Art Synergy Aid Auction Opens Today With OneCause/BidPal Online. Supporting Local Artists, Generating Grants, And Making The World A Better Place

The Art Synergy AID Auction opens TODAY, with OneCause/BidPal (online auctions) and continues through Friday, May 22 at midnight.  Art Synergy is the unique movement of artists, businesses, and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of South Florida’s vibrant arts community.  Co-founder of Art Synergy, Rolando Chang Barrero and museum-collected artist Camilla Webster have called their respective networks to come together to deliver financial solutions to the community.  Sign up now.  It is free!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks. Start bidding!  The artists whose financial contributions to our economy in the past deserve our support NOW!  Meet the participating artists on Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART   SYNERGY   AID   AUCTION

Monday, May 18  at  8:00 am

through

Friday,  May 22  at  midnight

 

 

 

Online: https://one.bidpal.net/artsynergyaid2020/auction

 

 

Meet  the  Artists  of  Art  Synergy  on  ZOOM

 

 

May 21, 2020   6:00   PM

Contact  ArtSynergyPBC@Gmail.com  for password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction which begins TODAY at 8 am and concluded on May 22, 2020 at midnight features over 70 local artists who will be donating 50% of their sales to the Art Synergy AID Fund which will make grants of up to $500 for local artists in crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic.  

A Meet the Artists on Zoom is planned for this Thursday at 6 PM and will be broadcast Live on social media, otherwise you’ll need to contactArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com  to link and password to participate. More info will be available atwww.ArtSynergy.org

 

 

The Art Synergy AID Auction

…a benefit for Art Synergy AID Fund

 

Browse, buy, or bid today ~ help support your local art community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Request Meet and Greet Link Now at ArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com

 

To donate directly to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support these artists:

DONATE NOW

 

 

Get to know our friends and organizers:

Hindman Auctions Palm Beach

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Dave Lawrence  Jessica Ransom  Shaun Castillo


The Art Altruist


Camilla Webster  Kate List  Guy Clark  Kate Waterhouse Valeray Francisco  Kelly Luchini  Steve Watson
Who are sponsoring Art Synergy during their     Inaugural Auction | 05.29.20

Note: The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of money (and the fair market value of property other than money) contributed over the value of goods or services provided by the organization.  Art Synergy is a exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072

 

The Art Altruist is a group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation.

Follow us on Instagram: @TheArtAltruist for more information.

 

 

About Hindman:

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. Visit: hindmanauctions.com for more information.Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of  the first Altruistic Art Auction via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund.

 

 

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Art Synergy Announces 2 Art Auctions, Including A Local Call For Art Offering Artists An Opportunity To Be Included In An International Auction

As the Covid19 pandemic continues to threaten us, artists and collectors have witnessed the closure of every studio, gallery and institution at the height of season. Museum collected artist, Camilla Webster, and Muse award winner Rolando Chang Barrero are calling on their respective networks to come together to deliver financial solutions to the community! Art Synergy is inviting artists from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties to apply to the Call for Artists for the Art Synergy AID Auction and The Altruistic Art Auction 2020 to be held online on May 22, and May 29, 2020 respectively.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to apply by the May 9th deadline!  No Fee!

 

 

Bright Future for The Arts in Palm Beach

THE ART ALTRUIST

LAUNCHES THEIR FIRST AUCTION

WITH

HINDMAN AUCTIONS 

TO SUPPORT ARTISTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY THROUGH

ART SYNERGY AID

 

 

Tropical Flowers, Hunt Slonem, 42” x 53.5″ (circa 1990s Oil on Canvas)

 

 

 

Apply HERE: For opportunity to be accepted for:

The Local Auction on May 22, 2020

The International auction on May 29, 2020

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1715

 

 

All work will to be selected by guest jurors:

Jessica Ransom, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Kate Waterhouse, Co-chair of The Altruistic Art Auction

Paul Fisher, Fisher Art Gallery

Rolando Chang Barrero, The Box Gallery


Art Synergy/The Art Altruist
WORKS for AUCTION
A 50/50 Win Win for Artists!


“Our goal is to support Palm Beach county artists, by providing a primary or additional source of income to meet their financial needs and keep them working throughout this crisis and beyond.” Say Webster and Barrero. “It’s time to organize and ensure the art world in Palm Beach can pivot and restructure for a bright future. We’re committed to solutions.” 

 

NO FEE

Art Synergy is inviting artists from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties to apply to the call for artists for the Art Synergy AID Auction and The Altruistic Art Auction 2020 to be held online on May 22, and May 29, 2020 respectively.


Art Synergy AID Auction will be held on May 22, 2020 and The Altruistic Art Action facilitated by Hindman Auctioneers will be held on May 29, 2020, the auctions will benefit the Art Synergy AID Fund.

All artists wishing to participate are required to submit an application to the jury and must apply via Juried Art Services.

The deadline to apply is May 9, 2020

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

Art Synergy AID AUCTION and The Altruistic Art Auction is open to all professional artists who reside and work in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties. All work to be exhibited must be well conceived, expertly executed, and arrive ready to hang.

If you need a pedestal or monitor YOU MUST PROVIDE IT. All work should reflect the individuality of the artist. Giclee reproductions of paintings will not be accepted.

5 CATEGORIES:
2D, 3D, Video/Film, Installation Art and Performance Art

 

The Art Altruist, Camilla Webster, (646) 477-1512

Art Synergy, Rolando Chang Barrero, (786) 521-1199

Art Synergy Aid Fund co-founder and curator of The Box Gallery, Rolando Chang Barrero with the support of the The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County will undertake a critical role in the community. Art Synergy, The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and Paul Fisher’s Juried Art Services will gather information and applications from artists in crisis for Art Synergy Aid relief grants.  The Art Synergy website will be auctioning luxury local and international experiences in Palm Beach prior to the Hindman Auction. The Clark Hulings Fund is a participant.  

To donate directly to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support Palm Beach artists:

Donate Here

Email:   artsynergypbc@gmail.com

Blog:    http://artsynergypbc.blogspot.com/

 

 

The Art Altruist is a group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation.

Follow us on Instagram: @TheArtAltruist for more information.

 

 

About Hindman:

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. Visit: hindmanauctions.com for more information.Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of  the first Altruistic Art Auction via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Partners and Supporters:

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

OSGS Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Public Reception

It’s time to celebrate the 1st anniversary of OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery Studio! For this special milestone, The Rickie Report takes a close look at what makes this gallery such a beacon for art buyers, art lovers and artists alike. In this article we celebrate the artists and the initiatives of owners Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla.  Stop by during their Open House! Details and interview are here.

 

 

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OSGS

 

Ortiz Smykla Gallery Studio

 

Invites You to Celebrate

Friday, March 28th   6-9 pm

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL

 

 

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Currently on exhibit at OSGS are: Ilene Adams, Dianne Bernstein, Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Marie-Claude Desorcy, Gail Erickson, Luke Gardner, Jeff Green, Henri Louis Hirschfeld, Irene Jalowayski, Helen Kagan, Robin Kimball, Ian Levinson, Lew Mayer, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Molly Potter, John Rachell, Jim Rigg, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Elayna Toby Singer, Ebba TinWin and Steve Wallace.

 

 

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TRR:   As OSGS celebrates its first anniversary opening in Northwood, can you take us through the process from your initial thoughts to actually opening?

Evelyn:

 

It comes as a surprise to both Jonathon and me that the year has sped by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday we were contemplating the thought of a gallery and working together on the project.  Where to begin, cost, location, and business plan were all questions we posed to each other and our spouses.  This was, after all, a family affair and one that would impact us all.  Evelyn just hit retirement and Jonathon was at a crossroads with his professional outlook.  This new venture seemed to fit our paths.

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Months prior to my retirement from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals kept me very busy with the idea of a gallery.  With a masters degree in Library Science specializing in archives and conservation, I had already worked in a business library as well as corporate, special and university libraries.  I had researched the venture we would be undertaking and knew that selling art would not be easy.

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We both knew that we had something special to contribute to the world of art.  Jonathon holds the masters degree in landscape architecture from Auburn and worked with firms in Montgomery, Atlanta and West Palm Beach.  He also created his own art (painting, rock posters, screen printing and photography), exhibited in several galleries, and accepted commissions (his art even appears on race cars!).   Before becoming a librarian I earned my undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Alabama.  I painted and created fiber arts.  My knowledge of modern art is so extensive that years ago on a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art I even discovered that one of Rauschenberg’s works was hung the wrong way!

 

 

 

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Showing no fear and only enthusiasm we set forth the task of doing our research on what it takes to run a gallery in today’s market.  With tenacity, love of art, empathy, and courage mixed with fearless wonder we did our leg work.  We read such books as Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, by Brainard Carey.  We did our literature research by reading articles, looking at multiple business plans and contacting SCORE here in West Palm Beach.  We trained with a custom framer and attended workshops to learn and hone our skills in custom framing.  We visited several different locations, in particular, those that Jonathon felt had the most potential for creative arts and growth.  We joined the Chamber of Commerce and took advantage of the many workshops and lectures as well as opportunities for networking.

 

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Still, art is a hard sell, and takes a lot of creativity and working in tandem with artists and the art community.  So while we located our current location and went about the business of renovating the space, Jonathon went to work on our web page and social media.  I took on the arduous task of getting licenses, security, insurance and tax needs necessary to run a business, as well as teaching myself how to operate an online bookkeeping system.  We did our homework and researched different operating contracts for exhibiting artists before deciding on what we felt would be beneficial to both the artist and us.

 

Teacups by Robin Kimball

Art is not only a ‘hard sell’ but we opened our doors when the economy was (and is still is) suffering from the economic downturn.  The business model we developed has worked for us so far.  We are still a ‘new’ business and it will definitely take more time to establish our roots, but we are on the right path.

 

We started our space with an empty shell that needed a lot of work.  After making a number of renovations and improvements, we designed many floorplans before deciding on a one that worked best for our spatial experience.  Our end result matched our vision within the walls we had.

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Eventually we got to a point where we needed to send out ‘calls to artists’  that may want to exhibit with us.  We have been very fortunate in having talented artists approach us and allow us to exhibit incredibly excellent diverse art.

 

The Rickie Report was crucial in shining a light on our new venture with artists across the Palm Beaches.  That was really an early cornerstone of our success.  Without The Rickie Report we would not have been able to bring talented artists into our gallery in such a short period of time. Those artists provided a lot of feedback and insight that we took seriously and used to help build our vision as well.

 

 

"Irish Beauty" by Diane Bernstein

 

TRR:  How have you integrated into the community?

Jonathon:

The idea of giving back to others is not new to us because we are suddenly business owners.  Our family has always given back in many different ways.  The online art auction we sponsored in February with all proceeds benefitting Place of Hope is a recent example.  Our artists supported us and donated beautiful pieces to the auction.

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Last summer we initiated Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series (BYOC).  This initiative offers free lectures by our exhibiting artists to the community in order to learn more about art, different mediums/techniques, and what it takes to create, experiment, and have fun with art, either through educational training or self training.  Through BYOC we’ve made art more approachable and not so far fetched to the community.

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ArtSynery was another way we integrated into the community in our first year of business.  Aside from our individual artists and exhibitions, ArtSynergy allowed us to reach beyond the Northwood Village corridor.  We cannot put into words how exciting it was for us to have been a direct part of ArtPalmBeach. That our gallery and our exhibited artists were awarded a prestigious opportunity to exhibit in that art fair!  That was followed by seeing more of our artists represented in the American International Fine Art Fair.

 

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We worked very hard with the other gallery owners in Northwood to reach new goals and to establish Northwood as an art destination for West Palm Beach.   We helped establish the Second Saturday Art Walks as well as our own gallery exhibitions.  Essentially we’re not just juggling our own business affairs but also helping to see that Northwood turns the corner and becomes something better as well.

 

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TRR:  What are the most important things we should know about OSGS?

 

 

  • We are here to share the experience of beauty, creativity and wonder.
  • We hope to bring joy and pride to the community.
  • We are neighbors and friends to all that enter or pass our doors.
  • We want OSGS to be a venue where artists can exhibit their works to further their exposure.
  • We want the community to know that we Custom Frame for the Public!!!  Yes, this is a priority for us as a business because it brings in critical funding for OSGS to stay afloat.  Persons have come in for framing and walked out with art from our gallery.
  • We work hard to find new ways to bring exposure to both OSGS and Northwood Village.  We are a young business and we are trying new things, most of them for the first time.
  • We encourage any artist looking for gallery representation to contact us.  We consider every artist that approaches us.

 

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TRR: What are your goals for the coming year?

 

  •  Slow and steady is our mantra.  We know baby steps is the best way to move forward.
  •  We would like to offer more receptions, continue with our BYOC summer lecture series, continue to offer our assistance to non-profits, and expand our framing business.
  •  We want to continue to work on our gallery and be proud of what we have accomplished together as a team.  
  • We want to connect art with other businesses in Northwood.  Merging food, art, fashion and the like will be the best way to ensure positive growth — make each and every day the best day to shop and dine Northwood.

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TRR:  Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?

 

We come from a long line of service providers, dream makers, and putting others first, so keep an eye on us.

Something to keep an eye on – Our Website!  We are currently revamping our website and hope to launch the new version OSGS 2.0 within the next few weeks!  It will include all you need to know about OSGS and our exhibiting artists but we will also be offering purchasing options on all items currently on exhibit through the website.  www.OSGSart.com

 

 

As always, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow each and every step as we grow well into the future.  Stay up-to-date with all of OSGS events.
…And We Custom Frame for the Public!!

We are always looking for artists seeking representation.  Please email us if you are interested.  We have options for exhibition space and reception opportunities.

 

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

 

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