Boca Raton Branch National League Of Pen Women “Members Juried Art Exhibit” Public Reception At Sugar Sand Park

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) invites the community to join them at the Members Juried Art Exhibition.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, January 8th at the Sugar Sand Park Community Center in Boca Raton.  Learn how the Boca Raton Pen Women can enrich your life with art, music, books, poetry, drama, and much more. If you are a published writer, artist, composer or lover of the arts, you’ll find one-of-a-kind events and programs, and warm and welcoming new friends. The Rickie Report urges you to meet the members of this stellar networking organization! We share the details here about the Art Exhibition, which runs through January 25th. The Event is free and Open to the Public.  

 

 

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BOCA RATON BRANCH
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF

AMERICAN PEN WOMEN

 

Invites The Public To:

Members Juried Art Exhibition

 

 

Opening Night: Friday, January 8, 2016

5:30 p.m with Refreshments

 

 

SUGAR SAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

300 South Military Trail    Boca Raton, FL 33486
For directions and hours: (561) 347-3900

 

 

ALL ART WORK WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

Exhibit runs through Monday, January 25, 2016

 

 

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ABOUT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN:

 

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award winning Artists.

 

 

NLAPW’s corporate headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. and oversees branches all over the United States. The league boasts membership of such prominent women as Eleanor Roosevelt, Erma Bombeck, and local well-known artist Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, the only woman to sculpt President Lincoln from life, was an early member of NLAPW. Her statue of Lincoln now stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

 

 

The Boca Raton branch is one of the largest in the country and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. As a qualified member of Art, Letters or Music, each member is exposed to participation in Art Exhibits, Author Talks and various workshops. On the third Thursday of the month – from November to May – luncheons are held with interesting, informative and entertaining speakers featuring the three Muses ~ Art – Literature – Music!

For more information about Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women please visit:

www.bocapenwomen.org

Inquiries for our Art Chair, Lidia Tohar – please email  Artspace27@aol.com

 

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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead And Fossil Show At South Florida Fairgrounds November 21 and 22

The 49th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is coming! There is a lot to see and do at this two-day indoor event! On November 21st and 22nd, the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will be transformed into the largest culturally stimulating event ALL AGES can enjoy. Over 80 dealers will offer gems, jewelry, loose beads, specimen collections, geodes, rocks, tools, fossils and more than we can list! The Rickie Report highlights the Show here and reminds you that the Society holds monthly meetings. We’re giving you a discount coupon plus some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

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GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY

  • The Gem and Mineral Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.
  • We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.
  • Classes in lapidary
  • Classes in jewelry making for adults
  • Classes in jewelry making for children

Our monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining. Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show. Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site: www.gemandmineralsociety.org.

 

 

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Raffle item (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Our show is run totally by our member volunteers, who are eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone! Proceeds from the show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year.

 

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Gemstones, Pearls, Glass beads and so much More!

 (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

Seeing actual fossils, touching gem stones and finding the rocks where they are found is an exciting experience!

 

 

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Sluicing at the Mine and Junior Rockhound Activities

(Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

 

 

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Fine Jewelry  (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

For more information about this Show or the activities of the Gem and Mineral Society of The Palm Beaches, please visit: www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

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Florida Watercolor Society Hosts 43rd Annual State Convention In Deerfield Beach

Attending the convention of an organization guarantees interacting with like-interested people, hearing high-level speakers and experiencing unusual workshops. The Florida Watercolor Society Announces it 43rd Annual State Convention.  The events begin on September 15th with Pre-Convention workshops.  There will be a trade show, Gala Dinner, demonstrations and meetings.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We hope you will take advantage of seeing the exceptional exhibit at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture and all of the activities of this exciting convention taking place!  Meet the Exhibition juror Frank Webb.  With over 1,100 members, FWS is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States.  Membership is open to all artists residing in the State of Florida.

 

 

 

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You are invited to Participate

 

Florida Watercolor Society’s

43rd Annual State Convention 2014

 

 

* All events take place at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree Hilton Hotel  100 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

 

 

Pre-Convention Workshops

 

September  15- 18

 

Convention, Exhibition Reception, Gala Dinner and Trade Show

 

September 19 – 21

 

 

The Florida Watercolor Society’s 43rd Annual State Convention will kick off with an  Opening Night Reception/Art Exhibit from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.   The fee to attend  the exhibit as well as the four-day convention is $20.

 

 

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Attendees at this year’s Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Conference will be able to experience not only the art and philosophy of the Society’s Exhibition Juror, Frank Webb, but gather the knowledge of his life experiences.  Frank Webb is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  He teaches and judges art exhibitions for these organizations and other State and Regional Societies.

 

 

 Webb will kick off the convention on Thursday night, September 18th with a dramatic demonstration featuring his unique painting style. Prior to that, he will teach a workshop and host a review of the exhibition during the convention. In words and pictures, he will reveal the unique philosophy and technical process behind his work.

 

 

 

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The 43rd Annual FWS Exhibition will be held September 4 – November 15, 2014 at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell  Museum of Art and American Culture. It is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. The display will feature 100 of the best paintings by Florida’s top watercolor artists.

 

Convention

 

  • Demonstrations by 22 different artists, featuring both new techniques and genres
  • Critiques from award-winning artists
  • An extensive tradeshow with vendors from across the United States offering products at exclusive prices 
  • Demonstrating artists will include Myrna Wacknov, Anne Abgott, Kathleen Mailing, Robin Lee Makowski, Carol Frye, Dottie Hutton, Jane Collin, Cole Wolford, Susan Hanssen, Judy Nunno, Libit Jones, Joseph Melancon,  Atlee Harmon,  Lynn Kroll, Pat Weaver, Janet King and Carol Brody.
  • Critiques of the 2014 Exhibition  from juror Frank Webb.  
  • Myrna Wacknov and  Sue Archer will critique submitted paintings plus a panel of experts. 
  • There are also ‘One on One Critiques’ available with Miles Batt and Myrna Wacknov for artists who are trying to take their art to the next level.

 

 

 

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Top Winner

 

 

Exhibition awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on September 20th.  The cost to attend the dinner is $55. Registration for all other convention events is only $20, plus small additional attendance fees for critiques and the Juror’s Exhibition review.

 

 Workshops

 

Prior to the Convention, internationally known artists Frank Webb and Myrna Wacknov will hold workshops from September 15 through 18, also at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel.   The fee is $395 for members and $450 for non-members for the Workshops. Registration can also be made through the FWS website.  For more on Myrna Wacknov, visit her website at www.myrnawacknov.com.

 

 

Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders

Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders

 

“Capturing Crystal”

 

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“Lemon Cello” by Judy Nunno

 

Judy Nunno is an award-winning watercolor artist who specializes in painting crystal and glass.  She is a Signature Member of FWS and  a member of several art guilds. Her paintings have been featured in “Watercolor Artist” magazine and she has won Honorable Mention twice in the Watercolor Media Showcase Competitions.

 

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“Afternoon Snack” by Judy Nunno

 

 

Judy will be demonstrating her process for setting up and painting an exciting crystal still life and will share her secrets for capturing the sparkle of crystal and refracted light. Judy will be demonstrating at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Double Tree/Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Hotel. For more Information visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.

 

 

 

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“Wild to Wonderful”

Saturday, September 20  9:15 am

 

 

Award-winning artist Susan Hanssen will be making a digital presentation, “Wild to Wonderful” at 9:15 a.m., Sat., Sept.20th at Florida Watercolor Society’s four-day state convention to be held at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree. For more information, visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-646-8698 to RSVP.

 

"Waiting Patiently" by Susan Hanssen

“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen

 

 

After a long career as an art director in New York and Dallas, Susan and her husband moved to Florida in 1999 and there she began to paint. She works primarily in watercolor and gouache. Her paintings are generally figurative, although recently she has been exploring non-objective painting. Her “Sheep Series” continues to be a favorite, combining allegory and whimsy in a variety of executions. The collection, “On the Subject of Sheep” was exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in March of 2008. The show ran three months and included 17 paintings. A painting from the series, “She’s Come Undone”  was part of the National Watercolor Traveling Exhibition  in 2009. 

 

 

 

"The Scribble" by Susan Hanssen

“The Scribble” by Susan Hanssen

 

 

Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. Her painting “Foiled Again” won the Gold Award at the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition in 2010 and appears in “Splash 13.” In 2013 she won the Gold Award again with her painting “Waiting Patiently.” Both pieces were featured among the Best Paintings of the Year in “Watercolor” Magazine.

 

After twelve years of teaching at the Boca Raton Museum School, Susan decided to retire this year and is focusing on workshops and teaching privately in her studio. Her work can be seen at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information about her artistry please visit     www.susanhanssen.com

 

 

Details about conference registration can be found at the FWS website.  Visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org  for more information or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

Call To Artists: Brewhouse Gallery Bringing New Concept to Lake Park

The Brewhouse Gallery is the brainchild of accomplished Palm Beach Gardens artist AJ Brockman and partner Bobby Hodson, who want to reinvent the art gallery model after experiencing firsthand what it’s like to make a living as an artist. Not only do artists get commission-free exhibit space for three months at a time; visitors experience an ever-changing atmosphere of creative expression!  The Rickie Report is pleased to share a Call to Artists as we encourage artists, jewelers and sculptors to read the details. Located at 720 Park Avenue in Lake Park, FL, a late Spring opening is anticipated.

 

 

 

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AJ Brockman and Bobby Hodson are reinventing the concept of what an art gallery can be, after experiencing firsthand what it’s like to make a living as an artist.  They encourage artists of all mediums, jewelers and sculptors to contact them for more information as Brewhouse Gallery anticipates a late Spring, 2014 opening.
They tell The Rickie Report,  “Serving coffee by day and craft beer/wine by night, the Brewhouse Gallery is part eclectic hipster lounge, part modern New York art gallery. It’s a creative space to share ideas, hold meetings, listen to music, browse the art that surrounds you, or just relax with your laptop, a brew, and pretend to work while you browse ridiculous Facebook statuses”.
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AJ goes on to explain more about their concept,   ” What is the number one drawback to a traditional artist co-op? Very little foot traffic which ultimately leads to very little sales. With this model there is a constant draw of foot traffic and nightly events to get people in the door and seeing your work on the walls. Not to mention, people are much more inclined to make impulse buys after loosening up with a glass of wine or a beer. By no means would this be a bar in the traditional sense but more of a public house, creative space, think tank, hang out. 
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•             Huge foot traffic draw with nightly events including open mic night, singer-songwriter acoustic jam sessions, painting classes, creative/inspirational speakers, classic car night, charity poker tournaments, etc.
•             One major event per month, essentially an artist opening, that is heavily promoted and features all of our resident artists and their work.
•             No need to volunteer your time, we handle everything. With a traditional co-op you are required to commit a certain amount of volunteer time to run the gallery. We would handle everything and simply call you if you have made a sale or someone is interested in negotiating.
•             All work will be prescreened and approved. This keeps the subject matter to a high standard and competition from fellow artists to a minimum to reinforce the quality of work that you are being represented with.
•             Want to update your space with a new piece? No problem. You are free to come in and swap out any of your work at any time… as well as inviting others to see your work at our location and scheduling special events of your own.
•             NO COMMISSION! (Minus a small processing fee)
 
The term of rental is for three months and we are already very close to having a waiting list… There are multiple sizes available at different price points to fit every artists needs.”
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The partners add, “Complete with Wi-Fi, and a friendly vibe, the Brewhouse Gallery is your place to relax, socialize, and get somethin’ brewin!”

 

For more information about The Brewhouse Gallery please contact :
info@BrewhouseGallery.com  or call  
561.771.1641 | Facebook | BrewhouseGallery.com

 Somethins’ Brewin at 720 Park Ave., Lake Park, FL 33403

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561-537-0291

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The Rickie Report is pleased to announce a Collaborative Exhibit, “African Diaspora Exhibition”!   The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community is the brain child of husband and wife artist-team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist/educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist/consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.  There are a number of lectures and opportunities to take part in this exhibition.  More details are in this article.

 

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The exhibition that unifies people

through their artistic spirit

collaboration: (n) the act of working jointly.

 

COLLABORATION-African-Diaspora

 

 

A.T.B. in partnership with The Armory Art Center ( at 1700 Parker Avenue, WPB, FL) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

 

Show runs from September 20-November 9, 2013

 

Opening: Friday, September 20, 2013

6pm-9pm

 

Artists Panel: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12pm-4pm (Ticket sales for lunch prior to speaking engagement)

 

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Book signing of the Mighty 9

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013  12 -3 pm

 

Converge & Associates Consulting Hosts National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. West Palm Beach 

    Chapter Evening of Art Wine & Cheese Friday, October 4, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

 

 

 

Collaboration started as a showcase of artists, presented in homes, businesses and other alternative spaces allowing artwork to be viewed by clients in a realistic or unusual environment. It allows the artists to intermingle with buyers one on one and develop a personal relationship with the public at large.

 

 

The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community was the brain child of husband and wife artist team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist and educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist and consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.

 

     

Artists :

Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins, Trina Slade-Burks a.k.a. Diz-E Image

 

Mighty 9 Writers:

Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks, Yulette Newman

Sponsors & Partners include:

Armory Art Center, ArtAfrica, Black Art America, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Creme de la Creme, Divinity Dance, Durga Garcia Photography, Irie Island Cuisine & Phat Bistro, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, P.A., Miss Jessie’s,  Singer Raquel Williams, Smooth Bounce Entertainment

 

 

Addonis Parker:  Artist Statement

Art to me is a form of extreme communion with God. Respectfully and with pride, I am a student of creativity and expression.  My life is simply an open book to the inner world of our urban fabrics but the key to the underworld of self-truth, through the eyes of Addonis.  I am a master of expressing the depths of emotion and the plight of a people, shunned, feared and disdained. I am a captain of the community of man through a visual port of my surroundings.

 

 

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Addonis Parker

 

 

Being self-taught –I will violate the art code to convey any message necessary to meet such an objective to save lives or strengthen a community. I am a witness to the hardship as well as the high levels of success of the men and women who dared to chase this venture alone; even before me, if none should come after.  My work is the eternal flame of voices which society chooses to ignore. I use symbolic rendering and spiritual undertones to convey my message as I have received it. Color, composition and structure are important instruments to strike emotional cords to one’s visual journey with the face of my spirit. With the presence of nature and elements of historical events; I feel that I must be a gatekeeper of my current time and experience.

 

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“Addonis”

 

I am an advocate for the freedom of expression. I find it necessary to include small forms of nature in my work. Nature holds the key to serenity and extreme craftsmanship from a higher source— God.  Another fact, being self-taught eliminates the fear of freestanding risk taking in my opinion. My work, to me is in fact intense, prophetic, thought provoking, spiritual, emotional, and maybe controversial. I have accepted this crown of distinction and all the disciplines it may provide.  I choose not to classify my work nor will I receive a commercial stamp to categorize my ability and thought process.

 

 

 

I am an American artist who just paints. I paint for the love of creation and the respect and honor of my past forerunners who had neither the opportunities nor the civil rights to become what I am today. It is my eternal pleasure to carry a brush and use it limitlessly. I will continue to be me in my work and in my community as well. Art to me is therapeutic but the essential foundation of every community around the world. The absence of the opportunity of art —–is the absence of civilization.

 

 

 

Al Burts:  “Even a Single Line May Convey an Emotion”

 

Al Burts is a skillful artist who uses the thin lines of a ballpoint pen, sometimes mixed with oil paint, to create bold works of art that display African American values in a dignified and powerful style. He works on a variety of surfaces including un-stretched canvas, paper and wood to displace his realistic and symbolic images inspired by the African roots of America.

 

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Al Burts

Al Burts grew up in Alexandria, VA and received his formal training from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and a retiree of The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 

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“Alvin”

Burts is a two time Semi-finalist winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and will be exhibiting for the second time in Art Basel Miami Beach this December 2012. Burts has exhibited in the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL), International Visions Gallery (Washington, DC), T. Miller Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Evolve the Gallery (Sacramento, CA), and Gallery Guichard (Chicago, IL).

 

Shawn D. Henderson, M.S, M.F.A:

Shawn was born in Los Angeles, California, and has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember. The third child of six, her father, John Thomas Riddle, Jr., was a renowned painter, sculptor and art educator.

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View from Side

 

Shawn, herself a sculptor and painter whose work has been exhibited both locally and throughout the state of Florida, began teaching drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture at Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach County 14 years ago. Seeing a need, she recently began counseling children at Bak Middle School as well.  Shawn has earned a Master of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in 2000, and a Master of  Science in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

 

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Shawn Riddle Henderson

 

Shawn has served on the Education board of the Norton Museum of Art, the Armory Arts Center board, and the African American Artist Showcase board. She has also served as the Arts chairperson and Arts Scholarship chairperson for the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on the Executive Director Advisory Committee for the Riviera Beach CRA Marina District.

 

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Details of Back

 

Shawn believes that a child who is immersed in arts education from an early age excels academically, closing the achievement gap. Research has also shown that the arts help to transform communities by lowering crime rates, bolstering patronage of local businesses, and create a sense of community cohesion.

 

 

Simone de Bernard Mas: Artist Statement

 

 

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Simone de Bernard Mas

As a metalsmith I’m constantly re-arranging molecules. The techniques that I’ve learnt are ancient so I’m constantly engaged in creating contemporary interpretations with metal. The objects that I create seek to capture the myriad textures and patterns that exist in our environment. In every physical moment our senses are made aware of the stimuli in nature that abounds, from animal to plant life, the sea to the sky, vast open spaces and even the landscapes of our own bodies. Unlike other art forms that hang on walls or sit on pedestals my work is meant to be worn, and experienced by the wearer.

 

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Bronze Cuff by Simone

Historically cultures have been defined by adornment of the body; although in current times jewelry has become more about fashion it still represents a sense of identity. My designs exhibit a very strong connection to the feminine and all it encompasses. Being female I strongly identify with nature and its need to constantly renew. I enjoy evoking an excited response from someone over a million year old fossil or texture from the core of a cactus plant. I’m always seeking to reflect nature at its best, something that will intrigue the wearer as much as I am intrigued with the process.

 

 

For more information call:  Trina Slade-Burks  561-714-6674  or info@atbfineartists.com

 

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

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

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Phrag Grand Three Orchid

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

 

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

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

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

 

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

 

 

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