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

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: Requirements

Just wanted to put all this in one spot for those of you local artists who want to have a story both here and uploaded to the pbpulse site.

In order to “sign up,” just to let you know I have to make sure everybody gets a fair shot at it, so please contact me and see what I have scheduled and get the AOK before you go to all the work to get your material together for me.

For uploading to the pbpulse site, you must be local (Palm Beach County) and your work must be original, for sale, and on exhibit in some public place where people can visit.

Here’s what I need from you AND I NEED EVERYTHING, so are you willing to go the whole mile?

  • I need your bio or artist statement. I don’t need your resume because a bio or artist statement is more personal and can be used as a quote. If it’s a solo exhibit, give me a paragraph on the body of work that you are currently exhibiting as well as an explanation of the jpg of your work that you will be submitting to me. If you have a site, please send it along because I can include it.
  • You will need to submit to me three pieces of your work. I need the title, medium, dimensions, price. Size of the jpgs, no bigger than 600 pixels across, and 72 dpi.
  • I also need a headshot, the town in which you live, and all information about the exhibit and the gallery. I need the exhibit’s name and dates. If there’s an opening night, I need dates and time. Gallery information needs to include the name of the gallery, address, hours and days of operation, contact phone number. All this info would be emailed to me at

If this is a gallery show, giving me the above info for three artists works nicely. Obviously, I won’t need as much text. just a oneliner about the work exhibited, why the artist is doing that kind of work or some little explanation about the piece submitted ought to do it (I can use this info as a quote).

If this is a solo exhibit, I need something that will work nicely for the text part. Here are questions that I would ask you if I was doing a face-to-face interview, and may help you in gathering what I need for the text part…


1. In what town do you live?
2. What is your favorite medium?
3. Why did you choose it?
4. What is your usual (or favorite) subject matter?
5. Where do you do your work?
6. Does your exhibit have a name? Is it your latest body of work? or does it relate because of a particular theme? What connects the pieces on exhibit?
7. Why do you like what you like — for the images you have attached and are exhibiting, explain how the subject matter impressed you, tell me the story behind them, what inspired you?

ONE OTHER THING: Since this is a free service (I am not paid by The Palm Beach Post for this and i have umteen other jobs for other papers that are deadlining),  the above requirements must be followed to a T so that I can do this very quickly (I wish I had more time to play with this, because I like doing this, but I don’t.)

To get the whole thing going just email me that you will commit to giving me everything that I need as quickly as possible without fuss, muss or stress, and we will be good to go! If you don’t know how to do the above, let me know, and I will find someone (who you’d pay) who can help you.

Discover Local Artists: at Lars Bolander

Lars Bolander on Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach is featuring the work of Alice and Allan Ryan through May.

“Hippo in Water” by Allan Ryan. 52-by-25.75 inches, framed

Allan Ryan is an animal portraitist who is partial to animals in the wild. Tamed by his pencil techniques, they approach us, engendering smiles. He sees images that attract him, he explained.  Take the hippo, for example, it’s definitely got a sparkle in its eye and an appealing personality, don’t you think? Allan nurtures a human affection for our beastly brethren.

large white peony
“Peony” by Alice Ryan. 35-by-27 inches, framed.

Alice Connick Ryan works in oil, pastel and watercolor. “When I look at something, I always see it in many different ways and end up painting  from my mind rather than from direct observation,” she said. Broad vistas, the flatness of land, the odd seeded cedars and the ever-changing sky are all subjects that captivate her. She is interested in capturing beauty, serenity, odd shapes, vegetables, rocks shells and the whole gamut of nature.

Lars Bolander is located at 3731 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call (561) 832-2121.

Discover Local Artists: west best and art walk

Fine Art at West Best hosts Collaboration Art Show April 23 through May 5. Featured artists are: Aidana Baldassarre-wearable art,  Anthony Burks Sr.-mixed media, Barbara Cheives- fiber artists, Christina Major-painting, Ilene Adams- photography, Kristy Garloff-painting, Norman Gitzen-sculpture, Rainer Lagemann-sculpture, SAMM-vocalist; photography, Trina Slade-Burks-author; mixed media, Ursula Fernandez-painting, Verónica Volani Inza-painting.


Ursula Fernandez, an artist from Lake Worth who has a studio at West Best, explains that the piece pictured here is one in a series of three that portrays faces of  farmers.

“This man, from my previous hometown in Cuba, is a typical hard-working farmer smoking a cigar that he made from the leaves of tobacco he has cultivated all his life. An old straw hat protects him from the hot sun. His features show that he is old and  tired, but not ready to give up.”

“The Old Farmer,” ink on paper. 25 by  30 1/2 inches, $700

Ilene Adams of Wellington believes that art and beauty bring joy and well-being to individuals and are essential for a well-balanced life.

Working in many mediums, Adams aims for evoke feelings of nostalgia or of imaginary places.

“My photographs deal mostly with nature, but nature through an intense filter,” she said. “Images are put under a microscope and colors are heightened. There is beauty all around us, but how often do we take the time to really see it? These ordinary wildlife images are enhanced to create painterly new images that leave the viewer wondering if they are paintings or photographs? Abstract or realistic?”

“Lillies & Squiggles,” acrylic, 24 by 36 inches, $1,500

Anthony Burks Sr. of  West Palm Beach said that he initially created the piece pictured below  for another art event in the name of the black rhinos that are being slaughtered for their horns on the continent of Africa.

“The people involved with the Rare Species Conservatory educated me on why these animals are becoming extinct,” he said.

“Rhino III,” mixed media, 15 by 40 inches, $3,000

An open house on April 23 runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a book signing of 2Faced: The Devil’s Advocate by  Trina Slade-Burks at 1 p.m. For information on the exhibit, open house and book signing call Slade-Burks at (561) 714-6674.

Fine Art at West Best is at 2602 S. Dixie Highway, Suite #2 , West Palm Beach. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment on Monday through Wednesday. For information on the gallery, call Ursula Fernandez  at (561)301-6848.

Also on April 22 and 23 is a collaboration art walk showcasing works by artists in three nearby galleries.

Participating West Palm Beach galleries are: Dixie Art Loft at Craft Gallery, 5911 South Dixie Highway; JF Gallery & Framing, 3901 S. Dixie Highway, suite B; Mary Woener Fine Arts, 3700 South Dixie Highway #7.

“We are going to be open during Trina’s Collabortion opening day, April 23, to support her and to encourage art enthusiast to gallery hop on Dixie,” explains Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson, owner of JF Gallery & Framing. Hours of the art walk will be  5-8 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For information on the art walk, call Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson at (561) 478-8281.

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: Choosing the right sofa

Get your priorities straight. And don’t choose a painting for over the sofa. Pick out the painting first, and let it inspire its surroundings — your home environment. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

When artist Carol Korpi-McKinley moved into her Palm Beach Gardens home, she already had her gorgeous collection of paintings ready and waiting to be hung.

Carol Korpi-McKinley in her studio

So, for her, the question that stumps others –“What painting should I hang over the living room sofa?” – just would never come up. Rather, she asks – “What environment should I create that would best showcase my art?”

And as you can see, these rooms absolutely do extend her colors, themes, dreams and schemes, right off the canvas and into the midst of her everyday life.

Korpi-McKinley, a long-time and prolific painter, is a master at making a flat surface three dimensional (her site, studio-ten, gives an idea of the scope of her work) so she can certainly offer the rest of us some thoughtful observations. For her, at the very heart, a painting is not just a window into another world, it’s a window into this one, as well.

These exotic animals feel right at home in Korpi-McKinley’s living room.

Because decorating is mostly visual, it’s important to set the mood of your home with the things that are going to make the biggest visual impact. Almost always, that revolves around the artwork.

•  Since I specialize in creating large paintings, it was important for me to pick out furnishings that would accent and enhance my artwork. So, I picked out neutral tones for the large pieces – sofas, rugs, tables – and accented with bright pieces that carried the themes of the current artwork throughout the house. The accent pieces are themed around desserts, fruit, palms and animals. The textural elements of each room are also themed around the current paintings. For example, I used leopard-print throws and pineapple pillows.

These paintings of lovely landscapes, flora and fauna set the stage for serious dining

•  I love decorating with large-scale paintings because they make a big impact on my mood. I want to surround myself with things that make me feel happy and at one with nature — things that are warm and cozy, sometimes fun, and sometimes exotic depending on the room. I want to feel comfortable in my sanctuary around things that elicit good energy.

Eat your cake and have it, too. Who said paintings don’t belong in the kitchen?

•  I enjoy my dessert paintings in the kitchen and decorated around them, because they remind me of how good life can taste. I hung my animal paintings in the rooms where I sit and talk because they make me feel like I’m connected to a more peaceful nature, and they remind me that we are always surrounded by friends – some of them are just a little bit furrier. I think large vistas work well in smaller rooms, because they create a sense of space.

•  I sometimes go against the trend of hanging paintings at eye level, and hang them higher, because that creates grandeur since they loom from above. I also like to display pieces that are different from current popular decorating notions because it conveys a sense of my own distinctive personality and it reminds me to stay in tune with my personal happiness and joie de vivre.

Written for Palm2Jupiter

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.


PB Post article link

Discover Local Artists: at the NAWA Exhibit

Northwood University’s Jeanette Hare Art Gallery presents works by members of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), February 4 through March 25. with an opening reception, Thursday, Feb. 25 from 3-4 p.m.

Reflections #1 Sidewalk Series
“Atlantic Avenue Reflections,” by Emalee Andre is 24 by 20 inches, framed photography. $350.

Thirty NAWA members will be showing 51 works in the show.


“My paintings are usually layered with different images,” said Emalee Andre of Palm Beach Gardens.. “So during a walk down Atlantic Avenue one morning I saw this reflection in a shop window and immediately snapped the picture to capture that same kind of look in a photograph.”

Baer, Grounded
“Grounded,” by Lore Baer, is a 38-by-14-by-32 inch sculpture. $7,500.

Said Lore Baer: “The welding process requires such intense concentration and focus that it takes me to a different world, where I can be someone I never knew I was. I have tried to express that feeling in this sculpture.”

“This painting was based on many vistas I saw on a painting trip to Southwestern France this past June,” said Lynn Morgan. “The poppies were in bloom everywhere and were irresistible to paint.”

Morgan, EverywherePoppies
“Everywhere Poppies,” by Lynn Morgan, is a 20-by-28-inch pastel. $650.

Baer and Morgan are also Palm Beach Gardens residents.

The Northwood University Jeannette Hare Art Gallery is located at 2600 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida (It is located on the first floor of Northwood’s Turner Education Center.) Gallery hours are 9 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For further information relating to the exhibit, please call Northwood University’s Cultural Arts office at (561) 478-5532 or (800) 458-8325 or e-mail