Pineapple Grove Artist Inge Behrens’ “Passion for Fashion”

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By David DiPino Special to The Pineapple

One of ICB Gallery artist Inge Behrens paintings “Pineapple Kaleidoscope” is a perfect description of a tutorial she plans to give young artists at an upcoming event celebrating the pineapple fruit that benefits a non-profit fashion museum. Her passion for fashion and focus on giving back to her community helped form a partnership between Behrens and the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History’s Eighth Annual Children & Parents Day. Festivities start at Noon on Sunday, March 3, at the Boynton Woman’s Club, 1010 S. Federal Highway, and will celebrate the pineapple fruit as the kickoff of National Nutrition Awareness Month. Behrens will teach the new artists how to make pineapple themed arts and crafts, construct three-dimensional pineapple artwork and make drawings during pineapple coloring activities. When she returns to her studio, Behrens plans to display the artists work in her ICB Gallery, 181 NE Second Ave. “I think it’s a great thing for the children to see their art hanging in the gallery. It builds confidence and you never know what kind of spark it will ignite in their future creativity,” said Behrens.

“And this is perfect for Pineapple Grove.” She said she became interested in the event because of the opportunity to teach young artists and her first love of fashion. Behrens said that MLFH founder Lori Durante stopped by her gallery and the two connected on the fashion subject. When Behrens first came to New York City as a young woman after growing up in Germany, she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “When I heard what this event was for I was immediately on board. Fashion for me is interesting because it’s never the same. It’s always interesting…” said Behrens. “And kids have big fantasies so I’m sure the gallery will be filled with some really appealing pineapple designs.” Her introduction and fashion was brief, she married, had her daughter, and moved to San Francisco for the next 45 years before recently planting her businesses roots in the Pineapple Grove Arts District. She currently resides in Boca Raton.

She still created art over the years, and relocated to this area opening the ICB Gallery in Pineapple Grove this past October. Behrens said she moved here to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Today, at the ICB Gallery which ICB stands for her initials, Behrens has an attractive portfolio of oil paintings lining the walls with subjects that include exotic orchids, tropical flowers, a painting of a rearview mirror with the skyline of San Francisco in the background and of course the perfect proximity piece in the front window, “Pineapple Kaleidoscope.” Durante said that a dozen pineapple themed activities are planned for the event, including everything from pineapple fruit cooking demos to the history of pineapple farming. “We’re going to be conducting art workshops for the children in attendance. With local artists like Inge Behrens, this enhances the opportunity the children have to learn art education from a talented local artist from Pineapple Grove,” said Durante. For more information call 561-243- 2662, visit ChildrenParentsDay.org or email Pineapple@ChildrenParentsDay.org.