Art Salons in April Look At “Socio/Eco Science and Art” and “Girl Noticed”, A National Mural Project

Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, led by Elle Schorr.  Professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries.  Topics cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and share useful resources.  Meet Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice) on April 7th. Lori Pratico and Elizabeth Sanjuan, of Girl Noticed, will present on April 21st.  All Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center. Please note the last Art Salon for this season takes place on Tuesday, May 5. Salons will resume on the first Tuesday of each month, starting on October. The Rickie Report gives the details and introduces the artists here.  This is an outstanding opportunity for artists to network with each other and for art patrons to engage more personally with the artists.



TUESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2015 





TUESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2015




First and Third Tuesdays – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$10. Fee to Attend

Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue      West Palm Beach, FL 33401




TUESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2015





"This Little Piggy" by Dian

“This Little Piggy” by Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice)


You’ve seen her work at the Boynton Beach Arts District and in Wynwood during Art Basel, at the FAU Library in Jupiter and at The Mordes Collection “Outside the Box”, at the recent Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches “Paws and Claws” and at many other exhibits in south Florida.


"Urban Dwelling" by Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice)

“Urban Dwelling” by Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice)


This art talk will explore the artist’s journey from traditional object maker through the various stages of her art career; ending at her current stage working under the pseudonym Birds are Nice to promote science literacy through conceptual art. Processes and use of unique materials will be discussed, along with a little science. Her goal is to save the planet one artwork at a time!


"Save The Whales" by Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice)

“Save The Whales” by Diane Arrieta (aka Birds Are Nice)



Birds are Nice is an American artist, born in Pennsylvania, currently working in south Florida. This interdisciplinary artist utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. The work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artist like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood. Her work has been categorized as socio-eco-political.   She received a MSc from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. in wildlife biology.


BAN by Diane Arrieta (aka (Birds Are Nice)

BAN by Diane Arrieta (aka (Birds Are Nice)

For more information about Diane’s creativity, please visit:


TUESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2015







Elizabeth Sanjuan and Lori Pratico

Elizabeth Sanjuan and Lori Pratico


Girl Noticed is a nationwide charcoal mural project aimed at bringing attention and awareness to the important role “the female” plays in our society. Hollywood based portrait artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan will be traveling to 50 states in 3 years to erect a series of detailed charcoal portraits, created as large exterior murals. Each mural will depict a female chosen from the area in which the mural will be painted. The murals will be crafted in charcoal, with the idea that weather conditions will naturally and quickly fade away these images. There is a window of time to “Notice” the artwork that has been created. This represents the message: “when an individual’s talents, intelligence, and character are left unnoticed, they may fade away, disappear, and never be seen or developed into their full potential.” Each individual chosen will be photographed alongside her portrait, and these photos will comprise a book to be published at the completion of the project.


Girl Noticed Mural

Girl Noticed Mural (Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Sanjuan)



Lori Pratico started her artistic career over 25 years ago, painting commercial billboards in Philadelphia. She then turned to creating her own art, most often portraits, and says: “My artwork is inspired by those who dare to be different. My paintings are often of women with tattoos, or brightly colored hair, but more importantly, women who have chosen to be happy with themselves despite what labels society has placed on them. When painting a portrait, I reach for the inside of a person. I know if I get the inside right, the outside will simply fall into place.”



Art by Elizabeth Sanjuan (Photo Courtesy of Artist)

Photo by  Elizabeth Sanjuan (Photo Courtesy of Artist)



Now she has decided to return to climbing walls. She explains “Over 25 years later, I’m back to painting walls, but with a different goal: to bring attention to important issues surrounding the demoralization of women, and to recognize the strength, courage, talents and tenacity of females throughout the United States. I’m creating something you have no choice but to notice. The first mural was done in Hollywood, Florida in January 2015. Before my 50th birthday, I will travel 50 states and create at least 50 murals. Art has always been where I have found my voice, and I aim to be heard. In a world where everyone is in a hurry I’m asking you to pause. My portraits challenge you to look closer, look longer and see differently.”



Portrait by Lori Pratico

Portrait by Lori Pratico



Elizabeth Sanjuan began her travel and photography adventures while at American Airlines, where she worked for 25 years. Now a recognized philanthropist and co-owner of Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, Florida, she has traveled to over 73 countries and plans to see at least 100 by the time she reaches age sixty. She and her husband, Ken Brown, founded the Sanjuan-Brown Hollywood Arts Foundation in 2012, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts and arts education. World travel is her vehicle and photography is her medium. “My passion is to discover, through travel, the vast mosaic of people, lands and cultures that the world offers; and to record, as faithfully as I can, the incredible panorama of color, pattern and energy that bombards the receptive eye. Travel gives me the opportunity to observe, but I believe the lens intensifies my ability to truly understand. I want to convey the world’s incredible variety and to create an awareness, understanding and respect for humankind through photographic images. I am constantly reminded that even though people live worlds apart, we are truly all the same. Our hopes, dreams, loves and losses are all captured in our faces. The camera provides objective proof of our commonality.”


 For more information about Lisa, Elizabeth and Girl Noticed, please visit:




If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.


If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.




The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit or call 561-832-1776 x33.


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Call for Entries: 37th Lighthouse ArtCenter Member Exhibition

The Lighthouse ArtCenter announces its 37th Member Exhibition!  Each year, members have an opportunity to show their work in a non-juried exhibition. If you have not joined yet, you still can up to the moment you drop off your artwork! A percentage of sales goes to LAC to support future events. The Rickie Report shares this Call to Artists and the forms here.  Mark Thursday, April 16th on your calendars for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Exhibit opens April 6th. ATTENTION Art Lovers:  Stop by and Support the Arts!




37th Annual Member Exhibition


Opening Reception and Awards

Thursday,  April 16th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibit Runs April 6 through April 29

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469




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"Sunset Coconut Palm" by Sue Dayton

“Sunset Coconut Palm” by Sue Dayton



LACMember-Call to Artists p.2 -2015


"Water Dance" by Barbara Bailey

“Water Dance” by Barbara Bailey


LACMember-Call to Artists p.3 -2015



"Cherries" by Marge Sammis

“Cherries” by Marge Sammis


 For more information about this event or other exhibit, classes or workshops, please visit:


"Cattleya Orchids" by Joe Horton

“Cattleya Orchids” by Joe Horton


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Call for Art With Open Theme And Any Media! Art Patrons: Enjoy The Exhibit On April 24th

Artists in Florida,LLC is putting out a CALL for ART.  This is an Open Theme, Any Media Opportunity.  The Exhibit will be judged by Elayna Toby Singer, Director of Palm Beach County Art in Public Places and will show at the Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to act quickly, as the Deadline is April 8th at midnight and only 30 pieces will be accepted.  ATTENTION Art Patrons: Mark your calendars for the Opening Reception on Friday, April 24th!





Artists in Florida,LLC


Open Theme Art Exhibit

Opening Reception:

Enjoy the Art, Food and Entertainment!

Friday, April 24

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Craft Gallery

5911  South Dixie Highway

W. Palm Beach, FL 33405



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 For more information please contact or visit


or call: 561. 714. 4871


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FREE Airbrush Demo by Master Artist Merrill Noel and Special Frame Offers at Jerry’s Artarama

The life story of Pahokee, FL native, Merrill “Lucky” Noel is one of inspiration, persistence and dedication.  This Airbrush Master Artist had his integrity questioned when he showed his “beyond belief” abilities during an art contest at age 15.  Mr. Noel not only showed the judges his creative talent, but surpassed those around him as he won a scholarship to FAMU in architecture.  After almost a quarter century, he remains the at the top of his field in Airbrush design.  Located in Fort Lauderdale, he will be giving a FREE Demo at Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach on Saturday, March 28. The Rickie Report shares the details about this as well as a Frame and Glass sale.  We suggest you RSVP because this event has limited seating!







2505 Okeechobee Boulevard ( Suite Q)

West Palm Beach, FL 33409



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Jerry’s Artarama is “The candy store for artists!” Their VIP membership is FREE and with it, you get special deals throughout the year. Check out the deals!

For more information please call or visit:





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Brewhouse Gallery’s March Madness Extends a Grand Welcome to You

March Madness is alive and well at the Brewhouse Gallery – and we’re talking about more than basketball!  Stop in to see the new artwork, check in on the expansion next door, take part in Trivia Night, Open Mic, sit back and enjoy the live music or just relax with a coffee or beer brewed just for you!  A new artist will be featured the last Thursday of each month. We know that artwork has already been going to homes or offices in the past few weeks!  Stop by now to see what is available. Meet the artists and see their portfolios. And, it is not too early to mark your calendars for May 16th’s ONE Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of the new space!  The Rickie Report shares the details here. Since the brewhouse is closed on Mondays, it is the perfect venue to rent for daytime or evening parties, meetings and get-togethers!







12:00PM – 12:00AM

The Brewhouse Gallery

720 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403





Art, art, and more art! Whether it’s our incredible visual artists or our talented performing artists, or even the culinary artists with our local food trucks… Don’t forget our next monthly artist open house Thursday, March 26th!  










Food Trucks



Trivia Night!



UPDATE: The Next Chapter & Expansion


AJ Brockman tells The Rickie Report, “The Brewhouse Gallery is moving forward with our expansion. We’ll have a soft opening in April, so stay posted on our website and Facebook page!  We’ll officially have our Grand Opening on May 16th!  Be ready for a better flow of traffic, expanded draft list, expanded bottle selection, vintage arcade games, communal tables and the all-important expanded FOOD SELECTION. AND we’ll have a 30 foot wall that will be dedicated to a rotating mural project. We will be highlighting some of the area’s best muralists to create a new mural every six months or so. As we have said from day one, it is our goal to create a community around our space and vision. Above all, it is the support of each and every one of you and the belief in what we are doing that has brought all of this to fruition. Cheers!”





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“BLING: Art That Shines” And “Adornment” Promises To Dazzle Visitors

Delray Beach Center for the Arts announces two new exhibits at the Cornell Museum of Art. “BLING: Art That Shines” and “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” promise to dazzle visitors with contemporary paintings and mixed media works. An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th and will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet the participating artists.  “BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork in this exhibit has been seen in galleries worldwide. “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details. Note: The artwork will be more sparkly and blingy in person!  Don’t miss this!!






“BLING: Art That Shines”


“Adornment: A Faculty Showcase”



Thursday, March 26th

9 – 11:30 PM



Exhibit dates are March 24-July 5, 2015

Suggested Admission is a  $5 donation

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  10am – 4:30pm

Located on the campus of Delray Beach Center for the Arts

 at  Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, FL 33444









An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The evening will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet some of the participating artists. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.


“BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork included in this exhibit has been shown in galleries worldwide.  Designed as a smaller companion exhibit,”Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts. Each were given the theme of “adornment” (something that decorates or is an ornament) to interpret in their works.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.


Meet the BLING artists:

Shonagh Adelman is a contemporary feminist artist who combines different mediums in one image. Using materials she is drawn to, her art creates cultural commentaries on different issues. Her work includes the use of crystals, and Adleman uses a crystal method which deploys thousands of colored 4mm glass and acrylic crystals on canvas. She then embeds other media – including plasticine, tablets, photographs, and plastic eyeballs – within the crystal surface. The result is an illuminated and exaggerated image. Adelman has work in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and of the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has also been exhibited at SFMOMA, The Aldrich Museum, Fuller Museum, Linda Kirkland Gallery, as well as others.



"Chanel" by Alberto Murillo

“Chanel No.5″ by Alberto Murillo



Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) creates “an overwhelming desire to believe in the transformative power of art.” Using brilliant colors that create psychedelic patterns, floral imagery, and materials such as crystals and porcupine quills, the work he creates is a combination of science, spirituality, and mysticism. The end result is an otherworldly effect for the viewer. Alvarez began his career through performances in which he “channelled” a 2,000 year old Shaman spirit named Carlos.  His has performed in front of live audiences around the world, and media broadcasts of these performances have also been viewed worldwide.  The video work was presented in 2002 at the Whitney Biennial, and has also been shown in a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York. Alvarez is internationally known, and his artwork has been shown at Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and at shows in New York and in San Francisco.



Michael Chearney grew up in Baltimore and learned to paint from his immigrant grandparents.  They inspired him to look at the world creatively, and to color outside the lines. Chearney has stated that “art is a living thing, and that the process involves mind, body, and spirit.”  His paintings have impressionistic overtones, and each one speaks a different message. In 2013, Chearney was recognized as ATOD Magazine’s Male Artist of the Year. Exhibitions include Red Dot Miami, the Palm Springs Fine Art Show, INCOGNITO 2013 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and solo shows at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles.  His work has been in nationwide group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.



"Golden Pause" by Frank Hyder

“Golden Pause” by Frank Hyder



Ben Eine is a street artist from the U.K., who was propelled into the limelight when Prime Minister David Cameron gave Barack Obama a screen print of his work to congratulate the President on his second inauguration. Eine is most noted for his bright alphabet letters that are found on shop shutters throughout London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Broadway Market areas. Although best known for his street art, Eine also does screen prints.  The mixed media that Eine uses for his creations includes spray paint, acrylic, and glitter on canvas. Google Maps has created a map of Eine’s street art throughout London.  His art can also be found throughout the streets of Tokyo, Dublin, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, and Stockholm.  His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and throughout Europe, including V1 in Copenhagen and Collette in Paris.



Bruce Helander is a prominent artist who specializes in collage and assemblage. He has had quite an interesting career. Aside from his art, he is also a prominent writer who has written extensively about contemporary art. Helander possesses a Master’s Degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, where he was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He arrived in Palm Beach by way of NYC in 1982, and has been active in the South Florida art scene ever since. His work is in over 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  His collages also appear in the magazines Jazziz, The New Yorker, Palm Beach Illustrated, as well as others.


"Neon Pink Poppy" by  Camomile Hixon

“Neon Pink Poppy” by Camomile Hixon


Damien Hirst is a prominent artist from the United Kingdom, who uses installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life, and death. Often exploring more macabre aspects, his work is certainly unique and shows the connection death has to us all. The conversation he has sparked with his works is controversial, but needs to be explored. Early in his career, Hirst was one of the main organizers of a group exhibition called Freeze at Goldsmiths College. This exhibit launched not only Hirst’s career, but also the careers of other British artists. In the 1990’s, Hirst created his most famous series, Natural History. This series features preserving animals in steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde, with the most well-known being a Tiger Shark, whose body is slowly decaying due to the formaldehyde solution. Hirst’s intriguing works have been exhibited in over 90 solo shows worldwide, and have also been included in over 260 group shows. In 2012, Hirst was recognized with a retrospective at the Tate Modern for his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades.



Camomile Hixon is a pop artist whose main medium is glitter. Based out of New York City, Hixon’s works include pop images and words on canvas that sparkle with glitter, three-dimensional supersized cellophane flower installations, as well as the worldwide interactive Missing Unicorn search. Her work has been exhibited in Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The American Textile History Museum, The Children’s Museum of The Arts in SoHo, and in Central Park, NYC. She is also internationally acclaimed, and her work has been exhibited in Europe and Japan.


"Dead Black Brilliant Utopia" by Damien Hirst

“Dead Black Brilliant Utopia” by Damien Hirst


Frank Hyder is a painter, formerly from Philadelphia, but now living in Miami. He was a member of the faculty at Moore College of Art and Design, and his career highlights include more than 150 group shows and over 80 solo exhibitions. He has exhibited worldwide, throughout the continental US, Canada, Great Britain, South America, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Melbourne, Australia. Much of Hyder’s work is influenced by his experience living in Venezuela with his family. His work is vibrant and moves across the canvas in bright colors. Aside from paintings, Hyder’s works include sculptures, luminaries, ceramics, and landscapes, among others. Hyder’s major awards include a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to Venezuela, U.S. Embassy Cultural Grants, Mid Atlantic NEA, two Pennsylvania State Council of the Arts Grants and an International Art Programming Network Partners Grant.



Ashley Longshore has said that her art is representative of the world as she sees it, and she has been recognized as “a modern Andy Warhol.”  Her art focuses on American consumerism, pop culture, and Hollywood glamour. Longshore’s work often takes a satirical approach, using fashion icons as the means to make a statement.  Her client base includes Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz. Her gallery, Longshore Studio Gallery, is located on Magazine Street in New Orleans.  She has exhibited in the US and Europe, and has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Forbes, Vogue, Marie Claire Belgium, Elle Décor Belgium, Vie Magazine, SPUR, Hollywood Reporter, and Matchbook Magazine.



Alberto Murillo is a native of Madrid, Spain, and self-taught artist. His work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism. He uses acrylic and UV polymer resin that is poured into panels in a color blocking effect, with the canvases lying on the floor as opposed to on an easel.  Murillo describes this process as creating liquid skins that are able to be manipulated in order to create his vibrant works. Murillo’s artwork has been exhibited in over 30 shows across the US and Europe, and is currently represented by seven galleries in the US. He is also featured in over 40 private collections and in several public art installations.


"Chanel No.5" by Jonathan Stein

“Chanel No.5″ by Jonathan Stein


Allie Pohl is an LA-based conceptual artist.  She has exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art, Context Miami, Dallas Art Fair, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Denver International Airport, and a public sculpture show curated by Olga Viso, in which she won the People’s Choice Award. On her Twitter profile, Allie Pohl has written “Transforming the social construct of perfection,” and indeed, her art showcases this statement.  Pohl has created the Ideal Woman by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit the ideal Western society measurements of 36-24-26, and is shown in a range of media, including sculpture, video, and jewelry.  Her work challenges the meaning of perfection and creates a need to embrace imperfection. Aside from Ideal Woman, Pohl’s work includes Hot Seat, which glimpses into a woman’s most personal of moments, as well as Peacocking, which is influenced by the dating app Tinder and emphasizes the transformation of the ideal male.




Jonathan Stein is a conceptual artist from the Bronx whose expertise includes sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video installation. His work makes social statements all the while sparkling with hand-placed Swarovski Crystals. His influences include Andy Warhol, Judith Leiber, and John Waters, and he says of himself, “I am a lover of all things campy and kitsch.” Stein is also involved in philanthropic efforts that aid in helping pediatric cancer patients.  He has worked with Katy Perry and the Gibson Guitar Company, among others, and he serves as the Creative Director of Drops of Hope, Inc., a South Florida non-profit organization that provides specialized services to pediatric cancer patients and their low to no income families. In 2003, Stein received Best Commercial Photography Portfolio from The Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been exhibited in group shows and solo shows, both across the U.S. and internationally in Latin America and Europe.  For the past eight years, Stein’s work has been shown at Art Basel, Miami Beach.



Raul Vega’s specialty is textured canvases, using a pallet knife and numerous brushes to apply a rich mixture of layered paints.  His landscapes have been said to capture the essence of nature’s harmony and color balance.  The colors and textures of his work reinforce nature’s beauty and inspiration.  Vega’s aggressively textured surfaces and purposeful abstract patterns “created by nature and manipulated by man” create a unique balance between the abstract and reality. Vega’s art has been exhibited in a series of artists’ surveys, in Palm Beach at the Paul Fisher Gallery, “Art at the Whitney” in West Palm Beach, Bluestone Gallery in Milford, PA, and ArtHouse429 in Palm Beach.  His work has also been acquired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts.



Hilary White has spent the majority of her career in Philadelphia. She loves wood work, and has incorporated this love into three dimensional painted sculpture, and installation. She has described her work as an “exploration of theology and imagination.” White is influenced by the early art of the Byzantine era through the early Gothic era when works were commissioned for religious purposes, and also by the 19th century when the movement turned to Art for the sake of Art. Her work reflects the combination of faith and fact. White has participated in various art fairs, and has been in over 36 exhibitions, including nine solo exhibitions. Her work has been shown locally and internationally in Berlin and Hong Kong.




Rob Wynne creates mixed-media objects, installations, drawings, and canvases.  His work uses glass, beads, silk, and glitter to create surreal and ephemeral environments. Wynne also uses text to create narratives on his pieces, which are embroidered over images, formed of glass, and painted onto objects. The chosen phrases on his pieces come from literature, television, and conversations.  Removed from their context, these phrases become their own art form. Solo gallery exhibitions include JGM Galerie in Paris, Galerie Edward Mitterand in Geneva, and Holly Solomon Gallery in New York.  Group exhibitions include Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, the McNay Art Museum in Texas, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art in New York, Long Beach Museum of Art in California, The Drawing Center in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Wynne is also featured in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, the Norton Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.



Russell Young is best known for his silk screen paintings which are sprinkled with diamond or crystal dust. His work explores where the American Dream intersects with crime, addiction, and death.  Young has said that he uses the diamond dust to lure viewers in, to seduce them to look closer at the image underneath the sparkle.  His work uses historical images and images of American pop culture. Young began his career as a photographer, and he shot the cover of George Michael’s Faith album.  He has photographed such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen, Bjork, Paul Newman, and Diana Ross, and he has shot over 100 videos for MTV. Young also does charity work for The Art of Elysium, an organization that brings artists in to spend time with hospitalized children who are battling serious medical conditions.  He is very passionate about this work, and believes in giving to this community. Young has been exhibited throughout the world, including in London, Vienna, Montreal, Los Angeles, Belgium, and San Francisco.  His fan base includes Brad Pitt, President Obama, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, and numerous other celebrities, all of whom own pieces of his work.


About Delray Beach Center for the Arts

Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities. The historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography and writing classes and workshops. The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit



This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Delray Beach Center For The Arts



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Explore, Enjoy, Chat And Peruse At Whitespace Collection Before Season Closing!

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace Collection has brought contemporary art in Palm Beach County to new heights this season!  In the midst of mourning her beloved soul mate, Marvin Mordes, Elayne has given us the remarkable “Pushing Boundaries” exhibit celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall; new art accessories for the body and home in Col-léct; Karla Walter’s “Crow Installation”, a new collectable poster by Max Toth, insightful  art and interviews with returning Veterans by Dr. Wilma Bulkin Seigel and so much more.  The Rickie Report shares the details of Whitespace’s CLOSING WEEK.  Stop by and get engaged with art!  This is a perfect place to bring children with you and start talking about what art is all around them.We look forward to next season already!





Whitespace Collection


Join us
Saturday and Sunday, March 21 – 22 from 11-4pm
for our season


As a special “Thank You” to our friends and patrons
20% discount in our Collect and Museum Shop!

no reservation required
a donation of $10 is requested

2805 N. Australian Avenue W.Palm Beach, FL 33407




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Partial proceeds benefitting the arts and art education in Palm Beach County through Community Foundation – the Mordes Family Fund

Whitespace is a private exhibition space and receives no state or local funding.

For more information about Whitespace Collection please contact:

Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA

Whitespace Art Adventures

2805 N. Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131 F:561.842.4132 E:




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Arthouse 429 Announces Feature Exhibit, “CHROMA: A Celebration Of Color And Form”

ArtHouse429 is pleased to announce a feature exhibition showcasing the work of Clemente Mimun, James Sagui, Liz Ghitta Segall, and Jefro.  This exhibition will explore how different artists utilize color as a form of expression, with a focus on painting and sculpture. These artists are revered as masters of their craft, from the precision of James Sagui’s woodwork to Clemente Mimun’s gestural lines– every cut and every brushstroke is purposeful. Come to the Opening Reception on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.


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CHROMA: A Celebration Of Color And Form

Showcasing artists:

Liz Ghitta Segall, James Sagui, Clemente Mimun and Jefro

Opening Reception

 March 26, 2015   6:30 pm


429 25th Street in historic Northwood Village  W.Palm Beach, FL.

Hours of operation: 11-6 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment




"Montgolfiere De Montchanin" By Segall

“Montgolfiere De Montchanin” By Liz Ghitta Segall




ArtHouse429 is pleased to announce a Feature Exhibition showcasing the work of long time Palm Beach resident artists Clemente Mimun, James Sagui, and Liz Ghitta Segall, joined by talented local painter Jefro.


“Chroma” will begin with an Opening Reception on March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  This exhibition will explore how different artists utilize color as a form of expression, with a focus on painting and sculpture. These artists are revered as masters of their craft, from the precision of James Sagui’s woodwork to Clemente Mimun’s gestural lines– every cut and every brushstroke is purposeful.


"Is It Futurism Yet ll" Carved wood with 24 K Gold Leaf by  Sagui

“Is It Futurism Yet ll” Carved wood with 24 K Gold Leaf by James Sagui






"Lowly Fried Worms Cooked to Perfection" by Lisa Segall

“Lowly Fried Worms Cooked to Perfection” by Liz Ghitta Segall

Born in Ottawa, Canada, and raised in New York, Liz Ghitta Segall spent most of her life in France and currently lives and works in Palm Beach County, South Florida. Her broad education includes La Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, and L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.


She tells us, “I often begin a work without a plan or perhaps just a hint of one in my mind’s inner eye. Working in the studio, there is not necessarily a goal but more of a material process; an addition, a subtraction, a layering and painting over, a drawing, a blurring, a wiping away. Somehow, in the middle between nothing and everything, the piece emerges as I relinquish control. The process and materials at hand gestate content and meaning is set into motion…and then Control takes over yet again.” 



"Is It Futurism Yet lll" by James Sagui  Carved wood with Silver Leaf

“Is It Futurism Yet lll” by James Sagui Carved wood with Silver Leaf

James Sagui is a self-employed woodworker, sculptor, furniture designer/maker who trained in the Program in Artisanry at Boston University and has been working as a professional woodworker since the age of 15. Born on the New Jersey Shore in 1956, raised in Vermont, and after more than 20 years in Boston, he has now established a woodshop in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sagui is a member of the Florida Craftsmen Organization, the Furniture Society, and the Artists of Palm Beach County.


"Tuba Man in Red Shoes with His Chihuahua" by Clemente Mimun

“Tuba Man in Red Shoes with His Chihuahua” by Clemente Mimun

Born in 1937, artist Clemente Mimun lived his childhood years in Carthage, the ex-French colony of Tunisia.  As the son of a gallery owner Clemente immersed himself in the museums of LeBardo and Carthage, abundant with Roman and Phoenician art, all of which left an indelible impression.  At the age of 16, Clemente moved to Paris where he spent countless hours in the coffeehouses absorbing the philosophical conversations of elder artists. By 1962, Clemente settled in the United States. Today, his universal language is spoken through his art. Clemente explains that his work is born of a synergy between memory and imagination.  He does not use any models, pictures or still life arrangements when creating a new work of art.


"Passionate Life of Flora" by Jefro

“Passionate Life of Flora” by Jefro

As a child Jefro experienced multi-cultural lifestyles by traveling through Asia,being raised in the Philippines (along with 5 sisters), and going to high school in Hawaii. You will notice an Asian influence in his painting by recognizing familiar symbols of that region: bold colors, fish which are the back bone of the Pacific Rim, sharp lines that are visible in the Asian language, and crowns which represent monarchs of that vast area as well as his aspiration to reach the top. Translating the world he sees and expressing it on canvas allows Jefro to learn what it is to be human. This technique, along with other symbols and artistic values has a profound affect on his evolution as an artist. Yet, it was through adversity (internal and external) that Jefro developed his great love for painting.



"Down By the River" by Jefro

“Down By the River” by Jefro




While in school in Hawaii, he was actually dismissed from painting class because his teacher felt he could not paint. So, instead, Jefro chose to express himself creatively through music for ten years. A natural artist, he found it easy to interpret his feelings and surroundings by playing the classical guitar and piano. Still his passion remained with visual art. At 26, Jefro once again picked up paintbrush and started painting. It was then that he had a profound inner realization that being a painter was his true calling in life. Today, he continues to develop innovative and powerful work incorporating multidimensional colors laid upon one another to a canvas.



"Les Comediens Espagnloes" by Mimun

Les Comediens Espagnloes” by Clemente Mimun


About AH429:

This groundbreaking gallery opened its doors in mid-January, 2013. Founded by designer/sculptor William Halliday, ArtHouse429 has taken up residence in the heart of the Northwood Village Art’s District, in West Palm Beach Florida. This rapidly changing neighborhood has become a pioneering area for emerging artists, entrepreneurs, designers and architects who enjoy the dramatic spirit of a recently developed area. ArtHouse429 leads the way in providing high quality, high value, and collectible fine art in Palm Beach County and beyond, while promoting the excitement and energy of the rejuvenated Northwood Village; which has been buzzing with the addition of great new restaurants, galleries and shops.


ArtHouse429 is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am-6pm, and by appointment. For additional information on Arthouse429, please contact Gallery Manager, Mary Coyle at 561.231.0429 or by email

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51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival Offers Free art Giveaway, Live Music, Food Court, Kid’s Art Tent and More

The 51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival takes place March 21 – 22, 2015.  The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by 150 of the finest artists in the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music, an international food court, fine wines & craft beers, children’s activities, a free art giveaway and special activities marking the show’s milestone. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Rickie Report gives you more details and highlights of Featured Artist, Kokó Brandão, whose Free Art Giveaway is valued at $850. 

51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival

 Saturday, March 21


Sunday,March 22

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne

Navigational Address: 400 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

To Support the Arts, the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Local Community

Free and open to the public


Key Biscayne welcomes back its premier art festival March 21-22, 2015. This two-day annual tradition includes a wide variety of original art, live music, children’s activities, an international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers as well as a free art giveaway.  The wide array of artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media as well as unique gift items. The prices will be set to suit all budgets. Admission is free and open to the public.



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“Gold” by Kokó Brandão FREE Art Giveaway Painting Valued at $850.

The festival, produced by Howard Alan Events and the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, will take place at the Village Green located on Crandon Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the original artwork of 150 of the finest artists in the country, enjoy live music, sample dishes from the international food court and indulge in fine wines and craft beers. The show will also offer interactive activities for young art enthusiasts.


"Nice Hat" by

“Nice Hat” by Kokó Brandão

The artists, who will be present for the duration of the event, welcome the opportunity to meet festival patrons and discuss their work. The jury process ensures diverse art media of the highest quality and will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media. 



"Curly Haired Woman" by Kokó Brandão

“Curly Haired Woman” by Kokó Brandão



Kokó Brandão’s figurative forms magically capture the beauty of female portraiture – while creating art that is completely modern and original. Kokó is inspired by the graceful elegance of the female form. At times classically alluring, demure and provocative, her art has a pervasive sense of sophistication. Her signature use of expressive color as well as the dynamic application of paint on the canvas combines to create her uniquely recognizable style. The giveaway prize, a 40”x16” original acrylic painting on canvas titled “Gold” and valued at $850, will be on display in her booth where registration will also take place. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show. To learn more about this talented artist and explore her work go to


Viewers report, “Looking at Kokó Brandão’s work, you always get a feeling of the artist’s soul – tension behind the painting … interaction of strong tones and the bright color impact … abstract elements and the sensual dynamics”.


"Japanese Woman" by  Kokó Brandão

“Japanese Woman” by Kokó Brandão


Additional information about the festival:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • International Food Court
  • 6 distinct culinary offerings available for purchase
  • The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne will offer craft beers, a selection of fine wines, water and sodas
  • Special Saturday Night Under the Stars Event
  • Children’s Interactive Art Activities in the Young Artists Tent as well as an entertainment area to include bounce houses and face painting
  • Live PUSH CPR Sessions by the Village of Key Biscayne Fire and Police Departments
  • Live Entertainment – The Chowder Chompers and Patriotic Marching Band will be performing at noon in the main Rotary dining tent, located in the center of the festival.
  • Free Art Festival Giveaway
  • The 50th Anniversary 2014 Commemorative Festival Poster featuring the art of Xavier Cortada will be available, for $10, at the Rotary Welcome Tent located in the center of the festival.
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.



"Early Morning" by Kokó Brandão

“Early Morning” by Kokó Brandão


This year’s festival sponsors include the Miami Herald, the NY Times, the Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, FJ Turbine Power, Dr. Neil Friedman DDS, Baptist Health South Florida, Sun Trust Bank, Home Federal Bank of Hollywood, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Joan McCaughn & Team, and Alice & Stephen Takach.



About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:



Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.



For additional information on the 51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit, email or call 561-746-6615. For information about the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne please visit


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Art and Tropical Garden Tour Awaits, Courtesy of Lake Worth Art League

Bonnie and Gary Wilburn are excited to be sharing their garden as many of their plants and vines are blooming. This special piece of paradise is listed on the Mounts Botanical Registry! The Lake Worth Art League’s Third Annual Art & Tropical Garden Tour takes place on March 21, 2015. Refreshments, art, and raffle prizes are in the mix. The Rickie Report shares the details and knows you won’t want to miss this event!  Bring your cameras, enjoy this hidden paradise and shop for original artwork. You do not need to be present to win the raffle gifts.





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Lake Worth Art League

3rd Annual

Art and Tropical Garden Tour

Saturday, March 21

1 – 5 pm

7110 High Sierra Circle       W.Palm Beach, FL




"Eye Catcher" by Bonnie Wilburn

“Eye Catcher” by Bonnie Wilburn




Please stop by the Lake Worth Art League Gallery on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to buy tickets. The pre-sale price is $15.00 and at the Garden Tour $20.00. The Gallery is located at 604 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460 . Phone: 561-586-8666



"Pink Lilian" by Bonnie Wilburn

“Pink Lilian” by Bonnie Wilburn


This is your chance to stroll through this lovely private garden sanctuary and enjoy nature’s beauty and art.


"Jungle Blaze" by Bonnie Wilburn

“Jungle Blaze” by Bonnie Wilburn



The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) was founded in 1941. It is a nonprofit 501C[3] educational organization to further the study and development of art and enhance the cultural life of its members in the Lake Worth and surrounding Communities.



"Astra" by Bonnie Wilburn

“Astra” by Bonnie Wilburn



For more information about the Lake Worth Art League, please contact Tara Maule, President 561- 586-4271 or or Bonnie Wilburn  561- 242-9005 at or visit the Lake Worth Art League’s website at:



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