Howard Alan Events Kicks Off 2016 With Las Olas Art Fair Part I January 9th & 10th

Howard Alan Events kicks off the New Year with the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I on January 9th & 10th. Over 250 local & national artists will share their original art in a wide variety of media and styles.  There will be a Free Art Giveaway of a 2016 signed and framed Art Fair Poster featuring the work of Pendragon Miranda. Admission is free and open to the public. Located in Fort Lauderdale,  Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery. The Rickie Report shares the details and introduces artists Larry Brown, Julie Keaten-Reed and Timothy Sullivan. Stay tuned for Olas Art Fair Part II has been scheduled for April 2 – 3, 2016 as part of an exciting spring line-up of festivals produced by Howard Alan Events.

 

 

 

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28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

Saturday, January 9

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Sunday, January 10

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Las Olas Association

Free and open to the public

 

 

On January 9 – 10, 2016, 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I takes place. Las Olas Boulevard, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 250 artists from the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a free art giveaway.  Free and open to the public.  

 

 

 

The 2016 Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition poster featuring the work of Pendragon Miranda will be available for purchase at the art show. The painting titled “Welcome to Las Olas” that inspired this year’s poster was selected from dozens of submissions. Miranda, a native of El Salvador, used bold colors and a mix of Naif and Fauvism to bring to life his interpretation of Las Olas Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to win a signed framed copy of the poster by registering for the giveaway; no purchase will be necessary to participate. The poster will also be available for purchase onsite at the booth located across from the Cheesecake Factory on S.E. 6th Avenue and will be priced at $10.

 

 

LARRY BROWN

 

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Elegantly sculpted wood lamps with handmade shades

http://thelarrybrownstudio.com/page10348.htm

 

 

 

Larry Brown shares, “Combining function with artistic expression has always had an attraction for me. My profound love and connection with nature has always influenced my work. As a child, my favorite experiences happened out in the woods. I remember climbing high up in swaying trees and just hanging in the branches, moving in the wind. At home watching my father make items in his wood shop, and then trying to emulate him, influenced my desire to become a craftsman and creator. My objective is to create heirloom pieces which will be around for generations”.

 

 

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Elegantly sculpted wood lamps with handmade shades

http://thelarrybrownstudio.com/page10348.htm

 

 

Art enthusiasts will be able to leisurely stroll through the exhibits and engage the artists to gain a better understanding of the artistic process and the inspiration for the unique works of art on display and for sale. The artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. In addition, casual shoppers will find a variety of unique handmade gift items and functional art.

 

 

JULIE KEATEN-REED

 

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Julie Keaten-Reed
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Julie Keaten-Reed’s journey to her art was unconventional, and her paintings show the unique combination of Western and Asian design elements. She shares, “My art education began at an early age, being surrounded by my grandmother’s works, Carley Craig.  She was a lifelong artist and a master of diverse media and genres.Growing up immersed in this creative milieu I developed a sensitivity to aesthetics and an appreciation of form, color and line.  The conflicting impulses of following the Asian art aesthetic which I admire so much and the desire to explore themes from my Western art heritage led to a blend of styles and techniques I use today”.

 

 

 

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Julie Keaten-Reed
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FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists
  • Among the largest and most popular outdoor art festivals in South Florida
  • Original Artwork
  • 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 including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Commemorative Festival Posters ($10) & T-shirts ($15) for sale at booth located across from Cheesecake Factory
  • Free Art Giveaway – featuring a signed framed festival poster
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Las Olas Association

 

 

 

TIMOTHY SULLIVAN

 

 

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Timothy Sullivan
http://www.creeksidepottery.com/about/

 

 

 

Timothy Sullivan shares, “I received my BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in ceramics and painting in 1972, and my MFA in ceramics from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1975. The 2001 Great Gulfcoast Art Festival was the first festival I attended, and the first time that I had shown work of any kind since the late 1970s. After graduation I had part-time jobs and maintained various studios working with mixed-media sculpture, wood, or clay. From 1983 to late 2000, I stopped working as an artist or craftsman and was entirely focused on a career in IT, holding jobs as varied as typewriter repairman, computer sales, manager, ComputerLand franchisee, network engineer, and IT executive. In October of 2000, I made the decision to return to clay, and pursue a full time career as a potter”.

 

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Timothy Sullivan
http://www.creeksidepottery.com/about/

 

 

 

 

 

“I have no regrets over the years that I spent in business. Much of that time was exciting and rewarding, and I learned many things which I believe have helped me significantly as a potter/designer craftsman. I learned to appreciate an elegant solution to a complex problem, and how to approach the technical hurdles that are so frequent in ceramics, and I learned patience. While the financial benefits from Corporate America can be significant, this work that I do now provides me with a different set of rewards, which feel more lasting and more meaningful. I am continually delighted when I see my customers and they tell me how much the work means to them, or how much they have enjoyed having it in their lives. It’s not enough to simply make work and put it in a corner, it must be shared”.

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

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), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), 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. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

Howard Alan Event page:
http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair-part-I
https://www.facebook.com/events/576831645794396/

 

 

 

 

For additional information on the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I 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:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

HotWorks™ Announces 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

The 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 24 & 25, 2015 is held in a premium location in the heart of downtown Boca Raton on Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road.  Show Promoter, Patty Narozny shares the application information as well as details about this show every artist wants to know.  The Rickie Report is eager to hear when you are accepted into this Show so we can share your good news! You still have time to apply!!!

Hot Works™, LLC Fine Art & Craft Shows Presents

6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

Downtown Boca Raton

On Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road

January 24 & 25, 2015

Deadline September 5, 2014

Notifications by September 16, 2014

 https://www.zapplication.org/event-info-public.php?fair_id=3329

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Summary

 

The 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 24 & 25, 2015 is held in a premium location in the heart of downtown Boca Raton on Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road. The location has an effect on the type of patrons it draws, who trend toward affluence with “money to spend”.  In its third year, this art fair was voted #68 in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook.

 

 

 

As part of the Hot Works™ family of events, the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ has earned a reputation for quality and profitability in a relatively short time, having just celebrated its 5th Anniversary earlier this year. Patty Narozny is a wonderful promoter who cares about the artists. Strong crowds and sales are reasons most artists will return. In 2014, average reported sales were $4,709.91, which included a painter who zeroed out. Great selection of artists with high quality work. All work is original and personally handmade by the artist in the show. Hot Works events are juried by art professionals who each have more than 30 years of art education and art fair experience. Supreme advertising and promotional campaign on broadcast TV, radio, print, social media, banners, posters, post cards, and more.

TESTIMONIALS

 

 

“Nobody cares more about the quality of her shows and the honesty and integrity of her artists than Patty Narozny.”

Les Slesnick, Retired Photographer, Orlando, FL

 

“Thanks so much for all that you do to put on a great show.  I especially appreciate your personal attention.  You are among the finest show promoters in the business; you always consider artists’ needs first and that is rare.”

John Wayne Jackson, Sculpture, Black Mountain, NC

 

“Park understands the serious effort and dedication required to produce a successful art show. Moreover, she had very kind words for a person whom she sees as a leader in that regard. The show promoter who is hands down the most concerned about the well-being of her artists and consistently puts on a great show is….Patty Narozny (of) Hot Works.”

Herion Park, Fiber, Sarasota, FL, June 2014 – Sunshine Artist Magazine

 

 

“We very much enjoy working with you and participating in your events. Just let us know if there is anything we can do to help grow your business, so that we can do more shows with you. You are a breath of fresh air in an industry that typically see no problem taking advantage of artists for their own financial gratification – whether it’s other private promoters or “non-profit” groups that use artists to “fundraise” for their own purposes.”

Lee Wilson, Painting, Nashville, TN

 

 

The Community

 

 

Boca Raton, FL is centrally located along South Florida’s east coast, equidistant from West Palm Beach to the north and Fort Lauderdale to the south. The City of Boca Raton provides a unique blend of urban and suburban lifestyles. The 24th most populous city in Florida, Boca Raton covers over 29 square miles and enjoys five miles of oceanfront. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is held outdoors in the heart of the city, Downtown Boca, on north Federal Highway, between Palmetto Park Road and N.E. 2nd Street, within Sanborn Square Park. The location has an effect on the type of patrons it draws, who trend toward affluence with “money to spend”. In its third year, this art fair was voted #68 in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook™, one of the nation’s leading art festival periodicals.

 

The City of Boca Raton has become a regional business leader attracting cutting edge businesses and corporate headquarters over the last several decades benefiting from a stable business environment. However, this is not the time to simply rest on one’s laurels. Increased competition and global economic conditions require a pro-active approach to future economic development. Attracting and retaining successful businesses means that Boca Raton will continue to have the high quality of life that makes it the premier community in South Florida. In the next year, more than 1,000 residences will be added to Downtown Boca by 2015.

 

 

• 30 years of event and media experience

• Focus is on visual arts and juried by art professionals

• Every effort made to eliminate buy/sell

• Enormous advertising campaigns – TV, Radio, Print, Social Media, Posters, Banners, Post Cards, etc.

• A Promoter who cares about the artists

• Several shows to choose from throughout the year – dealing with one organization

• Professionally managed

• Friendly and experienced professional event crew

• Booth sitters available

• Artist awards in every event

• Overnight security provided

• Friday move-in

• Complimentary cold water throughout the event

• Ease of drive in and move out; large trucks welcome

• More!

 

 

 

Artist Awards

 

 

There is $1,500 in artist awards: two $500 Purchase Award Prizes, and five $100 Awards of Excellence. In addition, there are five non-monetary Awards of Distinction, of which the purpose is to increase sales for five additional artists. All award winners, regardless of award level, receive one of our eye-catching, gorgeous two-foot-long ribbons that draw people into the booth. Awards are given at judges’ discretion based on same rules for jurying, which is technique/execution, quality, originality and booth appearance. The winning artists are automatically invited to participate in the following year’s event and the jury fee is waived.

 

 

Youth Art Competition

As part of our commitment to include art education in the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ and the southeast Florida community as a whole, a youth art competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 is integrated into the art fair. Sponsored by Hot Works, LLC and the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, young artists are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art. The competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. This youth art competition is provided with prime space within the show to display all of the youth art entries, and $250 in cash awards is provided for the young winners.

 

As art programs are being dramatically cut and eliminated in schools nationwide, the need for such initiatives is made even more relevant. Students are encouraged to speak with the professional artists in the show, and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career. They are asked not to interrupt an artist if he/she is busy with a patron in the booth. The art fair provides these students with an unmatched learning experience, and exposes family to art work that they would not have otherwise seen. Criteria for judging the youth art are based on technique/execution and originality.

The Promise

We are committed to your success. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns at any time. We are artist-focused and seek to provide a venue that enhances your work and simplifies your participation. At Hot Works™, your success is our success!
Please keep us in mind for any of our Hot Works™ Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows including:

November 15 & 16, 2014
14th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show™ (Miromar Outlet Mall, Estero, FL) – outdoor

January 3 & 4, 2015
15th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show™ (Miromar Design Center, Estero, FL) – outdoor

January 24 & 25, 2015
6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ (FL) – outdoor
Voted #68 in the country by Art Fair SourceBoook 

 

 

The Rickie Report urges all artists to request being placed on HotWorks.org™’s application list.  This show brings crowds and offers prize monies as well as sale opportunities.   For more information about HotWorks.org™ please contact:  Patty Narozny, Executive Director Boca Raton Fine Art Show™  www.HotWorks.org  or at patty@hotworks.org  or call 941-755-3088

 

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

 

25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts Features Free Art Giveaway and More

The Delray Beach Festival of the Arts celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary this year, when it returns January 18 – 19, 2014.  Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of Delray Beach resident and watercolor artist Pat Kaufman.  The 28”x40” framed Gicleé of the watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” will be on display in Pat’s booth where registration will also take place.  No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.  Kudos to Pat, whom we’ve written about in previous articles!

 

 

 

25th Anniversary

 

 

Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

 

January 18 – 19, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

 

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)

Navigational address:  1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

   

One mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US 1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 300 artists from the U.S.   Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a free art giveaway from Pat Kaufman of Delray Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This event is free to the public.

 

 

 

Festival promoter Howard Alan Events is thrilled to announce this Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, has been ranked the 65th top art fair in the United States by Sunshine Artist, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows.   “This is a wildly popular event,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.  “It truly is a wonderful honor and distinction as it was selected from among more than 10,000 festivals in the country.”

 

 

 

"Cottages  South Swinton Avenue" by Pat Kaufman

“Cottages South Swinton Avenue” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

The show will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary this year, when it returns January 18 – 19, 2014.  Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of Delray Beach resident and watercolor artist Pat Kaufman.  The 28”x40” framed Gicleé of the watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” will be on display in Pat’s booth where registration will also take place.  No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  Visit Pat’s website to learn more about her work and explore her online gallery.

 

Festival Information At – A -Glance:

 

  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Consistently ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Largest art affair in South Florida spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 300 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 including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

Free Art Giveaway:  28” x 40” framed Gicleé of watercolor painting titled “Cottages of South Swinton Avenue” by Delray Beach resident and exhibitor Pat Kaufman.  Pat has painted many of the wonderful homes in Delray along with many historic buildings.  She enjoys doing commission paintings as well.   Pat offers watercolor classes on Tuesdays  from 1-4 and 6-9.  Reservations are needed.  Pat’s studio/gallery “Tropical Watercolors” is located in Artists’ Alley.

Visit Pat’s website to learn more about her work   www.patkaufmanart.com

 

 

Meet Jeweler, Carol Adams

 

Pendant by Carol Adams

Pendant by Carol Adams

Carol Adams has been a full time metal smith for the past 30 years.   She tells The Rickie Report, ” Self taught as a jeweler, I have a painting and sculpture background from my studies at The Art Institute of Chicago  (B.F.A. 1974).  All of my pieces are one of a kind and fabricated in precious metals”.  
Earrings by Carol Adams

Earrings by Carol Adams

Carol incorporates a variety of techniques including but not limited to forging, fusing, reticulation, chasing, and piercing.  She goes on to share, ” The work that you are viewing is not from a production studio.  It is fabricated by me from start to finish.  I have no helpers, assistants or apprentices.  In a world full of mass produced objects, I hope that you will find my work refreshing and exciting”.  

For more information contact Carol at www.caroladamsjewelry.com

 

 

Earrings by Carol Adams

Earrings by Carol Adams

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

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. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 25th Anniversary Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

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

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

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

 

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

 

 

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