Broward Quilter Expo Call For Quilt Entries Has Been Extended To December 7. Submissions Are Open To Non-Members

The Broward Quilt Expo announces a Call For Entries for the Broward Quilt Expo and Airing of The Quilts.  Every two years, volunteers from the East Sunrise Quilts Guild, Southern Stars Quilt Guild, Coral Springs Quilt Guild,  South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, West Broward Quilters Guild, and Quilting in the Pines Guild come together for the Broward Quilt Expo (BQE).  The deadline has been extended until December 7th for entries (open to non-members).  The Rickie Report shares the details of the Call and reminds anyone who loves fabric, textile arts, or sewing to stop by to see these industrious works of art!  The Inaugural Airing Of The Quilts takes place on Sunday, January 27 at the Stranahan House Museum during Ft. Lauderdale Art & Design Week.  The BQE takes place over one week, with workshops, vendors, and quilts from March 4 – 10. 











11 am – 5 pm

Stranahan House Museum

335 SE 6th AvenueFort Lauderdale FL 33301  (map)



Submissions are currently open for this event.


Broward Quilt Expo is proud to announce its inaugural Broward Quilters’ Airing of the Quilts event.  An “airing of the quilts” is a traditional outdoor event in many communities across the United States and around the world. Airings range from simple displays of quilts on clotheslines to “takeovers” of entire towns such as the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR.




Stranahan House – Oldest surviving structure in Broward County, is on the National Register of Historic Places. On the Tarpon River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Frank Stranahan built it in 1901 as a trading post and converted it into a residence for his wife, Ivy, in 2906. Stranahan House Museum 



This event is an opportunity for Broward County quilters to bring our work into the community and to celebrate our art. It is a chance to share the unique history of quilting and quilt makers with our visitors. We’ll be displaying quilts on the two covered porches of the house, along the fencing around the house perimeter, and between trees.



Our event is taking place during Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week (January 19–27, 2019), a result of the desire to unite all of Fort Lauderdale’s arts and cultural institutions in a celebration of everything art and culture throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. The ultimate goal in creating this week is to establish Fort Lauderdale as an international cultural destination.


Broward Quilt Expo, Inc. is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. We are an organizational body governed by volunteers from the member guilds, currently East Sunrise Quilt Guild, Inc., Southern Stars Quilt Guild, Coral Springs Quilters, Inc., West Broward Quilters Guild, Inc., South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, and Quilting in the Pines Guild, Inc. All of our funding comes from public support, including membership fees, gifts and grants, and receipts from events we organize.

Every two years, six quilt guilds in Broward County, Florida, come together to present the Broward Quilt Expo (BQE). It is one of the most exciting and expansive quilt shows in South Florida, and takes place in sunny Fort Lauderdale.

In 2019, our show event is being expanded to cover an entire week!

  • Monday March 4th : Miniature Quilt Auction (evening, free event) at ArtServe
  • Tuesday through Thursday, March 5th to 7th : Workshops at ArtServe
  • Friday March 8th : Awards Gala at ArtServe (evening, ticketed)
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 9th & 10th : Quilt Show and Marketplace at the War Memorial Auditorium.

Over these seven days, thousands of viewers will join us to celebrate the uniquely American art form of quilting.  Whether you want to look at beautiful examples of traditional, modern, or art quilts, if you’d like to buy a quilt, learn how to quilt, attend a lecture, or shop for supplies, BQE has it all!

And BQE is not just for quilters!  In 2019 we will also be welcoming the entire community with many new activities.

  • Children’s activities.
  • Art Challenge for non-quilters!
  • Lounge and relaxation station.
  • Food trucks.
  • Community events before quilt week.
  • Family-friendly tickets.
  • Much more to be announced!


SHOW JUDGE: Maribeth Schmidt


Maribeth Schmit is an accomplished fiber artist, teacher, lecturer, and author as well as an NACQJ- and NQA-certified judge, qualified to evaluate Masterpiece Quilts. She lived and taught abroad for many years before moving to Cedarburg, WI, in 1994. She is well traveled internationally and is not shy in admitting that she is seriously infatuated with all things “textile.”


Ms. Schmit has earned numerous ribbons and awards at regional, state, and national competitions. Having won several “Best of Show” awards, her work has exhibited in National and International shows.  Several of Ms. Schmit’s quilts are published in magazines, books, and journals. She has appeared on an episode of HGTV’s Simply Quilts, and in a University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee documentary on fiber arts titled Tapestries of Courage.

For more information:

The link for the call to submissions is

The link for the event is


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Stunning Art, Unique Gifts Fill Downtown Delray Beach At 19th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival November 24 – 25

Skip the Back Friday lines and enjoy a beautiful stroll outside during the 19th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival.  The free, 2 day event takes place November 24-25.  Joining the fun this year is Howard Alan Events’ newest addition, the Live Well Be Well Tour presented by FPL SolarNow™.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the unique functional and decorative art pieces you can make your own!






19th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival



Saturday & Sunday

November 24  and  25

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Navigation Address:

401 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444​

Free and open to the public


Naples artist Alina Eydelia uses environmentally-friendly, farmed and harvested butterfly wings, acrylics and oils to create eye-catching artistry.





Presented by Howard Alan Events, the nation’s top art festival producer, life-sized and displayable sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, wearable art and more are arranged, gallery-style, for the enjoyment of art appreciators, collectors, shoppers and pedestrians alike.



MD metal artist Josef Belchatovski brings his intricately hand-fused sculpture to the art festival.


The outdoor, pet-friendly event features a fully vetted, juried selection of fine art. The Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival also offers the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation.





GA mixed-media artist Diana Aherens uses oil, acrylic, and metal, combined with a palette knife and incorporating cold and hot kiln-fired glass to create multi-dimentional, vibrant wall art




The Live Well Be Well Tour presented by FPL SolarNow™ includes a mini festival- within-a-festival with a dedicated area of booths offering information and demonstrations on current health and medical practices, sustainable energy alternatives, organic foods, homeopathic treatments, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and other vendors dedicated to providing tools for healthy living.



Texas couple Dan and Nisha Ferguson explore the fantastical in their colorful sculptures.




Festival At-A-Glance:


Juried outdoor craft showcase

Original Art & Crafts Handmade in America

Original Art & Crafts Handmade in America

150 artists from throughout Florida and the United States

Prices set to suit all budgets

All artists are on site for duration of festival

Pet friendly (leashed pets)

Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media


About Howard Alan Events, Inc.: ​​​​​​

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning art and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year.




About FPL SolarNow™:

FPL SolarNow™ provides FPL customers with an easy way to help bring more solar into local Florida communities. From solar trees and solar canopies to walkways, these solar arrays provide shade and generate clean, emissions-free energy that flows to the grid and benefits the entire community. These clean energy arrays seamlessly integrate into the landscape to create a unique space where family and friends can interact and learn more about solar energy. And, depending on their location, they provide additional seating, shade and serve as a convenient charging station. To learn how you can get involved visit




For additional information on the Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit or call 561-746-6615.








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Armory Art Center 3rd Annual Arts Fest and Open House On December 1 & 2 Offers Unique Gifts And Chance To Nurture Your Creative Spirit!

The Armory Art Center welcomes everyone to the 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival on December 1 & 2.  Local and out-of-town artists will be featured as well as live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for all ages.  On Saturday, December 1, visitors can stop by the Open House to check out the classes, and meet the faculty as well as students while touring the Armory’s studios.  If you register for a class during this time, you’ll receive a $30 discount! The Rickie Report shares all of the details.  Find unique gifts and nurture your creative spirit at the same time!






811 Park Place   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401





3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival


December 1 & 2, 2018 | 10 AM – 5 PM


811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Armory Art Center Campus

Free and Open to the Public

Find Unique Holiday Gifts!








Fine Art • Crafts • Live Music • Food & Beer
Kids Activities • Demos



The 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival presented by the Armory Art Center will feature local and out-of-town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for all ages.Scheduled at the perfect time for holiday shopping, the campus hosts space for 90 tents throughout the Armory’s campus. Festival will be held outdoors in the sculpture garden and in the parking lot.




Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Kid’s activities make the festival a perfect experience for families.





The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and CityPlace. Join us for this exciting weekend event!



Armory Art Center Open House

Saturday, December 1, 2018

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Montgomery Hall

This event is happening during the West Palm Beach Arts Festival.

Please join us for all of the events!






Come meet the Armory instructors, hear about their classes, see some of the student work and tour the Armory studios. A perfect way for you to get to know us and nurture your creative spirit!

Registration will be open and with a $30 discount

when you enroll in classes that day.



About The Armory Art Center:



The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.


For more information:



Call (561) 832-1776







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Visual Artists: How Will You Optimize Your Business? Come With The Rickie Report To The Next Art-Business Conference February 1-2

Artists and creative professionals lead busy  – heck, not just busy, INDUSTRIOUS – lives!  That’s the key reason The Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Artists brings art-business education to regions of the country (Dallas, New York City, Santa Fe, Denver, and Ft. Lauderdale).  CHF gives working artists key opportunities to accelerate their careers and optimize their businesses without  committing to a residency far from their studios or to return to their alma mater and ask, “Why was this not built in from the start?”  The next Art-Business Conference takes place in Ft. Lauderdale on February 1-2.  Save an extra $50 with a special discount code for our readers!  This is open to ALL visual artists.  Rickie will be appearing on one of the panels. 












Arts organizations are already on the ground in these communities, and each one seeks to serve its local constituency. The Art-Business Conference is a way for CHF to collaborate with those groups to extend their mission, bring in powerful expertise, and create more engagement and awareness around what they offer. We do this by inviting those organizations to participate directly, through logistics and sponsorship.




Local and enterprise businesses have more in common with artists than they often realize. Creative professionals are not only powerful economic contributors, but they utilize other businesses, creating a net gain for both sides. Many companies have already declared a cultural mission or made a commitment to corporate social responsibility, and CHF provides a way, through commercial sponsorships, to achieve those aims while also connecting them with new customers and loyal brand advocates.




Other community groups focus on goals such as creating a resilient local culture, sponsoring minority and women’s participation in career growth and economic development, and fostering a more robust business community. These groups are natural partners that find in CHF an organization that “gets it” and offers creative ways to do something that’s visible and garners publicity, yet also substantive, producing a measurable effect, through solid data, metrics, and analytics.



It doesn’t end with live learning or professional networking events. CHF offers follow-up programs to every event attendee, including a digital learning portal, online community, and—for those who are interested—our rigorous Art-Business Accelerator Fellowship (for which we are currently reviewing the 2019 applicants).



FORT LAUDERDALE: It’s still early enough to get involved (as an artist or entity) in the Ft. Lauderdale Art-Business Conference, February 1-2, 2019.



Artists and creative professionals will be blueprinting their careers, developing an action plan to make their businesses thrive, creating a brand narrative to win significant audience share, and building a strategy to optimize their income streams.


Everything CHF stands for can be understood from what we’re doing on the ground in locations all over the US. If you want to learn more, recruit us as a partner to your company or organization, or plug into one of our programs. Visit us at to let us know you’re interested.





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6th Annual “ENDANGERED” Art4Apes Fine Art And Photography Exhibition Invites Everyone December 5 – 8 During Art Basel Week

 The 6th annual ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, celebrating the beauty found in endangered and threatened species, or habitats, will return to the Dade Heritage Trust.  Part of Art Basel week, this exhibit runs  Wednesday, December 5 to Saturday, December 8. It features special programs including classes, live paintings, and discussions, as well as a showcase of the finest work entered in the contest. Proceeds from the contest and exhibit benefit the Center for Great Apes, an award-winning, Florida-based, 501(c)(3) registered sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and we look forward to seeing you at the Opening Reception! There is plenty of parking nearby.






Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2018

Join us!

Wednesday, 5th – Saturday, 8th December

2 – 9 pm

For a unique exhibition focusing on all that is

ENDANGERED in the world

Have fun and help a wonderful sanctuary!


Hours 2 – 9pm

Dade Heritage Trust

190 SE 12 Terrace  Miami, FL 33131

Plenty of parking opposite and in multi-story car parks in the area.



If you’re going to be in Miami during Art Week we’d love for you to come visit and enjoy this year’s exhibition:

  • Features work by leading wildlife and nature artists

  • Lectures by Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author

  • Seminars by leading wildlife photographers and some of Florida’s most interesting emerging artists

  • Young Artists Saturday Forum learning to draw and paint animals

  • Miami Club Rum cocktail receptions from 6-9pm each evening



Program of Special Events:


Wednesday, December 5th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING BIRDS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

4-6 pm

PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS: Challenges Facing Wildlife Photographers on Assignment with Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books.  Book signing and discussion.

Limited seating, RSVP to


Meet Rickie Leiter, Judge and Founder of The Rickie Report and ENDANGERED Ambassador. Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011.

Flute performance by classically trained flautist and arts educator Susan E. Schiffman. Grammy nominated flautist and music educator, Susan Schiffman, was formally trained in music performance and education in France, Italy and New York.

Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum & European Cheese Extravaganza


Thursday, December 6th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING APES: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

6-9 pm  MY ART: Cocktails with three of Florida’s most interesting emerging artists discussing their art and inspiration:

Irina Grammatina

Russian-born Irina takes inspiration from her world travels to paint on silk her exquisite designs reflecting her love for nature, wildlife and wild places. Her elegant pieces of wearable art are true collectibles.

Agata Ren

German-born Agata is on a mission to create artwork depicting how human interaction brings about the endangerment of species. Her vibrant and unique work has featured in exhibitions and public installations.

Linda Frost

Linda’s paintings closely resemble photographs and are often mistaken for such, however, she hesitates to label herself as a Photorealist. She feels that it’s the combination of her subject matter, the composition of her paintings and her process that separates her from Photorealism in the literal sense.

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum  & European Cheese Extravaganza


Friday, December 7th:

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING ELEPHANTS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

6-9 pm

BEHIND THE SHOT: Cocktails with three wildlife photographers who will give an insight into how they captured their best images!

Kirsten Hines

Focused on conservation and nature travel, Kirsten is a writer, photographer, and environmental educator with an M.Sc. in biology.

Phoenix Marks

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art.

Ted Schiffman

Ted Schiffman has been a photographer for 46 years. He developed an interest and direction in color photography as a natural outlet for his many years of training and study as an artist.

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum  & European Cheese Extravaganza



Saturday, December 8th:

11 am – 2 pm  YOUNG ARTISTS FORUM – SPIRIT ANIMALS: Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor, Karen Kliethermes helps young people draw and paint their favorite animal

1 – 2 pm

National Geographic photographer, Ted Schiffman, takes young animal lovers on a VISUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

2 pm  Exhibition opens to the public

PAINTING BIG CATS: Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

4-6 pm  GUEST LECTURE: Safari Adventures with Ted Schiffman, student of Ansel Adams, National Geographic photographer and author of 16 books

Limited seating, RSVP to


6:30-7pm  Flute performance by classically trained flautist and arts educator Susan E. Schiffman

Live painting by Karen Kliethermes, Colorado-based visionary artist, illustrator and instructor

Cocktails by Miami Club Rum & European Cheese Extravaganza






ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. Each submission reflects the interpretation of “endangered,” as it applies to animals, nature, the environment, and plant species, in three artistic categories: Fine Art, including sculpture, jewelry, and wearable art; Photography; and a special category exclusively for young artists. All entry fees for the contest and the proceeds from art sales during the exhibition go to the Center for Great Apes, a 4 Star Charity Navigator rated non-profit, sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.



The Center for Great Apes is an extraordinary facility located in Wauchula, Florida whose mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, research, or the exotic pet trade. The sanctuary encompasses over 100 acres and is home to 21 orangutans and 28 chimpanzees. Because of the generosity of artists, sponsors, and patrons that participate in the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest exhibition, the Center’s residents can continue to live and thrive with dignity in a safe, and enriching environment.




About ENDANGERED: Art4Apes:

The ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest, was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. The contest receives entries from all over the world. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit

Join the Conversation:

Twitter: @art4apes


About Center for Great Apes:

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work.

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Call For Art At ART SYNERGY|Art Palm Beach 2019. Entries For 2D, 3D, Video/Film, Installation Art, Performance Art All Due December 15th. Be Part Of The Movement! Apply Now!

Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2019 calls for entries from artists in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, and Broward County. The exhibit takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center during one of the season highlights! The juror is Erich Weiss, Curator of Contemporary Art at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum.  The five categories for submissions include: 2D, 3D, video/film, installation, and performance arts.  The application period is open from November 15 – December 15.  We urge all artists to apply to this prestigious event.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Art Lovers:  Mark Your Calendars for January 16 – 20, 2019!





 Art Synergy Exhibition/Art Palm Beach  2019


Open to Artists from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties 


This will be our 6th year at this unique event and we are proud to once again be a part of it.

Art Palm Beach Art Fair, January 16-20, 2019

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard    W. Palm Beach, Florida

Showcasing contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations, the fair will offer a broad range of art to both beginning and seasoned collectors. This year Art Palm Beach initiates “Pavilions” with guest curators and new pavilions for design, art video, and art performances.


All artists wishing to participate are required to submit an application to the jury and must apply via Juried Art Services.


The non-refundable fee for the online application is $50.

Three pieces may be submitted. 

The width of 2D art cannot exceed 48” 

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018




Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach Exhibition is open to all professional artists who reside and work in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties. All work to be exhibited must be well conceived, expertly executed, and arrive ready to hang.

If you need a pedestal or monitor YOU MUST PROVIDE IT. All work should reflect the individuality of the artist. Giclee reproductions of paintings will not be accepted.


2D, 3D, Video/Film*, Installation Art and Performance Art*

*If you are applying in Video or Performance Art you must include still images in your application and forward actual videos to


The images submitted must fully reflect the work to be exhibited in the booth. An artist who works in more than one medium category must submit an application in each category. If one application is accepted, only work in that category may be exhibited.

**All submitted 2D or hanging works must be wired and ready for hanging, loose flat work not framed (I.e. prints, photographs, etc.) will not be acceptable entries.

Each applicant may submit (1) one image of the work to be shown for consideration by the jury. 3-D art may submit 2 images (main image and detail or second view image). A maximum of 3 artworks may be submitted in one application. 

File format: JPEG only. Images must comply with those required by Juried Art Services

All image files must be labeled with: artist name_title_size.jpg or they will not be considered.

If you are applying in Video or Performance Art you must include still images in your application and forward actual videos to:

If your work is accepted, there is a requirement to volunteer in the booth for at least 4 hours during the shows’ days.

Jurors’ selections are based on the level of technical skill, quality of workmanship, and originality of design as represented in the images submitted.

Juror: Erich Weiss

Curator at large for contemporary art at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum, Rotterdam’s The New Institute: Museum for Architecture, Design & Digital Culture, and the Sonneveld House, Erich Weiss is an art critic and artist known for his often-provocative performances and also for a contemporary body of work installations, film, video and photography.  He combines his work as an artist with an activity as a curator specializing on the mixture of contemporary art, Dada and Surrealism. He brings his insightful knowledge and experience to curate new dynamic programs and special fair pavilions. His recent museum exhibitions have included the works of Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Willem Oorebeek, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol,  Picabia, Magritte, Man Ray, Duchamp as well as solo exhibitions at the Picasso Musuem of the works of  Rineke Kijkstra ( 2017) , Arthur Cravan ( 2017), and Erwin Wurn 2018.   Weiss will to curate the fair’s inaugural “Flow” Art Video Pavilion and “Cabinet” which will be specific exhibition areas within the galleries’ booths for solo exhibitions to show emblematic works by modern and contemporary artists.

Art Synergy:

Art Synergy, a non-profit organization, was fortunate to have caught the eye of the Lesters and through their auspices, the organization has received a booth at the Art Palm Beach for the past 5 years, with 2019 being the sixth Art Synergy Exhibition once again looking forward to a great exhibition.  Art Synergy has grown considerably since its inception and our volunteer staff and support has grown along with it.  The organization, run by Rolando Chang Barrero and Ilene Gruber Adams, artists and advocates, holds several meetings yearly, open to the public, where we request help from the community to work with us in everything from planning, to finance hanging the shows.  We look forward to another successful year and cannot thank the Lesters enough for the support they have shown us.


Art Synergy is the unique countywide movement of artists, business, and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of Palm Beach County’s and South Florida’s vibrant arts community. Our goal is to broaden the education and culture of our children through the arts via joint parent/child experiences.


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Box Gallery Announces “PUSH! 2018 Photo Festival” With 5 Dates, November 16 – December 16, 2018

Rolando Chang Barrero of The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach’s cultural corridor, announces “PUSH! 2018 Photo Festival”.  The public is invited to five dates and four exhibits during the November 16 – December 16 showcase, including Alternative Photography Exhibitions, Workshops, and Artist Talks.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Some events take place at the Compass Gallery in Lake Worth. Read this article and RSVP!

P R E S E N T S:

November 16- December 16 , 2018

PUSH! 2018 Photo Festival

Alternative Photography Exhibitions Workshops and Art Talks

5 Dates! Mark your Calendars

Kickoff Party/ Reception

November 16, 2018

 7 – 9  PM



811 Belvedere Road     West Palm Beach, Florida, 33406


 Gallery Hours:  Tuesdays-Saturdays    12-6 PM



Push! PhotoFest 2018 includes four exhibitions, a workshop, roundtable discussions and mini-fair at:

 The Box Gallery located at 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida


 Compass Community Center located at 201 North Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, Florida.


Presentation of

Hope Kahn’s Pin-Hole Photography

“The photograph is but the bridge that provides the emotional and spiritual connection between the viewer and the art. I look for the darkness in the light, the mystery in the everyday. I spend my time blending nature and the figure into a narrative for the viewer. My mind is wandering, wondering, where my next image hides. I concede to my impulses and instincts to bring mysteries to light.”
– Hope Kahn

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 7-10 P

Photographs by Mariette Pathy Allen
Photographs by Mariette Pathy Allen
Photographs by Mariette Pathy Allen

Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen has been an advocate and documentarian of the transgender community for more than 35 years. Photographs and interviews taken during trips in 2012 and 2013 documents the lives and families of transgender women in Cuba, as they struggle to survive discrimination and poverty.
The Great Hall Gallery

Tuesday, November 20 at the Great Hall Gallery at the Compass Community Center for the documentary photographic essay TransCuba by Mariette Pathy Allen.

Compass Community Center 

201 North Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, Florida


*World AIDS Day is December 1, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018 | 7-10 P

Got Caught Stealing

The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Friday, November 23 at The Box Gallery exploring new directions in portraiture

Photographer Brian Cattelle of Bare USA project.


*See Brian Cattelle’s Photomural at The Boynton Beach Art District: Here



Friday, November 28, 2018 | 6-8 P

November 2018 Social

Compass’ Pride Business Alliance

The Box Gallery







Friday, November 30, 2018 | 7-10

The Ties That Bind

Valan Evers / Alt.Pix

The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The rope series is not simply physical bondage. Not just ties that limit movement… but the metaphorical ties that constrain his existence.


Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 5:30-9 P

Festival Workshop and Roundtable

The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

5:30 PM

Demo: Making a pinhole camera with Hope Kahn

7:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion:

State of the Arts: Photography “Directions 1”

Hope Kahn, Brian Cattelle, Jim Eisele, Eve Harlowe, and others…


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 7-10 P

The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

7:30 PM

Guest speaker

Valan Evers of Alt.Pix

Group show of work by Art and Commercial Photographers.

Ron Rizzi, Jim Eisele, Eve Harlow, and others…







For more information about these exhibits, upcoming exhibits and workshops, plus Calls to Artists, please contact:

Rolando Chang Barrero



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Neil Capozzi From Stuart Art Supply & Artists’ Nook Shares His Expertise About Options And Care Of Different Brushes For Artists, Plus Much More

Stuart Art Supply is a full service specialty store selling fine art supplies to artists and students. Owner, Neil Capozzi  provides a vast knowledge of art supplies, value pricing and a good selection of materials. Stuart Art Supply is affiliated with the Artists’ Nook Studio, giving local art instructors a place to offer fine art classes and lessons.  Neil shares his expertise about the countless options of brushes available.  It is reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable to guide us, when the selection can be so overwhelming. From vegan brushes, white hog bristles, synthetic filaments, plus so many shapes and sizes, how does one decide?  The Rickie Report shares the details and a Store Coupon!





Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990








Neil Capozzi tells The Rickie Report, “My personal and business mission is to provide local artists with a great selection of quality art supplies at value pricing”.  Neil is a major supporter of the local art scene, by bringing special events into the store and art studio.  He is heavily involved as a volunteer with local arts agencies and organizations.  In addition, Neil provides affordable space for instructors to hold classes and workshops. He passes on his expertise by providing affordable art education to adults.





Recently, Neil announced that he would be making changes in his artists’ brush mix eliminating Escoda, stocking Da Vinci and expanding Silver Brush. He says, “I”m happy to share that the Da Vinci Brushes have arrived to rave reviews from artists and instructors alike.  For you fine art painters, I added the short handled red sable brushes from Silver Brush (excellent for all media). These brushes join the long handled versions favored by detail painters. I’ve also added the Silver Silk 88, a semi stiff synthetic bristle for water media painters including water soluble oil paints”.

With so many different types and brands of brushes, Neil offers all of the details at the store and on the website.



Check out this video of Dee Silver, as she discusses the proper treatment of artist brushes:


An Overview of Brushes:



The Art Sherpa® red handle — made by Silver Brush in partnership with Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa®. These beauties feature excellent quality stiff white filaments that were specifically designed for use in all acrylic paints, including heavy bodied. Sherpa brushes provide paint and tip control unique to the series. Now you can scrub, scumble and push paint around on your surface without fear of damaging the brush! 




Silverstone™ brushes are of the finest quality interlocking Chungking white hog bristle. They have perfectly balanced and shaped handles for ultimate comfort and control while a nickeled brass ferrule protects the brush from damage, splitting and wear. 



​Cambridge™ series brushes have a unique blend of selected natural bristle and multi-diameter synthetic filaments with a resilient interlocked construction and deep natural chiseled tips. A seamless nickel-plated brass ferrule and carefully balanced handle make the Cambridge series a joy to work with, even on rough surfaces. These exceptionally durable brushes work well in heavy bodied acrylics, water-mixable oils, and traditional oil colors. 


The Atelier™ Mottler brushes feature a blend of badger and synthetic bristles and they are perfect for blending or softening edges. The extra long handle provides reach for work on a large canvas and a rust proof copper ferrule protects the brush.


Bristlon® is a superior stiff white synthetic brush that has been specially processed so it can be used with harsh solvents without compromising the texture or the fibers. These brushes offer excellent color control and strong resiliency on rough surfaces as a result of their interlocked construction and finely chiseled tips. It doesn’t matter if you are working with oils, acrylics, or watercolors, they will maintain their form and provide a smooth application of color. 



Black Pearl™ brushes are made with Mightlon™ synthetic filaments that can withstand rigorous treatment with heavy bodied and tube acrylics. These are great value brushes for not only acrylics but oils and water mixable oils as well. Ideal for canvas, large murals and plein air painting. 



Black Velvet® — distinctive black lacquer handled brushes with a signature silver band are a water-based artist’s dream! The Black Velvet® series is made with a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetics that allows the brush to hold a huge amount of color and release it with perfect control for watercolors, gouache, liquid acrylics, inks and dyes. The bristles are simultaneously soft enough to allow multiple-layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. 



Silver Silk 88™ is the best quality synthetic brush on the market for use in fluid acrylics, interference acrylics, gouache, watercolors and more. These beauties have great absorbency, exceptional holding capacity, wonderful color control and excellent wear resistance. Make your mark with Silver Silk 88™! 



Grand Prix® brushes are of outstanding quality. Perfectly balanced and shaped, they feature interlocked 100% Chungking white hog bristles for maximum color carrying capacity and corrosion-resistant double crimped pure copper ferrules with an epoxy seal for added protection.   The Renaissance® brushes are a top quality kolinsky-class pure red sable brushes with a natural spring and generous color-holding capacity. Renaissance brushes keep a fine point or sharp chisel edge.



Morgan Samuel Price Talks About her Brush Selection HERE:


Morgan Samuel Price Artist Describes Why She Chooses Grand Prix™ brushes



Neil tells us, ” We’re offering a nice mix of watercolor, oil and acrylic paint brushes from DaVinci at an everyday value price.”





Casaneo Watercolor Brushes made from extra soft synthetic fibers with an extraordinary elasticity and an extremely high color absorbing capacity, manufactured in plastic quills, rounds, flats, oval pointed filberts, and wash brushes bound on black lacquered handles. 


Spin Synthetics – watercolor brush finest extra smooth light brown synthetic fibre so-called silver ferrule short red transparent lacquered ergonomic handles for all liquid colours, especially for watercolor and silk painting. 





College – Acrylic brush, round strong synthetic fibre seamless aluminum ferrule brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure to enlarge our assortment for acrylic and oil painting in the lower price level, we have created this new synthetic line with very elastic synthetic fibers and long brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure.


Impasto – Acrylic colours are used in a more liquid as well as thicker consistency and for special techniques you need painting knives. The IMPASTO has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes now available 


Maestro 2 – The enormous amount of labour involved in hand making interlocked brushes has led us to develop a new technology, which enables us to manufacture the artist brushes in a more effective way. 


Top Acryl – white synthetic fibers with interlocking effect, medium length with silver ferrule long natural polished handles.The IMPASTO/TOP ACRYL has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes. 




NEW  Product  Test  Drive!



KingArt 9000 Series ORIGINAL GOLD



Artist Brushes

Your favorite, high-quality, golden taklon brushes are back in KingArt’s 9000 Series “Original Gold” premium brush line. KingArt, part of the Cornell* family, has created an exciting line of premium, golden taklon artist brushes at fantastic prices. Short, black handle brushes with gold bands and silver ferrules.

*The Cornell family has re-entered the artist brush business – Michael Cornell – Grandson of the original founder is importing some of the best water media brushes in the world. I especially love the 9020 Max Round (think Loew Cornell Ultra-Round).



Check Out The Classes/Workshops  Here:

For more information about art supplies, art classes, or the opportunity to conduct art classes:


Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990






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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Suzanne Connors Shares “The Alchemy Of Indigo” At Lighthouse ArtCenter Thursday November 15

Suzanne Connors, the noted textile artist, says “the magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes is like opening a gift on Christmas morning.” Join us at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL on Thursday, November 15th, when she reveals the mysteries of Indigo, once more valuable than gold, now taught in contemporary art and design.  3rd Thursdays at the Lighthouse ArtCenter are monthly receptions that bring together artists and art lovers to relish tasty hors d’oeuvres, quaff a nice wine and enjoy a variety of presentations. From cultural conversations with renown artists to exhibition openings and award ceremonies, guests are surrounded by the art installation in the gallery.  This month visitors will delight in Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101










“The  Alchemy  Of  Indigo”  

With  Suzanne Connors







Thursday, November 15, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Reception: Members no charge, nonmembers $5



Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm
Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge




Exhibit runs October 18 – November 21, 2018



Variety of Indigo Dyed Fabrics by Suzanne Connors



Suzanne Connors is a Fiber Artist in Stuart, Florida, who creates beautiful hand-dyed works of art at the Aya Fiber Studios located in the Fish House Art Center. She draws her inspiration from life in South Florida and her time spent living in the Caribbean Islands. She says that she is “enchanted by the colors of a setting sun and the Indigo blues of the sky and the sea.”



Indigo Dyed Tote Bag by Suzanne Connors





About Indigo from Aya Studios:

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating, and rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.


Indigo Dyed Shawl by Suzanne Connors



For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

The National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter Presents ”ENVISIONING MIRACLES”

The Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) presents ”ENVISIONING MIRACLES”, a multi media art exhibition. The public is invited to the Free, Opening Reception on Sunday, November 18th at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery located at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, FL.  NAWA is the first professional women’s fine art group established in the United States.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit, how to become involved with NAWA, and some sneak peeks. This exhibit is available November 18, 2018 through January 3, 2019.







”E N V I S I O N I N G     M I R A C L E S”











Opening Reception & Award Presentation:

Sunday, November  18,

3 – 5 pm



Reception is Open and Free to the Public 



Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday by appointment




Exhibition Dates: 

November 18, 2018 – January 3, 2019



 Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Levis JCC Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton, FL 33428

(enter off Glades Rd)



Nadine Meyers Saitlin “Vessel’s Vessel”  Acrylic on natural Gourd




Exhibiting Artists: 


Carolyn Barth

Carol Z. Brody

Judith Carlin

Janice Cohen

Mary Davidson

Sara Davidson-Zigdon

Cassandra Gordon-Harris

Jennifer Jean

Helene Kleiner

Marilyn Liedman

Diane Lublinski

Annette Margulies

Roberta Millman-Ide

Anabel Peicher

Debbie Rubin

Nadine Meyers Saitlin

Karen H. Salup

Beth Scher

Rhona L. Schonwald

Mary Lou Siefker

Jill Sneidman

Carol Staub


“WANDERLUST(2)” ACRYLIC by Annette Margulies





Founded in 1889 in New York City, the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) is the first professional women’s fine arts group in the United States.  

In 1995, the first NAWA Chapter was founded in Florida. The Florida Chapter extends the mission of our National organization by providing highly visible Florida venues, designing art education opportunities for its members and promoting art education to Florida communities; as well as encouraging the next generation of women artists to strive for even more visibility of women artists in the Art World. 

Artists wishing to join the Florida Chapter must first be juried into the National Organization (NAWA).  NAWAFL is a 501C3 not-for-profit tax exempt organization. 




“Month of Miracles” by Roberta Millman-Ide





About the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery:



To learn more about NAWA & NAWAFL please go to:





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