LUSH: A Contemporary Ceramics Exhibit Will Enchant You At Lighthouse ArtCenter November 11 – January 4 With Exhibit, Lectures, Workshops, Award Reception

To celebrate the success of Chad Steve and his Ceramics Department, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is hosting LUSH: A Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition from November 11, 2019 – January 4, 2020.  Over 500 pieces were considered, but only 109 pieces were selected.  The artwork comes from as far away as Japan, and as close as down the street. On Thursday, November 21 during the artists’ reception which is open to the public, esteemed juror Alex Zablocki, will announce the winners from the juried entrants who will share four monetary awards that total $3,500. Alex is offering a two-day workshop, “Thinking Through the Vessel” on Saturday & Sunday, November 23-24.  Registration is open to non-members.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit and workshop plus some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

No charge for members, non-member adults (18 and older) $5.00

 First Saturday of the month no charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Reception:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $5.00

 

 

 

Exhibit is available November 11, 2019 – January 4, 2020

 

 

 

Register NOW: 

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

Ceramics by Alex Zablocki

 

 

In a world where mobile phones are ringing, and pinging, where emails and text messages demand attention, where TVs run in the background in every nook and cranny it can be hard to imagine that quiet creative places, soothing to the soul, still exist. 

But, open the door to a working ceramics studio and tranquility billows out.  It. Is. Enchanting.  

This is the alchemy of earth, air, fire and water.  It’s the magic created by craftsmen who turn mud into high art and functional ware. 

You’re welcome to feel it yourself, visit Chad Steve, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art, just a stone’s throw away to the northern end of Palm Beach County.  Chad runs the ceramics department where the student enrollment has doubled and doubled again in the three years he’s been teaching there.

With a …thumpthumpthump… Students from 19 to 90 settle into a gentle rhythm as they methodically wedge their clay to remove any air pockets.  Some settle at a potter’s wheel, while others are hand building and although they are working at different levels of accomplishment there is an undeniable sense of comradery in the room.

 

 

Lettuceware Teapot by Dodie Thayer

 

 

 

Of great interest to collectors is an important selection of original Lettuceware that is featured in the west gallery where a retrospective exhibition celebrates the original ceramic works of Dodie Thayer, most well known for her iconic green table ware evocative of crinkly heads of cabbage.  Lettuceware collectors read like the Who’s Who of society from around the globe.  They include the Queen of England, Jackie Kennedy Onassis  and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.  Mrs. Marshal Field V is loaning two of her large soup tureens for the exhibition, while Mrs. Thayer’s daughter is pulling pieces from the family’s treasures which have never before been shown.  They are irreplaceable.  

 

 

 

Lettuceware platter by Dodie Thayer

 

 

If you’ve been in the area for a while then you may be aware that Dodie DuBois Thayer Hawthorn was one of the original eight artists who established the Lighthouse ArtCenter 56 years ago along with Christopher Norton.  Dodie’s ceramic tableware became synonymous with Palm Beach at a time when Palm Beach represented the epitome of culture.  Until a few years ago all of Mrs. Thayer’s lettuceware was handmade, a few short years ago she licensed Tory Burch to manufacture her iconic lettuceware.  Although the work on exhibit at the Lighthouse ArtCenter will not be available for purchase, the ware produced by Tory Burch is still available in their shop on Worth Avenue.

 

 

Douglas Basset Andrews, a noted collector and art consultant, is loaning pieces of his recently acquired contemporary ceramics by Kentaro Kawabata, and Masaomi Yasunaga.  These pieces were shipped directly from exhibition openings in Los Angeles in time for LUSH. 

 

 

Ceramics by Alex Zablocki

 

 

It’s the energy and the enthusiasm of the staff, the students, and the volunteers at the Lighthouse ArtCenter that continue to thrive in this vibrant community. While most arts non-profits are struggling, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is bursting at the seams.  The School of Art serves over 2,600 adult students and 700 children.  Faculty members provide outreach to underserved residents in the community and every month a free and accessible class for special needs adults is offered at no charge in the master studio.  “We are bursting at the seams” says Nancy Politsch, executive director, “And that explains why we are creating a capital campaign to build a second floor on the gallery. It will expand the school and increase the size of the gallery.  The distinguished architect, Scott Hughes, is working on plans that will pull the best kept secret in Tequesta out of the 1960s and into the 21st century.  His plans for the new building are clean, sleek and bright.” 

 

 

Wood fired Vase by Brian Kovachik

 

 

When she joined the ArtCenter, three  years ago, Nancy Politsch, unpacked 38 years of experience in wealth management, along with a special brand of belt tightening that has resulted in a streamlined operation with a small and mighty staff that serves up the arts with passion seven days a week.  

 

 

Vase by Kentaro Kawabata On Loan Courtesy of  Douglas B. Andrews

 

 

 

Janeen Mason, the curator, creates eleven exhibitions annually at the ArtCenter and installs satellite exhibitions in other venues such as the 22nd Floor Gallery of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee, or in the new offices of the Community Foundation of Martin-St.Lucie.  It’s hard to believe her exhibitions, which some say are worthy of MOMA, are tucked away in Gallery Square North in Tequesta.  Earlier this year the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum created a special exhibition called Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim for the ArtCenter in order to honor Peter Lawson-Johnston, the grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who now serves as the honorary chairman of the board of directors for the Lighthouse ArtCenter. 

The ongoing success of the ArtCenter is directly related to generous patrons like Mrs. Lehan, who give their time, talent and resources, to insure cultural programming at this level is available to all who want to enjoy it, regardless of their ethnicity or economic standing.  This insures the heartbeat of the community, the Lighthouse ArtCenter will continue to thrive into the next 56 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561)748-8737

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Bring Never-Before-Seen Exhibition “Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim” With Videos, Docent-Led Tours, Photos From January 17 – March 2

The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates 55 providing continual arts and cultural programming in Palm Beach and Martin Counties with one of its most important exhibits yet! “Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim” celebrates an international architectural icon. Wright made Solomon R. Guggenheim’s name synonymous with contemporary art around the world. This exceptional exhibit plus two of Florida’s celebrated architects, Scott Hughes and Jane Davis Doggett (2017 Florida Artist Hall of Fame) will be available from January 17 through March 2.  The public is invited to numerous programs, which The Rickie Report shares here.  We suggest you make reservations for a docent-led tour and sign up your organization for a special excursion!

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

 

BUILDING   FRANK   LLOYD   WRIGHT’S

GUGGENHEIM

January 17 – March 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

5:30-7:30 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $10

 

 

Videos of the Guggenheim’s exhibitions will be shown on large screen, and each Thursday docent-lead tours will be available with advance reservations.

 

Curated by Ashley Mendelsohn, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

Hours:  Monday – Friday    10 am – 4 pm

Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

First Saturday of the month is free and open to the public

 

 

No charge for members, nonmembers $10.00

 

 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY; 1071 Fifth Avenue. Photo by William H Scott

 

 

 

In 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned by Solomon R. Guggenheim, the great industrialist, to create this upside-down edifice to modern art, and over the following sixteen years the structural design evolved.  After seven hundred sketches and six different sets of architectural drawings, the building’s construction began in 1956, and took three years to complete.  Ultimately it relied on the ingenuity of on-site workers to realize Wright’s intentions through pioneering construction techniques.  Frank Lloyd Wright never had the chance to walk the spiral exhibition space.  By the time the doors opened to the public Wright had been dead for six months.

 

“The Lighthouse ArtCenter is honored to bring this never-before-seen exhibition curated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to our little corner of paradise as we begin envisioning our own expansion program,” said Nancy Politsch, Executive Director.   With the support of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s grandson, one of our winter residents, the exhibition in Tequesta took as long to realize as the three years it took to construct the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 

 

 

“Our area is home to many of America’s philanthropic families, and with this exhibition we hope to attract those who might be interested in investing in the growth of the Lighthouse ArtCenter as we expand to meet the demand for arts and culture in our community,” said Janeen Mason, Curator.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum under construction, New York, 1957. Photo:  William H. Short

 

 

Visitors will experience a dramatic history through these recently discovered black and white photos taken by the General Contractor and his superintendent. In its day, the Museum was considered a Temple to Art and that interpretation has held ever since.  According to Wright, “The mother of art is architecture.  Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

 

While half of the 5,000 square feet of exhibition space will be devoted to Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, the main gallery will feature two of Florida’s celebrated architects, Scott Hughes and Jane Davis Doggett (2017 Florida Artist Hall of Fame). 

 

This installation will show the noted works and architectural models made famous during their internationally successful careers. The exhibition is sure to engage the most discerning guest, from mid-century modernists to those who celebrate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. 

 

Beach House 2, Scott Hughes, Hughes Umbanhowar architects

 

 

Scott Hughes (born 1952) is an American architect based in Hobe Sound, Florida. He has been the architect of many high profile residential, commercial and public projects.  Hughes is the principal of HughesUmbanhowar Architects, a firm he co-founded in 2010. He is most known for designing Beach Road 2, which received global media coverage for its architecture.  He began his architectural studies at the University of Virginia, followed by a Master’s of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

 

 

 

Hughes established his own architecture firm in 1981. Early in his career, he worked at Arthur Cotton Moore Associates. In 1995, following a three year collaboration with Philip Johnson, he began an 18 month design thesis at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) under the direction of the office of Frank Gehry. After completing his thesis, he became a partner at Jones Partners:  Architecture, an architecture firm based in California.

 

 

 

 

In 2004, Hughes became a trustee of Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since 2005 Scott has been appointed to the Local Planning Agency of the Town of Jupiter Island. He founded HughesUmbanhowar Architects (huum) with John Umbanhowar in 2010. The firm has studios in Venice California and South Florida. The firm’s work has been recognized in a number of exhibitions and publications and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Dwell, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Record, Architecture, and Progressive Architecture.

 

 

 

The firm’s most well-known project is called Beach Road 2, a two-story Atlantic beach house built between 2004 and 2005 on the foundation of a previous house in the North Beach Road area of Jupiter Island, Florida. The design was reviewed in multiple magazines and media outlets with The National writing that “…nothing takes fuller advantage of its sweeping Atlantic Ocean views than this Jupiter Island home designed by Scott Hughes and John Umbanhowar…” In 2012, it was recognized as one of the 100 most important Florida Buildings of the last 100 years by the State of Florida

 

 

Jane Davis Doggett, Architect, South Beach Road

 

 

 

Jane Davis Doggett (born 1929) is a pioneer designer of wayfinding and graphics systems for airports.  A native of Nashville, TN, she graduated from Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) in 1952, and Yale University School of Art and Architecture in 1956 with an MFA in graphics. Her first job was with George Nelson, working on the anthropological part of the permanent exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. She then worked in Europe for the magazine Architectural Record, photographing architects and engineers and their work.

 

 

 

Her first airport design job was for the Memphis airport in 1959. The project’s architect Roy Harrover brought her in to do the graphics. Jane’s first innovation was the development of a standardized font for use throughout the airport. This font became Doggett’s trademarked “Alphabet A” and was used in many subsequent airport projects, since it was very readable over long distances. Additional airport projects included George Bush-Houston, Baltimore-Washington, Newark, Miami, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and Cleveland-Hopkins among others.

 

 

As of 2014, Doggett had designed wayfinding systems for 40 major airport projects, which is said to be “more than any other designer in the world.” Each year, 20 million airplane passengers are guided by her way-finding signage and graphics. 

 

Doggett is credited with four innovations that are now commonly employed in airports and other large public spaces:  Use of color, letter, and symbol to guide visitors through large unfamiliar places;  Building the verbal or symbolic message into the architecture rather than tacking it on as a sign; Creating a visual symbol to brand the airport and represent it as a gateway to the surrounding region.  Designs that begin on highways outside the structure, simplifying and making the wayfinding process safer for drivers or other travelers while also reducing the number of signs needed. Doggett’s system eliminated two-thirds of the highway signs that had originally been proposed for the Tampa airport.

 

 

 

Other notable graphics and design projects that she has worked on include Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia subway system, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Niagara Falls International Convention Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, and Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Doggett’s designs have been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ National Award of Merit, the Progressive Architecture Design Award, American Iron and Steel Institute’s Design in Steel Citation, and two Design Awards co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

In her fine art work since 2007, Doggett has developed the concept of the Iconochrome, which she has described as “geometric designs in colors expressing philosophically profound messages.” She has also described an Iconochrome as a colorful image or “Icon, an image with meaning, plus chrome, color.” Her work has been exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL; Tampa International Airport; Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL; Northern Trust, North Palm Beach, FL; Maritime and Classic Boat Museum, Jensen Beach, FL; Chapter Two, Corea, ME; College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME; Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor, ME; Elliott Museum, Stuart, FL.; and the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta, FL.  In 2016, Doggett was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Our Sponsors:

Woolems Luxury Home Builders, Fenton & Lang Real Estate, The Community Foundation, Martin St. Lucie Arts Alliance, Jupiter Island Arts Council

 

 

 

 

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm     Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561)748-8737

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm       Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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