Discover Local Artists: Haitian Benefit at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Jupiter High School and PBAU Students Donate 137 Bowls to the Haitian Empty Bowl Fundraiser in Lake Worth.

The Artists of Palm Beach County are raising funds for the Haitian relief effort, by making and donating one-of-a-kind handmade bowls that will be sold on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Advance donations for the bowls are being taken at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery at 605 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth.

Among the first of the artists to respond to the call were the Jupiter High School and Palm Beach Atlantic University students of ceramic artist Brian Kovachik. who have donated 137 bowls. The artists from the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery have also donated more than 100 bowls. The artist-members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches and the Lighthouse center for the Arts also have pledged bowls. Children from Crosspointe Elementary, Royal Palm High School National Art Honor Society, Bak Middle School and Dreyfoos High School students are also participating.

Many of these bowls have been made by master artists who have practiced their craft for decades and on the day of the event, those wishing to purchase bowls will have a huge variety from which to choose.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery at 605 Lake Avenue, downtown Lake Worth. Donations are $25 a bowl in advance, $80 for four bowls. On the day of the event, the donation request will be $35. The bowls will be chosen on a first come- first serve basis on the day of the event.

On the day of the event those purchasing bowls may take their bowls to participating restaurants and get a small sample of their foods. Participating restaurants are:

Cyber Café – 823 Lake Avenue – Samples of Haitian Food

Rotelli’s Pizza Pasta – 701 Lake Avenue

Dave’s Last Resort and Raw Bar- 632 Lake Avenue

The Pelican – 610 Lake Avenue

SOMA Café – 609 Lake Avenue

Downtown Pizza- 608 Lake Avenue

The Lake Worth Rum Shack- 606 Lake Avenue

The Java Juice Bar – 600 Lake Avenue

The Taco Lady- 7 North “L” Street

Paws on the Avenue – 525 Lake Avenue – Pet Treats

Nature’s Way Café – 517 Lake Avenue

La Bonne Bouche – 516 Lucerne

The Cottage – 522 Lucerne

Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream – 512 Lake Avenue

Havana Hideout – 509 Lake Avenue

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli – 419 Lake Avenue

Rita’s Italian Ice – 411 Lake Avenue

For advance tickets or more information, contact Joyce Brown at or call her at (215) 205-9441.

Discover Local Artists: Laura Ann Jacobs

Laura Ann Jacobs
Laura Ann Jacobs

Laura Ann Jacobs’ current “body of work” explores the extent to which we let fashion take us, and how far we are willing to go for it. Corsets, pointy shoes and other uncomfortable clothing are made even more stiff, prickly and unwearable in the sculptural form. Yikes!

Art Link in Lake Worth is currently showing Laura Ann Jacobs’ painted resin and mosaic tempered glass sculptures..

She is also represented permanently at the Karen Lynne Gallery but her pieces are temporarily on loan to Art Rouge for Sculpt Miami.

“Skirting the Issue” is 42 by 33 inches, priced at $16,000.

“We are so willingly led to obsequiousness, whether by clothing that contorts or doctors who cut, and I’ve seen more of it here in South Florida then ANYWHERE else!! Women have it good these days with so many ways to make themselves look better, but our desire to be desired is also a slippery slope,” Jacobs said.

“Another Evening Awwt” is 17 by 11 inches and $4,000.

It used to be corsets, hoop skirts and foot binding, then makeup and hair dying. Now, she said, “it’s fat sucking, silicone injecting, and skin lifting until you can blink a lip or have your belly button at your sternum.”

“Survival of the Fittest” is 22 by 16 inches and priced at $7,500.

Restricted from top to toe by more than just the garment now, our very own bodies are paying the price of societal persuasion, she said. “Understanding the sway that even I myself feel to conform, my work pokes fun at the lengths we women go to attract … while paradoxically glorifying it.”

Art Link International  is at 809 -11 Lucerene in Lake Worth. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Jacobs will also be exhibiting at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, & Antiques Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 12-16.

Discover Local Artists: Joyce Brown, Menorahs and Metaphors

Joyce Brown’s Menorahs are featured at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth.

Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown

Brown, of Greenacres, was raised in a secular Yiddish family by parents who wanted to preserve their culture and religion.

“Their pride in the struggle and survival of the Jewish people translated into the need to work for peace and social justice for all oppressed peoples around the globe,” Brown said. To that end, they organized and marched for peace, civil rights and civil liberties and ingrained that tradition in their children.

Brown has her own ways of keeping her family’s tradition alive. Making Menorahs is one of them.

“Peace Menorah” is 22 by 14 by 12 inches, reduction- fired stoneware, priced at  $1,200.


And to pass those memories down, she lights one of her Shtetl Menorahs with her two grandchildren Ariana, 11, and Liana, 9 in celebration of Hanukkah
, which starts December 11.

“Many of the Menorahs I make are reflective of the Russian Shtetl, Kalarash, where my grandmother, Bella Deutsch, lived,” she said.

“Shtetl” is 17 by 12 by 8 inches. It is high-fired terra cotta, and is priced at $950


For Bella and her little sister, Hannah, chores were constant and necessary and education was limited, but they were taught to read.

The girls dressed in long wide skirts with plaid aprons tied around their waists. Their braided hair was covered with scarves folded in triangles and knotted in back at the nape of their necks.

The Deutsch family were the winemakers of the village, and Bella and Hannah, played among the grapes in their father’s vineyard.

“They played games that would take them into the barn, up into the hayloft and under the piles of hay and oats,” Brown said. “They loved to tunnel in the hay.

“Then there came a blackness in Russia that festered and oozed and erupted without warning,” she said. “The Czar’s Cossacks rode from village to village looting, destroying, pillaging and murdering Jews. In Russia, the Jews looked, dressed and worshiped differently and that made them perfect scapegoats.”

When the Cossacks arrived in Kalarash, they slaughtered everyone in sight. Then they burned the houses.

Bella and Hannah ran to the barn and hid in the tunnels of hay they had built. “The Cossacks came into the barn. They knew someone was hiding somewhere inside. They slashed at the hay with their pitchforks and axes.

“The girls had been trained to hide quietly, and even as the axes tore into their flesh, they did not cry out and their lives were saved. They bore the lifelong scars of that day.

“They never saw their parents again.”

She was told this story by her grandfather over and over. Brown has been making Menorahs for 15 years. She makes them to remember.

“Under the Olive Tree” is 8 by 5 by 6 inches, reduction-fired stoneware, priced at $22.


Presently, there are seven of her Menorahs at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery. They can also be commissioned. The gallery is at 605 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting December. For information, call (561) 588-8344.