Events, discussions, ideas and updates in my art world.
| 12 January, 2015 07:51
Tropical Exhibit Embodies Nature’s Luminosity
Lauderhill Arts Center Gallery presents “Orchidaceous: Rhythm of the Tropics” a solo exhibit featuring the art work of nationally recognized South Florida artist Clara Hada. The exhibit comprises a large selection of Hada’s tropically themed oils and watercolors and features her collection of colorful and masterfully created orchid paintings. Orchids have been a recognized as symbol of love for centuries and the timing of the exhibit coincides with February being the month of romance and expressions of love. The opening reception is Saturday, February 7th, 6-9 pm and is open to the public. The exhibit will be open February 4th through March 4th, 2015. The address for Lauderhill Art Center is 5450 NW 19th St., Lauderhill, FL.
As an artist immersed in the tropical beauty of South Florida, Ms. Hada takes her inspiration from the most luscious and luminous symbol of tropical paradise, the orchid, but these are not mere renderings of beautiful flowers. The artist creates large scale, abstracted, sensuous and boldly colored gems reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe yet uniquely her own vision. Each painting invites the viewer to linger in a mysterious inner world of life and love unfolding in all of its vibrant possibilities.
Ms. Hada is originally from rural Upstate New York and has made South Florida her home for many years. Although she majored in nursing in college she realized early in her nursing career that her true passion was painting. While working as an operating room nurse, she achieved her long time goal of receiving a degree in art and for many years maintained dual careers as an artist and a nurse. She has since made the transition to full time artist and describes her dream as being able to work bare foot while painting on ever larger and larger canvases. Her work has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits, and galleries resulting in local, national and international sales and recognition.
Lauderhill Arts Center aims to promote and develop the visual and performing arts in the City of Lauderhill and its surrounding communities. The center serves as a place where artists, arts enthusiasts and local residents can meet to practice, learn, view and interact with the arts. The Lauderhill Arts Center houses studio spaces for visual and performing artists, an art gallery, an open ceramics studio, classroom, and workshop areas.
For more details visit the Lauderhill Arts Center website at http://lauderhillartscenter.wordpress.com/
| 16 April, 2013 07:14
"I just came from Nova U. where Clara told the story of her life as an artist. It was so, so inspiring! A long and arduous journey during which she never lost sight of her quest--and the journey continues. From the heart! ...And without pretense. She's a total, consummate, dedicated, talented woman. And with the support of her wonderful husband throughout her history, and her narrow escape from a long time threatening illness...she never stopped believing. I'm so happy I was there, because she's the most modest, most gifted, sincere...oh I do go on, because--well, I saw one painting I loved particularly, and though she just sees, loves, and paints, there is a beautiful symbolism in this rich piece..."
| 06 April, 2012 08:02
"Inspired By Words" is the theme of the new art exhibit at Lauderhill Art Center. The show opens this week; the opening reception is Saturday April 7, 6-9 pm. Each invited artist was given a 24 x 36 canvas and the challenge of creating a piece of art based on a poem written by a local high school poet. It was truly quite a challenge for me to create art based on my interpretation of another person's vision. What a great artistic experience! It took me way outside my comfort zone and chose to work in a medium that I usually only dabble in. Join us at the opening reception and enjoy the show! I'll post my piece " I Will Survive" on my website after the opening reception.
| 02 February, 2012 10:02
My painting "Cymbidium Lace" was accepted into the Florida Watercolor Society on line exhibit. Check out the exhibit:
| 29 November, 2011 12:51
Join me for 2 great shows coming in 2012:
The Glass Gallery
Spring Splendor : 7 Artist's visions of spring
- March 14,2012 - May14, 2012
- Opening Reception: Tues. March 20, 7-9 pm
- Pembroke Pines City Hall
10100 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Weston Branch Library
Weston Art Guild presents:
Expression Through Images
Opening Reception March 14, 2012
March 1 - April 30, 2012
Weston Branch Library
4205 Boneventure Rd.
Weston, FL 33332
| 26 October, 2011 08:49
A fun new show coming up.
"Expressions Of Joy" at Lauderhill Art Center
Each participating artist is given 4 - 10"x10" - boards on which to create their own "Expressions of Joy"
Opening Reception: Nov. 11,2011 at 6:00PM
| 29 September, 2011 10:31
I would like to thank everyone who has responded to my blog regarding helping the victims of the Bastrop,TX fires. It is truly heartwarming to know that so many people are interested in helping in any way they can. Everyone can help just by posting the link to my blog on your facebook page.
As a reminder, for the next 2 months I will continue to donate 100% of the profits from the sale of my artwork to my brother Ed whose home was destroyed in the fires in Bastrop.
To those who have purchased artwork: I can't thank you enough for your support, you're amazing.
If you would like to make a general donation to the fire victims this is a link to a list of organizations you can donate to: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/charitable-groups-still-taking-donations-for-fire-victims-1865846.html
| 15 September, 2011 08:26
I have an idea..
My brother's home was totally destoyed last week in the wildfires in Bastrop, Texas. He and his wife are both self employed and have worked hard all their lives. In a matter of hours they lost everything but the few items they could gather before their house was engulfed in flames. More than 1500 families in Bastrop Texas lost their homes in the fires.
To help my brother, Ed Gilfus, through this disaster I will donate 100% of the earnings from the sales of my artwork for the next two months to him.
Wouldn't you love to buy artwork and at the same time make a donation to a family whose home was destroyed by fire?
Please note that if you would like to donate to Ed with out purchasing artwork please contact with Ed directly.
If you do not want to purchase artwork but would like to make a general donation to the victims of the Bastrop fires here are some suggestions:
Bastrop officials said the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance working with the Austin Disaster Relief Network is acting as the clearinghouse for people who wish to donate to people in need because of the fire. Later this week, BCMA will make public a list of appliances and furniture that fire victims need, once they are all allowed back into their properties to assess damage and needs. Officials ask that monetary donations are given to BCMA, with funds being deposited into First National Bank in Bastrop. These funds are ensured to be given directly to the fire victims in the Bastrop area. To reach BCMA, call 512-332-8977 or 512-332-8661.
You can also still make an online donation on through KXAN's partnership with Walmart and the Salvation Army, called " Neighbors Helping Neighbors." https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp
The Salvation Army warehouse located in Austin will open to give out personal goods, toys and clothing to fire victims starting Friday. It is located at 12317 Technology Blvd., Suite 300. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on Friday, then change to Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make checks payable to: Salvation Army/ Firestorm TX, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235. Monetary donations can also be made by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY