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X Marks the Spot
November 16 through February 2
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Graffiti isn’t a new concept in the artistic world. Its various manifestations in the past include inscribed obscenities in ancient stone, “Kilroy was here” doodles in World War II and the many colorful, spray-painted images that decorated public places in the 1980s. Then, graffiti was considered an unwelcome form of vandalism. Now with the evolution of graffiti as mural art (à la Banksy), these lines have become blurred, and the people behind the work have transformed from “misguided youths” to professional artists. This exhibition showcases the talents of 16 local artists (emerging to professional) and focuses on the many styles and maturation of graffiti and mural art.
Artists in the show
Exhibition is generously sponsored by:
Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery
The exploration of social phenomena on our world
March 30 through April 27
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This exhibit displays the work of student artists from Lake Worth Middle School who explored varied visual mediums through a specific theme—the exploration of social phenomena on their world. This theme was first explored through a process called ‘body speak’ which invited the students to write out their thoughts, extract words that embody their written text and then explore those words by way of gestural movement.
The students’ movements were photographed and serve as images within each of their works. The extracted words they wrote serve as an impetus for their work and were cultivated by way of art sessions led by three professional artists: Jane Burke, Jose Mendez and Hegina Rodrigues.
This workshop included:
- Weekly art class
- Three teaching artists
- Free art supplies
- A visit to the Norton Museum of Art
- A culminating exhibition celebrating the young artists’ work
Romelio Andres-Pascual / 7th grade
Damaris Baltazar / 6th grade
Kiara Banegas / 7th grade
Iliana Francisco / 8th grade
Moises Lucas / 7th grade
Nedryana Mentor / 6th grade
Pridney Mentor / 8th grade
Nathaly Morales / 6th grade
Heyner Soto-Velasquez / 8th grade
Beverly Vilbrun / 6th grade
Program Managers: Ericka Squire (Cultural Council) and Yimarie Riviera (Norton Museum of Art)
Lead Teaching Artist: Jose Mendez
Guest Artists: Jane Burke and Hegina Rodrigues
Education Partner: Community Partners-Mentoring at Lake Worth Middle School
Education Partner, Site Director: Mildred Ramos
Education Partner, Program Coordinator: Rebeca Arreaga
A Journey Through Shadow, Shape and Structure
February 9 through March 23
Having the luxury of traveling extensively over the years has afforded Michael D’Amato to experience and capture some of the most amazing sights in the world. Though largely self-taught, D’Amato finds moments in a certain breath that is truly his own. Focused on geometry, architecture, light and shadow, there are one-of-a-kind stills that makes the viewer pause and absorb the work in their own fascination and wonder.
Image: “Circular Path,” 2017, sculpture by Richard Serra, “The Matter of Time,” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Spain, Moab lasal exhibition print, 20 x 16 inches
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community
January 12 through February 2
One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.
There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone. This inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together.
John Parra is an award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” by Monica Brown, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and “Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans” by Phil Bildner, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. His other awards include the ALA Pura Belpré Honors and the Christopher Award. Additionally, his books have appeared on Bank Street’s and Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year lists. In 2015, John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in illustration. His art can be seen at the U.S. Post Office on six new Forever Stamps titled “Delicioso”—with illustrated images celebrating Latino food cuisine. John’s most recent book, “Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community,” with author Susan Verde, was released in the fall of 2018 to celebrated reviews. To learn more, visit johnparraart.com.
In conjunction with:
November 17 through January 5
aZul for Better Living, Inc is an emerging non-profit organization founded in Bogota-Colombia in 2014 and established in West Palm Beach in 2015. We believe in transforming relationships into collaboration while highlighting different abilities through endless opportunities. Our mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities and their families using fashion design, industrial design and art as tools to achieve financial independence, dignity and artistic recognition.
As part of our services, we offer alternative and creative learning sessions that are highly experimental and fully inclusive, using multi sensory approach to maximize the potential in our creatives and collaborators.
Fabricating Smiles is a creative training that offers participants the opportunity to learn professional manners, body language and icebreaker dialogues that help to foster confident interactions in social situations, and how to interact – navigate in a professional business setting. azulforbetterliving.org
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center
Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Janet Siegel Rogers
March 30 through April 27
Effortlessly shifting from the softest hues to blazing fields of color, Janet Siegel Rogers has a form of trickery in her work where light plays a major role. Her work is saturated with color, deep in its mood, bringing the viewer in to study not only the brushstrokes, but the way the color shifts with the wax she mixes with the pigment. Some paintings bring the horizon line to a defining halt, while others are melt into one solid-like transference. Earning her Master of Fine Art degree from Pratt, and living for a period of time in the Far East, Rogers has seen light from multiple vantage points. She now lives in South Florida where the light she sees from morning till night continues to inspire her work. Siegel’s relentless motto is: “I do not paint what people see, but I hope they see what I paint.” Rogers has exhibited internationally as well as in multiple public and private collections. janetsiegelrogers.com
Image: “Ice Heat,” oil encaustic on canvas, 36 x 44 inches
A Relation to Everything
March 30 through April 27
Growing up with an abundance of outdoor activities in northern Florida, Shannon Torrence has retained these experiences and journeys and would later transfer them to his current work. His drawing was encouraged at a young age but it took some time to realize that painting was his calling. Primarily self-taught, Mr. Torrence surrounded himself with art and artists while absorbing work in museums and taking classes at the local community college. It wasn’t until a road trip that he had a profound revelation that he could call nature his muse. Looking at his land and seascapes now, you would believe him to be an old master of plein air. The attention to detail, the moonlight on the water, the movement of a cloud is so delicate, one can see the time spent in its consideration. He paints to experience being nature’s witness, ultimately sharing his celebration and moments of unbridled exhilaration with the viewer.
Image: “Flats at Big Pine Key,” 2019, acrylic on 140lb hot press paper, 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
Philip Butera / Kathryn Carlyle
Inspiration and Expression
February 23 through March 23
As Artists Paint your Mind
By Philip Butera
The most exquisite museum
would be filled
with glorious stained-glass walls
where colors and sunshine would combine
paint your mind.
Image: Kathryn Carlyle, “Agartha,” mixed media and copper leaf, 36 x 48 inches
February 23 through March 23
Joan Eiley was born in Montreal. She studied Interior Design with the New York School of interior design where she learned to love drafting. Joan also took additional courses in drawing and pottery with an emphasis on the art of sgraffito. Her move to California in 1977 immersed her in the world of design. She worked with a well-known Interior Designer, and opened her own exclusive showroom selling unique objet d’art gathered during extensive travel through Latin America, Asia and Europe. When Joan and her family moved to Toronto, she opened and directed the acclaimed Joan Eiley Showroom. Catering to the Interior Design trade, she represented important lines of furniture, lighting and accessories from the U.S., Europe and Mexico along with handmade objects and works of art. In 2014, after 30 successful years, Joan closed her showroom and found herself “totally besotted with drawing”. These brush pen and ink drawings on cotton rag paper are a window on her latest artistic trajectory.
Image: “Sunday Afternoon,” 2018, brush pen + ink drawing on cotton rag paper, 14 x 17 inches
New Selections from the Studio
January 19 through February 16
For Dina Gustin Baker, painting is “poetry without words, music without sound and freedom without loss.” Through that personal quote, her paintings convey her true self: a woman who is steadfast, strong, absolute and an artistic force. Baker’s career began in the early 40s with conversations with Dr. Barnes of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA, having been awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in NYC, and soon enough surrounded by the true greats of their time—Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, the list goes on. Though influenced by such prolific men, her style has remained true to herself as a painter and as a woman. Baker’s experiment in style in her studio practice, from the early figurative pieces to her broad abstract strokes to the more tumultuous and seemingly consciously applied touches, communicates her adaptability and ingenuity in form, space and color. This latest body of work, created in the last year, comes directly from her studio and showcases Baker’s relentless and unyielding commitment to create.
Image: “Lavender Way,” 2018, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
December 15, 2018 through January 12, 2019
Ben Georgia was once asked two questions: “What did you love to do as a child when alone?” and “What would you do if you did not have to work?” For Georgia, the answer to both was simple—art. Though it took some time to realize this dream, his determination brought him to where he is today. With over 30 years of experience exhibiting paintings and selling over 1,600 of them, Georgia has created a body of work focusing on the emotional dynamics and interaction of color and form. His work was once referred to as “working toward the depths of the emotional experience.” To quote Georgia himself, he strives to paint “where the energy, beauty and strength of the painting compensate for and counteract the tragedy and decay of life.” bengeorgia.com