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Now that season is swinging into high gear, galleries are pulling out the stops to show the best artists and also working to benefit organizations in need. Here are some of the the latest art news we have for you.

Northwood Village Fine Arts Exhibition
Over at the major intersection of Northwood and Spruce is the OSGS Gallery which shows local artists and does framing services as well. The mother son duo who run the space have been a keystone gallery for the area for a few years now.

“My Mother and I opened and have been operating OSGS Gallery on Northwood Rd. the past three years,” says Jonathan Ortiz-Smykla. “We have been strong advocates for Northwood by working to build not only our own business but also Northwood as a whole.  It’s been a rewarding and unique journey to this point.”

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Now Jonathan has stepped up his game.  In October 2015 he accepted a new position with the Center for Creative Education (CCE) also located in Northwood Village on 24th Street. “My role is Gallery and Events Manager and I am excited to be working on an active and full calendar for the Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery at Center for Creative Education,” he says. “Because the CCE’s building is fairly new and still expanding there is a need for us to share our story and to be another great resource to Northwood Village and another reason for people to visit, learn and participate in what CCE offers.”

The CCE is a big building with classroom, lecture and exhibition space, but did not have a full time gallery director. Well known artist and curator Bruce Helander had been filling that void with sporadic shows, but now with Ortiz-Smykla on board it will be a continuous calendar of exhibits.

The 1,500 square foot gallery is a long, spacious and bright platform with an outdoor sculpture/event space at the far end to display ongoing exhibitions, focusing on student artworks in addition to artists of established, local and national standing.

In this new spirit of collaboration the CCE presents a Northwood Village Fine Arts Exhibition: An Exhibition of Select Works from Northwood Village Art Galleries
to represent artists from all over Palm Beach County. The opening reception is Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through to December 31 and features artists from the Center for Creative Education’s Beverly Myers, ArtHouse 429, Bohemia AG, Thompson and Frank Gallery, John Garrity Studio, Hennevelt’s Gallery, Lot 23 Artists featuring Craig McInnis and Northwood Glass Art.

The food sponsor is West Palm Beach CRA who is presenting ‘A Taste of Northwood’ with bites from top eateries Table 427, O-BO and Malakor Thai Café. Drinks are courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and music provided by C-Keys Recording and Vinyl’s Cole Rippe.

But don’t go looking for art on December 1st as it is a Day Without Art, which began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. AIDS was at it’s destructive peak in the late 80s and while enormous strides have been made in treatment, it is still a powerful virus rampaging throughout the world.

To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.

Art For the Big Dogs

Art News: Art Rescues Big Dogs

ArtHouse429 is giving it up for the dogs, hosting new artwork by Skip Hartzell including sculpture, paintings & drawings during Unconditionally Dogs, a fund raiser for Big Dog Ranch Rescue on December 10 from 6:30 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. The group started over 10 years ago as the Florida Weimaraner Rescue and in 2008 they expanded to rescue all dogs.  Since then, they have been saving the lives of innocent dogs and puppies – over 12,000 to date. Committed to rescuing, nurturing and adopting dogs – both big and small into loving homes, they pride themselves on giving the gift of life to as many dogs as humanely possible; enriching the lives of those who adopt dogs with the goal of helping to create a better world; and being a leader in the national animal welfare movement where they rescue and adopt dogs into loving homes. Innovative in dog rescue practices, they believe in having a strong voice, through educational and advocacy programs. If you want to see the facility their adoption address is 10948 Acme Road, Wellington, and hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 days a week.

Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and has been a dedicated sponsor of the organization. He and his wife have adopted several dogs from them.
About his art Skip says “Although I love dogs, my work is about form, movement, color, texture and mostly about personal painterly expression. I believe that the secret to making good art is to empty your head of all assumptions, preconceived thoughts and ideas, then simply open yourself to all possibilities and let the magic flow through you.  Inspiration comes about through perspiration and it is better to be prolific than to try to be perfect.”

100% of the sale of selected sculptures and 40% of all other sales of Hartzell’s work will go to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking will be available. ArtHouse 429 is at 429 25th Street in Northwood.

Another great art news this week: “Valdes for the Win”

Amanda Valdes wins the CANVAS Local Showdown with Nicole Henry
Amanda Valdes wins the CANVAS Local Showdown with Nicole Henry

And in final art news my pick for the CANVAS Local Showdown, Amanda Valdes, won for her green horned lady killer mural in the showdown held across the street from ArtHouse 429. She will be in the official lineup for next years CANVAS and already has a fabulous wall up in the Fern Street Graffiti Garden.

“I’m beyond stunned to have won the CANVASWPB contest and I can’t thank this community enough for all the love you’ve shown me over the years,” Amanda says. “I’ve said it before, but I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to explore my passions and create a path true to me; without the support of friends and family (both literal and figurative) it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you so much to everyone who voted, and most importantly, those who came out to back the local art scene. There are so many incredibly talented creatives that call south Florida home and I’m thrilled that CANVAS and downtown WPB will continue to provide and expand opportunities for local and international talents.”

Congrats Amanda!

More art news coming soon this week. Stay tune!

Sandra-Schulman Sandra Schulman is an arts writer, music and film producer. Born in Miami, her work has appeared in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ocean Drive, Country Music Magazine, The New York Daily News, News From Indian Country, and Entertainment Weekly. She was an entertainment columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 8 years. She has authored three books on pop culture. She currently lives in West Palm Beach with her blue eyed whippet. Sandra Schulman’s column appears weekly. Contact her at sandraslink@gmail.com.