Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Gift of ART...

This time of year is known as the Season of Giving. We share gifts with family, friends and loved ones, while many go without. CGMS Gallery will be doing what we can to give the gift of ART this holiday season. Beginning Dec 16th, we ask you to join us in gathering art supplies for the Lake Worth Pubic School System. Markers, crayons, paper, paints, brushes, whatever you can afford, will be distributed to local schools in support of arts instruction and education. With the economic crisis affecting our country, arts education is often the first to go when school budget cuts are implemented. We want to make sure every child has the opportunity to explore creative expression and hope you will join us! Bring your supply donation to the Gallery on the 16th through the 30th, and enjoy a glass of wine and some holiday cheer. Remember, it is better to give than to recieve...Let's all play Santa this season and support arts education in public schools!!! Call the Gallery for more information, and thanks in advance...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tis the Season For HANDMADE!

Happy Holidays to all, and we hope your season is festive, fun and full of family and friends!  The initial shopping craze is over, with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us.  BUT, we know the holiday gift giving season has only just begun.  So, we at the Gallery want to assure you that our selves are filled with gorgeous, one of a kind, handmade art for the giving!

We invite you to join us this Friday, Dec 2nd for Once Upon a Time - Visions of the Season.  The holidays are all about magic, and one of our new Gallery artists, Wayne Smith, will be demonstrating how he creates magic with hot glass.  He will be spinning amazing creations in glass, right before your eyes!  We will also be welcoming other new Gallery artists Rosario Alborta (sculpture), Courtney Page (pottery), and Anthony Burks (mixed media).  Stop by for some handmade holiday cheer and meet these talented artists!  We'd love to help you find the perfect gift...see you at 6:00!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This week is one of the busiest on the Calendar. Family and friends gather for Thanksgiving, and we all pause to appreciate the wonderful people in our lives. We are also conditioned to shop like maniacs on the Friday after Thanksgiving. "Black Friday" epic marketing ploy that is astonishingly successful--and stressful.

Well, we at the Gallery have a gentle suggestion for you. Instead of waking up ridiculously early this Friday, we ask that you sleep in. Enjoy breakfast with your family and friends, then take a leisurely drive to stroll the Avenue in Lake Worth. Downtown businesses and restaurants are waiting to tempt you with hand made art, unique one-of-a-kind gifts, delicious foods, music, and live art demonstrations. 

Consider supporting local businesses and individuals this season. Give a gift that was created just for you, not in some foreign country. Who needs the madness of a midnight sale under flourescent lights in a big box store packed with strangers? Come see us, and we'll guarantee a wonderful shopping experience, sending you home with the perfect gifts for you and those you love. Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air Florida is famous for!

So, we invite you to our Black Friday events on the 25th and to join us again on Saturday the 26th for Small Business Saturday.   We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgivig, and look forward to seeing you on the Avenue!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shop Small!

There are so many reasons to shop locally this holiday season, skipping the malls and "big box" stores. Handmade art is an especially wonderful gift to give, and Gallery artist Norm Gitzen put it best, offering this insight, "When you buy a gift for a loved one from a local artist you are gifting two people at the same time!"

Supporting local art and artists has such a great impact on the arts community from the artists standpoint, as well as the galleries and shops offering locally made art. That is why we are encouraging all our friends and supporters to "Shop Small" this holiday season! This movement has become quite strong and Saturday, November 26th has been designated Small Business Saturday, dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

So please consider your locally owned and operated businesses when plannig your gift-giving this season, and support local arts and artists by shopping SMALL!!! See you in the Gallery...

Thanks go out to Chuck Weber and CBS12 News for featuring CGMS Gallery in a recent piece about the holiday econonomic forcast for Lake Worth. We look forward to a bright and successful holiday season, and hope to share it with all our friends and supporters!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Buy Handmade this Holiday Season....PLEASE!

Can you believe it's already mid-November? Wow, the year is flying by. This is the time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for and to share gifts from the heart. All of us at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery ask that you consider sharing handmade gifts this season. Skip the malls and "big box" stores full of mass produced products and give something made by a local artist instead! Original, beautiful and much more meaningful, handmade art supports local businesses and artists. We so appreciate your support!

Speaking of amazing gifts of art, our next event, Harvest - From Hand to Hearth, will feature truly lovely works in weaving and wood turning created by Gallery artists Mary Catello, Teri Salomoni and Mark Banfield. Come meet these talented folks on Friday, November 18th. Mary and Teri's woven baskets and forms are perfect for the season, and you will be amazed by Mark's intricate wood creations. Gorgeous works!

So, get into the gift-giving frame of mind with a visit to the Gallery. You know, many of our artists do custom designs, so it's not too late to create the perfect gift together! See you soon...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time is FLYING!!! Let's Play in the Mud...

So sorry, folks...the blog posts have been so delayed! It's been a busy few months at the Gallery and I have been hard pressed to find all the time I need to keep all the events online. For up to the minute news, events and photos, be sure to check in with CGMS on Facebook (Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery) and Twitter (cgmsg). Thanks for your patience!

Whew, we've had some fantastic events in October. First, Norm Gitzen showed us how he creates his amazing metal works in "Forging Ahead" on October 7th, then Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni transformed the Gallery into a spooky wonderland for "All Hail All Hallow's Eve" on Oct 21st. Lake Worth was filled with ghouls, goblins and ghosts for Halloween weekend, in spite of the rainy, soggy weather!
This Friday, November 7th, we invite guests to join us to get "down and dirty" with Tracy Rosof-Petersen and John McCoy. Both will be behind potter's wheels in the front of the Gallery, domonstrating the ancient art of throwing pots. So, come get Behind the Wheel and sling some mud! This will be a wonderful opportunity to work with these award-winning artists, so don't be shy!

There are so many other great events on the horizon, please check our calendar and be sure to stop by the Gallery to say hello. I promise to keep you better updated here, and all over cyberspace! See you this Friday at 6:00....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Oh, What a Night!

Last Friday's show, Contrasts - Studies in Black and White, was spectacular! Thanks to all that joined us, and for those who missed, well, you'll have to live vicariously through the photos! Special thanks to guest artist Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art, who transformed Gallery artist Maria Hayden's black and white sculptural figure to LIFE, painting a model in the Gallery. The finished work was simply stunning. Thanks also to Too Jay's Gourmet Deli for their generous donation of delicious black and white cookies.

Gallery artists Karen McGovern, Maria Hayden, Tracy Rosof-Petersen and Kathleen Kirschner transformed the Gallery into a black and white haven, full of beautiful art and furnishings. The show will run until Thursday, October 6th, so stop by if you have the chance.

In the meantime, enjoy this slide show of photos, and please stay tuned for news of our upcoming events. The next show is Friday, October 7. All I'll say now is that it's going to be HOT!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Written in Black and White...

Summer has FLOWN by, and now we prepare for Fall. It may not feel it, but the season's are about to change! The Gallery calendar is really heating up, even as the temps will be cooling off. Next on the agenda is "Contrasts - Studies in Black and White". Simply put, you don't want to miss this show! We invite all guests to come dressed in your very best black and white outfits and accessories. The more outrageous the better.

Award winning artistGeorgette Pressler of Devious Body Art will be joining us, painting a model live. She is transforming her model into a living sculpture--patterned after Maria Hayden's amazing black and white torso sculpture that will be on display. A great opportunity to see why body art is one of the most explosive and popular arts events! Gallery artist Karen McGovern is hosting the event, and has created a series of mixed media jewelry in black and white for the show. Other Gallery artists creating works specific to this show include Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni, Norman Gitzen, Betty Wilson, Madeline Gallo and Linda Manganaro. The Gallery will be filled with amazing works in all mediums, all in black or white.

So, come out on Friday, September 16th at 6:00 PM for a wonderful live art event! AND, some good treats as well. TooJays Gourmet Deli of Lake Worth will be helping out with their delicious black and white cookies. We'll have some yummy cheeses and wines to sip as well. See you next Friday at 6:00....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


The Gallery is getting ready to give art a voice, a LOUD voice! On Friday, September 2, CGMS Gallery will be celebrating Labor Day with an old-fashioned protest party complete with local labor leaders giving "soap box" speeches and a Woody Guthrie sing-along with Gallery artist and musician Rick Cohen. Gallery Director (and all-around activist) Joyce Brown will be hosting this event, and has created one-of-a-kind sculptures specifically for this event. The Raging Grannies will also join us to lend their voices and songs to our political and social commentary.

To get you in the mood, here's Lukas Nelson singing "Peaceful Solution".

So, dust off your picket signs and come join the fight for ART and SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Grab your Beach Towel...

Attention all you hipsters out there! Get ready for an evening at the beach--1950's style! On Friday, August 19th, Gallery artist Lois Herrick invites you to join us for Vintage Florida - A Day at the Beach! Wear your favorite vintage Hawaiian shirt, Panama Hat, sarong and sandals (with socks if you must) for a fun night celebrating the art of vintage Florida tourism. Vintage postcards and art on display, live jazz by the Mark Doyle/Jeff Abbott duo, great food and more! Who can dress as the wildest Florida tourist? Got some great vintage shades? Wear them! Don't forget the zinc on the's always sunny in Florida! See you at 6:00!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strong Sun Moon

There are countless myths and beautiful stories associated with the full moon. The first full moon of the Summer Solstice is called the Strong Sun Moon, and we will be celebrating this in the Gallery on July 15th. New Gallery artist Madeline Gallo is a potter and sculptor who often incorporates mythological elements in her abstract creations. Strong Sun Moon is her chance to share her art and imagination with us. So, come celebrate and meet our talented artists while sipping a glass of wine and tasting delicious offerings from J Street Bakery, all by the light of the Strong Sun Moon. See you at 6:00...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrate Americana!

The 4th of July weekend is nearly upon us! Here's a bit of advice...spend your weekend celebrating our nation's independence in LAKE WORTH! This weekend promises to be a fantastic, fun-filled few days for you, your family and friends. Lake Worth is throwing a good, old-fashioned party including music, a pie eating contest, pig kissing (you heard me...) and so much more Downtown Lake Worth will be exploding with activity during the entire Fourth of July Weekend. On July 3rd, the Downtown Cultural Alliance Merchant Association will be taking over the Lake Avenue sidewalks and side streets “J”, “K”, “L” and “M” for a full day of old fashioned family fun. Restaurants and Merchants are offering patriotic sidewalk sales all day. The festivities will take place Sunday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Restaurants on Lake and Lucerne will move their grills to the sidewalk, roasting ears of corn and barbequing hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken and other holiday treats. Local food vendors will also line the streets with Italian-ice, ice cream, boiled peanuts, baked goods and watermelon.

And did I mention the Beach Blanket Bingo??? Wear a swimsuit July 3rd and get free raffle tickets for some great prizes!

So, start your weekend Friday night with a visit to the Gallery. We're featuring folk-art themed works by Gallery artists. All hand-made, all AMERICAN. Have a glass of wine and visit with these talented local artists. See you at 6:00!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hey Dad, Come See the New Gals!

June 3 was for the New Guys, and this Friday, June 17th is for the New Gals! Come meet our new Gallery members Kathleen Kirschner, Mary Catello, Teri Salomoni, Madeline Gallo and Lee Mortensen. Kathleen, Mary and Teri all work with wood and fiber, creating amazing vessels and 3-dimensional sculptures. Madeline is a sculptor and potter, and Lee works with stained glass and creates intricate mosaics. All will be on hand to meet you and show you their latest creations.

This Friday will also be a great opportunity to find the perfect Father's Day gift! Believe us when we say that Dad doesn't need another tie this Father's Day (seriously). Instead, give him the gift of original art. We have sports related sculptures from basketball to sumo wrestling, hand made coffee mugs, glass platters, and hand forged men's jewelry in bronze and copper. Each piece unique and original, just like DAD!

So, stop by for a glass of wine and meet our wonderful new artists. We'll help you choose the perfect gift for Dad, or for yourself! See you at 6:00!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Guys!

We are welcoming several new artists to the Gallery, and have divided the group into two shows--The Guys, and The Gals! Join us this Friday to meet the New Guys, Rick Cohen and Mark Banfield. Both are woodworkers, Rick creates amazing functional and decorative works with driftwoods and found objects. Mark is a wood turner, creating beautifully detailed bowls and vessels from local and exotic wood.

Stop by the Gallery this Friday for a glass of wine and to meet these wonderful new artists! See you at 6:00...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Artist Meet and Greet, Plus a Book Signing!

Have you ever been in a gallery, admiring the amazing artwork, and wished you could meet the artists that created it? Well, this Friday you can! Come have a glass of wine and meet Gallery artists Betty Wilson, Jesse Showalter and Maria Hayden, along with local artists Rhea Moss and Kara Taylor. All these fantastic sculptors and potters have been featured in Lark Publication's new book, 500 Raku. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artsts responsible for the stunnig works pictured in the book, and you can get your very own signed copy as well!

See you at 6:00...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to US!

We celebrated our second birthday on the Avenue last Friday with delicious cake, mimosas, home made sangria and a fantastic butterfly release. The butteflies were provided by Wish Upon A Butterfly, and we had a great time watching the lovely insects emerge from their envelopes to fly away over the gallery. If you have never been a part of a butterfly release, you should! It is a lovely way to celebrate any occasion, and such a great, interactive event. Look up Wish Upon a Butterfly, and tell Jodi we sent you! We released native butterflies including painted ladies, black swallowtails, and everyone's favorite, monarch butterflies! As you can see from the photos below, this is an event made for kids and photographers. We will continue this tradition annually, and if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next May.

A special thanks to Durga Garcia for the amazing photographs, as always!

On behalf of all the artists that are a part of CGMSG, we also thank Jay Bernhardt for his continued generous support of the Gallery. If it weren't for Jay, we would not have a spot on Lake Avenue to call home. We cannot thank him enough!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Creating a Mermaid....From Cans!

Never let it be said that the Gallery is ever idle...To celebrate the Grand Opening of Lake Worth's brand new Publix Supermarket, Gallery artist Mary Ellen Dohrs was recruited to create a giant mermaid in the front of the Gallery made entirely of canned goods from Publix! Mary Ellen is an extraordinary sculptor and artist, and also an engineer, perfect for the job. Beginning on Monday, Gallery artists gathered to construct the mermaid under Mary Ellen's direction. The finished result is amazing! Be sure to stop by the Gallery to see her in all her canned wonder.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We're Turning Two!

On Friday, May 6, the Gallery be celebrating our second anniversary on Lake Avenue with champagne, mimosas and a spectacular butterfly release! Please come join us, bring your kids and your cameras! CGMS Gallery is so proud to be a part of the Lake Worth community, and we want to show our appreciation with this celebration. Come see the butterflies take flight!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Peeps A Plenty!

When we asked our Gallery artists to create 3-D art using marshmallow Peeps, we expected some fun, silly works. What we got is simply extraordinary! The slideshow below features photographs taken by Durga Garcia of the Peeps Show exhibit currently being shown in the Gallery. You simply must stop by to see this in person! Peeps at the beach, Peeps dancing, Peeps on Safari, Sgt. Peepers Lonely Heart's Club Band, and so much more! Come by tonight for lemonade and Peeps, bring your kids, and have a good giggle. The show will be up until Sunday, April 24.

Special thanks to Frank Cerabino and the Palm Beach Post for covering the show!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Empty Bowls Raise Big Bucks!

On Saturday, April 9, the streets of Lake Worth swarmed with 200 hungry donors, all participants in this year’s Haitian Empty Bowl Fundraiser. The funds raised were for the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel Haiti. On Monday, April 18, at a check signing ceremony at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery of Downtown Lake Worth, a check for $3200 was turned over to Judy Hoffman, representative of the foundation. Also present at the ceremony were Mayor Rene Varela, Gail Pasternack, and Joyce Brown who presented the check to the foundation. Photographer Durga Garcia recorded the event.

On April 9, over 200 visitors stopped into the Clay Glass Metal Stone, picked up hand made bowls donated by dozens of Palm Beach County artists, and began a feeding frenzy throughout the downtown Lake Worth restaurant district. Visitors began lining up for their bowls at 8:00 AM. The event began at 10AM. Favorite bowls of all shapes and sizes were chosen. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM hundreds of folks criss-crossed the streets over-stuffing themselves with some of the most delicious foods Palm Beach County has to offer. The three participating Pizza restaurants, Rotelli’s, Downtown Pizza and My Spot Pizza on Federal Highway evoked mass discussion on which was the best Pizza in town. La Bonne Bouche served large portions of potent Rum Cake while next door the Cottage set up a buffet with a variety of salads and pasta. Over on Lake Avenue folks zigzagged down the corridor from Fionentio’s to Dave’s Last Resort to Brogue’s Irish Bar feasting on spicy sausage and pasta dishes, corn and shrimp chowder and Italian specialties. After a break to allow the food to settle they progressed on to Dolce Vita where wine samplings and chocolate were the order of the day and the Rum Shack for a pasta offering. On to the Java Juice Bar and Nature’s Way CafĂ© for smoothies. Heading East they stopped at Paws on the Avenue to pick up treats for their cats and dogs. Kilwin’s offered delicious ice cream and chocolate treats, Too Jays, cookies and Rita’s, Italian Ice, a refreshing cold treat on a hot day. Across the street in the Cultural Plaza the Taco Lady filled the bowls with a variety of Tex-Mex goodies.

Potters and Clay artists throughout Palm Beach County contributed over 300 bowls to the event. Gail Pasternack topped the list creating over sixty bowls. In addition, thirty of her closest friends participated in the event. Tracy Rosof-Petersen and John McCoy made thirty bowls each for the fundraiser and members of the Palm Beach Ceramic League collectively brought in over fifty.

Representing the city of Lake Worth, Mayor Rene Varela joined the celebration as the funds raised were turned over to Judy Hoffman, representative of the Art Creation Foundation for the children of Jacmel Haiti. The children range in age from six to sixteen years and are the subject of a Nick News documentary with Linda Ellerbee, "Haiti Rising? Life in the Ruins. What's it like to be a kid in Haiti, a year after a devastating earthquake? ” The children are learning to become self-sustaining and to live cooperatively within their community through their participation in the creation of art.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wonderful Celebration of our EARTH!

Thanks to all that attended this past Friday's "Earth/Bowl ~ Sky/Basket" Gallery opening. It was a lovely evening, with representatives from Palm Beach County Reef Rescue, and guest pianist Nino DiSilva. We had a great time!

Now, get ready for a really FUN event next weekend. With Easter right around the corner, we decided to host a "Peeps Show" Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24. Gallery artists, and other local artists, have created 3-dimensional works of art using marshmallow Peeps! The works will be displayed in the front of the Gallery, including a special Peeps presentation with Norm Gitzen's famous "Siren" mermaid sculpture outside. Please stop by over the weekend to marvel at these silly, creative creations! Oh, and we will be serving the iconic marshmallow candy as well...Prepare to PEEP!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spirit of the Earth!

First, thanks so much to all of you that came out for Saturday's Empty Bowl Fundraiser for Haiti. The bowls were lovely, and the food delicious! A round of applause for all the Lake Worth restaurants that generously donated scrumptious guys rock! While we're at it, thanks to the artists that donated the hand-made bowls. Every year these bowls are donated FOR FREE to the Gallery, each made by a local artist. Gorgeous works by generous artists...

Also, a HUGE thank you to Gallery Director, Joyce Brown, for her tireless efforts to coordinate this event. Joyce is the driving force behind CGMSG, and we could not continue without her. THANKS JOYCE!!!!

Now, on to the next event. This Friday, April 15th, we will be celebrating our planet with "Earth/Bowl ~ Sky/Basket". This is a Native American title, refering to the Earth as a bowl and the sky as a basket. Gallery aritst Tracy Rosof-Petersen is spearheading this event, and her Native American-inspired pottery will be on display, along with other nature-inspired works from Gallery artists. We will also be welcoming representatives from Palm Beach County Reef Rescue, a great organization dedicated to preserving our fragile ocean reefs. Musical guest Nino DeSilva will be performing, so please come support our Mother Earth! See you at 6:00...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Better Be HUNGRY!!!

This Saturday, April 9th, will be the second annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser for Haiti! Come to the Gallery and purchase hand-made bowls, then wander Lake Worth sampling delicious foods offered by participating restaurants. This year's event promises to be even more delicious than last year! All the bowls are created by local artits and donated to the Gallery. The bowls are $25.00 each if purchased before April 9, $30.00 each the day of the event. All sales proceeds will be benefit the children of Jacmel, Haiti through the Art Creation Foundation for Children.

This year's restaurants include: Rita's Italian Ice; TooJay's Gourmet Deli; Havana Hideout; Kilwin's Chocolates; La Bonne Bouche; The Cottage; Nature's Way Cafe'; Paws on the Avenue (pet treats); The Taco Lady; Java Juice Bar; Lake Worth Rum Shack; Downtown Pizza; La Doce Vita; The Pelican; Brougues on the Avenue; Dave's Last Resort and Raw Bar; Rotelli's Pizza; and Fiorentina.

You don't want to miss this delicious event! Get your bowls this week to save $10.00, then pick them up Saturday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. You'd better come early, the bowls are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. See you Saturday and get HUNGRY!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Get Ready to Giggle...

Can you believe it's almost April? Well, a favorite holiday is coming, April Fool's Day! We will be joining in this silly celebration on April 1 with "Fool's Festival - A Collsion of Humor and ART!" Come by to see the whimsical side of the Gallery, with foolish creations like roaming nipplehorns by Theo Sable, bowls that stick their tongues out at you by Mary Ellen Dohrs, mixed media confusion by Linda Manganaro, and tiny people dressed as flying bunnies by Victoria Rose Martin.

We can all use laughter in our lives, and our artists create works that are sure to inspire a chuckle or three...See you at 6:00!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let the Music PLAY!

On Monday evening, March 28, Mel Healy and Vinnie Cerniglia of Spittoon Studios bring a screening of Broad Old River 2 to the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery! The screening features the Hudson River Sloop Singers; Pete Seeger and his friends. The screening will begin at 7 PM followed by the singing of several of the Sloop Singers.

Pete Seeger, Folk Singer and long time activist for peace and social justice, took a look at his own back yard, noticed how polluted the Hudson River had become and decided to do something about it. He helped bring the sloop the Clearwater to the Hudson and sailing up and down the river with crews of singers and environmental activists brought about changes in communities along the banks of the Hudson that led to waters that now run clear. The fleet grew to three sloops as the Woody Guthrie and the SoJourner Truth were added. Mel Healy became the captain of the Sojourner. She now resides in Lake Worth Florida singing with her husband Vinnie Cerniglia at open mikes and spreading the word and the work of the Clearwater.

Back in November 2009, states Healy, “we were able to gather a whole batch of old Clearwater friends to do a concert together and do some interviews about the Sloop Clearwater and The Hudson River Sloop Singers. We were lucky that so many old friends came to join in the fun. Months later after lots of editing and with the combined energy of Koza Productions, Spittoon Studios & LCA TV - VCAM we put together a half hour video featuring Pete Seeger and friends.

The concert celebrates the release of the Broad Old River 2 CD. Four decades of sloop singers and family came together in Pete’s 90th year at the Clearwater Beacon sloop club to sing the songs together again. The video tells how a group of people can come together and make a dream come to life. Screening will be followed by music. CDs will be available for purchase. $15 from each CD sold benefits maintenance and restoration on the sloops Woody Guthrie and Clearwater.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River. In 1966, folk music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, announced plans to “build a boat to save the river”. At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river, where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the 106-feet-long tall ship Clearwater was built and launched in 1969. The sloop was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, virtually creating the template by which such programs are conducted around the world today.

Mel and Vinnie are Spittoon Studios. Vincent Cerniglia plays old school blues guitar. Maryellen Healy sings from the heart. Together they sail, fundraise, compose, organize, educate and archive for Clearwater spreading a message you can sing and dance to.

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery will host this eventm free to the public. CDs of Broad Old River 2 will be available for sale. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

So, please join us and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Art in Bloom!!

Spring is almost here! This Friday, we will celebrate the changing of the season with Art in BLOOM - Visions of Paradise. The Galler will be filled with art representing Spring, and the amazing paradise of South Florida. Norm Gitzen's metal sculpted dolphin and Siren will be there, along with tropical creations in clay by Tracy Rosof-Petersen and Maria Hayden. We also will be welcoming new artists Rick Cohen and Kathleen Krischner, who create lovely work using natural elements such as wood, twigs and bark. Their creations reflect the beauty of nature, and are simply amazing!

So, stop by to meet the "newbies" and have a glass of wine to toast the arrival of SPRING!!

Monday, February 28, 2011


Art has a voice, and that voice can be LOUD. This Friday we celebrate art with meaning and message. Throughout history art has been used to convey our thoughts feelings and beliefs. Political commentary, wars, peace, social and economic trials and triumphs have all been conveyed in art. From posters to sculptures, artists give meaning and message to our thoughts and emotions. Join us as we showcase three dimensional artwork with deep meaning. Learn the Siren's story, created by Norm Gitzen. Marvel at Linda Manganaro's mixed media creations full of story and message. Talk to Tracy Rosof-Petersen about her expressions of life and loss in clay, and feel the textures of Lois Herricks creations, born from her vivid imagination.

See you at 6:00....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let's Get DIRTY!

You have to come to the Gallery on February 18th for our first annual "Pottery Throw-Down!". We will have three pottery wheels set up in front of the Gallery, and our talented potters will compete to see who can throw the most bowls, create the biggest and the tallest bowls, and generally throw some mud around! We invite our guests to take a spin at the wheel--just be sure to wear something you don't mind getting dirty! If you've never worked clay on a wheel, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. If you are a potter, come show your stuff and enter the competition!

Finished bowls will be fired and offered for sale during our Empty Bowl Project to raise funds for Haitian relief efforts.

This will be a fun and very interactive event, so mark your calendars!! See you at 6:00!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Discovering Your MUSE...

Do you have a collection of old buttons, beads, scraps of fabric? How about old photos or magazine images? We all have an odd drawer or box filled with "treasure" we don't quite know what to do with. Well, this Friday, Feb 4, is for you! Come to the Gallery at 6:00 for The MUSE in YOU - Discovering Inspiration. Gallery artists Marsha Christo, Amelia Costa and Lorraine Bowe invite you to join them in the creation of a group mixed media wall project that will incorporate found objects galore! The finished wall hanging will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

This will be a fun night, and offers the chance not only to express yourself, but to work with three talented fabric, mixed media and jewelry designers. I can't wait to see the finished work!

See you at 6:00!!

Monday, January 17, 2011


Art is an amazing force, affecting us on many levels. Art also affects our senses, and not just visually. Sure, we see and appreciate art, but what about the other senses? Sculptures and hand-made fabrics beg to be touched, we hear music and feel joy, sorrow, and movement. Food is art, joy for our sense of taste. And fragrance affects us deeply through scent. Join us this Friday, Jan 21, as we explore how art affects all our senses. Special guest Eva Sjodin of Circle of Life Holistics will bring aromatherapy to the gallery, discussing how scent can enrich our lives. Sara Lerner and Mary Ellen Dohrs will be presenting fine porcelain and sculpture full of texture and visual delight. Come immerse your senses in ART! See you at 6:00....

UPDATE!!! Barbara the Tea Specialist will also be joining us for an organic three tea tasting! Brewing the perfect cup of tea is a true art form, and Barbara has mastered this perfectly. From the Orchid Tea Room, Barbara prepares and blends the finest organic teas to tantelize your sense of taste and smell. Come immerse yourself in a true sensory experience!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Art of Personal Adornment

Since the beginning of time, man has adorned himself in some way or another. From tatoos to haute couture, the human body has been a living stage for personal expression. Perhaps one of the most ancient forms of adornment is jewelry. Jewelry has been a part of human culture and history for...well...ever. Some of the first archeological discoveries were of beads. Traded, collected and used as currency, beads and jewelry are ancient and ever-evolving examples of human artistic experssion.

This Friday, the Gallery is proud to present a one-night show with Italian jewelry designer Donatella Linari. Donatella has traveled the globe in search of antiquities and beads for her singular designs. From the Amazon to Egypt she has collected an amazing array of ancient talismans, beads and bits of history she transforms into stunning jewelry. Her works are shown around the world!

Please come meet Donatella and marvel at her collection. Friday, January 14, from 6 - 9 PM. Jewelry lovers, this is for YOU!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It was HOT at the Gallery Last Night!!

Last night was simply amazing at the Gallery. We had a huge crowd of guests, and Gallery artist Yure Alencar lit up the night with a live foundry pour in front of the Gallery. Yure brought what is basically a portable volcano to melt bronze--it was fantastic! He then did a live splatter pour to create some unbelievable free-form shapes in molten bronze, right on the sidewalk! Can't wait to see the finished, polished product. Check out the slide show below--pictures really don't do justice to the event! The finished bronze works will be in the Gallery soon...come see!

And, we have video!!! This is Yure lighting his volcano...