Our galleries, located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building at 601 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth, are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
RaWk – The Art of Jason Newsted
December 1 through February 3
Member’s Preview: Thursday, November 30 | RSVP online »
As Grammy Award winning artist Jason Newsted says, “I shifted from crazy colorful music to crazy colorful pictures.” Beginning to make visual artseriously in 2004, Newsted manipulates canvases and upcycles ordinary materials. He imagines landscapes and figures that come to light froman unlimited color palate. His figures seem otherworldly and evoke a sense of frenetic emotion and in some of his work he has been influenced by Outsider Art. Newsted also works with words and layers. Using both hands, he scrawls out names or phrases and then layers paint to cleverly disguise them from the viewer. At times he twists and turns the canvas repeatedly, painting and painting, until he obtains his desired effect. Heavily influenced later by the great masters of modern art, Newsted has found his niche and an expressionistic awareness of contemporary art. Nick Korniloff curated this exhibition.
RaWk – The Art of Jason Newsted exhibition is generously sponsored by:
Made in Palm Beach Gardens
September 22 through November 18
Member’s Preview and Annual Meeting: Thursday, September 21 | View Event Photos »
The concept behind this biannual exhibition is a focus on cities in Palm Beach County. Before development, the land that became Palm Beach Gardens was primarily cattle ranches and pine forests, as well as swampland further west. In 1959, wealthy landowner and insurance magnate John D. MacArthur announced plans to develop 4,000 acres and build homes for 55,000 people. He chose the name Palm Beach Gardens after his initial choice, Palm Beach City, was denied by the Florida Legislature, because its name was too similar to the nearby Palm Beach. A total of 14 artists will represent Palm Beach Gardens.
Image: John Cooksey, “Bowline,” 2016, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 33 inches, $8,000
John T. Cooksey
Image: Natalya Laskis, “Collector’s Room,” 2017, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 79 x 64 inches, $5,000
Cultural Council Biennial
June 9 through September 2
Opening Member Preview: Thursday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Event Photos »
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce the biennial juried art show for professional artists 18 years and older living or working in Palm Beach County. This open call was juried by Jennifer Inacio, assistant curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Juried Art Services, a Palm Beach County-based organization that has juried some of the nation’s leading exhibitions coordinated the show’s juried process.
Prizes were awarded at the preview event to the following artists:
- Best of Show ($2,000): Natalya Laskis, Collector’s Room
- 2nd Place ($1,000): Rick Newton, Christopher Columbus Discovering the New World
- 3rd Place ($500): Linda Finch, Open Window
Mark My Words
March 31 through May 27
Opening Member Preview: Thursday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | See Event Photos »
The use of language has evolved dramatically with the advancement of technology and how it influences our lives. Texting and emails have replaced older methods of communication and our lexicon includes new words and phrases. Utilizing words in art is nothing new: think Ed Ruscha or John Baldessari, the Ancient Egyptians or the art in Medieval Churches across Europe. This exhibition will showcase the work of 15 professional artists in Palm Beach County that feature “words” as their subject matter and muse.
Featured Image: Raymond Neubert, Beauty
February 3 through March 18
Opening Member Preview: Thursday, February 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | View Photos from the Preview »
Taking a simple 10 inch by 10 inch surface, artists were asked to create work in any medium, on any subject, and bound only to the limitations of size. This open call to all residents of Palm Beach County included grade-school students, senior citizens and professional artists. Judging was based on overall quality of the work with six cash prizes given to winners. Our special guest juror was Bruce Helander, a full time artist and critic in Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County schools represented in the exhibition include: Wynnebrook Elementary School, Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School for the Arts.
Generously sponsored by:
Diva‑Licious Cake House • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Prize money generously donated by:
Anonymous • Michael and Annie Falk Foundation
15 Surfboards by 15 Shapers
by Tony Arruza
December 2, 2016 through January 21, 2017
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An exhibition unlike any other, “15 Surfboards by 15 Shapers” is the brainchild of Tony Arruza who has traveled the world in search of professional surfboard hand-craftsmen to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Having no two boards the same, Arruza has inlaid photographs, taken and printed himself, that aesthetically lend themselves to the boards’ shape. This five-year in the making, world-wide collaboration has each finished board as a distinct, fine art creation.
Read more about this exhibition in the November 2016 issue of Portfolio Magazine.
Image: Tony Arruza, photo by Robert Clark
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by:
The Fanjul Family • Mr. & Mrs. G. F. Merck • Anonymous • SSI Petroleum • Sushi Jo • Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A. • House of Frames, Inc. • Lipari Ribek Group • McCranels Orthodontics, Inc. • Nomad Surf Shop • S‑One Holdings/LexJet • Terrance Riley Irrigation • Tina Fanjul and Associates Realty • Vissla • Diva‑Licious Cake House • Saltwater Brewery • Tito’s Vodka
Historical Society of Lake Worth
April 22 through May 20
This photographic exhibit is small portion of one of our projects which records in vivid detail the history of Lake Worth from the beginning. It is an ongoing research project with many thanks to the Lake Worth Historical Museum.
The mission of this association is to research, interpret and preserve the history of Lake Worth and thereby to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our city’s history, cultural and natural environment and to share our findings with others of like interests.
March 11 through April 15
Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971. He was raised in El Gabriel, a small farm town surrounded by fields of tobacco and sugarcane. In 1980 Rodriguez and his family boarded a boat and left for America during the Mariel boatlift. They settled in Miami where Rodriguez was introduced to and influenced by American pop culture for the first time. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. This collection of theater posters, magazine covers and book covers are inspired by his personal history, the religious rituals that permeated his early life and the politics of our age.
In 1994, Rodriguez graduated with honors in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 1998, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Manhattan’s Hunter College graduate program. Throughout his career, Rodriguez has received commissions to create artwork for numerous book publishers, advertising agencies and editorial publications. He is a regular contributor to the The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker magazine. He has created over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers for clients such as TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The Nation, Businessweek, The New Republic, and The Village Voice. He has created dozens of book covers for clients such as Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. Rodriguez’s artwork is in the collections of a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., as well as in numerous private collections. His work has received numerous awards from The Art Director’s Club and The Society of Illustrators in New York City.
Photographs from the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival
February 4 through March 4
Since its creation in 1995 by a small group of Lake Worth residents in an ambitious effort to revitalize their city, the Street Painting Festival has grown into the most highly anticipated free cultural event in South Florida, and now, in its third decade attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The art of street painting has attracted onlookers since the 16th century, when crowds would gather to watch as itinerant artists created masterworks on the cobblestones.
Presented each February with the support of the City of Lake Worth, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, corporate sponsors, small businesses, artists and volunteers, the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival claims bragging rights as the largest free festival of its kind in the world. Hundreds of artists converge, using chalk as their brush and the pavement as canvas, to turn the downtown streets of Lake Worth into a temporary gallery of art, creating a diverse outdoor exhibition of large scale traditional, contemporary and 3D illusionist paintings directly on the asphalt.
The Street Painting Festival committee works in partnership with the City of Lake Worth, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the LULA Arts District, creating an event that today serves as an inspiration and model for similar events throughout the United States and abroad. streetpaintingfestivalinc.org
Art + Medicine
Paley Foundation Medical Illustrations by Pamela Boullier Ross
November 19, 2016 through January 21, 2017
Meet the Artist – Opening Afternoon Reception: November 19, 3-5 p.m.
This is an exhibition about how art and science can work together, each stemming from a common core of creative thought and vision. The exhibition shows a contemporary styling in digital airbrush technique applied to the art of medical illustration. It represents a six year collaboration between an artist and a surgeon.
The illustrations on show have been selected from a voluminous oeuvre of over 2,000 works, representing a medical knowledge bank never before illustrated. They are used for teaching other orthopedic surgeons through lectures, symposiums and academic publications, and will be combined for publication in a 3 Volume Book Set, authored by Dr. Dror Paley, due to be released in January 2018. thepaleyfoundation.org.
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center
Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation
December 9, 2017 through January 6, 2018
Although there has been a tradition of painters in her family, Dianne Bernstein truly began painting ten years ago during a trip to Italy. Her earliest attempts began at drawing classes in Pennsylvania and Florida which prepared her for the lush landscapes of the Tuscan countryside. Bernstein eventually moved away from still life and landscape to her “painted women.” She attempts to capture the “moods and mystery of women” in an expressionistic fashion on canvas. Bernstein has exhibited nationally and is collected by patrons across the country. thewomansart.com
Image: “The Good Wife,” 2016, acrylic on linen, 48 x 36 inches
December 9, 2017 through January 6, 2018
Having created works with materials from bronze to Murano glass, Judith Shah’s current work showcases her painterly skills with her latest collection on canvas. Her mixed media paintings have a subtle flow and grace and a textural undertone. Shah received her Master’s of Fine Arts from Boston University. Having exhibited extensively in the Americas, Shah has received multiple awards and has been placed in many corporate and private collections. She will be have paintings on view in January at the 2018 LA Art Fair. judithshah.com
Image: “Building Blocks,” 2016, mixed media, 60 x 36 inches
November 4 through December 2
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in arts education, Witzel taught visual art at a high school while simultaneously working toward a Master’s degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. Later she attended the Illinois Institute of Technology giving her an understanding of a different style of production. All her studies led her to create her current paintings that convey the sensation of going beyond the canvas. Inspired by travel, an “illusion” theme was formed. Her works take on depth and dimension of geometrical forms using multiple gradations of value. Witzel constructs architectural surfaces as well as referencing Op Art that stimulate both the eye and the intellect. tanyawitzel.com
Image: “Portico Reflections,” 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 42 x 44 inches
November 4 through December 2
“Painting with paper.” This is how Wendy Boucher explains her method of creating art. Studying watercolor at Southern Oregon University, she combined those lessons with studies in collage to assemble scenes she photographed around the world. From China to Tanzania, from Russia to Central America, Boucher layers paper piece by piece to construct the memories she captured on her camera. She also collects various papers (tickets, brochures, etc.) from her travels that she incorporates into her work. Boucher has won multiple awards and has exhibited extensively throughout Florida. wendyboucher.com
Image: “Tallinn, Estonia,” 2015, Paper on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
September 30 through October 28
Born in Helsinki, Makela attended art school and made a name for himself as a graffiti mural artist. Later Makela moved to Paris in the early 90s to seek inspiration. That inspiration led him to America in 1994 to pursue his artistic dreams. As owner of Makela Art Studio in Lake Worth, he works in art restoration, murals and decorative painting throughout southeast Florida. He also creates his own unique work in various styles, from assemblage to surrealism to figurative painting. Makela has shown internationally and continues to promote and support the arts in Palm Beach County. makelaartstudio.com
Image: “Miles Jam,” 2017, Acrylic on wood, 36 x 48 inches
Dennis A. Bertram
September 30 through October 28
Bertram received his doctoral degrees in medicine and public health and maintained positions at Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Buffalo for most his life. Bertram did not start his formal art training until late in his academic career retiring from the SUNY at Buffalo in 2014. He paints in three distinct styles, all with geometric elements that imbue connection and relativity. His landscapes are washed over with gold leaf giving them a regal air. Bertram’s “Skyships” contain figurative components that have become defaced and nearly destroyed. Having exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Bertram shares his time between his studio in Buffalo and South Florida. dennisbertram.com
Image: “Visitation No. 1,” 2017, Oil and 23k gold leaf, 20 x 27 inches
Florida Artists Group
August 12 through September 23
The Florida Artists Group is a statewide organization of professional artists with the purpose of promoting the highest standards of creative art in the state of Florida. Since 1949, the Florida Artists Group has held a symposium and members’ exhibition each year in a different Florida city. Education and other cultural aims are advocated at these meetings through lectures, panel discussions, films and demonstrations.
This exhibition comprises nine Palm Beach County artists: Sami Davidson, Carol Grillo, Cecily Hangen, Joan Lustig, Lynn Morgan, Nadine Meyers Saitlin, Karen H. Salup, Carol Staub and Lorrie Williamson.
Image: Nadine Meyers Saitlin, “Pisces on the Table,” 2017, acrylic paint on paper, 22 x 30 inches
June 10 through August 5
As a part of the Cultural Council’s exhibitions mission, we celebrate organizations that give focus to art-related endeavors throughout Palm beach County. The Council hosts an annual exhibition in the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center to showcase programs of these valuable organizations. El Sol, Lighthouse ArtCenter and OneJupiter communities put together this exhibition to highlight the rich cultural heritage of their neighbors from Guatemala. In memory of Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos, the community initiative OneJupiter reminds us of the importance of respect and unity through art.
Image: Artwork by Lorenzo Marroquin
Peggy “Batia” Lowenberg
Dina Baker Fund Recipient
May 6 through June 3
Peggie “Batia” Lowenberg is the 2016 recipient of the Council’s Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists. “Stellar Oratorio: Dreams for More” brings together several of her latest series in connected installations. Lowenberg’s abstract, colorful, energized worlds ‘turn up the heat’ where nature, whimsy, and the spiritual joyfully collide. In January 2017, her “Nature of Wonder” show was featured at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL.
Lowenberg has lived and worked in New York and Tel Aviv. Now in South Florida, she has shown in exhibitions internationally. Lowenberg studied at Cornell University, State University of New York at Purchase, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Image: New Life Burst Upon, 2017, Acrylic with ink on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
April 1 through 29
Beginning her love of art at an early age, Dorene Ginzler explored various mediums while attending accredited universities in Michigan. Now living in Boca Raton, Ginzler focuses on watercolors and oil paintings, mixing them with different media, to create atmospheric and abstract landscapes.
She collaborates with individual collectors and interior designers to create custom work for residential and commercial environments. Ginzler’s work can be found in hundreds of private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States.
Image: Many Moons, 2016, mixed media, 43 x x 35 inches, $4,500
April 1 through 29
Art Siegel began his career in public television creating scenery and lighting for dramatic productions. After working in sales, marketing and advertising, he gleans from his experience to create his Kinetic Vistas artworks.
Siegel intertwines photographic or video elements with physical architecture to create these hand crafted structures. His work is in both public and private collections and has exhibited extensively throughout South Florida.
Image: Stand Clear of the Doors, 2015, Archival photograph and custom construction, $3,200
February 25 through March 25
From realism to surrealism, Pat Levey has demonstrated her ability to transform a canvas into something unique. Beginning her career as a New York City art teacher, her lifelong passion to create is boundless. Levey is inspired by the sea and animals in her paintings, print making, murals and jewelry. Working in Palm Beach, Levey has won multiple prestigious awards and has exhibited nationally. Her artwork is housed in multiple collections.
Image: Algerian Doll, 2012, oil on canvas with gold leaf, 20 x 16 inches, $500
February 25 through March 25
Residing in Jupiter, Kris Davis is an award-winning artist who specializes in painting water. Davis graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, later moving to Florida and gaining an appreciation for nature, especially water. Her technique and style of painting is what makes her work unique. Davis finds the play between the abstract shapes of water and the realism of the figure intriguing while also challenged by the distortions in the water. krisdavis.fineartstudioonline.com
Image: Floating, 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, $2,600
January 21 through February 18
Heads and hands are the focus of Dora Frost’s work entitled “Men of the Twentieth Century”. Each noted figure of literary, artistic or business reputation is depicted with just simple anatomy levitating in pen and ink on paper. Frost features these important men from a past era who were defined by their ideals, commitments and values as a nod to a sense of decency and honor. Frost studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and has exhibited extensively along the East Coast. She currently shares her time and studio between Southampton, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Image: “John Ford, An American Film Director” (1894-1973) From the series of Men of the Twentieth Century, 2015, Pen and ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches
January 21 through February 18
The founder of Notism and Earth Art Paintings, Ron Burkhardt’s current Letterscape paintings combine a unique abstract alphabet of precise word forms with hidden meanings and bold, geometric colors. His early influences were Basquiat, Pollack, Twombly and Rothko for their graphic sensibilities and rich color palettes. Burkhardt graduated from Western Michigan University and studied at the Art Students League of New York as well as the National Academy of Fine Art in New York. This internationally exhibited artist spends his time between the Hamptons and West Palm Beach and his work is held in collections worldwide.
Image: “Beach”, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
December 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017
Fredi Cohen creates sculpture inspired by Women’s emotional evolution and connection to nature. For about a decade, she created sculpture built into both the exterior and interior of architecture, as well as carved furniture , doors and lighting.
She now has returned to her figurative roots, and creates free-standing sculptures and wall reliefs. A recent resident of Delray Beach, Florida, Cohen moved here from East Hampton, and NYC, NY, where she has received a majority of her accreditation to date. She has been featured in multiple, well-known magazines, newspapers, televised interviews, and even exclusive studio tour and interviews by Bloomberg News. She has exhibited nationally in solo and groups shows and continues to create works in multiple mediums-from bronze to glass to stoneware clay.
Image: Woman-Child, 2009, Hydrocal, 11 x 13 inches
December 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017
Born in Germany after World War II to Holocaust survivors, Moneta now practices her art in Delray Beach, Florida. She is a self taught artist who works in steel, ink on paper plein air and large abstract paintings. Moneta was included in a Woodstock Artists Association and Museum exhibition and won “Best in Show” in 2012 and she has shown at the Javits Center in New York as well as during Art Basel Miami. Moneta’s work is housed in multiple public and private collections throughout the country. She is currently working in collaboration with a prominent builder in Georgia on a large installation of her abstract paintings. monetaart.com