Call for Entries: 5th Annual Arty Bras Fashion Show and Exhibition

The Lighthouse ArtCenter announces a Call for Entries for ArtyBras!  The 5th Annual imaginative fundraiser celebrates, entertains and inspires with whimsical ArtyBras creations.  There will be festive pink décor, pink drinks and pink hors d’oeuvres in abundance at the 5th Annual ArtyBras Fashion Show and Exhibition on Oct. 21, 2014, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum.  The money raised through the auction and sponsorship efforts surrounding this unique event will benefit the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at the Jupiter Medical Center and the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a nonprofit Museum and School of Art.  The ArtyBras this year is once again being chaired by Jeff and Veronica Lichtenstein. The Rickie Report shares  this CALL FOR ENTRIES!  We look forward to seeing your creations!  (It’s not too early to buy your tickets to the Fashion Show…)







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For more information:

Barbra Broidy, Curator and Assistant to the Executive Director

Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469





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You’re Invited to Plein Air Paint in Maine!

Join Ted Matz, Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse ArtCenter for his Plein Air Painting Workshop for seven days in Southwest Harbor, Maine. This will be a small group that will experience all that Maine and Acadia National Park have to offer with an eye for color, texture, and natural beauty.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  




Lighthouse ArtCenter


Invites You to



Plein Air Paint in Maine

with Ted Matz


August 24 – 30, 2014




Matz Maine 2014 trifold brochure - 2 pages




Step back in time at the historical Claremont hotel nestled in the fragrant pine trees of coastal Maine. This charming small hotel overlooks the scenic Somes Sound in Southwest Harbor on Mt. Desert Island, 30 minutes from Bar Harbor, and just 70 miles east of Bangor airport. Famous for Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island offers something for everyone.


Croquet at Claremont Hotel (Photo by Bridget Brown)

Croquet at Claremont Hotel (Photo by Bridget Brown)



For the artist, there are spectacular vistas to capture at every turn.


Downtown Bar Harbor

Downtown Bar Harbor


For the golfer, there is Kebo Valley Golf Club.

Kebo Valley Golf Club (Photo Courtesy of KVGC)

Kebo Valley Golf Club (Photo Courtesy of KVGC)


 For the naturalist, there are hiking trails that ramble along flowing streams and the ocean.


Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor



The island has an expansive sandy beach adjacent to a jagged coastline where visitors marvel at the raging surf spewing water up into a deep cavern called the “Blow Hole.” Rise early one morning for sunrise at the top of Cadillac Mountain to view the first place the sun touches in the United States. Or, spend the day in the seaside town of Bar Harbor shopping and enjoying the numerous art galleries.


Space is limited!  The workshop is sponsored by the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL (561) 748-8737


Proceeds partially benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and the donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Lighthouse ArtCenter Partners with Mother Ocean for 9 Weeks Summer Enrichment Camp

Campers with creativity and  love of Florida’s environment are invited to dive in to the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 44th Annual Summer Enrichment ArtCamp from June 9 – August 15 for a one-of-a-kind camp combining art with a love of the ocean. This summer, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is partnering with the world-wide advocacy group, Mother Ocean to provide an in-depth look at the beauty and importance of water on our blue planet. The Rickie Report shares the details week by week.  Artwork courtesy of Janeen Mason.




“As founder of Mother Ocean, it’s exciting to see conservation and the arts come together in this innovative, creative program in Tequesta,” says Justin Riney. “Mother Ocean’s mission is to create, inspire, and empower ocean advocates worldwide, and we believe working with children at an early age provides the most effective solution to long-term change.”




Led by Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at Lighthouse ArtCenter and volunteer Executive Director of Mother Ocean, the camps for ages 4 – 12 will welcome back Janeen Mason, the award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, as a camp educator. Janeen has been integral to the Save the Indian River Lagoon movement, and is a passionate advocate for children, the arts and the environment. “I am so grateful to be able to develop this youth curriculum at the School of Art, and combine my passions,” says Cynthia. “The Lighthouse ArtCenter is fortunate to welcome back my friend and mentor, Janeen Mason, to teach ArtCamp and lend her expertise at developing our program.”



Artwork by Janeen Mason

Artwork by Janeen Mason


Featuring weekly presentations from local artists and nonprofits, ArtCampers will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the most passionate, talented and dynamic people in the area. Projects throughout each themed week will be inspired by local artists, environmental consciousness, fine art techniques, classic art and multi-media creations. ArtCampers will experience sculpting, ceramics, drawing, painting, collage and more, while learning about art techniques and art history. This year’s camps are inspired by the ocean, and by the concept of embracing what is loved through art.





“Our next generation of ocean ambassadors has arrived, and at Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Summer ArtCamp in Tequesta we’re going to cultivate their curiosity, enhance their sense of wonder, and unleash their creative imaginations,” says Janeen Mason, “Art and Environmental Conservation, it’s a powerful combination!”



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Weekly Camp Themes and Topics Include:

A-B-Seas (June 9 – 13)
Cartooning, creating art books, learning about the ocean and saltwater adventures through art. Explore and create bioluminence. Painting as a way to inspire others to save what they love. Guest Artist: Pat Crowley, Illustrator and Cartoonist


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Lions and Tigers and (Sea) Hares, Oh My! (June 16 – 20)
Sea life explorations and creations, including presentations from local marine life experts, and portraiture based on real life marine life models. Guest Artist: Ruth Petzold, Underwater Photographer

LACWeek 3 redo


Imagination Invasion! Trash to Treasure (June 23 – 27)
Reclaimed, cleaned, recycled, repurposed. Learn about local Ocean Hour cleanups, how garbage and plastics affect our waterways, and make art from discarded items, in collaboration with Resource Depot. Guest Artist: Elizabeth D’Antonio, Resource Depot


LACWeek 4 redo


Big Waves and Hanging Ten (June 30 – July 3)
Surf the wave of art! Use all mediums to explore drawing and painting waves and tides. Local surf photographers and artists will present slide shows and videos. Learn to see the movement, light and motion of waves from a new perspective. Guest Artist: Tony Arruza, Surf Photographer


LACWeek 5 redo


Rain Barrels and Bean Stalks (July 7 – 11)
Plant a native Florida garden, paint masterpieces from plant-based natural paints and create a decorated rain barrel to take home. Draw on inspiration from native plants, birds and creatures to explore multi-media techniques to portray the natural world. Guest Artist from: Mounts Botanical Garden

LACWeek 6 redo


Tequesta Pow Wow (July 14 – 18)
Explore local Tequesta tribe folklore art, create Aboriginal American art and dream catchers, learn about the deep early connection to the Jupiter Inlet. Discover the art of the Seminole Indians and explore a treasure trove of local artifacts. Guest Artist: Brian Elkins, Solid Waste Authority Education Coordinator


LACWeek 7 redo


Florida’s Fabulous Kids! (July 21 – 25)
Create self-portraits and portraits of famous Floridians, then look back at the childhoods of our Florida leaders and artists. Embrace a sense of pride in being Floridian, and learn about the techniques of both portraiture and tropical art. Guest Artist: Robyn Halasz, Artist and Founder of Sea Angels


LACWeek 8 redo

Drawn to Discover…Nautical Charts & Maps (July 28 – August 1)
Explore the art of navigation – painting on charts, creating maps and discovering the geography of the sea. Study ancient maps and charts, and artist’s interpretations of seafaring journeys. Guest Artist: Carly Mejeurs, Florida Artist and Educator


LACWeek 9 redo


Viva Florida! (August 4 – 8)
Recreate the discovery of the Sunshine State through art! Local historians will visit and share stories; be inspired by the Highwaymen artists and learn about the Spanish influence on Florida art. Guest Artist: Paul Slater, Metal Artist


LACWeek 10redo


Ships Ahoy and Rough Seas (August 11 – 15)
From classic paintings, create 3-D boats and ships and learn to paint the sea. Be inspired by classic Maritime Art and historic paintings of powerful ships and voyages! Guest Artist: Norma Conway, Fine Artist

Petite ArtCamps for kids aged 4 – 5 runs 9 a.m. to 12 noon., Monday through Friday. Held in the Museum Master Studio, the ArtCampers work on projects based upon each week’s theme and geared towards their developmental stage. The day is led by experienced art teachers and includes story time, artist demonstrations or guest speakers and music recitals. Snack and juice provided. Per week cost is $120 for members, or $150 for Nonmembers.

ArtCamp for kids aged 6 – 12 is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Aftercare is available until 6 p.m. ArtCampers rotate through three different types of programs including ceramics, drawing, painting and mixed media. Each class has a variety of projects, all based on the theme of the week. A snack will be provided by the camp, but campers must bring their own lunch. Per week cost is $200 for members and $230 for nonmembers. 


All campers receive a 10% sibling discount and scholarships may be available. Those interested in registering for ArtCamp may visit or call (561) 748-8737 for more information.





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 School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information please call (561) 748-8737 or visit



Mother Ocean is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring and empowering ocean advocates throughout the world. Founded in 2012, Mother Ocean seeks to create an oceanic movement that goes beyond the traditional confinements of the coastal community, encompassing all of our planet’s waters. For more information about Mother Ocean, its impacts and involvements, visit




For More information about Summer Camp activities please call 561-748-8737 or email Cynthia Trone:


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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Meet the Artists of Tomorrow At The Lighthouse ArtCenter Community Student Exhibit

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is the place to view paintings, photography and ceramics by some very promising artists!  The 44th annual Kindergarten through 12th Grade Community Exhibition is on view through May 21st.  The Rickie Report gives you a sneak peek, but urges you to stop by and see the entire exhibit yourself!






 Lighthouse ArtCenter

44th Annual K-12th Grade

Community Student Exhibit


Open Monday – Friday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sunday- Closed

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL





Participants include students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.


Kindergarten, 1,2,3,4,5th Grades

Kindergarten, 1 and 2 Grades


Art instructors from 32 public and private schools, chose the best work from each grade to be displayed in the galleries at the ArtCenter.



2nd and 3rd Grades


Secondary school children from Martin and Palm Beach County schools have their artwork on display.



Ceramics Elementary Grades

Ceramics Elementary Grades


68 awards were presented this year!


Ceramics, Middle School

Ceramics, Middle School


Almost 500 pieces of art are on display.



Drawing, Middle School



Various media including drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed-media, sculpture, photography and digital design.



Mixed Media

Mixed Media, Middle School


Each winning artist received a cash award in addition to a ribbon and a certificate.



High School

Mixed Media, High School

Awards were given by the following groups/individuals:

  • Jupiter-Tequesta Junior Woman’s Club
  • GFWC Women’s Club of Jupiter-Tequesta
  • Lighthouse ArtCenter
  • North County Art Association
  • Evelyne Bates (Creative Clay Award)
  • Ed and Darby Gorman (The Gorman Awards)
  • Ted Matz (Excellence in Painting)
  • Julie Silk-Beaumont (Silk Wildlife Awards)
  • Ruth Petzold (Marine Art Awards)
  • Pat DeAloia (Excellence in Art)



Award Winner of Show

Award Winner of Show


The Rickie Report hopes art lovers and gallerists will view this exhibit. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of artwork, the Lighthouse ArtCenter will contact the student on your behalf.  There are some truly talented young people in our communities.  We urge you to consider opening some gallery space to showcase these talented artists!




Gorman Award Winner

Gorman Award Winner


For more information please visit the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art located at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 or call 561-746-3101  or Visit:


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Janeen Mason Presents at Lighthouse ArtCenter: It’s An “Ocean Commotion”!

Janeen Mason is an award-winning author, illustrator, environmental activist and member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Florida Art.  This dynamo will be the guest presenter at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum on Thursday, May 15th.  In addition, she will be interviewed on WJTW the day before at 3:30 pm.  The Rickie Report promises you will be spellbound when you meet Janeen, as she weaves her stories and artwork together. We think it is the perfect event for the entire family! All the details are here.





Join Us for Third Thursday



May 15, 2014     5:30 – 7:30pm


Presentation with  Janeen Mason

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

To help us kick off our 44th Annual Summer ArtCamp season, Janeen Mason will be presenting a captivating, unforgettable experience that celebrates the connection of the arts and conservation. Engaging and inspiring, she will share the stories of her national award-winning children’s picture book series, “Ocean Commotion”.    The event takes place on Thursday, May 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Free entry for Lighthouse ArtCenter members and exhibiting artists. There is a nominal fee of $10 for nonmembers.  Enjoy hors’dourves and our wine bar.  



Janeen Mason, Coral Reef Scene

Janeen Mason, Coral Reef Scene




She will also share the story of her iconic fish, which began the powerful movement called Solidarity Art to Save our River, a statewide initiative to save the Indian River Lagoon.  Inspiring all ages to be aware, and to use artistic expression to make a positive change in our environment, Janeen is truly a treasure. We are very fortunate to welcome her to our outstanding staff of Summer ArtCamp instructors this summer.


Janeen Mason, Assorted Underwater Scenes

Janeen Mason, Assorted Underwater Scenes


A passionate arts advocate, Janeen served on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture where she had been appointed by two Senate Presidents. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Florida Arts and as Secretary of the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida.


Janeen Mason, "Yellows"

Janeen Mason, “Yellows”



Janeen created the position of Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Florida and served in that capacity for five years. Mason is an enthusiastic speaker at schools, workshops, and seminars. She appeared on the PBS program NOVA Science NOW with the Mac Arthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, Sr. Scientist Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA).



Janeen Mason, Birds

Janeen Mason, Birds


Janeen was a frequent guest on “The Art Spotlight” with Willi Miller, a South Florida NPR program, and she co-hosted a weekly radio program on the arts with Nancy Turrell, the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Award for Excellence in Communities, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the iParenting Media Award, and more.



Please visit her website to see Janeen’s breathtaking paintings, library of children’s books, exhibitions and advocacy work:



The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) 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. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.



For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $10 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


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:


For more information visit:

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Observations from Rickie – 2013/14 “Season”

“Season 2013/14″  is coming to a close and the barrage of Art Fairs, Opening Exhibits and Art Shows will lessen.  The Rickie Report would like to share some observations.



“2013/14 Season”: Some observations



We are particularly aware that a LOT of us stay here, year-round and therefore, sharing your creativity ( visual or performing arts) is a constant. For those who are snowbirds or snowflakes, we expect to hear from you while you are away!


Life and Art and Creativity Happen Year-Round!


What we love:


Emerging artists who are trying to find a path to share their work.

Artists who are eager to help others in their community without fear of ownership.

Artists who relish sharing ideas!

Artists who understand that though they may not SELL on the internet, they NEED to have a web presence (simple website, landing page or splash page)!


What makes us cringe:


An artist with no business cards.

Artists who have paid BIG money to be part of an Art Show and have no signage (but DO have a sign saying they accept credit cards).

Entering artwork that does not meet the requirements of the exhibit ( i.e. no wire to hang their painting, no price or NFS indication, work that is still wet).


Waiting until the week (or 2) before your event to contact us, to help with your publicity campaign.  In the real business world, we have deadlines ( just like rent and car payments).  We want to tell the world about your event, but we need your cooperation to do it in a timely way!    Contact us as soon as you are accepted.  Your event will have a publication date.  Then, you can send us your information and jpegs. (We’ll remind you).  If you’re reading this and wondering if we want to know 6 months before the event actually takes place – the answer is “yes”.  At the same time, we understand that sometimes shows “pop-up” at the last minute.  Email us and see if there is an opening for publication – you never know.



This is a good time to take stock – not just of your physical inventory.  Take a look at HOW you go about doing business.  If you are part of an art exhibit or show, if you are paying for a space and you have price tags on your work… you are running a BUSINESS.



This is the bright spot of entrepreneurism  - Palm Beach County, in particular is a GREAT place to accomplish your goals.  And just as having a home demands certain responsibilities, so does having a business. We’re sharing a short list of the necessities for you and your business to flourish.


1. Professionally printed business cards that are legible (fancy fonts are artistic, but once reduced to the size of a business card, are often too difficult to read).  Please include Your Name, Business Name, Phone Number, Email, Website address.


2.  When you are taking part in a Show or other venue, have a legible sign with your name, business name and give us a hint about what you are selling ( how can someone remember to come back to your booth later?)


3.  Is everything priced?  Do you have a small card explaining the product, the process?  Good practice idea: polymer clay artists show a package of clay, a slab of conditioned clay and then a project midway.  NOW your viewers can better understand that you really didn’t paint those tiny little lines – you blended and stacked and cut until your artistic creation became what you are selling in your booth.  We’re not suggesting that you give away any of your secrets, just helping educate the public so they understand the effort that went into your product!



4. Attend local artist-oriented events (Artists of Palm Beach County, Artists Association of Jupiter, Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild, Delray Beach Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Plein Air Artists of Palm Beach, Wellington Art Society just to name a few).    Go to other artists’ events.  Mingle. Network. See what is happening around you. Support other artists!


5. Send your name and email address to be added to the Think Tank, so you can become involved in Art Synergy and MORE  (send to Rolando Barrero: ) .   Attend a Think Tank meeting.  Meet artists of other mediums, styles and locations.  The ideas that are born there incubate into MAJOR events!


6. Do you have a Facebook Page? Here is the place to let everyone know your newest project or event!  Some artists show photos of newly sold artwork ( jewelry, paintings, etc) with their new owners – we LOVE this idea – it shows real people purchasing your artwork!


7.  Try something new.  Are you in a slump? Go to a demonstration, class or workshop that gives you the opportunity to try a new medium without making the initial investment of new materials.


8.   Read The Rickie Report.  Send us your suggestions for topics you’re interested in learning more about.



9. Let us know your good news – we’d love to share it!   What is the first thing you should do once you’ve been accepted to a gallery, exhibit, art show, art fair or other venue?  Send me an email with the “Who, What, Where, When”.  Let’s talk about   how you can use The Rickie Report to market you and your event.


10.  Not sure where to find a resource?  Send us an email.  We’ll help you network and find a solution.



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420






“Go Figure” Call for Entries, All Mediums, Juried Exhibition

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is placing a Call for Entries for an Open, Juried exhibit, “Go Figure”.  The exhibit will glorify the human figure in multiple mediums.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to submit drawings, sculpture, paintings and pastels showing your interpretation of the mass, geometry and perspective of the human anatomy.  The deadline is Friday, August 8th.  Let us know when you get accepted so we can share your good news!





“Go Figure: A Celebration of the Human Form”


Deadline:  Friday, August 8, 2014


Go Figue Call to Artists 2014



Full Name:


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LAC Member: $25 (late $35)         Non-Member: $35  (late $45)
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*Please note: Artists receive 60% on sales of their work sold during the exhibition, with a 40% commission to the Lighthouse ArtCenter. IF NOT for sale, list “NFS” & Insured Value. ALL art MUST remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibit.


TERMS & CONDITIONS: We are not responsible for entry materials lost in the mail, entry materials damaged in transportation, or malfunctions in entry materials due to human or technological error by the entrant or by Lighthouse ArtCenter staff.  Entry materials of the artists selected for the exhibition may be used by the ArtCenter for marketing, press, announcements,etc.  We are to responsible for loss or damage to the accepted artwork during the course of the exhibition.  Lighthouse ArtCenter will charge a storage fee of $5. per day on any work not picked up on the required date. After 30 days, the artwork will become the property of the Lighthouse ArtCenter and may be discarded, donated or sold.

By signing below, I agree to all terms and conditions for consideration in this exhibition.



Please attach a completed label to the reverse of each piece of accepted artwork prior to drop off.

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For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter or this exhibit please call: 561-746-3101 or visit:


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Exhibits at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery

Fiber artist extraordinaire, Leora Klaymer Stewart will present her newest work in a SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  Leora’s  woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature.  What secrets are they holding?  What do they protect?  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this free reception on April 26th to meet the artist and explore her world of fabrications.  Here we give you details and a sneak peak, but can only hint at what promises to be the LARGEST installation of its kind in Palm Beach County!




Please join us at the Cultural Council

 Saturday,  April 26,    3-5 P.M.

To celebrate the Opening Reception of


Leora Klaymer Stewart

 in the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center. 
Refreshments will be served.  
Exhibition runs: April 26 through May 24, 2014  
Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM  


601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460



Weaving as an metaphor is a common association and no exception with the artwork of Leora Klaymer Stewart.  The public is invited to her SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery. There will be a free reception and opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday, April 26, from 3-5 pm. The exhibit continues through May 24th. There is no charge to view the gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth,FL.



Leora’s major  installation piece, “Entanglements” consists of an 8 foot high by 3 foot wide knotted construction that has been wrapped and intertwined.  She used natural hemp twine and a variety of other fibers to represent the growth and intertwining of the Banyan tree.  She collaborated with Fine Art Photographer and Master Printer, Steve Spring, of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  Images of the Banyan tree were printed on Habotai silk and silk  organza panels 40 inches wide by 96 inches high.  These panels will be installed on each side of the  knotted structure to create an environment that represents nature as a metaphor for the cycle of life.




"Lifecycle 1" by Leora Klaymer Stewart

“Lifecycle Series” by Leora Klaymer Stewart


 ”RED MICROTUBULES” is part of the Life Cycle Series.  It is a circular piece constructed with red linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrapping and glass beads. It is 16 inches in diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.



"Life Cycle 2" by Leora Klaymer Stewart

“Life Cycle 2″ by Leora Klaymer Stewart


“LIFE CYCLE”  is a circular piece constructed with pink and orange linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrappings and glass beads.  It is 16 inches in a diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.


Leora tells The Rickie Report, ” All of my pieces represent the idea of the cycle of life – represented as a circle or sphere and as a container form holding mysteries.  I use ancient textile techniques ( knotting, loop-stitching, wrapping and inter-twining).”



"Virgin Bride" by Leora Klaymer Stewart

“Virgin Bride” by Leora Klaymer Stewart


“VIRGIN BRIDE”  is an oval piece which is 12 inches wide by 24 inches high.  It is created with a loop stitch in white nylon cord. Leora incorporates hand sewn pearls and feathers.   Her woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature and can be interpreted as holders of secrets, emptiness or even generative possibilities.  Leora refers to her work as “transitional fabrications” which can also be interpreted as life cycles.



Leora graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants.  Her architectural commissions include Beckton Dickson Pharmaceuticals, Wool Bureau of America, Contintental Wheat and Grain, Prudential,Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and Knoll Showrooms.  Leora has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for 20 years and is currently teaching a fiber arts course at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is continually creating new pieces in her studio, Llama Studios, in Palm Beach, FL.




For more information about Leora’s art work, please visit her website:


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420