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.

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Discover Local Artists: Schorr and Selikoff

“Visions: Real & Imagined,” featuring the work of artists Elle Schorr and Nathan Selikoff,  opens at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, Monday May 9.

This exhibition explores two  different approaches to capturing and portraying the complex world surrounding us, juxtaposing the photographic images of real city life as seen by Schorr with imaginative and abstract computer generated imagery by  Selikoff. Both present representations of the world around us: Schorr’s based on reality as seen through her camera, Sellikoff’s based on the underlying, and unseen, realities of science and math as imagined through his computer.


“My photographs are reflections taken on city streets, and explore the intersections of past and present, old and new, shadow and light as captured by my camera in real time,” Schorr said.

“I  seek out the cacophony of city life, looking for a fuller experience of the streets, the neighborhoods, the mood, the changes in lifestyles and eras in which the city was built.

At times, my images become mysterious, even magical. They are of real life, but often not realistic, nor literal.” More of Schorr’s work can be seen on her Web site.


Said Nathan Selikoff’: “My explorations take place in the fuzzy overlap between art, mathematics and programming, transforming the non-visual reality of equations and systems into abstract imagery in the form of prints, animations, and installations.

Using the computer as my primary artistic tool and pulling from such diverse areas as chaos and population simulation, I mix mathematics with traditional elements of design to create experimental cutting edge art.” His work can be seen on his site.

“Downtown Blues” by Schorr, 30″ w x 22″ h,  1/10, $1,200.  
“Death Mask 1″ by Selikoff,  33″ h x 23” w, $315.
“Evolution” by Schorr, 28″ w x 40″ h, 1/10, $1,500.
“Helios” by Selikoff, 36″ x 36″, $985.

The exhibition, part of Palm Beach Gardens’ GardensArt program, opens in Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, on Monday, May 9,  with an reception on Wednesday, May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. It continue through June 23. Palm Beach Gardens City Hall is located at 10500 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Exhibition hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call Amy Stepper at (561) 630-1116.

Discover Local Artists: Clay for Earth Day

Tracy Rosof-Petersen, prices range from $400 to $1,200.

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery presents “Earth, Bowl- Sky, Basket,” celebrating Earth Day’s myths and legends on Friday April 15, from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. as Earth and its gifts inspire  artists to produce the wide variety of work.


Tracy Rosof-Petersen, curator of the event, exhibits pottery with native clays, pigments and firing techniques that echoes Native American art.


Maria Hayden and Jesse Showalter use ancient  pit


firing and saggar techniques to create works that are contemporary, yet echo the past.

They take their works from 1,200-degree fire and plunge them into smoking debris that imparts color for controlled surprises with each piece.

Using polishing stones similar to Native American burnishing technique,s they compress the clay surface until it shines and then apply grasses, seaweed, oats, horsehair and naturally found chemicals to the surfaces.

Maria Hayden, price is $100.

Since the survival of the coral reef along the Palm Beach County coastline is cause for concern, Reef Rescue is the gallery’s guest on this evening.

Jesse Showalter, price of vessel, $45

Reef Relief work to increase public awareness, strengthen grassroots support and promote eco-tourism that protects and preserves coral reef ecosystems.

Pianist Nino DiSilva will entertain visitors to the gallery and wine and food will be offered.

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth. Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m.

For information, call (215) 205-9441.

Discover Local Artists: Sam Perry

Coffee: some see it as an essential to the day, and insist on Starbucks. Artist Sam Perry fits into that category, and calls himself a “Starbucks junkie.”

Sam Perry

“When I’m not teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Digital Media Center, Armory Arts Center AND The Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta, I’m at Starbucks  — morning and nights,” he said.

Perry has always enjoyed observing people,  studying them and DRAWING them.  His latest body of work,  “The Starbucks Series,” exhibited at Liman Gallery March 25 through April 9,  comprises oil paintings, pen and ink sketches and prints and are the product of his many Starbucks hours.

Take, for example, the elderly disabled gentleman that Perry observed, a flashy patron reminiscent of Perry’s favorite rock star, Brian Ferry. He became the subject of “Old Get Wiser.”

“Old Gets Wiser,” 72 by 48 inches, oil on wood, $14,800

A young woman, portrayed in “Studying for the Bar,” becomes the subject of Perry’s artistic study and composition.

Perry believes people should not take themselves so seriously, and, as such, his work reflects a lightheartedness and whimsy, a freshness and unusual perspective.

Watch out the next time you visit Starbucks on Clematis. Perry might be drawing you!

Perry’s show opens at Liman Gallery on 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 27, with a painting demonstration at 3 p.m. Liman Gallery is located at 139 N County Rd., Palm Beach. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call the gallery at (561)  659-7050.

Discover Local Artists: Segall and Sagui

Liz Segall and Jim Sagui

JF Gallery in West Palm Beach is presenting “The Muses Are Heard (and They’re Loud),” an exhibition of the work of Liz Ghitta Segall and James Sagui, a married couple who work and create together, February 24 through March 24.

There is no escaping the sound (sometimes a low, carefree humming, sometimes a noisy, nagging whining) of the Muses that pass between them at any given moment whether it be over morning coffee at home or across the parking courtyard that separates their two studios in the Northwood section of West Palm Beach, they say.

This particular exhibition showcases new work from each which was inspired by the other. For example: Segall found herself using her husband’s woodshop materials — walnut stain for furniture — in her paintings and Sagui discovered a link in his line figure drawings not too dissimilar to his wife’s sketches.

“Madrigal #1” by Liz Segall is an oil-on-wood, 24 by 48 inches, priced at $3,200
James Sagui’s “XXY,”  metal & gold leafed, 7 by 9 by 25 inches, $4,500 each.

JF GALLERY is at 3901 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The opening night reception is on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call (561) 478-8281.


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Discover Local Artists: Laurance Rassin

Laurance Rassin, a New York snowbird who winters with relatives in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, aims to produce art in zero gravity on Virgin Galactic. To that end, he will undergo space training at the Nastar Center in Pennsylvania to get him ready for a suborbital flight, and has been exhibiting his works offering them for sale in order to finance his trip. See some of it before he blasts off at Paul Fisher Gallery, January 19 to February 19, and at Lamborghini Palm Beach, January 21.

“Night Landing,” oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches, $20,000

The NASTAR Center,a Federal Aviation Administration safety-approved training facility, prepares passengers for Virgin Galactic’s specific flight profile, which takes passengers up 50,000 feet before releasing them in the SpaceShipTwo suborbital craft. SpaceShipTwo then ignites its rocket boosters and the vehicle jets toward space before descending back to about 70,000 feet The total flight time is about 2.5 hours, during which passengers experience approximately four minutes of weightlessness. The cost of the two-day training program is $6,000, and currently, seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are commanding $200,000 each.

“We are all part of something bigger, or least we hope so,” he said. “This is what drives me to paint, sculpt, make fashions and music with my blue rider rock band.”

His collection for “Into Space” spans a decade of  his work and reflects his love of the modern era, space travel and romance. Proceeds will be shared between support for his flight and Autism Speaks.

laurance head
Laurance Rassin

Rassin calls his large-scale impasto oil paintings, sumptious and color filled. These add up to more than 500 original works along with his bronze scultpures, ceramics, tapestries and textiles, which he weaves together, creating characters and scenes to tell a whimisical story.

His work is featured regularly at Bonhams & Butterfields, 20th Century in Manhattan and his women’s fashion line, Laurance Rassin Signature, has been featured at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Rassin grew up outside Washington, DC and Palm Beach, Fla. and graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991.He has fronted a rock band since the early 1990s and is presently recording a rock album with Doc Allison, James Brown’s famed percussionist in “New Blue Riders: Art Dreams.”

“The Crystal Ball Foretold Space Travel,” oil on canvas, 60 by 72 inches

Paul Fisher Gallery is located in the Flamingo Building, 433 Flamingo Drive, in West Palm Beach. The gallery is open by appointment Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  An opening event is planned for January 19, 6-10 p.m. For information, call  (561) 832-5255  or go to

On Friday, Jan. 21, an event to benefit Autism Speaks featuring Laurance’s works will be held at Lamborghini of Palm Beach, 2345 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the Barron Group at UBS Financial.

Discover Local Artists: Arnold Levine

Wellington resident, Arnold Levine’s photography, “Arrivals and Departures,” will be exhibited at the Jan and Gary Dario Gallery, Lake Worth Campus, Palm Beach State College, Jan. 20 – Feb. 24.

An  artist and graphic designer, Arnold Levine is a three-time Grammy award-winning art director and designer for Columbia Sony Records and former senior V.P. creative director of Sony Music. This installation exhibits the current directions of Levine’s lifetime of work.

Arrivals and Departures Exhibit

“Arrivals and Departures” features 45-by-30-inch black and white images of Levine’s 26-hour Amtrak ride from New York to West Palm Beach. For this installation, the gallery will be transformed into an actual train station, complete with constructed sets from the theater department, large standing photographs and an Amtrak ticket booth. This photographic display documents the narrative of constant travelers moving quickly from one place to another.

The exhibition’s opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. Palm Beach State College is located at 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kristin M. Hopkins at (561) 868-3909.

Discover Local Artists: Visit Bounty and 10X10

Among the artists featured in a group show, “Bounty,” at Mary Woerner Fine Arts November 20 through December 18 are Hanne Niederhausen and Terre Rybovich.

Hanne Niederhause

Niederhausen works in a variety of media experimenting with various materials and techniques. In “Scroll Down,” the three upper images are photographs taken on travels through Europe, whereas the three lower ones are painted and drawn in gestural layers of ink, acrylic and graphite on hard boards.

“This piece brings together my interest in books, printmaking, as well as in the history of writing systems,” she said.

Historically, a scroll is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper, which has been written or drawn upon for the purpose of transmitting information or for decoration, she explained. “Nowadays a scroll is used in a virtual rather than a physical sense – the action of scrolling has become an integral part of our daily lives at the computer. How often did you let your screen scroll down today?”

“Scroll Down”, 31 by 47 inches, $2,400

“Scroll Down” might convey a seemingly old feeling, yet is contemporary in its message.

Terre Rybovich

“Here’s what I do when I draw,” Terre Rybovich said. “I start by blackening a sheet of paper with charcoal. Then I lie down naked on it, leaving a clear imprint of my body. The imprint is what defines the drawing—not me, the artist. I say I collaborate with chance, but I’m the one doing all the work. This method of drawing is not the easy way out: Even though I’m collaborating, it’s a long, hard process before I can let go of a drawing.”

The imprint of her body defines the text or symbols as well. “I just transcribe what my body gives me,” she said.

When the brain sees text it jumps into action: “Oh look, there’s work for me to do.” Our brains want do decipher, to find meaning in patterns. They find pleasure in that,” she said. “Yet in this case, in incorporating the whole body in generating text, the brain has to work a little differently. The message is elusive. It’s what you make it out to be.”

“Excerpt 5,” 34 by 22 inches, $950.

But it’s still an ice-breaker, she added. And ultimately the message is, “Talk to each other. We need to talk to each other.”

Mary Woerner Fine Art is at 3700 South Dixie Highway, #7, West Palm Beach. An opening reception is on November 20, from 6-8 p.m.


For more information, call (561) 832-3233. or visit Mary Woerner Fine Art’s site.

Also, on Saturday, Nov. 20, is the fourth annual 10X10 exhibition  from 6-10 p.m. at Lake Worth Storage, featuring sixteen installation and performance art pieces in self-storage units measuring ten feet square or less.

The audience must wander the industrial facility of several hundred storage units to seek out the art installations, which are spread throughout the space.  When one comes upon an open unit, it is a total aesthetic surprise, revealing the ingenuity of the artists who have created intense multi-media, conceptual art installations in 10 square feet or less.

The eighteen regional artists participating in the exhibition are Laura Atria, Steve Backhus, Birds are Nice, Aliya Bonar, Gage Branda, Christian DeFazio, Angela DiCosola, Mark Franz, Nicole Gugliotti, Kristin Miller Hopkins, Lauren Jacobson, Brad Lewter, Shark Man, Patrick Maxcy, Sally Ordile, Dana Matthew Shores, Misael Soto and Adrienne Turk. Half of the artists are new to the show.

For a taste, here’s the description of Unit 2185 Adrienne Turk’s “Lair of Mourning Dove.”

This piece is a raw self-portrait about coping with loss and the strange process of grieving through the Jewish mourning ritual, Shiva. Text of the mourner’s prayer looms amid personal and iconographic (symbolic) references coated in fleshy, temporal latex. Haunting rendition of the graveside prayer EL Molai Rachamim (God Filled With Mercy) by my cousin Noa Tucker. In loving memory of my father Sol Turk.

A new feature of the exhibition this year will be The Store Unit with small, affordable art works by the participating artists for sale.  10×10, produced by Walker-Tome’s ArtSite Projects, is fully funded by the admission charge of $5 per person. Lake Worth Storage is located at 4166 South Military Trail, Lake Worth. Limited on-site parking (with ample nearby street parking available). For more information call (561) 670-9658.

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Discover Local Artists: Pat Kaufman

Pat Kaufman

Pat Kaufman’s paintings can be viewed at the 9th Annual Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean in Juno Beach November 13 and 14, and the 11th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Fest, November 27 and 28.

An award winning , self-taught watercolor artist, Kaufman creates bright tropical, Key West-style paintings.  She lives in a renovated cottage, built in the 1930s, in Pineapple Grove, Delray Beach, which also serves as her work studio and art gallery.

“I am inspired by the wonder of color. The transparency and spontaneity of watercolors gives life to my paintings,” she said.  “Here in Florida and other places I have visited, there is so much color all around you. When I observe the trees blowing in the breeze, the sunlight dancing off the leaves or the light shining through blossom petals, it inspires me to paint them and see if I can capture this dance of light.”

Sun Kissed Blossoms, watercolor, 22 by 30 inches, priced at $525

She also loves architecture and the old clapboard houses and cottages.  “They have so much character, charm and color. I love their doors and windows as they seem to just lure me in and then I just want to draw and paint them,” she said.

Cottage by the Sea, watercolor, 22 by 30 inches, priced at $525

The 9th Annual Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean will take place November 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on A1A between Donald Ross Rd. & Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach.  The 11th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Art Fest is held November 27 and 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. located in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, on NE Second Ave. just north of Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach.  For more information contact Pat at 561-272 – 4260, or visit her web site

Discover Local Artists: Kevin Boldenow

The new Waters Edge Gallery  features the works of local artists including Keven Boldenow.

Kevin Boldenow

Kevin Boldenow’s message: “Over six billion people walk this Earth. By the time you have read this passage, another thousand will be born. There are 300 million Americans alone working, clamoring and striving to get ahead. Day in and day out, millions of  them grab a cup of coffee in the morning, run out to the car with cell phone in  one hand and kids in the other, and find themselves on the road fighting swarms  of people doing the exact same thing.

“In this frenzied race from one  place to the next, few stop to notice the world  around us — not the world  of coffee shops, parking lots, and fast food joints, but the natural world, the  world of shrubs, flowers, trees and animals. In their haste, few see the old oak  tree or Florida pine standing beside the road, see the majestic Washingtonian  Palm and the Bougainvillea in full bloom. They pass by these gifts from God and  ignore them in the never-ending rush we call life.”

“Fanning,” 16 by 24 inches, priced at $800.
“Somber,” 24 by 16 inches, priced at $800

He has not been seduced by the clamor of the every day world, he said. With his camera, he makes a point to notice and capture the essence of the world that others ignore.

Sultry Afternoon
“Sultry Afternoon,” 24 by 16 inches, priced at $800.

“What I do is like gathering proof that indeed we live within more than concrete and  asphalt,” he said.

The gallery opens on October 15. The address is 12 S. Osceola Street in downtown Stuart. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call Judy Oliver at (786) 506-6551.