Seth says

I can’t help myself. Work has been long and hard and tiring. So Seth’s words motivate me. Recently, he put up one of his lectures for free.  In this post, I love what he says about obedience (no), compliance (no), generosity (yes), creativity (yes).

Here’s Seth’s link

Makes me stop and think about what I was doing when I was four years old, when, he says, we were all geniuses (we get talked out of this inborn “expertise,” by the way — we go to school and learn compliance).

Makes me want to ask myself each morning, “What am I afraid of today?” and do that… Better to fail, and fail often, rather than never do create work at all.

That competency is not enough.

He talks a lot about “shipping,” which means getting the work done and sent off to the client.

…That all work can be “art.” Do what you love. Navigate the uncharted water.

Discover Local Artists: Sonya Gaskell

Whether Sonya Gaskell, of Jupiter, paints on location or in her studio, it’s really space that she’s contemplating. And freedom.

"Carlin," Oil on Board, 10 by 11 inches (at Lazy Loggerhead Cafe) $300
“Carlin,” Oil on Board, 10 by 11 inches (at Lazy Loggerhead Cafe) $300

Come see her works in any of the three shows where she is currently on exhibit: at the Armory Art Center’s “Awe Unveiled,” the Boca Raton City Library, and the Lazy Loggerhead Café in Carlin Park, Jupiter.

Sonya Gaskell
Sonya Gaskell

As she explains it, in her works, she aims for the viewer to experience the pictorial space that she creates as well as the stroke of the paint on the canvas – at about a 50-to-50 percent, back-and-forth interchange.

In that interplay, her viewer “gets” an experience of spaciousness as an element.

To demonstrate: If you stand alone in a big auditorium, you might sum up the feeling you get in that room as open and airy. On the other hand, if you are shut up in a closet, you might feel claustrophobic. So, she asks: How come? It’s just you standing in a space, so where do the feelings come from?

"December 31st," 36 by 53 inches, Oil on Canvas (at the Armory Show) $8,000
“December 31st,” 36 by 53 inches, Oil on Canvas (at the Armory Show) $8,000

Gaskell believes it’s an internal experience, an aspect of the mind or consciousness.

Get that, and Gaskell has achieved her purpose. A little magic transpires, she said, as the viewer is “teased back and forth between the pictorial space and the mellifluous painterly blocks of paint on the surface.”

For Gaskell, painting freely is a joyful experience, however, she still maintains a commitment to her subject matter.

Take her painting of  “Old Regal Sentiment,” for example. The car from her former marriage sits on her property, the beast she tried to ignore.

"'Old Regal' Sentiment," 18 by 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, (in the Library Show) $600
“‘Old Regal’ Sentiment,” 18 by 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, (in the Library Show) $600

One day, as the sun fell on it, she was struck by its beauty and decided to paint it. In the process, she remembered the good times, the trips to the beach, and the old hippy lifestyle she at one time enjoyed. The rust, she found, had character and color. Light played off the old chrome beautifully. And she experienced the alchemy of painting, where “old resentment transmuted to ‘Old Regal Sentiment.’”

Let her magic work on you – can you move between the two experiences and come to taste space?

The Armory Art Center, located at 1700 Parker Blvd., West Palm Beach, is exhibiting two shows, “Awe Unveiled” and “Artists in Residence,” now through May 14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Boca Raton City Library is located at 1501 N.W. West Spanish River Drive, Boca Raton. The show continues through May 11. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lazy Loggerhead Café is at 401 S Highway A1A, the beach, in Carlin Park, Jupiter. Hours are 8:30 to 3 p.m. daily.

For information, call Gaskell at (561) 743-1216.

Discover Local Artists: In the Raw…

Anthony Burks

…As in the artwork is offered unframed… Alludes to freedom. Don’t label. And let’s get to the heart of things, and appreciate color and art…

These are some of the thoughts Anthony Burks shares about why he calls his end-of-season exhibit, “In the Raw.”

His color pencil and mixed-media works are featured in this show at ArtSpace 408, now through Saturday, April 24, with a closing reception, Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m.

If you go, report back about how you were affected by Burks’ use of colors.

Burks, who was born in Lake Worth in 1967, has always wanted to be an artist and illustrator.

While attending high school, one of his art teachers introduced him to a number of different media including his trademark medium, the color pencil.

He has been perfecting this technique since 1983 and continues to do so while experimenting with other media, including pen and ink and watercolor.

“Blue Eyed Butterfly,” 22 by 30 inches, Mixed Media, priced at $1,200
“Mardi Gras,”41 by 15 inches, Mixed Media, $2,100.

Burks earned several grants and scholarships while in college, and also won many awards and contests.

Upon graduating, Burks was employed by Baron Signs Manufacturing where he still works as an on-staff artist. He’s also a freelance artist and mentors young artists.

“Lion II,” 30 by 40 inches, Mixed Media, $3,000.

His work, rich in detail and color, has been exhibited at Gallery One in Sarasota, 123 Gallery in  West Palm Beach, Florida, I Am Art & Image in Lauderhill, African Art Galleria in Boca Raton, and The African American Art Gallery in Lake Park.

ArtSpace 408 is at 408 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Gallery hours are 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Discover Local Artists: Student Exhibit, Eissey Campus

Art that looks real to the viewer as well as art that looks at the viewer are included in the 24th Annual Student Art Exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College, April 13 through May 7.

“Jasmine,” by Bryan Vallejo, is a medium archival inkjet print, 24 by 18 inches, priced at $175.

The opening reception and award announcement is Tuesday, April 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, part of a dual celebration as it coincides with the gallery’s 15th Anniversary, has something for everyone, said gallery manager, Karla Walters said. With 320 pieces, it’s the largest student exhibition to date. Artworks includes ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, available for sale with prices ranging from $20 to $3,500.

A digital photograph of a Middle Eastern girl, “Jasmine,” by Brian Vallejo of Palm Springs draws the eye and is a “must see,” Walters says. “Jasmine looks directly at the viewer. The rich color purple of her clothing and the complementary color of her green eyes make this photograph interesting.”

Brian Vallejo
Brian Vallejo

Vallejo, who came to Palm Beach County from Colombia when he was 4 years old, has a passion for photography and art. Influenced by fashion and skateboarding photography, he has won numerous school awards and his work has been published in skateboard magazines.

He is pursuing a double major in political science and photography with a minor in sociology.

Sena Brickwedel of Palm Beach Gardens is captivated by the infinite versatility and creative potential of clay.

Sena Brickwedel
Sena Brickwedel

“My work explores the relationship between what is seen and what is unseen, seeking to translate the expressions evoked by that interaction into form, distilling the sacred out of the seemingly mundane,” she said.

Sena Brickwedel

One of the ceramic pieces, “1930’s Vignette,” is a real attention getter, Walter adds. “A clutch purse, hat on a hat stand and gloves, it’s technically done so well, it looks real. The glaze is shiny, which makes it look like patent leather.”

“1932 Vignette” by Georgia Novotny


The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information call Karla Walter at (561) 207-5015.

Discover Local Artists: Showtel 2010

Suppose while viewing a piece of art, the two-dimensional canvas became three dimensional, and you could walk right in and experience that world?

In a way, viewers do have that opportunity at Showtel, an event curated by Kara Walker-Tome  now in its 8th year.  Showtel returns to Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach, April 8-10 with a special preview party on Thursday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. (Show nights are on Saturday April 9 and Sunday, April 10,  5-10 p.m.)

Twenty-one  emerging artists will create site-specific, multi-media installations. No long-winded explanations are necessary. Just come, see, interact…

Here’s a taste from last year,  Jackie Tufford’s “Metanoia in Winter.”

Tufford of Jupiter is a mixed media and performance artist who has her BFA from Florida Atlantic University and her MFA from Penn State University. She teaches at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. This will be her third year participating in Showtel.

About last year’s exhibit, she said: “Technology can be isolating and cause a cold environment.”

Although she intends for her installations to entertain, “to temporarily distract from the mundane,” she is interested in her viewers’ response. To that end, she invites  her viewers into an environment, and asks them to reflect and relate.

This year, she delves into the realm of “Miss Pin Cushion.”

“Once upon the sewing room of Miss Pin Cushion, everything was large and overwhelming,” describes Tufford. “Patterns for dresses hung chaotically around the room as she worked on her fabrics.

“Large needles with spools were like monuments, and pincushions stood like half bubble-shaped cacti in an imaginary textile desert.”

Is the world an overwhelming place? To be sure. “I am interested in emotional commonality. Everybody at some point feels overwhelmed,” she said.

Each artist will transform his or her hotel room into a conceptual art environment specifically designed and created for the space, on display for a brief time and with nothing for sale.

Participating artists are: Joey Bargsten, Katherine Barnes, Leah Brown, Martin Eduardo Casuso, Brent Cole, Halie Ezratty, Daniel E. Fernandez, Robb Fladry, Georgeta Fondos, Donna Haynes, Lauren Alyssa Howard, Lauren Jacobson, Onorina Jomir, Bradley Lezo, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Cristina Sierra, Sue Stevens, Peter Symons, Gregg Tome, Jackie Tufford, Jordi Williams and Meme: The Experimental Media Ensemble.

Tickets for Showtel are available in advance online at Cost is $10, if purchased online or $15 at the door. Tickets for college students cost  $10 (online or at the door), for students age 17 and under, cost is $5 (at the door), and children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Hotel Biba is at 320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.

Only 300 tickets will be sold for the Preview with proceeds going to support the inaugural Showtel Artist Support Fund. The Preview Night event is on Thursday, April 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. for a special $30 ticket price, which includes a complimentary cocktail, Showtel program, and a weekend pass to the show (valued at $20). The curator and all participating artists will be present.

Please, if you visit Showtel, interact, relate and come back here to post your response…