Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Welcom 2011 with Sparks and FIRE!

Say goodbye to 2010 and HELLO 2011!! Friday, January 7 we will be lighting up Lake Worth with hot metal! Sparks will fly as Gallery artist Yure Alencar demonstrates a live foundry pour in front of the Gallery. Come see him work with molten metal live! Gallery artists Jesse Showalter and Doreen Alfaro will also be explaining how they blend clay, glaze, smoke and fire to create amazing sculptural art.

It may be the dead of winter, but things are really heating up in Lake Worth! See you at 6:00!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter Wonderland!

Please come see us this Friday, the 17th, for a Gallery celebration of the Winter Solstice. What a magical time of year. Even for us beach bums in Florida, winter has arrived and we are feeling the chill of the season! Our Gallery is transformed into a winter woodland, and we'll be offering seasonal delights, wine and hot coffee to warm your spirit. The walls and shelves are filled with amazing original art, and our member artists will be on hand to greet you. There is no better gift than original art, so come by and get those last minute treasures...see you at 6:00!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Calling all Beach Bums!

This Friday, Dec 10, CGMS Gallery will be hosting a book launch for CHart Magazine. Editor Casey Swan has created a lovely book, The Secrets of the Southern Shells. This is the second in a series of books Casey has written all about overcoming adversity and self-reflection and personal growth. This book is full of wise wisdom and glorious illustrations created by the artists of CHart, known affectionately as "CHartists". CGMS Gallery artist Tracy Rosof-Peterson is part of this wonderful collection of artists and her shell-themed potter will be on display, along with other original art used as illustrations for the book. This is a wonderful gift opportunity for yourself or someone special. 20% of sales proceed support CGMS Gallery, so come out and get your virtual toes in the sand! See you at 6:00!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Art of Giving

Welcome to the season of holiday shopping madness...can't believe it's December already! Lucky for you, the Gallery is ready to rescue you from the Mall. Join us this Friday, December 3, for the Art of Giving. Gallery artists will be on hand to help you choose, or create, a truly one-of-a-kind gift of hand made art for yourself, or someone special. We're encouraging everyone to have a "Hand-made Holiday" this year, and skip mass produced items from overseas. Instead, why not support art and local artists? The selection in the Gallery is mind-boggling. Everything from sculpted metal dinosaurs to fine porcelain and jewelry. How about a Peace menorah? Or perhaps a fused glass platter? We have something for everyone on your list, I guarantee it!

So, come to the Gallery this Friday for a glass of wine, some great music from the Pick it Sisters, and a wonderful, unique shopping experience. See you at 6:00!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Back in Black!!! Time to SHOP!

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving?!? You know what that means, Holiday shopping madness begins. BUT, you don't have to panic this year or fight the insane crowds at the Mall. CGMS Gallery is ready to come to your rescue! What could be better than giving the gift of original, hand-made art? Potter, fine jewelry, art glass, ceramics, textiles, metal work, sculptures, WE HAVE IT ALL! Nothing is more exciting than finding that one-of-a-kind, beautifully crafted work of art for someone special. No massed produced, imported junk here. All the work in the Gallery is created by local artists, right here in Plam Beach County. AND, to make it even better, we will be holding a "Back in Black" weekend sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY! From Friday, Nov. 26 to Sunday Nov 28 you will find unbelievable art at AFFORDABLE prices waiting for you in the Gallery. Come by anytime, we're open 10:00 - 9:00 Friday and Saturday, 10:00 5:00 on Sunday.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sensational Seas...

First, thanks to all that came out to support our Haitian relief event last Friday. What fun! Drumming, dancing, oh, and ART!!!

Now, on to this Friday. If you love the ocean, and we all do, you need to be at the Gallery this Friday, the 19th, for OCEANICA. Artists Norm Gitzen, Lauran Shapiro and Edith Perla-Smith will be featuring art that is inspired by the sea. Norm's famous "Siren" will be gracing the front of the Gallery, and seashells, dragons and more will be swimming inside the Gallery!

Special guests from Palm Beach County Reef Rescue will aso be joining us, so please come and show your love for the life-giving seas that are so vital to our planet's health. See you at 6:00!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Show Your Support...

This Friday, Nov 12, will be very special at the Gallery. We will we be hosting a cocktail party for the Sister Cities Project of Lake Worth, featuring the wonderful art of the children of Jacmel, Haiti. Sales proceeds support Haitian relief efforts. Now, more than ever we need to support our Island friends, who are battling the devestating effects of the earthquake, followed by storm damage and cripling health issues. Please join us at 5:30 to support this worthy effort and to meet representatives from Lake Worth's Sister Cities Project. See you there!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rev Them Engines!

Get your leather jackets ready and be at the Gallery on Friday November 5 for "Hot Bikes - Cold Beer"! This event will be featuring the motorcycle-inspired art of Gallery artist Joe Dwzill. Not only will motorcycle art be on display, we will also have a custom bike in the Gallery, courtesy of Harely Davidson of Palm Beach! We invite all our biker buddies to ride to the Gallery for a cold beer and some great, original art. We have tons of custom mugs available for purchase in the Gallery, pick one out and pour yourself a frosty one! See you at 6:00!


Saturday, November 6, the Gallery will be part of the FIRST EVER Palm Beach Art and Music Festival, hosted by Art Nouveau Events. We will have a tent there, full of amazing hand-made original art from the Gallery. There will be tons of artists, vendors, music, performances, body painting, food, drink, and general mayhem all around! This will be so fun, and we are thrilled to be a part of this innagural event. Click on the image below for more information.

It's going to be a BUSY weekend!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Theatre of the Absurd was Absurdly FABULOUS!

What a great night! Thanks to all that joined us for our "unusual" art show--we had so much fun! First, thanks to Gallery artist Betty Wilson for the amazing spread of delicous treats. We ate like Kings and Queens! Special guests Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art and Ryan David of Kiss My Glass really stole the show last night. Georgette painted a guest model, transforming him into our Ring Master for the night. Ryan worked hot glass out front, drawing quite a crowd as he melted and formed glass in a torch. Thank you Georgette and Ryan!
We had a great crowd, all enjoying the art and artists on display. A great night on the Avenue! More events on the way, so keep tuned and don't miss a thing!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Out Side the Box...

This Friday will be a very unusual and amazing night at the Gallery. "Theatre of the Absurd - Beauty in Uncommon Forms" is all about alternative, mixed media, and "steampunk" art. The works of Gallery artists Linda and Kelly Dean Manganaro, Betty Wilson, Amelia Costa, Victoria Rose Martin and Karen McGovern will be featured. These artists create truly unique art from found objects, mixed metals, clay and glass. Three dimensional creations of truly uncommon beauty. Victoria is known for her whimsical and sometimes dark ceramic figures, often in costume. Karen creates dramatic jewelry, often using antique elements such as German doll bodies and optic lenses. Her pieces are narrative, and many come with an original short story inspired by elements in the design. Linda and her Husband Kelly create unbelievable furniture, installations and figures from all manner of material, antiquities and found objects. Betty is well known for her abstract glass creations, and amazing interpretive sculptures. Amelia blends text with clay to create scenes, figures and scenarios filled with meaning.

Special guest artist Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art will use the human form as canvas, painting live in the Gallery. Her work is simply stunning. David Ryan of Kiss My Glass joins us out front, working with glass in flame to create all manner of amazing designs.

Simply put, you CANNOT MISS THIS SHOW! See you at 6:00!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Thanks to all that joined us last night for "Rage - Freedom of Expression". The Gallery was full, the art was amazing and the front of the Gallery was really spectacular. Gallery artists Joe Dwzill, Betty Wilson, and Joyce Brown created an amazing installation representing the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. An oil derrik featuring blood soaked dollar signs pumped oil over a destroyed beach. Turtle eggs lay broken in the sand, with hands reaching in supplication toward the sky. Gallery artist Norm Gitzen's famous "Siren" stood blindfolded and bound, helpless. New Gallery artist Yure posed an amazing bronze dinosaur over the scene, representing fossil fuels. A gripping and truly expressive installation!

The "Raging Grannies" also joined us, lending their voice in song to our concerns about the environment. What a great group of motivated, outspoken women! More photos to come soon....

Stay tuned, many more exciting events just around the corner!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Get Ready to RAGE!!

This Friday the Gallery will be presenting works that express emotions through art. "RAGE - Freedom of Expression" will explore how we all feel about events in our daily lives, and how current events - both good and bad - affect and inspire us. The "Siren", Gallery artist Norm Gitzen's famous mermaid, returns to the front of the Gallery to stand in protest of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. The Raging Grannies join us to lend their voice to our concerns. We invite our guests to share their thoughts and emotions on our ExPreSSionS board, which will be displayed after the show. Join us from 6 - 9 PM. Let us know how YOU feel. See you at 6!

Monday, September 13, 2010


Another wonderful event just around the corner. On Friday, the 17th we'll be celebrating "Renewal - A Time to Grow". The gallery will be introducing three new artists, Gisela Pferdekaemper, Joe Dwzill, and Michael Altheim. Special guests Bruce Pearson and Michael Marino, from Tropical World Nursery, will be explaining the intricacies of orchid and bromeliad planting using pots created by CGMS Gallery artists. So join us for a glass of wine and to meet the new artists. See you at 6:00!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Harvest - A Great Night!

Thanks to all that joined us for our Harvest event last Friday! The gallery was full of great art, and wonderful people. Thanks to Sheryel Aschfort for taking photos...See you all again SOON!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Believe it or Not - Autumn is On its Way!

I know it may not feel like it, but with September comes the Fall equinox! So, even though the temps are still in the 90's, this Friday we will be celebrating all things Autumn in the Gallery. We'll pull out our fall leave decor, drench the Gallery in the colors of Autumn and eagerly anticipate the shorter, cooler days. This event is brought to you by Gallery artists Norman Gitzen, Sheri Goldstein and Edith Perla-Smith. Sheri will be demonstrating how she creates her beautiful fused glass art, and the food table will be filled with artisan cheeses, fresh apples and delicious wines of the season. So, join us as we celebrate the change of seasons!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dog DaZe - What Fun!

Friday was so great in the Gallery! We dedicated the evening to all things canine, and we had a blast. We partnered with Elite Greyhound Adoptions and Paws on the Avenue. Elite brought four greyhounds to mingle with guests and Paws provided treats for visiting dogs, great outfits for our two four-legged models, and dog bowls for our table of human treats! Gallery artist Karen McGovern created hand-stamped dog tags on the spot, donating all proceeds to Elite. As you can see, the Gallery really did "go to the dogs!"

Thanks to all our friends and supporters for joining us, special thanks to Paws, Elite and Durga Garcia, our favorite photographer.

Stay tuned, more great events on the horizon!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

We're Going to the Dogs!!!

Next Friday, August 20, the Gallery will be "going to the dogs" for Dog DaZe, celebrating all things canine! We"re supporting Elite Greyhound Adoptions, with special "doggie bags" and the latest Fido Couture provided by Lake Worth's Paws on the Avenue. So, bring you and your dog to the Gallery! Plenty of treats on hand for you and your furry friend, browse canine inspired artwork and support a good cause!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Get Ready to ROCK!

Put on your boogie shoes and get to the Gallery this Friday (Augst 6) for ART ROCKS! We will be celebrating art and music, featuring live drummers from Palm Beach County Drum Circle. Gallery artist Betty Wilson will have her hand-made drums on display and we invite anyone who has a drum to join us for an evening of rhythm and fun!

See you Friday!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Gallery on Tape!

Travel videographer David Rush stopped by our Gallery not too long ago and interviewed a few of our artists. Click here for the full video. Thanks, David!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What a Great Night!!

"Figuratively Speaking" was a fantastic success! Thanks to all who joined us last night, especially guest artists Claudia Jane Klein and Georgette Pressler. Claudia debuted her sculpture, the Wheel, which will reside outside the Gallery for the next 90 days as part of our new "Revolving Art" program. Georgette, of Devious Body Art, created an amazing work of living art by body painting a goregous model. Really spectacular!

Gallery artist Marsha Christo created hand-cut prints she applied live to anyone wearing light colored clothing who wanted an instant work of oringinal, wearable art. Many guests enjoyed not only the finished print, but the free hug that came with the process!

More events on the way so stay tuned!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Revolving Art - The Wheel

Next time you visit the Gallery you will notice a big change out front. Our usual greeter, Norm Gitzen's "Siren", has retired to the interior of the Gallery and a new, amazing sculpture has taken her place. Claudia Jane Klein is an extremely talented welder, artist and all around metal magician. Her sculpture is a surreal take on a classic yoga pose (fits well with our neighbors, Soma Studio). The sculpture is just gorgeous and is the start of what we are calling a "Revolving Art" exhibit in front of the Gallery. We are inviting artists from all around the area to exhibit large works in front of the Gallery on a rotating basis. Each piece will be on display for 60-90 days. We encourage any interested artists to contact us and submit photos of their work for consideration.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Whew! This Friday, July 16th, is going to be AMAZING in the Gallery. First, the entire Avenue will be celebrating the 4th of July (because we got rained out on the 4th!!), so there will be tons of excitement and activity on the Avenue. AND, the Gallery is celebrating the human form in art with "Figuratively Speaking". Guest artist Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art will be joining us as well. Georgette is an award winning artist, and will be painting Gallery supporter Maria Cole during the event. This will be so cool!! PLUS, Gallery artists Marsha Christo and Tracy Rosof-Petersen will be block-printing directly on your clothes, so were a solid, light color and become a living part of the art show!

Bottom line, you just don't want to miss this. Call the Gallery for more information, 561-588-8344. See you Friday!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Get Fired Up!

Are you getting ready for the 4th of July? Get the weekend started by coming to the Gallery this Friday night for "Fire Works", Art Created in Flame. The Gallery will be full of amazing works of art, all created using heat. On display will be original works including kiln-fired pottery and sculpture, torch-fired metals and jewelry, fine cloisonne enameled jewelry, fused glass and more. Plus, we have two live art demonstrations--hot glass by Ryan David:Kiss My Glass, and a torch-fired metals demonstration by Gallery artist Karen McGovern.

You won't want to miss this, it's going to be HOT! See you there...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Calendar

Summer is here, the days are long and the sun is HOT. So is our summer Gallery events calendar! There are so many events on the horizon--4th of July right around the corner and we're planning our own "Fire Works" live in the Gallery on the 2nd. Then it's on to a celebration of human form with live body painting on the 18th. Before you know it August will be here with a huge music event hitting the streets of Lake Worth. The Gallery will be rocking right along!

So, keep an eye on our calendar so you can mark yours. You won't want to miss a single event over the summer...It may be hot, but the Gallery will be SO COOL!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Personal Heroes...

Father's Day is just around the corner, and we're ready to honor our own "backyard heroes" at the Gallery this Friday. Join us from 6 - 9 PM for a celebration of all things "DAD". Treat your Pop to a cold beer and plant a tree in his honor. We will be giving away Royal Poinciana trees to the first 25 Dads. Tom Maley's ICARUS sculpture--an unbelievable work of metal--will be on special display for the evening. You won't want to miss this, ICARUS hasn't been on public display in over five years. He's AMAZING, just like your DAD!

This event brought to you by Gallery artists Norman Gitzen and Sara Lerner.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beat the Heat...

This past Friday was a trip to the beach at the Gallery. We celebrated "Summer Daze" with sand casting, beach balls and a beach picnic theme in the Gallery. This event was hosted by Gallery artists Jesse Showalter, Marsha Christo, Linda and Kelly Dean Manganaro, and Lois Herrick. Sun, fun, sand and ART!!

Be sure to check our calendar of events to see what we have in store for the rest of the summer. There are some GREAT events and openings on the horizon, so be sure to join us at the Gallery!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Give Peace a Chance...

This Friday will be very special at the Gallery. Five of our talented artists have joined forces to bring you an artistic celebration of PEACE. Gail and Howard Silverblatt, of amazing cloissone jewelry fame, will present a large Peace topiary in the front window, along with several new jewelry designs reflecting this theme. Potter Tracy Rosof-Peterson is known for her Peace designs, on mugs, vessels, plaques and more. Sheri Goldstien melts glass into amazing shapes of all colors and designs, often incorporating sprials and other peaceful images. Finally, Marica DiSylvester creates stunning teapots and vessels using natural elements and designs. The group will transform the Gallery into an artful celebration of PEACE, something we all need to support around the world.

Join us from 6 - 9 PM for edible delights, wine, and amazing ART!! See you there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Winged Wonder!

This past Friday was an extra-special day at the Gallery. Not only were we celebrating Mother's Day, we also celebrated the Gallery's one year anniversary on Lake Ave. The celebration was made even more special by the release of several dozen monarch butterflies, courtesy of Mr. Butterflies. What a spectacular event! Take a look at the photos below and you will see the amazing effect the release had on those participating.

The Mayor of Lake Worth, Rene Varela, joined us for the release, as well as the many other friends and supporters. The wonderful photos were taken by Durga Garcia.

Thanks to those that came out to share in this event, and for those that missed it, stay tuned! We have many more spectacular events on the horizon!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tree Huggers of Lake Worth...UNITE!

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is filled with an endless variety of unique art, and unique artists. You may know Gael and Howard Silverblatt for their wonderful cloisonne jewelry, but did you also know that Gael is also in charge of the Lake Worth Tree Board's annual tree giveaway?

The 3rd Annual Shade Tree Give-Away is coming back to Lake Worth on Saturday, May 1st from 8:30 a.m. till noon at the Lake Worth City Hall parking lot located at 7 North Dixie Highway.

The Tree Board will be giving away 400 Native trees to residents living within the city limits with zip codes of 33460 and 33461. One per household with proof of residency required (like a current utility bill or a driver’s license). Those residents who rent property will have to show a note of approval from their landlords to receive a free tree. There may be help available to transport and plant the trees if needed.

The mostly native trees are 5-6 feet tall when planted. There are 16 different types of trees including Gumbo Limbo, Live Oak, Buttonwood, Mahogany, Lancewood, Stoppers, Sea Grape and Paradise Trees.

The City Commission set a goal to plant 10,000 trees by 2013 the 100th Year Anniversary of the program. Since setting this goal, the City Tree Board has given away 2000 trees.

The Tree Canopy Restoration Fund provides the funding for the trees, which is used for the planting of the tree canopy coverage in Lake Worth. The trees were purchased from Ameliascapes Garden Center, a new business opening in August at 1515 North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.

So, be sure to get your tree this weekend (say hello to Gael!) and do the planet a big favor by planting and re-greening Lake Worth!

Gael Silverblatt, the Queen of Trees!

Artwork by Tim McGow

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More in May...

Hard to believe that April is almost over! Summer is almost here, and we are busy as usual at the Gallery. We are saying goodbye for a bit to several of our artists who spend the summer "Up North", including Gael Pasternack, Theo Sable, and Mary Ellen Dohrs. We wish them safe travels, a great summer and can't wait to see them in the Fall!

We are in the midst of Summer planning, and have some great events on schedule. May 7th is a special event for us as we celebrate both Mother's Day and our Gallery Anniversary! So, please be sure to stop by for the perfect, original gift for Mom, and to join us as we celebrate our Gallery's birthday.

More events to come--so check back soon!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Every Day is Earth Day!

Thanks to all our friends and supporters that came out this past Friday night in celebration of Earth Day. The Gallery was dressed for the occasion with Spanish moss, bromeliads and stands of papyrus. Joanne Davis from 1000 Friends of Florida was on hand with tons of information about this amazing environmental group, as well as Peter Robinson representing the Oceanside Green Market. The cookies from Christie's Bakery in Wellington were FANTASTIC! We offerd local foods including organic breads, local honey and edible flowers from Swank Produce--beautiful and delicious! The Lake Worth Tree Board offered free cardboard palm seedlings to our guests, and the Gallery supplied bags of wildlflower seeds to take home as well. We know how to trow a party!

Everyone had a great time enjoying the presentations, both edible and artistic! Be sure to check back as we prepare for our May events, including the Gallery's anniversary party. You won't want to miss that!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day with Us!

Earth Day is this week! What better way to express your love of nature than through art? Art and Nature are linked, you can't have one without the other. This Friday, we plan to show you that link with our Celebration of Earth Day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The gallery will be filled with amazing art reflecting our natural world, and we have partnered with 1000 Friends of Florida, the Lake Worth Tree Board, and the Oceanside Green Market for the evening. We'll be giving way trees, wildflower seeds, and great information about how you can help preserve our natural world.

This evening is brought to you courtesy of Gallery artists Karen McGovern, Karen Windchild, Edith-Perla Smith and Tracy Rosof-Peterson.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sayonara Season Sidewalk Sale!

April usually is the month that our visiting seasonal friends from "Up North" pack up and head home for the summer. What better way to say goodbye than with a GOOD BUY??? This Friday and Saturday CGMS Gallery will host a "Sayonara Season Sidewalk Sale". Amazing art at amazing prices! This is also an opportunity for us to make room for new, fabulous designs from our group of uber-talented artists.

So, join us this Friday night for a preview party, with special "preview only" sales on fine jewelry, pottery and more, then come back on Saturday when we take the sale to the sidewalk for the entire day! We'll have a tent set up out front, fresh lemonade, and unbelievable bargains. This is also a seconds sale--items slightly less than perfect, but all perfectly priced!

This event is brought to you by Gallery artists Gail Pasternack, Theo Sable, Betty Wilson and Joyce Brown. Gail and Theo will soon be leaving us for their Northern homes, so we want to send them off in style!

Don't miss this opportunity to collect original art at incredible savings. We'd love to see you, so do stop by!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Marvelous Mermaid!

CGMS Gallery artist Norman Gitzen is well known for his sculptures and carvings. He's also well known for one of his most talked-about creations, the "Siren". This monolithic mermaid has been shown all over Florida and has caught the attention of millions through some very interesting press. Most recently, the "Siren" has been residing in all her glory outside our Gallery in Lake Worth. Just last week, Frank Cerebino of the Palm Beach Post wrote a great article about her and we wanted to share that here. Please take a moment to read the article and by all means leave comments! And, be sure to stop by the Gallery to see this amazing sculpture up close and personal!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Haitian Empty Bowl Project a Huge Success!

You probaby heard about the Empty Bowl Project we participated in last month. Well, it was a HUGE success! When the earthquake hit Haiti, we knew we had to do something to help. So, Joyce Brown, CGMS Gallery Director, started the Empty Bowl project. She put out a call to artists to create and donate ceramic bowls that would be sold in the Gallery, with 100% of sales proceeds benefiting Haitian relief efforts. Several HUNDRED bowls were created and donated by fantastic artists. On March 20th, folks picked up their bowls and were treated to free food from 16 Lake Worth restaurants. What a great day! Thanks to Joyce, all the artists who created bowls and to the wonderful restaurants and vendors in Lake Worth that made this event such a great success!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Fun!

A big thanks to all that joined us this past Friday for our "Spring has Sprung" gallery event. Fresh dasies were given to all the lovely ladies in attendance and the gallery was dressed up for Spring. As you can see, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

April will be full of events, so stay tuned...more to come!

Also in the news is CGMS Gallery artist Norman Gitzen. Norm participated in the first-ever art and music festival held in Royal Palm Beach this past March. Norm and art partner Lisa Wood entered the street painting competition and Norm also entered the juried art competition and won first place! Congratulations NORM!!! Norm as been an artist his whole life and since 1980 his distinctive style of decorative metal, stone and wood sculpture can be found in private collections and public displays around the world. In addition to being an accomplished sculptor, he is also an expert woodworker and known for his spectacular custom fireplace surrounds and mantles.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring is in the Air!!

Can you believe it's almost April? Time is flying and it's finally SPRING! Been so busy at the Gallery. Our Haitian Relief Empty Bowl Project was an amazing success, with $5,000.00 raised on Saturday the 20th! Thanks to all who participated--the artists that donated handmade bowls, and the fantastic restaurants of Lake Worth that donated so much delicious food! Pictures coming soon...

Now, on to April, another busy month! First, Gallery artists Doreen Alfaro, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Karyl Mae Karpinos, and Theo Sable are presenting "Spring Has Sprung!" on Friday, April 2nd from 6 - 9 PM. Stop by the Gallery for a sip of wine, fresh fruits and cheeses, all to celebrate the changing of the season. The gallery will be dressed in style, with fresh flowers and new designs throughout! Don't miss this!

That's not all, Folks! Check back for more April updates...we've got a great sale coming and don't forget Earth Day! We'll keep you posted...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Join us on the 19th!

This coming weekend, the 19th and 20th, are going to be great days and evenings on Lake Avenue. On Friday, the 19th we invite you to visit the gallery to see the works of featured artists Gael and Howard Silverblatt and Edith Perla-Smith. Stop by for a sip of wine and meet the artists between 6:00 and 9:00 PM. Here's some information about these fantastic artists:

Nationally recognized for their technical mastery of the cloisonne technique, Gael and Howard Silverblatt are recent recipients of a State of Florida Visual Arts Fellowship Award. “We are fascinated by the challenge of cloisonne as a medium to portray the antics of minute characters in the midst of detailed backgrounds,” they revealed. Howard fabricates the miniature objects and jewelry using high karet gold and gemstones. Gael creates the unique narrative cloisonne images using fine ribbons of varying heights of gold wire to make portions of the image appear to float or recede within the layers of transparent enamel, suggesting a more three dimensional space. The repeated applications and firings of finely ground enamels create a saturated color field within a very small area.

Edith Perla-Smith grew up in Lima, Peru where she first started sculpting and drawing figures in elementary school. Later over a 15 year period her love for the arts paralleled her creativity for computer system analysis. Her artistic passion was re-embraced 10 years ago with an introduction to sculpting, drawing and ceramics. Edith emerged as a recognized sculptor displaying realistic clay and bronze works in many galleries in Palm Beach. Additionally, she uses relief-sculpted figures to complement her porcelain vessels. Her exceptional artwork is found among numerous private collections in Florida.

And don't forget, on Saturday the 20th CGMS Gallery will be your destination to purchase or pick up your hand made ceramic bowl for the Empty Bowl Project benefiting Haitian relief efforts. The Gallery will be offering bowls for $25.00 each in advance, or $35.00 on Saturday. Then stroll the Avenue and sample delicious foods from sixteen participating restaurants. This event will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All proceeds will be donated to Haiti relief efforts. What a great way to spend the weekend!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

CGMS Gallery Haitian Relief Project

Artists of Palm Beach County and Restaurants of Lake Worth Present:
The Haitian Empty Bowl Fund-Raiser
Fill Your Bowls with a Sampling of Lake Worth Restaurants
Saturday, March 20 – 10 AM to 5 PM !!!

Mark your calendars folks, you DO NOT want to miss this event. As soon as the earthquake in Haiti hit, we knew we had to help any way we could. The Empty Bowl Project is a result of a cooperative effort between artists, individuals and businesses in the Lake Worth and surrounding areas. Please join us for this event and help us raise funds for those devestated by the recent earthquake. 100% of all sales will be donated to Haitian relief efforts. Here's the story:

Lake Worth’s Flamingo Clay Studio – Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery reacted immediately to the devastation caused by the Haitian earthquake by sending out a “Call to Artists” for handcrafted ceramic bowls to be sold at the gallery, with all funds raised going to Haitian Relief efforts. Sixteen of Lake Worth’s finest restaurant and food specialty shops will be making samples of their best foods to fill these bowls. The event will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Advance donations for this event are $25 a bowl or four bowls for $80. Donations on the day of the event will be $35 a bowl. All donations in excess of this will be gratefully appreciated.

The call to artists brought a response from all over Palm Beach County. Brian Kovachik, artist and teacher at Jupiter High School PBAU was the first to answer the call. His student is donating 100 bowls to this project. The student of Anita Smith, Royal Palm High School- Nat’l Art Honor Society will be donating 20 bowls and both Bok Middle School for the Arts and Dreyfoos High School for the arts will be pitching in as well. The Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches will be contributing over 125 bowls and the artists of the Clay Glass Metal Stone gallery have pledged over 130 bowls. A complete list of artists and their contributions will be made available in the future.

Through the generosity of the many restaurants and specialty food shops in Lake Worth, each person donating funds to Haiti will receive a bowl that they can keep, and a wonderful sampling of the delicious foods that Lake Worth has to offer. The following restaurants and shops are participating in this event: On Lucerne Avenue: (516) La Bonne Bouche. On L Street (7 N), The Taco Lady. On Lake Avenue: (400 Block) Rita’s Italian Ice and TooJay’s Gourmet Deli. (500 Block) Havana Hideout, Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream, Nature’s Way Café and Paws on the Avenue (pet treats). (600 Block) Java Juice Bar, Lake Worth Rum Shack, Downtown Pizza, Soma Café, The Pelican and Dave’s Last Resort and Raw Bar. (700 Block) Rotelli’s Pizza Pasta. (800 Block) The Cyber Café.

Throughout the event there will be Haitian Music played throughout the business district. The Cyber Café will have samplings of Haitian food.

The orphaned children of Haiti will benefit from this fundraising event. Thousands of children in Haiti are without families or homes. The despair of these children is monumental. They are in need of shelter, food and a community that will love and care for them. The City of Lake Worth has risen to the task of raising both money and supplies for this effort. In cooperation with leaders in the Haitian Community, Que Osterval, Jean Fritz Altidor and Dr. Ralph Pierre Louis; Joseph Kroll, Public Services Director of the City of Lake Worth; The Downtown Cultural Alliance and The Flamingo Clay Studio will collaborate on the maximizing of funds raised for the cash, supplies and equipment needed to best meet the needs of the children of Haiti.

For Advance Tickets and Information Contact:
Joyce Brown

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

MARCHing Forward

Suddenly it's March! Time is flying and there is so much to see and do on the Avenue! The street painting festival was amazing, Lake Ave was simply transformed and everyone loved it. Crowds lined the street and we thank everyone who stopped by the Gallery while downtown. We invite you to do the same this Friday, March 5th, for a special night in the Gallery with artists Jesse Showalter, Susan Bordas, Doreen Alfaro, and Marsha Christo.

Jesse Showalter’s creative clay process begins on the wheel. “I have tried many media such as wood and metals, but my true love is working with clay. Throwing is like meditation, losing a complete sense of time and finding a quiet place within” he reveals. After years of making excellent functional ware he has discovered the joy and frustrations of the Raku and Saggar firing process using sawdust, seaweed, coconut shells, and even palm fronds as new ways of creating visual interest on elegant vessels.

Doreen Alfaro’s desire to make pottery started 6 years ago as a way to enhance her long career of catering festive occasions by using her handmade plates, cups, and bowls. As her passion for pottery evolved she became more interested in the sculptural aspect of clay while discovering the Raku process of firing. “Working with clay brings an undeniable bond to the earth, achieving great pleasure from the technique of alternative firings and connecting a natural and volatile process. Raku teaches the ability to embrace the results with a love for the element of surprise after every firing” she states.

Susan Bordas found herself falling in love with clay while traveling in the southwest collecting Native American clay art. She creates pieces that balance realistic and invented imagery with the structural textures coming from conversations with the clay. While using a variety of clay bodies the forms flow from organic to whimsical translating human emotions with an appreciation of transformations in life. Susan says “objects of art have the power to awaken our inner spirits and rekindle our spiritual being. I hope in viewing my work it speaks to you of the spirituality of the connection between human hands and the earth”.

Marsha Christo has evolved as a painter, printmaker and textile artist through a combination of mixed media, which encompasses both paper and cloth. “Like life, my work is similar to the ebb and flow of the tide, as it is forever changing, yet bonds together through process and material” she says. Impacted by tropical light, Christo a native New Englander has embraced this shift over the last twenty years, as it has clarified, “my jubilance for pattern, color and line, which pulsates as the catalyst in all that I do.”

Be sure to stop by this Frdiay for a glass of wine and a visit with these talented artists between 6:00 and 9:00 PM!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lake Worth Belongs to ARTISTS!

Well, if I had to pick a weekend to spend on Lake Avenue, it would be this weekend! Beginning this Friday (the 19th), Lake Worth is definately the place to be if you love good food, great shopping and amazing ART! CGMS Gallery artists Karen Winchild, Marcia DiSylvester, and Debra Gower will be featured at this Friday's Gallery opening. Karen creates amazing works in ceramic (her gigantic seashells are breath-taking), Marica creates gorgeous ceramic teapots and vessels incorporating natural elements and vibrant colors, and Debra designs beautiful work in stained glass.

Come by from 6:00 - 9:00 PM to have a glass of wine and meet these talented artists.

Now, that's just the first on the list of events this weekend. Lake Avenue will transform into a stretch of concrete canvas during the annual Street Painting Festival. You don't want to miss this! Saturday and Sunday artists from around the world will gather to cover Lake Avenue with images rendered in chalk. From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM you can watch artists work "live" in the street. There will be food and music on the Avenue, so please come by to see this fantastic, temporary art event. Fun for the entire family--stop by the Gallery to say hello while you're there!

Whew! As it that isn't enough, on Sunday evening (the 21st) several gallery artists will be represented at "Wild Things", a wildlife/nature inspired art show benefiting the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation. This show will be held in Loxahatchee at a private studio and will be a great night of art and wildlife. Special furry and feathered friends from Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will be on hand to meet guests, and New York Times best selling author Tami Hoag will be joining the fun. Contact CGMS Gallery artist Karen McGovern for more details.

See you on the Avenue!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Love is in the Air...and So Much More!!

It's February, and you know what that means...Valentine's Day! Please, forget boring chocolate or about giving your loved one an original piece of ART from CGMS Gallery? A truly one-of-a-kind gift for your true love. Now that's original! The gallery offers so many wonderful creations to choose from. How about a hand carved stone heart by Gallery artist Norm Gitzen? Or perhaps extraordinary cloisonne jewely by master jewelers Gael and Howard Silverblatt? Need something truly unique and unusual? Okay, Karen McGovern creates funky, ecclectic jewelry using found objects, butterfly wings, and antiquities. The list goes on and on and on...

The perfect time to come and take a peek would be THIS FRIDAY, Feb 5th. Gallery artists Joyce Brown, Betty Wilson and Theo Sable will be featured. Joyce creates amazing sculpture, Betty works with clay and glass, and Theo is a wonderful jewelry artist. You simply can't go wrong! So stop by from 6:00 - 9:00 on Friday for a glass of wine and to meet these talented artists. We'll make sure this Valentine's Day is one for the History books!

Also in the news this month is CGMS Gallery artist John McCoy. He recently had a wonderful article written about him in the Palm Beach Post. Click here for more...

So much more to come--planning themed exhibits for Spring and Summer, live art demonstrations in the gallery, and special events to keep us all on our toes. Be sure to keep updated--check back often and follow our Calendar so you don't miss anything!

See you at the Gallery!!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Thanks to all who braved the unseasonably cold weather to visit the Gallery on Friday the 8th for our opening featuring CGMS Gallery artists Gail Pasternack, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Sally Siegel, and Karyl Karpinos. A great night, but a bit cold for us sun loving Floridians!!

Now that the cold snap is on it's way out, Lake Avenue is the perfect place to stroll, visiting the wonderful shops and restaurants, while soaking up the SUN! The "snowbirds" are arriving, so be sure to bring all your seasonal friends to the Gallery to see what's new.

Our next opening will be Friday, January 22nd, featuring Gallery artists Sara Lerner, Victoria Rose Martin, and Linda and Kelly Dean Manganaro. Come by and see us! Click on the postcard below to enlarge.

Also in the news, CGMS Gallery artist John McCoy is on the move. For the past 32 years John has been a part of FAU faculty and has been a driving force in the Florida ceramics scene. John is retiring from FAU, but certainly not from the kiln. The Ritter Art Gallery, located on the FAU campus, is featuring John's work in a dedicated show titled, "John McCoy and Friends". The show opens Friday, January 22nd and runs through Friday, March 5th. Don't miss it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

In the News...

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs has announced the start of the Visual Arts Fellowship Traveling Exhibition to fine art centers and museums. The exhibition will highlight the diverse range of work and talent of the nineteen recipients of the Florida Visual Artist Fellowship Award 2009. The "Champion Tree Triptych" by CGMS Gallery artists Gael and Howard Silverblatt will be part of the two year traveling exhibition. The first venue will be the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Galleries at the Northwest Florida State College. The Lowe Museum of Art, Mennello Museum, Polk Museum of Art, and the Brogan Museum are all interested in hosting the exhibition.

Congratulations Gael and Howard!!

“Champion Tree Reversible Triptych” – 2” X 1 1/2” X 1/4”, 18kt., 22kt.
Gold, 24kt. Gold Cloisonné Enamel, 2005.