Share, Learn and Enjoy with the Poets of the Palm Beaches

The Poets of the Palm Beaches will host five events throughout the month of October, to which the public is welcome.  They take place in different parts of Palm Beach County and are free.  Some Poetry Readings offer Cash prizes.  If you are curious, a beginner, intermediate or advanced poet, this is the organization to get involved with.  The Rickie Report shares the information here.  





Wednesday, October 8, (Every Second Wednesday)


 7:00 PM

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

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

Contact: Ron Rosoff at 561-232-2888.  



Friday, October 10    (Every Other Second Friday)


7:00 to 8:30 PM. 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery   15 South J St.,  Lake Worth FL 

Words, Wine, Cheese: Open Reading. Open to the public. Original work only. No charge. 



Tuesday, October 14, (Every second Tuesday)

 6:30 PM.

Publix Super Market – Legacy Place, 2nd Floor, 11231 Legacy Ave, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Reading: Open to the public. No charge.  Bring original poems. 

Contact: Marjorie Wolfson at 561-575-2376, or Shirley Kent at



Our 3rd Sunday Reading October 19, 2014

 Contest with cash prizes.  Open to the public. Original work only.


Palm Beach Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 823 North A Street, Lake Worth.  Just a little more than one block South of 10th Ave North. Time:  2:00 PM. (Doors open at 1:45 PM) 

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


Tuesday, October 21, (Every third Tuesday)

7:00 PM. 

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

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

Contact: John Palozzi at 561-588 -9829. 




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Cats, Skulls, Evenings on the Avenue PLUS CGMS Studio Update and Scholarship Application

Events in Lake Worth and exciting news from Clay Glass Metal Stone are the focus of this article.  As the City of Lake Worth jumpstarts “season”, art is EVERYWHERE, with new venues popping up.  For senior artists who are interested in pursuing their creativity, there is special information about scholarships.  For art lovers, music lovers  and performance art aficionados, get out your calendars now! J Street in Downtown Lake Worth is rapidly becoming South Florida’s Greenwich Village. The Rickie Report shares a wealth of information in this article.








Cats, Skulls, Evenings on the Avenue

Downtown Lake Worth






On South J Street, as The Bamboo Room bows out of the music community, Bamboo Shoots springs up every Saturday Evening at CGMS Gallery. As Coastars bids adieu, The Common Grounds Arts Cafe steps in with a stage for performing artists and musicians. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery can be counted on for some of the areas finest musicians at their art openings every first and third Friday. Top Five Records, a real record store and a rare and special find in any community, has the wonderful and collectable vinyls that so many prefer to today CD’s and MP3s. Callaros, one of Lake Worth’s finest bistros, is located at the corner of J Street and Lake Avenue. Excelsior!, Lake Worth’s first comic book and toy emporium plans events and hosts role playing games and collectable card playing tournaments. Poutine Hot Dogs caters to an arty crowd, and is flooded with French Canadians during season. They have the best Hotdogs and Poutine in the region.







Saturday October 4, 6-10PM, A Cat-O-Strophic Event opens at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street. The event is free, and include paintings, photographs, sculptures and jewelry of CATS in every form and variety. The exhibit continues through October 15. This is a fund-raiser for animal shelters throughout the county. Purchase a work of art, present a card from your favorite shelter, and 10% of the purchase will be contributed.


October 9-26 - The Lake Worth Playhouse presents Mame.
The Stonzek Movie Theater shows independent and rare films seen nowhere else in the county. Call 561-586-6410 for listings and schedules.



Saturday, October 11- Art-Ober Fest, sponsored by Propaganda, springs onto J Street, both north and south of Lake Avenue. An arts and music event, the streets will be filled with tents loaded with original art. The many stages will feature a wide variety of music genre. Propaganda has produced this event for the last five years.




Friday, October 17, is the soft-opening of J Street’s newest coffee house and arts venue. Common Grounds Coffee and Bagel Bar is a Creative Arts Cafe. It will house local bands in a coffee house atmosphere. Game nights will include interactive activities- TV gaming evenings with large screen TVs that increase in size with skill levels. They are building a community book shelf and herb garden.




Friday, October 17, Day(s) of the Dead opens at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery. Paintings, sculpture, photographs and jewelry are personal interpretations of this theme by many local artists. The exhibit extends through November 1st, the actual Day of the Dead. Music and demonstrations play an integral part of this exhibit.



Friday, October 17, The Creative Arts Academy will have a live, outdoor, acoustic concert. Located at 16 South J Street, these talented young people plan an evening of music, showcasing the skills they are developing.



Saturday, October 18, The Bamboo Shoots Saturday Cafe opens at 15 South J Street (CGMS Gallery.) This cafe features FREE Coffee, and specialty Vegan treats from Muffins to Ice Cream. Local acoustic musician Ben Brown will entertain. Vegan Chef, Sarah Steinberg will sell her delicacies and take specialty orders. Chain-mail artist, Ryan Delaneuville demonstrates his ancient art form, and makes fitting adjustments on purchased jewelry and chain-mail ware/wear. The Bamboo Shoots Cafe will take place every Saturday at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth.



Parking Lot Arts Happening begin in the 15 South J Street Parking Lot in October. Watch for movies on the wall, a mural to appear for Cat-O-Strophic Events, and Larger than Life Size Sculptures to adorn the lot towards the end of the month. Pop-Up sculptural events and concerts will be regular events on this parking lot.



Friday, October 31: Lake Worth Goes All Out- Holiday Events in the Plaza and on J Street.
Third Eye Productions presents- Halloween’s Lake Worth Monster Mash with a tribute to the Rocky Picture Horror Show. The fun and registration starts at Brogue’s Down Under from 7-8:30 PM. The crowd then moves to the parking lot at 15 South J Street for a viewing of the Rocky Picture Horror Show on the Parking Lot wall. – Zombie Make Up Artists will have a tent on J Street to make you into the characters you most want to be.- The crowd then moves on to South Shores Tavern for a rollicking Costume Contest.
Common Grounds Arts Cafe holds their Grand Opening on Friday the 31st with a HUGE Halloween Party. There will be face painting, a DJ with live music, and lots of free trick-or treats for everyone.
Pop-Up Swing and Contra Dancing is expected to take place on weekends throughout the month of October. Drop down to J Street on a Friday or Saturday evening and look for a chance to shake a leg or two.





CGMSGallery @ Flamingo Clay Studio


Studio Update




Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street- Lake Worth, FL 33460

Flamingo Clay Studio Building

216 South F Street- Lake Worth FL 33460



Joyce Brown tells The Rickie Report, “We’ve been working hard on the South F Street Studio space, and inspections will take place. All fire safety and building safety issues have been addressed and installed. This will allow us occupancy of the building and allow us to start putting in the kilns and equipment we have been accumulating.  Our scholarship grant has been secured and an application for this scholarship with a description of what it offers is included at the end of this article.”


“We expect a grand opening of the studio mid-November. We could use some help in building tables, stocking shelves, and moving supplies and equipment in. I will be ordering an initial five tons of clay, and would like to meet with participating artists to ascertain the types of clays you will need. Some of this clay is for the scholarship artists, and the rest if for you to purchase at cost. I will be ordering supplies and would like input into this as well.”


“This studio will continue to grow in stages. Artists are welcome to come in and work. Although you will pay your dues, they will not be applied until the building officially opens. This gives you a studio for free for a while.  We will be moving the electric kilns in before November. They include kilns of a variety of sizes as well as a front-loader. We have a donation of two Raku kilns and will be purchasing an initial gas reduction kiln. The rest of our gas, salt and wood kilns will be built by us. Gas service has not yet been installed but will be soon. We also have a large glass fusion kiln.”


“We have a large slab-roller, extruders and three wheels. The studio has a lot of shelf-storage and some sturdy tables on which to work. We will need room arrangement consultations.  We have a separate room for those of you who work in fused glass and small metals, and an area for those jewelers who work in wax and fine metals. These areas and usages are included for all artists in the gallery and are not a separate fee.”


“The studio will be available to 30-40 artists. We are looking at an additional building next door for another 30-40 artists, once we have solidified our operation in the first building. Once we reach our limit we will be establishing a waiting list. We have funds for 10 scholarship artists. Some of this funding can be divided into partial scholarships if you are less needy. This means that two artists can share one of the scholarships and pay ½ of the fees for the month.”



For those who are not on scholarship, the fees for studio membership and usage are as follows:

  • $150 a month for a cooperative member. This means a minimum of four hours of work a week in the studio/and or gallery- Gallery participation fees are $60 a month. (The gallery is an outlet for the works produced in the studio, if you so wish. Scholarship artists’ gallery fees are paid for the year).



  • $250 a month if you are a snow-bird and will be using the studio part of the year. The four hour requirement remains.


  • $250 a month if you are using the studio year round, bit do not want to put in the cooperative hours.


  • These fees include all kiln firings. They also include the studio glazes. You must purchase your own clay, tools, specialty glazes and supplies. There will be many tools available for use as well.


  • Those using the studio just for firings will either pay a flat fee of $150 a month or pay a fee each time you fire. You decide which is most economical for you.



Joyce points out, ‘We still have a lot of money to raise to bring the entire project up to the quality that we all look for in a studio. This will be an on-going process for a while. We especially look forward to those of you who are graduating from art school with no affordable facility in which to work.”




Flamingo Clay Studio/ Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Application Form

Low-Income Senior Citizen One Year Scholarship

Full Studio Access and Supplies



The Flamingo Clay Studio (dba Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), artist cooperative whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space to 3-D artists.

We have been awarded a generous, one-year grant by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. This grant will allow ten Low-Income Senior Citizen 3-D artists full access to the newly created community studio arts center at 216 South F Street in Lake Worth. A condition of the grant is that artists produce work for sale that will increase their income levels, and produce the funds, for these individual artists, that will allow them to remain members of the studio in the future.

The Studio should be available for artists to begin work in October with a grand opening in mid-November. Although chosen scholarship recipients may begin using the studio immediately, their scholarship will run from Mid-November 2014 to Mid-November 2015.

The scholarship includes full use of the studio including the clay/ceramics studio, the fused glass studio and the small metals studio.
The scholarship includes all ceramic supplies
The scholarship includes all ceramic and fused glass firings.
The scholarship includes membership in the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery for one year

Because the non-profit Flamingo Clay Studio is a cooperative organization, and as part of the requirements for scholarship, recipients will agree to:

A four hour work commitment each week
That the scholarship recipient be 55 years of age or older
That the scholarship recipient demonstrate a financial need for the offering. (Financial information will not be made public)
That the scholarship recipient be a serious and committed clay, glass and/or small metals artist.
That some of the work produced be for sale in the cooperative gallery
If you have any questions, please contact Joyce:    or call 




(Your status as a scholarship member will be made known to the Community Foundation as part of the accountability for this funding. We will otherwise keep your identity confidential, if you wish.)


Name: _________________________________________________

Date of Birth: ____________________________________________

Income Level: ___________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

Phone: Home______________________ Cell: _____________________________

Email Address: _____________________________________________

Social Media Sites:_________________________________________________

Website: ________________________________________________________
May we use your name publicly, for publicity purposes, as a scholarship recipient?

Yes __________ No ____________
Statement: I am an artist working in __________________________. I agree to cooperatively participate in the studio and gallery, contributing at least four hours of work per week, as does every other co-op member of the non-profit organization.

Please call Joyce, 215-205-9441 to set up an appointment for an interview.
Please email five examples of your work to





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OSGS Presents Special Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibit

OSGS continues to stretch its wings and bring a wide variety of artwork to its walls.  The Rickie Report urges you not to miss the current exhibit of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work at this Northwood gallery.  Jimmy Lee’s paintings bring us back to a genre most would call Folk Art.  In fact, his work was prominent at the Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life.  His Alabama roots are intertwined with those of OSGS owners, Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz Smykla.  His message is universal.  Paint, create, celebrate life!  Here are the details and a sneak peek.









Presents Paintings by

Jimmy Lee Sudduth


500 Northwood Road    W.Palm Beach, FL




This Jimmy Lee Sudduth Exhibition is different from your previous ones.  Please tell our readers more about its significance.


We recently have had some conversations with a private art collector about a collaboration with OSGS.  The conversation went well enough that we’ve been offered three Jimmy Lee Sudduth paintings to exhibit here at OSGS. The name may not ring a bell (as there are many artists in the world) but he’s an artist that not only hits close to home for myself but also with the trending art market for ‘outsider art’, ‘folk art’, and ‘self-taught Southern artists’.  Jimmy Lee is no longer living as he passed away in 2007 (in his 90s). His connection with OSGS is that we have roots in Alabama and Jimmy Lee was born and raised in Fayette, Alabama which is where he spent his entire life.  Also, our exhibited pieces will not be for sale. 






Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "Three Boys"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Three Boys”




Art lovers will have an unexpected opportunity to see this historically significant artwork at OSGS.   Please share some of the highlights of Sudduth’s contributions to the art world


Jimmy Lee began collecting pigments from clay, earth, rocks and plants for use in his finger paintings. He used his fingers because “they never wore out.” His numerous works were typically executed on found surfaces such as plywood, doors and boards from demolished buildings. He experimented with mixing his pigments with various binders to make them adhere better, including sugar, soft drinks, instant coffee, and caulk.






Jimmy Lee Sudduth's "African Princess"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “African Princess”


Notable Exhibitions:

1968 – Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL) *first exhibition
1971 – Kentuck Festival of the Arts (Northport, AL)
1976 – Smithsonian Institution’s Bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life
*Jimmy Lee played harmonica along with exhibition
1980 – The Today Show & 60 Minutes feature
1995 – Alabama Art Award
1995 – New Orleans Museum of Art (Artist In Residence)
2005 – Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, AL)
Current Collections:
Smithsonian Institution
High Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery
Birmingham Museum of Art
House of Blues



We will reference in writing some highlights and are providing a link to the Smithsonian’s website/collection of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s work:




 Many people consider “recycling” and “up-cycling”  a recent phenomenon.  Clearly, this is not the case.


He was one of the early masters of southern self-taught art. Jimmy Lee painted with his finger which he called his brush. That ‘brush’ would never wear out and would die along with him. Although it is commonly believed that Sudduth’s early paintings were executed exclusively in mud and found pigments, such as motor oil or plant juices, in fact, his earliest known paintings contain large amounts of house paint. Anything he could find or get from his helpful neighbors right across the railroad tracks where he worked as a gardener to the Moore family. No one knew, but it was them who really supported Jimmy Lee. His next-door-neighbor, Jack Black, helped Jimmy Lee become the artist he is today through his love and commitment of Alabama art. As his fame grew, dealers advised Sudduth on ways to make his works more permanent and more colorful, and by the 1990s, no longer able to collect his own materials, he began using commercially-sold acrylic paints applied with sponge brushes onto wood panels prepared with a flat black ground.





Jimmy Lee Sudduth's, "The Barn"

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s, “The Barn”



We understand there is some personal history with Jimmy Lee Sudduth.


Jimmy Lee’s roots and path are all too familiar with both Jonathon and Evelyn’s experiences over the course of 30+ years living in the state of Alabama. Meeting, studying and being a part of Alabama’s fine arts provided first hand insight into the Southern vernacular of life, art and design while engaging in direct relationships with those that were rooted in rural Alabama. The OSGS family was schooled, lived and worked in Northport, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Auburn, and Montgomery, Alabama for around 20 years.



Jonathon shares, “I was six years old when my Mom was in graduate school at the University of Alabama and she took me to meet Jimmy Lee Sudduth at his home in Fayette, Alabama. I do recall the visit well and remember the home, the dirt roads and his paintings. For me, at that age, it was an experience that was solidified because of the deeply rooted rural Alabama area where he lived and his enthusiasm about his work and our interest in his work.  We are very excited about this opportunity to share art that reflects places and experiences we hold near our hearts”.


**some information gathered from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Wikipedia.



For more information about this exhibit or other art being shown at OSGS, please contact Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla at

OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

p: 561-833-2223



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Studio Space and Exhibition Space Available in Tequesta

The Artists’ Studios & Gallery of Tequesta announces the availability of studio space as well as separate exhibition spaces.  The location is part of a larger artistic community setting, near other galleries, studios and Lighthouse ArtCenter as well as the popular Gallery Grille Restaurant.  The Rickie Report urges interested artists to read the details and make the call!  This is YOUR opportunity to show your artwork and market yourself!  The timing is perfect, as we gear up for an increase in seasonal visitors and activities in the area.



The Artists’ Studios & Gallery of Tequesta

385 Tequesta Drive

Tequesta, Florida




(annual rental)



(seasonal or annual rental)




Please call one of our artists for more information
 or stop by the studio to view the space.

Marie: 203-671-9607
Suzanne: 561-339-3314
Judith: 561-346-8703



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Hennevelt’s Gallery and Bohemia AG Offer Fantasy and Sci-Fi Art Show

Fans of fantasy and sci-fi art will not want to miss the extraordinary exhibit being produced by Hennevelt’s Gallery and Bohemia AG in Northwood.   Coinciding with Palm Con (comic book and collectibles show, being held at the Palm Beach Convention Center), the public is invited to a reception on Saturday, September 27th at these two galleries.  Art lovers will see original art from world famous illustration artists and for the first time, it will include amazing fantasy and sci-fi art from a number of local artists.  You can expect to see over 40 original paintings from a private collection.  This is a great opportunity to buy new pieces for your illustration art collection or to explore this special kind of art and start your own collection. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks!






Hennevelt’s Gallery and Bohemia AG


2nd Fantasy and Sci-Fi Art Show



Opening Reception


Saturday, September 27, 2014  6-9pm



Hennevelt’s Gallery   510 Northwood Road




Bohemia AG    536 Northwood Road



West Palm Beach


Donato Gianola's "Protector"

Donato Giancola’s “Protector”



The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 6-9 pm at Hennevelt’s Gallery, 510 Northwood Road and Bohemia AG, 536 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. This fantastic show is a collaboration between Hennevelt’s Gallery and Bohemia AG and coincides with Palm Con (comic book and collectibles show) at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.




Jasmine Beckett-Griffith's

Jasmine Beckett-Griffith’s “Autumn Night Fairy”


This year’s exhibit features original art from world famous illustration artists and different from last year’s show, it will include amazing fantasy and sci-fi art from a number of local artists.





Erick Marquez'

Erick Marquez’, “Dark Elf”


Visitors will see over 40 original paintings from a private collection. This wonderful exhibition of art comes from world renowned illustration artists like Donato Giancola, Stephen Hickman, Dave Leri, Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, Raoul Vitale, Simon Bisley and Marc Potts. Most of these artists have won prestigious awards and their art is used for book covers, Magic the Gathering cards and is highly sought after by collectors all over the world. All works of art will now be available to the public.




Marc Potts' "

Marc Potts’ ” Wyldwood King”



Palm Beach County is home to some very creative artist in the fantasy and sci-fi genre. Hennevelt’s Gallery and Bohemia AG are pleased to include exciting art work from local artists Erick Marquez, Jeff Schutte, Wayne Smith, Christian Bentall, Scott White, Freddy Hennevelt and Abigail Marie. During the reception opening they will be present and you will be able to ask them questions about their work. Wayne Smith (glass art) and Christian Bentall (cyber punk upcycled art) will provide live demonstrations.



Filip Burburan's "

Filip Burburan’s ” Scuttling Doom’s Engine”

A beautiful pastel painting from artist Tammy Mae Moon will be raffled off and we’ll give away signed posters during the reception opening.  This is a great opportunity to buy new pieces for your illustration art collection or to explore this special kind of art and start your own collection.




Abigail Marie works on her drawing

Abigail Marie works on her drawing



For more information about this exhibtion please contact Freddy at 561-506-4108 or visit or Paul at 561-302-5568 or email



Don’t Forget:  NEW!! Historic Northwood Art Walk Second Saturday each month!!





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Artistic Youth Event Launches at A Unique Art Gallery

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) is proud to launch “The Artistic Youth” event, featuring a Solo Exhibition by artist Ashley Marie Brooks. 
Each month a young artist will be showcased, sharing their vision and their entrepreneurial creativeness.
 The talent of our young artists is so inspirational, their ideas and imagination leads many into seeing beyond form or vision.  This month AAOJ is proud to showcase Ashley Marie Brooks a wonderful Caricature artist and so much more.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this exhibit and how artists can contact AAOJ for future exhibits.





Artists Association of Jupiter

Presents the Premiere of

“Artistic Youth”

SOLO Exhibit  by

Ashley Marie Brooks

Free, Public Reception

Friday, September 26   5:30 – 7:30 pm

A Unique Art Gallery

226 Center Street    Suite 8          Jupiter, FL


Gallery Interior with empty frame on wall





This event will be held on Friday September 26th, from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center Street #8 in Jupiter. For more information please call A Unique Art Gallery at 561-529-2748 or go to our web site If you have a young budding artist and want to showcase their work at our gallery please contact Tia Crystal.


Meet Ashley Marie



“I was born Ashley Marie in Washington D.C., an only child in the Brooks family. At the age of two I contracted a seemingly minor illness, which rendered me nearly totally deaf, permanently having to depend on my other four senses to compensate. Just beginning to mature, my view of and interaction with the world around me would forever be different from that which ordinary persons experience. Fortunately, my mother sacrificed her burgeoning professional career and became my full time mentor and teacher, coaching and orchestrating the long dedicated hours required for me to acquire the fundamental learning skills to successfully navigate life. Thankfully, our Creator so graciously endowed and blessed me with multiple talents, skills and abilities; intellectual, athletic and artistic.”


“Initially I received accolades playing basketball with Boca Hoops as a talented player who excelled despite the additional challenge of my hearing impairment. I was a star travel soccer player in SABR, Soccer Association of Boca Raton, but later decided to get involved in competitive tennis starting at excelling with Chris Evert Camp, then matriculating to Nick Bolliettieri Camp. After being sidelined by an injury, my education and art became the fundamental cornerstones which have grounded my life, and provided an avenue for my innermost expressions. I discovered my true passion! My life’s calling.”







Royal golden frame on the wall in interior. Gallery


“For as long as I can remember I’ve had a vivid and phantasmagorical imagination and a desire to share with people. Enrolling in art programs at Florida Atlantic University, attaining a BFA degree in graphic design (with honors) as well as graduating cum laude and inducted in the Phi Beta Kappa National honor society in my junior year, provided me the tools necessary to visualize and express the intricacies of my imagination.”


“Art enables me to facilitate a wild and free imagination rife with color and texture that emblazons my consciousness with beaming prism color hues onto paper and or tangible means for others to enjoy.  I work as a free-lance graphic designer and fine artist. I was the major artist contributor for the Deerfield Beach Rotary Club major philanthropic event. I have also contributed my talents to the Tri County Humane Society.”




Marie Ashley is a published illustrator of three books and  is currently working on two more: a historical fiction of the forty-four U.S. Presidents, and a children’s comprised of six stories.  She can be reached at



The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010. The gallery is staffed and operated with the help of volunteer gallery artists. Each month on the second Wednesday, the Gallery hosts special exhibits with a wine and cheese reception. We feature one or more of our artists with a portion of all sales and a 50/50 Raffle benefiting different local not for profit charities.

Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website,   For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at  561-529-2748 or




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New Artwork and Events at Brewhouse Gallery

September marks the first changeover of artwork on the walls of the Brewhouse Gallery! A serene space for chatting with a friend over a cup of fresh brewed coffees and a well-respected live venue for music, comedy, poetry readings  and killer trivia games – The Rickie Report suggests you take a look at their monthly line-up to make your plans now.  We normally give you a sneak peek to see the newest artwork hanging on the walls (which you can buy for YOUR walls at affordable prices), but this time we’re letting you be surprised!  Stop by and meet the artists for an Open House on September 25th.   







Tuesday through Sunday

10 am – 11 pm

720 Park Avenue   Lake Park, FL







The Brewhouse Gallery is part eclectic hipster lounge, part modern New York art gallery. It’s a creative space to hang out, sip a brew, hold a meeting, share ideas, listen to music, and appreciate local art. Free Wi-Fi and comfortable furniture (that is also for sale) make you feel right at home. Above all, our mission is to support local arts and build community!






We proudly serve French Press, Lattes, Cappuccinos, and other coffee creations made with locally roasted beans sourced directly from the growers. We also whip up a killer Cuban espresso.  By night we offer craft beer from the finest Florida microbreweries, including Due South, Monk in the Trunk, and Cigar City, along with a selection of favorite wines. 








Hungry? Although we don’t cook food, we have food trucks stopping by every Friday and Saturday evening, and throughout the week you can order from local restaurants that deliver right to our door. Check out the gourmet snacks on hand all the time!







Musical performances, poetry readings, painting classes, and other assorted nighttime events keep things lively and we are quickly becoming one of the most well-respected live music venues in all of South Florida. Check our Events page to see what’s brewin’ next.





Plan Your Week!

Monday – Art, brews, and BBQ.
Tuesday – Karaoke starting in August.
Wednesday – Trivia Night.
Thursday – Open Mic and Poetry.
Friday and Saturday – live music and food trucks.
Sunday – Comedy



For more information about The Brewhouse Gallery please contact : or call 561.771.1641

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Somethins’ Brewin at 720 Park Ave., Lake Park, FL 33403





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Sheree Blum’s Glasswork Goes World-Wide

Sheree Blum started selling her unique fused glass plates at the Green Market in Wellington only a few short years ago. She used that experience to learn more about marketing and selling her work.  Anthropologie’s order of over 4,000 plates sold in the US and the UK is history.  Recently showcased in People Magazine and Epicurious Magazine, Sheree has a lot of information to share with other artists.  Watch for her new line of cake stands for the 2014 Holiday Season in Anthropologie!  The Rickie Report presents this Feature Article and interview with Sheree Blum of Kicking Glass.




Sheree Blum


Kicking Glass



Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum




TRR: How did your childhood influence your interest in art?



I grew up in a rural area of New York State, near the Pennsylvania border and am the oldest of 6 children.  My father showed his gifted artistry through his masonry work and my mother was busy with art projects, like ceramics, on a regular basis.  At that time in the US educational system, art played a very large part not only in the classroom, but in our community.  You at least had to try something, whether you liked it or not!


I enjoyed those activities but moved on to married life at 18 and then started a family.  Being a mother to my three children was my priority until I went to college at age 27.  I was lucky to attend Jamestown Community College and then St. Bonaventure University, where they provided a nurturing day care setting while I had my classes.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1990, I moved with my children to Wellington, FL. and starting working in Belle Glade.  I decided to get my Masters degree in Special Education at FAU and worked in the Pahokee Elementary School in Special Education.  I also worked within the school setting of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, with a focus on academics. I retired just two years ago.


Sheree Blum Begins Creating a Glass Plate

Sheree Blum Begins Creating Glass Plates


TRR:  How did that lead you to a career in art and specifically glass?



I always used art projects to teach and enhance the learning environment.  I found it helped keep my students’ attention and increase their interest in education.  During my teaching career, I  met the owners of Lee Glass Art, Wayne Taylor and Sheldon Bickford in Mt. Dora Florida.   Always fascinated by color, I convinced them to let me apprentice!  I went to Winter Harbor, Maine during my summer breaks to train in their method.



If I were a wealthy person, I always said I would own a million dishes!  I love the blending of science, experimentation and art when I work with glass.  And now that I had a lot of dishes, I decided to practice my salesmanship by being a vendor at the Wellington Green Market!


Epicurious Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

Epicurious Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass



 That is when a buyer from Anthropologie  saw my work.  He bought some pieces, but I had no idea who he was until several months later when I received a call from their tabletop buyer. The lady that was with him did whisper in my ear that this was my lucky day, but I had no idea what this meant.  I learned a lot!  About pricing, figuring out my timing, how to box and ship everything safely. 4,000 dishes were sold throughout the US and United Kingdom in a few months!



I applied and was accepted to be part of Howard Alan’s Crafts Shows and was able to continue making new pieces, experimenting with new techniques and selling to the public.  At this time, I am a resident artist at Art on Park Gallery, the home of the Artists of Palm Beach County; OSGS in Northwood (West Palm Beach) and Kolbo Gallery of Judaica in Brookline, MA.  I enjoy making apple and honey plates for Rosh Hashanah and Seder Plates for Passover for their catalogue.  In addition, the Iriquois Hotel on Mackinaw Island ordered special dishes they use for service and also sell in their gift shop.



People Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

People Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass available at Anthropologie



It’s been a real treat for me to see my creations highlighted by being mentioned and shown in Jennie Garth’s Tabletop Decor column, People Magazine (April 14, 2014) and a full page presentation in Epicurious Magazine’s Spring/Summer,2014 (page 52)!  I just found out that my dishes are now listed with Replacements,Ltd. as well!




Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

TRR:  What are your favorite as well as challenging moments?



There is nothing like the excitement I feel when I am creating!  And I love meeting the people at the shows, knowing I am sending my creations out to new homes where they will be appreciated. The most challenging part of being a full time professional artist is marketing and selling one’s work.  But you have to do it in order to keep creating!




Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Do you have any helpful hints for emerging artists?



Be brave!  Have a business plan – do your math.  Don’t just jump off the building without Plan A, Plan B and maybe even Plan C!  Don’t hesitate to take risks.  Be professional in your demeanor and behavior at all times.  Do your homework – how many dishes fit into the box safely?  Where do you get the boxes?  Don’t forget the paper slips in between each dish.  Everything you use counts, is necessary and adds to your price.  Consider your price ranges and whether you want to sell retail, wholesale or both.  Be consistent and ask for what your artwork is worth!  I hope that other artists also consider helping the community by making some donations.  I recently sent seven sets of dishes to families who lost everything from tornado damage in MS.



Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum


TRR:   What story does your art tell?



I bring bright color into people’s everyday world.  It may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but I hope that these dishes will conjure up happy memories and become family heirlooms.  This is a quieter voice than the one I used when I was teaching, but I believe it is the same message.  Ordinary objects can imbue happiness.



Flowers by Sheree Blum

Black Flowers by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Please take us from the beginning of an  idea to a finished piece of work.




I usually start with a big idea.  For example, I wanted to create some glass pieces with an ocean feel and incorporate coral reefs.  I find designs that meet the criterion – they could come from a piece of fabric, a photo or other objects.  My idea begins to solidify.  Then I decide on colors and move forward with a prototype to test out my theory.  Does it meet my standards?  If not, it becomes a salad dish at my house.  If it does, I make more!   Sometimes the need to meet the requirements of the marketplace influence my work – otherwise I wouldn’t have a thriving business!  And then, there are pieces I just feel I have to try…to meet my own needs.


Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum



TRR:   How do you maintain your level of creativity?



I let my mine wander.  I dabble in watercolors and enjoy playing Scrabble.




"Sea Glass" Colors by Sheree Blum

“Sea Glass” Colors by Sheree Blum

TRR:  How do you define success?



Success has nothing to do with money!  You are successful if you are happy and satisfied at the end of the day.






Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum


For more information about Sheree Blum’s glasswork please visit:

Her work is currently located at Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art on Park Gallery ( Lake Park,FL), OSGS in Northwood (W.Palm Beach, FL), Kolbo Gallery (Brookline, MA) and Iriquois Hotel (Mackinaw Island). Sheree is available for special orders and commissions.



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“Vintage Fantasy” Opens at Artisans on the Ave

See the one-of-a-kind artwork from the creative minds of Tara Mals and Linda Manganaro at Artisans on the Ave.  This boutique-like gallery has been bringing us innovative artistry since its inception.  The Opening Reception for “Vintage Fantasy” is Saturday, September 20th and is FREE and Open to The Public.  The Rickie Report encourages you to stop by and see how everything old is new again!

Artisans On The Ave



“Vintage Fantasy”


September 20, 2014

Saturday 6 – 9 pm

630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, Fl. 33460


For more info call 561-762-8162


Join Artisans on the Ave for a special exhibit, “Vintage Fantasies”.  The opening Reception is FREE and open to the public.  Festivities begin at  6 pm on Saturday, September 20th.  Step back in time and enjoy complimentary old favorite refreshments from the past. View a bit of nostalgia and take home a memory that will make you smile!!    Vintage items given a new twist!! See the one of a kind art from the creative minds of Tara Mals and Linda Manganaro.   They have transformed old pieces into amazing ART treasures.
Tara Mals with her display at Artisans on the Ave

Tara Mals with her display at Artisans on the Ave

Tara Mals uses unwanted pieces, trays, boxes and furniture, and then paints with a Folk art style. From the nautical world to Halloween, her pieces can once again be treasured.
Close-up of Tara Mals' baskets

Close-up of Tara Mals’ baskets

Tara, with a lifelong passion for Halloween, has never stopped creating Halloween.  Growing up near Pittsburgh PA, with an artistic family, art, antiques, and being creative were instilled early on.  Tara takes “recycling” to a new height.  Not everything is Halloween related.  She is prolific and offers many options from playful to practical.
Tara Mals and her Skel-e-mingos

Tara Mals and her Skel-e-mingos



Tara explains, ” HAUNTITURE     (hawnt-a chur)  n. 1. cleverly hand painted eerily creepy articles (such as tables, chairs, beds, trunks, etc. ) …which are necessary possessions for a room or house.  2. one-of-a-kind charmingly bizarre pieces conjured up by Tara Mals.   Each piece is unique, one of a kind because they are painted on items that have been discarded then given new life. If this obscure taste is a must for you, be warned, it can become an obsession when you are attracting all eyez!  You can never have too many, these pieces will grow on you.  It will be difficult, not letting them take over, in a haunting sense. Let’s just say, they bring new life.”
Tara Mals'  Handpainted table with map of the Caribbean

Tara Mals’ Handpainted table with map of the Caribbean

Linda Manganero

Linda Manganaro’s “I Am Not Worthy of Your Love”

Linda Manganaro sees art in the most unexpected items.  She then creates the acquired found objects into an art form.  Her assemblages are thoughtful, thought provoking and whimsical.
"Towers" by Linda Mangenaro

“Towers” by Linda Manganaro

She turns various wood pieces turned into a towering 6 foot sculpture, or an assemblage that tells a visual story to the onlooker made from wire, paper, old buttons and antique parts.  Then she leaves it up to your imagination to finish the story.
Assemblage by Linda Manganergo

Assemblage by Linda Manganaro

Linda tells The Rickie Report, ” I rescue treasures and locate homes for them!”   Interior designers and home owners alike, love Linda’s creations.

Artisans On The Ave Gallery


Artisans On The Ave Gallery is located at 630 Lake Avenue in the middle of downtown Lake Worth, Florida.  Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 11 AM – 6 PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM.   Our Gallery features the work of 25 local artists working in all media.  For information on becoming an artist with two or three-dimensional art in our gallery please call Betty Wilson  561-762-8162 or Linda Manganaro  561-308-7263.  Gallery phone: 561-582-3300.



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


New Exhibit at Palm Beach International Airport: Did You Know Art is For Sale?

There will be a PUBLIC RECEPTION to honor artists whose work has been chosen for exhibit at the Palm Beach International Airport.  “Art in Public Places”  gives local artists an opportunity for their artistry to be seen by travelers, employees and greeters.  What a fabulous way to welcome people to Palm Beach County!  The Rickie Report urges you to slow down and take a look as you walk through the airport.  On September 17th, the public is invited to view notable works of photography, painting and mixed media by twenty of Palm Beach County’s finest emerging and professional artists.  This is a unique and FREE opportunity to interact with the artists while they share stories about their works and cultural inspirations.  More details and a sneak peek are in this article and remember – Art at the Airport is for sale!




Palm Beach County’s

Art in Public Places


Invites You To


Meet the Artists


Wednesday, September 17th


5:30 – 7 pm


Palm Beach International Airport

Level 2



 The exhibition runs through October 8th








Priscilla A. Taylor, Mayor and Paulette Burdick, Vice Mayor join the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners  Hal R. Valeche, Shelley Vana,  Steven L. Abrams, Mary Lou Berger, Jess R. Santamaria and County Administrator Robert Weisman, P.E. in congratulating all of the exhibiting artists.




Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown’s “Horsemen in Inner Mongolia”


After a life-changing trip to China in 2005 Boca Raton photographer Nancy Brown focused her lens on the country and its people. “Horsemen in Inner Mongolia” emerges from Brown’s desire to share her love of China with the local community. 




Frank Navarrete’s, “Determination in Adversity”




On September 17, from 5:30-7:00pm the public is invited to view notable works of photography, painting and mixed media by twenty of Palm Beach County’s finest emerging and professional artists.  This is a unique opportunity to interact with the artists while they share stories about their works and cultural inspirations. 



Kianga Jinaki's

Kianga Jinaki’s “Adowa”



Reflecting an appreciation of her heritage, West Palm Beach resident Kianga Jinaki incorporates African textiles, beads, bones, artifacts, and song verse into her work. Jinaki brings African art and cultural influences to the Palm Beach International Airport with her quilt entitled “Adowa.”



Craig McInnis' "BABA"

Craig McInnis’ “BABA”


Featured artists include:


Nancy Brown and Kandy Lopez from Boca Raton; David Bogia and Patricia Turo from Boynton Beach; Irwin Goldman and Brenda Gordon from Delray Beach; Rick Lewis from Jupiter; Armando Hernandez from Lantana; Frank Navarrete from Loxahatchee; Genie Fritchey, Jody Lane, and Betty Laur from Palm Beach Gardens; Cynthia Conley, Tracy Guiteau, Kianga Jinaki, Andrea Krausz, Craig McInnis, E.J. Morales, Ricardo Morales-Hendry, and Annie Yarensky-Seaberry from West Palm Beach.



For more information about  Art in Public Places and be placed on the list for upcoming exhibits, please contact:


Elayna Toby Singer,    Palm Beach County Art in Public Places
2633 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Ph (561) 233-0235   Fax (561) 233-0206       or

Conley's "Earl"

Cynthia Conley’s “Earl”

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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