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About The Artist 


"I’m a beach girl.  When I was little I would sit alone on the dunes and think that the crashing waves were “Mother Natures Heartbeat”.  I  remember how motivated  I was to create art after an exquisite performance by lightning or watching the delicate but powerful dance of a butterfly…


After a charmed 15 year career as a fashion jewelry designer, I took time off to raise my son.  The urge to create beckoned and I was back to college for landscape design and a new career.  While working in the gardens, I found myself being pulled back to my roots as a sculptor, painter, and again, my 1st love, jewelry design...Bold forms, sensual pearls, and statements about womanhood." -Debbie Mostel

Debbie Lee Mostel, a longtime resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is a science-based thinking/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and every blade of grass.  It is this sense of curiosity that Debbie thrives on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist. Debbie has a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, contemporary fine art, sculpture, jewelry design, and kinetics!

Her national recognition is underscored by artist and writer, Bruce Helander who says, "Mostel takes the viewer on an anything-goes journey." Debbie's artistry has been recognized internationally and nationally in juried exhibitions with three Best in Show awards. four First Place awards, and numerous other awards.

In between these exhibits, Debbie worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident ARtist creating hanging light sculptures in Mar a Lago and Mosiac topiaries for the Surf Club as well as creating special environments for the flagger Museum, Breakers, Brazilian County, and Colony Hotel. The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of the National Association of WomensArtist ( NAWA), Lighthouse Art Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach Country, and Attists of Palm Beach County.

Educational And Career Background

  • Late 1970’s

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

  • California College of the Arts, Berkley, Ca. Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts.  Metal major under Florence Resnikoff, Glass minor under Marvin Lipofsky

  • Master Goldsmith Ellen Broker & Master Silversmith Hans Christensen, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Mid ‘80’s to early ’90s- Sole proprietor of Debbie Lee Ridge Designs.  High-end sterling & Glass fashion jewelry.  Retailers such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom.  Featured in publications such as New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar.

  • Mid ‘90’s to 2005- Stay at home Mom and playing in the garden

  • 2005- Back to School- Palm Beach Community College Landscape Design & Construction

  • 2007-Formed Earth Wind & Flowers Landscape Design & Installation

  • 2009 to present-Debbie Lee Mostel contemporary fine Art And Jewelry

  • 2010 Present Global Art Gallery, W.P.B. – Solo Show

  • 2011 Light House Art Center – Landscape Show -Best In Show

  • 2011 Norton Museum of Art – Art after Dark- Quest artist- Big Demo

  • 2012 Light House Art Center – Contempo Show – Best In Show

  • 2013 City of Palm Beach Gardens – Solo Show

  • 2012 Activist Artista Gallery – Symbolism

  • 2012 Red Dot Fair – Miami Fl.

  • 2012 S.E. Fine Arts Exhibit – N.W. Fl State College Niceville

  • 2012 Linus Gallery – Fantasy 0- Pasadena CA.

  • 2012 Artists of Palm Beach County 5 Different Shows

  • 2013 Rossetti Gallery – Summer Heat IV – Second Place

  • 2012 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show – West Palm Beach, FL

  • 2012 East End Arts “H20” Riverhead New York

  • 2012 Riverside Arts Center – “Map it” – Ypsilanti, Mi

  • 2012 Truth and Beaut

  • 2013 Light House Center – “Mother Ocean” – Tequesta, Fl.

  • 2013 NAWA (National Ass. Of Women Artists) “Woman of NAWA Exposed” & “Introspections”

  • 2013 Rosetti Gallery – “Heat IV” – Second Place - Wilton Manor, FL

Educational And Career Background

  • 2013 Rosetti Gallery – “Heat IV” – Second Place - Wilton Manor, FL

  • 2013 Kimble Art Center- D’Art for Art - Best In Show

  • 2013 Bruce Helander’s Spotlight on Talent Lighthouse – Mr. Henlander said “ Debbie you stole the show but because of conflict of interest (He is the curator at my gallery, Arthouse 429) I could not give you an award.”

  • 2013 Art Loft – West Palm – Memories of Home - First Place- Artigras- Jupiter Florida

  • 2014 Lighthouse – Art of Association – First Place

  • 2014 The Artist Guild Boca Museum Honorable Mention

  • 2014 Mandel JCC Solo Show Liberty

  • 2014 Cultural Council- Lake Worth Kinetic Art

  • 2014-2015 Whitespace Gallery And Museum- Launched New Jewelry Line – Art Palm Beach, Art Winnwood

  • 2015 International Kinetic Art Show

  • 2015 NAWA Fl. Chapter Looking forward/glancing back – First Place – Joyful Universe

  • 2015 - R.C.B. Gallery in Lake Worth Fl. – Opening & Erotic Shows

  • Palm Beach Fine Craft 2016,2017,2018, 2019, 2020.   

  • American Crafts Council  Show in Atlanta 2018  

  • International Kinetic Art Show 2nd place 2017

  • Palm Beach Art 2018

  • International Kinetic Art Show 2019

  • Country Club Trunk Shows From Boca to Jupiter 2018,2019

  • Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Modern Love Show 2019

And a whole lot more!!!!! I worked as the resident artist for Tom Matthieus Events in Palm Beach 2017-2018 What a blast!

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