Holiday Reception Features “Art With Heart” At Artisans On The Ave, Friday December 21. Free Event, Raffle And Refreshments

Join in the Holiday Celebration at Artisans On The Ave, Friday, December 21st and enjoy “Art With Heart” from over 40 artists.  This free event is open to the public and features hand made decorative and functional gifts for all budgets.  Enjoy the refreshments, win a free raffle, and meet the artists! Get your gift list in order, swing by the gallery and shop for Art with Heart. The gift of a one-of-a-kind work of art will be a reminder of the thoughtful person who gave it!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.   Please note the new website address for Artisans On The Ave!

 

 

A R T I S A N S    ON   T H E   A V E N U E

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL  33460

561-762-8162      http://theartisansontheave.com

 

HOLIDAY     RECEPTION

Features “Art with Heart”

Friday, December 21st

6 –  9   pm

Free and open to the public

 

Tis the season for heartfelt wishes and thoughtful gifts. At Artisans on the Ave gallery, they fill the shelves with handcrafted items from 40 local artisans and each artist brings unique talent and creativity to their craft. The gallery has an eclectic collection of artwork to spruce up your home, to use in your every day life, to accessorize your wardrobe or to just simply please the eye. Whether you have a budget fit for a palace or only want a trinket or two, they have something for everyone. Select from pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glass art, ceramics, fiber art, metal sculpture, paintings, basketry, photography, paper and mixed media.

 

 

 

 

 

To celebrate this time of year, you’ll find the gallery stocked with ornaments, gifts under $35 and holiday-themed items. On Friday, December 21 from 6-9 pm, the gallery is having a free reception that is open to the public. There will be refreshments, a $10 & Under gift table and plenty of artists to chat with. Plus, enter their holiday raffle to win a piece of locally created art!

 

 

So get your gift list in order, swing by the gallery and shop for art with heart. When you give the gift of art from Artisans on the Ave, you’ll be supporting a professional local artist and your gift-giving ability will surely be noticed. Plus, the one-of-a-kind work of art will certainly be a reminder of the thoughtful person who gave it.

For more details about this event or how to become part of this gallery:

Artisans on the Ave

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162

theartisansontheave.com

 

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Arty Steam Punk ( It’s a Movement not a Rock Band)

The Rickie Report loves Steam Punk!  Imaginations flow, historical eras meld, creativity has no glass ceiling!  Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth is offering an exhibit that you simply cannot miss!

 

 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery

Presents

“SteamPunk”

What in the World is That?

Friday, February 1st
6:00PM to 9:00 PM
605 Lake Avenue in Downtown Lake Worth
 
A small group of artists at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery have long been engaged in the creation of SteamPunk, mixed media art. On Friday evening, February 1st, the gallery will feature these works ranging from unique, intricate jewelry to massive over life size sculptures and wall hangings.  
Karen McGovern: Cicada

Karen McGovern: Cicada

Joyce Brown, Curator, says, “According to eHow, Steampunk art mixes modern ideas and technology with those from the past, namely the Victorian Era.  The genre started with literature but has since evolved to include all art forms.  Steampunk materials are often things found in an old science lab, dumpster or antique shop.  Lots of wood, copper, brass, steel, iron and other heavy metals comprise many of the pieces.  Watch parts, clockworks, rivets, springs, gears and other machinery parts are often incorporated.”
Kelly Manganaro: Statue

Kelly Manganaro: Statue

 The artists in the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery search out both the unique and the mundane elements to recycle into their works of art.  This is truly an ecological, earth friendly expression.
 
Theo Sable: Muse

Theo Sable: Muse

Karen McGovern, founder of Beadkeepers.com is an avid Steampunk artist.  Gathering doll parts, metal cast-offs, dials, butterfly wings, insects, old jewelry and machine parts (only a small sampling of what she collects) Karen comes up with original and desirable jewelry adornments for all parts of the body. Her skill in combination of these objects is unique. It would be unlikely you would find a work of art comparable in design and quality to hers. Karen incorporates mixed and repurposed materials, copper and brass pipe and sheet into her designs, along with found objects, antiquities and botanicals.  She donates sales proceeds from her work to the Rare Species Foundation, her organization which works to save rare species from around the planet from extinction.
 

Karen McGovern: Dad

Karen McGovern: Dad

Kelly Dean Manganaro is a natural born SteamPunk, mixed media artist.  Before the term evolved Kelly collected wood and metal parts, stone and cement, and crafted them into enormous sculptures that make impactful statements outdoors and indoors.  Drawing from his family’s artistic genes, he uses his welding and construction skills to make works that are often wired electrically with light that plays a part in the overall presentation.  An antique dealer as well as sculptor, Kelly is privy to wonderful found objects, a dramatic source in many of his creations. 
 

Kelly Manganaro: Fish

Kelly Manganaro: Fish

Theo Sable is new to the concept of SteamPunk, mixed media, but many of the works she creates fall well within the category.  An actress, recently published poet and sculptor, Theo’s SteamPunk side emerges in the wonderful metal worked jewelry she creates.  A gem designer in the jeweler’s district in New York, Theo incorporates all of her skill and expert metal work designs into this SteamPunk collection.
 

Theo: Dance

Theo Sabel: Dance

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 9AM-1PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 9AM-9PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or JCLay6@aol.com.  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344

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“American Picker” + Creative Genius = Steve Blackwood’s Artistry

The Rickie Report has always been fascinated to see how artists take an inanimate object and give it a life and a personality.  Steve Blackwood is a local master, using his creativity to make inconsonant elements not only work well together but bringing us into his intriguing world. They make us smile – and that is a gift to be thankful for.

 

Steve Blackwood’s art is based on a number of elements.  When we first saw his work we thought that Steve is a creative  “American picker” who with his artistic imagination creates an amalgamation of steam punk and utilitarian objects.
Blackwood shares, “My Art is based on a combination of elements. I take really cool objects; my memories of fascinating things…a bit of sci-fi and influences like Tim Burton and Edward Scissor Hands.  Then I combine them with elements of time in which they occurred during my life. I try to make all of these ingredients work together as if they always existed that way. A collection of quirky ideas and memories realized! The passing of time and combination of objects which have lived their own lives is intriguing to me. A Betty Crocker/Frankenstein of inanimate objects which come to life would pretty much sum it up.”
Blackwood, who has recently been interviewed for the September, 2012 issue of Atlantic Avenue Magazine (Atlanticavemagazine.com), is eager to talk about these parts of objects which he has combined with other objects and created the most whimsical time pieces we have seen.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has melded his passion for artistry with his long time fascination with mechanics.  Earlier clocks include  highly polished metal and neon with sleek with contemporary designs that have been featured in Niche Magazine. Collectors from around the world seek Steve out because his clocks are just unique!  He told The Rickie Report that he just returned from delivering a clock to a client in Frankfurt, Germany.

Steve Blackwood and Clock

Steve moved to Delray Beach in 2005 because of this area’s commitment to promoting a thriving arts community.  He knows that visitors from around the world come here to vacation and shop for their own galleries as well as themselves.  Blackwood shows his work at Cacace Fine Art located in Artists Alley.  His sculptural pieces have a perfect venue for display within the warmth of an art gallery which is part of a corridor of artists’ studios.
Blackwood’s work has shown at galleries in New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, North Carolina and Florida, but this is home.  His pieces are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the U.S. Art and Embassies Collection plus private collections as well.
One senses the loving care Steve has for each object he works with.  He feels he is giving old pieces a new lease  on life and indeed he is!  What is  it that comforts us, seeing Steve Blackwood’s caring for old and often discarded objects and renewing them with vigor? He makes us want to make them our own!
Artists’ Alley studios and galleries are open at various times, but the best time to visit is the third Thursday of each month, when everyone is open.  Be there on September 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  You can wander in and out of small and large spaces, speak with the artists and gain some insight into their amazing work.  To contact Steve Blackwood: delrayartist@yahoo.com or cacaceart.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

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291