Funky Sculptures Join Boynton Beach’s Historical Cultural Treasures

New artwork will be installed along the Avenue of the Arts beginning Sept. 23rd, celebrating the 9th year for the Avenue of the Arts outdoor exhibit.  While the Rickie Report shares the details about new installations of Art In Public Places, we introduce Warren Adams, the man behind the app, for Boynton’s Historic Treasures.  Kudos to Boynton Beach, “America’s Gateway to the Gulf Stream”!   The public is invited to the festivities!

 

 

 

 

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The City of Boynton Beach has many arts and cultural advocates, which is lucky for the rest of us!  Art merged with technology at the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium this past February.  Next week, the Avenue of The Arts will be lined with new works of art to intrigue us!  While innovations continue, we want to remember the roots of Boynton Beach and feature an interview with Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner.

 

 

 

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Featuring “Seed” by Steve Blackwood

 

 

 

Artists in South Florida and from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York submitted their artwork to the Arts Commission who selected the eleven for this year’s exhibit. Sculptures forms range from repurposed materials to kinetic to artwork sprouting from the ground to custom made installations. Funky names, such as Pac MAN, Alley Dudes, Seed, Invasive Species and Zig Zag Boogie Woogie will entertain visitors. For a complete listing and map of the artwork, visit the City of Boynton Beach’s website at http://bit.ly/BB15AvenueArts.

 

 

 

"Alley Dudes" by Beju

                           “Alley Dudes” by Beju

 

 

An opening reception, sponsored by Desjardins Bank, will take place on Fri., Sept. 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Civic Center, 128 E. Ocean Ave., providing an opportunity to mingle with the artists and learn about how their sculptures were created. Refreshments by the Secret Garden Cafe will be provided. Cycle Party, a self-peddling vehicle, will transport people up and down the avenue to tour the new installations. The Avenue of the Arts is an easy walkable tour from the Civic Center.

 

 

 

"Invasive Species" by Garbani

                    “Invasive Species” by Garbani

 

 

 

The year round exhibit can be visited 24/7. All sites are lit and have plaques that include the artist and sculpture names, a description of the art piece, medium utilized and a QR code linked to the interactive map below where visitors can learn more information.

 

 

"Sunflower Gate" by Gallucci

                   “Sunflower Gate” by Gallucci

 

A Conversation With Warren Adams

 

“History can teach us many things, but not if it is all gone…A community that values its past is one that invests in its future”

 

TRR:  What is the role of a Historic Preservation Planner in Boynton Beach?

WA:

As Historic Preservation Planner, I’m responsible for identifying significant historic sites in the city. I encourage owners to protect their buildings and consider designation on either the Local or National Register of Historic Places. I also provide advice on the repair, restoration, re-use, and appropriate alteration of historic structures; review Certificate of Appropriateness applications; submit grant applications; undertake historic site surveys for inclusion on the Florida Master Site File; provide reports to the Historic Resources Preservation Board; prepare historic designation reports; provide advice on financial incentives; manage the Heritage Education Program; ensure the city retains its Certified Local Government certification with the State; and, provide advice on potential archaeological sites.

 

 

 

 

Boynton Mausoleum by Conrad Pickel

            Boynton Mausoleum by Conrad Pickel

TRR:  How does one prepare for this job?

WA:

 

On finishing school, I studied Building Construction and Management in Glasgow, Scotland and then studied for a BSc in Land Economics (Property Valuation & Development) at the University of Paisley, Scotland. On completion of the BSc I passed the necessary exams and became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. My main interest being historic buildings,  I attended the University of York, England to study for the MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings). In the following years I worked for a private building archaeology company, Historic Scotland, a non-profit building preservation trust, and as a project manager disbursing grants for repairs to Victorian terraces and crescents in Weston-super-Mare, England.  I undertook work for organizations such as the National Trust for Scotland and English Heritage. In 2004, I moved to Florida and worked as the Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Delray Beach. I was then the Executive Director for the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation after which I became the Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Boynton Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boynton Beach School

                           Boynton Beach School

TRR:  Tell us more about the Historic Preservation Education Website that you developed.

WA:

 

The Historic Preservation Education website has been created entirely through non-matching grant funding provided by the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Phase 1 was the creation of the Downtown and Cemetery Heritage Trails with informational boards that contain Quick Response Code links to online site information and an interactive map. Phase 2 was the creation of the recently completed Cultural Resources Mobile Application with interactive map. I recently submitted a grant application for Phase 3 which, if funding is awarded, will create an interactive website focusing on the area formerly known as “Boynton Colored Town”. If we receive funding, the project will run from July, 2016 through June, 2017.  All of the work for the Heritage Education website has been completed in-house by city ITS and GIS staff who have done a fantastic job. The grant funding has allowed us to build the website which City staff will update and maintain in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Magnuson House

                                Magnuson House

TRR: What are the criteria for a site to be included?

WA:

 

The majority of the sites included on the mobile application are over 50 years old; however, there are a few interesting sites included that are less than 50 years old.  Sites should have significance in the city’s history. They are either architecturally significant due to their style, design or construction, or historically significant due to a significant event taking place there, or a significant person who lived or worked there.   The new mobile application went “live” on June 30.

 

 

 

 

 

Barton Cemetery

                                   Barton Cemetery

 

TRR:  How can our readers engage with your mission?

WA:

I would encourage readers to visit the Heritage Education website to find information on sites they may not be aware of. The new application contains information on over 170 sites. We also have a number of grant-funded brochures available that provide information on the Historic Preservation Program, the heritage trails, and significant sites in the city.

 

 

“Heritage Education” is a term used in the field. By making people aware of the heritage that surrounds them, we encourage people to find out more about historic sites. It’s also essential to help historic property owners understand what designation means. Many people wrongly assume that if you designate your property you can’t change the paint color, can’t change windows or roofs, and can’t build an addition. This is all wrong. Historic designation helps ensure this work is done appropriately and that the historic character of the building is not adversely affected. A good education program is also a way to promote the city as a heritage tourism destination. Increased visitor numbers and spending at local businesses contributes to ongoing economic development.  The city Heritage Education Program was awarded first place by the Florida League of Cities in their “Teaching Your City’s History” award category.

 

 

 

 

Amichai House

                                      Amichai House

TRR: Will you come and speak to organizations who are art/cultural oriented?

WA:

 

I have spoken to a number of organizations including neighborhood associations inside and outside the city, schools, and historic and archaeological societies. Last year I gave a presentation on the success of the city Historic Preservation Program at the annual Main Street Conference which was held in Stuart. I am scheduled to give a similar presentation to the City of St. Cloud Main Street organization in January, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Boynton Hills Light

                                             Boynton Hills Light

TRR:  Please share 2 or 3 special sites or facts that most people are unaware of.

WA:

 

Conrad Pickel, a renowned stained glass artist lived and worked in Boynton Beach. He designed stained and faceted glass for over 700 churches in the USA and is credited with designing the largest stained glass window in the world located at the Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois. There are a number of Pickel buildings in Boynton Beach. We have a brochure providing information on these buildings. Their locations can also be found on the heritage trail interactive map on the Historic Preservation Education website.

 

 

 

 

Boynton Woman's Club

                               Boynton Woman’s Club

 

 

Barton Memorial Park Cemetery was first started around 1900 as an unofficial burial ground for the city’s African American community. Although only twenty grave markers remain, a recent Ground Penetrating Radar survey identified numerous underground anomalies which are almost certainly other burials. Many of the remaining grave markers were handmade and are fine examples of folk art. The site, which is listed on the Local Register of Historic Places, is located at the northwest corner of NW 5th St. and NW 12th Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

The Boynton Hills Lights are four ornamental light poles located in landscaped traffic islands on NW 1st St. between Boynton Beach Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Installed around 1925, the lights were an integral feature of the street layout in the subdivision which does not follow a regular grid pattern. The lights were manufactured by Westinghouse Electric and are made from Hollowspun concrete, a process that involves spinning concrete rapidly in a mold. The lights are listed on the Local Register of Historic Places.

 

 

 

 

Gerger House

                                        Gerger House

TRR: Boynton Beach is at the forefront of bringing world renown artists to the City and getting the public involved with art, kinetics and more.  What is your dream for Boynton Beach?

 

WA:

I would like Boynton Beach to be recognized as a city with a strong, progressive Historic Preservation Program that works effectively for all property owners and the changing needs of the city. I think we are achieving this. Like every city, Boynton Beach has its own character and feeling. Historic sites contribute greatly to this “sense of place” and local identity as they embody the spirit of age and illustrate the interaction between people and place over time. Arts and cultural events such as the Celebration of Conrad Pickel and the Kinetic Art event attract visitors who are then exposed the city’s history through the heritage trails and online information. From 2007 to 2008, the annual spending on heritage tourism in Florida was $4.13 billion. I would like Boynton Beach to receive a sizeable portion of this!

 

TRR: If a visitor had 1 hour in Boynton Beach, what would you recommend? (besides the beach)

WA:

 

I would recommend a walk along the Downtown Heritage Trail which follows Ocean Avenue from Seacrest Blvd. to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Mangrove Walk. Information boards along the route and the new mobile application provide details of historic sites.

 

 

TRR: Anything else you want our readers to know?

WA:

 

I would encourage readers to contact me for information on the Historic Preservation Program and the benefits it can offer to historic property owners and the community. If anyone believes their property may qualify for historic designation I can discuss the process with them and explain what designation entails.

 

 

For more information about Art In Public Places in Boynton Beach contact Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Manager, at 561-742-6026.

Coles-DobayD@bbfl.us

Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner
561-742-6757  AdamsW@bbfl.us

 www.boynton-beach.org

 

 

 

 

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Boynton Beach Celebrates The Artistry And Vision Of Conrad Pickel, Master of Stained Glass

Who designed and created the world’s largest stained glass window?  Conrad Pickel, the resident and designer of numerous buildings in Boynton Beach, FL! Come and celebrate the legacy of Conrad Pickel on Saturday, May 23rd.  A major influence within the stained glass industry in the United States, he was a gifted painter, wood carver and mosaic artist.  The Rickie Report is excited to share the details about this event.  There will be bus tours, lectures, and demonstrations by experts in glass making and stained glass. Meet the family living in one of the homes he designed! Be part of Florida’s heritage-tourism and be proud!  These events are Free to the public, but you must register for the bus tour.

 

 

 

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Conrad Pickel (1906 – 1994) learned the art of stained glass with the renown  Mayer Studio in Munich, Germany. He opened his own studio in 1947 in Milwaukee, WI, which quickly grew into one of the leading studios in the United States. In 1956, Mr. Pickel opened a branch in Vero Beach, Florida and transferred the complete operation there in 1977. Mr. Pickel lived in Pompano Beach, FL. and moved to Boynton Beach, FL in 1956 until his death. He designed five buildings in Boynton Beach.

 

 

 

 

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The tour will depart at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. at 8 a.m. The tour, which will be narrated by City of Boynton Beach Historic Preservation Planner, Warren Adams, and President of the Boynton Beach Historical Society, Janet DeVries, will visit 5 locations that highlight Conrad Pickel’s stain glass pieces: Boynton Beach Memorial Park Mausoleum, Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Former Gallery Fantasia, and St. Mark’s Church. The tour is free. However, interested attendees must call 561.742.6066 to register.

 

On completion of the bus tour, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the program will begin at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. with a series of lectures on Conrad Pickel by Janet DeVries, President, Boynton Beach Historical Society; Shanon Materio, President, McMow Art Glass; Paul Pickel, President, Conrad Pickel Studio; Rick Eggert, Creative Director, Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts and the Jacarusos, owners of a Conrad Pickel designed house. In addition, there will be glass art demonstrations and an exhibit of Conrad Pickel’s art, vision and dreams.

 

 

 

Conrad Pickel Mausoleum Stained Glass in Boynton Beach, FL

Conrad Pickel Mausoleum Stained Glass in Boynton Beach, FL

 

 

 

A major influence in the stained glass industry in the U.S., Pickel invented decralite block.  His appreciation for how glass could transform  simple concrete blocks can be seen at his most well-known structure in Boynton Beach, Gallery Fantasia.   He incorporated faceted glass in the blocks which were then used as structural elements in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

 

 

 

Example of Conrad Pickel's  Decralite Block

Example of Conrad Pickel’s Decralite Block

 

Mr. Pickel’s designs to make a simple water tower a piece of public art were embraced by the City Of Boynton Beach. We share one of the images here.  Their construction was unable to be completed due to budget issues.

 

Drawing of Conrad Pickel Water Tower Surround

Drawing of Conrad Pickel Water Tower Surround

 

 

Mr. Pickel, known throughout the world for his expressionistic stained-glass creations, built the Gallery Fantasia in Boynton Beach in 1974. The artistic gathering place, to which Mr. Pickel charged no admission, closed in 1983 after expenses continued to outpace donations.  The Sun Sentinel reported his quote: “When we closed it, you wouldn’t have believed the complaints,” he said at the time. “A city without art is a city without a soul.”

 

Museum of Stained Glass Concept of Conrad Pickel Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Museum of Stained Glass Concept of Conrad Pickel Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

 

 

Under the direction of Mr. Pickel’s son, Paul, the studio continues to develop new techniques and applications for stained glass and mosaic. In addition to a presentation by Paul, the community will meet the Jacaruso family, who lives in the home constructed by Conrad Pickel located in Pompano Beach, FL.

 

 

Conrad Pickel, Self Portrait. Image courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Conrad Pickel, Self Portrait. Image courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

We share an excerpt from his son, Paul, who wrote about the stained glass window in Our Lady of Lourdes:

 

 “Stained glass without light would of course be nothing. Conrad Pickel became his own master in using light and a master of controlling light to strengthen his designs. He was never afraid to use black and preached this lesson to me constantly. There is always a halation of certain colors as light passes through stained glass. Painted line work and lead lines become smaller with the halation of light. He brings out the richness of color and was aware of how light affected his line work and facial details realizing his line work would become smaller as the light passed through the glass. He selected glass that has beautiful shading and he sought out glass that was not perfect. He wanted glass that showed its handmade characteristics. He wanted glass that had natural lines and bubbles all to alter and enhance the rays of light as they passed through the glass.”

Conrad Pickel at work, Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

Conrad Pickel at work, Photo Courtesy of Conrad Pickel Studio Website

 

“Wherever I go to see my father’s work, the color of glass is the key to his design, is his selection of a beautiful cobalt blue. It has a bit of gray in it, a bit of purple but it is mainly soft, peaceful and yes, spiritual. Many times it is referred to as the Pickel Blue. People generally love stained glass as the morning light pours through the colored glass but also one of the most spiritual times to appreciate a Pickel Window with its special Pickel Blues is to be by oneself, in a darkening church, as the sun is receding. As light enters through, the striking blues and darkening rich colors, that special experience of stained glass cannot help but move one’s soul.  The designs by Conrad Pickel for the stained glass windows of Our Lady of Lourdes are timeless and should undoubtedly be appreciated by many generations to come. This is the true genius and beauty of his work.”

 

 

 

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The Pickel Studio with more than a half-century of commissions to its credit, continues to create innovative stained glass, mosaic and sculpture for religious, secular and public projects throughout North America.

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The City of Boynton Beach recognizes the importance of preserving its historic resources and has adopted a preservation ordinance as the foundation for a comprehensive preservation program. The program is to include a Historic Resources Preservation Board for program oversight; a property tax exemption component; and guidelines, standards, and procedures for the maintenance and modification of historic properties.
The City has also initiated a community education campaign to inform the public of the value of historic preservation, the aforementioned tax exception program, and how historic preservation can be a tool for stabilizing aging neighborhoods, fostering community cohesiveness and furthering civic pride.

For more information, call Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Manager, at 561-742-6026 or Warren Adams, Historic Preservation Planner, at 561-742-6757

 

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