Jean Williams’ SOLO Photography Exhibit at Lake Park Library Includes Palm Beach Post “Million Dollar Shot”

Jean Williams is a vibrant creative hailing from western New York State, now living in Florida.  Her photography was published by The Palm Beach Post and hailed as a “million dollar shot“.  Now everyone can enjoy Jean’s SOLO photography exhibit at the Lake Park Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with a reception to Meet The Artist on Wednesday, January 10th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

Lake Park Library 
529 Park Avenue    Lake Park, Fl 33403
561-635-0564

 

 

 

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Jean Williams

SOLO  Photography Exhibit

Opening, Public Reception

Meet The Artist!

Wednesday January 10, 2018

6 –  8 pm

Exhibit will be on display January 10th-February 2, 2018

Lake Park Library 
529 Park Avenue    Lake Park, Fl 33403
561-635-0564

 

 

“West Palm Beach Scene”  Photography by Jean Williams

 

Jean Williams takes the viewer on a journey around the world with her!  Jean’s photography was quoted by the Palm Beach Post as being a “Million Dollar Shot.”  She holds two Associates and one Bachelor’s Degree, is the author of several books, her own handbag and created her own bespoke perfume line.  Jean’s photography and books have been featured nationally and locally on television and radio. Her photographic venues range from Florida, North Carolina, New York City (Soho), to Dallas, TX in the United States.

 

 

“West Ghana” Photography by Jean Williams

 

When Jean says, “My direction has a purpose”, you can feel her creative energy and you want to be part of it! She was guest speaker at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, NY.  For her, it was a special privilege, as the granddaughter of the late Founder/Pastor Frank Gibson of Universal (Baptist Church) Preservation Hall, the Cultural Hub of Saratoga Springs, NY.  Jean spreads her love of life and all things creative wherever she goes!

 

 

 

 

“Veil of Judgement”  Photography by Jean Williams

 

 

Jean has been a trailblazer throughout her life, traveling to China, India, The Philippines, South Africa, West Africa, and many places in between. She is the proud mother of three sons, two daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren.  

 

 

For more information please email:  newine03@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Free, 2nd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival At Armory Art Center Campus December 2-3, 2017

On Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 2017, the Armory Art Center will present the 2nd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival.  This free festival features 80 artist from across Florida and from around the U.S. including artists working in ceramics, drawing, textiles, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, and painting. There will live music, food vendors, Armory Studio demonstrations and an artist talk with Sam Perry.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

www.westpalmbeachartsfestival.com

 

 

 

2nd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 2017

10 am to 5 pm

FREE

Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

Shoppers at 1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival

 

This free festival features 80 artist from across Florida and from around the U.S. including artists working in ceramics, drawing, textiles, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, and painting. There will live music, food vendors, Armory Studio demonstrations and an artist talk with Sam Perry.

 

Original Artwork by Anthony Burks

 

 

A variety of live music groups will play through the weekend interspersed with Armory studio demonstrations. Scheduled performers are the Roaring Kelly Band, Palm Beach Pipes and Drums, the Johnny Bonez Band, Les Nuages, the Orchid City Brass Band, and Nick Manzino.

 

One of a Kind Handmade jewelry

 

Between musical acts attendees can see live demonstrations of printmaking and papermaking, painting and sound, raku firing, 3D jewelry making, large pots thrown on the potter’s wheel, and block printing. Armory instructor Sam Perry will be discussing his solo exhibition, “Social Set: Paintings, Drawing, and Videos by Sam Perry” in the East Gallery.

 

Original Artwork by Bonnie Wilburn

 

This West Palm Beach Arts Festival is a great event for families. Parents will have an option to browse the festival while their children learn to create holiday projects with Armory instructors in the Kids Zone.

Handblown Glass, both decorative and functional

 

 

Food vendors will be on site. Beer, wine, and signature cocktails made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be sold.

 

Ceramics Demonstration 

 

Landscape painters from Plein Air Palm Beach will be stationed throughout the Armory campus painting scenes from the festival.

The Armory Art Center is grateful to the festival sponsors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Palm Beach Post, Jupiter magazine, The Palm Beacher magazine, WRMF radio, WEAT radio, Palm Beach International Academy, Don and Linda Silpe, and Palm Beach State College.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT    SCHEDULE

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER, 3RD

10:20 AM   Welcome

10:30 AM    Palm Beach State College Jazz Quartet

11:30 AM     Printmaking & Papermaking

12:00 PM    PalmBeach Pipes & Drums

1:30 PM       Palm Beach State College Jazz Sextet

2:00 PM      Painting & Sound

2:30 PM      Palm Beach State College Jazz Septet

3:30 PM     Raku Demonstration

3:45 PM     Johnny Bonez Band

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH

10:30 AM     Roaring Kelly Band

12:00 PM      3D Jewelry Demo

12:30 PM      Les Nuages

1:45 PM       Ceramics, Large Pots Demo

2:00 PM     Orchid City Brass Band

2:45 PM     Blockprinting Demo

3:30 PM    Nick Manzino

  

East Gallery: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm Sam Perry will be in the gallery to discuss his solo exhibition Social Set: Paintings , Drawing and Videos by Sam Perry. Sam is an instructor at the Armory and Palm Beach Atlantic College

 

 

The Armory Art Center is grateful to the festival sponsors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Magazine, The Palm Beacher magazine, WRMF radio, WEAT radio, Palm Beach International Academy, Don and Linda Silpe, and Palm Beach State College.

 

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 12 exhibitions are hosted throughout the year in four galleries.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

Click here to Watch the Video

“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

Click Here For Article

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

To See More “Excessories” Click here

 

 

Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

To see more bracelets Click here

 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

To See More Mobiles and Kinetic Art Click here

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

Click here to learn more

 

 

 

To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

www.elaynatobyart.com/shop

Email Elayna Toby

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart

 Instagram   @elaynatobyart

 

Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

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

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

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch

National League of American Pen Women

Features

Bea Doone-Merena,

“Master Painter and Painter of the Masters”

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 Noon

RSVP by April 7th

 

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

 

 

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

 

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“Chloe and Daphne” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

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

 

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“Selfie” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

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

 

 

"Gates of Dawn" by Be a Doone-Merena

“Gates of Dawn” by Be a Doone-Merena

 

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

 

"Vanity" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanity” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

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

 

"Vanessa" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanessa” by Bea Doone-Merena

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF CHECKS: April 7, 2015

April 16, 2015 Luncheon Menu:

Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert:

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

Non-members: $30 ~ Members: $25

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

ABOUT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN:

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

 

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

 

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

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

www.bocapenwomen.org

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291