Discover Local Artists: PBC Art Teachers Association

The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus presents “Collective Synergy,” a juried exhibition by members of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, May 17 through September 2.

The 25 instructors in the show teach kindergarten through twelth grade with the School District of Palm Beach County. There will be 65 works of art in the show, from photography, digital photography, mixed media, ceramics, to collage on paper, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, and pen and ink.

Vase by Kovachik. 14 by 8 inches, wood fired ceramic, $350.

Usefulness, interaction, sharing, involvement, and history are all words Brian Kovachik uses when he talks about creating his functional artworks utilizing the potter’s wheel. Kovachik is a teacher at Jupiter High School.

“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.  There is an immense connection with the past, present, and future that I find very gratifying.”

From ancient eastern methods of wood firing to modern day wood firing, this process connects a community of potters with the past.  Though formed and manipulated to serve a purpose, pleasure is taken continuing this developed connection with the user in everyday life by having his works used with a purpose, he said. “My works are intended to be used in common everyday rituals such as eating meals, socializing, and aesthetic enjoyment.

“I receive gratification from taking form, function, and comfort into consideration as I create works that will connect the user and myself for many years.”


Diane Cappella, a teacher at Independence Middle School, said she’s been an artist as long as she can remember.

“I love being in the zone”and escaping to my right brain,” she said. Cappella has a B.F.A. degree

“The Look of Love” by Cappella. a 20-by-20-inch photograph on canvas, $300.

from Penn State University, with a major in painting and a minor in sculpture and photography.  “I love all of them. I also have an M.S.E. degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  I have been teaching art most of my life.  Now that I’m retiring, I will be able to devote more time to my own art. In the past several years, I have become an avid nature photographer specializing in wildlife and taking it upon myself to crusade for our diminishing wildlife and their much needed habitat.

“I have been exhibiting my photos for several years now and will publish a book in the near future.”


In her artwork, Britt Feingold, a teacher at Bethune Elementary School, strives to stimulate thoughts and provoke feelings in the viewer.

“I want them to be curious, interested, and thinking about the work even when it is no longer visible.

Feingold’s “Reflection,” photography 17 by 14 inches, $200.

“I am proud of the work that I choose to do and hope that I can ignite the senses.  While deciding what to create, I try to visualize the piece finished, how I want it to look, and what I am trying to say.  I like using a variety of media and as to how I choose what to use, it depends on what I am trying portray and how I want the viewer to feel.  I enjoy the satisfaction that at least in my eyes, I have accomplished my point and created something worth paying attention to.”

As an artist, creating is time consuming, she said. “Works might take a day, a month, or what seems like an eternity. The process is different for each individual artist.  When I have finished that work though, the satisfaction of seeing what I have visualized come to life fills me with unbelievable pride.  In that moment, I am so happy to be an artist and to be sharing my joy with others.”

Feingold enjoys photography because she likes to document the world around her and how she sees it.  In certain frames it is the colors, shadows, reflections, stillness, an emotion, or simply the natural beauty of what is being shot that appeals to her.  “I mix up color and black and whites; I feel that certain shots can only be one or the other, other times both. I have a great admiration for nature and strive to show that in my work.”

All of the artwork is for sale, with prices ranging from $50 to $1,200. The opening reception is Tuesday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. The juror for the exhibition is Sherry Stephens, an associate professor at the College. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The Eissey Campus Art Gallery atPalm Beach State College is at 3160 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. The gallery is located in room 113 the BB building. Gallery summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday. For more information about the exhibit, call Karla Walter at (561) 207-5015.

PB Post article link, May 14, 2010