Friday, September 22, 2017

Artwalk and Relief efforts at the Boynton Beach Arts District

410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Art Walk
Open Studios
Food Truck
Live Music!
Irma Recovery and Relief Supply Drive
This Saturday!
September 23, 2017 6- 10 PM

The Boynton Beach Art District
410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Opens for the season with
Recovery and Relief Supply Drive for the
Florida Keys

Sponsored by

The Boynton Beach Art District
ActivistArtistA Gallery

410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Friday, August 25, 2017

The First University Art School in Arkansas

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation recently gave a $120 million donation to the University of Arkansas to be used to establish the very first art school in the state of Arkansas. The donation is reported the largest ever to be pledged towards the establishment of an art school in the United States.

The University of Arkansas is located 30 minutes from the Walton’s family business [Walmart] headquarters. This gift will help to expand graduate programs with degrees in art history, art education, and graphic design. Portions will be allocated for financial aid to incoming students. The fine arts library and art centers will receive money for renovations.

Florida Atlantic University has a connection to this story. Jeannie Hulen, who is currently the Chair of the Department of Art and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Arkansas., was the visiting artist for the FAU ceramics department from 2000-2002. 

With reports of shrinking art budgets and programs nationwide, this is welcomed news. 
(image credit: Diane Arrieta)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Suggested blog feature: Unurth street art

Are you looking for some interesting reading or blogs to follow for art? Let me suggest the blog Unurth. This blog is about Street Art. Unurth is run by Sebastian Buck from Los Angeles. He does an excellent job covering the street art scene.

Their last blog post is about Positive Propaganda Munich, a non-profit art association. They organize and promote contemporary socio-political art in public urban spaces. You can learn about them here.

This photo is an example of an artist they recruited for a project [ Shephard Fairy ].

Here are a few links to follow Unurth Street Art blog on other platforms. You can even sign up to follow their blog.

Monday, August 14, 2017

What we did on our summer vacation

For our summer “vacation” library staff were asked to participate in a “sketchbook” project. The project was inspired by the famous Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. We modified it to include collage, because it lessens the anxiety of those who consider themselves to be less creative than others. 

The sketch books will be on display in the library, so feel free to come in and look through them! In the meantime, here are a few highlights. I was really proud of the creativity and the fact that some of the staff pushed through the fear and actually did drawings. Others collaged, but the wide variety of styles and themes is impressive!

I will start with the book of Linda Lesperance, our interlibrary loan coordinator. Her book is amazing and I wish I was showing the entire book. It is humorous, educational, and very detailed. You could spend hours going through hers. I picked my favorite section to show here:

Next up is Marilee Brown, our Circulation Supervisor. Side note: she is our party planner and does an excellent job as party host. She concentrated on food. We all love this one. It made me hungry.

Assistant Director and reference librarian Leah Plocharczyk was one of the ones who went the extra mile to draw every single page! Kudos to her. She said this is a self-portrait!

Circulation Assistant Cookie Davis, went the educational route. She also drew hers! I applaud her because I like that it is environmental and telling us important water facts.

Next up is Sr. Library Technical Assistant William Howerton. His undergraduate degree is in Anthropology; so he concentrated on giving us a tour of historical sites and foods of Mexico. He had a little character host his pages. So creative and fun.

The next staff member wants to remain anonymous. Sigh. This person gets a slap on the hand because they only did three pages. However, the first page WINS and no other pages were needed. In all fairness this staff member asked for an extension to finish the book.

Lastly here are a few of my drawings.

I hope this post shows managers, workers and those who have bottled up creative tendencies to let them out. Go sketch! Go collage. 

And because this is a library and we are often asked important copyright permission questions, I am including these notes. Copyright is a tricky and complicated interpretation of the law. You can follow the links below to read more on the subject.

These staff sketch books are for educational purposes and not for any commercial gain [which does not always mean it is ok]. This is the only time any of the images will be online.

[the follwing is taken from]. 

      Fair Use

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, fair use refers to limited circumstances when it may be permissible to make reference to or reproduce a sample of a protected character without getting permission from the creator.

     Transformative Use
 Another way to legally use characters could be to use them in what the law refers to as "transformative use." Transformative use requires that you change, or transform, the character enough so that it is no longer a mere copy of the original. The resulting transformation is sometimes called a "derivative work." For example, if a painter created an original oil painting of his family and included the Disney character Tinkerbell as a family member, his use of Tinkerbell would be fair use because of its commentary that the artist considers Tinkerbell a member of his family. The use of Tinkerbell in the painting could be could be characterized as a transformative use, and the painting could be called a derivative work.

MORE on the subject: FAN ART
There is also something called fan art. Here is an artical Fan Art vs. Copyright Infringements:  What's Legal?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Collaborative visual Art with Linda Behar

The FAU Jupiter Library staff [female staff only] participated in an international visual art collaboration with FAU alumni artist Linda HollingerBehar. She graduated with an MFA in printmaking. Her project, Chromatic, is a series of woodblock prints by the artist. She then recruited women from around the world to help color in the images. The project is focused on body language as it relates to gender norms. Body language gave her a visual form with which to discuss identity and attitude towards cultural expectations.

You can learn more about her project by going to her website here or her Facebook project page Chromatic

Here are the finished pieces that our library staff contributed.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Studio visit with Nicole Galluccio

IHP Curatorial Lab recently spent the morning with artist Nicole Galluccio in her studio. We learned about the motivation for her work and discussed the direction of her art practice. She will be soon be having a solo show in Delray Beach, FL and is working toward that project.

Nicole is a painter using acrylic and paper on canvas. Her work finds inspiration in fashion, pop culture, comics, music and media tabloids and incorporates those ideas into a visual explosion of color contrasting against a black and white paper collage background.

Galluccio, originally from New Jersey. Began undergrad education in Biochemistry, originally intending on a career in medicine but somewhere in the middle decided she loved medical and biological illustration and switched over to a Fine Arts major. She found a love for painting and over time, the work evolved into more of a vibrant pop art, with a fond affinity for graffiti and street art [and the underground arts culture and movement]. She has a studio at the Boynton Beach Arts District.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Behind the scenes

Ever wonder where inspiration for a project comes from?

Inspiration for one of the drawings in a recent outreachproject came from the project 
365 Masquerades by Gisela [Swedish artist, musician and art educator]
You can read all about this great project here:

Below is the illustration done from a portrait from the project. All images on the 365 site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Gisela kindly granted permission.

Take a few moments to check out the project from the link above.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oceans of Notes Concert Series @TarasOceanographic

Help Support Wild Dolphin Research by attending this concert. Prizes and a raffle too!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Outreach Ilustration Project

The library outreach coordinator has produced a book that highlights select Wilkes Honors College theses through illustration. It is available for preview or purchase [at cost] on blurb. Follow this link.

Here are a few highlights.

Behavioral enrichment of captive black bears (Ursus americanus). Jasmine Gonzalez, 2012.

The elephant in the room: why is it difficult for hospice workers to discuss death with their terminal patients? The effects of death attitudes, avoidance, and interpersonal issues.  Kristy Beroldi, 2013.                            

The antecedents of attitudes toward homosexuality: a comparison of the effects of disgust, openness, religion and contact in anti-gay attitudes. Jessica Newton, 2011.  
(image inspired by

Sex, violence, and corruption: the politics of cinema in post-transition Mexico. Katharine A. Taylor, 2003.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Student work on display in the library

We have two classes exhibiting student work in the library:

CRN 36293:  Honors Audubon’s Nature
                 Professors: Dr. Jon Moore & Dorothea Lemeh

Here are a few of the great student works on display. Come by to see them all!

Christopher Tepetitlan
Rock Dove foot and Sharp-skinned Hawk Head
Graphite on paper

Daniel Wu
Cardinal Feather
Graphite on paper

Calren Wang
Beautyberry Bush
Colored pencil

Daniel Rico-Madrazo
Zebra Longwing and Mockingbird
Mixed media

Kia Taylor-Riccio
Juvenile Coconit Palm
Craphite and colored pencil

Natalia Centifanti
Copic marker on paper

Sarah Stamos
Queen Angelfish
Watercolor and ink

The second class is ART 122C: Design and Color Phenom
                                Professor: Sibel Kocabasi

Here is a small sampling of the student work.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Product 81 Curatorial Lab with IHP

IHP Curatorial Lab (a project of FAU libraries) held a Curatorial discussion at Product 81/Creative Lab on April 7, 2017 [located at 2930 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127].

IHP Curatorial Lab holds informal gatherings at artist studios, galleries and museums to facilitate dialog relating to contemporary art practices. By gathering a group of professionals from different disciplines; the conversations act as a visual learning lab and facilitator to understanding current art practices; how curators or museum administrators view artists and work; and more importantly how the public interprets what creatives do.

Our discussions are meant to promote cross-sector dialogue about the arts; but also how we as artists and cultural curators can contribute to solving societal problems. Each Roundtable focuses on a specific topic or artist. This meeting focused on the solo show by artis Birds are Nice. The lead topic was environmental art. Other topics included activist art, Didacticism in this genre of art, as well as the commercialisation of art. 

Attendees included:

Product 81 Arts program coordinator, Karina Hayes Blakeley, Miami, FL

Elisa Medrano, Relationship mangaer with CIC Miami.

Art historian Mary Jo Aagerstoun

Below are a few images from the gathering. As you can see the topic stirred some emotion and as always a sense of fun and community.

[The Birds are Nice exhibition was part of the Wayne Ackers Ford #stART program.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Now Showing at the Palm Beach Cultural Council

Mark My Words

March 31 through May 27
Opening Member Preview: Thursday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | RSVP online »
The use of language has evolved dramatically with the advancement of technology and how it influences our lives. Texting and emails have replaced older methods of communication and our lexicon includes new words and phrases. Utilizing words in art is nothing new: think Ed Ruscha or John Baldessari, the Ancient Egyptians or the art in Medieval Churches across Europe. This exhibition will showcase the work of 15 professional artists in Palm Beach County that feature “words” as their subject matter and muse.

Featured Image: Raymond Neubert, Beauty

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Now on view at the Norton Museum of Art

 Svenja Deininger Second Chances First Impressions

February 4, 2017 - April 16, 2017
The Norton’s sixth RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition will premiere the first solo museum exhibition of Svenja Deininger (Austrian, born 1974) in the United States. Deininger is one of a new generation of abstract painters, aware of the rich history of abstraction, yet creating complex canvases originating from her sophisticated, knowledgeable and intuitive response to process, imagery, and materials. This exhibition of 22 canvases has been assembled with the artist’s participation and explores specific themes of the last five years. The Norton’s annual RAW exhibition was founded in 2011 through generous funding by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/ML Dauray Arts Initiative to promote the work of living women artists. A publication will accompany the exhibition. Organized by the  Norton Museum, Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art.
Organized by the Norton Museum of Art.
This is the sixth exhibition of RAW - Recognition of Art by Women - made possible by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative.

Svenja Deininger (Austrian, born 1974)
Untitled, 2014
Oil on canvas
Private Collection
© Svenja Deininger, Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What Happens in the Forest...


WESTPALM BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10, 2017: StArt artist Birds Are Nice has been selected to exhibit at the #Fordistas Gallery on March 11th, during Wynwood Art Walk.

StArt is Wayne Akers Ford’s cultural initiative with a threefold, interconnected mission: help local artists thrive, inspire the Palm Beach area and benefit important philanthropic causes. The program invites local promising artists to showcase their work in an unexpected format, on the walls of an automotive dealership, and donates a portion of all artwork sold to one of three charities: Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Birds Are Nice was a StArt exhibiting artist for the program’s gallery night last winter; her thought provoking work is currently on the walls of Wayne Akers Ford. Birds are Nice employs a nonchalant use of stripped down schematic characteristics from 21st century cartoons and animation. This, together with the application to her paintings’ surfaces of ambiguous symbolic phrases and shapes, serve to intensify the curiosity of the viewer regarding the density of meaning implied in the term syncretism.

In her new exhibition What happens in the forest doesn’t stay in the forest, she explores the plight of animals and ecosystems in their struggle with humans. The artist delves into the real dilemmas affecting our basic health and wellbeing as a result of living off of a consumer based, human-centric treatment of the planet for decades. Her artwork highlights endangered, vulnerable species that are struggling to survive.

The exhibit will integrate with GALT is coming, a special evening previewing music and visual art from local nonprofit Miami Piano Circle’s show, GALT. The stunning musical representation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 groundbreaking novel Atlas Shrugged will be a an immersive experience in musical and visual storytelling.

Fordistas is a program with roots embedded deeply in South Florida culture, namely the arts. It has commissioned, hosted and supported resident artists and initiatives that enhance the community.
Join us for an evening of drinks, food, original art and a live music performance. Join us for an evening of drinks, food, original art and a live music performance. For more information, visit us here.
For media inquiries, please contact Nicole Cornella at at Kip Hunter Marketing (954-765- 1329).
#Fordistas presents Birds Are Nice, What happens in the forest doesn’t stay in the forest.
March 11, 2017
The #Fordistas Gallery
2930 NW 7th Ave.
Miami 33127

About Fordistas
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts and culture focused on nurturing and elevating homegrown talent. Powered by South Florida Ford, the platform has taken many shapes over the years adapting to artists and their evolving media. From street art to fine art, the culinary to the immersive, Fordistas has disrupted the flow of what has now become the South Florida arts and culture scene. To learn more visit #Fordistas

About Wayne Akers Ford
Wayne Akers Ford, an automotive dealership based in Lake Worth, Florida, sells new and preowned vehicles. The company provides auto financing for personal and business needs, as well as full service and heavy truck repairs. For more information regarding Wayne Akers Ford and its products worldwide, please visit