Toni Willey Current Whole Foods Market Artist In Wellington

Wellington Art Society member Toni Willey is the current featured solo artist at Whole Foods Market Wellington Café. A Public Reception will be held at and hosted by the Whole Foods Market Wellington Staff on Friday, August 26, 2016. Delicious appetizers and wine will be served along with live music and door prizes. The Art Society asks a $5 donation which will go to their Scholarship Fund. It will be a lovely reception for the artist and friends and a great way to start the weekend! Toni is a highly accomplished artist and will be showing her series of endangered species entitled “The Vanishing”.  The Exhibit is open now.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and urges you to stop by – art does sell at Whole Foods! Some art patrons have already made purchases!
















Friday, August 26th

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












Toni Willey began drawing at an early age but her exceptional talent surfaced when she began painting. Her teachers said she painted the way Mozart played music; it just rolled off her fingers. After high school she received a National Scholastic Award of Merit from the St. Louis Art Museum. She attended Art Institute and Foundation classes at Washington University and St. Louis University, where she studied all the fine art disciplines. Her painting style is photo realistic and semi abstract done in acrylics, mixed media and watercolor.






In addition to her “The Vanishing” series she has another series defining feminine power entitled “Ancient and Mystical Women”.  Toni began showing her work on the South Florida Art Show Circuit in 1990 while acting as Business Administrator for the Ambassador Galleries on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. She has working commissions from collectors all over the world and her prints sell internationally on She has been highly successful with her local solo exhibits.




Wellington  Art  Society

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th 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.

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Lighthouse Art Center Invites You To Closing Reception Of “Art Of Association”, Announces Vacation Closing And New Plein Air Palm Beach!

Let the colors, textures and creative community quicken your imagination during the CLOSING RECEPTION of Art of Association, Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter!  Feast your eyes on 375 original works of art from 186 exhibiting artists representing 16 Art Associations from Miami to Jensen Beach. With new ideas to share and plans to discuss, the participating associations will introduce their 2016-17 calendars. Don’t miss your last opportunity to enjoy this eclectic exhibition.  The ArtCenter will be CLOSED August 14 – 28th for VACATION. The Lighthouse ArtCenter announced today the names of the 35 artists selected to participate in the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition now in its 4th year at North Palm Beach County’s critically acclaimed art gallery and education center. The event will take place March 8-12, 2017.  The Rickie Report shares all the details in this article.





(561) 746-3101
373 Tequesta Drive            Tequesta, Florida 33469










Thursday, August 11, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

No charge for members of Lighthouse ArtCenter, $10 for non-members.


LACMalle Whitaker Rebirth

Malle Whitaker “Rebirth”

Art Associations from Boca Raton to Vero Beach are participating in this refreshing exhibition that fosters cross pollination of ideas and practices with 2D and 3D media from fiber arts to fused glass. Let your imagination soar.

Feast your eyes on 375 original works of art from 186 exhibiting artists representing 16 Art Associations from Miami to Jensen Beach. With new ideas to share and plans to discuss, the participating associations will introduce their 2016-17 calendars. We don’t want you to miss your last opportunity to enjoy this eclectic exhibition. 

“This is an exhibition in which art lovers and collectors can see, as well as purchase, the best work by members of art associations in our region”. – Nancy Politsch, Executive Director, Lighthouse ArtCenter


LACclose up of Sandanjian Underwater Treasures

Sandanjian “Underwater Treasures” Close-Up





PAINT PALM BEACH EN PLEIN AIR 2017 (Formerly the Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival)

March 8-12, 2017





Lighthouse ArtCenter announced today the names of the 35 artists selected to participate in the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition now in its 4th year at North Palm Beach County’s critically acclaimed art gallery and education center. The event will take place March 8-12, 2017. Plein Air has become a popular competition throughout the world, giving artists different venues to create in, while being challenged by the length and surroundings of the four-day contest. The selected artists compete for prize money and are able to display their work at the Lighthouse ArtCenter for gallery visitors to view, offer their opinions and purchase a favored painting at the Collector’s Party on Saturday, March, 11th, final day of competition. Paintings may also be purchased “wet” from the artist at the painting sites.
“We modified this year’s artist selection process after an outstanding 2016 competition,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Chair of Painting and Drawing and Co-Chair of this event, Ted Matz. “Feedback from our former contestants suggested we narrow our field of artists to give each participant more exposure to the crowds drawn to watch them when they’re sketching and painting at the various venues. ”
With more than 120 applicants for the limited slots, Matz said the selection process became one of scoring several criteria, not all of which were based on direct artistic skills. “We wanted to be fair to artists who may not have participated in our Plein Air competition in the first three years. And fair to the Lighthouse ArtCenter patrons who want to see how new artists interpret our local scenery when challenged to capture it on canvas.”

The 35 artists selected scored highest when evaluated by the following:
1. Originality
2. Overall Quality
3. Consistency of Style
4. Technical Skills
5. Marketability to Audience

“We are thrilled by the artistic diversity selected to compete in March 2017,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Curator Janeen Mason. “We had submissions from artists in 27 states and two who are international. We are excited to see how these artists translate our South Florida seascapes, landscapes and architecture.”

Here are the names and hometowns of the artists competing in Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition:




To learn more about Plein Air art, visit Wikipedia at or Google Plein Air art.

For additional information about upcoming exhibits or the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition, contact Lighthouse ArtCenter by calling 561-746-3101.

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Lighthouse ArtCenter is an equal opportunity gallery, learning center and employer.




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Art In Public Places: “Body Graphix Mural Project”, An Interview With Sharon Koskoff

The Rickie Report has shared Calls for Art in Public Places before and has written about Public Art Projects in Hobe Sound, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale and more.  This article takes our readers behind the scenes, as we interview award winning mural artist and art educator, Sharon Koskoff, who oversaw the “Body Graphix Mural Project”. We hope that art lovers, art patrons and artists get a better understanding and appreciation of these Public Art Projects.














Body Graphix Mural Project




TRR:How did the Body Graphix Mural Project Begin?


As one of several Center for Creative Education teaching artists I was eligible to apply for this project, and happily my proposal was accepted. The project was sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs in partnership with Palm Beach County Art in Public Places and the Solid Waste Authority’s Recycled Paint Program.


The mural spans 80’ and is hung high. It is meant to be seen driving by in a car or as a pedestrian from a distance. We also wanted to introduce the students to three area professional artists from Belle Glade who would also serve as role models for mentorship.





TRR:How was the project formulated?


There are several ways to approach this group mural project….




• An artist makes a design in color and everyone paints different parts of it. The previous mural was painted on 4’ x 8’ wood panels and created a large scale single concept, which was a landscape.




• Everyone gets an individual wood panel and paints anything they want or follows a theme but creates 20 different ideas and colors. Balance is only created in the installation through repetition of similar scale and size.




• My Concept: Combine the two ideas! Each student gets their own panel, the theme is their individual portrait of their ‘physical presence” and chosen images of their “personal essence”. The mural is created in an abstract style of warm and cool colors with overlapping chosen images. The students all use the same selected paint colors and use outlining to create one harmonious mural of 20 individual panels that has a dynamic view from afar.





I have used this concept serval times before at public venues as Lake Worth Middle School, Toussaint L’Overture High School, Home Safe youth affected by violence and other locations. I knew it would adapt well to the scrutiny of exterior public art maintenance and longevity, as well as it being age appropriate for the young adult teens.






TRR: Where do you begin?


Organization is the key to success in an Artist in Residence atmosphere where education and learning is as important as the process of making art and the finished product. Project outlines and lesson plans made it possible to create Body Graphix in eight hands-on workshops.





Materials were gathered loaded and unloaded onto the site. Safety, drop cloths, painting attire, rules and “getting to know you” takes place in the first session. I was going to use a projector to create the personal student silhouettes, so on the first class, I used to the projector to create “head” shots of each student on paper.






They got to know me, see my tools, how I operate, learn what to expect, what we were going to do next class, what they needed to prepare and plan for their personal individual “full body portrait – body graphic”.





TRR:How did Body Graphix come into being?



We jump right in and begin to paint! We primed the heavy wood panels front and back and the high energy begins to flow… everyone has a job to do with no time to waste!






By the second workshop, we built a “stage” for the panels and the projector light box and the students took turns making their “pose”. Then their inner emotions dictated what symbols to add to the silhouette as the sun, the moon, flowers, sports, animals, planets, rain, lightning, flora, architecture, music …. All symbols that had meaning to each student alone. Theatrically, I hand drew all 20 panels while each student participated posed for their silhouette individually.







Students also started a journal book where they wrote their feelings, impressions and ideas of what was going on around them. Some added collage elements to their notebook journals and created artistic book covers.





Third Workshop
Warm Colors of Red, Orange, Yellow and Pink were introduced. Teens made a choice to paint the background in warm colors, or their body portrait.




Fourth Workshop
Cool Colors of Blues, Greens and Purple were introduced. If the portrait was warm colors, the background would now be in the cools colors to “pop” out in contrast.




Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Workshops
In the remaining workshops students worked with each other, alone, other with adult volunteers who came by to be part of the high energetic act of creativity!




Three local artists born in Belle Glade, came by to show their work and tell the kids how they became professional artists. Featured in the TV video was Donald Neal.






When the warm and cool panels were completed, a dark brown outline color was mixed to symbolize the “soil” in Belle Glade, as the motto goes, “her soil is her fortune”. The panels were then sealed front and back for exterior longevity and protection from the sun.





All students signed a large ball that could be bounced around the gymnasium as a reminder of the project. Also everyone who was associated with the project dipped their hands in paint and made colorful imprints on a panel to be hung indoors in the recreation room!



TRR: Let’s talk about the Outcomes


I led and coordinated the “Body Graphix Mural Project” for the Bill Bailey Center Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County participants and extended community, through the educational and artistic process of public mural painting. Participants learned about art, painting, color, design, and scale, as well as teamwork, group effort and social history. Tremendous positive energy was shared while working together, formulating ideas, planning, and problem solving. It was extremely exciting to be connected to the process of a blank canvas that evolves into a successful and significant work of art. Each participant created their own individual “identity” work of art, that installed together, created a beautiful vision of 4’ x 8’ connecting mural panels on the newly painted building!




The following process was implemented: community invited/ stake holders / local guest artist mentors etc., create connections, collaborations and introductions, slide presentations of previous public murals, rules and safety, expectations, questions and answers, create artworks to take home as a silhouette self-portrait on paper, prime mural panels, interactive team projection of full body portrait ”Graphix” onto mural panels using a projector, add individual “identity” designs elements relating to personal participants, learn about warm and cool colors, paint the mural panels, encourage open dialogue of expression in Recap, learn painting techniques, top coat murals with exterior sealer, supervise install of mural panels and then celebrate accomplishments with an all invited Award Certificate Ceremony. The mural project was documented individually through daily “journaling books” with writings, sketches, and thoughts, as well as publicly, through photographs / video and media press releases.







• After the County installed the panels measuring 80’ wide by 8’ tall onto the exterior façade of the Bill Bailey Community Center,a Body Graphix Award Luncheon and presentation was held and everyone celebrated!

  • The Sun wrote a front page story on the Body Graphix mural project. 
  • A half hour TV show featuring the Body Graphix project and it’s aired on the County Connection program since April 2016. 
  • Sharon Koskoff received an accommodation from Congressional Representative Alcee Hastings.
  • Palm Beach Post featured an article on Art in Public Places of PBC with Elayna Toby Singer and the Sharon Koskoff Body Graphix residency.






TV Segment Overview

In the latest episode of County Connection, meet the teens, adults and organizations who helped create the “Body Graphix“ murals at the Bill Bailey Community Center in Belle Glade.  Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s teen after-school program and the Solid Waste Authority’s recycled paint program to design and paint the new murals which recently replaced murals created in 2002 by Glades area students and teachers.



TRR:  Tell us more about yourself and your own art.


I graduated from Brooklyn College with Honors (Fine Arts Major and Education Minor), Honor Photography and Sculpture, New York School of Interior Design (Masters Color Theory), School of Visual Arts  (Printing).  I’m involved in numerous Associations, including: Florida Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Arcadia Publications / Author Art Deco of the Palm Beaches / Local History, Founding President Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches 1987 – present, Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach / PAAB Chairperson, School of Creative Arts at the Old School Square Arts Complex / Youth & Adult Art Instructor, Society of Four Arts / Museum Leader of Group Tours, Very Special Arts /VSA Florida / Artist in Residence, Armory Art Center / Historic Preservation / Art & Architectural Lecture Series.


TRR: Sharon’s accomplishments and mentorship include collaborations, commissions, workshops, projects and grants on behalf of numerous local non-profit organizations: 

Recent Collaborations/ Commissions / Workshops / Grants / Projects
Cornell Museum at Center for the Arts / Children’s Wing Murals
City of Westgate / Public Sculpture / Ceramic Tile / Community Youth
FIU Wolfsonian Museum / Key Note Speaker
Florida Humanities Council / Amory Art Center Art Deco Lecture Series Grant
Osborne Center/ For the Children / Lake Worth Murals Interior & Exterior
Nine Arch Murals / LULA Lake Worth CRA
Palm Beach County Gov/TV Chanel 20– Inside History / Three Documentaries
Pine Grove Elementary School / Artist in Residence
Plumosa School of the Arts / Artist in Residence
Roosevelt Middle School / Artist in Residence
Safety Net Program / Home Safe A Place for Children / Artist in Residence
Butterfly Installation at Cultural Council
Stage Left Theatre / Boynton Beach

Her recent Awards:
2014-15 Winner Ellen Liman Arts Educator Award of Excellence; Muse Awards Palm Beach County Cultural Council; 2013 International Coalition of Art Deco Societies / Havana, Cuba; Arts & Cultural Exchange Program
2008 / 2010 Finalist Arts Educator of the Year Muse Awards Cultural Council; 2009 / 2015 Women in Executive Leadership.


Sharon Koskoff Public Commissions include:

90 Southeast 5th Ave/Exterior Art Murals◊505 Teen Center/Woman’s Club Mural◊American Heart Association/Signature Artist◊ARC/4 Murals◊Armory Art Center/ 1997- 2001 “Artists Ball Designer”◊Armory Art Center Gators Galore /“Gator Calculator”◊Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches◊Art & Jazz on the Avenue/Official Poster Beach Art in Public Places◊Art in the Alley / Community Art 1 – 5◊Artigas/2 Community Murals◊Atlantic Community High School/3 Murals◊Banyan Creek Elementary Butterfly Mural◊Barton Elementary School/ 8 Murals◊Belvedere Elementary School/ 8 Murals◊Boca Raton Art in Public Places Photo Exhibition◊Boca Raton Elementary School/2 Murals◊Boca Raton Express Museum/Tile Train Depot◊Boys & Girls Club of PBC/Art in Public Places PBC Belle Glade, FL◊C.W. Gerstenberg Hospice, Children’s Bereavement◊Carver Middle School/2 Murals/Book Installation◊Center for Creative Education/Project LEAP◊Cezanne Jazz Club at Sheraton Hotel/Mural WPB ◊City of Aventura/3 Murals, Founders Day Festival◊City of Westgate/Community Ceramic Totem Pole ◊ Clematis Street Bench Project/Metropolitan Sponsor◊Coffee Gallery Café/3 Murals Lake Worth / 4 Murals◊Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation, Mural◊Crosspointe Elementary School, Cafeteria Murals◊Del Prado Elementary School,Cafeteria Murals◊Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Open Door Project◊Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Community Chairs ◊Delray Beach Flower Festival,Millennium Project ◊Delray Beach Flower Festival,Toussaint L ‘Overture◊Delray Beach Multicultural Festival,Murals◊Delray Full Service Center (Old Carver Middle)◊Discovery Key Elementary School,3 Murals◊Eagles Landing Middle School, 7 Murals◊Environmental Resources Management Palm Beach◊First Night 2001 – 2014,10 Puppets on Wheels◊First Night 2004, Seven Hole Miniature Golf Murals◊Galilee Retirement Village, 7 Murals◊Good Samaritan Hospital Kids ER Lobby◊Greenacres Elementary School,3 Murals◊Gringle, Dougherty & Wheat – Have a Seat!◊Hamburger Heaven Clematis Murals◊Hidden Oaks Elementary,Mural◊Home Safe / A Place for Children 5 Murals◊Hotel Biba Showtel 2004,Flower Bed ◊HRS Lobby & HRS Pediatric AIDS ◊Indian Ridge School, 20 Murals ◊JCC Theatre Production Mural and 6 Sculptures ◊JCC, Wild Things: A Child’s Right to Read◊JCC, Hanukkah-fest,10 Pastel Murals – WPB ◊JCC 350 Years of Jewish History in America◊Jefferson Davis Middle School, Murals ◊ Jell-O Shots! Resource Depot Recycle Center ◊Juneteenth! Shady Museum Freedom Celebration ◊ Juvenile Justice of Port St. Lucie/ VSA Artist◊Juvenile Justice of Palm Beach County◊Keyes to the Cities/Kretzer Pianos Kravis Center◊Lincoln Elementary School, 8 Murals ◊ Loggers Run Middle School,4 Murals ◊ B Love’s Drug Building, 1/8 Community Mural NARP◊March of Dimes, 8 Murals ◊Mario’s Market West Atlantic,Exterior Murals◊ Morikami Park Elementary School ◊Native Sun, Have a Seat! Adirondack Chair ◊Nine Muses, Art Therapy Mural ◊Nine Arch Murals Lake Worth◊Norton Museum of Art,2 Murals◊Northmore Elementary School,2 Murals◊Odyssey Middle School,10 Murals◊Old School Square/Cornell Museum Murals ◊Orchard View Elementary School,2 Murals◊Office Depot Corporate Headquarters,3 Murals◊Open Door Project / Cultural Loop Delray◊Osborne Center,For the Children, 9 Murals◊Palm Beach County Millennium CouncilPalm Beach Gardens Hospital,10 Murals◊Palm Beach International Airport 2 Murals◊Palm Beach Public School,2 Murals◊Palm Beach Zoo Dreher Park,50 Mural Panels◊ Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park,Boo at the Zoo Live Animal Stage, Christmas in July◊Palm Springs Elementary School,2 Murals◊Palm Springs Middle School,30 Murals◊Palmetto Elementary School,Murals◊Parker’s Kitchen Building, 2 Murals◊PBICA, Palm Beach Institute Contemporary◊Pineapple Grove Archway, Ceramic Tile Bases◊Pine Grove School of the Arts,18 Murals◊Pine Grove/Paint Up Pine Grove, Lead Artist◊Plumosa School of the Arts/ Go Green Murals◊Port Salerno Elementary School◊Post Card Murals Sent to the US Troops◊Puppetry Art Center of the Palm Beaches◊Quest Theatre,Theatre Design and Murals◊Ranger Construction Corporate Office◊Robert Montgomery’s Home Safe Project◊Roosevelt Elementary School,10 Murals◊Roosevelt Middle School,3 Murals◊Rosemont Park,Ceramic Tiles/Words to Live By◊Royce Hotel,Murals ◊SD Spady Elementary School,11 Murals◊Solid Waste Authority PB County◊South Florida Science Museum◊St. Mary’s Hospital, Mural◊Stage Left Theatre / Boynton Murals◊Sugar Sand Science Playground◊Sunfest Banner Project◊Sunrise Park Elementary School, 3 Murals◊U. B Kinsey/Palmview School of the Arts◊United Way Day Care,5 Murals◊Very Special Arts/ VSA◊Washington Elementary School◊Westgate CRA,Totem Project◊ Westward Elementary School◊West Palm Beach Centennial◊Whispering Pines Elementary School◊Women’s Circle of Hope/Signature Artist◊YMCA of Boca Raton,Murals.


For more information about this article and to see more of Sharon’s artwork, please visit:

Sharon Koskoff websites include:

Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches
325 SW 29th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33445




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1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival By Armory Art Center Accepting Applications Until September 15th

Artists are invited to participate in the 1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival produced by the Armory Art Center on December 3rd and 4th. ART LOVERS: Mark these dates on your calendars now!  This will feature local and out-of-town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for all ages. This event will be well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Scheduled at the perfect time for holiday shopping, vendors will reach affluent Palm Beach and Broward County residents, plus engage our large seasonal tourist population. This Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply now!  Artist Deadline to Apply:  September 15th!




1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401




1st Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival

Saturday, December 3

Sunday, December 4

10 am – 5 pm








Festival Activities:

Fine Art
Kid’s Activities

The campus hosts space for 180 10’x10’ tents throughout the Armory’s sprawling campus.

Tents will be located outdoors in the courtyard, in the front parking lot, and in Montgomery Hall which is inside the Armory Art Center’s historic art deco building.


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—a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.
Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, food, and kid’s activities make the festival a perfect experience for all.


Set up is on Friday, December 2nd. Artists parking will be available.

To participate go to

  • Submit three jpegs of the artwork you plan to sell along with your application.
  • Application deadline is September 15, 2016
  • Notification deadline is October 1, 2016
  • There is a $25 artist application fee
  • Booths are 10’ x 10’ for $125 each. After selection instructions for booth payment will be sent.
  • After acceptance into the festival, instructions for booth payment will be provided.
  • Booth fees will be due within three weeks after acceptance until November 4th and due immediately after acceptance after November 4th.
  • Tent Requirements: Tents must be 10’x10’ and made to withstand wind and rain. The tent color must be white to remain consistent with event standards. Recommended brands are Light Done, Show Off, and Flourish.
  • There is a minimum of 50 lbs. of weight per corner required to meet quality standards.
    Tent Rental: “Tents 4 Events” is offering tents for rent with set-up and breakdown included. Please log on to or call 954-675-7634 directly to setup your tent rental.




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 or call 561-832-1776 x33.



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Call For 11th Annual Art Fest On The Green Fine Art And Craft Show Produced By Wellington Art Society

The 11th Annual Art Fest on the Green Fine Art and Fine Craft Show produced by the Wellington Art Society continues its tradition of bringing art and community together to celebrate creativity and artistic excellence.  Proceeds from the show will go to the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund and other Community Programs.  Art Fest on the Green features local and out of town artists, live music, demonstrations, Children’s Art Activity Tent, food trucks and activities for all ages in a beautiful setting on the green of the Amphitheater.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges emerging as well as established artists and fine crafters to apply!











11th Annual Art Fest on the Green in Wellington

January 28 to January 29, 2017






Application Dates: Now through November 15, 2016

Notification Date: December 2, 2016

Application Fee: $35.




Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music on the Amphitheater stage, food, and kid’s activities make the festival a fun, interesting, and inspiring experience for everyone.



This Annual event will be well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Located in Palm Beach County, Florida, Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, International Polo Capital of the world, and a unique destination for seasonal visitors and residents.



January is the peak season and affluent international visitors and residents of Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward counties fill the event venues in Wellington and return yearly to Art Fest on the Green.



Wellington offers many exciting dining choices, upscale shopping, and entertainment with a distinctive flair. It is just a short drive to the beach and many outstanding art and cultural attractions.


For more information about WAS please visit:


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Lift Your Spirits With A Poem, Meet With The Poets of The Palm Beaches

The Poets of the Palm Beaches will host three events in August. All events are open to the public and take place in different parts of Palm Beach County. Some Poetry Readings offer Cash prizes. Submissions for the 2016 Poetry Anthology are open! If you are curious, a beginner, intermediate or advanced poet, this is the organization to get involved with. Their mission is to support and encourage the creation of original poetry in Palm Beach County, FL. New Members Are Always Welcome!  The Rickie Report shares the information here.







2016 Poetry Anthology


(Members Only – New Members Welcome)


1) Please submit your Best Poem (within the guidelines) (only one).

2) The Maximum Length is 35 lines, including blank lines.
3) The Maximum Width is 50 spaces, including blank spaces.
4) Please put your name and phone number on your poem, upper right.
5) Your poem must have a Title.
6) Your poem must be neatly typed on 8 1/2 X 11 white paper in 12-point font or higher if you are submitting through the US mail or in person at the reading. No Handwritten Entries Please. You are encouraged to E-MAIL your poem. Put the poem in the body of the email or attached as a WORD .doc, .docx, .pdf or .rtf to:

8) NO fancy, italic or script fonts, nor any art work, please.

9) The DEADLINE is postmark Sept. 19, 2016, or in person at the Monthly Reading on Sep. 18th .
10) All emails will be acknowledged, but if you send it via USPS, send a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) if you want confirmation that your poem has been received.

11) If you are not e-mailing your poem, send your entry to: PO Box 1434 Lake Worth FL 33460.
12) Poems will not be returned — do not send your only copy.

You may pick up your copy at the Anthology Party at our 3rd Sunday Reading on December 18, 2016. Every paid member will receive one free copy of the Anthology. If you cannot attend the Reading, your book will be mailed to you. Extra copies will be available for sale at $10 each. It is our goal to have every member represented in this book. Please submit in a timely manner.







August, 2016 MEETINGS:




2nd Wednesday Workshop

August 10, 2016

7:00 pm

Place: Panera’s Cafe — 771 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach 33409

Workshop: Open to the public. Original work only. No charge. Bring at least 12 copies of one poem

Contact: Ron Rosoff at 561-232-2888.


3rd Tuesday Workshop

August 16, 2016

7:00 pm

Place: Palm Beach Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 823 North A Street, Lake Worth 33460 Just a little more than one block South of 10th Ave North

Workshop: Open to the public. Original work only. No charge. Bring at least 10 copies of one poem.




3rd Sunday Reading

August 21, 2016

2:00 PM

Place: Palm Beach Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 823 North A Street, Lake Worth. Just a little more than one block South of 10th Ave North.

Time: 2:00 PM. (Doors open at 1:45 PM)

Contest with cash prizes.

Featured Reader is Janice Fine

Form is: Triolet
Prompt: Write a poem about yourself in which nothing is true…

Open to the public. Original work only.

Third Sunday Reading Rules:

(1) Original work only. (2) One poem per round. (3) No poem more than one 8 1/2 x 11 page, in normal 12-point font. (4) Prose Poems no more than 250 words in normal 12-point font. (5) No introductions please. State your name, the name of your poem, and the form of your poem. All present may enter the contest, which is judged by the featured reader. Submission of a poem automatically conveys permission to print it in this newsletter, on our website and on YouTube if it wins. All rights revert to the authors upon publication. After the first round will be the Special Contest. The same rules apply as just stated, except that it must be the designated FORM. All present who have a poem written in the form may enter the contest, even if they entered the first round contest. For the third round, the same rules apply, or up to 3 poems, if none is over 5 lines. There is no contest for the third round.

Suggested Donation: $2 for members and their guests, $3 for non-members. Free for high school students.

For details please contact John Palozzi at 561-588 -9829




Contact: John Palozzi at 561-588 -9829.

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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


“Scary Art Exhibit” At Galleria Gilda Includes Call For Artists And Save The Date For Art Patrons To Attend Gartel Wicked Halloween Bash

Galleria Gilda in Lake Worth announces  the “Scary Art Exhibit” with a Halloween opening party which will take place on Saturday, October 1st.   Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces of work.  The entry fee provides admission for submitting artists to the Gartel Wicked Halloween Bash, selected exhibiting artists entry fee will also cover 1 guest. ARTISTS DEADLINE: AUGUST 31st.  ART PATRONS: SAVE THE DATE for the Opening Party! The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from previous exhibits.  Jurors are: Katie Deits, Former Director of Lighthouse ArtCenter, Debby Coles-Dobay Public Arts Manager of Boynton Beach Florida, Angela Yungk Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Art Hive magazine.  Final Judging and awards by the father of Digital Art, Laurence Gartel who will also be the top host for the Halloween party.








2211 North Dixie Highway Lake Worth, FL 33460
Wed. – Sat.: 11am – 6pm
Sun. 1pm – 5pm
Mon. & Tues. Gallery closed for workshops


“Scary Art Exhibit”

at the

Gartel Wicked Halloween Bash


Saturday, October 1st

6 – 11 pm

Costumes encouraged!

Enjoy Music,Entertainment, Art!!




GalleriaGildaScary Art Exhibit Call Rev1




  • Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces of work for $30


  • Entry fee provides admission for submitting artists to Gartel Wicked Halloween Bash, selected exhibiting artists entry fee will also cover 1 guest.


  • Deadline for submission 8/31 midnight.


  • Notification 9/7,


  • Delivery 9/29


  • Pickup 11/2


  • Artwork will be juried into the exhibit by 3 prominent local artistic professionals:

Katie Deits, Former Director of Lighthouse Art Center, Debby-Coles-Dobay Public Art Manager, Boynton beach Florida, Angela Yungk Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Art Hive magazine.

Final Judging and awards by the father of Digital Art, Laurence Gartel who will also be the top host for the Halloween party.





A bunch of crazy fun

Body painting

Costume contests

Donald and Hillary look alike contest






For more details:


Galleria Gilda Offers:

  • Wall space
  • Exhibit space
  • Small studio space for rent
  • Workshops and Classes including painting, drawing, pastel, jewelry, photography, and photography editing programs plus visiting guest from time to time.
  • Once a week socials are also offered in adult coloring and encaustics with all materials supplied including snacks.
  • The group tries to meet every other month to discuss upcoming events and each other’s artwork.
  • Our Motto is to be Dedicated to Developing the Artists of Florida and support the important role art plays in our society
  • Galleria Gilda Gallery, in association with Artists in Florida Organization, have both member and commission work on exhibit along with guest exhibitors.


Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Please visit with our staff and see what Galleria Gilda is all about!

For more information, including class schedules:

Visit our website at

or email

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Open Call For Juried Art Exhibit Presented by WITVA and Coral Springs Museum Of Art Is Open To Men And Women

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) announces an open call for a juried art exhibit, “Artistic Adventures III” at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. This call is open to men and women over the age of 18. Cash prizes will be awarded at the Public Reception on Thursday, September 8th. The Rickie Report is pleased to share this call and recommends that ART PATRONS mark your calendars for an exhibit you will not want to miss. Artist deadline is August 22.






August 30-September 26, 2016

 This is an OPEN juried show

Public Reception & Cash Awards:


Thursday, September 8, 5:30- 7 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855 Coral Springs Dr.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm 





Application deadline: Monday, August 22, 2016

Delivery at Coral Springs Museum of Art Tuesday, August 30, 10am-12 noon

Pick-up Monday, September 26, 11am-noon


Eligibility:  OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION of MEN AND WOMEN over 18 (up to 2 entries of work)

No Nudes


SUBJECT MATTER: The Coral Springs Museum of Art reserves the right to reject inappropriate works.
Work cannot have been previously shown at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.


Size limits: 48” WIDE X 60” HIGH . If concerned, please call Ann Schwartz 561-737-4248


Preparation of Pieces:
Paper media must be covered with Plexiglass, have undamaged frames and mats.
Unframed oils/acrylics must be framed or finished on all sides with no staples showing.
All 2-D must be securely wired (please tape ends of wired) No sawtooth hangers.

All entries must be labeled on back, and all items must be for sale. If sold they must remain for the entire exhibit.
Please note: 10% commission on all sales to WITVA scholarship fund)






I.D. LABELS: Attach one to the back of each work (upper right corner)






Cell Phone:_____________________


Price:____________Cell Phone____________________

WITVA Exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art “Artistic Adventures III”

Take-in August 30, 2016, 10-12 noon

$35 Non-refundable entry fee payable to WITVA for up to 2 entries.

Application deadline: Monday,August 22, 2016


Ann Schwartz, 8261 Muirhead Cir, Boynton Beach, FL 33472


Artist_____________________________________C-Phone ( )_______________


Entry #1 title________________________________Medium________________

Size h_____w______Price___________

Entry #2 title________________________________Medium________________

Size h_____w______Price___________


WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The undersigned hereby agrees to release and discharge WITVA, its directors and members, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, its directors and staff, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind, on all works submitted for the “Artistic Adventures III Exhibition. I am aware that a 10% commission will be taken on any sale of my artwork made during the exhibit for the WITVA Scholarship Fund.
All exhibitors must sign waiver below:

ARTIST’S SIGNATURE_________________________________________Date__________

I will help with:

Check in_____


Take Down_____




I will help with refreshments: Cookies_____fruit_______wine______other_________________


I will attend the Awards Reception, Thursday, September 8th, 5:30-7pm__________# of GUESTS________


For more information:

Ann Schwartz 561-737-4248




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VSA Florida – Palm Beach County Hosts Annual “Celebration of the Arts” And Everyone Is Invited

VSA Florida – Palm Beach County will host their 20th Annual “Celebration of the Arts” on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in John Prince Park, Lake Worth. The event will feature a variety of artwork created throughout the year in VSA visual art classes and a performance by the “Very Special Actors” Community Theatre Program. Celebrate the many talents of VSA’s artists and actors. Highlights of the evening will include an opportunity to meet the artists and actors and light refreshments provided by Whole Foods. Admission is free. The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details and a few sneak peeks.





VSA – Florida – Palm Beach County


20th Annual “Celebration of the Arts”

Friday, August 5, 2016

7 – 9 p.m.

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex

In John Prince Park, Lake Worth



2728 Lake Worth Road     Lake Worth, FL 33461









PalmBeachCountyVSAAlicia Bunche My Better Half

Alicia Bunche  “My Better Half”




Holly Teruggi, Visual Arts Program Coordinator tells The Rickie Report,” Our annual show is an opportunity to showcase the talents of our artists, actors, and dancers and admire all of their hard work and accomplishments. We want to teach people in our community about our organization and give the opportunity to experience inclusion in the arts. We are always looking for new artists, instructors, volunteers, committee members, and finally new individuals to serve”.


PalmBeachCOuntyVSALauna Maxner Serenity

Laura Maxner  “Serenity”

The mission of VSA Florida – Palm Beach County is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. To find out how much fun this creative process can be, contact VSA Florida – Palm Beach County at 561-966-7025 or visit




Multiple Artists from VSA




The 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts features a variety of artwork created throughout the year in VSA visual art classes and performances by our Jazz Dance Group and “Very Special Actors” Community Theatre Program. Highlights of the evening included the opportunity to meet the artists and actors, and delicious refreshments donated by Whole Foods.




“Very Special Actors” Community Theater Program



For more information:




VSA Florida – Palm Beach County
2728 Lake Worth Road
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Phone: (561) 966-7026
Fax: (561) 966-7027

Instagram: Follow @vsaflpbc




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What’s Brewin’ In Lake Park’s Art District?

Celebrate the resident artists and whatever else is on tap at the Brewhouse Gallery on Thursday, July 28th. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting in a night completely devoted to the artists with a meet and greet, creative talks and much more! 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 all of 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.






720 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL 33403



MONDAY – Closed


3:00 PM – Midnight
Noon – Midnight




AJ Brockman shares a message with The Rickie Report readers, “Have you been to The Brewhouse Gallery yet? After this weekend, chances are that is a yes… After over two years of being in business we just had our most successful week EVER (excluding anniversary weekends). Why is that? Because of all of you! That’s right, it’s because of all the incredible support and word-of-mouth recommendations that we are thriving in the dead of summer… We are a spot created by locals for locals and we reinvest in our community. If for whatever reason you have been living under a rock, or need an excuse to finally come visit us… Now’s your chance.  Tuesdays we’re open from 5- 10 PM with Happy Hour Pricing all night long!  See you here”!!





Thursday, July 28th 6 – 9 pm

AJ Brockman ◊ Joseph LaPierre ◊ Family561 ◊ Craig McInnis ◊ Jasper Asher ◊ Del Foxton ◊ Ivy & Oak Tattoo ◊ Lukas Mora ◊ Neil McConney ◊ Jacklyn Kovach ◊ Thornton Henry ◊ Leo Arbeznik ◊ Johnol Jones ◊ Debbie Davis ◊ Thomas Chrpa ◊ Sarah LaPierre ◊ Phil Fung







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.

2D and 3D Artworks For Sale

Diner Dogs And Other Foods!


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, send us an email:


















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! Food by Diner Dogs Inc. 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. Food by Diner Dogs Inc.

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:

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420