NEW RIVER FINE ART of Fort Lauderdale and Naples, one of South Florida's oldest and most prestigious fine art galleries, is now Nicholas' exclusive representative for portraits. New River, long the premier source for masterworks and fine contemporary paintings, added a new dimension with Nicholas Petrucci's portraits. "I am honored and pleased to work with owner, Lisa Burgess, and her staff to serve this elite segment of the art community," said Nicholas. "Please contact Lisa for more information." www.newriverfineart.com.
"We've been looking for a portrait artist whose quality of work is up to the high standards expected by our discerning clientele," states New River Fine Art's owner Lisa Burgess, "Nicholas Petrucci has the rare combination of passion, talent and technique that is required for great portraiture that withstands the test of time. We welcome Nicholas to the New River family."
Chairman Buffalo Tiger of the Miccosukee - ©Nicholas Petrucci
CHAIRMAN BUFFALO TIGER OF THE MICCOSUKEE, the second Guardian of the Everglades®, is posted on this website and GuardiansoftheEverglades.com. It is an incredible honor to be entrusted with the portrait of this great man who was born into the traditional Miccosukee culture of living entirely but lightly off the bounty of the Everglades and then leading his tribe into an accommodation with the invasive white man's 20th Century world. Mike Grunwald quotes Buffalo in The Swamp: "The Breathmaker made the Everglades. . .all we needed. White people messed it up, so we couldn't live with nature anymore." Grunwald is direct: "The Everglades saved their ancestors, and they have helped to return the favor. [T]he tribe has replaced the U.S. government as the defender of Everglades. . . " As 91 year old Buffalo stands aside, his son, Lee Tiger, is hoping to use the portrait as a starting point in reinvigorating young peoples' pride in their Miccosukee culture.
Father Michael - ©Nicholas Petrucci
FATHER MICHAEL INSTALLED AT TRINITY-BY-THE-COVE
The portrait of Father Michael Basden of Trinity was installed in the Library in June.
NICHOLAS FEATURED IN PREMIER PRINT ISSUE OF 239SPOT, the "With it" Where To Go and What To Do online and print magazine for southwest Florida. Editor Lisa Pavy "spotted" and interviewed Nicholas at Art Naples Contemporary Art Fair in March. www.239spot.com/wp2/239spot-print/ - Click to page 10 - 14.
Bee Swarm Orchid Banner 8x4 ft ©Connie Bransilver
Clamshell Orchid Banner 8x4 ft ©Connie Bransilver
Delicate Iionopsis Banner 8x4 ft ©Connie Bransilver
NATIVE ORCHID BANNERS AT NAPLES ORCHID SOCIETY
Several of Connie's native orchid banners will be installed at the Naples Orchid Society meeting July 7th. Each of ten native Florida orchids printed on diaphanous silk-like fabric represent the ephemeral nature of these jewels of the Everglades. The ten banners will be part of the Guardians of the Everglades® exhibition in museums starting this December. www.guardiansoftheeverglades.com Each one is 8 x 4 feet, and can be ordered at this size ($1,200) or several smaller sizes. Connie's GHOST CLASSIC image was selected as the poster, medal and logo for the Naples Orchid Society's 50th anniversary next year and will be on display as well.
ARTIST COACH ALETTA DE WAL recorded an extensive interview with Nicholas. She leads with "Nicholas Petrucci Brings Back the Jeweled Portraiture of the Masters," as she explores what inspires and motivates Nicholas. Listen or read at www.artistcareertraining.com/nicholas-petrucci. "Aletta has opened doors and inspired us both, and we so appreciate her experienced coaching."
EL SALVADOR - CENTRAL AMERICA'S QUIET JEWEL
Nicholas and Connie spent ten wonderful days in El Salvador with a return, and longer, visit scheduled for October. We managed to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, Joya de Ceren, 1300 BC village buried by volcanic ash, like Pompeii, and also many Mayan villages in the mountains. The warm, spiritual people were the highlight. Enjoy a few images below. More at Facebook.
First Communion - ©Connie Bransilver
Mayan Hands, Pinto Beans - ©Connie Bransilver
Motmot - ©Connie Bransilver
UNESCO World Heritage - Joya de Ceren-Sauna - ©Connie Bransilver
Wildfire Fakahatchee - ©Connie Bransilver
GULF SHORE LIFE FEATURES "WILDFIRE" on the back page to illustrate its feature article on South Florida's wildfires in the August issue. www.GulfShoreLife.com.