Youth Summer Art Camp at Boca Museum of Art Offers August Programs By the Week

The Boca Museum of Art – ART SCHOOL holds an award-winning youth summer art camp for ages 5- 12 year-olds.   Camp registration is by the week.  Each week boasts a different theme from wood sculpture to origami, cartooning and landscape painting.  The program is taught by professional artist/teachers.  Students make independent art works as well as work collaboratively. Camp is child-centered, and they learn all aspects of art from art history to vocabulary and everything in between!   The Rickie Report can think of no better way than having fun and nurturing future artists and art patrons!  More details are here.




Summer Camp!





The Summer Art Camp is run by long- time director, Eydi Lampasona. Eydi holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and is certainly adored by campers and parents alike. Her assistant, Elizabeth Fenton, has been with the camp for seven years as both a counselor and assistant to the director. She is currently studying pre- medicine at the University of Notre Dame. In the above picture, Eydi (left) and Elizabeth (right) pose at the campers’ art exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art at the end of the summer.






In the above picture, students begin working on the mural that will be placed in the Boca Raton Museum of Art at the end of Summer 2014. Every age contributes to the museum pieces, and only the campers work on them, with instructions, guidance, and suggestions from the counselors and teachers.   Students in Weeks 1 and 2 created the mural above using solely acrylic paint. It will be displayed in the exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art at the conclusion of Summer 2014. Over 150 children participated in this project ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old.






The art displayed above was created by children last summer during Weeks 5-8. Ages 5-12 participated in these four works, and they were displayed in the Boca Raton Museum of Art for the month of August 2013. Each week is focused on particular themes, techniques, and artists.






This unique figurative sculpture, on display at the Summer Exhibition 2013 was assembled by campers from all weeks. This piece took all of the students ten weeks to complete and was a favorite among the students and parents. 






Meet Elizabeth, one of our campers for Summer 2014! Elizabeth is currently seven and has been coming to the Art Camp for the past three summers. She says that this is her favorite camp and cannot wait to be a counselor when she turns thirteen years old! The work she is working on above is part of Week 1- watercolor and painting.





Art Camp is a fun way to express yourself and create individual masterpieces while being taught by some of the top artists in South Florida. During this entertaining week last summer, campers created their own masks in the form of buckets. At the end of the week, the students had created their own play to put on for the staff and other campers.



For information check the website or call 561-392-2503



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Boca Museum Of Art Offers Summer Courses for Children, Teens, Adults

The Boca Museum – Art School is an integral part of the cultural campus comprised of the Boca Museum in Mizner Park, The Artists’ Guild Gallery located in Delray, and the Art School on West Palmetto Park Road.  Each in their own way and in overlapping ways these sites enrich the cultural life and strengthen the arts community of Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share information about Summer Classes, which begin at the end of June.  We know you will find the right class and instructor for your needs.







Summer art classes start June 30th



The Art School offers classes and special workshops for children, teens and adults in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture.  Classes attract beginners to experienced artists. The school provides well equipped studios, an outstanding faculty as well as a gallery for students to exhibit their work.







This summer there is a range of art classes for adult and teen classes beginning June 30th and a second session starting July 28. During the fall and winter months studio art courses are often filled to capacity.  The summer is a great time to take a class because there is more elbow room in the studios.  The summer’s short sessions run for 4 weeks and are an ideal length for experienced artists to freshen up their skills or try a new medium.  And for beginners the summer is a great way to explore their creative side within a short time commitment.


Boca Museumeydi's class



Day and evening courses include: Figure Drawing on Monday evenings, taught by the classically trained team of Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov and “Expressive Figure Drawing’ with Barbara Wasserman on Monday afternoons.



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Experienced artists may be interested in the ‘Advanced Painting Studio’ with Miles Laventhall or special 4-day intensive workshop ‘The Nude Figure in the Landscape’.


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Other classes include beginning painting, beginning drawing with Jane McIntyre as well as a watercolor class Friday afternoons.  Diane Reeves teaches traditional painting techniques on Fridays (and she shares how to avoid common mistakes).



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The range of jewelry classes include basic and advanced Jewelry fabrication, gemstone cutting, art clay, enameling, chain-making and cool funky jewelry.   And if you want to get your hands dirty try the ceramics clay sculpture class is on Thursday evenings.




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Classes for teens include ‘Portfolio Development” where students learn a variety of techniques and skills with projects including self-portraits and book-making.  And an intensive 4-day digital photo workshop for teens.




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The Photo department offers classes for adults and teens who want to learn the basics of digital photography to exploring more creative and advanced photo techniques.




For more information please contact:  Boca Museum – The Art School  located at 801 West Palmetto Park Road  by calling 561-392-2503  or email  or visit  Also visit




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Wellington Art Society Features Ralph Papa Plus Scholarship Winners

The final meeting of their season, the Wellington Art Society will feature a presentation/demonstration by Plein Air artist, Ralph Papa.   In addition, the WAS Scholarships will be awarded.  The public is welcome to attend. The Rickie Report reminds artists that this is a outstanding opportunity to network!  We share the details here.





Wellington Art Society


Invites You


Wednesday, May 14th

    6:30-9:00 pm



Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd.    Wellington, FL



The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, May 14th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. The last meeting of our season will feature our WAS Scholarship Awards Presentation  along with a presentation/demo by guest Plein Aire Artist Ralph Papa.
The WAS Meeting social time will begin at  6:30 with time to meet the Scholarship Awards Student recipients, their parents and siblings,during our WAS Scholarship Award Reception.  Students will show examples of their work and talk with WAS members about their art and  future plans.  At 7:00 pm, we will award 5 WAS $1000.00 Scholarships  to  5 local High School Students.


This year’s recipients are:   Raymond Burks (Suncoast High School), Isabella Pezzulo (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Arnauld Sylvain (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Laura Gordon (Dreyfoos School of the Arts), Oliver Pennanen (Dreyfoos School of the Arts).


This will be followed by our WAS Member Spotlight,Fabulous Raffle, Announcements, and our guest Artist- Ralph Papa and his En Plein Air Presentation at 7:30-8:30.



Ralph Papa's Gallery

Ralph Papa’s Gallery


Ralph Papa was born and raised in Manhattan and studied art and architecture in New York at Queens College and CCNY and at the Art Students League. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative, portraits and plein air paintings.


Loxahatchee Wetlands by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

Loxahatchee Wetlands by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)



Many of his studio works are larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Beginning in the mid 1980′s, he painted on-location in New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island Hamptons and later in Palm Beach County Florida.



"Bennys on the Beach" by Ralph Papa, (courtesy of his website)

“Bennys on the Beach” by Ralph Papa, (courtesy of his website)


The subjects of his paintings are often from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends. Most recent works are plein air landscapes and studio paintings of imaginative compositions that visually link him with artists he very much admires.



"Montauk Bluffs" by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)

“Montauk Bluffs” by Ralph Papa (courtesy of his website)



Papa teaches drawing and painting at his Delray studio and at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, Past President of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of ‘Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach’. His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada and can be seen in galleries in Boynton and in Delray Beach at his studio, the Artists’ Guild Gallery and on his website at


"Sunrise" by Ralph Papa - on curved wood panel (courtesy of his website)

“Sunrise” by Ralph Papa – on curved wood panel (courtesy of his website)


As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.


Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Society’s over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great  opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.


The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.




Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, Fl 33414. For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury, 561.762.8654.  Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.




WAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County. For more information, visit their website, .


Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County.



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Durga Garcia’s ABCs of Getting Your Work Out There Part II

Durga Garcia’s article, “The ABCs of Getting Your Work out There” continues in this Rickie Report.

Entering Art Shows


  • Read ALL information slowly and carefully AND Follow the rules


  • Make a Check list to ensure you have not missed anything!


  • Enter Shows that match your works’ theme and discipline


  • Online Exhibits  or Out of the area Exhibits:   If work needs to be shipped leave enough time for shipping ( and acts of nature like a snow storm or bad weather)!


          Can you manage the dates?

           Entry deadline date?

           Notification date?

           Delivery date (or shipping date)?

           Reception date?

          Pick up work date?  

Having someone else deliver/pick up? Have a written agreement of acceptability!




Portrait by Durga Garcia

Portrait by Durga Garcia


 The Award Ceremony



JUDGES WANT TO BE shocked or amazed, amused or educated – to see things in a way not seen  before.


For the amateur it’s a learning process that mimics being commissioned. You are working to a very  loose brief, but you are attempting to impress others rather than just yourself.



For the professional it is of course a chance to achieve greater exposure for your work, and  therefore generate more work, but it is also a chance to ‘commission yourself’ rather than working to a client’s directions.  Done correctly that can be creatively very liberating.



"Hardbody in Tutu" by Durga Garcia

Hardbody in Tutu” by Durga Garcia


Being part of an exhibit is something to be proud of, having people see your work and getting the  chance to see how people respond to your work will give you invaluable feedback in your growth as  an artist and is an important part of being an artist.




WINNING IMAGES have a “Wow” factor with with a story to say to be truly award-winning.

The image needs to be artfully constructed and technically well executed…beyond being something pleasurable to look at in a decorative way –— it should provoke or calm,  educate or entertain with innovation, humor or add revelation.



"As We Are" SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters by Durga Garcia

“As We Are” SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters by Durga Garcia


Rejections and Not Winning



  • There may be several hundred entries with only room for only 50 pieces to be exhibited.


  • More entered pieces are not accepted than shown


  • It doesn’t necessarily mean the non-accepted work is not good,  just not suitable for that exhibit, in that judges opinion, at that time or maybe needs just a little change  to be better.


  • Sometimes it is simply a matter of space.


Art is very subjective and even the most expert opinion, is just that, an opinion.



Winning, the difference between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place and honorable mentions could be so slight,  the same judge on a different day could easily pick a different order of winners. Being recognized as one of the best is an achievement.



Any Award is good and can become part of your resume. It is good practice to keep track of your  achievements.




Many of Durga Garcia’s images can be found in Public and Private collections.  She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events. Durga has several long term projects and books to her credit.


Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures.  She has lived in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, equine veterinary paramedic, yoga teacher, member of the U.S. International Pistol Team and certified art appraiser.  She has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details in her own work. Durga maintains her Senior Fine Art Appraisal accreditations.    She lectures on photography for area groups, camera clubs and art guilds. Durga hosts a blog for photographers giving tips and tricks of the business and is writing a book for kids, “Your First Photography Book”.


In September, 2014 Durga will take part in Palm Beach State College’s “BARK” Invitational Exhibit (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). She has been invited to Tuscany in Spring, 2014 to lead a multi-discipline workshop plus a Photo Tour of Iceland in Fall, 2014.

 Durga is a Proud Member of these Professional Associations:


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Patricia Maguire, the Artist Behind The Scene of 2014′s “Savor the Avenue”

Patricia Maguire’s painting was chosen by the Delray Downtown Development Authority as the official poster for 2014 “Savor The Avenue” celebration on March 27th.  The goal of Savor the Avenue is to showcase Downtown Delray Beach’s diverse collection of restaurants in a fun and unique way – one of the nation’s longest dining tables on one street!  All proceeds from the sale of Patricia’s poster and the original painting will go toward building the Delray Beach Pavilion.  The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce you to Patricia’s colorful and insightful work!  



Meeting Patricia Maguire


"Delray Image" by Patricia Maguire

“Delray Image” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia Maguire has been painting in Palm Beach county for 30 years.  ”Delray Image” captures the essence of Delray Beach’s “Savor The Avenue” celebrations with vibrant colors.  All proceeds from the sale of her posters and the original painting will go toward the building of the Delray Beach Pavilion which is part of the beach beautification effort.  For more information about Savor the Avenue please contact The Downtown Development Authority at 561-243-1077.




“Grace” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She tells The Rickie Report, “ I consider myself fortunate to have learned about art from some very good teachers, beginning with the classical masters at museums and galleries in Buenos Aires as a child. Later, while living in Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, I was exposed to modern and vibrant art everywhere I turned”. 


"Amor Loco" by Patricia Maguire

“Amor Loco” by Patricia Maguire



We can see that Patricia has the ability to capture not only the natural beauty of a scene, but also its emotion. Her formal art education began at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art and continued with some Master level classes at Syracuse University. She also holds an MBA from FAU.


Patricia Maguire

Patricia Maguire, plein air painting at Jupiter Lighthouse

“South Florida has been my home now for over 30 years. I am the recipient of numerous awards for my oil, acrylic and enamel paintings and my work has been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum in Delray Beach  and other art venues throughout South Florida. My paintings hang in galleries in Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale , New York, Cleveland, as well as in private and corporate collections in Brazil, Venezuela, Canada and throughout the USA”, she tells us.


"Evening Stroll" by Patricia Maguire

“Evening Stroll” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia’s paintings reflect her passion to capture light and shadows.  She teaches at the Delray Beach Center For The Arts and is a Signature Member of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Delray Art League, the Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA), The American Society of Impressionist Painters. Patricia is also the founder of the Florida ‘Scape Artists.  Beyond the beauty of South Florida, she sketches and takes photographs for later reference wherever she travels. 


"View From Chair 17" by Patricia Maguire

“View From Chair 17″ by Patricia Maguire


Patricia’s recent exhibition highlights include: Art Expo New York 2013, Red Dot Miami 2012 and The Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild Biennial Show 2011.  When not on location, she paints out of her studio in Delray Beach.


"A Bridge in Florence"

“A Bridge in Florence” by Patricia Maguire


Patricia Maguire’s artwork has been included in numerous Publications, including:  Explore Palm Beach (Issue 1, 2013, Cover Photo),  Travel Host Magazine ( Spring 2013, page 32, Full page article),  Our Art, 2013 – Boca Raton Museum of Art (ISBN 978-1-4675-5749-8  page 50),  The Artist Showcase (Winter 2012, page 98, Full page article),  The Artist Showcase ( Fall 2012, pages 64-65 ),  Florida ‘Scape Artists  - A Collection Of  Plein Air Paintings (2011),  Art & Culture Magazine (Spring 2011 “Boca Bacchanal Art Competition Winner”, page 73),  Atlantic Ave Magazine (June 2011 “First Avenue Studio – Work In Progress”  page 90), and  A World Of Artists – Michael Joseph Publishing – 2010, page 99.


"Morning Breeze" by Patricia Maguire

“Morning Breeze” by Patricia Maguire



For more information about Patricia Maguire’s paintings or classes  please call 561-716-5686.  Please visit     or   or



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Artists’ Guild of Boca Museum of Art Exhibits with Boca Raton High School Students

 The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art in partnership with Boca Raton Community High School is providing students the opportunity to exhibit their artistic creations along with local professional artists at the Boca Raton High School 2014 Spring Exhibition.  The Rickie Report celebrates the 10th Anniversary of this collaboration and hopes you stop by to see the exhibit!





The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art


Boca Raton Community High School Students

Collaborative Juried Art Exhibit 

Boca Raton Community High School main office on Monday through Friday after 2:30 PM.

BRCHS is located at 1501 NW 15th Court, Boca Raton

Exhibition continues through May 8




The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art in partnership with Boca Raton Community High School is providing students the opportunity to exhibit their artistic creations along with local professional artists at the Boca Raton High School 2014 Spring Exhibition.


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Boca Artists’ Guild President, Roni DiSabello  with First Place winner Mohona Ahmed and Lori Turner



In its 10th year, this juried art exhibit held three times annually is a collaborative production offering students a chance to experience what it takes to put on an art show. The 2014 Spring Exhibition will be on view through May 8th at Boca Raton Community High School.  A reception and award ceremony was held on March 13 for artists, students, school staff, and families.



Vania Marshall at the Opening Reception


“This was my first exhibit,” said Vania Marshall, whose photograph, A New Day, won a Jurors Recognition award. “It is exciting and felt good to get the recognition.”


Hege Holm Johannessen

Art teacher, Hege Holm Johannessen



“The three annual shows are a tool for inspiration, and gives the students a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Hege Holm-Johannessen, the traditional media instructor at Boca Raton Community High School.


Brittany Warner

Brittany Warner at the Opening Reception


First, second, and third place along with a Juror’s Recognition and Honorable Mention awards are given to students and Artists’ Guild members alike. Art materials and class scholarships to The Art School of the Boca Museum of Art and are awarded to students with winning artworks at the exhibition.


Judith Hochroth

Guild Artist, Judith Hochroth


“It is wonderful that the Guild works with the talented students,” said Lori Turner, Guild chairperson. “I find it very rewarding.”


Student Awards:



First Place: Mohona Ahmed – In Safe Hands
Second Place: Mimi Diep – Washed Understatements
Third Place: Brittany Warren – Vast Expanse
Juror’s Recognition: Vania Marshall – A New Day
Honorable Mention: Eva Sailly – Dino Invasion


Guild Member Awards:

First Place: Patricia Maguire – A Little Night Music
Second Place: Grace Fishenfeld – Twelve Tribes
Third Place: Judith Hochroth – Lido Cemetery
Juror’s Recognition: Vivienne Wilson – Colored Pencils
Honorable Mention: Robbie Matthews – Can’t Touch That


The Boca Raton High School 2014 Spring Exhibition can be viewed at the Boca Raton Community High School main office on Monday through Friday after 2:30 PM. BRCHS is located at 1501 NW 15th Court, Boca Raton. For more information, contact Lorrie Turner at 954.575.2211.



Guild President, DiSabello and members, Grace Fishenfeld and Turner

Guild President, Roni DiSabello and members, Grace Fishenfeld and Lori Turner as Grace receives her award



The Artists’ Guild is an auxiliary of the Boca Museum of Art. The Guild is an active organization of artists, art lovers, and supporters of the arts. Its goals are to support the mission of the Museum and provide an association of artists in all media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and to provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art.



Visit their website to learn more about the Artists’ Guild: or visit the Artists’ Guild Gallery at 512 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach FL 561 278-7877.


The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton has developed into one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit



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Vicki Siegel Exhibits Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings at Multiple Venues

With work in multiple venues, including a SOLO show, artist Vicki Siegel has been pouring her creative energy into new work and organizing a SOLO exhibit with a range of work from the last ten years.  Her paintings include images of both collective and personal memories. The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details of her exhibits and hopes you will stop by to view some of her wonderful, dreamlike creations.








Vicki Siegel’s paintings are informed by memory, both personal and collective. “Memories are imperfect representations of the past that are altered, fragmented, reconstructed and reinterpreted over time” says Siegel. “In my narrations details are found in layers often revealing something forgotten or missing from actual experiences or by the collective memories we share”.



“Gioia” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic and Image Transfer)





In her first SOLO show, “Journeys”, artist Vicki Siegel takes the viewer on an artistic journey from the outside world to a world that exists in the imagination. The exhibition takes place at the Weisman Delray Community Center, January 21, 2014- March 2, 2014. The Center is located at 7091 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Hours are Monday – Thurs. 9 am – 5 pm, Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. A reception with a brief artist talk will be held Sunday, February 16th from 2-4 pm. Free and open to the public. Call 561-558-2100.  “Journeys” runs January 21, 2014- March 2, 2014. 




With over twenty five paintings on display, from landscapes to figurative, these colorful works of art reflect the artist’s focus on both the spiritual and natural worlds. Many have a dreamlike calming atmosphere. Expressive use of acrylic paint with overlays of pencil, charcoal, and oil stick drawing, along with image transfers of photographs will delight the viewer.


A portion of the sales will benefit The Weisman Delray Community Center. It is part of the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. The Center is located at 7091 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-558-2100 for more information. 



"To Have and To Hold" by Vicki Siegel

“To Have and To Hold” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic)


Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information, contact 561-852-3333 or visit




Don’t miss the chance to see Vicki Siegel’s brand new work at Art al’FRESCO. Rolando Chang Barrero, owner of ArtistActivistA Gallery, invited Vicki Siegel to exhibit at ART al’FRESCO on Friday January 24. ART al’FRESCO is a part of Art Synergy which are six satellite exhibitions for ART PALM BEACH 2014.


"Reach for the Sky" by Vicki Siegel

“Reach for the Sky” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic)



Hosted by the Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD), ARTal’FRESCO is a one night art, fashion and cultural exhibition which will feature unique art experiences at BBAD, including live, interactive painting in artist’s studio settings; plein air painting; contemporary sculpture installations; a glass blowing demonstration; painting and photography exhibitions; and video projection. Participants will be entertained by the South Florida Symphony Brass Ensemble; Illuminated Performance by Philosiphiers; Fusion: Fashion and Art’s Living Sculptures and graffiti artists painting on “ActivistArtistA Bay Gates” doors and walls.



ART al FRESCO (Part of Art Synergy) Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD), 422 West Industrial Ave, Boynton Beach, FL, United States 33426. BBAD is Located in the Boynton Beach Industrial Park, One block west of exit 57 on I 95 (Boynton Beach Blvd. exit), Friday, January 24th, 7-10 pm. For more information visit:



"Bridge to the Past" by Vicki Siegel

“Bridge to the Past” by Vicki Siegel


You can see “Stairway to Heaven”, an installation piece, at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. It is part of “Art 2014″, a group Show at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. This show was juried by Steven Maklansky, the director of the Boca Museum of Art. The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery; Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton, FL 33428 The Show runs thru March 20, 2014. Call 558-2504 for hours 



Siegel has two works in “Visionaries”, The National Association of Women Artists’ (NAWA) Group Show at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. ”Eclipse ” and “The Key” are both acrylic with image transfer that have an environmental theme. Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 thru until January 25, 2014


When walking the “Avenue” in Delray Beach, be sure to stop in to see two works Vicki has on exhibit at the  Artists’ Guild Gallery. 512 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483. Until  Feb 15, 2014


For more information about Vicki’s exhibits or art work please contact her  or


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Griffin Gallery Presents “Prized Possessions” and Presentation by Steven Maklansky

Steven Maklansky, Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art will be the featured Guest Speaker at Griffin Gallery’s Open House this week.  ”Prized Possessions”  will feature a pair of multicolored Balustrade Porcelain Vases (China, 1940)as well as other Chinese Porcelain, Pottery and Cloisonné samples.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend the Public Reception to hear the speaker and see pieces of history close-up.  More details are in this article.




Featuring a Pair of Multicolored

Balustrade Porcelain Vases

China, 1940


Opening Reception

Thursday, January 09, 2014

6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.


Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail

Boca Raton, FL 33431

The prominent Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Steven Maklansky will be guest speaker addressing the merits of gifting artwork to museums. The informative topic begins at 6:00 P.M.  The PRIZED POSSESSIONS exhibition continues through February 12, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.
Chinese Baluster Vases

Chinese Baluster Vases

By Mary Murphy-Gnatz, University of Minnesota, James Ford Bell Library
In his writings Juan de Mendoza of Spain described the Chinese porcelain found in many of China’s shops in 1586:  “There be also shops full of earthen vessels of divers making: redde, greene, yellow, and gilt … they made them of very strong earth … they put them into their kilns and burne them … and … [they are] brought into Portugal and carried into Peru and Nova Espana, and into other parts of the world.”
By the time Mendoza observed these wares, the Chinese had been exporting pottery for at least thirteen hundred years and had been making it for at least 5500 years. Estimates are that painted pottery was first made in China in approximately 4000 B.C.  Specimens of Chinese pottery were found in the Malay Archipelago dating back to the third century A.D., T’ang Dynasty (621-907 A.D.) pottery, of the white ware, high-fired, porcelain type, was found at an archaeological dig in Samarra, (836-883 A.D.) Mesopotamia. Speculations are that this high-fired ware originated in China around 500 B.C.

19th Century Japanese Imari Porcelain Charger

In China high-fired ware is known as T’zu as opposed to low-fired ware known as T’ao. The type of clays used in pottery determines the temperature at which it can be fired. The finest T’zu or porcelain as we know it is a composite of kaolin clay, which fires white, and a feldspathic stone called pe-tun-tse; both these materials are found in abundance throughout China. When mixed at specific proportions, and fired at a minimum of 1300 C, a vitreous, translucent porcelain is produced. Some other advantages of this ware are that it can be shaped thin, into very intricate designs, and it “rings well” (similar to crystal). Fired, unglazed, pottery is known as “biscuit,”and is not considered as aesthetically pleasing as glazed porcelain. The glaze is usually made from some combination of limestone, quartz, feldspar, clay or woodash.
T’zu seems to have been first produced during the T’ang dynasty in Kiangsi province either at Ching te Chen, Jao-chou, or Chi-chou on the Kan river. China kept the secret of making fine porcelain for at least a thousand years. During that time, Chinese porcelains traveled via ship along China’s eastern coast to the Malay Archipelago, and overland via the Silk Road. During the Middle Ages, it was shipped to Japan, India, Arabia, and Africa via the Philippines. However, the very finest pieces were reserved for the Emperor’s private use, for his own household or for redistribution to worthy subjects and important visitors.

Monumental Chinese Cloisonne’ Urn Avian Motif

The Portuguese were the first to carry Chinese porcelain directly to Europe, in the sixteenth century, after they entered Asia via the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope in 1498. The first Portuguese ship arrived in Canton, China in 1513. The Dutch later expanded the export in porcelain in the seventeenth century. As a result of the capture of two Portuguese ships carrying large consignments, the European wo/man on the street was to see Chinese porcelain for the first time. For example, in 1604 when the Catherina was captured, she was carrying 100,000 pieces of porcelain. These goods were sold to buyers from all over Western Europe at a public sale in Holland. Some of the buyers represented Henry IV of France and James I of England. This sale presumably started the European craze for Chinese porcelain. Between 1604 and 1657 over 3 million pieces of Chinese porcelain reached Europe. In 1700 “East Indiamen” ships unloaded 146,748 pieces in a European port in one day alone as the market for porcelain grew insatiable.
The growing demand for porcelain spawned a desire for Europeans to produce their own “china.” A French Jesuit missionary, Pere D’Entrecolles, as a result of a little industrial espionage inside the Chinese porcelain factories at Ching-te-chen, sent a report back to Europe. His report of the process and needed materials was accurate, but he inadvertently mixed up the names of the clays. Fortunately, prior to the circulation of D’Entrecolles’ letters in Europe, Johann Friedrich Bottger and Walther Von Tschirnhaus had produced the formula in Germany on their own. Shortly after, a large source of kaolin was found near Meissen in Saxony. Porcelain was being produced in Europe by 1710 under the patronage of Augustus of Saxony that was so hard it could be “cut and polished like a jewel.”
Decorative Chinese Porcelain Dogs

Decorative Chinese Ceramic Foo Dogs


Despite Europe’s success at producing its own porcelain, trade in Chinese porcelain continued to thrive. Orders for 305,000 pieces to be carried by two ships, the Essex and the Townsend were placed in 1717. Four British ships delivered over 800,000 pieces in 1721. In the year 1741 French, British, Swedish, and Danish ships brought approximately 1,200,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain to Europe.
Chinese porcelain did find a European rival in Louis XV’s France. Through a series of royal decrees and restrictions in France and the employment of master artists including goldsmiths, Vincennes orSevres porcelain started to be produced in 1750. The color quality could not be equaled by any porcelain producer including those of China and Japan, and many pieces were lavishly decorated with gold. Early Sevres made of “soft paste,” a glass composite and not true porcelain, and fired at lower temperatures, absorbed colors better, produced dazzling whites and more brilliant glazes. This was the Sevres porcelain that was in such great demand by kings, emperors and princes. Catherine the Greats’ service cost an equivalent of £375,000 (value in pounds in 1971). To produce such exquisite beauty, there was much wastage of materials (soft paste is much harder to handle and the King wanted perfection). Even after the Sevres works turned to production of “true” porcelain, the production process was a heavy consumer of human life. Many workmen died of silicosis and lead poisoning in Louis XV’s porcelain factories. Little thought was given to such “hidden” costs, then or now.
Works of art disentangle themselves from their age and live serenely for other times and other men.  Ancient and modern porcelain from China, Japan, and Europe is still sold worldwide, still commands exorbitant prices; hopefully not as exorbitant as Sevres under Louis XV, and is still found as prized possessions in museums (including that found in the historic home of George Washington), fine restaurants, and in the homes of “commoners” as well as royalty.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show
Miami Beach Convention Center     Booth 3008
January 30, 2014 – February 03, 2014


Griffin Gallery Ancient Art  is located at  Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail  in Boca Raton, FL 33431.  For more information please contact:  561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800




Frances Lynn’s Artistry Takes the Palm Beaches by Storm With Multiple Exhibits and SOLO Show

Frances Lynn will have her artwork featured in a number of different venues around Palm Beach County this winter!  A native of West Palm Beach, Frances is an award-winning oil painter.  The Rickie Report celebrates Frances’ creativity and warmth as we bring you details of her upcoming exhibits in this article.



Frances Lynn



This winter, local artist Frances Lynn takes the Palm Beaches by Storm!  West Palm Beach artist, Frances Lynn is scurrying to finish paintings for multiple exhibits in a number of local venues this winter. The award-winning oil painter is a true local. She grew up in West Palm Beach in the 1950s, graduated Palm Beach High School in 1968, and earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Florida. After a successful corporate career, she returned to the area a few years ago and is active in several community art groups.



"Garden Landscape"

“Garden Landscape”



Her stunning oil paintings will hang in a SOLO show at Northern Trust, 11301 U.S. Hwy One, North Palm Beach from Jan 2-29, 2014. The show will include about 40 Florida and Georgia landscapes, as well as recent plein air work. The public is invited to visit during bank hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please call 561-622-4600 to be sure the exhibit space is not reserved for a special event.



"Riverbend Bridge"

“Riverbend Bridge”


She is a signature member of the prestigious Artists Guild of Boca Raton Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors of Artists of Palm Beach County, where she is also an Artist-in-Residence at the group’s Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Avenue, Lake Park. There she can be found working at her easel in a gallery space that holds at least a dozen of her masterful Florida landscapes as well as many plein air paintings.



"West Palm Station"

“West Palm Station”


In connection with Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program, her painting “West Palm Station” hangs at Palm Beach International Airport through Feb. 2014. The public is invited to an artist reception Jan. 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the second level of PBIA.


"Spanish Stucco"

“Spanish Stucco”


As a key member of Plein Air Palm Beach, she paints outdoors throughout Palm Beach County at various public parks and places, including downtown Delray Beach, Lake Worth, the Society of Four Arts Gardens, and Grassy Waters. The Palm Beach Cultural Center will host a show of the group’s plein air work in February.



"House on Riceville Road"

“House on Riceville Road”


“I’m fascinated by the constant change in what we consider our secure and familiar environment, and I find most satisfaction from painting live, on location,” she tell The Rickie Report. “I hope to capture the energy and essence of what appears right now, particularly those everyday scenes that are so much a part of our lives and that we take for granted until they disappear. Painting from direct observation is to me the most real and honest way to live in that moment.”


For more information please contact: Frances Lynn  at  or  or call 678-677-5222



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Stanley Dornfest’s Rich Landscapes Are Exhibiting at Linda White Gallery

Stanley Dornfest’s rich landscapes are being exhibited at the Linda White Gallery in Artists Alley located in Delray Beach.  The Rickie Report met Stanley at an “On the Avenue” event and was drawn to his tropical artwork.  Artists Alley’s monthly Open Studios is December 19th.  We hope you will stop by and meet Stanley and relish in his work!  More details are in this article.

Stanley Dornfest


Artists Alley




Thursday, December 19, 2013

6 – 9 pm



Stan Dornfest

Stan Dornfest


Stanley Dornfest’s paintings are being exhibited at the Linda White Gallery located in Artists Alley in Delray Beach.  Each month, on the third Thursday, all of the Artists’ Studios and Galleries are Open to the Public.  Enjoy refreshments while you walk from one studio to another, meeting the artists who create everything you are seeing.  The next Open Studios takes place on Thursday, December 19th from 6- 9 pm.


"Springtime Begins"

“Springtime Begins”



Stanley 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, Stanley’s SOLO shows include: The Donald Gallery (Dobbs Ferry, NY) and Heritage Frame  (Tarrytown, NY). Stanley was also a member of the Faculty at Parsons School of Design.

Stanley shares, “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”.


"Green Cay"

“Green Cay”


“For me, rather than merely documenting topography, painting is more about expressing the spiritual journey that the world of nature transports me to”, he says.


TRR:    Do you prefer oil or acrylic? 


I 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.


TRR:  What did you teach at Parsons? 


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.


"Spring Awakening"

“Spring Awakening”


TRR:   Were you artistic as a child? 


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.

"Across The Pond"

“Across The Pond”

In Florida, Stanley’s paintings have been exhibited at The Boca Museum of Art, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Center, Lighthouse ArtCenter, The Armory Art Center and the Rosen Museum Gallery.  He was also featured in Travel Host Magazine.   He is a Participating Signature Member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild and a Founding Member of the Florida Scape Artists. Stanley’s work is represented in both Public and Private Collections.


For more information about Stanley Dornfest’s paintings, please visit or call  561-865-7077

ARTISTS ALLEY is an independent group of accomplished artists collaborating to establish a grass roots working colony with a vibrant marketplace for “Art created in Delray Beach”. This exciting new, warehouse arts area is in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Check out the website-

LOCATION - The alley runs north and south between NE 3rd and 4th Streets, east of 3rd Avenue and west of the RR tracks.

EASY DIRECTIONS - From Atlantic Ave. go north on Federal Hwy., go west on NE 4th St., cross the RR tracks, go 80 feet and make a left into Artists Alley. Make your second or third left into the warehouses. You can print a map at

FREE PARKING - in the city lot on NE 3rd Avenue just south of NE 4th St. This is the best parking for our events. It’s a well lit parking lot a half a block away.



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

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