to Florida. She has always had a creative side. After her daughters were grown she began concentrating on painting as an outlet for her creativity.   When Sheryl began painting, she focused on oceans and lighthouses. They were peaceful places where she enjoyed spending time and taking pictures. Then in taking more and more pictures at zoos, wetlands, rice fields, and even backyards she was drawn to birds and wildlife.

 

"Owl"

“Owl”

 

 

The birds in Florida are a wonderful treat to watch and take pictures of. Sheryl can spend hours walking through wetlands, refuges and all the areas we have here that give her a world of opportunities for amazing paintings. Sheryl started traveling to different areas to seek her inspiration. She has travel up and down both the east and west coasts of the US seeking more ideas.

 

 

Turtles and sea life are other wildlife themes close to her heart. As a scuba diver for the last 10 years, Sheryl has traveled around Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico taking underwater photos. The underwater world is so amazing to Sheryl, she loves to share what she experiences with everyone through her art. Her sea turtle paintings are some of her more requested paintings. 

 

 

She has donated paintings to the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary to help in their fundraising efforts. Several of her painting are on display at the hospital as well. Her paintings can be found in private collections, businesses and schools. She has even been asked to put her art on mailboxes and on dive mask straps. She also created a mural of an underwater scene at a school in California. 

 

 

 

"Snowy Egret"

“Standing Egret”

 

Sheryl’s paintings have taken awards in numerous juried shows and exhibits. Locally, she placed 1st place at Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center. December 2013.  “Standing Egret” was also part of the Fall National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) International Exhibition in 2013

 

 

"Bird and Beaks"

“Bird and Beaks”

 

 

“Birds and Beaks”  was an award winner at the Texas Wildlife Juried Art Show 2011 and has been seen at The Craft Gallery “The Art of Florida” juried exhibition.   Sheryl’s paintings are more than color.  It is the details…especially the eyes.  Sheryl’s ability to capture the essence of the bird or animal is through her canny talent in the eyes.  Sheryl found herself focusing on the eyes,  and says, “I  believe the eyes are the soul of the animal”.

 

 

As such the eyes became the focal point of her paintings. She also loves the colors you find in nature. Her painting “Birds and Beaks” came about because of both these loves. It combines the wonderful colors and eyes of all the birds. Another one of her paintings, “Red-Crested Turaco” was chosen as the cover of the European Studbook For Red-Crested Turaco, for Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, in Cotswold England. This in turn brought it to the attention of people in Angola, Southern Africa. It was used in the campaign to make the Red-Crested Turaco their national bird. 

 

"Elephant Eye"

“Elephant Eye”

 

Sheryl’s “Elephant Eye” was part of the Art Basel “ENDANGERED” Exhibit 2013 and took an award at Texas Wildlife and Animal Juried Art Show the same year.  The Rickie Report is particularly thrilled about Sheryl’s involvement in the “Endangered” Exhibit, because she saw the Call to Artists in The Rickie Report!

 

Sheryl at work

Sheryl at work

 

 

If you miss Sheryl at the Deerfield Beach Show, here is a list of her upcoming shows through July, 2014.    Sheryl enjoys doing art shows around Florida. It gives people a chance to see her art and watch her create some of her pieces. She loves to talk about what she does and the wildlife and marine life that are close to heart. 

 

 

January 25-26, 2014 Deerfield Beach Art Festival Deerfield Beach
January 25–February 28, 2014 Flamingo Fest Juried Exhibit Flamingo Gardens
February 2014 Great Spaces Interior Design Pompano Beach
February 8-9, 2014 11th Annual Locals Art Sow Marathon Keys
February 15-17, 2014 St. Stephens Art Show Coconut Grove
March 1-2, 2014 Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival Sarasota
March 22-23, 2014 26th Annual Festival of the Arts Downtown Naples
April 19-20, 2014 Spring Show Cape Canaveral
May 21 – July 21, 2014 Glass Gallery Pembroke Pines

 

"Leopard"

“Leopard”

 

For more information please Contact   www.facebook.com/sherylhughesgalleries , email  Sherylhughes602@yahoo.com or visit  www.sherylhughes.com  (under construction)

 

 

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Paula Burns’ Photography Exhibit at Lake Worth Art League

Paula Burns is a recent member to the Lake Worth Art League and is already part of their newest exhibit!   Paula’s photography is vibrant, with a focus on nature and especially flowers.  She travels the country to find gardens which will not only inspire her, but other viewers.  The Rickie Report hopes you will stop by the Lake Worth Art League’s Gallery to experience Paula’s wonderful photography!  More details are in this article.

 

 

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The Lake Worth Art League

Presents

Art by Paula Burns

Friday, November 15th

Public Reception

6 – 9 pm

604 Lucerne Avenue   Lake Worth, FL

561-586-8666

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Paula currently works as an Insurance Placement Specialist.  Photography has been her avocation for years.  “It became the way that I healed after a painful period in my life.  Going out into gardens and seeing how nature consistently reminds us of the full circle of life (life, death, rebirth) was helpful,” she says.
Photo from Nov 23, 2011
Paula generally plans a trip go to a garden because of an exhibit.  “I really enjoy gardens when there is a specific exhibit such as the Chihuly exhibit at Fairchild and the Zimbabwe Sculpture at Naples Botanical garden.  This Spring I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.  The tulip was part of the Tulip Library Exhibit in front of the Tidal Basin”.
Photo by Paula Burns

Photo by Paula Burns

Paula tells The Rickie Report, “I shot digital with a point and shoot camera (a Sony DSCHX10).  I get so excited when I see a shot that appeals because of the way the light hits it or the shadows that I want to shoot it right then!”

 

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Paula has been selling matted copies of her pictures to friends and co-workers for several years.  She recently started having them put on canvas.

 

Photo by Paula Burns

Paula shares, “Hopefully my pictures bring some of that to life.  My inspirations for my work are Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams.”  She is grateful for the support of her Lake Worth Art League colleagues, who encouraged her to participate in this exhibit.

 

For more information about this exhibit or Paula Burns’ artwork, please email: paulaburns1@me.com or call 561-968-9098

 

 The Rickie Report hopes that people will come out to support the Lake Worth Art League so it can continue to offer art classes from beginners to the experienced artist, lectures and demonstrations of different techniques and subject matter.   The LWAL undertakes projects for the City of Lake Worth, such as the mural project at the municipal swimming pool.  The group also sponsors outdoor art shows by its members.

 

The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) was founded in 1941.  It is a nonprofit 501C[3] educational organization to further the study and development of art and enhance the cultural life of its members in the Lake Worth and surrounding Communities.

For more information about the Lake Worth Art League, please contact  Tara Maule, President 561- 586-4271  or  info@lwartleague.org  or   Bonnie Wilburn,Vice- President 561- 242-9005  at artibonni@gmail.com or visit the Lake Worth Art League’s website at:  www.lwartleague.org 

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Manon Sander Shares Inspired Impressions of Florida With Passion

Manon Sander paints everyday scenes with brush strokes that impress the viewer. Her wonder of nature has inspired her work since her childhood.  The Rickie Report hopes you will see Manon’s work and meet her on December 14th at the Juno Beach Town Center sponsored by the Friends of the Arts of Juno Beach.  You will have another opportunity to see her work and meet her when she does a two-woman show at the Palm Beach Cultural Council in the Spring, 2013.

 

 

Juno Beach Friends of The Arts

Juno Beach Town Center

 Oil Paintings by Manon Sander

 

 Juno Beach Town Center, 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach

 

 Show runs from December 12, 2012 – February 5, 2012

Artist reception – December 14th

5:30-7:00pm

   light refreshments

 

The Circle of Life

Born in West Berlin, Germany, Manon grew up in Berlin and Bavaria. Being exposed to the best of both worlds led to Manon’s appreciation for a metropolitan city’s cultural riches but also to her intimate connection with the outdoors of  Bavaria’s beautiful lakes, mountains and quaint little villages. Her childhood days were mostly spent either drawing and painting or roaming around outside. Manon’s parents instilled the importance of never losing one’s sense of wonder to nature’s beauty.  It is easy for us to see how this translates into Manon’s attention to details.  She truly finds inspiration where ever she goes!

 

“Afterglow”

She tells The Rickie Report, “Creating art to this day never feels like a pastime but like a necessity”.  After moving to Chicago in her late twenties as a newly wed, Manon pursued her love of painting with a successful business painting murals which are represented in numerous private homes and stores in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and California.

 

In 2006, being introduced to the work of well known California impressionist painters while living near San Francisco, Manon plunged herself into plein air oil painting, supplemented by studio work.   She says, “Living in Marin County provided a unique opportunity to study with the best and to finally combine my love of the outdoors with the portability of oil paints to create on the spot. Oils quickly became my favorite medium, allowing me to have an ongoing communication with my subject”.

“Catching Up”

 

Manon studied how to make a painting that combines rich texture and vivid color while capturing the expression of her subject and the impression it left on her. Over the course of several years she learned to simplify and to paint the big shapes before going into detail. Manon learned about her new medium and the importance of value, temperature, and design. She learned how to use technique while conveying what drew her to her subject in the first place.

In 2010  Manon and her family moved to North Palm Beach where she dipped right into painting the trademarks of a tropical setting which proves to provide her with a never-ending stream of inspiration and “an almost magnetic attraction to the ocean and its surroundings”, she says.

“Surf Camp”

Manon puts down her impressions in thick succulent oil paint,  applied with verve and a palette knife.  She describes her paintings as if we are reading a colorful novel,”…the sunlight that creates lavender shadows on the white clothing of people walking by the water’s edge deep in conversation; surfers and paddle boarders catching an aquamarine wave; boats at rest and on a journey; sea creatures and birds that call Florida their home, are among the countless things that get me so excited  that I can’t wait to get out my paints, easel, and big umbrella to capture them on canvas”!

 

“Morning After at the Square Grouper”

It is that happiness and love of life  Manon hopes to share with the viewer in paintings that reflect the color, light and joy that she is surrounded by and is always grateful for.  Manon’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in California and Florida, have won awards and are in private collections in the US and abroad.  

 

Locally she has exhibited at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  We look forward to seeing Manon Sander’s work and our spirits are buoyed by her enthusiasm!  To reach Manon call: 415-606-7685, visit www.ManonDesigns.com or go to: www.facebook.com/ManonSanderArt

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291