John Bowen, Artist, Author, Illustrator, To Be Featured At Two Events In Coral Springs And Colonial Williamsburg

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will feature a SOLO Exhibition by watercolorist John Bowen.  The Exhibit runs September 12th -November 14th, with a Public Reception on Thursday, September 17th.  John is also an award – winning author and illustrator.   He will also be presenting a Book Talk on his illustrated book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, at the Museum on October 24th at 2pm and later at the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be at the Sportsplex  at 6:30 pm. The Traveling Wall will be at the Sportsplex  from October 22nd – 26th with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans.  If you are near Colonial Williamsburg,VA Oct. 3 – 4th stop by and see John at the Art Show! The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

J O H N    B O W E N

 

 

 “Touched by the Sun”

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 17th  

6PM

Book Presentation:

Saturday, October 24th

2:00 pm 

Admission Cost: $6 (Members Free)

Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Closed Sunday.

Exhibit: September 12  – November 14, 2015

Coral Springs Center For The Arts

2855 Coral Springs Dr.  Coral Springs, FL  33065

(954) 340-5000

 

"Charleston Carriage Ride" by John Bowen

        “Charleston Carriage Ride” by John Bowen

 

 

John Bowen describes his work as “realistic expressionism”.  His art is created by capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes.  His paintings place an emphasis of the play on light and shadow as seen in nature.

 

 

 

"Ladies in Waiting" by John Bowen

              “Ladies in Waiting” by John Bowen

 

John expresses a moment in history and a sense of place, which is why his paintings are popular in the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Gift Shop in Miami, FL.!  His vision of a scene transports the viewer right there, next to him!

 

 

 

 

"Vizcaya Courtyard" by John Bowen

           “Vizcaya Courtyard” by John Bowen

 

 

 

 

John combines both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb.) Arches archival watercolor paper. John’s work is meticulous.  He shares his passion and enthusiasm with each brushstroke. His reproductions are done through the Giclee process, are of the finest quality.

 

"Rainy Season" by John Bowen

                   “Rainy Season” by John Bowen

 

 

 

John has been a Commercial Artist and Fine Art Painter for more than 50 years. He first studied commercial art at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, at Newark, New Jersey. After two years of working in local advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator. His duties in the Air Force included a year of graphically documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, in 1968. Upon his discharge, John moved to South Florida, working at the Miami Herald’s Art Department. He spent the next 38 years working in newspaper advertising.

 

"Keys Nightlights" by John Bowen

                 “Keys Nightlights” by John Bowen

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist. His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.

 

 

Medal Of Honor

                                  Medal Of Honor

 

 

 

 

John Bowen has many artistic achievements, which include being an artist for the United States Air Force, a Signature Member of Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a published artist in “Watercolor Magic”, American Artist and “International Artist” Magazines, a self-published author of the illustrated book “ Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” and a Resident Artist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Florida. His work has been seen in many exhibition throughout Florida and the country.

 

 

 

 

"Sketching At The Front Gate" by John Bowen

          “Sketching At The Front Gate” by John Bowen

 

See more at:

http://coralspringsmuseum.org/john-bowen-sept-12-nov-21-2015/#sthash.qLXoo7sN.dpuf

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

 

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

Saturday, October 24th

6:30 pm 

Sportsplex

 

2700 Sportsplex Drive

(West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expressway)

 

 

johnbowenMy book

 

 

 In conjunction with the Vietnam Memorial “Traveling Wall” being in Coral Springs between October 22nd and 26th, John Bowen will  give a book presentation on Saturday, October 24th.. The wall will be on display at the Sportsplex, with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans. The Sportsplex is located at 2700 Sportsplex Drive (West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expy.).

 

 

Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

                   Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

 

The Wall is a replica of the original memorial in Washington D.C. listing the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Residents will have the opportunity leave mementos at the Wall. Items will be sent back to Washington D.C. to The Moving Wall Museum.

 

 

 

A Coral Springs resident for almost 25 years, Commissioner Lou Cimaglia served in the Army Reserve for eight years. When he heard about The Moving Wall four years ago, he made it his goal to bring it to his City. The Moving Wall is a great reminder of the loss endured in the Vietnam War. The idea behind it is to bring about healing for veterans, their families and the community.

 

 

 

 

“When I talk to veterans who lost buddies there, the tears flow,” Commissioner Cimaglia said. “The whole purpose of this is to bring the Wall to the people. They say when you go there, it’s an emotional experience.” The Veterans Coalition is sponsoring this initiative and there will be fundraisers throughout the year to raise the $5,000 needed to cover costs. Any additional funds raised will be donated to The Moving Wall and their organization to maintain The Wall. 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to get involved, e-mail lcimaglia@coralsprings.org
Anyone interested in joining the Veterans Coalition, please email vasquezw@bellsouth.net.    People interested in getting more information about the Wall events can go to the Sportsplex website or email Lou at : icimaglia@coralsprings.org

 

 

Colonial Wiliamsburg, VA Art Show:

www.aofta.org

 

For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:

www.johnbowenwatercolorist.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

Wellington Art Society Highlights John Bowen, Nancy Brown and Shares a Call to Artists

The Wellington Art Society is offering two opportunities to meet acclaimed artists as well as sharing a Call to Artists!  John Bowen, award winning watercolorist and author, will give a demonstration at the monthly meeting on  Wednesday, November 12th.  If you have not stopped by Whole Foods in Wellington to see Nancy Brown’s photography exhibit, do it soon!  There will be a public reception at Whole Foods on Friday, November 14th.  Meet this Nikon legend in person and hear about her travels as well as photography! In addition, there are still open spaces for artists to take part in the Annual Art Fest on the Green in the last weekend of January.  The Rickie Report shares all the details here. Did we mention $2,000. in cash prizes?

 

 

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Wellington Art Society Invites You

 

Wednesday, November 12th

 

Meet and Greet 6 – 7 pm

 

Demonstration by John Bowen 7 pm

 

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL

 

 

John Bowen's "Viscaya Bayside"

John Bowen’s “Viscaya Bayside”

 

The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, November 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Members and guests are invited to the “Meet and Greet” from 6 – 7 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a demonstration by award winning watercolor artist and author, John Bowen.  This is an opportunity to network with other artists!

 

John Bowen's "Antique Car"

John Bowen’s “Antique Car”

 

John Bowen’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam. Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel. He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.

 

John Bowen's "Ladies in Waiting"

John Bowen’s “Ladies in Waiting”

 

In addition to writing this book, John continues to create magical watercolors, capturing landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and every day life.  His watercolors are best sellers at Vizcaya, in Miami.  He is their premier artist, whose works show various scenes inside and outside this national treasure.

 

John Bowen's "Vizcaya Courtyard"

John Bowen’s “Vizcaya Courtyard”

 

John  recently was a speaker at the Mandel Public Library Foundation’s “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit, speaking about his experiences and sharing his illustrations from his book.  Recently, his memoir won 1 of three Silver Medals from Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA). 

 

 

John Bowen's "Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" published by Middle River Press

John Bowen’s “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” published by Middle River Press

 

For more information about John, please visit: www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com or email john@johnbownwatercolorist.com

 

 

 

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AND

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Present:

Artist’s Reception Honoring

Nancy Brown

Friday, November 14, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

2635 SR7       Wellington, FL

 

 

Nancy Brown's "Venice"

Nancy Brown’s “Venice”

 

The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Whole Foods to bring this show to the community. Whole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. A five-dollar donation is requested which goes to benefit the art society’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Whole Foods 561.904.4000

 

 

Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”

 

Nancy Brown has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years, specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for thirty years, she now works from Boca Raton, Florida. Nancy has had four photography books published and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency. Since her first visit to the country in 2005, China has become her favorite beauty subject.

 

 

Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”

 

Five years and five additional trips later, Nancy has released a 289-page large- sized coffee table photography book, “Simply China”. In the book’s introduction, which contains text in both Chinese and English, Nancy explains how the deep kindness of the Chinese people, their pervasive warmth to a stranger in their midst, and the glorious beauty of China’s landscape, architecture, and art continues to move her.  She also explains why, with the exception of the Forbidden City, she tends to head for the rural areas – what she calls “the real China” – where not many non-Chinese go.

 

Nancy Brown's "Suzanne Floating"

Nancy Brown’s “Suzanne Floating”

 

 

For more information visit:  www.nancybrown.com or email  nbrown50@bellsouth.net.

 

 

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS

 

Applications due DECEMBER 15, 2014

The Wellington Art Society is sending out a Call to Artists for their 9th Annual ArtFest on the Green. This outdoor show is well attended and has been the starting point for many emerging artists to take their next big step in the local and national art scene. The Rickie Report shares the information and applications – for members and non-members. Cash prizes, recognition, and networking with art patrons…we know what a terrific opportunity this is and urge you to apply!

 

ArtFest on the Green

January 31st & February 1, 2015

Wellington, Florida

 

 

  • The Wellington Art Society presents its 9th Annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, ArtFest on the Green, to be held at the Wellington Amphitheater Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from this show will go toward the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund as well as other community programs.
  • Fees to the artist include a $25 non-refundable application fee and a $175 booth fee. Artists will be judged for originality, creativity, technique, and booth design by an independent team of judges. This show will award $2,000 in cash prizes.
  • Artists will be juried in. All Fine Art and Fine Craft work must be designed and created by the artist. Prints and duplications of your original artwork will be allowed, but the majority of the booth must be original art created by the artist. Painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, photography and other mediums will be considered.
  • This show will take place at the beautiful Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, Florida during the peak Equestrian and Tourist Season and is free to the public. The Amphitheater includes an outdoor stage featuring live and recorded music throughout the event. Food vendors and a youth art activity area will also be present. Saturday morning, the City of Wellington will feature its Green Market in the adjacent parking lot.
  • Set up will occur Friday afternoon, January 30th, 2015. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. Artists will provide and set up their own 10’ x 10’ white tent, closing the sides overnight.
  • The Wellington Art Society will be advertising this event in the Palm Beach Post and the Town-Crier newspapers, as well as to over 1,200 local Chamber of Commerce members, The Rickie Report, “Where the Shows Are” and extensive social media. Artists will have the opportunity to purchase ads in the event booklet, which will be offered free to art show attendees.

 

For more information, contact Adrianne Hetherington at Tilemaker@aol.com or by calling 561-301-4498 or Leslie Pfeiffer at: mysticway1@bellsouth.net or by calling 561-632-3677

 

 

 

ArtFest on the Green

9th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Show Non-Member Application

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

SET UP is on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

TEARDOWN is on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414

Application Fee (non-refundable) – $25

Booth Fee (one 10×10 Space) – $175

REQUIREMENTS

10 x 10 Artist Tents with sides (no tent stakes; weights must be used), tables, chairs and other displays are the responsibility of the artist. Booths must look professional, and spaces are to be attended at all times. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Artist is responsible for Florida sales tax. Liability for loss/damage to any property/artwork is that of the artist. Accepted art includes but is not limited to: pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, glass, and woodworking. Refunds are not provided for accepted artists who are unable to participate in the show. Artists will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, technique, and booth design, by an independent team of judges. This show will offer $2,000 in cash prizes. One artist represented per booth. Artists notified by email of acceptance or rejection.

SUBMITTAL DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15, 2014.

 

ARTIST NAME: ______________________________________________

MEDIUM:_______________________________

BUSINESS NAME: __________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

CITY, STATE & Zip:_______________________________

PHONE#: _________________ OR _________________

EMAIL: _____________________________________________

Please include 5 photos of your art work and one photo of your set up. CD’s accepted.
Photos will be reviewed for quality of fine art, fine craft and booth presentation.
Mail this portion of form with fees payable to: Wellington Art Society, Inc.
WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 212943, ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL. 33421-2943

Please write Attention: ArtFest on the envelope.

Wellington Art Society, Inc., is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization.

 

 

Emerging artists, new residents of the area or any artist are welcome to attend the Wellington Art Society meetings. WAS offers a wide variety of venues for members to show and sell their work in the community. For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org or http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Middle River Press Celebrates Three National Publication Awards!

Middle River Press, a custom publishing company located in Oakland Park, FL has been awarded three silver medals from the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA).  The Rickie Report is pleased to celebrate Middle River Press’ accomplishments and share some artwork from each of the winning entries.  For authors who are looking for assistance with their books, Middle River Press is a great option! Congratulations to Middle River Press, the authors and illustrators of these books!

 

 

Judy Borich of Middle River Press

Judy Borich of Middle River Press 

 

 

Middle River Press, a custom publishing company in Oakland Park, Florida has a motto—“We do it right!”   That must be true because they just won three silver medals in the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA) President’s Book Awards competition.  

 

 

"Songs From Solitude"

“Songs From Solitude, Poetry From a Southwestern Florida Hammock”

 

The competition recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content and production in 32 categories for North American authors and publishers. This year Middle River Press was the recipient of three silver medals.

 

 

"Eleven Months and Nineteen Days"

Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

 

The winners included Eleven Months and Nineteen Days: A Vietnam Illustrator’s Memoir by John Bowen; A poetry book titled Songs From Solitude: Poetry From A Southwestern Florida Hammock by Robert H. Gore III, and, in the Coffee Table Book category, Sailin’ on the Stranahan: A Brief History of the Lauderdale Yacht Club 1938-2013, coedited by William G. Crawford and Dr. Claire Crawford.

 

"Sailin on the Stranahan"

Sailin on the Stranahan: A Brief History of the Lauderdale Yacht Club 1938 – 2013″

 

 

Middle River Press is a custom publishing company founded by Judy and Bruce Borich, in its tenth year of producing award-winning books. For more information on these and other great books, go to www.middleriverpress.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