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Melinda Moore - Serenity Egret

Melinda Moore, Serenity Egret, 2015, Photograph, 39×57 inches

Nature Preserved

November 13, 2015 through January 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Event Photos

As we face climate changes, documenting the natural beauty around us becomes even more important. Artworks by artists living or working in Palm Beach County have captured the wonders of the earth in multiple mediums: from photography to sculpture, plein air painting to site-specific installations and video to watercolor. Artists utilize organic objects, synthetic materials and digital media in turn “preserving” the essence of nature in this exhibition. The Environmental Resources Management of Palm Beach County and the Viridis Collective will be offering lectures on our county and the artistic process, respectively.

Participating artists:
Ingrid Barreneche • Shannon Ellis • Isabel Gouveia • Amy Gross • Kim Heise • Martin Johnson • Lucy Keshavarz • Jill Lavetsky • Cynthia Maronet • Virginia McKinney • Michelle A. M. Miller • Melinda Moore • Annette Rawlings • Debbie Rubin • Roxene Sloate • Melinda Trucks • Carin Wagner

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Ralph Papa - By the Tracks

Ralph Papa, By the Tracks, 2014, Oil on paper, 16 x 20 inches

Made in Delray Beach

September 11 through October 31
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | See photos from the event

Palm Beach County is home to 38 municipalities, all of which have robust arts activities going on every day. This semi-annual exhibition focuses on just one of these culturally diverse, vibrant cities. Settlement began in the late 19th century in Delray Beach which became an official city in 1927. Delray houses many of the county’s historic places such as the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Old School Square, Sandoway House, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and many others of note. Artists in this exhibition capture the beauty of their home town and exemplify their own unique talents as artists of Delray Beach.

Participating artists:
Carolyn Barth, Steve Blackwood, Vincent Cacace, Tim Carter, Abby Funk, Amanda Johnson, James  Kerr, Pati Maguire, Ralph Papa, Susan Romaine, Vicki Siegel, Nancy Spielman, Robert Schmidt, Roxene Sloate, Lorrie Turner, Donna Walsh, Jeff Whyman

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Cheryl Maeder - Play

Cultural Council Biennial 2015

May 15 through August 29
View Photos from the Member’s Preview Party and Annual Meeting

The Cultural Council is pleased to showcase art by professional Palm Beach County artists working in a wide variety of media in our summer exhibition titled Cultural Council Biennial 2015. This open call was juried by Elizabeth Sobieski, a contributing writer to The Art Economist. Also a screenwriter and producer based in both New York and Los Angeles, Sobieski has written on arts-related subjects for such publications as New York Magazine, New York Post, Avenue Magazine and Cosmopolitan. The juried process was handled through Juried Art Services, a Palm Beach County-based organization that has juried some of the nation’s leading exhibitions.

Exhibiting Artists

Fulya Acikgoz | Margie Agoston | Susan M. Andreasen | Tony Arruza | Beju | Robert E. Birkenes | Nancy G. Brown | Karen H. Colbert | Beatrice I. Doone-Merena | Cheryl L. Fisher | Mark W. Forman | Teresa A. Frazee | John L. Frazee | Erin B. Fromkes | Jacek Gancarz | Durga Garcia | TD Gillispie | Meihui Goette | Doreen M. Grasso | Dolores Kiriacon | Tammy S. Knipp | Lorenzo Laiken | Estelle Lavin | Ginny Lloyd | Joan Lustig | Dena R. Lyons | Cheryl Maeder | Sami A. Makela | Henriett Michel | Melinda Moore | Debbie L. Mostel | Elsie Marley Musella | Pamela A. Myers | Frank (Charles) E. Navarrete | Ray P. Neubert | Rick L. Newton | Hanne Niederhausen | Susan Oakes | Sally Painter | Ralph Papa | John C. Rachell | Agata Ren | Sylvia Riquezes | Tracy Rosof-Petersen | Debbie L. Rubin | Benjamin Rusnak | Elle Schorr | Barry Seidman | Rita Shapiro | Shani Simpson | Roxene G. Sloate | George Steinman | Wayne Stephens | Leora K. Stewart | Dale S. Stryker | David Torrella | Matt Vought | Carin A. Wagner | Mark C. Walnock | Karla J. Walter

Congratulations to our juried show winners:

  • Best in Show: Cheryl Maeder, Play, 2014, film, 1:53 minutes
  • Second Place: Wayne Stephens, Untitled 2, 2013, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
  • Third Place: Nancy Brown, Balloon Over Bagan, 2014, photograph, 38 x 48 inches
  • People’s Choice Award: Carin Wagner, Partially Obscured, 2014, oil on canvas, tree branches, 32 x 66½ x 16 inches


Jeff Whyman

Sculpture Selections from the Studio

March 6 through May 2
View Photos from the Preview Party

Sculpture is an ancient form of art. From monumental figures to small tokens of fortune or health, for thousands of years artists have created likenesses of the world around them using a variety of materials. The three sculptors in this exhibition use organic materials to create their objects.

Alexander Krivosheiw hand-forges bronze and aluminum to compose surrealistic, mirror-polished configurations of the female form. Krivosheiw combines the neoclassical style of sculpting with his own signature aesthetic.

GE Olsen fastidiously carves marble figurines and abstract forms, and he is best known for his bears. Olsen’s sculpture is the result of working and experimenting with various materials and methods of carving. Twenty-five years of cabinetry and wood sculpture evolved into creating objects from personally selected stone from quarries in the United States and Europe.

Jeff Whyman erects large steel formations, welded and jointed, sometimes painted, sometimes left raw. Though also a painter, Whyman uses steel in the tradition of bronze figurative sculpture: to convey humane sentiments. This exhibition offers an opportunity to view three distinct visions and uses of materials.

Skip Hartzell - Dogs of the Apocolypse

Paws & Claws: Animals in Art

December 19, 2014 through February 21, 2015

Throughout history, artists have admired animals and represented their forms in paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and other media. In Palm Beach, some people take animal portraiture to an extreme through formal commissioned portraits while other collectors seek out more wild and exotic representations. The Council exhibits these animal interpretations from 12 artists: sculpted and cast birds flock in the galleries, a parade of papier mache puppies gather en masse, formally painted portraits emulate Dutch masters, and even the wild, Wild West will be represented on canvas. This exhibition will explore all of these pursuits through the eyes and talents of artists living and working in Palm Beach County.

Exhibiting Artists
Miroslav Antic | Anthony Burks | Susan P. Cochran | Virginia Fifield
Skip Hartzell | Bruce Helander | Binny Jolley | Sibel Kocabasi
Birds are Nice | Yvonne Parker | Agata Ren | Karla Walter

North Gallery

Sandra Thompson - Fountain

Sandra Thompson

December 19 through February 13

Known for her quintessential paintings of Palm Beach, Sandra Thompson has had a love affair with Palm Beach since moving to the island in 1961. Struck by the coalescence of European architecture, winding vias, lush foliage, fountains, statues and walled entries, Thompson painted more than 300 island scenes, which is referred to as the “Palm Beach Collection.” The prolific artist paints almost daily. Thompson said that if she lived to be 250 and painted every day she could not capture all the glorious landscape that is Palm Beach. She has also explored capturing political scenarios which will also be featured in this exhibition.

Neil Cohen - Serenity

Passions Collide
The Photography of Neil Cohen

November 14 through December 12

When most people think of a dancer, they imagine beauty, elegance, grace and poise. They envision a rehearsal room, the stage, the lights, the costumes or a theatre. Neil Cohen envisions art and inspiration. His goal is to capture the elegance of dancers and open minds to the rawness of a location. What transpired from the beginning of this photographic journey far surpassed what he originally envisioned. Two art forms collided and true beauty began to happen. Neil Cohen has been photographing dancers for 15 years. Currently he is a staff photographer for World of Dance Magazine and Visionaries of Dance.

Alex and Renate Dreyfoos Entry Ramp

Rena Blades with The Art of Dr Seuss

Photo credit: © Lila Photo

The Art of Dr. Seuss Preview

December 19, 2015 through January 14, 2016

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’ illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page. The Cultural Council presents a special preview to the first-of-its-kind in Florida exhibition that will take place from January 17 through February 14 at The Gardens Mall in conjunction with the Ann Jackson Gallery of Atlanta, Georgia.

During the Gardens Mall exhibit, excerpts from the upcoming production of SEUSSICAL™ at Maltz Jupiter Theatre will be performed featuring talented young performers from South Florida. Performances and exhibition are free and open to the public. Exhibited artwork is available for purchase.

The Cultural Council preview will feature selected works from the Gardens Mall exhibit plus a costume sketch from SEUSSICAL™.


Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center

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Bernice Harwood

Bernice Harwood Retrospective

December 19 through January 16

Bernice Harwood has a history of artistic accomplishments starting at a young age. She attended the McDowell School of Art and Hofstra University later attending Hofstra University where she ultimately became an art teacher. Harwood studied print making at Pratt Graphic Center and the Ruth Leaf Studio. Working with multiples is an exciting challenge for her as she enjoys the spontaneity in the use of textures and vibrant colors to create abstract forms. Harwood has won multiple awards for her work and has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries. This Boynton Beach resident is represented in many private, public and corporate collections.

Mimie Langlois - Love, acrylic on canvas, 60x48

Mimie Langlois

November 14 through December 12

Mimie Langlois’ fascination with the Far East began early in childhood. Born in Quebec, she is the second of ten children. Her early travels brought her to deepen her understanding of Eastern culture by visiting Japan and China. She studied Zen and the martial arts and eventually went on to earn her black belt in karate. Her compositions are created with a single brush stroke with white paint on a rich black background lending themselves to a Zen-like state. Since the mid-sixties, Mimie Langlois has taken part in hundreds of exhibitions in North-America and Europe. Her works grace numerous public and private collections.

Jean Goddeau - Nightscape, 2013

Jean Goddeau

November 14 through December 12

Jean Goddeau employs the ancient art form batik to create her works. While the Javanese technique typically utilizes cloth, wax and pigment to create a patterned effect, Goddeau uses rice paper that appears delicate but is in fact very strong. In her West Palm Beach studio she layers watercolors and paraffin onto the paper to build up color and creates abstract fields of color and organic tableaus. She is inspired by nature and continues to create meditative studies of the world around her.

Petrina Easton - Cherry Pitter

Petrina Easton

October 10 through November 7

Petrina Easton was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies. Among the multicultural, creative influences on the island, its numerous traditions and beliefs, and with her later move to Michigan with her family, this exposed Easton to various forms of culture that have guided her creative process. The Boynton Beach artist is inspired by the merging social and cultural factors affecting modern life. Easton focuses her current body of work on still life taking a traditional approach with a modern twist. She also works in mixed media art using acrylics, wood, photography and graphic design.

Bea Doone-Merena - Lady with a Bowl of Violets

Bea Doone-Merena

October 10 through November 7

The greatest pleasure in Bea Doone-Merena’s life is creating art and it is apparent in every one of her paintings. She has mastered old renaissance techniques through her canvas preparations, use of under painting and employment of rich, colorful palettes and glazes. Her range of work stretches from the classical odalisque, to playful animals, to her latest invention of the painted “selfie.” Oil being her favorite medium, she states it “flows over the canvas with a richness not found in other mediums.” Donne-Merena brings life to the human body and various subject matter in her classically rendered style that she has mastered over the years.

Emmanuel Bazile - Milagro Center

Emmanuel Bazile, age 18

MilaGROWTEENS: The Future

August 8 through October 3
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | RSVP here

The Milagro Center is collaborating with the Cultural Council on an exhibition presenting the artwork of teens, showcasing their talents to the community. At the Cultural Council, arts education is a priority. Through the continued work of its Cultural Education Committee (CEdC), the Council is committed to ensuring that our county’s young people have the best possible opportunities to reap the proven benefits that arts and culture bring to the educational experience. As an active CEdC member and partner, the Milagro Center embodies and shares in this community work and vision for arts accessibility and equity. Viewers can expect to see artwork that represents the individual voices and experiences of Delray teens, supported through the guidance of a professional art educator from the education department of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The Milagro Center offers unique arts-integrated educational and cultural programs that serve as a catalyst for community collaboration, individual transformation and social change. The arts foster a spirit of entrepreneurship in teens; teaching them skills and fostering a temperament for creative success. The Milagro Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the social and academic success of children through cultural arts, living values, mentoring and academic support

Generously sponsored by:
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Lynn Holland - Seed Pods 2014 - PBWCS

Lynn Holland, Seed Pods [Detail], 2014, watercolor, 26×35 inches

Palm Beach Watercolor Society

May 30 through August 1

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society was founded in 1982 and supports community watercolor education and appreciation. The Society sponsors watercolor exhibits each year and promotes public interest and knowledge of the arts. Demonstrations are offered to the public given by professional watercolor and mixed media artists October through May.

The exhibition was juried by Chris Lopez, an internationally published painter, graphic designer and photographer. During the last decade, his work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Europe and the United States. Residing in Fort Lauderdale, Lopez now teaches at The Art School at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Karen H Salup - Blues Bouquet


Karen H. Salup

April 25 through May 23

As an abstract expressionist, Karen H. Salup concentrates on the action of painting as opposed to a recognizable concrete image. The brushstrokes act like vibrations of color to allow her paintings to come alive. Painting in her studio in Boynton Beach she concentrates on the canvas and works on paper “avoiding the pretty.” She invites the viewer to experience what seems to be her private interpretation into her landscapes of rhythm and imagery. Very active in the art world, she is on the board of Women in the Visual Arts and is involved with National Association of Women Artist, Florida and New York Chapters, Palm Beach Watercolor Society and is the Incoming President for Women in the Visual Arts. Salup has exhibited nationally and has won multiple awards for her work.

Vickie Siegel - Wired


Vickie Siegel

April 25 through May 23

Vicki Siegel’s main theme in her work has been the use of multiple images. The works are a dialogue about the nature of connections: biological, psychological, emotional, physical and universal. Each work on canvas is a narrative that is informed by memories, both personal and collective. Siegel was born and raised in New York and Chicago. She worked as an art director and creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. Siegel works in her Delray Beach studio creating mixed media works that are both emotional and introspective. She has exhibited extensively in South Florida and can be found in multiple private and corporate collections.

Barry Seidman - Tall Mushroom


Barry Seidman
Feast for the Eyes

March 21 through April 18

In his latest series, Feast for the Eyes, Barry Seidman choreographs his subjects, fruits and vegetables, unleashing hidden personalities and atypical relationships. Seidman states: “Feast for the Eyes took my on a voyage through the voluptuous shapes, pure colors and beautiful textures found at local greenmarkets.” As one of the most successful advertising still-life photographers, Seidman has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is collected internationally. He continues to work in his studio in Palm Beach Gardens capturing images like a painter: building the scene and composition, controlling all elements to create his elegant and dramatic photographs.

Zuckerberg African Boy, 2010, Watercolor, 25 x 20 inches


Anne Zuckerberg

February 14 through March 14

“My profession is Interior Design but my passion is Art,” states Anne Zuckerberg. For a majority of her life she has painted, and over the years has studied with different art teachers at schools in New Jersey, Florida and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. These have expanded her vision in creating beauty in its many forms. She is influenced by nature, people, architecture and animals, and loves to experiment with different materials to achieve texture and color. Her recent body of work in this solo exhibition explores these themes and techniques.

Vought Untitled, 2012, Oil on canvas board, 8 x 10 inches


Matthew Vought

February 14 through March 14

Growing up the son of an American diplomat, Matt Vought was exposed to a broad range of foreign cultures before attending university. During those years he studied theatre and art and received a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Vought’s paintings are primarily abstract pieces whose main focus is color and composition. Painting in primarily three mediums — oil, acrylic and gouache — he refers to Klee, deKooning and Rothko as his major influences. Vought has been represented in multiple galleries in South Florida over the years, and has also lectured and been published in various catalogues.

Barbara Wasserman - Global Warming


Barbara Wasserman

January 10 through February 7

Recognized early on by Milton Avery while exhibiting in the New York City Center Gallery, Barbara Wasserman has been prolific in the art world since a young age. She attended Saturday morning class for children at Pratt University and was accepted into various exhibitions before finishing her BFA at Hofstra University and receiving her MFA at New York University. Besides teaching classes at the Art School at the Boca Museum of Art, she has designed scenery and costumes for a dance group at the University of Mexico. Wasserman’s work has been seen in exhibitions from South Florida to New York. Her collectors include José López Portillo, former president of Mexico; Fred Zimmerman, film producer; and Vicki Carr, entertainer.

Muriel Kaplan - Bust of Donald Schlenger

Muriel S. Kaplan

January 10 through February 7

Muriel S. Kaplan has been sculpting for over 70 years. She creates art as an expression of her feelings on social issues and personal experiences and is most notable for her busts. From her late husband to Captain David McCampbell, WWII vet and for whom a terminal at Palm Beach International Airport has recently been named, Kaplan has created scores of these artistic homages of family and noted notables. She attempts to not only make a likeness but to also capture each sitter’s essence. She began her sculptural career at Cornell University and has shown extensively through the United States. Kaplan was the first sculpture professor at the Armory Art Center, which hired her in 1987; the center’s Muriel S. Kaplan sculpture building is named in her honor.

Dena Lyons - Pioneer


Dena Lyons

November 22 through January 3

Graduating from The Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 1998, Dena Lyons continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the highly acclaimed Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix en Provence. Recently she has spent time working on internationally commissioned projects as well as showing in prominent galleries around the world. Andre Derain and the Fauves (the first painter group from France to break with Impressionistic tradition and use more bold, vibrant colors straight from the tube) are major influences of Lyons as well as David Hockney and Alice Neel. Her most recent work utilizes one object: a tree alone.

Carin Wagner - Tree Within The Leaf

Carin Wagner

November 22 through January 3

As light is an ephemeral concept, when used in art, the moment captured can be more important than the subject itself. Carin Wagner’s illuminated canvases capture more than just light-she captures the subject so realistically it almost seems tangible. Her inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the world around us. Wagner states: “As an artist I strive to paint each flower and leaf at its most magnificent moment. Taking great care with the fine details takes considerably more time than an impressionistic approach, but I feel it is the only way to do sufficient justice to these incredible gifts of nature.” Her work has won multiple awards and has been shown nationally.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades Education Fund and the Natural Science Education programs of MacArthur Beach State Park.

Free saplings donated by Native Choice Nursery
Hors d’oeuvres and wine donated by Whole Foods

Arthur R Marshall Foundation for the Everglades Native Choice Nursery Whole Foods Market