Friday, May 29, 2015

Strategic Planning/Business Plan Workshop for Artists - posted by FFAB

Strategic Planning/Business Plan Fundamentals Presented by The Creative Capital Foundation and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Workshop for Individual Artists
The Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. announce an upcoming workshop with the Creative Capital Foundation for Individual Artists. This workshop will focus on Strategic Planning for artists and their creative careers. It will also provide valuable tools for them to frame the fundamentals of their art business plan and set goals for themselves and their work. The workshop is limited to 24 artists and will be presented by two leaders from Creative Capital.

This workshop will touch on the following topics:

• Developing a system for using strategic planning and goal setting to attain increased satisfaction in your life and career
• Strategies for balancing time and money
• How to create and use a business plan
• Financial planning basics, including choosing financial partners, options for reducing debt and best practices for saving and retirement planning
• Essentials for running an art practice as a small, independent business, including: employment, contracts, negotiation, decision-making, budgeting and cash-flow
• How to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities

Workshop Details:
June 20, 2015
10:15 am - 5:30 pm
Florida State University, Strozier Library
Hosted by the Florida State University, College of Fine Arts, Department of Art

About Creative Capital:
The Creative Capital Foundation is a national foundation that serves artists and supports their work through their Grantmaking activity and their Professional Development Program. The Division has partnered with Creative Capital since 2007 to offer meaningful and innovative professional development to Florida artists. More information about Creative Capital and its services can be found at:

Application and Participation:
To apply for the workshop, please visit this link:
The application deadline is Monday, June 8th, artists will be notified of their inclusion in this opportunity no later than Friday, June 12, 2015.

To be eligible to apply for this workshop, artists must be a Florida resident. The workshop is open to artists working in any discipline.

If selected, artists attend the workshop free of charge. They are responsible only for their transportation to and from the workshop location and a small fee for lunch during the day’s events. Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. will provide hotel recommendations and preferred rates to artists selected and visiting Tallahassee for this opportunity.
This workshop is made possible through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and also with private support through Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. More information about Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. can be found here:

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Around The Web - The Paintings of Paul Cézanne / An online catalogue raisonné- posted by FFAB

The Paintings of Paul Cézanne - An online catalogue raisonné under the direction of Walter Feilchenfeldt, Jayne Warman and David Nash

From the Site;
The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, an online catalogue raisonné is the first installment of the artist’s complete works. It capitalizes on the versatility of digital technology and takes Cézanne scholarship in a new direction. The online catalogue is interactive and will be updated on a regular basis so that users can be assured of the most current information about the artist. Primary source material is added as publications increasingly come online.
The authors expect that this online catalogue will be of great benefit to students and scholars who will be able to access Cézanne’s paintings through a variety of advanced searches and save specific information to personal lists for further research; curators who can create wish lists of paintings for proposed exhibitions and conceivably design virtual installations; auction houses and galleries who require detailed history and the most up-to-date information about a picture; collectors who might wish to know more about the history of their own paintings and how they relate to others in Cézanne’s oeuvre; and the general public, who may simply want to see what Cézanne’s paintings look like and to learn about this important artist.

An artists artist Cézanne is still one of the most popular artist of his time.  
This online collection is fantastic with very large zoomable pictures and writing of his work. GL


***You do have to set up a free account to use this site***

Friday, May 8, 2015

Norton Museum of Art - free admission every Saturday for the next two years - posted by FFAB

Norton Museum of Art to offer free admission every Saturday for the next two years to PBC residents

by Ashleigh Walters

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Norton Museum of Art is offering free admission to residents of Palm Beach County every Saturday for the next two years, thanks to a generous donation by Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.
Starting June 6, Palm Beach County residents will be admitted to the museum for free every Saturday. All Florida residents will be admitted for free every Thursday June 4 to September 3. 

In addition, the Family Studio art class is now being offered every Saturday, and at a reduced cost. 

Now, instead of $8 per person, it will cost just $1 per person. Kid-friendly tours are based on the Museum Collection and special exhibitions, then the children do creative activities based on what they've learned. 

The experience lasts two hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday starting June 6. It is geared to children ages 5 to 12 and each studio is limited to 25 children. To register for a Family Studio, call (561) 832-5196 ext. 1196, or visit

Now, thousands of Florida residents will benefit from the gift from the Mezzacappa family. 

"Sadly, Mr. Mezzacappa passed away since the couple made this transformative gift, which was only one example of the generosity Mr. and Mrs. Mezzacappa have shown the Norton. 

The Norton Museum is deeply grateful for the Mezzacappas' support, and proud to be a part of Mr. Mezzacappa’s remarkable legacy," a release from the museum stated. 

The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Call (561) 832-5196, or visit for more information. 

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - posted by FFAB

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884'
Image credit: 
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, 1884/86. The Art Institute of Chicago. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

At first glance, Georges-Pierre Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 seems a warm portrait of a sunny day in a lovely park. But a closer look at the Neo-Impressionist's most famous work reveals much more. 
1. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 is made up of millions of dots. 
Forging the new style with this first-of-its-kind painting, Seurat became the father of Pointillism and of Neo-Impressionism. However, he preferred to call his technique "chromo-luminarism," a term he felt better stressed its focus on color and light.  
2. It took Seurat more than two years to complete. 
This complicated masterpiece of Pointillism began in 1884 with a series of almost 60 sketches Seurat made while people watching at the Paris park. Next he started painting, using small horizontal brush strokes. After this initial work, he began the labor-intensive realization of his vision with tiny dots of paint—a process that would not be completed until the spring of 1886. 
3. Science was Seurat’s major muse for color choices. 
"Some say they see poetry in my paintings," Seurat said. "I see only science." The artist was fascinated by the color theories of scientists Michel Eugène Chevreul and Ogden Rood, and he explored Divisionism in A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884. This painting method utilizes colors in patches that essentially trick the human eye into blending them, creating luminance and shape.
4. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Phoenician art inspired the Parisian scene.
Seurat sought to capture the people of his Paris just as these eras immortalized their citizens. Or as he once put it to French poet Gustave Kahn, "The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color."
5. Critics initially hated it.
Seurat's groundbreaking techniques were a major turnoff for some critics at the Impressionist exhibit where A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted in 1886. Other observers sneered at the rigid profiles of Seurat’s subjects. Meant to recall Egyptian hieroglyphics, these poses were negatively compared to tin soldiers.
6. Sunday was revised in 1889.
Seurat re-stretched its canvas to allow for room to paint a border made up of red, orange and blue dots. 
7. Seurat was just 26 when he completed his best-known work.
Thanks to his involvement in the artist collective the Société des Artistes Indépendants, the daring young painter's reputation was growing before A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted. But while his output was seminal, it was also cut short in 1891 when Seurat died of an undetermined disease at age 31. 
8. Sunday was largely unseen for 30 years following Seurat's death. 
The opportunity to view the historic painting returned in 1924 when art lover Frederic Clay Bartlett purchased A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 and loaned it indefinitely to the Art Institute of Chicago.
9. An American philosopher helped reshape public opinion on the painting. 
In the 1950s, Ernest Bloch's three-volume The Principle of Hope explored the socio-political interpretations of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, spurring a renewed interest and appreciation for the piece.
"This picture is one single mosaic of boredom, a masterful rendering of the disappointed longing and the incongruities of a dolce far niente [idleness]," Bloch wrote. "The painting depicts a middle-class Sunday morning on an island in the Seine near Paris…despite the recreation going on there, seems to belong more to Hades than to a Sunday…The result is endless boredom, the little man's hellish utopia of skirting the Sabbath and holding onto it too; his Sunday succeeds only as a bothersome must, not as a brief taste of the Promised Land."
10. The painting is now displayed as Seurat intended. 
Once he'd added his painted border, Seurat reframed A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 in a specially-made wooden frame painted a crisp white. This display choice is still in effect at the Art Institute of Chicago. 
11. But its colors have changed. 
Seurat employed a then-new pigment in his painting, a zinc chromate yellow that he hoped would properly capture the highlights of the park's green grasses. But for years this pigment has been undergoing a chemical reaction that began turning it brown even in Seurat's lifetime.
12. It's bigger than you'd think.
Not just Seurat's most popular piece, but also his biggest, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 measures in at 81 3/4 inches by 121 1/4 inches, or about 7 feet by 10 feet. Its large size makes its every inch flush with tiny dots of color all the more remarkable.
13. This park scene may hold hidden sex workers. 
The titular locale was a favorite of prostitutes on the prowl, so some historians suspect that fish are not what the fishing-pole-toting woman on the left was hoping to hook. The same speculation has arisen around the lady on the right, with a monkey on a leash and a man on her arm.  
14. The painting was nearly incinerated while visiting New York. 
On April 15, 1958, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 was on loan at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City when a fire broke out in the adjoining Whitney Museum. The fire damaged six canvases, injured 31 people, and killed one workman, but Seurat's beloved work was whisked away to safety through an elevator evacuation plan.
15. It's one of the most reproduced and parodied paintings in the world. 
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 earns screen time in the Chicago-set comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the science fiction cult classic Barbarella, and on the crude cartoon series Family Guy. It's been parodied by Sesame Street, The Simpsons, the American version of The Office, and even the cover of Playboy. In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd invade the painting. And celebrated Broadway icons Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine made a musical about its creation called, Sunday in the Park With George.
There is a great South Florida connection to this painting.  The owner of this painting was Helen Birch Bartlett.  The Bartlett's donated this painting along with several others to the Art Institute in Chicago.  The Bartlett's are a well known local pioneering family in South Florida having build the famous Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach as a winter home.  The Bonnet House is now a  real public treasure and museum open for tours, music concerts, art shows and as a spectacular party and wedding spot. G

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibil's Magic at Bear & Bird - May 8th - posted by FFAB

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Hello there!
This Friday night we have a truly magical exhibition opening in our gallery. It features artwork inspired by the magic of Studio Ghibli by a super talented group of contemporary artists. What a treat to see all their work gathered together in one beautiful show.
Locals art supporters! Join us for the opening night reception on Friday, May 8th from 7-10pm
Here's the Facebook event page, please RSVP and share it if you plan to attend! Also please note that artwork will be available before the opening, sign up for the collector's preview below if you'd like dibs on some gorgeous art!
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Sign up for the collector's sneak preview for dibs

simply click here now and you will be added to our preview notification list! We are gonna work our booty off and shoot to get the preview out by Wednesday evening. So keep an eye out!
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Mall Signing Prints copy
We will also be releasing a beautiful exclusive print from May Ann Licudine (aka Mall). It is called "Celebrate Your Inner Child" and is 12" x 12" in size. This will be available at the same time that the preview list is sent out.
If you would like to be notified when this is available, click here now and you will be added!
There will be two purchasing options, a signed/numbered edition of 100 and an open unsigned edition.

Left to Right: Brandy Rumiez; Danielle Estefan; Anna Tillet; Stephanie Buscema
The Time In Between: Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibli’s Magic
On exhibit: May 8 through July 4, 2015
Featuring artwork by: A. Pants; Amanda Coronado; Anna Tillett; Ashley Idell; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brandy Rumiez; Brett Manning; Brian Reedy; Brianna Edgeworth; Britni Brault; Cari Corene; Danielle Estefan; Danny Brito; Erika Taguchi; Genevra Collier; Heather Franzen; Heather Gross; Johannah O’Donnell; Jonathan Reincke; Justin DeGarmo; Kellee Riley; Kim Laurenti; Kittens Of Industry; Mab Graves; May Ann Licudine aka MALL; Michael Fleming; Mika Madden; Nick Dewey; Nuri Durr; Patrick Ballesteros; Peter Santa-Maria; Robin Kaplan; Ryan Hungerford; Stephanie Buscema; Tatiana Suarez; Thomas Ascott & more!
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