Artisans On The Ave Features Ceramic League Of The Palm Beaches At “La Mesa” And Benefit To Feed The Hungry

The banquet table will be adorned with hundreds of special pieces of locally handmade art to purchase and enjoy in your own home or to give as a gift. This special 10 day pop-up “Mad Hatter” style dinner party will be in Artisans On The Ave Gallery from November 4 to 14, 2016.  “La Mesa” Artwork will only be sold during the times listed. This event will also benefit “Feed The Hungry” in Palm Beach County. Fill our grocery bags with nonperishable food donations at the Free, Public Opening Reception on Friday, November 4, 2016 .  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images from the previous year.

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162    561-582-3300

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Artisans On The Ave

&

The   Ceramic League of The Palm Beaches

Features:

“La Mesa”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 4, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Bring non-perishable foods to fill bags to FEED the HUNGRY!

This exhibit is open from Nov. 1 through Nov. 10th

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, Florida 33460

 

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“La Mesa”

 

 

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is hosting The Ceramic League of The Palm Beaches event “La Mesa” to HELP FEED THE HUNGRY!!!  Experience this invitational Dinnerware Exhibition of place-settings on a spectacular banquet table created by members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches’ ceramic artists and potters. Last year’s event was a huge success and many unique pieces of art that adorn the table went home with their happy new owners.

 

 

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“La Mesa”

 

The selection offers towering gilded candlesticks, whimsical salt and pepper shakers, traditional dinnerware with beautiful hand painted images in a variety of colored glazes. Different vases to hold all of your bouquets of arranged flowers and foliage. Also included will be lovely hand sewn table linens of various materials. Mugs and cups that are hand thrown by potters will hold your favorite beverages.

 

 

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“La Mesa”

The banquet table will be adorned with hundreds of special pieces of locally handmade art to purchase and enjoy in your own home or to give as a gift. This special ten-day pop up show will be in Artisans On The Ave Gallery from November 4 to 14, 2016.

 

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“La Mesa”

“La Mesa” Artwork will only be sold during the times listed. This event will also benefit “Feed The Hungry” in Palm Beach County. Help fill our grocery bags with nonperishable food donations on our Opening Reception 6-9 Friday night November 4, 2016. Please join us for our Mad Hatter style dinner party November 4 to 14, 2016 at Artisans On The Ave Gallery!
Artisans On The Ave Gallery is proud to show the varied works of these talented artists

 

 

When you visit the 3 showrooms within our gGallery you will be amazed at the selection of exquisite art handcrafted by 40 local artists.

Visit this opening night for an evening of fun!!

Meet the artists!!!

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY!!!

 

For more in formation about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave Owners,
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

630 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162
561-582-3300

www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Artisans On The Ave Invites You To “6 Women Inspired”, A Multi-Media Exhibition

Artisans On The Ave gallery invites everyone to a new exhibit, “6 Women Inspired”, showcasing the creative works of Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden and Edrian Thomidis.  A Free, Opening Reception takes place on Friday, May 20th.  Enjoy the refreshments and meeting each of these outstanding artists!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details. When you visit the 3 showrooms within the gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art from over 40 artists the gallery features.

 

 

 

 

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Artisans On The Ave

630 Lake Avenue       Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300     561-762-8162

“6 Women Inspired”

Opening Reception:

Friday, May 20, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the refreshments!  Meet the artists!

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

 

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring six women artists including: Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden, and Edrian Thomidis. For centuries women have proved their strength and talents in a variety of ways. The women artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are no exception.

 

 

 

Each of these artists have discovered the arts in a personal way in her life.  Her calling may have appeared as a little girl drawing with the vast rainbow of exciting colors and creating masterpieces.  Maybe she had to put her art career on hold as she raised her family, making being the best mother to her family her priority. She might have stayed in the background of her partner’s career as she silently dreamed of someday having her name in lights. Then the timing in her life allowed her the opportunity to show the world her talents and share her exciting creations to everyone.

 

 

Meet The 6 Women Inspired:

 

 

#1 Barbara McKee Bailey

 

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“Stealth Code” by Barbara McKee Bailey

Barbara McKee Bailey graduated Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary’s College in New York and studied the medium of watercolor at the Jacaruso Studio in Rhinebeck, New York. After operating a successful Bed and Breakfast business in the Hudson Valley Barbara has used her talents to create original art. Using both acrylics and mixed media and currently working in various procedures her abstract art has won several awards throughout various locations in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Water Dance” by Barbara McKee Bailey

After years of painting representational art Barbara decided to experiment with non-representational art and suddenly found her new passion with the freedom this technique offers. She can alter the conception of reality using forms, shapes, textures, patterns, and colors. Barbara can express how “Spring” feels using this medium with the intention of continuing to explore and create within this venue

 

 

 

#2  Susan Peck

 

 

 

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Handpainted Silk Scarf by Susan Peck

 

Visual artists have their own interpretation of the world by taking on a romantic view of the wonders of nature. Gardens, flowers and foliage inspire Susan Peck’s fascination with color. The pieces she creates celebrate the gorgeous hues and vibrancy of her surroundings with the intention of delight.

 

 

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Wearable Art Purse by Susan Peck

 

 

Her lovely unique one-of-a-kind creations of wearable art bring a sense of joy and happiness to the proud owner who admires and wears her art. Each of Susan’s pieces are original and made by hand. Her silk scarves and purses are truly a delight to wear and enjoy. Susan also creates canvas pieces that will look beautiful in your home and will be quite the conversation piece.

 

 

 

#3 Mary Ellen Dohrs

 

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“Sumos” by Mary Ellen Dohrs

 

 

Mary Ellen Dohr’s joy of sculpturing comes from the luxurious feel of terra cotta in her hands and the creation of turning her thoughts into finished forms.  A lifetime of experience in other disciplines as an artist influenced her progression to her success as a sculptor. After graduating in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she became the first woman in General Motors Styling and later continued her career in product design for large named industry clients.

 

 

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“Lydia” by Mary Ellen Dohrs

Industrial Design to sculpture was an easy transition, basically similar in the use of volume, form and color. But it was the tactile quality that made it so attractive. The expression of movement and vitality appear in all of her works”. The strength of her sculpture is in the energy expressed. She delights in tackling all subject matter including forms that range from aggressive, and masculine to quiet inner calm and peaceful female figures. “In art works, just as in life experiences, there should always be a place for whimsy and a good laugh as evidenced by silly pots and ubiquitous frogs. Each day brings a new opportunity to create something beautiful out of this simple material… mud”.

 

 

#4 Ebba TinWin

 

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“Wildlife Refuge” by Ebba TinWin

Ebba grew up by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. Before settling in the United States, Ebba spent seven years in her husband’s native country of Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. Many of her collages were inspired by the vibrant colors of the Orient. Ebba holds a MA in education, but her passion has always involved the arts. Her career includes managing an expressive art gallery and the precise instruction involving collage art using her adventures of world traveling and memories to tell a visual story on paper.

 

 

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“Marsh At Dusk” by Ebba TinWin 

 

An avid beachcomber, Ebba enjoys turning what she finds into unique creations. She presents her beach glass designs with pride, delighting in each piece as a true gift of Nature. The translucent colors of what the magnificent ocean washes ashore are then made by hand into a forever piece of jewelry to be worn and loved. No two pieces are ever alike so each one is an original work of art. Ebba also takes her talents to canvas and paints in a variety of different styles including abstract.

 

 

 

 

#5  Doris Gilden 

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“From The Heart” by Doris Gilden

Doris’s one of a kind ceramic creations are the culmination of an artistic career that was inspired from studying fashion design and illustration to interior design and decorating. Doris’s personalized creations of boutique leather handbags have been sold in high-end specialty and department stores. She decided to explore ceramics as a medium for artistic expression. Working with green-ware and slip, Doris creates unique vessels, plates, and vases using her fashion background as the inspired motif of elegant women and their silhouettes on her ceramics, which she considers her canvas. To create her three-dimensional finished product she uses a selection of numerous materials with her clay. Enjoying and incorporating a variety of techniques Doris uses lace, fabrics, 14K gold, platinum, gold foil and crystals into her ceramic art.

 

 

 

 

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Mixed Media by Doris Gilden

 

 

 

Doris is a member of Women in the Visual Arts and the National Organization of Women Artists. She has displayed and sold her art in a number of venues.  One of the thrills of working with ceramics is that she is never entirely sure of how something will look once it is fired, and The sense of surprise motivates Doris as an artist. Her daily purpose is to create new and unique techniques and continue to grow as an established woman artist.

 

 

 

# 6  Edrian Thomidis 

 

 

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“Don’t Feed The Monster” by Edrian Thomidis

 

 

 

Edrian Thomidis’ career took a complete turn, for her to become the artist that she is today. Her expertise and skills of owning and operating a graphic design studio allowed her to design websites for some of the most notable Fortune 500 companies where her work was seen all over the world. Digital media, websites and online ad campaigns have used her many illustrations.

 

 

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“Young Warrior” by Edrian Thomidis

She then discovered a new passion in ceramics and expresses herself through her artistic creations. Thoughts and feelings evolve in a creative way and document a slice of her life. Currently fostering her creative spirit to produce work that is expressive, whimsical yet slightly odd. Her figurative ceramics and mixed media are all about storytelling with characters that are influenced by her interest in children’s books, time specific stories and personal growth. Each detail has personal meaning, but viewers can interpret and connect with each piece in their own unique way. Edrian’s hand built and uniquely glazed ceramics and sculptures are enjoyed and loved by each of her many collectors and admirers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!

 

For more information:

Artisans On The Ave
Owners
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

561-582-3300     or        561-762-8162

www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

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

Everyone Is Invited To Carlstedt’s Spring Fling!

Carlstedt’s Spring Fling promises to not only please those looking for the newest trends in flower arrangements for proms or weddings.  It is the perfect place for do-it-yourself flower arrangers as well as artists who are looking for that special bloom or display for their next art piece! The Rickie Report shares details about the Spring Fling Open House on Tuesday, April 28th.  There will be a Design Show featuring Designer, Mario Fernandez, plus Discounts on accessories and merchandise and a raffle!  This event is Open to the Public and Free, but you must RSVP.

 

 

 

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360 South Congress Avenue   W.Palm Beach, FL 33406

561.684.8555

 

 

 

 

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For more information about this event or services offered please contact:

John Klingel AAF, AIFD
Carlstedt’s LLC
Distributors of Quality Cut Flowers and Floral Accessories
360 South Congress Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-684-8555
carwpb@carlstedts.com

 

 

 

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

Griffin Gallery Explores the Artistic Evolution of the Ancient Hydra Handle

The Griffin Gallery ‘s newest exhibit reminds us that ornamentation on every day objects was as popular in  early human history as they are today. The Hydria, primarily a pot for fetching water, derives its name from the Greek word for “water”. Hydriai were often seen on painted Greek vases, showing scenes of women carrying water from a fountain.  A hydria has two horizontal handles at the sides for lifting and a vertical handle at the back for dipping and pouring. Of all the Greek vase shapes, the hydria probably received the most artistically significant treatment in terracotta and in bronze. The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit, as we find ancient design the initial map to modernity.
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Griffin Gallery

Invites you to

ARTISTIC EVOLUTION OF THE ANCIENT HYDRIA HANDLE

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

The exhibition continues through May 07, 2014

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL

 

The evolution of the terracotta hydria from the 7th century B.C. to the 3rd century B.C. is well represented in the Greek collection of the Metropolitan Museum. The earliest vessels typically have a wide body and broadly rounded shoulder. Sometime before the middle of the 6th century B.C., however, the shape evolved into one with a flatter shoulder that meets the body at a sharp angle. By the end of the 6th century B.C., a variant, known as a kalpis, developed. With a continuous curve from the lip through the body of the vessel, it became the type favored by red-figure vase painters. Terracotta black-glaze hydriai of the late Classical period were sometimes decorated with a gilt wreath that was painted or applied in shallow relief around the vase’s neck. These gilt wreaths imitated actual gold funerary wreaths that were placed around bronze hydriai, examples of which have been found in Macedonian tombs. Hydriai from this later, Hellenistic, period tend to be more slender and elongated.

 

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Greek Bronze Hydria, Roaring Lion

Bronze hydriai consist of a body, which was hammered, and a foot and handles, which were cast and decorated with figural and floral motifs. Sometimes the moldings and other decorative elements of the foot, handles, and rim were embellished with silver inlay. The green patina evident on many Greek bronze hydriai is a result of corrosion over the centuries. Originally, these vessels had a gold, copper, or brown tint, depending on the particular bronze alloy that was used. The cast vertical handles could be particularly elaborate, taking the form of human figures and powerful animals. Images of deities and other mythological figures appear on some of the more ornate vases of the Classical period. A particularly popular type of bronze hydria features a siren at the base of the vessel’s vertical handle.
Parthian Bronze Lionhead Handle

Parthian Bronze Lionhead Handle

Sirens—part beautiful woman and part bird—were mythological creatures that often had funerary connotations. Their legendary singing lured sailors off course to shipwreck and death. Frequently, sirens appear on Classical Greek gravestones as if lamenting or watching over the deceased. Perhaps their appearance on the handles of bronze hydriai signifies the vessels’ funerary function. Or, more generally, these mythological creatures may stand for female attendants. On the handles of bronze hydriai, sirens are represented with their wings open, as if in mid flight. Perhaps they are assisting in lifting the vessel and pouring out its liquid contents.
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Roman Bronze

Like its terracotta counterpart, the kalpis became the most popular form of bronze hydria in the fifth century B.C. These metal vessels were used not only for water but also as cinerary urns, ballot boxes, votive offerings, and as prizes for competitions held at Greek sanctuaries. The occasional inscription on a rim describes their use as an offering to a god or as a prize for an athletic or music competition. Many well-preserved examples of these bronze vessels have been found in tombs.
Early Bronze Age Spouted Vessel

Early Bronze Age Spouted Vessel

Like many Greek vases, the hydria typically had a lid that is seldom preserved. This cover could be quite tall and taper to a point. When a hydria was used as an urn, the lid might be made of another material, such as lead, that was simply flattened over the rim of the vessel. Plaster was also used to seal the cremated remains. At other times, the lid was made of the same material as the rest of the vase.
Middle Age Bronze Juglet

Middle Age Bronze Juglet

In Hellenistic times, during the third and first half of the second centuries B.C., a new regional type of hydria developed, known as the Hadra hydria (water jar used as a cinerary urn). These vessels take their name from the Hadra cemetery of Alexandria, Egypt, where many examples were first discovered in the late nineteenth century. However, scientific analysis and research have revealed that the Hadra hydriai were made in western Crete, and exported to Egypt. They were also used for burials on Crete and have been excavated in tombs at Phaistos.
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Roman Bronze

Hadra hydriai are typically decorated with black paint, and many of them bear ink inscriptions that identify the deceased and the year in which they died. In some instances, Hadra hydriai are coated with a white slip, and then decorated with polychrome paint. These particular Hadra hydriai are likely the product of local Alexandrian workshops, and they provide valuable information about the customs of Greeks living in Egypt during the reign of the Ptolemies in the Hellenistic period.
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Pottery Twin Jug

Colette Hemingway, Independent Scholar
Sean Hemingway, Department of Greek & Roman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431.  For more information please contact them via phone: 561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855 or visit www.griffingallery.net  or email griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800    Works cited: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/gkhy/hd_gkhy.htm

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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561-537-0291

Artisans on The Ave Invites You to Preview on January 26th! Grand Opening January 31st!

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro announce the opening of their new gallery, Artisans On The Ave.  In conjunction with Lake Worth ART POP, one of the loops of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014, everyone is invited to preview on Sunday, January 26th.  Artisans on the Ave will exhibit 2D and 3D art in all mediums and invite the public to attend their Grand Opening on Sunday, January 31st!   The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article. 

 

 

 

 

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 ARTISANS on the AVE

Invite You to

 

Open House

Art Synergy/ Lake Worth ART POP

SUNDAY, January 26th

 

Noon – 9 pm

 

 630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, FL

 

 

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Amelia Costa

 

 

 

 

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Linda Manganaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Manganaro and Betty Wilson are offering a new gallery setting for  2D and 3D art.  They are always interested in seeing emerging artists’ work and welcome them to join in a new gallery setting in Lake Worth, FL.   The unique setting is located in the heart of downtown Lake Worth and has various options for rental of wall, floor and shelf spaces.  Artisans On The Ave is always accepting all mediums of work.

 

The Grand Opening Reception on Friday Jan.31 6-9 pm  includes artist demonstrations with Glass Artist Wayne Smith, Wood Turner artist Teri Salamoni and Painter Annette Gellermann.

 

 

The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce some of the artists at Artisans on the Ave.  We hope you will stop by on Sunday, January 26th from Noon- 9 pm during Lake Worth ART POP and on Friday, January 31st.  There is so much to take in, you’ll need more than just one visit!

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia grew up in a large, close knit family in Peru.   She tells us, “My family emigrated to the United States, so that my siblings and I could attend University. I received a Bachelor of Science and after some time in the business world decided to pursue my interest in the arts. I attended Florida Atlantic University to study painting. I gravitated towards clay, just before graduation and stayed awhile longer to satisfy my curiosity and my growing fascination with the medium”.
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“In my work, I have combined my two interests  in illustration and clay. Most recently I moved away from color and  concentrated on the story the pieces convey. My aim is to have the pieces tell the viewer the stories that they tell me, and share the journey with me”.

 

 

Irene Jalowayski

Palm Beach Smashing Glass

 

 

Irene tells us, “I am a retired speech pathologist and Florida native, who lives in West Palm Beach.  I was always an art lover/collector and began taking fused glass classes nine years ago.  I  studied with a private teacher, took classes at McMow Art Glass Center,  Art Glass Environments,  Kay Weiner’s Glass Classes, and in several out-of-town venues. Now I have my own studio because my hobby has become my passion!”

 

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

“Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form.  I get lost in my work and experience a thrill each time I open my kiln.  I  sell my work at several galleries and am thrilled to be one of the artists at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg, Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, and  at the  OSGS Gallery in the Northwood neighborhood.  My creations have been exhibited in many juried art shows and I was featured as an Emerging Artist at ArtiGras, 2012”.  I can be reached by email at   Irene Jalowayski ijaloway@yahoo.com   or visit my website at www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com

 

Sharon Kurlychek

 

 

“I engaged with the energy of clay in the 70’s when I first learned to to throw pots on a kick wheel at art school in Cleveland, Ohio.  I took more advanced classes (David Vargo)  and the joy of clay settled into by hands.  In the 80’s, I lived in the Dominican Republic, where I taught English. Experimenting with the production of primitive pottery– digging clay deposits from riverbeds, creating glazes from the ashes I collected from a bakery’s wood-fired oven, and firing in open pits was joyful.  Back in the US, I bought an electric kiln, continued my art studies (The Cleveland Institute of Art and Andrea Gill from Alfred University) and began teaching at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood”.  
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Sharon Kurlychek

“When I moved to Florida, for subsequent art festivals, I created a line of tropical number tiles. My website, www.islandtiles.com shows 12 designs.  Customers can choose the tiles and colors to place an order for a custom house number tile.  I also do commission work for tile murals and signs, working with designers, HOA’s or home owners, offering color sketches and cost estimates for custom work.  I can be reached through my website or e-mail: islandtiles@bellsouth.net.”
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Sharon Kurlychek

” I am continually inspired by fellow clay artists (Betty Wilson and members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches).  My art career has recently spun off in a new direction.  Taking classes (Carla Golembe at the Delray Center for the Arts), spending time in the artsy town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a mixed media workshop (Dee Roper at La Fabrica Aurora) has had a big influence on the direction of my creativity!  Now I am creating mixed media pieces, acrylic paintings and collages!” 

 

John McCoy

John tells us, “I am a functional potter. In my work, I strive for qualities of simplicity, honesty and  a sense of fluidity. When making my pots, I depend on intuition and feeling, rather than upon conceptual ideas and analysis. Natural and organic objects, along with the varied and rich traditions of ceramics are the main influences of my work. I have a very classical approach to clay, even when combining and altering forms”.
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John McCoy

“During the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to put my work in  a wood fired Anagama kiln. I feel my forms have been enhanced and visually strenghthened by the warm colors of the ash deposits and the textures and patterns created by the mark of the fire. This natural process allows the viewer to share my experience  of working with clay, from the moment my hands shape and form the clay, leaving my mark, to the fluidity of the flames that leave their impression on the surface of the pot forever”.

 

If you are an artist who is interested in becoming part of the community of Artisans on the Ave,  there are many options for those who want to work as well as those who prefer not to.  Please send at least 2 jpgs of your work, a short biography and an artist statement to   potteryme@aol.com.

 

 

For more information please contact  Betty Wilson 561.762.8162 or Linda Manganaro 561.308.7263    Artisans On The Ave is located at 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth,FL 33460.  The Gallery phone is: 561-312-9924 or visit:

http://www.artisansontheave.com  

 
Irene Jalowayski

Skewed Glass Bowl by Irene Jalowayski

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


 

Ian Levinson Discusses Pottery at OSGS’ Next BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

Ian Levinson, a pottery creator and teacher will be discussing his art at the next BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) event at the Ortiz Smykla Gallery | Studio on May 18th.  The Rickie Report knows Ian will not only be informative, but he will also be raffling some of his signature hand made mugs to those in attendance. Kudos to Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla for bringing artists to the Northwood neighborhood.  This is a great opportunity to learn and then dine out!

 

 

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

 

You’re invited

 

  BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

 Lecture Series

5 pm – 7 pm

 

Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio

Meet Potter, Ian Levinson

 Free Drawing for attendees:

  •  2 “squishy” tumblers
  •  $80 vase
  • 2.5 hr One-On-One lesson on the potters wheel

 

500 Northwood  Village  West Palm Beach, FL

Corner of Spruce and Northwood Road

 

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Welcome to OSGS Gallery’s second in a series of lectures titled BYOB (Bring Your Own Chair).  OSGS [Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio] is featuring one of it’s own incredible artists each month by which she/he will share a short biography, how they got started, how they decided on their medium(s), techniques used, and how their work has evolved and where they see it going.  Bring a comfortable chair, relax, and learn from the best.  We know it will be time well spent, entertaining, and inspiring.

 

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Ian was first introduced to ceramics back in high school in Laguna Beach, CA. He developed a great interest in wheel throwing & took ceramics. The day after his high school graduation Ian broke his neck in a car accident resulting in a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. After going through intensive physical therapy & working hard on his own Ian has recovered about 90%.
Ian at Work in his Studio
Four years later Ian got a wheel & kiln for his birthday. He began to do ceramics again but had to re-learn how to throw because of the limited use of his hands which still limits him today. 
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“Squishy Mugs” Fit Easily in Your Hand
Mask Wall Hanging

 

In 2008 Ian built a ceramic studio in his garage & on the surrounding property with two raku kilns where he  began experimenting with atmospheric firings. Cloud House Pottery was born!

Cloud House Studio
Ian moved to Delray Beach Florida in 2011 and built his new studio in the Pineapple Grove Arts District where he currently works today. Levinson makes all of his work by hand on his potters wheel here in Pineapple Grove in Artists Alley.  Ian has been teaching pottery lessons for 15 years, including Beginner, Intermediate  and Advanced potters. He has taught workshops to high  school and college students.
  
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Ian creates many types of pottery, including functional and decorative. His designs consist of  Coffee cups, Mugs (regular round or dimpled to fit in your hand), Bowls, Large vases, Urns and Unique one-of-a-kind art pieces.  Custom orders are available upon request.
      

Visit OSGS’ current exhibit filled with local artwork that ranges from oil painting to sculpture to glass art and beyond.  If you have not yet been to the Gallery it is located in the heart of Northwood Village, just East of 95 in West Palm Beach and only blocks from downtown off of North Dixie.


OSGS Website:  www.OSGSart.com

OSGS on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/OSGSart?ref=hl

OSGS also offers Custom Framing!  Preserve your most precious items, Frame Family Photos, or Re-frame old items to match a new decor.  We offer affordable, professional options.  Want to Groupon your way to Custom Framing and save even more money??
Follow this link to pick-up a Groupon Certificate now for yourself or as a gift for a friend:
Groupon Link:
http://www.groupon.com/deals/osgs-ortiz-smykla-gallery-studio?pt=aUYZRtjAAAAARnCRwrDFTxe6NVDws4olq

Northwood Village has a lot to offer outside of our doors with tasty new restaurants, local favorites, boutique shops, antique stores, and a vibrant art scene that attracts artists and collectors from around the state.


The city of West Palm Beach and their Community Redevlopment Agency sponsor a monthly Art & Wine Promenade which occurs the Last Friday of Each Month from 6pm-9pm.  This is a heavily attended event with live music, street vendors, and wine tastings.  Special events are often planned in coordination with each Promenade that may include live painting, dance routines or even restaurant tasting competitions.
Learn More Here:
http://wpb.org/northwood/
or
http://www.palmbeachfl.com/shopping/northwood-village

The CCE (Center For Creative Education) is launching itself in a new building also located in the heart of Northwood Village.  Helping children learn through the Arts.
Learn more here:
http://cceflorida.org/about.htm

OSGS hours are:
Tuesday – Saturday : 10am to 4pm.
CLOSED: Sunday and Monday
* Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm (Northwood Friday Night Stroll)
* Last Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm (Northwood Art & Wine Promenade)

 

Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223
e: OSGSart@hotmail.com
www.OSGSart.com
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

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

Meet Michael O’Toole at the Stuart Juried Craft Fair to Experience His Love of Handblown Glass

How many of us have gone on a vacation and become so inspired by something we experienced that it changed the focus of our lives after we came home?  When you come to the 16th Annual Stuart Craft Juried Craft Fair, be sure to meet one of the artists, Michael O’Toole. Only recently, Michael undertook a full education to become a glass blower! The Rickie Report interviews Michael in this article and gives you an overview of this terrific Craft Fair.

 

 

 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

April 27 – 28, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

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Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes the 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair on April 27th and 28th.  This festival has become a welcome tradition in Martin County and is popular for the wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as the affordable unique gift items on display and for sale. Osceola Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver to provide festival-goers with the best possible experience and will feature the finest crafters in the country. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

In order to ensure a first-rate event with superior affordable original crafts, all of the crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.   It will showcase  original crafts handmade in America, unique and affordable gift items, 150 crafters from 30 different states, prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.

 

There will be a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.  There will also be a Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program.

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Glass allows virtually an infinite variety in color, density, reflection, refraction, and transmission that is unique to this medium. Coupled with form, the possibilities for functional and beautiful art glass pieces are endless.  Michael O’Toole creates paperweights, vases, ornaments, bowls and pumpkins.

 

TRR: You are a retired semiconductor engineer. Can you tell us what you did in layman’s terms?

Michael:

My title was “Director of product and test engineering”.  I was responsible for characterizing new computer chip products (making sure they performed to specification) and developing all of the test programs and manufacturing collateral that allowed the products to be mass-produced in Far-East manufacturing facilities. 

 

TRR:  What were your hobbies and leisure interests?

Michael:

My hobbies were photography, woodworking, and travel

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 TRR:  Tell our readers about your “aha” moment, watching the glassblowers on the cruise ship

Michael:

We were on the Celebrity Equinox, and I was fascinated by the creativity of the three artists from Corning Museum of Glass.  I could tell that the process was more difficult than they made it look, but really didn’t appreciate how much more difficult. It was clear how much they enjoyed what they were doing.

 

TRR: What were the next steps you took?

Michael:

I enrolled at Jacksonville University.  Even though I was enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student, they wanted my undergraduate records.  I like to joke that it cost me a fortune to ship the “stone tablets” down from Michigan State to Jacksonville.

 

TRR: Had you ever considered opening this as a business?

Michael:

Never in a million years.  I wanted to continue blowing glass, and there were no facilities in central Florida that I could use, so this was really the only way I could continue.

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TRR:  What advice do you have for anyone who would like to turn their artistic interest into a business?

Michael:

Don’t underestimate how much of your time will spent doing non-creative activities like sales and marketing. Actually sales and marketing require creativity to be successful, but it’s not the same.

 

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TRR:  When you create a new piece of glass art, how much planning do you do vs. how much do you leave to ” the moment” to inspire you?

Michael:

I start off with a pretty firm idea of the color(s) and technique(s) I plan to use, as those are pretty much the foundation you have to build from.  After that, I have a general idea of the form I am pursuing and  allow the glass (and the colors) to modify my initial plan. Particularly when I’m doing something new, I will often re-make a piece, either adjusting my vision or my execution after critiquing the initial attempt. 

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TRR:  Your vases and bowls have such wonderful depth!  What made you decide to create pumpkins?

Michael:

They’re fun and relatively quick and easy to make.  My customers seem to like them.  I have to admit that even though they’re not an artistic challenge, it is gratifying to see people “ooh and aah” over them and want to take them home.

 

Pumpkins Cooling

Pumpkins Cooling

For more information: Michael O’Toole  Cell: (407) 738-9156   Studio Phone Number: (407) 687-5678
Email: michael@inspiredglasscreations.com   Web: http://www.inspiredglasscreations.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inspiredglasscreations 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

For additional information on the 16th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair 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