Armory Art Salon Features Dana Donaty, “From Profoundly Playful to Order + Collapse – A Time Of Transition” On November 27

The Armory Art Center brings so many opportunities not only to artists, but to art lovers. The monthly Art Salons led by Elle Schorr allow all of us to meet and better understand the creative process with internationally, nationally and locally based artists.  Meet international acclaimed, Dana Donaty on Tuesday, November 27 , as she discusses “FROM ‘PROFOUNDLY PLAYFUL’ TO ‘ORDER + COLLAPSE’ – A TIME OF TRANSITION” The public is invited.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  FYI: “Order + Collapse” is a very new work in progress, and has not yet been seen in public. She’ll be sharing it with us for the first time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org

 

AT THE ART SALON:

TUESDAY,  November 27, 2018

6:30 -8:30 pm

 

 

 

“FROM ‘PROFOUNDLY PLAYFUL’ TO ‘ORDER + COLLAPSE’ – A TIME OF TRANSITION”

PRESENTED BY

Dana  Donaty

 

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER MEDIA ROOM

 

There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. There is a $10 donation for each salon.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

Dana Donaty is known for her “Profoundly Playful” painting and sculpture series, which comes from an interest in satirical playfulness, fragments of timeless memory where nothing is sacred, and before that, for her “Dancers” series, and for her public art. Now she’s embarked on a dramatically different series, being shown and talked about for the first time: “Order + Collapse”, which explores the artist’s studio, and also the human body, through painting, sculpture, collage and assemblage. Her work wrestles with ideas of perception and source, unconscious knowledge and cognition.

 

 

 

“Profoundly Playful” blends reality and fantasy with narrative, satire, burlesque, psychology and “a super charged palette that is like a party about to get thoroughly out of control”. Every part is a series of actions and reactions. She places virgin canvas underneath the “in-process” painting on her easel, and ‘collects’ the excess paint that is flung, splattered, scraped, spilled and off loaded.

 

 

 

 

Just like the canvas before it, the floor work is then raised to eye level. From the aggregation of Rorschach-like blots of primordial color, a fresh composition and a new group of figurative characters emerge. Their shape serves as stimulus for free association – almost any irregular free shape can spark off the associative process. This is a central part of her creative process, giving life to a cast of characters, each exhibiting the vitality of their individual freedom, each one leading to another – creating, conceptually, a visual display of memories sourced from the subconscious.

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

 

In addition to this auto-associative memory process, Dana often assimilates ideas or phrases from things people say or from books on audio that she listens to while working. She says: “My process mirrors the way in which we learn, we cannot ultimately control how information finds us or how we process it. Therefore, I regard chance as the organizing principle employed in constructing each painting.

 

 

 

 

In response to the chance convergence of memories, thoughts, sounds, emotions, and other stimuli, I attempt to control the uncontrollable through a narrative, layered with numerous subplots, that is personal, implied and universal. My work is my poetic theater of uncertainty, popular culture, universal truths, personal experiences and the modern condition. The viewer can partake in a stable set of meanings or challenge the imagery with their own sense of wonder.”

 

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

Dana grew up in New Jersey, in a family with mixed Colombian, Peruvian, Italian, Irish and American backgrounds. She has a BA in Drawing from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. After living in London for twelve years, she relocated to Florida in 2006, where she now lives and works in Miami and Delray Beach. Since 2014, she has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

Dana will be having a solo exhibition at The Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, opening Dec 5. Her work was recently on view in a solo retrospective exhibition at Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL. and has been shown at international art fairs like Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, the American International Fine Art Fair, Scope and major group shows throughout Florida. Other selected solo shows include Fordistas Gallery in Miami, Paul Fisher Gallery in Palm Beach and The Ora Sorensen Gallery in Palm Beach. Her work is in both public and private collections in the US, and Europe.

 

She has completed many award-winning public art projects, and has been featured in over 50 national and international publications. She has garnered multiple awards within the design industry, as she has been sought after to create unique commissions for high profile residential and commercial projects.

 

Artwork by Dana Donaty

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

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Shop For Dads And Grads At Garala Gallery An Exciting, Unique Place To Shop In City Place

GARALA Art Gallery located in City Place, West Palm Beach offers unique gifts for Dads and Grads!  The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and paintings by Gabriele Kraus will intrigue you.  Looking for a truly unique gift?  Check out the hyper-realistic porcelain creations by Ray Gross!  Ray also has hot-off-the-press mixed media artworks.  And don’t miss the intentional humor of Laurent Dareau’s detailed oil paintings!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of their newest works!

 

 

 

Garala  Art  Gallery  At  CityPlace

701 N. Rosemary Avenue    W.Palm Beach, FL 33401   

     Come Visit The Gallery Exhibits!

Summer Hours:

CLOSED  MONDAY & TUESDAY

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1pm- 7pm

Saturday 1- till late

Sunday 1-4pm 

 

Hyper-realistic porcelain tools, paint brushes and tool belt sculptures by Ray Gross

 

Gabriele Kraus with her newest painting, “Adele”

Hyper-realistic paint brushes and #2 pencil sculptures by Ray Gross

 

Artwork by Ray Gross

 

 

 

 

For more information about Garala Gallery please contact: 

rayhgross@gmail.com

Gabriele Kraus  561.897.8361

Ray Gross 561.951.4749

Laurent Dareau  239.220.4638

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Mark Allen Brings Us “Proper Mental Attitude”

Mark Allen is a “re-emerging” artist.  In his early years, he sculpted and used “found objects” before the term even existed. Over thirty years ago he created cartoons. When their older son, Jared, succumbed to cancer, life for Mark and his wife, Donna changed.  Mark’s art has been his therapy since then, and until recently, he was keeping it within the family. The Rickie Report is honored to share Mark Allen’s artistry and his story, which is so poignant as we approach Father’s Day.

 

 

 

MARK ALLEN

Proper Mental Attitude

 

The Arts Arena Gallery

Friday, June 19th

6 – 8:30 pm

777 E. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

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Mark Allen tells The Rickie Report, “Proper Mental Attitude illustrates ‘nobody gets out of this life untouched’ and despite the depths of grief or despair we might just find the strength to laugh, love and live. ‘We can live until we die or we can die until we die’ …..hence, Proper Mental Attitude.”

 

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“Some People Just Don’t Get It” by Mark Allen

 

 

 

Mark Allen has always been a creative person, using “found objects” before the term was even in popular vocabulary.  Until recently, Mark and Donna Allen’s creative force has been in the food industry. It seems fitting that he sold one of his favorite sculptures, “Lunch Box” to another restaurant. 

"At Least They Aren't Salted" by Mark Allen

“At Least They Aren’t Salted” by Mark Allen

 

 

Borne out of a need to create something positive while his older son succumbed to cancer, Mark’s cynical sense of humor remained raw and honest. It was during life’s most challenging moments that Mark chose to use his talents to find purpose and inspiration as a way to maintain his own sanity and pay homage to an eight year old’s life well lived and loved.

 

Image by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

 

 

Life itself doesn’t have to be black and white. Vibrant moments can be experienced if you allow yourself to venture into that world.  Perhaps considered primitive or simplistic, Mark’s use of color and lack of depth are both instinctive and purposeful. The message speaks for itself as you are unwittingly, but willingly, invited into the idyllic images.

 

"Chicken Soup" by Mark Allen

“Chicken Soup” by Mark Allen

Having started to cartoon over 30 years ago, Mark shared the passion with his son, Jared.  Before succumbing to cancer, Jared drew  a satiric “Toaster Man” cartoon.  During shiva, the time of mourning immediately following death, Mark was appalled at the comments some people shared, in trying to be “comforting.”  Mark shares this life lesson with us.  “Saying “You must be relieved”, is NOT comforting.  Say nothing.  Reminisce.  Say nothing.  Hug us.”  Mark tells The Rickie Report, “That’s how the cartoons started. In black and white. No color.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 1995, Mark began working with Charles Fazzino, Master of 3D Pop Art.  As Fazzino’s techniques influenced Mark, his cartoons began to change. He incorporated more dimension.  Mark and Donna went into the restaurant business to earn a living and left the art world in the shadows.  Actually, Mark left the art in his closet and would steal away minutes of time to work on art pieces, standing in the closet!

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

Around 2010, Mark returned to using colored pencils and oil pastels and was ready to retire from the restaurant business. Max Beckman fell in love with Mark’s art and helped reconnect Mark with his inner artist.  Between 2011 -2012, increasing color seeped into Mark’s life. When we spoke recently, he shared, “Now I only see in color and composition. It is pretty much the way I see life. Color and composition is what matters.”

Painting by Mark Allen

Painting by Mark Allen

In 2013, the Allens moved from Arizona to Palm Beach County, FL.  Mark’s recent work is more defined. He is “putting the world back into order, outlining everything.”  His work is currently at the Arts Arena Gallery in Delray Beach and he is already scheduled for two SOLO Exhibitions: December 6, 2015 through January, 2016 (at the Weisman Center) and 40 pieces at the Spanish River Library in June, 2017.  Art patrons will be able to see the evolution of Mark’s artistry, which continues to evolve.

Mark graduated from the High School of Music and Art (NYC) and Hobart College (Bachelor’s in Fine Arts/Geneva, NY) . He was a member of the Students’ Art League (NY) and is now an exhibiting member of the Delray Art League (FL) and Gold Coast Watercolor Society (FL) .

For more information about Mark’s artistry, please contact:

propermentalattitude.com

 

 

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