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.

 

 

 

 

LevisBocaJccheaderimage001

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

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

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.

 

 

AbbeyFunk_1

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.

 

 

New Sculpture at Abby Funk Studio

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.”

 

 

Wood-Fired

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

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!

 

 

 

 

LevisJCCNEWlogo

 

 

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:

 

Beginning October 12th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

 

 

 

1 New Levis JCC Logo blue

 

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.

 

 

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

           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

 

 

 

 

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

Summer Art Camp For Kids Ages 4.5 To 17 At Armory Art Center

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Their innovative theme weeks include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry,fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.  Activities are appropriate for ages 4.5 to 17.  The Rickie Report wishes we were younger as we share the details here. Extended child care is available.

 

 

 

 

Armory-Art-Center-Logo-2012

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.832.1776

www.armoryart.org

Summer Art Camp

 

 

armorysummer-art-camp-350px

 

 

June 8-August 14, 2015

Ages 4.5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Camp Hours: 9am – 4:30pm
Drop off/Pick-up: 8:30-9:00 and 4:30-5:00

Extended care is available for $60 per child per week
Extended care hours: 8:am-8:30am and 5:00-5:30pm

 

armoryyoungstersummer art camp 2015-web version 2-9-15

 

Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry,fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.

 

armoryweeklysessionsinstudisummer art camp 2015-web version 2-9-15

 

 

The Armory’s camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

 

armoryrockinstudothemessummer art camp 2015-web version 2-9-15

 

Activities include:
• A week filled with art education
• Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
• Field trips to local venues
• Art show openings in July and August

 

 

Armory Art Center Spring Break Art Activities

Armory Art Center Spring Break Art Activities

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PICTURES FROM SPRING BREAK ART CAMP!

www.facebook.com/armoryartcenter

 

Link to the Class Catalog
http://www.armoryart.org/catalog

 

ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:

 

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 three 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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Paddle Boards to Easels: Meet Lighthouse ArtCenter’s New Art School Director Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone is a familiar face at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the surrounding region.  She is well known for her creative environmental activism.  The Rickie Report met with Cynthia, the new Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art. Here, she talks about how she transitioned from paddle boards to easels and about her goals for the School of Art.  

 

 

 

50thLogo-CMYK

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter  Names

 

 

Cynthia Trone

 

Director for School of Art

 

 

 

Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter has named Cynthia Trone director of its School of Art.  “New leadership means new opportunities to grow,” said Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Tequesta museum and art school, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Cynthia joined the staff of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in April, 2013, as Executive Assistant to Katie Deits. 

 

 

TRR: Please tell us about your background

CT:

 

I graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  I’m a Jersey girl who was raised with Manhattan in her backyard.  Then I spent my 20’s and early 30’s on the coast of Maine. I raised my three children in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Tequesta in 2005.  I am an artist who loves photography and  writing. 

 

 

Jupiter Pointe Paddle Board

Jupiter Pointe Paddle Board

TRR:  Your previous experiences with environmental activism include creating platforms as educational elements for all ages.

CT:

I managed Jupiter Outdoor Center and Jupiter Pointe Paddling for six years and taught thousands of people the simple pleasure of “the glide”.  Before paddle boarding became popular, I was helping lead ecotours and teaching children and adults yoga on paddle boards!

 

 

Justin Riney, Mother Ocean

Justin Riney, Mother Ocean

 

 

I am the Operations Director of Mother Ocean and volunteer Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, a statewide conservation effort.   I grew up inspired by the sea, have a deep love of the outdoors and feel community is important.  The Mother Ocean project has been a great opportunity to bring non-profits and communities together on a State level.  It is exciting to be part of this movement, as Justin Riney brings awareness of the importance of our waterways to all parts of Florida!

 

 

 

Culturelogo15

TRR: How does that translate to the arts?

CT:

It was thrilling to be part of the recent Arts & Conservation Summit held in Vero Beach, FL this past January.  What a phenomenal opportunity to show how using the arts to express and embrace nature, we can protect what we love!  This is a collaboration to make the world a better place and to teach future generations!

 

 

LAC_4897743

 

TRR:  Which brings us to your role at the Lighthouse ArtCenter

CT:

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter is a place that is nurturing…a safe place to try new things…to breath in the creative air and to connect with the community.   The School of Art offers eight-week sessions as well as one, two, or three-day workshops.  They are the perfect occasion to try a new medium without making an 8 week commitment.  

 

 

Jewelry with Tracey Roedl

Jewelry with Tracey Roedl

 

 

The School encompasses classes and workshops for young children, teens and adults.  There are day and evening offerings, where you can explore painting with acrylic, oil or watercolor.  You can learn new photography techniques or create decorative/functional items with fused glass. Learn how to create your own jewelry pieces or gain skills in the newest trend such a encaustic painting ( using wax and collage techniques).  We have the largest kiln facility in the area, with 10 pottery wheels and 6 kilns, so ceramics is a big interest here.

 

Ceramics

Ceramics with Cara McKinley

 

Katie Diets shares, ” Over the past year, Ms. Trone has proven her leadership abilities, first as executive assistant and now as director of the school. She also will oversee the ArtCenter’s summer camp programs.  Ms. Trone is responsible for management of the Center’s marketing, community outreach, as well as donor development, grants management and fundraising.It’s something that comes naturally for her.  We look forward to Cynthia guiding some of our relationships with other local organizations by integrating environmental themes in the art projects our students create.”

 

Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez

Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez

 

 

TRR:  You have an exceptional faculty.  How does an artist approach LAC to be included?

CT:

 

 

I celebrate our faculty as well as our supportive Board. Our goal is to forge connections between the community, our exhibits, receptions and classes. Interested artists should email me and send an overview of jpegs of their work.  We are always recruiting.  Include your: medium, availability (day, evening, weekend), length of lessons ( 8 week class or 1,2,3 day workshop), preferred ages of students (young children, youth, adult), a brief resume and some references.  

 

 

Art Camp

Art Camp

 

Our new Session begins April 28 for 6 weeks, followed by a 10 week Summer Session starting June 9th.  There are limited classes during the day in the summer due to summer camp activities from 9 am – 3 pm, but we still have evening and weekend sessions. We’re already planning our Early Fall Session which begins September 8th.

 

“I invite everyone to stop by the School of Art, see what we do, then enroll in a class,” Ms. Trone said.   The School of Art is around the corner from the museum, at 95 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Call (561) 748-8737

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

 

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