Spring Craft Fair Returns To Downtown Stuart April 23 & 24, 2016

Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes back its popular Spring Craft Fair April 23 – 24, 2016. This two-day juried event takes place along Osceola Street and showcases the work of the most skilled crafters in the country. Vehicular traffic will be closed from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver, providing festival patrons with an ideal setting in which to explore the exhibits. A wide array of original handmade crafts as well as unique gift items, featuring diverse media and styles, will be on display and for sale.  A Green Market will offer orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. Partial proceeds from the Festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report features Debbie Johnson (Clay) and Carole Onorato (Mixed Media Jewelry).

 

 

 

 

 

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19th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

Saturday, April 23

Sunday, April 24

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

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

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

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson – Clay

Ceramic Fairy Garden Accessories and Gift Items

 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdgewaterShop/
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Miniature Garden by Debbie Johnson 

 

 

 

Debbie Johnson is an illustrator, clay artist and garden enthusiast. While growing up and living in Michigan, she was an avid gardener with two and a half acres to play with. She tells us, “When we moved to our tropical paradise I discovered a new world of gardening. Most of what I knew from my Michigan gardening adventures really did not apply here, so I began learning a little bit about bonsai and miniature gardening”.

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson 

“In 2015 my daughter inherited a kiln but it did not fit in her place and so it lives in my home studio. With a kiln here I wanted to play with clay and began making Fairy Garden Houses and Accessories. I love miniatures, doll house items, and fairy gardens! Fairy gardening is a great way to garden on a small scale. I try to design fairy garden accessories that are unique and beautiful. The items I make are safe for older children, so you can create a garden with them and allow their imaginations to soar”!

 

 

 

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Cottage by Debbie Johnson

 

 

“Fairy gardening is not just for children! Most of my customers love gardening but can’t garden on a large scale for many reasons. Miniature and fairy gardening is satisfying and fun and I love to create items that are sturdy and lovely. They make great and one-of-a-kind gifts for gardeners!  Each piece is handcrafted from high-fire stoneware clay, then glazed with lead-free earthy colors. No two pieces are alike. They are made with love and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them”.

 

 

Carole Onorato – Mixed Media Jewelry

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry

http://www.prettywiredupjewelry.com/pb/wp_9a27720a/wp_9a27720a.html

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

 

Pretty Wired Up Jewelry is the premier choice for handcrafted jewelry. Designer Carole Onorato creates stunning masterpieces for an exclusive selection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings. Exquisite attention to hand sculptured details gives each piece a distinct and unique style. Most pieces are one of a kind. You can be assured of a fine selection and guaranteed quality when purchasing Pretty Wired Up Jewelry.

 

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

Carole uses many gauges and types of wire, depending on the piece, sterling silver, 14K gold filled wire, electroplated brass or copper, aluminum and more.  Some of the semi-precious stones she uses include hand painted jasper, unakite, tree agate, howlite, onyx, leopard jasper, hematite, rhondite, African jade, crazy lace agate, tigereye, snowflake obsidian, sunstone and others. Other materials may include Carole’s own handcrafted fused glass, tiles, metal and glass beads, natural stones, cubic zirconia, fabric and acrylic stones.

 

 

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Necklace by Carole Onorato

 

 

 

Carole custom designs jewelry to match your wardrobe. With sample colors, she can design the perfect accent piece. Remember Pretty Wired Up Jewelry for your cruise wear or other special occasion outfits. She can solve your problem of searching for the matching jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 FOR  MORE  DETAILS:

 

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/stuart-craft-fair/crafter

https://www.facebook.com/events/448275288609438/

 

Handmade Affordable Crafts –

Diverse Media & Styles –

Unique Gift Items –

Featuring Top National & Local Crafters

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 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
  • 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 glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 19th 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.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

New Spring Date For Part II Of Las Olas Art Fair, April 2 & 3

The final Las Olas Art Fair of the season, traditionally held the first weekend in March, returns this year April 2 – 3, 2016. Festival patrons can expect to see many of their favorite artists as well as new exhibitors eager to be a part of this premier event. Partial proceeds from the festival benefits the Las Olas Association. Admission is free and open to the public.  The 2016 Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition poster will be available for purchase at the event and features the work of artist Pendragon Miranda. The Rickie Report highlights three artists:  Wiwat Kamolpornwijit (Jewelry), Derrick Crossland (Sculpture) and Michael Vista (Painting).

 

 

 

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28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II

 

 

 

Saturday, April 2  & Sunday, April 3

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

 Navigational address:

600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

 

 

 

Support the Arts, the Las Olas Association and the Local Community

 

 

Free and Open to the public

 

 

 

The final Las Olas Art Fair of the season, traditionally held the first weekend in March, returns this year April 2 – 3, 2016. Festival patrons can expect to see many of their favorite artists as well as new exhibitors eager to be a part of this premier event. The eclectic exhibits will include a wide variety of styles and media including paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, ceramics, mixed media and much more with prices will be set to suit all budgets. Partial proceeds from the festival benefits the Las Olas Association. Admission is free and open to the public. The artists are selected from hundreds of applicants. The jury process allows Howard Alan Events to produce a festival with diverse displays that will appeal to seasoned collectors and first time buyers as well as shoppers looking for unique gift items.   The 2016 Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition poster will be available for purchase at the event and features the work of artist Pendragon Miranda.

 

 

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit – Jewelry
http://www.kamolpornwijit.com/

 

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One of a Kind Polymer Clay Necklace by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit

 

 

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit’s jewelry was included in the prestigious 2105 Niche Awards.  The artists shares,” I hand-form every piece of polymer clay jewelry. All colors are original colors of clay — there is no paint applied. I use several techniques including caning, engraving, weaving, layering, and many others for which I don’t have names. I add beads and wires to complement my clay work. The ear wires and wires are sterling silver; necklaces are either sterling silver, 19 strands stainless steel Beadalon, or rubber”.

 

 

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One of a Kind Polymer Clay Jewelry by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit

 

 

“I started working in polymer clay as part of a fund raising activity for my temple in 2004. It is a long story with lots of twists and turns. In 2007, I opted to do art/craft full time. I used to worked as an environmental researcher in Oak Ridge, TN for 6 years so you know I glow in the dark!  Polymer is durable when handled properly. It should be kept from pointed or sharp objects that may scratch or cut the surface. It is flexible to a certain degree and is unlikely to break (but not impossible) when dropped. A long period of exposure to alcohol may do some damages to polymer, hence it’s better to put the jewelry on after spraying hair products and perfume. I have never done anything special to clean the polymer except rinsing it with water when it starts collecting dust”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derrick Crossland – Sculpture 
http://www.derrickcrossland.com/

 

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Sculpture by Derrick Crossland

 

A veteran diver, avid catch-and-release fisherman and Boat Captain, Derrick has the pleasure of observing first hand, the majestic fish life, marine mammals, birds and sailing vessels that influence his art. Derrick depicts each one of his pieces with an interpretive realism that captures the power and movement of his subjects.

 

 

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Sculpture by Derrick Crossland

 

 

 

Michael Vistia – Painting
http://www.michaelvistia.com/

 

 

 

 

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Painting by Michael Vistia

 

 

Michael Vistia, an accomplished, Mid-Western born artist, is the “founder and creator” of this colorful and refreshing style of painting. When viewing a painting from his ever-evolving collection of art, it is, quite simply, unforgettable. Rich, “vibratory” colors. Bold, yet fluid black lines. Playful in composition and dramatic in interpretation. It is not surprising to see why devotees around the globe have declared that the pieces painted by Michael Vistia have the power to “raise the vibration of any room.”

 

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Painting by Michael Vistia

 

 

 

 

“For me, paintings are a bridge to share magical moments that are pure,” Michael says. “I love interacting with people, and painting always enabled me to connect and communicate with others, with a smile and love that is from the heart. As a young boy, my very first interest was painting,” he remembers. “I started to communicate through drawing, before I even began speaking. “When people see my art, I want them to smile, to feel good and become inspired to create beauty in their own lives, through following one’s excitement anything is possible. “It’s not about fame,” Michael continues. ” It’s simply about sharing joyful moments with others!”

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair-part-ii

https://www.facebook.com/events/895847823770510/

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists
  • Among the largest and most popular outdoor art festivals in South Florida
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 300 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Commemorative Festival Posters ($10) & T-shirts ($15) for sale at booth located across from Cheesecake Factory
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Las Olas Association.

 

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

For additional information on the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, Visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

52nd Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival March 19 & 20 Offers Original Fine Art

 Key Biscayne’s signature art event, the 52nd Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival returns March 19 – 20, 2016 for two full days of fine art, live music, children’s activities, as well as an international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers. The festival features a wide variety of original art, handmade gift items with broad appeal and unique functional art. Admission is free and open to the public.  The festival, produced by Howard Alan Events and the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, will take place at the Village Green located on Crandon Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to leisurely explore the eclectic exhibits and engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and their creative techniques.  The Rickie Report shares the details and features the Sculptures of Ancizar Marin and Jewelry by Melissa Woods.

 

 

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52nd Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival

 

 

 

March 19 – 20, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne

 

 

 

 

Navigational Address:

400 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Support the Arts, Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Fine Art – Functional Pieces 

Affordable Gift Items
Live Music – International Food Court – Fine Wines & Craft Beers

Children’s Art Activities

 Entertainment Area

 

 

 

 

 

Ancizar Marin – Sculpture

http://artbyancizar.com/

 

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Sculpture by Ancizar Marin

 

 

Born in Colombia, Marin first received formal art training in the 1980s at the ‘Bellas Artes’ Institute in Manizales, Colombia. He continued to study sculpture at the Luccio Petraglia School of Art in Bogota, where he honed his sculptural proficiency in bronze and steel. Later, South American travel exposed him to the rich melting pot of cultural influences that further informed his approaches to color and texture. Marin works now in South Florida, where his work has been featured in design magazines, gallery shows, and prestigious art fairs, and private commissions continue to proliferate.

 

 

 

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Sculpture by Ancizar Marin

 

 

 

His figurative forms are relatively inexpensive, allowing collectors to purchase multiple sculptures at a time. For Marin, this achieves his desire to encourage the figures to engage with one another in dynamic groupings that can be arranged and rearranged at will. The shadows thrown off by the glossy little men and women, who alternately squat, leap, lunge, stretch, and perform arabesques, further energize the walls against which they are installed, so that the spatial sum of the parts far exceeds the individual sculptural components.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Woods – Jewelry

http://www.melissamariewoods.com/

 

 

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Hand Made Wire Jewelry by Melissa Woods

 

 

 

 

Melissa shares, “Creating jewelry has been a means of self expression for me since I started at the age of thirteen. At sixteen I received a wire working book for my birthday and I have been wire working ever since. I continued my jewelry making education by receiving a B.F.A. from Bowling Green State University and studying advanced jewelry design abroad in Florence, Italy. I have been taught all the traditional jewelry making techniques and made many pieces over the years, but I have always loved working with wire”.

 

 

 

 

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Hand Made Wire Jewelry by Melissa Woods

 

 

 

 

“I have found anodized aluminum to be a new exciting medium to create jewelry out of. Anodizing is a surface-treatment of aluminum that colors the metal. I acquire my aluminum wire from a wide variety of companies in order to get the rainbow of colors I have available, these companies anodize the wire by placing the aluminum in electrically charged chemical baths. The color is the metal and the shiny finish of anodized aluminum is aluminum oxide, which will not tarnish or change. Aluminum is light weight, hypo allergenic and brighter than sterling silver.  At every show I make items specialized to customer’s size or color preference, which puts my skills out on display and really conveys to the patrons that everything in my booth is original and handmade by me”.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/rotary-key-biscayne-art-festival

https://www.facebook.com/events/452341031580173/

 

 

A Partial list of artists from South Florida:

Sandra Erden – Jewelry – Miami
Pavel Exposito – Metal Sculptures – Miami
Hans Feyerabend – Oil Paintings – Miami
David Golzbein – Wood – Miami
Chris Gug – Photography – Fort Lauderdale
Kirsten Hines – Photography – Key Biscayne
Cheri Kudja – Sculpture – Miramar
Finny Lazarus – Jewelry – Boca Raton
Ancizar Marin – Sculpture – Pembroke Pines
Tony Mendoza – Acrylic – Miami
Mike & Liz Rose – Jewelry – Aventura
Lazaro Ruda – Photography – Riviera Beach
Roxana Sora – Photography – Miami

 

 

 

This year’s festival sponsors include SunTrust Bank, Baptist Health South Florida, Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, FJ Turbine Power, Dr. Neil Friedman DDS, Home Federal Bank of Hollywood, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, TechBar, and Alice & Stephen Takach.

Additional information about the festival:

 

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists 
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • 100 artists from 30 different states 
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000 
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants 
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • International Food Court
  • 6 distinct culinary offerings available for purchase
  • The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne will offer craft beers, a selection of fine wines, water and sodas 
  • Dining Hall Tent with entertainment
  • Children’s Interactive Art Activities in the Young Artists Tent as well as an entertainment area to include bounce houses and face painting 
  • Live PUSH CPR Sessions by the Village of Key Biscayne Fire and Police Departments
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

 

For additional information on the 52nd Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country:

Visit www.artfestival.com

Email  info@artfestival.com or Call 561-746-6615.

For information about the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne please visit www.rotaryclubofkeybiscayne.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Coral Springs Welcomes Back Premier Arts Festival March 19 & 20

Join the excitement on March 19 – 20, 2016 to celebrate the 12th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts! The Walk, on University Drive in Coral Springs, will be transformed into an outdoor art and craft gallery with original artwork, handmade crafts, and affordable gift items by more than 200 artists from the United States. Enjoy eclectic art and craft displays, live music, literary workshops, children’s activities, a Green Market, and much more. The Event takes place on Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Partial proceeds from the festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community.  The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights 3 Featured Artists:  Robin Focht (Glass), Bill & Staci McLauchlan (Digital Art/Mixed Media) and Don Tran (Silk Embroidery Art).  

 

 

 

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12th Annual

 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts 

 

 

 

 

March 19 – 20, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walk on University Drive in Coral Springs

Navigational address:

2874 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

 

 

Support the Arts, Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Local Community

 

 

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

Free Trolley & Parking at the Center for the Arts

29th Street and Coral Springs Drive

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/coral-springs-festival-arts-crafts

https://www.facebook.com/events/1447599998808543/

 

 

 

 

Coral Springs’ Signature Celebration of the Arts returns to The Walk on March 19 – 20, 2016. This popular two-day juried event features eclectic exhibits of original fine art, handmade crafts, unique affordable gift items, theatrical performances, literary workshops, a children’s area, a Green Market and a full line-up of live music. Partial proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community. Admission is free and open to the public.  Festival patrons will have the opportunity to leisurely explore  and engage the artists and crafters to gain a better understanding of their work and techniques. All exhibitors will be on site for the duration of the art show and welcome the opportunity to meet potential investors and art enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Artists:

 

 

 

 

Don Tran – Silk Embroidery Art

http://www.embroidery.7p.com/contact_1.html

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Don Tran is a native of Vietnam and has a MBA degree from Webster University (St. Louis, MO).  Hand-Sewn Silk Embroidery is a traditional within the Tran family that has been passed down for generations. Mr. Tran inherited these precious skills and raised his work to a high level of expertise to meet the taste and expectations of his clients. The artwork is stitched into black linen fabric (Nylon, Satin, Cotton, Silk) so that the vibrant colors of the silk threads stand out.  Mr. Tran starts with simple light chalk lines, then with his imagination, patience and skills creates true works of art. Vietnamese embroidery is a tradition folk art with time honored themes. Each village has common designs that reflect their culture and daily life. Each home and person has particular designs and motifs they use in their work. The skill and technique of the individual is what pushes it to the level of arts. Some of Mr. Tran’s signature pieces are created from masters’ traditional designs that are used in his native village. In addition, he also creates new designs reflecting his personal style. 

 

 

 

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Bill & Staci McLauchlan – Digital Art/Mixed Media

http://www.mcldfa.com

 

 

 

 

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Artwork by Bill & Staci McLauchlan

 

 

 

Staci was raised in a house surrounded by fabric. Her mother was a home economics teacher who tried everything to get her interested in sewing. Of course, being the independent, freewheeling teenager she was, Staci would have none of it.  It wasn’t until later, Staci realized that in spite of her efforts to ignore the wisdom her Mom tried to impart, some of it actually took. She came to love fabric and the art of fabric composition!   Staci says, “I work exclusively with batiks. The richness and variation of the colors makes it possible to “paint” with fabric in a way that permits the whimsical as well as the formal. Whether its contemporary curve and line compositions, tropical island scenery, or abstract textile designs, I have a vision that fabric art should always be alive and always inspire the viewer to wonder: Is it really fabric?”

 

 

 

 Bill has been doing digital work practically since the personal computer was invented. He started with an Apple II computer in 1980. He has a strong eye for color, design and digital transformation. Together, Staci and Bill create contemporary works of art that have their roots in fabric composition but are digitally metamorphosed into designs that are abstract or grounded.

 

 

 

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Robin Focht – Glass

http://www.sweetpeaglasscreations.com/

 

 

 

This all began while on vacation visiting friends in Ashville, NC. My very artistic friend, Margaret, got me started on Pinterest and Etsy. While perusing these sites I came across some beautiful glass flowers and thought to myself, “I would love to do that.” The next day Margaret and I searched through Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity for glass to make our first flowers. My life has not been the same since!! I can no longer look at a piece of glass without seeing it becoming a flower.

 

 

 

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Glass Flowers by Robin Focht

 

 

Robin shares,”I know that some of you may look at my name and think, ‘this woman doesn’t use spellcheck’. Yes, I realize that Sweetpea, under normal circumstances, would be two words. I was very lucky to be married to a wonderful man, Gary, who never called me by my given name. I had more pet names than my dog Molly, a/k/a, Moo Moo, Molly Tamale, Mooshie Girl, well, you get the picture. Gary always would use ‘Sweetpea’ as one word. With his passing I have chosen to honor his memory in this small way”.

 

 

 

Original Fine Art – Functional Art – Handmade Crafts – Unique Gift Items
Live Music – Literary Workshops – Children’s Activities – Green Market

 

 

 

Additional Information At-A-Glance:

 

 

 

  • Juried first-class outdoor gallery showcasing local and national artists & crafters
  • Fine Art Show
  • Contemporary Craft Show
  • Hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. & the City of Coral Springs
  • Produced by Howard Alan Events
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • 200 artists and crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists and crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media, folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
  • Green Market featuring unique plants and gourmet dips
  • Theatrical performances
  • Literary workshops
  • Children’s activity area
  • Full line-up of live music

 

 

 

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 12th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events festivals visit www.artfestival.com or info@artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Delray Beach Welcomes Back Popular Craft Festival March 5 & 6

A wide array of fine crafts, handmade functional art, as well as unique and affordable gift items will be for sale during the 19th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival, March 5 – 6, 2016.  This is the perfect place to find stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and even a gift for yourself without breaking the bank! Each artist will be present,  answering questions and talking about their craft.  Everything is handmade in the USA.  The Rickie Report shares the details plus highlights Stephen Moser’s pet products and Lonee Cataldo’s candles.  

 

 

 

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19th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

Saturday, March 5th

&

Sunday, March 6th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

(Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue)

Navigational Address:

330 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

 

 

 Support the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Local Economy

 

 

ADMISSION:

Free and Open to the public

 

 

 

On Saturday and Sunday, March 5 – 6, 2016, the 19th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival brings Original Handmade Crafts, Functional Art plus Unique & Affordable Gift Items to 4th Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach.  North and South of Atlantic Avenue will be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase with original handcrafted art and affordable gift items. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

 

 

Stephen Moser – Dog Products
http://www.maxxdoggtoyz.com/

 

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Stephen Moser tells us, “The ad in the paper said: 2 1/2 year old Male Golden Retriever, Must Go to Single Man. This is the classified I responded to 11 1/2 years ago when MAXX and I joined forces.  At that time I saved his life and years later during the midst of depression he returned the favor. Max was abused and had turned into a biter, but with patience became the best friend I’ve ever had.  One day while working in the wood shop, trying to keep busy and rid myself from a cloud of depression, MAXX came through the door carrying a 4 foot long twig in his mouth. He dropped it at my feet and forcefully said, “WOOF!” I looked at him, laughed and said, “That’s not a stick, I’ll make you a stick.” And so I did!”

 

 

 

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“I walked out into the yard, picked up a piece of rough sawn lumber and brought it into the shop and put it through my saw, shaped it for a comfortable grip, and then on a whim I cut slots in the end (not knowing what that would do). Maxx was still watching me and when I finished making the stick, He seemed to know exactly what it was and who it was for. He went NUTS!  Laughing all the way into the neighbor’s lot, I threw the stick, heard the whistling noise (in the air) and the clacking noise (on impact) and the rest is history.  Because of the specialized sound that they make when they whirl through the air, and the clank that they make when they land on the ground, this is the perfect way to go out and play fetch with your blind dog”.

 

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

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

 

 

 

 

Lonee Cataldo – Candles
http://www.blueflamecandles.com/

 

 

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Lonee shares, “Blue Flame Candles are handmade with meticulous attention to every detail. We use a soy-blend wax, cotton wicks and no added dye. What sets Blue Flame apart from other candles is exceptional fragrance. Being true luxury candles, they have amazing fragrance throw and a slow beautiful burn. Delicate soft light and enchanting scents have the power to transform your state of mind. Whether you want a clean bright scent to lift you up, or a warm earthy fragrance to help you unwind, we have the perfect candle for you.

 

 

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“Being a connoisseur of richly fragrant luxury candles and getting tired of paying exorbitant prices for them, I set out to learn how to create them. It took a great amount of work, many months of research, and hours of daily testing before my benchmark of product excellence was achieved. In October 2009 Blue Flame Candles was born. Today, Blue Flame is a true family run company. We continue to persistently test new waxes and oils to maintain the standard of superior quality that Blue Flame clients appreciate and expect”.

 

 

 

 

 

For more details:

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-delray-beach-craft-festival-march

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1508452869469558/

 

 

 

 

 

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 more information please contact 561.746.6615

 or visit:
www.ArtFestival.com

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

CityPlace Becomes Outdoor Gallery March 5 & 6 With Fine Art And Crafts

The CityPlace Art Fair returns with 150 of the finest artists in the country and a wide array of original art March 5 – 6, 2016. The eclectic displays representing diverse styles and artistic media will feature paintings, life size sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, collage, mixed media, and handmade jewelry as well as unique affordable gift items. Admission will be free and open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this Howard Alan Event and features three of the artists: Isack Kousnsky, Laurinda Behrens and Heidi Barron. 

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 5

&

Sunday, March 6

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

CityPlace in West Palm Beach

Navigational address:

700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

To Support the Arts and the Local Community

 

 

Free and open to the public

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/cityplace-art-fair/artist

https://www.facebook.com/events/789176914484000/

 

 

 

 

 

The streets within this popular retail and dining destination will be closed to vehicular traffic to better accommodate festival patrons as they explore the handcrafted works of art. All of the artists will be present for the duration of the show and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work with art enthusiasts and potential investors.

 

 

 

Festival At-a-Glance:

  • Juried outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 150 artists from different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $1,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

Isack Kousnsky – Photography/Digital Art

http://www.isack-art.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=4&p=-1&a=0&at=0

 

 

 

 

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Artwork by Isack Kousnsky

Isack Kousnsky fashions transcendent images of nature and fantastic cityscapes that are meant to jolt is out of our frenzied, urban routines. He employs an array of abstract compositional strategies that play with the viewer’s perception of space. In the looming, mirrored compositions, we are presented with the very image of infinity. In his florals, we are left to wander through dense compositions of blossoms and branches. There is a bit of whimsy in his creations, as unexpected colors disrupt and further stimulate the viewer’s imagination.

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Artwork by Isack Kousnsky

 

 

 

 

Heidi Barron – Glass

http://www.barronglassdesign.net/About-Us.html

 

 

 

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Glass Creation by Heidi and Paul Barron

 

 

 

Heidi Barron has been working with glass for over 30 years, in the past year her husband Paul has joined her with his creative talent. They travel to juried art shows showing amazing artwork.  “We call our glass process cold fusion. We use ultra violet lights to create the artwork. This process has a very strong bond and will hold glass together. Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals”.

 

 

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Glass Creation by Heidi and Paul Barron

 

 

 

Laurinda Behrens – Painting/Digital Art

http://www.laurindabehrens.biz/#!about/c1d72

 

 

 

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Artwork by Laurinda Behrens

 

 

 

 

“I have always taken an experimental, open-minded approach to creating images. Recently, I’ve taken to the latest imaging software and hardware, whose advancements have made the process of working digitally far more intuitive.  In my current series, which focuses on wildlife and natural subject matter. Depicted is a moment free of humanity, pure animal instinct, yet it’s familiar gaze forces an empathy in the viewer, raising consciousness to the nature of our own instincts, or intuition, and what it means that we share this with these other creatures”.

 

 

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Artwork by Laurinda Behrens

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

 

 

 

For additional information on the 6th Annual CityPlace Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Stuart’s Premiere Art Festival Slated For February 27 and 28 Features Unique Handmade Fine Art And Crafts

On Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th, Stuart’s premiere art festival, produced by Howard Alan Events, Ltd. will offer a wide variety of artwork in an outdoor gallery setting.  Downtown Stuart will be transformed, as you walk the streets to see the eclectic art exhibits, meet the artists and artisans who create the functional and decorative art and enjoy live music.  This is event is Open to the Public and Free to attend.  The Rickie Report highlights Marijke Benedict (Clothing), Smadar Livne (Painting) and Lesley Reich (Pottery) and shares the details here.

 

 

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26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

February 27 – 28, Saturday & Sunday

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

 

On February 27 and 28, 2015, the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival takes place. Over 250 artists from the U.S. will transform Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork. Enjoy an eclectic array of art in a myriad of media and styles as well as unique gift items. 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994 – Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Festival patrons will be able to leisurely explore the exhibits set up along downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continuing on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street. The artists will all be present for the duration of the event and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work and creative process.  The exhibitors are selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse artistic media and the highest quality of original art. Only the finest local and national artists are accepted to this fine art festival.

 

 

 

 

Featured Artists:

 

Marijke Benedict – Clothing
http://www.stijltd.com

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

Marijke got her initial inspiration from her family. Her father was a Tailor in Amsterdam who suited the Queen of Holland. Her mother’s family was in show business, and Marijke remembers the awe she felt as a child for the beautiful costumes she saw.  Once Marijke’s own creative juices began to flow, combined with the technical skills she learned from her father, the seeds of Stijfselkissie were planted.

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade Clothing by Marijke Benedict

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “We always provide clothing that is comfortable, constructed with beautiful fabrics, timeless cuts, superb craftsmanship, and are totally individualized at a reasonable price. All garments are pre-washed and pre-shrunk, and they will “grow and shrink” 20 pounds with you. Most pieces can go in a washer and dryer, are great for traveling, are mix-and-matchable, easy fitting, flowing, figure flattering, and very COMFORTABLE”!

 

 

 

Smadar Livne – Painting
http://www.smadarlivne.com/main.html

 

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Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

Smadar Livne, an award-winning Israeli born artist, creates unique and exciting works at her studio in Owings Mills, Maryland. Educated at Haifa University, Smadar has degrees in fine art, literature, and architecture. She has continued her education of philosophy through Baltimore Hebrew University.

 

 

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Painting by Smadar Livne

 

 

 

 

Portraying scenes from her life and learning is what gives Smadar’s work an edge. The work contains short stories, poems and philosophical observations. Her works are vibrant and exciting, expressing the joy that Smadar sees in life.  Bold, bright colors in a multi-level composition with fabric, paper, and embedded photographs, create a pentimento effect that is both a visual and tactile experience. Smadar’s work incorporates historic images in a contemporary style.

 

 

Lesley Reich – Pottery
http://www.potterymountain.com/

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

 

Lesley studied with Professor Hui Ka Kwong at Douglass College and worked with Janka McClatchey, a well-known potter in Ann Arbor, MI. While her early pieces were functional stoneware, she moved on to porcelain.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Using porcelain is a lot like throwing stiff cream cheese. Many of my bowls and vessels are translucent, and they are all trimmed so they are light, thin, and well-balanced, making them a joy to use. By combining jewel-tone oxidation (electric fired) glazes and applying them on the pure white porcelain, I achieve unusual, striking combinations”.

 

 

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Porcelain Bowl by Lesley Reich

 

 

 

“I found a way to merge my love of words (I was a journalism major at Douglass) with my love of pottery, and developed a line of wheel thrown bowls, vases, and vessels with hand-lettered inspirational messages. This led to a body of work that embraces my philosophy of life. I use my own words, as well as those of my friends, historical figures, literary and other public figures, and that great prolific author – anonymous. I also enjoy doing, and even encourage, custom work to create the perfect piece for your special person or occasion. In addition to writing in English and the romance languages, I have made special orders in Hebrew, and even Sandscrit. Finding just the right saying for each of you gives me great pleasure. Together we can create functional heirlooms to be used today and cherished forever”.

 

Lesley has exhibited and sold her work in galleries, department stores, juried shows and shops nationwide. Her pieces are part of the White House Ornament Collection and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum and numerous collections around the world.

 

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • Free Admission
  • Historic downtown Stuart – starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 250 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

For more information:

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-stuart-art-festival/artist

https://www.facebook.com/events/800429423374302/

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 26th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Hobe Sound Festival Of The Arts Brings Original Fine Art, Unique Functional Art And Handmade Affordable Gifts

The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts on February 6 – 7, 2016, will highlight original fine art, unique functional art and handmade affordable gift items.  Enjoy the live music and food plus a separate crafts section and Green Market.  Four blocks along Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 150 artists from the United States. The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks of three artists:Mike Chamberlain (Metal Art), Monika Fairchild (Jewelry) and Brenda Flynn (Paper/Mixed media).   Complimentary shuttle service from the parking lot of The Pine School to the festival site will be provided. Admission to the event & Parking are Free.  The official Festival Poster featuring artist Carol Kepp will be sold during the art show.

 

 

 

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15th Annual

Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

February 6 – 7, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound

Navigational Address:

11954 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33475

 

 

 

 

To Support the Arts, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce & Local Economy

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

Free shuttle service from the parking lot of The Pine School to the festival site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On February 6-7, 2016, enjoy the 15th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts. Four blocks along Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork, unique crafts and affordable gift items on Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m  The Festival spans four blocks of Dixie Highway starting at Bridge Road, just west of the Intracoastal Bridge in Hobe Sound. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from the parking lot of The Pine School to the festival site at no charge. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Mike Chamberlain – Metal Art
http://www.chamberlinmetalart.com/

 

 

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Metal Artwork by Mike Chamberlain

 

 

Mike shares with The Rickie Report, “These aluminum panels are part of an ongoing experiment that started about ten years ago at my sign shop, Vital Signs, in Verona, Wisconsin. I use a lot of aluminum on signs I build at the shop. I started scratching and grinding the aluminum to help the aluminum elements on the sign stand out and be more visible. With all of the scrap aluminum I had laying around the shop, I started thinking that I could make some wall art out of the aluminum.

 

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Metal Artwork by Mike Chamberlain

 

 

 

By scratching the surface of the aluminum the light reflects off the surface from different angles creating amazing holographic effects of depth and space on a two dimensional object. These pieces are scratched with an array of different tools I use around the shop. The colored pieces are painted with a translucent tint that I mix into an automotive clear coat. These colors can be intermixed to create millions of different colors. Once dried, they are color-sanded and buffed to a high gloss. These pieces need light to bring out their depth and holographic appearance; with that, they begin to change and start to look different if the light is adjusted from bright to dull.  When looking at these pieces from different angles and with different light intensity, their appearance will begin to change right before the viewer’s eyes”.

 

 

 

 

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce this popular event will feature 150 local and national artists as well as the finest crafters in the country with a wide array of artistic media. This show will have two separate sections appealing to art enthusiasts and collectors looking to add to their collections as well as festival patrons shopping for affordable crafts and unique gift items. The Fine Arts portion of the event will be located on the North side of the street starting at Bridge Road and Dixie Highway, followed by the crafts section and green market.

 

Monika Fairchild – Jewelry
http://www.monikafairchild.com/

 

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Pendant by Monika Fairchild

 

 

Monika Shares, “I am the sole creator of each one of my jewelry designs. The process usually begins by laying out many colorful stones and rare fossils. I move them around until the shapes; colors and textures take on a life of their own, becoming much more as a union than separate elements. The next step is sketching my design idea on paper, adding graceful lines that support the relationship of all pieces. Then each stone gets its own custom bezel made, either out of sterling silver or 14 kt gold bezel wire, which I cut and solder closed and attach onto a flat piece of sterling silver sheet. The thickness of the base varies according to the purpose of the piece of jewelry. For example: earrings are made of lighter gauge, and pendants heavier”.

 

 

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Pendant by Monika Fairchild

 

 

 

 

“I cut shapes out of silver and gold using a hand saw and bend or texture them, mostly with small hand tools like pliers and hammers. Once all elements are attached together through the process of soldering, the job of polishing begins. It is a long, labor intensive and unpleasant process, and it is what differentiates quality work. I use a buffing machine, holding the piece in my hands and pressing against the extremely fast spinning cloth wheel, feeding it with polishing compound every few seconds. Even though I wear a face mask and finger guards and have an exhaust fan, I am still covered with black dirt at the end of the polishing process. The last step is to carefully set the stones in place using a bezel pusher and burnisher. My favorite part of jewelry making process is to see how great my creation looks on the person that has fallen in love with it and the joy it brings to them”.

 

 

 

Brenda Flynn – Paper/Mixed Media
http://www.free-range-art.com/

 

 

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Mosaic by Brenda Flynn

 

 

Brenda explains, “I love to travel, and travel has always been a big inspiration for me personally and professionally. Bohemian in nature, a reincarnated gypsy from days gone by. If I am physically moving – in a car, plane, boat, train – I’m totally happy. I get cabin fever amazingly fast. A day-trip or an art show usually alleviates the feeling of being in one place too long. I am convinced sea water courses through my veins. I pursue my art as a full-time exhibiting artist doing both fine craft and fine art shows, showing both traditional tile and paper mosaics. I also have my work in a few galleries up and down the East Coast”.

 

 

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Mosaic by Brenda Flynn 

 

 

“I continue to write as a contributing columnist and features writer at Sunshine Artist magazine, and have had photographs published in Coastal Living and The Sun magazines. I used to freelance as a travel writer and have a couple of book titles under my belt. Always looking for creative opportunities. I love public art, and have done some tile mosaic projects in Ocala and Cedar Key. Feel free to click on over to www.free-range-van.weebly.com to see both the horse I created for Horse Fever in Ocala, 2011, and the van – which is a continuing labor of love”!

 

 

 

Information At-A-Glance:

  • Juried outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists and crafters hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All exhibitors on site for duration of festival

 

 

This year’s official festival poster showcases the work of artist Carol Kepp and may be purchased along with other merchandise at the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce booth. Carol will also be judging the annual Children’s Poster Art contest which will once again be organized by The Women’s Club.   

 

The revenue generated from the festival by the Chamber benefits the many programs it runs, including free “Inside Hobe Sound” tours for new residents and two $750 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors of Hobe Sound, as well as the art programs in the city’s elementary schools.

 

Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Fesitval (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/hobe-sound-festival-arts/artist

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For additional information on the 15th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Kirsten Hines: Writer, Photographer and Environmental Educator Shows Artwork and Books At Numerous South Florida Venues

Kirsten Hines is a writer, photographer and environmental educator. She’s had her lunch stolen by monkeys in the forests of Borneo, battled crocodiles in Australia, faced down a bowl of boiled frogs in China and checked off her last continent with penguins in the Antarctic.   The Rickie Report is honored to share this article about her work and is eager for you to meet her at one of many opportunities in Southeast Florida.  While she will have to tell you herself about being stashed under thorny bushes by Maasi in Kenya, we bring you some sneak peeks of her photos and details of upcoming events.  She is available to speak for groups- you will be spellbound by her stories! Meet Kirsten this weekend at the Delray Beach Festival Of The Arts!

 

 

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Kirsten Hines at FAPA Awards

 

 

 

Kirsten has traveled the world, and as she continues her journeys, we are luck enough to be able to come along by seeing her photography, reading her books and listening to her lectures.  When Kirsten explores, she spends long periods of time in the natural environment.  “I spent three years wandering the wilds of Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Laos and taught in China”.  Her blog entries are not like reading a novel – you feel like you are there with her!

 

 

 

 

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Pygmy Sloth, Photo by Kirsten Hines

 

Kirsten Hines tells The Rickie Report, “Focused on conservation and nature travel, I am a writer, photographer, and environmental educator with an M.Sc. in biology. I was raised in the Philippines but have been based in Miami since 1998”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mountain Gazelles , Photo by Kirsten Hines

 

 

 

Birders will be amazed and wildlife lovers will be enthralled.   Her “Nature & Travel” blog includes reviews, tips, travelogues, and general nature, plus travel-related tales, written in a creative non-fiction style. Most entries are illustrated by her photography, and more of her images can be seen on her website’s photo gallery.  The black-necked stilt and red-masked parakeets are from the “South Florida Birds and Gardens” collection, Canyon Reflections and Shifting Sands are from the “Nature in Abstract collection”, and the mountain gazelles and pygmy sloth are from the “Nature and Travel” collection. 

 

 

 

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Black-Necked Stilt, Photo by Kirsten Hines

 

 

 

Upcoming Art Festivals & Exhibitions:

Delray Beach Festival of the Arts: January 23-24, 2016 @ Downtown Delray Beach

Wellington ArtFest: January 30-31, 2016 @ Wellington Amphitheater

St. Stephen’s Art Show: February 13-15, 2016 @ Coconut Grove

Key Biscayne Arts Festival: March 19-20, 2016 @ Village Green, Key Biscayne

Las Olas Art Fair: April 2-3, 2016 @ Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale

 

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Canyon Reflections, Photo by Kirsten Hines

Upcoming Presentations:

 

January 28, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs (Key Biscayne history)

*February 1, 2016 – 12:15pm @ Wellington Garden Club, Wellington

*February 2, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Audubon of the Western Everglades, Naples

*February 4, 2016 – 1:30pm @ Key West Garden Club, Key West

February 16, 2016 – 7:30pm @ Palm Beach Florida Native Plant Society, West Palm Beach

February 23, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Palmetto Bay Garden Club, Palmetto Bay

March 17, 2016 – 12:00pm @ Key Biscayne Community Center, Key Biscayne

*April 25, 2016 – 7:30pm @ Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society, Coral Gables

*Attendance dependent upon membership or requires a fee for non-members.

 

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Parakeets, Photo by Kirsten Hines

 

For more information about Kirsten Hines:

kirstennaturetravel@gmail.com

Check out my books: Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens, Birds of Fairchild, Key Biscayne
Learn more at: www.KirstenNatureTravel.com
Follow me on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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27th Annual Delray Beach Festival Of The Arts Slated for January 23 – 24, 2016

On January 23 and 24, 2016, experience the 27th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. One mile along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery. See original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 300 artists from the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a Free art giveaway.  Free admission.  The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights three of the artists:  Petr Bednarik, Jim Bobick and Carla Blank.

 

 

 

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27th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

Saturday, January 23

&

Sunday, January 24

10 am – 5 pm

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)

Navigational address: 1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

To Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

The largest juried art affair in South Florida returns to Downtown Delray Beach January 23-24, 2016. This nationally ranked outdoor street fair spans one mile of Atlantic Avenue starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean. The exhibitors, more than 300 from around the country, are selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure quality and diversity. Admission is free and open to the public. 

 

Petr Bednarik

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“Maroon Bells” by Petr Bednarik

Petr Bednarik
http://www.petrbednarik.com

 

Petr says, “I’m sorry if I am going to disappoint you, but these are not pictures and I am not a National Geographic photographer. I am an artist and what you see are windows and doors to the soul. My media is photography.  I use landscapes and cityscapes as my key to open those window and doors. You will not see people in my images and if you do it is just to provide a scale to what is around them.  Usually they are small and it is difficult to even find them. A man is not the center of a universe despite acting like one.  The soul is vast and filled with love, understanding and compassion. What is reflected in my photography is the human soul. First seen by my eyes and then captured by a digital or film media, an open window revealing beauty, gentleness and hope.  The same beauty gentleness and hope the Creator reflected in our being. Now take another look around you and let your soul immerse in the Supreme soul of the Universe.  There is no wall between you and the Creator. Without you there is no Universe and without the Universe you are not.”

 

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“Morning Light” by Petr Bednarik

 

 

 

 

The artistic media with broad appeal will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and much more. The prices will be set to suit all budgets; perfect for art enthusiasts and collectors as well as the casual shopper interested in unique gift items. 

 

Jim Bobick

 

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“Rise” by Jim Bobick

 

 

Jim’s work is an exploration of light and color- a physical translation of his ideas surrounding the ethereal. His inspiration comes from many sources: ancient philosophy, the sky, the ocean, music, and poetry. His painting process is intuitive and reactive – he applies several thin layers of oil, each layer a reaction to the one applied before it, letting the painting guide itself to its final incarnation. Jim is from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Since graduating, Jim had a career as an art teacher and a career in the financial industry before settling fulltime as an artist. Since then, Jim has exhibited his work extensively around the country and his paintings are included in many public and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. He has won numerous awards and has been reviewed in major newspapers.  Jim lives, works, and owns a gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

Jim Bobick
http://www.jimbobick.com

 

 

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“Oasis” by Jim Bobick

 

 

 

 

 

Festival promoter Howard Alan Events encourages patrons to explore the vast array of original art and learn more about the artists and their creative process. They will also have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of an exhibiting artist. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show. A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefits the Downtown Delray Beach Development Authority. The mission of the DDA is to oversee business development, market and promote the merchants of the district, communicate and facilitate a clean and safe community and work to enhance physical improvements.

 

 

Carla Bank

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“Tres Amigos” by Carla Blank

 

 

 


Carla tells us,”I have a passion for painting that has been with me since childhood. That coupled with my love of pop culture, brings my vision to canvas. Being a native of Mexico, and having been a Chicagoland resident for many years, I bring a unique perspective to modern art. My inspiration is all around me in this great city and my use of color stems from the celebrated artistic heritage of my home country.  I paint familiar people, places and things and the ultimate goal of my art is to bring joy to those who view it. I don’t limit my art to canvas, other materials such as wood and glass have also been vehicles for artistic expression. My process usually involves traditional brushes, but most recently I have experimented with finger painting, and found it to be another liberating way to express my creativity”.

Carla Bank
http://www.carlabank.com

 

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“Raindrops” by Carla Bank

Festival Information At – A -Glance:

 

 

  • 27th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts
  • January 23 – 24, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)
  • Navigational address: 1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
  • Free and open to the public
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Consistently ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Largest art affair in South Florida spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 300 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Free Art Giveaway
  • Partial proceeds from the art show benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information on the 27th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com

or

Call 561-746-6615

 

 

 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-delray-beach-festival-arts

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1545824982332729/

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291