Susan Clifton’s Exhibition, “Grey Matter” Inspires With Positive Messages Imbedded in Art, At Bailey Contemporary Arts

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach is proud to present a SOLO exhibition featuring recent works by Susan Clifton, an artist-in-residence at the venue. “Grey Matter”  explores self-talk and positive inspiration. The exhibit is on view in the Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters/West Gallery through July 27, 2019. There is no charge to visit the gallery.   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street      Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879     baileyarts.org

 Tuesday through Friday: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED

Offering contemporary art exhibits, workshops & classes!

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents

 

 

 

Exhibit is available through July 27, 2019

 

 

 

“Grey Matter” by Susan Clifton

 

 

 

 

“Grey Matter” is intended to inspire and promote better self-talk. Susan Clifton’s favorite department in any bookstore has always been the self-help section. Her continued interest in that subject combined with her interest in women’s issues is a major influence in her current work.  custom fabricHer creative process is truly unique—fabric mosaic on canvas. She starts with the theme and writes a few quotes on the subject. She then has custom fabric made with the quotes printed in shades of grey. Creating the figures takes hours of cutting and pasting pieces of fabric in just the right shade of grey.

 

 

“We are fortunate to have Susan as an artist-in-resident at BaCA,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “Susan’s exhibition will expose visitors to subjects that ring true for all individuals looking to live a more positive life, to think more positively and to discard negative thoughts and attitudes. Her artistic wish is to inspire people to live their best life and to embrace gratitude. We are excited to present this inspiring message.”

 

“Create” by Susan Clifton

 

 

 

 

 

Clifton tells The Rickie Report, “This high-energy series of graphics, colors, and words paint the whole picture of the self we strive to become.  Viewers are inspired by each figure’s thought process that deepens visual experience with a lasting imprint on our psyches.”   Clifton was born to be an artist. She grew up loving painting and dance as a child, and then pursued a career in New York. She found success early in her career as an art director working on such campaigns as “Danskin’s are not just for Dancing,” “When your own initials are enough, Bootee Veneta,” and “What becomes a Legend Most, Blackglama.”

 

 

 

Jane Trahey, who was the first woman to own her own advertising agency, was Clifton’s mentor and the two created great campaigns for Famolare Shoes, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Adrien Arpel. Susan won awards for “Footloose and Famolare” and was featured in Art Directors Magazine. All this before turning 30!  Other mentors at that time were the great photographers Richard Avedon and Saul Leiter. Working closely with both of them heightened her sense of composition and helped her understand the importance of a unique vision.  During this time Susan studied photography at School of Visual Arts. This further honed her skill of composition.

 

 

Now based in South Florida, she was honored to have her art be chosen out of hundreds of entries to represent the state in a deck of playing cards called “Art in the Hand, the U.S.A Project.” Her fabulous pink flamingo, Zelda, graced the” two of clubs” card and is featured on the box and sold in gift shops and museums across the country.

 

 

 

About Bailey Contemporary Arts

The mission of the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is to cultivate, incubate and nurture a vibrant visual arts community that enriches Pompano Beach and its goal of being a nexus of art, creativity, diversity, and inspiration.  Serving as an incubator for artistic innovation and education, the staff of BaCA amalgamates emerging local and national artists with industry professionals to elevate the creative process. Located in the historic Bailey Hotel building, which was, at one point, the center of a thriving downtown in Pompano Beach. Built in 1923, the historic Bailey Hotel is the second oldest remaining building (right behind the old Farmer’s Bank building next door) and is part of the longest contiguous collection of historic buildings in Broward County.     baileyarts.org

 

 

About the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes the visual arts, music, film, theater, dance, public art, history, and historic preservation for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents of and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historical Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely Historical Home. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the Pompano Beach “Crossroads” multi-disciplinary initiative. ccpompano.org

 

 

 

 

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Helen Kagan’s Paintings Took Miami by Storm – Now Showing at Art Synergy

Helen Kagan grew up in the former USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for freedom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Having lived and worked in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY, FL, and equipped with another Masters degree, Helen spent much of her time as a social worker developing and leading programs and providing holistic services to those in need.

As both a therapist and an artist, Helen believes tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with positive energy, love, and self-expression.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Helen’s newest work during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach at 2 locations: OSGS in Northwood and Continuum at 312 Clematis Street W. Palm Beach.  The details are in this article.

 

 

Meet Helen Kagan

 

 

 

 

Helen Kagan unveiling "Bridge To Hope"

Helen Kagan unveiling “Bridge To Hope”

 

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a holistic therapist and artist. Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.   Helen works mainly with oil but lately is experimenting with acrylic and mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism and mainly, expressionism. They are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive.

 

 

 

Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. She’s been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” expressing the past, present and future with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood.

 

 

"Sun Shower"

“Sun Shower”

 

 

Primarily self-taught, Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Her intention is to create a solid body of Healing Art to serve people and communities in need. She envisions her art to be placed in Hospitals, Medical Centers, Rehabilitation, Multicultural, Crisis Centers – to enhance healing and well-being. Helen believes in interconnectedness of physical, mental and spiritual. She believes her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need. Her vibrant art is a statement of her beliefs.

 

 

"Under the Bridge"

“Under the Bridge”

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Helen shares, “For many of us art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers the message of being on a spiritual Journey. My “Healing Arts” – is my unique way to integrate expressive art and the art of healing”.

 

"Stairway to Heaven" (Energy Series)

“Stairway to Heaven” (Energy Series)

                 

She goes to explain, ” I believe that art heals.  I believe that art as a powerful form of self-expression becomes a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my work delivers this message through positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color and energetically balanced composition. My canvases are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive – bridges to the past, cities in the rain, street lights, domes, music, oceans, fields of sunflowers, moons, clouds, sunsets… However, the following themes are always present in my art – being on the Journey, moving towards the Light, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course – ‘J’oie de vivre'”!

     

 

 

"Nostalgy"

“Nostalgy”

“I believe that tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with beauty, positive energy, and self-expression. This is what I communicate through my art while reflecting my own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past.    I believe in mind-body-spirit connection. I believe art can enhance healing and promote well-being in a viewer.  My passionate art is a statement of my beliefs”, Helen tells The Rickie Report. 

                       

"Hurricane" (Energy Series)

“Hurricane” (Energy Series)

 

Helen  has a vast education including:  Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC , Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies and Holistic Studies (Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner).  She is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner,   Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity Association,  MSW and  LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker).  Helen received her  MA  in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and PhD  in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

 

 

"Forever"

“Forever”

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

In the last few years, Helen participated in over 20 juried shows, was presented at City Hall of Hollywood FL, ‘Art in Public Places’ 3-months display (23 pieces), ‘Metamorphosis’ solo exhibition at ‘Osceola 32’ Gallery, Stuart (25 pieces), ‘City Vibe’ featured Artist exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery, Stuart FL (20 pieces), ‘Constellation 9/11’ featured Artist exhibition (15pieces), was juried in for 4 exhibitions of Martin County Art Council, and others.

 

"Sunset on Clematis" (Energy Series)

“Sunset on Clematis” (Energy Series)

 

Her ‘Healing Arts’ won several on-line competitions, was exhibited in the galleries, shops and private venues in VT, WI, MN, NY, and FL: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart , Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach. Currently Helen’s artwork is on display in a few galleries in South FL, including OSGS at 500 Northwood Road  West Palm Beach, FL.  Helen’s artwork will be on display during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 at OSGS  and at Continuum  312 Clematis Street.

 

 

 For more information about Continuum and Art Synergy please visit:  www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 For more information about her art exhibit:  www.OSGSart.com – www.facebook.com/OSGSart   Email – OSGSart@hotmail.com

 

 

For more information about Helen’s artistry, please visit:  www.HelenKagan.com or  www.facebook.com/helenhealingarts.  You can also explore:  http://www.saatchionline.com/HealingArts,   http://www.rawartists.org/healing ,   https://2hearts.see.me/yearinreview2013  http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/2013/11/helen-kagan-phd/  

 

To contact Helen please call  917-855-1153 or email HelenKagan@yahoo.com

 

 

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