Steve Horan in SOLO Exhibit Shows Unique Views of Yellowstone, Introduces “Environmental Portraiture”

Steve Horan is a photographer living in the thriving artist’s community of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, but over the last four years he’s also been visiting Yellowstone National Park to work on an ambitious photography project. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will exhibit some of Steve’s “environmental portraiture” in a SOLO show which opens February 15th.  The Rickie Report is honored to share this article with you.  Steve’s artistry gives us insight into a world few have understood or spent much time exploring.  Kudos to Steve!  We urge you to bring family and friends to share this experience.  More details are in this article.

 

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YOU ARE INVITED TO:

A SOLO exhibition of portraits by

 

Steve Horan

 

“People of Yellowstone”

 

at the

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

 

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460


(561) 471-2901

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OPENING

 

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15   3 – 5 PM

 

Light refreshments, all welcome. Meet the artist!

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

 

Exhibition from February 15th  through March 15, 2014

 

“Environmental portraiture ” is how Steve Horan describes his latest series, “The People of Yellowstone”.  Horan’s goal is to capture the spirit of the people whose lives and work center around Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding ecosystem.  The project pairs Horan’s portraits and text by award-winning writer, Ruth W. Crocker for a forthcoming coffee table book.  Ninety subjects have been documented to date with over 30 more expected.

 
 
"Tough Enough"

“Tough Enough”

Horan collaborates with his subjects to photograph them in a setting that immediately tells the story of their connection to Yellowstone’s wilderness.  Yellowstone National Park covers the largest geothermal area in the world, a super-volcano, and is home to geysers, grizzlies, wolves, eagles, elks, and huge herds of wild buffalo. This project has involved over 40,000 miles of car travel (the Park covers three states) and has been entirely self-financed on a shoestring.

 

 

"Wolf"

“Wolf”

 

 

 

Steve has photographed a range of subjects: a naturalist guide sleeping in an abandoned wolf den, a super-volcano expert near ancient lava flows, and a wolf skin-wrapped biologist who has led the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park, to name a few.

 

"Fish"

“Fish”

 

Crocker is listed in “Best American Essays 2013,” and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her warm and empathetic text will help us get to know these unusual people.  Since 2005, it has been Horan’s focus to work on long-term projects that engage and stimulate the viewer, creating a personal connection with each subject. Horan, trained as a photographer, has worked in many genres but finally found a kind of photography that unites his passion for community and its connection to the natural world.

 

 

"Horse"

“Horse”

Since February, 2012, Horan has been working on a new series of another diverse and unique ecosystem: the rapidly expanding arts scene in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County. He plans to create “environmental portraits” of the cultural scene, choosing a wide range of subjects from art patrons to bohemian street artists. The “Lake Worth Artists” project is expected to evolve over several years and will include visual artists, dancers, musicians, patrons and collectors of art.

 

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Steve Horan tells The Rickie Report, “My goal is to engage the viewer by creating photographic series of life in North America that are contemporary and unusual. My photography captures an ambiance, whether it is Lake Worth street-painters; portraits of Yellowstone National Park people; bikers at Daytona Beach or on the ground with grassroots presidential campaign workers”.

 

 

Steve Horan’s photography has been exhibited across the United States and Canada.  For more information about his freelance photography please contact  Steve  (406) 224-5177 or  email  info@stevehoranphotography.com.  Please visit www.stevehoran.com   www.palmbeachculture.com  or http://shoran.zenfolio.com/

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council markets the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administers grants, expands arts and cultural education, advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies and serves the arts community through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.   Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com   or 561-471-2901. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

 

 

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Helen Kagan’s Paintings Took Miami by Storm – Now Showing at Art Synergy

Helen Kagan grew up in the former USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for freedom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Having lived and worked in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY, FL, and equipped with another Masters degree, Helen spent much of her time as a social worker developing and leading programs and providing holistic services to those in need.

As both a therapist and an artist, Helen believes tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with positive energy, love, and self-expression.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Helen’s newest work during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach at 2 locations: OSGS in Northwood and Continuum at 312 Clematis Street W. Palm Beach.  The details are in this article.

 

 

Meet Helen Kagan

 

 

 

 

Helen Kagan unveiling "Bridge To Hope"

Helen Kagan unveiling “Bridge To Hope”

 

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a holistic therapist and artist. Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.   Helen works mainly with oil but lately is experimenting with acrylic and mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism and mainly, expressionism. They are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive.

 

 

 

Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. She’s been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” expressing the past, present and future with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood.

 

 

"Sun Shower"

“Sun Shower”

 

 

Primarily self-taught, Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Her intention is to create a solid body of Healing Art to serve people and communities in need. She envisions her art to be placed in Hospitals, Medical Centers, Rehabilitation, Multicultural, Crisis Centers – to enhance healing and well-being. Helen believes in interconnectedness of physical, mental and spiritual. She believes her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need. Her vibrant art is a statement of her beliefs.

 

 

"Under the Bridge"

“Under the Bridge”

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Helen shares, “For many of us art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers the message of being on a spiritual Journey. My “Healing Arts” – is my unique way to integrate expressive art and the art of healing”.

 

"Stairway to Heaven" (Energy Series)

“Stairway to Heaven” (Energy Series)

                 

She goes to explain, ” I believe that art heals.  I believe that art as a powerful form of self-expression becomes a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Communicating on subliminal levels, my work delivers this message through positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color and energetically balanced composition. My canvases are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive – bridges to the past, cities in the rain, street lights, domes, music, oceans, fields of sunflowers, moons, clouds, sunsets… However, the following themes are always present in my art – being on the Journey, moving towards the Light, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course – ‘J’oie de vivre'”!

     

 

 

"Nostalgy"

“Nostalgy”

“I believe that tragedy, pain and trauma can be healed with beauty, positive energy, and self-expression. This is what I communicate through my art while reflecting my own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past.    I believe in mind-body-spirit connection. I believe art can enhance healing and promote well-being in a viewer.  My passionate art is a statement of my beliefs”, Helen tells The Rickie Report. 

                       

"Hurricane" (Energy Series)

“Hurricane” (Energy Series)

 

Helen  has a vast education including:  Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC , Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies and Holistic Studies (Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner).  She is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner,   Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity Association,  MSW and  LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker).  Helen received her  MA  in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and PhD  in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

 

 

"Forever"

“Forever”

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

In the last few years, Helen participated in over 20 juried shows, was presented at City Hall of Hollywood FL, ‘Art in Public Places’ 3-months display (23 pieces), ‘Metamorphosis’ solo exhibition at ‘Osceola 32’ Gallery, Stuart (25 pieces), ‘City Vibe’ featured Artist exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery, Stuart FL (20 pieces), ‘Constellation 9/11’ featured Artist exhibition (15pieces), was juried in for 4 exhibitions of Martin County Art Council, and others.

 

"Sunset on Clematis" (Energy Series)

“Sunset on Clematis” (Energy Series)

 

Her ‘Healing Arts’ won several on-line competitions, was exhibited in the galleries, shops and private venues in VT, WI, MN, NY, and FL: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart , Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach. Currently Helen’s artwork is on display in a few galleries in South FL, including OSGS at 500 Northwood Road  West Palm Beach, FL.  Helen’s artwork will be on display during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 at OSGS  and at Continuum  312 Clematis Street.

 

 

 For more information about Continuum and Art Synergy please visit:  www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 For more information about her art exhibit:  www.OSGSart.com – www.facebook.com/OSGSart   Email – OSGSart@hotmail.com

 

 

For more information about Helen’s artistry, please visit:  www.HelenKagan.com or  www.facebook.com/helenhealingarts.  You can also explore:  http://www.saatchionline.com/HealingArts,   http://www.rawartists.org/healing ,   https://2hearts.see.me/yearinreview2013  http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/2013/11/helen-kagan-phd/  

 

To contact Helen please call  917-855-1153 or email HelenKagan@yahoo.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