Celebrate With 5th Annual Plein Fun Fest In Delray Beach From January 31 Through February 2. Discover New Plein Air Artists And Fabulous Locations To Paint.

Plein Fun Fest is celebrating its 5th year in Delray Beach. This “Hidden Gem” features great artists who live and work in Palm Beach and Broward counties.  Come watch juried artists paint on the streets of fabulous, action-packed Delray Beach on January 31-February 2, 2020. Last year Plein Fun Fest raised over $5,000 at the silent auction and more than $8,000 for the week. The mission of Plein Fun Fest is to be a regional art event to support artists of South Florida.  The competition is sponsored jointly by Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB) and Old School Square.  The events are free and open to the public, as viewers find themselves immersed in the sights, sounds, and even smells of these artists’ world.  Artwork will be for sale, so mark your calendars!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday,  January 31

Saturday, February  1

&

Sunday, February 2

Old School Square

51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 3344

 

Carolyn Covert (Photo Courtesy of Donna Walsh)

 

 

 

 

The first plein air paint-out and critique is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2020. Painters will work from 9:00 am to noon with a luncheon and critique to follow.

 

 

 

On Saturday, February 1, the public can wander around the streets of Delray any time between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to see more than 50 artists capturing the hidden gem that is Delray Beach. Our artists love to have an audience and will be happy to share what they are doing with you. 

 

 

The paintings from Plein Fun Fest 2020 will be featured in a silent auction beginning on Friday night January 31 at 6:30 pm and all-day Saturday until 4:00 pm at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Last year Plein Fun Fest raised over $5,000 at the silent auction and more than $8,000 for the week. 

 

 

The Plein Fun Fest competition is sponsored jointly by Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB) and Old School Square. “The aim of Plein Fun Fest is to be a regional art event to support artists of South Florida. We want to have something that reflects our group and we want to be local. We are not interested in competing with the national plein air competition events,” says publicity chair, Donna Walsh. 

 

 

 

Pati Maguire (Photo Courtesy of Jeff Winters)

 

 

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Barry (Photo Courtesy of  Donna Walsh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information, contact Ruth Weiss, ruthweissart@yahoo.com

Website: http://pleinairpalmbeach.com

 

 

 

 

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Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach County!

Plein Air Artists can be spotted in Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild. However, the people of Palm Beach will soon have an opportunity to see plein air artists all together and with a magnificent display of their paintings. The Rickie Report shares the details about the  Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet and Greet

 

The Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach

County

Saturday, May 10th

2:00 – 4:00 pm

 

601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.471.2901

www.palmbeachculture.com

 

This exhibit continues through June 7th, 2014

 

 

Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday, May 10th at 2-4 PM  Plein Air Artists can be spotted occasionally in and around Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild!

 

A rare opportunity to Meet and Greet the Artists will be held on Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach on 601 Lake Ave in Lake Worth in the main exhibit hall where Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air is on exhibit. While the exhibit runs from April 11th -June 7th, 2014 and can be seen during regular hours of the Cultural Council; Tuesday  -Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, several of the artists participating in this exhibit will be at the Meet and Greet.

 

 

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County exhibit

At the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:”Art Outside the Walls: En Plein Air Exhibit”

 

 

Plein Air painting has become a ‘big deal’ in the art world over the last few years. En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and to the Impressionists. Since the advent of social media in the last decade, there has been a resurgence of plein air painting groups.

 

 

South Florida, through the Palm Beach Plein Air Artists Society has been active and involved in this delightful approach to painting, a legacy of the Impressionists.

 

donnaPAPB-Artists

Plein Air Palm Beach Website and Artists

 

This exhibit showcases the artwork of the group co-founded by Donna Walsh & Ralph Papa, Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB). The exhibit is a joint project with the Cultural Council and Plein Air Palm Beach exhibiting the work of local area and visiting artists of all the beautiful and favored places to paint in Palm Beach County. Plein Air Palm Beach Artists painted out in the ten, different locations over the course of 10 weeks, a different location every week between December and February.

 

Donna

Opening Night: Donna Walsh and her busband John Warren with Debbie Calabria, Membership and Special Events Manager at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Sometimes the weather did not cooperate, but that did not stop the hard core artists. If you attend this Meet and Greet you will get to hear all the behind the scene stories of the artwork on exhibit and there are many great stories. During the course of this project over 80 different artists participated and well over 200 paintings were produced.

 

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout Palm Beach County

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach began as two separate meetup groups for plein air painting. One of our contributing artists, Mary Mirarito, described her joy in finding fellow plein air painters by saying, “When I moved here and found the meetup site for Plein Air Palm Beach, I felt like I joined an art dating site and found the love of my life.”  In the spring of 2013, Ralph and Donna decided to merge the groups. Later, with help of key participants, the meetup group was formalized to become Palm Beach Plein Air.

 

 

 

On April 22, 2014 at a meeting at Delray Center for the Arts, they signed the incorporation papers to file Plein Air Palm Beach, Inc. as a not for profit corporation of Florida.

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach is for art lovers and artists at all levels who love plein air painting in and around Palm Beach County and the surrounding South Florida vicinity. The group was organized to bring artists together to paint the land, sea and cityscapes in beautiful south Florida. Plein Air Palm Beach welcomes resident artists and visiting artists at all levels to come out with us to paint and document today’s landscapes that contribute to tomorrow’s history.

 

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

 

To find out more about us, see their website at http://www.pleinairpalmbeach.com/ or checkout their meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/palmbeachartists/, where the paintouts are scheduled. If you have never painted outside, it can be a bit intimidating, but it is an enormous amount of fun when you go with a compatible group. As Donna Walsh put it, “Once people paint with us, they can’t wait to come back. We plan going to many places in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties and have a lot of fun.”

 

 

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

 

Palm Beach Plein Air Artist’s mission is to foster the education, participation, appreciation and exhibition opportunities for plein air painters in Palm Beach County. They welcome support and sponsorship from the cultural community to enhance their mission.

 

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

How the Right Frame and Matting Enhance Artwork

The Rickie Report is a big fan of making sure each piece of artwork is framed and matted in a way that enhances the artwork we fell in love with in the first place.  In fact, before moving to FL, there were times that you would find me in a local frame shop behind the counter, changing out mats and frame corners as if I were in my own little world.  Maggie Milstead, in Delray Beach is a master framer who takes the same care as I would.  Check out her selection and her SALE!!

 

Now is a good time to check the pieces of artwork you have already had framed.  Make sure the matting has not yellowed or dropped within the frame itself.  Use acid free matting to protect the longevity of your favorite picture or curio. Remember that three dimensional items can be framed to make an exquisite statement and be protected from the elements at the same time.  And if you have been meaning to change the frame that you never really liked, this is a good time to do it!

Frame corner samples

Maggie has worked in the Boca Raton area since 1980. ” I had a frame shop / gallery in downtown Boca from 1980-1992, then converted my garage & moved shop home while raising twin girls. I worked with So. Florida Art Services through the 90’s who did all the framing for The Gallery Center, The Boca Museum of Art, and Flagler Museum in Palm Beach,” Maggie tells us. “Since 2001 I’ve been the framer for Cacace Fine Art. Sometimes people like to meet there to choose framing, which is fine, however my shop in Boca is even better since I keep all materials there”.

She comes highly recommended from artists themselves.  While Maggie has been framing primarily for artists Vincent Cacace, James Kerr, Valerie Vescovi, Jean Hutchinson, Genia Howard, Pati Maguire, Melissa Pope-Scott, Jerry Glickman and Pat Boldizar. And just as we would want to be cared for by a diploma certified physician, all consumers should be aware that the Professional Picture Framers Association certifies qualifications in that field.  Maggie is a CPF (certified picture framer).

Dramatically framed painting in Cacace Gallery

 

 

The Rickie Report would like to note that too often, artists are thrifty when it comes to investing in framing their pieces.  If a client likes their artwork but not the frame, issues can arise.  While it is easier to leave the frame choice to the client after the piece has been sold, art looks finished and is given a more polished presentation when it is framed.

 

 

 

We love to have choices, don’t we?  For us it is a matter of not only seeing a frame corner or a mat sample. We urge you to try several combinations of different mats and frames before choosing.  In the accompanying photo, you can see that Maggie does the same thing. What does a double mat vs. a single mat do for the picture?  Does the mat color draw your eye into the picture or do you only notice the frame? While you may have thought this particular piece might hang well in a hallway, if you change your mind ( and we hope you move your art pieces around much like any museum or gallery does), you no longer want to have matting that “matches” that wallpaper.  Because there are so many little decisions , it is reassuring to have a professional to rely on for suggestions.

 

Notice the number of choices Maggie is testing as she measures for the matting

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s standard discount to artists of 25% of 1-3 pieces; 30% off 4-6 pieces; 35% off 7-9 pieces and 40% off 10 or more pieces framed with the same materials.  She even allows you to combine with friends so you can get the best deal!  Maggie also picks up and delivers and offers hanging and consultation services.  You can call or email her with questions and she will gladly give you an estimate for your framing needs.  Maggie Walker Milstead, CPF can be reached at:  561-716-7709 or magframer@aol.com

 

 

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