Leadership begins with a great team
The Visionary behind the project & President of the Living Arts Foundation is JB Berkow. She is an unusual combination of painter, sculptor, poet, dealer, and philanthropist who has always been occupied with helping her fellow artists. When she was only 26 she founded one of the most successful cooperatives in the country, Touchstone Gallery, in Washington, D.C. In 1995 she founded a membership gallery, Frenchman's Art Gallery and Studios, which she ran for a decade until opening her full-fledged retail showroom, RosettaStone Fine Art Gallery in Jupiter, Florida. She has also written books, What They Didn't Teach You In Art School and Painted Poetry. With BCCA she has taken on her most aggressive project yet.
Anita Holmes - Executive Director
Anita has broad and diverse experience in nonprofit leadership and management in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin Counties. She has a long volunteer and professional history of advancing nonprofits in our local community for over 25 years. Her specialties include innovative fundraising, creative program development, strategic planning, relationship building, corporate and community partnerships, public relations, and cause marketing.
In leadership roles as the Vice President of the American Heart Association and the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society, Anita forged partnerships with foundations and partnered with over 30 local nonprofits to develop programs that benefitted the health and well-being of people in South Florida. She has also established close ties with area businesses and organizations to increase revenue, support, and awareness of these nonprofit organizations, their special events and community programs.
Throughout the years, Anita’s commitment to our community has been demonstrated by her service on the Grants Committee for the Junior League, the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Committee to Review Nominees for their Nursing Distinction Awards and the Chamber of the Palm Beaches Healthcare Committee. She is currently an active member of the Board of Directors for Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
Rick Eggert - Artist-in-Residence
Rick Eggert was born in Southampton, New York in 1974. He grew up there and in Vermont, where he began working in glass in 1992. After graduating college his quest for inner growth led him to Tahiti, Moorea, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. Rick also spent time working in Korea as an English teacher and in Puerto Rico as the operational manager of an entertain- ment company in the rainforest. Rick’s background includes a BFA in Glass Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York and numerous years working as a technician for various schools and businesses across the eastern United States.
Rick currently resides in South Florida where he has operated Lotus Design Group, Inc. since 2005. Aside from creating his blown work, Rick makes cast glass and mixed media works as well. In 2014, Rick joined forces with the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts in Lake Worth, Florida to help start their glass program and remains heavily involved as an Artist-in-Residence.
David Peterson II - Glass Studio DirectorGrowing up in Austin Texas, David was exposed to a wide variety of Music, art and culture. Drawing, Painting and Clay sculpture were introduced at a young age by the Texas Education System and Family members such as his grandmother Audrey Peterson, an award winning water color painter. After finishing high school in 2001, David began attending a glass blowing school in New Orleans at the age of 18. After studying under many great artists there nearly 5 years, he took an assistant job in sunny Stuart, a small town on the SE coast of Florida. During a 10 year assistant ship with Rick Eggert (www.lotusglass.com), David was hired as the Hot shop manager at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts (www.Benzaitencenter.org) in near by Lake Worth, Fl. You can find him there most days of the week making work, teaching lessons, and managing the day to day activities and events in the Hot Glass Studio.
Scott Avidon - Fusing Instructor
Scott Avidon is a glass artist who focuses on fused glass and metal sculpture.
After receiving his Masters in Design from Pratt Institute Scott joined Steuben Glass and subsequently designed for Waterford Crystal, Versace, Kenneth Cole, Rosenthal and Seguso Viro. Scott constantly pushes the limits of his craft to develop new techniques and processes.
Scott's fused glass students create work with an eye towards respecting layout, proportion, line, form and pattern. Advanced students will develop a working knowledge of color theory, transparency and layering to create extremely well balanced and technically excellent work.