Behind The Scenes With The Southern Handcraft Society: An Interview With Pam Warren

The Southern Handcraft Society (SHS) has five extremely active groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The Rickie Report asked Caren Hackman to investigate the history and current status of SHS.  We include her interview with Pam Warren, President of the Delray Beach Pineapple Grove Chapter and photos.  SHS is a wonderful arts organization to get involved with, be it the camaraderie, learning new techniques, or being able to sell your creations. SHS presents high quality crafted items, which often become family heirlooms, to be passed to the next generation.  Anyone interested in preserving, enriching, and trying creative crafts is welcome to attend a monthly meeting to see if this is the organization for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes 

Southern Handcraft Society With Caren Hackman:

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers how SHS came into being.

PW:

The Southern Handcraft Society was founded in January of 1985.  The founder, Laura Kluvo (also known as Laura “glue gun” Kluvo)* had envisioned fellow-minded crafters who would be educated through preserving and enriching creative crafts. Currently there are five groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, totaling about 190 members who meet once a month each. 

 

Rustic board and two examples of the fairy doors designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

TRR:  How did you get involved in crafting, and in particular with the Southern Handcraft Society?

 

 

PW:

Ever since I was a little kid I have enjoyed making things.  I would make paper dolls and their clothes as a gift for my younger sister.  Then, in Girl Scouts, my favorite badge to earn was “the dabbler”.  It included sewing, painting, gluing and miscellaneous other “skills”. As an adult, crafting primarily involved sewing.  I took a class at a quilt shop called “shadow quilting”.  The teacher was Laura Kluvo and she asked me to join a group of ladies she was organizing into a crafting “club”. This was 1985 and the beginning of the Southern Handcraft Society (SHS).

 

 

A woman who organized large craft shows contacted Laura. The woman needed help to run the shows. The first show was held in a model home in the newly developed Woodfield Hunt Club division in Boca Raton. We all had things (mostly Christmas ornaments) for sale in the show.  Within a couple of years that group of thirteen ladies had grown and totally assumed the running of the craft show. As it happened, I was the first chairman of our own show and by then we had moved the show to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.

 

 

Somewhere along the way I took a painting class and was totally hooked on painting. I have had a wonderful time learning and then sharing what I learned by teaching classes.  I made it a point that as each of my two grandchildren turn three years old, I would start teaching them to paint with me. This is a part of what S.H.S. is about…we want to enhance our various fields of crafts and our enthusiasm to be creative with others.

 

 

S.H.S. has grown to five chapters in the Broward and Palm Beach County areas.  Each of our chapters produces at least one large craft show annually; some have more than one show a year.  Chapter members, as well as outside artists are juried into the shows.  We are intent on presenting high quality crafted items.  Each chapter, through the shows, creates the opportunity for us to sell our crafts.  We, also enjoy social times and learning experiences at our meetings and at an annual retreat.

 

 

Witch doll and owl pot holders made by Judy Jensen; Ghosts on small gourds, designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

TRR:  Can you tell us some stories from the early days with SHS?

Pam:

 

At the  first show SHS put on, so many of the ornaments sold that member Maureen Hitch and I sat on the floor in the inventory room  making more ornaments as quickly as we could in order to keep up with the demand!

 

Delray’s Pineapple Grove, the Delray chapter, took road trips during which members would work on crafts together. About 20-25 women went on one of our early trips to a hotel in Daytona Beach. The hotel welcomed the crafters and set up tables in the lobby for them. All of the SHS members plugged in their glue guns and began to work on projects. Apparently we over-taxed the electrical system in the hotel and all of the lights went out….but the hotel took this in stride and asked us  to stagger our use of the glue guns.

 

 

 

TRR:  Do you keep up with current style trends to keep your craft items relevant to today’s home décor?

Pam:

 

Yes! As styles change, the Southern Handcraft Society keeps up with the popularity of interior and collectable trends.

 

Paintings of lighthouses and an orchid on wine bottles painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

Caren: What is trending now? 

Pam:

Items that are utilitarian. No dust collectors. People don’t want to just purchase items to decorate their home. They are looking for unique utilitarian items such as piggy banks, decorative plates…items that are practical and unique. I enjoy taking classes from other crafters to discover new creative ideas. The fun of it is hunting for new surfaces to convert to “something else.”

 

 

Many people can’t get to the beach, but like to bring the “beachy” feeling into their home. SHS keeps track of color trends. The paint company, Deco-Art Americana, offers one and two minute demonstrations of the newest trending colors being used.  

 

 

*Laura K taught a certain technique of quilting, but earned her name “glue gun” while showing how to put together ornaments. A touch of glue here, a touch of glue there and voila, the perfect ornament. She took great joy in spreading her love of crafts and hoped to share it with everyone.

 

Unfortunately, crafts “manufactured” in China are making inroads into the handcrafter work so the group makes an effort to stay one step ahead.

 

 

 

 

Nautical Santa with tree and shells created by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

 

Caren: What sort of craft items are you currently working on?

Pam:

I pretty much paint on anything that doesn’t move – wood, metal, glass and fabric. I have tried to paint on plastic, but am not happy with the current paints and how they bond to the plastic surfaces. There is such a broad spectrum of plastic compositions and not all paints work with all plastics. I’m working on items for holiday craft shows. I’m not sure how many people realize that Christmas preparation begins in April for items that sell in October and November!

 

 

Currently, I enjoy painting cigar boxes, lighthouses on wine bottles, fan blades that are painted like giraffes. I have also had a great response to decorative table-top containers that I make by painting small discarded drawers and adding feet.

 

I’ve had a great response to my painted wooden bowls. I like to add a few tiny bugs painted on the inside.  Flamingoes, nautical and beach themed items are all popular. Pam painted a 24” high Santa dressed in a rain slicker with a lobster coming out of a pocket, red crab on shoulder, holding a small X-mas tree decorated with seashells.

 

 

 

 

  Two snowmen on candlesticks crated by Judy Jensen and a Santa painted by Pam Warren

 

 

For more information about SHS activities and membership contact:

 

 

Pam Warren: pjrawarren@msn.com

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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John R. Math Discusses “Online Art Galleries” As a Marketing Tool And Provides Artists Exposure To A World Wide Audience

The Rickie Report invited John R. Math of Light Space & Time Online Gallery to share information about different types of online art galleries.  John is a Florida landscape and wetlands fine art photographer as well as a well respected business person in the art world. Since 2006, his Gallery has conducted monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. The gallery was created primarily to help new and emerging artists gain experience in applying for, participating in art competitions and getting solid exposure to the decision makers in the art world. Through Light Space & Time, artists are able to not only gain experience but also add and develop their art resumes, all in the hopes of someday selling their work and having a successful art career. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  

 

John R. Math

 

 

 

How Online Art Galleries Can Help You Market Your Artwork

By John R. Math

In the last 5 years online art galleries have become a popular means for artists to market and sell their art. If an artist is not taking advantage of this platform they are at a very distinct disadvantage in terms of marketing and selling their art. There are several types of online galleries and using them has numerous benefits for the artist.

 

Print on Demand Online Art Galleries:

These type of galleries provide a profile page followed by gallery pages for the artist’s artworks. (They may or may not charge an administrative fee). The gallery acts as a “go between” for the buyer and the artist. They print and ship the artist’s work for the purchaser, which is how the gallery makes their money.

 

Online Art Galleries that Market and Sell Art:

This type of gallery sells the artist’s art and collects a percentage of each sale (much like a brick and mortar gallery when they sell an artist’s artwork). They usually provide the artist with a profile, a storefront and the means to charge and collect from the buyer.
Hopefully, these online art galleries do a lot of marketing and promotion to bring traffic to their website in order to help sell the artist’s art.

 

Online Art Competition Galleries:

For an artist’s work to appear on these sites, the artist will go through a judging or a competition process. The selection of the art is the result of a themed art competition. Online art galleries (in any form) provide artists with very low costs and wide-ranging exhibition opportunities that were not available in the past.  “Brick and Mortar” art galleries have built-in overhead and expenses that make them less able to compete with online art galleries regarding artist entry fees and exhibition costs.

Online galleries offer ease of submitting and managing electronic files versus physically shipping entire works. Using online galleries is both a time-saving and cost-effective alternative for the artist. Matting and framing, shipping, and storing are no longer issues.
The Internet offers broad international exposure to artists who compete, win, and exhibit their artwork. This exposure can be tapped into by both “brick and mortar” and online galleries. It is critical for any gallery that an artist partners with, is to make full use of available marketing and promotional opportunities.

 

What are the advantages and benefits for an artist to enter and compete in an online art competition? The following are the top benefits for an artist when entering online art contests:

• Ease of Entering/Posting Art
• Cost of Entering/ Membership
• Online Promotion & Marketing
• Low Administrative Costs
• Unequalled Exposure for the Artist

 

Choosing the Right Online Gallery:

When selecting an online art gallery, be sure to ask about their overall marketing program. Online galleries tend to have digital marketing expertise as their entire world is electronic, but not all galleries are the same.

As an artist, you want broad and quality coverage for your work.

What is your desired market?

While the whole world is available to you, partnering with an online art gallery that caters to those who like your art is essential.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed online art competitions and art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is the Gallery’s intention to help today’s artists to successfully market their art to a worldwide audience.  

For more information:

 www.lightspacetime.art 

888-490-3530

 

 

 

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“Artist As Entrepreneur Institute” Offers Informational Meeting At Armory Art Center In Palm Beach County

In addition to The Broward County Cultural Division‘s grant making activities, they design and convene training programs and workshops for our area’s cultural not-for-profit organizations and local artists: including visual artists, musical arts, composers, media, theater art, and performing arts.   The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds artists that to succeed, you must have business plan!   To date, more than 680 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute.  An informational session takes place at the Armory Art Center on Monday, April 10th in the evening.  This is an opportunity for artists to learn more about the upcoming Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) and the various services the Broward Cultural Division offers to artists in the region, including funding, professional development and networking opportunities. Make your reservation for this FREE overview now!

 

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

The  ARMORY  ART  CENTER  

 

INVITES  YOU TO:

 

AN OVERVIEW OF

 

Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute

(AEI)

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

5:30  – 6:30 PM

 

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

In the Armory Library

 

This event is Free

Artists residing in ANY County are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP with EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2mg1qpo

 

 

 

 

Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations.  Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) is a course of study designed to assist individual artists, of all disciplines (visual, musicians, writers, media, theater, performing arts), by cultivating and advancing their business skills, and helping them to strengthen their operating infrastructure and expand their business. 

 

 

AEI will be presented from 9 AM – 6 PM on June 3, 10 & 17 and the Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 24th, 9 AM – 2 PM., and will offer a curriculum of 20 different class modules over the four Saturdays. The program will be presented at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The program is designed to help the artist community better understand their enterprise and markets, and strengthen the vitality of the larger urban arts and culture sector.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) program page: http://bit.ly/1nufepY

See also background on the AEI by the Miami Herald: http://bit.ly/2012Herald

 

 

For more information about the Armory Art Center meeting contact:

Jeanne Martin, Director of Communications & Marketing

Armory Art Center, (561) 832-1776 ex. 104

 jeanne.martin@armoryart.org

 

 

For more information about The Broward County Cultural Division:

James Shermer, Grants Administrator
Broward County Cultural Division
100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1829
jshermer@broward.org
954-357-7502 Desk      954-357-5769 Fax
954-790-2190 Cell
www.broward.org/arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Third Thursday Celebration At Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Focus Is “Art Of Association”

This year’s “Art of Association” at the Lighthouse ArtCenter displays more than 250 original works of art by 125 artists. For its 3rd Thursday Celebration on July 16th, you can Meet the Associations Representatives.  Each Art Association will share a short presentation enhanced with PowerPoint illustrations about their group, their member artists, their philanthropic missions and other interesting information.  The Rickie Report believes this is one of the finest chances to network with other artists and art organizations!  We urge artists not to work in a vacuum and this is a professional opportunity!  We share the details here.

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter

5th Annual

“Art Of Association” Exhibition

Meet the Artist Associations

Thursday, July 16th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibition Continues Through August 13th

Gallery Square North

373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta,FL

(561) 746-3101 LighthouseArts.org

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum is located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta. See the Art of Association exhibition through August 13, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and is free to members and active military. It is free to all on Saturdays.

 

 

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On 3rd Thursday for July 16: Meet the Associations Representatives from the Art Associations will share short presentations enhanced with PowerPoint illustrations about their groups, their member artists, their philanthropic missions and other interesting information. The event, on July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30, is free to Lighthouse ArtCenter members and exhibiting artists and $10 for nonmembers and also features passed hors d’oeuvres and a donation wine bar.

 

 

 

 

This year’s Art of Association displays more than 250 original works of art by 125 artists. Participating art groups include Artists in Florida, Art Associates of Martin County, Artists Association of Jupiter, Artists of Palm Beach County, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Lake Worth Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, North County Art Association, Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Plein Air Palm Beach, South Florida Basket & Fiber Guild, Wellington Art Society and Women in the Visual Arts.

 

 

 

 
Opening and awards reception was held June 18,
 during ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursday event. Artists from thirteen Palm Beach and Martin counties art associations, along with art lovers, gathered together on Thursday, June 18, to share in the excitement of the Art of Association exhibition awards presentation.

 

 

“This exhibition offers art collectors and art lovers an opportunity to see the best our area has to offer from the talented artists in guilds and associations,” said Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director. “At the 3rd Thursday evening event in July, artists will give insights about their inspirations and techniques, accompanied by a visual presentation. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and get in-depth knowledge about their art.”

 

 

"Downtown Stuart" by Chris Kling

“Downtown Stuart” by Chris Kling, Best of Show Award

The following awards were presented: Best of Show, Chris Kling (Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild) “Stuart Downtown; Oil and Acrylic category, First Place, Leslie Pfeiffer (Wellington Art Society) “ Green Cay”; Second Place, Patricia Maguire (Plein Air Palm Beach) “Delphiniums”; Third Place, Sheri Gansz (North County Artist Association) “Headed for the Beach”; Fourth Place, Sarah Davis (Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association) “Kristen”; Watercolor/Pastel/Mixed media/Encaustic category, First Place, Michael LasCasas (Artists in Florida) “Boxcar & Graffiti”; Second Place, Jane McIntyre (Women In The Visual Arts) “Lightness and Being”; Third Place, Lorrie B. Turner (Plein Air Palm Beach “Shadows”; 3-D Sculpture/Ceramics/Weaving/Fiber/Glass and Jewelry category, First Place, Jean Williard (Artists Association of Jupiter) “Dressage”, bronze sculpture; Second Place, Phyllis Annunziato (Women In The Visual Arts) “Textured Sterling Silver Necklace”; Photography/Digital Art, First Place, Joanne Urban (Artists in Florida) “Florida Wetlands II”; and Second Place, Sandy Friedkin (Artists in Florida) ”Protecting the Nest.”

 

 

Lighthouse Artenter Art of Association 2015 Award Winners

Lighthouse Artenter Art of Association 2015 Award Winners

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS were awarded to: Art Assoc. of Martin County, Sally B. Pearson, “Rest Stop”; Artist Assoc. of Jupiter, Carolyn Austin, “Ebbing Tide”; Artists of Palm Beach County, John Vincent Palozzi, “At the Museum”; Artists in Florida Artist, Jane Saull, “Bubble Dreams”; Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Lynn Brouillette, “Peaches”; Lake Worth Art League, Lee Krull, “Rooted in Old Florida”; Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, Jack Rosenberg, “Three Martinis”; North County Art Association, Julie Beaumont, “Rhino with Butterflies”; Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Kris Davis, “Reach”; Plein Air Palm Beach, Dale Stryker, “Shade Trees All Around”; South Florida Basket & Fiber Guild, Bonnie Bruner, “Untitled #2”; Wellington Art Society, Barbara Bailey, “Nightingale’s Nest”; and Women in the Visual, Dodi Sikevitz, “Bride with Pears II.”

 

Chris Kling Receives Best Of Show Award from Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Director

Chris Kling Receives Best Of Show Award from Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Director

 

 

The exhibition was judged by Cynthia E. Palmieri, the recently retired Executive Director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach, Fla.  She has an extensive background in exhibitions. Schooled as a sculptor and drawing major at the prestigious Pratt Institute, Palmieri has juried many shows. The Art of Association exhibition was curated by Barbra Broidy.

 

 

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER
:

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information, call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.LighthouseArts.org.

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women Presents The Dori Popenoe Art Achievement Award To Three Artists

The Boca Raton Branch  National League of American Pen Women are delighted to announce three recipients of the Dori Popenoe Art Achievement Award to Kelsey Fox, Britta Martinez de la Flor and Liana Plunkett.  These three native-born Floridians have been studying art and honing their skills at Palm Beach Atlantic College. This is a wonderful organization to network with other visual artists, performing artists, musicians, composers and authors. The Rickie Report recommends you make your reservations quickly, Reservations MUST be made by May 14, 2015.   We provide the details, some sneak peeks and the registration form with the lunch menu. Thank you to this wonderful group for celebrating the arts!

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch

National League of American Pen Women

 

Presents Achievement Award Luncheon

Meet Three Award-Winning Young Artists:

Kelsey Fox- (L)First Place

Britta Martinez de la Flor-(C) Second Place 

Liana Plunkett- (R) Third Place


Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

12:00 Noon

RSVP by May 14th

Delray Golf Club

2200 Highland Ave.        Delray Beach,FL

(561-243-7385 for directions)

The Boca Raton Pen Women are delighted to announce three recipients of the Dori Popenoe Art Achievement Award. Kelsey Fox received the first place award. Britta Martinez de la Flor earned the second place award, and Liana Plunkett was awarded third place.  These three native-born Floridians have been studying art and honing their skills at Palm Beach Atlantic College. They have demonstrated outstanding talent and achievement.
The Dori Popenoe Art Achievement Award was established by Pete Popenoe in memory of his wife Dori, who was an accomplished portrait artist and beloved member of the Boca Raton Branch of the NLAPW. Dori Popenoe was a past president of the Boca Raton Branch, NLAPW and a Pen Woman of the Year honoree from the Florida State Association.

 

 

This year we are celebrating the achievements of these three young talented artists and wishing them success in their career journey. We are also remembering Dori Popenoe, a friend, a colleague, and a woman for whom art held a special place.  Join the Boca Raton NLAPW Women for a delicious luncheon and an award celebration.

 

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May 21, 2015 Noon Luncheon Menu:

Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert:

Caesar Salad with Chicken – Romaine Lettuce, fresh Parmesan cheese, crunchy croutons.

Poached Filet of Salmon – Court Bouillon poached salmon finished with creamy dill sauce.

Chicken Parmesan – Boneless chicken breast pounded and lightly breaded, served with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese over Linguine

 

Dessert – Circle one: 4. Key Lime Pie OR 5. Fruit cup

 

Check must be received by May 14, 2015.

Members: $25. ~ Non-Members $30.
Make checks payable to Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send to: Barbara Bixon, 9674 Harbour Lake Circle, Boynton Beach FL 33437

Email for more information: Bbcarter2@aol.com
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ABOUT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN:

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award winning Artists.

The Boca Raton branch is one of the largest in the country and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. As a qualified member of Art, Letters or Music, each member is exposed to participation in Art Exhibits, Author Talks and various workshops. On the third Thursday of the month – from November to May – luncheons are held with interesting, informative and entertaining speakers featuring the three Muses ~ Art – Literature – Music!

 

 

For more information about Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women please visit:

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Boca Raton Branch National League of Pen Women Features “Art of The Masters” With Bea Doone-Merena

Join the Boca Raton Branch National League of Pen Women for a delicious luncheon and a one-of-a-kind art program.  Bea Doone-Merena will share the story of her fascinating art career and discuss some of the oil painting techniques that she learned from studying 16th – 18th century Masters of art.  Bea is referred to as  the “Master Painter and Painter of the Masters” because when you see her exquisite creations, you think you are in a museum!  This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other visual artists, performing artists, musicians, composers and authors.  The Rickie Report recommends you make your reservations quickly, as the deadline is April 7th.  Guests are welcome. We provide the details, some sneak peeks and the registration form with the lunch menu.

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch

National League of American Pen Women

Features

Bea Doone-Merena,

“Master Painter and Painter of the Masters”

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 Noon

RSVP by April 7th

 

Delray Golf Club       2200 Highland Ave    Delray Beach,FL
(561-243-7385 for directions)

 

 

Bea Doone-Merena is an accomplished artist who has mastered the art of classical realism. Her oil paintings are reminiscent of Bouguereau, Vouet, Lefebvre, Raeburn and other great masters we admire.

 

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“Chloe and Daphne” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

As a young girl in grade school, Bea started creating art. She knew back then that art was her calling. Even while raising ten children, Bea pursued her love for painting. Remarkably, she has been teaching herself to master the painting techniques of the Old Masters for years.

 

"Selfie" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Selfie” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

She tell us, “I let the great masters of art history teach me their craft. In reproducing the finest art of the masters, I’ve found the best teachers who ever lived! I apply all these wonderful lessons to bring to life the human body, nature and commissioned portraits”.

 

 

"Gates of Dawn" by Be a Doone-Merena

“Gates of Dawn” by Be a Doone-Merena

 

Bea currently exhibits her oil paintings in Florida. Her art work has been featured at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach; The Palm Beach Cultural Council; Schmidt Gallery at Lynn University, Boca Raton; the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, and other venues. She has won numerous awards for her portraits and figure paintings. Articles about Be a and her artwork have been published in The Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel and The Rickie Report.

 

"Vanity" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanity” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

Bea will share the story of her fascinating art career and discuss some of the oil painting techniques that she learned from studying 16th – 18th century masters of art.

 

"Vanessa" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanessa” by Bea Doone-Merena

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF CHECKS: April 7, 2015

April 16, 2015 Luncheon Menu:

Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert:

Barbara Bixon must receive your checks no later than April 7. 2015

Non-members: $30 ~ Members: $25

Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send to: Barbara Bixon, 9674 Harbour Lake Circle, Boynton Beach FL 33437
Email Elaine Bossik for more information:  elainebossik@yahoo.com

 

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1.Thai  Chicken Salad – Spicy Thai marinated grilled boneless chicken breast over mixed greens with sesame seeds, snow peas, peppers, bean sprouts, etc., with spicy peanut dressing.

2.Eggplant Parmesan – lightly breaded eggplant topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

3. Chicken Marsala – Sautéed boneless, skinless chicken breast finished with Marsala mushroom sauce, vegetables, and chef’s choice of rice or potato.

Dessert:   4. Triple Chocolate Cake  or   5. Fruit Cup

 

 

ABOUT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN:

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award winning Artists.

 

NLAPW’s corporate headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. and oversees branches all over the United States. The league boasts membership of such prominent women as Eleanor Roosevelt, Erma Bombeck, and local well-known artist Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, the only woman to sculpt President Lincoln from life, was an early member of NLAPW. Her statue of Lincoln now stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

 

The Boca Raton branch is one of the largest in the country and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. As a qualified member of Art, Letters or Music, each member is exposed to participation in Art Exhibits, Author Talks and various workshops. On the third Thursday of the month – from November to May – luncheons are held with interesting, informative and entertaining speakers featuring the three Muses ~ Art – Literature – Music!

For more information about Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women please visit:

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

New Bead Society Forms in Palm Beach County and Welcomes New Members

The Bead Society of the Palm Beaches was recently inaugurated and they are welcoming anyone who is interested to join! Their mission is to bring together a diverse group of people from far and wide to exchange ideas, share techniques and encourage talents in stringing, bead weaving, wire, polymer clay and looming.  Their aim is to inspire and nurture creative expression in a non-competitive atmosphere and to provide community with an educational resource in the art, history and cultural significance of beads and beading. This not-for-profit group has chosen Safe House for Teen Victims of Human Trafficking as one of its 2015 charitable organizations. The Rickie Report celebrates artistic networking and shares their information and some photos here.

 

Bead Society Logo

beadsocietyofthepalmbeaches.com

 

Next General Meeting:

Thursday, March 5th

6:30 pm

 

Perry Bookstein of York Beads

Is Bringing BEADS,BEADS,BEADS!

 

Beads, Courtesy of York Beads

Beads, Courtesy of York Beads

 

 

This is a Members Only Meeting

You can Join At the Event! 

Next Workshops:

Saturday March 14

or

Sunday March 15

With  Jerri Heer

 

 

Bead and Wire Tree Workshop with Jerri Heer

Bead and Wire Tree Workshop with Jerri Heer

Atlantis Country Club

190 Atlantis Blvd.    Lake Worth, FL

 

President, Laurie Bye, tells The Rickie Report, “Founded in 2014, we are a new Society of diverse and enthusiastic beaders, wire workers, bead embroiders, loomers, knitters, crocheters and polymer clay artists. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced beader, we welcome you to join us as a member. We will meet the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 at Atlantis Country Club in Lake Worth.  We will be having guest speakers, trunk shows, and teachers from around the country that will be of interest to all kinds of beaders”.

 

The Bead Society’s mission is to inspire and nurture creative expression in a non-competitive atmosphere and to provide community with an educational resource in the art, history and cultural significance of beads and beading. It is a not-for-profit group and has chosen Safe House for Teen Victims of Human Trafficking as one of its 2015 charitable organizations. 

 

 

Beads Courtesy of York Beads

Beads Courtesy of York Beads

 

On March 5th at 6:30 pm, special guest Perry Bookstein of York Beads, will be joining us for our meeting.  Perry will be bringing boxes and boxes of beads for you to purchase!  His family has been in the business for 90 years and unfortunately, is closing.  Perry is a bead expert and he will be bringing along some special ones for you to choose from!  This is a MEMBERS ONLY meeting, so you can join ahead of time or join at the event!

 

 

Bead and Wire Tree Workshop with Jerri Heer

Bead and Wire Tree Workshop with Jerri Heer

 

Saturday March 14 or Sunday March 15

Jerri Heer’s Workshops!

 

Class Price: $60.00

INCLUDES ALL YOUR SUPPLIES AND LUNCH

 

Jerri will be teaching a small tree in the morning workshop and a larger tree in the afternoon.  These lovely trees can brighten up your home space or be given as a lovely gift. During the class you will be learning how to do a mini tree in the morning then, after a lunch supplied by the Atlantis Country Club, we will be learning a larger tree and some branches of different styles.  The class, kits and lunch are all included in the price of $60.00. You really can’t go wrong so join us for an inspiring day.

Member's Gallery of the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches

Member’s Gallery of the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches

MEMBERSHIP

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE COVERS JANUARY OF ONE YEAR TO DECEMBER.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE IS $40.00

Membership benefits will include:
– subscription to our monthly newsletter
– discounts at many local bead stores
– monthly meetings with opportunities to meet with other bead enthusiasts
– participation in our members only bead swap
– chance to win the wall of delicas and the bowl of buttons
– holiday parties
– supporting a variety of charitable groups
– advanced notice and early registration for our yearly bead retreat

 

Member's Gallery of the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches

Member’s Gallery of the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches

Please join us on Facebook and for more information about meeting times and events, directions to our meeting place and examples of our member’s work:

www.beadsocietyofthepalmbeaches.com

 

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291