Spring Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart April 23 & 24, 2016

Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes back its popular Spring Craft Fair April 23 – 24, 2016. This two-day juried event takes place along Osceola Street and showcases the work of the most skilled crafters in the country. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore the exhibits. A wide array of original handmade crafts as well as unique gift items, featuring diverse media and styles, will be on display and for sale.  A Green Market will offer orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the Festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report features Debbie Johnson (Clay) and Carole Onorato (Mixed Media Jewelry).

 

 

 

 

 

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19th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 23

Sunday, April 24

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart
Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson – Clay

Ceramic Fairy Garden Accessories and Gift Items

 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdgewaterShop/
https://theedgewatershop.wordpress.com/about/

 

 

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Miniature Garden by Debbie Johnson 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson is an illustrator, clay artist and garden enthusiast. While growing up and living in Michigan, she was an avid gardener with two and a half acres to play with. She tells us, “When we moved to our tropical paradise I discovered a new world of gardening. Most of what I knew from my Michigan gardening adventures really did not apply here, so I began learning a little bit about bonsai and miniature gardening”.

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson 

“In 2015 my daughter inherited a kiln but it did not fit in her place and so it lives in my home studio. With a kiln here I wanted to play with clay and began making Fairy Garden Houses and Accessories. I love miniatures, doll house items, and fairy gardens! Fairy gardening is a great way to garden on a small scale. I try to design fairy garden accessories that are unique and beautiful. The items I make are safe for older children, so you can create a garden with them and allow their imaginations to soar”!

 

 

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson

 

 

“Fairy gardening is not just for children! Most of my customers love gardening but can’t garden on a large scale for many reasons. Miniature and fairy gardening is satisfying and fun and I love to create items that are sturdy and lovely. They make great and one-of-a-kind gifts for gardeners!  Each piece is handcrafted from high-fire stoneware clay, then glazed with lead-free earthy colors. No two pieces are alike. They are made with love and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them”.

 

 

Carole Onorato – Mixed Media Jewelry

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry

http://www.prettywiredupjewelry.com/pb/wp_9a27720a/wp_9a27720a.html

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

 

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry is the premier choice for handcrafted jewelry. Designer Carole Onorato creates stunning masterpieces for an exclusive selection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings. Exquisite attention to hand sculptured details gives each piece a distinct and unique style. Most pieces are one of a kind. You can be assured of a fine selection and guaranteed quality when purchasing Pretty Wired Up Jewelry.

 

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

Carole uses many gauges and types of wire, depending on the piece, sterling silver, 14K gold filled wire, electroplated brass or copper, aluminum and more.  Some of the semi-precious stones she uses include hand painted jasper, unakite, tree agate, howlite, onyx, leopard jasper, hematite, rhondite, African jade, crazy lace agate, tigereye, snowflake obsidian, sunstone and others. Other materials may include Carole’s own handcrafted fused glass, tiles, metal and glass beads, natural stones, cubic zirconia, fabric and acrylic stones.

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

Carole custom designs jewelry to match your wardrobe. With sample colors, she can design the perfect accent piece. Remember Pretty Wired Up Jewelry for your cruise wear or other special occasion outfits. She can solve your problem of searching for the matching jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 FOR  MORE  DETAILS:

 

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/stuart-craft-fair/crafter

https://www.facebook.com/events/448275288609438/

 

Handmade Affordable Crafts –

Diverse Media & Styles –

Unique Gift Items –

Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

 

For additional information on the 19th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Friends Of Loxahatchee Invite You To Plein Air Exhibit At Visitor Center And Call For Photo Contest

The Friends of Loxahatchee continue to show the many sides of this National Wildlife Refuge that is right in our own backyard.  The Plein Air Palm Beach Artists hosted a paint-out at Loxahatchee and are exhibiting 33 paintings until April 14th at the Visitor’s Center.  Beginning on May 1st, the Exhibit will focus on Photography at Loxahatchee. The Rickie Report shares the details of the Plein Air Exhibit, the Photography Contest and Exhibit at this National treasure, to which everyone is invited. 

 

 

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Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall

Loxahatchee

National Wildlife Refuge

Invite You:

 

Plein Air Paintings:  

Now through April 14, 2016

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Photography Exhibit: 

Opening Reception/Awards

Sunday, May 1, 2016

1 PM

Wine and cheese reception to follow

 

The Visitor Center

Open daily 9-4

The Loxahatchee NWR is at 10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach 33473

The main entrance and Visitor Center are located at:

10216 Lee Road      Boynton Beach, FL 33473

 

 

Main entrance: 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Blvd, West off US 441/SR7

Plein Air at Loxahatchee

 

 

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Organized by Ralph Papa, Donna Walsh and Plein Air Palm Beach Artists

 

 

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The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades.

 

 

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It provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator.

 

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It is 143,954 acres of northern Everglades and cypress swamp, protecting the integrity of the remaining Everglades ecosystem.

 

 

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“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas

 

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PHOTO CONTEST

 

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

 

 Photo contest coordinator is Cathy Patterson, and photo judge panel from the Everglades Photo Society.

For additional information AND MODEL RELEASE FORM

please visit

http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

Deadline: Entries will be accepted from Saturday, January 9, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Rules: Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

  • ß  The contest is open to all photographers except members of the Everglades Photographic Society.
  • ß  All entries must be taken within boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR), StormwaterTreatment Area 1 (STA-1W and STA-1E), Wellington Environmental Park, Strazzulla Tract Wetlands, and Water Conservation Area 2(WCA 2A and WCA 2B).
  • ß  Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.  No more than 2 submissions per photographer.
  • ß  Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the LNWR to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
  • ß  Photos that have won awards in previous LNWR photo contests may not be resubmitted. Photos that have been published or sold may not be submitted.
  • ß  Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release. More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/
  • ß  Submissions must be digital, and they must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Photos that were taken with a film camera must be scanned in and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Digital support is available if needed by contacting the EvergladesPhotographic Society at loxcontest@evergladesphotosociety.org
  • ß  High-resolution JPEG images, measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side, may be copied on as many CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives as needed. These will be the images used for final judging and publication/exhibition. If you prefer, you may simply submit the original JPEG image as taken by the camera.
  • ß  Each image must be labeled with your first and last name, image title, and category it is to enter. For example: FirstLast-Title-Category.jpg. If you know the common name of the species photographed, please include it in your title.
  • ß  Each CD, DVD, or USB flash drive must bear the photographer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. Media used to submit entries will not be returned.All photographs, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable, except for Artistic: composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way.1 People may be included in photos in all categories except Avian, Fauna, and Flora.

Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
ß Avian – Birds in their natural habitat.

ß Fauna – Animals (other than Birds) in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.

ß Flora – Plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.

ß Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.

ß Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).

ß Youth – Any entry of up to 5 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.

Entry Fee: A check or money order in the amount of $20 (US) must be included with your entry and made out to Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge. Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge members and Refuge Staff may enter the contest for $10 (US). Participants in the youth category may enter the contest for free.

Entry Form: Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form with ALL information clearly filled out.

Submission: Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center at:

Prizes: If there are less than ten entries in any category, the judges may choose not to award prizes in that category. One grand prize of $150 (US) will be awarded. Awards for each category:

ß 1st Place – $75 ß 2nd Place – $50 ß 3rd Place – $25

Winning images may be cropped to 8×10 or other sizes for exhibition at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues.

1 As stated by the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, with small modifications.

Loxahatchee Photo Contest
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473-4797

Name:
Address:
City:
Telephone:
Entry Information:

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

Contest Entry Form

State:

E-mail:

Zip:

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Category

Title or Species Name

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Categories: Artistic, Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Youth

 

 

I am a Friends Member, Refuge Volunteer, or Refuge Staff Member (Entry Fee $10)

I am entering in the Youth (Under 18) category (FREE)

None of the above (Entry Fee $20)

 

Entering the 2016 contest grants the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the right to reproduce, modify, publish, and publicly display the submitted photographs in print or electronic form for educational and promotional purposes without compensation and without notice to the photographer. The submitted photographs will become the property of the Refuge. All other rights to these images will be retained by the photographer. Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release.

 

 

More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

 

 

Entries will be accepted at the Refuge Visitor Center on Lee Road between January 9, 2016 and April 17, 2016. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than April 16, 2016. Please note: The contest ends on a Sunday.

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that all photo entries were produced by me. Signature: Date:

For additional information please visit http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following:

I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name  __________________

Signature _________________________

Date _______________

ABOUT LOXAHATCHEE:

 

The Refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Automobile……..$5.00
Pedestrian …….. $1.00
Several kinds of entrance passes can be purchased for those who frequently visit National Wildlife Refuges and other federal recreational fee areas.
An annual pass to this Refuge can be purchased for $12.

No pets or camping are allowed on the Refuge.

Contact Information

Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge
P.O. Box 6777
Delray Beach, FL 33482-6777
Email Us – info@loxahatcheefriends.com
Visitor Center, Gift Shop, General Information:
Tel: (561) 734-8303

 

 

 

 

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

Fall Craft Festival Returns To Downtown Delray Beach October 3rd & 4th In Support Of Breast Cancer Research

The 21st Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival takes place on October 3rd and 4th. Over 100 leading crafters from throughout the U.S. will be selling their finest work including original handmade crafts, functional art and affordable gift items. The artistic media include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. Proceeds from the sale of “Pinktober” items will benefit the world-renowned Shula Moffitt Cancer Center.  The Rickie Report shares the details, including photos of Jodi Crespi (accessories), Finny Lazarus (fine jewelry), Inna Schoeler (fiber), John Nikas (leather bags) and Lai Price (plants).

 

 

21st Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

Saturday, October 3rd

&

Sunday, October 4th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

(Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, one block north and south of Atlantic Avenue)

 

Navigation Address:

330 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

Support the Arts, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority & the Local Economy

 

Free and open to the public

 

All HAE and ACE events in October are part of the “Pinktober” campaign benefiting The Shula Fund at Moffit Cancer Center

 

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Original Crafts – Functional Art – Unique Affordable Gift Items – Breast Cancer Inspired Artwork

 

 

 

 

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Jodi Crespi – Breast cancer belt for “Pinktober”
http://www.pjarttags.com

 

 

 

Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors will once again partner with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. This not-for-profit hospital and cancer research facility has made a lasting commitment to the prevention and cure of cancer, working tirelessly in the areas of patient care, research and education to advance the fight against this disease. Proceeds from the sale of breast cancer awareness artwork will be donated to Moffitt.

 

 

 

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Finny Lazarus – special necklace for “Pinktober”
http://blog.artfestival.com/2012/12/finnys-jewel-house/

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival

 

A vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass.

 

In order to ensure a superior event with quality affordable original crafts and an array of artistic media, all of the local and national crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors.

 

 

Inna Schoeler – FIBER

 

 

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Wearable Art by Inna Schoeler

 

Inna Schoeler creates unique handmade luxury knitwear and accessories. Her innovative approach updates the traditional techniques of knitting, crochet and weaving, while blending the finest yarns together to create distinctive twenty-first century clothing.

 

 

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http://www.foxxychique.com

 

You can purchase Foxxy Chique wearables at art festivals nationwide as well as order custom designs tailored to your fashion taste. Inna’s creations are sold in boutiques and art galleries located in Charleston SC, Carmel-by-the-Sea CA, Hilton Head SC, Sarasota FL and Pensacola FL.

 

 

John Nikas – LEATHER

 

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Leather Messenger Bag by John Nikas

 

 

Nikas Leather Works is a one man leather shop dedicated to creativity, functionality, and the quality of handcrafted leather goods.  John Nikas creates his own leather designs. John starting working leather while in college, and supported himself for many years with various leather shops. After a career as a successful builder, John returned to leather work out of the pure pleasure he gets from designing and making leather goods.

 

 

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John Nikas – HANDBAGS
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NikasLeatherWorks
https://www.facebook.com/nikasleather/info?tab=page_info

 

 

 

John’s mission is to make unique leather goods that are as practical as they are beautiful.  He creates custom guitar straps, messenger bags/attache cases, handbags, plain and tooled belts, wallets, tablet cases, wrist cuffs, hair barrettes,matching dog collars & leashes, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Lai Price – PLANTS

 

 

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Lai Price – Plants
http://www.facebook.com/ModernLookSucculents

Lai Price offers nautical and seasonal contemporary flora designs with moss, coral, air plants, orchids, bonsai, succulents, drifted woods, seashells, in glass vessels at reasonable prices.

 

 

 

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Plants by Lai Price

 

 

American Craft Endeavors, producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring many art and craft festivals to Downtown Delray Beach each year including the city’s signature Festival of the Arts which takes place in January and the Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival in addition to many craft shows at various locations around town.

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

 

For additional information on the 21st Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

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

OSGS Presents Special Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibit

OSGS continues to stretch its wings and bring a wide variety of artwork to its walls.  The Rickie Report urges you not to miss the current exhibit of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work at this Northwood gallery.  Jimmy Lee’s paintings bring us back to a genre most would call Folk Art.  In fact, his work was prominent at the Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life.  His Alabama roots are intertwined with those of OSGS owners, Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz Smykla.  His message is universal.  Paint, create, celebrate life!  Here are the details and a sneak peek.

 

 

 

 

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OSGS

Presents Paintings by

Jimmy Lee Sudduth

 

500 Northwood Road    W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

TRR:

This Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibition is different from your previous ones.  Please tell our readers more about its significance.

OSGS:

We recently have had some conversations with a private art collector about a collaboration with OSGS.  The conversation went well enough that we’ve been offered three Jimmy Lee Sudduth paintings to exhibit here at OSGS. The name may not ring a bell (as there are many artists in the world) but he’s an artist that not only hits close to home for myself but also with the trending art market for ‘outsider art’, ‘folk art’, and ‘self-taught Southern artists’.  Jimmy Lee is no longer living as he passed away in 2007 (in his 90s). His connection with OSGS is that we have roots in Alabama and Jimmy Lee was born and raised in Fayette, Alabama which is where he spent his entire life.  Also, our exhibited pieces will not be for sale. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "Three Boys"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Three Boys”

 

 

TRR:

Art lovers will have an unexpected opportunity to see this historically significant artwork at OSGS.   Please share some of the highlights of Sudduth’s contributions to the art world

OSGS:

Jimmy Lee began collecting pigments from clay, earth, rocks and plants for use in his finger paintings. He used his fingers because “they never wore out.” His numerous works were typically executed on found surfaces such as plywood, doors and boards from demolished buildings. He experimented with mixing his pigments with various binders to make them adhere better, including sugar, soft drinks, instant coffee, and caulk.

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "African Princess"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “African Princess”

 

Notable Exhibitions:

1968 – Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL) *first exhibition
1971 – Kentuck Festival of the Arts (Northport, AL)
1976 – Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life
*Jimmy Lee played harmonica along with exhibition
1980 – The Today Show & 60 Minutes feature
1995 – Alabama Art Award
1995 – New Orleans Museum of Art (Artist In Residence)
2005 – Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, AL)
Current Collections:
Smithsonian Institution
High Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery
Birmingham Museum of Art
House of Blues

 

 

We will reference in writing some highlights and are providing a link to the Smithsonian’s website/collection of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work: http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=5874

 

 

TRR:

 Many people consider “recycling” and “up-cycling”  a recent phenomenon.  Clearly, this is not the case.

OSGS:

He was one of the early masters of southern self-taught art. Jimmy Lee painted with his finger which he called his brush. That ‘brush’ would never wear out and would die along with him. Although it is commonly believed that Sudduth’s early paintings were executed exclusively in mud and found pigments, such as motor oil or plant juices, in fact, his earliest known paintings contain large amounts of house paint. Anything he could find or get from his helpful neighbors right across the railroad tracks where he worked as a gardener to the Moore family. No one knew, but it was them who really supported Jimmy Lee. His next-door-neighbor, Jack Black, helped Jimmy Lee become the artist he is today through his love and commitment of Alabama art. As his fame grew, dealers advised Sudduth on ways to make his works more permanent and more colorful, and by the 1990s, no longer able to collect his own materials, he began using commercially-sold acrylic paints applied with sponge brushes onto wood panels prepared with a flat black ground.

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Lee Sudduth's, "The Barn"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s, “The Barn”

 

TRR:

We understand there is some personal history with Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

OSGS:

Jimmy Lee’s roots and path are all too familiar with both Jonathon and Evelyn’s experiences over the course of 30+ years living in the state of Alabama. Meeting, studying and being a part of Alabama’s fine arts provided first hand insight into the Southern vernacular of life, art and design while engaging in direct relationships with those that were rooted in rural Alabama. The OSGS family was schooled, lived and worked in Northport, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Auburn, and Montgomery, Alabama for around 20 years.

 

 

Jonathon shares, “I was six years old when my Mom was in graduate school at the University of Alabama and she took me to meet Jimmy Lee Sudduth at his home in Fayette, Alabama. I do recall the visit well and remember the home, the dirt roads and his paintings. For me, at that age, it was an experience that was solidified because of the deeply rooted rural Alabama area where he lived and his enthusiasm about his work and our interest in his work.  We are very excited about this opportunity to share art that reflects places and experiences we hold near our hearts”.

 

**some information gathered from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Wikipedia.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other art being shown at OSGS, please contact Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla at

OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

p: 561-833-2223

e: OSGSart@hotmail.com

www.OSGSart.com

 

Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

 

 

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561-537-0291

Global Call for Endangered Art Exhibit at Art Basel

What is “endangered”?  Ecosystems, animals, plants and the environment.  This is your opportunity to share your concern in the world of Art Basel – an International Art Fair in Miami.  The Rickie Report shared a Call to Artists last year, for Art Basel and the Endangered Art Show which benefits the Center for Great Apes.  The response was tremendous.  This year, we share this GLOBAL Call which has been expanded to Artwork, Photography and Wearable Art!  We urge everyone to respond and keep us posted so we can share your good news!  If your artwork does not relate to this subject and you know other artists who work does, please share this Call!

 

 

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES !

ENDANGERED ART FOR APES

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEARABLE ART

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3rd

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Please see full details at http://www.art4apes.com

 

 

 

 

Knuckles

Knuckles

 

 

Meet Knuckles:

My Character:  Special, Inspirational, Engaging

My Birthday: October 4, 1999

My Story

Knuckles arrived at the Center for Great Apes from a California entertainment compound when he was only two years old. He was believed to have been affected with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen during his birth. His challenges were motor and muscle control, a weakness on the left side, and a lazy eye that didn’t allow him to focus on things.

 

 

 

Most two-year-old chimpanzees swing around actively and climb to tall heights, but Knuckles could not climb and barely walked when he arrived. When he was placed somewhere, he would just sit there until someone moved him. Although he couldn’t easily feed himself, he would eat if someone fed him.

 

 

Early MRI tests and EEG scans suggested that he was not likely to advance much and would stay the same or get worse. However, Knuckles has made steady progress and our expectations for him are all good.

 

 

 

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Center for Great Apes Sanctuary

 

After years of help from several dedicated volunteers and staff… as well as therapy from occupational and physical therapists who donated their time to help Knuckles, he has learned to feed himself, climb up and down steps, and pull himself up on special swings to hang upside down and play. He walks wherever he wants to go and occasionally runs when playing games of chase with other chimpanzees. He is very aware and cognizant of activities around him, likes to play and be tickled, and is very affectionate.

 

 

From the time of his arrival, he was introduced to Grub’s group through the mesh while still an infant. Grub, Toddy, Kenya, Brooks, and Noelle seemed to know Knuckles was “special” and have always been gentle with him. He eventually began having play sessions one-on-one inside the habitat with each of these chimpanzees, and can now tolerate about an hour of play, grooming, and running before he is exhausted. Every day, Knuckles spends time with Grub’s group standing outside the habitat where they can see him and touch him. Grub and Noelle are especially good with Knuckles and spend sitting next to him frequently grooming him. When the little female chimpanzee Kodua arrived from Hollywood at age two, she was introduced to the then 5-year-old Knuckles, and she also became one of his frequent playmates.

 

 

Three-Story Chimp Habitat

Three-Story Chimp Habitat

 

Our goal has always been to get Knuckles to the point where he can have the companionship of other chimpanzees. Now an adolescent (and is more than 120 pounds), his therapy from staff is limited. But with the recent construction of a special indoor/outdoor enclosure suited to the needs of handicapped and geriatric apes, Knuckles has the opportunity to live in his own habitat where the other chimpanzees can spend all day next to him, or short periods inside the enclosure playing with him… or even overnight visits in Knuckles’ nighthouse.

 

Taking on the challenge of raising a severely handicapped chimpanzee had to be carefully considered when we were approached to take Knuckles at the sanctuary. But, he has continued to exceed most expectations of his potential and abilities and has enriched the lives of not only the chimpanzees he interacts with, but also the staff, volunteers, and visitors who have been inspired by him.

 

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Orangutans play in 25 foot tall arch with far reaching view

 

 

All proceeds, including entry fee, will go directly to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees . This is a great opportunity for artists to highlight what they feel is ENDANGERED, be a part of the excitement of Art Basel week and support a wonderful sanctuary.

 

The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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Bonnie Wilburn’s Art Blends Realism and Expressionism With Bursts of Color!

Bonnie Wilburn, of the Lake Worth Art League, will be showing her paintings at the group’s upcoming event on April 19.  The Rickie Report is pleased to celebrate her colorful work with you and hopes you’ll stop by for their Art and Bistro Bash being coordinated with The Cottage Bistro!

 

Bonnie Wilburn,

 

Member of The Lake Worth Art League

 

Celebrate With Color!

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” Art and Bistro Bash”

 

Friday, April 19th  4- 8 pm

 

    522 Lucerne through 604 Lucerne Avenue           Lake Worth    

 

The Street between the Businesses will be Filled with Art!

 

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Like most organizations, volunteers constitute the backbone, brains and brawn of their activities.  Bonnie Wilburn  is one of those volunteers who even recruits family members to help ensure successful events!   

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.

 

Bonnie’s imagination is driven by her passion for self-expression through art.  And her inspiration lives all around her!  The flowers and plantings in her yard provide her with the images, while her paintings are noted for their unique style, elegance and technique.
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“Strike 2”

 

 Bonnie has developed an innovative approach that blends precise realism with expressionism. Her use of vibrant colors and strong lines make her work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes. Bonnie is accomplished in using traditional as well as modern methods. Although Bonnie loves to express her vision through art, she is also adept at creating custom works and readily communicates the vision of her clients.

 

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“Jungle Blaze”

 

Bonnie Wilburn is a self-taught artist who has benefited from the guidance of some excellent instructors. She often uses a palette knife to create these vibrant pieces of art.  Having lived in the Palm Beaches most of her life and when her health forced an early retirement, Bonnie was able to focus on what comes most naturally … expressing her enthusiasm for living her life through bright & expressive artwork. Bonnie’s positive attitude is infectious!

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“Birds Nest”

 

Bonnie can create the perfect piece for any purpose.  She has the ability to bring your vision to life. Her skills allow her to create a wide range of artistic expressions which can be used to decorate your home, office, or place of business.

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“Sunset”

Bonnie 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.
 Bonnie Wilburn, a Vice President tells The Rickie Report, “It is so exciting to see an emerging artist finish an art piece and then hang it in the gallery!  We switch out our art display every month and have a artist reception the Sunday afternoon after the ‘take in’. The LWAL has some amazing artists. We are so much a part of the community. We have a lot of fun together!”  To see more of Bonnie’s work please visit: https://www.arti-bonni.com or artbonni@gmail.com
The street between the Cottage and LWAL will be closed to automobile traffic, bringing art show to the street!  The LWAL will be open as well for people to look at the gallery.  For more information about the Lake Worth Art League, please c

ontact  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 
The Lake Worth Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Entry is free of charge.

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291