Blog / News - Saturday - Aug 22, 2015
Letty has been accepted the invitation to exhibit at the Hal Bromm 40th Anniversary Exhibition at 90 West Broadway, New York. October 1st, 2015 - March 31st, 2016
Blog / News - Monday - Apr 06, 2015
Less than a week away… Here is the press release for my Rabbit Kekai painting unveiling. See you there -
Huntington Beach welcomes the Newly Redesigned and Expanded Toes on the Nose Adventure Hyatt.
Huntington Beach Calif., (April 2015) - Featuring 3000 sq feet of art, retail, and adventure packages, classic surf brand Toes on the Nose is celebrating its newly expanded space at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday April 11th from 5 - 8 pm with a Grand Opening Reception that is open to the public.
Nowak, the unparalleled artist who lives and works in Southern California, will not only be exhibiting some of her famed “Faces of Surfing” oil paintings at Saturday's reception, but she will also be unveiling her latest work, an oil on linen painting of iconic Hawaiian surf legend, Rabbit Kekai who rode his first wave in 1925 and was mentored by world famous Duke Kahanamoku.
“I’ve been following Letty’s work for a few years now and couldn’t think of a better artist to open our new store with,” says Toes owner, Richard Allred. “After some discussion, Letty and I decided that with all of Rabbit’s contributions to the world of surfing, plus him being a Toes on the Nose team rider for 16 years, it would be an honor to have his painting first viewed at our Opening Party. This also allows us to showcase our new gallery inside our shop. The store before us was an art gallery and we decided that it was essential to keep art an integral part of this space. We have dedicated almost a quarter of the shop for this gallery,” Allred adds.
The newly designed concept store embraces the iconic Toes on the Nose vibe featuring the fusion of authentic, organic and classic elegance with the purpose of maximizing the Hyatt guest experience of the California lifestyle. Through this expansive new space Toes on the Nose offers not only an art gallery, but surf lessons, yoga classes, surfboards and bike rentals. There is also a VIP meeting “boardroom” featuring wide screen TVs displaying their Corporate Party and Special Event Adventure Packages. Their guests will also have the ablity to take a video home of their activities via their newly created Go Pro center.
Blog / News - Tuesday - Feb 17, 2015
Featured in Channel 5 News in Boston.
Video via wcvb.com
Blog / News - Friday - Nov 21, 2014
Today is the release of the first Faces of Surfing II print of Donavon Frankenreiter. Nowak traveled to Hawaii to photograph the musician and surfer at his mountain side home in Kauai. "It was early morning when I met up with Donavon. My goal was to capture him in the Kauai light of his own home in this relaxed setting with his family. He was wearing an 'A.I. Would Scrap' t-shirt which I found relevant as we were on Andy Irons home island and Andy's presence was everywhere. I made sure to keep part of the shirt in the painting because of this," says Nowak. "This trip to meet up with Donavon in such a personal setting helped to give the finished painting of Donavon the layers and feeling it has."
Prints can be purchased at: http://www.lettynowak.com/product/donavon-frankenreiter-print-14 or by calling: (305) 731-9333
Blog / News - Thursday - Aug 07, 2014
This is the fourth year Nowak has been invited to SIMA's Waterman's Ball. The first year she went as a guest. The second and third, a commissioned painting of hers was one of the 11 items in the live auction during the awards ceremony and dinner. The past two years, these Nowak painting commissions raised a combined $25,000 towards SIMA's chosen environmental funds. "It is important for me to give back to the surf industry as their support for me and the Faces of Surfing has been immeasurable." Nowak continues, "I can't thank the surf industry and my collectors enough." On exhibit during this year's cocktail reception will be Nowak's oil on canvases of Fernando Aguerre, the 2013 Waterman of the Year and George Downing, who received Sima's 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Waterman's Ball is Saturday, August 9th at 5 pm at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California.
Blog / News - Thursday - Jun 19, 2014
A few years back, I picked up this one-piece suit to surf through the summer in. After each surf, I would literally get high fives for this modern meets vintage surf suit. Needless to say, I started bringing this brand into my shops and sure enough Rhea Cortado asked if she could do an article about me for the Seea Babes blog. With honor, I accepted and here it is. Thank you, Seea for great write up.
Read the Seea's full article here. >
url link: ( http://www.theseea.com/blogs/seeababes/14527349-artist-and-surf-shop-owner-letty-nowaks-creative-key-west-florida-life )
Blog / News - Tuesday - Apr 15, 2014
My first home in Key West was 410 Simonton. A quintessential, peach-colored Conch House split into different apartments. Mine was small. The main room boasted high ceilings and tall windows. It had my bed in the center and my painting easels and palette in the corner. Adjacent was a small kitchen and bathroom. Needless to say, I was in heaven. At night I would flip on the television and free cable from the landlord and watch Keys TV, a station dedicated to local happenings around town.
One night in particular I remember a segment showcasing a well-spoken lady with a lot of character. She must have been around 70 at the time. She also was an artist and spoke about her impressive accomplishments as they flashed images of her watercolors. The camera then went back to her as she told the story of making Key West her home. She boldly said she saw a person roller-skating down the middle of the street and that is when she knew Key West was her match.
As I turned off the tv and light that night, I remember thinking, “Wow. If I can just do as much with my art career, maybe someday I will be on the Keys TV as well.”
That woman was Sandford Birdsey and that night I went to sleep so happy, at peace, and excited about starting my life as an artist. I was only 21 and knew Key West was the best home I could have chosen for this. Sure enough, a few years later and to my honor, I had my spot on Keys TV as well.
This painting is dedicated to Sandford Birdsey. I never knew her that well and I don’t think I ever told her this story or how much of an inspiration she really was to a young artist only around 30 days living in Key West.
Blog / News - Saturday - Jan 11, 2014
Photographer, Paul Findlay’s body of work, ‘Streets of Havana’ is currently on exhibition at the Lemonade Stand Gallery in Key West, Florida. Findlay, also a local tennis pro, found his passion for photography at a young age; even built a dark room in his parent’s bathroom at age 14. Combined with his love for travel, the artist toured the world documenting his path—in this case the ‘Streets of Havana’.
“I found Cuba, and in particular Havana, to be a photographer's paradise. Wandering the streets of Havana Vieja, one can catch glimpses of its former grandeur. Today its crumbling Spanish architecture and classic American automobiles are home to throngs of people struggling to survive on a daily basis” Findlay explains. The images depict the daily routine of Havana’s streets, and immerse the onlooker into the local light of Cuba.
Blog / News - Tuesday - Nov 19, 2013
Complimentary frame on all 8 x 8 Limited Edition prints. Specify White, Espresso, or Black. Now until December 20th.
Blog / News - Wednesday - Oct 02, 2013
Travel has always held an essential position in Nowak’s career, regardless of the collection she’s constantly on the move, venturing to places that not only propel her as an artist, as well as adding character to each individual painting. Recently, Nowak took the position as artist in residence while in the small surfing town of Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica. The two weeks spent in Costa Rica combined working on paintings for the Faces of Surfing II and also being coached by surf aficionado Jim Hogan. Prior to completion of her past collection, the Faces of Key West, Nowak traveled in between her beloved little island and the East End towns of Montauk and Sag Harbor, NY. Spending time in between different climates undeniably can be seen throughout the sprit of her portraits. “There is always a different feel and light to each painting depending on the region. If two paintings were done in the same area - I feel you can definitely see it,” explains Nowak. She currently holds a studio on each coast, and continues to travel regularly photographing her subjects in all different locales priding the originality of the Faces of Surfing.
Blog / News - Tuesday - Aug 27, 2013
Yesterday, Nowak was invited to tour the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California. It was a pleasure meeting historian Jane Schmauss, and the great staff at the museum located at 312 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA . For more information please visit: http://surfmuseum.org
Coincidentally, their current exhibition is dictated to the legendary men and women who shaped the influential and notably competitive Windansea Surf Club. The renowned surf break, Windansea has also been home to Nowak’s studio for almost 3 years, and is the spirit of her current collection. After touring the memorabilia it was ultimately determined that the vibrant individuals that encompass the organization and neighborhood are the soul and backbone of the cherished landmark. The area alone embodies a since of ‘classic Southern California’ surfing community filled with eccentric types of people from all walks of life. The vintage cove and famous palm-covered ‘surf shack’ gives off a cool vibe that makes it undeniable that Windansea exemplifies the most progressive and animated characters in California surf and beach crowd history.
Blog / News - Monday - Aug 12, 2013
This past weekend Nowak along with the Faces of Surfing attended the 24th annual Waterman’s Ball, which raised more than $400,000 (including a commission piece donated by Nowak) that will directly benefit organizations dedicated to the preservation and protection of our oceans, beaches, and waves. The sold-out affair also celebrated four individuals for their exceptional impacts on the industry. Congratulations ISA President, Fernando Aguerre who was named Waterman of the Year; musician, artist, and surfer Brandon Boyd and Incubus were recognized as Environmentalists of the Year; Peter “PT” Townend received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and finally founder of Waves for Water, Jon Rose, was given the Special Achievement Award for his relief work for Hurricane Sandy.
Blog / News - Friday - Jul 19, 2013
Letty Nowak along with the Faces of Surfing continues to support and aid the conservation of the world’s oceans, beaches, and waves. From her ongoing support of SIMA and recent event with Mote Marine Laboratory, Nowak has made it a priority to help protect, educate, and preserve through her work. Last year Nowak raised $15,000 at SIMA’s annual Waterman’s Ball in Laguna Niguel, California for her donated commission piece. A large reach to more organizations through the Faces of Surfing will be announced soon.
Photo: Nowak signing last year’s donation to Waterman’s Ball live auction
Blog / News - Sunday - Jul 07, 2013
Nowak has been invited back to the 2013 Waterman's Ball in Laguna Niguel, CA. Like last year, she will be donating a commissioned painting to the live auction to help raise money for SIMA's Environmental Fund. "It is important for me to give back to the surf industry as it has been so supportive of me and my paintings. It is an honor to be involved with this unbelievable event," says Nowak.
Blog / News - Monday - Jun 24, 2013
Letty Nowak along with her Key West gallery, The Lemonade Stand Art Studio presents the international juried ‘Small Works’ Group Show. The exhibition will be open from June 28th through July 14th, 2013 with an artist reception on Friday June 28th from 6-9pm, followed by a champagne reception Saturday June 29th from noon-3pm.
The Lemonade Stand is proud to announce the return of the juried group show including artists Dick Moody, John Martini, Jim Racchi, and Sandy Mezinis to name a few.
All work submitted met a size requirement of 10”x10” or smaller, and was judged by a committee made up of individuals with various art backgrounds from across the country including David Case of Sarabeth’s, artist Sue Clay Moloney, Jay Scott former executive director of the Studio’s of Key West, and Art Dealer and long-time Key West resident Hal Bromm, owner of Tribeca's Hal Bromm Gallery and former chair of Sculpture Key West.
"Judging Lemonade Stand's small works exhibition provides a sneak peak at many wonderful new works by a some seriously talented - and several internationally recognized - artists to Key West. For new collectors beginning an art collection, both the quality and the price levels invite serious consideration." – Hal Bromm
"My selections were based on emotion and not as much on knowledge of the art or artists. I thought that was a good thing."--David Case
The Lemonade Stand Art Studio is located at 318 Petronia Street Key West, Florida
Hours of operation:
Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm
Also by appointment
Blog / News - Thursday - Jun 13, 2013
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Requirements: Entries may be in any medium, any format – photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc. The show, titled “small works”, will have a size requirement of up to 10 inches in any direction. Any artwork exceeding the size requirement will not be accepted for consideration. This is the finished (framed) size. All entries must be original art, framed and ready for presentation in order to be considered. Artists may submit up to 3 works. Application forms and the processing fee may be delivered to the gallery anytime before June 10th or paid and submitted online at: http://www.lettynowak.com/store All e.ntrants not selected will be notified by June 14, 2013.
• File format: JPEG only
• File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
• File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
• File size: 3 MB maximum
A completed form and a non-refundable $10.00 processing fee per image must accompany each entry. For payment please visit: http://www.lettynowak.com/show or by dropping off at the Lemonade Stand Art Studio-318 Petronia Street Key West, Florida
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Letty on Boston’s WCVB-TV’s, the Chronicle Tonight / 01-20-2017
Rabbit Kekai “The Legend” / 05-14-2016
Willamsburg Oils at Studio Door / 05-04-2016
Hal Bromm 40th Anniversary Exhibition / 08-22-2015
Florida Keys: Key West Characters / 02-17-2015
Release of Donavon Frankenreiter Print / 11-21-2014
Live Auction Painting in 25th Annual Waterman’s Ball / 08-07-2014