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Emerging Artist Creates Artwork that Comes Alive
Michael Andrew Jacobson aka Mr. LightsAndPaint will launch an exhibit of his creative and unique works at EmKo Galleries, located at 2119 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The exhibit begins February 22nd and will run through the end of March. Known for his Mixed Media Art which he enhances with LED Lights, Michael is a member of Miami’s Young Artist Initiative and is active in the burgeoning Wynwood Arts Community. ‘The Eye’ pictured above is on display in the dining room of University of Miami’s President Julio Frenk.
Determined and ambitious for something new and great, Mr. LightsAndPaint has a unique understanding of the mechanics of artistic talent, which he creatively demonstrates through various works of art. Using multiple mediums and color schemes his artwork develops a rhythm of its own. Lights and Paint…more than just a painting and a visual show, it is artwork that comes alive.
“My mission is for you never to get bored looking at one of my pieces. You can even customize the color of the LED lights to your preference or mood.” explains Mr. LightsAndPaint.
Born in New York City, Michael was raised on Star Island in Miami Beach. Michael’s mother, Roni Jacobson Goldsmith is a Palm Beach resident and an avid art collector as well as a supporter of the local Arts Community. She noticed and cultivated Michael’s artistic talents from a young age. “Michael’s teachers recognized his artistic leanings, when he was at Miami Country Day School, the Cushman School, and the University of Miami.” explains his mother. He worked for a time at the Marlborough Galleries in New York City, and his work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami.
Cayla Birk. Mixes a Hip Hop Groove with Social & Cultural Matters
If there is one thing Steven Hartman knows it’s his art! The owner of Contessa Gallery immediately recognized something special about Cayla Birk.’s works. Exclusively showcased at Contessa Gallery, the young artist pays homage to historical events and characters in a contemporary style that is uniquely her own. “I don’t normally champion emerging artists. That’s not what our focus is, however, in this case it’s clear to me where her career is going to go. She fits in with our roster of internationally recognized artists,” said Hartman.
Based in West Palm Beach, Cayla’s influences come from a wide array of writers, musicians, and epistemologists. The mostprominent influences include Jack Kerouac, Ella Fitzgerald and Chuck Palahniuk. Each project consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. Cayla’s works merge traditional acrylic paints with other unique materials; she transcends the confines of mixed media art to create a style all her own. A signature approach of intricate designs pervade all of Birk.’s body of work as her instantly recognizable gestures and marks boast austere verbiage and shroud depictions.
“I allude to popular iconography, musical lyricism, and current verbal slang that pervade societal culture. Having engaged subjects as diverse as enlightened secret orders, hip-hop music and contemporary design, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces,” says Cayla Birk.
Cayla’s work joins a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop and street art sensation, Mr. Brainwash. Contessa Gallery is excited to showcase the artist’s continual revolutionary experimentation with new techniques, media, materials and subject matter. The special exhibition includes original Mr. Brainwash works on Wood, Metal, Brick, Cement, Canvas, Paper, Sculpture and Neon Light Mixed Media. The gallery also features artwork by David Drebin, Hijack and Gilles Cenazandotti.
Initially open by appointment only, the new Contessa Satellite Gallery is located at the corner of Clematis Street and Rosemary Avenue. To make an appointment or for more detailed information about this exciting exhibition, please visit: www.contessagallery.com or contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: email@example.com.
About Contessa Gallery
Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association member (FADA) that offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Areas of expertise include pre-20th century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography and works on paper. While many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, Contessa Gallery is collector focused. The gallery’s mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning. Steve Hartman, owner of Contessa Gallery encourages his clients to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to art institutions.
Born in Calcutta India, Ayesha Mayadas spent time as a textile engineer before pursuing her dream of working with metals and sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology.Ayesha believes line, along with form, weight and balance are key components that ensure a piece of jewelry resonates with the human form. Her wearable pieces crafted in silver, gold and platinum pay meticulous attention to line as the character and direction of a line has the power to communicate emotion and states of mind. As she states, “The quality of a line is equal to an artists’ signature.”
Her stunning necklaces, earrings and wedding rings will be featured at the upcoming 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th. This year, the highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be produced by Palm Beach Show Group and co-located with their popular Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.
The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to begin a personal collection. Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions in categories including: glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more. For more information, please go to http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com
The porcelain sculptures of Ray Gross are well-known, especially to Palm Beachers as highly collectible. Often mistaken for the “real thing”, the hyper-realistic sculptures have a pop-art flair that reflects the artist’s humor and outlook. Ray’s “Louie, Louie” porcelain handbag sculpture is a particularly popular piece with collectors from the Hamptons to Palm Beach. The artist, sculptor and designer was raised in South Florida, and he is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and serves on the faculty at the Armory Arts Center Complex in West Palm Beach.
Look for his latest works at the 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show which is scheduled to take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th. This year, the highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be produced by Palm Beach Show Group and co-located with their popular Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.
Show hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
They are going fast. … The Armory Art Center is thrilled to present the much anticipated Purple Reign event on Thursday, January 26th. The highly regarded Special Kiss to Prince Pop-Up exhibit— 2016 Fashionopolis Event featuring runway designs inspired by Prince, an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity.
Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool.
The celebrations have already begun as evidenced at the recent Preview Party at Meat Market Palm Beach with Speedpainter, Michael Israel who will be performing at Purple Reign. Over 80 guests attended the event including Chairperson Marie Adler-Kravecas; Honorary Chair Linda Silpe, committee members Wyatt Koch, J. Roby Penn IV, Nicole Dicocco, Chris Leavitt, Sarah Scheffer, Kirsten Smith, Zachary von Gonten, Josh Sagman, Conrad Hilton III, Samantha Curry and Robert Riva.
Other committee members who sipped Meat Market’s ‘Purple Rain’ signature cocktails and enjoyed a sneak peek of Michael Israel’s impressive masterpieces inspired and created to music within minutes, were Don Silpe, Carlos Morrison, Elizabeth Fekkai, Colleen Hanson, Virginia Oatley and Leonard Lauren.
Tickets $250 Junior Tickets (under 40) $150
(when prompted press continue– no need to register)
or call 561 832 1776
The 59th Annual American Cancer Society’s Palm Beach Benefit is spicing it up this year with Romero Britto. The Brazilian-born, Miami-made pop artist Romero Britto contributed his bright signature art for the event invitations and has continue to drive the inspiration for what promises to be the most colorful and coolest benefit The Mar-a-Lago Club has ever hosted.
“Britto’s vibrant, bold, and colorful patterns reflect his optimistic view of the world – which is one of the reason we chose to align our event with him. Through its research, the American Cancer Society creates optimism for cancer patients worldwide,” said event co-chairman Shelley Menin.
Menin’s co-chair Marla Garchik added, “We’re grateful to add Romero Britto as a corporate partner this year and are delighted to be collaborating with him for a spectacular, colorful event!”
The third Rock Palm Beach continues in 2017 with another musical extravaganza at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday, February 10 at 8:00pm and will feature lavish food stations, VIP Lounges, and several live acts in the Club’s Grand Ballroom.
Also, new this year, the annual event will host a black-tie Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm hosted by Fantastic Finishes in the famed Gold and White Ballroom at The Mar-a-Lago Club which will also present several musical acts.
If the hard-to-miss, lively invitations requesting “colorful chic attire” are indicative of what’s to come at the event, the crowd will be carousing and dancing the night away until the wee hours!
For tickets or information, please contact Michelle Jaminet at the American Cancer Society in Palm Beach: telephone 561.655.3449 or email Michelle Jaminet
The world of popular culture was rocked in 2016 with the unexpected loss of several major Rock Icons. Nowhere was the loss of the artist Prince Rogers Nelson known better simply as Prince felt more deeply than in his hometown of Minneapolis. In a nod to the trendsetting aspects of Prince’s multi-decade career, and out of respect for Prince’s indomitable style, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine joined forces with the Minneapolis Art Institute to create a Fashion Designer tribute based on Prince’s musical hits.
Billed as a Special Kiss to Prince, the 2016 Fashionopolis Event featured runway designs inspired by the one-or-a-kind hit maker, Prince, who was known as an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity. Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool.
Winner of seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, Prince was one of the best-selling musicians of all-time. Hits included Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Kiss, and When Doves Cry.
The Armory Art Center will feature the highly regarded Pop-Up exhibit at their much anticipated Purple Reign event on January 26th. Click here to register for the event
The prestigious Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is making its triumphant return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th.
This four-day juried event is known to collectors as a must-see showcase for fine craft artisans to display and sell their innovative and original works. These “latest” collections in contemporary art and design include glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, and mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more. Many of these artists have works included in private and corporate collections all over the world. This year brings several new aspects to the popular and well-respected Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. For the first time, the Show will be hosted simultaneously with the renowned Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show which runs February 15th through 21st at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Last year’s elegant Palm Beach Fine Craft Show hosted 135 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists, offering their latest celebrated works in a comfortable, indoor setting. In keeping with its expanding audience and beginning a new tradition, the 2017 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will showcase more artists than ever including the finest artisans internationally as exhibitors for the first time.
Beginning this year, the Palm Beach Show Group has incorporated the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show into their prestigious roster of art, antique and jewelry shows. The Palm Beach Show Group is the leading full-service show production company in the nation, specializing in world-class fine art, jewelry, and antiques shows. They currently produce eight of the industries’ most anticipated events, known for their diverse roster of top international dealers, exceptional merchandise and elegant décor.
The combination of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show and the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show during Palm Beach’s peak season in February 2017 (over President’s Weekend) is sure to catch the attention of discerning collectors from all over the globe.
Determined and ambitious for something new and great, Michael Andrew Jacobson aka Mr. LightsAndPaint has a unique understanding of the mechanics of artistic talent, which he creatively demonstrates through his works of art. Using various mediums and color schemes, his artwork develops a rhythm of its own. Lights and Paint…more than just a painting and a visual show, it is artwork that comes alive.
“I love the mystical world of sacred geometrical shapes and the interconnectivity of color and light theory; which is demonstrated when my work is alive. As my LightsAndPaint creations continue to evolve so will my inspiration, and new bodies of work will awaken.” explains Michael.
Born in New York City, Michael was raised on Star Island in Miami Beach. Michael’s mother, Roni Jacobson is a Palm Beach resident and an avid art collector as well as a supporter of the local Arts Community. She noticed and cultivated Michael’s artistic talents from a young age. “Michael’s teachers recognized his artistic leanings, when he was at Miami Country Day School, the Cushman School, and the University of Miami.” explains his mother. He worked for a time at the Marlborough Galleries in New York City, and his work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami.
When asked about the inspiration of color and light theory art, Michael explains, “I came up with it on accident after painting in a color changing LED lit room… When I turned on the actual lights my painting was nothing of what I had imagined; thus MrLightsAndPaint was created.”
“Art is everything and everything is art; creativity has no limits it’s infinite, unbound, and interconnected. I hope my passion grabs you when you look at my work. It defines me as I love to hear what people think and feel when they see my work in person.” says Michael.
Mr. LightsAndPaint is active in Wynwood, and a member of Miami’s Young Artist Initiative.
His FAVORITE QUOTE:
“If you want to change the world and the world isn’t willing to change, then change a group, and if that group isn’t willing to change, then change a friend, and if that friend isn’t willing to change, then change yourself then the world is bound to follow.” UNKNOWN
Stay tuned for an upcoming special engagement in West Palm Beach.