Interview With Jack Rosen Of CJR Fine Arts & Frame: 30,000 Pieces Of Art, Resource For Art Lovers And Artists

CJR Fine Arts & Frame has opened a retail gallery and framing facility to expand its already successful wholesale and art publication business.  Interior designers, art lovers in Southeast Florida can peruse over 30,000 pieces of artwork.  Artists and the public can bring art, diplomas, photographs and memorabilia to be professionally framed at wholesale prices.  The Rickie Report shares this in-depth interview with Jack Rosen, which includes helpful information for art lovers and artists as well as his personal story. The Rickie Report emphasizes the importance of networking.  CJR Fine Arts is a testament to that conviction!

 

 

 

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CJR Fine Arts & Frame

 

CJR Fine Arts & Frame
514B North State Road 7
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Tel 561-333-9472
Email mail@cjrfinearts.com

 

Offering:

Len Abbott, Rafael Abecassis, Craig Alan, Edward Aldrich, Alexander & Wissotzky, Shlomo Alter, John Alvin, Alexander Antanenka, Bill Anton, Patrick Antonelle, Arbe, Dubi Arie, Andrew Atroshenko, Ari Azene, Edgar Barrios, Parker Beaudion, Howard Behrens, Avi BenSimhon, Gary Benfield, Armin Birkel, Toby Bluth, Alexander Borewko, Charles Lynn Bragg, Romero Britto, Slava Brodinsky, Trevor Carlton, Marc Chagall, Rod Chase, Bruce Cheever, Alexander Chen, James Coleman, Misu Coman, John Costin, Juan Ramirez Cotrino, Tim Cox, Salvadore Dali, Galina Datloof, Brian Davis, Elya DeChino, Daniel Del Orfano, Chris Dellorco, E Denis, Disney, John Duillo, Murray Eisner, Jane Elissa, Harrison Ellenshaw, Peter Ellenshaw, Peter & Harrison Ellenshaw, Nissan Engel, Escotete, Hevda Ferenci, Ferjo, Adam Finli, Sevitt Francis, David Garibaldi, Michael & Inessa Garmash, Vincent George, David Gerstein, Cassandra Gillens, David M Gillespie, Nancy Glazier, Rodel Gonzalez, Lima Groben, Patricia Govezensky, Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Lisa Grubb, Harry Guttman, Bracha Guy, Kerry Hallam, Teri Hallman, George Hallmark, G. Harvey, Ed Heck, Manny Hernandez, Abrishami Hessam, Edna Hibel, Bobby Hill, Sergey Ignatenko, Scott Jacobs, Zeng Jianyong, Filho Juarez, Michael Kachan, Isaac Kahn, Raffi Kaiser, Ken Keeley, Michael Kerman, Michael Kerzner, Kimchi, Liudmila Kondakova, Robert Korhonen, Shaul Kosman, Avinoam Kosowsky, Ephrem Kouakou, Anatole Krasnyansky, Mikulas Kravjansky, Heddy Kun, Mike Kungl, Mike Kupka, Hoi Lebedang, Fanch Ledan, Linda LeKinff, Dorit Levi, Inna Livnov, Aldo Luongo, Shawn Mackey, Batia Magal, Yuval Mahler, Isaac Maimon, Tito Mangiola, David Mann, Felix Mas, Peter Max, Alex Meilichson, Anatoly Metlan, Maurice Meyer, Joan Miro, Valter Morais, Esther Myatlov, Adriana Naveh, Leroy Neiman, Noah, Enrique Ortiz, Arkady Ostritski, Nelly Panto, Sam Sung Park, Susan Patricia, Fabian Perez, Robert Peters, Picasso, Daeni Pino, Dimitri Polak, Martin Quen, Lucelle Raad, Yana Rafael, Stephen Reis, Jim Rey, Martin Roberts, Norman Rockwell, Zina Roitman, Natalie Rozenbaum, Michael Rozenvain, Sabzi, Harry Schaare, Shim Schimmel, David Schluss, Jane Wooster Scott, Eugene Segal, Sergon, Borovkov Shtainfeld, Viktor Shvaiko, Kyle Sims, Natalia Sinkovsky, Lena Sotskova, Lois Staples, Zamy Steynovitz, Jeff Surret, Zavaleta Tadeo, Itzchak Tarkay, Dale Terbush, Andy Thomas, Jim Todd, Yuri Tremler, George Tsui, Vintage posters, Vladimir Volegov, Sanford Wakeman, Daniel Wall, Jim Warren, Warner Brothers, Cao Yong, Gholam Yunessi, Alex Zwarenstein, Vintage posters, Religious art, Masters, and Art Books.

 

 

 

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“A Night At Montmartre” by Alexander Chen

 

TRR:  We notice three guitars near your desk, in the midst of this  4, 000 square foot magical showroom filled with art and framing.  Tell us about your interest in the arts.

JR:

I was born in the Bronx and raised in New Jersey with a major focus on making music.  I play drums, brass and guitar, still doing gigs with Fat Daddys, a local rock and roll blues band!  We play community events and parties.  Music and scuba diving were my avocations and I just enjoyed being with people.  My brother and I are close and we have always shared an entrepreneurial spirit.

After trying college, I worked in sales, which seemed a natural fit.  In my 20’s, I took a career counseling test which recommended that I focus on aircrafts mechanics…I received a government grant to study at Tetoborough School of Aeronautics and graduated first in my class!  During the first Gulf War, while working for Luca Aerospace, I met Claire. I liked the work but it was not fulfilling.

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“Dreaming” by Ferjo

 

 

TRR:  Your journey to the Visual Arts had a circuitous route, involving a computer parts manufacturing company, a computer website hosting farm and new-to-the-scene, E-Bay.  Tell us more.

JR:

It seems like a circuitous route, but it was part of my life journey.  My avocations, specifically scuba diving around the world, led me establish friendships.  Claire  and I worked for a world wide marketing company and my understanding of how to approach sales led to personal growth. Here is a link to one of the articles I wrote many years ago:

http://www.internetnextstep.com/training/motivation/TheScience.htm

When the economy changed, we decided to move to Florida and start over.  While working as Vice President of a computer manufacturing parts business, I also owned a computer server farm, hosting websites at low rates.  My brother owned a market research company and was an avid art patron.  He called me up one day with a proposal:  He saw 50 signed and numbered prints by Moshe Givati selling on E-Bay for $1. each.  It took him an hour to persuade me to buy half while he bought the other half.

 

 

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Artwork by Moshe Givati

 

 

I put one of the prints back on E-Bay and sold it for $32.  I sold a second one… (This was when E-Bay had only auctions, not as it is now, with ‘buy it now’ and fixed prices)..  I had made my money back and we still had 48 pieces left!  I figured this would be a good thing to do at night while I kept my day job.  Then I sold the internet company and focused on buying and selling artwork.  Throughout that time, I learned more about the artists and gained a deeper understanding about the art world.  I started to attend Park West Auctions and buying artwork via the auctions and other sellers and I would sell it on E-Bay.  I did this for a full year, always putting my profits back into the business.

 

 

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“A Brief Respite” by Itzchak Tarkay

 

 

I went to Art Miami about 16 years ago and met Israeli art publisher and gallerist, Motti Abramovitz.  Motti’s father had discovered world famous artist, Itzchak Tarkay, and was publishing his as well as other artists’ work.  Motti gave me $100,000. worth of original Tarkay art pieces on consignment and I sold them on E-Bay.  At that point, I began buying works of art by other artists and selling those. My perception of art as a marketable item transformed into a love for art and a real appreciation for the creative process.

 

 

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TRR:  Do you prefer a certain style or medium of art?

JR:

 

 

I love photorealism, especially hyper-photorealism:

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“On The Plaza” by Estes

 

 

TRR:  You’ve gone beyond promoting and selling art. You also publish artwork and sell to other galleries, auction houses and now, to the public. Tell us more about that process.

JR:

Meeting people of all walks of life has allowed me to network , not only building friendships, but building my business.  One of our most popular artists is Ferjo.  I approached his publisher and was given carte blanc to sell his masterful works. At the same time, I established relationships with other publishers and began distributing artworks to other galleries and dealers, while selling some myself.  I became the main supplier to Princess Cruise Lines’ art auctions, national fund raising art auctions, and auctioneers but never had a “public face”.

 

 

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 “What Price Victory” by Jim Todd

 

 

TRR:  The obvious question is why open a retail operation now?

JR:

We needed to move all of this art out of our house!  Plus, I started publishing some artists myself. After the economic downturn, when many galleries closed, it made sense to Claire and I to sell directly.  People can come directly to the source and can also have pieces of artwork, memorabilia, photos, etc. framed at wholesale pricing.  We still maintain our relationships with galleries, publishers and agents.

 

 

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“Soho Iron Flats” by Alex Zwarenstein

 

 

TRR:  Most artists dream of being represented by an agent or having their work published and sold internationally.  Tell us more about publishing artwork.

JR:

Over the years, I have developed an educated eye and a better understanding of what will sell.  Out of 100 artists I meet, only 1 might meet the qualifications for a call back.  There are a few questions I ask each artist, if they meet the criteria of creating good and professional work:

  • Do you have a website?
  • Can we have a good business relationship?
  • Are you coachable? ( If I suggest ideas that are more sealable are you willing to try them?)
  • Are your prices reasonable?  (Prices are based on size)
  • Do you have a large body of work?
  • How quickly do you provide artwork once a piece is sold? 

I will make a commitment to purchase monthly inventory in exchange for being their exclusive agent, publisher and marketer.  We publish limited editions as well as prints.

 

 

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“Timeless Visions” by Pino

 

 

TRR:  There is an abundance of art terminology, which often inhibits the person-on-the-street from approaching galleries or artists.

JR:

I love speaking with different community groups about the many misconceptions of the art industry, because being better informed = a successful, ongoing relationship with a customer!  Some of the topics I speak about:

  • Is a lower number in a limited edition worth more?
  • What is an “Artist Proof”?
  • What is an “original”?
  • What is a “unique”?
  • Will my artwork increase in value/ What will increase in value?
  • What are the differences between a lithograph, serigraph and giclée?
  • How does hand embellishing affect the value of a giclée?
  • How can you tell if artwork is fake?
  • We represent hundreds of artists and are happy to speak about all of them.  We carry a large number of International artists.

 

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“Making Friends” by Jim Warren

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Besides framed and unframed art pieces, you sell one of a kind pieces of art glass, sculpture, animation art, Disney Fine Art, art books and posters, vintage posters and sports memorabilia.  Who else do you represent?

 

JR:

We represent over 190 artists.  While some are more well-known, we offer a wide range of subject matter, mediums of artwork and pricing.

  • Ferjo
  • Alex Zwarenstein
  • Juan Cotrino
  • Yana Rafael
  • Alex Antanenka
  • Valter de Morais
  • Gary Benfield

 

 

In addition, CJR Fine Arts & Frame offers appraisals of artwork.  We charge by the piece and do not believe that taking a percentage of the value is the proper formula.

 

 

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Horse And Rider” by Hoi Lebadang

 

 

 

 

TRR:  In the next article, we will discuss important information about framing.

 

For more information please visit:

www.cjrfinearts.com

561.333.9472

or email:  mail@cjrfinearts.com

CJR Fine Arts is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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

 

 

Hotworks.org Presents 7th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ January 23 & 24, 2016

Hotworks.org presents the 7th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ which takes place on Saturday, January 23 & Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 10am-5pm (both days), at 72 N. Federal Highway, downtown Boca Raton, Florida, on Federal Highway and in Sanborn Square Park. This juried show is a world-class production directed by Patty Narozny and features an exclusive slice of 160 unique and elite established artists from 31 states. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is voted in the top 100 art fairs in the nation. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Be sure to stop by the “Budding Artists” area!   See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!

 

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7th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

 

 

Saturday and Sunday,

January 23 & 24, 2016!

10 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Federal Highway/US-1 will be closed between Palmetto Park Road and NE 2nd street 

 

 

There is plenty of on-street parking and at First United Methodist Church

 

 

In addition to the great artists and Budding Artist Competition, enjoy music and great food by Potions in Motion of Boca Raton.

 

Free Admission

 

 

This year’s show features art by Kristin Holeman, a professional artist since 1974. Raised in Venezuela and Argentina, Kristin has been a Florida resident for 42 years. She is a self-taught jeweler specializing in enameling process. Kristin has returning customers spanning her 42-year career, and her collectors have donated her work to museums around the country, including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Her art is often described as whimsical and uplifting. Most pieces are autobiographical, telling a story about her family or a life event using metal and enamel.  In May 2015, Kristin was a finalist at the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Rio Grande Jewelry Supply Company recognizes distinction in jewelry design, announced the winners of the 15th Annual Saul Bell Design Award competition.

 

 

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Handmade Glass Work by Pishgahi

 

 

The selected “Artists Juror” for the show is internationally acclaimed artist and resident of Boca Raton, Mark Forman. Mark began his career working in clay, and since has worked with all forms of discipline. His sculptures and ceramic wall forms garnered much national recognition during his years of working in that medium. Mark has a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Mark received Fellowship Grants in 1979, 1983 and 1987 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work is part of dozens of private and public collections and exhibitions nationwide.

 

 

 

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Metal Sculpture by John Petrey

 

 

There are 17 professional artist awards which will be presented Saturday, January 23, 2016, between 3-4pm.

Professional Artist Awards include:
Two – Best of Show
Five – Awards of Excellence
Ten – Awards of Distinction

 

 

Our mission of multicultural arts promotion, ethnic diversity, and positive image remain strong, and we are proud to continue our popular Budding Artist Competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19. This program encourages students to create their original and personally handmade art that is publicly displayed in the Budding Artist tent during the entire weekend.

 

 

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Painting by Armik Malekian

 

There are four Budding Artist awards totaling $250 in cash prizes, presented on Sunday, January 24 at 3pm. This competition is sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, our associated 501c3 non-profit organization. IA&E is dedicated to educate and promote fine arts and crafts among all artists, students and the general public of all ages and diversity. World-renowned sculptor, Ben Foster recently featured on South Florida’s network TV news, will be participating and presenting his large, bronze sculptures to the public!

 

 

 

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Painting by Yu

 

 

 

We look forward to continuing our great relationships with sponsors, artists, press, and all of our fans. Show Executive Producer Patty Narozny is committed to making sure this year’s event builds upon her exceptional reputation, her commitment to excellence of visual arts, diversity, and fostering art education among youth.

 

 

See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!

 

 

For more information:

Please visit www.hotworks.org 

Contact:

Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Hot Works, LLC Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows

941-755-3088

 

 

 

 

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

McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts Announce Plans For Art Synergy 2016 During ArtPalmBeach

This article is for Art Lovers/Art Patrons and Artists/Artisans/Art Organizations. We share this call for all Lake Worth Artists & Galleries to work together on the Art Synergy2016 event.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, this mega-event takes place at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts from 2:00-9:00 PM.   Visitors will enjoy wine/beer/soda, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.  Watch glass blowing and browse professional and emerging artists & galleries in one location! World renown glass artist, Laura Donefer will demo!  Art Lovers/Art Patrons: MARK your calendars for Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00-9:00 PM.  Kudos to McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts for bringing the arts community together for this event! Artists, Galleries and Organizations will have a free 10 x 10 space to use for display. For more details, contact Anita Holmes at 561.508.7315/ aholmes@benzaitencenter.org. Deadline is January 14th. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of Laura Donefer’s amazing glass work and all of the details!

 

 

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Friday, January 22, 2016   6 -9 pm

Benzaiten Gallery Opening

 

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Visitors to Benzaiten, 2015

 

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Saturday, January 23, 2016   2 – 9 pm

Art Synergy 2016

Meet the Artists

Laura Donefer Glass-blowing Demo

 4 – 6pm 

 

 

 

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 Laura Donefer with 2 Wall Pieces

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Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts

1105 2nd Avenue South    Lake Worth FL

 

 

The HOT New PLACE in TOWN:

 

 

The hot new place to be this season is located in an Historic FEC Train Depot building in the heart of the City of Lake Worth, Florida. The 14,000 square foot Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is attracting hundreds of interested people to its brand new hot shop. With three glory holes and two furnaces they have been scheduling back-to-back classes ever since they reopened in October.

 

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Laura Donefer, creating 

 

 

 

All throughout the Summer, Founder, JB Berkow along with Anita Holmes, Executive Director and Rick Eggert, Creative Director have worked hard to design an impressive line up of programming for the upcoming season.

 

 

 

They have four outstanding, world renowned Visiting Glass Artists coming to the center in 2016. These events will be three-day affairs. Thursday nights will be a private sit-down-dinner party where the artist will talk about their processes and inspirations. Friday nights will be a gallery opening centering around the visiting artist’s works and featuring two dimensional works by local artists.

 

 

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Laura Donefer, “Phoenix”

 

 

Finally, Saturday will be an afternoon demonstration by the visiting artist. Never before has there been this type of opportunity for Palm Beach County residents to meet and greet four of the top glass artists in the world and have the rare chance to learn about their processes, inspirations and actually see them creating. Visit the Center’s website to view the details and to register and pay for the Thursday and Friday night events.

 

 

The first of these events will coincide with the Lake Worth Art Synergy Event, which the Benzaiten Center is hosting for the second year in a row. Last year they had 32 local artists and organizations taking part in a mini-art-fair within the empty 5,000 square foot space of the building that will eventually house their fine art metal foundry. This year the highlight and kick-off to the event will be world-renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, conducting a glass-blowing demo from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, January 23. After that, will be an Art Synergy Awards Ceremony. Festivities will continue until 8pm with live music, light nibbles, wine and beer and is open to the public free of charge.

 

 

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Laura Donefer

 

They also have a stimulating series of lectures that started in December and recurs every first Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. Every second Wednesday of the month they hold a Hump of the Hump Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the evening featuring a glass blowing demo, wine, beer, and live entertainment. Besides all of that there are several fundraisers planned for the 2016 season including their signature event, ‘Glasstronomique,’ a ‘Casablanca Casino Night,’ and a cocktail party in the home of a major glass collector. They will also hold a community ‘Summer Solstice’ party in June. Again, check out our website for dates, times and registration details.
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“Grande Basket” by Laura Donefer

 

 

Besides all of this, they offer a myriad of classes for first time glass blowers plus the ability for professionals to rent studio time in the hot shop. They also offer tours of the center, team building events, school field trips and kids programming. Soon they will be offering flame working classes and rental time in a Flame Working Studio that will be built shortly thanks to a large State Cultural Facilities Grant that the center was awarded last year.

 

 

For more information about Art Synergy 2016 please visit:

Art Synergy PBC
Email: artsynergypbc@gmail.com
Web: www.artsynergypbc.com
http://artsynergypbc.blogspot.com/

 

For more information about McMow Art Glass:

www.mcmow.com

For more information about Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts:

www.benzaitencenter.org

 

 

 

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