Digging Into What The Resource Depot Has To Offer: Start Turning Waste Into Wonder!

The Resource Depot is a treasure trove for crafters, educators, artists and anyone who is trying to create! This non-profit organization takes the importance of recycling to a higher level, offering supplies, classes, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Membership to Resource Depot is open to anyone in the community. Of course, teachers continue to shop here, as well as artists, families, home school parents  and other community groups.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Caren Hackmen and Jennifer O’Brien of the Resource Depot located in West Palm Beach, FL. We hope you will put this on your list of places to see – we know you will return often! Crafters and artists interested in the 3rd round of the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge at the Kelsey Theatre (adjacent to The Brewhouse Gallery) in Lake Park on Saturday, June 4th from 5-8pm read the details here.

 

 

 

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Resource Depot

2510 Florida Avenue     West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 882-0090

www.resourcedepot.net

 

 

 

Caren Hackmen

Talks With Jennifer O’Brien,

Resource Depot

 

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Oh, The Creations!

 

CH: What is Resource Depot and how was it started?

Resource Depot is a nonprofit creative reuse center that has been serving the Palm Beach County community for more than 16 years. In 1999, several influential partners and collaborators in the community joined together to form Resource Depot. Some of those organizations are still involved today; Children’s Services Council, Solid Waste Authority, United Way of Palm Beach County, the School District of PBC, Florida Power and Light and SunFest.

 

JO:

We started as an educational and environmental initiative to reduce the amount of waste that was going into the landfill by diverting materials being disposed of that were still reusable. These donated materials from businesses and individuals were collected by Resource Depot and distributed to the educational community, specifically to help stretch the budgets of nonprofit organizations and teachers.

 

 

 

Resource Depot has stayed with that mission. However, since moving to a new, larger location in 2013, in West Palm Beach, the organization has not only expanded its physical footprint, but also expanded our programs and services. Now that we are more centrally located in the county we do more than just provide materials. We provide DIY resources and ideas for projects, host field trips and workshops for students and families as well as show artwork of local “junk artists” in our gallery.

 

 

 

Many people don’t realize that membership to Resource Depot is open to anyone in the community. Of course, teachers continue to shop here, as well as artists, families, home school moms and other community groups.

 

 

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           Books!

           Bins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH: I attended an unusual event called “Signal House.” Can you describe it and tell me how that project was conceived?

JO:

The Signal House was a grant program made possible through the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to serve as a way for us to activate a portion of unutilized outdoor space on our property as an interactive art installation. The grant provided funds for Resource Depot to secure Alex Branch, a visiting artist from Brooklyn, NY, who had created a similar installation in NY.

 

 

 

 

We were really attracted to the project because of its aesthetics and its collaborative nature. We had connected with Sarah Knouse, an art teacher at the Oxbridge Academy, who introduced us to Alex and her site-specific installations – and Signal House truly is a site-specific art installation. It is located in our outdoor “back yard”, which is adjacent to the railroad tracks. Rather than fight the noise, Alex chose to work with it. She created opportunities for visitors to have rhythm and music making experiences within the space. Signal House is just the first step in our plans to enhance the outdoor space to offer more opportunities for the community to gather for art workshops, music and even to view films on the building’s white wall.

 

 

This project is serving as a catalyst for us to create more and more space for events and unique programming. We have opportunities for the public “to see, to do and to make.”–whether someone wants to get materials here, learn something new or see what others are creating…there is something for everyone!

 

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FPLCares FPL Volunteer Day at Resource Depot

 

 

 

CH: What are some of the upcoming events?

JO:

Tyler Whitesides, a “junk” musician and author of the Janitor Series, visited Signal House Event. Tyler is a percussionist in his group, Jammin’ Janitors, who create music by “playing” janitorial equipment such as spray bottles, trash cans, and buckets. We continue to plan other community events in the Signal House space until the installation commences on June 4.

 

 

 

In addition to Signal House, we are gearing up for another exciting summer of Junk Camp at Resource Depot for kids entering grades K-5. At this year’s 2016 Junk Camp, children will spend the day exploring the possibilities within all the discarded materials in the world around them, while learning new ways of transforming everyday objects into extraordinary works of art, developing their imaginations, problem solving skills, and love for the environment in a fun, hands-on manner unique to Resource Depot!

 

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Field Trip To Resource Depot

 

 

 

We are currently accepting registrations for all three weeks open in the summer :

June 20-24th
July 11-15th
August 1-5th

 

 

 

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Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge

 

 

 

Also, we are currently recruiting crafters and artists for our 3rd round of the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge at the Kelsey Theatre (adjacent to The Brewhouse Gallery) in Lake Park on Saturday, June 4th from 5-8pm. The Guerilla A.R.T. Challenge is an on-the-spot crafting challenge consisting of 4 teams who take on 3 quick challenges to compete for the title of “Extreme Guerilla A.R.Tist”.
In each round, contestants will channel their inner “MacGyvers”, out-crafting each other with Resource Depot’s repurposed materials and their own wits, creativity, skills, and secret weapons! Three celebrity judges will rate projects on artistic merit, technique, and utility, but bribing is *encouraged* — expect that to upend the scored results and lead to much hilarity.

 

 

 

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Creativity Is Happening!

 

 

CH: How do you go about accepting contributions?

JO:

We love contributions and are always looking for teaching materials, arts & craft supplies, and other cool materials with lots of possibilities! We cannot accept anything that that is broken, unsafe or unclean. Donations can be dropped off anytime we are open (See Website for Hours www.resourcedepot.net). We also have a pick-up service for larger business donations.

 

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Field Trip at the Create Space

 

CH: How would an individual or an organization go shopping at Resource Depot?

JO:

 

Anybody can come off the street and get a one day bin pass to fill up a recyclable tote bin for $5.00. If you become a member, you are given a larger tote bin to “shop” and you may have unlimited visits throughout the year, as well as placing items on a wish list. Some of our customers have placed items such as theater props, a sewing machine, projector, or large quantities of items. Our inventory of materials changes daily (even hourly) as donations come in, so visit often as you will discover new treasures each time your are here! Currently we have a great deal of fabric, file folders and binders. We also have matte board and frames, loads of plastic containers, poster board and other items that artists can use on a rather regular basis.

 

 

 

 

CH: What is the most important thing for people to know about Resource Depot?

JO:

We are a one-of-kind nonprofit in this community. We enjoy being a pay-it-forward kind of organization, where we are extending the life of objects that will not go into a landfill, extending peoples budgets, and opening their minds, while at the same time contributing to sustainability and environmental health of our local community.  I am also available to speak to groups and organizations!

 

 

Please come and check us out – there is something for everyone.

Resource Depot

Hours of operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm.
Check website for summer hours

www.resourcedepot.net

Shopping Hours: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-1pm

Donation Hours: Monday -Friday 9 am-4 pm

2510 Florida Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 561-882-0090
Across from Publix
One block west of Old Dixie

Directions:

Travelling from I-95, exit at Belvedere, and head east 7/10 of a mile to Florida Avenue. Turn left on Florida, which is the street after Georgia. Asian Accents is visible on the corner.

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Inaugural Celebration of Jewell’s Founders Day

The public is invited to an Inaugural Celebration to kick off  The Pioneers of Jewell  Commemorative Celebration in Lake Worth.  On August 19th, the Mayor of The City of Lake Worth will sign an official Proclamation citing August 22nd as “Jewell’s Founders Day”.  “Jewell” is the original name of what is now know as “Lake Worth”.  The public is welcome to attend a FREE event on August 22nd at South Shores Tavern.  You can be sure that future plans will include musicians, artists, storytellers as well as historians. The Rickie Report hopes you will read this article and get involved!

Commemorating Jewell Committee
Invites  You to An
Inaugural Celebration
Friday, August 22, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 pm
South Shores Tavern

502 Lucerne Ave at the corner of “M”  Street
Lake Worth FL   33460

On Friday, August 22nd, we will hold the first Celebration of the Lake Worth, Pioneers of Jewell Inaugural Commemoration.  It is the first in a number of activities that will be planned. Musicians, storytellers, artists and more people in the community will become involved. This is to celebrate the first settlers of the Jewell community (1885-1912) and to understand how to continue their vision of what is now Lake Worth.

At the August 22nd event, there will be an unveiling of the first “Jewell” postcard, created by Janet Villasmil.  In addition, the Committee will  reveal a new piece of artwork by Janet, which will be used as part of their fundraising efforts.  Everyone attending the Celebration will receive a FREE postcard.

According to the Lake Worth Historical Museum:

“The area that is now referred to as Lake Worth was settled a few years after Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862. In 1896 Henry Flagler extended his rail line south from West Palm Beach; making Lake Worth much more accessible for new settlers. Much of present-day Lake Worth was once owned by Samuel and Fannie James, two former slaves. While the James’ where in possession of the property, the future townsite was referred to as Jewel. In 1911 Fannie James sold the core area of her land to Palm Beach Farms Company.”

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Janet Villasmil, community based artist, completed the painting shown above.  Fanny James is greeting the Barefoot Mailman. Her husband, Samuel James, is in the background bringing some barrels into the general store/post office.

She tells The Rickie Report, “We would like to invite: Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Storytellers, and anyone else who would like to come to this Celebration.  There will be appetizers for our guests as well. If there are any questions, please contact: Priestess Yogini NuRa-Dina at https://www.facebook.com/PioneersOfJewell

As Janet Villasmil says, “Dreams from behind can be dreams for the future.”  This is everyone’s opportunity to share not only their own history of Lake Worth, but any archival materials ( photos, paintings, pamphlets, posters, postcards, diaries, etc) that families might have in attics or closets.    For more information please contact: Janet Villasmil  at  njvillasmil@bellsouth.net

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

Boca Artists Guild ‘s First Collaborative High School Program

The Boca Raton High Shool’s 2013 Spring Exhibition is around the corner.  The Rickie Report is pleased to announce the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Partnership with Boca Raton Community High School.  Read this article and stop by to see the work of these Community-Based Artists, High School Students and their Teachers!

 

 

 

Boca Raton High School 2013 Spring Exhibition 

 March 11 through May 3, 2013

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art Partners with Boca Raton Community High School: Local Artists Exhibit along with High School Students and Teachers

 The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place March 14 for artists, students, school staff and families. Exhibited artworks can be viewed through May 3 at Boca Raton Community High School, 1501 NW 15th Court, Boca Raton, every Monday thru Friday after 2:30 PM in the main office.

A portion of artwork sales benefit the Boca Museum of Art.

 

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art continues its nine-year partnership with Boca Raton Community High School to present a juried art exhibit of artworks by Guild members and high school students. For the first time, teachers will also be participating. 

 

This collaborative effort gives high school students the opportunity to work alongside local artists to experience the total exhibition process. “I’ve been making art since 1st grade, and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with professional artists”, said Tatiana de Carvalho, a former student exhibitor. The students enter the exhibition on-line, help with registering their artwork, volunteer to help with hanging and placement of the artwork, and see hands-on how professional artists mount a show. 

 

“We have watched the students grow artistically from mandatory participation as part of their grade within their school curriculum, to eagerly asking to participate and exhibit with the Guild members” said Roni DiSabello past President of the Artists’ Guild. “Working with Boca Raton Community High School and the students has been a wonderful experience for our Guild artists; we are helping to form a future generation of artists.”

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Tatiana de Carvalho, Boca Raton Community High School Student Exhibitor


“For each exhibition, the educated juror gives a written critique for each student’s artwork.This proves to be a wonderful teaching tool” said Dianna DonFrancisco Artists’ Guild chairperson of the high school show. “They learn and are inspired from viewing other student and professional artists work.”  Originality, craftsmanship, and composition are just some of the qualities looked for in the works selected for this juried show.

The winners of the Fall/Winter Exhibition were:

Artists’ Guild Winners: 1st: Hanne Neiderhausen “Enigmas” Tripych;  2nd:Dianna DonFrancisco “There She Goes Again” Pen & Ink;  3rd  :Sid Walesh “Passage” Ceramic Sculpture; Honorable Mention : Eleanor Huang “The Met” Pastel ;JR: Flo Rhogaar “Delray Beach Cottage” Photography

 

Boca Raton Community High Students: 1st: Angelina Tetu “Untitled” Acrylic; 2nd: Jake Hartigan “Curiousity” Photography; 3rd :Kiana McDavid ” Peacock” Scratchboard; Honorable Mention: Erin Swauger ” Ben Foster Conducting”; JR: Justin Schwartz ” No Trespassing”

 

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Boca Artists Guild Members

The Artists’ Guild, is an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The Guild is an active organization of artists, art lovers, and supporters of the arts. Its goals are to support the mission of the Museum and provide an association of artists in all media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and to provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art. The Artists’ Guild Gallery is located at 512 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL. For more information contact the Artists’ Guild Gallery at 561.278.7877 or email gallerydirector@bocaguild.com  or visit: www.bocaguild.com)

 

The Boca Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution for its dynamic, changing exhibitions from acclaimed artists and distinguished permanent collection. The Museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, art films, the Annual Art Festival, and more than 100 classes per week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include The Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary, and Collectors’ Forum. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit   www.bocamuseum.org

 

 

 

 

 

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