Discover Local Artists: At the Armory’s Holiday Sale

The Armory is hosting its Annual Special Holiday Sale in the Armory Studios and Gallery Shop, featuring local artist works including jewelry, ceramics, paintings and sculpture on December 4 through 6 with an opening reception on December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Party," a 19-inch round, fused-glass is $850.
“Party,” a 19-inch round, fused-glass is $850.
Linda Minker
Linda Minker

Linda Minker of Palm Beach Gardens has always had an interest in art and started painting in 1985.

In 1993, she started making porcelain dolls.

“However, glass has always fascinated me and after seeing Dale Chihuly’s work years ago I knew I had to learn more.

Last September, after learning that the Armory Art Center taught glass fusing, I enrolled in a class and now it’s my passion.”

"Dune Shadow" is an 8 by 9 inch Oil On Board priced at $450.
“Breakfast Log Bend” is an 8 by 9 inch Oil On Board priced at $450.
Sonya Gaskell
Sonya Gaskell

Sonya Gaskell of Jupiter begins each painting with intensive direct observation. “I then use the language of paint applied continuously and freely over a surface to express the unified nature of reality and observer.”

She wishes to provide a window for transcendence in a three-point oscillation between observer, surface and perceived space.

There’s an immediacy which is simultaneously apparent and elusive, she said, “As the viewer’s perception shifts between awareness of paint and the eyes journey through perceived space.”

This Bird Jar was priced at $650 and is sold. There will be similar jars available.
This Bird Jar was priced at $650 and is sold. There will be similar jars available.
Deborah Adornato
Deborah Adornato

Deborah Adornato of West Palm Beach combines narrative themes of birds and migration in her clay work.

She combines wheel and hand-building techniques.

Armory Art Center is at 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach. Armory gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  For more information, call (561) 832-1776 or visit

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Discover Local Artists: Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

The Craft Gallery’s FACES, FACES all over the PLACES showcases 12 emerging ceramic artists including Cheryl Tall, Katherine Mathisen, Debra Fritts, Nancy Kubale and Katie Deits. The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12.

Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

For a taste, here are some pieces of local artist Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild of Delray Beach. She has been using clay and mixed media since she can remember.

She received her BFA from University of Michigan, her MFA in ceramics from Penn State University. Additional studies include Alfred NY State College of Ceramics,Hartford Art School, Sacramento State University, and Florida Atlantic University where she also taught as an adjunct professor for 6 years.

“You Think You Are A Wave But You Are Part of the Ocean,” a Retablo 31 by 26 inches, priced at $3,600

Windchild has additionally taught clay since age 19 at Penn State, SUNY Fredonia, CCRI Warwick,and numerous art and community centers. She has been the resident head of the ceramics department at the Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton for more than 15 years.

Windchild has been a self-supporting  street art show artist exhibiting at venues in Sausalito CA, Park City UT, Cherry Creek CO, Milwaukee WI, and Winter Park and Coconut Grove FL.

She has exhibited at many galleries and museums around the country, won numerous awards and her work has been reproduced in books and periodicals.

Her work derives mainly from her imagination and spiritual seeking. She has practiced and studied metaphysics, native  spirituality of world cultures, yoga and Buddhism.

Her newest body of work, from a seven-month stay in Texas, was built using debris from the remains of hurricane Ike. Cedar fence posts, blown down by the storm and weathered to a silvery sheen, were made into traditional “retablos”, a South American traditional altar form dating back to the earliest days of European conquest.

Retablo: “Her Robe is the Night Sky Filled with Stars,” is mixed media, 18 by 28 inches, priced at $3,900.

These were originally designed for travel, to spread European religion, but were later adapted by the locals to incorporate native spiritual beliefs and daily customs.

“I began this new series of retablos ( scenes inside boxes) in Texas, where I had no clay studio. I used whatever I could find to make art, and was influenced by the strong Hispanic tradition there. It was a time of deep introspection. These pieces are very personal spiritual statements, that have waited along time to come out. They are stories from the super-conscious.”

The “Waves” retablo refers to a quote from “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Windchild said. “The interchange was about death, but it is not about a wave hitting the shore, rather, as Morrie pointed out, we are part of one spirit.”

The “Night Sky” retablo refers to the goddess, Astarte, as well as to the Virgin Of Guadalupe, with her blue cloak embellished with stars. The two seem related to Windchild. “You can see the night on one side and day on the other side. Astarte is pulling night with her,” WIndchild said.

The “Sitting with the Unknown” retablo is about dealing with emotions, including fear, by being present, rather than pushing them away, she explains.

Windchild, who was renamed by a Seneca medicine woman, uses this form to tell mythical stories that line up in her head waiting to be let out. “The juxtaposition of varied traditions, both artistic and spiritual, is welcome evidence of our universal connection,” she said.

“Shapeshifter Flies at Night” is part of the Shamanic Series, 16 by 14 inches, priced at $1,600.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12 with two receptions: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.10 from 6-9 p.m. Craft The gallery is at 5911 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561)-585-7744,
or visit visit

“Sitting with the Unknown,” a Retablo, 28 by 24 inches, priced at $3,000.