Palm Beach County Cultural Council hosts Artist’s Reception
to celebrate Palm Beach County Artists showcased in PBC:ART
Juried Exhibition runs through August 4
Lake Worth, Fla. – June 8, 2012 – The Palm Beach County Cultural Council is pleased to have hosted an Artist’s Reception on May 22nd to recognize original works by 22 Palm Beach County artists who demonstrate a mastery of their medium. The exhibition, PBC:ART, scheduled to run through August 4th, is the first juried exhibition to take place in the Council’s expansive 2500 sq. foot exhibition space at its new home, 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth.
The Member-only event was attended by 150-plus guests who viewed challenging and engaging works by 22 Palm Beach County artists, chosen to exhibit in PBC:ART.
A juried panel of art industry experts chose the 26 works from among over 400 different art objects submitted by over 150 Palm Beach County artists.
Rena Blades, President and CEO of the Cultural Council, kicked off the festivities by addressing the artists, jurors, and guests. “Welcome artists and friends…This is all here for you,” she said.
Exhibiting artists in the PBC:ART collection, include: Carolyn Barth, Anthony Burks, Sr., Katie Deits, Jose Delbo, Bea Doone-Merena, Judy Flescher, Richard J. Frank,
TD Gillispie, Maria Hayden, Steve Horan, Claudia Jane Klein, Malcolm Mackenzie, Monica McGivern, Clarence “Skip” Measelle, Hanne Niederhausen, Scherer & Ouporov, Barry Seidman, Rita Shapiro, Vicki Siegel, Karla Walter, David Willison and Jo Anna Zelano.
Members of the PBC:ART jury panel include: Rolando Barrerro, gallery director of ActivistArtistA Gallery Studio in Boynton Beach, Jamnea Finlayson, owner of JF Gallery & Framing in West Palm Beach, and Ken Plasket, owner of Kenneth Plasket Gallery, also in West Palm Beach.
“This juried competition was a wonderful way to seek out and find more artists in Palm Beach County,” Blades said. “We plan to offer many more, `Call to Artists’ opportunities like this as a way to introduce ourselves to new artists and as a vehicle to invite members of the artist community who already know us to continue to enjoy the benefits of the Council’s support of them as professionals.”
The Cultural Council is now located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. The 12,500 square feet building contains galleries for exhibitions, the Uniquely Palm Beach Store, tourism services, and education and training facilities. It is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About the Palm Beach County Cultural Council:
The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County's official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council's responsibilities include marketing the county's cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visit www.palmbeachculture.com.