Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning January 4th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes. Renown faculty members include Marilyn Wander and Gina Skillings. The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. The Rickie Report shares the details and some ideas for your next creations!

 

 

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The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

All levels of students,

from beginner to advanced

Winter Sessions:

 

Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 4 – March 21 (No class 2/15)
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 5 – March 22
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 6 – March 23
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., January 7 – March 24

 

 

 

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns. Students have access to free studio time when classes are not in session, on Sundays, and are free to stay and practice as long as they want Monday—Wednesday.

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

    Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

 

 

 

Pottery on the Wheel and Handbuilding

With Marilyn Wander

Mondays (Jan. 4 – March 21) (no class 2/15)
and
Wednesdays (Jan. 6 – March 23)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students will learn techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced students will sharpen their skills.

 

 

 

Pottery by Gina Skillings

           Sculpted Pottery by Gina Skillings

 

 

Handbuilding and Sculpting

With Gina Skillings

Tuesdays (Jan. 5 – March 22)
and
Thursdays (Jan. 7 – March 24)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Gina focuses on basic pinching, coiling, slab construction techniques for pottery and clay sculpture. Advanced students work more independently. All levels are welcome.  

 

 

Winter term: cost for the 11-week session is $383: cost for 12-week session is $420. Spring term: cost is $280 for the 8-week session. Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

 

 

Gina Skillings' "Purse"

                                         Gina Skillings’ “Purse”

 

 

 

 

Visit: http://levisjcc.org/culture/programs_classes/
OR
Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.

 

 

LEVIS JCC POTTERY GUILD EXHIBIT

April 3 – May 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1 – 4 p.m. with artists’ presentations

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

In the spring, the Levis JCC Pottery Guild presents an exhibit of utilitarian, sculptural and decorative works created by the students and their instructors in the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. This exhibit is a community favorite and draws visitors from Palm Beach and northern Broward counties.

 

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

                   Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

Marilyn Wander has been a potter since 1977. She specializes in stoneware and porcelain clay, and is known for her exquisite and unique glazes, which she shares with her students. She is also experienced in raku—oxidation and pit-firing. It is unusual and important to note that Mariyln not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!

 

 

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

                               “Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

 

Marilyn took up pottery after noticing that she gravitated to the pottery exhibits at art shows (she is married to well-known Palm Beach watercolorist Gustav Wander). Very tactile, she fell in love with clay. Marilyn notes, “I have been firing the clay in a raku process which was originally developed in Japan. I enjoy seeing the smooth melted glazes on the red-hot pots. There is a masculine drama in the black and white tones in counterpoint to the soft pastel colors and graceful feminine shapes—an exciting and artistic duality.”

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn’s students remark on her accessibility and skill as a teacher:
“When I began working with Marilyn, I did not know how to handle clay effectively. Now after 5 years, I was invited to exhibit my work at the local public library. Marilyn is a skillful teacher who inspires her students to reach beyond their limits. Through her patient coaching, she has enabled many of her students to get in touch with their creative side.”—Frances Levine

 

 

 

 

Marilyn trained at Florida Atlantic University, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, Parsons School of Design in NYC, at the 92nd St. “Y” in NYC, and at Cumberland Pottery in Teaneck, NJ. She is affiliated with the FAU Potters Guild and the NJ Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Las Olas Art Festival, University of Miami—Beaux Arts, Norton Gallery, Deerfield Beach Art and Craft Show, Vero Beach Art and Craft Show, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Garrison NY Art Festival, Bergen Museum—NJ Designers Craftsmen Show, and held a one-woman show with interior designer Pajia Wald in Tenafly, NJ.

 

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.
www.levisjcc.org

 

 

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561-537-0291

CORDERO Returns to Miami after NYC and Paris Debuts

After a four week exhibition in New York City followed by a week in Paris at the Grand Palais for the French Ministry of Culture & Communication’s annual “Art En Capital” exhibition, internationally acclaimed figurative portrait artist “CORDERO” is back on terra firma for her first exhibit of 2015 at Art Fusion Galleries in Miami’s Wynwood Art District for their “Polychromatic Visions” exhibit January 2 – March 16th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and celebrates CORDERO’s return to our area! The Wynwood Art Walk takes place the same night, so this is a great opportunity to make an evening of dinner in Miami and fine art.

 

ART FUSION GALLERIES

INVITES YOU TO

“Polychromatic Visions”

by

CORDERO

 

 

Gala Opening Reception

Saturday, January 10th

7  –  11 PM

Live music and Refreshments

Art Fusion Galleries

3550 N Miami Avenue    Miami,FL   

(305) 573-5730)

 

 

 

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CORDERO in Paris, with her painting, “Reina Sofia”

 

 

CORDERO has been painting and sculpting for more than 30 years. Trained as an Alzheimer’s nurse, the artist turned her attention to painting. She’d come home and paint for hours as a release. She tells The Rickie Report, “I found that I loved color and that creating faces in sculpture led me to realize that I was drawn to creating faces with paint.”

 

"Le Coup D'oeil" by CORDERO

“Le Coup D’oeil” by CORDERO

 

William Braemer, director of Art Fusion Galleries, calls CORDERO’s works “brilliant.” Combining surrealistic aspects with realistic tendencies, CORDERO creates figurative portraits that are “whimsical and full of fantasy, yet there’s a sense where this fantasy becomes reality.” Braemer, who represents Cordero, says the artist is really someone that “collectors should want to consider”. Angela DiBello, executive director of the world-renowned Agora Gallery in New York City, calls CORDERO a “true artist whose captivating stylistic expression is unique and distinctively original.”

 

"Joie de Vivre" by CORDERO

“Joie de Vivre” by CORDERO

 

As elegant as they are compelling, each contemporary portrait features an elongated face with large, expressive eyes and a strong emphasis on elements of light and shadow.

 

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CORDERO and “Empress of the Sea”

 

Oil and mixed media are her mediums of choice. Loose, dramatic brushstrokes of vibrant color combinations lend texture and depth to each image and create a strong sense of emotive expression. Within her work, CORDERO seeks to capture the essence of the human spirit within her larger than life faces. Thus, the hallmarks of her portraits are the soulful eyes and expressive facial expressions of her subjects, which invite the viewer to look closer and behold the true beauty hidden within the larger image – perhaps even enabling them to forge an emotional connection. As CORDERO explains, “my portraits are intuitively and psychologically-stylized expressions of my soul.”

 

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“Haute Couture” by CORDERO

 

 

Based on recent sales, CORDERO’s work is resonating in a big way with her audiences. In fact, it was through her exposure at Art Fusion Galleries this past Spring that one of the “Art En Capital” show coordinators discovered CORDERO and invited her to exhibit in Paris.

 

 

"Empress of the Twilight" by CORDERO

“Empress of the Twilight” by CORDERO

 

 

The “Polychromatic Visions” exhibition at Art Fusion Galleries is particularly special for this artist. Beyond being her first show of the year, it features three of her grand scale paintings 72″ x 60″ including the two “queens: “Empress of the Sea” and “Empress of the Twilight” which will be accompanied by “Joie de Vivre” and “Le Coup D’oeil” (the glance)

 

 

CORDERO is represented by Art Fusion Galleries in Miami and Agora Gallery in New York City.  For more information please contact:  Art Fusion Galleries   3550 North Miami Avenue   Miami FL, 33127   Phone: (305) 573-5730   Fax: (305) 573-5769

http://www.artfusionartists.com/artist-profile.php?code=797&page=2

www.artfusionartists.com

or  info@artfusiongalleries.com

or

www.agora-gallery.com

http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/cordero.aspx

 

 

 

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561-537-0291

Mark Lesser’s “Reclaimed Abstractions” Can Be Seen at Hangar Gallery

Mark Lesser’s paintings have been exhibited around the United States and can be seen now at the Hangar Gallery in Miami. If you missed the opening during Art Basel, you still have time to see his new and courageous exhibit, “Reclaimed Abstractions”.  Mark has become relentless, by slicing up previous works in oil to deliver an unorthodox experience. This fresh work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, plus movement.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this exhibit, which continues through the end of December!

 

 MARK LESSER

 

“Reclaimed Abstractions”

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

2235 NW 2nd Avenue

Wynwood, Miami  FL  33127

 

 

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In his most recent work, titled, “Reclaimed Abstractions” Mark became relentless and sliced up previous works in oil to deliver a fresh experience. This unorthodox work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, and movement. Mark says, ” it was risky and challenging to cut up work that I once labored over”. In Reclaimed Abstraction #1, Mark created an Oceanside feeling of tranquility, calm and soft tones. This piece captures Mark’s recent move to Ocean Ridge beach. Pieces of this painting once represented a Tennessee sunset, as Mark drove over a bridge shooting the sky through his sunroof. Another painting, Reclaimed Abstraction #2, one gets the feeling of taking route 66 from “Chicago to LA”, as Mark has done many times. A review of the painting reminds one of the American countryside, beautiful skies, old leather, wood, and layers of paint on a weathered sign.

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions6” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Growing up in Chicago, Lesser acknowledged the artistic gift his grandfather passed along to him. His grandfather, a Russian immigrant, was a tailor, poet and artist who painted beautiful ornate images using everyday stencils, such as those found on tomato cartons. Inspired by his grandfather’s work at an early age, Mark focused on challenging his images through the tensions of abstract color fields and spontaneous expression seeking to maintain a connection with realistic references infused with an emotional process.

 

 

 

Mark Lesser

“Reclaimed Abstractions1” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Mark’s journey began in the late eighties, when he ventured to New York City working the night shift on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and exploring art galleries by day. New York City, a jumping off point for Mark, was where he discovered himself an artist and began painting for what would be his first solo art show years later.

 

 

"Reclaimed Abstractions" by Mark Lesser

“Reclaimed Abstractions2” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Later, Mark relocated to LA where he raised his daughter, Taylor.  His travels were the focal points for his first collection, which appeared at the Warehouse Gallery and Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio in southern California. Then in a 2001 exhibit at the newly opened Fiorucci store in New York, Mark showed paintings which inspired a line of women’s scarves from his images.

 

 

"Reflections" by Mark Lesser

“Reclaimed Abstractions3” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Upon moving from Los Angeles to Dallas in 2006, Lesser found inspiration for his new paintings from a very fast paced experience of driving by his new surroundings in Dallas. He used his cell phone camera to capture images– not stopping but speeding by the terrain. The experiences are brief and intense capturing the motion of “going fast.” Using these images, Lesser combined them with his spontaneity of color and composition, allowing the motion to exist in still yet another dimension of “being still,” in a meditative manner.

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions4” by Mark Lesser

From these works, the Haley Henman Gallery opened their doors with Lesser’s first solo show, “Going Fast Being Still” in 2007.  Lesser then continued to travel, slowing down slightly, as he’s collected photos of landscapes and oceanscapes of all types. These snapshot-like images have appeared in smaller works which appeared in the Haley Henman Gallery until 2012, when he moved to Florida.

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions 5” by Mark Lesser

In 2013, his paintings built upon a body of work that sought to infuse an emotional process of luminous fields of color. He built the fields with thin, transparent floods of color over color following the school of color field abstractionists, especially inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko.

 

 

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

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For more information about Mark Lesser’s artistry please email:  mlesser64@gmail.com

or

http://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarklesser

 

 

 

 

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From South Africa to the US, Berenice Michelow’s Artistry Calls to All of Us

Berenice Michelow has an unusual approach to social realism.  The tension she creates in her paintings, between the seen and the unseen, forces viewers to extrapolate and become participants in the discussion her artwork elicits.  A native of South Africa, Berenice now lives in the U.S.  She is represented by Artblend Gallery in Fort Lauderdale as well as other galleries around the country.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share her work.  Today is Veteran’s Day. A day of Remembrance.  A day of consideration for those who fought to protect our freedoms.  We hope you will spend it contemplating the “bigger picture”. Berenice gives us that opportunity.  See you at Artblend on November 15th.

 

 

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Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 15th

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

 2736 East Oakland Park Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

954-817-4893     info@artblend.com

Hours: 11am – 5pm   Monday-Friday

Saturday by Appointment   Sunday Closed    Other times by appointment

 

 

"World at War" by Berenice Michelow

“World at War” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

 

Berenice Michelow was born and educated in South Africa. She obtained her Fine Art Diploma at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, and studied further at London’s Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design. She taught for 20 years at the University of the Witwatersrand, External Studies Adult Education. Berenice currently lives and works in the United States.  her theme for 2014 is the “Strategic Moment in Time”.

 

 

 

 

"Pathways" by Berenice Michelow

“Pathways” by Berenice Michelow

 
Berenice Michelow’s emigration to the United States from her native South Africa in 2004 marked the beginning of the third phase in her career. The first featured her “protest” paintings, symbolic representations of Apartheid’s injustice. Works of the second phase were responses to the new South Africa’s evolving democracy. Her current phase features impressions of her adopted homeland and its “overwhelming patriotism.” Courtesy of http://www.blouinartinfo.com)

 

 

 

"Ladies in Waiting, The New South Africa"

“Ladies in Waiting, The New South Africa”

 

 

This overview doesn’t even hint at the versatility of Michelow’s artistry. Whether working on canvas or paper, with oils or pastels, in charcoal or 3D UV, Michelow’s technical mastery is self-evident, often evincing itself in an unfolding of photographic realism played out in the midst of otherworldly abstraction. Michelow has enjoyed decades of commercial success.

 

 

 

"Sibusisull, The New South Africa" by Berenice Michelow

“Sibusisull, The New South Africa” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

In 1979 she represented South Africa at the International Biennale in Valparaiso, Chile. To date she has had 27 private shows worldwide, and her work is held in such high-profile collections as that of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City.

 

 

"Free Spirits I" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits I” by Berenice Michelow

 

 

"Free Spirits II" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits II” by Berenice Michelow

"Free Spirits III" by Berenice Michelow

“Free Spirits III” by Berenice Michelow

“She has an unusual approach to social realism, customized for each subject. Unconventional perspectives, the silky application of the paint, charcoal and pastel, and the deletion of orienting details are characteristic of her style.  This latter  method creates a palpable tension between what is seen and unseen, forcing the audience to extrapolate the message and participate in the act of creation.  Her works deal with a variety of modern ills, including poverty and social injustice, but do not linger in despair but rather display a hope for the future”, says Joyce Asper of the Agora Gallery in New York City.
"Leather Landscape" by Berenice Michelow

“Leather Landscape” by Berenice Michelow

“Bright transparent incandescent colors” are the starting point for Berenice Michelow’s new works. Blending photorealism with elements of emotive expressionism, Michelow paints colorful images that offer insight into the perspective of children who are free of responsibility and as yet unaware of the larger realities we all ultimately face in the “real world.” Her subjects will often be slightly blurred, as if overexposed to the light around them. But just like a photographer with an ability to manipulate exposure, she knows exactly how to pull a person or object out from its surroundings by depicting it in sharp focus against that glowing background. While bright shades dominate, the artist also demonstrates a striking ability to use shadows and an underlying sense of darkness to balance out the sunnier hues, giving her images an added degree of depth.
"Competition"  by Berenice Michelow

“Competition” by Berenice Michelow

Whether she is exploring the dynamic evolving democracy in New South Africa or her thoughts on life and patriotism in the United States, she has an impressive ability to make the world she depicts seem to shine from within.
"Flight" by Berenice Michelow

“Flight” by Berenice Michelow

 

Berenice Michelow has exhibited throughout South Africa, Europe and the United States.  Her artwork is included in a number of important private, corporate, and museum collections

 

For more information about Berenice’s artwork, please contact:

 

 

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The Creativity of Every Day Objects by Ray Gross Goes Worldwide

Ray Gross’ ceramic pieces are well-known in Palm Beach County galleries and exhibit venues. Hyper-realistic, his porcelain sculptures are often mistaken for the “real thing”.  His hand bag series has a waiting list! Everyday objects have been turned into art statements through his creative vision. The Rickie Report celebrates Ray’s imagination with a listing of upcoming exhibits, including Wiesbaden, Germany!

 

 

 

Celebrating

 

 

The Creativity of Ray Gross

 

 

Painterly Ceramics by Ray Gross

Painterly Ceramics by Ray Gross

 

 

 

Ray Gross is an artist, sculptor and designer.  He was raised in South Florida in a creative home-setting, with his father who worked as a jeweler, painter and poet. His mother’s family is famous for their millinery business, designing ladies’ hats, especially in the Roaring 20’s styles.

 

 

 

 

"Louie,Louie" by Ray Gross

“Louie,Louie” by Ray Gross

 

 

After college and during his graduate studies at University of Florida, Ray worked as a graduate teaching assistant.  He established his first studio/gallery near the  famous “Homestead Hotel” near Warm Springs, VA.

 

 

 

"Camera View" by Ray Gross

“Camera View” by Ray Gross

 

 

Two years later, Ray partnered with Joan Farish to open “Clay Concepts” in West Palm Beach,FL.  and later founded Lake Avenue Gallery located in Lake Worth, FL.  Ray left the gallery in the late 1980’s to focus on his studio work.

 

 

 

Sterling Silver Sculptures by Ray Gross

Sterling Silver Sculptures by Ray Gross

 

 

Through The Buyers Market of American Crafts Council (PA) and Rosen Media (Baltimore, MD), Ray was invited to the American Craft Museum in New York City for a one-man SOLO Exhibition.  His hyper-realistic porcelain sculpture, “Harley” was an instant success and was exhibited throughout Museums on the East coast of the United States.  Many will remember seeing “Harley” at the Norton Museum, Boca Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Art in Public Place at Palm Beach International Airport.

 

 

"Fishing" by Ray Gross

“Fishing” by Ray Gross

 

 

Keeping the same theme of hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures of objects of everyday Americana, this July, Ray had his first sellout show in the Hamptons.  He is being represented by Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, NY.  His new work will be shown this season at the Binghamton Gallery as well as SCOPE Miami, Art Miami and Art Palm Beach (Whitespace’s “Collect”). Ray will be part of Whitespace Collections’s exhibits at the JCC in Palm Beach Gardens as well. His next stop on his world-wide tour is Weisbaden, Germany this Fall.

Special Show Schedule

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County  TRUNK SHOW

          Nov. 14th  6 – 9 pm   &  November 15  10 am – 3 pm

Whitespace Collection:  November 20, 21, 22, 23  www.whitespacecollection.com

Evan Lurie Gallery at RED DOT Art Fair Miami    Dec 2-7th

 

JCC Art Show :  December 11 ( Whitespace Collection)

Art Palm Beach: January, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25  (Through Whitespace Collection)

Art Wynwood Miami:  February 12 – 15

Continuously Showing:

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County www.palmbeachculture.com

Artisans on the Ave.  artisansonave.com

The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN)

A Unique Boutique (Delray Beach and Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Artist Brushes" by Ray Gross

“Artist Brushes” by Ray Gross

 

Ray is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, where his sculptures are available in the gift shop. Ray also teaches at the Armory Arts Center Complex in W. Palm Beach. His creations can also be found at Artisans on the Ave  (Lake Worth, FL), The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN), A Unique Boutique (Naples, FL and Cape Cod, MA).  Check out his new series, “Everything But the Girl”!

 

 

 

"Coco" by Ray Gross

“Coco” by Ray Gross

 

 Ray is available for small group or individual classes as well as commissions.

For more information please contact Ray at  raygross@gmail.com

 or 561- 951- 4749.

 

 

 

 

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Ronn Jaffe Exhibits with (Art) Amalgamated during Art Palm Beach 2014

Ronn Jaffe is a Contemporary Artist whose work includes aspects of both Conceptual and Narrative Art.  His work combines Fine Art, Architecture and Design in its process: disciplines gleaned from his life’s work.  Ronn’s interest in multicultural myths guides him in creating his own mythological stories, minimalism, the cerebral and the narrative, and in exploring new ways of artistic expression.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by (Art) Amalgamated’s Booth #309 to experience Ronn Jaffe’s moving artwork.  More details are in this article.

 

 

 

 

ART PALM BEACH

JAN 23-27 2014

THE WORK OF PALM BEACH ARTIST

 RONN JAFFE

(Art) AMALAGATED GALLERY, NYC (Booth 309)

Featuring:

 

 JAFFE’S

MINIMALIST CHANNELS SERIES

Other noted artists at this exhibit include

 Carlos Betancourt, Ross Bleckner, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Vic Muniz, Irving Penn and Serge Strosberg.

 

 

 

"RACING VIBRATIONS FROZEN IN A CONUNDRUM" by Ronn Jaffe

“RACING VIBRATIONS FROZEN IN A CONUNDRUM” by Ronn Jaffe

 

 

Jaffe likens his CHANNELS  to Haiku;

many layers in one breath.

 

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RONN JAFFE’S JOURNEY

 

 

Ronn JaffeRonn Jaffe is a Contemporary Artist whose work includes aspects of both Conceptual and Narrative Art.  The work often combines Fine Art, Architecture and Design in its process; disciplines gleaned from his life’s work. He is interested in multicultural myths, creating his own mythological stories, minimalism, the cerebral and the narrative, and in exploring new ways of artistic expression.  Jaffe’s work additionally examines his continued interest in the relationships between positive and negative form and space, the yin and yang of conflicting energies such as good and evil, life and death, despair and elation, dark and light, love and hate, mortality and eternity. These created narratives delve into the multiple nuances of the human condition. i.e.…exploring the transcendence of creation.

 

 

SEMINAL WORK

 

 

Ronn Jaffe, born in Washington, D.C., was drawn into the world of art by destiny.  His mother Libby, concerned that as a nine year old he could not draw a straight line, enrolled Ronn at the Corcoran School of Art.  He later advanced his art studies at the Boston Museum School, the Art Student’s League, and again at the Corcoran.  Jaffe holds a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Boston University with advanced studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and on escapades throughout Europe.
Warhol-ImageAfter college, travels and a few years in Manhattan working on the inside of Wall Street, Jaffe, unfulfilled, returned to D.C., to study art at the Corcoran School of Art.  At that time he shared a downtown studio with two other artists, above a donut shop, across the street from what is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

 

 

On a visit back to NYC, Ronn attended a party at Andy Warhol’s with a beauty named Mars, who turned out to be the love of his life.  They married, moved to her home-town of Baltimore, and Jaffe turned all his efforts back to painting.   The pieces were exciting.  They were large, unframed, hard-edge, painted in vivid Day-Glo oil paint, and constructed with negative openings created in primary geometric shapes cut into the canvas, which he called ‘Portoids.’  Within the year, Jaffe was discovered and given a solo show he titled Primary Negatives at the Park Place Gallery in Baltimore.

 

 

Walter Hopps, a prominent art world figure of the day, and mentor to Robert Rauschenberg, was at that time Director of the Corcoran Museum of Art. He was impressed by Jaffe’s show and offered to put him in a Corcoran show: caveat–Jaffe would have to wait 4-5 years to show Hopps his serious intent.

 

 

"RON STATIC" by Ronn Jaffe

“RON STATIC” by Ronn Jaffe

 

 

 

RE-DEFINEMENT AND DESIGN

 

It was 1968 and even after a successful SOLO show, Jaffe realized that it was a long road to success as an artist. He would take a fork in the road, deciding not to wait for the Corcoran show, wanting a more financially viable future to support his then growing family.
He attended Harvard Graduate School of Design to study Interior Architectural Design, a venue that would also allow him to paint and produce art.  This led to the establishment of Ronn Jaffe Associates, Inc., an Interior Architectural Design Firm, in partnership with his wife Mars, specializing in corporate identity and commercial design; later including a residential division.  Over the years the firm prospered, establishing Jaffe as a designer of distinguished interiors for high-profile clients. VIP clientele/collectors of Jaffe’s art include The White House, the Sultan of Brunei, Aristotle Onassis, Ambassadors and Entrepreneurs, as well as many Fortune 500 corporations including ATT, IBM, Toyota, Thiokol, Shell Oil, US West and Kellogg…

 

 

MEDUSA CONDUIT TABLE DESK

MEDUSA CONDUIT TABLE DESK

Jaffe has appeared on television and radio, been published worldwide in over 50 magazines and newspapers, and presented many programs as a design and marketing expert, including an extremely successful eight-week design seminar for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. as well as representing the United States as keynote speaker at a thirteen nation design conference in Toulon, France.  Ronn Jaffe has been listed in Who’s Who in Corporate Executives, Who’s Who in Interior Design and The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities. And Spokespersons.  Ronn’s work has also been featured in many books such as FURNITURE …Architects’ and Designers’ Originals and the Jaffes’ own book  STYLEMATCH.

 

Ronn-and-Mars-Jaffe-at-the-SmithsonianThe Jaffes’, separately and as a team, have designed hundreds of pieces of furniture for their clients.  Ronn Jaffe continued during his renowned design career to produce and sell his art including paintings, portraits, drawings, prints, murals, sculpture, furniture, and rugs as well as hand-painted clothing, shoes, ties, pottery and glassware …and just about anything with a paintable surface.

 

 

"SLIT-EYE" by Ronn Jaffe

“SLIT-EYE” by Ronn Jaffe

RECENT WORK

Ronn retired his design firm in the mid 2000’s to devote his creative energies full time to his art.  He found his personal voice early on and continues prolifically on this journey inspired to expand the stylistic themes that characterize his work.

 

Jaffe’s work, as noted, is Contemporary, Conceptual and Narrative.  He employs his design training in many of his pieces creating complex scaled drawings for the production of intricate compositions and hand crafted stretchers for his bas-relief signature Mullticams, multi-canvas constructions, his art furniture and his sculpture.  Jaffe also works in series as a contemplative artist exploring a variety of stylistic approaches, themes and media also seen in his non-series work.

 

"A GATHERING of this indoctrinated in millennia of belief"

“A GATHERING of those indoctrinated in millennia of belief”

Jaffe’s distinctive style is recognizable in the use of his signature Multicams and his Portoids which are negative openings or holes in the canvas which Jaffe defines as portals into the unconscious or unknown  …..”perhaps intriguing droplets of DNA, I immerse into Soupault’s water from the well of the unconscious.”
Ronn Jaffe is an Artist, Furniture Designer, Interior Architectural Designer, Entrepreneur, and Poet.  The scope of his multi-disciplinary talent is diverse. It includes paintings, portraits, drawings, sculpture, products and functional art/design.  Jaffe’s design virtuosity is reflected in his transition, as an experienced Artist and Furniture Designer, from more conventional furniture to furniture as dynamic Functional Sculpture.
Ronn Jaffe considers himself a creator, a seeker, a visionary -sharing his vision employing a range of artistic expression from light hearted humor to shock.  Jaffe believes it is the Artist’s role to lead, to be an agent of change, to employ the experience of art as liberation from the daily mundane, creating  transcendence to a more aesthetic and spiritual fulfillment.

For further information visit www.ronnjaffe.com  or info@artamalgamated.com

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