Artisans On The Ave Presents “The Vanishing Series” Art Exhibit Featuring Toni G. Willey

Toni G. Willey considers herself an artist/activist and her paintings reflect her thoughts and world issues. She admires many of the “Street Artists” who express themselves as she does. She shares  feelings and passion in her art, revealing an everyday truth that is before everybody’s eyes… but how many keep walking by, missing the point?  Artisans On The Ave features Toni’s artwork through her “Vanishing Series”.  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks.  The Exhibit opens on Saturday, February 13th with a Free Public Reception.







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






“The Vanishing Series” Art Exhibit


Toni G. Willey

Opening Reception:

Saturday, February 13, 2016



6:00 – 9:00 PM

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





This is a free event, refreshments will be served






“Elephant” by Tony G. Willey




Toni G. Willey found that colored pencils and a tablet had been appendages as far back as she can remember, then one day, fate intervened and drawing turned to painting at the age of seven. Teachers said she painted the way Mozart played music; it just rolled off her fingers and made her compelled to paint.




“Monarch” by Toni G. Willey



She considers herself an artist/activist and her paintings reflect her thoughts and world issues. She admires many of the “Street Artists” who express themselves, as she does… with feeling and passion that shows their art revealing an everyday truth that is before everybody’s eyes, but people just keep walking by everyday… missing the point….




“Green Turtle” by Toni G. Willey



Her latest form of artistic activism happens on the canvas with “The Vanishing Series”, which uses those inhabitants of earth who are facing extinction. Toni paints with a style that brings her images to life with her choice of realistic colors and techniques. Her own rendition of the animals she paints remind us of the images that early man etched on the walls of a cave in past prehistoric times. When looking at her “African Animal Series”, it is as if you are actually walking through the depths of the jungle and seeing the massive strength and beauty of its inhabitants.



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“See Horses” by Toni G. Willey




You get a true sense of being one with these wonderfully marvelous animals she portrays and paints on her canvas. Her paintings reveal the likeness of each of the animals she paints and when looking at and admiring her “Vanishing Series” you become aware of the tragedy of the loss and extinction of each one of these beautiful animals that are so important to us.




“Lion” by Toni G. Willey





Toni a vegan, states “I am an avid animal lover and rescuer and have two rescue dogs of my own”. With the knowledge and vision that Toni exposes to us in her art she hopes that each one of us can become aware of how important it is to try and save what is left of these beautiful creatures that we might not see on the earth one day. We are sure after seeing Toni G Willey’s meaningful art exhibit “Vanishing Series” you will hold a place in your heart for these rare and special creatures.


For more information please contact:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson 561-762-8162
Linda Manganaro 561-308-7263





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Celebrate Lunar New Year At Elizabeth Esther Kelly’s Studio, Gateway To Tibet

Join Elizabeth Esther Kelly at her Gateway To Tibet Studio located at the Fish House Art Center in Port Salerno for a special event.  Celebrate the Lunar New Year featuring traditional Tibetan Losar foods on Saturday, February 13th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and promises you a delightful visit with Elizabeth, a painter, weaver, author, textile & painting restorer!  It features her paintings, and signature piece for south Florida, the ‘ Salerno Shoulder Wrap‘, a one of a kind, hand woven accessory in gorgeous colors. Elizabeth shares a Free Weaving Demonstration daily!

Elizabeth Esther Kelly



Invites You to 




Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 13th    Noon – 6 pm






Fish House Art Center

4745 SE DeSoto Ave., Port Salerno (Stuart)





Gateway To Tibet Studio




Elizabeth Esther Kelly has been a self employed artist her entire life. After her formal Art education in Connecticut, Elizabeth lived in the oldest artist community in the country, Woodstock, NY for over 30 years.




Handwoven Fabrics by Elizabeth Esther Kelly



A painter, weaver, author, textile & painting restorer, Elizabeth has been applying her talents to the work at hand. A look at her website will provide you with a better picture.



Inside Gateway To Tibet Studio




Currently, Elizabeth has a studio/gallery in Port Salerno, Fl. at the Fish House Art Center. Gateway To Tibet features her paintings, and signature piece for south Florida, the ‘ Salerno Shoulder Wrap’, a one of a kind, hand woven accessory in gorgeous colors.



‘ Salerno Shoulder Wrap’,

A one of a kind, hand woven accessory in gorgeous colors



Free weaving demonstrations take place daily, as all of the creative work is done on site, to edify the public on the ancient art of weaving. Elizabeth is weaving for peace with every pass of the shuttle.




Weaving Loom



She also has original Tibetan Thangkas, some antiques, incense & prayer flags. One must visit to appreciate the ambiance.





For more information please visit:

or Esther Kelly




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Yury Lobo Announces SOLO Exhibition and Documentary

Yury Lobo, has been dubbed “Jack The Whipper” by his fellow American artists. He was raised in a small rural town in Russia, in a conservative environment, where the signs “No Trespassing” hung on every door. By pure chance in 1959, at the age of 12, he and his mother attended the first American Exhibition in Moscow. Besides Cadillac cars and Coca Cola, Yury was particularly struck by the action painting, “Cathedral” by American abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock ( Jack The Dripper). That day changed the trajectory of his life forever. Pushing boundaries, ignoring all “No Trespassing” signs internally and externally, Yury found freedom in the United States. He has finally fully opened up to new heights of artistic expression. The race to catch up with Pollock is ongoing… The Rickie Report shares details of his SOLO Exhibition at Artworks International in West Palm Beach, FL, February 12-13thThe public is invited to this Free Exhibit and there is ample free parking.  



Yuri Show



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Since his early childhood, Yury Slobodenuk has been fascinated with the world of wild colors and the art of collage. However, he never considered becoming a professional artist partly due to the lack of encouragement from his parents and partly due to the general disapproval of this “degenerate art” by the Soviet authorities. What stands out in his memory is a visit to the first American National Exhibition with his mother in July, 1959, featuring among others, Jackson Pollock’s “Cathedral”. Yury was shocked and amazed at the same time. He tells The Rickie Report, “Most visitors considered it a bad taste. But the impact on my subconscious at the age of 12 was life changing. That is why my interests centered later on with more avant-garde artists. I appreciate Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Shiele, Modigliani and of course, Pollock.”




“Composition #2” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Kasimir Malevich

Acrylic on Canvas

48″ x 60″


Yury created a few paintings for close friends and family, trusting his inner instincts. Back then, in the USSR he didn’t have the courage to paint and share his passion for abstract expressionism and collage publicly. Keeping his painting mostly to himself, he pursued a career that was more economically sound. He received a Masters degree in German and English, studied the history of art and worked as a licensed multilingual guide at the majors art museums in the former USSR. He became a journalist, interpreter, German teacher, TV script writer.


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“Yellow Tulips after a violent snowstorm in May” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh

Acrylic on Board

24″ x 36″


Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, Yury first established himself in Miami and pursued his journalism career, working for several Russian-American newspapers. Later, he started one of his own, but sold it in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and now a contemporary artist. The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth – sharing his creative side publicly. His artistic name, “Lobo” is a shortened form of his long Ukrainian last name, “Slobodenyuk”, which translates to ” a free man”. “Lobo” means “wolf”, the symbol of the tireless will, yearning for freedom.


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“Infinity At My Fingertips” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Jackson Pollock

Acrylic on Board 27″ x 32″





Yury tells The Rickie Report, ” My fellow countryman, Kasimir Malevich once said, ‘Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!’ In this sense, I, like him, consider myself an abstract artist and a revolutionary. My battle cry is ‘Stop copying the world! Create a new one!’ Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I am not”. Furthermore, Yuri confesses, ” I know it sounds nuts, but I consider myself a kind of modern reincarnation of the late Jackson Pollock who, in his own words was a “cowboy” painter. Like him, I’m painting “from the hip”, creating huge abstract compositions within minutes, using brusque wild strokes of bold colors. Some of my colleagues (part joking, part serious) are dubbing me “Jack The Whipper” for whipping that canvas with paint instead of dripping it as Jack The Dripper (Jackson Pollock) did”.




“Americana” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Elvis and Marilyn

Mixed Media on Board

29″ x 35″




Yury goes on to explain, “In the art of collage, I represent a completely different point of view. My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and filled with hidden ironies and sometimes tragic messages. Being a history buff, I can’t help but act as the mocking bird, laughing at the human inability to learn from history…which of course sees that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself. Every collage is a “time capsule” with a message to future generations. A true artist is about the inner energy which he or she tunnels to the public through the art. If there is no reaction at the receiving end, then the energy was either poor or lost in artistic translation”.




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“American Mosaic” by Yury Lobo


21″ x 36″



Yury’s artwork is currently being featured at:

Artworks International

420 6th Street   West Palm Beach, FL

February 13 – 14th

The Singer Island Corporate Center

2655 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island, FL


Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL

For more information about Yury’s artwork and up coming exhibits, please email:

Visit Yury’s website:

(Currently Under Construction)


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Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Invites You To “Art 2016 Biennial Juried Art Show”

“Art 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition” opens at the Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton. From a hip-hop dancer to a kaleidoscope of color, sultry black and white scenes to mouth-watering plates of food—”Art 2016″ brings a delightful smorgasbord of works juried into the show from over 430 submissions from around the country. The Free Opening Reception takes place on February 11th.  Whether you love photography, oils, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, 3-D, contemporary, still life, the humorous, the political, the esoteric, the sublime—you’ll find something to catch your eye in this eclectic show.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and urges you to see what the excitement is all about!



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Opening Reception/Awards Ceremony  

Thursday, February 11, 2016  

4-6 pm  


Free, but please RSVP  561.558.2520

The exhibit runs through March 17

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton



9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428





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“Attitude” by Sydelle Lazar




“Art 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition” opens at the Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton. Winners of the Art 2016 Biennial Juried Competition will be announced on Thursday, February 11th, at the Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m., at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. The competition, which drew 432 submissions from around the country, includes original paintings, graphics, mixed media, wood, clay, metal, glass, fiber art, fine beaded jewelry, sculptures and photographs.



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“Explorations in Blue” by Caryn Kabat




“Art 2016”, founded and sponsored by Sylvia Rosen over twenty years ago, is held every other year. Walter O’Neill, Director of the Art School at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, judged this year’s competition. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. and include: Best in Show ($1,000), Craft Art Award ($500); 3 Awards of Merit ($250 each) and 3 Honorable Mentions. The reception is free and open to the public—RSVP to 561-558-2520. The exhibit runs through March 17.



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“Reminisce” by Deborah Rader






From a hip-hop dancer to a kaleidoscope of color, sultry black and white scenes to mouth-watering plates of food—Art 2016 brings a delightful smorgasbord of works juried into the show from over 430 submissions from around the country. Whether you love photography, oils, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, 3-D, contemporary, still life, the humorous, the political, the esoteric, the sublime—you’ll find something to catch your eye in this eclectic show.



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“Awesome Table” by Erik Kucera


The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery hosts exceptional exhibitions of works by local, national and international artists. Its mission is to encourage understanding of cross-cultural influences in the visual arts and include exhibitions in the visual arts, exhibitions of historical importance, contemporary art, folk art, and mixed media works.



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“Naamah portrait” by Benjamin Kenagan


The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. It is located at 21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428


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“On the Easel” by Nadine Saitlin





The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.



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The Gold Coast Watercolor Society Presents Workshop Smorgasbord February 16 – 18th

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a Workshop Smorgasbord from February 16 – 18th!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including “Test Drive Sampler Workshop” with Mike Grecian, “Courage Looks Good” with Dianne Nance, NWS and “Water/Mixed Media Marbling Frenzy With a Blast of Brusho” with Jacquard National Artist Educator, Celia Buchanan.  There is member/non-member pricing,so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!


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GCWS February Workshoppage2 2016

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Bill Farran Shares Unique Linocuts: A Combined Love Of History, Geography And His Roots

Bill Farran is showing his unique linocut prints at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Biennial Juried Art Exhibit (Opening Reception Feb.11), ArtiGras in Jupiter (Feb. 13- 15) and Chabad House in Manalapan (Feb. 21)  After retiring as a history and culinary arts teacher, Bill Farran became a Florida snowbird.  With the guidance of several art teachers he pursued portraits and outdoor landscapes before he rediscovered his love of block prints. He enjoys working backward and in reverse! Combining his art with his love of history, Bill’s versatility shows as his subjects range from Pop Art to social commentary and his Jewish roots. In addition, Bill is an author and an internationally sought-after speaker.  The Rickie Report shares Bill’s story, his upcoming Exhibits and speaking engagements plus some sneak peeks.  Bill’s abundant knowledge, including more of his artwork as well videos, resources and a vast history lesson can be found on his website.  




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Meet The Artist:

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

“Art 2016”  Biennial Juried Art Exhibit

Public Opening Reception:


Thursday, February 11, 2016

4:00 – 6:00 PM:

Exhibit runs through Friday, March 18, 2016

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Levis JCC Sandler Center
21050 95th Avenue S.     Boca Raton, FL 33428
(located off Glades Road at 95th Avenue S., West of the Florida Turnpike)




ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival


February 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Saturday 10am to 6pm

Sunday 10am to 6pm

Monday 10am to 5pm

Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida

Central Boulevard between Main Street Circle and Fredrick Small Circle & University Boulevard




Chabad of South Palm Beach


Sunday, February 21

 4-6 PM




Plaza Del Mar  224 S. Ocean Blvd.  

Manalapan, FL 33462

Gallery Show runs February 21st  thru March





“Flowers”, Linocut by Bill Farran



It all started in 1968 with the need for a quick gift. Bill Farran made a woodcut, and framed it. After that, he created a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year. His two children were announced to the world via woodcuts. As the years passed and postage increased, Jewish New Year Cards became less frequent.





“Klezmer Singer, Elizabeth Schwartz” by Bill Farran




Bill tells The Rickie Report, “Then in 2011 two things happened. First, I made a Jewish New Card and posted it on Youtube for my friends and family. In the past I incorporated the usual images; apples and honey, views of the Jerusalem skyline, Chassids dancing, men holding the torah or blowing the shofer. In 2012, I made a linocut Jewish New Year Card of the Gvozdetz wooden synagogue (Gwoździec, Poland is now Hvfzdets, Ukraine). It must have been fate”.





Jewish New Year Linocut by Bill Farran



Bill met a group of men in Century Village who were members of the woodcarving club. They were a mixed group, liberals and conservatives, religious Jews and non-religious Jews, Americans and Canadians. “I decided to make a Jewish New Years video, as I would carve and print my linocuts with them each Tuesday morning. I never did make the video. As one thing always leads to another, before I knew it I’d created over 20 Wooden Synagogue linocuts, spent untold hours researching and learning about Eastern European history, had entered shows, and began to speak about “Lost Treasures: Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe”.




“My wooden synagogue series has become a labor of love. It brings together many aspects of myself. My love of history and geography, my love affair with Jewish genealogy, my love of art, and my love of my wife who helps me research and write”.


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Wooden Synagogue of Novyy Yarychiv, Ukraine by Bill Farran



TRR: Take us through the process of a linocut:



A linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.



The process begins with finding a photo or drawing of a wooden synagogue. They were all destroyed by the end of World War II, and very few images have survived. We research the history of the towns or shetles, to learn about the synagogue, how the people lived and finally how the Jewish presence came to an end. We often become very emotional, but it is my way of not forgetting the past. Then I transfer the image to a linoleum block and carve. I work backwards, only “what I leave behind” prints. The next stage is to make a print from the block. I have to ink the block and place a sheet of acid free paper over it and burnish the image. All my prints are hand printed. Each print is ever so slightly different and I create limited editions.





Bill explains, “My artistic focus and inspiration flow from two sources. First, I love my medium, block printing. The feel of the wood or linoleum under the carving tools transports me to another plain. The process of working backwards and in reverse is an enjoyable challenge. In block printing one has to remove surface, leaving behind the surface that will accept the ink and print. When adding color a second block has to be carved. Hand printing in itself is an art”.




“Second, I love my subject love – the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe and their importance in Jewish cultural history. Depicting them as linocuts and woodcuts, began with creating a simple Jewish new year’s card has become a journey reinventing my life. Wooden synagogues are gone from Eastern Europe, victims of fire, war, old age and the Holocaust. Through art I try to bring back these wonderful Jewish wooden synagogues, to give us a glimpse of the past”.



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City View of Vitebsk, Belarus by Bill Farran



TRR:  How did you get started creating your art work?


I needed a quick last minute gift for my Mom and decided to make a wood cut. I based it on Vincent Van Gogh’s Postman Joseph Roulin. Everyone said it looked like a rabbi, so I used it as a Jewish New Year Card. After that card I made a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year.



Prienai,Lithuania by Bill Farran



TRR:  Tell us about your lectures.



I use my Art to educate my audience about Jewish history is Eastern Europe from 900 AD to the present. My goal is to impart that Jews were fairly well off until the Partition of Poland, in 1772-1794.


• Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania
• The Art of Wooden Synagogues, What motivates the Artist
• The Jews under the rule of the Tsars
• Rise and Fall of the Shtetl
• Yom Ha Shoah
• Kristallnacht




Lost Souls of the Ghetto by Bill Farran



TRR: We understand that you have lectured internationally and in the US.



I love the art and the knowledge that I acquired, and I have a passion to share them with people.My next lecture will be on February 21, 2016 at Chabad of South Palm Beach.

Most recently:

• November, 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “The Jews under the rule of the Tzars”
• August, 2015 Neptune Towers Co-op, Long Beach NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• August 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• April, 2015 Temple Beth Shalom, Melville NY: “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• April, 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• March, 2015 Jewish Genealogy Society of Palm Beach; Florida
• September 2014 Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek,Chester, CT “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 13, 2014 Na’amat Movement Of Working Woman And Volunteers, Valencia Lakes, Boynton Beach, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• August, 2014 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 33rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy; Boston MA “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• July, 2014 Tomek Wisniewski’s Studio Of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo Poland. “A Day of Jewish Culture. Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”.
• November, 2014 Long Beach. NY Public Library “Kristallnacht‎”
• March, 2013 Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island; NY “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• March, 2013 Adolph And Rose Levis JCC, Boca Raton, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 2013 Century Village Art Club, Boca Raton, Florida “The Art of the Wooden Synagogue”




“Sugar” by Bill Farran



TRR:  Where have you exhibited your Art?


ArtiGras is my first professional Exhibition, as I am now a full-time artist.  Previously my work has been seen at:  Huntington Arts Council, “Artie Techie Show”, Huntington NY July, 2015; Huntington Arts Council “Don’t Eat This” Art Show  Huntington NY May, 2015;  Ocean Ridge Coastal Artist Exhibition, Ocean Ridge, FL March 2015;  Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Gallery, Chester, CT August-October 2014;  Anti-Defamation League of Palm Beach; Florida Artworks: “Justice, Advocacy & Art” November 14, 2013;  The Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Podlasie-European Centre for the Arts, Bialystok, Poland August 19 – September 20. 2014; The Studio of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo, Poland July 7, 2014-August 7, 2014;  Arts Arena Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida January 2013 and the Public Library, Long Beach NY October-November 2012.




Bill continues to write for various newsletters, including the most recent “The Towns of Our Ancestors”.  He is available for small groups, synagogues, organizations, museums and special events.




TRR: What sustains your creative energy?


I’m always learning and discovering new things about both block printing and Jewish history.



TRR:  What challenges you face as an emerging artist and what would you share with other emerging artists?


It’s a challenge to find a balance between creating and marketing.  Keep working and promoting yourself!



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Wellington Art Society Announces Presentation At Monthly Meeting, City Hall Exhibit, Art Scholarship Applications And Call For Art Teachers

The Wellington Art Society is offering numerous opportunities to get involved in the art scene!  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks of Pop Artist Nicole Galluccio, Featured Speaker at the February 10th Meeting,  The City Hall Exhibit Featuring artists From WAS,  a Call For Instructors for the Wellington Community Center and information about applying for the WAS Art Scholarships.












Wednesday, February 10th

6:30 pm


Bootz Culture Camp

420 State Road 7 Unit 120

Royal Palm Beach, FL




The Wellington Art Society will feature local pop artist Nicole Gallucci at their February 10, 2016 meeting at Bootz Culture Art Center, 420 State Road 7, Suite 118. Meet and greet begins at 6:30, followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. The main attraction will be a demonstration by Nicole Gallucci with a wonderful raffle to end the evening.



“Palm Beach” by Nicole Gallucci




Nicole has been painting and creating her pop art in South Florida for 20 years. She graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Florida Atlantic University and began creating her own unique style. Her paintings combine 60s mod fashion and style, comic, music and media tabloids and spinning them into a visual explosion of color against a black and white paper collage background.




“Internal Gray Reboot” by Nicole Gallucci




She has always been fascinated with the outrageous headlines in tabloid magazines and the exploitation of celebrities and contrasts it with something beautiful in nature: something vibrant and inviting vs. dark and absurd. She often includes headlines and wording that exemplify her emotions as related to that experience. Nicole is constantly evolving and continues to experiment with her technique, beginning to use imagery from other sources, including old children’s books and vintage Life magazines.





“Falling” by Nicole Gallucci



Nicole has exhibited at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Continuum Annual Pop Up Art Exhibition ( part of Art Synergy ARTWEEK in conjunction with ArtPalmBeach), Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild and several other local galleries. Her most recent pieces shown at Continuum 2016 depict the emotions we feel when falling in love, “Falling In” and further experiencing a deeper connection, “Falling Deeper”.



Wellington City Hall Gallery


Free, Public Reception 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

5:30 – 7 PM

Meet the artists


Wellington City Hall


12300 Forest Hill Blvd.     Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 791-4000
7:00AM – 6:00PM
Monday – Thursday



Steel and Rock Sculpture by Simon Cherkassi


Members of WAS will showcase their latest exciting exhibition in the beautiful gallery at Wellington City Hall. There are fourteen participating artists showcasing 36 outstanding works, including photography,watercolor and oils/acrylic canvases, and featuring a wonderful sculpture by Simon Cherkassi.
This is a fun and unique way to end your day and enjoy refreshments, network with other artists and art lovers, a chance to win a door prize and view first class original art. Many of the artists will be present to discuss their art so come alone or bring a friend and support our local artist community!








The Wellington Art Society is currently accepting applications for several $1,000 art scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors who live and attend high school in Palm Beach County. The scholarships are available to students planning a college major in visual arts at either a 2 or 4 year institution. On line application information has been sent to all art teachers and guidance counselors at each school or apply on line at



Criteria for the scholarship is as follows:


  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in visual arts and an overall GPA of 2.0
  • Complete at least three art classes.
  •  An artist statement and career goals along
  • 6 jpeg photographs of their art work.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • An unofficial transcript of the student.

Apply on line at



The Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 and has provided many talented young artists with funds for their art related expenses such as art or photographic supplies, books or tuition for visual arts classes. Proceeds from the Art Society’s art exhibitions, Art Fest on the Green and the Whole Foods Market solo art exhibits help support the scholarship fund.



Wellington Seeks Talented Instructors

For New Community Center


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

For further information visit


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Delray Art League Invites You To Enjoy Art And Musical Events

The Delray Art League (DAL) invites everyone to their Monthly Meeting on February 8th featuring Serafima Sokolov, who will speak about “Night Vision and Fluorescent Techniques”.  Don’t miss “Contacts & Cocktails”, cosponsored with the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce on February 11th.  This is a fantastic opportunity to hear music provided by the Milagro Teens Orchestra and to network, network, network! At DAL’s “Artists In The Park” you can see the exquisite artwork of its members.  Enjoy “Winter Interlude Exhibit 2106” at the Delray Beach City Hall Gallery.  The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks and all of the details here. We encourage art lovers and art patrons to see the exhibits. We urge artists to join this fabulous art networking organization!





“Happening This Month”

Come join us at

 Old School Square

Under the Tent

“Contacts & Cocktails”

February 11, 2016

5:15 – 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Delray Art League and Delray Greater Beach Chamber of Commerce
Music provided by Milagro Teens Orchestra

To Register: Register Here

Chamber Members: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Non-members $20 per person

Don’t forget to bring your business cards for successful networking.


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“Artists in the Park”
Outdoor Fine Art Exhibit & Show



Weekends 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Veterans Park @ Atlantic Avenue and the Intracoastal
Old School Square @ Atlantic Avenue and Swinton

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DAL Fine Art Exhibits


The Winter Interlude Exhibit 2016

Friday, January 29th to Friday, March, 25th



Delray Beach City Hall Gallery
100 NW First Avenue
     Delray Beach, Florida
City Hall Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.


Our Next Monthly Meeting

Monday February 8th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM


Night Vision and Fluorescent Techniques

by Serafima Sokolov

Serafima Sokolov has developed a unique painting style which she calls “Night Vision”.  Her paintings reflect modern issues such as war, equal rights and theocracy.  Her newest efforts include a series about the Great Depression.


Even though her paintings depict struggle, they are actually lessons in survival, not defeat.  They are about the strength of the human condition. With her parents, Serafima immigrated to the United States just prior to the fall of the former Soviet Union. She has seen a different side to life.


Graduating from FAU, Serafima successfully developed a career in art, primarily working in oils and acrylics.  She enjoys doing murals which can be seen locally while her artwork has attracted nationwide attention.




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“Dust Bowl Series” by Serafima Sokolov



DAL meetings are held in the Commissioner’s Chambers at Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Ave. Meetings are free and open to the public. Donations to DAL’s Jack Feinberg Art Education Fund are accepted


Invitation for New Members

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Dee Utasi’s Encaustics Demonstration at DAL’s Monthly Meeting



To become a Delray Art League exhibiting member, you must submit three pieces of your original artwork at one of our monthly general meetings. Artwork should be presented to the Jurying Committee between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. before the start of the General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a check or cash. You will be notified by mail of your acceptance. If not accepted, your check will be returned.





Exhibiting Member $40.00
 Family members (exhibiting} $50.00
 Friend membership (non-exhibiting) $20.00



Accepted Artwork:
2 D ART – watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, etc.
SCULPTURE – stone, wood, metal, etc.
PHOTOGRAPHY – At this time the photography category is filled



Not Accepted: crafts, glass, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, bead-stringing, poured molds, flowers, shell craft, etc. Categories not listed will be decided at the discretion of the Jurying Committee, with final determination by the Board of Directors.
Art should be signed by the artist and ready for hanging. Art done on paper should be matted and framed with Plexiglas (no glass). Canvas must be framed or gallery wrapped (no staples showing) with sides painted.

For more information go to:



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DAL Members Around Town



Alfred Biegel’s painting “Waterfall: Boca West” was awarded 3rd Place in the Wild Art Exhibit now at the Cornell Museum, Delray from January to April.

Bill Farran will be competing in Art 2016 Nathan D. Rosen Biennial Juried Art Competition at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Thursday, Feb. 11 and run through March 17, 2016. He will be at ArtiGras Fair Jupiter Fl. Feburary 13-15, 2016 and at the Chabad of South Palm Beach Art Show, February-April. Bill will be speaking Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 4-6 PM

Bob Birkenes was invited to participate in Milagro Centers Abstract Exhibit at The Blueprint Gallery through February 5th

Brenda Gordon’s new 2016 series of pencil and charcoal can be seen at Magnus & Gordon Gallery

Camille Rosano won an Honorable Mention for her watercolor “For Pappa and Charlie” in the January art show at the Lake Worth Art League.

Carolyn Barth’s painting “Searching” was included in the National Association of Women Artists – Florida Chapter show at the Armory Art Center Annex, 1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL from January 16 – February 13, 2016.

Claudia Hafner won the Emerging Artist Award in the Gold Coast Watercolor Society Exhibition: Florida Focus on Art 2016, Jan 18-Feb 15. She was also juried into Fleeting Glimpses at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, exhibiting through the end of February and was juried in to Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club Fine Art Show.

David Cohen was awarded 1st prize at The Guild Gallery on Atlantic Ave.Delray for his “Sunday Afternoon” Oil on Canvas painting.

Deb La Fogg Docherty is now on exhibit at the Foundation Fine Art Gallery in Deerfield Beach. She has also won the 2016 Award of Merit in the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society On-Line International Exhibit.

Dimitri Saginov, Patricia Maguire, Deb LaFogg Docherty, Manny Jomok, Ralph Papa and Vicki Siegel are teaching at the Delray Center for the Arts. For more information see

Dovima has pieces at the new Galleria Gilda in Lake Worth and wearable art garments at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Art Center-in Tequesta and Lake Worth Art League in Lake Worth

Ellen Pollack‘s artwork is being exhibited and sold at MONDANA GALLERY at Delray Marketplace on Atlantic Avenue.

Jack Feinberg’s paintings will now be on display at My Salon Suite in Delray and Ocean East Real Estate in Boynton

Jacquie Medeiros has a piece in the Artists Take Flight exhibit at the Palm Beach International Airport. Exhibit runs thru March.

Joe Marcou’s paintings are now hanging in the Oak Bistro & Wine Bar on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach

John Bowen will be exhibiting his Watercolors at the Ft. Lauderdale Yacht Club Invitational Show Thursday night 6 to 10 pm, February 4th. John will also be exhibiting in the Ft. Myers Festival of the Arts, February 6th & 7th

Karen H. Salup was juried into on-line gallery and was accepted into the National Association of Women Artist “Women of Vision 11 Exhibiting in Armory Annex Gallery, Lake Worth, Fl.

Kathryn Carlyle and Cheryl Gibbs will be at The Butterfield Garage Gallery in St. Augustine, FL the entire month of February. Opening night for the show is Friday, February 5th from 7 til 9:30pm.

Lynn Doyal is featured at The Oak Bistro in Wellington.

Manny Jomok’s watercolor, “Panorama at Loxahatchee,” was accepted into the juried show, Florida Wild, at the Cornell Museum, Jan.14 – Apr 17, 2015.

Mark Allen was accepted into Art Synergy and has pieces hanging at Galleria Gilda. He also will be exhibiting in the Plum Gallery in St. Augustine from February thru May

Mary Taylor has pieces in The living Room Theater on the FAU campus and at Gilda’s Gallery in Lake Worth. She also was voted one of the most popular photographers for 2015 on ViewBug

Naomi Shulman’s paintings are now on display at the Arena Gallery

Nina Odorisio has paintings at Malevo tango dance studio, at 1300 Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach

Pat Kaufman has a piece on display in the Boca community Center WPWC society show and several pieces in the Museum shop at the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach

Reed Dixon is participating in the Art at the Airport show. He also has paintings on display at the Arts Arena Gallery in Delray and in the Derek Gores Gallery in Melbourne, FL. He will be exhibiting in the Plum Gallery in St. Augustine from February thru May.

Romaine Kaufman will be having a solo show in April at the Tamarac Community Center on Commercial Ave.

Sheila Ballaban’s piece “Behind The Mirror” has been juried into the Nathan D Rosen Biennial show with the opening reception on Thursday Feb. 11- March 17 2016. She is also having a one woman show at Chabad which is on now till Feb 15 2016. at 224 S Ocean Blvd Manalapan Fl.

Stan Dornfest has a Solo Show at The Weisman Center 7091 West Atlantic Ave., Delray. The Opening reception is Sunday, Jan 31–2-4.  Stan also has 2 paintings in the “Wild” show at The Cornell Art Museum, and 2 Paintings in the Artist Guild Gallery-one of which was awarded 3rd prize.

Tom Melillo is currently showing at Rolando Chang Barrero Gallery, Lucerne Ave. Lake Worth

Vicki Siegel has four new works in Woman: Untitled at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, January 15 through March 12. 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL.

Vicki Siegel and Leora Klaymer Stewart present “Blurring Distinctions” at the Eissey Gallery at Palm Beach State College. Opening reception Tuesday Feb. 16 5:30- 7:30 pm. the show runs through March 18th. 3160 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens.


Wendy Jones has a painting in the plein air show at the Delray Historical Society on Swinton.  The show runs through February 28th.  Her painting of the Cason Cottage sold in the first hour of the show





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Jane Tracy Is Featured Artist At Boca Raton Library Friends Gallery

Life is one big journey. Actually, award winning artist, Jane Tracy‘s journey has been a singular search for a positive and joyful existence. Throughout her life’s adventure, she’s experienced many highs and occasional lows. Now, after decades of teaching school, directing the advertising department of a high-tech start-up and maintaining a pottery production studio, Jane is delighted to acknowledge that “THE SEARCH CONTINUES….”  she shares her newest painting with us at the Friends Art Gallery at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The exhibit is free and open to the public.




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Join her as she continues her search…..



An Exhibit of Jane Tracy Paintings

“……the Search Continues…..”





Exhibit runs February 1-March 19

Spanish River Library
1501 NW Spanish River Blvd           Boca Raton, FL

9 AM–9 PM daily  

Free and Open to the Public








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Life is one big journey. Actually, JANE TRACY’S journey has been a singular search for a positive and joyful existence. Throughout her life’s adventure, she’s experienced many highs and occasional lows. Now, after decades of teaching school, directing the advertising department of a high-tech start-up and maintaining a pottery production studio, Jane is delighted to acknowledge that THE SEARCH CONTINUES….





“Mache Three” by Jane Tracy




For the past few years, after retiring from her ‘official working career’, an easel, paint brushes and pots of paint have been major components in Jane’s search…a continuing search for fulfillment, contentment and joy.





“Under Agreement” by Jane Tracy



While studying painting in Boca Raton, New Haven, CT and Boston, MA, exhibiting throughout S. Florida and New England, Jane has appeared both online and in national publications where her work appears as a competition winner and a demonstration of various acrylic techniques.





“Fallen” by Jane Tracy



Yes, Jane’s backpack is full as she continues her SEARCHING journey…..looking forward to many more miles filled with joy, contentment and paints under her nails and smeared on her jeans.




“The Truth Lies” by Jane Tracy



Jane Tracy shares her philosophy with The Rickie Report:

“To know there will always be another surface for me
To paint serves as my ultimate inspiration.
To paint is to bring joy to my life.
To paint is to touch my soul

I live to paint….with a joyful soul”.


“Untitled” by Jane Tracy

Jane is a member of Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art (signature member); Broward Art Guild; Creative Arts Workshop; Guilford Art League (signature member); Madison Art League; Palm Beach Watercolor Society; Florida Watercolor Society; New Haven Paint and Clay Club; International Society of Experimental Artists; Blue Moon Group (founding member); WITVA Women in the Visual Arts; International Society of Acrylic Painters; National Association of Women Artists and Connecticut Women Artists.


For more information about this exhibit or her paintings, please visit:

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Stan Dornfest Featured In SOLO Exhibit At Weisman Community Center

Stan Dornfest‘s rich landscapes are being shown in a SOLO Exhibition at the Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, FL.  The Exhibit is Open to the Public from January 18 to February 26 and there will be a Free Opening Reception on January 31st.  Stan’s tropical artwork is delightful and infectious!  The Rickie Report shares the details about the Free Public Reception and some sneak peeks.




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“S P I R I T U A L   L A N D S C A P E S”


A SOLO Exhibition of Paintings 




Opening Reception:

Sunday, January  31st

2-4 PM


Free and Open to the Public


The Weisman Community Center
7091 West Atlantic Avenue 
Delray Beach,  FL 33446


Monday – Thursday 9-5

Friday 8:30-4:30



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Stan Dornfest tells The Rickie Report, ““I have always felt most spiritual when I am physically and emotionally enveloped by a landscape. The mystical state of mind that these inspiring locales transport me to, is what I strive to reflect in my painting. For me, rather than merely documenting topography, painting is more about expressing the spiritual journey that the world of nature transports me to.”



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“Luminous” by Stan Dornfest




“I prefer to paint in Acrylics because I actually like the quick drying time, the versatility of the mediums and the quick clean up time which fits into my life. I developed and taught a course for design students called:”Art Direction-Expanding Your Options. The course explored different career paths that Design/Art students could take”.




“Afternoon In The Azores” by Stan Dornfest



“My elementary school teacher summoned my mother to the classroom to explain to her that she felt that I was very talented in Art. She offered to loan me her oil paints over the summer so that I could continue painting. My mother explained to her that she could afford to purchase a set of oil paints for me. Not only did my mother buy the paints, but she researched and found courses for me to take on Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum Art School and Brooklyn College, which nurtured my life long passion for painting. From an early age, I was always painting. After High School, I was fortunate to get accepted to The Cooper Union Art School. After Cooper, I pursued a long, successful career as an Advertising Creative/Art Director but during that time – I continued to paint. As my advertising career tapered off-my painting endeavors expanded”.




“Cascade” by Stan Dornfest




Stan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cooper Union. While pursuing his career as a Creative/Art Director in the New York Advertising Industry, he continued to explore his passion for Painting. “In New York, my solo shows include: The Donald Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, New York and Heritage Gallery, Tarrytown, New York. I was a member of the Faculty at Parsons School of Design.  In Florida, my paintings have been shown at The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Cornell Art Museum, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Center, Lighthouse ArtCenter,  Armory Art Center, Artists Alley, and The Artists Guild Gallery.  I am a Participating Signature Member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild . My work is represented in Public and Private Collections in The US and Canada”.


For more information about Stan Dornfest’s paintings, please visit:

or call 561-865-7077






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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420