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(Lake Worth/October 20, 2014):  The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is showing off the talents of 14 professional Palm Beach County artists in its latest exhibition, Monochrome, which runs October 31 to December 6, with a special preview party on October 30. The only thing the artists are restricted to is the range of colors in their painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and sculpture – but they are challenging themselves and the viewer to slow down and take in the details and the emotion conveyed by the art.

“These professional artists are pushing the boundaries of their chosen media,” says Cultural Council President and CEO Rena Blades. “In doing so, their artwork reflects and supports the Council’s position that Palm Beach County is Florida’s Cultural Capital.”

In developing themes for the exhibitions, Nichole M. Hickey, manager of artist services at the Council, says she seeks out opportunities to shine a spotlight on local talent from a new perspective. “In an attempt to diversify our exhibitions and programming, we try to reach new audiences and to keep the art fresh and exciting. Monochromatic work can evoke ideas and feelings in the viewer that they may not have expected.”

Opening the same time as Monochrome, is a special photographic exhibition by Sue Patterson, who has been working with her husband, best-selling author James Patterson, on a television documentary called Murder of a Small Town. The documentary explores the history of violent crime in Newburgh, New York – James Patterson’s home town, and Belle Glade – near the Patterson’s current home in Palm Beach County.  “Jim communicates in words. I communicate in pictures. In this film-we got to combine our talents. And I love the result,” says Sue Patterson.  Both Sue and James Patterson are expected to attend the preview party Thursday evening.

Artists featured in Monochrome are Vincent Cacace, Joel Cohen, Misoo Filan, Mark Forman, Stephen Futej, Jacek Gancarz, William Halliday, Mimie Langlois, Kandy Lopez, Sally Ordile, Michael Price, Scherer & Ouporov, Thomas L. Tribby and Harvey Zipkin.

Admission to the preview party on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30p.m., is free to Cultural Council members, $20 for non-members, and includes admission to the artist trunk shows featuring Aerides Designs and Susan Peck.  The Monochrome exhibition is free and open to the public from October 31 to December 6.
To RSVP, call (561) 472-3341 or email

Artist lectures connected to this exhibition will be held on November 8, at 3 p.m. and December 20, at  3 p.m. – which also includes a panel discussion. For more information, call (561) 472-3336.

Note to Editors:  Interviews with the featured artists, as well as photo opportunities may be arranged in advance of the October 30 event. High resolution images of work created by the artists in Monochrome are available for downloading at Monochrome Exhibition.