Wellington Art Society Highlights John Bowen, Nancy Brown and Shares a Call to Artists

The Wellington Art Society is offering two opportunities to meet acclaimed artists as well as sharing a Call to Artists!  John Bowen, award winning watercolorist and author, will give a demonstration at the monthly meeting on  Wednesday, November 12th.  If you have not stopped by Whole Foods in Wellington to see Nancy Brown’s photography exhibit, do it soon!  There will be a public reception at Whole Foods on Friday, November 14th.  Meet this Nikon legend in person and hear about her travels as well as photography! In addition, there are still open spaces for artists to take part in the Annual Art Fest on the Green in the last weekend of January.  The Rickie Report shares all the details here. Did we mention $2,000. in cash prizes?






Wellington Art Society Invites You


Wednesday, November 12th


Meet and Greet 6 – 7 pm


Demonstration by John Bowen 7 pm


Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL



John Bowen's "Viscaya Bayside"

John Bowen’s “Viscaya Bayside”


The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, November 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Members and guests are invited to the “Meet and Greet” from 6 – 7 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a demonstration by award winning watercolor artist and author, John Bowen.  This is an opportunity to network with other artists!


John Bowen's "Antique Car"

John Bowen’s “Antique Car”


John Bowen’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam. Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel. He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.


John Bowen's "Ladies in Waiting"

John Bowen’s “Ladies in Waiting”


In addition to writing this book, John continues to create magical watercolors, capturing landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and every day life.  His watercolors are best sellers at Vizcaya, in Miami.  He is their premier artist, whose works show various scenes inside and outside this national treasure.


John Bowen's "Vizcaya Courtyard"

John Bowen’s “Vizcaya Courtyard”


John  recently was a speaker at the Mandel Public Library Foundation’s “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit, speaking about his experiences and sharing his illustrations from his book.  Recently, his memoir won 1 of three Silver Medals from Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA). 



John Bowen's "Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" published by Middle River Press

John Bowen’s “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” published by Middle River Press


For more information about John, please visit: www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com or email john@johnbownwatercolorist.com








Artist’s Reception Honoring

Nancy Brown

Friday, November 14, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

2635 SR7       Wellington, FL



Nancy Brown's "Venice"

Nancy Brown’s “Venice”


The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Whole Foods to bring this show to the community. Whole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. A five-dollar donation is requested which goes to benefit the art society’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Whole Foods 561.904.4000



Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”


Nancy Brown has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years, specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for thirty years, she now works from Boca Raton, Florida. Nancy has had four photography books published and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency. Since her first visit to the country in 2005, China has become her favorite beauty subject.



Nancy Brown's Photography from her book, "Simply China"

Nancy Brown’s Photography from her book, “Simply China”


Five years and five additional trips later, Nancy has released a 289-page large- sized coffee table photography book, “Simply China”. In the book’s introduction, which contains text in both Chinese and English, Nancy explains how the deep kindness of the Chinese people, their pervasive warmth to a stranger in their midst, and the glorious beauty of China’s landscape, architecture, and art continues to move her.  She also explains why, with the exception of the Forbidden City, she tends to head for the rural areas – what she calls “the real China” – where not many non-Chinese go.


Nancy Brown's "Suzanne Floating"

Nancy Brown’s “Suzanne Floating”



For more information visit:  www.nancybrown.com or email  nbrown50@bellsouth.net.






Applications due DECEMBER 15, 2014

The Wellington Art Society is sending out a Call to Artists for their 9th Annual ArtFest on the Green. This outdoor show is well attended and has been the starting point for many emerging artists to take their next big step in the local and national art scene. The Rickie Report shares the information and applications – for members and non-members. Cash prizes, recognition, and networking with art patrons…we know what a terrific opportunity this is and urge you to apply!


ArtFest on the Green

January 31st & February 1, 2015

Wellington, Florida



  • The Wellington Art Society presents its 9th Annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, ArtFest on the Green, to be held at the Wellington Amphitheater Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from this show will go toward the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund as well as other community programs.
  • Fees to the artist include a $25 non-refundable application fee and a $175 booth fee. Artists will be judged for originality, creativity, technique, and booth design by an independent team of judges. This show will award $2,000 in cash prizes.
  • Artists will be juried in. All Fine Art and Fine Craft work must be designed and created by the artist. Prints and duplications of your original artwork will be allowed, but the majority of the booth must be original art created by the artist. Painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, photography and other mediums will be considered.
  • This show will take place at the beautiful Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, Florida during the peak Equestrian and Tourist Season and is free to the public. The Amphitheater includes an outdoor stage featuring live and recorded music throughout the event. Food vendors and a youth art activity area will also be present. Saturday morning, the City of Wellington will feature its Green Market in the adjacent parking lot.
  • Set up will occur Friday afternoon, January 30th, 2015. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. Artists will provide and set up their own 10’ x 10’ white tent, closing the sides overnight.
  • The Wellington Art Society will be advertising this event in the Palm Beach Post and the Town-Crier newspapers, as well as to over 1,200 local Chamber of Commerce members, The Rickie Report, “Where the Shows Are” and extensive social media. Artists will have the opportunity to purchase ads in the event booklet, which will be offered free to art show attendees.


For more information, contact Adrianne Hetherington at Tilemaker@aol.com or by calling 561-301-4498 or Leslie Pfeiffer at: mysticway1@bellsouth.net or by calling 561-632-3677




ArtFest on the Green

9th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Show Non-Member Application


SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

SET UP is on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

TEARDOWN is on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414

Application Fee (non-refundable) – $25

Booth Fee (one 10×10 Space) – $175


10 x 10 Artist Tents with sides (no tent stakes; weights must be used), tables, chairs and other displays are the responsibility of the artist. Booths must look professional, and spaces are to be attended at all times. Security will be provided overnight Friday and Saturday. This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Artist is responsible for Florida sales tax. Liability for loss/damage to any property/artwork is that of the artist. Accepted art includes but is not limited to: pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, glass, and woodworking. Refunds are not provided for accepted artists who are unable to participate in the show. Artists will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, technique, and booth design, by an independent team of judges. This show will offer $2,000 in cash prizes. One artist represented per booth. Artists notified by email of acceptance or rejection.



ARTIST NAME: ______________________________________________


BUSINESS NAME: __________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

CITY, STATE & Zip:_______________________________

PHONE#: _________________ OR _________________

EMAIL: _____________________________________________

Please include 5 photos of your art work and one photo of your set up. CD’s accepted.
Photos will be reviewed for quality of fine art, fine craft and booth presentation.
Mail this portion of form with fees payable to: Wellington Art Society, Inc.

Please write Attention: ArtFest on the envelope.

Wellington Art Society, Inc., is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization.



Emerging artists, new residents of the area or any artist are welcome to attend the Wellington Art Society meetings. WAS offers a wide variety of venues for members to show and sell their work in the community. For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org or http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com




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Artisans on the Ave Highlight Artist/Veterans and Palm Beach Troop Support!

Celebrate Veterans Day with Artisans on the Ave. on Saturday November 8, 2014.  We will feature our artists who are veterans or married to one and Palm Beach Troop Support!  Stop by before or after the Lake Worth Veterans Day parade and festivities.  Volunteers from Palm Beach Troop Support, will be on hand to accept your donations.  Open all day from 11am to 9pm. The Rickie Report is proud to share the details and some photos.







630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, Fl. 33460





Packing Boxes for Support our Troops

Packing Boxes for Support our Troops


Palm Beach Troop Support is focused on helping returning wounded and disabled vets. PBTS volunteer efforts started 12 years ago, sending letters and care packages to friends and family. Now PBTS takes on large scale projects such as rehabbing vets old homes and recently purchased a new home for a local vet in need.  The volunteers of PBTS donate their labor and their hearts, as they take time to sit down and listen.  “We meet many fascinating heroes from as far back at WWII.”






Palm Beach Troop Support will continue to help as many of our heroes as often as they can. PBTS would like to thank their local business partners and all the folks that donate their financial and physical support. Please help us help our wounded that continue to return every day. This is the least we can do for our freedoms they so gallantly protected.



Delivering a Home for a Veteran

Delivering a Home for a Veteran





 Meet the Artists and Veterans




of Blu Paw

Robert Hunter of Blu Paw Woodworks



Robert Hunter

Blu Paw Woodworks, Exotic Wood Creations



Bob Hunter was drafted in April of 1968, went to Vietnam in September of that year and spent 14 months in the Central Highlands. His job was to map the movement of enemy troops in areas of conflict.



Robert Hunter's Blu Paw Creations

Robert Hunter’s Blu Paw Woodworks


Bob creates a variety of boxes, trays, food serving boards and furniture.  His designs are driven and inspired by the grains, colors and patterns of the exotic woods he is using.  Each piece is one of a kind.



The Captain and the Artist

The Captain, Bob Carew and the Artist, Joan Carew



Joan Carew

Ceramic Sculpture
Title: Wherever you are is home



Joan and Bob married in 1971 and immediately reported to the island of Puerto Rico and Ramey Air Force Base.  After his tour, Bob was an active part of the Armed Forces for 30 years in the role of a Naval Reservist.


Home Is where ever you are by Joan Carew

“Where Ever You Are Is Home” by Joan Carew



Joan says “Some of my work recalls the theme of his absences as in ‘Wherever you are is Home’.  Bob continues to serve his country in the role of a Natural Resource Specialist, helping to preserve our natural resources.”



Durga and Dennis Garcia

Durga and Dennis Garcia


Durga and her newly retired veteran Dennis Vargas Garcia, retired Gunnery Sergeant USMC.  They met on the rifle range in Camp Pendelton, CA.

Durga Garcia

Fine Arts Portraits


Durga is a published, internationally exhibited artist with several major Awards to her credit.  She is a South Florida-based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events.



Portrait by Durga Garia

Portrait by Durga Garia




Jim McClean

Fused glass and Beaded Jewelry


Jim McClean

Jim McClean


Jim grew up in Philadelphia, where he made the decision to enlist.  After his tour of duty he spent many years in Wyoming before moving to Florida to follow his passion of creating Art works in Fused glass.


His colorful and whimsical works display his playful sense of humor.


Jim McClean's Fused Glass

Jim McClean’s Fused Glass


For More information contact Capt.T. Turpin/ Palm Beach Troop Support/ Tropical Sands Christian Church 561-722-3583


Artisans On The Ave Gallery

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is located at 630 Lake Avenue in the middle of downtown Lake Worth, Florida.

Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 11 AM – 6 PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM.

Our Gallery features the work of 25 local artists working in all media.

For information on becoming an artist with two or three-dimensional art in our gallery please call Betty Wilson 561-762-8162 or Linda Manganaro 561-308-7263.

Gallery phone: 561-582-3300.





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Hotworks’ Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Announces Budding Artists Competition

Hotworks’ Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Announces its Budding Artists Competition.  All work is original and personally handmade by the artists participating in the show. It has been voted in the top 100 art fairs in the country. The Budding Artist competition is provided with prime space within the show to display all of the youth art entries.As part of our commitment to include art education in the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ and the community, a youth art competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 is integrated into the event.  Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, young artists are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art. This competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. The Rickie Report urges adults reading this article to SHARE it with youths in their family, neighborhood, schools and houses of worship.  This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our future artists!  The information and application are here.  Cash prizes.


Presents 6th Annual


Boca Raton Fine Art Show™


January 24 & 25, 2015



The Boca Raton Fine Art Show is free admission and free parking.


Downtown Boca Raton


Call for Budding Artists


Ages 9-19 or Grades 6-12



Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2014


Hotworks Budding Artists, 2014

Hotworks Budding Artists, 2014




The 6th Bi-Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 24 & 25, 2015 focuses on visual arts, diversity and community enrichment. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is a feast for the eyes and is juried by art professionals, with a combined total of more than 120 years’ art experience and education. All work is original and personally handmade by the artist participating in the show. It has been voted in the top 100 art fairs in the country. Included and showcased for sale is art in all discipline including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, and more. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is sponsored by Hot Works, LLC, a professionally produced fine art fair by a show director with a national standing and reputation.


Best of Show, Mixed Media Savion Cohen

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artists Best of Show, Mixed Media Savion Cohen



The Budding Artist competition is provided with prime space within the show to display all of the youth art entries. There is $250 in cash awards provided to four winners, along with a beautiful, colorful two-foot-long ribbon. Criteria for judging the youth art is on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards. As art programs are being dramatically cut and eliminated in schools nationwide, the need for such initiatives is made even more relevant.



Patty Narozny, Hotworks and Show Promoter presents Budding Artist Awards, 2014

Patty Narozny, Hotworks and Show Promoter presents Budding Artist Awards, 2014


On Sunday, January 25, 2015  at 3pm under the “Budding Artist Tent”, the Budding Artist awards will be announced and presented. Photographs of the winners and other youth art participants will be taken.



Hotworks Budding Artist Bonus Award Juan Andres Contine, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist Bonus Award Juan Andres Contine, Painting




Budding Artist winners of 2014 were:


One $100 Best Budding Artist:

Savion Cohen, Mixed Media, Age 14, Dreyfoos School of the Arts


 Three $50 Budding Artist Awards of Excellence:

Jessica Pan, Painting, Age 15, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Taylor Medeiras, Panting, Age 16, Park Vista High School

Kirsten Kelly, Painting, Age 15, Dreyfoos School of the Arts


One $25 Bonus Budding Artist Award to:

 Juan Andrés Contin, Painting, Age 5, St. Jude Catholic School


Hotworks Budding Artists Award of Excellence, Kirsten Kelly, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artists Award of Excellence, Kirsten Kelly, Painting



The deadline for youth art entries is December 1, 2014. Now is the time to start thinking about and creating the art work you want to enter for the show!


Hotworks Budding Artist 2014, Award of Excellence, Taylor Medeiras, Painting

Hotworks Budding Artist 2014, Award of Excellence, Taylor Medeiras, Painting



A Budding Artist art application is available at www.hotworks.org. Please mail applications to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230. The application fee is $3 per entry; with up to two entries per student accepted.




Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist , Jessica Pan, Award of Excellence, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist , Jessica Pan, Award of Excellence, Painting





Budding Artist Application:



HotworksBocaf-Budding Artists Art Competition Application




See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!



For more information please visit   www.HotWorks.org  or  Email: Info@HotWorks.org and Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Director   941-755-3088



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NAWA Celebrates 125 years with “Women of Vision” Exhibition

So often, when we speak of “visionaries”, we are mindful of those people from the not-too-distant past and usually, the present.   The Rickie Report shares an article about  visionary artists who anticipated the needs of others 125 years ago! They formed the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) to foster public awareness of, and interest in, visual art created by women in the United States.  NAWA promotes culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ works, educational programs, scholarships, awards and its historical archives.  While encouraging contemporary and emerging artists, NAWA honors and continues the long and important contribution of women to the history of American culture and art.  The Rickie Report hopes that emerging as well as established artists will consider membership in this prestigious group. It goes beyond networking for one’s own gain, as they secure the future for the arts here in the United States.




The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA), the first professional women’s fine arts group in the United States, is proud to celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2014.  Five innovative women in New York City founded the not-for-profit in 1889 to foster public awareness and interest in visual art created by women as well as to empower, support and encourage women artists. Its early exhibitions included works by such notable artists as Mary Cassatt and Suzanne Valadon, and later membership rosters included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Louise Nevelson, Alice Neel, and Judy Chicago.






125 Years: Women of Vision

National Association of Women Artists, Inc.




The Florida Chapter of NAWA was the first regional chapter in the country. It was founded in 1995 by Liana Moonie, of Palm Beach, a past president of the national organization and Madeline Weiss, who was the first president of the Florida Chapter. The Chapter takes part in regional exhibitions, seminars and other educational activities as well as sponsoring annual scholarships for talented art students. All artists wishing to join the Florida Chapter must first be juried into the Association Headquarters in New York City.
During this celebratory year the theme is “Women of Vision.”  Members must have been juried into N.A.W.A., where they were eligible to be juried into the national show, a forum for women artists from all over the United States. This multimedia show, “125 Years: Women of Vision,” which will include sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics and mixed media will take place at our own Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, December 5, 2014 – January 10, 2015. Rhoda Sherbell, a distinguished portrait sculptor, will jury entries for the exhibit, and Ashley Ford, the Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow at the Norton Museum of Art, will jury the awards.





To learn more about this prestigious organization and how to become a member visit www.theNAWA.org and www.NAWAFL.com   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. Artists are juried in twice a year,in the fall and in the spring. There are many benefits from belonging to this nationally recognized organization.


Officers and Board Members of NAWA Florida

President:           Janice Cohen
1st Vice Pres       Beth Scher
2nd Vice Pres     Betty Wilson
Treasurer:           Lynn Morgan
Secretary:           Vicki Siegel
Board: Janet Gold, Cynthia Maronet, Karen H. Salup, Helene Kleiner, Lore Baer, Shirley Goldblatt, Nadine Saitlin, Rita Price, Jean Goddeau, Bernice Harwood, Carol Staub, Maxine Schreiber, Jane McIntyre, Lianna Moonie

List of upcoming Exhibitions 

NAWA National Show-125 Years: Women of Vision
Chairs: Susan Hammond, Bernice Harwood, Carol Staub
Dates: Dec. 3, 2014 – January 9, 2015
Reception: Dec. 5, 2014

Northwood University
Chairs: Emalee Andre, Betty Wilson

Feb. 24, 2015-May 10, 2015

Reception: Tuesday 3/3/15 3-5 PM

Armory Show –Presentation of Scholarship Winners
Chair: Beth Scher
Feb. 10, 2015-March 21, 2015
Reception Feb. 13, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens
Chairs: Cynthia Maronet, Lynn Morgan, Vicki Siegel
Feb 28, 2015-April 8, 2015
Reception: TBA



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15th Annual Fall Crafts Fair in Stuart Supports “Pinktober”

The 15th Annual Craft Festival returns to Downtown Stuart on October 11th and 12th. Many exhibitors will be featuring art and gift items inspired by the fight against Breast Cancer in hopes of raising awareness and will also wear pink in a show of solidarity. This juried festival features the top crafters in the country and showcases their finest work. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore a vast array of original handcrafted art, affordable crafts and unique gift items with prices set to suit all budgets. The exhibitors will line Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart and be present for the duration of the event. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs.  Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors will partner with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Admission is free and open to the public.





15th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, October 11


Sunday, October 12

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public!


Proceeds from the sale of breast cancer awareness artwork will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center


A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

This year, Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors will partner with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. This not-for-profit hospital and cancer research facility has made a lasting commitment to the prevention and cure of cancer, working tirelessly in the areas of patient care, research and education to advance the fight against this disease. Proceeds from the sale of breast cancer awareness artwork will be donated to Moffitt.



"Go Pink" by Tammy Frand

“Go Pink” by Tammy Frand   www.tammysgreat4gifts.com





  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival


Mario Gonzalez' "Calladium"

Mario Gonzalez’ “Calladium”  www.pradosfineart.com



Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass.




Doll Clothes by Janet Campagna

Doll Clothes by Janet Campagna


About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.  





For additional information on the 15th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.



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How to Market Your Art To Galleries

If you have been wondering how other artists arrange for their artwork to be shown in galleries, this is your opportunity!  Under the auspices of Arthouse429, Ilene Gruber Adams and Rickie Leiter will present “The Art of Marketing Your Art” in a two-part series.  Pre-registration is required.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

The Art of Marketing Your Art

presented by

Ilene Gruber Adams and Rickie Leiter


ArtHouse 429 in Northwood

Session 1: October 23 | 7 – 9 pm

Session 2: November 13 | 7 – 9 pm

429 25th Street

West Palm Beach,  FL 33407




IleneArt of Marketing Your Work Print



What are galleries looking for

Preparing a portfolio

Presenting your work

Marketing your work

Using Social Media

Answering Calls to Artists

and more…

To sign up or get more details contact Ilene :  ileneadams@gmail.com

To  register:


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Artists Association of Jupiter Presents “Color of Light” with David Kraft

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Color of Light”, a breathtaking collection of photographs with amazing clarity, depth and light, which are often mistaken as paintings, by award winning photographer, David Kraft. A portion of proceeds from sales of photographs and artwork by other artist members of AAOJ will benefit PACE Center for Girls, Palm Beach.  The Rickie Report looks forward to seeing you there on Wednesday, October 8th.  Here are some previews and details.



Artists Association of Jupiter


A Unique Art Gallery


“Color of Light”

Photography of David Kane

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, October 8th  

5:30- 7:30 pm

A Portion of Proceeds of Sales Benefits:

PACE Center for Girls

226 Center Street Suite 8       Jupiter, FL 33458





The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Color of Light”, a breathtaking collection of photographs with amazing clarity, depth and light, which are often mistaken as paintings, by award winning photographer, David Kraft. This event will be held on Wednesday October 8 from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of photographs and artwork by other artist members of AAOJ will benefit PACE Center for Girls, Palm Beach, http://www.pacecenter.org/







David Kraft is a digital photographer, specializing in adventure photography with a style that creates the illusion of being there by producing images with amazing clarity, depth and light. Many of his landscapes are photographed during multi-day hikes into the wilderness, where he captures aspects of nature that few have the opportunity to experience in person.


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An avid runner, David stays in hiking shape by training and running marathons. He has completed several, including running The Boston Marathon four times. When not traveling or taking pictures, you can find David in his garage, tinkering away on his antique motorcycles. He resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Lisa.





The PACE Model

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a nationally recognized and research based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women.



  • The foundation of PACE is the gender-responsive culture, providing a safe environment that celebrates girls, services that take into account how girls learn and develop, and staff that understand the lives of girls and can respond to their strengths and challenges. The strength-based approach focuses on the unique potential of each girl. Our gender-responsive program is successful because of the strong relationships the PACE staff build with the girls and the keen sense of accountability the staff instils in them.


  • With a demonstrated record of success, PACE uses a holistic, strength-based and asset building model specifically responsive to the needs of girls and which is recognized as among the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.


  • PACE Center for Girls values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.


  • PACE provides Academic Services, Social Services and Transition Services:Academic Services
    • Core classes taught by certified teachers
    • Small class sizes
    • Academic advisors meet with girls to assess grades and goals
    • Remediation is offered, if neededSocial Services
    • Every girl is assigned a counselor
    • Girls complete an initial needs assessment and ongoing needs assessment
    • Counselors develop care plans based on needs assessment
    • Counselors meet with girls to address care plans and progress in meeting goals
    • Counselors meet with parents/guardians monthly to address girls’ progress
    • Girls attend Spirited Girls! (life management group) and psycho-educational groups to address social service needsTransition Services
    • Girls who transition from the program are assigned a transition counselor for follow-up care
    • Transition counselors work with girls for up to three years after leaving PACE
    • Counselors assist girls with their future goals
    • Girls have the opportunity to participate in PACEWorks! (an after school program that focuses on education and careers)


  • PACE Center for Girls Palm Beach is located in West Palm Beach and was founded in 1996. Since opening, PACE Palm Beach has served over 1,000 local girls. The center is located off South Military Trail just South of Summit Boulevard.



The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.


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




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

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








Cats, Skulls, Evenings on the Avenue

Downtown Lake Worth






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







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


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



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




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




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



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



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



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



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





CGMSGallery @ Flamingo Clay Studio


Studio Update




Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street- Lake Worth, FL 33460

Flamingo Clay Studio Building

216 South F Street- Lake Worth FL 33460





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


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


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


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


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



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

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



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


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


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


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



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




Flamingo Clay Studio/ Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Application Form

Low-Income Senior Citizen One Year Scholarship

Full Studio Access and Supplies



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

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

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

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

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

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




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


Name: _________________________________________________

Date of Birth: ____________________________________________

Income Level: ___________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

Phone: Home______________________ Cell: _____________________________

Email Address: _____________________________________________

Social Media Sites:_________________________________________________

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

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

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





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Studio Space and Exhibition Space Available in Tequesta

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



The Artists’ Studios & Gallery of Tequesta

385 Tequesta Drive

Tequesta, Florida




(annual rental)



(seasonal or annual rental)




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

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



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The Art of Display Part III

Preparing for exhibits and art shows takes much forethought.  In this article, The Rickie Report will look at lighting issues and quantities of merchandise.  Is natural sunlight enough to showcase your work at an outdoor exhibit?  How much inventory should you have on hand and how much should you display at one time?  Display Part III highlights what you need to consider.



The Art of Display Part III





  • Lighting serves many purposes. You will need to consider each one depending on what you are displaying
  • Lighting creates an ambiance ( just like in your home)
  • High end creations, such as jewelry, need bright light sources
  • If you have closed cases, you can install lighting inside
  • We have found that small, tabletop self-powered lights can diminish rather than enhance your display.
  • Make sure that your application includes your electrical needs!  No one wants to arrive and set up only to realize you have no power.
  • Flameless candles are popular and set a mood, but cannot be relied upon for brightening your space.  If you are selling candles, these are a good option especially when you are at an outdoor show. They give the effect of your own candles without the worry or danger of an open flame.
  • Consider bringing your own generator to outdoor shows. Have enough fuel to power all of your electrical needs, considering the extra time for setting up and taking down, when you will want lighting.
  • If you are selling vintage pieces, a few older standing lamps can not only provide lighting, but set the tone of your display.
  •  Experiment with different light bulbs before your event
  • The quality of your lighting is just as important as the art objects you have created.
  • There are good quality, battery operated lights for 2 dimensional artwork hanging on walls.  Your investment is worthwhile!
  • Using mirrors for reflection is also a good use of light, whether natural or electrical.
  • Thinking about reflectivity: make sure your lights are not shining into the eyes of your visitors!
  • We have seen some exhibitors close off their booths with dark cloth. Once you step into their booth, their lighting truly enhances their artwork.  The sense of secrecy heightens the aura of their display and art pieces. This is especially effective when their work involves light and fiber optics.
  • Consider spot lights, flood lights, down lighting and valance lighting depending on your exhibit space and budget.
  • A word about CORDS:   SAFETY !!!   Make your best efforts to keep cords out of the walk ways in your space.  Does this mean you will need more outlets?  More extension cords?  IF you have to run cords  within your walking space, use heavy duty duct tape to keep them flat. (This is where a floor cloth or carpet comes in handy – it can minimize the “bump” of cords).



How Much to Display?


  • Don’t feel that you need to display all of your inventory at the same time
  • Remember to leave “white space” for your visitor’s eyes to rest between glances at your artistic works.
  • Showcasing a particular style of pottery:  If your exhibit space is large enough, show one of each color.  If not, show only a few AND have a color chart showing the various glazes you offer in that style.
  • Wood working:  Most of your pieces will vary according to the type and grain of wood as well as any finish or stain you’ve used.  Keep complimentary shapes together so clients’ eyes can see the variations in one spot.  Remember to use varying heights to bring interest to your display.
  • Jewelry…some people think “the more, the better”.  Depending on your creations’ colors you might want to rethink this.  We’ve been so overwhelmed by the cacophony of colors in some exhibits, that we have walked out.  Consider groupings by type ( rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings)  and even by color or gemstone families.   A mishmash is hard to focus on. With lack of focus comes lack of sales.
  • Wall art should be hung so viewers can see the details you have painstakingly created. Not too high and not too low.
  • Consider placing some pieces on easels – both on the floor and smaller ones on table tops. Be sure the easels are stable!
  • Art pieces also are displayed on shelves, especially if they are small and can be grouped with books or other objects.
  • Have a sign indicating that you have more inventory that is not displayed. Encourage people to ask to see what else you have.  The mere act of you opening some packaging for someone else evokes a certain sense of excitement and anticipation ( like opening a gift).  Your actions will also bring more people to your exhibit space (they want to see what had previously been hidden and is about to be revealed, too!)
  • As your supply diminishes, replenish and move items around.  Showcasing smaller objects in a large basket?  Move them to a smaller basket. The smaller basket will look fuller.
  • What if you actually SELL OUT???
  • This is why you have a photo album!
  • If no replacements are available, you can rearrange your walls and displays so your lack of inventory is not so obvious.
  • Consider keeping the price and label for the item already sold and placing a “SOLD” sign  above it in large font.  Leave an obvious space.  (Customer’s remorse can play a strategic role when you are back in the area again.  They will be sure to come to your booth early next time!)
  • We urge you to display work on all sides of your walls ( especially the outside walls, which passersby see).
  • For a multi-day event, we suggest you change your wall displays. People who have attended the show on a previous day may not have noticed some of your pieces. Being in a different position, it may stand out and call to them!
  • Another use for outside walls is to hang your signage.  Let people know who and what is being exhibited and sold in your booth before they make the next step and are in front of you.


 The Rickie Report looks forward to sharing your news, when you are taking part in an exhibit or a show.  

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