Levis JCC In Boca Begins Art Talks: “The World Of Art Series” With Murray Kronick

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center begins its Art Talks “World Of Art” Series with Pen & Ink Artist Murray Kronick.  Murray will speak and present a slide show on Monday, November 16th.  A number of his pen & ink drawings will be on exhibit.  You may purchase your tickets for the series or an individual date. Here are  details about each of the upcoming Art Talks with some sneak peeks.




1 New Levis JCC Logo blue

9801 Donna Klein Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL 33428

Information/Register for Classes:

First session starts Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Call 561-558-2520






celebrating 25 years cultural arts bw


“W O R L D   OF   A R T” 

Lectures, Exhibits, Visual Presentations

Series price: $40, Drop-in price: $12

For more information contact:

Sue Harrington, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Director 561-558-2504






“Tzedakah, Travel And Art…

An Unexpected Marriage”



Murray Kronick, Artist/Instructor

Monday, November 16, 2015   at 2 p.m




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Artist and Instructor, Murray Kronick



“The World of Art” series at the Levis JCC Sandler begins with Pen & Ink artist, Murray Kronick, who will talk and share a slide show on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at 2 p.m. A number of Murray’s pen & ink drawings will be on exhibit. In addition, Murray teaches beginning pencil drawing and intermediate pen & ink drawing at the Sandler Center. (First session begins Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016).



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Pen & Ink Drawing by Murray Kronick

Pen & ink artist Murray Kronick says “When most people travel and see something interesting or captivating, the first thing they whip out is their camera or i-Phone. For me, it is my sketch book”. Murray’s wife, Sylvia says “you may not want to travel with Murray. When he says ‘give me a few minutes’, beware, it is best to expect you will be there for a few hours.”




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Pen & Ink Drawing by Murray Kronick




For the past two decades, Murray & Sylvia have devoted two to three months a year traveling on volunteer missions to third world countries. Many of their trips are sponsored by The American Jewish World Service. ajws.org. These assignments have afforded them an opportunity to give back, while immersing themselves in Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma (now Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia…yet, in addition to returning stateside with a feeling of accomplishment, memories and photos, they return with beautiful pen and ink art.




Although “Tzedakah” ( helping others) is their driving force, they ensure that they build in free days, or pre or post-service travel time to see sights and experience the people, unique to every country on the globe. During these days, Murray captures spectacular scenery with his pen, while Sylvia relishes the moments, exploring and taking in what the surroundings offer.




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Pen & Ink Drawing by Murray Kronick

On Nov. 16, 2015 at 2 p.m., Murray will present a talk and slide show, amplifying the satisfaction he and Sylvia have achieved in ‘giving back’. He will provide an overview of the work they do on their missions, and how he incorporates and extends these experiences by capturing art subjects, creating a medium that would not exist if there wasn’t a love for tzedakah, travel and art.



BocaLevisJCCHelene Yentis

Art Historian, Helene Yentis




“Illuminating Jewish Learning Through Art:

The Hebrew Zodiac and Judith the Heroine of Chanukah”



Helene Yentis, Art Historian

Monday, December 14, 2015     2 pm.



August Riedel’s “Judith”






“Looking Through the Lens”


NSU Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale Speaker

Monday, January 4, 2016   2 pm.



BocaLevisJCCSpiral Staircase Cartier-Bresson

“Spiral Staircase” by  Henri Cartier-Bresson




“Abstract Expressionism: What’s the (Focal) Point?”


Madeleine Siegel, Boca Raton Museum of Art docent

Monday, February 22, 2016   2 pm





“Where Are We? The Landscape in Contemporary Art”


Glenn Tomlinson

William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education, Norton Museum of Art

Monday, March 21, 2016   2 pm




Full Series price: $40, Drop-in price: $12



The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. It is located at 21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (off Glades Rd. between Lyons Rd. and Rt. 441).  The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  www.levisjcc.org



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Exhibition At The Armory Art Center Features 2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization’s “The Human Image”

The Armory Art Center will feature 2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization’s ” The Human Image”. The Exhibit will explore the varying ways that artists of different cultural traditions have represented the human body and imbued it with meaning. By combining a visual spectacle with profound insight the highly recognized 2 + 3 Artists will exhibit a wide array of art, with an interconnecting theme of the human body, ranging from abstract expressionism to realism.  Mark your calendars for Friday, September 25th!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this extraordinary art event open to the public.








A R M O R Y   A R T  C E N T E R





2 + 3 The Artists’ Organization: The Human Image

Opening Reception:

Friday, September 25, 2015 6 – 8 pm

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Montgomery Hall Gallery

 1700 Parker Avenue   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401  armoryart.org

 Exhibit: September 26 – October 24, 2015




Cézanne once theorized that all forms of nature can be reduced to the cube, the ball, and the cone – and so it is with the body as well. From lined figures to voluptuousness and every shape in between each artists’ interpretation of the human figure can differ greatly. In this exhibit, large-scale paintings and sculptures will be juxtaposed against intimate personal images and diverse artistic practices and cultural traditions will be compared and contrasted.




2+3 Encounters

                         “Encounters”by Joan Keinstead (Mixed Media)



As an organization, 2 + 3 is dedicated to excellence in sharing visual arts and professional development related educational programs, as well as providing enriching community outreach events in South Florida.



The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.




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Norman Berman Exhibits “My Art, My Faith” In SOLO Show

Award winning artist, Norman Berman will be exhibiting his paintings at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach, Florida. The exhibit will run from June 1, 2015 until July 10, 2015. There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday afternoon, June 7th.  Admission is free and open to the public.  The works displayed span the years from the 1980’s to the present.  The title of the exhibit, “MY ART, MY FAITH” emerged as Norman, in making selections for this show realized that his Judaic upbringing became a somewhat consistent theme in his abstract works. The Rickie Report shares the details and a conversation with Mr. Berman about his artistry.  












Opening Reception:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

3 – 5 pm

This Event is free and open to the public

Exhibit runs from June 1 – July 10, 2015

Hours: Mon. –Thurs.  9 am – 5 pm
Fri. 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

7901 West Atlantic Avenue      Delray Beach, FL

(561) 558-2100



Norman Berman At The Easel

Norman Berman At The Easel




Although Norman Berman is primarily an abstract artist he has also created a series of representational works which he calls “My Tallis (Prayer Shawl) Series. These images were initially conceived as imagery for his personal Jewish New Year cards in his abstract paintings with such titles as “The Sabbath Bride”, “Our Father, Our King”, “Job” and “By The Rivers of Babylon” are some examples of the coalescing of his “art and his faith”.

Award winning and nationally known artist Norman Berman presents a survey of his works. Berman’s subject matter ranges from Judaic themes to abstracts. He’s been creating artwork professionally for over 55 years.  He tells The Rickie Report, “For me, creating art is a challenge.  As I look at a work surface, I begin my conversation with it.  The surface says to me, ’Create something, I dare you!’  Therefore, my adventure begins!”  As one listens to Norman Berman share some of his life-stories, you must pay attention to details.  Looking at his artwork that should be no surprise.  It is these tidbits that make the whole.


TRR:  What were your early artistic influences?


The only artwork on our walls at home was my Bar Mitzvah portrait ( an oil on canvas that was painted by a friend of father).  My introduction to art was at age four, when I accompanied my father, a shipping clerk in a men’s’ wear company, to work. The women in the office gave me a piece of paper, a red pencil, a black pencil and plopped me in a chair with the instructions to ‘draw something’.  I drew the American flag to keep myself occupied.  Over the years, I started to copy and draw comic book characters (Disney, Superman, and Batman, etc.). My father would take these drawings and hang them in his workplace and change them around – it was my first public gallery!
As the United States entered WWII, I was fascinated by US military aircraft, so I wrote to all of the aircraft companies for pictures.  They would send me these gorgeous lithographic prints!  My favorite was the P38, a double fuselage plane and very impressive to look at.  Around the same time, there was a kid in our neighborhood who was already in high school and must have been an art major. I would show him my airplane drawings and he showed me how to create perspective images: not linear perspective images going to a vanishing point, but looking down at buildings as if you were in an airplane. 



"The River Styx" by Norman Berman

“The River Styx” by Norman Berman



When I was 10 years old, I broke my elbow.  It was probably the beginning of my escapades with brittle bone disease, but we didn’t know about that until much much later. While at Israel Zion Hospital (now Maimonides), I used to draw the nurses in profile, with their little caps.  In elementary school, my art was always hanging in the classroom and the halls.


"Job" by Norman Berman

“Job” by Norman Berman

As a Junior High School student, one of my teachers recommended that I attend the High School of Music & Art. Living in Brooklyn, it was an hour and a half subway ride in the morning and evening rush hours which my parents weren’t happy about. We happened to live close to the neighborhood high school, Abraham Lincoln High School.  As a result, I ended up going to Lincoln which had a fabulous art department! That’s where I got my real training, in my approach to art.  In 10th grade, Herbert W. Yates got me interested in the importance of art history.
I started saving articles from “Life Magazine” that related to art and artists.  My father would pick up a copy at the newsstand every Saturday. I finally convinced him that it would be more convenient and less expensive to get a subscription!  After reading the entire magazine, I categorized the pictures with my own filing system into red envelopes.  My mother, who was also a voracious reader, would buy other magazines like ‘McCall’s’ and ‘Ladies Home Journal’.  Those magazines happen to have some of the top-notched illustrators of the time.


TRR:  Norman shares his “beshert” (Yiddish for “meant to be”) moment.  He takes us back to 1950.


Leon Friend was the Chairman of the Art Department and I was sitting in his Graphic Arts class – last row, second seat.  Leon says,’ DO YOU KNOW WHO SAT IN YOUR SEAT? ‘  I said, ‘No.’  Friend said, ‘Alex Steinweiss’.  This was like mentioning God!   Alex Steinweiss was an early graduate from Lincoln, who after graduating from Parsons School of Design, worked for Columbia Records. Steinweiss convinced his employers to change their marketing strategy to sell their long playing records.  Instead of wrapping the records in brown paper, they should create a book with the record inside.  Each book would have artwork on its cover.  Alex Steinweiss was responsible for the entire industry of record albums cover designs!


"Silent Devotion" by Norman Berman

“Silent Devotion” by Norman Berman




During my senior year, I prepared a portfolio and sent it out to the School Art League.  It is now May, 1952.  Mr. Friend comes into class and asks who we think should be the happiest person in the room today.  And then he says, ‘Norman, it’s you!  You just won the scholarship to Parsons School of Design! ‘I’m thinking that I’m following in the steps of Alex Steinweiss! I literally “fell out of my chair”!  In those days, we didn’t have cell phones.  I couldn’t even go down to the office to call my mother!   When I finally got home and shared my good news, my mother thought it was very nice.  Then we waited until my father came home to tell him.  I had already been accepted to tuition-free Brooklyn College.  What to do…  His father, a product of the Great Depression, didn’t want Norman to accept the scholarship.  (What if it wasn’t renewed after a year – they couldn’t afford tuition; what about the cost of supplies; they also wanted to send his brother to college in just more three years).


TRR: Norman returned to school and tell Mr. Friend the news. This dedicated teacher stayed until 7 pm the next evening to meet with Norman’s father in an attempt to convince him, even offering an extra $100. from the “Art Squad” to help defray costs. The answer was the same.  Norman’s father understood the need to be pragmatic. Norman would go to college, become a teacher and get a job.


That summer I didn’t have a job. I walked the streets telling myself that I was going to Brooklyn College.  I psyched myself up about meeting new people and having new experiences. I had four good years at BC.


TRR:  Norman graduated from Brooklyn College and went back to his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School to student teach.


"Sabbath Bride" by Norman Berman

“Sabbath Bride” by Norman Berman


In September, 1960, Norman was set up by his brother’s fiancée on a blind date with a girl named Ethel.  The rest is history!  They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Ethel and Norman were married for almost 52 years. She was his strength, his staunchest supporter, his severest critic and the love of his life. As Norman points out, if he had gone to Parsons, he would not have ended up being introduced to his “beshert”, Ethel.  His first date was on Ethel’s birthday. They were married for 52 years… She passed away in July of 2013.



"Neshema" by Norman Berman

“Neshema” by Norman Berman



After graduating with my BA and MA from Brooklyn College, I taught Junior High and moved on to High School.  I concentrated on teaching painting as part of the curriculum, along with art history and color theory. From my own experiences, I encouraged my students to learn and research their subjects.  Research is an essential part of any good piece of artwork!   My favorite part of the curriculum was teaching painting.  I was privileged to have a number of students from the “Art Talent Classes”.  These were students who took art classes five days a week and showed promise.  I continued teaching and eventually became a supervisor (Assistant Principal) .  I taught in a few different schools and in 1983 was awarded the ‘Art Educator Award’ from the New York City Art Teacher’s Association/UFT and the Art Chairman’s Association in recognition of my outstanding service and commitment to art education.  I also held the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Queensborough College where I taught painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, advertising design and art history.  I finally retired in January, 1991.


"Our Father Our King, Aveenu Malkainu" Oil on Canvas by Norman Berman

“Our Father Our King, Aveenu Malkainu” Oil on Canvas by Norman Berman



TRR:  Tell us more about your own artwork.  On your website, you differentiate between two different types of art.  One is the “Prayer Shawl Series” and then “the rest”.


There is an interrelationship.  Some of my larger paintings incorporate Hebrew words from Jewish prayers.  The ‘Lecha Dodi’ piece that was on the Armory Art Center invitation, is from the prayer service which welcomes the Sabbath, as a bride.  Another powerful piece of bright yellow hues titled ‘AveenuMalkeinu’ (Our Father, Our King”, comes from the High Holy Day liturgy.   I created the ‘Prayer Shawl (‘Tallis’) Series’, one for each year’s Jewish New Year’s card for my family. These watercolors are representational in style.


"Minyan" by Norman Berman

“Minyan” by Norman Berman



During my studies at Brooklyn College, three or four faculty members really influenced me: Jimmy Ernst (son of Max), Carl Robert Holty( a disciple of Mondrian), and Harry Holtzman.  Stylistically, Jimmy showed me how calligraphy and linear work can influence a piece of artwork; how to allow just enough, without overpowering the piece.  Holty was a great “colorist” He taught me to take Mondrian’s rectangles and squares and change their edges from white to various tints and shades of color, allowing work to “float” in one plane over the other.  He helped me capture my creative imagination through color relationships.  Holty subscribed to Hans Hoffman’s theory of “Push and Pull”.  Holtzman, who never taught studio, explained the theory of modern art, abstract theory and how to analyze what the creative process was all about.  He was one of the people who managed to help Mondrian get into the U.S.  The faculty of Brooklyn College in the 50′s and 60′s were influential artists, bringing new ideas and changes to the art world. They were the top names in the Abstract Expressionist Movement.  Having Mark Rothko as a teacher certainly influenced me. I subscribe to the Abstract Art Movement’s credo “The act of painting is more important than the product.  As Mark Rothko says, “My paintings are made to engulf you.” There is a definitive biography of Rothko and I like one of his quotes which is “ART IS AN ADVENTURE INTO AN UNKNOWN WORLD, WHICH CAN BE EXPLORED ONLY BY THOSE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS.” Each time I start a new work, I am moving into an unknown world and taking new risks. That is what keeps me going!


"Lake of the Snow Moon" by Norman Berman ( Art Of Association Winner, 2014 at Lighthouse ArtCenter)

“Lake of the Snow Moon” by Norman Berman ( Art Of Association Winner, 2014 at Lighthouse ArtCenter)


At the same time as I was teaching, I was also creating and showing my own work.  I believe strongly that to be able to teach art, you must be involved in the creative process yourself!  You have to live through the agony of that blank canvas and the ecstasy of a finished piece of art.

TRR:  Does your art tell a story?


Good question!  Usually, my art does not tell a story because I normally don’t create narrative pieces of work. My piece, ‘Lake of Snow Moon’ is unusual in that aspect, for me. The initial little study for it (which I rarely do) was based on the weeds and reeds that I see every day from my kitchen window. When I decided to enlarge it to a full size watercolor the weeds and reeds became snow-covered pine trees. The title “The Lake of the Snow Moon” comes from the fact that the nickname for the full moon in February/March is called the “Snow Moon”. This painting was the second place ribbon recipient at the 2014 Art of Association Show at the Lighthouse Museum.   The toughest part of being an abstract painter is when people ask me , ‘well, what is that supposed to be?’  If my response is that I cannot tell them and they have to determine that for themselves, it sounds dismissive.  I don’t want to be that way.  The spectator has to be willing to engage and think and wonder ‘what does that look like?’ ‘what does it tell me’? I cannot do that for them.  I like the subtlety of color relationships and that shows in a majority of my work.  Even after graduation from Brooklyn College, I would go to Carl Holty’s studio and show him my work and talk about these theories.  Then I started to show my work in galleries in Greenwich Village, eventually moving to galleries uptown.



"Tekiyah" by Norman Berman

“Tekiyah” by Norman Berman



TRR:  What is your favorite part of being an artist?


When the piece is ready to sign!  Once I do that, I never go back to rework the painting.  I also like to see my work in a venue other than the walls in my house. The works look totally different in a gallery. I’ve exhibited widely in the New York Metropolitan area and my work appears in numerous private collections across the country.  The Queensborough Community College Gallery has my work in its permanent collection.  My work has been displayed in libraries, synagogues and churches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York as well as the Polish Consulate in Manhattan, the GE Gallery in Schenectady, NY and the SONY Gallery in New York City.



"Slowly Comes The Night" by Norman Berman

“Slowly Comes The Night” by Norman Berman


TRR:  What tips would you give beginning artists?

Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!  Your images will grow and your style will develop. That is OK.  For me, selling my work is a secondary thought.  I love what I do.  But, at the same time, don’t be afraid to market yourself.  I know this is difficult because one is fearful thinking about it.  Most artists aren’t trained to sell their work.





"Eclipse" by Norman Berman

“Eclipse” by Norman Berman

TRR:  Can you take us through the process of a painting?



"Clock-Wise-Counter-Clockwise" by Norman Berman

“Clock-Wise-Counter-Clockwise” by Norman Berman



When we relocated to Florida, I moved away from working with oils.  Now I use watercolor.  I start out with a blank sheet of paper and add floating colors next.  After that, I bring in wide calligraphic lines, getting thinner and thinner to create an intricate ‘lace-like’ network. The final effort is to come up with a title.  I rarely work from sketches or small studies.  I put up a piece of illustration board, watercolor paper or canvas). I don’t buy this notion that art is for self-enjoyment. (That is for the hobbyist who is “making pictures”). Art is a challenge and hard work. I have to let my mind and brain create images through my hand that I find pleasing, interesting and challenging.  The one thing about the 1950′s and 1960′s about theories expounding at Brooklyn College was that the act of painting was more important than the product.  If you finish the product and you like it, sign and you’re done.  Fine.  If you finish a product that you don’t like, it is also fine to rip it up and throw it away.   In fact, in Mark Rothko’s class, he would have you create a piece of art, then tear it up and reconstruct it!



When I am finished with a painting, I sign it and that’s it!  That’s not a “beshert” moment.  It is an “Aha” moment.   When you look at your piece and know that it is enough, you are done.  If you’re not sure, stop painting and turn the piece facing the wall.  Turn it around and look at it in another 6 weeks.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  My best and most instant critic was Ethel…


"Neilah" by Norman Berman

“Neilah” by Norman Berman


TRR:  How do you recharge your creativity?

I like read about “art” whether in fiction or non-fiction.  When I reread two of my favorite books, “My Name is Asher Lev” and “The Gift of Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, the words deeply move me. While I was not as prolific as the fictional Asher Lev, I had many of the same experiences as he did, growing up in Brooklyn and although locales were “fictionalized” I knew exactly where they were.  I also enjoy Daniel Silva who’s protagonist is Gabriel Alon, an Israeli Mossad agent as well as a world famous art restorer.  I read books about artists. Their concepts and approaches to creativity help me, as you put it, to recharge my own creativity. As an adjunct to my paintings I am a “serious amateur photographer. I am the president of my community photo club. My approach to photograph is similar to my approach to my paintings. I look for the abstract elements in the subjects that I photograph. That is a way that I am constantly aware of the visual world around which eventually can be incorporated into my works.





TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

I do have a physical limitation, which prevents me from working on large canvases, which I used to do in oils and in acrylics. I was diagnosed with ‘brittle bone disease’ (osteogenesisimperfecta). Because of my disability, I limit myself to working on full sheet or a double elephant size Arches’ Bright White 300 lb. Cold Press paper or 140 lb. Arches Bright White paper.  In reading a research paper about OI, it stated that those with the disease tend to be very optimistic people, with strong motivations.  We get up.  We do.  We are positive.  I hope more people find out about the OI Foundation.wwwOIF.org   My granddaughter, Mira, uses art as an outlet because she cannot run around like other kids, due to this brittle bone issue.



Norman Berman's "Self Portrait, Soul's Journey"

Norman Berman’s “Self Portrait, Soul’s Journey”

TRR: In 2012, Norman served as Coordinator for the Artists of Palm Beach County’s exhibit at the Armory Art Center.  He had no idea how complex this administrative job would become.  He comments, “Being an educator gives you a multiplicity of skills”.  He is a member on the Board of Directors of the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC).





For more information, please contact
Norman Berman



or  normberman12@gmail.com




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Public is Welcome To Laura Willems’ SOLO Exhibit at Whole Foods Market On Behalf Of Wellington Art Society

Wellington Art Society announces a Public Reception for abstract artist, Laura Willems will be held on May 29, 2015, in the Cafe Gallery of the Whole Foods Market in Wellington. This SOLO Exhibition has 16 works of art on display, many as diptychs, triptychs and quartets, totaling 36 individual canvases.  Laura’s work has been seen in many juried and invitational exhibitions, including “Art in Public Places” at Palm Beach International Airport. She has also participated in many art shows and done several art demonstrations. Her exhibit will continue through June 15th.The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks here. 











Laura Willems

“Through the scope – a take on inner and outer space”




Friday, May 29, 2015

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7          Wellington, FL



$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund


Exhibit continues through June 15th


"Thirty Fathoms" by Laura Willems

“Thirty Fathoms” by Laura Willems


Laura Willems, member of the Wellington Art Society is the current SOLO artist at Wellington Whole Foods Market. A Public Reception in her honor will be hosted by Whole Foods on May 29, 2015 from 6:30-8 PM. There will be live music, delicious and creative snacks, special vintage wines and door prizes, including one from the artist. There is a $5 charge at the door goes to help fund the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.   The Cafe Gallery at Whole Foods Market is located at 2635 State Road 7/441, Wellington, FL 33414, 561-904-4000. Located just south of the Wellington Mall and Forest Hill Blvd., on State Road 7/441.




"Sunset On Solaris" by Laura Willems

“Sunset On Solaris” by Laura Willems



This SOLO Exhibition has 16 works of art on display, many as diptychs, triptychs and quartets, totaling 36 individual canvases.  Paintings from Laura Willems’ Interstellar Series will be shown, in which Laura creates a paint bath of mixed media into which she immerses the canvases. Also represented are selections from her Jackson Pollack and Miro’ periods.  In addition, a collection of 4″ x 4″ mini-panels, which interchange like puzzle pieces, will be shown for the first time.



"Firestorm Quartet" by Laura Willems

“Firestorm Quartet” by Laura Willems

Laura was born and raised in the Midwest, loves sports and the outdoors and spending time with animals. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut. An avid traveler, she has visited all seven continents and has been inspired by the very diverse cultures and landscapes she has experienced as well as the many museums she has visited over the years.



"The Fires Within" by Laura Willems

“The Fires Within” by Laura Willems



Laura’s art has evolved through those travels and by participating in many classes and seminars in various mediums and artistic styles. She has found guidance from her artist brother, Ira Bruce Reines and many fellow artists. A highly creative and passionate person, she constantly reinvents herself in order to explore new avenues of expression.


Laura Willems at  Wellington City Hall Exhibit with "Slash"

Laura Willems at Wellington City Hall Exhibit with “Slash”

Laura’s art uses the laws of gravity, chemistry and physics to turn the canvases into unique highly kinetic interplays of vivid color that ebb and flow. Each painting is created in a mixed media bath of acrylics, oils, gesso and metallics of different density and liquidity. The canvas is dipped in this bath, then tilted and worked, allowing the mediums to flow and merge into complex patterns and intricate textures. Laura’s paintings can be viewed in any direction and explode in breathtaking brilliant colors.



"Heavy Metals" by Laura Willems

“Heavy Metals” by Laura Willems


Laura tells The Rickie Report,”As in a microcosm or vast universe, the innate laws of physics governing the world are at work as I create my latest series of paintings. For each canvas, I first create a bath of mixed media: acrylics, oils, gessoes, and metallics of different density and liquidity. “



"Life in Europa" by Laura Willems

“Life in Europa” by Laura Willems


Laura says: “Have you ever noticed that looking through a microscope can be similar to looking through a telescope? Is it a star or a piece of sand?  Particles, at the subatomic level, mimic planetary motion. The symmetry of the universe, ruled by the laws of nature, is key to my inspiration.  As I add each color and medium, the disparate chemical make-ups of the mediums react with each other, jockeying for position like rivers flowing along hydro-dynamic lines.”



Laura is a member of several Professional Associations, including Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Artists of Palm Beach County, Wellington Art Society, Lake Worth Art League and International Association of Experimental Artists.


This SOLO Exhibition will conclude on June 15, 2015.

Please call 561-632-8225, for more information.

Works can be specially created to suit your home or office.




Wellington Art Society

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists, and serve the community through their art.

For further information visit wellingtonartsociety.org



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SOLO Exhibit At Cultural Council Of Palm Beach County Features Karen Salup’s Vibrant Paintings

As an abstract expressionist, Karen H. Salup concentrates on the action of painting as opposed to a recognizable concrete image. The brushstrokes act like vibrations of color to allow her paintings to come alive. Painting in her studio in Boynton Beach she concentrates on the canvas and works on paper “avoiding the pretty.” She invites the viewer to experience what seems to be her private interpretation into her landscapes of rhythm and imagery. Very active in the art world, she is on the board of Women in the Visual Arts and is involved with National Association of Women Artist, Florida and New York Chapters, Palm Beach Watercolor Society and is the Incoming President for Women in the Visual Arts. Salup has exhibited nationally and has won multiple awards for her work. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and details here.






SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 pm

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

This Event Is Open To The Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd



"Blue Conversion" by Karen H Salup

“Blue Conversion” by Karen H Salup



A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Karen Salup will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The public is invited to the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015.For more information please visit www.palmbeachculture.com or call (561) 471-2901.



"Birthday Celebration" by Karen H Salup

“Birthday Celebration” by Karen H Salup



For three decades, Karen H. Salup has been intriguing audiences across the country with her paintings. A native New Yorker, Karen’s work has been featured in several galleries and exhibits throughout Florida and New York with solo shows at Viridian and Jain Marunouchi Galleries.


"Mountain Stream" by Karen H Salup

“Mountain Stream” by Karen H Salup

Using acrylic, watercolor, and pastels on canvas and paper, Karen H. Salup creates a world that vibrates with bold colors and bright light paired with brushstrokes that evoke a strong sense of movement and energy. Her paintings begin with a theme of nature, but invariably evolve into an imaginative creation that invites interpretation from the audience. Karen’s work is influenced from Impressionism to Deconstructionism to Abstract Expressionism.



"Untitled Landscape" by Karen H Salup

“Untitled Landscape” by Karen H Salup



Karen tells us, “As with artists of every era, I suppose I’m searching for a kind of underlying unity and order that takes into account the materials on hand, a method, and a fairly clear personal point of view. Form, space, content and especially the qualities of colour and light. As a painting evolves, I find myself making changes which when made, then reveal and suggest other possible directions. Thus, there is an ongoing shift of centers of interest, if not in the basic structure itself.  The works vibrate with color, come alive with brushstrokes, images fight to appear and references to nature seem apparent. The freshness of the gesture allows the viewer to feel the painting develop as though we were making the decisions to add, subtract, change colors and play with the space.”



"Crystallize" by Karen H Salup

“Crystallize” by Karen H Salup


Karen studied at CW Post and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her mentor, artist and sculptor, Jerry Okimoto, motivated her to become an “action painter”.  Her main artistic influences are Jackson Pollock and Willem de Koonig.  Karen is extremely active in the art community, serving on the Board of Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA)as Incoming President, membership in the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the Boca Raton Artist Guild Association.



"The Storm" by Karen H Salup

“The Storm” by Karen H Salup


Karen’s artistry has been exhibited nationwide, with many awards as well as SOLO and Group exhibitions.  Most recently, her work has been seen at “Continuum”, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy; Northwood University; Coral Springs Art Museum; Armory Art Center and ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Her artwork has been included and reviewed in numerous national as well as local publications.  Karen’s artwork is in Corporate Collections of Reynolds Metal Inc., VA; Boston Corporate Art; Merchants Bank of New York City; Amalgamated Bank of New York City;  and Paintingsdirect.com when she was selected to be involved at the beginning, of an online source of  art exposure and sales. 


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“BLING: Art That Shines” And “Adornment” Promises To Dazzle Visitors

Delray Beach Center for the Arts announces two new exhibits at the Cornell Museum of Art. “BLING: Art That Shines” and “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” promise to dazzle visitors with contemporary paintings and mixed media works. An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th and will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet the participating artists.  “BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork in this exhibit has been seen in galleries worldwide. “Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details. Note: The artwork will be more sparkly and blingy in person!  Don’t miss this!!






“BLING: Art That Shines”


“Adornment: A Faculty Showcase”



Thursday, March 26th

9 – 11:30 PM



Exhibit dates are March 24-July 5, 2015

Suggested Admission is a  $5 donation

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  10am – 4:30pm

Located on the campus of Delray Beach Center for the Arts

 at  Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, FL 33444









An Opening Celebration is planned for Thursday, March 26th from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The evening will include sparkling wines courtesy of SEQUIN Wines, cocktails, light bites and a chance to meet some of the participating artists. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.


“BLING: Art That Shines” features 16 internationally recognized artists who use diamond dust, crystals, metals, glass, mirrors, lights or glitter to give their work an element of shine. Artwork included in this exhibit has been shown in galleries worldwide.  Designed as a smaller companion exhibit,”Adornment: A Faculty Showcase” is a group show that features paintings and photography by instructors at the Center’s School of Creative Arts. Each were given the theme of “adornment” (something that decorates or is an ornament) to interpret in their works.  The Cornell Museum of Art will also participate with the First Friday Art Walks coordinated by the Downtown Development Authority. The museum galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.


Meet the BLING artists:

Shonagh Adelman is a contemporary feminist artist who combines different mediums in one image. Using materials she is drawn to, her art creates cultural commentaries on different issues. Her work includes the use of crystals, and Adleman uses a crystal method which deploys thousands of colored 4mm glass and acrylic crystals on canvas. She then embeds other media – including plasticine, tablets, photographs, and plastic eyeballs – within the crystal surface. The result is an illuminated and exaggerated image. Adelman has work in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and of the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has also been exhibited at SFMOMA, The Aldrich Museum, Fuller Museum, Linda Kirkland Gallery, as well as others.



"Chanel" by Alberto Murillo

“Chanel No.5” by Alberto Murillo



Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) creates “an overwhelming desire to believe in the transformative power of art.” Using brilliant colors that create psychedelic patterns, floral imagery, and materials such as crystals and porcupine quills, the work he creates is a combination of science, spirituality, and mysticism. The end result is an otherworldly effect for the viewer. Alvarez began his career through performances in which he “channelled” a 2,000 year old Shaman spirit named Carlos.  His has performed in front of live audiences around the world, and media broadcasts of these performances have also been viewed worldwide.  The video work was presented in 2002 at the Whitney Biennial, and has also been shown in a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York. Alvarez is internationally known, and his artwork has been shown at Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and at shows in New York and in San Francisco.



Michael Chearney grew up in Baltimore and learned to paint from his immigrant grandparents.  They inspired him to look at the world creatively, and to color outside the lines. Chearney has stated that “art is a living thing, and that the process involves mind, body, and spirit.”  His paintings have impressionistic overtones, and each one speaks a different message. In 2013, Chearney was recognized as ATOD Magazine’s Male Artist of the Year. Exhibitions include Red Dot Miami, the Palm Springs Fine Art Show, INCOGNITO 2013 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and solo shows at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles.  His work has been in nationwide group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.



"Golden Pause" by Frank Hyder

“Golden Pause” by Frank Hyder



Ben Eine is a street artist from the U.K., who was propelled into the limelight when Prime Minister David Cameron gave Barack Obama a screen print of his work to congratulate the President on his second inauguration. Eine is most noted for his bright alphabet letters that are found on shop shutters throughout London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Broadway Market areas. Although best known for his street art, Eine also does screen prints.  The mixed media that Eine uses for his creations includes spray paint, acrylic, and glitter on canvas. Google Maps has created a map of Eine’s street art throughout London.  His art can also be found throughout the streets of Tokyo, Dublin, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, and Stockholm.  His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and throughout Europe, including V1 in Copenhagen and Collette in Paris.



Bruce Helander is a prominent artist who specializes in collage and assemblage. He has had quite an interesting career. Aside from his art, he is also a prominent writer who has written extensively about contemporary art. Helander possesses a Master’s Degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, where he was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He arrived in Palm Beach by way of NYC in 1982, and has been active in the South Florida art scene ever since. His work is in over 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  His collages also appear in the magazines Jazziz, The New Yorker, Palm Beach Illustrated, as well as others.


"Neon Pink Poppy" by  Camomile Hixon

“Neon Pink Poppy” by Camomile Hixon


Damien Hirst is a prominent artist from the United Kingdom, who uses installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life, and death. Often exploring more macabre aspects, his work is certainly unique and shows the connection death has to us all. The conversation he has sparked with his works is controversial, but needs to be explored. Early in his career, Hirst was one of the main organizers of a group exhibition called Freeze at Goldsmiths College. This exhibit launched not only Hirst’s career, but also the careers of other British artists. In the 1990’s, Hirst created his most famous series, Natural History. This series features preserving animals in steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde, with the most well-known being a Tiger Shark, whose body is slowly decaying due to the formaldehyde solution. Hirst’s intriguing works have been exhibited in over 90 solo shows worldwide, and have also been included in over 260 group shows. In 2012, Hirst was recognized with a retrospective at the Tate Modern for his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades.



Camomile Hixon is a pop artist whose main medium is glitter. Based out of New York City, Hixon’s works include pop images and words on canvas that sparkle with glitter, three-dimensional supersized cellophane flower installations, as well as the worldwide interactive Missing Unicorn search. Her work has been exhibited in Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The American Textile History Museum, The Children’s Museum of The Arts in SoHo, and in Central Park, NYC. She is also internationally acclaimed, and her work has been exhibited in Europe and Japan.


"Dead Black Brilliant Utopia" by Damien Hirst

“Dead Black Brilliant Utopia” by Damien Hirst


Frank Hyder is a painter, formerly from Philadelphia, but now living in Miami. He was a member of the faculty at Moore College of Art and Design, and his career highlights include more than 150 group shows and over 80 solo exhibitions. He has exhibited worldwide, throughout the continental US, Canada, Great Britain, South America, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Melbourne, Australia. Much of Hyder’s work is influenced by his experience living in Venezuela with his family. His work is vibrant and moves across the canvas in bright colors. Aside from paintings, Hyder’s works include sculptures, luminaries, ceramics, and landscapes, among others. Hyder’s major awards include a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to Venezuela, U.S. Embassy Cultural Grants, Mid Atlantic NEA, two Pennsylvania State Council of the Arts Grants and an International Art Programming Network Partners Grant.



Ashley Longshore has said that her art is representative of the world as she sees it, and she has been recognized as “a modern Andy Warhol.”  Her art focuses on American consumerism, pop culture, and Hollywood glamour. Longshore’s work often takes a satirical approach, using fashion icons as the means to make a statement.  Her client base includes Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz. Her gallery, Longshore Studio Gallery, is located on Magazine Street in New Orleans.  She has exhibited in the US and Europe, and has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Forbes, Vogue, Marie Claire Belgium, Elle Décor Belgium, Vie Magazine, SPUR, Hollywood Reporter, and Matchbook Magazine.



Alberto Murillo is a native of Madrid, Spain, and self-taught artist. His work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism. He uses acrylic and UV polymer resin that is poured into panels in a color blocking effect, with the canvases lying on the floor as opposed to on an easel.  Murillo describes this process as creating liquid skins that are able to be manipulated in order to create his vibrant works. Murillo’s artwork has been exhibited in over 30 shows across the US and Europe, and is currently represented by seven galleries in the US. He is also featured in over 40 private collections and in several public art installations.


"Chanel No.5" by Jonathan Stein

“Chanel No.5” by Jonathan Stein


Allie Pohl is an LA-based conceptual artist.  She has exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art, Context Miami, Dallas Art Fair, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Denver International Airport, and a public sculpture show curated by Olga Viso, in which she won the People’s Choice Award. On her Twitter profile, Allie Pohl has written “Transforming the social construct of perfection,” and indeed, her art showcases this statement.  Pohl has created the Ideal Woman by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit the ideal Western society measurements of 36-24-26, and is shown in a range of media, including sculpture, video, and jewelry.  Her work challenges the meaning of perfection and creates a need to embrace imperfection. Aside from Ideal Woman, Pohl’s work includes Hot Seat, which glimpses into a woman’s most personal of moments, as well as Peacocking, which is influenced by the dating app Tinder and emphasizes the transformation of the ideal male.




Jonathan Stein is a conceptual artist from the Bronx whose expertise includes sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video installation. His work makes social statements all the while sparkling with hand-placed Swarovski Crystals. His influences include Andy Warhol, Judith Leiber, and John Waters, and he says of himself, “I am a lover of all things campy and kitsch.” Stein is also involved in philanthropic efforts that aid in helping pediatric cancer patients.  He has worked with Katy Perry and the Gibson Guitar Company, among others, and he serves as the Creative Director of Drops of Hope, Inc., a South Florida non-profit organization that provides specialized services to pediatric cancer patients and their low to no income families. In 2003, Stein received Best Commercial Photography Portfolio from The Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been exhibited in group shows and solo shows, both across the U.S. and internationally in Latin America and Europe.  For the past eight years, Stein’s work has been shown at Art Basel, Miami Beach.



Raul Vega’s specialty is textured canvases, using a pallet knife and numerous brushes to apply a rich mixture of layered paints.  His landscapes have been said to capture the essence of nature’s harmony and color balance.  The colors and textures of his work reinforce nature’s beauty and inspiration.  Vega’s aggressively textured surfaces and purposeful abstract patterns “created by nature and manipulated by man” create a unique balance between the abstract and reality. Vega’s art has been exhibited in a series of artists’ surveys, in Palm Beach at the Paul Fisher Gallery, “Art at the Whitney” in West Palm Beach, Bluestone Gallery in Milford, PA, and ArtHouse429 in Palm Beach.  His work has also been acquired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts.



Hilary White has spent the majority of her career in Philadelphia. She loves wood work, and has incorporated this love into three dimensional painted sculpture, and installation. She has described her work as an “exploration of theology and imagination.” White is influenced by the early art of the Byzantine era through the early Gothic era when works were commissioned for religious purposes, and also by the 19th century when the movement turned to Art for the sake of Art. Her work reflects the combination of faith and fact. White has participated in various art fairs, and has been in over 36 exhibitions, including nine solo exhibitions. Her work has been shown locally and internationally in Berlin and Hong Kong.




Rob Wynne creates mixed-media objects, installations, drawings, and canvases.  His work uses glass, beads, silk, and glitter to create surreal and ephemeral environments. Wynne also uses text to create narratives on his pieces, which are embroidered over images, formed of glass, and painted onto objects. The chosen phrases on his pieces come from literature, television, and conversations.  Removed from their context, these phrases become their own art form. Solo gallery exhibitions include JGM Galerie in Paris, Galerie Edward Mitterand in Geneva, and Holly Solomon Gallery in New York.  Group exhibitions include Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, the McNay Art Museum in Texas, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art in New York, Long Beach Museum of Art in California, The Drawing Center in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Wynne is also featured in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, the Norton Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.



Russell Young is best known for his silk screen paintings which are sprinkled with diamond or crystal dust. His work explores where the American Dream intersects with crime, addiction, and death.  Young has said that he uses the diamond dust to lure viewers in, to seduce them to look closer at the image underneath the sparkle.  His work uses historical images and images of American pop culture. Young began his career as a photographer, and he shot the cover of George Michael’s Faith album.  He has photographed such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen, Bjork, Paul Newman, and Diana Ross, and he has shot over 100 videos for MTV. Young also does charity work for The Art of Elysium, an organization that brings artists in to spend time with hospitalized children who are battling serious medical conditions.  He is very passionate about this work, and believes in giving to this community. Young has been exhibited throughout the world, including in London, Vienna, Montreal, Los Angeles, Belgium, and San Francisco.  His fan base includes Brad Pitt, President Obama, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, and numerous other celebrities, all of whom own pieces of his work.


About Delray Beach Center for the Arts

Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities. The historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography and writing classes and workshops. The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit DelrayArts.org.



This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Delray Beach Center For The Arts  www.delraycenterforthearts.org



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Delray Art League Welcomes Everyone to Share in Their 50th Celebration

Over the next few days, the Delray Art League (DAL) will be celebrating 50 YEARS of outstanding art and art education in style! DAL is inviting art lovers and art patrons to see the Plein Air Art Contest, extending an invitation for NEW MEMBERS to join,  and sharing the list of AUCTION ITEMS that will be sold at their  CELEBRATION of ART Banquet on February 27th!  In addition, everyone is invited to their NEXT MEETING on Monday, March 9th. Impressionist and Abstractionist Oil Painter, James P. Kerr will be presenting a demonstration.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details here.


Delray  Art  League


Invites You


Monthly Meeting


Monday March 9th

6:00 to jury into the DAL

6-7:00 50th Video Screening

7:00-9:00 Demonstration by James P. Kerr 

“Combining Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism in Paintings”

Delray City Hall    

100 NW First Avenue    Delray Beach, FL



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Plein Air Art Festival

Thurs. Feb 26, 2015

8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Judging, Exhibition & sale 4 – 7 p.m.

In the courtyard of the Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL (corner of Atlantic and Swinton)

Live music by the Florida Youth Orchestra



Artists in the Park – 3 Day Art Festival

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 – Sunday, March 1, 2015

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

On the grounds of the Delray Center for the Arts

51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL (corner of Atlantic and Swinton)

Music & Street performers


Artist Within

Saturday and Sunday, Feb 28, 2015 and March 1, 2015

10 a.m.-4:00 p.m

51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL (corner of Atlantic and Swinton)

Various age groups of children will create drawings on large paper pads
Creations will be on display & each young artist will be able to take their masterpiece home

No registration, just show up



Youth Art programs and High School Art Contest

Sunday, March 1, 2015 10 a.m.

51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL (corner of Atlantic and Swinton)

Art Festival and Portraiture Artists
Southern Dance, Magic Cards, Music by Steve Martel



Celebration Banquet


Public Invitation to Artists, Galleries, former DAL Members and Supporters of the Arts to attend the DAL Celebration of Art Banquet, Friday, Feb. 27th, 2015


Friday February 27th, 2015

6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Delray Beach Center for the Arts Gymnasium

51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL (corner of Atlantic and Swinton)

Cost: $40.00 per person

The Delray Art League cordially invites all local Artists, Galleries, Community Members, Patrons and other Supporters to join us at our Celebration of 50 Years of Art Banquet. Keynote speaker will be Joe Gillie, President & CEO of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.  Includes dinner, dancing, fine art silent auction, gift basket raffle. Proceeds go to benefit the DAL Scholarship Program.  For more information and/or tickets contact: Manny Jomok manny@mannyjomok.com or call 732-208-3842


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New Member’s Artwork

To become a Delray Art League exhibiting member, you must submit three pieces of your original artwork at one of our monthly general meetings. Artwork should be presented to the Jurying Committee between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. before the start of the General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a check or cash. You will be notified by mail of your acceptance. If not accepted, your check will be returned.

 Exhibiting Member $40.00
 Family members (exhibiting} $50.00
 Friend membership (non-exhibiting) $20.00

Accepted Artwork:
2 D ART – watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, etc.
SCULPTURE – stone, wood, metal, etc.
PHOTOGRAPHY – At this time the photography category is filled
Not Accepted: (except if grandfathered in): computer generated art, crafts, glass, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, bead-stringing, poured molds, flowers, shell craft, etc. Categories not listed will be decided at the discretion of the Jurying Committee, with final determination by the Board of Directors.

Art should be signed by the artist and ready for hanging. Art done on paper should be matted and framed with Plexiglas (no glass). Canvas must be framed or gallery wrapped (no staples showing) with sides painted.

For more information: www.delrayartleague.com



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Judith Shah’s Artistry Exhibiting at OSGS, Just Back from NYC

Judith Shah is currently exhibiting at OSGS Gallery.  Her art work is fresh from her New York exhibition titled ‘Vibrancy of Intuition’ at the Walter Wickiser Gallery and her work is highly collectible.  Most recently, Judith’s art was seen at Art Palm Beach in the Art Synergy2015 booth.  The Rickie Report shares a few images and urges you to stop by, as her work will be at OSGS for a short while.  



 500 Northwood Road   West Palm Beach, FL


O | S |G | S


 Judith Shah


Friday,  February 20, 2015

6 – 8 pm






OSGS Gallery, located in the trendy arts and food district in Northwood village is featuring artist Judith Shah in an opening artist’s reception on Friday, February 20 from 6:000 to 8:00PM. Join us for Light Hors d’oeuvres and an Artist Meet and Greet and to see original paintings by Judith Shah.


"Blue" by Judith Shah (30 x 30)

“Blue” by Judith Shah (30 x 30)


Working in painting, printmaking and sculpture, Judith describes her work as “My non-objective paintings celebrate the vibrancy of intuitive marks that seem to develop from the subconscious. As I apply collage and acrylic paint the layers gently camouflage the flowing forms taking shape and multiplying”.



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“In recent works I take cues from legendary abstract expressionists and color field painters, carefully laying down choice collage papers, dripping paint and using engaging chroma. These fresh works are idiosyncratically strong and are either of subtle tones or delightfully rich in color.”



"Orange Flicker" by Judith Shah (30 x 30)

“Orange Flicker” by Judith Shah (30 x 30)



Judith studied fine arts at Boston University where she received both her bachelor and Master of Fine Arts  degree. She had shown extensively in both the greater Boston area and South Florida. You can see more of her work at www.judithshah.com.



Judith Shah's painting at Art Palm Beach Art Synergy2015 Booth

Judith Shah’s painting at Art Palm Beach Art Synergy2015 Booth


About OSGS

Art runs in the veins of gallery curators Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla. OSGS, is the embodiment of their love of art, and for sharing the work of talented artists. On any given day, a visit to their gallery sends guests crossing paths with a variety of works in many mediums that include modern-art paintings, sculptures, and home wares. But the team also does their own creating inside the studio: custom framing is available with a large number of options for materials, glass, matting, and mounting. The gallery also brings in guest speakers for the Bring Your Own Chair lecture series, whose dates are published on the gallery’s website. The gallery is located at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach.




Visit our website for more information about the gallery visit: http://www.osgsart.com/
Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223



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“Embracing The Spectrum” Features Art by Russell Gulick and Edward Trujillo at A Unique Art Gallery

The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Embracing the Spectrum” by Russell Gulick & Edward Trujillo. Two of North County’s emerging artists present an eclectic use of color and mixed media in landscape and spiritual abstracts. The event will be held on Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Russell and Edward along with the Artists of AAOJ will benefit the Autism Speaks Palm Beach County Community. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.



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A Unique Art Gallery


“Embracing the Spectrum”

Featuring the Artwork of

Russell Gulick


Edward Trujillo

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, February 11th

5:30- 7:30 pm

A Portion of Proceeds of Sales Benefits:

Autism Speaks Palm Beach County Community

226 Center Street Suite 8       Jupiter, FL 33458



The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents: “Embracing the Spectrum” by Russell Gulick & Edward Trujillo. Two of North County’s emerging artists present an eclectic use of color and mixed media in landscape and spiritual abstracts. The event will be held on Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Russell and Edward along with the Artists of AAOJ will benefit the Autism Speaks Palm Beach County Community. www.autismspeaks.org



Russell Gulick

Where is my mind?
Art Thritus

"Secret Hangout" by Russell Gulick

“Secret Hangout” by Russell Gulick

”As I sit back and look at my work I feel it has risen to a style that scratches the surface of what painting is, but redefines itself as new discoveries within every piece. Since a teenager I was interested in experimenting with textures, paint, chemistry and abusing the art principles.  Twenty years ago I remember pouring white out over gauze and assembling different white substances together, collaging them into my sketchbook and now twenty years later the collage has yellowed and dried to mummification”.

"Sea Urchin" by Russell Gulick

“Sea Urchin” by Russell Gulick

“Today I use everything from paint stripper to acrylic, house and spray paints. As I integrate different styles of painting I construct a vast realm of Landscapes, Graffiti and Abstract Expressionism subliminally. As the composition tightens into its location, different entities of paint and medium interact with each other.  My work also utilizes markers, stenciling, text and gestural drawing. By approaching the canvas with different inspirations or direct feeling, I don’t achieve the composition easily or methodically.  Living here in Florida has exposed me to some of the most picturesque scenery. The end problem is our developments’ constant redefining of the skies and shores. My paintings are a reflection and statement of history repeating itself in art as in mankind”.  To see more of Russell’s work please visit: www.russellgulickart.com


Edward Trujillo



Painting by Edward Trujillo

Painting by Edward Trujillo


“The cultural influences of family and the history of the Land of Enchancement meld into the expressions of my art.  I have always loved art and photography. My travels took me to art museums in New Mexico, Mexico City, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the 1980’s I won First Place at the NM State Fair three times for Black and White photography”.


Artwork by Edward Trujillo

Artwork by Edward Trujillo


“I have had no formal training in art and can claim that I am self-taught. My artistic expressions are formed with each art piece which vary form folk art to impressionist art. Besides painting on canvas, I have included recycled art by painting on wine crate panels, cedar planks and plywood”.


My art is on exhibit at:

A Unique Art Gallery, Jupiter , FL
Brewhouse Gallery, Lake Park, FL
OSGS Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Delray Beach, FL
Flamingo Clay Studio, Lake Worth, FL
War Dance Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Bethesda Outpatient Surgery Center, Boynton Beach, FL
Member of the Las Vegas Art Council

To see more of Edward’s work go to Instagram: edwardtrujillo_art or contact kpasaet@yahoo.com

What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.  ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role. To learn more visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Art on Park Gallery Features Dick Yosinoff, Extends “Classical Music 2015” Exhibit, Offers Jewelry Classes, Drawing & Collage Workshop and Poetry Critique Workshop

Art on Park Gallery and The Artists of Palm Beach County will highlight a SOLO Exhibit of Dick Yosinoff’s photographs and paintings.  In addition, the popular “Classical Music 2015” Exhibit has been extended.  Try a new technique or polish your skills, with the Drawing & Collage Workshop, the Poetry Critique Workshop and new Jewelry classes!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to stop by for any or all of these opportunities.  Remember those New Year Resolutions to try something new?





Artists of Palm Beach County


Events, Exhibits and Workshops

Open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 6 PM.


Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL





APBCJoan Lewis


The exhibit will run to February 20th, 2015.

Benefiting Classical South Florida Radio


Make your own Jewelry!

This new series of classes will teach beginning bead weaving.

February: Tuesday evening classes on 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17, 2015, from 6-8 PM.


Beading Class with Kelley Allen

Crystal Flowers Bracelet Beading Class with Kelley Allen

Learn how to transform 20 Preciosa Crystals into five perfect flowers with a simple cross weave technique. Four colors available: Aquamarine, Capri Blue, Fuchsia Pink and Citrine Yellow. For beginning jewelry makers. Each kit contains materials for one adjustable bracelet with detailed color instructions and a reusable plastic case.


Class is limited to eight students. $30. per class.  Reservations are encouraged to ensure your favorite color will be available. Call 561-345-2842 to reserve your place.

Coming in March:

Simple Peyote stitch bracelet for ‘tweens, teens and adults.

Kelley Allen is a local Palm Beach Gardens artist. She has been bead weaving since 2007 and melting glass since 2009. She is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County, the Florida Glass Dragons and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Her work can be found in the Art on Park Gallery at 800 Park Ave. in Lake Park, FL, on many Thursday evenings at the Sunset Celebration at the Sailfish Marina and Resort and at KAbeads.com.

For more info go to:


Poetry Events:

Poetry Critique Workshop

Saturday, February 7, and February 14, at 2:00 PM.

  • Each poet will have the opportunity to critique and be critiqued.
  • Open to the public
  • Original work only
  • No charge
  • Bring at least 10 copies of one poem.

For reservations call the Gallery at 561-345 -2842.



Words & Wine: Open Poetry Reading

Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 PM.

This is an opportunity to dust off those poem you’ve been collecting since high school and never read to anyone before! Don’t be shy – Poets of all levels are welcome. Bring as many as you like. We will go around the circle until we run out of time, poems or wine! Be surrounded by art as you read, in a quiet, relaxing setting. No charge. APBC Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave. Lake Park FL 33403, 561-345-2842



– Drawing and Collage –


Saturday, February 28th at 1 pm: for kids from 9 to 90!

Join us for a fun afternoon of drawing and collage making. We will be creating images inspired by the Exhibit that is in progress. We will provide all materials, so there’s nothing for you to bringbut your ideas. Children, parents and grandparents are all welcome!




Solo Exhibit

Public Opening Reception:

Saturday, February 28th

7 to 9 pm

Exhibit Shows from February 23 to March 13, 2015




Dick Yosinoff…Photographer or painter? Why not both? In his youth in Providence, Rhode Island Dick entered a city sponsored school drawing contest and was awarded a scholarship to classes at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Choosing photography as a hobby during a corporate career, Dick has often pulled off the road to photograph barns or deserted boat houses, shot striking candid portraits of New York City dwellers and photographed foreign cultures during travels. Upon retirement he utilized his camera eye and skill to capture subjects which he expressed through oil on canvas. Recently he has experimented with an abstract expressionism painting style and found this style to be refreshingly creative. You are invited to view a sample collection of both his paintings and photographs.


For more information about these programs and events, and to learn more about The Artists of Palm Beach County, please









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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420