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Isabel Saad’s Photographic Palm Beach Début Exhibit Sells out

 Those of us who attended the recent photographic exhibit at The Center for Creative Education met the talented Isabel Saad and witnessed first hand the young lady’s impressive collection, which sold out opening night! Isabel Saad’s recent show of her engaging new photographs, curated by Bruce Helander for The Gallery at Center for Creative Education located in historic Northwood, West Palm Beach, opened on May 6th.

The exhibition was completely sold out by the end of her well-attended opening reception, as every one of the photographic

Norka Aron, Isabel Saad, David Aronberg

works from Ms. Saad’s first solo show were snapped up, with a percentage of sales proceeds going directly to the CCE for educational programs. Collectors include Lori Stoll, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Charles Bianco, Aron Family Collection, William Louis-Dreyfus, and artists Bruce Helander and Alex Guofeng Cao. Adjacent to the recently completed Conrad N. Hilton Theater, The Gallery opened in 2013 and is a spacious 1,500 square foot area that presents a spacious and bright platform for ongoing exhibitions that focus on student artworks in addition to established artists with local and national standing.
“Isabel Saad’s photography was a standout amidst the works of many student pieces being exhibited in what has been the most robust collection of student works The Gallery at Center for Creative Education has exhibited to-date.  With varying levels of artistic merit, the artworks and opening reception were well received by art aficionados and casual collectors alike with the stamp of approval being the sold out works by Isabel Saad,” said Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager.
Isabel Saad, who currently is a photography and English literature major at the prestigious New School Parsons School of Design in New York City, has had a strong interest in photography for a number of years. This interest developed into a recognized style, quite often influenced by her discoveries and documentation of urban street activities, from department store windows to pedestrians passing provocative billboards and advertisements. Some of her works concentrate on self-portraiture and other figurative representations, which can elicit a mysterious and pensive depiction. In some examples, Ms. Saad can appropriate an historical or theatrical connection, such as her Red Shoes composition that seems to connect with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. In others, the photographer examines the unusual aesthetics of emptiness, such as an empty classroom where vacant tables and chairs take advantage of shadows and natural light, set up an unexpected minimal composition that is surprising and memorable.

Isabel Saad, who at a young age has lived in and traveled across two continents, has developed an interest not only in photography but in film making, drawing and design, creative writing and acting. She has attended Phillips Academy Andover, Cambridge University, the New York Film Academy, the nation’s only early college Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Boca Raton Museum of Art School, among others.

In addition to her exhibit, The Gallery at CCE is showing photographs of Dreyfoos School students who major in photography and the work of Lot23 students.  The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and continues through May 27th.  The Center for Creative Education is located at 425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401. 

For additional information please contact, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager, The Gallery at Center for Creative Education at (561) 805-9927 or jonathono@cceflorida.org

To view photos from opening night, click here. 

Mother and Son candid, lifestyle and artistic photography on display

Photographers Nick Mele and mother, Victoria Leiter Mele will share the spotlight during a special exhibit at EmKo Palm Beach Galleries.  The duo’s artistic photography will be on display from March 2nd to March 20th.  Art lovers will grasp Nick’s spontaneous candid shots, portraitures and lifestyle shots.  The daughter of famed Washington DC hostess Oatsie Charles, Victoria’s graceful eye to detail captures the natural beauty surrounding her.

Baileys Chairs

Known in Palm Beach for his photos of A-Listers published regularly in the Shiny Sheet, Nicholas Mele is also recognized for the composition of his unique lifestyle photography shot in Palm Beach, Miami, New York, and his native Newport, Rhode Island.

Nick specializes in portraiture of all kinds. Mele’s work is an agglomeration of his varied interests. He is at the same time an artist, a documentarian, a film junkie, a band-aide, a partygoer, and a family man. Between capturing stills on movie sets, taking concert shots of bands like Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, snapping partygoers for Patrick McMullan, and spending several years documenting the lives of America’s last remaining Grande Dames, his work has been featured in such publications such as Interview, Town & Country, Quest, Manhattan Magazine, and Vanity Fair.  

 

Nick comes to his talent naturally, as his mother, Victoria has been shooting artistic photography since Nick was a baby. Her specialty is botanical compositions. Once you see one of her shots, you will easily recognize her graceful style.

NE Flowers

Victoria Leiter Mele is a Newport, Rhode Island/Palm Beach, Florida based photographer and watercolor artist. Her main focus lies in nature and the sense of wonder derived therein. Whether it is the simplicity of a garden rose or the grandeur of snowy New England sunset, Victoria’s art showcases the innate beauty of the world around her.  She has had several art shows in the New England area, but this is her first in South Florida.

 

 

 

About the Exhibit:

Opening Reception:  Wednesday March 1st  By invitation only)

Exhibition Dates:  March 2nd – March 20th

To meet the artists and for private appointments call 401. 662. 1087