John Bowen’s Artistry Transforms Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum To Preserve History And Honor To Those Who Served

The Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum will showcase the detailed artistry of well-know watercolorist, John Bowen. The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special 4th of July picnic!  Everyone is invited! John is a key team member in the Museum’s mission to preserve our history by honoring the men and women who defended our freedom, during WWI, to Korea, and WWII.  Did you know that the infamous Flight 19 departed from here?  That US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign as he trained as a torpedo/bomber pilot?  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to take a free tour!

 

 

 

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
National Register of Historic Places   .   A Florida Heritage Site  .  Home of Flight 19

4000 W. Perimeter Road, Ft. Lauderdale,Florida

(954) 359-4400

HOURS: THURSDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free Admission / Free Tours / Pay-what-you-wish tours / Free Parking / Handicap-accessible
This is an all volunteer operation. Donations are appreciated. ​

 

SPECIAL  4TH  OF JULY  PICNIC

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Outside Museum Building: A Marine Corsair and A Navy Avenger. Both planes created from concrete and painted by John Bowen, to enhance the building. Each of the planes are seven feet long.

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” Watercolor by John Bowen, took First Place Award for Watercolor Category in Veteran’s Art Exhibition.

 

John Bowen has been an artist and illustrator for more than 45 years.  He first studied commercial art at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.  After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator.  His duties in the Air Force included a year of documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, and his illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Upon establishing a residence in South Florida, John discovered the many varied landscapes of the state containing the only subtropical climate in the U.S. and the wonderful lighting that Florida’s climate affords.

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist of the highest order.  His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.  A detailed drawing eventually morphs into a relaxed style of painting.  Working with watercolors has always intrigued John, and the challenge and excitement of this medium has never left him.

 

Red tailed Mustang, created and painted by John Bowen honors an all Black WWIl group of U S Airmen. They flew in the European Theatre. Their main assignment during the war was to escort our bombers during their raids over the continent. They had an outstanding record of protecting the bombers. They had all their plane’s tails painted red so everyone would know who they were and when they were coming! The Memorial Garden, at the Museum, is for Lt. Colonel Gray of the “Red Tail” Squadron.

 

 

 

Photos from the Inauguration of the Zen Garden created by volunteer Veterans & Master Gardeners, in honor of Ray Rivera WWII & Korea Veteran, survivor of the Bunker Hill CV-17.  Original painting was created by artist & Vietnam Vet John Bowen.

John paints to keep Florida’s history alive.  “This is a passion with me,” says the artist.  “I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it.”  This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida charity art exhibitions of the Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, juried art shows for the Old Davie Schoolhouse Project, and a one-man art exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He will continue his outdoor show schedule this Fall.

Flight 19 Memorial created and painted by John Bowen is facing the Bermuda Triangle, where the plane and its crew were lost.

John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work.  Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my work.  Emphasizing the play of light and shadow as seen in nature.  Describing textures of time written in historic places.  Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space.  These are the feelings I try to express in my paintings.  Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution.  Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently, using established principles to create the final piece.  Hoping to express the beauty that inspired me”.  

 

John is a signature member with the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League.  He is available to do Home and Boat Portrait Commissions.  John Bowen can be reached at  954 370-2061.    jbowenartist@aol.com  or www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

More about the Museum:

National Register of Historic Places.  A Florida Heritage Site.
Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

 

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.  From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries. In December 1999, the building was relocated to its permanent site at 4000 West Perimeter Rd., 2 blocks west from its original location.

 

 

On Exhibit:

  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator: historic mechanical & engineering landmark.
  • Recreated Soldier’s Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • 25×7 naval aviation mural signed by President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, RADM Moffit, and Medal of Honor Vietnam Gary Littrell.
  • Original paintings, cartoons, lithographs, drawings, and photographs.
  • “Broward Goes To War”  Exhibit:  the war years of 1941-1945.
  • Flight 19: collection of letters, photos, artifacts, books, videos,  & displays.
  • Vintage ship & aircraft models, WWII artifacts, teaching props, flight gear, ship plaques, medals, insignia, uniforms representing all branches of the military.
  • Online-Only Exhibits: take a tour of our
  • John Payne Memorial Library: 3,000+ volumes from military history, personal memoirs, war diaries, aviator log books, veteran’s letters, cruise books, war postcard albums, magazines, and world war II newsletters.
  • Photography collection: 10,000+ images of aircraft, ships, people, naval history, technical manuals, photos of artworks, and a military video library.
  • Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog.  
  • Veterans History Project: WWI & WWII collection of Veteran’s Stories.
  • Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial. 
  • Take the 360 degree Google Video tour.
  • virtual exhibits.

 

The History Project:

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from World War II Veterans, with the purpose of building a lasting legacy of preserving history for generations to come. This History Project collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences. We welcome diaries, collections of letters, and photographs that tell the veteran’s story.  Maps, drawings, and other documents are also welcome. We don’t have to keep your originals as the artifacts can be scanned, or photographed, and shared this way via e-mails. This project was started in 2010, with the introduction of NASFL Museum founder Allan McElhiney, who was a sailor in World War II.  This Gallery of Veterans is not in chronological order, rather it follows a date of completion by NASFL Museum curators.  If you are interested in sharing a Veteran’s story, or your family’s military history, please go to www.nasflmuseum.com

 

You can visit Museum on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

– Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
– Business Hours: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
– Last tour is at 2:30pm (no need for reservations but it’s best to be there between 11:30 and 2pm for best timing).
– Depending on your time, and level of interest, a tour can go from 10 mins to 3 hours. It’s up to you.
– After tours, people are welcome to linger around and take photos, enjoy their time in the library, watch videos, or explore the garden areas.
– This is an all volunteer operation. For tours of more than 5 people in your party, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated (members are always free). You can also Pay-what-you-wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nationally Acclaimed Artist, Deborah La Fogg Docherty Is Featured At Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will feature long time member Deborah LaFogg-Docherty as their first demonstrator of the New Year. The meeting will be held on January 11, 2017 at the Wellington Community Center.  Deborah is a national award winning artist who creates paintings whose subjects seem “touchable”. Meet and greet will be followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The evening will conclude with Deborah’s demonstration and a unique art raffle. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

FEATURES:

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

January 11th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah is well known for her great love of nature. She gives people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild in a secret world, raise their young, court and survive. Her quest for nature has taken her from the Everglades National Park to Denali National Park in Alaska.

 

 

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“Waiting For Mom” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deborah grew up on a farm in Connecticut, surrounded by nature and began drawing as a child, copying her mother’s paintings of Bambi, Flower and Thumper on her bedroom wall. Since they were painted on the hall wall, her parents quickly provided her with coloring books, paints and crayons to encourage her creativity. She began drawing birds in grade school, winning awards at the school and painted and drew every summer and during the school year, often forgoing homework! She earned her college degree with a dual major in Illustration and Commercial Art. She graduated with honors and moved to South Florida where she has worked for many years as a graphic artist for The Sun Sentinel. She is currently a Special Sections Designer for the paper and in her “spare time” teaches at Old School Square in Delray Beach, does local workshops and demos.

 

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“Bathed in Morning Light” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Mediums used by Deborah include pastel, oils and acrylics and may involve an under painting for added luminosity and atmosphere. Each medium requires different procedures. With pastels it involves washes of color and turpentine. In oils she blocks out colors. With acrylics she builds on layers going from light to dark.

 

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Painting by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

Deborah had two solo shows in 2015 at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades National Park’s Ernest F. Coe Gallery in the Visitors Center. She has received many national and local awards. She has illustrated two children’s books: “Woodcut Jill” raising money for the National Crocodile Refuge and “Rosie’s Song”. A fully illustrated book.

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“Flying Tiger” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Membership affiliations include: Signature member of the Artists for Conservation, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Art Club, an elected member of the Audubon Artists, the Wellington Art Society and many others. Deborah says, “Looking at my paintings today, many people think they are photographs. I take it as a compliment since I’m a photorealistic painter. My quest has been exciting and rewarding”.

 

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“Captured Gaze” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 36th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit WellingtonArtSociety.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Salon Presents Third Annual “Basel Through Our Eyes”

Armory Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting.  These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and/or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Tuesday, January 5th will focus on “Third Annual Basel Through Our Eyes” featuring  Terre Rybovich, Sandra Schulman and Elle Schorr. The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos. We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

Armory Art Center Presents

ART SALON:

THIRD ANNUAL “BASEL THROUGH OUR EYES”

PRESENTED BY:

 

TERRE RYBOVICH

SANDRA SCHULMAN

ELLE SCHORR

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 pm

There’s a $10 fee to attend. Pay at the door.

Please share this announcement with friends. If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated.

 

 

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Elle Schorr reflected in work by Anish Kapoor at Art Miami

 

 

“We came, we looked, we each curated our own personal collection of favorite Miami Art Week / Art Basel / Art Fair works of art. Each of us was drawn to different locations and to different works. We found connections to the kinds of work we do, or inspirations for new directions, new techniques, new materials, new ideas. One thing is for sure – no one saw it all”… Terre Rybovich, Sandra Schulman and Elle Schorr are joining together to share the work that each found most meaningful.

 

 

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Installation View

 

Terre Rybovich has drawn all her life. After a career in social activism, she returned to charcoal and paper with a new way of working, drawing “backward”, removing charcoal from paper with her body. The initial imprints were so dense with stories that she let them guide the drawings’ completion. That openness, plus years of figure drawing, generated a new art practice of subtlety. Her new work often incorporates nature and embodies her view that separation is an illusion. She says, “Prizing our individuality, we too often overlook our interconnectedness. My activism forged an enduring commitment to this world. It also instilled a courageous drive that I’m now channeling into art-making. I’m a daughter of Tommie Rybovich, noted boat designer and builder, and an heir to his self-guided vision and ambition for the work. It has been gratifying to have my work in the Drawing Center’s slide registry in New York since 2004. ”

 

 

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Sandra Schulman and Jane Hart

 

 

This year during Miami Art Week, Terre was an artist on a mission, looking at works on paper and galleries that seem like a good home for her work. Despite the traffic, she made it to Miami Project/Works on Paper, Pulse and Art Basel, and will share some of what she found.

 

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“The Future Was Written” by David Arsham  Young Arts Bacardi-55

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Schulman is an arts writer, music and film producer. Born in Miami, she was raised in New York and now lives in West Palm Beach, where she is an Arts columnist for WPB Magazine and writes for Palm Beach ArtsPaper. Her work has appeared in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ocean Drive, Country Music Magazine, The New York Daily News, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. She was an entertainment columnist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 8 years, and has authored three books on pop culture, including “Spiritual America The Catalog 1983 – 1984″, the story about the gallery she co-directed at 5 Rivington Street, NY that first exhibited Richard Prince’s Spiritual America photo along with early work by Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Loise Lawler, Walter Robinson, Sarah Charlesworth, and others.

 

 

 

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Tony Matelli sculpture at “Unrealism” in the Moore Building

 

 

 

 

This December, and through the end of January, Sandra is gallery manager for the largest of the 9 venues for “100 + Degrees In The Shade”, a definitive survey exhibition of South Florida Art curated by Jane Hart, with over 170 participants, which took place in Miami and Broward Counties. The venue she manages is at 3900 N Miami Avenue. Sandra also wrote one of the three texts for the full color, hardcover 220 page book of that exhibition. “Rumble”, a film she consulted on, is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival 2016, based on an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian that she co-curated. She will share her experiences about the exhibition space she is managing, as well as other spaces for 100+ in the Shade and other Art Galleries and shows she found most interesting.

 

 

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Terre Rybovich at Art Basel in the “Kabinett” devoted to Al Held

 

 

 

Elle Schorr has been exploring the world through a camera all of her adult life and has always been excited by contemporary art, architecture and the power of photography. She is now working to capture the transitory energy of the urban environment and shows her work widely. Her work was chosen in 2009 and 2013 for the “Annual Juried All Florida Exhibition” at the Boca Raton Museum, and in 2015 in the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Juried Biennial. Work can be seen at ARTHouse 429 in Northwood, and Project Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

 

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100+Degrees in the Shade 3900 N.Miami Avenue

 

 

 

 

Elle created and leads the Art Salons at the Armory Art Center. She recently curated “Artists of Art Salon: A Collective Dialogue”, which showed the work of 57 South Florida artists who have given presentations at Art Salons over the past three years. She stays in Miami every year for Art Basel, and this year decided to focus on respected South Florida artists who are showing their work, and the galleries, studios and special exhibition spaces where their work is being shown.

 

 

 

For more information:

Please visit www.armoryart.org for more information about classes, workshops, lectures and exhibits.

http://www.elleschorrphotography.com

www.terrerybovich.com

www.sandraschulman.com

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

Click here to Watch the Video

“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

Click Here For Article

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

To See More “Excessories” Click here

 

 

Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

To see more bracelets Click here

 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

To See More Mobiles and Kinetic Art Click here

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

Click here to learn more

 

 

 

To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

www.elaynatobyart.com/shop

Email Elayna Toby

www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections

www.facebook.com/elaynatobyart

 Instagram   @elaynatobyart

 

Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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Delray Beach Public Library Features Solo Exhibit of John Bowen’s Artistry

The Delray Beach Public Library will feature 25 watercolors and 8 drawings by John Bowen.  John is an award winning watercolorist, author and illustrator, who was recently one of the artists featured in the “Star Spangled Heroes” Exhibit.  John’s award winning book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” tells about his tour in Vietnam as an Air Force Illustrator.  The Rickie Report shares details and some images, but knows from personal experience, that seeing these in person is the best way to appreciate John’s artistry.  The exhibit runs from May 3rd through June 26th.

 

JOHN BOWEN, WATERCOLORIST

SOLO Art Show

Delray Beach Public Library

May 3rd to June 26th, 2015

Hours: Mon. to Wed. – 9 am to 8 pm, Thurs. to Sat. – 9 am to 5 pm, Sun. – 1 pm to 5 pm.

100 W. Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL

SECOND FLOOR GALLERY

 

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John Bowen, an award winning watercolorist based in Florida will have a SOLO Art Show at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 W. Atlantic Avenue, from May 3rd to June 26th, 2015. There will be 25 watercolor paintings, along with 8 prints of drawings from his illustrated book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”. The Silver Medal awarded book is about his tour in Vietnam, as an Air Force Illustrator, in 1968. The Exhibition will be located on the second floor of the Library. The public is welcome during regular library hours.

 

 

 

"Dinner For Two" by John Bowen

“Dinner For Two” by John Bowen

 

John Bowen’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam. Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel. He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009. John has been traveling around Florida, presenting watercolor demonstrations to organizations and groups.

 

 

"Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" by John Bowen

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” by John Bowen

 

John commanded the Base Graphics Shop on a Sac Base in Texas. Two years later, he received his orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam.

 

"Keys Nightlights" by John Bowen

“Keys Nightlights” by John Bowen

 

In addition to writing his book, John continues to create magical watercolors, capturing landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and every day life. His watercolors are best sellers at Vizcaya, in Miami. He is their premier artist, whose works show various scenes inside and outside this national treasure.

 

"Vizcaya Courtyard" by John Bowen

“Vizcaya Courtyard” by John Bowen

 

 

Many of John’s drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado. John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.

 

 

 

"Antique Car" by John Bowen

“Antique Car” by John Bowen

 

 

For more information about John, please visit: www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com or email john@johnbownwatercolorist.com

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch National League of Pen Women Features “Art of The Masters” With Bea Doone-Merena

Join the Boca Raton Branch National League of Pen Women for a delicious luncheon and a one-of-a-kind art program.  Bea Doone-Merena will share the story of her fascinating art career and discuss some of the oil painting techniques that she learned from studying 16th – 18th century Masters of art.  Bea is referred to as  the “Master Painter and Painter of the Masters” because when you see her exquisite creations, you think you are in a museum!  This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other visual artists, performing artists, musicians, composers and authors.  The Rickie Report recommends you make your reservations quickly, as the deadline is April 7th.  Guests are welcome. We provide the details, some sneak peeks and the registration form with the lunch menu.

 

 

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Boca Raton Branch

National League of American Pen Women

Features

Bea Doone-Merena,

“Master Painter and Painter of the Masters”

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 Noon

RSVP by April 7th

 

Delray Golf Club       2200 Highland Ave    Delray Beach,FL
(561-243-7385 for directions)

 

 

Bea Doone-Merena is an accomplished artist who has mastered the art of classical realism. Her oil paintings are reminiscent of Bouguereau, Vouet, Lefebvre, Raeburn and other great masters we admire.

 

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“Chloe and Daphne” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

As a young girl in grade school, Bea started creating art. She knew back then that art was her calling. Even while raising ten children, Bea pursued her love for painting. Remarkably, she has been teaching herself to master the painting techniques of the Old Masters for years.

 

"Selfie" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Selfie” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

 

She tell us, “I let the great masters of art history teach me their craft. In reproducing the finest art of the masters, I’ve found the best teachers who ever lived! I apply all these wonderful lessons to bring to life the human body, nature and commissioned portraits”.

 

 

"Gates of Dawn" by Be a Doone-Merena

“Gates of Dawn” by Be a Doone-Merena

 

Bea currently exhibits her oil paintings in Florida. Her art work has been featured at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach; The Palm Beach Cultural Council; Schmidt Gallery at Lynn University, Boca Raton; the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, and other venues. She has won numerous awards for her portraits and figure paintings. Articles about Be a and her artwork have been published in The Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel and The Rickie Report.

 

"Vanity" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanity” by Bea Doone-Merena

 

Bea will share the story of her fascinating art career and discuss some of the oil painting techniques that she learned from studying 16th – 18th century masters of art.

 

"Vanessa" by Bea Doone-Merena

“Vanessa” by Bea Doone-Merena

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF CHECKS: April 7, 2015

April 16, 2015 Luncheon Menu:

Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert:

Barbara Bixon must receive your checks no later than April 7. 2015

Non-members: $30 ~ Members: $25

Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send to: Barbara Bixon, 9674 Harbour Lake Circle, Boynton Beach FL 33437
Email Elaine Bossik for more information:  elainebossik@yahoo.com

 

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1.Thai  Chicken Salad – Spicy Thai marinated grilled boneless chicken breast over mixed greens with sesame seeds, snow peas, peppers, bean sprouts, etc., with spicy peanut dressing.

2.Eggplant Parmesan – lightly breaded eggplant topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

3. Chicken Marsala – Sautéed boneless, skinless chicken breast finished with Marsala mushroom sauce, vegetables, and chef’s choice of rice or potato.

Dessert:   4. Triple Chocolate Cake  or   5. Fruit Cup

 

 

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

 

 

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Premiere of John Bowen’s Illustrations and Book

John Bowen, a nationally known watercolorist who resides in South Florida, has compiled his drawings and experiences as an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam.  The Rickie Report is proud to announce the availability of John’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”.  Information about a special discount is in this article.  

 

John Bowen

Presents

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

 

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John Bowen’s book shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam.   Since leaving the service,  John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.  He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.   It is finally ready to be published!  The Rickie Report is pleased to highlight John’s accomplishment, especially as we observe Memorial Day.

 

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John commanded the Base Graphics Shop on a Sac Base in Texas.  Two years later, he received his orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam.   
He tells us, ‘I spent many hours in the field and back at my duty section painting and drawing, documenting airlift operations for the Air Force.  This book is my story as an Air force Illustrator in Vietnam documenting the Airlift Delivery of troops and supplies for the allies during 1968. The book is enhanced with 43 drawings to put the reader there.”
Supplying The Troops
Many of John’s drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado.  John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.
 

In The Field
John will have a book signing and presentation at  The Well Read Bookstore, located at 1338 S.E. 17th Street, in Ft. Lauderdale.  In addition,  limited editions of his artwork will be available.  Please call  954 467-8878 for date and time.  

A special  “Pre-Print Sale” of John’s book is available for $22.99 plus $3.00 shipping.   Send your check to:  John Bowen, 450 N.W. 87th Road, #201, Plantation, Florida 33324.

John is available to speak to local organizations about his book and his experiences. Call  954 370-2061  or email     jbowenartist@aol.com   or visit johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

John Bowen, Illustrator, Shares Veterans Day With Us

The Rickie Report wants to share the artwork of an artist who was sent to Viet Nam as an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force.  John Bowen has written a book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” about his experiences and shares some poignant as well as personal views.  

 

 

Leaning on the bunker behind our barracks 1968 Tan Son Nhut Air base Viet Nam

Augementee Troops Taking a Break (Me and Joe)

“I commanded the Base Graphics Shop for two years on a Sac Base in Texas prior to getting my orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. I spent many hours in the field and back at my duty section painting and drawing, documenting airlift operations for the Air Force”, he shares.
Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.  He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.
When John contacted The Rickie Report about his illustrations and book, it made sense to showcase his work when our country celebrates and acknowledges Veterans.

Supplying The Troops

Many of his drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado. John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.

 

In The Field
“In the Field”, a color rendering originally from a slide, shows John out sketching on site.
Bowen’s book is filled with Illustrations and Photos

John will be selling limited editions of his artwork and is available to speak to local organizations about his book and his experiences. Contact him at:  954 370-2061    jbowenartist@aol.com   or go to his website johnbowenwatercolorist.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