Lighthouse ArtCenter Explores The Magic, Mystery And Folklore Of Indigo Dyeing With Suzanne Connors With Demo And Separate Workshop Opportunity

In today’s society, modern ways of production often cultivate uniformity, speed, efficiency and mediocrity.  On Thursday, October 19, 2017  celebrated fiber artist, Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio, takes the stage in the Lighthouse ArtCenter as she discusses the Slow Cloth Movement and demonstrates Shibori dying techniques with indigo. Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves “make blue” by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. In a reaction that startles the imagination, this color emerges as vivid chartreuse and turns to rich velvet blue before our eyes. This breath taking transformation introduces a new respect for the exquisite elements available in the natural world.  Suzanne will give a Workshop on November 18th where participants can actual dye cloth with indigo themselves! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make a reservation!




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






Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio


Slow Cloth Movement and Demonstration of Indigo Dying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free to members, nonmembers $10

Enjoy the world class artwork in our current Faculty, Ceramics and 3D Exhibition, as well as delicious wines and hors d’oeuvres

3rd Thursday Events are sponsored by the generous support of the Meyer Law Firm


Photo courtesy of Aya Fiber Studio



The Slow Cloth movement provides a thoughtful approach to the making of textiles that connects us to our inner and outer worlds. Just as the Slow Food movement nourishes the body, the Slow Cloth Movement nourishes the soul; opting for creativity over efficiency. Slow Cloth is not about the time it takes to create textiles, but about how things are appropriately made. Slow Cloth is not a technique, it is an awareness of our creative process, and where our textiles come from. Slow Cloth is a connection to our past and our future. It is preserving cultural traditions while keeping in mind our sustainable future; It is focusing on process, quality, skill, mastery, joy, community, sustainability, contemplation, and preserving tradition all while honoring innovation and self-expression. For the Fiber Artist it is the journey, not the destination. If one seeks, recognizes, honors and develop these qualities in their work, then textiles become a source of meaning and deep satisfaction, connection and nourishment. This thoughtful approach lends itself naturally to all forms of fiber-art; weaving, knitting, sewing, embroidery, hand dyeing, quilting, printing, beadwork, or any other form of working with textiles.



In her studio Suzanne works mainly with natural indigo using traditional Shibori methods. Indigo is the true “living blue.” It is not just a color, but a sense of culture that has a mind of its own. Indigo is a challenging dye because it is not soluble in water. To be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change called reduction. Reduction converts indigo into “white indigo” (leuco-indigo). When a submerged fabric is removed from the dyebath, the white indigo quickly combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to the insoluble, intensely colored indigo. When it first became widely available in Europe in the 16th century, European dyers and printers struggled with indigo because of this distinctive property Suzanne will be giving a demonstration on how indigo fabrics are dyed and show a few examples of traditional indigo dyed Shibori.




Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Road  Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 748-8737

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

10 AM – 3 PM   with a break for lunch

• Workshop Cost: $125.00 members / $150 nonmembers
• Materials fee: $15.00/ person (to be paid to instructor at class time)

To register or get more information contact:

Jennifer Chaparro  561-748-8737

The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as Shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.


Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown Shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin sized samples


Beginner and intermediate

• Instructor will provide (6) pieces sample materials for class but it is suggested that students also bring additional fibers
• Instructor will provide the appropriate # of indigo vats/ rinse buckets/ paper covering for tables
• Instructor will provide materials to create Shibori- wood blocks, clamps, sewing needles, rubber bands, rocks, marbles, arashi poles



• a pair of new rubber gloves
• cotton string
• a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors
• an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
• closed-toe shoes
• (1) item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills
• Various fabric samples in different fibers- 24” x 24” or a set of 100% cotton or linen napkins- PRE SCOURED
• PRE SCOUR ALL Fabrics before bringing to class (wash in Hot water with mild soap- boil for 20-30 minutes


For more information about this exhibit, upcoming events and classes:

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Overview Of NEW Dates For Gallery Exhibits And Calls For Artists Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control-Hurricane Irma

Pardon the inconvenience (Irma), as The Rickie Report shares NEW dates of Exhibits, Gallery presentations and Calls for art.  Many artists have experienced losses of supplies, studios, and artwork due to Irma.  As these artists’ basic needs are being taken care of by other agencies, we would like to suggest other ways to help:  Support the local art scene by showing up for events, by talking to the artists, and by purchasing their art. 




Lighthouse ArtCenter



Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 21    5:30 – 7:30 pm




Art On Park Gallery/ Artists of Palm Beach County



Opening Reception for Susan Oakes Exhibit:   Friday, September 22   5 to 8  pm


Deadline for the Portraits Exhibit has been extended to Wednesday, September 27







Artisans On The Ave



Opening Reception: Friday, September 22   6 – 9 pm

Vote For Your Favorite Artist. Winner gets One Month Exhibit at Gallery!



Center For Creative Education






Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 23  6PM




Boca Raton Branch National League Of American Pen Women

Opening Meeting!  New members Welcome!

Thursday, October 19, 2017    12:00 Noon

Deadline for reservations: Oct. 11, 2017






Art 4 Apes  Original Art And Photography Exhibit


Deadline Extended to October 15th






12th Annual Juried Art Fest On The Green 



Deadline Extended to November 1st for Fine Art and Fine Craft Show







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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty Ceramics And 3D Exhibition Opens 2017-18 Season

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art opens the doors to its 2017-18 season with a full media experience that features the work of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s expanded faculty. Open now through October 28, 2017, a dynamic exhibition that includes a variety of artistic designs and forms will fill the gallery’s 3,500 square feet of well-lit space for patrons to enjoy. Many of the artists’ works will be offered for sale.  The Opening Reception and Awards ceremony on September 21st provides the opportunity for members and guests to enjoy a lovely glass of wine, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, meet the faculty, view the artwork and talk about the exceptional classes and workshops. This marks the 54th time the Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided Palm Beach and Martin counties a premier gallery and art school to attract visitors, vacationers and local patrons to enjoy, create, collect and relax with a unique variety of art forms.  The Rickie Report shares the details.



 373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101


Faculty Ceramics And 3D Exhibition

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

5:30 – 7: 30 p.m.



Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $5.00,   First Saturday of the month is free

Sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm

Exhibition Available now through October 28, 2017



Check Out The Exhibition:


“This is an exciting launch to the 2017-2018 season,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Curator, Janeen Mason, “It is certain to inspire the imagination and engage all the senses.”  The opening reception and awards ceremony on September 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., provides the opportunity for members and guests to enjoy a lovely glass of wine, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, visit with the faculty, view the artwork and talk about their exceptional classes and workshops.

The opening of the 2017-18 season marks the 54th time the Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided Palm Beach and Martin counties a premier gallery and art school to attract visitors, vacationers and local patrons to enjoy, create, collect and relax with a unique variety of art forms.  “Our staff and faculty are ready and excited about the new season,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’ve all shined and polished for another year, and we’re excited to invite the community in. We have the art to make people smile and at the same time to think.”


According to curator Mason, many people dream of creating art, however, few are called to the profession early in life. Mason says our cultural heritage depends on both sets of people; those who start young and follow their dreams, and those who wake up one day and say to themselves, “If not now, then when?”


Have you wanted to try your hand at sculpting, drawing, painting or ceramics? Make time to visit this exhibition and decide for yourself where to begin the next chapter of your life experiences, check out the Lighthouse ArtCenter online catalog:

Join this Lighthouse ArtCenter family of artists who learn, laugh, create and collect together. For more information call (561) 746-3101.


“The Lighthouse ArtCenter has a gifted group of 35 faculty members with extraordinary talents,” said Politsch. “We are so proud to put their creativity on display to launch our new season. And nobody displays an artist’s work better than our own curator, Janeen Mason.”


Among the featured faculty artists are…

® Chad Steve: uniquely creative soda-fired pottery

® Chris Kling: internationally renowned portraits

® Manon Sander: colorfully evocative Plein Air paintings

® Ralph Papa: explores the unlimited landscapes of Plein Air paintings

® Jim Rigg: intriguing art with alcohol inks and watercolor

® Karen Leffel-Massengill: signature status with FWS and Society of Animal Artists

® Danuta Rothschild: provocative surrealism implies a little bit of magic and a lot of soul

® Justin White: multi-media and wire wrap jewelry

® Esther Gordon: collage with texture and design

® Alessandra Gieffers: celebrates life with exquisite pastels

® Eduardo Gomez: introduces his newest figurative sculpture to add to his fame

® Tracey Roedl: beautiful jewelry making with one of the all-time favorite instructors

And a unique opportunity to see very unusual work in the Pop Up gallery….
Kazimierz Kalkowski: one of Poland’s most prestigious ceramists

“The words of the Editor in Chief of Arts and Antiques, Barbara S. Tapp, provide a fitting summation,” said Mason. The more computerized the world becomes, the more important art is, especially that which bears the mark of the hand most clearly – paintings, drawings and sculpture in particular.” When there is a personal story behind the art, we tend to cherish the experience of creating and collecting even more.





For more information about this exhibit, upcoming events and classes:

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986






Individuals, Adults, Children, Organizations Are Invited To World Wide “Chalk 4 Peace” Free Event At Lighthouse ArtCenter September 16th

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is Drawing the World Together, for the first time in Tequesta, Florida on Saturday, September 16th!  Join international chalk artist Jennifer Chaparro, using sidewalk chalk to celebrate International Day for Peace (Sept. 21) and share our hopes of peace for all with the world. This event is FREE and chalk is provided.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to register so there is enough chalk to go around! Groups of kids & adults can come and contribute to the large artwork, or do their own piece (6’x 6’ square).  The goal: is to get schools and groups of kids to participate and think about what global peace means to them and express it in chalk art on the street.









C  H  A  L  K  4  P  E  A  C  E


Saturday, September 16, 2017

9 am – 3 pm



Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Parking Lot

400 Seabrook Road       Tequesta, FL



Drawing the World Together, for the first time in Tequesta, Florida!

For young artists of ALL ages. (Ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a teacher or parent)

Join us as we use sidewalk chalk to celebrate International Day for Peace (Sept. 21) and share our hopes of peace for all with the world.

This event is FREE and chalk is provided.


You may want to bring:

Knee pads

A small piece of carpet to sit on

Hand Wipes


Your own chalk

To Register and Get  More Info:


Entry Deadline: September 13

• Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive
• Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, 395 Seabrook Road
• Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Parking Lot, 400 Seabrook Road


Coordinator and chalk artist extraordinaire, Jennifer Chaparro tells The Rickie Report, “It’s the first time we’ve done it here (or anywhere in South Florida). We want kids and families to come and fill in the giant peace sign, and chalk images of what peace means to them. The national and world wide reaching organization that is run by a fellow chalk/streetpainting friend of mine, John Aaron. Chalk is a great way to get kids involved in thinking about peace on a local and global level”.


Jennifer goes on to say, “We’d like groups to apply, but individuals and families can show up without an application, and as long as we have chalk and space, they can participate! It’s free and we will have chalk available, but we recommend they bring knee pads, hand wipes, carpet to sit on, water and their own chalk if they want. People can come and go at any time, but it will probably be cooler in the morning. There is no rain date, but we’ll try, even if it’s lightly raining in the morning, and hope for a nice sunny and cool day”.







Chalk4Peace is the global chalk art project about peace. We’re celebrating our twelfth year as a worldwide event. CHALK4PEACE, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

We’ve had more than 1000 events in 50 countries and have covered more than 10 miles of pavement with messages and visions of peace in sidewalk chalk. We believe in “Drawing the World Together…”

CHALK4PEACE was part of the Student Peace Day Observance at the United Nations in New York last fall to honor the International Day of Peace.

Our goal: ONE MILLION artists chalking 4 peace at the same time…


From its beginnings in 2003 in Arlington, VA, as a Sunday sidewalk chalk project for children, CHALK4PEACE has been recognized and funded by the Arlington Arts Commission, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the DC Mayor’s Office, the Humanities Project of Arlington, Whole Foods Markets, the CSC Invitational Cycling Classic, the Boulder Arts Commission, the Pasadena (CA) Community Foundation, UNICEF, the Clown and Clown Festival (Monte San Giusto, IT), the Gooden School, Beach E.S., Berkeley Earth Day, and hundreds of peace-minded individuals from around the world.

CHALK4PEACE has grown through the efforts of hundreds of events organizers, teachers, parents, community outreach coordinators, libraries, arts centers and other peace minded individuals and organizations.

CHALK4PEACE is not encouraged as an anti-war demonstration; rather, it is a Pro-Peace creative presentation for young artists of all ages.


The campaign to make CHALK4PEACE worldwide began on July 16, 2005, the day after the first CHALK4PEACE event at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. John Aaron, the Global Project Founder of CHALK4PEACE and chalk events coordinator, began a print and email campaign, sending out more than 5,000 personalized emails and 6,000 full color brochures about CHALK4PEACE for 2005-6.  The global campaign spread coast to coast across the United States, to Cape Town, South Africa and in places in Europe.



CHALK4PEACE Mission Statement:

– To promote the arts by coordinating assemblies of young artists of all ages to draw their vision of peace in public and private spaces with sidewalk chalk as a scheduled worldwide event;

-To advocate for peace in a non-partisan manner such that all people may share their visions and messages of peace without regard to their nationality, ethnicity, or political beliefs;

– To encourage relationships between municipalities and artists so that communities around the world become united in supporting the expression of peace.


Questions? Please contact Jennifer at the School of Art or by email at

More info on Chalk4Peace, a non-profit organization at

For more information about other events, exhibits or classes at the Lighthouse ArtCenter:







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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

“Drawn To The Arts” Brings International And National Icons To Lighthouse ArtCenter This Summer

The Lighthouse ArtCenter has outdone themselves with their upcoming summer exhibit, “Drawn to the Arts”. Fifteen Children’s Picture Book Author/Illustrators (the list reads like Who’s Who in American Picture Book Award Winners!) will share 20 pieces of art each! The Exhibit runs June 8 – August 11, 2017.   The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, June 15th.  In addition to the exhibit, small groups (including organizations) can sign up for docent-led tours. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to stop by!






Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469   561.746.3101




The Public is Invited To:




Opening Reception:

Thursday, June 15th

5:30- 7:30 pm

No Charge for members, Non members $10


Exhibit runs June 8 – August 11, 2017

Docent-lead tours of this exhibition are available

Call (561) 746-3101 today to schedule your group!

Gallery hours:

Monday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm



This stunning exhibition will shine a light on some of the finest Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, with our Summer ArtCampers enjoying the unique opportunity to interact with the magical process of children’s picture books.



Curator, Janeen Mason tells The Rickie Report, “Indians and robots, monsters and bunnies, heroes, history and humor.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter is brimming with illustrations by artists that we know and love.  Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Purla Belpre and Bank Street Book of the Year Award Winners – the original artwork from America’s bestselling author/illustrators are here in LAC’s world class exhibition right in the heart of Tequesta”!


“Funny Farm” by Mark Teague


Kevan Atteberry (Kevan draws monsters digitally. Delightful monsters. Google the picture book titled “Bunnies!” and “The Tickle Monster”. He is the artist who designed Clippy. Clippy. The helpful little paper clip character that pops up when you’re working in Microsoft Word? Yes. You either love him or hate him.)


“Christopher Is Not Afraid Anymore” Illustrated by Priscilla Burris Written by Craig Burris

Priscilla Burris (Priscilla does adorable young characters – digital illustrations.)

“Amanita Monsteria” by Kevan Atteberry

Henry Cole (Henry does funny picture books with meaning – Bestsellers. Henry illustrated the #1 banned children’s picture book in the USA titled “Tango”. You might know it as the story of the two boy penguins who adopted an egg and raised the hatchling at the New York Aquarium.)



Raul Colon (OMG! Raul Colon! Look at his work! He’s illustrated who knows how many award winning picture books. He’s worked for the New Yorker, etc. etc. His work is magical realism, and it definitely has roots in Central/South America – you’re going to love it.)


“Buoy” by Raul Colon

Tomie dePaola (Seriously. Caldecott Award, Newbery Award…!!!)


Patrick Girouard (Patrick does a lot of work for Highlights magazine. His robots are amazing. )


Layne Johnson ,his fine art page, or Amazon at: (Layne is known for his historical illustrations and sweeping vistas of big sky country. He sent originals from Farmer George Plants a Nation, Voices of Pearl Harbor, and The Poppy Lady, as well as others.)



“Farmer George Plants A Nation” by Layne Johnson

Fred Koehler (A relative newcomer to the world of picture books, Fred just received the Bank Street Book of the Year Award!)



E.B. Lewis (E.B. won the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Award,etc…He’s an amazing watercolorist and terrific speaker. He undeniably uses his art as an agent of change internationally. We will have E.B. Lewis here at Lighthouse ArtCenter teaching workshops in watercolor to young adults.)


Assorted Undersea Paintings by Janeen Mason


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Frank Remkiewicz (Frank has created iconic art forever! His Froggy series sold millions…)


Carol Schwartz (Astonishing scientific, botanical illustrations that focus on everything from the Fibonacci Sequence to My Busy Green Garden.)


“A Hunter’s Promise” by Bill Farnsworth

Linda Shute (Linda is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in the Florida region)


Mark Teague (You have to look at to see all of Mark’s amazing books. I don’t know how many bestsellers he has… Many….Mark illustrates for Jane Yolen’s How do Dinosaurs…. Series as well as a number of other books he has written AND illustrated.)



For more information about this exhibit, classes, summer camp and lectures:





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

“Open Studios With Model” And “Portrait Studios” Being Offered At Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

Two separate “Open Studios” are being offered at Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art for their Late Spring Session.  If you are not a member, now is the time to join and take advantage of these uninstructed sessions.  Working in any medium, you have all you need to create in a convenient workspace. The Late Spring Session runs from NOW through June 3, 2017. The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks behind the scenes.  Members also receive a discount on art supplies!




Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Road     Tequesta, FL

Art School:  (561) 748-8737


For your convenience the Lighthouse ArtCenter Art Supply Store is open:

 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Members receive a 20% discount in the Art Store.









Open Portrait Studio
Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon
$15 per three hour class

Come paint in our studio and work from a clothed model in this uninstructed session. All mediums are welcome. Each session needs a minimum of four students. Pre-registration is required at least 3 days prior to the class.


Barbara Roehl with her open Studio Painting


Open Painting Studios
Tuesday, 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.
$10 per three hour session, no model

Take advantage of a full studio to create work in any medium.




All open studio sessions are available to Lighthouse ArtCenter members only. To become a member, sign up for a class or for more information, please go to or call (561) 748-8737.






Founded in 1964, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery is located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta, FL.

For information call (561) 746-3101 or visit

The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, FL.

For information on classes, workshops or ArtCamp, call (561) 748-8737.


For more information about exhibition, memberships, bequests:

Sheila McDonald-Bell
Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469

Please ask me about making a bequest. As a 501(c)(3), we are eligible to accept bequests from your estate fund.











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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

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4th Annual Plein Air Festival Highlights Nationally Recognized Artists Painting At Sites In Palm Beach County

The Lighthouse ArtCenter 4th Annual Plein Air Festival takes place March 8 through March 12. Nationally recognized, award-winning artists from around the Country will paint throughout Palm Beach County, depicting scenes from the beaches and natural Florida landscapes to the quickly disappearing old Florida homes and residential areas. Known as “Paint-Outs,” the artists will be visiting seven different outdoor areas to paint the varied landscapes and cityscapes.  The Rickie Report shares the details here, as some events require reservations.



373 Tequesta Drive       Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 746-3101




March 8 – 12, 2017


At the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 and outdoor painting locales throughout Palm Beach County.


 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Grand Prize Winner by George Van Hook






Free admission to the ArtCenter Gallery

To view the daily “wet paintings,” from 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Collectors’ Preview Party and Wet Painting Sales

 $100 per person for the Preview Party and Award Ceremony 5 – 9 pm.

Ticket price is good toward the purchase of a painting.

General Admission $25 from 6:30 – 9 pm.





The public is invited to watch the artists and purchase paintings at the Paint-Out locations. The diverse locations for the paint-outs include Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts and Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Riverbend Park, Harbourside Place and DuBois Park in Jupiter and Juno Beach Pier in Juno Beach. With over 120 artists from around the country entering the jurying process, the forty one artists that were selected represent the best of the Plein Air genre. They will be competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes.  The artists will deliver their paintings each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery for viewing by the general public. 


Quick Draw Painting Contest:

Sunday, March 12

Open to All Artists!

At Dubois Park in Jupiter,FL

 9 to 11 am

The art will be judged, awards will be given and the art will be available for purchase from noon to 3pm at the park.


Plein Air Artists, Photo Courtesy of David R. Randell





More Information:

Jennifer Chaparro, Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Staff Liaison (561) 748-8737

Lighthouse ArtsCenter
Gallery & School of Art
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101




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Comprehensive Overview Of ArtPalmBeach, Art Synergy ARTWEEK 2017

The Rickie Report shares a comprehensive overview of the ArtPalmBeach Art Synergy ARTWEEK events.  Future articles will focus on individual venues.  There is a superabundance of art-related events in Palm Beach and Martin Counties featuring thousands of international, national and local acclaim.  Don’t miss the emerging artists!  Get your calendars ready for a whirlwind of ART !












A R T W E E K     2 0 1 7



The Art Synergy sponsored Art Palm Beach Week Events begin with the opening reception of The Art Synergy IV Exhibition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center during the gala reception and celebration of Art Palm Beach: First View and 20th Anniversary.


All events are produced in partnership between Art Synergy and our host Art Palm Beach and with the cooperation and support of the City of West Palm Beach, The DDA West Palm Beach,The City of Lake Worth, The City of Boynton Beach, The City of Delray Beach, and various other government and arts organizations of various cities in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.



Palm Beach Art Week 2017 Guide online:
Other links are here: LIST OF EVENTS and SPONSORS


Art Palm Beach:

Art Synergy IV Exhibition:

Art Florida 2017:
The Box Gallery Blog:
The Box Gallery Website:



Art Palm Beach:

Art Synergy

Art Synergy Art Guide

The Box Gallery

UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )



Art Palm Beach
Art Synergy
The Box Gallery
UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )


Art Palm Beach
Art Synergy
The Box Gallery
UNLEASHED ( New Arts Venue )


Art Synergy is a 501 (c) 3, not for profit arts organization founded in 2013. The fruit of the labors of Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis and Freddy Hennevelt grew out of the original Think Tank,. It has flourished through grassroots efforts beginning with a partnership with Art Palm Beach.  Currently, Rolando Chang Barrero, President and Ilene Gruber Adams, Vice President are managing the organization along with the support of many artists and art lovers in the community. Volunteers and board members are always welcome.


By March 2017, Art Synergy will have organized 6 juried exhibition that have provided Florida based artists to have their work seen, and collected by national and international collectors and art patrons. Also, Art Synergy assists nine Florida art districts organize, promote and market over 65 exhibitions in each year throughout the Palm Beach and Martin County durning Art Palm Beach week which was initiated January 2014.



The nine art districts are: Antique Row Art District,Boynton Beach Art District,Delray Art Art District,Lake ParkArt District,North Palm Beach Art District,Lake Worth Art District,Northwood Village Art District,West Palm Beach Art District,Palm Beach Art District.



In 2016 Art Synergy was classified as a 501 (c) 3 not for profit arts organization which will allow for contributions and donations to a fund currently being created to allow needy families join experiential cultural experiences. This was possible because of the generosity of David and Lee Ann Lester of Next Level Fairs who donate exhibition spaces (Booths) at 2 of the Next Level Fairs: Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton.



ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community. ART SYNERGY’s future goals include events that will happen periodically throughout the year, the addition of more participating art districts, and initiatives that help unify the many diverse art entities, and talented artists that Palm Beach County has to offer. With the help of local CRAs, Public Arts Departments, the DDA in WPB and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (to name a few), ART SYNERGY has only one place to go… onward and upward.








Highlights include:









CONTINUUM: Opening: V.I.P. Black Tie & Sneakers Fundraiser



FRIDAY JAN.20.2017









Courtesy of New Arts Venue ( Installation: Salt Art by Giannina Coppiano Dwin )





SUNDAY JAN.22.2017













Art Synergy, Administrative  Office

811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach,Florida 33405





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Four Fascinating Lectures At Lighthouse ArtCenter Set The Stage For “Lunch And Learn”

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is offering “Four Fascinating Lectures” paired with a great dining experience to set the stage for delightful afternoons of “Lunching and Learning.”  Dr. Joan Lipton speaks about “Avant-garde patrons of then unknown artists” (January 23),  Lacy Davisson Doyle discusses “The Women of Abstract Expressionism” (February 23),  Bruce Helander presents “The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander” (March 22) and Kevin Calica focuses on “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art” (April 24).  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to register individually or for the series.  






Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469



The Public is Invited To:






 Noon to 2 p.m.




Joan Lipton:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lacy Davisson Doyle

Thursday, February 23

Bruce Helander:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kevin Calica:

Monday, April 24, 2017



Price: $75 per person with a 10% discount for Lighthouse ArtCenter members. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call Sheri at (561) 746-3101 or go to


Monday, January 23, 2017

“Important Avant-Garde Patrons of Then Unknown Artists”

by Joan Lipton




At the outset of their careers, both Matisse and Picasso considered themselves very lucky when two sets of patrons collected an abundance of their paintings.   “Two Baltimore ladies,” as Matisse called sisters Clarabel and Etta Cone, bought his Fauve paintings that had been dismissed as wild creations by the critics. Soon they were also purchasing Picassos and other modern masters-to-be. A friend of the Cones, Gertrude Stein and her siblings, Leo and Michael, also added innumerable works by Matisse, Picasso and a host of Post-Impressionists. The gatherings in the Stein home at 27 rue de Fleurus, also known as the “Stein Studio,” brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and other dedicated attendees included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sinclair Lewis to name a few.

Art historian, Joan Lipton, Ph.D., will share many facts and paintings with her audience, all of which will surprise and excite you. Ms. Lipton has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey.





Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The Women of Abstract Expressionism”

by Lacy Davisson Doyle




Lacy Davisson Doyle will present an in-depth look at the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner. These three women were among the better-known women Abstract Expressionists and contributed outstanding innovation and experimentation to their creative process. Each one presents a different approach and singular vocabulary within their gestural paintings. This talk offers an opportunity to expand what you know about Abstract Expressionism and the women who exhibited alongside the men. 




Ms. Doyle has lectured on modern and contemporary art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Christie’s International Auction House, the Colony Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach and New York University’s Graduate Visual Arts Administration Program.






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“The Joy of Collage-From Braque to Bruce Helander”

by Bruce Helander






Renowned collage artist and subject of the book “Curious Collage,” Bruce Helander, will discuss the evolution of collage from its beginnings to the fascinating application of this celebrated medium in contemporary art. Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was recently inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.



Mr. Helander’s work is represented in over fifty permanent public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.




Monday, April 24, 2017

“Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art”

by Kevin Calica








Do you live your life by accident or design?  Designer Kevin Calica lifts his professional gaze from stores and products to focus on daily life.  In his book, “Strength and Simplicity: 100 ways to live your life as Art,”  Calica tells us to look at our life as if it were a room. Does it meet all our needs? Do we love being in it? Is it simple and clean, inviting and well-lit? Is there space in it for someone else?  After this presentation you will want to open this book to any one of its 100 fun, practical, creative ideas and redesign your life. This charming, profound and original work gives new meaning to the term “interior design.”


Kevin Calica is a New York designer who began his career with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Many of the world’s leading brands and designers are among his clients and he has been involved in all aspects of design and marketing.


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Dr. Edie Widder Presents “Illuminating The Deep: The Fine Art Of Exploration At Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter celebrates the mysteries of the ocean depths with a stimulating three-part exhibition which runs through March 4th. Everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception on January 5th.  “Illuminating the Deep”  showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. This lecture takes place on Saturday, January 7th and reservations must be made in advance.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In addition, guests will create their own bioluminescence experience. The Rickie Report shares the details, dates and some sneak peeks.





373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, FL 33469








Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

Now through March 4, 2017



Opening Reception:

January 5, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Children Under 8 Free; Free for members; $10.00 for non-members


Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration

Lecture by Dr. Widder

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

$15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. This is a ticketed event with limited seating.

Call (561) 746-3101 to purchase tickets in advance.



Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions.  Dr. Widder will describe some of the earliest expeditions that Bostlemann illustrated and contrast them with her own experiences exploring the deep, including her breakthrough capturing the first images of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat.





Gallery Hours:

Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse ArtCenter: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 or (561) 746-3101



Gallery 1: Illuminating the Deep: Explore. Learn. Act. Showcases the collaborative genius of the internationally-recognized authority on bioluminescence, Dr. Edie Widder, and the artist, Steven Bernstein, PhD, combining art and science. Their vibrant photographic images of unimagined creatures, captured in the depths of the sea by Dr. Widder’s unique cameras, accompanied by informational panels, provide a colorful and engaging introduction to the language of light (and giant squid) in our oceans.





Gallery 2: Featuring the Art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration presents a private collection of original paintings depicting the never-before-seen wonders of the deep by Else Bostlemann. Bostlemann was the expedition artist for scientist William Beebe during the world-record Bathysphere dives into the deep sea in the 1930’s. Beebe and Bostlemann introduced the world to bioluminescence. This historic artwork, on loan to the Lighthouse ArtCenter from the Bostlemann family, was created for National Geographic, and have never been publicly displayed.






Gallery 3: Google Tilt Brush Step into the cutting edge of technology with virtual reality and the newly released Tilt Brush by Google! Visitors will be immersed in the experience of bioluminescence as they paint with light in 3-D. Walk inside your “painting,” look at it from above, below, and through both sides. This astonishing new art form is sure to be popular, appointments are necessary. Your favorite digital screen shot will be emailed to you to share with your friends and family. Only $15 for a fun and mind-altering ten minutes you’ll talk about for the rest of the season! Make your virtual reality experience appointment by calling Sheri Gansz at (561) 746-3101.



“If there is a fourth part to our exhibition, it would have to be our concern for all life in our oceans,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter curator Janeen Mason. “We have seen in Florida that our lifestyles on land can have great consequences for the creatures of the sea. We hope Illuminating the Deep can also provide ways everyone can make a difference.”


“Illuminating the Deep” also sheds light on the threats faced by the ocean and its inhabitants, and what everyone can do in their everyday life to preserve and protect the planet’s largest ecosystem. A particular focus of the exhibition is a display showing the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how the waterway impacts life in the deep sea.







“This is a rare encounter with life beyond the average person’s reach,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Widder and Dr. Bernstein’s thought-provoking exhibition and striking art for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Our guests will be astonished and fascinated to view images of creatures so different from what we know.”




The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s presentation of deep sea art, science and social concerns also features the art of Else Bostlemann in The Fine Art of Exploration. In the 1930s, another type of explorer dove into the deep in a bathysphere, a metal sphere lowered by cable a half mile deep. William Beebe became a renowned expert on creatures of the deep, because he was the first to see what sailors of old fabled – odd, large luminescent animals unlike any fish or mollusk caught and consumed nearer the surface.





Beebe described what he saw to the expedition artist, Else Bostlemann, who sketched and painted Beebe’s recollections. Her artwork from nearly a century ago, used by National Geographic Magazine to illustrate Beebe’s dramatic descriptions of the deep, will be part of Lighthouse ArtCenter’s original art installation in The Fine Art of Exploration.



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