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Heirloom Furniture at Palm Beach Contemporary March 10-12

Heirloom Furniture at Palm Beach Contemporary March 10-12

Anyone looking to enhance their decor will find several attractive options when Palm Beach Contemporary takes over the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach March 10 thru 12. From hand-crafted wood to glass, visitors will find functional works of art that can be handed down from generation to generation.

James Pearce’s work is inspired by the nature of the wood itself. He finds the grain, color, and the texture of a piece of wood particularly interesting and, most of the time, the wood dictates the final form in a piece of furniture. Pearce has traveled and lived all over the world and draws design influences from the countries he has visited.
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Finding traditional tools and methods of work the most satisfying, Pearce uses hand tools to refine the curves and shapes that are prevalent in his work. The artist does not use stain in his pieces and prefers that the natural color of the wood determine whether a piece is light or dark. He makes his own varnishes based on old recipes and uses them to highlight and protect each finished piece.

James Pearce grew up working with wood, the fourth generation in his family to do so. The form, function, and style of his pieces result from personal exploration of the medium.

Earl Nesbitt combines his original designs with the highest quality materials and the finest craftsmanship to create custom furniture in the form of functional sculpture. He classically trained in a one year award-winning apprenticeship with a master furniture maker in 1989 to 1990. That early experience as well as the rich history of furniture making in the New Hope area, including George Nakashima and others, contributes to Earl’s work as a furniture designer as he showcases the beauty of natural wood.After his apprenticeship, Earl worked as a furniture maker for two high-end cabinetry/furniture shops.nesbitt_2

His work from that time included a wide variety of custom furniture items: from Park Avenue penthouse suite renovations; to pews at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.; as well as many private and commercial projects. During this period Earl was also designing and building his own custom furniture. In 1995 he opened his own studio. His furniture has been shown in galleries around the country and can be found in a wide variety of locations, from contemporary homes and businesses to western-style haciendas.As a furniture maker and furniture designer, Earl’s style is defined by his use of large slabs and rare highly figured woods combined with clean, elegant lines and an eye for detail. His furniture displays solid wood so that its subtleties can be enjoyed: the way the grain moves through a sculpted piece or the feel of a tabletop or a shaped edge. Throughout his career Earl has worked with many different clients on many different styles — from contemporary, to Art Deco, to western-style pieces.

The studio glass movement began in 1962 when a ceramics professor, a chemist and engineer started experimenting with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art. This approach to glassblowing blossomed into a worldwide movement, producing such flamboyant and prolific artists as Kit Karbler, the proprietor of Blake Street Glass Studio in Denver. Karbler studied art at Ohio University and UCLA, before becoming a renowned modern glass artist.

“The primary purpose of my work,” says Karbler, “is not to simply allow you to hold objects, but to hold your imagination and light.” The techniques that have been perfected over the years combined with hours of preparations produce a visual experience that leave a lasting impression.

 

Meet these talented artisans and see their latest work March 10-12 at Palm Beach Contemporary. Details below.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: THE ART, DESIGN & FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR! WHEN: March 10, 11 & 12, 2017

HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm

WHERE: South Florida Expo Center | 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

TICKETS: $15 | seniors (65+) $12 | 14 and under FREE

PARKING: FREE

WEBSITE: http://www.pbartshow.com

Facebook:  pbartshow

Twitter: @pbartshow

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LIVING OUT LOUD WITH MIA

LIVING OUT LOUD WITH MIA

An Interview with Wearable Art Maker / Ceramist Mia Tyson

AoD: Tell us about your background. How did you become a fiber artist?

MT:  Design and construction goes back to my maternal grandmother who was an expert seamstress, albeit self-taught. Growing up in rural Union County, North Carolina, I learned through watching her the value and pride that comes from making something well from the best materials that were available at that time and place. She did the very best she could with what she had at hand.

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AoD:  How does your work differ from what we can find in the local boutique?

MT:  Garments made from the finest materials (and the cheapest labor) are available from literally anywhere in a few days with global manufacturing, transportation and distribution.  We are beginning to question the sustainability of these practices.  So, the question is: when you can choose anything, what do you choose?

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AoD:  What is your primary goal when designing a new piece?

MT:  To design luxurious garments using the highest quality fabrics so each piece is “Made in the USA.” Beyond that, I strive to create artful, affordable hand-crafted garments for women of all shapes and sizes.

AoD: We understand that you haven’t always been involved with wearable art. Your background also includes ceramics, correct?

MT: Yes. I am a ceramist by education.  My work in clay reflects my interest in creating a sense of movement within each piece by merging its shape with the drawing incorporated upon it.  Please visit http://www.miatyson.com to view my clay art.

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AoD: How does your clay background inform or influence your work in wearable art:

MT: My work in fabric continues to explore the sense of movement.  The clay vessel has been replaced by the body of each patron.  In place of the sgraffito drawings are the hand needle felted designs.

AoD: How would you best describe your wearable art?

MT: The asymmetrical structural line of each piece creates a focal point in the front balanced by the needle felted “drawing” presenting a streamlined appearance for the garment and the wearer producing a minimalist effect.  I think, overall I’m driven by one truth: Classic modern design always stays in style.

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AoD: Besides your website, where can people find your work:

MT: I show my work at various events around the country.  Coming up next, I’ll be at Palm Beach Contemporary in West Palm Beach March 10 thru 12.pbc_image

Laura Fisher-Bonvallet Wearable Art

Laura Fisher-Bonvallet Wearable Art
  • For award winning weaver, Laura Fisher-Bonvallet, creating beautiful art wear is a passion. As a designer, she is inspired by the use of complex textures and color combinations, and applies these elements in a unique blend of asymmetry and balance in every garment.

fisher_bonvallet_1Each piece is an original design, constructed entirely by hand, one at a time using the finest natural fibers, including silk, cotton, and rayon, as well as subtle metallic threads. The process entails first developing the garment silhouette, followed by careful selection of yarns and colors, along with designing the weave structure. The yardage is woven on a large floor loom, then transformed into garments by cutting, piecing, and sewing, utilizing traditional tailoring techniques.

Laura is the sole designer, while a dedicated staff of highly skilled assistants helps with the weaving and assembling of the garments. Finishing is especially important to turning out a quality product. Attention to detail is evident in her work, from the use of a fine duopioni silk, to the selection of just the right button to complete some designs. Laura is drawn to surface design and is continually experimenting with new techniques. When a process is perfected, she incorporates it into new designs.

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Laura’s contemporary handwovens evoke a new sophistication in the tailored realm. She wants her work to be functional and versatile while maintaining a sense of luxury and style. The woman who wears Laura’s garments is confident in her own sense of style which goes beyond purely fashion.

2076-2rt-2srt-c-f-jHer spacious studio is set on an inspiring five acre woodland, located in Oneida, Wisconsin. It is here that she enjoys the beauty of nature every day. Known as Beauxchênes (Bo-shen – beautiful oaks) Fibre Arts, the studio is attached to the home she shares with her husband, Jeff, and studio pal, an Irish Setter named Bailey McKibben.

Meet Laura and see her latest work at Palm Beach Contemporary, March 10-12 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: ART, DESIGN & FASHION

WHEN: March 10, 11 & 12

HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm

WHERE: South Florida Expo Center | 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach (one mile west of the turnpike)

TICKETS: $15 | seniors (65+) $12 | 14 and under FREE

PARKING: FREE

WEBSITE: www.pbartshow.com

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The Human Condition in Clay

The Human Condition in Clay

In a body of work there is a common thread of expression and exploration that binds it together. My sculpture addresses our pursuit of Truth.” Nancy Kubale

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These are the qualities one sees, or so it would seem, when encountering a Nancy Kubale ceramic figure for the first time. The artist, however, has a different point of view:  “I’ve always said they’re not just another pretty face,” says Kubale. “I want people to take a second look and try to figure out what’s going on; they wouldn’t do that if I didn’t challenge them visually.”

Kubale-MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE H23 x W36 x D12''.jpgIn her body of work there is a common thread of expression and exploration that binds it together. “Within the structure of the human form lies the possibility to recognize ourselves and the opportunity to contemplate the complexities and contradictions of the world we live in.”

Kubale’s ceramic and mixed media figures begin with hand-building techniques in stoneware clay. She layers the surface with terra sigillata, slips, stains, oxides, glazes, underglazes and decals – firing each piece three to five times. Often the work is in pieces after the final firing and is then assembled with wood, metal, fiber and found objects.

pbfc1511.jpg“I often use text,” says Kubale, “to indicate the concept that initiated the work, and for the way language frames the perception of our existence.” Most pieces have a poem written on the back, and “the poem almost always comes first.”

Kubale also includes in her work visual metaphors such as ladders, nails, tags and windows that she says “express aspiration, experience and epiphany – things that assemble and define a life.”  A self-professed “people watcher,” observing and questioning are central to Kubale’s art. “I’m intrigued by who we are and how we live…is there a right way to live? What gives us meaning? What gives happiness?”

group-of-busts-each-approx-h12x7x5inThe ceramic figures of Nancy Kubale are anything but traditional.  And what one sees when encountering her work for the first time may not tell the whole story.

All of Nancy Kubale’s sculptures are one-of-a-kind. She only sells them at fine craft shows or via galleries.  Meet the artist and see her latest work at Palm Beach Contemporary, March 10-12 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds.  It’s the last big art show of the season, so don’t miss it!

 

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: ART, DESIGN & FASHION

WHEN: March 10, 11 & 12

HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm

WHERE: South Florida Expo Center | 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach (one mile west of the turnpike)

TICKETS: $15 | seniors (65+) $12 | 14 and under FREE

PARKING: FREE

WEBSITE: www.pbartshow.com

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ENJOY BEAUTIFUL HAND-CRAFTED JUDAICA AND OTHER WORKS OF ART AT PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY MARCH 10-12

Joy Stember and Jim Cohen were each inspired to pursue their passion and honor their culture – one by a trip to Israel, the other by the need to do something more meaningful with his life after a long and successful career as an attorney. Both of these outstanding artists create Judaica that pays homage to the past while instilling a contemporary feel, and they will be among the more than 100 contemporary fine craft artists at Palm Beach Contemporary March 10-12.

JOY STEMBER, INSPIRED BY BIRTHRIGHT TRIP TO ISRAEL
In the winter of 2010, Joy Stember went on a Taglit Birthright trip to Israel. While there, she was captivated by the landscape, culture and history. When she returned home she felt a stronger connection to Israel, her culture, and her identity as an artist. This journey profoundly changed Stember’s perspective and led her to discover her true passion. “I began to focus on creating contemporary Judaica full-time and opened the Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio,” recalls the artist. “This decision has not only provided great personal fulfillment but also the opportunity to share my craft with the world.”

Dreidels by Joy Stember

Dreidels by Joy Stember

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Menorah by Joy Stember

Clean lines and repetitive nature in urban landscapes inspire Stember’s work, as well as mid-century design. She uses a variety of metals such as pewter, brass, bronze, silver and copper to produce her work, which is handmade in her Pennsylvania studio. Each piece is lovingly fabricated by scoring and folding sheets of pewter to make 3-dimensional works of art. The gorgeous textures are pulled from many influences and are embossed into the metal. “As a designer and maker,” says Stember, “my intent is to create contemporary heirlooms for a new generation of collectors.”

JIM COHEN, WANTED MORE OUT OF LIFE THAN A JOB
After almost 20 years in the rat race, Jim Cohen needed a change. As a corporate attorney who worked more than 50 hours per week, he felt his life was stunted, and he was unhappy. His life changed for the better when he discovered a love for working with his hands, creating beautiful and functional pieces to honor his heritage.
Cohen’s artistic journey began at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, where he took a jewelry class one night per week after putting in a full day’s work at the Pentagon. Then, at age 45 and following a life-changing trip to North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts, he knew it was time to make a career change.
“I wanted to immerse myself in creating things by hand,” he explains. “At the end of the day, I wanted to have something that was real and said ‘Jim did this’.” Now he creates breathtaking metal works, primarily hollowware, with an emphasis on Judaica.

Building Block Kiddush Cup by Jim Cohen

Building Block Kiddush Cup by Jim Cohen

Cohen’s work has its design origins in contemporary American Judaica, starting with the Jewish Museum’s Tobe Pascher workshops. “My work comes to this time through the use of contemporary design motifs and cultural reference,” says Cohen, who calls the work “tomorrow’s Judaica heirlooms today.”

Sterling silver, ebony, maple Seder Plate by Jim Cohen

Sterling silver, ebony, maple Seder Plate by Jim Cohen

ABOUT PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY
Palm Beach Contemporary features over 100 of the nation’s top contemporary fine craft artists offering their latest work in ceramics, glass, metal, mixed media, furniture and more. You’ll also find wearable art, jewelry and fashion accessories. All of the work is one-of-a-kind or limited edition, and it’s all hand-crafted.

IF YOU GO:
WHAT: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: THE ART, DESIGN & FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR!
WHEN: March 10, 11 & 12, 2017
HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm
WHERE: South Florida Expo Center | 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach (1 mile west of the turnpike)
TICKETS: $15 | seniors (65+) $12 | 14 and under FREE
PARKING: FREE
INFO: http://www.pbartshow.com

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PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: THE LAST BIG ART SHOW OF THE SEASON!

From Sculptural to Functional, Wearable and More, Palm Beach Contemporary Offers Something for Everyone

Palm Beach Contemporary Art Glass

Charles Savoie creates art glass that is sought after by collectors worldwide.


For three days in March we will transform the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds into a sea of beautiful art, design, fashion and furnishings.
Palm Beach Contemporary features over 100 of the nation’s top contemporary artists offering their latest work in ceramics, glass, metal, mixed media, furniture and more. You’ll also find wearable art, jewelry and fashion accessories.
All of the work is one-of-a-kind or limited edition, and it’s all hand-crafted by some of the most talented artists on earth. Many of the artists you’ll meet at the show have work in major museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and many others.
Metal sculpture by Robert Farrell

Metal sculpture by Robert Farrell


Aussie Eucalyptus Burl wood vessel by Stephen Potts, Palmetto, GA.

Wood vessel by Stephen Potts


Glass table by Kit Karbler

Glass table by Kit Karbler


IF YOU GO:
WHAT: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY: THE ART, DESIGN & FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR!
WHEN: March 10, 11 & 12, 2017
HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm
WHERE: South Florida Expo Center | 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
TICKETS: $15 | seniors (65+) $12 | 14 and under FREE
PARKING: FREE
WEBSITE: http://www.pbartshow.com

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

Stacey Lee Webber is an artist and designer.  She was born into a large family in the suburbs of Indianapolis She grew up in an outspoken home with two vibrant older sisters accompanied by traditional, hard working parents.  Growing up in a middle class family, Webber was taught the value of a dollar through labor, loyalty, and work ethic.  

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webber-ladder_0Webber earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals under Patricia Nelson and a Master of Fine Arts in metals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Lisa Gralnick and Kim Cridler.  The artist explored Milwaukee and Chicago before making a pivotal move to Philadelphia; where she has had an opportunity to focus on continuing her artistic investigations, including sculpture and jewelry.

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webber_plumbbobWebber currently has a live-in studio space in the Frankford area of Philadelphia at the Globe Dye Works Building, and is currently teaching advanced and introductory metals courses at the University of the Arts while working as a jeweler.  

1_CircularSaw_WEBShe exhibits her artwork internationally and tours the country giving workshop and lectures about her techniques and concepts.

Webber’s “Craftsmen Collection” contains working man’s tools recreated in copper pennies. The sculptures are entirely hollow and true to size. The ghostlike representations of the original tools question the value of labor and time inherent in the object. The collection, and the artist, caught the attention of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which featured Webber in its “40 under 40” series. 

The circular saw, above, was Webber’s first attempt at replicating a power tool in her Craftsmen Series. “It was quite a challenge,” says the artist.   
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Permanent Collections 
Stacey Lee Webber’s work can be found in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington DC; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA; Museum of Art & Design, NYC; Two Old Hippies, Nashville TN; The Great Republic, Washington DC; and Uncommon Goods, Brooklyn NY, among others.

Meet Stacey Lee Webber and see her latest work at Charlotte Contemporary: the Art, Design & Fashion Event of the Year!  
October 14, 15 & 16 / Park Expo Center, Liberty Hall
800 Briar Creek Road / Charlotte, NC 28205
URL: https://charlottecontemporary.com