Boca Raton Museum of Art Debuts New Store & Merchandise
BOCA RATON, FL – (November 17, 2014) – Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, announces the opening of the Museum’s store, highlighting regional, national, and international artists and artisans.
“As the cornerstone of the Museum, the store’s fresh new design and one-of-a-kind and limited edition merchandise provides a sophisticated and yet welcoming shopping experience as yet unseen in Boca Raton,” says Lippman. “We are thrilled at the concept and stylish execution of design by Miami-based, multidisciplinary architects, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt,” continues Lippman.
Behar and Marquardt deconstructed the store space located at the entry to the Museum, and designed a clean, minimalist environment for visually intriguing and inviting merchandise displays and events.
The store’s focus is “on handcrafted, limited edition offerings along with branded merchandise, home design and personal accessories and books,” says Vincent Tom, buyer and visual merchandiser. Additionally, the store will host, “a full schedule of special appearances by the artisans, trunk shows, holiday sales and more,” continues Tom.
Prices range from $10 for toys to $6,000 for one-of-a-kind portrait vases by Kenny Pieper, a North Carolina-based glass artist. The store’s offerings also include ceramic bowls by Rossheim/Marrinson Studios; contemporary takes on old English botanist shadowboxes by Christopher Marley; one-of-a-kind jewelry made from ancient artifacts by Wellington resident Donatella Linari, and hand-painted one-of-a-kind silk scarves by Southern California artist, Catherine Wilmot.
Stainless steel, handcrafted handbags by Wendy Stevens, a native of Cleveland, home of U.S. Steel are priced from $350 for Fiddle Head Fern to $749 for the Andalucia bag. Stevens, who now resides in Pennsylvania, says that she is inspired by, “the muscular, industrial world of manhole covers, construction zones, and subway cars.” Wendy Stevens’ handbags are carried by Henri Bendel and have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tassenmuseum (Dutch for Museum of Bags & Purses) in Amsterdam. (www.wendystevens.com).
Another unique line is from METALACEART, Israeli designers of contemporary metal home ware, jewelry, and objects since 2004. Each work is handmade and inspired by the, “world of lace fabrics and embroidery using advanced metal process technologies.” METALACEART is featured at prominent Museum shops and galleries around the world including: MoMa in New York, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Prices range from $110 for Mezzuzahs, to $335 for large bowls and $549 for the Late Blooming Menorah. (www.metalaceart.com).
Trisha Bruno’s collection of fine jewelry pays homage to the beauty and nature of her native South Florida. Her handcrafted forms burst forth from the garden and the sea rendered in sterling silver, gold and precious gemstones. Earrings, cufflinks and necklaces range in priced from $400 to $6,000.
Lynne Everett Read is the talented designer behind Vitreluxe Glass Works based in Portland, Oregon. Handblown lighting, tableware, sculptural objects, and jewelry from Vitreluxe are celebrated for their sophisticated color pairings, striking silhouettes and meticulous craftsmanship. Mr. Reed is an artist of many talents including painting, sculpture, and theatrical set design.
“My pursuit of watercolor, color field painting and set building paved the way to an interest in glass for its optical intrigue, transparency of color and versatility,” says Reed. Works are priced from $52 for Teadrops, $99 for stump Cups and up to $1,100 depending upon the piece. (www.vitreluxe.com).
Elegant Gold Leaf Drinking Ware by Dan Mirer of Corning, New York is 23k yellow gold and 12k white gold leaf hand rolled on and fused to the glass bubble while the vessels are being blown. Oval Glasses and Boules are $66; Flutes are $92 and the Pitcher is $295. “A delicate folding and expanding of the leaves makes each piece unique. The surface of the glass is formed in graphite and metal molds to produce a rippled texture, accentuating the reflections of the gold,” says Mr. Mirer. www.danmirer.com.
“I have sourced some of the most irresistible products from artisans including Working Class Studio, a collective of artists who have graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Other artists include Tanaka Kazuhiko who creates miniature, dream-like ceramic mobile sculptures of flying people; Donatella Linari, Kenny Pieper, Tom Dixon, Erica Rosenfeld, Stray Dog Designs, Rossheim/Marrinson Studio, Areaware and Pheromone, among others,” says Tom.
Founded in 1950 by the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the Museum’s collections, innovative exhibitions, and educational programming are international in scope and reflect the creative expression of the Florida region. In 2001, the Boca Raton Museum of Art moved into its new home in the heart of Mizner Park. The Art School, located nearby on West Palmetto Park Road (the Museum’s original location), offers more than 100 weekly classes in a variety of media for adults and children. The Artists’ Guild remains a strong auxiliary of the Museum with more than 350 artist-members who actively exhibit throughout the area and whose work may be seen at the Artists’ Guild Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.
Exhibitions concurrently on view through January 11, 2015: Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art; Elliott Erwitt: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Coplan and Martin R. Malinger; Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions, New York Photographs from the Collection; Latin American Artists Depicting The Human Form, and video installations by Shizuka Yokomizo, Cory Arcangel, Janet Biggs, Trine Lise Nedreaas and Robin Rhode (November 11, 2014 - January 11, 2015). Upcoming exhibitions include Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil, Surrealism and Magic (January 26 - April 5, 2015), and Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power (April 21 - July 12, 2015).
The Museum and the Store is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m., and closed Mondays and holidays. Admission pricing is for Adults is $12; $10 for Seniors and Students (with ID), and children under 12 years of age are free. Admission on the first Sunday of each month during the season is free. For additional information please visit the website at www.bocamuseum.org.
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Editor’s Note: High-res images available upon request.