Discover Local Artists: Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

The Craft Gallery’s FACES, FACES all over the PLACES showcases 12 emerging ceramic artists including Cheryl Tall, Katherine Mathisen, Debra Fritts, Nancy Kubale and Katie Deits. The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12.

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Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

For a taste, here are some pieces of local artist Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild of Delray Beach. She has been using clay and mixed media since she can remember.

She received her BFA from University of Michigan, her MFA in ceramics from Penn State University. Additional studies include Alfred NY State College of Ceramics,Hartford Art School, Sacramento State University, and Florida Atlantic University where she also taught as an adjunct professor for 6 years.

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“You Think You Are A Wave But You Are Part of the Ocean,” a Retablo 31 by 26 inches, priced at $3,600

Windchild has additionally taught clay since age 19 at Penn State, SUNY Fredonia, CCRI Warwick,and numerous art and community centers. She has been the resident head of the ceramics department at the Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton for more than 15 years.

Windchild has been a self-supporting  street art show artist exhibiting at venues in Sausalito CA, Park City UT, Cherry Creek CO, Milwaukee WI, and Winter Park and Coconut Grove FL.

She has exhibited at many galleries and museums around the country, won numerous awards and her work has been reproduced in books and periodicals.

Her work derives mainly from her imagination and spiritual seeking. She has practiced and studied metaphysics, native  spirituality of world cultures, yoga and Buddhism.

Her newest body of work, from a seven-month stay in Texas, was built using debris from the remains of hurricane Ike. Cedar fence posts, blown down by the storm and weathered to a silvery sheen, were made into traditional “retablos”, a South American traditional altar form dating back to the earliest days of European conquest.

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Retablo: “Her Robe is the Night Sky Filled with Stars,” is mixed media, 18 by 28 inches, priced at $3,900.

These were originally designed for travel, to spread European religion, but were later adapted by the locals to incorporate native spiritual beliefs and daily customs.

“I began this new series of retablos ( scenes inside boxes) in Texas, where I had no clay studio. I used whatever I could find to make art, and was influenced by the strong Hispanic tradition there. It was a time of deep introspection. These pieces are very personal spiritual statements, that have waited along time to come out. They are stories from the super-conscious.”

The “Waves” retablo refers to a quote from “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Windchild said. “The interchange was about death, but it is not about a wave hitting the shore, rather, as Morrie pointed out, we are part of one spirit.”

The “Night Sky” retablo refers to the goddess, Astarte, as well as to the Virgin Of Guadalupe, with her blue cloak embellished with stars. The two seem related to Windchild. “You can see the night on one side and day on the other side. Astarte is pulling night with her,” WIndchild said.

The “Sitting with the Unknown” retablo is about dealing with emotions, including fear, by being present, rather than pushing them away, she explains.

Windchild, who was renamed by a Seneca medicine woman, uses this form to tell mythical stories that line up in her head waiting to be let out. “The juxtaposition of varied traditions, both artistic and spiritual, is welcome evidence of our universal connection,” she said.

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“Shapeshifter Flies at Night” is part of the Shamanic Series, 16 by 14 inches, priced at $1,600.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12 with two receptions: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.10 from 6-9 p.m. Craft The gallery is at 5911 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561)-585-7744,
or visit visit http://www.thecraftgallery.net

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“Sitting with the Unknown,” a Retablo, 28 by 24 inches, priced at $3,000.

 

Discover Local Artists: At Visions+

Jefro Williams and Studio 1608 are hosting an art event, “Visions+ multiple disciplines. multiple avenues of interpretation,” with more than 30 artists joining together to exhibit their works on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Artworks will include contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, video and installation art. The show will also feature two reserved spaces outside for eco- friendly art installations, designated by the curator, Jefro Williams.

Here’s a sampling:

Senegal, a photograph by Laura Graham, 42 by 29 inches, priced at $3,400.
“Senegal,” a photograph by Laura Graham, is 42 by 29 inches, and priced at $3,400.
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Laura Graham

Laura Graham of Lake Worth shoots her exotic narratives traditionally, often prints them in sepia, then hand-embellished them.

“I try to ignite the essence of specific events and imagery that I experienced during my travels,” she said. As such, they are personal, epic, site-specific and timeless. “I want to illuminate the magnificent source, scope and essential spirit of my subjects,” she said. Graham has also fashioned her images into miniatures creating unique accessories for the body and home.

Palm Beach Seawall the dimensions are 17 x 11 and is being sold matted and framed for $425
Palm Beach Seawall the dimensions are 17 x 11 and is being sold matted and framed for $425.
Joel Cohen
Joel Cohen

Photographic artist Joel Cohen of West Palm Beach is heavily influenced by his training as a graphic artist. “Shapes, shadows, textures and angles are the essence of my art,” he said.

“To this day, every time I see something worth recording, I get excited and can’t wait to see the finished print. Manipulation is kept to a minimum and composition is all done in the viewfinder to preserve the integrity of what I see,” he said. “There are so many beautiful, interesting and dramatic images occurring naturally, that I see no need to manufacture them into something else.

He believes that his images are successful because he’s learned to see the image through the eye of the camera.

Untitled acrylic and charcoal on canvas by J. Paul Heiner is 20 by 14 inches and priced at $1,200.
Untitled acrylic and charcoal on canvas by J. Paul Heiner is 20 by 14 inches and priced at $1,200.
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J. Paul Heiner

J. Paul Heiner of West Palm Beach holds an MFA from Columbia University where he studied and practiced painting and the visual arts concurrently with poetry.

Of the current body of work he’s generated since arriving in South Florida four years ago, he said (spoken like a true poet): “I am seeking at least a narrative draft pulled from the making of composition — the impression of viscera in the materials — problem solving, media, striking of sets, reconstruction, the new and different object, a betterment of story. That’s the hope.”

"3 october, iceland," a color photograph, by Montana Pritchert is diasec mounted, 35 by 96 inches, editions of 5, studio price, $5,295
“3 october, iceland,” a color photograph, by Montana Pritchard is diasec mounted, 35 by 96 inches, editions of 5, studio price, $5,295.
Montana Pritchart
Montana Pritchard

Inspired by the journals of explorers, particularly those of the early Antarctic explorers, Montana Pritchard began to long for the same kind of an isolated experience.

“Being unable to travel for the long time periods required of the early explorers, I resolved I would dedicate one year, my fortieth, to a personal exploration of both the earth and self.

“I would travel to all seven continents.

“I would see the world juxtaposed in no particular order.”

Above, “3 October Iceland,” is one of the images he captured and brought home with him.

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Sibel Kocabasi

Sibel Kocabasi of Lake Worth believes in the ultimate potential for beauty in art. “Beauty and hope are the strongest way to protest injustice in its forms; political, religious and environmental,” she said. “In the age of globalism, everything has become transparent.  The visual landscape has become cluttered. With all the communication available, people are starving for beauty, and hope.”

"Transparent Shots" by Sibel
“Transparent Shots,” by Sibel Kocabasi, is oil on glass, 4 by 34 inches priced at $150.

Studio 1608 is at 1608 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, two blocks south of the Norton Museum. Food and wine will be offered. For information, call (561) 659-1883 or visit http://www.studio1608.com

Discover Local Artists: Kara Walker-Tome’s 10X10 Returns

Independent curator Kara Walker-Tomé (creator of Showtel) presents the third installment of 10X10, a unique art experience, 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Lake Worth Storage.

Last year 600 people attended 10X10. What attendees get to do is search through the cavernous facility of hundreds of storage units to discover seventeen art installations, spread out through the space.

Victoria Skinner installation, 2008
Victoria Skinner installation, 2008

It’s truly amazing and fun to see what those ingenious artists are up to as they create their fully multi-dimensional site-specific installations in 10 square feet or less.

This year, 14  artists in the show are new to 10X10. Selected artists are from Palm Beach County and Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Gainesville.

The twenty-one artists participating in the exhibition are: Elizabeth Atzberger, Steve Backhus, Jeane Cooper, Vanessa Diaz, Daniel Elias Fernandez, Samantha Gozlan, Kristin Miller Hopkins, Lauren Alyssa Howard, Lauren Jacobson, Bridgette Ludden, Kate McLeod, Andrew Nigon, Darren C. Price, Justin Rabideau, Lisa Rockford, Cristina Sierra, Carmen Tiffany and Kalina Winska.

Unit 2186 Kristin Miller Hopkins “Nesting”
Unit 2186 Kristin Miller Hopkins “Nesting”

Kristin Miller’s installation, “Nesting: a place of quiet respite from building a home,” makes referenence to the history of wallpaper and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1899). “Wallpaper provides simultaneous comfort in its repeated delicacy and paranoia in its perfection,” she said. “The nest and the inaccessible nature of its display brings attention to the dichotomy between collection vs. obsession and how quickly one can become the other.”

Kristin Miller Hopkins is a local artist, educator and writer. She teaches art and art history at PBCC. Selected 2009 exhibitions include Showtel, ARC Gallery in Chicago and the Florida Craftsman Gallery. She has an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. http://www.kristinmiller.com

Unit 2210 Justin Rabideau “My Ancestors Row with Golden Keels
Unit 2210 Justin Rabideau “My Ancestors Row with Golden Keels”

Inspired by the phenomenal South Florida sunsets, Justin Ribdeau came to the idea of golden ships passing overhead. “When I look up, the clouds seem to emulate the shadows cast by their great hulls,” he said. “I often find joy and intrigue in natural materials that are specific to a region. In this case, I found inspiration with the palm tree and its fronds.”

Justin Rabideau received his MFA from the University of Georgia and then moved to Syracuse, NY to work at the Everson Museum and to teach sculpture at Pratt MWP and Cazenovia College.  He currently works at the Flagler Museum in the curatorial department.

Admission to the show is $6. Lake Worth Storage is located at 4166 South Military Trail, Lake Worth. Limited on-site parking. Parking suggested at the NE corner Lake Worth Rd/ Military Trail. More information call 561/670-9658.

10×10 is produced by ArtSite Projects. Sponsors include Luice Design, Hotel Biba, and Propaganda.

Discover Local Artists: Ceramic League presents its holiday sale

The Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches annual Holiday Sale and Exhibit opening reception is on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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John McCoy

Artists will demonstrate pottery making and art techniques while guests enjoy a buffet and wine. Original art by League members includes pottery, sculpture, fused glass, mixed media. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists will be present each day to chat with visitors about the clay and its many uses as an art form.

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“Yes” is an 18-inch by 8-inch ceramic sculpture by Palm Beach Community College Professor of Art Victoria Skinner. It is $700.
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Ellen Bates of Palm City created this stoneware pitcher.

 

Admission is free. The exhibit will take place at the Craft Gallery, 5911 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. For more information, contact Betty Wilson, president of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches at (561) 762-8162.

Florida Short Sales: Jupiter Island

As South Florida’s recession and financial crisis stretch out, foreclosures, mortgage woes and dramatic price cuts are becoming evident in gated communities and restrictive luxury island neighborhoods.

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Short sale, Jupiter Island at 120 North Beach

On Jupiter Island, where the average home carries a price tag of $5.6 million, market dynamics are better than the rest of the state, where almost one in four home loans is in foreclosure, but there are signs that times are tough even there. Multimillion-dollar discounts are more representative of the luxury enclave’s woes, but the very fact that short sales are now part of the market stuns broker Andrew Russo.

Russo, a principal at VIP Properties of Distinction with offices in Jupiter and Tequesta, can’t recall a foreclosure in the last 15 years in the exclusive enclave of about 600 estates on a barrier island 40 minutes north of Palm Beach. “Usually, I see cash buyers, with high net worth,” Russo said. “But now, I do have a short sale listed, at 120 North Beach. I have a person looking to buy it and I’m trying to get the bank to approve the deal.” The asking price is $3.4 million.

In all of Jupiter Island — the Town of Jupiter Island and Jupiter Inlet Colony — 12 houses have sold of the 60 homes listed this year, said Tom Turner, a realtor with Waterfront Properties in Jupiter. “Typically, there were 25 sales a year until 2006.

Sale prices have decreased, too. “In the peak year, 2005, we had four or five houses sell for more than $10 million. We haven’t seen that since,” Turner said.

To look at the two Jupiter Island areas individually, 46 homes are listed for sale in the Town of Jupiter Island (zip code 33445) to date, and seven have sold. Compared to previous years, seven homes sold in 2008, 17 sold at the peak in 2005, and, before the boom, in 2002, 11 homes sold.

In the Jupiter Inlet Colony area (zip code 33469), homes are less expensive, and six were sold — five inland and one on the Intracoastal Waterway. That one, at 104 Lighthouse, was bought by Olivia Newton John for $4.1 million. “It’s a nice piece of property, a deep lot, right around the bend from the inlet and a short boat ride to the Atlantic Ocean,” Russo said.

At the other end of the Jupiter Inlet Colony spectrum, one was a short sale, said Virginia Gallopo, broker owner of Exit Realty Oceanside, who specializes in short sales and provides broker’s price opinions for banks. The property at 151 Beacon Lane was listed in August 2008 for $1.29 million and sold this August for $899,000. Of the seven that sold in the 33445 zip code, only one sold in the early part of the year — a four-bedroom house at 74 Gomez Road that sold for $2.3 million in January.

In Russo’s experience, people buy during the winter season. “Historically, summers are quiet for sales on Jupiter Island, but not this year,” he said. “On the heels of a significant downturn in the real estate market and the near collapse of the financial markets, this off-season turned into a great opportunity to buy premier Jupiter Island real estate.” On average this year, the Town of Jupiter Island houses sold for 33 percent less than the asking price, with the worse case scenario being 48 percent.

All sold for less than the asking price and some took steep cuts, Gallopo said. At the high end, a house at 249 S. Beach was listed for $12.9 million in May 2007. It sold for $8 million in June; the house at 326 Beach Road was listed for $8.9 in January and sold for $6.5 in July; and 146 Gomez was listed for $11.5 million in October 2008 and sold this June for $6,010,000.

At the lower end, a home at 31 N. Beach was listed for $3.25 million in September 2007 and sold this May for $1.9 million.

Although these deep discounts suggest that sellers may need money, both Turner and Russo cautioned that these were not distressed properties. “Many houses that sold had either been on the market for a long time or the sellers were motivated. Others were just priced realistically,” Turner said.

Russo noted: “The sellers were not in trouble. They may have lost money last year, but most Jupiter Island homes do not have mortgages on them. These were not fire sales or anything like that. They were just sellers who wanted to sell and took the offer that was on the table.”

Jupiter Island homebuyers this year want good value and intend to live in their homes, Turner and Russo said. And both brokers are optimistic about the coming year.

“I call myself a realist, as opposed to a dreamer,” Turner said. “I think that the market has stabilized and will appreciate from here, but slowly.”

Russo added: “Buyers are recognizing the value, as prices have dropped about 25 percent from the 2005 peak. And one thing that most economists agree on is that we are heading into an inflationary environment, and real estate, especially exclusive waterfront homes, has always been a good hedge against inflation.”

Discover Local Artist: Jacek Gancarz, The Last Pink Flamingo

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Jacek Gancarz

Lake Worth photographer Jacek Gancarz’s exhibit, The Last Pink Flamingo, is on view from 7-10 p.m. November 6 at Whitespace in West Palm Beach

“The plastic pink flamingo, which had proliferated front yards during the spread of American suburbia, was elevated to iconic status after 50 years – blurring the lines between kitsch and high art,” Gancarz said. Production of the original plastic pink flamingo, designed in 1957 by Don Feathersone, ceased in June 2006 when Union Products closed the factory.

Gancarz, who saw the announcement of the factory’s closing, called Union Products and bought a pair of flamingos – he wasn’t sure why – not for his front yard, he said – but he knew that he’d use them for an art project eventually.

“The Predator,” 2007

It was during Art Basil in 2007 when he brought the flamingos out of the closet. “All the creative people walking around the fair – the artists, dealers, art connesseurs – I thought they’d make interesting subjects. I told them that I was involved in a photo project and asked if they would pose with the flamingos and they obliged.”

He let them pose themselves using the props. His subjects, from all walks of life, had little in common, but it didn’t really matter, he found. “The one prop, the flamingo, unified them somehow, and gave me the opportunity to playfully observe contemporary art as iconography.

“Palm Beach,” 2008

”In my photographs, each subject’s interaction with the simple lawn ornament implies an ephemeral equality, blurring the lines between proletariat and beau monde, perhaps a parallel to contemporary American society!”

Gancarz will be present at three Whitespace WhiteBox openings, the first is on November 6. Viewers may participate in the ongoing project and may also purchase a  unique, artist-signed 8 –by-12-inch photograph of their interpretation of the Last Pink Flamingo for $45. Partial proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation.

Featured at Whitespace are 12 of his photographs (20 by 30 inches, 20-by-30-inch framed digital archival print, signed on verso, editions of 4. $650 for first edition)

Whitespace is at 2805 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach. The opening  will cost $7 and includes a drinks ticket.

Exhibits at Whitespace are available for public viewing by reservation on select days. For information, call (561) 842-4131 or email info@whitespacecollection.com

To view other work by Gancarz visit his site.

Also at Whitespace is the exhibit, Whitebox I – “Beyond Delicate,” curated by Kara Walker-Tome. It features works by Gianinna Coppiano Dwin, Georgeta Fondos, Carol Prusa and Carolyn Sickles.

WhiteBox is a small space within Whitespace, a 6,000-square-foot exhibition of the private collection of Marvin and Elyane Mordes. The Mordes collection includes major contemporary artists such as Gilbert and George, Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanksi, Vic Muniz, Lisa Ruyter, Ernesto Neto and dozens of others that will also be on view.

Also opening on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Armory Art Center are Visual Conceits: Fantasy or Realty and Visiting Master Artists exhibitions, which run through November 28. Admission to the opening receptions are free for Armory Members and $5 for non-members. The Armory is at 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (561) 832-1776 or visit www.armoryart.org for more information.