Artist Debbie Mostel Turned “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture Into Major Fundraising Opportunity For Local Charities In Palm Beach County

Today, the Winter Solstice is known as “the darkest day of the year”. What better time to celebrate artist Debbie Mostel? Her “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities in Palm Beach County. Let’s celebrate the light that she brings to the community!  The Rickie Report shares the behind-the-scenes photos, details and an interview with Debbie Mostel.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s

 

 

“Hearts    of    Mirasol”    Sculpture

 

 

 

“Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture by Debbie Mostel

 

Debbie Mostel is a multi-talented artist who has won numerous awards with her sculptures and designs and whose jewelry has been worn by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, January Jones, Laverne Cox, Christie Brinkley, Patti LaBelle, Emily Blunt and many others. Yet something she always wanted to do was to turn her love of art – sculptures, in particular – into a powerful way to raise substantial funds for charitable organizations.

 

 

Debbie Mostel and Valerie Crosson

 

Valerie Crosson had a great track record for commissioning fantastic, large, highly visible sculptures that help raise millions of dollars for charitable causes. Following her previous success with the UNICEF Snowflake, which hangs in Manhattan above 5th Avenue at 57th Street, she joined The Mirasol Foundation board for 2020-21.  With guidance from the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Valerie contacted 7 regional artists – including Debbie Mostel – and issued a Request for Proposals to create a piece with “hanging hearts” to help reunite the residents of the Mirasol community, many of whom felt disconnected due to social gathering restrictions due to COVID.

 

Valerie and Debbie found a bond and similarities in their vision for the piece. Valerie recommended Debbie and the board approved. Then Debbie spent six months working on the sculpture. Debbie said she was “driven by the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid – and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed.” It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club.

 

 

The idea was to use “hanging hearts” as a centerpiece for a major fundraising effort – largely because the onset of the COVID pandemic made traditional fundraising methods impractical.

 

 

Initial Drawings for “Hearts of Mirasol” by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Putting   It   Together….

Top: Five 1’’ thick, 6’ wide, 5’ tall furniture-grade laser cut Lucite make up the “Tree/Wave”

Middle: The garden has 149 clear hand-blown glass nautilus and spheroid forms; the beginnings of all life.

Bottom: 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big M for Mirasol in the center.

The sculpture is in a state of perpetual illumination, which you can’t help but be drawn into its tranquil beauty.

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel working with glass components for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

On the finished work, each of the 850 hearts represents an individual donor and the amounts donated varied from $150 up to $5000; a total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised. Once it was unveiled, Valerie said the piece is a “great success, connecting people at a time when we couldn’t be together” and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit area charities.

 

 

Debbie Mostel working on the structure for “Hearts of Mirasol” Sculpture

 

 

 

 

A video on the building of the sculpture can be seen on Debbie Mostel’s website:

 https://www.debbiemosteldesigns.com/

 

 

 

 

Close-up of 850 Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in 7 layers in the form of an electrocardiogram with a big ‘M’ for Mirasol in the center.

 

 

Q   &   A   with   Debbie   Mostel

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?

D.M.:  H.C. Westerman ( Humor and moral commentary), Frida Kahlo ( Honesty), Georgia O’Keeffe (Sensual examination of Nature), Beth Lipman (She is brave), Everything at Burning Man, and Keith Haring (Everything).

 

Q: What inspired you for your Hearts of Mirasol design?

D.M.: While talking with Valerie Crosson (director of fundraising and Chair of the Hearts of Mirasol Campaign), we spoke of the core values concerning the project, the importance of giving back to our local community affected by Covid and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was viewed. (It is now a permanent installation in the entrance of the Club!) 

 

She just asked me to design something with 450 to 850 hearts that would represent the donors to the piece. That was it. I thought about how living in Palm Beach County we all have a connection to the ocean, our beaches, our hurricanes, the rising tides… you can’t trivialize the relationship. Then I thought about the “Tree of Life,” windblown – like on the California coast – and combining it with a wave felt utterly compelling.  The piece is a triptych.  The “Heartbeat of Mirasol” was an inspiration that took 6 months to build.

 

 

Debbie Mostel’s Design in progress 

 

Q: What is your driving passion in making your art designs? Is there any reason you choose one medium over another? 

D.M.: I would have to say light and emotion. All my work has a message of humor, nature, ecology, or human experiences. I love working with ancient and futuristic components, the contrast and conversion, especially with metal and glass.

 

Q: What is a piece of art you want to make that is on your bucket list?

D.M.: I have no bucket list except to keep exploring and growing as an artist and a human…sounds corny but true.

 

Q: You clearly love the theme of water. Where did that come from and how do you communicate your passion for that in your works of art?

D.M.: Growing up on the ocean on Eastern Long Island, a crowded day you could spot 20 people as far as you could see! I would be in my p.j.’s on the beach eating cheerios. I loved the solitude. I could walk or swim for miles without seeing a soul. I was fearless (and naive). Up with the sunrise, taking note of tides and horseshoe crabs, sea glass and shells. I started making art on the beach with what washed ashore at a very young age.

 

 

Close-up of “The Garden” area of Debbie Mostel’s sculpture

 

All Photos courtesy of  Richard McConnell

 

 

 

 

About      Debbie      Mostel:

 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel at The Breakers

Debbie Lee Mostel, a longtime resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is a designer/artist who is also a science-based thinker and who sees wonder in every drop of water and every blade of grass. It is this sense of curiosity that Debbie thrives on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist. Debbie’s career has incorporated painting, contemporary fine art, sculpture, jewelry design, and kinetics! 

 

During a charmed 15-year career as a fashion jewelry designer, retailers such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom carried some of her designs and Debbie’s designs were featured in publications such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

 

 

Debbie Mostel at International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium , 2019

 

 

After Debbie took time off to raise her son the urge to create beckoned and she went back to college for landscape design and a new career. But working in the gardens pulled her back to her roots as a sculptor, painter, and jewelry design. 

 

Her national recognition is underscored by artist and writer, Bruce Helander, who said, “Mostel takes the viewer on an anything-goes journey.” Debbie’s artistry has been recognized internationally and nationally in juried exhibitions with three Best in Show awards, four First Place awards, and numerous other awards. 

 

In between these exhibits, Debbie worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach, as their Resident Artist, creating hanging light sculptures in Mar a Lago and Mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club as well as creating special environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court and Colony Hotel. The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She had been a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Artists of Palm Beach County. 

 

 

 

Debbie Mostel

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE HEARTS OF MIRASOL SCULPTURE :

  • The sculpture is one of a kind and was designed and created by Debbie Lee Mostel, with support from Globadyne Production and Design. The “Hearts of Mirasol” sculpture is 6’ wide, 16” deep and 8’ high. It features a dramatic 5’ tall tree blowing in the wind, forming the crest of a Florida ocean wave also evoking the form of The Tree of Life – thus, a cresting willow.

 

  • The Tree of Life sits in a garden where 140 hand blown nautilus shapes emerge like crocus flowers in early Spring, representing the natural landscaping of Mirasol.

 

  • The base of the sculpture features 850 hanging Svarovski and Czechoslovakian cut crystal hearts in the form of an EKG, the heartbeat of the community of Mirasol. Each heart represents the donors.

 

  • Although very subdued, the heartbeat forms an /M’ for The Mirasol Foundation. Scattered throughout the piece are 26 iridescent hearts which represent the higher-level donors and one very special light blue heart, which represents the management and staff of Mirasol and the Mirasol Foundation. Special recognition goes to Valerie Crosson, whose vision is an integral part of this design.

 

 

ABOUT THE MIRASOL FOUNDATION INC. : 

The Mirasol Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer charitable organization established, directed, and supported by the residents of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The mission of The Mirasol Foundation is to raise, administer and distribute funds to civic, cultural, educational, social and health-related non-profit, section 501(C)(3) organizations in Palm Beach County and surrounding communities. More information about the foundation can be found on their website, https://www.mirasolcc.com/mfi.

 

 

 

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Stop By Center For Creative Education For Special FREE “The Art Of Science” Exhibit Friday, October 25 In Conjunction With Northwood Village ‘Art Night Out’ Event. Fun For kids And Adults!

“The Art of Science” initiative is a collaborative effort of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (SFSCA) and Center for Creative Education (CCE) based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.  Enjoy the special FREE expo on Friday, October 25 during the Northwood Village ‘Art Night Out’ event.  This promises to be fun for kids and adults!  The Art of Science exhibition will be on view in the Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at CCE from October 4 to October 25 during regular gallery hours.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
T: (561) 805-9927       cceflorida.org

 

The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at Center for Creative Education

 

PRESENTS:  

“The Art Of Science”

 

 

A Special | FREE | Expo Event!

Friday, October 25

6  –  8 pm

In conjunction with the Northwood Village ‘Art Night Out’ event

Fun for kids and adults!

 

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Exhibition is open to the public Now through October 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Science is made possible with support from Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. which receives significant funding from the children’s services council of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-805-9927

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or upcoming exhibits:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager

JonathonO@cceflorida.org

State Issued Photo ID Required for Visit
T: (561) 805-9927 ext. 106   F: (561) 805-9929
W: cceflorida.org 

Empowering Students to Grow Academically, Creatively and Socially Through Arts-Based Education

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Salon Features Artist Sri Prabha’s Mixed Media Installations, Videos, Sculptural Paintings And Photo Based Works

Sri Prabha is a mixed media artist using installations, video, sculptural paintings, and photo based works. Named “Best Visual Artist 2015” and “10 Visual Artists You Need to Know”(2016) by Broward Palm Beach New Times, he will be presenting at the next Armory Art Salon on Tuesday, May 3rd. His work synthesizes possibilities across ecology, geology, and science in general. Sri travels the world to conduct research connecting geological identities, man’s drive for scientific exploration, and humanity’s connection to The Universe. Facilitated by Elle Schorr, the public is invited for stimulating discussion. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to attend this networking opportunity.

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

IN THE ARMORY ART CENTER LIBRARY

AT THE ART SALON

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 pm

PRESENTS:

SRI PRABHA:

“Art as a Conduit to the Interconnected Cosmos: Synthesizing the Possibilities across Ecology, Geology And Science”

 

 

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“The Night Lands” by Sri Prabha

 

 

$10 fee to attend may be paid at the door

Snacks or drinks to share would be much appreciated

 

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“Outpost” Installation by Sri Prabha

 

 

 

Sri travels the world to conduct research connecting geological identities, man’s drive for scientific exploration, and humanity’s connection to The Universe. He questions “where are we going and how will we get there?”, and states: “Conscious and subconscious connections are visualized and expressed through art as a conduit to the interconnected cosmos.”

 

ArtSalonSriPrabhaOrbiting Cathedrals, Installation

“Orbiting Cathedrals” Installation by Sri Prabha

 

 

 

Sri integrates into his aesthetic process tenants of geography, nature, time, human origins, and the cosmos. He illuminates new possibilities and reconciles the old and new by synthesizing deeper understandings of our relationship to the natural world. He asks how our intellectual understandings compare with our emotional responses to these discoveries.

 

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“Shadow Dancer” by Sri Prabha

 

 

 

Sri originally came to the US from Hyderabad, India. His artistic training includes a B.A. in Studio Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco. Recent shows include the South Florida survey show “100+Degrees in the Shade”, an expansive SOLO installation at Young at Art Museum, and an immersive space outpost installation at The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. He has also exhibited work at The Deering Estate, Boca Raton Museum of Art, pop up installations at the Dupont Building, the Ingraham Building, downtown Hollywood, FAT Village and public art video installations in the streets of Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

ArtSalonSriPrabhaCrystal Beacon Rover , Installation

“Crystal Beacon Rover” Installation by Sri Prabha

 

 

 

 

 

Sri’s awards include inclusion in The Photo Review Competition Issue (2015), Broward Artists grant, Brush Creek Arts Foundation in Wyoming, and National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center artists’ residency. He received the Innovative Artist Award at Fraker Scott Gallery, and the Juror’s Award from Smithsonian Affiliate, Annmarie Sculpture and Arts Center. His videos were shown in Resfest, garnered the Ford Motion in Drive video award, and his title design work was shown on PBS. He teaches photography and mixed media at NSU Museum of Art, and taught at Film Arts Foundation and Expression Center for New Media in San Francisco. His works are in several private collections in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, and Copenhagen. Sri lives in Hollywood, Florida and spends a considerable amount of time engaging in research across the world.

 

 

 

http://www.sriprabha.com/

 

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Photo by Sri Prabha 

Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr. Schedules of upcoming Art Salons and Videos of past Art Salon Presentations are now available at: http://www.elleschorrphotography.com/salon-schedule.php

 

For more information about the Armory Art Center’s classes, workshops, exhibits and facilities:

www.armoryart.org

 

 

ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists in the community. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. 

 

 

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:

NEW LOCATION: All Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 3340, in the historic Art Deco Armory building to the left of the garden.

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

 

 

 

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Public is Welcome To Laura Willems’ SOLO Exhibit at Whole Foods Market On Behalf Of Wellington Art Society

Wellington Art Society announces a Public Reception for abstract artist, Laura Willems will be held on May 29, 2015, in the Cafe Gallery of the Whole Foods Market in Wellington. This SOLO Exhibition has 16 works of art on display, many as diptychs, triptychs and quartets, totaling 36 individual canvases.  Laura’s work has been seen in many juried and invitational exhibitions, including “Art in Public Places” at Palm Beach International Airport. She has also participated in many art shows and done several art demonstrations. Her exhibit will continue through June 15th.The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks here. 

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

Presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION

by

Laura Willems

“Through the scope – a take on inner and outer space”

 

PUBLIC RECEPTION

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7          Wellington, FL

 

561.904.4000

$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

 

Exhibit continues through June 15th

 

"Thirty Fathoms" by Laura Willems

“Thirty Fathoms” by Laura Willems

 

Laura Willems, member of the Wellington Art Society is the current SOLO artist at Wellington Whole Foods Market. A Public Reception in her honor will be hosted by Whole Foods on May 29, 2015 from 6:30-8 PM. There will be live music, delicious and creative snacks, special vintage wines and door prizes, including one from the artist. There is a $5 charge at the door goes to help fund the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.   The Cafe Gallery at Whole Foods Market is located at 2635 State Road 7/441, Wellington, FL 33414, 561-904-4000. Located just south of the Wellington Mall and Forest Hill Blvd., on State Road 7/441.

 

 

 

"Sunset On Solaris" by Laura Willems

“Sunset On Solaris” by Laura Willems

 

 

This SOLO Exhibition has 16 works of art on display, many as diptychs, triptychs and quartets, totaling 36 individual canvases.  Paintings from Laura Willems’ Interstellar Series will be shown, in which Laura creates a paint bath of mixed media into which she immerses the canvases. Also represented are selections from her Jackson Pollack and Miro’ periods.  In addition, a collection of 4″ x 4″ mini-panels, which interchange like puzzle pieces, will be shown for the first time.

 

 

"Firestorm Quartet" by Laura Willems

“Firestorm Quartet” by Laura Willems

Laura was born and raised in the Midwest, loves sports and the outdoors and spending time with animals. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut. An avid traveler, she has visited all seven continents and has been inspired by the very diverse cultures and landscapes she has experienced as well as the many museums she has visited over the years.

 

 

"The Fires Within" by Laura Willems

“The Fires Within” by Laura Willems

 

 

Laura’s art has evolved through those travels and by participating in many classes and seminars in various mediums and artistic styles. She has found guidance from her artist brother, Ira Bruce Reines and many fellow artists. A highly creative and passionate person, she constantly reinvents herself in order to explore new avenues of expression.

 

Laura Willems at  Wellington City Hall Exhibit with "Slash"

Laura Willems at Wellington City Hall Exhibit with “Slash”

Laura’s art uses the laws of gravity, chemistry and physics to turn the canvases into unique highly kinetic interplays of vivid color that ebb and flow. Each painting is created in a mixed media bath of acrylics, oils, gesso and metallics of different density and liquidity. The canvas is dipped in this bath, then tilted and worked, allowing the mediums to flow and merge into complex patterns and intricate textures. Laura’s paintings can be viewed in any direction and explode in breathtaking brilliant colors.

 

 

"Heavy Metals" by Laura Willems

“Heavy Metals” by Laura Willems

 

Laura tells The Rickie Report,”As in a microcosm or vast universe, the innate laws of physics governing the world are at work as I create my latest series of paintings. For each canvas, I first create a bath of mixed media: acrylics, oils, gessoes, and metallics of different density and liquidity. “

 

 

"Life in Europa" by Laura Willems

“Life in Europa” by Laura Willems

 

Laura says: “Have you ever noticed that looking through a microscope can be similar to looking through a telescope? Is it a star or a piece of sand?  Particles, at the subatomic level, mimic planetary motion. The symmetry of the universe, ruled by the laws of nature, is key to my inspiration.  As I add each color and medium, the disparate chemical make-ups of the mediums react with each other, jockeying for position like rivers flowing along hydro-dynamic lines.”

 

 

Laura is a member of several Professional Associations, including Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Artists of Palm Beach County, Wellington Art Society, Lake Worth Art League and International Association of Experimental Artists.

 

This SOLO Exhibition will conclude on June 15, 2015.

Please call 561-632-8225, for more information.

Works can be specially created to suit your home or office.

Visit:

 laura.willems@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/laura-reines-willems

 

Wellington Art Society

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 35th 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 further information visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

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Debbie Mostel In Multiple Exhibits Locally With A Global Reach

Fashion jewelry designer Debbie Lee Mostel is back with “Pearls of Wisdom” and the “Liberty Line”.  She most recently had a productive journey through the art world creating large scale, award-winning paintings, sculptures, and contemporary fine art.  Assemblage artist, Debbie Lee Ridge comes full circle back into jewelry design with a force and a new brand presence: Debbie Lee Mostel. Her comeback lines, “Pearls of Wisdom” and “Liberty Line”, heralds the Strength of Women and is the conceptual soul of Debbie Lee Mostel’s bold new work.  The Rickie Report shares some of Debbie’s new designs and where her creations can be found.  In addition, Debbie’s Kinetic Sculptures will be showing!  Don’t miss her take on “global issues”.

 

DEBBIE MOSTEL’s

 

“Pearls of Wisdom”    “Liberty Line”

 

Global Kinetic Sculptures

 

 

 

 

JEWELRY EVENT

Friday, December 19  11 am – 7pm

 

Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art

 711 Lucerne Avenue       Lake Worth, Florida 33460

786-521-1199

Fridays through Wednesdays 11a.m.-7 p.m.   Closed on Thursdays

GLOBAL KINETIC SCULPTURE

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Opening Reception:  December 19th

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 

Free and Open to the Public

"Techno Lazer Cufff" by Debbie Mostel

“Techno Lazer Cufff” by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Courage and confidence, striking design and simplicity of materials give Debbie Mostel’s jewelry an eternal quality she has long been noted for. Silver and gold, glass rods and globes and yes, intricate pieces from computer parts create sensual, organic, statement-making pop-art jewelry designed with the future in mind.

 

 

Debbie Mostel's Cuffs

Debbie Mostel’s Cuffs

 

Debbie Lee Mostel, BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York, was trained by master goldsmith, Ellen Broker, and master silversmith, Hans Christensen, of Copenhagen, Denmark. Early in her career, after a stint with Tiffany’s, Mostel formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim when her designs were carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Ave.  Debbie’s jewelry was also seen in Richard Avedon’s fashion photographs.

 

 

Globe and "Liberty Line" earrings by Debbie Mostel

Globe and “Liberty Line” earrings by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Featured in dozens of magazines, Mostel’s work has depth and credibility. Her jewelry was photographed on top models such as Becky Johnson and has graced the cover of Vogue,Glamour, Bazzar, and the inside pages of the New Yorker Magazine, LA Magazine, the New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, just to name a few.

 

Lu Ann Deliece Wearing a Debbie Mostel Cuff

Housewife of New York actress, Lu Ann Deliece Wearing a Debbie Mostel Cuff

Debbie Mostel bracelet worn by Remona Singer at the Mellinium Magazine Lounge

Debbie Mostel Bracelet worn by Remona Singer at the Mellinium Magazine Lounge

Woopie GOldberg wears Debbie Mostel cuff at Zang Toi Fashion Event

Whoopi Goldberg wears a Debbie Mostel Cuff at Zang Toi Fashion Event

 

 

Mostel’s work has been compared with illustrious designer Robert Lee Morris who came up during the same era as Mostel. Both designers have been influenced by the forms they find in nature and their interest in sculpting. Both love the feel and look of silver and perhaps one difference may be in the stunning simplicity of Mostel’s designs.

 

 

"Joyful Universe" by Debbie Mostel

“Joyful Universe” by Debbie Mostel

 

“Joyful Universe” will be on display at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County from Dec 16th–Feb 10th.  Debbie tells The Rickie Report, ” Upon creating this piece what occurs to me most profoundly is the beautiful planet we live on. Even with its changing political boundaries, ecological uncertainty, and polluted waterways our planet is a miracle in our Universe. I am A Science based thinker/Designer/artist who sees the blessings and wonders in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass. I don’t mean to get too sappy, but I do feel passionately connected to our Earth. Sadly, too many humans today are just out of touch with their home​.”

 

To see a video of Debbie’s “Lizard Globe” Click here.  The piece is exhibited at Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art.

 

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"Lizard Globe" by Debbie Mostel

“Lizard Globe” by Debbie Mostel

 

 

Mostel’s national recognition is underscored by artist and writer, Bruce Helander who has supported her rise up the ladder. “Mostel takes the viewer on an anything goes journey” says Helander of her work. The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie Lee in their Art after Dark series. She is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA),Boca Museum’s Artist Guild, Lighthouse ArtCenter and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

 

 

"Mother of Exiles" by Debbie Mostel Currently on Exhibit at the Boca Museum Artist Guild Gallery in Delray Beach,FL

“Mother of Exiles” by Debbie Mostel Currently on Exhibit at the Boca Museum Artist Guild Gallery in Delray Beach,FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To see another Kinetic Sculpture by Debbie Please Click Here:

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Debbie’s “Globe Art” will be highlighted at the upcoming International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium in Boynton Beach from February 6-8.

For more information on the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, call (561) 742-6026, email ColesDobayd@bbfl.us or visit www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org.

 

 

 

JURIED SHOWS & AWARDS

 

Present Global Art Gallery, W.P.B.- SOLO Show- (2010)
Lighthouse ArtCenter -Landscape Show -Best in Show (2011)
Norton Museum of Art-Art after Dark-guest artist-Demo (2011)
Lighthouse ArtCenter -Contempo Show-Best in Show (2012)
City of Palm Beach Gardens -SOLO Show- (2013)
Activist Artista Gallery -Symbolism-(2012)
Red Dot Fair-Miami (2012)
S.E.Fine Arts Exibit-N.W. FL.State College, Niceville (2012)
Linus Gallery-Fantasy-Pasadena CA. (2012)
Artists of Palm Beach County – 5 shows and continuing
Rossetti Gallery -Summer Heat IV- Second Place (2013)
Palm Beach Fine Craft Show -West Palm Beach,FL.(2013)
East End Arts -“H20” -Riverhead, New York (2013)
Riverside Arts Center -“Map-it”-, Ysplianti, MI.(2013)
Lighthouse ArtCenter- “Mother Ocean”-, Tequesta, Fl.(2013)
NAWA(National Association of Women Artists) “Women of NAWA Exposed” & “Introspections”(2013), Truth and Beauty (2012)more….
Rosetti Gallery- “Heat IV”- Wilton Manor, Fl -2nd Place (2013)
Kimble Art Center “Nature Underwater” Hobe Sound, Fl(2013)
Barrett Jackson Car Show -West Palm Beach (2013)
Lighthouse ArtCenter-D’Art for Art -Best In Show (2013)
Bruce Helander’s Spotlight on Talent-Lighthouse ArtCenter – Mr. Helander said “ Debbie you stole the show but because of conflict of interest (he was the curator at my representing gallery, Arthouse 429) I could not give you an award.” (2013)
Arthouse 429 Fall Show- (2013)
Art Loft- West Palm-Memories of Home- First Place- (2014)                                             Artigras-Jupiter FL(2013)                                                                                                                Lighthouse ArtCenter-Art of Association-First Place-2014                                                            The Artist Guild (Boca Museum)-Honorable Mention -2014                                                 Mandel JCC- Palm Beach Gardens, FL SOLO show -Liberty -Oct 2014                                  Cultural Council of Palm Beach County-Lake Worth,FL -Kinetic Art-Dec 2014 International Kinetic Art Show -Boynton Beach, FL -2015

 

For more information please visit:
www.debbieleemostel.com

or  debbiemostel@gmail.com

or call Debbie Lee Mostel  561-779-0030

 

 

 

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Brigitte Balbinot Unveils New Paintings

The Rickie Report is pleased to share artwork by a community-based artist, Brigitte Balbinot.  Her style is abstract with wonderful textural marks.  Read this article to learn more about Brigitte and her paintings.

 

Brigitte Balbinot

Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

Brigitte Balbinot was born in Lausanne, Switzerland.  As a child, she  traveled extensively with her family to various places in Europe and Asia and even lived for a time in Africa. These childhood experiences have contributed to define her as an Artist.

 

Self-taught, she used to draw and sketch as a child and began painting on board panels with the recurrent theme of space and far away galaxies which fascinated her. Her passion for science still comes into play today as she loves to experiment with new techniques and mediums to further develop her artistry.

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At age 22, during a visit at the Pompidou museum in Paris where she participated in a guided tour of Salvador Dali’s collection, she was particularly moved by “The Persistence of Memory”, painted in 1931, in which these melting watches rest in an eerily calm landscape. In this other dimension, time is of no relevance. Inspired by the significance of Dali’s message, she felt inspired and compelled to create larger artworks that convey self-reflection and inspiration.

 

 

Today, she divides her time between her two studios located in South Florida and the province of Quebec. That way, she says, she has the best of both worlds and can feel a different kind of vibration depending on the location and the season.

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Prior to 2010, Brigitte focused on drawing, painting, modeling and photography.  For the next two years, she gave a great deal of attention to her painting, experimenting with new mediums and techniques.  In 2011, Brigitte starting painting with oils, alkyds, waxes and resin.  Her work became progressively larger.   

 

Brigitte was part of the  Group Exhibit and the Art of Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl in 2012,  Group Exhibit at Agora Gallery in New York City;  Group Exhibit at Art Fusion in Miami; All year exhibit at Artists Association of Jupiter, FL Coop; All year exhibit at private studio in Miami and Montreal; Solo exhibit at Artists Association of Jupiter, Fl – Fall 2012; Group exhibit at the Lighthouse Museum of Jupiter, Fl; Group exhibit at Glass, Clay, Metal and Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, Fl; Online Group Exhibit – Elements of Art: Texture – Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, ME; 2013  Exhibit at “L’Espace Contemporain” in Montreal, CA and  All year exhibit at private studio in Miami and Montreal.

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She tells The Rickie Report, “When I begin a new painting, I try to let go of the intellectual side and the ego, the part of us that allows for judgment and egotistic behaviors, and channel the inspiration that may be brought by humanity in its organized as well as in its chaotic state. Art to me is a link that connects each and every one of us. With each of my creations, I try to create work that represents the depth of life that brings the viewer to not necessarily think but wonder, question and feel. I aim for an emotional rather than an intellectual response to the work I create. Trying to capture the very thing that connects us all is mystical, but is the essence of life itself. A combination of silence, meditation and music are a part of my creating process. It helps me either calm or energize the energy within to achieve balance.”

 

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Noting that her paintings are large, for the most part, Brigitte tells our readers, ” I usually start with basic concept of color visualization, basic shapes’ structure, which I would refer to as “organized energy”. I favor the use of oil paints, resins, waxes and alkyds as to speed up the long process of drying. I generally work on several pieces at a time for that very same reason. The tools I use can be anything from pallet knives, to brushes, spatulas, sanders and even q-tips. The motions can range from rough and energized to really detailed and soft.”

 

Working on such large pieces  as well as numerous canvases at the same time, Balbinot points out, ” It may take days, weeks and sometimes months for a painting to be completed. I know my work is done when after several passes I can look at it and feel that it needs nothing more from me to be alive.”

 

The Rickie Report is pleased to bring Brigitte’s art and creativity to our readers.  In addition to her original paintings, Brigitte offers limited edition prints and cards of her meaningful images.  Look for information about future shows, exhibits and awards from this wonderful artist!  For more information  www.brigittebalbinot.com/works    contact:  Brigitte Balbinot   561.324.8744  brigittebalbinot@me.com

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Nature and Technology-Based Art Brings Debbie Mostel National Acclaim

The Rickie Report knows the viewer will see Debbie Mostel’s artwork and will be drawn to the fine details as well as the whole piece.  Debbie sees the world through shapes and design.  Her vast knowledge and life-long fascination with science is mirrored in her work.  Celebrate Debbie’s recent prestigious induction into NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) and her debut at Red Dot Miami!

Debbie Mostel’s “A New Monarchy”

 

Debbie tells us, ” I’m a beach girl.  When I was little I would sit on the dunes and think the crashing waves were “Mother Natures Heartbeat”.  I  remember how motivated  I was to create art after an exquisite performance by lightning or watching the delicate & powerful dance of a butterfly..”

 

This graduate of the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.  and  California College of the Arts, Berkley, CA. Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts was a metal major under Florence Resnikoff and a glass minor under Marvin Lipofsky.  Mostel became a Master Goldsmith with Ellen Broker and a Master Silversmith with Hans Christensen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

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As a child, Debbie wanted to become a marine biologist.  Her fascination with science and art were equal influences until her creative nature finally won.  Through that scientific grounding, Mostel gives us fascinating pieces of artwork to peruse and become excited.

 

A frequent prize winner at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts’ exhibits, Debbie continues to push herself and never rests on past accomplishments.  She was recently inducted into NAWA at their New York City headquarters.  She joins the ranks of other women artists including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Judy Chicago, Mary Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur, Susan Valadon, Janet Fishman, Miriam Shapiro, Audry Flack and Claire Romano.  There are over 800 members of NAWA and FLorida is the only area in the U.S. to have a chapter outside of New York City.  Debbie’s mission is to increase NAWA’s reach.

The National Association Of  Women Artists  (NAWA) was founded in 1889.  It is the oldest professional women’s fine arts organization in the United States.  It is inclusive and serves professional women artists of all backgrounds and traditions. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY  10011

 

The Rickie Report asked her to tell us about her newest work.  She explains,” Recently, I’ve developed a fascination for the construct of technology  —  the intricate designs of motherboards, heat coils and  laser pick ups. This came about when my son & his friends were smashing an old transistor radio.  We were fascinated by the “guts”.  Thanks boys, this led to my newest collection……”

 

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She uses objects from the past and the present to showcase the  beauty and relationship between  nature and technology.  Globes play an important role in Debbie’s work and she will use them alongside antique car ornaments, vintage wind up toys, seashells and other natural elements. Together, these create whimsical, mystical paintings that invite the viewer to explore technology and nature in a symbiotic relationship.

Preparing for her debut at Red Dot Miami, Debbie will premiere her newest collection. Debbie’s obsession is integrating weather, technology and art.  She calls her new work “Tornadic Activity”.  

 

She tells us, “This new collection: ‘Tornadic Activity’ was inspired by watching the weather channel and the tornardic “activity” in all our lives…”.  Each piece speaks to the artistic tornado she brings to her creative self.  Certainly there is weather-based tornadic activity, but Mostel moves beyond the obvious and brings the viewer into its deeper meanings.  Consider interpersonal tornadoes, the upheaval of the earth’s weather patterns, or the inner storms we face on our life’s journeys.

 

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Debbie shares, ” I do not expect people to see my validity when they look at my artwork.  I want them to see what makes sense to themselves.  I believe there nothing random, that everything we encounter has meaning.  It is up to each of us to discern what that is”.

 

You can see Debbie’s artwork at Red Dot (December 4-9) during Art Basil in booth C126.   Red Dot Miami is located at 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 31st Street  Miami, FL   www.redfair.com For more information about Debbie Mostel, go to www.debbieleemostel.com or call  561-779-0030

 

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