“Down The Rabbit Hole” Showcases Imagination And Fantasy At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery creates a Magical, Fantastical Family Wonderland with “Down The Rabbit Hole” inside the gallery from mid-December through the New Year. Beginning December 18th, Step through a huge Rabbit Hole into a land of wonder, filled with well known creatures, as well as those who have just emerged from the Magical Minds of gallery artists Vandy and Sara. Parents, grandparents and children can hunt through this land for tokens to keep; tokens that will transport them into an alternate universe. This event is free to the public with lots of free parking.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

CLAY GLASS METAL STONE GALLERY

PRESENTS:

“Down The Rabbit Hole”

Featuring:

Vandy and Sara

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 18th  6 – 10 pm

Exhibit runs through January 6th

Gallery Hours:

 Sunday thru Tuesday: 10AM-5PM Wednesday thru Saturday: 10AM-10PM

Gallery Openings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between

 

15 South J Street  Lake Worth, FL
(215)205-9441

 

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Gallery owner, Joyce Brown tells The Rickie Report, “Rather than try to compete with all of the holiday commercialism going on all around, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery has decided to create a space in the gallery for families to come to visit that will be fun, stoke the imagination and allow them to share fantasy through interaction with the arts. “Down the Rabbit Hole” is our way of thanking the community and friends for their kindness,  support, and passing the arts on to our next generations”.

 

 

 

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“The Rabbit Hole Grows Cold” by Vandy

 

Are you looking for a Tea Party? There may be one, if you take the right path. Artists throughout the gallery will be contributing to the Majik of this event with many big and little surprises. As always, there will be foods and beverages befitting the event; mouthwatering enough to tickle your palate.

 

 

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“Apkalu” by Vandy

 

 

 

 Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth. Call ahead if you are bringing a group.

 

 

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“Along Came A Spider” by Vandy

 

 
Alice had no idea what she birthed when she took a header down that rabbit hole. She inspired hundreds of artists to run with the images she conjured up through her ramblings in Wonderland. Vandy and Sara explore areas of this land never before seen; the nooks and crannies of a land far beyond where Alice’s travels took her. Giant birds’ nests, alien critters, “Drink Me” vials and “Eat Me’ plates will be present.

 

 

 

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“Universe” by Vandy

Vandy, a leading Folk Artist for decades, has gained recognition for her Papier Mache works, whimsical and colorful. Collectors say they rival the finest works found in New York Galleries. In past lives, she air-brushed motorcycles, painted (and still paints) finely rendered renditions of her imagination, and has been part of a life sized puppetry ensemble. With commissioned works through the gallery, to sales, of her already Majikal creations, Vandy has long been recognized as a leader in the South Florida Avant Garde arts cadre. 

 

 

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“Crystal Ball Cat” by Vandy

 

 

 

Vandy tells The Rickie Report, “My common thread is color and light. I work with all mediums and styles. I‘ve been creating since my earliest days. I have shown in galleries in the three County area and done commission work for private collections in eight states.  There is nothing I won’t paint… walls, furniture, plants..even the cats if they hold still long enough. I create art that has practical uses as well as being decorative. Evoking emotion with color is my definition of art”.

 

 

 

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“Nest” created by Sara McLennand will be human-sized

Sara McLennand has gained fame as a fine arts quilter with photographs of her works published in prominent art books and magazines. Her love for the natural realm has long inspired creations of large, encaustic coated, frond and seed tableaus, and mixed media paintings. Her largest pieces now hang in the homes of prominent collectors. Teaming with Vandy on this Majikal journey, Sara will be producing an number of enormous natural works; ones that could ONLY be found around the entrance of the Rabbit Hole.

 

 

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“Three Seeds” by Sara McLennand

 

 

 

Sara tells The Rickie Report, “The inspiration for my work is all around me, and within me. The foundation for this body of work is recycled from nature, and usually reflective of the beauty and elegance of women. These graceful shapes cast a seductive message inviting the viewer to look a little closer; and stop for a minute; get to know me”.

 

 

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“Flat Top” by Sara McLennand

“Plant material is gathered, manipulated, dried and coated with encaustic medium, a mixture of beeswax and Damar resin. The plant material is paired with elements of photography, wire, text, found objects and occasionally pieces of children’s art. The encaustic medium adds another dimension to the existing shapes and rich colors in the plant material, giving it leather-like appearance and smoothness. I love the way it coats and pools on the piece. The found objects add a bit of fun or commentary”, Sara explains.  The pieces in this body of work vary in size from 5 inches square to over 4 feet in height. The largest works are also 18” deep.

 

 

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“Milkweed” by Sara McLennand

 
Sara’s background is filled with a passion for fiber and textiles. As a previous quilt artist, her work has been published, included in the Library of Congress, and won awards from the American Quilters Society, and Land’s End.  She tells us, “I am currently exploring encaustic wax and mixed media, and the endless possibilities. Although I will always have a love & connection for plant material, future works will also explore elements of photography and manipulation with encaustic”.

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information contact Joyce Brown, Joyce@Flamingoclaystudio.org

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 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.

 

The Studio is located at 216 South F Street with studio opportunities and workspace for 3-D Artists

Call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or email: JCLay6@aol.com Gallery phone: 561-588-8344 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Century in Artistic Lake Worth

Lake Worth is beginning its second century!  The Rickie Report brings you an overview of art-related activities which will happen in this culturally conscious city.  Get your calendars ready for all the details in this article!

 

 

 

Merchants of Downtown : Lake Worth

The MOD Squad

101 Years and Growing

 

Lake Worth Celebrates its New Century as an Arts, Design and Entertainment District

 

 

With a growing number of unusual art galleries, the Lake Worth Playhouse, Stonzec Movie Theater and live entertainment on every block, the little town of Lake Worth, the town that time forgot, is rapidly emerging as a one-stop arts and entertainment district.

 

 

Friday, January 3rd  : Evening on the Avenue in Downtown Lake WorthLake Worth’s shops and restaurants welcome you its 101st year.  Look for artists and musicians on the streets throughout town and in most of the local restaurants.

 

Saturday, January 4th : Trinkets and Treasures and the Bees Knees hold their monthly Parking Lot Sales. Both shops are loaded with treasures they clear out at phenomenal prices.  Enjoy their barbeque and drinks as you rummage through their unusual finds.

 

Friday, January 10th – Lake Worth Food Truck Invasion: Sponsored by South Shores Tavern (502 Lucerne Avenue), this newest of Lake Worth events has grown each month.  The invasion will take place from 6-10 PM on the parking lot of PNC Bank.  Eat first and then visit the Patio Bar behind South Shores Tavern for an evening of wonderful entertainment. South Shores is now open for Lunch in the Garden  11:30 – 3p everyday.

 

Friday, January 17th– Evening On The Avenue-  enjoy a stroll through all of the shops and restaurants in town.  

 

During the week of Arts Palm Beach, January 24-27, Lake Worth’s Galleries and Artist Lofts will hold open houses for Art Tours.  Extremely expensive Fine Art will be on sale at Arts Palm Beach.  For those who want the quality without the high price tag, visit the galleries of Lake Worth. Buy directly from Lake Worth artists.  Lake Worth is where the art is made. The events throughout the county are titled, “Art Synergy.”  January 26th is Lake Worth’s turn to host visitors.  

 

 

Palm Beach Cultural Council Gallery, 601 Lake Avenue, has a rotating gallery exhibit of the finest artists Palm Beach County. Many consider these artists among the best in the nation.  Closed on Sundays and Mondays, the gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday.  The Council’s gift shop offers wonderful works from local artists.

 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street, is a non-profit 3-D artist cooperative of over 30 local artists. The artists produce works in clay, paper, bronze, glass, fibers and metals.  Without the 50% mark-ups of regular galleries, the works at this Mecca for 3-D artists are affordable.  From large sculptures to the finest of jewelry, the works are one-of-a-kind.  From emerging artists to the old pros, the work spans a wide variety of styles and materials.  The gallery is cooperatively artist run.  The artists are available to discuss commissioned works from any or all of them.  The gallery can be contacted for special group tours that include pottery wheel, glass spinning and wood turning demonstrations.  Call 561-588-8344 for information. January 17thWorks by Vandy. “Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Paper….Mache”  6-9PM

 

Bruce Webber and Maryanne Webber Galleries, 705-711 Lucerne Avenue  Bruce Webber has created a true fine art gallery that is full service.  It includes framing as well as the supplies artists need to create their works.  Maryanne Webber  specializes in handmade American Crafts by artists from around the USA.   The galleries are adjacent and  attract a variety of customers, new and old, to their unique stores. They produce unusual exhibitions on a regular basis.  Maryanne is the founder of the successful Lake Worth Street Painting Festival held every February, drawing visitors from all over the world.

 

Art Link International, 809 Lucerne Avenue,  Art Link International is a family-owned business of three generations: for 75 years they have dealt in the finest of European, American, Modern and Pop Art.  They house one of the finest collections of Highwaymen Art in the area.

 

Artefact Pardo Gallery, 805 Lake Avenue, buys & sells Old Masters, 20th Century Modern & Contemporary Art.  The gallery is open by appointment. Robert@TheArtefactGallery.com
Phone: 561-329-6264

 

Margot Stein Gallery, 512 Lucerne Avenue,  features painting, sculpture and works on paper by major post-war and contemporary artists. For over 30 years, Margot Stein has specialized in bringing to the art world outstanding examples of 20th century masters.

 

McMow Glass, 701 N. Dixie Highway,  offers the best in stained  glass windows and beveled art glass, as well as beautiful designs in carved, etched and faceted glass. Located in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1976 McMow Art Glass maintains an excellent working relationship with top builders, architects and designers and regularly ships their work throughout the US, Europe and South America.

 

Lake Worth Art League, 604 Lucerne Avenue,  was founded on January 6, 1941.  The League  was established to further the study and development of art, and enhance the cultural life of its members, which number approximately 200.  The league offers free exhibitions and demonstrations, art classes and outdoor show exhibits.

 

Exhibition ” Visual Memories ” is showing Jan. 14th – Feb. 8th 2014 at the Gallery, 604 Lucerne Ave. L.W., from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Outdoor Show Jan. 4 & 5, 2014 at the Lake Worth Cultural Plaza,  9:00 am – 4:30 pm Presentation ” Abstract Expressionism “, presented by Brenda Zappitell,  Jan 16, 2014, 7:00 pm. at the Gallery, 604 Lucerne Ave., L.W.    For more information call the Gallery at 561-586-8666.

 

Art Gallery Designs, 630 Lake Avenue, is one on Lake Worth’s newest galleries. The front of the gallery carries works of local artists.  The rear is used as classrooms for children and adults who want to wander in and create art works of their own.

 

Shoe String Designs, 716 Lake Avenue is located inside Palm Beach Home Interiors.  This funky, fun and colorful shop features the works of local artists as well as jewelry, handbags and painted furniture.

 

LSD Gallery  (Local Smoking Domain), 407 S Dixie Highway, features fine art and glass blown pipes of all kinds.  The works of art are created by celebrated artists from around the country.

 

The Lake Worth Artists’ Lofts were created from a federal neighborhood improvement grant to Lake Worth’s CRA. These lofts house 12 artists’ live/work spaces.  They will be celebrating “Art Pop” during the Synergy Art Tour of Lake Worth from noon to 7PM.

 

The Lake Worth Playhouse and the Stonzek Movie Theater: The Lake Worth Playhouse has more fun in its theater per square foot than any other arts entertainment center in the region.  A beautiful setting with the best of local talent, it is an experience not to be missed.

  Patsy Cline Tribute  January 8, 8PM

   Ain’t Misbehavin’  January 16-February 2

 

Stonzek Movie Theater: Whole new schedule every month, the Stonzek shows films that you will not see anywhere else in the county. Film shown seven days a week, films and show times vary. visit   www.lakeworthplayhouse.org  call 561-296-9382 for more info. Tickets $7-$9

 

 

The Merchants of Downtown (MOD Squad) is a group that meets weekly to make Downtown Lake Worth a welcoming destination for neighbors and visitors alike.  The MOD Squad, as they fondly refer to themselves, organizes block by block bringing activity, unity and camaraderie to the Downtown Lake Worth Business District.   For additional information contact JClay6@aol.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

 

 

Turtles of Sunrise-The Creation Of A Work Of Art by Guest Writer Vandy

Terry Molina, the artist also known as “Vandy”, is a Rickie Report reader who has been accepted to many of the Calls to Artists we publish.  When The Rickie Report sends out Calls to Artists, we always ask you to let us know when you’ve been accepted.  We ask for a lot of reasons.  We really want to share in your success!  That is why we asked Terry Molina, the artist known as “Vandy”, to write about her experience.

 

We first met Vandy at a Palm Beach International Airport during the artists’ reception. The excitement at these events is palpable as artists, relatives, and friends come to celebrate their acceptance to these shows. Did you know that a large portion of the artwork shown at the airport venue is sold?  Vandy became a subscriber to The Rickie Report and when we sent out the call to artists for the City of Sunrise, she applied. Vandy emailed us when she was accepted and we were excited to share in her accomplishment.  We want to share how this turtle emerged from Vandy’s initial drawings to the finished product.

The Turtles Are Coming!  Turtles waiting to be delivered to the artists

 

 A Turtle’s Journey thru My Studio

 

A truck arrived with a large white turtle standing tall in the bed. It took two men to get it into the house.  We sat it on a movers’ dolly so it could be rotated for easier access. I set up my 600 watt work light, and that evening when I turned it on, the light radiated out through the windows as if aliens had landed in the house.

 

I sat looking at it for a while, the approved design in hand. As I studied the turtles patterns and shapes I could already begin to see the finished piece. There would be a lot of work between the vision and the reality! The edges of the back shell will be painted in the colors of the rainbow with a silhouette on each of a life form the earth supports.

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When it arrived I was in the middle of a large project in Miami Beach. I told myself it would have to wait until that job was done. That decision didn’t last long!  No artist can be around a great white canvas (regardless of size or composition) and not be drawn to add color. By the end of the first day I was working on the body.  Surrounded by art, the process of creation is made easier! 

The project regulations wanted us to use heavy body acrylic paint. I had always used soft body paint, but was not about to ignore a challenge. Opening a jar, I dipped the brush in. Letting go of the handle, the brush stood upright by itself!   This paint was going to require using the brush like a miniature shovel. So I dug in and transferred a healthy blob onto the turtle’s arm. It takes a lot of brushwork to get a smooth, even finish with this paint. Good thing I have all the patience in the world for my art (not that I can always say the same about people!)

 

Turtle’s Underbelly

I worked out the skin colors to my satisfaction.  It was a process of elimination to get exactly what I wanted, but with heavy body paint, coverage of a mistake is easy!  Here you can see some of the life represented in silhouette.  From the top is a deer, horse, bird, star fish, woman, man and young boy.

 

In between trips to Miami Beach, I have been painting the turtle and watching the creature I envisioned emerge. The chest was done in a molted dark blue so the addition of stars would make it look like the galaxy. The Universe is filled with countless stars- and when I started painting them- dot by dot- I began to get a real feeling for the term countless. It took about ten hours of dots to make it look right. But in the end, with the addition of some color and Paynes gray, I had the feeling of depth and vastness I sought.  Paynes Gray is the name of a shade of gray that is the best to use for mixing with other colors to gray them down without deadening their brightness. If you mix in black with paint, you can achieve the same greying down but the color looses all its glow. This turtle indeed carries our spiral galaxy on its chest.

She is emerging!

I had great fun, and increased my geographic knowledge as I did the back. Making the land masses recognizable was a challenge. When it was done, with the passing from day to night across the land, it gave me a peaceful feeling about this blue-green orb. With her heart glowing on her chest, I start on the back of the shell, leaving the eyes for last. It is a tradition from my days as a puppeteer- the eyes are the last thing to be painted as they give life to the creation.

 

The edges of the back shell are painted in the colors of the rainbow, the spectrum of light. On each, in Lumiere Metallic Bronze, are silhouettes 0f the various life forms supported on our planet. Since I had only 24 spaces, it was impossible to delineate them all. So I chose a random sampling. I even included the humble ragweed- because so many are keenly aware of its existence!

 

Stepping back and viewing the turtle as a whole, I was very happy to see it had met, and even surpassed, my initial vision. She is a marvelous creature and, I believe, a good representation of the Native American legend.

 

Turtle Front

The chest is a spiral galaxy, like the one in which our solar system resides.  She will soon be wrapped in blankets, picked up, and taken to a place where she will be thoroughly clear coated to help her retain her intensity of color as she sits on display on the streets of the City of Sunrise. It is a project I am glad to have had the opportunity to do!

 

 

Turtle Back

 

Bright sun shines on our planet and the daylight darkens to night as we look east. The back of the turtle shows the Earth as it passes from day to night. The Native Americans view the turtle as keeper of the Earth who gives living beings a safe place to ride on as they journey through the stars. The scalloped edges surrounding the back shell are colored in rainbow colors and each features a silhouette of the many kinds of life our planet supports. The turtle itself is a blend of water and earthen colors, as this creature functions in both realms.  Standing on swirling cosmic color, she looks upward as she carries the world on her back. 

The front of the shell features the spiral galaxy in which our small blue-green planet spins. All the elements that form our world come from the stars and we will always share connection with our Universe.

 

The Rickie Report appreciates Vandy sharing her experience with us.  She is a multi-talented artist.  Recently, at a boutique, we saw her fun and colorful wind chimes made of all natural materials she found in her yard. Her paintings have been seen in juried shows at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Local Treasures, Palm Beach International Airport Competition, and more. She is well known for her commissioned wall decor pieces. For more information about her work and to reach Vandy:facebook.com/vandyart   or call:561-478-8928 .

 

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