Brigitte Balbinot Presents Newest Artworks “Journey Through Medieval Italy” November 30 – December 30th, 2020

Brigitte Balbinot Art Studio presents “Journey Through Medieval Italy”, a 3D virtual gallery exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings from November 30 to December 30, 2020A VIP Reception will be held on Saturday, November 28. A Public Reception Opening will be held on Monday, November 30.The series of 10 paintings was inspired by the Northern Italian landscape and its medieval fortresses. Her art is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence.  The on-line 3D viewing room allows visitors to virtually navigate the art and experience it as if they were walking through an art gallery. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

VIP    Event

Registered  Members  of  Balbinot  Art  Studio:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Email for details:  studio@brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

 

www.brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs November 30 – December 30, 2020

 

Experience a 3D viewing room as if you are walking through an art gallery!

 

 

 

 

“Castello 1 2020” oil and cold wax on panel  

 

 

 

Brigitte Balbinot tells The Rickie Report, ” My latest body of work is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence. I find weathered surfaces and the energy that they hold most intriguing. I am particularly influenced by the Northern Italian region, its landscape, culture and history. In this series I express my deep connection and fascination for its historical edifices and the many medieval castles I was fortunate enough to visit along the way”.

 

 

Balbinot relates, “While COVID-19 has made travel and in person gathering nearly impossible this year for many, we luckily can rely on the use of technology to remain connected. For me, creating these works has helped me stay united to my beloved Italy in spirit. There is no question that we are living some challenging and trying times, and because of this, we need more than ever, to find ways to remain positive and keep looking towards brighter horizons. Art can provide reprieve from a rather bleak present, allowing for a moment of  “rêverie” while giving us the promise of a better tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

“If These Walls Could Talk” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

Balbinot’s process is extremely labor intensive and driven by the physicality of the materials. She typically works in series and will generally have many paintings going at once. She says, “Just as in life, art offers no shortcut and each piece goes through many transformative stages over the course of multiple months before it finally unfolds. Each one of my paintings is meant to carry its own history. I aim to create an object that represents the symbioses of old and new. By combining the modernism of abstracted forms and the traditionalism of carefully calibrated chosen colors and  frames on selected works, I allude to the passage of time while being in the present”.

 

 

Balbinot’s techniques such as using solvent reduction, incorporating organic materials, and aggregates like dry pigments or marble dust that are mixed directly to the paint allow her to create rich and vibrant patinas of both textures and colors. The crafting of these intricate  and complex surfaces emphasizes the physicality of the material.

 

 

Contemporary landscape artist Brigitte Balbinot grew up Switzerland. She is a full time practicing artist who now works and lives in South Florida. Having both a Swiss and Italian heritage, her solid footprint in the old continent can be observed in her work. While predominantly nature inspired, her paintings are driven by a sense of place while alluding to the nostalgia of time passed and life’s impermanence. Each year, the artist spends time in her native country of Switzerland as well as in a small medieval village situated in the northern part of Italy. 

 

 

“Winterfell 2020” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

 

Being immersed in the Italian culture and regional landscape has influenced her work over the years, and is particularly evident in her most recent body of work titled “Strutura”. These works not only reflect her passion for the Northern Italian landscape but also her love of ancient medieval villages and antique structures. In fact, Balbinot spends a great deal of her time researching and visiting ancient castles and old manors. Her work can be seen as a mixture of modernism and traditionalism, carrying a certain “European” flair and sophistication. With each painting, she aims at creating an object that is either tied to a place or to a memory. More recently, Balbinot has been introducing framing on some of her works, carefully choosing styles that reflect her thinking and reflection on the passage of time, thereby creating an orchestrated symbioses of old and new.

 

 

Balbinot is self taught. Over the years she has been perfecting her skills via numerous workshops, classes and mentorships which has resulted in an ongoing progression of her work. She has collaborated on residential and commercial commissions in Canada and in the United States and has collectors in both North America and Europe. Currently the artist shows her work in regional galleries and selected  curated exhibits. For the past few years, Balbinot has been dividing her time between her main studio in Florida and a second studio located in Montréal Québec, while also spending time in Europe yearly.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other artworks:

Contact  Balbinot Art Studio

Website:  www.brigittebalbinot.com

Email:   studio@brigittebalbinot.com

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/brigittebalbinot 

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BrigitteBalbinotFineArtGallery

 

 

 

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen Is Featured Artist, Offering Demo At Wellington Art Society Meeting November 14- Open To Public

Internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen is the Featured Artist at the Wellington Art Society meeting on Wednesday, November 14th.  The public is invited to her demo and to meet all of the artists at the Wellington Community Center. A raffle of art donations will follow with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Deborah’s awe inspiring artistry.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday,  November 14, 2018

 

6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

FEATURES:

D E B O R A H      B I G E L E I S E N

 

This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

 

“Energy” by Deborah  Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Deborah  Bigeleisen grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she graduated with high honors.  Always entrepreneurial, and a risk taker,  Deborah was ahead of her time in establishing a global textile print design company in Manhattan where she served as the president and creative director for eighteen years.  

 

 

 

Deborah moved to West Palm Beach in 1998, and started painting as hobby.   Without any formal fine art education, her talent was cultivated through local art classes and master artists workshops.   She was mentored by renowned visionary Gordon Parks, whom she was proud to regard as a good friend. Within two years Bigeleisen’s paintings were accepted into fine established galleries, thus launching  her second successful career as a fine art painter.  Deborah says that she found a voice inside that she never knew she possessed.

 

“Romantic Interlude” by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Whether painting highly representational images, or more non-objective visions, Deborah Bigeleisen’s dynamic and evocative paintings of flowers stand alone in the contemporary fine art arena. Her technique is rooted in the practices of the Dutch master artists;  her conceptual work is rooted in the principles of fractals.  Never being content to stay in her comfort zone, Deborah continually pushes her vision.  She does not subscribe to rules.  “Every painting is a fresh beginning, and a new journey; and  I cherish the unpredictability.”

 

 

 

Deborah Bigeleisen and “Fractal”

 

 

 

 

Deborah’s work has been represented by fine art galleries from Aspen; to San Francisco, to Naples, FL; to Washington, DC; to Southampton, NY, and to New York City. Her paintings have been prominently featured in international Contemporary and Fine Art Fairs.  Her work has been widely published in journals and art books ranging from Science Creative Quarterly, to Michael K. Corbin’s trilogy ‘A Collector’s Journal,’ to New Art International and Studio Visit. Her paintings have graced the covers and interior pages of international interior design publications including Florida Design, Miami Home & Décor, Art and Antiques, LUXE Magazine, and Architectural Digest. Deborah’s work is collected world-wide and enhances the corporate collections of American Airlines, Beauté Therapies Inc., The Koury Corp., and LBC Design & Construction to name just a few. Her paintings have received awards, and have been exhibited in numerous museum shows including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Platt / Bornstein Galleries at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

Untitled Diptych by Deborah Bigeleisen

 

 

 

Bigeleisen enjoys sharing her knowledge by lecturing on various art related topics; conducting private tours of Art Basel and Art Miami during Miami Art Week every December; and leading private museums tours where her focus is on “looking at art through the eyes and mind of an artist.”  She has served as an artist in residence; conducts artist workshops, and is an adjunct professor of art at Palm Beach State College.

 

 

 

Deborah is a long standing member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  She served as chair person for Art and Public Places for the City of West Palm Beach for ten years.  She is an active member of Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches; and a former board member of the Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Deborah lives and works in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

 

Ms. Bigeleisen’s paintings are sold through fine art galleries, and have been prominently exhibited in international Contemporary and Fine Art fairs including the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, ArtHamptons, the Chicago International Art Show, the LA Art Show, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show and the Shanghai Art Fair. For more information, please visit  www.deborahbigeleisen.com.

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Joanne Slattery’s “Ocean Waves” Take the Viewer Into The Surf At Town Hall Of South Palm Beach Gallery

Joanne Slattery‘s paintings of waves take the viewer right to the edge of the shore, mesmerized by the colors and movement.  The public is invited to a SOLO Exhibition, “Ocean Waves” on Sunday, March 11 at the Town Hall of South Palm Beach.  Using pastel, acrylic, and oil, you will see why the ocean brings us back again and again.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 The Town of South Palm Beach

Presents:

“Ocean Waves”

by 

 Joanne Slattery

Free, Public Opening Reception:

Sunday, March 11

2 – 4 pm

3577 South Ocean Boulevard   South Palm Beach, Florida 33480
561-588-8889

 

“Sea Pools” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

 

Joanne Slattery tells The Rickie Report, “I am self-taught, inspired by places in the world that have grasped my attention. Challenging subjects and how to accomplish their atmosphere and movement intrigue me. In the last few years, I have studied the Ocean, and attempted to capture it’s mood and feeling by getting in the water and returning home to paint. I am looking for the viewer to feel the movement as if they were in it’s ever-changing waves”.

 

“Long Wave” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

You experience Joanne’s pieces: you have a dialogue with them as you wander into them. They leave you feeling, wondering, wanting to be there, and wanting to know more. She says,  “I always need to revisit my favorite places and try to re-experience them; I am searching and deeply involved in how to express what that place feels like. There is a feeling of always having more to do”.

 

“Changing Seas” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

Joanne explains, “Some subjects just cry pastel for its intensity and blending capabilities, while others call for a faster method as with acrylic. When I paint Oceans in oil, I paint more than 5 layers and allow drying time between the layers. All demand constant choices of brush and stroke direction to accomplish their particular action and atmosphere. With each piece I am always learning how to see and how to execute.  The excitement is seeing what happens. The visual in my mind does not always become what the canvas says to do. Risks and Courage”.

 

“Sandy Waves” by Joanne Slattery

For more information about this exhibit and Joanne’s paintings:

creativejoanne@att.net

• website joanneslattery.com 

• social media address facebook.com/joanneslatteryfineart

 

 

 

 

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The Avenue® Viera Welcomes First Fall Craft Festival On October 14th – 15th

Metal sculptures, homemade dips and sauces, one-of-a-kind paintings, hand-painted clothing and more artisan creations will once again fill The Avenue® Viera from October 14 – 15 during the Fall return of The Avenue® Viera Craft Festival. The free, outdoor event brings together the state’s top craft artisans to the popular lifestyle shopping center for a two day, made-in-the-USA artistic celebration.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

www.artfestival.com

 

 

 

The Avenue® Viera Craft Festival

 Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15

10 am – 5 pm Both days

 

2261 Town Center Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32940

Free and open to the public

 

Inna Scholer “Bluemarine Fantasy”

 

 

Presented by American Craft Endeavors (ACE), Florida’s longest established craft festival producer, unique and affordable arts and crafts will be showcased in the open-air, pedestrian friendly setting. The craft festival is pet friendly for leashed animals, and includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more. Leather works, customized collectibles, practical and whimsical works of all price ranges will be available for purchase. Each artisan is on-site during the entire festival, allowing patrons to meet and to discover the techniques and inspirations behind each piece as they sample and shop from the gallery-style booths.

 

Rita Beard  “Salt Run”

 

 

“We are thrilled to bring the craft festival back this fall to The Avenue® Viera,” says the Center’s General Manager Scott McCarthy. “The high-quality, artisan-created works serve as a wonderful complement to the Center’s own dynamic mix of local and premier retail offerings. It also serves as a wonderful, family-friendly event for our local community to enjoy.”

 

Carol Smith  Sea Glass and Metal

 

 

 

 

Information At-A-Glance:

• Juried outdoor craft showcase
• Original crafts – Handmade in America
• Unique and affordable gift items
• Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $15 to $3,000
• Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
• All crafters on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media: including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
• Green Market – exotic live plants, handmade soaps, savory dips, and gourmet sauces

 

 

Scott Buford Green Market

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the state’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Siesta Key Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Venice Art Festival and Craft shows (Venice, FL). The group’s founders personally select unique, culturally rich cities and towns for their show locations, providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

For additional information on The Avenue® Viera Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Announces Meeting Change, Featuring Deborah Bigeleisen And Call For Artfest 2017

The Wellington Art Society will feature well known artist Deborah Bigeleisen at their October 19, 2016 meeting in the new Wellington Community Center. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!  Deborah’s presentation and an outstanding raffle will complete the evening.  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks PLUS specifics about ARTFEST on the Green, which is STILL ACCEPTING APPLICANTS!

 

 

 

 

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WELLINGTON   ART   SOCIETY

FEATURES:

DEBORAH BIGELEISEN

October 19th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard   Wellington, FL

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen, “Big White Rose”

 

Deborah earned her degree in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and founded her own global print design company in Manhattan. After moving to Florida, she was eager to learn oil painting, “the medium of the Masters”. Early in her career, Deborah was represented by a local gallery where she painted beautiful roses using the techniques of the Dutch masters. Awed by the beauty, complexity and mystery of flowers, she continues to follow her passion.

 

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen, “Energy”

 

 

Deborah’s discovery of fractals, the self-similar properties found within a single object of nature when viewed hundreds of times at different magnifications, has given rise to a whole new shift in her work to colorful abstract paintings. She plays warm hues against cool hues, working with a palette of up to eight colors and achieving an astonishing richness and depth in dark areas and luminosity in the highlights. She focuses on the movement, the energy in her brushwork, the color relationships and applies up to 20 coats of richly layered transparencies to each piece.

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen, “Serpentine”

 

Deborah loves to share her knowledge by conducting International Art Fair tours and as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Palm Beach State College. Her award winning work has been featured on the covers and pages of numerous International art and design publications.  She is a member of  National Association of Women Artists, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Soroptimist International.

 

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Deborah Bigeleisen, “Glacier Bay”

 

 

 

Deborah tells us, “In this short attention span, instant gratification, digitally driven culture we live in, I am asking viewers to put their devices down, to take the time to pause and really look at what is in front of them, look at what is around them, and to see and question more than meets the eye”.

 

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Art  Fest  on  the  Green, 2017

 

 

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The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For more information visit:

WellingtonArtSociety.org

 

 

 

 

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Final Call For “Endangered Art & Photography Contest” Plus Announcement of Jurors

“ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2016” announces its expert jury panel, which includes Charlene Modena, Professor Steve Baker and Brian Smith.  These three high profile jurors bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this contest. The jurors will score each entry in terms of creativity, success in reflecting the theme of “ENDANGERED” and technical skill.  The Rickie Report urges everyone interested to apply, as the October 2nd DEADLINE approaches. We share the details about the jurors and the Contest here.

 

 

 

 

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The 4th annual ENDANGERED

Art & Photography Contest, 

Wearable Art, Jewelry and Fine Crafts

 

 

 

The deadline for submission is 2nd October 2016.

Get Application:

http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1081

A panel of three high profile jurors who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this contest judges the entries.This panel of three jurors will score each entry in terms of creativity, success in reflecting the theme of “ENDANGERED” and technical skill. We are very proud to announce the 2016 ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest Jury Panel: Charlotte Modena, Professor Steve Baker and Brian Smith.

 

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Charlene Modena
Director, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts,
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Charlene at work in her studio in Muir Beach, California. All Rights Reserved

Ms. Modena received her MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metal Arts and an MFA in Sculpture from Academy of Art University. She also studied with the S.F. Art Institute, Penland School in North Carolina and Haystack School in Maine, and conducted additional research in England, Mexico, Italy and Hawaii. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including the American Institute of Architects, the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Butler Museum, Elements Gallery, the Velvet da Vinci Gallery and the Biennale Internationale-Limoges in France.

 

 

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Mysterious Ancestors gold, seashell, Egyptian paste. Charlene Modena. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Modena brings years of conceptual investigation, and technical expertise to her artwork. Exploring the compelling contrasts between form, essence, and abstraction, her most recent series “Endangered” is an eloquent observation of the losses in the natural world. Handmade paper, iron, wood, neon, gold, copper, silver, gemstones, and beeswax are all balanced as a celebration and reflection of her highly individual aesthetic and an acknowledgment of the harmonious synergy of the human hand in object making.

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Endangered: Gangotri Glacier polyester, mica, aquamarine, sterling silver, diamond, acrylic, pearl. Charlene Modena. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Modena’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Collections include Xerox International, Trump Towers, and Ann Rockefeller Roberts. She is included in World’s Who’s Who of Women, and Foremost Women of the 20th C. Publications include Design Magazine, Metalsmith Journal, Ornament Magazine, American Crafts, Lark books 500 Pendants and Lockets, and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs. Charlene volunteered for many years in wildlife rehabilitation at Wildcare in San Rafael CA.  Take a look at more of her unique and intriguing work at http://www.charlenemodena.com

 

 

 

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Professor Steve Baker
Emeritus Professor of Art History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Central Lancashire, UK
Professor Steve Baker. All Rights Reserved.

 

Steve Baker is an independent artist and writer, affiliated to the University of Central Lancashire as Emeritus Professor of Art History.  Since 2010 his artwork has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe, and was recently included in two major animal-themed museum shows in Poland and Germany.  Much of his writing over the past twenty years or so has directly addressed the visual representation of animals in art and in popular culture, and has contributed to the international development of animal studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences. His books include Artist|Animal, The Postmodern Animal, and Picturing the Beast.

 

 

A provocative exploration of the work of contemporary artists who engage with questions of animal life… Artist Animal” examines the work of contemporary artists who directly confront questions of animal life, treating animals not aesthetically or symbolically but rather as beings who actively share the world with humanity. Featuring full-color examples of their art, it situates artists within the wider project of thinking beyond the human, asserting art’s power to open new ways of thinking about animals.

 

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“Picturing the Beast” Animals, Identity, and Representation. Explores how human beings use animals and images of animals to define themselves.

From Mickey Mouse to the teddy bear, from the Republican elephant to the use of “jackass” as an all-purpose insult, images of animals play a central role in politics, entertainment, and social interactions. In this penetrating look at how Western culture pictures the beast, Steve Baker examines how such images–sometimes affectionate, sometimes derogatory, always distorting–affect how real animals are perceived and treated.

 

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“Artist|Animal” by Steve Baker

Steve Baker has made a significant contribution to the field of ‘animal studies’ in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and he is now recognized as a significant figure in the international development of this interdisciplinary field. He was a founder member of the Animal Studies Group in the UK. He is on the editorial boards of animal studies journals in the USA, UK, Australia and Italy, and also those of the book series ‘Animalibus’ (Penn State UP) and ‘Animal Publics’ (Sydney UP).  Since 2010 his artwork (which explores parallel themes to his academic research) has been shown in group exhibitions in the UK, USA and Australia, and has been reproduced and discussed in the journals Art & Research, Antennae, Tierstudien and Angelaki.  Steve brings a unique perspective to the Jury Panel. For more information visit: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/staff_profiles/dr_steve_baker.php

 

 

 

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Brian Smith
Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer
Brian Smith, Death Valley. All Rights Reserved.

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.  His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil.

 

 

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From: Haiti in Turmoil by Brian Smith. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Brian’s photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year Competition.  His books include: Art & Soul photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony, pairs Smith’s iconic portraits of celebrities from film, television, stage and music with their personal messages about the importance of funding the arts; Secrets of Great Portrait Photography from New Riders Press shares his stories from his last 30 years photographing portraits of the famous and infamous; and Sony A7/A7R: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

 

 

Brian Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, American Museum of Natural History, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. He’s appeared on The X Factor, Israel Channel One and Fine Living Network. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, American Photography, Communication Arts Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, One Eyeland People Photographer of the Year, American Photo magazine’s New Faces in Photography, AltPick Awards and Photo District News Awards.

 

 

He is president of APA/Editorial Photographer and a Sony Artisan of Images and X-Rite Master Coloratti. His work has been featured on the covers of the Photo District News and Professional Photographer and in Communication Arts, After/Capture, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Emerging Photographer, Inside Edge, PDN and Rangefinder magazines. His photography assignments have taken him to six continents racking up four million air miles yet they have always brought him home to Miami Beach. Please take a look at more of Brian’s work at www.briansmith.com

 

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From: Haiti in Turmoil by Brian Smith. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

TO ENTER THE CONTEST:

 

We are very proud and excited to have such an illustrious panel of jurors and are grateful to them for giving their time and expertise to help the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and the Center for Great Apes.

 

 

Please enter images of your work through this Juried Art Services website.
http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1081

You will find the Terms and Conditions in full on both the Juried Art Services website or at http://www.art4apes.com
A donation of $25 ($5 for Young Artists) required for each entry and all fees go directly to the Center for Great Apes.
The deadline for submission is 2nd October 2016.
Cash prizes totaling $2,750 will be awarded in each category. First Prize will receive $1,500, Second Prize will receive $750 and Third Prize will receive $500.
Please read the contest rules in full on this website or at http://www.art4apes.com.

Help a wonderful sanctuary

 

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and subsequent exhibition is focused on the issues facing endangered species and habitats whilst raising funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) Florida-based sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care. Take a look at www.CenterForGreatApes.org to see why we are supporting this amazing place. 
ALL donations, including contest entry fees, go directly to support the Center for Great Apes. We fund our events either through commercial sponsorship or through our own donations.

The Center for Great Apes is solely the beneficiary of the funds from this Contest; it has no role in the organization or management of this contest. The Center for Great Apes cannot be held responsible for any issue relating to this Contest.

Communication

We like to keep in touch with artists supporting this contest and we do this in the following ways:

• Through our website http://www.art4apes.com. We post a selection of entries online and blog about the artists and their work.
• Through our Facebook page http://facebook.com/art4apes – we encourage you to “friend” our page. We regularly post as many new entries as we can.
• We send occasional emails to update everyone entering on progress and news relating to the contest and exhibition plans; you may unsubscribe from these at any time. Email Lindsey@art4apes.com if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter.
• You may email Lindsey@art4apes.com at any time with questions. We try to respond promptly.

 

The ENDANGERED Contest and Exhibition are a lot of fun. We offer artists and photographers great exposure for their entries. All entries are posted on our website, www.Art4Apes.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We encourage you to be a part of this amazing opportunity and not only use your talent to reach a new audience and potentially win a prize but also play a role in preserving wildlife and the environment and directly support an extremely worthwhile non-profit organization.

 

 

 

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Above Ground Studio Gallery Announces Opening Reception With Emmanuel Gonzales

Emmanuel Gonzales invites everyone to the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14th of his new Above Ground Studio Gallery!  Enjoy music and entertainment by Chris Blake plus edibles by “The Waffle Wagon”. See new works, works in progress and previous artwork shown in International and Regional Exhibitions.  It is Free to attend!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks this award winning artist!

 

 

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Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

He goes on to say, “They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an ”otherness” in viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales 

 

 

 

A Delray Beach native, Emmanuel’s art work is in Private Collections including The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach, FL), Friars Club (New York, NY), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a private Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).

 

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Emmanuel Gonzales’ “Keys To The City” Piano

 

 

 

His SOLO exhibits include galleries and venues in Southeast Florida, from Orlando, Winter Park, West Palm Beach, Northwood, Boynton Beach and Manalapan.  Emmanuel’s creativity has been shared through Art In Public Places at the 2015 1st Annual Back Alley Mural Festival (Jupiter, FL) and 2014 “Rock the Box” Orlando Weekly newspaper box sponsored by Rolling Rock Beer. Most notably, Emmanuel designed a piano, which was part of the highly competitive 2013 “Keys to the City”- Kretzer Piano Charity event. His piano was placed at the entrance of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel presenting Commission Painting to Senator Marco Rubio

 

Emmanuel’s Commissions include:

Respectable Street Café- Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida 2015
Senator Marco Rubio, Commissioned Portrait
27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1
Designed website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com
Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg
Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire”
Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “she is a spy too?”

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Emmanuel’s acceptance into numerous Juried Exhibitions began when he was considered an emerging artist and continued until the opening of his own Gallery. His award winning artwork has a story to share along with his remarkable creative abilities.

 

For more information please contact:

Emmanuel Gonzales
www.Emmanuelart.com
www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel
emmanuelart@gmail.com

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Art Exhibition Features Professional And Emerging Artists In Ocean Ridge

The Ocean Ridge Coastal Artists welcome the public to their March 2016 Exhibition, taking place at Ocean Ridge Town Hall.  The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, March 3rd and the Exhibit will be available through March 31st.  This art showcase will feature different media and a wide variety of painting styles.  We urge you to stop by one of Palm Beach County’s smallest towns to view this exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

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Coastal Area Artists

 

Invites You To:

“Ocean Ridge Coastal Artists, 2016”

Opening  Reception:

Thursday, March 3rd

6 – 8 pm

 

Exhibit open to Public March 1 to March 31

Gallery Hours:

9 AM to 3 PM

Ocean Ridge Town Hall

6450 N Ocean Blvd (A1A) Ocean Ridge Fl

 

 

 

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Painting by Donald Martinetti

 

 

Building on a successful 2015 Art Exhibit, the Ocean Ridge Coastal Artists have prepared a 2016 Exhibit!  A total of 27 professional and emerging artists will be participating in this years event.  The artists are located throughout Palm Beach County.

 

 

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Painting by Louise Loranger

 

 

 

The original artwork’s subjects and painting styles include everything from contemporary,abstract and realism.  The mediums used vary by artist and include oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. The highlight of this Exhibit is each artist’s vision and personal techniques.  The artwork on view are all one-of-a-kind.  

 

 

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“Adrift” by Reed Dixon

 

 

 

The 2016 Exhibition will be judged by Samantha Niederman of the Norton Museum.  Samantha is Curatorial Assistant to the Education and American Art Department.  She will be awarding cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention at the Opening Reception March 3rd.

 

 

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“Blue” by Beth Sloat

 

 

 

 

Ocean Ridge’s new Town Manager, “Jamie” Titcomb embraced the idea of using Town Hall for Exhibitions that would encourage the residents of Ocean Ridge and their neighbors to meet and exchange the news of the day in a pleasant cultural environment. Town Hall is also the setting for a Lecture Series on a broad number of topics, a monthly Book Club, and Garden Club Programs.

 

 

 

 

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 “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” by  Pietro Piunno

Ocean Ridge is among the smallest of the 38 cities that comprise Palm Beach County. However the community of year round and seasonal residents are passionate about their “neighborhood values”, interest in cultural events and being part of the town’s plans for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” Allegro Appassionata”  by Michelle Gosselin

 

 

 

 

 For more information about this exhibit or other events please contact:

Nancy  nancym7@yahoo.com

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Announces Plein Air Festival Events

Fifty world-class artists will compete at 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival held by Lighthouse ArtCenter March 10 -13th. They are coming to compete for $10,000 in prize money and to be a part of what is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious Plein Air art events in the country. The art, painted on location, will be brought back to the gallery at Lighthouse ArtCenter. Each painter will have gallery space to exhibit and make their works available to the public.  There are opportunities starting now, to get involved through workshops and lectures.  On Thursday, February 18th, Violeta de la Serna will speak about ” Your Art Palette – How to Develop Your Collection While Your Discerning Tastes Grow”.  This 3rd Thursday and all events are open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta

(561)746-3101

www.lighthousearts.org

 

 

 

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Lighthouse ArtCenter 

 Announces

3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Events

March 10 -13th

Workshops and Lectures Pre- Festival

Thursday, February 18th

5:30 -7:30 pm

 

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Violeta de la Serna:

” Your Art Palette – How to Develop Your Collection While Your Discerning Tastes Grow”.

Free to Members, $10 Nonmembers

On the 3rd Thursday evening of each month, enjoy a wine and passed hors d’ oeuvres reception featuring fun, social activities, such as concerts, lectures, art demonstrations, live performances and gallery talks. It’s a perfect opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the arts and mingle with other art enthusiasts and Lighthouse ArtCenter members.   Sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm. 

 

Violeta tells The Rickie Report, “In a world where we can relate to food and wine, often times , more than we can relate to Art, we’ll discuss how to acquire new works as your taste develops. Our taste in Art changes with exposure and time…”

 

During this presentation, Violeta will address how developing your Art Palette will help you grow with your art investments. From where to view Art, how to look at it, how to relate and how to make better decisions in who or what to collect while staying in your comfort zone or, stepping outside of it in order to diversify your portfolio.

 

 

 

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Explosion of Color” by Carl Bretzke

 

 

 

Pre-Festival  Plein Air Workshops

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned artists. The members of the ArtCenter are continuing to grow as artists, and we are pleased to offer extraordinary opportunities to study exclusively with dynamic and prestigious instructors! Register online or call (561) 748-7014.

 

 

 

3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Events

March 10 -13th

 

 

 

The Plein Air Festival literally brings the art out to the people of South Florida. It documents disappearing and historic areas, and aspects of South Florida. As well as, capturing iconic locations and landscapes that don’t exists anywhere else in the world. All this, through the eyes and talents of world-class artists from around the world!  

 

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Art Patrons at Plein Air Festival, 2015

 

Daily “Reception and Art Sale”

The artists will paint in various locations on March 10-12 and bring their art back each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta (561)746-3101.

The art is available for viewing and for purchase from 5:30-7:30pm

 

 

 

This year’s judge will be the renowned artist Jim McVicker. His talents were recently recognized as the $15,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Annual PleinAir Salon.    JimMcVicker.com

 

 

 

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“Suni Sands Home” by Ted Matz

​A Message From the Ted Matz,

3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Chairman

“Contemporary plein air painters are recording the past and the present for the future to see.  It is such an honor to be the Chairman of the 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse Art Center. I am proud to present the 50 nationally and internationally recognized artists that will be participating in the Plein Air Festival. The quality of the work that these artists represent is absolutely amazing and will totally astound the attending viewers. The artists represent a wide range of painting styles in oils, watercolor and pastels. You will not want to miss this interactive event that allows you to view the artists in action out in the field as they paint. You will also not want to miss out on this opportunity to purchase their high quality art.”

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2016 Schedule:

 

 

Wednesday, March 9

• Private Reception for Juried Artists, Hosts, Sponsors, Patrons and Board of Directors
Lighthouse ArtCenter, 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations
• Meet the Festival Artists Reception*
Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations
• Reception and Art Sale, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.* Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum

Saturday, March 12

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations

• Kids’ Paint Out and Awards* School of Art

• Patron, Sponsor and Collectors’ Cocktail Reception (Ticketed event)

ArtCenter Museum, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 Sunday, March 13

• Quick Draw Painting Competition at DuBois Park*
9 a.m. to noon.

Registration required for artists.

• Wet-Painting Sales and Award Presentation*

Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, 4 to 6 p.m.

*Open to the public

All photos are courtesy Lighthouse ArtCenter

 

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Plein Air Artist at Society Of Four Arts, 2015

 

 

 

 

2016 Participating Artists

Natalia Andreeva
Carl Bretzke
Thomas Buchs
Michele Byrne
John Caggiano
Dee Beard Dean
Ken DeWaard
Charles Dickinson
Katie Dobson Cundiff
Fran Ellisor
Kevin Feary
Francesco Fontana
Michelle D. Held
Scott Hiestand
Karen Ann Hitt
Kathleen Hudson
Neal Hughes
Shelby Keefe
Monique Lazard
Gretha Lindwood
Gregory Little
Susan Lynn
Jeffrey Markowsky
Spencer Meagher
Dan Mondloch
Kathie Odom
Joseph Palmerio
Ralph Papa
Randy Pitts
Jason Prigge
Devin Roberts
Lawrence Rudolech
Jason Sacran
Morgan Samuel Price
Manon Sander
Patrick Saunders
David Savellano
Robert J. Simone
Mary O. Smith
Richard Sneary
R. Gregory Summers
Melanie Thompson
Lorrie Turner
George Van Hook
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Cory Wright
Stephen Wysocki
Vladislav Yeliseyev
Dennis Young
Luis Zaldivar

 For complete details and more information please visit:  

www.pleinairlac.org

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The Gold Coast Watercolor Society Presents Workshop Smorgasbord February 16 – 18th

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a Workshop Smorgasbord from February 16 – 18th!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including “Test Drive Sampler Workshop” with Mike Grecian, “Courage Looks Good” with Dianne Nance, NWS and “Water/Mixed Media Marbling Frenzy With a Blast of Brusho” with Jacquard National Artist Educator, Celia Buchanan.  There is member/non-member pricing,so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!

 

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For more information please contact:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

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