Discover Local Artists: Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Four area artists will be among the 125 from around the country who will bring their latest work to the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show when the event returns to the Palm Beach Convention Center for its 10th season, March 1-3. They are: Irina Grammatina (wearable art, booth 421) and Andrea Janosik (jewelry, booth 316) of West Palm Beach; Debbie Lee Mostel (mixed media, booth 602) of Palm Beach Gardens; and Jim and Tori Mullan (mixed media and jewelry, booth 609) of Lake Worth. Like the other artists in the show, these artists were selected by a jury of professionals in the field of fine craft, and all four will be exhibiting at the show for the first time this year.

Irina Grammatina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and began art school at 6 years old. She graduated from Mukhina Academy with a degree in industrial design. She successfully sold her paintings in Russia and Scandinavia and moved to the United States where she has worked in the fashion industry in Palm Beach since 1997. Her own hand made fashions include hand painted silk wearables and unique T-shirts with her designs rendered in Swarowski Crystal.

Irina Grammatina: creates hand-painted tunics and scarves. All designs are original and unique, entirely handmade using high quality French dyes on white natural silk. Free-hand painting is created by using brushes and resists, no stencils. It is fixed by steam to prevent color fade or wash and is very durable.

Andrea Janosik was born in Slovakia. During her early years, her family lived in Zambia, Africa, moving to Germany when she was a teenager. Janosik studied art and sculpture in Germany before moving to the United States. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York. She received the Emerging Artist award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Art Jewelry Forum in 2007 and the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council in 2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and published in Leather Jewelry and Art Jewelry Today 2.

Andrea Janosik’s “White/Black Cone Necklace,” rolled leather necklace with oxidized sterling silver on a leather cord.

Debbie Lee Mostel is the quintessential “beach girl.” When she was a little girl, she would sit alone on the dunes and think that the crashing waves were “Mother Nature’s Heartbeat.” She speaks fondly of how motivated she was to create art after an exquisite performance by lightning or watching the delicate but powerful dance of a butterfly. After a 15-year career as a fashion jewelry designer, she developed a fascination for the construct of technology – the intricate designs of motherboards, heat coils and laser pickups – and a fondness for using those objects, and others, to create mixed-media works of art.

“Loves Light,” mixed media on wood by Debbie Mostel. 

Jim and Tori Mullan enjoy combining natural materials with found and recycled objects to give their designs a time-worn yet renewed feeling. By pairing old watches, vintage toys, and scientific instruments with things found in nature, such as, birds, dragonflies and animal components, they create one of-a-kind mixed media jewelry and assemblages.

Jim and Tori Mullan: “Hare today, gone tomorrow.” Mixed media sculpture hand carved from wood and incorporated with various metals, natural materials, and found objects.
Jim and Tori Mullan: “Dragonfly #2.”  Mixed media pin created from brass, sterling silver, stainless steel, vintage ivory and found objects.

The Palm Beach Convention Center is at 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Dates and hours for the show are: Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 per person, and $14 for seniors.

Fashion show, featuring art couture and jewelry are Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

Guest lectures are as follows:
Friday, March 1, 1:30 p.m. – Contemporary Fine Art Glass: A Symposium, with Linda Boone. A former owner/director of Habatat Galleries and president of The Glass Art Exchange, Boone will lead a panel discussion with art dealer Jo Met, collector Steve Funk and noted glass artists Matthew Fine and Charles Savoie.

Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m. – Enhance Your Collection With Enamels, with enamelist Judy Stone. A member of the Northern California Enamel Guild, and The Enamelist Society, where Stone served a 6 year term on the Board of Trustees.

Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m. – The Art of the Story: Ceramic artist Kirsten Stingle. Every culture in the world has its favorite storytellers – those who have added to the richness of people’s lives by telling their stories. But not all stories are told with the spoken word. Stingle will talk about her inspiration and the new collection she is working on for a museum exhibit at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art this September.

PB Post article link, Feb. 20, 2013

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