Free Martin County Studio Tour Highlights Twenty Three Artists January 21 & 22

Martin County is home to working studios featuring art by both internationally renowned and local artists working side by side, inspiring each other. The First Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour will take place on the weekend of January 21-22, 2017. “New Realms of Working Spaces” will introduce Martin County artists to regional patrons of the arts and provide an intimate look inside the working studio space of local artists. The MCOST event will be open at no charge to the public. The tour has already enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, oil, and textured painting.   The Rickie Report shares the details of the 23 studios and urges you to MARK your CALENDARS!

 

 

First Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour

January 21-22, 2017

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Daily  

FREE

 

 

 

 

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This event provides the public with a rare opportunity to meet local artists and to explore a wide variety of art forms. The tour has already enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, oil, and textured painting. The Open Studio Tour will invite our local community to view the private space where an artist creates their work. This will foster new connections between artists and their community. Promotion of the event will bring a broad audience to view artists’ work. And collectors can buy directly from the artists at their studios.

 

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Many artists will be performing demonstrations of their techniques at various times during the event. The varied media, time for personal exchange, and unique setting ensure this will be an exceptional opportunity for both artists and patrons. The MCOST event is non-profit and will be open at no charge to the public.

 

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Chris Kling Giving a Live Portrait Demonstration

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Esther Kelly at her loom

 

Tour Brochures will be available at many Martin County Locations, including: Martin County Arts, Martin County Libraries, Elliot Museum, Stuart Art and Supply, Fish House Art Center.

 

 

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Lynn Barletta at the easel

 

 

 

For more information & list of brochure locations go to:  http://www.MCOST.org

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

First Annual Martin County Studio Tour Offers An Intimate Look Into Artist’s Working Spaces

The First Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour will take place on the weekend of January 21-22, 2017.  “New Realms of Working Spaces” will introduce Martin County artists to regional patrons of the arts and provide an intimate look inside the working studio space of local artists.  The MCOST event will be open at no charge to the public. The tour has already enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, oil, and textured painting.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to MARK your CALENDARS!

 

 

 

First Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour

January 21-22, 2017

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Daily

 

 

 

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This event provides the public with a rare opportunity to meet local artists and to explore a wide variety of art forms. The tour has already enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, oil, and textured painting.  The Open Studio Tour will invite our local community to view the private space where an artist creates their work. This will foster new connections between artists and their community. Promotion of the event will bring a broad audience to view artists’ work. And collectors can buy directly from the artists at their studios.

 

 

Many artists will be performing demonstrations of their techniques at various times during the event. The varied media, time for personal exchange, and unique setting ensure this will be an exceptional opportunity for both artists and patrons.  The MCOST event is non-profit and will be open at no charge to the public.

 

Martin County is home to working studios featuring art by both internationally renowned and local artists working side by side, inspiring each other. Participating artists include: Maria Aguirre, Karen Angstadt, Lynne Barletta, Mallo Bisett, Lynne Cohen, Judy Coffman, Diane Concepcion, Suzanne Connors, Cristina de la Vega, Torenzo Gann, Jean Gauger, Eduardo Gomez, Lorrie Gross, Helen Kagan, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Chris Kling, Mia Lindberg, Maria Miele, Susan Mottice, Danuta Rothschild, Candy Walsh and Lisa P. Young

 

Tour Brochures will be available at many Martin County Locations, including: Martin County Arts, Martin County Libraries, Elliot Museum, Stuart Art and Supply, Fish House Art Center.

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For more information & list of brochure locations go to the event website: http://www.MCOST.org

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

 

 

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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

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

Southern Handcraft Society Of Boca Raton Invites You To “Seasons In The Sun” And Announces Upcoming Shows

The Southern Handcraft Society’s Boca Raton Chapter is ready for Spring!  Stop by the Counte De Hoernle Pavilion ( Train Depot) in Boca Raton on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12 for “Seasons In The Sun” Craft Show.  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks while you get your calendars to save dates for their upcoming “Holiday Harvest”, “Delray Beach Christmas Holiday Show” and Boca Raton “Christmas Holiday Show”.  The Southern Handcraft Society has many Chapters.  Crafters, artists and hobbyists are welcome to monthly meetings.  It is a wonderful way to share your love of creating with the camaraderie of others!

 

 

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SEASONS  IN  THE  SUN

Friday, March 11   5 – 8 pm

Saturday,  March 12   9 am – 2 pm

Counte De Hoernle Pavilion (Train Depot)

747 South Dixie Highway

(South of Palmetto Park on West side)

Boca Raton, FL 33432

FREE  ADMISSION

 

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Hostess Gifts, House Warming Gifts

Easter Basket Goodies and Decorations

Handmade Jewelry, Whimsical and Practical Accessories

 

 

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For more information please contact:  Snowhites2@aol.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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Boca Raton Branch National League Of Pen Women Presents “Portraits Of Our Sages”, Invites You To Special Reception

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women presents “Portraits of our Sages” on Monday, February 29, 2016. Be sure to enjoy hearing the stories of special moments in the lives of Seven Pen Women Authors and Artists!  Fedora Horowitz, concert pianist, will perform a signature piece for each of the honorees, joined by Sheila Firestone, composer for several of the selections. Selected piano pieces include works of  J.S. Bach,  Bizet, Brahms, Firestone, Hirsch, Mussorgsky, and Wilensky.  The afternoon includes a presentation from the Boca Raton National League of Pen Women followed by a reception with refreshments and display of work to honor these remarkable women.  Suggested donation: $5.00 at the Door.  The Rickie Report congratulates each of these “Sages” and applauds this organization for sharing their treasures!

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women

presents:

 

“Portraits of our Sages”

 

 

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

2:00-4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 Suggested Donation At the Door: $5.00

Center for Spiritual Living

2 S.W. 12th Avenue     Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Barbara Lunde, Hostess

 

 

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women presents “Portraits of our Sages” on Monday, February 29, 2016. Be sure to enjoy hearing the stories of special moments in the lives of Seven Pen Women Authors and Artists! Fedora Horowitz, concert pianist, will perform a signature piece for each of the honorees, joined by Sheila Firestone, composer for several of the selections. Selected piano pieces include works of J.S. Bach, Bizet, Brahms, Firestone, Hirsch, Mussorgsky, and Wilensky. The afternoon includes a presentation from the Boca Raton National League of Pen Women followed by a reception with refreshments and display of work to honor these remarkable women.

 

 

 

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Hostess Dr. Barbara Lunde with Patron, Louise Mirkin and “Sage” Connie Lefkowitz

 

 

Diane Brenda Bryan turns 93 in January; she has been an actor, author, and regional theater director.

 

Connie Lefkowitz, age 98, retired from being a guidance counselor in Newark N.J. She began to study sculpting at age 62.

 

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Carol White with “Sage”, Dr. Myra Levick

 

Myra Levick, Age 91; Art psychotherapist, artist, author, retired professor and director of three graduate training programs in art, dance/movement, and music therapy.

 

 

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“Sage”, Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

Bea Doone-Merena, 88 years of age; Clothing designer, Renaissance style artist and mother of ten… Graduated from Oakland University and advanced studies at Cranbrook Institute.

 

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“Sage”, Helen Regenstreif

 

Helen Regenstreif, Age 80+  Award-winning Porcelain on Enamel and Watercolor artist.

 

 

Virginia Snyder, age 94, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.  Private investigator, investigative reporter and author, Women’s Rights activist.

 

 

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(L-R) “Sage”, Mary Twitty with fellow Pen women Vivian Corell and Roxanna Gottschalk

 

 

Mary F. Twitty turns 90 in April.  Mary F. Twitty was a special assistant to two members of Congress. Now retired, her eighth novel was recently published, “Hannah’s Progeny.”

 

 

 

 

The Boca Raton Branch is one of the largest in the country and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.  For more information about National League of American Pen Women, Boca Chapter:

 

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Southern Handcraft Society’s Boca Raton Chapter Invites Everyone To Their Annual “Holiday Harvest”

The Rickie Report is excited to share the Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society’s upcoming “Holiday Harvest”, October 2 -3rd. This is a craft show with something for everyone …Autumn Decor, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah, General gift items, Hostess gifts, House decor as well as Wearable Art will be available. Everything is hand made and waiting to become a family heirloom. More details are in this article with some sneak peeks.  There is nothing better than purchasing a handmade item from the artist!

 

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society

30th Annual

“HOLIDAY HARVEST”

Friday, October 2, 2015

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

&

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Count De Hoernle Train Pavilion

(Boca Train Depot)

747 South Dixie Highway   Boca Raton, Florida

 

 

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The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handicraft Society is one of 6 unique chapters for all handicraft artists, including beginners to accomplished artists.  Members and Guests (all are welcome) meet the first Monday of the month (except December and holidays when the park is closed) 7:00 PM in a meeting room at Patch Reef Park, 2000 West Yamato Road (1/4 mile west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431.

 

 

 

 
All items at this event are Made in the USA by the artists at the show. Individual artists will staff their table and are eager to talk to visitors.

 

 

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LOVE to craft? WANT to learn?

Want to MEET other crafters?

Then the SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY, BOCA RATON CHAPTER, IS MEANT FOR YOU! We formed our club in 1985 and Boca is the Mother chapter with 6 other local chapters in Palm Beach and Broward counties. WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HAVE GUESTS!

 

 

 

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We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7PM at Patch Reek Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. We serve yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as have show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “Make It and Take It”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

 

 

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Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED!

 

 

 

 

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In Boca, we have 3 local, juried craft shows a year to participate in along with the other chapters offering their own shows once a year for the holiday season. All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more!

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS AND/ OR CRAFT SHOWS!

 

For more information about this Craft Fair or about the activities of the Boca Raton Chapter of SHS, please contact Cindy 561-450-5577 or email
snowhites2@aol.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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

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

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

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch

National League of American Pen Women

 

Presents Achievement Award Luncheon

Meet Three Award-Winning Young Artists:

Kelsey Fox- (L)First Place

Britta Martinez de la Flor-(C) Second Place 

Liana Plunkett- (R) Third Place


Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

12:00 Noon

RSVP by May 14th

Delray Golf Club

2200 Highland Ave.        Delray Beach,FL

(561-243-7385 for directions)

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

 

 

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

 

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May 21, 2015 Noon Luncheon Menu:

Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert:

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

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

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

 

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

 

Check must be received by May 14, 2015.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts” Seminar Deadline Approaches

Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will offer a small group discussion focusing on marketing strategies for artists at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. This event is open to all artists who are interested in moving ahead in their careers. More details are in this article.

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

Presents:

 

An Intimate Group Seminar

with

Rickie Leiter

 

 

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts”

 

at the

Mandel Public Library

Monday, November 10th

9:30 am – 12:00 Noon

411 Clematis Street W.Palm Beach, FL

$25.00 Registration includes:

Seminar, Refreshments, Private Tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit at the library and a unique Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

This is an opportunity for artists to brainstorm and network in an informal setting with a small, intimate group of like-minded creatives under the guidance of Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report. Rickie has been helping artists and crafters move from being hobbyists and emerging artists to selling their artwork in galleries and exhibitions around the country. An advocate for artists, she understands the importance of networking and marketing to bring awareness and education to art lovers and art patrons.

 

 

Rickie will offer “Marketing Smarts for the Arts” in a small, intimate setting at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. The seminar includes discussion specific to the needs of the attendees, refreshments, a private tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit and a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

 

The cost of the event is $25.00 and the number of registrants is limited. attendees must pre-register by November 4th. Send your check, payable to The Rickie Report and registration form to PO Box 33423 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420. For more information please email rickie@therickiereport.com or call 561-537-0291. Please note: This information will NOT be shared. PLEASE PRINT

 

 

REGISTRATION FORM

Name:

Phone:

Street Address:

City: State: Zip:

Email address:

Website Address:

Facebook Page:

Artist medium (s):

Top 2 issues of interest to you:

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

OSGS Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Public Reception

It’s time to celebrate the 1st anniversary of OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery Studio! For this special milestone, The Rickie Report takes a close look at what makes this gallery such a beacon for art buyers, art lovers and artists alike. In this article we celebrate the artists and the initiatives of owners Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla.  Stop by during their Open House! Details and interview are here.

 

 

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Ortiz Smykla Gallery Studio

 

Invites You to Celebrate

Friday, March 28th   6-9 pm

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

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Currently on exhibit at OSGS are: Ilene Adams, Dianne Bernstein, Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Marie-Claude Desorcy, Gail Erickson, Luke Gardner, Jeff Green, Henri Louis Hirschfeld, Irene Jalowayski, Helen Kagan, Robin Kimball, Ian Levinson, Lew Mayer, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Molly Potter, John Rachell, Jim Rigg, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Elayna Toby Singer, Ebba TinWin and Steve Wallace.

 

 

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TRR:   As OSGS celebrates its first anniversary opening in Northwood, can you take us through the process from your initial thoughts to actually opening?

Evelyn:

 

It comes as a surprise to both Jonathon and me that the year has sped by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday we were contemplating the thought of a gallery and working together on the project.  Where to begin, cost, location, and business plan were all questions we posed to each other and our spouses.  This was, after all, a family affair and one that would impact us all.  Evelyn just hit retirement and Jonathon was at a crossroads with his professional outlook.  This new venture seemed to fit our paths.

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Months prior to my retirement from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals kept me very busy with the idea of a gallery.  With a masters degree in Library Science specializing in archives and conservation, I had already worked in a business library as well as corporate, special and university libraries.  I had researched the venture we would be undertaking and knew that selling art would not be easy.

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We both knew that we had something special to contribute to the world of art.  Jonathon holds the masters degree in landscape architecture from Auburn and worked with firms in Montgomery, Atlanta and West Palm Beach.  He also created his own art (painting, rock posters, screen printing and photography), exhibited in several galleries, and accepted commissions (his art even appears on race cars!).   Before becoming a librarian I earned my undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Alabama.  I painted and created fiber arts.  My knowledge of modern art is so extensive that years ago on a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art I even discovered that one of Rauschenberg’s works was hung the wrong way!

 

 

 

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Showing no fear and only enthusiasm we set forth the task of doing our research on what it takes to run a gallery in today’s market.  With tenacity, love of art, empathy, and courage mixed with fearless wonder we did our leg work.  We read such books as Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, by Brainard Carey.  We did our literature research by reading articles, looking at multiple business plans and contacting SCORE here in West Palm Beach.  We trained with a custom framer and attended workshops to learn and hone our skills in custom framing.  We visited several different locations, in particular, those that Jonathon felt had the most potential for creative arts and growth.  We joined the Chamber of Commerce and took advantage of the many workshops and lectures as well as opportunities for networking.

 

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Still, art is a hard sell, and takes a lot of creativity and working in tandem with artists and the art community.  So while we located our current location and went about the business of renovating the space, Jonathon went to work on our web page and social media.  I took on the arduous task of getting licenses, security, insurance and tax needs necessary to run a business, as well as teaching myself how to operate an online bookkeeping system.  We did our homework and researched different operating contracts for exhibiting artists before deciding on what we felt would be beneficial to both the artist and us.

 

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Art is not only a ‘hard sell’ but we opened our doors when the economy was (and is still is) suffering from the economic downturn.  The business model we developed has worked for us so far.  We are still a ‘new’ business and it will definitely take more time to establish our roots, but we are on the right path.

 

We started our space with an empty shell that needed a lot of work.  After making a number of renovations and improvements, we designed many floorplans before deciding on a one that worked best for our spatial experience.  Our end result matched our vision within the walls we had.

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Eventually we got to a point where we needed to send out ‘calls to artists’  that may want to exhibit with us.  We have been very fortunate in having talented artists approach us and allow us to exhibit incredibly excellent diverse art.

 

The Rickie Report was crucial in shining a light on our new venture with artists across the Palm Beaches.  That was really an early cornerstone of our success.  Without The Rickie Report we would not have been able to bring talented artists into our gallery in such a short period of time. Those artists provided a lot of feedback and insight that we took seriously and used to help build our vision as well.

 

 

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TRR:  How have you integrated into the community?

Jonathon:

The idea of giving back to others is not new to us because we are suddenly business owners.  Our family has always given back in many different ways.  The online art auction we sponsored in February with all proceeds benefitting Place of Hope is a recent example.  Our artists supported us and donated beautiful pieces to the auction.

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Last summer we initiated Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series (BYOC).  This initiative offers free lectures by our exhibiting artists to the community in order to learn more about art, different mediums/techniques, and what it takes to create, experiment, and have fun with art, either through educational training or self training.  Through BYOC we’ve made art more approachable and not so far fetched to the community.

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ArtSynery was another way we integrated into the community in our first year of business.  Aside from our individual artists and exhibitions, ArtSynergy allowed us to reach beyond the Northwood Village corridor.  We cannot put into words how exciting it was for us to have been a direct part of ArtPalmBeach. That our gallery and our exhibited artists were awarded a prestigious opportunity to exhibit in that art fair!  That was followed by seeing more of our artists represented in the American International Fine Art Fair.

 

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We worked very hard with the other gallery owners in Northwood to reach new goals and to establish Northwood as an art destination for West Palm Beach.   We helped establish the Second Saturday Art Walks as well as our own gallery exhibitions.  Essentially we’re not just juggling our own business affairs but also helping to see that Northwood turns the corner and becomes something better as well.

 

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TRR:  What are the most important things we should know about OSGS?

 

 

  • We are here to share the experience of beauty, creativity and wonder.
  • We hope to bring joy and pride to the community.
  • We are neighbors and friends to all that enter or pass our doors.
  • We want OSGS to be a venue where artists can exhibit their works to further their exposure.
  • We want the community to know that we Custom Frame for the Public!!!  Yes, this is a priority for us as a business because it brings in critical funding for OSGS to stay afloat.  Persons have come in for framing and walked out with art from our gallery.
  • We work hard to find new ways to bring exposure to both OSGS and Northwood Village.  We are a young business and we are trying new things, most of them for the first time.
  • We encourage any artist looking for gallery representation to contact us.  We consider every artist that approaches us.

 

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TRR: What are your goals for the coming year?

 

  •  Slow and steady is our mantra.  We know baby steps is the best way to move forward.
  •  We would like to offer more receptions, continue with our BYOC summer lecture series, continue to offer our assistance to non-profits, and expand our framing business.
  •  We want to continue to work on our gallery and be proud of what we have accomplished together as a team.  
  • We want to connect art with other businesses in Northwood.  Merging food, art, fashion and the like will be the best way to ensure positive growth — make each and every day the best day to shop and dine Northwood.

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TRR:  Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?

 

We come from a long line of service providers, dream makers, and putting others first, so keep an eye on us.

Something to keep an eye on – Our Website!  We are currently revamping our website and hope to launch the new version OSGS 2.0 within the next few weeks!  It will include all you need to know about OSGS and our exhibiting artists but we will also be offering purchasing options on all items currently on exhibit through the website.  www.OSGSart.com

 

 

As always, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow each and every step as we grow well into the future.  Stay up-to-date with all of OSGS events.
…And We Custom Frame for the Public!!

We are always looking for artists seeking representation.  Please email us if you are interested.  We have options for exhibition space and reception opportunities.

 

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223   e: OSGSart@hotmail.com    www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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