Spend This Fall With Joan Lipton At A Series Of Art Lectures At Mandel JCC

Spend this Fall with Dr. Joan Lipton!  The Mandel JCC is proud to welcome back art historian and lecturer, Dr. Joan Lipton. For years, she has brought art to life with her knowledge of artists, time periods, and cultures alike. In turn, her classes have become a crowd favorite at the JCC and this fall will be no exception. In addition to her Fall Series, she will also be offering two full-day seminars.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is Open To The Public, members and non-member pricing.






Mandel jcc logo

5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL






Dr. Joan Lipton

Dr. Joan Lipton is an experienced art historian- lecturer and a dedicated scholar with the desire to promote the study of art and culture to her audiences. She has earned a Master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, with a specialization in Renaissance, and a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center of the City of New York with a specialization in 19th and 20th century art.


Dr. Lipton’s newest Art History Lecture Series

Thursdays, November 10- December 15 from 1:00-2:30pm.

                                                                                                                                       No Class November 24

Attend one class or all five!

This fully illustrated series will transport you through some beautiful points in time including:



Monet, London Scene




Class One: Major Art Movements Across the Centuries: From the Classical to the Romantic 

Class Two: Major Art Movements Across the Centuries: From the Realistic to the Futuristic

Class Three: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: From Sicily- Agrigento, Taormina, La Piazza Armerina. From the Mainland-Naples, Rome, Siena and Florence

Class Four: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: Ravenns, Pisa, Padua, Vincenza and Environs, Venice and Milan

Class Five: The Varied Painted and Sculpted Expressions of Love Throughout the Centuries




Renoir Portrait






In addition to this new series, for the first time ever, the JCC will be offering patrons the opportunity to spend an entire day with Dr. Lipton on November 10 and 17th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The morning will feature an encore art history talk from her treasury of wonderful lectures including The Lure of Impressionism: Manet or Morisot or and The Lure of Impressionism: Monet, Sisley, Pissaro and Renoir. After carving out some time for lunch (available for an additional fee), you can attend one of the classes from Dr. Lipton’s newest series detailed above.

For more information on Dr. Lipton or her series at the JCC this fall, visit www.jcconline.com/joanlipton or contact 561-570-3310; GailF@JCConline.com.




For more information about this event, classes, workshops

Please visit



The Mandel JCC is located at

5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.








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Armory Art Salon Features Jo Ann Nava, Contemporary Folk Artist

ART SALONS at the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach are a gathering place for artists throughout the region. Each month from October to May, Art Salons offer presentations by professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida. Presenters show their work, talk about their influences, and explore the work of artists showing in museums and galleries. Stimulating discussions follow, led by Coordinator, Elle Shorr. The public is invited to “Bad Children Blessed Beasts” with Jo Ann Nava, Contemporary Folk Artist, on Tuesday, November 1st.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.







1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33401






TUESDAY, November 1, 2016

6:30 -8:30 pm





There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.



armoryartsalonjoannnavashovelingwithboo341874w600“Shoveling With Boo” by Jo Ann Nava

Jo Ann Nava calls herself a Contemporary Folk Artist. She says “My art is an appreciation of the simple daily experience and the rituals we create to celebrate and validate our existence”, about ” milk and nurturing, the affirmation of birth and the rituals we celebrate, the sanctity of wildlife and the reverence of aging”. She was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York, which she describes as “ akin to living in a John Sloan painting; with fire escapes, clothes lines and stick ball”. She discovered the world of art through visits to the Metropolitan and Natural History Museums with her mother, and then in Chicago, spending time at the Art Institute and the Field Museum, where she “developed a mutual admiration for contemporary artists and ancient artisans”. Both came into play when she moved to South Florida in 1981 and began designing textiles, murals and faux finishes for the interior design trade.



“Light The Candles” by Jo Ann Nava (Photo Courtesy of www.joannnava.com)


As head artist and designer for Surface Art Inc., her hand painted textiles graced the homes and businesses of prominent private and commercial clients. For 15 years she was the resident artist for Twist Nightclub of Miami, where she transformed the South Beach hot spot each year with themes such as Pompeii, Picasso, Pollack, Tibetan temple, the Audubon Room and ancient Greek pottery painting. The combination of studying these many masters and years spent restoring and reproducing milk paint finishes for 18th century Swedish furniture heavily influenced materials used in her contemporary art. Her palette and application are instantly recognizable.



“Walk The Plank” by Jo Ann Nava


Jo Ann has been showing her work in South Florida since the early 1980’s. In her first solo exhibition, “Cookies & Milk”, in Fort Lauderdale in 2006, familiar images were simplified and oversized. Milk, she notes, is the unifying human experience, which spans all times and cultures. Her next series, “Happy Birthday to You and You’, continued the theme of life affirming innocence with large paintings of candle lit cakes and a sculptural installation of children celebrating together. “Living Treasures”, her paintings of older vital Americans, were done with milk paints, house paints and varnishes used in furniture painting and murals to give the work an old world palette. House paint as a medium, she says, brings a harmony to the eye of what we see in our environment.



“Peace Be With You” by Jo Ann Nava


Jo Ann recently relocated to Lake Worth, and had a solo exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in January, 2016. She now has a retrospective show of 30 years of work at Coral Springs Museum of Art, through November 19, 2016.

For more information about Jo Ann Nava, please visit:  www.joannnava.com



“Crow Funeral” by Jo Ann Nava



The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information visit:

www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33





Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists. Elle Schorr, a well known artist / photographer who spends much of her time at museums and art exhibits locally and internationally, has been facilitating the salons, hosted by the Armory Art Center, since 2012. All are welcome to join in these timely explorations of trends in contemporary art and individual artists’ work.







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Continuum WPB Arts Extends Deadline To Artists And Kicks Off VIP Black Tie And Sneaker Event

CONTINUUM WPB Arts is a temporary pop-up art exhibition and event in the Arts & Entertainment Downtown area of West Palm Beach, Florida that is coordinated & curated by A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC (ATB) from January 19 – January 28, 2017. ATB will be working with the ArtSynergy to create an exhibition in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach during the week of ArtPalmBeach (January 19-23) with the purpose of attracting national and international art buyers to appreciate and acquire regional art.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges all artists to consider applying!  ART PATRONS: MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Thursday, January 19!






CONTINUUM save the date card front


The Opening Night for CONTINUUM WPB:

V.I.P. Black Tie and Sneaker Charity Affair

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

The event is to benefit a charity (TBA)

Due to Hurricane Matthew
NOVEMBER 6, 2016



Annett Meyer’s Artwork at Continuum 2016










Call to artists for Sneaker Art




Sneakers from Continuum 2016, Photo Courtesy of Durga Garcia


The opening night for CONTINUUM WPB will be their V.I.P. Black Tie and Sneaker Charity Affair, on Wednesday, January 19, 2017 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

The event is to benefit a charity TBA

Artists will decorate sneakers that will be auctioned at our annual silent auction during the Black Tie and Sneaker Charity Affair.

STEP FORWARD To Add Your Artistry to a pair of sneakers!




Sneakers by Anthony Burks Sr from Continuum 2016





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Meet The Artists At The Brewhouse Gallery And Enjoy Its Unique Vibe

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting on Thursday, October 27th, in a night completely devoted to the artists with a “Meet and Greet” as The Brewhouse Gallery celebrates its  resident artists! The Brewhouse is a community art gallery and craft beer oasis! Sit back with a locally roasted coffee, specialty soda or wine. The Brewhouse is one of the most well-respected live music venues in South Florida. It’s a creative space to share ideas & get inspired. The Rickie Report shares the details, which includes information for artists to display their work and for the public to rent the facility. Stop by and see how AJ Brockman and his family have made Lake Park an arts and food destination!








720 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL 33403






Full House!


MONDAY – Closed

TUESDAY – 5 – 10 PM
3:00PM – Midnight
Noon – Midnight


Thursday, October 27th

6 – 9 pm




AJ Brockman ◊ Joseph LaPierre ◊ Family561 ◊ Craig McInnis ◊ Jasper Asher ◊ Del Foxton ◊ Ivy & Oak Tattoo ◊ Joe Weschrek ◊ Cindy Cooper ◊ Nadia Utto ◊Victor Bradford ◊ Leo Arbeznik ◊ Johnol Jones ◊ James Chambers ◊ Kevin Goff ◊ Grateful Being ◊ Phil Fung◊ Avery Porter





3D art and 2D artworks for sale at the Brewhouse Gallery


Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
Everyone who purchases a piece of art (no price minimum) will receive a ticket for a $50 Gift Certificate drawing to The Brewhouse Gallery.





Want To Share Your Artwork?




Would you like to display your artwork at The Brewhouse Gallery? We offer excellent terms. No commission for a 3-month run, and unlike traditional artist co-ops, you are not required to put in volunteer time running the gallery. For more information email: art@brewhousegallery.com





Here’s The Line Up*


Wednesday – Trivia Night 7 to 9 Join us for Trivia where you and your friends can win free giveaways, drinks, and even a gift certificate for the top two teams each night. Save up those gift certificates and even by some original art… No other place offers that! Try to outsmart your friends and put all that useless knowledge to use. 7 to 9 every Wednesday! Newcomers Always Welcome!!!! Join a team and have fun!






Thursday – Open Mic Night 8 to 11 Join us for our Thursday open mic night hosted by professional comedian Wayne Felber! Sign-ups start around 7 and performers take the stage around 8 pm. We have an in-house PA (limited microphones, cables, etc.) so please bring your equipment. It is a great mix of guitarists, spoken word poetry, vocalists, keyboard, drums, Improv & more.

Friday *FEATURED* Live Music, 8 to 11 The house will be rocking! Check the latest line-up details. Happy Hour Poker at 6:30pm

Saturday *FEATURED* Live Music, 8 to 11 A knee slapping good time! Featuring guest appearances by members of different bands, friends, family, neighbors, hell, Sasquatch and the Yeti are even rumored to be cookin’ up a few songs as a duo. If you miss this one, it’s a damn shame!









Every Other Sunday, 2 – 4 pm

Sunday is off to a great start at the Brewhouse! We’re already having great fun with some of our friends, but we would really love it if you came in to see us, too! All musicians are welcome but we require a blues Influence and this is more of an open jam set up. The performers are requested to arrive about a half an hour early to set up. Spectators welcome!




Rent the Space!


Host your next shindig with us!

We have private and semi private party rental options for every occasion:

Baby Shower ⇔ Retirement Party ⇔ Birthday

You name it… We would love to have you.

Please contact our party coordinator: info@BrewhouseGallery.com




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International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists and Students Unique Workshop Opportunity At Boca Raton’s Levis JCC

The Boca Levis JCC is hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects (bananas, birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour), into the shape of shoes.  The public is invited to an Art Talk with Levi on January 9th.  Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. Artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers are invited to attend his Artists’ Workshop (“From Concept to Execution”) on Tuesday, January 10th.  This is a SMALL workshop, so we suggest you RSVP now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images.  In addition, the Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.






21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428
Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center




Footwear Art  by KOBI LEVI

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
Led by
Kobi Levi




Kobi Levi surrounded by his FootWear Art designs


“We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs”, shares Sue Harrington, Gallery Director.



“Miao” by Kobi Levi


Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.




“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi 


Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm


Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk.
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504




 “Chameleon” by Kobi Levi



Artists’ Workshop Details:


Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)


Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504



“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi



Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.




Banana peels inspire a shoe design by Kobi Levi


“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”




Behind the Scenes: Working on pattern for Chinese Dragon Shoe


The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.



About Kobi Levi:

 Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com


About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/



About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org


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Tibetan And Hand-Crafted Jewelry Plus Exquisite Orchids At Special Mandel JCC Event

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beach Gardens is hosting a one-of-a-kind, two day Jewelry and Orchid sale on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27th. The JCC will be featuring pieces from Sophia Stern Designs, Gaia’s Treasures, Custom Creations and an amazing orchid collection from Millers Way Orchids! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the JCC.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.  This is Open to the Public and Free to attend.



Mandel jcc logo


5221 Hood Road    Palm Beach Gardens, FL



Tibetan  And Hand- Crafted Jewelry


Exquisite Orchids




Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

11:00 am – 5:00 pm




Sophia Stern Designs

Gaia’s Treasures

Custom Creations

Millers Way Orchids  

Free and Open To The Public


5221 Hood Road,   Palm Beach Gardens, FL





One of a Kind Necklace




Sophia Stern Designs


While growing up in New York City, Sophia Stern had a fascination with trying on her mother’s jewelry. By the age of 14, she realized that she had the opportunity to create her own as a hobby, but that wasn’t enough. One day, while she was in the family jewelry business in New York City, her fascination for small shiny objects took over and she fell in love with gem stones. She realized that the opportunities to create something fascinating and unique were endless and knew that this was her calling. From there on out, her entire life has been about creating. For twenty- two years, she has been honing her craft and in 2011, Sophia Stern Designs was born. Her jewelry focuses on handcrafted necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings that combine semi- precious stones with metals such as solid brass, gold filled, copper, pewter and silver to create one of kind pieces.


Long, Chamsa Necklace

Gaia’s Treasures & Custom Creations

Gaia’s Treasures and Custom Creations will be presenting bold and exquisite beaded Tibetan jewelry. Each piece is a work of art that incorporates silver, turquoise, coral and other semi-precious gemstones into unique designs. Elaine Durow and Cass Stryker, bring their jewelry from the Himalaya region of Tibet hand crafted by many artisans who left Tibet due to political and religious reasons. Their “French Bakelite” look made from amber copal, other saps and resin, results in stunning and unusual pieces and shapes.



One of a Kind necklace

Miller’s Way Orchids





Photo Courtesy of Millers Way Orchids



In addition to Gaia’s Treasures, Custom Creations and Sophia Stern Designs, the JCC will also have a beautiful collection of rare orchids. Millers Way Orchids has a complete selection of unusual and colorful varieties to complement your lifestyle and décor. For any orchid lover out there, they will know that this flower is almost unreal in its perfection. There are about 208 species of orchids that are native to the United States and there is no other flower that looks quite like this. In addition, these flowers tend to bloom for a great deal longer than most flowers lasting from two to three months.


For more information about this event, classes, workshops

Please visit


or contact Gwilda at GwildaB@JCConline.com; 561-712-5216.

The Mandel JCC is located at 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.


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“Absurd Oddities” Brings The Spirit Of The Season To Artisans On The Ave

When art is created, each artist sees a vision in what they want to make. Since Halloween is celebrated in October, Artisans On The Ave thought it was appropriate to feature the absurd and the odd pieces of art that the Gallery has to offer.  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Friday, October 21st.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and details.






Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162     561-582-3300





“Absurd Oddities”

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 21, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 PM




This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460



“Absurd Oddities “



Gabriele Kraus

To some art must be dainty, pretty and realistic. The pieces of art that do not fit into this category have a special look all of their own. Within our 3 full gallery showrooms you will see these unique pieces of art created and featured by some of our 40 local artists.




Gin Blischei

Ceramic dolls and figurative sculptures that are kind of creepy with bizarre features and rare adornments. A metal art sculpture created with hundreds of large steel welded nails or an enormous vintage wood and wire mirror wall sculpture that reflects the onlooker in almost a hundred views as they stare at it.




Linda Manganaro






Absurd boxes that tell unique stories when you read them with your eyes. Each object within these 3D boxes seem to speak words with a tale to tell.



Joan Carew




Unnatural shaped jewelry that is wearable in a way that is not traditional with skulls and wire thorns or abstract shapes to adorn your body. Wooden sculptures that combine oddities and absurd found objects.


Victoria Rose Martin

Hand felted wool characters and creatures that seem to be following you with their eyes as you leave the gallery show room. They are so haunting they seem to come alive to your touch.
Bizarre and extreme art that appeals to the person who likes the out of the ordinary look. Definitely one-of-a-kind Absurd Oddities!!!



Amelia Costa



When you visit the 3 showrooms within our gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the gallery features.  Visit this opening night for an evening of fun. Meet the artists!!!  Celebrate our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!




Edrian Thomidis

For more in formation about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave Owners,
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

630 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460




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Joe Marcou Is Featured Wellington Art Society Artist At Whole Foods Gallery

The Wellington Art Society in conjunction with Whole Foods Market Wellington features Artist, Joseph Marcou.  The public is invited to see his work currently on display and to attend a Meet The Artist Reception on Friday, November 4th. Whole Foods Market Wellington will provide delicious appetizers, wine and live music. In addition, there will be special door prizes. The Wellington Art Society requests a $5 per person donation to go toward their Scholarship Fund. His paintings will be on exhibit through December. Combining art food, wine and music is a wonderful way to begin your weekend! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.













Joseph Marcou


Friday, November 4th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe  

2635 SR7    Wellington, FL


$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

Exhibit Is Available At This Time






“Wildfire” by Joseph Marcou

Joseph Marcou was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His mother was a teacher and a talented artist, so art was always a part of his life. He began drawing and making things at an early age. His parents died young and at 16 he moved to Mexico with his uncle who was a comptroller of a U.S. Commission. One night while at a concert he sketched the pianist. He showed it to his uncle’s friend, the artist Enrique Asunsolo, who realized his talent and suggested that Joe make art his career. This was his defining moment.



“Starlight Gardenia” by Joseph Marcou

Joe attended the Art School of New York State Tech, majoring in commercial art, now called graphic design. He served as Art Director at several design firms before becoming National Director over four International Paper Company package design studios. His last position was Revlon’s Director of Package Design.




“Golden Calla” by Joseph Marcou

He then opened Joseph Marcou Design Inc. which he ran for 33 years, specializing in package design, logo and trademark development, corporate brochures and annual reports. Some of his clients were Gorton’s of Gloucester, Johnson and Johnson, and Perillo Tours, to mention a few.



“Red Poppy” by Joseph Marcou

Throughout his long design career, Joe continued fine art painting for himself. When he finally retired from the corporate world , he was able to turn to the sheer enjoyment of creating art full time. He is particularly well known for his extraordinary floral paintings, capturing their essence with drama and unusual style. His paintings are in many private national and international collections. He has been represented by the Farnsworth Gallery and exhibits his work in many outdoor art fairs.  Joe says he is inspired by the resilience of nature and what its limitless imagination and whimsy creates. 




The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization, in its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org






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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Brings New Artists To The Scene On October 22nd and 23rd

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Las Olas Association, the Las Olas Art Fair, October 22 – 23, will feature 150 of the finest artists in the country as well as many leading locals from South Florida. Admission is free and open to the public.  The displays of original artwork will line Las Olas Boulevard from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue. The wide array of handmade art and affordable gift items include diverse styles and media such as paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, sculptures and much more. Exhibitors will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work with art enthusiasts and potential investors. Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition posters will be available for purchase onsite at the festival booth located across from the Cheesecake Factory on S.E. 6th.  The Rickie Report introduces three of the artists and shares all of the details here.




29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair

October 22 – 23, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
Between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Support the Arts, the Local Economy, & the Las Olas Association

Free and open to the public



  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • More than 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000 
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants 
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media


Commemorative Festival Posters ($10) & T-shirts ($15) for sale at booth located across from Cheesecake Factory
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Las Olas Association




Sip Tshun Ng



“I am Chinese but I was born in Indonesia. I grew up in a small house. Downstairs my parents manufactured noodles that we sold to both restaurants and the public. My grandparents had moved to Indonesia from China in the 1930s to try to make a better life for our family. Being immigrants, we were limited to only the ways of the native Indonesians. We were not permitted to study our heritage or our Chinese language. I spent my youth playing in the lush jungles and on the pure white sandy beaches of the Java Sea and the South Pacific. These colors and surroundings would later become the inspiration for my work”.



3D Artwork by Sip Tshun Ng



“In elementary school we were given blank paper and directed to paint whatever we wanted to. We would spend 2 hours in school or at home painting in our books. The next day, the teacher would collect our artwork and grade it.  I was fascinated by a circus book we had at home and studied the shapes of the faces and proportions of the bodies. When I took my painting of a seal with his trainer balancing a ball on his nose to school, the teacher wouldn’t believe that I had painted it myself! I painted a picture in school for him to prove that I could do it. The teacher and school were impressed but I thought, ‘I only do this for fun so it’s OK'”.



“When I wasn’t working in my father’s business after school, I was indulging my passion of painting. My art began to evolve into a pastime of cartoon illustrations. A friend who had seen my work, wrote a book and asked me to illustrate the cover.  I was happy to do it and began to do covers and illustrations for other books as well.  One of my older brothers went into the clothing manufacturing business. He liked my use of color and design, so  I began to produce designs for his clothing and it got to the point where we would get requests for my work. We sold to stores who would buy 12 dozen at a time, sell them all and come back for more! I felt happy and honored that my work was liked so much and to think I only did it for fun! It was then that I knew that art would remain the great passion of my life”.


3D Artwork by Sip Tshun Ng


“In 1998 a crisis economy swept Indonesia creating great unrest. Many of the Chinese people were the target of hatred by the native Indonesians, burning our businesses and homes. Once, we had to hide our hide in the attic of a building for 10 days until the rioting stopped. I made plans to leave Indonesia to get away from the hatred and physical assaults. I was fortunate enough to get out and find refuge in the great country of America. I now live in south Florida, where I am able to continue producing my artwork, which continues to evolve.  My sculptures reflect the simple pleasures that life affords us even amid the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. I draw my inspiration from the present as well as the past. The one constant is time. It is precious and we must live in each moment of it. While we shouldn’t worry about each minute passing, we should be mindful of it and appreciate the whole spectrum of experiences that come with it. Enjoy your journey!”




Roy Rodriguez





Artwork by Roy Rodriguez



Born in Cuba in 1967, Roy discovered his passion for art at an early age. Started his art studies at “Casa de la Cultura” in Havana, Cuba where he later exhibited at the age of seventeen. Accepted in San Alejandro School of Art in Havana, he later left the country, arriving in Miami, Fl in 1985 and continued studies in different art fields. However, Roy is adamant that he is a self-taught individual who has been schooled in the techniques of the great contemporary masters. He seeks his own aesthetic vocabulary and imagination in the use of color and texture to create a sultry palette. “There is something that fascinates me about colors and I love to use it on my canvas. I’m always searching for a rich and translucent texture, obtained through various material and tools that has allowed me to enjoy my mixed medias, acrylics and oils paintings in the pursuit of achieving my subject matter of the woman’s figure and architectural landscape”.


ROY, 4/28/16, 11:27 AM, 16C, 6750x8345 (0+312), 112%, Default Settin, 1/8 s, R75.2, G50.0, B68.9

Artwork by Roy Rodriguez



Using his childhood memories of Cuba, Roy Rodriguez, passionately projects the hedonistic reality of his native island utilizing vibrant colors and exploring the exotic. His work has been exhibited in galleries, cultural events and has been featured in television programs and magazines. Roy is an active community leader who is in the process of creating a new innovative concept to merge social media with art by teaching his techniques to other people with Social Painting.







Paola Gallardo




Painting by Paola Gallardo


Florida – based artist, Paola Gallardo, was born in Bogota, Colombia in the early 70’s. At  age 4 her family moved to Spain. Paola studied art starting with black and white media at the age of 12 at Jose Joaquin’s Studio in Zaragoza, Spain. She explored other techniques at Goymar School of Arts in Madrid, and Graffito and charcoal at Artaquio Studio after she graduated. Paola splashed onto the art scene in the early 90’s and worked as a private teacher for almost 8 years. She enjoyed blending her artistic European influence with the Latin-American artistic movement through collaborations with different artists in Colombia. While living there, she also worked as a tutor for portraiture at El Gorgojo studio. She is always embracing color and texture, which is evident everywhere in her pieces. Her artwork has been on exhibit in Galleries in Spain, Colombia, New Mexico, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.



Painting by Paola Gallardo


“My artwork communicates with the viewer in a special way. It is what you see and what it makes you feel. Emotions, reactions and even memories. My figurative artwork is part of who I am as a human, and it also becomes part of the viewer’s identity. Today, using oils, and other media, I create my own unique style of art focusing on portraying human identity; I look for the genuine expression of color, shapes, texture and detail to bring it to the audience in the most natural way”.



About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 33 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), the Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.






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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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McMow Art Glass Announces New Fusing Technique, Specialty Classes, Mosaic Master Class And Holiday Sale Pre-Orders

McMow Art Glass announces many exciting Specialty Classes for November and December, including Open Face Kiln Casting, Making Wearable Art with Dichroic Jewelry, Liquid Caming (this is not a typo), a Master Mosaic Class with Jane Wright and “Harnessing Flow” with Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio, to mention the highlights!  The Rickie Report shares the details about classes and the upcoming One Day Sale!



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701 N Dixie Hwy.    Lake Worth, FL

 (561) 585-9011











Special Dates to Remember in November!

Saturday, November 5th –

Last Day to submit all Holiday Sale Pre – Orders.
Skip the lines while taking advantage of our biggest savings of the year!



Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday –

Support your local economy by shopping small!

Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.





At the Armory Art Center with McMow Master, Phil Materio

Thursday, November 3rd & 10th from 9am – 4:30 pm 
Tuition: $240 Lab Fee $64:

To register for this class hosted at the Armory Art Center please visit: http://www.armoryart.org/




Wednesday November 2nd 6:30-8:30pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included






Saturday November 5th 9am-3pm

$150 .00 *Experience Required*
Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.





Wednesday, November 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*


In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.






Saturday, November 12th 9-3pm

$150 *Beginner-Intermediate Level*
Create this work of art using technique that gives the appearance of both fusing and caming in one project. Incorporate bright pops of color to create a stunning contrast! This class includes all materials & kiln firings.





Hosted by Fused In Glass in Boynton Beach
Location: 1107 SE 2nd St, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Wednesday, November 16th 6-8pm Free and Open to the Public!

PLEASE RSVP as space is limited! 561-585-9011 x100

About the Fusing Forum:

If you missed the fun at the last Fusing Forum – please join your fellow glass fusing enthusiasts for a night of conversation & connections this November! Local fusing artisans, hobbyists, and retailers will be invited to discuss fusing technique and ways in which we can continue to support the art glass industry. This forum’s theme will be about discussing your failures & successes. Use the knowledge of your fellow-fusers and LEARN from your mistakes! Bring your kiln-forming successes and failures to discuss with the group. This is an excellent opportunity to learn, and engage with the art glass community. Refreshments will be served.

Would you like to learn more about joining our Fusing Forum? Contact taylor@mcmow.com


LANDSCAPES with Frits & Powders

Saturday, November 19th from 9am – 3p m

Be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and let your imagination create a serene scene made entirely of glass frits & powders. Students will learn fusing basics, as well as how to use fusing accessories such as stringers, frits and powders to bring life to their landscape. All materials and kiln firings are included.





Saturday, November 26th – Small Business Saturday – Support your local economy by shopping small! Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.




Special Dates to Remember in December!

Tuesday, December 13th McMow’s Annual Holiday Sale!

This one day event will be held from 9am – 9pm

Details to follow!




Mosaic by Jane Wright




Two-Part Class: Friday December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd from 10am- 3pm

*Basic Mosaic Knowledge Required*



In this two-day Contemporary Mosaic Master lass you will learn about creating design, technical cutting with mosaic nippers, problem solving, and grouting technique. Design choices will be provided and students can also bring in designs of their choice. Take your mosaic art to the next level and meet other mosaic enthusiasts! All materials are included!


About Jane Wright:


South Florida professional mosaicist/instructor Jane Wright creates fine art. Long before Jane began creating mosaics she had always been attracted to the art form because of its beauty, intricacy and amazing longevity. She finds her own inspiration from nature, personal moments in her life and a sense of whimsical fantasy. Jane uses a broad variety of materials to create a dramatic narrative of texture, movement and visual interest. She focuses on unique and well tested techniques and generously guides her students with her knowledge and practical advice.  She is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and is presently on the administrative staff of the Contemporary Mosaic Artists.  Her exhibitions (both juried and non-juried): Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota and Nevada.




Wednesday December 7th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.


Glass As Art Contest Winner, Gina Sneiderman


 Learn the “Harnessing Flow” Bullseye technique from our 2016 Bullseye Glass Category, Glass as Art Contest winner – Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio

Take your fusing to the next level! Learn this INCREDIBLE technique


Two-Part Class: Saturday, December 10th & Saturday, December 17th 9am – 3pm

*Intermediate – Advanced Level*
In this two-part Master Class students will learn the process of using heat, gravity, and beautiful Bullseye Glass to create a dimensional piece of kiln-formed art. Learn the following: The basics of how glass moves • The fundamental tools and materials necessary to harness flow within a body of glass • How to fire sheet glass arranged within an assembled mold that includes a ramp or incline to achieve flow within a finished piece. All materials and kiln-firing are included.



About Gina Sneiderman:

Gina Sneiderman started working with glass over the summer of 2012.  After selling her sign company, she gave herself some time to find her creative outlet and came across McMow Art Glass’ beginner stained glass class.  After completing that class and several stained glass projects, she decided to give fusing a try and was hooked, from the first day.  A short few months later, at the McMow Annual Holiday party, she bought her first kiln and the following year at the same party, she bought her second kiln. Gina has taken numerous classes in fusing at McMow Art Glass; at a couple of other teaching studios; and at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas.
She especially likes to work with architectural styles of glass and with deep pieces – glass casting is her absolute favorite.





For more information about these events, classes our tours:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
Fax: 561-586-2292








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