Photos, video: Watch the Norton Museum of Art get demolished

There’s quite an exhibit going on this month at the Norton Museum, but it’s not all inside the art institution.

Travel down South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and you can watch construction crews tearing great hunks out of the museum: the first step to preparing for its $100 million expansion and renovation, scheduled to be completed two years from now in December 2018.

A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

According to Norton spokesman Scott Benarde, these areas of the museum are being demolished: the inner atrium and stairs, the Harris Pavilion (former home of the Chihuly glass ceiling), the Great Hall entranceway, the cafe, and classroom and boardroom space.

Areas being gutted for renovation include the three-story Nessel Wing, the theater, great hall and museum gift shop.

 

Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.
Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.

Demolition should be completed by late December, Benarde said. In the meantime, admission continues to be free to the museum. And, despite the construction inconvenience, there is still a lot to see there, especially the Question Bridge video exhibit and the Rudin Prize photography show.

While many favorite paintings remain in storage, there are still plenty of famous names on the wall, inclusing Picasso, Matisse, O’Keeefe and Hopper.

A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.
A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.

 

A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.
A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.

 

The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.
The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.

 

The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.
The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.

 

Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you've got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.
Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you’ve got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.

 

Photos: Who was the Witch of Wellington? The answer with amazing photos

Suzan Strauss was known as the Lava Lady in Los Angeles in the 1990's, where she let photographer Osker Jimenez capture her in her DIY couture. (Osker Jimenez Exposure House)
Suzan Strauss on a street near her Los Angeles home in the 1990’s. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at local thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at Wellington thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)

In Florida’s suffocating heat, she wore head-to-toe black, as if in mourning a loss.

Consequently, locals dubbed her the Witch of Wellington.

Read the full story about this eccentric Wellington and Los Angeles icon

But in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and ’90’s, Suzan Strauss was a street style star for the colorful outfits she designed, always worn with platform boots as high as horses’ hooves and a towering hat covering her hair.

The effect, said photographer Osker Jimenez, was to make her look seven feet tall as she glided slowly along Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, among the era’s pierced punks, dark goths and glam rock kids.

Fascinated with this self-assured, eccentrically-dressed woman, Jimenez photographed her for a decade, eventually publishing two books and staging a photo exhibition of his Strauss photos.

Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapers. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapes. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

 

Strauss' Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)
Strauss’ Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)

 

(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Strauss was born to an Orthodox Jewish family. In accordance with custom, she always wore hats or wigs to cover her hair. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding her home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding the lava rock-covered home that gave her the name “Lava Lady.” (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez' photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez’ photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago paintings back in news after presidential debate

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One of the weirder sideshows of the presidential season is all the attention paid to portraits of Donald Trump.

At Wednesday night’s debate, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton over donations accepted by her family’s Clinton Foundation. She sparred back, mentioning his use of money by the Trump Foundation:

“I’d be happy to compare what (the Clinton Foundation does) with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a 6-foot portrait of Donald. I mean, who does that? It just was astonishing.”

Clinton was referring to a six-foot tall portrait of Trump by Palm Beach County artist Michael Israel. The Washington Post reported that Trump Foundation money was used by Trump to buy the portrait during an auction at his Palm Beach mansion-club, Mar-A-Lago.

As Post reporter Jennifer Sorentrue wrote in a story on the controversy:

The 2007 painting sold for $20,000. According to Israel and press reports, Trump’s wife, Melania, bid $10,000 for the piece, before the auctioneer pushed her to double that number. The Donald J. Trump Foundation cut the check for the artwork, raising questions about whether the foundation broke IRS rules by bidding on an item that might have benefited Trump directly.

The charity auction was for the local non-profit HomeSafe, which helps children with housing issues. Since that story broke, Israel painted another portrait of Trump to help HomeSafe raise money. With a minimum bid of $15,000, nobody bid on the portrait and the online auction was closed.

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This isn’t the only story recently about a Trump painting. Reporters have been buzzing all election season about a Trump portrait hanging in the bar at Mar-A-Lago and the backstory of why Trump insisted that the hand on the portrait be repainted.

You can read the full story of that here:

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand on Mar-A-Lago portrait?

 

Lighten up your life with these events in Jupiter!

As if the Jupiter Lighthouse isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, this iconic 1860 structure is hosting several activities and programs for adults and the entire family.

“Our award-winning staff and volunteers provide tours, visitor services, programming and educational experiences to over 75,000 annual visitors,”according to The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse website.

See for yourself, why so many tourists visit this beauty by checking out our gallery and by attending following events:

TWILIGHT YOGA AT THE LIGHT

Floor mat, check.
Water bottle, check.
Flashlight, check.
Elasticity…. Don’t worry, this is an all-level yoga class! Beginners encouraged.

Submitted by Mike Morrill
Submitted by Mike Morrill

Relax and enjoy a yoga experience on the lighthouse deck at sunset and resuming once it’s dark out.

When: Every Monday: 6 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Donation.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101. or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Meet at the museum 10 minutes prior to start time, the class is weather dependent, please check the website for updates and future start times.

LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET TOUR

This tower reaches a height of 105 feet above the water, and you get to climb as you learn its history. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll reward yourself with beautiful sunsets from this amazing landmark. Bring your camera!

Submitted by Christopher Lopez I've been doing night security at Utiki Beach for nearly 2 years now and there really isn't much to photograph that doesn't in some way have the lighthouse involved. I took this photograph a couple weeks ago and the lightning flashed perfectly. I used a Canon 7D MarkII with a 50mm lens on a tripod. 20 second exposure at f/7.1 ISO 100. I have tons of varying pictures of the light house involving anything from lightning to sunrises.
Submitted by Christopher Lopez

Sunday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day. The Jupiter Lighthouse celebrated with special admission fees. Visitors from Russia, Italy, Mexico and Argentina were among the approximately 263 visitors climbing the 105 steps to the top of lighthouse on Sunday. Kelly Foote, visiting from Holland Patent, New York is helped down the steps by her 5 year old daughter Corinne. "I was a little scared," said Foote, "I had to conquer my fear of heights." (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)
The Jupiter Lighthouse. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, beginning with an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. The tours are 75 minutes long.

WhenOct. 19, Nov. 2 & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28.  6 to7:15 pm.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-members. RSVP required.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.

LIGHTHOUSE STORY TIME & CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Hey parents: It’s picnic time for you and the little ones! This 45-minute program includes craft activities and story time about the Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history, people, local plants and animals. Bring your sandwiches, floor mat and juice boxes to start your day under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut. Oh, and don’t forget your kids.

He's got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown's camera. Contributed
Kevin Brown of Jupiter. (Contributed)

When: Nov 1, Dec 6. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

WhereJupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Free Program, RSVP required Friday before the program date.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website

Note:  Ideal for kids ages 8 and under.

HIKE THROUGH HISTORY

Put on your hiking gear, pack lots of water and splash some sunscreen. Get on your best Indiana Jones attitude and get ready to discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s 120-acre conservation lands. This two-mile excursion passes through several historic points around the lighthouse.

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He's had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? "It's one of my favorite places in the world!" Contributed
Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He’s had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? “It’s one of my favorite places in the world!” (Contributed)

When: Nov 5, Dec 3. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.

Cost: Admission is free but space is limited; rsvp required.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: The minimum age for children is 5.  Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.

LIGHTHOUSE MOONRISE TOUR

Sunrises and sunsets always get the credit, yet moonrises are just as amazing. We’re lucky to live by the east coast because we can see the moon rising from the Atlantic! Sometimes the moon puts on a bright silver costume but when she’s feeling frisky, she turns bright red.

Submitted by Jeffrey Bundonis-Tequesta,Fl. April 2016 full moon rise taken from the north side of the bridge.
April 2016 full moon rise taken from the north side of the bridge. (Submitted by Jeffrey Bundonis-Tequesta)

When:  Nov. 14, and Dec. 13. 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-members, rsvp required.

Contact:  561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.

Lighthouse River Rendezvous

This is the Cadillac of all of these events. A must-attend social gathering that celebrates the history of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and its photographers who have captured the landmark at its very best.

Submitted by J Michael Carlisle, Tequesta, Florida This photograph was taken at dawn from the soccer field adjacent to the Jupiter Lighthouse during the holiday season (notice the decoration around the top of the lighthouse) . I used a Nikon D300 camera. The exposure was 1 sec at f5.6 with a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens. Editing was done with Photoshop. This was the best of approximately 300 exposures.
“This photograph was taken at dawn from the soccer field adjacent to the Jupiter Lighthouse during the holiday season.” (Submitted by J Michael Carlisle, Tequesta)

Enjoy a live music, hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, choose among fine beers and wines and participate in the magical silent auction. You’ll take home a limited edition 2017 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Calendar and meet and greet the photographers of social media who made it possible.

When: Nov, 19, 2016, 6 to 9:00 p.m.

WhereJupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Limited tickets: $75 per person

Contact:  Call 561-747-8380 x101 for tickets.

Note:  All tickets are non-refundable. Each ticket will include a copy of the 2017 Lighthouse Photography Calendar being launched at the event.

Got a thing for monsters? This West Palm art show is for you.

Monster Madness, a haunted art show where the dead and the living collide opens on Saturday, October 15 in West Palm Beach at Slushbox Gallery.

As the SlushBox Gallery story says on Facebook: “You can be sure to find the best Lowbrow and Outsider art in Florida and around the country” in this very cool space behind Ink & Pistons Tattoo shop (one of West Palm’s best kept secrets, for sure)
Related: Best spooktacular Halloween events in Palm Beach County

Be freaked out, in awe or maybe a little bit of both because the featured artists are super talented. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:

This freaky little beauty right here…

 

And this gator of guy too.

 

This group art exhibit at SlushBox Gallery features as many as 25 different artists. See which of your friends are already going by visiting the Facebook event. Oh, and follow the gallery on Instagram for more sneak peeks, and shoot, just to spice up your Instagram feed.

Want to get ideas for Halloween costumes? Check out these creepy makeup tutorials on YouTube.

It’s that time of the year again, where the dead crawl back to life and the living yearn to cross to the other side. Enjoy!


The Deets:

What: Monster Madness

When: Opening night Saturday, October 15. Shows until November 19

Where: SlushBox Gallery 2716 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Contact: 561-832-4655

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand in Mar-A-Lago portrait?

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It’s become practically a mystery story: The Case of The Donald’s Repainted Hand.

But the only person who knows the true story is the man who painted — and at Donald Trump‘s insistence, repainted — the Republican presidential candidate’s hand on his Mar-A-Lago portrait, the artist himself, Ralph Wolfe Cowan.

The West Palm Beach painter tells us the full story — and clears up what he says are discrepancies in the accounting of it — as well as talking about his long career painting romantic portraits of kings, movie stars and moguls, everybody from Elvis to Princess Grace to Michael Jackson.

It’s a story you must read:

THE LAST OF THE PORTRAIT PAINTERS: THE RALPH WOLFE COWAN STORY

Hurricane Matthew: Kravis Center in West Palm Beach cancels two upcoming shows

Hurricane Matthew Update: The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts announces the cancellation of “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny” originally scheduled for Oct. 6 through Oct. 8, and “Songs of Freedom” on Oct. 6.  Guests who purchased tickets will be receiving an automatic refund.

To get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew, check out WeatherPlus blog. 

Original story: As part of their 25th anniversary, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts presents Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Oct. 6 to 8 and Songs of Freedom on Oct. 6 in West Palm Beach.

The first two are animal puppet shows are based on classic Margaret Wise Brown children’s books with scenic effects and music that attract kids ages 2 to 7.

 

The Deets:

WhatGoodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

When: Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.

Where: The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.

Cost: $12 per person.

Contact: Call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at http://www.kravis.org/

Hurricane Matthew: Fun things to do at home as storm approaches

Hurricane Matthew update: Check our WeatherPlus Blog for the latest or follow our Weather Reporter, Kim Miller on Twitter.

Don’t let Hurricane Matthew ruin the fun this week. If you and your friends don’t have plans yet, why not stay together and go throwback to elementary school with a sleepover? Not really kidding, but there’s more.

Here are my top picks to keep calm and have an awesome get-together slash hurricane party (if that’s how you and your fam get down).

Teen-agers get comfortable at a sleepover in Olney, Md. Teens say the parties are like group dates, because they often don't pair off as couples. While some parents accept the coed slumber parties, others are appalled at the idea. Illustrates COED-SLEEPOVERS (category l), by Emily Wax (c) 2000, The Washington Post. Moved Friday, Nov. 17, 2000. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by James A. Parcell.)
Teen-agers get comfortable at a sleepover. (James A. Parcell/The Washington Post)

 

1. Make all kinds of Pizza! #MamaMia

I’m talking meat lovers, veggie and even dessert. This is an activity that takes some time, is creative and interactive.

In traditional deep-dish fashion, you'll assemble the toppings "upside down," beginning with the mozzarella and ending with the sauce. Contributed by Christine Han
In traditional deep-dish fashion, you’ll assemble the toppings “upside down,” beginning with the mozzarella and ending with the sauce. Contributed by Christine Han

Ideas on what to buy:

  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust. Pop it, place it in oven, enjoy a fresh crust. (Or spice up your pizza life by using garlic naan instead!)
  • Sauces: Tomato sauce, Alfredo and Pesto.
  • Veggies: Tomatoes, Mushrooms and green peppers.
  • Meats: Pepperoni, sausage and ham.
  • Dessert Pizzas: Nutella, Reese’s creamy peanut butter and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (my favorite). Bananas, Strawberries and whip cream.

2. Do it Yourself!

Just this past weekend, my friend and I were able to transform a crappy thrift shop coffee table into a stylish piece of art (or so we think). Take a look around your home, see what chandeliers, tables, stools or lamps you don’t like.

If you need some inspiration, then see your way to Pinterest. Just key in what items you’ve got and watch your phone screen fill up with awesome DIY magic.

Veronica Gutierrez paints gold accents to a thrift shop table. (Julio Poletti/ The Palm Beach Post)

Instead of spending money on new ones, go get some cheap supplies:

  • Sandpaper (various grades)
  • Wood paint (pick your favorite)
  • Spray paint (choose between silver, gold or champagne to enhance your metals)
  • Get some cardboard boxes to protect your floors or carpet from paint.
  • Get a bag of random metals, coins and screws. (These could work as emblems and accents.)
  • Superglue and wood glue.

3. Get your body fit!

So none of your friends or family members showed up to your sleepover? No worries. There are tons of free workout videos to keep you busy.

Mike Trim, 34, a reporter/anchor for WPTU News Channel 5, and his wife Tiffany, 34, Stroke Program Manager at St. Mary's Medical Center, leap into the air to perform an exercise on Friday, January 18, 2013. The exercise is just one of many that they do each week as part of the insanity home workout program that they do 5-6 times each week to keep fit. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Insanity Home Workout Program. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
  • Fitness Blender with instructors Kelly and Daniel has more than 500 free workout videos.
  • FreeYoga has more than 7k subscribers and hundreds of hours of free videos.
  • Jordan Yeho Fitness body weight workouts. Use your own extra pounds to get you in shape.
  • Meal Prep can be annoying but not when you’re stuck at home, doing nothing.
  • FitLifeTV’s healthy juicing ideas are great to keep you busy and lean.

4. What if the power goes out?

Not to worry, my friend. Make sure you get your hands on the best board and App games to share some laughs. Remember, your iPhone also has a flashlight.

The new Clue box top cover. Contributed by Hasbro
The new Clue box top cover. Contributed by Hasbro
  • UNOIronically, you can’t play this one alone. Start making some calls.
  • Guess who? Remember to mismatch the blue and red cards — it just looks better.
  • Cards against Humanity: Let your inner jerk come out.
  • Twister: Make sure everyone showers before this one.
  • Clue: This is an awesome mind-thrilling game that can make time go by fast.
  • Taboo: Have your partner guess your word!
  • HeadsUp: It’s not because Ellen DeGeneres created this game, it’s actually awesome.
  • Reverse charades: It’s the same classic game with an epic twist! You may want to record the craziness.

5. Embrace the storm.

Listen to our handpicked ‘Rain Playlist’ or sit down and catch up on some must-watch TV series. Click the links below:

Top 26 greatest “rain” songs of all time.

Tell us your mood, we’ll tell you what to binge-watch.

Honoring Labor Day: Interesting, unique tools used by local crafters, artisans

Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Today, on Labor Day, we hope these tools are at rest.

But tomorrow begins another day of labor.

Sometimes, work can be more than just a job. It can be an art form, a life mission.

Over the years, we have talked to local workers, crafters and artisans about their trades, and the tools they use. On Labor Day, we thought we’d share with you their life philosophies:

Labor Intensive – Tools of the Trade: Showcasing a Barber, Carpenter, Glassblower and Bodypainter

 

 

3-day art event this weekend in West Palm Beach’s new ‘cultural corridor’

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Rolando Chang Barrero has opened The Box Gallery on Belvedere Road, marketing the thoroughfare as “West Palm Beach’s Cultural Corridor.” (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Rolando Chang Barrero  has opened The Box Gallery as proof of his commitment to what could be Palm Beach County’s newest arts district.

The gallery is Barrero’s third, joining one at the Boynton Beach Arts District and his RCB Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Lake Worth.

Large and gleaming white, the new gallery will house the kind of cutting edge exhibitions that usually go to Miami, says Barrero, while providing space for video and performance art.

The Box Gallery has a three-day grand opening planned this weekend, which features about 30 artists from all over the world who now live in Florida.

Schedule of events:

Friday: 7- 11 p.m.:  The opening of an All Florida exhibition, featuring artists who live in the Sunshine State. The exhibit runs through June 26.

Saturday:  6 – 11 p.m.:  Projections and Performances, with video, performance art and live music.

Sunday: 3 – 5 p.m.  State of the Arts:  a casual conversation among curators, artists and arts administrators.

If you go: The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

Read our full story: ‘Is Belvedere Road the new “cultural corridor” of West Palm Beach?