4th Annual Two-Day Sampler Workshop With Crystal Cawley Explores Paper, Fiber, Print & Stitch

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild announces their 4th Annual 2 Day Sampler workshop on January 14th & 15th with Crystal Cawley.  Participants will explore Paper, Fiber, Print  and Stitch in this exciting event!  Think of this workshop as a sampler — a place and time to explore the possibilities of combining paper with textiles to create unique tactile work. Think of hybrids and cross-pollination — how can materials and methods be combined and adapted to become more than the sum of their parts? The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of not-your-grandmother’s-samplers!  This is open to non-members as well as members of the Guild.  What a perfect time to give a gift of creative exploration!  











Armory Annex Gallery
1121 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460





4th Annual Two-Day Workshop



Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print & Stitch

with Crystal Cawley

Sat. & Sun. January 14 & 15, 2017

9 AM – 4 PM

Members $185.00

Non-Members $225.00
(eligible 12/31/16)

Materials Fee: TBD

~Workshop includes lunch~

Send Check to Kim Harty

Your check secures your place in this workshop. Please include your phone number and your email address:

Kim Harty 7186 Grassy Bay Drive WPB, FL 33411

Questions? Contact Erica Howat at ericahowat@mac.com








  “Ghost Words” Close Up by Crystal  Cawley (Photo courtesy of Jay York)




“Change Purse”  by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)



Traditional embroidered samplers displayed the makers’ repertoire of stitches and their design and lettering skills. Think of this workshop as a sampler — a place and time to explore the possibilities of combining paper with textiles to create unique tactile work. Think of hybrids and cross-pollination — how can materials and methods be combined and adapted to become more than the sum of their parts?




Crystal Cawley sewing skirt


Crystal Cawley “Skirt”





Activities and demonstrations will include laminating paper and fabric together, printing images onto fabric and paper, machine and hand stitching, spinning paper thread, methods of transferring images and text onto fabric and paper, and more as time and interest allow. Participants will have time to investigate demonstrated techniques and materials on their own, to make personal discoveries and connections for their own work.



“Love Letter Sweater” by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)


Crystal Cawley is a skillful and established artist who lives and works in Portland, Maine. Crystal has a voice that she annunciates clearly through her work. Her approach pushes the boundaries while speaking truth from her heart and life experience.



“Change Purse” Open by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)


Crystal will join SFB&FG to teach this workshop that will challenge us toward pushing beyond our own boundaries with new perspective toward our own work and medium. This is a workshop not to be missed! A list of materials and class details will be sent to you prior to the workshop.






For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild, founded in 2013, is a non-profit organization comprised of fiber artists and enthusiasts from around South Florida who share diverse, but allied, interests in the fiber arts including basketry, weaving, knitting/crochet, needlework, felting and textile design. Our mission is to promote a community that inspires interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibitions.





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A Conversation With Janeen Mason, Curator Of The Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Rickie Report shares an interview between artist, Ruth Palombo Weiss and Janeen Mason, Curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  Janeen Mason, the new curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, comes to her job with a depth of experience seldom seen. Janeen is a national award winning children’s author and illustrator; has served as Vice Chair of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; was a board member of the Citizens for Florida Arts; was a member of the Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Planning Task Force; and has also served as a board member of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County. Janeen is well steeped in most aspects of the art world where she has spent years giving of herself and making connections.  Ruth’s personal journey includes professional experience as a journalist.  We know you will enjoy this article!









Janeen arrived at the Lighthouse in January this year. She lives in Stuart with her husband, Kevin, two sun-loving cats and a rescued boxer named Bing. She has been a studio artist since 1989. “There was never a time I wasn’t interested in art; there was never a question of what I was going to do. I was going to grow up to be an artist, and I was going to write and illustrate children’s picture books.”








Janeen has shown her fine art in solo exhibitions in museums around Florida, invitational art shows across the country, and wildlife art expos. Her art has been licensed for worldwide reproduction on puzzles, note cards, stationery, apparel and more.  Janeen has written and illustrated 14 picture books including the Ocean Commotion series. Her books (written and illustrated by her or illustrated for other authors) have garnered dozens of awards including: The Ben Franklin Award, iParenting Media Award, the Mom’s Choice Award, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award.









“I love illustrating books either written by others or by myself.  If the idea captures my imagination I’m all in. Books were always important in our house when I was growing up. My mom, my brothers, my sisters all read for pleasure. Dad is the only one who watched television! I have early memories that involve a spectacular children’s department at the library, which was just down the street. We moved a lot when I was young, but I always had a dog to love, a good book to read, and a tattered sketchbook to record ideas,” she says.




Then life got in Janeen’s way.  “I got into college early, married a man who went into the Navy, and spent time raising my children. When our kids were in elementary school, I took a trip Europe with my sisters. After being exposed to the beautiful architecture, the fabulous museums, and all of the careful attention to detail I found myself on cultural overload. I hadn’t sketched in years, but I woke up in the Netherlands, walked down the old stone steps of a friend’s house and discovered a violet growing up out of the cracks in the early morning sun. That splash of purple glowed, and I was instantly overwhelmed with the need to paint again. The promise to create children’s picture books had never left a quiet little corner of my brain, but I was always doing something else. I was just too busy. Yet on that day, no different than any other, it was very clear, ‘If not now, then when?’ The rest of my traveling companions went off to another museum, and I stayed back to paint that violet.”




When she got back to the states, Janeen bought a drafting table and went to work sketching again. It took twelve years from that point to get her first book in print.  About the books in her Ocean Commotion series, she says, “My dad sold boats and ran marinas. We were always on the water, which has been an integral part of my life. So when I had the opportunity to write and illustrate my own books, it was natural for me to go back to the area that holds the most fascination for me. The ocean provides subject matter that I absolutely love, and the ocean desperately needs our help. I get the chance to tell kids what I think is important with my books and perhaps, just maybe, in this way I can do my part to change the world. I have great faith in our future, because I have great faith in kids.”





Janeen’s teaching credentials are also impeccable. She has made hundreds of school visits over the past several decades where she engages students with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In her book Ocean Commotion, Caught in the Currents, she uses reader’s theater and a giant map of the world to have students recreate the events that occurred when 28,000 rubber ducks went overboard during a terrible storm on the night of June 10, 1992. Where did they go? How did they get there? Who discovered them?  How long did it take? And most importantly, why are these bathtub toys important to us?





It is her love for teaching and ability to reach out to communities about the ocean—pardon the pun—that floats Janeen’s boat. She explains, “In 2013, we had a summer when there were dreadful discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” says the Stuart resident. “There are five watersheds in Florida, four of which are draining into Lake Okeechobee. Because the levees around the lake are old, they can’t let the water in Lake O rise. This has been an ongoing problem, but Facebook was a game changer. It called worldwide attention to the billions of gallons of toxic freshwater which is still being released daily into the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon – important salt water estuaries.”





“I watched angry adults pointing fingers at each other over the heads of children and worried that if we scared our kids away from the water it wouldn’t matter how clean we made it, they wouldn’t love it. They wouldn’t grow up to take their kids to it. You only care for the things you love.”  Asking herself what she could do to make a difference, Janeen hatched a plan. “I was scheduled to speak at the Blake Library in Stuart about my latest book. Instead we created 1,000 twelve inch die-cut wooden fish that were painted black with a white skeleton silkscreened on one side, and we invited children and families to come to the library and help us “turn it around”, together we all painted the other side. We called these the Solidarity Fish. They became a monumental temporary public art installation that covered the front of buildings in Martin County for weeks at a time. The colorful art stopped traffic and turned passers-by into participants. Everyone became ambassadors of the project”.




Janeen asked Cynthia Trone, Director of the Lighthouse School of Art, to help her, along with the kids and environmentalists in Stuart, make the ornaments for Florida’s Christmas tree on the Ellipse in the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The Solidarity Fish were even displayed in the White House.  The Solidarity Fish have been from the Everglades Coalition Conference in the Florida Keys to the New York Times. They’ve been to the South Florida Water Management meetings, the Big Sugar Summit, and the Governor’s office. The Sierra Club has adopted the movement and as a result this meaningful art installation has grown. “We have over 3,000 Solidarity Fish now and they’ve been used to completely cover the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. Each colorful fish represents the belief that our voices make a difference,” she says, “Alone we can do so little, together we can accomplish so much.”  








When asked about her main goals as curator at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, she notes, “It was a tough decision to leave my full time studio work, but I turned 60 and realized that as much fun as I’ve had and the amazing people I’ve met, I didn’t have a retirement, and I wasn’t 35 any more. Here at the Lighthouse, putting together these exhibitions, I get to use my lifetime of experience in the fine arts. The entire process scratches my itch for creativity.”





“As far as goals for the future of the Lighthouse ArtCenter — the cultural beacon in Northern Palm Beach County for 53 years — we have a devoted membership base and our School of Art is bursting at the seams with students who cross all demographics – from young to young at heart, from special needs to master craftsmen, from our seasonal residents to our Florida natives. We need more space!




“To that end, our board of directors has identified a perfect parcel of land for acquisition and we’re developing a five-year plan to build a new facility that will accommodate all of our aspirations.  We are seeking patrons with deep pockets. What is my part in this?  On the wall in my office is an exhibition schedule that is filled into 2019. My three-year calendar includes exhibitions that serve our members, the South Florida arts community, and shows of significant international acclaim,” Janeen explains.




SIZE MATTERS—an exhibition where the common denominator is only that of size–opened November 17th. Artists from Maine to Islamorada have been selected to showcase their work in all media that measures either 6’ x 6’ or 6” x 6”.  Florida Artist Hall of Fame Award Recipient, Jane Davis Doggett, is participating as well Clay Kanzler, Terre Rybovich, Skip Hartnell, Kathleen Denis, and nineteen equally talented others.





In December, the Lighthouse will open ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: Explore. Learn. Act. (The Fine Art of Exploration).  MacArthur Award winning deep-sea explorer, Dr. Edith Widder, working in collaboration with the artist, Dr. Steven Bernstein, has created an astonishing exhibition of photographs from the deep. This exhibit comes with tons of fascinating info-graphics.




You may recognize Dr. Widder’s name as the scientist who captured the first photos of the giant squid featured in the Discovery Channel documentary two years ago, or you may be familiar with her four TED talks.  It’s possible you know her as the Senior Scientist of Ocean Research and Conservation Association. Added to Widder’s work is the cache of original paintings, Janeen recently discovered, which the gifted early 20th century artist, Else Bostlemann, created.  Although her name has been lost to history, Else Bostlemann’s artwork brought to life the historic discoveries of Dr. William Beebe, the first scientist to descend to 1/2 mile down in the bathysphere in the 1930s during expeditions funded by National Geographic Magazine.  National Geographic featured Bostlemann’s art in many of its publications and the originals on loan from her family have never before been publicly exhibited.




In addition, Dr. Widder is a worldwide authority on bioluminescence, and Else Bostlemann painted bioluminescent creatures previously unimagined. In the 90 years that separated these two women, science has proven that bioluminescence is the “language” of light underwater.  “We wondered what you would say if light was your only language. So we are introducing a state-of-the-art virtual reality called the Tilt Brush. Our visitors to this exhibition, who pre-register, will be able to experience painting with light in 3D,” she says.  Oceanography Magazine, recognized worldwide as the north star of publications in the ocean realm, is publishing a feature article in their December 2016 issue about Else Bostlemann written by Dr. Widder and this historic Lighthouse ArtCenter exhibition.





“Our largest annual fund raiser, D’Art for Art, has moved to the Harriet Himmel Theatre in City Place this coming January 14th, when all of our guests will enjoy the height of entertainment with fine music, delicious food and wine, and everyone takes home a piece of art of their choosing – but they have to be fast!  It’s a D’Art for Art!”




The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s busy schedule continues with its 4th Annual Plein Air Festival (which has now received international acclaim), followed by the Best of the Clubs, the annual Members’ Show, the 44th Annual K-12 exhibition, and on. Janeen has two blockbuster exhibitions planned for the winter/spring seasons of 2017-18 and 2018-19, but urges everyone to stay tuned for more on them.




“I am continuing the fine tradition established for exhibitions in our galleries and engaging more support by ramping up the energy for future shows and by reaching into the rich cultural partnerships I’ve established from a lifetime in the fine arts.  It’s exciting work with an exceptional executive director who believes in the power of art, a board of directors who are enthusiastic and forward thinking, and it’s deeply satisfying to have the support of a well prepared staff and team of volunteers as we move into the future by playing a role in the interconnected world of the twenty-first century,” Janeen says.



For more information about Janeen Mason:   janeenmason.com

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter:  www.lighthousearts.org



Ruth graduated from Boston University as an English and fine arts major   She studied art at Montgomery College and painting workshops throughout the country over the past 30 years. Ruth worked as a writer for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She took a career break after her marriage and her three children were born. When her daughters were in high school, she worked as a feature writer for the Montgomery County Gazette Newspapers (a subsidiary of the Washington Post). At the same time, she was a freelance feature writer for both local and national magazines. Since the early 1990s, she has contributed as a writer and editor to various publications for the American Society for Training and Development (recently changed to Association for Talent Development-ATD). Currently, she is editor of ATD’s Learning Executive Briefing.  Concurrent with her writing career, Ruth has tried every form of art she could find including: painting, printmaking (monotypes, etchings), and sculpture (stone, wood and clay). She is an avid plein air painter and is a member of Plein Air Palm Beach and the Florida Plein Air Painters.

For more information about Ruth :  

ruthweissart@gmail.com   or  www.artambassador.org





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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Winter Workshops For Children And Teens At Armory Art Center During School Break

The Armory Art Center’s Winter Workshops for Grades K-2, 3-5 plus Middle School and High School Prep will offer children and teens fun while learning or honing their skills!  From drawing and visual arts to acting and acing an audition, The Rickie Report shares the details here. Registration is open!







1700 Parker Avenue    West Palm Beach, FL 33401









Art Camp
K-2 and 3-5 Grade
Celebrate New Year’s Around The World

Monday-Friday, December 26-30, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
$275 for the week


Concentration on 2D & 3D

Monday – Thursday, Dec. 26-29, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$140 for four days
Instructor: Mr. Burks

It’s crunch time! Auditions in middle and high school prep for visual arts are soon. These half-day morning workshops are highly effective and dynamic to prepare the student for the four components of the auditions: drawing, creative exercises, still life, and sculpture.


Ace The Audition

Monday – Thursday, Dec. 26-29, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | $140 for four days.
Instructor: Mr. Burks

These afternoon workshops are designed to help 5th graders who plan to audition for Middle School entry. There will be individual critiques from the instructor following mock audition sessions. The objective is to better prepare the student for the components within specific time frames that comprise the majority of their score in their audition.


Discounted rate of $265 for four full days, morning and afternoon.


Communications Workshop

Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 26-28
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$105 for three days
Instructor: Mr. Fetterly

Design an ad like Mad Men, be the next Fitzgerald of short story writing, and write a speech like a skilled orator! Everything a student needs for a successful communication arts audition will be covered. For best results, students should bring a laptop computer with PowerPoint.


Theater Workshop

Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 26-28
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$105 for three days
Instructor: Ms. Hochberg

Improvise like a professional, master short scenes, and take direction like a movie star! The class includes all the tools your student needs for a successful theatre audition.




REGISTER TODAY: armoryart.org



About the Armory:

Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.






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Lighthouse ArtCenter Shines Light on the Mysteries of the Deep With A Multi Media Exhibition And Speakers

The mysteries of the ocean depths will be revealed in an exciting and stimulating three-part exhibition opening at the Lighthouse ArtCenter on December 22, 2016 and running through March 4, 2017. The centerpiece of the season-long show is “Illuminating the Deep”, which showcases the collaborative genius of internationally recognized authority on bioluminescence and area resident, Dr. Edith Widder and her colleague and artist Dr. Steve Bernstein. 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. You can start making your reservations on December 15th!




373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469
561-746-3101   www.LighthouseArts.org







Illuminating the Deep

(Also featuring The Fine Art of Exploration)

December 22, 2016, 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.

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
 www.LighthouseArts.org 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 starting December 15, 2016. Call 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.”




In a special addition, Dr. Widder will give a lecture bringing together many of the elements that make up the exhibitions. Entitled “Illuminating the Deep: The Fine Art of Exploration”, in this presentation 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.





In” Illuminating the Deep”, Bernstein and Widder have combined art and science to share some of the bizarre and wonderful creatures from our planet’s last frontier. Together, they explore how bioluminescence plays such an important part in life deep down in the ocean, and illustrate the beauty of the marine life that inhabits the deep sea through vivid works of art. One such piece of art is a life-size image of the Giant Squid, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat by Dr. Widder. Visitors to Illuminating the Deep can even take a selfie of themselves with the Giant Squid.


“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.



For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or other events:





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Open House Offers Ways To Explore, Discover, Create At Boca Museum Art School

Explore, discover, and create at the Boca Museum Art School in 2017 !  As new classes start Monday, January 2, 2017, come to an Open House on Sunday, December 18th. Meet teachers, learn about classes, and visit the art studios.  See demonstrations in drawing, jewelry, pottery, painting, sculpture, and textiles. Join in the free figure drawing session. Enter a free raffle to win a free pizza and other items from local merchants; free refreshments; and ‘spin to win art supplies sponsored by Blick Art Supplies. A fun event and great way to meet current students and teachers in the Art School.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos.  This event is Free and Open to the Public.







Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486




Open House

Sunday, December 18th

1  to 4 pm



Classes begin Monday, January 2nd


Adults, teens, children!




Find out what‘s new at the Art School, 
check our new website or call us to get a catalogue sent in the mail.



Artisan Leather Jewelry



Jewelry by Marta Cruz



New classes include: Artisan Leather Jewelry, Chiaroscuro Drawing, Essential Skills for Painters, Fundamentals of Photoshop, a new Saturday morning pottery class, and lots more!



New class: Chiaroscuro Drawing



Teens are excelling in figure drawing on Saturdays.


Children create masterpieces as they learn about color, form, and line inspired by Matisse, Monet, or Mondrian!


December 19 and 20: New 2-day intensive workshops


Mobius Sculpture: create a Mobius strip in plaster with Willie Reed





Broken Plate Mosaics:

Recycle your broken dishware to decorate a vase in the style of

Antonio Gaudi.




Pastel Painting: Learn to make your pastels sing and be luminous.





Open Figure Drawing starts January 7th – Saturday afternoons, 1 – 4pm $15 for current art students, $20 for others.



Reserve your easel space by email: artschool@bocamuseum.org




For more information about these classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool




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Applications Being Taken For Artist Townhomes With Studio Space In Lake Worth

The Rickie Report shares a Call For Artist Townhomes with Studio Space In Lake Worth.  Neighborhood Renaissance is accepting applications to purchase townhomes in Lake Worth’s new art-oriented West Village located at Lucerne Avenue and F Street across from the Lake Worth Arts Center. Applications will be reviewed in the order received so time is limited.  Please share this with artists who live out of our area, as this is an opportunity that few cities offer! The Public is invited to Meet the current West Village Artists December 7th through December 23rd at a number of events.  We share all the details here.





Meet the current West Village artists

At their show in the Arts Center (AKA – Armory Annex)

From December 7th through December 23rd




Event schedule available on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/urbanartslofts/






  • Work/Create Ground floor studio with street access and bath room Live Light and bright open floor plans.

  • Each home is individually owned, not a condo

  • Sleep Two spacious master bedrooms each with en suite baths

  • Park Garage with 1 tandem parking space

  • Conserve Built to certified Green building standards.

  • Impact windows and doors.




A Community of 8 new townhomes (to join 12 art lofts already sold to artists)
 Ground floor studio space with street visibility and access
 Priced from $230’s to $245’s (purchase assistance avail for qualified buyers)
 Must meet definition of an “artist” (income restrictions apply)
 Located at the NE corner of Lucerne Avenue and North F Street
 Armory Arts Annex across Lucerne Avenue
 Sales will close in the Fall 2017~

~ Taking Applications now!






CALL MICHAEL AT 561.832.6776 X100





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Fuel Your Artistic Flames With Vicki Siegel’s 2 Day Workshops With Fun, New Techniques And Knowledge

Artist Vicki Siegel will fuel your artistic flames with 2 day workshops. Sign up for her 2 day workshops AND see her new paintings at one of her upcoming shows.   Be energized and learn new techniques!   Vicki is a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP). Her in depth knowledge of acrylic paint will inspire you.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these Two Day Workshops at Two Different Locations and SOLO Exhibition .





V  I C  K  I       S  I  E  G  E L


These fast paced workshops will get you creating and understanding how to work with acrylic paint. You will create new works and get a chance to try new materials and use ones you know in new ways. Vicki Siegel’s nurturing teaching style and in depth demonstrations will take you through these fast paced and fun workshops. Vicki is a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP). Her in depth knowledge of acrylic paint will inspire you.



“Uncharted”Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel


Working in Layers Workshop

You will learn exciting new approaches to using acrylic products for layering and creating rich and complex surfaces. Artists working in all media and any abstract or representational style will benefit from this innovative way of thinking about materials. Gels, pastes, acrylic skins, masking, stencils, image transfers, transparent and translucency will be explained. You will also learn to incorporate personal imagery. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will benefit from the information packed demonstrations. There will be a lunch hour talk and slide show on Friday; bring a bag lunch. See the registrar for a supply list. Vicki will be bringing great tools and specialty paints for you to try.



VickiSiegel_What's Up

“What’s Up?” by Vicki Siegel

Powerful Acrylic Paint Layers: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
 Friday/Saturday January 13 -14, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 ext. 478 


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“Behind the Smile”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel




Working With Photographic Images Workshops

If you are a painter who wants to include photographic images into your work, or a photographer who wants to try painting, this workshop will inspire you. You will learn how to collage images, layer acrylic paints, glaze, enhance and texture your photographic images. Creating image transfers will be explained in detail. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will be inspired by the information packed demonstrations. Contact the registrar for the supply list. There will be a lunch hour lecture and slide show for people who want to bring a brown bag lunch on Friday.


Surfaces, Layers and Photographic Imagery: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday March 10-11, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm 
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon) 


Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers and Photographic Imagery
Friday/Saturday April 21- 22, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Cost: $315 Call to register: 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org



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“See it Coming”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel




Weekly Art Instruction with Vicki Siegel

Vicki is an inspiring painting instructor!  Join one of her three weekly classes:

Armory Art Center:
Exploring Acrylics Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 To register; 561 832-1776 or www.Armoryart.org


Delray Center for the Arts:

FUNdamentals of Painting 9-12pm Thursday
To register: http://oldschoolsquare.org/learning/art-classes/painting/painting-fundamentals/


Exploring Painting All media 1-4 pm Thursday
To register: http://oldschoolsquare.org/learning/art-classes/painting/exploring-painting/





“Love Conquers”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel



Upcoming Show:


“Now and Then”
SOLO Exhibit of Paintings by Vicki Siegel

Meet and Greet:

Friday March 17, 2017


Exhibit runs March 6th– April 20th, 2017

Palm Beach Gardens City Hall,

10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL



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“Alternate Reality” by Vicki Siegel

VICKI SIEGEL is a contemporary artist whose mixed media paintings, photography and sculpture explore the connection between memory and reality. Her work combines painting and photography together. She was an art director and creative director in advertising in Milan, Italy, Chicago, and South Florida. Vicki is a full time working artist who exhibits extensively. Her works can be found in many private collections. Vicki Siegel has studied towards a M.F.A. at Tyler School of Art, Rome and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. She is a passionate instructor of painting. Vicki Siegel is a Golden Artist Educator (GAEP), a member of the National Association of Women Artists, and a signature member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild among other organizations. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.



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Rickie@therickiereport.com  561-537-0291

Extraordinary Two- Day “Stately Sale” Accessory Event At Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens

The Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens is excited to bring back this extraordinary Two-Day Accessory Event! On Monday, December 12th  & Tuesday, December 13th, highlights of the “Stately Sale” will include Whitespace: Mordes Collection and Bonnie’s Loft. In addition, for everyone who loves estate sales, antiquing, shopping, and finding hidden treasures, this is a way to bring all of that to one central location. The “Stately Sale” features generous donations from the homes of people in our community. This could be anything from china, crystal, antiques, artwork and more!   Just in time – a perfect opportunity to do your holiday shopping.  The Rickie Report shares the details here!




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5221 Hood Road,  Palm Beach Gardens, FL

561-712-5216   www.jcconline.com





Monday, December 12 & Tuesday, December 13

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mandel JCC

5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

For more information:   561-712-5216 or GwildaB@JCConline.com






Whitespace: The Mordes Collection: Whitespace is a private contemporary art museum and gallery exhibition space located in West Palm Beach. The mission of Whitespace is to expand and introduce their viewers to current trends in contemporary art that use various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. They will be giving the JCC a special insight into their world of art and jewelry. Their exhibit will showcase international jewelry artists who create unique pieces using repurposed and recycled materials to sculpt body jewelry.




Bonnie’s Loft: In business for over 15 years, Bonnie’s Loft specializes in all types of fine leather accessories, exotic skins and high-end designer bags. Whether you are looking for an everyday, evening or an exotic bag, they have something for everyone. With over 300 handbags in a variety of colors and at various price points, this is a perfect way to treat yourself or do your holiday shopping!




For more information about this event please contact 561-712-5216 or GwildaB@JCConline.com

The Mandel JCC is located at 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

For information about other JCC programs please visit: jcconline.com





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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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NAWA Florida Invites You To 3rd Annual 6 X 6 Scholarship Fundraiser – One Night Only!

Come to the Armory Art Center on Friday, December 9, 2016 to participate in a dynamic creative process that brings together the talents of accomplished women artists and the exuberant young talents of Dreyfoos School of the Arts students who have painted, collaged, embellished, and donated several hundred 6 x 6 canvases.  The diverse array of 6” x 6” Canvases will be displayed and offered for sale for one night only at the NAWA Florida’s Third 6 x 6 Scholarship Fundraiser being held during the Opening Reception of “Crossing Boundaries”, a Multi-Media Exhibition that unites NAWA Headquarters and the Florida Chapter at the Armory Art Center in W. Palm Beach, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support a good cause and walk away with some fabulous artwork!








NAWA Florida 6 x 6 Scholarship Fundraiser 2016

At The 

Armory Art Center

Free, Public Event

Friday, December 9, 2016

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm




1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401




“Vineyard Haven” by Hillary Pulitzer




NAWA Florida’s 6 x 6 Scholarship Fundraiser puts a spotlight on our proud tradition of giving more than 20 scholarships over the last 10 years to extraordinary young women artists as they graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Our goal is to double the success of our 2015 6 x 6 Fundraiser when we exhibited 111 canvases generously donated by 48 artists.




“Gloria” by Ellen Tracy




Join the dynamic partnership between NAWA Florida and of Dreyfoos School of the Arts students by purchasing one or several 6 x 6 canvases. Canvases will be sold for $50 each with all proceeds going directly into the NAWA Florida Scholarship Fund.




“Soldier” by Beth Scher




The Armory Art Center and Dreyfoos School of the Arts are both rewarding the participating students for their generous contributions. The DSOA artist with the winning canvas will receive a 3-hour PRIVATE Class at the Armory Art Center.



“Memories” by Jane McIntyre



Each contributing student artist will receive three Community Service and 3 Department Service Hours from Dreyfoos School of the Arts.  Together we will “pay it forward” by rewarding artistic excellence with scholarship for young women artists graduating from Dreyfoos School of the Arts.






“Untitled” by Nadine Satlin



NAWA welcomes applications from professional women artists as well as emerging and student artists who are U.S. citizens and/or permanent U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older.

To learn more about this prestigious organization visit:


For more information about the Florida chapter, visitors are encouraged to go to www.nawafl.com


For more information about this event please contact Cynthia Maronet at cmaronet@aol.com









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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Holiday Shopping Has Never Been This Much Fun! Whitespace Col-lect Holiday Boutique

Holiday shopping can be easy and fun, if you stop by Whitespace!  Elayne Mordes will be offering one-of-a-kind jewelry and gifts from international, national and local jewelers and artists.  Purchase unique body sculpture created from upcycled items! Be unique, Wear unique and Buy unique.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.


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For more information about this event or other exhibits and events from Whitespace:








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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986