Boca Fest Returns for 32nd Year with New “Live Well Be Well Tour” At Town Center Mall January 12 – 13

The longest-running Howard Alan Event welcomes more than 175 artists to the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton on January 12-13. This free, outdoor juried event includes nationally recognized and emerging artists from around the country. Featuring high-end sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, ceramics, and more, Boca Fest has remained one of the most popular events in the area.  This year, a new component, the Live Well Be Well Tour presented by FPL SolarNow™, offers a “festival within a festival”. There will be dedicated booths offering information and demonstrations on current health and medical practices, sustainable energy alternatives, organic foods, homeopathic treatments, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and other vendors providing tools for healthy living.   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Alan Events

Launches  “Live Well Be Well Tour”

Presented by FPL SolarNow™

at

 

 

32nd Annual Boca Fest 

Saturday & Sunday, January 12 – 13

10 am – 5 pm   

6000 Glades Road, behind the Town Center Mall, Boca Raton, FL 33431 

 Free and open to the public 

 

 

 

Drawing by Aaron Reed

 

 

 

 

Presented by the nation’s largest art festival producer, Howard Alan Events (HAE), the pet-friendly event features a fully vetted, juried selection of fine art. The 32nd Annual Boca Fest also offers the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation. The next HAE festival takes place January 19 – 20 with the 30th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts which features nearly 300 artists arranged, gallery-style along Atlantic Avenue.  

 

handblown Glass by Ronnie Hughes

 

 

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance: 

 

  • Juried outdoor showcase 
  • Original Art Handmade in America 
  • 175+ exhibitors from throughout Florida and the United States 
  • Prices set to suit all budgets 
  • All artists are on site for duration of festival 
  • Pet friendly (leashed pets) 
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media 
  • Featuring Live Well Be Well Tour Presented by FPL SolarNow™. 

 

 

 

Pottery by Matthew Smith

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:                

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning art and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year.  

 

For additional information on Boca Fest and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.  

 

Boca Fest is located at 6000 Glades Road, behind the Town Center Mall. The Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts is located on East Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach from US1 to the Ocean. For more information on these, or the nearly 80 other professional Art and Craft shows produced each year, please visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.  

 

 

About FPL SolarNow™:

FPL SolarNow™ provides FPL customers with an easy way to help bring more solar into local Florida communities. From solar trees and solar canopies to walkways, these solar arrays provide shade and generate clean, emissions-free energy that flows to the grid and benefits the entire community.   These clean energy arrays seamlessly integrate into the landscape to create a unique space where family and friends can interact and learn more about solar energy. And, depending on their location, they provide additional seating, shade and serve as a convenient charging station.  To learn how you can get involved visit Solarnow.FPL.com.

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Las Olas Art Fair Returns For 31st Annual Event January 5 – 6. Over 300 National And International Artists Are Included In This Stunning Exhibit

The iconic art event known as the Las Olas Art Fair returns for its 31st year with over 300 national and international artists.  Enjoy Las Olas Part I on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 while you explore this stunning showcase of art across all mediums.  The free, outdoor, pet friendly event offers functional and decorative items for all budgets.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31st Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Winter)

Saturday, January 5

and

Sunday, January 6

 10 am to 5 pm

  Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Navigational Address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

 

 

 

 Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

One of a kind, hand-cut and designed jewelry, such as these rings from MN jeweler Robert Trisko, will be available during the Las Olas Art Fair 1.

 

Over 300, top-rated national and international artists display stunning creations across diverse mediums during free, juried showcase 

 

 

 

Presented by Howard Alan Events, producer of the nation’s top outdoor art festivals, more than 300 artists representing 40 different states and dozens of diverse mediums will line the center of Las Olas Boulevard. Sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, wearable art and more are displayed, gallery-style, for the enjoyment of art appreciators, collectors, shoppers and pedestrians alike.  

 

 

 

 

The free, outdoor pet-friendly event features a fully vetted, juried selection of fine art. Considered an annual tradition in South Florida, the Las Olas Art Fair also offers the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation. The event will also feature the unveiling of this year’s winning commemorative poster. The highly collectable work is an original design by contemporary artist Roy Rodriguez.  

 

 

 

 

The Las Olas Art Fair (Part II) is slated for March 2 and 3, 2019. For more information about the Las Olas Art Fair, please visit www.artfestival.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

Glass Orchid by Ronnie Hughes.  NC glass artisan Ronnie Hughes uses old-world blowing techniques for each intricate, flower. 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENT AT-A-GLANCE: 

  • Juried, first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists  

  • Original Artwork Handmade in America 

  • More than 300 artists from 40 different states  

  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $40,000  

  • 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, and mixed media. 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles artist Amos Amit uses original batiks on Egyptian cotton and silk wax to create detailed pieces such as “The Musicians.”  

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:                

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning arts and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year.   

For additional information on the 31st Annual Las Olas Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.  

 

 

 

 

For additional information on the 31st Annual Las Olas Art 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

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

Ronnie Hughes was hooked in only two weeks and once you see his glass artistry, you’ll see why!  The Rickie Report implores you to not only see his work at the upcoming Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, but to take the time and really study each piece.  See how he brings such perfection to glass flowers.   Read this article for details about the show and how Ronnie became a world-renown Master Glass Sculptor.

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

 

  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S.

 

Phal

Aphrodite Orchid

 

 

The Rickie Report staff appreciates a wide variety of art forms and mediums.  When we saw Ronnie Hughes’ glass work at the 2012 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, we were stunned.  The beauty of his work and its realism were truly something to behold.  We watched, mesmerized, at his video which showed some of the multiple steps in creating these fragile masterpieces.  We walked through and enjoyed the rest of the show and then came back to his booth to speak with him.

Ronnie tells us, “I was born in 1954 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I learned glassblowing with the help of a friend after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1976.   Soon after graduation, I learned the basics of flameworking from Al Lipkin and Michael Kennedy, two scientific glassblowers who showed me the infinite possibilities of working with borosilicate glass and a torch…only two weeks working with glass, I was hooked.”

 

Vanda Scadens Hypher

Vanda Scadens Orchid

“Since I had received no formal art training while getting my Bachelor’s Degree, my aptitude for glassblowing was a huge and pleasant surprise.   I originally created small works, and eventually worked with J.R.R. Tolkein “Lord of the Rings” characters and other fantasy themes.  The Tolkein flights of fantasy started my love of detail and I enjoyed creating them so much, that I decided to make glassblowing my career.  I have spent the past 36 years creating my artwork for galleries, art shows and private collections.”

 

In 1980, after walking upon a field full of hundreds of breathtaking Pink Lady Slippers on the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was inspired to change his subject matter completely.  He explains, ” I began creating native wildflowers and I haven’t stopped since. I had discovered what I felt was a most satisfying blend of subject matter with medium.  The Trademark qualities of my work have been the accuracy of the flower structures combined with a distinctive organic style with the use of free-formed glass bases I developed about 25+ years ago.  My sculptures have much more appeal to me as an artist with their own solid and continuous glass bases, though a more risky and time-consuming process.  I am able to capture the essence of the flower with more movement as it springs from these bases.”

1920-01a (2)

TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

RH: Borosilicate glass is my medium.  Using propane and oxygen-fed torches, I heat the glass to a molten state (2000-2500 degrees Fahrenheit).  At these temperatures, the glass becomes pliable enough to shape into delicate looking wildflowers.  My goal is to create original, delicate works of art while maintaining durability at the same time – a balancing act which requires diligence and careful craftsmanship.

I work by myself, employing traditional flameworking techniques to create my sculptures.  There are no molds, specialized tools, glue or paints used.  After completion, each piece is annealed at 1040 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln then cooled gradually back to room temperature. This process removes all thermal stress from the piece, making the glass as strong as it was originally.   All pieces are then examined under a polariscope which ensures that the sculpture has been properly annealed before presenting it to the public.  My glass can be repaired by flame, which is not possible with soft glass.  This means my sculptures can retain their value after the repair.

 

rickie article 2013 bf

TRR:  The Rickie Report understands that being an artist means spending many working hours alone, especially as you described.  How do you relieve some of that pressure and network with other artists?

RH: I am proud and honored to be affiliated with The Philharmonic Center for the Arts,  Clyde Butcher Gallery,  The Galleries – Concord, NC,  The Glass Art Society,  The American Craft Council,  The Southern Highlands Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen,  Handmade in America, Piedmont Craftsmen,  Carolina Designer Craftsmen, Lexington Art League, and North Carolina Mountain Arts Alliance.

I am grateful for the opportunity to create three “exemplary teacher awards” annually via the Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.  We are enriched also when participating with such exceptionally talented artists in the juried art shows around the country– to see beauty as well as art in its many unbelievable and various forms.

Phrag

Phrag Grand Three Orchid

In March of 2005, Hughes was a featured artist in Sunshine Artist Magazine, where one of his wildflower sculptures graced the cover.   In October 2006, his two orchid sculptures took a clean sweep of First Place Awards at the 59th National Capital Orchid Society Juried Art Show in Washington, DC:  First Place in Glass, First Place in his Art Division and Eva Campbell Memorial Award for the Best Art in the Show. In 2010 and his works were included in Bandhu Dunham’s: Contemporary Lampworking Volume III released April 2010.

 

Throughout his decades of professional work, Hughes has exhibited widely both in juried Fine Art Shows, where he has won numerous awards, and in Art Galleries which include The Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL,  NC Museum of Natural Sciences,  the Riley Gallery in Cleveland, OH,  just to name a few.  Hughes’ sculptures of wildflowers are avidly coveted by collectors, not only in the United States, but also internationally.  His work is represented in countless private collections in the US and abroad, as well as in corporate collections and in the collections of royalty, heads of state, and diplomats.

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

“I hope to show movement in each of my works”, Hughes says. “Although I often use colored glass as a focal point to highlight certain aspects of my work, clear glass is the prominent part of my sculptures for two reasons.  I believe that the purity of clear glass lends a mystical quality to the flowers, emphasizing the delicacy and fragility of our natural world. The transparent optical qualities of clear glass also challenge the observer to look more closely and to use his/her imagination to complete my creative vision”.  Please visit: www.hughesglass.net

 

For more information about the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show: info@craftsamericashows.com   General admission: $15.00. Senior Citizens $14.00 Please inquire about special group rate.

 

 

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