SURFS UP @ the Cultural Council of Palm Beach

Some weekends leave you at a loss as to how to enjoy the planned outings when the weather does not cooperate.  Such was Saturday after a week of warm sunshine . We  are adept, “wait five min and the rain stops”.  Not today however, So it gave us an opportunity to seek out alternative venues.  Never a dull moment in our quirky little town of LakeWorth.          Started out with breakfast, a very good one $5 at CJ’s on Lake Ave.  with out of town guest.  Just across the street is The Palm Beach Cultural Council.  Somewhere in my consciousness i remember hearing that they had a good show.  Surf Boards, but thats not my area of interest.  But I had not yet seen Renee Plevey’s solo exhibition also featured in this venue, so in we went.  Renee’s exhibition is coming down Tuesday so if you read this by all means head on over there.  They are closed on Monday.

not the usual fare

not the usual fare

The main room was outfitted with yes, surf boards.  Unusual to see in a cultural setting. How does this become more than just surf boards.  “15 Surfboards by 15 Shapers”  It was interesting. Any endeavor done by hand and done impeccable crafted qualifies as an  artisan..

Tony Arruza, Calif Girl and shapper of the board seen is Steve F

Tony Arruza, Calif Girl and shaper of the board seen is Steve Firogenis

My guest from Calif. was quite excited and posted photos back home. I was taken with how the show was hung and what the information conveyed.  Then and only then did I start to recognize the differences.  My exposure has been limited to the Stoke Foundation and their mission, giving kids surfboards as to keep them off the streets and in the water  in coastal communities.      I  Started to read each boards uniques DNA and craftsmen responsible for the shape.  This is an interesting work of conceptual art.  It all fits together very neatly and  took Tony Arruza five years  from concept to completion.  Here is how each board came to be to make the 15, showcased each individual and each unique.  Would it be a stretch to say the masters hand work is seen here.

the boards DNA

the boards DNA


About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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1 Response to SURFS UP @ the Cultural Council of Palm Beach

  1. sam says:

    Thanks for sharing, that surfboard show looks fabulous.


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