Martin Artisans Guild Members Are Offering Original Fine Art, Jewelry, And Glass Fusion Class In “Chances For Art” Raffle To Support Artists. $20 Raffle Ticket Purchase Can Be Designated To A Specific Offering. This Sale Is Open To The Public And Ends On October 25,2020

Imagine winning an original piece of fine art, handcrafted jewelry, or a fuse glass class for two with a $20 purchase!  The Martin Artisans Guild is offering a “Chances For Art” Raffle to help artists who have been adversely impacted by the Covid19 pandemic and to help defray the costs of the upcoming 2021 Martin County Open Studio Tour.   You choose which artwork you want to put your raffle ticket on!  Some of the artwork will be on view at: Gilt Complex, Kling Gallery, Palm Room, Red Barn Furniture, and Stuart Art Supply.  The drawing takes place on October 25, 2020.  Purchase tickets in person or via the MAG website.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details and sneak peeks here.  What an invigorating way to kick off the next Palm Room Art Exhibition Opening on Wednesday, September 2, 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

PURCHASE TICKETS:

https://mcost.org/chances-for-art

For more information or details contact: MalloBisset@gmail.com

 

 

ALL artwork is ready to hang.   Most artwork includes shipping!

 

 

VIEW  ARTWORKS AT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

 

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Stan Greenfield Is Featured Wellington Art Society Member With SOLO Exhibit At Whole Foods Wellington

Wellington Art Society member, Stan Greenfield, will be the Featured Artist with a SOLO exhibition at the gallery at Wellington Whole Foods Market.  The exhibit runs from January through March.  The public is invited to three Free “Meet the Artist” events on January 22, February 21, and March 14.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Stan’s artworks. All works on display are for sale and partial proceeds will benefit the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON   ART   SOCIETY

Presents

A   SOLO   EXHIBITION

by

STAN   GREENFIELD

 

MEET  THE  ARTIST:

Tuesday, January 22

Thursday, February 21

Thursday, March 14

Free and Open to the Public

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

Exhibit Is Available Now through March, 2019

 

 

“Sand Trap” by  Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society member Stan Greenfield will have an exhibit of his paintings at the Gallery in the Wellington Whole Foods Market.  The exhibit will run from early January through March.  He will host three “Meet the Artist” events, which are free and open to the public: Tuesday, January 22, Thursday, February 21, and Thursday, March 14.  Everyone is invited to hear about what motivates Stan’s choice of subject and how he goes about creating these paintings.

 

“Siblings” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

Stan has been drawing since he was a young boy, beginning with comic strip characters.  He was admitted to the Music and Art High School in Manhattan that focused on talented students. As a teen he would sit in his father’s restaurant and draw portraits of the young men going into the military.  His father displayed them on the wall as a sort of “honor roll”.

 

 

“Resting On The Rocks” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

 

 

After high school, Stan continued his education at City College of New York where his interest in painting began with watercolors and oils.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in art.  He began his career in graphic arts, working for different advertising agencies and art studios.  He eventually started his own business which was highly successful with many Fortune 500 clients.

 

“Cowboy” by Stan Greenfield

 

 

After retiring and moving to Florida, Stan began painting in earnest.  His passion was ignited into landscapes, portraits and many different subjects. He now lives in Florida in the winter and the Berkshires in Massachusetts in the summer.  He hopes everyone will enjoy his work as much as he enjoyed creating it!

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 37th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. 

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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Marine And Wildlife Artist, Amber Moran, Is Featured At Wellington Art Society Meeting. Public Is Invited On December 12

Marine and wildlife artist, Amber Moran will be the featured demonstrator for the Wellington Art Society‘s meeting on Wednesday, December 12.  The public is invited to this free event to network and meet the artists.  It takes place at the Wellington Community Center  and includes a Meet and Greet, Demonstration and a unique raffle (proceeds go to the Art Scholarship Fund).  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To Wellington Art Society Meeting

Wednesday,  December 12, 2018

 

6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

FEATURES:

 

 

 MARINE AND WILDLIFE ARTIST

AMBER MORAN

 This is event is open to members and non-members

 

 

 

 

 

“Loggerhead Taxi Service” by Amber Moran

 

 

Amber Moran was born on a farm in central New York State and learned to love the outdoors and the value of hard work. She and her brother raised and sold flowers and pumpkins which helped pay their way through college. Amber was always drawing or painting trees and animals.  Her parents were talented artisans who always encouraged her art and after her first visit to an art gallery, Amber knew that art was her calling.  Amber received an Associates Degree in Computer and Art Design from SUNY Alfred State and earned a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art at the University of Buffalo and worked toward a Masters Degree in General Education at Elmira College.

 

 

Her love of watercolors came years later when she began painting again when her children were small.  She stopped trying to be so intricate and went with the flow and had fun.  This led her to thinking outside the box and using ink to add illustrations over the layered and textured water colors.  She is influenced by the tropical setting in Florida and combines watercolor and ink creating a unique and colorful take on the coastal lifestyle. 

 

 

 

 

Arti Gras 2017 Poster by Amber Moran

 

 

 

Amber and her husband and children moved to Martin County in 2004 and are very  involved in environmental causes.  She is a member of the Bullfish Foundation with their Lionfish Program and creates and donates art for the Lionfish Roundup each year.  She works with the Association of Environmental Professionals and with different Sports Fishing Tournaments who donate to specific organizations.  She also belongs to the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and the Martin County Arts Council.  She has won many awards, is featured in local  magazines and shows her art work in many venues throughout Florida.

 

 

Amber tells The Rickie Report, “I’m in love with the vastness of the ocean, the mystery of the Florida canals and rivers and the peacefulness of the bush where the only sound is the palms blowing in the wind”.

 

 

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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John Bowen’s Artistry Transforms Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum To Preserve History And Honor To Those Who Served

The Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum will showcase the detailed artistry of well-know watercolorist, John Bowen. The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special 4th of July picnic!  Everyone is invited! John is a key team member in the Museum’s mission to preserve our history by honoring the men and women who defended our freedom, during WWI, to Korea, and WWII.  Did you know that the infamous Flight 19 departed from here?  That US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign as he trained as a torpedo/bomber pilot?  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to take a free tour!

 

 

 

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
National Register of Historic Places   .   A Florida Heritage Site  .  Home of Flight 19

4000 W. Perimeter Road, Ft. Lauderdale,Florida

(954) 359-4400

HOURS: THURSDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free Admission / Free Tours / Pay-what-you-wish tours / Free Parking / Handicap-accessible
This is an all volunteer operation. Donations are appreciated. ​

 

SPECIAL  4TH  OF JULY  PICNIC

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Outside Museum Building: A Marine Corsair and A Navy Avenger. Both planes created from concrete and painted by John Bowen, to enhance the building. Each of the planes are seven feet long.

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” Watercolor by John Bowen, took First Place Award for Watercolor Category in Veteran’s Art Exhibition.

 

John Bowen has been an artist and illustrator for more than 45 years.  He first studied commercial art at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.  After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator.  His duties in the Air Force included a year of documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, and his illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Upon establishing a residence in South Florida, John discovered the many varied landscapes of the state containing the only subtropical climate in the U.S. and the wonderful lighting that Florida’s climate affords.

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist of the highest order.  His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.  A detailed drawing eventually morphs into a relaxed style of painting.  Working with watercolors has always intrigued John, and the challenge and excitement of this medium has never left him.

 

Red tailed Mustang, created and painted by John Bowen honors an all Black WWIl group of U S Airmen. They flew in the European Theatre. Their main assignment during the war was to escort our bombers during their raids over the continent. They had an outstanding record of protecting the bombers. They had all their plane’s tails painted red so everyone would know who they were and when they were coming! The Memorial Garden, at the Museum, is for Lt. Colonel Gray of the “Red Tail” Squadron.

 

 

 

Photos from the Inauguration of the Zen Garden created by volunteer Veterans & Master Gardeners, in honor of Ray Rivera WWII & Korea Veteran, survivor of the Bunker Hill CV-17.  Original painting was created by artist & Vietnam Vet John Bowen.

John paints to keep Florida’s history alive.  “This is a passion with me,” says the artist.  “I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it.”  This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida charity art exhibitions of the Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, juried art shows for the Old Davie Schoolhouse Project, and a one-man art exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He will continue his outdoor show schedule this Fall.

Flight 19 Memorial created and painted by John Bowen is facing the Bermuda Triangle, where the plane and its crew were lost.

John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work.  Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my work.  Emphasizing the play of light and shadow as seen in nature.  Describing textures of time written in historic places.  Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space.  These are the feelings I try to express in my paintings.  Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution.  Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently, using established principles to create the final piece.  Hoping to express the beauty that inspired me”.  

 

John is a signature member with the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League.  He is available to do Home and Boat Portrait Commissions.  John Bowen can be reached at  954 370-2061.    jbowenartist@aol.com  or www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

More about the Museum:

National Register of Historic Places.  A Florida Heritage Site.
Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

 

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.  From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries. In December 1999, the building was relocated to its permanent site at 4000 West Perimeter Rd., 2 blocks west from its original location.

 

 

On Exhibit:

  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator: historic mechanical & engineering landmark.
  • Recreated Soldier’s Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • 25×7 naval aviation mural signed by President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, RADM Moffit, and Medal of Honor Vietnam Gary Littrell.
  • Original paintings, cartoons, lithographs, drawings, and photographs.
  • “Broward Goes To War”  Exhibit:  the war years of 1941-1945.
  • Flight 19: collection of letters, photos, artifacts, books, videos,  & displays.
  • Vintage ship & aircraft models, WWII artifacts, teaching props, flight gear, ship plaques, medals, insignia, uniforms representing all branches of the military.
  • Online-Only Exhibits: take a tour of our
  • John Payne Memorial Library: 3,000+ volumes from military history, personal memoirs, war diaries, aviator log books, veteran’s letters, cruise books, war postcard albums, magazines, and world war II newsletters.
  • Photography collection: 10,000+ images of aircraft, ships, people, naval history, technical manuals, photos of artworks, and a military video library.
  • Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog.  
  • Veterans History Project: WWI & WWII collection of Veteran’s Stories.
  • Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial. 
  • Take the 360 degree Google Video tour.
  • virtual exhibits.

 

The History Project:

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from World War II Veterans, with the purpose of building a lasting legacy of preserving history for generations to come. This History Project collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences. We welcome diaries, collections of letters, and photographs that tell the veteran’s story.  Maps, drawings, and other documents are also welcome. We don’t have to keep your originals as the artifacts can be scanned, or photographed, and shared this way via e-mails. This project was started in 2010, with the introduction of NASFL Museum founder Allan McElhiney, who was a sailor in World War II.  This Gallery of Veterans is not in chronological order, rather it follows a date of completion by NASFL Museum curators.  If you are interested in sharing a Veteran’s story, or your family’s military history, please go to www.nasflmuseum.com

 

You can visit Museum on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

– Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
– Business Hours: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
– Last tour is at 2:30pm (no need for reservations but it’s best to be there between 11:30 and 2pm for best timing).
– Depending on your time, and level of interest, a tour can go from 10 mins to 3 hours. It’s up to you.
– After tours, people are welcome to linger around and take photos, enjoy their time in the library, watch videos, or explore the garden areas.
– This is an all volunteer operation. For tours of more than 5 people in your party, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated (members are always free). You can also Pay-what-you-wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Offers Two Workshops With Soon Warren And Pat Dews

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a Watermedia Group  (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. GCWS offers opportunities to learn, paint and sketch, workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; an annual membership show; juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; paint-ins with live models; lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues plus Plein air painting opportunities.  The Rickie Report shares the details of two workshops: Soon Warren and Pat Dews, which are open to non- members.  We urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group

ArtServe
 1350 Sunrise Blvd,   Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Please Join Us!
Meetings are held
 October through May


 3rd Tuesday of each month

 
7:00 p.m. at Artserve

 

Two Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :

 

 

“Bowl of Marbles” by Soon Warren

 

 

Soon Y Warren, AWS, NWS, TWSA

February 20, 21, 22, 2018
Member: $375
Non-member: $420

3-day workshop

A step by step instructional process will be used incorporating Soon’s reference photos and drawings for each project.

www.soonwarren.com

“Windswept” by Pat Dews

Pat Dews, AWS, NWS
March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
Member: $450
Non-member: $495

4-day workshop


Paint Better Abstracts

This workshop will focus on experimental works in watermedia on paper.

www.PatDews.com

 

How to Pay – NEW PayPal

You can reserve your seat by paying online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/
Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858 swgftl@aol.com

For more information about GCWS and these workshops, meetings or other opportunities:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Kathryn Morlock Is Featured Artist At Wellington Whole Foods Market Gallery, Representing Wellington Art Society

The Wellington Art Society will present well known local artist and long time member Kathryn Morlock as the next solo artist in the Wellington Whole Foods Market Gallery. Her exhibit will run from October through December 2017. A reception in her honor will be hosted by Whole Foods Wellington on Friday, November 10, 2017 with live music, delicious appetizers, wine or soft drinks and special door prizes at the reception. The Wellington Art Society asks all guests for a donation of $5 which goes to their Scholarship Award Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

Presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION

by

KATHRYN  MORLOCK

 

 

 

PUBLIC RECEPTION:

Friday, November 10th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

 

 

Exhibit Is Available Now through December

 

 

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

 

 

“Jupiter Lighthouse” by Kathryn Morlock

 

 

Kathryn is a Miami native who has always had a passion for sketching, painting and photography. She took art classes all through school and obtained an Associates of Science degree in Commercial Art from Miami-Dade Community College (now Miami College). After graduation she worked as a graphic artist in the commercial and advertising business in Miami.

 

“Ballerinas” by Kathryn Morlock

 

 

She now makes her home in Wellington. She has studied figure drawing, watercolor and oils at the Armory Art Center, Lake Worth Art League and through private lessons.  Kathryn tells The Rickie Report,“Realistic and brightly colored, my work tends to be mostly serene and peaceful, taking the viewer to a beautiful place”.

 

 

 

“Key Lime Pier” by  Kathryn Morlock

 

 

 

Kathryn loves to travel and take photographs of scenes or people she might like to paint. Her favorite subjects are beaches, tropical landscapes, unusual or historic buildings and people in interesting places. There’s always a certain photo that inspires her to create a painting. Colors in nature, a scene, a subject, the mood created by light and dark and shadows capture her interest. The subject or scene determines the medium she will use: watercolor or oil.

 

“The Look” by Kathryn Morlock

Kathryn’s art has been displayed at the Armory Art Center, Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, Wellington Community Center, Wellington City Hall, Art Fest on the Green, Lake Worth Art League, Palms West Hospital, Lighthouse Gallery and Art Center in Tequesta and Oak Bistro and Wine Bar. Her paintings are also in many private collections.

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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The Avenue® Viera Welcomes First Fall Craft Festival On October 14th – 15th

Metal sculptures, homemade dips and sauces, one-of-a-kind paintings, hand-painted clothing and more artisan creations will once again fill The Avenue® Viera from October 14 – 15 during the Fall return of The Avenue® Viera Craft Festival. The free, outdoor event brings together the state’s top craft artisans to the popular lifestyle shopping center for a two day, made-in-the-USA artistic celebration.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

www.artfestival.com

 

 

 

The Avenue® Viera Craft Festival

 Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15

10 am – 5 pm Both days

 

2261 Town Center Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32940

Free and open to the public

 

Inna Scholer “Bluemarine Fantasy”

 

 

Presented by American Craft Endeavors (ACE), Florida’s longest established craft festival producer, unique and affordable arts and crafts will be showcased in the open-air, pedestrian friendly setting. The craft festival is pet friendly for leashed animals, and includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more. Leather works, customized collectibles, practical and whimsical works of all price ranges will be available for purchase. Each artisan is on-site during the entire festival, allowing patrons to meet and to discover the techniques and inspirations behind each piece as they sample and shop from the gallery-style booths.

 

Rita Beard  “Salt Run”

 

 

“We are thrilled to bring the craft festival back this fall to The Avenue® Viera,” says the Center’s General Manager Scott McCarthy. “The high-quality, artisan-created works serve as a wonderful complement to the Center’s own dynamic mix of local and premier retail offerings. It also serves as a wonderful, family-friendly event for our local community to enjoy.”

 

Carol Smith  Sea Glass and Metal

 

 

 

 

Information At-A-Glance:

• Juried outdoor craft showcase
• Original crafts – Handmade in America
• Unique and affordable gift items
• Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $15 to $3,000
• Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
• All crafters on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media: including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
• Green Market – exotic live plants, handmade soaps, savory dips, and gourmet sauces

 

 

Scott Buford Green Market

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the state’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Siesta Key Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Venice Art Festival and Craft shows (Venice, FL). The group’s founders personally select unique, culturally rich cities and towns 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 Avenue® Viera Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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Toni Willey Current Whole Foods Market Artist In Wellington

Wellington Art Society member Toni Willey is the current featured solo artist at Whole Foods Market Wellington Café. A Public Reception will be held at and hosted by the Whole Foods Market Wellington Staff on Friday, August 26, 2016. Delicious appetizers and wine will be served along with live music and door prizes. The Art Society asks a $5 donation which will go to their Scholarship Fund. It will be a lovely reception for the artist and friends and a great way to start the weekend! Toni is a highly accomplished artist and will be showing her series of endangered species entitled “The Vanishing”.  The Exhibit is open now.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and urges you to stop by – art does sell at Whole Foods! Some art patrons have already made purchases!

 

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

Presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION

by

TONI  WILLEY

PUBLIC RECEPTION:

Friday, August 26th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

Exhibit Is Available At This Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toni Willey began drawing at an early age but her exceptional talent surfaced when she began painting. Her teachers said she painted the way Mozart played music; it just rolled off her fingers. After high school she received a National Scholastic Award of Merit from the St. Louis Art Museum. She attended Art Institute and Foundation classes at Washington University and St. Louis University, where she studied all the fine art disciplines. Her painting style is photo realistic and semi abstract done in acrylics, mixed media and watercolor.

 

 

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In addition to her “The Vanishing” series she has another series defining feminine power entitled “Ancient and Mystical Women”.  Toni began showing her work on the South Florida Art Show Circuit in 1990 while acting as Business Administrator for the Ambassador Galleries on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. She has working commissions from collectors all over the world and her prints sell internationally on FineArtAmerica.com. She has been highly successful with her local solo exhibits.

 

 

 

Wellington  Art  Society

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For more information visit WellingtonArtSociety.org

 

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Above Ground Studio Gallery Announces Opening Reception With Emmanuel Gonzales

Emmanuel Gonzales invites everyone to the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14th of his new Above Ground Studio Gallery!  Enjoy music and entertainment by Chris Blake plus edibles by “The Waffle Wagon”. See new works, works in progress and previous artwork shown in International and Regional Exhibitions.  It is Free to attend!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks this award winning artist!

 

 

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Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

He goes on to say, “They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an ”otherness” in viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales 

 

 

 

A Delray Beach native, Emmanuel’s art work is in Private Collections including The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach, FL), Friars Club (New York, NY), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a private Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).

 

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Emmanuel Gonzales’ “Keys To The City” Piano

 

 

 

His SOLO exhibits include galleries and venues in Southeast Florida, from Orlando, Winter Park, West Palm Beach, Northwood, Boynton Beach and Manalapan.  Emmanuel’s creativity has been shared through Art In Public Places at the 2015 1st Annual Back Alley Mural Festival (Jupiter, FL) and 2014 “Rock the Box” Orlando Weekly newspaper box sponsored by Rolling Rock Beer. Most notably, Emmanuel designed a piano, which was part of the highly competitive 2013 “Keys to the City”- Kretzer Piano Charity event. His piano was placed at the entrance of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel presenting Commission Painting to Senator Marco Rubio

 

Emmanuel’s Commissions include:

Respectable Street Café- Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida 2015
Senator Marco Rubio, Commissioned Portrait
27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1
Designed website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com
Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg
Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire”
Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “she is a spy too?”

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Emmanuel’s acceptance into numerous Juried Exhibitions began when he was considered an emerging artist and continued until the opening of his own Gallery. His award winning artwork has a story to share along with his remarkable creative abilities.

 

For more information please contact:

Emmanuel Gonzales
www.Emmanuelart.com
www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel
emmanuelart@gmail.com

 

 

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Al Rojas’ Artistic Path Generates Abstract Imagery With Figurative Human Images

Alvaro (Al) Rojas, born in Colombia S.A., moved with his family at the age of ten to Astoria, Queens N.Y.  He attended Jacksonville University and Florida International University (FIU), including art classes. At FIU, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering, a class on art critique set Al on a 40 year path to develop his art and techniques. Groups of geometric and figurative forms on abstract backgrounds or cityscapes are the main theme of Al’s works. His goal is for viewers to see an interesting color combination, a new line or form and to have their imaginations stimulated. The Rickie Report is pleased to share an interview with this innovative creator and some of his award-winning images.

 

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Art for Al has been a way to take time out of the corporate world and has been a source of reflection and tranquility. His art provides a different perspective for his daily activities were he can explore his inner thoughts and organize his life’s direction.

 

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“Absinthe Drinker” by Al Rojas

 

TRR: How did you begin creating your artwork?

 AR:

I’ve been drawing from childhood, imitating an uncle who liked drawing, but it wasn’t until college where I attended a couple of art classes and began to seriously paint. One class in particular was about art critique and it set me off on an exploratory path for the following 40 years that eventually lead to the works that I create today.

 

 

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“Yellow Panel” by Al Rojas

 

 

TRR: What inspired you at that time?

AR:

 

I believe it was the teacher who challenged me to question what it was I was doing and search for my own art identity.

 

 

 

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“Intaglios” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: What inspires you now?

AR:

I was influenced by a number of 20th century movements, primarily cubism and sub-realism; these periods in art have shaped my imagery. Abstract expressionism and other later movements have influenced the process of my works, giving me the freedom to experiment with a limited number of materials to create compositions seen by my mind’s eye.

 

 

My main source of inspiration have been my life’s experiences, growing up Colombia and Queens N.Y., my schooling, and working and traveling throughout the Americas during my corporate career, come to be incorporated and manifested in my art. I still continue to search and understand what it is that I do and why I do it; this search is what inspires me the most.

 

 

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“Silent Morning” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: Tell us about your life story.

AR:

After a couple of art classes in college, I dedicated myself to getting an Engineering degree and later a Masters degree. For the past 40 years my engineering and business career was my primary driver and focus… creating 2D works was a secondary activity that helped me escape the pressure of work, especially in the last ten years.  One aspect of my working life that did help my artistic work was the large amount of traveling all over Latin America, US and Canada that I did. These experiences provided a great deal of visual stimulus and long periods of time to develop ideas that I used during the time I had for painting.

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“Losing My Religion” by Al Rojas 

 

 

 

 

TRR  Did you try other mediums?

AR:

I have concentrated on using acrylics, because they provide the results that work best with the process I have developed..they complement the process very well and with a few tools, some pencils, some use of ink and watercolors provide the best combination of mediums I can find. I originally tried oil painting, followed by ink and water colors. It was the watercolors and an exploration of the medium that led to acrylics.

 

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“Windows” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: What led you to your current style?

AR:

I am interested in creating images and form without any pre-conception of the outcome. The works are process-oriented and I let the intermediate results guide me to a finished work. I start by floating various liquid mediums, such as ink, acrylic ink, watercolors and acrylics in water on a vertical pane of glass, manipulating the effects and adding (drawing or painting) or removing (scratching / ripping) areas of the work in process. I primarily use an eye dropper to place the liquid mediums on the glass trying to be as controlled as possible to create areas that can be used to build space, images, buildings or figures. If the medium gets out of control, I scratch/etch it to make lines and forms, eventually developing a complete composition.

 

 

 The composition develops from floating the acrylic ink and letting time and gravity start the creative process. As the “puddles” dry, I can visualize what the next step is and take it step by step bringing out line, figure(s), background / foreground and space.  Once I finish the wet process, I cover the results with a clear acrylic medium. Once the acrylic medium dries, I cut it up into additional shapes, paint over it and lift it from the glass for further painting on the back side prior to mounting it on a Plexiglas panel or paper.

 

 

 

My works attempt to balance the abstract with the representational, colorful at times with geometric forms to assist in putting order to the composition. Due to what seems as a chaotic process, I tend to produce primarily abstract imagery, but as I control the process, I have been able to produce representational/figurative images, primarily human figures.

 

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“Galactic Cemetery” by Al Rojas

 

 

TRR: Have you seen your style change over the years? What has influenced any changes?

AR:

 

Yes, from very abstract works that looked like early satellite imagery with little to no composition, I have moved to a more controlled results that have better composition and balance. I strongly feel the need to control the results of a very chaotic process, in order to show that the finished work was done with a good deal of conscientious effort and not just a total random result…that the work has an intellect behind it and not just something that looks pretty.

 

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“Ace, King, Queen” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What advice do you give to an emerging artist?

AR:

 

Works of art are not a slam dunk, just because you have a good technique or ease of hand and skill. You have to work at it to try to understand what it is you are trying to achieve and why.

 

 

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“Shaman Pointing The Way” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: What is most challenging as an artist?

AR:

 

After completing a work that takes me to a new point/level, starting a new one is the most challenging. The “what now” or “what next” question can really be difficult to overcome and get going again.

 

 

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“Pixelating Sky” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

TRR: Where can people find your work?

AR:

I hope people will visit Art On Park Gallery, visit the website, my Facebook Page and contact me.

 

http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

Email Al Rojas: adrojas987@aol.com

 

Website link – http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/#!al-rojas/c20za

Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/alvaro.rojas.92123

 

General Overview of Exhibitions:

City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit – Spring 2006 Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2006 Winter Open Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2007 Summer Open Juried Art Exhibition
ArtAvox Spring, 2007, 2008, 2009
Boynton Beach Art in Public Places – Carolyn Sims Center, Summer 2008
Boca Raton Sugar Sand, Art in Public Places – Winter 2008, Juried Art Exhibition
Armory Art Center, Inc. Hispanic Heritage Exhibition February, 2009
City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit Spring 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Lighthouse for the Arts – Multiple Sins Summer 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Continuum West Palm Beach – 2016 and 2014, Juried Art Exhibition
Art on Park Gallery – numerous exhibits 2012 – 2016

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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