Port Salerno Mosaic Studio Moves To Larger Location In Stuart, Offering Special Workshops And Classes

Port Salerno Mosaic Studio, previously located in the Fish House Art Center has moved to bigger headquarters in Downtown Stuart. Diane Concepcion, owner/artist and other instructors will offer classes and specialty workshops, including a Special 2 Day Workshop with Martin Cheek  in February.  Not interested in “making”?  This is the place for you!  Functional as well decorative items are for sale, or can be ordered for commissions. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos.  It is not too early to make your reservations.   It’s amazing what can be mosaicked!

 

 

 

 

 

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PORT  SALERNO  MOSAIC  STUDIO

 

208 West Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, Fl

732.804.4715

Diane Concepcion 

Asia Booth

Francesco Delorme

 

 

 

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Studio Space for Classes, Workshops and Working On Your Own

 

Shortly after moving in, Diane and Asia threw a ‘Grand Opening celebration” the highlight was a student art show. The many students that enjoy working in the studio over the last three years brought and displayed their artwork . There was plenty of art (purely for art’s sake) but the functional mosaic art…coasters, trays, lazy susans, house numbers…wow! The variety of mosaic art that has been created in the studio over the last 4 years is amazing!

 

Functional Mosaic Artwork

Diane has enhanced her mosaic self-education at the Union Square Art Cooperative in NYC and at the Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley CA. She has attended workshops with Martin Cheek, Mireille Swinnen, Michelle Petno and Jeff Halverson (some of the best known local and international mosaic artists). Diane’s portfolio is as varied as the application of mosaic art can be.  She is experienced in stained glass, smelt and picassiette. Diane has applied her art to garden items, upcycled art (mosaicking found items to give them new life), commissions for clients (address plaques, store signs), and has often explored her mosaic artistic voice. 

 

 

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“Not A Transformer” Mosaic by Asia Booth

 

 

 

 

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 “Dragon In A Teacup” by Asia Booth, 3D Mosaic Art

 

 

 

 

Also instructing at the studio is Asia Booth, an award winning mosaic artist of tremendous talent. An avid ‘gamer’, Asia specializes in video game themed art, most of her work features extremely tiny pieces (all hand cut). Asia’s passion for drawing and unique mosaic design is reflected in her art. Her gamer pieces were featured in “A Fractured Perspective” a gallery showing by Luna Mosaics of Orlando. Asia teaches “Intro to Mosaic” and is available during studio hours for students. Asia and Diane recently both placed in the highly competitive Annual McMow Art Glass completion.

 

 

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Mosaic Jewelry Pendants by Francesca Delorme

 

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Mosaic Portrait by Francesca Delorme

Mosaic artist Francesca Delorme is the third resident artist instructor. Francesca, an accomplished art instructor from the Burke Mountain Academy in VT, has a strong background in graphic design, jewelry design and creation, plus the whole gambit of glass arts, including all forms of mosaic. Francesca rounds out the studio’s staff specializing in ‘picasiette’, the art of making mosaic from broken dishes, china and other found items. Francesca will be presenting a series of classes in picasiette and mosaic techniques (such as andamento and opus) this Fall and Winter.

 

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“Pelican” by Diane Concepcion

In the studio you can buy art, order a custom commission or take classes. The very popular ‘Intro to Mosaic’ day-long workshop provides the basics in mosaic techniques and you go home with your 8”x8’ mosaic wall art. ‘Intro workshop’s are conducted several times a month.  You can also take advantage of the ‘Studio Hours’ where you can work on projects at your own pace. There is a reasonable fee for studio hours (which includes use of the tools and materials in the studio).

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“Peacock” by Martin Cheek

VISITING   INSTRUCTORS:

The highlight of the 2017 season will be a 2 day workshop by Martin Cheek, an internationally known mosaic artist. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is the author of several bestselling books. Martin Cheek incorporates his own glass fusions into his mosaic art and will share that process during the 11-12 February workshop at the studio. Details on this workshop can be found on the studio’s Facebook page or by calling Diane.

 

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Special classes by mosaic artists and artists of other disciplines are being scheduled for 2017. Francesca will be presenting an ‘Opus and Andamento Workshop’. Opus and andamento are time honored techniques used in traditional mosaics. Francesca will review traditional applications and introduce a modern approach, discuss tessellation, patterns, negative/positive space and the student will put this instruction into practice on their own project under Francesca’s guidance. This is an excellent opportunity for advanced beginners or intermediate mosaic artists to delve into some of the more advanced techniques of the art.
The studio will be participating in the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds on October 22-23. They are particularly excited to be featured as the “Artist in Residence” at the Ground Floor Farm of Stuart, where their art will be featured for the months of December and January. The studio will present a special stepping stone workshop during their residency.

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Contact Diane dtc148@yahoo.com

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You can usually find Diane and Asia in the studio Tuesday through Friday from 10:30-4:30pm or every other Saturday (calling in advance is recommended).

Call:  732 804-4715

Check out the studio Facebook page for a look at the artwork being created by Diane, Asia and their students. https://www.facebook.com/PSMosaicStudio

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

The Art of Display Part II

The Art of Display Part II looks at creating a warm and welcoming environment. If you have 2D artwork to display on walls or 3 Dimensional creations, here are some ideas you might consider when planning your exhibit space.   We advise you to visit a number of different types of exhibits to get ideas and see what might work for you.  If you are taking part in an outdoor event, remember to consider the elements (rain, wind, bright sun) and physical environment (sloping ground, pavement, rocky soil) as you make your plans. The Rickie Report shares an overview as well as some specific suggestions.  In Part III, we will look at lighting and quantities at the exhibit.  

 

 

The Art of Display Part II

 

 Space Planning

  • Before you arrive at the exhibit, determine how large your space will be (i.e. a 10′ x10′ space including the tent/ an 8′ table)
  • Are you providing the tent, table, chairs?
  • While it will cost more, it may be advantageous to contract with the promoter and rent these materials.
  • Will you have walls?  (Are they fabric to which velcro will adhere, wood, slat walls where you can hang special shelving, do you need U-pins?)
  • If you don’t have walls, can you build side and back barriers to better enclose your space and differentiate it from your neighbors?  (If you can, remember to use these barriers for display and storage)
  • Create a full both set-up BEFORE the show.  See how long it takes to set up everything, so you will be ready before the first customers arrive!  This is also an opportunity to ascertain if you will need helpers the day of the event.
  • Utilize every inch of your space.  That includes leaving room for people to come into your area and look around. Plan pathways for movement within your display area.

 

 

 

 A Welcoming Environment

 

  • Neatness counts!
  • Your booth should never compete with the items you are selling.  Give your customers a chance to rest their eyes on your product.
  • Don’t forget the floor.  A carpet remnant or even a large piece of canvas with colorful paint warms up your space and beckons people to step in.
  • Do you want a theme?   Warm tones of fabrics, rattan, palm leaves and sea shells convey a sea-related theme.  Wood turned bowls will look classy on fabric-covered boxes.  
  • Have you looked at your business cards?  Do they convey the same theme?
  • Consistency is a key factor!
  • Shelving depends on what you are selling.  Rustic pottery can be placed on planks with ladders on either side.  Contemporary fine crafts may need trim shelves.  Delicate items or jewelry may need to be behind glass.
  • Dress up a basic table.  Think: Scarf, placemats, table runner, table cloth with enough overhang so you can utilize the space under the table for storage.
  • Consider risers for the table legs to bring the surface closer to customers’ range of vision and reach.
  • Vary your display with objects of different heights.  You can have a lot of fun with this! Old suitcases, hatboxes, cake plates, lucite boxes or wrapped boxes are basics.
  • Think vertically!  Hanging wind chimes from the ceiling is a perfect way to bring your marketing message to customers.  If you can, place bamboo poles crisscrossing the ceiling. You can hang hand made masks or bird feeders from them.  Make sure you leave enough room for tall customers to feel comfortable without banging their heads!
  • Pedestals made with fabric sides can be used for display on 4 sides plus the top.  Bring velcro, drapery pins or U Pins to attach items to the fabric sides.
  • Pedestals of all shapes and heights can be found on the internet.  If you build your own, consider lightweight but sturdy material.  Carrying them, setting them up and being sure they will sustain a bump from a customer or gust of wind is important.
  • Make your booth memorable! If they have lost your business card and forgotten your name, they can describe your booth to another exhibitor.  Chances are, they’ll find you again!

 

 

 

The Art and Artistic Objects

 

  • Have a sign saying “If you don’t see what you are looking for, please ask”
  • Leave “white space” in between your displayed items
  • Give people’s eyes a place to rest while they are looking at your creations  (If you have too many pieces on a shelf, they will fee overwhelmed and walk away)
  • YES, some people like to “treasure hunt” through a myriad of objects. If you are selling beads, for example, it is OK to have a small box filled with beads for them to rummage through.
  •  BUT, this is not a tag sale. It is an opportunity to showcase your fine art and fine crafts, so ask a friend who will honest with you.  Is your exhibit too messy?  Too crowded?  Too sparse?
  • Have a photo album readily available for clients and potential clients to see what you have created in the past.
  • Take good quality photos
  • If you are selling artwork for walls, show photos of your artwork hanging on walls inside a home, on a yacht, in a business setting.
  • If you are selling wearable art, show your pieces on a model, not just mannequins.
  • Be ready to make an appointment to see if your artwork will actually fit on a potential client’s wall.  Your willingness to do this after the show hours shows your integrity and belief in customer service and satisfaction.

 

 

Look for The Art of Display Part III in an upcoming Rickie Report, where we will focus on other aspects of lighting your artistic creations!

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Kaufman Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Her Studio with Special Offers

Pat Kaufman’s paintings are full of color and lively – just like she is!  This article celebrates the 1st Anniversary of her studio in Artists’ Alley.  In addition to special discounts, Pat is also offering some fun craft classes for adults and children.   What a great idea for a small group or a party!  The Rickie Report shares the details and congratulates Pat on this milestone.

 

 

 

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Celebrating 1st Anniversary

at Artists’ Alley

Open House

Thursday, July 17th

6 – 9 pm

 

20% discount on all sales

 

Delray Beach, FL

 

 

 

This third Thursday is Pat Kaufman’s one year aniversary at Artists’ Alley.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I can not believe it is one year already. I would like to invite everyone to come help me celebrate. I’m offering a 20% discount on all sales of my artwork this week and there will be wine and goodies. Some of my new pieces will be unveiled at this opening.  It will be fun!”

 

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“Joyful Morning” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

An award winning watercolor artist, Pat is known for her bright tropical, Key West style of paintings. She lives in a renovated cottage, built in the 1930s, in Pineapple Grove one of the historical districts of Delray Beach, with her son Trey, a disabled veteran.  In 2014, Pat was Featured Artist at the 25th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. One of her paintings was offered as the free give-away, a promotion by Howard Alan Events.

 

 

 

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“Sea Cottage V” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

In addition to a special 20% discount on purchases to celebrate her anniversary, Pat offers fun craft classes for adults and children running all summer.  They are on different days and times.  She tells us that in her most recent class, “We are doing fish and mermaids.  All of my classes are small.  We have no more than 6 in a class.  This is a perfect place to bring a group of friends together or have some creative time with children.  Painting and embellishing is always fun!”  Contact Pat for more information and booking arrangements.

 

 

 

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“Sea Window” by Pat Kaufman

 

 

Pat tells us, “I am inspired by the wonder of color. The transparency and spontaneity of watercolors gives life to my paintings. Here in Florida and other places I have visited, there is so much color all around you. When I observe the trees blowing in the breeze, the sunlight dancing off the leaves or the light shining through blossom petals, it inspires me to paint them and see if I can capture this dance of light.”   We love seeing her work on pillows, cutting boards, tiles and table tops as well as on walls!

 

 

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Summer Crafts with Pat Kaufman

 

 

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY as Pat Vincent, Pat relocated to Florida in 1976. Pat is an accomplished artist whose works has been displayed at Delray Beach City Hall, American Orchid Society, Cadillac Headquarters and Cornell Museum. She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Delray Art League, Artists of Palm Beach County and the Wellington Art Society.

 

 

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ARTISTS ALLEY is an independent group of accomplished artists collaborating to establish a grass roots working colony with a vibrant marketplace for “Art created in Delray Beach”. This exciting new, warehouse arts area is in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Check out our new website- ArtistsAlleyDelray.com

 

LOCATION – The alley runs north and south between NE 3rd and 4th Streets, east of 3rd Avenue and west of the RR tracks.

EASY DIRECTIONS – From Atlantic Ave. go north on Federal Hwy., go west on NE 4th St., cross the RR tracks, go 80 feet and make a left into Artists Alley. Make your second or third left into the warehouses. You can print a map at www.CacaceArt.com

FREE PARKING – in the city lot on NE 3rd Avenue just south of NE 4th St. This is the best parking for our events. It’s a well lit parking lot a half a block away.

 

 

To make arrangements for Pat’s small summer classes

 please contact her at:

   pakaufman@earthlink.net or call  561-271-0128

 

 You can read more about Pat at www.patkaufmanart.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

Finely Carved Birds, Spun Glass and Expert Woodwork Highlight Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery’s Exhibit Before It Moves to a New Location

Join The Rickie Report as Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery features two of their most recent artists and one overwhelming old time favorite.  They present works of finely crafted wooden pieces and lamp-worked (or spun) glass figures.  As the non-profit artist cooperative begins its last month at the 605 Lake Avenue location in downtown Lake Worth, expect a whirlwind of special events starting with Wooden Fantasies with a Touch of Glass.  The Rickie Report will publish Clay Glass Metal Stone’s new location, address and hours soon, so stay connected!

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery

Presents

Wooden Fantasies with a Touch of Glass

Friday, March 1, 2013   6-9 PM

605 Lake Avenue : Downtown Lake Worth

The event is free and open to the public.

 
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Loxahatchee artist Eric Codner, crafter of finely made jewelry boxes, tables and mirrors employs local and exotic woods in his work.  
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Hand Made Wood Table by Eric Codner

A self-taught woodworker who has honed his craft over a 20 year period, his works are as pleasing to the eye as his finishes are to the touch.  
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Jewelry Box

He works in the style of Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal and Arts and Crafts. Perfection in execution and visual beauty are trademarks of his work.  Using hand tools gives him the freedom to create without the limitations imposed by machinery. Clear finishes bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
 
Magpie

Magpie

David Cericola, master woodcarver, creates birds that are so lifelike, the gallery has been asked if they are products of taxidermy.  Each feather is carved to perfection.  Each bird appears to be live, in its natural setting.  Complimenting the carved wood is exquisitely formed metal work for the legs and vegetation.  
Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Because of the many months it takes to create each work, when one sells, it is not immediately replaced.  Each new carving is of yet another bird living in the Florida wetlands.  No birds are ever repeated.
 

Wayne Smith Glass Spinner

Wayne Smith Glass Spinner

 

Wayne Smith has become a glass spinning one-man show at the CGMS Gallery.  In demand for demonstrations, he sits outside the gallery creating fantasy figures, animals of all kinds and sailing ships. 
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Wayne’s Dragon

He quickly dispels the notion that he is a glass blower by demonstrating the art of spinning.  Those with pets bring him pictures and he, within a few minutes, recreates the animal in glass.  Collectors of pigs, ducks or dragons try to stump him, but all fail as the collectable appears before their very eyes.
 
Wayne's Sailing Ship

Wayne’s Sailing Ship

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

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