Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Season of Giving....And CREATING!

Happy Holidays!!!  Greetings from sunny Florida.  As we prepare for the almost-upon-us holidays, we here in the sunshine state use spray-on snow and crank the A/C up to create the illusion of winter.  None-the-less, we decorate our trees, light our menorahs, and celebrate the season with joy.  We wish all of our friends, family and supporters Peace and Joy this season, and look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

Our artistic "elves" have been hard at work, setting the Gallery to perfection.  The shelves are filled with original, hand-made art, and our member artists are anxious to help you find the perfect gift to give this season.  Any time you come to CGMS Gallery, a member artist will be on hand to personally assist you in choosing (or creating) the perfect gift.  Call ahead, and we'll even set up a time to work with you one-on-one!

We also have some new events on the calendar, and new incentives within the Gallery to make your experience here even more fun.  On December 21 we will host a wild evening of live art called "Turn On - Tune In - Spin Out".  This event is a nod to the 60s, and features live art demonstrations by three of our talented Gallery members.  Tracy Rosof Peterson will be throwing pots on a pottery wheel, while Teri Salamoni creates amazing forms turning wood.  Wayne Smith will be spinning glass, creating gorgeous forms in blazing fire.  I believe I've even heard rumors of a contest to see who can create the most artwork in the evening....don't miss this!  A wonderful opportunity to find that perfect, last minute gift.

RAFFLE ALERT!!  AND, we are also offering monthly raffles of member artist creations!  This is a new idea for us, and we are testing as we speak.  Every month a Gallery artist will offer a work of handmade art.  Raffle tickets are just $5.00 each or five (5) for $20.00 (that's the BARGAIN, you end up with a free ticket!).  You can purchase tickets right here, using the PayPal button on the top right.  Raffle items will be announced here and on our Facebook page, along with the artist's bio, and photos of the work offered.  The winning ticket will be drawn on the third Friday of every month, during our first and third Friday art events and exhibits.  A fantastic opportunity to grab some amazing art and support our Gallery! The goal here is to raise funds for CGMS Gallery's ongoing community arts programs (like our Empty Bowls for Haiti project which raises thousands of dollars annually for children in Haiti), as well as continue to provide low cost retail space for local artists to show, create and share their works.
Our first raffle item will be provided by member artist Tracy Rosof Peterson, and I'll be posting photos and info on that very soon, so stay tuned! 
Whew, that's a lot for one post, so I'll quit now.  BUT, please check back--you don't want to miss anything and we have so many fantastic events and exhibits planned....see you in the Gallery!!! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Finally Fall

Well, as of 10:30 this past Saturday, Autumn had officially arrived in South Florida.  This past weekend was the Autumn Equinox, not that you'd know it by the high 90s temps and nearly 100% humidity.  But, we Southerners can Google images of forests drenched in blazing Fall colors and imagine cool breezes not produced by air conditioners!
October is right around the corner, and we are updating our calendar with shows and events.  Our first Friday show for October 3rd will be fantastic.  Boys 2 Men II will feature works in all media created by Palm Beach County male artists aged 16 - 90!  Curated by Gallery member artist Anthony Burks Sr, this show will spotlight some of the areas finest established and emerging artists. We'll have it all--photography, mixed media, paintings and more.  Opening reception Friday, October 5, 6 - 9 PM.

Next, members artist Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro are busy preparing for the next group show to be held at CGMSG, Artists Do The Blues, on October 19th.  Another fantastic effort, including artists from all around the county, established and emerging, presenting Blues-inspired works in all media.  Believe me, we'll have some kicking music playing that night!  And, as always, live art demos, great food and delicious wine.  There is still time to join this show--submission deadline is October 9th.  Contact Betty for more information, 561-762-8162.
So, get ready for Fall, and get ready for some great ART!!!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Summers End...Eventually!

Time is FLYING!  Summer is almost over, but you'd never know it from our hot and steamy Florida weather.  We just said a loud goodbye to hurrican Isaac, a wet event that dumped over a foot of rain in south Florida.  Flooded streets for days, what a mess!  We long for the end of hurricane season and the pleasures of the dry season.  Cooler temps, less rain.  Counting the days!
In the meantime, we're busy as ever in the Gallery.  There is a new structure in place for new artists interested in showing at CGMSG.  Local artists can now rent smaller spaces within the Gallery (we call them "shelves") for $50.00 per month.  A great way to get your work out on display and in the hands of BUYERS!!!  If you are interested, contact Gallery director Joyce Brown at 561-588-8344.  We are always looking for new artists to join us, so please stop by for more information!
We are also hosting independant shows that feature art in all mediums.  The shows are curated and run by Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro of the Craft Gallery.  Betty has already put together two fantastic shows over the summer, with more planned for the fall.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Betty at 561-585-7744.  These shows are open to all artists, all mediums.  We'll be updating our calendar as soon as the next show is scheduled!
Tonight we celebrate AMERICAN art and artists with our Labor Day Art Show, "Made in America".  This will be a fun night featuring an old-fashioned picnic atmosphere complete with soap-box speeches by local labor leaders and a sing-along with PinkSlip.  So, come show your appreciation for local art and artisans!!!  See you at 6:00...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July Open Call Art Show - THE NAKED TRUTH

Our second open call art show is just around the corner, and it's going to be SPECTACULAR!  Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro are hard at work setting up "The Naked Truth".  This show and sale will feature over 30 local artists in all mediums including photography, pottery, sculpture, painting, art jewelry and mixed media.  We invite you to join us for the opening night reception on Friday, July 20th, from 6 - 9 PM.  Live music, art demos, refreshments and more.  Meet some of the country's finest artists and support local arts!!  Emerging and established artists will be featured, you don't want to miss this!!!  See you on the 20th...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Schedule Heating Up!

Summer is case you didn't notice.  The temps are climbing and the rain is falling--typical summer for South Florida!  So, when you're not on the beach, dodge the raindrops with a visit to Clay Glass Metal Stone!  Our summer schedule is filling up with great events, shows, classes and more.  Last Friday, June 15th, marked the first of our summer "open call" art show series.  Coordinated by Gallery members Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro, these shows are open to all artists, all mediums.  The first show, The Oddity of the Artist, was fantastic!  Over 30 artists joined, showing original painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more.  One very special aspect of these shows is the opportunity they offer for new and emerging artists to show their work.  We will be profiling a new artist from these shows each month here on our blog, along with an established artist.  Never shown your work before?  Well, now is the time!  The next show, "The Naked Truth" is scheduled for July 20th.  We'll be posting a link to the admissions form here soon...stay tuned.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Betty for more information about the admissions process.

Lake Worth is gearing up for a fantastic 4th of July celebration on the Avenue.  Family friendly events, contests, concerts, fireworks and even a KISSING PIG will be part of this non-stop fun day downtown.  Click here for the day's schedule.  Be sure to stop by the Gallery and say hello...

Next, we are holding our first Gallery Open House on July 6th, welcoming several new artists to our co-op, including Shannon Torrence, LaReine Marks, Irene Jalowayski, Barbara Keener, David Wood and Susan Saladino.  Come by to meet the artists, see the new works and enjoy a pot luck table of refreshments.

Speaking of LaReine Marks (a fantastic sculptor specializing in nudes), she will be offering life drawing sessions at CGMSG.  Held every Tuesday night from 6 - 9 PM, these classes are open to everyone, no matter your skill level.  Contact LaReine for details and to reserve a spot, space is limited and these classes will fill up quick!  $15.00 per session in advance, $20.00 per session at the door.  We hope to add more classes to our schedule, so stay tuned....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

That's ODD......

Welcome to Summer! The days are long, and the weather is HOT. The Gallery has plenty of exhibitions, events, and shows to keep you cool. Next up is "Oddity of the Artist" on June 15th. This show, put together by Gallery artists Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro, is a new format for CGMSG. Throughout the summer we will be hosting "open call" art shows. In other words, we are opening the Gallery, during these specific shows, to local artists (Gallery members and NON-MEMBERS) of ALL MEDIUMS, not just 3-D. Oddity will feature over 30 Florida artists showing works that reflect the unusual--the "odd" in art. You won't want to miss this show of amazing works!!! Opening reception at 6:00 pm on the 15th. Food, music, fantastic art, what more can you ask for???? Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Glorious GLASS ART!

The Gallery has so many talented artists in so many mediums!  Whatever your interest, there are endless works of original, hand made art to dazzle you on our shelves.  Our next show, June 1st, is called "Glass and the Ripple Effect", showcasing the Gallery's fused glass artists.  We will be featuring new Gallery artist Irene Jalowayski, as well as current members Betty Wilson, Sheri Goldstein, Lee Mortensen, Joyce Brown and Wayne Smith.  A celebration of all things GLASS!  Live glass art demos including flamework and fusing, so come see us MELT!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Signings, New Shows, Sensational Summer EVENTS!

Well, "Season" may be officially over, but that doesn't mean the Gallery is slowing down one bit!  In fact, we're gearing up for a fantastic Summer, full of new artists, art shows, events and so much more.  The Gallery is restructuring--we're making space available for as many Palm Beach County artists as we can!  You will see many new faces and new lines of AMAZING artwork on our shelves....with so much more to come.

This Friday, May 18th, we welcome Trina Slade-Burks and John Palozzi for an unusual art/book signing event.  Both have created illustrated cook books, filled with delicious recipes and beautiful art.  Come meet these talented artists/chefs, buy a book and turn your kitchen into an edible art gallery!! 

Then, it's on to June.  Gallery members Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro will be hosting a "come one, come all" art show in the Gallery called "The Oddity of the Artist".  This is a great opportunity for new artists to show their works of all mediums (2D and 3D) in the Gallery for a week.  Click here to download the admissions form, and contact Betty for more information.  This show will be one of several held over the summer celebrating the wealth of talented artists right here in South Florida.  So, if you are a local artist interested in showing, PLEASE JOIN US!  And, if you are an art lover, mark your calendar for June 15 - 30th.  Can't wait to see what turns up!!!!

So, as Summer heats up, the Gallery will keep you cool with amazing art, fun shows, and as always, a great place to come hang out.  Stop by soon to see the new work and meet our artists.  See you on the Avenue!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring is in the AIR!!!

April is such a fun month.  April Fool's Day, Easter, and the onset of Spring!  The Gallery is getting ready for one of our favorite events, our annual Peeps Show.  Yes, I said PEEPS! 

For those unfamiliar, the Washington Post began Peeps Shows several years ago, inviting folks to create three-dimensional dioramas using marshmallow Peeps.  Google it, and prepare to laugh yourself silly.  It is AMAZING what you can create using marshmallow Peeps!  Not to be left out, CGMSG held its first Peeps Show last year (pics here) and it was a "sweet" success.  Thousands of folks visited the Gallery over a one week period to see the sticky art created.  What a fun event!

This year's show will be just as silly, and we invite art lovers of all ages to join us this Friday, April 20th, at 6:00 for the unveiling of the Peeps creations.  Peeps Couture will be featured, along with many other amazing installations.  This show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and perhaps give you a cavity or two....We encourage guests to come dressed in their best Peeps-wear.  Last year some really lovely hats embellished with Peeps were on proud display.  So, dust off your Peeps, and see you at 6:00!!! 

Monday, March 19, 2012


Okay, this post isn't about basketball.  BUT, it is about how crazy the Gallery has been the past few months!  New artists, events, fundraisers, you name it--we do it!  Gallery Director (and wonderful ceramics artist) Joyce Brown wears more hats than a hat-rack.  Did you know that besides running the Gallery, advocating for the town and promoting Lake Worth events, she also hosts a twice weekly radio show in Lake Worth?  Tuesdays and Thursdays tune in to WPBR 1340AM for Joyce's show, from 12:00 to 1:00.  She interviews local artists and businesses while keeping you updated on the many wonderful events going on in Downtown Lake Worth.  It's a fun, loose hour with a "down home" feel.

Next, this Saturday (March 24th), we host one of our favorite fundraising arts/food event.  Do you love handmade pottery?  Do you love free, delicious food?  Then the Empty Bowls for Haiti fundraiser is FOR YOU!  The idea is simple--local artists create handmade ceramic bowls and vessels they then bring to CGMS Gallery.  You come and buy an event ticket ($25.00 in advance, 4 for $80, or $35 on the day of the event).  On Saturday the 24th, come to the Gallery to pick out a bowl you get to keep, AND fill with amazing foods offered by local Lake Worth restaurants!  Stroll the Avenue, pig out, and support the children of Jacmel, Haiti through the Arts Creation Foundation for Children.  100% of ticket sales will be donated to this great organization.  Talk about a win-win!  Every year this event gets better and better.  A great way to spend an afternoon...bring all your friends!!!  Get your tickets now, and come early on Saturday, as the bowls go FAST.  Oh, and BRING YOUR APPETITE!

Next on the horizon is another super-fun, hilarious event.  Our second annual PEEPS Art Show will be held on April 20th.  I won't give away too much here, you'll have to wait for more details, but I can say the Gallery will be covered in sticky, marshmallow art that will make you laugh, and give you cavities.  Stay tuned....

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hearts A-Flutter....

February is just around the corner, and you know what that means. NOT THE SUPERBOWL...I'm talking about Valentine's Day!!! Love is in the air, and we invite you to join us on Friday, February 3rd for "Viva L' Amore!" The Gallery will be transformed into an old fashioned Valentine, with wonderful handmade jewelry, sculpture and more, all created to inspire love and laughter. Give your true love an original, handmade gift to show how much you care!!!  See you at 6:00...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Art to Live With...

This Friday, please join us for The Art of Living - Art Furniture for the Home. Featuring functional works of art by Linda and Kelly Manganaro, Norman Gitzen, Rick Cohen, Kathleen Kirschner and Betty Wilson. From hand-carved mantlepieces to fused glass tables, we have everything you need to turn your home into a personal art gallery of functional furniture--all made by hand! See you at 6:00...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy 2012 from the artists at Clay Glass Metal Stone! We hope this year brings Peace and Prosperity to all. We invite you to join us in welcoming the New Year this Friday, January 6th, with artistic inspirations created by some of the amazing and talented women sculptors in the Gallery. From Our Hands - A Woman's Touch, will showcase the works of Gallery artists Mary Ellen Dohrs, Lois Herrick, Victoria Rose Martin, Rosario Alborta and Theo Sable. There will be live art demonstrations, refreshements, music and more. Come ring in the New Year with us! See you at 6:00...