Jeff Whyman Offers Interactive Demonstration Of Large Ceramic Sculptures At Boca Raton Museum Of Art’s School Of Art

The Boca Raton Museum Of Art – The Art School is offering a unique opportunity to learn about ceramics by getting your hands in the mix!  On Saturday, April 8th, Jeff Whyman will present an interactive demonstration on his unique creative process of creating large expressive ceramic sculpture. Visitors will be invited to explore hand-building alongside the artist as he works on the wheel and discusses his art practice and technique.  This workshop is held in conjunction with Whyman’s SOLO exhibit at Rosenbaum Contemporary, on exhibit April 6 to April 29, 2017.  The Rickie Report shares the details and registration information as well as some sneak peeks.





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




Jeff Whyman:

Ceramics Demonstration

Saturday, April 8

9 AM to NOON

1  to 3 PM

Morning or afternoon session:

 pre-registration required

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






“Untitled” by Jeff Whyman


Master artist Jeff Whyman has been exploring the expressive possibilities of clay and steel sculpture for over four decades. Whyman studied with legendary Peter Voulkos who was a leader in both breaking the boundaries between the fine arts and crafts and in creating large scale ‘abstract expressionistic’ ceramics.



Jeff Whyman shares, “I remember the summer of 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, when I was 5 years old watching the city sewer company with their massive bulldozers digging up the earth and the clay to lay freshly extruded salt fired clay sewer pipes. I remember the sunlight on the glistening glazed surface that the sodium created and the beaded texture I felt as I rubbed my hands across its surface. The color reminded me of root beer with white speckles that reminded me of stars”.


Jeff Whyman Quirky Berkeley in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016.

“Pete Voulkos was already acclaimed in the art world for his pioneering breakthroughs. It would be 15 years before I would meet and work with Pete in Morrison, Colorado by Red Rocks Park in 1973. When Peter and I met we bonded in heart and mind and he adopted me as one of his many art children over his lifetime. We shared everything over the next 20 years. I loved him dearly and he watches over all of us now sitting with the angels. What I admired most of all about Peter was his courage, faith and love for the journey. When he left that workshop in 1973 he showed me the circle that he drew on the bottom of his work and told me that one day I would someday put the circle on my work. The circle represents the Universe. It took me 30 years to understand what he given me in friendship, love and honor but most of all in the spirit of God”.



Vase by Jeff Whyman

“My work is all about each word that describes the beauty, wonder and majesty of life in our walk each day with the Almighty and all that is therein. The clay, the earth, the sun, the minerals and the colors of our transitions and the eternal process of our existence … Always making and forever giving…”


Vase by Jeff Whyman






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







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Bruce Webber Gallery Features CoBrA Artist, Stephane Cruz In SOLO Exhibit

Stephane Cruz’ paintings will be featured at the Bruce Webber Gallery in Lake Worth Fl. The public is invited to a free, Opening reception on Thursday, March 9th.  An abstract expressionist, favoring strong colors and innocent form, Stephane is a member of the Armory Art Center and the Photographic Centre.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  






705 Lucerne Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460










A European avant garde movement active from 1948 – 1951.  The name was coined by artists Karen Appel, Asger Jorn and other members of the first letters of their home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br) and Amsterdam (A)








Opening Reception  With The Artist

Thursday, March 9, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 pm





Exhibition continues through March 31st



Stephane  Cruz was born and raised in Belgium, where he graduated in Fine Arts with Distinction.  Stephane is a member of the Armory center and the Photographic centre at West Palm beach. He considers himself an abstract expressionist. He tells The Rickie Report, “I favor strong colors and likes to paint spontaneous decorative in an innocent form”.





Stephane goes on to explain, ” I am an expressive painter, my paintings are influenced by decorative children’s drawings.  Birds, cats…and distorted human figures play a main role in my work. I paint intuitive of everyday things.  I mainly use bright colors: white, red, blue, yellow and black whilst using violent brush strokes”.






“Being strongly influenced by the “ Cobra Artist’ , I suppose being a Belgian and having studied at the Academy of Fine Arts.  I use mostly Sennelier acrylic and oil paints as I like the body and the saturated pigments.  I also use encaustic medium. To quote Karel Appel “ Through play we renew contact with childhood – my art is childlike”.






CoBrA was a European avant grade movement active from 1948 until 1951. The name was formed by Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille, Christian Dotriment, Asger Jorn and Joseph Noiret from the initials of the members’ home cities : Copenhagen ( Co) , Brussels (Br) , Amsterdam (A ) .





Stephane resides in Wellington Florida, where he has a painting and clay studio and spends most of his time creating new projects.

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ArtServe Offers “Beyond Small Abstracts” Workshop Featuring Award Winning Artist, Lois Perdue March 13

Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop on Monday, March 13th.   Lois will instruct students on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper.  The workshop will be held at ArtServe.  The Rickie Report shares the details of how to register and some sneak peeks of Lois’ award winning artwork.


1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.,     Ft. Lauderdale, 33304 



ArtServe Presents:


“Beyond  Small Abstracts”  Workshop

Monday, March 13, 2017

10 am – 2 pm

Class size is limited so please register before Wednesday, March 8th.

To Register:  

Email Lois:



Workshop takes place at


1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 33304




Lois Perdue at the easel


Learn how to create your own bold, vibrant abstracts in Lois Perdue’s popular “Beyond Small Abstracts” workshop.  She will be teaching new methods of applying textures.  Students of all stages are welcome to this workshop, as Lois will instruct you on how to begin an abstract painting, how to expand smaller works to larger paintings and how to incorporate a variety of intriguing textures and techniques onto Yupo paper!


“Mountain Climbing” by Lois Perdue, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper


Lois, who has lived in South Florida her entire life, has been recognized in National, State and Local juried art competitions.  Her colorful, abstract expressionist paintings have won many awards.   Lois regularly takes workshop classes with Nationally recognized artists who provide their expertise and enthusiasm for her to continue her passion for painting!



” Neptune’s Reef” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo



Lois tells The Rickie Report, “After years of working in other creative fields, I discovered a passion for Abstract painting. I had briefly studied oil painting, sculpting and weaving, but entering that first abstract class was the beginning of an amazing journey. Here I could creatively use my energy, spontaneity and vision. I discovered this process is more than just painting reality. It is the opportunity to paint where nothing is ever “wrong” and there are no rules. I use feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials, concepts and design to create my own way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”.


“Beach” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo



Many of Lois’ abstract paintings begin on wood panel, watercolor paper or synthetic paper called Yupo with a textural layering to create dimension. She explains, “I apply thin washes of watercolor first and many translucent glazes as the under painting. Then I use bold, vibrant acrylics and inks along with the markings of calligraphy and brush strokes. Abstract Expressionism is a technique that is generally based on free and automatic “action painting”. As I begin to paint my experimental abstracts–sometimes intuitively, sometimes instinctively–I often approach the canvas with a mix of emotions. It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers”.


” Moody Blues ” by Lois Perdue, Mixed media on Yupo


Lois is an active member of a number of art-related local, State and National art organizations including the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Societies, Weston Art Guild, Plantation Art Guilds, National League of American Pen Women/Ft. Lauderdale Branch, International Society of Experimental Artists, ArtServe and 12 Voices, an organization of professional artists.





To see more of her artwork, please visit her website at:

For more information about the class and cost, please contact her directly at:






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The Center For Creative Education Presents Three Amigos’ New Paintings by Jill Krutick, Bruce Helander, Steve Manolis, Miles Slater

The Center For Creative Education presents, ‘Three Amigos’ featuring new paintings by Jill Krutick, Bruce Helander, Steve Manolis, and sculpture by Miles Slater.  The public is invited to  the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 4th.  A $10. donation to attend, supports the charitable arts in education mission of the CCE.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Center For Creative Education
425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
t (561) 805 9927 ext. 160 f (561) 805 9929

Empowering Students to Grow Creatively, Academically, and Socially Through Arts-Based Education

Opening Reception:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

6:00 to 8:30 pm

$10.00 Entry to support the charitable arts in education mission of
Center for Creative Education






Florida Artist Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Helander exhibits alongside sculptor Miles Slater and painter Steve Manolis featuring new paintings by Jill Krutick

Bruce Helander – Critic, Curator, Artist
“The idea that you can take a piece of paper, that you can cut it up, rearrange it and also add a three-dimensional quality with certain devices that an artist uses – it calls me.”

Miles Slater – Sculptor
“Stone is nature and you relate stone to eternity.”

Steve Manolis – Painter
“I experiment in a visual and a dimensional context with everything, all the time. Color has impact.”

Jill Krutick – Painter
“I love the abstract, expressionistic style of painting and I’ve tried to develop that over many years… a more geometric, tapestry-like focus on artwork…”

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Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager
Center For Creative Education
425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
t (561) 805 9927 ext. 160 f (561) 805 9929

Empowering Students to Grow Creatively, Academically, and Socially Through Arts-Based Education




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Art On Park Gallery Calls For Art And Announces Free Public Opening Reception

Art On Park Gallery announces a Call to artists for their upcoming “Members” Exhibition.  The Artists of Palm Beach County Members Exhibit will showcase artworks of varied media in both 2D and 3D. The Rickie Report recommends you stop by Art on Park Gallery to take in all of the members’ creative efforts! Everyone is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, January 6th.  This Free Exhibit continues through February 4, 2017. We share the details of this CALL FOR ENTRIES here.  ART PATRONS: Mark your calendars!  If you aren’t a member, please consider joining!! DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: December 21st!





800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403








Artists of Palm Beach County



“Members Exhibit” 

An exhibition of 2D and 3D works

Public Invited

Free, Opening Reception:

Friday, January 6, 2017

5 – 8 pm

Exhibit Runs Through February 4, 2017

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL 33403





Submission Deadline: 12/21/2016

* $50 for First Place * $25 for Second Place * Honorable Mentions *





Artists of Palm Beach County welcomes new members.

APBC offers gallery and studio space, exhibitions, opportunities to network with other artists, space for classes and professional development. For more information please visit:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403







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CJR Fine Arts & Frame Celebrates With Ferjo Exhibit And Meet The Artist Reception

CJR Fine Arts & Frame celebrates its One Year Anniversary with a special art event!  Meet Ferjo, one of the most dynamic and exciting artists on the international stage. Whimsical, colorful and technically refined, Ferjo’s work is an exuberant mix of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Realism and Surrealism. His work is sought by collectors and galleries worldwide.  CJR Fine Arts & Frame presents an Exhibit of Ferjo’s work from November 12 -19th, with a special Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, November 19th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Mark your calendars!  This is open to the public and free.








CJR Fine Arts & Frame

514B North State Road 7
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411



Celebrate Our Anniversary!

Meet World Renown Artist:





Special Reception:

Saturday, November 19

6 – 9 pm  

Exhibition Available Nov.  12 -19th








About Ferjo


Fernando de Jesus Oliveira (known as Ferjo) was born in Bahia, Brazil in 1946.  He studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1974-1979, where he concentrated on landscape and portraiture. It was during this time that Ferjo began painting Cubist style landscapes and eventually moving to realist portraiture. This latter style is best evidenced by a mock group portrait (1978-1979) of the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy, in which Ferjo posed his subjects in positions reminiscent of those of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. Since receiving special accolades from the Pennsylvania Academy, first in 1978 and then again in 1979, Ferjo’s command of realist painting became widely recognized in galleries. After leaving The Academy, Ferjo’s natural artistry led him to explore a myriad of themes and styles, ranging from Realism to Surrealism.



Ferjo’s compositions combine the old masters and the new, in a magical bounty of color, surrealism, fantasy and beauty. His affinity for tokens adds a personal dimension to each work. Images of pencils, bubbles, fish, strawberries, and broken eggshells float throughout his work. The surrealist worlds he creates pay homage to Bosch, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Dali, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Miro, Modigliani, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mucha and Chagall. In Ferjo’s world, the laws of perspective and scale are given new meaning; space and time are manipulated in fantastical arrangements, giving the viewer a sense of falling into another dimension.


Whimsical, colorful and technically refined, Ferjo’s work is an exuberant mix of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Realism and Surrealism. Ferjo is a master painter with a style he can truly call his own. Ferjo’s work is sought by collectors and galleries worldwide.






For more information:

CJR Fine Arts & Frame

514B North State Road 7 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411




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Al Rojas’ Artistic Path Generates Abstract Imagery With Figurative Human Images

Alvaro (Al) Rojas, born in Colombia S.A., moved with his family at the age of ten to Astoria, Queens N.Y.  He attended Jacksonville University and Florida International University (FIU), including art classes. At FIU, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering, a class on art critique set Al on a 40 year path to develop his art and techniques. Groups of geometric and figurative forms on abstract backgrounds or cityscapes are the main theme of Al’s works. His goal is for viewers to see an interesting color combination, a new line or form and to have their imaginations stimulated. The Rickie Report is pleased to share an interview with this innovative creator and some of his award-winning images.



Art for Al has been a way to take time out of the corporate world and has been a source of reflection and tranquility. His art provides a different perspective for his daily activities were he can explore his inner thoughts and organize his life’s direction.


AlrojasAbsinthe Drinker


“Absinthe Drinker” by Al Rojas


TRR: How did you begin creating your artwork?


I’ve been drawing from childhood, imitating an uncle who liked drawing, but it wasn’t until college where I attended a couple of art classes and began to seriously paint. One class in particular was about art critique and it set me off on an exploratory path for the following 40 years that eventually lead to the works that I create today.



AlRojasYellow Panel

“Yellow Panel” by Al Rojas



TRR: What inspired you at that time?



I believe it was the teacher who challenged me to question what it was I was doing and search for my own art identity.




AlrojasIntaglios copy

“Intaglios” by Al Rojas




TRR: What inspires you now?


I was influenced by a number of 20th century movements, primarily cubism and sub-realism; these periods in art have shaped my imagery. Abstract expressionism and other later movements have influenced the process of my works, giving me the freedom to experiment with a limited number of materials to create compositions seen by my mind’s eye.



My main source of inspiration have been my life’s experiences, growing up Colombia and Queens N.Y., my schooling, and working and traveling throughout the Americas during my corporate career, come to be incorporated and manifested in my art. I still continue to search and understand what it is that I do and why I do it; this search is what inspires me the most.




“Silent Morning” by Al Rojas




TRR: Tell us about your life story.


After a couple of art classes in college, I dedicated myself to getting an Engineering degree and later a Masters degree. For the past 40 years my engineering and business career was my primary driver and focus… creating 2D works was a secondary activity that helped me escape the pressure of work, especially in the last ten years.  One aspect of my working life that did help my artistic work was the large amount of traveling all over Latin America, US and Canada that I did. These experiences provided a great deal of visual stimulus and long periods of time to develop ideas that I used during the time I had for painting.

AlRojasLosing my religion

“Losing My Religion” by Al Rojas 





TRR  Did you try other mediums?


I have concentrated on using acrylics, because they provide the results that work best with the process I have developed..they complement the process very well and with a few tools, some pencils, some use of ink and watercolors provide the best combination of mediums I can find. I originally tried oil painting, followed by ink and water colors. It was the watercolors and an exploration of the medium that led to acrylics.



“Windows” by Al Rojas







TRR: What led you to your current style?


I am interested in creating images and form without any pre-conception of the outcome. The works are process-oriented and I let the intermediate results guide me to a finished work. I start by floating various liquid mediums, such as ink, acrylic ink, watercolors and acrylics in water on a vertical pane of glass, manipulating the effects and adding (drawing or painting) or removing (scratching / ripping) areas of the work in process. I primarily use an eye dropper to place the liquid mediums on the glass trying to be as controlled as possible to create areas that can be used to build space, images, buildings or figures. If the medium gets out of control, I scratch/etch it to make lines and forms, eventually developing a complete composition.



 The composition develops from floating the acrylic ink and letting time and gravity start the creative process. As the “puddles” dry, I can visualize what the next step is and take it step by step bringing out line, figure(s), background / foreground and space.  Once I finish the wet process, I cover the results with a clear acrylic medium. Once the acrylic medium dries, I cut it up into additional shapes, paint over it and lift it from the glass for further painting on the back side prior to mounting it on a Plexiglas panel or paper.




My works attempt to balance the abstract with the representational, colorful at times with geometric forms to assist in putting order to the composition. Due to what seems as a chaotic process, I tend to produce primarily abstract imagery, but as I control the process, I have been able to produce representational/figurative images, primarily human figures.


AlRojasGalactic Cemetary

“Galactic Cemetery” by Al Rojas



TRR: Have you seen your style change over the years? What has influenced any changes?



Yes, from very abstract works that looked like early satellite imagery with little to no composition, I have moved to a more controlled results that have better composition and balance. I strongly feel the need to control the results of a very chaotic process, in order to show that the finished work was done with a good deal of conscientious effort and not just a total random result…that the work has an intellect behind it and not just something that looks pretty.



“Ace, King, Queen” by Al Rojas





TRR:  What advice do you give to an emerging artist?



Works of art are not a slam dunk, just because you have a good technique or ease of hand and skill. You have to work at it to try to understand what it is you are trying to achieve and why.



AlRojasShaman Pointing the Way

“Shaman Pointing The Way” by Al Rojas




TRR: What is most challenging as an artist?



After completing a work that takes me to a new point/level, starting a new one is the most challenging. The “what now” or “what next” question can really be difficult to overcome and get going again.



AlRojasPixelating Sky

“Pixelating Sky” by Al Rojas





TRR: Where can people find your work?


I hope people will visit Art On Park Gallery, visit the website, my Facebook Page and contact me.


Email Al Rojas:


Website link –!al-rojas/c20za

Facebook link –


General Overview of Exhibitions:

City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit – Spring 2006 Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2006 Winter Open Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2007 Summer Open Juried Art Exhibition
ArtAvox Spring, 2007, 2008, 2009
Boynton Beach Art in Public Places – Carolyn Sims Center, Summer 2008
Boca Raton Sugar Sand, Art in Public Places – Winter 2008, Juried Art Exhibition
Armory Art Center, Inc. Hispanic Heritage Exhibition February, 2009
City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit Spring 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Lighthouse for the Arts – Multiple Sins Summer 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Continuum West Palm Beach – 2016 and 2014, Juried Art Exhibition
Art on Park Gallery – numerous exhibits 2012 – 2016



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Michele Feder Is Featured Artist At Spanish River Library In Boca Raton

The Spanish River Library in Boca Raton invites you to enjoy the artistic journey of Michele Feder.  The exhibit is free, with an Opening Reception to meet the Artist on March 24th. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this Nationally acclaimed artist, whose works are collected both privately and in public settings.  Michele shares her insights as she continues to deepen and develop her artistic voice. 






M   I   C   H   E   L   E              F   E   D   E   R






Thursday, March 24th

5 – 7 pm



In the Friend’s Gallery on the Second Floor

Spanish River Library

1501 Spanish River Blvd.       Boca Raton, FL 33431








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Michele Feder  “Transition #21”




Michele tells The Rickie Report, “My current work is a result of my recent stay at an artist retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Before Mexico I began to sketch and brainstorm a new format for my works. Somehow they found their way onto my canvases and I feel they are quite successful. During the retreat I had this self-awareness of my entangled relationships with family, friends and peers. I realized that my emotions were enmeshed with all those who had an effect on my life and these feelings came out miraculously in my work. These paintings remind me of a web. It’s funny how subtle art can be”.





Commissioned Artwork by Michele Feder



She goes on to say, “My work is a product of inner growth, just a mere artifact of life. It is also a catalogue of my emotional discovery over many years. I’ve come to realize that it is not only a study of technique and medium, but also a study of self. When viewing my work from afar I see how tightly woven my thoughts and personality are, and how they fester into obsessive works of art. I have discovered that this aspect of my character is cemented most permanently; I have come to terms that the personality is only flexible to a certain degree. I am forever fastidious and somewhat rigid. But, with that said I have begun to notice the soft subtleties and grey areas of life; the fascinating wonders missed due to polarized thinking”.






“Bands” by Michele Feder




Michele says, “It is difficult to completely understand the different aspects of yourself; there are the many considerations of personality, environment, DNA, society and so forth. These different components need to be dissected to find order. For me, art has been a catalyst in this process. Abstract shapes and color reflect the newly defined and segmented areas of self-awareness”.


MicheleFedertransition no.8

Michele Feder  “Transition #8”



Artist Statement:


“I’m an abstract expressionist artist. I approach my canvases by delving into the subconscious, which is the beginning of an abstract work of art. There is no treading on light ground or the superficial, once a brush touches the canvas a world of emotions unravel, and with great effort. Sometimes the paint flows naturally and easily, but there are those moments of difficulty and frustration. When there are no objects to look at nor their tangibility to abide by, the task of art making becomes challenging. The relationship is complex, much like a marriage. There are those intermittent days that I have to look beyond the surface of the marriage to evolve through time. This is what happens with abstract expressionism, the work moves over a period of time and builds upon a fundamental infrastructure. And there are the moments of contact and connection with the subconscious that sometimes come fleetly or last long periods of time”.



Michele Feder  ”  Color Study #31″




“After being conditioned to realism for over a period of fifteen years, I realized I was only treading the surface of life, but with abstract expressionism I’m able to touch the core of my soul, which was once found and trapped in tangible objects. I was tied to the affinity of my own outer-shell. The transition from realism to abstract works was a defying moment in my career and also my own personal growth. It required many sessions of self-discovery to lead up to the ultimate bliss of knowing my subconscious”.



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Michele Feder “Transition 14”




“I didn’t think such feelings of profound complexity would ever surface in my work. So concentrated and buried were my emotions that my soul burst upon arrival of layers in-between layers of paint. At one point these layers of emotions lay hidden until I became bored with my own superfluous habits – day in and day out. I still have the old habit of running on an infinite wheel, but since I have worked with abstract paintings a new persona comes forth. It shows itself with much pride and exuberance”.



Michele Feder “Blue and Copper”




Michele is currently affiliated with:







Michele’s artistic journey has taken her throughout the United States as an award winning artist.  She has shared her creative skills by teaching locally as well as in Mexico.  Her SOLO and Group Exhibits include the cities of San Francisco, Atlanta, Delray Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Houston and in North Carolina. Her list of Commissions includes Corporate and Private Collections nation-wide, including the Sagamore Hotel, world renown art collector, Marty Margulies, Florida Joint and Spine Institute, Coral Springs, FL, among many. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA), Moore College of Art, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.





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Yury Lobo Announces SOLO Exhibition and Documentary

Yury Lobo, has been dubbed “Jack The Whipper” by his fellow American artists. He was raised in a small rural town in Russia, in a conservative environment, where the signs “No Trespassing” hung on every door. By pure chance in 1959, at the age of 12, he and his mother attended the first American Exhibition in Moscow. Besides Cadillac cars and Coca Cola, Yury was particularly struck by the action painting, “Cathedral” by American abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock ( Jack The Dripper). That day changed the trajectory of his life forever. Pushing boundaries, ignoring all “No Trespassing” signs internally and externally, Yury found freedom in the United States. He has finally fully opened up to new heights of artistic expression. The race to catch up with Pollock is ongoing… The Rickie Report shares details of his SOLO Exhibition at Artworks International in West Palm Beach, FL, February 12-13thThe public is invited to this Free Exhibit and there is ample free parking.  



Yuri Show



Y U R Y       L O B O



Since his early childhood, Yury Slobodenuk has been fascinated with the world of wild colors and the art of collage. However, he never considered becoming a professional artist partly due to the lack of encouragement from his parents and partly due to the general disapproval of this “degenerate art” by the Soviet authorities. What stands out in his memory is a visit to the first American National Exhibition with his mother in July, 1959, featuring among others, Jackson Pollock’s “Cathedral”. Yury was shocked and amazed at the same time. He tells The Rickie Report, “Most visitors considered it a bad taste. But the impact on my subconscious at the age of 12 was life changing. That is why my interests centered later on with more avant-garde artists. I appreciate Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brague, Warhol, Rothko, Klimt, Shiele, Modigliani and of course, Pollock.”




“Composition #2” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Kasimir Malevich

Acrylic on Canvas

48″ x 60″


Yury created a few paintings for close friends and family, trusting his inner instincts. Back then, in the USSR he didn’t have the courage to paint and share his passion for abstract expressionism and collage publicly. Keeping his painting mostly to himself, he pursued a career that was more economically sound. He received a Masters degree in German and English, studied the history of art and worked as a licensed multilingual guide at the majors art museums in the former USSR. He became a journalist, interpreter, German teacher, TV script writer.


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“Yellow Tulips after a violent snowstorm in May” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh

Acrylic on Board

24″ x 36″


Having fled the USSR in 1991 for political reasons, Yury first established himself in Miami and pursued his journalism career, working for several Russian-American newspapers. Later, he started one of his own, but sold it in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach, where he continues his career as a German teacher and now a contemporary artist. The freedom of expression in America has motivated and inspired Yury to fulfill the dream of his youth – sharing his creative side publicly. His artistic name, “Lobo” is a shortened form of his long Ukrainian last name, “Slobodenyuk”, which translates to ” a free man”. “Lobo” means “wolf”, the symbol of the tireless will, yearning for freedom.


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“Infinity At My Fingertips” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Jackson Pollock

Acrylic on Board 27″ x 32″





Yury tells The Rickie Report, ” My fellow countryman, Kasimir Malevich once said, ‘Comrades, arise, free yourselves from the tyranny of objects!’ In this sense, I, like him, consider myself an abstract artist and a revolutionary. My battle cry is ‘Stop copying the world! Create a new one!’ Whoever is afraid of bright colors is afraid of life, which I am not”. Furthermore, Yuri confesses, ” I know it sounds nuts, but I consider myself a kind of modern reincarnation of the late Jackson Pollock who, in his own words was a “cowboy” painter. Like him, I’m painting “from the hip”, creating huge abstract compositions within minutes, using brusque wild strokes of bold colors. Some of my colleagues (part joking, part serious) are dubbing me “Jack The Whipper” for whipping that canvas with paint instead of dripping it as Jack The Dripper (Jackson Pollock) did”.




“Americana” by Yury Lobo

Homage to Elvis and Marilyn

Mixed Media on Board

29″ x 35″




Yury goes on to explain, “In the art of collage, I represent a completely different point of view. My slightly distorted collages are pretty close to reality and filled with hidden ironies and sometimes tragic messages. Being a history buff, I can’t help but act as the mocking bird, laughing at the human inability to learn from history…which of course sees that such ignorance is doomed to repeat itself. Every collage is a “time capsule” with a message to future generations. A true artist is about the inner energy which he or she tunnels to the public through the art. If there is no reaction at the receiving end, then the energy was either poor or lost in artistic translation”.




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“American Mosaic” by Yury Lobo


21″ x 36″



Yury’s artwork is currently being featured at:

Artworks International

420 6th Street   West Palm Beach, FL

February 13 – 14th

The Singer Island Corporate Center

2655 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island, FL


Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL

For more information about Yury’s artwork and up coming exhibits, please email:

Visit Yury’s website:

(Currently Under Construction)


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Creative Arts School At Old School Square In Delray Beach Announces February Workshops

Each year the Creative Arts School at Old School Square presents a variety of workshops led by resident and visiting artists. Learn more about Plein Air painting with Ralph Papa, Plein Air Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone, Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell, Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper, or Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these One-Day and Two-Day Workshops and urges you to sign up , as spaces are limited!




51 N. Swinton Avenue        Delray Beach, FL 33444




The Creative Arts School

at Old School Square

Presents February Workshops

Workshops meet at the Creative Arts School, located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building at Old School Square.



Plein Air Painting with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 5th

9:00 am to 3:30 pm





“Riverbed” by Ralph Papa


This one-day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for artists at all levels who wish to improve their ability to sketch and paint outdoors. This one-day workshop includes instructor demonstrations, scene selection criteria, tools of the trade, setup, composition, perspective, color selection and mixing followed by a critique and Q&A session. Fee is $165.




Figure Painting En Plein Air with Eli Cedrone

Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




“En Plein Air Figures” by Eli Cedrone



This workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists. Learn the fundamentals of painting from the live model in an outdoor setting. We’ll be working with well-lit models in quick poses, moving to longer poses as the class progresses. Topics include outdoor lighting conditions (direct, ambient and reflected light), how sunlight affects color, seeing color and value as a unit, and developing the ability to paint quickly and accurately. Fee is $375.





Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell

Tuesday-Thursday, February 23 – 25

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




Abstract by Brenda Hope Zappitell



This intensive workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists and focuses on creating a series by learning how to paint three or more paintings a day, using acrylic paint. Topics also include color theory, composition and suggestions for creating your own “painting process.” There will be daily meditation and painting demonstrations. Fee is $540.




Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 26th

 9 am to 3:30 pm






                             PHOTO by RALPH PAPA



This one day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for intermediate and advanced artists. Take your artwork to the next level! Included will be methods of constructive critiquing, demonstrations and exercises to show how your work can improve. Fee is $165.





Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper

Saturday, February 27th

 9:30 am to 4:30 pm



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Abstract by Sally Cooper



This workshop is part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series. Jump start your creativity and push your painting experience to new levels in this energized, intensive workshop where emphasis is on an intuitive, fearless approach, experimentation and individual creativity. Fee is $185.


About The Faculty:



ELI CEDRONE began her career in Bermuda at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She teaches workshops nationally and in Bermuda, California and Italy. She has always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions and believes painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. She works primarily in oils and is drawn to the human form, where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds. She describes her style as Contemporary Impressionism.




SALLY COOPER has been painting all her life and began actively pursuing her creative talents in the late eighties.  In 1990 she was awarded an annual Art Award from Broward Community College.  In the mid 90’s she moved from detailed representational work and began to seek the abstract.  By 2000 image reference was left behind and her style evolved into explosions of color, markings and movement.  Her work has been included in numerous regional and national competitive exhibitions receiving awards in most.  She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  In 2005 her painting “Life Force II” received Honorable Mention in Watercolor Magic Magazine’s national competition.




RALPH PAPA teaches drawing and painting at his Delray studio and at the Creative Arts School. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, Past President of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative, portraits and plein air paintings. His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada.




BRENDA HOPE ZAPPITELL creates abstract expressionist works born out of intuition and serendipitously influenced by nature and life experiences. Her work is in both private and public collections and she is represented in galleries all over the U.S. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and New Orleans as well as in other locations. Zappitell is a contributing writer for Professional Artist Magazine and writes an ongoing blog for their website. She has taught many workshops to artists from all over the country.






Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Celebrating 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The Creative Arts School (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. Old School Square 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



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