Discover Local Artists: The Art Attic at Liman Gallery

Liman Gallery in Palm Beach is currently featuring some local artists in its Art Attic gallery, including Elle Schorr of Lantana, Cynthia Gardner of Palm Beach Gardens and Sonya Gaskell of Jupiter.

Elle Schorr
Elle Schorr

Elle Schorr, who has lived in South Florida for about ten years, still feels like a lucky traveler, who has been gifted with the time to look and to explore.

“I consciously seek out this juxtaposition of cultures, life styles, and times in our lives. Some of my images appear to be photo collages or photo montages, but they are, in fact, single photographic images.”

"New Development"
“New Development” is a photograph 18 by 24 inches, priced at $500.

Others are more direct in their approach, she said, but all explore the dualities and multiple incongruous impressions that bombard us.

Cynthia Gardner
Cynthia Gardner

Cynthia Gardner hears her paintings called audacious, bold and color-filled.  “I love the texture of the paint and to create tactile experiences that present my subject in a new way.

“My art is playful, rich with color and tries to reach out and shake your hand! I paint to experience joy and to transform the challenges of daily life to a world full of color, vigor, and optimism.

"Dale's Back Yard"
“Dale’s Back Yard” is an oil painting, 18 by 24 inches, priced at $1,500.

“I strive to create that experience for my viewer. My primary love is plein air oil painting.”

Sonya Gaskell
Sonya Gaskell

“Dune Shadow” began while Sonya Gaskell was taking a dip in the ocean and looking for a shady spot to start her second painting of the day. “I began looking at the shadow being cast by the dune as shelter from the sun. Then I looked at it as subject matter, observing the hot bright sand from within the shadow.”

The main subject matter consists of several large shapes of the core and cast shadows of the dune juxtaposed with illuminated beach, sea and sky. Once she had made strong observations of the relationships between the large shapes of color, she began mixing regions of paint on her palette. She blocked out large shapes using thick paint with the flat of metal painting knives, and then, she used a wet-on-wet technique sliding the edge of the blades to flesh out details.

"Dune Shadow"
“Dune Shadow” is an oil on board, 8 by 9inches, priced at $450.

“Although I paint many longer paintings taking days, weeks or months, this painting was finished in under two hours and received no studio work. A perfect Zen moment in which the landscape, painter and observers experienced a visual accord. This for me is what it is all about.”

Liman Gallery is at 139 North County Road, Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 561-659-7050 or visit its Web site

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Discover Local Artists: Laura Ann Jacobs

Laura Ann Jacobs
Laura Ann Jacobs

Laura Ann Jacobs’ current “body of work” explores the extent to which we let fashion take us, and how far we are willing to go for it. Corsets, pointy shoes and other uncomfortable clothing are made even more stiff, prickly and unwearable in the sculptural form. Yikes!

Art Link in Lake Worth is currently showing Laura Ann Jacobs’ painted resin and mosaic tempered glass sculptures..

She is also represented permanently at the Karen Lynne Gallery but her pieces are temporarily on loan to Art Rouge for Sculpt Miami.

“Skirting the Issue” is 42 by 33 inches, priced at $16,000.

“We are so willingly led to obsequiousness, whether by clothing that contorts or doctors who cut, and I’ve seen more of it here in South Florida then ANYWHERE else!! Women have it good these days with so many ways to make themselves look better, but our desire to be desired is also a slippery slope,” Jacobs said.

“Another Evening Awwt” is 17 by 11 inches and $4,000.

It used to be corsets, hoop skirts and foot binding, then makeup and hair dying. Now, she said, “it’s fat sucking, silicone injecting, and skin lifting until you can blink a lip or have your belly button at your sternum.”

“Survival of the Fittest” is 22 by 16 inches and priced at $7,500.

Restricted from top to toe by more than just the garment now, our very own bodies are paying the price of societal persuasion, she said. “Understanding the sway that even I myself feel to conform, my work pokes fun at the lengths we women go to attract … while paradoxically glorifying it.”

Art Link International  is at 809 -11 Lucerene in Lake Worth. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Jacobs will also be exhibiting at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, & Antiques Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 12-16.

Discover Local Artists: Bart Barchat

Bart Barchat
Bart Barchat

Fine artist S. Bart Barchat is the featured artist at Lake Park Library for December 2009.  A New York native, Barchat has traveled the world with his watercolor palette capturing the vistas and the seasons. His watercolors will be featured along with his figurative drawings. The exhibit will run through December 30. The Lake Park Library is located at 529 Park Avenue in Lake Park.

Barchat of North Palm Beach is an artist with a passion for nature, both landscape and people. “My watercolors are from around the world,” Barchat said. “Some are from the Northeast, where I grew up, while others are from my travels, such as Greece, Spain and, in America, the National Parks and Florida, of course.”

“Falls At Manitoga” is 26 by 20 inches and priced at  $800.


His style ranges from the near abstract, in such subjects as the turbulence of sea and rocks in Maine to a more literal approach in depicting Florida’s palm swamps, the wooded areas of the Northeast and Long Island’s back-bay dunes.

“Twin Palms” is 15 by 22 inches and priced at  $300.


For more information, call the Lake Park Library at (561) 881-3330 or Bart Barchat at (561) 630-9212

Discover Local Artists: Joyce Brown, Menorahs and Metaphors

Joyce Brown’s Menorahs are featured at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth.

Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown

Brown, of Greenacres, was raised in a secular Yiddish family by parents who wanted to preserve their culture and religion.

“Their pride in the struggle and survival of the Jewish people translated into the need to work for peace and social justice for all oppressed peoples around the globe,” Brown said. To that end, they organized and marched for peace, civil rights and civil liberties and ingrained that tradition in their children.

Brown has her own ways of keeping her family’s tradition alive. Making Menorahs is one of them.

“Peace Menorah” is 22 by 14 by 12 inches, reduction- fired stoneware, priced at  $1,200.


And to pass those memories down, she lights one of her Shtetl Menorahs with her two grandchildren Ariana, 11, and Liana, 9 in celebration of Hanukkah
, which starts December 11.

“Many of the Menorahs I make are reflective of the Russian Shtetl, Kalarash, where my grandmother, Bella Deutsch, lived,” she said.

“Shtetl” is 17 by 12 by 8 inches. It is high-fired terra cotta, and is priced at $950


For Bella and her little sister, Hannah, chores were constant and necessary and education was limited, but they were taught to read.

The girls dressed in long wide skirts with plaid aprons tied around their waists. Their braided hair was covered with scarves folded in triangles and knotted in back at the nape of their necks.

The Deutsch family were the winemakers of the village, and Bella and Hannah, played among the grapes in their father’s vineyard.

“They played games that would take them into the barn, up into the hayloft and under the piles of hay and oats,” Brown said. “They loved to tunnel in the hay.

“Then there came a blackness in Russia that festered and oozed and erupted without warning,” she said. “The Czar’s Cossacks rode from village to village looting, destroying, pillaging and murdering Jews. In Russia, the Jews looked, dressed and worshiped differently and that made them perfect scapegoats.”

When the Cossacks arrived in Kalarash, they slaughtered everyone in sight. Then they burned the houses.

Bella and Hannah ran to the barn and hid in the tunnels of hay they had built. “The Cossacks came into the barn. They knew someone was hiding somewhere inside. They slashed at the hay with their pitchforks and axes.

“The girls had been trained to hide quietly, and even as the axes tore into their flesh, they did not cry out and their lives were saved. They bore the lifelong scars of that day.

“They never saw their parents again.”

She was told this story by her grandfather over and over. Brown has been making Menorahs for 15 years. She makes them to remember.

“Under the Olive Tree” is 8 by 5 by 6 inches, reduction-fired stoneware, priced at $22.


Presently, there are seven of her Menorahs at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery. They can also be commissioned. The gallery is at 605 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting December. For information, call (561) 588-8344.

Discover Local Artists: At the Armory’s Holiday Sale

The Armory is hosting its Annual Special Holiday Sale in the Armory Studios and Gallery Shop, featuring local artist works including jewelry, ceramics, paintings and sculpture on December 4 through 6 with an opening reception on December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Party," a 19-inch round, fused-glass is $850.
“Party,” a 19-inch round, fused-glass is $850.
Linda Minker
Linda Minker

Linda Minker of Palm Beach Gardens has always had an interest in art and started painting in 1985.

In 1993, she started making porcelain dolls.

“However, glass has always fascinated me and after seeing Dale Chihuly’s work years ago I knew I had to learn more.

Last September, after learning that the Armory Art Center taught glass fusing, I enrolled in a class and now it’s my passion.”

"Dune Shadow" is an 8 by 9 inch Oil On Board priced at $450.
“Breakfast Log Bend” is an 8 by 9 inch Oil On Board priced at $450.
Sonya Gaskell
Sonya Gaskell

Sonya Gaskell of Jupiter begins each painting with intensive direct observation. “I then use the language of paint applied continuously and freely over a surface to express the unified nature of reality and observer.”

She wishes to provide a window for transcendence in a three-point oscillation between observer, surface and perceived space.

There’s an immediacy which is simultaneously apparent and elusive, she said, “As the viewer’s perception shifts between awareness of paint and the eyes journey through perceived space.”

This Bird Jar was priced at $650 and is sold. There will be similar jars available.
This Bird Jar was priced at $650 and is sold. There will be similar jars available.
Deborah Adornato
Deborah Adornato

Deborah Adornato of West Palm Beach combines narrative themes of birds and migration in her clay work.

She combines wheel and hand-building techniques.

Armory Art Center is at 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach. Armory gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  For more information, call (561) 832-1776 or visit

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Discover Local Artists: PBCC Ceramic Art Show and Sale

The Art Gallery at Palm Beach Community College, Eissey Campus presents its 6th Annual Ceramic Show and Sale featuring work by both student artists and professionals, on December 4-5.

Amelia Costa
Amelia Costa

Amelia Costa of Boynton Beach aims to guide her viewers into observing ordinary objects that represent the minutiae of every day life as beautiful in their simplicity.

“I would like to share with the viewer what I see, the small stories within the surfaces of seemingly everyday objects, which catch the light and cast shadows and come alive,” she said. “It is like looking into an alternate reality in which these objects glow and become extraordinary.”

Sunset Mugs are 5 inches tall, low fire clay, and $17 each.


Costa paints with oils and acrylics and has recently started painting on board, which accepts layers and layers of paint. She glazes and builds up the surface to create an illusion of looking through glass or the reflection of objects on a highly polished metal surface.

She is inspired by traditional still-life works from the Renaissance, which were filled with objects imbued with mystical or magical significance. “For me, a still life is a window that allows me to see a snippet of someone else’s life. In Spanish, the term for still life is “naturaleza muerta,” which means dead nature, not alive.

“But I find a still life to be full of life and energy and also full of mysteries.”

Brian Kovachik
Brian Kovachik

Brian Kovachik of North Palm Beach aims to create functional artworks on the potter’s wheel that incorporate usefulness, interaction, sharing, involvement and history.

“My works are made from various stoneware clay bodies exposed to wood firing processes. The emergence of earth tones in colored glazes and slips address visually a relationship between the vessels and the origin of the material,” he said.

Sake bottle and cup, 7 by 4-by-4 inches, wood-fired stoneware clay, is priced at $50.


From ancient eastern methods of wood firing to modern day wood firing, this process connects a community of potters with the past, which he finds gratifying.

“Though formed and manipulated to serve a purpose, pleasure is taken continuing this developed connection with the user in everyday life by having my works used with a purpose,” he said.

Artists may be available to interact with clientele during the sale. The Art Alliance of Palm Beach Community College receives a portion of the proceeds for scholarships.

The show dates and times are Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Art Gallery at Palm Beach Community College, Eissey Campus is located at 3160 PGA Blvd., BB113, Palm Beach Gardens. For information, call (561) 207-5015.