Betty Wilson’s Little Studio That Could…And Does Make Great Art! The Craft Gallery Offers Classes, Workshops, Studio Space, Party Rentals

In a city full of polished galleries filled with magnificent art, there is a little local working art studio and gallery in West Palm Beach that knocks it out of the park! The Craft Gallery, owned by prominent West Palm Beach artist Betty Wilson, is a jewel tucked away in a small slice of Dixie Highway. Betty’s gallery and studio offers artists the perfect place to hone their craft, display their creations and share their knowledge. Art lovers can experience making art or just browsing for thoughtful and thought-provoking works of art by local artists. As current President of The Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, Betty’s gallery includes works of art from many League members. Plus, her own creativity can be seen in her artwork on display – ceramics, fused glass creations and encaustic wax pieces.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 561 762 8162

 

 

Discover, Create and Explore

at

The Craft Gallery !

 

 

Fused Glass ~Hand pulled glass stringers~ Lost wax cast glass

Hand-building Pottery ~ Wheel throwing Pottery 

Jewelry ~ Enameling ~ Silver clay ~ Polymer Clay ~ Encaustic

 

 

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

10 am – 2 pm

 or by appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Wilson relishes having other artists share their expertise by teaching classes in her studio. Guests come from far and wide to experience the fun and friendly atmosphere at the classes. Taught by local and visiting artists, there are group and one-on-one classes in a multitude of specialties, such as pottery (wheel and hand building), fused glass, encaustic wax, jewelry metalsmithing, fiber arts, polymer clay, mixed media and more. She even lets you create your own classGirls Night Out, Paint Your Own Pottery – you name it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are considering displaying your artwork in a gallery, The Craft Gallery is a great place to be. Works from a variety of local artisans are scattered on shelves throughout the studio and there is a tremendous variety of mediums on display. Betty is regularly showcasing new and seasoned artists at exhibitions and receptions held throughout the year, all open to the public. She also promotes the artists on social media, the gallery website, in a monthly e-newsletter and via local media outlets.

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery also offers studio space for rent. Artists can rent by the hour, day, week or up to a year. There are membership opportunities with many perks for those needing space and materials on an ongoing basis. They also offer many supplies for sale, such as clay, molds for both clay and glass, glazes, clay supplies, etc. Since this is a working studio, artists can experience the pleasure of bouncing creative ideas off of some of the most prolific artists in Palm Beach County and beyond.

 

Tucked next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream building, The Craft Gallery is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Check their website and Facebook page TheCraftGallery.net – for information about the latest classes and events. The gallery is open from 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. If you “think you can”, stop by the gallery to see Betty and all her creativity in action at this little slice of art heaven in West Palm Beach.

 

 

 

For more information please contact Betty Wilson:

The Craft Gallery

5911 S. Dixie Highway    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

561-762-8162    TheCraftGallery.net

 

 

 

 

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

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Holiday Gifts From Local Artists At West Palm Beach Gallery & Studio. Shop The Craft Gallery, Sign Up For Classes And Enjoy A Discount Available To Rickie Report Readers!

Wouldn’t you just love to give a gift that makes a lasting impression? Handcrafted specialties always have extra meaning because they are made by an artisan who loves their craft. At The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach, you’ll find a small (but mighty) working art studio. There is a petite gallery onsite featuring art for purchase from a variety of local artists. You’ll see one-of-a-kind works such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber arts, polymer clay, mixed media and more. There is something in every price range and your selection is sure to become a cherished keepsake. A variety of classes begin in December and our readers are being offered a special discount!  The Rickie Report shares the details about Gift certificates for a class, art supplies or gallery gifts to one of your favorite creative peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 561 762 8162

 

 

Discover, Create and Explore

at

The Craft Gallery !

 

 

Fused Glass ~Hand pulled glass stringers~ Lost wax cast glass

Hand-building Pottery ~ Wheel throwing Pottery 

Jewelry ~ Enameling ~ Silver clay ~ Polymer Clay ~ Encaustic

 

 

 

Holiday Gifts from Local Artists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take advantage of several SPECIALS

Available through December 24!

 

 

 

SPECIAL #1:

Receive 10% off of your purchase if you just mention this article.

SPECIAL #2:

Prepay $120 for any two classes (multi-day workshops not included) and you have up to one year to choose any two classes you wish to attend. This is an average savings of $10-20 per class!

SPECIAL #3:

Receive $5 off for you and a friend when you register for a class. Applies to any class, but you both must attend the same class (multi-day workshops not included).

 

 

 

CLASSES   AND   WORKSHOPS:

 

 

 

 

 

Glass Ornaments & Animals:

Monday, December 2 (10 am to 12 pm), $75

Ceramic Snowflakes:

Friday, December 6 (10 am to 12 pm) & Friday, December 13 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)  $75 

Polymer Clay Jewelry:

Saturday, December 7 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm), $70

Mixed Media Collage:

Thursday, December 17 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm), $55

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery is available for studio space rental and parties. Parties, you ask? Consider having a unique holiday party at the gallery. Invite a small group for an evening of art and socializing (think Paint Your Own Pottery or Couples Night Out) or the gallery can create an art class customized to your schedule. They can even tailor parties just for kids.

 

 

So, get yourself in gear for the holiday season and swing by the charming little gallery tucked next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream in West Palm Beach. The Craft Gallery is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard at 5911 S. Dixie Highway. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. Afternoons, evenings and weekends are by appointment only. Stay informed about their classes, sales and events by liking them on Facebook or check out their website –TheCraftGallery.net.

 

 

The studio is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Be sure to check The Craft Gallery website and Facebook page – TheCraftGallery.netfor information about the latest classes and events. Pop on by the gallery to see this artist in action and all the lovely creativity that surrounds her.

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact Betty Wilson:

The Craft Gallery

5911 S. Dixie Highway    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

561-762-8162    TheCraftGallery.net

 

 

 

 

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

 

Making Art At Betty Wilson’s Local Working Studio. The Craft Gallery Offers Classes, Parties, Space And Equipment Rentals

Did you know about a small, but mighty working art studio in West Palm Beach that’s open to the public for classes, parties, space and equipment rental? The Craft Gallery is owned by Betty Wilson. You can experience the pleasure of bouncing creative ideas off of some of the most prolific artists in Palm Beach County and beyond. Betty offers classes taught by local artists, multi-day workshops from visiting masters, party classes (such as Paint Your Own Pottery or Girls Day Out) and one-on-one classes in a multitude of specialties. Classes include pottery (wheel and hand building , fused glass, encaustic wax, jewelry metalsmithing, fiber arts, polymer clay, mixed media and more. There are classes for kids, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 561 762 8162

 

 

Discover, Create and Explore

at

The Craft Gallery !

 

 

Fused Glass 

Hand pulled glass stringers

Lost wax cast glass

Hand-building Pottery 

Wheel throwing Pottery 

Jewelry

Enameling

Silver clay

Polymer Clay

Encaustic

 

 

 

 

Making    Art   at   a   Local    Working    Studio

The Craft Gallery also offers studio space for rent. Artists can rent by the hour, day, week or up to a year. There are membership opportunities with many perks for those needing space and materials on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

 

They also offer many supplies for sale, such as clay, molds for both clay and glass, glazes, clay supplies, etc. Plus, there is a small gallery onsite featuring art for purchase from many local artists.

 

 

 

Events and exhibitions featuring a variety of artists are held throughout the year and are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

Betty, current President of The Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, is a whirling dervish of activity and brings creatives together in her charming space tucked next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream.  Enjoy her garden of serenity as you take a break in creating.  You won’t be here long, we can guarantee, because you’ll want to get back to the studio to continue generating your ideas into reality!

 

 

 

 

The studio is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Be sure to check The Craft Gallery website and Facebook page – TheCraftGallery.netfor information about the latest classes and events. Pop on by the gallery to see this artist in action and all the lovely creativity that surrounds her.

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact Betty Wilson:

The Craft Gallery

5911 S. Dixie Highway    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

561-762-8162    TheCraftGallery.net

 

 

 

 

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

The Craft Gallery Invites You To Discover, Create And Explore Different Art Forms! Betty Wilson Offers The Perfect Trifecta Of Classes And Galleries In Palm Beach County

This is your chance to Discover, Create and Explore at The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach!  From beginners to experienced artist, everyone is welcome.  The Summer Special offers four classes for the price of three!   Use found ingredients to make wax textures and patterns, learn about encaustic art and pottery as well as fused glass and lost wax glass techniques.  This is the perfect place for a birthday party, where everyone goes home with special memories and someone thing they made themselves! Kiln rentals are also available!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos.

 

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery
5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561 585 7744 or 561 762 8162

 

 

Discover, Create and Explore

at The Craft Gallery !

 

 

Fused Glass 

Hand pulled glass stringers

Lost wax cast glass

Hand-building Pottery 

Wheel throwing Pottery 

Jewelry

Enameling

Silver clay

Polymer Clay 

 

Call now to reserve your space for Mondays 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Pay for 3 classes and receive one class FREE!! $225. + tax

(Ask about pricing for our one day workshops!!!!!)

Beginner to experienced artists are welcome.

 

 

Wax Textures! Colors! Patterns!

 

 

These elements are everywhere, especially in art. Discover how to combine these rich “ingredients” to create beautiful works of art. Using rust in surfaces treatments combined with vibrant layers of warm encaustic wax colors and mixed media patterns gives a wonderful look to your art creation.

Bring ideas/sketches/photos from home and favorite places that inspire you.

We will create on boards, using various mixed media techniques.

Enjoy while you explore the wonderful surfaces that inspire you.

You will learn the following techniques:
Warm encaustic wax basics, mark-making, writing into wax, carving and scraping back layers, mono-printing with wax.
Mixed media techniques (all compatible with wax): graphite/pigment/oil pastel “rubs”, rusting surfaces, impressions with found objects, embedding small found objects, use of alcohol and water-based inks.
Making texture using the following: wax, wall spackle, paper, lace, cheesecloth, sand, shells, string, dried plants and etc.
stencils for wax
Tools, scrapers, wood burning tools for texture-makers, heat guns and torches
Shellac and wood glue
Includes Encaustic Wax and some supplies

 

 

 

Pottery Class (Photo Courtesy of Cecilia VanWert)

 

 

The Craft Gallery artists also teach Fused Glass workshops, Making hand pulled glass stringers and Lost wax cast glass.
Hand-building and Wheel throwing Pottery classes. Workshops in Jewelry, Enameling, Silver clay and Polymer Clay Workshops.

 

 

Tracy Rosof-Petersen Working with Clay

 

Or have a group party and make or paint pottery!

 

 

Call now to enjoy a class for one hour for $35.

Experience and have FUN creating your own art TODAY!

Great place to buy your clay, tools, glazes, kilns and encaustic wax supplies.

We also rent our kilns for your personal firing needs.

 

Visit the Dixie Art Loft to see the latest creations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our other gallery location: Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth!

 

 

 

 

Artisans on The Ave, 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-582-3300

 

Open 7 days a week

artisansontheave.com

 

 

An Eclectic Mix of Art for Every Taste

Located on Lake Avenue in the heart of downtown Lake Worth, Artisans on the Ave is one of those galleries you’ll come back to time and again. Once you wander inside this gallery, you are immediately engaged as you meander through the three rooms brimming with amazing art from 40 local artists. There are ceramic faces and figures that catch your eye as well as mixed media pieces which incorporate basketry, pieces of nature and a myriad of found objects. You’ll find multiple creations from glass and wood artisans filling the shelves and pottery with unique adornments. Colorful paintings abound and you’ll see many jeweled creations using metal, polymer clay, beads, gemstones, fibers, sea glass and paper. The eclectic nature of the gallery brings in artists from every ilk, including one artist who uses raw wool to create unusual, colorful creatures sure to make you grin. Whether searching for something to adorn your home or looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, this enthralling gallery is THE place to shop.

 

 

 

For more information about classes, workshops, rentals, The Craft Gallery, Dixie ArtLoft or Artisans On The Ave contact:

Betty Wilson

561-585-7744    561-762-8162

www.thecraftgallery.net
www.dixieArtLoft.com
www.ArtisansOnTheave.com
www.ceramicleaguepalmbeaches.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

PEEPS® Winners and May Events in Lake Worth

Over 67,000 ballots were used at Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery to vote for the enormous 2014 PEEPS® display!  The Rickie Report will share a few of the most popular ones in this article.  In addition, there a MANY events, classes, sales and workshops that you’ll need to mark in your calendars.  Get ready for May in Downtown Lake Worth and take a Springtime ramble through this Little Village by the Sea!

 

 

Salt and PEEPER

“Salt and PEEPER” by Suz Easely

 

 

 

 PEEPS® Retrospective/Winners

and

Springtime Ramble in Lake Worth

 

 

 

Mayor Pam T awards First Place for PEEPS Show,2014

Mayor Pam Triolo awards First Place for PEEPS Show,2014  (“Blessings” by Sid Walesh)

 

On the Friday of the opening of the Peeps® Show, Lake Worth Mayor, Pam Triolo, awarded first prize to Sid Walesh for his triptych, “Blessings.”  Second and fifth places went to Suz Easley for “Yearly Peep Smear,” and “Salt and Peeper.”  Third place was awarded to Lake Worth High School for “Star S’mores,” and fourth place was awarded to Bonnie Brunner for “Peep Zilla.”  

 

Lake Worth High School's entry, "Star Smores"

Lake Worth High School’s entry, “Star Smores”

 

You can see them all of the entries at CGMSPeeps.blogspot.com as well as in our Facebook albums  (Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on Facebook.)  Clever, funny, and we bet you can’t wait for next year already!

 

 

 

With your help, Lake Worth is rapidly becoming the epicenter of South Florida’s Great Arts Renaissance. This month, you are invited to directly contribute to this.  On May 6, The Community Foundation and United Way are hosting the Great Give.  This is one day of giving, on line, to hundreds of non-profits throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

 

 

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On May 6th, Lake Worth, Flamingo Clay Studio, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is participating in the Great Give.  Enter  all gifts must be made by credit or debit card on www.GreatGivePBC.org or www.GreatGiveMartin.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY (1-844-448-3329).  Minimum Donation is $10.00.   Go to www.greatgivepbc.org/#npo/flamingo-clay-studio and contribute $10-$10,000. Every donation FCS receives will be multiplied with bonus dollars from the Community Foundation and a National Pool.  The funds raised by Flamingo Clay Studio will be used to train students from Lake Worth High School’s Arts Department in the building and installation of ceramic, mosaic walls in  Lake Worth’s most blighted neighborhoods.  The funds will also be used for scholarships for economically challenged senior citizen artists, to build a huge, community accessible kiln complex and to continue construction on the regions largest 3-D artists studios for glass blowing, large metals foundry, clay, ceramic, fused glass and small metals studios.  This project, once fully funded and complete, is expected to become an international arts destination.  If you miss the May 6th Great Give, you can still contribute to this non-profit artists’ project.  On website CGMS.FlamingoClayStudio.org, you may make a tax-deductible contribution through PayPal.

 

 

ModSquad (The Merchants of Downtown Lake Worth) have many fine art gallery members for you to visit during the month of May.  All exhibits are constantly changing. Make the month of May your Art Tour Month through the Historic Village of Lake Worth.

 

 

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Start your tour on the 600 block of Lucerne and visit the Lake Worth Arts League, South Florida’s oldest arts association.  Their beautiful gallery is filled with paintings and photography. Head west to the MaryAnne and Bruce Webber Galleries, located on the 700 block of Lucerne the longest established galleries and framing establishments in Lake Worth.  Make a left hand turn on J street and walk two blocks to 15 South J Street, The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, Palm Beach County’s first non-profit 3-D artist cooperative.  Head back to the 800 block of Lake Avenue for the Robert Pardo (Artefacts) Gallery featuring the works of Laura Anne Jacobs.  Travel east to ShoeStrings Gallery located in Palm Beach Interiors.

 

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There are many other little galleries located in the nooks and crannies of the town. Take a day to explore and delight in the art that fills this town. Don’t miss the gallery inside the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (601 Lake Avenue) and see two SOLO exhibitions, Ray P. Neubert and Leora Klaymer Stewart (look at previous Rickie Reports for more details).  Then walk across the street and visit Artisans on the Ave. (630 Lake Avenue).

 

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Fine Art and fine craftsmanship are found in many shops throughout the town. At Lake Worth Jewelers, 615 Lake Avenue, master designer and jeweler, Richard Fahnoe, is creating one of a kind jewelry with gold and diamonds. After one piece is cast, the mold is destroyed. Lake Worth Jewelers has been in downtown Lake Worth for thirty-two years. Their hours are 9-5, Monday-Saturday.

 

 

 

Brogue’s Down Under, 621 Lake Avenue, has learned the formula for packing in crowds for dinner and a show.  With their elegant and newly windowed back restaurant, diners can come in for a fine meal and to enjoy their Thursday evening (5-8PM) Rod Stewart Tribute Band.  Watch for additional evenings with addition tribute groups to spring up on a regular basis.

 

 

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Lake Worth now welcomes exciting new Street Performers to town beginning in May.  FlowSource has found a new home in Lake Worth. Every First and Third Friday in May for Lake Worth’s Evenings on the Avenues,  FlowSource will be presenting a flowing team of powerful, creative, and joyful individuals dedicating their lives to what they love to do best. These artists are excited to share many forms of performance arts.  They will mesmerize, captivate, and amaze you. You will laugh and join in the fun.  Come see: Live painting and portraits by Zipporah SkyWalker, Spoken Word/Poetry acapella and musical accompaniment by Casandra Tenenbaum, Brian Ritter, and Emily Andari.  Poi, Staff, and Hula Hoop performances by Patrick Kiebzak, Jeremiah Collins, Blair Welcome, and Cassandra Tenenbaum. Watch as these performers, especially as they use LED and fire props! They inspire community connection through playful interactions and create a showcase spectacle in Downtown Lake Worth that links the community with performers, artists, and merchants.

 

 

The Lake Worth Playhouse and the Stonzek Movie Theater are the finest antiques Lake Worth has to offer.  The buildings are architectural gems, well worth the visit.  Sitting inside the theater brings you back 100 years.  Within the beautiful surroundings of this glorious theater, you can experience wonderful and affordable productions.  The Stonzek Movie Theater shows independent and rare films seen nowhere else in the county.

 

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The alliterive Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale (May 10th) in Lake Worth is always filled with Big Bargains and a ThirdEye Adventure.  The Second Saturday Sidewalk sales fill the downtown streets with treasures.  Long cherished, Bees Knees, has lost its lease in Lake Worth and is looking for a new site. You Bees Knees addicts can find their extrodinary and affordable treasures every Second Saturday on the parking lot of CGMS Gallery, 15 South J Street.  This is Lake Worth’s example of neighbor helping neighbor.  The best way to get the Bees Knees up an running again is to come downtown and make sure you buy out their parking lot sale.   GotThirdEyeAdventures.com raises money for local charities. This month’s adventure is “Back to Boston,” a bar crawl and tap takeover. This adventure will feature an 80’s Costume Contest with food, fun, music & prizes.

 

 

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Stop by McMow Art Glass located at 701 North Dixie Hwy. to see their workshop, supply area for all things “glass” and their studios.  Classes and workshops are available year round!

 

 

CELEBRATE! 

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Friday, May 16, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery (15 South J Street) celebrates its 5th Anniversary in downtown Lake Worth. The party starts at 6PM.  Some of Palm Beach’s best performers come out to celebrate this anniversary. In keeping with Gallery Anniversary Tradition, Butterflies will be handed out to the first 100 visitors.  Champaign and cake will be served.

 

 

Metal Clay Classes for Charity: Ruth Ekiert of Trinkets and Treasures teaches regular classes in metal clay and resins to raise funds for a local non-profit.  Metal Clays can be worked with to make jewelry and art objects.  Once fired in a kiln, the clay burns out and you are left with silver, copper or brass.  (Most classes in the area cost $140 plus materials for a four hour class).  Ruth charges $75 including materials. Groups are welcome.  Classes are set up at your convenience. Six person minimum.

 

The Merchants of Downtown is a group that meets weekly to make Downtown Lake Worth a welcoming destination for neighbors and visitors alike.  The MOD Squad, as they fondly refer to themselves, organizes block by block bringing activity, unity and camaraderie to the Downtown corridor.  For additional information contact JClay6@aol.com .

 

 

 

 

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