Fish House Art Center Invites You To Mistletoe Madness, Art Gumbo Gallery And Danuta’s Den New Studio For Special Celebrations

Art Gumbo Gallery, Curators of “Something For Everyone” ask “Why not do something different”? Come down to the historic Fish House Art Center in Stuart to do your Holiday Shopping. There you will find Art Gumbo Gallery along with 9 other working artist studios in this unique Art Colony on the waterfront of the Manatee Pocket. After shopping, enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the glittering waterfront sights.  The Rickie Report introduces Danuta’s Den Grand Opening Reception on November 21st, gives details of Special Sales beginning November 27th, Mistletoe Madness on December 4th & 5th, the Martin County Boat Parade plus Toys For Tots, and Art Wreath Auction!

 

 

 

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Fish House Art Center

Art Colony

4745 SE DeSoto Avenue

Manatee Pocket, Port Salerno ( Stuart), FL

 

The Public Is invited:

 

Danuta’s Den Grand Opening

Public Reception:

 

Saturday, November 21st  

5:30 – 8:30pm

 

 

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Danuta’s Den offers individual and group classes, seminars and workshops in mixed media, acrylic, collage, sculpture, etching in an atmosphere where beginners as well as practiced artists will feel comfortable.  Danuta excels in helping people feel spontaneous about their creativity.  She teaches at the Elliot Museum and the Boys & Girls Club.  She is a prolific artist in her own right and is eager to share her passion for creativity with individual students, groups and organizations.

 

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From the age of eight in her native Poland, Danuta Rothschild delighted in drawing portraits of her classmates and teachers in pencil and chalks. Attending the Academy of Arts in Warsaw in 1969, Danuta rigorously developed a wide variety of techniques from watercolor and pastels to oils and sculpture. After settling in the United States in 1971, Danuta studied at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

 

 

Danuta With “Angel” Sculpture

 

 

Photos Courtesy Danuta Rothschild’s website

 

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In the past 15 years Danuta’s works have been shown in museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the U.S. She was a prizewinner at the L.A. 1998 World Contemporary Art International. She exhibited in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Barbara, and Laguna Beach galleries, appeared on TV shows in France and Poland, and was featured in several articles in magazines and press. Her paintings can be found in a myriad of different art books. Her work is found in prestigious private collections and institutions world wide.

 

 

 

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“Van Gogh” Interpretations by Students

An artist of considerable breadth and stature, Danuta created a large number of series covering a wide variety of subjects. In her “Art About Art” series, she portrayed her favorite painters—Cezanne, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Modigliani—combining portraits with elements of their well-known works. Half homage, half subtle mischief, these whimsical paintings are perhaps more revealing of Danuta herself than the masters she reveres.  Her “Indian Images” series, inspired by the American Southwest, shows powerful strokes and somber moods vividly focusing on the inherent character and isolation of the American Native.

 

 

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Student Art Exhibit at Elliot Museum

Danuta’s social and political concerns are also expressed in “Storm of Madness,” reflecting a series of conflicts in the Middle East, paintings on America’s urban homeless, as well as “The Forgotten Children,” a project based on the plight of innocent victims of warfare and drought.  The subjects of World War II and the Holocaust are close to Danuta’s heart, and led her to paint a cycle of truly haunting works. “Silence” pays tribute to the forgotten heroes and is a passionate statement on human suffering, underscored with anguish-filled faces and ghost-like figures, taking the observer on a dark and emotionally heart-wrenching journey.

 

 

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Danuta Rothschild with her paintings

Photo Courtesy Michael Claren

 

 

 

Danuta’s more recent and less solemn interests include luminously rich and otherworldly landscapes, as well as portraits for which she is most widely known. Her ability to capture the scope of human experience—from the ominous to the magically affirming—is what makes her art so powerful. The brightly hued images of Danuta’s opus, including drawings, etchings, wall-sized portraits and sculpture, eclectically coexist amidst her studio bookshelves, photos, sketches, brushes and paint-boxes that portray an artist at work.

 

Contact Danuta Rothschild for more information:  

772.233.6020 or danutastudio@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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Art Gumbo Gallery

Holiday Gift Table

November 27th – December 20th

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday    Noon – 6pm

 

772-210-1950        www.artgumbo.biz

 

 

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Art Gumbo Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Decorative and Functional Art as well as Wearable Art and Affordable Handmade Gifts

 

 

Art Gumbo Gallery is Martin County’s largest art gallery and is winner of “Favorite Art Gallery” for 2014 & 2015. You will find fine art by local artists, jewelry and giftware.

 

Our Holiday Gift Table awaits you November 27th – December 20th.   Earn  gold coins with each purchase. Then choose a free gift by spending gold coins you earn with each purchase!

 

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Redeem Your Gold Coins At The Holiday Gift Table!

M I S T L E T O E   MADNESS !!!!

 

Wreath Auction!!!!

 

Martin County Boat Parade !!!  

Toys For Tots Collection!!

 

 

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Friday and Saturday

December 4th and 5th

 There will be holiday specials in all the studios!

On Friday Night, December 4th:

  • Cocktail party and Toys for Tots collection.
  • Come join us for holiday cheer at The Grove Dock Bar
  • Bring an unwrapped toy.
  • The artists hope to surpass the amount of Toys for Tots collected last year
  • All toys go to Martin County families.

 

On Saturday Night, December 5th:

Martin County Boat Parade!

 

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WREATH AUCTION

 

Also, for the 2nd year we will have our holiday and art wreath auction to benefit M.I.S.S (Mothers and Infants Striving for Success). Local artists and craftsmen will have wreaths on display beginning at Thanksgiving. Come bid on your favorite and help a local family and add a piece of original art to your holiday décor. Visit the Fish House for Mistle Toe Madness this year to listen to live music, buy handcrafted gifts and watch the Martin County Boat Parade.

 

 

Fish House Art Center:

The Fish House Art Center is home to 8 working artist studios that include Ceramics, Weaving, Wearable Art, Jewelry, Mosaics, Gifts and Fine Art. The studios will all have beautiful hand crafted items that are perfect for even the pickiest person on Santa’s list. Visit all the studio’s and be entered to win something special from each studio!

For more information:

www.fishhouseartcenter.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

Add To Your Summer Fun With Aya Fiber Studio’s Offerings

Aya Fiber Studio Dyehouse’s Suzanne Connors is bringing back new techniques and knowledge from a recent two week Fiber Immersion workshop at world renown Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts!  The Rickie Report shares her July Workshop Schedule and possibilities for your own studio time or group visits.  Located within Port Salerno’s Fish House Art Center, it is in the hub of other artists’ studios and good dining options.  NOTE TO FIBER ARTISTS/INSTRUCTORS: Suzanne is putting together the Fall and Winter Schedule.  Contact Suzanne if you are interested in being an instructor. NOTE to Indigo Lovers – Aya Studios offers ready made tote bags, clothing, bedding and more! Click here for details.

 

 

 

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Aya Fiber Studio

Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Port Salerno, Florida 34997

STUDIO and BOUTIQUE OPEN: Tuesday- Saturday

and by appointment: 336-693-4606

 

 

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Fiber Stitching Workshop at Aya Studio

 

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JULY workshops
4 workshops offered at Aya Fiber DYEHOUSE during July:

 

 

  • Japanese Shibori Dyeing

  • Intro to Shibori Stitching (2 day)

  • Intro to Indigo

  • Alternative Dye Methods

 

 

  • These are hands on workshops- not demonstrations: expect to get your hands wet and be sure to bring an apron. 
  • In order for everyone to get a true hands on experience there will be a limit of 4 participants for each workshop.  

 

These classes fill quickly so please inquire early to reserve your date.

 

There will also be an Indigo Play-Day on Sunday July 26th – so bring those items you have been working on and plan to play with like minded fiber artists for a day in the vat!

 

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Alternative Dying Methods at Aya Fiber Studio

 

 

 

Weekly and monthly WORKSHOPS are available for all ages and all levels from absolute beginners to experienced craftspeople looking to hone their skills. Teachers and speakers include local artists as well as experienced “visiting artists” from the Fiber world!

 

Hand dyed fabric tote with pockets and leather straps by Aya Fiber Studio

Hand dyed fabric tote with pockets and leather straps by Aya Fiber Studio

Rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills. It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida! Use onion skins and beets for natural dyes!

 

WORKSHOPS

Indigo Workshops: July 13, Aug 3
Intro to Stitching 2 day workshops: July 19-20, Aug 9-10
Thursday Mornings @ Aya Fiber Studio- Suzanne will lead an Open Studio Session presenting different techniques.
REGISTER TODAY: http://www.ayafiberstudio.com/indigo-workshops/

 

 

Studio equipped with:

sewing machines
serger
large cutting and work tables
irons/ironing boards
dress forms
wet area with sinks
dye equipment
drying rack and indoor lines
silk and batik frames
steamer
4 harness Leclerc floor loom
Tapestry Loom
Marbling equipment
Reference library
Computer and printer
Wi-fi also available

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE TODAY?

 

 

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Shibori Scarf from Aya Fiber Studio

 

 

Suzanne explains to The Rickie Report, “What I love about fiber art is the surprise element – the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step…the magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes! It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I currently specialize in Shibori and Batik. For me, these art forms are an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce designs, without having to worry too much about the details –just as in life, there are no “mistakes” with fiber, and everything is always subject to change. The imperfections are all part of the creative process. I’m always learning new techniques and experimenting so I can share them with my students. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!”

 

For more information please contact Suzanne Connors at:(336) 693-4606 or visit www.ayafiberstudio.com

or visit:

www.facebook.com/ayafiberstudio?fref=ts

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Popular Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street.  This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal.  A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek of Joni Berte’s artwork!

 

 

 

 

 18th Annual Downtown

Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 25th

&

Sunday, April 26th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

The popular Spring Craft Festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart April 25 – 26, 2015. This two-day juried event will take place along Osceola Street. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore this outdoor gallery. This craft showcase will feature a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable and unique gift items with broad appeal. The prices, suitable to all budgets, will range from $3 to $3,000. A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. 

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

Joni Berte tells The Rickie Report, ” My artistic interests are endless! I appreciate all forms of art; traditional, classic, deviant, outsider, you name it! It is my belief that there are many ways to express oneself and art is food for the soul. Self-expression is paramount to the artist and the drive to create is as impossible to stop as a runaway train. For the past few years I have focused on Day of the Dead art, and have developed a unique style that is the hallmark of my pieces.”

 

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

Personal Shrine by Joni Berte

 

She continues, “While many of my Day of the Dead designs, particularly those found on my Sugar Skull masks, are typical of the genre, my execution is of the highest quality — especially in the areas of line detail and color. I am currently working on assemblage art in the form of Personal Shrines and am finding it a very versatile and rewarding medium. Additionally, I am collaborating with my father (Bill Lohnes) on Fantasy Dragonflies. My new Fire-Carved Boxes are for sale at Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, Florida.”

 

 

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Day of the Dead assemblage art by Joni Berte

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,00
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

Artwork by Joni Berte

Artwork by Joni Berte

 

 

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About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.  

For additional information on the 18th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Lori Hlavsa’s Artwork Featured at 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival

The streets of Stuart will be happily packed with art lovers and The Rickie Report hopes you will be among them!   The 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival on Oct. 12 and 13 brings familiar artists and new emerging artists together in one great venue with Howard Alan Events. A great way to begin the autumn craft festival season, we are highlighting one of the artists, Lori  Hlavsa, in this article.

 

 

 

 

  14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

October 12 – 13, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart –

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola

Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Free and open to the public

 

The Downtown Stuart Craft Fair, October 12 – 13, 2013, marks the beginning of the Fall Season.  This juried festival features the work of 100 of the finest crafters in the country. An eclectic mix of original affordable crafts including a wide variety of gift items with prices set to suit all budgets and tastes will be on display along Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs.  

 

 

American Craft Endeavors, the producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring a number of festivals to historic Downtown Stuart each year. These highly anticipated art events are popular because of the vast array of quality handmade items and art on display as well as the number of leading national artists and crafters showcased at each festival.

 

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass

 

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

Lori Hlavsa  started drawing as a child when she was watching cartoons and reading Sunday comics.  One of her favorites was the {Love is…) comic strip in the late 1960’s.   ART began to be a life long hobby.
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Lori Hlavsa

She tells The Rickie Report, “Lately, I paint with acrylics and airbrush. I use watery layers with paint brush and airbrush for blending and fading. People say it’s “dream-like”, which is a perfect expression.”
"Leading the Way"

“Leading the Way”

“Some of my paintings have papers as texture. I still like to use handmade papers, since my paper sculptures called “Paperpeple” were the beginning of my art show career with Debbie and Howard Alan, back in the 80’s.
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Paper Sculpture

Like most creative people, I know……We are grateful to express ourselves through arts and crafts. It’s always something that resonates with our souls, and collectively, we share it in different ways.”
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“Hibiscus and Fairy”

Lori Hlavsa writes this about her artwork, dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and Research efforts:

 

“Peace in nature .
 A place for contemplation,
 compasssion,
and embracing
something
 so gentle, as real strength.”

 

"Pink Back"

“Pink Back”

For more information about Lori’s artwork, please visit Artbylori.com

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit   www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roberta London’s Photography Part of Viva Florida 500!

 The Rickie Report is always happy to share Calls to Artists.  We really mean it when we say we want to share YOUR good news when you’ve been accepted to a show or exhibit you’ve heard about through The Rickie Report.  So, we’re excited to share that Roberta London’s photographs have been accepted to Viva Florida 500!   This is a statewide celebration of Florida’s 500th aniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s discovery of “La Florida”.  There are many festivities planned, so read the details in this article and celebrate!

 

 

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In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon led the Spanish discovery and exploration of the land he named “La Florida.” Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration of Florida’s 500th anniversary.

 

 

Exhibition Celebrating Viva Florida 500!

 

Celebrating Viva Florida 500!” is a collaborative juried exhibition  — the first of its kind as a collaboration of the Elliott Museum with the Arts Council of Martin County, and the second major show at the new Elliott Museum.

 

Selected works of 129 artists will be exhibited at the Court House Cultural Center Galleries and at the Elliott Museum Exhibition Hall in a joint exhibition from Friday, September 20 through Saturday, October 26th, 2013.

 

Two Locations:

Elliott Museum is located on Hutchinson Island

825 NE Ocean Boulevard

Stuart, FL

(772-225-1961)

Museum hours: Mon – Sunday 10AM-5PM

and 

Court House Cultural Center Gallery is located at

80 E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

(772-287-6676)

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 10AM-4PM; Saturday 11AM-2PM

 

Opening Night Schedule:

Friday, September 20

 

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Artists’ Receptions

at both the Arts Council and  Elliott Museum

 

6:30PM – Awards Presentation at the Elliott Museum

 

 

 

 

Roberta London shares her story with The Rickie Report readers:

 

"Flora Tropicana" by Roberta London

“Flora Tropicana” by Roberta London

Getting started in photography…and the journey

 

Practical matters led me to photography.  I was active in my community in a movement to improve the schools, and used still photography and 16mm film (hmmm, that really was quite a long time ago!) to document and advocate for exemplary programs, teachers, classroom approaches.

 

Responses to those early works were eye-openers for me:  people were so moved by the images and the messages.  I was hooked!  Over the next 15 years I produced films, video and television  programs, all the while concentrating on ways to compose scenes, and mix sound and picture to tell stories that would pack an emotional punch.

 

Florida Inspiration

 

When I moved from New York to Florida in 2006 I was dazzled by the landscape and the light, and the flowers that grew everywhere: it was time to pick up the camera again, this time to focus not on issues but instead on the beauty in my new environment.

 

An early prod came when I went on the Garden Club of Stuart’s  “Secret Gardens” tour: what a revelation!  There were so many eye-poppingly beautiful and unusual flowers and plants that I had never seen before — the focus for my photography now became clear.

 

"Hidden Jewels" by Roberta London

“Hidden Jewels” by Roberta London

Planning out the work…or not…when the creative juices flow…what I hope my work will give to others

 

Most often I work out in the field.  Generally I set off with a particular destination in mind, although I can get pulled in another direction if, on the way, some irresistible scene or tree or flower presents itself.  Then the agenda is scrapped and I tackle the unknown & the unexpected: wind, ever-changing light, backgrounds that look good from the road but not so great up close, insects moving around in the middle of my close-up shot.   And then there are those magical times when it all comes together – light, color, background, luscious blooms, and I look through the lens and my reaction is visceral. Those are the moments when I think ‘something’s happening here,’ and I want that to happen for people when they see my work.

 

Education/training

 

I am not formally trained in photography and have learned primarily by “doing” and by studying the works (and words of wisdom) of photographers whose art I admire: Clyde Butcher, Joseph Holmes, Brooks Jensen, Michael Reichmann, Jonathan Silverman, to name just a few.  The learning process never ends.  And it never should.

 

"Safekeeping" by Roberta London

“Safekeeping” by Roberta London

Roberta’s artistry has been seen in numerous juried exhibits and events, including: A.E. Backus Museum, Fort Pierce, Florida// Through the Eye of the Camera // Invitation Exhibit: Through Women’s Eyes By Women’s Hands// Through the Eye of the Camera  (Two Awards of Merit)// Molly’s House Gallery, Stuart, FL// Solo Exhibition, Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens// 21st & 22nd Annual Juried Show, Arts Council of Martin County // // Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, International Photography Competition // Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery// Botanicals Art Competition (Special Merit Award)// Abstracts Art Competition (Special Recognition Award)// All Women Art Competition (Special Recognition Award)// Nature Art Competition  (Special Recognition Award)// Seasons Art Competition  (Special Recognition Award).

 

 

 

Roberta also shows and sells her work at  Art Festivals, including Howard Alan Events Art Festivals (Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts) (ArtsFest By the Sea, Jupiter, FL), (St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota, FL) (ArtsFest, Stuart, FL) , Art in the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL , Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival and Estero Fine Arts Festival.  She is represented by OC Designer Source, Yorba Linda, California  and Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Roberta London is a Contributing Photographer to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals.

 

For more information about this exhibit or her photographs, please contact: Roberta London   772-287-9690  www.robertalondonphotography.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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Meet Michael O’Toole at the Stuart Juried Craft Fair to Experience His Love of Handblown Glass

How many of us have gone on a vacation and become so inspired by something we experienced that it changed the focus of our lives after we came home?  When you come to the 16th Annual Stuart Craft Juried Craft Fair, be sure to meet one of the artists, Michael O’Toole. Only recently, Michael undertook a full education to become a glass blower! The Rickie Report interviews Michael in this article and gives you an overview of this terrific Craft Fair.

 

 

 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

April 27 – 28, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

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Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes the 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair on April 27th and 28th.  This festival has become a welcome tradition in Martin County and is popular for the wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as the affordable unique gift items on display and for sale. Osceola Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver to provide festival-goers with the best possible experience and will feature the finest crafters in the country. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

In order to ensure a first-rate event with superior affordable original crafts, all of the crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.   It will showcase  original crafts handmade in America, unique and affordable gift items, 150 crafters from 30 different states, prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.

 

There will be a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.  There will also be a Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program.

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Glass allows virtually an infinite variety in color, density, reflection, refraction, and transmission that is unique to this medium. Coupled with form, the possibilities for functional and beautiful art glass pieces are endless.  Michael O’Toole creates paperweights, vases, ornaments, bowls and pumpkins.

 

TRR: You are a retired semiconductor engineer. Can you tell us what you did in layman’s terms?

Michael:

My title was “Director of product and test engineering”.  I was responsible for characterizing new computer chip products (making sure they performed to specification) and developing all of the test programs and manufacturing collateral that allowed the products to be mass-produced in Far-East manufacturing facilities. 

 

TRR:  What were your hobbies and leisure interests?

Michael:

My hobbies were photography, woodworking, and travel

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 TRR:  Tell our readers about your “aha” moment, watching the glassblowers on the cruise ship

Michael:

We were on the Celebrity Equinox, and I was fascinated by the creativity of the three artists from Corning Museum of Glass.  I could tell that the process was more difficult than they made it look, but really didn’t appreciate how much more difficult. It was clear how much they enjoyed what they were doing.

 

TRR: What were the next steps you took?

Michael:

I enrolled at Jacksonville University.  Even though I was enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student, they wanted my undergraduate records.  I like to joke that it cost me a fortune to ship the “stone tablets” down from Michigan State to Jacksonville.

 

TRR: Had you ever considered opening this as a business?

Michael:

Never in a million years.  I wanted to continue blowing glass, and there were no facilities in central Florida that I could use, so this was really the only way I could continue.

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TRR:  What advice do you have for anyone who would like to turn their artistic interest into a business?

Michael:

Don’t underestimate how much of your time will spent doing non-creative activities like sales and marketing. Actually sales and marketing require creativity to be successful, but it’s not the same.

 

Ornaments

Ornaments

TRR:  When you create a new piece of glass art, how much planning do you do vs. how much do you leave to ” the moment” to inspire you?

Michael:

I start off with a pretty firm idea of the color(s) and technique(s) I plan to use, as those are pretty much the foundation you have to build from.  After that, I have a general idea of the form I am pursuing and  allow the glass (and the colors) to modify my initial plan. Particularly when I’m doing something new, I will often re-make a piece, either adjusting my vision or my execution after critiquing the initial attempt. 

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Paperweight

TRR:  Your vases and bowls have such wonderful depth!  What made you decide to create pumpkins?

Michael:

They’re fun and relatively quick and easy to make.  My customers seem to like them.  I have to admit that even though they’re not an artistic challenge, it is gratifying to see people “ooh and aah” over them and want to take them home.

 

Pumpkins Cooling

Pumpkins Cooling

For more information: Michael O’Toole  Cell: (407) 738-9156   Studio Phone Number: (407) 687-5678
Email: michael@inspiredglasscreations.com   Web: http://www.inspiredglasscreations.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inspiredglasscreations 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit   www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

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561-537-0291

Fiery Artists Will Show at Stuart Art Festival: Steel-Alive!

The Stuart Fine Art Festival promises fine art and The Rickie Report cannot wait to tell you about an artist team who will be there.  Rommel  and Courtney Ricuarte use hot flames and metal to create their art work and it pops!  Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival! Read this article for more details.

Historic Downtown Stuart

Welcomes Back

SIGNATURE ART FESTIVAL

 

FEBRUARY 23 & 24, 2013 

 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Martin County’s Premier Juried Art Fair

Featuring 250 National & Local Artists

Eclectic Mix of Original Art

Unique Handcrafted Gift Items

 

 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

  Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart – Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

 To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

 

Rommel Sculpture

Rommel Sculpture

February 23 – 24, 2013 marks the 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival!  Over  250 artists from the U.S. will transform Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork. 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994 – Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free to attend.

         

 

Martin County’s premier art festival returns with a myriad of original and eclectic works of art by leading artists from around the country.  The bold and vibrant colors, the thoughtful and whimsical artwork, the vast array of media and an abundance of talent define this juried art show destined to transform Osceola Street into a world-class outdoor art gallery appealing to a variety of tastes and budgets. The festival will go through downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street.  All of the artists will be on-site for the duration of the show available to discuss their art, techniques and inspiration.  A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • Free Admission
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • The festival will take place in downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street.
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media: Paintings, Life Size Sculptures, Photography, Ceramics, Glass,    Wood, Handmade jewelry, Collage, Mixed Media
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

 

 

 

Rommel working on Sculpture

Rommel working on Sculpture

The love of nature is embodied in the fine stainless steel creations of Rommel and Courtney Ricaurte. So too have their whimsical and eclectic musings, bringing to life their Steel Alive series award- winning sculptures.
Rommel, "Poppy"

Rommel, “Poppy”

Rommel, the designer is from a beautiful region of Ecuador and Courtney, his wife, is a native Floridian. Their joint creativity, imagination and talent has evolved into these unique, innovative pieces of art.

Ricaurte Working

Ricaurte Working

They tell us, “All of the bronze shades are brought out naturally and any other color has been added by the use of paint. Steel-Alive creations are a part of private collections as well as numerous public organizations in the United States. We have been honored to make creations for The City of Deltona, Charlee School of Miami, Victory School of Miami, Melting Pot Resataurant, Shelter of Abused Women in Venice and Universal Shortcase Shorts Film Festival in Orlando.”

Rommel, "Sylvan"

Rommel, “Sylvan”

These sculptures have been carefully crafted and can be displayed indoors or outdoors.  For more information please visit: http://www.steel-alive.com/us.html

 

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Partial List of Participating Local Artists:David Berger – Oil Paintings; Julie Berger – Jewelry; Scott Buccina – Stone Sculptures; Sue Dayton – Paintings; Lori Drucker – Photography; Kevin Hutchinson – Paintings; Anthony Joneck – Jewelry; Jim Matheson – Gyotaku; Mimi McCallum – Oil Paintings.

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.  For additional information on the 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Jeans to Sophisticed Handmade Purses

Jean “Notewell” Williams is a local entrepreneur, originally from New York State.  She holds two Associate Degrees in Secretarial Science and Para-Legal plus a Bachelor’s  Degree in Theology from the Tabernacle Christian University.  She is the MGM of It’zzz Our Time, LLC.  She founded and supports Nana’s Little Angel Fund for children with nephritis syndrome or cancer.  Jean has traveled as a missionary to 33 nations including India, Africa and the Philippines.  During her travels she captured some “million dollar shots” as quoted by the Palm Beach Post,  during her premier photographic Artigras Event.  She is currently working on two books about her travel experiences.

The multi-talented wife, mother of 5 and Nana of 13 is an inspiration to children, adults and international entrepreneurs. Jean will be releasing a new line of animal print purses soon.  The Bespoke Perfume “Nothing” (r) was recently formulated and receiving raves!

 

Jean’s newest sophisticated hand made purses will be available  at the Boyton Beach Craft & Treasure Show January 21st.  The show is held at the Civic Center  128 E.Ocean Avenue  Boynton Beach.  Jean will also be a vendor at the Stuart Bazaar on February 4th and 5th at Flagler Park on the riverfront in Stuart.

In addition, her products  may be found in Riveria Beach, Palm Beach Gardens,  North Palm  Beach and Tequesta, Florida. shops and boutiques.  Contact Jean at  561-723-9328 or email her at NeWine03@aol.com.

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291