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MARCH - APRIL 2013

The Vibrant Works of World Renowned Artist

William DeBilzan The Passions of Artist Alexander Mijares Sustainable Luxury : The Art of Interior Design An Interview with

Campion Platt


Contents

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LETTER FROM THE HIVE

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ARTIN’ WITH DA MUSE

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Palm Beach International Film Festival

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SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

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THE BUZZ

Interview with Campion Platt

Miami International Film Festival Highlights 30th Anniversary

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Armory Art Center’s FASHION ARTILLERY inaugural event

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SPECIAL FEATURE

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ART DRONE

January 29 - April 21, 2013 IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Style

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THE VIBRANT LIFE Interview with William DeBilzan

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THE ART SCENE

The Passions of Artist Alexander Mijares

CALENDAR OF EVENTS March/April

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Front cover art by Jennifer Love Gironda Watercolor, gold pigment, graphite and crystals on paper.


LETTER FROM THE HIVE The definition of “Hive” is a teeming crowd or multitude. We’d like to think of artists almost like bees; working day and night to make the world a little more magical, or dare we say, sweeter. We are spotlighting these talented artists one issue at a time while bringing you front and center to art events and social happenings. You will start to notice different forms of art pop up onto our pages as we continue to produce new and exciting issues of the magazine. From culinary art to fashion design and everything in between, we hope that Art Hive delivers an enjoyable read that gives you a look into the multitude of hard workin’ artists in our community.

-Jessie & Angela

Meet The Contributors

Blurbs about the Bees.. Angela has been “seeing stars”! She interviewed world-renowned designer and architect Campion Platt and artist William DeBilzan!

Jessie has been spending a lot of time doing freelance graphic design work but managing to make time to create artwork for herself, even if it’s just once a week.

Jenny Love channeled style icon Iris Apfel and focused on her fashion illustrations.

Jon has accomplished the near impossible. Even with his incredibly packed schedule of teaching at multiple universities and freelancing, he still finds time to participate in gallery shows, this time in Boston!

Lucy has been busy discovering and writing about fresh talent. She’s often found in local coffee shops and lounges enjoying the artists who play there.

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ART HIVE Team and Contact Info Publishers & Editors-In-Chief Jessie Prugh & Angela Yungk Director of Productions Angela Yungk angela@arthivemagazine.com (845) 893-4853 Creative Director Jessie Prugh jessie@arthivemagazine.com Artist & Event Curator Jennifer Love Gironda damuse@arthivemagazine.com Advertising Information angela@arthivemagazine.com Contributing Authors Jennifer Love Gironda, Jessie Prugh, Angela Yungk, Jon Hunt, Lucy Lazarony Contributing Photographers Micah Kvidt

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ARTIN’ WITH DA MUSE

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a Muse here with what I hope to be some inspiration. Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a lecture by Faith Ringgold at the Norton Museum of Art. As you may know, Faith Ringgold is an acclaimed painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist. But…did you know that she also wears sparkly red shoes? Yes, really. Glad I have your full attention, as she had mine. My apologies in advance, there will be some rambling due to a mixture of me working through my own thoughts and epiphanies and just general excited stumbling over my own words. Faith Ringgold is one my personal ‘art rock stars’, so when I found out she was coming to the Norton- it was a no brainer, I had to go. I admire her for her art, but also for her commitment to teaching. She is a teaching artist. And she was sparkly. Folks, she was sparkly, on the inside and out. As an art teacher, an artist and a gal with an eye for glitz, these were all things that I can identify with and strive to be. And she had some things to say that inspired me… “I love to teach, and I love being an artist. I can do both.” When Faith spoke of her love of teaching, it was so genuine. She said her mother was a teacher, and she was so proud when she spoke of her, and of being a teacher herself. This really resonated with me. So many times as an art teacher, folks think you can’t “DO”. Why are you a teacher? You can’t be a real artist and be a teacher. But you can. I can. We can. And this isn’t limited to just any teachers out there. Fill in this sentence with me. Go ahead; get a pen- I will wait;

BY JENNIFER LOVE GIRONDA

“I am a ____________ and I am also an artist. I love __________ and I love being an artist. I can do both.” In a perfect world we would all have an amazing studio we could wake up to every day and work uninterrupted. And that would be our life. People would pay us money and we could make more art. And everything would be made of glitter. Wait, that last one might just be me. My point is, whatever you’re doing, you can still be an artist. Sure, it means you have to steal away bits of time to dedicate to your work. Don’t think that you can’t be an artist just because you have to earn a living, or you have a ton of commitments. You are that artist inside, it is who you are. And as for your work, not everyone will like what you do, or even think that you can do it. ‘When they say you can’t do something, do more of it’. Prove them wrong. Wait, who is this ‘them’ anyway? Sometimes ‘them’ is you. ‘Them’ is your own self-doubt. Admit it. Don’t get in your own way. In fact, use it as motivation to do even more work. I know this to be true. Over the past year I have been making art every day, and folks don’t always like everything I make. I keep making it anyway, squirreling away a stockpile of art that someday, one day will make it out there and get appreciated. I make my daily art, my fashion illustrations, random bedazzled things…I make them for me. Everything else will fall into place. For more info or to contact Da’Muse, go to www. jenniferlovegironda.com or email her at damuse@arthivemagazine.com.

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PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL // 2013 The Palm Beach International Film Festival is back! Here are a few selections from the 2013 lineup. For more info on films, tickets, and events, go to www.pbifilmfest.org Lucky Trouble Slava Kolotiloff, a school teacher from a sleepy seaside town by the name of “Finers” comes to conquer Moscow with the manuscript to his first novel in hand. But instead, quite by accident, he conquers the heart of a beauty named Nadia (Milla Jovovich). As their wedding approaches, Slava needs only to quit his job and tie up loose ends back in “Fingers” before returning to Moscow to start a new life with his new bride. But due to a number of bizarre circumstances, he is unable to leave and back in the big city, the wedding goes on regardless as Nadia has to fend off the attention of her ex-boyfriend Danya, who seems ready to do whatever it takes to win her back. The Flying Elephant This is a film portrait of Alexander Rukavishnikov, one of the top 30 contemporary sculptors in the world. Born into a family of famous Russian sculptors and artists, he reflects on modern fine arts and gives a curious view upon Soviet censorship and modern realities, which have had an impact on his art. The film follows the sculptor as he works, meets his students at the institute, receives and award at the Art Academy, and compliments from Vladimir Putin on

Alexander Rukavishnikov

in The Flying Elephant

the monument to a famous cello player, Stanislav Rostropovich. The film gives insight into his amazing talent: his monuments most often interact with audiences. It also reveals his hidden talents, such as a passion for karate, which earned him the nickname THE FLYING ELEPHANT. The Match 1942. Nikolai Ranevich, goalkeeper and star Kiev “Dynamo”, loses the most precious freedom, his girlfriend Anna, and the ability to play football. Anna rescues Nikolai from captivity, but now they cannot be together. Germans organize a football championship between local teams and national teams of Wehrmacht. Ranevich gathers friends and re-enters on the field of play for their honor, for love of their Motherland! Haiti Untold Haiti Untold chronicles the personal journey of key individuals including Sean Penn, Donna Karan and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of effecting radical change in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film also provides a counter pointof-view regarding what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fastfood journalism which seem to feed on tragedies and scandals while leaving out stories of hope and re-building. Shooting from Home Tormented basketball hero Kevin Bradshaw was dead to his family and banished from his Florida town. The white-fearing African American athlete just disappeared, getting kicked out of school and into a Navy ship’s jail -- before returning to college where he broke Pete Maravich’s NCAA single-game scoring record. Denounced rather than celebrated, Bradshaw slept in alleys until he answered his one call to play professionally: in Israel.

Donald Sutherland and Christian Slater in Assassin’s Bullet

There, he scored 101 points in a game and became that country’s first African American professional coach. He also lived in a kibbutz. Kevin hadn’t died; he had fallen in love with a woman and a country and would discover the strength to reunite with his family in Florida for the first time in twenty years. Renoir In his twilight years, celebrated impressionist painter PierreAuguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of his arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden and in the face of his father’s fierce opposition - he falls in love with this wild, untamable spirit…and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow. Breaking at the Edge With appearance by Andie MacDowell and Louis Gossett, Jr., Breaking at the Edge tells the story of a young pregnant woman who has increasing difficulty determining whether she is losing her grip on reality or whether her pregnancy has enabled her to see into a spiritual world that could threaten the welfare of her and her baby.

Assassin’s Bullet Having suffered a devastating loss as a victim of terrorism, Vicki Denev is irreversibly damaged. Vague and disturbing memories drive her desire for revenge. Starring Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland. Lonely Boy The romantic misadventures of a schizophrenic bachelor. The task of finding those responsible. Still Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still is a heartfelt love story about fiercely independent farmer Craig Morrison (Academy Award® nominee James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house on their 2,000 acre farm for his wife (Academy Award® nominee Geneviève Bujold) whose health is starting to fade. Although Craig Morrison is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous building inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood Craig has milled from his own trees. As Irene becomes increasingly ill – and amidst a series of stop-work orders – Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against the system for individual freedom and independence.


Sustainable Luxury An interview with world-renowned designer and architect

Campion Platt Interview by Angela Yungk


Interior designer and architect Campion Platt has the unique capability to invent spaces by using many different styles. His vision is to use environmentally sound textiles and furniture, coupled with a design that is customized to be luxurious. His process creates interiors that are both classic and modern. Campion’s body of work extends into the homes of celebrity clients such as Meg Ryan, Al Pacino and Conan O’Brien just to name a few. He was also a co-developer for such hotels as the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood and Mercer Hotel in Manhattan. Campion is also an established author with his inspirational book, Made to Order. The pages of Made to Order are filled with 18 of his most prestigious projects while examining his process of creating a room from start to finish. Art Hive Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Campion and speaking with him about his career and how it has been influenced by art. Angela: How do you start the creative process when you are going to be designing a home? Campion: To begin designing there has to be a story, a departure point. Very rarely do I have a project without a connection to art. For example, I started designing

my home in Palm Beach, which is British colonial. We have a sort of tropical feel being in South Florida and coupled that with an African design element. I incorporated flowing curtains and dark hardwood floors. These design elements are paired with the art of Peter Beard, who does all of his work in Africa. Thinking about the artwork of Peter Beard was an important part of planning how the rest of the house would flow. Angela: Do you always use art as the starting point to design a space? Campion: Well, sometimes it may be the opposite. Sometimes I am basically trying to accomplish a design by becoming inspired from different areas in the project at hand. This allows me to build an art collection around what I already have. Sometimes people have an extensive art collection and are not trying to match it to their environment. Sometimes they want a major contrast between the art and their design. For me, I think it should be more of a lived environment where the art is really personal. Angela: Do you attend art fairs to gain inspiration for designing with pieces of art? www.arthivemagazine.com  15


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Campion: Yes I do. When I travel to places like Asia or London I often stop off at museums. I also go to a lot of art fairs in New York. They are a great inspiration for me; they always give me ideas for when I am working. It’s really fun when the clients are into going too, because then I really get to share the design process with them. Angela: If someone is on a budget, how can they incorporate quality art work into their design? Campion: I go to flea markets and find great stuff for cheap. I also go to a lot of auctions where you can find some great deals too. Taking things that already exist and making them useable as art to incorporate into your design is a great way to save. Angela: You have now transitioned into the realm of custom furniture, fabric and lighting; where did that inspiration come from? Campion: It was a very organic process to start. The more custom work I did for people, the more I got a sense of what really works. Most of my work is in New York and the Caribbean, you tend to find smaller rooms in these places. I discovered very quickly that I needed to start considering furniture. I wanted to find out how to furnish rooms if they were smaller in size. I have been collecting furniture folios myself. I don’t see a difference really between architecture and interior design; it’s all one thing in my opinion. You enter a building and say, this is a great room. Well, why is it a great room? Is it because of the Hermes pillows, the Donald Kauffman paint on the wall, or do you have a great mantel? The answer is no, it’s about the space as a whole, the whole picture. We do about 80% custom work for most clients and in some cases 100%. We make most everything that is used in my projects. It has become a signature that I have established and has a lot to do with why people come to us. We have a couple of fabric collections too; one for Jim Thompson, best silk company in the world. We did a collection for HBF, a textile company, in which it was totally green, consisting of bamboos and recycled plastics. Now we are working with a carpet company in New York and are doing a carpet collection for them. Campion’s work consists of an extensive array of fine, detailed and custom one of a kind pieces. We would like to thank him for taking the time to discuss with us what it is that he does. If you would like to find out more about Campion Platt, check him out at www.campionplatt.com


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THE BUZZ

Miami International Film Festival Highlights 30th Anniversary

March 1-10, 2013 miamifilmfestival.com

February 8, 2013, Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, highlighted its 30th anniversary celebrations with a “cast reunion” and screening of a film from 1995’s festival, Miami Rhapsody, directed by David Frankel, as part of MIFF’s monthlong Countdown Retrospective series. Carla Gugino, Jeremy Piven, David Frankel and Sarah Jessica Parker

Special guests included cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeremy Piven and Carla Gugino, who joined Director David Frankel for the evening. The night included a screening of Miami Rhapsody followed by a party at The Coral Gables Country Club. Miami Rhapsody is a clever romantic comedy set in Miami about the infinite perils, and possibilities, of marriage in the midnineties. Director David Frankel, who also penned the screenplay, follows in the footsteps of Woody Allen in using introspective dialogue to detail the romantic troubles of a wealthy, neurotic Jewish family.

Jaie Laplante, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dr. Eduardo Padron

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Armory Art Center’s FASHION ARTILLERY

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3rd place winner coffee filter wedding dress designed and modeled by Dreyfoos School of the Arts student Shanley Mitchell.

Susan Keenan and David Veselsky

2nd place winner “Throw a Penny, Make a Wish” designed and modeled by Rebecca Hadley

February 7th, 2013- More than 300 fashionistas packed the Armory Art Center’s inaugural Fashion ARTillery wearable art runway show and exhibition! The standing room only crowd cheered the inventive and creative fashion-as-art entries as models strutted the runway in everything from a coffee filter wedding dress to a copper penny covered ensemble to a picnic-to-go dress featuring a tablecloth underdress embellished head to toe in plastic picnic wear. Judges Nikki Poulos, a fashion designer and contestant on NBC’s Fashion Star, Elayne Mordes, White Space owner and a contemporary art collector, and Daphne Nikolopoulos, editorial director for Palm Beach Illustrated lifestyle magazine had a tough assignment deciding which among the 30 amazing designs would be declared the top three winners. They deemed the top three entries to be “Dinner is Served” picnic ensemble designed by Jackie Tufford and modeled by Summer Beaumont first place; “Throw a Penny, Make a Wish” designed and modeled by Rebecca Hadley second place; and the billowing coffee filter wedding dress designed and modeled by Dreyfoos School of the Arts student Shanley Mitchell, third place.

Carole Ruhlman and Linda Rossbach

James & Betsy Meany

Sean Kelly and Mesedu Aripova Regina Porten, Linda Silpe and Zelda Mason

Emily Hartman and Kat Fox

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1st place winner “Dinner is Served” designed by Jackie Tufford and modeled by Summer Beaumont

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SPECIAL FEATURE

IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, Photograph © Steven Meisel / Art + Commerce

IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the quintessentially American artistry of the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. Spearheaded by Council president, Diane von Furstenberg, the exhibition includes garments and accessories by the most impactful creators of the last fifty years. Featured in the exhibition are interactive touchscreen displays that illustrate a timeline of American fashion and recognize the nearly 600 designers who have been members of the CFDA over the last five decades. Each living designer selected to participate in the exhibition has chosen a single object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world. Work by historical CFDA members have been selected by exhibition curators, Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, and Fred Dennis, the FIT museum’s senior curator. Among the designers included in the exhibition are Geoffrey Beene, Michael Kors, Coach, Donna Karan, Norma Kamali, Francisco Costa / Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, and Thakoon. Exhibition at museum is January 29 - April 21, 2013

THOM BROWNE, pheasant feather/wool suit and grey felted fur bowler hat, fall/ winter 2008-2009, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, spring 2012, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

VERA WANG, Courtesy of Vera Wang, Photograph by Carter Smith

TOMMY HILFIGER, Model in Red Dress, Dan and Corina Lecca

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, President Obama and Family, Photograph by Denis Reggie

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ART DRONE

BY JON HUNT

Style... Style. Something I have never been accused of having. Well—at least not for my fashion choices. The definition of “style” is elusive. It depends entirely on the industry one works for and what century one happens to live in. The most common question I get from students is “What is my style?”. At this point, I generally try to distract them with shiny objects as I back out of the room. I have also experienced style being wielded as a one-sizefits-all excuse for various art crimes-- Me: “Arms don’t bend that way. You need to fix it.” Student: “Oh no, I did that on purpose. It’s my STYLE.” (This is the signal for me to take an immediate coffee break) My grandparents had a woodshop, a gnarled apple tree and shelves full of old books. There were illustrated editions of Black Beauty, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mary Shelley. And don’t even get me started on those illustrated Reader’s Digest Condensed novels. But my favorites were always the Time-Life history books. I would sink into my grandfather’s over-sized red leather chair to pore over illustrations of dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Minoan culture and space exploration. I think that my love of realism and narrative art comes from the hours I spent immersed in those books. I had my own collection of Batman and X-Men comics, Dr. Seuss picturebooks and Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (with covers by Frank Frazetta and Michael Whelan!). I sought out Charles Addams cartoons, Norman Rockwell paintings, Charles Dana Gibson ink drawings, Rodin sculptures, Da Vinci sketches… I loved it all. I never spared a thought for “style” or “genre”. I didn’t differentiate between “commercial art” and “fine art”. There was no distinction in my young impressionable mind between “high-brow” or “low-brow” art. If it was cool, I liked it! Years later when I was exposed to the world of SERIOUS ART, I was often chastised for being far too liberal with my visual sensibilities. I was lectured with great earnestness about why certain things ought not to be considered ART. And much of the pontificating seemed to boil down to the question of style. Unfortunately for me, the High-Brow Encyclopædic Reference of Officially Sanctioned Artistic Stylistic Conventions eschewed much of the imagery that I adored and still love to this day. Oh well. I have my own theory about artistic style based on my own unscientific observations. I believe that an artist’s style is defined by his or her own shortcomings as an

image-maker. In other words, my fellow artists: You are your mistakes. How different would Jerry Garcia’s guitar playing have sounded had he not been missing a finger? Think about it. To be honest, I stopped worrying about having a style a long time ago. I strive to come up with the best concepts possible and then I let ‘er rip and hope for the best! I think Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters sums it up nicely: “…the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and.....human. …I try really fu****g hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.” * * Schillaci, Sophie A. “Dave Grohl Clarifies His Grammy Speech: ‘Everybody Wants Something Real’.” Web. February 17, 2012 www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/dave-grohl-foo-fighters-grammyspeech-skrillex-deadmau5-292410>.

Jon Hunt works as a freelance illustrator, author and designer and he teaches Illustration and Design at a bunch of different colleges. He is the author and/or illustrator of eleven picturebooks for children and his art appears on book jackets, collectable card games, role playing manuals and magazines. Once in a while he takes a break from playing with his crayons to write for Art Hive magazine. www.arthivemagazine.com  23


A GLIMPSE INTO THE VIBRANT LIFE OF WORLD RENOWNED ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST

Interview by Angela Yungk Photography courtesy of Fernando Martinez


William DeBilzan has the ability to capture the essence of love, happiness and many emotions within the perimeters of his paintings. His signature elongated bodies are the recognizable look that has made him a house hold name within the art world. This abstract expressionist has perfected his craft and graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to speak with Art Hive Magazine about where he came from and what he does. Angela: When did you first start painting?

are starting out as an artist?

DeBilzan: I started painting about 21 years ago. I used to work in the construction business prior to that. I lived in a very small town in Michigan with not much culture. At that time I didn’t know anything about art and I never went to museums or galleries. I had always known since I was about 10 years old that I was attracted to art, but didn’t really know much about it. I would have very vivid dreams of creative things like fashion design and architecture. It wasn’t until I was an adult in my own garage that I found myself trying to do paintings. I was actually trying to start another business and was selling my paintings on the side to stay in business. This business I was trying to start just wouldn’t get off the ground and run like I wanted it to, but coincidentally my paintings were selling. I am a self-taught artist. I have never had an art class and dove head first into this new chapter of my life as an artist.

DeBilzan: I think the biggest difficulty would be finding who you are as an artist and connecting with a style that speaks to you. You will find that the work I do is uniquely different from most other pieces out there and thankfully this style is what eventually made a connection with me.

Angela: What would you say is most difficult when you

Angela: So how did you become the painter known for his distinct elongated figures? DeBilzan: I started out doing completely abstract paintings and used lots of colors within them. After a couple of years into that stage, I started experimenting with the long skinny figures that have now become a signature of what I do. I still to this day paint these figures and display them in galleries worldwide. Angela: Where do your influences come from?


DeBilzan: I have a love for water, the Caribbean and the islands. A lot of my paintings, especially the ones with the houses, are inspired from that love of the Caribbean. This is why I am here in Florida. Angela: What is your process when you start a painting? DeBilzan: When I first started painting I didn’t have any idea what would happen, now it’s a little more formulated. I’ve never really drawn out a preconceived idea, I would just start painting. I always try to introduce new ideas into my work. Angela: What began the process of using recycled material like wood in your paintings? DeBilzan: When I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico I began searching for something new. I started going to different places where they made furniture from antique wood. I loved the wood I saw there and bought some

so I could begin incorporating it into the frames you see now that are a part of many of my pieces. They have a real primitive and childlike feel to them. I am always trying to bring something a little different into my artwork. Angela: You now have hand bags with your art on them; what gave you the idea to do this? DeBilzan: It goes back to when I was very young and had the dreams about designing shoes and clothes. Since then I’ve always had an interest in fashion. I started branching out; I was doing a clothing line out of France for a while and then started working with Mario Hernandez on the purse line. We are going to continue to grow in the fashion world. I have even recently started working on a beachwear line. Angela: What advice would you give to someone that wants to pursue a career as an artist?


DeBilzan: That’s a tough question; I don’t think there’s any real secret formula to it. For me, it has always been a creative release. There are so many great artists out there that just can’t get it going for themselves. You have to have a good business sense; if you don’t have that, it makes it that much more difficult. You have to be passionate and willing to do whatever it takes. It is a risk. You need to have a unique style and create your own voice. Find something you are passionate about and pursue it. Angela: Can you describe yourself as an artist in one sentence? DeBilzan: I am creative, independent, passionate and willing to make mistakes.

For more information on William DeBilzan and his art, visit www.williamdebilzan.net


THE ART SCENE

The passions of artist Alexander Mijares

BY LUCY LAZARONY

Street art meets stained glass in the paintings of Miami artist Alexander Mijares. LUCY: Upon viewing your work on mijares.com, my first impression was of “stain-glassed graffiti.” Later, I read in your bio that you “dabbled” in graffiti. Did that experience shape or influence your work as a painter? AM: While my version of graffiti was more of the ‘doodling in my textbooks during class variety, street art has always been a great source of artistic education and inspiration. I particularly enjoy watching the style of street art change and evolve when traveling from country to country. I think there is a great deal to be learned about a culture through this art form, and I feel Miami’s colors really shine through in my work. LUCY: How would you describe your art? AM: My art combines the romantic lines and curves of traditional Spanish artwork with a hint of what I consider to be street art. In my mind, not all street art involves a spray can. Instead, it’s more about the beauty one finds in his/her surroundings. With that said, I think one of the most magical forms of street art can be observed just by standing on the street in any city, anywhere in the world, and watching light filter through stained glass windows. LUCY: What inspires you to paint? AM: The short answer is that I am inspired by life experiences, however it’s much more than that. I have a passion brewing inside of me – art is all I can think about all day long! Without any rules, it gives me a sense of freedom and ability to express myself that I’ve 28  Art Hive Magazine

never before experienced. LUCY: Recently, you were commissioned to paint a vintage Spanish guitar for musician Cris Cab. How did that collaboration come about? AM: The collaboration happened very naturally. We were just two artists discussing our passions – his music, mine art – and I got to wondering what the combination of the two would result in. Before I knew it, we were in my studio and I was using his music as a source of inspiration to paint. It was such an incredibly special experience that I have actually decided to make a series of guitars that will be released shortly. LUCY: You have transformed guns, skateboards and pianos into visual art pieces as well. (A piano painted by Mijares is featured on page 17 of the January/February edition of Art Hive.) How do you select the objects that you paint? AM: I have a history with most objects I have painted. I played the piano for nine years during my childhood and skateboarding has always been in the picture. I do, however, have a compelling connection with the gun series, which I appropriately titled “Make Art Not War.” LUCY: Where can we find your work? AM: My work can be found online at Mijares.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MijaresArt), by following me on Instagram (@mijaresArt) or by scheduling an appointment.


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Calendar of Events March March 1-3: The Norton Museum of Art presents BIJOUX! – The exhibition and sale of unique contemporary art & jewelry by international artists. 561-832-5196 www.norton.org March 1-10: Miami International Film Festival. Miami International Film Festival features the best of world cinema with a gateway to Latin America that fosters creative and technical talent. www.miamifilmfestival.com March 2: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Presents the Legendary Multiple Grammy Award Winning Tony Bennett. 8pm. www.kravis.org; by phone at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471

Tickets, ranging from $15 – $100 per person, will go on sale to prior ticket holders on November 15th and to the general public on December 3rd at www.festivaloftheartsboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787). March 9-10: 25th Anniversary Art Fest by the Sea (Jupiter/ Juno Beach) Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Free Admission A1A Between Donald Ross Rd. and Marcinski in Juno Beach, FL www.artfestival.com March 10: Second City: Laughing Matters. An evening of hilarious sketch comedy and improvisation 8-10:30 www. jupitertheatre.org

March 4: Culture & Cocktails: A Conversation with Gary Beach. Presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. A conversation with Actor, Tony Award Winner Gary Beach (The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Annie and more). 5-7 pm 561.471.2901

March 15: Art and fashion Fusion: The Boca Museum of Art’s Friends Auxiliary presents a runway show featuring the artful color and style by the renowned couture boutique of Mario Pucci with music by Hector Leione. Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center 5150 Town Center Circle Boca Raton, FL 33486 Contact Ann Conte 561-278-4555

March 5-24: Thoroughly Modern Millie. A high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston, tells the story of a small-town girl who travels to New York City to marry for money instead of love. Come relive the roaring 1920s in this Tony Award®-winning musical featuring jazz, thunderous tap dancing, frisky flappers and dashing leading men! www.jupitertheatre.org

March 16: Wonderland, Presented by the Florida Classical Ballet Theatre at Eissey Campus Theatre - Palm Beach State College. Lewis Carroll’s stories of Wonderland, its wacky inhabitants and unusual happenings are the inspiration for FCBT’s original ballet with fanciful costumes and sets. www. fcbt.org

March 6: Borland Center for Performing Arts | THREE MEN & A BABY GRAND. This versatile group has created several themed shows, singing tributes to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, the fabulous 50’s & 60’s and every era in between then and now. Their harmonies are incredible and indibidually each one brings their own power to the stage. www.theborlandcenter.org March 7th- 16th: The 7th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA will be presented March 7th – 16th , 2013 by The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor) in Boca Raton, Florida.

March 22: Send in the Queens: The Lake Worth Playhouse is proud to announce the return of Send in the Queens. This annual Drag Show Fundraiser is back by popular demand for a sixth consecutive year. Send in the Queens is a high-end, high-energy drag concert that features a cast of dazzling drag divas, including Lake Worth favorites and Playhouse performers www.lakeworthplayhouse.org March 23-24: Hatsume Fair at The Morikami Museum and Japense Gardens. Now in it’s 5th year, Anime @ Hatsume draws a large crowd of anime-enthusiasts and features anime panels, costume contests, and more.11am -6pm. www. morakmai.org


March 28: Savor the Avenue. Dine at Florida’s Longest Dining Table! The 5th Annual award-winning Epicurean event transforms a five-block stretch of the famed Atlantic Avenue into the longest dining table seating over 1000 guests. www. dowtowndelaybeach.com March 30: The Great 16x20 Art Jam at Jerry’s Artarama. Free 16x20 canvas to use, refreshments, music. 5pm. 2505 Q Okeechobee Blvd 561-684-7036 March 30: Night Owl Market at Flagler Village FREE ADMISSION & FREE ALCOHOL! Yep, you read that right! Shop till you drop with 60+ local artisans selling handcrafted, vintage and interesting goods, music and local business interaction! All for a good cause! Food trucks will line the surrounding streets, so come hungry! All proceeds from the Night Owl Market event will go directly toward funding Flagler Garden, an upcoming community garden and event space in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. www. Facebook.com/FlaglerGarden. Vendor Inquiries: Indiecraftbazaar@gmail.com. Location: Project North at 519 NW 1 Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301. 5pm-11pm March 30-31: 3rd Annual CityPlace Art Fair (West Palm Beach, Fl.)Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free Admission. CityPlace in West Palm Beach. www.artfestival.com March-April: Palm Beach Gardens Green Market: Every Sunday. Don’t miss this Palm Beach Gardens tradition! Now open year-round on Sundays from 8:00am-1:00pm at 10500 North Military Trail. Over 100 Vendors. Produce, flowers, plants, breads, seafood, bakery items, cheeses, sauces, crafts, prepared food & drink items and much, much more! www.pbgfl. com March- April: West Palm Beach Green Market: Every Saturday through April 2013. Waterfront Commons Downtown West Palm Beach, FL. Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked breads, pastries, plants, flowers and much more. Parking is available in the Banyan Street garage.

April April 4-11: 18th Palm Beach International Film Festival. The Palm Beach International Film Festival is committed to supporting emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. www. pbifilmfest.org April 5-7: Delray Affair: the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the 51st year of the Delray Affair. Nicknamed the “Greatest Show under the Sun”, the Delray Affair is the largest arts & craft festival in the Southeast United States. The event takes place along the palm tree lined downtown streets of Delray Beach and stretches 12 city

blocks from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue and two city parks. The Delray Affair has received numerous awards for its ‘eclectic’ mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world. Last year, artists and crafters from 30 states and twelve countries exhibited at the Delray Affair. Fri & Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 10am - 5pm. www.delrayaffair. com April 6 through June 9th: Twisted Fairytales Gallery Exhibit at Into The Woods Art Gallery This event is OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS and will be juried! Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29th, 2013. Opening Event: Saturday, April 6th, 2013. Eligibility: Entrants must fill out an entry form with signature, which will be presented at the art intake along with the entry fee. All 2D work must be ready to hang by one nail. 3D pieces will be placed in a case if small enough. Art work will be juried, and may be turned away if it does not fit into the Fairytale theme! Dimensions- 2D: 30” max width, 86” max height; 3D: Case-by-case basis.Fees 1: $10; 2-3: $20; 4: $30. Commission 50% Artist; 50% Gallery. Contact Gallery Director: Vaughn Reynolds 407.925.9662. www.intothewoodsgallery.com/ April 8: Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva Presented by Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Representing the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized here and abroad as the premiere acrobatic touring company. With their newest production, Cirque Ziva, world renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music 561-832-7469/1-800-572-8471 April 18, 2013-Thursday ActivistArtistA’s BBAD On Thursdays: Open Mic Night from 7-10 PM Every 3rd thursday of the month! April 25, 2013-Thursday ActivistArtistA’s Boynton Beach Art District Art Walk! from 6-10 PM Open Studio’s, Galleries, Exhibitions, and Live Painting! April 27: The Great 16x20 Art Jam at Jerry’s Artarama. Free 16x20 canvas for you to use, refreshments, music. 5pm. 2505 Q Okeechobee Blvd 561-684-7036 April 27: ART ROCK at Armory Art Center. Art Rock is a cash and carry art show + indie marketplace featuring pop-surrealist, outsider, lowbrow, and street art alongside D.I.Y fashion, funky jewelry, and home deco items.12pm-6pm www.armoryart.org



Art Hive Magazine /// March/April 2013