Discover Local Artists: Kevin Boldenow

The Palm Beach Cultural Council is hosting the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship winners of Palm Beach County for its inaugural exhibition now through April 14 at the Council’s new headquarters at the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Avenue. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Feb. 29, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Kevin Boldenow

Kevin Boldenow of Stuart chose to break away from the dimension of mania that he feels entangles most people. Rather, he uses his camera to capture the essence of the world as he sees it. “It’s like gathering proof that indeed we live within more than concrete and asphalt,” he said.

“Antelope Canyon,” B/W Photography; 50 by 45 inches, (frame size); $1,500.

“More than six billion people walk this Earth and within minutes, another 1,000 are born. There are 300 million Americans working. They grab a cup of coffee in the morning, run out to the car with cell phone, and find themselves on the road fighting swarms of people doing the exact same thing.”

It’s important to notice the natural world around us, he believes –“the old oak tree or Florida pine standing beside the road, the majestic Washingtonian Palm and the Bougainvillea in full bloom.

“There is more to life than running to the next appointment.”

For more than twenty-three years, the Council has awarded $345,000 to 23 artists through the Fellowship program.

“Somber,”  B/W Photography, 28 by 20 inches, (frame size); $500.
“Blue Cypress Revisited,”  B/W Photography; 43 by 50 inches (frame size); $1,500

Boldenow received the 2004 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Grant for Visual and Media Artists.

Located in the historic Robert J. Montgomery Building at 601 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth, the new home of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit
PB Post article link, Oct. 11, 2010 

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I loved “Outsource This!” from the Jan, 23 edition of the New Yorker.

I’ve cut and pasted it below (and here’s the link to the story)

More  often than I’d like, our conversations seem to be about social media and how it works!

For example (setting, last Friday night at wine bar. Music playing loudly and hard to hear each other)

Martha: ??? Do you understand this? If you like me on my facebook page, you can get an excerpt of my new book, but I’ve been clicking it and nothing happens.

Me: I don’t see any link.

Clare emails: Martha, tell Christine to … (you get my drift)

new conversation (dinner after art opening 11:30 p.m. Thursday night):

Carol (artist friend who works all night, and goes to sleep at 4 or 5 a.m.): “Does anyone want my IPhone class at 7:30 tomorrow morning?

There are no takers. Me. Carol, that’s your bedtime.

Carol: I know. What was I thinking?

Another conversation. back at the wine bar.

Me: I don’t get twitter. I don’t really have the time to read all that stuff people twitter about.

Clare: Well, I’d never follow you. I don’t care what you have to say. I live next door to you…

And it goes on and on…

OUTSOURCE THIS! By Gary Shteyngart

@Shteyngart Like most busy mega-celebrities, I’ve decided to outsource my tweets.

#Outsourced2India Namaste, everyone! This is the Real Gary Shteyngart from NYC, USA!

#Outsourced2India Savoured some excellent aloo parathas at the test match against Pakistan.

#Outsourced2India I meant to say, enjoyed a bang-up FilletO’Cheese at the NJ Giants Sporting Centre. Go, squadron!

#Outsourced2India Looking out my window I can see the No. 6 train, pulling out of Union Square Terminus.

#Outsourced2India So many people clinging to the No. 6 train today! They must be heading to their villages for Diwali holiday.

#Outsourced2India Just found out they’re out-outsourcing the Real Gary to Italy because the rupee is strong & euro about to collapse.

#Outsourced2Italy Ciao, tutti! I am the Gari Autentico. I make the tweet about my real life in a new york.

#Outsourced2Italy O Madonna! My mistress and my mother shes fight about where to make the ski, Cervinia or Monte Bianco.

#Outsourced2Italy Brought laundry to my mama, she also wash the shoe, and we plan my 63rd birthday party with the cake and the stripper.

#Outsource2Italy Oggi I go to the bank but they say I have none the money. I vote Berlusconi 10 years, how this happen?

#Outsourced2Italy Porca miseria! My mistress is the Calabrese she make a violence on my face and now my wife she see.

#Outsourced2Italy I buy the lighter from the Nigerian at the mercato and give to my Filipina and now she is on fire. Che disastro!

#Outsourced2Italy Autentico Gari commence the 6-week ski in Monte Bianco. I out-out-outsource to Belarus. Ciao, ragazze.

#Outsourced2Minsk Hello. It is Real Gary. I am depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Still depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Drunk and depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Just drunk.

#Outsourced2Minsk Best friend Oleg throw me out of his Lada. He beat me. I beat him. Depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Drunk with Oleg. Now he is Best Friend FOREVER. I am so happy. Depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Ice fishing with BFF Oleg. He throw me in hole. I beat him. Depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Wife leaving for Moscow to be “hand model.” Very depressed.

#Outsourced2Minsk Got 10 years in labor camp for wearing wrong shirt to parade. Whatever. Outsourcing continues to Korea.

#Outsourced2Seoul Annyeong haseyo! This is the Real Gary Shteyngart, ranked 1,546th important American writer.

#Outsourced2Seoul Today Pastor Choi say Jesus have 2.2 billion followers, I have only 5,165. I feel a big shame in front of pastor.

#Outsourced2Seoul I must get Science of Tweeting Ph.D. at Dongguk University. This give me “leg up.”

#Outsourced2Seoul Stayed up 72 hours studying @AlecBaldwin tweets. He is top successful American, probably went to Harvard.

#Outsourced2Seoul Going out to Lotte World with pretty Ewha graduate Hong, Eun-hee!

#Outsourced2Seoul Find out Hong, Eun-hee parents want only Korea Tech graduate for Eun-hee and also Methodist. I feel a big shame.

#Outsourced2Seoul Appa compare me with my cool younger brother Dong Min (Dougie) who already tweet for Jennifer Weiner. I feel a big shame.

#Outsourced2Seoul Umma say I must make tweet funnier. Today my leg crushed by truck because I was thinking abt work! HA HA Now in hospital.

#Outsourced2Seoul Tweet boss say I am not A-team. I am maybe B-team or C-team. I feel a big shame in front of him. Also family.

#Outsourced2Seoul Standing on Mapo Bridge over Han River. I have no wife, no car, no top college degree, no leg. Wish I could outsource myse

#Outsourced2Seoul Last tweet was over 140 characters. Please accept my sincere apologies for this horrible mistake. Goodbye, cruel wo ♦

Discover local artists: artpalmbeach

There’s still time… artpalmbeach runs through January 23. And you’ll see some familiar faces (and canvases) there!

So, quickly, so that you can go rather than read about it…

At JF Gallery:


William Finlayson, “Disenchanted”

Co-owner of JF Gallery William Finlayson said he’d been thinking about how to have some fun with the Disney font, when an acquaintance joked about being enchanted. Put DIS in front, and that would be a great word to play with using that font, he thought. So, here you have it — a mixed media on panel, 17 1/2  by 16 inches, $4,400.


Chisolm, “Layers in Time with Warm Reds”

Part of Chisolm’s Layers in Time series, Chisolm explained the makings of his “Warm Reds.” “What you see are layers of runs. I paint on plastic and cover my work with epoxy for the high gloss.” Price of this piece is $7,000.


Sibel Kocobasi, “Black Dot Come”

Sibel Kocobasi explained that she had just finished a series with animals, and, adopting a vegetarian diet, she needed a break, and this painting is part of it. What’s next? We’ll see…”Black Dot Come is priced at $6,400.


Jacek Gancarz with “Disposable Lighter Repair” and “Horse and Lion. Both are limited editions, 1/6, and $3,500.

At Whitespace, Jacek Gancarz was lounging about… Most likely, he’s thinking deep thoughts. As he has written (and photographed), so it is… “A blissful feeling comes over me as I wander through neighborhoods, looking and making pictures. Sometimes I connect with my subjects in the intimacy of their homes or sidewalks and realize there exists a reassuring sameness of character, one that is adaptable and resilient, regardless of status or location.”

And here’s some work by Ellen Liman, owner of Liman Gallery.


Ellen Liman with “Still Life Fruit,” oil on canvas, 72 by 48 inches, each is $7,000.

Because of the scale, she said, her colors are bold and her strokes are loose. “I love texture, heightened color, figurative paintings. Like Cezanne, I’m trying to honor the flat surface and add dimension.”

And from other places at the show, and just because…

ArtPalmBeach’s fair schedule encompasses  events, special exhibitions, topical lectures, special museum tours, site specific art installations, art performances and VIP programs. The fair runs January 20th-22nd from noon – 7 P.M. and January 23rd from noon – 6 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door, $15 for a one-day ticket and $20 for a multi-day ticket.

For more information on ArtPalmBeach exhibitors and programming, travel accommodations, and additional exhibition openings, please visit or call 239.949.5411.

Photos by Carol Korpi McKinley

Discover Local Artists: Afloat in Miami

The SeaFair became a floating art fair, for the 3rd edition of Miami International Art Fair, now through January 16. Docked at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, it’s “housing” 28 international galleries, including a couple (Art Link International, Lake Worth and Arcature Fine Art, Palm Beach) from Palm Beach County, as well as one of our “local” artists (sculptor Edwina Sandys).

Miami International Art Fair aboard the SeaFair

Along with artwork by a host of well known artists, Art Link also featured the work of a Miami artist, Daisy Papp.

Daisy Papp and Howard Brassne

“Daisy’s work takes common imagery and brings it to life in a way that creates excitement in viewers,” said gallery owner, Howard Brassner. Two of Papp’s large Marilyn Monroe works were on exhibit, as well as a sculpture.

Papp’s rendition of Marilyn

Papp’s work features a variety of glamorous “Lady” icons from the past, and believes that with their passing, an era passed as well. Too bad, she said, while ladies listening in looked askance. “Women today could learn from them.”

In any case, Brassner has a Marilyn piece living in his home, and it makes him feel good just to look at it, he said. “It’s got a sensuality as well as sexuality about it that’s exciting and relaxing.”

Among other works at Arcature Fine Arts, Ryan Ross is featuring artists John Chamberlain and Hal Buckner at the fair, who share a booth of their own.

Over the years, Ross has collected many pieces by Chamberlain, who died Dec. 21, 2011, and is known for his colorful crushed, bent and twisted automobile-part sculptures. He once said: “I think of my art materials not as junk but as garbage. Manure, actually; it goes from being the waste material of one being to the life-source of another.”

Hal Buckner

Artist Hal Buckner does another twist on metal, and an opening of his work, “Hal Buckner: Cutouts,” is on January 20 at Arcature in its Palm Beach Gallery, 6-8 p.m. An RSVP is requested…Most of us know Edwina Sandys… From her site:

“A New Yorker by choice and marriage, Edwina Sandys was born and raised in London. In 1969 she considered standing for Parliament, which placed her squarely within her family’s tradition. Not only was her father the British Cabinet Minister, Duncan Sandys, but her grandfather was Winston Churchill. It is telling that these major political figures were both talented artists. Through her richly varied life experience, Edwina is uniquely situated to create work related to the global issues of our time.”

Edwina Sandys

“Your life is your art. It’s you canvas,” she said, and that pertains to everyone.

The Miami International Art Fair, on the SeaFair, is located at 100 Chopin Plaza, docked at the Intercontinental Hotel adjacent to Bayfront Park. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 13-14, noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 15-16. A one-dy pass costs $15.

For information on the fair, and events surrounding it, please visit the fair’s site.

Photos by artist Carol Korpi-McKinley