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RaWk – The Art of Jason Newsted
December 1 through February 3
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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:
Frank Beatty, “First Church of Christ Scientist,” Gouache, 16½ x 21 inches
Materio Private Collection
February 17 through April 21
Henry Flagler came to Florida in the late 19th century and soon collected and promoted work by artists in the State, leading the way to a long tradition of collecting work by Florida artists. Phil Materio and his family have collected similar work in the same manner, and this sample shows a deep connection to Flagler’s legacy. Phil started collecting in 1996 due to an article he read in the Palm Beach Post on the Florida Highwaymen. His interest became his passion and currently has more than 500 pieces of Florida art ranging in date from the 1890s through the 1980s. There are 13 featured artists in this exhibition that illustrate the love and passion these artists had for the Florida landscape.
Exhibition is generously sponsored by:
December 1, 2017 through February 10, 2018
As the Cultural Council celebrates four decades of supporting the arts, joins us as local artists exhibit their interpretations of the 40th anniversary gemstone, ruby.
Fulya Acikgoz | Glenda Green | Natalya Laskis | Beth Sloat | Carolyn Barth | Sharon Koskoff | Dorotha Lemeh | Leora Stewart | Adrienne Geffen | Susan Kronowitz | Art Siegel | Cindy Trezona
Image: Carolyn Barth, “Springtime” (detail)
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center
Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation
March 24 through April 21
For the past three decades, Stephen Alarid’s work comes from a process of determination, creation and knowledge. Early on, he received a scholarship to the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and from there, went on to exhibit work in New York. In 1998, Alarid won the prestigious cash award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Alarid’s work has been described as “ribbons of paint where fantasy figures are hidden within a larger image.” He layers paint to form shapes and images subtly. With this current body of work, Alarid works with “bands of light” that seem to him as if they are “like a vibration from sound, coming in and out of space.”
Image: “Gate of Light,” 2018, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 48 inches
March 24 through April 21
Living in West Palm Beach since 2001, Rita Shapiro has an extensive and varied education and career. Though she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees at Temple University, she later studied painting at Pratt Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nature is the primary source of her inspiration for her paintings working with the optical pleasures of color and light. Shapiro writes: “Painting is my link to the larger world… a world with no boundaries.” Shapiro’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the nation. She has also exhibited extensively and won numerous awards. ritashapiroart.com
Image: “A Year in My Life,” 2017, oil on wood panel, 14 x 14 inches
February 17 through March 17
Annette Rawlings describes her work: “Drawing and painting from life, I simplify the complex form of the female nude to a few lines and colors. Line expresses movement. Color expresses harmony, calm and serenity. I balance negative and positive space through shape and color, the gestures bridging a gap between realism and abstraction.” With this new body of work, Rawlings paints on canvases simplified figures and transitions others to complete abstraction. She uses experimental techniques with oils, gouache, acrylic and graphite on canvas, hand-made and museum paper. Working in clay, a new media for Rawlings, she went from the traditional to the experimental. A lifelong dream of hers, and something completely new, is translating her figures into bronze. annetterawlings.com
Image: “Line Exploration 7,” 2017, acrylic on canvas tapestry, 40 x 24 inches, $5,000
January 13 through February 10
In Barry Seidman’s “My Drawers Series,” the photographs tell the story of a life. As the viewer goes from one item to the other in magnified detail, he or she begins to know the artist, what he did and what he cares about. The drawers are juxtaposed with items of modern day life, such as a coffee maker or a lamp and remote on the bedside table. “As this series came to fruition, I realized how biographical it became. It is an examination of my life as much as any written word, it’s a self-portrait,” Seidman explained. “So many accumulated bits and pieces of my life are there to explore. It’s almost too personal to show.” Recognized as one of the top, still-life photographers in the country, Seidman continues to exhibit his fine art photography in numerous, one-man, fine art shows in New York City and South Florida and has contributed to numerous group shows. barryseidman.com
Image: “Kitchen Drawer,” 2017, dye sublimation on aluminum, 48 x 33 inches
January 13 through February 10
This new series of paintings by Cynthia Maronet represents a visual tribute to the private paradise on the Earman River in North Palm Beach where she has lived for the past 35 years. A pair of large oak trees twisted with age and dozens of palm trees dominate the lush tropical landscape. Each evening the backyard and river are flooded with brilliant light, cloud formations, and reflections. Capturing those vibrant moments became the focus of her exhibition. The paintings seem to relate and connect as they tell the story of her environment and life. Maronet has exhibited nationally and is in many public and private collections.