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.
Selections From the Armory Art Center
August 26 through October 29
Member’s Preview and Annual Meeting: Thursday, August 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | See Event Photos
This exhibition features new or unseen work by 41 talented artists that are current faculty at the Armory Art Center.
After a group of inspired citizens saved the historic, art deco Armory building in West Palm Beach’s Flamingo Park neighborhood, the Cultural Council assisted in the founding of the Armory Art Center, which opened to the public in 1986. The Armory Art Center’s mission is to inspire the creation and experience of art.
The Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, youth art camps, outreach and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered each year including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture. In addition, several exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries. armoryart.org
Image: Raymond Neubert, Fractured Nude, 2015, Felt-tip marker on foam board, 36 x 28 inches
Call to Install
June 3 through July 30
Member’s Preview: Thursday, June 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | View Event Photos
Visual artists in The Palm Beaches are not limited to just creating art that hangs on the wall. They also think outside the frame to create site-specific artwork & work that is designed for a specific space. This art making process has been prevalent in the art world since the mid-1970s. Proposals for site-specific installations have been received from professional artists in the area and vetted for the Council’s main gallery space. Artists on display: Birds are Nice, Katelyn Spinelli, Nicole Galluccio and the Viridis Collective. Themes touched on are environmental, nostalgic and conceptual.
Something Out of Nothing
March 25 through May 21
Member’s Preview: Thursday, March 24 | View Event Photos
Artists are constantly challenged to create something new or innovative, a piece that is provocative or simply representational, a work that moves the viewer, explores ideas, expresses beliefs, confronts a movement. “Something Out of Nothing” illustrates the diversity of 15 artists in Palm Beach County who have embraced these very concepts. Each artist in this exhibition was challenged to create a work specifically for this show or to display work that has recently been created and not yet exhibited. This exhibition is a testament to the creative process and the tremendous talent that is found within Palm Beach County.
January 15 through March 12
Member’s Preview: Thursday, January 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | View Event Photos
The focus of this exhibition is to highlight women in various lights—socially, economically, politically, aesthetically and figuratively. Inspired by the desire to underscore the presence of women artists, the goal is to draw attention to the perspectives that women have on the world through art.
This show is featured in a multi-media platform that will spotlight 14 Palm Beach County artists. Painting, drawing, performance and photography are included in this exhibition. This exhibition also coincides with International Women’s Month that is celebrated every March. Curated by Raheleh Filsoofi, Sibel Kocabasi and Nichole M. Hickey.
Linda Behar • Giannina Dwin • Nazare Feliciano • Misoo Filan • Soheila Ghodstinat • TD Gillispie • Naghmeh Goodarzi • Suzanne Khalil • Sarah Knouse • Dorotha Lemeh • Bonnie Seeman • Vicki Siegel • Deborah Walsh • Flora Zolin
October 8 through November 12
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Jordan Matter: Dancers Among Us
April 9 through June 4
Miami City Ballet teamed up with internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Jordan Matter on his latest collection of original photography of Miami City Ballet dancers on the sands, streets and skylines of Miami. Matter was selected as one of 2014’s “Top Emerging Artists” by Art Business News and is a New York Times bestseller for his work “Dancers Among Us,” a collection of photographs of dancers in everyday situations around the world. Miami City Ballet’s proceeds from this collaboration benefit the organization’s Career Transition Fund, which assists dancers who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to the company and to provide them with financial support as they move to the next stage of their lives and careers.
February 20 through April 2
In the mid-20th century having Dodie Thayer’s “Lettuce Ware” in your collection was a status symbol and staple in the Palm Beach home. Collectors included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Duchess of Windsor and C.Z. Guest, just to name a few. Due to designer Tory Burch, the “Lettuce Ware” line has become more accessible through a current re-issue for the everyday home. This exhibition will highlight the collection brought back to life in the 21st century.
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.
Jeff Whyman: Resurrection of Innocence
Visitors to downtown Lake Worth can view Jeff Whyman’s installation of “Resurrection of Innocence” in the Cultural Council’s new Project Space adjacent to the Council’s headquarters.
This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.
Alex and Renate Dreyfoos Entry Ramp
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
Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation
November 12 through December 10
Living in South Florida for the last three decades, Tina Kraft received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in 1999. She went on to study under Graham Nickson, Dean of the New York Studio School and moved to New York City in 2010 to receive a Master of Fine Art degree from NYSS in 2012. Kraft looks to the history of painting as a catalyst, using the influence of the Masters to inform her present day work. Since returning home, Kraft has focused her attention on painting the lush landscapes of South Florida as well as trips to Italy, London and New York to work from a different terrain or visit great works of art. Kraft has shown in numerous exhibitions from New York to Florida to California. tinakraft.com
Image: Mangroves Overlooking the Waterway, 2016, Oil on linen, 18 x 22 inches
November 12 through December 10
Renée Plevy was part of the vibrant New York art scene in the 80s with a studio at 41 Union Square. During that time she was teaching and studying at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She has been in 65 gallery shows including an exhibition at Lincoln Center, had a solo museum show at the Patterson Museum in NJ, and was awarded “Artist of the Year” through the Bloomfield Art Group. In 2012 she founded the Portrait of the Woman Palm Beach Luncheon. She has painted and unveiled 23 oil portraits in that time honoring prominent Palm Beach County women community leaders while also benefiting Quantum House. Renée’s oil paintings capture the souls of the people and animals she paints. Her works are in international private and corporate collections. Renée does private commissions of both people and pets as well as teaches privately. reneeplevy.com
Image: Excursion, 1998, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 inches
October 8 through November 5
Working with extremes, stark contrasts and atypical materials, Jane Ehrlich paints canvases that show movement as well as rigidity. A painting, for her, is all about the negotiation of complex elements. She creates a controlled flow suspended in time. Her white paint is derived from Gofun, a pigment of aged, pulverized oyster shells traditionally used in Japanese painting. It is then binded with glue to affix to the support medium. Ehrlich studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and The Brooklyn Museum School. She has exhibited nationally and spends her time in Hudson, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. janeehrlichart.com
Image: 2column/blueline, 2015, mixed media, 48 x 26 inches
October 8 through November 5
Boca Raton resident Bob Birkenes received his BFA in Advertising and Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His international award-winning advertising background is extensive — including the original Kellogg’s TV commercials (“L’Eggo My Eggo®”) — and includes creating TV, print and packaging communication for many Fortune 500 companies. Birkenes now focuses on his painting as well as serving as Delray Art League’s Chairman of Indoor Art Exhibits. His latest series, “Fantasies in Space,” showcases his abstract expressionistic style and his interpretation of the exquisite beauty that is found in outer space. fineartamerica.com/profiles/robert-birkenes.html
Image: Nova Concerto, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
Artistic Visions: Women in the Visual Arts
August 20 through October 1
Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support professional women artists in South Florida. Founded in 1989, WITVA strives to share the visual arts with our community and to sponsor student artists with scholarships and awards. This juried exhibition will feature 24 current members and will include oil paintings, photography, mixed media, acrylics, pastel, watercolors and jewelry. A portion of all sales will go to benefit the WITVA college scholarship fund.
Image: Karen H. Salup, In the Spirit of Abstraction I, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
Pupils, Poetry and Pictures: A Robert Forbes Mentorship at CCE
June 11 through August 6
In collaboration with the Center for Creative Education (CCE), this exhibition features middle school student art created under the mentorship of renowned children’s book author Robert Forbes and CCE teaching artist Craig McInnis. In this ten week after-school course, students from Rosarian Academy, BAK Middle School of the Arts and Crestwood Middle School created original poetry and illustrations. An anthology of their poetry and illustrations will be for sale at the exhibition.
Alyssa di Edwardo
May 7 through June 4
Abstract expressionist painter Alyssa di Edwardo synthesizes landscape into highly gestural compositions of strength and vulnerability. Her masterful use of color and intuitive palette have earned comparison to Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Cecily Brown. Her work has been extensively exhibited and collected both domestically and abroad. di Edwardo currently works from her studio in West Palm Beach and is represented exclusively in London. This solo exhibition showcases di Edwardo as the first recipient of the Dina Baker Fund for Mature Artists, which helps stabilize and strengthen the careers of female artists of a certain age who reside and/or work in Palm Beach County. alyssadiedwardo.com
April 2 through 30
Primarily a self-taught artist, Kerry Eriksen began seriously developing her art in 1975. She believes the practice of plein air painting is essential to being a great artist. Eriksen was introduced to plein air painting a decade ago with master artist Rick Howell of Mogote, Colorado. There she spent many hours in the San Juan mountains pursuing the art of painting out of doors. Eriksen considers herself to be a contemporary impressionist painter and spends many hours painting the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades as well as the southeastern coastal regions of Florida. kerryeriksen.com
April 2 through 30
For Genie Fritchey, experience is the most important part of the artistic process. Fritchey finds that her creative experience is a natural response established over decades of working with paint on canvas in combination with her studies under Ted Vassar and Richard Schneider. Often working organically, she creates canvases that lend to an abstract expressionistic familiarity. The relation of the work to the viewer is as important to the process as the two together create the full sensory experience. Fritchey has exhibited throughout South Florida and is represented by various galleries nationally. geniefritchey.com
February 27 through March 26
Raheleh T. Filsoofi received her MFA in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She moved to United States in 2003 and worked with several renowned American ceramic artists on public art projects in Coral Springs and Miami. Raheleh’s work is steeped in a sense of cultural memory and displacement and the way in which people construct identity through sight and sound. Her art extends to a variety of media, including photography and printmaking, and through the use of sounds, music, physical objects and video she narrates stories of individual and collective experience. She also engages in field research that documents the state of traditional and contemporary ceramic art in Iran today and in particular the role that women play. rahelehfilsoofi.com
February 27 through March 26
Sibel Kocabasi’s work is distinctive for its combination of Turkish traditional art technique with a contemporary willingness to experiment, constantly testing new ideas and techniques. Her work uses decorative patterns and social/cultural references to achieve a balance of contrasting elements, emphasizing simultaneously the beauty and misfortune of humanity’s impact on nature.
Her recent work focuses on relevant contemporary social issues. It is heavily inspired by the suppression of female identity and the later awakening of feminine power and the confidence to create ones identity.
Kocabasi is the recipient of the 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship and the 2006 Hector Ubertalli Visual Arts Award. Her work is in numerous private collections as well as The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida. She is represented by JF Gallery in West Palm Beach FL and Bethesda Fine Art in Maryland. sibelkocabasi.com
Jo Ann Nava
January 23 through February 20
The relationship between humans and animals is both interwoven and reflective. We are finding more complexities and empathies in the interactions of animals. When a crow dies the birds in its flock gather with acknowledgement. Similarly, a rat will pass his favorite treat in favor of releasing a trapped companion. These displayed compassions compare and in some cases surpass the human heart. They do not benefit from self-gratification.
“Bad Children Blessed Beasts” is a collection of multimedia sculptures and paintings that depict the most innocent of human beings, our children, as mischievous and somewhat dark in their pleasure. In contrast, the collection presents birds and beasts in reverent harmony with their innate intent. Jo Ann Nava’s work can be seen in the permanent locations of Voyageurs National Park, Virginia Tech Outsider Art Gallery and in many private collections. joannnava.com
January 23 through February 20
Recent, colorful, large oil paintings using complex arrangements of flowers and objects will be shown at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County January 23 through February 20, 2016. Created in Liman’s West Palm Beach studio, the paintings are not merely traditional still lifes of beautiful flowers as she uses them as a “jumping off” point to explore their unique arrangements in space, their intense color relationships and various textures of paint. Liman’s “experiments” are influenced by the colors in a Bonnard, the shapes and structure in a Cezanne, the idiosyncratic perspectives in David Hockney and the fine brush strokes in the action painting of Franz Kline.
Liman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia, The Art Students League, The National Academy of Design and with individual painters. She has exhibited nationally and her paintings are in many private and corporate collections. Liman is also owner of the Liman Gallery located at the historic Paramount Building in Palm Beach. ellenlimanartist.com
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.