Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Appoints Cynthia Zmetronak as New Instructor; Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels; Adds Tuesday Night Session

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton has appointed Cynthia Zmetronak as its new pottery instructor and announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as the fall session begins on October 16th. Potters can register at any time with fees prorated. Learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes.  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!

 

 

 

9801 Donna Klein Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL 33428

www.levisjcc.org

 

 

 

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

Beginning October 16th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

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

 

 

 

 

Pottery by Cynthia Zmetronak

The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns.

Students have access to free studio time on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

Students are free to stay and practice after class, Monday –Wednesday, 12:30 – 4 p.m.

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

Mondays (Oct. 16 – Dec. 18)
Tuesdays (Oct. 17 – Dec. 19)
Tuesday evenings (Oct. 17 – Dec. 19)
Wednesdays (Oct. 18 – Dec. 20)

Fall sessions: cost for the 10-week session is $350. Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

Announcing Cynthia Zmetronak’s appointment, Sandler Center Director (and potter) Susana Flaum notes, “We are pleased Cynthia is joining the Rosen Pottery Studio as an instructor. An accomplished potter and teacher, Cynthia will help new students build a strong foundation and encourage returning potters to grow and try new techniques.”

 

Cynthia Zmetronak

Cynthia Zmetronak is known for her whimsical canine and feline black and white pottery, as well as for more functional and traditional designs. “Making pottery, glass casting and teaching are my passions,” she says. A teacher as well as a potter, Cynthia believes it’s important for potters to start with a good foundation by learning basic building techniques. She loves to embellish her pieces by stamping, carving and altering the surfaces, and encourages students to start to channel their ideas once they have achieved that solid technique.

 

Pottery by Cynthia Zmetronak

 

 

Cynthia began her love affair with fashioning the earth making mud pies in her backyard at age 4. Recognizing her interest and potential, her parents, also artistic, made sure she attended art school on the weekends. She first learned the wheel in 7th grade in New Jersey, and went on to earn multiple degrees and certifications in both art and teaching.

 

Pottery by Cynthia Zmetronak

Passionate about clay, she is equally passionate about learning. She continues not only to give workshops, but to take them as well. A lifelong learner, Cynthia earned her BA in Education at Montclair University of Upper Montclair New Jersey BA; her MA Art Education and MA Education Technology at Florida Atlantic University. She continued her education at Penland School of Crafts, Penland North Carolina, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, and Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Cynthia has studied with Cynthia Bringle, Gay Smith, Susan Feagan, Ronan Peterson, Jeff Oestrike, Sunshine Cobb, Tom Spleth, Deborah Horrell, Birdie Boone and Matt Repsher.

 

Pottery by Cynthia Zmetronak

 

She participated in the 2016 Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont and completed the 8-week spring 2017 concentration at Penland in Glass Casting, Blowing and Fusing with instructor Dean Allison. In addition to being the owner of Westwind Pottery/Pottery-E, she has taught art in the Broward County Public Schools, Parkland, and ceramic sculpture at Penland. She is the past president of the Ceramic League of Palm Beach and the Broward College Potter’s Guild.

 

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. Membership is not required to participate in programs. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.

For more information about these classes, workshops and other events:
www.levisjcc.org

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Well Known Marketing Expert And Fine Artist, Ilene Adams, Is Featured At Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will feature Ilene Adams of The Marketing Works of Palm Beach as their presenter at their meeting on November 9, 2016. The group meets at the Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Boulevard just east of City Hall. A “Meet and Greet” will be followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting, with Ilene’s marketing presentation and an outstanding raffle completing the evening.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of Ilene’s award-winning fine artwork.

 

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

FEATURES:

ILENE  ADAMS

November 9th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington, FL

 

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“As Above So Below” by Ilene Adams

 

 

 

 

Ilene has over thirty years experience in both commercial and non-profit marketing strategies including graphic design, web design, brochures, public relations and social media. She is also a talented artist working in mixed media and photography and shows her work in galleries and exhibitions, winning many awards.

 

 

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“Tree Shadow” by Ilene Adams

 

 

 

Ilene studied graphic art design at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. She continued her studies in printmaking and fine art at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. After college, she worked in advertising, illustration and fabric design in New York City. After a move to Boston, she continued her education in marketing at Harvard.

 

 

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“Natural Mondrian” by Ilene Adams

 

 

 

 

In 1981, Ilene opened Women at Work, a radio marketing company that rapidly became one of the leading broadcast marketing companies in the country. She moved the company to New Jersey in 1990and then to Palm Beach, Florida in 2004 where she has been highly successful as a marketing strategist.

 

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“Blue Lagoon” by Ilene Adams

 

 

 

 

Ilene is heavily involved in the community art scene and has served as a member of Artists in Palm Beach County, the Cultural Arts Committee for West Palm Beach, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and the Wellington Art Society and continues to be an active leader and Vice President of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach. Ilene offers a seminar, The Art of marketing Your Art, and many artists who have attended Ilene’s seminars have been accepted into traditional galleries, juried exhibitions, won awards and made major sales in Florida and internationally. This is a program not to be missed for all artists!

 

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“Water Installation” by Ilene Adams

 

 

 

Ilene says about her own work, “The artists that influenced me the most are Robert Rauschenberg and Maxfield Parish. Rauchenberg’s influence is apparent in my paintings that incorporate paint, collage, photographic images and artifacts. They evoke a feeling of nostalgia or of imaginary places. Parrish is evident in her photography in her enhanced use of color”. Ilene’s work will be exhibited at several shows and galleries this coming season.

 

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“Moss In Tree” by Ilene Adams

 

 

For more information  or to contact Ilene:

561.346.0172
www.IleneAdamsInc.com
www.IleneAdamsFineArt.com
www.linkedin.com/in/ileneadams

 

WELLINGTON  ART  SOCIETY

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For more information visit WellingtonArtSociety.org

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Appoints Abbey Funk As New Instructor; Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton has appointed Abbey Funk as its new pottery instructor and announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning on October 19th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up!  It is a great time to learn a new craft or to brush up on new techniques!  Membership is NOT required to participate in classes, which are open to the entire community.

 

 

 

 

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9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

 

 

Focus On Pottery:

Beginning October 19th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

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.  Studio director Marilyn Wander notes, “Abbey Funk brings a fresh new perspective to the creative process. We are pleased she is joining the Rosen Pottery Studio as an instructor, and look forward to exploring her ideas in clay.”

 

 
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.

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

 

Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

New instructor, Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

 

Marilyn Wander teaches Mondays and Wednesdays:

( Oct. 19 – Dec. 14   8-week session)

(Oct. 31 – Dec. 14  8 week session)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Funk Teaches Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Thursdays (Oct. 20 – Dec. 15   9-week session)

Tuesdays (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13   7-week session )

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Fall sessions: cost for the 7-week session is $245: cost for 8-week session is $280; cost for the 9-week session is $315 Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

 

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

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

“Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

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. It is unusual and important to note that Marilyn not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!  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.

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

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

 

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Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

 

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.

 

 

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Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

Abbey Funk
http://www.abbeyfunk.com/

A native of Wellesley, Mass., Abbey completed a BFA in Studio Art at Florida Atlantic University in 2005, and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduation. She worked in Manhattan as a graphic artist until 2010, when she returned to South Florida to focus on studio art. Working predominantly in clay, she also creates sculptures made of metal and found objects.
Abbey joined the Palm Beach State College adjunct faculty in 2011, and quickly turned into a sought-after pottery teacher in local ceramics studios. In 2012, she opened A. Funk Studio in Delray Beach, Fla., as a founding member of the flourishing art colony Artists Alley. She began working in metal in 2014. Her artwork is well-known throughout South Florida, and she has shown in venues in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood.

 

 

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Sculpted Pottery byAbbey Funk 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey describes her approach to her art: “I am a Conceptual artist. I create with purpose and for a reason. Through my chosen mediums of Clay and Metal, I express emotions and ideas. I create tangible stories that are always ready to be shared, infinitely patient in their completion. I create environments. I show Truth. I intend for the viewer to question.  As an artist, I seek constant growth and expansion. I love the unknown. Experimentation is my answer for everything. There is beauty in creative failure and ‘mistakes’. Success is never giving up.”

 

 

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Wood-Fired Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

 

 

 

Abbey looks forward to welcoming new and returning students to the Levis JCC Pottery Studio, “I am excited and honored to be joining the teaching staff at the studio. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to share my experiences, engage with first-time students and returning potters, and explore our creativity together. I’m sure we will all grow and increase our skills as we inspire each other.”

 

 

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. Membership is not required to participate in programs. 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
Rickie@therickiereport.com
561-537-0291

Armory Art Center’s Artists-In-Residents Exhibition At Lake Worth Annex

On March 24th there will be an Exhibition of works by Armory Art Center Artists-in-Residence produced during their eight month tenure. This exhibition will have works in diverse mediums and will be held at the Armory Art Center Annex in Lake Worth, FL. The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details of the free, public Opening Reception and Exhibit plus a few sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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1121 Lucerne Avenue      Lake Worth, FL 33460

Annex Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat.  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Artists-in-Residence Exhibition

Opening Reception:

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 

Exhibit Runs from March 25 – April 15, 2016

 

1121 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460

Annex Gallery Hours: Wed. -Sat.  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

About the artists:

 

 

Nolan Baumgartner received his BFA from the University of Utah in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Art Academy in 2004. A Utah native, he is a practicing studio potter and artist who shows in local and national exhibitions.

 

 

 

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Nolan Baumgartener, Pitcher, soda fired porcelain, 2015

 

 

 

 

Tristyn Bustamante has spent much of her life in Arizona sculpting with clay. She holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Bustamante has attended residencies and workshops in places such as at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

 

 

 

 

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Tristyn Bustamante “Search System”, Ceramic/Mixed Media Sculpture, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Gouveia has a background in painting, printmaking and new media. She was born and raised in Brazil and currently lives in Lake Worth, FL. She graduated as an Industrial Designer from the Arts Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, and as an MFA in Visual Arts from FAU.

 

 

 

 

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Isabel Gouveia  “Small Portions, Multiple Exposures: Mutation II ” Monotype, etching, dry point, aquatint on paper, 15″ x 21″ 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Chad R. Steve was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2009 he moved to Hawaii and received his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. While living there, he worked at the University as an adjunct professor and a lab technician.

 

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Chad R. Steve Untitled, Terracotta, 2016

 

 

 

Izel Vargas is a South Florida based mixed media artist originally from Alamo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Raised in the U.S./Mexico borderlands, Vargas cites his upbringing as playing a vital role in his approach to making art. As an educator, Vargas has taught art to all age groups and is an instructor at FAU in Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

 

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Izel Vargas “Set in Your Ways” Mixed Media

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

 

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Stuart’s Premiere Art Festival Slated For February 27 and 28 Features Unique Handmade Fine Art And Crafts

On Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th, Stuart’s premiere art festival, produced by Howard Alan Events, Ltd. will offer a wide variety of artwork in an outdoor gallery setting.  Downtown Stuart will be transformed, as you walk the streets to see the eclectic art exhibits, meet the artists and artisans who create the functional and decorative art and enjoy live music.  This is event is Open to the Public and Free to attend.  The Rickie Report highlights Marijke Benedict (Clothing), Smadar Livne (Painting) and Lesley Reich (Pottery) and shares the details here.

 

 

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26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

February 27 – 28, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

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

 

 

 

 

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

Free and open to the public

 

On February 27 and 28, 2015, the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival takes place. Over 250 artists from the U.S. will transform Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork. Enjoy an eclectic array of art in a myriad of media and styles as well as unique gift items. 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994 – Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Festival patrons will be able to leisurely explore the exhibits set up along downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continuing on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street. The artists will all be present for the duration of the event and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work and creative process.  The exhibitors are selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse artistic media and the highest quality of original art. Only the finest local and national artists are accepted to this fine art festival.

 

 

 

 

Featured Artists:

 

Marijke Benedict – Clothing
http://www.stijltd.com

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

Marijke got her initial inspiration from her family. Her father was a Tailor in Amsterdam who suited the Queen of Holland. Her mother’s family was in show business, and Marijke remembers the awe she felt as a child for the beautiful costumes she saw.  Once Marijke’s own creative juices began to flow, combined with the technical skills she learned from her father, the seeds of Stijfselkissie were planted.

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “We always provide clothing that is comfortable, constructed with beautiful fabrics, timeless cuts, superb craftsmanship, and are totally individualized at a reasonable price. All garments are pre-washed and pre-shrunk, and they will “grow and shrink” 20 pounds with you. Most pieces can go in a washer and dryer, are great for traveling, are mix-and-matchable, easy fitting, flowing, figure flattering, and very COMFORTABLE”!

 

 

 

Smadar Livne – Painting
http://www.smadarlivne.com/main.html

 

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Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

Smadar Livne, an award-winning Israeli born artist, creates unique and exciting works at her studio in Owings Mills, Maryland. Educated at Haifa University, Smadar has degrees in fine art, literature, and architecture. She has continued her education of philosophy through Baltimore Hebrew University.

 

 

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Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

 

 

Portraying scenes from her life and learning is what gives Smadar’s work an edge. The work contains short stories, poems and philosophical observations. Her works are vibrant and exciting, expressing the joy that Smadar sees in life.  Bold, bright colors in a multi-level composition with fabric, paper, and embedded photographs, create a pentimento effect that is both a visual and tactile experience. Smadar’s work incorporates historic images in a contemporary style.

 

 

Lesley Reich – Pottery
http://www.potterymountain.com/

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

 

Lesley studied with Professor Hui Ka Kwong at Douglass College and worked with Janka McClatchey, a well-known potter in Ann Arbor, MI. While her early pieces were functional stoneware, she moved on to porcelain.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Using porcelain is a lot like throwing stiff cream cheese. Many of my bowls and vessels are translucent, and they are all trimmed so they are light, thin, and well-balanced, making them a joy to use. By combining jewel-tone oxidation (electric fired) glazes and applying them on the pure white porcelain, I achieve unusual, striking combinations”.

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

“I found a way to merge my love of words (I was a journalism major at Douglass) with my love of pottery, and developed a line of wheel thrown bowls, vases, and vessels with hand-lettered inspirational messages. This led to a body of work that embraces my philosophy of life. I use my own words, as well as those of my friends, historical figures, literary and other public figures, and that great prolific author – anonymous. I also enjoy doing, and even encourage, custom work to create the perfect piece for your special person or occasion. In addition to writing in English and the romance languages, I have made special orders in Hebrew, and even Sandscrit. Finding just the right saying for each of you gives me great pleasure. Together we can create functional heirlooms to be used today and cherished forever”.

 

Lesley has exhibited and sold her work in galleries, department stores, juried shows and shops nationwide. Her pieces are part of the White House Ornament Collection and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum and numerous collections around the world.

 

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • Free Admission
  • Historic downtown Stuart – starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

For more information:

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-stuart-art-festival/artist

https://www.facebook.com/events/800429423374302/

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival 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

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.

 

 

 

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           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

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Pottery Show includes John McCoy, Nena Escobar and Karla Walter

This is your chance to see 3 artists who will show their pottery, clay, and porcelain creations in one space.  John McCoy, Nena Escobar and Karla Walter will be part of the 3rd Annual John McCoy Pottery Show and Sale.  The Rickie Report suggests you mark your calendars for May 25 – 26.  The exhibit and sale includes functional as well as decorative pieces. More information is in this article.

 

 

John McCoy Pottery

Presents:

3rd Annual Pottery Show and Sale

Featuring the work of:

John McCoy

Nena Escobar

Karla Walter

Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26

10am – 4 pm

58th Court North   West Palm Beach, FL 33411

 

 

Tea Set by John McCoy

Tea Set by John McCoy

John McCoy Pottery will be hosting its 3rd Annual Pottery Show and Sale on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from 10 am to 4 pm.  Local clay artists, John McCoy, Nena Escobar and Karla Walter will exhibit their most recent work which includes functional stoneware, porcelain, wood fired pottery and clay sculpture.  

 

Functional Pottery by John McCoy

Functional Pottery by John McCoy

John tells The Rickie Report, ” I hope this show continues to be an annual event where local artists get a chance to meet their neighbors and share their work with our community.”   John is a nationally recognized artist, potter and educator with many years of experience.  His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States.  John’s focus is stoneware and wood fired functional pottery.

 

Functional Porcelain by Nena Escobar

Functional Porcelain by Nena Escobar

Nena Escobar specializes in elegant functional work made in porcelain.  Karla Walter creates beautiful animal and bird sculptures in clay.

 

Pitcher by Karla Walter

Pitcher by Karla Walter

For directions or to see more of their work, please visit: www.JohnMcCoyPottery.com/more   .   For directions go to this link and click on “where to find me”  or call: 561-328-3984.

 

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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Retired FAU Professor Reunites With Students/Colleagues For Pottery Show

 John McCoy taught ceramics at Florida Atlantic University and during his 36 year tenure as a professor there, he served as an inspiration to many.  The Rickie Report sees the names of potters who have gone on to National Acclaim, including many who are now sharing those seeds of motivation with their students here in Palm Beach County. Stop by the Second Annual Pottery Show and Sale at John McCoy Pottery December 15-16th.  

 

 

  John McCoy Pottery and Friends

 Second Annual Pottery Show and Sale

Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16

10:00 am  –  4:00pm

13746  58 Court North West Palm Beach, 33411

 

Local clay artists John McCoy, Justin Lambert, Nena Escobar, Courtney Paige and Brian Kovachik will exhibit their most recent work which includes functional stoneware, porcelain, and wood fired pottery.

 

John McCoy Teapot

While John McCoy taught ceramics at FAU for 36 years, he also served the arts community as a guest lecturer, workshop instructor and juror of art festivals.  He tells us, “ I hope this show becomes a yearly event where local artists get a chance to meet their neighbors and share their work with our community.”

 

Covered Pot by John McCoy

Recently retired, Mr. McCoy built a studio in the Acreage where he is producing beautiful functional pottery and enjoying nature.

 

Plate by Justin Lambert

 

 McCoy’s students are now teachers (Lighthouse ArtCenter, Palm Beach Atlantic University) and business owners who bring their creativity to others.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this event not only to see and purchase these hand made items, but to feel the camaraderie and respect of students and a teacher who have become colleagues.

 

To get directions to John McCoy Pottery and see samples of the work please visit: www.JohnMcCoyPottery.com   or call 561-328-3984.  

From I-95 : Exit Okeechobee Blvd. Go west. Go pass the Turnpike to State Road 7. (Super Target at the corner of State Road 7 and Okeechobee Blvd.) Go North on State Road 7 (right). The road winds and turns into Persimmon. Stay on Persimmon, turn right at 140th Street.  58 Court North is on the right immediately after Planet Kids.

 

From the Turnpike : Exit Okeechobee Blvd. Go west to State Road 7. Turn right. Road changes to Persimmon. Stay on Persimmon until you hit 140th Street. Turn right. 58 Court North is on the right immediately after Planet Kids.

 

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