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.

Schorr

“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.

Selikoff

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: GardensArt

GardensArt presents a juried exhibition by members of Artists of Palm Beach County, Feb. 24 through April 8. The exhibition features 34 works in a variety of mediums by 22 local artists, including Alvaro Rojas, Patricia Whiting, Lynn Morgan, Jean Hutchinson, Patricia Levey, Tracy Rosof-Petersen and Lucy Keshavarz.

Lucy Keshavarz

Lucy Keshavarz, of Palm Beach Gardens, has always felt the need to create. “My master was and still is nature; I am humbled by the mystery of its balance and spirit,” she said. Creativity, questioning and the desire to change things for the better have always been strong traits in her personality.

“While I need time in the studio to experiment and create, my artistic endeavors in clay, glass and urban refuse, go beyond the studio realm as I can see and feel a connection to most anything and everyone.

Lucy Keshavarz, "Wrapped Cylinder" Printed Clay Series, Glazed Clay: slab/coil construction, 11 by 10 by 9 inches, $750.
Lucy Keshavarz, “Wrapped Cylinder” Printed Clay Series, Glazed Clay: slab/coil construction, 11 by 10 by 9 inches, $750.

“This has been quite overwhelming in the past, but I have finally learned to focus my energy by submitting to my creative nature and trusting in the creative journey.”

Elle Schorr
Elle Schorr

Elle Schorr, of Lantana, said that while walking down a street, the reflections in shop windows continually bombard her with divergent perceptions of reality. “Past and present, shadow and light, nature and artifact, inside and out battle against each other for my attention. I learn to see past these intrusions and focus on the objects within.”

Elle Schorr, “The Good Life: Atlantic Avenue,” digital photograph, wood frame, 24 by 18 inches, $500.
Elle Schorr, “The Good Life: Atlantic Avenue,” digital photograph, wood frame, 24 by 18 inches, $500.

When she walks down a street, camera in hand, those fragments of objects, buildings, trees, lights, sky and clouds, dance in the windows, she said, and create images with new dimensions of meaning and mood. “I am fascinated by the window dressing, the bits of fantasy amid the realities of our modern world. The windows beckon: ‘Come in. Peace, pleasure and adventure await inside.’”

Maxine Schreibner
Maxine Schreiber

In 2001, West Palm Beach resident Maxine Schreiber began painting again and the next year was accepted as a juried artist member of Women in the Visual Arts. “My landscape paintings have been exhibited in a number of juried shows throughout Palm Beach County including the Armory Art Center, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places at Palm Beach International Airport, and Northwood University, where I won First Place 2D in 2004.

“In 2005, I closed my psychotherapist private practice to devote myself to oil painting. I enjoy painting landscapes, house portraits, and collage-style works.”

Maxine Schreiber, “Remembering Italy,” by Maxine Schreiber, collage painting, oil on canvas, 24 by 30 inches, $2,000.
 “Remembering Italy,” by Maxine Schreiber, collage painting, oil on canvas, 24 by 30 inches, $2,000.

The exhibition is at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, 10500 Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. An opening reception is on Saturday, March 13 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the night of the City Hall’s Dancing on the Plaza. The show is open during working hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For information, visit GardensArt

Discover Local Artists: The Art Attic at Liman Gallery

Liman Gallery in Palm Beach is currently featuring some local artists in its Art Attic gallery, including Elle Schorr of Lantana, Cynthia Gardner of Palm Beach Gardens and Sonya Gaskell of Jupiter.

Elle Schorr
Elle Schorr

Elle Schorr, who has lived in South Florida for about ten years, still feels like a lucky traveler, who has been gifted with the time to look and to explore.

“I consciously seek out this juxtaposition of cultures, life styles, and times in our lives. Some of my images appear to be photo collages or photo montages, but they are, in fact, single photographic images.”

"New Development"
“New Development” is a photograph 18 by 24 inches, priced at $500.

Others are more direct in their approach, she said, but all explore the dualities and multiple incongruous impressions that bombard us.

Cynthia Gardner
Cynthia Gardner

Cynthia Gardner hears her paintings called audacious, bold and color-filled.  “I love the texture of the paint and to create tactile experiences that present my subject in a new way.

“My art is playful, rich with color and tries to reach out and shake your hand! I paint to experience joy and to transform the challenges of daily life to a world full of color, vigor, and optimism.

"Dale's Back Yard"
“Dale’s Back Yard” is an oil painting, 18 by 24 inches, priced at $1,500.

“I strive to create that experience for my viewer. My primary love is plein air oil painting.”

Sonya Gaskell
Sonya Gaskell

“Dune Shadow” began while Sonya Gaskell was taking a dip in the ocean and looking for a shady spot to start her second painting of the day. “I began looking at the shadow being cast by the dune as shelter from the sun. Then I looked at it as subject matter, observing the hot bright sand from within the shadow.”

The main subject matter consists of several large shapes of the core and cast shadows of the dune juxtaposed with illuminated beach, sea and sky. Once she had made strong observations of the relationships between the large shapes of color, she began mixing regions of paint on her palette. She blocked out large shapes using thick paint with the flat of metal painting knives, and then, she used a wet-on-wet technique sliding the edge of the blades to flesh out details.

"Dune Shadow"
“Dune Shadow” is an oil on board, 8 by 9inches, priced at $450.

“Although I paint many longer paintings taking days, weeks or months, this painting was finished in under two hours and received no studio work. A perfect Zen moment in which the landscape, painter and observers experienced a visual accord. This for me is what it is all about.”

Liman Gallery is at 139 North County Road, Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 561-659-7050 or visit its Web site http://www.limangallery.com

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