17 Year Old Artist Zachary Rapaport Unveils “Ultimate Creativity”, An Exhibit Fusing Art And Science At Mandel JCC

The Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens will debut an impressive exhibition, “Ultimate Creativity,” featuring the works of talented 17-year old Zachary Rapaport.  The public is invited to the free Opening Reception on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  Rapaport’s exhibit combines engineering with art, featuring paintings brought to life through interaction, movement and performance.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

 

 

 

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5221 Hood Road

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

 

 

 

Bente S. and Daniel M. Lyons Art Gallery

Presents:

Zachary Rapaport

 

 

“ULTIMATE CREATIVITY”

An Exhibit Fusing Art and Science

Opening Reception:

February 23

5:30 – 7:30pm

Exhibit: Feb. 23, 2016 through March 24, 2016

Free & open to the community

 

 

 

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Zachary Rapaport, a senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, was distinguished as one of 170 emerging young artists by the National YoungArts Foundation, a talent-based scholarship program for high school and college students. The program recognized him with the Merit Award and Finalist Award for achievement in visual arts. His work has been displayed in the Bacardi Tower, Valentine Design, Parsons School for Design and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

“This exhibition is a culmination of my previous artistic endeavors, and demonstrates my passions for art and engineering,” shared artist Zachary Rapaport. “My objective for the show, along with every artwork I make, is to help others break barriers by doing so myself. I feel fortunate to be able to showcase my work to the community.”

 

Rapaport’s gallery is divided into three sections: the space will comprise of a kinetic installation, photography and multi-planar paintings. The installation is about creating a space where an individual can interact with his or her environment. The large photography and artwork are expressive and a reflection of his desire to impact society.

The Bente S. and Daniel M. Lyons Art Gallery is sponsored by Barbara and Hal Danenberg, Marsh & McLennan Agency and Jupiter Medical Center.

 

 

The Mandel JCC is located at 5221 Hood Road, in Palm Beach Gardens.

For more information about these and other events, call Sharon Waltman at the JCC at 561.712.5232

or visit: www.JCConline.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

 

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

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

 

 

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The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

All levels of students,

from beginner to advanced

Winter Sessions:

 

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

 

 

 

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

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

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

    Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

 

 

 

Pottery on the Wheel and Handbuilding

With Marilyn Wander

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

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

 

 

 

Pottery by Gina Skillings

           Sculpted Pottery by Gina Skillings

 

 

Handbuilding and Sculpting

With Gina Skillings

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Gina Skillings' "Purse"

                                         Gina Skillings’ “Purse”

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

LEVIS JCC POTTERY GUILD EXHIBIT

April 3 – May 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1 – 4 p.m. with artists’ presentations

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

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

 

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

                   Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

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

 

 

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

                               “Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning on October 12th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes.  Renown faculty members include Marilyn Wander and Gina Skillings. The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some ideas for your next creations!

 

 

 

 

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The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

 

Beginning October 12th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

 

 

 

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9801 Donna Klein Blvd.     Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

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

 

 

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

           Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

 

Pottery on the Wheel and Handbuilding

With Marilyn Wander

Mondays (Oct. 12 – Dec. 14)

and

Wednesdays (Oct. 14 – Dec. 16)

 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Pottery by Gina Skillings

                              Sculpted Pottery by Gina Skillings

Handbuilding and Sculpting

With Gina Skillings

Tuesdays (Oct. 13 – Dec. 15)

and

Thursdays (Oct. 15 – Dec. 17)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

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

Cost for the 9-week session is $315, with discounts available for Sandler Center members.

 

 

 

Gina Skillings' "Purse"

                                        Gina Skillings’ “Purse”

 

 

Visit: http://levisjcc.org/culture/programs_classes/

OR

Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.

 

LEVIS  JCC  POTTERY  GUILD  EXHIBIT

 

 April 3 – May 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1 – 4 p.m. with artists presentations

Free and open to the public

 

 

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

 

 

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

                      Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

 

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

 

 

Pottery Class at Levis JCC

        Pottery Class at Levis JCC

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

                                 “Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

www.levisjcc.org

 

 

 

 

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

Harold Silvers Is Featured At Palm Beach International Airport Exhibit

The Palm Beach International Airport’s Art In Public Places will be featuring artist, Harold Silvers. You may recall seeing his pointillism designs in the windows of Cartier Jewelers or Bonwit Teller. Now you can see what he has been creating since leaving the graphic arts world!  The Rickie Report shares the details about the upcoming Free Public Reception and includes a closer look at more of Harold’s artistry.  If you think you are seeing dots in front of your eyes, you are!  Each one is created individually by Harold!

 

 

 

Palm Beach International Airport

Art In Public Places

Features:

Harold Silvers

 

Free Public Reception

Wednesday, September 9th

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Palm Beach International Airport

1000 Turnage Boulevard   W.Palm Beach, FL

Exhibition is located near the Mall on Level 2 of the Main Terminal, across from Travelers Lounge.

 

Parking Will Be Validated ( not including Sun Pass)

 

Harold Silvers with hone of his paintings. (Photo courtesy of Carol Baldwin)

Harold Silvers with one of his paintings. (Photo courtesy of Carol Baldwin)

 

 

 

Harold Silvers tells The Rickie Report, “You may have seen my pointillism designs in the windows of Cartier Jewelers or Bonwit Teller. Now you can see what I have been creating since leaving the graphic art world. I moved to Southern Florida five years ago and have gone back to my roots as an artist. I graduated from NYC Community College for Commercial Art and Parsons School of Design for Graphic Design.”

 

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“Steel Wave” by Harold Silvers

 

 

 

Harold has used a radiograph pen, magic marker, stencils and air brush techniques as well as computer design. He explains, “My pointillism designs as have to do with Nature, Time, Space and Infinity. I started pointillism in my college days, and decided that I should get back to doing it again, being retired. I make the designs one dot at a time.”

 

 

 

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“Optical” by Harold Silvers

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does he keep all of the design elements in perspective?  He says, “one has to have a certain mind set to do this kind of art. I usually have a concept of how I want the design to look before I start… Sometimes I let the dots take me for the ride.”

 

 

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“Burst” by Harold Silvers

Harold offers prints on paper from 6 x 9, and digital prints on canvas up to 30 x 45. He can also make color variations of the design. Harold makes the highest quality Giclee’s. At times, he might show one of his designs completed on translucent film with a light behind it.

 

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“Organs” by Harold Silvers

 

 

 

Here we see an example of one of Harold’s pieces lit. He used a process with film negatives and color key prints, that is no longer available.  These prints are made of 3 transparent color keys.  They are sandwiched between clear glass in the front and translucent plexiglass in the back. New designs are printed on translucent white film.

 

 

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“Beginning” by Harold Silvers

 

 

 

Harold offers digital prints on paper from 6×9, and digital prints on canvas up to 39×58. He can also make color variations of the design on request and offers the  highest quality prints.

 

For more information about Harold Silvers’ artwork, please email him at:

hjsgraphicdesign@yahoo.com

or call:  561.701.2679

 

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

Lantana Library Features Renee Plevy Presenting A Portrait Demonstration

The Lantana Library will present well known portrait and fine artist, Renee Plevy on Tuesday, July 21st for a demonstration.  There is no charge to attend, but you must RSVP to reserve a space. Renee will be demonstrating how to paint a portrait by creating an oil sketch of an audience member!  She will also share personal anecdotes about the famous people she has painted and her experiences as part of the New York Art Scene.  The Rickie Report highly recommends making your reservation now!  We share the details, Renee’s portraits ( including animals) and her personal history.

 

 

PORTRAIT DEMONSTRATION

WITH 

RENEE PLEVY

 

 

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Tuesday, July 21st

2:00 pm

Lantana Road Library

4020 Lantana Road     Lake Worth, FL 33462
(561) 304-4500

www.pbclibrary.org

 

The Lantana Road Library is please to announce a special program featuring renown artist, Renee Plevy. This award-winning artist will demonstrate how to paint a portrait by creating an oil sketch of an audience member, while sharing personal anecdotes about the famous people she’s painted and being part of the New York arts scene.   This event is FREE and OPEN to the public, but you must RSVP to reserve a space.  The event takes place on Tuesday, July 21st at 2pm.  

 

 

 

Renee Plevy presents an oil portrait

Renee Plevy presents oil portrait

A lifelong artist, Renee has painted many well-known persons for their private collections, and has had one person shows in museums, galleries, and has shown in Lincoln Center, NYC. She has been in over 68 Galleries and Juried Art Shows.  

 

 

Portrait of A Woman Committee with Renee Plevy

Portrait of A Woman Committee with Renee Plevy

 

 

 

Known for her “Portrait of a Woman” Organization wherein she has painted 23 oil portraits of famous Women Community Leaders from throughout Palm Beach County who have been honored at a Palm Beach Luncheon for the last four years. Renee has completed 23 oil Portraits of Prominent Palm Beach County Women Community Leaders for Portrait Of A Woman Legacy Series.

For more information please visit:

www.facebook.com/PortraitOfAWoman?fref=photo

 

 

In NYC, Renee studied with internationally known portrait painters at the Art Student League, The School of Visual Arts and Parsons. At the same time she taught portraiture at the School of Visual Arts and was prominent with National Artist’s Equity.  Renee currently paints in Palm Beach County, FL focusing on commissioned work, private classes, personal portraits and pet portraits.  

 

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Renee has always had the ability to capture the soul and spirit of her subject. As a colorist, she has used her medium to portray the essence of a person’s personality. An award winning member of the Boca Raton Museum’s Artist Guild and Women of the Visual Arts, she won First Prize with the Guild for her painting “Excursion” exhibited at the Nathan D. Rosen Biannual Exhibit.

 

Renee Plevy has a long list of accomplishments in the art world, including award winning exhibitions from the Northeast to Florida.  She has been involved with numerous art-related organizations, giving her time and expertise. In addition, her artwork has been included in government projects, such as the Paterson Courthouse WPA Mural Restoration, Paterson, NJ. Plevy’s teaching affiliations continue to grow and she is gracious in volunteering her time for demonstrations such as the one at the Lantana Road Library.

 

For more information about Renee Plevy’s artwork please contact her at:

T 561.736-8108 C 561.302.1380 F 561.736.8108

Renee@ReneePlevy.com

or visit:

www.reneeplevy.com and www.Portraitofawoman.net

www.facebook.com/renee.plevy?fref=ts

 

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

Joanne Slattery in Juried Exhibit, “Contempo” at Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Contempo” is a juried exhibition displaying recently completed contemporary art of all media. With an eye toward the unexpected, visitors will see works that demonstrate innovative use of materials, unusual treatment of subject matter, unconventional mediums and edgy techniques. The goal of this exhibit is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in contemporary art that demonstrates superior technique and original concept and design…this is NOT your grandfather’s art exhibit, so leave your expectations for traditional portraits and landscapes at home! The juror was Elayne Mordes, of Whitespace Collection, a private contemporary art exhibition space located in West Palm Beach, FL.  The Rickie Report showcases Joanne Slattery’s artwork here (her exuberance is appealing!) and gives more details about the public reception for “Contempo”.  

 

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 Lighthouse ArtCenter’s

“Contempo”

Opening reception/Awards presentation:

Thursday, January 15th

 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Meet the Artists

 

Exhibit Continues through March 7th

Lighthouse ArtCenter  Museum & Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

"Oper Act I Interrupted" by Joanne Slattery

“Opera Act I Interrupted” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

Joanne Slattery tells The Rickie Report, ” I am inspired by places in the world that have grasped my attention.  Challenging subjects and how to accomplish their particular atmosphere intrigue me. Some subjects just cry pastel for its intensity, blending capabilities and as an abstract rendering tool, others call for a faster method as with acrylic. Both 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”.

 

 

"Waves" by Joanne Slattery

“Waves” by Joanne Slattery

 

“Creating is entering a fluid area where what is happening on the canvas is as important as what is in my mind. Sometimes media cannot be used in the traditional sense; I use my fingers, rub in dirt, whatever is called for.  The excitement is seeing what happens. It’s pure mind travel. Risks and Courage…”, Joanne goes on to explain.

 

"Voodoo Box" by Joanne Slattery

“Voodoo Box” by Joanne Slattery

 Note: This is the piece that was accepted in CONTEMPO

“This is one of my assemblages, which is painted and uses found objects. I did a lot of research on New Orleans White Voodoo and incorporated most of the elements that one would use in Voodoo Rituals and the many gifts to the gods”.

 

 

“I enjoy working in found objects and materials from nature plus pastels, acrylics, pencil, interference paints, dyes and powder pigments including ground minerals. You experience my 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”. 

 

 

"Marsh, St. Simons" by Joanne Slattery

“Marsh, St. Simons” by Joanne Slattery

 

Joanne received a BFA with 4 majors including Studio Art, History of Art, and Printmaking. She studied printmaking, painting, sculpture, and Art History at Marymount Manhattan College; Figure Painting at The Art Students League; Art History at The New School; and Web Design at Parsons School of the Arts and San Diego City College.

 

"Ecola Park Fog" by Joanne Slattery

“Ecola Park Fog” by Joanne Slattery  (Ecola State Park, OR)

 

In the last 10 years, Joanne has begun to paint in series. “When I am inspired by a place I execute perhaps 5-10 pieces of the subject in different mediums, techniques and views. I recently traveled to Georgia where I became enamored by the Marshes. Upon returning to Florida, I began painting them but at the same time took a look at our own unique environment of swamps and everglades and am beginning to paint them. Because I feel I am always improving and learning, I will return to subjects as I feel I have not profoundly conquered in retrospect. Also, my approach to painting is changing to a more impressionistic expression, so I need to revisit my favorite places and share this different way I am seeing things. It just never stops!”

 

 

"Dreaming Under Starry Skies" by Joanne Slattery

“Dreaming Under Starry Skies” by Joanne Slattery

Joanne did a series of “The Dreamer” which is based on Places I’d Rather Be. The Dreamer is on the beach, dreaming of Starry Skies. This is a good example of her mixed media pieces where the water is painted cellophane, the stars are painted nails, the clouds are iridescent powder pigment, she’s incorporated sand and a coral tree as well as gold-leaf cut out fish”.

 

 

"Riverbend" by Joanne Slattery

“Riverbend” by Joanne Slattery

 

 

Joanne didn’t show her fine artwork until recently and is now an award recipient from many exhibits. Her art work is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Joanne worked in Manhattan for 25 years as an Art Director for a few select companies: PBS, Scholastic and CHANEL, where she grew extensively in the fields of publishing, marketing and branding. While working she mentored college graduates in Graphic Design. She won innumerable awards during her career. 

 

ARTIST SHOWINGS:

 

  • ART in the I-ZONE* (West Palm Beach, Fl), 2008  Invitational Show
  • Jupiter Gallery of Art/ Jupiter Community Center , 2010 Juried Photography Show
  • Dixie Art LOFT*  (Lake Worth, FL) “Out on a Limb”, 2010  Juried Show
  • Dixie Art LOFT  (Lake Worth) “Heads Up”, 2011  Invitational Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta,FL) “Contempo”, 2011  Juried Art Show
  • Boca Museum of Art* (Boca Raton, FL) “60th Annual All Florida , 2011 Juried Competition and Exhibit “Best in Florida”
  • A Unique Gallery* (Jupiter, FL) “Black White and In Between”, 2011 Juried Art Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “Landscapes 2011” Juried Art Show
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta,FL) “Landscapes 2012” Juried Art Show – 2 pieces:  AWARD: Honorable Mention
  • Wally Findlay Gallery (Palm Beach, FL) “Masque Art”, 2013 Invitational Show
  • Richeson75 International Art (Kimberly, WI), 2013 Seascape & Architectural 2013 Juried Art Show   AWARD: Meritorious
  • Armory Art Center  (W.Palm Beach,FL) “50/50 Annual Artist Showcase”, 2013 Juried Art Show  SOLD
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “Spotlight on New Talent”, 2014 Juried Art Show – 2 pieces
  • Loxahatchee Natural Refuge (Boynton Beach, FL) October 2014 – January 2015
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter* (Tequesta, FL) “D’Art for Art”, 2014
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter (Tequesta, FL) “Contempo” 2015

 

 

For more information about Joanne’s fascinating artwork, please visit:

http://creativejoanne.com/art/

 

 

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Stanley Dornfest’s Rich Landscapes Are Exhibiting at Linda White Gallery

Stanley Dornfest’s rich landscapes are being exhibited at the Linda White Gallery in Artists Alley located in Delray Beach.  The Rickie Report met Stanley at an “On the Avenue” event and was drawn to his tropical artwork.  Artists Alley’s monthly Open Studios is December 19th.  We hope you will stop by and meet Stanley and relish in his work!  More details are in this article.

Stanley Dornfest

 

Artists Alley

 

OPEN STUDIOS

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

6 – 9 pm

 

 

Stan Dornfest

Stan Dornfest

 

Stanley Dornfest’s paintings are being exhibited at the Linda White Gallery located in Artists Alley in Delray Beach.  Each month, on the third Thursday, all of the Artists’ Studios and Galleries are Open to the Public.  Enjoy refreshments while you walk from one studio to another, meeting the artists who create everything you are seeing.  The next Open Studios takes place on Thursday, December 19th from 6- 9 pm.

 

"Springtime Begins"

“Springtime Begins”

 

 

Stanley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cooper Union. While pursuing his career as a Creative/Art Director in the New York Advertising Industry, he continued to explore his passion for painting.  In New York, Stanley’s SOLO shows include: The Donald Gallery (Dobbs Ferry, NY) and Heritage Frame  (Tarrytown, NY). Stanley was also a member of the Faculty at Parsons School of Design.

Stanley shares, “I have always felt most spiritual when I am physically and emotionally enveloped by a landscape. The mystical state of mind that these inspiring locales transport me to, is what I strive to reflect in my painting”.

 

"Green Cay"

“Green Cay”

 

“For me, rather than merely documenting topography, painting is more about expressing the spiritual journey that the world of nature transports me to”, he says.

 

TRR:    Do you prefer oil or acrylic? 

SD:

I paint in Acrylics because I actually like the quick drying time, the versatility of the mediums and the quick clean up time which fits into my life.

 

TRR:  What did you teach at Parsons? 

SD:

I developed and taught a course for design students called:”Art Direction-Expanding Your Options” . The course explored different career paths that Design/Art  students could take.

 

"Spring Awakening"

“Spring Awakening”

 

TRR:   Were you artistic as a child? 

SD:

My elementary school teacher summoned my mother to the classroom to explain to her that she felt that I was very talented in Art. She offered to loan me her oil paints over the summer so that I could continue painting. My mother explained to her that she could afford to purchase a set of oil paints for me. Not only did my mother buy the paints, but she researched and found courses for me to take on Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum Art School and Brooklyn College, which nurtured my life long passion for painting.

 

From an early age, I was always painting. After High School, I was fortunate to get accepted to The Cooper Union Art School. After Cooper, I pursued a long, successful career as an Advertising Creative/Art Director but during that time – I continued to paint. As my advertising career tapered off-my painting endeavors expanded.

"Across The Pond"

“Across The Pond”

In Florida, Stanley’s paintings have been exhibited at The Boca Museum of Art, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Center, Lighthouse ArtCenter, The Armory Art Center and the Rosen Museum Gallery.  He was also featured in Travel Host Magazine.   He is a Participating Signature Member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild and a Founding Member of the Florida Scape Artists. Stanley’s work is represented in both Public and Private Collections.

 

For more information about Stanley Dornfest’s paintings, please visit   standornfest.com or call  561-865-7077

ARTISTS ALLEY is an independent group of accomplished artists collaborating to establish a grass roots working colony with a vibrant marketplace for “Art created in Delray Beach”. This exciting new, warehouse arts area is in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Check out the website- ArtistsAlleyDelray.com

LOCATION – The alley runs north and south between NE 3rd and 4th Streets, east of 3rd Avenue and west of the RR tracks.

EASY DIRECTIONS – From Atlantic Ave. go north on Federal Hwy., go west on NE 4th St., cross the RR tracks, go 80 feet and make a left into Artists Alley. Make your second or third left into the warehouses. You can print a map at www.CacaceArt.com

FREE PARKING – in the city lot on NE 3rd Avenue just south of NE 4th St. This is the best parking for our events. It’s a well lit parking lot a half a block away.

 

 

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Harold Silvers Exhibits at Lake Worth Art League!

 You may have seen Harold Silvers’ pointillism designs in the windows of Cartier Jewelers or Bonwit Teller. Now you can see what he has been creating since leaving the graphic art world.  Harold will be exhibiting his work at the Lake Worth Art League and The Rickie Report hopes you will stop by!  More details about the November event are in this article.

 

 

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The Lake Worth Art League

Presents

Art by Harold Silvers

Friday, November 15th

Public Reception

6 – 9 pm

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Harold Silvers moved to Southern Florida three years ago and has gone back to his roots as an artist.   He graduated from NYC Community College for Commercial Art and Parsons School of Design for Graphic Design.  Harold has used ink with a rapidograph pen, magic marker, stencils and air brush techniques as well as computer aided design.
"Carnival"

“Carnival”

Harold describes these pointillism designs as “having to do with Nature, Time, Space and Infinity.”  Previous to his move to Florida, he produced window displays for Cartier Jewelers & Bonwit Teller.
"Space"

“Space”

The Lake Worth Art League is showing an exhibit of Harold’s artwork.   He tells The Rickie Report, “I started pointillism in my college days, and decided that I should get back to doing it again, being retired.”
"Wave"

“Wave”

Harold explains that he makes each design one dot at a time.  He says, ” One has to have a certain mind set to do this kind of stuff.  I usually have a concept of how I want the design to look before I start… Sometimes I let the dots take me for the ride.”
"Green Onion"

“Green Onion”

Harold offers prints on paper from 6 x 9, and Giclees on canvas up to 30 x 45.  He can also make color variations of the design.  Harold makes the highest quality Giclee’s.  At times, he might show one of his designs completed on transparent film with a light behind it.

For more information about this exhibit or Harold Silvers’ artowork, please  hjsgraphicdesign@gmail.com   or through the Lake Worth Art League

The Rickie Report hopes that people will come out to support the Lake Worth Art League so it can continue to offer art classes from beginners to the experienced artist, lectures and demonstrations of different techniques and subject matter.   The LWAL undertakes projects for the City of Lake Worth, such as the mural project at the municipal swimming pool.  The group also sponsors outdoor art shows by its members.

 

The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) was founded in 1941.  It is a nonprofit 501C[3] educational organization to further the study and development of art and enhance the cultural life of its members in the Lake Worth and surrounding Communities.

For more information about the Lake Worth Art League, please contact  Tara Maule, President 561- 586-4271  or  info@lwartleague.org  or   Bonnie Wilburn,Vice- President 561- 242-9005  at artibonni@gmail.com or visit the Lake Worth Art League’s website at:  www.lwartleague.org 

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Norman Berman Shares His Life and His heART

The Rickie Report staff first met Norman and and his late wife, Ethel, at a reception for the Artists of Palm Beach County.  We were fascinated by his artwork and had numerous questions about his technique, which he was happy to share.  Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Norman for this Feature Story.  What struck us was not only the depth of his knowledge but the humble manner in which he shared his life experiences.  We are honored to share his story with you and look forward to seeing you at the opening of his SOLO Exhibit at the Armory Art Center in November!

 

 

 

Norman Berman:

 

Awe and Reverence

 

November 2- 30, 2013

 

Reception:

Friday, November 1, 2013 | 6-8pm

Armory Art Center

 

 1700 Parker Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

 Exhibit continues through month of November

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4:30 PM  and Saturday – 9 AM – 2 PM

 

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Local artist, Norm Berman presents a survey of recent works. Berman’s subject matter ranges from Judaic themes to abstract works.   

This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Norman’ s late wife, Ethel Berman who passed away on July 28, 2013.   She was Norman’s strength, staunchest supporter and “instant critic.”

 

 

 

Norman Berman has been creating art work professionally for over 50 years.  He tells us, “For me, creating artwork is a challenge.  As I look at a work surface, I begin my conversation with it.  The surface says to me ,’Create something, I dare you!’  Therefore, my adventure begins!”  

 

As one  listens to Norman Berman share some of his life-stories, you must pay attention to details.  Looking at his artwork, that should be no surprise.  It is these tidbits that makes the whole.

 

"The Interdicted Land"

“The Interdicted Land”

 

TRR:  What were your early artistic influences?

NB:

 

I came from a minimally educated family.  My mother drew a great teacup and saucer, because she learned how to draw an oval and a round shape in school. The only artwork on our walls at home was my Bar Mitzvah picture.  My first introduction to art was at age four, when I accompanied my father, a shipping clerk in a mens’ wear company, to work.  The women in the office gave me a piece of paper, a red pencil, a black pencil and plopped me in a chair with the instructions to ‘draw something’.  I drew the American flag to keep myself occupied.  Over the years, I started to copy and draw comic book characters (Disney, Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy). My father would take these drawings and hang them in his workplace and change them around – it was my first public gallery!

 

 

As the United States entered WWII, I was fascinated by US military aircraft, so I wrote to all of the aircraft companies for pictures.  They would send me these gorgeous lithographic prints!  My favorite was the P38, a double fuselage  plane and very impressive to look at.  Around the same time, there was a kid in our neighborhood who was already in high school and must have been an art major. I would show him my airplane drawings and he showed me how to create perspective images: not linear perspective images going to a vanishing point, but looking down at buildings as if you were in an airplane.

 

 

When I was 10 years old, I broke my elbow.  It was probably the beginning of my escapades with brittle bone disease, but we didn’t know about that until much much later. While at Beth El Hospital ( now Maimonides), I used to draw the nurses in profile, with their little hats.  In elementary school, my art was always hanging in the halls.

 

"Brothers Three"

“Brothers Three”

 As a Junior High School student, one of my teachers recommended that I attend the High School of Music & Art. We happened to live close to the neighborhood high school, Abraham Lincoln High School.  To go to Music and Art, would mean a long commute via subway, which my parents weren’t happy about.  As a result, I ended up in a local high school that by chance, had  a fabulous art department! That’s where I got my real strength in training, in my approach to art.  In 10th grade, Herbert W. Yates taught me graphic design, different mediums as well as the importance of art history.

 

I started saving articles from “Life Magazine” that related to art and artists.  My father would pick up a copy at the newsstand every Saturday. I finally convinced him that it would be more convenient and less expensive to get a subscription!   After reading the entire magazine, I categorized the pictures into my own filing system in red envelopes.  My mother, who was also a voracious reader, would buy other magazines like ‘McCalls’ and ‘Ladies Home Journal’.  Those magazines happen to have some of the top-notched illustrators of our time.

 

 

"Chai Designs: Tallis 17, Heavenly Reverence"

“Chai Designs: Tallis 17, Heavenly Reverence”

TRR:  Norman shares his “beshert” (Yiddish for “meant to be”) moment.  He takes us back to 1950.  

 

Leon Friend was the Chairman of the Art Department and I was sitting in his Graphic Arts class – last row, second seat.  Leon says,’ DO YOU KNOW WHO SAT IN YOUR SEAT? ‘  I said, ‘No.’  Friend said, ‘Alex Steinweiss’.  This was like mentioning God!    Alex Steinweiss was in one of the early graduating classes at Lincoln.  After graduating from Parsons School of Design, he worked for Columbia Records. Steinweiss convinced his employers to change their marketing strategy to sell their long playing records.  Instead of wrapping the records in brown paper, they should create a book with the record inside.  Each book would have artwork on its cover.  Alex Steinweiss was responsible for the entire industry of record albums cover designs!

 

During my senior year, I prepared a portfolio and sent it out to various groups, including the School Art League.  It is now May, 1952.  Mr. Friend comes into class and asks who we think should be the happiest person in the room today.  And then he says, ‘Norman, it’s you!  You just won the scholarship to Parsons School of Design! ‘ I’m thinking that I’m following in the steps of Alex Steinweiss!

 

In those days, we didn’t have cell phones.  You couldn’t even go down to the office to call your mother!    When I finally got home and shared my good news, my mother thought it was very nice.  Then we waited until my father came home to tell him.  I had already been accepted to tuition-free Brooklyn College.    What to do…  My father, a practical man, didn’t want Norman to accept the scholarship.  (What if it wasn’t renewed after a year – they couldn’t afford tuition; what about the cost of supplies; they also wanted to send his brother to college in just more three years).

 

"Beyond Nightfall"

“Beyond Nightfall”

Norman had to go back to school and tell Mr. Friend the news. This dedicated teacher stayed until 7 pm the next evening to meet with Norman’s father in an attempt to convince him, even offering an extra $100. from the “Art Squad” to help defray costs. The answer was the same.  A product of the Depression, Norman’s father understood the need to be pragmatic. Norman would go to college, become a teacher and get a job.

 

That summer I didn’t have a job. I walked from Brighton Beach, where we lived and roamed the streets of Manhattan Beach.  It was an upper class community with street names in alphabetical order.  I would look at all of the nice houses, telling myself that I was going to Brooklyn College.  I psyched myself up about meeting new people and having new experiences.

 

TRR:  Norman graduated from Brooklyn College and went back to his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School to student teach.

 

"Sabbath Bride"

“Sabbath Bride”

 

In May, 1956, I am being supervised by my teacher from Brooklyn College.  I’m teaching an art class that I’ve been working with since February.  Everything is going well – the timing is perfect, the results are terrific. The bell rings and everyone leaves, but this one 15 year old perky blond student walks up the aisle to speak with me.  I’m expecting this great question about the art lesson and she says to me,’ Mr. Berman, do you  use Old Spice aftershave lotion?’   Yes, I do! (Her name was Susan Slater).

 

Susan Slater ended up dating my brother.  She had an aunt who lived in East New York in a two-family building that was owned by Ethel’s sister. She thought it would be nice to fix up Norman with Ethel…  In September , 1960, she set up Norman on a blind date with Ethel.  The rest is history!  As Norman points out, if he had gone to Parsons, he would not have ended up student teaching and being introduced to his “beshert”, Ethel.  Our first date was on Ethel’s birthday. We were married for 52 years.

 

 

"Blue Totem"

“Blue Totem”

After graduation with my BA and Ma from Brooklyn College, I taught Junior High and moved on to High School.  I concentrated on teaching painting as part of the curriculum, along with art history and color theory. From my own experiences, I encouraged my students to learn and research their subjects.  Research is an essential part of any good piece of artwork!   My favorite part of the curriculum was teaching painting.  I was privileged to have a number of students from the “Art Talent Classes”.  These were students who took art classes five days a week and showed promise.  I continued teaching and eventually became a supervisor (Assistant Principal) .  I taught in a few different schools and  in 1983 was awarded the ‘Art Educator Award’ from the New York City Art Teacher’s Association/UFT in recognition of my outstanding service and commitment to art education.  I also held the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Queensborough College where I taught painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, advertising design and art history.  I finally retired in January, 1991.

 

"Our Father, Our King: Aveenu Malkainu"

“Our Father, Our King: Aveenu Malkainu”

 

TRR:  Tell us more about your own artwork.  On your website, you differentiate between two different types of art.  One is the “Prayer Shawl Series” and then “the rest”.

NB:

 

Somewhere, there is a interrelationship.  Some of my larger paintings incorporate Hebrew words from Jewish prayers.  The ‘Lecha Dodi’ piece that is on the Armory Art Center invitation, is from the prayer service which welcomes the Sabbath.  It refers to the oncoming Sabbath as a bride.  In my living room, is a powerful piece of bright yellow hues titled ‘Aveenu Malkeinu’ (Our Father, Our King”, which comes from the High Holy Day liturgy.   I created the ‘Prayer Shawl (‘Tallis’) Series’, one for each year’s Jewish New Year’s card for my family.

 

"Miinyan"

“Minyan”

During my studies at Brooklyn College, three or four faculty members really influenced me: Jimmy Ernst (son of Max), Carl Robert Holty ( a disciple of Mondrian), and Harry Holtzman.  Stylistically, Jimmy showed me how calligraphy and linear work can influence a piece of artwork; how to allow just enough, without overpowering the piece.  Holty taught me to take Mondrian’s rectangles and squares and change their edges from white to various tints and shades of color, allowing work to “float” in one plane over the other.  He helped me capture my creative imagination through color relationships.  Holty subscribed to Hans Hoffman’s theory of “Push and Pull”.  Holtzman, who never taught studio, explained the theory of modern art, abstract theory and how to analyze what the creative process was all about.  He was one of the people who managed to help Mondrian get into this country.  The faculty of Brooklyn College in the 50’s and 60’s were influential artists, bringing new ideas and changes to the art world. They were the top names in the Abstract Expressionist Movement.   Having Mark Rothko as a teacher, certainly influenced me.  I subscribe to the Abstract Art Movement’s credo “The act of painting is more important than the product.  As Mark Rothko says, “My paintings are made to engulf you.”

 

"Lake of The Snow Moon"

“Lake of The Snow Moon”

At the same time as I was teaching, I was also creating and showing my own work.  I believe strongly that to be able to teach art, you must be involved in the creative process yourself!  You have to live through the agony of that blank canvas and the ecstasy of a finished piece of art.   

 

TRR:  Does your art tell a story?

NB:

 

Good question!    Usually, my art does not tell a story.   It suggests to the observer a set of images. My piece, ‘Lake of Snow Moon’ is unusual in that aspect, for me.  I normally don’t create narrative pieces of work like that.  When we lived in Queens, it was very different for people like my neighbor, Murray Tinkleman, who had to produce a spot drawing for ‘Field & Stream’ of a sailfish.  As an illustrator, he had to complete a considerable amount of research.  What does a kid from Brooklyn know about a sailfish?  Murray became Chairman of the Illustration Department at Parsons School of Design and then went on to Syracuse University.  The toughest part of being an abstract painter is when people ask me , ‘well, what is that supposed to be?’  If my response is that I cannot tell them and they have to determine for themselves, it sounds dismissive.  I don’t want to be that way.  If the spectator is not willing to engage and think and wonder ‘what does that look like?’, I cannot establish that for them.

 

I like the subtlety of color relationships and that shows in a majority of my work.  Even after graduation from Brooklyn College, I would go to Carl Holty’s  studio and show him my work and talk about these theories.  Then I started to show my work in galleries in Greenwich Village, eventually moving to galleries uptown.

 

 

"Tekiyah"

“Tekiyah”

TRR:  What is your favorite part of being an artist?

NB:

 

When the piece is ready to sign!   I have exhibited widely in the New York metropolitan area and my work appears in numerous private collections across the country.  The Queensborough Community College Gallery has my work in its permanent collection.  My work has been displayed in libraries around Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York as well as the Polish Consulate in Manhattan, the GE Gallery in Schenectady, NY and the SONY Gallery in New York City.

 

"Slowly Comes The Night"

“Slowly Comes The Night”

 

TRR:  What  tips would you give beginning artists?

NB:

 

Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!  Your images will grow and your style will change.  That is OK.  For me, selling my work is a secondary thought.  I love what I do.  But, at the same time, don’t be afraid to market yourself.  I know this is difficult because one is fearful thinking about it.  Most artists aren’t trained to sell their work.

 

 

"Eclipse 2009"

“Eclipse 2009”

TRR:  Can you take us through the process of a painting?

NB:

 

When we relocated to Florida, I moved away from working with oils.  Fundamentally, I now use watercolor.  I start out with a blank sheet of paper.  I add floating colors next.  After that, I bring in wide calligraphic lines, getting thinner and thinner to create an intricate ‘lace-like’ network. The final effort is to come up with a title.  When I reread two of my favorite books, “My Name is Asher Lev” and “The Gift of Asher Lev”  by Chaim Potok, while I was not as prolific as Asher Lev, I had many of the same experiences as he did, growing up in Brooklyn.

 

I rarely work from sketches or small studies.  I put up a piece of illustration board, watercolor paper or canvas ( when I worked in oils). I don’t buy this notion that art is for self-enjoyment. Art is a challenge to let your mind and brain create images through your hand that I find pleasing, interesting and challenging.  The one thing  about the 1950’s and 1960’s about theories in art  in colleges was that the act of painting was more important than the product.  If you finish the product and you like it, sign and you’re done.  Fine.   If you finish a product that you don’t like, it is also fine to rip it up and throw it away.   In fact, in Mark Rothko’s class, he would have you create a piece of art, then tear it up and reconstruct it!

 

 

 

"Scylla and Charybdis"

“Scylla and Charybdis”

 

I have never created collage with my artwork.  When I am finished with a painting, I sign it and that’s it!  That’s not a “beshert” moment.  It is an “Aha” moment.   When you look at your piece and know that it is enough, you are done.    If you’re not sure, stop painting and turn the piece facing the wall.  Turn it around and look at it in another 6 weeks.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  My best best and most instant critic was Ethel…

 

TRR:  Norman is a visionary.  With all the hullaballoo about recycling and using “found objects” to make art in our current times, Norman and colleague Andrew Pinto co-wrote  “Art from Clutter” in 1976.  Why then?

NB:

 

We did all of the work ourselves.  We wrote it, made the objects and even took the photographs!   Robert Rauschenberg was beginning to explore these things, in the  early Pop Art Movement.  He used non-traditional materials and objects in innovative combinations. I  see it as an extension of the Abstract Expressionism Movement, expanding into another direction.  The book was to be the first in a series of using “found objects” to make collage, frottage ( rubbings) and assemblage.  We went to great lengths to get permission to use historic images and information as part of the book’s literature.  (Museum of Primitive Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA).  It was exciting when we took our kids to Washington, DC to the Library of Congress and found it in the card catalogue!  The owner of the publishing company unfortunately passed away and the company dissolved, so no further books were written in the series.

 

"Neilah"

“Neilah”

 

 

TRR:  How do you recharge your creativity?

BN:

 

I love photography.  If I am not doing that, I try to spend time at my easel every day.  I tend to like working on only one piece at a time.  I like the continuity from day to day, as my layers build up.

 

"Job"

“Job”

TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

NB:

 

I do have a physical limitation, which prevents me from working on large canvases, which I used to do in oils and in acrylics. I was diagnosed with ‘brittle bone disease’ (osteogenesis imperfecta). Because of my disability, I limit myself to working on full sheet or a double elephant size Arches’ Bright White 300 lb. Cold Press paper or 140 lb. Arches Bright White paper.  In reading a research paper about OI, it stated that those with the disease tend to be very optimistic people, with strong motivations.  We get up.  We do.  We are positive.  I hope more people find out about the OI Foundation.wwwOIF.org   My granddaughter, Mira, uses art as an outlet because she cannot run around like other kids, due to this brittle bone issue.

 

Norman at his Easel

Norman at his easel

 

In 2012, Norman served as Coordinator for the Artists of Palm Beach County’s exhibit at the Armory Art Center.  He had no idea how complex this administrative job would become.  He comments, “Being an educator gives you a multiplicity of skills”.  Two Armory Art Center Faculty members judged the show. I met Talya Lerman and established a relationship with the Armory Art Center.

 

Norman has dedicated this exhibit to his late wife and life-partner, Ethel.  He will show 20-25 pieces at the Armory Art Center.  “Awe and Reverence”  will show some of his abstract paintings as well a images of the journey through his Jewish heritage.  The “Awe” bridges the gap between some of the abstractions and the reverential images of Berman’s heritage.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, please visit   www.armoryart.org  or contact Norman Berman : www.normanberman.com

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291