April 18th, 2014

April Mastermind Group

Our next meeting will be on Saturday April 19th from 10:00 to 11:30am. Members will meet at the Pompano Beach Library on Atlantic Blvd.

Also, Nolan suggested us all 18 minutes of preparation homework for this meeting…when you have a moment, watch this Ted Talks:


…and we’ll use it as a topic discussion on Saturday morning.

If you are not a member and wish to check out a meeting as a guest, contact Susan at . To become a member, please click here.

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February 7th, 2014

February Members-only Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday February 15th from 10:00 to 11:30am.

Members will meet at the Pompano Beach Library on Atlantic Blvd. If you are not a member and wish to check out a meeting as a guest, contact Susan at . To become a member, please click here.

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January 14th, 2014

January Members-Only Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday January 18th from 10:00 to 11:30am. Members will meet at the Pompano Beach Library on Atlantic Blvd. If you are not a member and wish to check out a meeting as a guest, contact Susan at . To become a member, please click here .

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July 5th, 2012

Lori Pratico – 7th Door Studio

Lori in the Studio

South Florida has it’s share of portrait artists. For some of us, focusing on the uniqueness of an individual can be extraordinarily difficult to do. So we avoid it. We leave the facial features out of the equation. Or we spend all our time on drawing our models shoes.

This does not describe South Florida artist Lori Pratico. She is inspired by those around her; who they are, their passions, their strengths and their true character. When speaking with her,  you immediately feel that she is interested and engaged in learning about the person you are.

Katya: From the INK Series

Most recently Lori has focused on two groups of works. The first series,  entitled “INK” was started because she wanted to explore what inspires women to be tattooed. What the works reveal is a phenomenal grouping of strong portraiture of women from all walks of life.

The second series is entitled “FNPERFECT”. If you ask Lori what inspired this new body of work, she responds “I want to celebrate what society labels as imperfect. My subjects are not concerned with being misunderstood. I believe that takes enormous courage and it is my honor to portray them.”

Lori is a full time artist who also has a talent for murals and faux finishes for the home or office. For more information on commissioning a portrait  or to contact Lori directly, please visit her website.

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September 30th, 2011

Issues in Public Art and Commissioning Agreements

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County Commission’s Cultural Division and the South Florida Artists Association will present Issues in Public Art and Commissioning Agreements with the Associate Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq.  This training session will assist individual visual artists interested in applying for public art commissions, will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, 6:30 p.m, at Full Circle Gallery 201 SW 5th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

A contract is the cornerstone of the understanding and agreement between an agency or individual commissioning a work of public art and the artist creating the work of art. Because the field of public art has grown over the last couple of decades, legal issues with public art agreements have become increasingly sophisticated and somewhat difficult to navigate. As a result, public art commissioning agreements have also become more complex. This brief talk will highlight some of the most important requirements and considerations of contracts and public art commissioning agreements.”

Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq., is currently the Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where he advises and represents visual and performing artists and arts organizations. He received his BA in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso, and an MFA in Art from The California Institute of the Arts. In 1997 he was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He is an Adjunct Professor of art law at Fordham Law School, and is also the Program Director and faculty of VLA’s Art & Law Residency Program.

His legal experience includes advising artists, galleries, and arts organizations on matters involving copyright, trademarks, moral rights, free speech, and artist-gallery disputes. He has recently worked on an important appeal under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 on behalf of the Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel in the artist’s highly-publicized dispute with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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April 19th, 2011

Developing Artist Statements Workshop

The South Florida Artists Association and the Broward Cultural Division would like to invite you to attend a special workshop on developing more effective artist statements on Saturday, May 14th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Participants will learn how to develop an artist’s biography and artist’s statement. We are pleased to have a nationally recognized guest speaker present the topic to our group!

The facilitator, Luz Rodriguez with Visionary Allies, is a seasoned fundraising professional, educator, and artist who combines her artistic sensitivities with her knowledge of U.S. philanthropy to guide and inspire artists of all genres to equip them with the information and tools they need to bring their project visions to reality. Her professional development workshops for artists have been offered nationally and internationally at Artist Space in New York and Centro Leon Cultural Center in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Rodriguez has more than 20 years of fundraising, coalition building and organizational development experience in advocacy and social justice movements. She has held staff and board leadership positions in community-based organizations in the fields of reproductive justice of women of color; youth development; hunger and homelessness. Her oral history and papers are included in the Voices of Feminism archival project at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. She is currently a bilingual training coordinator, at the Foundation Center, NYC, where she is responsible for designing and implementing fundraising training programs with a special focus on delivering English and Spanish training to under-resourced, grassroots organizations.

The event is free, however, we ask that you please RSVP to info@artisticproductionsinc.com only if you will definitely be attending. Space is limited, and we want to assure that those that say they will attend will actually be there! Thanks for your cooperation.

The meeting will be held at the Full Circle Gallery, located at 201 SW 5th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Directions: From I-95, exit Broward Blvd.

East to Andrews Avenue. Make a right on Andrews Avenue. (Heading South). Travel 5 blocks south on Andrews Avenue and make a right on SW 5th Street. Travel 3 blocks, and you will see a purple building with large yellow spots on the right hand side of the street (hard to miss!). The gallery is the east side of the building..

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July 9th, 2010

Nolan Haan

How does an artist inspired to paint while living in a thatched hut in the South Pacific transition his work into bird portraiture and an infatuation for replicating concrete cinderblocks on silk?  I present to you South Florida Artist, Nolan Haan.


My first encounter with Nolan’s work was at a juried exhibition held at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale a year ago. A fan of graffiti and street art, I was mesmerized by the detail not of the “tag” design, but the cinderblock wall that it was painted on. Well, technically, it was a painting of a wall…but I wasn’t truly sure. Could it be a photograph?

graff-cave-graffiti-tag-art1One of the most interesting aspects to me about all artistic mediums is technique. Nolan’s is difficult to decipher, but just the fact that he has taken this technique and applied it in such a variety of ways is what I find intriguing. Who knew that concrete (or paintings of it anyway) could invoke sadness, provoke thought and even laughter while viewing it.

While I could go on and on about Nolan and what has influenced his art throughout his lifetime, we feel his bio says it better than I ever could. Please meet SFAA Member: Nolan Haan.

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June 13th, 2010

Monthly Member Meeting

Title: Monthly Member Meeting
Location: Panera Bread Meeting Room 1762 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Description: Monthly meeting focus: Target Marketing
We will meet to discuss target audiences and ways to get your art in front of your customer.
No fee for paid annual members.
$10. for non-members and guests
Start Time: 9:30
Date: 2010-07-10
End Time: 11:00

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April 16th, 2010

Tea Anyone?

One of the best benefits to members of SFAA is the many and varied networking opportunities that we help to create awareness for in the creative community. I’d like to give a quick example of show SFAA connections happen.

A few years ago, I met the current owners of Kevro’s Art Bar in Delray Beach. They are committed to promoting the arts, and have a pretty cool art focused location to boot. We started doing art openings at the bar, we then did a fundraiser there.  A clothing designer contact, Karen Reinstatler, owner of Pink Slip Threads agreed to get a group of models to add to the atmosphere at the event that night.

The end result? Pink Slip Threads decides they love the location and contracts to host their first year anniversary at the space the following month. Voila!  In April, 150 new patrons at Kevro’s, a great party, and exposure for the designer and the artist who opened that night to a fresh new audience!Pink Slip Threads Models

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April 16th, 2010

Art Night Lauderdale

artistic-productionsThere’s a new event gaining momentum in Fort Lauderdale. Have you heard me mention FAT Village Arts District recently? There are some interesting things brewing in the warehouses and storefronts just west of N. Andrews Avenue and north of Broward Blvd.
A group of individuals committed to furthering the art scene are working together to make downtown Fort Lauderdale THE destination of choice on a Saturday night for arts and culture. To that end, FAT Village is the first step in creating multiple venues to showcase local artists, performers and musicians.
Come down and start the night by visiting a new temporary exhibition space, have a drink, check out local artists and hear DJ One Star! From there, walk over the Puppet Network workshops, visit open art studios, live theatre performances and walk through the Sixth Star Entertainment warehouse that stores all sorts of fun props like a life size cinderella carriage, a gothic castle aisle, and much much more.
Hope to see you there!
We’ll be at 501 N. Andrews Avenue Suite 103 Fort Lauderdale 7 – 11pm

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