New Members Are Welcome To Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA): Engage In Lectures, Art Of Reading Club, Critiques, Exhibits, Community Outreach Activities And Networking

The Spirit of Togetherness is at the heart of Women In The Visual Arts!  WITVA is a strong organization that welcomes artists to grow and expand their interests and abilities in a nurturing environment.  Their ‘circle theme’ offers members a place to gather for companionship and education in a virtual setting.  Join the Art/Artist Book Club, enjoy a lecture, share ideas and inspirations with artists who work in similar mediums, enter an art challenge, or just enjoy socializing!  WITVA’s fundraising efforts support art scholarships and donate artwork to local hospitals and community centersWITVA looks forward to working with other organizations, to build a relationship that will benefit all of us. The Rickie Report shares an overview of WITVA and urges you to check out their exciting exhibit opportunities and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the nineteen eighties, Women In The Visual Arts, has been an organization for artists of South Florida as an important link for our surrounding art community including our neighboring art students. Our organization has gone through changes  but what remains is that we have always been an organization with “heart”. Our members tell us that the community knows us as, “A very friendly group of women”, Vice President Sandy Ryter tells The Rickie Report.  

She shares, “We are planning to exhibit; showing our painters, sculptures, fine crafters and decorative artists.  We have fund-raising activities, arrange group painting sessions and craft times, and create art works to donate to community centers, hospitals and other facilities”. Check out our latest newsletter for updated events and where you can see some of our members’ work (virtually for now). WITVA is looking forward learning about other organizations to build a mutually satisfying relationship that will benefit all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA’s’  “circle theme” offers a place for members to gather for companionship and education

(virtual, fun, engaging)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Circle of Artists Meetings brings artists of like disciplines together for the opportunity to share their work and ideas with each other for inspiration!

Our “The Art Of Reading Book Club” brings our members and those of Artists of Palm Beach County together to read and discuss books of fiction and non-fiction about art and artists

Our WITVA Circle Lecture Series brings members together for an evening of a presentation about art and artists.

Our WITVA Circle Art Challenges such as our Black and White Challenge and our ‘She Inspires Me Challenge’ brings members together for virtual shows.

Our New Member Social Events brings our board and new members together to greet each other and to learn about our organization and how new members can become a part of what we do.

*In addition to our many social activities, we are a 501c3 and as such, we raise funds to grant scholarships and awards to deserving art students in our area. 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about us:   WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WITVA HOSPITALART Program

 

 

WITVA’s HOSPITALART Program is unique in South Florida. WITVA Artist members create colorful paintings and donate them free-of-charge to not-for-profit organizations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Our art is anonymously created by many hands. Each canvas may be a complete painting in itself or grouped to create larger murals. A list of the many organizations served since 1999 is on our website. If you know of a deserving organization that would be interested in art work to help create a cheerful and interesting space, please contact us. Hospitals, clinics, shelters, nursing homes are examples of where we donate our HOSPITALART.  If you are interested in helping to create the art, contact us and we will contact you when we will resume our meetings.

For more information, you may contact our HOSPITALART please visit our website:  WITVA.org

 

 

 

UPCOMING      EXHIBIT      FOR      MEMBERS     ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA     AT     THE     LIGHTHOUSE     ARTCENTER

 

September 7 through October 30, 2021

 

This will mark our first, in-person exhibition following COVID. This opportunity is open to WITVA members. We invite you to join us!  For details about applying for membership and for this exhibit please visit:

 

WITVA.org

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS

Juried exhibitions for our Artist Members are held in a variety of venues throughout the year. 

Three fine art categories are considered:

1. Two Dimensional Art: This category includes drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and mixed media
2. Sculpture: This includes sculptures of stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, ceramic and fiber
3. Handmade Jewelry: This requires all jewelry pieces to be made by hand. Ready-made beads for example, are not accepted.

Application and information for download is available under the Membership tab at      WITVA.org.

RECEPTIONS  &  AWARDS

Artist Receptions are held for each event. Cash prizes and/or ribbons are awarded while attendees view the show, mingle and enjoy refreshment.

 

 

BECOMING A MEMBER:

 

 

Members shall be classified in one or five categories, namely: Artist Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Associate Member and Adjunct Member. 

1. Artist Member: A women who has met all qualifications as stated in Article II, Section 1, and whose annual dues are paid up to date. This Artist Member may apply for exhibition in all shows. The Artist Member shall have all voting rights, privileges and benefits of membership. 

2. Life Member: An Artist Member may become a Life Member by paying a lump sum, designated by the Board, in a lump sum. A Life Member may apply for exhibition in all the shows.

3. Honorary Member: Past Presidents who have served two or more years shall be Honorary Members and shall maintain all voting rights and privileges without the payment of any further dues. Honorary Members may apply for all shows.

4. Associate Member: Any woman member of the general public who is interested in supporting the aims of WITVA is an Associate Member. This Associate Member may only apply for exhibitions in large, open juried shows as determined by the Board.

5. Adjunct Member: Friends and family members, male or female, may become an Adjunct Member as a supporter. This Adjunct Member may participate in general meetings, educational seminars and lectures, artist circles and other events as deemed appropriate by the Board. The Adjunct Member does not have voting privileges and is not eligible to hold office.

 

 

 

To learn even more about us, we invite you to visit WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC-12388.  A Copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information May be Obtained from The Division of Consumer Services by Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within the State. Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval or Recommendation by the State.

 

 

 

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Women In The Visual Arts’ Winter Craft Fair Is On-Line Featuring Jewelry, Accessories, Home Decor, And More

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) invites you to their “Winter Craft Fair”, perfect for the gift giving season, now through January 1, 2021!  Available on-line you can browse the fabulous items for sale including one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more.  The artists chosen may live locally, but sell their creations nationally and internationally.  This event will benefit their Art Scholarship Program.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  WITVA, promoting the Visual Arts and Women Artists in Florida, offers meaningful networking opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO   TO   THE  “SHOP” TAB:

www.witva.org

 

 

The WITVA community continues to grow as its members have joined together forming a tighter network of shared interests and social bonds. New programs including The Art of Reading Book Club, Circle of Artists,  Virtual Visions show, Critique Circle of Artists, Scholarship Fundraiser and WITVA Circle Lecture all welcome new participants.

 

 

One-of-a-kind pottery by Abbey Funk  “Awake In A Dream”

 

 

 

 

The CIRCLE OF ARTISTS brings WITVA members together through a virtual Zoom platform. Our goal is to reach out and connect those members who are in like-minded artistic disciplines and encourage group members to share artwork and provide feedback and suggestions.  You are welcome to join your group and also to explore other groups. The WITVA Circle of Artists includes:

  • Abstract Art

  • Ceramics

  • Crafters

  • Graphic Art

  • Impressionist Art

  • Jewelry

  • Mixed Media/Collage

  • Photography

  • Realistic/Representational Art

  • Sculpture

 

 

 

One-of-a-kind Polymer Cane Necklace by Lori Axelrod

 

 

One-of-a-kind Mixed Media necklace by Marsha Levey-Blandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT WITVA:

We fundraise to grant art scholarships to college graduate students to further their studies  and we support high school art with an annual competitive exhibition with awards.  We hold educational forums relating to specific forms of art and present art exhibitions and competitions. We also serve as a networking forum for our members and guests. WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits.

 

 

One-of-a-kind Handmade Doll by Mary Triba

 

For more information on events, membership, or supporting WITVA, Inc. please visit:

 

www.witva.org

 

 

 

 

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The Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique Features Three Events You Will LOVE This February!

The Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique features three events you will LOVE this February! Come to the Open Reception for “Space” on Friday, February 7.  This is the fifth judged show of the series: “An Eye for Art -A Look at the Elements.” The show runs February 4 thru March 1.  Check out the FINE ART ESTATE SALE to benefit the Lake Worth Art League, a non-profit organization. Works of accomplished artists Melanie Bouton and Martha Ann Myers are featured. Purchases of works by these artists are tax deductible.  While visiting the Street Painting Festival (Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23) stop by  “Artists On The Alley” OUTDOOR TENT & TABLE SHOW. The fine art and fine crafts, jewelry and artisan boutique items spill over to the outside! Located at the corner of Lucerne & L Street, just steps off Lake Avenue, it is the perfect place to stop by!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to show your work in our gallery?

We are proud to offer an unprecedented equal opportunity for all artists! We are unique in the fact that we accept the work of ALL artists, from emerging to professional, to show, sell and compete for awards in our Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth.

Our gallery is owned and operated by the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The league is comprised of very talented artists from all disciplines. More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show. First, become a member for just $75. per year. You then have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each one of our 8 judged “season” shows. Each show is judged by a qualified judge that is not affiliated with the league. The league offers cash prizes and ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention award winners, and a ribbon Recognition award. Entry fee for each show is $25. for first entry and $15. For the second. $10. For each each additional piece up to 5 total. Summer exhibitions continue with reduced prices for entry. The league retains 20% of all sales, which along with membership, entry fees and our volunteers, helps keep the gallery open and your work visible to the public. A reception with light refreshment is held for each show. All shows are advertised. Membership offers also offers the opportunity to sell your work in our Boutique. 

 

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

 

 

 

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

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Palm City Art Associates Kicks Off Their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale With Free Opening Reception On Thursday, January 30. The Exhibit Continues To February 27 At Cummings Public Library. All Are Welcome

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their 31st Annual Art Show & Sale at the Palm City Cummings Library.  Meet the artists at the Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, January 30.  The exhibit continues through February 27, with free admission and parking. PCAA has four venues where their artwork is sold, including Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center.  If you are looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from the 2019 Show. Palm City Art Associates provides scholarships to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALM    CITY    ART    ASSOCIATES    ART    SHOW    &    SALE

FREE     GALA     OPENING     AND     RECEPTION

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

5:30 – 7:00 PM

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

 

 

Library hours: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays  –  10 am – 5 pm
Thursdays –  Noon – 8 pm   Closed Sunday & Monday

Free admission and parking 

 

This Exhibit runs January 30 – February 27, 2020

 

 

 

 

Alice Shann, President of the Palm City Art Associates tells The Rickie Report, “We look forward to having people join us for our 31st Annual Art Show & Sale held at the Palm City Cummings Library. The Donahue Room will be filled with original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and stained glass. Everything will be for sale, to support the PCAA scholarships we give to deserving Martin County high school seniors who are pursuing an art education”.  The Rickie Report adds that this is the perfect time to meet the artists, introduce yourself and explore this nurturing arts group.

 

 

 

 

Diane Raymond, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

Palm City Art Associates is a 501c non-profit corporation.  This exhibit is free and open to the public, with free parking available.  All artwork is available for sale through the month of February.  Bring your friends and see the newest original art images these artists have created!  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”

 

 

 

Jim Sculley, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

Alice reminds our readers that ,”PCAA also has four venues at which we sell art work: Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd, Reuben’s Restaurant, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Center”.  Monthly meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 1pm from Oct. – May at the Cummings Library, Matheson Ave., Palm City. Please stop by and introduce yourself!  Meetings feature a live, local artist demo of their creative skills and techniques in all manner of mediums. You’re invited to observe a fun demo. Our hope is after one meeting, you will want to join our friendly, active membership too.​ Annual dues are only $35 per individual / $65 per couple. Annual dues deadline is May 31 to get your contact info into our annual directory.

 

 

 

 

   Susan Clifford, PCAA Member, at 2019 Annual Art Show & Sale

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information about this exhibit, please visit:  palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

 

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Port St. Lucie Art League Welcomes Public To Free Exhibit At Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Opening Reception On Thursday, January 9. Exhibit Runs Through March 12, 2020

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) invites the public to an Art Exhibition featuring over 30 member artists.  This free exhibit takes place at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center Gallery, with the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 9 featuring the music of Jack Eddington.  The exhibit continues through March 12, 2020.  PSLAL welcomes new members to join as advocates for the arts and promote quality, professionalism and diversity in their work. PSLAL provides a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, support, encouragement, and inspiration from one another’s artistic creativity.  Many PSLAL artists have won local, national and international awards & their artwork is in many private collections.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PORT    ST.    LUCIE    ARTS    LEAGUE    PRESENTS:  

MEMBER  EXHIBITION

 

 

Opening Reception:

 

Thursday, January 9, 2020 

 

 

6  – 8 PM

 

 

Featuring Musician,  Jack Eddington

Port   St.   Lucie   Civic   Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place      Port St.Lucie, FL 34952

 

 

Exhibition runs  January  10 – March 12, 2020

8:30 AM –  8 PM (except when closed for event use)

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Lucia Florez, President of the Port St. Lucie Arts League tells The Rickie Report, ” Membership is open to all artists who create original work and to those who have an interest in or appreciation for the arts”.  This is a wonderful artist networking organization and newcomers are always welcome.  Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Friday from September – May, 1 – 3  pm, at PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St Lucie, FL, with plenty of free parking.  

 

“Blissful Silence” by Michael Alexander

 

Joanne goes on to say, “The success of artists is shared by all. Artwork, artists styles and creativity are freely expressed without judgement. The PSL Arts League strives to learn, grow and work together to share our support of art & artists in our community”.  Paid members of the Port St Lucie Arts League are able to exhibit/sell your artwork in several art shows and events, PSL Arts League Galleries and other venues throughout the year. PSLAL offers a full calendar of art shows, exciting demonstrations and art display opportunities for all to enjoy!  

 

 

“Dancer At Rest” by Doris Jacoby

 

 

 

Featured Artists:

Mary Ann Austin

Michael Alexander

Tamara Thoma Barnett

Elaine Cavanaugh

Judy Coffman

Patricia Eddington

Joanne Lucia Florez

Donna Franklin

Caroline McGillis Frederiksen

Dale Galiano

Marilyn Hamblet

Evelyn Hartsell

Carol Heslop

Jill Heverson

Scott Hossler

Doris Jacoby

Maureen Joyce

Rene’ Laigo

Bonnie Larson

Sandy Lillis

Barbara Z. Lyons

Phred Madsen-Vallee

Floyd Markowitz

Marilyn Mead

Laura R. O’Kelly

Connie Pearson

Elaine Pribish

Sharon Roselli

Frances B. Sine

Barbara Warren

Ronda Wersbha

Joe Young

 

 

“Bronze Serenity” by Donna Franklin

 

 

 

The PSL Arts League is a 501C non-profit organization for professional artists and those who appreciate the arts. The League was  organized in 1993 and enjoys a membership of over 65 creative professionals, which consists of a diverse group of artists who share a passion for creativity and support of the arts in the community. Their work consists of individual styles, techniques, and artistic explorations in a variety of art mediums: watercolors, acrylics, oils, 3D and mixed media. Each artwork is unique in expression that captures a chosen subject. Many PSLAL artists have won local, national and international awards & their artwork is in many private collections.  

 

League members are advocates for the arts and promote quality, professionalism and diversity in their work. PSL Arts League goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity. The success of artists is shared by all. Artwork, artists styles and creativity are freely expressed without judgement. The PSL Arts League strives to learn, grow and work together to share our support of art & artists in our community.

 

Mission Statement :  The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability.  Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  The PSL Arts League appreciates working together in partnership with many venues to make a difference in Port St. Lucie to Support Art & Artists in Our Community.  

 

Exhibitions/Displays:

Member’s work can be seen in the PSL Community Center, Harbor Place Assisted Living, Dawn’s Cafe and The Brennity at Tradition. In January – December, 2020, the PSL Arts League artists will have their work displayed at the Paula A. Lewis Library located 2950 SW Rosser Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

Membership is open to all artists who create original work and to those who have an interest in or appreciation for the arts.

PSL Arts League Meetings: Member meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, September – May, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St Lucie, FL

Membership Dues: $35.00 due by Nov. 1

 

Membership Benefits: As a paid member of the Port St Lucie Arts League you are able to exhibit / sell your artwork in several art shows and events, PSL Arts League Galleries and other venues during the year. We offer a full calendar of art shows, exciting demonstrations and art display opportunities for all to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

“Zebra” by Ronda Wershba

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibits or  upcoming events:

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

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Artists Eye Gallery & Boutique Opens Call For Artists And Announces Free Reception On Friday, July 5

Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique invites the public to the Opening Reception for “ENCORE” summer art show on Friday, July 5.  The exhibit includes a large array of genres and mediums.  Meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments, and beat the heat!  In addition, artists (from emerging to professional) are welcome to apply for upcoming exhibits.  You do not have to live in Palm Beach County to participate!  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.

 

 

 

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

“ENCORE” Summer Series”

Meet The Artists

 

Opening Reception:

 

Friday, July 5, 2019

  6 – 8 pm  

This Exhibit runs July 2 – 28, 2019

 

 

CALLING ALL ARTISTS  to show your work in our gallery!

 

 

We are proud to offer an unprecedented equal opportunity for all artists! We are unique in the fact that we accept the work of ALL artists, from emerging to professional, to show, sell and compete for awards in our Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique, just steps off Lake Avenue on Lucerne in downtown Lake Worth.

 

 

 

Our gallery is owned and operated by the Lake Worth Art League, the oldest non-profit art organization in Palm Beach County, founded in 1941. The league is comprised of very talented artists from all disciplines. More good news… it is very inexpensive to join and show. First, become a member. You then have the opportunity to show up to 5 pieces of work in each one of our 8 judged “season” shows. Each show is judged by a qualified judge that is not affiliated with the league. The league offers cash prizes and ribbons for first, second, third, and honorable mention award winners. Low entry fees for each piece. Summer exhibitions continue with reduced prices for entry as these shows are not judged. The league retains 20% of all sales. That percentage along with membership, entry fees and our volunteers, helps keep the gallery open and your work visible to the public. A reception with light refreshment is held for each show. All shows are advertised. Membership also offers the opportunity to sell your small works/prints, and other original creations in our Boutique. Please go to lwartleague.org to find out more!

 

 

 

The Lake Worth Art League, Inc. was founded in 1941, and is a 501C(3) nonprofit, educational organization established to further the studies of the arts and their development and to enhance the cultural life of its Members, the City of Lake Worth, and its neighboring communities. Your tax deductible donation will be gratefully accepted.

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com561-537-0291

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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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South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild Invites You To A Free Workshop On June 30! Find Out Why So Many People Love Claying Around!

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) has been in existence since 2006.  The members, with various backgrounds, promote polymer clay as an art form by sharing their individual knowledge and ideas of polymer clay with others.  You are invited to a free “Newbie Workshop” on SundayJune 30. Members will share their expertise to educate those who might be interested in working with polymer clay but know little about it. The Rickie Report shares the details about the free workshop, SEFPCG, and shares some photos of previous projects by members.  

 

 

 

 

SOUTH    EAST    FLORIDA    POLYMER    CLAY    GUILD

 INVITES  YOU:  

“NEWBIE  WORKSHOP”

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

 

 

10 am – 3 pm

 

 

Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida

 

 

NO    EXPERIENCE    REQUIRED!

FREE    OF   CHARGE

 

 

PLEASE    RSVP    By June 25  

SO    WE    HAVE    ENOUGH    MATERIALS

 

 

RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:  rubyforu2@gmail.com

 

 

 

Polymer Clay Pendants with alcohol inks by Tristina Dietz-Elmes

 

 

We will teach you basic Polymer Clay skills including conditioning clay, skinner blends and & other techniques using polymer clay.

 

 

All materials will be provide by guild.

Just bring a container to bring your project home.

 

 

 

Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other during a Monday night demo meeting; a Wednesday evening mini workshop; and a full day Sunday workshop for our members. Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  Most recently, we had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $36 a year, and you may attend one workshop for free before joining. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.

 

 

Polymer clay beads with different cane work, by Liz Heller

 

We are fortunate that our Guild meets three times each month:

  • 3rd Monday of every month
    • 7PM to 9PM – General meeting & demo 
    • at Kings Point Art Room (7000 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL)
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month
    • 6PM to 9PM – Free Workshop for all skill levels
    • at the Weisman Community Center (7091 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL)
  • Last Sunday of every month
    • 10AM to 3PM – Member Workshop
    • at Kings Point Art Room (7000 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL)

 

 

 

 

Polymer Clay Fish by Ruby Jacobs

 

 

DIRECTIONS    TO    EVENT:

**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point 

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)

RSVP BY JUNE 25, 2019

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 12 “NEWBIES”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:  rubyforu2@gmail.com

Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House  http://kingspointdelray.com/ (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

Entry to Kings Point Community and Club House Directions: To gain entrance to the main club house;

To Enter at the back Club House Guard Desk. A member, who is a Kings Point Resident, will be available to bring non-residents into the Art Room.

 

    For more information about The SEFPCG:

 

RUBY JACOBS: 561-732-3744   or email:  rubyforu2@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boca Artists’ Guild Represents South Florida’s Finest Painters, Sculptors, Photographers And Jewelry Artists. Enjoy Free Admission, Parking At Opening Reception On May 3

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art invites the public to visit their new gallery on Friday, May 3 and meet the artists!  The Guild represents some of South Florida’s finest painters, sculptors, photographers, and jewelry artists!  Browse the carefully juried and curated exhibits and find the perfect artwork for your home or office!  The Rickie Report shares the details here, including more about joining the Guild. Please note: The Guild’s Gallery has moved from Delray Beach to Boca Raton!

 

 

 

 

2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  (In Elegance Plaza)

bocamuseum.org       guild@bocamuseum.org

Gallery Hours:  TUE – SAT: 10AM – 6PM      SUN: 1 – 5PM

561.278.7877

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS   GUILD   GALLERY   OPENING   RECEPTION

 

 

FRIDAY,   MAY   3

 

 

 6:00 – 8:00  PM

 

Free admission & Parking      

Open to the Public

 

 

2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  

(In Elegance Plaza)

 

 

 

 

 

The Artists Guild is an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and was established in its current form in 1984 by the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The Guild comprises hundreds of members, many of whom exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery on Federal Highway in Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

Steve Nash tells The Rickie Report, “We very much encourage your participation in the Artists Guild. Our organization is vibrant and growing because of the interest and excitement of our members. It is not necessary to participate in the Artists Guild Gallery in Boca Raton to be an active member of our Guild. We have many exciting exhibition venues beyond the Artists Guild Gallery in Boca Raton”.

 

 

Become active and get the most out of your experience with The Artists Guild!  There are three levels of participation with the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild: Associate, Signature, and Participating Signature members.  

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Support the Boca Raton Museum of Art (BRMA).
  • Provide an association of artists in all media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art.
  • Treat members and customers with respect and dignity.
  • To contribute to the cultural climate of South Florida.
  • Grow our organization.

Gallery view

 

ARTISTS GUILD HISTORY:

 

In 1950, Boca Raton had a population of less than 1000, with the library acting as the cultural center of the community. Community members began an “Open House,” to exhibit their individual arts and crafts accomplishments. In 1951, the Art Guild of Boca Raton was organized and later incorporated on December 12, 1954.  In 1960, five adjacent lots were purchased on West Palmetto Park Road. Construction began in 1962 and, in the fall of that year, 12 years from it’s founding, the Art Guild dedicated its first home.

 

Because of a pressing need for studio space, due to the growth of its classes, a building committee was created in 1968. On March 29, 1969, the Studio Building was dedicated. Since 1969, the growth of the Art Guild has taken many different directions. The Exhibiting Artists Guild, known as the P.A.G. or Professional Artists Guild, was formed.

 

Artists of the “Guild,” held critiques, presented demonstrations by well-known artists and were invited to exhibit their works in several hotels, corporations and clubs. In 1975, the Center changed its name to Boca Raton Center for the Arts, and 10 years later, the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In a relatively short period of time, the enthusiastic support of a group of community artists led to the foundation of the BRMCA!

 

In 1997, the name was changed to Boca Museum Artist Guild. Membership was opened to the community. Guild membership was divided into two categories: Associate and Exhibiting. Guild activities have significantly contributed to positive public relations for the Museum. The Guild has participated in Boca Festival Days for 16 years; exhibited with Northern Trust Bank at their request; and provided artwork for Boca Raton Community Center, City Hall and Patch Reef Park. For two years, the Guild provided the Art Department of Pine Crest School with exhibits for teaching tools and with member lecturers. For the past three years, the Guild has participated in a joint exhibition project with the students of Boca Raton High School. Several Guild members serve as teachers at the Museum’s Art School. Additionally, Guild artists support the Museum’s Annual Auction with donated artwork and volunteers.

 

In 2000, The Artist Guild moved its exhibition center from Royal Palm Plaza to the Shops at Boca Center. Known as the Images Gallery, it offered Signature Members a first class exhibition space in a popular, commercial center. It proved to be a very positive public relations effort for both the Guild and the BRMCA. Professional artists were drawn to the center, as there was no comparable exhibition space for local artists in the tri-county area.

 

Membership in The Artists Guild doubled between 2000 and 2004. We currently have several hundred members, both artists and lovers of the arts. Increasing art sales produced real year-end contributions from The Artists Guild to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  The Artists Guild moved to Mizner Park in Boca Raton in April 2005. Between April 2005 and September 2008, the Images Gallery was in three different Mizner Park locations. The Guild lost its space in Mizner Park and The Images Gallery closed at the end of September, 2008.  In October 2008, the Guild secured a new location for its gallery, this time on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. This new gallery, now known as The Artists Guild Gallery, reopened in November, 2008, with participation of over 100 Signature Members of The Artists Guild.

 

In September 2017, the Guild moved back to Boca Raton in a new larger space on Federal Hwy. This new gallery, known as The Artists Guild Gallery, is over 3,000 square feet. It reopened in October, 2017, with participation of over 100 Signature Members.

 

 

For detailed information about this event, future exhibits, and membership, please visit:

 

bocamuseum.org

bocamuseum.org/artistsguild

For more information:

Steve Nash:  spnash@aol.com

 

 

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

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Artists Eye Gallery & Boutique Invites You To “Through Our Eyes”, Juried MultiMedia Art Exhibit

Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique invites the public to join in the fun at the Opening Reception for “Through Our Eyes” on Friday, May 3. How does each individual artist interpret what they see?  Is their style impressionistic, realistic, or abstract?  Do they create with skilled precision or reckless abandon?  Is their artwork beautiful, playful, or thought provoking?  No matter what type of art you enjoy, this downtown Lake Worth Beach gallery and boutique is sure to have it!  Enjoy this eclectic show, which will be on view through June 30.  Watch for more information about the upcoming summer series, “ENCORE!”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941

 

“Through  Our  Eyes”

Meet The Artists

 

Opening Reception:

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

  6 – 8 pm  

This Exhibit runs April 30 – June 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

Coming soon, stay tuned…

At the end of “the season”

we don’t fizzle… we sizzle~

 

 

 

Stay tuned here throughout the summer for information on “ENCORE!” our 4-show summer art series beginning in June and running thru September with a new show every month!

The Lake Worth Art League, Inc. was founded in 1941, and is a 501C(3) nonprofit, educational organization established to further the studies of the arts and their development and to enhance the cultural life of its Members, the City of Lake Worth, and its neighboring communities. Your tax deductible donation will be gratefully accepted.

For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

561.586.6666     lwartleague.org

 

 

 

 

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