David Patchen, World Renowned Glassblower Comes To Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts January 16 -18. Public Is Invited To Meet The Artist Dinner, Glass Blowing Demo And Family Event

World renowned glassblower, David Patchen, is coming to Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts from January 16 -18. The public is invited to a Meet The Artist Dinner (Thursday, January 16), a Glass Blowing Demo with live music and refreshments (Friday, January 17), and a free Family Day (Saturday, January 18).  Benzaiten, located in Lake Worth, brings our area gifted visionary artists, and this weekend starts 2020 by setting the bar high!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Make Your Reservations for the Dinner to hold a space!  





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1105 2nd Avenue  S.    Lake Worth, FL

 561-508-7315      www.benzaitencenter.org     Email: aholmes@benzaitencenter.org

Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 5PM



Glass Creation by David Patchen






World Renowned Glassblower


January 16, 17, 18, 2020




David Patchen at work






Thursday, January 16, 2020

6 – 9 PM


An elegant sit-down dinner limited to 40 people is set up in Benzaiten’s beautiful gallery. David will give a talk about his work, his technique and what inspires him ending with an Interactive question and answer session.   $100 per person



Glass creation by David Patchen




Friday, January 17, 2020

6  – 10 PM

David will demonstrate the difficult and complicated techniques of blowing with murinies over a period of four hours accompanied by a live band with heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. Only $15 at the door




Glass creation by David Patchen




Saturday, January 18, 2020

2  – 5 PM

David will demo for 3 hours




For two decades David’s creative energies primarily found an outlet in music, but a blowpipe and furnace have firmly replaced his guitar and amp. A former corporate marketing professional, a glassblowing class in 2001 ignited such a passion that he transitioned his professional career from the software world to full-time glass artist.

David has been guest artist at the Corning Museum of Glass and studied at the Pilchuck Glass School. In 2010, David was selected as Artist in Residence in Seto City, Japan, spending a month lecturing and demonstrating his work. Primarily self-taught, David grew his skills through experimentation informed by observing talented local artists and a few visits with Afro Celotto, former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra from Murano, Italy. David has received awards for his work including an artistic merit scholarship for a class at Pilchuck. His book, David Patchen Glass, is in the permanent collection of the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Frondazione Giorgio Cini, Entro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice , Italy.

David is actively involved in the glass arts community as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Public Glass (San Francisco’s center for glass art), member of the Pilchuck Leadership Council and former member of the Board of Directors, Glass Alliance of Northern California. David maintains a private studio within Public Glass where he creates his work. He enjoys and finds inspiration in international travel, the marine environment, science, nature and architecture.


David’s work is known for its intense colors, intricate detail and meticulous craftsmanship, is in numerous private collections, museums and is exhibited internationally. Born and raised in New York, David Patchen now resided in San Francisco.





It will take you the wrong way.

Instead, follow these easy directions:
Exit I-95 at 6th Ave. South and go East.
Take a Left at South F Street (at the Kwik Stop Store)
Take a Right on 3rd Ave. South to our Large Parking Lot
Enter in Rear of Building



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Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts
Lake Worth, Florida






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Improve Your Photography With Lou Jawitz At Jonathan Dickinson State Park Class, Open To The Public

Lou Jawitz began his life-long love affair with photography while in the US Navy. Back in civilian life, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, while working with and assisting commercial photographers. He quickly advanced his own career shooting high profile campaigns for top tier advertising agencies, Fortune 500 clients, as well as travel and editorial assignments for internationally recognized corporations and publications. Jawitz will offer a one day class, “Improve Your Photography” on January 6th at the Kimbell Education Center located in Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from this internationally award-winning photographer.  Learn how to make better travel, landscape and nature photos! Develop your own style!





Jonathan Dickinson State Park View of Hobe Mountain



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“Bird,mating Call”  Wakodahatchee Wetlands by Louis Jawitz



Lou Jawitz’s assignments and travels gave him great opportunities to shoot his personal work, primarily fine-art, nature and scenic images. Jawitz’s extensive photographic career, created while working out of his iconic New York City studio, included advertising work for many notable clients including Grey Advertising, Young and Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, Nikon, RCA Records, Pfizer, GM, Subaru, and American Airlines.


Grand Central Station, NYC by Louis Jawitz


His editorial and assignment work has appeared in numerous magazines and publications including Nikon World, Popular Mechanics, Shutterbug, and Popular Photography+ Imaging. Lou’s personal work has been exhibited in numerous New York galleries including the Nikon Gallery at Rockefeller Center and the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Most recently, Jawitz’s work was shown in Florida at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Port St. Lucie Civic Center Art Gallery, Lake Worth Art League, Jonathan Dickenson State Park: ‘Floral Fusion 2016’, and the Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Close-Up, Bee by Louis Jawitz


Jawitz’ work is in the permanent collections at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center and the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Eager to share his love and knowledge of photography, Jawitz was an Adjunct Professor at Sullivan County Community College, and he continues to teach photography workshops to individuals and small groups both in Port St. Lucie and at his Neversink Photo Workshops in New York’s Catskill Mountains. This award-winning photographer moved to Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie and enjoys photographing the beautiful locales he’s exploring and discovering on the Treasure Coast, and he continues to lecture and show his work in his new home state. 


“Sky and Flower”, Jonathan Dickinson State Park by Louis Jawitz





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