Discover Local Artists: Liz Ghitta Segall

JF Gallery & Framing celebrates its opening at its new location on Antique Row in West Palm Beach with an exhibit, “In The New,” which runs through August 15  and a reception on July 23 from 5 – 8 p.m.

The opening exhibit will showcase works by Clemente Mimun, Liz Ghitta Segall, Dan Leahy, Delford T. Wilson, Isabel Gouveia, Reema Houwari, Sibel Kocabasi, Susan Battin, Peter Marshall and Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson, as well as sculptures by Chris Riccardo and Joseph Meerbott.

Liz Ghitta Segall
Liz Ghitta Segall

To give you a taste of the upcoming exhibit, here’s some of Liz Segall’s work. Segall, who now lives in North Palm Beach, was raised in New York, and spent most of her life in France. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, studying art and art history, and she also attended L’Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris.

She is compelled to make art, she said. “I am inspired by everything, most specifically, nostalgia for places that I’ve visited as well as places where I’ve never been.”

A song lyric or poem stanza may fixate her, too. In this show, two paintings offer examples of this fixation, which came about after reading a work by Luis Aragon. She graffitied the words onto her works, “Rodin, La Rose et Le Reseda,” and “La Rose, Le Reseda.”

“I was in a political frame of mind,” she explains.” The poem is about the same day asssasination by the Gestapo of Resistance fighters, one Catholic and one Jewish.

"La Rose et Le Reseda," is a mixed media painting, 25 by 41 inches, priced at $ 3,500.
"Rodin,-La-Rose-et-Le-Reseda"
"Rodin, La Rose et Le Reseda," is a 42-by-94-inch mixed media on canvas, priced at $4,500.

Aragon’s poem by the same name is taught to French children “the same way we teach Hiawatha, here,” she said.

Her painting, “Letter to a Poet as an Old Woman,” was inspired by a work by Ranier Maria Rilke.

"Letter To A Poet As An Old Woman"
“Letter To A Poet As An Old Woman,” is an oil, acrylic, mixed media on wood,  72 by 48 inches, priced at $ 3,800.

Segall does not paint for an audience. “Each painting contains a message from me to me, she said.

“When I’m in my studio painting, I imagine that I’m a safe cracker with my ear to the dial, listening for the click to unlock the lock, and then, I make a mark on the canvas, which unleashes a conversation between myself and the painting.

“I love when viewers look at the work and connect and respond emotionally. That’s what I  hope for.”

When you visit the JF Gallery exhibit, and view Segall’s work, what do you see in it, and what conversation does it start?”

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are offered at the opening exhibition.  JF Gallery & Framing, formerly known as My Frame Shop & Gallery, was founded in 2003. Owner Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson will offer quality framing as well as art exhibits at her new location. Its address is 3901 South Dixie Highway, Suite B., West Palm Beach. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.jfgallery.com or call (561) 478-8281.

oh let’s go to the portland zoo

portland oregon zoo

Strangely, it was deja vu, and reminded me of our little zoo in west palm beach!

here are some photos just for fun

He's a big ole guy
Didn't get a good picture of the baby...
They said she wasn't sad -- later I found out that one of them had died. I think she's sad.
Looks kinda sweet for a rat.
too darned hot for the bear.
WE ARE NOT AFRAID!

Aimee’s birthday dinner

double celebration

was also the surprise engagement party for Alison Scott and Mike Roman from Palm Bay.

Here’s Aimee at the table at Benihana

Aimee will be 27 on July 7.

Here are a couple of Ally and Mike’s photos.

Mike's mother is taking a picture of the ring
Both are pretty calm...
But not entirely calm!

Mike had put her ring on top of her birthday ice cream and got down on one knee to propose. Someone asked her later, “Were you surprised?” She said, “Didn’t I look surprised?”

Later she shared with Aimee and me that Mike had recently taken her promise ring, so she knew something was up, but didn’t know what!

so cute…

I want one of these

A delightful library created by Palm Beach designer, Stephen Mooney

Yesterday, when I went to take some photos of Palm Beach designer Stephen Mooney’s staircase, he showed me his “personal space,” a library that he created from a guest room, because he loves books.

Stephen Mooney's library, a book-lovers' visual delight

The bookcases are handsome, detailed, and although custom, were certainly affordable, he said — I want the name of his fine cabinetry maker!

I love bookshelves, and Stephen Mooney said they don't have to break your budget, either.

The room already had the nice wood floor, but Mooney added wainscotting, giving the room a traditional look, sheer drapery at the windows and good reading lights in intelligent places.

Reading lamp well placed
Wow, a reading lamp placed in just the right spot.

He covered the floor with a nice natural-fiber nubby-type rug, overlaid with a zebra skin.

Furnishings are simple, an unpretentious but quality antique desk and chair,

Simple, elegant and pretty

a mini-loveseat for one and comfy armchair with a variety of pillows and let’s not forget the ottoman!

ottoman
Get back on those shelves, books. I want to put my feet up!

Just last week or so, I saw chairs stacked with books (on purpose), and alas, Stephen already knew about that little trick, and I love that he left the chair, as is.

A chair makes an extra spot to put an overflow of books, or are these Stephen's next reads?

Note the variety of textures, fabric mixes and silver accessories — especially that magnifying glass on the side table for reading that fine print, and is that a stuffed puppy-dog sitting in the armchair? Stephen? Did I get that wrong?

Note the magnifying glass, the variety of textures and fabrics, and the puppy.